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14 on the cover If you like mysteries and treasure hunts, you'll love Geocaching. With the help of Pam Rankin of the Central Illinois Geocaching Association, we've worked up an overview so you can decide if this hobby is right up your alley. photo: Alida Duff Sullivan
Some of golf's hottest up and comers will be teeing up this month in the Tate & Lyle Players Championship on the road to the LPGA.
BEHIND THE THRIVE
May: Out and About
SPOTLIGHT: Oakwood Street Festivals
The Food Dude: IL Forno
Art Speak: At the "Root"
June Events Calendar
Visual Guide to Garage Sale Signs
Three Ways: Stay Indoors in June
Spot the Difference: Cohn Furniture
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May Answers: 1. Spigot is missing 2. Reflection is missing 3. Extra can of soda appeared 4. Fourth bottle of wine is fuller 5. Sixth bottle of wine has no cork 6. Tree on right has more leaves
June Spot the Difference Challenge on p.35
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There's a whole lot of searching going on in this issue. Geocachers seeking hidden treasures, golfers hunting down pins and striving to be the best at what they do. We've even addressed some of the signs you see while you're on your way. If you haven't already done so, take life by the reigns, and go find what you're looking for. I rather enjoy Jimmy Buffet's thought on the matter. â€œSearching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.â€?
Out & About
A look back at last monthâ€™s happenings
Nelson Park's Pavilion became a haven of peace for a group of yoga fans last month. Members from various local yoga classes gathered to prepare for Awakened Yoga's First Annual Yoga Wave on June 9th at 10am. The event will feature Athletic Flow, the Decatur Park Singers and practice for all ages interested in yoga. Bring your mat and water to feel the flow!
Photos: Robin Walters
Richland Community College and a perfect sunny day hosted the College's annual plant sale, bringing out all kinds of local green thumbs. Students and volunteers alike led the roots to their final home as visitors pulled out plants by the wagon full. This year's favorite was the sweet cherry tomatoesâ€”selling out on the first day.
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Out & About
A look back at last monthâ€™s happenings
Waves of color filled the sky over Progress City the first weekend in May. Like performers on a stage, kites danced over the crowdâ€” thanks to 180 GO!, a team of quadline kite fliers who perform synchronized precision aerial maneuvers to music.
Ruffin' It! The Humane Society of Decatur and Macon County offered Fido a spa day to raise money for operating costs. Dirty dogs and divas, big and small, came out to spruce up, get chipped or get a manicure. The event cleans about 100 dogs on average and occurs twice a year. Miss the event? Drop nominal or pet food donations off at the office on MLK to support furries who have it ruff!
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Photos: Robin Walters
Whitmore Fit More Runners hit the country roads to get fit for fun a few miles north of Decatur. The 34th annual Whitmore Park Spring Classic offered a 5-mile or 13.1 half marathon race.
Come Together! Come Together Let's Walk kicked off Let's Get Fit! Mondays in Fairview Park throughout May and June. These practices train racers for the main event Saturday, June 30th. To get participants warmed up, Jennifer Dahn led a groovin, movin zumba session and then all headed out to the course for a training run...or walk. DMH was on hand with free screenings, including the DermaScanâ€”perfect for summer! Join the fight against Ovarian, Breast and Cervical Cancer!
The Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations flavored up Central Park on May 12th. City Council members, citizens, non-profits and local law enforcement educated guests through entertainment and ended with a boom from the Decatur Power Drillers.
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by Joli Hohenstein
Summer Starts at the Oakwood Street Festivals
Block parties feature music, food and family fun for all Missing the old block party atmosphere we used to enjoy in neighborhoods near and dear? Pine away no longer, my friends. Grab the kids, a coozie or your honey (or none or all of the above) and hit the Oakwood Street Festivals. These free monthly Saturday summer block parties feature food, fun and fantastic music, plus some dancin’ in the streets (OK, I made that up, but a girl can hope). Rain or shine, you can guarantee the West End will be rockin’ with live local bands, delicious local food vendors like Moon the Dog food cart and a host of local artists and vendors showing their wares. Hit one of these festivals, and you’re likely to see live artists in the street doing demonstrations, live gallery showings, handmade crafts and any number of local businesses showing what they've got. A full stage showcases some of the area’s hottest talent, beer and food vendors satisfy all and special events like BBQ contests keep the entertainment going. The latest iteration kicks off from 5 pm to midnight on Saturday, June 30, with a lineup including Central Illinois Americana rock group Matt Carter Band, St. Louis bluegrass trio ClusterPluck, Midwestern acoustic party duo Acoustica and more. “Our focus is to have a lot of local original music, food specials at places like Donnie’s
Homespun, and artists displaying their artwork for free,” says Festival Coordinator Mike Tasch. “It’s a partnership among a lot of the businesses along Oakland.” Get in on the fun the last Saturday of the month through September. Want to know more, or have food or wares to sell or show? Find them on Facebook, or e-mail email@example.com.
Get There Oakwood Street Festivals 5 pm-midnight June 30 July 28 August 25 September 29 South Oakland in the West End of Decatur Find them on Facebook firstname.lastname@example.org
Joli Hohenstein is a senior contributor to THRIVE. She is an award-winning freelance writer, marketer, and editor who touts that all of her copy is homespun. Get more Joli at jolihohenstein.com. 08 | june 2012
Pick of the Month Just a little something we ran across and wanted to share.
Newman's Own Organic Mints $2.29 from Ralph's West End Market
These mints were a wonderful discovery on a recent trip to Ralph's, where I stopped by for some preservative-free, freshly smoked beef jerky. I'm not saying that the two necessarily go together, but I was thrilled to walk out with a set of these little tin cans of Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint and Wintergreen mints in addition to my standard purchase. Read more about them at w w w. n e w m a n s o w n o r g a n i c s . c o m
photos: Kat Smalley
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THE FOOD DUDE
by T. F. DUDE
IL Forno Woodfire Pizza A few days ago I decided to pick up a couple of old pals and drive across town for dinner. Frankie and Gary were waiting when I arrived and were having a disagreement as to where to go. “Meatballs Tom Toms house,” was Frankie’s choice. Gary chimed in. “For Pete’s sake. That’s where we had lunch.” Frankie wouldn’t budge. “Meatballs Tom Toms house.” Meatballs Tom Toms are Frankie’s favorite appetizer at the Il Forno Woodfire Pizza on Mound Road. The zesty meatballs are homemade, topped with romano cheese sauce, freshly grated parsley and parmesan cheese served over a bed of marinara. I’d eaten there before and was anxious to return. In addition to having a delectable variety of pasta dishes there are over a dozen pizza offerings. Their pizza, like the formmagio, which has mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and fresh oregano topping and a rich tomato sauce, is prepared in a custom made wood-fired oven. To me this brick “il forno,” Italian for “the oven,” adds to the ambiance of the dining experience. Assisted by a pleasant and attentive waiter we are taken to Table 54, a comfortable out-of-theway location, where we can quietly enjoy our choices and compare notes on our selections. We learned that Table 54 was a favorite location of a local couple who frequently sip Chianti while dining on linguini con vongole, a dish of little necked clams served in a delicious red or white clam sauce with buttery toasted garlic bread on the side. Walking past the small intimate bar on our way to our table we pass by a dessert case displaying a plethora of treats. Gary hesitates.
