Tri-State Events

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.

Scuba Santa
December 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.

Steve’s Ace Holiday Porch Pot Workshops
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.

Arts and Craft Holiday Bash
December 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.

Remembering Our Loved Ones at Holiday Time
Sunday, December 4 @ 1:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Sinsinawa Mound will be hosting an ecumenical memorial service to honor family and friends who have passed. Honor your deceased loved ones by displaying a personalized ornament on a tree in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. During this service, you will be invited to receive the ornament as your loved one’s name is called. This service is a living memorial and provides an opportunity for you and your family to experience a new and meaningful ritual. To order your personalized ornament, contact Janice DeMuth at 608-748-4411 x811 by Nov. 25. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

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

Ladies Must Swing Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 4 @ 2 PM
Turner Hall (Galena, IL)

The Galena Center for the Arts presents the 18-piece big band group, Ladies Must Swing. This free holiday concert carries on the spirit and tradition of the former Galena Festival for the Performing Arts, which has generously donated funds to the Galena Center for the Arts to support musical performances featuring regional artists. In 1997, Ladies Must Swing, the all-female 18-piece big band formed in Madison WI to share their love for 1940’s style big band swing music. LMS has received awards over the years including Madison Area Music Award’s Best Jazz Band in Madison as well as recognition for volunteer work with Badger Honor Flight and VFW posts while performing at a variety of venues from airport hangars to casinos! The band spreads its music across the state but has also traveled Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan – LMS was especially proud to be part of the re-grand opening of the Tuskegee Air Museum in Alabama! Donations allow the Center to continue to provide exceptional music and art to the Tri-State area each year. Freewill donations. 115 S. Bench St., Galena IL. 815-402-3111. galenacenterforthearts.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Muskegon Lumberjacks
December 4 @ 3:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 4–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.

New Moon Cacao Ceremony: Breathwork
Sunday, December 4 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Challenge to Change

Alleviate stress and welcome a greater sense of peace and calm into your being. Bring balance within the body, mind, and spirit through breath and sound in a Cacao Ceremony. Through the offering of intentional and specific tones, our bodies can realign with balance, calm the nervous system, and restore our natural ability to heal. Cacao ceremonies have been a significant part of tradition in Central America for centuries. Raw cacao, different from chocolate as we know it, helps to open up the energy of the body and amplify the heart. It helps us to be more aware, awake, and conscious. Cacao offers a beautiful calming effect. New and full moons offer supportive energy for setting intentions and releasing stuck energy. Hosted by Rachel Harwood and Challenge to Change. Rachel is is certified sound healer and Clarity Breathwork practitioner. $50. 3337 Hillcrest Rd. 563-451-7034. challengetochangeinc.com.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 5–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: 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.

Shalom’s Annual Advent Evening for Women
Monday, December 5 @ 6–9 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Continuing a 20+-year Shalom tradition, the wonderful women of Lydia lead a prayerful and inspirational celebration of the season. A scrumptious dinner will precede the chapel program in the dining room. Come for an evening of delicious food, casual conversation, friendship, and prayer. Invite your friends to join you in celebrating the spirit of the season. RSVP by Nov. 28. $40. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: A Christmas Carol, performed by Perseverance Productions
Monday, December 5 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Adapted and directed by Clayton Phillips and based on the novel by Charles Dickens, this adaptation of the ever-popular classic fills the stage with a cast of 16 professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. Phillips’ award-winning directorial credits include directing Kiss of the Spider Woman, Cabaret, and Chicago. Twenty-six beloved traditional carols of the season are woven throughout this original production of A Christmas Carol, accompanied by live instruments onstage including guitar, violin, and flute. New Hampshire-based Perseverance Productions has been spreading cheer across the country with this annual holiday tour. According to the company’s website, “As the British writer Samuel Johnson wrote, ‘Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.’” $31–$49. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

Legacy of Agriculture at Sinsinawa: 175 Years of Farming, 1847-2022
Tuesday, December 6 @ Noon–1 PM or 6–7 PM
Online

Farming has been a way of life at the Sinsinawa Mound since 1847, when Father Samuel Mazzuchelli founded the order of Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. Join Sinsinawa Mound’s Horticulturist and Farm Coordinator, Laurana Snyder, as she talks about the past legacy of farming at Sinsinawa and explore where the future of farming is taking us. RSVP by Dec. 5. $10. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 6–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.

Christmas Trivia
Tuesday, December 6 @ 7–9 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Riverboat Lounge

Gather a group of 3 to 5 of your smartest friends (the ones who are best known for their wealth of Christmas knowledge!) and head to the Riverboat Lounge for a holiday-themed trivia night with Brett. Prizes will be awarded to members of the winning team. 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.

CP Holiday Train
Tuesday, December 6 @ 8:30–9:15 PM
Hawthorne St & Rhomberg Ave

The CP Holiday Train is happy to be back for its 24th year supporting food banks and food shelves across our network by raising money, food and awareness for food insecurity issues. CP asks attendees to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation if they’re able. Park on the Rhomberg side of the tracks to enjoy performances from Alan Doyle and Kelly Prescott. Born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alan Doyle is a singer, songwriter, and actor who rose to fame as the enigmatic frontman for acclaimed Newfoundland folk-rock band Great Big Sea. During their commercial peak from the late ’90s to the mid-2000s, the band’s energetic fusion of traditional Celtic fare and sea shanties earned them international success far beyond the shores of their island home. Doyle launched a solo career in 2012 and released a trio of well-received albums. In addition to his musical work, he has appeared in numerous films and television shows. Born in Ottawa, Kelly Prescott comes by her music in the most honest way possible as a third-generation singer-songwriter on both sides of her family. Growing up between a tour bus and a world-class recording studio, her childhood was steeped in traditional country music. Kelly and her family made their Grand Ole Opry debut as guests of Terri Clark in 2018. She has toured all over North America with such acts as Alan Doyle, Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20), Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, Jim Cuddy, Colin James, Dean Brody and her former band, The Claytones. Local food shelves will set up collection station with all donations made staying with the local food bank to help people in need in the community. Because local food shelves buy food at a discount, cash donations can go further than food donations to help those in need. Since the Holiday Train program launched in 1999, it’s raised more than $21 million and collected 5 million pounds of food for community food banks across North America. Free. cpr.ca/holidaytrain. 

