Tri-State Events

September 2022

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: September 28–30; October 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

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

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

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

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

Introduction to Integral Approach to Spiritual Development
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7–8 PM
Online

As people embark on a journey of self-discovery, they often reach these in-between places. Their old understandings of reality don’t work anymore; yet the journey forward can feel lonely as they leave a place that felt like home. This is an introductory session to spark your interest for the more in-depth program in January. Led by Wendy Mitch. RSVP by Sept. 23. $15. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: September 29–30; October 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: September 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.

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

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

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

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through October 6: September 29 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

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

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

Booked After Dark Book Club: My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Thursday, September 29 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, and noir. Discuss My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Gnocchi 101
Thursday, September 29 @ 6–7:30 PM
Steeple Square

A culinary journey to Italy awaits, where you learn how to make gnocchi! Gnocchi is a light and delectable dish. Learn how to make these soft dough dumplings made with potatoes. Gnocchi pairs well with any protein and can be the star ingredient of creamy chicken soup and skillet meals. Prepare for a divine Italian feast! $45. 101 E 15th St. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions. 

Tango Dance Lessons
Thursday, September 29 @ 6:30–7:15 PM
Ballroom Academy

Friendly, easy to learn atmosphere. No experience needed. $10/class. 2600 Dodge St. Ste C10. 608-242-8349. ballroomacademyofdubuque.com.

David Ramirez w/ Elijah Berlow
Thursday, September 29 @ 7 PM
Fox Den Motel

David Ramirez knows no luxury. He wants no satisfaction. All he needs is an acoustic guitar and the words in his mouth to tell the true stories of a wandering man. The songs, with their heart-yearning lyrics and sparse musical backdrop, tells things as he sees them: honest, unfiltered, and true. Feeling truly at home on the road, he calls his second home Austin, TX. Special guest Elijah Berlow is a Chicago-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist folk musician. Originating from pastoral roots in Vineyard Haven, MA, Berlow is a playful storyteller with a narrative style grounded in the traditions of Americana music. $15. 920 Main St. facebook.com/foxdenmotel.

Slightly Creepy Book Club: The Chain
Thursday, September 29 @ 7 PM
River Lights Bookstore

Slightly Creepy Book Club is a horror book club. Discuss The Chain by Adrian McKinty. From the critically acclaimed author of Hekla’s Children comes a dark and haunting tale of our world and the next. Fleeing from a traumatic break-in, Londoners Paul and Tricia Feenan sell up to escape to the isolated Holiwell village where Tricia has inherited a property. Scattered throughout the settlement are centuries-old stones used during the Great Plague as boundary markers. No plague-sufferer was permitted to pass them and enter the village. The plague diminished, and the village survived unscathed, but since then each year the village trustees have insisted on an ancient ceremony to renew the village boundaries, until a misguided act by the Feenans’ son then reminds the village that there is a reason traditions have been rigidly stuck to, and that all acts of betrayal, even those committed centuries ago, have consequences. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Sound Bites
Friday, September 30 @ 11:30 AM–1 PM
Dubuque Golf & Country Club

Join the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for the first Sound Bites of their 22–23 season. A delicious lunch buffet will be followed by insightful commentary from Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator, guest soloists Eleanor Bartsch and Ariana Kim, and Dubuque Audubon Society President Ken Kiss. $20. 1800 Randall Pl. 563-557-1677. dubuquesymphony.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: September 30; October 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

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

Kids Yoga Party
Friday, September 30 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Challenge to Change Yoga Studio

Join Challenge to Change to celebrate the launch of their newest children’s book, Name What I Feel. Practice yoga and enjoy some pizza and crafty fun. Author and Yoga in the Schools teacher Melissa Hyde will be there for a live reading. Plus, each participant will receive a signed copy of the book! Ages 5–12. $30. 3337 Hillcrest Rd. 563-451-7034. challengetochangeinc.com.

