Prayer and Praise Meeting at Harvest Christian Center Nov. 4
The monthly citywide prayer and praise meeting sponsored by Decatur Area Christian Ministries Alliance will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Christian Center, 2199 N. Water St., Decatur. The public is invited to come add their voices to the prayers for the community, state, nation and world. On Tuesday, Nov. 25 DACMA will sponsor a community Thanksgiving worship service at Main Street Church of the Living God, 2000 N. Main St., Decatur. The public is always invited to attend these gatherings of praise and prayer. For additional information, contact Rev. Beth McLaughlin, DACMA Prayer Coordinator, at (217) 429-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bazaar And Bake Sale At Wesley United
Methodist Church Nov. 1
Wesley United Methodist Church, 3800 E. Cerro Gordo St. Decatur, will have its ninth annual holiday craft bazaar and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The event will include holiday and craft items, home party sales, baked goods, homemade noodles and a cookie table. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There will also be a mini health fair and flu vaccinations. Bring insurance or medicare card. To reserve a space or for additional information call (217) 520-3849 or 429-2113.
Hammond United Methodist Church To Hold Old-Fashioned Homemade Beef Stew Dinner Nov. 2
Hammond United Methodist Church is holding an old-fashioned homemade beef stew dinner on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm in the church fellowship hall. This fundraiser “all-you-can-eat” dinner will include stew, roll or cornbread, jello salad, dessert and drink. There will be other soup available. The cost is $6 per person with family rates. Take out will be available. Call the church office (leave a message) for reservations; however, reservations are not necessary. The church is located at 3rd & D Streets and the phone number is 262-3386.
Ansar Shrine Circus in Springfield Nov. 7-9
Ansar Potentate David Wright has announced the Royal Hanneford Circus, the second largest touring circus in the United States, will be in the Prairie Capital Convention Cen-ter, Springfield, Friday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 9. The Friday night show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Other performances will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The circus features aerial acts, jugglers, elephants, cats, camels, and the Ansar Shrine clowns. Tickets are on sale at the Convention Center box office and over 50 other area businesses. General admission tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children. There are no reserved seats. General admission seating at all six performances.
November Events At American Legion Post 105 Announced
American Legion Castle Williams Post 105, located at 1535 Legion Drive in Decatur, has announced its events for the month of November. The events are as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m., ham and beans, donations appreciated; Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:00-11:00 p.m., Karoke with DJ Jeff spinning songs to sing; Sunday, Nov. 9, 5:00 p.m., veterans potluck, bring a dish to share; Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m., Veterans Day Program at Lincoln Theater; Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:00-11:00 p.m., Karoke with DJ Jeff.
Decatur Aerocommanders R/C Club Swap Meet Nov. 8
The 10th annual swap meet, sponsored by Decatur Aerocommanders R/C Club Inc., will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Macon County Fair Grounds, 3700 N. Westlawn Ave., Decatur. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. for vendors and to the public from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Admission will be $5 and table rental $10. Coffee and donuts, chili or hot dogs, chips and drink will be available to purchase. For additional information, contact Weston H. Brohard at (217) 877-7066 or (217) 433-7884.
Retired Railroaders To Meet Nov. 5
Retired railroaders will meet Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Home Town Buffet, Forsyth. Rhonda Luther from Imboden Creek will be speaker. Lunch will follow the meeting. For additional information, call 864-3795.
Salvation Army to Open New Family Thrift Store in Decatur
The Salvation Army will open their Family Thrift Store at 2901 North Water Street in early December. “We are excited to be back in Decatur with a larger store for the general public of Macon County,” said Captain Robin Rutledge, Administra-tor of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. The Thrift store will be filled offering all types of merchandise. A Job Fair was held Tuesday, in The Salvation Army Community Hall, 229 West Main Street in Decatur from 10 am – 2pm. “We plan to hire 15 – 20 people to work in this new store,” said Captain Rutledge. The proceeds from this thrift store and others throughout Central Illinois provides funding for The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, Illinois. The men participating in the Adult Rehabilitation Center program are directly affected by your donations. They are provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction and numerous resources to help them develop life skills and a personal relationship with God. Working to stop their addictions and once again become productive citizens. Your neighbors and community benefit, too. The local Salvation Army Family Store is full of great values and bargain prices on clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics and much more. To donate items to The Salvation Army please call 800-SA-TRUCK (800-728-7885) or go online at www.satruck.org. Or use our mobile app on Google and Apple.
