Here is a list of current events and upcoming activities in the Sauk Valley. Don’t forget to check out 5 things to do for other opportunities.
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Steam power. Mike McBride will have a program on the La Salle and Bureau County Railroad era of shortline steam locomotives, his role in mining and will address the Cherry Mine disaster at 7 p.m. Monday at the office of the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, 113 S. Hennepin Ave. in Dixon. Free entry. The office is handicapped accessible.
Mozart and more. The RiverChor — featuring artists from northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa — will perform “A Choral Cornucopia” Sunday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. South, in Clinton, Iowa. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. The program opens with two pieces by composer William Billings: “Connection” and “Modern Music”. Mozart’s “Misericordias Domini” features pianist Chris Holmer and violinists Kristen Jones and Julie Marston while Fats Waller’s “Handful of Keys” will have Holmer and Maureen Pollpeter on piano. The alto-soprano section of the choir and its tenor-bass sections will each have distinct highlight pieces. The closing number will be “The Promise to Live”.
Girls’ night. Relive the thrills of pop music with The Boy Band Night, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll. Tickets are $30.
One man show. Jerry Armstrong presents Legends of Las Vegas, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Armstrong, an impressionist, sings hits by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond. Tickets $8.
“It’ll gouge your eyes out, kid.” Performing Arts Guild presents the stage version of “A Christmas Story,” with performances Friday through Sunday at the Pinecrest Grove Theater, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris. Follow 9-year-old Ralphie on his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.
Winter Farmer’s Market returns to Loveland Community House, Saturdays, 513 W. Second St., Dixon.
Clinton Symphony Orchestra, Clinton, Iowa
Holidays with the Symphony, 7:30 p.m. December 10, Vernon Cook Theater, Clinton High School
Musical Friendships, 2 p.m., Jan. 15, Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton
Stories in Music, 2 p.m. Feb. 19, Morrison High School Auditorium, Morrison
The Breadth of Greatness, 7:30 p.m. April 22, Vernon Cook Theater, Clinton High School
Pops Concert, June 4, Riverview Park Bandshell, Clinton
Junie B. Jones The Musical, February 24-26, March 3-4
Hyronomous A. Frog, May 5-7, 12-13.
Woodlawn Academy of the Arts, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling
Shining Stars Musical Revue, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Centennial Auditorium, Sterling, Penguin Project of the Sauk Valley
School Rock! Live Jr., 7 p.m. Jan. 13-14, 2 p.m. Jan. 15, James A. Wiltz Auditorium, Dixon High School
Rock Falls High School
Bambi: A Life in the Forest, December 18
Miss Austen’s Choice, April 27-29
Morrison Music Theater Association, Bethesda Lutheran Church, 301 W. South St., Morrison
It’s a wonderful life, December 2-3
Performing Arts Guild, Pinecrest Grove Theatre, 500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris.
A Christmas story, from November 11 to 13.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11
The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., Dixon.
Batavia’s Water Street Studios features works by 23 Chicago-area artists, October 29 through December 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Woodland Arts Academy, 117 W. Second St., Rock Falls
Juried Art Show, through November 16, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Eagle’s Nest Art Group, Conover Square Mall, 201 N. Third St., Oregon
Candlelight Walk, 4 p.m. Nov. 26. Original artwork created by artists from Ogle, Winnebago and Lee counties.
Winter Farmer’s Market, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon. 815-284-2741 for booth rental information.
Twin Town Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, all year round indoors and outdoors; 106 Avenue A in Sterling, 815-626-8610, twincitycarmersmarket.com and Facebook.
Chana Route 64 Auction Barn Inc. auction, 10 a.m. (first and third) Sunday; flea market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (second and fourth) Saturday and Sunday at 620 S. Stone Hill Road.
Byron History Museum, 110 N. Union St., Byron, covered market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
Museums, exhibitions and attractions
Loveland History Museum, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon; free.
Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson. Dial 815-273-2732.
Reagan Childhood Home, 810 S Hennepin Ave, Dixon, March 29-December 17, is open for tours Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., last tour departing at 3 p.m.
Historic Center of the Northwest Territories, 205 West Fifth St. Dixon, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Birthplace/Museum of Ronald Reagan, 111 Main Street, Tampico., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (except Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day). 815-622-8705.
Byron History MuseumWednesday to Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm, located at 110 North Union Street, Byron.
Roberts Armory WWII Museum, Route 251 and intermodal parkway, Rochelle. Open by appointment.
Village of Chaplin Creek, large-scale historic restoration project depicting a typical mid-19th century prairie settlement, 1715 Whitney Road, Franklin Grove.
Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Street, Oregon. Cancer Support, 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday in November. Support for caregivers, 10 a.m., first and third Tuesday. Diabetic support, 11 a.m., first Wednesday. Low vision care, noon second and fourth Tuesday.
Author visits. Books on First, 202 W. First St., Dixon. Lisa Vihos, 11 a.m. Nov. 12.
Alcoholics Anonymous for Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties. 1-800-452-7990. www.aa-nia.org.
Dixon Coin Club, 7 p.m., First Tuesday, American Legion, 1120 W. First St., Dixon.
Crossroads Quilting Guild, 7 p.m. third Monday, Forreston Grove Church, 7246 Freeport Road; Forreston.
General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Franklin Grove Chapter, 7 p.m. first Monday, Atlasta Park, Franklin Grove.
Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton. Winter garage sale, 8 a.m. on November 12. Walneck Motorcycle Swap, 8 a.m. Nov. 13, $7. Northern Illinois Model Train Show and Farm Toy Show, 9 a.m. Nov. 19, $5. Sauk Trail Gun Collectors Show and Sale, Nov. 26-27, $5. Home for the Holidays lighted promenade, Fri, Sat and Sun 25 Nov-Dec 25. Boxing Day Parade, 1:30 p.m. December 3 Christmas craft and vendor display and flea market, December 10.
Sterling Public Library. Preschool story time, 10 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Role-Playing Club-Dungeons and Dragons, Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Lego Club 10 a.m. first and third Saturday. Teen games evening, 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday. Roleplaying Game Club-Call of Cthulhu, 3:30 p.m. third Tuesday. 5 star book club bed, 11:30 a.m. second Saturday; Conversation with Caitlin Doughty, 7 p.m. Nov. 16 Nanowrimo, 12:12 p.m., Nov. 19, Nov. 26, 5 p.m., Nov. 29
Dixon Public Library. Preschool story time, ages 3-5, 10 a.m. Tuesday; Baby-Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday; Orbital Reading Group, Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Morning Mysteries, 10:30 a.m. Monday; Computer Coding Club, every other Thursday K-1, 2:45 p.m., 2nd-3rd grade, 3:30 p.m., 4th-5th grade, 4:15 p.m. DINO-vember, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Holiday Fun, 2:30 p.m. on December 15.
Rock Falls Public Library. Book clubs, 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. the first Thursday of the month. Morning Makers, 10 a.m. Monday. Dino-Mite Family Night, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Lego Builder, 3:45 p.m. Nov. 21.
Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison Street, Morrison. Sale of books until November 19.
Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, 113 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon.
La Salle and Bureau County Railroad and the Cherry Mine by Mike McBride, 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
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