Thursday Feb 22 - Jan 10 @ 5:15 PM
Market Position and Branding
Downtown Springfield, Inc. – Participants will learn how to identify their distinct advantage within the market and how to build a brand around that advantage.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM
Celebrity Bartender Battle
Springfield Art Association – No tickets necessary, free to enter, local celebrity bartenders will make cocktails and pour drinks. You are invited to join us and fill the tip jars in support of our new Community Visual Arts Center. Returning to defend her 2-time winning title of SAA's 2016 & 2017 Celebrity Bartender Battle of the Year is Shannon Dewith-McCormick! With over $2,500 in tips raised last year, she is the bartender to beat for 2018. Featured Bartenders: 5:30 Team Vodka Cranberries! Specialty drink: Vodka Cranberry Albert Capati Patrick Russell Brooke Thomas Laura Vaught 6:30 The Wolf Pack Team! Specialty drink: Woo Woo Cocktail + Light up Martini Glass Brian Alexander Tait Bowers Mike Lezon Adrian Stealey 7:30 Team Purple Rain! Specialty drink: Cherry Moon Shots + Corkscrew Purple Rain Sangria Cocktail Shannon Dewith-Anderson Letitia Dewith-Anderson Carolin Faulkner Danielle Anderson 8:30 The Closers Team! Specialty drink: The Kicker Jeremy Adams Nathan Steele Erin Svendsen Ed Gonet Sid Stanton Here is a link to virtually provide your tip online: http://www.springfieldart.org/celebrity-bartender-battle.html
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:30 PM
Sports Photography for Beginners
Creve Coeur Camera – If you struggle to capture great images at indoor/evening sporting events… THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU! Join us for a fun night of shooting at a Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey game on Thursday, February 22nd. At the game we will teach you how to prevent blurred images of the athletes. We will discuss focusing options, white balance, and adjusting your exposure settings (ISO, shutter speed, & aperture). This is a great opportunity to learn new skills while actually shooting and get instant feedback from the instructors. 2 instructors, Breck Markley & John Muchow, will be leading this class. We will meet outside the Nelson center entrance beginning at 6:30PM. Attendees will need to be present no later than 6:45PM or they will be responsible for their own entry admission. Bring your camera, telephoto lens, and an extra battery! In addition, please dress warm, and be advised that we will be shooting near the glass and water puddles are common in that area. You will be standing for most of the class so wear comfortable shoes. What you will learn: • How to choose correct shutter speeds to freeze action • How to set your camera controls for indoor venues • How to shoot in the manual & shutter priority mode • How to set the correct metering & focus modes Who should attend: Beginners and intermediate level photographers Take After: Photography Fundamentals, Brand Specific Class, Exposures 101 Length: 2 Hours This class is limited to 12 attendees & registration is required by Feb 20th.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 8:00 PM
Thursday Night Trivia at Public House 29!
Twin City Trivia – Grab your friends and join us for THE BEST weekly trivia around! Each week we have 7 rounds of Trivia designed to challenge you and ensure it's your best night of the week. See you there!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 8:00 AM
Public Policy Breakfast: Illinois Celebrates 200 Years
Downtown Springfield, Inc. – 7:30am Coffee Reception 8:00 - 9:00 Program ILLINOIS CELEBRATES 200 YEARS Speakers: STUART LAYNE Executive Director Illinois Bicentennial Commission PAM VANALSTINE Chair Illinois Bicentennial Coordinating Committee of Springfield On December 3, 2018, the people of Illinois will celebrate their state's 200th Birthday. Illinois Bicentennial will be a 365-day celebration, 200 years in the making. At the center of the celebration will be a year-long multimedia campaign called born, built and grown. The campaign honors the tremendous people, places and things that make Illinois so enduringly strong, kind and beautiful. A number of very special events will occur in Springfield. Please join us on February 23 to learn more.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 5:30 PM
Yoga and Wine at Arlington's!
Downtown Springfield, Inc. – Yoga and Wine at Arlington's 5:30-7:30pm Instructor: Carrie Walbert Ahh yoga and Arlington's are teaming up to host a Yoga and Wine event! This event includes a one hour evening class followed by 2 glasses of wine (selected by Arlington's). ?Perfect for a date night or a girls night out! *Please note, while this is an all levels class, there will be no props and it will include standing poses. *Please Bring your own mat! * must pre-register * non-refundable * must be 21 years old Cost is $20.00
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
Canvas + Cocktails: 90s Art!
