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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“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Festival 56 in Princeton. The show is a musical adventure through Edwardian England.
The Jack of All Trades Barn Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the barn at 1194 Mud Creek Road in Oregon. Hard-to-find items for the tinkerer, collector, decorator and handyman will be available. The event benefits Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.
Rockland Road will perform a free concert Saturday at 6 p.m. at the BeanBlossom parking lot in downtown Dixon as part of River Country 101.7 and the Dixon Chamber and Main Street Summer Bash.
Pegasus Special Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding will host a family picnic to raise funds Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Equestrian Center, 6668 S. Carthage Road in Oregon. Tickets are $15 each, $50 for a family of four. Pork chop sandwich dinner and live music by Jim Kanas.
Masquerade at Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center in Oregon. Ticket sales closed July 13.
Live Music: Lojo Russo 5:30 p.m. Friday at John Dixon Park in Dixon; Jonny Lyons and Pride 7 p.m. Friday at Mt. Morris Jamboree; Fast Lane 5:00 p.m. Friday Eclipse Square in Prophetstown; Higher Power, 6 p.m., Sunday at Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton; Spontaneous Combustion and Sterling Municipal Band’s A Kidz Koncert 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Grandon Civic Center in Central Memorial Park in Sterling.
Stephenson County Fair, Tuesday through July 30 in Freeport. The tractor pulls on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Legally Blonde, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll. Tickets $25 to $35.
Music in the Square, John Dixon Park, Dixon
Leo Fron, 5:30 p.m., July 29
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
Sterling Municipal Band
Music Under the Stars, Grandon Civic Center from Central Memorial Park.
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Opening nights start at 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday evening performances are (with first acts):
August 3 “An Evening of Frank Sinatra Hits” with soloist Jason Richards and the Josh Duffee Quintet. (Lobotomite)
Summer nights and pop-up markets
Dale Park, Sterling
Coming soon, 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.
Next performances: July 21, July 28, August 4.
Christmas concert, 7 p.m., to be confirmed.
jamming 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.
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 July 1. Admission is free, although a jar is available for donations. Artist registration is at 6:45 a.m. For information, call 815-449-2660.
Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road, Fulton.
Higher Power, 6 p.m., July 24
Mission IV, 6 p.m., July 31
Riven Quartet, 6 p.m., August 7
Historic Dixon Theater
Tickets are on sale for the following shows at the Historic Dixon Theater, 114 S. Galena Ave. Visit dixontheatre.com/events/ 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.
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
Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, 7:30 p.m. July 21, 22, and 23; 3 p.m. July 24
Peter and the Starcatcher, September 23-24, 29-30, October 1, 6-7-8.
Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll.
Legally Blonde, July 14-24
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 27-28
Tribute show to Garth and Tricia, from August 9 to 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
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, twincitycarmersmarket.com 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. auction, 10 a.m. (first and third) Sunday; flea market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (second and fourth) Saturday and Sunday at 620 S. Stone Hill Road. 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.
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.