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Top 5 things to do this weekend, May 17-19, 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.

Sauk Valley art tour

Seventeen artists from Byron to Sterling are opening their studios this weekend for workshops, demos, exhibits and prize drawings.

The tour, put on by members of the Rock River Valley Painters Guild from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, will include photography. alcohol Ink art, tiles, jewelry, glass art, ceramics, graphic novel art, and, of course, watercolors, oils and acrylics.

Go to for a map and all the details.

Carnival down by the river

ROCK FALLS – The annual St. Andrew Grade School carnival runs through Sunday along the Rock Falls riverfront, near Avenue A and East Second Street, offering rides, games, food, and entertainment.

Armbands cost $20 and are good for unlimited rides from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Find St. Andrew Grade School on Facebook for more information.

Adventure at the Y

STERLING – The Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA’s annual Outdoor Adventure Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2505 Ave. E.

Activities include learning to fish in the Y pool and playing on giant inflatables. Learning centers will offer critter talks featuring native and zoo animal presentations presented by Hoo Haven.

There also will be a vendor show.

Admission, activities, and a meal are available to all, at no charge.

Go to, call 815-535 9622 or find the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA on Facebook for more information.

'Neil Young' at Rosbrook

DIXON – Sun Green, a Neil Young Tribute Band, will perform at 8 p.m. at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m.; admission is $5.

Pizza and beverages by Mama Cimino’s will be sold. 

Find Rosbrook on Facebook for more information.

Carrollton in concert

STERLING – Christian artists Carrollton will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School, 1608 Fourth Ave. 

Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $20 for those who want to enter early, and $10 for groups of four or more.

Contact Jessie at or 309-692-9242, or go to for more information.

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