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AARP Chapter 195, VFW Post 755, 221 Old Jacksonville Road, Speaker starts at 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is available for $6. Business meeting around 2:00 p.m. and adjournment by 3:00 p.m. Call 529-9763 or 341-0787 for additional information.
• June 12th, Butler Funeral Home representatives will be presenting “Old Glory: the Story of Our American Flag”;
• July 10th, Gary Hurley of CWLP Energy Services Office will be discussing ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs in the Summer.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS.

• June 1, 6 pm, Sidney Blumenthal. Please join Sidney Blumenthal, as he discusses Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1956. In this book, Blumenthal vividly and insightfully describes the most decisive period of Lincoln’s political life—after losing re-election to the House of Representatives, Lincoln is exiled back to Illinois to practice law, where he helps create the Republican Party. Tickets can be reserved at www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov.

• June 3, 10am, Civil War Tech: Trench Warfare.Civil War Tech invites children ages 8-12 to merge science and history through experiments, artifacts, games, presentations from scientists and scholars, and ALPLM exhibits. Students will be inspired to think critically about the impact Civil War technology had on our nation’s greatest conflict as well as how it affects us today. At this Civil War Tech children will learn how Civil War soldiers began using trenches to avoid attacks from small arms and cannon fire. Students will discover how trenches were used during the 292-day battle at Petersburg, Virginia. This is a free event, reserve your seats at www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov.

• June 17, 1 – 3 pm, 7th Inning Stretch. Visit the museum for special hands on baseball activities, themed for our ‘Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry’ exhibit. This event is free with museum admission.

• June 21, 9 am, Civil War Tech: Topic: Transportation- Middle school history and science teachers are invited to discover technological advances made during the Civil War through hands-on activities and discussion. Participating teachers will receive program materials for classroom use. This event is free for all teachers, reservations need to be made by emailing Genevieve.Kaplan@illinois.gov or calling 217-558-8844.

• June 22 Baseball as Our National Pastime and Its Connection to Lincoln book signing at 6 p.m., - Noted baseball and presidential historian Talmage Boston will speak about baseball as our national pastime and Lincoln’s love for it. He’s a media member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, and author of two critically acclaimed baseball history books. Reserve your seat for this special discussion at www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov

• July 1 -31, Backpack Drive, Donate a new, sturdy backpack for a Springfield District 186 student in need and receive free museum admission or a voucher for a future 2017 visit.

• July 8, 10 am, Civil War Tech: Bugles and Drums. Battle was a loud place and the best way to tell your troops where to go or what to do was by using bugles and drums. Children ages 8 -12 will get to experiment with the science of sound through hands on activities and discussions. This is a free event, reserve your seat at www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov

• July 13, 12 pm., Illinois History Forum: Edgar Lee Masters, A rotating group of moderators will lead discussions on books, films and exhibits on topics from Illinois’ past. All discussions are 12-1 p.m. in the Presidential Library Multipurpose Room unless otherwise noted. Book Discussion on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters; Moderator: Masters expert and Illinois historian; John W. Hallwas (Western Illinois University). This is a free event! Bring your lunch and enjoy this one hour long book discussion.

• July 15, 1 – 3 p.m, 7th Inning Stretch, The Rivalry’ exhibit. Visit the museum for special hands on baseball activities, themed for our ‘Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry’ exhibit. This event is free with museum admission.

• July 18, Obama: The Call of History Author Mr. Peter Baker will be discussing his new book Obama: The Call of History. This is the first complete account of Barack Obama's presidency since he left office, an illustrated narrative of the tumultuous events that defined the man and his time. Featuring the vivid images of the award-winning New York Times photography staff and an extensive text by the newspaper's chief White House correspondent, Obama takes readers into the room for an intimate look at eight eventful years.

• July 22, 9 a.m. – 12 pm., Civil War Tech Teacher Professional Development.Communication: Middle school history and science teachers are invited to discover technological advances made during the Civil War through hands-on activities and discussion. Participating teachers will receive program materials for classroom use. This event is free for all teachers, reservations need to be made by emailing Genevieve.Kaplan@illinois.gov or calling 217-558-8844.

• June-August (Tuesdays only), 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m, Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour, A one-hour downtown walking tour encompassing Abe and Mary’s turbulent relationship, from a failed engagement to becoming President and First Lady. Along the way, discover the places and people that helped their relationship blossom, and occasionally drove them apart. This walking tour is free, seats a limited – reserve you tickets online at www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov or sign up the day of your visit at the front desk in the Museum.

Open now through December 31 - Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry Open now through December 31 - Our newest exhibit, Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry, offers fans an interactive look at the historic baseball rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. The museum’s 300,000 annual visitors are a virtual “house divided” when it comes to choosing their favorite baseball team. This exhibit will allow visitors to learn more about each team’s history; showcase original relics from the players, managers, broadcasters, and owners who built each franchise; and encourage visitors to cast a vote for their favorite team.


