A Valentine Day Event, "Love and Laughs", will be held Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Avenue. The event will include dinner and entertainment featuring Steve Barcellona, comedian/magician. Tickets will cost $25 per person. Register, purchase tickets, and reserve free childcare at www.decaturfirstumc.org or www.connectedpairs.com. Tickets will also be available at First United Methodist Church, 201 West North Street, Decatur, or by calling (217) 423-9711 or (217) 638-5545.
Opening Celebration Of Exhibit At Spurlock Museum Jan. 23
The opening celebration of the exhibit "East Meets Midwest: The Dawn of the China-Illinois Educational Exchange" will be held Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana. This free event will include refreshments, gallery explorations, and a dramatic reading by UIUC doctoral student Jason Xing as early 20th century Chinese diplomat Wu Tingfang. For additional information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355.
Highway Construction Training Program Offered
A free 450-hour training program will be offered through Illinois Department of Transportation and Richland Community College to increase the number of women, minorities, and disadvantaged individuals who obtain employment in the Illinois highway construction industry. Participants will learn basic construction, safety, and job readiness skills. Individuals must be 18 years or older, have a driver’s license, and high school diploma or GED. To be considered for this free training, individuals must attend one of the following Orientation sessions: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.; or Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. For more information, or to schedule your appointment for Orientation, call Cindy at 217-875-7211, ext. 321. The deadline to reserve an Orientation space is February 2, 2015.
Faith Baptist Church To Hold
Annual Wild Game Banquet Jan. 31
Faith Baptist Church, located at 875 W. Grove Road (across from Red Tail Golf Course) will be holding their annual Wild Game Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 31. There will be taxidermy displays, games for the kids, a great meal and much more. This is a free family event and a guaranteed night of fun and fellowship. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. A buffet meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Jerry Underwood at 217-855-4786 or jlunderwood email@example.com
Rep. Mitchell To Host ‘Coffee Office Hours’ Jan. 22
State Representative Bill Mitchell will be hosting “Coffee Office Hours” on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Representative Mitchell will be at Coz’s, 1405 Village Pkwy, Mount Zion, from 11:00am – 12:00 Noon. Stop by for a cup of coffee and talk with Representative Mitchell.
RCC Division To Offer Class To Become Real Estate Agent
The Continuing and Professional Education Division at Richland Community College will offer the 90-hour class to become a real estate agent now referred to as Broker. This 90-hour class is held on Tuesdays, 4 Thursdays and 7 Saturdays beginning Tuesday, January 27, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $500 and includes textbooks. To register or to receive more information, contact the Continuing and Professional Education Division at Richland Community College at (217) 875-7211, Ext. 265.
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.
U of I Extension Offers Program on Beekeeping
The Four Seasons Gardening program from University of Illinois Extension continues with a session titled Beekeeping for the Home Gardener. The program is offered on Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. The session will be presented via computer at the Macon University of Illinois Extension office in Decatur at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. Beekeeping is a growing and rewarding hobby that can be enjoyed by most backyard gardeners. Join Jennifer Fishburn, Horticulture Educator, as she discusses Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener. Jennifer will discuss the basics of starting a backyard colony, understanding honeybees and hive management. This is the second session of the winter series. The next program titled The Edible Indoor Garden is set for March 3 at 1:30 pm. These sessions are free and open to the public. Advance registration is needed. Phone or email the local U of I Extension office at 217-877-6042, or online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/
The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.
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