United Way Annual Chili Cook Off

Saturday, October 07, 2017 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Make your way downtown Saturday October 7th to the United Way of Whiteside County's Chili Cook Off! The site opens for set-up at 7:00 am with the Judging at 11:00 am and at 11:30 am Open to the PUBLIC FOR TASTING~

Chili Tasting Tickets ($5.00) are availiable early at the United Way Office or from any Board Member.

The Hennepin Hundred

Saturday, October 07, 2017
Every Day until October 08, 2017

The Hennepin Hundred is Illinois’ only point-to-point, all-trail ultramarathon, a true Illinois adventure from Sterling, Illinois on the Rock River to Colona, Illinois near the mighty Mississippi, along the historic and beautiful Hennepin Canal.

 

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The Hennepin Hundred

Sunday, October 08, 2017
Every Day until October 08, 2017

The Hennepin Hundred is Illinois’ only point-to-point, all-trail ultramarathon, a true Illinois adventure from Sterling, Illinois on the Rock River to Colona, Illinois near the mighty Mississippi, along the historic and beautiful Hennepin Canal.

 

Click Here to Register Today!

Harvest Moon Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Celebrate Fall at the Harvet Moon Festival hosted by Twin City Farmer's Market. Join us for our Harvest Moon Festival at the Twin City Farmer's Market on Saturday, October 14th from 8 AM until Noon!

  •  Petting Zoo
  • Face Painting
  • Kid's Games & Activities
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Give-Aways

 

Food - Fall - Fun - Family! 

 

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."

-William Cullen Bryant

 

Hops on the Rock

Saturday, October 14, 2017 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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A NEW Craft Beer Festival Event coming to Downtown Sterling!

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Rock Falls Uptown Trick-or-Treat

Friday, October 27, 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Rock Falls Uptown Businesses offer a safe fun way to fill up your young one's candy buckets.....plus there are lots of tricks and treats for adults along the way.  Games, actvities, and festive fun, all in a safe environment.  Our local businesses invite you and your family to join us for the Uptown Trick - or - Treat on October 28th from 4-6pm.  Kids, come dressed for fun, ready for games, activities, and more - ALL FREE!​- -Parking is available in the Uptown area along the streets, or check out the Farmer's Market/Firehouse Museum parking lot located at the corner of 4th Ave and E. 2nd Street.​For more information, visit our website.

 

 

Trick-or-Treating: Rock Falls/Sterling

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Rock Falls Police Department, Sterling Police Department and the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office are encouraging all youngsters in their cities and county to Trick-or-Treat on HALLOWEEN night, October 31st, from 4:30p until 7p.

Parents should instruct their children that trick-or-treating is only allowed at the homes, which have the lights on inviting the children for a treat. Parents are urged to accompany their children. Parents should also know their child's routes, plans and their companions. Parents are reminded that they are responsible for the behavior of their children.

Halloween Safety Recommendations:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective material.
  • Make sure your children can see well through their facemasks.
  • ACCOMPANY your children.
  • Go out in the daylight.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Stay in your own neighborhood and visit only homes you know.
  • Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Examine your child's candy before allowing them to eat it.
  • Drivers are requested to drive 5 mph below the speed limit.

If you should discover anything wrong with the treats brought home, CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY so that other persons can be warned and the responsible person arrested.

Your safety is our concern. Please help our children have a safe and enjoyable evening. Please, always drive safely especially on Halloween.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees Gala

Saturday, November 11, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Celebrate the 28th Festival of Trees and the holiday season at the Gala Evening on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Timber Creek Golf & Banquet in Dixon, IL. Enjoy a cocktail hour with silent auction items, followed by dinner with a live and dessert auction, all benefitting hospice services in the Sauk Valley area. For more information or to make a reservation, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley 28th Annual Festival of Trees

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Day until November 18, 2017

The 28th Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 14-19. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley 28th Annual Festival of Trees

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Day until November 18, 2017

The 28th Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 14-19. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley 28th Annual Festival of Trees

Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Day until November 18, 2017

The 28th Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 14-19. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley 28th Annual Festival of Trees

Friday, November 17, 2017 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Day until November 18, 2017

The 28th Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 14-19. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

Sights and Sounds of Sterling | Downtown Christmas Walk

Friday, November 17, 2017 5:00 pm
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Visit Dale Park as it is transformed into Santa’s Workshop for the evening for visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photos and children’s activities.

Wander the businesses of Downtown Sterling for shopping and dining specials, a variety of activities and entertainment, open houses and refreshments. 

At 8 PM gather at the Library Plaza Christmas Tree (at the corner of Locust & 4th Streets) for a very special tree lighting and watch as the Sterling Theater Tower glows red, white and green for the season!

Watch for more event details to come beginning in October 2017!

Hospice of the Rock River Valley 28th Annual Festival of Trees

Saturday, November 18, 2017 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Day until November 18, 2017

The 28th Hospice of the Rock River Valley Festival of Trees features decorated trees and holiday items, a Country Store, Table Settings, Silent Auction Items, Entertainment and more. The Festival of Trees will be held at Northland Mall in Sterling, Nov. 14-19. For more information, or to find out how you can participate, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.

Twin Cities Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:00 pm
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The Twin Cities Holiday Parade steps off at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 18th in Sterling and ends at Merrill School in Rock Falls.

For more information in being a part of the parade, please contact the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-625-2400.  Look for registration information in early October.

Sights and Sounds of Sterling | Community Concert

Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Join us for a FREE Community Concert Thursday evening, November 30, 2017 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Big Red Church (First Congregational) at the corner of 2nd Avenue & 4th Street in Downtown Sterling.

This free concert features performances by individuals, small groups, churches and organizations from throughout the community. Enjoy refreshments after the program.

If you would like to take part in the Community Concert, please contact Janet at the Big Red Church at 815-625-5112 for more information.

Hennepin Canal Spring Cleanup

Monday, April 23, 2018 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm
April 23, 2018

Events RRDA Hennepin Canal Clean up 2016

The Rock River Development Authority will be hosting its annual Hennepin Canal Spring Cleanup on Saturday April 23rd, 2016 @ 1:00PM with orientation at 12:45PM.  Let's help keep the Hennepin Canal Beautiful whether you walk on two or four legs. smile face cut out

Rock River Development Authority

Earth Day is Friday April 22nd. "When it comes to the Earth, there is no time to waste".