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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today

Visioning session

Galesburg Advantage, Community Visioning Assembly session: Driving Innovation: Business Growth and Development, 6 p.m., Donald Crist Student Center, Carl Sandburg College, Building "B", 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Residents encouraged to participate through idea sharing, open dialogue and panel dis-cussions. Reservations, Jenni Moser, 345-3628, or jmoser@ci. galesburg.il.us.

Swing band

Rootabaga Jammers Swing Band, 7-9 p.m., Moose Lodge, 161 N. Cherry St. Public welcome.

Big Read event

Susan Van Kirk lecture on Mark Twain: "Some Thoughts About That Bad Boy Tom Sawyer," 7 p.m., Warren County Public Library, 62 Public Square, Monmouth. (309) 734-3166.

Author presentation

Presentation by Thomas Wolf, co-author of "Midnight Assassin," 9:30 a.m., Crist Student Center, Carl Sandburg College. Reception and reading, 6 p.m., CSC Theatre, Building F, main campus.

Jazz Showcase

Galesburg High School Jazz Band's annual Jazz Showcase featuring GHS alumni John Tate on bass as guest artist, 7 p.m., Lake Storey Pavilion. Tickets: $5.

Friday (March 27)

Concert

Knox College Choir Home Tour Concert, 7:30 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Arts, Knox College. Free. 341-7337.

Fish fry

Monmouth Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, every Friday through April 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 200 S. Sunnlane, Monmouth. $9 adults, $6 children. Carry-outs.

Chicken and fish fry

Chicken and Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Moose Lodge, 161 N. Cherry St.

Swim

City of Galesburg Recreation Division's March Madness, 1- 6:30 p.m., Hawthorne Municipal Pool. $2 per person. 345-3683.

Club celebrates

The Exchange Club of Galesburg celebrates 85 years of service, patriotism, child abuse prevention, at 12:07 p.m., The Kensington, 311 E. Simmons St. Dennis Koch, Lincolnland president, featured speaker. 289-6946. Past members or those interested in joining invited.

Friday-Saturday (March 27-28)

Heartseekers

Heartseekers Retreat, Lake Storey Pavilion Conference Center. Speaker Karla Dornacher on "Redeeming the Time;" worship leader Teresa Muller. Sessions: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 1- 3:30 p.m. Weekend cost, $40 (includes dessert Friday); Friday only, $20 (includes dessert); Saturday only, $25 (optional box lunch $6). Register at Brighter Life Bookshoppe, 1055 N. Henderson St., Galesburg; 344-3987.

Saturday (March 28)

Concert

Knox-Galesburg Symphony featuring Faye Seeman, harp; Eric Ginsberg, clarinet; Carol Neulieb, flute, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Tickets: $8 to $18; children, students half price. 342-2299.

Music mornings

Knox-Galesburg Symphony's "Music Mornings" program, "Fay Seeman, harp," 10 a.m., Galesburg Public Library community room. Free concert preview for ages preschool through 5th grade. 343-6118.

Dance

Soldiers Angels to Salute the Troops Past and Present dance, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Monmouth VFW Hall, 830 North G St., Monmouth. Music by Eternity Road and Pay Up Band, $5. 50/50 drawing, hourly door prizes. Proceeds help provide assistance to local soldiers. Information, Elaine, (309) 734-7273.

Abingdon Idol

2009 Abingdon Idol, Abingdon High/Middle School Auditorium. Rehearsal, 1 p.m.; contest, 7 p.m. $2 adults; $1 children. Four contest age groups including adults. Registration required by March 27, Don Smith, 337-6768, or Bonnie Froelich, 462-2905.

Rummage sale

Madness in March Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Central Congregational Church on the Square. Clothing, household items, collectibles, books, furniture, bake sale, lunch.

Pancakes

Men of the Knoxville United Methodist Church's All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Day, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at church, 303 S. Broad St., Knoxville. Pancakes, sausage, juice and/or coffee. Free-will offering.

Steak supper

Williamsfield United Methodist Church's annual Steak Supper, 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets, Gene, (309) 639-4389; Randy, (309) 639-4343; Lee, (309) 639-2282.

