Fall Guide Calendar
Reception for “elemental”
Aug 22, 5:30-7:30pm Thu. Mixed media artist Laura Anderson. Free. llcc.edu. LLCC James S. Murray Gallery, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-4967.
Women in the Civil War
Aug 22, 6:30-7:45pm Thu. Kathleen Heyworth will present stories and information about the multiple roles women played in the Civil War. Free. booksonthesquare.com. Books on the Square Springfield, 427 E. Washington St., 965-5443.
SCHEELS Run Bike Club
Aug 22, 5:45-8pm. Every Thursday through Sep 26. All levels of riders and runners are welcome. All ages welcome, but if you are 17, you must bring your parent along. Free. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., 726-6330.
Illinois Products Farmers Market
Aug 22, 4-7pm. Every Thursday through Oct 10. Shopping, health and wellness information, live entertainment and more in a street party atmosphere. Free. agr.state.il.us. Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Shed, 801 Sangamon Ave., 524-3297.
Aug 23, 7-9pm Fri. The Atlanta-based pop band is on a nation-wide tour this summer. uis.edu. University of Illinois at Springfield, 1 University Plaza, 206-6073.
Museum After Hours: 80s and 90s Night
Aug 23, 5-8pm Fri. Relive the 1980s and 90s with games, objects from the museum collection, door prizes and dance music provided by a DJ. $10 members, $15 non. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Summer Concert Series
Aug 23, 6:30-8:30pm. Every Friday through Sep 20. Free. White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave., 787-0110.
Illinois Prairie Pastel Society Reception
Aug 23, 5:30-7:30pm Fri. A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception to open the exhibit of over 30 members’ works. Open to the public. Free. chatham.lib. Chatham Area Public Library, 600 E. Spruce St., Chatham, 483-2713.
Oil Painting Class
Aug 23, 10am-12pm Fri. centralILseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 528-4035.
Exhibit Walk and Talk
Aug 23, 2-2:30pm Fri. Join a museum curator for a guided walk and talk. Explore different topics and galleries. Appropriate for all ages. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Old Capitol Blues and BBQ
Aug 23-24, 5pm-12am Fri and 2pm-12am Sat. A two-day festival of sultry blues and smoky BBQ, including judging and sales. Live music. $5 Fri and $10 Sat. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
2019 Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Aug 23-24, 7-10pm Fri, 1-6pm Sat. Unique craft beers and ciders from breweries across the state, live music and food trucks. Fri. VIP event $100. Sat. $30 and designated driver option is $10. Downtown Decatur. 423-3189.
Public Policy Breakfast
Aug 23, 7:30am Fri. Alan (AJ) Simmons, Ph.D. of UIS will discuss the 2019 Sangamon County Citizens Survey which provides local leaders, community organizations and citizens with insight into issues facing local residents. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Springfield Breakfast Optimist Club
Aug 23, 7am. Every Friday through Dec 27. Visitors are welcome. peacelutheranspringfield.org. Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W. Jefferson St., 546-5021.
Springfield Municipal Band
Aug 24, 10:30am Sat. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Music at the Market
Aug 24, 10am-12pm Sat. Rachel Rambach. A part of SAAC’s Music at the Market series. downtownspringfield.org. Old Capitol Farmers Market, Fourth and Adams streets, 753-3519.
Aug 24, 10am-3pm Sat. Supplies and equipment from forgotten hobbies. Art supplies, photography equipment, metals equipment, crayons, canvases, totes, stools, paints, easels, larger canvases, frames and more. Free and open to the public. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
End of Summer Tiki Bash
Aug 24, Sat. KC Lake Club, 141 N. Lakewood Dr., Chatham, 483-3013.
Aug 24, 11am-12pm Sat. Join an outdoor classroom to learn about the many benefits of weeds. Workshop will include a plant identification walk-around. Free. Enos Park Community Garden, 1022 N. Fifth St., 708-580-8432.
Book signing by Jan Jacobi
Aug 24, 31, 10am-3pm Sat. The novel, “Young Lincoln,” was selected as a 2018 Nautilus Award Winner, and also received a Best of Illinois History award by the Illinois State Historical Society. Free.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 S. Eighth St., 391-3221.
Fall Coffee and Branch Meeting
Aug 24, 9am-12pm Sat. Hosted by the American Association of University Women. Fall meeting with light refreshments. Free. aauwspringfieldil.com. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.
Old Capitol Farmers Market
Aug 24, 8am-12pm. Every Wednesday and Saturday through Oct 26. Local produce, baked goods and products and live entertainment. Free. Old Capitol Farmers Market, Fourth and Adams streets, 544-1723.
Brian Free and Assurance Concert
Aug 25, 6-7:30pm Sun. Donations welcome. First Christian Church of Petersburg, 210 S. Eighth St., Petersburg, 825-3817.
Sacred Heart Convent Chapel Tour
Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 29, 1:30pm Sun. Enjoy an up-close encounter with this pristine mid-century modern architectural gem. Accessible facility. Free, but preregistration required. springfieldop.org. Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., 787-0481.
Aug 25 4-6pm. Every Sunday through Sep 29 enjoy a free ride on Jacksonville’s landmark Ferris wheel, Big Eli. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main St., Jacksonville, 800-593-5678.
41st Annual Regional Mustang and All Ford Show
Aug 25, 8am-3pm Sun. Up to 150 cars are expected at the show benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Abraham Lincoln will be on hand around 3pm to present the class awards. cimclub.com. Landmark Ford, 2401 Prairie Crossing Dr. 866-807-5399.
Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus and Ice Cream Social
Aug 25, 5pm Sun. Enjoy a small town tradition. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Road, Sherman. 496-2621.
Dr. Dan Adair Memorial Triathlon
Aug 26, 7:30am Mon. Race includes both a competitive and non-competitive triathlon. triharderpromotions.com. Memorial SportsCare, 4550 W. Iles Ave., 341-1309.
Aug 26, 6-8pm Mon. Speakers will be Molly Berns from Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and Val Yazell. Free. springfieldicon.org. First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Blvd., 528-9803.
217 Burger Week
Aug 26-Sep 1, Mon-Sun. Various locations. One whole week of specially crafted burgers at participating restaurants. Illinoistimes.com. 753-2226.
Farm Progress Show
Aug 27, 12:30pm Tue. The nation’s largest outdoor farm event with more than 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, seed and crop protection products, and farm supplies and services. Progress City, USA, 1 College Park, Decatur, 866-264-7469.
Artist on the Plaza
Aug 28, 12-1pm Wed. Derrick Streibig on guitar and vocals. SAAC’s Artist on the Plaza. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams St., 753-3519.
Remembering Our Fallen
Aug 28, 8am Wed. The memorial includes 31 tribute towers with military and personal photos of over 5,000 of those who have fallen since 9/11. Free. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, 243-5678.
