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Legos 2You know they are everywhere, and it’s the perfect time to round some of them up and donate to a great cause! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois recently received a grant from the Community Foundation to launch a Lego Robotics league at nine of our sites here in Springfield. While the grant covered all the kits, there is a need for extra Legos to do it right. We know our Springfield Moms readers can help out!

If your kids have outgrown their Lego collection or if they have some they can spare, please consider donating them to the the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. Their contact information is: 300 S. 15th St., Springfield, IL 62703.  Call 217-544-0548 or email: info@bgccil.org for more information.

Your feet will thank you in the middle of the night when you aren’t tripping over them!

 

 

Calling all adults who need a NEW activity to get and stay active! Tennis 1,2,3 is an introductory class for new Tennis players and returning veterans alike. It cover basic serving, returning, and volleying in a fun, semi-private atmosphere. It’s available to Non-Members too!  So dust off that racquet and get serving!

Come 4 Times a week: Choose the times that work best in YOUR schedule.

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Monday 11am, Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday 7pm, Thursday 11am, Saturday 11am, Sunday 2pm

Choose Four 1-Hour Sessions $59

View our Tennis123_Registration Form for the Springfield Racquet & Fitness Center.

 

Learn more about Youth Tennis Programs for Ages 6 on up.

 

SRFC Kids Camp 200x120Plan ahead for Summer 2016. Kids Camp registration is OPEN! Learn More about this lively, active camp for kids age 5-12. Counselor in Training Camp for ages 13 & 14 willing to assist and learn at the camp.

Kids Camp at Springfield Racquet & Fitness Center 3725 Chatham Road, Springfield, IL.  217-787-2460

Woman Sitting in MeditationYoga is an ideal practice for all stages of pregnancy. During a time of rapid physical and emotional changes, prenatal yoga provides relief from common discomforts of pregnancy and time for deep relaxation. Each class is tailored to meet the unique needs of pregnant women. No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Classes introduce:

  • Gentle postures and toning essential for pregnancy
  • Breath work cultivates calm and confidence in preparation for labor and childbirth
  • Relaxation practices foster a deep connection with your growing baby.
  • Classes provide a safe and supportive environment for expectant mothers to connect with their changing bodies, with their babies and with each other.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a pillow and a yoga mat to class. Ruta Kulys is a certified yoga teacher and a certified prenatal yoga teacher. She is also a psychotherapist who specializes in mind-body medicine and women’s issues. Classes meet on Thursdays for six consecutive weeks beginning on the date above. The fee for the six-week session is $72.

For more information call Memorial Medical Center at 217-788-3333.

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ruta Kulys

Location: YMCA Gus and Flora Kerasotes Branch, 4550 W. Iles Ave., Springfield

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childrensbook2Thanks to Springfield Moms contributor and Blessed by Brenna blogger, Courtney Westlake, for these year-round favorites to read with your little ones. She writes: “Though highly appropriate for Valentine’s Day, children’s books full of their messages of love are perfect for any day at any time! The messages of unconditional love and acceptance and spending time together that are found in many children’s books should be a constant in a child’s life. These books are favorites in our house, and we read some of these daily with my son Connor, who is 3, and my daughter Brenna, who is 1.”

  • “No Matter What” by Debi Gliori. A little fox thinks that because he is acting grumpy, his parent might not love him as much. His parent reassures him that “I’ll always love you, no matter what.” This is a favorite with my kids!
  • “Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You” is by the same author of the ever so popular “On The Night You Were Born,” Nancy Tillman. Tillman describes love in this story as almost an everlasting sidekick for her child – one that can swim, can fly and will always find her child regardless of where he is or what he’s doing. The pictures are enchanting, and the words are so reassuring to children that their mother’s love is a constant in their lives.
  • “Love Is You and Me” by Monica Sheehan. One of the things that I enjoy most about this book is that you can’t tell if the two characters are parent and child, a married couple or best friends…and regardless they spend the whole book being happy and spending time together. This book explains love in the simplest terms – being yourself and loving someone else for who they are.
  • “How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?” By Varsha Bajaj scores a double bonus as a counting book with an adorable theme, as each page counts upwards as both animal and human parents give their babies kisses before bedtime. At the end, the parent reading the book is able to pose the question to their child: “how many kisses do you want tonight?”
  • childrensbook1“You Are My I Love You” by Maryann Cusimano. This cute story explains well the balance between parent and child and how much the two complement each other. With lines like “I am your dinner; you are my chocolate cake. I am your bedtime; you are my wide awake,” this book will keep your child captivated while you are smiling with understanding.
  • “How Do I Love You?” by Marion Dane Bauer “counts the ways” of the reader’s love, comparing his or her love to the sea loving the sandy shore or the cat loving the sunny sill.
  • “The Perfect Hug” by Joanna Walsh. This charming rhyming tale is in search of the perfect hug! Another book by the same author, “The Biggest Kiss,” is equally as sweet.
  • “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney. This is a favorite of my son Connor, who finds it so amusing the way that the daddy bunny outdoes than the baby bunny in describing their unconditional love for the other. This is an often-read story in our house!

