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July 2022

Summer Organ Sampler Concerts
Jonathan Gregoire: July 21 @ 11:30 AM
Jan Kraybill: August 18 @ 11:30 AM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Jonathan Gregoire, DMA, performs on Thursday, July 21. Praised for his “top-notch technique and musicianship” by the Dallas Morning News, Gregoire is an imaginative organist, pianist, and advocate for the power music has to transform lives. He won the 2017 Southern Methodist University Concert Competition. The University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s Summer Organ Sampler Concerts return this summer with 30-minute presentations that showcase the custom-crafted John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ. The concerts are held at 11:30 a.m. in University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall in cooperation with Sinsinawa Mound Center’s Summer Organ Concert Series. Free. 2255 Bennett St. www.dbq.edu.

Summer Youth Art Thursdays: Basket Weaving
Thursday, July 21 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

The ARC welcomes back local artist Toni Klingler to teach us how to weave a colorful basket. If you have taken this class before, take it again and improve your weaving skills and learn some new techniques. Classes include all supplies and a snack. Ages 8–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Road Less Traveled Theatre: Treasure Island Preview
July 21 @ 1:30–2 PM
Dubuque County Library Epworth
July 21 @ 6–6:30 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Arrgh! Watch out for the dastardly Long John Silver! Local community theatre, The Road Less Traveled Theatre, will present a preview of their summer kids’ show, Treasure Island. Stick around after the preview for a Q&A with the kids in the cast. All ages. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: July 21 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: July 21 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: July 21 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: July 21 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Dubuque Harley Davidson Bike Nights
3rd Thursday through August: July 21 @ 6–9 PM
McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle enthusiasts gather for outdoor parties featuring live music, great food, cold beer, and more. Music lineup includes Moonshine Run on June 16, Dealbreakers on July 21 and Rock Steady on Aug. 18. Register to win a 2022 Haley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight. 145 N Crescent Ridge. 563-557-3735. dubuqueharley-davidson.com.

Antiracism Book Club: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
3rd Thursday: July 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer. The received idea of Native American history—as promulgated by books like Dee Brown’s mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee—has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear—and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence—the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don’t know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 21 @ 7 PM
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally Presents Hollywood Dubuque
July 21–23
Hotel Julien Dubuque

July 21 hosts The Final 21 movie screening with Dan Hefel at 7 p.m. at Hotel Julien Dubuque. H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 21–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Hometown Festival Week
July 21–26
Various Locations in Platteville, WI

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the community. Events include Southwest Music Festival, Southwest Health’s Berry Festival, Southwest Christian Music Festival, Ice Cream Social at Stone Cottage, Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” and Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fish Boil. The Arts & Craft Fair will take place at City Park near the end of the 9-day week. This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long. Some events require tickets, some are free. Contact the Platteville Regional Chamber for more info. 608-348-8888. platteville.com/events/hometown-festival-week.

Great Jones County Fair
July 21–24
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)

The fair, which has gone on for nearly 170 years, is known for its Midwestern food, concerts on the dirt track, and events for the entire family like the open horse show and fair queen contest. And as much as the fair itself is fun, it’s always the music that takes center stage. This year’s performers include Hank Williams Jr. with very special guest Tracy Byrd, Brothers Osborne and Lee Brice, Lady A and Uncle Kracker, and Blanco Brown. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Windchime Creation
Friday, July 22 @ 9–11 AM
Julien Dubuque Monument

Join the Mines of Spain in creating a windchime as we overlook the Mississippi near the Julien Dubuque Monument. Ages 7–10. Free. 1810 Monument Dr. 563-556-0620.

Whitewater Canyon Guided Hike
Friday, July 22 @ 9 AM
Whitewater Canyon (Bernard, IA)

Explore the hidden treasures of Whitewater Canyon on a guided hike with a Dubuque County Conservation Naturalist. We will take a walk through the Valley of 13 Caves in search of some caves to explore and learn about, hike to the amazing view at the Overlook and talk about our true canyon in Iowa. This hike will take you through woodlands and prairies which hold wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing. Free. 29912 9th Ave, Bernard, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: July 22 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Youth Cooking Class: Dirt Cake Garden
Friday, July 22 @ 2:30–4 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Learn to make a Dirt Cake Garden complete with gummy worms and garden fun! Gardens will be created in class and taken home to enjoy with the family. Includes all ingredients and a quart jar to make your garden in. Instructed by Lynn Kaufman. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Adult Cooking Class: Summer Chicken & Pepper Pie
Friday, July 22 @ 6–7:30 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Everyone loves fresh sweet peppers in the summer! Learn to create this yummy open-faced pie loaded with chicken, peppers, onions, and tomatoes—packed with flavor. Your pie will be ready to take home to bake and enjoy! Bring a sheet pan/cookie sheet to transport your pie. Includes all ingredients. Instructed by Lynn Kaufman. Can register solo or as a couple. $38 per pie. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally Presents Hollywood Dubuque
July 22–23
Hotel Julien Dubuque

July 22 hosts the Lighted Bike Contest at 9 p.m. across from Hotel Julien Dubuque. H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 22–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Hometown Festival Week
July 22–26
Various Locations in Platteville, WI

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the community. Events include Southwest Music Festival, Southwest Health’s Berry Festival, Southwest Christian Music Festival, Ice Cream Social at Stone Cottage, Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” and Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fish Boil. The Arts & Craft Fair will take place at City Park near the end of the 9-day week. This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long. Some events require tickets, some are free. Contact the Platteville Regional Chamber for more info. 608-348-8888. platteville.com/events/hometown-festival-week.

Great Jones County Fair
July 22–24
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)

The fair, which has gone on for nearly 170 years, is known for its Midwestern food, concerts on the dirt track, and events for the entire family like the open horse show and fair queen contest. And as much as the fair itself is fun, it’s always the music that takes center stage. This year’s performers include Hank Williams Jr. with very special guest Tracy Byrd, Brothers Osborne and Lee Brice, Lady A and Uncle Kracker, and Blanco Brown. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Elizabeth’s 101st Community Fair
July 22–24
Elizabeth, IL

For 101 years, the Elizabeth Fair has been a tradition not only in Elizabeth, but in the entire region. Experience small town life at its best! Great food, vendors, music, beer tent, and more. Dairy and sheep show, dairy goat show, inflatable rides, fantasy truck pullers, Elizabeth’s best BBQ, local pro wrestling enthusiasts, parade, games, contests, and kids activities. $10–$15. 815-218-0597. elizabethcommunityfair.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: July 23 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 23 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Smoke On the Water
Saturday, July 23 @ 8 AM–Noon
Riverview and Court St, Bellevue, IA

The day starts with a BBQ contest. Sampling will begin at 5 p.m. with judging at 7 p.m. Please contact Chris Roling at 563-542-8766 if you are interested in participating. Head over to River Ridge Brewing where they will be serving The Boar’s Nest Food truck starting at noon. While you’re there, catch some music from 3/5ths Moonshine on their patio from 2 to 5 p.m. Smoke on the Water will feature Jef Spradley from 4 to 8 p.m. Farm Rock will be taking the main stage from 8 p.m. to midnight. Beverage garden available from 4 p.m. to midnight. Food available for purchase by Lock 12 Music and Trading Co. Hosted by Bellevue Fire and Rescue. 563-872-4949. facebook.com/bellevuefireandrescue.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: July 23 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America Jedi Training Camps
July 23 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Grandview United Methodist Church

Campers are invited to train in the ways of the Force! From Jedi crafting and Wookie games, water to sharpshooting archery and bb guns, campers will be kept busy the entire day. Local Padawan Day Camps are single-day adventures for all youth. You do not need to be a current Scout to participate. Parents and guardians attend for free. Includes a Day Camp t-shirt, event patch, and lots of memories. Entering grades K–5. $35. 563-556-4343. ScoutsIowa.org.

Pies for Preservation
Saturday, July 23 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Grant Park (Galena, IL)

The Galena Preservation Advocacy Organization is auctioning pies and baked goods to raise funds for historic plaques (made locally by Westwick Foundry) on Galena’s historic homes. The wives of the Galena Generals will be auctioning many goodies to take home such as Cannova’s amazing tiramisu, a comfy robe and scrumptious cookies from the Jail Hill Inn and a fabulous Scottish blanket from Galena Apothecary, to name just a few. Birds. Serious Chicken and Elle and Beck’s Gelato will also be on site. 625 Park Ave, Galena, IL. facebook.com/GalenaPreservation.

Maker Space Workshop: Sublimation Printing on Coasters
Saturday, July 23 @ 1–3 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Maker Space

Bring your friends and family to the Maker Space for a fun craft project. An adult must accompany children under 12. No registration required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Book Signing: Susan Hellert
July 23 @ 1–2 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

Author Susan Hellert provides a small program on her research while writing The Langworthys of Dubuque: The Key City’s First Family with a book signing to follow. Free. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545 x218. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Being Turned by Mystery: A Retreat Within the Ever-Opening Circle
Saturday, July 23 @ 1–5 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Many spiritual traditions see the circle as a symbol of transformation­­- from the Medicine Wheel to the Labyrinth to the Sufi mystic’s ecstatic spinning dance. Even the Hokey Pokey! We seem to know turning around is “what it’s all about!” This retreat offers teachings and practices for those who choose to enter the circle of transformation. Two 13th century religious teachers, the Dominican Meister Eckhart and the Zen Master Eihei Dogen use the circle as a symbol of ever expanding love and wisdom. We will discover each phase of the circle’s moving energy through presentation on their teachings, mediation and dialogue. There will be a variety of practice choices: outdoors, with art, poetry or journaling. We will honor noble silence. Presented by Paula Hirschboeck. RSVP by July 21. $25. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Melissa the Medium
Saturday, July 23 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Melissa Culbertson was born and raised in Dubuque. Ever since she was a young girl, Melissa has experienced the presence of spirit in many ways. During her childhood, she had many profound experiences with spirit and her psychic ability. It wasn’t until later in life when she fully understood what her ability was. Melissa uses her Christian background for guidance as she delivers messages. The many paths that Melissa has walked in life have also led her to be a self-help coach. Many people have found strength, stability, and love for themselves taking Melissa’s courses. She also does Reiki, sound healing and grief classes. $25. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Hollywood Dubuque—Mid-America H.O.G. Rally: Pork Tornadoes and Foo Foo Dolls
Saturday, July 23
Foo Foo Dolls @ 7:30 PM
The Pork Tornadoes@ 9:30 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

The official send-off party for the first Mid-America H.O.G. Rally hosted in Dubuque, IA, this totally free double concert is open to everyone with two great regional acts filling the night with music. The Foo Foo Dolls feature five lead singers in an ever-changing, high energy, all ‘90s rock stage show. Perfect for a “H.O.G.” Rally, The Pork Tornadoes are a force like no other, creating a party wherever they go, followed by a ravenous fan base. Every song will leave you singing along and begging for more. Their live show does the talking for them, as well as their signature taglines “Your Girlfriend’s Favorite Band” and “BeardPop.” Rain or shine. All ages. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally Presents Hollywood Dubuque
July 23
Hotel Julien Dubuque

H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 23–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Hometown Festival Week
July 23–26
Various Locations in Platteville, WI

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the community. Events include Southwest Music Festival, Southwest Health’s Berry Festival, Southwest Christian Music Festival, Ice Cream Social at Stone Cottage, Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” and Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fish Boil. The Arts & Craft Fair will take place at City Park near the end of the 9-day week. This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long. Some events require tickets, some are free. Contact the Platteville Regional Chamber for more info. 608-348-8888. platteville.com/events/hometown-festival-week.

Great Jones County Fair
July 23–24
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)

The fair, which has gone on for nearly 170 years, is known for its Midwestern food, concerts on the dirt track, and events for the entire family like the open horse show and fair queen contest. And as much as the fair itself is fun, it’s always the music that takes center stage. This year’s performers include Hank Williams Jr. with very special guest Tracy Byrd, Brothers Osborne and Lee Brice, Lady A and Uncle Kracker, and Blanco Brown. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Elizabeth’s 101st Community Fair
July 23–24
Elizabeth, IL

For 101 years, the Elizabeth Fair has been a tradition not only in Elizabeth, but in the entire region. Experience small town life at its best! Great food, vendors, music, beer tent, and more. Dairy and sheep show, dairy goat show, inflatable rides, fantasy truck pullers, Elizabeth’s best BBQ, local pro wrestling enthusiasts, parade, games, contests, and kids activities. $10–$15. 815-218-0597. elizabethcommunityfair.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: July 24 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Kids in Nature
Sunday, July 24 @ 10:30 AM–1:30 PM
E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center

Explore a nature theme with a naturalist. This event normally includes environmental education, exploration, crafts, songs and more. Ages 3–7, but all ages are welcome. Parents and chaperones are required to stay. RSVP. Free. 8991 Bellevue Heights. 563-556-0620. minesofspain.com.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays: Catfish Keith, Driftwood Denny and the Folk-Ups
Sunday, July 24 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

World-touring acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith has an innovative style of foot stomping, deep delta blues and American root. Driftwood Denny and the Folk-Ups is a grouping of our area’s best and favorite musicians: Denny Garcia, multi-instrumentalist; AJ Steils on guitar; Tim Knaus on the bass; and Tim Connelly on drums. The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays Series. This free event draws music performers from all around the country on Sundays July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the “Pickers Pick-nic” at noon. It’s the perfect setting to meet and play with other aspiring pickers. Guest instructors help with tuning, answer questions, and then organize the jam sessions. At 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park along with concessions and souvenirs. No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers. Bring your own instrument if you’d like to participate in the Pickers Pick-nic and a lawn chair to relax in and enjoy the show. Asking attendees only for free-will donations, the goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays next year. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. 563-590-4004. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Music in the Gardens: Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
Sundays through August: July 24 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Find Waldo Local
July 24–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Hometown Festival Week
July 24–26
Various Locations in Platteville, WI

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the community. Events include Southwest Music Festival, Southwest Health’s Berry Festival, Southwest Christian Music Festival, Ice Cream Social at Stone Cottage, Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” and Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fish Boil. The Arts & Craft Fair will take place at City Park near the end of the 9-day week. This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long. Some events require tickets, some are free. Contact the Platteville Regional Chamber for more info. 608-348-8888. platteville.com/events/hometown-festival-week.

