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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:49 pm

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THEATER | Bard comedy
Set in France, girl (Rosalind) falls instantly in love with boy (Orlando). The royal family quarrels amongst themselves. Men are exiled. Lovers pine. Girl disguises herself as a man (Ganymede). Confusion and mistaken identity ensues. Lovers are united with their proper mates. Everything works out in the end. You don’t have to know about William Shakespeare’s plays to enjoy a comedy, such as, As You Like It. It is a mix of wit, slap-stick and twists. This one is directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson.

As You Like It
Friday and Saturday, Apr 17-18
Thursday-Saturday, Apr 23-25
Sunday, Apr 19

Studio Theatre, PAC Building
University of Illinois at Springfield

BULLETIN BOARD | Discovering treasures
The old saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” still holds true today, maybe even more so in these hard economic times. There will be lots of treasures to uncover in one indoor location at The Giant Flea Market at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Illinois Building this Sunday. The feast of wares features more than 50 exhibitors and vendors with merchandise from antique and used to brand new.

Giant Flea Market
Sunday, Apr 19

Illinois Building
Illinois State Fairgrounds
$1.25 adults,
Free, children (12 and under)

BULLETIN BOARD | Money management
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago holds its second annual Smart Money Week, seven days of seminars in several cities throughout Illinois to help the public learn more about spending, saving and borrowing money wisely. In Springfield, approximately 50 seminars will be sponsored by, and held at, local organizations, schools, libraries, banks and businesses. Topics covered include: budgeting, clutter, investing, home buying, running a small business, college costs, financial protection and more. Visit to view the large list of daytime and nighttime offerings. The FRBC serves the Seventh Federal Reserve District, an economically diverse region that includes all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Smart Money Week
Saturday, Apr 18 through
Saturday, Apr 25
Various times
Various locations

BULLETIN BOARD | Saying goodbye
This is a win-win story. For more than a year, Wade Kammin trained a lab/golden retriever puppy named Easton, teaching him obedience skills, house manners and behavior appropriate for public places in preparation to return him for further training at Canine Companions for Independence, a non profit organization that provides dogs free to individuals with disabilities. For that same time period, customers of Kammin’s local business, Wild Birds Unlimited, where Easton hung out each day, received happy-puppy greetings when they visited the store. The icing on the cake is that everyone has become friends, and many have come to love Easton. Saturday, Kammin is putting on a going-away party for Easton and a fundraiser for CCI. The public is invited. Like any good farewell gathering, there will be refreshments and door prizes, and there’s sure to be a mix of sadness and cheerfulness as this story turns another chapter.

Puppy Farewell Party
Saturday, Apr 18

Wild Birds Unlimited
1930 S. MacArthur Blvd

BAND SPOTLIGHT | House of Nasty
Springfield’s hardest working and hardest playing hard rockers, House of Nasty, celebrate a special career night with a hometown showcase on Friday, April 17, for Refugee Entertainment, a record company based out of Cleveland, Ohio. The show comes complete with all the rock concert trimmings of full sound, flashing lights and mood-inducing fog, plus plenty of onstage action from bandmates Micky Shomidie (bass), Andy Armstrong (lead vocals), John Scully (drums) and Troy Blasko (guitar) as the group opens wide the door into the House of Nasty and says “Come on in.” Other big 2009 summer shows for the rocking quartet include opening for Slaughter at the Macon County Fair, a return engagement at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Okla., and a spot at Rock Gone Wild in Algona, Iowa. Here’s wishing the band all the best. Show ’em what you got, boys.

House of Nasty
with Autumn Zero
and Outnumbered
Friday, April 17
doors open 7 p.m.

City Nights Theater,
Capital City Bar and Grill

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