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Submitted by Springfield Moms Advisory Board member, Courtney Westlake, who is mom to Connor and Brenna and wife to Evan. She is a freelance writer, portrait photographer and the owner of Westlake Photography.

 

Subway ManWe love giving back! Especially when there’s food involved! Join Subway the first Friday of every month and Donate Blood to save a life! Presenting donors receive a coupon for a FREE Classic 6-inch Sub with the purchase of a 6-inch Sub and any drink! Our first event is coming up Friday, February 5th and will continue throughout 2016.

 

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is located at 1999 W. Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL.

UIS is looking for Leadership Interns for Camp Invention at UIS – Summer 2016! Interns should be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade this year.

Camp Invention is a science and technology camp to be held at the University of Illinois at Springfield June 20-24, 2016. Interns will gain leadership skills, have a service activity to put on a college application, and have fun working with elementary school kids.
To learn more about the internship program from the national website, see http://campinvention.org/interns/.
To find out how to apply as a leadership intern at UIS this summer, contact Dr. Harshavardhan Bapat at 217-206-7744 or by email at hbapa1@uis.edu.

Gillie Skate with teamThe Jr. Blues are back at home after back to back weekends in Alaska. They will be taking on Coulee Region Chill on January 29th and 30th for A-Chievers Weekend at the Nelson Center in Springfield.  Puck drops at 7:00 pm.

Students 17 and under can get into either game free with an A on their report card. FridayTruck Permit and License Service will be giving a drawstring backpack, kinetic light-up ball, sunglasses, and fleece scarfs and mittens. Saturday, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will have Abe Lincoln at the game to drop the ceremonial puck and take pictures. They will be giving away free child passes to the museum and stickers as well. There will also be a post-game Skate With the Team!

jr-blues-sig-logoA hearty congrats to four of the Jr. Blues players: Brennan Blaszczak, Erich Fear, Tommy Nappier, and Anthony Scarsella were all named to the rosters at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.

LLCC-logo-NEWDon’t miss these fun winter classes at Lincoln Land Community College Community Education

  • Chinese New Year (Youth Culinary) 02/06 from 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Romantic Dinner Evening – enjoy kitchen demos and preparing dinner while enjoying a glass of wine!  Must be 21 to register. 02/12 $99 for the couple.
  • Scuba Discovery  02/27 from 6-8pm $45
  • $39 Sushi (Youth Culinary) – 03/19 from 9:30am-12:30pm  $39

To register, call 786-2292.

Learn more about all kinds of classes for youth and adults: llcc.edu/

moms-ValentinesWe’re your source for all things Valentine’s Day!  Whether it’s classroom parties, crafts for the preschoolers, decor, baby photos or date night, SpringfieldMoms is your go-to resource!

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What have we missed?  Let us know so we can post your events and suggestions, too!

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eagleEvery winter, more than 3,000 bald eagles visit Illinois. Our state has more wintering American bald eagles than in any other state outside Alaska. The eagles typically are spotted in Illinois in December through March. January and February are the optimal time for visitors to see eagles.

We’ve collected opportunities for eagle viewing this winter. Gather up the family, binoculars and a tank full of gas and EXPLORE!

Here is our list of places to consider for your bald eagle viewing!