Lincoln’s 8th Judicial Circuit
Aug 29, 5:30pm Thu. Lincoln made valuable connections, sharpened his debate skills and learned the value of a well-timed joke. Get the full story from Guy Fraker. Registration required. Free. alplm.org.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Exhibit Walk and Talk
Aug 30, 2-2:30pm Fri. Join a museum curator at the Illinois State Museum for a guided walk and talk. Explore different topics and galleries. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Springfield Theatre Centre’s Boat and Season Launch Party
Aug 30, 6-10pm Fri. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert bar, drinks, cash bar, music and boat rides. HCFTA.org. Tickets $30. Island Bay Yacht Club, 76 Yacht Club Road, 523-0878.
Aug 31, 6-10pm Sat. Music from the 1990s.Sherman Village Park, 1200 Rail Fence Rd., Sherman, 496-2621.
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Aug 31, 10am Sat. Woodcarving, intarsia, woodturning and pyrography, vendors, activities, drawings and seminars. svwoodcarvers.org. Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 414-4790.
End of Summer Party
Aug 31, 4-10pm Sat. Food, drinks and live music with After Sunset. elks158.com. Springfield Elks Lodge #158, 409 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-0158.
Aug 31, 4-9pm Sat. A one-of-a-kind event modeled after traditional chautauquas. Historic character portrayals, lectures and music. A fun, educational family event. Free. Central Christian Church, 359 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, 245-2285.
Party like it’s 1860
Aug 31, 5:30-7:30pm Sat. Enjoy an evening of games, dance, carriage rides and conversation from the time the Lincolns lived in the neighborhood. Lincoln will give his Farewell Address by the campfire. Free. nps.gov. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 S. Eighth St., 391-3221.
10th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival
Aug 31, 12pm Sat. Over 40 brands of craft beer, gourmet oysters, live music and local food trucks. Rain or shine. No ticket refunds. sobfestival.com. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 522-3123.
Healing Arts Fest
Aug 31, 11am-11pm Sat. Music, lectures and info about holistic health and happiness. Christian Science teacher Dave Hohle will speak at 3pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ Roll Hardees, 2501 Adlai Stevenson Dr., 529-0885.
Free Shred Event
Aug 31, 9-11am Sat. Provided by Affordable Shred. Free, however donations for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Sangamon and Menard Counties will be accepted. Limit of 5 bags per person. Illinois National Bank, 2849 S. Sixth St., 747-8543.
Springfield Mile II- American Flat Track
Sep 1, 12-8pm Sun. American Flat Track is America’s original extreme sport. $35 in advance, $45 race week. Premier pass is $130 and includes pit pass, reserved seating, T-shirt, program and catered food. americanflattrack.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar
Sep 1, 8am-4pm. First Sunday of every month through Dec 8, rain or shine. Arts, crafts, decor, jewelry, food, furniture, antiques and vintage. $4 per person, free to ages 12 and under. agr.state.il.us. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Labor Day Party
Sep 1, 5pm Sun. Live music by the Shenanigans. firefighterspostal.com. Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Dr., 622-0099.
Architectural Walking Tour
Sep 4, 5:30-7pm Wed. See the Ridgely Building, Barker Garage, St. George Apartments and Lutheran Trinity Church. The tour will conclude with a complimentary reception. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams St., 544-1723.
Sep 4, 18, 6-9pm Wed. Local artists, artisans, crafters and vendors from around Springfield and central Illinois. All vendors’ fees are donated to a selected charity. obedsandisaacs.com. Free to attend. Obed and Isaacs, 500 S. Sixth St., 522-3123.
Adventures in Bird Banding
Sep 4, 7-8:30pm Wed. Biology professor Tony Rothering will discuss the purpose and methodology of capturing and banding birds. Part of the Paul Mickey Learning Series. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org.
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 558-6696.
Union Square Tai Chi
Sep 5, 12-1pm Thu. Find work/life balance with outdoor lunchtime tai chi. Free. st-johns.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Historical Archaeology or 19th Century Garbage
Sep 5, 12-1pm Thu. Archaeologist Robert Mazrim discusses why outhouses are treasure troves of 19th century artifacts. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 558-6696.
Writers Read and Talk About Writing
Sep 5, 6:30-8pm Thu. Taylor Pensoneau and Dan Guillory will read from their works and will comment on their writing styles and offer insights. Thea Chesley of Springfield Poets and Writers will moderate. Free. booksonthesquare.com. Books on the Square Springfield, 427 E. Washington St., 965-5443.
Tai Chi Classes
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30am and 5:30pm Thu. Instructor Cindy Cannamela will offer this practice which brings together mindful, gentle and circular movements that are performed with a relaxed tempo. $60 for a four-class session. $17 drop-in fee. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
John Byrne Band
Sep 6, 6-10pm Fri. Led by Dublin native John Byrne, the band combines Irish and American folk styles.
Sherman Village Park, 1200 Rail Fence Rd., Sherman, 496-2621.
Acrylic Art Class
Sep 6, 10am-12pm. Every Friday through Sep 27. centralILseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 528-4035.
“About Becoming” Reception
Sep 6, 5-7pm Fri. Featuring E. Vern Taylor, Tracey Maras and Danny Brikshavana. Free. springfieldart.org. SAA Collective Gallery, 420 S. Sixth St., 544-2787.
Movies in the Park - Aquaman
Sep 6, 8pm Fri. Bring a lawn chair, sleeping bag or blankets to sit on. Movie begins at sunset, approximately 8pm. Free. springfieldparks.org. Kiwanis Park, Stanton Street, 544-1751.
“Art as Advocacy: Promoting Equity and Social Justice for Women”
Sep 6, 5:30-7:30 PM, Fri. View work of artists from over 20 states and Canada and on display through September 28. Free. M. G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Sep 7, 6-8pm Sat. Mike Reisenger. Free. vachellindsay.org. Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St., 524-0901.
Jazz in Bloom
Sep 7, 6-8:30pm Sat. An annual garden party with food, drinks and music by Sharpen Up with Damien Kaplan, Tim Niemeyer and Brandt Sitze. $60. Benefits the Dana-Thomas House. dana-thomas.org. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 788-9452.
Cougar Sprint and Wildcat Olympic Triathlons
Sep 7, 8am Sat. triharderpromotions.com. Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, 10149 County Hwy. 11, Chandlerville, 341-1309.
Sep 7, 10am Sat. Pottery making, quiller, painting, chair making, art work of area students and professional photography. Food, live music, tours and children’s activities. $5, ages 6-14 $3. Historic Marbold Farmstead, 21722 State Highway 29, Greenview, 341-0757.
Historic Bicycle Ride
Sep 7, 1-3pm Sat. A tour of historic sites in the capital city with an easy-paced 8-mile bicycle ride. Featuring tour guides and ride marshals. Hosted by the Springfield Bicycle Club. Free. cccweekend.org. Free. Capitol Complex Visitors Center, 425 S. College St., 720-1568.
Prairie Stars 5K
Sep 7, 8:30am Sat. The inaugural 5K run/walk is open to community members, UIS students, faculty and staff. $13, UIS students $8. uis.edu. UIS Recreation and Athletic Center, 2171 University Dr., 206-7103.
