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Calendar of Events in Bureau, Carroll, Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties, plus Quad Cities, Rockford & Clinton, IA

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Let’s Feed Our Children

STARTING EARLY JUNE THROUGH AUGUST 14, 2014

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

A FREE LUNCH will be given to any child from 11:30-12:30 PM at various sites in Sterling, Fulton, Rock Falls, Tampico, Prophetstown & Morrison No Questions Asked

32,532 Lunches Served Last Year.

A Program of United Way Of Whiteside County

For more information and a site near you call (815) 625-7973


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Bureau County events Through December Festival 56 summer theatre festival; Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton; www.festival56. com or 815-879-5656 June 1, 15 and 29 Princeton Community Band concert; Soldiers and Sailors Park, Princeton; bring a lawn chair, refreshments available; 6 p.m.; 815875-2631 June 1 Starved Rock Radio Club’s Ham Fest; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; ham radio, model and computer items for sale or trade; tickets $7 in advance or $8 at the gate; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; www.w9mks. org, Facebook or 815-313-5924 June 6-8 Buffalo Days; LaMoille; buffalo burgers and pork chops, beer garden, live music, 5K run/walk, carnival, tractor show, petting zoo, and more; www. lamoillebuffalodays.org June 7 Art in the Park; Soldiers and Sailors Park, Princeton; www.princetonchamber-il.com or 815-875-2616 June 13-14 More on 34; along U.S. Route 34 and Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; rummage sales and events; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; www. moreon34.com, Facebook or 815875-2616 June 13-14 Neponset Picnic Days; Neponset; pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk, parade, car show, antique implement and tractor show, beer garden, music, children’s games, and more; Facebook or 815-594-2201 June 14 Strawberry Festival; West Park, Tiskilwa; Plow Creek Farm berries, ice cream and strawberry shortcake,

plus lunch fare; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; www. plowcreek.org/farm, Facebook or 815-646-4862

en Chicken race, children’s games, and more; 815-894-2440

June 20-21 Cattleman’s Beef and Ag Festival; Princeton; steak dinners and live music; www.princetonchamber-il. com or 815-875-2616

July 19-20 Ol’ Fashun Threshun Days; Albrecht Grove, Ohio; threshing demonstrations, flea market, craft show, petting zoo, tractor pull, music, and more; admission is $4; Ray, 815-498-2013

June 21 Spring Valley Outdoors Expo; downtown Spring Valley; hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor sports vendors; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 815-3034327

July 24-27 Bureau County 4-H Fair; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; displays of 4-H projects

June 21 Old Wheels Car Show; First Lutheran Church, 116 N. Pleasant St., Princeton; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Facebook July 3-7 Walnut Hometown Celebration; Walnut; 10K bicycle race and 5K family bicycle ride, Little Miss Bureau Valley pageant, carnival, craft show, car and truck show, parade, and more; www.villageofwalnut.com or 815379-2141 July 3 Fireworks; Hall High School, 800 W. Erie St., Spring Valley; dusk July 4 Fourth of July celebration and fireworks; Zearing Park, Princeton; dusk July 6, 20 and 27 Princeton Community Band concert; Soldiers and Sailors Park, Princeton; bring a lawn chair, refreshments available; 6 p.m.; 815875-2631 July 10-12 Wyanet Summer Festival; Memorial Park, Wyanet; live music, beer garden, parade, 5K run/walk, Little Miss/Mister contest, bags tournament, and more; www.wyanetfestival.com or 815-699-2224 July 11-13 Ladd Daze; War Memorial Park, Ladd; live music, beer garden, Gold-

and a livestock and horse show; http://web.extension.illinois.edu, Facebook, or 815-875-2878 July 25-27 Lake DePue National Championship Boat Races; Lake DePue, DePue; boat races, live music, 5K run/walk, food, and more; admission is $3; www.depuemensclub.org or 815228-1320 July 26 Mingle on Main; The Feed Store & Watering Hole, 212 Main St., Malden; car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show, craft show, music, food, and more; 815-643-2549 July 31-Aug. 3 Pow-Wow Days; West Park, Tiskilwa; Lil’ Spurs Rodeo, car show, parade, 5K run/walk, petting zoo, children’s games, and more; www.powwowdays.com, “Tiskilwa Community Association” on Facebook or 815646- 4121 Aug. 20-24 Bureau County Fair; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; carnival, bull riding, tractor and truck pull, demolition derby, talent show, livestock shows, and more; admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 7-12; www.bureaucountyfair.com, Facebook or 815875-2905

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Bureau County events Sept. 12-14 Homestead Festival; Princeton; parade, rib cook-off, car show, arts and craft show, horse-drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, and more; www. homesteadfestival.com or 815-8753461 Sept. 13 Spring Valley Historic Association Antique Car Show; 100 and 200 blocks of West St. Paul Street, Spring Valley; DJ, 50/50 raffle and food; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Debb Ladgenski at 815830-4303 Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; haunted fairgrounds, plus hayrack rides, bonfire and food; 7-9:30 p.m.; www.nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com

or 815-875-2905 Oct. 11-12 Shadows of the Blue and Gray Civil War reenactment; City County Park, Princeton; admission is $5 for adults and children 6 and older; 10 a.m.9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; www.shadowsoftheblueandgray.com or 815-760-0487 Nov. 8-9 Winter Garage Sale; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; admission is free but shoppers are asked to bring a canned food donation for the local food pantry; 8 a.m.; www.bureaucountyfair.com or 815-303-2905 Nov. 15 Christmas in the Valley; downtown Spring Valley; vendor show to

benefit the local food pantry, family holiday activities, and more; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; www.spring-valley.il.us or 815-664-2753 Nov. 15 Northern Illinois Model Train Fair and Farm Toy Show; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; admission is $4; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; www.bureaucountyfair.com or 815875-2176 Dec. 6 Lighted Santa Parade; downtown Spring Valley; 6 p.m. www.springvalley.il.us or 815-664-2753 Dec. 19-21 Live nativity; Walnut Community Bible Church, 125 Jackson St., Walnut; 6-8 p.m.; walnutcommunitybiblechurch.org or 815-379-2645

Bureau County attractions Bureau County is in north-central Illinois, 115 miles southwest of Chicago and 65 miles east of the Quad Cities on Interstate 80. Its county seat is Princeton, at exit 56 on I-80. Bureau Junction Miller-Anderson Woods State Nature Preserve Dedicated in 1969, the 340-acre nature preserve has oak-hickory bluff forests, maple-basswood ravines, sedge meadow, seep spring, and hill prairie. Plants include the showy orchid, queen-of-the-prairie, and Schreber’s aster. Seep areas include peat moss, marsh marigold and skunk cabbage. The unique mixture of habitats supports wetland and forest birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Contact: 815-244-3655 Address: 3.5 miles south of Bureau Junction on state Route 29 Admission: Free

Cherry Cherry Public Library The library has many photographs and artifacts from the infamous Cherry coal mine disaster of 1909, including a model of the mine, books about the tragedy, and a brick monument to honor victims. Contact: 815-894-3338 or 815-8942919 Address: State Route 89/South Main Street Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday (call ahead), and by appointment DePue Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Area The area offers boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and camping. It also has a playground, picnic facilities, restrooms and trailer hook-ups. Contact: www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/ landmgt/PARKS/R1/Don.htm or 815-447-2353

Address: 1001 W. Fourth St. Ladd Ladd War Memorial Park The park has a World War II Army tank, veterans memorial monuments, a Word War I statue, a picnic shelter, playground and tennis courts. Restrooms are available. Contact: www.vil.ladd.il.us archives/2-veterans-memorialmonument or 815-894-2440 Address: State Route 89/South Main AVintageVenueAntiques and Collectibles Contact: Facebook or 815-894-8038 Address: 126 S. LaSalle Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; closed Tues & Wed LaMoille Allen School Built in 1887, the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, still is in use as a junior high school. Some of today’s students are the great-great grandchildren of the school’s first student body. Contact: 815-638-2233 Address: 301 Main St.


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Carroll County events Through August Timber Lake Playhouse; 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll; www. timberlakeplayhouse.org, Facebook or 815-244-2035 May 23-25 Mayfest; Campbell Center for Historic Preservation, 203 E. Seminary St., Mount Carroll; food, music, wine and beer garden, juried art show, arts and craft show, children’s activities and more; www.visitcarrollcountyil.com, www.mtcarrollil. org, 815-244-2411 June 7 Lions Family Night Out; Old Mill Park, Savanna; food, big-screen movie, games and music; 6 p.m.; www.savannail.com or 815-273-2722

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June 13 Annual Fireman’s Ball; south parking lot at 101 Main St., Savanna; music, bags tournament and food; bring lawn chairs and coolers; tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the gate, with all proceeds going to new fire equipment; 5 p.m., band at 8:30 p.m.; 815-273-2248

June 26-29 Old Settler’s Days; Lanark; food, music, beer garden, car show, antique tractor show and pull, 5K walk/run, bags tournament, children’s activities and vendors; www.lanarkil.com, “Lanark’s Old Settler’s Days” on Facebook or 815-541-0557

June 14 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732

July 4 Fourth of July celebration; West Carroll Middle School, 633 S. East St., Mount Carroll; pork chops, parade, music, entertainment and fireworks; www.mtcarrollil.org, 815-244-4424 or 800-244-9594

June 21 Mount Carroll Cruise Night; downtown Mount Carroll; classic cars, music and food; no classes or judging; 4-9 p.m.; “Mt. Carroll Cruise Nights” on Facebook

July 4 Fireworks; West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor, Savanna; food, fire truck rides, face painting and fireworks; www.savannail.com or 815-273-2722

62nd Annual

CARROLL COUNTY FAIR August 5-9, 2014

28374 Milledgeville Rd. Milledgeville, IL 61051 815-225-7444

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Carroll County events July 12 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732 July 12 Mount Carroll Cruise Night; downtown Mount Carroll; classic cars, music and food; no classes or judging; 4-9 p.m.; “Mt. Carroll Cruise Nights” on Facebook Aug. 4-10 Carroll County Fair; Schell Park, Milledgeville; music, exhibits, carnival, demolition derby, rodeo, tractor pull, food and more; www.carrollcountyfair.info or 815-225-7444 Aug. 8-9 Lincoln Buy-Way; miles and miles of rummage sales along the Lincoln Highway; www.drivelincolnhighway. com Aug. 9 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071

Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org or 815-273-2732

Riverview Road, Thomson; 9 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732

Aug. 23 Mount Carroll Cruise Night; downtown Mount Carroll; classic cars, music and food; no classes or judging; 4-9 p.m.; “Mt. Carroll Cruise Nights” on Facebook

Nov. 7-8, 14-15 The Great Route 64/84 Holiday Shop Hop; Fulton, Thomson, Savanna, Mount Carroll and Lanark; more than 30 shops offer holiday decor and unique gifts; map with detailed listings available in late September; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545

Sept. 13 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732 Sept. 27 Mount Carroll Cruise Night; downtown Mount Carroll; classic cars, music and food; no classes or judging; 4-9 p.m.; “Mt. Carroll Cruise Nights” on Facebook Oct. 11 Migratory Bird Walk; Sloane Marsh Overlook, across from Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071

Nov. 8 Migratory Bird Walk; Sloane Marsh Overlook, across from Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 9 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732 Dec. 13 Migratory Bird Walk; Sloane Marsh Overlook, across from Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 9 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732

Carroll County attractions Carroll County, in northwest Illinois, is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River. It encompasses 467 square miles, or 298,800 acres, with prime farmland on the eastern side of the county and hills and bluffs on the western side. It is home to about 15,000 people. Lanark Silver Moon Winery Silver Moon Winery is a familyowned wine-making estate. The winery offers handcrafted wines in northwestern Illinois’ wine country. It sells varietals that pair well with everyday foods. Contact: www.silvermoonwineryinc. com or 815-493-6888 Address: 21305 Zier Road Hours: noon-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April through December, with longer hours June through August

Mount Carroll Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies In late 2012, Campbell Center broke ground on the new Frances Wood Shimer Memorial Arboretum on the campus, which is home to hundreds of trees and shrubs, including about 60 varieties of trees. Some are rare, including three old-growth American chestnut trees, one of which is on the Illinois Department of Conservation’s “Big Tree” register as the largest American chestnut tree in Illinois. Contact: www.campbellcenter.org or 815-244-1173 Address: 203 E. Seminary St. Driftless Area Stillroom This wine shop offers wine tastings and private parties and also sells specialty meats and cheeses, homemade bread, jams, jellies, and other goods.

