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  All Day Children's Holiday Store   The 24th Children's Holiday Store is the biggest funraiser for the Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. At the store children shop with the help of a volunteer while parents wait in the lobby. Gifts range from $1 to $10 so there is plenty of variety. Once they have found the "perfect" gift, children, bag and tag each gift with their volunteer before leaving the store. Open Saturday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Location: Town & Country Shopping Center (between Chuck E Cheese and Tuesday Morning in the former Designer Chic store). The Children's Holiday Store Hours: Monday–Friday ….....4-8 p.m. Saturdays ……………10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays ………...…..noon-5 p.m.
 
  All Day COAT DRIVE   During the months of December and January, the Rochester Public Library will be holding their annual Coat Drive. Accepted articles for the collection will be new or gently used coats, both children and adults), hats, scarves, and gloves. Donations are being accepted at Rochester Public Library through the end of January at #1 Community Drive, in Rochester. For further information please contact Susan at (217) 498-8454.
 
  8:30AM 5:00PM Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art   Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art brings together historical and contemporary body-based art by over fifty artists from the Illinois State Museum collection. The exhibition emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive uses of the figure in Midwest art. The artworks were selected to create a better understanding and consideration of different representational styles and the ability of the figure to carry feeling, memory, and experience. They were also selected with an eye toward something fantastic—a heightened sense of the super-real or super-natural—whether through aggressive, expressive form, high-keyed color, inventive graphics, or ambiguous situations. The Museum is open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible. For more information contact Jim Zimmer at 217-782-7440.
 
  6:00PM 9:00PM Chatham "Light Up the Park" Holiday Display   Fridays and Saturdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning the weekend of November 29 and 30 through December 20 and 21 at Chatham Community Park on South Main Street. The drive-through display will feature a sparkling winter forest, holiday-themed light displays, 20 lit arches, 100 lit candy canes, a giant Christmas Tree and a holiday polar express train to name a few. Donations are welcome with proceeds benefiting community parks and playground facilities. The event is sponsored by the Chatham Jaycees. For more information call 217-483-4553.
 
  8:30AM 5:00PM Food Drive   Share your good fortune this holiday season by contributing to a food drive sponsored by The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois State Museum (ISM) to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank. Through Dec. 31 drop off goods at the ISM lobby Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Help People in Need & Donate to the Central Illinois Foodbank. When you come in out of the cold to rediscover the Illinois State Museum this holiday season, be sure to bring a little something extra to add to a very important wooden box in the first floor main lobby. The IDNR and ISM are collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to the Central Illinois Foodbank to help people and families in need. Help us bring cheer to the land and people of Illinois by stopping in with your contribution and becoming a part of our effort. **Please no items in glass containers and drop off only during visiting hours to ensure your donation is received.** Check out your progress at Facebook.com/IllinoisStateMuseum and Twitter.com/ILStateMuseum.
 
  5:00PM 8:00PM Holiday Lights at the Zoo   The dates for this year's lights display are Dec. 6-23 from 5-8 p.m. each evening. Admission is $3.25 per adult and $2.00 per child. The zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield 62712 and may be contacted at (217) 585-1821. More information about the zoo may be found at the zoo's website www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org.
 
  8:00PM n/a Annie   Springfield Theatre Centre presents Annie at the Hoogland center for the Arts Dec. 6-8 and 13-15. Pre-show dinner at 6:30 p.m. catered by Arena Food Service! Dinner is $15 per person and reservations can be made online when purchasing a show ticket or by phone (523-2787). Reservations must be made by Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. For more information go to www.hcfta.org The Story A spunky orphan girl finds a home with a New York millionaire during the Depression, but must dodge the clutches of her evil orphanage mistress, in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan's musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip.
 
  5:00PM 8:00PM Santa House   A Springfield tradition for decades returns on Dec. 9 to the Santa House! Located at 1415 North Grand Ave East next to Robin Roberts Stadium. Santa will be in his house Dec. 9-21. The hours will be 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. He will be available for pictures, free with your camera, or $5 each with ours. Admission is free! For more info phone 753-0700.
 
  12:00PM 4:00PM Winter Holiday Floral Show   Poinsettias among the tropical collections. More poinsettias, tropical plants and decorated evergreens will overflow in the Garden Exhibit Hall at the Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
 
  6:00PM n/a Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra   The Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra opens their season with the hour-long "Happy Hour" concert format for its upcoming performances of Britain's Beauty on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Springfield and on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. The Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra's season premieres with Finzi's pensive and elegant Romance. The sumptuous sounds of English string music reverberate in a performance of Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring versatile tenor William Burden and the ISO's principal horn Stephen Hanrahan in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Britten's birth. The evening ends with the virtuosic symphonic poem Introduction and Allegro for Strings by Edward Elgar. ickets for the Springfield concert on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 are available by calling 217-206-6160. Tickets for the Bloomington concert on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 are available by calling 309-434-2777. Pre-sold tickets in Springfield are redeemable for either concert, regardless of ticket listing. Tickets for both performances may also be purchased at the door on the night of the performance beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Springfield and 6:00 p.m. in Bloomington. General admission ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $20. Senior discounts are also available. Britain's Beauty is sponsored in Springfield by Illini Bank and in Bloomington by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild of Bloomington Normal. William Burden's appearance is sponsored in Springfield by Phyllis H. Brissenden and in Bloomington by Laura and Bob Reardon in memory of Vivian and Bob Reardon. Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at www.ilsymphony.org.
 
  7:30PM n/a The Holly and the Ivy   Over the Moon Productions and The Hoogland Center for the Arts are proud to present a return engagement of The Holly and the Ivy by Wynyard Browne on Dec. 13-15. The show will once again be directed by Kevin Purcell and Aasne Vigesaa. The Holly and the Ivy is a captivating Christmas tale with a difference. Browne's play, set in 1940s Norfolk, England, begins on Christmas Eve and slowly unfolds over 24 hours, during which time secrets are revealed, skeletons are wrenched out of closets, and lives are changed forever. Martin Gregory, an elderly pastor who refuses to retire, despite pleas from his sisters. Cared for by his loving daughter, Jenny Martin bumbles on, completely unaware that Jenny has fallen in love with their neighbor, David. The pair long to marry and travel to South America, but Jenny cannot bear to leave her father alone at the vicarage. Things come to a head when the family - made up of an errant daughter with a penchant for whiskey, two fussing, aged aunts, a carefree cad of a brother, and Martin's cousin - descend on the vicarage for the festive season. In the end, the vicar learns a valuable lesson about keeping his own home fires burning before spending too much time tending to the fires of others. For showtime and ticket information go to www.hcfta.org
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