Blackhawk Waterways in Northwest Illinois
Blackhawk Waterways in NW Illinois
Carroll, Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties
Join us for the Rock Falls Chamber Spring Garage Sale Days Friday & Saturday May 3rd & 4th from 8am-2pm. (Sale dates & times may vary based on each participant's plans) Over 100 Sales in Rock Falls & Sterling means great deals. Free maps will be available at Schreiner's Mobil (1st Ave/Rock Falls) & Shell Stations in both Rock Falls & Sterling on WEDNESDAY 5/1, no earlier than 12pm/noon. They will also be posted online and can be printed from your home computer.
Held 1st weekend in May -Enjoy Dutch dancing, Dutch pastries, craft vendors, food vendors, main stage entertainment, speakers, parade, music, windmill area tours, and more. For more information go to website or call 815-589-4545. Heritage Canyon (Sat & Sun) period re-enactors portray pioneer living.
The early American Crafters portray pioneer living at Heritage Canyon. Demonstrations include open fire cooking, weaving, spinning, music and more. For more information, contact the Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 815-589-4545
For schedule of events: http://www.cityoffulton.us/images/stories/pdf_files/Dutch%20Days%20Schedule%202013.pdf
Join the Byron Forest Preserve District for the annual Ogle Bird Count on Saturday, May 4. Some species expected are blue jays, blue birds, meadow larks, and turkey vultures. Bring binoculars and field guides. Count will be on forest preserve properties and other Ogle County natural areas. Meet at the Jarrett Center at 7 a.m. Please register by Friday, May 3, by noon at 815-234-8535
Spring Is In The Air! Are you anxious to be outdoors and digging in the dirt? Garden art, perennials, annuals, herbs, and wildflower plants and seeds will be available for purchase at the Nash Recreation Center in Oregon during their Annual Plant & Flower Sale, Saturday, May 4 from 8:00a-1:00p
Please join us Saturday, May 4th for Sauk Valley Shop Small Saturday. The doors are open and you're welcome inside. Sauk Valley Shop Small is a regional grass roots alliance of small businesses and cultural groups leveraging the power of working together to promote the value of shopping local, small independent small businesses in the Sauk Valley.
Kick off the gardening season in style! Come on out for food, door prizes, and plants galore. All the latest Heucheras, unusual annuals, perennials, and nursery stock are ready for your perusal. We're located at 2020 Lowell Park Rd, Dixon. Information online: www.distinctivegardensinc.com
The early American Crafters portray pioneer living at Heritage Canyon. Demonstrations include open fire cooking, weaving, spinning, music and more. For more information, contact the Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 815-589-4545 or www.cityoffulton.us
One of the largest self-guided art drives in the midwest, the Mississippi River Valley Art Drive (MRVAD) boasts of 50 participating sights, representing over 200 artists, upward of 30 mediums showing off a multitude of perspectives and techniques. Individual artists may demonstrate from their home studios or galleries, some may present work in their preferred retail location, while some sights will offer classes.
This self-guided art drive is unique in several aspects. First, it offers local art work from Dubuque and Galena all the way along the Mississippi to Galesburg. Secondly, the variety of art encompasses everyone's needs: decorating, gifting, adornment and practicality!
The drive hours are 10am - 5pm, Saturday May 4 & Sunday May 5. Visit our website to verify participating location address, contact information and times. A printable map with all the details will be availabe on the website.
Renown Carnegie Hall flute soloist (and Sterling native) Peg Cornils, will be performing at The Next Picture Show (TNPS) for a benefit concert on Saturday, May 4th at 7 pm. TNPS has limited seating for this wonderful event so call for reservations.The Next Picture Show (TNPS) is a non-profit fine arts center in the Rock River Valley. Our goal is to nurture, develop, educate, foster the arts, and galvanize artists and patrons within the community. Located in the heart of downtown Dixon, Illinois, we invite you to explore our website for information on our current shows, exhibiting artists, workshops, classes, and special events.
The 2nd Thursday of each month come to Market Street Commons in historic downtown Mt Carroll for Five Minutes of Fame on Market & Main – Open Mic Night featuring Music, Poetry and Storytelling. Come out to perform or listen and while there take time to enjoy the coffee, lattes, gourmet cookies, sandwiches & more!