Contact: 815-244-4058 Address: 116 E. Market St. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; hours change for winter, call ahead Ideas n’ Designs Antiques Ideas n’ Designs and Mad Hatter Tea Room is an antique shop that picks items to fit into the many displays throughout the store, giving customers ideas on how to incorporate their finds into their collecting motif. Contact: www.ideasndesigns.com or 815-244-7875 Address: 116 W. Market St. and 409 Main St. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April through December; by appointment, January through March

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New Morning Glass Studio New Morning Glass Studio uses centuries-old glassblowing techniques to create custom glassware. Visitors can watch mid-September through December. Contact: Facebook, www.newmorningglass.com or 815244-6000 Address: 113 W. Market St. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment Raven’s Grin Inn Part performance art, part art gallery, the home of Jim Warfield offers a year-round haunted house that displays his artwork and his twisted sense of humor. Tours are an hour to an hour and a half long. Contact: Facebook, www.hauntedravensgrin.com or 815244-4746 Address: 411 N. Carroll St. Hours: 7 p.m.-midnight daily, 2-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday, spring through fall Admission: $15, $13 for children 9 and younger Timber Lake Playhouse Timber Lake Playhouse is the oldest continuously operating professional summer theater in Illinois. It is dedicated to providing cultural opportunities for developing artists and to showcasing quality theater. Contact: www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, Facebook, or 815-244-2035 Address: 8215 Black Oak Road Hours: Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and some Sundays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays on opening weekends Admission: Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $17 for students Savanna Great River Trail The Great River Trail recreational path extends 62 miles from Savanna to the Quad Cities, providing biking, hiking, running, and walking opportunities. The trail starts just behind the railroad car downtown and meanders past several wildlife viewing areas and through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. Bikers may stop at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center for a break and to view the exhibits. Rest areas and picnic areas are scattered along the trail. Address: 25 Main St. Havencrest Castle Rising up from a hill over downtown Savanna rests Havencrest Castle – likely the most unique and luxurious home in the region. The sprawling, ornately decorated, 65-room mansion opened for public tours and events in July 2013. “Havencrest Castle is a museum, art gallery, residence and fairy tale all rolled into one,” says Michael S. Dunavant, the site’s curator and event director. “It’s really a one-of-a-kind place to visit and experience.” Contact: havencrestcastle@gmail.com or 815-990-7159 Address: 140 N. Fifth St. Admission: $20 per person, group rates available Mississippi Palisades State Park This park is near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers in northwestern Illinois. The 2,500-acre park, a national landmark since 1973, is rich in Native American history, and features limestone caves and erosioncarved rock formations.

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2014 Lanark, IL

Old Settlers Days June 26 - 29

Carnival Rides 4 pm - 9 pm Officer Randy Craft - Bicycle Safety Bed Races End of the Road Antiques & Gifts 10 am - 6 pm Friday, June 27 Crafters in the Park 3 pm - 8 pm Carnival Rides 3 pm - 11 pm End of the Road Antiques and Gifts 10 am - 6 pm Food Vendors 3 pm - 9 pm Syl Mueller Memorial Fun Run 6:30 pm Raging Road Rally 5K Run 6:45 pm Outdoor Movie Night 8 pm Live Music in the Beer Garden 9 pm - 12 am Saturday, June 28 Breakfast at the Fire Station 7 am - 10 am Crafters in the Park 9 am - 5 pm Bags Tournament 10 am Horse Shoe Tournament 10 am End of the Road Antiques and Gifts 10 am - 6 pm Carnival Rides 11 am - 11 pm Parade 11 am “Pan for Prizes” after the Parade Food Vendors 11:30 am - 9 pm Bingo 12 - 4 pm Magician Zack Percell 1 pm - 2 pm (Free Admission) Live Music “Serendipity” 3 pm - 5 pm (Free Admission) Evening Live Music in the Beer Garden 8 pm - 12 am Sunday, June 29 Crafters in the Park 9 am - 4 pm Church Under the Tent 9:30 am Car Show at 105 N. Rochester Registration at 10 am End of the Road Antiques and Gifts10 am - 6 pm Water Fights 11 am Pork Chop Dinner 11 am - 1 pm Dessert Zone 11 am - 1 pm Carnival Rides 11 am - 4 pm Antique Tractor Pull & Show 1 pm - 4 pm

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Lee County events May 23 and 30 Musical Fridays; Heritage Crossing, Dixon; noon-1 p.m.; www.dixonmainstreet.com or 815-288-2308 May 30 Fifth Friday music; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; admission is $10; shows at 7 and 9 p.m.; 815-456-3030 May 31 Shop Small Saturday; merchants in Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls; merchants offer promotions throughout the day and specials for shoppers who wear a Sauk Valley Shop Small button; www.saukvalleyshopsmall. com, Facebook or saukvalleyshopsmall@gmail.com June 6, 13, 20 and 27 Musical Fridays; Heritage Crossing,

Dixon; noon-1 p.m.; www.dixonmainstreet.com or 815-288-2308

cians; 6-8 p.m.; www.second-saturdays.com or Facebook

June 6-7 Cabela’s King Kat Tournament; Rock River, Dixon; anglers compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to national tournament in October; fishing 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., weigh-in at 4 p.m. in Page Park; www.kingkatusa.com, www.discoverdixon.org or 815-284-3496

June 20-22 World War II reenactment; Elks Page Park, 7883 S. Lowell Park Road, Dixon; reenactment with display of camps and equipment, mock battles with armored vehicles and machine guns; admission is $5; sneak peak Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; www. WWII-recreated-dixon.weebly.com or 815-284-1965

June 7-8 Summer Celebration; downtown Ashton; carnival, petting zoo, tractor pull, bed races, car show, craft show, music, parade, and fireworks; 815453-2103 June 14 Second Saturdays; downtown Dixon; businesses host artists and musi-

July 24-27 at the Lee County Fairgrounds

June 20 Blues and Bluegrass; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; open stage for acoustic musicians; www.franklingroveil.org or 815-456-3030

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All of us have to have a place we go back to...

“Dixon is that place for me” -Ronald Reagan

(1/2 mile east of jct. Rte 52 & 30, Amboy)

Full fair schedule at

www.leecounty4hcenter.com Returning Fair Favorites Saturday, July 26

Dirt Drags & Mud Bogs Ag Olympics Great family fun all day every day! Like “Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show” on Facebook for latest fair details.

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Lee County events June 21-22 Bloomin’ on the Rock; Heritage Crossing, Dixon; garden walk, flower pot auction, vendors, music and food, sponsored by the Rock River Garden Club; 815-284-3496 June 28 Dixon Beer Festival; Heritage Crossing, Dixon; samples of beer, wine and spirits; food available for purchase; tickets are $20 in advance at Trein’s Jewelry, The Crystal Cork and Dixon Main Street and get the buyer a complimentary tasting glass and extra tasting tickets; 6-9 p.m.; www. dixonmainstreet.com or 815-2882308 July 2-6 Petunia Festival; downtown Dixon; luau, pancake breakfast, bags and poker tournaments, tennis and soccer tournaments, carnival, live

music, and fireworks; www.petuniafestival.org or Facebook

a.m.-4 p.m.; The Next Picture Show, 815-285-4924

July 4 Independence Day Celebration; Chaplin Creek Village, 1715 Whitney Road, Franklin Grove; reading of the Declaration of Independence; 9 a.m.; www.chaplincreek.com or Max Baumgardner at 815-632-7843

July 12 Second Saturdays; downtown Dixon; businesses host artists and musicians; 6-8 p.m.; www.second-saturdays.com or Facebook

July 4 Amboy Fireworks Festival; Amboy Depot Museum, 99 E. Main St., Amboy; food, music and fireworks; 7-11 p.m.; Deanne Hoy at 815-857-3814 July 4, 11, 18 and 25 Musical Fridays; Heritage Crossing, Dixon; noon-1 p.m.; www.dixonmainstreet.com or 815-288-2308 July 5 Nuts About Art; John Dixon Park, 515 N. Galena Ave., Dixon; juried art show and music by Kraig Kenning; 9

July 18 Blues and Bluegrass; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; open stage for acoustic musicians; www.franklingroveil.org or 815-456-3030 July 24-27 Lee County 4-H Fair and Junior Show; Lee County Fairgrounds, 1196 Franklin Road, Amboy; 4-H exhibits, truck and tractor pulls, mud bogs and dirt drags, carnival, music, food, and more; admission is $5, grandstand admission is more;

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Lee County events www.leecounty4hcenter.com or 815-857-2603 July 31 Battle of the Brains Trivia Night; Post House Ballroom, 100 W. Second St., Dixon; trivia competition, door prizes, and 50/50 raffle; event is for those 21 and older; admission is $12 for participants and $3 for spectators; lccoa. com or 815-288-9236 Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Musical Fridays; Heritage Crossing, Dixon; noon-1 p.m.; www.dixonmainstreet.com or 815-288-2308 Aug. 2-3 Summer Harvest Festival; Franklin Grove; village-wide rummage sales, historic building tours, art festival, antique equipment show, music, parade; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.franklingroveil.org, www.chaplincreek.com or 815456-3030 Aug. 2 Big Rig Show; Atkinson Trucking, 351 N. State St., Franklin Grove; proceeds of show benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago; trucks on display, plus music, food and 50/50 raffle; noon-6 p.m.; Facebook or 815440-8304 Aug 6-9 Reagan Trail Days; Dixon; beer and wine tasting, ice cream social, community picnic, art sale, rubber duck races, bags tournament, historic trolley rides, kids activities, live music, sidewalk sales and more; Facebook or 815-288-2308

St., Franklin Grove; open stage for acoustic musicians; www.franklingroveil.org or 815-456-3030 Aug. 16 Gardenstock Art and Music Festival; Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road, Dixon; proceeds benefit Sinnissippi Center’s youth gardening program; art, music and food; 11 a.m.; www.diggersdelight.com or 815-285-0014 Aug. 21-24 Depot Days; downtown Amboy; car show, tractor show, arts and crafts show, 5K run/walk, garage sales, music, carnival and parade; www.depotdays.com, Facebook or 815-857-3814 Aug. 23 Shop Small Saturday; merchants in Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls; merchants offer promotions throughout the day and specials for shoppers who wear a Sauk Valley Shop Small button; www.saukvalleyshopsmall.com, Facebook or saukvalleyshopsmall@gmail.com

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Aug. 6 Tractor drive; Centennial Park, West Street, Sublette; one-day drive around the area, roadside lunch and picnic; Don Dinges, 815-849-5582 Aug. 8-10 Lincoln Buy-Way; along the Lincoln Highway; rummage sales along Lincoln Highway; www.drivelincolnhighway. com/events.php or Facebook Aug. 9 Second Saturdays; downtown Dixon; businesses host artists and musicians; 6-8 p.m.; www.second-saturdays. com or Facebook Aug. 15 Blues and Bluegrass; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm

