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Great Rockford Area Doll Show

Sunday, March 04, 2012 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Greater Rockford Area Doll Show held in Oregon, at the historic Coliseum Building, 124 N. Fourth St. Dealers will be set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The doll show provides collectors with a shopping opportunity to find a particular doll, or to purchase doll supplies Food is on site, and there is a handicap-accessible elevator with attendant. Admission is $3 adults, $1 children. Here you will see all kinds of dolls for sale as well as doll accessories. One trip to a doll show will get you hooked! Come and enjoy a day out and meet some new friends. For more information, call JoAnn's Doll Shop, (815) 234-8332, in Byron, IL.

Tampico Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31, 2012 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Tampico Lions Club's free egg hunt for kindergarteners through fifth-graders begins at 1 p.m. in the Tampico Grade School gym, 304 E. Kimball Road. Parents can help younger children. Call 815-535-3665 for more information.

Sterling Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31, 2012 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Sterling Park District's free Easter egg hunt for children begins at 1:30 p.m. in the field next to Building 3 at the Westwood Fitness and Sports Center, rain or shine. Categories include toddlers through age 2; and ages 3 and 4; 5 and 6; and 7 and 8. For more information or to register, call the Duis Center at 815-622-6200.

Prophetstown Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, April 06, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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On April 6th the Prophetstown Royal Neighbors of America youth chapter will sponsor a free Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. in Booth Park, at the intersection of Booth and Fremont streets. Call 815-438-5475 for more information.

Rochelle's Great Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 07, 2012 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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WRHL Radio (NewsTALK 1060 and SAM on 102.3FM) invites families to the WRHL Great Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7th at Cooper Park in Rochelle. This family oriented event begins at 11am and is FREE and designed for children of all ages . WRHL Staff will be on hand to run the Egg Hunt. WRHL will be broadcasting from the event on SAM 102.3FM and Newstalk 1060.

Picket Fence Florals Spring Event

Friday, April 20, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Spring Into April with Picket Fence Florals in Lanark at their Spring Open House April 20 & 21. Find everything you need for spring decorating from a new wreath for the door, water can arrangement, garden gate, lawn stakes, birdhouses, creative word signs, and much more! Picket Fence Florals is located at 407 E Franklin in Lanark. Hours are 9-5. Be sure to check out our Picket Fence Facebook page to get regular updates.

Picket Fence Florals Spring Event

Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Spring Into April with Picket Fence Florals in Lanark at their Spring Open House April 20 & 21. Find everything you need for spring decorating from a new wreath for the door, water can arrangement, garden gate, lawn stakes, birdhouses, creative word signs, and much more! Picket Fence Florals is located at 407 E Franklin in Lanark. Hours are 9-5. Be sure to check out our Picket Fence Facebook page to get regular updates.

Rock Falls Annual Earth Day Canal Cleanup

Sunday, April 22, 2012 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Rock Falls Annual Earth Day Canal Cleanup will be held Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 - 3:00pm at Lyon's Shelter in Centennial Park, Rock Falls. Come Out! Get Active! Promote! Enjoy the beautiful Hennepin Canal Waterway! If you or your company would like to take part in this cleanup, please call (815)590-6404. Rain date: April 29, 2012 same time and same place.

Polo All Town Garage Sales

Friday, April 27, 2012 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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Polo All town Rummage Sales begin April 27 & 28

Polo All Town Garage Sales

Saturday, April 28, 2012 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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Polo All town Rummage Sales begin April 27 & 28

Prophetstown Memorial Day Services

Monday, May 28, 2012 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Prophetstown Memorial Day Services will be held at Eclipse Park located at the corner of Washington Street at 10:00 A.M.

Discover Downtown Oregon Event

Friday, June 08, 2012 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Oregon Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Park District and Community Bank of Oregon and other participating businesses will host Discover Downtown on Friday, June 8 in downtown Oregon.  The Event will include sidewalk sales, entertainment, food vendors, farmers' market, craft vendors and more on the Courthouse lawn. Mary Ley, local musician, will be playing a variety of instruments at 9 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. the OHS Jazz Band will be the Brown Bag Entertainment sponsored by Community Bank of Oregon. For more information contact Debbie Leffelman at the Oregon Park District, 732-3101

2nd annual Reagon Rides Car & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, June 16, 2012 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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2nd Annual Reagan Rides Car & Motorcycle Show will be held on Saturday June 16, 2012  in front of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, 816 S. Hennepin Ave. Registration begins at 9am. Show from 10-4pm. Music, raffles, concessions in Reagan Memorial Park.Registration $15 per vehicle, open to ALL vehicles! Spectators FREE! Register by May 16 to guarantee dash plaque! Top 10, best in Show and Kenneth E. Berogan Award (Best Family Oriented Showing) Presented at 3pm. Proceeds from the show benefit the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, a non-profit organization that recieves no State or Government funds! Boyhood Home operates on donations, giftshop sales, $5 admission fee and dedicated volunteers!  

Sterling Dog Days Festival

Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sterling Main Street's annual 3-day Dog Days Festival begins June 21 with a free showing of "Up" around 8:15 p.m. at Grandon Civic Center, as part of the city's Movies in the Park program.     Families are invited to bring their dogs to the movie. Sterling photographer Heather Lanell will take family and pet portraits beforehand in an "Up" themed movie background, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Color prints will cost $6. Doggie treats will be raffled, and food and drink vendors will be on hand.    The following day is Fourth Fridays: Where People and Arts Collide, which this month is puppy-themed. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature a "pup" crawl for dogs, and puppy paws on the sidewalks will lead participants from venue to venue, some of which will welcome pets inside and offer treats. The highlight of the festival will be free canine activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23 at Central Park. Opening ceremonies begin with a blessing of the animals by the Rev. Christina Berry of First Presbyterian Church.There will be a doggie costume contest with prizes awarded in three categories – cutest, scariest and most creative – at 10:30 a.m.    Rock Falls Police patrolman Jeremy Vondra and his partner, Nero, and Whiteside County Sheriff's Deputy Rollie Elder and Bliss will give K-9 demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.    More judging begins at 11:30 a.m., with prizes awarded for the largest dog, the smallest dog, the longest tail and for quirky pet tricks.     Vendors and organizations representing animal rescues, veterinary care and groomers also will be on site. Prizes will include coupons, dog food, doggie toys and the like.     For all events, dogs must be leashed, should be current on their vaccinations and be wearing identification tags. Owners are responsible for prompt pet waste removal.
Call Sterling Main Street, 815-626-8610, for more information.

Sterling Dog Days Festival

Friday, June 22, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sterling Main Street's annual 3-day Dog Days Festival begins June 21 with a free showing of "Up" around 8:15 p.m. at Grandon Civic Center, as part of the city's Movies in the Park program.     Families are invited to bring their dogs to the movie. Sterling photographer Heather Lanell will take family and pet portraits beforehand in an "Up" themed movie background, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Color prints will cost $6. Doggie treats will be raffled, and food and drink vendors will be on hand.    The following day is Fourth Fridays: Where People and Arts Collide, which this month is puppy-themed. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature a "pup" crawl for dogs, and puppy paws on the sidewalks will lead participants from venue to venue, some of which will welcome pets inside and offer treats. The highlight of the festival will be free canine activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23 at Central Park. Opening ceremonies begin with a blessing of the animals by the Rev. Christina Berry of First Presbyterian Church.There will be a doggie costume contest with prizes awarded in three categories – cutest, scariest and most creative – at 10:30 a.m.    Rock Falls Police patrolman Jeremy Vondra and his partner, Nero, and Whiteside County Sheriff's Deputy Rollie Elder and Bliss will give K-9 demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.    More judging begins at 11:30 a.m., with prizes awarded for the largest dog, the smallest dog, the longest tail and for quirky pet tricks.     Vendors and organizations representing animal rescues, veterinary care and groomers also will be on site. Prizes will include coupons, dog food, doggie toys and the like.     For all events, dogs must be leashed, should be current on their vaccinations and be wearing identification tags. Owners are responsible for prompt pet waste removal.
Call Sterling Main Street, 815-626-8610, for more information.