Wild About Spring

Sandburg Mall's annual Wild About Spring, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities at Center Court include inflatables, balloon artist, face painting, magician. 344-1331.

Fish and chicken fry

New Boston Fire and Ambulance Fish and Chicken Fry, 4-7 p.m., New Boston Fire Station. Fish, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, tea, coffee. Donations accepted. Silent auction, bake sale, raffles. Proceeds go to training, equipment.

Concert

Songbag Concert Series with Chris Vallilo - "Lincoln in Song," 7 p.m., Carl Sandburg's Birthplace, 313 E. Third St. $3 donation appreciated. www.johnheasly.com.

MOPS rummage sale

Galesburg-area Mothers of Preschoolers' rummage sale, 8 a.m.-noon, First Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Prairie St. Information, Rev. Sarah Parker, 342-1200.

Pets

Knox County Humane Society PAWC's Adopt-A-Pet, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bergner's Court, Sandburg Mall.

Wellness seminar

Health and Wellness Nutritional Seminar presented by Gurunischan Khalsa, a registered nutritional consultant from Chicago, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Galesburg Community Center, 150 E. Simmons St. Free. Natural solutions to diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol; cleanse and detoxify for spring; shed winter pounds; eliminate arthritis pain naturally.

Sunday (March 29)

Easter egg hunt

City of Galesburg Recreation Division's annual Easter Egg Hunt (age 2-4th grade), Lake Storey Park, 1 p.m.; arrive early to find age group area. Bring a basket. Free. 345-3683.

Nite Easter egg hunt

City of Galesburg Recreation Division's annual Nite Lite Easter Egg Hunt (4th-6th grade), Lincoln Park, 7:15 p.m. Free. Bring flashlight and basket. 345-3683.

Monday-Saturday (March 30-April 4)

Doll Boutique

Doll Boutique, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1372 W. Fremont St. Doll clothes, accessories for Barbies, baby dolls, 18-inch girl dolls available to purchase. March 30-April 3: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.; April 4: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds benefit Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.

Tuesday (March 31)

Author visit

Author visit: Marion Blumenthal Lazan, 7 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Public invited.

Free presentation

Free presentation: Revolutionary Cleansing, Weight Loss and Total Wellness Solutions, 6 p.m., Galesburg Wellness Center, Kensington Ballroom, 311 E. Simmons St. 344-4778.

Wednesday (April 1)

Rain barrels

Deadline to pre-order rain barrels from Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District. 100% recycled food grade barrels $79 each; on display at 233 S. Soangetaha Road. 342-5714, Ext. 3.

Wii

Wii Wednesdays for teens, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, Sanderson Room, 40 E. Simmons St. No signup necessary; games available vary. Four-person simultaneous play in 10-15 minute increments.

April 2

Visioning session

Galesburg Advantage, Community Visioning Assembly session: Celebrating Community: Tourism and Downtown Development, 6 p.m., Donald Crist Student Center, Carl Sandburg College, Building "B", 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Residents encouraged to participate through idea sharing, open dialogue and panel discussions. Reservations, Jenni Moser, 345-3628 or jmoser@ci.galesburg.il.us.

Purse sale

Cottage Gift Shop's Designer Inspired Purse Sale, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Cottage Commons Area (next to Delinos). All proceeds go to Galesburg Community Foundation for Scholarships and Grants.

April 3

Fish fry

Monmouth Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, every Friday through April 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 200 S. Sunnylane, Monmouth. $9 adults, $6 children. Carry-outs.

April 4

Memories Celebration Day

Memories Celebration Day, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Center Court, Sandburg Mall. Bring laptop with digital photos or photos and supplies for album and memories celebration projects. Registration for table space, $15; $20 after March 30; $5 benefits Make-a-Wish Foundation. Information or registration, Ellen McRell, 289-4733, or www.mycmsite.com/ellenmcrell.

Taiko performance

Taiko, Japanese traditional drum, performance by Issin Daiko of Chicago, 7 p.m., Harbach Theater, Knox College.

