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Below is a list of current events and upcoming activities taking place in Sauk Valley. For other opportunities, don’t forget to check out these 5 things to do.

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Live music performances include:

• Keepers of the Faith, September 8, 6pm, Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road, Fulton.

• Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners, 4pm, Altered Five Blues Band, 6pm, Tronzo Cannon, 8pm, September 10, Blues Brews and BBQ, Dixon Riverfront.

• Jerry Chris and the Starlight Theater Blues Band, September 10, 8:30 PM, Val’s Place, 316 W. First St., Dixon

family night. There are basketball tournaments, bounce houses, movies with hot dogs, chips and popcorn. Activities begin at 6:00 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, 421 S. Peoria Ave.

fire festival. The Stirling Fire Department will celebrate its 150th anniversary with cakes, cookies, demonstrations, games and educational materials Saturday noon to 5pm at the station at 110 W. Fifth St. Stirling.

Foot loose and fancy free. The Rock Falls Youth Center Dance is held on Saturdays at 7:00 pm at the Rock Falls Community Building. A DJ plays his teen favorite hits. From 6th grade he is for 8th grade students. It costs $3. For more information, call Coloma Park District at 815-625-0272.

Grant’s right-hand man. Professor Allen J. Ottens of Northern Illinois University will present a program examining the eight-year relationship between President Ulysses Grant and Secretary of War John Rollins. .

Celebrate farm culture. The Farm and Barn, an exhibit that celebrates depictions of all artistic mediums from painting to sculpture, opens Saturday and runs through October 22 at The Next Picture Show at 113 West First Street, Dixon. The show features original artwork exploring old buildings, extensive meadows, farm equipment, livestock, streams and creeks. The opening reception will take place on his September 16th at 6pm, with attendees judged by marketing expert Jayne Rose and live music by the Wellstrung Band.

Hey, looking good. Christopher Wren plays Hank Williams in the Timber Lake Playhouse stage production Hank Williams: Lost Highway. The show kicks off Thursday and he’ll run through Sept. 18 at the Mount Carroll Playhouse. Lange will participate in the audience Q&A after Friday’s performance. His Page to Stage talkback session for this production is his September 16th. Tickets are $35. 7:30 shows September 8-10, 13-17; 2:00 PM shows September 10, 11, 14, 18.

Run a mill event. The Grist Mill Grind 10K and Fun Walk take place Saturday at 8am in the Franklin Creek State Natural Area. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Franklink Creek Conservation Society to program, expand and improve the park.

Overworked. Planes, Trains and Cars Extravaganza: A Century in Motion takes place Saturdays from 9am to 2pm at Rochelle Municipal Airport. Attractions include Jenny Airplane at Poplar Grove, cars from each decade of the last 100 years, train demonstrations, model railroad cabs on the Burlington Railroad, daredevil stunts on aerial trolley bikes, skydiving and whiskey tastings. there is. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children.

our way. A historic trade demonstration will be held Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm at the Sawmill Museum in Clinton, Iowa. Demonstrations include Med Metalworks for blacksmithing, Quad City Woodturners for turning, and Alto Family for rope manufacturing. This program is a product of the Iowa Agency for Cultural Affairs Cultural Leadership Partnership Program. For more information, please visit

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dixon city band

• Christmas Concert, 7pm, TBD.

Winning Wheels Summer Concert Series, Eclipse Square, Prophetstown

• Will be announced on September 23rd at 5pm.

• Will be announced on October 28th at 5pm.

First, 202 W. First St., Dixon book.

• Lowell Harp and Friends, September 24, 6:30 PM.

Musical ImPACT Concert, Polo Area Community Theater

• Duet and Trio, October 15-16, 7pm.

Rosbrook Studio Second Saturday Open Mic, 107 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon.

Sign up at 6pm, performances from 7pm to 11pm, donation $3.

American Legion Post 902, 712 Fourth Avenue, Rock Falls.

• Jam session every Thursday at 7pm.

The First Fridays Open Mic, K’s Sports Bar, 408 East Washington (Route 64) in Oregon.

• To be announced.

Franklin Grist Mill, 1893 Twist Road, Franklin Grove

• Trivia Night, 6pm, October 15th.

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Historic Dixon Theater

Tickets for the following shows are on sale at the Historic Dixon Theater at 114 S. Galena Ave. For tickets and more information, visit

• Menopause Musical, September 28-29.

• Forever Young, October 7th.

• ABBA Mania, October 16th.

• Paul Childers, October 22nd.

• “Yesterday: A Beatles Tribute”, November 5th, Sir Paul McCartney’s endorsement.

• Annie Jr., November 18-19.

• “Cinderella” (Community Theater Production), December 9-11.

• “The Prophecy Show”: Music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, December 30th.

• “Motor City: Motown Revue,” January 14th.

• Still Collins, January 28th.

Shanghai Circus, February 24th.

• Doug Allen Nash, March 11th.

• Comedian Yakov Smirnoff, March 24th.

• April 7, heading east.

• Turtle and Hair Next Generation Adventures, April 23, 2023

• “The Machine: The Music of Pink Floyd,” April 28, 2023

• Under the Streetlights, May 13, 2023

• Illusionist Mike Super, May 27, 2023

Dixon Stage Left, 306 W First Street, Dixon

• Season Gala, September 17th at 7pm

• “Peter and the Starcatcher”, September 23-24, 29-30, October 1, 6-7-8.

