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art

Decatur Airport Exhibit – October
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 Airport Rd. Featuring the art works of Rae Nell Spencer, airport lobby open hours, free, 217-422-1509.

Perkinson Exhibit – October

Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery, 1184 W. Main St. Featuring the drawings of Martin Brief, M-F 12-5pm, free, 217-424-6227.

Rock Springs Exhibits – October
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Featuring Jim Poling's paintings in the North Gallery, and David Staff's nature photographs in the South Gallery, nature center open hours, free, 217-423-7708.

Library Exhibit – October

Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring paintings by Macon County 4H, library open hours, free, 217-422-1509.

October National Exhibit – October 3-28
Opening Reception – October 3

Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. First Friday opening reception (10/3) featuring October National 2014 – a juried show in all media by artists from across the nation, presented by Gallery 510, refreshments served and exhibit judge talk, 5-7:30pm, free. October general exhibit viewing M-F 8:30am-4:30pm & Sa 10am-2pm, free, www.decaturarts.org or 217-423-3189.

Comic-con – October 25
Richland Community College, National Sequestration Education Center, 1 College Park. Critiques and discussions about colorizing, character rigging, 3D design and animation, contests, giveaways, demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors, times TBA, $, 217-875-7211 ext. 386.

Erlanson Exhibit – October 27-November 10
Opening Reception – November 10

Richland Community College, Erlanson Gallery, 1 College Pk. Featuring Bomber Nose Art by Dan McQuality, M-F 10am-3pm, free, 217-875-7211 ext. 386.

The Art of Blacksmithing – November 1-25
Opening Reception – November 7

Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. The ancient art of blacksmithing marries with fine art in this exhibit featuring several artists' metal works. First Friday opening reception (11/7), 5-7:30pm, free. November general exhibit viewing M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-2pm, free, 217-423-3189.

Decatur Airport Exhibit – November

Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 Airport Rd. Featuring the paintings of Jim Clark, airport lobby open hours, free, 217-422-1509.

Library Exhibit – November
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring Sue Watts' watercolor paintings, library open hours, free, 217-422-1509.

Perkinson Exhibit – November
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery, 1184 W. Main St. Featuring the eighth annual A.C.E. High School Art Exhibition showcasing the works of Central Illinois high school art students, M-F 12-5pm, free, 217-424-6227.

Rock Springs Exhibits – November

Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Featuring Barn Colony's Art Show in the North Gallery and Delores Rice Logue's works in the South Gallery, nature center open hours, free, 217-423-7708.

First Friday Opening Reception – November 7
Gallery 510 Exhibit – November

Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. Retrospective exhibit of watercolors by the late Joyce Matteson. First Friday opening reception (11/7), refreshments served, 5-7:30pm, free. November general exhibit Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 217-422-1509.

First Friday Gallery Walk – November 7

Anne Lloyd Gallery @ 125 N. Water St., Blue Connection @ 117 N. Water St., Gallery 510 @ 160 E. Main St. An evening of unique art, artist talks, live music, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages in three downtown Decatur art galleries, 5-7:30pm, free, 217-423-3189.

Annual Faculty Exhibit – November 17-December 12
Opening Reception – November 19

Richland Community College, Erlanson Gallery, 1 College Pk. Various media exhibited by Richland faculty members, M-F 10am-3pm, free, 217-875-7211 ext. 386.

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jazz & blues

Saturday Jazz at LSB
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., 3-5pm, no cover charge, 217-429-7411.
10/4 – Diversity
10/18 – Craig Russo Latin Jazz
10/25 – Decatur Big Band
11/1 – Four Other Brothers
11/8 – MU Jazz II & One Voice
11/15 – Decatur Big Band
11/22 – MU Jazz I
11/29 – Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe

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live music

LSB Events – October & November
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave. See times below, 217-429-7411.
10/2 – Schlafly Tap Take Over, time TBA
10/11 – Oakwood Street Fest, 5pm-12am
10/18 – Hot Bag O Donuts, 9pm-12am
10/25 – West End Boogie, 8-11pm
11/29 – Stedy Jamen, 8pm-12am

Millikin University Bands – October 5

Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents a concert of traditional and contemporary music, 4pm, free, 217-424-6318.

