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.


1,8,15,22 Old Capitol Holiday Walks
Join the fun during the Downtown Springfield Old Capitol Holiday Walks. Enjoy shopping, dining, and holiday cheer complete with carolers and carriage rides. 12-5 p.m. Also on Wednesdays, December 5,12,19 5-8 p.m. For more information,

1 Second Annual Christmas Bazaar
Come join us for our Second Annual Christmas Bazaar at New Beginnings Apostolic Church. Grab your friends and come shop local at our Christmas themed Bazaar, where there will be many crafts, baked goods, and direct sale booths to help you finish your Christmas shopping. Food will be available for purchase. New Beginnings Apostolic Church, 3121 E Elm St., 9 a.m. Questions, 217-528-2622.

1 Holiday Walk
Holiday Walk hosted by the Auburn Activities Committee, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the Auburn Square. Kids activities, direct sale vendors, food vendors, horse drawn carriage, barrel train, visits with Santa and more. Auburn Public Library District will be reading Polar Express on the hour and giving away "Believer" Bells, serving hot chocolate and providing a writing station to write letters to Santa. Questions, .

5,12,19 Advent Dinner & Evening Prayer
All are invited to enjoy and Advent Dinner and Evening Prayer at Grace Lutheran Church, 714 E. Capitol Avenue. Dinner will being at 6 p.m. and Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. Freewill donation. For more information, call 217-522-3965.

5,12,19 Old Capitol Holiday Walks
Join the fun during the Downtown Springfield Old Capitol Holiday Walks. Enjoy shopping, dining, and holiday cheer complete with carolers and carriage rides. 5-8 p.m. Also on Saturdays, December 8, 15, 22, 12-5 p.m. For more information,

5,12,19 Dana-Thomas House Evening Holiday Tours
Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour of the Dana-Thomas House at night. View the site’s legendary holiday decorations created by volunteers from the Springfield Civic Garden Club. The 43 volunteers donated over 380 hours to create this year’s decorations. Tours are offered every 30 minutes beginning at 5:00, with the last tour departing at 7:15. Tours are free; donations accepted.

15 An Historic Christmas at Iles House
Tour the fully decorated Elijah Iles house (628 South 7th Street, 1-5 p.m.) viewing how the Christmas holiday celebration grew and evolved during the 19th century. Children can enjoy face painting and cookie decorating, and all visitors may partake in caroling, other holiday traditions and refreshments. The duet Peaches and Cream will provide live music from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.For more information about the Elijah Iles House, visit or call 217-492-5929.

31 First Night Springfield
The Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) celebrates its 32nd annual First Night Springfield on New Year’s Eve in downtown Springfield. Starting at noon on December 31st, this family-friendly, celebration of the arts features talented local and regional artists & performers across 11 stages in 5 venues.There is a free admission children’s stage and activity area in Springfield High School from 1pm-4pm, and Mark Gifford performs on the Barton Organ at Springfield High School from 4:15pm- 5:45pm. Admission to the organ concert is included in the price of a First Night Wristband, or $5 separately.All other performances take place from 5pm-11:15pm at The Hoogland Center for the Arts, The Lincoln Home Visitors Center, Kari Bedford Photography Studio, and The Lincoln Library. All types of music, dance, improv comedy, drama, storytelling, magic, and art is available to entertain audiences of all ages. Wristbands are available for purchase at Bank of Springfield locations, the Hoogland Center for the Arts, or online at Adults are $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Youth ages 5-18 are $5. All performance spaces are alcohol-free.


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 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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