Greek OPA Fest
Sep 7, 11am-7pm Sat. Greek food festival with live Greek music. Admission is free. St. Anthony’s Hellenic Orthodox Church, 1600 S. Glenwood Ave., 522-7010.
3rd Annual Oktoberfest
Sep 7, 12-10:30pm Sat. German bands and German-themed food and activities, Dachshund races, children’s activities, petting zoo. $5 admission. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 691-1506.
Downtown Springfield Family FunFest
Sep 7, 11am-4pm Sat. Specifically geared towards children and featuring inflatable obstacle courses and bounce houses, games and activities, food trucks and a main stage packed with entertainment for the entire day. $10, ages 2 and under are free. springfieldfunfest.org. Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, 1 Old Capitol Plaza N., 522-1129.
Sep 7, Sat. Lake Press Club, 13 Club Area, 529-1221.
Fall into Fall Super Saturday
Sep 7, 11am-3pm Sat. Learn about the science and art of fall through crafts, games, and activities. Ages 5+. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Autism Support of Central Illinois
Sep 7, 9:30am Sat. Future planning workshop for families. Free. autismcil.org. Hope Pavilion, 5220 S. Sixth St., 585-1421.
Meet a Vet
Sep 7, 10am Sat. Heroes save more than just people. They save all kinds of animals. kidzeum.org. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children’s Museum, 412 E. Adams St., 971-4435.
47th Annual Capital City Century
Sep 8, 7am-5pm Sun. Well-marked routes on low-volume rural roads. Mass starts for different distances. Food stops, rider information and SAG support. Cost varies by registration date. capcitycentury.com. UIS Student Union, 2251 Richard Wright Dr., 899-9175.
A Civil War Playlist
Sep 8, 7pm Sun. Christian McWhirter, Hannah Jellen and Benjamin Holbrook will bring to life some Civil War era favorites, along with the history behind the songs. Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Litchfield Pickers Market
Sep 8, 9am-3pm Sun. Vintage and antique items. Live music. visitlitchfield.com. Downtown Litchfield, 400 N. State St., 866-733-5833.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Sep 9, 9am Mon. Fall garden presentation by David Robson. Free. scgc-il.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 563-940-5735.
Springfield Municipal Band
Sep 10-11, 7:30pm Tue-Wed. Douglas Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Young at Heart
Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, 9:30-11:30am Tue. Lewis Memorial Village will offer blood pressure checks followed by a program, devotion and prepared lunch. Open to all area seniors. Free. athenschristian.net. Athens Christian Church, 1411 E. Route 29, Athens, 636-8463.
Lunch and Learn: New Salem and Stephen A. Douglas
Sep 10, 11:30am-1:30pm Tue. The Reconstruction of New Salem presented by Dr. Mark B. Pohlad of DePaul University. The Rise of Stephen presented by author Reg Ankrom. $25 includes lunch. UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Dr., 206-6058.
Bites on the Boulevard
Sep 10, 5-9pm Tue. Dinner! bssbruins.org. Blessed Sacrament School, 748 W. Laurel St., 522-7534.
Back to School Story Time
Sep 10, 10-11am Tue. Enjoy stories and a craft to celebrate a new school year. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Elijah Iles House Fall Porch Chats
Sep 11, 5:30-6:30pm Wed. John Eck will talk about growing up in Springfield. Free. ileshouse.org. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 481-4397.
Wednesday Night Connection
Sep 11, 5:45-7:30pm. Every Wednesday through Nov. 13. Food, fellowship and study. Supper is served before classes. Age-appropriate classes for ages 4-adult. Nursery care provided. Optional donation welcome for meal. Cost of materials for some classes. athenschristian.net. Athens Christian Church, 1411 E. Route 29, Athens, 636-8463.
Author Bill Clutter
Sep 11, 6:30-8pm Wed. The environmental author of the book, “Coal Tar,” is experienced in complex civil and criminal environmental investigations. Free. lincolnlibrary.info. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 793-2178.
5th Annual STEM Fair
Sep 11, 6-8pm Wed. Open to all area K-12 students, parents and teachers. A wide range of science, technology, engineering and math activities and resources from over 50 exhibitors. Free. Rochester High School, 3 Rocket Dr., Rochester, 498-9761.
Sep 12, 4:30-6:30pm Thu. Hosted by the Central Illinois Reading Council. Educators and school staff from Sangamon and surrounding counties are invited. Learn about upcoming events, membership opportunities, grants and professional development opportunities. Wings and nachos provided. Free. illinoisreadingcouncil.org. Cousin Eddie’s Bar and Grill, 1951 W. Monroe.
Music at the Museum
Sep 12, 7-9pm Thu. Ivas John, acoustic blues musician. $8 members, $10 adults. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 558-6696.
Illinois History Forum
Sep 12, Nov 14, 12pm Thu. Experts in their fields will lead each discussion, giving the audience opportunities to ask questions and share their observations. Each forum focuses on a different book or museum exhibit. Reservations are not required and participants may bring lunch. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 524-6045.
Fly the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor
Sep 12-15, 2-5pm Thu, 9am-5pm Fri-Sun. Learn about this historic aircraft and its impact on aviation and commercial air travel. Free viewing and information. Advance flight tickets $72; walk up day of $77. Children 17 and under $52. eaa.org. Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, 1200 Capital Airport Dr., 877-952-5395.
Atlanta Fall Festival
Sep 12-15, 5pm Thu-Fri, 8am Sat, 11am Sun. Amusements, live music, merchants’ drawings, bingo and lots of food including nightly suppers sponsored by area groups. 103 SW Arch St., Atlanta.
21st Annual Harvest Celebration
Sep 12, 5:30-8:30pm Thu. Benefits the Central Illinois Foodbank. $100. centralilfoodbank.org. UIS Student Union, 2251 Richard Wright Dr., 522-4022.
Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival
Sep 12-14, 6pm Thu, 12pm Fri, 8am Sat. Benefits the Market on the Hill, a community-owned grocery store. Demonstrations and vintage games, vendors and crafts, beer tent, food, inflatables and live music. Downtown Mt. Pulaski.
HairBanger’s Ball with Phantom Lordz
Sep 13, 7-10pm Fri. Music and mayhem for young and old alike, bundled together in a high-octane lineup. Sherman Village Park, 1200 Rail Fence Rd., Sherman, 496-2621.
Spinning Weekend at Jubilee Farm
Sep 13-14, 12pm-8pm Fri, 9am-8pm Sat. An opportunity to observe experienced spinners and to practice on various wheels. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your own wheel, if you have one. Informal. $25 for one day, $40 for two. jubileefarm.info. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927.
Sep 13-15, Fri-Sun. Civil War regiment encampment, carnival, 5/10k walk and run. Live music and fireworks on Saturday. rochester150.com. Rochester Community Park, Rochester. 498-7891.
New Philadelphia and Hannibal Day Trip
Sep 14, 7:45am-7:30pm Sat. Stories of African-Americans whose lives began in enslavement and endured struggles even after receiving freedom. $75 includes motor coach, lunch and admissions. Reservations required. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 558-6696.
