Decatur Airport Exhibit – June
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Featuring Leta Burch's mixed media works, airport lobby open hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – June
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring Sally Van Natta's photography, library hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Rock Springs Exhibit – June
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Featuring the photography of Alan Perry and David Staff, M-F 8am-5pm, Sa 9am-4:30pm, Su 1-4:30pm, free, 217-423-7708.
First Friday – June 6
Gallery 510 Exhibit – June
Gallery 510/NOVA Framing, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring the oil pastel paintings of Carol Kessler, refreshments served, 5-7:30pm, artist talk 6:30pm, free. General exhibit hours Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 217-422-1509.
NATIVE AMERICAN ART: Splendid Heritage Exhibit – June 6-July 30
Opening Cultural Event – June 6
Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. Experience Native American culture through artifacts gathered from a number of private collections. Family-friendly opening event 6/6 with live music, dance, storytelling, cuisine, native craft making, 5-7:30pm, free. General exhibit hours M-F 8:30am-4:30pm & Sa 10am-4pm, free, 217-423-3189.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – July
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Featuring Pam Marty's watercolors, 6am-10pm, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – July
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring the oil paintings of Barbara Dove, library hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Rock Springs Exhibit – July
Rock Springs Nature Center, Exhibit Hall, 3939 Nearing Ln. Featuring Lance Merry's photographs and the Conservation District Art Collection, M-F 8am-5pm, Sa 9am-4:30pm, Su 1-4:30pm, free, 217-423-7708.
First Friday – July 11
Gallery 510 Exhibit – July
Gallery 510/NOVA Framing, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring Helen Hamilton's soft pastel paintings, refreshments served, 5-7:30pm, artist talk 6:30pm, free. General exhibit hours, Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 217-422-1509.
Gallery Walk – July 11
3 Downtown Art Galleries: Madden Arts Center's Anne Lloyd Gallery and Blue Connection Gallery, 125 N. Water St. and Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. Walk around the block for art, artist talks, live music and refreshments, special Native American dance and Navajo rug weaving demonstrations at the Madden Arts Center, 5-7:30pm, free, 217-423-3189.
Blues in Central Park – June 19 & July 17
Downtown Decatur, Central Park. Free concert series presented by Decatur Magazine, bring a lawn chair and your appetite for great blues, BBQ, and beer, food and beverage vendors open 6pm, free concert 7-10pm, for more information www.decaturmagazine.com click on Blues.
6/19 – Indigenous
7/17 – Sugar Ray and The Bluetones
LSB Music Events – June
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., outdoor events are weather permitting, 217-429-7411.
6/6 – Rock of Ages, 8-11pm
6/7 – Groove Avenue, 9pm-1am
6/28 – Oakwood Street Festival
Decatur Municipal Band Concerts – June 2-July 28
The 157th annual summer band concerts featuring traditional and contemporary band music, some seating available or bring lawn chairs and/or blankets, M's 7pm in Downtown Decatur's Central Park, Su's 6pm in Fairview Park's Large Pavilion, free, 217-422-9168.
An Evening With Kostia - June 14
Central United Methodist Church, 269 W. Eldorado St. Kostia is an Internationally renowned Composer / Pianist. Originally from the Soviet Union, Kostia lives in Milwaukee and works as a Professional Pianist throughout the Milwaukee area. A $5 musician donation is suggested. 7:30 p.m. 217-201-8677.
Sounds of Summer Concerts – June 26 & July 24
Anne & Al Swartz Pavilion at Hickory Point, 727 W. Weaver Rd. Celebrate summer with live concerts in the park, $ for adult beverages and concessions, 7pm, free, 217-422-5911.
6/26 – Hit Men and A Dame
7/24 – Soul Purpose
comedy & musical theatre
Summer Mainstage Shows
Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan, dates and show times vary, $, 217-728-7375.