Dubuque Museum of Art Gala: Illuminations
Friday, September 30 @ 6 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

Join DuMA for a stellar party in the park celebrating the Dubuque Museum of Art and support their vision for the future. Hosted by Roux and Ian Loar. Exhibitions, auction, and open bar. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7:45 p.m. DuMA offers complimentary childcare for ages 4 and older during the gala. Register by contacting eschmid@dbqart.org. Head to Smokestack at 9 p.m. for an afterparty with DJ Papi on the rooftop. Creative cocktail attire inspired by the night sky is encouraged. Tickets available at the door. $125 Gala, $30 afterparty, $150 gala and afterparty. 701 Locust st. 563-557-1851 x110. dbqart.org.

Adult Couples Cooking Class: Sicilian Stuffed Meatloaf with Homemade Marinara Sauce
September 30 @ 6–7:30 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Do you love meatloaf? How about Italian style meatloaf that’s stuffed and rolled with delicious ingredients? Homemade marinara too? Here’s the class for you! Elegant enough for company or your family. Take home to bake and boil pasta for a fabulous dinner. Choice of beef or turkey meatloaf. Taught by retired culinary instructor and dietitian Lynn Kaufman. Bring your favorite wine, beer, or beverage to enjoy during class. Individuals can also sign up to create their meal solo. $38 per team. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

October 2022

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

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

Shullsburg Cheesefest
Saturday, October 1 @ 7 AM–4 PM
Downtown Shullsburg, WI

Shullsburg welcomes fall by celebrating the cheese heritage of the city with experiences the whole family can enjoy—for free! Held on the town’s historic Water St. the street is closed to motorized traffic for the Cheesefest so you can enjoy the festival, the town and its history in full glory. Throughout the day, you’ll find Main Stage Events on the corner of Water and Iowa Streets. This centralized hub will bring a multitude of free live entertainment including a cheese curd eating contest; kids’ juggling show; and music by the Shullsburg School of Music Dept., Tom Black, Sophie, and Steve. Additional events include the a wine, beer, and cheese tasting; fireman’s breakfast; book sale; kids’ activities; kids’ pedal pull; kids’ chalk fest; raffle; and more. facebook.com/shullsburgcheesefest.

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

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

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

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

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

Dubuque County Kids Expo
Saturday, October 1 @ 9 AM–Noon
Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility

This year’s Kids Expo will be held as a drive thru resource fair for families in Dubuque County and the surrounding areas. Guests remain in their vehicles at all times while volunteers guide vehicles through the parking lot. Children may be greeted by a special guest, a balloon artist is giving away balloons, and families will be offered many free resources provided by the community, including the Family Resource Guide sponsored by Theisen’s Home Farm Auto. Enter to win an outdoor family fun package. Free. 14928 Public Safety Way. 563-588-1620. dcearlychild.org.

30th Annual  Tri-State’s Largest Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, October 1 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Cable Car Square

The day is full of family-friendly fun and games, live music, and of course chili! The cook-off starts at 10 a.m. with kids’ bounce houses, food vendors, and beverages. The public tasting starts at 1 p.m. and is only $5 per person. College football will be broadcast all day. Part of this whole endeavor is based around a sanctioned CASI chili cooking competition. CASI chili has some stringent rules. Did you know that CASI chili has no beans? Don’t worry though, the gallons and gallons of chili in the open, business, and kids divisions are sure to load up on the beans and the flavor. You can come early of course, well before the tasting at 1 p.m. Live music kicks off at noon with Sun Green, but the bounce houses, food vendors, and beverages start early at 10 a.m. Don’t forget, you can ride up and down the Fenelon Place Elevator, the world’s shortest, steepest funicular railway. If you’d like to compete in the chili cook-off, visit CalicoBeanMarket.com or see Teri Connely at Calico Bean, 352 Bluff St. in Dubuque. Proceeds benefit Hills & Dales. 4th and Bluff St. CalicoBeanMarket.com.

Pet Café
Saturday, October 1 @ 10 AM–Noon
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Third Floor Auditorium

Stop by the library to enjoy tea, coffee, or juice and meet adoptable animals from the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. The library will provide a selection of pet-related books to borrow for those who want to learn more about a specific breed, training, or how to be a responsible pet owner. Attendees are encouraged to donate an item to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society to support animals in need. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Early Explorers: N is for Noise
1st Tuesday and Saturday: October 1 @ 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.

