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The Week Ahead for Monday, Nov. 18, 2013


Festival of Trees at Woodlawn

STERLING -- The Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees continues through Sunday at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. The Country Store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The festival officially opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Bid on your favorite items or buy some decor just in time for the holidays. The festival opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The raffle drawing is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with the large tree auction ending and festival closing at 3 p.m. Sunday.


Sterling Council to hold meeting

STERLING – The Sterling City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor council chambers, 212 Third Ave.

The agenda includes the introduction of new police officers and a bid award for the demolition of a two-story structure at 902 First Ave.

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

Dixon council to meet at City Hall

DIXON – The Dixon City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the council chambers.

The 2013 tax levy will be discussed, as will emerald ash borer treatment, and streetscape and road projects.

Go to or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.

We hoopin!

The girls basketball season gets going today with a bevy of local tournaments. Check out today's sports section to see where and when your favorite teams play this week.  


Lee County Board to convene

DIXON – The Lee County Board next meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the Old Lee County Courthouse, 112 E. Second St. in Dixon.

Go to or call 815-288-5676 for an agenda or more information.

Whiteside County meeting set

MORRISON – The Whiteside County Board meets at 6:30 p.m. today in its chambers at the Whiteside County Courthouse, 400 N. Cherry St. in Morrison.

For an agenda for this meeting, minutes from past meetings or more information, go to or call 815-772-5100.

Rock Falls Council meeting slated

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St. 

The agendas will be posted at and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.

The City Council meeting also can be viewed live on Channel 5.


Dixon Board of Education meets

DIXON – The Dixon School District Board of Education at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 501 Lincoln Ave.

Go to or call 815-284-7722 for an agenda or more information.

Dixon Park District meets

DIXON – The Dixon Park District meets at 6 p.m. at the Park District office, 804 Palmyra St.

Go to or call 815-284-3306 for an agenda or more information.


Hometown Holidays returns to Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls Chamber presents Hometown Holidays, featuring events for the whole family.

Holiday Bingo will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion, 712 Fourth Ave. Ten packs of cards for regular games will be available for $10. Cards also will be available for special and jackpot games.

The Love Light Ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Names of loved ones are read during the lighting of the Love Light Christmas Tree.

The Christmas Walk will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. The downtown will be filled with fun for the family, including performances by the Sauk Valley Barbershop Chorus and Woodlawn Arts Academy. There will be wagon and firetruck rides offered.

Go to for more information on all events.


'End Days' at SVCC theater

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College’s theatre department dissects the meaning of life in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s quirky comedy "End Days" on Nov. 15 to 17 and Nov. 22 to 24 with Friday and Saturday times at 7 p.m. and Sunday times at 2 p.m. in Mathis Theatre.

Tickets for the regular show times are $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students.

To purchase tickets in advance, call 815-288-5511, ext. 0. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.


Fourth Fridays in Sterling

STERLING – Fourth Fridays: Where People and Art Collide brings art and music to a variety of downtown venues. 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 Sterling Main Street at 815-626-8610, email or find it on Facebook.

Two college stars battle on the court

For years, Sterling Joseph Bertrand and Dixon's Matt Ross starred on courts across the Sauk Valley. Now the two former rivals will meet on the collegiant court. Betrand – a fifth-year senior at the University of Illiinois – will host Ross and his Chicago State Cougars at 8 p.m. Friday in Champaign. For those who can't make it the State Farm Center, just turn your television to the Big Ten Network. Look for a preview of the game in our sports section later this week.

New 'Hunger Games' debuts at the movies

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13): After winning the 74th Hunger Games competition, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) go on a victory tour that inadvertently sparks a rebellion. Director Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “Constantine”) takes over from Gary Ross, who managed the seemingly impossible by turning the first novel into a crushingly dull film.

DELIVERY MAN (PG-13): Writer-director Ken Scott remakes his own French-Canadian 2011 comedy “Starbuck.” Vince Vaughn plays the underachiever who discovers his donations at sperm banks over a 20-year period made him the father of 533 children, many of whom suddenly want to meet him.


Last step to state for Newman

STERLING – The Newman Comets survived a scare on Saturday against Momence. now they are one game away from the state championship game in DeKalb. Standing in their way is the defending 2A state champion, Mercer County. The teams will lock horns at Roscoe Eades Stadium. The time will be announced today.

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