Sterling Dog Days Festival

Saturday, June 23, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sterling Main Street's annual 3-day Dog Days Festival begins June 21 with a free showing of "Up" around 8:15 p.m. at Grandon Civic Center, as part of the city's Movies in the Park program.     Families are invited to bring their dogs to the movie. Sterling photographer Heather Lanell will take family and pet portraits beforehand in an "Up" themed movie background, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Color prints will cost $6. Doggie treats will be raffled, and food and drink vendors will be on hand.    The following day is Fourth Fridays: Where People and Arts Collide, which this month is puppy-themed. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature a "pup" crawl for dogs, and puppy paws on the sidewalks will lead participants from venue to venue, some of which will welcome pets inside and offer treats. The highlight of the festival will be free canine activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23 at Central Park. Opening ceremonies begin with a blessing of the animals by the Rev. Christina Berry of First Presbyterian Church.There will be a doggie costume contest with prizes awarded in three categories – cutest, scariest and most creative – at 10:30 a.m.    Rock Falls Police patrolman Jeremy Vondra and his partner, Nero, and Whiteside County Sheriff's Deputy Rollie Elder and Bliss will give K-9 demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.    More judging begins at 11:30 a.m., with prizes awarded for the largest dog, the smallest dog, the longest tail and for quirky pet tricks.     Vendors and organizations representing animal rescues, veterinary care and groomers also will be on site. Prizes will include coupons, dog food, doggie toys and the like.     For all events, dogs must be leashed, should be current on their vaccinations and be wearing identification tags. Owners are responsible for prompt pet waste removal.
Call Sterling Main Street, 815-626-8610, for more information.

WWII Historical Re-enactment in Dixon

Saturday, June 23, 2012 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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June 23-24 a WWII Historical Re-enactment will be held at Elks Page Park located at 7883 S. Lowell Park Rd, Dixon.  Over 100 re-enactors will be present to provide a living history to honor the sacrifices of WWII.  The general plan of activities includes arrival & set-up on Friday and on Saturday & Sunday the area be open to the public to view encampments and two "battles" will take place. A USO style dance will take place in the evening.  Militaria vendors will be on site along with large pieces of American & German armored vehicles and other large original pieces of equipment.  Food stands will be available. Admission is $10.00 per vehicle - WWII vets admitted free.  Go to discoverdixon.org for a full list of times of events.

WWII Historical Re-enactment in Dixon

Sunday, June 24, 2012 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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June 23-24 a WWII Historical Re-enactment will be held at Elks Page Park located at 7883 S. Lowell Park Rd, Dixon.  Over 100 re-enactors will be present to provide a living history to honor the sacrifices of WWII.  The general plan of activities includes arrival & set-up on Friday and on Saturday & Sunday the area be open to the public to view encampments and two "battles" will take place. A USO style dance will take place in the evening.  Militaria vendors will be on site along with large pieces of American & German armored vehicles and other large original pieces of equipment.  Food stands will be available. Admission is $10.00 per vehicle - WWII vets admitted free.  Go to discoverdixon.org for a full list of times of events.

Sterling Dog Days Festival

Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sterling Main Street's annual 3-day Dog Days Festival begins June 28 with a free showing of "Up" around 8:15 p.m. at Grandon Civic Center, as part of the city's Movies in the Park program.     Families are invited to bring their dogs to the movie.
Call Sterling Main Street, 815-626-8610, for more information.

Sterling Dog Days Festival

Friday, June 29, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sterling Main Street's annual 3-day Dog Days Festival begins June 28 with a free showing of "Up" around 8:15 p.m. at Grandon Civic Center, as part of the city's Movies in the Park program.     Families are invited to bring their dogs to the movie.
Call Sterling Main Street, 815-626-8610, for more information.

Sterling Dog Days Festival

Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sterling Main Street's annual 3-day Dog Days Festival begins June 28 with a free showing of "Up" around 8:15 p.m. at Grandon Civic Center, as part of the city's Movies in the Park program.     Families are invited to bring their dogs to the movie.
Call Sterling Main Street, 815-626-8610, for more information.

Second Saturday Art & Music Event in Dixon

Saturday, July 14, 2012 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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July Second Saturdays in Dixon will be July 14th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on First Street, Dixon, IL between Galena and Peoria Avenues. Come to downtown Dixon for a variety of artists and musicians and enjoy an evening of art, music, food and fun. Nine small businesses put on a big show of local talent for July and musical venues include: Lowell Hays at Books on First, Jeff Kagay at Waterfront Gifts and Antiques, and new venue, Traditional Wellness Center. Artist venues include: Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe, The Next Picture Show, Journey Yoga, Cimino's, Trein's Jewelry, and Wedding Whims. Artists featured are: sculptor, Leland Sedig, weaver, Jim Ceccetti, painters: Deb Cleary and Joy Meyer, floral/henna artist, Stacey and multi-media by Jesey Nicholson, Nicky Perez.

Dixon Riverfront Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Sunday, July 22, 2012 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 The 11th Annual Riverfront Classic Car and Motorcycle show is set for Sunday, July 22 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in downtown Dixon. The cars will be showcased on the Riverfront, along Hennepin Ave and First Street in the downtown. The event is expected to draw between 200-300 classic cars. As usual, 3D Sound will be on hand to provide music and commentary for the show. This year's competition will have several judged categories, including Top 50 1985 and older, Top 5 1986 and newer, Top 5 Motorcycles, and Best of Show Modified and Original. Awards will take place at 3 p.m. Registration goes from 8 a.m. - Noon and cost is $15 per car. Throughout the day Mama Cimino's and Oliver's Corner Market will be hosting cook-outs. For more information, call Steve at 815-284-2763.

Musical Program at Windmill Cultural Center

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Volunteer Millers at De Immigrant windmill in Fulton, Illinois, will host their next monthly event on Tuesday, July 31, at 6:00 PM. The program will be held at the Windmill Cultural Center at 111 – 10th Avenue in downtown Fulton, Illinois, across from the authentic Dutch windmill.
Dennis Stroughmatt will perform "Mussels, Moonshine, and Music: Mississippi Valley Migrant Life in the Early Twentieth Century." The program is sponsored by the Volunteer Millers, FACE, and the Illinois Humanities Council.
In a time almost forgotten, the Midwest and upper South were once home to thousands of Americans who lived and worked on the rivers as share croppers, fishermen, mussel shellers, button cutters, traveling minstrels, and even moonshiners. Work was their lives, and the work was hard. But though they were the backbone of industry in cities like Muscatine and Cairo, they played too, enjoying the music of Memphis and St. Louis along their way. Join Dennis on a voyage of discovery using performance and presentation including artifacts, photos, folktales, and river-based musical styles.
Dennis Stroughmatt, born and raised in southeastern Illinois, is an authority on French Creole music and the culture of "Upper Louisiana," a.k.a Illinois and Missouri. First introduced to local French history as a teenager in Indiana, Dennis later moved to southeast Missouri and spent more than three years studying and learning to speak Illinois French Creole, to play the fiddle, and to sing many of the traditional songs that have permeated the region for three hundred years. He would also go on to live, work, and play music in the "Cajun country" of Louisiana and study in Quebec, thus completing the circle of French culture in North America.The Volunteer Millers invite the public to attend this free event. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. This program is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. The facility is handicap accessible.

