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Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Sunday evening June 12- August 7 all starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Rasmus Memorial Fun Fly
Freeport RC Modelers sponsor this spring fun fly. Pilots from around the area will fly a variety of aircraft including gas, glow and electric-powered. It’s a picnic atmosphere, free and open to the public. A grill is available. Rain date is May 15
Alton Muny Band: Riverview Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Thursday evening June 9 - August 11 all starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Dotty Event Center
The Dotty Event Center with catering by the Annex is Located in the center of downtown Herrin between Baldwin Piano and Organ Center and the Annex Coffee & Deli, Dotty Event Center is the perfect spot for your next reception, meeting or party! Call for information or availability! Amy Scutt at the Annex 618-942-3354 (DELI), or Tara Howell, Events Center coordinator at 618-727-4025. Thanks!!
A Vintage Baseball Weekend ~ Bishop Hill
Celebrating vintage baseball and Bishop Hill’s baseball roots. Join us for a weekend of 19th century baseball. Three 1850’s baseball teams, the Oregon Ganymedes, the Springfield Long Nine, and the Somonauk Blue Stockings will play old fashion baseball the entire day. Bill Owens, author of The Scorecard, will present a program highlighting how Bishop Hill has ties to the first professional baseball team. The weekend will provide a reason to take the family out to the ball game and more! A special baseball exhibit will be on display the entire weekend at the Steeple Building featuring local Forrest Cady items. Sunday the Henry County Historical Museum will feature a special display and program about the history of baseball.
9th Annual Pee-Wee Classic Tournament
Up to 16 teams of 8 year old and younger boys from throughout the Midwest play in this annual tournament and the coaches pitch.
Pooch Parade & Pet Fair
Join us on Saturday, May 21st for Uptown Normal’s Pooch Parade & Pet Fair. Uptown opens its doors to its furry friends and their owners for a Pet Fair featuring pet oriented non profits, businesses and advocacy groups. Dress your pooch up in her most creative costume and participate in the parade! There are lots of great prizes to be won for the best costumes, courtesy of Uptown Normal businesses. The Pet Fair hours: 12pm-3pm, Parade: 1pm. Registration in the parade and pet fair are both free, but donations are encouraged. Registration will be available the day of the event, or in advance via Eventbrite. Proceeds will benefit animal rescue in McLean County. Most Creative Costume – $50 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Cutest Pet Ever – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice Best Combo Costume (Pet & Human) – $25 gift card to an Uptown business of your choice
Heartland Community College
The Heartland Community College campus is a community resource that may be scheduled as available for activities consistent with the mission and policies of the College and Board of trustees. the campus includes several conference rooms, classrooms, computer labs and an auditorium that can hold 430 people. All of these spaces can be reserved through the special events department.
Jane Addams Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birthday of Jane Addams who was born and raised in Cedarville. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk on the Jane Addams Trail and then enjoy lunch at the Cedarville Historical Museum. $17.
Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960
This exhibition, curated by Channey Lyons with assistance from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, explores a period in Illinois art history through artworks that are often overlooked. These works, created by women artists during the 1940s and 1950s are highly personal, subjective, and occasionally visionary or politically charged in ways that both resonate with the familiar currents of Chicago modernism and offer new dimensions to that story. Making Their Mark features sixty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by forty artists.
Carl's Ice Cream Factory
Come visit Carl's for the best ice cream in Bloomington-Normal. Awesome burgers, sandwiches, cheese fries and more.
Hilldale Dairy is home of the “pretzel dawg”, plus deli sandwiches like Jive Turkey, Boss Hog, Spicy Steer, or Grass Grazer just to name a few. They have homemade soup, pretzels and pretzel crust cheesecakes and so much more. Carry outs and delivery service available. Lunch and Dinner: Under $5 Credit Cards Accepted.
Grafton Music in the park
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a free concert at The Grove Memorial Park in Grafton. There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. For more information, call (618) 535-9922 or check the website for the 2016 concert lineup.
Harman Family Bluegrass Concert
Enjoy the toe tapping, hand clapping sounds of the Harman Family Bluegrass Band in a live concert at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. The Harman's music style ranges from traditional to contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel and other various types of music. The concert will help kick off the first season of events at the Tower's newly constructed outdoor amphitheater. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling 618-291-9101. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Rockin' with Robert Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of music at the Robert Wadlow statue. Stop by the statue for a summer of monthly concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. 2016 concerts will be held on June 21, July 19 and August 16 starting at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Upper Alton Association at 618-465-6303 or 618-466-0100.
STORYTelling: Hmong American Voices Exhibit
This collaborative exhibit explores what it means to be Hmong American. How has Hmong life changed since refugees first entered the U.S. in the 1970s? What does it mean to be Hmong American today? Through objects, audio recordings and personal stories of Hmong Americans, this exhibit immerses visitors in the material culture and social issues of Hmong American communities. The exhibition is now open and will run through December 2016. A special opening reception featuring refreshments and live music will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the museum, located in Cole Hall on the NIU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Aunt Sha's Cottage Furniture
Aunt Sha's Cottage Furniture carries used and refurbished furniture at affordable prices. If you are looking for something for your first apartment or a piece to add to your cottage style, Aunt Sha's is the place for you. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2016 Harvest of Quilts and Textile Art Show
The DeKalb County Quilter's Guild invites you to our biennial quilt show, October 1-2, 2016. Enjoy this year's expanding our offerings to other textile and fiber arts, such as weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, wearable art and more. The featured artist will be Lorraine Torrence, who makes wearable art and quilts, and will be presenting three lectures, "Design Principles for Quilters," "Finding Your Voice," and "Creative Clothing for Everybody." In addition to 300+ quilts on display, there will be exhibits in other disciplines and special exhibits including the Hoffman Challenge and a trunk show by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.) There will be demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and a vendors mall with new and longtime favorites. Food will also be available to purchase.
Historic Normal Theater
Located in Uptown Normal, the Normal Theater originally opened in 1937 and was the first movie theater in Bloomington-Normal built specifically for sound films. An Art Deco showplace built with streamline design, the Normal Theater has been completely restored to its original condition. It now operates as a film center, showing classic films on the big screen as well as independent and world cinema titles. In addition, the theater is used for a wide variety of non-film events and is available for rentals where assembly seating is required.
Carmike Ovation 10 Cinema
The Ovation concept is an innovative full-service cinematic dining experience that brings the convenience of dinner and a movie to every oversized luxury seat. The Ovations feature an extensive menu with over 100 premium food and beverage selections providing valued guests to enjoy the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like never before. Ovation also includes amenities such as a cocktail lounge with a full service bar and food service available for guests to enjoy the comfort of community-style dining.
Offers furniture that has been artistically redesigned and repurposed as well as creating custom pieces to fit customer needs. Open Thursday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
4204 Main Street Brewing Company
This restaurant is known for the many varieties of beers that complement the food. Brews include Blonde Ale, Chocolate Stout, Saison ( a farmhouse ale brewed in the Belgian style), several different IPA's. Hefeweizen and more. Menu includes certified angus beef steaks, pastas, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Open Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3rd Chute Bar & Grill
This riverfront bar and grill offers a varied menu of freshly prepared food and drinks. Windows and deck seating overlooks the Illinois River.
Hops House- Argosy Casino Alton
Hops House offers a view in every seat along with over 60 beer selections and features local labels from 4204 Main Street Brewery, Old Bakery Beer, Schlafly, Founders, 4 Hands and an exclusive "Argosy Ale." Enjoy a variety of snacks, sandwiches and appetizers while watching all major sporting events on HD TVS. Must be 21.