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 1 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Glass Art Class: Decorative Wood and Glass Box
Saturday, October 1 @ 10 AM–Noon
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

A unique opportunity to make a beautiful decorative wood and glass box. Come to class and make one large box or a set of large and small decorative boxes. You will receive a blank square to add your own abstract design using small pieces of glass, pebbles, stringers, noodles and millefiori. RSVP by Sept. 26. $80. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Vesperman Farms
Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

15th Annual Galena Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 1 @ Noon–10 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

This 15th annual event will begin at noon in Depot Park with a cannon blast and tapping of the keg. Main attractions include wiener dog races, polka music and dancing lessons, nonstop live music, and games for adults and children. Wiener dogs of all ages are invited to join the parade and costume contest followed by the wiener dog races. There is no entry fee to race for preregistered pups before Oct. 2 or on-site registration is $5. Adults can enter the Beer Stein Endurance Contest for a chance to win a Galena Oktoberfest beer stein and a commemorative t-shirt. Enjoy music by the Carol and The Keynotes, The Goodtime Dutchmen, New Glarus Alphorners, and the Resistors. With many years of experience, Tim and Kathy Westemeyer will teach polka dancing lessons. The Potosi Rolling Bar will be featured once again with Potosi beer and root beer. Close by, New Earth Animals will be selling dog treats and toys, and Safe Haven, the local humane society, will provide several dogs available for adoption. Plenty of food will be available from The Galena Elks, Orchard Landing, and Otto’s Place plus beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Also, remember to bring any eyeglasses or sunglasses that you would like to donate as the Galena Lions Club will have a donation drop box on site. $10 Adults, free ages 12 and under. Hosted by the Galena Lions Club. 99 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL. GalenaLions.org.

Clarke Art + Design Faculty Exhibition Reception
Saturday, October 1 @ 1–3 PM
Clarke University Quigley Art Gallery

Join Clarke University Art + Design faculty members during Homecoming week for a celebration their group exhibition. The exhibit features recent work by Jessie Rebik, Louise Kames, Eric Wold, and Troy Aiken. The exhibition will be on display from Sept. 28 through Oct. 28. Jessie Rebik’s drawings and paintings find sources in imagery of past moments captured through a photographic lens. She mines personal photographs for clues to significant moments and fragments of insight. These documents of lives—past and present—contain hidden messages in their distortions and cropping, in what they reveal as well as conceal. Rebik teaches painting and drawing. Louise Kames will exhibit pastel drawings of organic imagery. She finds pleasure and solace in the simple act of seeing and wishes to share this experience with others through her work, hoping to draw the viewer into a similar contemplative space. Kames teaches printmaking, drawing, and art history courses. Graphic Design professor Eric Wold will present his New American Landscape, a residential design project that serves as a model of sustainability. The environmental benefit of native restoration encourages wanderings of exploratory beauty—in the hope that more will follow the inspired lead. This exhibition introduces Clarke’s newest Art +Design faculty member, Troy Aiken, who teaches ceramics and sculpture. Aiken’s large-scale ceramic vessels explore the practices of acceptable common social structures and the impact of social influence on society today. These forms act as personifications of human beings representing some of the change, hardship, trauma, and perseverance that people experience on a day-to-day basis. Free. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-588-6463. clarke.edu/artsatclarke.

Forest Bathing Immersive Workshop
Saturday, October 1 @ 1–3 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Forest bathing and forest therapy (or shinrin-yoku) broadly means taking in, in all of one’s senses, the forest atmosphere. Not simply a walk in the woods, it is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. It was developed in Japan during the 1980s, and in 1982 Japan made this form of mobile meditation under the canopy of living forests a part of its national health program. Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have established a growing body of scientific literature on the diverse health benefits. With Dr. Linda Peterson. Rain date is Oct. 2. $40. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

