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Entertainment Guide

Get Ready, Get Set, Garden! 6 Keys to Gardening in a Drought

Bonsai Take Root in Illinois Spotlight: Farmer's Market Garden Center Food Dude: Jasmine Thai


Art Speak: Food as Art

Apr 2013 Featuring: The Decatur area’s handiest Events Calendar


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in this issue

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April Events

14 Drought Gardening Jennifer Schultz Nelson explains why dry weather doesn't necessarily mean a gardening dry spell and points out 6 keys to drought gardening. cover photo: Emerald Coast Growers

30 Bonsai Take Root Lisa and Roy Dunn have been practicing their art for more than 25 years, have over 200 bonsai to show for it and share some tips on how to get started. photos: Alida Duff Sullivan


March: Out and About

SPOTLIGHT: Farmer's Market

The Thrive Survey

The Food Dude: Jasmine Thai

Publisher's Pick of the Month

Art Speak: Food as Art Get with the (Garden) Club April Events Calendar Guide to Raised Bed Gardens Thrive Three Way: Fly a Kite

Spot the Difference Challenge

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Spring. Spring, spring, spring, spring, spring, spring, spring. SPRING! Really that’s all I need to say in this space this time, right? Need more? Let me tell you what we’ve dug up for you this month! Spring flowers? We got ‘em. Spring fever? We got that, too. If you’re jonesing for some quality dirt time but worried about dealing with drought’s devilish ways, check out our feature article for some tips on haute gardens in hot weather.


April Coe

Flip flop over to the Spotlight for a look at one of Decatur’s fine garden centers, Farmer’s Market. Also not to be missed, oft-covered THRIVE team favorite Cedar Lake Garden & Gifts, which opened for the season as I write this. In fact, I popped in on opening day for a cool 10% off on a sassy little solar-powered blown glass garden ornament. They say the plants are coming next week. CAN’T. WAIT. But I digress. Fixating on finding more flair for your yard, garden and home? Find your muse in our art of bonsai article, with tips and tricks to make you the Mr. Miyagi you never knew you were.

March Answers:

1. Text is gone from hat 2. Second armband appeared 3. Shadow from golf club is missing 4. Ball is on the tee 5. Third putting hole appeared 6. Flag is waving to the right

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The take-home message is that all over this issue you’ll find all manner of ideas for gardening to your heart’s content. If you need me, I’ll be up to my elbows in a pot (likely from Earthen Pottery), with soggy knees, dirty nails and flowers in my hair. You know, in heaven.

Out & About

A look back at last month’s happenings

Polar Plunge Shivering success flooded the lakefront on March 2 as dedicated plungers ran shoulder deep into the freezing water. At the end of the chill, 500 runners earned $85,000 for Special Olympics of Illinois. Teams and individuals went one step further by dawning costumes for the romp. The winners for team costumes were Alice in Winter Wonderland, Decatur Youth Hockey and LSA's Secret Service. The individual costume awards went to Speedo Fro Spinner, Scissors Mahan and Jackie "Washing Machine" Francisco.

Photos: Robin Walters

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Out & About

A look back at last month’s happenings

Dueling Pianos

The Masonic Temple hosted Dueling Downtown on March 2. The fundraiser for the Children's Museum of Central Illinois featured dinner, drinks, dancing and, of course, lots of comedic music.

Sweet Opening Downtown Shop on Main and Sweet Life Bakery celebrated their grand opening March 13 and 14 at 407 N. Main. The locale couples unique clothing, jewelry and decor with delicious treats.

Garage Party

Harleys aren't just boy toys. Coziahr Harley-Davidson invited all the ladies to learn the basics of safety, riding, gear and choosing the best bike. Attendees were able to practice on the Dyno, a live simulator, and hear from experienced female riders.

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Photos: Robin Walters

Microphone-home The Winery hosts open mic the first Thursday of each month while Millikin is in session. Open Mic Night participants range from college students to local musician favorites and anything in between.

Kirkland Presents Kirkland Fine Arts Center presented the contemporary traditional music of Craicmore on March 9. The musical group dazzled the audience with four-part harmonies and an array of instruments including bagpipes, a didgeridoo and an Irish flute.

Run O' the Irish

Run to LSB kicked off the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16. Runners packed the street downtown and paced up Wood Street to LSB for food and fun. Brian Deloria and Sarah Shelby were the race winners.

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Farmer's Market More clematis, more hostas, more perennials, more Supertunias, more 4-inch plants, more fairy gardens—more is what awaits you at Decatur’s Farmer’s Market garden center. For nearly 30 years, the Farmer’s Market has prided itself on having one of the widest variety selections in town. They stock annuals, perennials, woody plants, herbs, mixed containers, hanging baskets, premium annuals, ornamental grasses, garden accessories, fertilizer and chemicals, organic and green plant care options, garden ornaments, and pots and containers. “It amazes me how far away people come from,” says Manager Geri Edwards. “Customers come from Tennessee, Chicago, and St. Louis and have for years.” She and her husband Phil work to give their customers the hands-on experience that comes from plant lovers serving plant lovers. “Bring a photograph; tell me which direction we’re facing, and we’ll give you a hand,” she says. “One customer calls from Arizona every year, places his mother’s order, and that’s her Mother’s Day present.” Knowing their customers like this keeps people coming back and gets new people coming in. This year they’re answering demand by adding a wider variety of clematis (45 different varieties than what they already carry!), a huge range of new hostas, a wider variety of perennial plants and 4-inch starter plants, and a new line of

by Joli Hohenstein

organic soil from Fox Farm and Happy Frog. “It has all the micronutrients in it, plus a whole line of different natural nutrients that go along with it,” she says. Continuing their appeal to the youngest yard-lovers, a new line of kids’ vegetable gardens from Chef Jeff will be hot this year. And they’re also really expanding their fairy gardening area, seeing increased interest there. The selection will include both premade gardens and all the tools you need to make your own. “A lot of grandmas do them with their grandkids,” says Geri. Whatever your age and interest, one thing’s for sure—once spring’s sprung at the Farmer’s Market, tens of thousands of plants await you in a palette of plant potential.

Great Gardening Geri Style • Don’t think you have to water a lot when you put in a plant. All that does is create a water habit for the plant. • Water tomatoes on their “feet” (roots), not their leaves. You’ll both be happier for it. • Consider a moisture-plus soil in case we have another dry season. They’re fortified with soil moisture crystals that help you not have to water as often. • When you put in a plant, water the roots; really saturate that root ball in the hole before you cover them up. • If you have an adequate size pot, you don’t need to water every day unless your plants are baking in the sun.