An Evening in the President's Shadow Wine Tasting Event

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The annual Reagan Home Wine Tasting event will offer samples of wines from Twisted Oak Winery presented by Wine-O-Rama, Massbach Ridge Winery & Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. Beer sampling is provided this year by Tighthead Brewing Company. Once again Mississippi River Distillery will be on hand to introduce you to a variety of spirits as well. For a taste of local restaurant offerings we have Orom & Touch of Thai. And back by popular demand we will have Jimmy Jack Whitaker for your listening pleasure! It's going to be something special. Don't miss it!Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the event.Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 815-288-5176 to get your tickets today!

Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA Outdoor Adventure Fest

Saturday, August 25, 2012 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Aug 25th Sterling, Rock Falls Family YMCA second annual Outdoor Adventure Fest offers more than 30 free activities from noon-4pm. There will be archery, paintball, a climbing wall and many more fun activities. Free hot dog meals provided. The YMCA is located at 2505 YMCA Way, off Lynn Blvd in Sterling. Call 815-535-9622 for more information.

Sterling Arts & Storytelling Festival

Friday, August 31, 2012 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Friday, August 31, and Saturday, September 1, the Sterling Public Library and Woodlawn Arts Academy present two days of storytelling with four nationally known storytellers, a Juried Art Show and other fine arts related activities.Friday night features an art show and reception at 6 p.m., followed by stories for adults from 8 to 10 p.m. Stories for the whole family will be told from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, with a murder mystery dinner theater at 5 p.m.; stories in Spanish from 7 to 8 p.m. and Tales in the Dark from 7 to 9 p.m. A children's art show runs from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Admission is $7 for adult stories, $10 for the dinner theater, and free to all others, although donations will be accepted. Concessions will be sold and seating is available.The event is located at the Woodlawn Arts Academy, at 3807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling. For more information, please call 815-626-4278 or visit sterlingfestival.org.

Sterling Arts & Storytelling Festival

Saturday, September 01, 2012 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Friday, August 31, and Saturday, September 1, the Sterling Public Library and Woodlawn Arts Academy present two days of storytelling with four nationally known storytellers, a Juried Art Show and other fine arts related activities.Friday night features an art show and reception at 6 p.m., followed by stories for adults from 8 to 10 p.m. Stories for the whole family will be told from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, with a murder mystery dinner theater at 5 p.m.; stories in Spanish from 7 to 8 p.m. and Tales in the Dark from 7 to 9 p.m. A children's art show runs from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Admission is $7 for adult stories, $10 for the dinner theater, and free to all others, although donations will be accepted. Concessions will be sold and seating is available.The event is located at the Woodlawn Arts Academy, at 3807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling. For more information, please call 815-626-4278 or visit sterlingfestival.org.

Paw Paw Labor Day Celebration

Sunday, September 02, 2012 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The annual Paw Paw Labor Day Weekend Celebration offers 3 days of old-fashioned family fun in the Village Park and on school grounds. The 18th annual car show features '50s and '60s music by 3-D Sound Company, 50/50 drawings at noon and 2:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. flag-raising ceremony.  Saturday, Sept. 11 p.m. : Paw Paw Fire Department water fights.   Sunday, Sept. 2  Noon: Truck and tractor pull; admission $5 for 12 and older Monday, Sept. 3  Pony rides and kid's games all day. 8 a.m.-noon: Car show registration, $10; dash plaques to the first 150  9 a.m.: Flea market and craft show10 a.m.: Parade11:30 a.m: Lions chicken barbecue  Noon-1 p.m.: Car show judging 1 p.m.: Truck and tractor pull; admission $5 for 12 and older1 p.m.: Kid's pedal tractor pull, open to all  5 p.m.: Paw Paw Lions pork chop barbecue

Paw Paw Labor Day Celebration

Monday, September 03, 2012 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The annual Paw Paw Labor Day Weekend Celebration offers 3 days of old-fashioned family fun in the Village Park and on school grounds. The 18th annual car show features '50s and '60s music by 3-D Sound Company, 50/50 drawings at noon and 2:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. flag-raising ceremony.  Saturday, Sept. 11 p.m. : Paw Paw Fire Department water fights.   Sunday, Sept. 2  Noon: Truck and tractor pull; admission $5 for 12 and older Monday, Sept. 3  Pony rides and kid's games all day. 8 a.m.-noon: Car show registration, $10; dash plaques to the first 150  9 a.m.: Flea market and craft show10 a.m.: Parade11:30 a.m: Lions chicken barbecue  Noon-1 p.m.: Car show judging 1 p.m.: Truck and tractor pull; admission $5 for 12 and older1 p.m.: Kid's pedal tractor pull, open to all  5 p.m.: Paw Paw Lions pork chop barbecue

Second Saturday Art & Music Event in Dixon

Saturday, September 08, 2012
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The Studio Jam is back for fall! A big hit last spring, with cooler weather returns Studio Jam at 107 S. Peoria Ave.in Dixon.   Organized by Nicole Miller, Studio Jam is an open mic opportunity for area musicians running from 8 to midnight. Sign up for the jam begins at 7p. In addition, The Studio is open at 6p featuring the artwork of Erin Clark and Crystal Amber Collinson along with music by Chuck Gall. New artist Aaron Krysiak shows off his glass blowing at Griffin Computer Repair. Artists Heather Shore, Tim Drane and Hannah Tucker show at more venues and Maggie Hilliard plays at Books on First. Second Saturdays is a monthly cultural event in downtown Dixon organized by a core cooperative of local artists, and small businesses. Those interested in participating in Second Saturdays email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..%20)
Information online at: Second-Saturdays.com or facebook.com/Second.Saturdays.Art.Happenings

Autumn on the Prairie at Nachusa Grasslands

Saturday, September 15, 2012 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Join us September 15th for our annual Autumn on the Prairie event at Nachusa Grasslands located at 8772 S Lowden Rd, Franklin Grove. This event is free and open to the public. Whether it's your first time or 100th time to Nachusa, there is always a lot to see. Event goers will have a chance to explore the preserve's beautiful remnant and restored prairie landscape during guided tours and horse-drawn wagon rides with Conservancy staff and volunteers. The event will also include live music, kettle corn, local artists at work, a children's tent, a food vendor and more! We welcome you to come out and see the prairie, celebrate autumn and help us kick off our efforts to bring bison back to Nachusa! Event hours are 10am – 5pm

Mt Carroll Cruise NIght

Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 Come to historic downtown Mt. Carroll for a blast from the past. This is our final Car Cruise of 2012 so there's never been a better time to cruise experience no classes or judging; just food, music and lots of classic cars!

Mt Carroll Cruise NIght

Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 Come to historic downtown Mt. Carroll for a blast from the past. This is our final Car Cruise of 2012 so there's never been a better time to cruise experience no classes or judging; just food, music and lots of classic cars!

Mt. Morris Historical Revue

Saturday, September 29, 2012 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Taking place on the Town Square/Campus

Alpaca Farm Days at Dreamswept Alpacas

Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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We invite you to join us at Dreamswept Alpacas for Alpaca Farm Days Sept 29 & 30. We are located at 3097 N Marrill Rd. (at the Corner of Marrill & Holcomb Rd) in rural Byron. During this FREE event you can learn about alpacas, their luxurious fiber and how it is processed. You can even walk one of the alpacas and take a picture with your new friend! We also have a llama, chickens, an English angora bunny and Great Pyrenees guard dogs. There will be alpacas, yarn, raw fiber, and alpaca products for sale along with handmade soap and lotion. Enjoy free drinks and snacks while you visit these beautiful animals and learn about the wonderful lifestyle of raising them. Hours are 11am – 4pm both days.