Concert

Carl Sandburg College Concert Series: Daniel Leahy Sextet, 7:30 p.m., Crist Student Center, Carl Sandburg College.

Wine event

Singles Event: "The Dating Game,: 7 p.m., at Vintages Tasting Room, 57 S. Seminary St. Recreation of the TV show. $20 per person, reservations required, 335-2744.

Family fish fry

Family Fish Fry, 12:30-7 p.m., Oneida American Legion Post 727. Chicken or fish, potato salad. $7.

Breakfast and bake sale

Spring Breakfast and Bake Sale, 8-10:30 a.m., Maxey Chapel United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Breakfast with egg casserole; bake sale. Free-will donation.

Festival

Sassafras Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ellisville Opera House, Main Street, Ellisville. Ham and beans with cornbread, $5; free sassafras tea; crafts, antiques, collectables; tours of Opera House and Post Office Museum. Entertainment: Country Duo plus Cheyenne, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Scrapbooking seminar

Scrapbooking Seminar, 9-11 a.m., Galesburg Cottage Hospital commons area. Reservations limited. Tickets: $10, Cindy Carter, 345-4233; Karen Robinson, 345-4211; Sue Bracker, 345-4325. Instructions to make three greeting cards, 12x12 page. Scrapbooking materials available, 20% of proceeds to Relay for Life.

Spring bazaar

Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Care Center of Abingdon. Proceeds to residents' Christmas Fund.

Dance

Father/Daughter Dance, 6-8 p.m., at Abingdon Middle/High School Cafeteria. One adult male with unlimited number of "daughters". $5 advance registration per group or $7 at door. Casual dress. Door prizes; music by MS Entertainment; refreshments; group photos. Reservation forms at all Abingdon school offices. Information, Bonnie Froelich at (309) 462-2905 or Don Smith at (309) 462-3353.

April 4-5

Theater

Monmouth College Crimson Masque presents "Our American Cousin" at the Orpheum Theatre. April 4: 7:30 p.m.; April 5: 2 p.m. Also talks will be given from 2-4:30 p.m. prior to the April 4 performance: Stacy Cordery on "The Life of Mary Todd Lincoln" and Bill Wallace on "A Production History of 'Our American Cousin'." Tickets through Orpheum Box Office, 342-2299.

April 7

Concert

Tickets on sale for The ELVI-BEETLE Tribute Show, May 9, Legends Banquet Hall. 341-1950. www.alhull.biz.

Luncheon

Boys and Girls Club of Knox County Election Day Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Carver Center, 424 S. Depot St. Turkey, trimmings, $7. Tickets at door or (309) 314-1496.

Bake sale

Relay for Life Bake Sale, 7 a.m. until sold out, Galesburg Cottage Hospital commons area. Also used books, decorative hand towels sold in front lobby.

Great Bowls of Soup

Galesburg Civic Art Center will host Great Bowls of Soup, 5-7:30 p.m., at the Galesburg Community Center, 150 E. Simmons St. Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at door. Ticket price includes a soup supper and ceramic bowl of your choice; number of tickets sold is limited to number of bowls available; tickets may be purchased at the Galesburg Civic Art Center, Budde's Pizza, Chez Willy's, Dove Tail Arts, Innkeepers Coffee or Q's Cafe. 342-7415.

April 9

Visioning session

Galesburg Advantage, Community Visioning Assembly session: Cultivating a Sense of Place: The Rules of a Community and Neighborhood Attraction, 6 p.m., Donald Crist Student Center, Carl Sandburg College, Building "B", 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Residents encouraged to participate through idea sharing, open dialogue and panel discussions. Reservations, Jenni Moser, 345-3628 or jmoser@ci.galesburg.il.us.

Book club

Galesburg Public Library Thursday Book Club: book discussion of "Finn" by Jon Clinch, 6:30 p.m., Kaldi's Coffeehouse, 124 E. Simmons St. Newcomers welcome. 343-6118.

April 10

Fish fry

Monmouth Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, every Friday through April 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 200 S. Sunnylane, Monmouth. $9 adults, $6 children. Carry-outs.

