Preview Night for the Illinois State Fair
Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield
$5 adults; children 12 and under free
Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 20. Open 7 a.m.-midnight each day. Normal admission is $10 for adults. Parker per day is $5. For more information, visit ilinois.gov/statefair.
Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer
Friday, 10 a.m.-noon
Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main St.
Get ready for the Aug. 21 eclipse by making your own safe viewer. Bring an empty cereal box. All other materials will be provided. Preschoolers will need help from an older person. For more information, call (309) 467-2922.
Grand Nationals Weekend
Begins at 7 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. on Saturday
Festival Park, Peoria Riverfront
$10 on Friday; $20 on Saturday
The event celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races that will take place at the PMC Race Park in Bartonville on Sunday. For more details and ticket information, visit http://grandnationalsweekend.com
Vineyard Concert Features Exter O’Neal and the Funk Yard Band
Saturday, 7-11 p.m.
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Rt. 9
$5 cover charge; $5 more for deck seating
Bring your own seating to enjoy the music. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates for sale. For more information, call (309) 359-9463.
Wildlife Prairie Concert
Saturday, 7-11 p.m.
3826 Taylor Rd., Hanna City
Family-friendly event featuring the music of The Cusack Brothers. For more information, visit wildlifeprairiepark.org/wildfire-concert-series/.
Uncovering the World’s Secrets on the Giant Screen
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.
Join National Geographic Innovation Fellow Corey Jaskolski as he shares tales of exploring the world using high tech cameras, laser scanners, and drone systems that he and his team develop. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.
Hummingbird & Bee Pollinator Festival
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sommer Park, 6329 N. Koerner Rd., Edwards
For more information, call (309) 691-8423.
Native American Applique Beading
Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
Camp Wokanda, 620 E. Boy Scout Rd., Chillicothe
People aged 13 and older can learn create beaded flowers and leaf pictures. All supplies are provided. Please park in the lower lot and meet at the Nature Lab. For more information, call (309) 579-2157.
Summer Festa Picnic
Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Hickory Grove Park, 12403 N. Hickory Grove Rd., Dunlap
There will be Italian food, beverages, a gift booth, live entertainment provided by Vince Amore and Jack Miuccio, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball tournaments. For more information, visit http://italianamericansociety.com.
Old Time Folk & Country Jam
Sunday, 3:30-5 p.m.
Forest Park Nature Center, 4809 N. Forest Park Dr., Peoria Hts.
Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and join in the jam session. For more information, call (309) 686-3360.
Adult Coloring at the Library
Monday, 2-4 p.m.
Filger Public Library, 261 E. 5th St., Minonk
Come in to relax and make beautiful colored pencil pictures. For more information, call (309) 432-2929.
Filger Library Book Club
Tuesday, 3 p.m.
261 E. 5th St., Minonk
The group will be discussing “To Say Nothing of the Dog” by Connie Wills. For more information, call (309) 432-2929.
Imagination Grove Fun Day
Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sugar Grove Nature Center, 4532 N. 725 East Rd., McLean
Free, donations of bird seed appreciated
Family centered nature-based play. Lemonade and snacks provided. For more information, call (309) 874-2174.
Heartsaver CPR Class
Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m.
Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center, 1111 Trinity Lane, Bloomington
Register for the class that will teach how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies. For more information, call (309) 268-2248.
Free Brain Health Program
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, 1304 Franklin Ave., Normal
Robin Rinker, a registered dietitian at BroMenn Medical Center, will share which types of foods, vitamins and minerals are shown from current research to impact brain health. Participants should bring their own lunches. For more information, call (309) 268-2248.
Crossroads UMC Basement to Attic Sale
Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
1420 N. Main St., Washington
All proceeds will be donated to local, national, and global mission work. All items will be sold by donation only. For more information, call (309) 444-2381.
–Woodford County Calendar of Events–