Top 5 things to do this weekend
From Nashville to Dixon
DIXON – The Paul Childers Band, a blues trio from Nashville, headlines the December Second Saturdays Art Happenings in downtown Dixon. The band plays at 9 p.m. at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave. There also will be a co-op artists show and open mic at Rosbrook, and musicians will play at Ginkgo Tree Cafe, Books on First, and The Next Picture Show. Dixon Main Street's holiday window displays at local businesses will set the stage for the evening. Find Second Saturdays Art Happenings on Facebook.
Symphony for the season
CLINTON, Iowa – Make the drive across the Mississippi to see the Clinton Symphony Orchestra's popular Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clinton High School's Vernon Cook Theater, 817 Eighth Ave. S. Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. The Holiday Concert features Clinton's RiverChor. The CSO includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley. Go to www.clintonsymphony.org for more information.
Festivities in Franklin Grove
FRANKLIN GROVE – Christmas in the Grove is tonight, featuring door prizes and raffles from churches and businesses in the village. Horse and wagon rides, a kettle corn giveaway, and firehouse chili all will be available again this year. Other events include the Presbyterian Church cookie sale, the Victorian Santa in the Lincoln building, and the Rock River Barbershop chorus performing at 8 p.m.
Holiday-themed dinner theater
STERLING – First Church of the Nazarene presents a 1950s-themed dinner theater at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. During "Christmas at Uncle Phil's Diner: No Room at the Diner," audience members will enjoy classic dinner food and Christmas music. Tickets are $5. Go to www.sterlingnaz.com or call 815-625-0864 for more information.
See another 'Hobbit'
STERLING – In the mood for a movie in a warm theater this weekend? Go see "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," at The Sterling Theater and Sauk Valley 8. If you haven't yet seen "Frozen," you can do so at either theater, as well. Go to sterlingmovies.com for the Sterling Theater or carmike.com for Sauk Valley 8 for complete lists of movies and showtimes.