EVENTS & MEETINGS


32nd Annual National Night Out Aug. 4  

The National Association of Town Watch, the Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO), and the City of Decatur, will sponsor the 32nd Annual National Night Out (NNO) on August 4th, 2015, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at approximately 8:00 p.m. The NNO campaign involves over 16,000 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 4 local parks with the nearest neighborhoods collaborating with the Decatur Park District, Target, and sister neighborhoods to present activities. The kickoff will start with a brief press conference at the Civic Center at 5:00 – 5:15pm. At this time the Anti-Crime Ambassador will be announced and presented their Award, then the caravan will travel according to the following schedule: 1st Stop –Nelson Park 5:30 – 5:50pm, 2nd Stop –Johns Hill Park 6:05 – 6:30pm, 3rd Stop – Kiwanis Park 6:50 – 7:10pm, 4th Stop – Monroe Park 7:30 – 7:50 pm. There is a new feature this year; a Caravan ‘Grand Marshal’.  
This year’s celebration caravan will feature: Fireman Dave and giveaways at each stop and awards for individual Neighborhood Ambas-sadors. 
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 your porch lights on 7:00 – 10:00 pm to light up the night and say good-bye to crime.

Human Relations Commission Meeting July 30

The City of Decatur Human Relations Commission will meet Thursday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber on the 3rd floor of the Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza.
The meeting will be open to the public. For additional information, call 424-2805.

Aquatic Critters At Rock Springs, August 2

Study aquatic animals at Rock Springs Conservation Area with a naturalist during Aquatic Critters on Sunday, August 2 from 7-8:30pm. 
  You’ll use nets and buckets to collect and release live creatures from ponds and wetlands.  Bring mosquito repellant and clothes to get muddy and wet during this aquatic adventure.  All other equipment is provided.  Crayfish, frogs, and small fish are expected.  For all ages.  Fee is $3/person.  Must pre-register online by July 31 at maconcountyconservation.org.
    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.



Stephen Decatur High School Class Of 1975
To Hold 40th Reunion Aug. 8


The 40th Reunion of the Stephen Decatur High School Class Of 1975 to be held at Dougherty’s in downtown Decatur Aug. 8.
The Class of ‘75 is the last class to graduate from SDHS when it was located downtown.

GFWC Decatur Woman’s Club To Hold Ice Cream Social Aug. 13

The GFWC Decatur Woman's Club will hold its annual Ice Cream Social and Membership Recruitment on Thurs-day, August 13th at 2:00 PM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3465 N.MacArthur Road.  
Anyone is welcome who is interested in learning more about the club and its various projects and scholarships it sponsors.   
  Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at Scovill Banquet Facility at 11:30 AM.  The group listens to speakers, works on projects, and of enjoys a meal.
  Anyone interested in attending the social should call President Darla Weltmer, 877-7007, for a reservation.  

Decatur Park District City Junior Golf Tournament Aug. 4-6

  Register now for the 2015 Decatur Park District City Junior Golf Tournament, scheduled for August 4 – 6. Players aged 14 – 17 will play 18 holes at Scovill, Red Tail Run, and Hickory Point golf courses.
Participants aged 5 – 13 can play 5 – 9 holes at Scovill Golf Course on August 5 and 6. 
The fee is $20 and includes green fees ($10 with Decatur Park District Junior Season Pass). 
To register, call 429-6243 or visit any Decatur Park District golf course. Deadline is 1 p.m. on August 3, 2015. 

Richland Community College To Host
Saturday Registration for Fall 


Richland Com-munity College will host three Saturday Registra-tion events on August 1, 8, & 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Academic advisors, financial aid services, and placement testing will be available. Saturday Registra-tion will take place at all of locations -- Main Campus in the Workforce Development Institute – One College Park, Fairview Park Plaza - 1485 King Street, and Clinton Higher Education Center - 140 Sunrise Court in Clinton.

Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Education Center Hosts Open House and Parent Orientation Aug. 13

The Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Edu-cation Center, located on the campus of Richland Community College, will be hosting an open house and parent orientation on Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 4p.m. to 7 p.m.. 
The open house will allow parents the opportunity to meet with our amazing teaching staff, tour the new facility, and discover all the wonderful amenities we offer.
The Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Edu-cation Center provides an excellent educational environment where qualified teachers and assistants introduce young children to mathematics, language, science, social studies, learning in general, and social and behavioral skills.  Many amenities are offered for children including large, naturally lit classrooms, a secure entrance, a large gross motor room, and access to an outdoor playground. The Center has obtained a Quality Rating System Star Level Two certification and is transitioning to a Silver Circle of Quality.
The Center is open to the public, as well as, Richland students, and serves children ages 2 through 12, with school age care available after 3 p.m. and during the summer. 
Full and part-time childcare options are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, the Center is open 7 a.m.- to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For additional information about the Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Education Center or the upcoming open house, contact ECECenter@richland.edu or call (217)875-7211, ext. 319. 

Edwards Chapter #399 Meeting Of NARFE Aug. 5

The Edwards Chap-ter #399 meeting of NARFE, National Ac-tive & Retired Federal Employees, is scheduled for Wed, August 5th at 1PM, Clare's Restaurant, 2502 E William St., Decatur.
  All federal employees, retirees, spouses & survivor annuitants are eligible for membership and are encouraged to attend.  
Guests are always welcome.
  Call Ilene McQual-ity at 217-429-1367 with questions or for more information.


Decatur High Schools Class Of 1959 Lunch Announced

The Decatur High Schools Class of 1959 will be getting together for lunch at the Hometown Buffet at 11:30 am, Tuesday, September 15.


