Mowing Informational Meeting Wednesday

The City of Decatur will hold an informational meeting for individuals, organizations and companies interested in mowing vacant lots or properties in the city this summer from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the City Council Chambers of the Decatur Civic Center.
There are a number of lots throughout the city that have to be maintained throughout the city in an effort to continue to build better neighborhoods. The city will be accepting proposals soon for mowing this summer and the meeting will provide details as to requirements for entities interested in participating.
Call 424-2783 for more information.

First Decatur Police 'Coffee With A Cop' March 6

The Decatur Police Department will hold the first of what will be monthly Coffee with a Cop events from 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Dairy Queen located at 230 W. 1st Drive in Decatur.
Coffee with a Cop is a national program providing residents with an opportunity to sit down with police and discuss safety concerns, neighborhood issues and provide input, all over a cup of coffee. Officers will be serving coffee during the event and residents will have a chance to speak with a variety of officers including detectives, neighborhood patrol officers and the police chief.
Coffee with a cop represents the latest in a number of new initiatives designed to increase the level of transparency between the Decatur Police Department and city residents as a way to strengthen relationships between officers and the thousands of residents they serve on a daily basis. Other initiatives include the introduction of, a new police portal providing online access to public police information and the enhanced continued use of social media to inform residents about the department.

The African Children's Choir will perform at Heartland Community Church March 6

The African Child-ren's Choir will perform Friday, Mar. 6 at Heartland Community Church, 3253 North Brush College Road in Decatur. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Choir performing African songs and dances. 
A free-will offering will be taken to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Music for Life, the parent organization for The African Children's Choir, works in seven African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MLF has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. The purpose of MFL is to help create new leadership for tomorrow's Africa, by focusing on education.
The African Children's Choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The choir has also sang alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other performers.
Most recently, the Choir recorded some tracks with Sarah Hickman for a CD, "Love is a Journey." They will also have a small role in the upcoming Pan movie starring Hugh Jackman.
The Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children. 

Monthly Citywide Prayer And Praise Meeting March 3  

The monthly Citywide Prayer and Praise Meeting sponsored by the Decatur Area Christian Ministries Alliance will be Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at New Vision Church of God, 1414 W. Grove Road, Decatur. Come spend one hour in prayer for churches, community, nations and world with brothers and sisters in Christ.
For additional information, contact Rev. Beth McLaughlin at (217) 429-5374 or 

Lenten Concert Series At Elwin United Methodist Church 

Elwin United Methodist Church, 1260 W. Elwin Road, Elwin, will present its Lenten Concert Series on the following Sundays at 6:00 p.m.:
February 22, Gospel Messengers from Mt. Vernon;
March 1, Heart and Soul Choir from Decatur, a choir made up of individuals with developmental disabilities;
March 8, Back Row Boys from Moweaqua and Jim Stewart;
March 15, Chris Himmel from Jacksonville;
March 22, State of Grace from the Decatur area; 
March 29, Mark and Pam Fisher from Springfield.
A free will offering will be collected at each concert. If writing a check make out to each group.
For additional information, call  (217) 865-2136.

Open House For Familes Of Pre-School, Kindergarten Age Children At Decatur Christian School March 3

Decatur Christian School will have an open house for families of preschool three year olds, four year olds, and kindergarten age students. 
The open house will be held Mar. 3 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the school located at 137 Grant St., Forsyth.