Prairie Work Day: Sunnycrest
Wednesday, December 7 @ 3–4 PM
Sunnycrest Manor

Join Dubuque County Conservation staff at Sunnycrest Prairie to learn about hill top prairies and why they are important to Dubuque County and the Dirftless Area. Then, use hand saws and loppers to remove Buckthorn and other invasive species to promote growth of native species in the prairie. Sunnycrest Prairie has a short walk to the prairie, but will be very steep, be prepared for this ahead of time. Dress for the weather, long pants and sturdy footwear are required as we will be on the rocky prairies. DCCB will provide loppers, hand saws and gloves. This is geared towards adults, but families are welcome too! RSVP required. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 7–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.

Cases from the Files of a Bible Detective: Case of the Threatening Star
Wednesday, December 7 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Dr. Fred Baltz will be leading Cases from the Files of a Bible Detective. Cuneiform tablets with Mesopotamian sky omens nearly three thousand years old tell us how ancient astrologers interpreted heavenly signs for their kings. Two particular omens involving the planter Jupiter spelled violent death for the king unless steps were taken to make peace with the enemy, the West. Were the Magi in Matthew’s Gospel ambassadors sent to secure peace with the West? The Bible Detective applies astronomy, showing that these two Jupiter omens actually occurred near the time of Jesus’ birth. RSVP by Dec. 2. $20. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411 sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: December 8 @ 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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 8–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.

Chow Bella Book Group: The Second-Worst Restaurant in France
Thursday, December 8 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for foodies. Discuss The Second-Worst Restaurant in France: A Paul Stuart Novel by Alexander McCall Smith. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Sips, Nibbles & Novels Bookclub: Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop
Thursday, December 8 @ 6:30 PM
Kelli’s Place (Benton, WI)

Discuss Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan. 67 E Main St, Benton, WI. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 8–10 and 15–17 @ 7:30 PM
December 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.

Verena Street Holiday Open House & Warehouse Sale
Friday, December 9 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Verena Street

Enjoy hot deals on all coffee and merchandise, holiday gift baskets, and more! There will be free refreshments of freshly roasted coffee and donut holes. Free tours 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. include a behind-the-scenes look at the roasting and packaging areas. You will learn how coffee is grown and processed around the world, then experience each step in our bean to cup process. Hosted by a veteran member of the Verena Street team, you’ll learn the answers to questions you didn’t even know to ask! Free. 720 Verena Ct. 563-556-3931. verenastreet.com.

Forest School
2nd and 4th Friday through May: December 9 @ 10:30 AM
Various Locations in Dubuque County

No class Dec. 23. These programs are provided for any school age child and will be experiential and hands-on utilizing the great outdoors. RSVP required. Free. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

AccessDubuqueJobs.com Hiring Fair
Friday, December 9 @ Noon–3 PM
Steeple Square

More than 60 employers representing over 1,000 jobs will be present. In-person resources include success coaches, insurance experts, and IowaWORKS representatives. The event is open to all job seekers. 101 E 15th St. accessdubuquejobs.com/career-fairs.

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Fridays: December 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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 9–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 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.

Christmas Movie Trivia Night (SOLD OUT)
December 9 @ 7–10 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Get ready for the hap-hap happiest Christmas Vacation trivia night! Up to 8 people per team. No cell phones, web devices, or smart watches can be used. Win door prizes. Food and cash bar available. Doors at 6 p.m. All ages. Free. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 9–10 and 15–17 @ 7:30 PM
December 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.

Classical Blast: Dark Side of the Yule
Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 PM
Turner Hall (Galena IL)

The show melds Christmas and rock music with original arrangements featuring music by bands like Metallica, Evanescence, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and more, all mashed with holiday classics, baroque carols, classical, and originals. It may be the most unique holiday show around. Is it Christmas, is it rock, is it pop, is it traditional? It’s all of the above and more, all rolled into a series of musical stories that explore the holiday season’s darker themes. No worries, everyone sees the light by the end! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $25 ADV/$30 door adults; $10 ages under 18. 115 S Bench St, Galena IL. ClassicalBlast.com.

Breakfast With Santa—SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 10 @ 8–11 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Grande Ballroom

Join for a delicious breakfast with crafts, ornament creation, Christmas stories, and a visit from Santa. $16 for Adults; $10 or toy donation for children. 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. RSVP required. 200 Main St. 563-588-5563. dmm@hoteljuliendubuque.com. HotelJulienDubuque.com/event/12-days-of-christmas.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 10 @ 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.

Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers: “Marvel”ous Musicians
2nd Saturday through April: December 10 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP) is a monthly concert series for preschool children and their families. Performers presents a free mini-concert introducing children to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Children will leave each concert with a greater appreciation of music and a lollipop to enjoy! Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-690-0151. NISOM.com.

Singalong Nativity
Saturday, December 10 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, December 11 @ 2 PM
Saturday, December 17 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, December 18 @ 2 PM
Wednesday, December 28 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

Scenes of Bethlehem appear on the pages of a giant book, angels fly in from the balcony, and shepherds and wisemen pay homage to the newborn savior in this Fever River Puppeteers’ marionette production. One of the oldest shows in the puppet company’s repertory, this Christmas show was first called It Came to Pass.  It was retitled a singalong in recent years when puppeteers Chuck and Sandye Voight noted that audiences were quietly singing along to their favorite carols. “It was so sweet that it moved us to tears,” Sandye said. Although this production is more serious than some, there is comic relief in some of the animal characters, which is always a hit with children.After the show is over, there is a time for selfies with the puppets and a Q and A. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight167@centurylink.net. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Lunch with Santa
Saturday, December 10 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Midtown Marina (East Dubuque, IL)

Dine with Santa at Midtown Marina. Kids can enjoy crafts, lunch (chicken nuggets, fries, and a festive dessert), visit with Santa, and a goodie bag. RSVP required. $12. 285 5th St, East Dubuque, IL. 815-747-3310.

Thomas Merton’s Final Years
Saturday, December 10 @ 1–4 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa’s Ecological Programming Coordinator presents on Thomas Merton’s final years. The great monk, mystic, and writer lived one of the most fascinating lives of the 20th century. But of all the years he lived, his last, 1968, may have been his most wide-ranging and fascinating. RSVP by Dec. 7. $20. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

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.

