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Sesame Street for military familiesThis is a great idea for our military personnel, veterans and their families with small children. Sesame Workshop and the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology have launched a new website for military and Veteran Families: Sesame Street for Military Families.

The website and mobile app features the beloved Sesame Street Muppet™ characters to help preschool military and Veteran children cope with issues, which may include the deployment of a parent, moving to a new home, and the injury or even death of a parent. Additional content on Sesame Street for Military Families includes the highly successful “Talk, Listen, Connect” multimedia resources and the “Feel Electric!” and “The Big Moving Adventure” mobile applications.

If you or someone you know has children and/or works with children of military and Veteran families, please share these resources designed to support their unique challenges.



Memorial's_Festival_of_Trees_candy_cane_expressYou know the one event that signals Christmas is right around the corner? Well, it’s here. Memorial’s Festival of Trees opens on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Orr Building at the State Fairgrounds starting at 10 a.m. It’s the event you don’t want to miss. Hundreds of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, a chance to visit with Santa, holiday crafts for children, gingerbread cookies and entertainment from amateur and professional performers – there is something for everyone. Need to get moving after Thanksgiving dinner? The Festival is open on Thanksgiving from 4-8 p.m. Bundle up the kids, the grandparents, friends and family and head out for a diversion of holiday magic. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season!



radiothonThe Cares for Kids Radiothon presented by CEFCU will broadcast live from HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital on Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th from 6am-7pm.

Tune in to WDBR 103.7 and The Wolf 101.9 to listen!

Merchandise available for purchase in the lobby of St. John’s Children’s Hospital.  All funds raised during the Cares for Kids Radiothon stay local to support the kids at St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

Call 544-KIDS or go online at to donate!

Voluesnteer at the Phone Bank or in other ways by contacting Brandy Grove at


Doctors vs. Nurses!

Vote for Team Batton or Team Allison! Make a donation during the Cares for Kids Radiothon on Thursday & Friday, November 19 & 20 in the HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital Lobby. Donations may be placed in the specially marked canisters in the Lobby. The team with the most donations will receive a pizza party and the coveted Doctors vs. Nurses Radiothon Challenge Trophy.

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frn-2015-poster-smlThis Thursday, November 19, plan to enjoy Family Reading Night, an annual statewide event to encourage families to spend quality time reading together. This year’s theme is “Camp Out with a Good Book!” You don’t have to pitch a tent to enjoy reading together. Simply have everyone put their electronic devices on the charger in another room. Pick out some family favorites or a new title and hunker down for a night of reading. You can read aloud; you can read to yourself; you can do a little of both; but don’t miss this opportunity for family togetherness. Need some book ideas? Never fear! Our Book Nook is ready for your perusal. We even have Thanksgiving Picks ready to go!


quote+(5)During this time of year, it is so easy for our kids to become centered on making lists for Santa … and mom and dad and grandparents and aunts and uncles and so on and so on. Redirect their attention to how your family can give to others.

Jenny Friedman at Doing Good Together offers a printable “6 Almost No-Prep Kindness Quests” that parents can print off along with other free and printable resources. Interested in making a difference locally?

Contact the following organizations to see how you and your family can offer assistance this holiday season.




American Flag“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause,” Abraham Lincoln. Veterans Day is not just a day off from school and work. It’s a great day to remember and honor America’s veterans, men and women, for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.There are several local celebrations this year suitable for sharing with your families.


November 11 events:


Want to learn more?

Read the VA’s history of Veteran’s Day here.

See videos, pictures, speeches, and more information on Veterans Day on the’s website here.

From the National Education Association, here are children’s books (K-5) that feature Veterans Day.

