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Girl Scouts Of Central Illinois To Honor
Community Leader Karla Miller Oct. 19

   Karla Miller

Each year, the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) honors an outstanding woman in the Decatur community for her leadership and service.            

     On Thurs-day, October 19, GSCI will celebrate the a-chievements of Karla Miller, Director of Marketing & Com-munications at Hickory Point Bank, and the 2017 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Diamond Honoree.
    “We are extremely proud to be honoring Karla at this year’s event,” said GSCI CEO Pam Kovacevich.  “She is a true role model for young girls in the community.  As a former Girl Scout, she understands how important it is for girls of all ages to have the support and guidance from other successful women, and the encouragement to grow up to lead,” 
     Past honorees have included Shirley Stanley, Julie Curry, Kara Demirjian-Huss, Sue Breheny, Lisa Flora and other inspiring women in the Decatur community.
     The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Decatur. It will feature cocktails, dinner stations, entertainment as well as a chance for a grand prize gift certificate from Flora Gems and the Girl Scout Sweet Surprise Wall. 
    Tickets for the event are $50. Visit for more information. All proceeds help fund leadership development programs for Girl Scouts.
     Miller is a longtime resident and respected member of the Decatur community. Currently, she is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Hickory Point Bank. While serving as Vice President Public Relations at ADM, she founded the company’s first women’s networking affinity group, ADM WIN (Women’s Initiative Network), to provide young women with professional development and mentoring opportunities. 
    In 2007 she founded the Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon event for adult and children. 
    She currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Macon County, as well as The Friends of Macon County Child 1st Advocacy Center. As a Girl Scout, she was excited to wear the uniform, sell cookies, and go camping.                 Experiencing sisterhood has been an important theme throughout her life, from Girl Scouts to her Tri-Delta college sorority to ADM WIN to mentoring young women. Of all her accomplishments and achievements, Karla is most fulfilled and happiest in her role as mother to Daley and Zach, who attend college at SIU in Edwardsville.
     Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 2.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 
    Girl Scouts of Central Illinois serves over 17,000 girls and 4,000 adult members in 38 counties throughout central Illinois. 
    For more information, visit or call your local Girl Scout Service Center at 888-623-1237.

Mount Zion Show Choirs Annual Fall Showcase Concert On Oct. 21

    Join Mount Zion Show Choirs at their annual Fall Showcase Concert on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Mount Zion High School Auditorium located at 3055 S. Henderson Street in Mount Zion.
    Be prepared to be entertained with high energy showstoppers filled with music and choreography under the direction of Connie Mulligan, Heather Pistorius, Cyndi Johnson and Rich Hansen.
    Performing will be the Swingsations, Les Femmes, Premiere, A Cappella Groups, Sound System, Sound Check and Electric Youth.
    Ticket prices will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door or at Ace Hardware, KRAVE and Save-Mor Pharmacy.
    For additional information, call Becky at (217) 520-3300 or email
Senior Center Planning Trip To The Great Pumpkin Patch Oct. 19

    The Decatur-Macon County Senior Center is planning a trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch in the heart of Amish Country on Thursday, Oct. 19. There will be various displays to see including: Wall O’Squash, Noah’s Ark, the pumpkin tree, giant corn shock tower, the restored one-room schoolhouse, Wanda’s Haunted Crib, The Museum & Bridle Gift Shop and the farm animal.
    Cost will be $10 which includes transportation and entrance to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Show Bus will provide transportation. On the way back they will stop at Yoders in Arthur for lunch (which will be on each one).
    For additional information, contact the Senior Center.

Health Department Is Offering Walk-In Hours  

For Adult Emergency Dental Treatment

    Macon County Health Department Dental Clinic is now offering walk-in hours for adult emergency dental treatment on Fridays. Hours will be 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Walking in is not a guarantee that the individual will be seen or treated on the same day. Bring medical card, voucher, or self-pay.    For additional information, call (217) 423-9930.

Halloween Costume Party At The DISC Oct. 27
    Make this the best Halloween ever by meeting your favorite princesses and movie characters at the DISC Halloween Costume Party.  
    On Oct. 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., all kids will enjoy snacks, face painting, and other fun activities as well as take a special photo with their favorite character. Special guests include Elsa, Belle, Cinderella, Darth Vader, Olaf, and a Minion. Dress up or come as you are. All ages are welcome. Fee is $25 ($10 for additional children). 
    Register at the DISC by Oct. 26. For more information, call the DISC at 429-3472.