His eyes feast on a piece of key lime New York style cheesecake. “Hey, Dude. Take a look at this.” The desserts on display as well as the menu had our mouths watering. We scanned a staggering list of succulent Italian dishes including many of the familiar classics starting with an offering of appetizers then soups and salads. The dinner menu continues its journey to veal, fish and seafood. From there it is on to beef and pork. It doesn’t stop. Next we find Pollo (chicken) sandwiches and Panini. This place has everything, it’s a pasta lover’s paradise. We had quite a debate and decided we would each try something different to expand our horizons. Fortunately, I was quite versed at the pizza selection having tried several during my previous visits, and I talked Gary and Frankie into the two I hadn't tried yet. I opted for the chopped chicken and avocado salad with feta cheese and Kalamata olives, something I'd been eyeballing for quite some time but never ordered up before. Again, Il Forno came through and served an exquisite meal for us all. Where this little italian restaurant went above and beyond, though, was with dessert. When the waiter noticed we were stalking the key lime cheesecake he asked if we'd tried the dessert pizzas yet. Dessert pizza? Yes, that's right. You can eat pizza and then pizza again, all in the same meal. We didn't put up much of a fight and managed to fit in a couple more slices, this time of a fruit pizza. Next up for dessert: the S'more pizza.
Get There: 1423 East Mound Road (Wood-Mound Plaza, next to Subway)
Agree? Disagree? Join the discussion at Facebook.com/DecaturFoodDude. The Food Dude is not a professional critic. He just really, really likes food. 10 | june 2012
Who would you rather be lost with? You are going to see a lot of people wandering around in the woods in this issue. If you get too excited about walking around in the woods, you run the risk of getting lost. Me, I don’t get lost because I carry around a 23-pound ball of dental floss with one end tied to the trail head sign and one end tied to my backpack. That much floss will get you pretty far, but it is also a commitment. So if you’d rather not, you might take along a buddy. How about a famous buddy? A famous buddy who is famous for getting out of a jam?
If you were lost in the woods, who would you rather be lost with? MacGyver or Crocodile Dundee
40% Crocodile Dundee 60% MacGyver This isn’t unanimous (or scientific), but generally women of a certain age preferred MacGyver, while men usually chose Crocodile Dundee.
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by Sue Powell
Each summer, the Decatur Area Arts Council embraces the opportunity to spotlight arts from cultures around the world. This year’s International Arts Experience celebrates the rich arts and traditions of the Jewish people, whose culture has blended its own ancient and sacred customs with influences from many countries where their communities have settled throughout history. As an artistic people, they themselves have left a long creative trail wherever they have lived. That trail cuts a broad swath across the U.S. in particular!
Image: "Freilach" painted by Jack Siegel from the JEWISH CULTURE: Arts & Tradition exhibit.
At the "Root"
Did you ever wonder. . . Who came up with that dance step? Where did that pop culture icon originate? How did a phenomenon like Broadway even get started? The answers are the “root” of it all. As a melting pot, America has been the lucky heir of influences from cultures all over the world – influences that have taken deep root in our society. The results of these roots flowering into amazing and life-giving riches are particularly evident in the arts. Just think about it. . . Jazz originally evolved from African Americans modifying European church hymns, folk songs and dance music to suit their African tastes and traditions. Burlesque with its British beginnings developed “top bananas” like W.C. Fields, Mae West, Red Skelton and Bob Hope. When the sounds of the sitar from India crept into the Beatles repertoire, an era of “world music” took flight. And that doesn’t even touch the icing on the cake!
Do these names ring a bell? The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer, Stephen Spielberg, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon? The list goes on. . . Jewish-Americans have contributed to the performing arts alone in profound ways! It has been said that there might not have been a modern Broadway without their work as composers and lyricists. Both early radio and television owe a debt of gratitude to Jewish producers and innovators. Many Jewish playwrights have written Pulitzer Prize-winning material, and numerous Jewish comedians are American icons. The JEWISH CULTURE: Arts & Tradition exhibit, on display from June 2-July 28, includes a variety of art forms and ritual objects by twelve Jewish artists. It opens at the Madden Arts Center on Saturday, June 2, from 5:30-8:30 pm, featuring a taste of Jewish cuisine plus audience participation with Dance Master “Dancin’ Steve” Weintraub and a Quartet from the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. If you’ve never experienced a Sabbath Meal, register to join us on Friday, June 22, for food, inspiring ritual and Jewish folktales presented by professional storyteller Susan Stone. Also, preregister the whole family to enjoy folktales, an artsy treasure hunt in the gallery and a handson art project on Saturday, June 23. Call us at 217-423-3189. In the Jewish culture, life is about relationships and enrichment. Come be enriched. SHALOM!
Sue Powell is the Gallery Director for the Decatur Area Arts Council. When not hanging gallery shows, you might catch her on stage! 12 | june 2012
Dear Miss Manners,
My finance and I love the outdoors! How can we incorporate our love of nature in the most important day of our lives? – Sara
Sara – The most important day of your life should be a reflection of the lifestyle you & your fiancé plan to share. For active couples, nothing is as fitting as the quaint, outdoor wedding. The Pointe at Wolfe Run is the perfect setting to create that unique, distinctly you, moment. If being outside is your goal, you should tailor your wedding to a more casual feel AND count on being flexible. Even with effective planning, you cannot control the weather or situations that might arise from it.
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Last year, The Pointe hosted several weddings under tents and pavilions. They were all beautiful, but the events that invited guests to dress a bit more casual seemed to work the best: flat shoes versus high heels, sundresses instead of formal. Remember, manners matter! If you are going to invite your guests to celebrate with you outdoors, be aware of their personal comfort and adjust your vision to incorporate the setting. The Pointe at Wolfe Run offers a local facility with a park like setting, especially ideal for intimate events with 100 to 125 guests. Call Stephanie at 217.233.3391 for more information.
