Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm
Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry @ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem | Springfield | Illinois | United States

Our newest exhibit, Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry, offers fans an interactive look at the historic baseball rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. The museum’s 300,000 annual visitors are a virtual “house divided” when it comes to choosing their favorite baseball team. This exhibit will allow visitors to learn more about each team’s history; showcase original relics from the players, managers, broadcasters, and owners who built each franchise; and encourage visitors to cast a vote for their favorite team. This exhibit is open from March 24 – December 31.

Desoto Community Farmers Market
Jun 27 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 24 @ 4:30 pm

Local foods open air micro-market every Tuesday May-October 4:30-7pm

Wade Benson Landry’s Swingin’ Cajun Style Show
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wade Benson Landry and wife Teresa bring their Branson, MO show to Sparta. Hear the award-winning fiddler play Cajun, traditional country, western swing and gospel music, along with some Cajun comedy. You must order tickets in advance.

39th Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Midwest crafters displaing homemade seasonal and holiday decorations, wreaths, candles, wooden items, jewelry, doll clothes, ceramics, sweatshirts, mums, apples, pumpkins, gourds, kettle corn. Lunch served homemade BBQ sandwiches, piie, fancy desserts etc.

Owl Fest
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm
Owl Fest @ Owl Fest | Dow | Illinois | United States

Owl Fest is our annual open house event on October 21-22, 2017, from 12 – 5 pm. This is the only event where our hospital and flight enclosure is open to the public. Our education animals will be available to meet and greet. Handicap parking and shuttle service will be available.

Get a behind the scenes look at our facilities all while enjoying educational speakers, local environmental organizations, crafts, food, live music, vendors, kid friendly activities, and our famous teddy bear clinic. Local organizations and businesses have donated great raffle prizes.

Admission is free! We invite you to come to the center for a day of fun and to help support wildlife rehabilitation. All ages are welcome, as there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

17th annual Around the Corner Art Walk Nov. 3 & 4
Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm
17th annual Around the Corner Art Walk Nov. 3 & 4 @ Historic Downtown Bloomington, IL | Bloomington | Illinois | United States

Come join the Around the Corner Artist Group as they host their 17th annual Around the Corner Art Walk on Friday, November 3 from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Historic Downtown Bloomington, Illinois. The studios-galleries are located within three buildings at 411 N Center Street, 101 West Monroe Street, and 313 N. Main #A. The diverse group of six artists includes Angel Ambrose, Janean Baird, Darin Dawdy, Herb Eaton, Joann Goetzinger and Jeff Little. All six of these artists will be showing original art on Friday and Saturday during our 17th annual Art Walk. Each artist has their own individual medium, everything from painting to sculpture. Everyone is bound to find enjoyment and pleasure in what this group of artists has to offer. The art walk offers visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with each of the artists, get a glimpse of the studios where they work, and to view and purchase artwork. This year the Around the Corner Art Group celebrates 17 YEARS as a downtown artist group.
The ACAG will be participating in the Downtown Bloomington Artist-Illinois November First Friday Autumn Art walk which includes over 100 local artists at 15+ studios and galleries in downtown Bloomington.

Autumn Inspirations – A Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm
Autumn Inspirations - A Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wine & Food Pairing Weekend @ Shawnee Hills Wine Trail | Pomona | Illinois | United States

All 11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create three wonderful weekends of savory wine and food pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples.

Celebrate the bountiful fall harvest with seasonally inspired dishes during a progressive tasting along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Our member wineries have created savory autumn inspired dishes and paired them with their award-winning wines to enhance the flavors of both the wine and the food. This is a fun way to showcase how wine plays the perfect supporting role to our everyday meals.

How it Works: Pre-purchase your ticket online and select your starting point. The first winery that you visit will give you a souvenir wine glass and your tasting ticket. Bring your ticket to each location along the trail to enjoy your pairings. Leave your completed/stamped tasting ticket at the last winery visited to be entered for a chance to win a great prize from one of our associate members.

Event Hours: Saturday, November 4, 2017 (11:00am-5:00pm) and Sunday, November 5, 2017 (12:30pm-5:00pm) Event Ticket Covers Both Days

Prizes Include: A wine trail tour from Shawnee Shuttle

Ticket Information: $35.00 per person through October 29, 2017.

Designated Driver Prices: $35.00 per person

Ticket Includes: One sample of wine and a sample dish that is chosen to pair perfectly with the selected wine at each of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries, one souvenir Shawnee Hills Wine Trail logo wine glass and entry into a drawing for fabulous prizes along the trail.

Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm
Gym Bob's Jamboree Show @ Gym Bob's Jamboree Show - Special Guest Janet Durham of Hopedale | Louisville | Illinois | United States

Gym Bob’s in Bible Grove will be hosting the “Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show”. Doors open at Noon and the show begins at 1PM. This Branson style music show features Classic Country as well as 50’s and 60’s/Oldies for the whole family to enjoy. This monthly show is performed on the first Sunday of every month and performed by Mike Porter, Marsha Banning and the Panther Creek Band. Each show also features a special guest –comprised of some of the finest talent in Illinois! Gym Bobs is located at 44 Apostle Rd in Bible Grove — Reservations are accepted but not required and can be made by calling 618-665-3956. More information regarding upcoming shows can be found online at or

Rockford Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – Nov 12 @ 10:00 am
Rockford Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular @ Indoor Sports Center/Expo | Loves Park | Illinois | United States

Over 125 talented crafters and artists will fill 25,000 square feet indoors with a wide variety of handcrafted items. Featured will be home, holiday and yard décor, floral arrangements, crochet items, bath and body products, jewelry, pet supplies, woodcrafts, clothing and accessories, doll clothes, metalwork, baby items, and so much more! Plus you can register to win hourly prizes donated from a variety of our exhibitors. Come join the holiday excitement and bring a group of friends to make a day of it. This is the show you won’t want to miss!

ADMISSION: Adults (12 & older): $4.00
Discount coupon available at
Children (under 12): FREE
Parking: FREE and handicap accessible


PHONE/FAX: (815) 997-1744/(815) 364-2400


Saturday, November 11th, 2017 from 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 12th, 2017 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Seafood Dinner
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm
Seafood Dinner @ Hedman Vineyards | Alto Pass | Illinois | United States

Unforgettable! Experience the extraordinary Harvest Dinners at the Peachbarn Cafe` featuring locally sourced ingredients paired with Hedman Vineyard’s estate grown wines.

Seafood Dinner – Sunday, November 12th
Dinner Begins at 7:00pm


Fish Soup / Byfjordens
Wine: Villard Blanc

Paella Risotto
Wine: Chardonel

Salmon with Tarragon Tartar Sauce
Wine: Villard Blanc

Lemon Mousse
Wine: Vidal Blanc & Coffee

Price: $55.50 + tax and gratuity
Reservations Required
Vegetarian Alternative with Advanced Notice

Call 618-893-4923 for Reservations