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It’s racin’ time at Macon Speedway

Stars Over Athens Discover Decatur/Forsyth Tom’s Grill The area’s handiest Events Calendar



THRIVE is a FREE, monthly entertainment guide featuring the handiest events calendar for the Decatur, IL area. THRIVE IS ALSO ... a state of Being. To THRIVE is to Flourish. It’s Prosperity. It’s Success. It’s Positivity at all cost. It’s finding the Fun in all you do. It isn’t always easy, but to persevere against those who would have you believe “there’s nothing to do here” is to THRIVE.

THRIVE is a publication of Showcard Studio PO Box 6195 • Decatur, IL 62524 • 217.791.5653 Publisher: Katrina Smalley Managing Editor: Jayson Albright The Eventor: Stephanie Zimmerman Senior Writer: Joli Hohenstein Contributors: Jayson Albright T. F. Dude Jentry Grader Aric Lee Katrina Smalley Photographers: Jayson Albright Travis Lickey Katrina Smalley Layout Design: Showcard Studio Printing: Wood Printing Disclaimer: The contents of this magazine are covered by copyright. Reproduction in-part or in-full is forbidden, without the express permission of the publisher. It is not our intention to print any matter that discriminates on the grounds of race, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Every effort has been made to present all information accurately, however no liability is accepted for any inclusions or omissions from the publication.

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AND CAN BE FOUND AT ALL OF THESE LOCATIONS! ADM • Aloha • America’s Best Value Inn • An Affair to Remember • Applebee’s • Architectural Expressions • Attitudes Salon • Baker Law Office • Bellasara • Blue Connection • Blue Eggs & Ham • Bourbon Barrel • Brinkoetter & Associates • C&K Custom Signs • Carlos O’Kelly’s • Cartridge World • Caterpillar • Children’s Museum • CITC • Clockwork Pizza • Coffee Connection • Cohn Furniture • Collect Them • Coney McKane’s • Coziahr Harley Davidson • Curly’s • Da Franco’s Pizza • Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy • Days Inn • Debbie’s Diner • Decatur Animal Clinic • Decatur Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau • Decatur Athletic Club • Decatur Beach House • Decatur Civic Center • Decatur Conference Center • Decatur Dental Care • Decatur Mutual Insurance • Decatur Professional Plaza • Decatur Public Library • Decatur Earthmover Credit Union • Del’s Express • Diane’s Mane Strategy • Different by Design • DMH Express Care - Fairview • Doherty’s Pub & Pins • Donnies Homespun Pizza • Dragon Buffet • Dreamers Diner • Dynagraphics/FastImpressions • Earthen Pottery • El Matador • Endless Summer Tanning • Famous Liquors • Fillipo’s Pizza • Firewater Cafe • First Wok • Fox’s Hound • Fringe • Fuji • Garcia’s Pizza • Gerber State Bank • Giggles • Good Naber Specialty Foods • Goodfellas • Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce • Greater Decatur Y • Guadalajara • Haines & Essick Co. • IHOP • It’s a Girl Thing • It’s Just a Little Prick • Jan’s East End Grille • Jimmy Ryan’s • Katz on Merchant • KC Hall • Krekels • Kroger • La Gondola • Lana’s Cakewalk • Land of Lincoln Credit Union • Leo H. Berger Insurance • Linda’s Music • Lock Stock & Barrel • Love at First Sight • Macon County Farm Bureau • Madden Arts Center • Main Hangar • Mari Mann Herbs Co. • Maustell’s Pizza • McGorray’s Golf & Grille • Melisty Mart • Merry Maids • Mi Pueblito • Mike’s Hairstyling • Miles Chevrolet • Millenium Tan • Millie & Bo’s Barkery • Millikin University/Kirkland • Monical’s • Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce • Neuhoff Media • Nissan • Nola’s Hair Salon • Northgate Pet Clinic • Nova Framing / Gallery 510 • Old Book Barn • One Main Place Building • Oreana Public Library • Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Specialists of Central IL • Paco’s Sol Bistro • Pastabilities • Petals • Pizza Hut • Pla-Mor Lanes • Play it Again Sports • Porter’s on Merchant • Priceless Smiles/Styles & Smiles • Pride Coin Laundry • Promax Construction • Ramada Limited • Regions Bank • Renew Total Wellness • Richland Community College • Richland Extension Office • Robbies Outlet • RUSH Wireless • Salon 402 • Shear Learning • Shop on Main • Sloan’s Calzones • Solar Tan • Sound Check Music Center • Soy Capital • Soy Capital • Spa Villa • Spare Time Lanes • Speed Lube • Speed Lube Total Care • Star Silkscreen • Studio 7 • Subway, West End • Swartz Properties • Tasty’s Chicago Grille • Texas Roadhouse • The Chili Bowl • The Decanter • The Decatur Club • The Fox’s Den • The Secret Garden • The Wharf • The Winery • Timbuktu • Touch Design • Tournesol • Triple Dog Dare Ya • Tropix Salon and Spa • Unique Boutique • Up N’ Runnin’ • Veolia Environmental Services • Wabash Crossing Antiques • Whitestar Home Healthcare Services • Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe • Yoga Hound • Zips Florist by the Gates

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14 on the cover The original photo of tires from Cory Daugherty’s garage used for our otherworldly cover image. cover photo: Travis Lickey


Stars over Athens Now renowned for its Mediterranean-style chicken and potatoes, Greek salad and saganaki, Stars Over Athens has become a full-on festival of food and fun.



Out and About


SPOTLIGHT: Discover Decatur/Forsyth


The Food Dude: Tom’s Grill


The Locker Room: Roller Derby


April Events Calendar


Spot the Difference (answers p.31)


Club 501


Visual Guide to Practical Jokes


THRIVE 3Way: Three Ways to Net a New Best Friend


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“Green Eggs & Ham served at Blue Eggs & Ham on St. Patty’s Day!” Submitted by Laura Lycan

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Not much to say this month, folks, other than we hope you enjoy Thrive’s new look! That, and the fact we’re all looking forward to warmer weather. Not that the cold stopped people from having fun outside; just look at the next page for proof of that. Temp is in the 70s as we go to print; we’ll see how long that lasts! Good Times!

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Out & About photos: Katrina Smalley

A look back at last month’s happenings

It’s all or nothin’ at the Plunge


Team Baywatch just before the slow-motion beach scene

420 of Decatur’s bravest took to the chilly waters at the Lake Decatur Polar Plunge. Chilly? Try arctic-icy, colder-than-anyoneshould-ever-leap-into COLD. With a wintery mix falling and temps near freezing, this year’s Polar Plunge was easily one of the coldest Decatur has seen. But that didn’t stop this year’s “plungers” from raising nearly $80,000 for Illinois Special Olympic athletes, surpassing their goal freezing happily all the way. Thrive was on hand for the second year in a row to award trophies to the craziest, most original team and individual costumes. It’s all about enthusiasm, and the folks listed to the right had it! --KS

The THRIVE Craziest Costume Contest Results Team 1st: Baywatch 2nd: Jersey Shore 3rd: Star Wars Individual 1st: Speedo Fro 2nd: Sea Biscuit 3rd: Mermaid

Jersey Shore getting into a serious situation

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Out & About A look back at last month’s happenings

Bowl for Kids Sake

(March 11, 12, 13) “This was our most successful Bowl For Kids Sake ever,” declared Zach Shields, community partnership coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County. For the third year in a row, this annual fundraiser brought in north of $100,000 thanks to 136 teams (up from last year’s 82) and more than $44,000 in sponsor donations. “The bowlers have spoken,” says Shields, “and as always, we are very, very appreciative.”

