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MOLLY SCHLICH INDEPENDENT/INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES
January 14 – March 25, 2018

For the 27th year the Springfield Art Association presents the Molly Schlich Independent/International Film Series. We use the phrase, “See A Bigger Picture” to promote the series because international and independent films offer different perspectives, new information, and often an intimate view of a different culture. These glimpses of other lives and ways of being inform us, build our understanding, evoke empathy, and entertain.

The Series will show eight films over eight weeks from January 14th through March 6th at the AMC Classic Parkway Pointe 8 theater on Lindbergh Boulevard. Each film will show at 1 and 4 pm on Sunday afternoon and 7 pm on Tuesday evening. Adult tickets are $8 each, students $4 (with ID) and a series pass remains $50. This year’s films are: The Salesman (Iran), Columbus (US), The Florida Project (US), Polina (France), Loving Vincent (Poland/UK), Faces Places (France), Frantz (Germany/France), The Midwife (France).

NEW THIS YEAR

We are adding two new features to the series this year. First, on Wednesday, January 10th at our kick-off party we will show an Illinois made film, Rogers Park. The film will begin at 7pm which will be followed by Q&A with the director, Kyle Henry. This event is free and open to the public; but seating is limited and first come first serve. We will provide popcorn and drinks. This event is graciously sponsored by Laurie and David Farrell and supported by Film Tour IFP Chicago, the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Ebert Foundation. Second, in March we are adding a FAMILY FILM SERIES. On three consecutive Sunday afternoons at 2pm we will show family friendly films. First, on March 11th, The Eagle Huntress (Mongolia), March 18th will be Wonderstruck (US) and March 25th will be Earnest and Celestine (UK). Tickets will be $6 for adults and $3 for children.

The series is brought to you by Springfield Clinic, AMC Theatres, Illinois Times and dozens of local film patrons. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library at the SAA.

# # # Mission Statement: The Springfield Art Association (SAA), a community based, non-profit organization*, promotes and supports the visual arts, provides art education opportunities for the greater Springfield area and preserves and interprets historic Edwards Place and the collections of the SAA. *SAA is a non-profit tax exempt organization organized pursuant to IRS code 501(C)(3).
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Opulent tea draws visitors from 45 cities

TAYLORVILLE – Visitors came from 45 cities to take tea at opulent table settings arrayed at The Pillars Event Center on the first Saturday in December.
 
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Shop at Schnucks and Support the SBC!

Giving is in the BAG!

Don't forget to pick up your reusable Schnucks bag by the end of December to help support the Springfield Ballet Company!

Every time you purchase the Giving reusable bag for $2.99, Schnucks will donate $1 to a local cause selected by their store teams to be the monthly beneficiary of the program.

Springfield Ballet Company is the DECEMBER 2017 beneficiary of the Schnucks - Bags 4 My Cause program.

Visit the west side Schnucks store at 2801 W. Chatham Rd. and get your reusable bag today!


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DOWNTOWN OPEN FOR SUNDAY HOURS
DURING OLD CAPITOL HOLIDAY WALKS
Enjoy the #merryandmischief on Sundays too

CUDWNTN – Downtown retailers are staying open on Sundays too during the 2017 Old Capitol Holiday Walks. At least a dozen are opening their businesses from 11 am – 3 pm on Sundays, in addition to Wed evenings from 5-8 pm and Saturdays from noon to 6 pm. “We wanted to make it extra convenient for shoppers to spend some time downtown this holiday season,” said Springfield Vintage owner and incoming DSI board member Linda Renehan.
As always, street parking on Sundays is free – as it is during all of the hours of the Holiday Walks.
Some of the participating businesses include:


Sixth Street & Washington
Wild Rose
Urban Sassafras
Willow & Birch

Adams Street near Café Moxo
The Toy Shop POPup
The Elf Shelf
Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk

Adams Street near 7th
Recycled Records

5th Street
Springfield Vintage

Monroe Street
Daisy Jane’s

Sixth Street near Monroe
Murphy’s Loft
The Roost

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A CAH Auxiliary Patio Brick is a Memorable Christmas Gift

The Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary reminds area residents that one of their etched, commemorative bricks is a creative, memorable Christmas gift. The bricks are a thoughtful, enduring way to commemorate a person, entity, or event in the past, present, or future. The brick is etched with three lines of text, with each line taking up to 20 characters, including spaces, ampersands, and similar symbols. The bricks purchased now, prior to December 31, will be delivered to Carlinville Area Hospital some time late next spring and placed into the commemorative patio with the roughly 340 etched bricks purchased in previous years.

