Allerton Park Trail Races: Welcoming Spring
While Supporting A Great Cause
After a remarkable first-year event in 2013 that attracted 700 participants and raised $13,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, the Allerton Trails Half Marathon & 10K race is back on April 4 and 5 at Robert Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, this year featuring an after-dark 5K race on Friday night. Runners and walkers of all ages will tackle smooth, winding paths along the Sangamon River, through woods and meadows, gardens and statuary, past musicians and entertainers, while making their way to a colorful finish in Allerton’s FuDog Garden, where a Make-A-Wish family will present them with their finisher medal. Place awards for different age categories, food, prizes, music, post-race massage, and fun are all on tap throughout the morning as the race’s 100+ volunteers work to give racers a quality event and a memorable experience. The race’s early registration period is coming to a close. Race fees will then increase, with only a couple of weeks until free race t-shirts will become unavailable. Race Director Dean Hixson says the response from last year’s race was remarkable, and that it has led to an even greater interest among local and faraway runners for the 2014 event. “Our volunteers and musicians from 2013 brought so much positive energy to this race, and the park itself is like nothing else in the midwest,” Hixson said. “Everyone had such a great time, we all loved the impact we could make by coming together to celebrate fitness, music, and nature, and putting together race fees to wind up with a $13,000 donation to Make-A-Wish. It was just an awesome day. So clearly we’re looking for another one in 2014.” This year’s event will also feature a Friday Night “Trail-Glo” 5K race after dark through meadows and woods, featuring a unique view of the park’s gardens and music and s’mores following the race. Hixson said that, although the wintry weather slowed registration in February, the races are already more than half filled, with local lodging also booking fast. Hixson said race-day registration is not guaranteed. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois (www.illinois.wish.org) has been around for more than 11 years, funding and organizing various wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information or to sign up to run or walk the Half Marathon, 10K or Friday Night Trail-Glo 5K, visit www.allertontrailshalfmarathon.com, or find the event on Facebook.
Busey Offers College Scholarships
Busey is accepting applications for the $1,000 Community Reinvestment Act Scholarship for low-to-moderate income students in Macon & Shelby Counties who are pursuing studies at a college or university. The scholarship must be used during the upcoming academic year and can cover tuition, fees, books and supplies. “Education is one of the most important investments we can make in our community,” says David Gillon, Senior Vice President & Community Reinvestment Act Officer at Busey. “Busey proudly supports the academic endeavors of students and has provided more than $160,000 over the past decade to help students establish a brighter future. We encourage all eligible students to apply.” To qualify for the Community Reinvestment Act Scholarship, applicants must be: a resident of Macon or Shelby County for the past three years; a high school graduate or equivalent; enrolled or eligible for admission as a degree candidate at a college or university approved by the scholarship committee. Annual gross family income cannot exceed 80 percent of the median income which is $48,100. The Community Rein-vestment Act Scholarship is available in all markets Busey serves in Illinois – Champaign & Ford Counties, McLean & Livingston Counties and Peoria & Tazewell Counties – southwest Florida – Lee, Charlotte & Sarasota Counties – and Indianapolis, Indiana. Interested students should visit www.busey.com/home/buseypromise/community/cra, complete the application form and provide supporting documents on or before April 30, 2014. To learn more, call 1.800.672.8739.
Certification Class For Foodservice Managers March 17, 19
A foodservice sanitation manager’s certification course will be offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 17 and 19, 2014, at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St, Urbana, IL. Exam 9-11 a.m., March 24. Five-hour renewal course, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, March 19. Cost: $140 for certification class including course materials and ServSafe exam; $65 for recertification class. Both classes also available online. New two-hour food handler class offered at svilleco.com for $9.95. To register, contact Sue Summerville, 217-684-2435.
Garden Club Of Decatur Announces Two
The Garden Club of Decatur will offer two March meetings. The evening group will meet March 11, 2014 at Prairie Avenue Christian Church at 6:30. The program will be presented by Elizabeth Jeffery, Master Gardener entitled "Dogwoods and Flowering Trees for the Home Gardener". Visit the website at www.gardenclubofdecatur.com • The Garden Club of Decatur day group will meet March 18, 2014 at the Decatur Conference Center. The business meeting with installation of officers will be at 11:00 followed by lunch at 12:00. The program "Spring Floral Designs" will be at 1:00 by Jennifer Friday, owner of Friday'z Floral Shop in Springfield. Reservations required by March 10. Visit the website at www.gardenclubofdecatur.com
Children’s Museum Of Illinois To Present Dueling Pianos Downtown March 8
Come out to the Masonic Temple and enjoy the comedy and musical genius of dueling pianos. It’s a night of fun, entertainment, and philanthropy with your ticket purchase supporting Children’s Museum of Illinois. Your ticket includes dinner from Texas Roadhouse, two drinks, and a seat at the show. Dueling Downtown will be held on Saturday, March 8th at the Masonic Temple Auditorium (224 W. William St.) in Downtown Decatur. Cocktail hour is from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, dinner is 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and the show is from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with a live auction during intermission. Buy your ticket today. General Seating: $45 per ticket in advance or $50 at the door. Tables of 8 may be reserved in advance with tiered pricing based on stage proximity, Section A: $550, Section B: $450, Section C: $400. Table price includes event admission. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, visit www.cmofil.org or call the Museum at 217-423-5437. Children’s Museum of Illinois is located at 55 South Country Club Road, next to Scovill Zoo on the shores of Lake Decatur. It is ranked one of the top 25 children’s museums in the U.S. In 2012, nearly 60,000 guests visited the museum. The museum contributes to the community’s quality of life as an educational facility, visitor attraction, family destination, and site for volunteerism. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Admission is $5 for everyone ages 2 and older.
