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Fastpitch Softball At 
Forsyth Park July 28, 29

    Men's Fastpitch Softball is back in the area. 
    Men's Fastpitch Softball, on July 28 and 29, will be taking the field at Forsyth Park with local team Cerro Gordo participating in the ASA/USA Softball IL Class A Fastpitch State Championships. Playing for Cerro Gordo will be the 2017 ASA/USA Hall of Fame inductee Rick Minton. Games will begin approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28.
    Come to the ball park and enjoy the fun and free admission.
    The following weekend (Aug. 4-7) will bring in more teams to Forsyth as the ASA/USA Softball IL Men's Wooden Bat National Invitational will come to town. 
    More fast pitch at its  finest. Family fun and free admission.
Howard Buffett Photography Exhibit Unveiling To Be Held
 At Scovill Zoo Aug. 8

    The Decatur Parks Foundation has announced a Buffett Photography Exhibit unveiling Aug. 8 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Scovill Zoo in the Education Center, located at 71 South Country Club Road, Decatur. 
    Featured will be a conversation with Howard Buffett, photo gallery unveiling and hors d'oeuvres.
    For additional information, contact the Decatur Park District. Reply by Aug. 1.   

Lakeview High School 
Class Of 1957 To Celebrate 
60th Reunion At Taproot Restaurant Aug. 12

    The Lakeview High School Class of 1957 will celebrate their 60th reunion on Aug.12, 2017 at the Taproot Restaurant at 170 Merchant Street at 6:00 p.m. 
    Send an email to if you are interested in attending.  

Give-Away at North Jasper St. Church of Christ Aug. 5

    The North Jasper Street Church of Christ, 950 North Jasper Street, (located across from the Macon County Health Department), will host its annual give-away of items to those in need from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5.
    Free items will include clothing for the entire family, shoes, household goods and other miscellaneous items. Refreshments will be served.
    Also, evangelist Charlie McClendon of Jacksonville, FL will conduct a gospel meeting on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. and Monday through Friday at 7:00 p.m. The theme will be "Moving from Confusion To Clarity."
    For additional information, call (217) 423-2823.

Decatur Park District's Dance 
& Drama Registration/
Open House Aug. 3 

    Decatur Park District's dance and drama registration and open house will be held Thursday, Aug. 3 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Registration for tap, ballet, hip hop jazz hop, lyrical, and drama classes will take place at the Park District's Poage Arts & Recreation Center, 2020 N. Oakland Ave.          
    Dance classes will begin Sept. 6. Reserve a spot before online registration begins on Aug. 25.
    The Park District's dance and drama instructors have a combined 98 years of experience.
    For additional information, contact Marie Jagger-Taylor, cultural arts manager, at 421-6648 extension 1.

Dove's Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training Available

    Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence. The training will take place September 11-27, on  Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., in Decatur at Dove, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Room.  
    This 40-hour training is approved by ICADV (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and facilitated by Dove and other community agencies' staff members. There is a $150 fee for the training and some scholarships available.
     To register, contact Barbara Blakey at 217. 428.6616, beginning July 24.  A phone interview needs to take place by noon Friday, September 1.
     Individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of victims and children that Dove’s Domestic Violence Program serves are encouraged to participate in this training.  Be an advocate for peace in your school, workplace or church.  This extensive training program will allow you to volunteer in many areas,  such as support group facilitation, legal advocacy and children's services.  Dove provides services to Macon, Moultrie, Shelby, DeWitt and Piatt Counties.

Edwards Chapter #399. NARFE, To Meet At Clare’s Restaurant Aug. 2

    Edwards Chapter #399, NARFE, National Active & Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1PM, Wednesday, August 2nd at Clare's Restaurant, 2502 E William St, Decatur.
    Zindel McWilliams from Richland Community College will be the speaker.
    All federal employees, retirees, spouses & survivor annuitants are eligible for membership.  Guests are always welcome.
    Call Ilene McQuality, 217-429-1367, for information or with questions .

The Salvation Army Senior Program To Be Held July 28

    The Salvation Army Senior Program, "Cruising" will be held Friday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. at 229 W. Main, Decatur, for all seniors over 50.
    A $3 donation will be accepted at the door.
    Reply by Wednesday, July 26, by calling (217) 428-4672.

City of Praise Church Announces Upcoming Events

    The City of Praise Church will present P.E.P. Rally 2K17 featuring the nameless women of the Bible during the month of July at 11:00 a.m. at 1415 N. Edward St., Decatur.
    Speaker on July 9 was Elder Hazel Gulley.  Lady Tonyua McClelland will be speaker on July 16, Msn. Tenia Fryer on July 23, and Evangelist Bonita Hayes on July 30. Transportation and childcare will be provided.
    The church will have a barbecue or fish dinner served with a drink, spaghetti and coleslaw, on Saturday, July 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
    The dinner will cost $10. For additional information on delivery or to order in advance call (217) 428-8988.

