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Eat A Sweet Treat and Help A Sweet Child!treat day

  • Buy a Blizzard treat on July 30 at participating DQ’s and for each Blizzard sold, at least $1 will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network at St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

Springfield locations include: DQ GRILL & CHILL RESTAURANTS at:

  • 3121 Atlanta St.
  • 1663 N Grand Ave E
  • 1742 Wabash Ave

Kids Health CheckPre-K, Kindergarten, sixth, ninth graders need checkups! Springfield Public School District 186 students who have difficulty accessing medical care have more opportunities to get needed physicals and immunizations this summer, thanks to a coalition of area health care providers. Physicals are required for students entering pre-K, kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade, and students who are new to District 186. New this year, high school seniors also need the meningococcal vaccine. “Last year we had nearly 100 percent of all District 186 students in compliance with the medical needs for their grade. We hope this year will be just as successful. This coalition has been a fantastic team effort to help families get their students the required physicals in time for the first day of school,” said Mike Zimmers, president of the District 186 school board. In 2013, more than 700 students in District 186 were excluded from school because of missing physicals and/or immunizations. Several events are set to help reduce the number of District 186 students who do not have school physicals and immunizations complete by the start of school. The events are sponsored by the “Keep Kids in School Coalition,” a collaboration among Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield Public School District 186, Central Counties Health Center, Hospital Sisters Health Systems and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. The goal is to help students get access to physicians who can provide physical exams and immunizations. No appointments are necessary for these events. A nominal charge for immunizations will be billed to the parent’s or guardian’s insurance. Only students currently attending, or entering District 186 are eligible for the physicals. Free physicals will be offered August 10, 11 or 15th. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, August 10 at the three middle schools: Washington Middle School, 2300 E. Jackson St., Jefferson Middle School, 3001 Allis St., and Grant Middle School, 1800 W. Monroe St. School registration will also be held at this time. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., on Tuesday, August 11, at Jefferson Middle School, Washington Middle School and Grant Middle School. School registration will also be held at this time. 8:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, August 15, at Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis St. 1-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health 2833 S. Grand Ave East. Office of Public Affairs | P.O. Box 19621 | Springfield, Ill. 62794-9621 | 217-545-2155 NEWS RELEASE For Springfield School District 186, the first day of school is August 24. If students don’t have the required medical care by September 4, they won’t be allowed to attend school on September 8. Students will not be allowed to return to school until all required health information is received in the school’s office. David Steward, M.D. associate dean for community health and service at SIU School of Medicine, noted, “Working as partners, the coalition has been able to help students have a healthy start to the school year. We hope parents will make that appointment with their primary care provider to ensure their children get a checkup before school starts.” For more information, call the school support office at 525-7911. Parents who have questions about vaccines should talk with their primary care physician, pediatrician or local public health department.

lincoln1Did you know? Attendance at the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum has surpassed all expectations. Experts predicted 2.4 million visitors during the first 10 years, and the actual total has been 3.7 million!   Have you seen the wonderful (and large-scale!) artwork displaying the winners of a student art contest that drew more than 1,200 entries?  The Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is donating $200 to the art departments of the schools that produced the winning students in three age groups.

The winners are: Brooke Spencer of Galesburg in the K-5 group; Reese Sainburg of Seneca for grades 6-8; Jack Rothmund of Naperville for grades 9-12. Rothmund requested that his $200 be sent to a Chicago school whose art department could use the money. Their work and the entries from the runners-up can be seen at http://bit.ly/LincolnArtContest. Their work also is on display in the museum.

 

IMG_3974The museum opened its doors on April 19, 2005, completing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a state-of-the-art institution dedicated to helping everyone from children to scholars appreciate Lincoln in new ways.

It holds an unparalleled collection of original Lincoln materials – more than 52,000 items in all, including an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, a signed copy of the constitutional amendment ending slavery and Lincoln’s stovepipe hat. The library part of the complex contains 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history and is one of the nation’s top places for genealogy and history research.

We are so proud to have this gem in our Capitol City!

 

 

Seussical“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters – led by The Cat in the Hat – collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper for all-ages. Seussical™ tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”

Suessical starts THIS weekend July 10th at the Muni! It’s the perfect summer family entertainment.

 

 

Ticket information and other details here.

dog adoptionAPL sets July pet adoptions

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during July with cats and dogs available at various locations.  All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations.

