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March 2010

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6-7, The 12th Annual Illinois Products Expo in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Admission: Adults – $4; Children (10 and under) – free. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 217-524-3012.

4, Night of Jazz at Galena Middle School in Galena. Galena High and Middle School’s Jazz Bands join forces for this annual jazz concert. 815-777-0917.

5-6 and 12-13, Almost, Maine at Starry Night Repertory Theatre in Taylors Hall in Macomb. 7:30 p.m. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, the residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken, but the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. Admission: $15. 309-255-8570.

5-6, Manhattan Irish Fest in Downtown Manhattan. A “kick off” to your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Thousands over the years have enjoyed the parade, entertainment tent and family fun tent. The heated entertainment tent hosts a wide variety of Irish performers. 815-931-0410 or

5-7, Illinois Horse Fair in the Upstairs Ring Livestock Center at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Fri.: 3 – 9 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 217-585-1600.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

13, Cheeseburgers in Paradise at the Knights of Columbus Hall in
6 p.m. Proceeds go to senior programs in Logan and Mason counties. $25 includes entertainment and all you can eat cheeseburger buffet. 217-732-2159


5-14, Effingham Art Guild’s Children’s Art Show at the Rosebud Theatre in Effingham. 217-925-5161 or

6, The 12th Annual Galena Area Business Showcase at the Galena Convention Center in Galena. Local merchants and business people display products and information. Food, door prizes and drawings. 815-777-9050 or

6-7, The 2010 Spring Home Improvement Show at the County Fairgrounds in Kankakee. Browse local and regional vendors for siding, windows, heating, remodeling and more, come see what they can do to make your home better. Various vendors throughout the day will hold demonstrations and raffles. 815-482-4131, or

6, McLean County Annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. Enjoy classes and a keynote address by Diane Noland, Illinois Gardener moderator. Vendors available to share products and information. Lunch, morning snack, door prizes and handouts included in the $40 registration fee. 309-663-8306 or


19-20, Biennial Quilt Show of Springfield Area Quilters at the Orr Building of the Illinois State Fair Grounds in Springfield. Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hundreds of quilts and quilted items will be displayed. Admission is $5 at the door or $4 in advance from guild members and local quilt shops. 217-652-4292 or

13, Super Saturdays in A Place for Discovery: Curious Collections at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Do you like collecting dolls, cars, sports cards, or something else that is special to you? Many Museums were started to house the collections of people just like you. In conjunction with Junior Collector’s Day, Super Saturday will focus on how to begin, grow, and protect a collection. Learn about collections with games, crafts, and activities. 217-782-6044.

19-20, Children’s Overnight Camp-In at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. 7 p.m. – 8 a.m. Mammoths and sloths and short-faced bears! Oh My! Learn about Illinois’ giant ice age creatures, join in exciting experiments and activities, sleep under a tree in the museum, and more. A late night pizza snack and breakfast are included.  Ages: 8–11. Fee: Museum Society members – $28 per child or $25 per child for two or more children from the same family. Nonmembers – $38 per child or $35 each for two or more children from the same family. 217-782-5993.

26-28, Wine Lovers Weekend at Massbach Ridge Winery in Elizabeth. Fall in love with Massbachs’ award-winning wines. Tour the winery while sampling locally-grown wines paired with chocolates and local cheeses. 815-291-6700 or

27, Miss Annie’s Tea and Gossip Parlor at the Ryan Mansion in Galena. Victorian high tea, parlor games and the latest gossip. Victorian attire encouraged, but not required. Reservations a must. 815-777-0336 or


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