January 2017 Thrive Entertainment Guide

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE CHALLENGE: Archers Alley

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SPOTLIGHT// Lacrosse FOOD DUDE// Fall off the Bone ART SPEAK// Film Club Q&A// Amber Kaylor


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Ultimately, we have tons of fun and get each other really jazzed up about the next issue and all of the stories we are going to cover. Thrive Publisher Kat Smalley jotted down a mind map for those of you who have never happened upon a Thrive editorial meeting. Really, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our ridiculousness. But we wouldn't Now that you have a feel for the "who," why change it one little bit. don't we have a look at "how" we put all the Believe it or not, some of the articles in this pieces together! issue were dreamed up many months ago. Just as it happened some 90 issues ago, the For example, we've been trying to get The process of planning our content still begins Food Dude to test Fall Off The Bone forever! with a gathering of minds. We bring the We hope you enjoy the FD review along editorial team to the table (preferably one with the other features we’re excited to bring with tasty treats nearby) and let the beautiful to you, like our piece on the Decatur Park disaster unfold. District's lacrosse leagues; the new Decatur Who knows where our brainstorming will Public Library film club; cover story Peace, lead – we certainly don’t! The best ideas Love Posters; photographer Sarah Jane's always seem to come from, well, who knows diary of coffee addiction; and our Q&A with where. Somehow over the course of about an new Children's Museum of Illinois Executive hour and a half, we discuss how the last issue Director Amber Kaylor. Within each 2016 issue we sprinkled behindthe-scenes glimpses of the Thrive team so you, our readers, can get to know the people who make this little magazine possible. We have amazing talent on board and a quirky personality to boot – and it's been a blast sharing that side with you all.

turned out and how the process went, review Here’s to some fresh new craziness in 2017! the next three months' worth of drafted ideas, add to the list of things to write about "someday" and finalize the month ahead of us. We all forget what month we’re actually getting ready to print at least five times per meeting and always have a "how did we get here" moment in conversation. #behindthethrive


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IN THIS ISSUE

SUBMIT + SEARCH

BEHIND THE THRIVE

December Out & About

SPOTLIGHT: Lacrosse

FOOD DUDE: Fall Off the Bone

ART SPEAK: Film Club

Peace, Love & Posters

Q&A: Amber Kaylor

Spot The Difference Challenge

JANUARY EVENTS Soy City Perks

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Out & About

A look back at last month’s happenings

Vespers

For fifty-seven years Millikin Vespers (which means "evening prayers") has signaled the beginning of the holiday season for many people in Decatur/Macon County. Over 350 musicians join together for this joyous musical event presented annually at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family.

PopLocal Local artisans brought an empty building downtown to life on the weekend of December 9. PopLocal, a hip, hand-crafted market, offered art, jewelry, home goods and more. Customers took home gifts and grandeur to celebrate the season.

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Out & About

A look back at last month’s happenings

Big Blue Cookie Party Over 5,500 cookies were served by Millikin faculty during the annual cookie party. This year featured a Christmas tree decorated with flags representing the home countries of the university's international students. Various music ensembles played Christmas music throughout the afternoon as students moved through the cookie and punch line.

Christmas Walk Holiday shoppers and families seeking Santa filled the streets of Downtown Decatur during the annual Christmas Walk. Lines formed at Santa's house in Central Park and across the street where the horse-drawn carriage picked up new passengers. Groups of carolers could be heard along Merchant Street and Prairie Street while the shops offered extended hours.

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FLL Robotics

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament drew local robotics team to Hope Academy on December 10. Robotic design, presentation and core values were judged during the performance rounds. Kids were actively engaged all day through a variety of educational experiences.

Decatur Big Band

Cocoa & Cookies

Decatur Big Band hosted its annual holiday show at Lock Stock & Barrel on Saturday, December 10. LSB patrons were treated to an afternoon of holiday classics featuring many local musicians.

Santa stopped by Children's Museum of Illinois to visit guests and make an edible science project. Local celebrity Dawn Sterling, read a Christmas story.

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SPOTLIGHT

by Angela Myers

Lacrosse Might Be the Oldest New Sport in America Developed as long ago as 1100 AD, lacrosse was played by the Iroquois who lived in what is now Upper New England in the U.S. and in lower Ontario and Quebec in Canada. Lacrosse also might be the fastest growing sport in America. The rapid growth of the program at the Decatur Park District is an example of how its popularity has exploded in the last few years. “We invited college players from Illinois Wesleyan do a lacrosse clinic for around 25 kids in the spring of 2015,” says Tony Albertina, who is in charge of the Decatur Indoor Sports Center’s lacrosse program. “Then the Park District staff, including myself, introduced the sport to more than 3,300 kids in P.E. classes in Decatur and the surrounding areas. In the spring of 2016, more than 80 kids signed up to play on our lacrosse teams.” Decatur started with eight- to 15-year-olds, and now the Park District offers a program for “Little Laxers” (lax is short for lacrosse), ages four to seven. They hope to be able to field a high school team soon. Tony says adult teams also are being considered. Lacrosse is played with a small ball and a stick that looks like a basket on the end of a long handle. Both men’s and women’s lacrosse, two versions of the same sport, are offered at the DISC. Men’s lacrosse tends to be more physical, requiring special padding, while women’s lacrosse requires only goggles. Little Laxers learn basic skills using soft balls.

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A class for Little Laxers starts February 8, and a Holiday Lacrosse Clinic for boys and girls ages eight to 16, whether they’ve played or not, will be offered on Presidents' Day, February 20. Winter Skills Camps for girls and boys starts January 14. Spring classes for boys and girls start in March, and the Decatur Park District will compete in the Central Illinois Lacrosse League (CILAX) Spring Tournament. Online registration is available at www.decatur-parks.org. For more information, check www.decaturparks.org, call 217-429-3472, or email talbertina@ decparks.com.

GET THERE Decatur Park District Lacrosse www.decaturparks.org (217) 429.3472, talbertina@decparks.com Decatur Indoor Sports Center

Angela Myers is a freelance writer in Decatur.


