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November 2022

Sip & Learn: No-Excuses Innovation
Wednesday, November 30 @ Noon–2 PM
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co (Galena, IL)

Northwest Illinois Economic Development (NWILED) hosts author Bruce Vojak where guests will receive a complementary lecture, lunch, copy of Vojak’s book No-Excuses Innovation, and product tasting with the venue. No-Excuses Innovation: Strategies for Small- and Medium-Sized Mature Enterprises makes the case for the value of innovation: why it’s worthy of investment and what it can do for the health and longevity of a company. Co-author Bruce Vojak is Managing Director and Founder of Breakthrough Innovation Advisors. Formerly Director of Advanced Technology at Motorola and Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor in the Grainger College of Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he currently serves on the boards of Midtronics, JVA Partners, and Micron Industries. RSVP. 9380 US Hwy 20, Galena, IL. 815-297-7361. dschmit@nwiled.org. nwiled.org.

Advent Worship Service and Tree Lighting
Wednesday, November 30 @ 4 PM
University of Dubuque Blades Chapel

The University of Dubuque will begin the season of Advent and prepare for the coming of Christmas with a cherished tradition. The Advent Worship Service will be followed by the 25th annual Tree Lighting in Alumni Courtyard. “Our reason for living with hope and joy is rooted both in God’s revealed acts of salvation in the past and a certain future that is assured,” said the Rev. James Gunn, DMin, dean of Chapel. The theme this year is “Rekindling Hope,” with preaching from Rev. Susan Forshey, PhD, associate professor of Christian discipleship. Rev. Forshey has been a member of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary’s faculty since 2014 and is currently serving St. John’s Episcopal Church of Dubuque as an associate pastor. UD and UDTS students will provide leadership during the Advent Worship Service and Tree Lighting as people gather to hear and sing of the faith that binds us. Both events will be streamed live at facebook.com/UDubuque and youtube.com/UDBQmedia. Free. 2000 University Ave. 563-589-3000. dbq.edu.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
November 30–January 1, 2022 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park

Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 28th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Santa will visit every Tuesday. Proceeds benefit the programs of Hillcrest Family Services. $10 per vehicle ADV/$12 per vehicle gate. 1700 S Grandview Ave. 563-845-0378. Find “Reflections in the Park” on Facebook.

November Social Hour
Wednesday, November 30 @ 5–7:30 PM
Steeple Square Honkamp Hall

Guest bartenders donate their tips to the nonprofit organization Steeple Square. This month, the guest bartenders are from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque: Nancy Van Milligen, Amy Manternach, Bobbi Earles, and Faye Finnegan. Free. 101 E 15th St. steeplesquare.com.

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.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, November 30 @ 6–7:30 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Lobby
Join Hotel Julien Dubuque as they light their beautiful lobby Christmas tree. Enjoy treats, holiday music, and a visit from Santa Claus during this popular family event. Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. This holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. 200 Main St. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com/event/12-days-of-christmas.

Steve’s Ace Holiday Porch Pot Workshops
Wednesday, November 30 @ 6 PM
Thursday, December 1 @ 6 PM
Saturday, December 3 @ 3 PM
Sunday, December 4 @ 11 AM and 3 PM
Steve’s Ace Home & Garden Dubuque and Peosta

Grab your some friends or family members and come to Steve’s Ace to create your own gorgeous fresh winter porch pot just in time for the holidays. The workshop includes a 12” pot, soil, fresh greenery, pine cones or berries, twigs or birch poles, and a bow. Items may vary based on availability. Additional decor bundles and accents will be available for purchase. RSVP. $60. Dubuque: 3350 JFK Rd. 563-690-1500; Peosta: 456 Peosta St. 563-213-5639. stevesace.com/porch-pot-workshop.

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.

