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  All Day Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War   The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire. The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in “To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War,” a new exhibit runs through 2013 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” opens about a month after the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the first Civil War battle with massive casualties on a scale that indicated what the remaining years of the war would bring. Glenna Schroeder-Lein is the curator, and she worked closely with an exhibits team consisting of John Malinak, Michael Casey, Carla Smith, Katie Grant, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, staff from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and numerous community groups, institutions, and individuals to create the exhibit. The experiences of actual soldiers are prevalent throughout the exhibit, including quotes and photographs, lending a human touch to the horror of war. Some of the images come from original medical files and graphically depict the effects of deadly weapons and even deadlier germs on the bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers. Paid admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is required to view the exhibit. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. A special admission rate of $5 is available to those who want to visit only the new exhibit. For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  All Day Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival   Celebrating 39 years, the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival is sure to bring excitement for everyone in the family. With beautiful, glowing hot air balloons, live entertainment, and giant kite demonstrations at the Logan County Airport, Friday and Saturday will be days that you do not want to miss. Historic Downtown Lincoln will be buzzing with the 2nd Annual KCBS BBQ Competition, The Art of Wine, the Fine Art Fair, and the Craft Fair and Flea Market. Be sure to stop by all the different vendor booths and other activities that are going on downtown as well. If you have any questions, feel free to visit our website at www.lincolnillinois.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
  All Day “Primp Your Pit (bull)”   With 8 million homeless pets entering U.S. shelters every year, the Animal Protective League is helping to solve the problem with its “Primp Your Pit (bull)” spay/neuter promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities®. During the month of August, APL will spay/neuter pit bulls for a special rate of $20, including a free nail trim. The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, and research shows that the procedure can improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections. In an effort to prevent unwanted litters of pit bulls, this special rate during the “Primp Your Pit (bull)” event applies to all residents of Springfield and surrounding areas. Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit (bull)” promotion when they schedule their appointment. The promotion is based on availability. Please visit www.apl-shelter.org or call 217-789-SPAY (7729) for more information or to schedule an appointment.
 
  All Day Registration for Healthy Eating class is open   Healthy eating classes will be offered this fall by the Division of Endocrinology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. rnrn “Healthy U” classes offer tips about nutrition, physical activity, behavior modification and permanent lifestyle changes that promote long-term success. This series of one-hour classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 and continue on the following dates: September 12, 19 and 26 and October 3, 10, 17 and 24.rnrnSara Lopinski, SIU registered dietitian, is the instructor. The $225 fee includes a “Healthy U” cookbook, a calorie, fat and carbohydrate counter book and other program materials. Couples receive a 50% discount for the second person.rnrnThe classes will be held in Room 1700 (first floor), SIU Clinics Building, 751 North Rutledge St., Springfield. Free parking is available in the Baylis-SIU Clinics parking garage.rnrn For more information and to register for the class, e-mail slopinski@siumed.edu or call SIU Endocrinology at 217-545-7985 weekdaysrn
 
  All Day MAYOR’S AWARDS FOR THE ARTS – NOMINATIONS WANT   The Office of the Mayor and the Springfield Area Arts Council announce the availability of Nomination Forms for the 2012 Mayor's Awards for the Arts. These Awards recognize outstanding commitment and dedication to the arts in Sangamon and Menard counties, the area served by the Springfield Area Arts Council. The six award categories include Individual Artist, Arts Organization, Arts Volunteer, Arts Educator, Exceptional Arts Student, and Business or Corporation committed to the Arts. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 P. M. on Monday, September 17, 2012. The awards selection committee, to be appointed by the Mayor, will review the nominations and select the award recipients in the designated categories. Since the first presentation in 1985, eighty-eight (88) awards have been presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, October 11, at 5:30 P. M. in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This year is the 19th presentation of the awards. Recipients receive artwork created by a Sangamon or Menard county artist and selected by previous award creators. Nomination Forms for the Mayor's Awards for the Arts will be available after August 13 at the Office of the Mayor, the Springfield Area Arts Council, Lincoln Library, Petersburg Public Library, Prairie Art Alliance Gallery II, Springfield Art Association, or online at www.springfieldartsco.org. For additional information, please contact the Arts Council office at 420 South Sixth Street or by phone (753-3519) or email (office@springfieldartsco.org).
 
  All Day Call for Performers   The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for performers for this year’s 26th annual First Night® Springfield. First Night is a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts, which will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2012. First Night Springfield is the first and longest-running First Night event in Illinois. Performers new to First Night Springfield should submit a recent CD or DVD of selected work examples, or a link to online performance videos. In addition, a short bio and photo of the performer(s) are requested. Past First Night performers need only indicate their interest in participating again. Final selections will be made by the First Night Planning Committee, consisting of Arts Council board members and community representatives. The deadline for performer entries is September 10, 2012. Submissions should be sent or delivered to the Springfield Area Arts Council, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, 62701. Online submissions may be emailed to office@springfieldartsco.org. More information is available by emailing director@springfieldartsco.org or calling 217-753-3519.
 
