KGS Music Mornings Program, Feb. 25

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony’s Saturday, Feb. 25 “Music Mornings” program begins at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of the Galesburg Public Library. This is a free concert preview for children ages preschool through 5th grade. The program, “The Cello,” will be presented by KGS soloist seventeen-year-old Maurice (Maury) Cohn. For more information about the program, contact the Galesburg Public Library (309) 343-6118.

Relay For Life of Knox County Fundraisers

The Knox community is invited to participate in two upcoming fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life:
1. Trivia Night!  Saturday, Feb. 25, Galesburg American Legion (571 E. North St.) Bring yourself and 7 friends and play trivia!  All proceeds benefit Relay For Life. Snacks, food and drink will be for sale. $10 per person at the door. Pre-register with Kate Larson, 334-2794. Game begins promptly at 6 p.m.
2. It’s a Bear Necessity Relay For Life team will be hosting a fundraiser at Wendy’s (Henderson St.) Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. Wendy’s will donate 10% of all sales, including drive-thru orders. Contact Irene Ponce, 341-7244, for more information.

Chocolate Festival, Feb. 11-12

Chocolate artwork will be among the displays at the Galesburg Historical Society’s annual Chocolate Festival. The event is Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third floor of the Galesburg Antiques Mall, 349 East Main Street. All you care to eat chocolate! Admission is $8.

“Doubt” at the Orpheum, Feb. 19

The Orpheum Theatre presents “Doubt” on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Doubt tells the story of the charismatic Father Flynn who begins a sermon by asking “What do you do when you’re not sure?”  From that moment on, Doubt’s audience is forced to question whether Father Flynn is using his position as teacher and coach to encourage youngsters or to take advantage of them?  And is the hard-headed Sister Aloysius, the school principal, protecting children from harm, or is she falsely accusing an innocent man of a shocking betrayal of trust? Tickets range from $20 to $35 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the box office (250 E Main St – Galesburg), on-line at tickets.theorpheum.org or by phone at 309-342-2299.

Nova Singers Concerts, Feb. 11-12

Nova Singers, under the direction of Laura Lane (music), presents two performances of Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg, and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. Nova Singers will also be joined by local high school singers for our annual Project Sing! performances. The 2012 guests include students from the Macomb High School Concert Choir, directed by Melanie Butcher, performing in the Galesburg concert, and students from the Moline High School Concert Choir, directed by Ron May, performing in the Davenport concert. Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers events, call 309-341-7038,

Invitation to Visit Scotland

Special Invitation to Visit Scotland June 13-22, 2012. You are invited to join Galesburg’s First Presbyterian Church on their 175th Anniversary celebration trip to the land of John Knox. This “Bagpipes and Tartans” tour will begin in Glasgow and continue to the historic Isle of Iona, Inverness, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews, where you will have the opportunity to play a round of golf on one of the ancient courses. The trip will conclude in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, with visits to Knox’s home, St. Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, and other points of interest. For more information contact Linda Hinrichs by February 15 at 342-6090 or by e-mail at hinrichs@grics.net.

Blick Gallery Exhibition, Feb. 3

The Galesburg Civic Art Center will host an exhibition of works by Jared Lacy in the new Blick Gallery from Feb. 3 through Feb. 24. Lacy has been a local artist and art teacher in the Galesburg School District for over 38 years. His work has been featured in previous GALEX exhibitions as well as in regional galleries. The Blick Gallery is located behind the One12 Gift Shop at 112 East Main Street and is also connected to the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s main gallery. The Blick Gallery is open during regular Art Center hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Art Center Exhibits Opening, Feb. 3

The Galesburg Civic Art Center presents an exhibition of works by Rich Ankeney of Galesburg, and Marianne Vick of Chicago. The exhibition will be on display Friday, Feb. 3 through March 3 in the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s exhibition gallery. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6-8pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Rich Ankeny’s Car Show includes images taken around Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin and is inspired by Ankeney’s interest in using current technologies to create photographs with a historical and perhaps nostalgic aspect. Marianne Vick is a self-taught artist who has developed her detailed, realistic style of painting and for the past 10 years the focus of her paintings has shifted from representational wildlife painting to allegorical pictorials featuring birds and their various characteristics as stand-ins for our unique human conditions. For more information, contact the Galesburg Civic Art Center at 114 E. Main Street, (309) 342-7415.