Annual Fall Choral Evensong At St. John’s Episcopal Church Oct. 29

    St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold our Annual Fall Choral Evensong is scheduled for Sunday, October 29th  at 4:30 pm  This Choral service blending Scripture and Choral Music is in the form of Sung Vespers.  There is no charge for this event.   A light reception will follow.
     St John’s is located at 130 West Eldorado St. (Parking on Church Street)  Call 428-4461 with any questions.
Pickleball Open Play 

     Whether you’re aged 5, 85 or somewhere in between, come to the DISC and play a game of pickleball.         The DISC will have courts available for open play pickleball from 9 a.m. – noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 16 – March 14. 
    Cost is $2 for non-members and free for DISC members. Paddles are available for a small fee. 
    For more information, call Rachael Bishop at 429-3472. 

SAIL To Hold Personal Assistant Orientation 
Tuesday, Oct. 31

    Soyland Access to Independent Living, SAIL, will hold a Personal Assistant Orientation for people interested in working as a Personal Assistant.  
    The orientation is Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 beginning at 1PM at the Decatur SAIL Office, 2449 Federal Drive, in Park 101.  
    Personal Assistants are employed by people with disabilities to perform household chores and personal care tasks in their homes and are paid by the State of Illinois through the Department of Rehabilitation Program.  
    No reservation is needed to attend the Personal Assistant Orientation but participants must arrive by 1PM, bring their driver’s license or state ID, Social Security card and be prepared to fill out an application with references.  SAIL is a fragrance-free facility and those wearing fragrances will not be allowed to attend the orientation.  
    For more information about the Personal Assistant Orientation or becoming a Personal Assistant, contact Dorothy Cox-Stowe at 876-8888 or 800-358-8080.

Special Displays At 
First Evangelical 
Lutheran Church

    In Celebration of the  500th  Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, First Evangelical  Lutheran Church has a special display  of 19th and 20th century Bibles.   Members and friends of the congregation have loaned family Bibles in many languages. 
    The oldest is  dated 1834 with several in the collection having been brought  by  pioneer family members who became citizens of  the United States long ago.
    In addition to the Bibles, Dr. Robert Carney, a member of the congregation, has put his award winning skills at work   in making a replica of the Lutheran Rose symbol and a model of  Fr.  Martin Luther  hanging  his 95 Theses on  a church door in 1514.   The emblem and the  model of the scene are made with hundreds of Leggo blocks.    
    Carney has won  honors and appeared on television with  some of  the  replicas of  ancient castles  he built using the blocks as a medium.  
    The Bibles and the  Lutheran Rose and the Martin Luther scene are on display at the  Church, located at 250 W. Decatur St. on Sunday mornings from 9 to noon through October.    
      A special worship service  observance of the Lutheran Reformation will be celebrated at 9:30 AM, Sunday  Oct. 29th.

Residential Electronics Collections

Oct. 14, 24 And Nov. 15

    Unwanted televisions, computers and electronic devices will be accepted by residents who pre-register for an appointment at an electronics collection on Saturday, Oct. 14, Tuesday, Oct. 24 or Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.     Residents may register on-line at or by calling the Macon County Environmental Management Department at 217-425-4505.
    Up to ten residential electronic items will be accepted from each confirmed registrant, including: televisions/monitors (limit of 3 with pre-payment of $10 each), computers and accessories, laptops, printers, control boxes, media players, game consoles, cables and controllers.
    The collection events will be held at Macon County Environmental Management Department’s Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st Street, Decatur. The department is sponsoring the event to provide residents with recycling services for unwanted home office and entertainment devices that are banned from landfills per Illinois regulations.
    Further information may be obtained at or by calling Macon County Environ-mental Management Department at 217-425-4505.

IDOT Winter Operations Positions Still Available

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking workers for temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal this winter in several southeast Illinois counties in IDOT District 7. These seasonal positions are available for on-call work schedules. The deadline to apply is Oct. 16.
     The department's annual “snowbird” program requires employees to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays and nights. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required.
     Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information, including details on pay and the potential for benefits, visit

