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The Week Ahead for Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Rock Falls' Austin Donoho (3) avoids being tackled by Byron's Austin Carlson (17).
Rock Falls' Austin Donoho (3) avoids being tackled by Byron's Austin Carlson (17).


Dixon City Council meets

DIXON – The Dixon City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers at City Hall. Wendler Engineering and Willett, Hofman & Associates will give a streetscape presentation. Also, Carol Chandler of the Tree Commission will discuss emerald ash borer treatment.

For an agenda, meeting minutes or more information, go to or call 815-288-1485.

Riverfront grants on Sterling council agenda

STERLING – The Sterling City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. today at the Coliseum, 212 Third Ave.

There will be a presentation on riverfront grants and the Stanley-National property, among other agenda items.

Go to or call City Hall at 815-632-6621 for an agenda or more information.

Attorney general candidate paying a visit

ROCK FALLS – Paul Schimpf, an declared candidate for the Republican nomination for state attorney general, will attend a meet-and-greet open house from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Rock Falls Public Library, 1007 Seventh Ave. The Sauk Valley Voter Information Committee is sponsoring the meeting.


Kinzinger foe speaking to Tea Party

DIXON – David Hale, who plans to challenge 16th Congressional District Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, in the Republican primary in March, will speak Tuesday at the Sauk Valley Tea Party meeting at Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Hale founded the Rockford Tea Party.

Concealed-carry classes begin

DIXON – Charlie Thomas of Dixon will teach concealed-carry classes starting Tuesday at the Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 1560 Franklin Grove Road.

Sessions will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $250 for the entire 16-hour course. A portion of the proceeds will go to the VFW's veterans relief fund.

Contact Thomas at or 815-973-4933 for more dates, or the VFW at 815-288-5165 for more information.

Comedian coming to SVCC

DIXON – Lucas Bohn, one of the most popular college comedians in the country, will give a free performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Mathis Theater at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2. Bohn has performed alongside well-known comedians Dave Chappelle, Pablo Francisco and Jimmy Fallon.

For more information, call Ana Salgado, SVCC student activities coordinator, at 815-835-6432.


What's new in the theaters?

THE COUNSELOR (R): Ridley Scott directs the first original screenplay by the revered novelist Cormac McCarthy (“No Country for Old Men,” “Blood Meridian”). Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer whose life is upended after he dabbles in the drug trade. Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt round out the cast.

JACKASS: BAD GRANDPA (R): Johnny Knoxville stars as an 86-year-old grandfather who takes his 8-year-old grandson on a cross-country trip, stopping at every inappropriate spot possible (including strip joints, funeral homes and biker bars). Shot largely with hidden cameras using real people, a la “Borat.”

Last night of regular-season football

Since mid-August, high school football teams have practiced and played. It all comes to a head Friday in the final regular-season night. Some teams will move on to the playoffs, others will trade in pads for sneakers and basketballs. See where and when your favorite team plays below. 

EPC at Forreston, 7 p.m.

• Oregon at Rock Falls, 7:15 p.m.

• Dixon at Streator, 7:30 p.m.

• Sterling at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

• Fulton at Bureau Valley, 7:30 p.m.

• Morrison at Riverdale, 7:30 p.m.

• Newman at Amboy, 7:30 p.m.

• Orion at Erie-Prophetstown, 7:30 p.m.

• West Carroll at Durand, 7:30 p.m.

• Milledgeville at AFC, 7:30 p.m.

• Warren at Polo, 7:30 p.m.

Fourth Fridays in Sterling

STERLING – Fourth Fridays: Where People and Art Collide brings art and music to a variety of downtown venues Friday. Most events are from 6 to 8 p.m., although many places have musicians performing into the night. Walking maps with a complete list of venues and events, and more information, are available at or at any participating venue, or call Janna Groharing, 815-625-1248, email or find it on Facebook.


Regional cross country meets

The run to the state meet begins with cross country regionals for area teams at Sterling, Bureau Valley and Oregon. While not a lot of runners will be trimmed in this round, it will provide a good tune-up for the 2 weeks to follow. 

Monster pancakes and parade

DIXON – Dixon Main Street and Lee County Council on Aging will host a Monster Breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Post House Ballroom, 100 W. Second St.

Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and younger, and $1 will be deducted if you wear a costume. Food will be provided by Mama Cimino's.

The annual Dixon Noon Lions Halloween Parade follows the breakfast at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Haymarket Square and features the Reagan Middle School marching band.

There will be a costume contest at 9:30 a.m., before the parade at Haymarket Square. All participants in the parade and contest will receive a bag donated by local businesses, Dixon High School Leo Club and the Noon Lions.

Proceeds from the event will support activities and programs for Dixon Main Street and LCCOA.

Rain site for costume judging will be the Post House Ballroom.

For more information, call 815-288-2308.

Free fall festival in Amboy

AMBOY – The 4-H Federation will host a free fall festival Saturday. Penny carnival games, a pumpkin hunt, and other activities will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., rain or shine, at Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1196 Franklin Road.

Everyone is welcome. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded. Each guest should bring a canned food donation for a food pantry. Free hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be provided.


SVCC has its annual fall concert

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community College music department will have its annual fall concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. The event will include performances by SVCC’s concert choir and concert band. The SVCC concert choir performance, under the direction of Mark Bressler, will present a variety of music to put audiences in an autumn mood.

Admission is free. Donations for theatre renovations will be accepted at the door.

Fun for kids at church

STERLING – First Church of the Nazarene will host the fourth annual Trunk-or-Treat and Fall Festival on Sunday at the church, 411 13th Ave.

Games, face-painting, crafts and a cakewalk will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Everything is free, and everyone is welcome. Children should wear costumes. 

Volunteers will pass out candy from decorated car trunks in the parking lot. Food will be served.

Compton Halloween Parade

COMPTON – The annual Halloween Parade in Compton is on Sunday.

Contestants for the costume contest may begin lining up at 3 p.m. at the Compton Fire Department building, 339 W. Cherry St. Registration will close promptly at 3:30 p.m. when judging begins. The parade to Compton Park will begin at 4 p.m.

The cost is free and is sponsored by the Compton Community Club. Canned goods and non-perishable items will be collected for the N.I.C.E. Center in Lee.

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