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Top 5 things to do this weekend: March 15-17, 2019

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.

When the saints go running, and marching

DIXON – The Dixon YMCA’s Sham-Rock 5K and Kids Run hits the streets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the race at 9. Strollers are welcome, pets are not. The free kids fun run takes off at 8:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Log Home, where it will end. St. Patrick’s Day costumes are encouraged. A prize will be awarded to the most festively attired.

A Shindig Party will follow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bean Blossom parking lot, featuring family-friendly activities, food and vendors. Go to for more information.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade begins at 3 p.m. in the Dixon High School parking lot and ends at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 W. Third St., where the Rock River Valley Shamrock Club's annual after-parade blast will feature live music, a silent auction, and a 50-50 raffle. Goodwill offerings or canned food donations for the Dixon Food Bank will be accepted.

Toy and tractor show comes to Sublette

SUBLETTE – Sublette's annual Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in nine buildings throughout town, will feature a craft show, antique tractor show, semi tractor show, operating train layout, baseball card display, and food stands. On Sunday, a 100-year-old Waterloo Boy tractor owned by the Althaus family will be on display.

Sublette Volunteer Fire Department’s pancake breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at Ellis Dinges School, 414 La Moille Road.

A casual dinner will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 201 S. Locust St. Tickets are $20 at the door and includes dinner and a musical review by Phil and Amy.

Call 815-849-5582 for more information.

Hamfest returns – to a new spot

ROCK FALLS – The Sterling Rock Falls Amateur Radio Society’s Hamfest is returning, but this year at a new location: the Rock Falls Community Building at 601 W. 10th St.

This large indoor flea market opens at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and will feature radio, electronic and hobby items. Concessions also will be sold. VE testing services will be provided for a fee, with written exams from 9 to 11 a.m.

Admission is $6.

Find "Sterling Rockfalls amateur radio society" on Facebook or contact Joe Baldwin at or 815-626-4766, for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend rocks

• Down Town Rhythm Kings will play Friday and Toxic Blonde on Saturday, both at at 9 p.m at The Cooler, 311 W. Second St., Rock Falls. Free corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, and Irish stew will be served from 2 p.m. until gone on Sunday.

• Rockin’ St. Paddy’s Day with The Roachez will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Cragel’s Pub at 345 Washington St., Prophetstown.

• Brushville will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday upstairs at Henry’s Double K at 834 S. Jackson St., Mount Carroll. Henry asks for a $5 donation to help support live music. Corned beef and cabbage will be served when the dining room opens at 5 p.m.. The cost is $12.95.

Musicians sharpen up their axes for battle

OREGON – Aireloom Music Studio will present “Beware of the Ides of March,” a music competition for ages 14 to 24, at 6 p.m. Friday at Scoops Secret Stache Event Room, 117 N. Fourth St.

Registration was due Wednesday, but people can still buy tickets to come out and support the area’s young music-makers. General admission is $10 and VIP admission (preferred table seating and backstage passes to meet the musicians) is $20. Go to for a link to buy tickets.

Categories are soloist or duets and bands. First- through third-place prizes are recording time at Aireloom’s studio, worth $400, and cash prizes of $50 and $100.

Find Aierloom Music Studio on Facebook or go to for more information

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