‘Hot Summer Nights’ At Decatur Celebration 
July 31 – August 3

This year’s Decatur Celebration will be held July 31, August 1, 2 and 3.  The massive 4-day event attracts hundreds of thousands of people annually to the downtown business district of Decatur.
This year’s theme, “Hot Summer Nights”, is a tongue and cheek shout out to every outdoor event’s natural enemy – the weather.  
The logo is reminiscent of a vintage tattoo suggesting the idea of Decatur Celebration’s permanence and commitment in our community.  
The heart in the logo represents volunteers and attendees who are the festival’s life-blood and have kept the passion alive for 29 year and counting.  The crown hints at exciting new aspects of this year’s festival.

Discover the Glaciers of Illinois At Rock Springs Nature Center 

Discover the Glaciers of Illinois at a presentation Sunday, August 3 at 2pm in Rock Springs Nature Center.  Glaciers advanced and receded for thousands of years over what became the State of Illinois, changing the landscape forever.  Join guest speaker Melody Arnold to learn how these glaciers still affect us today through the terrain, soil, and waterways they shaped.  For ages 8 and up.  Admission is free.  No pre-registration required.
Melody Arnold has taught geology at Richland Community College and for the Macon County Conservation District.  She has also guided geological tours of Macon County.
Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.  To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road.  Watch for signs.  Plenty of parking is available.

GFWC Decatur Woman’s Club To Hold Ice Cream Social Aug. 14

GFWC Decatur Woman's Club will hold their Annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday,
August 14th at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3465 MacArthur Rd., at 1:00 PM.  All women of the area who are interested in learning about what the GFWC Decatur Woman's Club is all about are encouraged to attend.  
Linda K. Bowlby, Vice President of the Club, will give an informative presentation about the General Federation of Women's Clubs, whose office is located in Washington, DC., Illinois Federation of Women's Club, headquartered in Joliet, IL. GFWC 19th District, and down to the club level.  
The local club has been in existence since 1887 and the members celebrated its 127th Anniversary in May.
  They continue to fund a nursing scholarship which was awarded to December McCoy, who will be present at this function.  They also donate to many projects each year including Easter Seals, God's Shelter of Love, DOVE, Northeast Community Fund, Project Linus. Plus they adopted Chad and Zoe, two zebras at the Scovill Zoo to mention a few of their donations.  All are welcome to attend. 
Call Darla Weltmer, club Presidentat 877-7008 by Monday Aug. 11th to let her know you are coming.

Senator Rose To Host Mt. Zion Satellite Office Hours Aug. 5

State Senator Chapin Rose's (R-Mahomet) office will be holding satellite office hours on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Mt. Zion Village Hall, 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Mt. Zion,   A member of Senator Rose's staff will be on hand to meet with constit-uents re-garding issues important to them. The 51st Senate District includes all or parts of 10 counties. 
The "satellite office hour" program is an effort to bring his office to local citizens. Constituents with questions may contact his Macon County office at (217) 330-9356 or via email at Constituents can also submit concerns or opinions on issues via Rose's website at and clicking on the "contact form" button. 

Groups Join Together For Annual Night Out Set For Aug. 5

The National Association of Town Watch, the Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO), Dove Community Services / Decatur Area Project, and the City of Decatur, will sponsor the 31st Annual National Night Out (NNO) on August 5th, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at approximately 8:00 p.m. 
The NNO campaign involves over 15,700 cities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world. 
In Decatur it involves local government officials, citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and businesses that will travel in a caravan to 3 local parks with the nearest neighborhoods collaborating with the Decatur Park District, Target, and each other to present activities. 
The kickoff will start with a BRIEF press conference at the Civic Center at 5:00 pm then travel according to the following schedule: 1st Stop – George Coates Park  5:30 – 6:00pm, 2nd Stop – Fans Field Park from 6:00 – 6:30pm, Garfield Park from 6:30 – 7:00pm. 
This year’s celebration caravan will feature: Fireman Dave, and giveaways at each stop, including gift cards, and awards for individual Neighborhood Anti-Crime Ambassa-dors. 
Residents throughout the city can participate even if they are not attending organized events by spending the evening out talking and getting to know their neighbors and showing support by turning on porch lights 7:00 – 10:00 pm to light up the night and say good-bye to crime.
NNO is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for, participation in, local anti-crime partnerships
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and community policing partnerships
• Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized, watching, and fighting back

NARFE Edwards Chapter #399 To Meet Aug. 6

The August meeting of NARFE, (National Active & Retired Federal Employees),  Edwards Chapter #399, will be held Wed, Aug. 6 at 1PM, at Clare's Restaurant, 2502 E William St, Decatur.
  NARFE's Illinois Federation President, Margaret Murphy, will make her first trip to the chapter and will be the guest speaker.   
  Membership is open to all federal employees and retirees.  Eligible members and their guests are always welcome to attend any monthly meeting.
  Call Ilene McQuality, 217-429-1367, for further information or with questions.

