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Spring Classes At Decatur Genealogical Society Library

Of Macon County Will Begin Mar. 30

    Spring classes will be starting on Mar. 30 at Decatur Genealogical Society Library of Macon County.
    The classes will be held 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Library located at 1255 W. South Side Drive as follows: Mar. 30, Getting Started; April 6, Local and County Records; April 13, State and Federal Records; and April 20, Computer and Internet.
    Cost will be $24 per person for all four sessions.
    For additional information, contact the Genealogical Society at 429-0135 or Gail Leonard at 876-9602. 

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Hosts AARP Driver Safety Program April 3
    Cars, traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads we travel every day change constantly. Keep your knowledge and driving skills up-to-date and you’ll feel more confident on the road.
    An AARP-sponsored driver safety course, approved by the state of Illinois, will take place at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in conference room 561. This course focuses on motorists age 50 and older. Course completion may qualify attendees for auto insurance discounts. There are no tests, and lunch is provided.  AARP membership is not required. The cost is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members.
    For more information or to register for the driver safety program, please call Margie Muehlebach at 217-464-2046.

Julie McClarey In Concert 
At Elwin United Methodist Church March 26

    Julie McClarey will be playing a piano concert on Sunday, March 26th, from 6-7 p.m. at Elwin United Methodist Church. Well-loved favorites and requests will be included. 
    The Lenten Concert Series events are free and open to the public although an opportunity for a freewill donation is available. 
    The concert series continues with the Gospel Messengers, on April 2nd, and Anticipation on August 9th.

History Comes Alive At The Governor Oglesby Mansion

    "History Comes Alive" offers 2 events at the Governor Oglesby Mansion on Sunday, April 23, at 421 W. William Street.
    A High Tea, hosted by Governor and Mrs. Oglesby, featuring savories and sweets will be served from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 23.  Reservations are required as seating is limited; cost is $20/person. Proceeds support educational programs at the Oglesby Mansion for area 5th grade students.  For reservations please contact Ann Jackson at 428-9160.
    At 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 23, Rachel Crowther will present "Dressing the Civil War Woman", a demonstration of women's attire during the Civil War era.  Ms. Crowther is the owner of Frozen In Time Clothing Co., specializing in authentic handmade historic clothing.   "Dressing the Civil War Woman" is free and open to the public.

‘Super Saturday Registration’ At Richland Community College April 8

    New and current students are invited to register early for Summer and Fall classes on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Super Saturday Registration” will be held on the campus of Richland Community College at the Workforce Development Institute building, located off Reas Bridge Road.
    This free event is a one-stop opportunity for registration, advising, course selection, financial aid, scholarships, payment plans, placement testing, and career advising. 
    Free refreshments will be available and entertainment will be provided by a live radio remote provided by 93.1 The Party. 
    For additional information, contact Rob Kerr, Director of Advising and Registration at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6284 or

‘Indestructible Houseplants’ Program 
At Extension Office March 29

    Macon County Association for Home and Community Education (MCHCE) will have a program at the Extension Office, 3351 N. Howard Brown Blvd, Decatur, on Mar. 29 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.             "Indestructible House-plants", will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Schultz-Nelson. 
    MCHCE will be celebrating its 100th year of being a group in 2018. It has over 100 members who enjoy the small unit groups a well as the monthly programs. Yearly dues are $15.

Rock Springs Offers 
Boater Safety Education 
Class March 28, 30

    The Macon County Conservation District is hosting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Boater Safety Education Class on March 28 and 30, from 5-9pm at Rock Springs Nature Center.  
    Boating laws, terms, and safety requirements will be covered in this 8 hour course.  There is no fee.  Students age 11 and older must attend both class dates and pass a written test in order to receive their certificate.  Must pre-register online by March 27 at
     Successful completion of this course satisfies the Illinois requirement that persons at least 12 years of age and less than 18 years of age must possess a valid Boating Education Certificate of Competency if they operate a motorboat unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, or person of at least 18 years of age.
     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.