Join us for our monthly SCORE Business Book Club! This month’s discussion is

Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman & Raj Sisodia

Thursday, January 26, 6 p.m.

in the Staley Room at Decatur Public Library.

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Photos: Katrina Smalley


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THE FOOD DUDE

by T. F. DUDE

Fall into a BBQ Joint for BBQ Lovers Barbeque! It’s something everyone enjoys. As someone who has done a fair share of cooking my own BBQ, making both the sauces and the meat, I have realized that a majority of BBQ places don’t take time with their meat, and it becomes nothing more than a delivery system for mediocre sauces they claim are great. Really good BBQ stands on its own without any toppings whatsoever. The sauce should be a compliment to the meat. Fall Off The Bone is a great place for a true BBQ lover. Walking into the shop on North Water Street, you immediately can smell the smells of a good BBQ kitchen. I ordered a sampling of several items, but I’ll focus on my favorites and the reasons I’ll be going back. The BBQ beef sandwich had a more than adequate serving of beef on the sandwich, with a good coating of sauce. The meat was the centerpiece here. Fantastically tender, good smoke flavor. The sauce was a coating on the meat. It didn’t drown the flavors or make the bun so soggy that it became a silverware meal. Their chicken wings were also a welcome surprise. In Decatur, I’ve noticed many places drifting toward smaller wings and drummies. The whole thing consists of two bites and it’s gone! Fall Off The Bone’s wings, though, were full and meaty, 30 to 50% bigger than I’ve had

in town for many months. Fried to a near perfect consistency, the wings were juicy from the first bite to the last. They were even good as leftovers! I would have liked to sample more flavors, but the flavor I did try was great and, like the BBQ, didn’t smother the meat or overpower it. The staff were friendly and helpful also. I would definitely recommend this establishment to anyone.

GET THERE Fall Off The Bone 571 N Water St, Decatur (217) 706-5332

The Food Dude is not a professional food critic. He just really, really likes food.

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ART SPEAK

by Alissa Henkel

OPENING SOON:

Film Club Starring Your Favorite Flicks! We are putting together the blueprints to start the season! What we need are enthusiastic audiences to share in the vision for movies at the Library. We welcome more hosts to step forward and lead the way - the bonus is choosing the films YOU would like to watch. Jeremy Coulter has studied and written about film for nearly 20 years. His work toward a master's degree included studying and analyzing the way movies work and also gave him the opportunity to teach film theory to undergrads. No doubt this will be an Oscar-worthy entertainment opportunity! We welcome your input; please e-mail ahenkel@ decaturlibrary.org.

GET THERE Decatur Public Library Film Club ahenkel@decaturlibrary.org

CC image courtesy of J. Michel Carriere on Flickr

When an idea jumps up, you listen! Decatur Public Library was approached by Jeremy Coulter, who wanted to host a Film Club at the Library. We encouraged his vision, and we devised opportunities together. He had a genre in mind, and he had the expertise to lead a group. Unfortunately, the Library did not have the rights to show movies. We brainstormed a multitude of ideas. What if we could offer movies to watch ahead of the meetings? What if the group met at the Library later to discuss it, after more thought? We booked a room, set a time and waited. Two interested parties attended and more expressed interest, but lack of a movie to show on demand was problematic. Several people borrowed the movie that Jeremy had chosen, except a discussion never happened. We became disheartened. How could we do better? Well, for 2017 the Library has purchased a movie license. We now have the ability to show as many movies on library premises as we wish, free to the patrons. Our idea is to offer at least one movie each week. We are considering movies for the whole family, foreign films and new releases. Jeremy excited to host a Film Noir series beginning with The Maltese Falcon.

Alissa Henkel is Head of the Adult Division for the Decatur Public Library.

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Life Is A Dig It Macon County Master Gardener training starts February 2017! Visit go.illinois.edu/dmp or call 217.877.6042 to learn more. Register by January 25 Facebook.com/dmphorticulture University of Illinois • U.S. Department of Agriculture • Local Extension Councils Cooperating University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact 217.877.6042.

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PEACE, LOVE & POSTERS Written by Olivia Jones Photos by Sarah Shorthose

Take a trip back to a time of free love and great music with the Art of Classic Rock exhibit at Millikin’s Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The exhibit, which focuses on the creative art movement and the impact classic rock music posters had on the ’60s and ’70s, will be held January 26 from 5 to 7 pm. Attendance for this one-of-a-kind experience will be free and open to the public!

The exhibition is part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Millikin University, which teams students with faculty to spend a summer creating and researching a project. We chatted with Ed Walker, Millikin associate professor of art, and Sydney Doherty, a junior graphic design major, who are working on this exhibit to really get the feel for what it will be about.


From magenta to cyan, the colors and vivid imagery will be endless. Step back into the era of love and music by just walking in! Peace, Love & Posters is a celebration of the art, music and culture of the ’60s and ’70s. “Overstimulated… that is a good way to put it. From the fluorescent vibrant colors to the cultural icons these posters feature, there will be plenty to experience,” says Ed. The featured posters come from the private collection of Marc Willis of Decatur. “He inherited them from his brother in San Francisco who found the collection by getting posters off telephone poles and in the windows of shops, making them original to the period.”

But wait…not only will there be original posters featured; they are also giving the exhibit the feel of stepping back in time! It will feature memorabilia from all aspects of the time period including furniture, clothing, vintage album covers and even lava lamps to give you that retro vibe. “There was the drug culture, the free love culture, and most importantly, you had the music,” says Ed.