The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge sponsor free Monthly Bird Walks/Drives the 2nd Saturday of each month throughout the year. Participants will meet at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center located at 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, unless notified otherwise. Transportation for the event is provided. The areas we visit will depend upon current weather conditions and water levels of the Mississippi River and surrounding small waterways. Bring your binoculars and your camera. Binoculars and field guides will be available for loan if you do not have them. When weather permits we will be incorporating our new eight passenger golf cart, available for those with mobility challenges, into some of the bird walks on the refuge. Go to the website for full details. www.sumriver.org (http://www.sumriver.org)
The annual Friends of the Windmill plant sale will be at the old fire station building (Robert Fulton Commons) on the corner of 4th Street and 10th Avenue in Fulton on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 8am to Noon. Are some of your plants too crowded and need to be split? Do you have a plant that you just don't like anymore? Bring them to the sale and we will find a new home for them. Plants can be brought in plastic pots, plastic bags, or card board flats. If you need advice on digging up plants, please contact Judy at 815-589-4101 or Carol at 815-589-2174. Plants may be brought to the old fire station on Friday evening, May 10, from 4pm to 7pm. The plant sale is organized by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Friends of the Windmill. All profits from the sale will be given to the Friends of the Windmill for the beautification of the Windmill Area.
Fun For The Whole Family! Raffles, Kids Games, Temporary Tattoo's, Face Painting, DJ Music, Silent Auction & Much More!! Held in the ShopKo Homestore parking lot – 251 S 4th St, Savanna.
Fancy Nancy Day! will be Saturday, May 11th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Polo Public Library,302 West Mason Street, Polo. This event is for Fancy Nancy fans ages 5-12. We'll makedazzling headbands to match our outstanding outfits and model our creations in a fabulousfashion show. For more information call 815-946-2713. Registration is required.
Travel down Rt 52 to Sublette for their annual CRUISE N SHOW. No classes or judging, just tire kicking and car talk. 4-7 pm.
The Oregon Chamber Spring Wine Tasting Event will be held Saturday May, 11th from 5-8pm at Oak Lane of Oregon located at 3261 S Daysville Rd, Oregon. Join them for an evening of relaxation, entertainment and fun! Sample top notch wines, specialty beers, and delicious appetizers from local wineries and restaurants. Tickets are $20 which includes 12 tasting tickets and an etched wine glass. Contact the chamber office for ticket information.
The May Second Saturdays Art Happening in Dixon will be held Saturday, May 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on First Street, in Dixon between Hennepin and Galena Avenues. Small businesses host a variety of artists and musicians for an evening of art and music. For all the details go to their website second-Saturdays.com815-285-3496email at
Ideas to help you have a heart healthy Memorial Day will be presented byMarilyn Csernus, Nutrition & Wellness Educator from University of Illinois Extension,at Polo Public Library, 302 West Mason Street, Polo on Thursday, May 16th from6:00 – 7:00 pm. The class will include a cooking demonstration as well as recipesand ideas for healthier eating. For more information call 815-946-2713.Seating is limited; registration is required.
Open stage acoustic music featuring gospel, folk, country, blues & bluegrass. Always held at 7pm the 3rd Friday of each month at the HI Lincoln Bldg in downtown Franklin Grove. Free admission but donations accepted.
Come to Franklin Grove for the Lincoln Hwy Car Show! Registration for all classes from 10a-2p. Point judging - prizes awarded for best car, truck and motorcycle plus other unique awards. Music by 3-D Sound. Food stands available.
Discussion of The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill at Polo Public Library, 302 WestMason Street, Polo will be held on Monday, May 20th from 1:30-2:30 pm. Copies ofthe book will be available one month prior to book club meeting date. For moreinformation call 815-946-2713.
Music will abound as you wander the wonderful art offerings, browse the shops, dine and drink in Downtown Sterling for Fourth Fridays...Where People and the Arts Collide. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. and featuring locations throughout Downtown Sterling. For more information, go to the website for a downloadable map and a full listing of each month's featured events.
Visit scenic Mt. Carroll for their annual Mayfest celebration held on the campus of Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. Continuous headline music all weekend on the main stage plus juried art show, classic car show on Sunday , unique art vendors, kids activities and so much more!
Brass Quintet at Savanna Museum & Cultural Center on May 31st starting at 7pm. The Savanna Museum and Cultural Center will present an evening of music, featuring area musicians. The Museum is located at 406 Main St. Savanna. Suggested donation: $5.00