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Lee County events Aug. 23-24 Dixon Family Carp Derby; Rock River, Dixon; families compete for prizes; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-noon Sunday; 815-284-3496 Aug. 29 Fifth Friday music; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; admission is $10; shows at 7 and 9 p.m.; 815-456-3030 Aug. 30 Dixon Lioness Fall Craft & Vendor Show; John Dixon Park, Dixon; crafters, vendors and raffles; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jean Millar at 815-288-2246 Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Lions Club Labor Day Celebration; Village Park, Paw Paw; tractor pull, ice cream social, flea market, car show, music and parade; admission to tractor pull is $5; 815-762-4481

Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 Musical Fridays; Heritage Crossing, Dixon; noon-1 p.m.; www.dixonmainstreet.com or 815-288-2308 Sept. 6 Dixon Wine Festival; Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road, Dixon; samples of wine, beer and martinis; tickets are $15 in advance at Trein’s Jewelry and The Crystal Cork and get the buyer a complimentary tasting glass and extra tasting tickets; 6-10 p.m.; 815-285-3496 Sept. 7 Grand Detour Fine Arts Festival; John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour; adult and children’s art, music and food; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 815-652-8663 Sept. 12-14 SubletteFest 160; downtown Sub-

lette; celebrate the village’s 160th anniversary; live music, beer tent, games, food, parade and fireworks; www.subletteweb.com or 815-7036140 Sept. 13 Second Saturdays; downtown Dixon; businesses host artists and musicians; www.second-saturdays.com or Facebook; 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19 Blues and Bluegrass; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; open stage for acoustic musicians; www.franklingroveil.org or 815-456-3030 Sept. 20 Art on the Square; Old Lee County Courthouse, 112 E. Second St., Dixon;

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 “Family Night” 5pm-10pm Food Stands open 6pm-10pm Carnival “Family Night Special” All Rides $2.00 6:30pm Depot Days Little Dancers 7pm Miss Amboy Pageant & Little Miss Amboy 8:30pm Announcement of Miss Amboy of 2014

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23rd Annual Depot Days Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show 6:30-10am Pancake Breakfast 6am-3pm 24th Annual Depot Days Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show — Downtown Amboy 8am-4pm Crafts - Downtown Streets 8am-4pm Community Wide Garage Sales 10am-4pm Food Stands Open 11am-3pm Luncheon: United First Church basement. Brats, hot dogs, baked beans, salad and fresh pies. Drinks free. Air conditioned 11:30am Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Judging Noon-4pm K.C. Beer Garden Noon-4pm Carnival on Depot Museum Grounds. Arm bands $20.00 for unlimited rides. 3pm Depot Days Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Awards Presentation & 50/50 Drawing. Last year’s 50/50 winner received $74,503. INFORMATION BOOTHS: Information Booth (50/50 tickets available). On West Main St. in front of First Federal. 50/50 Ticket Sales: Also available at Napa, Morts Tap and in Dixon at Shamrock Tap. During Festival - South edge of the Depot Museum grounds. Tickets available from Car Show

DAILY INFORMATION: Food Stands & Restrooms are open all weekend on Depot Grounds. Craft Booths: Fri. & Sat. 8am-5pm & Sun., 8 am-4 pm Community-Wide Garage Sales: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm. Garage sale maps available at City Hall or the information booth. Museums open for viewing. Stop in and enjoy a little of Amboy’s history. The Gift Shop will be open. Car Show Registration and information - Contact Garth Dallam 815/857-2946.

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Lee County events children and adults are invited to paint squares on the sidewalk; supplies are provided; free; The Next Picture Show, 815-285-4924; 9 a.m. Sept. 20 Chilifest; Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road, Dixon; chili cookoff, music and art; benefits Second Saturdays; www.diggersdelight.com or Distinctive Gardens, 815-2850014; 5-9 p.m. Sept. 20 Autumn on the Prairie; Nachusa Grasslands, South Lowden Road, Franklin Grove; horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, artist demonstrations, birds of prey, and more; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.nachusagrasslands.org or Bill Kleiman, 815-4562340

Sept. 21 Afternoon at the Mill; Franklin Creek Grist Mill, 1893 Twist Road, Franklin Grove; program to be announced; tickets are $25 and include a catered meal; 1 p.m.; Julie Hage, 815-2885445 Sept. 27 Scarecrow Festival; downtown Dixon; scarecrow decorating contest, pumpkin painting, flower pot painting, Chalk the Walk, street performers, craft vendors, doggie zoo and food; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dixon Main Street, www.dixonmainstreet. com or 815-288-2308 Sept. 28 Riverfront Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show; Heritage Crossing, Dixon; show features supercharged street-driven vehicles, music by 3-D Sound; show benefits local chari-

ties; Steve Reuter, 815-440-3654, or Facebook; car registration 8-11 a.m., show 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 11 Second Saturdays; downtown Dixon; businesses host artists and musicians; www.second-saturdays.com or Facebook; 6-8 p.m. Oct. 13 Tales From Beyond the Grave; Oakwood Cemetery, 416 S. Dement Ave., Dixon; 1-hour guided cemetery walk with characters in period costumes who give live accounts of people who contributed to the early days of Dixon; 1-4 p.m.; Carol Ortgiesen Wadsworth at 815-652-3775 Oct. 17 Blues and Bluegrass; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; open stage for acoustic musi

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Lee County events cians; www.franklingroveil.org or 815-456-3030 Oct. 19 Ultimate Tailgate; Beanblossom parking lot, River Street, Dixon; chili cook-off, bags tournament, and football games on outdoor television; admission is $5; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.dixonil.com/mainstreet or 815-288-2308 Oct. 25 Halloween Parade; Haymarket Square, West Third Street, Dixon; costume judging at 9:30 a.m. and parade at 10 a.m.; Jason Nelson, 815284-8845 Oct. 31 Fifth Friday music; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; admission is $10; shows at 7 and 9 p.m.; 815-456-3030 Nov. 8 Dixon Lioness Christmas Craft & Vendor Show; Illinois National Guard Armory, 412 W. Everett St., Dixon; crafters and vendors, bake sale and raffles; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jean Millar at 815-288-2246 Nov. 8 Second Saturdays; downtown Dixon; businesses host artists and musi-

cians; 6-8 p.m.; www.second-saturdays.com or Facebook Nov. 14 Blues and Bluegrass; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; open stage for acoustic musicians; www.franklingroveil.org or 815-456-3030 Nov. 30 Amboy Christmas Walk; Amboy; coloring contest, reindeer games, wreath auction, music, and more; noon-3 p.m.; Colin Baker at 815-8572458 Dec. 5 Dixon Christmas Walk; downtown Dixon; snowball drop, Christmas tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, and chestnuts; 6-9 p.m.; www.dixonil.com/ mainstreet or 815-288-2308 Dec. 6 Santa’s Workshop; Post House Ballroom, 100 W. Second St., Dixon; breakfast, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, children’s shopping in Santa’s Workshop; tickets are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children 9 and younger; breakfast at 8 a.m., workshop open 8 a.m.-noon; lccoa.com or 815-288-9236

Dec. 5 Christmas in the Village; Ellice Dinges Center, 202 West St., Sublette; Christmas music, craft show, gingerbread house contest, visit from Santa, and more; 6-9 p.m.; www. subletteweb.com or Don Dinges at 815-849-5582 Dec. 6 Ashton Christmas Walk; downtown Ashton; chili supper with Santa, music and more; Dave Balch at 815453-2103 Dec. 12 Christmas in the Grove; Franklin Grove; horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, door prizes and a visit from Santa; 5-8 p.m.; www.franklingroveil. org or 815-456-3030 Dec. 13 Second Saturdays; downtown Dixon; businesses host artists and musicians; 6-8 p.m.; www.second-saturdays.com or Facebook Dec. 19 Blues and Bluegrass; H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove; open stage for acoustic musicians; www.franklingroveil.org or 815-456-3030

Lee County attractions Lee County, formed in 1839 out of adjacent Ogle County, is rife with history. It is named in honor of Richard “Lighthorse” Harry Lee, an officer in the Revolutionary War and a member of the Continental Congress, his only active military duty here during the Black Hawk War. John Deere, Orson Welles,

Charles Walgreen and Ronald Reagan all are favored sons. Amboy Amboy Depot Museum The two-story former railroad depot, built of brick and cut Joliet limestone, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been

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including a steam locomotive. Contact: www.amboydepotmuseum. org or 815-857-4700 Address: 99 E. Main St. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; open Saturday only in January and February Admission: By donation Amboy Pharmacy The pharmacy, filled with pharmaceutical antiques, is known for its old-time soda fountain. Enjoy Green Rivers phosphates, chocolate malts and ice cream sodas in an oldfashioned atmosphere with wooden floors and furnishings. Contact: 815-857-2323 Address: 202 E. Main St. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Green River Oaks Resort The resort is full of enchanting oaks and whispering pines; the Green River and two creeks meander through the resort. Enjoy weekend camping in your RV or one of the rental trailers. Modern showers and flush toilets are available. Ice, firewood, a camp store and a game room make for extra convenience. Contact: www.greenriveroaks.com or 815-857-2815 Address: 1442 Sleepy Hollow Road Hours: Check-in is 3 p.m. and checkout is 2:30 p.m. Admission: Day fees are $5, overnight fees are $10 and campsite rentals start at $40 per night Mendota Hills Campground The campground offers 130 acres of rolling hills nestled in an oak tree forest; a swimming lake with a sand beach, three lakes for fishing (no license needed) and row boating add to the offerings. The camp store includes groceries, hand-dipped ice cream, soda, firewood and ice, along with an arcade room with a billiard table. Contact: www.mendotahillscampground.com, Facebook or 815-849-5930

Address: 642 U.S. Route 52 Hours: Check-in and check-out are at noon Admission: Day fees are $4, tent sites start at $20 per night and water/ electric sites start at $26 per night. O’Connell’s Jellystone Park The resort boasts three swimming pools, three kiddie pools, two adult spas, two fishing lakes, an outdoor movie theater, a game room, sand volleyball court, horseshoes and 700 campsites with five bathhouses. A camp store, on-site laundry, golf cart rentals, paddle boats, kayaks and mini golf add to the convenience and fun. Contact: www.jellystoneamboy.com or 815-857-3860 Address: 970 Green Wing Road Hours: Check-in is 3 p.m. and checkout is 3 p.m. Admission: Tent sites start at $41 per night and water/electric sites start at $45 per night; cabin and cottage rentals are more Pine View Campgrounds The grounds offer camping under 40 acres of glorious pine trees. The campground offers a playground, as well as equipment for volleyball, badminton, shuffleboard and horseshoes. There also is a sandy lake for swimming and a lake stocked with bass, bullheads and catfish for fishing. Contact: www.pineviewcampgrounds.com or 815-857-3694 Address: 1273 Sleepy Hollow Road Hours: Check-in is 11 a.m. and check-out is 5 p.m. Admission: Tent sites are $15 per night and water/electric sites are $25 per night. Temperance Hill Cemetery and Forest Preserve The cemetery, started in 1846, sits on virgin prairie and a state nature preserve. The prairie features big bluestem, Indian grass, and various sedge species. Contact: www.dnr.illinois.gov/INPC/ Pages/Area1LeeTemperanceHill-

CemeteryPrairie.aspx or 815-8573223 Address: U.S. Route 52, north of Amboy Ashton Mills & Petrie Memorial Building The building, named in honor of a pair of Civil War veterans who “adopted” the town, houses city offices, the public library and a gym, and features plaques honoring local war veterans. Tours are available. Contact: library@ashtonusa.com, Facebook or 815-453-2213 Address: 704 N. First St. Hours: 1-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Dixon Dixon Telegraph Museum The museum showcases the Telegraph and its role in the history of Dixon, including an 1850s printing press, historic newspapers, and photographs showcasing the Telegraph and Dixon history. It also features a tribute to Ronald Reagan. Contact: 815-284-2224 Address: 113 S. Peoria Ave. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Admission: Free Lee County Genealogical Society Founded in 1994, the society’s “Family Tree Center” helps people trace their history. Contact: www.leecoilgen.org or 815288-6702 Address: 111 S. Hennepin Ave. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, and by appointment Historic Dixon Theatre This center for the performing arts opened in 1922 and has been restored to its original splendor.