Knit Night You can hear the cheeriness of the group as soon as you step off the elevator! Lots of laughter shared at this weekly (every Tuesday) gathering at the Decatur Area Arts Council. Open to any and all knitters, it’s a supportive space to explore your craft!

Mardi Gras: Downtown (Saturday, Feb 26th) Downtown Decatur once again celebrated Mardi Gras with a night of N’awlins inspired food and fun courtesy of eleven participating restaurants and bars (presented as a fundraiser for Special Olympics by the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce). Will Miller and Bunny Thomas (right) of Coney McKane’s were voted Mardi Gras King and Queen by online voters.

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Elizabeth Hagg, visiting from Sweden, shows off her knitted cowl

words & pics: JA

St. Patty’s Parade (March 12) Preceded by the annual Run to LSB, this year’s parade was one colorful affair. Green was certainly on display, but how about red? (See Iron Man on page 26)

You feel that draft, too?

Bored Night at Wildflower It’s really ‘board’ night (as in board games), and the first Tuesday of every month Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe (256 W Main St) invites you to stop in and play! “It started with the Decatur Gamers but is open to anyone,” says owner Kelly Wingard. Grab your favorite game and jump in! You sunk my Battleship!

Most Hated? Only a wrestler could smile after being awarded Most Hated. Matt Cage (left), who won the coveted award, joined other performers, trainers, fans and organizers at the Main Hangar (located in the Decatur Airport) March 18th for the 2011 NBS Awards, honoring the best in Central Illinois wrestling.

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by Joli Hohenstein


Guess what? The Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has declared April Discover Decatur-Forsyth Month, and we are pumped! For just under two years, we’ve been THRIVE-ing to get the word out about how great our towns are, and we’re SO excited that the CVB and friends are making a big push to shout the message! “This is a great chance to raise the community’s and the area’s awareness of everything we have to offer,” says Executive Director Jeff Hendricks. “There’s so much to see and do here.” Its true! There IS a heck of a lot to do here. You can climb a wall, feed a goat, ride a carousel, take the kids for free golf, tour seven museums or 10 art galleries, sample herbal tea, visit a winery, explore a historic home, go to a concert, watch a play, catch a fish, or run a race. Did you know we have more Lincoln statues than any other city in the nation? And 15 Lincoln sites to boot? But don’t believe us. During April the CVB has partnered with the Heritage Network, the City of Decatur, the Village of Forsyth, the Decatur Public School District and the Maroa-Forsyth School District to pass the word via TV, newspaper, radio, magazines, social media and the web. And Stephen Decatur himself will be helping tell the world all about it.

“April is perfect timing with the kickoff of tourist season, plus all of the conventions and sporting events coming to town,” says Jeff. “If you can’t be a tour guide, just send them to the Convention & Visitors Bureau when they ask for something to do.” The campaign promotes Decatur’s many entertainment draws, including museums, parks and recreation, art galleries, historic homes, Lincoln sites, live theaters and attractions. Watch for it, and we bet you’ll find out something new!

Speaking of things to do . . . April brings one of this wino, er writer’s favorite events. Corks and Forks, the Decatur Area Arts Council’s annual wine and cheese tasting event, is set for April 28 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. It’s your chance to try hundreds of different reds, whites and rosés from all over the world, paired with the Decatur-area culinary world’s finest flavors. In between samples, pop into the silent auction to pick up a bauble or two, a vacation getaway or some local art, and pause to enjoy the night’s musical entertainment. Fabulous!

Joli Hohenstein is a senior contributor to THRIVE. She’s actually quite the discoverer, herself; recent finds include a new Red AND a new White. Get more Joli at 08 | april 2011


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by T. F. DUDE

Tom’s Grill

photo: Jayson Albright

After a three-year hiatus, Tom’s Bar and Grill (1856 North Main Street) has re-opened its doors. Adding historic color to Decatur, the Grill originally opened in 1935 (1935!) and was in business all the way to 2007 (2007!). That’s a mighty long time, folks. It officially re-opened back in November (under the new management of Deon and Lauralee Jones), though the Chamber of Commerce just made it official with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 17th.

choose-from menus found in many restaurants. Here the course selection consists of steak, chicken, pork, and fish, all classically prepared. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

The restaurant hasn’t lost its original flavor, referring both to the food and atmosphere (aside from the lounge now being smoke free, of course). Tom’s still offers the same tasty, quintessential Midwestern menu of meat and potatoes that has kept it’s business flowing over the past 75 years. And true to its slogan “Atmosphere is Everything” - the Grill does well in accommodating Decatur diners with three separate dining areas. Of course, your Food Dude can’t help but be partial to the hip, dimly lit lounge with jazzy music and private booths. It’s the way I roll.

Also worth mentioning is Tom’s homemade garlic dressing, which was so good I ate it not only with my salad but on portions of the meal as well. The garlic in no way overpowers the flavor, hitting just the right note of taste.

Those familiar with Tom’s may notice something missing from the pre-meal table: the relish tray. Fear not, it’s now an official appetizer. As for the rest of the menu, items are limited; but that’s a plus. So refreshing from the usual seven-pages-to-

Did I mention how cool I feel sitting in those booths? I mean, er, how cool you’ll feel sitting in those booths? Because your Food Dude is always cool.

As for sides, options were pretty much any cooking-style of potatoes you can think of! Of the offerings, I highly recommend the twicebaked with the side of cheese sauce. Veeeeeery tasty!

Overall, Tom’s new owners have done a wonderful job maintaining the previously loved feel of this Decatur mainstay, including many returning staff members (who remain attentive and friendly). Let’s put it this way: if a visitor to Decatur wanted a true “taste” of the Midwest, I would definitely suggest this place.

Well I am! Agree? Disagree? Join the discussion at: The Food Dude is not a professional critic. He just really, really likes food.

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by Aric Lee

The Opening Horn… Find yourself somewhere in the middle of loving real sport and everything except the predetermined outcome of the entertainment world of wrestling? Well then, Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby is the sport for you! And with Decatur’s very own Soy City Rollers celebrating their 1 year anniversary this month, now is the perfect time to check them out! What’s that? You hate checking out unfamiliar sporting events without knowing exactly what’s happening in front of you? Come along baby birds, I will feed you...