Get There: Farmer's Market 1805 N. Main St., Decatur 877-6356 8 am to 5 pm (watch for an announcement on extended May hours)

Find them on Facebook! Joli Hohenstein is Editor and Senior Writer for THRIVE. She is an award-winning freelance writer, marketer, and editor. Get more Joli at 08 | april 2013


Survey of the Month

in partnership with

Sometimes I think I garden just to play in the dirt. It’s a lot of shoveling and soil turning and stake driving and weeding. But it’s worth it when I carry an armful of tomatoes in the house, or I shred a zucchini into a bowl for bread. Or best of all, cleaning up after mowing the lawn some spring night and watching Baby Girl eat snow peas right off the vine. Sometimes gardens can be so much work we forget there are (literal) fruits to our labor. As gardening gears up and hope springs eternal, let’s think about future fond memories of meals marinating in our own sweat (again, literally). We asked a bunch of people around Decatur:

Sunday, April 14th

Movin’ & Groovin’: The Musculoskeletal System Have you ever wondered how your body works together to allow you to ride a bike, throw a ball, or write? Wear comfy clothes - in this workshop, we will be movin’ and groovin’ to learn how our muscles, bones, and joints work together! Session 1: 2-3pm | Session 2: 3-4 PM Family Science Sunday is held the second Sunday each month at Children’s Museum of Illinois. Workshop is free with admission. 55 S. Country Club Road Decatur, IL 62521 | 217-423-5437 Admission: $5 for everyone 2 & older

What’s your favorite thing to eat straight from the garden? Tomatoes 31% Corn 14% Carrots 11% Green peppers 11% Other fruits & vegetables 33% No real surprises here. It has always been hard to find a good tomato, and corn is king. I am all for diversity, and you should try growing eggplant or kale, but if finding the right soil conditions for endive is showing up on your to-do list, you might be overthinking this. Based on 2010 Census data, the margin of error for this survey is +/- 16.56%. Seriously, this is the opposite of scientific.

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by T. F. DUDE

Thai One On!

Decaturites have always made the drive for Thai food, and they would because the flavor and variety are well worthwhile. Last month that problem was solved when Jasmine Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar opened its doors. No reservations, no problem, I knew it was worth the wait. Opening weekend I stood with about 20 others, peeking past the waterfall ambiance in envy of those who had already earned a spot in the main dining room. The aroma kept us calm and patient; the décor enchanted us. My second visit, on a weekday, resulted in immediate seating—win! Jasmine Thai’s menu has something for every kind of foodie. If you’re not familiar with Thai, don’t be deterred. The menu is detailed, and the staff is eager to help you find what you want. Some like it hot, so check out the star rating system and be sure to request your heat level. Some like it raw, so they offer a stocked sushi bar full of flavors that will keep you asking for more. I watched a table clean plate after plate of beautifully designed maki rolls and sashimi only to laugh and request another; they were on their fifth choice by the time I finished. Jasmine Thai even offers a kids menu, so don’t hesitate to introduce a young pallet early! Due to the variety on the menu, one trip was not enough. The courses are so distinct, mixing flavors might ruin an experience, so I opted to suck it up and happily pay them a second visit. If you’re new to Thai food, then order a Traditional Thai Iced Tea, an import beer or sake. Appetizers here are served fast. The fried spring rolls and fried calamari are cooked to perfection with the right amount of crunch and a sweet and sour dipping sauce you shouldn’t ignore. If you want a lighter starter, try the steamed edamame with kosher salt. It was cold outside, so we ordered hot, the Lava Chicken and Duck Curry. Lava Chicken is only one

star of heat due to its special chili sauce, but feel free to kick it up or down. The seasoned chicken is blended with mushroom and onion stir fry for a happy, warm taste. The Duck Curry also packs some heat, but the blend of pineapple, tomatoes and basil delivers an easy taste when coupled with white rice. Don’t want the heat? Try out the Pad Thai Noodles, a seamless blend of traditional noodle with bean sprouts, smothered in a sweet sauce and peanut blend. Or try the Cashew Stir-Fry, sautéed cashews with generous crisp vegetables that drip flavor. If you forgot to save room for dessert, too bad— order anyway! Go for the traditional Thai dessert, Sticky Rice with Mango. Sticky Rice is light and sweet; when paired with the mango, it’s the finishing touch to your experience but light enough not to push you over the edge. If you saved some room, go big with the Tempura Fried Ice Cream, creamy vanilla packed into a ball of crisp, crunchy goodness drizzled in chocolate. It is, literally, the cherry on top.

Get There: Jasmine Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar 253 N. Main Street, Decatur 330-7363 Monday to Friday 11 am-2 pm, 4:45 pm-9:30 pm Saturday 5 pm-9:30 pm The Food Dude is not a professional critic. He just really, really likes food.

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Pick of the Month Just a little something we ran across and wanted to share.

Bonsai Pots

from Earthen Pottery

230 West Main, downtown Decatur

Spring fever has struck and just like Lisa and Roy Dunn with Urban Bonsai, I'm crazy about bonsai. Naturally, this means I'm always on the lookout for interesting pots. Above is my latest find from Earthen Pottery that I scored for $9. It's not a traditional bonsai pot by any means, but it has a drainage hole and is only 5.25" tall. I love the shape and have a tree that will look great in it! Below is a young Juniper in a traditionally shaped bonsai pot that I found at Earthen Pottery last fall. Last time I checked they were set to get more soon!

photos: Kat Smalley

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Food as Art Spring begets endless ways to combine gardening and art, and the Decatur Area Arts Council just so happens to be showcasing three of the most creative in classes that let you get in on the innovation! On April 6, have Fun with Bento as DAAC’s own Jenny Cowgill teaches creative ways to use the rainbow of foods to create works of art that are as fun as they are delicious. Bento, for those unfamiliar, is the single portion boxed lunch popular in Japan. Special tools, cutouts, molds and cutters get in on the act to make food that looks like flowers, animals, landscapes and anything the mind can conceive. “It’s lots of fun, and it’s healthier, too, because you’re using a rainbow of foods,” says Jenny. “We use fresh vegetables and fresh fruits and even use numi, a black seaweed, and use paper cutters and paper stamps to make shapes.” Other creative tricks: Using molds to press rice into shapes, cutting bread and meat into animal shapes and making hardboiled eggs into shapes by putting them in a mold while they’re hot, then into ice water. The crowning glory: Decorating your Bento box to take home. Great for kids and adults preschool and up. Then on April 13, hit the studio to bring the living to life with super-realist watercolor artist Kelly Eddington. (As Jenny says, “These are paintings that look like photographs.”) Old- and new-school techniques unite to create simple fruit and vegetable still life paintings. Kelly will show you how to incorporate and mix and match techniques like dry brush, glazing, cutting and wet-into-wet to create convincing details and lively textures. You’ll also have the opportunity for a firsthand look and review of her methods and paintings. A full day class for a full palette of learning.

Next on April 20, create your own gourd in the style of nationally acclaimed Australian Aboriginal artist Fran Jaffe. The latest in DAAC’s Multicultural Arts Series, the Australian Aboriginal Gourd Painting course features the dot technique. Instructor Kelly Naschert will tour you through the April exhibit of Jaffe’s work and then head to the studio to help you create your own gorgeous gourd! “This class, and our whole Multicultural Arts Series, is just a great way to expose both kids and adults to other cultures,” says Jenny. A grant from the Rotary Club makes this class super-economical: only $7 per person! One course for kids 5 and up; one for adults. Find out more information and how to register for these classes and many others by visiting

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Drink of the Month April

Help us choose our next martini. Which will it be? FRENCH KISS CANDY BAR MANGO BLUSH Mango Passion Fruit Vodka (light) Raspberry Pomegranate Vodka (light) Pineapple Juice Orange Juice Strawberry Puree

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In February, March, and April we are introducing 3 new martinis. Do your homework now and vote for your favorite in May to keep it on our menu!

Every Friday: Catfish,Cod and Walleye

Hitmen and a Dame

April 6, 8p-12a

Porkpie and the Northend Allstars April 14, 3-6p Black Magic

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Get Ready, Get Set,


Macon County flower fanatics can feel spring in the air, and with it comes the burning desire to dig. Like the Farmer’s Market’s Geri Edwards said when visiting a local vendor, “Just let me put my hands in your dirt for a minute!” As spring showers give way to May flowers, opportunities abound for great gardening. Read on for just a taste of the possibilities!

