PAUL OSBORNE, EDITOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS

Decatur Tribune Online

Decatur Municipal Band Announces Concert Schedule For July 

    The Decatur Municipal Band concerts will be held in July as follows:
    July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in Fairview Park at 6:00 p.m.;
    July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 in Central Park at 7:00 p.m.;
    July 4 at Life Foursquare Church at 7:30 p.m.;
    July 18 at Millikin Quad at 7:00 p.m.
    Jim Culbertson is music director/conductor and Shirley Kistler, master of ceremony.

HSHS St. Mary’s Widowed Support Group Meeting June 28

    HSHS St. Mary’s Widowed Support Group will meet Thursday, June 28 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at The Wagon, 1987 N. Jasper St., Decatur.
      All widows and widowers are welcome.
      For additional information, contact James Vogel at 429-2089.

Ticket Deadline For N.A.R.V.R.E. Picnic Is June 29 

    National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet on July 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the VFW Hall, 3920 North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Decatur. All active and retired railroaders, widows and widowers are invited to attend.
    The guest speaker will be Tony Padilla, vice president of the National N.A.R.V.R.E. 
    Tickets for the catered picnic will cost $11and may be purchased by calling 454-2950. Deadline date is June 29.
    For additional information, call (217) 864-3795.


DMH’s South Shores Imaging Hosting Open House June 21


    Mammograms are to breast cancer - as - colonoscopies are to colon cancer - as - lung screenings are to lung cancer. 
    That’s the message Decatur Memorial Hospital hopes to drive home Thursday, June 21 during an informational public open house from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at DMH South Shores Imaging Center, 1689 S. Franklin St., Decatur.    
    “Just like mammograms for breast cancer and colonoscopies for colon cancer, early detection is the key for lung cancer too,” says Dave Overlot, executive director, radiology. “If you smoke or know someone who smokes, please take a few minutes to attend, ask us questions and see if a lung screening is right for you.”
    Details about who qualifies and how to get this simple five-minute low-dose CT scan will be available. Those who attend will get an opportunity to talk with DMH Radiologists and other experts. Free blood pressure screenings, carotid artery screenings, and pulmonary function tests will also be available. Participants can enter a drawing to win an iPad. Light refreshments included.
    Lung screenings are recommended if a person is 55-80 years old, currently smokes or have quit in the past 15 years, and have smoked a pack a day or more for 30 years.
    Medicare and more insurances cover this lung screening.
    For additional information, contact the DMH Radiology Navigator at (217) 876-2328.


Decatur Genealogical Society Meeting At DGS Library June 24

    The Decatur Genealogical Society (DGS) will meet Sunday, June 24, at the the DGS Library, 1255 W South Side Drive.
    Gail A. Leonard will give a presentation on websites at 1:00 p.m. There will be a short meeting at 2:00 p.m., followed with refreshments and research time. The public is welcome.
    Saturday, June 23, there will be a rummage sale at the Genealogical Library.
    Parking is available back of the building.
    For additional information, call (217) 424-1536.

Community Blood Drive 
At Decatur Memorial Hospital July 3


    Decatur Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, July 3, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., in classrooms at 2300 N. Edward Street.     
    To donate, contact the Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60703 to locate the drive.
    Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds.  A photo identification is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, call Central Illinois Community Blood Center at (800) 747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before May 8, 2018 are eligible to give at this drive. 
    Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Human Relations Commission Meets June 21

    The regular June meeting of the Human Relations Commission will be held Thursday, June 21, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers’s on the third floor of the Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, Decatur.
    This meeting will be open to the public.
    For additional information, call (217) 424-2805.

Macon County Association For Home And

Community Education’s Pillowcase Sewing Day June 25

    Macon County Association for Home and Community Education, formerly Home Extension or Home Bureau, will have its pillowcase sewing day on Monday, June 25 at the Extension office, located at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. in Decatur. 
    The event will be held in the Clover and Illini Rooms from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Members and guest are welcome to attend and may leave at any time.  
    The pillowcases that were made the past several years were donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Cunningham Children’s Home, and various other organizations around the county and beyond.
    Members and guests will also be starting on chemo port pillows to give to the Cancer Care Center. T
    hese little pillows will help hold a car seat belt away from a person’s port to help  make a car ride more comfortable.
    For additional information, call the U of I Extension Office at 877-6042.