Glass Art Class: Decorative Framed Wall or Table Art
Saturday, October 1 @ 1–3 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Another fun opportunity to make a beautiful decorative framed wall or table art piece. Come to class and make one large framed art glass piece or small framed pieces. They can be hung on your wall or set on a table. RSVP by Sept. 26. $80.  585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Dubuque Latinx Fiesta
Saturday, October 1 @ 3–8 PM
Smokestack

Celebrate and honor Hispanic Heritage Month at the second annual Dubuque Latinx Fiesta outside Smokestack, organized by Dubuque Unidos and Loras College Center for Inclusion & Advocacy. The fiesta brings together the Dubuque community through food, live music, dancing, resources, and vendors. Tropicante, a live salsa band, and Ballet Folklorico, Mexican folk dancers, join the celebration. Created with the hopes to fill in the gap of supporting the Latinx community, the event provides an opportunity for organizations to meet with local Latinx members and network in ways that may not often happen. The bilingual celebration promotes all Latinx cultures and Spanish-speaking people. 62 E 7th St. facebook.com/DubuqueUnidos.

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

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

Grimmwood Acres
October 1–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free. 

Alumni Reunion Staged Reading: August: Osage County
Saturday, October 1 @ 7 PM
Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall

Clarke Theatre is proudly presenting a staged reading of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts as part of its annual Homecoming Alumni Reunion Performance. This tragicomedy tells the story of the dysfunctional and estranged Weston family, who are brought together after their patriarch, poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears from the family home. 1550 Clarke Dr. clarke.edu.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 1: The Nightingale
Saturday, October 1 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 2 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
The DSO’s celebration of birds, animals, and nature begins with the world premiere of Duet of the Nightingales, written by Wisconsin composer Laura Schwendinger especially for DSO Concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch. Joining Eleanor as duo soloists will be her longtime friend Ariana Kim. These two violin virtuosos will also begin our season with one of Bach’s most beloved works, his Concerto for Two Violins. The program concludes with Brahms’ most “outdoors-y” and pastorale symphony, his Second Symphony. Filled with beauty, nostalgia, and power, this work also celebrates the return of the full sound of the DSO. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 64th season explores music’s connection to the natural world. “Over the centuries, many musicians and composers have been inspired by nature, birds and animals,” shares Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “Our upcoming season will explore some of these musical selections, and I hope they will inspire us to appreciate the blessings and beauty of the natural world we are a part of. The Saturday, Oct. 1 ticket includes entry to an afterparty in the Five Flags Promenade from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Stick around after the symphony to meet the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra musicians! Cash bar available. 405 Main St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Ratchet Jaw
October 1 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Ratchet Jaw, a Dubuque favorite, has a vast catalog of music from grunge, metal, rock & roll to classic rock. While influenced by various bands, they continually adapt to their audiences. While predominately a cover band, they recently released their first album called Clouded By Deception which is out now. The band covers a variety of artists such as Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, AC/DC, Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, Pearl Jam, The Cure, and even Elvis. Ages 21+. Free. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Too Hype Crew
Saturday, October 1 @ 8 PM
Q Casino Q Showroom

Alright STOP. Collaborate an’ LIS-en. Remember when hip hop Talked About Sex? When you could Bust a Move, Shake the Rump, do the Humpty and no one was poppin’ caps? When Bell Biv Devoe called all y’all tricks “Poison” and warned all the fellas to “never trust a big butt and a smiiiile?” Too Hype Crew is a tribute to classic, late ‘80s, ‘90s, and early ‘00s hip hop and R&B party anthems, featuring all live music (no tracks) from a six piece band, accompanied by choreographed “Fly Girl” dancers. It’s a party band. It’s a show. It’s art. It’s madness on stage. All packaged in an unprecedented way. Too Hype Crew has opened for countless hip hop artists like Nelly, Vanilla Ice, Naughty by Nature, Tone Loc, Digital Underground, and Jason Derulo. They are not responsible for injuries sustained from grown ups trying to do the worm, the running man, or the Roger Rabbit at this show. $10. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. qcasinoandhotel.com.