Halftime … For starters, roller derby isn’t a game or match or contest … it’s a bout, a pair of 30 minute halves contested by two teams, each with an active roster of up to 14. Each half consists of numerous 2 minute periods, referred to as jams. Each jam includes 5 team members from each team - 4 blockers and 1 jammer. One blocker from each team serves as the team pivot, who sets the pace for the blockers and calls the plays. A jam begins with one whistle sending the 8 blockers around the oval track, then a second whistle starting each jammer. The goal? Get your jammer past as many of the opposing team’s blockers as possible within the 2 minute jam (or shorter if it’s called off ). At the end of each jam, the teams have roughly 30 seconds to get back into position to start the next jam, which is where the team strategies of substitutions and team unity come into play. Have the most points at the end of the second half to win. The Soy City Rollers currently have 3 athletes on the disabled list, so it’s certainly not a soft sport. It’s also heavily built on showmanship

and entertainment value. Athletes are known for their quirky stage names, including “Tallulah Banghead,” “Lady Caca,” “Sherry Pain,” and my personal favorite, “Sailor Mouth Jheri” (one of the team’s top jammers, Jheri Keppler). The tempo of the bouts are high-paced, including an announcer and a bevy of crowdrattling hits. The balance of entertainment and sport bounces around so regularly it makes roller derby one of the most unique experiences for the viewer.

Overtime … After a year of rattling through a few dozen athletes and exhibition bouts, the Soy City Rollers now enter their first full season as an official member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The season kickedoff March 27th, but consider yourself officially notified of Bout Number Two on April 30th, 7pm at the Decatur Civic Center. Interested in participating? The Rollers are always looking for new members, referees, non-skating officials, and anyone interested in being a part of roller derby. Slip into George’s Skate Center at 3710 Greenswitch Road off of East Mound Road on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursday evenings. Find the Soy City Rollers on Facebook, or call team captain Elissa McLaughlin at 217-454-6699.

Soy City Rollers in the St. Patty’s Parade

photo: Jayson Albright

ARIC LEE is the Sports Director and Afternoon Host of “The Aric Lee Show with Justin Lyon,” heard each weekday from 3-6pm on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM “The Fan” (WDZ). He enjoys one-armed croquet, butter and gravy sandwiches, and playing Connect Four for money. 12 | april 2011

They’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge!

Get set for dirt in your teeth and wind in your hair -- it’s racin’ time at Macon Speedway, the world’s fastest 1/5th mile dirt track!

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“We started a lot of new programs that will continue this year, and our crowds average over 2,000 a night,” says Bob Sargent, who coowns the track with NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, and Tony Stewart. The track will see 30 nights of action in 2011, with local drivers racing different car classes

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One of Cory Daugherty’s cars, photographed March 17th

including MP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Hornets, Amateur Hornets, High School Hornets and POWRi Midgets. The action kicks off with the Spring Fling/Season Opener April 2. Like the big leagues, drivers can race in series to accumulate points throughout the season, and

devoted fans follow their progress. It’s action you can’t get just anywhere, and it’s uniquely Macon Speedway. “It’s small; it’s tight and there’s more passing, especially the faster you are,” says driver Terry Reed, who finished 7th in points standings last year. “There’s always side-by-side racing—you can see three-wide racing at Macon.” Continued p.16

Continued from p.15

Macon Speedway’s unique setup— small size (0.20 mile) plus stands right on the track—combine to make it an experience that’s hard to beat, especially less than 15 minutes from Decatur. “It’s a small, intense bullring,” says driver Cory Daugherty, who’s been racing for 11 years. “It’s great for the fans because you can see the whole track without any obstructions, and there’s always action, so it’s a thrill for everyone there.” Part of the excitement comes from new features that amp up the action. NASCAR nights—when the stars come to drive with the

locals—are just one of the draws that has the stands packed. It’s an opportunity to rub elbows with NASCAR drivers, get autographs and watch them compete against the field of local drivers. This year the schedule includes two nights, a Memorial Day special May 30 (along with the Northern All-Star Late Models) and the Night of NASCAR Stars II on June 28. “NASCAR’s been good for dirt racing overall, especially at Macon,” says Cory. “And NASCAR Nights at Macon give people who can’t go see NASCAR races the opportunity to get up close and personal with the stars. And it’s

MACON SPEED WAY 2011 SCHEDULE Sat-April 2 Fourth Annual Spring Fling/Season Opener Sat- April 9 Full Weekly Racing Sat- April 16 Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photos & Autographs/Kids Club

Tues– June 28 Night of NASCAR Stars II Featuring Tony Stewart Sat- July 2 95Q Firecracker 40’s-Late Model & Modified/ FIREWORKS!!

Sat- April 23 POWRi Midgets Plus Full Weekly Racing

Thurs-July 7 Herald & Review 100/UMP SUMMERNATIONALS

Sat- April 30 High School Hornets

Sat- July 9 Skeff Distributing/Fireman’s Ball

Sat - May 7 Mother Dear-plus Crazy Chicks n Cars/Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Sat- July 16 Touchstone Energy Night/Christmas in July-Christmas for Kids Toy Drive

Sat- May 14 Flag Night

Sat-July 23 POWRi Midgets Plus Weekly Racing Sat- May 21 Kids Club/Scout Night Boys &Girls/Pinewood Sat– July 30 Full Weekly Racing Derby 1:00 PM Sat- Aug 6 No Stock Car Racing Sat- May 28 Armed Forces Night/Monster Truck “Raminator” plus Fireworks Sat- Aug 13 Fan Appreciation Night/Kids Club Mon– May 30 Night of NASCAR Stars I/NALMS

Friday-Aug 19 POWRi Midget Car Series

Sat- June 4 Miles Chevrolet Night/Faster Pastor/High School Hornets

Sat- Aug 20 Driver Autographs & Fireworks

Sat- June 11 Mueller Dist. Miller Lite Beer Twin 50’s/LM 50 laps & Mod 50 laps Friday & Sat-June 17,18 Building Systems of IL Mini Sprint Nationals PLUS Midgets

Sat– Aug 27 Shrine 50 Sat– Sept 3 7th Annual IL State Street Stock Championship Sat-Sept 10 Hornet World Championships

Sat- June 25 Hall of Fame-Driver Reunion Night/Kids Club Sat-Sept 17 Full Weekly Racing Sat-Sept 24 POWRi Midgets & Micros

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even better when you get to race against them.”

there’s nothing like the thrill you get out of it.”

The Speedway hosts the open wheel POWRi Midgets and Micros several times a year. The High School Hornets kick off their season April 30. The 95Q Nationals come July 2 with racing, food and fireworks. The wildly popular UMP Summer Nationals and Herald & Review 100 hits the track July 7. And that’s just the start - the action runs well into September.

Gates open for the Season Opener on April 2 at 5 pm; racing starts at 7 pm. Opening night alone showcases races with UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Touchtone Energy UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Pro Hornets and Amateur Hornets.

“It’s all about the rush, the competitiveness,” says Terry. “My whole family’s been in racing, and

For more information, call 764-3000 or 764-3220, e-mail, visit or find the track on Facebook.