“The bricks that people buy now won’t be available for Christmas, but we do provide gift cards that let the recipient know that one has been purchased in his or her name,” said program coordinator Judy Minster. “We will call the purchasers next spring to let them know that their brick has arrived and will deliver to them the miniature duplicate brick that comes free with each full-size brick. Those who wish to can then stop by the hospital at their leisure to view their bricks.

“The etched bricks may be purchased any time of the year, but we submit the orders only twice a year, once at the end of June and again at the end of December,” Minster added.

Each commemorative brick costs $125, which is tax deductible and includes the three-line etching and the souvenir mini brick. Proceeds go the CAH Auxiliary to help them continue their support of Carlinville Area Hospital’s highly rated health services. Checks should be made payable to CAH Auxiliary and sent to Judy Minster, 503 E. First North St., Carlinville, IL 62626.

“I often get asked who buys the commemorative bricks, and the answer is -- all kinds of people and organizations,” Minster added. “Individuals buy them to pay tribute to deceased or living family members or friends, to commemorate service in the military, to recognize their churches or clubs or companies, to honor someone who has influenced their lives, or simply to show their own or their families’ commitment to the hospital.

“Sometimes they buy multiple bricks to honor several people or entities. We even have buyers from out of state who have a connection to the hospital or memories of Carlinville itself.”

Minster said that she is available to answer questions about the brick program and, more specifically, to help buyers work out the best way to fit their names and/or message into the three-line, 20-character format. Call her at 217-854-6663.

Order forms are available at the Auxiliary’s Retail Therapy gift shop in the hospital lobby, the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce office on the square, Carlinville Public Library, Cherry Tree Treasures & Gifts, Main Street Florist, Michelle’s Pharmacy on North Broad, and My Sister’s Closer.


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DOWNTOWN OPEN FOR SUNDAY HOURS
DURING OLD CAPITOL HOLIDAY WALKS
Enjoy the #merryandmischief on Sundays too

CUDWNTN – Downtown retailers are staying open on Sundays too during the 2017 Old Capitol Holiday Walks. At least a dozen are opening their businesses from 11 am – 3 pm on Sundays, in addition to Wed evenings from 5-8 pm and Saturdays from noon to 6 pm. “We wanted to make it extra convenient for shoppers to spend some time downtown this holiday season,” said Springfield Vintage owner and incoming DSI board member Linda Renehan.
As always, street parking on Sundays is free – as it is during all of the hours of the Holiday Walks.
Some of the participating businesses include:


Sixth Street & Washington
Wild Rose
Urban Sassafras
Willow & Birch

Adams Street near Café Moxo
The Toy Shop POPup
The Elf Shelf
Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk

Adams Street near 7th
Recycled Records

5th Street
Springfield Vintage

Monroe Street
Daisy Jane’s

Sixth Street near Monroe
Murphy’s Loft
The Roost

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OLD CAPITOL HOLIDAY WALKS KICK OFF NOV. 25
Enjoy the #merryandmischief While You Shop, Dine and Drink Local;
More Holiday Excitement Added this Year

CUDWNTN - Downtown Springfield, Inc. and premier sponsors Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, Illinois National Bank and the City of Springfield proudly announce the schedule for the 2017 Old Capitol Holiday Walks in downtown Springfield, themed “Merry & Mischief” as an homage to all of Santa’s elves everywhere.

Holiday Walk activities start on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25, which is also Small Business Saturday, when many people choose to #shoplocal.

Saturday, Nov. 25 Schedule of Events

Details at downtownspringfield.org/event/holidaywalks2017

10 am to 6 pm – Small Business Saturday Shopping, Dining & Drinks
1 pm to 4 pm – Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm
1 pm Nutcracker Mice on the Plaza
2 pm to 3 pm – (Free) Meet Santa & Kids Crafts/Games at the Old State Capitol
3:45 - 4:30 pm – (Free) Santa Arrives & Tree Lighting Ceremony
4 pm Nutcracker Mice on the Plaza
7 pm – Screening of movie “Elf” at Hoogland Center for the Arts

Downtown Springfield is one of the best shopping districts in the area for a wide selection of uniquely curated and often hand-crafted gifts.