 

Adoptions will be held:

  • Sunday, July 5 – cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dogs available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart.
  • Saturday, July 11 – cats and dogs will be available from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lowes, 2560 N. Dirksen Parkway, dogs will be available from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Zoofari at the Henson Robinson Zoo,1100 East Lake Dr., Springfield.
  • Sunday, July 12 – cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at PetSmart.
  • Saturday July 18 –Cats and dogs will be available from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.at Lowes, 2560 N. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.
  • Sunday, July 19 – cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dogs available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart.
  • Saturday, July 25 – cats and dogs will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at PetSmart; cats and dogs will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Green Hyundai Certified North, 2605 N Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield.
  • Sunday, July 26 – cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dogs available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

Dogs and cats are available for adoption daily from noon until 5 p.m. at the shelter located at 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield. Please note, in honor of the Fourth of July holiday, the shelter will be closed.

 

APL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals.  APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs as well as a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter.

 

For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at www.apl-shelter.org.

 

American FlagIf you have rice cereal, semisweet or white chocolate chips and Pop Rock candy (preferably Red and Blue), you have the three ingredients to make your 4th of July sweet treats POP!  WE love this recipe for Firecracker Bark on Oprah.com

 

Don’t miss our Pinterest board of Independence Day decor and recipes and games and of course

our full guide to area festivals, parades and fireworks!

 

ALPLM 10thAnnfwksLogoJuly 4th and 5th: The Abraham Presidential Library and Museum honors our military this Independence Weekend with free museum admission for all active military and veterans.  Please show id at the ticket counter to get this promotional discount. At noon on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence will be read in the museum’s Plaza.

Less than a month remains for you to officially oppose the closing of the Illinois State Museum.Illinois State Musuem
The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability is required under the State Facilities Closure Act to take public comments and hold a hearing about the plan to close the Illinois State Museum. The public comment period is June 23 – July 22.

Play museumThere will be a public hearing July 13th at 4pm in room 212 in the Capitol.
There are specific instructions related to filing public comments. Here is a link to the public comment form: cgfa.ilga.gov

 

Family_Vanessa_2014One of my favorite things during the summer is reading through the stash of school papers and deciding which ones to put in the Memory Box for years to come.  This poem made the Keeper pile and is now laminated and posted on my favorites wall at home. It will eventually make it in the box, but for now, it’s a great example of viewing the world through the eyes of our kids.   So, here’s one interesting and honest perspective from my 11 year-old daughter, Vanessa.

 

If I were in charge of the world

I’d cancel homework, nasty food,

Mondays and also Math.

If I were in charge of the world

There’d be dessert for dinner,

48 hour Sundays and

no spiders!

If I were in charge of the world

You wouldn’t have ants,

You wouldn’t have sleepiness

You wouldn’t have allergies,

Or tornados.

You wouldn’t even have squash.

If I were in charge of the world

All cars would be able to fly

All PG-13 movies would be G rated

And a person who sometimes forgets to do chores,

and sometimes rushes,

Would still be allowed to be in charge of the world.

 

We’d love to hear the perspective of your kids!  How would they answer the question:  If I were in charge of the world?  Please share their comment(s) and their first name and age!

 

Cuddle up with dad on Father’s Day with these books that are guaranteed to make him smile.


  • Your Baby’s First Words Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon Unknown-1Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is “Dada!”But how does it work?

    One of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC’s The Tonight Showhost, Jimmy Fallon, shows you how. Order on Amazon Here!