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April Events EVERY TUESDAY Beginning Beekeepers Fire Station, 27th St & William St Rd, 422.3357, 6:30p Knit Night Decatur Area Arts Council, Madden Arts Center, $3 non-members, 7-9p EVERY WEDNESDAY Mobile Soundz Karaoke AIW Hall, 2882 N Dinneen St. 217.875.2416. 8p

EVERY SATURDAY Illini United Youth Volleyball League The youth league (grades 1-6) teams play 4-on-4 on a slightly smaller court with lighter volleyballs and nets one foot lower than High School. $127 fee. DISC, 8:30a-2:30p Mobile Sounds DJ & Karaoke 22nd St Discount Liquors, 1325 N 22nd St, 428.5420, 9p-1a

Open Mic Night Donnie’s Homespun Pizza, 8:30p

Saturday Afternoon Blues Fill your afternoon with the Blues! Burbon Barrel, 4-8p

Comedy Shop Sports Zone - Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Cover charge: $5. For info, 422.8800, 8-9:30p

1 FRIDAY St. Teresa Mega Raffle Kick-Off See ad on p.17 for details. 875.7950

Lookin Good Wednesdays Cornerstone Tavern, 1190 W South Side Dr. 791.5286. 9p-2a EVERY WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY LD Karaoke Curley’s Bar & Pizza, 875.9800, 9p-2a EVERY THURSDAY DJ David Lee Lock Stock & Barrel, 429.7411,, 10p-2a EVERY FRIDAY Decatur Breakfast Sertoma Club Scovill Golf Course Banquet Room, 877.4789, 7a Fish Fry (Beginning 4.8) K of C Hall, 6p

MU (JV) vs U of I Club Team Collegiate softball, Borg-Warner, 4p

Kilborn Alley Come get down as we start up our very own ‘Blues Month’ here at Paco’s.  Every weekend we have a different blues band, so plan your month accordingly! Paco’s Sol Bistro, 330.6483. 9p-1a Lookin Good Good Lookin Cornerstone Tavern, 9p Usual Suspects Lock Stock & Barrel, 9p-12a [NV]-US Party 2011 @ The Spec Nu Vybe Dance Group. $2 in green, $3 out of color, $5 non students. 10p-2a, Performance at 12:30a X Krush Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p

After 5 Live Join Blue Connection as we celebrate the paper and ceramic work of Kelsey Sickmeyer. Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St, 428.0112. 5-7p

4.1-4.2 Opening Weekend Baseball Kickoff Can’t wait for baseball season? Neither can we! Head to Jimmy Ryan’s to celebrate with “All You Can Eat” brats/ dogs from the grill. $5, on the Patio.11a9p

Friday Night Fever Hearty hors d’ oeuvres and sweets, cash bar and DJ. Bell bottom jeans, mini-skirts, go-go boots, leisure suits, platform shoes, tie-dye shirts and beads strongly encouraged. K of C Hall, 7p

April’s Fool Written and directed by Illinois playwright Bryon Garrison. This romantic comedy is sure to please the jokester and romantic in all of us. $15. 972.8606. Lincoln Square Theatre, 7p

Island Fever Dance MacArthur High School, 7-10p

Pride of the Prairie Spring Marble Show Out-of-state enthusiasts will mingle with aficionados from all over Central IL to create a wall-to-wall collectible marble experience. Room trading, buying and selling begins 4.1. Country Inn & Suites, 5150 Hickory Point Frontage Road, 422.8454, free

The STILL Bourbon Barrel, 1355 North Illinois Route 48 # 7 217.429.7506 7p BMF Karaoke/DJ Bunkers, Illiopolis. 9p-1a

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4.1-4.3 Golden Gate This dark and surprisingly funny musical examines the lives of these characters as it explores the hopelessness, humor, and heart of a world that drives human beings toward life’s most desperate act. $12-16, Albert Taylor Theatre, 424.6318, We-Sa 7:30p, Su 2p 4.1-4.3, 4.8-4.10 Hope for the Flowers This show, based upon the book by Trina Paulus and adapted and directed by Michelle Stephens, is for kids, adults, and others (including caterpillars who like theatre). $7, $5 Children/Students/ Seniors, RCC Shilling Auditorium; Fr & Sa 6:30p, Su 3p 4.1-4.28 Directed by Nature: 2 Women 2 Views Decatur Area Arts Council features Marilyn Codding Boysen’s ceremonial masks inspired by ancient cultures beside Renee Mavigliano’s non-objective paintings inspired by human nature. Both are vibrant with color, texture and movement. Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. 423.3289. Mo-Fr 8:30a-4:30p; Sa 10a-2p 4.1-4.30 Russell A Goodwin Memorial Casas for CASA Playhouse Raffle Tickets on sale through April 30th! Drawing 4/30 @ 4P, Hickory Point Mall. Houses on display at the mall. April 22nd and 23rd we will have a racecar on display, with a special event on April

23rd,11a-2p. Pictures and autographs MU Jazz 1 with some of your favorite Macon Lock Stock & Barrel, 4-6p Speedway drivers! For tickets or info call: 428.8424 Kid Cadillac Sliderz Bar & Grille, 4p 2 SATURDAY Preschool Peepers – Going Whiskey and a Pickle Quackers Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p Youth ages 3-5 are invited to dive into the watery world of ducks through a GRIM, Tradition of Torture & craft and hike. Fee $1. Reservations req. Scavenger Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a Cornerstone Tavern, 9p Dulcimer Club Enjoy tranquil dulcimer music played by our talented volunteers. Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a MU vs Elmhurst College Collegiate Softball Double Header, Borg Warner Fields, Rt 51 South. 1p Wild Women & Wine W.I.N.O.S. Women in need of sanity join us for a girls day out! This month get crafty! Long Creek Vineyards, 1-5p

4.2-4.3 USTA Southern IL State Trampoline & Tumbling Competition Gymnasts will meet in Decatur for the State Championship in hopes of qualifying for the National Competition. 254.3019. $6, Decatur Civic Center Arena, 8:30a-5p 3 SUNDAY MU vs Augustana Collegiate Softball Double Header, Borg Warner, 12p

Damaged Derby Chick Fundraiser Knight’s of Columbus Hall Live bands all Easter Basket Workshop day. Raffles, auction and leg wrestling Join experienced basket maker Trish with derby chicks! 2p-12a Handel for this exciting hands-on workshop for ages 13 and up. Fee $15/ Gardening Workshop basket. Reservations required by March Learn how to start your own garden and 25. 1-4p grow delicious vegetables. Seed packets will be provided. $10. Reservations required by March 25. Rock Springs Nature Center, 4p

Land of Lincoln Credit Union is the official sponsor of Club 501. Club 501 is a committee of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

April Events Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra The Annual spring concert featuring the orchestra’s concerto winners. Come hear Central Illinois’ best high school students on string, wind, brass, and percussion. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 424.6318. 2p 4.3-5.1 Sue Watts Art Show Enjoy the beauty of wildlife, landscapes and wildflowers in these lovely paintings by Sue Watts. North Gallery of the Rock Springs Nature Center 4 MONDAY Millikin University Vocal Jazz Concert Featuring OneVoice and Blue Bop. Free, Albert Taylor Theatre, Millikin University. 424.6318. 7:30p 5 TUESDAY Expo VIP Preview Party A great opportunity to preview the booths in the Chamber Business Expo while enjoying drinks, food and networking with other business owners. A favorite event of Chamber members! 422.2200. Decatur Civic Center, 5-7:30p Sara Bareilles in Concert Opening Acts: Ximena Sarinana, Elizabeth and the Catapult. $20 General Public. Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 424.6318. 8p 4.5, 4.6 Tiny Ladybugs Mini Camp Boys and girls (Tu ages 3&4, We ages 1-4) with their adult companions will delight in discovering the world of tiny ladybugs through a craft, activities, songs, stories and snack. $10. Reservations required. Tu 1p, We 9a

