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July 2024

Friday, July 19

Friends of the Galena Library Pre-Owned Book Sale
July 19 @ 9 AM–6 PM
July 20 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Galena Middle School (Galena, IL)
Join the Friends of the Galena Public Library for their Pre-Owned Book Sale on July 17 at 4–7 p.m. (Friends only), July 18–19 at 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and July 20 at 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at Galena Middle School in Galena, IL. Thousands of books will be available including adult, teen, children’s, best sellers, classics, biographies, gardening, art, history, large print, mystery, travel, poetry, Western, science fiction, crafts, sports, pets, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and audiobooks. The bake sale starts on Wednesday night and continues until all the baked goods are sold. Bring your own bag and receive a free book. Join Friends of the Galena Public Library and shop on Wednesday night. Proceeds from the sale are used towards subscriptions to Book Page, Flipster Digital Magazine, Ancestry.com and Axis 360; adult and children’s special programs, large print books, Playaway audio books, LitFest and the Galena Little Free Libraries. 1230 Franklin St, Galena, IL. GalenaLibrary.org.

Seussical
Friday, July 19 @ 10:30 AM and 7 PM
Saturday, July 20 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Addams Family
July 19 and 20 @ 7:30 PM
July 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, featuring an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

North American Trainer Association
July 19–21
Dubuque Regional Airport

The Dubuque Regional Airport hosts members of the North American Trainer Association (NATA) as they bring historical aircraft to the airport. An estimated 40 World War II era AT-6 Texans will gather for their annual pre-Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture formation practice and qualification. Other WWII era military training aircraft will include P-51 Mustangs and Corsairs. They will operate from the general aviation apron. NATA is celebrating its 38th year in 2024. The association has nearly 1,000 members worldwide. The first “formation clinic” was held in Boscobel, WI, and has traveled to various Midwest locations since. Dubuque has been home to NATA’s annual clinic for the past 18 years. The gathering serves as a warm-up for the group’s participation in the EAA AirVenture event in nearby Oshkosh, WI. An observation area off Aviation Drive near the Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal will be open to the public. There is no set schedule, but optimal viewing times for spectators are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and plenty of sunscreen. 10965 Aviation Dr. 563-589-4128.

Find Waldo Local
July 19–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

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 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport 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 prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 19–21
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)
Famous for live music! This year is no different with Lainey Wilson, Creed, Cody Johnson, and Hailey Whitters. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Spelling Bee & Old-fashioned Games
Saturday, July 20 @ 10 AM–2 PM
Belden School (Galena, IL)

Step back in time and have some old-fashioned fun! Bring the kids and learn about the one-room schoolhouse and play some games like they used to in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Volunteer docents are onsite and share stories of the 1859 limestone one-room schoolhouse off Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory. Laura Ingalls Wilder, portrayed by Tessa Flak, Director of the Galena–Jo Daviess County Historical Society, will assist in the Second Annual Spelling Bee and old-fashioned tug-of-war at Belden School. The Spelling Bee is for 8 to 12-year-olds and everyone attending may participate (even adults) in the tug-of-war. Spelling Bee words will be chosen from an old 1800s textbook and students will compete with children from the following age groups: 8 to 10-year-olds and 11 to 12-year-olds. Refreshments will be served. Tessa Flak, has a vast knowledge of the “little woman on the prairie.” Throughout high school and college, she worked at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, IA, as a tour guide, and volunteered on the board of directors. Later she became the executive director at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, SD. Free, donations appreciated. 52 Heatherdowns Ln, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Saturday, July 20

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: July 20 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: July 20 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

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

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi
July 20 and 21 @ 9 AM
Grand River Center

The 2025 XPC Arnold Classic Qualifier hosts men and women competing in full power, bench only, ironman, and deadlift only contests. Spectators: $15 One day, $25 two days, free ages 10 and younger. 500 Bell St. upapower.com.

