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PAUL OSBORNE, EDITOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS

Annual Mt. Auburn Farmers’

Picnic Aug. 23-25

    The 132nd annual Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-25. This year’s theme is “Dreams of the Future”.
    Festivities start at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday with the opening ceremony scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Events start at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and a full day of activities begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. 
    For more information contact Dixie Vincent, publicity chairman, at dixiecup@consolidated.net.

Basic Computer Classes To Start At DMCOC Aug. 20

    Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation (DMCOC) sponsors classes for low-income persons interested in obtaining basic computer skills. The training includes instruction in keyboarding, computer basics; using the Internet, Windows 10; Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Certificates of Achievement will be awarded once the training has been completed.
    The next classes begin August 20, 2018. The class will meet from 9 a.m.-12 noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays for three hours each day for four weeks. Classes will end Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.
    There is no charge for the training. However, potential students must meet income eligibility guidelines, which will vary depending on family size. For a family of three, income cannot exceed $6,494 (gross) for the past 90 days.
    To apply, contact DMCOC at 428-0155 for an appointment.
    Appointments will be taken any time before the first day of class. Seats will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Funding for these classes is provided through the Community Services Block Grant.

2018 Wabash Hospital Former Employees Reunion Sept. 14

    The 2018 Wabash Hospital former employees reunion will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at 11:00 a.m. at the Garden Restaurant, 1044 W. Eldorado Street, Decatur. Attendees will be ordering from the menu.
    Reservations are needed even though there is no charge for the luncheon. 
    Call Bertha Hudson at 521-8707 or Dorothy Sebok at 429-7754. If no answer, leave a message.


The Salvation Army Senior Program Aug. 24

    The Salvation Army Senior Program, “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy”, will be held Friday, Aug. 24, at 229 West Main Street in Decatur, for all seniors 50 and over.
    A $3 donation will be accepted at the door.
    For reservations, call (217) 428-4672 by Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Crestview Worship Center To Present Gospel Fest 
And Car Show Aug. 18


    Crestview Worship Center will present its fourth annual outdoor gospel fest and car show on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1:00 p.m.-dusk at 4415 N. Water Street in Decatur.
    This event is for children and adults of all ages. Bring a lawn chair. There will be gospel music groups, dance groups and drama teams, games for kids, jump house with obstacle course and prizes. Food and drinks will be available to purchase.
    For additional information contact Melissa Tyus at (217) 412-9476.

FlapJack Fundraiser To Support The RSVP Program
 
    Join in on Saturday, Sept. 8, to help support Dove’s RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  
    RSVP has teamed up with Applebee’s for their newest fundraiser.  Join them Sept. 8, from  8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Applebee’s at Rt. 51 in Forsyth. 
    Enjoy a great pancake and bacon breakfast for just $5.00 while supporting one of the largest volunteer programs in Macon and DeWitt Counties.
     Tickets are $5.00 and available from RSVP staff members and at the Dove office at 302 S. Union in Decatur or 803 W. Leander in Clinton.  Tickets are to be purchased in advance and are limited,  so get your ticket before they are gone.
     Sponsored by Dove, Inc. since 1976, RSVP offers individuals 55+ opportunities to match their skills and talents with not for profit organizations, health care facilities and public agencies, to meet a variety of community needs through various volunteer services.  
    Volunteers choose how,  where and the amount of time to give.  Volunteers draw on their skills or develop new ones through volunteer opportunities that are a just right fit.
     For more information, contact the RSVP office in Decatur at 217.428.6616.

Dove, Inc. RSVP To Honor Veterans During Their 
9-11 Day of Service 
and Remembrance

 
    This year RSVP’s 9-11 Day of Service and Remembrance about our Veterans is coming up. Especially honored will be the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. 
    They transport Veterans to Washington D.C. so that they may visit the memorials erected in their honor from WWII to the Korean War, Vietnam and beyond at no cost to them.  
    They are collecting individually wrapped snacks for Veterans and their travel guardians for the  September 25 Honor Flight. They will be accepting  donations at both RSVP offices  through Sept.  10. Delivery will take place on Sept. 11, so the snacks can be packed and ready for their flight. Donations can be dropped at the Decatur office at 302 S. Union St. or at the Clinton office at 804 Leander St.
     Items needed include:
    Cheese Crackers
    Peanut Butter/Cheese Crackers
    Nut packs (peanuts, variety packs)
    Tootsie Rolls
    Cookie packs (Keeblers, Chips Ahoy, Nutter Butters, Fig Newtons, Vanilla Wafer Cookies, Nabisco mini snack packs)
    Raisins
    Fruit Bars
    Granola Bars (any variety)
    Rice Krispies Treats
    Hard wrapped candies
    Please no individual bag chips or chocolate bars or candies as they do not travel well.
     They are also collecting thank you cards for Veterans. If you would like to stop in and complete a card for a service member thanking them for their service let us know.
     Contact Charlie Gillaspie  at 217.428.6616 if you have any questions.


