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Datebook

January 1970 – January 2014

Jul
29
Tue
Andover Christmas Walk
Jan 1 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm

Andover Lake Park. Stroll on walkways marked by luminaries or ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Join a soup supper, visit Santa and take part in a Christmas tree silent auction. Refreshments and kids crafts at the American Legion Building from 5-7 p.m. Visit candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel and hear live Christmas music from 6-8 p.m. 309-476-8228.

Dec
7
Sat
Belvidere Holiday Walk @ Boone County Conservation District
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Dec
8
Sun
Effingham Garden Club Christmas Walk
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Effingham Garden Club is sponsoring its annual Christmas Walk with the opportunity to visit five sites all decked out for the holidays. This year the walk includes the homes of Jim and Brenda Rogers, Andrew and Inge Soviak, Steve Rubin, America’s Select Homes and the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association.Pre-sale tickets are $8 and are available at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Burkland’s Florist and Gifts, Party Worx, Burkland’s Jefferson St. Flowers and Gifts and at Millennium Accessories. Tickets at the door are $10.

Jan
3
Fri
Let’s Go Fishing Show @ Gateway Center
Jan 3 @ 11:00 am – Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm

This show is dedicated solely to anglers. Visitors not only find a “fishing tackle super-store” but attend seminars and see a wide variety of fishing tackle, rods and reels and aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats. Scott Martin, Pro Bass Fisherman and star of the “Scott Martin Challenge” on NBC Sports will be there.

Jan
4
Sat
Guided Winter Hikes @ Starved Rock Lodge
Jan 4 @ 11:00 am – Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm

Every Saturday and Sunday from December through March, hikes depart at 11 a.m. and return about 2 p.m. Join a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls and eagles in flight. The hike will go from the lodge to LaSalle Canyon. After leaving there, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic eagles. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper shoes or boots. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. To reserve tickets call 815-220-7386.

Jan
5
Sun
Alton Audubon Eagle Festival @ Audubon Center at Riverlands
Jan 5 all-day

Join us for the kick-off of the eagle watching season. Activities include live eagle meet and greet, preview of events at the Eagle Watching Hot Spots, kid’s activities, crafts and eagle watching – how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles here each winter. Then head across the river to Downtown Alton for ice sculpting on the streets.

Jan
8
Wed
Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference @ Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
Jan 8 – Jan 10 all-day

Featuring nearly 100 speakers and 60 trade show exhibitors, the conference has a variety of preconference workshops along with general sessions and breakout sessions aimed at helping Illinois specialty growers cultivate their operations. www.specialtygrowers.org or 309-557-2107.

Jan
11
Sat
Midwest Speed Expo @ Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – Jan 12 @ 3:00 pm

What better way to spend a wintery Saturday or Sunday just before the start of the new season. The expo is your opportunity to look over and purchase both new and used parts for your racing program as well as talk to representatives from area tracks to catch up on rule changes. On Sunday the “Driver of the Year” will be named. Make this a family event and bring the kids out for a day of action packed fun!

Jan
19
Sun
The 23rd Quad Cities Farm Show @ QCCA Expo Center
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm

More than 200 ag companies will fill the expo center with an emphasis on the upcoming planting season.

Jan
24
Fri
Great River Eagle Days @ Oakley Lindsay Center
Jan 24 @ 4:15 pm

The public is invited to free activities at the civic center, Black Fox Singers, Native American dancers, vendors, food, live raptors and an eagle watch.