Historic Edwards Place To Close For Renovations

    Historic Edwards Place in Springfield will close to the public on Oct. 14, 2017, to accommodate the interior restoration of the second floor to its c. 1860s appearance.  Work is projected to be finished in February 2018, at which point a “reveal” open house will be held. The mansion is scheduled to reopen for tours next March.
    Restoration of the second floor is possible thanks to generous private donations as well as a grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, WI.  The work will include updating the electrical wiring, repairing the plaster, painting the trim to match its original 1860s palette, and installing period-appropriate carpeting, wallpaper, and window treatments. 
    The second floor restoration is the final step of a full-scale effort to restore Edwards Place which has been ongoing since the Springfield Art Association’s centennial anniversary in 2013.  Restoration work on the first floor of Edwards Place was completed in February 2015.
    In lieu of regularly-scheduled tours, Edwards Place will offer special, behind-the-scenes tours of the restoration work on Thursday, Oct. 26, Thursday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 21. These tours will all take place at 5:30 pm.  Edwards Place will also host an original play, Peculiar Inspirations, on Nov. 17 and 18 as well as holiday events on Dec. 13 and 16.
    The restoration’s progress will be documented by blog and can be followed at: http://restoreedwardsplace  For more information contact collections@springfieldart .org.

Reach For The Stars With DeWitt, Macon And Piatt 
4-H And Sky’s The Limit Rocket Building Workshop

    Rocket building is a hobby that is growing in popularity among youth in Central Illinois. 
    Let 4-H in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties help you explore your rocket knowledge, rocket building skills and advance your current skills during the Sky’s the Limit rocket building workshop Oct. 28. 
    Youth will also have an opportunity to launch their rockets Nov. 18. This workshop will have something for all levels of rocket builders. Fees include the launch workshop on Nov. 18.

$10 |All 5-7 year olds
Simple rocket building, learn rocket parts, principles of flight and how to launch

New-to-Rockets Builders
$10 for 4-H members | $15 for perspective 4-H members | Open to 8-18 year olds Basic rocket building techniques, build a rocket from a kit, learn about motor sizes

Experienced Builders
$15 for 4-H members | $20 for perspective 4-H members | Open to 8-18 year olds Advanced building techniques, use an altimeter, learn to paper fins for strength

    The building workshop will meet 9am-noon on Oct. 28 at the Macon County Extension Office located at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. in Decatur. The launch workshop will meet 9am-noon on Nov.18 in northern Macon County. The launch address will be made available during the building workshop. 
    Register by Oct. 16 online at or by calling the Macon County Extension office at 217.877.6042. Class sizes are limited so register early. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Samantha Rusk at or 217.877.6042.
    University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call 217.877.6042.
    Illinois 4-H helps youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H impacts the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming. 
    For additional information regarding DeWitt, Macon and Piatt 4-H, call 217.877.6042.

Decatur Quilters Guild Offers Quilt Making Class

    The Decatur Quilters Guild is offering the following quilt making Class:
    “Mix and Match Paper Piecing” by teacher Lisa Grossenheider Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Class fee $40 for Decatur Quilters Guild members, $50 non-members.  Pattern is $10 payable to Lisa,   
    To register, or for more information; contact Kathy Kline at 217 520-3366 or
     Lisa’s unique method of paper-piecing includes NO Measuring, NO Rotary Cutting, NO Pinning, and NO Pressing! NO Kidding! 
    Using her workbook full of mix and match piecing units, you will create your own project that will be one of a kind, In addition, she will bring over 20 quilts to show, and will offer many helpful tips and hints.
     The Decatur Quilters Guild is a not for profit organization whose aim is to encourage and teach the art of quilt making.

Learn By Doing With Macon County 4-H Archery Club

    Youth are invited to learn all about archery this fall with Macon County 4-H. This club encourages youth to try archery in a safe, hands-on environment that is led and supervised by certified adults. Don’t have a bow and arrow? No problem, equipment will be provided.
    The program will be Mondays from October 2 to December 4 at East Park Baptist Church located at 1919 S. Baltimore Ave. in Decatur. 
    Class size is limited so register early. Participants must be 8 to 18 years old as of September 1, 2017. The cost is $20 for current 4-H members or $40 for new members. 
    Register online at by September 29. If you have questions or need more information, contact Becky Hugo at or 217.877.6042.
    The 4-H program is provided through University of Illinois Extension and is open to youth ages 8 to 18. Youth learn skills for living by participating in individual or group learning experiences related to more than 200 project areas. 
    More information about Extension and 4-H is available at or find Macon County 4-H on Facebook.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact 217.877.6042.

