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Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

10/25/2018 - 4/6/2019, Various Times
Nelson Center, 1601 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62702

This year the Springfield Jr. Blues are celebrating their 26th year as Springfield’s hockey team. Come out this season for a home game, meet some fans, enjoy the food, and cheer on the home team!

October 25 - 27: vs. Minnesota Magicians (Special Events: Oct 26 Pink the Rink and Oct 27 Halloween with Abe Lincoln)

November 16 - 17: vs. Topeka Pilots 

November 23 - 24: vs. Janesville Jets

December 14 - 15: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

January 4 - 5: vs. Minnesota Magicians

January 25 - 26: vs. Janesville Jets

February 22 - 24: vs. Kenai River Brown Bears

March 1 - 2: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

March 15 - 16 and March 29 - 30: vs. Chippewa Steel

April 5 - 6: vs. Janesville Jets

Wright Concepts: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

11/9/2018 - 10/4/2019, First Friday of Every Month: 10:15 am & 1:15 pm
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

On the First Friday of every month join longtime volunteer Larry Betz on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Betz will guide you on a discussion about the design principles behind Wright’s “Prairie School” architecture, which emphasized horizontal lines in order to blend in with the natural surroundings of the Midwest. The tour promises visitors a new perspective on Wright’s architectural vision, even if they’ve visited the site before. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to sign up for the tour.

Mystery Movie Monday

1/7/2019 - 5/6/2019, First Monday of Every Month: 7 pm
The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence Ave Springfield, IL 62704

Join us for "Mystery Movie Monday" where you won't know the title of the film until the red velvet curtain opens on the Grand Screen! We will showcase movies from across the spectrum of genres: comedy, drama, suspense, musical, romance, western...everything except horror! Films will span from the early days of the 20th century to contemporary titles. 

Following each film join the discussion with Andy Egizi, who teaches "Hollywood Heritage: The Studio Age" at UIS.

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28th Annual Molly Schlich Film Series

1/13/2019 - 3/5/2019, Every Sunday: 1 pm & Every Tuesday: 7 pm
AMC Parkway 8 Theatre, 3025 Lindbergh Blvd Springfield, IL 62704

The Annual Molly Schlich International & Independent Film Series has been bringing entertaining and challenging films to Springfield for the past 28 years. The series is brought to you by the Springfield Art Association and benefits the Michael Victor II Art Library. 

The films being shown are A Fantastic Woman, Foxtrot, Science Fair, A Taxi Driver, Puzzle, The Square, In the Fade, and The Guilty. Each of the eight films are shown twice on Sundays, at 1 & 4 PM and once on Tuesdays at 7 PM. 

You can purchase a series pass for $50/$45 for members who purchase the pass by January 12th. Passes can be purchased at

Winter Farmers Markets

1/19/2019 - 4/20/2019, Every 3rd Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701
Shoppers can expect to find more than 30 vendors selling farm-fresh fare including sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, turnips, winter squash, sunchokes, fresh greens and salad mixes, kale, pecans, honey, apples, apple cider, cheese, pastured pork and poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, local lamb, holiday hams, and Thanksgiving turkeys! Plus baked goods, pies, gingerbread men, cookies, jams, jellies, and spices. 

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times Exhibit

2/15/2019 - 5/19/2019, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
A traveling exhibit commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory.  Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen.

Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.

2/18/2019 - 2/20/2019, Monday & Tuesday: 7 pm; Wednesday: 2 pm
Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
STC presents "Junie B Jones." It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend, Lucille, doesn't want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting.

Fact vs. Fiction: Lincoln and Kennedy

2/19/2019, 6:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
Do you know about all the eerie parallels between Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy? Elected 100 years apart, both former boat captains, both replaced by men named Johnson, the list goes on — except the “parallels” are routine coincidences, exaggerations, or outright lies. Join our experts for a fun look at what’s fact and what’s fiction in this famous claim. The event features Dr. Samuel Wheeler, the Illinois Sate Historian, and John T. Shaw, author of two books on President Kennedy.  Mr. Shaw will sign copies of his newest book, Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Changed America, at 6:00 p.m.  The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Union Theater.

Brown Bag Lecture: Brooklyn Beginnings

2/20/2019, Noon
Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center, 1011 East Ash St. Springfield, IL 62703
Brooklyn, Illinois is known as the first majority Black town to be incorporated in the United States in 1873. Nearly forty years prior, Brooklyn was one of the few settlements in the area that allowed African Americans to purchase lots and build homes. This lecture will discuss the town's unofficial founder, Priscilla Baltimore, its early residents and institutions, and its initial growth and development. 

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash St. and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets.

SCHEELS Titleist Golf Fitting Day

2/20/2019, 2 pm
SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. Springfield, IL 62711
Our Golf Experts will help you find your perfect ‘fit’. See what’s NEW with Titleist Golf for 2019! Exclusive Register to Win Opportunities for Participants. Pre-registration is recommended. Call SCHEELS Marketing Office to register 217.726.6330 (Walk-ins taken on an ‘as available’ basis) Spots are limited!

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