6 Keys to Gardening in a Drought By Joli A. Hohenstein

Consider Drip Irrigation.

“Drip irrigation uses a fraction of the water that traditional watering does,” says Jennifer. You can buy at-home kits with several options for connecting. The simplest systems connect straight from the hose; other more advanced models pipe directly to your water system.

Dry weather doesn’t have to mean a gardening dry spell. As plant lovers look to Water at the Right Time of Day. spring, a few simple keys will keep yards, and their owners, smiling and colorful, says Jennifer The early part of the day is best, even before the sun comes up. Water before the sun is high Schultz Nelson, Horticulture Educator with in the sky—ideally before 10:30 or 11 am at University of Illinois Extension. the very latest. If that doesn’t work and your choice is watering at noon or in the evening, The Right Plant for the Right Place. always choose evening, says Jennifer. “When “I can’t emphasize this enough,” says Jennifer. you water at noon, you lose 50% of your water “Most of the problems we see could easily to evaporation.” be solved by this.” Simply put, don’t plant something that likes a lot of water in the Go Native Where Possible. full sun. Planting a shade lover in the sun Native plants tend to be adapted to this tough just won’t work. Just because it’s the perfect weather. “Their roots go deep, so they can tap color doesn’t mean it’s the perfect plant for into deep water reserves,” says Jennifer. “They’re that spot. more adaptable to hot, dry conditions.” Want to see examples up close? Check out the Master Mulch Is Your Friend. Gardener-maintained native garden on the Mulch well; your plants will love it, live long south side of the Decatur Public Library. and prosper. Mulch helps conserve water and protect both plants and soil from the Use Pots Where You Can. sun. Cooler soil means less water usage. And shading plants’ roots from the sun helps them Put plants in containers where you can because you can move them around as the use less water, too. summer progresses or even as days progress. “They’re easier to keep watered, and you can keep them closer to the house where they’re closer to mind,” she says. Don’t forget—even vegetables can be grown in containers! 14 | april 2013

Get with the (Garden) Club By Susan Hoem It’s that time of year, and members of the Garden Club of Decatur can’t wait to get their hands dirty. The organization helps provide beauty to our community in many ways.

Photo courtesy: Emerald Coast Growers Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons' (native), Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star' (native), Gaura lindheimeri 'Crimson Butterflies' (native), Carex glauca ‘Blue Zinger’

The Garden Club of Decatur has been involved in local artistic endeavors for many years. Founded in 1925 by 35 charter members, the group had its headquarters at James Millikin’s home. Mr. Millikin was interested in gardening and in horticulture, to the extent that every tree planted on his property was planted under his direction. Currently the club has just over 100 members and is affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc., and The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. Members enjoy playing a part in the beautification of Decatur with many projects including maintaining the Butterfly Garden at Decatur Public Library, the Veterans Memorial at Macon County Courthouse, the gazebo and herb gardens at Macon County Historical Society Prairie Village and the plantings at the Blue Star Memorial Marker at the VA Clinic. Garden Club members participate in the Beautify Decatur Coalition's 12-Minute Makeovers. They plant a tree at each Habitat for Humanity home and provide scholarships for horticulture students at Richland. There is a bi-monthly Garden

Photo courtesy: Emerald Coast Growers Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus', Carex flagelifera 'Toffee Twist', Rudbeckia hirta 'Tiger Eye Gold' (native), Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' (native)

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Have more questions? Want more ideas? The Master Gardener Help Desk (877-6872) is open throughout the season from 8:30 to 4:30 pm five days a week. They’re also available year-round to answer questions; even if they aren’t there, you can leave a message and they’ll get back to you with an answer. april 2013 | 15

Continued from page 15 Therapy Project at Imboden Creek Living Center & Nursing Home, and they decorate for civic events such as the Community Thanksgiving Luncheon and at the Oglesby Mansion for the Christmas season. The Garden Club helps youth become involved in gardening and design with such events as a Mother’s Day flower arranging project in area classrooms. They plant flowers with children at both Mt. Zion and Forsyth public libraries and donate trophies for presenting to 4-H members. The Garden Club of Decatur is involved at the district, state and national level as well, with members winning a variety of awards. They have sponsored flower shows, as well as helped judge at other clubs’ shows. To help you get started planting, the Club sponsors an annual plant sale, this year set for Saturday, May 4, at Prairie Avenue Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie Ave, Decatur, 8:30-10:30 a.m. You’ll find perennial and annual flowers, hanging baskets and annual flats plus plants

from members’ gardens that are reasonably priced. Come early—the plants go quickly! Come to a meeting, and consider becoming a member. Meetings, trips and workshops are often on the second and third Tuesdays of the month. They offer daytime and evening meetings each month. Check for meeting notices in local publications such as THRIVE, or visit www. Susan Hoem is Publicity Chair of the Garden Club of Decatur. Photos: Garden Club of Decatur

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April Events EVERY DAY

Dianna Manning Enjoy the beauty of barns, nature, and wildlife through the camera lens of Dianna Manning. Rock Springs Nature Center [North Gallery, 3939 Nearing Ln]


Walk & Talk Beat the cold by walking indoors! You can cover quite a distance walking inside of the library! Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www. 100 Discoveries: The Nature] 8-9a of the Grand Prairie (thru Dec 2013) EVERY TUESDAY This breathtaking exhibit is Storytime a locally created collection Stories, songs and snacks of photographs, 2D and 3D for kids aged 3-5. Barclay artwork and brief writings Public Library [220 S Main, created by the members of the Warrensburg, 672.3621] 10:30a Corps of Discovery The exhibit & 6:30p was inspired and highlights the adventures, journals, and Little Hoopsters (thru 5.7) scientific observations of the Players learn new skills each original Lewis and Clark Corps of week, focusing on teamwork, Discovery, which set off in May dribbling, passing, and shooting. 1804 to explore the unchartered $45-54, DISC [1295 W Wood, West. Rock Springs Nature] 5:15Center [3939 Nearing Ln] 6:15p (Grades Pre-K, K), 6:157:15p (Grades 1-6) Art Exhibit Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Chess Club Cafe [256 W Main, www. Doherty's Pub & Pins] [242 E William St, www.] 6-10p Art Exhibit Gallery 510 [160 E Main, Suite Stevie Ray Kelton 100, 422.1509,] Lincoln Square Lounge, 7:30p-12a Art Exhibit Decatur Airport [910 Airport Rd] EVERY WEDNESDAY Coffee Club Art Exhibit Barclay Public Library [220 S Decatur Public Library [130 N Main St, Warrensburg, 672.3621] Franklin] 9:30a


Mocha Monday Stay and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a friend or take one to go. It's our way of saying we are glad you're here! Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion,] 9-10a

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Singles' Night Meet with each other and play on our state of the art All Weather Golf simulators. McGorray's Golf & Grille [2927 N Water, 330.6764] Mobile Soundz Karaoke Featuring Troy Hayes. Woody's Bar [1190 W South Side Dr] 9p-1a

Karaoke & Water Pong Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 10p-1a


Docta LD DJ/Karaoke Curly’s Bar & Pizza [2683 N Water, 875.9800] 9p-2a


Write Stuff Writer's Group Support, encouragement, and critiques for writers in all stages of development. Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe [256 W Main] 3:30p Stevie Ray Kelton Timbuktu, 9p-1a Mobile Soundz Karaoke Featuring Troy Hayes. Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 9p-1a DJ David Lee Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 10p-1a


Wine Tastings The Decanter Fine Wines [215 N Main St, 422.9463] 4-7p (Fr), 1-6p (Sa)


