The Irish Comedy Tour @ Effingham Performance Center
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

. For one night, the EPC becomes an Irish pub, its party atmosphere defined by a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans who will have you “Dublin” over in laughter. They’re Irish, they’re American and they’re not holding back! Be sure to catch them from 7:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $35, $25 and $21. or 217-540-2788.

Poetry Out Loud-Illinois State Contest @ Hoogland Center for the Arts
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

High school students who won school and regional recitation contests vie for the state championship, thereby earning a spot at the national Poetry Out Loud competition. They will recite three poems.1-3:30 p.m. or 217-753-3519.

Family Fun-Maple Syrup Time @ Rock Springs Nature Center
Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Experience the process of making maple syrup. See how a tree is tapped and how the sap becomes syrup! 1:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required by 3/14. or 217-423-7708.

Midnight Fishing @ Rock Springs Nature Center
Mar 21 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Bring your equipment to Rock Springs’ Information Shelter for a unique chance to fish the Cattail Ponds at night. We recommend lit bobbers and worms for bait. Fishing licenses required for those who need them. Fee is $5/person. 10 p.m.-midnight. Register by 3/20. or 217-423-7708.

Spring Floral Show @ Washington Park Botanical Garden
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm

Easter lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Exhibit Hall and Conservatory for the annual display. Daily noon-4 p.m.

Quilt Spectrum 2014 @ Central Catholic High School
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm

A Quilter’s Legacy
presented by Hands All Around Quilt Guild

Featured artist: Cheryl Adam, a quilt designer. Two of her pieces are on display at the Transportation Center in Normal.

More than 200 quilts displayed. A bed turning featuring quilts of Juanita Engel, special exhibits, quilt vendors, quilter’s boutique and door prizes.

150th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot – Civil War Brought to Coles County @ various locations
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm

This 3-day event marks the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Illinois Riot. Activities include a Civil War encampment, house tours, riot reenactment, period music and vendors. See agenda at or 217-348-0430.

Red Hill Spring Craft & Market Show @ Lawrence County 4-H Center
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

On Highway 50 between Sumner and Bridgeport, the show includes wood crafts, stained glass, quilts, jewelry, bird houses, floral, decorated shirts, barnwood pictures, pottery, knitted and crocheted items, candles, gift items and garden crafts. Home cooked food available. Sponsored by the Red Hill FFA Alumni Association.

Spring Open House
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Shake off the winter blues and shop throughout Geneseo for spring items at great prices. No admission. or 309-944-2686.

Piecers of the Heartland Quilt Show @ Canton High School
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Show includes more than 250 quilts, mystery quilts, friendship quilts, wearable art and home décor on display. Vendors, concessions, door prizes and 2nd hand treasures included and a quilt raffle. Display and oral history of antique quilts at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Tea Ladies, Inc. present the Silver Charity Tea at 12:30 p.m. Free parking. Admission: $5. or 309-647-6496.