PAUL OSBORNE, EDITOR 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS


Decatur Park District’s Seventh Annual Father/ Daughter Dance Jan. 27

    Dads can treat their daughters to an evening of dinner and dancing at the Decatur Park District’s seventh annual father/daughter dance on Saturday, Jan. 27.
    Young ladies aged 5-12 and their dads can enjoy a buffet dinner from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., portraits by Memory Makers from 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (cost not included) and dancing from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Hickory Point Banquet Facility, 727 Weaver Road. 
    The dinner dance tickets are $30 per father/daughter couple (add $10 for each additional sibling).
    For reservations call 422-5911by Jan. 24. 


Harvest Christian Center Service Times Changed For  Dec. 24, 31

    On Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 the service times at Harvest Christian Center, 2199 N. Water St., will be 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Also there will not be an evening service on Dec. 27.
    The public is invited to attend.

‘A Christmas Celebration’ At Hammond United Methodist Church Dec. 23

    "A Christmas Celebration" will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Hammond United Methodist Church.  The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature "Collage of Faith" a vocal group directed by Shari Schable, including Kara Ziemet, Bill & Shari Schable of Atwood, Dennis Garmon of Lovington, Bob Crossman of Arthur, Monica & Lonnie Conner of Decatur and Bobbi Welch of Arcola.  
    The service includes a meditation by Pastor Julie Allison and a candle lighting ceremony.
    All are invited to attend.  There will be refreshments and a time of fellowship following the service.


Greater Decatur Chorale Winter

Performance In 
A New Venue

    
    The Greater Decatur Chorale Winter Performance will be held Jan. 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm. and Jan. 14 at 2:00 p.m. in Richland Community College Shilling Auditorium.
    Directed by Ted Hess and accompanied by Anita Gifford, the Chorale welcomes all to its annual winter performance in a new venue! “The Great American Songbook” features hits from American artists Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and more! The Maroa-Forsyth choirs, led by Christopher Weisenborn, will be special guests.
    Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For tickets, call 422-5911 or go to Decatur-parks.org.

‘Yoga For Beginners’ At Fletcher Park Recreation Center Announced

    A six-week class, “Yoga for Beginners”, will be held at Fletcher Park Recreation Center. The winter session will be held Jan. 16 through Feb. 22 and the spring session will be held Mar. 13 through April 19. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
    The class will help attendees gain yoga skills by learning a safe way to approach and access yoga postures. It is a very instructive class with lots of guidance.
    The cost will be $60 per session. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat, towel and water to class.
    Register at Mt. Zion Village Hall, 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Mt. Zion, IL.
    For additional information, call (217) 864-5424.

Secretary of State Offices Closed for Christmas

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities open Monday to Friday will be closed Friday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 25, while facilities open Tuesday to Saturday will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23 and Tuesday, Dec. 26, in observance of Christmas.    
    All Monday through Friday Driver Services facilities will be open for business Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday through Saturday facilities will open Wednesday, Dec. 27.
    Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to locate the nearest Driver Services facility and the hours of operation. In addition, drivers can change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers online.


Grace Baptist Church Christmas Cantata To Be Presented Dec. 17

    Grace Baptist Church Christmas Cantata, :Silent Night! Holy Night!” will be presented Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10:00am. 
    The church is located at 3770 N Water St. in Decatur.
 Phone 217-877-0009 for more information or go to the church’s website- www.experiencegrace.net  

Reminder From Macon County Supervisor Of Assessments

    Josh Tanner Macon County Supervisor of Assessments wants to remind everyone who has the Persons with Disabilities Exemption or the Veterans with Disabilities Exemption that the deadline for your annual renewal is Dec. 31st.  
    If you haven’t renewed it this year please bring proper documentation to the office and we will assist you in completing the form.  Call the office at (217) 424-1364 for more information about these exemptions.    

SAIL To Hold Personal Assistant Orientation 

    Soyland Access to Independent Living, SAIL, will hold a Personal Assistant Orientation for people interested in working as a Personal Assistant.  
    The orientation will be Tuesday, Dec. 19, 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.

American Legion Post 104 To 
Hold New Year’s Eve Party


    American Legion Post 105 New Year’s Eve Party will be held Sunday, Dec. 31 at 6:00 p.m. at 1535 Legion Drive in Decatur. 
    There will be a ribeye steak or baked chicken dinner at 6:30 p.m., Men of Essence Band at 8:00 p.m., cash bar, and party favors and champagne at midnight.
    Tickets may be purchased through Dec. 27 for $25 per person.
    For additional information, call  (217) 423-1411.