Spring Training Baseball & T-Ball Clinic (thru 4.21) Players aged 4 - 14 are divided into age groups at various skillbuilding stations in the full gym and batting cages. Instructors cover fielding, hitting, throwing, catching and running. $45-83, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472,] 1:302:30p (Ages 4-6), 2:45-4:45p (Ages 7-14)

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A Chinese Festival Showcasing Mr. Jiang Rizeng's paintings and sculptured stone signature stamps. Richland Community College [Erlanson Gallery, One College Park]

Wednesday, 3


Nature's Rainbow Do you know Roy G. Biv? We will introduce children to rainbows and the colors that surround us in nature. Reservations required. $10, Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www.] 1-2p (We, Ages 3 & 4 with adult), 9-10a (Th, Ages 1-4 with adult)

Greater Decatur Chamber Business Breakfast Craig Coil. $10-15, The Decatur Thursday, 4 Club [158 W Prairie, www., 422.2200] Lego Club All school-aged youth are 7-8a welcome to join in creative activities. Bring your own Legos, Wednesday Book Club We get the books and you read if possible. Call to register. Mt Zion District Library [115 W them! To register contact the Main, Mt Zion, 864.3622] 4:30library. Barclay Library [220 S 5:30p Main, Warrensburg, barclay.lib., 672.3621] 10:30a Women of Excellence: Dream It, Do It Books Between Bites Keynote speaker for this event Features Dr. Randy Brooks reading from two collections of will be Tammy Fadler, Author: Finding the Pearl. $50, Decatur selected haiku. Decatur Public Conference Center [4191 US Library [Madden Auditorium] 36W,] 12:15p 5:30p World Health Day 4.4-4.29 Community Fair Grace United Methodist Church Ethnic Soul Exhibit [901 N Main] 1p-5p Presents two unique awardwinning artists whose work is inspired by spiritual symbols, MDSO Lullaby Concert The Millikin Decatur Symphony imagery and artistic techniques from distant cultures – Fran Orchestra's student string ensemble and BabyTalk present Jaffe through her use of a free program of music, stories Australian aboriginal dot art and Casey Puetz through art and fun for families with very quilts. Madden Arts Center [125 small children. Free, Decatur N Water, 423-3189] 8:30-4:30p Public Library [130 N Franklin] (Mo-Fr), 10a-2p (Sa) 6:45p

Friday, 5

Blue Connection Ceramics Group Show Opening Blue Connection opens a group show of student ceramic and sculpture artists from Millikin University. Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Free, Blue Connection [117 N Water] 5-7:30p Ethnic Soul - Meet the Artists Reception Be amazed and be inspired by the ethnic soul that permeates the works of featured artists Fran Jaffe and Casey Puetz. Munch tasty hors d’oeuvres and sip a complimentary beverage as you enjoy an evening of friends and art. Artists speak at 6:30p. Free, Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, 423.3189] 5-7:30p Meeting & Shoot Ladies age 21 and over, join us for our monthly shoot. RSVP required. $12, The Bullet Trap [279 N Front, Macon, 855.7416] 5-7p Denim & Diamonds Gala St. Peter AME Church presents an evening of great fellowship, fun, dinner, great music, and featuring Bryant "BLT" TurnerBET's Comic View and Comedy Central. $50 (adult), $25 (child), The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie] 6p

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April Events Friday, 5

Josie Lowder, Dyanne Harvey Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland] 8:30p BMF DJ and Karaoke with Gary Williams Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 9p-1a


Main Hangar Comedy Hour Gilbert Lawand & Josh Alton. $10-12, Main Hangar Restaurant [910 S Airport Rd,, 421.7452] 8:30p


Fiddler on the Roof Maroa/Forsyth High School Production. $5-8, Maroa High School [Cafetorium, Maroa, 794.3463] 7p (Fr & Sa), 3p (Su) The Great American Trailer Park Musical This fast-paced, laughs-a-minute show introduces you to the trials, tribulations and soap opera antics of the trailer park residents as they fall in and out of love. Pipe Dreams Theatre [1099 W Wood, www.pdtheatre. com, 803.6808]

Saturday, 6

Gardening Insights Day of horticulture classes for gardeners of all levels. Classes, keynote, and lunch. Keynote Felder Rushing. Topic “Slow Gardening – Savoring What You Do with All Your Senses, Through All Seasons.” $25, Shilling Center [Richland Community College, web., 877.6042] 8a-4p Dyno Days Would you like to know what horsepower and torque your

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Harley produces? Sign up for a Dyno run! Spots are every 1/2 hour. Coziahr H-D [150 W Marion, Forsyth] 9a-3p Veggie Garden in a Pot Growing a garden can be a bunch of work! Growing a garden in a pot is a different story! Get an early start and you will be harvesting fresh veggies by July! Reservations required. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www.] 10a Dan Senger Cancer Benefit 50/50 raffle, door prizes, silent auction, & food. Music (begins at 5p) featuring WET, Full Circle, Point 08, The Matt Carter Band, Escaping Neverland, Butterbound, The Riverbottom Nightmare Band. $5 (food), ($10 music cover), AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 1p-1:30a MDSO Concert: Carnival of the Animals Our second annual free concert and instrument "petting zoo" for families with children of primary-school age. This year's program features the timeless classic of musical storytelling. "Petting Zoo" at 1p. Free, Decatur Civic Center [Theatre] 2p Jazz Band & One Voice Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 3:30p Matt Alward Benefit Thrashin' Grass, silent & live auction. Food & music. $5-10 (food), Don & Susie Henry's Farm [Moweaqua] 4-8p Decatur Derby Dames v Dames of Anarchy Decatur Civic Center [Arena] 6p (Doors Open), 7p (Bout)

6th Annual Spring Fling/ Season Opener Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon,, 764.3000] Environmental Film Series "Grow" and "Fresh". Two films featuring how food is grown and produced. Fresh popcorn and healthy drinks sold. Discussion follows the film. Free, donation accepted, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur [3773 N MacArthur] 7p Four Other Brothers Westminster Presbyterian Church [1360 W Main] 7:30p Rock of Ages Fan Appreciation Night $3-5, Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main, www.roaband. com] 7:30-10p Thodos Dance Chicago Critically acclaimed contemporary dance company delivering modern dance to audiences in a unique style. $10-28, Kirkland Fine Arts Center [1184 W Main] 7:30p The Hitmen and a Dame Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 8p-12a Tailgate Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a

Sunday, 7

Millikin String Ensemble KirkOut is an informal lecturerecital series sponsored by Millikin University offering the audience an experience that combines informative dialogue with great creative exchanges. Free, Decatur Public Library [Madden Auditorium] 2p

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Who Croaks for You? RIBBIT! RIBBIT! The frogs are croaking! Let's look for frogs and other amphibians in our ponds and go for a hike with a naturalist to rediscover the wonder of amphibian life. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 2p State of Grace First Baptist Church of Macon [354 S Wall, Macon] 6p The Olivetians in Concert West Side Church of the Nazarene [1224 W Grand, 428.9400] 6p

Open Mic with Antone DeRocchi Invite friends and family to this great musical event. Antioch Christian Church [5409 E Rt 36, 864.3444] 6p

Book Club Join us as we discuss Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Everyone welcome. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, 864.3622] 6:30p

2013 TW Samuels Lecture Allan Sloan, editor-at-large at Fortune magazine. No tickets or reservations required. Free, Kirkland Fine Arts Center [1184 W Main] 7:30p

Take Back the Night Speakers, singers, and presentations. Fairview Park [Decatur] 6:30p