Civil War Tech - Lincoln’s Patent
Sep 14, 10am-12pm Sat. Learn about Abraham Lincoln’s patented invention and his passion for innovation and technology. Build your own 19th century invention and pitch it to our panel of mock investors. Free, but registration is required. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Donuts and Dogs 5k Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser
Sep 14, 9am-1pm Sat. Bring your K-9 companion. Donuts, dog treats and fun activities. Want to participate but can’t run the race? Register as an official Catnapper and raise money as an individual or a team. apl-shelter.org. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 544-7387.
Sep 14, 6:30pm Sat. Run through a 160-year-old cemetery. 5k, 10k and half marathons triharderpromotions.com. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 341-1309.
Art Spectacular at the Carillon
Sep 14-15, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Juried fine art featuring up to 50 artists using a variety of media, artist demonstrations, music, Hy-Vee Grill, Patron Bucks, gift basket raffle and silent auction. Free admission. carillon-rees.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 787-3532.
Sep 14, Sat. Anchor Boat Club, 407 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1174.
HOP in the City Festival
Sep 14, 11am-4pm Sat. Sample more than 40 different beer styles and six specialty tappings. Live music, festival fare and brewers. Advance tasting tickets $35, day of $45. Schlafly Brewery, 7260 Southwest Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-2337.
Bird Feeder Wash
Sep 14, 10am-1pm Sat. Bring your dirty bird feeders to Wild Birds Unlimited and, for a suggested donation of $5, volunteers with the Springfield Audubon Society will clean them. springfieldaudubon.org. Wild Birds Unlimited, 1930 S. MacArthur Blvd., 544-2473.
Mocha Moms, Inc. Muffins and Moms Open House
Sep 14, 11am-1pm Sat. Introductory meeting of a support network of moms. Children welcome. Light refreshments. Free mochamoms.org. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 309-431-1410.
Fall Farm Day
Sep 15, 12-5pm Sun. Featuring popcorn wagon rides plus pumpkin and face painting, music by Jeff Cordes and food. Free admission. gailspumpkinpatch.com. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, 1709 2000th Ave., Beason, 447-3409.
LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning Chili Day
Sep 15, 11am-4pm Sun. $8 per person, ages 8 and under are free. templebrithsholom.net. Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St., 525-1360.
AARP Smart Driver Course
Sep 16-17, Oct 21-22, 8:30am-12:30pm Mon-Tue. Learn how to drive more safely and confidently and receive a certificate for completing this course and qualify for a discounted insurance premium. Registration required. $15.00 for AARP members, $20.00 for all others collected on the first day of class (cash or check only). centralILseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 528-4035.
Illini Bird Fanciers Bird Fair
Sep 16, 9am-4pm Mon. One of the largest bird fairs in Illinois. Event features birds, cages, toys, seed, bird trimming and more. $3 adults; free for kids 12 and under with paid adult. illinibirdfanciers.com.
Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 836-2836.
Springfield Philatelic Society Meeting
Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, 6:30-8:15pm Mon. Business meeting at 7pm followed by stamp-related program. Free. classic.stamps.org. Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W. Jefferson St., 341-4838.
Elijah Iles House Fall Porch Chats
Sep 18, 5:30-6:30pm Wed. Allan Woodson will speak on growing up in Springfield. Free. ileshouse.org. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 481-4397.
Brown Bag Program: It’s All in Your Head
Sep 18, 12-1pm Wed. Curator Erich Schroeder will guide you through current research into the science of music. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 558-6696.
Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts: Ethics, Morality and Contemporary Values
Sep 18, 6pm Wed. Co-sponsored by LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning. Free. llcc.edu. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 786-2432.
3rd Annual Shoes and Brews
Sep 19, 5-9pm Thu. Admission comes with a domestic beer and samples from participating food sponsors, drink tickets to sample varieties of beer and wine sponsors and live music. Glasses of craft beer and wine available for purchase. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Ages 21+ only. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 585-2941.
Wild India: Tales and Photos
Sep 19, 5:30pm Thu. Join adventurers, naturalists and photographers Michael Jeffords and Susan Post as they discuss their exploration of northern India in search of snow leopards, tigers and rare rhinos. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 554-2473.
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep 21-22, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Fun for the whole family with over 60 booths, artist demos to watch and a used book sale. Live music, food vendors and a beer and wine tent. Dog-friendly. Free. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Museum Day Live
Sep 21, 9am-4:30pm Sat. The Illinois State Museum is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit smithsonian.com to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the state museum. Service members and seniors 64+ are always free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Sat. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Party on the Patio
Sep 21, Sat. Aqua Sports Club, 1 Club Area, 529-2431.
genHkids Trivia Night
Sep 21, 6:30pm Sat. Exercise your brain, learn something new and support genHkids programming for the 2019-2020 school year. prairieheart.com. Dove Conference Center, Prairie Heart Institute, 619 E. Mason St., 544-6464, ext. 44619.
Center for American Archeology Open House
Sep 21, 1-2pm Sat. Learn about the center, the progress of on-going excavations and upcoming programs. Presentation and slide show. Free. caa-archeology.org. Center for American Archeology, 101 N. Broadway, Kampsville, 618-653-4316.
Cruise Nite and Car Show
Sep 21, 9am-9pm Sat. One of the area’s largest cruise nights, this event brings in classic and antique autos for a day of fun for everyone. Car show at 9am, cruise at 5pm. jacksonvilleil.org. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest
Sep 21, 12-9pm Sat. German beer, wine, food, music, dancing and oompa bands, wiener dog races, keg toss contest and bags tournament. jacksonvillerotary.org. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N. Westgate, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitter Festival
Sep 21, Sat. Working crafts, pioneer village, tomahawk throw, railsplitting, children’s games, vendors and crafts, old time music, dancing, food and historical displays. railsplitting.com. postvillecourthouse.com. Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, 914 Fifth St, Lincoln, 309-696-4286.
World Record Attempt: Lincoln Impersonators
Sep 21, 8am-4pm Sat. Help break the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Lincoln. Must be instantly recognizable as ol’ Abe -- stovepipe hat, ear-to-ear beard (no mustache) long black coat, black waistcoat, white collared shirt and bow tie. destinationlogancountyil.com. Logan County Courthouse, 601 Broadway St., Lincoln, 732-8669.
Sep 21, 8-10pm Sat. Part of the Movies in the Park series. Free. devonamphitheater.com. The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, 620 E. Riverside Dr., Decatur, 619-8025.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Sep 21, 8:30am-12pm Sat. Participants can join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk. Free. Donations requested. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 801-9352.
Floating Lantern Festival
Sep 21, 4:30-9pm Sat. Receive a biodegradable floating lantern kit and an LED tea light upon entry. Everything will be provided to decorate your lantern. Food truck, beverages, kid’s activities and live music. $10 for lantern kit or $5 for spectators. Illinois State Fairgrounds, Conservation World, One Natural Resources Way. 782-6302.