“More than 30 businesses—including seven restaurants—have opened downtown in the last two years, so there are plenty of new shops and restaurants to check out while never forgetting your more established favorites,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, DSI Executive Director. “In addition to holiday specials, you’ll enjoy decorated window displays and some mischievous elf-inspired fun in many of our downtown hot spots.”

More than a dozen downtown shops carry women’s clothing today, including the newly-opening Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk at 403 E Adams. A pop-up Toy Shop will be located next door, and Café Moxo is staying open late for the Holiday Walks for the first time ever. Find the SMTD Lighted Bus at 4th and Adams to get your “sELFie” in style and drop off Toys for Tots contributions.

Ribbon cuttings are scheduled for Willow & Birch Salon at 521 E Washington on November 29, and for Vele Restaurant at 524 E Monroe on December 6. Kids should look for the Elf on the Shelf hiding in many downtown locations.

Holiday Walks activities take place every Wednesday evening from 5-8 pm and every Saturday from noon-6 pm through December 20. Most Holiday Walk activities are completely free thanks to DSI’s generous corporate and family sponsors.

A detailed schedule of the activities, business specials and pop-up shops throughout the four week event is available at http://downtownspringfield.org/event/holidaywalks2017/.

SMTD has added a special bus route for the Holiday Walks between downtown and numerous historic sites decorated with special programs for the holidays. See attached for the stops along the 20-minute circular route including the Dana-Thomas House and Elijah Iles House, Illinois State Museum Super Saturday and more. The route is free for riders thanks to SMTD.

Enjoy Chestnuts Roasting thanks to Old Capitol Farmers Market vendor Suttill’s Gardens, roasting chestnuts on the Plaza. For a small fee, you can enjoy either roasted chestnuts or peanuts–either as a tasty treat or as an old-fashioned hand warmer! Dancing Elves on the Plaza will direct you to Santa, thanks to the members of the Springfield Youth Performance Group.

This year’s Christmas Tree is being donated by Paul Tree Farms and will be erected next week. It is a 15-foot, soft-needle, white pine that will be placed on the east side of the Old State Capitol Plaza.

A Giant Lighted Menorah donated by Chabad of Springfield will be placed on the Old State Capitol Plaza on December 5, with a special Menorah Lighting ceremony taking place at 6 p.m. on December 13.

Window Displays will be decorated at more than 40 storefronts, including vacant buildings. Fifteen community groups participated including Habitat for Humanity, Central Area Baptist Church, SAA Collective, Springfield Watercolor Society, the Springfield Bicentennial Committee and more. Shoppers can vote for their favorite Window Display starting November 25.

Musical Performances at the Old State Capitol will be offered by local high school groups including Lanphier High School Choir, Glenwood High School Band, and the Sacred Heart Griffin Band, plus UIS String Quartet and Chorus, and many more.

As always, street parking at the meters is FREE during all hours of the Holiday Walks. Convenient parking is also available in the underground garage beneath the Old State Capitol until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 pm on Saturdays; the cost is 75 cents per half hour.

The 2017 Holiday Walks are made possible by generous lead sponsors the City of Springfield, Illinois National Bank and Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation. Other generous contributors include Paul Tree Farm, Dave & Laurie Farrell, Development Services Group, Rep. Tim & Wendy Butler, Springfield Electric, Conn’s Hospitality, Julie & Bill Cellini, Café Andiamo, Springfield Youth Performance Group, Bank of Springfield, Horace Mann, Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers, Myers Commercial Real Estate, Dave & Val Leonatti, Eck Schafer and Punke, John Maxfield, Malany Family, Staab Funeral Home, Ace Sign Company, Marine Bank, Sutton’s, HSHS Medical Group, Zara’s Collision, Café Moxo, and Recycled Records, Sangamon Mass Transit District, Visit Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Springfield Public Works Department and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 217.545.2819
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