The Mistletones: SNOWBIZ
Thursday, December 1 @ Noon and 6 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Grande Ballroom

The Mistletones present SNOWBIZ: A Mel Tormé Kind of Holiday with two shows on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Grande Ballroom at Hotel Julien Dubuque. The matinée begins with cocktails and check-in at noon, and the evening show begins at 6 p.m. Staged dinner-theatre style, SNOWBIZ XIII is a throwback to the era where live Christmas shows and eventually Christmas television specials were the norm. The Mistletones pay homage to Mel Tormé with their own outstanding vocals, a live jazz orchestra, and scrumptious holiday food and drink. Voted Best Event by the Dubuque Area Convention & Visitors Bureau/Travel Dubuque, join this veritable parade of Kringleistas who promise to put you in the Christmas spirit with this most festive offering. Start with cocktails and a meal followed by the show at 1:30 p.m. for the matinée and 7:30 p.m. for the evening performance. Your meal includes dessert and a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda with a cash bar available. RSVP by Nov. 30. Matinée tickets are $60, and evening tickets are $70. 200 Main St. 563-599-7775. mistletones.biz.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: December 1 @ 12:10–12:30 PM
Online

Take a mindful moment with Statera. This is a free, weekly, guided meditation to connect to self using techniques that can lower heart rate, blood pressure, stress, or anxiety. Learn skills that are immediately useful and accessible. All you need is a moment in your day to sit and connect to the present moment. Free. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

The Ghent Altarpiece and the Greatest Unsolved Art Theft of All Time
Thursday, December 1 @ 4–6 PM
Galena Public Library (Galena, IL) and Online

Michelle Cox discusses her latest novel, A Spying Eye. Refreshments will be on hand, books will be for sale, and one lucky in-person attendee will win a special prize! In this sixth book of the series, Clive and Henrietta return to Europe in an attempt to resurrect their failed honeymoon. While in London, they are approached by their old friend, Inspector John Hartle, who convinces them to search for the missing panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, a famous Renaissance painting, of which Hitler’s top men are also in pursuit. Michelle Cox is the author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as Novel Notes of Local Lore, a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Her books have won over 60 international awards and have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Foreword, Elle, Redbook, Brit&Co., POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed, and many others. Free. 601 S. Bench St. Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. michellecox.eventbrite.com.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 1–January 1, 2022 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park

Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 28th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Santa will visit every Tuesday. Proceeds benefit the programs of Hillcrest Family Services. $10 per vehicle ADV/$12 per vehicle gate. 1700 S Grandview Ave. 563-845-0378. Find “Reflections in the Park” on Facebook.

Steve’s Ace Holiday Porch Pot Workshops
Thursday, December 1 @ 6 PM
Saturday, December 3 @ 3 PM
Sunday, December 4 @ 11 AM and 3 PM
Steve’s Ace Home & Garden Dubuque and Peosta

Grab your some friends or family members and come to Steve’s Ace to create your own gorgeous fresh winter porch pot just in time for the holidays. The workshop includes a 12” pot, soil, fresh greenery, pine cones or berries, twigs or birch poles, and a bow. Items may vary based on availability. Additional decor bundles and accents will be available for purchase. RSVP. $60. Dubuque: 3350 JFK Rd. 563-690-1500; Peosta: 456 Peosta St. 563-213-5639. stevesace.com/porch-pot-workshop.

The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays
Thursday, December 1 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Arena

It’s the most magical time of the year… ’tis the season for The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays, an all-new installment of the world-famous, blockbuster touring magic spectacular The Illusionists, from producers Simon Painter, Cirque du Soleil, and MagicSpace Entertainment. “Our record-breaking Broadway run for The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays was an incredible hit, and we are so excited to bring the show to more audiences around the country,” says producer Simon Painter. “The show is a perfect way for families and friends to celebrate the holidays together and see amazing illusionists perform on stage.” The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. The Illusionists previously wowed audiences and around the world including smash hit engagements on Broadway, London’s West End and on tour around the United States and Canada. This year’s family-friendly show promises even more illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, and technological spectacle performed by master entertainers who’ve captivated audiences worldwide. $36–$96. 405 main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

First Fridays
Friday, December 2
9 AM–5 PM @ Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 W 11th St)
5–8 PM @ Art Factory (120 E 9th St, Ste 200)
6–8 PM @ Planted. (245 W 1st St)

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. Celebrate the holidays at Carnegie-Stout Public Library with the Holiday Art @ your library® Show opening day featuring 16 local artists. Enjoy the show while shopping around the Library’s 18-foot Christmas tree decorated in full Victorian splendor. Find a perfect and unique gift. All sales support local artists. Art Factory presents acrylic paintings by Jillian Webb. Of her work, she says, “I create using an intuitive abstract expressionist approach, working to create the essence of a place or emotion. Accepting the imperfections and finding joy through the chaos, I paint life.” Planted. features works from a ton of local artists who have shown in their gallery space before or may be scheduled to show in the upcoming 2023 year.