Decatur Barn Colony Show 
At Rock Springs Center


    Take some time during the holiday season to visit the Decatur Barn Colony show at Rock Springs Center and enjoy a variety of work by local artists, many of which are for sale. 
    Visitors also are welcome at regular meetings of the Barn Colony Artists, each Monday evening, 7-9, at the Madden Arts Center, 125 North Water.

New International Program At St. Teresa 

    St Teresa has partnered with New Oasis International Education to bring  international students to the St. Teresa and Decatur community.
    They are actively searching for Host Families to host international students that will be arriving for Fall 2018. They  have both young ladies and young men from China that are interested in attending high school in America. 
    They have all completed an international preparatory program, with a proven track record for excelling academically.
    Host families provide meals, a bedroom, transportation to activities, and a warm family environment. A generous monthly financial stipend of $1,100 is provided to the host family to offset housing costs.     
    New Oasis strives to create and grow global citizens through cultural awareness and immersion. We fully support the students that take the chance in coming to America for their High School experience, as well as the families that open their homes and their hearts.
    If you are interested in serving as a Host Family or have any questions, contact the main office at 217-875-2431 or our local New Oasis Global Program Manager, Audra Murray: AMurray@ NewOasisEdu.com, or 703-380- 3531.
    For more information, visit www.st-teresahs.org/hostfamily.



2018 Illinois Terminal Railroad Calendar Available

    The Illinois Terminal Railroad was at one time a viable part of the community and its history. In an effort to promote this history, the Illinois Traction Society (ITS) has produced the  2018 color monthly almanac wall calendar featuring14 pages of electric, diesel and steam railroad scenes.
    The calendar will cost $14.50 postpaid with check or money order, payable to the Illinois Traction Society and sent to: Illinois Traction Society, 264 Victoria Ave., Decatur, IL 62522.


Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plungers To Splash Into Lake Decatur March 3

    Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support the Special Olympics athletes of Illinois by jumping into the waters of Lake Decatur on Saturday, March 3 for the 2018 Decatur Polar Plunge. 
    The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge® will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Check-in for the plunge begins at 10:00 a.m. located at 2301 N Lake Shore Drive, Decatur.
    This will be the 19th year of the LETR Polar Plunge. In 19 years, more than $18.4 million has been raised by more than 66,000 plungers. GEICO is proud to be the Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor.
    All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $100 in donations. People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. A team must consist of a minimum of five plungers. Each team member must also raise the minimum of $100 in donations; all team members’ individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Statewide, teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.
    All plungers will receive a Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt in cardinal red. Plungers will also receive an entry into the grand prize drawing. For every $500 and $1000 a plunger raises, he/she will get an entry into the grand prize drawing.
    The other incentive prizes are listed as follows:
    $250 – Exclusive Special Olympics IL John’s Crazy Socks
    $500 – Messenger Bag
    $1,000 – Soft Shell Jacket
    Kimberly Stivers is the 2018 Polar Plunge Ambassador for the Decatur Polar Plunge. She has been competing with Special Olympics Illinois since 2003 in a variety of sports such as track & field, bowling, bocce, and basketball. She is a great supporter of the Polar Plunge and encourages everyone to participate despite the cold. Kimberly has participated as team captain in the Polar Plunge for the past five years. She is constantly recruiting new members to her plunge team. Her motto is the more the merrier! 
    Join Kimberly Stivers as she supports the 2018 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois!
    Plungers can register for the Plunge at www.plungeillinois.com or by contacting Joanie Keyes at 217-428- 9255. Last-minute Plungers are welcome to register on-site the morning of the Plunge. 


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.

Ice Skating Season Underway at Decatur Civic Center

    The 2017-2018 ice skating season at the Decatur Civic Center is here. There will be public skating sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels will be offered on Fridays.
    To see the full schedules, including home school, holidays, Decatur Blaze, and DYHA Decatur Flames, visit online at DecaturCivicCenter.org.
    Groups interested in private skating or if interested in renting the ice for a party, call (217) 422-7300.


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.


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 arts4all@decaturarts.org or call 217-423-3189.


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.


































 

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