6/4-15 – 42nd Street
6/18-29 – Big River
7/2-13 – Little Shop of Horrors
7/16-27 – The Sound of Music
7/30-8/10 – Legally Blonde
Josh Blue Comedy Show – July 11
Decatur Civic Center. One Night Only! The 2006 winner of Last Comic Standing performs. For tickets, call 217-422-6161.
youth performing arts
Greater Decatur Youth Band Concerts – July
Decatur Park District's Greater Decatur Youth Band performances, bring lawn chairs, blankets and/or a picnic, 6pm, free, 217-422-5911.
7/2 – Millikin University Quad
7/9 – South Shores Park
7/16 – Kiwanis Park
7/23 – Cresthaven Park
Willy Wonka KIDS – July 25-26
Decatur Civic Center Theatre, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. B.O.S.S. Jr., Decatur Park District's young actors grades 1-5, presents a musical to delight your sweet tooth, F 7pm, Sa 2pm, $, 217-422-5911.
Hairspray Jr. – July 26-27
Decatur Civic Center Theatre, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. B.O.S.S. Sr., Decatur Park District's young actors grades 6-12, presents a show with an uproarious sense of humor, Sa 7pm, Su 2pm, $, 217-422-5911.
history & museums
Bethel School Open House – June 7 & July 5
Friends Creek Conservation Area, 13734 Friends Creek Park Rd., Cisco. Tour one of Macon County's last one-room schoolhouses circa 1890, which served the community for over 50 years, now restored as a museum, 1-4pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Canoeing 101 – June 7
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Learn the basics of canoeing, participate in a race, maneuver the obstacle course, and hear how Native Americans built canoes, 2pm, free, reservations required,
Dulcimer Music – June 7, 21 & July 5, 19
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Played by the Nature Center volunteers, 10am-12pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Blue Grass Music Jams – June 8 & July 13
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Enjoy old time instrumental and vocal tunes by area musicians, 1-4pm free, 217-423-7708.
Connected to Cahokia: Native American Mounds in Central Illinois – June 15
Rock Springs Nature Center, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Presentation by Amanda Butler, University of Illinois, for ages 12 and older, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Evening Campfires – June 27 & July 25
Hear Native American lore, play games, and roast marshmallows, 8-10pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
6/27 – Griswold Conservation Area, 9896 Meridian Rd., Blue Mound.
7/25 – Friends Creek Conservation Area, 13734 Friends Creek Park Rd., Cisco.
Independence Day 1860 – June 28
Rock Springs Conservation Area, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Celebrate our nation's birthday 1860's style, with a concert, vintage baseball game, farmhouse tours, old-time kid's games and toys, and ice cream, bring a picnic lunch, 12-4:30pm, $, 217-423-7708.
12-4:30pm – Farmhouse Tours
1pm – Vintage Baseball Game
3pm – Concert
Governor Richard Oglesby Mansion Open House – June 29 & July 27
421 W. William St. Visit the historic Decatur landmark and beautifully restored Victorian home of the Illinois Governor, 2-4pm, $ (Museum Members free), 217-423-7708.
James Millikin Homestead Tours – June 29 & July 27
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.
Women on the Western Trail – July 20
Rock Springs Nature Center, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Don Chamberlain shares women's stories from the journey west along the Oregon and Mormon Trails, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
nature & gardens
Family Hikes and Nature Programs
Rock Springs Conservation Area (RSCA) 3939 Nearing Ln., Fort Daniel Conservation Area (FDCA) 4921Fort Daniel Rd., Friends Creek Conservation Area (FCCA) 13723 Friends Creek Park Rd., Cisco, IL, reservations required, 423-7708.
6/7 – Meeting of Moon and Mars, 8-9:30pm, RSCA
6/8 – Aquatic Critters, 7-8:30pm, $, FCCA
7/5 – Aquatic Wild Animal Safari, 10am, RSCA
7/13 – Aquatic Critters, 7-8:30pm, $, FDCA
Snake and Turtle Shows – June 10 & July 8
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Several species shown by the naturalist, 5:30-7pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Canoeing Bike Trail Pond – June 15 & July 20
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. All equipment provided for a paddle around the pond, learn strokes and safety, must have at least one adult per canoe, 6-8pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Family Fun: Busy, Busy Bees – June 21
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Investigate the life of bees, 1:30pm, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Bike Hikes – June 22 & July 27
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Bring your bikes and helmets to ride the Rock Springs Fairview Bike Trail, for ages 8 and older, 7-8:30pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Garden Walk – June 22
Various gardens, Decatur area. Annual self-guided garden tour showcasing six unique gardens in a Decatur neighborhood, Ask a Master Gardener booth, music and light refreshments available, presented by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, 2-6pm, $, 217-877-6042.