• Rendezvous Arts, Corky Siegel Blues Harmonica, Randy Sabien, Violin, Ken Reif, Visual Artists, October 12, 5:30 PM

• “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” December 9-10, 7:30 PM, December 10-11, 2:00 PM

Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll.

• “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” September 8-18

• Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, December 1-11

White Pines Dinner Theater, 6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris

• “The Dave and Daphne Show” Sept. 8

• “Gets Better With Age” September 13-15

• “The Rock’n’Roll Crooner Quenton Flag”, September 21st

Quentin Flagg’s Inspirational Gospel and Country, September 22nd

• “I Gotta Be Me,” starring Denny Diamond, October 5-6

• Rod Stewart Tribute, October 18th

• Matisse Mirror, October 19-20

• Down to the Funny Bones, November 2-3

• Andrew and His Sisters: A WWII Musical Tribute, November 9-10

• Branson on the Road, Christmas Style, November 29-December. 1

Scrooge the Comedy, December 3-17

Polo Community Theater

• Romeo and Juliet, September 23-25, September 30-October. 1, Polo Town Hall, 115 S. Franklin Avenue, Polo

• “Window candles”, TBA.

Art exhibition

The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., Dixon.

• The “Farm and Barn” exhibit runs Saturday through October 22nd. The opening reception is on September 16th at 6pm.

• “Black and White” exhibition at KSB Hospital’s Commerce Towers through September 30th.

Woodland Arts Academy, 117 W. Second St., Rock Falls

• “First Avenue Bridge” exhibition, TBA


Twin Cities Farmers Market, Open indoors/outdoors, 7 days a week from 8am to noon on Saturdays. 106 Avenue A, Sterling, 815-626-8610,, Facebook.

Dixon Park District Farmers Market, Wednesday 7am-noon through October 26, Saturday 7am-noon through October 29, Haymarket Square, 513 W. Second St., Dixon.

Rock Falls Farmers Market, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am-11am, 400 W Second St., Rock Falls, through October.

Chana Route 64 Auction Barn Co. Auction at 10 am (1st and 3rd Sundays). Flea Market, 620 S. Stone Hill Road, Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 4pm (2nd and 4th). For more information, search Chana Auction Barn on Facebook or call 815-830-3898. For more information, please contact Robin, Market Manager at 815-973-0728.

Mount Carroll Farmers Market, Every Saturday from 8am to noon through October 29th.

basic market, 514 13th Ave., Fulton, October-Saturday 9am-noon.

museums, exhibits, attractions

Loveland Historical Museum, Thursday and Friday 9am-2pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon. freedom.

Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center At the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge. Open Monday through Friday from 6am to 4pm. The address is 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson. Call 815-273-2732.

Reagan Boyhood Home, 810 S Hennepin Ave, Dixon, From March 29th to December 17th, tours are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, with the last tour departing at 3pm.

Northwest Territory Historic Center, 205 West Fifth St. Dixon, open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Ronald Reagan Birthplace/Museum, 111 Main Street, Tampico., 10am-4pm daily, 1pm-4pm on Sundays (except Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day). 815-622-8705.

Byron Historical Museum, 110 North Union Street, Byron, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00.

Roberts Armory World War II Museum, Route 251 and Intermodal Drive, Rochelle. Opens November 6th in honor of Veterans Day or by appointment.

special interest

Dixon Coin Club, 7:00 p.m. First Tuesday, American Legion, 1120 W. First St., Dixon.

fitness on the rock, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:30pm, Saturday 7:30am through October, RB&W Park, Rock Falls.

Author visit. First, 202 W. First St., Dixon Books. Judy Carmichaels’ Great Inspirations 22 Years of Jazz Inspired on NPR, Noon, October 13th. Kelly Flanagans’ The Unhiding of Elijah Campbell, October 22nd at 11am.

anonymous alcoholic For Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. 1-800-452-7990.

library program

Stirling Public Library. Preschool story time Mondays at 10:00 am and second Saturdays at 10:00 am. Roleplaying Games Club – Dungeons and Dragons, Monday 29th August to 3:30pm. Lego Club 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10am. Game, 6th grade to his 12th grade, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. Online conversation with actress and advocate Marley Matlin celebrating deaf awareness on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Used book sale on September 24th at 9am.

Dixon Public Library. Preschool Story Time, Ages 3-5, Tuesdays from 10am to 6th September. September 15, K-1, 2:45, 2nd-3rd grades, 3:30, 4th-5th grades, 4:15. September Try to make a handmade pom-pom coaster. Petting Zoo, Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Halloween, October 20th at 2:30 PM. Dino Vember, November 17th at 2:30pm.

Rock Falls Public Library. Book Club, last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm and first Thursday of each month at 10:00 am. Family Night, Sept. 13, 5:30 PM. Morning Makers, September 16th at 10am. Lego Builders, September 19th at 3:45pm.

historical society

“General John A. Rollins: No Ordinary Man” Explore the relationship between Rollins and Ulysses Grant, Sunday at 2:00 pm. The presenter is Professor Emeritus Allen J. Ottens of Northern Illinois University.

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