Monday, May 7, 2012

Art-Cycle highlights this week's updates!

Greetings from Main Street ...
So you think art can only be a pretty picture of a barn or flower?  Guess again!  Second Saturdays Art Happenings and Dixon Main Street team up to bring you, “Art-Cycles’’ a downtown Dixon public art happening featuring artists and area groups that combine creative talents to transform old bicycles into works of art. Bernard Fenwick of the former Green River Adventure Sports worked with Joshua Albrecht of Dixon Main Street to come up with the idea to celebrate Bike Month in a creative way. Bernard donated bicycles from his former shop and both he and Josh coordinated the happening.
 Artists and groups who created ‘’Art-Cycles’’ include:  Kimberly Clark of Byron, Janna Groharing of Sterling, Heather Houzenga of Savannah, Barb Lundeen of Oregon, Vicky Turner of Dixon, Bud LeFevre of Distinctive Gardens, Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group, Dixon Main Street, The Next Picture Show, Books on First, and The Dixon Telegraph.

“Art-Cycles’’ opens on this Second Saturdays and will be on display throughout the month of May.  The works of art will be auctioned off during the June Second Saturdays Street Fair proceeds benefiting Second Saturdays. June Second Saturdays Street Fair will feature regional artists, demonstrations, music, food, and live happenings on June 9, from 3-8 p.m.  There are still booths available and artists interested in showing should contact Courtnie Anderson at 815-288-0990 or email at or find information on the Second Saturdays Facebook page (

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
May 16 -- Lunch and Learn at the Post House Ballroom at Noon. May’s Lunch & Learn program will be The Next Picture Show, its sponsor will be Edward Jones Investments, courtesy of Kim Pettygrove & Chad Weigle, and the caterer will be Mama Cimino's. Cost is just $3.

May 24 -- 5th Annual DMS Golf Outing presented by Sauk Valley Bank at Timber Creek with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Foursomes are just $280 and hole sponsorship is just $100.

June 1 -- Musical Fridays presented by Community State Bank begins. Join us every Friday at Noon on the Riverfront from June - September.

June 5 -- 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. Free refreshments thanks to Books on First and C&N Supply!

June 23 -- Dixon Beer Festival sponsored by the Crystal Cork! Formerly the Dixon Wine Festival, now with a new flavor (don't worry, there will still be wine, too)! The festival will be under the tents on the Riverfront from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Trein's Jewelry, Crystal Cork, and Dixon Main Street. Those purchasing a ticket in advance will receive a complimentary tasting glass and extra tasting tickets. Downtown restaurants will have tasting booths available throughout the night.

Reagan Trail Days Award Nominees Needed!
Nominate a former Dixonite for the annual Reagan Trail Days Gala awards ceremony. Each year, several former Dixonites are recognized for their accomplishments away from home, just as Ronald Reagan went out into the world after growing up in Dixon and had great success. The honorees each year share how Dixon shaped their lives and prepared them for future success. Please email us any suggestions at

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
May 4 - June 1 -- Illinois Watercolor Society National Show at the Next Picture Show.

May 12  – The Champions4Children Walk in conjunction with Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Illinois (CACI) will be held at 10 a.m. at Lowell Park in Dixon. The Walk will raise money, through pledges and sponsorships, for the 38 Children’s Advocacy Centers in Illinois, which serve 95 of the state’s 102 counties. For more information and to register for this exciting event, please visit or contact Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center at 284-1891.

May 17 -- Joe Curia Memorial Golf Outing for the Dixon YMCA.

May 18 -- First Street Pub is hosting a United Way guest bar tending event with all tips received donated to United Way. There will be a DJ and Karaoke

May 18 -- The Dixon Municipal Band will be holding its first annual charity auction dinner on Friday May, 18 from 5-10 p.m. at the Brandywine Inn in rural Dixon. A silent auction and cocktail hour with entertainment begins at 5 p.m.  The meal begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction.  Cost for the event is $25 per person and reservations may be made with a check or money order sent to Cathy James, Band Manager at 404 W 9th St. Sterling, IL 61081.  Entertainment will be provided by M A Brass and the Ain’t Misbehavin Jazz Combo.  Each ensemble features members of the Dixon Municipal Band.

May 19 -- Eastman School of Dance Spring Recital at the Dixon High School Auditorium. For details go online to

July 7 -- RR5K registration is now open! Go to to sign up!

Farmer's Market -- The Dixon Park District hosts its Farmer's Market every Wednesday and Saturdays 7 a.m. -- Noon at Haymarket Square at the corner of  Highland Ave and Second Street.

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