Previous Datebook Months: March 2012 • April 2012
1 Annual Iris Walk, Wayne City. 618-895-2012. Continues through May 31.
1 Blessing of the Bikes, Bald Knob Cross, Alto Pass. 618-893-2344.
4 Western United Cherokee Cultural Meeting, Vienna Public Library. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 618-922-3273.
4 Cedarhurst School of Performing Arts presents Tales of Shimmering Sky at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon. 618-242-1236 or www.cedarhurst.org
4-6 Long Grove Chocolate Fest, Long Grove. 847-634-0888 or longgroveonline.com
4 Carbondale Community Friday Night Fair, Carbondale Town Square Pavilion, Carbondale. Live music. Continues every Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 28. www.fairsandfestivals.net
4-5 Friends of the Mount Carroll Public Library Quilt Show, Mount Carroll Church of God, Mount Carroll. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 800-244-9594.
4-5 Dutch Days Festival, Fulton. www.cityoffulton.us
5 Evaluation of the Illinois Prairies 1815-1840, Dixon Historic Center, Dixon. 815-379-2279.
5 Elizabeth Spring Fling. Elizabeth. 815-858-2028.
5-6 6th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival. Twelve communities participate, from Joliet to Towanda. 309-728-2811.
7 First Saturday Walking Tours, Quincy. 217-224-6873. Continues through Nov. 1.
7-8 Makanda Spring Fest. Makanda Pavilion and Rainmaker’s Garden. Art plus Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues and other music. www.hiddenlakebb.com
8 An Evening with Joe Bonamassa. Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield. www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium for tickets.
9 Play that Hot Fiddle. Road scholar program about Southern Illinois Swing Fiddle player “Pappy” Wade Ray. Eastern Illinois University. Noon. 217-581-5114.
10-12 Annual Illini Safari hosted by Two River Jeep Club. For 4 x4 vehicles on rough terrain in Pike County. Rodeos, dinners and more. Pittsfield. 630-717-5337 or www.trjc.com
12 Cache River Nature Festival. Guided canoe tours through Buttonland Swamp. Cypress. 618-634-2231 or www.cacherivernaturefest.org
12 Wings of Spring Birding Festival. Alton. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 636-899-0090 or www.riverlands.audobon.org
12 Lewis & Clark “Departure Days” Bicycle Ride. Pedal the river route. Family event in Alton and Hartford. www.trailnet.org
12 7th Annual Mechanicsburg, Ill. Magic Car and Truck Show. Uptown Village Park. Exit 114 on I-72. Registration 9 a.m. to noon. Rain date, May 27. 217-364-4888.
12-13 Massiac Marines Living History. French and Indian War period living historians from the nation converge on Fort Massac State Park. Metropolis. 618-524-4712.
13 100 Years of Broadway, Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford. 3 p.m. 815-968-0595 or www.coronadopac.org
17-20 Heyworth HeyDays Festival. Heyworth. 309-473-2811 or www.heyworth-il.gov/heydays
18-20 Land of Lincoln PVA Bass Tournament at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Marina at Rend Lake, Whittington. 703-462-0504 or email@example.com
18-20 Belleville’s Art on the Square, Belleville. www.artonthesquare.com
19 17th Annual Galena Triathlon & Duathlon. Apple River. 815-777-3557 or www.galena.org/triathlon
19-20 Sisters & Friends 17th Annual Afrocentric Fine Art Show in Normal at Illinois State University Alumni Center. 309-663-4938 or www.sistersandfriendsartshow.com
24-28 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. Peoria. Four Points by Sheraton, 500 Hamilton Blvd. Competitions Friday, Saturday and Sunday. OldtimePianoContest.org
26 Heritage Festival. Elizabethtown. Duck races on Ohio, quilt demonstrations, music and more.
26 Strawberry Day. Downtown Villa Ridge. Breakfast, car show, flea market and more. 618-342-6498.
26 Memorial Day Service. Eleborate service with Civil War Re-enactors and more. Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City. 618-748-9041 or www.southernmostillinois.com
26 What’s This Tree? Heron Pond Trailhead, Belknap. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Interactive hike. 618-657-2064.
28 Quad Cities Criterium Professional Bike Races. Street sprints, in-line skate races, stunt performers and more. Rock Island. 309-788-6311 or www.ridistrict.com
28 Woodlawn Cemetery Memorial Day Service. First organized Memorial Day service in Illinois held here. Honors all veterans. Carbondale. 618-529-4451 or www.cctb.org
30 to June 3 Christopher Homecoming, Christopher. 618-724-7352.
31 “The Role of Steamboatin’ in the Union Victory,” Brian “Fox” Ellis, Illinois Humanities Council, The Windmill Cultural Center, Fulton. 6 p.m. 815-589-3160.
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