Monday, January 16, 2012

Lunch and Learn highlights this week's updates

Greetings from Main Street ...
The January Lunch and Learn is this week on Wednesday, January 18 at Noon at the Post House Ballroom. The program will be by John Thompson, who will give us an update on LCIDA and the Chamber of Commerce. Lunch will be by Baker Street and it is sponsored by Kitzmans. Cost is just $3 per person.

We are also continuing the Reagan Oral History Project that began last year. Rev. Scott Porter is conducting interviews at the Dixon Historic Center on Thursday mornings. If you would like to share a story of Ronald Reagan, please contact the DMS office at 288-2308.

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
Feb. 4 -- Coming up on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Post House Ballroom will be Dixon Main Street's annual Gala Celebration this year themed Classic Hollywood. Come walk the red carpet, enjoy music by Cirque du Swing with vocals by Kathy Cecchetti, take your chances at our live and silent auction and enjoy a great evening in a beautiful and historic setting. Basil Tree will be catering the event and Wildflower Picks will be setting up a photo op for everyone to enjoy. We will announce our Volunteer of the Year winner, along with the naming of our latest Cornerstone Award winners, which is like DMS's Hall of Fame. Tickets are just $25 per person or $200 for a sponsored table of 8. Dinner is included. Space is limited so make your reservation early.

Feb. 7 -- Shop Talk at Books on First from 5- 6 p.m. Join area merchants in this informal get-together to talk about issues effecting local businesses. A great networking opportunity to learn from your peers. Last month we had a great discussion on New Year's Business Resolutions and how it is important to step back from our business and view them from the customer's perspective. For the February, the Topic Du Jour will be Perspectives: How Businesses are perceived by Owners, Employees and the Public. Free refreshments thanks to Books on First and C&N Supply!

Save the Dates
April 11 -- Founders Day
April 27-28 -- Community-Wide Garage Sales
May 24 -- 5th Annual DMS Golf Outing

Volunteers Needed! As the new year begins, so does work on the countless events and activities held by DMS. We have 4 committees that work on a variety of projects through the year and each committee meets just once a month. If you are interested in helping on a committee in 2012, please contact Josh at 288-2308 or email

If you haven't had a chance to Like our Facebook page yet, here's the link:

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
Jan. 21 -- Knight of Wine and Beer Tasting, Dixon Knights of Columbus, 6-9 p.m. Call 994-1368 for details. Cost is $15.
Jan. 31 -- Dixon Chamber's Annual Citizen of the Year banquet at Timber Creek, 6 p.m. Some of the honorees include: Ann Lewis, Kelly Sullivan, and the Dixon Knights of Columbus.
Feb. 6 -- Bottom Line Duo will be performing Monday, February 6, at the Historic Dixon Theatre as part of Sauk Valley Community Concert Association's 20th Anniversary season. For information go to
Feb. 11 -- Second Saturdays in downtown Dixon, 6-midnight. Check out the extended hours!
Feb. 20 -- Presidents Day Luncheon at the Dixon Historic Center presented by the Dixon Riverfront. The luncheon will included a short program and music by Jazzy Jeff. The museum will be open for tours.

FYI -- The Dixon Flash Soccer Club and the Dixon YMCA Soccer Program are looking for nicely used/worn soccer shoes, shin guards, balls, and other equipment to share with the kids during the spring soccer season. This is a great way to clean out your closet and help others with the cost of equipment. For details or to make a donation, contact Kathy at 815-677-0994.

FYI -- The Sauk Valley Shop Small movement didn't get left behind in the wake of holiday activities and discarded wrapping paper. You can still shop local all year long. Check out the great website that Griffin Computer put together for the businesses that joined forces for this great movement

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