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It also boasts a rare Barton theater pipe organ. Contact: www.dixontheatre.com, Facebook or 815-285-1917 Address: 114 S. Galena Ave. Hours: Doors open one hour before events Admission: Tickets vary; check the website or call ahead Lee County Historical Society The research center is dedicated to providing information about the history of Lee County and the surrounding area. Contact: http://theleecountyhistoricalsociety.org, Facebook or 815-2841134 Address: 113 Madison Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Thursday and by appointment Saturday The Lincoln statue Sculptor Leonard Crunelle portrays Abraham Lincoln as he might have looked while captain of a company of soldiers during the Black Hawk War in 1832. It is the only known statue of Lincoln showing him in military dress and without a beard. The bronze statue dominates the site of the old Dixon blockhouse. Contact: www.illinois.gov/ihpa/ Experience/Sites/NorthWest/Pages/ Lincoln-Monument.aspx or 815288-1840 Address: President’s Park, 100 Lincoln Statue Drive Loveland Community House and Museum Exhibits include Civil War artifacts, old farm tools, a pioneer kitchen and bedroom, along with personal items from city founder John Dixon. The museum also has an extensive Ronald Reagan exhibit. Contact: lovelandcommunityhouse. org or 815-284-2741 Address: 513 W. Second St. Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Admission: Free

21 Lowell Park Established in 1907 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 200-acre park along the Rock River, where Ronald Reagan once spent his summers as a lifeguard, offers a spacious picnic and recreation area, a playground, several hiking trails, cross-country skiing, fishing, boat docks, a nature center and a 40acre state nature preserve. Rooms in the historic Woodcote lodge, built in 1909 with native limestone quarried on site, also are available for rent. Contact: www.dixonparks.com/lowellpark.htm or 815-284-3306 Address: 2114 Lowell Park Road Midway Drive-In and Diner The Midway Drive-In opened in 1950 and has been in continuous operation since. This landmark is home to the oldest standing drivein screen in Illinois, and the owners are dedicated to its preservation and to paying tribute to the American drive-in theater tradition. It features a retro “spaceship” ticket booth, a playground, a full-service diner and concession stand, a parking lot that can hold up to 500 cars and a 90-foot-wide screen. As of May, it now offers digital projection and sound. Contact: www.themidwaydrivein. net, Facebook or 847-647-3124 Address: 91 Palmyra Road Hours: Movie times to be announced; check the website or call ahead Admission: $8.50 adults, $4 children ages 3-11 Old Settlers Cabin Maintained by the Lee County Historical Society, the Old Settlers Cabin was built in 1894 as a memorial to the area’s early settlers. The cabin was moved to its present site in President’s Park in 1969. It houses antiques and articles that belonged to early-day settlers, including city founder John Dixon. Contact: http://theleecountyhistoricalsociety.org 815-284-1134 Address: 115 Lincoln Statue Drive

Hours: 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, and by appointment Nachusa House Hotel Once considered the oldest continually operating hotel in Illinois, today it is one of the five oldest in the country. It was named “Nachusa House” for city founder John Dixon, whose American Indian name, Nachusa, means “head-hair-white.” Five U.S. presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Ronald Reagan—stayed there, as did Jefferson Davis, Stephen A. Douglas, William Jennings Bryan and evangelist Bill Sunday. It now is apartments for senior citizens. Contact: 815-284-0190 The Next Picture Show This nonprofit art gallery and fine arts center features two floors of changing exhibits by local professional and student artists. It also hosts workshops, classes and special events. Contact: www.thenextpictureshow. com or 815-285-4924 Address: 113 W First St. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. Admission: Free Northwest Territory Historic Center Originally South Central School, and now a museum and research center, it features Ronald Reagan’s restored sixth-grade classroom, historical displays and an art gallery. In 2014, two new permanent exhibits were added—one of regional Native American life and another of early American farming; the additions prompted a name change from the Dixon Historic Center to its new name. It is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. Contact: nthc.org, Facebook or 815288-5508 Address: 205 W. Fifth St. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday Admission: By donation


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Ogle County events Through December White Pines Dinner Theatre; White Pines Inn, 6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris; www.whitepinesinn. com, Facebook or 815-946-3817 May 30-June 1 Leaf River Summer Daze; Leaf River; antique tractor show, car show, craft show, bags tournament, children’s activities, food, fireworks, parade, and more; leafriversummerdaze.org or Dave Borgmann at 815-994-2950 June 7-8 Rochelle Railroad Days; Rochelle Railroad Park, 124 N. Ninth St., Rochelle; live entertainment, railroadiana displays and vendors and food, plus model railroad display and antique Mack truck display down-

town; www.rochellerailroadpark. org/rrdays.html or 815-562-7031 June 12-15 Town and Country Days; Polo; carnival with face painting, clowns, games and prizes, entertainment, craft and collectibles show, parade, and food; admission is $5 for beer garden, which opens at 5 p.m.; www. polodays.org, www.poloil.org or John Miller at 815-973-3507

ings; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.fieldsproject.com or Russ Senti at LOMC, 815-732-2220

June 14 Uncorked, music with Sour Grapes; Hailey’s Winery, 114 S. Franklin St., Byron; 7-9 p.m.; haileyswinery.com, Facebook or 815-234-2220

July 3-5 Let Freedom Ring Festival; Village Square on Wesley Avenue, downtown Mount Morris; entertainment, children’s activities, parade, fireworks and food; parade 2 p.m. July 4, fireworks at dusk July 4; www. letfreedomringfestival.com or Facebook

June 21 Fields Project Art Festival; Mix Park, Oregon; mix-it-up sidewalk paint-

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June 22 Fields Project Art Festival; LOMC, 1834 Illinois Route 2, Oregon; fine arts show at 11 a.m., lunch and networking with artists at noon; www. fieldsproject.com or Russ Senti at LOMC, 815-732-2220

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Ogle County events July 4 Independence Day Celebration; Atwood Park, Rochelle; band concert and fireworks; www.cityofrochelle.net or 815-562-6161 July 11-13 Polo Area Community Theatre presents “The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet”; Polo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave., Polo; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; www.polotheatre.org or Facebook July 11-13 ByronFest; Byron; carnival, classic car show, quilt show, arts and crafts show, bags and softball tournaments, 5K run/walk, Ultimate Fitness Challenge, children’s area, live entertainment and food; admission is $8; www. byronfest.org or 815-234-5500 July 19-20 Oregon Trail Days; Oregon; proceeds from the festival benefit the restoration of the Eternal Indian statue; Native American tipi encampments, dancing and drumming, cowboy demonstrations, 5K run/walk, and more; www.oregontraildays.org or 815-238-8672 July 26 Uncorked, music with Mike & Adam and Dry White Toast; Hailey’s Winery, 114 S. Franklin St., Byron; 7-9 p.m.; haileyswinery.com, Facebook or 815-234-2220 July 30-Aug. 3 Ogle County Fair; Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon; exhibits, entertainment, demolition derby, truck and tractor pull, rodeo, carnival and food; www.oglecountyfair.com or 815-732-6962 Aug. 2-3 Hammer In; John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour; demonstrations by tradesmen, tractor and equipment show, tours of John Deere home and blacksmith shop; admission is $5; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; www. johndeereattractions.com or 815-652-4551 Ogle County events continued on page 24

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Ogle County events Aug. 8-9 Lincoln Buy-Way; miles and miles of rummage sales along the Lincoln Highway; www.drivelincolnhighway. com Aug. 9 Uncorked, music with Elizabeth Steed; Hailey’s Winery, 114 S. Franklin St., Byron; 7-9 p.m.; haileyswinery.com, Facebook or 815-234-2220 Aug. 9 Polo Car, Truck and Tractor Show and Swap Meet; trivia competition, music and 50/50 raffle; registration 8 a.m.-noon, show 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.poloil.org or Cliff at 815-7182590 or Bob at 815-493-2948 Aug. 9 Summer Country Jam; Rochelle Municipal Airport, 1207 Gurler Road, Rochelle; performances by Joe Diffee, Brian Lavender, Courtney Rau and Dixie Still and after party with Smokin Gunz; tickets are $26 or $32; 3 p.m.; www.rochellechamber.org or 815-562-4189

Aug. 23-24 Illinois Renewable Energy & Lifestyle Fair; Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon; renewable energy and sustainable living ideas, plus children’s activities, entertainment and food; www.illinoisrenew. org or 815-732-7332 Sept. 13 Uncorked, music with Fuze; Hailey’s Winery, 114 S. Franklin St., Byron; 7-9 p.m.; haileyswinery.com, Facebook or 815-234-2220 Sept. 14 Arts Festival; John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour; juried art show, music and food; www.johndeereattractions. com or 815-652-4551 Sept. 26-28 Stillman Valley Fall Festival; carnival, craft show, car show and food; parade at 2 p.m. Sunday; www.stillmanvalleyfallfestival.com, Facebook or Jill at 815-645-2011

Oct. 11 Uncorked, music with Olivia Dvorak; Hailey’s Winery, 114 S. Franklin St., Byron; 7-9 p.m.; haileyswinery.com, Facebook or 815-234-2220

Nov. 8 Uncorked, music with Derek Luttrell; Hailey’s Winery, 114 S. Franklin St., Byron; 7-9 p.m.; haileyswinery. com, Facebook or 815-234-2220

Nov. 29 Candlelight Walk; downtown Oregon; horse-drawn carriage rides, reindeer, visits with Santa, holiday gift fair, and more; 4-8 p.m.; www. oregonil.com or 815-732-2100

Dec. 5 Christmas Walk and Lighted Parade; downtown Rochelle; lighted Christmas parade, visits with Santa, tree lighting, and more; www.cityofrochelle.net or 815-562-6161

Aug. 15-17 Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival; Rochelle; Little Miss Peanut pageant, car show, tractor pull, live entertainment, beer garden, parade, and more; www.lincolnhighwayheritagefestival.com, Facebook or 815-56266667

Sept. 27 Chili Cook-Off; Polo; chili cook-off and annual Larry Lannen blood drive; blood drive at 9 a.m., chili tasting at noon; www.poloil.org or 815-946-3131

Dec. 6 Christmas on the Village Square; downtown Mount Morris; pancake breakfast, craft fair and holiday bake sale, children’s Christmas party, story time with Mrs. Claus, and lighting of the village square; www.mtmorrisil.net or Brenda at 815-734-6335

Aug. 23 Byron Crossroads Blues Festival; Second and Union streets, downtown Byron; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; www.byroncrossroadsbluesfestival. blogspot.com, Facebook or Steve Jones at 779-537-4006

Oct. 4-5 Autumn on Parade; Oregon; farmers market, arts and crafts fair, live entertainment, Olde English Faire, car show, tractor show, parade, food, and more; parade at 1 p.m. Sunday; www.autumnonparade.org or 815732-3465

Dec. 13 Uncorked, music with Sour Grapes; Hailey’s Winery, 114 S. Franklin St., Byron; 7-9 p.m.; haileyswinery.com, Facebook or 815-234-2220


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IT’S TEE TIME CARROLL COUNTY Lake Carroll Golf Course 2911 Ironwood Blvd., Lake Carroll (815) 493-2808; www.lakecarroll.com/golfcourse.cfm 18 holes, par 72 Oakville Country Club 8044 Oakville Road, Mount Carroll (815) 684-5295; www.oakvillegolfing.com 9 holes, par 36 Palisades Golf Course 18280 Illinois Route 84, Savanna (815) 273-2141 www.palisadesgolfcourse.com 9 holes, par 33 HENRY COUNTY Baker Park Golf Course 1095 Cambridge Road, Kewanee (309) 852-2872 www.kewaneeparkdistrict.org 18 holes, par 71