Christmas Tea
Friday, December 2 @ 11:30–2 PM
Four Mounds Grey House

Enjoy tea, delightful wines, and handmade savories, breads, and sweets. You can tour the festively decorated house and also try your luck at the gift basket raffle and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Fellowship’s mission of restoration and preservation of the Four Mounds estate. Space is limited. RSVP by Nov. 18. $50. 4900 Peru Rd. 563-557-7292. fourmounds.org/programs-events/the-fellowship/christmas-tea.

A Merry Millwork Market
Friday, December 2 @ 4–8 PM
Saturday, December 3 @ 9 AM–2 PM
10th and Washington St

Shop a variety of local arts and craft vendors at A Merry Millwork Market. This year’s event takes place on Friday, Dec. 2 at 4–8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at 10th and Washington St. in the heart of the Millwork District. The opening night tradition is a family favorite and includes a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., a visit from Santa at 6:15 p.m., and Dubuque Music Men (5:45 p.m.) and Duhawkapella (6:15 p.m.) singing your favorite holiday songs. On Saturday, visitors can catch a performance with Adam’s Dance Connection at 11 a.m., the Americana Band at noon, and holiday carolers and magic tricks by local magic club Ring 93 throughout the day. You can also purchase horse and carriage rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since the inaugural market in 2017, A Merry Millwork Market has grown from occupying only the courtyard of the Schmid Innovation Center to filling surrounding streets with holiday tents and lights. The idea of an outdoor market was that of Mary Mulgrew Gronen, who wished to replicate a small-scale Chicago Christkindlmarket, which is Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival, well known for its high quality gifts, food, and holiday cheer. All proceeds from the event benefit the Millwork Collective, a group of nonprofits located in the lower level of the Schmid Innovation Center who work together to operate more efficiently and generate increased impact through co-location and shared services. The resulting collaboration provides cost savings, while fostering new opportunities and a greater focus on each partner’s individual mission. MerryMillworkMarket.com.

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Fridays: December 2, 9 and 16 @ 4–8:30 PM
The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums (Platteville, WI)

Take an old-fashioned holiday horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Platteville and learn about local history and key architectural landmarks. Enjoy the scenery and holiday lights around town with a beautiful team of draft horses. Warm up and shop in the Museum Store before or after your ride. Carriages seat up to 10 people. $120 per carriage. 405 East Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-3301. mining.jamison.museum/programs.

Teeny, Tiny, BOLD Reception
Friday, December 2 @ 4–7 PM
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Rountree Gallery announces the return of Teeny, Tiny, BOLD, the annual juried, small works exhibit, highlighting the power in the compact. The public is invited to join for the artist reception on Friday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. Artists from the US and territories were invited to apply and explore ideas of compression, focus, scale, the intimate and what gives impact and meaning through a restrained format. All artwork is less than 12 inches in any direction. The exhibit is on display now through Feb. 4, 2023. Artist Sunday is a national day to support artists in your community. The gallery will be open on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so you can shop the gallery walls and gift shop to give a special, unique, and handcrafted gift this holiday season. Teeny, Tiny, BOLD is juried by artist Michael Veliquette who makes intricately constructed paper-based sculpture. A working artist for 20 years, Velliquette has participated in over 150 exhibitions in museums and galleries in the US, Europe, and Asia. Velliquette is on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches courses in visual literacy and creative practice. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. RountreeGallery.org.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 2–January 1, 2022 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park

Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 28th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Santa will visit every Tuesday. Proceeds benefit the programs of Hillcrest Family Services. $10 per vehicle ADV/$12 per vehicle gate. 1700 S Grandview Ave. 563-845-0378. Find “Reflections in the Park” on Facebook.

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.

