Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 Events Calendar is Taking Shape

April 2 -- Community Expo and Home Show
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Held at Kitzmans Lumber in downtown Dixon. The show features more than 40 area businesses and organizations. Free prizes, give-aways and more.

April 11 -- Founder's Day
Time: TBA
A celebration of the history and heritage of the city of Dixon. Highlights include a special program and extended hours for the Loveland Museum.

April 16 -- Community-wide Garage Sale
Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Garage sale hunters can enjoy this community garage sale. Stop by the riverfront for lunch during a busy day of garage sales.

May 7 -- Reagan Criterium and Fitness Fest presented by Green River Adventure Sports
Time: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A day full of professional bike races in downtown Dixon. Also included will be the first-ever Fitness Fest and 2k Run/Walk.

June 30 - July 3 -- Dixon Petunia Festival
This annual event is the BIG celebration of the year. Featuring a carnival, parade, fireworks, live music, Reagan Run 5K and much more. Go to www.petuniafestival.org.

Aug. 9-14 -- Reagan Trail Days presented by Midland States Bank
A week filled with events to honor our hometown president! For a full listing and more information, go online to www.reagantraildays.net.
Aug. 9-- wine tasting at Reagan Home
Aug. 10 -- ice cream social on the Riverfront
Aug. 11 -- Lowell Park Pontoon Rides/Mid-Way Theatre show
Aug. 12 -- Taste of Dixon on the Riverfront from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
August 13 -- Taste of Dixon all day/music/beer garden/Pontoberfest
Augusut 14 -- bike ride

Sept. 24 -- Scarecrow Festival presented by Hicks Insurance
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The 15th annual fall festival in downtown Dixon, featuring games, entertainment, scarecrow contests, hayrides, doggy zoo, pumpkin painting and much more.

Dec. 2-3 -- Christmas Walk Presented by the Dixon Chamber of Commerce
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The annual holiday tradition for the whole family featuring horse and wagon rides, the Great Snowball Drop, crafts, games, Santa and more.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Notes ...

It may not feel like the holidays today, but Downtown Dixon is already
ringing in the holiday cheer. The many stores have their holiday
decorations starting to go up, the riverfront put up some lights and
Hennepin Ave. got the star treatment thanks to several volunteers last
Friday and some generous businesses. Big thanks to Wendler Engineering,
Audio Video Connection, Wedding Whims and Bill and Dicks. And thanks to
Scott Brown, Dennis Turner, Nicole Bollman, and Mitch Tucker for helping
to put up the decorations.

And just one big note this week ...
The annual Christmas Walk presented by Dixon Main Street and the Dixon
Chamber of Commerce is Friday, Dec. 3 from 6-9 p.m. The Great Snowball
Drop will be held at 7 p.m. and all the classic events will be taking
place: Horse and Wagon Rides, business give-aways, and much more. On
Saturday, come back downtown for the Breakfast with Santa event at the
Post House Ballroom and LCCOA from 8-11 a.m. And the Municipal Band
concert that evening at the Historic Dixon Theatre at 7 p.m. Get more
details and a map at www.dixonil.com/mainstreet.

That night, DMS will be drawing our raffle winner. Check out our raffle
board at Snyder's to see how high the pot is growing! And speaking of
Snyder's, they are helping us with our Orange Fundraiser. If you haven't
ordered your oranges yet, email me today!

Finally, don't forget to shop local this holiday season. And this
Saturday is being promoted as Small Business Saturday across the
country. Take part and shop local!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Moment -- Nov. 8

If you attended the Second City this past Saturday night, I would bet that you are still laughing about some of the skits. For the second year in a row, the Second City comedy group did a fantastic job of turning the Historic Dixon Theatre into a laugh riot! Thanks to the theatre, especially Tom Elmendorf, for a great collaboration with Dixon Main Street to bring this show to Dixon. And thanks to Trein's Jewelry, Venier's Jewelry and Crystal Cork for helping to sell pre-show tickets and to WIXN, WSDR and The Telegraph for all their advertising help!