Family Fun: Rock On! – July 26
Griswold Conservation Area, 9896 Meridian Rd., Blue Mound. Explore unique rock characteristics, discover the crystals that grow inside a geode and take one home, 1:30pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
events for children
Free Zoo Admission Thursdays – June 5-July 31
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Visit the zoo for free on Thursdays in June and July, Th's 10am-7pm, free, 217-421-7435.
Teen Night – June 6
Overlook Adventure Mini Golf, Nelson Park, 2501 E. Nelson Park Rd. Music and unlimited mini-golf for students in grades 6-12, pizza, pop and concessions available for $, 6:30-8:30pm, $, 217-429-7750.
Theatre for Young Audiences
Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan, dates and show times vary, $, 217-728-7375.
6/6-6/14 – Cinderella
7/4-7/12 – The Jungle Book
Family Science Sundays – June 8 & July 13
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd., 2-4pm, free, 217-423-5437.
6/8 – Plant the museum's pizza garden, dress to get dirty
7/13 – Water the pizza garden & other outside water fun, dress to get wet
Mt. Zion Park Play Days – June 11-July 31
Goodwin Park and Fletcher Park, Mt. Zion. Supervised play days, crafts, programs, games and snacks, all ages welcome, young children must be accompanied by an adult, 10am-12pm, Goodwin Park Tu's & Th's, Fletcher Park W's, free, 217-864-5424.
Movies in the Park – June 13 & July 11
Fletcher Park, 400 S. Henderson St., Mt. Zion. Movies shown outdoors in the park, dusk, free, 217-864-5424.
6/13 – Willy Wonka (the original)
7/11 – Hotel Transylvania
Dad's Day Dollar Deals – June 15
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Celebrate Father's Day with special $1 deals on admission, train rides, carousel rides, and other per-person deals for the entire family, 10am-7pm, $, 217-421-7435.
Ice Cream Safari – July 20
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. A wild safari through the zoo to search for hidden ice cream stations, learn how zoo animals stay cool in the summer, 1-4pm, $, 217-421-7435.
Kidstock – July 26
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Arts, crafts, and music festival for the whole family, 10am-5pm, $, 217-423-5437.
sports, health & fitness
Family Golf Pro Tips Night – June 4-July 23
Red Tail Run Golf Club, Driving Range, 520 W. Grove Rd. Join golf professionals on the driving range and putting green, for all skill levels, unlimited range balls, W's 6-7pm, $, 217-422-2211.
Tuesday Night Park Runs – June 10-July 29
Fairview Park, Pavilion #1, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Weekly family event includes half-mile Tot Trot, one-mile fun run, or runs of various distances, for all ages and skill levels, prize drawings donated by local merchants, Tu's, registration 5:30pm, runs 6pm, $, 217-429-3472.
Midnight Fishing – June 13 & July 18
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Bring your equipment to fish the Cattail Ponds at night, for ages 8 and older, lit bobbers and worms for bait recommended, fishing licenses required for ages 16 and older, 10pm-12am, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
3D Animal Archery – June 19 & July 17
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Life-like targets featuring turkey, deer, and bears, basic instruction provided, bring your own equipment or use the Nature Center's, for ages 10 and older, 1-4pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
U.S. Open National Playoffs Qualifying Tournament – June 20-24
Fairview Park Tennis Complex, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Playoffs include both men's and women's singles and mixed doubles tennis competitions, times TBA, free, 217-423-7020.
Staley Striders Track & Field Club – June 23-July 30
Fairview Park Tennis Complex, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Student athletes ages 6 and older focus on short and long-distance running techniques, plus a variety of field events, M's, Tu's & W's 4:30-5:30pm, $, 217-429-3472.