Decatur Park District’s
2018 Decatur Games Scheduled

    Looking for a fun way to boost employee morale and get involved in the community? 
    Registration for the 2018 Decatur Games is now open at the DISC.         Scheduled for September 18, 20, 25, 27 and 29, the Games include events on Tuesdays/Thursdays at various facilities, with a day-long finale at Rotary Park on Saturday, September 29. Team size limit is 20; fee is $199 per team. 
    Register by Sept 1. For details or to register, stop by the DISC, contact Tony at Talbertina@decparks.com or call 429-3472.

New Adult-Focused Saturday Zoo Buzz
Sessions Offered At Scovill Zoo


    This fall and winter, Scovill Zoo will offer a series of adult zoo sessions called Saturday Zoo Buzz at the Scovill Zoo Edu-cation Center.  
    Join in the first Saturday of every month beginning Sept. 1, at 9 a.m. for coffee, snacks, and presentations by zoo professionals from around Illinois. Topics are listed below. Fee is $5.  Preregistration is encouraged.

Schedule:
Sept. 1  Current Events in  Conservation
Oct. 6      Modern Zoo Administration
Nov. 3    Animal Health & Care
Dec. 1     Zoo Communities
Jan. 5      Zoo Volunteerism
Feb. 2      Small Steps to Save the World
Mar. 2     Zoo Recreation


Carol Kessler Is featured Artist At Gallery 510 During August

        Carol Kessler is the featured artist in August at Gallery 510. Carol works in a variety of media but specializes in oil stick.
        A reception for Carol will be held on Aug. 10 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk. She will speak at 6:30 p.m.
        The annual Herb Slodounik Artistic Merit Award will also be presented.
        During the month of August, the Decatur Public Library will feature the artwork of Jessica Disbrow; Wildflour, the artwork of Judy Kimmons; and the Decatur Airport, the artwork of Rae Nell Spencer.


Free Movie Night At House On The Rock Church Aug. 17

    Free movie night will be held Friday, August 17 at House on the Rock Church, 314 N. Grant Street in Edinburg. The showing of “God’s Country” will begin at 6:30 p.m.
    The movie is about a hot shot investment banker who will do anything to further her career but finds herself in new territory when she must spend six days with a financially troubled minister and his family.
    Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
    Contact Charles Portwood at (217) 972-3847 or email hotrchurch@ yahoo.com for additional information.

AARP Smart Driver Safety Class at Staley Credit Union on Aug. 21

    Staley Credit Union, located at 3330 N. Woodford in Decatur, will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Class on Tuesday, August 21 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.    Main topics covered in the course include: 
    Age-related physical changes and how to adjust driving to compensate; 
    How to reduce driver distractions; 
    Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes and new technology found in cars;
    How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car;
    Techniques for handling left turns, right-of-way and roundabouts; 
    Important facts about the effects of medication on driving.
    Persons 55 years of age and older taking this class and refreshing their driving skills, possibly can earn a discount on their annual insurance premium.
    Cost for the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmember.
    To register, call 423-9767.

Gospel Meeting At Jasper Street Church of Christ 

    Jasper Street Church of Christ, 950 N. Jasper St. in Decatur, will host a gospel meeting on Sunday, Aug. 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and then nightly Monday through Friday at 7:00 p.m.
    The theme will be “Revive, Renew and Restore”. Guest speaker will be Brother Jerry Macon from Louisville, KY.
    Also, the church will have its annual give-away of items to those in need on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Items will include clothing for the entire family, shoes, purses, household goods and miscellaneous items.
    Refreshment will be served.

Decatur Audubon Society To Hold Potluck Meeting 

    The Decatur Audubon Society invites members and the general public to its third summer meeting, a potluck at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Friends Creek Conservation Area NE of Argenta, followed by a brief business meeting and a presentation on “The Expansion of Friend’s Creek Conservation Area” by Ethan Snively, Site Technician of the Macon County Conservation District.      Take a dish to share, place settings and a drink.  Guests are always welcome.

Mt. Zion Convention Center To Host Harvest Fest Craft Show Aug. 24, 25

    The Mt. Zion Convention Center will be hosting its Harvest Fest Craft Show on August 24th, 7-9 pm, and August 25th, 9 am-3 pm. 
    The event is free to the community. It will have over 70 crafters selling their art, jewelry, and crafts! 
    It will also have food by the Kitchen of Doris Yoder and Del’s Popcorn Express.

