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Postings for December 14, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day St. John Vianney Women's Society 14th Annual Cooki   Beautifully decorated homemade cookies available for $6.50 per pound. Also available are candies, breads and coffeecakes. Many prepackaged gifts available - great for gift giving. Shop at our Christmas Gift Gala with a variety of direct sale vendors. Try your luck at our raffle with gift cards, homespun crafts and merchandise from area merchants and our direct sale vendors. Bring in canned goods to donate to the Holy Family Food Pantry and get one free raffle ticket.
 
  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.
 
  9:30AM 11:00AM Historic Christmas at the Mansion   Thirty historic sites and museum are contributing their expertise and artistic flair to create a one-of-a-kind display of holiday decorations at the Illinois Executive Mansion this December. The public is invited to see the decorations every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the month. Free tours of "Historic Christmas at the Mansion" will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In addition, on Dec. 14 the mansion will participate in the Downtown Historic Home Christmas Open House from 12-5 p.m. Volunteers from several sites will be in period attire, demonstrating crafts from their era, selling merchandise and serving refreshments. The exhibit features unique trees decorated by staff and volunteers from places such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Elijah Iles House, Lincoln Home, Springfield Art Association-Edwards Place, David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Governor Duncan Mansion in Jacksonville, Quincy Museum, Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Lincoln Courthouse and Museum in Beardstown, and Central Illinois Decorative Artists. Dried materials from the Executive Mansion gardens will complement the decorated trees.
 
  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.
 
  12:00PM 4:00PM 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
 
  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
 
  9:00AM 1:00PM Holiday Farmers' Market   Farmers market featuring meats, eggs, cheeses, veggies, Illinois wine and more. Holiday gifts, lunch available for purchase and hot drinks. http://www.ilstewards.org
 
  9:00AM n/a Santa-Themed 5K   he Sangamon CEO Class of 2014 is hosting a Santa-Themed 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 9:00am at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The class, which is funded entirely by private donations, is composed of eighteen high school students who together represent eight high schools in Sangamon County. The goal of the class is that each individual student will start their own business by the end of the school year, and the seed money from those businesses must come from a "big event" that the students plan themselves, in this case being "The Santa 5K Run/Walk by CEO." The 5K will begin and end at the Twilight Ballroom at the Illinois State Fair. The event will also serve as a drop spot for Toys for Tots Donations. Registration is $35 for adults and $25 for children 10 and under. Upon registration, participants will receive a hat, beard, and a long sleeve moisture-wicking shirt that is similar in appearance to Santa's coat. Participants looking to be guaranteed those registration materials should register as soon as possible. The deadline for shirt orders is December fourth. Registration is available after the fourth and on the day of the event, but those who register between the fourth and the fourteenth are not necessarily guaranteed a shirt. To register, participants can go online to www.sangamonceo.com/santa5k and click the registration link.
 
  10:00AM 2:00PM Holiday Bazaar   St. John AME Church, 1529 E. Capitol Ave., Springfield, IL 62703 Gifts, crafts, food. Lunch with Santa from noon to 1 p.m. ($3). Vendors needed. For more information, phone 217-523-6282.
 
  11:00AM 3:00PM Super Saturdays at the Museum   The Illinois State Museum invites families to come make winter-themed art at this month's Super Saturday, Winter Craft Day, on December 14th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. These crafts could make great gifts or decorations, but most importantly they will be a lot of fun to create! Children will build a sparkling snow globe with miniatures and glitter, use paint and a comb to create a winter forest scene, read winter stories by a cozy "fire," and much more. Children will also have the opportunity to make a special piece of art with Springfield artist, Rhiannon Gurley. Bring the whole family to "Super Saturdays" at the Illinois State Museum! "Super Saturdays" are held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 3-8. Activities take 30-45 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required for this activity. Free and open to the public. "Super Saturdays" are sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
 
  11:00AM 12:00PM Wreaths Across America   National Wreaths Across America event to HONOR-REMEMBER-TEACH about the contributions of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and at national cemeteries nationwide simultaneously. Camp Butler National Cemetery, 5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL 62707
 
  2:00PM n/a The Nutcracker   The Springfield Ballet Company presents its 39th annual production of The Nutcracker, a grand holiday tradition proudly sponsored by Carrollton Bank; Drs. DeSanto, Nathanson & Knoedler; and Drs. McDaniel, Sternstein & Aleman. Performances will be at Sangamon Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, and $18 for students and children. Purchase your tickets by calling the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office at (217) 206-6160 or online at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets. Group discounts are available. Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday classic that follows Clara and her Nutcracker from a lavish Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King, then to a magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. The production features a cast of 130, including children and adults from the Springfield area, Company members and incredible guest artists.
 
  5:00PM 8:00PM Live Nativity - Proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ   The Live Nativity will proclaim Jesus' birthday and feature live charachters and animals. The event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to join us this Christmas season! Refreshments and baked goodies provided! Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rochester IL 62563 5p-8p
 
  5:00PM 8:00PM Christmas Open House   Dec. 14, 5-8 p.m,. Christmas Open House: Visitors will enjoy music, decorations by the Civic Garden Club of Springfield, holiday treats courtesy of Slow Food Springfield. Free. Dana-Thomas House 301 E. Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62703
 
  8:00PM 11:30PM Instrument Drive   Dec. 14 Springfield Renaissance and Band Instrument Drive. Local nonprofit Illinois Independent Arts Association is holding a band instrument drive for Washington Middle School next month and would love to have people donate used instruments at its multimedia show Saturday, Dec. 14 at Donnie's Homespun (107 West Cook Road, Springfield, IL 62704) 8-11:30 p.m. and stick around to see a very fun show. All the proceeds from the other music/comedy/art shows held this year will be put toward the repair of these instruments for the kids.
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