1) Dixon Main Street's Lunch and Learn program for November will be a preview of the Regan Centennial Celebrations by Ann Lewis. The program is at the Post House Ballroom on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Noon. Caterer will be Snow White Bakery and the Sponsor is Community State Bank. Admission is $3 and includes lunch.

2) The annual Christmas Walk sponsored by Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Chamber of Commerce is coming up on Friday, Dec. 3 from 6-9 p.m. The evening will feature the Great Snowball Drop at 7 p.m. with a chance to win cash and prizes! There will also be horse and wagon rides, Kitzman's Warming Center, plenty of hot chocolate and cookies and much much more!

Important Message Alert! Don't you love oranges? Well, have I got news for you. Dixon Main Street is once again holding our ORANGE-raiser fundraiser. We are partnering with Snyder's and Blue Freedom to provide the community with fresh, delicious oranges and grapefruits for the holiday season. Check out the attached order form for all the details.

3) The People's Economic Development Project will have it's first informational meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. The public is invited to come and learn about the project, including details on getting the downtown on the National Register of Historic Places.

And a few more quick notes ...
- Alzheimer's Association Candlelight Ceremony will on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Alzheimer's Association office, 93 S. Hennepin Ave. Call 285-1100 for details.
- It's official, Mama Cimino's will be showcasing their new banquet room on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 4-7 p.m. Come enjoy free hors d'oeuvres and get a sneak preview of this new facility in the downtown.
- I got my Dixon Chamber of Commerce newletter in the mail today and they have started taking nominees for their annual Citizen of the Year banquet. If you have someone that you would like to nominate, contact the Chamber office at 284-3361.
- Speaking of the Historic Dixon Theatre, don't forget about the Geneva Red and the Roadsters blues show on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and it is a fundraiser for the Honor Flight Veterans.
- The Next Picture Show will feature a holiday performance by the Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. The chorus has been singing locally for 57 years!
- Second Saturdays is coming up on Nov. 13! Check the website www.second-saturdays.com to see everything that is scheduled.
- Support local restaurants and bars while helping the United Way of Lee County reach this year's campaign goal! Participating restaurants have each selected a day and will donate a percentage of that day's sales to the United Way of Lee County! See the schedule below ...
The One and Only Nikos': November 8th (TODAY)
Salamandra's: November 9th
Bogey's Bar: November 10th
Mama Cimino's: November 11th
The Stables: November 12th (7-10pm)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Moment

Happy November to everyone!
We had a great Halloween weekend in downtown Dixon with the first-ever Monster Pancake Breakfast at the Post House Ballroom serving 225 people. Thanks to Lee County Council on Aging for co-hosting the event with DMS and to our sponsors Mama Cimino's, Fifth Third Bank, McDonald's and Astro-Ven. And thanks to all the volunteers that made it happen. After the breakfast, the Lions Club held their annual parade through the downtown streets. Later that night, I saw plenty of great costumes while I was downtown.

1) We are just a few short days away from the funniest night of the year when Second City comes to town for a the Dysfunctional Holiday Review. If you love Saturday Night Live, you won't want to miss the Second City at the Historic Dixon Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets now at Trein's, Venier's or Crysal Cork, or call the DMS office at 288-2308. Tickets are $20 in advance or $15 if you have a group of 5 or more. Tickets are $25 at the door. Wear your best holiday sweater for a chance to win a prize!

2) Second Saturdays is coming up on Nov. 13! Check the website www.second-saturdays.com to see everything that is scheduled.

3) The fundraising reception for the John Dixon statue was a big success at the Crystal Cork last Thursday night. A nice crowd came out to see the unveiling of the table-top bronze sculpture.Thanks to Crystal Cork and to Basil Tree for their help that evening. Three of the table-top bronze statues are now accounted for and only 7 remain. Please consider a donation to this great public arts project!