Country View Golf Course 8284 N. 2300 Ave., Geneseo (309) 441-5272 www.countryviewgolfcourse.net 9 holes, par 35 Geneseo Country Club 22393 Grange Road, Geneseo (309) 944-2671 www.geneseocountryclub.com 9 holes, par 35 Hillcrest Resort 16260 E. 350th St., Orion (309) 755-6550 www.hillcresteventcenter.com 9 holes, par 30 Maple Bluff Golf Club 19283 E. 1600 St., Geneseo (309) 944-5418; www.golfmaplebluffgeneseo.com 18 holes, par 72

LEE COUNTY Lost Nation Golf Club 6931 S. Lost Nation Road, Dixon (815) 652-4212; www.lostnationgolf.com 18 holes, par 71 Miller Golf Complex 1010 Washington Ave., Dixon (815) 284-3306; www.dixonparks.com Shady Oaks Country Club 577 U.S. Route 52 South, Sublette (815) 849-5424; www.shadyoakscc.com 18 holes, par 71 Timber Creek Golf Course 729 Timber Creek Road, Dixon (815) 288-5110; www.timbercreekdixon.com 18 holes, par 71

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IT’S TEE TIME OGLE COUNTY Edgewood Golf Club 10684 W. Edgewood Road, Polo (815) 946-3636 www.clubedgewood.com 9 holes, par 36 Fairways Golf Course 533 S. 7th St., Rochelle 815-562-6666 www.fairwaysgolfcourse.com 18 holes, par 72 PrairieView Golf Club 7993 N. River Road, Byron (815) 234-4653; www.prairieviewgolf.com 18 holes, par 72 Silver Ridge Golf Course 3069 N. Hill Road, Oregon (815) 734-4440 www.silverridgegolf.com 18 holes, par 72 Sunset Golf Course 216 Sunset Lane, Mount Morris (815) 734-4839

www.sunsetgolfmm.com 9 holes, par 36 WHITESIDE COUNTY Cross Creek Golf Course 15523 Henry Road, Morrison (815) 772-7966 www.crosscreekgolfandestates.com 9 holes, par 36 Deer Valley Golf Club 3298 Hoover Road, Deer Grove (815) 438-4653; www.dvforegolf.com 27 holes Emerald Hill Golf Course 16802 Prairieville Road, Sterling (815) 622-6204 www.emeraldhillgolf.com 18 holes, par 71 Fulton Country Club 20727 Cattail Road, Fulton (815) 589-2440

www.fultonccgolf.com 9 holes, par 36 Lake Erie Country Club 900 Lakeside Drive, Erie (309) 659-2250 9 holes, par 36 Prairie Ridge Golf Course 903 W. Morris St., Morrison (815) 772-8989 www.golfprairieridge.com 18 holes, par 72 Prophet Hills Country Club 4319 Bishop Road, Prophetstown (815) 537-5226; www.prophethills.com 9 holes, par 35 Rock River Golf & Pool 3901 Dixon Ave., Rock Falls (815) 625-2322; www.rrgap.com 18 holes, par 70

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Whiteside County events May 23 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 May 26 Memorial Day celebration; Main Street, Morrison; parade from Main Street to Grove Hill Cemetery; 10 a.m.; 815-772-3757 May 26 Memorial Day service; American Legion Hall, 300 Washington St., Prophetstown; parade from Legion Hall to Eclipse Square Park for a service; 10 a.m.; 815-537-5139 May 29 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “Monsters University”, Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 May 31 Shop Small Saturday; merchants in Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls; merchants offer promotions throughout the day and specials for shoppers who wear a Sauk Valley Shop Small button; www.saukvalleyshopsmall. com, Facebook or saukvalleyshopsmall@gmail.com June 1 Blessing of the Bike; downtown Fulton; hundreds of motorcycles descend upon downtown for the annual blessing ceremony by local clergy; 1-3 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 June 1 Lyndon Car Show; Richmond Park, Lyndon; pancake breakfast, music by 3D Sound, playground and food; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.3Dsound.org or 815-778-4484

June 3-7 The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce’s Carnival Days; Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling; midway and rides; www. saukvalleyareachamber.com or 815625-2400 June 10 Twin City Cruizers’ Cruise Night; Culver’s, 1901 Harley-Davidson Drive, Rock Falls; 5 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com June 12 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “Despicable Me 2”, Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 June 12 Fulton Summer Nights; Den Besten Park, Fulton; old-fashioned community gathering; games, music and food; 6-8 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 June 19 Ice cream social; Resthave nursing home, 408 Maple Ave., Morrison; music, ice cream and picnic fare; 5:30-7 p.m.; 815-772-4021 June 19-21 Shakespeare in the Park – “Much Ado About Nothing”; Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages; 7 p.m.; www. svcc.edu/finearts/theatre, “SVCC Theatre” on Facebook or 815-8356366 June 21 Dog Days – A Celebration of Pets; Central Park/Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; pooch-related contests, exhibits, demonstrations and vendors; leashed dogs welcome; 815-626-8610

June 21 Blue Grass Festival; Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St.; $5 per person or $10 per family; 1-6 p.m.; www. cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 June 24 Carson and Barnes Circus; Gieson Motorsports, 800 E. Rock Falls Road, Rock Falls; circus, petting zoo, elephant rides and camel rides; www. rockfallschamber.com or 815-6254500 June 26-28 Shakespeare in the Park – “Much Ado About Nothing”; Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages; 7 p.m.; www. svcc.edu/finearts/theatre, “SVCC Theatre” on Facebook or 815-8356366 June 26 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “The Fox and the Hound”, Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 June 27 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 June 27-29 Summer Splash; riverfront, Rock Falls; buffalo, elk, alligator, pork chops and brats, children’s activities, vendors and more; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.rockfallschamber.com or 815625-4500 June 28-29 Rock Falls River Chase; riverfront, Rock Falls; boat races on the Rock

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Whiteside County events River; bring a lawn chair; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.rockfallschamber.com or 815-625-4500 June 30 “Mother Jones: A Force of Nature”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., Fulton; talk presented by Simon Cordery of Western Illinois University; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton. us or 815-589-4545 July 3 Sauk Valley Jaycees fireworks display; Westwood Sports and Fitness Center, 1900 Westwood Drive, Sterling; music, children’s activities, and food; admission is $5 for a carload; fireworks at dusk; Adam Johnson at 815-718-5089 July 3 Prophetstown Streetscape; Eclipse Memorial Park, Prophetstown; children paint measured squares of

the street, plus a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., race at 6 p.m. www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 July 4 Prophetstown Fourth of July fireworks celebration; Prophetstown State Park, Prophetstown; music, children’s races, 3-on-3-basketball tournament, fireworks, and more; www.prophetstownil.com or 815537-5598 July 5 Firecracker Weekend Bogs-DragsDemo; The Bike Barn, 13524 Black Road, Morrison; 4x4 mud bogs, drags, 500 class drags and demolition derby; 11 a.m.; www.peatmonster.com, www.omanationals.com or 815-775-3641 July 8 Twin City Cruizers’ Cruise Night; Culver’s, 1901 Harley-Davidson

Drive, Rock Falls; 5 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com July 9 “Life’s A Breeze: Presidential Rest and Relaxation”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., Fulton; presented by Ron Koehn, retired Fulton High School teacher; 6 p.m.; www. cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 July 10 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “Frozen”, Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 July 10 Fulton Summer Nights; Den Besten Park, Fulton; old-fashioned community gathering; games, music and food; free; 6-8 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545

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BARN TOUR WHITESIDE COUNTY IsLsLsIsNsOsIsS

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Whiteside County events July 12-13 Whiteside County Barn Tour; throughout Whiteside County; 11 historic barns, antique farm equipment displays, and lunch by the Whiteside County Cattleman’s Association; tickets are $20 per carload and include a tour book and a map; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.3 p.m. Sunday; www.whitesidecountybarntour.com or 815-772-2165 July 14-17 Whiteside County 4-H Show; Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison; 4-H projects, pork chop barbecue, Sale of Champions; web.extension. illinois.edu/clw or 815-772-4075 July 24 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “The Muppet Movie”, Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-6268610

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July 25 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www. sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 July 26 Sterling Main Street Music Fest, Central Park/Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; four bands, arts and crafts show and food; admission is $5 for adults and children 13 and older; gates open at 1 p.m.; www.sterlingmainstreet.org, Facebook or 815-626-8610 Aug. 1 Hot Dog Day, downtown Sterling; merchants offer 25-cent hot dogs and sodas over the lunch hour; www. sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 Aug. 1 “Gaelic Songs: Beauty and Nature”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., Fulton; presented by Dan Haughey, musician and storyteller; free; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 Aug. 2 Touch-a-Truck and Corn Boil Family Day; Second Street and Avenue A, Rock Falls; vehicles from area agencies and businesses on display, plus Selmi’s sweet corn and other food; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; “Optimist Club of Rock Falls IL” on Facebook or John Watts, 815-631-3012 Whiteside County events continued on page 32

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Aug. 2-3 Native American Pow-Wow; Prophetstown State Park, Prophetstown; Native American encampment, dancing, drumming, music, food, and more; 10 a.m., grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 Aug. 7 Sterlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Movies at Grandon: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factoryâ&#x20AC;?, Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610

Aug. 8-9 Lincoln Buy-Way; miles and miles of rummage sales along the Lincoln Highway; www.drivelincolnhighway. com Aug. 10 Twin City Cruizersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show; Centennial Park,

Rock Falls; music by 3D Sound; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers. com or 815-625-1839

Aug. 12-16 Whiteside County Fair; Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison; demolition derby, harness racing, pro bull riding, truck and tractor pulls, livestock shows, antique tractor parade, concerts, carnival, food, exhibits and more; www.whitesidecountyfair.orgor815-772-7329 Aug. 12 Twin City Cruizersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cruise Night; Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1901 Harley-Davidson Drive, Rock Falls; 5 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com Aug. 14 Fulton Summer Nights; Den Besten Park, Fulton; old-fashioned community gathering; games, music and food; free; 6-8 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545

Aug. 16 Team Underwires Proud to Wear Pink! motorcycle ride; Workman Harley-Davidson, 1903 First Ave., Rock Falls; proceeds benefit breast cancer programs; register from 10 a.m. to noon; cost is $20 for riders 16 and older, $5 for children; www.teamunderwires.com or 815-441-4458 Aug. 22 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 Aug. 23 Outdoor Adventure Fest; SterlingRock Falls Family YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling; free family activities including a fishing derby in the swimming pool, rock climbing and archery; free hot dog lunch provided; http://srf.saukvalleyymcas.org or 815-535-9622

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Aug. 23 Shop Small Saturday; merchants in Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls; merchants offer promotions throughout the day and specials for shoppers who wear a Sauk Valley Shop Small button; www.saukvalleyshopsmall.com, Facebook or saukvalleyshopsmall@gmail.com

Aug. 29 Sterling Storytelling and Art Festival; Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; storytelling by Al Batt of Heartland, Minn., and Susan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Halloran of the Chicago area and juried art show; admission is a $7 donation; art show 6-8 p.m., stories at 8 p.m.; http:// sterlingfestival.org or 815-625-1370 Sept. 6 Taste of Fiesta; Central Park/Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; Mexican musicians and dancers, folk art, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and giveaways, and food; childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities noon-3 p.m., food and entertainment noon-6 p.m.; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiesta Days in Sterling-Rock Fallsâ&#x20AC;? on Facebook or Irene Lewis-Wimbley at 815-625-0013, Ext. 119 Sept. 6 Arts on the Square; Eclipse Square Park, Prophetstown; art show, live music, scarecrow contest, and food; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 Sept. 9 Twin City Cruizersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cruise Night; Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1901 HarleyDavidson Drive, Rock Falls; 5 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com Sept. 11 Featured Food Walk; downtown Fulton; local businesses offer items featuring pumpkin, door prizes and special sales; get a punch card at the Masonic Lodge, 1012 Fourth St.; 4-7 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-5894545 Sept. 13 Fiesta Day parade; Sterling and Rock Falls; parade from Sterling to Rock Falls, closing ceremony at bandshell in Veterans Memorial Park, Rock Falls, art display at Lincoln Learning Center, 611 E. Third St., Sterling; Irene Lewis-Wimbley at 815-625-0013, Ext. 119 Sept. 15 The Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual Youth in Harmony Festival concert; Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave., Sterling; admission is $5; 6:30 p.m.; Facebook or 815-973-3956