Meals for a Healthy Heart – July 2 & 9
Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. A two-part series for anyone interested in preventing or managing heart disease with recipes, cooking demonstrations, and more, 10am-12:30pm, $, reservations required, 217-877-6042.
Staley Firecracker Road Run/Walk – July 4
Nelson Park, Rock Garden Parking Lot, 2301 E. Lakeshore Dr. Annual 4-mile or 8-mile run, or 2-mile fun run/walk, first 400 entrants receive tee shirt, registration 7-7:45am, race 8am, $, 217-429-3472.
USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic – July 25-31
Fairview Park, Tennis Complex, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Male tennis players from over 20 countries compete for ATP World Ranking Points, for match schedules visit www.ursulabecktennis.com, 217-421-7432.
I on Diabetes – July 29 & August 5, 12, 19
Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. A four-part series for anyone interested in preventing or managing diabetes with recipes, cooking demonstrations, food tastings, and more, 5-8pm, $, reservations required, 217-877-6042.
Fairy Garden Tea Party – June 14
Mari-Mann Herb Farm, Fairy Garden & Sugar Plum Factory, 1405 Mari Mann Ln. The 27th annual tea party held in memory of Maribeth King with stories, chimes, fairy-dust, and a full English High Tea, 10am-12pm, $, reservations required, 217-429-1555.
Farmers Market – mid June-July
Downtown Decatur. One of Illinois' oldest farmers markets dating back to the late 1800s with farm fresh produce grown by local farmers, Sa's 8am-12pm, $ to purchase goods, 217-428-3380 or 217-520-5098.
Saturday Produce Market – mid June-July
Richland Community College, under the wind turbine, 1 College Park. Fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, grown by students and local farmers, managed by Richland Student Farms, Sa's 8am-12pm, $ to purchase goods, 217-875-7211 ext. 562.
Blue Ribbon Night – July 3
Fletcher Park, 400 S. Henderson St., Mt. Zion. Family-oriented festival with live music by The Veggies, not-for-profit food vendors, 50/50 raffle, fireworks, sponsored by the Mt. Zion Economic Development Corporation, no alcohol allowed on premises, gates open 6pm, band 7pm, fireworks at dusk, free admission, $ for food vendors, 217-864-5424.
4th of July Festivities – July 4
Nelson Park, 2301 E. Lakeshore Dr. Decatur Park District Independence Day celebration, concert by the Chicago band The Congregation, concert 7pm, fireworks display at dusk, free, 217-422-5911.
Poetry on the Prairie – July 6
Rock Springs Nature Center, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Bring your favorite poem; selections welcome to be read on stage, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Macon County 4-H Awards Show and Reception – July 24
Celebrate the accomplishments of the 4-H members, free, 217-877-6042.
Reception, Display and Open House – Decatur Area Arts Council, 125 N. Water St., 4:30-6pm.
Awards Show – Avon Theatre, 426 N. Water St., 6-7:30pm.
more information on how to include your event on the calendar,
contact Cultural Arts Editor Terrie Potter
or call 217-423-0422.
your calendar for these charity events
Grillin' in the Garden – May 30
Baby Talk, 500 E. Lakeshore Dr. Traditional Louisiana-style Low Country Boil, micro-brews sampling, pound-cake and praline bar, blue-grass music, live auction and more, food by Bizou, proceeds benefit Baby Talk's local programming for at-risk children, children with disabilities, and young families in our community in need of support, $, reservations, 217-475-2234.
Decatur Heart and Stroke Ball – June 6
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 US Highway 36 West. Celebrate the heart and stroke heroes of Decatur and support the American Heart and Stroke Association's mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, make reservations at www.decaturheartball.org
Second Saturday Book Sales – June 14 & July 12
Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St. Sale of used books, cds, dvds, and other items, proceeds benefit literacy programs at the Decatur Public Library, presented by Friends of the Decatur Public Library, 9:30am-12:30pm, free admission, $ to purchase items, 217-424-2900 ext. 133.