And a few quick notes ...
- Mama Cimino's is gearing up for a big announcement and a party next week. Stay tuned for details!
- We are making progress on our People's Economic Development Project for the downtown. An information meeting on the possible downtown historic district designation, as well as, information on the project will be given at an informational meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building.
- John DeLong, owner of JSalon, had quite possibly the best decorated house for Halloween I have ever seen!
- The next Lunch and Learn program is Nov. 17 at noon at the Post House Ballroom at Noon. Guest speaker is Ann Lewis to discuss the Reagan Centennial plans for 2011.
- Support local restaurants and bars while helping the United Way of Lee County reach this year's campaign goal! Participating restaurants have each selected a day and will donate a percentage of that day's sales to the United Way of Lee County! See the schedule below ...
McDonald's in Dixon: November 1st
Culver's in Dixon: November 2nd (5pm-8pm)
The One and Only Nikos': November 8th
Salamandra's: November 9th
Bogey's Bar: November 10th
Mama Cimino's: November 11th
The Stables: November 12th (7-10pm)
Dairy Queen: November 13th
The Brandywine: November 14th (Brunch)
Tipsy's: November 15th (Starting at 6pm)
Touch of Thai: November 17th
Arthur's Garden Deli in Dixon: November 19th

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MONSTER BREAKFAST set for Oct. 30

Dixon Main Street and the Lee County Council on Aging will host a Monster Breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Post House Ballroom. Guests will be greeted by costumed characters and they will enjoy a breakfast buffet by Mama Cimino's. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and you get a $1 off when you come in costume.

Dixon Main Street executive director Josh Albrecht said he expects the event to be a fun way to enjoy Halloween in downtown Dixon as the annual Dixon Noon Lions annual Halloween Parade follows the breakfast at 10 a.m.

"With the Monster Breakfast and the annual Lions' Halloween Parade being held the same morning, this is a great opportunity for area families to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun way," Albrecht said.

The Monster Breakfast is being served buffet-style by Mama Cimino's, which recently started serving Sunday brunch. The breakfast will feature several breakfast items including, eggs, sausage and pancakes. McDonald's will be providing orange drink for the kids. Fifth Third Bank and Astro-Ven Distributors are also sponsoring the event. Proceeds from the event will go to support activities and programs for Dixon Main Street and the LCCOA.

The annual Noon Lions Halloween Parade also includes a costume contest with judging starting at 9:30 a.m. at Haymarket Square. All participants in the parade receive a treat bag donated by local businesses, Dixon High School Leo Club and the Noon Lions.

For more information, call 288-2308 or email mainst@grics.net.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chili Cook-off and Bags Tournament


Last year, Bright Beginnings Daycare took home first-place at the Dixon Main Street Chili Cook-off. And the People’s Choice went to Alley Loop for the second year in a row. Chili cookers from throughout the Sauk Valley area have a chance to knock these two champions off their pedestal during the 3nd Annual Dixon Main Street Chili Cook-off on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The cook-off will be held in the Beanblossom parking lot from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration ends Oct. 24 and cost to enter is $25. Forms can be found online at www.dixonil.com/mainstreet or at the Main Street office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave.

“We had a lot of great chili to eat last year,” Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street, said. “With more than 500 people tasting the chili, Alley Loop definitely earned their People’s Choice Award”

The contest will have cash prizes for First, Second and Third Place. There also will be awards for People’s Choice and Showmanship. There will be secret judges for the top prizes. Set-up for the event will begin at 8 a.m. as all cooks are required to prepare their entire chili at the event because of Health Department guidelines.

Not only will there be chili, but new this year will be the addition of a salsa contest. Cost to enter the salsa contest is $25. Judges will decide and award a Best in Show prize to the top salsa creator.

Bean Bag Toss stations will be set up for tournament play. Registration for the Bean Bag Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with play beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per team and prizes will be awarded.

Admission to the Chili Cook-off is $3 per person and admission includes tasting tickets for the chili. The event is open to all ages. For more information on the Chili Cook-off, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

The Beanblossom Parking Lot will be closed to cars starting at 6 a.m. Sunday morning to accommodate the Chili Cookoff. The cook-off is sponsored by The Stables, Drifters, Alley Loop and Zero's.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Second City is coming back to Dixon!

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre The Second City will appear at the Historic Dixon Theatre in downtown Dixon at 7:30 p.m.. The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue delivers healthy dose of seasonal satire with holiday film classics, family gatherings, improvised Christmas Carols, even Joseph and Mary – nothing is too sacred for a show that is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows.

