Neighborhood News
December 14, 2018
The City Springfield Offices, including Lincoln Library, will be closed
Monday, December 24, December 25 and January 1.
Please note, Lincoln Library will also be closed on Sunday, December 23.
Remaining 2018 Infrastructure Work
  • Sidewalk replacement on Elizabeth (Peoria Rd-Griffiths)
  • ADA Ramps at Peoria Road/Elizabeth/Garfield intersection (west side)
  • Plateau Drive - culvert installation and ditch maintenance
  • Beaver Creek Subdivision (vicinity) - culvert installation and ditch maintenance
  • Alder Wood Dr (vicinity) - culvert installation and ditch maintenance
City Announcements
SPRINGFIELD'S OWN SOLAR FARM
This past Thursday, CWLP unveiled its newly built solar farm. The 716 panels are located behind the Harrison Park subdivision at 606 Old Tippecanoe Drive. This power generator will supply a small fraction of the city’s energy needs but will give CWLP staff familiarity with the technology.

A solar subscription program, called “mySolar,” will launch in early 2019, allowing CWLP customers to purchase 100 kilowatt-hour blocks of energy through their bill. Residential or commercial customers will pay a monthly subscription fee of $4.40 on top of their bill for every block they request. On average, a home uses about 850 kilowatt-hours per month. CWLP is taking reservations for blocks on a first-come, first-served basis until all 3,700 blocks are booked. Customers wanting more information or to reserve blocks can contact CWLP Energy Services at 217.789.2070 or  nrgxprts@cwlp.com .
UPDATED TIME FOR TEEN POLICE ACADEMY
The Springfield Police Department is offering their 3-day T een Academy for teens 13-years through 17-years of age.  This FREE program will run January 2 thru 4, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. each day.  This is an opportunity for 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. Apply online  today! Questions? Call 217.788.8397.
DECEMBER COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL MEETINGS
The following meetings will take place in the City Council Chambers, 300 S. 7 th Street, 3 rd Floor. Can’t attend? Watch the meetings live on Comcast Cable Channel 18 or stream it through the City Website here .
  • City Council -Tuesday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Committee of the Whole - Thursday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m.
APPLICATION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY
The City of Springfield is currently accepting applications for those interested in becoming a Springfield Firefighter. The deadline to apply is December 19. Candidates must first apply online before the testing process begins.

Visit our website for complete details.
Lincoln Library Activities & Classes
UNBLOCK AN ACCOUNT
Have you heard? You can help light up a life at the library! Each light bulb on the wall represents a juvenile with a blocked account due to charges. You can grab a bulb, bring it to the Borrower Services desk, and tell them how much you'd like to clear on that account - the library staff will do the rest!

Y our generosity has already enabled the staff to invite back almost half of the juveniles who have blocked accounts! If you're able to help "Light up a Life" this giving season, the display will be up through the end of the year.


All Lincoln Library activities are free and take place at Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7 th Street. For a complete listing of library events, visit their website .

 READ WITH A RANGER & WINTER WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 15 at  10:00 a.m.
Carnegie Room North
Read a book with a special guest from the National Park Service and create giftable National Park and Mary Lincoln Crafts. All ages welcome.

SUNDAY MATINEE: A CHRISTMAS STORY (PG)
Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Carnegie South Room
Enjoy this movie on the big screen! Open to all ages.

MICROSOFT WORD BASICS
Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom – 2 nd Floor
Learn how to write, edit and save word processing documents and how to use templates and clipart to make flyers and announcements. Must have basic computer knowledge. Uses Word 2010.  Pre-registration is required.
Weekend Happenings
For other events happening across Springfield, please visit the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau holiday listing here .

OLD CAPITOL HOLIDAY WALKS
Saturdays, December 15 & December 22
  • 12-noon – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Springfield
Pick up your free Holiday Walks guidebook which features retail deals, restaurants and bar offerings, as well as partner activities at the downtown sites. Visit Santa at the Old State Capitol, enjoy pioneer Christmas stories and songs, or take a free horse-drawn carriage ride.  Many businesses are also keeping Sunday hours from 12-noon until 3:00 p.m.

HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE SANCTUARY
Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. 7th St.
Free. Docent led tours of the sanctuary including the Lincoln Pew.

HISTORIC CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Elijah Iles House, 628 S. 7 th St.
Free. The Elijah Iles House will be beautifully decorated to set our holiday mood! Enjoy storytelling and tours of the house. Bring the kids for face painting, cookie decorating, caroling, live music and refreshments. 

FAMILIES FIRST ADVENTURES
S unday, December 16, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Illinois Governor's Mansion, 410 E. Jackson
Free. Art of Illinois family tours are scheduled on the third Sunday of each month. Family tours are designed for families with children ages 3-12 to encourage children and adults to enjoy the exhibition together. Reservations are required by calling 217.782.6450.

LUMINARIA SUNDAY
Sunday, December 16, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Avenue
Free.  Visit the Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.

Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109