Community Calendar

The Community Calendar is a service of Lincoln Library. Submissions are generated from individuals and organizations in the area. Submit information to be included on the Community Calendar by completing the online form or download and send it in by fax, mail or email. For additional information email Kim Hergett.

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Check the Lincoln Library Calendar of Events for library sponsored events.

Check the library's Meeting Room Calendar for community meetings and events that are being held at Lincoln Library.

APRIL 2017

Civil War Tech - Strategy at Vicksburg
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. Strategy at Vicksburg — Vicksburg, Mississippi, was a critical military holding because of its location on the Mississippi River. Learn about the tactics both sides used to control Vicksburg. Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 112 N Sixth Street. Info., 217-558-8844.

1 Sherman United Methodist Church Spring Chicken Dinner
Fundraiser for the Sherman United Methodist Church (2336 East Andrew Road, Sherman, IL) to support youth programs and missions. 4-7 p.m. Dinner includes: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Drink & Dessert.Price: Adults $10, Children under 12 $5, Children under 3 are free.  Questions, 217-496-2338.

7 Williamsville United Methodist Church Fish Fry
Fish Fry fundraiser for Williamsville United Methodist Church (WUMC), 128 E. Jones, Williamsville, IL, 4:30-7 p.m. Dinner includes: Walleye, Baked Potato or Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Applesauce, Dessert, Drink. Hot Dog Dinner $3. Price: Adults $8; Children 12 & under $4. Questions, 217-566-3614.

7 Friday Feline Trivia
Feline Friday Trivia sponsored by All Cat Clinic, PC on April 7th. $10 per person, 10 people per team. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Cash prize for 1st & 2nd place teams. Bake sale, bonus game, mulligans available, 50/50 
Yoga4Cats event, all proceeds benefit Forever Home Feline Ranch. Reserve your team's table now by emailing Questions, 217-638-8438.

12 Civil War Tech - Ambulances
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. Ambulances - The ambulance moved injured troops away from the battlefield to get medical help. Learn how medical officers decided who would ride in an ambulance. Can you navigate the dangerous path an ambulance driver had to travel? Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 112 N Sixth Street. Info., 217-558-8844

12 Central Park Five Documentary Showing
The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP), in partnership with WSEC/Network Knowledge and the Hoogland Center for the Arts, will host a special viewing of the award-winning Ken Burns documentary “The Central Park Five” from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The film chronicles the “Central Park Jogger” case from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by a miscarriage of justice, convicted in 1989 of raping a 28-year-old white woman in New York City’s Central Park. DNA evidence and a confession by a serial rapist later cleared the five after they had spent as long as 13 years in prison.The documentary showing is a preview to IIP’s Defenders of the Innocent Event, which will feature Exoneree Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” teenagers who at age 16 was falsely accused and wrongly imprisoned, and Yusef’s mother, Sharonne Salaam. Sharonne fought tirelessly to prove the innocence of her son and the other boys until they were fully exonerated by DNA 13 years later. The special viewing will feature hosted hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar reception prior to the documentary start at 5:30 p.m. Intermission will include a Q&A with IIP attorneys. The story of “The Central Park Five”  raises important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and basic human rights. Seating is limited for this free documentary showing. Reservations are recommended by contacting or calling 217-494-0823.

18 UIS Earth Week Keynote Presentation
"River Connections: A Story of Science and Hope," an Earth Week lecture by Michelle S. Carr, Illinois State Director of The Nature Conservancy. Location: Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield. Sponsored by the UIS Kowalczyk Fund for Leadership; 217-206-6058; free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Inquiries: 217-206-6058.

29 Saturday Spectaular with Camp Ondessonk
The Saturday Spectacular is a week of summer camp condensed into eight hours of fun. Campers will rotate to numerous different activity areas including handicrafts (tie-dying, hemp bracelet making, fusion beads), tug-of-war, Gaga ball, a camp wide relay race (also known as marathon), and secret special activity. This event is open to campers between the ages of 6 and 14. To register send an email with the camper’s age and name to We will then send you the required forms and waivers. Campers will receive their very own Saturday Spectacular event t-shirt only if they are registered before April 17.The cost of this event is $35. For every canned food item brought, you can get $1 off the price. Up to $5 off! Event Location: St. Agnes School, 251 North Amos Avenue. Questions, email ( or call 217-361-7366.