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words: Todd Hauser
images: Alida Duff Sullivan
When is the last time you were in the woods? I mean really in the woods. So deep in the woods you were happy to find a deer trail as contact with another mammal? Do you like secrets and mysteries? Do you like to keep secrets from other people? Can you a keep a secret while solving a mystery? Both motivations can be satisfied with geocaching.
How It Works Geocaching is the hiding and finding of secret treasures called caches. A cache (pronounced cash) can be a container as small as a film canister or as large as a fivegallon bucket. Inside the cache is usually a logbook for you to record your visit. If you find a cache that holds prizes, you are expected to leave something of equal or greater value, if you take anything at all. The person who is hiding the cache logs the location’s discreet, Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates with a service. Geocaching.com is the largest and oldest service, with more than a million caches worldwide, but other services such as Geo Bucket or Open Cache are also available. People then use those coordinates to get close enough to find the hidden cache. I used my phone with a free GPS app, although most
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serious geocachers use a standalone GPS unit. If you think a cache has been moved, stolen or broken, you can use the websites to mark the cache for someone to check on it. The websites are also helpful because they have tips and videos detailing successful strategies for geocaching and how to search around “muggles” or non-caching people.
As Involved as You Want It Pam Rankin is a board member of the Central Illinois Geocaching Association (CIGA) and the director for the 2013 Midwestern Open Geocaching Adventure (MOGA), which is the largest geocaching competition in the United States. Rankin is currently maintaining somewhere between sixty and seventy caches. “When I started, there was only one cache in Ford County [where she lives],” says Rankin, “and after I had found hundreds or thousands of caches other people left for me, I thought it was my turn to offer some for others.” Sometimes caches are left for a specific purpose, such as pointing out the grave of a Civil War veteran or taking you to a spectacular view. All caches are hidden on public land.
For Jake Tolbert of Decatur, Ill., Geocaching is a family affair. He and his wife, Jenn (not pictured), build strong family bonds while Geocaching with their son Jonah and daughter Micah. continued: page 16
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“What we are doing is legal,” says Rankin, “So always be honest with law enforcement.”
Time Investment Inside Your Schedule
What I didn’t expect was the tunnel vision. My first geocaching experience was in a major park in Decatur, and I went a little bit crazy. The arrow was pointing me toward the cache, so I followed it. I left the sidewalk instantly, because it wasn’t staying under the arrow. I stopped short of climbing over parked cars, but it wasn’t pretty.
The best part is that geocaching only uses the time you want to spend. You can schedule a vacation to the Rocky Mountains around caches, or you can store a couple of Rock Springs waypoints on your GPS unit and brown bag a lunch.
Rankin laughed when I told her about it.
“I have a friend who works in the Senate in Springfield, who goes during her lunch break,” says Rankin. “Sometimes she has to explain why her pants are dirty.”
“You aren’t the first person to go bushwacking,” Rankin said “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.”
The July CIGA meeting will be held in Decatur (July 22, at 4pm), and the 2013 MOGA will take place next April around Lake Shelbyville. Learn more at www.cigacache.org
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Right: Jake Tolbert, with his son, Jonah, open the contents of their geochaching find.
Left: Tolbert initially found this geocache with his son during an excursion on Feb. 19, 2011. He documented his experiences that day in the "Geocaching Official Logbook" included in the box.
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June Events EVERYDAY
The World We Overlook Exhibit Hall: Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln] Alan Perry Photography Show North Wing Gallery: Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln] Helen Hamilton Gallery 510 Artist, Pastel portraits.
Let's Get Fit Walk/Runs Free, Fairview Park [233.3391, www.cometogetherletswalk. com] 5:30p (pre-activities) 5:45p (Walk/Run) Municipal Band Concert Central Park 7-9p
EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY
Walk & Talk Beat the heat by walking indoors. Mt Zion Library, 8-9a
Farmers Market Mt Zion Convention Center Parking Lot, 3-7p Chess Club Doherty's Pub & Pins [242 E William St, www. decaturchessclub.com] 6-10p Park Runs (begins 6.12) Runners of all ages are welcome at this weekly event that includes a half-mile Tot Trot, one-mile Fun Run or various distances. Participants qualify for prize drawings donated by local merchants. $1, Fairview Park [Pavilion 1, 429.3472] 5:30p (Registration), 6p (Run) Sleepytime Tales Ages 3-5, Registration Required. Mt Zion Library, 6:30-7:30p
Storytime Ages 3-5. Includes stories, snacks, and a craft. Evening storytimes are geared toward families and open to children of all ages. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg] 672.3621, 10:30a & 6:30p
First Tee Junior Golf (begins 6.12) Learn valuable life skills while playing the game of golf! Interactive classes with Park District golf pros are designed to help youth ages 5–17 with their form and fundamentals. $50, Scovill Golf Course [3909 W Main, 429.6243] 8:30-10a (ages 5-17), 10-11:30a (ages 8-17) Staley Striders Track & Field Club Athletes ages 6+ focus on short and long-distance running techniques, plus a variety of field events. $18, Millikin University [Track, 429.3472] 3-4:30p
EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY
Exercise Class Blue Mound Memorial Library, 692.2774. 6:30-7:30p
Toddlertime 18m-3y. Registration Required. Mt Zion Library, 9:30-10a Coffee Club Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg] 9:30a Wild & Wacky Wednesdays Activities range from messy, gross, wild and crazy games to Decatur's largest ice cream sundae, and tons more! Heartland Community Church [www.heartlandcc.net] Time TBD
grandchildren, Family Night provides a low-key instructional environment for all skill levels. $9, Red Tail Run Driving Range [520 W Grove] 422.2211 6-8p
Billy Galt On the Patio, Lock Stock & Barrel, 7-9p Open Mic Donnie's Homespun Pizza, 9p
EVERY WEDNESDAYSATURDAY Docta LD DJ/Karaoke Curly’s Bar & Pizza [2683 N Water] 875.9800, 9p-2a
Preschool Storytimes Ages 3-5. Registration Required. Mt Zion Library, 10-11a Youth Track & Field Meets (begins 6.21) The Staley Striders summer track & field meets are open to all athletes ages 6-18 for fun and practice. $1, Millikin University [Track, 429.3472] 4-7p Coziahr H-D Bike Nite Locations Vary [www.coziahrhd. com, 877.7115] 6-8p
