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Ongoing: "The Flames Caught Us"
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is marking the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Mine disaster with an exhibit called "The Flames Caught Us." On Nov. 13, 1909, a fire broke out at the St. Paul Coal mine in Cherry that killed 259 men and boys. The exhibit is free and is open through March 31, 2010.


Nov. 6-8: Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival
A showcase of bluegrass bands, workshops and a guitar show comes to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. First act begins Friday at 2:30. Tickets are $5 to $60. For more information, visit www.bluegrassmidwest.com, e-mail info@bluegrassmidwest.com or call 529-7777.


Nov. 6-8, 13-15: "The Laramie Project"
Phil Funkenbusch directs this drama about the reaction to the hate-crime killing of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998. The show features adult content, which may be unsuitable for children. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Theatre III at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are $13 and $12 for seniors and children and are available by calling 523-2787.


Nov. 7: Vachel Lindsay birthday open house
Help celebrate the 130th birthday of Springfield's most celebrated poet with cake, cider, coffee and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside a heated tent in the backyard of the Lindsey home, 603 S. Fifth St. There also will be walking tours and children's activities. For more information, call 524-0901.


Nov. 7: Cherry Mine disaster author roundtable
Several authors who have written books about the 1909 Cherry Mine disaster will gather at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library for a roundtable discussion about the disaster. Event is free, but reservations are required by calling 558-8934.


Nov. 7: Veteran tribute concert
The Illinois 144th Army National Guard Band will perform a free concert in tribute to veterans at 6 p.m. at the Old State Capitol National Historic Site. For more information call 785-7960 or visit www.oldstatecapitol.org.


Nov. 10: Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble
Kevin Locke is a renowned American Indian arts professional and brings his one-of-a-kind ensemble to Sangamon Auditorium. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $32 and $37 and are available by calling 206-6160.


Nov. 14: Collector's Day
Meet area collectors who will display their unique treasures from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum and learn how to start or improve your own collections. No buying selling, or appraisals will be allowed. For more information, contact Nina Walthall at 782-0061.


Nov. 16: Classics book group
The Classics book discussion group meets at noon on the third Monday of each month in the Bicentennial Room at Lincoln Library. This month's selection is "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne. Coffee and tea will be provided, and readers may bring a lunch. For more information, call 753-4900, ext. 206.


Nov. 19: Book signing and discussion with author Philip B. Kunhardt III
Philip B. Kunhardt III will be discussing and signing copies of his book "Lincoln, Life-Size" at 7 p.m. in the Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Tickets are free, but reservations are required by calling 558-8934. Copies of "Lincoln, Life-Size" are available in the museum gift shop.


Nov. 21-29: Memorial's Festival of Trees
The annual holiday tradition at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds features more than 100 decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces, a gingerbread villag, a holiday market for unique gifts, and the Candy Cane Express train for children. For more information, visit www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com, e-mail johnson.amanda@mhsil.com or call 788-4301.


Nov. 21: Mendelssohn Bicentennial
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the genius of Felix Mendelssohn for his 200th birthday with three of his most popular compositions. Show begins at 8 p.m. Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets are $30-$42 and and are available by calling 206-6160.


Dec. 2, 3: Old Capitol Holiday Walk
Downtown Springfield will bustle with holiday activity from 5 to 9 p.m. as shops offer extended hours. Horse-drawn trolley rides, Santa House and live entertainment will be available. Free and open to the public.


Story published Friday, November 6, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 6 )

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