Great Jones County Fair
July 24
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)

The fair, which has gone on for nearly 170 years, is known for its Midwestern food, concerts on the dirt track, and events for the entire family like the open horse show and fair queen contest. And as much as the fair itself is fun, it’s always the music that takes center stage. This year’s performers include Hank Williams Jr. with very special guest Tracy Byrd, Brothers Osborne and Lee Brice, Lady A and Uncle Kracker, and Blanco Brown. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Elizabeth’s 101st Community Fair
July 24
Elizabeth, IL

For 101 years, the Elizabeth Fair has been a tradition not only in Elizabeth, but in the entire region. Experience small town life at its best! Great food, vendors, music, beer tent, and more. Dairy and sheep show, dairy goat show, inflatable rides, fantasy truck pullers, Elizabeth’s best BBQ, local pro wrestling enthusiasts, parade, games, contests, and kids activities. $10–$15. 815-218-0597. elizabethcommunityfair.com.

Forever Forest
July 25–29 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

An adventure awaits as campers explore the River Museum’s newest exhibit, Forever Forest. Discover how we use the forest to live, work, and play. Trek around the forest searching for animals that live there and examine all the parts of a tree. Find out what everyday products come from trees and how to make them sustainable. Scholarships and wrap-around care are available. Entering grades 1–5. $200 Member; $240 Non-Member. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/summercamps.

Dinosaurs
Monday, July 25 @ 9–11 AM
Slattery Center
Explore life as a dinosaur! Learn fun dinosaur facts, excavate fossils, and enjoy dinosaur-themed crafts, stories, and games. Ages 4–7. RSVP. $12 Resident; $15 non-resident. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Nerf Camp
Monday, July 25 @ 1–4 PM
Slattery Center

Join the Nerf Challenge and put your shooting skills to the test! We will create a fun and challenging Nerf course for you to show off your blaster speed and precision. This is a non-contact event with pre-assigned targets. Ages 7–10. RSVP. $18 Resident; $22 non-resident. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Teen Acting Camp: Scene Study
July 25–28 @ 1–4 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

Utilize specific vocal and movement techniques to develop a character. Learn how putting your attention on your partner builds a compelling relationship onstage. Put all your newly learned skills together in the performance of a short theatrical or film scene during a Friday afternoon showcase. Friends and family are invited to attend the showcase. The Teen Acting Camp will be taught by Cindy Tegtmeyer. Ages 13–18. $125 (scholarships available). 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: July 25 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Proof Auditions
July 25 and 26 @ 7 PM
Keystone AEA

Fly-By-Night Productions is holding auditions for Proof by David Auburn. Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a genius and famous mathematician until he succumbed to mental illness. Catherine has inherited some of that mathematical genius. A notebook of Robert’s is discovered, in which is proved a theorem mathematicians thought impossible. But, who really wrote it? Thus, Catherine is drawn into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Proof is also a story about human relationships, family dynamics, suggesting that developing trust and love can be as difficult, and just as uncertain, as establishing the truth of a mathematical proof. Roles include: Robert, age 50s-60s, famous mathematician, suffers from mental illness; Catherine: age 25, Robert’s daughter and caregiver; Claire: age late 20s, Catherine’s older sister; and Hal: age late 20s, Robert’s former student. Performances are Sept. 16–18 and 23–24. 2310 Chaney Rd. 563-543-6002. eigenberger.logan@gmail.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 25–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Hometown Festival Week
July 25–26
Various Locations in Platteville, WI

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the community. Events include Southwest Music Festival, Southwest Health’s Berry Festival, Southwest Christian Music Festival, Ice Cream Social at Stone Cottage, Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” and Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fish Boil. The Arts & Craft Fair will take place at City Park near the end of the 9-day week. This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long. Some events require tickets, some are free. Contact the Platteville Regional Chamber for more info. 608-348-8888. platteville.com/events/hometown-festival-week.

Lunch Time Book Group: All About Love
Tuesday, July 26 @ Noon
River Lights Bookstore

Discuss All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks. 563-556-4391. 1098 Main St. riverlights.com.

Social Hour at Steeple Square – Guest Bartenders from DB&T
Tuesday, July 26 @ 5–7:30 PM
Steeple Square

Steeple Square is excited to welcome leadership from Dubuque Bank & Trust for their next Social Hour at Steeple Square. Tyson Leyendecker, John Schmidt, Stacey Hines, and Dee Crist bartend for tips. Enjoy drinks, snacks and music. All event proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, Steeple Square. Free. 101 E. 15th St. 563-235-3584. fb.me/e/1L8LyozGX.

Spice Club: Basil
Tuesday, July 26 @ 6–7 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the Herb Society of Dubuque are partnering for a special in-person C-SPL Spice Club event featuring basil.Attendees will learn more about the history, cultivation, and culinary uses of basil. The event will also include demonstrations on how to make pesto and basil lemonade as well as taste-testing opportunities. Those who are unable to attend the event and would like to learn more about basil may pick up an informational handout from the Recommendations Desk on the second floor.Ages 18+. RSVP. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Proof Auditions
July 26 @ 7 PM
Keystone AEA

Fly-By-Night Productions is holding auditions for Proof by David Auburn. Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a genius and famous mathematician until he succumbed to mental illness. Catherine has inherited some of that mathematical genius. A notebook of Robert’s is discovered, in which is proved a theorem mathematicians thought impossible. But, who really wrote it? Thus, Catherine is drawn into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Proof is also a story about human relationships, family dynamics, suggesting that developing trust and love can be as difficult, and just as uncertain, as establishing the truth of a mathematical proof. Roles include: Robert, age 50s-60s, famous mathematician, suffers from mental illness; Catherine: age 25, Robert’s daughter and caregiver; Claire: age late 20s, Catherine’s older sister; and Hal: age late 20s, Robert’s former student. Performances are Sept. 16–18 and 23–24. 2310 Chaney Rd. 563-543-6002. eigenberger.logan@gmail.com.

69th Annual Dubuque County Fair
July 26–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County, with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. Main Stage feature entertainment includes Twitty & Lynn on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; the country/rap duo The LACS with Chase Matthew on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and the POP 2000 Tour hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, David Cook, and LFO on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Look for great music in the Beer Garden as well. Plus, Barnyard Challenge, BBQ Cook Off, magicians, exotic animals, and more. $10 Ages 12 and over; free ages 11 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 26–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Hometown Festival Week
July 26
Various Locations in Platteville, WI

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the community. Events include Southwest Music Festival, Southwest Health’s Berry Festival, Southwest Christian Music Festival, Ice Cream Social at Stone Cottage, Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” and Trinity Episcopal Church’s Fish Boil. The Arts & Craft Fair will take place at City Park near the end of the 9-day week. This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long. Some events require tickets, some are free. Contact the Platteville Regional Chamber for more info. 608-348-8888. platteville.com/events/hometown-festival-week.

Mississippi River Paddle
Wednesday, July 27 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Massey Marina

Join Dubuque County Conservation on a kayaking adventure down the Mississippi River. Explore the Dubuque River front from the Mines of Spain and out at Massey Marina Park. Please pack a lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. PDF, kayaks, paddle, and shuttle service are provided with rental cost. Ages 16+. $10/person for kayak rental. $5/person for bring your own kayak. 9526 Massey Station Rd. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Sinsinawa Mound Farmer’s Market
4th Wednesday through September: July 27 @ 4–7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm (Sinsinawa, WI)

Featured vendors include Collaborative Farmers: Sandhill Farms & City Girl Farming, The Mound’s Farm, Sinsinawa Bakery, and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Shop. 2551 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/farm.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: July 27 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Tribute to George Strait
July 27 @ 5:30 PM
Ehrler Ranch Special Event Barn (Galena, IL)

Join Gordy & Debbie, straight from Branson, MO, for a tribute to George Strait. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., and show to follow. Cash bar available. 11866 W Chetlain, Galena, IL. 815-893-9202.

69th Annual Dubuque County Fair
July 27–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County, with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. Main Stage feature entertainment includes Twitty & Lynn on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; the country/rap duo The LACS with Chase Matthew on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and the POP 2000 Tour hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, David Cook, and LFO on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Look for great music in the Beer Garden as well. Plus, Barnyard Challenge, BBQ Cook Off, magicians, exotic animals, and more. $10 Ages 12 and over; free ages 11 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 27–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Duchess
Thursday, July 28 @ 7:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Cooking Camp
July 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury
August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Grades 3+. Registration required. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Summer Youth Art Thursdays: Shibori Fabric Dyeing
Thursday, July 28 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Use the Japanese method of fabric dyeing to create sensational fabric pieces using all-natural Indigo dye. You will make a bandana (can also be used as a dresser scarf) and a fun art piece. Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director. Classes include all supplies and a snack. Ages 6–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: July 28 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: July 28 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: July 28 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live at the Plaza
Last Thursday through September: July 28 @ 5–7 PM

Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly event features regional musicians, performers, food and drink. Visit the plaza to pick up a Live at the Plaza Passport with a list of open-late businesses and opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Artist Michael Albert Workshop
July 28 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Nationally-known pop artist Michael Albert hosts a workshop on his work known as Cerealism! Come prepared to create and take home a unique piece of art. Michael is the author of An Artist’s America, a picture book retrospective of his art collection. Mr. Albert will talk about his book, his art, and will teach his trademark style of art, “Cerealism,” a technique of collage work made from cereal boxes. Ages 12–18. RSVP. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Tri-State Wind Symphony
Thursday, July 28 @ 7 PM
Alliant Amphitheater
Enjoy the evening by the Mississippi River while the Tri-State Wind Symphony (TSWS) invites you shares the melody, harmony, rhythm, and beautiful art form of music with you. Bring a picnic, a four-legged friend, and a smile. TSWS reaffirms the community band movement through musical education, individual growth, and diverse programs for the enjoyment of the audience and musicians alike. Any high school or older adult who is able to play moderately advanced pieces may perform in any of the five concerts. Rehearsals are held the two Tuesdays prior to each performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center. Free. 600 Star Brewery Dr. hinrichsen.susan@gmail.com. tsws.org.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 28, 29 and 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

69th Annual Dubuque County Fair
July 28–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County, with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. Main Stage feature entertainment includes Twitty & Lynn on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; the country/rap duo The LACS with Chase Matthew on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and the POP 2000 Tour hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, David Cook, and LFO on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Look for great music in the Beer Garden as well. Plus, Barnyard Challenge, BBQ Cook Off, magicians, exotic animals, and more. $10 Ages 12 and over; free ages 11 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 28–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July 28–30
St. Feriole Island (Prairie du Chien, WI)

Prairie Dog Blues Festival is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there. This year’s festival features a kick-off party on Thursday, July 28 with The Ghost Town Blues Band. Friday, July 29 sees The Steepwater Band, Joanna Connor, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Katie Henry, and Left Wing Bourbon. Saturday, July 30 hosts Caleb Johnson, Gabe Stillman, Veronica Lewis, Eddie Turner, Avey Grouws, Mama’s Worry, and Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers. $40 ADV/$45 gate 1 day; $75 ADV/$$85 gate 2 days; free ages 12 and under. 300 N Villa Louis Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI. PrairieDogBlues.com.

Annual Galena Public Library Pre-read Book Sale
July 29 @ 9 AM–7 PM
July 30 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Crossroads Community Church (Galena, IL)

Browse through thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles all organized to make your shopping easier. The Friends of the Galena Library have been hard at work all spring and summer to put together one of the best book sales in the Tri-State area. All proceeds from the book sale will go to support the Galena Public Library and its work as a community resource. Free admission. 900 Galena Square Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.

BMX Bike Show
July 29 @ 10 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Are you ready for some ACTION? Come see Dialed Action Sports in an energetic and choreographed BMX bike show. See some of the best riders in the sport doing the biggest and craziest tricks. You will see backflips, 360s, no handers, and many more tricks all the while learning about bicycle safety and responsible choices. Join the Carnegie-Stout Public Library for an outdoor library program. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are located at and sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. All ages. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: July 29 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 29 and 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

69th Annual Dubuque County Fair
July 29–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County, with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. Main Stage feature entertainment includes Twitty & Lynn on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; the country/rap duo The LACS with Chase Matthew on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and the POP 2000 Tour hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, David Cook, and LFO on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Look for great music in the Beer Garden as well. Plus, Barnyard Challenge, BBQ Cook Off, magicians, exotic animals, and more. $10 Ages 12 and over; free ages 11 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 29–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July 29–30
St. Feriole Island (Prairie du Chien, WI)

Prairie Dog Blues Festival is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there. This year’s festival features a kick-off party on Thursday, July 28 with The Ghost Town Blues Band. Friday, July 29 sees The Steepwater Band, Joanna Connor, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Katie Henry, and Left Wing Bourbon. Saturday, July 30 hosts Caleb Johnson, Gabe Stillman, Veronica Lewis, Eddie Turner, Avey Grouws, Mama’s Worry, and Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers. $40 ADV/$45 gate 1 day; $75 ADV/$$85 gate 2 days; free ages 12 and under. 300 N Villa Louis Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI. PrairieDogBlues.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: July 30 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: July 30 @ 8 AM–Noon
3rd Ave SW and 3rd St, Dyersville, IA

Head to the grassy square between Xavier School and the north fork of the Maquoketa River to find a variety of local vendors, food trucks, live music, and activities. DyersvilleDowntownMarket.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 30 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: July 30 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Annual Galena Public Library Pre-read Book Sale
July 30 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Crossroads Community Church (Galena, IL)

Browse through thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles all organized to make your shopping easier. The Friends of the Galena Library have been hard at work all spring and summer to put together one of the best book sales in the Tri-State area. All proceeds from the book sale will go to support the Galena Public Library and its work as a community resource. Free admission. 900 Galena Square Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.

