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May 2009

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3, Tres de Mayo Celebration at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 1–3 p.m. Come celebrate Tres (Cinco) de Mayo with free chips and salsa from Qdoba, piñata games, and up close Mexican animal encounters! This event is free with a regular zoo admission.

1, Illinois State Button Society Annual Show at the Ramada Hotel and Spa in Galena. Thousands of beautiful antique and modern clothing buttons from the 17th Century to modern times on display and for sale. A unique experience. 309-683-2661.

2, Ride the Ups and Downs starting at the Jo Daviess/Carroll Area Vocational Center in Elizabeth. A one-day bicycle ride on the scenic and hilly back roads of Jo Daviess County. Four routes available ranging from 22-60 miles with color-coded maps, sag service and snacks on the route. $20 ($15 early bird). 815-275-0041 or

2-3, Galena’s Got Talent at the DeSoto House Hotel in Galena. Galena’s version of everyone’s favorite reality talent shows. Help choose the most popular entertainers. Featuring singers, dancers, and a host of other entertainers, plus a few surprises. 815-777-0177, 815-777-3638 or

2, The Third Annual Airport Daze at the Logan County Airport in Lincoln. Expect interesting displays, cool aircraft, historic aviation displays and a close up look at aviation of Logan County today. 217-732-8687.

2-3, Kites Over Lake Storey at Lake Storey Park in Galesburg. A family oriented event that will feature kite flying for kids, a candy drop, single-line and show kites with many of America’s top flyers. 309-343-2485, or

2-3, Art in the Park in Elmhurst. A wonderful weekend to find unique, artist-created handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, photography, sculpture, furniture, glass and fiber works, as well as paintings. There will be artists exhibiting works for sale all weekend-long. Enjoy live entertainment on stage and an assortment of food for sale by select vendors. Elmhurst Museum Admission is free all weekend. 630-834-0202 or

2-3, Red Carpet Corridor Festival in Odell. Come and celebrate Route 66 from Joliet to Towanda! Entertainment, food vendors, antiques, crafts, flea market vendors, historic sites, garage sales, car shows, good country cooking and more! 815-844-5847,

3, Raven Moon Band at Espenschied Chapel in Mascoutah. Winner of Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2007, Raven Moon will present exceptional acoustic music with an American pulse. They have been delighting their audiences with everything from Blues, Celtic, Cajun, Country, Jazz and Rock and Roll for more than a decade. 1-618-566-2780 or

3, Spoon River China Art Guild’s Annual China Show at the Donaldson Center in Canton. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hand painted China displays, door prizes, China painting demonstrations and refreshments. Free. Donations accepted and appreciated. 309-647-3390 or 309-329-9946.

8, Park-N-Cruise on the downtown Square in Macomb. 6–9 p.m. Bring your friends and family to Macomb for an evening of vintage and collector cars, entertainment from Oldies 106.7 FM, shopping and great restaurants. 309-837-4855 or

8-9 &14-16, The Sunshine Boys in Freeport. Al Lewis and Willie Clark played vaudeville as a team for 43 years, but mutual dislike has kept them far apart the last 11 years. Now CBS wants them to appear in the History of Comedy and their reunion sparks delirious comedy. 815-232-7023, or

8-17, Little Shop of Horrors at the Alton Little Theater in Alton. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, Little Shop of Horrors never fails to entertain. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for students. 618-462-6562.

9, Women In The Outdoors™ Event at the McCully Heritage Project in Kampsville. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Activities will include archery, shot gunning, mushrooming, butterflies, local archeology and prehistoric tools, heirloom gardening, outdoor cooking, and more. Sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. or 217-285-4114.

9, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, I’ve Got Friends In Buried Places at Collver Family Winery in Barry. 217-335-3279.

9, Miss Annie’s Tea and Gossip Parlor at the historic Ryan Mansion in Galena. Join us for a Victorian high tea and learn the latest gossip. Shhhh, Miss Annie still thinks it 1860. Victorian attire encouraged, but not required. Reservations a must. $25. 815-777-0336 or

9, Spring Wildflower Walk through Schurmeier Forest in Elizabeth. Enjoy and learn about beautiful native woodland wildflowers on a guided hike through the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s teaching forest. Free. 815-858-9100 or

16, Spring Music on Main in downtown Galena at the Green Street Plaza from 5 – 10 p.m. Dance under the stars to live music. Special activities for children. Family fun for all. Food and beverage available. 815-777-9050 or

16, The Evening Thyme Garden Club’s 11th Annual Garden Fair at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Marshall. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. A large variety of plants, hand crafted garden items, deck, pool and pond accessories will be available. Vendor items will be raffled and demonstrations will be given. Admission is free. 217-889-2280.

16, Music on the Green on the Special Event Field at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. 6 p.m. Enjoy the stars, fresh air and live music. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No carry-ins. Food and beverage concessions available. Rain or shine. Free. 800-892-2269 or

23, The 6th Annual Wine in Bloom Open House at the Massbach Ridge Winery in Elizabeth. Celebrate spring in the vineyard with live entertainment, tours of the winery and vineyard and wine tastings. 815-291-6700 or

23-24, The 11th Annual Fine Art Show in St. Charles. A forum for the display and sale of the finest quality original art. The Show features artists from across the country. 630-513-5386 or

30, Strawberry Festival at Collver Family Winery in Barry. 217-335-3279.

30-31, Pontiac Kite Festival in Pontiac. This free event includes entertainment for the entire family! Bring your own kite or buy a kite onsite from Chicago Kite. Grab a chair and get ready to be entertained as members of IKE demonstrate their kite flying skills. 815-844-5847, or



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