Sep 21, 9am Sat. Unlimited rides on steam and diesel-powered passenger and freight trains. Ride in a caboose or on a motorcar. $20 adults, $10 kids. mrym.org. Monticello Railway Museum, 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello, 762-9011.
Auditions for Spring Awakening
Sep 21, Sat. springfieldtheatrecentre.com Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Remarkable Raptors Family Event
Sep 21, 11am-3pm Sat. Celebrate birds of prey – owls, eagles, falcons and more. Enjoy educational games and activities. Ages 7+. Receive free adult Museum Day tickets for this day by visiting smithsonian.com. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Sep 21-22, 9am-4pm Sat, 10am-4 pm Sun. Vendors, artisans, Civil War regiment encampment. $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12, under 6 is free. clayville.org. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Leaf Identification Hike
Sep 21, 28, 10am-12pm Sat. Do the kids have a leaf collection project for school? We will be collecting over 50 leaves. Bring a spiral notebook and pencil. Pre-registration and parent/adult chaperones are required. $5. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Standing on her Shoulders - The Ripple
Sep 22, 2pm Sun. Reenactors and contemporary women will recall their own experiences of gaining the right to vote and the road to full equality. Illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
Elijah Iles House Fall Porch Chats
Sep 25, 5:30-6:30pm Wed. Robert Cohen will speak on growing up in Springfield. Free. ileshouse.org. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 481-4397.
Let’s Dance Through the Decades
Sep 25, 1-3pm Wed. Do your favorite dance or dances. Register by Sept. 18. centralILseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 528-4035.
Racial Reconciliation: Continuing Along the Moral Arc of Justice
Sep 26, 6pm Thu. A part of the Food and Faith Dinner Series conversations. With Kathryn Harris and Dan Frachey. $20. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Fact vs. Fiction: WWII War Movies
Sep 26, 6:30-8pm Thu. No conflict in human history has been portrayed in the movies more than World War II. Join Mark DePue as he talks about some favorite World War II-themed movies. Free but registration is required. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 588-8844.
18th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Sep 27, 6pm Fri. celebrate the golden age of Route 66. Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield’s historic downtown. Illinoisroute66.org. Downtown Springfield, 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 317-236-6515.
Fall Festival and Steam Show
Sep 27, 7am-5pm Fri. Tractors, steam engines, farm equipment, demonstrations, Liberty Church, Yatesville School House, flea market, food, train rides and kids area. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 W. Michigan Ave., Jacksonville, 243-7262.
10 year anniversary banquet - Fighting for Equity and Justice
Sep 28, 5:30-8:30am Sat. The Faith Coalition for the Common Good 10 year anniversary. Jim Lewis, former U. S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois, will speak. $40. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.
Sep 28, 8am Sat. 50k ultra and 17-mile trail runs. triharderpromotions.com. Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, 10149 County Hwy. 11, Chandlerville. 341-1309.
Back to the 80s 5K Color Run
Sep 28, 9am-12pm Sat. Tickets $30-$40. Field of Dreams, 1100 Riverton Road, Riverton, 553-8252.
Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling
Sep 28, 10am-2pm Sat. A full schedule of animal programs for all ages. $5 adults, $2 children. hensonrobinsonzoo.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.
Fall Mindfulness Retreat – Opening to the Wisdom of the Body
Sep 28, 9am-3pm Sat. Cultivate the practice of mindfulness through guided meditations, personal reflection writing exercises and group discussion. $40/$45 after Sep. 16. Includes morning beverage and lunch. st-johns.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Rd., 544-5483.
Alpaca Farm Days
Sep 28-29, 11am-4pm Sat, 11am-3pm Sun. Pet the alpacas, shop alpaca products and watch demonstrations using alpaca fiber. Free. alpacasofindianpointhills.com. Alpacas of Indian Point Hills, 17229 Vaneman St., Petersburg, 414-0266.
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair
Sep 28-29, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. $6 per person/per day. Members and children 12 years and under are free. peoriaartguild.org. Peoria Riverfront, 200 NE Water St., Peoria, 309-637-2787.
Alan G. Birtch 5K Run/Walk
Sep 28, 8am Sat. An opportunity for patients and donor families to come together and share their stories. Registration required. $25 adults, $15 youth. $5 increase on the day of event. memorialtransplantservices.com. Hope Pavilion at Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 588-2417.
Sep 28, 3-7pm Sat. Kids of all ages will enjoy the bubble bus, inflatables, Wild Times Exotic Zoo, a gaming truck, hay rides, a variety stage and lots of good food. Free. hope.us. Hope Pavilion, 5220 S. Sixth St., 585-5437.
Carillon Citywide Hymn Fest
Sep 29, 3-5pm Sun. Traditional hymns plus musical interludes with the Trinity Summer Band. Free. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.
Springfield’s Washington St. in the 1800s
Oct 1, 6:30-8pm Tue. Richard Hart, known for his research into local history, will share information about Washington St. in downtown Springfield and its growth as a site of commerce in the 1800s. Free. booksonthesquare.com. Books on the Square Springfield, 427 E. Washington St., 965-5443.
The Great Pirate Adventure
Oct 1, 6pm Tue. PAW Patrol Live! The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure. $19+. theboscenter.com. Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.
Architectural Walking Tour
Oct 2, 5:30-7pm Wed. Tour the historic district of downtown. Kidzeum, the Cafe Moxo block, Sangamo Club and The State House Inn. Tour concludes with a complimentary reception. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams, 544-1723.
16th Annual Multicultural Fest
Oct 2, 10am-2pm Wed. A showcase of rich cultures including entertainment and exhibits. Free. llcc.edu. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2241.
21st Annual Conference on Illinois History
Oct 3, 8:30am Thu. Panels covering a wide range of topics from Illinois’s political, cultural and social history that will appeal to academics, teachers and anyone interested in the past. Continuing education credits are available. alplm.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Am I Doing This Right?
Oct 3-4, 6-7pm Thu –Fri. Physical therapists will teach proper form to help prevent exercise injuries. Free. st-johns.org/go217. St. John’s TherapyCare, 125 E. Plummer Blvd., Chatham.
Boo Crew Haunted House
Oct 4-5, 7pm Fri-Sat. Every Fri and Sat through Nov 2. Don’t miss this top-rated haunted house experience. So scary it’s only recommended for ages 10+. Younger children’s matinee Sat, Oct 19 3-6pm. Gen. admission $17, VIP, $30, matinee $7, blackout admission Nov 1 $20 including glow stick. Rain or shine. boocrew.com. Boo Crew Haunted House, 11083 Buckhart Road, Mechanicsburg.
Oct 5, 11am-11pm Sat. The bi-annual LGBTQ+ celebration of art, culture, history, education and advocacy. Downtown Decatur. 424-280-2566.
Logan County Fall Pickers Market
Oct 5-6, 10am-5pm Sat, 10-4pm Sun. Art, crafts, vintage, antiques and specialty booths with some of the best products in the area. $5, children 12 an under free. Logan County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln. 883-0570.
