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February 2009

1, Hearts and Art 2009 exhibit at the public library in Galena. Purchase from a selection of hundreds of cards made by local artists. Silent auction and raffle. Great homemade treats. 815-777-0200 or

3-5, The 41st Anniversary Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games at Chestnut Mountain Resort near Galena. More than 400 athletes from the State of Illinois compete in five winter sporting events. Kick off the event Tuesday with opening ceremonies and parade in downtown Galena at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. 630-942-5615 or

5, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. This stirring musical drama is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson. Book and
lyrics by Douglas Jones. Music by Ron Barnett. For grades 3rd to 8th. 309-673-8900 or

7, Seussical in Crystal Lake. Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in this unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this version features 12 actors and enhanced production values. 815-356-9212, or

7-8, Effingham Area Home Builders Association Home Show in Effingham. Saturday: 10 a.m. –
8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: $2 for adults, children 16 and younger are free. 217-857-1672.

7-28, Charlotte Cleeland – A Retrospective Show in Jacksonville. Join the Art Association of Jacksonville/David Strawn Art Gallery for a showing of paintings by late Jacksonville artist Charlotte Cleeland. Opening reception is Feb. 7, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Gallery Hours are Sundays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and Tuesday - Saturday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 217-243-9390 or

11-5/17, The Lincoln Project - Paintings by Don Pollack. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Don Pollack created the Lincoln Project as a series of contemporary paintings exploring the nature of history and representation. By highlighting the life of Abraham Lincoln, the project seeks to have a conversation with painting, photography, history and art history, and includes painted landscapes, portraits, maps and documents. 217-558-0143.

12, Bicentennial Lunch with Guest Speaker, Michael Burlingame at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. 11:30 a.m. Michael Burlingame is the Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus at Connecticut College. He is the author or editor of a number of books about Lincoln, including The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Burlingame’s new book, Abraham Lincoln: A Life is a multi-volume biography of Lincoln and offers a fresh look at the life of Abraham Lincoln and is being published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. Volume 1 covers Lincoln’s childhood to the 1840s. Volume 2 examines Lincoln’s life during his presidency and
Civil War. Tickets are $30. 217-558-8934 or

12, Through Lincoln’s Eyes: Grant and Galena at the Galena History Museum. Debut celebration of a new permanent exhibit exploring the relationship of Lincoln to the Galena area and to his victorious Civil War General, Ulysses Grant. Reception starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. 815-777-9129 or

14, Ice Golf Classic on the Mississippi River near East Dubuque. An 18-hole custom designed golf course on the Mississippi River. Regulation clubs and tennis balls are used. Four-person best shot. Shot gun start at noon. Contact Mid-Town Marina at 815-747-3310 for details.

14, Effingham Art Guild’s Children’s Art Show in Effingham. Enjoy artwork of the local young talent. 618-238-4497.

14, Candy the Bear’s Birthday Party at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 1 – 3 p.m. Make gifts and cards for Candy, learn about Sun Bears, have your face painted by the Zoo Crew, enjoy a candy snack and watch Candy open her gifts and cards. This event will take place indoors and is free with admission. 309-434-2250 or

15, Dean Christopher’s Rat Pack in Godfrey. Join Dean Christopher and return to Las Vegas in its heyday when, without laser lights, pyrotechnics, back-up dancers or multiple costume changes a performer would come out on stage and simply entertain. Dean pays tribute to the performers that influenced him with impressions of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley. 618-468-4222 or

27 - 3/1, Country Treasures Craft Show at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham. Come shop from dozens of crafters as they exhibit their creations. 217-347-5115.




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Deadline: January 15 for April Events

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