PAUL OSBORNE, EDITOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS



Decatur Barn Colony Show 
At Rock Springs Center


    Take some time during the holiday season to visit the Decatur Barn Colony show at Rock Springs Center and enjoy a variety of work by local artists, many of which are for sale. 
    Visitors also are welcome at regular meetings of the Barn Colony Artists, each Monday evening, 7-9, at the Madden Arts Center, 125 North Water.

NARVRE Unit #77 Annual Christmas Party Dec. 6

    National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE), Unit #77, will have its annual Christmas Party on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 10:00 a.m. It will be held at the V.F.W. Hall, 3920 N. Martin Luther King Drive, Decatur. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Enter through the middle door.
    The catered meal will include ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, toss salad, roll, dessert and drink. Cost will be $13 and does not include gratuity. There will be entertainment and prizes.
     Tickets will be sold until Nov. 27. For tickets, call Pam Hahn at 454-2950.

Two Hand-made Quilts Being Raffled At Eisenhower High School

    Two hand-made quilts are being raffled at Eisenhower High School in Decatur, to benefit the Cross-category Special Education students.   
    A teaching assistant  in the program sewed the quilts.  Funds raised will be used for aspects of the program that teachers are currently paying themselves.
      The Early Bird drawing for a twin-bed sized quilt will be on Dec. 8, and the drawing for the queen-sized bed quilt will be drawn on Dec. 15.
      Prices for the tickets vary—the more you spend, the more chances you get to win.  You can buy 1 for $1 or increase your chances by buying up to 50 tickets for $20.  
      For more information, call Decatur’s Eisenhower High School, at 362-3100. 

Annual Christmas Cantata Preview To Support Dove Dec. 3 
 
    The public is invited to enjoy this special evening of music to support Dove. The annual Christmas Cantata Preview will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. featuring choirs from DeWitt County Area Congregations. Join us at First Christian Church, 100 N. Jackson St., Clinton, Illinois.
     A free will offering will be taken and all donations will support the DeWitt County Domestic Violence Program. The domestic violence program offers support groups, counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic violence in DeWitt County.
     For more information, contact the Dove office at 935-6619, or visit www.doveinc.org.

Richland Ballet Presents The Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 8-10

    It’s a holiday tradition – Richland Ballet presents the 22nd annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet. Performances will be Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Shilling Auditorium. Following the Sunday performance, a Sugar Plum Tea will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Shilling Center lobby. Tea, punch, and cookies will be served.
    Advance purchase of tickets is requested to ensure seating. Reserved seating tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170.
    For additional information, contact the Special Events office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170.


Parents' Day Out At 
Camp One Way Dec. 9  

    Annual Parents' Day Out will be offered Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp One Way.  This is an opportunity for parents to have time for shopping, wrapping or otherwise preparing for the holidays while their children age 3 through grade 4 are cared for in a safe and fun environment.
    Kids will enjoy crafts, games, snack, lunch and a Christmas lesson.  Cost is $26 for the first child from a family, with $5 for each additional child.
    Parents should call Camp One Way at 217-676-2533 or email info@camponeway.org to register their children.  State children's names, ages, contact information and any special information such as food allergies or other information Camp One Way might need to know about the children.  Also state the hours care is needed.
    Camp One Way is a Christian camp and retreat ministry located 2 miles east of Mt. Auburn on Christian County Highway 2.

Santa’s Workshop: A Fundraiser For Dove’s

Moultrie County Domestic Violence Program Dec. 2
 

    Join in the family fun at Santa’s Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the American Legion, 8 East Strain Street, Sullivan.  Santa will be present for pictures and visits before and after the City Parade. 
     There will be a Bake Sale for holiday goodies to take home and a 50/50 drawing.  Many items will be available during the silent auction. Along with visiting Santa, there will be crafting fun for the kids, including crafting tables to make items to take home.  Treats will be available to purchase that day. 
     This program is supporting the Moultrie County Domestic Violence Program and is sponsored by Moultrie County CADV, Committee Against Domestic Violence.  
    For more information call 728-9303.


