Neighborhood News
November 21, 2018
On behalf of the City of Springfield employees,
we are thankful for the opportunity to serve you, our residents,
each and every day.
We wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Reminders
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY HOURS
The City of Springfield offices, including Lincoln Library, will be closed Thursday, November 22 AND Friday, November 23 . Lincoln Library will reopen on Saturday, November 24.

Residents needing assistance during those days, please contact the following numbers:
  • CWLP (Electrical Dispatch, Outage & Service Problems): 217.789.2121
  • Public Works Garage: 217.789.2246
  • Police (Non-Emergency): 217.788.8311

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS 
Residents can access current and previous Neighborhood News on our website.  Click the “Residents” button in the main navigation and then click “Neighborhood News”. Here you can access the weekly announcements and also where others can sign-up to receive the newsletter directly in their inbox.
City Announcements
WELCOME CENTER OPENING

The City of Springfield’s new Welcome Center will open Saturday, November 24 on the first floor of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. The Center is geared towards visitors and will be operated by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau as an extension of its services; however, the site will serve as a great resource for residents as well. The opening is in conjunction with Downtown Springfield’s Holiday Walks that kick off the same day.

The Welcome Center will have information about the City of Springfield as a whole, beyond the capital city’s connection to Abraham Lincoln and feature photos lining the walls, brochures of local attractions and a 10-panel LED display that showcases places to visit, shop and eat.

Winter/Holiday Hours of Welcome Center
Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday open until 8:00 p.m. during the Holiday Walks
Saturdays: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Open through the Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 24 
Sundays: Closed
Hours will be updated after the first of the year.
TEEN POLICE ACADEMY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Springfield Police will once again offer their 3-day Teen Academy for teens 13-years through 17-years of age. This FREE program allows teens to join their peers and learn about the responsibilities of a police officer, tactics for defense, how an Emergency Response Team operates, firearms safety, gang awareness and much more. Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch each day. The program will run January 2 - 4, 2019 and is from 9:00 a.m. - 12-noon each day.  Apply online  today! Questions? Call 217.788.8397.

SPRINGFIELD POLICE VACATION CHECKS
Traveling for the holidays? Plan on being away from home? Call the Springfield Police Department’s front desk today and request a Vacation Check or Extra Patrol around your home. There is no cost for this service and it is designed for officers to patrol around your residence while you are away. Call today! 217.788.8325.

CITY'S ONLINE AUCTION
Did you know the City of Springfield surplus items are placed online for public auction? Access the site on your desktop by visiting our website and clicking “City Auction” in the very top navigation. On your mobile device, the link is located at the very bottom of the homepage. Click here to go directly to the site.

PROJECT "RELIEF" ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS DECEMBER 3
City Water, Light and Power customers who need help paying their utility bill could qualify for assistance through their Project RELIEF program. Last year 112 families received utility assistance. To apply for aid through the program, please call the CWLP Project RELIEF Office at 217.789.2414 on or after December 3, 2018.  Customers meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be scheduled for a meeting with Fifth Street Renaissance.  Interested in donating to the program? Please know that all funds that are received for Project RELIEF go directly to those in need, without any amount being used to cover administrative costs. Individuals can sign up to add $1 or more to their monthly bill online at www.cwlp.com . One-time contributions are also accepted and may be made payable to Project RELIEF. Mail your donation to Fifth Street Renaissance, 315 N. Fifth Street, Springfield, IL 62702.
Yard Waste / Leaf Pickup
The City of Springfield's residential fall yard waste/leaf pickup collection is now through the week of Monday, December 3 . Residents must place their leaves in paper yard waste bags or plastic containers that are no mo re than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Yard waste should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday morning during the yard waste collection period Click here for more information . Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling, located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 7:00 a.m. and 12-noon.  Drop off is free during the collection time period . For questions about the City of Springfield yard waste and leaf pickup, please email Public Works or call 217.789.2255.
Lincoln Library Activities & Classes
All activities are free and take place at Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7 th Street. For a complete listing of library events, visit their website .

