As events may be canceled or rescheduled at the last moment, please first check with the host or venue when making plans to attend an event.
"Contemplative Expressions" Through April 1. The work of SAA Collective juried artist members from across central Illinois are on display. springfieldart.org. SAA Collective Gallery, 105 N. Fifth St. 217-544-2787.
Jazz guitar hour: An interactive weekly podcast Wednesdays, 6pm, through May 5. Jose Gobbo discusses jazz guitar techniques and styles. UIS Music YouTube channel. Free. 217-206-6240.
Springfield Poets and Writers open mic Third Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm. Read some poetry, prose or nonfiction, whether your original work or the work of a favorite author. You can also just relax and listen. Free. Get the Zoom link at springfieldpoetsandwriters.com. 217-725-9058.
How to spot fake news Third Thursday of every month, 2-3pm. Feeling overwhelmed by the minefield of information on Facebook? Learn about the different types of fake news, how to tell the difference between what's true and what's fake and tips for evaluating sources. Via Zoom. lincolnlibrary.info. 218-753-4900.
Second Saturday Open Studio Second Saturday of every month. Watch The Pharmacy member artists at work. Masks and social distancing are required. Free. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.
APL pet adoptions Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. All animals will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and will have received all age-appropriate vaccinations by the time of their adoption. apl-shelter.org. PetSmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy., 217-544-7387.
Dynamic Duos Dancing with the Starz virtual fundraiser Sat., March 20-Sat., March 27. Enjoy an art-filled silent auction and entertaining videos of the area's great dynamic duos as they take to the dance floor. Then, tune in March 27 at 7 p.m. when the champions are announced. This annual event benefits the Springfield Art Association. springfieldart.org. 217-523-2631.
Elegant Bridal Expo Sat., March 20, 12-4pm. Over 50 wedding vendors, door prizes, tablescapes, photo booths, lots of swag. VIP tickets include admission plus one guest, wedding gift box and more. Wedding gift box curbside pickup option does not require admission. eventbrite.com. $10. Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-529-7777.
Brown Bag Concert Wed., March 24, 12-12:30pm. Guilherme Ehrat Zils, double bass and Pei-I Wang, piano. Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church. Go to LincolnsChurch.org for the Zoom link. Free. 217-528-4311.
Light Catcher Glass Workshop Wednesday, March 24, 6-9pm. Learn some hot glass basics with the resident glassblower. springfieldart.org. Members $45 and $55 non-members. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
Kenny Smith Thu., March 25, 7:30pm. APL's annual comedy night featuring comedian Kenny Smith. Tickets available at the shelter or online at illinoistimestix.com, and include a free appetizer. The evening will also include a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the animals at APL. apl-shelter.org. $20-$25. VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd., 217-546-9515.
The Women of Sangamon County Thu., March 25, 6pm. Erika Holst will discuss the lives of women in early Sangamon County. Includes Q&A session. Produced by the Sangamon Experience at UIS and will livestream on its Facebook and Twitter pages and YouTube Channel. uis.edu/sangamonexperience.com. 217-206-8050.
Botany Behind the Scenes Wed., March 31, 12-1pm. Learn how museums use plants in research during a virtual tour of the Illinois State Museum's botany collection and the archaeobotany lab. Part of Big Read Sangamon County. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Free with registration. 217-785-0037.
Brown Bag Concert Wed., March 31, 12-12:30pm. Lincoln Land String Quartet. Kamen Petkov and Jean Ellen Tweet violin, Megan Forness, viola, Chet Lord-Remmert, cello and Sam Forness, guitar. Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church. Go to LincolnsChurch.org for Zoom link. Free. 217-528-4311.
Coal Age Plants of Illinois Wed., April 7, 6-7pm. Join Illinois State Museum curator of geology, Melissa Pardi, for an exploration of the paleobotany collections from the Age of Coal. Part of Big Read Sangamon County sponsored by LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Free with registration. 217-785-0037.
2020 DIRTcar Fall Nationals rescheduled Fri., April 9, DIRTcar super late models, modifieds, pro-modifieds, and sport compacts (Hornets). An open practice is scheduled for Thursday, April 8. Lincoln Speedway, Lincoln, 1408 Short 11th St., 217-764-3200.
Civil War Tour of the Mid-Atlantic April 11-16. $804 per person double occupancy or $1,103 per person for single occupancy and includes motor coach transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners. centralilseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.
Spain and Portugal Douro River Cruise April 19-27. Cost is $4,675 - $6,475 per person double occupancy or $5,975 - $8,675 per person single occupancy, and is dependent on cabin choice. centralilseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.
Kansas City, Missouri travel opportunity May 4-8. Cost is $1,074 per person double occupancy or $1,323 per person single occupancy. centralilseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.
Hammer-In Sat., May 15. Tour the historic site and watch the blacksmiths at work. clayville.org. Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430.
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show Tue., May 25, 7:30-9:30pm. A powerful and stirring reinvention of this favorite, celebrated the world over for its award-winning score and the thrilling energy. $45+. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Great Canadian Cities travel opportunity June 16-24. Cost is $3,575 per person double occupancy or $4,600 per person single occupancy. Ask about pricing discount. centralilseniors.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.