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Top 5 things to do this weekend: March 9-11, 2018

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.

Talent takes the stage at RFHS

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls High School Junior Optimist Club will host its annual talent show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the gym at the school, 101 12th Ave.

Students will perform along with special guest performances by some staff members.

The cost is $3 for students and adults and $2 for senior citizens and middle school-age students and younger.

Need some help around the house?

STERLING – Spring is almost in the air, and we bet you’re already putting together a to-do list of home and garden projects – and there are plenty of area merchants ready to help you with that list.

Area home and garden businesses will showcase their products and services at The Sauk Valley Home and Garden Show from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Sunday at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway. The show, sponsored by Sauk Valley Media, features displays of everything you need for your home, inside and out and top to bottom, from landscaping to roofing.

Admission is free, and there will be a drawing for $500 to spend at the show’s vendor of your choice.

Annie and the King visit Amboy, Oregon schools

The sun will come out at Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley St., where students from Amboy Junior High, Amboy High and Central Elementary School will present “Annie.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the high school, and at the door. Find AHS presents Annie on Facebook or call 815-857-3632 for more information.

“The King and I” will hold court at Oregon High School through Sunday. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the school, 210 S. 10th St. Admission is $8 for students and $10 for adults. Call 815-732-5300, find Oregon High School Musical on Facebook, or go to for more information.

Rock opera comes to Sterling

STERLING – What do you get when you mix the soaring vocals of opera with some raucous rock and roll? A recipe for a mash-up sensation that will bring its tenor talents to Sterling.

The Jersey Tenors will bring their brand of blended music to Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave., from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The group brings together iconic opera numbers with rock classics from Queen, Journey, Elton John, Billy Joel and others.

Tickets are $20 and are available at, at the auditorium from 3 to 6 p.m. today, or any SHS choir student.

Go to for more information.

Historian unlocks the Civil War’s past

STERLING – Dennis Maher will present the free program, “Casualties and Prisons in the Civil War,” at the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Learning Center, 611 E. Third St.

Maher of Sycamore is a historian and American history teacher at Hampshire High School.

He will focus on Andersonville Prison in Georgia and Camp Douglas in Chicago.

Refreshments will be served.

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