WOOFSTOCK – June 14
Macon Resources, 2121 Hubbard Ave. Pooch Parade, contests, vendors, demonstrations, and more to benefit Homeward Bound Pet Shelter – a no-kill pet shelter and job training program for people with disabilities, dogs must be on a leash and have current vaccinations, $, 217-875-1910.
Bad Pants Open: A Decatur Park District Caddyshack Event – June 20
Hickory Point Golf Course, 727 W. Weaver Rd. Enjoy Caddyshack-inspired golf contests, prizes, food and beverages, a showing of Caddyshack on the big inflatable screen, costumes encouraged, proceeds benefit Decatur Park District youth sports programs, adults only, 6-8:30pm food and beverages, 6:30pm golf contests begin, 8:30 Caddyshack movie, $, reduced pricing by 6/18, 217-422-5911.
Summer Splash – June 20
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, Fountain Hall, 4191 US Highway 36 West. Music by The Boat Drunks, a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, margaritas, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, proceeds benefit Gallery 510 Arts Guild, Ltd., doors open 6pm, $, 217- 422-1509.
Waggin' Tails – June 21
Mt. Zion Lion's Club Pavilion, 1595 W. Main St., Mt. Zion. Live music, dancing, drinks and food from University Dogs restaurant, proceeds benefit the Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation, which supports the well-being of homeless animals in the community, 5:30-11pm, $, 217-423-7387.
WDCR 5K Run & Walk for the Talk – June 21
Nelson Park, 2301 E. Lakeshore Dr. Annual charity run and walk to raise funds for, and awareness of, WDCR 88.9 FM Decatur Catholic Radio, start time 8am, $, 217-464-1099.
All American Dog Birthday Party – June 28
Macon County Animal Control & Care Center, 2820 Parkway Dr. Birthday party to benefit the homeless animals at the Macon County Animal Control & Care Center, please bring a gift for a shelter pet, refreshments served, 12-4pm, free, 217-423-7387.
Jazz in June – June 29
The Beach House, Nelson Park, 2301 E. Lakeshore Dr. Annual fundraising event by the lake with dinner buffet and cash bar, jazz music by Four Other Brothers, proceeds benefit the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, 6:30 cash bar, 7pm dinner buffet, 6:30-9:30pm jazz, $, reservations, 217-423-3189.
Richie Hammel Fore on the Floor Car Show – July 4
Nelson Park, 2301 E. Lakeshore Dr. Annual car show with all makes and models, concert by Soul Purpose, K-9 demonstration and Hickory River barbecue, held in memory of Decatur's golf legend Richie Hammel, proceeds benefit the Decatur Park District's Junior Golf Program, 10am-1:30pm, attendance free, 217-422-5911.
Party in the Park Preview Concert – July 11
Hess Park, 2168 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. B.O.S.S and surprise guests give a preview of their upcoming shows: Willy Wonka, KIDS, and Hairspray Jr. Box lunches available for $ with proceeds benefitting the Decatur Park District's arts programs, 12-12:45pm, attendance free, 217-422-5911.
Rodney T. Miller Triathlon – July 12-13
Nelson Park, 2301 E. Lakeshore Dr. Triathlon to commemorate the life and spirit of Rodney T. Miller, Millikin University graduate and State Police officer killed in the line of duty, proceeds benefit the Rodney T. Miller Memorial Fund, $ to participate, register at www.decaturtriathlon.com
Relay for Life – July 18-19
Richland Community College, 1 College Park. Overnight annual relay-team event to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease, Survivor Dinner 4-6pm, Survivor Lap and Opening Ceremony 6pm, $ to participate, 217-433-9348.
Fletcher Park Kids Club – July 26
Fletcher Park Recreation Center, 400 S. Henderson St., Mt. Zion. Live entertainment featuring Doodles the Dragon, Granny Giggle, and The Gary Strong Marionette Show, children must be accompanied by an adult, funds raised will be used for a splash pad at Fletcher Park, doors open 1:30, show 2-3pm, $, 217-864-5424.
information on how to include your fund-raising event in the Charity
Terrie Potter by email:
or call 217-423-0422.