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This wonderful exhibit will help collide all aspects of ’60s and ’70s culture to relive the psychedelic festivals of the past. “The public will have the opportunity to relive that magical atmosphere again or experience it for the very first time,” says Sydney. “It will be an interactive experience for people to enjoy all elements of the time period.” Much time and effort have been wrapped up in this unique exhibit. Sydney spent the summer researching, cataloging, photographing and curating the poster collection in order to plan the opening exhibit. “There are over 400 posters and postcards in the collection, and I photographed and cataloged each individual piece; no two look the same,” she says. With such time and care taken, you know this exhibit has to be one for the record books. Speaking of books, a book that you can get at the exhibition is also being created. “It will include the story of how the exhibit came about and really explain the story of how the posters’ imagery relates to the culture of that era,” Ed says. “The focus for the posters is on the imagery that was being used to promote the bands of the period and how it was all done by hand, yet they were really able to push and design something special.” Sydney’s goal for the exhibit is to share the magic and art of the posters with everyone. She

wants the exhibit to be accessible enough that people who have never been to an art exhibit before feel welcome. Her motivation for this exhibit was the extensive range of issues these posters address with such intense colors and psychedelic illustrations. “I was inspired that a time of such cultural upheaval could influence such authentic and original artwork,” she says. Her hope is to share these posters with as many people as possible and to inform people about how the issues these posters deal with are issues we still face in society today. “I believe we can learn from the commentary that was made in the art of the past and use it to shape the art of our generation.” Be sure to relive the era of peace and love on January 26 with this unique experience, Peace, Love & Posters.

GET THERE: Peace, Love & Posters January 26, 5-7p Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Olivia Jones is a freelancer from Mt. Zion.


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January EVERY DAY Art in Decatur Each location with a unique art exhibit. Specific dates and times determined by each location. Blue Connection [117 N Water St], Decatur Airport [910 S Airport Rd], Decatur Area Arts Council [125 N Water St, 423.3189], Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin St], RCC: Erlanson Gallery [One College Park], Gallery 510 [160 E Main St, 422.1509], MU: Perkinson Gallery [1184 W Main], Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln], Wildflour Bakery [256 W Main] Times Vary EVERY MONDAY Barn Colony Artists Cheryl Mahnke, Zentangle (1.2), Paul Hadfield, colored pencil (1.9), Barbara Dove (1.16), JD Curse, soft pastel (1.23 & 1.30). Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, barncolony. blogspot.com] 7-9p Monday Night Fun Run 1- and 3-mile fun run/walk. Visibility gear required. Free, Fleet Feet Sports [1090 W Wood St, fleetfeetdecaturil.com] 4-5p

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Country Line Dance Come join a fun-filled evening, meet new people and learn to country line dance. $6, Knights of Columbus Hall [520 E North St] 7-8p (class), 8-9 (dance) Adult Indoor Soccer Open Play at the DISC Casual, friendly open play matches. No pre-registration required. Ages 18+. $6 (week), DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] 9-10p EVERY TUESDAY Read, Play, Learn Playgroup Unstructured playgroup for 2-5 year olds. Bring your little ones to enjoy our games, toys, and books! Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us] 10:30-11:30a Winter Warrior Fun Run 1-4 mile route starting at Forsyth Park. Visibility gear required. Free, Forsyth Park [501 Forsyth Park, Forsyth, 330.9904, fleetfeetdecaturil.com] 5:30-6:30p EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY Baby Talk Times Babies, toddlers and their parents/caregivers meet with a Baby TALK teacher for parenting conversations, playtime, stories, fingerplays & songs. (Birth to 3).

Free, DPL: Children's Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 6p (Tu), 10a (Th) EVERY TUESDAYSATURDAY Aviation Exhibit Features the Moody Brothers, who broke the endurance flight record in 1939 and the history of the Decatur airport, a section on the 106th Aviation National Guard unit in Decatur, and prominent pioneers in aviation from the area as well as military pilots. $2, Macon County History Museum [5580 North Fork, 422.4919, mchmdecatur.org] 1-4p EVERY WEDNESDAY Open Mic at Donnie's Play some songs, poetry, comedy or whatever. Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, donnieshomespun.com] 9p EVERY THURSDAY Storytime Enjoy art activities, playtime, storytime, and snacks! Do not miss out on the fun! Ages 2-6. Maroa Public Library [305 Garfield St, Maroa, 794.3005, maroa.lib.il.us] 10-11a Adult Coloring Night Coloring pages, colored pencils, crayons and markers, light refreshments and background music provided so all you need to bring is you! Ages 18+. Free, Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin, 424.2900, decaturlibrary. org] 5-7p


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

EVERY SATURDAY Super Saturday Recess at the DISC Youth ages 4-11 enjoy inflatables, scooters, basketball, tumbling, and more! No registration necessary. Parent must be present. $4, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decaturparks.org] 10a-12p DJ Philbilly Playing country, rock, top 40, motown and dance. Free, Feeling Lucky [3775 N Woodford ] 10p SATURDAY, 31 Happy Noon Year Perfect for those who don't stay up late, the confetti will fly at our balloon drop at noon! Enjoy music, a craft, and festive fun! Pre-registration required. Space limited. $1 (member), $6 (nonmember), Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd, childrensmuseumofil.com] 10a-12p

buffet/champagne toast), Infusion Bar & Banquet Center [2882 N Dinneen St, 875.2416, nichole@ infusiondecatur.com] 5-8p NYE at Donnie's Electronic DJs, acoustic artists and a band. Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, donnieshomespun.com] 8p Gutterbound Mammoth Cannon NYE Party 21+. Free, Wild Dog Saloon [815 S 22nd St] 9p-2a New Years Eve with Hipbone Sam Party favors and champagne at midnight! Pop's Place [4335 W Main St] 9p-1a NYE with Escaping Neverland Sliderz [5995 E Route 36] 9p-1a

2 Miles to Miles Water available at the turn, refreshments postrace at the YMCA. $20 (2K), $25 (5K) Decatur Family YMCA [220 W McKinley, decaturymca.org] 2p Infusion and Kidd Kaddilac presents: Midnight in Rio! Midnight in Rio New Year's Eve continues at Infusion! Kidd Kaddilac starts rockin' at 5p (til 8p) and welcomes in the New Year with a champagne toast at "Midnight in Rio!" (8p our time). Doors open (3p), Buffet (4p). Seating limited! $30 (includes

SUNDAY, 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! 1.2-1.3 Winter Break Day Camp When school is not in session, youth ages 5-14 enjoy rock climbing, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and great field trips! For a list of field trip locations, visit decatur-parks.org. $38 (nonresident), $33 (resident), DISC [1295 W Wood, decatur-parks.org] 6:30a-6p