LIBRARY HOLIDAY HOURS 
OPEN: Wednesday November 21 until 5:00 p.m. 
Closed all day on Thursday November 22
Closed all day on Friday November 23 
OPEN: Saturday, November 24 for regularly scheduled hours.

In a Rush? Library Now Offering Self-Checkout
Lincoln Library’s self-checkout is up and running. Check your account and/or check out and renew items at the station. It can be found on the first floor near the Borrower Services desk. Ask any staff member if you have questions.

SUNDAY MATINEE: POCAHONTAS (G)
Sunday, November 25  at 2:00 p.m. - Carnegie Room
Open to all ages

SYSTEM CONSTRUCTION AT LIBRARY
Monday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The library is updating its system and the following services/resources will not be available during this time: Public Computers, Library Catalog, Hoopla, OverDrive, Axis360, and Lynda.com

COMMUNITY TUTORING
Monday, November 26 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28 – 5:00 p.m.
Community Tutoring Room – 2 nd Floor
Tutoring provided in partnership with the Springfield Literacy Project, for adult learners and volunteers. Show up to receive assistance or offer to help.

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT BASICS
Tuesday, November 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom – 2 nd Floor
Learn to design templates to add text, graphics and animation to slides. Must have experience with a mouse, windows and word processing. Uses PowerPoint 2010.  Pre-registration is required.

JUMP START ON YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION WORK OUT AT THE LIBRARY
Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Carnegie Room North
Trainer Jessica from FitClub will be leading a FREE Go! 217 community workout that is accessible yet challenging and fun. No registration necessary . Bring friends, a yoga mat (optional) and water. Street parking and the garage under the library are free after 5:00 p.m. This is part of the GO! 217 initiative to keep our community moving

FACEBOOK BASICS
Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom – 2 nd Floor
Learn how to use Facebook and connect with family and friends. Even if you already have an account, bring your questions and get answers. Must have experience with the mouse, Windows and the internet.  Pre-registration is required .
Upcoming Events
ANNUAL FUN FROSTY FRIDAY
Friday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. 6 th St.
Free. Come downtown the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy fun for the entire family including planes, trains, automobiles, face painting, balloon art and the signature LIFE-SIZED CANDYLAND ADVENTURE!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Saturday, November 24
It's true: if you spend $100 at a small, local business, $68 remains within Springfield’s local economy vs. only $43 from a big box store. During the Downtown Holiday Walks that start on this Saturday, enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa in the Old State Capitol starting at 12-noon.

COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Saturday, November 24   at 5:30 p.m.
Old State Capitol Plaza
Stop by for the unveiling of the new tree designed and manufactured by Ace Sign Co. is revealed.

DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY WALKS 
Saturdays - November 24, December 1, December 8, December 15, December 22
12-noon – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays – November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Springfield, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Pick up your free Holiday Walks guidebook which features retail deals, restaurants and bar offerings, as well as partner activities at the downtown sites. While you wait to visit Santa at the Old State Capitol, enjoy a chat with President Grant or enjoy pioneer Christmas stories and songs. Various local musical groups will provide entertainment. Children can also make a special greeting card to celebrate the season. Many businesses are also keeping Sunday hours from 12-noon until 3:00 p.m. More info .

MEMORIAL FESTIVAL OF TREES: HOLIDAYS THROUGH OUR HISTORY
Saturday, November 17 – Sunday, November 25 
Hours Vary
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Orr Building, 802 E. Sangamon Ave.
Adults - $5 and Children ages 3-12 - $3
This holiday tradition features more than 300 designed items; an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village; the Candy Cane Express train; the Little Elves’ Workshop craft area; snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. More info .

WINTER HOLIDAY FLORAL SHOW
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Thursday, Dec. 20
Noon – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave.
Free. Come view the poinsettia collection and the Garden’s annual Winter Holiday Floral Show. The show will have 15-20 different varieties of poinsettias on display. Bring the family out and enjoy the beauty nestled in among decorated evergreens and lush tropical foliage.
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109