Music

Tina's Countrytime Opry: Lee Jared and The "New" Midnight Ramblers with guest Garlan Leadbetter, 7 p.m., at OAKS Senior Center, 176 N. Farnham St. No cover charge; free-will offering. Concessions by the OAKS.

April 11

Fundraiser

Registration due for Daycare-N-For a Cure Relay for Life Team's crop for cardmakers and scrapbookers 9 a.m.-8 p.m. April 18, community room, Sandburg Mall. Register, information, Janice Martinez, 342-6571, Jenny McKeown, (309) 482-6654.

Alumni basketball

United Sports Boosters' annual Alumni Basketball, 9 a.m., United Field House, Alexis. Admission: $2 adults, $1 students. Concessions. Information, Lisa Powell, (309) 482-3340.

Easter Egg hunt

Avon Community's Easter Egg hunt, 9 a.m., Avon United Methodist Church. Ages 1-10 invited to participate.

Dance

Public Dance featuring Eternity Road, 8 p.m.-midnight, Legends Banquet Hall. 341-1950.

April 14

Teen event

Cupcake Mania: learn to decorate cupcakes, 6:30 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Advance sign-up required; limited to 15 teens. 343-6118.

Book club

Galesburg Public Library Tuesday Book Club: book discussion of "Finn" by Jon Clinch, 1 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Newcomers welcome. 343-6118.

Big Read event

Movie viewing of Mark Twain's book, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," 2:10 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Free. 343-6118.

Author lecture

Richard Carwardine, Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University and winner of the Lincoln Prize, speaks about his book "Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power," 6:30 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Free. 343-6118.

April 16-18

Jazz festival

Rootabaga Jazz Festival. April 16: Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, 8 p.m.-midnight, McGillacuddy's Restaurant, $7. April 17: Knox Alumni Big Band, 8-9 p.m., The Romaniacs, 9:30 p.m.-midnight, McGillacuddy's Restaurant, $10. April 18: The Aaron Goldberg Trio with the Knox Jazz Ensemble, 5 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, $12 floor, $14 mezzanine. Festival passes, $25, 341-7265.

April 17

Fish fry

Monmouth Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, every Friday through April 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 200 S. Sunnylane, Monmouth. $9 adults, $6 children. Carry-outs.

April 17-19

Theater

Prairie Players Civic Theatre presents "Sunshine Boys," Sandburg Mall Theater. April 17-18: 7:30 p.m.; April 19: 2 p.m. Tickets at Innkeeper's Coffee or Sandburg Mall customer service.

April 18

Fundraiser

Daycare-N-For a Cure Relay for Life Team's all-day crop for cardmakers and scrapbookers, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., community room, Sandburg Mall. Janice Martinez, 342-6571, Jenny McKeown, (309) 482-6654.

Wine event

Sips and Nibbles: Riesling, 6 p.m., Vintages Tasting Room, 57 S. Seminary St. Tasting with appetizers. $20 per person, reservations required, 335-2744.

Family event

YMCA Healthy Kids Day, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Knox County YMCA. Games, demonstrations, inflatables, Wii bowling. 344-1324 or www.knoxymca.org.

April 18-19

Concert

Nova Singers "A Night in Vienna." April 18: Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College. April 19: First Congregational Church, Moline. $15 adults, $10 seniors, students free. Viennese-style reception after show. 341-7038.

April 19

Big Write reception

Reception for Galesburg Public Library's creative writing contest winners, 2 p.m., 40 E. Simmons St. Refreshments and readings of winning entries. Free. 343-6118.

April 21

Movie of the Book Club

Galesburg Public Library Movie of the Book Club: evening viewing of a new movie with literary ties, Showplace 8 Theaters, followed by discussion at Perkins. Newcomers welcome. Information, 343-6118.

April 24

Lecture and recital

Bruce and "Old Friends", 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Bruce Polay shares historical tidbits and performs works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Piazzolla, Scriabin, Liszt and Polay. $10 at door, children under 12 free; advance tickets $7, 341-7268.

