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Check out remaining holiday activities, plan your festivities in New Year

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

Do you have information on an upcoming event or attraction? Be sure to let us know. Submit information for Sauk Valley Media’s weekly calendar to news@saukvalley.com. Include a contact person and phone number.

This weekend

History of Christmas Trees is on display through the end of December at the Owen P. Miles Museum, 107 W. Broadway, Mt. Carroll. Display includes items from the late 1800s up to the 1960s, including tree ornaments, Christmas cards and nativity sets. Museum hours during December will be Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family donation of $10 for this special event.



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.

Rosbrook Studio Second Saturday Open Mic 6 to 11 p.m., 107 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon. $3 suggested donation

Theater productions

Historic Dixon TheatreL Tickets are on sale for the following shows at Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. Go to dixontheatre.com/events/ for tickets or more information. Capriccio Piano Quartet, part of the Rendezvous Arts tour, will be 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Reza: Edge of Illusion, a ground-breaking grand scale production, will be 4 p.m. Jan. 23.

Art exhibits

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.


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.

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 details.

Museums, exhibits and attractions

Loveland History Museum, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon; free; lovelandcommunityhouse.org or 815-284-2741. The museum will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year and will re-open for normal hours on Jan. 6.

Discovery Center Museum in Rockford has posted its holiday hours. It will be open 9:30 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20-23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1-2. It will open 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. It is closed Dec. 24-25. The Winter Wonderland will be Dec. 27-30. The New Year’s Eve “Countdown to Fun” will be Dec. 31.

The Harlem Globetrotters will bring its Spread Game Tour at 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 30 at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. Tickets start at $26 and are available at Ticketmaster.com or the arena box office.

All Aglow holiday display continues through Jan. 9 at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford. The event is free, though donations are accepted.

Information on events and attractions for Sauk Valley Media’s weekly calendar should be submitted to news@saukvalley.com. Include a contact person and phone number.