Sept. 20 Paint the Town; downtown Morrison; paint your own 5-by-5-foot square on the street; entertainment, food and more; noon; www.paintthetownmorrison.com or Facebook Sept. 22 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chad Pregrackeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River Cleanup Projectsâ&#x20AC;?; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave.; presented by KeeKee Pregracke of Black Hawk College; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton. us or 815-589-4545 Sept. 26 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www. sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815626-8610 Oct. 4 Fall Festival; downtown Fulton; pumpkin painting, gunny sack races, straw bale maze, arts and crafts show, petting zoo, music and food; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545

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Oct. 4-5 Fall Festival; Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., Fulton; crafters in period clothing give demonstrations of pioneer living; admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815589-4545

Show; Prophetstown High School, 310 W. Riverside Drive, Prophetstown; farm toys, construction toys, collectibles, antique tractor display, and food; admission is $2 for adults and children 13 and older; 9 a.m.3 p.m.; www.prophetstownil.com, 815-537-5139 or 815-537-2631

Oct. 26 Twin City Cruizers’ Toy Run Cruize; Culver’s, 1901 Harley-Davidson Drive, Rock Falls; music by 3D Sound, bake sale and auction; entry is a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; www. twincitycruizers.com

Oct. 11 Harvest Moon Festival; downtown Sterling; children’s activities, hay rack rides, arts and crafts, and more; www.sterlingmainstreet.org, Facebook or 815-626-8610

Oct. 22 “Bird Life at the Top of the World”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave.; a 73-minute video presented by the Aldo Leopold Foundation; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815589-4545

Nov. 4 “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave.; High Arctic Institute; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545

Oct. 18 Beggar’s Night; Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., Fulton; trick-or-treat in a historic 1800s village; 4-8 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 Oct. 19 Coon Creek Men’s Club Farm Toy

Oct. 24 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610

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Nov. 18-23 Festival of Trees; Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; event benefits Hospice of the Rock River Valley; holiday trees and decor on display, country store, and entertainment; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; www.hospicerockriver.org or 815-288-3673 Nov. 20-23 Hometown Holidays; downtown Rock Falls; Christmas walk, craft show, parade, live reindeer, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party, and more; www.rockfallschamber.com or 815-625-4500 Nov. 22 Twin Cities Holiday Parade; parade starts in Sterling, ends in Rock Falls; www.rockfallschamber.com, www. saukvalleyareachamber.com or www.sterlingmainstreet.org Nov. 28 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www. sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays Nov. 29 Christmas in Prophetstown and lighted parade; downtown Prophetstown; Small Business Saturday, visits with Santa, soup supper, lighting of the Love Light Tree, and parade; lighting of the tree at 5:30 p.m., parade at 6:30 p.m.; www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 Whiteside County events continued on page 36

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Dec. 3-7 Seasonal Sights and Sounds; downtown Sterling; music, Christmas Walk, visits with Santa, children’s activities, and more; www.saukvalleyareachamber.com, Facebook or 815-625-2400 Dec. 5 Christmas Walk; downtown Fulton; 2-mile run/walk, arts and craft show, ice carving, live nativity, puppet show, children’s activities, music and food; 5-7:30 p.m.; www. cityoffulton.us or 815-589-2616 Dec. 5-7 Dillon Home Christmas Walk; Dillon Home Museum, 1005 E. Third St., Sterling; tours of the home, which is decorated for the holidays, “Christmases Past” open house by the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum in the carriage house; admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and $5 for a family; tours on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, walk-through tours 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 815-6226202 Dec. 6 Christmas at Heritage Canyon; Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., Fulton; crafters in period clothing give demonstrations of pioneer living; noon-7 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-2616 Dec. 6 Morrison Christmas Walk; downtown Morrison; craft fair, lighted parade, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more; morrisonchamber.com or 815-772-3757 Dec. 6 Taste of Prophetstown; Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, 320 LaFayette St., Prophetstown; wine and beer tasting, appetizers, live music and charity auction; tickets are $20, which includes a souvenir glass and six samples; 6 p.m.; www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 Dec. 6 Christmas in the Country; downtown Tampico; visits with Santa, lighting of the Christmas tree and more; 4:30 p.m.; www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com or Joan Johnson at 815-622-8705 Dec. 26 Fourth Fridays, Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www. sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815626-8610

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Whiteside County attractions Whiteside County, was established 1836. It is the namesake of Gen. Samuel Whiteside who, as a major, fought in the Indian Wars in this part of the country from 1812 until the close of the Black Hawk War. The county (the village of Tampico) also is the birthplace of President Ronald Reagan and has a segment of one of the first continental highways – U.S. Route 30, better known as the Lincolnway Highway. Fulton De Immigrant and the Windmill Cultural Center This authentic windmill built in the Netherlands and assembled in Fulton honors the town’s rich Dutch heritage. Stone-ground buckwheat, corn, rye, and wheat flours all are manufactured at De Immigrant

and are for sale in the gift shop. The cultural center, dedicated in 2010, houses a collection of 21 European windmills and hosts special exhibits throughout the year. Contact: www.cityoffulton.us/ visit-fulton/fulton-attractions/deimmigrant-windmill.html or 815589-4545 Address: Corner of 10th Avenue and First Street Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 through October Admission: By donation Fulton Martin House Museum The home of the Fulton Historical Society, this Civil War-era home built in the Italianate style in 1855 contains a Fulton memorabilia col-

lection, an extensive Fulton photo collection and a genealogy research room. Contact: www.cityoffulton.us/visitfulton/fulton-attractions/fultonmartin-house-museum.html or 815-589-3809 Address: 707 10th Ave. Hours: 2-4 p.m. daily and by appointment Heritage Canyon This 12-acre restored and furnished mid-1800s settlement in a former quarry is nestled on the Mississippi River and features homesites, a doctor’s office, a blacksmith shop, a schoolhouse, a church, a swinging bridge and a covered bridge. During special events, the Early American Crafters, a group of Civil War reenactors, and other groups populate the area and bring history to life.

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Contact: www.cityoffulton.us/visitfulton/fulton-attractions/heritagecanyon.html or 815-589-4545 Address: 515 N. Fourth St. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, mid-April through mid-December, and for special events Admission: By donation; for special events, $2 adults and $1 children younger than 14 Morrison Morrison’s Heritage Museum The building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was a church in 1865 and later served as Morrison’s Literary Society and Museum. In 1997, it was given to the Morrison Historical Society to be used as a museum. It has been returned to much of its early charm and has had the lower level remodeled and made useful as extra exhibit space. Displays include many products once manufactured locally, such as Rich toys, Summit stoves, or Volckman furniture.

Contact: 815-772-8889 Address: 202 E. Lincolnway Hours: 1-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, last Friday in April to Thanksgiving Admission: Free Morrison-Rockwood State Park Morrison-Rockwood State Park comprises 1,164 acres just north of Morrison. It’s named for the city and a combination of nearby Rock Creek and the heavily wooded park area. Lake Carlton, a focal point of the park, is a watershed impoundment built in 1969 with a 38-foot-high, 1,800-foot-long earthen dam across a stream. Fishing, boating, camping, hiking and hunting are available, along with playgrounds, picnic shelters and a concession stand/bait shop/boat rental. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R1/Morrison.htm or 815-772-4708 Address: 18750 Lake Road

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Prophetstown Prophetstown Area Historical Society The society’s collection contains information about Native American life in the Prophetstown area, its early settlers and local history. Contact: www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com/Prophetstown_Historical_Soc.html or 815-537-2224 Address: 320 Washington St. Hours: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday Admission: Free Prophetstown State Park Camping, fishing and hiking all are available at this wooded park on the northeast edge of the city, along the south bank of the Rock River. Once the site of a Native American village, the 53-acre park derives its name from the Native American prophet Wa-bo-kie-shiek (White Cloud). Coon Creek flows through the park and feeds into the Rock River.

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Contact: dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R1/ Prophet.htm or 815-537-2926 Address: Riverside Drive Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area This 2,376-acre site along the Rock River has about 250 acres of upland forest, with the remainder of the property a mix of native grassland, tree plantings, tracts of woods, two oxbows and several small wetlands and marshes. Big Bend offers limited hiking and fishing opportunities, with the site’s primary focus on hunting. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R1/BIGBEND.HTM or 815-537-2270 Address: Van Damme Road Rock Falls Centennial Park This 50-acre park offers Storybook Village playground; a pond with paddle boat and canoe rental; tennis courts; baseball, soccer, and flag football fields; a 20-station fitness course, and picnic shelters. Two pedestrian footbridges connect the park to the footpath along Hennepin Feeder Canal State Park. The Little Red Schoolhouse and Historical Museum and the Red Caboose, an antique Rock Island Line car, also are in the park; both are available to tour by appointment only. Contact: www.colomatownshipparkdistrict.com or 815625-0272 Address: 508 E. 11th St. Crystal Lake Recreation Crystal Lake offers a lake with a beach for swimming and other water activities. It also has go-karts and aqua golf, as well as a campground. Contact: www.crystallake1.com or 815-622-5974 Address: 511 E. U.S. Route 30 Hours: noon-6 p.m. daily in the summer Admission: Lake usage is $5 adults and children 11 and older, $4 children ages 3-10 Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum Firehouse of God minister and part-time firefighter Brian Tribley saved the former Rock Falls Fire Department building from demolition in 2012 by creating a museum that honors the profession. The museum showcases vintage firefighting vehicles, equipment and memorabilia. Contact: www.firehouseofgodministries.com/firemuseum.htm, Facebook or 815-622-9490 Address: 403 W. Second St. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May through October, and by appointment Admission: Free Hennepin Canal State Park The Hennepin Feeder Canal, on the National Register of Historic Places, extends from Rock Falls to Sheffield, Ill., and offers biking and hiking paths, canoeing, fishing and historical sites along the way. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R1/Hennpin.htm or 815-454-2328 Address: 209 Emmons Ave.

