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April 2009


4, 11, 18, 25, Alpaca Packin’ at Adventure Creek Alpaca Farm near Galena. Alpaca skirting demonstrations, children’s petting zoo, training demonstrations and more. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 815-777-4200 or

1, Southwest Treasures at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy jewelry, crafts and other handmade items from Southwest. Free. 918-633-1032.

2-5, Willy Wonka Jr. at the Theater on the Square in Sullivan. Enjoy a world of “Pure Imagination!” Charlie Bucket’s family is poor, however they make it through with the motto “Think Positive!” Phone: 217-728-7375 or

3-4, The Ninth Annual Brocton Red Barn Market at the Red Barn in Brocton. Friday: 12 – 6 p.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. More than 54 booths, inside and out, full of handcrafted items, quality antiques and primitives. Pioneer demonstrations on Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults; children 12 and younger free when accompanied by an adult. 217-385-2450 or

4, Taylor and Harrison Ware at the McLean County Country Opry in Bellflower. 7 p.m. Taylor Ware made her Opry debut on the McLean County Country Opry stage when she was just 5 years old. Now she’s 14 and has gone on to win yodeling contests all over the country, winning third place on NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” She has also been featured on Oprah. Harrison, her 9-year-old brother, will be joining her to prove that big sister isn’t the only yodeler in the family. 217-649-0966.

11, The 22nd Annual Class Pack Auto-Cycle Swap Meet, Cruise-In and Car Show in Altamont. Registration: 7 – 11 a.m. Awards: 12:30 p.m. Swap Meet: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. 217-234-6372 or

11, Wine and Cheese Festival at Collver Family Winery in Barry. 217-335-3279.

17-19, President Grant’s Grand Birthday Celebration in Galena. Celebrate with a variety of events commemorating Grant’s Birthday, including living history encampment/skirmishes, speakers, a Grand Birthday Ball, a pie auction and more. 815-777-9129 or

18, The 21st Stitches in Time Quilt and Needlework Show at the Quincy Senior High School in Quincy. 217-926-2301 or

Quilt Show

22-25, Heritage Quilt Show 2009 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beloit, Wis. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 4 p.m. The show will feature antique quilts from the Beloit Historical Society and quilts and quilted items loaned by members and friends of the parish. A salad luncheon will be available for $5. Several quilt Raffles and a door prize will include a pair of tickets to Quilt Expo 2009 in Madison, Wis. Admission is $5 for adults, children younger than 10 years old are free when accompanied by a paying adult. or 608-362-4312.

18, The Ninth Annual Civil War Ball at the Baker Community Center in St. Charles. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy a buffet style dinner from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Period music and dance instruction will be provided for the evening entertainment. Period attire welcomed but not required. $20 per person, or $30 per couple, children 12 & under $1.00. An additional $5 per person charge will apply if tickets purchased at the door. 224-856-9049 or

19, Halloween in April, Zoo Style at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 1 – 3 p.m. Come dressed up in a Halloween costume and take part in a costume parade (with candy). There will also be games, face painting by
the Zoo Crew and creepy animal encounters. This event will take place indoors if weather is inclement and is free with admission. or 309-434-2250.

21, Earth Day Fest 2009 at Turner Hall in Galena. Displays and information on the natural environment. Free canvas bags and trees to take home and plant, live music and food available. Free admission. 815-275-4881.

25, The Sixth Annual Spring for Tea at the Lincoln Christian Church in Lincoln. 11:30 a.m. A ladies high tea, chamber music, program and beautiful table settings will be featured in this elegant event. Limited seating. Call for tickets. 217-732-7618.





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