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As events may be canceled or rescheduled at the last moment, please first check with the host or venue when making plans to attend an event.

Let's Get Fit

Mon., Wed. and Fri. 9-10 a.m. Senior Services of Central Illinois hosts online exercise classes for individuals age 50 plus via Zoom. Contact Justin Yuroff at 217-528-4035 for more information.

Springfield Philatelic Society

Third Monday of every month, 7-8 p.m. Attend a monthly Zoom meeting to discuss stamp collecting and Springfield's postal history. Call 217-341-4838 for more information.

Guided healing meditation

Every Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. A spiritual adventure using visualization and energy tools for healing. Email office@unityofspringfieldil.org for information. Love offering. 217-523-5897.

Springfield Poets and Writers open mic

Third Wednesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Read some poetry, prose or nonfiction, either your original work or the work of a favorite author. You can also just relax and listen. Get the Zoom link at springfieldpoetsandwriters.com. Free. 217-725-9058.

Light Up the Park

Every evening through Dec. 27. Drive through over a mile of 100,000+ brilliant holiday lights, sculptures, arches and more. See the Light Up the Park Facebook event. $5 donation suggested. Chatham Community Park, Chatham, 731 S. Main St.

Coalition of Rainbow Alliances food collection

Every Sat., 10 a.m-12 p.m., through Jan. 2. Coalition of Rainbow Alliances is helping to feed those in need by stocking the micropantries at the Boys and Girls Clubs and Fifth Street Renaissance throughout the winter months. Visit their Facebook page for more info. First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Blvd., 217-523-5212.

Second Saturday Open Studio

Second Saturday of every month, 12-4 p.m. Visit with artists working, painting, sketching and writing in their studios. Masks and social distancing are required. Free. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.

Brown Bag Concert

Wed., Dec. 16, 12-12:30 p.m. Featuring violinist Chenoa Alamu who first picked up the instrument at the age of three and went on to perform at venues worldwide. Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church via Zoom. Free. 217-528-4311.

Eva Carroll Monroe and the Lincoln Colored Home

Wed., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Mary Frances will discuss her documentary about Monroe's parents, husbands and daughter, and highlight events during their lives including Reconstruction and Jim Crow laws. Visit the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum website for more information. spiaahm.org. 217-391-6323.

Old Capitol Holiday Walk

Sat., Dec. 19, 10 a.m-7 p.m. The last holiday walk before Christmas. A great chance to grab some last-minute gifts. Downtown Springfield. 217-544-1723.

Old Capitol Farmers Holiday Market

Sat., Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. While you are downtown enjoying the holiday walk, be sure to stop by the Old Capitol Farmers Holiday Market. It will be both inside and outside to accommodate social distancing. Anvil and Forge Brewing and Distilling Company, 619 E. Washington St., 217-494-6200.

Sunday at Six Recital Series

Sun., Dec. 20, 6 p.m. Hosted by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Featuring Acting Principal Viola Erin Rafferty and followed by a Coda Conversation with music director Ken Lam and the evening's musicians. Watch on the YouTube channel or Facebook page. ilsymphony.org. 522-2838.

Brown Bag Concert

Wed., Dec. 23, 12-12:30 p.m. Featuring local concert organist Paula Pugh Romanaux who holds a doctorate degree in organ performance from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church via Zoom. Free. 217-528-4311.

Lost Songs of the Civil War

Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Award-winning folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo takes us deep into the journals and letters of the Civil War troops, bringing these rare and unheard gems back to life. Find it on the Looking for Lincoln Facebook page. 217-782-6817.

Virtual Policy Breakfast

Fri., Jan. 22, 8 a.m. Looking at 2020 (and, it's not over). With Jim Leach, Bruce Rushton and Bernie Schoenberg. Live on Comcast Cable TV Channel 18, the City of Springfield's website and the Citizens Club of Springfield Facebook page.

A Conversation with Frederick Douglass

Wed., Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Bob Davis, portraying Frederick Douglass, will discuss advocating for the creation of the U.S. Colored Troops to fight in the Civil War for the abolishment of slavery. The program will conclude with a question and answer session. Find the event on the Looking for Lincoln Facebook page. 217-782-6817.

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  • John Morgan

    @ VFW Post #755

    Fri., Jan. 29, 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.