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Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Sandburg Days

Sandburg Days annual Poetry Awards Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., at Carl Sandburg College. Free concert at 7 p.m. by classical guitarist Jhon Akers follows at Carl Sandburg Historic Site.

Soup luncheon

Soup Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., OAKS Senior Center, 176 N. Farnham St. Vegetable soup or spinach bisque, choice of dessert, coffee or tea. $5 donation.

Music

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

Today-Friday (April 23-24)

Jewelry sale

Jewelry Sale sponsored by OSF St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary, beginning at 7 a.m., in the hospital lobby.

Friday (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.

Sandburg Days

Sandburg Days 2009 Photography Contest Winner Awards and Reception, 4-5 p.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St.; and David Drake Illinois History Presentation at 7 p.m. at Q's Cafe, 319 E. Main St. Free.

Dinner

All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken and Walleye, every Friday, 5-7 p.m., Moose Lodge, 161 N. Cherry St. Public welcome.

Fundraiser

Knox County Nursing Home Employee Incentive Committee fundraiser: chef salads, $2.50, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville. Public invited. All proceeds go to Employee Incentive Fund.

Mexican dinner

Mexican Dinner, 3:30-6:30 p.m., St. Patrick's Church, 858 S. Academy St. $5 dinner includes a taco, an enchilada, rice and drink. $6.50 for Mexican Buffet. Carry-outs available by calling 343-5042.

Friday-Saturday (April 24-25)

Theater

Prairie Players Civic Theatre presents "The Sunshine Boys," 7:30 p.m., at Sandburg Mall Theater. Tickets at Innkeeper's Coffee or Sandburg Mall customer service.

Saturday (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., at Orpheum Theatre. Awards Program for the Piano Competition and winners will play on the concert Steinway. 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.

Sandburg Days

Laughing Corn Art Walk, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., downtown Galesburg. Discover Photography Seminar presented by the Galesburg Camera Club, 10 a.m., Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St.; free. Writing Creative Nonfiction Workshop by John Hallwas, 9 a.m., at The Barn at the Sandburg Birthplace, 313 E. Third St.; register, call (309) 221-9953 or gtomlin50@yahoo.com. Open mic of poetry and prose reading, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., at The Barn at the Sandburg Birthplace, 313 E. Third St.; contact Jane Carmen at jane@srcw.us. 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. Poetry Slammers workshop offered at 4 p.m. and a Marc Smith Poetry Slam at 8 p.m., both at Cherry Street, 57 S. Cherry St.; contact Marc Smith at (773) 728-4616 or www.slampapi.com.

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 and older. Registration, 7 a.m.; race, 9 a.m. Entry fee before race, $14 (age 7 to 19 half-price); race day, $16. Skamperoo 1/3K for age 6 and under, 10 a.m. Information or entry forms, (309) 927-3833 or cdowell@winco.net.

Luncheon, craft show

KCAHCE's annual Spring Fling Luncheon, plant sale and craft show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Road. Free. Master Gardener tips by Pat Asbury, 10:15 a.m., main room. Luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $6, tickets available from KCAHCE members or at door.

Scrapbooking

Avon Helping Hands' scrapbooking crop, 1-4 p.m., Avon Fire Station. $10, proceeds go toward new equipment for park. Snacks, door prizes, special class, 2 p.m.

Concert

Joyful Noyz Homecoming Concert with guests: Headin' Home Quartet, 6:30 p.m., at First Church of God, 1080 Harrison St. Also, chicken noodle dinner from 3:30-6 p.m., serving chicken noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and drink; meal tickets: $6 adults, $4 children under 12.

Rummage sale

Community Preschool Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 120 N. Kellogg St. Great bargains on lots of items, big and small for the whole family. Information: communitypreschool3@yahoo.com.

Spaghetti supper

Abingdon Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Supper, 4:30-7 p.m., at Abingdon High School. Spaghetti with meatballs, salad, roll, beverage, dessert. $5 adults, $2.50 children 12 and under. For delivery (within city), call 462-3727.

Benefit

Benefit for Deanna (Hughes) Thornton, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, at the Monmouth American Legion Hall, 1110 North 11th and U.S. 34. Food served beginning at 4 p.m.; auction: 5-8 p.m.; Pay-Up Band performs from 8-11 p.m. Tickets: $10 (children 10 and under free). Donations accepted by calling (309) 536-0236.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day activities, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Maquon Public Library. Activities are designed for children ages 3-10 and include snacks, crafts, stories and a movie.

Quilt Show

Quilt Show, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church in North Henderson. Admission: $3. Coffee cakes and beverages served; raffle for a quilted table runner.

Variety show

School Daze Variety Show fundraiser for the Monmouth-Roseville Education Foundation, 7:30 p.m., Monmouth-Roseville High School. Tickets: $5 at the door.

Chicken dinner

Bethesda Baptist Church's fundraiser serving Chicken Dinners, beginning at 11 a.m., 210 S. Whitesboro St. Choice of 3-piece fried or barbeque dinner served with a baked potato and cole slaw for $6.75 (white meat is an additional .75). Delivery available by calling 343-1288.