Ghost Saturday Show
Saturdays: July 30 and September 3 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

Make the trek to the Field of Dreams Movie Site and watch the iconic Ghost Players come out of the corn as they put on a special, FREE, interactive hour and a half comedy show coined the “Greatest Show on Dirt!” This is a memorable experience for the entire family that is sure to put a smile on your face! Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Consider making this experience even more magical by becoming a VIP! Enjoy the show from the best seat in the house: the porch of the Field of Dreams Farm House along with other great benefits. Visit the event webpage to learn more about becoming a VIP and to purchase tickets. Get yours today before they are gone! Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ghost-saturday-shows.

Artist Demo: Carole Spelic, Weaving
Saturday, July 30 @ 1:30–3:30 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

Carole Spelic invites you to drop in and try your hand at weaving on a 4 harness loom. See how using different yarns and changing the “treadling” can make unique fabrics. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851. dbqart.org.

Sacred Land – Wild Church: Lammas
July 30 @ 3–4:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: these outdoor gatherings are centered on honoring sacred land and sacred time. In a time of planetary upheaval it is crucial to recover our elemental sense of connection and kinship with Creator and Creation. We are inspired by Celtic tradition and the Wild Church network. We will meet inside the main entrance and proceed outdoors. Faciliated by Eric Anglada, Ecological Programming Coordinator at Sinsinawa Mound. Free. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Abraham Lincoln Dinner
Saturday, July 30 @ 5:30–9 PM
DeSoto House Hotel (Galena, IL)

Mr. Lincoln addresses the people of Galena from his place on the historic balcony of the hotel. Following his oration, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln invite you to join them for dinner and theatre, “An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln” at 6:00pm in the ballroom. Dinner will consist of Mr. Lincoln’s favorite Chicken Fricassee, served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and warm buttermilk biscuits. Apple pie will be served for desert. $55. 230 S Main St, Galena, IL. 815-777-0090.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Star Gazing
Saturdays: July 30 and August 27 @ 8:30 PM
Saturday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

69th Annual Dubuque County Fair
July 30–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County, with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. Main Stage feature entertainment includes Twitty & Lynn on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; the country/rap duo The LACS with Chase Matthew on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and the POP 2000 Tour hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, David Cook, and LFO on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Look for great music in the Beer Garden as well. Plus, Barnyard Challenge, BBQ Cook Off, magicians, exotic animals, and more. $10 Ages 12 and over; free ages 11 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 30–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

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Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July 30
St. Feriole Island (Prairie du Chien, WI)

Prairie Dog Blues Festival is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there. This year’s festival features a kick-off party on Thursday, July 28 with The Ghost Town Blues Band. Friday, July 29 sees The Steepwater Band, Joanna Connor, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Katie Henry, and Left Wing Bourbon. Saturday, July 30 hosts Caleb Johnson, Gabe Stillman, Veronica Lewis, Eddie Turner, Avey Grouws, Mama’s Worry, and Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers. $40 ADV/$45 gate 1 day; $75 ADV/$$85 gate 2 days; free ages 12 and under. 300 N Villa Louis Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI. PrairieDogBlues.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: July 31 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Mowing to Monarchs Pocket Prairie Tours
Sunday, July 31 @ 9 AM–Noon
Various Locations in Dubuque

Mowing to Monarchs (M2M) is a program established by the Dubuque County Conservation Board and the Dubuque County Master Gardners to provide resources and tools to private landowners to convert turf grass into a pollinator-friendly habitat. Since the program was established in 2020 over 100 landowners have successfully converted nearly 12,000 square feet of turfgrass to what is defined as pocket prairie habitat throughout Dubuque County. You are invited on a tour to see some of these turf-to-prairie conversions and how they are maturing! There will be 4–5 sites included on this tour. The sites have been chosen to highlight native plants, unique landscaping, and good gardening practices. Free. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Call for Art: Summer Reflections
July 31 and August 1 @ 10 AM–3 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

Galena Center for the Arts invites artists to submit work for their newest exhibit, Summer Reflections. The theme is open to all interpretations and mediums, including visual art and poetry. Each artist is welcome to submit two works, one of which must be for sale. Artists can drop off work at the center on July 31 or Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To arrange a different time to drop off work, email Gallery Manager Laura Primrose at GalleryManager@GalenaCenterForTheArts.com. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: July 31 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

The Great Cardboard Boat Race
Sunday, July 31 @ 1 PM
Dubuque Marina & Yardarm

Come watch people show off their creative designs of cardboard boats then see if they will sink or float! The day will be filled with boat races, prizes, food, drinks, and entertainment. Bring the family to watch and be WOW’ed or be entertained as some boats may sink! Racing takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment by Florida Yard Dog Charlie from 3 to 6 p.m. Purchase 50/50 raffle tickets at the race: $5 for 1 ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. All proceeds from the Great Cardboard Boat Race benefit the Four Mounds Foundation’s HEART program. 1201 Shiras Ave Ext. fourmounds.org.

Artist Demo: Elizabeth Johanna, Papermaking
Sunday, July 31 @ 1:30–3:30 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

Elizabeth Johanna will guide you through the process of making paper. Learn how to make paper pulp using a kitchen blender and recycled paper. See demos of pulling sheets of paper as well as using cut metal screens and squeeze bottles to create images on the paper sheets. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851. dbqart.org.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Tom Montgomery Fate Presentation and Discussion
Sunday, July 31 @ 2 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)

In the travel memoir The Long Way Home, Tom Montgomery Fate ventures from his small town upbringing to vastly different cultures around the globe and comes to define “home” not as a physical location, but as a way of belonging. Whether he is bobbing in a canoe in the freezing rain with his son on a Canadian lake, praying with Lakota elders in a sweat lodge in South Dakota, or teaching English in a remote Filipino village, these are not stories of arrival. They are detours of discovery, a spiritual wayfinding through the wilderness of time and memory. Tom Montgomery Fate is a professor emeritus at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn IL, where he taught creative writing and literature courses for more than 30 years. He is the author of five other nonfiction books. 124 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9925. maquoketa-art.org.

Music in the Gardens: Kids from Wisconsin
Sundays through August: July 31 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

69th Annual Dubuque County Fair
July 31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County, with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. Main Stage feature entertainment includes Twitty & Lynn on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; the country/rap duo The LACS with Chase Matthew on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and the POP 2000 Tour hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC, with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, David Cook, and LFO on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Look for great music in the Beer Garden as well. Plus, Barnyard Challenge, BBQ Cook Off, magicians, exotic animals, and more. $10 Ages 12 and over; free ages 11 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

2nd Annual Black Business Event Nomination Deadline
July 31

Recognize a Tri-State Black owned/operated business, organization, entrepreneur, leader/professional or community leader who provides extraordinary service to the Tri-State community.All are welcome to submit nominations. Award recipients will be announced at the August Black Business Event.Past recipients qualify to win and can be nominated every year. Black Business Event focuses on the Tri-State area’s Black businesses and organizations and celebrates Black leaders, professionals, and allies. This year’s theme is “Black Legacy, Black Heritage, is Now.” blackbizdbq.com.

August 2022

Mussel Monday
Monday, August 1 @ 9–11 AM
Julien Dubuque Monument

Learn about mussels and feel their shells!Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 1810 Monument Dr. 563-556-0620.

Call for Art: Summer Reflections
August 1 @ 10 AM–3 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

Galena Center for the Arts invites artists to submit work for their newest exhibit, Summer Reflections. The theme is open to all interpretations and mediums, including visual art and poetry. Each artist is welcome to submit two works, one of which must be for sale. Artists can drop off work at the center on July 31 or Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To arrange a different time to drop off work, email Gallery Manager Laura Primrose at GalleryManager@GalenaCenterForTheArts.com. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 1 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Cooking Camp
August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Grades 3+. Registration required. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Early Explorers: L is for Leaf
1st Tuesday: August 2 @ 10 AM
1st Saturday: August 6 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Join each month and discover the ABCs of the world around us. Hands-on and active activities including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. $10 for non-members; $8 for members; adult free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com/early-explorers.

Dutch Oven Cooking
August 2 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
New Wine Park (New Vienna, IA)

Let’s get back to the basics and cook with some good old fire and coals using a dutch oven. You will gain the basic knowledge of how to start cooking with a dutch oven and get the chance to make some delicious food. Please wear close-toed shoes. RSVP. 16332 New Wine Park Ln, New Vienna, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/JKPLibrary.

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2 @ 6–8 PM
Jackson Park

The Dubuque Police Department invites you and your family to come meet your neighbors and enjoy food, games, and fun at Jackson Park! National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. 1500 Main St. 563-589-4410. facebook.com/DubuquePD.

FREADOM Book Club: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Wednesday, August 3 @ 7 PM
Jubeck New World Brewing

A book club celebrating banned books. Discuss God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut. 115 W 11 St. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 4 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: August 4 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: August 4 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Taste of Summer Series
Thursday, August 4 @ 5–9 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Guests are invited to attend this after-hours event in outdoor spaces on the River Museum campus where food vendors will compete for the prize of “Crowd Favorite” at each of the three events. Aug. 4 closes things out with The Crepe Iron (check out our dining column for more info on these folks!), Magoo’s Pizza, Happi Hibachi, and Vesperman Farms Ice Cream Truck with music by Boys of Lloyd and Boogie Monster. Food and beverages are available beginning at 5 p.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; a limited number of picnic tables will be available. All ages. Free. 350 E 3rd St. RiverMusem.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 4 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 4–6
Epworth, IA

On Thursday night, Silker Store hosts a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. with music. Friday will see an ice cream social from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fidelity Bank. Tower Park entertainment includes live music from Mark Zalaznik at 5:30 p.m. and Ten Gallon hat at 7 p.m. Food and beverages provided by Epworth Conservation Gun Club and The Pizza Factory. A packed Saturday brings a parade at 10:30 a.m. with Superheroes VS Villains theme plus a Tractor Show at 11:30 a.m. Join the WDHS 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and WDHS dance performance at 12:30 p.m. Tower Park events include a live auction at 1 p.m., whiffle ball tournament, slip-n-slide, silent auction, bike raffle, bean bag tournament, and family fun. Downtown boasts a BBQ Cookoff at 5 p.m. followed by a street dance with entertainment from Amber DeLaCruz and Sushi Roll starting at 4:30 p.m. facebook.com/tncdays.

County Line Country Fest
August 4–6
38325 Bouska Rd, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Witness an exciting musical festivity brought to you by County Line Country Fest. Combining family-friendly camping with great musical acts, the three-day event is packed with fun-filled activities for everyone. The lineup includes Aug. 4 Tracy Lawrence; Aug. 5 Justin Moore, Gary Allan, Craig Morgan, The Cadillac Three; and Aug. 6 Chris Janson, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr, Neal McCoy. Camping available. 608-306-1457. countylinecountryfest.com.

Kayaking on Catfish Creek
August 5 and August 19 @ 10 AM
Mines of Spain Canoe Launch

A short safety talk is followed by kayaking on Catfish Creek. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided for those who need them. Remember your bug spray, water shoes and your water bottle. First come, first served. All ages and experience levels. Free. 8308 Mines of Spain Rd. 563-556-0620.

First Fridays
Friday, August 5
Noon–8 PM @ Stoned Art Studio & Gallery (1800 Central Ave)
5–8 PM @ Art Factory (120 E 9th St, Ste 200)
6–8 pm @ Planted. (245 W 1st St)
Stoned Art Studio and Gallery showcases Henry Matthiessen III’s art and Driftless Region photography. Stop by talk art, talk photography, talk Driftless. Blues music, jazz music, and refreshments will be on hand. Art Factory features gallery owner Hieyler Talley’s exhibit Going in Circles. View large and medium abstract paintings on canvas in an array of colors. Many images reminiscent of early childhood coloring pages. Also showing collages on board. Planted. also hosts work by Hieyler Talley. Born in Lynwood, CA, Talley currently lives and works in Dubuque. She holds a MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. All stops are free unless otherwise noted.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: August 5 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Art on the River Opening Celebration
Friday, August 5 @ 5–7 PM
Grand River Center patio and Mississippi Riverwalk
The 2022–23 Art on the River sculptures and their makers will be celebrated on with family-friendly festivities on the patio of the Grand River Center. This opening reception features local officials and city staff welcoming the public at 5:30 p.m. along with live music, spoken word performances, and artist demonstrations throughout the evening. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available. The theme for the 2022–23 exhibit is Crossing Bridges, encouraging works that speak to physical and metaphorical bridges and how they can serve to connect us across divides, help us overcome barriers, and foster economic growth and community prosperity. Sculptures will be installed in early August and span the length of the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. The new exhibit will be displayed through late July 2023. All ages. Free. 500 Bell St. 563-513-5636. cityofdubuque.org/artontheriver.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: August 5 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 5–6
Epworth, IA

On Thursday night, Silker Store hosts a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. with music. Friday will see an ice cream social from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fidelity Bank. Tower Park entertainment includes live music from Mark Zalaznik at 5:30 p.m. and Ten Gallon hat at 7 p.m. Food and beverages provided by Epworth Conservation Gun Club and The Pizza Factory. A packed Saturday brings a parade at 10:30 a.m. with Superheroes VS Villains theme plus a Tractor Show at 11:30 a.m. Join the WDHS 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and WDHS dance performance at 12:30 p.m. Tower Park events include a live auction at 1 p.m., whiffle ball tournament, slip-n-slide, silent auction, bike raffle, bean bag tournament, and family fun. Downtown boasts a BBQ Cookoff at 5 p.m. followed by a street dance with entertainment from Amber DeLaCruz and Sushi Roll starting at 4:30 p.m. facebook.com/tncdays.

County Line Country Fest
August 5–6
38325 Bouska Rd, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Witness an exciting musical festivity brought to you by County Line Country Fest. Combining family-friendly camping with great musical acts, the three-day event is packed with fun-filled activities for everyone. The lineup includes Aug. 4 Tracy Lawrence; Aug. 5 Justin Moore, Gary Allan, Craig Morgan, The Cadillac Three; and Aug. 6 Chris Janson, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr, Neal McCoy. Camping available. 608-306-1457. countylinecountryfest.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 6 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 6 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Cascade Community Market
1st Sat through August: August 6 @ 8 AM–Noon
Riverview Park (Cascade, IA)

Browsea variety of vendors with products such as earrings, tables, woodwork, home decor, rag rugs, herbal teas, nail polish strips, and more! Participation is free for vendors and attendees. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. 563-690-8611. cascadechamber.org.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 6 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Early Explorers: L is for Leaf
1st Saturday: August 6 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Join each month and discover the ABCs of the world around us. Hands-on and active activities including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. $10 for non-members; $8 for members; adult free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com/early-explorers.