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

Quad Con 2022
Sunday, October 2 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Five Flags Arena
Dubuque’s biggest pop culture event returns! Quad Con hosts video game tournaments; a cosplay contest; and artists and vendors selling posters, games, pop vinyls, vintage toys, and LOTS of comics. Join for a day of geeky goodness. Feel free to cosplay your favorite characters and see what everyone else came as. Buy and sell from vendors specializing in all varieties of pop-culture genres. This is a great event for collectors but also for families. Quad Con is all about coming together and enjoying different aspects of pop culture. Video games, sci-fi, role playing, comics, toys, board games, vintage magazines, posters, and more. Join and sell some of your items, or come in and take home some treasure from your childhood you thought was lost forever. $5. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com. QuadCityCon.com.

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 2 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Vesperman Farms
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Cox Springs “A Day in the Life” Farm Festival
Sunday, October 2 @ 11 AM–7 PM
Cox Springs Farm (Peosta, IA)
Mark your calendar for the first annual “A Day in the Life” Farm Festival at Cox Springs Farm! The day will be full of food, farm animals, and fun! Enjoy a farm tour, goat trek, wine and beer tasting, and fares from local vendors including Park Farm Winery, 7 Hills Brewing, and Delaney’s Ice Cream Shoppe. Bring a blanket and sit on the hillside listening to live music from two Clarke University artists from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and The Other Two Band from 3 to 7 p.m. Come early or stay late for sunrise or sunset yoga (additional fee). Buy a festival t-shirt! Take part in a new Adopt-A-Goat membership program. Pick a goat and get your picture taken! (fees apply). $7 Adults, $5 kids. 11114 Cox Springs Rd, Peosta, IA. 563-580-6607. coxspringsfarm.com/farm-festival.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Chocolate Tasting with Driftless Chocolates
Sunday, October 2 @ 1 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Third Floor Auditorium

Carnegie-Stout Public Library welcomes chocolatier Stan Kitson for a tasting event. Kitson is the chief chocolatier at Driftless Chocolates in Wisconsin, where he makes single-origin, handmade truffles and bonbons. During this program, Kitson will lead participants through a tasting that features single-origin chocolates from five countries along the equator—Peru, Columbia, Sao Tome, Dominican Republic, and Madagascar. Attendees will learn more about each country’s chocolate story as they taste and savor samples. Space is limited. RSVP required. Ages 18+. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 1: The Nightingale
Sunday, October 2 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
The DSO’s celebration of birds, animals, and nature begins with the world premiere of Duet of the Nightingales, written by Wisconsin composer Laura Schwendinger especially for DSO Concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch. Joining Eleanor as duo soloists will be her longtime friend Ariana Kim. These two violin virtuosos will also begin our season with one of Bach’s most beloved works, his Concerto for Two Violins. The program concludes with Brahms’ most “outdoors-y” and pastorale symphony, his Second Symphony. Filled with beauty, nostalgia, and power, this work also celebrates the return of the full sound of the DSO. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 64th season explores music’s connection to the natural world. “Over the centuries, many musicians and composers have been inspired by nature, birds and animals,” shares Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “Our upcoming season will explore some of these musical selections, and I hope they will inspire us to appreciate the blessings and beauty of the natural world we are a part of. The Saturday, Oct. 1 ticket includes entry to an afterparty in the Five Flags Promenade from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Stick around after the symphony to meet the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra musicians! Cash bar available. 405 Main St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Colors of Fall Sunset Cruise
Sunday, October 2 @ 3–5 PM
American Lady River Cruises

Enjoy a two-hour cruise with American Lady River Cruises on the beautiful Mississippi River. The cruise will take place during sunset hours so you can not only see the wonderful colors of autumn leaves but enjoy a sunset as well. Funds from the cruise will help support both the DuDawg Club which puppy raises Service-Dogs-in-Training at Loras College and the placement of PTSD service dogs with veterans in our communities.  Cruise includes light appetizers, handcrafted tap beer, and pop. Other beverages available for purchase. $50. 1630 E 16th St. deafinitelydogs.org/events.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Auditions
October 2 and 3 @ 6–8 PM
Arcade Building, Grand Opera House Rehearsal Space

The creative team seeks a diverse company of child 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. Performances are Nov. 23–Dec. 4 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! 880 Locust St, STE 222 and 228. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Grimmwood Acres
October 2–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free. 

