Nov. 24 is nationally recognized as
Small Business Saturday. This event falls between Black Friday and
Cyber Monday and is dedicated to supporting small business in our
communities. Shoppers are encouraged to continue their power
shopping of Black Friday in downtown Lincoln, finding specials and
On Nov 29, Main Street Lincoln and the city of Lincoln co-sponsor
the annual Christmas parade. This year's theme is "Sending Holiday
Greetings to Your Loved Ones" to honor the 100th anniversary of the
Lincoln post office. Entries are being accepted through Nov. 23. The
parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and take the same route as
previous years. Prizes in many categories will be given. Following
the parade, the Oasis Senior Center will host a chili and soup
supper, along with craft items available, and Mr. Claus will be on
hand for the children.
Throughout December, historic downtown Lincoln will be alive with
the hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday cheer. Santa will make
appearances throughout downtown Dec. 8, 15 and 22, with exact
locations to be announced soon. Shoppers can enjoy the convenience
and pride of shopping locally.
Main Street Lincoln, a volunteer-driven organization, is pleased
to participate in the holiday shopping season, promoting our
eateries, antique stores, thrift stores, one-of-a-kind shops, night
life and entertainment, along with plenty of services and
For more information on any of these events, the Main Street
Lincoln organization can be reached at 217-732-2929 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, information and business
specials are available online at
Join Open Arms Christian Fellowship for a Thanksgiving feast Sunday
Pastor Larry Crawford and the congregation of the Open Arms Christian
Fellowship invite the public to join them for a Thanksgiving feast on
The meal will be offered free of charge to anyone who wishes to attend. The
church is at 311 Broadway St. in Lincoln. Serving will begin at 5 p.m.
Thankoffering Sunday at Immanuel
Sunday will be observed as
Women's Thankoffering Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Thankoffering donations that the women
collect are used for special ministries, including programs for
children in crisis; anti-racism education; funds for the Women of
the ELCA scholarship committee, which helps women all over the
country complete their higher education, change careers or grow in
leadership; Lutheran World Relief; Lutheran Disaster Response; World
Day of Prayer; and ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America, such as World Hunger and Global Mission.
Women will conduct the morning worship
service, with Marilyn Weingarz, S.A.M., preaching.
Girl Scouts and Marines host Toys for Tots drive Saturday
Lincoln Girl Scout Troop 6053 and the Marine Corps will host a
Toys for Tots toy drive outside the Wal-Mart store on Lincoln's west
side Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The girls would appreciate anyone who wishes to donate a new,
unwrapped toy for either a boy or a girl.
The Toys for Tots
campaign will benefit local children this Christmas season by
providing them with a gift under their tree.
As Christmastime approaches, the Marines will host a day of
giving when parents can receive gifts to wrap and put under the
tree. More information on the distribution day will be published at
a later date.
Online: Toys for Tots
Historical Society announces December events
ELKHART -- Elkhart
Historical Society's annual Candlelight Chapel Service at St. John the
Baptist Chapel will be on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and
Dining options are available before or after the services:
Make your service reservations by
calling 217-947-2238; then go to the Elkhart Historical Society
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org, and download a
reservation form, or stop by Horsefeathers in Elkhart to pick up
a form. Reservations are limited.
Dinner reservation forms are also
On Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., the
Elkhart Historical Society will present a book signing for
"Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit" at
Horsefeathers in Elkhart. Refreshments will be served.
Lincoln experts have called this new book superb,
richly detailed and an effective lesson in the importance of political
networking. This is the perfect time to obtain a signed copy of Guy Fraker's new
book just in time for Christmas giving. Further information regarding the author
and his book is available at
movie premieres in Lincoln at Lincoln Theater 4
Lincoln Theater 4 will present Steven
Spielberg's latest epic, "Lincoln," beginning on Nov. 16. This movie, which
was more than 10 years in the making, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. Evening
shows and activities are planned for opening night, allowing the community
named for Lincoln by Lincoln to come out and enjoy history as it comes alive
on the big screen.
The star-studded cast also includes Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook
and John Hawkes, the latter portraying Robert Latham. Robert Latham
was an original developer of the town of Lincoln, working side by
side with Lincoln during the plotting of the town and its
christening. Latham was also one of the primary developers of
Lincoln College, and the town of Latham in Logan County bears his
name. His portrait is located in the rotunda of the historic Logan
County Courthouse, along with the other founding fathers.
is based on "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham
Lincoln," a biography by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The movie covers a
four-month period at the end of Lincoln's life as the president
attempts to get Congress to pass the 13th Amendment, abolishing
slavery. The film's release coincides with the 150th anniversary of
the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The opening night of "Lincoln" in Lincoln will be a grand
red-carpet affair, as moviegoers attending the 5 p.m. show are
greeted by Lincoln and the Lady, portrayed by Chris Hotz and Deborah
Senger of Timeless Presentations. Timeless Presentations was created
in 2008 by the two of them, originally as Abe and Mary Lincoln,
featuring walks, step-on tours, presentations and appearances as an
avenue to provide historic entertainment for central Illinois.
Together they share a striking resemblance to the famous couple and
will greet guests entering the historic Lincoln Theater 4. Everyone
is invited to dress in period attire, and photo opportunities will
be available with President Lincoln and the first lady along the red
carpet prior to entering the theater to enjoy the movie. Lincoln and
the Lady will also be on hand to greet guests and for photos prior
to the 8 p.m. showing.