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6 WEDNESDAY Chamber Business Breakfast State of the City Address. $10 in advance, $15 non-Chamber members. Guests must pre-register. 422.2200. Decatur Civic Center, 7-8a Decatur Chamber Business Expo Come see what Decatur has to offer! Admission free with donation of non-perishable canned good or $1 at door. Donations contributed to local organizations that provide food meals for people in need. 422.2200. Decatur Civic Center, 8a-2p

7 THURSDAY Karaoke Supastar Begins! For more info: World Community Health Fair Grace United Methodist Church, 155 W King St. 429.5374. 10a-3p Decatur Gamers: Bored Night Wildflour Artisan Bakery and Cafe, 5p Women of Excellence Awards Keynote Speaker for this event will be Cordia Harrington the “Bun Lady.” Hosted by United Way of Decatur & Decatur Family YMCA. Held at Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, $50pp or $500 per table, 872.9622, 5:30p

Anne Frank Exhibit Opening Reception Visitors are invited to be among the first to see this exhibit featuring Anne Frank. Gay Cabaret Light refreshments. Decatur Public Bringing a smile to your face, a tear to Library, 2nd Floor Gallery. 10a-12p your eye, and will make you celebrate who you are. Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre Taste of Decatur will be matching any donations collected The premier opportunity to taste all up to $50 and donated to The Trevor the best from what Decatur and Macon Project. Reservations at pipedreams@ County restaurants and caterers have to $5, 9 & 11p offer! Come on your lunch break to enjoy a little bit of everything. Samples are 5 Open Mic with Charlie Stobaugh for $6. Decatur Civic Center, 422.2200. Cornerstone Tavern, 9p-12a 11:30a-1:30p Live Karaoke Band MU (JV) vs Lindenwood Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p University Collegiate softball double header, Borg- 8 FRIDAY Warner, 4p Soul Creek Formerly known as Tympanic Blues, Soy City Stranglers, She Rides, wade on into Soul Creek and immerse Dead Tooth yourself with their amazing blues sound! Cornerstone Tavern, 9p Paco’s Sol Bistro, 330.6483. 9p-1a 4.6-5.1 Anne Frank Exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today. Juxtaposing photographs of the Frank family with images of historical events. Decatur Public Library, 2nd Floor Gallery

Bare Ankle Burlesque Cornerstone Tavern, 10p Poprocks Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p

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4.8-4.9 OKLAHOMA! Maroa-Forsyth H.S. Music Department presents Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! 794.3463. 7p 4.8-4.9, 4.15-4.16 AFFINITY Explores two different families living in the same house dealing with similiar civil rights issues, the only difference: they’re set 50 years apart. $8, $5 with a MU ID. Rated R. Pipe Dream Studio Theatre, 1099 W. Wood, 8p 9 SATURDAY Customer Appreciation Day The STILL is rawkin’ the house at 4p. Coziahr H-D, 877.7115. 8a-7p

Animal Crackers Class: You Eat What? Children aged 3-5 listen to a story, meet an animal, create a craft with their adult guests, and snack on animal crackers! $9 ($8 w/res discount), Scovill Zoo, 421.7435. 9:30a or 11a Sand Creek Conservation Area Wildflower Hike Join the naturalist for a hike to view the lovely colors of spring wildflowers at Sand Creek Conservation Area, 10a Nature Lapsit Children ages 0-3 will learn about nature through stories, play and a craft. Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a

The Blue Suede Crew presents “The King & Cash are Back” Scott Wattles as the King. Keith Furry as Johnny Cash. $15, 972.8606. Lincoln Square Theatre. Doors open 6p, Show 7p Masterworks Millikin University Percussion Ensemble. Free, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 424.6318. 7:30p Owl Prowl Join the naturalist on an evening hike in search of owls. You may hear their call. Rock Springs Nature Center, 7:30p Autumn Zero with Red White & Crue and Poisoned AIW Hall, 8p

Bags Tournament $40/team. 1st place prize: $300. 2nd Sense the Awakening, KillinoisE, place prize: $150. 50/50 raffle and silent Bodybag Fit For a King, Shaolin auction. Sliders Warehouse, 1p Vein Tap Cornerstone Tavern, 9p Kite Day Dozens of kites will paint the sky for 808 Band this annual spring tradition. Bring your Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p Breakfast & Egg Hunt with favorite kite and enjoy kite flying to Quacker Jack music. A master kite flyer will perform 4.9-4.10, 4.15-4.17 Visit with our 6’ mascot, have breakfast, maneuvers and tricks that amaze. Play On! make a special craft, & hunt for eggs. $6/ Sinawik Park, 422.5911, 1-3p A story of a theatre group trying member, $9/non. Must be pre-registered desperately to put on a play in spite of and pre-paid. Children’s Museum of Soul Purpose maddening interference from a haughty Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd, 423.5437. Sliderz Bar & Grille, 4p authoress who keeps revising the script. 8:30a Decatur Civic Center; Fr & Sa 7:30p, Su 2p Jim Walker Macon County Heart Walk Lock Stock & Barrel, 4-6p Nelson Park, www. Registration Hooray for Heroes 8a, Walk 9a-12p Appreciation event for Millitary Personnel. $10pp, $100 per table. 2nd Saturday Book Sale 638.5545. Grace United Methodist Decatur Public Library, 9:30a Church, 6p Go Green, Preserve Decatur Old house workshop with hands on experience. Continental breakfast included. Reservations required, $25. Westminster Church, 1360 West Main St. 8a-4p.

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April Events 4.9-5.29 Only Owls Art Exhibit Owls are magnificent birds with exceptional characteristics. See an array of artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut from the Woodson Art Museum. Rock Springs Nature Center. 10 SUNDAY Blues Jam Hosted by Billy Galt. Pop’s Place

with his stories, images and video from the world deep below the surface. Take a “great ocean adventure,” and be inspired to protect this precious resource. Adult $12,$18,$24; Child $6,$8, $10; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, MU, 424.6318. 4p 11 MONDAY Monday Night Jazz Lock Stock & Barrel, 6-8p

