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Community calendar, Lincoln Special Olympics, LCHS band, Christian Child Care, Workforce Readiness Expo, Humane Society and Railsplitter Antique Auto Club all in Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[April 24, 2009]  Well, the weather has broken (sort of) and things are starting to get busy in Logan County. Besides checking out Close Up we recommend you visit our Community Calendar for still more events this weekend. If you think there isn't something to do in Logan County, you just aren't looking.

The Lincoln Special Olympics is having a pancake and sausage breakfast Sunday, April 26, at the Knight of Columbus Hall. The times are from 7 a.m. to noon.

Tickets for adults are $6; for kids 12 and under, $4. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a basket raffle. Tickets are available at the door or you can contact Ryan Curry or Kim Curry at 732-6424 or 671-5296. Proceeds go entirely to the local Special Olympics fund.

The Lincoln Community High School Band will be presenting their Spring Band Concert on Wednesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. at the high school. The concert is free and open to the public. The band is under the direction of David Swaar.

Christian Child Care's Summer Program is starting once the public schools are out in Lincoln. We have 18 openings; if we have a great need, that can be changed to 30. The summer program theme this year is combining the joy of reading with adventure. We will be bringing books alive. Also we will swim at the Lincoln Rec Center several times a week and take a field trip. Some of the field trips planned are a trip to see the Peoria Chiefs play baseball; go bowling; go skating; also go to the Bloomington, Springfield, Decatur museums. During the summer children will learn to cook, do crafts, have some computer and WII time. This will be provided by a staff of experienced teachers, in a safe and nurturing environment. Children need to be registered by May 18 so we will know if we need to hire additional staff.

If you need more information or would like to come by for a tour, please contact Coleen Moore at 732-5750, or come visit us at 721 Wyatt Ave. We are in the Odd Fellows facility.

Workforce Readiness Expo
SPONSORS: Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, Eaton, Heartland Community College, Inland Tool Co., Illinois WorkNet, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership, Lincoln Park District
WHO: People looking to enter the job market for the first time and people who need to re-enter the job market
DETAILS: The Workforce Readiness Expo is a series of four workshops: resume and cover letter writing, navigating and completing online applications, interview skills, and self-marketing. Each workshop will be offered in two or three different 45-minute time slots throughout the morning. Participants will have the opportunity to attend at least three out of four workshops. In addition, there will be resource booths with representatives from Illinois workNet Center, Lincoln College, Lincoln Christian College, Heartland Community College, Manpower and Global Tech, a new HVAC school opening in Lincoln this May. Free to the public, with free babysitting for 3- to 12-year-old children of parents attending workshops. Refreshments will be served all morning. No preregistration required. Anyone with questions can contact the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce at 217-735-2385 or
(See article.)
WHERE: Lincoln Park District Rec Center 
WHEN: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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The Humane Society of Logan County is having their first dog wash of the season on Saturday, April 25. Let the society do the work while you relax. Donations are accepted for the dog wash, and nails are trimmed for $7.00. The event is at J and S Auto, 1006 Woodlawn Road in Lincoln, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club is having a cruise-in Saturday, April 25, in downtown Lincoln between 5 and 9 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, call 732-3519 or 732-3245.

Got a good piece of news, information or something that we can all brag about? If you do, e-mail Mike and let us tell everyone about it. Plus you can win cash. Every submission, whether we use it or not, will get your name in the "Close Up" grab bag. At the end of the month we will draw a name and someone will get $25 just for dropping us an e-mail. If you wish, we will be happy to donate your winnings to the organization of your choice.

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