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Top 5 things to do this weekend: Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 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.

Family fun at the Fire Museum

ROCK FALLS – Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will host a Fire Museum Fun and Fire Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at 403 W. Second St.

The day will feature tours, fire truck rides and fire safety house activities. Concessions will be available. The event is free, but donations are welcome, and will be matched by Modern Woodmen.

Call 815-622-9490 for more information.

Enjoy some blues, brews and BBQ’s

DIXON – Blues, Brews, BBQ & Bags for the Brave returns Saturday along the riverfront.

A veterans parade will begin at noon and proceed along Hennepin Avenue to the west end of the riverfront. Big band music will follow.

The bags tournament begins at 12:30 p.m., with registration from 11 a.m. to noon; the cost is $40 per team. Prizes will be awarded.

The Blues Brews BBQ will feature the Class Act II Big Band from Amboy, the Lizzi Neal Band, The Downtown River Kings, and Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts. Gates open at noon.

Admission is $5, but free for all veterans and kids 12 and younger.

Classic rock wraps up concert series

MOUNT MORRIS – Classic rock band Strata will close out the Mount Morris Jamboree Committee’s summer schedule of free concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the bandshell downtown.

Guests may bring a chair or blanket, or bench seating is available. In case of rain, the concert will move to the Mount Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive.

Starting at 6 p.m., concessions will be sold by Mount Morris Moose Lodge members – cheeseburgers, pulled pork, chips, soda and brownies.

The Mount Morris Community Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. at Union Savings Bank parking lot, at state Route 64 and Wesley Avenue.

Trio takes the stage for Fifth Friday

FRANKLIN GROVE – Local musicians Lowell Harp, Tracy Fleck and Jim Vancko will play a Fifth Friday show at 7 p.m. at H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St.

Harp leads with guitar and vocals. Fleck also sings and plays guitar and mandolin. Vancko rounds out the group on the upright bass and backup vocals.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the venue or by calling 815-456-3030 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday though Saturday or noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, or at the door.

Art absolutely worth seeing

DIXON – If you haven’t seen the Absolutely Abstract Art Exhibition at The Next Picture Show yet, this week will be your last chance.

More than 50 original works of art by 23 artists in various media will be on display through today at the gallery, 113 W. First St.

Ellen Mumford’s exhibit also wraps up today, after which Rick Borrett will take her place as exhibiting artist, beginning Saturday and running through the 15th.

The Next Picture Show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Go to or call 815-285-4924 for more information.

Upcoming exhibits: Farms and Barns Exhibition from Sept. 4 to 29, with a reception and music by Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8.