4.11-5.13 Erlanson Art Gallery Music Jam Annual Student Show Listen or join in to some tunes from local Selected art that students submit for bluegrass musicians. Rock Springs Nature competition in the various categories, Center, 1-4p including graphics, mixed media, ceramics, painting, and drawing. RCC Friends Creek Conservation Area Erlanson Art Gallery, Times Vary Wildflower Hike Celebrate the beauty of spring 12 TUESDAY wildflowers with a walk in the woods. Soy City Stranglers, New Society Friends Creek Conservation Area, 2p of Anarchists, Pound for Pound Cornerstone Tavern, 9p Ozark Jubilee “Legends of Country Music” 13 WEDNESDAY From Branson, Mo. The ALL STAR cast MU (JV) vs Lincoln College of the Ozark Jubilee will perform music Collegiate softball double header, Borgfrom such greats as: George Jones, Merle Warner, 4p Haggard, Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Ernest Tubb, WWII Swing Dance Hank Snow and more. The Jubilee also Decatur Public Library, Madden features Branson’s funniest comedian and Auditorium. Jitterbug lesson, 6p. world class fiddler DOOFUS DOOLITTLE! Dancing 6:30-9p Lincoln Square Theatre, 972.8606. $20, doors open @2p, show at 3p Millikin Percussion Ensembles “Latin Jazz Project” Millikin University Spring Jazz Decatur KirkOut: Late Night Event, Katz Concert on Merchant, 7-10p Featuring Jazz Bands I & II. Free, Albert Taylor Theatre, MU. 7:30p 14 THURSDAY Fairy Tale Ball Jean-Michel Cousteau Come dressed in your princess attire As the son of the legendary Jacques and dance the evening away... Enjoy a Cousteau, Jean-Michel grew up exploring majestic treat and create your very own the world’s oceans. Now a filmmaker, Princess hat. Pre-reg. req’d. Children’s advocate, environmentalist, and Museum of Illinois, 423.5437. 6-8p educator, Cousteau charms audiences

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Cheated Season 2 Cheated is back! Come enjoy the second season of the hit original comedy ‘Cheated’. If you like laughing, you’ll like ‘Cheated’. Must be 18 years or older to attend. $5, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, 9 & 11p 4.14-4.15, 4.20-4.22 Passion 2011, The Easter Musical First Church of the Nazarene, 875.0616. Doors open at 6p 15 FRIDAY Tax Day Trivia Night 10 categories,10 rounds. $100/table, $10/person. Proceeds support Meals on Wheels and Special Olympics. Food table, drinks specials. Limited seating! K of C Hall, Doors Open 5:30p, Starts 7p Hitmen Timbuktu, 9p-1a The Dirty Clergy & The Diagnosis Cornerstone Tavern, 9p The Sugar Prophets If you’ve somehow missed this phenomenal blues band, you’d better get to Paco’s and see them live! Paco’s Sol Bistro, 330.6483. 9p-1a 4.15-4.17 MidState Classic Cup Soccer Tournament Everyone’s invited to the 2nd Annual MidState Classic Cup Tournament, featuring U9-U14 boys and girls club teams from IL and surrounding states. Decatur Soccer Complex. 429.3472., times vary

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16 SATURDAY Fort Daniel Conservation Area Wildflower Hike Join us as we search for spring wildflowers. Fort Daniel Conservation Area, 10a Dulcimer Club Enjoy tranquil dulcimer music played by our talented volunteers. Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a An Introduction to Fly Fishing It’s almost that time when the fish start jumpin’! Join us for a taste of fly fishing. It’s sure to put you in the mood for summer. BYOC (chair), RSVP by calling Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. at 876.0649. 1-5p

Rock of Ages Fan Appreciation Concert This is a thank you for voting ROA # 1 band for 2010 again. $3 (Can goods will be accepted for the Good Samaritan Inn). Lincoln Square Theatre, Doors Open 6:30p; Show 7p

17 SUNDAY Rock Springs Conservation Area Wildflower Hike Enjoy a leisurely hike to look for the delicate blossoms of beautiful native flowers of early spring. Rock Springs Conservation Area, 2p

Round 1 Fight Night / Caged Combat First Class Vegas Style Mixed Martial Arts. Decatur Conference Center & Hotel., For tickets: 519.0119. Doors Open 6p, Fight 7p

Audubon Meeting Open to all. Rock Springs Nature Center, 2p

Family Fun - Buzz About Bees Learn the importance of native solitary bees and how to attract them to your garden as we build a simple bee nest. $5. Reservations required. Rock Springs Nature Center, 1:30p

Piano Pops Back by popular demand, Piano Pops man Rich Ridenour returns with a Big Band Show featuring the music of the great pianist/bandleaders of the swing era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Eddie Duchin, Spike Jones, Lawrence Welk, and many more!  The orchestra is joined by vocal and instrumental stars of Decatur’s swinging jazz scene. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 7:30p 

Decatur Big Band Lock Stock & Barrel, 4-6p

Riverbottom Nightmare Band Bunkers Bar, Illiopolis, 9p-1a

The STILL Sliderz Bar & Grille, 4p

Rock Candy Cornerstone Tavern, 9p

Haunted Decatur Tour Come along as we reveal the dark history of Decatur’s spirits, scandals and sins that have given Decatur its infamous reputation as one of the most haunted cities in the Midwest! $30, Reservations Required. haunteddecatur. com, 888.446.7859. Depart from Avon Theatre, 426 N Water. 7p

Shay “The Piano Man” Thiele Lock Stock & Barrel, 9p-12a 4.16-4.17 Spring Train Fair Trains of all scales and sizes on display. Door prizes, railroad memorabilia, clinics, and model trains for sale. Decatur Civic Center, 454.2528. $4 adults, kids 12 and under free. Sa 10a-4p, Su 11a-4p

Blessing of the Bikes We invite and welcome all makes and models, 2-wheel or 4 or 16! A great way to start the riding season. Coziahr H-D, 877.7115. 2p Millikin Faculty Jazz Sextet Decatur KirkOut: Chamber Series Event. DPL, Madden Auditorium, 2p First Church of the Nazarene Crosswalk Church Service Central Park, 3-5p 18 MONDAY Monday Night Jazz Lock Stock & Barrel, 6-8p A Night of Poetry Enjoy funny, and thought-provoking original poetry by MU professors and other area writers. Open mic time for guest poets. Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St, 423.3189. 6:30-9p

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April Events 19 TUESDAY MU vs Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate softball double header, BorgWarner, 3p 20 WEDNESDAY Decatur Gamers The Decatur Club, 5p 4.20-4.21 Camping Fun Mini Camp Children (We; ages 3 & 4, Th; ages 1-4) and their adult companions will have loads of fun learning about camping in the great outdoors through a craft, activities, songs, stories and snack. $10. Reservations required. Rock Springs Nature Center, We 1p, Th 9a

56 Hope Road Back for their second appearance at Sol, come see these hometown boys rock the joint with their unique blend of original music fused with cover songs. Paco’s Sol Bistro, 330.6483. 9:30p-12:30a

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Children 1-10 years of age and their adult companions will go on a clue-filled scavenger hunt in search of the Easter Bunny’s goodies. $1. Reservations required. Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a

Escaping Neverland Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p

Egg-stravaganza Central Park, Decatur; 11a-4p

4.22, 4.23 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) members can enjoy breakfast and activities with the Easter Bunny at Scovill Zoo. (Not a member? Call the zoo to join) $5 per FOZ Member, 421.7436. 9-10:30a