  • How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan A New York Times bestselling picture book–from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series–about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).  Available on Amazon
  • I Already Know I Love You by Billy Crystal Starting with the anticipation of a new baby’s arrival, this book from Emmy Award-winning comedian Billy Crystal celebrates all the moments, great and small, that a new grandpa is ready to share. Whether it’s taking a nap together or attending baseball games, this grandpa just can’t wait for his grandchild to be born.Unknown-2
  • On Our Way Home by Sebastien Braun.  Boxer Books, 2009.   A bear cub and his dad take a journey home enjoying all the details of their walk together.  This is a great book for an emerging reader.  Simple text and colorful pictures make it ideal for toddlers and preschoolers as well.
  • Unknown-3For all Star Wars loving dads these books are for you:  Vadar’s Little Princess and Darth Vadar and Son.  Written by Jeffery Brown
  • My Love Will Be With You by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Henri Sorensen.  HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.  “Said the father eagle to his child, ‘Someday you’ll soar through a high mountain pass.'” Each animal has a wish for the child in this story including the human father at the end.  The pictures are amazing and the sentiment heartfelt.  Suitable for babies to preschool age.
  • ButterFly Kisses by Bob Carlisle.  Every daughter’s bookshelf needs this book.  Inspired by the song this book uses the words to tell a wonderful story of love between a father and daughter.
  • Why a Daughter Needs a Dad: 100 Reasons by Gregory Lang Why A Daughter Needs a Dad has been bringing together fathers and daughters for over a decade, and makes the perfect gift for dads everywhere.
  • Confessions of the World’s Best Father by Dave Engledow A hilarious pictorial parody of a clueless father and his adorable daughterUnknown-4
  • The Best Father of All by Peter Horn, illustrated by Cristina Kadmon.  North-South Books,2002.  All the ways a father helps his child in the wild told by a father turtle to his son.  Pre-K to elementary age.  The father turtle gives his sons clues and the son guesses which animal family he’s talking about.  Fun book.
  • The Best Father’s Day Present Ever by Christine Loomis, illustrated by Pam Paparone.  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.  Langley Snail is looking for the perfect Father’s Day present and he’s ready to spend his allowance for a snazzy gift instead of his usual homemade concoctions.  A funny story with a great message.  Pre-K to elementary age.
  • Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawerence Sitomer. Daddy sure doesn’t do things the way Mommy does! Just in time for Father’s Day, this hilarious picture book takes a high-spirited look at the way dads put their own spin on different parts of a child’s life–from going to a birthday party to bathtime. Alan Sitomer’s debut picture book is inspired by his own experiences as a father and winningly complemented with delightful art by Abby Carter.
  • Me With You by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Christopher Denise.  Philomel Books, 2009.  The father/daughter (or grandfather/grand-daughter) team in this book have a lot of fun spending time together in this beautifully illustrated book.  Gardening, coloring, playing games – connecting with each other.  For ages 2 – 6.
  • Sleepy Boy by Polly Kanevsky, illustrated by Stephanie Anderson.  Athenum/Richard Jackson Books, 2006.  A father helps his young boy to fall asleep.  They talk quietly about their trip to the zoo earlier in the day complete with pictures of a mother lion and her cub.  A tender book to read with your 2 – 6 year old.  You’ll love the pictures.
  • Unknown-5Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.  Clarion Books, 2008.  This funny book details the plans of Old Man Fookwire who is trying to get rid of the very smart squirrels who pillage his birdfeeders.  The illustrations are hysterical as are the squirrels with a nice dose of caring at the end.  Pre-K through elementary age.
  • Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time by Tom Limbert. This gift book for dad collects more than 100 inspiring quotes from the greatest coaches of all time. After all, dads do what the best coaches do: they motivate, mentor, discipline, and love
  • Handy Dad: Twenty-Five Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids by Todd Davis.  Illustrated step-by-step instructions for a variety of way cool projects that Dad and the kids can work on together.  Twenty-five projects divided into sections by time commitment, easy projects, afternoon projects and weekend projects.  This just published book is available from Bas Bleu Society book catalog.  Info here.

 

Submitted by Julie Kaiser, Director of Editorial Content for Springfield Moms.

 

 

How to get started and what you need to knowcontract

Whether you are anxiously awaiting your first child, or have a full nest, there are responsibilities that come along with parenthood outside of changing diapers and setting up college funds. One of the most important things you can do for your family is to create a will and establish guardians.

Creating a will does not have to be a daunting and intimidating task — you can do so by utilizing an attorney, by purchasing easy-to-use software or by accessing various websites. Some examples of web applications include legalzoom.com and nolo.com. Although software may be less expensive, it does not always have up-to-date information. An attorney may cost a few hundred dollars, but will produce a more personalized document. To ensure maximum accuracy, there is always the option of using a combination of the two techniques. Use the software or website to create an initial document; then have this document checked by a lawyer to tailor the results to your specific situation based off of an active Q&A session instead of a default program. Make sure to update your will as life events occur (ie, a new child, marriage, divorce).

Choosing guardians for you children can be the hardest task of all and should be given much thought and consideration. There might be some names and faces that immediately come to mind when you think of who you would want to care for your children, but do not limit yourself. Consider thinking outside of the box to determine the best fit. Often times the best decision may not be a family member- friends may be great choices, too.

Need a checklist to start the conversation? Here are some characteristics to consider when making your decision:

  • Values that align with your own
  • Interest in raising a family
  • Proximity to your child’s other family members

town and countryTake some time to ask potential candidates questions and be honest about the possible situation. Asking up front is better for everyone in the long run. If you continue to struggle with your selection, you can always research expert guardian selection tips.

Once you have selected your guardian, it is important to establish a financial plan to provide funds for the guardian to care for your children. Work with a reliable financial advisor to establish a plan to provide the best quality of life for your children if you are not available.

Have more questions about what will-creation method is best for you and your family, or how to financially plan for your children when you are gone? The Town and Country Bank Trust and Investment team is happy to help. Our team of experts has the knowledge to provide recommendations of attorneys, useful tools and best practices to get you started. We are also happy to review your documents once they are drafted. We know these are major life decisions that affect you and your loved ones – show you care by being prepared.

Keep in mind that a will is a legal document. So, you’ll want to make sure it clearly outlines your desires, is properly executed under your state’s laws and is kept up to date to ensure your wishes are carried out as you envisioned.

Submitted by SpringfieldMoms sponsor Town & Country Bank.