Autumn fun for grownups
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Oct 1, 9am Mon. Monthly meeting. Presentation titled “Ikebana Demonstration” by Jeanne Holy. Free. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.
Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Celebration
Oct 2, 6:30pm Tue. 149th birthday celebration for Mahatma Gandhi featuring speakers and refreshments. Free. India Association of Greater Springfield, 2940 N Peoria Road, Springfield, 744-2260.
15th Annual Multicultural Fest
Oct 3, 10am-2pm Wed. Annual showcase of various cultures via entertainment and exhibits. Free. llcc.edu. 786-2241. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.
Holiday Craft Sale
Oct 5-6, 9am-6pm Fri, 9am-4pm Sat. Featuring a vast array of fall, winter and Christmas decorations and home-crafted Santas, snowmen, angels, hand-painted gourds, slates and signs by local artisans. Free. Craft Studio - Salisbury, 5889 Grigsby Lane, Pleasant Plains, 626-1738.
Oct 5-7, 7-9pm Fri-Sun. See Lincoln’s New Salem at night as staff and volunteers in period clothing discuss life in 19th century Illinois. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Morgan Horse Demonstration
Oct 6, 1pm-12am Sat. Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club presents demonstrations and horse activities, educational materials for adults and kids and time to visit with MVMHC members and horses. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
History Happy Hour: Rum
Oct 6, 7pm Sat. Featuring premium rums from Central/South America and the Caribbean. $30 SAA members, $35 non; includes tasting and desserts. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Whose Live Anyway?
Oct 6, 8pm Sat. 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song, all based on audience suggestions. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Oct 7, 10am-3pm Sun. Featuring craft and vendor booths, face painting, hula hoop contest, 50/50 drawing, raffles, silent auction and more. Hosted by Operation Hometown Santa. Free admission. operationhometownsanta.com. Rochester Illinois Masonic Lodge 635, 121 E. Main St., Rochester, 299-7913.
Book Exchange and Chili Day
Oct 7, 11am-4pm Sun. Hosted by the LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning. $8 per person; free to ages 8 and under. templebrithsholom.net. 786-2432. Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St., 525-1360.
Civil War Music
Oct 10, 12pm Wed. Moderated by Christian McWhirter. Part of the ALPLM and ISM’s “Tales from the Vault” program series. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
100+ Who Care in Springfield
Oct 11, 5-6:30pm Thu. Three names will be drawn at random for the opportunity to advocate for their charity of choice in front of the group for 3-5 minutes. All proceeds will go to one charity, to be determined by a vote of participants. $100 individuals; $150 couples. Illinois Association of Realtors, 522 S. Fifth St, 206-7103.
Sangamon Watercolor Society
Exhibition Opening Reception
Oct 12, 5:30-7:30pm Fri. Annual exhibition by the Sangamon Watercolor Society. On display through Oct 27. Free. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Bonnie & Clyde
Oct 12-14, 19-21, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. A thrilling and sexy Tony-nominated musical featuring a non-traditional score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. Admission. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Be Aware Women’s Fair
Oct 13, 9am-2pm Sat. A day devoted to women’s physical, financial and emotional health. Presented by Memorial Medical Center Foundation. $5 admission; free to children 12 and under. BeAwareWomensFair.com. 788-4700. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.
Oct 13, 11am-7pm Sat. End-of-harvest celebration featuring wine, sangria and beer plus live music, food and a bags tournament. $5 per person. westofwise.com. West of Wise Winery, 14096 State Highway 97, Petersburg, 632-6003.
Oct 13-14, 5-8pm Sat, 12-4pm Sun. Featuring games, raffles, silent auction, food and homemade desserts. St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 722 S. 12th St., 523-5963.
Oct 13, 7pm Sat. Hosted by the Chatham Jaycees. Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, 483-7999.
Carve for the Carillon
Oct 13-14, Sat-Sun. Help carve, scoop and move pumpkins for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Pumpkins supplied. All ages and abilities welcome. Rain or shine. Free. springfieldparks.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.
Springfield Marathon, 3/4 Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon
Oct 13-14, Sat-Sun. All routes feature beautiful scenery and begin and end on the UIS campus. 5K on Saturday after packet pickup. Registration. springfieldmarathon.com. University of Illinois at Springfield, 206-6073.
Echoes of Yesteryear
Oct 14, 12-4pm Sun. Walking tour features seven actors dressed in period costumes telling their personal stories at their respective grave sites. Sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society. Rain date is Oct 21. Free. sangamonhistory.org. 525-1961. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.
