5 Things: Defying gravity and farm favorites

1. The Whiteside County Aviation Content Creators Air Show will be Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25 at the Whiteside County Airport. The show includes a variety of aircraft and performers and unusual things not commonly seen at air shows. There will be an aerobatic P-51, a turbine aerobatic helicopter, and an airplane that shuts off both engines in flight, to name a few. The Misty Blues, an all-female jump team, will open the air show carrying the American flag. The cost is $10 for an armband for all 3 days of the event. Children 12 and younger are free. Parking is $5 per car.

2. The Lee County 4-H Fair & Junior Show runs Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, July 25 at the Lee County Fairgrounds, 1196 Franklin Road, Amboy. Fair opens 8 a.m. on Thursday, 7 a.m. the other days. Featured events are the garden tractor, tractor and truck pulls, 6 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Broken Horn Rodeo at 7 p.m. Saturday at the track, horse judging 8 a.m. Sunday and the Big Wheel Races 3 p.m. Sunday.

3. “Church Basement Ladies”, a musical comedy based on the book “Growing Up Lutheran,” will open Thursday, July 22, at Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. The show stars Lisa Crosby Wipperling as Karin, Autumn O’Ryan as Vivian, Nancy Teerlinck as Mavis, Ava Schmidt as Signe, and Phaul Fishman as Pastor E. L. Gunderson. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. through Aug. 1. Tickets at $25 for general admission, $22 for seniors and $18 for students.

4. The 144th Army Concert Band and its rock band from the Illinois National Guard will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24 at Grandon Civic Center in Sterling.

5. Food Truck Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Outpatience Band performs 6 p.m. July 23, RB&W Park, 201 E. Second St., Rock Falls; Facebook, visitrockfalls.com or 815-622-1106. With a fitness festival theme, the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA and 7:24 Fitness on the Rock will be doing previews of a couple of classes they offer that anyone can join.

Around the Sauk Valley

Mt. Morris Jamboree July 23, The Sting Rays, oldies/classic Rock, 7-9 p.m. Saturday; concessions, vendors at 6 p.m., at the Mt Morris Bandshell, 26 S Wesley Ave.

The Dysart Family will perform 6 p.m., Sunday, July 25, on the outdoor stage at Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road. The Dysarts, a gospel group, is led by LeWain and Lorena Dysart and their five children.

Music in the Square, 5:30-7 p.m., Tristan Bushman, on Friday July 23 and LoJO Russo on Friday, July 24 John Dixon Park, 515 N. Galena Ave. in Dixon; free; bring lawn chairs or blankets; discoverdixon.com.

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” presented by Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll concludes its run on Aug. 15. The 1970 rock opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Time Rice. Box office can be reached at 815-244-2035.

Steve Catron will be On The Stoop, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 24, Books on First, 202 W. First St., Dixon; Facebook.www.booksonfirst.com/

Summer concert series presented by Winning Wheels, 3rd Wheel, 7 p.m. Friday, July 23 at Eclipse Square Park, 301 Washington St., Prophetstown. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Dixon Municipal Band will perform 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, at Page Park Band Shell. The overture will be Claude Smith’s “Emperata Overture.” The program will also include Selections from “Carousel.”

Theater productions

“Polkadots, the Cool Kids Musical,” presented by Festival 56, 7:30 p.m. Friday outdoors behind the Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave W., Princeton; reimagines the experience of young Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine, students who were the first to be integrated into public schools in Louisiana in 1960 and Arkansas in 1957, in the story of Lily Polkadot, the first Polkadot in an all-Square school; tickets $14 to $21, $7 for kids 10 and younger; performances continue through July 21; concessions available, bring a lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen; call or go to the box office from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at Grace Theater, 316 S. Main St., Princeton, 815-879-5656, or festival56.com.

Romeo & Juliet, presented by Festival 56, 7:30 p.m. Friday outdoors behind the Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave W., Princeton; cost is by donation. The Capulets and the Montagues are two warring families, but that doesn’t stop Juliet and Romeo from falling in love; concessions available, bring a lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen; performances continue through July 24; more information at Grace Theater, 316 S. Main St., Princeton, 815-879-5656, or festival56.com.

“Godspell,” presented by Festival 56, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, outdoors behind the Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave W., Princeton; written by Stephen Schwartz, has a score of pop songs that audiences may have sung along to on the radio back in the ’70s. This production will be performed by a troupe of 10 actors, singers, dancer, and comedians as they reimagine and bring to life the gospels of Matthew in this inventive, collaborative, and hysterical musical; concessions available, bring a lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen; performances continue through July 25; tickets are adults $21, $18 for seniors and $14 for students; more information at Grace Theater, 316 S. Main St., Princeton, 815-879-5656, or festival56.com.

Art Exhibits

The Sauk Art Gallery proudly presents Ontogenesis, by Professor Glenn Bodish, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at 173 state Route 2, Dixon; Glenn Bodish, glenn.s.bodish@svcc.edu.

Woodlawn Arts Academy’s Summer Art Exhibit, “Beyond Unicorns and Rainbows: Meeting the Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community;” through Aug. 13 at the school at 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; free.

The Next Picture Show’s Still Life Art Exhibit, featuring 38 original works by local and regional artists, can be viewed at KSB Commerce Towers, 215 E. First St. The exhibit is the 15th art show at Commerce Towers and is part of a series of exhibitions to advance the use of art as part of the healing process. The exhibit is open now through Sept. 30, and on the TNPS Facebook page; http://www.nextpictureshow.org/

Encore Fine Arts Show, Regional showcase of area artists; 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays during concert season, and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, through July 30, 122 S Wesley Ave, Mt Morris.


Farmer’s markets

River’s Edge Farmers Market, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, off North Second street behind Oregon Fire Department, 100 W. Washington St. ; locally grown produce, meat, handmade items, activities for kids, and other special events; Facebook and Instagram.

Twin City Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, year-round indoors and out; 106 Avenue A in Sterling, 815-626-8610, twincitycarmersmarket.com and Facebook.

Dixon City Market, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Dixon Riverfront, 87 S. Hennepin Avenue; fresh produce and artisan crafters; weekly food trucks; discoverdixon.com and Facebook.

Haymarket Square Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Saturdays through October; 513 W. Second St., Dixon; fresh produce and crafts; dixonparkdistrict.com/farmers-market and Facebook.

Mt. Morris Farmer’s Market, 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through September at Union Savings parking lot, Wesley Avenue and state Route 64; locally grown produce, homemade items; mtmorrisil.net

Lanark Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays through October at Broad and Locust streets; fresh produce, demonstrations, classes, music, food, arts and crafts, kids’ events and more; visitcarrollcountyil.com or Facebook.

Rock Falls Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays, 400 W. Second St.; locally grown.

Mt. Carroll Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through October on the courthouse square, 301 N. Main St.


Museums, exhibits and attractions

Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend; 406 Main St.

Amboy Depot Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 1- p.m. Sunday through October, 50 S. East Ave. The museum is a two-story brick and limestone building with eight distinctive chimneys. It has 19 rooms filled with items specific to the Illinois Central Railroad and local history. The Freight House and Palmer 1- room School House also are open. Donations welcome.

Franklin Grove Grist Mill, noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 1893 Twist Road; natural history and locally made gifts; guided hikes of the Franklin Creek State Natural Area, 9 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of the month from May through September; franklincreekconservation.org or 815-456-2718.

Loveland History Museum, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon; free admission; lovelandcommunityhouse.org or 815-284-2741.

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