Friends of the Galena Library Pre-Owned Book Sale
July 20 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Galena Middle School (Galena, IL)
Join the Friends of the Galena Public Library for their Pre-Owned Book Sale on July 17 at 4–7 p.m. (Friends only), July 18–19 at 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and July 20 at 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at Galena Middle School in Galena, IL. Thousands of books will be available including adult, teen, children’s, best sellers, classics, biographies, gardening, art, history, large print, mystery, travel, poetry, Western, science fiction, crafts, sports, pets, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and audiobooks. The bake sale starts on Wednesday night and continues until all the baked goods are sold. Bring your own bag and receive a free book. Join Friends of the Galena Public Library and shop on Wednesday night. Proceeds from the sale are used towards subscriptions to Book Page, Flipster Digital Magazine, Ancestry.com and Axis 360; adult and children’s special programs, large print books, Playaway audio books, LitFest and the Galena Little Free Libraries. 1230 Franklin St, Galena, IL. GalenaLibrary.org.

Mt Pleasant Home 150th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, July 20 @ Noon–4 PM
Mt Pleasant Home

Originally a home for children and elderly women, Mt Pleasant Home is now a home for women and men who enjoy worry-free living. Everyone is welcome to take a tour of the home and relax on the quiet grounds. There will be a toy giveaway of toys children might have had 150 years ago, such as wooden tops, marbles, jacks, and pinwheels. Plus cake and ice cream. Free. 1695 Mt Pleasant St. mtpleasanthome.org.

Big Duffer Hospice Golf Outing
Saturday, July 20 @ 1 PM
Lacoma Golf (East Dubuque, IL)

Golf 18-holes (12:15 p.m. registration,1 p.m. shotgun start) or 9-holes (2:30 p.m. registration, 3 p.m. start) with co-workers, friends, or family. Both options include a steak dinner, a golf cart, and green fees. Teams consist of four players. If you are not a golfer, you are welcome to join for the steak dinner at 6 p.m. Support the care the Hospice of Dubuque team provides to Tri-State patients and their families during a vulnerable time of life. They bring peace, dignity, and comfort to more than 800 patients and their families each year. $35–$80. 8080 Timmerman Dr, East Dubuque, IL. 566-582-1220. hospiceofdubuque.org.

Galena Brew Fest
Saturday, July 20 @ 1–4 PM
Chestnut Mountain Resort (Galena, IL)
Savor local and regionally crafted brews, wine, and spirits atop the beautiful mountain, overlooking the Mississippi River. 8700 W Chestnut Mountain Rd, Galena, IL. GalenaARC.org/galena-brew-fest.

Field of Dreams Ghost Player Games: First Pitch by University of Iowa Women’s Basketball Players
Every Other Saturday through August 17: July 20 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)
Three University of Iowa Women’s Basketball players will throw out the first pitch. Sydney Affolter, Taylor McCabe, and Hannah Stuelke will be available for free autographs before the performance at 10–11:30 a.m. Visitors may present one item per player for signatures. Affolter, McCabe, and Stuelke were key contributors to the Hawkeyes back-to-back runs to the national championship game. Cedar Rapids-native Stuelke earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors last season and was the 2022–23 Sixth Player of the Year in the conference. Affolter was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team this past season as a junior. McCabe saw a significant increase in her role as a sophomore and has developed into a impactful 3-point threat. The Ghost Player performance, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Show on Dirt,” features family- friendly entertainment centered around hi-jinks on the baseball diamond. Concessions and autographs available. Just bring your chair and sunscreen. Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. FieldOfDreamsMovieSite.com.

Seussical
Saturday, July 20 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Shows
Every Other Saturday through August 17: July 20 @ 4 PM
Lake Street (Sabula, IA)
Watch Bellevue’s own water ski show team for free along Riverview St. Enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music, and powerful towboats. They are one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Check them out north of Lock 12 for practice or south of Lock 12 for one of their shows. 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. facebook.com/SkiBellevue.

