by Kaitlyn Conrad/Photo & Web Editor
As the third month of the year roars into our lives, consider adding some of these events to your calendar to help keep the madness at bay.
- Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington will be hosting the Miller Park Zoo Stampede. The 5k will wind through Miller Park and the adjoining neighborhood. All those participating are invited to come back to the zoo afterwards and visit the animals. For time information and sign up forms, visit http://www.mpzs.org.
- Mar. 2, the Haunted Decatur Ghost Tour will start once again. Decatur is one of America’s most haunted towns and offers history, haunted places and now new locations of crime. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours and is $30 per person. Visit http://www.haunteddecatur.com for a better look into this experience.
- “Muslim Journeys” is an exhibit going on until mid April at the Booth Library on Eastern Illinois University’s campus in Charleston, IL. “Muslim Journeys” seeks to educate the public about Muslims in the United States and around the world. Throughout March, there are different events to learn more. To find the times of these events, check out
- http://www.library.eiu.edu/exhibits/muslimjourneys. The first event will be a book discussion of “The Story of the Qu’ran: Its History and Place in Muslim Life” on Wesnesday, Mar. 5 from 6-7 p.m.
- On Wednesday, Mar. 12, the Effingham Performance Center will become an Irish pub when The Irish Comedy Tour comes to town with a party atmosphere. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. and ticket information can be found at http://the-ecp.org or by calling 217-540-2788.
- Listen and see a story of a young runaway slave from Georgia and a young Confederate soldier become unexpected friends in the Civil War. This performance of “Four Score & Seven Years Ago” will be held on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Effingham Performance center. This performance is geared to kids in grades 3-8. Tickets are $6 each.
- Get in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day by participating in “Runnin’ of the Irish” on Saturday, Mar. 15 in Effingham. Head over to http://www.irishrun.com to get registered for this event and to get more information. You can also give a call at 217-540-2788.
- People can “Meet The Monster Who Ate My Peas” at the Effingham Performance Center on Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 10 a.m. This musical (based on the award-winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and Matthew Faulkner) tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who does not want to eat his peas. This performance is geared to children from pre-k to 2nd grade. Tickets are $6 each.
- Six members of the famous group of quilters from Gee’s Blend, AL, “Quilters of Gee’s Bend”, will be Mattoon from Tuesday, Mar. 18 to Sunday, Mar. 23. Starting at 1 p.m. on that Tuesday, they will be at the Lone Elm Room at The Depot on 1718 Broadway Avenue. Email Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can get more information at http://www.mattonartscouncil.org.
- Head over to the Lincoln Log State Historic Site on Mar. 22 at 6 p.m. for the Annual Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation Dinner. The foundation will be commemorating the Civil War with the story of Ellen Craft, a slave woman who disguised herself as a white man while escaping to freedom. Author Doug Peterson and actress, Jennifer Goran, will present the story captured in Peterson’s novel, The Vanishing Woman. There will also be a silent auction of items relating to the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, the Civil War, and 19th-century living. For event and ticket information, you can email the Foundation at email@example.com or by calling 217-345-1845.
- Check out the city of Charleston for a 3 day event to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Illinois Riot. Some of the activities will include a Civil War Encampment, House Tours, Riot Reenactments as well as period music and vendors. More activities will be posted on http://www.charlestonillinoisriot.org as they become finalized. The 150th Anniversary will start on Friday, Mar. 28 and will continue through Sunday, Mar. 30. You can also call 217-348-0403 for more information, or by visiting their website.