IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Tue, 30 Jun 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Complications of burning coal Complications of burning coal
Approximately 90 power plants in Illinois use coal-burning energy. CWLP’s Dallman 4 is one of them. Coal ash, an unfortunate side effect of coal-burning power plants, is a toxic chemical that has be...]]>
Pageants, pet shows, a parade and more Pageants, pet shows, a parade and more
 Assumption Fest is a three-day, family-fun festival that has been going and growing for more than 80 years, and is proud to offer big-city entertainment in a small-town setting. Two new attracti...]]>
Play it safe Play it safe
This Saturday, Freedom Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Virden joins with Operation Kidsafe to offer the number one child safety event in America. Operation Kidsafe will fingerprint both hand...]]>
Talented teens perform Peach Talented teens perform Peach
 This weekend, join the Hoogland Teens for a brand-new musical version of the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach. The Hoogland Teens are a talented group of area h...]]>
Bluegrass and beyond Bluegrass and beyond
On Sunday, June 28, the Springfield Park District continues their annual Music in the Park summer concert series with Americana and bluegrass music by three talented local groups in Iles Park. Blu...]]>
From W to Obama, behind the scenes From W to Obama, behind the scenes
Go behind the scenes of the presidential transition process with head of the non-partisan White House Transition Project and author Martha Joynt Kumar, as she discusses her latest book Before the Oa...]]>
The first commercial airliner The first commercial airliner
 This weekend, aviation enthusiasts have the opportunity to fly on one of the world’s first commercial airliners, the Liberty Ford 5-AT-B. The tri-motor plane will be offering flights out of Ab...]]>
Fun in New Berlin Fun in New Berlin
 The Sangamon County Fair returns to New Berlin for five days of fun! There are too many individual events to list here, but we would be remiss if we failed to mention the Grandstand lineup, cons...]]>
Celebrate a neighborhood Celebrate a neighborhood
 On Friday, June 19, celebrate the ongoing reemergence of the Enos Park neighborhood as the “Jewel of Springfield” with its third annual Rock the Block party. The free street festival will ta...]]>
Cerealism Cerealism
 If you’re looking for family fun this Father’s Day, consider a trip to the Illinois State Museum for a modern pop art workshop led by New York artist and author Michael Albert. Attendee...]]>
Here comes your band Here comes your band
The public is invited to enjoy an evening of live music by a traditional concert band during this week’s Springfield Municipal Band Concert at Douglas Park. The concerts, which occur at the band she...]]>
Fairytale fun Fairytale fun
 Families are invited to join Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, Roo, Kanga, Rabbit and other friends on a “whimsical adventure set deep in a magical forest.” This children’s ballet f...]]>
The Muni does Monty Python The Muni does Monty Python
 This June, The Muni, Springfield’s long-running community theater under the stars, presents a fun, farcical take on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Spamalot is th...]]>
Say \'Opa\' (oops!) Say \'Opa\' (oops!)
Here’s a fun, tasty way to spend your Saturday: Eating, drinking and dancing at the Opa Greek Food and Pastry Festival. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Hellenic Orthodox Church, 1600 S. G...]]>
Carols of the bells Carols of the bells
 This week, the 54th Annual International Carillon Festival plays host to 11 carillon concerts across five days by the world’s leading carillonneurs. All concerts are free of charge and will oc...]]>
Run, disc golf, rock Run, disc golf, rock
 The annual Springfield SOHO Music Festival is back and bigger than ever for its’ 11th year. The two-day music festival takes place between Fifth and Sixth streets on Washington Street north of...]]>
Noteworthy independent films Noteworthy independent films
Temple B’rith Sholom and the Jewish Federation host the Second Annual Film Series every Sunday at 4 p.m., throughout the month of June. The goal of the series is to show award-winning films from aro...]]>
A musical about mental illness A musical about mental illness
 Next to Normal is the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary rock musical about a suburban family of four grappling with a mother’s worsening bipolar disorder. The show utiliz...]]>
Four decades of Michael Four decades of Michael
 This Friday, May 29, the number one Michael Jackson tribute show in the world will be performed at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Two talented performers will portray the King of Pop dur...]]>
Birds, prairie plants and drones Birds, prairie plants and drones
 On Saturday, the Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a Master Naturalist Summit for those interested in volunteering with the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist volunteer program. Th...]]>
A fun, family float A fun, family float
 Abe’s River Race is a fun, family float that offers men, women and youth the opportunity to paddle 13.5 miles down the Sangamon River in canoes, kayaks and wooden boats. This year’s course i...]]>
Historical trees and ice cream Historical trees and ice cream
 This Saturday, The Lincoln Monument Association celebrates the start of summer with an old-fashioned ice cream social, historic tree tour and children’s activities at the bell tower behin...]]>
Tea time for tots Tea time for tots
 Fans of Fancy Nancy will flock to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on Saturday, May 16, for a family-friendly celebration of the best-selling children’s book series about a little girl...]]>
Celebrate who you are Celebrate who you are
 The Fifth Annual Springfield PrideFest is a family-friendly festival boasting two stages of entertainment spanning two city blocks. The 10-hour street party features a diverse selection of live ...]]>
Celtic competitions in Chatham Celtic competitions in Chatham
 A day of athletic events, drumming, solo piping and highland dancing competition rooted deep in 11th century Celtic tradition awaits attendees of the 20th Annual Springfield Highland Games and C...]]>
Dr. Zoo-little Dr. Zoo-little
 On Saturday, May 9, Henson Robinson Zoo hosts Dr. Dolittle Day. The fun starts at 10 a.m. with Springfield Theatre Centre performances of selections from Dr. Dolittle, Jr.: The Musical. The rest...]]>
Not your grandfather’s 5k Not your grandfather’s 5k
 According to the press release, “The Fat Ass 5K and Street Party for Charity is not your grandfather’s 5K. Unless your grandfather is cool. Then it’s totally his 5K.” The 3.2-mile race r...]]>
Let’s get growing! Let’s get growing!
 The Springfield Civic Garden Club brings knowledge, expertise and May flowers to the livestock section of Illinois State Fairgrounds Sale Barn 26 this Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. until noon. Th...]]>
The first official U.S. water circus The first official U.S. water circus
 This weekend, come enjoy Cirque Italia, a unique Italian circus experience featuring talented performers from all over the world. The show will be performed six times across three days this Frid...]]>
Master storyteller Garrison Keillor Master storyteller Garrison Keillor
 Garrison Keillor’s voice is heard on more than 900 NPR affiliates each week, and now is your opportunity to hear his voice live. Join Sangamon Auditorium on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., for...]]>