A Christmas Carol (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 10 @ 2:30–3:30 and 7:30–8:30 PM
Sunday, December 11 @ 2–3 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

The live performances will play out through the entirety of the house with the audience following from room-to-room as the story unfolds, creating a new experience for visitors. This version of the play will be directed by Lenore Howard of Fly-By-Night Productions, and Craig Schaefer with LC Productions will serve as the executive producer and creative director for the recorded version. $20. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows
Saturday, December 10 @ 4–9:30 PM
Downtown Galena, IL

Don’t miss one of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. More than 5,000 candlelit luminaries line the streets, steps, and sidewalks, and store windows come alive! From Main Street to the hills overlooking Grant Park, all of Galena will be glowing. From 4 to 7 p.m., store windows on Main Street come alive with holiday-inspired animation in Living Windows, and local businesses offer extended hours, so take advantage and do some holiday shopping! Carolers will be signing at the Grant Park gazebo from 6 to 7 p.m. Luminaries will light the way until 9:30 p.m. Free. 815-281-0673.

Holiday Mine Sing
Saturday, December 10 @ 4–6 PM
The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums (Platteville, WI)

Celebrate the holiday spirit above ground and below with a beautiful evening of music at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums. A traditional Christmas concert around the 14-foot holiday tree by the 50-member Platteville Chorale will be followed by the Platteville High School Blue Notes performing jazz standards and holiday carols a cappella underground in the Bevans Mine. $15 Ages 13+, $11.25 ages 65+, $7.50 ages 5–12, $3 ages 4 and under. 405 East Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-3301. mining.jamison.museum/programs.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 10–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.

Running Man, Combat Naps, Hayes Noble
Saturday, December 10 @ 6 PM
Monk’s

Running Man is a Quad Cities, IA proto punk super group featuring members of Multiple Cat, Mondo Drag, and The Dead Kennedys. Combat Naps is an eclectic mix of styles shot through with punk and bossa nova from Madison, WI. Hayes Noble is an ear-splitting shoegaze rockstar from Galena, IL. Doors at 5 p.m. 373 Bluff St. 563-585-0919. facebook.com/MonksKaffeePub.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 10 and 15–17 @ 7:30 PM
December 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.

Nutcracker Ballet
December 10, 16, and 17 @ 7:30 PM
December 11 and 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Whirling Snowflakes and waltzing Flowers frame this beloved holiday classic. Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker battle the dreadful Mouse King in a nightmare that becomes a beautiful dream. Performed annually for over 20 years, the Dubuque City Youth Ballet production will be a highlight of your family’s holiday celebration. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas
Saturday, December 10 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
The Texas Tenors are the most successful music group and third highest selling artist in the history of America’s Got Talent!  Since appearing on the series in 2009, JC, Marcus and John have released five studio albums, two PBS Specials, four DVDs, multiple singles and a children’s book that have earned them impressive recognition including three Emmy Awards, The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, and the distinction of being Billboard Magazine’s No. 10 Classical Artist in the World. The Texas Tenors’ concerts appeal to all ages and have been wildly successful from performing arts centers, casinos and symphony halls to outdoor festivals and corporate events.  These classically trained, versatile tenors have been honored to celebrate our nation at such prestigious events as The White House National Tree Lighting, The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremonies, but some of the most rewarding moments for JC, Marcus and John are honoring our nation’s veterans at each and every concert across the country. Recently they were honored to be included among the top 50 acts in the world and the only vocal group from the United States invited to appear on NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Presented by the Dubuque Arts Council. $35–$55. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Sun Green w/ Elijah Berlow and Jeremy Quentin
December 10 @ 8 PM
Fox Den Motel

Three great tribute sets all together in one great show. Sun Green brings a Neil Young tribute set with a veteran crew of Dubuque musical journeymen. Elijah Berlow performs a Townes Van Zandt tribute set, and Jeremy Quentin (that’s Jeremy from Fox Den) does a tribute to Wilco. $12. 920 Main St. foxdenmotel.com.

Cuba City Christmas
December 10
Cuba City, WI

Cuba City’s “Candyland Christmas” kicks off with the Lioness cookie walk at the American Legion at 8 a.m. followed by the Methodist Church bake sale at 10 a.m. Participating businesses will offer holiday food and drink specials throughout the day. Head to the Presidential Courtyard at 4:30 p.m. for food and drinks, and enjoy carolers from CCHS at 5 p.m. and Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. The parade on Main Street begins at 6 p.m. followed by a celebration in the Presidential Courtyard with St Rose carolers, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Lioness Christmas ornament and candy cane, The Grinch, and parade and home and business Christmas decorating winner announcements. cubacity.org.

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 11 @ 8 AM–1 PM
DeSoto House Hotel (Galena, IL)

For big kids and little kids… bring a list for Santa and enjoy Rudolph, Frosty, and a helpful elf while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Santa arrives at 8:30 a.m. and leaves at 1 pm. RSVP recommended. Free. 230 S. Main St, Galena, IL. 815-777-0090. desotohouse.com.

6th Annual Toys For Tots Kids’ Christmas Party
Sunday, December 11 @ Noon–3 PM
Five Flags Arena

It’s the biggest, craziest party of the holiday season… it’s for kids ten and under… and it’s FREE! Marine Corps Toys For Tots is excited to announce the return of the annual Kids’ Christmas Party presented by Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, and Paramount Ambulance. Taking place on Sunday, Dec. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., the Five Flags Arena will transform into a yuletide display of controlled chaos, as hundreds (and hundreds) of Tri-State youngsters converge for the biggest party around. And the best part is, it’s all totally FREE! The event is hosted by Marine Corps Toys For Tots of Dubuque and the Dubuque Police Department in memory of Police Chief Mark Dalsing, a big kid and a huge supporter of Toys For Tots who we lost way too soon. This event will be a super fun, safe, and festive chance for kids to play together, have a blast, and go home with a few goodies along the way. This is not a charity event. It’s for ALL kids in the Dubuque area. The three-hour party will have music and dancing with a live DJ that’s great with kids. Giant inflatable rides will return as will the Paramount Ambulance for kids to check out in person. Kids can also climb aboard a real fire truck and see how Dubuque heroes do their jobs when they get to talk with real firefighters. Especially exciting is the Theisen’s free toy giveaway to every child with other surprise goody giveaways as well. This year, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque joins Theisen’s with the giveaways, only they will be doing free fun activity and reader books for every child at the party. And don’t forget the photos! Get your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus and download the pictures for free, courtesy of DigitalDubuque.com. This year, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will return in front of a wintery palace backdrop. And new this year, Darth Vader and his dark side friends from Star Wars will be featured at a third photo-op. All photos will available for free to download online. You can also get your face painted and take home a balloon animal. Plus, free cookies, popcorn, milk, and punch, thanks to the generosity of 365ink Magazine, Diamond Jo Casino, Fareway Stores, Prairie Farms Dairy, DigitalDubuque.com, Meyer Photography, Five Flags Center, Dollar Tree, the Dubuque Fire Department, and Radio Dubuque. Free. 405 Main St. facebook.com/DBQToysForTots.