Prairie Pedal Set for Sept. 24
Registration Now Open

    The Macon County Conservation Foundation will hold its tenth annual Prairie Pedal bicycling fundraiser event on Sunday, Sept.24 at Rock Springs Conservation Area. 
     Prairie Pedal offers 20, 40, and 62 mile routes along scenic country roads.  Register by Sept. 7 for a discounted rate of $25/rider.  
    Register after Sept. 7, up to and including the day of the event, for $30/rider.  Prairie Pedal participation fees include cycling socks (new this year), well stocked rest stops, support vehicles to assist riders, and a delicious homemade chili lunch afterwards.  Riders for the 40 and 62 mile routes begin between 7:00am and 9:00am.  20 mile route riders begin between 7:00am and 10:00am. 
     All routes begin and end at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  To register to ride or become a Prairie Pedal sponsor, visit MaconCounty Conservation
     “Riding your bike is not only a fun recreational activity, but when you ride in Prairie Pedal, it helps protect your local natural areas, too,” says Paul Marien, Executive Director of the Macon County Conservation District.  All funds support natural areas and wildlife habitat in Macon County.
     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.

Stroller Club At The DISC

     Throw on your walking shoes and join the Stroller Club at the DISC. Stroller Club is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at the DISC Indoor Track. 
    This is a great opportunity to meet other parents while exercising. No registration needed. Free for DISC members or $3.25/visit for non-members.         

    Call the DISC at 429-3472 for more information. 

Girls’ Lacrosse Open Play Day
In Decatur July 27 

    Interested in Lacrosse? Sign up for the Decatur Park District’s Girls’ Lacrosse Open Play Day. 
    On  July 27, individual players aged 7 – 18 will be placed onto teams by age and play full games against other participants as well as the Decatur Lightning girls’ Lacrosse team. 
    Play Days are from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at South Shores Park. Fee is $20 per player, per day. All equipment is included. Register at the DISC (1295 W. Wood). 
    For more information, call Rachael Bishop at 429-3472.

Contestants Sought For Pageant At Decatur Celebration

    Illinois Festival Pageants is seeking contestants for the Queen, Junior Miss, Pre-Teen and Parade of Princess Pageants.  
    Contestants will compete for the crown and accompanying prizes on Sunday, August 6, 2017 during the Decatur Celebration.
    An informational meeting will be held Monday, June 26th at 6:00 pm in the Decatur Memorial Hospital classrooms.  For more information visit

​​2017 Forsyth-Decatur Disc Golf Open July 29, 30

It’s time to start practicing if you’re interested in registering for the 2017 Forsyth – Decatur Disc Golf Open July 29, 30.
    Serious players in the Junior Divisions of 6 & under all the way to any age imaginable are encouraged to play. 
    Registration ranges from $40.00 for the Junior Divisions to $65.00 for Open Divisions. 
    Amateurs and Pros alike will be playing the courses at Forsyth Park and Nelson Park in Decatur July 29th and 30th. Tee off is 9:30 am and 1:30 pm both days. 
    If you don’t want to miss any of the fun, hurry and get your registration in by going to
    Check-in is Saturday, July 29th at 7:30 am at both Forsyth Park and Nelson Park in Decatur so don’t waste time and get those registrations in. To add even more excitement to the very first co-hosted disc golf tournament between Forsyth and Decatur is an additional $1,500.00 added to the Pro Purse!
    This is a free spectator event plan to attend and enjoy watching your favorite player and learn more about disc golf. You just might become the next Pro Disc Golfer from Forsyth or Decatur.

Douglas MacArthur High School Class of 1987 Reunion Aug. 4, 5 

    Douglas MacArthur High School Class of 1987 will have its 30 year class reunion the weekend of the Decatur Celebration. 
    A casual get together will be held  the evening of Aug. 4 at the Infusion Bar and Banquet Center, formerly the AIW Hall. 
    On Aug. 5, they will meet for an early breakfast at Coney McKane's American Eatery in Downtown Decatur. Following, there will be a private tour of the newly remodeled MacArthur High School and in the evening the official reunion celebration will be held at the Beach House.
    Check the MacArthur High School Class of 1987 Facebook page for future details and information on purchasing tickets.

Discover Summer Classes Offer Fun And Learning For Kids

    Discover Summer is a youth summer program at Richland Community College offering a variety of fun classes and camps for kids ages 2-16. This summer kids can take classes in dance, math, STEM, culinary arts, media and computers, creative arts, horticulture, and more.  
    The schedule can be viewed online at For more information and to register for classes, contact the Continuing and Professional Education office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6265.

Meals On Wheels Of Macon County Reinforcing Its Commitment 

    Meals on Wheels of Macon County is working on reinforcing its commitment to the entirety of Macon County. There has been an almost 50% increase in the number of clients served over the past couple of years. There is not a waiting list for new clients.
    Meals on Wheels of Macon County delivers a warm, nutritious noon-time meal (Monday-Friday) to homebound seniors living anywhere in Macon County. It is much more than a meal. It is a warm smile, friendly hello, and quick chat to make sure all is well.
    Anyone over 60 who does not drive (or drives very little) is eligible. There are no income guidelines. For additional information, call  (217) 422-6611.

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.

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.

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.