Bluff Strokes 2022 Plein Air Paint Out
October 2–8
Various Locations Near Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is bringing artists back to Paint Dubuque! Bluff Strokes will hold its fifth Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out on Oct. 2–8. Sixty artists from 10 states have registered for this year’s event. Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, artists will paint landscapes and architecture in Dubuque and surroundings. Paintings will be judged by prominent Milwaukee artist Loren Willey on Friday, Oct. 7. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, including themed awards highlighting signature features of Dubuque such as Best River Overlook and Best Historic Building. A Quick Paint event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 followed by the Nocturne event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A public sale of paintings created during the week will be held Saturday, Oct. 8. A Preview Sale for Patrons will be held Friday evening, Oct. 7, including a light supper and live music. Bluff Strokes headquarters and sales will be at Dubuque’s historic Steeple Square, White and 15th Streets. Plein air painting—painting landscapes in open air rather than in the studio—is a rapidly growing movement in the United States and worldwide. Its emphasis is to create an eternal moment in art by capturing the mood of a scene under changing light. Plein air artists travel to scenic locations for workshops and paint-outs, and such events are propagating and growing throughout the country. Bluff Strokes strives to share the scenic resources of Dubuque and to establish Dubuque as a significant stop on the plein air circuit. BluffStrokes.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Auditions
October 3 @ 6–8 PM
Arcade Building, Grand Opera House Rehearsal Space

The creative team seeks a diverse company of child 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. Performances are Nov. 23–Dec. 4 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! 880 Locust St, STE 222 and 228. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Geek Out! Book Club: A Deadly Education
Monday, October 3 @ 6 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library First Floor Program Room

Discuss A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. The Scholomance is an exclusive magical boarding school where every day is a fight to survive the attacks of creatures that find children with magical abilities the most delicious of snacks. El’s chances of survival would be better if she had friends to help her, but her prickly personality makes her the school’s outcast. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. RSVP required. Ages 18+. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Grimmwood Acres
October 3–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Bluff Strokes 2022 Plein Air Paint Out
October 3–8
Various Locations Near Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is bringing artists back to Paint Dubuque! Bluff Strokes will hold its fifth Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out on Oct. 2–8. Sixty artists from 10 states have registered for this year’s event. Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, artists will paint landscapes and architecture in Dubuque and surroundings. Paintings will be judged by prominent Milwaukee artist Loren Willey on Friday, Oct. 7. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, including themed awards highlighting signature features of Dubuque such as Best River Overlook and Best Historic Building. A Quick Paint event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 followed by the Nocturne event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A public sale of paintings created during the week will be held Saturday, Oct. 8. A Preview Sale for Patrons will be held Friday evening, Oct. 7, including a light supper and live music. Bluff Strokes headquarters and sales will be at Dubuque’s historic Steeple Square, White and 15th Streets. Plein air painting—painting landscapes in open air rather than in the studio—is a rapidly growing movement in the United States and worldwide. Its emphasis is to create an eternal moment in art by capturing the mood of a scene under changing light. Plein air artists travel to scenic locations for workshops and paint-outs, and such events are propagating and growing throughout the country. Bluff Strokes strives to share the scenic resources of Dubuque and to establish Dubuque as a significant stop on the plein air circuit. BluffStrokes.org.

St. Francis Feast Day Prairie Walk
Tuesday, October 4 @ 10–11:30 AM
Mount St. Francis Prairie

Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi while taking in the expansive beauty of the 80-acre prairie at Mount St. Francis. Begin with an outdoor prayer service and then enjoy a lively discussion as you journey through the prairie. RSVP by Sept. 30. $10. 3390 Windsor Ave. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Early Explorers: N is for Noise
1st Tuesday and Saturday: October 4 @ 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.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 4–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grimmwood Acres
October 4–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free. 