Little Women Auditions
Sunday, December 11 @ 1–3 PM
Monday, December 12 @ 6–8 PM
Grand Opera House Rehearsal Space
The Grand Opera House is holding auditions for their 2023 performance of Little Women. Meet at the Grand Opera House Rehearsal Space inside the Arcade building. Performances are Feb. 24–26 and March 3–5. Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? The creative team seeks a diverse company of youth and adult actors. Actors of all ethnicities will be equally considered for all roles, and actors of color are encouraged to audition. All roles are open. Actors will be asked to read from a selection of short sides that will be provided during auditions. Digital audition forms can be filled out prior to your arrival and can be found on the Grand’s website. Anyone who would like to audition but can’t make it during the regular audition times may contact the director, Jenna Jensen, at jenna.jensen627@gmail.com to arrange a time to meet or send a video submission. 880 Locust St, Suites 222 and 228. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 11 and 18 @ 2 PM
December 15–17 @ 7:30 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.

Nutcracker Ballet
December 11 and 18 @ 2 PM
December 16 and 17 @ 7:30 PM
The Grand Opera House

Whirling Snowflakes and waltzing Flowers frame this beloved holiday classic. Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker battle the dreadful Mouse King in a nightmare that becomes a beautiful dream. Performed annually for over 20 years, the Dubuque City Youth Ballet production will be a highlight of your family’s holiday celebration. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

A Christmas Carol (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, December 11 @ 2–3 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

The live performances will play out through the entirety of the house with the audience following from room-to-room as the story unfolds, creating a new experience for visitors. This version of the play will be directed by Lenore Howard of Fly-By-Night Productions, and Craig Schaefer with LC Productions will serve as the executive producer and creative director for the recorded version. $20. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Singalong Nativity
Sunday, December 11 @ 2 PM
Saturday, December 17 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, December 18 @ 2 PM
Wednesday, December 28 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

Scenes of Bethlehem appear on the pages of a giant book, angels fly in from the balcony, and shepherds and wisemen pay homage to the newborn savior in this Fever River Puppeteers’ marionette production. One of the oldest shows in the puppet company’s repertory, this Christmas show was first called It Came to Pass.  It was retitled a singalong in recent years when puppeteers Chuck and Sandye Voight noted that audiences were quietly singing along to their favorite carols. “It was so sweet that it moved us to tears,” Sandye said. Although this production is more serious than some, there is comic relief in some of the animal characters, which is always a hit with children.After the show is over, there is a time for selfies with the puppets and a Q and A. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight167@centurylink.net. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Christmas with Jim McDonough and His Orchestra: 20th Anniversary Tour
December 11 @ 2:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

Celebrate the holiday season in style by attending “Christmas with Jim McDonough and His Orchestra: The 20th Anniversary Tour!” This dazzling stage production features International Steinway Artist, Jim McDonough, alongside his 14-piece professional orchestra, performing your favorite Christmas music and other all-time favorites. The awe-inspiring event is a grand combination of beautiful music, spectacular visual effects, and the true spirit of the season. Don’t miss the return of one of Iowa’s most treasured holiday traditions! $58–$68. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 11–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.

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.

Milk Party and “Baby’s First Christmas” Ornament-Making Class
Monday, December 12 @ 9:30–10:30 AM
Statera Lower Level Wellness Studio

This free support group is for moms and breastfeeding babies of all ages, as well as pumping moms and pregnant women. In December, they will meet as a group and make baby’s first Christmas ornament. Free. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

Red Basket Holiday Luncheon
Monday, December 12 @ 11:30 AM–2 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Grande Ballroom

Presented by PJ’s Boutique and Potosa Spa, benefiting The Red Basket Project. Kick things off in the Atrium with holiday spirits and wine for purchase. Lunch will be served in the Grande Ballroom at noon followed by a fashion show by PJ’s Boutique. Afterwards, enjoy live holiday caroling from the Movin’ On Barbershop Quartet and a Hotel Julien Dubuque gift card sale. Tickets include a $5 donation to The Red Basket Project. There will be a donation collection for cosmetic bags (unused and non-see through Clinique, Ipsy, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay bags) and feminine hygiene products. 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. RSVP required. $35. 200 Main St. 563-588-5570. Leadwc@potosaspa.com. HotelJulienDubuque.com/event/12-days-of-christmas.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 12–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: 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.

Little Women Auditions
Monday, December 12 @ 6–8 PM
Grand Opera House Rehearsal Space
The Grand Opera House is holding auditions for their 2023 performance of Little Women. Meet at the Grand Opera House Rehearsal Space inside the Arcade building. Performances are Feb. 24–26 and March 3–5. Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? The creative team seeks a diverse company of youth and adult actors. Actors of all ethnicities will be equally considered for all roles, and actors of color are encouraged to audition. All roles are open. Actors will be asked to read from a selection of short sides that will be provided during auditions. Digital audition forms can be filled out prior to your arrival and can be found on the Grand’s website. Anyone who would like to audition but can’t make it during the regular audition times may contact the director, Jenna Jensen, at jenna.jensen627@gmail.com to arrange a time to meet or send a video submission. 880 Locust St, Suites 222 and 228. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Shalom Annual Advent Dinner, Music & Prayer
Monday, December 12 @ 6–9 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Enjoy the annual evening of anticipating Christmas with food, music, and prayer. Nourish your body with a bountiful meal and your spirit with beautiful music and prayer. Join for a joyous evening that will open your heart and mind to the beauty of the season and the message of the coming Messiah. Directed by Carol Hemesath, OSF, and Jim Brimeyer, featuring Dubuque area musicians. RSVP by Dec. 3. $40. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Zentangle Workshop Series: Tangle on Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 13 @ 4–5:30 PM
Planted.

Relax and have fun with Stephanie Funke as you explore structured patterns with easy-to-learn, repetitive strokes that create beautiful and unique pieces of art. This is an all experience-level and all ages course. No prior drawing experience required. Supplies included. $35. 245 W 1st St. 563-239-9289. facebook.com/planted.dbq.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 13–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.

Advent Book Discussion: The Universal Christ
Tuesday, December 13 @ 6:30–8 PM
Online

Join Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa’s Ecological Programming Coordinator to discuss Richard Rohr’s, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. Richard Rohr has drawn on scripture, history and spiritual practice to articulate a profound and transformative view of Jesus Christ. RSVP by Dec. 12. $10. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 14–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.

