High School Art Show
Mar 22 @ 8:00 am – Apr 1 @ 4:30 pm

This show will feature a variety of art from area high school students. Awards will be given.

Quilt Spectrum 2015
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm

This year’s theme is “Boldly Going Where No Quilters Have Gone Before!” Sponsored by Hands All Around Quilt Guild, show will feature more than 200 quilts on display, a bed turning featuring modern quilt designs, quilters’ boutique, demonstrations and more. Rhonda Boyd will display her award-winning quilts. Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $6, Seniors 60+ $5, Children 4-12 $4. For info contact Ruth Novosad 309-830-1937.

State Checkers Tournament
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

The 110th Annual Illinois State Checker Tournament pits players against each other at the center court of the Illinois Star Centre Mall. The American Checker Federation requires a membership for all participants at the ACF sanctioned tournaments. There will be four rounds played on Saturday and three rounds on Sunday. This is a 3-move restriction with pairing by a modified Swiss system.

Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Mar 28 all-day

This two-hour guided shuttle tour stops at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to freedom. For more info or to make advance registrations, contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-258-6645

Red Hill Spring Craft and Market Show
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wood crafts, stained glass, quilts, bird houses, jewelry, pottery and much more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free parking and admission. Kitchen open until 2 p.m. For more info contact Rita Palmer, 618-843-7138.

Movie Night
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Movies about nature provide viewers of all ages with an opportunity to learn about the outside world. This month’s showing will be “Leave It To Beavers” from 6-8p.m. There will be a short discussion by AmeriCorps members following the showing. 618-634-2231.

Easter Sunrise Service
Apr 5 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am

Annual Easter Service held at the 111-foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments. Contact 618-893-2344 or

Galena to Commemorate Sesquicentennial of Surrender at Appomattox
Apr 9 all-day

Beginning April 9, the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum have events planned throughout the month to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Gen. U. S. Grant, marking the end of the Civil War. Activities include theatrical performances, walking tours and exhibits, a Civil War fashion show, concerts and more. Go to the website for full details.

Antique Tractor Show
Apr 11 all-day

Tractors from several surrounding states line Main Street. Enjoy tractor driving contests, trophies, food, and much more. For more information call 618-683-5637 or visit

Gem and Mineral Show
Apr 11 – Apr 12 all-day

Join in the Annual Gem and Mineral Show at The Pavilion of the City of Marion; showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more. For more information call 618-993-2657