The reason for the season
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling is hosting a celebration of the birth of Jesus at Howard and Kay Janssen’s barn at 3 p.m. Sunday at 11659 County Line Road in Rock Falls. The Bethlehem barn will feature a live nativity scene with sheep and cattle.
On Christmas Day, Sterling’s First Church of the Nazarene, 411 13th Ave., will host its annual free community Christmas dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Rides can be scheduled for those who can’t drive, or volunteers will deliver meals. Call 815-6254-0864 or 815-499-9363 to schedule a ride or delivery.
Dear Santa, I’d like some pizza
MOUNT MORRIS – Lace up those skates and grab a plate, the White Pines Roller Skating Center is putting on a Pizza Pig-Out from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the rink, 6929 W. Pines Road, across from White Pines State Park. Ten bucks will get you skate rental and unlimited pizza and pop. For those who don’t want to pig out, admission is $4.
The next day, kids are invited to stop by from 1 to 5 p.m. to write a letter to Santa that will be sent to the North Pole. Once they’re done with that, it’s time to roll on the rink. Admission is $4.
Go to skatingfun.com or call 815-946-9988 for more information.
Christmas spirits and music
Feel like unwinding before the holidays really kick in? Visit a local watering hole for a glass of Christmas spirits and some music.
• The Rusty Fox will host a Very Merry Chameleon from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the bar, 1 E. Third St., Sterling. The trio Chameleon will fuse its brand of jazz with some yuletide classics.
• Moonshine Run will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. today, and Staggard will play from
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Whiskey Barrel, 305 W. Second St., Rock Falls
• Alborn Theory will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. today, and Bobbi and Shay will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at The Cooler, 311 W. Second St., Rock Falls.
Merry and bright
CLINTON, Iowa – The weekend is a perfect time to hop in the car and enjoy the lights and sounds of Christmas. Plenty of festive folks in the Sauk Valley have brightened up their neighborhood with holiday lights, so check ‘em out.
If you’re up for a road trip, the Symphony of Lights features more than than 40 lighted displays at Eagle Point Park in Clinton, Iowa. The holiday display that would make Clark Griswold jealous can be seen along a 1.1-mile loop in the park at 3923 N. Third St., off U.S. Route 67 North. The lights will be lit from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 30. The cost for the driving tour is $7 per car for up to 10 people, or $2 each for more than 10.
Go to symphonyoflights.org or call 563-243-3442 for more information.
Hey, it’s a Loft with art
The new art gallery, Loft 112, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and Dec. 28 and 29, at 112 E. Main St. in Morrison.
Patrons will find paintings, photos, art glass, jewelry, wood works and more by local and regional artists and artisans.
Call Kimberly S. Ewoldsen with the Morrison Area Development Corp. at 815-600-6267 for more information.
Over in Dixon, The Next Picture Show Art Shop Exhibition runs through Dec. 30 at the gallery, 113 W. First St.
Valerie and Clarence Butcher are showing their work through today, followed by Betty Predmore Saturday through Dec. 31.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free; donations are welcome. More info: Go to thenextpictureshow.org or call 815-285-4924.