Autumn on the Prairie activities happening rain or shine
FRANKLIN GROVE – The Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa Grasslands Preserve’s annual Autumn on the Prairie festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
Activities include more than 25 guided tours of restored native prairie and savannas, educational exhibits, butterfly hikes, self-guided prairie plant exploration hikes, and rides through the prairie in a horse-drawn wagon. There also will be live music, concessions, local artists at work, a children’s activity tent, and a live raptor display.
The event is free. The preserve is at 8772 S. Lowden Road, about 8 miles southwest of Oregon. Go to www.nachusagrasslands.org or call 815-456-2340 for more information.
For local service members
DIXON – Bomdigity's first Fall Festival, a benefit for local military members wounded during service, will be held from 11 a.m. to midnight at the restaurant at 628 Palmyra Road.
Tickets are on sale now for a 50/50 raffle, and there will there will be a bean bag tourney, a long-toss competition, a cookout, and live music by local bands
Raffle tickets are available at Bomdigity's, or from organizer Emily Hermes at 815-631-2357. Rudy Rutherford, 815-440-4096, has all the details on the bags tourney.
Find the restaurant on Facebook or call Hermes for more information.
Banner: Harvest Hammer Duathlon, Paint the Town return to Morrison. Details on Page A7.
Dixon City Council
DIXON — The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., in the council chambers on the second floor.
For an agenda, past meeting minutes or more information, go to www.discoverdixon.org or call 815-288-1485.
Sterling City Council
STERLING – The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. back at Coliseum, 212 Third Ave., for the first time since it has been renovated.
Go to www.sterling-il.gov or call City Hall at 815-632-6621 for an agenda or more information.
Sterling Park Board
STERLING – The Sterling Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Duis Recreation Center, 211 E. St. Mary's Road.
The Board will discuss bids for Phase 2 of the Gartner Park project, an activities agreement with Sterling Public Schools and the approval of a payment for repairs to the Westwood Fitness and Sports Center.
DIXON – Award-winning spoken-word poet Joaquín Zihuatanejo will give a free performance from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College's Mathis Theater.
Zihuatanejo, raised in the barrios of East Dallas, has been named a National Poetry Slam Finalist, Grand Slam Spoken Word Champion, and HBO Def Poet, among many others honors. He has shared a stage with people such as Alicia Keys, and Maya Angelou.
His performances combine comedy, poetry and dramatic monologue of life in the barrios in a passionate, dynamic, and hilariously manic style. Call 815-835-6432 for more information.
Rock Falls City Council
ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St. The meeting also can be viewed live on Channel 5.
The agenda will be posted at www.rockfalls61071.com and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.
Evidence ruling in Sigler case
DIXON – A Lee County Court judge is set to rule on whether certain text messages will be allowed as evidence in the murder trial of a Dixon man accused of strangling his wife on Jan. 13.
Police have said Brian Sigler, 34, admitted killing Yolanda Sigler in their Dixon home before trying to kill himself with a knife. He was found bleeding in their upstairs bathroom tub.
Sigler, charged with first-degree murder, is in Lee County Jail on $2 million bond.
Dixon School Board
DIXON — The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road.
Go to www.discoverdixon.org or call 815-284-7722 for an agenda or more information.
Young barbershoppers sing
STERLING – The Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus' annual Youth In Harmony Festival concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at Sterling High School's Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.
Admission is $5. Go to www.facebook.com/RRVBarbershoppers or call 815-631-6110 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 H.I. 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 www.franklingroveil.org for more information.
Paint the Town
MORRISON – The annual Harvest Hammer Duathlon and Run and Paint the Town festival return to Morrison. The 5K run/walk and 21-mile bike ride begins with kids races at 8:15 a.m., the duathlon at 9 a.m.; day-of registration begins an hour beforehand at Morrison High School.
Go to harvesthammer.org for more information.
Then more than 6,000 people are expected to hit the downtown for a day of painting the streets. There also will be a strolling mariachi band, other bands and street performers during the day, and more live music and dancing in the streets until 9:30 p.m.
The streets will be closed the next day so folks can view the artwork.
Call 815-772-7657 or go to www.paintthetownmorrison.com for a schedule or to register.
DIXON – The eighth annual ChiliFest, a benefit for Second Saturdays Art Happenings, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road.
In addition to the chili cookoff, there will be music by Rosbrook Studio Coop musicians, artwork by Tim Drane and a hot dog stand.
Chili tasting begins at 5 p.m. and awards will be given at 8 p.m. The feast is picnic style: Bring your own cooler, chair, or blanket.
Admissions is a minimum $3 donation. Call 815-285-0014 for more information.
Brass Ensemble to play at, for TLP
MOUNT CARROLL – The MA Brass Ensemble will perform a benefit concert for Timber Lake Playhouse at 7 p.m. at the theater, 8215 Black Oak Road.
MA Brass – Aaron White, Jon James and Elizabeth Judd of Sterling, Mark Dempsey of Dixon and Mark Bressler of Mount Carroll – will perform an evening of American standards.
Admission is $15 at the door. Large groups may buy in advance at 815-244-2035.
Craft and vendor fair
MOUNT MORRIS – Pinecrest Grove Community Center is holding a craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 414 S. Wesley Ave.
Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Miche, Gold Canyon Candles, Slipada, CAbi, No Ordinary Jelly, Hough’s Maple Lane Farms, Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop and Paparazzi will be on hand, along with crafters.
There will be a bake sale, $3 hot dog meals, and prizes will be given away. All proceeds from the hot dog meal and bake sale benefit the Good Samaritan Fund.
Call 815-734-4103 for more information.
Music, magic and a car show in Thomson
THOMSON – Food, music, a car show, games and even camel rides will be part of the Heirloom Market & Cafe's Melon Days Fall Festival.
The car show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 900 W. Main St. Entry is free; the top 10 vehicles will receive trophies. Call 815-259-0193 for more information.
Musicians and agricultural speakers will be at the café, 2200 state Route 84. Music starts at 10 a.m. on the main stage. Five bands a several other musicians will perform. There will be free watermelon and cider samples and concessions will be sold.
There also will be a pumpkin maze, petting zoo, train rides, a bounce house, magic shows, and a hypnotist.
Admission is $7 or $12 for a family. The rain date will be Sept. 28. Go to www.theheirloommarket.com or call 815-259-0125 for a complete schedule and more information.
Shindig in Mount Morris
MOUNT MORRIS – The Mount Morris Moose Family Center's third annual Country Shin- Dig will run from 5 to 10 p.m. at the center.
Big Ed's BBQ will serve a beef brisket dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., and there will be raffles, a bake sale and a 50/50 drawing. Dave Warkins Country Standard Tyme Band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call 815-973-1490 for more information.
Former NFL player to speak
MORRISON – Adrian Peterson, a former running back with the Chicago Bears who now is an author, will speak at 9:30 a.m. at Ebenezer Reformed Church, 309 E. Park St.
Peterson's book, "Don't Dis My Abilities," discusses his college and professional football careers, his challenges with stuttering, and facing his infant daughter's medical crisis. A surprise event will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the church, with details given during Peterson's free presentation.
Go to www.ercmorrison.com or leave a message at the church at 815-772-2472 for more information. Go to www.facebook.com/TheAdrianPeterson for information about Peterson.