Asbury Park Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2 @ 6 PM
Asbury Park (Asbury, IA)

All citizens are invited to help decorate the tree by placing an ornament on this tree in Asbury Park, enjoy hot chocolate from Hy-Vee, and visit Santa in the City Hall outdoor atrium. Springreen Dr and Asbury Rd. 563-556-7106. cityofasbury.com.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 2–3, 8–10, and 15–17 @ 7:30 PM
December 4, 11, and 18 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

David is moonlighting as a department store Santa so he can buy his new wife a wonderful Christmas gift. He tells her he’s working late, but she finds out he isn’t at the office. A suspected other woman, a bit of hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale of Christmas fun. Thursdays are Girls Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. $11.50 Dec. 2 and 3; $23. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 2 and 3 @ 7:30 PM
December 4 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Adapted from the best-selling young adult book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Christmas at Heritage Center “Heaven and Nature Sing!”
Friday, December 2 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

The University of Dubuque’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts celebrates the birth of Christ through a concert presentation. Christmas at Heritage Center will feature the talents of numerous ensembles. The UD Concert Choir, UD Treble Choir, and UD Chamber Singers will be directed by Kristen Eby, MM, head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, director of choral activities, and assistant professor of music. The UD Concert Band will be conducted by Nolan Hauta, DMA, director of concert bands and assistant professor of instrumental music. New this holiday season is the UD String Ensemble, which will be conducted by Tracey Rush, MM, an adjunct professor, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa School of Music. A variety of traditional favorites will be performed such as “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “In the Bleak Midwinter” as well as some beautiful new carols. Charles Barland, DMA, university organist and professor of music, will play the John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ. There will also be live narration. Complimentary holiday refreshments and live music from UD’s Jazz Band, which will be conducted by Evan Glickman, DMA, director of jazz and athletic bands and assistant professor of music, will follow the concert on Knapp Stage in Heritage Center. Christmas at Heritage Center will air on AM1370 KDTH at 11 p.m. Christmas Eve and 4 p.m. Christmas Day. In case of inclement weather, Christmas at Heritage Center’s snow date is Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. Tickets increase by $5 for purchases on the day of the performance. $14–$20 Adults; $9 children. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. DBQ.edu/heritagecenter.

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.

Mr. Softheart w/ Odd Pets and American Cream Band
December 2 @ 8 PM
Fox Den Motel

Mr. Softheart is an American 3-piece from Des Moines and Cedar Falls, IA. Formed in 2021 by brothers John and Nick Fisher, alongside their long-time creative partner Charlie Patterson, Mr. Softheart’s sound fits most closely within a post-punk ethos—albeit one that favors minimalism and intimacy over more conventional iterations of the genre. $12. 920 Main St. foxdenmotel.com.

Middle Western
Friday, December 2 @ 10 PM
The Lift

Middle Western is the culmination of almost 20 years of discussion between well-known Iowa singer-songwriters William Elliot Whitmore and David Zollo, and Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, sideman, and producer, Stephen “The Kid” Howard. Zollo and Howard played together in The Body Electric, the band Zollo formed after his first group, High and Lonesome, disbanded, and both played on recordings of Whitmore’s. In 2011, the three began performing together, along with Body Electric drummer Brian Cooper, under Whitmore and Zollo’s names, but the idea of forming a group that would write together and employ multiple singers, began taking shape. $10. 180 Main St. facebook.com/theliftdubuque.

St. John’s Episcopal Christmas Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 3 @ 8 AM–2 PM
St. John’s Parish House
Cookies, candies, breads, baklava, and more. Christmas decor and gift items. Soup lunch available. Free to attend. 1458 Locust St. 563-590-0854.

13th Annual Stuff the Truck for Toys For Tots
Saturday, December 3 @ 8 AM–4 PM
Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto Dubuque

The 13th Annual Theisen’s Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots returns to Dubuque on Saturday, Dec. 3. Radio Dubuque will Supercast live at the Dubuque Theisen’s while shoppers take advantage of their annual toy sale discounts. Santa will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to meet with eager youngsters. The Marines and/or Marine Corps League members will be there as well, as Toys For Tots looks to match or beat the amazing $10,000+ in cash and toys they receive from the annual event. Stop by and say “Hi” to Bryce Parks from Toys For Tots and the Theisen’s and Radio-Dubuque crew manning the collection zone outside the store (no matter the weather) all day long on Saturday. 2900 Dodge St. facebook.com/DBQToysForTots.

