‘The Art Of Blacksmithing’ Exhibit And
Event At Madden Arts Center Nov. 1-25

  Decatur Area Arts Council will present an exhibit of works by six Illinois blacksmiths who marry the ancient craft of blacksmithing with a fine art sensibility.  
“The Art Of Black-smithing” is on exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery from Nov. 1 through Nov. 25. 
The public is invited to join in a free family-friendly event to see the exhibit and participate in interactive “metal art” activities for all ages on Friday, Nov. 7 from 5-7:30 pm at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.  
If weather permits, Matt Myers will set up forge and anvil to demonstrate and answer questions about the art of blacksmithing outside the center.
The featured artists incorporate twists, turns and surface details into steel and other metal artwork - both functional and decorative – demonstrating a myriad of artistic possibilities with forged metal. 
Roberta Elliott from Cobden creates in an organic style applied to wall pieces and sculptural yet useful items.
Mindy and Mark Gardner from Farmer City work in tandem.  Mark employs traditional methods and Mindy adds finely detailed imagery and textures.
Michael Migala from Harvard forges unique furniture and accessories.
Matt Myers from Macomb focuses on metal sculptures. 
Goetz Schuppan from Naperville merges bright colors and other materials with his contemporary metal work.
The Anne Lloyd Gallery is open M-F 8:30-4:30 and Saturdays 10-2.  The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information, contact the Decatur Area Arts Council at 423-3189.

The Garden Club Of Decatur Announces November Activities

• The Garden Club of Decatur will meet November 11, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, 250 W. Decatur St. with the program at 6:30 PM.  The presentation will be "Micro-greens" by Betty Moser.  She will teach how to start a micro-green garden as well as offer samples to try.  Visit The Garden Club of Decatur on Facebook.
• The Garden Club of Decatur will meet November 18, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, 250 W. Decatur St.  The meeting will be at 12:30 PM followed by the program at 1:00.  The presentation will be "Growing Orchids Successfully" by Don White, owner of Anything Orchids in Frankfort, IL.  He will teach methods necessary to grow orchids and will offer some plants for sale.  The program will be followed by a tea.  Visit The Garden Club of Decatur on Facebook.

Salvation Army To Accept Applications For
Christmas Food/Toy Assistance Nov. 3-7

The Salvation Army will accept applications for anyone needing Christmas Food/Toy Assistance this year from Nov-ember 3 – 7, at its office, 229 W. Main Street in De-catur.  
Anyone needing assistance will need to bring the following with them for every member in the household:  Photo ID, Social Security card for every adult 18 year old or older and a Medical card for children (or Social Security cards if you do not have a medical card).  “We want to be able to assist as many people as we can,” said Captain Wes Dalberg, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army.  
Registration for assistance will be open the following hours:
November 3rd 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm
November 4th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm  
November 5th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm  
November 6th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm & 5 pm – 8 pm 
November 7th 9 am – noon, 1 pm – 4 pm  
“Last year we assisted over 7,698 individuals at Christmas time.  We share our list of people we are assisting with other agencies in the area, so that we are not duplicating assistance and so that everyone who needs assistance will be able to find it,” added Dalberg.

3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down Nov. 14 

On Friday, November 14th veterans will have the chance to connect with the VA and local service agencies in person at the 3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down in Decatur.  
Veterans are welcome who have questions about Benefits, Financial Aid, Education, Jobs, Health Care, Family Services, Housing and more.  Lunch will be served. This is a free event for veterans, from 10am to 2pm, at the Salvation Army’s Community Center on 220 W Main St in Decatur.

Lincoln’s New Salem Presents 1830s Fall Festival Oct. 25, 26.

The sights and sounds of life in the 1830s will greet visitors to Lincoln New Salem State Historic Site during the site’s Fall Festival on the weekend of Oct. 25-26.
Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as making soap, weaving baskets, spinning wool and dyeing cloth. Experts will demonstrate the use of black-powder rifles.
The free event lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Lincoln’s New Salem, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is a re-creation of the 1830s log village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years.
It is located along Route 97 about two miles south of Petersburg and 20 miles northwest of Springfield, and is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours.
For more information, visit

Annual ‘Trick-n-Trunk At Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Oct. 31 

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2055 S. Franklin Street Road, will have its 19th annual "Trick -n- Trunk" on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Wear costumes and bring a goodie collecting gear.
For additional information, call 428-0641.

Lunch 'n Learn at YMCA Oct. 27

"Lunch 'n Learn" will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at the YMCA, 220 W. McKinley, Decatur. This free event will be held from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Attendees will learn how to fit their restaurant favorites into a healthy eating plan.
Sign up at the front desk or call 872-YMCA. Limited availability.