Johnny Rogers
Saturday, July 20 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
The Johnny Rogers Show “The History of Rock n’ Roll” is the story of Buddy and Beyond. Performing in London, the Netherlands, Germany, and all over the United States. Johnny will transport you back in time when you could go to your favorite malt shops with your favorite girl and dance to your favorite bands. The show will start with Johnny’s uncanny portrayal of the late Buddy Holly and go on with a tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, and many more. The show will climax with Johnny’s portrayal the late Elvis Presley. $25 ADV/$28 door adults, $15 ADV/$18 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

The Addams Family
July 20 @ 7:30 PM
July 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, featuring an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Pendulum Hearts
Saturday, July 20 @ 9 PM
The Lift
The Pendulum Hearts conjure up a hip-shaking, two-stepping cocktail of western swing, jazz manouche, and honky-tonk. The members consist of Chase Risinger, Tony Perez, and a rotating cast of rhythm section players and soloists. You’re in for a fun evening of whimsical songwriting, spirited solos, and the undeniable urge to grab a partner and boogie. Free. 180 Main St, Lower Level. facebook.com/theliftdubuque.

North American Trainer Association
July 20–21
Dubuque Regional Airport

The Dubuque Regional Airport hosts members of the North American Trainer Association (NATA) as they bring historical aircraft to the airport. An estimated 40 World War II era AT-6 Texans will gather for their annual pre-Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture formation practice and qualification. Other WWII era military training aircraft will include P-51 Mustangs and Corsairs. They will operate from the general aviation apron. NATA is celebrating its 38th year in 2024. The association has nearly 1,000 members worldwide. The first “formation clinic” was held in Boscobel, WI, and has traveled to various Midwest locations since. Dubuque has been home to NATA’s annual clinic for the past 18 years. The gathering serves as a warm-up for the group’s participation in the EAA AirVenture event in nearby Oshkosh, WI. An observation area off Aviation Drive near the Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal will be open to the public. There is no set schedule, but optimal viewing times for spectators are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and plenty of sunscreen. 10965 Aviation Dr. 563-589-4128.

Find Waldo Local
July 20–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

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 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport 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 prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 20–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 20–21
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)
Famous for live music! This year is no different with Lainey Wilson, Creed, Cody Johnson, and Hailey Whitters. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Sunday, July 21

Sensory Days
Sunday, July 21 @ 8–10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium welcomes anyone who may benefit from a sensory-friendly environment. Across campus at both the Mississippi River Discovery Center and the National River Center, the Museum will have dimmed lighting, limited extra and ambient sounds, and no distracting exhibit motions during this public event. All the River Museum’s animals and exhibits will be available for viewing by attendees. $11.95 Non-members, free for members. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.org.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: July 21 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Convivium Urban Farmstead Open House
Sunday, July 21 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Explore Convivium’s facilities and neighborhood gardens and learn more about their programming and community outreach efforts around food insecurity. There will be farm tours on the hour starting at 9 a.m. There will also be free food and drinks on the back parking lot from noon until 2 p.m. The coffee house and restaurant will be open for normal hours. All ages. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi
Sunday, July 21 @ 9 AM
Grand River Center

The 2025 XPC Arnold Classic Qualifier hosts men and women competing in full power, bench only, ironman, and deadlift only contests. Spectators: $15 One day, $25 two days, free ages 10 and younger. 500 Bell St. upapower.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October 20: July 21 @ 9 AM–Noon
Veterans Memorial Plaza
Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee, donuts, and drinks will be for sale. Proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 1795 Admiral Sheehy Dr. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Pressed Flower Art
Sunday, July 21 @ 10 AM–Noon
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center
Create your own pressed flower art on handmade paper. Flowers are supplied and the “recipe” to follow for placement will be provided. Enjoy a light breakfast on the Hafeman Veranda. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Cooking Class: Tortellini and Agnolotti
Sunday, July 21 @ 11 AM–1:30 PM
Goldmoor Inn (Galena, IL)