  1:00PM 4:00PM Bingo   Bingo held every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lafore Lock VFW Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield.
 
  9:00AM 5:55PM Gettysburg Address goes on display   One of the most famous documents in United States history goes back on display at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 1 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 in the Treasures Gallery at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Paid Museum admission is required to view the document. The handwritten manuscript of the Gettysburg Address was last publicly displayed at the Museum during Lincoln’s Birthday observances February 9 – 13, 2012. There are five original handwritten versions of the Gettysburg Address. Two incomplete ones are in the Library of Congress, a finished one is at Cornell University, and the only one he signed and dated is in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s copy, written at the request of Edward Everett, the main speaker on November 19, 1863 at the Gettysburg Cemetery dedication, came to the State of Illinois in 1944 thanks to the contributions of pennies by Illinois schoolchildren plus a donation by department store magnate Marshall Field III. Illinois’s copy contains the two famous additional words “under God” that Lincoln had not included in his two original draft copies. Displayed nearby will be an original 1880 letter written by Thomas Edison, never before shown, in which the famed inventor praises Lincoln's greatness. Beginning on September 5, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will go on display through January 2013. This display will mark the 150th anniversary of the presidential order that freed all slaves in rebel-held territory. The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation are part of the 52,000-item Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Pieces from the collection are displayed on a rotating basis in the Museum’s Treasures Gallery, and range from the earliest known document written by Lincoln to items belonging to his wife and children. For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  7:00AM 10:00PM Registration Open for Memorial’s Transplant 5K   Memorial Medical Center’s 5K Transplant Run/Walk is now accepting registrations. The eighth annual run/walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, in Washington Park in Springfield. Participants will meet at the picnic shelter area near the tennis courts and playground. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for 12-year-olds and younger. The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial is the event’s host. Participants can visit MemorialTransplantServices.com to register online or to print out a registration form to mail in. Registration begins at 7 a.m. A brief program will begin at 8 a.m. Bill Coon, a double heart transplant and kidney transplant recipient, is the featured speaker. The Fireside Relics will perform during the event. Proceeds go to the hospital’s transplant fund, which assists transplant patients with emergent needs and provides education for patients and staff. For more information, call Memorial’s Transplant Services at (217) 788-3441.
 
  1:00PM 5:30PM Dwayne Wood Benefit   This event is to help raise money to off set the costs of an unexpected funeral and burial. Its is being held at the VFW in Springfield on Stockyard Rd on Aug 26th from 1pm-5:30pm. There will be food,cash bar,money boards,music,live auction and lots of fun!
 
  12:00PM 11:00PM Landen Vollmer Benefit   4 year old Landen from Auburn passed away July 25 from complications after a heart procedure. Please come & support this family! Poker run, washer tournament, 50/50 tickets, live & silent auction & other events. Funds are needed to help his family with medical & funeral costs. Where: Pudock's Hideout in Thayer When: August 25, 2012 Time: Poker Run-sign up noon to 1:00pm Washer Tournament-sign up 5:00 to 6:00pm DJ- 8:00 to midnight For more info call 217-836-6556
 
  7:00PM 11:00PM Theater in the Park presents To Kill a Mockingbird   To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a Pulitzer Prize winning story and centered loosely on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The play is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity. Curtain Time - 8:00 p.m. Free preshow at 7:00 p.m. on performance evenings. Box Office: 217-632-5440/800-710-9290 For more information go to www.theatreinthepark.net
 
  12:00PM 3:00PM SIU HealthCare Presents ‘Baby Day’   New and expecting parents and child-care providers are invited to the “2012 Baby Day,” sponsored by SIU HealthCare and ABC NewsChannel 20. The event will be held from noon - 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield. More than 40 local businesses and health-care exhibitors will attend, focusing on health and lifestyle for pregnant families, babies and toddlers. Admission is $2. Exhibitors include SIU HealthCare physicians and medical staff who will provide information on topics such as maternal-fetal medicine and pediatric primary care. SIU is again offering free 3-D ultrasounds on women who are at least 24 weeks pregnant. Appointments are required by calling Chris Smith at 545-8000. SIU HealthCare will also provide information on pregnancy, postpartum health, infant safety and the SIU Centering Pregnancy Program. SIU’s ThinkFirst program will provide demonstrations for child-passenger safety seats. ABC NewsChannel 20’s anchor and reporter, Marianne Manko, will meet and greet attendees. A raffle will benefit the March of Dimes. The event also features a fashion show for toddlers and expecting mothers. SIU HealthCare has more than 250 teaching physicians as well as other medical professionals, offering both primary care and specialized treatment services. SIU HealthCare is the clinical practice of SIU School of Medicine and works in partnership with hospitals and clinics throughout Illinois. Clinical outreach efforts extend SIU’s involvement to 50 Illinois communities. For information, call SIU’s Call Center, 217-545-8000 or 1-800-342-5748. Its Web site is www.siumed.edu.
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