Alpaca Farm Days at Dreamswept Alpacas

Sunday, September 30, 2012 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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We invite you to join us at Dreamswept Alpacas for Alpaca Farm Days Sept 29 & 30. We are located at 3097 N Marrill Rd. (at the Corner of Marrill & Holcomb Rd) in rural Byron. During this FREE event you can learn about alpacas, their luxurious fiber and how it is processed. You can even walk one of the alpacas and take a picture with your new friend! We also have a llama, chickens, an English angora bunny and Great Pyrenees guard dogs. There will be alpacas, yarn, raw fiber, and alpaca products for sale along with handmade soap and lotion. Enjoy free drinks and snacks while you visit these beautiful animals and learn about the wonderful lifestyle of raising them. Hours are 11am – 4pm both days.

Second Saturday Art & Music Event in Dixon

Saturday, October 13, 2012 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Meet up with a friend and enjoy a crisp night out on the town filled with art, music, and good conversation. Second Saturdays for October offers art happenings at eight small businesses featuring a range of art and music from area artists. Brittany Waterhouse showcases her fashionable knitting and crocheting at The Frameworks, just in time for those cooler nights. Savanna artist, Heather Houzenga comes in for the night bringing with her funky and creative jewelry imbued with inspirational thoughts and found object charm. Sloane Wolfe will be set up outside of the Ginkgo Tree Café with timely fall metalwork for decorating your home and garden. Additional artists at various venues include musicians, Steve Schad, Jeff Kagay, Chris Errera, and Matthew Smith. Visual artists include: Tim Drane, Linda Springer, and Ellen Repass.The Second Saturdays Studio Co-op Jam runs from 8-Midnight. Sign up for the open mic starts at 7 blocking 15-minute slots for folks. There is a sound system set up already, so-unless you want something special, you only need to bring your instrument and yourself. Sound guy Steve Catron will run your guitar through the main PA. It's a cool atmosphere created by a community of musicians. Wine and beer and pizza will be for sale.Second Saturdays is a monthly cultural event in downtown Dixon organized by a core cooperative of local artists, and small businesses.

Blues & Brews Festival

Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Plan to attend the 1st annual Blues & Brews Festival sponsored by Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center. The event will be held at Oak Lane of Oregon Event Venue located at 3261 Daysville Rd, Oregon. All are welcome to come and enjoy beer tasting, food vendors, and local jazz bands while supporting local cancer patients and their families. For ticket information contact Jenee at Home of Hope - 815-288-4673

Ultimate Tailgate Chili Cook Off

Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 Ultimate Tailgate at the Beanblossom in Dixon from 11a-4p. Enter your chili, salsa, or BBQ in this great downtown fall tradition. Cash prizes! Also, compete in the bags tournament or the Armchair Quarterback Challenge. Family friendly! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details or to register. Admission is $3.

Music Benefit Honoring Blues Artist Jim Drennan

Sunday, October 28, 2012 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Come to Charlie's Bar & Grill on Sunday, Oct 28th and join the Midwest's very best musicians as they gather to pay tribute to and raise money for the funeral services for the great Blues artist, Jim Drennan, who lost his life on 10/19/12. Join the likes of Nashville great Forrest 'Carter' Rische and many more! We will have a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and a "Jim Drennan Special" that includes Charlie's famous pulled pork and french fries, with proceeds going to the burial fund for Jim. NO cover charge - $10 suggested donation at the door. Donations also accepted at THE National Bank, 309 N. Clay St., Mt. Carroll. Charlie's Bar & Grill is located at 123 W Market St in Mt Carroll.

Polo Senior Center Craft Show

Friday, November 02, 2012 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Handcrafted from the Heart. There is a craft show at the Polo Area Senior Services Center, Nov 2nd from 8-5 and Nov 3rd from 8-4. There will be many items from crocheted, jewelry, wood, quilts, paintings and florals.
There is also a Bake Sale all day by P.A.S.S.
 
Craft Show Poster (images/2012/Events/craft_show_poster.pdf)

Polo Senior Center Craft Show

Saturday, November 03, 2012 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Handcrafted from the Heart. There is a craft show at the Polo Area Senior Services Center, Nov 2nd from 8-5 and Nov 3rd from 8-4. There will be many items from crocheted, jewelry, wood, quilts, paintings and florals.
There is also a Bake Sale all day by P.A.S.S.

Running 4U -5k Charity Run

Saturday, November 10, 2012 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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This event is Saturday, November 10th. It is to raise mony for students in need of lunches and such in the school district. You can register online at www.racetime.info (http://www.racetime.info) or print out and mail a registration form at www.runthesaukvalley.com
Prizes will be presented to the overall maile & female finishers. Medals will be presented to the top three finishers in multiply age groups. Open the below link to view the Race Flyer
Sponsored by:
JEFF'S REFS, NORTHERN ILLINOIS TV, PATTERSON FARMS, RELIABLE GARAGE DOORS, AND SUBWAY
4U 5K Race Flyer

Second Saturday Art & Music Event in Dixon

Saturday, November 10, 2012 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The  November Second Saturdays in Dixon will be held Saturday, Nov 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on First Street,  between Galena and Peoria Avenues in downtown Dixon. Seven small businesses host a variety of artists and musicians for an evening of art and music. For more information go to our website or check us out on facebook  facebook.com/Second.Saturdays.Art.Happenings

Veteran's Fun night of Trivia

Saturday, November 10, 2012 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Doors open at 5:30 p.m.Trivia starts at 6:00Raffles, Silent Auction, and Door Prizes Taco bar
Prairie Ridge Golf Course
903 W. Morris St.Morrison, IL

Alpacas at Jarrett Prairie Center in Byron

Saturday, November 17, 2012 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Alpacas at Jarrett Prairie Center in Byron - Free Event
Come to a free one-hour event at the Jarrett Prairie Center in Byron when Dreamswept Alpacas will bring alpacas from their farm in Byron. Learn about alpacas and their luxurious fiber, and see products made from their fiber. Bring a camera a take a picture with the alpacas!  The Jarrett Center is located at 7993 N River Rd, in Byron. 
 

Girl Scouts: Scrapbooking Fun

Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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All equipment provided for this patch about scrapbooking. Date is December 1. Times are from 1-4pm. Call 234-8535 to register by November 28. Fees are $10/scout. Meet at Keller Center. Bring some photos from home.

'Fourth Fridays -Where People & Art Collide' Event in Sterling

Friday, January 25, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fourth Fridays.....where People and the Arts Collide.  New for 2013, Woodlawn Arts Academy is partnering with the event and will feature one of their artists each month. This month's Woodlawn spotlight will be on guitar instructor Tony Regalado who will be playing at the Sterling Main Street Office. Also at the Main Street Office we will be showcasing pieces submitted to the YWCA's Peace Art Contest.Several new artists will be making their debut appearance this month including Barbara Miles &Barbara Stone showing a variety of textile and fabric creations at the "Big Red Church"; Artist Bronwyn Jordan and Musician Wade Buzzard at the Main Street Wine Cellar; and Illustrator Matt Alden Brown at Air Play Sports.Musical highlights include the return of Lojo Russo to the Precinct; Acoustic Knuckle Ride at Champs and open mic night at Bean's Coffeehouse & Music Café.Walking Maps outlining a complete list of venues and events may be picked up at any of the participating businesses and sponsors, or by downloading a copy from our website. About Fourth Fridays...Where People and the Arts Collide:Fourth Fridays PAC is a monthly cultural event brought to you by Sterling Main Street which features downtown Sterling business owners partnering with the local arts community, working together to enliven the downtown and showcase the works of the artisans right here at home. To learn more about Fourth Fridays PAC, you may call Janna Groharing at 815.625.1248, or contact the Sterling Main Street Office at 815.626.8610, visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/FourthFridaysPAC or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday Brunch at Timber Creek

Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Brunch will be served on Sunday, January 27th, at theTimber Creek Golf Club from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Franklin Creek Grist Mill  located at 1890 Twist Road, Franklin Grove, ILCost: Adults: $13.99 Seniors: $12.99
 

Antique Appraisal event at Windmill Cultural Center

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An antique event is scheduled for January 30, 2013, at Fulton's Windmill Cultural Center. Several local antique experts will be at the Center from 9-12:30 to evaluate items brought by area residents. Anyone is welcome to visit to seek information about one or more antiques or collectibles. There is no charge for this service. The antiquers are donating their time and expertise to brighten a January morning on this spot on the globe. Their specialties include toys, primitives, crocks, signs, and paintings. However, they all have a broad general knowledge of antiques. They will have items from their personal collections, also.In addition to the appraisals, a soup/bread/dessert lunch will be served from 11-1.Although complimentary coffee and a treat are always served at 9 a.m., this new adventure will provide soup and freshly baked warm bread with a donation asked.