TUESDAY, 3 Yoga Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 12-1p Trivia Night See Facebook for details. Cost to play is purchase of liquid refreshment at Decatur Brew Works. Decatur Brew Works [101 Main St, 330.8683, decaturbrewworks.com] 7-9p WEDNESDAY, 4 Chamber Business Breakfast $15 (adv/member), $20 (door/ non-member), The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, decaturchamber. com] 7-8a Books Between Bites The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 12:15-1p Wednesday Women Ring in the New Year with new friends and old with the NEW owners of The Wharf! RSVP, jccaulkins@aol.com. The Wharf [201 W 1st Dr] 5-9p MU Women's Basketball vs Illinois Wesleyan University MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main St, athletics.millikin.edu] 7-9p

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January Ukulele Jam A limited number of extra ukuleles available to borrow during the jam. Decatur Brew Works [101 Main St, rmd522@yahoo.com] 7-9p THURSDAY, 5 Preschool Golf Begins Youth ages 3-4 learn the basic fundamentals of golf by focusing on coordination, simple techniques and motor skills. Adults also learn ways to help their child practice and develop these skills. $44, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks. org] 5:30-6p or 6:15-6:45p Movies at the Library Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 6-8p The Fabulous Hoedads Back At The V! The usual suspects are there for an evening of great dance music! Open to ALL. You need not be a member to enter! $4, VFW Post 99 [3915 N Cowgill St, 358.9273, thefabuloushoedads@outlook. com, thefabuloushoedads.com] 7-10p

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FRIDAY, 6 First Friday Gallery Walk Visit the three downtown Decatur galleries (Madden Arts Center, Blue Connection, Gallery 510) to see great art, enjoy live music, munch tasty hors d'oeuvres, and sip a complimentary beverage. Meet the artists; thrive on the energy! Free, 5-7:30p

SATURDAY, 7 DISC Open House Save 15-50% on all full-facility annual passes. Health screenings, lacrosse demo, group fitness class demos, free Super Saturday Recess, and a chance to win a FREE membership! DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks. org] 9a-12p

Steps Trivia Night Trivia Night benefits the Steps Dance Complex Competition Team. Ticket includes taco/nacho bar. Tables of up to 8. Singles/ couples welcome. Cash bar and prizes available. $25 (person), Infusion Bar & Banquet Center [2882 N Dinneen St, 875.2416, nichole@infusiondecatur.com] 7-9p

Intro to Archery Begins Whether you're just starting to break into the world of archery or wanting to get back into the sport, this 3-week program is for you! Basic steps of shooting and building confidence in hitting the target accurately and repeatedly. $40, Archers Alley [3113 N 22nd St] 9-10a

1.6-1.7 Decatur Bridal Expo Bring your family and your bridal party to sample wedding cake, listen to great music, meet photographers, check out limo options and more! In addition to getting tons of ideas and tips, it's your opportunity to meet vendors face to face, ask questions and find out what they can offer to help make your day special. Decatur Conference Center & Hotel [4191 US 36 W] 5-9p (Fr), 12-4p (Sa)

Bird Feeding Basics Start the year by helping our feathered friends. Learn which birds stay in Illinois over the winter and how to feed them. First five families to register get a free nest box to take home! Register online by January 6. Free, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 10-11a Dixie Daredevils Free, Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland, 429.7411, lockstockdecatur.com] 3:30-5:30p


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

Robbie Mitchel Band Free, Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland, 429.7411, lockstockdecatur.com] 8-10p Sliderz Saturday Night Sliderz [5995 E Route 36] 9p-1a SUNDAY, 8 Bluegrass Music Jam Bring your instrument to play or just enjoy the music. For all ages. Free, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 1-4p Studebaker John Blues Band Pop's Place [4335 W Main St] 3-6p

TUESDAY, 10 Junior Golf Begins Park District pros offer an introduction to golf, teaching hitting and putting fundamentals, golf rules and etiquette. Ages 5-12. Clubs provided, as needed. Tu & We. $62, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] 5:15-7p Adult Basketball League Begins Sign up for our intense, fastpaced basketball league! Choose from men's recreational, men's competitive, church, and women's leagues. Teams play 10 games and an end-of-the-season tournament. Ages 16+. $450 (church, women's, and men's rec), $470 (men's competitive), DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] 6-10p

Just Flicks Brassed Off. Refreshments provided. Discussion follows each film. Central Christian Church [650 Graphic Novel Club Kingdom Come by Mark Waid & West William St, 428.4336] 6-8p Alex Ross. Free, DPL: Staley Room MONDAY, 9 [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, Storybook Adventure Preschool decaturlibrary.org] 6:30-7:30p Activity: The Cat in the Hat Children ages 2-5 listen to a story, WEDNESDAY, 11 Movies at the Library then participate in art activities highlighting the book's characters Gravity. Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, and events. $7, Johns Hill Center 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 1-3p [601 S Jasper, decatur-parks.org] 10-10:40a MU Men's Basketball Intermediate Junior Golf Begins vs Elmhurst College Juniors can take their swing to the MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main next level with assistance from the St, athletics.millikin.edu] 7-9p Park District golf pros! Ages 10-13 who have previous experience in the Junior Golf program. $62, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decaturparks.org] 5:30-6:30p

THURSDAY, 12 Book Club The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. Argenta Public Library [100 E Water, Argenta] 1:30-2:30p Adult Co-ed Indoor Volleyball League Begins Teams play once a week with a schedule of 8 self-officiated games. Choose either co-ed recreational or co-ed competitive. Ages 16+. $180, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks. org] 6-10p Free Sneak Preview of Victoria Premiere/ PBS Get a sneak preview of the first hour of the two-hour premiere of the new PBS series, Victoria. Seven-part series, imaginatively depicts what it was like for an ill-educated, emotionally deprived teenager to wake up one morning and find that she is the most powerful woman in the world. Popcorn available, or bring your own snack. Free, Decatur Area Arts Council [125 N Water, 423.3189, decaturarts.org] 7-8p FRIDAY, 13 MidState Indoor Soccer Co-ed 3v3 League Begins Soccer players ages 5-6 (K/1st grade) and ages 7-9 (2nd/3rd grade) extend their season! Teams will play two 20-minute games each Friday night, with 3 players and no goalie. Six players allowed per team. $66, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks. org] 6-7p