Decatur Municipal Band Fall Concert – October 7

Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles Rd. The final band concert of 2014, featuring classical, traditional, and contemporary band fare, 7:30pm, free, 217-422-9168.

Sierra Boggess - Part of OUR World – October 11

Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Millikin alumna Sierra Boggess ('04) returns to Decatur after her Broadway debut as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” to perform a mix of theatre and pop songs, 8pm, $, 217-424-6318.

Marshia Wallace in Concert – October 12
Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Wallace performs her One Woman show – a unique blend of Broadway classics, jazz, and gospel, 2pm, $, www.thelittletheatre.org or 217-728-7375.

Millikin University Choirs Homecoming Concert – October 12

Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St. The annual First Look concert for the University Choir, 2pm, free, 217-424-6318.

JamFest – October 18
Decatur Civic Center Theatre, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Presented by the Decatur Park District, 4pm, $, 217-422-5911.

Halloween Concert – October 24-25

Millikin University, Shilling Hall, Albert Taylor Theatre, 1184 W. Main St. Family-friendly Percussion Ensemble concert, guests invited to come in costume, co-sponsored by Children's Museum of Illinois, WAND-TV, and Pepsi, F 7:30pm, Sa 4 & 6pm, $, 217-424-6318.

MDSO Concert – October 25

Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Join the Millikin Symphony Orchestra for all-time favorites from the symphonic canon, with virtuoso Silvan Negrutiu on piano in his MDSO debut, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.

Fall Choral Concert – October 26

Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St. The Millikin University Choirs present the first full concert of the year, Millikin Women and Millikin Men at 2pm, Collegiate Chorale and University Choir at 4pm, free, 217-424-6318.

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble & High School Honor Band – October 27
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Select high school students from over twenty high schools perform, 6pm, $, 217-424-6318.

Opus 24 Fall Concert - Gloria! – November 20

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 407 E. Eldorado. Featuring the Gloria in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi and new choral music for the season, performed by Opus 24 and Heritage String Quartet, 7:30pm, $, 217-422-1422. www.decaturopus.com

The Glass Bead Game – November 20

Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Presented by Millikin University's School of Music, featuring Stephen Schepper on the horn, 7:30pm, free, 217-424-6318.

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theatre

The Whipping Man – October 8-12
Millikin University, Shilling Hall, Albert Taylor Theatre, 1184 W. Main St. Rated PG-13, W-Sa 7:30pm, Sa & Su 2pm, $, 217-424-6318.

Untitled – October 24-25 & October 31-November 2

Millikin University, Pipe Dreams Studio, 1099 W. Wood St. Two struggling writers and two friends race against a deadline to enter an original musical into a theatre festival, $, www.pdtheatre.com for times or 217-420-6739.

No Exit – November 20-23

Millikin University, Pipe Dreams Studio, 1099 W. Wood St. Three damned souls are brought to the same room in hell by a mysterious valet, $, www.pdtheatre.com for times or 217-420-6739.

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comedy & musical theatre

Monty Python's Spamalot – October 17-19 & 24-27
Richland Community College, Shilling Theatre, 1 College Park. The legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table retold in this musical comedy, a joint production of Richland Theatre and Theatre 7, F's & Sa's 7:30pm, Su 2pm, $, 217-423-3189.

Golden Dragon Acrobats – November 1
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Award-winning show featuring acrobatics, traditional dance, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.

West Side Story – November 7-9 &14-16

Decatur Civic Center Theatre , 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. The classic musical tale presented by Decatur Underground Theater and Cromwell Radio Group, F's & Sa's 7pm, Su's 2pm, $, www.decaturundergroud.com or 217-422-7300.

Peter Pan – November 14-16
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Fly with Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael on a magical journey to Neverland, F & Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm, $, 217-424-6318.

