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January 2009

2-31, Wired: Rural Electrification of Northwest Illinois Exhibit at the Galena History Museum in Galena. Discover how Jo Daviess County farmsteads acquired electricity in the early 1940s and the dramatic changes it brought about. 815-777-9129 or

6-18, Grease at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago. Join teen idol Frankie Avalon as he takes you and your family back to the 50s in one of the most beloved American musicals of all time. 312-922-2110 or

8-11, All-Canada Show 2009 in St. Charles. Canadian lodges and outfitters. Enjoy hands on activities, plus a hunting and fishing simulator. Concessions will be serving shore lunch and Labatt Blue. 800-325-6290 or

9, Twilight Snowshoe Hike along the Galena River Trail to Beuhler Wilderness Preserve in Galena. Snowshoes and headlamps provided. Reservations required. 815-776-9425 or

10-11, Jimmy Buffet Weekend at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena. Island-themed party with Caribbean food and tropical drink specials. Prize giveaways, including a pair of skis and binding. Live entertainment from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. by Pirates Over 40, a Jimmy Buffet cover band. 800-397-1320 or

17-2/28, 2009 Bald Eagle Bus Tours in Galena. Guided 4-hour tours of bald eagle wintering communities. Learn and view the bald eagle’s habits life history, preservation efforts and threats to its future. Reservations required. Bus departs from Stoney Creek Inn. 815-594-2306 or

18, Bridal Expo in Joliet. 11 a.m. The area’s largest exposition on wedding products and services. This spectacular daylong event features exciting exhibits on display throughout the theatre and fashion show on stage. Door prizes, free samples, show specials and much more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. 815-726-6600 or

24, Leopards and Tigers and Bears, Oh My at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 4 p.m. Visitors can watch as the zookeepers feed the Sumatran Tiger, Amur Leopard and Sun Bears. This will take place indoors and is free with zoo admission.

28, Bluegrass Jam Session at Lincoln Log Cabin in Lerna. The last home of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s parents. Sargent Farm, an 1840s living history farm and program; new visitor center with exhibits and film; picnic areas. 217-345-1845 or

31–2/2, Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show at the Williamson County Pavilion in Marion. This show offers vendors, demonstrations and presentations, as well as live music and children’s activities. Food and drawings also included. Free. 618-997-3690 or



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