Divin' for pumpkins
STERLING – Kids 4 and older can jump into the pool and grab a floating pumpkin from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, followed by decorating their gourds and prizes; free to Y members, $5 for all others; parents must accompany their children in the pool; register by 5 p.m. in person, at srfymca.org or at 815-535-9622.
Dixon Family Fall Fest
DIXON – Dixon Family Fall Fest, presented by numerous local churches; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dixon Assembly of God, 933 Mekeel Road; free tickets at www.dixonfallfest.com, prizes, lunch, live music, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, hay rack rides, train ride, pumpkin decorating, games, and surprises; find Dixon Family Fall Fest on Facebook.
STERLING – Venetian Nights at Newman Central Catholic High School, Saturday at 1101 St. Mary's St.; doors open at 5, with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 8 p.m., plus a live auction and music by Ted Oliver. Dress is semi-formal; tickets cost $50 or $100 per couple, which includes an Italian buffet, appetizers, keg beer, pop and water. VIP tables cost $600 for a table of eight, which includes VIP service, prime seats, and deluxe champagne. Registration is appreciated but not required with Tim Nelson, email@example.com or 815-625-0500, ext. 102; proceeds will help buy laptops and update the school security system.
Palisades Art Show
SAVANNA – Palisades Art League’s 58th Art Show and Sale; 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at West Carroll Primary School, 2215 Wacker Road; raffle for a painting, door prizes, bake sale; find Palisades Art League on Facebook, or call Sandy Dunlap at 815-244-4507 or Judy Gentile at 815-273-1143.
• Ashton United Methodist Church; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. at Richardson Avenue and North Fourth St.; white elephant room, baked goods, crafts and a country store; , 815-453-2328.
• Trinity Lutheran Church, 17 Stover Ave. in Milledgeville; 8:30 a.m. to noon; brunch, crafts, American Girl doll clothes, quilted items, quilt raffle; 815-225-7410 or 815-225-7890.
• First Christian Church, 3400 Sixth Ave. in Sterling, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., chicken casserole lunch, craft room, antiques and collectibles room, holiday room, bake sale, coffee shop, basket auction; 815-625-5896.
Church rummage sale
DIXON – St. Patrick Church Catholic Women's Club Treasures & More rummage sale, bake sale, and raffle, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and after the 4:30 p.m. Mass, in the Holloway Center, 612 Highland Ave.; 815-284-7719.
Mount Morris Apple Bash
MOUNT MORRIS – Free fun fall day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Berry View Orchard, 7504 W. Midtown Road; crafts, food vendors, live music, homemade apple cider doughnuts,apple cider slushies, jam, and fresh apples; Berry View Orchard on Facebook, berryvieworchard.com or 815-440-5159.
STERLING – Kids can Touch-A-Truck from 11 am. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Citadel of Sterling, 105 E. 23rd St.; 815-499-1396 for more information.
Chaplin Creek pumpkin shoot
FRANKLIN GROVE – Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders “Pumpkin Shoot,” to create pumpkin faces, 11 a.m. Sunday Chaplin Creek Village, 1715 Whitney Road; pumpkins grown on the range will be used; spectators are welcome; admission is free; firstname.lastname@example.org.