$2,000 In Scholarships Available To High School And 
College-Level Ag Students Through Jenner Ag

    Agriculture-focused students at the college and high school levels have the chance to help fund their education with two available scholarships from Jenner Ag.
     “With the right seeds to plant, young people can explore and find their niche toward a long future in the agriculture industry,” said Steve Jones, president of Jenner Ag. “Jenner Ag has long understood the importance of supporting our future agriculturists.”
     This is the 7th year Jenner Ag has offered these scholarships, available for Illinois and Indiana high school seniors through college juniors. Two $1,000 scholarship awards are available.
     Applications are available online at or through any Jenner Ag employee, and must be postmarked by June 30, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded by August 2017.
     For more than 55 years, Jenner Ag has served the agriculture industries in Illinois and Indiana. The company is a leading provider of application equipment. 
    Locations include Harristown, Taylorville and Fairbury, Illinois, with mobile service techs on the road throughout Illinois and Indiana. For more information visit

New ZooMu Pass Combines Benefits Of Scovill Zoo &
Children’s Museum Of Illinois 

    Where can you find wild animals, interactive exhibits, education, and fun in the same place? 
    In Scovill Park. 
    Purchase a Family ZooMu Pass and receive great benefits at Scovill Zoo and the Children’s Museum of Illinois. 
    The cost is $155 for one full year for both facilities. Benefits include admission to the zoo and museum every day of the regular season, discounts on parties, camps, classes, train rides and carousel tickets, 4 museum “Make Space” coupons, 4 Z.O.&O Express Train tickets, 4 sno-cones at the zoo, and more. Purchase a pass by July 1 and receive 4 limited edition ZooMu stadium cups. 
    For more information or to purchase your pass, call Scovill Zoo at 421-7435 or the Children’s Museum at 423-5437.

Macon County Farm Bureau Ag In The Classroom Committee 
To Host ‘Agucation’ May 2

    The Macon County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Committee is hosting Agucation on Tuesday, May 2 through Thursday, May 4 at Richland Community College from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. daily in the Shilling Center wing on the west side of the main campus.  
    Agucation is an annual event created to give students in the area a more vivid perception of the power of modern agriculture. Over 700 Macon County 5th graders are signed up to attend this year’s event, in which they will have the opportunity to be taken on two-hour tours.  Five area presenters will open the eyes of the students by showing them the importance of agriculture both here in Central Illinois and worldwide.  
    For more information, contact Jennifer Fink at the Macon County Farm Bureau, 877-2436 or at 

Soup Supper At Christ United Methodist Church March 25

    The 12th Annual Soup Supper at Christ United Methodist Church, 1503 N. Summit, Decatur, will be held on Saturday,  March 25, 4-6 PM. 
    Adults: $6; Children ages 6-12, $4; ages 5 and under, free.  Tickets will be available at the door. Price includes a sample of each soup,  plus a bowl of your favorite soup, dessert, and a beverage.  Enter on the north side of the church; accessible to all.         Profits will be divided between the Northeast Community Fund, Care Pet Van program, and the church’s Outreach Neighborhood Picnic.

Little Hoopsters Basketball Program At DISC

On Wednesdays Starting March 29

    Little Hoopsters basketball, presented by Decatur Park District and Millikin University, will be held on Wednesdays, Mar. 29-May 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for youth aged 3-12 at Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC), 1295 W. Wood.
    Directed by Coach Lori Kerans and the Millikin University Women's Basketball Team, Little Hoospters will teach children the fundamentals of basketball in a noncompetitive environment. Players will learn new skills each week, focusing on teamwork, dribbling, passing, and shooting.     
    Cost is $54 or $45 with resident discount.
    For additional information, call the DISC at 429-3472.

Collective Goods Coming Again To St. Mary’s Hospital April 5

    Collective Goods (formerly Books Are Fun) is coming again to St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary in the Assisi Room on April 5th from 8-3 p.m.         They have many different items such as children's books, toys, outdoor and home goods, electronics, Spring seasonal items and so much more. This is a perfect time to get that Easter toy or book for your family.
    Some of their Spring lineup items are the following: Blue Tooth speaker, Shiatsu massager, bird circular feeder which is beautiful, and a glow in the dark lawn dart game.

