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February 2010

Mason Hollow Maple Syrup Tree Tapping

2/1 - 3/14, Mason Hollow Maple Syrup Tree Tapping in Grafton. Come see how the making of maple syrup depends on Mother Nature. Sap runs when it freezes at night and thaws during the day. The best sap runs are when it is sunny and 40 degrees or above. 618-465-6676.

2/1 - 3/14, Mason Hollow Maple Syrup Tree Tapping in Grafton. Come see how the making of maple syrup depends on Mother Nature. Sap runs when it freezes at night and thaws during the day. The best sap runs are when it is sunny and 40 degrees or above. 618-465-6676.

5, ARC Taste of Galena at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena. Sample specialty cuisine from more than 25 area businesses. Live jazz music. Silent auction. 815-777-2248 or

5, Wear Red Day at your workplace, your neighborhood, your community. Choose to be a leader. Inspire friends, family and coworkers to wear red and speak up about heart disease — our No. #1 killer — on National Wear Red Day.

6, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Party at Postville Courthouse in Lincoln. The Postville Courthouse will be celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in style. Paul Beaver will be on hand to give two afternoon presentations. Postville volunteers will be conducting tours and will be serving birthday cake and punch. Period music will be playing throughout the event and the Arts and Crafts Guild will have their children’s event from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the historic courtroom. Contest winners will also be announced. An Abraham Lincoln interpreter will be on hand to greet you. 217-732-8930.

6, Soul’d Out Quartet at The Barn located between Pana and Tower Hill. 7 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., enjoy a Hot Potato Bar (with 12 different toppings), drink and dessert. A suggested donation of $6 is suggested for the potato bar. Donations for the event appreciated. 217-562-3526 or 217-539-4221.

7, Pierre Menard Home Eagle Watching Day at Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site in Ellis Grove. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come to the home of the first Lt. Governor of Illinois, bring your cameras, binoculars and spotting scopes as you stand on the front porch and look for American Bald Eagles as they fly over the Mississippi River. Also look for a vast array of many smaller songbirds, which inhabit the grounds around the home. or 618-859-3031 for more information.

7, Hearts and Art 2010 at the Galena Library from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Galena. Sale of hundreds of unique and original cards made by local artists. Silent auction and raffle. Great homemade treats. 815-777-6161 or

9, Mardi Gras Festival at the Von Jakob Vineyard in Pomona. Celebrate New Orleans-style with the Dave Caputo Duo from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and Big Larry from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Plenty of food on site as well. 618-893-4500.

9, Heartland Honor Band at the Shryock Auditorium in Carbondale. 3 p.m. Enjoy the Heartland Honor Band and watch them perform timeless hits. Free.

12-14, All Things Chocolate Weekend throughout Jo Daviess County. Includes gourmet meals, farm stops, chocolate tastings, cooking classes and dozens of adventures. Reservations required. 815-244-5602 or

13-15, Masters of the Sky in Alton. Witness the Masters of the Sky birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. Admission fee: $5 for Adults; $3 for children 3-12 years; free for children younger than 3 years old. Only 10 tickets per person. 877-462-6979 or

20-21, Winter Carnival at Chestnut Mountain Resort near Galena. Snow sculptures on the slopes, carnival games, Jo Jo “The Clown,” fireworks, torch light parade, live entertainment and the Reality Check/Chestnut Snowboard Competition. 800-397-1320 or

20, Champaign County Heart and Stroke Ball at the Champaign Country Club in Champaign. 5:30 – 10 p.m. The Champaign Heart Ball will celebrate a decade of dedicated fund raising with the 2010 event. Your support of the Champaign County Heart and Stroke Ball will help educate our community on reducing their risk factors for heart disease and stroke, while supporting research that could lead to more lifesaving discoveries. 217-355-5119.

25, Comedy Night at Zanies in Waukegan. Comedian Dobie Maxwell is a regular at Zanies, and has performed stand up on CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as well as with comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy and Drew Carey. His comedy is universal and relatable to everyone. Come share an evening of fun and laughs with Dobie Maxwell and a few of his comic friends. Dobie keeps his acts funny not filthy. Space is limited! Adults 18 and older only. Register by Feb. 16. 847-360-4702 or

26-28, The 30th Annual Rockford Home Show in Loves Park. Find out about new products, services, ideas, and concepts; including getting expertise advise on interior and exterior designs. 815-877-8043 or

26-28, 2010 Illinois Deer and Turkey Classic at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. Friday 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adult one-day admission is $12, two-day admission is $20. Children ages 6-11 are $3. Children 5 and younger are free. 800-324-3337 or

27, Peoria Heart and Stroke Ball at the Embassy Suites Riverfront Conference Center in East Peoria. 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Heart Ball is Peoria’s most elegant evening with heart. Each year, members of the corporate and medical communities have come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. The funds generated at the Heart Ball will support American Heart Association-funded cardiovascular disease research to improve the lives of women, children and families in our community. 309-370-2276.

28, The 55th Illinois Plastic Kit and Toy Show at the Dupage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults: $5, children younger than 12: $2. Buy, sell, trade or just browse. Come out and have a great time looking at, cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, military, fire, police, muscle cars, all scales, re-live your childhood memories. 630-969-1847.

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Deadlines: January 15 for April Events.

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