Take a break from your busy holiday schedule with a relaxing Holiday Break Hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2pm. Studies have shown that time spent in the woods can reduce blood pressure. Alleviate you holiday season stress with a guided hike through the woods. You’ll enjoy the fresh air and look for wildlife. The hike is free. Dress for the weather. You must pre-register online by Dec.23 at www.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.
Winter Break Baseball Camp At The DISC The Winter Break Baseball Camp at the DISC will be held Dec. 29 – 31 from 8 – 10 a.m. Coaches will lead youth aged 7 - 16 in exercises and drills in pitching, throwing, hitting, fielding, and base running. Fee is $61 ($51 with resident discount). For more information, call the DISC at 429-3472. The DISC is located at 1295 W. Wood.
Curl Up For ‘Lazy Day Storytelling’ At Rock Springs
Enjoy Lazy Day Storytelling at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2pm. Cuddle up with your loved ones as we read some of your favorite wintertime short stories. This program is free and open to all ages. Must pre-register online by December 23 at www.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.
Homeless Council Continuum of Care
Advisory Council Meeting Jan. 8 Social service providers, businesses and individuals interested in the issues surrounding homelessness in Macon County are invited to attend the Homeless Council Continuum of Care Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., at the Homeward Bound Office, 788 E. Clay, Conference Room, Decatur. The Continuum has been in existence since 1995 and works to identify and meet the needs of homeless individuals and families in Macon County. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer contact the Homeward Bound office at 217.362.7700.
Feed The Animals At Rock Springs Nature Center Dec. 20
Help a naturalist feed the resident live animals at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1:30pm. Frogs, salamanders, and fish have to eat just like we do. During Feed the Animals, a naturalist gives you a unique tour as you meet and feed the nature center animals their favorite foods. At this program, you’ll also learn how and when to care for animals in captivity, and how they survive in the wild. $2/person or $10/family. Must pre-register online by Dec 19 at www.maconcountyconservation.org. Space is limited to 12 participants. 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.
Library To Close At 4:00 P.M. On Dec. 24
The Decatur Public Library will be closing Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 4:00 p.m for Christmas Eve. The Library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day and Friday, Dec. 26 for computer upgrades. The Library will also be closing Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 4:00 p.m. for New Year's Eve and will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day. Regular hours will resume on Friday, Jan. 2. For additional information, contact Rick Meyer, city librarian at (217) 421-9713.
Rock And Mineral Exhibit At Macon County History Museum
The rock and mineral exhibit is still open at the Macon County History Museum, 5580 North Fork Road in Decatur. The exhibit includes rocks and minerals, along with handmade jewelry from a variety of stones. Th exhibit features a myriad of geodes, fluorite and many other rocks and minerals. All items are for sale. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Contact Nathan Pierce, executive director, at 422-4919 for additional information.
Annual Kwanzaa Celebration To Be Held At
Decatur Public Library Dec. 27
The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society (AACGS) of IL., Inc. Museum is having their annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at the Decatur Public Library in the Madden Auditorium from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The theme is "Cooperative Purpose Produces Greatness ". The keynote speaker will be Decatur City Councilman Pat McDaniels . The "Seven Principles of Kwanzaa" will be presented. The public is invited to enjoy a ' taste of diversity in the kitchen' and entertainment. For more information call (217) 429-7458.
Learn and Volunteer in University of Illinois
Extension Master Gardener Program
Enrich your gardening knowledge and make a difference in your community by becoming a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Volunteers should have a sincere desire to learn about horticulture topics, the ability to communicate effectively, and the willingness to work as a team. Master Gardeners receive research-based training from University of Illinois staff in horticulture classes, including fruits, flowers, vegetables, landscape plants, insects, and herbs. Weekly training begins on January 22, 2015 and continues for a total of 11 weeks, through the first part of April. Each class meets from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Five classes will be held in Springfield and six classes will be held in Decatur. Following training, Master Gardener Interns agree to volunteer a total of 60 hours, by working at the help desk, display gardens, and numerous other projects. With so many activities, it is not difficult to finish the hours while meeting wonderful people and enjoying many Master Gardener events. To become a Master Gardener, you need to fill out an application form by November 22, 2013 and attend an informal informational session. The cost for the program and all materials is $150.00. Scholarships are available. Applications are available from University of Illinois Extension Macon County Office at 3351 N. President H. Brown Blvd., Decatur, IL, by calling Beth Allhands, Program Coordinator at 217.877.6042 or can be submitted through the online form at web.extension.illinios.edu/dmp/. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call 217.877.6042.
The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.
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