Gallery 510 Announces Event Schedule 
For April 

    Gallery 510 Featured artist: Annette Russo will display her work for April. Annette is a ceramic artist and painter. She is also a former instructor at Millikin University. Her reception will be April 7th during the First Friday Gallery Walk. She will speak at 6:30 pm.
    Arts in Education Spring Show will be open March 31-April 7. The show features the work of Junior High and High School students from Decatur and the surrounding area. 
    The Closing Reception will be April 7th during First Friday. Voting for People's Choice award will be available for the duration of the show and will conclude on April 7th with the People's Choice Announced at the end of the evening. I would be happy to provide additional information if needed. 
    Masters and Merlot for April: Taught by Annette Russo. She will be working from a Painting by Gaugin.
    Airport: Leta Burch
Library: Annette Russo  (She will be showing 2 places)

    Wildflour: Mike Delaney
    Advanced notice: We are planning a new fundraiser for May 20th. Celebrate Art! will be held at Infusion Bar and Banquet Center. 
    Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids, 2 and under are free (yes, kids are welcome and we will have artsy activities to entertain them).         Mexican food, cash bar, and entertainment by Champaign Freight. Silent auction and raffle. We are working on some other surprises as well. Tickets go on sale soon.
    Gallery 510 Arts Guild, Ltd., is located at 160 East Main St., Suite 100, in Decatur. 
    Telephone number is 217-422-1509. 
    Website can be found at   


Wesley United Methodist Church Is Holding Rummage

Sale And Breakfast March 25

    Decatur Wesley United Methodist Church is having a Rummage Sale and Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast, on Saturday, March 25th.  
    The event will be held at the church from 8 to 3 p.m., at 3800 E. Cerro Gordo St.
    The United Methodist Men will host the breakfast upstairs and the Rummage Sale will be in the church basement.  For questions, call the church, at 429-2113. 

Easter Eggstravaganza At Tabernacle Baptist Church April 15 

    Easter Eggstravaganza will be held April 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles, Decatur.
    The event will include egg hunts, bounce houses, pony rides, concessions, petty zoo, fishing, and more. The egg hunts will be for kids one year-sixth grade.
    For additional information, call 877-5653.

Stephen Decatur Chapter Of DAR To Hold Scholarship Luncheon April 1

    The Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a Scholarship luncheon Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00 Noon inside the First United Methodist Church, Decatur.
    Richard Chamblin, President of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of Sons of the American Rev-olution will present, "The Sons of the American Revolution - it's Founding and Programs."
    Hostesses are Karen Johnson, Chairman, Virginia Rinehart, Marie Boedecker and Helen Wright.
    Guests are welcome.

Decatur Christian School Begins Enrollment

For 2017-2018 School Year

    Decatur Christian School has begun open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.  This includes preschool for 3’s through 12th grades.
     The school’s staff is passionate about “equipping Warriors for Victory through Excel-lence, Relationships, and Service.”  
    The Christ-centered classrooms prepare students for the future that awaits them after graduation  Many of the school’s graduates earn significant scholarships to the colleges of their choice.
     To become a part of the happenings at DCS. contact them at or call their office at 217-877-5636.  
    Also, check our their website at, www for more information and forms.

Basic Computer Classes Offered At DMCOC

    Decatur-Macon County Opportuni-ties Corporation (DMCOC), is sponsoring classes for low-income persons interested in obtaining basic computer skills.
    The next class will begin March 27 and will meet 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays for four weeks. 
    Classes will end on or about Wednesday, April 19.
    The training will include 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.
    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 $6,381 (gross) for the past 90 days.    
    To apply, contact DMCOC at 428-0155 for an appointment.
    Appointments will be taken any time before the start date. Seats will be filled on a first come/first served basis.    
    Funding for these classes is provided through the Community Services Block Grant.