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January Restorative Yoga Guided by Aly Swengel, LMT, RYT 200, restorative yoga is a passive style of yoga that utilizes props to allow the body to open and relax. No previous yoga experience required. Register in advance. The Studio Yoga & Fitness (formerly Awakened Yoga) [952 E. Eldorado St, 433.1401, thestudioyogadecatur.com] 6-7:30p Old Fox Road, Mammoth Cannon, No Good, & Gadget What we have here is a good ole rock show at Decatur's newest all-ages DIY venue Doulos! Come out and support the local music scene! Doors open (6:30p), show (7p). $5, Doulos [242 W Packard St] 7-11p West End Boogie Project $5, VFW Post 99 [3915 N Cowgill St] 8-11p

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1.13-1.15 As Time Goes By Enjoy a meal and concert by the Decatur Park District's Greater Decatur Chorale! Make a reservation by January 4. $25 (dinner & concert), $10 (show only), Scovill Banquet Facility [3909 W Main St, 422.5911, decatur-parks.org] Fr/Sa Cash Bar (6p), dinner (6:30-7:15p), and concert (7:30p). Su Lunch (12:301:30p), concert (2p)

MidState Indoor Soccer Co-ed 6v6 League Begins Soccer players ages 10-14 (4-8 grade) extend their season! Teams play two 24-minute halves each Saturday with 5 players and a goalie. $66, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] 11a-12p

UCP Miller Lite Barstool Open Home of the largest barstool open in the USA. 7 courses total. 4 from KC Hall, 3 from Infusion SATURDAY, 14 Bar & Banquet Center. Play begins Lacrosse Winter Skills Camp Begins at 11a. Shuttled to the courses, 5-week clinic, girls ages 8-18 and must be back by 5p for scores boys ages 8-16 learn passing, to be tallied. Ages 21+. Infusion catching, shooting, cradling, and Bar & Banquet Center & KC Hall scooping, along with the basic [marketing@ucpll.org, ucpll.org] rules of lacrosse. All necessary 11:30a-5p equipment provided. $52, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur- Martin Luther King, Jr Luncheon "Drum Major for Justice - What is parks.org] 9-11a Your Legacy Beating To?" Pulitzer 2nd Saturday Book Sale Prize winning author Leonard Decatur Public Library [130 N Pitts, Jr. Tickets first-come, firstFranklin, 424.2900, decaturlibrary. served and not sold at the door org] 9:30a-12:30p on the day of the luncheon. $30, The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, Dulcimer Music decaturil.gov] 12-1p Enjoy live music performed by Baseball Instructional Clinic Begins the Dulcimer Club. Free, Rock Millikin University coaches and Springs Conservation Area players assist participants ages [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, 8-14 with throwing, hitting, maconcountyconservation.org] catching, fielding, and base 10a-12p running. Players are divided into age groups and use the batting cages and full gym. 3-Saturday commitment. $54, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks. org] 1-2:30p


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Kids Club Teddy Bears on Parade matinee hosted by Doodles the Dragon, Granny Giggles, Spunky Squirrel, Princess Mallory, and the Gary Strong Marionettes celebrating 62 years in family entertainment. Games, two classic cartoons, music and prizes. Contest for the largest and smallest bear. $1 (child), $4 (adult), Fletcher Park: Recreation Center [400 S Henderson St, Mt. Zion, 706.5229, facebook.com/Super-KidsClub-105602646138404] 2-3p

SUNDAY, 15 Feed the Animals Get a behind-the-scenes look at how we care for the reptiles, amphibians, and fish at Rock Springs Nature Center. Learn how the animals assist in educational programming. Register online by January 13. Free, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 2-3p

routine at one of the Millikin men's home basketball games. $45, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decaturparks.org] 10a-3p Martin Luther King, Jr Freedom March Begins at the Civic Center and proceeds north to the Church of the Living God Temple #1 at 1915 N Martin Luther King, Jr Drive. Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza] 12-1p

The Good The Bad The Blues Band Pop's Place [4335 W Main St] 3-6p

MidState Indoor Little Kritters Soccer Begins Imagine That Band 5-week program designed for Sliderz [5995 E Route 36] preschool players. A story book Couples & Singles Dance 9p-1a is provided, which highlights 11 Keep ballroom dancing alive with animal characters who possess King T's a live band! Our house band, unique soccer skills. MidState Pop's Place [4335 W Main St] BAM! can play almost any song Soccer Club coaches help 9p-1a requested. The floor is huge so participants learn these soccer country dancers can line dance skills through fun activities. $54, 1.14-1.15 to many of the songs without DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, Elite Energy interfering with flow dancers. $10, decatur-parks.org] 4:30-5p or Competition Preview Show Knights of Columbus Hall [520 E 5-5:30p Decatur area high school students, North St, 875.3090, gui.dance.jwl@ MidState Youth Indoor Elite Energy Show Choir, perform gmail.com] 5-8p Soccer Begins their competition show, Exodus. MONDAY, 16 Designed to teach soccer Featuring special guest, John's Calendar Kids Preschool Activity: fundamentals and techniques, Hill Xperience! and TJ Music Snowmen & Snowflakes such as passing, dribbling, and Machine performing their Children ages 2-5 enjoy learning team play. 30-minute training competition shows. Eisenhower about different holidays and sessions are followed by a High School [1200 S 16th St, eliteenergyshowchoir.com] 7:30p seasons through hands-on crafts, 15-minute game. $62, DISC [1295 games, and snacks! $7, Johns Hill W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks. (Sa), 3p (Su) Center [601 S Jasper, decaturorg] 5:30-6:15p (grades K-1), 6:151.14-1.16 parks.org] 10-10:40a 7p (grades 2-3), and 7-8p (grades Frozen Oasis 4-8) 2 nights onsite, 5 meals and Cheer Camp Enhance your cheer and stunt snacks. Great speaker(s) and skills during this fun, one-day worship, fun games, fun on ice, camp led by Millikin University's glow-in-dark 9 square, sledding Cheerleading Squad! Participants (weather permitting). $50, Camp Warren [4225 Camp Warren Ln] 2p ages 4-12 show off their new

