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Here is a list of current events and upcoming activities in the Sauk Valley. Don’t forget to check out 5 things to do for other opportunities.

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This week

Percussionists Matt Eaton and clarinetist Cathy James will be the featured soloists when the Dixon Municipal Band performs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Page Park Band Shell as part of the Summer Sounds series. Eaton will perform “Thundering Drums” by Louis Bellson and James will perform “The Tiger Rag” by Jelly Roll Morton. The set list includes “The Fairest of the Fair” march and a tribute to Ol’ Blue’s eyes.

“Nunsense” opens Thursday and will run through August 7 at the Timber Lake Playhouse in Mount Carroll. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $25 for students and military. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and August 3-18 and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and August 3-7. The cast of these Little Sisters of Hoboken misadventures includes Mia Gimenez as Mother Regina, Aria Evans as Sister Mary Hubert, Isabella Abuan as Sister Robert Anne, Kimmy Sessions as Sister Mary Leo and Emily Chaviano as as Sister Mary Amnesia. The page-to-stage talkback will take place after the August 5 performance.

The Stephenson County Fair continues through Saturday at the Freeport Fairgrounds. Grandstand events: Youth and Family Night with Scramblers on Thursday; Bulls and Barrels is on Friday and the demolition derby is on Saturday. For more information, visit or call the office at 815-235-2918.

The 168th Ogle County Fair will open Wednesday, August 3 at 1440 N. Limekiln Road, one mile west of Oegon north of Illinois Route 64.

An art exhibit featuring the work of Erwin Woelfel and presented by longtime friend Joel Johnston will be held Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Old Sandstone Gallery, 121 W. Wesley Ave. , Mt. Morris. Woelfel, who died in 2013, was an artist and musician who had worked in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Switzerland before coming to the United States in 1965 as a rotary press operation expert. He designed stamp plates and festival posters.

Festival 56 closes its season with a reading of “Belinda” at 2 p.m. Saturday, a musical adapted from the play by AA Milne and its traditional cabaret at 7 p.m. Sunday. The Tipping the Cow raffle grand prize will be drawn. Grace Theater is at 316 S. Main St., Princeton.

The Japanese Summer Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 318 Spring Creek Road in Rockford. Shows, exhibitions and other activities that celebrate Japanese traditions and cultural arts. $11 adults, $10 seniors, $9 students and military, children 5 and under free.

Live music: NOVA will perform Thursday at 5 p.m. at Dale Park in Sterling as part of Summer Nights and Pop-Up Markets; Jim Ryan, will perform Friday at 5 p.m. at Eclipse Square in Prophetstown as part of the Winning Wheels summer concert series; Leo Fron will perform at 6.30pm on Friday for Muisc at John Dixon Park Square in Dixon; Harman Family Bluegrass Band performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mt. Morris; Mission IV will perform Sunday at 6 p.m. at Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton; Jimmy Jack Whitaker, 7 p.m. Sunday at Faith Discovery Church in Polo.



Music in the Square, John Dixon Park, Dixon

Shaylyn O’Laughlin, 5:30 p.m., August 5

New shoes, 5:30 p.m., August 12

Backlash, 5:30 p.m., August 19

Mark Hobbs, 5:30 p.m., August 26

Les Belle Rangers, 5:30 p.m., September 2

Summer nights and pop-up markets, Dale Park, Sterling

NOVA, 5 p.m., July 28

Bobbi White and Co., 5 p.m. Aug. 11

Lojo Russo, 5 p.m., August 25

Dixon Municipal Band, Summer Sounds, Page Park Band Shell, 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming performances: August 4.

Christmas concert, 7 p.m., to be confirmed.

Jammin on the Rock, RB&W Park, 201 E. Second St., rock falls

Coming soon, August 4, 6 p.m.

Food Truck Fridays

RB&W Park, 201 E. Second St., Rock Falls, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Outpatient, 7 p.m. August 12

Mt. Morris Jamboree, Campus Band Shell

The Jimmys, 7 p.m., August 5

Howard and the White Boys, 7 p.m., Aug. 12

Dirty fishnet stockings, 7 p.m., August 19

Chicago Tribute Anthology, 7 p.m., Aug. 26

Winning Wheels Summer Concert Series, Eclipse Square, Prophetstown

3 On the Tree, 5 p.m., August 26

Coming soon, 5 p.m., September 23

Coming soon, 5 p.m., October 28

Books on First, 202 W. First St., Dixon.

Ryan Hoffman, 6:30 p.m., August 6

Mark Dvorak, 6:30 p.m., August 20

Rosbrook Studio Second Saturday Open Mic, registration 6 p.m., performances 7 p.m.-11 p.m., 107 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon. Suggested donation of $3.

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

Jam Session, 7 p.m. every Thursday.

