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Serious topics, but valuable information is shared monthly at the free monthly seminar series The Doctor is In.  Springfield Clinic specialists share their medical insight on the topics that matter to you! Each program is followed by an open forum where the specialist answers your health questions. Seminars are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at Springfield Clinic’s Main Campus, East Building, 2nd floor. AND if you miss a session, videos and presentations are posted online so you can review from the comfort of your home. www.SpringfieldClinic.com/DoctorIsIn

Wednesday, March 2
MEN’S HEALTH: Healthy Life, Happy Wife
Your loved ones care as much — or sometimes more — about your health as you do. Give your family peace of mind by joining Dr. David Lieber, specialist in men’s health, to learn what steps you can take toward better health and happiness. 

Wednesday, April 6
Don’t Wait ‘til it’s Too Late

If you were seriously ill or injured, would your family know or understand your health choices? It’s important to design, document and share your health care plan so your family and medical team can carry out your wishes. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Advance Directives, Power of Attorney for Health Care and more from Springfield Clinic’s panel of experts. They’ll be on hand to answer individual questions and help you complete some documents before you leave!

moms-ValentinesThinking about what to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?

Celebrate Early!

  • Organize your friends for Girls’ Night Out: Heart of a Woman presented by St. John’s on Feb. 10.
  • Let’s Walk About Love – a progressive shopping dinner perfect for a group of friends! Feb. 10. See the Facebook page.
  • Wine Pairings Class for adults at LLCC on Feb. 11 – go with friends OR a date! Register now.girlsnightout
  • Romantic Dinner Evening for adults at LLCC on Feb. 12 – you can read more and register now!
  • Canvas and Cocktails makes for a great night of painting for a group of friends or a date night. Rock vinyl art is the theme for Feb. 12.
  • French Pastry Class for adults at LLCC on Feb. 13 – learn on Saturday, then make a creation on the 14th for those you love! Read more and register here.
  • Shop ’til you Drop! Ten local businesses in downtown Springfield offer an afternoon of local vintage shopping at their Vintage Love Tour on Feb. 13. See the Facebook page.
  • Springfield Art Association is hosting a Valentine’s Clay Date on Feb. 13 in their ceramics lab. Register now.
  • Treat the family to live theater!  Blather, Blarney & Balderdash at Hoogland Center for the Arts Feb. 12-21 and Annie at Sangamon Auditorium Feb. 13
  • Treat YOURSELF to a day of inspiration at the Why Not You Today Women’s Conference Feb. 13.
  • Valentine’s Dualing Piano Concert in Mt. Zion Feb. 13

Looking for something non-traditional?

  • Hockey at the Library: Jr. Blues hockey team comes to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 10 am – 1 pm on Feb. 14
  • Bloody Valentine – Forest City’s haunted house opens for a special Valentine’s weekend Feb. 12 and Feb. 13
  • Cafe Murder presented by North Mac Friends of Art & Drama. Watch and lalugh as you enjoy dinner. Feb. 12 and Feb 13
  • Valentine’s Murder Mystery – three separate murder mystery stories – attend one or all three! Feb 13 and Feb. 14 at The Inn at 835.

Springfield Moms offer these suggestions for Valentine’s Day:Valentines Day 2012 Isabelle 2

  • “Love letters shared through the family with mailboxes. And a big surprise for the kids on Valentine’s Day, surprising them with a family activity and a dinner date.” – Amanda G.
  • Head to the library or book store for a new book. Check out our Valentine’s book suggestions.
  • “We’re going to Symphony of Chocolate on Sunday afternoon at Our Savior’s.” – Darci P.
  • “Make a sweet treat for the family.” – Laura C. Check out our recipe suggestions!
  • “I like surprising your date with a scavenger hunt throughout the day… Hide things the day before at work… Around the house, in their laptop bag/purse…in their car and then text clues throughout the day to find the treats… the last treat can be left at a restaurant where they meet you for dinner!” – Kim L.
  • “Have an early Valentine’s Day lunch, then go to grandma’s house.” – Mandy M.
  • Spend the night in. Make a fancy dinner for the hubby and watch a good movie when the baby goes to sleep. – Sarah H.
  • Check out our Mom’s Choice coupon for Bella Milano
  • Enjoy an afternoon at Washington Park and you can hear a Carillon Concert. – 2 pm and 4 pm.

 

moms-pinterestValentine’s Day pinterest ideas here!

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.

SRFC Main

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

Memorial Health System

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!

Westlake kids

 

 

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/