Thursday, 11

Karaoke Superstar Contest Decatur Conference Center [4191 US 36W] Time TBD

Friday, 12

Rock of Ages Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36,] 8p MU Senior Musical Showcase Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] Time TBD

Chicken Dinner JWA Fundraiser. Includes 1/2 Monday, 8 chicken, green beens, mashed State of Grace potatoes, roll, and dessert. $9, LHP First Baptist Church of Macon Grace United Methodist Church Make reservations in our newly [354 S Wall, Macon] 7p [901 N Main, 972.2686] 4-8p remodeled back bar! Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main] 8-11p American Girl Club Tuesday, 9 We will introduce the history Edible Book Festival BMF DJ and Karaoke with and culture of America during Have you ever wanted to eat Gary Williams your own words? Or, put words the different settings of the Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, American Girl stories and fun into someone else’s mouth? 422.3056] 9p-1a activities and crafts. This month Here’s your chance! Millikin features Molly, an American girl 4.12-4.14 & 4.19-4.21 University [Staley Library, growing up during World War II. Proof 424.3957] 12-2p Call to register. Mt Zion District Richland Theatre production, Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, Garden Club: directed by Michelle Stephens. 864.3622] 4:30-5:30p Spring Clean Up $7 (student, senior, alum), $10 Bring a sack lunch. Macon (general), Richland Community Thursday "Bored" County Historical Museum College [Shilling Center, One Game Night [5580 N Fork, www. College Park] 7:30p (Fr & Sa), 3p Family-friendly group playing] (Su) board, card, and role-playing 5:30p games. Games available or bring your own. Diamonds Family Decatur Blues Society Restaurant [2959 N Oakland, Meeting Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main] 6p] 5:30p

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April Events Saturday, 13

Macon County Heart Run & Walk 5K. Kids Zone available. Post-race food and awards. Run begins at 8a; walk begins at 9a. Nelson Park [Lake Decatur, Decatur, maconcountyheartwalk.kintera. org, 698.3838] 8a Missions Garage Sale Tabernacle Baptist Church [650 N Wyckles] 8a-2p 2nd Saturday Book Sale Looking for a hidden gem or a favorite movie? Check out the Friends of the Library Second Saturday Used Book Sale. Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin] 9:30a-12:30p Animal Crackers: Down on the Farm Children aged 3 – 5 listen to a story, meet an animal, create a craft with their adult guest(s) and snack on animal crackers! $9-10, Scovill Zoo [71 S Country Club Rd, 421.7435] 9:30-10:15a & 11-11:45a Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www.] 10a

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Festival Fundraiser for the Loren Hodge Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Decatur Chapter 274's ( Train-A-Pilot program. Car show, R/C car racing & modal trains, kids zone, craft show, 50/50 raffle and more. Decatur Airport parking lot [910 South Airport Road, mainhangarrestaurant. net] 12-5p.

Macon Speedway Full Weekly Racing. Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon,, 764.3000]

Kite Day Dozens of kites will paint the sky for this annual spring tradition, sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and celebrated by park districts statewide. Bring a kite and join the fun! Free, Sinawik Park [3000 E Fullerton, 422.5911] 1-3p

Battery: Masters of Metallica Point 08 and American Psychosis. AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 8p-1a

Maroa Business Expo Maroa City Hall [109 N Walnut, Maroa] 1-5p


Latin Jazz Project Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 3:30-5:30p

Train Fair $5, 12 and under free, Decatur Civic Center [Arena] 10a-4p (Sa), 11a-4p (Su)

Celebrating Coach Lori Kerans & Her Teams Come celebrate Coach Lori Kerans, Millikin class of 1985, and her Big Blue basketball teams on 500 wins! Dinner & program, adults only. $25, Richards Treat University Center [1184 W Main] 5p

Flea Market Lots of great deals. Antiques, collectibles, Hot Wheels, jewelry, Cruisin’ Nights on Eldo and more. Never Forgotten The time honored tradition of Thymes [726 E Cerro Gordo] cruising Eldorado Street is back 10a-5p again. Several area car clubs will begin to gather at their favorite Preschool Peepers: S is for Eldo hangouts around 6p. SSSSSSSSS Snake Snakes are fascinating creatures. Individual car owners are also Meet a friendly snake and make encouraged to join the cruise. 972.9049 for more info. a craft as you learn all about them. Children aged 3-5. $1, GLAD Social Rock Springs Nature Center Fellowship, Potluck 7p followed [3939 Nearing Lane, www.] by program. TBD [www.] 6:30p 10a 22 | april 2013

Jazz Band 50th Year Westminster Presbyterian Church [1360 W Main] 7:30p West End Blues Project Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8-11p

Rosetta Stone Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 9p-1a Plantation Golf Tour Red Tail Run [520 W Grove]

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Yoga Bring your own mat and something to drink. Nelson Park [Big Pavillion] 10-11:30a Blue Grass Music Jams Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane] 1-4p Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra Kirkland Fine Arts Center [1184 W Main] 2p Family Science Sunday Join us for a hands-on science workshop for families. Check our website soon for more

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information! Pre-registration is encouraged. 2 sessions, 2-3p & 3-4p. Free with admission, Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd] 2-4p

Mt Zion Chamber Banquet Speaker Sean Streaty. $30, Wildwood Center [160 Wildwood Dr, Mt Zion, www.] 6p

Wildflower Photo Safari Join Rock Springs volunteer and photographer Jerry Sievers on a wildflower safari and learn how to take the perfect picture with your own cameras. Reservations required by April 8. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane] 2p



Better Together: Interfaith Friendly Event (Sunday) 10:15 Worship (Unitarian Universalist), 12p Potluck (UUFD), 2p Panel Discussion (Greek Orthodox Church), 5p Potluck (Jewish Temple), 7p Inter-faith Celebration (MU - Richards Treat Center). [810.588.3296] Better Together: Interfaith Friendly Event (Monday) 10a Discussion (Richland Community College Mueller Student Center), 11:30a Lunch & Discussion (Richland MSC), 1p Discussion, 2p Discussion (Decatur Public Library). [810.588.3296]

Tuesday, 16

Garden Club Meeting What to Do with Flowers from the Grocery Store?" will be presented by Ada Lynn Shrewsbury, President of the Springfield Civic Garden Club. The program will be followed by a tea. Prairie Avenue Christian Church [2201 E Prairie, www.] 12:30p

good times. Coziahr H-D [150 W Marion, Forsyth, 877.7115] 6:30-9p

Hooray for Plants Hip hip hooray! Spring is here and the plants are popping up around us. Join us as we explore the plant world using our senses. Reservations required. $10, Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www.] 1-2p (We, Ages 3 & 4 with adult), 9-10a (Th, Ages 1-4 with adult)

Wednesday, 17

Open Game Night Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Doherty's Pub & Pins [242 E William, www.] 5p

Spring Jazz Concert Free, Westminster Presbyterian Church [1360 W Main] 7:30p


Fairy Tale Ball Join us for a magical night where the land of make believe comes to life! We'll have special snacks, presentations, and activities to keep everyone entertained! Special Princess Miss Illinois Megan Ervin will be attending Wednesday. Special Princess Miss Macon County Fair Allison Mowry will be attending Thursday & Friday. Pre-reg, pre-pay required. $7 (mem), $10 (non-mem), Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd] 6-8p


Spring Awakening The ground breaking musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater examines adolescent love, the trials of puberty, and the struggles young people face in a challenging and ever-changing world. $12-16, Albert Taylor Theatre [1184 W Main] 7:30p (We-Sa), 2p (Su)

