Community Calendar

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For the week of June 24:

As Heard on Morning Edition Monday:  

The Artist on the Plaza entertainment series presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council continues this week with its summer line-up of live shows showcasing local musical talent.   Performances begin at noon on downtown’s Old State Capitol Plaza and last about an hour.  This Tuesday it’s Danny Kerwin and Kris Lang and on Thursday at noon, Ben Bedford.  CLICK HERE for a full list of this summer’s Artist on the Plaza performances.

Today is the final day to register for the Illinois State Museum Kids’ Night Out series that continues this Friday with “Kids Unplugged: Fun in the 1800s” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Children ages 6-10 will spend the evening learning how children in the 1800s had fun.  Participants will play old-time games, make a toy, explore the Museum’s history exhibitions, and play in the Play Museum. Additional information and registration can be found at

As Heard on Morning Edition Tuesday: 

The Route 66 Film Festival invites the public to a free screening of two short films at 7:00 PM Thursday June 27 at the Pub at Vinegar Hill. Both films, Spaghetti For Two and Thinking Inside the Box, were hits with audiences at the organization’s November 2012 Route 66 International Film Festival.  A third surprise short film will also be shown.  The Route 66 Film Festival ( is an Illinois not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing exciting independent films from around the world to Springfield, Illinois, and providing a venue for new filmmakers to show their work, share ideas with other filmmakers, and entertain audiences with films they might never otherwise see.

The public is invited to a free event at Lincoln Land Community College’s Trutter Center on some of the keys to an enriched senior lifestyle.  At 10 Thursday morning, author and presenter Peter Spiers will talk about his book “Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier”.  Spiers is senior vice president of Road Scholar, the programming arm of Elderhostel, Inc., not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.  Spiers will relay stories of “hale, hearty and happy” older individuals who are having fun, are “sharp as tacks” and have many friends. He’ll reveal the benefits of an active lifestyle through inspirational stories of seniors, supported by the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, along with a list of 25 “master activities” that promote longevity and a healthy, happy lifestyle.  The presentation is sponsored by LLCC Community Learning. More information is available by calling 786.2432

As Heard on Morning Edition Wednesday:

The Mt. Pulaski Community Band will be presenting summer evening concerts on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.  Under the direction of Harry Hild the band will perform a variety of musical selections.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the sounds of summer.

Bring your family to Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area in Decatur on Saturday, June 29th for “Independence Day 1860”.  Enjoy an afternoon of free family fun from Noon to 4:00 p.m. with patriotic music from the 1800s, children’s games and toys and an ice cream social. Call 423-7708 or visit for more information.

Tickets are still available for the Little Theatre on the Square’s production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.  It runs through Sunday. Call the box office today to purchase your tickets at 217-728-7375 or purchase online at

As Heard On Morning Edition Thursday:

The Praire Art Alliance’s Gallery II on the the Old State Capitol Square in downtown Springfield presents the “Rock the Arts” Music Festival this evening from 4 – 10 pm.  $5 adults, $3 students, children 12 & under FREE.  Proceeds benefit Gallery II, a downtown visual arts venue operated by the Prairie Art Alliance.

The Springfield African American History Museum’s summer exhibit, “The President’s Men: Black United States Marshals in America” opens today and runs through the end of August.

The Illinois Products Farmers’ Market is on the state fairgrounds tonight and every Thursday from 4-7 through October 17. The market will be held on Wed, July 3rd, instead of the holiday and there will be no market during the state fair (August 8 & 15). More information is at

As Heard On Morning Edition Friday:

The Becky Thatcher House, under restoration since 2008, will reopen to the public June 29.  The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum will host a noon ribbon cutting and other events at the house throughout the day.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will include raffles and giveaways, followed by an opportunity to tour the building and enjoy activities in the restored home all day long.  The house will contain temporary exhibits and items from the museum’s extensive collection until funds can be raised for the fabrication and installation of the permanent exhibits.  The Becky Thatcher House will be included in the museum tour. Visitors purchase one ticket and can also see the Museum Gallery, Interpretive Center, Huckleberry Finn Home, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and the J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace office.  For more information, please contact the museum staff at 573-221-9010, ext. 404. or go to the website:

The Springfield Area Arts Council’s citywide On My Own Time program is now on display in Union Station across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum through mid-July.   This visual arts program gives employees of participating businesses, agencies and institutions an opportunity to share their creative talents through artwork completed outside working hours.  The artwork was first exhibited at the participating workplaces where the paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, and other art mediums were judged by a panel of specialists.  500 E. Madison, open 9-5 daily.