Community Calendar

The Community Calendar is a service of Lincoln Library. Submissions are generated from individuals and organizations in the area. Submit information to be included on the Community Calendar by completing the online form or download and send it in by fax, mail or email. For additional information email Kim Hergett.

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Check the Library Event Calendar for community meetings and events(highlighted in orange) that are being held at Lincoln Library.

MAY 2016

1 Walk MS Illinois
Walk MS, the largest annual fund raiser of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter will take place at 11 locations statewide on Sunday, May 1. More than 12,000 participants and volunteers are expected to raise more than $2.7 million to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. Together, we become a powerful force, and with every step we take, every dollar we raise, we're that much closer to ending MS forever. For more information, visit

7 Springfield Choral Society's "Mass in B-Minor"
The Springfield Choral Society, in conjunction with the Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield, will present J.S. Bach's "Mass in B-minor," with full orchestra conducted by Marion van der Loo, on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at Central Baptist Church, 501 S. 4th Street. Tickets ($15) are available at the door or by calling 217-787-4868.

10 UIS Lincoln Statue Unveiling and Dedication
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at UIS between University Hall and Public Affairs Center UIS will host an official unveiling and dedication of The Young Lawyer, a 6'4" bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln sculpted by renowned artist George Lundeen. Join us for the celebration. Free and open to the public. A reception follows. Information at 217-206-6058.

14 Annual Remembrance Ceremony for Fallen Illinois National Guard Service Members
Join the Illinois National Guard and the Illinois State Military Museum in remembering the lives of the Soldiers and Airmen who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The event is open the public and will be held at the new memorial outside of the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 North MacArthur Blvd, 2 p.m. For more information, call 217-761-3910.

14 5K Grow & Go
Celebrate Illinois farm families and he important role they play n putting food on your table.  Proceeds benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  Bring your family & friends - the Grow & Go has something for everyone! Location: Illinois Farm Bureau Grounds, 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, Illinois. Price of Admission: 5K = $25   Kids Dash = $  / 309 557-2230

15 Hearing Loss Association of  America-Central IL-Springfield Chapter
Social and support group for all ages of individuals with hearing loss.  Please come to learn more about the Hearing Loss Association of America and how we advocate and assist those with hearing loss.  We offer a fellowship of those with hearing loss, support, education and wealth of information.  Please join us at the Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 South Grand Ave West. Text Inquiries: 217-816-0898 or email

21 City Recess: School's Out: Unplug & Play Outside
School is about out for summer and a fun-filled day has been planned outside by GenHKids, Springfield Park District, YMCA, Hyvee. Kids are invited unplug their devices and come to Lincoln Park, 1601 N. 5th Street, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., to take part in great activities, including a tug-o-war, carnival games, pickle-ball, bicycle rodeo and so much more. For complete list of activities and more info., 217-544-1751, x1002, or email

21 Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K Trail Race & Kids Fun Run
Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K (4.97 miles) Trail Race (7:30 a.m. start) and Kid's Fun Run (9 a.m. start) at Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake Shore Drive. 8K Trail Race is limited to first 250 registrants. $30 until April 19; $35 April 20-May 11. Kids Fun Run is $6 and has 3 ages group, toddler to 12. Refreshments and entertainment. Register online at

21 Motorpool Mania: 2016 Military Museum Vehicle Show
Enjoy an array of U.S. and international military vehicles from the iconic jeep to 21st century equipment. Private collectors are invited to display their collections. Free event at Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 217-761-3910 or .

21 The Art of Healthy Living
Vendors and agencies will provide free health checks and analysis. Location: Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1140 Monument Drive, 12-4 p.m. , 217-391-6323 or 877-757-2246.

Springfield, Illinois Elks lodge will host the Blessing of the Boats, an event intended to promote safe boating on Lake Springfield. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. While the practice is predominantly a Roman Catholic tradition, the Lake Springfield Blessing of the Boats is nondenominational and all are welcome to participate. The public is invited to attend the event by boat or shore at the lakefront of the Springfield Elks Lodge located at 409 East Lake Shore Drive on the northeast end of the lake. All may begin assembling near the lakefront after 12 p.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. Participating boaters are encouraged to decorate their boats appropriately and can assemble lakeside at the Elks lodge property about 100 yards off shore. A parade of boats to receive the blessing will be led by the Illinois Department of Resources Police. RAIN DATE: Monday May 30th, 2016, at 1 p.m.