Car Show At City 
Of Praise Aug. 18


     The City of Praise, located at 1415 N. Edward St. in Decatur, will have its fourth annual car show on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    The event will include food, drink, crafts, kiddie land, entertainment and awesome cars.
    For additional information, call (217) 428-8988.

Chatham Railroad Museum To Present ‘Loco-Motion Cruise-In/Car Show’ 

    Chatham Railroad Museum, 100 N. State St. in Chatham, will present “Loco-Motion Cruise-In / Car Show” on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
    All entries welcome. Cost is $10 to enter a vehicle. Participants will vote on their favorites and trophies will be awarded to the top vote getters.
    Goody bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 60 entrants. There will be door prizes and 50/50. Museum will be open and tours provided.
    Admission and tours are free to all spectators. Donations will be welcome.
    The Museum presents this annual car show to raise funds to cover its yearly necessary expenses.
    For additional information, call (217) 341-8426.

Extension Offering Certified Food Protection

Manager Training And Exam In September 

    This September, the Moultrie-Douglas County University of Illinois Extension office is offering the state mandated Certified Food Protection Manager course and test. 
    The Illinois Department of Public Health requires all food establishments be supervised by a certified food protection manager.
    The two-day course will be September 5 and 7 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Moultrie-Douglas County Extension Office located at 122 S. Walnut St., Arthur. Participants must attend both classes.  The certification exam will take place September 7. Bring a valid photo ID to the exam.
    The class will be taught by Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf and provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the national certification exam. 
    Topics include food-borne illnesses, safe food handling, cooking and storage, employee health and hygiene, facility safety and maintenance, cleaning and sanitization. Food service staff need to renew certificate every five years.
    The course fee is $115 and includes the textbook, class materials and exam. 
    Classes fill quickly. Register by August 17 online at go.illinois.edu/ dmp or by calling (217) 877-6042. If needed, a retest will cost $50. If a reader or translator is needed, contact the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals at (800) 446-0257 or customer.service@nrfsp.com
    Call (217) 877-6042 if reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in this program.

Public Hearing About Ambulance Service To Be

Held In City Council Chambers Aug. 16

    A public hearing shall be held August 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Decatur Civic Center located at One Gary K. Anderson Plaza, for the purpose of acting on an application for an ambulance service license with the City of Decatur filed by Arrow Ambulance, LLC.
    At the hearing, the hearing officer may consider that which is submitted concerning any item contained within the application; the experience and responsibility of the applicant; the effect the proposed service may have on the general health, safety and welfare of the community; and such other matters as may to such officer appear to be germane.


Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Will Be At This Year’s Illinois State Fair

    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) will be at this year’s Illinois State Fair in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement tent in Conservation World.  
    The ISA will offer an opportunity for citizens and the media to see and participate in  scenarios encountered by deputies in a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) during the 1st Saturday/Sunday (8/11 & 8/12 only) of the 2018 State Fair.  
     In addition, the ISA will also provide an opportunity for fair-goers to experience what impacts being “under the influence” has through Fatal Vision Goggles, learn more about the Office of Sheriff and the ISA by coming by the tent.  
    The ISA is 501 c (3) charitable organization. 

Ladies’ Thursday At Hickory Point Golf Club

    Short on time but want to get a few holes in? New to the game but want to get out on the course? Check out Ladies’ Thursdays that will be held every Thursday from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Hickory Point Golf Club, 727 Weaver Road in Decatur.
    Receive a small bucket of range balls, cart, and a 3-hole play on hole 10, 11, and 12 for $10.
    To schedule tee time, call Andy at 421-7444.

‘Our Land Between The Rivers: Illinois In Story And Song’At Library Aug. 18

    The Decatur Public Library will present Illinois Bicentennial,  Our Land Between the Rivers: Illinois in Story & Song, with Barry Cloyd in the Madden Auditorium Saturday, August 18, at 2 p.m.
    Known as the lifeblood of our land, the Midwestern Rivers -- the Mississippi, the Illinois, the Ohio and the Missouri  -- were the original highways of the Midwest. 
    From the days of the first Native Americans to our own, these rivers have shaped the destiny of mid-America and served as a source of story and song. 
    Join singer, songwriter and historian Barry Cloyd as he traces their history in story and song.