Oct 5, 11am-2pm Sat. A Halloween Party just for dogs featuring pet-related vendors, activities for kids and dogs alike, pumpkin painting, demonstrations and a canine costume contest. apl-shelter.org. Stuart Park, Winch Lane (north of Jefferson). 544-7387.
LOESS Mineral and Fossil Show
Oct 5-6, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Contribution by Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Illinois State Museum, and club members’ personal collections. Dealers, demonstrators and kid’s activities. $2 adults, $1 seniors, kids 12 and under free. loess.org. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 414-0033.
Get Creative Super Saturday
Oct 5, 11am-3pm Sat. Celebrate all the ways that people can express their creativity in their free time. Learn about hobbies and crafts with displays, games and crafts. Ages 5+. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Blessing of the Animals
Oct 6, 3:30pm Sun. This longtime APL tradition marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. Animals must either be on a leash or a size appropriate carrier. apl-shelter.org. Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, 544-7387.
Springfield/Chatham CROP Walk
Oct 6, 1:30pm Sun. Sponsored by Church World Service and organized locally to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. third-presbyterian.org. Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N. Seventh St., 528-0457.
Echoes of Yesteryear Cemetery Walk
Oct 6, 12-4pm Sun. A walking tour featuring seven actors dressed in period costumes portraying namesakes of local schools. Parking available. Participants will be bused to the area of the tour. Free, but donations accepted. sangamonhistory.org. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 525-1961.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Oct 7, 9am Mon. Japanese Maples and Other Rare Trees presented by Gale Myers. New members welcome. Free. scgc-il.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 563-940-5735.
217 Taste of Italy Week
Oct 7-13, Mon-Sun. What will the chefs create during this 217 Food Week? Bruschetta, pizza, panini? Visit the participating restaurants to sample them all. Illinoistimes.com. 753-2226.
Lunch and Learn: Footprints of Sangamon
Oct 8, 11:30am-1:30pm Tue. The Strawbridge-Shepherd House: The First Footprint of Sangamon State University presented by Richard Hart. The Early Days of Sangamon State University presented by Dr. Judith Everson. $25 includes lunch. UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Dr., 206-6058.
I Spy Story Time
Oct 8, 10-11am Tue. Shapes and colors are all around us, found in nature and in art. Ages 3-5 and caregivers. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Fall Fundraiser Car and Craft Show
Oct 9, 11am-2pm Wed. Sell your antiques, crafts, collectibles, clothing, candles, jewelry, handmade items, etc. Call 503-4643 to reserve space. Featuring the Cool Cruisers and music by Buckhart Road. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 528-4035.
Bushwalking Down Under
Oct 9, 6:30-8pm Wed. Steve Soltys will share slides from his 2018 visit to southern Queensland’s Scenic Rim and Victoria’s Southern Alps. Free. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 793-2178.
Music at the Museum
Oct 10, 7-9pm Thu. Contemplative folk musician, Noah Derksen. $8 members, $10 adults. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 558-6696.
Honoring Our Heritage Award
Oct 10, 6pm Thu. Recognizing the organizations that have made significant contributions to the African-American community in central Illinois. spiaahm.org. Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 529-7777.
Get Your Licks on Route 66
Oct 10, 11am-3pm Thu. The tour, which starts in California and follows Route 66, will stop in Springfield. Stop by to spin the prize wheel and win fabulous gifts for you and your pet. apl-shelter.org. PetSmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy., 544-7387.
Tales from the Vault - Rare Books
Oct 10, 12-1pm Thu. Reference librarian Meghan Harmon highlights some interesting books from the rare book collection. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Auditions for Young Frankenstein
Oct 11-13 and 18-20, Fri-Sun. springfieldtheatrecentre.com Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Sangamon Watercolor Society Opening Reception
Oct 11, 5:30-7:30 PM, Fri. The annual show of the members’ works. Refreshments will be provided and many of the members will be present at the reception to discuss their work. M. G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Youth Charity Horse Show
Oct 11-13, 8am Fri-Sun. This all-volunteer organization, the mission of which is Kids Helping Kids, donates its annual proceeds to an area charity and brings young riders together for a fun weekend of competitive showmanship and camaraderie. agr.state.il.us. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Terror in the Graveyard
Oct 11-12, 18-19, 25-27 and 31, 7-11pm Thu-Sun. Travel through an old, abandoned graveyard and along a terrifying trail into the woods. $13 for adults, $10 ages 10 and under. Menard County Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds, Petersburg, A unique outdoor haunting experience.
The Ball Brothers
Oct 12, 6-7:30pm Sat. A popular quartet which offers a mix of musical styles, melded together by tight, four-part harmony for people of all ages to enjoy. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Free for 12 and under. athenschristian.net. Athens Christian Church, 1411 E. Route 29, Athens, 636-8463.
Carve for the Carillon
Oct 12, 11am-3pm Sat. Pumpkins available until supplies run out. Bring carving tools. Finished pumpkins will be displayed at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Free. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.
Oct 12, Sat. Bags tournament. Lake Press Club, 13 Club Area, 529-1221.
LLCC Campus Visit Day - Fall Edition
Oct 14, 10am-12pm and 5-7pm Mon. Free event for prospective students and their families. llcc.edu. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2522.
2019 Lincoln Legacy Lecture
Oct 15, 6-9pm Tue Professors Jason Silverman and Mark Steiner will discuss Lincoln’s views on immigration and citizenship. Moderated by Dr. Michael Burlingame. Free. uis.edu.UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Dr., 206-6058.
The Past Tense and the Present (is still) Tense
Oct 16, 12-1pm Wed. Bring your lunch and listen to Richard Leary tell of travels to Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins, churches and museums. Part of the Brown Bag Lectures. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 558-6696.
Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts: Pants on Fire
Oct 16, 6pm Wed. I Co-sponsored by LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning. Free. llcc.edu. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 786-2432.
Oct 17, 6-8:30pm Thu. Presentation followed by a night hike. View Illinois owls and learn their natural history. $10 adults and $5 children. springfieldaudubon.org. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 E. Clear Lake Ave., 544-2473.
Forest Healing: The Kinship of Trees
Oct 18, Fri. For those who would like a full-sensory experience that will help facilitate emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. With Lisa Rose and Dan Frachey. $139. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Phoenix Center Fall GAYla Dinner and Auction
Oct 18, 5:30-10pm Fri. Dinner and silent and live auctions benefitting the Phoenix Center. $50. Phoenixcenterspringfield.org. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 528-5253.
Oct 18, 6:30-9:30pm Fri. More than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns will be displayed showcasing the talents of area residents, artists and District 186 students. Adults $7, children 4-11 $5, children 3 and under free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Out of the Darkness Walk
Oct 19, 1pm Sat. Join the effort to raise awareness and funds that allow investment in research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss. Free. afsp.donordrive.com. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 312-890-2377.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month
Oct 22, 6:30-8pm Tue. Brainstorm ideas for epilepsy awareness and education. Free. epilepsychicago.org. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 260-580-6817.
