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January 2010

Pottery Demonstration in Galena

12-31, Pottery Demonstration in Galena. Watch clay being formed into artistic and functional pieces. Potter Charles Fach answers questions about the process. 815-777-0354 or

1-2, ECA Hunting and Trade Show in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. 217-782-1698.

8-9, Singles in Agriculture Tri-State New Years at Turner Hall in Galena. Dance, tour museums, take trolley rides and more. 815-626-4483 or 815-284-6732.

9-10, Jimmy Buffet Weekend at Chestnut Mountain in Galena. An island-themed party with Caribbean food and tropical drink specials. Prize giveaways will include a pair of skis and bindings. Saturday: Live entertainment from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. by Pirates Over 40, a Jimmy Buffet cover band. 800-397-1320 or

10, Volo Bog’s 18th Annual WinterFest in Ingleside. Enjoy live music, photo contest awards, guided bog hikes and more. 815-344-1294 or

14, Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles at Genesee Theater in Waukegan. Experience what Beatlemania was all about! From Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road! RAIN covers the Fab Four from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-dimensional experience with historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s. 847-782-2366 or

15-29, Come Cook With Me in Galena. A one evening hands-on cooking class that explores the cuisines of the world. Classes include learning, hands-on cooking, a meal and recipes. Theme and menu can be viewed on the Web site. Thursday or Friday evening. 815-777-1556 or

16, Bald Eagle Bus Tours in Galena. A guided four-hour tour of bald eagle wintering communities. Learn about the bald eagle’s habits and life history, plus preservation efforts and threats to its future. Reservations required. Bus departs from Stoney Creek Inn in Galena at 8 a.m. 815-594-2306 or

23, Twilight Snowshoe Hike along the Galena River Trail to Beuhler Wilderness Preserve in Galena. Snowshoes and headlamps provided. Reservations required. 815-776-9425 or

23, Winterfest in Waukegan. This free winterfest will feature draft horse wagon rides, a petting zoo, ice croquet, kids snow sculpture area, and a super pizza cook off. There will also be sled dog team, cross country skiing, games and activities. 847-360-4700 or

23-24, Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica. Enjoy free lectures and exhibits on “Birds of Prey” at the Lodge. Eagle viewing from the Veranda, so bring your binoculars! Raptor awareness presentations at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. by the World Bird Sanctuary, features birds of prey including a bald eagle. Seating is limited. 800-868-7625 or www.starvedrocklodge.

30-31, Antioch’s Winter Arts and Crafts Faire 2010 in Antioch. This is a great time to “beat the winter blues” and get a head start on spring. The two-day arts and craft faire features handcrafted media from the Midwest. 847-395-2233 or


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