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March 2009

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19-22, The 14th Annual John Deere Two-Cylinder Tractor Show at the Village Square Mall in Effingham. Enjoy a display of two cylinder tractors. 217-347-0623.


2/27-3/1, Country Treasures Craft Show at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham. Dozens of crafters exhibit their creations. 217-347-5115.

2/27-3/1, RV and Camping Show in Rock Island. The latest in RV and camping from dealers all over Illinois. Exhibits for all of the extras in RV and camping supplies. Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $6 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6-16, free for children younger than 6 years. 309-788-5912.

3, Forefathers of Russian Music in DeKalb. The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will provide you with colorful and powerful music from 19th century Russia. The orchestra will take you through a musical journey with composers who helped create Russian nationalism. 815-756-3728 or

4-5, The 20th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Peoria. The conference is sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and Rural Partners. www. or 800-526-9943.

4-14, Effingham Arts Guild’s 15th Annual Fine Art Show at the Rosebud Theatre in Effingham. Professional and amateur artists display their work. 217-540-2787.

5-8, Lake Sara Boat Show at the Village Square Mall in Effingham. See what’s new in boat selections.
217-342-6344 or

6-8, Antique Spectacular at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. This show will be overflowing with a wonderful collection of fine antiques and collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise from around the world. Show hours are Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 and is good for all three days. 712-326-9964, or

7, Home, Lawn and Garden Day at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy a keynote speaker, many classes, handouts, lunch, snacks, exhibitors and door prizes. 309-663-8306.

7-8, The Seventh Annual Spring Home Improvement Show at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds in Kankakee. This event features local and regional vendors for siding, windows, heating, remodeling and more. Come see what they can do to make your home better! Demonstrations and raffles are held by various vendors throughout the day. 815-482-4131, or

7-8, Sock Monkey Madness: Under the Big Top in Rockford. Rockford is where the famous sock monkeys got their start. Midway Village Museum is planning a day of monkeyshines to celebrate, including workshops, film festival, Ms./Mr. Sockford monkey pageants, sock monkey collections from around the country and more. 815-397-9112 or

13-14, Dinner and a Murder! in Galena. Halloween. Seance. Murder! Friends and relatives will be decked out in their Halloween costumes to witness the reading of the will and to unmask the killer of Madame Gaze. Friday night reception, dinner and murder on Saturday night.

15, The 27th annual Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Show in Sublette. Walk through five buildings with more than 300 tables of farm toys including a full range of cast iron, plastic and metal toys. The show also includes exhibitors from throughout the Midwest showcasing their displays of semi-tractors, baseball cards, trains and crafts. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. 815-849-5242.

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26-29, Galena Wine Lovers Weekend at various locations throughout Galena. Enjoy a grand tasting and wine auction, wine dinners and wine, spirit and
beer tasting, cooking demonstrations and brunches all weekend. 815-777-3938 or

27-29, Wine Lovers Weekend at Massbach Ridge Winery in Elizabeth. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Winery tours and barrel tasting of locally grown, award winning wines. Sample Massbach wines paired with chocolates and local cheeses. $5 tasting fee. 815-291-6700 or

15, Bunny’s Birthday Party at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 1 – 3 p.m. Celebrate Bunny’s birthday with crafts, face painting by the Zoo Crew, games and birthday cake. This event will take place indoors and is free with admission to the zoo. 309-434-2250 or

20-29, To Kill a Mockingbird at the Alton Little Theater in Alton. The novel, written by Harper Lee, deals with Civil Rights and racial bigotry in the segregated southern United States of the 1930s. Told through the eyes of the memorable Scout Finch, you learn about her father, Atticus, an attorney who hopelessly strives to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape, and about Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbor who saves Scout and her brother, Jem, from being killed. 618-462-6562 or

21, Ambasadors of Harmony at Anne Witney Olin Theatre in Godfrey. The Ambassadors of Harmony is a world-class a cappella chorus of more than 100 men, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. They’ve won numerous awards for their talents, including the International Chorus Championship and Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Competition. 618-468-4222.

27-29, Flower and Garden Show at QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. Upon entering, you will be assured that spring is truly just around the corner! Professionally decorated display gardens lead the way to the beautiful waterfall. The flowers, street lights, patios and trees add a fragrant scent to the air to bring out spring fever. A great shopping venue for purchasing garden items, outdoor landscaping, decks, fences and sunrooms. More than 100 exhibitors! Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6-16, free for children under 6 years. 309-788-5912 or

28, An Evening of Sweet Deals at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. Dinner and sweet deals, including five rounds of silent auctions, a live auction and a Celebrity Chef Competition. 815-235-8777 or


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