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 Communtiy 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 Library Event Calendar for community meetings and events(highlighted in orange) that are being held at Lincoln Library.

APRIL 2016

9 Central Counties Health Centers 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk
Central Counties Health Centers (CCHC) will hold its 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk and fundraiser on Saturday, April 9, 2016. 
This timed event will raise money to help fund CCHC patient services and patient/community education programs.The race will start and finish at the playground shelter in Washington Park. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The timed race will begin at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. Walkers will take off at 9:15 a.m.  The tax-deductible registration fee is $25 for adult participants, $10 for kids 2-12 and kids under 2 FREE (strollers welcome.) Runners/walkers may register online at For more information or to request a paper registration form, please contact Melinda Rodgers at 217-788-2310 or via email at

23 Kids in the Kitchen
Junior League of Springfield will hold its annual Kids in the Kitchen event on Saturday, April 23 at the downtown YMCA in Springfield. This event is free and open to the public for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Pre-registration is encouraged and begins on March 2.  Registrations can be submitted at: In the tradition of Junior Leagues around the world, the Junior League of Springfield holds its annual Kids in the Kitchen event each spring. The goal of the Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. Children from Kindergarten to 5th grade are encouraged to attend and explore health and nutrition while engaging in fun cooking activities. 
This popular annual event is free and open to the public.

30 Forget-Me-Not Gala
The Forget-Me-Not Gala raises money for the Continuing Care Fund of St. Joseph's Home. The purpose of this fund is to continue to care for the neediest long-term residents who outlive their assets and prevents them from having to move to a Medicaid facility. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, 5 p.m. $70 per person or $600 for a table of 10. Questions, 217-529-5596.


MAY 2016

1 Walk MS Illinois
Walk MS, the largest annual fundraiser of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter will take place at 11 locations statewide on Sunday, May 1. More than 12,000 participants and volunteers are expected to raise more than $2.7 million to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. Together, we become a powerful force, and with every step we take, every dollar we raise, we're that much closer to ending MS forever. For more information, visit

7 Springfield Choral Society's "Mass in B-Minor"
The Springfield Choral Society, in conjunction with the Litrugical Arts Festival of Springfield, will present J.S. Bach's "Mass in B-minor," with full orchestera conducted by Marion van der Loo, on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at Central Baptist Church, 501 S. 4th Street. Tickets ($15) are available at the door or by calling 217-787-4868.

10 UIS Lincoln Statue Unveiling and Dedication
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at UIS between University Hall and Public Affairs Center UIS will host an official unveiling and dedication of The Young Lawyer, a 6'4" bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln sculpted by renowned artist George Lundeen. Join us for the celebration. Free and open to the public. A reception follows. Information at 217-206-6058.

14 5K Grow & Go
Celebrate Illinois farm families and he important role they play n putting food on your table.  Proceeds benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  Bring your family & friends - the Grow & Go has something for everyone! Location: Illinois Farm Bureau Grounds, 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, Illinois. Price of Admission: 5K = $25   Kids Dash = $  / 309 557-2230

21 Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K Trail Race & Kids Fun Run
Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K (4.97 miles) Trail Race (7:30 a.m. start) and Kid's Fun Run (9 a.m. start) at Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake Shore Drive. 8K Trail Race is limited to first 250 registrants. $30 until April 19; $35 April 20-May 11. Kids Fun Run is $6 and has 3 ages group, toddler to 12. Refreshments and entertainment. Register online at


JUNE 2016

11 Relay for Life of Sangamon and Menard County
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Event for Sangamon and Menard County shows recognition to cancer survivors, caregivers, and providers. Participants of all ages and gender walk in honor of family members, friends or just to support those who have touched their hearts. Event features games, silent auction, vendors, children's activity area, survivors tent, Zumba, line dancing, hoopla contest, a beautiful garden of Hope, and of course the fun of dancing and walking the relay laps. Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds, Conservation World. Inquiries: 217-523-4503, ext. 3. Website:


JULY 2016

14  Heroes of the Heartland
The American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland will honor those individuals who have dedicated themselves to a cause that helps those in our community, or have been presented with a situation and acted in a heroic manner. There are eight categories for Heroes of the Heartland honorees. The categories include Youth, Military, Public Safety, Senior, Community, Workplace, Healthcare and Civic. The number of awards presented may vary based on nominations received. Heroes of the Heartland is celebration of our local heroes and fundraiser to support services provided by the Red Cross. These services include disaster relief, support for military families and maintain a viable blood supply. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 6 p.m. For tickets and prices, phone 217-450-7360.

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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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Community Events Links

Looking for more activities in Springfield that you didn't find above? Try these links.

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