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history & museums

Rock and Mineral Exhibit – through November
Macon County Historical Museum, 5580 North Fork Rd. Exhibit includes geodes, fluorite, various rocks and minerals, Tu-Sa 1-4pm, $, 217-422-4919.

Aviation Exhibit – October & November
Macon County Historical Museum, 5580 North Fork Rd. Featuring local aviation pioneers and old photos, Su-Sa 1-4pm, $, 217-422-4919.

Homestead Prairie Farm Open House – October
Rock Springs Conservation Area, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Tour the 1860's farm house, heirloom gardens, and the Trobaugh-Good house, Sa's & Su's 1-4pm, free, 217-423-7708.

Bethel School Open House – October 4

Friends Creek Regional Park, NE of Argenta, off Rt. 48. Tour one of Macon County's last one-room schoolhouses, circa 1890, 1-4pm, free, 217-423-7708.

Forgotten Fruits of America – October 5
Rock Springs Conservation Area, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Rediscover and sample some fruits eaten in the 1800s, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.

Jim Edgar – October 11

Governor Oglesby Mansion, 421 W. William St. Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar discusses how the role of governor has changed, 4pm, members only, to become a member and/or for reservations call 217-428-5759.

Dulcimer Music – October 11, 25 & November 8, 22

Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Listen to the Nature Center volunteers play old time music, 10am-12pm, free, 217-423-7708.

Blue Grass Music Jams – October 12 & November 9

Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Enjoy old time tunes played by area musicians, 1-4pm free, 217-423-7708.

Games of England – October 19

Rock Springs Conservation Area, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Celebrate the life of Thomas Price, an English immigrant who lived at the homestead Prairie Farm in 1860, and enjoy traditional English games, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.

Governor Richard Oglesby Mansion Open House – October 26 & November 30
421 W. William St. Visit the beautifully restored Victorian home of Illinois Governor Richard Oglesby, 2-4pm, $, 217-423-7708.

James Millikin Homestead Tour – October 26
125 S. Pine St. Tour the beautiful historic Victorian mansion that belonged to one of Decatur's leading citizens, circa 1875, 2-4pm, $, 217-767-1050.

Into the Wild: Wagons West – November 1

Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Presentation by historian Lee Slider, plus a field trip to Sand Creek Conservation Area to view the Paris-Springfield Road and walk where Abraham Lincoln walked, 2-4pm, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.

Candlelight Tour – November 15

Rock Springs Conservation Area, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Experience Homestead Prairie Farm and 1860's life by candlelight, refreshments served, free, 217-423-7708.

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nature & gardens

Into the Wild: Fall Color Collage – October 4
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Use pressed, colorful fall leaves to create a collage and then take a short hike into the woodland, 10am, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.

Family Hikes – November
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln., 217-423-7708.
11/2 – Going Nutty, 2pm, reservations required
11/23 – Feed the Animals, 2pm, $, reservations required, ages 5 and older

Reptiles Go to Rest – November 16

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Meet the Nature Center's reptiles and discuss how they get ready for winter, 2pm, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.

Winter Mammal Activities – November 30

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Discover which animals stay active, which hibernate, and how they stay warm, 2pm, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.

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events for children, teens & families

Boo at the Zoo – October 17-19 & 24-31
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Halloween family fun with treat stations, goblins and ghouls, ride on the Fright Night Express and the Endangered Species Carousel, costumes optional, 10/17, 24, 27-31 5:30-8pm, & 10/18-19, 25-26 3-8pm, $, 217-421-7435.

Halloween Fun Days at Overlook Adventure Mini Golf – October 17-19 & 24-31

Overlook Adventure Mini Golf, 2501 E. Nelson Park Rd. Kids in costume golf for free with a paid adult, family golf rate available, 4-9pm, $, 217-422-2316.

Halloween Hoopla – October 25

Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Featuring a cobweb castle, s'mores, a Halloween craft, treats collection, scavenger hunt, prizes, costume optional, 10am-8pm, $, 217-423-5437.

