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Sauk concert double-header

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community College music department presents two free concerts Sunday: The concert band will put on “An Afternoon at the Pops” at 2 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave., while the concert choir will present Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem in D Minor” at 4:30 p.m. at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 211 S. Peoria Ave.

The choir's performance will feature soloists Antonio Quaranta of Chicago and Katie Boardman of Augustana College, along with members of the Saint Luke’s parish choir and other community members.  

Admission is free; donations for theater renovations will be accepted at the door. Call 815-288-5511, ext. 340, for more information.

Blues and bluegrass

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. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the historic building.

Go to for more information.

Soup and a good story or two

STERLING – Sterling Public Library presents an evening of stories and music tonight with a storyteller new to Sterling: Tim Tingle will deliver historical and traditional stories and songs and play the Native American flute. 

Enjoy a dinner of soup, dessert and beverages before the performance. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and stories at 7 tonight at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 16th Ave.

Admission is by donation; proceeds benefit the Sterling Storytelling and Arts Festival.

Call the library, 815-625-1370, for more information.

Art for a cause

DIXON – The Sinnissippi Foundation's annual Expressions art show and sale wraps up today with a free reception, including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St.

The works of three dozen painters and photographers are on display. They also can be viewed – and bought – on the gallery's website, Prices range from $40 to to $500.

Multiple bids also have been placed on many of the silent auction items; the auction ends at 8 p.m.

The full catalog and more information, including photos and descriptions on the silent auction items, can be found at

Money raised is used by the foundation to fund programs at Sinnissippi Centers.

Civil War reenactment

BYRON – The Byron Museum of History, 110 Union St., is hosting a free demonstration by members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery re-enactors from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in its main hall.

Uniformed presenters from the Stillman Valley group will display and explain their camp and personal gear and weapons. Some special aspects of camp life that will be covered are the sutlers (contract suppliers of goods to the camps), the field telegraph, the recreational activities of soldiers and some notes on local CW veterans.

All museum displays will be open during the event. Otherwise, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Go to or call 815-234-5031 for more information.

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