AARP Smart Driver Safety Class at Staley Credit Union June 26

    Staley Credit Union, located at 3330 N. Woodford in Decatur, will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Class on Tuesday, June 26 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Main topics covered in the course include: 
    Age-related physical changes and how to adjust driving to compensate; 
    How to reduce driver distractions; 
    Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes and new technology found in cars;
    How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car;
    Techniques for handling left turns, right-of-way and roundabouts; 
    Important facts about the effects of medication on driving.
    Persons 55 years of age and older taking this class and refreshing their driving skills, possibly can earn a discount on their annual insurance premium.
    Cost for the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmember.
    To register, call 423-9767.

AARP Smart Driver Safety Class at Senior Center June 28

    Decatur Senior Center, 1430 North 22nd Street in Decatur, will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Class on Thursday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.     Participants 55 years of age and older are eligible for automobile liability insurance discount. The class is open to the public and will cost $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. 
    To register, phone (217) 429-1239.

The Salvation Army Senior Program June 22

    The Salvation Army Senior Program, “Beach Blanket Bingo“ will be held Friday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m. at 229 W. Main, Decatur, for all seniors over 50.
    A $3 donation will be accepted at the door.
    Reply by Wednesday, June 20 by calling (217) 428-4672.

Extension Offering Bilingual Certified Food Protection Manager Exam

    This August, the DeWitt County University of Illinois Extension office is offering the state mandated Certified Food Protection Manager course and test. Under the Food Service Sanitation Code, the Illinois Department of Public Health requires all food establishments be supervised by a Certified Food Protection Manager during hours of operation.
    The two-day course will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., August 1 and 3 at the DeWitt County Extension Office, located at 8425 Katie Road, Clinton.         

      The course will be taught in English and the exam will be available in English or Spanish. If a participant needs a reader or translator, they can contact National Registry of Food Safety Professions at 800.446.0257 or customer.service@nrfsp.com for the required forms.
    The fee for this course is $115 and includes the textbook, class materials and exam. Register by July 6 online at go.illinois.edu/dmp or by calling 217.935.5764. Payment is due at registration. Participants must attend both classes. 
    Bring a valid photo ID to the exam, which will take place on the second day. Lunch is not provided. Retests can be scheduled for $50.
    The class provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the National Certification Examination. Certificates must be renewed every five years.
    More information about DeWitt County Extension or the Nutrition & Wellness program is available at go.illinois.edu/dmp. 
    University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in this program, call 217.935.5764.


Decatur Park District Welcomes Illinois Shakespeare

Festival Tour Of ‘Double, Double’ June 23

    In celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival has commissioned a new play to be performed by its Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) troupe at multiple locations, including Decatur.         The Decatur Park District will welcome the troupe at 10 a.m. on June 23 on the gazebo lawn next to Scovill Zoo (71 S. Country Club Rd.). The play, titled “Double, Double”, tells the story of a young Abraham Lincoln and his discovery of the joy and genius of Shakespeare’s writings and their strong impact on the President’s life and work. 
    Written by Bloomington playwright Nancy Steele Brokaw, Double, Double is unique in having both Shakespeare and Lincoln as characters in the same play. Other characters, some with famous quotes, are taken from Shakespeare’s plays, including three heinous witches, an ambitious king, and a funny talking wall. This fast-paced 40-minute play will appeal to audiences of all ages. The performance is free and open to the public. 


Next Decatur Area Arts Council Grant Request Deadline July 6

    Because Decatur Area Arts Council (DAAC) has funding available, an additional granting opportunity is being offered for projects and programs that will be completed in 2018. The DAAC grant program supports and promotes events and creative learning experiences where the arts are the main focus. 
    Qualified applicants are schools and nonprofit organization in Macon County and the towns of Assumption, Clinton, Moweaqua, Pana, and Taylorville.    
    The next grant deadline is Friday, July 6.
    Download the Community and Education Grant Program Guidelines and Application online at http://www.decaturarts.org/grants. or pick it up at the DAAC, 125 N. Water Street, Decatur, or request by phone at 217-423-3189.
    Free personal consultations are also available by calling the Arts Council.


