EVENTS & MEETINGS

Rolling Prairie Corvette Club To Hold 17th Annual
Kool Rides Charity Car Show July 11



The Rolling Prairie Corvette Club will hold its 17th Annual Kool Rides Charity Car Show in Downtown Decatur, around Central Park on July 11 from 3 PM to 7 PM.
The entry fee is $15.00 that is payable on the day of the show.  The rain date for the show is July 18.
There will be dash plaques for the first 100 cars, a 50-50 raffle, vendor booths, a DJ on site and trophies.
The show is open to all car models, trucks and motorcycles with all of the proceeds going to Oasis Day Care as this year's charity.  Over the past 16 years the car shows have raised and given over $60,000 to different causes in and around Decatur.  This is the one time a year the club holds a show to benefit a worthy organization.  Since state funding has been cut down for Oasis the club chose to help them this year. 
Other organizations that have been helped over the years include: Northeast Community Fund, CASA, The Linus Project, Dove, Veterans Organizations, Macon County Assistance Exchange, Pawprint Ministries Love with Fur and many others.
The club is comprised of a group of car enthusiasts who enjoy all cars and trucks but especially Corvettes.  The show is open to all makes and models and if you were around Decatur a few years ago Downtown Decatur had a Car Show at Central Park that drew as many as 300 Cars and Trucks. 
For more information visit the group’s website at www.rpcorvettes.com .

 

Richie Hammel Fore On The Floor Car Show In 
Nelson Park July 4 


Nelson Park will be filled with all makes and models of cars on July 4 for the Richie Hammel Fore on the Floor Car Show. 
The car show is from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and includes a performance by Soul Purpose from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Police Department K-9 unit and Hickory River BBQ will also be on hand. 
If you are interested in entering a car, call the Decatur Park District at 422-5911. 
The fee was $15 for car entries received by June 12 and includes an entry gift and dash plaque. 
Same-day entries will also be accepted, with a $20 fee per vehicle. The 2015 proceeds benefit the Decatur Park District’s youth sports programs.  

Vacation Bible School At Sharon United
Methodist Church July 6-10

Sharon United Methodist Church, 4363 W. Center St., Decatur, will have Vacation Bible School July 6-10. VBS will be held 9:00-11:30 a.m. daily for children ages three years to completed fifth grade.
Register online at www.sharondecatur.org or call the church office at 429-2033.

‘Where the Wild Things Grow - Native Plants’ Is Next Session Offered By Macon County Extension Office

Where the Wild Things Grow – Native Plants will be offered July 14, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. The session will be presented via the web at the Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd in Decatur. Advance registration is needed at least one day prior. 
For more information, call the Macon County Extension office at 217.877.6042 or email Karyn at traum@illinois.edu. 
You may also register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/ with the Four Seasons Gardening – Summer 2015 registration.
This session is also available for attendance from home by pre-registering at http://web.extension.illinois .edu/hmrs/4seasons/. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, contact the Extension office. 
Suburban gardens tie our home to the surrounding landscape, provide an outlet for artistic expression, are a source for natural beauty, and offer refuge from a hectic world. University of Illinois Extension will introduce ideas on designing your landscape with Illinois native plants that nurture and feed our little friends, bring you joy and require minimal care. Learn how you can do your part in your own backyard.

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary 
Announces 3rd Annual Grocery Grab Fundraiser 

The HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary wants to give you a chance to win up to $1,000 worth of free food from County Market. Raffle tickets for the 3rd Annual Grocery Grab Fundraiser are currently on sale. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at the St. Mary’s Hospital Gift Shop or County Market stores in Decatur.  
An Early Bird Drawing for one of two County Market gift cards takes place on June 22, 2015. The Grand Prize drawing takes place July 3, 2015 at 10:00 am at County Market, 1175 W. Grand Avenue in Decatur. 
To enter, you must:
Be 18 years of age or older;
The winner reserves the right to name an alternative shopper;
Shopper can only pick one item per UPC code; and
Exclusions apply. All items must be food items. Excluded items include: pharmaceuticals/cosmetics, alcohol, tobacco, paper products, pet supplies, flowers/plants and seasonal items. See complete list on raffle ticket. 
For more information on the Grocery Grab Fundraiser, call Susan Dudra at 217-791-4215.