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.

Tree of Love
December 14 @ 6:30 PM
Midwest Medical Center (Galena, IL)

Pay tribute to loved ones while helping to raise funds to support the hospital and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. This is the Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary’s primary fundraiser and is targeted to purchase needed unbudgeted equipment. Join for a tree lighting event after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The gorgeous Tree of Love will be placed in the hospital’s main lobby to continue the tradition. There are four levels of giving to sponsor an ornament to honor a loved one. Multiple ornaments can be donated, and a name will be placed on each ornament that will be used to decorate the Tree of Love. Donations received by Dec. 8 will have their loved one’s names included on a display board in the lobby. Donations received after Dec. 8 will be added to the honorees’ names printed in the Galena Gazette. Free. 1 Medical Center Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-6056.

The Secret Indigenous Life of Christmas Trees
December 14 @ 6:30–7:30 PM
Online

The Christmas tree is one of the most recognizable and beloved religious symbols in North America. It also has surprising Indigenous connections. In conversation with the bestselling book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer, join Damian Costello to explore the tree’s long history, deep spiritual meaning, and its potential as a ceremonial medicine for cultivating reciprocity with the land. RSVP by Dec. 13. $10. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

She Unites: Rise
2nd Wednesday through May: December 14 @ 7–9 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Rise is a program designed specifically for 11th and 12th grade girls in the Dubuque area. She Unites is on a mission to equip teenage girls with education and skills for real life. It is a place for young women to make friends and find support in the transition to adulthood phase of life. Free coffee, free community, and free education. No pre-registration is required. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 608-218-4756. sheunitesiowa.com.

Stress Management Tips for Leaders Trying to Balance it All
Wednesday, December 14 @ 8–10 AM
NICC Town Clock Business Center

The responsibilities and demands of leadership can be overwhelming and stressful, especially when we have personal lives away from the office. How can we balance it all? Learn new techniques to identify which tasks can be shifted or transformed to create better work-life balance. Discover how to change your responses to stress and improve brain health by creating a roadmap to implement these new strategies. You’ll gain new insights from this session! Instructed by Alisha Leytem. $59. 680 Main St, Suite 100. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: December 15 @ 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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 15–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.

Christmas Cocktails With Carl
Thursday, December 15 @ 6–8 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Riverboat Lounge

Are you hosting a holiday party this season? Riverboat Lounge bartender Carl wants to help you master the perfect craft cocktail recipes to “wow” your guests. Join for an entertaining and educational evening! 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.

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.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 15–17 @ 7:30 PM
December 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.

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Friday, December 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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 16–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 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.

Grown-Up YogArt: Intention Boxes
3rd Friday: December 16 @ 6–9 PM
Challenge to Change

Join Challenge to Change for a fun, social evening of gentle yoga, wine, and art. The first hour will be spent in an all-levels yoga practice. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to socialize and get creative in an art project specially selected each month. Wine and art supplies included. Ages 21+. $30. 3337 Hillcrest Rd. 563-451-7034. rachel@challengetochangeinc.com. challengetochangeinc.com.

Merry Branson Christmas
Friday, December 16 @ 7 PM
Galena Bible Church (11108 US 20, Galena, IL)
Saturday, December 17 @ 7 PM
Emmaus Bible College Marble Chapel (2570 Asbury Rd)
Sunday, December 18 @ 6:30 PM
The Stone Church (18175 222nd St, Manchester, IA)
Mike Walker, an award-winning vocalist and musical impressionist with a popular show in Branson, Mo., will be performing three Christmas concerts to benefit Tri-State Christian School. Walker has performed with The Drifters, The Platters, Kansas, Boston, Kenny Rogers, Alabama and Toby Keith. He is a member of the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, alongside Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. His regular show in Branson, Mo., has won numerous awards, the most recent being the 2021 Branson Matinee Show of the Year.  Come enjoy an evening with two-time Branson Male Vocalist of the year, four-time Branson Impressionist of the year and two-time Branson Matinee show of the year. $30. tscs.org.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 16–17 @ 7:30 PM
December 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.

Nutcracker Ballet
December 16 and 17 @ 7:30 PM
December 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Whirling Snowflakes and waltzing Flowers frame this beloved holiday classic. Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker battle the dreadful Mouse King in a nightmare that becomes a beautiful dream. Performed annually for over 20 years, the Dubuque City Youth Ballet production will be a highlight of your family’s holiday celebration. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts
Friday, December 16 @ 10 PM
The Lift

Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings. We’re not going to lie, these guys are unabashedly 365ink’s favorite band. They ooze cool on stage, are so tight and in the pocket it’s ridiculous, and simply have an unparalleled groove. $15. 180 Main St. facebook.com/theliftdubuque.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 17 @ 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.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 17 @ 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.

Country Christmas
Saturday, December 17 @ 10 AM–Noon
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Celebrate Christmas at the indoor arena with gifts from Santa, wagon rides, and create a Christmas craft. Free adults; $5 children. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-9550. theshenandoahridingcenter.com.

Home for the Holidays
December 17 and 18 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site
During Home for the Holidays, visitors can take self-guided tours through the house and see the decorations from the Victorian era. Guides will not be leading tours through the house but will be providing information to guests. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children. Members get in for free. Guests can take part in a cooking class where they will learn to make sugar plums on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. This class costs $15. On Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy a holiday afternoon tea. All ages are invited to attend and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Dietary requests can be met if notified ahead of time. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Singalong Nativity
Saturday, December 17 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, December 18 @ 2 PM
Wednesday, December 28 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

Scenes of Bethlehem appear on the pages of a giant book, angels fly in from the balcony, and shepherds and wisemen pay homage to the newborn savior in this Fever River Puppeteers’ marionette production. One of the oldest shows in the puppet company’s repertory, this Christmas show was first called It Came to Pass.  It was retitled a singalong in recent years when puppeteers Chuck and Sandye Voight noted that audiences were quietly singing along to their favorite carols. “It was so sweet that it moved us to tears,” Sandye said. Although this production is more serious than some, there is comic relief in some of the animal characters, which is always a hit with children.After the show is over, there is a time for selfies with the puppets and a Q and A. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight167@centurylink.net. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Snowflakes & Sweets Stroll
Saturday, December 17 @ Noon–4 PM
Downtown Galena, IL

Take your time enjoying special sweet treats from local bakeries, chocolatiers, and more while strolling down Galena’s magical Main Street. Hopefully you’ll enjoy some snowflakes as well as you stroll. You will find the sweet treats sprinkled along Main Street in our unique collection of shops! Your ticket will get you a punch card good for 10 sweet treats. The sweet treats will be a mix (chosen by you) of cookies, candies, drinks and more. All ticket holders must check in to pick up their map and punch card (location TBD) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $30. 815-281-0673. facebook.com/GalenaDowntown.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 17–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.