Decatur Park District’s Staley Striders Track & Field Club Begins June 18

    Young runners aged 6-18 are invited to join the Staley Striders Track & Field Club. Sessions will begin Monday, June 18 and will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. through August 1.
     Running locations will vary to give participants the opportunity to experience the Fairview running trail, Decatur Indoor Sports Center indoor track, and Millikin University outdoor track. Mike Landacre is head coach.
    The fee will be $30 ($26 with resident discount).
    For addition information or to register, go online to Decatur-parks.org or call the DISC at 429-3472.

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital to Hold Car Seat Safety Check June 22

    Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Many of these deaths are preventable. Placing children in age and size appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.
    HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital will hold a free car seat safety check in association with the Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m.-noon in the cancer care center parking lot, located at 1990 E. Lake Shore Dr. There will be directional signage.
    St. Mary’s also offers the following guidelines to help select the safest car seat for a child:
    Choose the correct car seat. Children should remain in a rear-facing car seat at least until two years old.
    Be sure to install car seats correctly. Take time to read the owner manuals for both the vehicle and car seat or go to a car seat safety event.
    Choose the best fitting car seat. A properly fitted car seat is the safest option for a child.    
    Know when to change a car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure the child is still within the weight, height and age limits for that seat.
    For any questions related to the event, call Laura Brown at (217) 464-2510.  



City Of Decatur To Host Blood Drive Inside Civic Center June 25

    City of Decatur will host a community blood drive on Monday, June 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at One Gary K. Anderson Plaza, inside Decatur Civic Center.     
    To donate contact Melissa Rowcliff at (217) 424-2805 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60852 to locate the drive.
    Potential do-nors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with par-ental permission form available through www. bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds.  A photo identification is required to donate. 
    For questions about eligibility, call Central Illinois Community Blood Center at (800) 747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before April 30, 2018 are eligible to give at this drive. 
    Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Decatur Quilters Guild To Present 37th Quilt Fest At Civic Center June 29, 30

    The Decatur Quilters Guild will present their 37th Quilt Fest, recognized by the State of Illinois as a participating sponsor of the official Bicentennial Celebration, on June 29 and 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Decatur Civic Center, One Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Admission will be $7/day. Children under age 5 will be admitted free.
    Suzi Parron, author of “Barn Quilts and the American Adult Trail Movement,” will speak both days at 1:00 p.m. Her talk will take attendees on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt. 
    There will be a display of Guild Members’ guilts and local quilt makers, Kids Can Quilt contest participants, and winners of the Illinois 4-H quilt contest, “I Can Quilt ’n Sew.”
    Twenty-four vendors will feature both quilt related and craft items for the quilter or the non-quilter and quilt appraiser Sandy Schweitzer will be available for appraising and answering questions regarding the quilts.
    Tickets for the raffle quilt, “Cardinals in the Corn and Beans,” will be available at the show for $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held Saturday, June 30 at 3:45 p.m.
    All attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt for the Viewer’s Choice award.
    Visit the website www.decaturquiltersguild.com for more information and to view the raffle quilt, or call/email (217) 454-4159, mdtraxler@hotmail.com.

