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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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Springfield Moms has “Adopted A Day” on March 18, and we invite you and your friends and family to mark your calendar and stop by. It takes only thirty minutes for you to help save a life!  The rate of donation does have its ups and downs, but we must continue to have blood components on the shelves so patients at local hospitals can receive this lifesaving resource whenever it is needed. All blood types are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients at area hospitals.

The Springfield donor center is located at 1134 S. Seventh St., Springfield.

About Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC):  Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of life-saving blood for 14 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. A division of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), Central Illinois Community Blood Center and MVRBC collect over 180,000 units of blood annually and serve a total of 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  Click here for more information about the Central Illinois Community Blood Center.

**If you work for an organization that looks outward in the community, check out this option for helping others through the Blood Center: You can “Adopt-A-Day” and help increase blood donorship. The Adopt-A-Day program is a community service in which an organization is able to encourage employees, customers, colleagues, etc. to donate blood at the Central Illinois Community Blood Center donor room on the day of their sponsorship.  Members of the organization are welcome to provide a visual presence in the donor room, as well as donate blood to give back to the community. There is no cost to Adopt-A-Day at the Blood Center.

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

Photographic RestorationsRestore Terry Farmer

by Terry Farmer Photography

Got an old favorite photo with a small tear or a rip? Maybe you have an old military photo of an ancestor that is faded? Terry Farmer Photography can preserve that old damaged photograph so that you can treasure it for a lifetime. What a great way to re-live and share your unique family history with your children by restoring your damaged photographs.

What causes photographs to become damaged in the first place?

  • too much light
  • excessive heat or cold
  • bug infestations
  • fingerprints
  • water damage and mildew
  • poor processing by the developer can cause fading or spotting
  • photographic paper or mounting boards may contain acid
  • peeling back a photo from a sticky page can cause cracks

What is our process with restoring a photograph?RestoreBabysm

  • We make a reproduction of the original so that you can store the original in a safe location.
  • Using a digital camera, a digital image is taken of your original photograph.
  • This digital image is stored on a computer system where trained artists will touch-up your image with special software and talent.
  • The reproduced digital image can be printed on custom-size archival paper which has been proven to provide the most permanent solution to the safekeeping of your photo. Image can also be saved on a DVD.
TF_Restoration330x100-1 50% off your first photographic restoration through 2-28-15 SpringfieldMoms.org

Bring in your original photograph to our office at 4133 Old Jacksonville Road in Springfield to get a quote. Depending on the level of restoration work desired will determine the price.

Call us at 217-698-6000 or visit our website at terryfarmer.com.

You can view a video about our restorations here  or here at Vimeo

Other services Terry Farmer Photography specializes in:terry farmer logo

  • family portraits,
  • children portraits,
  • high school senior portraits,
  • business portraits,
  • commercial photography,
  • custom graphic design services, and
  • restorations of faded, discolored or damaged heirloom prints.

 

 

 

let's make dinnerThis is Big Brothers Big Sisters most important fundraiser of the year! Gather your family, friends and co-workers and Get Bowling…for Kids’ Sake! March 6, 7, 13, 15 and 20th.

The funds you help to raise will help hundreds of at-risk children throughout Sangamon County.

  1. Get Pledges & Set a personal goal! The basic level is $75.00 raised per person on the team. There are different prizes awarded for different levels!! Ask your family and friends to give at least $10.00 and you are on your way.   Start a team online  or request a pledge sheet by contacting Mary Bonner at 753-1216 or mbonner@bbbsicr.org
  2. Big Brothers, Big Sisters is changing lives on kid at a time.  Read these stories of people making a difference and consider becoming a volunteer or joining the program!

Athena_Awards

Who inspires you?  It’s time to nominate our colleagues and our friends who demonstrate leadership in their profession, serve the community and mentor and develop women to achieve their leadership potential.  Let’s support and recognize those who go above and beyond.

I was more than honored and pleased to share this award in 2014 with Linda Jones, VP Operations at Memorial Health System.  I work full-time at McGraw-Hill Education as a Brand Manager, and of course SpMoms has been my virtual child for ten years.  Please take the time to consider who you’d like to nominate!

Illinois Women in Leadership is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2015

ATHENA Leadership Award® in Springfield, Illinois. Nominations may be submitted at

www.iwil.biz through February 28. The ATHENA Award honors an exemplary leader who has

achieved excellence in a business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and,

most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. Nominations are

sought throughout the community, and the recipient will be selected based on the criteria above.

“IWIL is proud to present the ATHENA Award,” said Jamie Stout, President of the local women’s

leadership organization, which has over 150 members. “We are excited for the opportunity to honor

leaders in Springfield who support and mentor women, and we encourage nominations from all

sectors of the community”

IWIL is also pleased to announce that United Community Bank will be our Platinum Sponsor again

this year and Memorial Health System has joined as the Venue Sponsor. The ATHENA Award will

be presented on July 15 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

ATHENA International is an organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders. Over

7,000 community leaders from over 500 cities and eight countries have received the ATHENA

Leadership Award® since its inception in 1982. Recipients hail from all professional sectors. Its

rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and one of the

most prestigious leadership awards. ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are presented a hand-

cast bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes strength, courage and wisdom.

Past Springfield ATHENA Recipients include: Linda Jones (2014), Kim Leistner (2014), Gail

Lorenzini (2013), Darlene Weaver (2012), Sarah Mackey (2011), Deb Shultz (2010), Evelyn Brandt

Thomas (2009), Lisa Pierce (2008), Linda Dillon (2007), Alison Novak (2006), Amy Hagen (2005),

Cindy Davis (2004), Judith Teller (2003), Sue Myerscough (2002), Linda Waldron (2001), L. Gay

Davidson (2000) and Desiree Logsdon (1999).

IWIL supports ATHENA’s philosophy of recognizing those who incorporate the talent and expertise

of women into the leadership of our businesses, communities and government. In the spirit of a

quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there,” the ATHENA

Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders who support and mentor women, with the

goal of encouraging and fostering such leadership for our community.