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The Top 5 things to do this weekend

Doggie egg hunt in Sterling

STERLING – Sterling Park District's fourth annual Doggie Egg Hunt, a benefit for Happy Tails Humane Society, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sinnissippi Park.

The cost is $3 per dog in advance, $5 day of. Pet owners 18 and older can participate solo; children must be accompanied by an adult.

The event begins with registration, a raffle, a doggie Easter bonnet contest, and other activities. The hunt starts at 11 a.m. The first 30 dogs registered will get a bag of treats from Tuff Dog Bakery.

Call 815-622-6200 for more information.

Parade and party in Dixon

DIXON – The Rock River Valley Shamrock Club's annual St. Patricks Day party and parade, featuring popular Chicago-based Celtic duo Switchback, begins with the parade at 3 p.m. Saturday. It starts at Dixon High School and winds through the downtown, ending at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 W. Third St.

Admission to the party, which features a corned beef and cabbage dinner, raffles, live and silent auctions and a 50/50 drawing, is by monetary donation or canned goods for the Dixon Food Pantry.

Chicago-based Switchback – Marty McCormack and Brian FitzGerald – will play their blend of American roots and Celtic soul, starting at 5 p.m.

Call Dave Lahey, 815-973-7046. for raffle tickets or more information.

Blues and bluegrass in the Grove

FRANKLIN GROVE – If it's the third Friday of the month, it's Blues and Bluegrass night at the HI Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. Open stage acoustic gospel, folk, country, blues and bluegrass will be performed, starting at 7 p.m. today. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the building.

Go to for more information.

Toys and tractors in Sublette

SUBLETTE – The 31st annual Sublette Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There will be about 300 vendor tables and more than 200 tractors. The Midwest Oliver Club will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. There also will be an operating "O" scale train layout and several miniature farm layouts. Antique cars and trucks will be displayed all over town, Illinois State Police will have a rollover simulator, and the University of Illinois will display a solar race car. Yogi Bear will roam the streets.

Sunday, there will be a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall, and Sublette firefighters will offer a sausage and pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon at the Ellice Dinges Center. A free shuttle also will be available Sunday to take visitors from building to building.

Admission to the toy show is $2 for those 6 and older. Admission to the craft show is free.

Go to or call Don Dinges, 815-713-5675, for more information.

'Guys and Dolls,' brought to you by Newman

STERLING – Newman Central Catholic High School presents the classic musical "Guys and Dolls" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for seniors at the school, 1101 W. 23rd St., or at the door. Call 815-625-0500 for more information.

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