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Top 5 things to do this weekend, Nov. 16-18, 2018

November 15, 2018 GMT

Hometown Holidays

ROCK FALLS – The annual Hometown Holidays celebration features the lighting of the Love Light Tree at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Love Light parking lot at First Avenue and First Street. Names of loved ones will be read aloud before the Uptown Christmas Walk begins at 6 p.m. downtown. Santa, Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, and Elsa and Anna of “Frozen” fame will visit with princesses and superheroes at a Frozen Wonderland.

Businesses will be open until 8 p.m., and there will be vendor booths, entertainment, carollers, art displays, and other free activities, including a selfie booth and horse-drawn wagon rides. A prize of $1,000 will be given away at the end of the night.


The Twin Cities Holiday parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fourth Avenue and Fourth Street in Sterling and ends Merrill Elementary School, 600 Fourth Ave. in Rock Falls, with a children’s party from 2 to 3 p.m. where there will be free photos with Santa, live reindeer, treats, and games.

Go to rockfallschamber.com, call 815-625-4500, or find Hometown Holidays on Facebook for more information.

The Nutcracker

STERLING – The Woodlawn Arts Academy’s production of “The Nutcracker” begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

The classic ballet features dancers ages 6 to adult from Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon, Morrison and Milledgeville who take dance classes at Woodlawn Dance Academy and other Sauk Valley area studios.

Tickets cost $10 and are available at the box office, 815-622-3248 or from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at centennialauditorium.org.

Model trains and farm toys

PRINCETON – The 11th annual Northern Illinois Model Train Fair and Farm Toy Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St.

There will be several large model railroad layouts operating, including N Scale and Lionel trains, all scales of trains and equipment, farm and other new and used toys for sale.

Admission is $10 for ages 11 and older.

The Princeton Christmas Open House also will be going on downtown.

Go to www.bureaucountyfair.com or call 815-866-3606 for more information.

For the tots

STERLING – A fundraiser for Whiteside County Toys for Tots will be held Sunday at Sterling Moose Family Center, 2601 E. Lincolnway.

Doors open at noon, and there will be 50-50 raffles, food sales a bake sale, a silent auction and face painting and hair coloring. The bands Problem Child, New Shoes and the American Legion Jammers will play, and a DJ will perform.


Contact Terol McCarty at terolburtlow@hotmail.com or 815-441-3655 for raffle tickets or more information.

Festival 56 loves pianos

PRINCETON – Festival 56 presents “I Love a Piano” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St.

The show follows a piano through its journey in and out of American lives and includes more than 60 of Irving Berlin’s most loved songs.

Tickets cost $29, $26 for those 65 and older, and $14 for students at www.festival56.com, 815-879-5656, boxoffice@festival56.com or at the box office, from noon to 2 p.m. through Sunday and one hour before each performance.