DAAC To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With

Decades-Spanning Birthday 
Bash On July 28th


    A Decatur institution is gearing up for a 50th anniversary party that should prove to be extremely groovy / far out / radical / fly / lit, depending on the slang of your preferred era.
    The Decatur Area Arts Council’s decades-spanning “Half-Century Hullabaloo! A Birthday Bash” is set for Saturday, July 28th at the Madden Arts Center. All of the typical party elements will be in place with a timely twist.
    “We will be shifting focus throughout the event to the different eras from the past fifty years,” explains DAAC Executive Director Jerry Johnson. “So the food, music, specialty drinks, all of that will be anchored to whatever decade is currently in play at that point of the night.”
    That idea extends itself to the prizes available, of which there will be many.
     “We are collecting fun, kitschy, nostalgic pieces of pop culture and era-relevant items for prizes,” says Johnson. 
    The coveted collectibles can be won by acquiring tickets, rewarded by participating in various games and activities throughout the event. Though even here, there is a twist.
    Johnson uses the example of karaoke, to be located in the second floor classroom “Liquid Courage Lounge” with song choices limited to the decade current in the night’s cycle. Guests will be rewarded tickets for doing one of two things here: singing, or supporting those who do. 
    “We want to encourage folks to have fun and participate but don’t want anyone to feel pressured to do so,” he says. So while there will be an official costume contest with higher potential for reward, guests who show up with even a hint of their favorite decade on display can earn tickets, too.
    “Just for showing up and walking through the door, we’ll give you some tickets,” Johnson says.
    The party obviously serves as a spotlight on the DAAC’s fifty years of supporting and promoting the Arts in the Decatur area through a variety of programs, services, classes, grants, and cultural activities and events. That said, the non-profit insists the aim of their Half-Century Hullabaloo is to simply come together as a community and celebrate this monumental achievement.
    “The Arts Council has served this community for fifty years only because this community has so generously supported the Arts Council,” says Johnson. “We are truly all in this together.
    “Now it’s time to party.”
    Tickets are available via decaturarts.org or 217-423-3189.
    Ticket prices are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. (Must be 21+ to attend.)

Decatur Memorial Hospital To Host Lymphedema Support Group July 9

    Decatur Memorial Hospital will host The DMH Lymphedema Support Group on Monday, July 9, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the DMH Rehabilitation Services Department, 2300 N. Edward Street, Decatur.
    This group provides support to people with lymphedema, and empowers those who have lymphedema and their families to share information and experiences. 
    For more information, or to register, call 217-876-2620.



County Fireworks Permits Are Available

    Applications for Macon County Fireworks permits, for locations outside of incorporated areas of Macon County, are available in the Macon County Clerk’s Office at the Macon County Office Building, 141 S. Main, Room 104, Decatur. All county fireworks permits must be approved by the local fire protection district chief for the location where the fireworks will be displayed. Additionally, the permit is not valid until it is returned to the County Clerk’s Office for a signature and the Macon County Seal. The fee for a fireworks permit is $10.
    The applicant must show proof that they have completed the Consumer Fireworks Test, and provide proof of insurance in a sum not less than $1,000,000.
    Tuesday, June 19, is the last day the County Clerk’s Office will accept applications for displays to be held on July 4th. If the fireworks will be displayed any day other than the 4th of July, a permit must be obtained 15 days prior to the date of the display.    The Macon County Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Decatur High School Class of 1957 Reunion Picnic June 23

    The Decatur High School Class of 1957 is having a reunion picnic on Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. in Fairview Park, Pavilion #3. There will be a catered lunch by Hickory River Barbecue.
    Cost is $15 per person. Send checks as soon as possible to Barb Overton, 2250 N. Kenwood Ct., Decatur, IL 62526. For additional information, call 422-1028.


Decatur Quilters Guild To Present 2018 Quilt Show June 29, 30 

    The Decatur Quilt Guild will be presenting its 2018 Quilt Show at the Decatur Civic Center on Friday, June 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday. June 30, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    The show is open to all quilters to display their quilts.
    The registration form can be found on the website: https://www.decatur quiltersguild.com/    
    For additional information, contact Virginia Franklin at (217) 424-1536.


Vacation Bible School At Sharon United Methodist Church June 25-29

    Vacation Bible School will be held June 25-29 at Sharon United Methodist Church, 4363 W. Center St., Decatur. VBS will be held 9:00 am.-11:30 a.m. daily for ages 3 years to completed 5th grade.
    This year’s theme will be “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”
    Register online at www.sharondecatur.org or call the church office at 429-2033.