EVERY THURSDAY & SATURDAY
Family Swim Time Families can enjoy their own private swim time at the Fairview Family Aquatic Center. For their safety, children must be accompanied by an adult. $4.25 (ind), $12 (family). Fairview Park [421.7431] 9:30-11:30a (Sa), 7:15-9p (Th)
Toddler Time Storytime for ages 1-3. Stories and fingerplays. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg] 672.3621, 10:30a
Family Golf Night/Pro Tips Just for parents, grandparents and their children and
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EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Wine Tastings The Decanter Fine Wines [215 N Main St, 422.9463] 4-7p (Fr), 1-6p (Sa)
Tennessee Borderline Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 8p-2a
will follow the indoor activities. Reserv Reqd. $1, Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a
"Who's Got Top Swag 2?" 8th Annual Drill Team Extravaganza. MacArthur High School,12p (Parade -Downtown Crazy D and the DJ David Lee Katz [112 N Merchant] 10p (if no Untouchable Forces of Drum Decatur), 6p (Competition) Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 band), 11p Community Game Day S Oakland, donnieshomespun. Family-friendly group playing com] 9:30-11:30p EVERY SATURDAY board, card, and role-playing Classical Guitar games. Games available or 6.1-6.10 Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 bring your own. The Salvation Macon County Fair S Oakland], 7-9p Army [229 W Main St, www. Parade, carnival, music, decaturgamers.com] 1p tractor pull, mud volleyball Saturday Produce Market tournament, Decatur Power (begins 6.16) KnightRiders Motorcycle Drillers, Big Spike Hammer, RCC [One College Park] Decatur Park Singers, and more. Club, Car & Bike Show Come see the hottest bikes and Macon County Fairgrounds Friday, 1 cars in Central Illinois. Decatur [3700 N Westlawn, www. Car & Bike Show Conference Center & Hotel,5-8p maconcountyfair.com] Culvers [4850 E Aldi, www. decaturshowstoppers.org] 5-9p Plague the Victim, (Sic), Saturday, 2 Bodybag Fit For a King, Fun Run First Friday GRIM, What Thou Will, Manik Antioch Missionary Baptist Artist talk at 6:30p. Gallery 510 Cornerstone Tavern [1190 W Church Fun & Fitness Day. [160 E Main] 5:30-7:30p Southside] 5p Free, Fairview Park [www. decaturrunningclub.com, Grillin' in the Garden 767.2764] 8:30-11:30a Cruisin' Nights on Eldo Annual Baby TALK outdoor Eldo [972.9049] 6p fundraising event, which Women Rising Conference includes an evening of live Day of renewal and new vision. Kick-N-Asphalt entertainment, dancing, and Ellen Hite, Megan Birch, Anita A fun run/walk on a one-mile delicious offerings. $75 ($125/ Mason, and Debra Holt. Dance loop in Downtown Decatur. couple), Baby Talk [500 E Lake Team. Lunch included. $40, Central Park is where the race Shore Dr, 475.2234] 6-9p Decatur Conference Center starts, finishes, and the tent & Hotel [4191 W US Hwy 36, party featuring Kilborn Alley USECC Benefit 454.6200] 9a-3p Blues Band, beer and wine, and Kick-off Dinner food. $40 (race), $10 (tent party), Flag presented with history Mr Dave & The Space Cadets Downtown Decatur [Central presentation and patriotic Park, www.kicknasphaltdecatur. Concert for young families music. Lutheran School com, 429.1052] 7-11p (geared toward ages 0-5). Free, Association [2001 E Mound] Baby TALK [500 E Lake Shore Dr, 6:30p mrdavemusic.com, 475.2234] 10-11a Whoopee Cats Come join the fun & drink Preschool Peepers great craft beers! Playing in the Colorful Birds parking lot! McGorray's Golf & Songbirds are so colorful and Grille [2927 N Main, mcgorrays. fun to watch. Children ages com, 330.6764] 7p-10p 3-5 will be fascinated by the rainbow of colors and the songs Billy Galt of our local birds. A short hike Katz [112 N Merchant] 8-11p DJ Phil Sliderz Bar, 9p
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Park Singers. Free, Fairview Park (Pavillion 1) [422.5911] 6p
Annual Dance Ain't NO party like a Knightrider party. Decatur Conference Center & Hotel [4191 W US Hwy 36] 8p-2a
Curly's Pub Crawl Rosetta Stone, Riverbottom Nightmare Band. Curly's Sports Bar & Grill [2683 N Water] 9p
Illiopolis Fried Chicken Dinner Illiopolis Christian Church [204 3rd St, Illiopolis] 11a-2p
DJ Phil Sliderz Bar, 9p Harv Fest Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, donnieshomespun. com] 9:30p-12a
Saturday, 2 Jewish Culture: Arts & Tradition Donâ€™t miss an opportunity to experience Klezmer Dance Master "Dancin' Steve" Weintraub and a Quartet from The Maxwell St. Klezmer Band. Jewish wine & food. Free, Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, www.decaturarts.org, 423.3189] 5:30-8:30p
6.2-6.28 Jewish Culture: Arts & Tradition Exhibit
This exhibit features a variety of art forms and ritual objects by twelve Jewish artists. Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, 423.3189] 8:30-4:30 (Mo-Fr), 10a-4p (Sa)
Studio B Dance Recital Dancers are from 3 years old through high school. Styles include ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, hip hop and special needs classes. $15, Kirkland Fine Arts Center [1184 W Main] 1p & 6:30p (Sa) 1p (Su) Cookin' with the Chorale Concessions and hot grills for cooking are available at 5p. Special guests include the Decatur Park Singers and Young
Golf Show Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza]
Gardening in the 1860s Master Gardners give advice on planning and planting historically accurate gardens of the Civil War era featuring plants from the past. Homestead Prairie Farm [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 2p Let's Come Together Evening! Join us at downtown eateries for a fun evening. 50/50 raffle and souvenir glasses. Downtown Decatur [www. cometogetherletswalk.com] 5:01-10p
20th Annual Macon Resources Golf Tournament Lunch, dinner, goody bag, golf tees, golf for 4. Proceeds benefit Bright Start and Kidâ€™s Connection. $540 (team), South Side Country Club [1650 Cottage, 875.1910x 880] Beginning Birders Receive a pair of binoculars, a bird identification guide and a field journal. Ages 5-10. Registration required. $50, Illinois Raptor Center [5695 W Hill, www.illinoisraptorcenter. org] 10a-2p
First Tee Golf Camp Beginners ages 5-17 focus on coordination, simple techniques and motor skills while more advanced players take their
swing to the next level. $35, Hickory Point Golf Course] 421.7444, 8:45-11:15a
IDNR Fishing Clinic Ages 15 and under welcome. Free, Fairview Park [Pavilion 1, 422.5911] 9-11a & 1-3p
Wednesday Book Club Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay. lib.il.us, 672.3621] 10:30a Book Between Bites DPL (Madden Auditorium) [130 N Franklin] 12:15p Mad Science featuring Dangerous Dan See Dr. Frankenpickle, edible paper, chicken & dinosaurs, the singing pipe and much more! Mt Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 1-1:45p Closing Time Macon County Fairgrounds [3700 N Westlawn, www. ClosingTimeMusic.com] 8p