The Secret of Growing Red Tomatoes Learn what you can do to improve the tomatoes in your garden and how to prevent tomato diseases. Learn how the weather can be a factor in how the tomato develops. Decatur Public Library [Madden Auditorium, www.decaturdigg. org, 620.9077] 6p Motorcycle Bootcamp This is basic training for those who are ready to ride. Learn about everything from the headlights to the tailpipes, and find the perfect bike for you. Bring a buddy, grab a cold one and get ready to kick start some

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April Events Thursday, 18

Money Smart Week Kick-Off Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Judy Barr-Topinka, State of Illinois Comptroller. Advanced registration required. Richland Community College [One College Park, 422.2200] 12p Book Club Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Decatur Public Library [Board Room] 1p Lego Club All school-aged youth are welcome to join in creative activities. Bring your own Legos, if possible. Call to register. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, 864.3622] 4:305:30p A Night of Poetry Mixes original verse, celebrated poets, and heartfelt readings, live original music, refreshments and an open mic! Featured presenters: “Poetry Out Loud,� Ron Lybarger, and James W. Johnson, reader of noted African American poetry. Free, Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, 423.3189] 6:30-9p WJMU Trivia Night Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] Time TBD


Decatur IL Moms Family & Baby Sale $2 (Th), Free (Fr), Wildwood Center [160 Wildwood Dr, Mt Zion] 6:30-8:30p (Th), 8a-1p (Fr)

Friday, 19

Circus Pages Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza] Time TBD

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Blue Connection Photography Group Show Opening Blue Connection opens a group show of student photographers from Millikin University. Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Free, Blue Connection [117 N Water] 5-7p

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown $15, Decatur Masonic Temple [224 W William, www., 791.1966] 7p


Midstate Classic Cup 2013 Soccer Tournament U8-U14 soccer teams compete. Trivia Night Decatur Soccer Complex [1 A night of food, fun, and Educational Park Dr, www. fellowship. $80 (table of 8), First, 429.3472] Church of the Nazarene [1177 W Times Vary Hickory Point Rd] 5:45-8:45p Greater Is He Ministry Fundraiser Featuring 360 Band, hors d'ouevres, drinks, desserts by The Beach House, and a pick-your-prize raffle. $25, Mt Zion Civic Center [160 W Wildwood Dr, Mt Zion, www., 433.2168] 6-9p Silver Lining Quartet Boody Baptist Church [Boody] 7p Hat Trick Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8-11p

Saturday, 20

Theatre 7 Jumble Sale Costumes, props, and other donated items. Proceeds to benefit Theatre 7's 50th Anniversary Community Events. Theatre 7 Headquarters [131 N Water, 619.5284] 8a-2p Hercules Challenge 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Post-race pancake & sausage breakfast. 7:30a Registration, 5K 9a, 1 Mile 9:15a. $10-25, Fletcher Park [500 S Henderson, Mt Zion] 9-11:30a Saint Patrick Spring Craft Show St Patrick School [412 N Jackson] 9a-2p

Riverbottom Nightmare Band Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, Festival of Spring 422.3056] 9p-1a In celebration of Earth Day, there are wagon rides, a 4.19-4.20 live wild bird show, a canoe Book & Bake Sale rodeo, magicians, storytellers, Barclay Library [220 S Main, and indoor/outdoor exhibits Warrensburg,, featuring the Big Tree 672.3621] 9a-5p (Fr), 9a-12p (Sa) Program, Master Naturalists, Green Tips, and much more. Main Hangar Comedy Hour Rock Springs Nature Center Scott Long. $10-12, Main Hangar [3939 Nearing Lane, www. Restaurant [910 S Airport Rd,], 10a-4p 421.7452] 8:30p

Dates, times and locations are subject to last-minute changes. When in doubt, call first!

Annual Sack Lunch Fundraiser Enjoy a BBQ pork sandwich and a bag of chips. Children of the Corn, A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois fundraiser. $5, Laura's Pantry Parking Lot [100 N Grand, Clinton] 11a-2p Car Show Krekel's Custard West [1355 N Rt48] 12-4p Money Smart Day Reading of The Berenstain Bears' book Trouble with Money, at 12p & 2p. First 12 families will receive a free copy of the book. Money smart games and crafts, including piggy banks. Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd] 12-2:30p Ground Squirrels Vintage Base Ball Root! Root! Root for the home team! Come out and support the Rock Springs' Ground Squirrels as they compete in a home game of vintage base ball! Huzzah! Rock Springs Nature Center [Trobaugh Field, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 1p Super Kids Club Concession special $1. 90 minutes of fun for all! $5 (adult), Child (free), Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main] 2-3:30p Decatur Big Band Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 3:30-5:30p

The Dave Bennett All Stars Dave Bennett, Dave Majchrzak, Jay Hungerford, John Gillick. Food available. Casual attire. $20, The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie,, 546.1363] 4-7p Lassos and Lace - A True Classic Country Evening Decatur Christian School's annual banquet and auction. Tabernacle Baptist Church [650 N Wyckles] 5:30p

Matt Carter Band Come see our fresh take on the back bar, make reservations early, spots fill up quickly! Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main] 8p-12a

Macon Speedway Driver/sponsor appreciation photos and autographs. Kids Club. Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon, www., 764.3000]

Acoustica Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 9p-1a

Environmental Film Series: Deep Down Film showing the environmental and human impacts of mountaintop removal mining. Fresh popcorn and healthy drinks sold. Discussion follows the film. Free, donation accepted, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur [3773 N MacArthur] 7p Prairieland Punishers v Outkast Roller Derby of Ottawa Decatur Civic Center [Arena] 7p

MDSO Concert: Laurie Glencross Our season finale is a program for smaller orchestra. A Letter Home by young California composer Mathew Tommasini, and Stravinsky's neoclassic masterpiece, Pulcinella. $1316.50, Kirkland Fine Arts Center [1184 W Main, 424.6318] 7:30p

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Earth Day Celebration Enjoy conservation-themed talks throughout the day and take home ideas for your own backyard. Scovill Zoo [71 S Country Club Rd] 10a-7p Young Park Singers Auditions Fee is for those who make Young Park Singers. Students in grades 8-12. 1-2p (Dance), 2-4p (Vocal). $425-450, Poage Arts & Recreation Center [2020 N Oakland, 421.6648] 1-4p

A Night of Icons Brian Shartzer (as Garth Brooks), Walkin' With Cash (tribute to Johnny Cash), Glory Days (tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band). $10, Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main] 7:30p

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April Events Family Fun - Be My Bud It is springtime and leaves are popping fully formed from their buds! The whole family is invited to search for budding plants as they learn how to identify them with a naturalist. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www.] 1:30p Blessing of the Bikes All forms of transportation welcome! Coziahr H-D [150 W Marion, Forsyth] 2-4p University Bands Concert Free, Kirkland Fine Arts Center [1184 W Main] 2p Singles/Couples Dance Live band, BAM! $10, KC Hall [520 E North, 875.3090] 5-8p

Monday, 22

Jazz Combos Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 6p

Tuesday, 23

Garden Club Meeting Member Gayle Bruckner will present "Let's Begin to Have Fun with Floral Design." Prairie Avenue Christian Church [2201 E Prairie, www.] 10a Nonfiction Book Club The Idea Factory-Bell Labs by Jon Gertner. Decatur Public Library [Board Room] 1p

Wednesday, 24

Early Bird Drawing for Decatur Duck Derby Early bird drawings. Drive-thru duck sales. Museum opens at 8a. Byers & Co broadcasting. Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd] 6-9a