Decatur Celebration Announces Headliners

For 33rd Annual Street Festival Aug. 3-5

Decatur Celebration organizers have announced headliners for the 33rd annual street festival August 3, 4 and 5, 2018. The massive 3-day event attracts tens of thousands of people annually to the downtown business district of Decatur. 

The headliners include:
Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated artist, Daughtry 
Grammy Winning Rap Artist & Reality TV Superstar, T.I. 
Grammy Winning Country Music Star, Gretchen Wilson 
Grammy-nominated, Dove Award Winning Christian Music Artist, Crowder 
Country Music Artist & Popular Radio Personality, Chuck Wicks 
Grammy-nominated, Dove and Stellar award-winning singer-songwriter, Jonathan McReynolds 
Aerosmith Tribute Band, Draw the Line 
Southern Rock & Blues Band, Jeremiah Johnson Band 
St. Louis Blues Artist, Marquise Knox 
Emerging Country Music Band, Broseph 

The 2018 headliners punctuate a lineup complete with regional bands and original acts, keeping multiple stages pulsing with energy all weekend.  
As is tradition, Decatur Celebration will once again feature over 60 unique food items, three blocks of authentic arts and crafters, spectacular carnival rides, a wine and craft beer garden, the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade, and Kids Block featuring free children’s games, shows and prizes. 

Admission is $10 for the weekend in advance and $15 for the weekend on site. Children 12 and under are free. On sale date will be announced via social media and the festival website.


Decatur Public Library To Eliminate Fines For Overdue Materials

    As of June 1, Decatur Public Library (DPL) will join the many Illinois libraries that have become “fine-free”. What does this mean for Decatur Public Library users?
    • Decatur Public Library cardholders will no longer be required to pay overdue fines.
    • Anyone who wants to check out a book on June 1 or after will have all previous fines forgiven, provided the materials are returned in good condition and the patron has no currently overdue materials.
    • This applies to DPL cardholder only, regardless of where they use their card or which library owns the borrowed item(s).
    • If a DPL patron has overdue items, his or her card is immediately blocked until the items are renewed or returned and checked in, in good condition.
    • Non-DPL cardholders will follow fine policy set by their home library.
    • Items that are returned in damaged condition will be treated as they always have been, meaning that the cost of repair or replacement will be born by the patron.
    • Patrons who do not return items in about 40 days will receive a bill for cost of items. If and when items are returned in good condition, the bill will be waived, unless the item has already been replaced.


Sanitary District Of Decatur Announces Scheduled Board Meetings

    The Sanitary District of Decatur scheduled board meetings for the fiscal year 2018-2019 will be held at 501 Dipper Lane, Decatur, at 5:30 p.m. 
    The 2018 meetings will be held as follows: May 23*, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 26*, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19. The 2019 meetings will be held Jan. 23*, Feb. 20, Mar. 20 and April 17. *These meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
    The Sanitary District’s administrative office will be closed unless noted otherwise as follows: Memorial Day, May 28; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, Sept. 3; Veterans Day, Nov. 11 (union only), observed Nov. 12 - administration office open; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22; Day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 (non-union only); Christmas Day, Dec. 25; New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2019;l Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

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Decatur Area Arts Council Offers Summer Arts Classes 

    This summer, the Decatur Area Arts Council is offering a wide variety of arts classes for aspiring artists of all ages, pre-k to seniors.  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. DAAC members receive a discount.

    • Camps and Weekly Series
    International Arts Camp - July 9-13, 9:30am-12pm
    Art with the Masters – Thurs., June 7- July 26, 1-3pm
    Drawing Series - Tues., June 12-26, 5:30-7pm
    Painting Series - Tues., July 3-17, 5:30-7pm
    Mixed Media and Printmaking Series - Tues., July 24-Aug 7, 5:30-7pm
    Film and Art for Kids - Wed., June 6-Aug. 8 (closed July 4), 9:30am-12pm

    • Friday FunDay Series 
    Bubble Art, Painting and Drawing - Fri., June 15, 10-11:30am
    Ocean Watercolor Painting - Fri., June 29, 10-11:30am
    Cupcakes–Decorate, Paint and Eat! - Fri., July 6, 10-11:30am
    Polymer Clay Animals - Fri., July 20, 10am-12pm