Registration Is Now Being Accepted At Anna Waters Head Start

Anna Waters Head Start is now accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. Registration packets may be obtained at 1166 E. Marietta St., Decatur, from 7:00 am.-4:00 p.m.

Richland Community College Announces Summer Hours

Richland Community College is closed on Fridays through July 31st.  The College business hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and closed on Fridays.  
The Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Education Center and the Fitness Center will remain open on Fridays. 
Student Services, located in the Workforce Develop-ment Institute, will be open 7:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
For questions about hours, students and the public are encouraged to call (217) 875-7200 or visit www.richland.edu/about/hours. 

Decatur Park District’s Tuesday Night Park Runs 
Are Underway


Head to Fairview for a Tuesday night run in the park. 
Runs are held on Tuesdays through August 4 at 6 p.m. at Fairview Park Pavilion #1. 
This weekly event includes a half-mile Tot Trot, one-mile Fun Run, or various distances up to seven miles. A distance race schedule is available at the DISC and online at decatur-parks.org. 
Participants qualify for prize drawings donated by local merchants. For more information, call the DISC at 429-3472.



2015 Farm Progress Show to Feature Craig Morgan in Country Music Concert
 
 


Tickets now on sale for country music star Craig Morgan performing in concert Sept. 2 on the 2015 Farm Progress Show concert stage adjacent to its show site in northeast Decatur, Ill. The concert is sponsored by Syngenta, featuring Golden Harvest and NK seed brands; Farm Progress Show and Richland Community College.

 

DECATUR, ILL.  (05-29-2015)  -  The Farm Progress Show, along with Richland Community College and sponsored by Syngenta, featuring Golden Harvest and NK seed brands, once again hosts a concert featuring country music recording artist Craig Morgan on Wednesday, September 2.
 
Known as the nation’s greatest ag showcase, the 62nd annual Farm Progress Show runs September 1, 2 and 3, at its Progress City location in Decatur, Ill.
 
“The Farm Progress Show is delighted to offer a concert again in Decatur,” says Don Tourte, Penton Agriculture, vice president and market leader. “The concert is a great addition to the jam-packed schedule of the Farm Progress Show. It’s a perfect way to share an enjoyable evening with Farm Progress Show exhibitors, visitors and members of the Decatur and surrounding communities.”
 
Craig Morgan isn’t your typical country music star. His music ties to his varied life experiences as a soldier, sheriff’s deputy, EMT, adventurer, TV host, motocross racer, outdoorsman, farmer and family man. Morgan’s hit songs include “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” "I'm an American country boy who loves his country, his family and his God," says Morgan, "and all of those things collectively dictate who I am.”
 
"We are pleased to showcase Syngenta and, for the second year, our Golden Harvest and NK seed brands during this year’s 2015 Farm Progress Show," said Melissa Lord, customer event & tradeshow lead, Syngenta. "We are thrilled to welcome Craig Morgan as the featured artist. Customers and fans alike are looking forward to a special evening of entertainment, which Syngenta is happy to provide alongside its mission to deliver top-performing hybrids and varieties that will help them grow more corn and soybeans."
 
Concert location and timing
The concert will be held near Richland Community College, just south of the Farm Progress Show exhibit field. Concert goers will park in the same lots used for show visitors. The concert gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with the opening act beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Craig Morgan taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. The opening act will be named closer to show time.
 
Concert ticket information
Advance tickets are $25. Order tickets online at etix.comrichland.edu, and farmprogressshow.com .  All tickets are general admission and lawn seating. There will be no ticket refunds or exchanges. 
 
Show information
The Farm Progress Show is the nation's leading outdoor farm show and features the most extensive state-of-the art information and technology available for today's agricultural producers. The country’s top agribusinesses, plus many regional and local manufacturers and suppliers, are regular exhibitors. Farmers and ranchers from across North America and around the world visit the Farm Progress Show to see agriculture's latest product introductions, meet face-to-face with agribusiness professionals and gain hands-on knowledge. 
 
The 2015 Farm Progress Show is located in northeast Decatur, south of I-72 and west of Richland Community College. The show is open to visitors September 1, 2 and 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission at the gate is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 17. Adult ticket discounts are available online. The concert is a separate event and a separate admission ticket is needed. The public is welcome at the show and concert. For additional information, visit farmprogressshow.com

 


Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate:  
Class And Exam Offered


The Illinois Department of Public Health “Food Service Sanitation Code” requires food establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified food service sanitation manager during hours of operation. 
University of Illinois Extension will teach the Food Service Sanitation Manager course that provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the National Certification Examination.  Topics include food borne illnesses, safe food handling, cooking, and storage, employee health and hygiene, facility safety and maintenance, and cleaning and sanitization.
Join this course on July 27, 2015 from 9:00am-3:00pm and July 29, 2015 from 9:00am-2:00pm with exam on July 29 from 12:00-2:00pm at the DeWitt County Extension Office, Clinton, IL.  Bring a valid photo ID to the exam.
The cost for this course is $100 for the 2 days and includes the textbook, class materials, and exam.  After successful completion of this course, an additional $35 is paid to the Illinois Department of Public Health to receive your certificate.  Renewal of the certificate occurs every 5 years. 
Register by calling 217-935-5764 or online at web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/ by July 20, 2015.
If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact 217-935-5764.

Independence Pointe Offers Parents Night Out Respite Program

Independence Pointe Incorporated offers a Parents Night Out Respite Program several times per month. Parents register and bring their children with developmental disabilities and their siblings from ages 1 through 13 years for an inclusive experience of social activities, field trips, and entertainment.
For additional information call Lori Brown at 429-1052, ext. 111 or visit lbrown@maconresources.org.

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