Healthy Living for the Brain and Body
Oct 15, 11am-12:30pm Mon. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement and hands-on tools to help you create a plan for healthy aging. Complimentary lunch included. morningstar-cafe.com. 726-5184. Morning Star Mercantile and Cafe, Route 97, Salisbury, Salisbury, 626-2022.
Oct 16, Nov 13, Dec 11, 10:30am and 7:30pm Tue. Drink tea, have cake and talk about death with others in a safe space. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 Laverna Road, 523-0901.
Route 66: History of Transportation in Springfield
Oct 16, 5:30pm Tue. Part of the Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today: Illinois Realtors Town Hall Speaker Series. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 753-4900.
Pilgrimage to Tomb of Lafore Lock
Oct 18, 4-5:30pm Thu. Brief remembrance honoring Private Farley Lafore Lock. Bring poppies or violas. Free. sangamoncountyhistory.org. 891-8719. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.
6x6 Art Raffle
Oct 18, 6-8pm Thu. Explore a wall filled with stunning miniature artworks created by local artists, plus fun, games and local music. On display through Oct 18. Free. springfieldart.org. SAA Collective Gallery, 420 S. Sixth St., 544-2787.
Illinois Prairies: A Sense of Place
Oct 18, 6:30pm Thu. Presentation by Professor Charles Schweighauser. pspld.com. Prairie Skies Public Library District Ashland, 125 W. Editor St., Ashland, 476-3417.
Lincoln vs Douglas: Slavery and Race in Illinois History
Oct 18, 7-9pm Thu. 2018 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series moderated by Dr. Michael Burlingame with lectures by Dr. Graham Peck and Dr. Roger. Free. uis.edu. 206-7163. UIS Student Union, One William Maxwell Lane, 206-4782.
Citizens Club Policy Breakfast
Oct 19, 8am-9pm Fri. Program highlights Illinois Election Cyber-Security. Coffee reception at 7:30am. Free. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Edwards Place Murder Mystery
Oct 19-20, 26-27, 6:30pm Fri-Sat. Dinner and entertainment. $40 SAA members, $45 non. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Oct 19, 8pm Fri. “Turn up the Quiet World Tour” by multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall. Admission. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Oct 19-20, Fri-Sat. See illuminated jack-o-lanterns carved by community members and local artists. Food vendors on site. Rain or shine. springfieldparks.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.
Music to Commemorate the Bicentennial
Oct 21, 2-3pm Sun. “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music to Commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial” by Chicago-based hammered dulcimer player Phil Passen. Free. 782-0979. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
Hair Wreaths and Mourning Items
Oct 24, 12pm Wed. Moderated by Erika Holst, curator of decorative arts and history. Part of the ALPLM and ISM’s “Tales from the Vault” program series. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 785-0037.
Best of Springfield Party
Oct 25, 5-9pm Thu. Featuring Springfield’s best live music, food and drinks as showcased by 2018 “Best of Springfield” nominees and other local businesses. Hosted by Illinois Times. $15 adv; $20 at door. illinoistimestix.com. Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.
20th Anniversary Harvest Celebration
Oct 25, 5:30-8:30pm Thu. $100. centralilfoodbank.org. 522-4022. Horace Mann, 1 Horace Mann Plaza, (800) 999-1030.
Oct 26, 6:30-9pm Fri. Indoor owl presentation by the Illinois Raptor Center followed by a night hike on the trails of Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. $10 adults, $5 children 6-12. springfieldaudubon.org. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 E. Clear Lake Ave., 544-2473.
New Salem Fall Festival
Oct 27-28, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun. Period-clothed interpreters demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, fruit and vegetable preservation, soap making, basket making, spinning wool and more. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Spitler Woods Natural Area Hike
Oct 27, 10am-12pm Sat. Enjoy fall colors during a 2.6-mile hike through grove of old-growth upland forest. Hosted by the SVG Sierra Club. Limited to 20 participants. RSVP. 899-9996. Spitler Park State Natural Area, 705 Spitler Park Dr., Mount Zion, 864-3121.
Main Street Pumpkin Festival
Oct 27, 11am-3pm Sat. Pumpkin decorating, hay rides, costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin playland, pumpkin drop, carnival rides, food, vendors, petting zoo and more. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. 243-5678. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville.
Straight No Chaser
Oct 28, 7-9pm Sun. Concert by Atlantic Records recording artists and world famous a capella group Straight No Chaser. $36.50+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Beneath Scandals - Beyond Policies
Nov 1, Thu. One-day seminar considers the implications of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements and what facilitated them in the workplace. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 Laverna Road, 523-0901.