"This is the second year in a row that we have brought The Second City to Dixon for a show, and we couldn't be more excited for the event," Dixon Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said. "This is top-notch comedy. I guarantee you will not stop laughing the entire night."

Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest. Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of American comedy, as it includes: Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, Ryan Stiles and countless others.

Not only will an evening with The Second City provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but they will also have the opportunity to see hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation – all with a special holiday slant. It’s a fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style and wit – where even Rudolph is fair game.

"This is a great night of entertainment at a fraction of what it would cost you to travel into Chicago for a show," Albrecht said. "With our great restaurants in downtown Dixon, you can really make a night of it with this event. And best of all, we have free parking in downtown Dixon."

Tickets for The Second City are $20 each, $15 each for groups of 5 or more, and can be purchased at Venier's Jewelry, Trein's Jewelry and the Crystal Cork in downtown Dixon. Or you can order by phone by calling 815-288-2308
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

John Dixon Statue Fundraiser


Oct. 11, 2010


A fundraising reception will be held at the Crystal Cork on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. in support of the Dixon Main Street Public Arts Project. That evening, the public will be able to talk with the artist, view the table-top bronze statue of John Dixon, learn about the project and help support this great project to honor Dixon's founding father. Admission is free for the fundraising reception, but donations will be accepted.

Dixon Main Street executive director Josh Albrecht said he is excited to showcase the table top bronze version of the John Dixon statue that artist Michael McNammara of Grand Detour has been working on.

"With the table top bronze, we are one step closer to making this statue a reality in downtown Dixon," Albrecht said. "Now we need the community's support to take the next step and have the life-sized version completed."

In the spring of 2009, Dixon Main Street’s Design Committee launched a statue project that would focus on honoring and remembering the founders of Dixon. The project’s announcement coincided with the annual Founders’ Day celebration that pays tribute to the people that helped to lay the foundation of what Dixon is today.

In an effort to honor the first resident, the committee settled upon raising the money to honor Father John Dixon in a life-sized bronze statue that would be set in downtown Dixon. The plan was to honor the story of John Dixon coming to the downtown as an elderly man to sit and visit with the people of the community.

Now, a year and a half later, the committee is working on getting the funding secured for this great project. Many have donated their spare change and one donor has given a significant donation to get the ball rolling.

The table top version has been cast in bronze for a limited edition series of 10 pieces. As part of the fundraising effort, those 10 bronzes will be given to the first 10 donors giving $3,000 or more to the project. Only eight of the table top bronze statues are still available. Also, as part of the fundraising reception on Oct. 28, the Crystal Cork will donate 10 percent of their sales that evening to the statue project.

"The table top bronze is a magnificent piece. I can't wait to see the life-sized sculpture completed and in downtown Dixon," Albrecht said.

Donations to the statue project can be made to Dixon Main Street, 115 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, IL 61021. Dixon Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For more information, call 288-2308 or email mainst@grics.net.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Class Act to Perform at Historic Dixon Theatre

Class Act Big Band is set to perform at the Historic Dixon Theatre on Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Historic Dixon Theatre and Dixon Main Street. As part of the show, 22 area musicians are set to perform, along with the Morrison-based group the Arkansas Connection.

Class Act will perform a "Coast to Coast Musical Journey Across America" featuring big band hits such as "New York, New York", "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "My Kind of Town, Chicago" and "Kansas City." The band is lead by Ted Fredenhagen of Amboy. Featured singers will be Eileen Quest of Amboy, Angie Harrison of Dixon and Tom Slothower of Sterling.

"This is a great line-up of area musicians and we are delighted to have them together for a unique showcase at the Historic Dixon Theatre," Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street Executive Director said. "The best part is that this is an all-ages show that the whole family can enjoy."

Tickets for the show are just $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Group ticket sales of 10 or more receive a discount. Tickets can be purchased at Trein's Jewelry, Venier's Jewelry, Amboy Pharmacy and the Dixon Main Street office. Tickets also can be ordered by phone at 815-288-2308.

