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    Upcoming Events

    View our full calendar of Events.

    Holiday Shop and Stroll @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Fridays, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 and Saturday, 12/13 • 6-8:30 pm
    This one-of-a-kind event has become a holiday tradition in central Illinois.
    Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday
    music (see schedule below), storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies; view and/or
    purchase unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale; and
    shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead
    Nature Store. Plan time to catch your breath and experience an evening
    guaranteed to get you in the spirit! Perfect for all ages.Join us on the 19th and
    |receive 10% off all your purchases in the Trailhead Nature Store!
    CORE members receive an additional 10%!

    Fri., Dec. 5         6:30 - 7:10 pm     Sandy Miller (storytelling)
                               7:20 –  8:30 pm     Turas (irish/celtic, with some seasonal)

    Fri., Dec. 12       6:00 - 7:10 pm     Cluck Ol’ Hen (acoustic/dulcimer/some seasonal)
                               7:20 – 8:30 pm     Olli Recorder Ensemble (recorders/seasonal)

    Sat., Dec. 13      6:00 - 7:10 pm      Forest Flute Ensemble (seasonal flute/no vocals)
                               7:20 – 8:30 pm      Mike Anderson (dulcimer/seasonal/storytelling)      

    Fri., Dec. 19       6:00 - 7:10 pm      Any Olde Tyme (acoustic/dulcimer/some seasonal)
                               7:20 – 8:30 pm     Mary Greenhood (seasonal/vocal/acoustic/keyboard)


    Candlelight Walks @ Luthy Botanical Garden
    Dec 19 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

    Friday and Saturday evenings, 6-9 pm, through December 20

    Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one! Visit our Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live holiday music. All the unique ornaments on our decorated trees can be purchased…and you’ll find a great selection of gifts, decorations and stocking stuffers in our Garden Gift Shop. As our gift to you, Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, although we always appreciate donations.

    River Spirit Flute Circle @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Sa: 9/27, 10/25, 11/22, 12/20
    1:00-2:00 pm • All ages
    Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing this beautiful wooden instrument. All levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public. No previous musical experience is necessary. Randy Starnes, a local flute maker, is the leader of the group and will have flutes for you to borrow or purchase. Bring your own flute if you have one. Contact Bonnie Cox at ilmidwife@comcast.net for more information.

    Skate with Santa at Owens @ Owens Center
    Dec 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Santa loves the chilly air inside Owens! Come see him for yourself while skating with family and friends. Regular admission applies.

    An Evening of Winter Enchantment Ice Skating Exhibition @ Owens Center
    Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Enjoy this delightful ice skating exhibition with the Heart of Illinois Skating Club.