MU vs North Central College Collegiate softball double header, BorgWarner, 1p

4.22-4.24 59th Annual Mineral, 21 THURSDAY Gem & Jewelry Show     Fat Men in Skirts Merchants and Demonstrators plus When Phyllis Hogan and her son Bishop The Running Water Sluice. Grand Door find themselves stranded on a deserted Prize. Exhibits, Hourly Door prizes, Silent island they, and the people they left Auction on Sa & Su. $5. $2 Seniors, behind, are forced to reveal their true Persons in Uniform (Scouts or Armed nature to us. Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Forces). Kids Free. Macon County Fair 1099 W. Wood, $5. Reservations at Grounds, 3700 N. Westlawn, 233.1164. 9 & 11p  Fr 11a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-4p 22 FRIDAY Museum’s 21st Birthday Egg Drop Kerplop Contest We are throwing our own party and you’re invited! Join us for our Egg Drop Kerplop contest! Children’s Museum of Illinois, members free, 12-1p MU (JV) vs Danville Community College Collegiate softball double header, BorgWarner, 1p

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24 SUNDAY Family Breakfast Breakfast at the K of C Hall. $8, U4 eat free. 8a-12p Macon County’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt 45,000+ Eggs, Prizes, Live Entertainment, and more! Hunts are provided for Infants to 12 year olds and a Special Needs/Non-Sugar Hunt.  Pre-register at www.heartlandcc. net. Heartland Community Church, 217.877.9529. Registration 9a, Hunts begin 10:30a. 

Critter Egg Hunt Make Scovill Zoo’s Critter Egg Hunt a family tradition! Search for treats and enjoy free zoo admission all day (carousel & train fees still apply). 421.7436. Song and dance activities with the Park District’s cultural arts staff begin at 1:30p, Hunt begins at 2p Making Memoirs Writing and journaling workshop for teens. Staley Conference Room, Decatur Public Library, 424.2900x7. 2-4p Dixie Daredevils Lock Stock & Barrel, 4-6p Hitmen Sliderz, 4-7p The STILL Moose Lodge, 7p Chicago’s Aryk Crowder Lock Stock & Barrel, 8p-12a Riverbottom Nightmare Band Sliderz, 9p-1a

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4.23-4.24 Kite Fest Kids, parents and grandparents can fly their kites and watch professional kite fliers, and see many large and unusual kites. Free kites are offered to the first 250 children attending the fest each day. Progress City-RCC, 428.4321 26 TUESDAY Decatur Gamers Open Gaming at Godfather’s Pizza, 5p 28 THURSDAY Culinary Arts Dinner: South American $15. Richland Community College, Shilling Center. Reservations Required. Seating 5:30p or 6p Corks & Forks $50 in advance, $55@door. Local restaurants, wine dist. & silent auction. Decatur Conference Center. Proceeds to Decatur Arts Council. 423.3189. 6-9:30p LHP Sliderz, 8-11p 4.28-5.1 Progress City Cluster of Dog Shows This AKC approved event hosted by the Kennel Clubs from Decatur, Mattoon, and Champaign has 8 rings w/dogs exhibiting their talents. 750-1000 dogs to compete each day. $5/vehicle/day. 423.0250,; 8:30a-4p 29 FRIDAY Black and Blue Ball B on art masterpieces made by our clients with the help of community volunteers. The Decatur Club, 429.1052 to RSVP.

Latin Jazz Percussion Lock Stock & Barrel, 5:30-7:30p

Bark in the Park Hair Cut Fundraiser for Love at First Sight. Central Park, Decatur; 10a-6p

Hitmen Annual Administrative Porfessionals Day One after 909, Model Stranger Party. Decatur Conference Center, 6-9p Cornerstone Tavern, 12p Escaping Neverland Cornerstone Tavern, 9p 4.29, 4.30 Dance Recital Enjoy this wonderful showcase of dance as the Decatur Park District’s dance students highlight their talents. $5, Decatur Civic Center Theatre, 422.5911. Fr & Sa 7p, Sa 2p 30 SATURDAY River Clean-Up Join our team as we clean the banks of the Sangamon River at the Rock Springs Conservation Area. Organized groups should call 423.7708. Bags, littergitters and a few pair of gloves will be provided. Participants receive a coupon for a free lunch at the Rock Springs concession stand during the Festival of Spring. 9a-12p

Mentioning Unmentionables A spring tea hosted by “Mrs. Oglesby”. $25, Governor Oglesby Mansion, 2-4p Diversity Lock Stock & Barrel, 4-6p Haunted Decatur Tour See listing 4.16 for details, Depart from Avon Theatre 7p Soy City Rollers vs Illinois Valley Vixen’s Roller Derby Game at Decatur Civic Center, After party at KC Hall. For info call: 422.6161. 7p Kilborn Alley Lock Stock & Barrel, 9p-1a Melvin Jr and the 95Q Band Cornerstone Tavern, 9p

Alligator Wine Festival of Spring Rounding out our ‘Blues Month’, come Enjoy a full day of activities for the celebrate the last day of April with us at whole family, including music, a birds of Paco’s!  Paco’s Sol Bistro, 330.6483. 9:30p prey show, astronomy programs, wagon rides, canoe rodeo, food, hikes and more. Rock Springs Nature Center, 423.7708. 10a-4p Dulcimer Club Enjoy tranquil dulcimer music played by our talented volunteers. Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a

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Iron Man patrols the St. Patty’s Parade

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Why didn’t I know about that? So Friday you’re complaining there’s nothing to do in Decatur and you end up making your usual rounds, wherever that may be. Monday comes around and you get that call “You shoulda hung out man!” The person on the other end goes off about something they did over the weekend that earned them an amazing time and all you can think is “why didn’t I know about that?” We’ve all been on both sides of that call at one point or another. The moral of the story is that there’s always something going on in Decatur. You can always find all the local events in THRIVE, but how do you know what’s cool? Club 501 is your cool filter, and we point out just those events we know you’ll enjoy. And, we’re bringing it to you in weekly update videos to make sure you don’t miss that amazing time all your friends had. Club 501 is the group that’s “by and for” young adults. Don’t let the word “young” fool you though. Whether you’re single and 21 or you’ve just turned 38 and you’ve got a couple rug-rats running around, we’re here for you. It’s not about whether you wear a tie or tool belt to work-it’s about keeping your hard earned dollars in Macon County and affecting the community you live in. From events like “Uptown Downtown” to the quarterly “411 with 501” get-togethers or a great band that’s going to be playing this weekend, we’ll help you enjoy your free time here in Macon County. Think of it this way, Thrive’s events calendar covers it ALL and Club 501’s videos highlight the BEST. Whether you see it in print or our weekly video, there’s sure to be something planned for you and your friends over the weekend. It’s easy to check out our Club 501 Weekly Update videos. We post them on our Facebook page or you can find them on our YouTube channel. We release a new one each week with a look at what’s going on for the upcoming weekend as well as some major events to get on your calendar early. Our summer is going to be awesome and if you’d like yours to be too, hit us up, tune in and chill out with Club501. -Mike Horcharik, Chair, Club 501 Video Production Committee

Upcoming “411 with 501” Events Thursday, April 21| 5:01-7p – Lock, Stock and Barrel Thursday, June 23| 5:01-7p – Buffalo Wild Wings Thursday, October 20| 5:01-7p – Jimmy Ryan’s Patio

Land of Lincoln Credit Union is the official sponsor of Club 501. Club 501 is a committee of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

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Pranksters Guide to:

Practical Jokes

Written by: Katrina Smalley

Many people get all geared up for April Fool’s day for the pranks. In some cases, preparing to be pranked. This guide to practical jokes will familiarize you with some tricks of the trade you’ll find helpful no matter which side of the tom foolery you’re on. Remember, a good prankster is a good planner, but a true prankmaster is also an opportunist. Go with the flow and remember, pranks aren’t just for April Fool’s day. Happy Pranking!