Galena Territory Holiday Market
Saturday, December 3 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Featuring local vendors, crafters and artisans with decorations, gift items, baked goods, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 3 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
No event on 12/24 and 12/31. Over 20 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, flowers, candy, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth located in the west concourse next to Planet Fitness. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. Volunteer opportunities available. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

A Merry Millwork Market
Saturday, December 3 @ 9 AM–2 PM
10th and Washington St

Shop a variety of local arts and craft vendors at A Merry Millwork Market. This year’s event takes place on Friday, Dec. 2 at 4–8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at 10th and Washington St. in the heart of the Millwork District. The opening night tradition is a family favorite and includes a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., a visit from Santa at 6:15 p.m., and Dubuque Music Men (5:45 p.m.) and Duhawkapella (6:15 p.m.) singing your favorite holiday songs. On Saturday, visitors can catch a performance with Adam’s Dance Connection at 11 a.m., the Americana Band at noon, and holiday carolers and magic tricks by local magic club Ring 93 throughout the day. You can also purchase horse and carriage rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since the inaugural market in 2017, A Merry Millwork Market has grown from occupying only the courtyard of the Schmid Innovation Center to filling surrounding streets with holiday tents and lights. The idea of an outdoor market was that of Mary Mulgrew Gronen, who wished to replicate a small-scale Chicago Christkindlmarket, which is Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival, well known for its high quality gifts, food, and holiday cheer. All proceeds from the event benefit the Millwork Collective, a group of nonprofits located in the lower level of the Schmid Innovation Center who work together to operate more efficiently and generate increased impact through co-location and shared services. The resulting collaboration provides cost savings, while fostering new opportunities and a greater focus on each partner’s individual mission. MerryMillworkMarket.com.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 3 @ 9 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to stained glass and bath bombs. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Early Explorers: P is for Pufferfish
1st Tuesday and Saturday: December 3 @ 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.

Holiday Housewalk
Saturday, December 3 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Enjoy Christmas in The Galena Territory. Visit five beautifully decorated homes in holiday style on tour. Tour begins at The Galena Territory Owners’ Club. Proceeds benefit various Jo Daviess County charities. $12. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Santa Day
December 3 @ 10 AM–1 PM
Shake Rag Alley (Mineral Point, WI)

Photos with Santa are a holiday tradition at Shake Rag Alley. Visit the historic campus for photos ($10), holiday craft-making ($5), and sweet treats. Fun for the entire family! All registered participants will be invited to enjoy the outdoor candy cane station and a free cookie and hot cocoa after your photo or crafts. RSVP required. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Scuba Santa
December 3 and 4 @ 11 AM–Noon
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Scuba Santa is back for another year at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. On Dec. 3 and 4, swing by and snag a picture with him in the Main Channel Aquarium in the Mississippi River Discovery Center. The River Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both dates. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com.

Galena Holidaze Festival
Saturday, December 3 @ 11 AM–6 PM
Green Street Plaza and City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

A new holiday tradition brings the holidays to Green Street Plaza and the City Hall parking lot in downtown Galena, IL. The Galena Holidaze Festival proceeds support the Galena ARC, an organization which has brought more than 50 years of art, sports, fitness, childcare, and early education to the community. Festival goers will have the opportunity to stroll through 12 handcrafted, barn-like booths filled with holiday and artisan gifts. The booths were made possible thanks to the Jo Daviess-Carroll CTE Academy, local construction workers, and volunteers. In addition to crossing items off holiday shopping lists, attendees will enjoy live holiday music performed throughout the day, tractor-pulled wagon rides through downtown Galena, a variety of local food and beverage vendors, a downtown Galena business scavenger hunt, reindeer games for kids sponsored by the Galena ARC, a children’s story time presented by the Galena Public Library, petting a Christmas donkey, the Galena Country Tourism warming station, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to hear children’s Christmas wishes. The festival concludes with caroling led by the Galena High School, Galena Middle School, and Scales Mound School choirs up to the levee to view the Fire in the Sky fireworks display sponsored by the Galena Downtown Business Association. $5 Suggested donation per family. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. GalenaHolidazeFestival.com.