DodgeFest
Saturday, August 6 @ 10:30 AM–10:30 PM
Iowa County Courthouse Parking Lot (Dodgeville, WI)

DodgeFest is an all-day music event with a bean bag tournament and car show. Music from Madison County, Thompson Springs, Shekinah King and the Alpha Romeos, Psycherelic, and Freefall. $10. 222 N Iowa St, Dodgeville, WI. facebook.com/DodgevilleDodgefest.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Saturdays: August 6 and 20 @ 4 PM
South of Lock 12 (Bellevue, IA)

Come enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is Bellevue’s own water ski show team, one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Watch them practice north of Lock 12 or see their shows south of Lock 12. Ski Bellevue is always looking for new members of all ages and skill levels. You can join as a water skier, boat or safety crew member, support staff, and much more. Free. 563-590-0990. facebook.com/skibellevue.

Rockin’ On The River:Nashville Artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charente
Saturday, August 6 @ 6 PM

Cascade Riverview Ampitheater (Cascade, IA)
Nashville artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charette head to Cascade to close out the 2022 Rockin’ On The River series. Gates open at 5 p.m. BYO blanket and chairs. Food vendor available. $10. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. facebook.com/rockinontherivercascade.

Moana JR.
Saturday, August 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 7 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Moana JR. features area students. See the line where the sky meets the sea? You’ll love this thrilling and heartwarming stage adaptation of the coming-of-age tale of Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. She and the demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as she learns to harness the power that lies within. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite songs by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” With its empowering message of bravery, Moana JR. is sure to awaken your inner hero! $10 adv/$13 door adults; $8 adv/$10 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Eli Young Band
Saturday, August 6 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

With momentum still high following their fourth career No. 1, multi-platinum hitmakers Eli Young Band are releasing an introspective new single. “Break It In” closely follows This Is Eli Young Band: Greatest Hits, which features chart-toppers “Love Ain’t,” platinum “Drunk Last Night,” 2X platinum “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” and 3X platinum “Crazy Girl.” EYB has always been unique in modern country music as a true band of brothers who cling fast to their Texas roots and has maintained an impressive trajectory with singles earning Billboard‘s #1 Country Song of the Year and ACM Awards Song of the Year. They have previously earned multiple nominations from Grammy, CMA, CMT, ACA and Teen Choice Awards. While selling out venues as a headliner from coast-to-coast, EYB has toured with Jason Aldean, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, and Darius Rucker.’ Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

44th Annual DBQFest
August 6–7
Washington Park
Dubuque County Fine Arts Society hosts DBQFest, Iowa’s longest-running fine arts festival. Held in the heart of the historic downtown Washington Park, the free, two-day art fair and festival welcomes Tri-State community members to experience the art, music, and culture of Dubuque through a juried fine art fair, live music, community organizations, and other programs. 700 Locust St.DBQFest.com.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 6
Epworth, IA

On Thursday night, Silker Store hosts a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. with music. Friday will see an ice cream social from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fidelity Bank. Tower Park entertainment includes live music from Mark Zalaznik at 5:30 p.m. and Ten Gallon hat at 7 p.m. Food and beverages provided by Epworth Conservation Gun Club and The Pizza Factory. A packed Saturday brings a parade at 10:30 a.m. with Superheroes VS Villains theme plus a Tractor Show at 11:30 a.m. Join the WDHS 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and WDHS dance performance at 12:30 p.m. Tower Park events include a live auction at 1 p.m., whiffle ball tournament, slip-n-slide, silent auction, bike raffle, bean bag tournament, and family fun. Downtown boasts a BBQ Cookoff at 5 p.m. followed by a street dance with entertainment from Amber DeLaCruz and Sushi Roll starting at 4:30 p.m. facebook.com/tncdays.

County Line Country Fest
August 6
38325 Bouska Rd, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Witness an exciting musical festivity brought to you by County Line Country Fest. Combining family-friendly camping with great musical acts, the three-day event is packed with fun-filled activities for everyone. The lineup includes Aug. 4 Tracy Lawrence; Aug. 5 Justin Moore, Gary Allan, Craig Morgan, The Cadillac Three; and Aug. 6 Chris Janson, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr, Neal McCoy. Camping available. 608-306-1457. countylinecountryfest.com.

Mineral Point Gallery Nights
August 6 and December 3
Mineral Point, WI

Mineral Point, WI is a small town among the Driftless hills that offers more than just charm: It also nurtures a rich community of working artists, from potters to painters, woodworkers to printmakers. A downtown stroll takes you past artist-owned galleries, studios in converted historic buildings, and endless points of creative inspiration. See new works and works-in-progress—and enjoy chatting with local artisans about their craft along the way. 608-987-3201. mpgallerynight.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 7 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Kids in Nature
Sunday, August 7 @ 11 AM
New Wine Park (New Vienna, IA)

Explore a nature theme with a naturalist. This event normally includes environmental education, exploration, crafts, songs and more. Ages 3–7, but all ages are welcome. Parents and chaperones are required to stay. RSVP. Free. 16332 New Wine Park Ln, New Vienna, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays: Sortin’ the Mail, Gladdy and the Alumatics
Sunday, August 7 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

Sortin’ the Mail is a two-time “Bluegrass Entertainers of the Year” at the Madison area music awards. Gladdy and the Alumatics open. The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays Series. This free event draws music performers from all around the country on Sundays July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the “Pickers Pick-nic” at noon. It’s the perfect setting to meet and play with other aspiring pickers. Guest instructors help with tuning, answer questions, and then organize the jam sessions. At 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park along with concessions and souvenirs. No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers. Bring your own instrument if you’d like to participate in the Pickers Pick-nic and a lawn chair to relax in and enjoy the show. Asking attendees only for free-will donations, the goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays next year. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. 563-590-4004. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Moana JR.
Sunday, August 7 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Moana JR. features area students. See the line where the sky meets the sea? You’ll love this thrilling and heartwarming stage adaptation of the coming-of-age tale of Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. She and the demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as she learns to harness the power that lies within. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite songs by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” With its empowering message of bravery, Moana JR. is sure to awaken your inner hero! $10 adv/$13 door adults; $8 adv/$10 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Music in the Gardens: Walking Molly
Sundays through August: August 7 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

44th Annual DBQFest
August 7
Washington Park
Dubuque County Fine Arts Society hosts DBQFest, Iowa’s longest-running fine arts festival. Held in the heart of the historic downtown Washington Park, the free, two-day art fair and festival welcomes Tri-State community members to experience the art, music, and culture of Dubuque through a juried fine art fair, live music, community organizations, and other programs. 700 Locust St.DBQFest.com

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 8 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Geek Out! Book Club: “The Bear and the Nightingale”
Monday, August 8 @ 6–7 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Discuss The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. This book is #1 in the Winternight Trilogy. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk now. Geek Out! Book Club reads fantasy, science fiction, and other quirky subgenres. Ages 18+. RSVP. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Turkey Tuesday
Tuesday, August 9 @ 9–11 AM
Julien Dubuque Monument

Feel turkey feet, feathers, and more! Learn about turkeys and make a fun craft using turkey feathers!Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 1810 Monument Dr. 563-556-0620.

Politics & Eggs: Senator Chuck Grassley
Tuesday, August 9 @ 9:30–10:45 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of events, coined Politics & Eggs, featuring federal elected officials and candidates for federal office this fall. Expect prepared remarks by the officials followed by extended audience Q&A. RSVP. 200 Main St. 319-270-7462. DubuqueChamber.com.

Summer Nights at the Plaza: The Wundos
Tuesday, August 9 @ 6–8 PM
Ryland Park (Lancaster, WI)

The Wundos, a Platteville, WI favorite, entertains with rock and roll favorites, country pop classics, original tunes, and jingles. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and save room for dessert. Vesperman’s Ice Cream truck will be onsite for all three events. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Rain site is the High School Hillery Auditorium (806 E Elm St). Free. 113 W Elm St, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-7304. SchreinerMemorialLibrary.org.

Beyond the Game
August 9–12
Various Locations in Dyersville and Dubuque
Immerse yourself in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. Highlights include the MiLB at Field of Dreams with Quad Cities River Bandits vs Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 9; Who’s on 2nd? Tailgate Party on Aug. 9; autographs with baseball legends at an Fest on Aug. 10 and 11; MLB at Field of Dreams with Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11; MLB at Field Of Dreams Viewing Party on Aug. 11; regional live music on Aug. 11 and 12; USA Patriots vs Field of Dreams Ghost Players Game on Aug. 12; and Concert with Spazmatics and not Quite Brothers on Aug. 12. Additionally, you can see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; inflatables, face painting, and more are hosted in the Kids Zone; beer and food vendors are available; and the If You Build it Exhibit will be open for viewing. Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience presented by Travel Iowa and MidWestOne. BeyondTheGameIowa.com.

A Triple Header Author Event: Meet authors Jason Cannon, Daniel Levitt, and William Steele
Wednesday, August 10 @ 4:30–6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

Baseball fans meet book fans for a special conversation with three renowned baseball researchers and authors. Jason Cannon, Daniel Levitt, and William Steele discuss their books: Charlie Murphy: The Iconoclastic Showman Behind the Chicago Cubs by Jason Cannon; Intentional Balk: Baseball’s Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating by Daniel R. Levitt & Mark Armour; and Going The Distance by William Steele. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: August 10 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Eating with the Seasons
Wednesday, August 10 @ 6–7:30 PM
Clarke University

Summer berries are some of the best seasonal treats! Join us to learn more about summer berries, what’s ready, when, and where to find them! The second half of the workshop will focus on simple ferments to preserve those summer berries, either with yeast or lactic acid, and have a chance to taste samples! We will discuss sanitation techniques, fermenting vessels, and then set up a simple lactic acid ferment using whey that you can replicate at home. $10. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-583-6496. facebook.com/dubuquecountyextension.

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: August 10 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Have a drink with environmentally-minded friends and discuss local issues concerning global environmental challenges with grassroots advocacy, collaborative actions and science-based resources which support transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment. 62 E 7th St. GreenDubuque.org.

Beyond the Game
August 10–12
Various Locations in Dyersville and Dubuque
Immerse yourself in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. Highlights include the MiLB at Field of Dreams with Quad Cities River Bandits vs Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 9; Who’s on 2nd? Tailgate Party on Aug. 9; autographs with baseball legends at an Fest on Aug. 10 and 11; MLB at Field of Dreams with Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11; MLB at Field Of Dreams Viewing Party on Aug. 11; regional live music on Aug. 11 and 12; USA Patriots vs Field of Dreams Ghost Players Game on Aug. 12; and Concert with Spazmatics and not Quite Brothers on Aug. 12. Additionally, you can see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; inflatables, face painting, and more are hosted in the Kids Zone; beer and food vendors are available; and the If You Build it Exhibit will be open for viewing. Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience presented by Travel Iowa and MidWestOne. BeyondTheGameIowa.com.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 10–13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI,and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point.The historic mining towns of Mineral Point andDodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Politics & Eggs: Senator Joni Ernst
Thursday, August 11 @ 11 AM–12:15 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of events, coined Politics & Eggs, featuring federal elected officials and candidates for federal office this fall. Expect prepared remarks by the officials followed by extended audience Q&A. RSVP. 200 Main St. 319-270-7462. DubuqueChamber.com.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 11 @ 1 PM
August 12 @ 1 and 7:30 PM
August 13 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. $15 Adults; $10 Youth. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 11 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: August 11 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: August 11 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 11 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

HeartMath Introductory Sessions – Thursday Evenings are for Healing
Thursday, August 11 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Statera

For more than 25 years, HeartMath Institute has been researching the heart-brain connection and learning how the heart influences our perceptions, emotions, intuition, and health. HeartMath helps you tap into the power and intelligence of your heart—your heart’s intuition—which awakens you to the best version or yourself. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

Chow Bella Book Group: The Kitchen Front
Thursday, August 11 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for foodies. Discuss The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Sips, Nibbles & Novels: The Hundred-Foot Journey
Thursday, August 11 @ 6:30 PM
Kelli’s Place (Benton, WI)

Discuss The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. 67 E Main St, Benton, WI. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Movie Screening: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Thursday, August 11 @ 7:30–10 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Starring Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) is a fantasy adventure comedy about an unlikely hero who must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse while trying to finish her taxes. The movie is 2 hours 19 minutes long and is rated R for “some violence, sexual material and language.” Closed captioning or subtitles will be turned on. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 11–13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI,and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point.The historic mining towns of Mineral Point andDodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Beyond the Game
August 11–12
Various Locations in Dyersville and Dubuque
Immerse yourself in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. Highlights include the MiLB at Field of Dreams with Quad Cities River Bandits vs Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 9; Who’s on 2nd? Tailgate Party on Aug. 9; autographs with baseball legends at an Fest on Aug. 10 and 11; MLB at Field of Dreams with Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11; MLB at Field Of Dreams Viewing Party on Aug. 11; regional live music on Aug. 11 and 12; USA Patriots vs Field of Dreams Ghost Players Game on Aug. 12; and Concert with Spazmatics and not Quite Brothers on Aug. 12. Additionally, you can see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; inflatables, face painting, and more are hosted in the Kids Zone; beer and food vendors are available; and the If You Build it Exhibit will be open for viewing. Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience presented by Travel Iowa and MidWestOne. BeyondTheGameIowa.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 11–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Painting Workshop: Capturing Galena
August 12–13 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

With your own portable ink pens, small watercolor set, and sketchpad, enjoy capturing the wonderful architecture of Galena, IL, with its charming downtown area and abundant historical buildings. Ann Thomas will share her techniques for laying down quick pen and ink line images, and then adding tone, texture, contrast, and vibrant color to create spontaneous-energy filled drawings. Ann encourages students to bring the tools they already have and with which they are comfortable. This is a very portable class, and the media used should be quick drying and easy to carry. Includes box lunch each day. $225. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. galenacenterforthearts.com.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Splendor
Friday, August 12 @ 10:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: August 12 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Music on Main Street:Gizzae
Friday, August 12 @ 5–9 PM