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January TUESDAY, 17 Mini Camp: Prancing Deer Get a close up look at deer fur and antlers as we learn about Illinois' largest plant eater. Venture outside in search of deer tracks. Dress for the weather. For ages 1-5 with an adult buddy. Register online by January 16. $10, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 9:30-10:30a Healthy Eating Through the Aisles With all the food choices in stores, learn more about picking healthy options, reading labels, and planning meals as you move through the aisles. County Market [1135 W Grand Ave, 877.6042, go.illinois.edu/dmp] 10:30a-12p Yoga Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 12-1p

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Trivia Night See Facebook for details. Cost to play is purchase of liquid refreshment at Decatur Brew Works. Decatur Brew Works [101 Main St, 330.8683, decaturbrewworks.com] 7-9p WEDNESDAY, 18 Mini Camp: Prancing Deer Get a close up look at deer fur and antlers as we learn about Illinois' largest plant eater. Venture outside in search of deer tracks. Dress for the weather. For ages 3-5 with an adult buddy. Register online by January 16. $10, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 9:30-10:30a

MU Men's Basketball vs North Park University MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main St, athletics.millikin.edu] 7-9p THURSDAY, 19 Book Club Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by Davis Margolick. Free, DPL: Board Room [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 1-2p Domestic Violence Kitchen Shower Friends of Dove's Domestic Violence Program are invited to come support our clients by showering the kitchen with items everyone needs. Items will be used in the shelter or provided to clients setting up a new home. Join us for a light reception and tour the client kitchen. Dove, Inc [302 S Union St, 428.6616, doveinc. org] 1-3p

Fleet Feet Sports Cross Training: Jazzercise High intensity workout. Free, Fleet Outside the Lines Feet Sports [1090 W Wood St, fleetfeetdecaturil.com] 6:15-7:15p Adult Coloring Club Just color, chat, and relax! Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Stampcraft Demonstration Demonstration on Stampcraft–the Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us] 6-7p art of making paper projects using stamps, stencils, tape, and paper. Unspoken $15, Decatur First Nazarene [1177 Oreana resident Joyce Johnson will be demonstrating how to use W Hickory Point Rd, itickets.com/ events/367793] 6-9p all-in-one kits to make greeting cards, gift bags, decorations, and West End Boogie Project other paper projects. Oreana $5, VFW Post 99 Public Library [100 South Rt 48, [3915 N Cowgill St] 7-10p Oreana, aopld.lib.il.us] 6:30-8p


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PUBLISHER'S PICK Bob Zany

1.19-1.21 Featuring Chris Speyrer and headlined by Bob Zany. Mr. Zany is conducting a meet and greet immediately following his performance. Ages 21+. $15, Main Hangar Restaurant [910 S Airport Rd, mainhangarrestaurant. net] 8:30-10p FRIDAY, 20 Movies at the Library Project Nim. Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 1-3p Healthy Lifestyle Changes Ann Moehring of the Arc Unit at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital shares tips for making healthy changes in the new year. Free, Primrose Retirement Communities [1145 W Arbor Dr, 619.0234, primroseretirement.com/decatur] 1:30-2:30p Shonna Bonds & Pierce Arrow Shonna Bonds has toured nationally and internationally in over 20 states, and even preformed for President George W. Bush and his wife. $25 (reg), $55 (VIP), Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, facebook. com/events/631727063666278] 7:30-10p

1.20-1.21 Mt Zion Swingsations Invitational Mt Zion High School [315 S Henderson St, Mt. Zion, swingsations.com] 5:30-10p (Fr), 8a-8p (Sa) SATURDAY, 21 Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Maroa Firehouse [Maroa] 6a-12p Snake and Turtle Show Learn about these fascinating reptiles at Rock Springs Nature Center. Discuss what makes them special and important in nature; then look at and touch some live animals. Register online by January 20. $2, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 2-3p Decatur Big Band Free, Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland, 429.7411, lockstockdecatur.com] 3:30-5:30p Kilborn Alley Feeling Lucky [3775 N Woodford] 4-8p MU Women's Basketball vs Augustana College (IL) MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main St, athletics.millikin.edu] 5-7p MU Men's Basketball vs Augustana College (IL) MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main St, athletics.millikin.edu] 7-9p

SUNDAY, 22 Preschool Peepers: Owls Children ages 3-5 with an adult buddy will learn about owls. See mounted specimens and learn how to tell raptors apart from other birds. For ages 3-5 with an adult buddy. Register online by January 20. Free, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 2-3p Tas Cru Blues Band Pop's Place [4335 W Main St] 3-6p Joe May Trio Bottoms Up [4380 W Main St] 5:30-8p Just Flicks Dear White People. Refreshments provided. Discussion follows each film. First Presbyterian Church [204 W Prairie Ave, 429.4195] 6-8p TUESDAY, 24 Non-Fiction Book Club The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin. Free, DPL: Board Room [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 1-2p WEDNESDAY, 25 Decatur Quilters Guild Trunk Show A selection of favorites from local quilters. Free, Primrose Retirement Communities [1145 W Arbor Dr, 619.0234, primroseretirement. com/decatur] 1-2p

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January Film Noir Club So what can we say about film noir today? Is it a genre that features its own set of plot points, character types, thematic beats? Or is it an "elusive film phenomenon," one that resists our every attempt to pin it down? Showing and discussing handpicked examples of the genre each month. Free, DPL: Staley Room [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 5-7p

SCORE Business Book Club Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman & Raj Sisodia. Free, DPL: Staley Room [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 6-7p