    • Family Events
    American Girl Doll and Friends Galaxy Space Party - Sat., June 9, 11am-1:30pm
    Lego Blind Bag Bash Pizza Party - Sat., July 14, 11am-1:30pm
    Pre-K AFRICA!  - Sat., June 30, 10:30-11:30am

    • Something For All Ages
    Super Heroes and Villains - Sat., June 16, 11am-1:00pm
    Stop-Action Animation - Sat., July 7, 9am-3pm
    Drawing Workshop–Realistic Animals - Sat., July 14, 9am-4pm
    Mixed Media Canvas–Gelli Printing, Painting & More - Sat., Aug.     11, 10:30am-1:30pm 
Recycled Purses -  Sat., Aug. 18, 10:30am-1:00pm

    • Cinema Series: The Directors
Movie Series for Film Buffs - Wed., June 6-Aug. 8 (closed July 4), 6:30-9pm

    • Cocktails & Creations
    Simple Flowers in a Vase - Thurs., June 7, 6-8pm
    Summer Flip Flops - Thurs., June 21, 6-8pm
    Acrylic Pour on Recycled Records or Canvas - Thurs. July 5, 6-8pm
    Whimsical Watercolor Ocean Scene - Thurs., July 19, 6-8pm
    Mixed Media Abstracts on Canvas - Thurs., Aug. 2, 6-8pm
    Dragonfly on Flower - Thurs., Aug. 16, 6-8pm

    • Senior (Ages 55+) Classes - Mondays, June 4-July 9, 10-11:30 a.m. 
    
    • Knit Nite
    A DAAC program for knitting enthusiasts that meets every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the 2nd floor Schmalz Classroom of the Madden Arts Center.  
    Join on a drop-in basis ($3.00 per visit) or as a regular weekly attendee by becoming a DAAC member ($35 per year).
    For more information, visit www.decaturarts.org, email arts4all@decaturarts.org, or call 217-423-3189.

Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Sale Shop Adds Saturday Hours

    Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Resale Shop, located at 2725 N. Water St. in Decatur, has added Saturday hours.
    Robin Murray, Catholic Charities Community Services Supervisor, said, “Our store has been in this location for a year and our customer base is growing strong. 
    As a result we have decided to open Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to better serve our new and existing customers.”
    The store is also open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    The store accepts donations of kitchenware, home décor, linens, gently used clothing and accessories, and furniture. 
    Donations are accepted Monday-Friday with drop off at the back of the store.
    All proceeds from the resale store will go to support the mission of Catholic Charities of helping those in need. Services include the food pantry, mobile food pantry, med assist/SHIP, counseling, senior service programs, legal services and more.
     The store also maintains a Facebook page with daily updates: Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Resale Shop.
    For additional information, call (217) 428-3458, extension 236.


DMH Diabetes Education Center To Hold Free Monthly Support Groups

    The DMH Diabetes Education Center will begin hosting a new Diabetes Support group every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting March 21 at a DMH Family Medicine, 4775 E. Maryland St., Decatur. Also, a daytime support group meets every third Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the DMH Diabetes Education Center. The  2018 dates are March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19.
    This monthly event is free and open to anyone interested in learning how to manage diabetes. Whether a person is newly diagnosed or has had diabetes for many years, the support group can help manage diabetes. Each meeting focuses on a different topic with opportunities to learn, share and ask questions.    Attendees will have the opportunity to hear educational presentations, gather information on a variety of topics related to diabetes and meet others who are also learning how to live with diabetes. Knowledge and support play a vital role in controlling diabetes. Topics include general diabetes information, acute and chronic complications, exercise, nutrition and sexuality, coping skills and problem solving.
    The DMH Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call the DMH Diabetes Education Center at (217) 876-2699.


