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IT's picks for what to do this week


FEASTIVAL |Run? and fun!raiser
Here’s the most enjoyable race you’ll ever enter. Whether you run or walk, stations along the route include donuts, ice cream and beer, as well as other surprises. If you tucker out and cannot complete the entire course, there’s a detour to reduce your route from 3.1 miles into a doable one-tenth of a mile where complimentary ice cold beer awaits you at Celtic Mist Pub, 117 S. Seventh Street, between Adams and Washington Streets. It’s all in good fun to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disease that affects approximately 400,000 people in the United States. But for all you blubber butts and fun grabbers, there’s more slough and gluttony. Whether you participate in the race or not, the street party includes all the artery clogging, bad-for-you essentials: a pig roast, more cold beer and soda. Live music is as sweet as icing on the cake. Register online at or between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. the morning of the event.
Fat Ass 5K and Street Party
Saturday, May 9
10am race
11am-3pm street party
Adams Street, between Sixth and Seventh

NATURE |Frolic with fauna
The Henson Robinson Zoo opens its season with a free admission day. That’s a bargain for a day full of fun for the entire family. Dr. Dolittle Day soars with turtle races, animal programs, food, a petting zoo, free t-shirts for the first 500 and more. In addition, local author Scotti Cohn, reads from her new book One Wolf Howls at 1:00 p.m. The Zoo houses 300 animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Do the zoo Saturday. It is one of Springfield’s exceptional attractions for kids of every age.
Dr. Dolittle Day
Saturday, May 9
Henson Robinson Zoo
1100 E. Lake Dr.

THE ARTS |Talent showcase

Several art organizations call the Hoogland Center for the Arts home. Their talents and offerings are showcased Saturday night. Participating arts groups include: Gordon Productions, Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus, Prairie Art Alliance, Sangamon Watercolor Society, Sangamon Valley Community Orchestra, Sound Celebration Chorus, Springfield Area Arts Council, Springfield Ballet Company, Springfield International Folk Dancers, Springfield Muni Opera, Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield Theatre Centre and UMEDIA. The cast of Nunsense will perform, along with a preview of the upcoming production of Springfield Muni Opera’s Oliver and a preview of the upcoming Springfield Theatre Centre 2009-2010 season. Gus Gordon emcees.
Variety Show
Saturday, May 9
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St.
$12 adults, $10 seniors/children under 12

CHILDREN |Exploring beetles
This Saturday, children four through eight years of age can learn more about the bugs we call beetles in connection with the rock group that many of us know as one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beetles. The entire family can participate in activities that are ongoing throughout the day, take about 30 minutes to complete, and feature take-home crafts. Beetlemania is a Super Saturday event at the museum. Super Saturdays are free thematic activities held each month in A Place for Discovery, a learning room for kids at the Illinois State Museum.
Saturday, May 9
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St.

SECURITY | Protecting personal info

With the flood of ID and credit card number thefts, there is no better way to protect yourself than by shredding your documents containing sensitive information. But what do you do if you do not own a shredding machine, your equipment cannot handle boxes of papers or you’ve put off the task so long you have a small warehouse of material. This Saturday morning, Cintas Corporation comes to your aid. They will offer free document shredding for individuals and businesses, up to ten boxes per person. There is no need to remove staples, rubber bands or clips. The event is co-sponsored by the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association and the Illinois Times.
Free Document ‘Shred’ Event
Saturday, May 9
Illinois Times
East parking lot
1320 S. State Street

So what are Lazer Dudes? The band is an offshoot or shall we say a peculiar growth, from the minds of Josh Catalano and Marc Broomby, the Glimmer Twins of the Damnwell Betters. The two musicians, particularly prolific lately, produced and predominantly wrote the Damnwell Betters’ 2008 full-length recording, Coming in Hot, and the Lazer Dudes’ six-song EP coming out this Saturday, both recorded locally at Broomby’s studio and released on MoonPanda Records. Other Lazer Dudes, or von Lazers as referred to on their MySpace page, include Jordan Laier, Jay Benoit and Rory Davis. So what do they sound like? Well, mix some 70s glam-rock, 80s techno-sounds, raw rock-n-roll vocals, and tight, modern rock band energy and you begin to capture the essence of the Lazer Dudes. Summer plans include major market promotion and touring, which should bring smashing success and a bright future for the band of living life largely.
Lazer Dudes
CD release party, with JigGsaw and The Wreckless
Bar None
May 9, 10pm to 2am.

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