McLean County Events

Chronicle Media Staff

The United Way honors volunteers with the Rock the Block Benefit on April 22 in Uptown Circle, Normal.



Movie Matinee: My Favorite Wife

Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.


Enjoy the classic movie featuring Cary Grant and Gail Patrick. For more information, call (309) 452-1757.


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Illinois State Button Society Show

Thur., 6:30-9 p.m.; Fri. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Holiday Inn and Suites, 3202 E. Empire St., Bloomington

The Button Society is dedicated to the collecting and preservation of antique and collectible sewing buttons. For more information, email




Party for the Planet

Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S. Morris, Bloomington

Free with zoo admission

Connect with conservation in your community with family fun. For more information, call (309) 434-2250.


Rock the Block Benefit

Saturday, 4-10 p.m.

11 Uptown Circle, Normal

Free, donations are encouraged

The United Way celebrates volunteerism in McLean County. The Windy City Wieners Hot Dog Eating Contest begins at 5 p.m. followed by performances by Mike and Joe. For more information, call (309) 454-9557.


Children’s Program: Bulldozer’s Big Day

9:30 a.m.

Book Nook, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.


Join author Candace Fleming as she reads her book and help to celebrate Bulldozer’s birthday. The program is geared to kids 5 and under who should bring their own grownups. For more information, call (309) 452-1757.


Giant Squid S.T.E.A.M.

11-11:45 a.m.

Book Nook, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.


Author Candace Fleming will share her book with youths aged 5-12. Children under 8 need to be accompanied by an adult. To register, call (309) 452-1757.


Money Smart Session for Elementary Students

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Towanda Library, 301 S. Taylor St.


Youth learn how to manage money. For more information, call (309) 728-2176.


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Earth Day Festival

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Casey’s Garden Shop, 1505 N. Main St., Bloomington


Casey’s will host crafts, forums and classes. Some activities and classes require a fee. For more information, call (309) 828-1424.




Money Smart Week Programs

Monday, 3 p.m.

Towanda Library, 301 S. Taylor St.


Registered dietician and diabetes educator Julie Dostal will offer a money-saving health-related program. At 4:30 Charlotte Talkington will present, “How to Have a Beautiful Garden without Spending a Ton of Money.” for more information, call (309) 728-2176.




Take Back the Night

Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.

McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington


Join YWCA McLean County Stepping Stones at Take Back the Night to raise awareness for sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing process. For more information, call (309) 662-0461.


Silent Film: Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St.

$15; senior/youth $10

Comedy filmed in 1928 starring Buster Keaton and shown with live organ accompaniment. For more information, call (309) 434-2777.


Planning Meals with Ease

Tuesday, 9-10 a.m.

McLean County Extension office, 1615 Commerce Pkwy., Bloomington


Registered Dietician, Jenna Smith, will teach the class that will focus on food budgets and wellness goals. For more information, call (309) 663-8306.