The Masters and Merlot Learn to paint a masterpiece while having a great time. Open to all skill levels! All supplies and light snacks provided, including wine! (21 +) or bring whatever you would prefer. Take home your finished piece. All painting supplies provided. Space limited. MU Women's Basketball $30, Gallery 510 [160 E Main, vs North Park University MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main 422.1509, gallery510.org] 6-8p St, athletics.millikin.edu] 7-9p Freezer Meals Get dinner on the table in THURSDAY, 26 minutes with a freezer meal. Each Peace Love & Posters household prepares a freezer meal Exhibition Opening to take home. $5, U of I Extension, Celebration of 60s and 70s culture Macon County Office [3351 N featuring memorabilia from all President Howard Brown Blvd, aspects of the time period. Art, 877.6042, go.illinois.edu/dmp] music, and culture would collide 6:30-7:30p to create an exhibition to live up to the psychedelic festivals of the West End Boogie Project past. MU: Perkinson Gallery [1184 $5, VFW Post 99 [3915 N Cowgill St] 7-10p W Main St, millikin.edu] 5-7p

Shopkins Party A fun party dedicated to all things Shopkins! Food, Shopkins art projects, activities, movies, games, prizes, and treats, as well as time to play with and trade Shopkins doubles. Every kid goes home with a new Shopkin! For children ages 5+ (Under 5 if accompanied by adult). $20, Decatur Area Arts Council [125 N Water, 423.3189, decaturarts.org] 5-8p Restorative Yoga Guided by Aly Swengel, LMT, RYT 200. No previous yoga experience required. Register in advance. The Studio Yoga & Fitness (formerly Awakened Yoga) [952 E. Eldorado St, 433.1401, thestudioyogadecatur.com] 6-7:30p Dart SBT Woody's Bar [1190 W South Side Dr] 7-10p

The World's Greatest Geezer Band! The Fab Hoedads add Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ron Stockert for a great night of entertainment. $5, VFW Post FRIDAY, 27 Early Explorers Preschool Activity: 99 [3915 N Cowgill St, 358.9273, thefabuloushoedads.com] Safari Adventure Youth ages 2-5 dive into a world of 8-11:30p exploration for hands-on learning West End Boogie Project and fun. Designed to stimulate Bottoms Up [4380 W Main St] a child's interests in art, science, 8-11p and culture while engaging the 5 senses. $7, Johns Hill Center SATURDAY, 28 [601 S Jasper, decatur-parks.org] Dulcimer Music 10-10:40a Enjoy live music performed by the Dulcimer Club. Free, Rock Springs Conservation Area [3939 Nearing Ln, 423.7708, maconcountyconservation.org] 10a-12p

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Teddy Bear 8 Ball Tournament Alternate shot 3-on-3 tournament. $60, Biggen's Bar & Billiards [858 W Green St, facebook.com/ events/564381560432778] 10a-5p Movies at the Library Pete's Dragon. Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 1-3p MU Faculty Jazz Free, Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland, 429.7411, lockstockdecatur.com] 3:30-5:30p Father/Daughter Dance Perfect special occasion for young ladies ages 5-12 and their dads. Call 422-5911 to RSVP by January 25. $30 (father/daugher), $10 (additional sibling) , Hickory Point Golf Club Banquet Facility [727 Weaver Road, decatur-parks.org] 5-9p Annual Dinner Dance and Auction Join us for fun, food (catered by the Beach House), fellowship, dinner and dancing. 5p (doors open). Holy Family Catholic School [2400 South Franklin Street Road, 423.7049, hfcschool.org] 5-11p

Night at the Lincoln Theater Come along for another intense investigation of this supernaturally charged theater! We'll spend the night looking for the theater's ghosts and we'll also include a history and tour of the theater as well. Is it really as haunted as many claim? Find out for yourself during what may be one of the scariest nights of your life! $50, Lincoln Square Theatre [145 N Main St, 791.7859, americanhauntings.net] 8p-5a Shades of Gray $5, VFW Post 99 [3915 N Cowgill St] 8-11p

MONDAY, 30 Movies at the Library Alice Through the Looking Glass. Free, DPL: Madden Auditorium [130 N Franklin St, 424.2900, decaturlibrary.org] 5:30-7:30p TUESDAY, 31 Essential Oils 101 PanAway Blend/Cool Azul Cream/ Gel. All supplies provided. Call to register. The Perfect Pair [266 N St Rt 121, Warrensburg, 672.8822, theperfectpairantiquesandsalon. wordpress.com] 8:30a

Music Talk Primrose resident Forrest Suycott delights eyes and ears with a Lady Luck musical walk though history. Free, Pop's Place [4335 W Main St] 9p-1a Primrose Retirement Communities [1145 W Arbor Dr, 619.0234, SUNDAY, 29 kstankovic@primroseretirement. Dave & Friends com, primroseretirement.com/ Pop's Place [4335 W Main St] 3-6p decatur] 1:30-2:30p MU Choir Tour Finale St Patrick Church [407 E Eldorado St, 424.6342, millikin.edu/som] 3-5p EVENTOR'S FAV The Guardian Live Action Show

Trivia Night See Facebook for details. Cost to play is purchase of liquid refreshment at Decatur Brew Works. Decatur Brew Works [101 Main St, 330.8683, decaturbrewworks.com] 7-9p

MU Women's Basketball vs Carroll University MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main St] 5-7p MU Men's Basketball vs Carroll University MU: Griswold Center [1184 W Main St, athletics.millikin.edu] 7-9p

SUNDAY, 29 Fun for the whole family. Full of martial arts action and powerful anti-bullying message. $15 (adult), $10 (child), Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, xtremeforcelive.ticketleap. com] 3-4:30p

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Soy City Perks

Coffee Companion: Your Guide to the Local Grind Words & Images by Sarah Shorthose

One big perk, pun intended, of our Soy City is that at any moment in town you’re not more than a few miles away from a caffeine hot spot. As a self-proclaimed coffee-holic, I’d say that’s a win! But not all coffee-shops are identical, so consider this your guide to the grind. Before we start, you should know my tastes will be biased toward the STRONG side of things, but I’ll sprinkle in some tips for those of you who are not into chest-hair-growing black tar with a hint of caramel (ok, that might be an exaggeration but not by much). Let’s get it out of the way right now and throw out the number one name that comes to mind when you think coffee anywhere east of Seattle: Starbucks. For our purposes we’ll stick to our locally yummy options, but let me say I’ve recently become addicted to the Doubleshot on Ice.