Springfield Art Association – At the SAA's Canvas + Cocktails on February 23rd, you'll be taking it 25 years! Think Lisa Frank, comic strips, bright colors, and grunge. You'll be painting your 90s image on a 11 x 14 canvas. Bring a bottle of wine, cheeses, and desserts with you to savor while making art in the studio! Each class will be themed around a project that you will be able to finish that night. SAA will provide all art supplies and great instruction! All attendees must be 21+. Must register before the night of event. Register online or by calling the SAA Office at 217-523-2631 to reserve a spot and pay at the door. SAA Members $15, SAA Non-Members $25.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:30 PM
Rock Me Amadeus - Springfield
Illinois Symphony Orchestra – Let the magic of Mozart move you! Beginning with his First Symphony, written at eight years old, and concluding with his brilliant Forty-First and final Symphony, Mozart was a Rockstar of the Classical era. Tchaikovsky’s Neo-Classical Rococo Variations reflects his love of Mozart featuring the ISO’s Principal Cellist Ruth Marshall. Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:30 PM First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Illinois TICKET INFORMATION: #ListenLIVE by calling the Sangamon Auditorium, Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 SPECIAL 25th Anniversary Offer | Buy One Get One 25% OFF *(Available by phone only) Tickets General Admission $20 | Student $5 Senior & Group Rates Are Available * Special offer does not apply to senior, group, or student ticket pricing and is available by phone only.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 10:00 AM
2018 Caddyshack Open!
THE BLUE GROUCH PUB – Springfield's favorite annual bar golf event returns! $20 entry fee gets you bus transportation, golf ball, coozie, and shirt! You DO NOT need a foursome to sign up! Sign up at The Grouch today!
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 10:00 AM
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Party Celebration
Christian County Historical Society – PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANCE DUE TO WEATHER, Everyone is welcome to attend The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville will be hosting a birthday party for Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday on Saturday, Feb 24th between 10am-2pm. $3.00 admission (ages 4 & under FREE). There will be activities for all ages including Abraham Lincoln will be on hand for photos, crafts, kids Bingo, old time photo booth, 50/50 drawing, hands on Civil War activity table, coloring contest, face painting and more. The first 24 children ages 5 and up will receive a special item from President Lincoln. Lunch available for purchase. A traveling Civil War exhibit entitled To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War will be unveiled that day at the museum. It is on loan from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. And a special Christian County historic family Bible exhibit will be in the Pence Building. Abe's birthday cake, an adorable pig shape cake along with a raspberry-laced sheet cake honoring Mr. Lincoln will be cut at 11am. The cake has been provided through a partnership of baker Ann Bandy and the Taylorville Tourism Ambassador Miss Liberty the celebrity pig. If you are wondering why the cake is pig shaped, you need to come on Saturday between 10am-2pm to find out the story behind Abraham Lincoln and pigs Lunch available for purchase. Abe's favorite meal of Stew & Biscuit w/drink for $5.00 and Hotdog meal for kids w/ drink $3.00. Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day. CNB Bank & Trust in Taylorville will be sponsoring the guest performance at 1pm by acclaimed author, International speaker, storyteller and historian, Brian “Fox” Ellis. Fox will portray William Herndon, friend of Lincoln the lawyer and will be sharing stories from Lincoln’s life as a lawyer. Fox is a member of the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Program and is an internationally known performer and speaker. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Fox is a highly sought keynote speaker at regional and international conferences Author and storyteller Carol Alexander will be here sharing her latest book “The Big Squeal” by Liberty the Pig. The story is about “How Abe Lincoln’s muddy highway led a homeless pig to life, liberty and happiness.” Walk where Lincoln walked, where he had an office and practiced law in the historical courthouse on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Society & Museum. Abraham Lincoln’s contact with Christian County came primarily from his riding the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Twice a year for over twenty years, Mr. Lincoln spent two or three months riding the circuit with the presiding judge and fellow attorneys to Taylorville. Abe has a birthday wish list of office and cleaning supplies to help the museum to run smoothly throughout the year. Gifts brought for Abe may be wrapped or unwrapped. Learn more about our 16th president and enjoy some birthday cake (made with Abe’s favorite recipe) by attending Abe’s Birthday Party on Saturday, February 24th between 10am-2pm at the Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville Rte 48 & Rte 29. For more info call 217-824-6922 or go to https://www.facebook.com/Christiancountyhistoricalsociety/