Open House At Blue Mound Village Hall For
Recently Appointed Deputy Justin Pinckard


The Village of Blue Mound and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office are inviting all Blue Mound residents along with all Macon County residents to an open house for recently appointed Blue Mound contractual Deputy Justin Pinckard.  
Deputy Pinckard is the  Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy contracted to the Village of Blue Mound as their residential patrol deputy.  Residents are encouraged to turn out and meet Deputy Pinckard along with Blue Mound Officer Greg Just on Monday, July 6, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, located at 309 Railroad Ave., Blue Mound, IL.
Deputy Pinckard and Officer Just will be also available to answer any questions or concerns that residents may have.


 

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. 

Go The Distance With The Staley Striders Summer 
Track & Field Club


Go the distance this summer with the Staley Striders Track & Field Club, sponsored by Tate & Lyle.
  Coached by Mike Landacre, athletes aged 6 - 18 focus on short and long-distance running techniques, plus a variety of field events. 
Staley Striders will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, June 22 – August 4 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays) at the Fairview Park Tennis Complex.
For more information, visit the DISC (1295 W. Wood) or call 429-3472.

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

 

Chile & Argentina Exhibit 
And Events In Anne Lloyd Gallery June 5-July 30

 
The Decatur Area Arts Council is presenting an exhibit entitled Chile & Argentina: Neighboring Cultures from June 5-July 30 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water Street in downtown Decatur.  
This colorful exhibit celebrates the blending of ancient traditions, European influences and contemporary life in the neighboring countries of Chile and Argentina.  Textiles, ceramics, copper work, fine art, woodwork, artifacts and more bring the cultures to life.  
Among the variety of items in the exhibit, visitors can expect to see examples of indigenous art from the Mapuche, Wichi and other native people as well as see elements of gaucho culture and social customs still in existence today.  
The Chilean posters on display are part of a special project entitled “Afichile” which is dedicated to redefining posters as a true art form.  The poster curators, Mario Cardena and Jean Paul Brandt, are both graphic designers and university professors who received support for this project through the University of Diego Portales in Chile. The exhibit is open free to the public.
  An opening cultural event on Friday evening, June 5 from 5:00-7:30 pm celebrates the arts of Chilean and Argentine cultures – a “don’t miss” opportunity for the entire family.   There will be special guest performances and audience participation throughout the evening, including:
Tango music by Cuarteto Tanguero, 3rd floor
Tango dance performance by Joe Grohens & Carlota, 3rd floor
Argentine folktales by Rosario Barbieri, 3rd floor
Audience members will be invited to learn easy step by step tango basics, with or without a partner.  A taste of authentic Chilean and Argentine cuisine is available on the 3rd floor and visitors may try their hand at crafts from these cultures in the 2nd floor studio.
  Field trips which include a discussion of the exhibit and a hands-on Chilean/Argentine craft project can be arranged for youth or adult groups.
  This program is sponsored by ADM and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For further information or field trips, contact the Decatur Area Arts Council, 217-423-3189, www.decaturarts.org.  

Macon County Home And Community
Education Announces Programs


Macon County Home And Community Education is announcing two upcoming programs:
• Thursday, June 4 -- Lesson "Tombstone Tales",  presented at Greenwood Cemetery.  This will be a historic journey through the history of this cemetery.  The presenter will be Lynn Dixon.  Meet at the front gates of the cemetery.
Call the Extension Office at 877-6042 to reserve a spot by June 1.
• Thursday, July 9. -- Lesson "Can I Really Eat Out of My Flowerbed?",   presented at the Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd, Decatur. Phone is 877-6042.  Call by Monday, July 6, to reserve a seat.  Presenters will be Dr. Jennifer Nelson and Mindy Peterson.  
If you have ever wondered what you could plant in your flowerbed that makes a statement but is something you can also utilize in your kitchen, this is the class for you.


Spectacular Summer Day Camp And Teen Club
Offered By The Park District

An action-packed summer awaits at the Decatur Park District’s Spectacular Summer Day Camp & Teen Club. 
Day Campers aged 5 – 11 will take field trips, play sports, climb the DISC rock wall, and much more. 
Teen Club participants aged 12 – 14 will enjoy special events, sports, and field trips. 
Create-a-camp options are available for Park District programs including Scovill Zoo camps, junior golf, B.O.S.S., and Greater Decatur Youth Band. 
Transportation to and from Park District programs is provided. Campers can attend daily or weekly sessions from May 26 to August 14; register at least 48 hours in advance or by Wednesday if registering for the following week. 
Contact Danita Deffenbaugh at the DISC, 429-3472, to request a calendar of events and registration form. 

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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