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Top 5 things to do this weekend: Nov. 17-19, 2017

Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.
Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.

Oh, the joys of junk

ASHTON – One person's junk can be another person's treasures, and there'll be plenty of treasures at The Joyful Junkers Christmas in the Village.

More than 40 junk peddlers will set up from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mills and Petrie Building, 704 N. First St., where shoppers will find crafts; vintage, farmhouse, shabby chic and country decor items; jewelry, candles; antiques; signs; clothing; painted seasonal and salvaged wood creations; small furniture; kitchen utensils and more. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

Go to for more information.

Les is more

FRANKLIN GROVE – Les Floto and Les Wilson are performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St.

They're country musicians at heart, but their guitar and vocal styles deliver a wide range of music.

Tickets, which cost $10, are available at 815-456-3030 or from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the building, today through Saturday. If any are left, tickets also will be sold at the door.

They'll make you feel like dancing

Sauk Valley Community College's Concert Band presents a free concert, "Dancing Around the World" at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sterling High School's Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

Selections will include dance pieces such as "The Broadway One-Step March" by Karl L. King, "Russian Sailors' Dance" from "The Red Poppy" by Reinhold Gliere, "Beguine for Band" by Glen Osser, and more. 

Email Sara Gregory at for more information.  

Home for the holidays

ROCK FALLS – With rain in the forecast, some annual Hometown Holidays activities – the Love Light ceremony, Santa, Rock Falls High School Choir, vendor booths, and a free raffle with a $1,000 first prize – have been moved to Rock Falls United Methodist Church at 204 Fourth Ave.  

So, Friday at 5:30 p.m., the names of deceased loved ones for the Love Light Tree will be read at the church. The Christmas Walk follows from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown, with business open houses, live music, life reindeer, treats, activities, giveaways and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Saturday, the Twin Cities Holiday Parade will run from 1 to 2 p.m. in Sterling and Rock Falls, followed by a party from 2 to 3 p.m. at Merrill Elementary School, 600 Fourth Ave. in Rock Falls, where kids can have free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and pet a reindeer. There also will be Christmas cookies, festive games, crafts and more.

Schedules are available at local businesses; go to, call 815-625-4500 or find the events on Facebook for more information.

Take a holiday stroll in Sterling

STERLING – The Sterling Christmas Walk begins at 5 p.m. Friday downtown.

The night features shopping and dining specials, entertainment, ice sculpting, Santa’s workshop, and a family scavenger hunt.

The grand finale of the night will be the tree and Sterling Theater tower lighting and “Great Holiday Giveaway” at 8 p.m.

Go to or find Sterling Main Street on Facebook for more information.

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