Macon County Republican Women To Meet Aug. 5

The Macon County Republican Women will meet August 5 at Coz' Pizza and Pub, beginning at 6 PM.
Jim Owens from the Mt Zion Armory will be the speaker and will discuss Concealed Carry and has offered to do a group class for licensing for those interested.
  Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.
MCRW welcomes men also join.
Dues are $25 per year.
Contact Ashley with questions or to join at 825-9684.

Search For Aquatic Critters At Rock Springs Aug. 3 

Study aquatic animals at Rock Springs Conservation Area with a naturalist on Sunday, August 3 during Aquatic Critters from 7-8:30pm.  
You’ll use nets and buckets to collect and release live creatures from the ponds at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  
Bring clothes to get muddy and wet during this aquatic adventure.  All other equipment is provided.  Crayfish, frogs, and small fish are expected.  
Fee is $4/person.  Must pre-register online by August 1 at
Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.  To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road.  Watch for signs.  Plenty of parking is available.

Ed Walker Fine Art & Antiques presents
Summer Antique Sale August 2-3

Ed Walker Fine Art & Antiques will present the Summer Antique Show & Sale to be held in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus from Aug. 2-3, 2014. The antique show & sale will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.
The pre-priced estate sale will have something exciting for anyone who loves antiques and collectibles.
Items of special note for the summer sale include: Lladro, Cybis, Royal Doulton, Boda glasses, Waterford, Chinese reverse painted portrait, vintage maps, Navajo turquoise & costume jewelry, primitive sugar chest, arts & crafts bookends, fraternal sword, surveyor’s transit, Graflex & Rollei cameras, Simon & Halig 32" doll, Steiff lion, stamp collection, plus much more.
Items will be priced at 100 percent on Saturday, and 25 percent off tagged price on Sunday morning until 12 noon. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, all remaining items will be 50 percent off. Items can be purchased with cash, check with ID, or credit card.
For more information, call 217.521.4866 or visit

Gallery 510 Announces Exhibits For August 

Gallery 510 will have an exhibit of paintings by Glenda Sue Goodpaster from Moweaqua during August. She will be exhibiting pastel work and watercolors.  
First Friday will be postponed until August 8 due to Decatur Celebration.  
Refreshments will be served from 5 to 7:30 pm and Sue will talk about her show at 6:30 pm.
Nicole Christison will exhibit her oil paintings at the Wildflour Bakery & Cafe in August.
Dan Modzelewski will exhibit his drawings at the Decatur Airport in August.
Carol Kessler will exhibit her  paintings at the Decatur Library in August.

Garden Club Of Decatur Announces August Meetings
• The Garden Club of Decatur will travel to Springfield and Rochester, IL for a meeting on August 16, 2014.   Lunch will be in Springfield followed by a tour of the gardens of James Weistart in Rochester where he will share his techniques of composting.  Reservations required.  Visit the Garden Club of Decatur on Facebook.

• The Garden Club of Decatur will have its combined day and evening meeting on August 19, 2014 at the Scovill Banquet Center, 3903 W. Main St.  Social time will be at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:00, followed by the presentation at 7:00.  The program will be "Woodland Chic" presented by Jan and Jillian Yuhas, owners of Natural Beauties Floral in Chicago.  Reservations required.  Visit the Garden Club of Decatur on Facebook.

Decatur Park District’s 78th Annual Lantern Parade Aug. 5

Join us for the Decatur Park District’s 78th Annual Lantern Parade on Tuesday, August 5 at Dreamland Lake. 
Activities begin with lantern making at 5 p.m. and continue throughout the evening with a magician, Scovill Zoo Mobile Zoo, and balloon animals. At 7 p.m. there will be a performance by the Bucket Boys, a hilarious buckets and pans banging percussion duo. 
The lighting of the lanterns will be at 8:15 p.m. with the parade beginning at 8:30 p.m. 
For more information, please call 422-5911. 

Last Week For Easter Seals’ Christmas In July Ornament Sale                    
It’s the last week for Easter Seals Christmas in July ornament sale. 
For a $10.00 donation receive a 2011 Caterpillar ornament.  The 2010 ornament “Central Park” is $5.00 donation and 2008 ornaments “At 21 I Came to Illinois” and “Lincoln-Douglas Debate” are for $3.00 donation. 
Assorted previous years’ ornaments are $1.00 donation during the month of July.     
The ornaments may be purchased at the Easter Seals Office, 2715 N. 27th Street, Decatur (across from Caterpillar).  
For more information call 429-1052.

Decatur Archery Club To Hold Club Shoot Aug. 2, 3 

The Decatur Archery Club will be having a club shoot Aug. 2 and 3.   Hours for the club shoot are for between 8AM-3PM on both Saturday and Sunday.  
The fees are $6.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members.  Everyone is welcome.
Founded in 1957, the Decatur Archery Club is a club that strives to foster, promote, and perpetuate the sport of archery to those of all ages and abilities, whether they are members or non-members of the club. 
Located on 13 acres in Decatur’s North Lake Park, they offer monthly shoots which features a 30 3-D archery target course, as well as fun shoots and seminars throughout the year. They also offer a practice range with yardage from 10 to 70 yards that is open all year round. 
For more information call Jason Stout, President at (217)-358-3033 or Joe Bajjalieh, Vice President at (217)-358-2352. Information about the club can also be found at the DAC’s Facebook website at:

