LISTEN: African American Genealogical Society Kwanzaa Celebration

LISTEN: African American Genealogical Society Kwanzaa Celebration

December 11th, 2019- The African American Genealogical Society will host its annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, December 28th, at the Decatur Township Office Building from 3 to 5pm. The Celebration includes a presentation from guest speaker and Project Manager of Caterpillar Kyle Rigsby, a raffle drawing, refreshments, and a taste of Africa. For more information listen to the full podcast below with CEO and Founder of the AAGS Evelyn Hood. 

LISTEN: River Coffee Company

LISTEN: River Coffee Company

December 11th, 2019- The River Coffee Company is back up and running at a new location. After seven months of putting the pieces back together after a store fire, the coffee shop is back up and brewing. The River Coffee Company is now located at 101 N Main St. and is open Monday- Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm.  Listen to the full podcast below with owner of the River Coffee Company Abigail Moma.  

Salvation Army Red Kettle Gala

Salvation Army Red Kettle Gala

December 11th, 2019- The Salvation Army is hosting its Red Kettle Gala this Thursday from 5:30- 8 pm at the Decatur Club. The evening is in honor of our local First Responders as donations will be accepted throughout the evening for Guns & Hoses Bell Ringing Fundraiser. The menu for the evening’s dinner consists of items from restaurants all around Decatur, including items from Beach House, Decatur Club, Gin Mill, Robbie’s, Sol Bistro, & TapRoot. 

 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox “A Very Postmodern Christmas”

 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox “A Very Postmodern Christmas”

December 10th, 2019- Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is bringing their inaugural Christmas tour, “A Very Postmodern Christmas,” to Kirkland Fine Arts Center Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature PMJ’s rotating retro collective of showstopping vocalists, dancers, and instrumentalists. They’ll be mashing up timeless holiday classics along with some of today’s pop hits in the “vintage” styles of 1920s hot jazz, doo-wop, and Motown. Single ticket prices for the performance range from $25, $40 and $50, and children’s tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and for more information about Postmodern Jukebox, visit postmodernjukebox.com/

The 86th Annual Millikin Cookie Party

The 86th Annual Millikin Cookie Party

December 10th, 2019- A long-standing tradition at Millikin University is back again. The 86th annual Cookie Party will be held on Wednesday, December 11, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room, located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin’s campus. The annual event is held every year in celebration of the holiday season at Millikin, as well as providing students with a festive break before final exams. For more information about Millikin University’s 86th annual Cookie Party, contact Millikin’s Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335. 

Tuscany Steak & Pasta House of Decatur Prepares Dinner for Families in Need

Tuscany Steak & Pasta House of Decatur Prepares Dinner for Families in Need

December 10th, 2019- Tuscany Steak & Pasta House of Decatur wants to help 12 families who are currently enduring financial, health, or emotional hardship – by preparing a classic Italian feast for each family to enjoy on Christmas Eve. In an effort to reach those who are in most need, Tuscany is seeking the community’s help by asking for suggestions to be submitted privately by e-mail or Facebook Messenger of any family or individual in the Decatur area who would benefit from, and appreciate, a meal prepared for the Holiday. Email: tuscanyLMKdecatur@gmail.com Facebook: @tuscanydecatur 

For a submission to be accepted, it must include the following:
• Relationship to the suggested recipient
• Brief description of the reason(s) for the suggestion
• Full name of the recipient
• Phone number of the recipient
• # of family members (including children) to prepare a meal for
• Address of recipient (if needing delivered)
All submissions must be received by December 20, 2019.

LISTEN: Caroling with the ArtFarm

LISTEN: Caroling with the ArtFarm

December 9th, 2019- Buddy the Elf once said, “The best way to spread Holiday Cheer is singing loudly for all to hear.” and that was precisely the goal over the weekend at Caroling with the ArtFarm. Listen to the podcast below with Owner of the ArtFarm Peggy Baity about why she thinks it is essential to spread holiday cheer this time of year. 

Richland Community College Students Compete at Illinois Professional Agriculture Students Conference

Richland Community College Students Compete at Illinois Professional Agriculture Students Conference

December 9th, 2019- Richland Community College agriculture students recently competed in the Illinois Professional Agriculture Students (PAS) annual conference in Springfield. PAS is a student-led organization that allows students to build and sharpen their skills through competitive style learning and real-life application. Congratulations to Gabby Sams, Eric Briceno, Erzsebet Getz, Austin Mendenhall, and Coby Pope for their accomplishments throughout the conference. The conference included competitions in public speaking, mock employment interviews, agriculture sales presentations, discussion meetings, and numerous agriculture-specific team competitions that included general knowledge exams, problem-solving scenarios, and current-issue student presentations.

· Gabby Sams competed in prepared public speaking and Eric Briceno; Erzsebet Getz, Austin Mendenhall, and Coby Pope competed in the Employment Interview competition.
· Eric Briceno placed 2nd in the Forestry and Natural Resources area of the Employment Interview.
· Erzsebet Getz placed 2nd in the Landscaping and Nursery area of the Employment Interview.