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Dixon Lioness craft show

DIXON – About 30 crafters and vendors will be on hand at the annual Dixon Lioness Club's craft show, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at John Dixon Park on Galena Avenue.

Lunch will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds benefit local agencies and those that help the visual- or hearing-impaired.

Call Vicki Long, 815-652-0256, for more information.

Switchback at Fifth Fridays

FRANKLIN GROVE – The duo Switchback, an area favorite, will put on two shows, at 7 and 9 tonight at this month's Fifth Fridays concert at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. The band plays Celtic and American roots music.

Tickets are $10; seating is limited. Go to to learn more about the band. Call Lynn Asp, 815-456-3030. for tickets and more information.

Bluegrass festival in M-ville

MILLEDGEVILLE – The Bluegrass Express Reunion Festival, formerly held in Aledo, will run today, Saturday and Sunday at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, 28374 Milledgeville Road.

The fun begins at 7 tonight with a fiddle contest, followed by an open stage talent showcase. Instrument workshops kick off the day at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by four bands, each playing twice, from 1 to 5 and from 7 to 11 p.m. The festivities wrap up at 10 a.m. Sunday with a gospel sing.

Admission is $5 today, $20 Saturday, $5 Sunday, or $20 for a weekend pass for those 16 and older. Children 15 and younger are free with an adult. Camping is available, alcohol is not allowed, and folks should bring lawn chairs.

Go to or call 815-297-5540 for more information.

Fish with a cop

DIXON – The Dixon Police Department's seventh annual Cops and Bobbers youth fishing day for children 16 and younger will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lowell Park.

The event is free, but anglers are asked to bring their own gear. Kids must be registered before fishing, and an adult must be present while they fish.

The categories are birth to 7 and 8 to 15 years. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish in each category, and one prize will be awarded for the most fish caught. Winners must be present.

Snacks, drinks and some bait will be provided.

Register through today, or on site Saturday, with officer Tony Quadraro, or 815-288-4411.

Storytelling Festival returns

STERLING – The Sterling Public Library's 11th annual Storytelling and Arts Festival will be held at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, and at the library, 102 W. Third St.

Today's storytelling, from 8 to 10 p.m., is for a mature audience. Admission is $7.

Saturday, stories for all ages will be told from noon to 4 p.m., and stories from Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisies will be told from 4 to 4:30 p.m. The String-A-Longs dulcimer band will perform, and concessions will be available.

Tales in the Dark will be told from 7 to 9 p.m., when scary and not-so-scary stories will be told in Woodlawn's performance center. Stories in Spanish will be told from 7 to 8 p.m. at the library. 

Admission Saturday is by donation. Go to or call the library at 815-625-1370 for more information.

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