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Postings for August 07, 2013 Full Month View
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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 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 Effingham County Fair   The 2013 Effingham County Fair is loaded with great concerts, live entertainment, and of course the highly anticipated Demolition Derby and Tractor Pulls. Get the details at http://www.effinghamcountyfair.com/
 
  All Day Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer Conference   The Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer Conference will take place Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at the Hilton Springfield Hotel. More than 200 Explorers from 21 Explorer Posts from around the state will be taking part in the conference. This is the 28th Conference, which takes place every other year. The conference was last held in Springfield in 2011. “The Explorer program allows interested youth the opportunity to explore careers in law enforcement,” said Jeff Dalton, Conference Chairman. “The Explorers Program is for young people who are 14 – 21 years of age. Once Explorers are 21, they are eligible to test for positions within police agencies.” Explorers will take part in several law enforcement scenarios during the conference including traffic stops, building searches, traffic accident investigations, hostage negotiations and more. In all, 14 different activities will be taking place throughout the city. For more information, contact Brad Schumacher or Jeff Dalton or visit www.ileec.org.
 
  All Day Girl Strong, Girls Soccer Camp   Three-day soccer camp for girls ages 10-13 hosted by Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault that will not only teach soccer in a fun environment, but will also teach them about sexual assault awareness and prevention, topics to include: positive relationships, dating violence, personal and internet safety etc. Limited spots available so call to register ASAP. Pricing & Ticket Info: Free
 
  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.
 
  5:00PM 6:00PM Prairie Voices   August 7-9, Prairie Voices: Aasne Daniels, Kevin Purcell and Deb Watts present the poetry and music of Illinois' Prairie Poets. 5 p.m., Old State Capitol Representative Hall. Free. Pricing & Ticket Info: Donations accepted.
 
  8:00PM 10:30PM Peter Pan presented by the Springfield Muni   Peter Pan presented by the Springfield Muni This is the magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up: Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, who visit the London nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling, in search of Peter’s lost shadow. With a sprinkling of fairy dust and a few lovely thoughts, Peter and his new friends fly out the nursery window headed to the second star to the right and straight on till morning, to Neverland. The children experience many wonderful and exciting adventures with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Indian tribe, and pirates, led by Peter’s archenemy, the dastardly Capt. Hook. Reserved Seating: Patrons: $14.00 Seniors/Military Patrons: $12.00 General Admission (Lawn Seating): Adults - $10.00 Seniors/Military/Students - $8.00 Children (3-12) - $6.00 2 and Under - FREE www.themuni.org
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