Country Club Road Boat Ramp Is Closed For Dredging Until August 17
 
    The Country Club Road boat ramp on Lake Decatur is closed until August 17 at 6 AM due to the City’s dredging project that is operating near the boat ramp this week. 
    Boaters are reminded to stay at least 150 feet away from all dredging equipment, pipelines, cables and dredging buoys at all times.


‘In Living Color: The Art of John Hoag’ at 
Anne Lloyd Gallery Aug. 6-29 


    The Decatur Area Arts Council presents In Living Color: The Art of John Hoag from August 6-29 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.  The exhibit features paintings by John Hoag who transplanted to Decatur from Vermont two years ago.
    A versatile artist, Hoag breathes life into figures and landscapes through the use of color and lively brushwork.  His human subjects, captured in real life moments, convey powerful attitudes and feelings, vulnerability and intimate relationships between figure and surroundings.  His landscapes of Illinois, Vermont and Mexico are charged with a rich vibrancy, influenced by his attraction to Latin American color aesthetics.
     Hoag holds an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.  His professional experiences range from custom framer to scenic artist for the movie “A League of Their Own” to teaching art in numerous college settings. 
     An opening reception, free to the public, will be held on Friday, August 10 from 5-7:30 pm during the Gallery Walk (held on the second Friday of August due to Decatur Celebration.)  
    Hoag will speak about his art at 6 pm.  Live music will be provided by Celtic Whistle, featuring Doug Nicholson, Bob and Jean Wollenberg.
     Three other downtown art galleries will be open during the August Gallery Walk, featuring the following:
    • Blue Connection at 117 N. Water St.:  Brooke Brasile, mixed media figural art
    • Gallery 510 at 160 E. Main St.:  Carol Kessler, oil pastels.  Carol will speak about her work at 6:30 pm.
    • The ArtFarm at 252 N. Park St.:  Ella Smith, painting
     This program 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.


Decatur Area Arts Council Announces Fox Theatre

Bus Trips Scheduled For 2018-2019

    The Decatur Area Arts Council has announced its official slate of shows for this season at the Fabulous Fox Theatre:
    • Love Never Dies - Thursday, Sept 27, 2018 - matinee
    • Aladdin - Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 - matinee
    • Les Miserables - Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 - matinee
    • Anastasia - Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 - matinee
    • Fiddler on the Roof - Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 - matinee
    • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 - matinee
    • Waitress - Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 - matinee
    • Come From Away - Thursday, May 23, 2019 - matinee
    Tickets are $195 for each show.  This includes transportation to and from the Fabulous Fox with drop-off and pickup right in front of the theatre; buffet lunch at the Fox; a bag of treats for the ride home; your bus driver’s tip, and of course, premium show seating.
    A $50 deposit per seat/show is required.  Tickets are limited!  
    To reserve your tickets, stop by the Decatur Area Arts Council at 125 N. Water St or call 217-423-3189.
    For more information, go to www.decaturarts.org.


Master Gardener Training 
Class To Start Aug. 28


    University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt counties has announced the 2018 Master Gardener Training class will be available during evening hours. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Aug 28-Nov. 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Macon County Extension Office located at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. in Decatur.
    Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by University of Illinois Extension researches and educators. They volunteer their time and expertise by sharing their horticulture skills with the community through garden projects, educational outreach and helping others learn to grow.
    The 13-week training aims to develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture and may involve environmental improvements, horticulture therapy projects, community and school gardening projects for other programs as determined by local need and interest. After completing training, Master Gardeners agree to give a minimum of 60 volunteer hours to the Extension Horticulture program over two years.
    Topics of interest in the 2018 program are botany, soils, insects, turf and lawns, wildlife, plant pathology and much more. Program participants will participate in two field trips to explore related topics during the training programs.
    Cost of the program is $175 for training, materials and field trips. Deadline to apply is Aug. 14. Partial fee waivers are available.
    To apply for the 2018 training or for more information, call (217) 877-6042. For additional information regarding the Master Gardener program in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt counties visit go.illinois.edu/dmp or call (217) 877-6042.
    University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in this program, call (217) 877-6042.