Sauk Valley Shop Small Saturday

Saturday, February 09, 2013 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sauk Valley Shop Small celebrates its first "Shop Small Saturday" of 2013. Sauk Valley Shop Small is a grass roots effort of the Shop Small movement, uniting locally owned, independent retailers and cultural groups from within the Sauk Valley region in northern Illinois. Working together, the alliance utilizes Facebook, the Internet and traditional marketing to promote one another's local small businesses and cultural activities. On Shop Small Saturday, participating merchants will offer an assortment of specials, cultural events, and Sauk Valley Shop Small "Button Deals" for customers sporting their button. For a list of where to pick up a button visit the Sauk Valley Shop Small Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SaukValleyShopSmall (http://www.facebook.com/SaukValleyShopSmall) 

'Man's Right to Freedom' at Byron Museum of History

Saturday, February 09, 2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Byron Museum of History is pleased to present "Man's Right to Freedom" presented by Steven A. Cole, Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm.Four years before the famous Lincoln/Douglas Debates, Stephen A. Douglas came to the town of Freeport, IL in order to thank his constituents for their support. He had recently passed the Kansas Nebraska Bill. Local abolitionists, including John Addams, Dexter Knowlton and Oscar Taylor, invited the famous former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass to come and speak in rebuttal.When Steven A. Cole found out that both Mr. Douglass and Mr. Douglas were in Freeport on the same day in 1854, he decided to do what he could to keep in remembrance this fascinating moment in American History. During this presentation Mr. Cole will present his portrayal of Frederick Douglass and speak of the challenges that Americans faced during the early 1800's. Topics will include Byron's Underground Railroad activity, Lucius Read and the other Abolitionists in the Ogle County area.The Byron Museum of History is dedicated to preserving Byron's rich history through exhibits, programs, and artifact preservation. To learn more about our mission and activities, or volunteering, please contact us or stop by. January hours and tours are by appointment only, on February 1, 2013 the museum will resume regular hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-3:00.For more information, please call the Museum: 815-234-5031, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the museum's website. The Byron Museum of History is located at 110 N. Union Street in Byron, Illinois, 61010 on the corner of Rt2 and Hwy 72.

Great Backyard Bird Count Workshop

Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Great Backyard Bird Count WorkshopFebruary 9 - 2-4 p.m.Adults and children are invited to attend a workshop at the Lowell Park Nature Center focusing on basic bird watching skills and resources. This is a kid-friendly event. The workshop is the weekend prior to the 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, co-sponsored by the National Audubon Society and Cornell University. For more details go to birdsource.org/gbbcFor more information, feel free to contact the naturalist staff at the Nature Center.  The Lowell Park Nature Center is located at 2114 Lowell Park Road, Dixon, IL 61021.

'Fourth Fridays -Where People & Art Collide' Event in Sterling

Friday, February 22, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Music will abound as you wander the wonderful art offerings, browse the shops, dine and drink in Downtown Sterling for Fourth Fridays...Where People and the Arts Collide. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. and featuring  locations throughout Downtown Sterling. For more information, go to the website for a downloadable map and a full listing of each month's featured events.  
 

Chick Day at Silver Moon Winery

Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Plan to attend the 2nd Annual CHICK DAY at Silver Moon Winery! Get a glass of wine, sip, snack on chick feed and shop the vendors, offering chair massages too!GIRLFRIENDS, GRAB YOUR PEEPS AND COME 'CHICK' US OUT!!

7th Annual Doll & Toy Show

Sunday, March 03, 2013 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The 7th annual Doll & Toy Show will be held March 3rd from 10a - 4p at the Rock River Senior Center located at 810 S 10th St in Oregon.  Many vendor & exhibits and food court.  For more information contact Joann's Dolls at 815-234-8332.

Spring Wildflowers Program

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 9 a.m. at Fulton's Windmill Cultural Center, Bob Motz will present "Spring Wildflowers of the Forest." At 9 a.m. guests are invited to drink and snack before the program begins at 9:20.Motz has taught at Rock Island High School, Augustana College, and Black Hawk College. His college major was biology. He continues to teach Genetics during the summer for College for Kids at Black Hawk. He leads bald eagle safaris, too. His program in Fulton will be colored slides with narration and will focus on wildflowers seen March-May in local woods/forests. He will also include natural history stories focusing on edible/poisonous flowers used by pioneers and Native Americans.The programs are free and the building is easily accessible. The Cultural Center sits opposite Fulton's windmill.

Sauk Valley Home & Garden Show

Saturday, March 09, 2013 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Planning a home remodeling project or need new ideas to spruce up your home or garden?
More that 30 vendors will display products and services for everything from home remodeling and construction to landscape, plus indoor living, design and more at the annual Sauk Valley Home and Garden Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling.
"There is a wealth of home improvement specialists in and around this market. The Sauk Valley Home and Garden Show is a great opportunity for them to showcase their products or services to the community," said Ed Bushman of Sauk Valley Media, sponsor of the show.
"We are so happy to have such a variety of vendors at the show. It is an event where individuals interested in improving their homes will have the opportunity to talk with home improvement specialists all under one roof," Bushman said.
Admission is free. Call 815-625-3600, ext. 681, for more information.

Sauk Valley Home & Garden Show

Sunday, March 10, 2013 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Planning a home remodeling project or need new ideas to spruce up your home or garden?
More that 30 vendors will display products and services for everything from home remodeling and construction to landscape, plus indoor living, design and more at the annual Sauk Valley Home and Garden Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling.
"There is a wealth of home improvement specialists in and around this market. The Sauk Valley Home and Garden Show is a great opportunity for them to showcase their products or services to the community," said Ed Bushman of Sauk Valley Media, sponsor of the show.
"We are so happy to have such a variety of vendors at the show. It is an event where individuals interested in improving their homes will have the opportunity to talk with home improvement specialists all under one roof," Bushman said.
Admission is free. Call 815-625-3600, ext. 681, for more information.

TLC Country Store Spring Opening

Friday, March 15, 2013 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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TLC Country Store located at 7250 Garden Plain Rd, Fulton, will be open for the spring season Friday March 15th through April 27 on Fridays & Saturdays from 10 AM to 3PM.  Come and see the wonderful colors of spring. We have spring centerpieces and wreaths. We also have supplies for Easter and Easter centerpieces and wreaths. We have a few Irish centerpieces also. Start planning your Easter baskets now.
Our consignors have also brought hair ribbons, flower hairbows, ribbon flowers, bracelets, crocheted necklaces, crocheted and knitted neck scarves. We have the usual sets of cotton dishtowels, crocheted towels, dish cloths, potato baker bags, Delft, handmade cards, jams, salsas, chocolate rocks, etc etc. Check out our crocheted baby afghans and embroidered baby quilts.  Lots of gift ideas for baby showers, house warming gifts, hostess gifts, Mothers Day and Fathers Day.
We will be open Fridays and Saturdays through April 27 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Note: We will be closed Saturday, March 23. Check our website for more information.