Rock Springs Conservation Area

Hosting Summer 
Camps for 2018

    The Macon County Conserva-tion District is pleased to offer a variety of nature and history themed summer camps for children ages 1-15.  With the help of experienced staff, these camps have connected children with nature, encouraged exploration, and created lasting memories since 1982.  All camps meet at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  Online registration opens April 2 at maconcountyconservation.org. 
     Earth Adventures returns as a full-day, Monday-Friday nature camp, designed for ages 6-12.  Campers will explore science, nature, and history through outdoor activities.  Camp runs from June 4 through August 10.  You may sign up for any number of weeks, or join us all summer as we learn about “River Explorers.”      Earth Adventures runs weekdays, from 9am to 4pm, with before and after care available in the mornings from 7am to 9am and evenings from 4pm to 6pm.  A fee of $120/camper each week covers all activities and transportation for weekly field trips and swimming.  Any additional siblings in a family receive a discounted rate of $105/week.  Campers bring their own lunches.  Space is limited to 40 campers each week.
     If a full week of camp doesn’t fit your schedule, the Macon County Conservation District also offers Adventure Club.  In Adventure Club, children ages 5-12 join in on Earth Adventures activities on Tuesday mornings, from 9am-12pm for $12/camper each week.
     In celebration of the Illinois bicentennial, Pioneer Adventure Camp will explore Illinois history this summer, from June 21 through July 26.  This history-themed camp for ages 6-12 meets Thursday mornings, from 9am-12pm in Rock Springs Nature Center.  Campers will explore how Illinois has lived, worked, and played over the last 200 years.  A fee of $12/camper each week includes a camp t-shirt and all activities.
     Children ages 10-15 seeking more adventure can choose from four unique X-treme Camp day trips.  Day trips include canoeing (June 20), horseback riding and Gator Creek cruise (June 27), horseback riding and Mississippi Riverboat cruise (July 18), and a trip to St. Louis Science Center and Planetarium (July 25).  A fee of $60/camper for each trip covers the cost of all activities and transportation.
     Mini Camps are one hour long camps for children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy.  They are held all year.  In June and July, we’ll explore a different local plant or animal each week.  A fee of $6/camper covers all activities and a snack. 
     Find more information about each camp and register online at maconcountyconservation.org.  Conservation District staff are happy to answer your questions at 217-423-7708.
     Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.  To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road.  Watch for signs.  Plenty of parking is available.


Applications Being Accepted For Arts In Central Park

In Downtown Decatur Sept. 15, 16

    Applications are being accepted from artists interested in exhibiting at Arts in Central Park, a juried art fair held in Central Park in downtown Decatur, on Sept. 15 and 16, 2018.  Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
    Artwork for jurying and inclusion in the show must be original.  Assistance of commercial molds and kits may not be used.  Resale of purchased item is not permissible.
    If interested, contact Decatur Area Arts Council at 217-423-3189 or Gallery 510 at 217-422-1509.  For details about the event or to download the artist application, go to www.decaturarts.org. ;
    In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Decatur Area Arts Council, they are sharing fun facts, memories, and history. 
    Now in its 56th year, Decatur's original juried fine arts fair was founded by Barn Colony Artists in 1962, with the newly-established Arts Council joining in 1969. Arts in Central Park as we know it today has been co-sponsored by DAAC and Gallery 510 Arts Guild since 1995.


Decatur Park District Boat 
Slips Available


    The Decatur Park District has boat slips available for the 2018 season. All slips have boat lifts. Rental fee is $1,395. 
    The docks have locked entrance gates, accessible walkways, electricity, and potable water. 
    Call Mandy at 422-5911 for details.


Stephen Decatur Chapter Of The Sons Of The American Revolution Invites Interested Citizens To Its Monthly Meetings

    The Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R), which covers the counties of Christian, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt, is an organization which encourages and supports participation in the preservation of our American heritage of personal, economic, political and religious freedom and promotes individuals to be active citizens in our great democratic society.             

      Members of the Society are able to trace their ancestry to a patriot from the Revolutionary War. 
    Monthly meetings are usually held the third Saturday of the month and, besides the monthly business meeting, it is an informational meeting for anyone who may be interested in finding out how to become a member. 
    For additional information call Dave Miller at 217-649-4025.


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.


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.