Christmas Kids' Event – November 15
Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1410 Mt. Zion Pkwy, Mt. Zion. Breakfast with Santa and photo opportunities, games, storytelling, Fletcher Park Kids Club Marionette show, The Amazing Dudley Magic Show, and face painting, presented by Christmas in the Village, 9am, $, 217-864-5424.

Family Christmas Dueling Pianos Show – November 22
Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1410 Mt. Zion Pkwy, Mt. Zion. Presented by Christmas in the Village and Sav-Mor Pharmacy, an event for the entire family with kid friendly appetizer stations, 7pm, $, reservations required, 217-864-5424.

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sports, health & fitness

Canoeing the Turtle Pond – October 4 & November 22
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Canoe on the Center's largest pond, all equipment provided, must have at least one adult per canoe, 1-4pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.

3D Animal Archery – October 11 & November 8
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. 3D targets, basic instruction provided for less experienced archers, use provided equipment or bring your own, for ages 10 and older, 2-4pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.

Midnight Fishing – October 18
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Fish the Cattail Ponds at night, fishing licenses required for ages 16 and older, 10pm-12am, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.

Cross Country Twosome Relay – October 26

Fairview Park, Pavilion #1, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Divisions for youth, adult, and parent/child two person relay teams, also ½ mile Tot Trot before the race, presented by the Decatur Park District, registration 3:15pm, Tot Trot 4pm, relay race 4:10pm, $, 217-429-3472.

Autumn Spectacular – November 9
Fairview Park, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Cross country meet for kids ages 7-14, presented by the Decatur Park District, registration 12:30pm, course walk 1pm, race 1:30pm, $, 217-429-3472.

Decatur Park District's Turkey Trot – November 22
Fairview Park, Pavilion #1, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Annual 5K and 10K run, and 5K walk, computerized results, prizes, first 300 participants receive long-sleeved t-shirt, presented by Tate & Lyle, check-in 6:45-7:30am, race 8am, $, 217-429-7750.

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festivals, food & fairs

Fall Harvest Festival – October 26
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Family fun event with crafts, face painting, basic archery instruction, Creepers of the Earth trail walk, dress for the weather, 1-4pm, $ for some events, others free, 217-423-7708.

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expositions

Pride of the Prairie Marble Show – November 6-8
Country Inn & Suites, 5150 Hickory Point Frontage Rd The 25th annual wall-to-wall collectible marble experience, displays, trading, buying and selling, Th & F 9am-10pm, Sa 9am-1pm, free admission, 217-422-8454.

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special events

Saturday Produce Market – through October 11
Richland Community College, under the wind turbine, 1 College Park. Fresh fruits and vegetables grown by students and local farmers, managed by Richland Student Farms, Sa's 8am-12pm rain or shine, 217-875-7211 ext. 562.

Farmers Market – October
Downtown Decatur. Fresh produce grown by local farmers, Sa's 8am-12pm, 217-428-3380 or 217-520-5098.

Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic Car & Memorabilia Auction – October 3-4
Progress City, USA, 4175 E. Mound Rd. Consign for sale or purchase classic cars and memorabilia, one car will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity, preview F 4-7pm, gates open Sa 7:30am & auction 9am, $, 217-454-4583.

Haunted Halloween Bash – October 24
Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1410 Mt. Zion Pkwy, Mt. Zion. Appetizer bar and music by Rosetta Stone, 8pm-12am, $, 217-864-5424.

Christmas Craft Show – November 7-8

Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1410 Mt. Zion Pkwy, Mt. Zion. Local craft vendors with holiday collections, F 7-9pm, Sa 9am-3pm, 217-864-5424.

Can Illinois Be Fixed? – November 9
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, 3773 N. MacArthur Rd. Presented by Kent Redfield, Associate from the Center for State Policy and Illinois Leadership Institute of Government and Public Affairs, 10:15am, free, 217-330-6614.

Christmas Parade – November 22

Downtown Decatur. The 2014 Lighted Nighttime Decatur Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Decatur Jaycees, 5:30pm, free, 217-413-0990.

Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon – November 25

Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Community leaders are honored and foreign exchange students are recognized at the annual public luncheon, business casual attire, doors open 11:30am, luncheon 12pm, $, reservations required, 217-422-2200.