Latham United Methodist Church To Host Spring Dinner April 2

    Latham United Methodist Church will host a spring dinner for the public on April 2 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m in the basement of the church.
    The menu includes beef or chicken and noodles, vegetable, salad and dessert bar, and drink. Tickets will be $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-12.
    The church is located at 241 Walnut Street in Latham and has a lift.

The City of Praise Church To Present March Gladness 

    The City of Praise Church, 1415 N. Edward St. in Decatur, will present March Gladness.
    Daughters of the King Chat with First Lady Tonyua McClelland and Company will be held Thursday, Mar. 26 at 6:00 p.m.
    Family and Friends Day will be held Sunday, Mar. 26 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ken McCray, guest speaker. Special guests will be Higher dimensions Church.
    For additional information, call (217) 428-8988.

The Salvation Army Senior Program March 24

    The Salvation Army Senior Program, "Knowing All About Lent" will be held Friday, Mar. 24 at 11:00 a.m. at 229 W. Main, Decatur. All seniors 50 and over are welcome.
    A $3 donation will be accepted at the door.
    Reply by noon Wednesday, Mar. 22 by calling (217) 428-4672.

Three New Artists On Display At Rock Springs Nature Center 

    Three new artists are displaying their work in the galleries at Rock Springs Nature Center for March and April 2017.  None of them have shown work at Rock Springs Nature Center before. 
     Local photographer Sharon Blazer is displaying images of wildlife and the night sky in the North Gallery.  Mikayla Jean Mendenhall and Colin J. Bishop will have paintings and prints depicting the natural world and the abstract in the South Gallery. 
     Admission to Rock Springs Nature Center is free.  For more information about upcoming shows and programs, visit
     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.

Trained AARP Volunteers Providing Income Tax Preparation

At Decatur-Macon County Senior Center

    Trained AARP Volunteers are providing Income Tax preparation assistance for the public at the Decatur-Macon County Senior Center. 
    To make an appointment, please call the Senior Center at 429-1239 to schedule an appointment.              Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Hours for Thursdays are 8:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m.  
    Walk-ins are accepted.  It is recommended you call ahead for a list of items you must bring to be helped. This service is provided free of charge by AARP.

Dine At Ted’s Garage To Support The RSVP Program  

    Join Dove March 23, to help support its RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.   
    Ted’s Garage, 602 S. Center Street in Clinton, Illinois. will donate 10% of meals when you dine in, 7:00 a,m to 9:00 p.m.  The needed flyer is available on or Dove’s facebook page. Flyers will be also be available from RSVP greeters from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
     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.  

Spectacular Summer Day Camp And Teen Club At Park District 

    An action-packed summer awaits at the Decatur Park District’s Spectacular Summer Day Camp & Teen Club! Day Campers in grades K – 5 will take field trips, play sports, climb the DISC rock wall, and much more. 
    Teen Club participants in grades 6 – 8 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 24 to August 15. Registration taken at the DISC. For more information, contact Danita Roseman at the DISC at 429-3472.

Macon County Republican Dinner April 6

The Macon County Republican Lincoln Dinner will be held Thursday, April 6 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. There will be a silent auction at 6:00 p.m. and a buffet meal at 6:30 p.m.
    Keynote speaker will be Mark "Oz" Geist. Mr. Geist is a member of the Annex Security Team that fought the Battle of Benghazi, Libya, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2012. He finished his career as a security contractor in Benghazi where he was credited with helping to save the lives of more than 25 Americans. Mr. Geist is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in the battle.
    Tickets cost $50 and sponsorships will be available. 
    For tickets or sponsorship information, call Susan at 433-3678.

Marriage Encounter Weekend To Be Held March 31-April 2

    A Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held Mar. 31-April 2 in Peoria, IL. The weekend will begin Friday evening and end Sunday evening.
    Attendees will discover ways to include God in their marriage.
    The deadline for reservations is Mar. 1. However, late reservations will be taken if space is available.
    For additional information, contact Les and Penny Wright, Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Central Illinois Media Couple, at 309-444-8762; email or check out the website

‘Rise Up’ Decatur Christian School Banquet and Auction March 25

    "Rise Up", Decatur Christian School Ban-quet and Auction, will be held Saturday, Mar. 25 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles Road, Decatur.    
    There will be entertainment at 5:00 p.m., silent auction at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and live auction at 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets will cost $25 per person, $40 per couple and $150 per table.     Tickets can be purchased in the office through Mar. 21.

