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Your Weekend Top 5

Polo Farm Toy Show

POLO – The 28th annual Polo Lions Club Farm Toy Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Polo High School, 100 Union Ave.

There will be about 100 dealers, concessions and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $2 for ages 13 and older. The show is handicap-accessible. Call Dave and Irene Short, 815-946-3730, for more information, or if you would like to be a dealer.

Art 4 Art's Sake

DIXON – More than 20 artists will create works on site at Art 4 Art's Sake, the annual art show and sale for The Next Picture Show that will be held in the East Mall at Sauk Valley Community College.

The evening begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with the artists, a cash bar and a silent auction. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., Al and Jeannie Brown will provide music on bass and piano, and raffles will begin, followed by the live auction of art and more at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 or $50 per couple at or 815-285-4924, and at the door. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit fine arts center.

Benefit for Granny Rose

DIXON – The fourth annual Top Dog fundraiser, a benefit for Granny Rose Animal Shelter, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road. 

There will be a Texas Hold'em poker tournament, a bags tournament, a silent auction, a prize wheel, food and drink. The Jack Daniels Girls will be on hand, and DJ Steve Lopez of Lasting Impressions will provide the music.

There also will be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $5, or 3 for $10, or 7 for $20, and are available at the shelter, River Ridge Animal Hospital, Vegas Sun and Oliver's Corner Market in Dixon, and Knie Appliance and Tuff Dog Bakery in Sterling. Last year's winner took home more than $1,500.

Call Rudy Rutherford, 815-440-4096, for more information.

First Fridays in Oregon

OREGON – First Fridays Open Stage Music Show returns to the VFW, on state Route 64 on the west edge of town.

Starting at 7 p.m., each musician or band performs for 15 minutes. Instruments are all acoustic and a professional sound system is provided. The music is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Admission is a donation. All musicians and spectators are welcome. Call 815-973-0942 for more information.

Classical pianist in Oregon

OREGON – "Piano Eternal" features award-winning pianist Alexander Djordjevic performing classical works at Maxson Riverboat & Restaurant, 1469 state Route 2.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and the concert begins at 3. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students or $50 for a family of five and include hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Oregon Schools Foundation, which supports instructional activities at Oregon schools. Go to or call 815-751-5222 for tickets or more information.

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