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Top 5 things to do this weekend: April 21-23, 2017

A thanks for the ones first on the scene

STERLING – To honor area first responders, Sterling First Church of the Nazarene is inviting the community to a free luncheon of pulled pork, hot dogs, chips, and pop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Grandon Civic Center downtown.

Firefighters, police, and EMTs will be on hand.

Call Sue, 815-625-0864, for more information.

Kids can dive right into some fun

DIXON – The 33rd annual Child Fair, “Under the Sea,” runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2.

Admission is free. Kids can enjoy Miller’s Petting Zoo, barrel rides, Sauk YMCA activities, emergency vehicles and interactive booths. From 10 a.m. to noon, they can get their picture taken Cinderella, Bat Hero, Woman of Wonder, and the Arabian Princess.

Some exhibitors will have items for sale, and there will be car seat safety checks and concessions. Call 815-835-6212 or email for more information. 

Art sale wraps up

DIXON – The 13th annual Expressions Art Sale will wrap up with a reception from 5 to
9 p.m. today at the Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St. The gallery itself is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Works from more than 20 artists will be for sale, and a silent auction of items including Chicago Cubs, White Sox and Cardinals tickets; a football signed by the Green Bay Packers; a mystery money tree; and tickets to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, can be bid on until 5 p.m.

Go to or find Sinnissippi Foundation on Facebook for more information. Proceeds benefit the Sinnissippi Foundation; call 815-284-9380 for more information.

Come help the Hennepin cleanup

ROCK FALLS – Volunteers 16 or older are needed from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday for the annual Hennepin Feeder Canal cleanup.

Meet at Days Inn, 2105 First Ave., and wear old shoes and protective clothing. Volunteers will get a T-shirt. Photos will be taken and snacks will be served. School colors or company logos are welcome.  

The rain date is from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 815-590-6404 to sign up, to request a specific canal section to clean, or for more information.

Hail to the chiefs from Illinois

STERLING – “The Illinois Connection: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama” is the topic of the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at CGH Medical Center’s Ryberg Auditorium, 100 E. LeFevre.

Ronald H. Koehn, a retired Fulton High School social studies teacher, is the presenter. Refreshments will be served.

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