  • Ansary, Mir Tamim. Veterans Day, 2nd Edition (Holiday Histories). Heinemann, 2001. Also in Spanish.
  • Ashabranner , Brent. Always to Remember: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Scholastic, 1992.
  • Ashabranner, Brent. Remembering Korea: Korean War. 21st Century, 2001.
  • Ashabranner, Brent. Their Names To Live By. 21st Century, 1998.
  • Brill, Marlene Targ. Veterans Day (On My Own, Holidays). First Avenue Editions, 2005. (also in Spanish)
  • Bunting, Eve. The Wall. Clarion Books, 1992.
  • Cotton, Jacqueline S. Veterans Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays). Children’s Press, 2002.
  • De Capua, Sarah. The Vietnam Memorial (Cornerstones of Freedom). Children’s Press, 2003.
  • Ferry, Joseph. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (American Symbols & Their Meanings). Mason Crest Publishers, 2002.
  • Henry, Heather French. Pepper’s Purple Heart: A Veterans Day Story. Cubbie Blue Publishing, 2003.
  • Landau, Elaine. Veterans Day: Remembering Our War Heroes (Finding Out About Holidays). Enslow Elementary, 2002.
  • Nelson, Robin. Veterans Day (First Step Nonfiction). Lerner Publications, 2005.
  • Peter, James S. The Saga of Black Navy Veterans of World War II. International Scholars Press, 1996.
  • Rosinsky, Natalie. Vietnam Veterans Memorial (We the People). Compass Point Books, 2006.
  • Sevastiades, Patra McSharry. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Library of American Landmarks). PowerKids Press, 1994.
  • Schuch, Mari C. Veterans Day (Pebble Books). Capstone Press, 2003.
  • Worsley, Arlene. Veterans Day (American Holidays). Weigl Publishers, 2006.




NoodlesJust in time for the busy holiday season is this yummy new entry on our Kids Eat Free Dining Guide! It’s Family Night on Thursdays at Noodles & Company this month (not including Thanksgiving). When you buy any entrée, you get a FREE KIDS MEAL. Enjoy fun activities, too, from 4 – 8 p.m.

Also, No Kid Hungry has launched to help needy families. Each time you purchase a Kids Meal until Sept. 29, 2016, Noodles & Company will donate $.05 to No Kid Hungry, up to $100,000. For every $1 donated, a child is connected with 10 meals.Together, we will strive to provide ONE MILLION MEALS to kids who really need them.

*Offer not valid on November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving). Valid at participating locations for kids 10 and under with regular entrée purchase. Kids must be present.


PCT-Construction-300x201Nobody wants to go to the hospital. Ever. But when you have to go, you want the best care possible and a quality environment in which to heal.

This Saturday, you have an opportunity to check out an important new addition to Springfield’s healthcare scene — Memorial Medical Center’s beautiful new Patient Care Tower, which brings 114 private rooms with all the bells and whistles to those in need of care. According to Memorial’s Advancing Care by Design, this expansion was inspired by you, me and our friends and families in the Springfield area.

“What inspired our latest renovation? You. At every turn, we thought about what would make you more comfortable, how to better protect your privacy and how to deliver care in ways that improve your patient experience.”

Take some time on Saturday to visit this expansion and see why Springfield continues to be a regional leader for quality healthcare.

MCLI-PCT-Room-for-Springfield-Own-300x201Community Open House
Saturday, Nov. 7 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Memorial Medical Center Main Entrance
First and Miller streets







Girls on the Run 2012 2Join us on November 7th for the Fall 5k!

The Girls on the Run “Star Power” 5k presented by Memorial Health System is Saturday, November 7th! Join the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois fall season participants, their coaches and their families in a fun-filled event to celebrate the success of the season. This non-competitive community event is open to the public. Family, friends and community supporters of all ages are encouraged to register to run and walk with the girls. Don’t miss out, get registered today! 

Girls on the Run “Star Power” 5k presented by Memorial Health System

Saturday, November 7th – 10:00 a.m.

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, IL

Click here for more information and to register for the race.

Halloween at the Market 2015 cabbage patch doll 2Halloween at the Market farm familyIt was our rainiest Halloween at the Market in ten years, but we’re so glad some of you powered through and were able to join us!  Many thanks to Brian Pierce (92.7 FM) for emceeing in the rain and Greg Pacelli for being a judge. Thanks to Allison Paul, Chief Nursing Office from HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital for judging and suppplying the Gift cards for the winners to Toys R Us!

The Springfield Junior Blues shared tickets with the crew, unfortunately Gilly the mascot couldn’t join us in the rain, but please go meet him at the many games remaining Nov- March at Nelson Center; it’s a fun family night out.

Congrats to the winners, and we look forward to seeing you all next year (with no rain!)

2015 Winners!

Family Costume: Check out this Farm Family outfitted from head to toe.

Ages 0-2:  1. Cabbage Patch Doll  2. Cupcake 3. Morton Salt Girl

Ages 3-6:  1. Luke Skywalker on the Tom Tom  2. Up Balloon Ride Scence 3. Robot

Honorable Mention: Red Riding Hood (with her chocolate lab as Grandma, glasses and all)

Ages 7-12: 1. Lego People  2.  Rapunzel 3.  Turkey Dinner TableHalloween at the Market 2015 Luke Skywalker

Halloween at the Market 2015 Legos