Performing Arts Series 
For Students (PASS) Has Been Announced By The 
Decatur Area Arts Council

    Over the past 47 years, if you, your child, or your grandchild took a school class field trip to Millikin University’s Kirkland Fine Arts Center to see a show, that was likely a PASS performance.  Designed to open doors to learning through the performing arts, approximately 8,000 area children attend these shows each year. All PASS performances are held at Kirkland, giving students the often first-time experience of being on a college campus, in a world-class facility, opening their young eyes to a wider range of possibilities.
    Seven high quality shows have been selected for children Pre-K through 6 grade in 2017-18:
    Biscuit - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    50 States in 60 Minutes - Tuesday, November 7, 2017
    The Tailor of Gloucester - Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    Mark Nizer - Magician - Thursday, January 25, 2018
    Solve It Cyrus - Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Chocolate Milk Por Favor - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    The Interactive Orchestra - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    Area teachers and homeschool groups can reserve seats for the program(s) that best suit the needs of their class.  The first date that reservations will be accepted is Thursday, Sept.7, beginning at 8 a.m.
    If you would like your child to take advantage of this excellent opportunity, contact your school’s principal and/or teachers.  All shows are only $5 per student, except for the Youth Symphony Orchestra performance on April 24 which is free.
    The sponsors are; Amherst F. Hardy Foundation, John Ullrich Foundation Trust, Tate & Lyle, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Homefield Energy, and Illinois Arts Council Agency.
    For more information, contact the Decatur Area Arts Council at or 217-423-3189.

Fall Art Classes To Be Held At Madden Arts Center

    Fall art classes will be held at the Madden Arts Center at 125 North Water Street in downtown Decatur. Advance registration is required. Class sizes limited. No walk-ins.  
    Workshops, Series, and Saturday Classes: Beginner Impressionist Landscape Painting Workshop (ages 10-adult); Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain (ages 10-adult); Pretty Paper Iris Folding (ages 8-adult); Halloween Figures or Ornaments (ages 6-adult); Clay Hand-Building Techniques (ages 10-adult); Holiday Houses (ages 6-adult); Snowman Sign Making (ages 6-adult).  
    Family Events: Harry Potter Fest (ages 6 and up, 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult); FREE "You ROCK" Painting Event; Pre-K Day (ages 2-5, adult must accompany child).  
    Cocktails and Creations (ages 21 and up): Owls on Canvas; Vibrant Close-up Flowers on Canvas; Halloween Figures or Ornaments; Winter Fox on Canvas; Forest Sunset on Canvas; Winter Sign on Wood.
    Senior Classes (ages 55 and up): Monet's Water Lilies Painting; Paper Houses; Halloween Tree Painting; Nature Sculpture Figure; Mixed Media Tea Cups, Woven Owl Wall Hanging.                                                         
    For additional information, visit, email arts4all@, or call 217-423-3189.

Bus Trips To Fox Theatre

    Decatur Area Arts Council announces the following upcoming bus trips to The Fabulous Fox Theatre.
    The Bodyguard - October 12, 2017 - Thursday matinee 
    On Your Feet - November 16, 2017 - Thursday matinee
    The King and I - December 7, 2017 - Thursday matinee
    School of Rock - January 25, 2018 - Thursday matinee
    Chicago - March 3, 2018 - Saturday matinee
    Enjoy a great day that includes a private luncheon buffet and prime seating to outstanding shows. For reservations and further information, email or call 217-423-3189.

African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum Opens GoFundMe Account To Renovate Roof

    The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum (AACGS) has opened a GoFundMe fundraising initiative to renovate its roof.
    The AACGS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, providing Central Illinois the opportunity to enrich their education of the African-American experience in America, as well as, research your family history.
    All contributions made to the AACGS “New Roof Initiative” GoFundMe account will be used towards this specific purpose and are tax deductible. 
To donate directly to the GoFundMe™ New Roof Initiative, donations can be made at this link:


Stroller Club At The DISC

     Throw on your walking shoes and join the Stroller Club at the DISC. Stroller Club is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at the DISC Indoor Track. 
    This is a great opportunity to meet other parents while exercising. No registration needed. Free for DISC members or $3.25/visit for non-members.         

    Call the DISC at 429-3472 for more information. 

Meals On Wheels Of Macon County Reinforcing Its Commitment 

    Meals on Wheels of Macon County is working on reinforcing its commitment to the entirety of Macon County. There has been an almost 50% increase in the number of clients served over the past couple of years. There is not a waiting list for new clients.
    Meals on Wheels of Macon County delivers a warm, nutritious noon-time meal (Monday-Friday) to homebound seniors living anywhere in Macon County. It is much more than a meal. It is a warm smile, friendly hello, and quick chat to make sure all is well.
    Anyone over 60 who does not drive (or drives very little) is eligible. There are no income guidelines. For additional information, call  (217) 422-6611.