​Korean War National Museum Announces Irish Exhibit

    The Denis J. Healy Freedom Center Korean War National Museum in Springfield, will open a new exhibit on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, to pay tribute to the hundreds of Irish sons who fought bravely in the Korean War and the many who died under the flags of the United Nations, United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
    The Irish exhibit includes the stories of martyred Irish priests and the incredible valor and bravery of the Irish soldiers in the “Happy Valley Battle,” when Irish and British soldiers selflessly volunteered to provide cover for the withdrawal of UN forces and then had to
fight their way out. It also covers the Irish who received US citizenship posthumously.
    The Museum celebrates the special relationship that was forged, protected, and still remains strong because of the bravery of
    Ireland’s sons and a shared love of liberty and life. This exhibit will remain prominently displayed at the front of the Museum until mid-May. After that the exhibit will be integrated into the Museum’s other exhibits. The Irish exhibit's constructor, Daniel Eppel, will make a presentation at noon Friday, March 17 regarding the research and development of the exhibit.
    The Korean War National Museum (KWNM) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission to help people better understand and appreciate the service, sacrifices and success of the American, South Korean and Allied personnel during the Korean War. 
    It is located on the historic Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield.

Decatur Barn Colony Artists, Friends Of Artists

Announce Meeting Opportunities

    The Decatur Barn Colony is a not-for-profit organization of artists and friends of the arts.
    They meet each Monday evening, mid-September to May, 7-9pm, at the Madden Arts Center, 125 North Water Street, 2nd floor. 
    Special programs include February 6: “Western Art Museum,”/work night; and February 13: Valentine’s Day Soirée, prizes awarded. 
    Guests are welcome to meet current members and consider joining this creative group.

Whitetails Unlimited Event Scheduled For March 25

    Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Taylorville Area Chapter Banquet on Saturday, Mar. 25, at Kincaid American Legion, 800 Railroad Street, Kincaid. The social hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. This special event will feature a prime rib dinner, auction, and prizes with a wide array of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor-related equipment, artwork, and collectibles only available at WTU events. A WTU mission-related grant from this event will go toward local conservation projects.
    Tickets are $45 each, or $20 for a spouse or child 15 and under. Ticket order deadline is Mar. 17, and tickets will not be sold at the door. To order tickets locally, call Mick Moliske at (217) 827-0029, or Power Keg Outfitters at (217) 824-3322.
    Whitetails Unlimited's mission is to raise funds in support of educational programs, wildlife habitat enhancement and acquisition, and preservation of the shooting sports and hunting tradition for future generations.

Your Diet, Your Kitchen, A Hands-On Cooking Approach

For All Class Schedule Announced

    A healthy diet with a variety of foods is important. As busy as many people and families are, it may be difficult to find ways to save time and effort in cooking. 
    Your Diet, Your Kitchen will show you ways of cooking that can bring dinner to the table faster. Join University of Illinois Extension to discuss food choices, mealtime challenges, make recipes and eat a meal.
    Class topics include:
    5 Ingredient Fix | March 27 | 5-7pm | $10 per person
    No Cook Meals | May 25 | 5-7pm | $10 per person
    30 Minute Meals | July 18, 2017 | 5-7pm | $10 per person One-Pot Meals | September 28, 2017 | 5-7pm | $10 per person
    All Your Diet, Your Kitchen classes will meet at the Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. Pres. Howard Brown Blvd. in Decatur.         Nutrition & Wellness Educator, Caitlin Huth, will teach all classes.
    Advance registration is required by visiting or by calling the Macon County Extension office at 217.877.6042. Register one week prior to the class(es) you wish to attend. 
    For additional information regarding the classes, visit  dmp or contact Caitlin Huth at 217.877.6042 or
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.