Public Forum On Sept. 30 Sponsored
By Compassionate Decatur Group

"Let's Get Compas-sionate", a public forum sponsored by the Compassionate Decatur group will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Decatur Area Arts Council, 125 N. Water Street.
Karen Armstrong's "Charter for Compas-sion", a universal document declaring support of The Golden Rule, will be explained and representatives of various areas of life in the community will discuss how Decatur can become a more compassionate city.
Panelists will be Jenn Carillo of Illinois People's Action, Ann Mathieson of Enterprise Elementary School, Judge Kitty McCarthy, Rev. Miley Palmer of First Presbyterian Church, Jerry Pelz of Northeast Community Center, Jeffrey Perkins of Caring Black Men and Stacey Young of Ameren. 
The public is encouraged to attend and participate. 
For additional information, contact Macy Barnett at 422-8537.

Joel Hendricks To Speak At Macon County
History Museum Oct. 4

Joel Hendricks will be speaking at the Macon County History Museum on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. Hendricks will be speaking on the topic, "What Native American Tribes were in Central Illinois at the Time of Statehood?"
The Museum is located at 5580 E. North Fork Road, Decatur.

Decatur High School Class Of 1947 To Hold Reunion Oct. 10

The Decatur High School class of 1947 is planning a reunion on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Beach House, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive. 
The classes of 1945, 1946 and 1948 are welcome to attend. Social hour will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and lunch at 1:00 p.m.
No reservations need to be made. 
For additional information, call 423-1049. 

‘Forgotten Fruits Of America’ Program
At Homestead Prairie Farm Oct. 5

Some fruits eaten by Americans in the 1800s have almost disappeared from grocery stores, gardens, orchards, and seed catalogs. 
On Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2:00 p.m., rediscover six of them at Forgotten Fruits of America, a free food history program at Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  Sample these rare fruits and learn about their history.  Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs.  In case of rain the program will be moved inside the nearby nature center. 
  “We’ll explore pawpaws, gooseberries, persimmons, and more,” said Brent Wielt, Historic Sites Manager. “You’ll learn how these fruits were prepared and eaten in recipes from the 1800s, and why they are hard to find today.” 
  Rock Springs Conser-vation 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.

Schaub Floral Display Center’s Fall Plant 
Sale Sept. 26, 27

The Decatur Park District’s Schaub Floral Display Center will hold a plant sale on Sept. 26 & 27 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Plants available for purchase are mums, perennials, houseplants, and cacti. 
This fundraiser benefits the Park District’s horticulture department which plants and maintains flower beds in parks across the community. 
The Schaub Floral Display Center is located at 3415 E. Lost Bridge Road.
For more information, call Sarah Vogel at 421-7550 or email

Crocheted Towel & Pot Scrubby Class
Offered At Richland Community College
Clinton Extension Center

The Continuing Edu-cation Division at Richland Community College is offering a Crocheted Towel & Pot Scrubby class.  This class will meet on Wednesday, October 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Clinton Higher Education Center, 140 Sunrise Court, in Clinton. The cost of the class is $20, with an additional $5 material fee payable to the instructor in class.
  To register or to receive more information, contact the Continuing and Professional Education Division at Richland Community College at 217-935-6791.

Reunion of Citizens National Bank Employees Oct. 2

Citizens National Bank employees will have an ole timers reunion on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Hometown Buffet in Forsyth.

AAUW Meet the Candidates Forum Sept. 30

  On Sept. 30, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, AAUW (American Association of University Women) will hold a candidates forum of those running for office at the Decatur Public Library, Madden Auditorium.   The meeting is open to the public.  Voter registration is available at this meeting. 

Rules of the Road Review Course At Macon County 
Senior Center Oct. 3 

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Macon County Senior Center, is offering a Rules of the Road Review course for all citizens in the Decatur area. 
The course is free and will be held at the Senior Center, 1430 N. 22nd St., Decatur, on Friday, Oct. 3 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
The purpose of the course is to help participants pass the Illinois driver's license renewal examination. The course prepares applicants for the general written and road examinations and also provides information on the vision screening.
For additional information, contact the Driver Services Department at (312) 814-3676.

NARFE Edwards Chapter #399 To Meet Oct. 1

The October meeting of NARFE, National Active & Retired Federal Employees, Edwards Chapter #399,  is scheduled for Wed, October 1st at 1PM, Clare's Restaurant, 2502 E William St., Decatur. 
  The speaker will be Carl Baker, Executive Director of American Red Cross.
  All federal employees and retirees are encouraged to attend.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.
  For information or questions regarding NARFE, call Ilene McQuality, 217-429-1367.

RSVP Life Span Center Will Host AARP Driver's 
Safety Class Oct. 6

RSVP Life Span Center will host a AARP Driver's Safety Class on Monday, Oct. 6 from 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. The center is located at 11021 E. Country Road 800 N. in Charleston.
Class fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
For additional information or to register, call (217) 639-5165 or (217) 639-5150.  

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. 

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

 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.  

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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