1. Wrap Stuff

You’ve probably heard this one, but take it to an extreme. Individually wrap everything on someone’s desk. Use unique materials like plastic wrap, aluminum foil, bubble wrap, etc. Remember, the longer it takes to unwrap the better.

2. The Rubber Band Ball

A slight variation on Wrap Stuff. The trick here isn’t to focus on the quantity, it’s all about quality. Get creative with what you put on the inside. Think: credit cards, cell phones, keys... you get the idea.

3. Hide

A classic that’s sure to pay off if you put the time in. This works best if your target doesn’t even know you’re around. Sure, anyone can hide in a closet and wait, but get creative with it. Receive a large box from UPS? Hide inside and have your friends play along!

4. Switcheroo

The key here is creating a very unexpected sensation. If someone cracks open an ice cold pop switch the liquid with water. Other ideas: salt for sugar, sopping wet towl for dry towel.

5. Fun with Folders Have a freind that keeps all of their documents on their desktop? Why not clean it up for them. Their screen will look much cleaner if you drop everything all in once place... nested deeply inside folder after folder after folder. Have fun naming them too! Your target can read a nice message as they dig through. If you want them to be really challenged, hide copies of their files at varying levels but delete all the information out. There’s nothing quite like the feeling that your annual report has been permanently deleted. 28 | april 2011

6. Please Leave a Message.

Phone pranks are pretty common and there’s no limit to what you can conjure up. Here’s a way to maximize the effects: wait until you know your target is gone and leave them a message with a co-worker, roomate, or family member. This way, you know you’re sharing the fun. Just think, this is exactly how rumors start! Here’s an example: YOU: Hello, is Brian available? RECEPTIONIST: No, I’m sorry. He’s stepped out. Would you like me to send you to his voicemail? YOU: Well, that would be O.K. I guess. It’s really important though. Do you think you could just give him a quick note when he gets in? RECEPTIONIST: Sure, not a problem! YOU: Great! Please tell Brian that I scored the front-row tickets AND backstage passes to the Bieber concert and we need to leave by 4:30 if we’re going to make it! Thanks so much!

7. Fill It

If you have enough of something to fill an office, car, kitchen cabinets, etc., great! If not, use a bag or box to hold enough aluminum cans (or whatever you find) in place to make it look full. An office with a window in the door makes the perfect target.


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little to no prep time required moderate prep time required extreme strategizing required Watch/listen from nearby. Fess up soon after. Let a friend out you as the prankster. Remain off site, or run like H#$$ when spotted.

Variation: Take a screen shot of their desktop, save it as their background and then hide their files elsewhere. wrap stuff, rubber band ball, switcheroo, fill it and accident report photos by Sarah Jane

8. Accident Report

Know someone at work that’s a little over protective of their brand new car? That means they will be overly gulliable too! Next time you come back from lunch act shook up and ask your target if they have just a second. Get their attention and make sure they know it’s serious. Now it’s time to strike! Tell a tale of how something out of your control happened in the parking lot as you were pulling in next to their car and how it caused you to give ‘em a little bump. Act really, really sorry and watch them squirm. Tip: Works for motorcycle owners too. Try this phrase:”I just didn’t know motorcycles tip over so easily!” 5 bonus points if the car so new it still has that “new car smell”. 10 bonus points if the car is a classic. april 2011 | 29

Opa! 50 Years of Greek Revelry at Stars Over Athens Like all good Greek events do, Stars Over Athens started with fried chicken. Not what you think of as traditional Greek fare? It is when you have a priest who’s particularly fond of a parishioner’s recipe, so fond he suggests making a church fundraiser out of it. So began Stars Over Athens, the Greek Orthodox Church’s annual fundraiser that will hold its 50th anniversary event on May 4 and 5 at the KC Hall. Now renowned for its Mediterraneanstyle chicken and potatoes, Greek salad and saganaki (flaming cheese), not to mention the to-die-for Greek pastries

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at the bake sale, Stars Over Athens has become a full-on festival of food and fun. “It started with a luncheon and became so popular that the whole community joined in for dinner,” says Mary Balamos, one of the event founders and St. Catherine Philoptohos Society members who still helps organize today. “It got so big we had to do multiple seatings and now for the 50th anniversary we had to move to a larger facility.” Festivities now abound with not just food but entertainment, music,

Words: Joli Hohenstein

dancing. “Learning how to Greek dance is like learning how to eat—they go hand in hand,” says Denise Malleos, who leads the church’s own Athenian Dancers’ performance. This year to celebrate the 50th anniversary, she’s bringing back dancers from many years past for a special engagement. One of the country’s hottest Greek acts, The Kostas Kostanis Band, has provided musical entertainment for nearly 20 years and this year will feature a Never on Sunday Musical Production. Continued on p.32

photo: Katrina Smalley

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Not only does the event need a bigger space, it needs more days. This year for the first time Stars Over Athens is split into two days. The famous Bake Sale— always a sell out—will run from 9 am-4 pm at the church on Wednesday, May 4. Lunch (including lamb on an outdoor rotisserie) will be served from 11 am-4 pm, with carry outs available and callaheads welcome. Gyro King will be serving in front of the church; Greek music will be playing, and both indoor and outdoor seating is available. On Thursday, May 5, the ladies of St. Catherine Philoptohos Society expect more than 600 people at the 50th anniversary dinner in the KC Hall. Seatings will be at 5 and 7:30 pm. Come for great Greek fare, and stay for great Greek festivities and more. “People come from all over, even from out of state, and this year the excitement will

really be there because it’s 50 years,” says Denise. “Put on your dancing shoes and come see us.” Opa! To get your dinner tickets, call Denise Malleos at 875-3999, Missy Chiligiris at 855-2850 or the Greek Orthodox Church at 429-7023. STARS OVER ATHENS MENU Mediterranean style chicken and potatoes Fresh green beans (Greek style) Greek salad Dinner roll Baklava Tea or coffee Saganaki (flaming cheese)

Although it started as a funraiser luncheon for the church, Stars Over Athens has grown into a true festival spanning over two days and drawing more than 600 people in it’s 50th year. Photos provided for use by Denise Malleos. Photo on left by: John Piper Studio

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Maroa-Forsyth High School Music Department Presents: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

OKLAHOMA! Friday, April 8th @ 7p Saturday, April 9th @ 7p Maroa-Forsyth High School Cafetorium *Reserved Seating*

Tickets Available at MFHS Office 8a - 4p, or at the door. For more info: 217-794-3463

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The April issue of THRIVE Entertainment Guide.