JUNE 2016

4 "All That Jazz" Handbell Concert
See the Bells in Motion, a 17-person handbell ensemble, in concert and enjoy ringing pops music, including Misty, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, All That Jazz, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Bolero, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rock Around the Clock, Jazz Rag, and many more.Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th Street, 7 p.m. Tickets, $15. For more information, 217-652-7009. Website -

11 Relay for Life of Sangamon and Menard County
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Event for Sangamon and Menard County shows recognition to cancer survivors, caregivers, and providers. Participants of all ages and gender walk in honor of family members, friends or just to support those who have touched their hearts. Event features games, silent auction, vendors, children's activity area, survivors tent, Zumba, line dancing, hoopla contest, a beautiful garden of Hope, and of course the fun of dancing and walking the relay laps. Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds, Conservation World. Inquiries: 217-523-4503, ext. 3. Website:

25 Freedom in Their Sights: Contributions of the U.S. Colored Troops to the "Nation's New Birth of Freedom"
Presentation by Robert Davis, Patricia James Davis, James Patton III, and Tim Townsend at the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1140 Monument Drive, 2-4 p.m. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth. 217-391-6323 or 877-757-2246


JULY 2016

11-15 History Thought Arts & Crafts
Summer camp for kids in grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum. For details and registration information, , 217-391-6323 or 877-757-2246 (ask for Lynn).

14  Heroes of the Heartland
The American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland will honor those individuals who have dedicated themselves to a cause that helps those in our community, or have been presented with a situation and acted in a heroic manner. There are eight categories for Heroes of the Heartland honorees. The categories include Youth, Military, Public Safety, Senior, Community, Workplace, Healthcare and Civic. The number of awards presented may vary based on nominations received. Heroes of the Heartland is celebration of our local heroes and fund raiser to support services provided by the Red Cross. These services include disaster relief, support for military families and maintain a viable blood supply. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 6 p.m. For tickets and prices, phone 217-450-7360.



11-21 Illinois State Fair
For a complete list of activities, including the Twilight Parade and Grandstand, visit --



13-17 The Red Tail Exhibit
The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, including a film and the Mustang flown by the Airmen. Location: Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Exhibit sponsored by the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum, , 217-391-6323 or 877-757-2246.



27 Annual Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum Gala
Reception, silent auction, dinner and a program to benefit the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum. Gala Location: Wyndham Springfield City Centre, 700 E. Adams, 6 -9 p.m. For details, , 217-391-6323 or 877-757-2246.

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Ongoing Meetings & Events

Carillon Belles
The Carillon Belles are a group of ladies who work with the Rees Carillon Society to promote the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. If you would like information about joining this group, please, phone 217-787-3532 or visit

GROW in Illinois
A 12-step, community mental health support group program for people with mental health issues, emotional problems or who are having difficulties coping with life circumstances. Meetings are held weekly and are anonymous, free and confidential. For more information on GROW, 1-888-741-GROW or

Illinois Products Farmers' Market
Thursday Evenings 4-7 pm
May 5, 2016– October 13, 2016 (Due to Illinois State Fair, there will be not be a market August 11 and 18, 2016.)
Illinois State Fairgrounds – The Shed (across from Lincoln Stage)
Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, Illinois wine and craft beer, plants and flowers. Live entertainment, health screenings, kids activities and more!

Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO) performs at multiple venues including Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium and First Presbyterian Church; as well as, Bloomington's Center for the Performing Arts and Second Presbyterian Church. For a current schedule of performances and ticket information, visit the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's website or phone 217-206-6160. The ISO Guild of Springfield actively supports the Illinois Symphony Orchestra by hosting events and contributing financially to the orchestra. The Guild also awards music scholarships to talented youth every year. For more information on the Guild and events, phone 217-206-6160 or visit the webpage.

Readers Needed
Do you like to read? Would you like to help others who cannot read? WUIS/WIPA Radio Information Service is a reading service for the print impaired which broadcasts newspapers, and magazines, and we need your help. If you are interested, please call 217-206-6405.

Volunteer for the Red Cross, Illinois Capital Area Chapter
Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross, 1045 Outer Park Dr., has various volunteer opportunities available to those looking to get involved with the Red Cross and its many programs, including Disaster Relief, Meals-on-Wheels, services for the Armed Forces, Community Disaster Education, and Health & Safety education. For more information, call 217-787-7602, email or visit the webpage.

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Community Events Links

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