Mathias Ham Historic Site Candlelight Tours
December 17 and 18 @ 7–9 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

The 45-minute tours allow visitors to take in the house in a different light at 7 and 8 p.m. The architectural and historical significance will be highlighted by the guides as the tours move through the house. $7.50 Member/$10 non-member adults, $4 member/$7.50 non-member children. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Merry Branson Christmas
Saturday, December 17 @ 7 PM
Emmaus Bible College Marble Chapel (2570 Asbury Rd)
Sunday, December 18 @ 6:30 PM
The Stone Church (18175 222nd St, Manchester, IA)

Mike Walker, an award-winning vocalist and musical impressionist with a popular show in Branson, Mo., will be performing three Christmas concerts to benefit Tri-State Christian School. Walker has performed with The Drifters, The Platters, Kansas, Boston, Kenny Rogers, Alabama and Toby Keith. He is a member of the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, alongside Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. His regular show in Branson, Mo., has won numerous awards, the most recent being the 2021 Branson Matinee Show of the Year.  Come enjoy an evening with two-time Branson Male Vocalist of the year, four-time Branson Impressionist of the year and two-time Branson Matinee show of the year. $30. tscs.org.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS USA Hockey NTDP
December 17 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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 17 @ 7:30 PM
December 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.

Nutcracker Ballet
December 17 @ 7:30 PM
December 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Whirling Snowflakes and waltzing Flowers frame this beloved holiday classic. Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker battle the dreadful Mouse King in a nightmare that becomes a beautiful dream. Performed annually for over 20 years, the Dubuque City Youth Ballet production will be a highlight of your family’s holiday celebration. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.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.

The Beach Bums
Saturday, December 17 @ 8 PM
Q Casino Q Showroom
Have you ever found yourself wasted away again in Margaritaville? Do you enjoy Cheeseburgers in Paradise? If so grab your floral shirt, Hawaiian lei, put a parrot on your shoulder and get ready for the greatest show on the surf with The Beach Bums. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. qcasinoandhotel.com.

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 18 @ 8 AM–Noon
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage tater tots, eggs, apple sauce, OJ, milk, and coffee. Santa will be available for photos starting at 9:30 a.m. Kids can decorate holiday crafts, and vendors will be on site to help with your holiday shopping. $10 Adults, $5 ages 5–12, free ages 4 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Home for the Holidays
December 18 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

During Home for the Holidays, visitors can take self-guided tours through the house and see the decorations from the Victorian era. Guides will not be leading tours through the house but will be providing information to guests. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children. Members get in for free. Guests can take part in a cooking class where they will learn to make sugar plums on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. This class costs $15. On Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy a holiday afternoon tea. All ages are invited to attend and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Dietary requests can be met if notified ahead of time. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Kids Holiday YogArt Camp
Sunday December 18 @ 1–4 PM
Challenge to Change

At this special holiday YogArt camp, children will explore the practices of yoga and mindfulness, enjoy some holiday fun and activities, and create a special handmade gift ready for them to share with someone special! All supplies included. Ages 5–12. $50. 3337 Hillcrest Rd. 563-451-7034. challengetochangeinc.com/studio.

Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
December 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.

Nutcracker Ballet
December 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Whirling Snowflakes and waltzing Flowers frame this beloved holiday classic. Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker battle the dreadful Mouse King in a nightmare that becomes a beautiful dream. Performed annually for over 20 years, the Dubuque City Youth Ballet production will be a highlight of your family’s holiday celebration. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Singalong Nativity
Sunday, December 18 @ 2 PM
Wednesday, December 28 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

Scenes of Bethlehem appear on the pages of a giant book, angels fly in from the balcony, and shepherds and wisemen pay homage to the newborn savior in this Fever River Puppeteers’ marionette production. One of the oldest shows in the puppet company’s repertory, this Christmas show was first called It Came to Pass.  It was retitled a singalong in recent years when puppeteers Chuck and Sandye Voight noted that audiences were quietly singing along to their favorite carols. “It was so sweet that it moved us to tears,” Sandye said. Although this production is more serious than some, there is comic relief in some of the animal characters, which is always a hit with children.After the show is over, there is a time for selfies with the puppets and a Q and A. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight167@centurylink.net. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 18–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.

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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 19–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.

Cookie Decorating at Steeple Square
Monday, December 19 @ 5–7 PM
Steeple Square

Join NICC for a fun night of decorating cookies. Learn about NICC’s Career Pathway Certificate programs and meet their amazing College and Career Coaches. RSVP. Free. 101 E 15th St. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

Merry Branson Christmas
Sunday, December 18 @ 6:30 PM
The Stone Church (18175 222nd St, Manchester, IA)

Mike Walker, an award-winning vocalist and musical impressionist with a popular show in Branson, Mo., will be performing three Christmas concerts to benefit Tri-State Christian School. Walker has performed with The Drifters, The Platters, Kansas, Boston, Kenny Rogers, Alabama and Toby Keith. He is a member of the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, alongside Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. His regular show in Branson, Mo., has won numerous awards, the most recent being the 2021 Branson Matinee Show of the Year.  Come enjoy an evening with two-time Branson Male Vocalist of the year, four-time Branson Impressionist of the year and two-time Branson Matinee show of the year. $30. tscs.org.

Mathias Ham Historic Site Candlelight Tours
December 18 @ 7–9 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

The 45-minute tours allow visitors to take in the house in a different light at 7 and 8 p.m. The architectural and historical significance will be highlighted by the guides as the tours move through the house. $7.50 Member/$10 non-member adults, $4 member/$7.50 non-member children. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/events.

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.

Shalom Winter Breakfast
Tuesday, December 20 @ 7:30 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center

All are welcome to the Annual Winter Breakfast featuring Charism Team member Julie Tebbe. Julie will usher you into the holidays as “Christmas People!” Using music, stories, and prayer, Julie will share how carrying the true spirit of Christmas in our hearts lasts beyond the season. “Christmas People” are called to live and share the light of Christ all year long. Join for a delicious and festive meal, friendship, and fun. RSVp by Dec. 13. $15. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 20–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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 21–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.