Learn how to make pasta dough and how to shape tortellini and agnolotti. Participants will be able to take pasta dough home to make pasta with family and friends and also take home pasta made in class to enjoy with friends and family. Ticket includes one glass of wine/champagne, one charcuterie board (per 3 people), main course of morel agnolotti, and a mini strawberry trifle dessert. $90. 9001 W Sand Hill Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-3925. goldmoor.com.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays
Bigtooth with Denny and the Folk-ups: Sunday, July 21 @ Noon–6 PM
Greg Garing with the Mutual Admiration Society: Sunday, August 4 @ Noon–6 PM
Art Stevenson and High Water with Mississippi Acoustic Trio: Sunday, August 18 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park
The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays series. Promoted by The Dubuque County Conservation Board, this popular event draws music performers from all around the country and began as an effort to bring bluegrass music to an outdoor setting by the Mississippi River at Mud Lake Park. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the Pickers Pick-nic starting at noon and going until 2 p.m. 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. Then at 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act at 3:30 p.m., entertaining until approximately 6 p.m. Asking attendees only for freewill donations, the society’s goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays the next year. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park, along with food concessions and special Mud Lake Bluegrass souvenirs (shirts, instrument, and raffles). No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers, and it is recommended that people bring lawn chairs. People are also encouraged to bring their own instruments and participate in the free music clinics prior to main stage acts. Freewill donations. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Seussical
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Walking to Fix Our Democracy
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
One man is taking to America’s roads to say that all is not lost, and “we the people” have the power to rescue our democracy. Retired Vermont lawyer and businessman Rick Hubbard started his Walking to Fix Our Democracy quest from Pasadena, CA in October of 2022, and will be stopping in Dubuque on Sunday, July 21, to speak at 2 p.m. at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. Hubbard wants to empower voters across the land to raise awareness and advocate in their own communities for proper representation. R.R.S. Stewart will also be speaking about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 1923. Stewart is a teacher and the Treasurer for Dubuque Branch NAACP. Sponsoring both events is the League of Women Voters of Dubuque. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. Free. 360 W 11th St. fixourdemocracy.us.

The Addams Family
July 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, featuring an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Fast Times at Stone Cliff High
Sunday, July 21 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

It’s been years since you last roamed the halls of Stone Cliff High, which officially closed 10 years ago. However, the school spirit is still alive amongst graduates, and—according to the reunion planning committee, it’s time to bust out those shoulder pads and flip up those collars, as this year’s reunion—extended to ALL graduates—is ‘80s themed. Why not, you think as you don your leg warmers? It’s all in good fun… until the night takes a dark twist. One of your fellow graduates (or perhaps a teacher, coach, or staff member?) is out for some righteous revenge. But why? What buzzkill is about to share why dreams were shattered and lives ruined? Brace yourself for a gnarly night of surprises, suspense, and, most of all, big hair. This Totally Tubular Night Murder, Mayhem, and Mixed Tapes includes an ‘80s trivia contest and four “corpse” meal. $85. RSVP by July 13. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Music in the Gardens: 10 of Soul
Sundays through August: July 21 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
This high-energy 11-piece band brings to the stage a dynamic range of classic soul, funk, and pop. The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arts Council. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

North American Trainer Association
July 21
Dubuque Regional Airport

The Dubuque Regional Airport hosts members of the North American Trainer Association (NATA) as they bring historical aircraft to the airport. An estimated 40 World War II era AT-6 Texans will gather for their annual pre-Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture formation practice and qualification. Other WWII era military training aircraft will include P-51 Mustangs and Corsairs. They will operate from the general aviation apron. NATA is celebrating its 38th year in 2024. The association has nearly 1,000 members worldwide. The first “formation clinic” was held in Boscobel, WI, and has traveled to various Midwest locations since. Dubuque has been home to NATA’s annual clinic for the past 18 years. The gathering serves as a warm-up for the group’s participation in the EAA AirVenture event in nearby Oshkosh, WI. An observation area off Aviation Drive near the Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal will be open to the public. There is no set schedule, but optimal viewing times for spectators are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and plenty of sunscreen. 10965 Aviation Dr. 563-589-4128.

Find Waldo Local
July 21–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

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 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport 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 prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 21–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 21–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 21
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)
Famous for live music! This year is no different with Lainey Wilson, Creed, Cody Johnson, and Hailey Whitters. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
July 21–27
Kramer Aquatic Center (Manchester, IA)

Calling all thrill seekers: Check out this whitewater kayaking course. Grab ahold of the paddle and take on a new adventure. $95. 200 Stearns Dr, Manchester, IA. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

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