Carroll, Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties Northwest Illinois
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.
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!
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 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 Carroll815-244-3462
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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! 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.
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.
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!
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.