• Beert Family String Band to perform at Rockton church Dec. 1

    Online Staff Report ROCKTON, Ill. — The Beert Family String Band, a family trio that plays cello, piano and violin, will perform Sunday, Dec. 1, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Valley, 329 School St., Rockton, Ill....

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Mr. Blotto to perform at Rosbrook Studio in Dixon Nov. 30

    Online Staff Report DIXON, Ill. — In an effort to celebrate its Third Anniversary Jam on “Shop Small Business Saturday” Nov. 30, Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave., in Dixon, Ill., will host the regionally acclaimed rock...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • ‘Tales of the Yuletide’ offered in northwestern Illinois theaters

    Online Staff Report HANOVER, Ill. — Back Street Players, in conjunction with Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition, will present Tales of the Yuletide, a lighthearted collection of holiday skits and songs. Theatergoers will delight in the amusing antics...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • The Children’s Holiday Shoppe opens in The Market Place Mall

    Online Staff Report The Children’s Holiday Shoppe — a Children’s Home + Aid/MotherHouse Crisis Nursery fund-raiser — opened its doors at The Market Place Mall, 5846 E. State St., next to Hancock Fabrics in Rockford, with a...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Etsy artists offer Holiday Market Nov. 30 at Hilton Garden Inn

    Staff Report The Rockford Etsy Team, a self-organized group of artists and fine crafters who sell on the online Etsy platform, will host their first Holiday Market on “Small Business Saturday” Nov. 30. This event will showcase...

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  • Black Friday Skate special at Carlson Ice Arena Nov. 29

    Online Staff Report LOVES PARK, Ill. — Enjoy some fun exercise with family or friends at a new four-hour Black Friday Skate special indoor ice skating session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, at...

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  • Literary Hook: ‘Christmas Reflection’ — a poem celebrating the simplicity of the holiday

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet For men and women “of a certain age,” Christmas comes packed with memories. Sometimes the season is so “thick” that the urge to simplify takes over. Here is a poem that...

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  • ‘A Classic Christmas’ takes stage in Byron beginning Nov. 29

    Staff Report BYRON, Ill. — Byron Civic Theatre (BCT) will ring in the holiday season with the classic rock sounds of the 1950s and 1960s in A Classic Christmas. The music of The Beach Boys, Motown, classic...

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  • Blues Across the Ages at JustGoods Nov. 29

    Staff Report JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., Rockford, will host Blues Across the Ages beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29. The free show is a special event featuring outstanding blues players as young as 13, backed by...

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  • ‘Uncanny Science’ featured at Discovery Center Nov. 29-30

    Online Staff Report Experience “Uncanny Science” at Discovery Center Museum during Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29-30. The museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day and resume regular hours Friday, Nov. 29. Witness weird reactions and explore crazy things that...

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