Community Calendar

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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.

October 2018

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Wedneday Old Capitol Farmers Market
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.
Every Wednesday & Saturday through October, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 217-544-1723

4-5 Illinois History Conference
The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for October 4-5, 2018, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. The conference includes sessions that feature topics such as Abraham Lincoln, archaeology, Civil War, digital resources, early statehood, immigrations, museums, politics, race and popular culture.  The mid-day presentation on Thursday is a roundtable discussion on Illinois Bicentennial Exhibits and will include speakers from prominent state museums and archives. On Friday Frank Cicero Jr. author of Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870, describes the events of April 1818 that shaped the State of Illinois. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. The program can be viewed at: On-line registration available at (click on “special events tickets”).

4 & 11 Illinois Products Farmers Market
Each week (market not held during the Illinois State Fair), the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week."
Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed, 801 E. Sangamon Ave. 4-7 p.m. 217-524-3297

6, 13, 20 & 27 Saturday Old Capitol Farmers Market
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.
Every Wednesday & Saturday through October, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 217-544-1723

12 Canvas & Cocktails
Join us for a fun evening with friends and support Bright Star Equestrian Centre, a local nonprofit providing people with special needs and individuals recovering from trauma improve physically, emotionally, and mentally through encounters with horses in a safe and supportive environment. The SAA art instructors will be ready and able to help you create a masterpiece! BYO wine and snacks; other refreshments will be provided also. Location: Springfield Art Association, 420 South 6th Street. Admission $35 . 217-544-2787

12 Laudamus Choir
Enjoy an evening of sacred music byt the Laudamus Men's Choir of the Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2645 Old Jacksonville Road, 7 p.m. Fully accessible building. Free admission.

13 2018 History Harvest: Being Illinoisan
The Unviersity of Illinois-Springfield (UIS) Department of History invites members of the public to place themselves in the historical record. Two years ago, students and faculty of the UIS History Department held the first ever History Harvest in the state of Illinois, in which political memorabilia from the public was digitally “harvested.”  (See results at the 2016 online archive and exhibit.)  This year, the History Harvest theme commemorates the Illinois state bicentennial, and has been officially endorsed by the Illinois State Bicentennial Commission.  The public is encouraged to bring any, and all, objects, photographs, or documents that connect their family to Illinois history - recent or distant past. UIS students will photograph or scan the items for inclusion in an online archive and exhibit. Participation is free! Location: Innovate Springfield, 15 Old State Capitol Plaza, 5th & Adams, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Questions? Visit History Harvest FAQ or contact

13 Hope-a-palooza
Enjoy Hope-a-looza from 3 p.m. to -7 p.m. at Hope Pavilion, 5220 S. 6th Street Road, Springfield! The Brat Pack will be performing along with other entertainment. There will be many family activities, including: a gaming truck, inflatables, obstacle course, a bubble bus, and much more!  There will be many food trucks, including: Engrained & Danenbergers, Twyford BBQ, Chaditos Tacos, Coopers Streetside Bistro, Another Day Another Donut, and many more! Info.,   217-585-5437.

14 Echoes of Yesteryear:  A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery
Free walking tour celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial featuring seven actors dressed in period costumes who will 
tell their personal stories while standing near their respective graves. Some of these individuals arrived in Sangamon County near the time that Illinois became a state. Sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society. Location: Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Avenue, 12-5 p.m.. Questions, 217-525-1961.

16 History of Transportation in Sangamon County
Sangamon County Historical Society member Ernie Slottag will present his research on the growth of transportation over the past 200 years its affect on Sangamon County. Using maps, old photos and records, Slottag will bring home the dramatic changes to the community brought on by many modes of transportation, including rail service, early motor cars and the post WWII boom in highway and aviation transportation. Carnegie Room North of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, IL, 326 South 7th Street, at 5:30 p.m.


2 UIS Annual International Festival
The annual International Festival is the University of Illinois at Springfield's longest running tradition. Every year there are performances, food, and games from a multitude of different cultures. Admission is free and open to the public and in fact encouraged.Last year attendance was nearly 900 and we are expecting even more attendees this year. Please come and immerse yourself in a multicultural night of fun.Sponsored by UIS International Student Services. Location: UIS Recreation & Athletic Center, 2171 University Drive, 5-8 p.m. Questions, 217-801-8358.

9-11 Art Z Festival
Held in cooperation with White Oaks Mall, Art Z Studio proudly hosts the First annual ART Z FESTIVAL at White Oaks Mall, a Fine Art / Craft Festival with over 150 artists, on November 9-11, 2018. As part of the Art Z Festival it is our honor and privilege to help raise money to pay for a Service Dog provided by This Able Veteran. A trainer and service dog in training from This Able Veteran will be present at the festival on November 10 & 11th from 10 am to 6 pm. Attendees are encouraged to pet/interact with the dog but must ask the trainer first.This festival is free and open to the public. Live music, great food and fun activities make the festival a perfect family experience. Santa will be set up on the lower level next to Macy’s. For more info please visit us at or Contact Michael Wiest at 1-636-226-6619.

11 Honoring Our Veterans
Join us on Veterans Day as we honor our nation’s Vietnam War veterans during a special event at 3 p.m. in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s Union Theater, 212 N 6th Street. Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran Al Lynch will be the featured speaker. All Vietnam veterans will receive a Department of Defense lapel pin signifying your service during the Vietnam War at the conclusion of the event. Those eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin include U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, as a lasting memento of the nation's gratitude. This presentation is free and entry into the theater will begin at 2:30 p.m. Veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces receive free museum admission the day of the event.  All other guests wanting to view the museum will need to pay the admission fee. Questions, 217-558-8844.

23 Fun Frosty Friday
Jumpstart your holiday season at the 4th Annual Fun Frosty Friday! This FREE family event features fun for the entire family and includes planes, trains, automobiles, face painting, balloon art and our signature LIFE-SIZED CANDY LAND ADVENTURE! The FIRST LEGO League team from Rochester, Illinois, “The Squad Zero-G”  returns this year with a demonstration of engineering skill. Austin Naber, a 13-year-old Cup Stacking Champion from Indiana, is mesmerizing to watch with his quick speed and skill of cup stacking! Springfield Ballet Company will ring in the holiday season with stunning performances in the beautiful Library Atrium. Finally, what would a holiday event be without a photo with Santa and a real life Ice Princess?! Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N 6th Street, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Questions, 217-558-8844.

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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