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Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, and photos make a lasting, meaningful gift. Terry Farmer Photography has a spectacular offer right now for Mother’s Day mini-sessions.terry farmer sidebar moms day 2015

Here are some ideas of how you can use this copuon:
1. “Generation Portrait” This is always a big hit with both mom and grandma. A portrait of Grandma, mom and kids.

2. “Mommy and Me Portrait” Treat yourself and your kids to memories of mom. A portrait of mom and the kids.

3. “Children’s Portrait” Surprise mom with a portrait of just the kids in color or a “Black & White Fine Art Session”.

Offer expires April 30, 2015.
Gift Certificates also available in any amount.

Call now to schedule your appointment.

Read more and get coupon here.

Our readers shared with us some fantastic ideas to get outside and enjoy this nice weather.  (Once it’s actually here to stay!) Thank you to our amazing readers for these ideas:

  • Washington Park was the most popular destination to spend time.  Our readers suggested picking up subs and enjoying lunch in the park.  Feeding the ducks ranked high on the list as well. images
  • Playing outside with new chalk, bubbles, hula hoops or riding bikes are always a favorite.
  • Heading over to the Henson Robinson Zoo with a picnic seems like a great way to spend spring days.
  • UnknownRiding bikes to the Ice Deli
  • Painting terra cotta pots is a great way to enjoy your activity for years to come.
  • Plant some beautiful plants in your newly painted pots.
  • Lincoln’s New Salem or other near by towns to sight see.  Even if it’s just window shopping.
  • Plant some produce in a home garden.
  • The Drive-In opens in April.  The earlier movie is usually family friendly.
  • A nice stroll through Lincoln Memorial Gardens
  • Riding bike on the Lost Bridge Tail
  • Unknown-1Flying a Kite or build your own kite to fly.
  • Drive with the windows open
  • Last but not least playing in your backyard and ending the day going out for ice cream doesn’t get any better!

 

TEN CampMemorial Health System

Ever think about becoming a Registered Nurse (RN)?

Memorial Health System’s Teens Experiencing Nursing Summer Camp program gives you the opportunity to personally experience nursing practice and can help you pursue a rewarding and essential career.

TEN Camp 2014 2The TEN Camp Experience
The camp is held at Memorial Medical Center, a Magnet hospital. The program begins with an orientation and an overview of the nursing profession. Participants will visit Memorial’s Clinical Simulation Center and our Surgical Skills Lab where students will learn and practice basic nursing skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to job shadow on several of our nursing units and interact with nursing staff. Some of the possible observational and interactive experiences include time in the maternity department, dialysis, the burn unit, the emergency department and intensive care. You will work with real nursing staff and experience real nursing practice with real patients.

How do I sign up?
The 2015 Teens Experience Nursing Summer Camp is scheduled for July 13- 16, 2015. Participants must be able to attend all four days of the camp and may not leave the camp early for any reason other than a family emergency. We are looking for qualified and motivated high school students with a strong interest in pursuing a nursing career. We will accept applications for the 2015 TEN Camp program from February 9 – April 3, 2015. Printable applications are available online.

If you need further information, call the Organization Development Division at 217-788-3580.

http://www.choosememorial.org/Careers/High-School-Programs/TEN-Camp

We asked our readers on Facebook to share their favorite drivable vacation spots, for a chance to win tickets to the Illinois Products Expo March 7-8.  Thanks to all of you who participated.  Our winners were Teresa Rodden, Melissa Benedict, Kaitlin Keen, and Pamela Mendenhall.

Saint Louis and Chicago were our most popular suggestions but for some really unique ideas check out the list below.

Indianapolis, Indiana was a popular destination.  The Children’s Museum was suggested by several readers.  Check it out here! 

Corydon, Indiana a reader suggested is a cute little town just a couple minutes from Holiday World and other attractions. For more info check here.

Memphis, TN was another popular suggestion.  Readers suggested the zoo and the amazing food.

Kansas City, MO has a new Lego Land, the Plaza, art museums, and Worlds of Fun.  ldc-kansascity-visual-map-thumbnail-v2

Wisconsin Dells has an endless list of opportunities for indoor and outdoor fun.