Parents’ Night Out 
At The Disc Dec. 15 


    Take a night off while your kids have a blast during Parents’ Night Out at the DISC. 
    On Dec. 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., youth aged 5 – 12 will play games, climb the rock wall, slide and jump on the inflatables, zip around on scooters, eat pizza, and more. 
    Cost is $20 ($15 with resident discount) and $10 for each additional child. Pre-register by Dec. 13.
     Call the DISC at 429-3472 for more information. 

New International Program At St. Teresa 

    St Teresa has partnered with New Oasis International Education to bring  international students to the St. Teresa and Decatur community.
    They are actively searching for Host Families to host international students that will be arriving for Fall 2018. They  have both young ladies and young men from China that are interested in attending high school in America. 
    They have all completed an international preparatory program, with a proven track record for excelling academically.
    Host families provide meals, a bedroom, transportation to activities, and a warm family environment. A generous monthly financial stipend of $1,100 is provided to the host family to offset housing costs.     
    New Oasis strives to create and grow global citizens through cultural awareness and immersion. We fully support the students that take the chance in coming to America for their High School experience, as well as the families that open their homes and their hearts.
    If you are interested in serving as a Host Family or have any questions, contact the main office at 217-875-2431 or our local New Oasis Global Program Manager, Audra Murray: AMurray@ NewOasisEdu.com, or 703-380- 3531.
    For more information, visit www.st-teresahs.org/hostfamily.


MRI Joins Giving Tuesday

    MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.) has joined Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. MRI will be represented at the Giving Tuesday open house on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 11:00 am–1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church (201 W. North Street) and will be accepting donations in person, via www.maconresources.org or through #ILGive at https://www .ilgive.com/organizations/mri.
    MRI serves over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities in our community. Those services include programming for people developmental disabilities, chronic mental illness, autism, speech & language delays and more, as well as employment opportunities, community outreach, day training and community integrated living arrangements. All donations received for Giving Tuesday will directly benefit these programs and services.
    For more information, visit www.maconresources.org or call 217.875.8850.

HSHS Auxiliary At St. Mary’s Hospital To Hold

Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 6

    HSHS Auxiliary at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, is having their Christmas Extravaganza Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 8-3 pm In the Assisi Room.      Christmas Closet will be back with gently used Christmas items in Room G-24. Many delicious home baked goods will be on sale.  Many vendors will be present plus our own Artisans who have created one-of-the kind Christmas items.
     Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 in the Gift Shop or in front of the cafeteria 11-1 pm most days for the quilt pattern “Tour Around the World” in shades of turquoise southwestern motifs plus the crafters have created a lighted Christmas Sled.  
    Drawing will be held Dec. 6th in the Assisi Room at 3 pm.


Tickets On Sale For Heritage And Holly Historical Home Tour
 
    Tickets are on sale for the Annual Heritage and Holly Historical Home Tour, in Decatur.  The 2017 event will be held the weekend after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 24, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday the 25th, from noon to 6:00 p.m.     
    Advance Tickets are  $18 and are available at the following locations through Noon, Nov. 22:
     All Things Beautiful, 219 N. Main Street
    Dove, 302 S. Union Street and 788 E. Clay Street
    Land of Lincoln Credit Union, 4850 Prosperity Place, 3130 E. Mound Road, 2890 N. Oakland Ave., 151 N. 22nd Street and 1435 N. Water Street
    Novel Ideas, 480 E. Main Street
    Wildflour Artisan Bakery, 256 W. Main Street (who can accept Debit/Credit cards)
     To link to the online site, visit the Volunteer page on www.doveinc.org
     First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 250 W. Decatur, is the first stop of the tour and a $20 day-of-event ticket can be purchased there.  The tour will feature eight stops, decorated for the Holiday Season in the Historic West End of Decatur. 
     Sponsors are WDKR WXFM and NSU, Network Solutions Unlimited.
     Dove, Inc. was  selected to carry on the traditions of the Annual Heritage and Holly Tour from NWRAPS, the Near Westside Restoration and Preservation Society, which hosted this event for 26 years.  The tour will continue to bring area history to light and feature area historic homes and businesses.
     Dove, Inc. is a social service agency serving Central Illinois for 47 years with the current programs:   BABES, MAX and DAX, Homeward Bound, Children’s Clothing Room, RSVP and the Domestic Violence Program.  
    For more information about the programs at Dove, visit their website, www.doveinc.org.