TLC Country Store Spring Opening

Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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TLC Country Store located at 7250 Garden Plain Rd, Fulton, will be open for the spring season Friday March 15th through April 27 on Fridays & Saturdays from 10 AM to 3PM.  Come and see the wonderful colors of spring. We have spring centerpieces and wreaths. We also have supplies for Easter and Easter centerpieces and wreaths. We have a few Irish centerpieces also. Start planning your Easter baskets now.
Our consignors have also brought hair ribbons, flower hairbows, ribbon flowers, bracelets, crocheted necklaces, crocheted and knitted neck scarves. We have the usual sets of cotton dishtowels, crocheted towels, dish cloths, potato baker bags, Delft, handmade cards, jams, salsas, chocolate rocks, etc etc. Check out our crocheted baby afghans and embroidered baby quilts.  Lots of gift ideas for baby showers, house warming gifts, hostess gifts, Mothers Day and Fathers Day.
We will be open Fridays and Saturdays through April 27 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Note: We will be closed Saturday, March 23. Check our website for more information.

31st Annual Sublette Farm Toy & Antique Tractor Show

Sunday, March 17, 2013 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Vendors from more than ten Midwestern states fill eight buildings with over 400 tables of farm toys and collectibles. Because of it's popularity, this year the show has been expanded to TWO days!  Antique tractor show with over 200 tractors lining the streets. Semi-tractors line up to show off their unique paint jobs. Train show with large operating layout, quilt show, and craft show. Pancake breakfast on Sunday.  Free shuttle will transport visitors to the various bldgs on Sunday only.  Go to the website for all details.   

NW ILL Model Railroad Club Spring Open House

Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An open house is planned at the Northwestern Illinois Model Railroad Club Inc. for Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17, from 10a.m. to 4p.m. We have an "N" scale running on the main floor and "HO" scale running in the basement. The model train layouts are located at 101 Main Street Chadwick, IL The Club was formed in January 2003 with an empty basement and 16 members. The club now has 23 members, and two different size working layouts. The "HO" scale layout has 3 levels covering the entire 30' x 60' basement. The 30' x 14' "N" scale is growing with a yard and bridges it takes up half of the main floor. Make sure to sign up for the G-scale train set that will be given away as a door prize. Bring your camera the busy BNSF is right across the street.The club would like to take this opportunity to show the model train layouts to the public. Enjoy your visit and make sure to sign our guest book. We are always welcoming new members to join and share their interest in trains. You can also join us on Facebook, just search for NWILMRR.
To have your name added to our emailing list or for more information on this event send an email or call Duane Imel (815) 684-5216 evenings.

'Fourth Fridays -Where People & Art Collide' Event in Sterling

Friday, March 22, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Music will abound as you wander the wonderful art offerings, browse the shops, dine and drink in Downtown Sterling for Fourth Fridays...Where People and the Arts Collide. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. and featuring  locations throughout Downtown Sterling. For more information, go to the website for a downloadable map and a full listing of each month's featured events.  
 

63rd Annual Oregon Antique Show

Saturday, March 23, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Oregon Woman's Club is proud to announce their 63rd Annual Oregon Antique Show. Many changes have taken place during the past sixty+ years transforming a small antique and hobby show into one of the premier shows of Northern Illinois. At the age of early retirement (for people, that is) the show is looking forward to many years of presenting the best event possible for our dealers and antique collectors.
The Oregon Woman's Club, a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, sponsors this show as a major fund raising event and uses the proceeds to help fund various community projects and charities.This year the show will again be held at the Blackhawk Center Sports Arena, located on the Oregon public school campus. The facility offers ample parking, handicap accessibility and a huge area for 50 Midwest antique dealers to display their merchandise for sale. Quality antiques will range from the early 1800's through the retro era of the 1950's including all areas of collecting - furniture, glass, china, pottery, toys, textiles, jewelry, dolls, silver, decorator items and more. You will be amazed at the selection available. There will be items for all collecting tastes and budgets.
The snack bar sponsored by the Oregon, IL, Kiwanis Club will be brimming with "home-made" sandwiches, soups, desserts and beverages. Mary Lou's Crystal Repair from Joliet, IL, will be on hand both days to repair your damaged heirlooms "while you wait". On Sunday, Munda & Associates, Auctioneers & Appraisers, Freeport, IL, will offer verbal appraisals of your small treasures for $5 per item. Please supply photos of large items. If a writtten appraisal is needed, discuss details with Munda & Associates.
Show times are Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission donation is $5 per person, which is good for both days of the show. Door prize drawing every hour and grand prize drawing at end of the show.
Location is the Blackhawk Center, 10th Street at Jefferson Street, one block south of Rt 64 (Washington Street), Oregon, IL. Watch for directional signage.
Mark your calendar and make plans to come enjoy the day or week-end. For additional information on area lodging and attractions visit www.discoveroregonillinois.com or www.oregonil.com or call the Oregon Chamber of Commerce at 815-732-2100. For more information about the show call 815-732-2219 or 815-652-2047.

Egg Hunt in Dixon

Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 The Dixon Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, 800 Division St., is having a free Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. for children through age 10.
From 10:15 to 11 a.m., the Easter bunny will be available for photos. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, doughnuts, milk, juice and coffee.
Registration is not required. Call 815-284-3393 for more information.

Rock Falls Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 23, 2013 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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The Coloma Park District's free Easter egg hunt for children 3-5 and 6-8 will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park, 508 E. 11th St. Register in advance or from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. the day of at Storybook Village Shelter; the hunt starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.
The hunt is open to all Coloma and Montmorency township children. Registration is free; forms are available at the park district office, 508 E. 11th St., Rock Falls. The hunt will be held regardless of the weather.
Each division will hunt for eggs in a different section of the park. Children must bring a sack or basket to gather eggs. The Easter bunny has left some 2,100 eggs for both groups, and all participants will receive an award.
Call 815-625-0272 for more information or to register.

Tampico Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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TAMPICO – The Tampico Lions Club is having a free Easter egg hunt for children through grade 5 beginning at 1 p.m. at Tampico Grade School, 202 W. Second St.
There will be 400 eggs filed with candy and cash, and after the walk there will be a drawing for a prize for a boy and one for a girl, and a name drawn for Bunny Bucks from Kewanee National Bank in Tampico.
The Easter bunny will be on hand; club secretary Terry Gaskill hopes to take pictures to be emailed to parents or other relatives free of charge.
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 815-535-3665 for more information

Sterling Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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 A free children's Easter egg hunt will be at 1:30 p.m. at Westwood Fitness and Sports Center, 1900 Westwood Drive, in Sterling.
Eggs, candy, and prizes will be provided. Divisions are walkers through age 2; 3 and 4; 5 and 6, and 7 and 8. The hunt will take place rain or shine.
Call 815-622-6200 for more information.

