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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Hear music from the movies in Dixon

DIXON – Canterbury Concerts' 30th season will start Sunday with "Going to the Movies," a concert at 5 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave.

The 60-piece Metropolis Symphony from Chicago will be conducted by Tim Boles, performing pieces from the Harry Potter films, "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and other films.

Tickets are available in advance at Trein's Jewelry, 201 W. First St., and The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., or Sunday at the theater door. The cost is $5 for individuals or $12 for a family pack of two adults and up to three children of any age. Visit for online ticket sales and more information.

Farm toys galore in Prophetstown

PROPHETSTOWN – If farm toys are more your speed, the Coon Creek Men’s Club of Prophetstown will sponsor their 28h Annual Farm Toy Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Prophetstown High School, 310 West Riverside Drive.

Admission for the show is $2 with children under 12 free.

The show features vendors of farm toys, trucks, cars and collectibles of all kinds, along with special toy displays and exhibits. Door prize drawings will be held, and the food stand will have pork BBQ sandwiches and other items.

The show also features a large outdoor display of classic farm tractors and equipment.

All proceeds from the show go toward the club’s many civic improvement projects, including the rebuilding of Prophetstown’s historic Washington Street, partially destroyed by the July 15 fire.

Music, drink, food to benefit PADS shelter

STERLING – A celebration to benefit the PADS shelter in Sterling will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road.

A band will perform from 8 to 10 p.m., featuring vocalists Kerensa Pink, Brian Lobdell, Allison McCawley, and Lisa Steinke. A 50/50 drawing will take place, as will a gift basket auction, as will a wine tasting. Beer, cheese, and other finger food will be provided. A dessert table will be set up.

Tickets are $30 for singles of $50 for couples. They can be bought at the door, or in advance by calling Bruce Colmark at 815-441-1992.

Cook-off, bags tourney in Dixon

DIXON – The Ultimate Tailgate Cook-off and Bags Tourney is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Beanblossom parking lot in downtown Dixon.

The chili cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the bags tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per team and prizes will be awarded.

Back Porch Blues Brothers, the slimmed down version of the well-known group Late Night Blues Brothers Band, will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.

NFL games will be displayed on an outdoor television.

Admission to the Chili Cook-off is $5 per person and includes tasting. The event is open to all ages. 

For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

Have a Restart to the weekend in Sterling

STERLING – A free, all-ages worship and fellowship program will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Big Red Church/First Congregational Church, 311 Second Ave.

Restart 2013 will feature musicians Mike Swag, H Street, Miracle Leach, and Sonia, as well as BRL Quad Cities choir, and the CYIC dance team.

The public is invited to attend. Call 563-940-8869 for more information.

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