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  All Day Children's Holiday Store   The 24th Children's Holiday Store is the biggest funraiser for the Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. At the store children shop with the help of a volunteer while parents wait in the lobby. Gifts range from $1 to $10 so there is plenty of variety. Once they have found the "perfect" gift, children, bag and tag each gift with their volunteer before leaving the store. Open Saturday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Location: Town & Country Shopping Center (between Chuck E Cheese and Tuesday Morning in the former Designer Chic store). The Children's Holiday Store Hours: Monday–Friday ….....4-8 p.m. Saturdays ……………10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays ………...…..noon-5 p.m.
  All Day COAT DRIVE   During the months of December and January, the Rochester Public Library will be holding their annual Coat Drive. Accepted articles for the collection will be new or gently used coats, both children and adults), hats, scarves, and gloves. Donations are being accepted at Rochester Public Library through the end of January at #1 Community Drive, in Rochester. For further information please contact Susan at (217) 498-8454.
  12:00PM 5:00PM Food Drive   Share your good fortune this holiday season by contributing to a food drive sponsored by The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois State Museum (ISM) to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank. Through Dec. 31 drop off goods at the ISM lobby Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Help People in Need & Donate to the Central Illinois Foodbank. When you come in out of the cold to rediscover the Illinois State Museum this holiday season, be sure to bring a little something extra to add to a very important wooden box in the first floor main lobby. The IDNR and ISM are collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to the Central Illinois Foodbank to help people and families in need. Help us bring cheer to the land and people of Illinois by stopping in with your contribution and becoming a part of our effort. **Please no items in glass containers and drop off only during visiting hours to ensure your donation is received.** Check out your progress at and
  5:00PM 8:00PM Holiday Lights at the Zoo   The dates for this year's lights display are Dec. 6-23 from 5-8 p.m. each evening. Admission is $3.25 per adult and $2.00 per child. The zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield 62712 and may be contacted at (217) 585-1821. More information about the zoo may be found at the zoo's website
  10:00AM 1:00PM Evergreen Wreath-Making Workshops   Come and construct your very own evergreen wreath! Plant material, wreath frames, wire and simple ribbons for bows will be provided. Please bring your own pruning shears and any custom decorations you want to use on your finished wreath. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYENT REQUIRED. For more information call the Garden at 217-546-4116. $30 Garden members/ $35 non-members
  12:00PM 4:00PM Nativity Festival   A display of more than 100 Nativity sets and tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church. The event is open to the public and appropriate for children and adults. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Rd., Springfield, IL 62701
  1:00PM 7:00PM Korbel-a-thon   A Springfield couple is coordinating an event to benefit Animal Protective League cats and dogs in celebration of the life of their family pet. The first annual "Korbel-a-thon" will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Boondocks, 2909 North Dirksen Parkway in Springfield. The event will feature three live bands, a large silent auction, 50/50 drawing, balloon release and the APL Gift Shop featuring clothing and pet-oriented gift items. Individuals will be asked for a $5 donation per person at the door. House Band, Big Guy and the Mob and Last Chance Band will provide the afternoon's musical entertainment. All proceeds will benefit APL's animals. Korbel was the longtime family dog of Mark and Patty Bott of Springfield. The couple truly considered the standard poodle a member of their family and came up with the idea of a benefit to celebrate her memory as well as support APL's cats and dogs in finding loving homes. Sponsors of the event are Freedom Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Virden, Steak ‘n Shake, Chadito's Mexican American Grill and Boondocks. For more information or to donate toward the event, call (217) 691-0740.
  2:00PM n/a Annie   Springfield Theatre Centre presents Annie at the Hoogland center for the Arts Dec. 6-8 and 13-15. Pre-show dinner at 6:30 p.m. catered by Arena Food Service! Dinner is $15 per person and reservations can be made online when purchasing a show ticket or by phone (523-2787). Reservations must be made by Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. For more information go to The Story A spunky orphan girl finds a home with a New York millionaire during the Depression, but must dodge the clutches of her evil orphanage mistress, in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan's musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip.
  3:00PM n/a Madrigal Dinner   The Southeast High School Sensations Show Choir will present its fourth annual Madrigal Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Abundant Faith Christian Center gymnasium. For info or tickets, phone 217-525-3130, ext. 161, email or visit the classroom website at
  5:00PM n/a December Stillness   The Mixed Chorus, Encore and Premiere Choirs of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School will present their annual Christmas Show, "December Stillness" on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 p.m. in Dominican Hall, 1200 West Washington in Springfield. Tickets do not need to be purchased. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door.

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