Your Weekend Top 5
Music for a cause
DIXON – Want to listen to some music and help out the Project GenNex Youth Center fund? Then go to Rosbrook Studio tonight for the second teen band night. Beginning at 7 p.m., All Settles, Love Party, Jake Woods, The Defeated Royals, and Dare I Dream will perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but cash donations will be accepted. Rosbrook Studio is at 107 S. Peoria Ave.
Blues night in the Grove
FRANKLIN GROVE – It's the third Friday of the month. Fans of the blues and bluegrass know what that means. It's the monthly 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.
Take a drive, cheer for Comets
STERLING – One team from the Sauk Valley remains alive in the high school football playoffs. The Newman Comets play a Class 2A quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday. But you'll have to drive to see it. The Comets are playing in Momence, which is east of Kankakee. It's about a 3-hour drive, but more than worth it to see the Comets fight for a state semifinal berth.
Get in the Festival mood
STERLING – The Festival of Trees kicks off Sunday with the opening day of The Country Store at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. The store is open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. While there, enjoy the "Let the Magic Begin" event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Watch area decorators create their holiday designs in the Winter Wonderland.
Catch a movie
STERLING – Very few new movies are being released this weekend, but there are plenty of good ones to see at the theaters. Catch "Thor: Dark World," "Gravity," or "Captain Phillips," among others at the Sauk Valley 8. The Sterling theater is showing "Thor: Dark World" and "Bad Grandpa."