Town Clock Plaza
This Chicago Reggae band of 25+ years features songs heavily influenced by Soca and Calypso, other genres such as jazz and rock, and then they’ll transition into Bob Marley reggae/blues finale to satisfy the keyboard and guitar solo fans. Dubuque Main Street announces the return of Music on Main Street with three concerts slated for 2022. Each concert is free to attend and held under Dubuque’s Town Clock on Main St. Food and beverage sales start at 5 p.m., and the band plays from 6 to 9 p.m. These concerts replace the former event started in 1992 known as Dubuque… And All That Jazz! Free. 7th & Main St. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 12 @ 1 and 7:30 PM
August 13 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. $15 Adults; $10 Youth. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 12–13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI,and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point.The historic mining towns of Mineral Point andDodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Beyond the Game
August 12
Various Locations in Dyersville and Dubuque
Immerse yourself in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. Highlights include the MiLB at Field of Dreams with Quad Cities River Bandits vs Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 9; Who’s on 2nd? Tailgate Party on Aug. 9; autographs with baseball legends at an Fest on Aug. 10 and 11; MLB at Field of Dreams with Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11; MLB at Field Of Dreams Viewing Party on Aug. 11; regional live music on Aug. 11 and 12; USA Patriots vs Field of Dreams Ghost Players Game on Aug. 12; and Concert with Spazmatics and not Quite Brothers on Aug. 12. Additionally, you can see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; inflatables, face painting, and more are hosted in the Kids Zone; beer and food vendors are available; and the If You Build it Exhibit will be open for viewing. Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience presented by Travel Iowa and MidWestOne. BeyondTheGameIowa.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 12–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 13 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Mines of Spain Trail Races
Saturday, August 13 @ 7:30 AM
Mines of Spain

Join for a 4 mi, 7 mi, and half marathon run on some of Eastern Iowa’s best and most challenging trails. Free Mini-Mines Trail Race for kids ages 12 and under on Friday evening during packet pickup. The routes through Mines of Spain will challenge you with their difficulty and inspire you with their beauty as they climb the bluffs for views of the Mississippi, make their way through tall grass prairies and weave through dense hardwood forests. In keeping with the beauty of the natural environment, the races will be as environmentally-friendly and sustainable as possible with local food and beer along with cup free racing and a zero waste approach from pre race to post race. Profits will be returned to the Friends of the Mines of Spain to help maintain the trails. 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. minesofspaintrailraces.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 13 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 13 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Touch-a-Truck
August 13 @ 10–11:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Parents As Teachers and the Carnegie-Stout Public Library invite you to climb aboard a fire truck or other cool vehicle! This is a unique opportunity for children to climb, explore, and discover their favorite vehicle on wheels. No rain date. All ages. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

15th Market House Square Arts Festival
August 13–14 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Old Market House (Galena, IL)

Take a piece of Galena Country with you! Local and regional artists showcase their paintings, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, baskets, and more. Free. 123 N Commerce St, Galena. IL.

Doing it for Danny Memorial Ride
Saturday, August 13 @ 10:30 AM
1st & Main

Doing it for Danny is a memorial ride for Dan Thoma who was killed in a car crash Nov. 18, 2021, days before his 25th birthday. The ride starts at 1st & Main followed by Bubbas Bar (LaMotte, IA), Jeronimos (Springbrook, IA), Burkeys (Key West, IA), and Mason Dixon (Dubuque). Poker run and 50/50 raffles throughout the day. Proceeds from this ride will fund a scholarship the family has established for a Dubuque Senior High School wrestler. Cash donations can be made at any time at Dupaco under the “Danny Thoma Memorial Fund.” $10 per person, $15 per couple, $15 per car.

Roofs 4 Vets Benefit & Ride
Saturday, August 13 @ Noon
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Follow the route from the fairgrounds to Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ in Bellevue, IA; to Coe’s in Bernard, IA; to Downtown Lounge in New Vienna, IA; and back to the fairgrounds. Silent and live auctions, live music from Harvey Headbanger and The Slow Retreat, and delicious food. Registration at 10:30 a.m., kickstands at noon. $15 per person, $20 per couple, $10 bands only (no ride). 14569 Old Highway Rd.

India Independence Day Luncheon Celebration
Saturday, August 13 @ Noon–2 PM
Multicultural Family Center

Join the MFC and community members originally from India for this important day! This fun-filled luncheon will include authentic Indian food, music, dance, and an educational presentation. India Independence Day, celebrated throughout India on the 15th of August every year, is a national holiday commemorating the nation’s independence from British colonialism of more than 200 years. Space is limited. Free. 1157 Central Ave. MFCdbq.org.

East Dubuque Wingfest XVII
Saturday, August 13 @ Noon–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East, Dubuque, IL

For its 17th year, East Dubuque Wingfest is wingin’ this summer, solidified as the biggest annual event in downtown East Dubuque, IL. It’s such a big family-friendly good time, that they moved the community’s fireworks celebration from the week before the 4th of July to this night! Plus, they throw in a great, FREE concert by Nashville recording artists J.B. Crockett and Mark Burke too! Get your $10 tasting cards and go to town starting at 2 p.m. Beer, kid-friendly drinks, and other food will be available for purchase. Win some prizes with beer and meat paddles from 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be free inflatable rides and kids’ fun and games from noon to 8 p.m. Live music is on the menu all day as local favorites Secrets bring the golden age of rock and roll to life from 1 to 5 p.m. Then the touring acts, both from Nashville, hit the stage with up-and-comer Mark Burke taking the main stage at 5 p.m. and J.B. Crockett headlining at 7 p.m. until the sun goes down. The fireworks will launch when the sun sets, after 9 p.m. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. It’s also the last day to get your East Dubuque Lions Club raffle tickets for a chance to win that awesome UTV vehicle or $10,000 in cash! Ask a Lion or look for the tent at the event to get your ticket!

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 13 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. $15 Adults; $10 Youth. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: August 13 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

Local and aspiring poets are invited to provide support and encouragement for poets seeking honest feedback on their work. RSVP. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. driftlesspoets.com.

Rockzilla Tour: Papa Roach and Falling in Reverse with Special Guests Hollywood Undead and Bad Wolves
Saturday, August 13 @ 6:30 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Take a white-knuckle ride that swerves between lanes of rap-rock, electronic rock, and good ol’ rock n’ roll. The quartet that is Papa Roach has spent more than 20 years veering across freeways that most bands barely have the nerve to occupy, creating a diverse and fearless discography that’s featured hits like “Last Resort,” “Help,” “Scars,” “Falling Apart,” “Swerve,” “Kill the Noise” and many others. Then, shift gears and discover the fine line between genius and insanity that is Falling in Reverse. Experience the vicious bite and playful innuendo of hits such as “Popular Monster,” “The Drug in Me is You,” “Good Girls Bad Guys,” and “I’m Not a Vampire” as this post-hardcore quartet keeps the energy rising. The rock hits will be “Comin’ in Hot” all night with Hollywood Undead, hailing from the streets of Tinseltown. Experiencing the band’s mix of brash hip-hop, rock, and metalcore in tracks like “Undead,” “Everywhere I Go,” “Bullet,” “Day of the Dead,” and “Comin’ in Hot” may be one of a few things happening that you may not want to share with your mom. Tilt your head back and howl into the sky as platinum-certified, heavy metal outfit Bad Wolves kicks off a cram-packed evening of unapologetic hard rock. The LA-based quintet’s unpredictable metallic intensity and impressive instrumental proficiency will shine as bright as the full moon as they perform hits such as “Killing Me Slowly,” “Remember When,” “Sober” and their haunting cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” This will be a nearly five-hour rock and roll feast! Rain or shine. All ages. $49.50+. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

B2 Fighting Series- Live MMA Event
Saturday, August 13 @ 7 PM
Grand River Center

The B2 Fighting Series is the premier developmental league for mixed martial arts. The organization aims to help amateur and professional fighters succeed and further their careers. By traveling to numerous locations, the organization puts on events where the top MMA prospects in the nation can display their skillsets. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase. $35. 500 Bell St. 502-230-7228. b2fs.com.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI,and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point.The historic mining towns of Mineral Point andDodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Kayak 5K Fun Paddle
August 13
Lake Galena (Galena, IL)

Join the signature Kayak 5K, 360-meter and 720-meter sprints for single and tandem kayak and single and double canoes for adults and youth. The flatwater event is fun for everyone! Outside kayaks and canoes are welcome but must be registered in the owner’s home state and free of any aquatic invasive species. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available for rent. All proceeds will be donated to the Galena Food Pantry. 444 Eagle Ridge Dr Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 13–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

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Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 14 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

15th Market House Square Arts Festival
August 14 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Old Market House (Galena, IL)

Take a piece of Galena Country with you! Local and regional artists showcase their paintings, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, baskets, and more. Free. 123 N Commerce St, Galena. IL.

62nd Potosi Fire Department Catfish Festival
Sunday, August 14 @ 11 AM
Potosi Fire Department (Potosi, WI)

Join the Potosi Fire Department for their annual fundraiser. Parade starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Potosi. Serving up 1,300 pounds of catfish fillets, meals are served 11 a.m.–5 p.m. or until sold out for $13 per meal. Dine in or carry out. There will also be a beer tent, beanbag tournament, Vesperman ice cream truck (2–5 p.m.), kids games, bounce houses, kids mini tractor pull, and the annual raffle cash prizes at 4 p.m. 210 N Main St, Potosi, WI.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. $15 Adults; $10 Youth. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Music in the Gardens: Tapestry
Sundays through August: August 14 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Sam Hunt with Special Guests Warren Zeiders and Sean Stemaly
Sunday, August 14 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Multi-Platinum-selling, award-winning hitmaker Sam Hunt’s sophomore album Southside debuted to critical acclaim and was one of the top country albums of 2020 landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Named one of the Best Albums of the Year by The New York Times and US Weekly, the Platinum-selling project features 12 songs all written by Hunt including his No. 1 hits “Kinfolks,” “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2020 “Hard To Forget,” and his three-week No. 1, 8x Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.” Hunt’s latest song “23” is playing on country radio now. This follows Hunt’s Grammy-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut album, Montevallo, which also topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and produced four No. 1 singles. All 10 tracks on Montevallo are RIAA certified with six achieving Platinum or Multi-Platinum status including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town,” and “Make You Miss Me.” Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, Hunt has received accolades from Associated Press, Billboard, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Since Monteallo’s 2014 release, Hunt has accumulated over 11 billion global streams and has earned 39 million RIAA certified units. Rain or shine. All ages. $69.50+. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Grant County Fair
August 14–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 14–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 15 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: August 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Grant County Fair
August 15–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 15–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Grant County Fair
August 16–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 16–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Lunch & Learn: Honeybees
Wednesday, August 17 @ Noon–1 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Honeybees are incredible creatures that have a unique relationship with humans. We rely on them for pollination, honey, and so much more! Order lunch and join Convivium Farm Manager AJ Shultz for this one-hour Lunch & Learn. AJ will share his fascination with honeybees, detailing how they function within the hive, create queens, clean their space, and much more! Note: This class is not a beekeeping class, but rather an exploration of honeybees. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: August 17 @ 4–7 PM
Presidential Plaza (Cuba City, WI)

A variety of produce, canned goods, crafts, and more. 207 S Main St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. CubaCity.org.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: August 17 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: August 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Grant County Fair
August 17–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 17–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Summer Organ Sampler Concerts
Jan Kraybill: August 18 @ 11:30 AM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Jan Kraybill, DMA, closes the series on Thursday, Aug. 18. Kraybill is a musical leader, dynamic speaker, performer, educator, organ consultant, and enthusiastic advocate for the power of music to change lives for the better. She attained the American Guild of Organists’ Fellow certificate, organists’ highest certification level, in 2010. The University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s Summer Organ Sampler Concerts return this summer with 30-minute presentations that showcase the custom-crafted John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ. The concerts are held at 11:30 a.m. in University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall in cooperation with Sinsinawa Mound Center’s Summer Organ Concert Series. Free. 2255 Bennett St. www.dbq.edu.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 18 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: August 18 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: August 18 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

August market will be held on Aug. 18. This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup includes The Resistors on July 14 and Michael Breitbach & The Broken Rubber Band on Aug. 18 with September and October entertainment TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 18 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Dubuque Harley Davidson Bike Nights
3rd Thursday through August: August 18 @ 6–9 PM
McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle enthusiasts gather for outdoor parties featuring live music, great food, cold beer, and more. Music lineup includes Moonshine Run on June 16, Dealbreakers on July 21 and Rock Steady on Aug. 18. Register to win a 2022 Haley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight. 145 N Crescent Ridge. 563-557-3735. dubuqueharley-davidson.com.

Antiracism Book Club: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
3rd Thursday: August 18 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer. The received idea of Native American history—as promulgated by books like Dee Brown’s mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee—has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear—and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence—the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don’t know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Grant County Fair
August 18–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 18–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Kayaking on Catfish Creek
August 19 @ 10 AM
Mines of Spain Canoe Launch

A short safety talk is followed by kayaking on Catfish Creek. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided for those who need them. Remember your bug spray, water shoes and your water bottle. First come, first served. All ages and experience levels. Free. 8308 Mines of Spain Rd. 563-556-0620.