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Matt Vee’s Music of Neil Diamond: I Am… He Said
Tuesday, October 4 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Matt Vee along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as The Killer Vees to celebrate the music from Neil Diamond’s timeless catalog. Songs like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” and “Sweet Caroline” helped Neil Diamond sell over 100 million records worldwide. He made music that became the soundtrack to one generation after another with hits spanning five decades. “This is not a tribute show,” Tommy Vee said, “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon we all love!” The UD Choir and Julien Chamber Choir join as special guests. $30–$45. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Bluff Strokes 2022 Plein Air Paint Out
October 4–8
Various Locations Near Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is bringing artists back to Paint Dubuque! Bluff Strokes will hold its fifth Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out on Oct. 2–8. Sixty artists from 10 states have registered for this year’s event. Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, artists will paint landscapes and architecture in Dubuque and surroundings. Paintings will be judged by prominent Milwaukee artist Loren Willey on Friday, Oct. 7. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, including themed awards highlighting signature features of Dubuque such as Best River Overlook and Best Historic Building. A Quick Paint event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 followed by the Nocturne event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A public sale of paintings created during the week will be held Saturday, Oct. 8. A Preview Sale for Patrons will be held Friday evening, Oct. 7, including a light supper and live music. Bluff Strokes headquarters and sales will be at Dubuque’s historic Steeple Square, White and 15th Streets. Plein air painting—painting landscapes in open air rather than in the studio—is a rapidly growing movement in the United States and worldwide. Its emphasis is to create an eternal moment in art by capturing the mood of a scene under changing light. Plein air artists travel to scenic locations for workshops and paint-outs, and such events are propagating and growing throughout the country. Bluff Strokes strives to share the scenic resources of Dubuque and to establish Dubuque as a significant stop on the plein air circuit. BluffStrokes.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 5–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Strength Training 101
Wednesday, October 5 @ 4:30–5:20 PM
Statera Lower Level
Join Nicole Hutchison, PT, CSCS for small group fitness classes that are education based on special topics that will rotate monthly. Learn foundational principles, correct form and technique, and build confidence in how to move your body safely and effectively. Modifications provided for special needs. Recommended for beginner to intermediate levels. Equipment provided. Handouts provided for learning and exercise recommendations you can do on your own. $16. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 5-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Dubuque Area Humanists Social Gathering
1st Wednesday: October 5 @ 5:30 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

The gathering begins with a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a social hour at 6 p.m. No meeting in December. Free. 333 E 10th St. 563-580-1904. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Wool Felted Fiber Art
Wednesday, October 5 @ 5:30–8:30 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Using your own design (patterns also available), wool roving, a felting punch needle, and a sheet of felt, you will integrate the wool into the felt and create a framed fiber art piece. All supplies included. Instructed by Liz Larson. Ages 8+. $35. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

Prairie Hiking
Wednesday, October 5 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area (Bernard, IA)

While we often think of woodlands when we think of hiking, prairies have so much to offer the patient and observant hiker. Join for a lovely hike exploring the different plants that grow in this unique environment. Learn how the county conservation staff are harvesting the seeds from these native prairie plants to help plant our future prairies. $9. 29912 9th Ave, Bernard, IA. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions/85147.

Korean Lotus Lantern Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, October 5 @ 5:30 PM
Online

Participate and follow along virtually as a Member of the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) demonstrates, step by step, how to make a lovely lotus flower lantern using colored paper and wire frames. RSVP required. Ages 18+. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Grimmwood Acres
October 5–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free. 

Cases from the Files of a Bible Detective
October 5 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

For four decades, Frederick Baltz has been a Bible detective investigating events in the scriptures which some have simply dismissed as non-historical. This is your chance to review and learn some Bible texts yourself while hearing from the disciplines of the biblical languages, archaeology, history, geology and even astronomy. RSVP by Sept. 30. $20. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

FREADOM Book Club: The House of the Spirits
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7 PM
Jubeck New World Brewery

