The Springfield City Council approved the liquor license for the AMC movie theatre on Dirksen Parkway Tuesday night.
The City Council had to create a special category just for movie theaters that do not allow video gaming, regardless of the number of food sales. So, we can forget about movies, beer, and video slots night at the theaters happening anytime soon!
That current AMC located on Springfield’s eastside off Dirksen Parkway is currently undergoing a $7 million renovation by the parent company.
Layne Zimmers to present on Galápagos expedition
Lincoln Magnet School teacher Layne Zimmers will be giving a presentation on her experience in the Galápagos Islands as a National Geographic and Lindblad Grosvenor Fellow 2017. Her talk, 10 Astonishing Days in the Galápagos Islands, details her time on the islands and how it has enhanced her teaching.
The talk will be held at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation Auditorium, Floor 1, 228 W. Miller Street, and is free and open to the public.
The 2017 Fellows, a group of 35 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, embarked on global expeditions onboard the Lindblad expedition ships—National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour ll and National Geographic Sea Lion—for a hands-on experience for professional development.
Each year, pre-K–12 educators are encouraged to apply for this one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity. Fellows enhance their geographic learning through direct, hands-on field experience and bring that knowledge back to their classrooms and professional communities. Before their voyages, the Fellows traveled to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they participated in hands-on, pre-expedition workshops covering photography and outreach planning and had the opportunity to network with Lindblad Expeditions naturalists and past Fellows.
DIPG Awareness Day Bill Passes House
The Illinois Legislature has declared May 17th DIPG Awareness Day. Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a rare brain cancer that strikes children. Overall the fight against childhood cancers is going extremely well. Survival rates for most childhood cancers has been steadily climbing for decades. However, DIPG still has no effective treatment and is virtually always fatal. Around 300 children in the US are affected by DIPG each year.
What is DIPG?
DIPG is a tumor that develops in the brainstem. The brainstem is the connection between the brain and the body, and controls many of the basic functions that keep a person alive. DIPG tumors typically develop in children between the ages of five and ten, although they can develop at any age.
Symptoms usually first appear in the face. These include double vision, difficulty moving the eyes, and facial asymmetry. Other symptoms include difficulty chewing or swallowing, and problems with balance.
Why DIPG it so dangerous?
This cancer is particularly hard to treat for several reasons. Because the tumor is in the brainstem, it cannot be safely accessed for biopsies or removal. It is simply too deep in a highly sensitive area. Moreover, as its name suggests, DIPG is a diffuse tumor, meaning it is not as concentrated as other types of tumors. Even if doctors can get to it, it is usually impossible to fully remove the cancerous growths. Radiation treatments can provide some temporary relief, but the symptoms usually return after six to nine months.
DIPG Awareness day
Bunker Hill resident Kimberly Skief helped bring DIPG to the attention of her state legislators in the House and Senate. Skief lost her daughter Grace to this disease in 2015. Senator Andy Manar (D-48) brought the awareness bill to the Senate; it was cosponsored by Rep. Avery Bourne (R-95) in the House.
SB 2254 unanimously passed out of the Senate and House. It now awaits the Governor’s signature before becoming law.
To learn more about DIPG, please check out the following links:
Illinois State Fair to Host Inaugural Corn Dog Kickoff Party
The State Fair might still be months away, but the festivities are already gearing up. On June 9th, the Fair will be hosting its inaugural Corn Dog Kickoff. This event will feature live music, fair food, giveaways, and many other activities. Broseph, one of the hottest up-and-coming bands from the Midwest, will also be playing from 12:00 to 2:30 PM.
There is a new 3K walk and 5K run this year. The races will trace through some of the fairgrounds’ most prominent attractions, including the Conservation World and the world’s fastest dirt track. Registration is currently underway and costs $25 per race with a free t-shirt for those who sign up before May 23rd. 100% of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation. Registration can be done online: https://secure.
The Corn Dog Kickoff Party will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and is free of charge. The State Fair Box Office will also be open that day from 9 am – 1 pm. Attendees can purchase tickets to the fair’s Grandstand Summer Concert Series or our exclusive Stage Side pre-concert parties.
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