Children's Garden Sign up to assist in planting flowers for the Children's Garden. Crafts and other activities. Mt Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www.mtzion. lib.il.us ] 11a-12p
Moweaqua Pow Wow Days Downtown Park [Moweaqua]
25th Annual Chamber Golf Outing $125, Hickory Point Golf Course [727 Weaver Rd, www. decaturchamber.com, 422.2200] 11a (Lunch) 12p (Shotgun Start), 5p (Reception)
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Dustin Burley Jimmy Ryan's [101 S Main] 6:30-9:30p
2nd Saturday Book Sale Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin] 9:30a-12:30p
Teen Night Grades 6-12 will enjoy a funfilled evening with snacks, pop and pizza, a DJ, and unlimited mini golf and batting cages! $5, Paul's Puttin' Place & Dunn's Dugout [2215 E Cantrell, 422.2316] 6:30-8:30p
Animal Crackers Class Children ages 3-5 listen to a story, meet an animal, create a craft with their adult guests, and snack on animal crackers! $9, Scovill Zoo Education Center [71 S Country Club Rd, 421.7435] 9:30-10:15a & 1111:45a
Chris Ballard: "One Shot At Forever" The power of high school sports; the boys pulling together to win; the thrill of the town rallying behind the team and their coach. DPL (Madden Auditorium) [130 N Franklin] 7p Jackyl, C-4, Jake Dinnella $25 (adv), $30 (door), Bunkers [220 Old Rt 36, Illiopolis] 7p Ball and Chain Sliderz Bar [5995 E State Rt 36] 8p Billy Galt Katz [112 N Merchant] 8-11p Smoothtimes Band Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8-11p Sons of Robert Johnson & Stomach ache and the Dukes Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, donnieshomespun. com] 10-11p
Macon-Piatt County 4H Show Big Creek Riding Center [4961 E Lost Bridge Rd, 422.5911] Moweaqua Pow Wow Days Run $25, Downtown Park [Moweaqua, 768.3867] 8a
Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show Pizza, snacks, drinks provided. $50 first place. Free, First Christian Church [3350 N MacArthur] 3-6p Second Saturday Sow Sow Good Sow Sweet Ministries will host this spoken word/ poetry reading. All welcome. Free, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & CafĂŠ [256 W Main, 422.3300] 5-8p
25th Annual Fairy Garden Tea Party Stories, chimes, and fairy dust precede a full English High Tea. $24, Mari-Mann Herb Farm [1405 Mari Mann Lane, www. marimann.com] 10a-12p
Decatur Derby Dames vs Iowa Rollin' Aces Come join us for an evening of rockin knockin fun! $10 (adv), Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, www. decaturderbydames.com] 6p
Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 10a
Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos. Food, beer, and pepsi products available. $15, Mt Zion Lions Club [1595 W Main, Mt Zion, dmcasf.org, 425. PETS] 6p
Yoga Wave Join Awakened Yoga for Athletic RetroSpect Flow, and the Decatur Park Classic Rock has never been so Singers. Nelson Park, 10a good! Don't miss it! Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse, www.longcreekvineyards.com] Saturday Book Club We get the books and you read 6-9p them! To reg contact library. Barclay Public Library [220 S GLAD Social Main St, Warrensburg, barclay. Fellowship, Potluck 7p followed lib.il.us, 672.3621] 11a by program. TBD [TBD, www. gladdecatur.com] 6:30p Cinema Saturday Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Faster Pastor/High School Snacks & drinks provided. Mt Hornets Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] Macon, www.maconracing. 12:30-2:30p com] 7p Kids Fishing Clinic Kids ages 6-10 will learn safe and fun fishing techniques at the cattail ponds. Reserv Reqd. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, 2p
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June Events Acoustica Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8-11p Point 08 Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 8p-2a Escaping Neverland & C-4 A great night of old and new rock hits. Sliderz Bar [5995 E State Rt 36] 9p
All Chevy Sunday Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum [3635 US Rt 36 E, www. chevrolethalloffamemuseum. com] St Mary's Corpus Christi Central Park [Downtown Decatur] 11a-3p Bags Tournament Support UCP and have a great time! Bags Tournament and entertainment. Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse, www.longcreekvineyards.com] 12-6p Bluegrass Music Jams Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 1-4p Let's Move It! A celebration of music and movement inspiring kids to be active. Join the activities that will get you gamin’, groovin’, movin’, and winnin’ prizes! Free, Hickory Point Mall (Bergner's Court) [1146 Hickory Point Mall] 2-4p Ivan Parker Maranatha Assembly of God [555 W Imboden Dr, www. ivanpaker.com, 864.5636] 6p
Wildlife Rescue True-to-life wildlife rescue scenarios that will teach
children when and when not to rescue wild animals and how to help without hurting. Fun and full of activity, hiking and adventure. Ages 5-10. Registration required. $25, Illinois Raptor Center [5695 W Hill, www.illinoisraptorcenter. org] 10a-2p
Tate & Lyle's Players Championship [Various locations, tateandlyleplayerschampionship.com]
D' Brew Crew Decatur area home-brewers meeting. Come check us out, and bring your home-brew with you. Call/email for location. firstname.lastname@example.org [TBD, 309.824.8573] 7p Night of Nascar Stars II Featuring Tony Stewart. Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon] 7p
Chainsaw Chick Sculpture at its best! See Raychelle Conley carve an 'Alaskan Bear' and stay to make a soap carving to take home. Mt Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 1-2:30p
Decatur Gamers Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Café [256 W Main, www.decaturgamers. com] 5p Rebel Yell Featuring Margaret Eby on vocals and Caleb Buscher on guitar. free, donation encouraged. Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Café [256 W Main] 6-7:30p
Mobile Soundz Karaoke with Troy Hayes Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 9p-1a
Decatur Commodores Sunnyside Invitational Tournament Sunnyside Park [1590 N Sunnyside Rd, www. decaturcommodores.com]
Chorale Music at the Park Decatur Park Singers, Decatur Chorale, Young Park Singers. Fletcher Park [Mt Zion] Derby Meet & Greet Members of the Prairieland Punishers will be on hand with tickets to their next bout. Bring your cameras and have your pictures taken with your favorite players. Free, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Café [256 W Main] 12-1p Gallery 510's Summer Splash The Still, wine tasting , hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and sale. Come enjoy the beautiful lake scenery, laughing with friends and great food! Reserv Reqd. $30, The Decatur Beach House [2301 Lake Shore Dr, 422.1509] 6-9p Sand County Songs with Tim Southwick Johnson and "Green Fire" documentary DPL (Madden Auditorium) [130 N Franklin] 6p Freedom Day Gala Kenneth B Morris Jr (descendant of Frederick Douglass) featured speaker. Includes dinner, entertainment & tribute to Roger Walker. $50, Heartland Community Church (Grand Palace) [3253 N Brush College, www.africanamericancultural.org, 429.7458] 6:30p