Lincoln Theater 4 was built in 1923 and has had multiple owners
over the years until Lincoln native David Lanterman purchased it in
January 2011. The largest of the four theaters seats about 175, with
the others approximately 130. Lanterman has been busy changing the
theater technology from 35-millimeter film into a digital format,
which was completed in March.
Patrons of the Nov. 16 showing at Lincoln Theater 4 can receive
information that night detailing the unique connection of Abraham
Lincoln to the city of Lincoln and can obtain special gift offers
courtesy of the Lincoln Heritage Museum and Postville Courthouse.
Lincoln Heritage Museum will also hand out information regarding
an event on Nov. 28. As a follow-up to the weekend premiere of the
movie's release, there will be an opportunity to further explore the
film's historical merit and accuracy. Local Abraham Lincoln
historians Paul Beaver, Ron Keller and Anne Suttles will present a
panel discussion on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the museum for a reflection
and discussion of the "Lincoln" film. This question-and-answer
session will give moviegoers an opportunity to discuss and dissect
this film masterpiece. The panel discussion will be free and open to
"Lincoln" showtimes of 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. will be
highlighted in local media listings and at Lincoln Theater 4 online
For additional information, contact the Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County at 217-732-8687 or
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blood drives in Logan County
To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, the Central Illinois
Community Blood Center is offering several opportunities to donate blood in
Thursday, Nov. 15
Elkhart Christian Church, 113 S. Gillett; 3-6 p.m.
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 805 Pearl St.; noon-6 p.m.
Mount Pulaski High School, 206 S. Spring; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
For your convenience, call Alexis toll-free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD
(1-866-448-3253), ext 5158, to sign up, or schedule an appointment
www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and truly
Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit
organization, is the provider of lifesaving blood for 14 hospitals
throughout central Illinois, including Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital and Springfield's Memorial Medical Center and St. John's
Hospital. CICBC is a division of the Mississippi Valley Regional
Blood Center, which collects over 180,000 units of blood annually
and serves 85 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Xamis Ford to host Humane Society fundraiser Nov. 15
Jim Xamis Ford is hosting a special event Nov.
15, from 4 to 8 p.m., that will benefit the Humane Society of Logan County.
During the evening, each person who
registers as a guest for the event will generate a $10* donation by
Ford to the Humane Society of Logan County, up to $500 total for the
visitors have an opportunity to win some great prizes.
People who register and attend the
event are automatically entered for a chance to win a 2013 Fusion
courtesy of Ford Credit.
While there, they can also test
their judging skills with "American Idol"** and possibly win a VIP
experience at the show.
The evening will also include hors
d'oeuvres and drinks, and a chance to see the new lineup from Ford,
including the all-new, redesigned Ford Fusion.
Plus, guests can talk to volunteers
from the Humane Society and learn how they can adopt a pet in need.
The Humane Society of Logan County
is a not-for-profit agency that provides safe, loving, temporary
shelter to animals in need. The society offers adoption programs so
these animals can find new "forever homes." The HSLC pays for the
cost of its work through the generosity of the community and hosts
multiple fundraisers throughout the year to help keep this valuable
For answers to questions about the
Nov. 15 event, contact Jim Xamis Ford Lincoln, 2301 Woodlawn Road,
If you are interested in adopting a
pet from the shelter, visit this link in Lincoln Daily News:
[LDN; based on information
received from Ellen Burbage, Humane Society of Logan
*Ford will contribute $10 per
registered guest up to a maximum of $500.
**No purchase necessary. Complete
rules available at
American Idol: ®/© 19 TV Ltd. and
FremantleMedia North America. 2013 All rights reserved.
Charitable donations are the sole responsibility of Ford, not
American Idol® or related parties.
Society of Logan County offers holiday cookie trays
Planning holiday parties or
looking for gifts to give special friends or relatives? Let the Humane
Society of Logan County do your holiday baking. HSLC is once again taking
orders for holiday cookie trays. Each tray will contain three dozen fancy
holiday cookies with a variety of at least 12 different kinds of cookies.The cost is still only $15 per tray.
Larger trays are also available.
To place your orders, call Adrienne at
217-732-1979. The deadline for placing orders is Dec. 1.
Orders can be picked up on Dec. 8
at Graue Inc., 1905 N. Kickapoo St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Humane
Society of Logan County.
of Lincoln leaf pickup dates announced
The city of Lincoln will
provide leaf pickup services for residents again this year. Pickup days will
be by ward and will run beginning next week through Dec. 3.
Only biodegradable bags of leaves will
be picked up. Bags must be at the curb by 7 a.m. each day.
Leaf pickup dates:
Ward 1 -- Oct. 29, Nov. 9, Nov.
Ward 2 -- Oct. 31, Nov. 13,
Ward 3 -- Nov. 2, Nov. 14, Nov.
Ward 4 -- Nov. 5, Nov. 16, Nov.
-- Nov. 7, Nov. 19, Dec. 3
For those who wish to bring their
leaves directly to the landscape waste facility, it is currently
open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. for all
landscape waste. This will continue until Nov. 21.
On Nov. 24 the facility will return
to regular hours: Wednesday and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3:50 p.m.