30 MasterChef Springfield: A Cook-Off for Benevolent Care
Join Concordia Village as we raise money for seniors! At this exciting second annual event, three area chefs compete for the title of MasterChef! Our chefs this year are Stephane Perrin (Concordia Village), Joseph Martin (Sangamo Club) and Bradley Mechol (Nick and Nino's). A panel of celebrity judges, including Mr. Henry Dale Smith, Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, Dr. Peter Glatz, and Mr. Paul Ogier, will decide the winner. Paul Palazzolo and Paul Wappel emcee the evening, while attendees enjoy a five course dinner, silent auction, and viewing of the competition.Tickets are $60 each, with all proceeds going to support the Concordia Village Benevolent Care program, which assists our seniors who have run out of financial resources. Inquiries: 217-993-7051. Location: Concordia Village, 4101 West Iles Avenue.

MAY 2017

7 International Family Equality Day Celebration
International Family Equality Day (IFED) is a world-wide celebration of the LGBTQ parenting and family community. Please join us for a play date at the Washington Park Playground and connect with other LGBTQ parents/grandparents and parents/grandparents of LGBTQ kids! A group picture will be taken at 3pm (participation optional). This event is hosted by Family Equality Council, Midwest Advisory Council member Matt Berry. Co-hosted by The Phoenix Center.  All over the world, more and more children are growing up in families where one or both of their parents identify as LGBTQ. Yet, each of these “rainbow families” have very different lived equality experiences, often depending not only on what country they live in but what street they live on. In some countries, our families enjoy equal rights and social recognition but in far too many others both parents and their children face overt discrimination and have to live under a constant threat of violence. Info, 217-416-1070.

13 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) 5K Grow & Go
Ready, Set, Go & Grow! The IAA Foundation proudly presents its 7th Annual 5K Grow & Go to celebrate Illinois farm families and the important role they play in putting food on your table. Learn more about our roots in agriculture while supporting a great cause. Proceeds from this race benefit Illinois Ag in the Classroom (IAITC), a program that provides free resources to teachers in an effort to help students make the connection between food, fiber, fuel & farming. Location: Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters, 1701 Towanda Ave, Bloomington, IL. Admission $25-$30. Details: 309-557-2230 or

13 Korean War National Museum Trivia Night
The Denis J. Healy Freedom Center Korean War National Museum is holding a Trivia Night on Saturday, May 13 hosted by WCIA’s Matt Metcalf at the VFW Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd, Springfield, IL.  Doors open at 6 p.m. for attendees to review silent auction items.  The event begins at 7 p.m. Entry is $100 per table (maximum of 10 people) or $15 per individual. Space is limited.  Reservations for team tables may be made by calling 217- 523-7230 or by e-mail to The top two teams will get cash prizes.  VFW Post 755  will have a cash bar available to participants.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and snacks.

20 Screenwriting 101
Screenwriting 101: The Script -- Learn the basics about screenwriting in the two hour workshop.  From story idea to character development, to structure and format, learn the A, B, C's. Presented by Predestined Arts & Entertainment. Sponsored by the Central Illinois Film Commission. Location: Lincoln Library Carnegie Room. For details, 217-621-7037.

Ongoing Meetings & Events

Carillon Belles
The Carillon Belles are a group of ladies who work with the Rees Carillon Society to promote the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. If you would like information about joining this group, please, phone 217-787-3532 or visit

GROW in Illinois
A 12-step, community mental health support group program for people with mental health issues, emotional problems or who are having difficulties coping with life circumstances. Meetings are held weekly and are anonymous, free and confidential. For more information on GROW, 1-888-741-GROW or

Illinois Products Farmers' Market
Thursday Evenings 4-7 pm
May 5, 2016– October 13, 2016 (Due to Illinois State Fair, there will be not be a market August 11 and 18, 2016.)
Illinois State Fairgrounds – The Shed (across from Lincoln Stage)
Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, Illinois wine and craft beer, plants and flowers. Live entertainment, health screenings, kids activities and more!

Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO) performs at multiple venues including Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium and First Presbyterian Church; as well as, Bloomington's Center for the Performing Arts and Second Presbyterian Church. For a current schedule of performances and ticket information, visit the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's website or phone 217-206-6160. The ISO Guild of Springfield actively supports the Illinois Symphony Orchestra by hosting events and contributing financially to the orchestra. The Guild also awards music scholarships to talented youth every year. For more information on the Guild and events, phone 217-206-6160 or visit the webpage.

Readers Needed
Do you like to read? Would you like to help others who cannot read? WUIS/WIPA Radio Information Service is a reading service for the print impaired which broadcasts newspapers, and magazines, and we need your help. If you are interested, please call 217-206-6405.

Volunteer for the Red Cross, Illinois Capital Area Chapter
Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross, 1045 Outer Park Dr., has various volunteer opportunities available to those looking to get involved with the Red Cross and its many programs, including Disaster Relief, Meals-on-Wheels, services for the Armed Forces, Community Disaster Education, and Health & Safety education. For more information, call 217-787-7602, email or visit the webpage.

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