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Brown Bottle Fever Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 8p-2a Prairieland Rebels AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 8p-12a Carbon Copy & Ninth Render New Rock and pop dance hits. Sliderz Bar, 9p Escaping Neverland Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a Justin Torres Loop Project Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, donnieshomespun. com] 9:30p-12a
Family Fest Forsyth Village Park [500 W Weaver, Forsyth] Juneteenth Celebration Central Park [Downtown Decatur] 6-10p (Fr) 11a-9p (Sa), Parade 11a (Sa)
Family Fest 5k Run Fast, flat course. $12 (prereg), $15 (race day), Forsyth Village Park [500 W Weaver, Forsyth, www.forsythvillage.us, 877.9445] 8a
for helping her. DJ, live band, 50/50, auction, and bar. Open to everyone. AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 11a
Macon Racing Twin 50's/LM 50 laps & Mod 50 laps. Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon] 7p
Car & Bike Show and Cruise Door prizes, 50/50, music. Benefit for Mark Tullis. $10, Downtown [Macon, 855.9376] 1-5p
48 Connection Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 8p-2a Whoopee Cats Katz [112 N Merchant] 8p-11p
Lace Free, donation encouraged. Wildflour Artisan Bakery & CafĂŠ [256 W Main] 1-2p
Black N Blue Band Playing top country & pop dance hits. Sliderz Bar [5995 E State Rt 36] 9p
Veteran's Ride Coziahr H-D [150 W Marion, Forsyth, www.coziahrhd.com] 1p
Tailgate Band Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a
Family Fun: Nature A-Z Do you know your alphabet? Join a naturalist to learn an aspect of nature for every letter in the alphabet. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation.org] 1:30p Cross Town Live A great mix of blues and rock playing Louis Armstrong to Foo Fighters! Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse, www. longcreekvineyards.com] 6-9p
Prairieland Punishers v Peoria PUSH Wrecking Crew Doors open at 5p, PreWoofstock game 6p, Main Bout 7:30p. Tons of dog-gone fun for the $10-$20, free for veterans, entire family! Paws on Parade Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary (10a), Pooch Parade (11a). Demonstrations, microchipping, K Anderson Plaza, www. prairielandpunishers.com, Fido fotos, goodie bags, 341.7999] 6p pizza, and more. $5, Macon Resources [2121 Hubbard Ave, Laugh & Shout Gospel Jam homewardboundpetshelter. Comedian: Jay Deep. Music: com, 875.1910] 9a-2p City of Praise, Moses, and Main St Young Adult Choir. For Alana $15, Masonic Temple [224 W Poker run benefit. Proceeds Williams, 848.0419] 6:30p to Four Paws for Ability so Alana may get a dog trained
Matt Livasy Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland] 9:30p-12a
Sports Card & Collectible Show Free, Decatur Conference Center & Hotel [4191 W US Hwy 36, 619.4654] 9a-3p In Hell Before Night: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh A look at the largest battle in American history up to that time. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane] 2p Singles/Couples Dance Live band. $10, Knights of Columbus [520 E North, 875.3090] 5-8p
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June Events 6.18-6.28
B.O.S.S. Musical Theatre Camp Learn teamwork, musical theatre techniques, and skills in preparation for a show with sets, costumes, props and lights. $165, Poage Arts & Recreation Center [2020 N Oakland, 422.5911] 9a-12p (grades 1-5); 1-4p (grades 6-12)
Children's Author Reading Alice McGinty will read from "Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise" and "Eliza's Kindergarten Pet" and lead children in a "mommy doll" craft. Cookie, the guinea pig star, will be present to meet children. RSVP required. Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe [256 W Main, 422-3300] 10a Get Pampered for Pets Offering discounted services to benefit Homeward Bound Pet Shelter. Studio 7 Salon & Day Spa [160 E Main #201] 5:30-8p
Macon County 4H Presentation Participate in the Fruit & Veggie Olympics, turn your snacks into edible art, and conduct awesome food science experiments. Mt Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www. mtzion.lib.il.us] 3-4:30p Decatur Gamers The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, www.decaturgamers.com] 5p Decatur History Club Free, DPL (Staley Room), 7p
Dustin Lynch Fletcher Park [Mt Zion, www. mtzion.com]
DPL Book Club "Nothing Daunted" by Dorothy Wickenden. Decatur Public Library (Board Room) [130 N Franklin] 1p Blues in Central Park John Nemeth. Gread food, imported and domestic draft beers. Free, Central Park [Downtown Decatur] 6p (Vendors), 7-10p (Music)
Ladies Only Golf Outing Join us for a Taste of Mexico and a competitive women's golf outing featuring twowoman teams in a one best ball format. Reg deadline 6.15 $75, Hickory Point Golf Course [727 W Weaver, www.cmofil. com, 423.5437] 7a (Reg) 7:30a (Breakfast) 8:15a (Shotgun start) Shabbat (Sabbath Meal) and Storyteller Experience the essence of a traditional Jewish Sabbath meal-rituals, food, fellowship and a performance of Jewish folktales. Reg Reqd by 6.15. Free will donation, Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, www. decaturarts.org, 423.3189] 7p Billy Galt Katz [112 N Merchant] 8-11p Melvin Jr Band Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 8p-2a Acoustica & Escaping Neverland Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a Gutterbound Sliderz Bar [5995 E State Rt 36] 9p Whoopee Cats AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen, 875.2416] 9p-1a
Dulcimer Club Bring your instrument, learn a new tune or simply enjoy the musical talents of our volunteers. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 10a JEWISH CULTURE: Family Arts Day Designed for ages 5+, Jewish folktales by storyteller Susan Stone, an artsy “treasure hunt” in the Anne Lloyd Gallery and a hands-on art project. Adv reg reqd. $10 (per family), Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, www. decaturarts.org] 10a-12p & 1:30-3:30p Matt Skinner Live alternative country music. free, donation encouraged, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Café [256 W Main] 10a-12p Peanut's Walk Macon County Strides for Down Syndrome. $5 (donation), Fairview Park (Big Pavillion) [Decatur, 853.6366] 10:30a-1p Cinema Saturday Puss in Boots. Snacks & Drinks provided. Mt Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www.mtzion. lib.il.us] 12:30-2:30p Rough & Tumble Hike Head off trail with one of our naturalists to learn what lurks in the woods. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 1p Cruisin' Roosters Car Truck & Motorcycle Show, 50/50, chicken dinner. $10 entry, Warrensburg Fire House [420 E Main, Warrensburg] 2-4p