Sacred Land-Wild Church: Winter Solstice
December 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Inspired by Celtic tradition and the Wild Church network, Sacred Land-Wild Church: Winter Solstice will be led by Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa Mound’s Ecological Programming Coordinator. Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: this ecumenical gathering is centered on honoring the sacred time of Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Free will offering. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: December 22 @ 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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 22–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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 23–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 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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 24–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.

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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 25–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.

Winter Break Day Camps
December 26–30 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is offering special day camps for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade during winter break. Each day offers different themed sessions with fun, educational programs. Bring a sack lunch. 350 E 3rd St. rivermuseum.com/wintercamps.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 26–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: 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.

Winter Break Day Camps
December 27–30 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is offering special day camps for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade during winter break. Each day offers different themed sessions with fun, educational programs. Bring a sack lunch. 350 E 3rd St. rivermuseum.com/wintercamps.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 27–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.

Winter Break Day Camps
December 28–30 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is offering special day camps for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade during winter break. Each day offers different themed sessions with fun, educational programs. Bring a sack lunch. 350 E 3rd St. rivermuseum.com/wintercamps.

Singalong Nativity
Wednesday, December 28 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

Scenes of Bethlehem appear on the pages of a giant book, angels fly in from the balcony, and shepherds and wisemen pay homage to the newborn savior in this Fever River Puppeteers’ marionette production. One of the oldest shows in the puppet company’s repertory, this Christmas show was first called It Came to Pass.  It was retitled a singalong in recent years when puppeteers Chuck and Sandye Voight noted that audiences were quietly singing along to their favorite carols. “It was so sweet that it moved us to tears,” Sandye said. Although this production is more serious than some, there is comic relief in some of the animal characters, which is always a hit with children.After the show is over, there is a time for selfies with the puppets and a Q and A. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight167@centurylink.net. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 28–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.

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.

Winter Break Day Camps
December 29–30 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is offering special day camps for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade during winter break. Each day offers different themed sessions with fun, educational programs. Bring a sack lunch. 350 E 3rd St. rivermuseum.com/wintercamps.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: December 29 @ 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.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 29–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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Youngstown Phantoms
December 29 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Winter Break Day Camps
December 30 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is offering special day camps for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade during winter break. Each day offers different themed sessions with fun, educational programs. Bring a sack lunch. 350 E 3rd St. rivermuseum.com/wintercamps.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 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.

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.

Nightrain
December 30 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Nightrain’s tribute show to Guns & Roses has been taking the U.S. by storm for years. Performances have ranged from the House of Blues, MTVs famous Club La Vela, FC Dallas Stadium, to Carolina Rebellion, sharing the bill with Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Buckcherry to name a few. Nightrain continues to make their stamp in today’s ever growing tribute market. The accurate vocals and hypnotic swaying of Axl both capture the audience’s attention from the first beat down to the last note. Slash’s classic riffs and perfect showmanship (and let’s not forget the top hat) will make everyone do a double take. However, Axl and Slash are only part of the show. The tight rhythm of Izzy, Duff, and Steven are the glue that keeps this true concert tribute together. Izzy’s laid back style; a 6’ blonde Duff; and the energy of Steven “popcorn” Adler complete this visually and musically accurate line-up. This band’s vibrant stage presence and accuracy to everything about Guns & Roses leaves the entire crowd pleased. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

New Year’s Eve Jazz Social
December 31 @ 4–6 PM
Steeple Square

New Year’s Eve Jazz Social featuring Jazz Q, a 7 piece local jazz band made up of music professionals in the community. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. New Year’s message from 4:30 to 5 p.m. with First Congregational United Church of Christ Pastor Kaity Kemp. Free. 101 E 15th St. 1stcongucc.org.

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 31–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.

Elvis, Orbison and Cash
Saturday, December 31 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

A Tribute Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley all started with Sun studios with Sam Phillips, Johnny will open the show and Roy Orbison will follow Johnny then there will be a 20 minute intermission followed by a full show of Elvis. Roy Orbison played by Jesse Arom, Johnny Cash played by David Allen, and Elvis played by Joseph Hall. $30 ADV/$35 door. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
December 31 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dueling Pianos
December 31 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Dueling Pianos returns to Mississippi Moon Bar for a special New Year’s Eve performance. Dueling Pianos ends the year on a high note by playing groovy tunes to help the crowd sing the night away. This phenomenal performance a lively and entertaining way to ring in the New Year in style. Ages 21+. $10+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Celebrating Sinatra—His Life In Music
Saturday, December 31 @ 8–10 PM
Grand Opera House

Join the Dubuque Arts Council for a very special New Year’s Eve Concert featuring Bryan Anthony and the Hunter Fuerste Orchestra. Bryan Anthony keeps the legacy of the Great Gentlemen of Song, especially Sinatra, alive and well in his immensely satisfying and sweetly nostalgic performances. A veteran vocalist of ensembles like the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Bryan provides stunning homages to the Swing Era for contemporary audiences. $39. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Boogie ‘Til The Ball Drops
December 31 @ 8:30 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Riverboat Lounge

Looking for somewhere to “Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops” on New Year’s Eve? Join Hotel Julien Dubuque as they bid a fond farewell to 2022. Experience a groovy New Year’s Eve with the funkiest party featuring the very best food, drinks, accommodations, party favors, and entertainment from local funk band Boogie Monster. Take advantage of exclusive packages that include everything you need to“get down and boogie” into the New Year including hotel accommodations with a complimentary bottle of champagne, open bar, New Year’s Day buffet, and more. 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.

