Top 5 things to do this weekend
SVCCA season starts on Sixth Floor
DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community Concert Association 2013-2014 season kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday with the first concert, featuring chamber group Sixth Floor Trio, in the Dixon High School Auditorium, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive.
This year marks the 22nd year that the association has been bringing fine music and entertainment to the Sauk Valley area at a price everyone can afford.
Individual memberships are $40, with family memberships available available for $95. Other membership categories exist as well. Admission to concerts is by membership only.
Membership forms are available at www.svcca.org or call 815-677-6676 for a brochure.
Seek Sanctuary in Amboy
AMBOY – The official opening of the Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary's trails for public use will be marked with a welcome celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday. Guests will gather for light refreshments at The Nest, a renewed storage barn. The event will feature information, a presentation, and guided tours along the newly-created Blue Trail.
The sanctuary is located at 1701 Mormon Road, Amboy. Driving information and maps are available online at www.illinoisaudobon.org or by calling the office at 217-544-2473.
Second Saturdays in Dixon
DIXON – Second Saturdays Art Happenings, featuring art, music and other cultural events, returns to various venues, mostly from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown, between First and Second streets and Peoria and Galena avenues.
Go to www.Second-Saturdays.com or find the event on Facebook for a complete schedule and more details.
Painting festival set in Lyndon
LYNDON – Paint Lyndon, an event for families to paint squares on a tennis court, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Lyndon Village Park, at Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue East.
Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 per square at the event, and covers the cost of materials. Food will be sold separately. Children's games, prizes, and a bounce house will be available. Call Cassy Craft at 815-757-1351 for advance tickets or more information.
Go catch a football game
The forecast for Friday night is gorgeous for mid-October: Clear and a low of about 60 degrees. So go outside and watch a high school football game! Some good ones to see:
• Newman and Erie-Prophetstown, the teams leading the Three Rivers North, clash at 7:30 tonight at Wayne Hein Field in Erie.
• Dixon hosts Ottawa at 7:30 tonight at A.C. Bowers Field.
• If you want to take a drive, Sterling travels to Geneseo for a 7:30 p.m. matchup today.
• Rock Falls seeks its second win, hosting Mendota at 7:15 p.m. today.