Food Truck Fridays
Fridays: August 19 and September 9 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Washington Park

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Sarah Lentini on July 8, John Moran on Aug. 19, and Joie Wails on Sept. 9. Live music is sponsored by 365ink Magazine. Schedules, vendors, and details may be subject to change. 700 Locust St. TravelDubuque.com.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: August 19 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: August 19 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Larry Fleet
Friday, August 19 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater
The blue-collar, Tennessee native’s chance encounter with Jake Owen led to an opening slot on the road. Soon Fleet was sharing the stage with Willie Nelson and co-writing with artists like Rhett Akins, Brett James, and Kendell Marvel. He’s now turning heads now with full-length album, Stack of Records, the follow-up to his aptly titled first project, Workin’ Hard including the breakout hit “Where I Find God” which has amassed over 22 million official music video views. Fleet is on the road now supporting Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Tour but takes a sideline to visit Five Flags. $22–$46. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Friday, August 19 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 20 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The Grand’s annual summer youth musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This student adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot hilariously retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.” 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 19–22
Downtown Cascade, IA

Cascade comes together and shows their community spirit and pride with three days of music, food, games, and fun. Expect a parade, vendor fair, car show, water ball fights, beanbag tourneys, a church breakfast, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

Grant County Fair
August 19–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 19–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 20 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 20 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 20 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

8th Annual Elkader Art in the Park
August 20 and 21 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Founders Park (Elkader, IA)

Art in the Park is a regionally recognized, juried Fine Art Festival in Elkader, IA. Experience fine art, live music and entertainment, delicious food, wine tasting, youth activities, live workshops, and family fun at the eighth annual festival alongside the Turkey River. Brought to you by the Main Street Elkader Cultural and Entertainment District. 306 S Main St, Elkader, IA. 563-245-2770. artintheparkelkader.com

Victorian Cooking Class
August 20 @ 1 PM: Apple Cornmeal Pancakes
Mathias Ham Historic Site

This Civil War-era recipe utilizes all of the popular tastes from the Southern states. The Victorian cooking class focuses on what would have been available in Iowa during this time period and what may have been served to the Ham family themselves. Class size is limited. RSVP. $15. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545 x218. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Saturday, August 20 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The Grand’s annual summer youth musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This student adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot hilariously retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.” 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Saturday, August 20 @ 4 PM
South of Lock 12 (Bellevue, IA)

Come enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is Bellevue’s own water ski show team, one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Watch them practice north of Lock 12 or see their shows south of Lock 12. Ski Bellevue is always looking for new members of all ages and skill levels. You can join as a water skier, boat or safety crew member, support staff, and much more. Free. 563-590-0990. facebook.com/skibellevue.

Alley Stage Reading Series: Western Swing by Marnie Bullock Dresser
August 20 @ 4–6 PM
Shake Rag Alley Alley Stage (Mineral Point, WI)

A young woman travels to Montana, hoping to be named the literary executor for a young poet who has died tragically. When she arrives, she discovers the poet’s mother wants her for much more than just arranging the last poems her son wrote. This is only the first of many twists in a play that navigates ethics the same way it navigates tubing on the river–the rocks are sharp and there is blood involved. Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for their second staged-reading series. Four playwrights will present original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script. Start with Afternoon Tea, which will be available in the Shake Rag Alley Art Cafe at 3 pm. Local musicians will provide entertainment on the patio. Patio tables and chairs are available, or bring a blanket to spread out and enjoy the day on the Green. At 4 p.m., the actors and moderator will take the stage with their scripts. Stay after the play and share your feedback with the playwright. Rain site is Lind Pavilion (411 Commerce St.). $5. 18 Shake Rag Alley Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: August 20 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 20–22
Downtown Cascade, IA

Cascade comes together and shows their community spirit and pride with three days of music, food, games, and fun. Expect a parade, vendor fair, car show, water ball fights, beanbag tourneys, a church breakfast, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

Grant County Fair
August 20–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 20–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 21 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: August 21 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee and donuts available, proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 3925 Dodge St. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

8th Annual Elkader Art in the Park
August 21 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Founders Park (Elkader, IA)

Art in the Park is a regionally recognized, juried Fine Art Festival in Elkader, IA. Experience fine art, live music and entertainment, delicious food, wine tasting, youth activities, live workshops, and family fun at the eighth annual festival alongside the Turkey River. Brought to you by the Main Street Elkader Cultural and Entertainment District. 306 S Main St, Elkader, IA. 563-245-2770. artintheparkelkader.com

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Sunday, August 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The Grand’s annual summer youth musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This student adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot hilariously retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.” 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: August 21 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: COOTIES
August 21 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Epi-Con, the ultimate annual convention for epidemics, is a fan favorite for people excited for a sneak peek at the latest and greatest deadly diseases. Epi-Con is also home for those who might benefit financially or professionally from a world-wide pandemic. But, did researchers go too far with their creation of this year’s Virus of the Year? One thing’s for sure, no one is going anywhere after the keynote speaker is suddenly killed, and it’s up to you, the audience, to help solve what or who truly is the killer. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Sunday Funday Bike Show
Sunday, August 21 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)
BBQ brisket special and live music by Meatplow. Register your bike or trike between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 7 p.m.

Music in the Gardens: 10 of Soul
Sundays through August: August 21 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 21–22
Downtown Cascade, IA

Cascade comes together and shows their community spirit and pride with three days of music, food, games, and fun. Expect a parade, vendor fair, car show, water ball fights, beanbag tourneys, a church breakfast, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

Grant County Fair
August 21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 22 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 22
Downtown Cascade, IA

Cascade comes together and shows their community spirit and pride with three days of music, food, games, and fun. Expect a parade, vendor fair, car show, water ball fights, beanbag tourneys, a church breakfast, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

ZZ Top Raw Whisky Tour w/ Gov’t Mule
Tuesday, August 23 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena

ZZ Top has been at it for well over a half century, and “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” is delivering rock, blues, and boogie to the Five Flags Arena on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. with Gov’t Mule. Their 1973 album, Tres Hombres, catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. Eliminator, their 1983 album, was something of a paradigm shift for ZZ Top. Their roots blues skew was intact but added to the mix were tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with such tracks as “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” on the nascent MTV. It was one of the music industry’s first albums to have been certified Diamond, far beyond Gold and Platinum and a reflection of US domestic sales exceeding 10 million units. The band’s line-up of the bearded Gibbons and Hill and Beard, who ironically is clean shaven, remained intact for more than 50 years until Dusty’s passing. When Dusty first fell ill, he annunciated Elwood Francis, the band’s long-standing guitar tech, as his “designated hitter.” Elwood whose musical chops and chin whiskers do Dusty’s legacy proud, continues to handle bass duties now and into the future. Gov’t Mule has a career spanning more than 25 years with some 20 live and studio albums. They are known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres—rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between. Theirs is a sound that feeds off spontaneity and improvisation, a signature style that pays little heed to expectation, predictability, or needless repetition. $55–$150. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Sinsinawa Mound Farmer’s Market
4th Wednesday through September: August 24 @ 4–7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm (Sinsinawa, WI)

Featured vendors include Collaborative Farmers: Sandhill Farms & City Girl Farming, The Mound’s Farm, Sinsinawa Bakery, and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Shop. 2551 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/farm.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: August 24 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 25 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: August 25 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: August 25 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 25 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live at the Plaza
Last Thursday through September: August 25 @ 5–7 PM

Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly event features regional musicians, performers, food and drink. Visit the plaza to pick up a Live at the Plaza Passport with a list of open-late businesses and opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Queen
Friday, August 26 @ 7:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Politics & Eggs: State Senator Liz Mathis, Candidate for U.S. House
Friday, August 26 @ 9–10:15 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of events, coined Politics & Eggs, featuring federal elected officials and candidates for federal office this fall. Expect prepared remarks by the officials followed by extended audience Q&A. RSVP. 200 Main St. 319-270-7462. DubuqueChamber.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: August 26 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

2nd Annual Black Business Event: Black Legacy, Black Heritage, is Now
August 26 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Black Business Event focuses on the Tri-State area’s Black businesses and organizations and celebrates Black leaders, professionals, and allies. This year’s theme is “Black Legacy, Black Heritage, is Now.” An awards ceremony with VIP reception are held before the event, and a live concert follows the awards ceremony. $15 GA, $20 VIP. 62 E 7th St. facebook.com/TriPhoenixGroup.

Summer Stroll & Stories
Fridays: August 26 and September 23 @ 7 PM
Linwood Cemetery

Stroll along through the beautiful and serene Linwood Cemetery, to the graves of the movers and shakers of Dubuque. Enjoy tales of the Tri-State area’s past. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 7 p.m. (approx 2 hours). Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 10+. RSVP. $10. 2736 Windsor Ave. 563-213-9043. gripsghosthunt.com.

Summer’s Last Blast: Spazmatics and Menace
August 26–27
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Great live music spread across two big days at Q Casino Back Waters Stage. Friday music includes the Spazmatics and Menace. Saturday brings Alisabeth Von Presley, Johnny Trash, and Rock Steady. These are all-ages outdoor events with beverages and food available for purchase. Free.

Go The Distanced Cornhole Tournament
August 26–28
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

The Go the Distance Festival is a three-day cornhole event featuring Doubles competition; The Dream Team Invitational. Friday and Saturday will feature four Doubles Qualifier tournaments, with the top six teams of each qualifier advancing to Sunday’s final bracket.These qualifiers are all open to the public for registration! On Sunday, the advancing teams will compete against the ACO “Corny 40”, the top 40 Season 17 ranked ACO players in the world, and their respectively chosen partners. The tournament has a total purse attached to the event of $25,000, with the top 64 teams all guaranteed to walk away with prize money! The winning team will take home a cash prize and a specially designed commemorative trophy. $125. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8404. americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-go-the-distance/tickets.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 27 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: August 27 @ 8 AM–Noon
3rd Ave SW and 3rd St, Dyersville, IA

Head to the grassy square between Xavier School and the north fork of the Maquoketa River to find a variety of local vendors, food trucks, live music, and activities. DyersvilleDowntownMarket.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 27 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 27 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

17th Annual Irish Hooley
August 27 @ Noon–10 PM
Alliant Energy Amphitheater
The Irish Hooley is back and stuffing all the fun into one day this year. Live music from The Screaming Orphans, Ian Gould, Tallymore, Ballyheighe, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, and The Lads. Plus the McNulty School’s Irish Dancers, Dubuque Fire Pipe & Drums, and more! IrishHooley.org.

14th Annual Potosi Brewfest
August 27 @ 1–4:30 PM (VIP: Noon
–1 PM)
Holiday Gardens (Potosi, WI)

Hosted by Potosi Brewery, admission includes an opportunity to sample the work of nearly 60 vendors featuring craft brewers, home brewers, wineries, meats and Wisconsin cheeses. Plus live music, a tour of the National Brewery Museum, and a commemorative tasting glass. potosibrewery.com.

Star Gazing
Saturday, August 27 @ 8:30 PM
Saturday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Summer’s Last Blast: Alisabeth Von Presley, Johnny Trash, and Rock Steady
August 27
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Great live music spread across two big days at Q Casino Back Waters Stage. Friday music includes the Spazmatics and Menace. Saturday brings Alisabeth Von Presley, Johnny Trash, and Rock Steady. These are all-ages outdoor events with beverages and food available for purchase. Free.

Go The Distanced Cornhole Tournament
August 27–28
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

The Go the Distance Festival is a three-day cornhole event featuring Doubles competition; The Dream Team Invitational. Friday and Saturday will feature four Doubles Qualifier tournaments, with the top six teams of each qualifier advancing to Sunday’s final bracket.These qualifiers are all open to the public for registration! On Sunday, the advancing teams will compete against the ACO “Corny 40”, the top 40 Season 17 ranked ACO players in the world, and their respectively chosen partners. The tournament has a total purse attached to the event of $25,000, with the top 64 teams all guaranteed to walk away with prize money! The winning team will take home a cash prize and a specially designed commemorative trophy. $125. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8404. americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-go-the-distance/tickets.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 28 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dodgeville Lions Antique Show & Flea Market
Sunday, August 28 @ 8 AM–3 PM
Harris Park Ley Pavilion (Dodgeville, WI)

Show includes quality antique dealers. Rain-free indoor spaces and food available. $3. 600 N Bennett Rd, Dodgeville, WI. 608-935-3926.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: August 28 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Music in the Gardens: Endless Summer
Sundays through August: August 28 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Go The Distanced Cornhole Tournament
August 28
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

The Go the Distance Festival is a three-day cornhole event featuring Doubles competition; The Dream Team Invitational. Friday and Saturday will feature four Doubles Qualifier tournaments, with the top six teams of each qualifier advancing to Sunday’s final bracket.These qualifiers are all open to the public for registration! On Sunday, the advancing teams will compete against the ACO “Corny 40”, the top 40 Season 17 ranked ACO players in the world, and their respectively chosen partners. The tournament has a total purse attached to the event of $25,000, with the top 64 teams all guaranteed to walk away with prize money! The winning team will take home a cash prize and a specially designed commemorative trophy. $125. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8404. americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-go-the-distance/tickets.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 29 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Readings Under the Influence
Tuesday, August 30 @ 7–10 PM
Esther’s Lounge
Your favorite interactive anti-open mic night, Readings Under the Influence (RUI), returns. RUI is different every time. Sometimes it’s edgy, sometimes sweet, sometimes controversial, sometimes downright vicious, but always artful. In the past, there have been multimedia displays, live painters, and dancers, all as accompaniment to the readers sharing their original work. The common thread is art, art, and art, in all of its wondrous manifestations. Free. facebook.com/RUIDBQ.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: August 31 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

September 2022

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: September 1 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 1 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 1 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: September 1 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 1 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: September 2 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 2 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

First Fridays
1st Friday: September 2
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: September 3 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 3 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

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Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 3 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Ghost Saturday Show
Saturday, September 3 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

Make the trek to the Field of Dreams Movie Site and watch the iconic Ghost Players come out of the corn as they put on a special, FREE, interactive hour and a half comedy show coined the “Greatest Show on Dirt!” This is a memorable experience for the entire family that is sure to put a smile on your face! Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Consider making this experience even more magical by becoming a VIP! Enjoy the show from the best seat in the house: the porch of the Field of Dreams Farm House along with other great benefits. Visit the event webpage to learn more about becoming a VIP and to purchase tickets. Get yours today before they are gone! Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ghost-saturday-shows.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 4 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 5 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 8 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 8 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: September 8 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

August market will be held on Aug. 18. This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup includes The Resistors on July 14 and Michael Breitbach & The Broken Rubber Band on Aug. 18 with September and October entertainment TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: September 8 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 8 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Dierks Bentley with Special Guest Matt Stell
Thursday, September 8 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Pegged as “one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes), Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 6.4 billion overall digital streams. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on The Mountain, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards, and GRAMMYs while being currently nominated for CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Single of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year.” He has created professional endeavors outside of the music industry by not only creating a lifestyle collection but also four “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” locations across the country as well. Hits include “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Come A Little Closer,” and “Home.” Rain or shine. All ages. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 9–11 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park

Drawing teams from multiple states and Ontario, Canada, 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, race on the mighty Mississippi. Shuttle service provided. Tentative scheduling. Free. dubuquedragonboat.org.

Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, September 9 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Washington Park

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Sarah Lentini on July 8, John Moran on Aug. 19, and Joie Wails on Sept. 9. Live music is sponsored by 365ink Magazine. Schedules, vendors, and details may be subject to change. 700 Locust St. TravelDubuque.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 9 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Platteville Dairy Days
September 9–11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

Dairy Days celebrates 75 years! This fun packed weekend starts Friday with a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Park. While at the park, enjoy the arts and crafts fair and plenty of “fair food.”!Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, live music and so much more. Make sure to come back on Sunday for the dairy goat show and music on the main stage. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-8888. plattevilledairydays.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: September 10 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 10–11 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park

Drawing teams from multiple states and Ontario, Canada, 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, race on the mighty Mississippi. Shuttle service provided. Tentative scheduling. Free. dubuquedragonboat.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 10 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 10 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Romantic Galena Reads Book Fair
September 10 @ 10 AM–3 PM
DeSoto House Hotel (Galena, IL)
The 1st annual Romantic Galena Reads book fair hosts around 30 romance authors from all over the country, including bestselling and award-winning authors of every romance genre—contemporary, historical, suspense, western, paranormal, and more—everything from sweet to steamy. Attending authors include bestselling authors Penelope Douglas, Zoe Blake, Marci Bolden, Mickey Miller, Measha Stone, Adrienne Giordano, Dylann Crush, Beth Carter, Evan Grace, PJ Fiala, and many more. Author Nancy Naigle, who has had many of her books made into Hallmark movies, will be there. Cover model Robert Kelly will also be in attendance. Free. 230 S Main St, Galena, IL. wilddeadwoodreads.com/galena.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: September 10 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

Local and aspiring poets are invited to provide support and encouragement for poets seeking honest feedback on their work. RSVP. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. driftlesspoets.com.

Alley Stage Reading Series: The Whole Shebang by Deb Meyer
September 10 @ 4–6 PM
Shake Rag Alley Alley Stage (Mineral Point, WI)

A Semi-finalist in the 2021 Garry Marshall New Works Festival, The Whole Shebang is a provocative dark comedy, rich with twists, turns and ulterior motives. The story revolves around Bentley, a wealthy, recovering alcoholic going through a nasty divorce. His egocentric ex, Keli, and life-long friend, Tom, seem to be plotting against him. Krystal, a smart, insightful detective acquaintance from AA, drops in on him in the midst of his struggles, chaos and Keli’s manipulative rage. Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for their second staged-reading series. Four playwrights will present original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script. Start with Afternoon Tea, which will be available in the Shake Rag Alley Art Cafe at 3 pm. Local musicians will provide entertainment on the patio. Patio tables and chairs are available, or bring a blanket to spread out and enjoy the day on the Green. At 4 p.m., the actors and moderator will take the stage with their scripts. Stay after the play and share your feedback with the playwright. Rain site is Lind Pavilion (411 Commerce St.). $5. 18 Shake Rag Alley Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Jabber Box
Saturday, September 10 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The Tri-State area’s hottest alternative rock band. Known for their high-energy performance, they won the Best Band award in BestFest 2013. Jabber Box plays all your favorites from Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, Buckcherry, Blink 182, and many more.’’ Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Fishtival
September 10
Downtown Bellevue, IA

Celebrate art, fish, and the Mississippi River with activities for everyone including art show and sale, kids projects, and a street dance all along the beautiful river. facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil.

Platteville Dairy Days
September 10–11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

Dairy Days celebrates 75 years! This fun packed weekend starts Friday with a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Park. While at the park, enjoy the arts and crafts fair and plenty of “fair food.”!Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, live music and so much more. Make sure to come back on Sunday for the dairy goat show and music on the main stage. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-8888. plattevilledairydays.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 11 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Sunday Funday ATV/UTV Jamboree
September 11 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)
AJ’s Steak Feed and live music by the Joe Stamm Band. Register your ATV/UTV between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 7 p.m.

Charlie Berens: Midwest Survival Guide Tour
Sunday, September 11 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena

Wisconsin native Charlie Berens is an Emmy-winning journalist, comedian, host, and creator of the Manitowoc Minute. He brings his Midwest Survival Guide Tour to the Five Flags Arena on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Charlie is a frequent collaborator on Funny or Die. His comedic mashups including “If Jack Dawson Was Really from Wisconsin” have garnered more than 16 million views. In 2017, Charlie began the viral Midwest comedic news series Manitowoc Minute. His fans flock daily to his Facebook page to view his content. He currently has over 1.9 million Facebook followers. After garnering millions of views, he’s toured the United States selling out venues within minutes. Most recently, Charlie’s Midwest-focused sketch comedy videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views. In addition to sketch comedy and the Manitowoc Minute, Charlie also hosts Dark Side Of on Discovery ID. $25–$45. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 11 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park

Drawing teams from multiple states and Ontario, Canada, 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, race on the mighty Mississippi. Shuttle service provided. Tentative scheduling. Free. dubuquedragonboat.org.

Platteville Dairy Days
September 11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

Dairy Days celebrates 75 years! This fun packed weekend starts Friday with a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Park. While at the park, enjoy the arts and crafts fair and plenty of “fair food.”!Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, live music and so much more. Make sure to come back on Sunday for the dairy goat show and music on the main stage. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-8888. plattevilledairydays.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 12 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Handbuild Pottery—Mask Making
Tuesdays: September 13 and 27 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Use hand-building techniques to create a 3 dimensional mask from clay on Sept. 13 followed by a day to glaze on Sept. 27. Fee includes clay, glazes and two instructor firings. Grades 3 through adult. $45. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/pottery-studio.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: September 14 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: September 14 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Have a drink with environmentally-minded friends and discuss local issues concerning global environmental challenges with grassroots advocacy, collaborative actions and science-based resources which support transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment. 62 E 7th St. GreenDubuque.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 15 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 15 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: September 15 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 15 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Antiracism Book Club: Halfway Home
3rd Thursday: September 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller. Each year, more than half a million Americans are released from prison and join a population of twenty million people who live with a felony record. Reuben Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends, and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. As The Color of Law exposed about our understanding of housing segregation, Halfway Home shows that the American justice system was not created to rehabilitate. Parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised long after they’ve paid their debt to society. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: September 16 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 16 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Tripwire
Friday, September 16 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Tripwire is an energetic, multi-genre band based in the upper Midwest. Four multi-instrumentalists play through five decades of music on more than 10 instruments while making a spectacle on stage with choreography, trampolines, and improvised hijinks. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: September 17 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 17 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 17 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Dubuque’s Oktoberfest
September 17 @ 11 AM–7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Dubuque’s largest Oktoberfest celebrating our German heritage. Enjoy a day full of traditional German food, drinks, music, and dance. Plus wiener dog races and the Tri-State’s Championship Bier Stein Holding Contest. Proceeds benefit campers at Camp Albrecht Acres.

Star Gazing
Saturday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: September 17 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 18 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: September 18 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee and donuts available, proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 3925 Dodge St. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: September 18 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: A Murder in King Ferdinand’s Court
September 18 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The good people of Thessex join together for the Annual Feast of Friendship and Brute Force, or, as it’s commonly called: “phhbbbt”. But not everyone’s so friendly . . . Hopefully the court jester, Hugh Moore, and the royal taste tester, Saul Menella, will keep the royal family and everyone else in the kingdom alive and well and in good spirits, but don’t count on it… Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 19 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: September 19 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: September 21 @ 4–7 PM
Presidential Plaza (Cuba City, WI)

A variety of produce, canned goods, crafts, and more. 207 S Main St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. CubaCity.org.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: September 21@ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: September 21 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Disney Junior Live: Costume Palooza!
Wednesday, September 21 @ 6 PM
Five Flags Arena
This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes together live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. It features favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music. Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious green rain, wind, and smoke keep interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Amazing Friends help save the Costume Palooza? Come see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, Alice, the Puppy Dog Pals, and Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends live on stage! $25–$69. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: September 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 22 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 22 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 22 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 23 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Bownanza On The Mountain
Friday, September 23 @ 5–9 PM
Saturday, September 24 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundown Mountain Resort

Join Sundown for an exciting new two-day 3D archery event coming, sponsored By Gator Outdoors. BOTM will have an on-the-mountain course (adult and amateur), live music, primitive camping, a night shoot, chairlift rides, food trucks (Saturday only), industry archery vendors, money shoot contest, and more. The party starts on Friday night with live music from 5 to 9 p.m. The competition/“just for the thrill of it” shooting begins Saturday. Saturday live music comes from the Boot Jack Band from 1 to 5 p.m. and Rock Steady from 5 to 9 p.m. Food Trucks on Saturday include Jeronimo’s Bar and Grill, Stalker’s Pub, and more. You’ll need your own equipment, and they welcome any kind of bow from traditional longbows to modern compound models. Limited trailside camping is available at the base of the hill (one vehicle/one tent). They will have a separate designated campsite at the top of the hill for RV campers in their easy access camping area. No hookups for water or electricity or on-site shower facilities. Spectators: $5 adults; free ages 5 and under. Bow shooting: $35 adults, $15 ages 6–13. $20 two-day primitive camping. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Summer Stroll & Stories
Friday, September 23 @ 7 PM
Linwood Cemetery

Stroll along through the beautiful and serene Linwood Cemetery, to the graves of the movers and shakers of Dubuque. Enjoy tales of the Tri-State area’s past. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 7 p.m. (approx 2 hours). Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 10+. RSVP. $10. 2736 Windsor Ave. 563-213-9043. gripsghosthunt.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: September 24 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: September 24 @ 8 AM–Noon
3rd Ave SW and 3rd St, Dyersville, IA

Head to the grassy square between Xavier School and the north fork of the Maquoketa River to find a variety of local vendors, food trucks, live music, and activities. DyersvilleDowntownMarket.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 24 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 24 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

West Dubuque Wingfest
September 24 @ 11 AM
Farley Park (Farley, IA)

Competitors cooking up about 10,000 wings with live entertainment, games, and a wing eating contest. Plus kids entertainment, a dunk tank, and more! Sponsored by Western Dubuque Fine Arts Booster Club.

Bownanza On The Mountain
Saturday, September 24 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundown Mountain Resort

Join Sundown for an exciting new two-day 3D archery event coming, sponsored By Gator Outdoors. BOTM will have an on-the-mountain course (adult and amateur), live music, primitive camping, a night shoot, chairlift rides, food trucks (Saturday only), industry archery vendors, money shoot contest, and more. The party starts on Friday night with live music from 5 to 9 p.m. The competition/“just for the thrill of it” shooting begins Saturday. Saturday live music comes from the Boot Jack Band from 1 to 5 p.m. and Rock Steady from 5 to 9 p.m. Food Trucks on Saturday include Jeronimo’s Bar and Grill, Stalker’s Pub, and more. You’ll need your own equipment, and they welcome any kind of bow from traditional longbows to modern compound models. Limited trailside camping is available at the base of the hill (one vehicle/one tent). They will have a separate designated campsite at the top of the hill for RV campers in their easy access camping area. No hookups for water or electricity or on-site shower facilities. Spectators: $5 adults; free ages 5 and under. Bow shooting: $35 adults, $15 ages 6–13. $20 two-day primitive camping. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 25 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: September 25 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Politics & Eggs: U.S. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson
Monday, September 26 @ 9:30–10:45 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of events, coined Politics & Eggs, featuring federal elected officials and candidates for federal office this fall. Expect prepared remarks by the officials followed by extended audience Q&A. RSVP. 200 Main St. 319-270-7462. DubuqueChamber.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 26 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Symphony
Tuesday, September 27 @ 7:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Sinsinawa Mound Farmer’s Market
4th Wednesday through September: September 28 @ 4–7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm (Sinsinawa, WI)

Featured vendors include Collaborative Farmers: Sandhill Farms & City Girl Farming, The Mound’s Farm, Sinsinawa Bakery, and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Shop. 2551 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/farm.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: September 28 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 29 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 29 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 29 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live at the Plaza
Last Thursday through September: September 29 @ 5–7 PM

Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
September’s event will celebrate Hispanic Heritage, featuring local Latino musicians and businesses. This family-friendly event features regional musicians, performers, food and drink. Visit the plaza to pick up a Live at the Plaza Passport with a list of open-late businesses and opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 30 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

October 2022

Swiss Valley Trail Races
Saturday, October 1 @ 7 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Center (Peosta, IA)

This trail run features all the best of the Dubuque County landscape including creek crossings, steep inclines, and rugged terrain. The run will offer three distance options: 5.2 miles, 25k, and 50k all set against the beautiful backdrop of Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. All proceeds from the run will benefit the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation who help support Dubuque County parks and environmental education. Free camping and showers. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=88646.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 1 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 1 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 1 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Galena Oktoberfest
October 1 @ Noon–10 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

Non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka dancing and lessons, German-style food and beverages, bounce house and games for the kids, and more. $5 Adults and teens; kids are free. GalenaLions.org/Galena-Oktoberfest.asp.

Tri-States’ Largest Chili Cook-Off
October 1 @ 1 PM
Cable Car Square
Historic Cable Car Square transforms into an aromatic chili tasting and competition starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy live music, cold beer, kids games, food, and entertainment at this family-friendly event. Tasting begins at 1 p.m. $5.