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Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural One of 30 murals along the historic Lincoln Highway that showcases a unique event that took place during the early years of the highway: the Corn Carnival and an enormous, highly sought-after, prized blue ribbon. Contact: www.drivelincolnhighway.com or 866-455-4249 Address: 1412 W. Rock Falls Road Dillon Home Museum The Dillon Home was donated to the park district in 1980 in memory of Paul W. Dillon and his wife. The home is an example of Italianate architecture, a popular choice of builders in the Midwest from 1830-1880. The home was built circa 1858 by Edwin G. Allen for Col. Edward N. Kirk. It was bought by steel magnate Washington M. Dillon in 1882. Contact: www.sterlingparks.org or 815-622-6202 Address: 1005 E. Third St. Hours: Guided tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday Thursday and Saturday and 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday Admission: $2.50 adults, $1.50 seniors, and $5 family Lawrence Park Considered the first park in Sterling, Lawrence Park offers boat and fishing access, horseshoes and, in the winter, eagle watching. Contact: www.sterlingparks.org/facilities-a-parks/ parks/lawrence-park.html or 815-622-6200 Address: Off the Avenue G bridge between Sterling and Rock Falls

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The Prophetstown 50th Annual

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Rockford area events Through June Artists’ Ensemble Theater; Cheek Theatre, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford; www.artistsensemble.org or 815-394-5004 Through August Starlight Theatre; Starlight Theatre, Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford; www.rockvalleycollege.edu or 815-921-2160 Through August Ski Broncs Waterski Show Team; Shorewood Park, 235 Evelyn Ave., Loves Park; concessions available; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; www. skibroncs.com Through September Rockford Aviators baseball; Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park; www.rockfordaviators.com or 815-885-2255 Through December Pec Playhouse Theatre; 314 Main St., Pecatonica; www.pecplayhouse.org or 815-239-1210 May 23-26 Young at Heart Festival; Loves Park City Hall grounds; 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park; entertainment, beer garden, carnival rides, children’s activities, food, parade, and fireworks; admission (buttons) are $7 in advance or $9 at the gate and good for all 4 days of the festival; www. youngatheartfestival.com or 815633-3999 May 25 Wing Ding 2014; Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park; concert featuring Alice in Chains, Black Stone Cherry, Queensrÿche, and more; tickets are $30; 11 a.m.; www.wxrxwingding. com or 815-874-7861

May 26 Memorial Day parade and ceremony; Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford; ceremony includes the annual riverside sinking of the ship ceremony; parade at 9 a.m., ceremony at 10:30 a.m.; www. veteransmemorialhall.com or 815969-1999 June 6 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www.gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 June 6-8 Garden Fair; Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden; 2715 S. Main St., Rockford; plant and garden goods sale, master gardeners on hand to answer questions, display gardens, and an outdoor café; tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door; noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; www. klehm.org or 815-965-8146 June 6-8 Tebala Shrine Circus; Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park; tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12; www.tebalacircus.com or 815332-4997 June 7-8 Rockford Airfest 2014; Chicago Rockford International Airport, 60 Airport Drive, Rockford; performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, and more, plus planes, helicopters and more on display; tickets are $20 per carload in advance or $30 per carload at the gate; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.rockfordairfest.comor 815-969-4000; June 8, 15 and 22 Live at Levings; Levings Park, 1420 S.

Pierpont Ave., Rockford; talent show, followed by a concert; talent show 3-5 p.m., concert 5-7 p.m.; www. rockfordparkdistrict.org June 10, 12, 17, 24 and 26 Sounds of Summer; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; 7-9 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org June 11, 18 and 25 Imagination Station; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; music, magic, juggling, comedy, and more; 1:30 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org June 14 Midsommar Festival; Erlander Home Museum, 404 S. Third St., Rockford;; a celebration of Swedish heritage, featuring Stockholm Inn’s world-famous Swedish pancakes, Swedish bakery, a Swedish Marknad (market), children’s activities, a traditional majstang (Maypole) and live entertainment; www.swedishhistorical.org or 815-963-5559 June 18 Council of Rockford Gardeners’ Garden Walk 2014; Rockford; selfguided tour of six gardens; noon-8 p.m.; http://ilclubs.esiteasp.com/ crg/gardenwalk.nxg or Jo Anna Betts at 815-399-7085 June 19-22 Old Settlers Days; Settlers Park, East Hawick St., Rockton; music, beer tent, midway, 5K run/walk, parade, fireworks, and more; 4-day admission passes are $6 in advance and $10 starting June 19; main stage shows are more; www.oldsettlersdays.com, Facebook or 779-7726051


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Rockford area events June 20 Show of Shows; Boylan High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford; the best drum and bugle corps in the word perform along with Rockfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Phantom Regiment; tickets ranged from $19 to $65; 7 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m.; www.regiment. org/sos

1401 N. Second St., Rockford; 7-9 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Imagination Station; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; music, magic, juggling, comedy, and more; 1:30 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org

June 29 Domingo en el Parque; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; Latino music; 3-7 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org

July 4 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www.gorockford.com or 815-963-8111

July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31 Sounds of Summer; Sinnissippi Park,

July 4 4th of July Celebration; downtown Rockford; breakfast, parade and the

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SkyConcert fireworks show set to music; rockfordfireandice.com July 4-5 4th of July Festival; Durand; music, antique tractor pulls, go-kart races, 5K run/walk, fireworks, parade, and more; www.durandevents.com or 815-248-4445 July 6 and 20 Live at Levings; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; talent show, followed by a concert; talent show 3-5 p.m., concert 5-7 p.m.; www. rockfordparkdistrict.org

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Rockford area events July 13 and 29 Domingo en el Parque; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; Latino music; 3-7 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 1 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www.gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Aug. 6 Imagination Station; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; music, magic, juggling, comedy, and more; 1:30 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 10 Live at Levings; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; talent show, followed by a concert; talent show 3-5 p.m., concert 5-7 p.m.; www. rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 1-3 Festa Italiana; Boylan High School grounds, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford; Italian music and folk dancing, carnival rides, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, and Italian food; www. griaa.com or 815-962-2700 Aug. 5, 7, 12 and 14 Sounds of Summer; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; 7-9 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 12-17 Winnebago County Fair; Winnebago

County Fairgrounds, 500 W. First St., Pecatonica; livestock, 4-H exhibits, music, carnival and more; tickets are $5 most days and $7 Friday and Saturday, grandstand entertainment is more; www.winnebagocountyfair. com, 815-239-1641 Aug. 17 Polish Fest; St. Stanislaus Church, 201 Buckbee St., Rockford; traditional Polish dinner, music and dancing, plus childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games, cultural exhibits and more; www.st-stanislaus. org or 815-965-3913 Aug. 22-24 Cherry Valley Festival Days; Bauman Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley; music, carnival, games, fireworks, and more; admission (buttons) are $5 in advance and good for all 3 days of the festival, general admission is $6 Friday and Saturday and $3 Sunday; www.valleydays.com or 815-332-2152 Sept. 5 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www.gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Dates unavailable (in early September) Greek Fest; Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford; Greek food, dancing and music, charity raffle, church tours, and more; http://gogreekfest.com or 815-963-8625

Oct. 3 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www.gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Oct. 4 Illinois Paranormal Conference; Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford; speakers and vendors; tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door; 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; www. hauntedrockford.com or 815-8714239 Nov. 7 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www.gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Dec. 5 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www.gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Dec. 5-7 The Nativity; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 324 N. University Drive, Rockford; live nativity, plus nativity sets on display and Christmas music from area choirs; 5-9 p.m. Friday, 2-9 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday satellite broadcast featuring Mormon Tabernacle Choir; www.TheNativityRockford. com or 815-394-0722


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Rockford area attractions Rockford was first settled in 1834 and grew rapidly during the 19th century, when it was known for its production of agricultural machinery and furniture. The early Swedish settlers brought both architecture and culture that still are apparent in the city on the Rock River. Anderson Japanese Gardens The natural beauty and serenity of Anderson Japanese Gardens ranks it as one of the premier Japanese gardens in the United States. Peacefully located on 4 acres, the gardens are laden with paths, pools, streams, lanterns, pagodas and waterfalls. Sukiya-style buildings include a guesthouse, gazebo and teahouse. Contact: www.andersongardens.org or 815-229-9390 Address: 318 Spring Creek Road Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday

through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May through October Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students Book Stall of Rockford Book Stall has an eclectic selection of more than 12,000 books, specializing in antique magazines and books about history, religion and automobiles. Contact: bookstallrockford.com or 815-963-1671 Address: 1032 Crosby St. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5 a.m.8 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Burpee Museum of National History Burpee provides an adventure-filled tour through unique exhibits from prehistoric times to the present. The museum is the home of Jane, the

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The camp has an impressive collection of memorabilia reflecting the lifestyle and history of the era. Contact: campgrantmuseum.weebly.com or 815-3950679 Address: 1004 Samuelson Road Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment Admission: By donation CoCo Key Water Resort This 60,000-square-foot indoor water park features three giant waterslides, an adventure river, an activity pool, and private cabanas. Contact: www.cocokeyrockford.com or 815-398-6000 Address: 7801 E. State St. Hours: 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and Sunday Continental Antiques Continental Antiques specializes in European pieces as well as deco and vintage furniture in 27,000 square feet of display space. Contact: www.continental-antiques.com or 815-2265771 Address: 2305 Charles St. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Discovery Center Museum Discovery Center boasts more than 250 hands-on exhibits focusing on participatory learning experiences for children and families. It also offers an area for young children and babies, as well as a gift shop. The two-story museum includes an outside courtyard along the Rock River. Contact: www.discoverycentermuseum.orgor 815-9636769 Address: 711 N. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Admission: $8 East State Antique Mall This 20,000-square-foot antique mall boasts more than 100 dealers. Contact: www.eaststateantiquemall.com, Facebook or 815-229-4004 Address: 5411 E. State St. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Erlander Home Museum The museum is a cultural centerpiece of Rockfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swedish ancestry. The 12-room restored 1871 Victorian home features ethnic furniture, dolls and china collections. Contact: www.swedishhistorical.orgor 815-963-5559 Address: 404 S. Third St. Hours: By appointment Tuesday through Friday Admission: Donation

www.saukvalley.com Ethnic Heritage Museum Celebrating the immigrants who settled the Rockford region, the Ethnic Heritage Museum, located in a restored 1850s home, has six galleries dedicated to the heritages of African-American, Hispanic, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian and Polish settlers. Contact: www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org or 815-9627402 Address: 1129 S. Main St. Hours: 2-4 p.m. Sunday Admission: $5 adults, $3 students, $10 family Forest City Queen River Boat Built in 1979, the Forest City Queen gives one-hour cruises down the Rock River that include a narrated history of the river and city. Contact: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815-987-8894 Address: Riverview Park, 324 N Madison St. Hours: Cruises on the hour 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-5 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June through August; limited rides given on weekends in September and October; check the website or call ahead for specialty cruise information Admission: $4.50 resident adults, $5 nonresident adults, $3.50 resident children ages 5-17, $4 nonresident children ages 5-17; specialty cruises are more

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Quad Cities area events May 26 Quad Cities Criterium; Lindsay Park, East Davenport; more than 650 cyclists compete in 12 races; children’s play area and races; www.quadcitiescriterium.com or Facebook June 6-8 QC Pridefest; Davenport; kick-off bash with live music and Miss QC Pridefest Pageant, plus live entertainment, fireworks, interfaith celebration, children’s area, food, and more; www.qcpride.org or Facebook June 6-7 Rhubarb Festival; downtown Aledo; more than 3,000 rhubarb pies for sale, rhubarb samples, rhubarb seed giveaway, crafts, antiques and flea market, entertainment, 5K run/walk, and more; www.aledomainstreet. com or 309-582-2751 June 6-7 Gumbo Ya Ya; downtown Rock Island; zydeco, blues and jazz music, street performers, Cajun food, Mardi Gras beads, and more; admission is $9; gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday; gumboyayafestival. com, www.ridistrict.com or 309-7886311 June 8-14 Quad Cities Juneteenth; LeClaire Park, Davenport; worship, community forums, music, games, and more; qcjuneteenth.com or 563-3227363 June 11-14 Rally on the River; Centennial Park, Davenport; largest gathering of motorcycles in the Midwest; live music, burnout pit, bikini bike wash, stunt show, bike show, food, and more; www.mrmrally.com or 309-799-7625 June 17-21 Rock Island County Fair; Rock Island

County Fairgrounds, 4200 Archer Drive, East Moline; 4-H exhibits, livestock, carnival, live music, bull riding, tractor pull, and more; admission is $5 after 8:30 p.m., grandstand admission is $10; rockislandfair.org, Facebook or 309-796-1620 June 21-22 BBQ and Craft Brew and Wine; LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition, amateur Mr. BBQ competition and craft beer and wine tasting; www.iopro.net or 309-7997469 June 22 Blossoms at Butterworth; Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, 1105 Eighth St., Moline; old-fashioned garden party; antique auto show, 1800s lawn games, live music, historic tours, and more; noon-5 p.m.; www.butterworthcenter.com or 309-743-2700 July 3 Red, White and Boom!; Davenport and Rock Island; fireworks over the river, plus live music, family activities, food, and more; 6 p.m.; www. downtowndavenport.com or www. ridistrict.com July 3-5 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival; LeClaire Park, Davenport; blues music, plus workshops and a photo exhibit; tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate; www.mvbs.org/fest July 7-13 John Deere Classic; TPC Deere Run, 3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis; PGA Tour event; www.johndeereclassic.com July 25-26 Street Fest; Second Street, Davenport; live music, arts and crafts vendors, family activities, and more;