Open Mic First Fridays, K’s Sports Bar, 408 East Washington (Route 64) in Oregon. The next performance is August 5 at 7 p.m. at the Ogle County Fairgrounds. Admission is free for showmen. Artist registration is at 6:45 a.m. For information, call 815-449-2660.

Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road, Fulton.

Mission IV, 6 p.m., July 31

Riven Quartet, 6 p.m., August 7

Good Stewards, 6 p.m. August 14

Theatrical productions

Historic Dixon Theater

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

Double Vision: The Stranger’s Experience, August 19

Menopause the musical, September 28-29.

Still young, October 7.

ABBA Mania, October 16.

Paul Childers, October 22.

Yesterday: A Beatles tribute endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney, November 5.

Annie Jr., November 18-19.

Cinderella (A Community Theater Production), December 9-11.

The Prophecy Show: The Music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, December 30.

Motor City: The Motown Revue, January 14.

Still Collins, January 28.

Shanghai Circus, February 24.

Doug Allen Nash, March 11.

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff, March 24.

Heading east, April 7.

Adventures of Tortoise and the Hair Next Generation, April 23, 2023

The Machine: The Music of Pink Floyd, April 28, 2023

Under the lamppost, May 13, 2023

Illusionist Mike Super, May 27, 2023

Dixon Stage Left, 306 W First St, Dixon

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

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

Nunsense, July 28-August. seven

We Will Rock You, August 11-31

Hank Williams: Lost Highway, September 8-18

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, December 1-11

Clinton Area Showboat Theater, 303 Riverview Drive, Clinton, Iowa.

The Wedding Singer, July 21-31.

The World Goes’ Round, August 4, August 6-14.

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

Lionel Richie with Gregory James, July 28

Garth and Tricia Tribute Show, August 9-11

Tribute to the music of Roy Orbison, August 23

Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones, August 24-25

Dave and Daphne show, September 7-8

Getting better with age, September 13-15

The Rock n Roll Crooner Quenton Flagg, September 21

Inspirational Gospel and Country by Quentin Flagg, September 22

Gotta Be Me with Denny Diamond, October 5-6

Tribute to Rod Stewart, October 18

Mirror of Mathis, Oct. 19-20.

Down to the Funny Bones, November 2-3

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

Branson on the Road, Christmas Style, Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Scrooge the Comedy, December 3-17

Polo Community Theater

Romeo and Juliet, Sept. 23-25, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Polo City Hall, 115 S. Franklin Ave, Polo

Art exhibitions

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

Exhibition in black and white until September 30, Commerce Towers of KSB Hospital.

Absolutely Abstract, Saturday through September 3, opening reception at 6 p.m. July 29.

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

Christmas in July: Sights and Sounds of the Sauk Valley, until August 17

Exhibition on the First Avenue Bridge, to be confirmed


Twin Town Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, year-round indoors and outdoors; 106 Avenue A in Sterling, 815-626-8610, and Facebook.

Food Truck Fridays, RB&W Par, 201 E. Second St., Rock Falls, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 12

Dixon Park District Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Oct. 26 and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday through Oct. 29, Haymarket Square, 513 W. Second St., Dixon.

Dixon Town Market, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday through August 31, Heritage Crossing, Dixon.

Rock Falls Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 400 W Second St., Rock Falls, through October.

pop-up markets, 5 p.m., second and fourth Thursday, Dale Park, Sterling.

Chana Route 64 Auction Barn Inc., 10 a.m. (first and third) Sunday; flea market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (second and fourth) Saturday and Sunday at 620 S. Stone Hill Road. Find Chana Auction Barn on Facebook or call 815-830-3898 for more information. Contact Market Manager Robin at 815-973-0728 for more details.

Mount Carroll Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, every Saturday until October 29.

basic market, 514 13th Ave., Fulton, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday through October.

Museums, exhibitions and attractions

Loveland History Museum, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon; free.

Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson. Dial 815-273-2732.

Reagan Childhood Home, 810 S Hennepin Ave, Dixon, March 29-December 17, is open for tours Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., last tour departing at 3 p.m.

Historic Center of the Northwest Territories, 205 West Fifth St. Dixon, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Birthplace/Museum of Ronald Reagan, 111 Main Street, Tampico., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (except Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day). 815-622-8705.

Byron History Museum, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., located at 110 North Union Street, Byron.

Special interest

yoga by the river, 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Friday through July 29 at Dixon Riverfront.

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

Library programs

Sterling Public Library. Summer Reading: Preschool Monday, 10 a.m., K-2, Tuesday, 10 a.m., 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, 2 p.m., 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, 4 p.m. Closing of Summer Reading, July 30

Dixon Public Library. Summer Reading: Monday Family Programs, Tuesday Activity Stations, Wednesday Crafts, Thursday Family Story Hours, Middle and High School Book Clubs.

Rock Falls Public Library. Summer reading. Program 2 10 a.m., July 12-28, Tuesday (3-5 years), Wednesday (K-3), Thursday (3-5 years). Registration required.

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