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The Legcy
• July 7th-23rd, Disney, Newsies, The Musical,
101 East Lawrence Ave., Spfld. 800-838-3006. See ad page 50.
The Muni
• June 9th-11th & 14th-18th, 8:30pm, Willy Wonka;
• June 30th-July 2nd, 5th-9th, 8:30pm, Mary Poppins;
• July 21-23, 26th-30th, 8:30pm, White Christmas;
• Aug 11th-13th, 16th-20th, 8:30pm, Grease;
815 E Lake Shore Dr., Spfld. 793-MUNI. See ad page 52.

The Little Theatre
• June 7th-8th, Beauty and the Beast;
• June 21st-July 2nd, Throughly Modern Millie;
• July 5th-16th, Smokey Joe’s Cafe;
• July 19th-30th, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast;
• Aug 2nd-20th, Mamma Mia!
• Aug 23rd-Sept 3rd, Steel Magnolia;
• June 9th, 10th, 13th 15th-17th, Fancy Nancy The Musical;
• July 7th, 8th, 11th, 13th-15th, The Lion King;
• Aug 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th-12th, Curious George; /span>
728-7375, www.thelittletheatre.org. See ad page 45.

Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland Lunch and Learn for Caregivers of Older Family Members and Friends and Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children,
• June 10th, “You Have a Voice”;
• July 12th, Understanding Medicare 2017;
• Sept 13th, Epilepsy Education - Learn the Facts;
3100 Montvale Drive, Springfield, Noon to 1pm. Lunch is provided, pre-registration is required. 787-9234. See ad page 41.

Artist On The Plaza, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 12 to 1 pm,
Old State Capitol Plaza, local performers provide musical entertainment, free and accessible.
Edwards Group LLC, Free Workshop,
Do you know the 5 ways to pay for nursing home or in-home care?

• Wed, June 28th, 3 pm,
RSVP (217) 726-9200. www.EdwardsGroupLLC.com. See ad page 19.

Health Alliance Medicare Advantage Seminars,
Springfield Clinic, Main Campus West, 1025 S. Sixth St.
• Wed, June 7th, 10:30am,
• Wed, July 5th, 10:30am;
Town & Country Bank, 3601 Wabash Ave,

• Wed, June 14th, 1:30pm; See ad on page 13.
Hickory Glenn,
1700 W. Washington Street, Springfield. 793-0431, www.hickoryglenil.com
• Tues, May 23rd, 6:00pm, Veteran’s Seminar
Contact Meredith today to learn more about the upcoming events & to reserve your spot.

See ad on page 7.

Montvale Estates Events, 546-5577 to Reserve Your Spot)
• May 27, 2017 at 2:00, Betty Gregory
• May 29, 2017 at 12:00 (reservations required), Memorial Day Celebration
• June 14, 2017 at 12:00 (reservations required), Flag Day
• June 18, 2017 at 12:30 (reservations required), Father’s Day Celebration
• June 22, 2017 at 11:30 (reservations required), Chef’s Showcase – Summer BBQ
• July 4, 2017 at 12:30 (reservations required), July 4th Celebration
• July 28, 2017 at 12:30 (reservations required), Backyard BBQ
Visit the Montvale Estates calendar on the Senior Times web site for updates on events and activities being held at Springfield’s premier independent retirement community.

Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Calendar

243-5678 / www.jacksonvilleil.org. SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE NFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS.

• June 2nd Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Vandeliers (Americana). Opener: Smashtag (pop cover). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• June 3rd The Art Association of Jacksonville Art in the Yard on the lawn of the Strawn Art Gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 217.243.9390.

• June 3rd Motown 2 at the AMVETS at 7:30 p.m. Dancing only with entertainment by DJ Captain. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks. No dress code. To purchase tickets, contact Peggy at 217.370.0948. CONTACT DJ CAPTAIN at 217.899.7656.

• June 6th < Relay For Life Team Rally at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church from 7 to 8 p.m. Join our Relay For Life of Tri County team captains as we discuss our upcoming fundraisers, plans for the big event, and participate in fun games and challenges! All are welcomed to attend, whether you have are already involved or not! Questions? Contact Crystal at crystal.sewell@cancer.org or 217.523.4534.

• June 9th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Unifyah with Mathias & The Pirates (reggae/hip hop). Opener: The Tangents (rock). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• June 10th < Plaza Car Show & Cruise Nite > beginning at 8 a.m. This will be a judged car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the Downtown Square. Stay for the 3rd Annual Spring Cruise Nite to be held at Hardees from 5 to 9 p.m.

