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  All Day Lions Club Rain Barrel Fundraiser   As a new fundraiser this Spring, the Springfield Noon Lions Club is selling rain barrels at discounted prices. Plastic 55-gallon rain barrels are available in black, blue, grey, and terra cotta for $70. Oak 54-gallon rain barrels are available for $155 if they are unfinished and $170 if they are refinished. Accessories such as downspout diverters and pedestals are also available. The brochure and order form can be viewed at Color photographs of the rain barrels are available at Orders will be taken from April 1 until May 10. Rain barrels will be available for pick up on May 18 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 829 South 11th Street, Springfield (at the former Glass Specialty location). Customers of City Water, Light & Power may be eligible for a $25 rebate.
  All Day Dog Days of Spring   Dogs are faithful, loyal, and love their owners without question. Whether young or old, rich or poor, clever or dull, most dog owners love their pets as much, if not more as their family members. The upcoming “Dog Days of Spring” event will be hosted to honor these beloved dogs and their special family connection. “Dog Days of Spring” event captures a photographic portrait of your family dog. A portrait you are sure to treasure a lifetime. This event will consist of a portrait session of a family dog with session fees being donated to the Animal Protective League (APL). APL is partnering with Terry Farmer Photography this spring to promote awareness and raise funds for APL’s important animal welfare work. APL is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured, abused or homeless animals, and coordinating the adoption of those animals with responsible pet owners. APL also operates a high quality, lowcost spay/neuter clinic that is helping to end animal overpopulation. APL gives priority to sick and injured strays in our community. Each year, with the help of generous donors APL is able to house, rehabilitate, and adopt out, over 1,500 animals every year! Supporting “Dog Days of Spring” and APL are local personalities including Justin Fowler (The State JournalRegister), Rick Brandt (Brandt Consolidated), Jeff Ball (Hanson Professional Services), Lucy Bagot (Ace Hardware), Bob Ritz (St. John’s Hospital), and Susan Koch (University of Illinois Springfield) to name a few. Call us at 698-6000 for a complete list. Local personalities portraits will be on display for the public to view on April 19-30, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Town and Country Bank at 3601 Wabash Avenue, Springfield. Join others in the community in helping APL, and have a photo taken during “Dogs Day of Spring” with your best friend ... the family dog. Call now at 217-698-6000 to schedule a “Dog Days of Spring” dog portrait between March 1 and April 30, 2013.
  8:00AM 9:00PM Lap and Swim Hours   The Springfield Park District will be offering after school lap swim hours beginning March 1 at Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St.). Spring Lap & Family Swim hours at Eisenhower Pool are as follows: Lap Swim Hours Monday - Friday 7 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m./ Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m./ Monday and Wednesday 8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. / Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Family Swim Hours: Friday 7 – 9 p.m./ Sunday 2 – 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett at 525-8847 or by email at . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at
  5:00PM 6:00PM Free African Drumming Lessons   Free African drumming lessons for kids. Ages 3-12 years, Fridays in April starting at 5 p.m., Bring drum or acquire one from us, Fashion Afrique, 414 E. Monroe St., RSVP, 217-544-1289.
  8:00PM 10:00PM Friday Night Star Parties   he University of Illinois Springfield’s popular Friday Night Star Parties will resume in April. Those dates include: April 5, 12, 19, and 26. Friday Night Star Parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, at the UIS observatory on the roof of Brookens Library. Star Parties are hosted by John Martin, assistant professor of Astronomy/Physics. The observatory’s telescopes will be used to view a number of celestial objects, including the planet Jupiter, the Moon, the Great Nebula in Orion (when visible) and other double stars and star clusters. A typical Star Party begins with a presentation as visitors ascend the stairs to the observatory, learning about galaxies, the sun and stars along the way. On the roof observation deck, visitors are invited to view the skies through telescopes and ask questions. Participants are welcome to arrive and leave as they wish between 8 and 10 p.m. Friday Night Star Parties are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required and groups are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the campus observatory is located outside Brookens Library on the southeast corner of the building. Star Parties may be canceled for cloudy weather. Questions about whether the weather is suitable for viewing should be directed to 217/206-8342 at 7 p.m. on the evening of the Star Party or follow the UIS Observatory on Twitter (@UISObservatory). For more information on Star Parties, email John Martin at or visit
  10:00AM 11:30PM Bottle Water vs. Tap Water Challenge   Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating Earth Week April 22-26 with a variety of activities. This year’s theme is “Billion Acts of Green.” Bottle Water vs. Tap Water Challenge and Seed Sprinkling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Participants will be tested on whether they can tell the difference between bottled water versus tap water, which tastes better and which is better for them. Participants may also pick up wildflower seeds for spring planting.
  6:00PM 8:00PM Sparkle and Shine   The Prairie Art Alliance will be holding a fundraiser for and about women on Friday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. titled “Sparkle and Shine” as a follow up to last year’s “Chocolates and Champagne on the Square.” The soiree will be held at the organization’s extension gallery, Gallery II, on the south side of the historical downtown Old State Capitol square at 2 South Old State Capitol Plaza. The fundraiser is being held by the Prairie Art Alliance and will benefit the PAA and Sojourn Shelter and Services,Inc., both 501c(3) non-profit organizations. Silent auction, raffle, and grab bag table will feature items from high-end retailers, beauty providers, fine artists, restaurants, theaters, dry cleaners, and other items and products related to the art of being a woman. Gallery II will also be a designated drop off area that evening for any items Sojourn typically needs, such as canned goods, toiletries, bath products, bedding, lightly-used clothing, or grocery gift cards. The event is $5 at the door and open to the public. So, schedule a babysitter, tell your partner you are going out, and invite your girlfriends, sisters, aunts, daughters and mothers, because April 26 is ladies night … again! To learn more about this event, visit Prairie Art Alliance online at , phone the Prairie Art Alliance at 217-544-2787(ARTS) or email Jennifer Snopko at .
  7:00PM 9:00PM Discovery After Dark   See the Henson Robinbson Zoo in a different light and take a nocturnal tour. This guided tour will include special behind the scenes glimpses and will conclude with a light snack and question and answer session. Advanced registration required. Resident Fee: $5.75 per adult & $3.75 per child Non-Resident Fee: $6.75 per adult & $4.75 per child
  8:00PM 11:55PM Proof   Springfield Theatre Centre presents Proof. Directed by Jen Wallner. April 26-28 aand May 3-5, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Preshow dinner on Friday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.! Dinner will be served by Arena Food Service. To reserve your seat, call 523-2787. Plot On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit? For ticket information, go to

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