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Thursday, 25 Corks & Forks Taste exquisite wines and delightful food from area chefs. Bid on exciting auction packages featuring weekend getaways, sports events, and more! New! Limited seating tickets for “Vino Inspired People� at 5:30p (includes your event ticket) to taste and learn about exclusive premium wine and food pairings. $50 (adv), $55 (door), $100 (VIP), Decatur Conference Center [4191 US 36W, 423.3189] 6:30-9:30p

Friday, 26

Easter Seals Celebration Day The 8th annual Celebration day will be held in downtown Decatur at the green space across from the ADM City Center with Krispy Kremes available from 6-10a and the lunch fundraiser from 11a-1:30p. Preorders call 429.1052. Online auction at decatur [] BMF DJ and Karaoke with Gary Williams Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 9p-1a


The Secret Garden, Spring Version Garfield Montessori School Vocal Music Department. $7 (adult), $5 (student), Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main] 7p


Cracker A gripping tale of discovery, Cracker explores issues of race, violence, stereotyping, love, and questions how hard would you fight for what you believe in. Pipe Dreams Theatre [1099 W Wood,, 803.6808]

Saturday, 27

Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 10a Pitch, Hit, and Run Contest Boys and girls age 7-14 have the opportunity to show off their baseball and softball skills. You may advance to the team championships at Busch Stadium and qualify for the national finals at the MLB All-Star Game! Register at the DISC by 4.25. Free, Fairview Park [429.3472] 10a Bird Migration Hike Spring has sprung and the birds are returning! Let's go for a hike and try to see some of our common migratory birds' homecoming! Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 11a Spring Wildflower Hikes Fort Daniel [Mt Zion] 1p Diversity Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 3:30-5:30p Imagine That Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] Time TBD CASA Playhouse Raffle Pirate Ship & Castle. On display from 4.1-4.27. Hickory Point Mall [1146 Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth, maconcountycasa. org] 4p Millikin Children's Choir & Youth Chorale Central Christian Church [650 W William] 4p

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Bellies for Bellies Dancers, musicians, and more. Shopping at 6p, Showcase from 7-9p. Richland Community College [One College Park] 6-9p Haunted Decatur Tour Join us for a Night of Decatur's Spirits, Scandals & Sins and we go in search of the history and hauntings of the past! $30, Departs from Avon Theatre [426 N Water, haunteddecatur. com] 7p Macon Speedway POWRi Midgits plus full weekly racing. Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon, www., 764.3000] 04/27 Percussion Masterworks Concert Showcases the depth and breadth of contemporary percussion chamber music through a program featuring works by the world's leading composers. Free, Kirkland Fine Arts Center [1184 W Main] 7:30p Escaping Neverland Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 9p-1a

Basket Weaving Workshop Have you ever wanted to create your own piece of handiwork using reed? Learn the techniques of basket weaving from a local weaver as we create a beautiful candle basket with seasonal embellishments. Ages 16+. Reservations required by 4.19. $30, Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www.] 2-4p Creek Walk The creeks are filling with spring rains. Join a naturalist on an off-trail hike through the creek. Be sure to dress with long pants and shoes that can get wet, and bring dry clothes to change into! Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 2p Millikin Homestead Open House $2 (adult), .50 (child), Oglesby Mansion [125 N Pine, millikinhomestead] 2-4p

Oglesby Mansion Open House The restored home of Governor Point 08 AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 9p-1a Richard Oglesby is open for tours. Stop in and learn many interesting facts about Sunday, 28 Decatur, Governor Oglesby, Marble Run and the Governor’s relationship Children of the Corn, A.B.A.T.E. with Abraham Lincoln. $2, of Illinois fundraiser. Sign up between 11a-12p. Public and all Free (members), Oglesby vehicles welcome. $10, Breakers Mansion [421 W William, www., 429.9422] [211 E Adams, Clinton] 12:15p 2-4p Spring Wildflower Hikes Sand Creek [S Franklin] 2p


A “Gallery Experience" Enjoy an exhibit of pastels, oils, watercolors, and more as Tabernacle celebrates art in the community. Helen Hamilton, Jim Morrison, Jeanne Helm, Linda Jeppson, and Ben Baker will share their work. Tabernacle Baptist Church [] Open at worship service times. 8:30a-12p & 6-7p (Su), 2-6p (We)

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VIP Preview Party Opening to Decatur Business Expo. This is a fun evening where you can preview the Chamber Business Expo before it officially opens. Join the exhibitors and sponsors for hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and live music. $10, Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza,, 422.2200] 5-7p Open Game Night Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Mancino's Pizza & Grinders [2805 N Main, www.] 5:30p

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GUIDE TO Raised Bed Gardens

by Kat Smalley

There's no denying that raised bed gardens, also known as box gardens, are en vogue. Take a quick scroll through the Gardening category on Pinterest, and you'll see the trend in full force. However, just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean it's right for you. We decided to take a little closer look at raised bed gardens to see what all the commotion is about. With a little help from the experts at DIGG (Decatur is Growing Gardeners), I've started to wrap my brain around why everyone is so excited.

What makes a raised bed so great?

Where is the best place?

The more I research the topic, the more great reasons I find to raise your garden to a new level! For starters, having a raised garden bed takes a lot of back breaking work out of gardening. When you bring the ground up, you bend down less. That's easy physics. Plus, when you work from outside of the bed you aren't trampling and compacting the soil on a regular basis. This keeps all of the vegetables that thrive in loose soil happy.

When deciding on the perfect location you'll want to keep two main factors in mind: sun and water. Think through how much sunlight your plants will receive through the day and also consider that tall plants might shade shorter ones, which, can be beneficial or harmful depending on the plants. In regards to water, you'll want to keep it out of the swamp. Your raised bed will still drain OK, but do you really want to slop in mud to get a fresh pepper? Make sure it's easy to get water to your new garden, too!

Here's a starter list of the other benefits: improved drainage, easy to customize and maintain soil content, erosion control, higher yields, easy crop rotation, and many more.

What's the optimum size?

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If you keep your bed at 4' wide or less, you can easily reach everything from the outside. Go long if you have the room! As far as height goes, 8"-12" is good enough, but the sky is the limit!


Keep your eyes open for an announcement from DIGG about their upcoming Raffle Giveaway! Soon you'll have a chance to win a wooden raised bed including all materials and installation plus the sail and the first season's planting! or search for DIGG on Facebook

top view

side view

What material is best?

Step by Step

You can build a raised bed with pretty much anything. 2" x 8" through 2" x 12" dimensional lumber is popular but consider alternate materials that you already have on hand. If you're a creative recycler, you might want to use railroad ties, landscaping blocks, bricks, cinder blocks, a fire ring or even old tires. On the other hand, if you don't feel like scraping for materials, there are kits ready to assemble and install available from hardware stores.

1. Site prep. You'll want to either remove your sod or put down newspaper to kill the grass and weeds below your bed. A little slope doesn't matter too much, but if you're building on a hill, you'll want to dig in and level your surface. If you're building your box on a concrete or similar surface, line the box with landscaping cloth to keep your dirt in and go!

Regardless of what materials you go with, know that any chemicals in proximity to your plants and vegetables could possibly be absorbed. For example, if you are purchasing treated lumber, opt for pressure vs. chemically treated. The same concept goes for choosing connectors; use galvanized or stainless screws and bolts.