AARP Driver’s Safety Class At St. Mary’s Hospital Nov. 3

St. Mary's Hospital, 1800 E. Lakeshore Dr., Decatur, will host a AARP Driver's Safety Class on Monday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for motorists age 50+.
Class fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
For additional information or to register, call Margie at (217) 464-2046.

Korean Veterans Invited To Join Charles Parlier Chapter.

The Charles Parlier Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association is inviting veterans with Korea service to join the organization. Any person who has seen honorable service is eligible for membership if he/she served in Korea, including the territorial waters and airspace at any time, Sept. 3, 1945 to present or outside Korea, June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955.
The chapter supports its charities: Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy, IL; Operating Enduring Support; Meals on Wheels; and Good Samaritan Inn by distributing daisies for donations two days each year.
Meetings are held at the Disabled Veterans Post, 1700 North Lake Shore Drive, Decatur, the fourth Thursday of each month.
The chapter hosts a soup-and-sandwich each spring, fish fry in the fall, and Christmas  party for members and their guests each year.
For additional information contact Bill Hanes at 422-9508.
Mt Zion Annual Fall Show at Tabernacle Baptist Church

Mt. Zion's Annual Fall Show Oct. 31, Nov 1

Mt. Zion's annual fall show will be held Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles Road, Decatur. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Each night there will be choral performances by the Swingsations, Les Femmes, and Sound System. An additional performance will be held on Saturday evening by the sixth grade honor choirs.
Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Tickets may be purchased at Mt. Zion High School, Butcher Block Plus and Temmen Advanced Eye Care. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Catholic Charities Will Accept Applications
For Thanksgiving Baskets Oct. 28-30

Catholic Charities, located at 239 W. Prairie, Decatur, will be taking applications for Thanksgiving baskets on Oct. 28, 29, and 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Bring identification for each family member along with proof of current address.
Baskets are limited and registration is on a first come - first serve basis.
For additional information, call 428-3458 ext. 235.

‘Sheffey’ Movie To Be Shown At House 
On The Rock Church Oct. 25

The movie "Sheffey" will be shown on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at  House on The Rock Church, 314 Grant St., Edinburg.
"Sheffey" is the true story about Robert Sheffey who was an American circuit-riding preacher of the 19th century. This film tells of this unusual servant of God, who as a rowdy young man followed his friends to a revival meeting and found the Lord. Sheffey rode through the Appalachian Mountains spreading the gospel. Although he suffered the loss of his two greatest treasures in one day, he still found forgiveness in his heart for the person who caused his sorrow.
Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The event is free.
For additional information, contact Charles Portwood at (217) 623-4279 or (217) 972-3847.

Chicken Noodle Supper At Long Creek United
Methodist Church Oct. 25

Long Creek United Methodist Church, 6890 East Firehouse Road, Decatur, will have a chicken noodle supper and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. 
Adult tickets will cost $8   and $4 for children 3-10 years. Children under two eat free. Take-out orders will cost $8.50.

Holiday Hills Neighborhood Walk/Gathering 
Set for October 23

The City of Decatur has set its next location for its Neighborhood Walks/Gatherings for Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Fire Station #5, the corner of 51 N. and Christine Dr @ 5:30 pm. 

The purpose of the walks/gatherings is to encourage a better connection between residents and the city, gain input on local neighborhood successes and concerns and to provide and encourage direct interaction. For the last two years the Decatur City Council and staff have led a series of walks through various neighborhoods in an effort to learn first-hand the needs of individual neighborhoods, identify success stories and to encourage dialogue with residents. 
The city has altered the walk format in an effort to provide opportunities for individuals who might want to participate but do not live along a walk routes and to allow for a more efficient sharing of information. The event will begin with a gathering at neighborhood location with city staff leading a discussion about city requirements for property maintenance, available neighborhood resources, community recreational opportunities and other requests that have come up as part of past walks.
A brief walk will follow the session. Events will extend through the winter months in more of a town hall format in order to continue the neighborhood conversations during inclement months. Residents of included neighborhoods will receive a letter detailing start locations.
All walks/gatherings are scheduled to take place during the week of City council meetings.  The neighborhood walks represent one of a number of city initiatives designed to be increase accessibility and reinvigorate city neighborhoods.
Contact Richelle Irons at 217-424-2864 for more information.

Stephen Decatur Chapter Of NSDAR To
Hold Christmas Gift Bazaar Auction Nov. 6 

The Stephen Decatur chapter of the National Society of Daughters of The American Revolution will have their Christmas Gift Bazaar Auction on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at Prairie Avenue Christian Church, Decatur, at 1PM.  An Eagle quilt donated by the Decatur Quilters Guild will be offered for raffle.  Guests are welcome. 
For more information contact Susan Dudra, 422-4225.

