Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:
•The 14th season of the Beloit International Film Festival gets rolling Feb. 22 and the action doesn’t cut until March 3. More than 100 films will be screened at multiple locations in Beloit, Wis. There also will be a variety of sessions with filmmakers and other special events. www.beloitfilmfest.org
•Grand Rapids, Mich. has lots of craft breweries, and you can raise a glass to them during Beer Month GR, Feb. 15 to March 15. On tap are plenty of special events, including the 14th annual Winter Beer Festival, scheduled Feb. 22-23, showcasing more than 1,000 beers from 100-plus Michigan breweries. https://tinyurl.com/y782qrbm
•If beer isn’t your proverbial cup of tea, there are plenty of wineries to explore in Michigan during the winter when fewer folks are milling about. Check out what’s available at https://tinyurl.com/yd8xvpz2.
•Sled dog demos will be held Feb. 17 at Starved Rock Lodge in Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Ill. There will be indoor seminars and outdoor demos presented by Free Spirit Siberian Rescue. https://tinyurl.com/yb2u2d43
•Cedarburg, Wis., will celebrate its 45th annual Winter Festival on Feb. 16-17. Based at Cedar Creek Settlement, the weekend will include bed races, a parade, wine sampling, live music, an outdoor chili bar and snow bar and more. www.cedarcreeksettlement.com
•Cross-country skiers and snowshoers of all abilities travel to Ashland, Wis., every winter for the Book Across the Bay competition. The 6.2-mile course from Ashland to Washburn follows a route across frozen Lake Superior. This is the 23rd year for the event, which will be Feb. 16. www.batb.org
•The Shelf Ice Brewfest will be held Feb. 16 in downtown Michigan City, Ind. About 40 area breweries will be showing off their best beers. Food will be available too. Tickets must be purchased in advance. https://tinyurl.com/y8fx4zd7
•Nearly 10,000 model train fans typically turn out each year for the Mad City Model Railroad Show in Madison, Wis. The 52nd annual show will be Feb. 16-17 at the Alliant Energy Center and will feature working train layouts in a variety of scales. There will also be exhibits and more than 300 vendors selling model train gear. www.nmra-scwd.org
•Birds of prey are the stars of the show Feb. 16-17 at the Masters of the Sky presentation in Alton, Ill. Live eagles, falcons and owls will be among the birds shown at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. https://tinyurl.com/y9ry9uf6
•The Parke County Maple Fair will be held Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3 in the popular Indiana destination. Headquarters will be in Rockville, but sugar camps throughout the county will be open to show how maple trees are tapped and syrup is produced. https://tinyurl.com/yccmwb4q
•The Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines presents a traveling exhibit aimed at raising awareness about mental health. Mental Health: Mind Matters uses hands-on interactives and immersive multimedia experiences to help visitors understand mental illness and its prevalence in society. It will be on display from Feb. 5 to April 28. https://tinyurl.com/y9ff7a27
The 11th annual Centennial Beer Festival will be held Feb. 21-23 in St. Louis. A five-course Brewmaster Dinner takes place the first night, followed by beer-tasting sessions the next two days. Some tasting sessions sell out early, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. www.centennialbeerfestival.com
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Phil Marty is a freelancer.