2. Build your structure. If you're building the most common style (see illustrations above), it's as simple as cutting two pieces of your lumber around 4' long and the other two to whatever length your heart desires. Connect them at the corners squarely using metal brackets, screws, nails or bolts. Drive wooden stakes (2" x 2" lumber will do) into the ground inside your corners until the tops all sit level with each other. Lift your box up to the top of your stakes and screw or bolt them together as well. 3. Bring on the dirt. If your box structure is loose, you may want to line it with landscaping cloth to keep the dirt in. Otherwise, you just fill it up and start planting!

First Annual Flea Market Flip

Come judge the repur�osed f�r�it�re at our first annual flea market flip! Items will be on display during the month of April. The creator of the item that receives the most votes from our Facebook page and in the store will win $500!

2nd Annual Spring Open House

May 3rd and 4th | 10 am to 5 pm Help us welcome in spring at our 2nd annual spring open house. Over 20 vendors will have our shelves stocked with goodies for the inside and outside of your home. The Perfect Pair Antiques & Salon 266 N. State Rt. 121 War�ensburg, Illinois�airantiques | 672.8822 | theperfect�air01@g�

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Bonsai Take Root in Illinois written by Shirley Brooks, photos by Alida Duff Sullivan

The Japanese art form “bonsai” (pronounced “bone sigh”) translates as “small tree in tray.” You may have seen these miniature trees growing in small pots before, though most likely bonsai aren’t part of your indoor and outdoor landscaping here in central Illinois. But they could be. Just ask Lisa and Roy Dunn of Decatur, who have been growing bonsai for more than 25 years and have 200+ trees adorning the inside and outside of their home. “About 27 years ago, we bought my father-in-law a bonsai for his birthday,” says Lisa. “We were intrigued by it, so a couple of years later I bought my husband a bonsai for his birthday.” The tree was 30 years old then, so it’s now 55, two years older than Roy. The art of bonsai, as they call it, captured the Dunns’ curiosity. They set out to learn all they could about it and also began collecting different species of trees. “I especially enjoy the artistic aspect of growing bonsai,” says Lisa. “It is very relaxing to sit down and study a tree while deciding how to best shape it. We grow them as a hobby, but we also enjoy helping others get started.”

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Ordinary, but Extraordinary

Two common misconceptions are that bonsai originate from genetically dwarfed trees or that they are abused in order to keep them small. Actually, bonsai are ordinary tree starts grown in small pots to confine the roots and pruned to achieve extraordinary shapes. With proper care, bonsai trees are healthy and can live for hundreds of years, with a tradition in Japan of passing on bonsai from generation to generation. “A bonsai starts from a cutting, seedling, or small tree that is woody or semiwoody so that it makes a trunk, and preferably has a small leaf—so not a sycamore with its huge leaves,” explains Lisa. “It also has to tolerate having its roots constricted, which a tree like a weeping willow does not.” First, a tree is transplanted into a soil-filled container. Next, the tree is pruned and shaped to mimic a full-size tree. About every year or two, they remove the tree from the pot and trim back approximately one-third of its roots, plus a proportional amount of its top. Leaves are trimmed as needed, leaving only the secondary, smaller leaves. In time, the tree’s leaves begin growing smaller.

Inside or Outside

The decision about where your bonsai should be placed depends on the type of tree. “If the tree is tropical, it has to be brought inside and protected over the winter,” says Lisa. “It can go back outside when the temperature stays above 50 degrees both day and night. If your tree is native to the potentially harsh Illinois climate, with some protection it can stay outside all year. “We group all of our outside bonsai together on the north side of our house for the winter and cover them with mulch,” says Lisa. “They are dormant, so they don’t need a lot of light, but they do need moisture, so we check them a few times to make sure they are moist.”

Placement Is Key

“The biggest mistake people make is placing a bonsai in the wrong spot—giving it too much or too little sun and moisture, whether inside or outside,” says Lisa. “If someone purchases a bonsai tree from a stand around town and takes it home and sets it on their coffee table, it will likely die.” Experiences like that can give people a bad taste for bonsai. That’s why Lisa and Randy are so willing to help people select and purchase the right plants for their situation and also offer support to successfully grow them. “My husband and I meet with clients to find out what they want; then we design a plan for their yard and/or house,” says Lisa. “For any situation, there are plant specimens that will grow and thrive. With the right plant, the right amount of light and the right amount of water and fertilizer, you can be successful at growing bonsai in Illinois or anywhere.” Their service doesn’t stop there; they’ll also provide vacation care for clients’ precious trees, especially since during summer, they need to be watered every day. “Clients also can call us if a plant starts looking stressed or sick, and we will try to figure out what is wrong,” she says. “We want to help people be successful at growing bonsai!”

Join a Club

You can learn more about the art of bonsai by reading magazines and books (the Dunns recommend Bonsai Techniques by John Naka) or joining a club. Lisa and Roy belong to the Springfield Bonsai Society (www.bonsaisbs. com) and the Bonsai Society of Central Illinois in Champaign. Both clubs sponsor a bonsai sale once a year—Champaign in the spring and Springfield in the fall. “It’s nice to get together with others to share insights and learn more,” says Lisa. “You can learn a lot by reading about bonsai, but talking and sharing with others is even more helpful.” Are you interested in a bonsai club in Decatur? If so, contact the Dunns at 217-853-7088 or email They would like to start a local club if enough people are interested. Contact Urban Bonsai for Help Hobbyists Roy and Lisa Dunn (Urban Bonsai) can help you get started. 217-853-7088 | april 2013 | 31

Main Hangar

Comedy Hour

Josh Alton Friday, April 5 Saturday, April 6 8:30 p.m. both nights


Scott Long Friday, April 19 Saturday, April 20 8:30 p.m. both nights

Limited seating only 100 tickets sold each show!

$10 in advance, $12 day of show Tickets are available at the Main Hangar Restaurant, by calling 217-421-7452, or online at Seating is determined on a first-come first-serve basis. We recommend making reservations for 6:30 p.m.

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Chris Barnes Friday, May 3 Saturday, May 4 8:30 p.m. both nights

The Main Hangar

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch Buffet

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Excellence WOMEN OF

2 0 13 A W A R D S D I N N E R

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 View a list of previous winners at:


Thodos Dance Chicago Innovative American modern dance

Broadway Today!

Current show tunes by leading Broadway talent

Saturday, May 11 - 7:30 p.m.


(217) 424-6318

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Saturday, April 6 - 7:30 p.m.



For a chance to win a $50 Gift Card for

Paco's Sól Bistro

237 North Main Street, downtown Decatur | 330.6483



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Benefiting Childrenʼs Museum of Illinois

New This Year Increased Prize Money!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

5,000 Ducks Will Race!

Buy your ducks before April 24th to qualify for early bird prizes! EARLY BIRD DRAWING APRIL 24TH

Byers & Co. will broadcast live from the museum April 24th from 6 AM - 9 AM! Drive thru duck sales from 6 AM to 9 AM Museum opens early at 8 AM Live early bird drawings during the show for five prizes - worth over $1,500!

Grand Prize: $3,500

2nd Prize: $1,000 | 3rd Prize: $500 $5 Per Duck To purchase ducks, call the museum at 423-5437.

22nd Decatur Duck Derby Saturday, May 4, 2013 12 PM - 4 PM 12 PM - 2 PM 2 PM 3 PM

Free Day at Museum Derby Festivities Duck Derby Race Winners Announced!

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ILLINOIS. To obtain a copy of official rules and regulations, please contact the museum.

Childrenʼs Museum of Illinois 55 South Country Club Road Decatur, Illinois 62521 217-423-5437 | | Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9:30a-4:30p | Sat. 10a-5p | Sun. 1p-5p Admission: $5 For Everyone 2 & Older | Free For Members

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