• June 10th Max’s Memorial Golf Outing & Auction at Charlie’s 19th Hole at Charlie’s 19th Hole from 12 to 7 p.m. Thanks to Butch Wood and Charlie's 19th Hole, money from his annual fundraiser will go to putting in water features at the Jacksonville PetSafe Dog Park. Golf: Sign up by calling Butch 217.473.7428 or Keith 217.473.2236. $60 per person, 4 person scramble. Limit 36 teams. $100 deposit, rest due at event. Noon tee time. Auction/party: Everyone's invited in the evening for food, fun and to bid on fantastic auction items starting at approximately 5:30. Check the event page to see what'll be up for bid. If you'd like to contribute auction items or find out how you can help, message our group or call committee chair Abbi at 217.370.5394.

• June 14th Relay For Life Survivor Dinner at Hamilton’s at Hamilton’s from 6 to 8 p.m. The American Cancer Society recognizes anyone who has heard the words “you have cancer” as a cancer survivor. Every year, the Relay For Life of Tri County celebrates the lives of these extraordinary people and the caregivers that stand by their side. The dinner is free for cancer survivors and their +1. To RSVP and for more information, contact Crystal at crystal.sewell@cancer.org and 217.523.4534.

• June 16th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Waterloo Revival (country). Opener: Poor Farm Road (country/rock). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• June 16th-17th Relay For Life of Tri County >at Jacksonville High School from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Join your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers as our community comes together to fight back against cancer! Celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember those that are no longer with us, and learn how you can take a stand in making sure that this is cancer’s last century. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Proceeds from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Visit relayforlife.org/triil for more information.

• June 17th Vintage Base Ball Festival at Community Park beginning at 12 p.m. Bring your chairs, blankets, and camera and get ready to watch Vintage Base Ball at its finest. Three teams from around the area will be at Community Park playing by 1860 rules and wearing uniforms from the same time period. The Dream Center will also have a food truck on site. For more information, contact Todd Daniels at 217.953.0744 or springfieldlongnine@gmail.com.

• June 23rd-25th 10th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at Crazy Horse Campground.

• June 23rd Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Old Salt Union (bluegrass). Opener: St. Andrews Celtic Dancers (Celtic/bagpipes). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• June 30th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Curyley Taylor (zydeco). Opener: Ten Foot World (pop/rock cover). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• July 3rd-4th 4th of July Celebration and Parade > at Nichols Park. A two day celebration full of kids’ events, live entertainment, fireworks, and more!

• July 7th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: South Austin Moonlights (rock). Opener: 3 Mile High (rock/country). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• July 12th-16th Morgan County Fair at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. Carnival, food, talent show, pageant, livestock, tractor pulls, and live entertainment Friday night by Trace Adkins and Saturday night by Big and Rich.

• July 13th-14th < “The Boy from Fishhook: The Story of Robert Earl Hughes” at Sibert Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The production is both written and directed by Ken Bradbury and will be staged in Illinois College's Sibert Theater. The performance is as fundraiser for the Jacksonville Heritage Cultural Center and tickets will be $10 each. “The Boy from Fishhook” will be a reader’s theater production featuring projected images and a video of Hughes, and may include an original, life-size Hughes artifact. Cast members include Willem Kline, Jim Yale, Keith Bradbury, Rich McCoy, Brenda Yale, Melissa Mueller and Sylvia Burke.

• July 14th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Phatt Williams (jazz pianist). Opener: Community Summer Band (big band). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• July 21th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Trip Daddy's (rockabilly). Opener: West End Boogie (rockabilly). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• July 28th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Dirty Revival (soul/R&B). Opener: Stone and Snow (soul/folk). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• July 28th-29th 13th Annual River Country Quilt Show at Jacksonville High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Display your quilt or come see some of Central Illinois’ beautiful quilts as well as antique quilts bed turning and area vendors.

• Aug 4th Jacksonville Main Street Levitt Amp Concert Series at 6 p.m. in Central Park in Downtown Jacksonville. FREE! Headliner: Marquis Know featuring Renee Smith (blues). Opener: Pizzazz (classic rock). The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to the concerts which will have an open lawn setting. A food truck provided by the Jacksonville Dreams Center Foundation will offer sandwiches, soda, and snacks. Additionally, area restaurants will provide carry out and picnic style dinners. Jacksonville Main Street will have a beer truck on site. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• Aug 4th-5th Jacksonville Main Street Artisan Fair in the Downtown Jacksonville Square.

• Aug 5th Jacksonville Main Street Craft Brew Festival in the Downtown Jacksonville Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jacksonville Main Street at 217.245.6884.

• Aug 26th The Art Association of Jacksonville Annual Lawn Party at the David Strawn Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 217.243.9390.

May Events
June Events
CELTIC WOMAN AT SANGAMON AUDITORIUM See Celtic Woman perform in Springfield, IL at the Sangamon Auditorium on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 7:30 pm and support your local public television station at the same time! Call 217-483-7887 ext. 224 or email wmorris@wsec.tv to purchase tickets.
September Events
NEW KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARY COMING IN SEPTEMBER THE VIETNAM WAR is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS in September 2017. It features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Catch a 30-minute preview on Sunday, May 28 at 8:30 p.m.