Fragmented Remains Opening Reception
Nov 2, 5:30-7:30pm Fri. Local artist Corrin Smithson McWhirter and Michigan-based artist Nicole Maury team up for a fragmented examination of public and private memory. On display through Nov 24. Free. springfieldart.org. 523-2631. SAA Collective Gallery, 420 S. Sixth St., 544-2787.
Lincoln and Shakespeare
Nov 2, 7pm Fri. Starring Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln. Directed by Kevin Purcell. hcfta.org. 523-2787. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 785-7960.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Nov 3, 7pm Sat. Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Dr., 622-0099.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Nov 5, 9am Mon. Monthly meeting and community fair. Free. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.
Nov 7, Wed. Moderated by James Cornelius. Part of the ALPLM and ISM’s “Tales from the Vault” program series. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration
Nov 8, 12pm Thu. Illinois History Forum session moderated by historian Holly Kent, University of Illinois Springfield. Free. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Nov 8, 6-7:30pm Thu. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s stages and risk factors, current research and treatments, resources and more. Includes complimentary dinner. Registration. rivertonvillagelibrary.org. 726-5184. Riverton Village Library Central Library, 6500 Dawson Lane, Riverton, 629-6353.
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Nov 8, 7:30pm Thu. Tony Award-winning musical is a loving rip-off from the film classic titled Monty Python and the Holy Grail. $29+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Hearts and Hammers Raise the Roof
Nov 9, 7:15pm Fri. A fun game where participants compete against each other to “build a house.” Evening also features a raffle, silent auction and cash bar. $20 per ticket. HabitatSangamon.com. 523-2710. Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Dr., 622-0099.
Edwards Place Fall Play
Nov 9-10, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Play incorporates letters and stories from Civil War-era writers with music performances from the period, packaged into short vignettes. $15 SAA members, $20 non. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
CINA Coin Show
Nov 11, 9am-4pm Sun. Featuring 72 tables and more than 50 Midwest dealers featuring US and foreign coins and currency, gold and silver bullion, medals and ancient coins. Hosted by Central Illinois Numismatic Association. $1 admission, free to CINA members and children 16 and under. 528-7634. Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., 523-7900.
Veterans Day Parade
Nov 11, 10-11am Sun. A celebration of the brave men and women of the armed forces. downtownspringfield.org. 544-1723. Downtown Springfield.
Veterans Day Ceremony and Reception
Nov 12, 1pm Mon. Reception to follow ceremony. Free. llcc.edu. 786-2241. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.
Springfield through the Wars
Nov 13, 6pm Tue. Featuring speaker Laura Reyman on Springfield’s Soldiers’ Aid Society during the Civil War and FBI speaker Craig King on his time serving at Guantanamo. Part of the “Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today: Illinois Realtors Town Hall Speaker Series.” The State Journal Register, 1 Copley Plaza, 788-1326.
Local Environmental Restoration Efforts
Nov 14, 6:30-8pm Wed. Monthly Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club meeting. Featuring a presentation by representatives of the Friends of the Sangamon Valley on their work in our local watershed. Free. lincolnlibrary.info. 899-9996. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 753-4900.
Christmas in the Park
Nov 16-17, 4-8pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat. Holiday craft sale featuring Christmas decorations, ornaments, hand-pieced pillows, small themed trees, and plenty of Santas, snowmen and angels. Free. Country Place Condo Clubhouse, 1/2 mile east of Toronto Road and 1/2 mile north of North Cotton Hill Road, 626-1738.
Abe’s Trail Trek
Nov 17, 8:30am Sat. New courses for 5K, 10K and half-marathon distances through a historic venue with hills, scenic river views, and an 1800s pioneer village. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
Nov 17-25, 10am-8pm Sat-Sun. Nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 creatively-decorated trees and wreaths plus more. $5 adults, $3 ages 3-12, free to ages 2 and under. memorialmedical.com. 788-4700. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.
SAA Collective Members Exhibition Reception
Nov 30, 5-7pm Fri. Featuring new works by the SAA Collective artists. On display through Dec 22. Free. springfieldart.org. SAA Collective Gallery, 420 S. Sixth St., 544-2787.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Nov 30, Dec 1, 7pm Fri-Sat. Second annual Christmas show by the Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus. Tickets. hcfta.org. 553-3324. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Nov 30, Dec 1-2, 7-9, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Admission. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.