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July/August 2010

Ongoing: Old Capitol Farmers Market
The longtime farmers market continues every Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 30. The market is located on Adams Street between Third and Fifth streets and features a wide variety of fresh produce, cheese, bakery items, plants, spices, meats and other specialty items. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ongoing: "Play Ball"
"Play Ball: The Art of America's Favorite Pastime" is an exhibition that celebrates America's grand old game - baseball - through works of art. It's on display in the Springfield Art Association's Gallery of Art, 700 N. Fourth St., through Aug. 21. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Ongoing: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Each Tuesday and Wednesday at the Illinois State Museum, a short movie for children is shown at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium. The movies are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of movies, visit www.museum.state.il.us/pdfs/SFF10flier.pdf. For more information contact Elizabeth Bazan at ebazan@museum.state.il.us or 782-5993.

Ongoing: Illinois Stories
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is hosting "How Vast and How Varied a Field ..." The Agricultural Vision of Abraham Lincoln, an exhibit of agriculture in Lincoln's time. Displays include the first John Deere tractor - the only complete, working "Dain" model in the world; tools from before and after the revolution in agricultural technology and more. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31, and museum admission is required.

July 2: "One Destiny"
In Richard Hellesen's one-act play, actor Harry Hawk and the owner of Ford's Theater debate whether they could have stopped John Wilkes Booth's assassination of President Lincoln and thus changed the course of history. Show begins at 1:30 p.m in Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. For more events at the ALPLM, visit www.alplm.org/events/calendar_of_events.html.

July 3: Vintage base ball game
Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with a game of "base ball," played how it was in the 1890s, on the front lawn of Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St. The game begins at noon, and refreshments and kids' crafts will be available.

July 9-11, 16-18: "Grease: The School Edition"
The classic 1950s musical comes to the Hoogland Center for the Arts featuring some of central Illinois' most talented teenagers. Show begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13 and $12 for seniors and children and can be obtained by calling 523-2787.

July 10: Super Saturdays
Take a tour of Springfield by drawing, writing, reading, and rhyming your way through the alphabet at A Place for Discovery at the Illinois State Museum. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature take-home crafts. For more information, call 782-6044 or visit www.museum.state.il.us.

July 10: Taste of Downtown
Sample the foods from downtown eateries at Taste of Downtown. For more information, call Downtown Springfield Inc. at 544-1723 or visit www.downtownspringfield.org.

July 10: Zoofari
The Henson Robinson Zoo staff shows visitors how it keeps the animals engaged and happy with special activities. The event is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission to the zoo is free that day.

Aug. 7: Boo Boo's Birthday Bash
Boo Boo, the Asiatic Black Bear at Henson Robinson Zoo, is celebrating its 25th birthday. Join the celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to sign a gigantic birthday card and watch as he's given a special birthday treat.

Aug. 13-15, 20-22: "A Doll's House"
Arguably the most famous of Henrik Ibsen's plays comes to the Hoogland Center for the Arts and tells the story of a young married couple and the illusions behind their union. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors and can be obtained by calling 523-2787.

Aug 14: Super Saturdays
Compare today's insects with the bugs from the days of the dinosaurs at A Place for Discovery at the Illinois State Museum. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature take-home crafts. For more information, call 782-6044 or visit www.museum.state.il.us.

Aug. 28: Old Capitol Blues & BBQs
Sample barbecue from more than 40 vendors as well as some of the best blues music around. Acts include Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang, Sue Foley and Peter Karp, Nick Curran and the Lowlifes, and Treble Clef Palette. The event runs from noon to midnight, and admission is $5. Children younger than 12 get in free. For more information, visit www.downtownspringfield.org/ocbb.htm

Aug. 28: Casino Night
Enjoy an evening of gaming at the Henson Robinson Zoo, support the Springfield Zoological Society and win prizes. The event runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and cost $20 per person. Advanced registration required.


Story published Friday, July 2, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 4 )

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