Mt. Zion Lutheran To Hold Community Food Drive Nov. 6
Mt. Zion Lutheran will sponsor their 5th annual Community Food Drive, Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the church parking lot, 1475 W. Main St., Mt. Zion (across from McGaughey Grade School). All proceeds from this food drive will be donated to Northeast Community Fund, a local food pantry, located at 825 N. Water St., Decatur, Illinois. They are aware that a major food drive was held in Decatur recently and although Northeast Community Fund does receive a small portion of the monetary donations from that food drive, they do not receive any food donations and as with all food pantries, their supplies are low and the need is great. The support from the community the past four years has been tremendous and increases each year. The goal this year is 7,000 food items and $4000.00 in monetary donations. This year, Thrivent Financial For Lutherans will match monetary donations up to $800.00. Donations of nonperishable food items, paper products, health and hygiene supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the church during the food drive hours on Thursday, November 6. If your business, church, school or community group would be interested in participating in this food drive, contact Patti Underwood at 433-4785 or Jerry Underwood at 433-8140. If you prefer to collect your donations at your business, church or school, they will be happy to pick up your items on Wednesday, November 5th. This is a community fund raiser and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church does not receive any benefits from this event. All proceeds are donated to Northeast Community Fund.
Edwards Chapter #399 NARFE To Meet Nov. 5
Edwards Chapter #399, NARFE, National Active & Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1PM, Wednesday, Nov. 5th at Clare's Restaurant, 2502 E William St, Decatur. Connie Vincent, Volunteer Coordinator, Harbor Lights Hospice will be the speaker. All federal employees, retirees, spouses and survivors are eligible for membership. Guests are always welcome. . Call Ilene McQuality, 217-429-1367 for information or if you have questions.
Collection for Recycling Antifreeze & Motor Oil Nov. 15
Used antifreeze and motor oil from household do-it-yourself automotive mechanics may be dropped-off for recycling on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st St., Decatur, Illinois. Up to five gallons of antifreeze and five gallons of motor oil will be accepted from each resident. Motor oil and antifreeze are each to be transported to the event in separate containers and not mixed or contaminated with any other substances. Due to regulatory restrictions, other automotive fluids such as transmission fluid or old gasoline will not be accepted at this event. Questions may be directed to the event sponsor, Macon County Environmental Management Department, at 217-425-4505 or EnvironmentalManagment@co.macon.il.us. In case of inclement weather,see the events calendar on www.MaconGreen .com or MaconCoEnvMgt on Twitter for updates regarding this event.
Decatur Park District’s 40th Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 22
The Decatur Park District’s 40th Annual Turkey Trot presented by Tate & Lyle is scheduled for Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. at Fairview Park. Included are a 5K run, 10K run, 5K recreational walk, and 1/2 mile Turkey Tot Trot. The first 300 entrants in the 5K, 10K, and walk will receive a long-sleeved Turkey Trot tech tee shirt. The top three winners in each age category will receive awards. Refreshments will be provided after the race. Register online at Active.com or at the DISC (1295 W. Wood). Race fee is $25 ($30 on race day) and Tot Trot fee is $15 ($20 on race day). For more information, call Gabby at 429-7750.
‘The Art Of Blacksmithing’ Exhibit And
Event At Madden Arts Center Nov. 1-25
Decatur Area Arts Council will present an exhibit of works by six Illinois blacksmiths who marry the ancient craft of blacksmithing with a fine art sensibility. “The Art Of Black-smithing” is on exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery from Nov. 1 through Nov. 25. The public is invited to join in a free family-friendly event to see the exhibit and participate in interactive “metal art” activities for all ages on Friday, Nov. 7 from 5-7:30 pm at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. If weather permits, Matt Myers will set up forge and anvil to demonstrate and answer questions about the art of blacksmithing outside the center. The featured artists incorporate twists, turns and surface details into steel and other metal artwork - both functional and decorative – demonstrating a myriad of artistic possibilities with forged metal. Roberta Elliott from Cobden creates in an organic style applied to wall pieces and sculptural yet useful items. Mindy and Mark Gardner from Farmer City work in tandem. Mark employs traditional methods and Mindy adds finely detailed imagery and textures. Michael Migala from Harvard forges unique furniture and accessories. Matt Myers from Macomb focuses on metal sculptures. Goetz Schuppan from Naperville merges bright colors and other materials with his contemporary metal work. The Anne Lloyd Gallery is open M-F 8:30-4:30 and Saturdays 10-2. The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information, contact the Decatur Area Arts Council at 423-3189.
The Garden Club Of Decatur Announces November Activities
• The Garden Club of Decatur will meet November 11, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, 250 W. Decatur St. with the program at 6:30 PM. The presentation will be "Micro-greens" by Betty Moser. She will teach how to start a micro-green garden as well as offer samples to try. Visit The Garden Club of Decatur on Facebook. • The Garden Club of Decatur will meet November 18, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, 250 W. Decatur St. The meeting will be at 12:30 PM followed by the program at 1:00. The presentation will be "Growing Orchids Successfully" by Don White, owner of Anything Orchids in Frankfort, IL. He will teach methods necessary to grow orchids and will offer some plants for sale. The program will be followed by a tea. Visit The Garden Club of Decatur on Facebook.
