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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Free five-band concert tonight

DIXON – Project Gennex, a group working to bring a youth center to Dixon, is putting on a free, all-ages concert from 6:30 to about 9 tonight in Page Park.

Resisting the Silence, Tristan Bushman, Drew Dawson & Jake Woods, Route 88 and Love Party will play. The Dixon YMCA and Dixon Park District are sponsoring, and if it rains, the show will move to the YMCA, 110 N. Galena Ave. Concessions will be provided by Sow Belly's and Cobblestone 51.

"Search for "Project Gennex" on Facebook or call Steve Wilson, 815-284-2741, for more information.

'Shrek' sings

STERLING – In what Director Tim Schlegel calls "the largest production" ever to come to the theater, a cast of 35 is bringing "Shrek, the Musical" to life and laughter at Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, or $40 for a family pass for up to five. Go to centennialauditorium.org or call 815-622-3248 for more information.

Free jazz concert, dance

STERLING – The Rock River Jazz Band-Big Band is putting on a free dance, complete with a dance floor and tiki torches, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grandon Civic Center downtown.

Go to www.rockriverjazzband.com or call 815-622-1681 for more information.

Oregon Trail Days

OREGON – The annual Oregon Trail Days Festival, featuring Indian dancers and drummers encampments, demonstrations, crafts, cowboy shows, canoe rides, an art show, a quilt show, live music, a beer garden and a Tough Run, will be held in Lowden State Park and downtown Oregon Saturday and Sunday.

Go to oregontraildays.org or call 815-238-8672 for a full schedule and more information.

Dinner, car show on the Riverfront

DIXON – Dixon Main Street's annual Midsummer’s Drawdown starts at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Riverfront with dinner by Mama Cimino's, drinks by Crystal Cork and music by Acoustic Circus.

Tickets are $50 and include two dinners. Only 300 drawdown tickets will be sold; there will be 50 winning tickets and $6,000 in winnings. General admission is $20 without a drawdown ticket.

Return to the Riverfront Sunday for the 12th annual Riverfront Classic car, truck, and bike show. Registration begins at 8, the show runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 per vehicle; spectators get in free.

Bessy, the restored 1919 Ford Model T from the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, will be on display, 3-D Sound Company will provide music and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

Find the show on Facebook or call Steve Reuter, 815-440-3654, for more information.

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