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 Communtiy 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.

October 2014
3 DEMO Project
DEMO Project, 732 N. 4th St, presents Special Red from Brooklyn-based artist Victoria Calabro. 1200 pounds of fuchsia pink sand on the DEMO Project floor. Fabricated hot pink, glowing neon tubes and cast pink polyurethane objects. There are some of the elements that viewers can expect to encounter when visiting Special Red, Victoria Calabro's new installation developed specifically for DEMO Project. DEMO Project is an artist-run contemporary and alternative project gallery in Springfield, IL. The gallery demonstrates trends in contemporary art from emerging and mid-career artists and curators, and is slated for demolition in three years. Free. Inquiries: 217-523-2631

11 Riverton Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest
Riverton K of C hosts Oktoberfest The Riverton Knights of Columbus invites you to Oktoberfest at Marian Hall,
335 South 4th Street in Riverton from 3 - 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  German food & beer will be for sale including bratwurst, pork schnitzel sandwiches, corndogs & frankfurters with sides of pommes frites & sauerkraut in the Biergarten.  Pretzels, popcorn,  cake and gingerbread cookies will also be for sale. The Springfield German Club will present a German cultural booth and talk with individuals about their German heritage. A 50/50 raffle will benefit Amanda Lyons, local resident, cancer patient and mother of five.  From 3-6 p.m., play with the kids by doing a ring toss, bean bag toss, gingerbread cookie decorating and more! From 6-10 p.m. enjoy music and dancing with the St Louis Button Box Club.  There will  also be a Funny Hat Photo booth and Most Authentically Dressed Contest. For more information, please call 217-629-7202.

18 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Fundraising Walk
Registration opens at 7:30, event program begins at 8:30 followed by a fun 5K walk.  Sign up - . Ending ceremonies for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event will take place following the walk at 10:45 a.m. at the Be Aware Women's Fair in the Orr Buidling.  All Making Strides participants get in FREE! For the Survivors: Visit the Survivor tent at the walk for a celebration! Each year we honor dozens of Central Illinois Survivors at the event. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver, we also want to invite you to Pampered in Pink. A free day of pampering for survivors is September 28th at Firefighters Local Postal Club from 1-4 p.m. RSVP, 217-523-4503. Sponsored by American Cancer Society. Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds, Commodieties Pavilion, 801 E Sangamon Ave, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. PAdmission: Pregistered, $25 includes a t-shirt. Day of $35. Questions, or 217-523-4503.

18 Roasted + Hot Pots and Pork
Gather in the Springfield Art Association's backyard, 700 N. 4th St., to enjoy a hog roast, s'mores, and most importantly, a raku ceramic glazing party. Enjoy dinner from 4-7 PM and glaze a pre-made pot and learn the art of raku. Live music by Monica Morris and Josie Lowder!  $20 covers cost of dinner and ceramic pot. Don't miss out on the last chance to enjoy our beautiful fall weather with great food, art, and music! Info., or 217-523-2631.

20 Screening of "American Winter"
The University of Illinois Springfield, in collaboration with the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies will be screening the film American Winter from 6-9 p.m. at Brookens Auditorium (Brookens Library) at UIS. Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter is a documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  American Winter is part of a War on Poverty Forum series which also includes a War of Poverty Panel Discussion on Nov. 12. For more information, contact Lorena Johnson, program director in the UIS Institute for Legal and Policy Studies, at 217-206-6079 or

25 Fall Harvest Festival
Face painting, bounce house, games, community outreach programs, raffles, bake sale and silent auction. Sponsored by Unity For Christ Outreach Ministries, 1319 S. 13th St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are 3 for $1.00. Info., 217-523-4701.

November 2014

1 Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Trivia Night
Emcee Russ Friedewald will host the event at the Hoogland Center for the Arts's Theatre, 420 S. Sixth St. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the trivia competition starts promptly at 7 p.m. Theme is "Sinners & Saints." Costumes encouraged, but not required. Cash prize, mulligans, 50/50 drawing. $10 per person, which can be paid at the door or in advance by calling 217-753-8000. Tables of 10 may be reserved in advance. Proceeds support the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra.

15 Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 908 South Martin Luther King Drive, noon to 3 p.m. All are welcome. Info., 217-522-2513.


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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 8 – October 16
Illinois State Fairgrounds – Commodities Pavilion across from the grandstand
Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, Illinois wine and craft beer, plants and flowers. Live entertainment, health screenings, kids activities and more! www.illinoisprod

Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield
The Guild actively supports the Illinois Symphony Orchestra by hosting events, including the popular "Meet the Conductor" luncheons. For more information, 217-572-1372.

Lincoln Land Stroke Support Network (LSSN)
LSSN is a network of stroke survivors and caregivers who support and educate stroke survivors and caregivers. For more information and meeting times contact 217-960-4263.

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 Becky at (217) 206-6405.

Red Cross New Volunteer Orientations
Second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. the Illinois Capital Area Chapter, 1045 Outer Park Dr., Springfield. Orientations cover the various volunteer opportunities available to those looking to get involved with the Red Cross and its various programs (includes Disaster Relief, a Meals on Wheels program, Services to the Armed Forces, Community Disaster Education, and Health & Safety education). Anyone looking for more information/sign up should call 217-787-7602 or email

Volunteers needed for the Illinois State Museum's "A Place for Discovery"
"A Place for Discovery" is a hands-on children's gallery in the Museum. If interested, phone Amanda Paszek at (217) 782-6044.

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Community Events Links

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