Greater Decatur Chamber Lunch & Learn The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, www.decaturchamber.com, 422.2200] 12-1p Dates, times and locations are subject to last-minute changes. When in doubt, call first! 24 | june 2012
Kidd Kaddillac and the Continentals! Grab your poodle skirts and hit the vineyards for a 50s-60s dance sensation! Long Creek Vineyards, 5-8p
A Night Underground The cast of the Decatur Underground Theater will perform many selections from various musicals. Cocktails & Dinner. $45, The Decatur Club [www.decaturunderground. com, 791.1966] 6p
CCSCC Autocross Preregistration on web. Decatur Airport [910 S Airport, www. ccsportscarclub.org] 10:15a
Annual Summer Play Blessings Are Waiting on the Other Side of my Feelings. $10 donation, RCC (Shilling Center) [One College Park, 423.6637] 7p
What Can the Historical Society Do for Genealogy? Speaker Patrick McDaniel, Executive Director of the Macon County Historical Society and Museum Complex. Decatur Genealogical Library [1255 W South Side] 1-4p
Mini Sprint Nationals plus Midgits Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon, www.maconracing. com] 7p West End Blues Project Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 7-10p Acoustica Rusty Spur Saloon [4380 W Main, 422.3056] 8p-2a The HitMen & a Dame Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 8p-12a Whoopee Cats Katz [112 N Merchant] 8-11p 808 Band 90's to now pop dance band. Sliderz Bar, 9p Boomercastlemania Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland] 9:30p-12a
Decatur Trail Riders Big Creek Riding Center [4961 E Lost Bridge Rd, 422.5911]
Ride United for United Way Celebration & lunch from 10:30a-1p. $30 (rider); $5 (meal), Fairview Park [Decatur, www. uwdecatur.org, 422.8537] 7a-2p
Biker Run Heartland Community Church [3253 N Brush College] 1p
Bird Watching Basics Ever thought about bird watching? Come out and discover the basics of bird watching. Rock Springs Nature Center, 2-4p
Rick Alan King Antioch Christian Church [5409 E Rt 36] 6-8p Jazz in June Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur dinner and music. $40, The Decatur Beach House [2301 Lake Shore Dr, 423.3189] 6:30-9:30p
Dinosaurs with Janet Riehecky Janet will show her collection of fossils and museum quality replicas of real dinosaur bones. Mt Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 1-2p
Governor Ogelsby Mansion Open House $2, Ogelsby Mansion [421 W William] 2-4p James Millikin Homestead Open House Experience the past in all its grandeur,view the new ceilings painted on canvas then installed by Thomas Melvin. $2 (adult) $.50 (child), James Millikin Homestead [125 N Pine] 2-4p SLAM-IT! Open Mic Sunday Come out and jam with other area musicians! Come out and listen to our area's finest talents! Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse, www. longcreekvineyards.com] 2-5p
Master Gardeners Garden Walk Seven beautiful gardens on display to enjoy in the north side of Decatur and Forsyth areas. $10 (adv), $12, Various [Various, 877.6042] 3-7p
Youth Raptor Camp 4 different families of raptors (hawks, falcons, owls and eagles) through â€œhandson encountersâ€?. Includes identification, history, populations, intelligence, instincts, habitat, rehabilitation, falconry, raptor equipment, & handling. Ages 11-15. $150, Illinois Raptor Center [5695 W Hill, www.illinoisraptorcenter. org] 9a-12p
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Big Blue Golf Outing Dinner/Auction follow golf. All Tuesday, 26 proceeds benefit MU student MidState Soccer Club's Tots athletes. $100, Scovill Golf & Summer Academy Course [3909 W Main, 521.0779] Focuses on the basics of soccer, 11:30a (Lunch), 1p (Shotgun including passing, dribbling and Start) coordination. Decatur Soccer Complex [1 Educational Park] DJ Phil 9:30-10a (ages 3&4, $33), 10-11a Sliderz Bar [5995 E State Rt 36] (ages 5-7, $39) 9p Illinois Fossils Illinois fossils and exciting secrets about the past. There will be a fun activity and craft. Mt Zion Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 1-2p
Nonfiction Book Club "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring" by Alexander Rose. Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin] 1p Decatur Gamers Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Godfather's Pizza [4829 E Us Route 36, Mt Zion, www.decaturgamers. com] 5p Spongebob Squarepants Meet SpongeBob Squarepants and enjoy a fun-filled evening! Pre-reg, pre-pd reqd. Ages 3-11, must be with paying adult. $9 (non-member), $6 (member), Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd, www. cmofil.com, 423.5437] 6-8p
Culinary Arts Dinner To-Go boxes provided. BBQ. No assigned seating. $10, RCC [One College Park] 5-6:30p
Whoopee Cats Doherty's Pub & Pins [242 E William, 428.5612] 7:30-9:30p Mobile Soundz Karaoke with Troy Hayes Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 9p-1a
Heartland Shootout LDA Tour. Red Tail Run Golf Course [520 W Grove, www. longdrivers.com] 6/29 6/30
Twisted Shifters Hotrod Shakedown Throttle Junkies, Pearls Mahone, and the One Eyed Jacks. After Party Escaping Neverland. $10 (bike/hotrod entry), AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 1-8p Oakwood Street Festival [South Oakland near LSB] 5p-12a Prairieland Rebels Playing your favorite grunge and hard rock! Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse, www.longcreekvineyards.com] 6-9p
Ice Cream Social Mt Zion United Methodist Church [1220 W Main, Mt Zion]
40's Late Model & Modified Fireworks. Macon Speedway [205 N Wiles, Macon, www. maconracing.com] 7p
Come Together Let's Walk Join us in a walk to celebrate survivors and honor those we have lost. Help us help others. All proceeds remain local and support area programs. $25, $30 (day of ), Fairview Park [www.cometogetherletswalk. com, 233.3391] 7a
Evening Nature Hike Who goes there? Take an evening hike with one of our naturalists to discover nature after hours. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 7p
Bergner's St Jude Fundraiser Craft show, car show, and bake sale. Hickory Point Mall (Bergner's) [1146 Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth] 10a-4p
Haunted Decatur Tour Travel throughout the city of Decatur in search of history, hauntings and spirits! $30, The Avon Theatre [426 N Water, haunteddecatur.com] 7p
Independence Day 1860 Vintage Base Ball 1p, Ice Cream Social 3:30p, Music 4p. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Lane, www. maconcountyconservation.org] 12-5p Junebug MotorCycle Rally Rodeo contest. Point 8 (7p) and Hells Bells. Josh Boggs and Bubba the Mechanical Bull. $20, Macon County Fairgrounds [3700 N Westlawn, 620.5372] 12p, 1:30p (Poker Run), 4:30p (Biker Games)
Thin Ice Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 8p-12a Acoustica Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a Riverbottom Nightmare Band Sliderz Bar [5995 E State Rt 36] 9p
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Location, location, location.