Prepare For Severe Weather With A Weather Alert Monitor
To kick off Severe Storm Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014, WAND 17 has again partnered with Midland Radio Corporation in offering Weather Alert Monitors. These monitors will be available at a special price in 41 Walgreens and five Schnucks store locations beginning Monday, March 3, 2014 through June 30, 2014. With severe weather happening at anytime, tornadoes in November 2013 and February 2014, now is the time to get a NOAA weather radio. NOAA Weather Alert Monitors can be programmed for up to 25 counties and provide advisories, watches and warnings for emergency announcements. These monitors are a safety supplement to the outdoor warning sirens in keeping families safe across Central Illinois. Beginning March 3rd, WAND will be providing a 12 week series entitled Season of Change with timely weather tips. These are brought to the viewers by Gailey Eye Clinic, Dick Van Dyke and St. Mary’s Hospital.
Mt. Zion Convention Center Lands Jim Belushi
Comedy Show For March 7
Jim Belushi, best known for roles on film and television, such as “According to Jim,” has entertained audiences through live comedy at Chicago's hallowed Second City Comedy Club, and as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He returns to those live performance roots with the Chicago Board of Comedy, a troupe of improvisational comedy performers, who includes Robert Belushi, Larry Joe Campbell, Jon Barinholtz, Megan Grano, and Brad Morris. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in the Mt. Zion Convention Center. Village of Mt. Zion and title sponsor, Decatur’s Jackson Ford, is excited to make history by hosting this comedy icon and his talented group of seasoned performers. The Convention Center will be turned into an improv playground with audience interaction on and off stage. In a recent press release, Belushi said, "Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience. We get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on-stage with us to add to our performance. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy. Maybe that's why we have so much fun doing it." Limited tickets are available at Mt. Zion Village Hall, Jackson Ford and www.ETIX.com. Reserved seats are $30 per person. For attendees spending the night, special hotel rates are available by calling Hawthorn Suites of Decatur at 217-864-9311. Additional sponsors of this event include Sav Mor Pharmacy, Skeff Distributing, Nelson’s Catering, USA Entertainment Agency, Mt. Zion Events and The Fox –WZNX 106.7. For more information about the Jim Belushi show and other events in Mt. Zion, call 217-864- 5424 or visit www.mtzion.com.
Rep. Davis Announces Congressional Art Competition
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has announced the start of An Artistic Discovery: The 2014 Congressional Art Competition for high school students from the 13th Congressional District. The winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for an entire year. “I’m excited to host the 13th District’s Congressional Art Competi-tion once again as a way to give young artists an opportunity to display their work and show off their artistic abilities,” said Davis. “It will give me great pride to point out the winning artwork to constituents and colleagues each time I’m walking to the Capitol.” Entries for the competition are now being accepted and must be submitted to Rep. Davis’ district offices by Friday, March 21, 2014. The entry only needs to be framed if it is selected as the winner to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Participating students’ artwork will be on display from March 24th – 28th at Richland Community College David Erlanson Art Gallery in Decatur with a special reception being held on March 28th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm where this year’s winner will be announced. Last year’s winner was Calli Fischer, then a senior at Monticello High School. Her submission, “Recently Engaged”, was selected by a panel of three local judges from among 20 entries and is currently on display at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982, and hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated throughout the years. One winner is chosen from each participating district, and the winner’s artwork is then sent to Washington, D.C. for display in the U.S. Capitol. Each winner also receives a roundtrip ticket to Washington, D.C. compliments of Southwest Airlines. For any additional questions or to obtain a copy of the guidelines and student release forms, visit the official Congressional Art Competition Website or contact Jen White in Rep. Davis’ office at 217.403.4690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scherer Invites 96th District Students To Dream
Big With Doodle 4 Google 2014 Contest
State Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) is inviting all K-12 students in the 96th District to create a Google doodle for the opportunity to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school. The opportunity comes with the launch of Google’s 2014 Doodle 4 Google Contest, which gives students across the U.S. the chance to display their own Google doodle on www.google.com. “Doodle 4 Google is a great example of what can happen when public and private groups come together to encourage students to dream big,” said Scherer. “I want to make sure students, parents and teachers are aware of this opportunity and have the means to participate.” Google doodles are the fun versions of the Google logo that appear on the Google homepage throughout the year in celebration of special events and people. This year’s theme is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” Students can submit doodles until March 20, 2014. On April 29th, 2014, the 50 state winning designs will be announced. Everyone can then vote for these students’ doodles. State winners will be flown to Mountain View, CA for a national awards ceremony on May 21st, where the National Winner will be announced. The winning artist’s work will be displayed on the Google homepage for a day in June and the student will win a $30,000 college scholarship, along with a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. And for the first time ever, the winner will spend a day with the Google Doodle team to bring their doodle to life through animation. Teachers can also bring Doodle 4 Google into their classroom in a number of ways, including utilizing three free lesson plans with videos from Google’s own Doodlers and integrating technology by joining in a “Connected Classroom,” where a Google Doodler will take the class through the creative process for one of their personal favorite doodles from idea to final creation. Entry forms can be downloaded from Google’s Doodle 4 Google website and completed doodles can be submitted by mail or online. For more details, including full contest rules and entry forms, go to www.google.com/doodle4google. Scherer represents the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties. For more information, contact Rep. Scherer at email@example.com, or by phone at (217) 877-9636.
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