Benefit Access Application Assistance At SAIL Office

People with disabilities can get assistance filing the Benefit Access Application by appointment at any Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL) office.  The Benefit Access program provides people with disabilities with a discount on license plate fees and a ride free transit card for use on fixed route public transportation.  The Benefit Access Application must be completed by computer.  No paper forms are available.   
People with disabilities filing the Benefit Access Application will need to be at least 16 years old and bring the following documentation to their appointment:
Proof of Social Security income for 2014 (Form SSA-1099)
Proof of other benefits such as veterans benefits, taxable amounts of pensions and any other income received by applicant or spouse (if married and living together) including cash benefits from Public Aid.
Correct Social Security number
Spouse’s correct Social Security number (if married and living together)
Proof of disability may be required
For more information or to make an appointment to complete a Benefit Access Application call any SAIL office.  The Decatur SAIL office is located at 2449 Federal Drive (in Park 101.)  Call 876-8888 or 1-800-358-8080.  In Shelbyville, the SAIL  office is at 1810 W. South 3d and the phone number is 774-4322.  The Charleston office is at 707 Windsor Road, Suite B.  Their phone number is 345-7245.  All offices are open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.  

Richland Community College To Host 2015 Business 
Concept Challenge 

Richland Community College will host the 2015 Business Concept Challenge. This Business Concept Challenge is a competition open to students at Richland Community College, Heartland Technical Academy, and Millikin University. It is designed to promote business development at the college level by giving students the opportunity to present a business idea to a panel of judges. 
Individuals or teams of up to six individuals are encouraged to submit entries. The competition provides teams with an educational forum to prepare them for the competition and assists them in the creation and implementation of their business. The first round of the competition includes the presentation of an executive summary and two-minute video. Finalists from the first round will then submit their final presentation. The timeline is as follows:
Executive Summary Work-shop, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:00pm, NSEC Room 121
Pitch Video Workshop, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00pm, Room C212
Online Submission Deadline, Friday, April 17, 2015 by 11:59pm
Finalists Announced, Friday, April 24, 2015 
Final Presentations, Friday, May 1, 2015 at 6:00pm, NSEC Room 121
A cash prize of up to $1,000 will be awarded by the judges to the team they feel has presented the most promising business idea. Secondary prizes will also be awarded.
For your Business Concept Competition Packet, contact Beau Hanger, Director of Outdoor Exposition Center & Special Events at or by calling (217) 875-7211, Ext. 577. 

Income Tax Preparation At Senior Center Until April 15

Trained AARP Volunteers are providing Income Tax preparation assistance at the Senior Center from until April 15, 2015.  Tax returns are filed electronically. 
For assistance, call the Senior Center at 429-1239 to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are available from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.  

Theatre 7 To Present 'The Glass Menagerie'

Theatre 7 has announced its next presentation will be “The Glass Menagerie”.
Katie Eytchison directs Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of an aging Southern Belle who  longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children. Her restless son Tom—a would–be poet and the story’s narrator—gets swept up in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find his painfully shy sister, Laura, a husband.  
The cast includes Tammy Wilson as Amanda Wingfield, Geoff Cowgill as Tom Wingfield, Shelby Pocklington as Laura Wingfield, and Adam Lewandowski as Jim (the gentleman caller.) 
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on March 8th and 15th.   All performances will be held at Shilling Auditorium at Richland Community College.  Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.
Tickets are $13 dollars and are available for purchase at Theatre 7’s website (, at the Decatur Area Arts Council at 125 North Water Street (217-423-3189), or at the door the night or each performance.


Third Annual Adopt-A-Pet Art Competition
At Madden Arts Center March 6

The 3rd annual Adopt-a-Pet Art Competition will be held March 6 through 11, 2015 on the 3rd Floor of the Madden Arts Center.  Students  in grades K - 12 are eligible to participate.  Entry deadline for submissions is January 31 at 3:00 pm to Gallery 510, 160 E. Main Street, Decatur.  For more information call Gallery 510 at 422-1509.  Monetary awards of $1250 will be awarded to artists plus $250 to the winning student's classroom.
The competition is to promote shelter pet adoption and education on pet care and overpopulation.  Artwork on this theme may be submitted by classroom teachers or by individuals themselves.
Sponsored by Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation, Northgate Pet Clinic and Gallery 510 Arts Guild, Ltd.  The program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Decatur Area Arts Council and the IL Arts Council Agency.

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

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