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 10:00 AM
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Bash
Christian County Historical Society – PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANCE DUE TO WEATHER, Everyone is welcome to attend The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville will be hosting a birthday party for Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday on Saturday, Feb 24th between 10am-2pm. $3.00 admission (ages 4 & under FREE). There will be activities for all ages including Abraham Lincoln will be on hand for photos, crafts, kids Bingo, old time photo booth, 50/50 drawing, hands on Civil War activity table, coloring contest, face painting and more. The first 24 children ages 5 and up will receive a special item from President Lincoln. Lunch available for purchase. A traveling Civil War exhibit entitled To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War will be unveiled that day at the museum. It is on loan from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. And a special Christian County historic family Bible exhibit will be in the Pence Building. Abe's birthday cake, an adorable pig shape cake along with a raspberry-laced sheet cake honoring Mr. Lincoln will be cut at 11am. The cake has been provided through a partnership of baker Ann Bandy and the Taylorville Tourism Ambassador Miss Liberty the celebrity pig. If you are wondering why the cake is pig shaped, you need to come on Saturday between 10am-2pm to find out the story behind Abraham Lincoln and pigs Lunch available for purchase. Abe's favorite meal of Stew & Biscuit w/drink for $5.00 and Hotdog meal for kids w/ drink $3.00. Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day. CNB Bank & Trust in Taylorville will be sponsoring the guest performance at 1pm by acclaimed author, International speaker, storyteller and historian, Brian “Fox” Ellis. Fox will portray William Herndon, friend of Lincoln the lawyer and will be sharing stories from Lincoln’s life as a lawyer. Fox is a member of the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Program and is an internationally known performer and speaker. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Fox is a highly sought keynote speaker at regional and international conferences Author and storyteller Carol Alexander will be here sharing her latest book “The Big Squeal” by Liberty the Pig. The story is about “How Abe Lincoln’s muddy highway led a homeless pig to life, liberty and happiness.” Walk where Lincoln walked, where he had an office and practiced law in the historical courthouse on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Society & Museum. Abraham Lincoln’s contact with Christian County came primarily from his riding the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Twice a year for over twenty years, Mr. Lincoln spent two or three months riding the circuit with the presiding judge and fellow attorneys to Taylorville. Abe has a birthday wish list of office and cleaning supplies to help the museum to run smoothly throughout the year. Gifts brought for Abe may be wrapped or unwrapped. Learn more about our 16th president and enjoy some birthday cake (made with Abe’s favorite recipe) by attending Abe’s Birthday Party on Saturday, February 24th between 10am-2pm at the Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville Rte 48 & Rte 29. For more info call 217-824-6922 or go to https://www.facebook.com/Christiancountyhistoricalsociety/
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 11:00 AM
WTF! Winter Time Firkin Festival
Engrained Brewery & Restaurant – Local breweries getting together as a community to celebrate craft beer. WTF! Winter Time Firkin Festival 2018 is Buzz Bomb, Engrained, Hand of Fate, Obed & Isaac's, and Rolling Meadows, all brewing specialty small casks for this event. Festivities are in the beer garden, which is heated and enclosed, and we'll be stocked up on firewood. Shake off that cabin fever and enjoy the best beers Central Illinois has to offer! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 21 and OVER. $5 entry includes a complimentary glass and 5 tickets. A ticket for a sample or two for the whole glass. Come be social with friends and hang out with the brewers from all the breweries. +15 Firkins lined up on the bar. We'll roll descriptions of the beers leading up the the festival so check back often. Please SHARE this event with your friends.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 1:00 PM
Still Standing - The Challenges of Marriage & Why We are Still Standing.