10 a.m.-midnight Friday and 9 a.m.midnight Saturday; www.downtowndavenport.com or 563-823-2681 July 26 Bix 7; downtown Davenport; elite distance runners from around the world compete for prize money in this world-renown 7-mile race, plus USA 7-Mile Championships; 8 a.m.; www.bix7.com July 29-Aug. 3 Mississippi Valley Fair; Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport; grandstand acts, family entertainment, carnival, food, and more; admission is $10 for adults and $4 for children 4-12; grandstand admission is by “fun card” only; www.mvfair.com, Facebook or 563-5338 July 31-Aug. 3 Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival; Adler Theater, RiverCenter and LeClaire Park, Davenport; traditional Dixieland jazz music; day passes are $55 and single session tickets are $30; www.bixsociety.org or 563-3261732 Aug. 1 Maple City Street Machines Monmouth Cruise Night; downtown Monmouth; more than 1,400 cars, plus live music, 50/50 raffle and food; 6-10 p.m.; www.facebook.com/ maplecitystreetmachines Aug. 7-9 Tug Fest; giant tug-of-war across the Mississippi River between LeClaire, Iowa, and Port Byron, Ill., plus live music, carnival, community tailgate party, 5K run/walk, parade, fireworks, and more; admission is $5; tug is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; www. tugfest.com, Facebook or 563-2892799


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Quad Cities area events Aug. 8-9 Ya Maka My Weekend; downtown Rock Island; Reggae music, Caribbean-style food, open-air marketplace, beach and more; tickets are $9; gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday; yamakamyweekend.com, www.ridistrict.com or 309-788-6311 Aug. 9-10 Quad City Air Show; Davenport Municipal Airport, 9230 Harrison St., Davenport; performances by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor team, plus planes on display and more; tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-10; gates open at 8 a.m., main show at noon; www.quadcityairshow.com or 563-322-7469 Aug. 15-16 River Roots Live; LeClaire Park, downtown Davenport; national touring musicians and barbecue from award-winning rib vendors; free before 5 p.m., $5 after 5 p.m.; www.riverrootslive.com Aug. 16 Floatzilla; Sunset Marina, Rock Island; paddlesports festival that includes an attempt to break the world record for the largest flotilla of canoes and kayaks; www.floatzilla. org, Facebook or 563-322-2969 Aug. 22-24 World Series of Drag Racing; Cordova Dragway 19425 state Route 84, Cordova, Ill.; www.cordovadrag.com or 309-654-2110 Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Rock Island Grand Prix; downtown Rock Island; largest and most prestigious kart street race, plus live music, family activities, and more; www.rockislandgrandprix.com, Facebook or 309-292-8133 Date TBA (in September) East West Riverfest; various locations

throughout the Quad Cities; a 15day celebration of arts, culture, heritage and the Mississippi River; www. eastwestriverfest.com or Facebook Sept. 6 Viva Quad Cities Fiesta; Holiday Inn, 226 17th St., Rock Island; food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, 5K run/walk, and more; www.vivaquadcities.com or Facebook Sept. 6 Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops; LeClaire Park, downtown Davenport; music by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on the banks of the Mississippi River; songs of Elton John performed by Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh; www.qcsymphony.com or 563-322-7276 Sept. 6-7 Beaux Arts Fair; Figge Art Museum plaza, Second Street, Davenport; juried art show, music, children’s activities and food; www.beauxartsfair. com or Facebook Sept. 19-20 Celtic Festival & Highland Games; Centennial Park, Davenport; traditional Scottish “games of strength,” music, dancing and more; www. celtichighlandgames.org Sept. 20-21 Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts; Lindsay Park, East Davenport; juried art show, music, children’s activities and food; www.midcoast.org or 563424 1210 Sept. 20 Brew Ha Ha; LeClaire Park, Davenport; beer and cheese tasting, live music and more; 309-764-2400 Sept. 26-28 Quad Cities Balloon Festival; Kennedy Square, East Moline; hot-air

balloons launch and land are illuminated at night, plus children’s activities and tethered balloon rides; www.quadcitiesballoonfestival.com or Facebook Oct. 11 Quad Cities Classic Regatta; Moline; rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.tworiversymca.org or 309-797-3945 Oct. 23 Fright Night; downtown Rock Island; children’s Halloween celebration with costume contest, scary stories, and make-and-take crafts; www. ridistrict.com Oct. 25-26 Boo at the Zoo; Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley; trickor-treat at the zoo; admission is $8.25 for adults and $6.25 for children 3-12; www.niabizoo.com or 309-799-3482 Nov. 21-22 Quad City Symphony Holiday Pops; Adler Theatre, inside RiverCenter, 136 E. Third St., Davenport; holiday music by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra with a special performance by Cirque de la Symphonie; shows at 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; www.qcsymphony. com or 563-322-7276 Nov. 22-30 Quad City Arts Festival of Trees; RiverCenter, 136 E. Third St., Davenport; 100 designer trees, helium balloon parade, parties, TreatShoppe and more; ticket prices TBA; www. quadcityarts.com/festoftrees.asp or 309-793-1213

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Quad Cities area events Nov. 22 Lighting on the Commons; John Deere Commons, downtown Moline; visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, tractor-drawn wagon rides, live music, lighting of the commons and fireworks; www.lightingonthecommons.com or Facebook Dates unavailable (in early December) Season of Light; John Deere Plan-

etarium, Augustana College, 820 38th St., Rock Island; see what the Wise Men saw when they looked to the sky some 2,000 years ago; www. augustana.edu or 309-794-7327 Dec. 7 19th Century Christmas; Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, 1105 Eighth St., Moline; historic homes decorated for the holidays, plus live music, visits with Santa, make-and-take crafts, and

more; noon-5 p.m.; www.butterworthcenter.com or 309-743-2700 Dec. 12-13 A Christmas Messiah; Centennial Hall, Augustana College, 3703 Seventh Ave., Rock Island; 250-voice chorus and symphony perform Handel’s “Messiah”; concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; www. augustana.edu or 309-794-7307

Clinton, Iowa events Through September Clinton LumberKings baseball; Ashford University Field; 537 Ball Park Drive, Clinton; www.lumberkings. com or 563-242-0727 Through August Clinton Area Showboat Theatre; 303 Riverview Road, Clinton; www.clintonshowboat.org or 563-242-6760 June 6 and 27 Finally Friday at the River; bandshell at Riverview Park, Clinton; bring a lawn chair; 6 p.m.; www.finallyfriday-clinton.com or Facebook June 7 Lumberjack Festival; Sawmill Museum, 2321 Grant St., Clinton; lumberjack and barbecue competitions, logrolling demonstrations, train rides, games and food; www. thesawmillmuseum.org, Facebook or 563-242-0343

June 8 Clinton Symphony Orchestra annual pops concert; bandshell at Riverview Park, Clinton; 6:30 p.m.; www.clintonsymphony.org or 815-625-0922 June 21 Felix Adler Day Festival; Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, 332 Eighth Ave. S., Clinton; activities, games and food; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; www.adlerdiscoverycenter.org or 563-243-3600 June 21 Cruise In; 1050 N. 18th St., Clinton; car show to benefit the Clinton Humane Society and Relay for Life; music, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, grand prize drawing and food; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; www.theinsgroup.org or Mike Determan, 563-242-4000 June 21 Expedition Restore; contemporary

Christian concert with guest speakers; 7-9 p.m.; Ashford University Field, Clinton; Hutch Walch, 612401-6600 June 22 Garden Walk; throughout Clinton County; five gardens on display; $5 per person; noon-4 p.m.; Clinton County Extension, 563-259-5125 or Bickelhaupt Arboretum, 563-2424771 July 12 Art Under the Stars; Tuscany Special Events Center at Rastrelli’s, 238 Main Ave., Clinton; art, music and food to benefit the YWCA; 6-9 p.m.; www. ywcaclinton.org or Sarah Hood, 563242-2110, Ext. 103

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Clinton, Iowa events Aug. 1 Finally Friday at the River; bandshell at Riverview Park, Clinton; bring a lawn chair; 6 p.m.; www.finallyfriday-clinton.com or Facebook Sept. 5 Finally Friday at the River; bandshell at Riverview Park, Clinton; bring a lawn chair; 6 p.m.; www.finallyfriday-clinton.com or Facebook

Oct. 25 Halloween House of Wonders; lodge at Eagle Point Park, 3900 N. Third St., Clinton; trick-or-treating in a kid-friendly, activity-themed environment to benefit the YWCA and the Make-A-Wish Foundation; $2 per person; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; www. ywcaclinton.org or Roxanne Eversoll at 563-244-8340

Nov. 27-Dec. 30 Symphony of Lights; Eagle Point Park, 3900 N. Third St., Clinton; Christmas light display and holiday celebration (special events on specific dates); $7 per carload; 6-9 p.m.; www.symphonyoflights.org or Facebook

Clinton, Iowa attractions Clinton County, on the banks of the Mississippi River, is filled with parks and other natural areas, and its two largest cities, DeWitt and Clinton, are brimming with attractions. The county covers more than 700 square miles and is home to almost 50,000 people. It is named for former New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton, an ardent advocate for the Clinton Bickelhaupt Arboretum The Bickelhaupt Arboretum is a nationally recognized, 14-acre outdoor museum of select-labeled trees, shrubs, ground cover, perennials and annuals; it features one of the top garden conifer collections in the country. It also has native prairie grasses, flowering trees, shrub roses, wildflowers and ornamental shrubs, as well as Stout Metal daylilies, a Monarch Watch butterfly station, American Hosta Society National Display Garden, a bird haven and an herb garden. Contact: www.bickelhaupt.org or 563-242-4771 Address: 340 S. 14th St. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily; learning center 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday Admission: Free Clinton Area Showboat Theatre The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre

is a professional, nonprofit, summer stock theater aboard a restored river paddle wheeler. Its theater is named the Lillian Russell Theatre, named after the Clinton native who was one of the most popular stars of the 1890s. The season runs June through August. Contact: www.clintonshowboat.org or 563-242-6760 Address: 303 Riverview Road Showtimes: 3 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; check the schedule online or call the box office. Admission: Tickets are $21 online or $23 at the box office Clinton County Historical Society and Museum The museum contains documents, photographs and even furniture, a 1924 kitchen and the “Resolute,” a hand-powered fire engine, all of which tell the stories of the early settlers of the Mississippi River area and the booming lumber business. Contact: 563-242-1201 Address: 601 S. First St. Hours: 9-11 a.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday and by appointment Admission: Free Clinton LumberKings baseball The Clinton LumberKings are a professional, Class A, Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The

team plays at Ashford University Field. Contact: www.lumberkings.com or 563-242-0727 Address: 537 Ball Park Drive Admission: $7 general admission seats, $8 for box seats Clinton Sawmill Museum The Clinton Sawmill Museum showcases Clinton’s pivotal role in the lumber industry; the city once was known as the “Lumber Capital of the World.” The museum houses some original pieces from the Struve Mill, which was in operation from the 1860s to 1980s, as well as an early20th century working sawmill. Contact: www.thesawmillmuseum. org or 563-242-0343 Address: 2231 Grant St. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $4 adults, $3 ages 4-12 Clinton Symphony Orchestra The Clinton Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra that performs classical concerts at various locations in Iowa and Illinois throughout the season, and puts on an annual pops concert on the riverfront in June. Contact: www.clintonsymphony.org or 815-625-0922 Admission: $15 adults, $5 students Curtis Mansion


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