Top 5 things to do this weekend
Blues in the Grove
FRANKLIN GROVE – It's the third Friday of the month. That means it's Blues and Bluegrass night at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. Open stage acoustic gospel, folk, country, blues and bluegrass will be performed, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the historic building.
Shop Small this weekend
Buy something nice from a local retailer or restaurant participating in Shop Small Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. on, well, Saturday. More than 30 businesses in the Sauk Valley will be having specials, button deals, and cultural events. Go to saukvalleyshopsmall.org for more details.
Help finish the fight with chili
ROCK FALLS – There will be a Relay for Life Chili Cook Off from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rock Falls American Legion, 712 Fourth Ave. Taste test, then cast your vote for who has the best chili in Whiteside County. There will be food, entertainment, prizes, and information about this summer's Relay for Life event. Tickets are $1, or $5 for six. One ticket gets you a taste, three tickets a bowl of chili.
A cure for cabin fever
DIXON – Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave., is having a Cure for Cabin Fever celebration with music and art Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. The music begins at 8 p.m. with a set from Acoustic Circus Band members, followed by Arbor Creek and Lunch with Pedro.
Play date at the pub
STERLING – Cochran's Pub, 13464 Galt Road, will be the site Saturday of a fundraising effort for a proposed dog park in Sterling. The organizers are inviting people and their dogs to the pub for a play date from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event proceeds will go to the group raising money for the dog park. Admission is $5 per dog.