Fish fry

Monmouth Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, 5:30-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 200 S. Sunnylane, Monmouth. $9 adults, $6 children. Carry-outs.

Reception

Sandburg Days 2009 Photography Contest Winner Awards and Reception, 4 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Free. 343-6118.

April 25

Concert

Knox-Galesburg Symphony featuring Ludmilla Knezkova-Hussey, piano, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Tickets: $8 to $18, children and students half price. 342-2299.

Music mornings

Knox-Galesburg Symphony's "Music Mornings" program, "Ludmilla Knezkova-Hussey, piano," 10 a.m., Galesburg Public Library community room. Free concert preview for children ages preschool through 5th grade. 343-6118.

KCCDD Fundraiser

KCCDD annual Fundraiser Auction: Rockin' Around the Clock, Knox College, Lincoln Room. Doors open, 6 p.m.; live auction, 7 p.m.; dinner, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $20, 344-2600.

Art Walk

Laughing Corn Art Walk, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., downtown Galesburg. Part of Carl Sandburg Days Festival.

Photography seminar

Discover Photography Seminar presented by the Galesburg Camera Club, 10 a.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Free.

Lecture

Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus John E. Halwas speaks about his book "Dime Novel Desperadoes: The Story of the Notorious Maxwell Brothers," 2 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Free. 343-6118.

Swedish dinner

Swedish Dinner, 5 and 6:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church of Altona. $10 adults, $5 children 10 and under. Seating limited; reservations required, (309) 484-5182, (309) 484-8321, (309) 483-6435. Carry-outs.

Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo

Bishop Hill's annual Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo. Swedish Stomp: 5k walk/run open to runners age 7 to 107; registration begins at 7 a.m. with race at 9 a.m.; entry fees prior to race: $14 (runners age 7 to 19 can enter for half price), day of race: $16. Skamperoo: 1/3K for children age 6 and under; scheduled for 10 a.m. Information or entry forms, (309) 927-3833 or e-mail: cdowell@winco.net.

April 29

Wine event

Girlfriend's Night, 6 p.m., Vintages Tasting Room, 57 S. Seminary St. $20 per person, reservations required, 335-2744.

Animanga Mania

Animanga Mania, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. Watch anime series, swap manga, open-draw session. No registration required. 343-6118.

May 2

Nature hike

Spring Wildflowers Identification Hike, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Blackthorn Hill Nature preserve, 1590 Angling Road, Highway 4, Alexis. Wear sturdy shoes, jeans, dress for weather. Fee: $2. Bring camera. Pre-register by May 1, 342-5493, blackthornhill@comcast.net.

May 9

Concert

Knox-Galesburg Symphony: "Celebrate Mom at the Pops," 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Tickets: $8 to $18; children, students half price. 342-2299.

Thrifty on Route 150

Thrifty on Route 150: yard sales from Coal Valley to Galesburg. http://thrifty150.googlepages.com/thrifty150.

May 16

Concert

Knox College Choir, "Brahms Requiem," featuring Galesburg Community Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Free.

Wine event

Sips and Nibbles: Artisanal Cheese and Wine Pairing, 6 p.m., Vintages Tasting Room, 57 S. Seminary St. $25 per person, reservations required, 335-2744.

Bird watch

Bird watch with host Vince Hummel, 8-10 a.m., Blackthorn Hill Nature preserve, 1590 Angling Road, Highway 4, Alexis. Dress for weather, protective clothing; bring binoculars. Pre-register by May 15, 342-5493, blackthornhill@comcast.net.

May 17

Jazz

Knox Jazz Ensemble, 4 p.m., Gizmo Patio, Seymour Union, Knox College. Free. 341-7337.

May 20-23

Theater

"Intimate Apparel," by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kelly Lynn Hogan, visiting instructor in theater, 7:30 p.m., Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College. $10 adults, $5 seniors, students free.

June 6

Concert

Knox-Galesburg Symphony 24th annual Concert on the Lawn, 5 p.m., South Lawn, Old Main, Knox College. Free. Rain location: T. Fleming Fieldhouse.

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