Cookout

Cookout, serving 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., W.L. Darrow Lodge 10, 838 W. Berrien St. Rib dinner: $8; pork chop dinner: $5; pork chop sandwich: $3. Sides: spaghetti, potato salad, baked beans. Delivery available for 2 or more dinners by calling (309) 368-9472.

Pets

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

Sunday (April 26)

Fundraiser

Pancakes for Prom Pancake Supper, 4-7 p.m., at the Filling Station in Bishop Hill. Proceeds go to ROWVA After Prom Party. Information, call Julie at (309) 484-6882 or 368-9982.

Bell concert

First United Methodist Church will present a "Spring Ring" Bell concert, 6 p.m., 120 N. Kellogg St. Concert includes hymns, movie theme music and an opportunity for audience participation. Free. Refreshments after the concert.

Lincoln event

Noted food historian Penelope Bingham will present "What Would Lincoln Eat?", 1 p.m., at The Barn at the Carl Sandburg Birthplace. Free. Refreshments provided.

Gospel music

Headin' Home Quartet, 10:15 a.m., Wataga Congregational Church, 105 S. Sparta St., Wataga.

Tuesday (April 28)

Cruise-In

Abingdon Road Knights Car Club's Cruise-In, beginning at 5 p.m., at the Abingdon American Legion Hall.

Salad luncheon

Corpus Christi Altar and Rosary Society's annual Spring Salad Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the McAteer Parish Center. $5 adults, $1 children includes hot chicken casserole, assortment of salads and beverage. Bake sale; craft and bazaar items.

Wednesday (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.

April 30

Artist reception

Closing reception for Carl Sandburg College's 2009 Juried Student Art Show, 3-5 p.m., D Building lobby of main campus.

Ice cream social

Ice Cream Social, 5:30-8 p.m., Cornerstone Christian Academy, 824 245th Ave., Monmouth.

Music

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

May 1

Relay fundraiser

OSF St. Mary Medical Center's Relay for Life team will have a bake sale from 7 a.m.-noon in the hospital lobby.

First Fridays

First Fridays, 5-9 p.m., Seminary Street. Music by No Reason.

Fundraiser

Knox County Nursing Home Employee Incentive Committee fundraiser: Walking Tacos and a pop, $2.50, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville. Public invited. All proceeds go to Employee Incentive Fund.

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.

Artist reception

Opening Reception for Exhibit: "Straight Line," paintings by Paul Krainak of Peoria and sculpture by Rob Reed of Galesburg, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Preston Jackson Gallery of the Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St., Peoria. Exhibit runs through July 4. (309) 674-6822.

Appreciation Day

Berwick Appreciation Day. Activities include pancake breakfast, 7-10 a.m., at Berwick Fire Station; tractor show; flea market and craft show; outhouse race, registration fee: $25. Mike Taylor, (309) 462-5618.

Pancakes

Alpha Masonic Lodge's All You Can Eat Pancakes and Sausage, 7 a.m.-noon, at David Loring Masonic Temple, 3415 Lincoln Park Drive. Suggested donation: $5 adults, $2.50 children 12 and under. Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Concert

Monmouth College Pipe Band, 7 p.m., at First Church of God, 1080 Harrison St. Dinner served before the concert, 5-6:30 p.m.; BBQ pork sandwich, homemade potato salad and dessert for $5.

Plant and garage sale

Oak Run Garden Club's Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-noon, at Brentwood Park Building. Also Oak Run Community Garage Sale, 8 a.m.-noon, maps available at plant sale.

Luncheon

United Methodist Women's annual Spring Salad Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Knoxville United Methodist Church, 303 S. Broad St. Chicken casserole and various salads. Also White Elephant sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bridal event

An Intimate Bridal Event at Vintages, noon-3 p.m., Vintages Tasting Room, 57 S. Seminary St. Featuring Vintages, Sweet Intentions, Cooks and Company, Kohl's Diamond Gallery. Free to attend, call (309) 335-2744 to reserve space.

May 3

Dance

City of Galesburg Recreation Division's Ballroom Dance II classes meet 6-7 p.m. on Sundays through June 7 at Hawthorne Gym. $44 per couple; pre-register at Lakeside Recreation Center. 345-3683.

Dance for kids

City of Galesburg Recreation Division's Ballroom for Kids classes meet 5-6 p.m. on Sundays through June 7 at Hawthorne Gym. For youth 8-14 years of age; $30 per person. 345-3683.

Bell concert

Trinity Lutheran Church's Bell Choirs Concert followed by a Swedish Dinner, 304 E. Ferris St. Free concert at 4 p.m. and dinner seating at 5:15 p.m. Limited dinner seating - tickets required for dinner only, available at 343-4191; suggested donation; $10.

