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.
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
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.
Join Master Naturalist Anne Parmley on a birding walk at Cache River State Natural Area, Michael Wolff Memorial Wetland. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at Marshall Ridge Access, located ¾ of a mile north of the Cache River State Natural Area headquarters, 930 Sunflower Lane, Belknap, IL 9-11a.m., contact 618-657-2064 for more information.