Be An Environmental Steward--Become A Master Naturalist

    Are you a nature lover? Do you love the natural world? If so, put your love to work and become a Master Naturalist through University of Illinois Extension training this fall. 
    The training will begin Aug. 28 and will be held every Tuesday through Nov. 13 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.     
     Classes will start at the Macon County Extension Office located at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. in Decatur, IL. Some classes will be held at Macon County Conservation District sites or Decatur Park District facilities.
    The training program educates adult volunteers to be better equipped to share natural resource information with others in their communities and to assist with environmental conservation and restoration activities. By protecting the natural resources where you live, you will ensure the world is fit for the future. University of Illinois Extension partners with local agencies to accomplish the Master Naturalist mission of providing science-based education opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.
    The training covers topics such as geology, weather and climate, wetlands, ethics, entomology, prairie, botany, rivers and stream and much more. As part of this hands-on training program, participants will go on field trips throughout Illinois. Sites previously visited include Great River Museum, Pere Marquette State Park, Emiquon Nature Conservancy and Rock Springs Nature Center.
    Cost for the class is $150 per person. Participants may be eligible for partial fee waivers. Contact Dena at (217) 877-6042 for details. Master Naturalist trainees must be at least 18 years old.
    Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp or call (217) 877-6042 by Aug. 1.
    For additional information or if reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in this program, contact Dena at denahyde @illinois.edu or call the above number.

Sanitary District Of Decatur Announces Scheduled Board Meetings

    The Sanitary District of Decatur scheduled board meetings for the fiscal year 2018-2019 will be held at 501 Dipper Lane, Decatur, at 5:30 p.m. 
    The 2018 meetings will be held as follows: May 23*, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 26*, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19. The 2019 meetings will be held Jan. 23*, Feb. 20, Mar. 20 and April 17. *These meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
    The Sanitary District’s administrative office will be closed unless noted otherwise as follows: Memorial Day, May 28; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, Sept. 3; Veterans Day, Nov. 11 (union only), observed Nov. 12 - administration office open; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22; Day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 (non-union only); Christmas Day, Dec. 25; New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2019;l Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

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Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Sale Shop Adds Saturday Hours

    Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Resale Shop, located at 2725 N. Water St. in Decatur, has added Saturday hours.
    Robin Murray, Catholic Charities Community Services Supervisor, said, “Our store has been in this location for a year and our customer base is growing strong. 
    As a result we have decided to open Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to better serve our new and existing customers.”
    The store is also open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    The store accepts donations of kitchenware, home décor, linens, gently used clothing and accessories, and furniture. 
    Donations are accepted Monday-Friday with drop off at the back of the store.
    All proceeds from the resale store will go to support the mission of Catholic Charities of helping those in need. Services include the food pantry, mobile food pantry, med assist/SHIP, counseling, senior service programs, legal services and more.
     The store also maintains a Facebook page with daily updates: Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Resale Shop.
    For additional information, call (217) 428-3458, extension 236.


DMH Diabetes Education Center To Hold Free Monthly Support Groups

    The DMH Diabetes Education Center will begin hosting a new Diabetes Support group every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting March 21 at a DMH Family Medicine, 4775 E. Maryland St., Decatur. Also, a daytime support group meets every third Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the DMH Diabetes Education Center. The  2018 dates are July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19.
    This monthly event is free and open to anyone interested in learning how to manage diabetes. Whether a person is newly diagnosed or has had diabetes for many years, the support group can help manage diabetes. Each meeting focuses on a different topic with opportunities to learn, share and ask questions.    Attendees will have the opportunity to hear educational presentations, gather information on a variety of topics related to diabetes and meet others who are also learning how to live with diabetes. Knowledge and support play a vital role in controlling diabetes. Topics include general diabetes information, acute and chronic complications, exercise, nutrition and sexuality, coping skills and problem solving.
    The DMH Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call the DMH Diabetes Education Center at (217) 876-2699.



Applications Being Accepted For Arts In Central Park

In Downtown Decatur Sept. 15, 16

    Applications are being accepted from artists interested in exhibiting at Arts in Central Park, a juried art fair held in Central Park in downtown Decatur, on Sept. 15 and 16, 2018.  Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
    Artwork for jurying and inclusion in the show must be original.  Assistance of commercial molds and kits may not be used.  Resale of purchased item is not permissible.
    If interested, contact Decatur Area Arts Council at 217-423-3189 or Gallery 510 at 217-422-1509.  For details about the event or to download the artist application, go to www.decaturarts.org. ;
    In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Decatur Area Arts Council, they are sharing fun facts, memories, and history. 
    Now in its 56th year, Decatur's original juried fine arts fair was founded by Barn Colony Artists in 1962, with the newly-established Arts Council joining in 1969. Arts in Central Park as we know it today has been co-sponsored by DAAC and Gallery 510 Arts Guild since 1995.


Health Department Is Offering Walk-In Hours  

For Adult Emergency Dental Treatment

    Macon County Health Department Dental Clinic is now offering walk-in hours for adult emergency dental treatment on Fridays. Hours will be 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Walking in is not a guarantee that the individual will be seen or treated on the same day. Bring medical card, voucher, or self-pay.    For additional information, call (217) 423-9930.