ACA Enrollment Events Scheduled at HSHS 
St. Mary’s Hospital
 

    Certified application counselors will be available by appointment at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital to help individuals and families sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Individuals and families have until December 15, 2017 to enroll.
     Enrollment opportunities will be Saturday, Dec. 9, 3 to 10 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 15, 3 to 10 p.m.
     Walk-ins will be accepted on a limited basis. Some scheduled spots are still available.
     Those interested in attending should call Mary Rogers at 217-814-4308 to schedule your appointment. Be prepared to provide your name, birth date, address, income information and Social Security number when scheduling your appointment.  
     When preparing for the event, bring Social Security numbers as well as first and last name for all persons enrolling, proof of Illinois residency (Illinois driver’s license), and employer/income information (paycheck stubs, W-2). Directional signage will be posted in the main lobby.
     For more information about the marketplace, visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov or call 866-311-1119.

2018 Illinois Terminal Railroad Calendar Available

    The Illinois Terminal Railroad was at one time a viable part of the community and its history. In an effort to promote this history, the Illinois Traction Society (ITS) has produced the  2018 color monthly almanac wall calendar featuring14 pages of electric, diesel and steam railroad scenes.
    The calendar will cost $14.50 postpaid with check or money order, payable to the Illinois Traction Society and sent to: Illinois Traction Society, 264 Victoria Ave., Decatur, IL 62522.


Decatur Youth Symphony To Perform At Central Christian Church Nov. 20

    The Decatur Youth Symphony will be performing on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St.
    The Symphony gives young people the opportunity to perform quality music with a professional conductor. They are supported by the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, Millikin University and Decatur Public Schools.

PJ Party With Santa 
At Scovill Zoo Dec. 9


    Scovill Zoo’s PJ Party with Santa will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1 – 3 p.m. or 5 – 7 p.m.             Participants aged 3 – 10 will make a Christmas ornament, decorate cookies made by Mrs. Claus, and have close encounters with some amazing zoo animals. Kids will enjoy hearing a story from Santa and sharing their wish lists. Take a camera. Fee is $15 or $12 with resident discount. Parents must be present. 
    Call Scovill Zoo at 421-7435 or register online at www.decatur-parks.org.


Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plungers To Splash Into Lake Decatur March 3

    Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support the Special Olympics athletes of Illinois by jumping into the waters of Lake Decatur on Saturday, March 3 for the 2018 Decatur Polar Plunge. 
    The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge® will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Check-in for the plunge begins at 10:00 a.m. located at 2301 N Lake Shore Drive, Decatur.
    This will be the 19th year of the LETR Polar Plunge. In 19 years, more than $18.4 million has been raised by more than 66,000 plungers. GEICO is proud to be the Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor.
    All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $100 in donations. People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. A team must consist of a minimum of five plungers. Each team member must also raise the minimum of $100 in donations; all team members’ individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Statewide, teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.
    All plungers will receive a Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt in cardinal red. Plungers will also receive an entry into the grand prize drawing. For every $500 and $1000 a plunger raises, he/she will get an entry into the grand prize drawing.
    The other incentive prizes are listed as follows:
    $250 – Exclusive Special Olympics IL John’s Crazy Socks
    $500 – Messenger Bag
    $1,000 – Soft Shell Jacket
    Kimberly Stivers is the 2018 Polar Plunge Ambassador for the Decatur Polar Plunge. She has been competing with Special Olympics Illinois since 2003 in a variety of sports such as track & field, bowling, bocce, and basketball. She is a great supporter of the Polar Plunge and encourages everyone to participate despite the cold. Kimberly has participated as team captain in the Polar Plunge for the past five years. She is constantly recruiting new members to her plunge team. Her motto is the more the merrier! 
    Join Kimberly Stivers as she supports the 2018 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois!
    Plungers can register for the Plunge at www.plungeillinois.com or by contacting Joanie Keyes at 217-428- 9255. Last-minute Plungers are welcome to register on-site the morning of the Plunge. 