January 2023

28th Annual Reflections in the Park
January 1 @ 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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Green Bay Gamblers
January 7 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Leading with a Positive Attitude
Wednesday, January 11 @ 9–10 AM
Online

In nearly every situation, both personal and professional, we tend to gravitate toward people who display a positive optimism that lifts others. Learn the four characteristics of a positive attitude and ways to integrate these qualities into your daily life and work. You will discover healthy coping mechanisms that demonstrate your best self and express compassion and integrity with your coworkers. Instructed by Alisha Leytem. $39. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
January 13 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Ultimate Rock Hits
January 13 and 14 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The DSO joins with local rock bands to present an amazing symphonic rock experience! Members from local bands will join the DSO for a rocking good time. These concerts feature chart topping hits from the 1970’s to the present and have included covers of legendary songs from groups like Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. You won’t want to miss this unique collaboration that has never failed to bring the house down! 301 Bell St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Ultimate Rock Hits
January 14 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The DSO joins with local rock bands to present an amazing symphonic rock experience! Members from local bands will join the DSO for a rocking good time. These concerts feature chart topping hits from the 1970’s to the present and have included covers of legendary songs from groups like Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. You won’t want to miss this unique collaboration that has never failed to bring the house down! 301 Bell St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Des Moines Buccaneers
January 20 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

The Music of John Denver featuring Layne Yost
Saturday, January 21 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

A wonderful show that will take you back. The music of John Denver is timeless and well known. Layne Yost’s “Tribute to the Music of John Denver” is a faithful tribute that pays homage to the music and the man. Yost, McDowall, and Shimoda capture the simple soul of Denver’s music through guitar, fiddle, and upright bass arrangements. Woven within the music are stories that give insight into Denver’s life and legacy. A wonderful show that will take you back and remind you of simple things that remains true. $22 ADV/$25 door adults, $13 ADV/$15 door ages 18 and under. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Waterloo Black Hawks
January 21 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

February 2023

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Waterloo Black Hawks
February 2 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Green Bay Gamblers
February 3 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
February 11 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Green Bay Gamblers
February 14 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Madison Capitols
February 24 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Little Women
February 24 and 25; March 3 and 4 @ 7:30 PM
February 26 and March 5 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com. 

Little Women
February 25; March 3 and 4 @ 7:30 PM
February 26 and March 5 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com. 

Little Women
February 26 and March 5 @ 2 PM
March 3 and 4 @ 7:30 PM
The Grand Opera House

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com. 

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Chicago Steel
February 28 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

March 2023

Little Women
March 3 and 4 @ 7:30 PM
March 5 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Des Moines Buccaneers
March 4 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Little Women
March 4 @ 7:30 PM
March 5 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Little Women
March 5 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters is beloved by generations of readers. In this stage adaptation, aspiring writer Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, do their best to make ends meet as they navigate the road to adulthood. Struggling to reconcile societal expectations with their own hopes and dreams, the girls are held together by bonds of loyalty and love. They may differ in their ideas of what it means to be a woman, but each of their journeys poses the same universal question: How do you find your own path? $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Youngstown Phantoms
March 16 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Youngstown Phantoms
March 17 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS USA Hockey NTDP
March 24 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS USA Hockey NTDP
March 25 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Don Quixote Ballet
March 25 and April 1 @ 7:30 PM
March 26 and April 2 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Miguel Cervantes’ masterpiece was first performed as a ballet in 1869. Filled with humor and gorgeous dancing, the Heartland Ballet will bring this classic to life. Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and the old mare Rosinante meet many adventures in their search for the impossible dream. Colorful characters, thwarted love and a battle with windmills will highlight this sumptuous production. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Don Quixote Ballet
March 26 and April 2 @ 2 PM
April 1 @ 7:30 PM
The Grand Opera House

Miguel Cervantes’ masterpiece was first performed as a ballet in 1869. Filled with humor and gorgeous dancing, the Heartland Ballet will bring this classic to life. Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and the old mare Rosinante meet many adventures in their search for the impossible dream. Colorful characters, thwarted love and a battle with windmills will highlight this sumptuous production. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Green Bay Gamblers
March 31 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Charlie Berens: Midwest Survival Guide Tour
Friday, March 31 @ 8 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Charlie Berens is an Emmy-winning journalist, comedian, host, and creator of the Manitowoc Minute, A Wisconsin native, Charlie has been featured on FOX, CBS, Funny or Die, TBS Digital, Variety, MTV News, and more. In 2017, he began the viral Midwest comedic news series Manitowoc Minute. His fans flock daily to his Facebook page to view his content, and he has over 2 million Facebook followers. Charlie began his career working for MTV News’ Choose or Lose. In 2012, Tribune Media tapped Charlie to host the comedic news show Nightcap. In 2013, he won an Emmy for “The Cost of Water” while reporting for KDAF, a television station in Dallas, Texas. In 2014, CBS Sports Network hired Charlie to host the sports gameshow You’re So Money. Also in 2014, PMC (Variety, Deadline) made Charlie the host of their comedy/entertainment news brand @Hollywood. From red carpets to Sundance to SXSW to Coachella, Charlie has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, politicians, actors, and musicians. 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. 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. $50. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. DBQ.edu/heritagecenter.

April 2023

Don Quixote Ballet
April 1 @ 7:30 PM
April 2 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Miguel Cervantes’ masterpiece was first performed as a ballet in 1869. Filled with humor and gorgeous dancing, the Heartland Ballet will bring this classic to life. Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and the old mare Rosinante meet many adventures in their search for the impossible dream. Colorful characters, thwarted love and a battle with windmills will highlight this sumptuous production. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Don Quixote Ballet
April 2 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

Miguel Cervantes’ masterpiece was first performed as a ballet in 1869. Filled with humor and gorgeous dancing, the Heartland Ballet will bring this classic to life. Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and the old mare Rosinante meet many adventures in their search for the impossible dream. Colorful characters, thwarted love and a battle with windmills will highlight this sumptuous production. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Muskegon Lumberjacks
April 6 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Madison Capitols
April 8 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey VS Chicago Steel
April 14 @ 7:05 PM
Dubuque Ice Arena

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.

June 2023

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 @ 7:30 PM
June 11 and 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 10, 15, 16, and 17 @ 7:30 PM
June 11 and 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 11 and 18 @ 2 PM
June 15, 16, and 17 @ 7:30 PM
The Grand Opera House

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 15, 16, and 17 @ 7:30 PM
June 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 16 and 17 @ 7:30 PM
June 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 17 @ 7:30 PM
June 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 18 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph as he faces adversity and ultimately triumphs when he is reunited with his family. Filled with great music, laughter, joy, and heart this sparkling show is sure to leave audiences wanting more! $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

July 2023

Into the Woods
July 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 @ 7:30 PM
July 16 and 23 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Into the Woods
July 15, 20, 21, and 22 @ 7:30 PM
July 16 and 23 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Into the Woods
July 16 and 23 @ 2 PM
July 20, 21, and 22 @ 7:30 PM
The Grand Opera House

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Into the Woods
July 20, 21, and 22 @ 7:30 PM
July 23 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Into the Woods
July 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM
July 23 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Into the Woods
July 22 @ 7:30 PM
July 23 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Into the Woods
July 23 @ 2 PM
The Grand Opera House

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. $25 Adults, $15 youth. 135 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.