Best of Springfield Party
Oct 24, 5-9pm Thu. Find out the winners of IT’s Best of Springfield contest. Experience the best food, drinks and live music that Springfield has to offer. Taste food and drink samples from over 60 Best of Springfield restaurant and bar nominees and other local businesses. $20 advance, $25 at the door. illinoistimes.com. BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 753-2226.
Museum After Hours: Rockin’ Halloween
Oct 25, 5-8pm Fri. Enjoy music by Rock of Ages, drinks and fun Halloween activities. Costumes are encouraged. $10 members, $15 non. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Oct 25-27, 5-8pm Fri, 1-5pm Sat-Sun. Safe trick or treating inside the zoo. Costume contest Friday at 6pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm. $5 with trick or treating and $4 without. hensonrobinsonzoo.org.
Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.
Business Women’s Expo 2019
Oct 26, 10am-2pm Sat. Hosted by Crossroads Transitional Living Program, an organization that serves former foster care females in their transition to independence. Vendors include consultants, nonprofits, banks, financial planners, realtors, merchants and more. Free admission. The Salvation Army Corps, 1600 E. Clear Lake Ave., 525-2196.
Rosie the Riveter
Oct 26, 10am-12pm Sat. Explore the different roles women played during the war, make a key chain using rivet technology. Arts and crafts activities and 3D printers. Free with museum admission. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Auditions for It’s a Wonderful Life
Oct 26, Sat. springfieldtheatrecentre.com Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Sangamon Valley Trail Runs
Oct 26, 7:30am Sat. 5k, 10k and half marathon. triharderpromotions.com. Lewis Memorial Acres, 399 S. Koke Mill Road. 341-1309.
Main Street Pumpkin Festival
Oct 26, 10am-3pm Sat. Pumpkin decorating, hay rides, costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin drop, carnival rides, food, fall vendors, petting zoo, Pumpkin Playland and trick or treating. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Annual Tree Tour
Oct 26, 1-4pm Sat. The star tree this year is the Osage-orange tree that dates back to the mid-1800s. Six of the trees on the tour this year are original to the cemetery, dating back 100 years. oakridgecemetery.org. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.
Goosebumps Music Concert
Oct 26, 7-8:15pm Sat. Attendees are encouraged to dress in all black, all white or in costume to participate more fully in the experience of the organ classics, vocal pieces and interpretive performance art. Free. lincolnschurch.org. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.
Halloween at the Market
Oct 26, 9:30am-12:30pm Sat. Costume contests for kids, families and dogs. This festive event wraps up the 2019 market season. Free. Old Capitol Farmers Market, Fourth and Adams streets, 544-1723.
APL’s Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar
Oct 27, 11am-5:30pm Sun. Chili and vegetable soup. Price includes hot dog, dessert and drink. Unique gifts, 50/50 raffle, craft and baked goods. All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs at APL. apl-shelter.org. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 544-7387.
Silent Retreat/Directed Retreat
Oct 27, Sun. The silent retreat is for those who would like an experience of silence and solitude. The directed retreat is for those who would like to meet daily with a spiritual director to engage in spiritual work. Retreats are from 3-5 days. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Oct 29, 10:30am-12pm Tue. Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death to increase awareness in order to help people make the most of their lives. Led by two experienced facilitators with no agendas, objectives or themes. $10. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Membership Exhibition Reception
Nov 1, 5-7pm Fri. The full gallery will be filled with new works by all the SAA Collective artists. Free. springfieldart.org. SAA Collective Gallery, 420 S. Sixth St., 544-2787.
Civil War Tech - Underground Railroad
Nov 2, 10am-12pm Sat. Escaped slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad used a variety of different natural tools to aid in reaching their freedom--holistic medicine, the stars to guide their way and natural ways of disguising themselves and their paths. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Run for Life
Nov 2, 9am Sat. 5k and 10k runs. triharderpromotions.com. Weldon Springs State Park, 4734 Weldon Springs Rd., Clinton, 341-1309.
Bison Bonanza Super Saturday
Nov 2, 11am-3pm Sat. Participants will learn how the bison relates to American Indian cultures, the difference between bison and buffalo, and how bison help maintain prairie habitats. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
“On My Own Time” Reception
Nov 6, 5:30-7:30 PM, Thu. An art competition between employees of local businesses. Refreshments will be provided. The work will be on display through November 24. M. G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Veterans Day Panel Discussion
Nov 7, 6:30pm Thu. A panel discussion with several World War II veterans and moderated by Dr. Mark DePue. Hear stories of bravery, sacrifice and humor. Free but registration required presidentlincoln.illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Taxidermy and Natural History Museums
Nov 7, 12-1pm Thu. Explore the history of animal taxidermy and the development of museum natural history displays. Taxidermy mounts from the state museum zoology collections will be displayed. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 558-6696.
Nov 7, 6-7pm Thu. Enjoy a fun workout and hear heart healthy tips from health professionals. Free. st-johns.org/go217. Prairie Heart Institute, 619 E. Mason St., 788-0706.
Women Make Up Half the Sky
Nov 7, 6pm Thu. Recognizing Women’s Qualities and Inequalities. A part of the Food and Faith Dinner Series conversations, with Vicki Schmidt, Sara Unger Isbell, Rikeesha Canon Phelon and Carolyn Bodewes. $20. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Central Illinois Reading Council Celebrates 50 Years
Nov 7, 5pm Thu. Teachers’ night out. Appetizers and cash bar before the show by comedian Rob Little. $18. Advance tickets recommended. illinoisreadingcouncil.org, Donnie B’s Comedy Club, 3455 Freedom Dr., 414-4071.
Girls on the Run 5k
Nov 9, 10am-12pm Sat. Girls in the 15-county territory who have completed the 10-week GOTR after-school program will participate in this 5k. This event is non-competitive and is not chip-timed. gotrcentralillinois.org. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 726-9808.
Schlafly Full Moon Festival
Nov 9, 4-10pm Sat. Celebrate the harvest with live music, a pig roast and chili cook off. schlafly.com. Schlafly Brewery, 7260 Southwest Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-2337.
Auditions for Annie Get Your Gun
Nov 9, Sat. springfieldtheatrecentre.com Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Holiday Craft Bazaar
Nov 9-10, 9am-4pm Sat, 10am-2pm Sun. Unique, hand-crafted goods. Concession stand and bake sale will provide refreshments. Donations of a non-perishable item or cash in lieu of admission fee. little-flower.org. Little Flower School, 900 Stevenson Dr., 529-4511.
Coin Show - Central Illinois Numismatic Association
Nov 10, 9am-4pm Sun. Fifty dealers with coins, paper money, tokens, medals and bullion. Dealers both buy and sell items. Early bird entry at 7am, $20. General entry $1 from 9am-4pm, ages 16 and under are free, as are CINA members. Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., 793-2178.
217 Comfort Food Week
Nov 11-17, Mon-Sun. Spaghetti, grilled cheese and meatloaf, oh my. Stop by participating restaurants to get your fill. Illinoistimes.com. 217-753-2226.
Creatures of the Night Story Time
Nov 12, 10-11am Tue. Come learn about the fascinating creatures that are awake when we are asleep through stories and a craft. Museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-6044.