May 4

Spring concert

Knoxville Junior High School Spring Concert, 7 p.m., at Jensen Gym. Performing groups include KJHS Orchestra grades 5-8, Sixth Grade Band, Jazz Band, Choir, and 7/8th Grade Concert Band. Free.

May 6

Wii

Wii Wednesdays for teens, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the Sanderson Room at the Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St. No signup necessary; games available will vary. Four-person simultaneous play in 10-15 minute increments. 343-6118.

Red Carpet series

Orpheum Theatre Spring 2009 Red Carpet Series: "To Kill a Mockingbird," 7 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. $25, $30 and $35. 342-2299.

May 7

Teetertots

Discovery Depot Children's Museum's Teetertots, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 128 S. Chambers St. Theme: "Magnets"; toddlers will explore art, science, math and language through crafts and activities. Free admission. 344-8876.

Garden and gift day

Cottage Gift Shop's annual Spring Garden and Gift Day, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., outside Cottage Hospital, next to Delino's (rain location inside).

May 8

Concert

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

Fundraiser

Knox County Nursing Home Employee Incentive Committee fundraiser: Caramel Apple Slice and a pop, $2.50, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville. Public invited. All proceeds go to Employee Incentive Fund.

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.

Children's grief camp

Children's Grief Camp 2009, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Carl Sandburg College Building B. Free camp for children and teens, ages 5 through 18. Doug Gibb, camp director, 342-1789 or Hospice Compassus, 342-3007.

May 10

Breakfast buffet

All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet, 7:30-11 a.m., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 830 North G, Monmouth. $7 adults, $3.50 for children under 6. Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 2301 to support troops and celebrate Mother's Day.

May 14

Auditions

Auditions for Prairie Players Civic Theatre's production of "Music Man," 6:30 p.m., at the Prairie Players facility, 160 S. Seminary St. Come with a song (piano accompaniment will be provided) and be prepared to do brief readings from the script. Children in third grade and below must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Productions dates: July 17-19.

Fundraiser

United Way of Knox County's annual Girls Night Out at 21 Club, Chambers St., Galesburg. Doors open: 5:30 p.m.; DJ starts at 6 p.m.; guest bachelor auction; costume contest. Tickets include dinner: $15 per person in advance; $20 per person at door. 343-4434 or www.unitedway-galesburg.net.

Stories Alive

Discovery Depot Children's Museum's Stories Alive, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., 128 S. Chambers St. Children and their adult companion will listen to "Farmer Duck" by Martin Waddell and participate in a related activity. Free admission. 344-8876.

May 15

Big Band Dip

Galesburg High School Band Department's Big Band Dip, 6:30-9:30 p.m., in the front hall of Galesburg High School. Featuring GHS Big Band and both jazz combos. Tickets: $3 and include a chosen dessert and ice cream; available from any GHS band student and at the door.

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.

Auditions

Auditions for Prairie Players Civic Theatre's production of "Music Man," 1 p.m., at the Prairie Players facility, 160 S. Seminary St. Come with a song (piano accompaniment will be provided) and be prepared to do brief readings from the script. Children in third grade and below must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Productions dates: July 17-19.

May 17

Jazz

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

Horse show

Galesburg Boots and Saddle Club Horse Show, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at South Lake Storey Road.

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.

Big Read event

Big Read performance: Mark Twain's classic story of friendship and adventure on the Big Muddy, directed by Monmouth College professor Janeve West, at Wells Theater on the Monmouth College campus. May 20: 1:30 p.m.; May 21: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; May 22: 7 p.m.; May 23: 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $6 adults, $2 students and children. Reservations: (309) 734-3033.

May 24

Music

Blues and soul vocalist Janiva Magness performs at 8 p.m. at Fat Fish Pub, 158 N. Broad St., Galesburg. Tickets: $12 in advance or $15 at door. 343-1200.

May 27

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.

June 3

Cafe in the Park

Cafe in the Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Park Plaza. Music: Charlie Hayes. Vendor: .

June 5

First Fridays

First Fridays, 5-9 p.m., Seminary Street. Music by Surprisingly Hip.

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.

June 10

Cafe in the Park

Cafe in the Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Park Plaza. Music: Second Mortgage. Vendor: .

June 17

Cafe in the Park

Cafe in the Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Park Plaza. Music: Missy Vail. Vendor: .

June 21

Horse show

Galesburg Boots and Saddle Club Horse Show, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at South Lake Storey Road.

June 24

Cafe in the Park

Cafe in the Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Park Plaza. Music: Bitterman. Vendor: .

July 3

First Fridays

First Fridays, 5-9 p.m., Seminary Street. Music by Bitterman.

July 11

Pottery show

Flea Market and Pottery Show sponsored by Abingdon Pottery Collector's Club, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Abbe Lanes Banquet Rooms, Route 41, Abingdon.

August 7

First Fridays

First Fridays, 5-9 p.m., Seminary Street. Music by Ryan McCullough.

Sept. 4

First Fridays

First Fridays, 5-9 p.m., Seminary Street. Music by Sway Breezy and Moondog Collective.

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