Decatur Area College And Career Fair Oct. 14

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Partners In Education will host the Annual Decatur Area College And Career Fair, held at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC), 1295 West Wood, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.    
This event provides area high school students and their parents the opportunity to talk with and acquire information from over 90 post-secondary educational institutions, the armed forces, and resource services.  Admission is free and is open to anyone interested in exploring education and training opportunities.
The Decatur Area College and Career Fair is sponsored by Partners In Education, Richland Community College and Millikin University which also provides student transportation.
For a list of current participating institutions, visit Partner’s website at: or contact Renee’ Stivers, 217-875-7211, ext. 575.

The Chosen Ones To Appear  At Cumberland
Presbyterian Church Oct. 19

Southern Gospel recording artists, The Chosen Ones, will be appearing on Sunday, October 19 at 6pm at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 219 S Lincoln, Bethany.
The Chosen Ones feature two generations of smooth family harmony, blending both traditional and progressive Southern Gospel music.  Their unique approach to Gospel Music appeals to a diverse audience.
The Chosen Ones are celebrating 40 years in Gospel Music, having begun their ministry in 1974.  They have sung throughout the United States and abroad, performing over 160 personal appearances annually as well as appearing on Gospel Music Television.  They have released over 20 recordings, which have included 4 national radio releases.  Their latest recording, “So Blessed” was released in August 2012.  To learn more about heir ministry you can visit 
For more information about this event, contact. M. Smith at 217-433-1014.

Kringles Sales To Benefit Macon County Honor Guard

Since the Central Illinois Honor Flight has turned over all of it's responsibilities to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, Gini Smith and Carol Ropp are continuing their support with their Racine Kringles sales.  
“The Springfield organization is very well organized and grateful for our help,” said Ropp.  “However, for our Nov. 6th sale, all donations will be made to the Macon County Honor Guard to help pay for the repair of their guns and the other daily expenses these volunteer veterans have.  
“We appreciate all of the graveside services they do throughout the year. 
“We will sell Kringles from 7:30 until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 6th at the Decatur Club portico at 158 W. Prairie Ave.  
“We are also providing prepaid order forms for those who want to be guaranteed they will get the flavors they want.  These order forms may be picked up in the foyer at Imboden Creek Gardens Assisted Living facility - the white two-story building on the south side - during regular hours.  (Pre-addressed envelopes are available as well.)”  
The Kringles are $11.00 each and the final date to preorder is Oct. 24th.  Checks should be made payable to the Macon County Honor Guard.  There will be a limited supply of extra Kringles to sell to anyone who drives up without an order.

Junior Welfare Association To Present ‘Trivia Or Treat’ 
At Skywalker Sports Complex Oct. 25

Which constellation in the southern sky has the same name as an organization containing many intelligent people?  Think you know the answer?  Then here’s an event for you.  
Junior Welfare Association will present Decatur’s most interactive Trivia Night with special guest emcee WAND’s Paula Thornton on Saturday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.) at Skywalker International Sports Complex on East Eldorado. 
Tickets are on sale now and registration forms are available through their website at or by emailing  
Entry fee is $100.00 per team up to 8 players, $60 for a team of four and $20 per individual. 
Don’t have a full team in mind, but still want to play?  Sign up and they’ll find players for you.
This is the eighth annual Trivia Night presented by the Junior Welfare Association.  It will feature teams of competitors answering a wide variety of 100 questions through a fun and interactive audio and visual show.  If you know a little about anything, attend and show off your knowledge.  Join in the fun with a cash prize, costume contests, raffles, silent auctions and more.  
The Junior Welfare Association, a women’s service organization, hosts fundraisers each year to raise money for their continuing community service projects as well as making donations to various local charitable organizations. The women of JWA continue to volunteer their time and energy to make Decatur and Macon County a better place.  

St. Mary’s Hospital Hosts AARP-Sponsored
Driver Safety Program Oct. 27

  Each year, the State of Illinois enacts new laws that change the rules of the road. Regardless of age, it is important to stay up-to-date on new information and driver safety. 
An AARP-sponsored Driver Safety class approved by the State of Illinois will take place at St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Conference Room 561. This classroom refresher focuses on motorists 50 years of age and older, and upon completion could result in an auto insurance discount. 
There are no tests and lunch is provided. The cost is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members.
For more information about the Driver Safety class or to register for this class, contact Margie Muehlebach at 464-2046.


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

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