The Education and Training Center's Open House Sept. 26

The Education and Training Center will have an open house to honor National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. 
The open house will be held on Friday, Sept. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Center located at 1235 Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth - northeast entrance to the mall. Presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Attend and learn about the services available in Macon County and how the center is "bridging" students to higher education and employment.
Fire Chief To Speak At The Salvation
Army Senior Program Sept. 26

The Salvation Army Senior Program will be held at The Salvation Army Community Hall, 229 W. Main St. on Sept. 26 at 11:00 a.m. Matt Sekosky, fire chief of the Decatur Fire Department, will be speaker.
For reservations, call 428-4672 by Wednesday, Sept. 24. A $3.00 donation will be taken at the door.

St. Mary's Widowed Support Group To Meet Sept. 25

St. Mary’s Widowed Support Group will meet for dinner at Clare's Family Restaurant, 2502 E. William Street, Decatur, on Thursday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m.
All widows and widowers are welcome.
     For additional information, contact Sister Chaminade Kelley, R.N. at 428-7733.

Annual Chevrolet Hall Of Fame Auction Oct. 4

The  fourth annual Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum Classic Car and Memorabilia Auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at Progress City USA, located on Decatur's far northeast side near Interstate 72. There will be a preview on Friday, Oct. 3 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The auction will begin at a 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Bidders should come early to get their bidder passes and get registered before the auction starts. A completed bank "letter of credit" must be on file to obtain a bidder pass. No checks will be accepted this year in lieu of the bank letter of credit. A sample bank letter of credit can be obtained from the museum website at Gates will open at 7:30 a.m.
The auction block will be indoors and all automobiles will drive across the auction block. An auction preview will held on Friday evening but there will be no memorabilia auction that evening. The memorabilia will be auctioned off in conjunction with the automobiles. Only quality memorabilia items, signs, gas pumps, etc. will be accepted for consignment. 
Jack Wilkerson of Hayden-Wilkerson Auction Service, will be auctioneer.
This will be the third year that an automobile will be auctioned off for charity. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity.
Cost to the public for admission will be $3 per person which will be applied to any purchase. Consignment entry fee is $250 for automobiles and $150 for motorcycles with a reserve. There will be a 5% buyer and seller fee for automobiles and motorcycles and 15% seller fee for memorabilia. Vehicles will be accepted starting Monday Sept. 29 through Friday, Oct. 3 at noon. No exceptions. 
Address for this event for GPS or hotel location is: Progress City USA - (Richland  Community College), 4175 East Mound Road, Decatur.
For additional information, call the Museum at (217) 791-5793. 

Golden K Kiwanis Of Decatur Is Sponsoring
Children’s Play Sept. 20, 21

The Golden K Kiwanis of Decatur is sponsoring the 22nd annual children's play on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Albert Taylor Theater on Millikin University campus. 
The play, "The Planet of the Perfectly Awful People", will be presented by Millikin University Department of Theatre and Dance.
Tickets will cost $4 for children 12 years old and younger and $6 for adults. 
Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Kirkland Box Office on the University campus (424-6318).
All proceeds will benefit Golden K Kiwanis youth projects.

Decatur Audubon Society To Meet 
At Rock Springs Center Sept. 21

The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and other interested persons to the regular monthly meeting at Rock Springs Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, on Sunday, Sept. 21.  
At 2:00 p.m. Linda Spence & Melody Arnold will present, "North American Breeding Bird Survey.”  
At 2:30 p.m., Bob Gillespie, Natural Resources Coordinator, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, will present “Prairie Chicken Relocation Project” as he provides a status update of the project following a disastrous winter at the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area.  
A brief business meeting will be held and the program will be followed by refreshments.

AACGS Presenting Exhibit On Life, Contributions
Of Horace Livingston 

The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AACGS) will be presenting, during the month of September, an exhibit depicting the life and contributions of Horace "Buck" Livingston to the city of Decatur and surrounding Central Illinois communities. He was the Editor and Publisher of the first "African-American" centered newspaper the "Voice"and a vocal Civil Rights activist in Decatur.
  The Museum is located at 235 W. Eldorado with hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday (September) 11:00a.m.- 3:00 p.m.. Groups by appointment.

Dove Domestic Violence Program Is Holding ‘A Night Of Awareness’ Event Sept. 25 

Dove Domestic Violence Program is holding “A Night of Awareness” on Sept. 25. The event is being held to raise awareness about domestic violence in the community and information about services Dove’s program provides.  Along with the sharing of the vital services available, the evening will feature Courtney Queeney, a writer from Chicago, who will share her personal experiences with domestic violence.  The event will be open to the public and will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin Street in the Madden Auditorium. 
Courtney Queeney is a survivor of domestic violence as well as a known Poet whose poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, NY Times, etc. She was born in Chicago in 1978.  Please come and listen to her message as a preview  to October being recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Courtney Queeney is the author of “Filibuster to Delay a Kiss, and Other Poems” and “The View from the Victim Room” was published in The New York Times. 
Those wishing to financially support to the Domestic Violence Program are encouraged to leave a donation at the door or can utilize the website donation page.  For additional information, call 428-6616 or visit the web site at

Macon County Farm Bureau To Host
Red Cross Blood Drive Sept. 20

Macon County Farm Bureau will have an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Main Room, 1150 West Pershing, Decatur. It will be held from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
For an appointment, call 877-2436.

 Prairie Pedal Fundraiser Sept. 28

The Macon County Conservation Foun-dation will hold its annual Prairie Pedal bicycling fundraiser event on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Rock Springs Conservation Area.
A bike ride is not only a great recreational activity, it can help protect your local natural areas.  
The Prairie Pedal offers 20, 40, and 62 mile routes along country roads.  
Register by Sept. 11 for a discounted rate of $25/rider.  Prairie Pedal participation fees in-clude a t-shirt, well stocked rest stops, SAG support, and a  chili lunch afterwards.  40 and 62 mile riders begin between 7:00 and 9:00am.  20 mile route riders begin between 7:00 and 10:00am.  All funds go towards the support of natural areas and wildlife in Macon County.
All routes begin and end at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  Register online to ride or become a Prairie Pedal sponsor at
Rock Springs Con-servation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.  

Berry School Reunion At Judy’s Cafe  Sept. 18

Berry School Reunion will be held Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. at Judy's Cafe in Cerro Gordo.
For additional information, call 422-5567.

DHS Class Of 1949 To Hold 65th Reunion

Decatur High School Class of 1949 will be holding its 65th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 27 at South Side Country Club and a Sunday brunch at Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.
For reservations or additional information, call Barb Meurlot at 428-4287 by September 15.

The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.

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