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  All Day Geocaching   Get your family out to experience our parks with geocaching, a fun high tech scavenger hunt. Starting this spring, search for Springfield Park District's 10 caches hidden throughout the park district. Find exciting, first to find prizes, as well as passes and other fun prizes. For more information and to upload the coordinates, visit the Springfield Park District website.
 
  All Day 1ST NIGHT POSTER ART CONTEST – CALL FOR ENTRIES   The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for entries for a poster contest to promote this year’s annual First Night® Springfield which will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2013. Original graphic artwork may be submitted in a vertical or horizontal format not to exceed 11 by 17 inches. A hard copy, as well as CD with the design in .pdf, .jpg, or .tif format, must be submitted for consideration. Designs should reflect a “Celebration of the Arts.” The winning design will be selected by the First Night Planning Committee, which is made up of Arts Council board members and community representatives. The winner receives a prize of $100. The artwork becomes the property of the Arts Council and is reprinted on a variety of First Night promotional materials and unveiled at a future press conference. It is suggested that interested artists view the full collection of previous First Night posters on display at the Arts Council office. The deadline for submitting artwork is 5:30 pm on Monday, August 5, 2013. For more information, contact Penny Wollan-Kriel at the Springfield Area Arts Council, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, 753-3519 or office@springfieldartsco.org.
 
  All Day Tree Trunk Exhibit   Two segments of tree trunks, remnants of the devastating 1925 Tri-State tornado, are now on exhibit in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, along with several historic photographs. These “tornado trees” are a dramatic illustration of the power of tornadoes. Many people who have visited the Illinois State Museum over the years will remember seeing this popular exhibit. These fragments of trees with large boards rammed through them were recovered near Murphysboro after the great Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. A 2 x 4 board is jammed into one of the trunks, and a 1 x 10 piece of wood has been driven through the other. The 1925 Tri-State tornado wreaked havoc along its 219 mile path. The tornado is considered to be one of the most destructive tornadoes to life and property in the United States. It swept without warning across Missouri, southern Illinois, and Indiana, killing 689 people, injuring 1,980 and causing $17 million in damage (1925 dollars). Illinois was hardest hit – 606 people died and 1,563 were injured. Murphysboro suffered the greatest destruction. The tornado trees were donated to the Illinois State Museum in 1925 by H. Langdon Robinson (part of the Henson Robinson Company family). H. Langdon Robinson was a young lieutenant in the National Guard, which was called out in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. According to Sally Robinson of Springfield, her father H. Langdon Robinson asked to have the trees after they were cut down for the purpose of donating them to the Illinois State Museum. At that time, the Illinois State Museum was located in the Centennial Building (now the Howlett Building). The trees represent one of the oldest museum exhibits. They were shown in the Centennial Building beginning in 1925 and were moved to the current Illinois State Museum building when it opened in 1963. For more than 75 years, visitors were fascinated by the exhibit that graphically demonstrated the powerful force of a deadly tornado. The exhibit was removed when the new Changes natural history exhibition was created. The trees are among the most frequently asked about items by museum visitors. The display continues in the Museum lobby through August 25.
 
  All Day McLean County Fair   Food & Farm Family Fun Zone • Petting Zoo • Comedy & Magic Shows • Chainsaw Carving Competition • Music Tent with daily live broadcasts • Face Painting • Hit and Miss Engines • Tour 4H Exhibits • Antique Tractor Display • Dog Agility Demonstration • Emergency Services Display • Caricature Drawings • Balloon Twisting Artists • NASCAR Dual Driver Racing Simulator. Full details at http://www.mcleancountyfair.org/
 
  6:00PM 8:00PM Backgammon Club   Play Backgammon. The Sangamon Valley Backgammon Association plays every Wednesday night at the Capitol Teletrack, 1766 Wabash, in the Chatham Square Shopping Center, Springfield. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy this very exciting game. Call Randy for more info 217-622-9447.
 
  7:00PM 10:00PM All About Dance   7-8 p.m. Line dance lessons every Wednesday night at the VFW #755 Open Dance 8-10 p.m. Swing, Country 2Step, Night Club Two Step, Waltz, Rumba and Tango. DJ/Instructor Marilyn Ferry. VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road/ 217-546-9515
 
  8:00AM 12:30PM Farmers Market   Live, work, play, and be healthy! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites the public to attend opening day ribbon cutting and festivities for the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market, presented by St. John’s Hospital, Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m.; with live music by the Frank Trompeter Quartet, Celebrity Chef Demonstration by Ashley Meyer of Real Cuisine Restaurant & Catering, and free cake (while it lasts) made by Incredibly Delicious. The Market will be held 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday’s May 15 – October 26 and is located on Adams Street between Fifth and Second streets. With nearly three full blocks of vendors there is an outstanding variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, plants and many other specialty items. The Market accepts LINK, Debit, and Credit Card transactions for the purchase of Market Tokens ($1.00 each). The Market Token Station will be located at Development Services Group, 401 E. Adams (NE corner of Fourth and Adams) and available 8 a.m. to noon each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. DSI again received grant funding from LINK UP Illinois to provide Double Value tokens for Link cardholders; LINK UP Illinois is a program of Experimental Station, in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the Illinois Farmers Market Association. LINK customers may receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day until grant funds are expended.
 
  12:00PM 4:00PM Home Tours   April 20 through Sept. 30, Iles House open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are introduced to the history and architecture of the Iles House, Springfield’s oldest home, and provided tours of the house and the Barringer collection of early Illinois furnishings. The new Iles House exhibit: Camp Butler: A Civil War Story is featured in the downstairs Springfield Museum. The story is told through artifacts and documents, many from private collections. Curators will be on hand to talk about collections, and refreshments will be served. Donations encouraged. Visiting Artisans Program. Saturdays through Sept, the house will have blacksmith, civil war cooking, shoemaker, and more. Sixteen different crafters from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
 
  9:00AM 10:55PM Wed. Morning Pickup Party   60-minute Pick-up Party Help us keep the sanctuary free of trash and flying debris. 9 a.m. start every Wednesday. Wrap up by 10 a.m. We supply the bags, long-handled trash grabbers and gloves if you need them.
 
  7:00AM 5:30PM Summer Day Camp   The Springfield Park District is taking registrations for the Nelson Center Summer Day Camp. Camp begins June 3 and runs through August 17 (Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Kids ages 5 -12 can attend and participate in various outdoor activities including swimming, games and themed weeks. Swimming lessons are provided as well. For additional information, please contact Jeremy Bonnett at 753-2800 or by email at jeremyb@springfieldparks.org . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org.
 
  5:30PM 8:00PM Vacation Bible School   At Kingdom Rock VBS, kids discover how to stand strong for God! Kingdom Rock is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences. Kids see, hear, touch and even taste! A meal is provided so bring your appetite. Sugar Creek Church 1022 New City Rd, Chatham (across from Ball Elementary 217.483.2270
 
  8:00AM 11:55PM Logan County Fair   Logan County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th St. July 30 through August 4, 8 a.m. to midnight. 217-732-3311.
 
  10:00AM 2:00PM Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest   "Growing Up Wild: Spouts Ahoy." Dive beneath the ocean to learn about whales and dolphins. Film will be shown on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. Free and open to the public. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Elizabeth Bazan at ebazan@museum.state.il.us or 782-5993.
 
  5:00PM 7:00PM Wine By The Glass   $5/glass. Come out and support Habitat for Humanity Global Village 2013. All Proceeds will go to the 16 member team from Sangamon County travelling to Huehuetenango, Guatemala this October. At the Corkscrew Wine Emporium, 2613 Chatham Rd, Springfield

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