Maquoketa Art Experience Craft and Vendor Show
Saturday, December 3 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)

Vendors, local crafters, treats, bake sale, face painting, and more. 1124 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9925. maquoketa-art.org.

Arts and Craft Holiday Bash
December 3 and 4 @ Noon–6 PM
The Historic Lacy Mansion

Multi-talented people in and around our community come together to exhibit and sell their art, just in time to buy and sell one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. There will be a tree with cards for children with their coat, hat and glove sizes, as well as a holiday gift the child wants. If you’d like to donate gently used toys to benefit the local non-profit, Oh Happy Play, there will be a drop-off box at the event. Food and coffee trucks are invited. Entry benefits Toys for Tots. $5 Suggested donation. 1640 Main St. 415-305-7621. katherinetully123@gmail.com.

Holiday Angst: Dealing with Toxic People
Saturday, December 3 @ 12:30–2 PM
Statera Upper Level Conference Room

We know that anxiety, depression and stress spike between Thanksgiving and the year’s end as social engagements, travel, and bills for holiday gifts merge. Holidays can also require us to spend time with toxic people. Join Karin Anderson, Mental Health Counselor, for an educational group that will explore how to recognize toxic people and how to create personal and emotional boundaries so you can have more joy and peace during your holidays. RSVP encouraged. $20. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Family
December 3 @ 1 PM
Five Flags Theater
The festive sounds and sights of the season fill historic Five Flags Theater as vocalist Katy Richter, the Dubuque Chorale, Children’s Choir and members of the Heartland Ballet join the orchestra in this warm and wondrous Dubuque holiday tradition. Saturday 1 p.m. family concert includes photos with Santa. Saturday evening includes admission to afterparty in the promenade with cookies from Candle Ready Cakes, cash bar and opportunity to meet the musicians! 405 Main St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 3 @ 2–3 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library 2nd Floor Rotunda and Gallery Area

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s tree lighting ceremony for its 18-foot Christmas tree decorated in full Victorian splendor is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. The Dubuque Senior High School Madrigal Performers will provide holiday music around the tree including sing-alongs. Children can enter a drawing to light the tree. Enjoy holiday cookies and hot chocolate to celebrate Christmas cheer! 360 W 11th St. CarnegieStout.org.

Laurie Brink Lecture: Becoming Ambassadors of Reconciliation: Bridging the Divide of Differences
Saturday, December 3 @ 2 PM
Online

Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa Laurie Brink, OP, Ph.D., will give a lecture as part of the yearlong 175th anniversary celebration of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. Sister Laurie will explore the theme of reconciliation and whole-making and propose a process that can enable us to truly respond to God’s call to be “ministers of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18) for a polarized church and world. From the prophets’ call to repentance to Paul’s announcement that we are ambassadors for Christ, the Scriptures are a poignant account of God’s continual invitation to return and be reconciled with God. In nature, the science of emergence recognizes the foundational wholeness of living systems. Sister Laurie is professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. Her most recent publications include The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God: An Emerging Chapter for Religious Life. Science, Theology, and Mission (2022) and What Does the Bible Say About Friendship (2019). Free. sinsinawa.org/live.

Gingerbread House Fundraiser
Saturday, December 3 @ 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

The smell of spicy cookies will fill the Hazel Green Opera House on the first Saturday in December during the first ever Gingerbread House Fundraiser, a benefit for Family Promise of Grant County. Local bakers have been invited to pre-register and bring their gingerbread creations to a competition that will draw attention to the plight of homeless people in Southwest Wisconsin. Select buildings will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit. At 4 p.m., a panel of judges will announce winners in various categories. Concessions, including cookies and warm beverages, will be available. Purchase tickets to vote for your favorite buildings. Free. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129.

