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Top 5 things to do this weekend: Jan. 5-7, 2018

January 5, 2018 GMT

Carnival time in Amboy

AMBOY – The Lee County 4-H Federation will host a free Winter Fest from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds, 1196 Franklin Road.

There will be penny carnival games and other games, and hot cocoa and popcorn will be served.

In the event of substantial snow, the festival will be moved to Jan. 20. Find “Winter Fest hosted by Lee County 4-H Federation” on Facebook for updates.

Call 815-857-3525 or email kbook@illinois.edu for more information.

Band channels its talent into TV

STERLING – The Sterling Municipal Band’s 24th annual pops concert will be 7 p.m. Friday at Abiding Word Church, 806 E. Lynn Blvd.

The municipal free band’s show will include selections from TV shows from the ’40s to the ’90s, including “Howdy Doody,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “I Love Lucy,” and more.

Special guest Acromusical will perform a musical selection with the band, plus provide intermission entertainment.

Call Jon James at 815-622-1681 for more information.

A musical Moose in Mount Morris

MOUNT MORRIS – The First Fridays Open Stage music show has a new home.

The monthly event is moving to the Mount Morris Moose Family Center, 101 Moose Drive.

Times haven’t changed – registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the show at 7, and each musician or band performs for 15 minutes. Instruments are acoustic and a professional sound system is provided. There’ll be country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, and soft rock. Food and beverages will be sold.

Admission is by donation. Call 815-973-0942 for more information.

See the flights and sights

CLINTON, Iowa – With Saturday’s “heat wave” serving up temperates in the mid-30s, it’s not a bad time to feast your eyes on some haliaeetus leucocephalus – or as the rest of us call ’em: the bald eagle.

The 34th annual bald eagle watch is Saturday, with outdoor viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lock and Dam 13, about 4 miles north of Fulton off state Route 84, and live bird and nature programs and exhibits from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd. There’s free shuttle service from the college to the viewing area, and naturalists will be on hand to answer questions.

Go to shawurl.com/37ja for a brochure, or call Thomson Ranger office: 815-259-3628.

At The Next Picture Show

DIXON – The 14th annual Regional Survey of Art Exhibition will be on display from Friday through Feb. 24 at the gallery, 113 W. First St. The exhibition features more than 70 works of art from 38 artists.

Awards will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at a reception, with ENCORE, featuring Chuck and Beverly Kearns of Mount Morris, providing music.

Paul Kuehl will show his work through Jan. 15.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Go to thenextpictureshow.org or call 815-285-4924 for more information.