Class Act Musicians
Ted Fredenhagen, Amboy
Eileen Quest, Amboy
Angie Harrison, Dixon
Tom Slothower, Sterling
John James, Sterling
Gary Boyd, Oregon
Milt Olson, Mendota
Dave Johnson, Oregon
Dave Dahl, Polo
Bill Johnson, Stillman Valley
Ron McKeever, Ottawa
Marilyn Younger, LaMoille
Ray Younger, LaMoille
Kathy James, Sterling
Patrick Wilson, Dellvell
Dorry Kingry, Dixon
Greg Myers, Cherry Valley
Brian Weber, Rochelle
The Arkansas Connection, Morrison

Monday, February 8, 2010

DMS to host Community Expo April 10

Dixon Main Street is once again hosting its annual Community Expo and Home Show on Saturday, April 10. This year, the event will be held at Kitzman's Lumber, 411 W. First Street in downtown Dixon. The expo space will be in the indoor lumber yard allowing the event to be held rain or shine. The past two years more than 500 people walked through the expo to learn more about area businesses and organizations. This is a great way to showcase what area businesses or organizations are all about.

"The show is a great opportunity for area businesses and organizations to showcase what they do in the community," Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street, said. "We are excited to offer this great event in downtown Dixon."

The booth spaces are professionally set-up by Valley Expo and are 8 feet by 10 feet. Cost is $150 or $100 for non-profits. More than 40 vendors participated in 2009. Reserve your space today as there is limited space available. To reserve your space, call 815-288-2308 or go online to www.dixonil.com/mainstreet for a registration form.

This year, the Expo will expand to offer more interactive activities for families. One highlight will be Chicago Cubs great Milt Pappas will be on-hand to sign autographs and to talk with fans.

"The annual Expo is developing into a highlight for downtown Dixon each spring. We hope the community takes advantage of this opportunity to learn about their area businesses and organizations while also having fun with our family-friendly activities," Albrecht said.


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2010
• Music by 3D Sound Company
• The Great Drop (A chance for attendees to win great prizes)
• Chance to win a $100 in downtown gift certificates
• Food drive for the Dixon Food Pantry
• Pork Chop Cook-out and games and activities for kids and families
• Autograph signing by Chicago Cubs great Milt Pappas

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Riverfront, Library to be featured at Lunch and Learn

The Dixon Main Street Lunch and Learn program at the Post House Ballroom on Wednesday, January 20 will feature a presentations by the Dixon Riverfront Commission and the Dixon Public Library.

“We really wanted to kick off our 2010 Lunch and Learn series with a bang, so we have asked two community organizations to give us updates on their current projects," Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street Executive Director said.

The program on Dixon's Heritage Crossing Riverfront will be conducted by Michael Svach, Executive Manager of the Riverfront. Svach will give information on public use of the riverfront, upcoming events and future development.

"This year will be the first full year for the riverfront and it is important to inform the community about how they can best utilize this new treasure in the city," Albrecht said.

Also on the agenda will be Lynn Roe, Dixon Public Library Director, who will give information on the library's Big Read program.

The January Lunch and Learn is sponsored by First National Bank in Amboy and is catered by Alley Loop. Admission cost is $3 and includes lunch. The Lunch and Learn program is open to the public and reservations are not required. The program begins at 12 p.m. and normally finishes by 1 p.m.

For more information on the Lunch and Learn program, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

DIXON MAIN STREET PRESS RELEASE

January 12, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street Executive Director – 815-288-2308 / mainst@grics.net

Dixon Riverfront Project, Library's Big Read to highlight January Lunch and Learn Program

The Dixon Main Street Lunch and Learn program at the Post House Ballroom on Wednesday, January 20 will feature a presentations by the Dixon Riverfront Commission and the Dixon Public Library.

“We really wanted to kick off our 2010 Lunch and Learn series with a bang, so we have asked two community organizations to give us updates on their current projects," Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street Executive Director said.

The program on Dixon's Heritage Crossing Riverfront will be conducted by Michael Svach, Executive Manager of the Riverfront. Svach will give information on public use of the riverfront, upcoming events and future development.

"This year will be the first full year for the riverfront and it is important to inform the community about how they can best utilize this new treasure in the city," Albrecht said.

Also on the agenda will be Lynn Roe, Dixon Public Library Director, who will give information on the library's Big Read program.