The Michigan Shoreline was suggested as an easy trip in late August when the humidity is low.

Meramec Caverns and the Ozarks were popular destinations.  Check out some of their tourist options here. 

illinois-galenaGalena, IL is a beautiful scenic town with adorable shops, skiing, and golfing.

Branson, MO offers a ton of entertainment for the whole family.

French Lick, IN was a surprise repeat on the list.  This came highly recommended.

Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States.

Hannibal, MO Cruise on riverboat, explore the caves and tour the museums, plus so much more!

Nashville,TN is home to country music but has something for everyone.  images

 

SAA art camp pictureThis is one of our favorite resources to share with readers – the Summer Camp Directory and Activity Guide.  If it seems earlier and earlier that we debut this popular directory, you are right!  Every year our readers start asking for camp information sooner and sooner, so here you go!  We aim to please.  Our local sponsors of the directory offer a wide variety of camps available this year from art to soccer, horseback riding to pioneer camp and much more.

It’s all here, and there are more being added all the time so check back and tell your friends, too.

We appreciate your enthusiasm for our resources!  Plus, isn’t it fun to think about summer during a cloudy cold week?!

Enjoy your summer planning!

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Spring Soccer and Flag Football are coming. Click here to visit the YMCA’s Youth Sports page for registration forms for Spring soccer and flag football. Yes, it’s cold outside, but it won’t be forever and the early bird registration deadline for soccer is March 4th!YMCA soccer

Register for both sports by March 15 to be guaranteed a spot on a team! Think Spring!
Registration form here!

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usUrban Sassafras hosts classes for “us kiddos” each month.  Pre-school age children can bring their grown-ups and work together to create delightful art projects for taking home or gifting.  Everyone will also enjoy a special seasonal treat and drink as they learn and play.  Classes are $40.  You can sign up here for these fun classes.

 

5715190c54ec984938d1f9f7ecb860e8Happy Hearts – Thursdsay, February 12th @ 10am OR Saturday, February 14th @ 9am
it’s a time to celebrate love, so let’s create some heartfelt gifts and decor! We will begin by painting a canvas, then practice cutting out hearts to make a lovely wreath. We’ll break for a heart-
themed snack, and finish class by decorating a beautiful candle.

Cat in the Hat – Thursday, March 12th @ 10am OR saturday, March 14th @ 9am
March honors the great Dr. Seuss, and so this month we will celebrate him too! We will make a hat just like cat’s, create thing one & thing two toys and don’t forget about fish! We will have a suess-
themed snack and milk or juice to drink.

Butterflies, Bugs & Birds – Thursday, April 16th @ 10am OR Saturday, April 18th @ 9am
Butterflies, bugs & birds, oh my! For our first project we will cut & fold to create paper butterflies. Secondly, we’ll recycle egg cartons and create cute little bug friends! lastly, We will  gather
items to build a spring nest for our fabric bird. We will  break for snack & enjoy milk or juice to drink.369392fd2240562dec4045e28d244197

May flowers – Thursday, May 14th @ 10am
April showers bring may flowers and we’ll be painting 4 different types this month! If your kiddo likes to paint, this is the class for them. We will explore different painting methods such as using
forks, que tips, potatoes and more! flower cookies will fill our tummies at snack time & we’ll wash them down with milk or juice.

June is for jewelry – Thursday, June 18th @ 10am
Let’s get fancy this month as we create jelly bean bracelets, paper plate necklaces & shrinky dink charms! Boys & girls both will enjoy this creative class as we let everyone have the freedom to design
their own style! We will  break for a yummy snack & milk or juice to drink.

a385505ada9668a60428c2472234d2d9Porch Party – Thursday, July 16th @ 10am
Summer is a time for lounging on the porch or deck so we’ll create some decor for that! first we’ll make beautiful lanterns, then we’ll cool off with fun paper fans! we’ll break for an ice cold snack &
drink, then finish our class by making wind chimes.

