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Boys and Girls Club

DECATUR -- The Boys and Girls Club of Decatur will change its operating hours to 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a weekly membership fee of $1. The club serves youth ages 7 to 17.

A Q&A will be held 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the club, 859 N. Jasper St.

The club has been in operation in the Decatur area for 47 years with an after-school program that served 1,338 youth in 2018.

Springman Farm

MOUNT ZION -- Springman Farm will host its annual Tract-or-Treat event for children ages 2 to 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the farm, 9179 Gaither Road, Mount Zion.

Kids will meet Farmer Rob Springman, Wanda the Witch and Mikkenzi the friendly mortal. The tractor will be loaded with the "sweet" harvest gathered by Farmer Rob.

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Take Illinois 121 south and turn left on Sefton Road. Turn left at 85th St. and then right onto Gaither. Look for the signs. Call (217) 433-7193.

Help4Heroes

DECATUR -- Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11 is asking youth groups, school classes, and the public to make thank-you notes and cards for first responders, to be handed out at the Cruise 11 event on Sept. 8.

Fleet Feet, 1090 W. Wood St., is a drop-off location for the cards and notes. A memorial service and recognition of first responders will be held at Cruise 11, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 in Central Park, downtown Decatur.

Help4Heroes is also involved in the History of the Heartland Project, founded by Ayn Owens, to record the voices and memories of Decatur-area residents, from veterans of World War II to Theatre 7 historian Peter Churukian.

The recordings are linked on the aynproductions.net webpage and plans are to provide copies to the Decatur Public Library.

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter

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