Downtown Springfield, Inc. – February is the month for love and Your Corner Office is hosting an event with a moderated panel of three couples that will share the peaks and valley's of their relationship. These couples will share the real meaning of unconditional love as they discuss tough topics such as infidelity, illness, financial crisis, separation and why and how they are still standing! Whether you are married or single we are confident that you will leave this event with information that will resonate for a lifetime. Don't miss out get your tickets now as space is limited. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Panel Guest: Lance & Sheila Boozer, Wayne & Sherri Hamilton Sr., and Shawn & Patrica Dulin Moderators: Wayne & Melissa Hamilton Jr.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 1:00 PM
Civil War Saturday: From Seed to Shirt
State Historic Sites at Springfield, IL – Cotton was the king of the south playing a major role in American history before and during the Civil War. The program “From Seed to Shirt” explains the role of cotton in the economies of both the South and North. Help pick seeds from a cotton boll. See how cotton is carded, spun and woven. Learn how Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin changed America forever. This program is free and open to the public; donations accepted. The program will be conducted through an open question-and-answer format; rather than scheduled talks, guests are encouraged to arrive at any time during the scheduled program to interact with the volunteer and participate in the activities.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 6:00 PM
GenHKids Trivia Fundraiser
Generation Healthy Kids – RESCHEDULED! New date: February 24, 2018. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; trivia starts at 6:30 p.m. Help us continue to work towards a healthier generation of children. Exercise your brain, feed your body and have some fun! Entry fee includes dinner (Harvest chili, cornbread and apple crisp), but feel free to bring your own snacks (no alcohol, please). Cash bar available and Mulligans for the really tough questions will be for sale. $150.00/table (maximum 10 players). All proceeds benefit genHKids. To reserve a table online: http://genhkids.org/programs-events/events/young-at-heart-trivia-night/
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 8:00 PM
Harper and Midwest Kind - The Third Base
Highway Key Touring – Harper and Midwest Kind Bring World Blues & Roots From Australia www.harper.biz OFFICIAL HARPER WEBSITE 8pm www.youtube.com/harperband www.musicpage.com/harper www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind HARPER AND MIDWEST KIND LIVE https://youtu.be/-_vgEKpS6vU Show Your Love https://youtu.be/ovxdkb2pYxc Its Time To Go, https://youtu.be/ocol-YR2qcQ Big Brown Land/ Levee Breaks An amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, Australian singer/ songwriter "Peter D. Harper" now based in Detroit, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper possesses a powerful soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre. Harper calls it “World Blues” -- a rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful virtuoso harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a feast of timeless mystery. Harper has received an amazing 14 x Blues/ World Music awards (including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. He recently won a Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Vocalist". No Depression Magazine,'s (USA) Rod Ames, adds that Harper " has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I have ever heard..". While Chip Eagle, (Blues Revue) said at a recent festival "..Harper is the most exciting artist on the live scene today". Harper is backed by his talented Detroit based band "Midwest Kind" which features: Mike Howe on guitar, James Norris on Bass Guitar and Dee Washington on Drums. Harper has just released his new CD "Show Your Love" (Blu Harp). This incredible new CD reached # 3 internationally on the Billboard Blues Charts, only being beaten out by Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa, and an amazing six months in the Top Ten. Also # 1 in the Netherlands, # 1 in Italy and # 3 Debut on the Australian Blues Charts (Top 5 for 5 months)
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 8:30 PM
Remix
THE BLUE GROUCH PUB
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Feb 25 @ 8:00 AM
2018 Fight For Air Climb
Downtown Springfield, Inc. – Join us for the 2018 Fight For Air Climb at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre on Sunday, February 25, 2018! Participants will climb 32 floors, 532 steps, to the top the tallest building in Springfield. Stairclimbing is a unique experience compared to your typical 5k race, and all ages and fitness levels can participate. Step Up to the Challenge and make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Go to www.ClimbWyndham.org today to register for the climb of your life!
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Feb 25 @ 10:30 AM
Goats + Yoga @ Sangamon Reclaimed
Downtown Springfield, Inc. – Come join in on the fun! This is our 10th session of Goats + Yoga, and we've sold out EVERY time! This session we're excited to be inside Sangamon Reclaimed @ 1315 Ottis St, Springfield, Illinois 62703. If you don't know about these guys, you should! Goats + Yoga by Willow City Farm is an exciting way to practice yoga while hanging out with some adorable goats (and lambs, and even a calf or two)! You'll practice "barnyard poses" like cow, rooster, climbing goat, downward dog, etc, while our furry friends hang out with you, or even walk all over you. AND... What could possibly make this more fun? Enjoying a cocktail while we play! We'll have Bloody Mary's + Mimosas on hand, but feel free to BYO, too! Studies show that the presence of safe animals can lower stress and cortisol levels, so even with the laughs and selfies, your body will thank you when its over.
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Feb 26 - Mar 4 @ 11:00 AM
217 Food week (Burger)
Engrained Brewery & Restaurant – Participating restaurants in Springfield and surrounding communities have called on their talented chefs to create awesome and unique off-menu burgers for one week only, February 26 – March 4. And you get to try as many as you like for five bucks a piece – but only during burger week. You know we have some crazy talented chefs in this town, and by February 26th everyone that started a diet at the beginning of the year will be ready for some real food! This will be epic…