IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Wed, 26 Apr 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Illinois’ longest-running Earth Day celebration Illinois’ longest-running Earth Day celebration
 According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the first Earth Day was introduced in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to promote legal and regulatory mechanisms that prot...]]>
Be part of history Be part of history
 If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at one of Springfield’s many historical sites, these volunteer recruitment fairs are for you. Join the State Historic Sites at Spri...]]>
Identify flowers, trees and shrubs Identify flowers, trees and shrubs
 Bask in nature this Saturday by enjoying a seasonal wildflower hike at Lincoln Memorial Garden. The guided walks, led by garden volunteers, are an enjoyable way for visitors to explore the Linco...]]>
Keeping seniors safe Keeping seniors safe
 Wandering is a possible symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias experienced by many senior citizens. Learn about the triggers behind and how to help prevent senior wandering on Tues...]]>
Knowledge is power Knowledge is power
 The University of Illinois Springfield is encouraging community members to take charge of their health on Wednesday, April 19, by attending a health and wellness fair at the University of Illino...]]>
Lincoln lovers Lincoln lovers
 For the 2017 edition of Capital City Visitor, the Illinois Times staff asked readers to submit their best artistic renditions of Springfield’s greatest celebrity (Abraham Lincoln) to grace the...]]>
Illinois Innocence Project Illinois Innocence Project
 On April 12, join the Illinois Innocence Project at University of Illinois Springfield along with WSEC/Network Knowledge and the Hoogland Center for the Arts for a screening of The Central Park...]]>
Recycled play day Recycled play day
 The Illinois State Museum hosts Super Saturday events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Every Super Saturday event features themed activities for children ages 5 and up...]]>
Celebrate the “Father of Springfield” Celebrate the “Father of Springfield”
 Join the staff of the Elijah Iles House on Saturday, April 1, from 12-4 p.m., for a triple-header birthday celebration featuring cake, ice cream and drinks in honor of Elijah Iles, who is often...]]>
Processing loss Processing loss
 If your child has lost a loved one, consider sending them to the partial-day Kids Good Grief Camp on Sunday, April 2, sponsored by Staab Funeral Homes. The supportive and fun camp is geared towa...]]>
Prints by William Crook Jr. Prints by William Crook Jr.
 On Thursday, March 23, join local artist William Crook Jr. for a discussion of his print series titled “Portals into Springfield.” Since the 1970s, Bill has created art depicting life in Spr...]]>
Lots of laughs Lots of laughs
 Mason City Limits Comedy Club is honored to host former contributing writer on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and current writer and frequent guest of the “Bob and Tom Show,” Rob Hane...]]>
A “hoppy” holiday photo op A “hoppy” holiday photo op
 Kids can meet with and pose for a commemorative souvenir photo with the Easter bunny during White Oaks Malls’ Easter Bunny Photo Experience sponsored by The Gymboree Corporation and Universal...]]>
Treatment over punishment Treatment over punishment
 Join the University of Illinois at Springfield on Tuesday, March 21, for a presentation by Major Neill Franklin, a law enforcement advocate for a more compassionate to approach to the war on dru...]]>
Crafting fun for the family Crafting fun for the family
 Treat yourself to a craft day in the village of Elkhart on Saturday, March 18. The second annual crafting event is hosted by three locally owned and operated businesses in the heart of downtown...]]>
A fusion of film, dance and music A fusion of film, dance and music
 Experience the film, dance and music of Bollywood on Sunday during Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue, the internationally acclaimed musical produced and directed by talented sisters Vaibh...]]>
Garden day in Lincoln Garden day in Lincoln
 On Saturday, join the University of Illinois Extension Logan County Master Gardeners for an event honoring Russel Allen, a charter member of the Logan County Master Gardener volunteer program. R...]]>
Body, mind and spirit Body, mind and spirit
 Visions by JDR is pleased to host their Eighth Annual Holistic Fair on March 11-12, at the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. This rejuvenating and healing event features a ple...]]>
Broadway in Springfield Broadway in Springfield
 Experience the longest-running American musical in Broadway history March 13-14 at Sangamon Auditorium. Now in its 20th year on Broadway, Chicago: The Musical has garnered six Tony Awards, two O...]]>
International Womens’ Day International Womens’ Day
 On Wednesday, March 8, join University of Illinois at Springfield alumna Samantha Drew Gordon for an ECCE Speaker Series presentation that explores how women can succeed and lead in traditionall...]]>
Information on immigration Information on immigration
 On Tuesday, March 7, the University of Illinois at Springfield will present a panel discussion designed to clear up myths associated with immigration and provide a clearer understanding of the h...]]>
Sinfonia Orchestra and Youth Symphony Sinfonia Orchestra and Youth Symphony
 On Saturday, March 4, join the Sangamon Valley Sinfonia Orchestra and Youth Symphony for their annual Winter Concert. The Sinfonia Orchestra will perform Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 4�...]]>
Teenagers recite poetry Teenagers recite poetry
 In 2005 the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation established the Poetry Out Loud contest, which utilizes poetry as a vehicle to test teenage students on their oration and in...]]>
Sample Illinois wine Sample Illinois wine
 Discover a wide variety of Illinois wines in one relaxed setting on Friday, Feb. 24, from 7-10 p.m. This annual festival is combined with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association’s...]]>
Become storm savvy Become storm savvy
 On Monday, Feb. 27, the National Weather Service will offer a free “Severe Weather Storm Spotting” course in the student union on the lower level of Menard Hall at Lincoln Land Community Col...]]>
Hot home trends Hot home trends
 Don’t miss the 2017 Springfield Area Home Builders Association Home Exposition, which features more than 120 vendors showcasing the latest trends in home building and remodeling. The annual sh...]]>
Junie’s tips, tricks and trip-ups Junie’s tips, tricks and trip-ups
 On Friday, Feb. 17, enjoy a musical adventure based off the popular book series by the late children’s author Barbara Parks. The Junie B. Jones book series was created for beginning readers an...]]>
All-star audition advice All-star audition advice
 If you’ve ever expressed curiosity and a desire to take to the stage, attend The Muni’s Audition Workshops on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This event will be split...]]>
Fragrant flowers Fragrant flowers
 Bask in the beauty, complexity and diversity of the orchid family this weekend during the Prairie State Orchid Society’s annual show and sale. With between 20,000 and 30,000 different species,...]]>
An artistic double-header An artistic double-header
 On Friday, Feb. 10, the DEMO Project hosts an opening reception for contemporary artists Emily Ward Bivens and Frances Lightbound, the brains behind the two newest exhibitions housed inside the...]]>