63rd Annual Oregon Antique Show

Sunday, March 24, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Oregon Woman's Club is proud to announce their 63rd Annual Oregon Antique Show. Many changes have taken place during the past sixty+ years transforming a small antique and hobby show into one of the premier shows of Northern Illinois. At the age of early retirement (for people, that is) the show is looking forward to many years of presenting the best event possible for our dealers and antique collectors.
The Oregon Woman's Club, a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, sponsors this show as a major fund raising event and uses the proceeds to help fund various community projects and charities.This year the show will again be held at the Blackhawk Center Sports Arena, located on the Oregon public school campus. The facility offers ample parking, handicap accessibility and a huge area for 50 Midwest antique dealers to display their merchandise for sale. Quality antiques will range from the early 1800's through the retro era of the 1950's including all areas of collecting - furniture, glass, china, pottery, toys, textiles, jewelry, dolls, silver, decorator items and more. You will be amazed at the selection available. There will be items for all collecting tastes and budgets.
The snack bar sponsored by the Oregon, IL, Kiwanis Club will be brimming with "home-made" sandwiches, soups, desserts and beverages. Mary Lou's Crystal Repair from Joliet, IL, will be on hand both days to repair your damaged heirlooms "while you wait". On Sunday, Munda & Associates, Auctioneers & Appraisers, Freeport, IL, will offer verbal appraisals of your small treasures for $5 per item. Please supply photos of large items. If a writtten appraisal is needed, discuss details with Munda & Associates.
Show times are Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission donation is $5 per person, which is good for both days of the show. Door prize drawing every hour and grand prize drawing at end of the show.
Location is the Blackhawk Center, 10th Street at Jefferson Street, one block south of Rt 64 (Washington Street), Oregon, IL. Watch for directional signage.
Mark your calendar and make plans to come enjoy the day or week-end. For additional information on area lodging and attractions visit www.discoveroregonillinois.com or www.oregonil.com or call the Oregon Chamber of Commerce at 815-732-2100. For more information about the show call 815-732-2219 or 815-652-2047.

Egg Hunt at Happy Tails Animal Shelter

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Happy Tails Humane Society and Animal Shelter is having its first Easter egg hunt at 5:30 p.m. at 1408 McNeil Road, Rock Falls.
There also will be a deejay, a cotton candy spinner, and a visit from the Easter bunny, who will pose for photos. Kids will be grouped by age – 2-4, 5-7, and 8-12. Registration begins at 5 p.m.; the fee is $3 per child. Bring your camera and a basket, but please, no pets. Call 815-626-2994 for more information.

Byron Museum Antique Appraisal Event

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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On Wed, March 27th from 5:30-7:3pm the Byron Museum of History presents Byron's version of the "Antique Road Show". This annual museum event is free and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to tour the exhibits and watch the show as area residents bring out family heirlooms and attic finds for inspection.Please call the museum 815-234-5031 to reserve a time slot between 5:45 and 7:15. You will have your antique items viewed, discussed and valued. Swan Hachmeister of Hack's Auction and Realty Services will serve as the evening's expert.Limit of 3 items per person, $5 donation per item. Antiques must be small and portable, no large furniture pieces, please. For sets of items, bring in one representative piece and a list of other items in the set. Participants are solely responsible for the care and handling of their antiques.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, March 29, 2013 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Oregon Park District's Flashlight Egg Hunt for kids in grades 5-8 begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oregon Park West.
The hunt for toddlers through grade 4 begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at the park. Kids must bring their own baskets to collect eggs, candy and prizes. Admission is free; registration is not required. Call 815-732-3101 for more information.

Oregon Park District Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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The Oregon Park District's  Egg Hunt for toddlers through grade 4 begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Oregon  Park West. Kids must bring their own baskets to collect eggs, candy and prizes. Admission is free; registration is not required. Call 815-732-3101 for more information

Dixon Park District Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Dixon Park District's free egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. at The Meadows soccer fields, 1550 Washington Ave.
Age divisions are 2 and younger; 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9 and 10; and 11 and 12.
The rain date is April 6.

Fulton Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Fulton Community Easter Egg Hunt will take place Sat., March 30th at 1pm at 10th Avenue Park. For children preschool through 5th Grade.

Colonial Flowers Spring Fling

Thursday, April 04, 2013 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Celebrate the season with new gift ideas, floral decor & more.  Free tulip bunch with $25.00 purchase.  Hours: Apr 4th 4-7 pm/Apr 5-6th 9am-3pm

Colonial Flowers Spring Fling

Friday, April 05, 2013 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Celebrate the season with new gift ideas, floral decor & more. Free tulip bunch with $25.00 purchase. Hours: Apr 4th 4-7 pm/Apr 5-6th 9am-3pm

Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House

Friday, April 05, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House is April 5 and 6 and again on April 12 and 13! Got lots of new things such as rabbits, carrots, quilts, and birdhouses!  Open 9am - 5pm.

Colonial Flowers Spring Fling

Saturday, April 06, 2013 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Celebrate the season with new gift ideas, floral decor & more. Free tulip bunch with $25.00 purchase. Hours: Apr 4th 4-7 pm/Apr 5-6th 9am-3pm

Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House

Saturday, April 06, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House is April 5 and 6 and again on April 12 and 13! Got lots of new things such as rabbits, carrots, quilts, and birdhouses!  Open 9am - 5pm.

'Surrender at Appomattox' program at Savanna Museum & Cultural Center

Sunday, April 07, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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On Sunday, April 7th, and almost 150 years to the day, reenactment of a momentous event in history, Surrender at Appomattox, will be presented at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main Street. First person reenactors, Larry Werline and Company, will bring history alive as they portray Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, General Robert E. Lee, and other Civil War notables as they signed surrender documents in the parlor of a home in the village of Appomattox Courthouse.
Werline says, "Our unit is called 'Grant, Lee, Custer & Co.' We were formed in 2002 as a group of Civil War reenactors that had both an interest in a particular Civil War character and a physical resemblance. The group started performing at reenactments and has branched out to museums, historical sites, schools, historical societies, and anywhere there is an interest in first person American Civil War living history. Our purpose is to bring history to life."
With his army surrounded, his men weak and exhausted, Robert E. Lee realized there was little choice but to consider the surrender of his Army to Lt. General Grant. After a series of notes between the two leaders, they agreed to meet on April 9, 1865, at the house of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Courthouse. The formal ceremony marked the disbandment of the Army of Northern Virginia and the parole of its officers and men, effectively ending the Civil War. At its conclusion the bloodiest conflict in the nation's history neared its end. At the surrender ceremonies, about 28,000 Confederate soldiers passed by and stacked their arms.
The program will be presented at 2:00 pm., a donation of $5.00 is requested. The program will be the first of a series of programs presented by the Savanna Historical Society in June and July, featuring guest speakers and performers relating to an exhibition entitled "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War." The exhibition is made possible from a grant obtained from the American Library Association Public Programs Office, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and cooperation from the Savanna Public Library.

Dixon Founder's Day Program

Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Dixon Main Street will host the 6th Annual Founders' Day on Thursday, April 11 at the Dixon Historic Center. The celebration falls on the same day (April 11, 1830) that John Dixon, the namesake and founder of the city of Dixon, settled with his wife Rebecca and their children near what is now the corner of First Street and Peoria Avenue in downtown Dixon.
"We are continuing the great tradition of highlighting prominent, historical families in our community by honoring the Devine Family this year," Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street said. "It is always an interesting event to learn about our city's great history."
Local Historian Greg Langan will give the program that highlights John Devine, the son of Irish immigrants, he graduated from the Dixon College Law School and passed the Illinois Bar exam in 1905. One hundred years ago he took a seat in the Illinois General Assembly where he would serve consecutively for the next twenty four years. He was Speaker of the House in 1935 after which he returned to practice law. Although a life long Democrat he was a lifetime friend of the Chairman of the Lee County Republican Party for 40 years.
The evening also feature the naming of the Langan Award winner for Lifetime Achievement in Local History Award to honor local historians for their work in preserving the local heritage.
The Main Street Design Committee also will honor the Dixon Historic Center with the McAlpine Award (formerly known as the PRIDE Award (Private Reinvestment in Downtown Excellence). The award is given to local business and building owners who reinvest in their downtown buildings and they do it with an eye toward the historical nature of the building and the district. The Center has reinvested millions of dollars into the old school building to create a state-of-the-art museum for the community. Most recently, they concluded a project adding a wing that features early farming and the Blackhawk War.
The Lee County Historical Society also will give a short presentation on the history of the Lincoln Highway. This year, the highway is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The highway runs through part of Lee County and through downtown Dixon.
Representatives from the Galena Trail and Coach Road Society also will be on-hand to give information about the historic road and its influence in Dixon's History. The mission of the Galena Trail and Coach Road Society (GTCRS) is to preserve and celebrate the unique history of the Trail and Coach Road and build on that heritage as a vehicle to promote the future of our communities. The historic GTCR crosses eight counties from Peoria to Galena and links some 21 local communities along its route.
The evening will start with a soup and chicken strip dinner by Mama Cimino's from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Following the dinner, the awards and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for those only wishing to attend the program. During the evening, the Historic Center exhibits will be open for the public to view.
Event Timeline5-6:30 p.m. -- Soup and Chicken Strip Dinner served. Cost is $7. Free admission to the Historic Center exhibits.6:30 -- Free presentation on the Devine Family, and awards ceremony.

Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House

Friday, April 12, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House is April 5 and 6 and again on April 12 and 13! Got lots of new things such as rabbits, carrots, quilts, and birdhouses!  Open 9am - 5pm.

Prairie Path Sampler - 1002 N Lowden Rd, Mt Carroll
815-244-3462

Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House

Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 Prairie Path Sampler Spring Open House is April 5 and 6 and again on April 12 and 13! Got lots of new things such as rabbits, carrots, quilts, and birdhouses!  Open 9am - 5pm.

Second Saturdays Art & Music in Dixon

Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Welcome Spring with a special April Second Saturdays, featuring Dixon High School student artists and a visit from Facebook, Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on First Street, Dixon, IL between Hennepin and Galena Avenues. A Facebook team will travel to Dixon on the weekend of April's Second Saturdays. Currently the team is collecting stories on how small businesses use Facebook to benefit their communities. Second Saturdays fit their objective so they decided to make a personal visit to capture the event. For the last several weeks the Facebook team has been reaching out to both Second Saturdays participating venue owners, Sauk Valley Shop Small businesses and other area organizations collecting stories for the project. Their goal is to bring awareness to groups utilizing Facebook to better their community. For more information and a list of events &  locations go to the website.

Dixon Community Wide Garage Sales

Friday, April 26, 2013 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Annual Dixon Community-wide Garage Sales are set for April 26-27. Mapswill be distributed through the Telegraph newspaper and at select businessesthe week of the sale. The garage sales will be held rain or shine

'Fourth Fridays -Where People & Art Collide' Event in Sterling

Friday, April 26, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Music will abound as you wander the wonderful art offerings, browse the shops, dine and drink in Downtown Sterling for Fourth Fridays...Where People and the Arts Collide. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. and featuring  locations throughout Downtown Sterling. For more information, go to the website for a downloadable map and a full listing of each month's featured events.  
 

Dixon Community Wide Garage Sales

Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Annual Dixon Community-wide Garage Sales are set for April 26-27. Mapswill be distributed through the Telegraph newspaper and at select businessesthe week of the sale. The garage sales will be held rain or shine

Rock Falls Garage Sale Days

Friday, May 03, 2013 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Join us for the Rock Falls Chamber Spring Garage Sale Days Friday & Saturday May 3rd & 4th from 8am-2pm. (Sale dates & times may vary based on each participant's plans) Over 100 Sales in Rock Falls & Sterling means great deals. Free maps will be available at Schreiner's Mobil (1st Ave/Rock Falls) & Shell Stations in both Rock Falls & Sterling on WEDNESDAY 5/1, no earlier than 12pm/noon. They will also be posted online and can be printed from your home computer.

Rock Falls Garage Sale Days

Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Join us for the Rock Falls Chamber Spring Garage Sale Days Friday & Saturday May 3rd & 4th from 8am-2pm. (Sale dates & times may vary based on each participant's plans) Over 100 Sales in Rock Falls & Sterling means great deals. Free maps will be available at Schreiner's Mobil (1st Ave/Rock Falls) & Shell Stations in both Rock Falls & Sterling on WEDNESDAY 5/1, no earlier than 12pm/noon. They will also be posted online and can be printed from your home computer.

Sauk Valley Shop Small

Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Please join us Saturday, May 4th for Sauk Valley Shop Small Saturday. The doors are open and you're welcome inside. Sauk Valley Shop Small is a regional grass roots alliance of small businesses and cultural groups leveraging the power of working together to promote the value of shopping local, small independent small businesses in the Sauk Valley.

Oregon Park District Plant & Flower Sale

Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Spring Is In The Air! Are you anxious to be outdoors and digging in the dirt? Garden art, perennials, annuals, herbs, and wildflower plants and seeds will be available for purchase at the Nash Recreation Center in Oregon during their Annual Plant & Flower Sale, Saturday, May 4 from 8:00a-1:00p

Friends of the Windmill Plant Sale

Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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The annual Friends of the Windmill plant sale will be at the old fire station building (Robert Fulton Commons) on the corner of 4th Street and 10th Avenue in Fulton on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 8am to Noon. Are some of your plants too crowded and need to be split? Do you have a plant that you just don't like anymore? Bring them to the sale and we will find a new home for them. Plants can be brought in plastic pots, plastic bags, or card board flats. If you need advice on digging up plants, please contact Judy at 815-589-4101 or Carol at 815-589-2174. Plants may be brought to the old fire station on Friday evening, May 10, from 4pm to 7pm. The plant sale is organized by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Friends of the Windmill. All profits from the sale will be given to the Friends of the Windmill for the beautification of the Windmill Area.

Fancy Nancy Day at Polo Library

Saturday, May 11, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Fancy Nancy Day! will be Saturday, May 11th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Polo Public Library,302 West Mason Street, Polo. This event is for Fancy Nancy fans ages 5-12. We'll makedazzling headbands to match our outstanding outfits and model our creations in a fabulousfashion show. For more information call 815-946-2713. Registration is required.

Lincoln Hwy Car Show

Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Come to Franklin Grove for the Lincoln Hwy Car Show! Registration for all classes from 10a-2p. Point judging - prizes awarded for best car, truck and motorcycle plus other unique awards. Music by 3-D Sound. Food stands available.

'Fourth Fridays -Where People & Art Collide' Event in Sterling

Friday, May 24, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Music will abound as you wander the wonderful art offerings, browse the shops, dine and drink in Downtown Sterling for Fourth Fridays...Where People and the Arts Collide. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. and featuring  locations throughout Downtown Sterling. For more information, go to the website for a downloadable map and a full listing of each month's featured events.  
 

Model T Day at Reagan Home & Visitor Center

Saturday, June 01, 2013 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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June 1st, 2013 is Model T Day at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. Their 1919 Model T, Bessy, has undergone a true extreme makeover and on June 1st she will be back on display, better than ever. Members of the Fox Valley Model T Club will be here for the day and they will be on hand to answer questions about Bessy and their own Model T's which will line South Hennepin Avenue from 10am-2pm. The Reagan Home will offer free pictures behind the wheel of Bessy. Donations to aid in Bessy's maintenance will gladly be accepted. You will not want to miss this gathering of classic cars with Bessy as the star of the show!

 

1st Annual B.A. Bike Bash

Saturday, June 01, 2013 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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K&K Cycles in Dixon presents their 1st annual B.A. Bike Bash Saturday June 1st starting at 11 am. Bring the family for a day full of fun! There will be a bounce house and games for the kids, bike show, food and more. Music by 3-D Sound runs from 11am – 6pm and 3 different bands will perform from 6pm on. K&K Cycles is located at 1114 River Rd in Dixon.

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