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 dixonymca.org 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 email@example.com 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 aireloommusic.com/events.php 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.