Check out Urban Sassafras at 200 Broadway Springfield, Il 62701
Shop hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Like them on Facebook here or check out their Blog

Join Us at the American Red Cross Heartland Heroesred cross

2015 HEARTLAND HEROES NOMINATION FORM

The American Red Cross needs your help in identifying and recognizing heroes in the Greater Decatur area. Every day people do heroic acts that make our community a better place to live. These humble heroes collect food items for the local pantry, shovel sidewalks for elderly neighbors or use their CPR training to save a life. The Red Cross is seeking nominations for the 2015 Heartland Heroes – a special event to recognize and honor our local heroes. Nominations are being accepted in four categories: Youth, Armed Forces & Public Service, Good Citizen and Red Cross Volunteer. If you know a local hero, please take a few minutes to complete the Heartland Heroes nomination form and tell their story. The nomination deadline is February 13, 2015. Nomination forms are available by emailing pam.tish@redcross.org, at the Red Cross Office at 2674 North Main Street, Decatur, or by calling 217-428-7758, ext. 7478.

Winners will be recognized at the Heartland Heroes event on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. The evening will include dinner, presentation of the Heartland Heroes
Awards, a silent auction and a special performance by country music legend Joe Diffie.
Tickets are $75 and include cocktail hour, dinner, awards ceremony and the concert – tables of 10 are available for $750. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar available. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.,
the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and the concert will start at 8:00 p.m. Concert Only tickets are available for $25 each and doors for the concert will open at 7:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets online at www.redcross.org/il/decatur or by calling 217-428-7758, ext. 7478.
Tickets are available at Neuhoff Media, 250 North Water Street, Suite 100, Decatur, Illinois or mail checks to Heartland Heroes, American Red Cross, 2674 North Main Street, Decatur, IL 62526. Checks may be
made out to American Red Cross with “Heartland Heroes” in the memo section.

2015_Junior Collectors Day_300x97Does Your Child Have a Collection? If so, they have the opportunity to exhibit it at a museum! Register by Tuesday February 17th to participate in the Illinois State Museum’s 16th Annual Junior Collector’s Day. Children and teens will showcase their personal collections in creative displays and build confidence as they interact with interested visitors. Collections can include items such as rocks and minerals, coins, art, shells, postcards, and much more! Imagine their selection of treasures as part of the excitement on Junior Collector’s Day 2015.

Junior Collector’s Day Illinois State Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 21

Collectors needed!  Children ages 8-15

Calling all junior collectors! This program is free, but registration is required by February 17. Visit bit.ly/jcd2015 or contact Nina Walthall at walthall@museum.state.il.us or (217)782-0061. The Museum will provide a table, table cloth, name tag, a sign with your collection name, a program, and direction in creative display and answering visitor questions. Each Junior Collector will also receive a certificate for participation!

The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois’ cultural and natural resources and heritage. The Museum integrates its original research and diverse collections to advance knowledge and create thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs and resources. These offerings engage people of all ages in their own discovery and lifelong learning about the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois and its place within the world. The Museum promotes stewardship of this heritage to improve quality of life and ensure a sustainable future.

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Urban Sassafras is a local shop located at 200 Broadway Springfield, Il 62701.  The store has lots of artful creations.  From furniture, jewelry, to prints and more.  But Urban Sassafras has awesome things for kiddos to enjoy too.  Sassafras Sets are a monthly craft subscription by local shop Urban Sassafras.  These sets will entertain and delight your kiddos and stop any of those horrible Pinterest Fails.  Everything you need to engage, excite, and create these fun crafts will be sent straight to your home.

 

Each month a new kit arrives at your home.  January’s kit included a jingle ring and stick instruments.  An instruction card and finished product picture comes with your kit as well as all the materials you need to create.  august

  • Step One:  Sign up on Urban Sassafras’ site here:  Sassafras Sets 
  • Step Two:  When the box arrives check out all the fun materials
  • Step Three:  Follow the directions and create!elijah

1 month: $20 + $5 shipping
3 months: $54 + $15 shipping
6 months: $100 + $30 shipping
1 year: $195 FREE SHIPPING

 

What better way to spend these cold winter days, rainy days, or summer breaks?  Surprise your little Valentine or give an engaging birthday present that isn’t another toy or video game.  Nurture the creative spirit in all kiddos and order yours today! Follow Urban Sassafras on their blog or on Facebook for other fun ideas and unique creations.  If you are stopping in check out their Mom’s Choice Coupon here! IMG_0501