Stephen Decatur Chapter Of The Sons Of The American Revolution Invites Interested Citizens To Its Monthly Meetings

    The Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R), which covers the counties of Christian, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt, is an organization which encourages and supports participation in the preservation of our American heritage of personal, economic, political and religious freedom and promotes individuals to be active citizens in our great democratic society.             

      Members of the Society are able to trace their ancestry to a patriot from the Revolutionary War. 
    Monthly meetings are usually held the third Saturday of the month and, besides the monthly business meeting, it is an informational meeting for anyone who may be interested in finding out how to become a member. 
    For additional information call Dave Miller at 217-649-4025.

Ice Skating Season Underway at Decatur Civic Center

    The 2017-2018 ice skating season at the Decatur Civic Center is here. There will be public skating sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels will be offered on Fridays.
    To see the full schedules, including home school, holidays, Decatur Blaze, and DYHA Decatur Flames, visit online at DecaturCivicCenter.org.
    Groups interested in private skating or if interested in renting the ice for a party, call (217) 422-7300.


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.


Pickleball Open Play 
At The DISC


     Whether you’re aged 5, 85 or somewhere in between, come to the DISC and play a game of pickleball.         The DISC will have courts available for open play pickleball from 9 a.m. – noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 16 – March 14. 
    Cost is $2 for non-members and free for DISC members. Paddles are available for a small fee. 
    For more information, call Rachael Bishop at 429-3472. 


Performing Arts Series 
For Students (PASS) Has Been Announced By The 
Decatur Area Arts Council


    Over the past 47 years, if you, your child, or your grandchild took a school class field trip to Millikin University’s Kirkland Fine Arts Center to see a show, that was likely a PASS performance.  Designed to open doors to learning through the performing arts, approximately 8,000 area children attend these shows each year. All PASS performances are held at Kirkland, giving students the often first-time experience of being on a college campus, in a world-class facility, opening their young eyes to a wider range of possibilities.
    Seven high quality shows have been selected for children Pre-K through 6 grade in 2017-18:
    Biscuit - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    50 States in 60 Minutes - Tuesday, November 7, 2017
    The Tailor of Gloucester - Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    Mark Nizer - Magician - Thursday, January 25, 2018
    Solve It Cyrus - Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Chocolate Milk Por Favor - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    The Interactive Orchestra - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    Area teachers and homeschool groups can reserve seats for the program(s) that best suit the needs of their class.  The first date that reservations will be accepted is Thursday, Sept.7, beginning at 8 a.m.
    If you would like your child to take advantage of this excellent opportunity, contact your school’s principal and/or teachers.  All shows are only $5 per student, except for the Youth Symphony Orchestra performance on April 24 which is free.
    The sponsors are; Amherst F. Hardy Foundation, John Ullrich Foundation Trust, Tate & Lyle, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Homefield Energy, and Illinois Arts Council Agency.
    For more information, contact the Decatur Area Arts Council at arts4all@decaturarts.org or 217-423-3189.


Bus Trips To Fox Theatre

    Decatur Area Arts Council announces the following upcoming bus trips to The Fabulous Fox Theatre.
    The Bodyguard - October 12, 2017 - Thursday matinee 
    On Your Feet - November 16, 2017 - Thursday matinee
    The King and I - December 7, 2017 - Thursday matinee
    School of Rock - January 25, 2018 - Thursday matinee
    Chicago - March 3, 2018 - Saturday matinee
    Enjoy a great day that includes a private luncheon buffet and prime seating to outstanding shows. For reservations and further information, email arts4all@decaturarts.org or call 217-423-3189.


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. 

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.


































 

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