Illinois History Forum - The Anti-Slavery Movement in Illinois
Nov 14, 12-1pm Thu. Suggested reading: Eric Foner’s “Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.” Moderated by Jeanne Schultz, executive director of the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Music at the Museum: Switchback
Nov 14, 7-9pm Thu. The award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. $8 member, $10 non. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 558-6696.
Christmas in the Park
Nov 15-16, 4-8pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat. Christmas decorations, ornaments, hand-pieced pillows, small themed trees and plenty of Santas, snowmen and angels. 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 16, 8:30am Sat. 5k, 10k and half marathon trail runs. triharderpromotions.com Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 341-1309.
Auditions for Beyond the Beanstalk: You Don’t Know Jack
Nov 16, Sat. springfieldtheatrecentre.com Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Capital City and LLCC Band Performance
Nov 19, 7-8pm Tue. Free. llcc.edu. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2319.
Daphne’s Sister: The Art of Eleanor Spiess-Ferris
Nov 20, 12-1pm Wed. Explore the work of the Chicago figurative artist in this Brown Bag Program presented by Doug Stapleton. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 558-6696.
Who’s Checking the Fact Checkers?
Nov 20, 6pm Wed. Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts. Co-sponsored by LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning. llcc.edu. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
North Mac Glo Bingo
Nov 23, 5:30-10pm Sat. Sponsored by the North Mac Public Schools Foundation. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Virden Knights of Columbus, 1320 N. Dye St., Virden, 965-5888
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
Nov 23-Dec 1, 10am-8pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun. A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 decorated trees and wreaths, hand-crafted gingerbread village structures, hand-decorated gingerbread cookies and live entertainment. $5 adults, $3 children 3-12 and 2 and under are free. memorialmedical.com. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 23, 5pm Sat. CORAL will provide the traditional meat entrees, potatoes, dressing and drinks. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the meal or a food donation for the food pantry. Free. Lincoln Park, Fifth Street and Sangamon Ave., 544-1751.
Christmas on Vinegar Hill
Nov 23, Sat. Throughout Mt. Pulaski. Crafts, antiques, baked goods and food. 792-3222.
Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights
Nov 29, 5-9pm Fri-Sun. Every Fri, Sat and Sun through Dec 29. $7 adults, $5 children 3-12, age 2 and under free. hensonrobinsonzoo.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.
Fun Frosty Friday
Nov 29, 10am-1pm Fri. Fun for the entire family including planes, trains, automobiles, face painting, balloon art and a life-size candy land adventure. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
The Polar Express Pajama Party
Nov 29, Dec 1, Fri-Sun. Everybody in their jammies for crafting and cocoa before a screening of the film. Includes a photo with our special guest from the North Pole. $15. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair
Nov 30, 10am-3pm Sat. Over 60 vendors, lunch items, bake sale and used books. Blood mobile will be on site. Also bring a food donation for the local food pantry. Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Road, Chatham, 725-4359.
Companions on the Journey
Dec 2, 11:30am Mon. A monthly gathering for seniors to promote positive social connections. Following a shared lunch, speakers will give a short presentation. $20. Reservations required. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Dec 2, 9am Mon. The program is Behind the Scenes presented by True Colors Floral. New members welcome. Free. scgc-il.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 563-940-5735.
Lunch and Learn: Illinois History Symposium
Dec 3, 9:30am-3:30pm Tue Casting Lincoln: The Sculptures of John McClarey and Art Scents: Exploring the Aesthetics of Smell presented by Dr. Larry Shiner. Morning and afternoon presentations are free to attend with complimentary snack refreshments. A registration fee of $25 includes lunch.UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Dr., 206-6058.
Larry the Cable Guy - Remain Seated Tour
Dec 5, 7:30pm Thu. The show features new material and is part of a tour that is leading up to the taping of his new comedy special at the end of the year. $39+. uis.edu. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Holiday Dance Party
Dec 5, 6pm Thu. Get in the holiday spirit with this fun, energetic holiday dance class. Free. st-johns.org/go217. FitClub West, 2811 W. Lawrence Ave., 787-1111.
Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Dec 6, 7:30-9:30pm Fri Soprano Awet Andemicael. Tickets will go on sale on Sep 3. ilsymphony.org. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 206-6160.
Annual Franciscan Nativity Festival
Dec 6-8, 2-7pm Fri-Sun. Saint Francis of Assisi’s Feast of Feasts visualized through a variety of nativity scenes. Free. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Springfield Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade
Dec 7, 5:30pm Sat. Free. springfieldjaycees.net. Downtown Springfield. Route is Jefferson to Fifth to Monroe to Sixth to Washington.
Fresh evergreen wreath-making workshops
Dec 7, 9am-12pm Sat. Bring pruning shears and any custom decorations. Plant materials, wreath frames and wire will be provided. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Age 18+. $30-$35. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Winter Holiday Floral Show
Dec 7-22, 12-5pm Sat-Sun, 12-4pm Mon-Fri. Up to 15 different types of poinsettias will be displayed among the decorated fresh evergreens and tropical foliage. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Busy Elves Workshop
Dec 7, 10-11:30am Sat. Make a holiday craft and treat along with playing seasonal games. Early registration is recommended as class size is limited. Ages 3-5. $27-$37. Washington Park Preschool, 1400 Williams Blvd., 546-3970.
2019 Holiday Walk
Dec 7, 1-4 PM Sat. Listen to Christmas carols and explore the home that is decorated for the season. Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St. 523-2631.
Caroling at the Carillon
Dec 8, 4-5pm Sun. Sing holiday carols accompanied by the carillon by a roaring bonfire. The Trinity Wind Ensemble will provide seasonal interludes. Cookies and hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Free. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.
Holiday Home Tour and Tea
Dec 8, 1-5pm Sun. Knollwood Retirement Village will host the tea. Tickets available at Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, County Market or from any Pilot Member. $15 in advance. jacksonvilleil.org. Jacksonville Downtown, Central Park Plaza, 243-5678.
Tales from the Vault - Civil War Battles
Dec 12, 12-1pm Thu. Bullets, letters and maps will be displayed and Christian McWhirter will discuss of what it was like to be a Civil War soldier. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
APL Tree of Lights
Dec 14, 12-5pm Sat. Enjoy cookies and punch, take a tour of our shelter and meet some of our furry residents. Donations for lights on the tree are $5. apl-shelter.org. Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, 544-7387.
Annual Christmas Tea
Dec 14, 11am and 3pm Sat. Guests will learn about 19th century holiday traditions and practices while enjoying tea and desserts. Caroling, holiday stories to share and gifts to take home. $35/$30 for SAA members. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Capital City Men’s Chorus
Dec 15, 4pm Sun. Tickets $10 at the door. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 S. Grand Ave. W., 494-8859.
Winter Solstice Evening
Dec 21, 6:30pm Sat. An opportunity to contemplate the goodness of the seasons and how their rhythms form our sense of life’s journey with wonder. $20 includes a meal of soup and bread. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.