McLean County Calendar of Events March 14 – March 21

The Dutch Market is part of the Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale at the Interstate Center in Bloomington March 16-17. (Photo courtesy of Illinois Mennonite Relief )


History of Jazz Concert for Young People
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Bloomington High School Auditorium, 1202 E. Locust St.

Heartland Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of David Hoffman, and in conjunction with Bloomington High School’s Jazz Band, will perform in the school’s main auditorium. For more information, call (309) 661-0706.

Tree Pruning Workshop
Thursday, 1-3 p.m.
U of I Extension in McLean County, 1615 Commerce Pkwy., Bloomington

Learn tree pruning from Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup and McLean County Master Gardener Michael Parker. For more information, call (309) 663-8306.

Movie Matinee
Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.

The movie “Singin’ in the Rain” will be shown. For more information, call (309) 452-1757.

MARCH 16-17

Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale
Fri., 4:30-9 p.m.; Sat., 6 a.m.-end of auction
Interstate Center, 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington
Free admission

60th annual sale and auction including dinners, butcher shop, booths, and auction. For more information, call (309) 266-7704.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Friday & Saturday, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Pheasant Lanes Family Fun Center, 804 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington

Support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters with family bowling including free pizza and drinks. For more information, visit

MARCH 16-18

Community Players Theatre Presents
Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
201 Robinhood Ln., Bloomington
$18; children 10 and younger $8

“Into the Woods” takes the audience on a journey into a fantastical world where the classic fairy tales take a wild turn and teach important new lessons. For more information, call (309) 663-2121.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Uptown Circle, Normal

8th annual ‘Sharin’ of the Green’ parade is sponsored by the McLean County Irish Heritage Society, WJBC, Easter Seals and Uptown Normal. For more information, call (3090 454-9777.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington

Costumed storytellers will portray Irish servants who worked for the David Davis family at their 1870s Victorian mansion.

Spring Bloom Arts Festival
Saturday, all day
Brown Ballroom, 100 N. University St., Normal
Free admission

The festival is a juried show of fine art and craft that features 70 exhibitors from across the nation. For more information, call (309) 829-0011.

Maestro’s Choice at 5-Points
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington
$35; $10 for students

Heartland Festival Orchestra will feature pianist Adam Neiman. For more information, visit

American Passion Play
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St.

The American Passion Play, unlike other passion plays, dramatizes Jesus’ entire ministry, rather than just the events from the Passion Week onward. For more information, call (309) 829-3903.

Cole Swindell Featured at Grossinger Motors Arena
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
101 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Singer/songwriter brings his “Reason To Drink Tour” to Bloomington. For more information, call (800) 745-3000.

MARCH 17-18

Normal Public Library Book Sale
Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
206 W. College Ave.
Free admission

Paperbacks $.50-$1; hardbacks $2. Preview Sale Friday night 4:30-7 p.m. with an admission of $5. For more information, call (309) 452-1757.


“A Wee Bit O’The Irish Tea”
Sunday, 1-2 p.m.
The Vrooman Mansion B&B, 701 E. Taylor St., Bloomington

The Tea Ladies, Inc. will present a special St. Patrick’s Irish Tea. Reservations must be prepaid. For reservations, call (309) 827-2200.


Free Books at Normal Public Library
Monday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
206 W. College Ave.

Books left after the NPL Used Book Sale will be given away free. For more information, call (309) 452-1757.


Classic 1925 Film: The Freshman
Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St.

The silent film will be accompanied by Dennis Scott on the organ. Pre-Show entertainment from No Worries Ukulele Band beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (309) 434-2777.


Senior Reminiscence Program
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington

Anthony Bowman, Education Outreach Coordinator, will lead a discussion, using items representing the five thematic kits that make up this highly popular education program. For more information, call (309) 454-4371.


WWI Film Series: ‘Paths of Glory’
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.

Adults will enjoy this classic anti-war film about trench warfare in France in 1916. For more information, call (309) 452-1757.


–McLean County Calendar of Events March 14 – March 21–