Now that garage sale season has hit, it is easy to spot the prime real estate. Do a little research on where there's the most traffic and where there are poles or intersections that cars get stopped at. Think about where you shop, dine, drive and walk. Chances are your neighbors have similar patterns.
Timing is everything.
Once you determine the best place for your signs, know that you won't be the only one posting. The early bird gets the worm so get your sign up while there's room. Note the dates of your sale small on your sign so that others know when it's O.K. to pull it down.
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Go big or go home.
It's true, but you already know this. An easy way to know if you've got it right? Do a drive-by. Better yet, ask a buddy to take a peek at drive-by distance. If they haven't seen your sign already, they'll be a great judge of whether it's legible or not. If you can find a way to go bigger than a standard 8.5" x 11" sheet you are on your way. The thickness of your sign makes a difference too. A rigid, thicker sign material like cardboard will hold its shape and will sometimes make it through a rainstorm.
Get inked. Now here's the real question: how do you make the sign? You can buy a pre-printed sign and fill in the details which is pretty effective but will cost a few bucks. You're probably having the garage sale to bring in a few dollars, though, so why not make your own? If you don't have a good, thick marker, you should definitely consider splurging on that. Pencil is absolutely out of the question! If you've got great weather in the forecast I'd opt for a Inkjet print with a nice bold font. Bonus points if you tile your pages for a larger sign.
The Devil is in the details. There's two sides to this story. Sometimes you see garage sale signs with too much information and sometimes they have too little. Figure out what the most important factor is and make it big. Really big. What's the second most important information? Go a little smaller with that and work your way down. Try to keep your sign clean and simple so it can be consumed at a glance. Is it important to list every type of item found at your sale? Probably not. Do we need to know what time you'll be there? Most positively so!
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Looking Fore Entertainment? Tate & Lyle Players Championship Drives It Home. words: Joli Hohenstein
The road to the LPGA comes straight through Decatur—just hit the Tate & Lyle Players Championship for a front row seat. From June 11-17, Decatur will host 144 breakout players from the United States and the world for special events plus three days of all caddied 54-hole stroke play. The longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour (you may know it as the Futures Tour), the Players showcases some of golf’s hottest up and comers. Past winners include four-time Rolex LPGA Player of the Year Award Winner Lorena Ochoa and LPGA pro Jennifer Song, who won here in her first amateur tourney and stopped back in this year to receive a local humanitarian award named in her honor. “That’s the beauty of this tournament; anything can happen,” says Tournament Director Cindy Deadrick-Wolfer. “The cool thing is you never know who will win and who you’re watching—it could be the next great one.” Whether you hit the links daily or haven’t tied on a spike in your life, you’ll find fun fore all in the Players Championship’s many events for networking, meeting and greeting and just plain entertaining.
Birdies Fore the Cause “Watch the birdie” takes on new meaning at the Players Championship this year as companies put their hats into Birdies Fore the Cause. Local businesses pledge to pay $1 per birdie to the charity of their choice, tallying up the total at the end of three days of play. Track the birdies, and see where the dollars will go.
Autograph Alley This is your chance to get up close and personal with golf’s newest greats. Players will be on hand for photo ops, autographs
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and face-to-face conversations. Run the gauntlet through Autograph Alley, and start your collection today!
Honoring Our Military Sunday’s schedule includes special efforts honoring the men and women who serve our country. Military personnel will be tending the flag on the 18th hole. Other special events are planned throughout the day as a tribute to those in all branches of the armed forces.
Three Out of Fore Here’s a great turn designed for flexibility and fun in any conditions. This year, organizers made the Players Championship a three-day tourney format with 54 holes rather than the traditional four days and 72 holes. The move gives them more flexibility with scheduling in case of weather issues and keeps them on the cutting edge of tour planning and hosting.
Fore the Community Don’t miss the special Fore the Community event Saturday evening after play ends (likely around 6 pm). Meet the players, watch the Decatur Park Singers and drop a golf ball to win (read on for more).
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a target. The closer your ball is, the better the prize. Entries are one golf ball for $10 or three for $25.
made good on that pledge, with each receiving nearly $5000 after her 2010 win. In response, a humanitarian award has been created in her name. The Jennifer Song Community Spirit Award honors her selflessness and recognizes Macon County residents who exhibit When Jennifer Song won the 2010 Tate & Lyle Players Championship, it was more than enthusiasm, integrity and perseverance beyond the ordinary to help children in the just winning the first amateur tournament community develop their dreams through she played in. “It was the day my dream selfless giving – be it talent, money or time. came true,” says Jennifer. “I never knew something so big would come so fast.” Decatur’s John Schirle received the inaugural In fact, Decatur couldn’t have dreamed she’d award for his widespread philanthropic efforts in the community, particularly make dreams come true for scores of our through Webster-Cantrell Hall. children, too. Years ago, Jennifer made a promise to her dad that she’d donate 1/3 of her winnings to local non-profits. Want more info and a full To the surprise of local Boys and Girls Club schedule of events? Visit www. and Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters, she tateandlyleplayerschampionship.com.
Return of a Champion
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THERE ARE OVER 100 DAYS OF SUMMER VACATION.
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SPOT THE 6 DIFFERENCES Contest ends at midnight on June 15th!
For a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth
2 WAYS TO WIN:
1. Find all 6 differences and earn 2 entries! Send an email by June 15th to email@example.com that includes your name and the 6 differences. 2. Couldnâ€™t find all the differences? Visit THRIVE Decatur on Facebook on June 15th to see the passphrase. Email us the word along with your name to earn 1 entry. Winners will be drawn on June 16th, notified by email and published in the June issue. One entr y per email address.