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For more information on how to include your event on the calendar,
contact Cultural Arts Editor Terrie Potter by email:
ArtsEdit@aol.com or call 217-423-0422.

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charity datebook



 

Mark your calendar for these charity events

First Friday Opening Reception – October 3
Gallery 510 Exhibit – October

Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. Boots & Bras Exhibit celebrating cancer survival and awareness with arts and crafts, proceeds from any sale will benefit Come Together, Let's Walk, an annual walk to celebrate cancer survival and fight against breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer. First Friday opening reception (10/3), refreshments served, 5-7:30pm, free. October general exhibit viewing M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-2pm, free, 217-422-1509.

Walk and Run to End Alzheimer's – October 4

Forsyth Park, 501 Forsyth Parkway, Forsyth. The nation's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's research, local community services and education, registration 8:30am, run packet pickup 8:30-9:15am, ceremony and 5k run 9:30am, walk 9:45am, $, www.tamold@alz.org or 217-801-9352.

Juvae Jazz Society's 20th Anniversary Jazz Party – October 5
Decatur Conference Center, 4191 US Hwy 36 W. Bob Draga and The Anniversary Allstars plus Miss Jubilee and The Humdingers perform for the upcoming Central Illinois Jazz Festival to be held Jan. 31, 2015, casual attire, music 2pm, dinner buffet 4pm, $, reservations recommended, 217-877-4527 or 217-877-2183.

Hilltop Roundup – October 11
Nelson Park, Main Pavilion, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr. Swap your high heels for boots at this fundraising event to benefit Children's Museum of Illinois, dinner, drinks, and entertainment, for ages 21 and older, 6-9pm, $, www.CMofIL.org or 217-423-5437.

Second Saturday Book Sale – October 11 & November 8

Decatur Public Library, 2nd floor, 130 N. Franklin St. Used books and other items for sale, proceeds benefit the Decatur Public Library, presented by Friends of the Decatur Public Library, 9:30am-12:30pm, 217-424-2900 ext. 133.

He Said Beer vs. She Said Wine – October 17
Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave. Celebrate the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Governor Oglesby's election to a second term as Illinois Governor with an evening of gourmet dining, fine wines, craft beers, and fun, proceeds used for rebuilding the west porch, business casual attire, 6:30pm, $, reservations required, 217-428-5759.

Some Enchanted Evening – October 25
Millikin University, Richards Treat University Center, 1184 W. Main St. A fundraiser for the James Millikin Homestead featuring the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein in a nightclub atmosphere, students from Millikin's Department of Theatre and Dance along with musicians lead by Michael Scherer from Dreamvizion Productions will entertain, 6pm, $, 217-433-6392.

Whiskers & Tails – November 1
Country Club of Decatur, 135 N. Country Club Rd. Formal dinner, live music, open bar, live and silent auctions, proceeds benefit the Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelter, formal attire, for ages 21 and older, 5:30-11pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7387.

Night in the Islands – November 7
Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave. Enjoy great food and music while celebrity bartenders serve exotic drinks, enter to win one of ten, all-expense paid trips, island casual attire suggested, for ages 21 and older, proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County for one-to-one mentoring for at-risk children in Macon County, 6-9pm, $, 217-428-4240.

So You Think You Can Shop? – November 9
Poage Arts & Recreation Center, 2020 N. Oakland Ave. An afternoon of art, food, fun, and shopping for a cause with proceeds benefitting arts programming at the Decatur Park District, many vendors, 1-4pm, 217-421-6648.

ARTini – November 13
Paco's Sol Bistro, 237 N. Main St. The 4th annual fund raising event, featuring hand painted martini glasses, silent auction, food and music, proceeds benefit Gallery 510's arts programs, 5-7:30pm, $, 217-422-1509.

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For information on how to include your fund-raising event in the Charity Datebook,
contact
Cultural Arts Editor Terrie Potter by email: ArtsEdit@aol.com or call 217-423-0422.

 


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