The January Lunch and Learn is sponsored by First National Bank in Amboy and is catered by Alley Loop. Admission cost is $3 and includes lunch. The Lunch and Learn program is open to the public and reservations are not required. The program begins at 12 p.m. and normally finishes by 1 p.m.

For more information on the Lunch and Learn program, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mini Street Beat

UPCOMING EVENTS
Jan. 20 -- Lunch and Learn at the Post House Ballroom. Open to all and admission is $3 with lunch included. This month, come and learn about the next step at Heritage Crossing, downtown Dixon's Riverfront, from executive manager Michael Svach and learn about Dixon Public Library's Big Read program.

Feb. 20 -- Annual Dixon Main Street Martini Night Volunteer Recognition Celebration. The evening includes the naming of the Volunteer of the Year and the Cornerstone Award. The entertainment this year will be Comedy Hypnosis and a live auction will feature dessert and drink trays, an over-night stay at the Irish Cottage in Galena and the presenting sponsorship for the Main Street Golf Outing. Tickets are just $35 or $250 for a corporate table of 8. Reservations can be made by calling 815-288-2308.

Feb. 27 -- The Next Picture Show is hosting its annual Art for Art's Sake Fundraiser at Ken Nelson Auto Plaza in Dixon from 6-10:30 p.m. Artists will be creating art that night for a live auction at the end of the evening. Appetizers and drinks are included. Cost is $35 per person. For details call NPS at 285-4924.

Free H1N1 Shots available at Health Dept.
The Lee County Health Department has announced the following clinics for the general public.
Date: Tuesday, January 12, from 9:00am – 12:00 noon
Thursday, January 14, from 9:00am – 12:00noon
Location: LCHD Office at 309 S. Galena Ave, Dixon
Vaccine quantities are limited and we will provide shots as long as the vaccine supply allows. There will be no charge for receiving the H1N1 vaccination from the LCHD.

WORD ON THE STREET
- Basil Tree has finished the remodeling of their downstairs dining room. The room is available for special occasion rentals and also will be used for extra space during peak business hours.
- Spurgeon's Bay now features crab legs on their menu. Check out their ever evolving lunch and dinner specials and bring the entire family.
- The One and Only Nikos' helped brighten the spirits of the Litts family whose house caught fire in early December. Nikos' donated $500 after a fundraiser was held for the family at the store.
- Cash 4 Gold is now open at the old Harney TV location on Peoria Avenue.
- Unfortunately, Purse Addiction closed its doors as of Jan. 1. We will miss this great specialty store.

2010 Martini Night

The Black and White Martini Night is back! Dixon Main Street is again hosting a very special evening to recognize the hard working volunteers that make Main Street what it is today!
On Saturday, February 20th, 2010 the Black and White Martini Night Volunteer Recognition Evening will be held at the Post House, and will again embrace the signature cocktail for the evening The Cosmopolitan! Along with evening cocktails, heavy hors d’ oeuvres will be served and items from our local Main Street and Dixon businesses will be auctioned off. As part of the evening festivities, we wholeheartedly cheer for those attending to wear black and white.
The Black and White Martini Night will be taking a different direction this year for entertainment. Instead of the usual humdrum, we have invited a hypnotist. Any partaking with the hypnotist is voluntary, but volunteers are always welcome!
Our classy event will begin at 6pm with warm hors d’ oeuvres and chilled cocktails, then onto the Main Street Volunteer Recognition Awards at 7pm. After the awards, the entertainment and auction will ensue to complete the evening.
Dixon Main Street’s auction will include the Headline Sponsorship Spot for the Annual Dixon Main Street Golf Outing which will happen this coming June. Nevertheless, please do not be discourage if golf is not your cup of tea, for we also will be auctioning off desserts, donated items from Dixon business, and drink trays. For one table of lucky winners, a donated tray of some infamous Bloody Marys are to be auctioned off and can be yours if the price is right!
Ticket prices have been set at $35 per person or $250 per corporate table of 8. Space is limited to 160 people / 20 tables. Pre-selling of tickets has already begun. Please contact the Dixon Main Street office to secure your spot at what is rumored to be the must attend event this spring. For more information, call 815-288-2308.