Top 5 things to do this weekend: Jan. 26-28, 2018

January 26, 2018

Come hear some Diamond cuts

DIXON – Denny Diamond will play the hits of Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash and others during a free show from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Books on First, 202 W. First St.

Denny Svehla has 20-plus years under his baritone belt covering the classics by legendary musicians. His shows are a mix of music, a little comedy and a lot of family fun.Go to dennydiamond.com to learn more about him.

Find Books on First on Facebook or call 815-285-2665 for more information.

Vendor and craft fair will help families

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce ambassadors are sponsoring a vendor and craft fair from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Community Building, 601 W. 10th St.

Crafts, clothing, jewelry, and beauty products will be sold from 25 to 30 vendors, such as LuLaRoe, Scentsy, and doTerra. There also will be samples and giveaways.

Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the chamber’s efforts to help families in need during the holidays.

Call 815-590-7249 for more information.

A musical night at the museum

BYRON – The Byron Museum of History’s first Soundtrack Dance Party will crank up tunes from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 110 N. Union St.

People are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie character from these decades.

Admission is $5.

Go to byronmuseum.org or call 815-234-5031 for more information.

All aboard for art and history

OREGON – A local author will bring art and history alive Saturday.

Oregon author Beth Simeone will talk about he book, “The Art of Oregon,” show newly discovered photos of the Black Hawk statue to the public for the first time, and read letters written by its sculptor at 10 a.m. at the Oregon Depot Museum, 518 N. Fourth St..

The newly discovered collection of Black Hawk photos were taken by sculptor John Parson in 1946 when he was repairing the Eternal Indian statue after lightening struck its head.Letters he wrote from while working on the statue also will be read.

Have a ball in Polo

POLO – The Polo Area Community Theatre will host its fourth annual Masquerade Ball from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Polo Town Hall, 117. N. Franklin Ave.

The town hall will be transformed into a ballroom for a night of dance, music and fun. There will be a photo booth, henna tattoo artist, jelly bean count, raffles, an auction, and more. Food – with the always popular chocolate fountain – will be served from 7:15 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10 a piece or $15 for couples through Friday at polotheatre.org/specialevents.html, or at Polo Sub Stop, 190 W. Mason St. After that, they’re$15 a piece and $20 for couples at the door.

Formal wear and masks are required; masks can be rented a $1 or purchased for $2.