Steve’s Ace Holiday Porch Pot Workshops
Saturday, December 3 @ 3 PM
Sunday, December 4 @ 11 AM and 3 PM
Steve’s Ace Home & Garden Dubuque and Peosta

Grab your some friends or family members and come to Steve’s Ace to create your own gorgeous fresh winter porch pot just in time for the holidays. The workshop includes a 12” pot, soil, fresh greenery, pine cones or berries, twigs or birch poles, and a bow. Items may vary based on availability. Additional decor bundles and accents will be available for purchase. RSVP. $60. Dubuque: 3350 JFK Rd. 563-690-1500; Peosta: 456 Peosta St. 563-213-5639. stevesace.com/porch-pot-workshop.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 3–January 1, 2022 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park

Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 28th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Santa will visit every Tuesday. Proceeds benefit the programs of Hillcrest Family Services. $10 per vehicle ADV/$12 per vehicle gate. 1700 S Grandview Ave. 563-845-0378. Find “Reflections in the Park” on Facebook.

Holiday Fire in the Sky
Saturday, December 3 @ 6:30–7 PM
Galena, IL

Kick off the holiday season in downtown Galena, IL, and watch as the night sky comes alive with beautiful fireworks. The launch location will be Grant Park, so you will be able to view them from pretty much anywhere in the downtown area. Rain or shine. Free. 815-281-0673.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Teddy Bear Toss
December 3 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

Bring a new teddy bear or other plush toy to throw onto the ice following the Saints’ first goal. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots in Dubuque. With a massive replacement project completed on the ice sheet, the arena is ready to rock, just in time for another exciting season of USHL Hockey featuring our own Dubuque Fighting Saints. You can listen to the action on the Saints official radio partner Eagle 102.3 or watch the action live on FloHockey. $13–$25. 1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 3, 8–10, and 15–17 @ 7:30 PM
December 4, 11, and 18 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

David is moonlighting as a department store Santa so he can buy his new wife a wonderful Christmas gift. He tells her he’s working late, but she finds out he isn’t at the office. A suspected other woman, a bit of hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale of Christmas fun. Thursdays are Girls Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. $11.50 Dec. 2 and 3; $23. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Blessed Christmas
Saturday, December 3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 4 @ 2 PM
Clarke University Sacred Heart Chapel

Blessed Christmas is a touching portrayal of the Christmas story through music and scripture presented by the Clarke Collegiate Singers and Melos as well as Clarke String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Featured flute soloist, Dr. Laura Canelo-Cohen, is originally from the Dominican Republic. She graduated with honors from Columbus State University and holds a Masters in Contemporary Music from the University of Valencia. Canelo-Cohen obtained her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa and is now the Flute Instructor for Clarke University, as well as offering private lessons. Canelo-Cohen and the Collegiate Singers will also premiere “I Looked to the East” from Adam O’Dell ’13, as part of the John and Nancy Lease Commission Series. $12 Adults; free ages under 18. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-588-6593. clarke.edu/blessedchristmas.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concerts
December 3 @ 7:30 PM
December 4 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
The festive sounds and sights of the season fill historic Five Flags Theater as vocalist Katy Richter, the Dubuque Chorale, Children’s Choir and members of the Heartland Ballet join the orchestra in this warm and wondrous Dubuque holiday tradition. Saturday 1 p.m. family concert includes photos with Santa. Saturday evening includes admission to afterparty in the promenade with cookies from Candle Ready Cakes, cash bar and opportunity to meet the musicians! 405 Main St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 3 @ 7:30 PM
December 4 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Adapted from the best-selling young adult book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Drink 182
December 3 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The ‘90s were strange times in the world of music. Alternative bands roamed the Earth in flannels and vans, while hip-hop groups wore giant Adidas and tracksuits. Also, boy bands were a thing. It’s hard to remember who sang what. Toad the Wet Ezras? Hootie and the Gin Blossoms? Rage Against the Backstreet Boys? You like the ‘90s. Drink 182 likes the ‘90s. Why not get together and play some ‘90s music? It’s about time. Ages 21+. Free. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Gabe Barnett and Them Rounders, Doug Collins
Saturday, December 3 @ 8 PM
Fox Den Motel

Minneapolis bar-stage stalwart Gabe Barnett, and the ever-evolving crew behind him, them Rounders, seamlessly merge the heartfelt, poetic narratives of a folksinger with the cool, swaggering performance of a jazz combo, and add enough punky spirit, experimental tones, and danceable grooves to keep their sound uniquely their own, accomplishing what so many artists struggle to capture in their creations: timelessness. $12. 920 Main St. foxdenmotel.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.

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