Winter Chorale Concert “As time goes by” January 13, 14 & 15 Dinner Theatre at Scovill Banquet Facility $25 – dinner and show • $10 – show only

FATHER

daughter DANCE Saturday, January 28 Buffet dinner 5 - 6 p.m. Hickory Point Banquet Facility $30 (add $10 for each additional sibling)

Limited seating and reservations required! Call 422-5911 for tickets! • decatur-parks.org

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Studebaker John Blue Band Sun, Jan 8, 3-6p King T's Sat, Jan 14, 9p-1a The Good the Bad the Blues Band Sun, Jan 15, 3-6p Tas Cru Blues Band Sun, Jan 22, 3-6p Lady Luck Sat, Jan 28, 9p-1a Dave & Friends Sun, Jan 29, 3-6p

MidState Youth Indoor Soccer Mondays, January 16 - February 13 Boys & Girls ages K - 8! ï Learn more about soccer at our state-of-the-art INDOOR facility! ï Indoor soccer uses a heavier ball to get more touches and increase SKILLS more quickly! ï Meet new friends and learn from our certified coaches! Location: DISC, 1295 W. Wood Fee: $62 ($53 with resident discount)

Register at the DISC, midstatesoccer.com, or 429-3472.

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SOY CIT Y PERKS FR OM PAGE 29 With local favorites from Warrensburg to Mt. Zion there’s no need to stick to Starbucks. One local flavor that no one tops is the Iced Vanilla Chai Latte from Decatur Coffee Connection (ok, so not really coffee but so good). When your caffeine needs are more than the Chai can provide, you have to try the latest latte flavor concoctions. This is where I go to think outside the box….they offer a variety of surprising flavor combinations. The last one I tried was the Honey Cinnamon Latte, which was light and bright with a perfect combination of sweet honey and spicy cinnamon. For a really rich coffee flavor I encourage you stop by Black Iron in Mt. Zion. Personally, I’m always one for throwing in an extra shot of espresso, and theirs is smooth and never bitter, so if you’re only now dipping your toe into the bold coffee pot, this is the place to start. Though I couldn’t bring myself to forego a latte in my last few visits, I’ve been told time and time again that their frappuccinos are to die for. So if you find yourself on the lighter side of the coffee roaster and need a tasty treat, I’d head here fast! One of the area’s newest additions to the coffee scene is Harvest Market on the west side of Decatur (inside County Market). This is the perfect stop for anyone looking for a sweet treat with a little caffeine kick. Try their Turtle Latte for a perfect mix of drink and dessert. And last but certainly not least we cannot leave out Daily Brew inside the Perfect Pair in Warrensburg. Obviously a fit since coffee pairs perfectly (oh, the puns) with everything! With a full list of flavors right on the window, YOU can be the creator of your own destiny here: salted caramel, mocha, vanilla, white chocolate— the combinations are endless. Pair it with a pastry of the day, and get a Puppaccino for your furry friend!

Sarah Shorthose is THRIVE’s lead photographer, a self-described coffee addict with an out-ofcontrol coffee cup collecting habit.


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THRIVE Q&A

AMBER KAYLOR

FAVORITE DATE NIGHT ACTIVITY AROUND THE COUNTY

Date nights are rare these days, but dinner at the Beach House is always a favorite. Again, I love the lake, so it's a win-win with great food and a view.

FAVORITE MACON COUNTY FAMILY OUTING

This was our first year for Boo at the Zoo, and we loved it. We also love to take our son for walks through Fairview Park and Rock Springs.

MOST EXCITING PART OF JOINING THE MUSEUM

There are new challenges every day. It is exciting for me to take something people already love and to make it even better.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE MUSEUM THAT WOULD SURPRISE THE AVERAGE MACON COUNTY RESIDENT

Photo: Sarah Jane

Think cold weather has to put the freeze on fun for the winter? Think again—Macon County’s full of action in any temperature. Who better to give us the inside track on winter entertainment than the Children’s Museum of Illinois’ new Executive Director, Amber Kaylor? We asked her for the scoop.

FAVORITE KID-CENTRIC ACTIVITY IN THE DECATUR AREA (OTHER THAN THE MUSEUM, OF COURSE!)

I have always loved Scovill Zoo. This coming spring/summer will be fun because I will be able to take my son, and he will be old enough to understand. Also, we love to boat on Lake Decatur. Our family will spend lots of time on the lake this summer!

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Our admission is only $5! $5 for 20,000 square feet of fun...what a steal!

WHAT REQUEST THE MUSEUM HEARS MOST FROM MACON COUNTY

We hear a lot of requests for partnership with Scovill Zoo, so in spring 2017 we will be offering a dual membership.

WHAT’S NEW FOR THE MUSEUM IN 2017

We have several new exhibits in the works. We are excited to continue to offer interactive, educational exhibits that inspire children AND adults to play!


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WINTER EVENTS at Allerton 2/4-5 2/10-11 2/18-19 3/4-5

Lunar New Year Valentine’s Dinner Experience the Hops Vine to Wine

More info & registration online.

Special meeting & lodging rates this winter!

ALLERTON PARK & RETREAT CENTER, MONTICELLO | ALLERTON.ILLINOIS.EDU | 217-333-3287

Attention all FOODIES! ALL NEW Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. Learn about the history of the food industry, the latest trends, and even develop your own business plan. THURSDAY EVENINGS - JANUARY 26 TO MAY 18 NATIONAL FOODWORKS SERVICES ON BRUSH COLLEGE ROAD

Take your next big food idea from concept to cart. Call 875.7211, ext. 6265 to sign up!

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