Salvation Army To Accept Applications For
Christmas Food/Toy Assistance Nov. 3-7
The Salvation Army will accept applications for anyone needing Christmas Food/Toy Assistance this year from Nov-ember 3 – 7, at its office, 229 W. Main Street in De-catur. Anyone needing assistance will need to bring the following with them for every member in the household: Photo ID, Social Security card for every adult 18 year old or older and a Medical card for children (or Social Security cards if you do not have a medical card). “We want to be able to assist as many people as we can,” said Captain Wes Dalberg, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army. Registration for assistance will be open the following hours:
November 3rd 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm
November 4th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm
November 5th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm
November 6th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm & 5 pm – 8 pm
November 7th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm “Last year we assisted over 7,698 individuals at Christmas time. We share our list of people we are assisting with other agencies in the area, so that we are not duplicating assistance and so that everyone who needs assistance will be able to find it,” added Dalberg.
3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down Nov. 14
On Friday, November 14th veterans will have the chance to connect with the VA and local service agencies in person at the 3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down in Decatur. Veterans are welcome who have questions about Benefits, Financial Aid, Education, Jobs, Health Care, Family Services, Housing and more. Lunch will be served. This is a free event for veterans, from 10am to 2pm, at the Salvation Army’s Community Center on 220 W Main St in Decatur.
Annual ‘Trick-n-Trunk At Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Oct. 31
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2055 S. Franklin Street Road, will have its 19th annual "Trick -n- Trunk" on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Wear costumes and bring a goodie collecting gear. For additional information, call 428-0641.
AARP Driver’s Safety Class At St. Mary’s Hospital Nov. 3
St. Mary's Hospital, 1800 E. Lakeshore Dr., Decatur, will host a AARP Driver's Safety Class on Monday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for motorists age 50+. Class fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. For additional information or to register, call Margie at (217) 464-2046.
Korean Veterans Invited To Join Charles Parlier Chapter.
The Charles Parlier Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association is inviting veterans with Korea service to join the organization. Any person who has seen honorable service is eligible for membership if he/she served in Korea, including the territorial waters and airspace at any time, Sept. 3, 1945 to present or outside Korea, June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955. The chapter supports its charities: Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy, IL; Operating Enduring Support; Meals on Wheels; and Good Samaritan Inn by distributing daisies for donations two days each year. Meetings are held at the Disabled Veterans Post, 1700 North Lake Shore Drive, Decatur, the fourth Thursday of each month. The chapter hosts a soup-and-sandwich each spring, fish fry in the fall, and Christmas party for members and their guests each year. For additional information contact Bill Hanes at 422-9508.
Mt Zion Annual Fall Show at Tabernacle Baptist Church
Mt. Zion's Annual Fall Show Oct. 31, Nov 1
Mt. Zion's annual fall show will be held Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles Road, Decatur. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Each night there will be choral performances by the Swingsations, Les Femmes, and Sound System. An additional performance will be held on Saturday evening by the sixth grade honor choirs. Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Tickets may be purchased at Mt. Zion High School, Butcher Block Plus and Temmen Advanced Eye Care. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Stephen Decatur Chapter Of NSDAR To
Hold Christmas Gift Bazaar Auction Nov. 6
The Stephen Decatur chapter of the National Society of Daughters of The American Revolution will have their Christmas Gift Bazaar Auction on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at Prairie Avenue Christian Church, Decatur, at 1PM. An Eagle quilt donated by the Decatur Quilters Guild will be offered for raffle. Guests are welcome. For more information contact Susan Dudra, 422-4225.
Decatur Area College And Career Fair Oct. 14
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Partners In Education will host the Annual Decatur Area College And Career Fair, held at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC), 1295 West Wood, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. This event provides area high school students and their parents the opportunity to talk with and acquire information from over 90 post-secondary educational institutions, the armed forces, and resource services. Admission is free and is open to anyone interested in exploring education and training opportunities. The Decatur Area College and Career Fair is sponsored by Partners In Education, Richland Community College and Millikin University which also provides student transportation. For a list of current participating institutions, visit Partner’s website at: http://pie.richland.edu/collegefair or contact Renee’ Stivers, 217-875-7211, ext. 575.
Kringles Sales To Benefit Macon County Honor Guard
Since the Central Illinois Honor Flight has turned over all of it's responsibilities to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, Gini Smith and Carol Ropp are continuing their support with their Racine Kringles sales. “The Springfield organization is very well organized and grateful for our help,” said Ropp. “However, for our Nov. 6th sale, all donations will be made to the Macon County Honor Guard to help pay for the repair of their guns and the other daily expenses these volunteer veterans have. “We appreciate all of the graveside services they do throughout the year. “We will sell Kringles from 7:30 until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 6th at the Decatur Club portico at 158 W. Prairie Ave. “We are also providing prepaid order forms for those who want to be guaranteed they will get the flavors they want. These order forms may be picked up in the foyer at Imboden Creek Gardens Assisted Living facility - the white two-story building on the south side - during regular hours. (Pre-addressed envelopes are available as well.)” The Kringles are $11.00 each and the final date to preorder is Oct. 24th. Checks should be made payable to the Macon County Honor Guard. There will be a limited supply of extra Kringles to sell to anyone who drives up without an order.
The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.
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