Around the Sauk Valley

The following is a list of events and activities going on in the Sauk Valley. Don’t forget to check out 5 Things To Do for other opportunities.

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Books on First

Books on First, 202 W. First St., Dixon, has two events: Aurora life coach and Dixon native Tammy Zimmerman Helfrich will sign copies of her book, “Unapologetic,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday; and Lowell Harp will be playing On the Stoop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday;


Clinton Symphony Orchestra has performances Jan. 16 at Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa, Feb. 19 at Morrison High School, and April 30 at Vernon Cook Theater in Clinton.

First Friday Open mic, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Northside BarBQ, 117 N. Fourth St., Oregon. Draw for performance positions begins at 5:45 p.m. for a 15-minute time slot. When not onstage, groups will perform outside. No charge to listen, donations accepted. Find First Fridays Open Mic in Oregon on Facebook or 815-449-2660.

Theater productions

Historic Dixon Theatre

Tickets are on sale for the following shows at Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. Go to for tickets or more information:

• Completely Unchained, The Van Halen Tribute Band, 7:30-10 Oct. 27, delivers songs like “Running With The Devil” and “Ain’t Talking”;

• Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience, 7:30-10 p.m. Nov 5-6; a celebration of pop music’s one true king from the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band;

• Guitar duet, 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 11; Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque put on a performance inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region;

• A Christmas Carol, a faithful, fast-paced rendition of the Dickens classic; Dec. 3-5 and 10-12; times vary.

• Across the Board Jazz Quartet, traditional holiday tunes and new arrangements by its violinist, Katherine Hughes; 5:30-8 p.m. Dec 9.

Timber Lake Playhouse

Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll presents Timber Lake Terror, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through October. Also upcoming: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct. 30.; Boy Band Night, Nov. 13; BritBeat, Nov. 20; What A Wonderful World, Dec. 2 - Dec. 12. Tickets available at or by calling the box office, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until intermission on show days, at 815-244-2035.

Art exhibits

The 17th annual Farms and Barns art exhibit, featuring more than 100 art works by 44 local and regional artists ends, Saturday at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., Dixon. The exhibit focuses on farm culture by highlighting old buildings, wide-open pastures, farm equipment, livestock, and creeks. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; admission is free.

Prize-winning artwork from the 13th annual Juried Art contest and 75 other works are on display at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling, through Nov. 19. The exhibit is free to view from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Go to for details on classes, private lessons and upcoming events.

Lions, Tigers and Bears exhibit, presented by The Next Picture Show, runs through Dec. 31 and can be viewed during regular business hours at KSB Commerce Towers, 215 E. First St. in Dixon. The exhibit features more than 40 works by local and regional artists.

Debbie Thompson’s gallery, “Paintings and Constructions,” is on display through Dec. 3 at Sauk Valley Community College. Various works, including her piece Basic Construction, a mixed media piece in a shadow box from 1986, will be installed. Admission is free. Contact art professor Glenn Bodish at for more information.

Autumn festivals

Byron Museum of History is hosting an indoor market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. The museum’s permanent exhibits include Agriculture Then and Now, Underground Railroad, Local Veterans, Byron Business, Outhouses, Trains, and A.G. Spalding. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday 1rom 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 110 N. Union St.;


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

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

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; or Facebook.

Rock Falls Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays through October, 400 W. Second St.

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

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.

Museums, exhibits and attractions

Illinois Humanities brings exhibits to Savanna, Thomson. Two traveling exhibits arranged by Illinois Humanities will be making stops in Savanna and Thomson starting Saturday. Both will be on display through Nov. 13. Voices and Votes: Democracy in America highlights the nation’s history of civic action. It will be at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center. The exhibit is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils that shares world-class exhibits with small communities. Support was provided by the U.S. Congress. Illinois Freedom Project will be at York Township Public Library in Thomson. It highlights pursuit of civil rights by and for African Americans in Illinois.

Amboy Depot Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 1- p.m. Sunday through October, 50 S. East Ave. It offers 19 rooms filled with items specific to the Illinois Central Railroad and local history. The Freight House and Palmer one-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; the last guided hikes of the Franklin Creek State Natural Area will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 30; 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; or 815-284-2741.