Alley Stage Reading Series: Write You Down by Deanna Strasse
October 1 @ 4–6 PM
Shake Rag Alley Alley Stage (Mineral Point, WI)

Write You Down is a fantasy parable, centered around Maggie Rellmers who lives in dreams. In her world, the full moon is constantly out, it’s always summer, and the dashing English actor George Marx is in love with her. Here, she can hide and dream of Bavarian kings and scoff at the world that cannot grasp what it means to live. But Maggie is about to get her wake-up call if George has anything to say about it. Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for their second staged-reading series. Four playwrights will present original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script. Start with Afternoon Tea, which will be available in the Shake Rag Alley Art Cafe at 3 pm. Local musicians will provide entertainment on the patio. Patio tables and chairs are available, or bring a blanket to spread out and enjoy the day on the Green. At 4 p.m., the actors and moderator will take the stage with their scripts. Stay after the play and share your feedback with the playwright. Rain site is Lind Pavilion (411 Commerce St.). $5. 18 Shake Rag Alley Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: October 2 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 3 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: October 6 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 6 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: October 7 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 7 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Greg Hahn
Friday, October 7 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Greg Hahn is a master comedian, a favorite of The Bob & Tom Show and regular of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. He’s appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC, CBS, and FOX, with his unique style where jokes are clean, ridiculous, and laugh out-loud funny! Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work, into a performance of immediate pandemonium and crazy fun. His wild, likable stylings have led to numerous television, corporate and theater appearances throughout the country and Canada. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

First Fridays
1st Friday: October 7
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 8 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 8 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 8 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Jeeps On The Mountain
Saturday, October 8 @ Noon–8 PM
Sundown Mountain Resort

Enjoy live music, food trucks, cash bar, Jeep Show, primitive camping, off-road mountain trails on designated trails, and more. Take your Jeep or any four-wheel drive vehicle over a mud pit, stream, and expanded obstacle course. This is a dog-friendly event. All dogs must be on a leash, and any dog displaying aggressive behavior will need to leave the property. Dog owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets. No open alcohol containers will be allowed on the trail. Join the “Jeeps On The Mountain 2022 sponsored by Turpin Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM” Facebook Group for discussions, announcements, and more. $20 Adults, $10 ages 6–12, free ages 5 and under; $20 trail pass per vehicle; $15 primitive camping per site per night. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: October 8 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

Local and aspiring poets are invited to provide support and encouragement for poets seeking honest feedback on their work. RSVP. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. driftlesspoets.com.

The Fab Four
Saturday, October 8 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The California-based quartet have been reviving Beatlemania with their spot-on impersonations since 1997, and practice has made perfect—the band’s tours consistently satisfy the Beatle-shaped hole in fans’ souls, drawing rave reviews for their extensively researched, down-to-the-mannerisms enactments of late great band’s legendary live concerts. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: October 9 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 10 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

(Video) Kara DioGuardi discussing Tri-State Rocks event on Fox5 New York

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: October 12 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: October 12 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Have a drink with environmentally-minded friends and discuss local issues concerning global environmental challenges with grassroots advocacy, collaborative actions and science-based resources which support transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment. 62 E 7th St. GreenDubuque.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 13 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: October 13 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

August market will be held on Aug. 18. This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup includes The Resistors on July 14 and Michael Breitbach & The Broken Rubber Band on Aug. 18 with September and October entertainment TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 14 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 15 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 15 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 15 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Donnie Baker
October 15 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Donnie Baker, real name Ron Sexton, is a comedy character that is “trapped in the eighties” and “will never admit defeat.” With known catchphrases such as “I’ll say it right to your face,” “I swear to God,” and “State Law!”, Sexton plays the archetype of the Kentucky redneck caricature. Baker first made an appearance on The Bob & Tom Show in 2005, when Sexton was doing voice work on a number of characters for popular episodes. Basing his writing on people that he met at high school, Sexton says that after travelling to perform Donnie Baker, he realized just how universal the character was. 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: October 15 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: October 16 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee and donuts available, proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 3925 Dodge St. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: October 16 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 17 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: October 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: October 19@ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: October 19@ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: October 19 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 20 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Antiracism Book Club: Halfway Home
3rd Thursday: October 20 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller. Each year, more than half a million Americans are released from prison and join a population of twenty million people who live with a felony record. Reuben Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends, and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. As The Color of Law exposed about our understanding of housing segregation, Halfway Home shows that the American justice system was not created to rehabilitate. Parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised long after they’ve paid their debt to society. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: October 21 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 21 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 22 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

The Fair Flea & Antique Frenzy
October 22 and 23 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds 4H Building

Over 100 tables available with a variety of goods for purchase. $1. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 22 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 22 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Star Gazing
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Arch Allies
Saturday, October 22 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Featuring the classic hits of Boston, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi, and Journey, Arch Allies rocks the crowd with a collective set of ‘80s favorites. The band covers some of Journey’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms;” Styx hits like “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade;” and REO Speedwagon favorites like “Take It On the Run” and “Keep On Loving You.” Arch Allies is comprised of Kevin Todd, Eli Pete, Steve Reckinger, Greyson Serie, Lance King, Dennis Atlas, Rich Torkington, John Gensmer, Tommy G, Tim Kletti, Tom Gibson, and Andy Hintz. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

The Fair Flea & Antique Frenzy
October 23 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds 4H Building

Over 100 tables available with a variety of goods for purchase. $1. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 24 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: October 26 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Readings Under the Influence
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7–10 PM
Esther’s Lounge
Your favorite interactive anti-open mic night, Readings Under the Influence (RUI), returns. RUI is different every time. Sometimes it’s edgy, sometimes sweet, sometimes controversial, sometimes downright vicious, but always artful. In the past, there have been multimedia displays, live painters, and dancers, all as accompaniment to the readers sharing their original work. The common thread is art, art, and art, in all of its wondrous manifestations. Free. facebook.com/RUIDBQ.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 27 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 28 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 29 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 29 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Menace
Saturday, October 29 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Menace is a five-piece band from Dubuque and plays ‘80s classic rock and current hits that are sure crowd pleasers. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: October 30 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Helloween
October 30 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Legendary Hollywood Directors are in town to cast and shoot their new big-budget killer thriller when life suddenly imitates art in a very real and bloody way. Popular horror stars Leslie Craven, Bella Lagossi, Jason Krueger, and Freddie Voorhees vie for parts in this open-call slasher flick when suddenly someone literally gets CUT from the film. Stir in wildly adventurous props mistress Leanne Chaney and Russian Cinematographer Igor Karloff, and it’s hard to tell where the laughter ends and the horror begins. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 31 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

November 2022

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: November 3 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 4 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Jimmy Pardo
Friday, November 4 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

A seasoned veteran of comedy clubs and late night television, Jimmy Pardo has appeared on such shows as The Tonight Show, Conan, The Late Late Show, and his own half hour special on Comedy Central. Jimmy regularly appears on TBS’ Conan as a panel guest, but he has also been Conan’s go-to warm-up, field correspondent, sketch player and even fill-in cohost. He has also conducted some very unconventional celebrity backstage interviews for Teamcoco.com’s “The Pardo Patrol.” In 2006, Jimmy Pardo became a podcasting pioneer when he began hosting the raucous-but-smart weekly podcast Never Not Funny. Over the years Jimmy has also been seen on such shows as Comedy Bang! Bang!, @Midnight, Maron, and Monk. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

First Fridays
1st Friday: November 4
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 5 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Fool House
Saturday, November 5 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Fool House is the ultimate ‘90s dance party! A live musical event paying homage to the golden era of boy bands, pop stars, hip hop, and pop punk. With a larger-than-life production, this show recreates the sights, sounds, and energy of the biggest stars of the ‘90s. Nonstop sing-alongs, party throwbacks, and choreographed dance moves is what this show is all about. Come prepared to sing your heart out and dance all night long. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 7 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 9 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: November 9 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Have a drink with environmentally-minded friends and discuss local issues concerning global environmental challenges with grassroots advocacy, collaborative actions and science-based resources which support transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment. 62 E 7th St. GreenDubuque.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 11 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 12 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday:November12 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

Local and aspiring poets are invited to provide support and encouragement for poets seeking honest feedback on their work. RSVP. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. driftlesspoets.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 14 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: November 16@ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: November 16@ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: November 16 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Antiracism Book Club: The Yellow House
3rd Thursday: November 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 18 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Nurse Blake
Friday, November 18 @ 7 & 9:30 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Nurse Blake is one-of-a-kind entertainer who uses his experience as a nurse for a fun-filled comedy event that celebrates the hard work of healthcare providers. Blake tells candid and raw stories from his time in nursing school and from his shifts at the bedside. His upbeat attitude and hilarious spins on the obstacles nurses face day to day offer a fun and interactive experience for audience members. Blake’s comedy stands apart by using humor to advocate for nurses. By using masterful storytelling to captivate audiences, he provides an unforgettable night of laughs and inspiration. He is the ultimate solo performer using visuals, crowd participation, and live sketches that have audiences engaged and laughing from start to finish. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 19 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

I Know Jack Foundation Fundraiser
Saturday, November 19 @ 2 PM
The Corner Taproom (Cascade, IA)

I Know Jack Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was inspired by Jack Hoeger who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of 5. Jack fought hard throughout treatment and has been in remission ever since. The foundation helps tell Jack’s story and creates fundraising and lobbying opportunities to support cancer funding. Their mission is to raise funds to support cancer patients and their families from diagnosis to survivorship. 201 1st Ave, Cascade, IA. 563-852-3700. facebook.com/CornerTaproom.

21st Annual Attitude of Gratitude
Saturday, November 19 @ 6:30 PM
Grand River Center

Attitude of Gratitude is the largest fundraiser of the year for Opening Doors. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails and music by Tapestry, along with an up-close look at the fabulous auction items. Program starts at 6:30 p.m. with hosts Bobbi Earles and Jeff Vaassen. Event features an inspiring story from a former resident. Online bidding on auction items opens Nov. 1. $75. 500 Bell St. 563-582-7480. openingdoorsdbq.org/AOG.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: November 19 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: November 20 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: A Murder in King Ferdinand’s Court
November 20 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The good people of Thessex join together for the Annual Feast of Friendship and Brute Force, or, as it’s commonly called: “phhbbbt”. But not everyone’s so friendly . . . Hopefully the court jester, Hugh Moore, and the royal taste tester, Saul Menella, will keep the royal family and everyone else in the kingdom alive and well and in good spirits, but don’t count on it… Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 21 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: November 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 23 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 25 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 26 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Pop Rocks
Saturday, November 26 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Pop ROCKS is not just a band; they are a high energy live music show that plays the biggest dance party hits made to fill the floor! Pop ROCKS brings you the best of today’s hottest top 40 hits, throwback hip-hop, pop country, party rock, and timeless classics all mashed up and delivered in a party zone format. Pop ROCKS is what you get when you combine the music of a DJ, the theatrics of a Broadway musical, and the live energy of an arena rock extravaganza! The show has 40+ costume changes, every genre of hit music, special effects, high energy, and passionate members, and interactive performances that get the entire crowd involved. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: November 27 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 28 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 30 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

December 2022

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: December 1 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 2 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Maddie Poppe
Friday, December 2 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Maddie Poppe is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Clarksville, IA and Season 16 winner of American Idol. She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Live! with Kelly & Ryan to name a few and performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and CMA Fest in Nashville. Fall 2019, Maddie supported Ingrid Michaelson on The Dramatic Tour, an experience she calls “a dream come true.” Maddie’s sophomore album Whirlwind reached #2 on the iTunes Pop charts and her hit single “Made You Miss” earned #19 on the Hot AC Radio charts. Her sentimental ballad “Not Losing You” also swept radio charts, reaching #17. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

First Fridays
1st Friday: December 2
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 3 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 3 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Mineral Point Gallery Nights
December 3
Mineral Point, WI

Mineral Point, WI is a small town among the Driftless hills that offers more than just charm: It also nurtures a rich community of working artists, from potters to painters, woodworkers to printmakers. A downtown stroll takes you past artist-owned galleries, studios in converted historic buildings, and endless points of creative inspiration. See new works and works-in-progress—and enjoy chatting with local artisans about their craft along the way. 608-987-3201. mpgallerynight.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 5 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 9 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 10 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: December 10 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

Local and aspiring poets are invited to provide support and encouragement for poets seeking honest feedback on their work. RSVP. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. driftlesspoets.com.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Ho, Ho, Homicide
December 11 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Everyone at the North Pole is working extra hard this year to make this a holiday to remember, but something’s amiss on Poinsettia Parkway. The newest, coolest, and most revered kids’ bike on the market—Zuzu’s Pedals—has some production issues. On top of that, Mrs. Claus is worried about Santa’s diet but mostly his sugary-sweet secretary Candy Cane. Add in some elves, an environmentalist who’s checking everything twice, and a perky Customer Service Rep who covers Santa’s Ho, Ho Hotline, and you’ve got a Ho, Ho, Hilarious Homicide. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 12 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: December 14 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: December 14 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Have a drink with environmentally-minded friends and discuss local issues concerning global environmental challenges with grassroots advocacy, collaborative actions and science-based resources which support transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment. 62 E 7th St. GreenDubuque.org.

Antiracism Book Club: The Yellow House
3rd Thursday: December 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 16 @ 16 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 17 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 17 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Hairball
Thursday, December 17 @ 8 PM

Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Picture lights, sound, video screens, smoke, fire, blood, bombs, confetti, spiders, snakes, and monsters (oh my) and the screaming hoards of rabid Hairball fans. Vocalists Dave Moody, Kris Vox, and Joe Dandy lead the band through a 2+ hour, mind-blowing, and drop-dead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith are but a few of the acts fans will see brought to life. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert before your very eyes countless times throughout the night. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: December 17 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: December 18 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Cut Loose Tree Farm
December 18 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Cut Loose Tree Farm is the only tree farm in Iowa that carries all 16 varieties of Christmas trees. They’re known for their perfectly pruned pines and beautiful balsams. But, it’s just before Christmas and a parasite has proven to put inventory in peril. President Pine (who prefers Christmas Cocktails rather than taking the family tree business too seriously) isn’t too concerned. Everyone else is, as jobs are on the chopping block. But wait! That chopping block just got more interesting…Who’s on it? Marketing Director, Sappy Selfie? The company’s accountant-and-resident karaoke queen, Merryoke? Perhaps Jack Frost or Holly N. Ivy is in the know…or maybe they’re about to be butchered themselves. It’s a prickly place for Christmas capers this fine December, for sure. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 19 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: December 19 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: December 21@ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: December 21@ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 23 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: December 25 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

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Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 26 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: December 28 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 30 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

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