Rep. Davis to Host Senior Resources Event Aug. 5

  U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has announced that he will be hosting a senior resources event from 9:30 am – 11:30 am on Tuesday, August 5, at the Decatur-Macon County Senior Center, 1430 N. 22nd St., in Decatur.
“Every day our local offices help seniors with a wide range of issues,” said Davis. “This resources fair is simply an extension of those services to ensure that our seniors have the information and access they need to obtain answers and assistance from the federal government.”
The resources fair will provide seniors and their families with information on services provided by the Social Security Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, AARP, the Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation and other groups. Free health screenings will also be provided by Decatur Memorial Hospital Prime Time Services.
Other groups and organizations expected to be in attendance include the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Decatur-Macon County Senior Center, Macon County Public Health – Aging and Disability Resource Center, Decatur Public Transit System, and JL Hubbard Insurance & Bonds.
The event will begin at 9:30am with presentations from the Social Security Administration, CMS/ Medicare, and the AARP. The resources fair will begin immediately following the presentations.
For more information on the event, contact Tyler Cravens at 217.403.4690.

Hillside Bethel Christian School Is Enrolling Students

Hillside Bethel Christian School is now enrolling students preschool through 12th grade for the 2014-2015 school year. Students are instructed with the "School of Tomorrow" - individualized curriculum. Transportation will be offered for before and after school care to Baum, McGaughey, Mt. Zion Grade, and  Intermediate schools.
A firm foundation in basic skills is complimented by an emphasis on the Word of God and Christian character training. Kindergarten students are taught to read with a phonics program. HBSC offers new facilities for preschool and recently remodeled facilities for K-12.
Hillside Bethel Christian School, a ministry of Hillside Bethel Tabernacle, is located at 3575 Greenhill Road, Decatur.
For additional information, call (217) 429-5590.

Cerro Gordo Civic Center Is Now Open
For Use By Area Residents

Cerro Gordo Civic Center is now open for use by area residents for events, shows, meetings, etc. The Center is located at 304 East North St. in Cerro Gordo.
Directors are Jodie Burns, Lori Heatherton, Katie Helm, Doug Larrick, and I.R. Williams.
For additional information or to make a reservation, call the village office at (217) 763-8551, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 7:30-11:30 or Thursday, 9:00-1:00.

Annual Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic July 31-Aug. 2

The 128th annual Mt. Auburn Farmers' Picnic will be held Thursday-Saturday, July 31-Aug. 2. in the Mt. Auburn Park. This year's theme will be "Pride of the Prairie". The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Tour Historic Bethel Schoolhouse At
Friends Creek Conservation Area Aug. 2

Step back in history and tour Bethel School at Friends Creek Conservation Area on Saturday, August 2 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and all ages are invited to attend.
Have you ever wondered what school was like year ago? Now is the opportunity to find out. 
Bethel School is one of the best treasures in Macon County. 
Tour this one-room schoolhouse that served Macon County for over 50 years.
Friends Creek Conservation Area is located at 13734 Friends Creek Park Rd., Cisco, IL.  
To get to Friends Creek from Decatur, go northeast on Route 48 for 11 miles and turn left onto Friends Creek Park Road.  Plenty of parking is available.

Macon County CASA To Hold Open House At New Location 

Macon County CASA has moved its office to Suite 250 of the Millikin Court Building, 132 South Water Street, Decatur.
Executive Director Pam Burkhart informed the Decatur Tribune that an Open House will be held at the new location on  August 7th from 3-7 p.m.
For more information contact CASA at (217) 428-8424 or at

Latham United Methodist Church Church
Rummage Sale July 31, Aug. 1, 2

Latham United Methodist Church will have a rummage sale in the church basement. A lift is available for those who need help with steps. The sale will be held Thursday and Friday, July 31 and Aug. 1 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served Thursday and Friday. 
Monthly Citywide Prayer and Praise Meeting Aug. 5

The monthly Citywide Prayer and Praise Meeting, sponsored by the Decatur Area Christian Ministries Alliance, will be Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 901 N. Main St., Decatur. Along with prayers for the community, state and nation, attendees will emphasize prayer for local schools. Teachers, administrators, students and parents are invited to attend.
DACMA also plans to have monthly prayer meetings on the first Tuesday of the month in Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. hosted at different locations throughout the city. The public is always invited to attend.  
For additional information, call DACMA Prayer Coordinator Rev. Beth McLaughlin at Grace United Methodist Church, (217) 429-5374, 

North Jasper Street Church Of Christ to Host
Give-Away To Those In Need Aug. 2

The North Jasper Street Church of Christ will host a give-away of free items to those in need on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Items will include clothing, shoes, furniture and other miscellaneous items.
The church is located at 950 N. Jasper Street, Decatur, across from the Macon County  Health Department.
For additional information, call 423-2823.

VBS At Long Creek United Methodist Church Aug 4-6

Vacation Bible School will be held at Long Creek United Methodist Church, 6960 E. Firehouse Road in Decatur.  VBS will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Aug.  4, 5 and 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
There will be Bible lessons, music, crafts and refreshments.


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

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