A book club celebrating banned books. Discuss The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. 115 W 11th St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Bluff Strokes 2022 Plein Air Paint Out
October 5–8
Various Locations Near Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is bringing artists back to Paint Dubuque! Bluff Strokes will hold its fifth Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out on Oct. 2–8. Sixty artists from 10 states have registered for this year’s event. Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, artists will paint landscapes and architecture in Dubuque and surroundings. Paintings will be judged by prominent Milwaukee artist Loren Willey on Friday, Oct. 7. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, including themed awards highlighting signature features of Dubuque such as Best River Overlook and Best Historic Building. A Quick Paint event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 followed by the Nocturne event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A public sale of paintings created during the week will be held Saturday, Oct. 8. A Preview Sale for Patrons will be held Friday evening, Oct. 7, including a light supper and live music. Bluff Strokes headquarters and sales will be at Dubuque’s historic Steeple Square, White and 15th Streets. Plein air painting—painting landscapes in open air rather than in the studio—is a rapidly growing movement in the United States and worldwide. Its emphasis is to create an eternal moment in art by capturing the mood of a scene under changing light. Plein air artists travel to scenic locations for workshops and paint-outs, and such events are propagating and growing throughout the country. Bluff Strokes strives to share the scenic resources of Dubuque and to establish Dubuque as a significant stop on the plein air circuit. BluffStrokes.org.

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

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

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 6–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: October 6 @ 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.

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

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays Car Show for Toys For Tots
Thursday, October 6 @ 4:30–8 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

The special edition of the event will feature live music by Big Night Out, a band that features Toys For Tots No. 1 volunteer Paul Gilligan on guitar. The Toys For Tots crew will be there as guest bartenders taking tips for the charity and also selling 50/50 raffle tickets. This 50/50 drawing won’t just win you half the pot but also dinner and a movie for two, a vintage 1950s LEGO pickup truck valued at over $125, and who knows what else! The Otherside will also be hosting the popular Cremer’s Grocery Meat Paddles that night, so make sure you get in on that opportunity. Plus, of course, the famous all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet and cold beverages you can enjoy right out in the street! Look for drink and food specials up and down the strip at this last-go car show for 2022. Rev it up one more time for Marine Corps Toys For Tots, serving the children of East Dubuque and the entire Tri-States! facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Movie Screening: Where the Crawdads Sing
Thursday, October 6 @ 6 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Aigler Auditorium

Based on the bestselling novel by Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) is a thriller about a young woman who has survived alone for years in a marsh and is suspected of murdering the local star quarterback. The movie is 2 hours 5 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for “sexual content and some violence including a sexual assault.” Closed captioning or subtitles will be turned on. Seating is first come, first served. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Grimmwood Acres
October 6–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free. 

Understanding the Iowa Proposed Gun Amendment: A Faith-Based Perspective
Thursday, October 6 @ 6:30 PM
Online

Iowa Catholic Sisters and Divine Word College are offering a virtual panel to learn more about the proposed constitutional amendment that is on the Iowa ballot this fall. In November, Iowan voters will be asked to vote on “Public Measure 1.” If passed, this amendment could prohibit safety protocols such as universal background checks, gun safety training, and requiring a license to carry guns in public. The virtual panel, which is offered from a faith perspective and a nonpartisan stance, will feature three guest speakers to discuss the proposed amendment: Art Roche, Acting Chair, Iowans for Gun Safety; Tom Chapman, Executive Director of the Iowa Catholic Conference; and Dr. Tom Brezenski, PhD Political Science and Public Policy. RSPV. https://bit.ly/3Lffb4M.

Susto
Thursday, October 6 @ 8 PM
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers (Maquoketa, IA)

Susto is an American indie rock band from Charleston, SC who wowed the crowd at Codfish Hollow before and thus have been invited back to do it all over again. The name of the band is from the Spanish word “susto,” meaning “an intense fear understood as a condition of the soul,” reflecting the Cuban roots of some of the band as well as being drawn from letters in the band leader’s name. Deep! They have released three albums, the most recent in 2019, Ever Since I Lost My Mind. Holler Magazine says Susto is the sort of band that requires—no, demands—full focus. With this, they allow you to truly engage with the emotions and circumstance which are shared in each of their songs.” $30. 5013 288th Ave, Maquoketa, IA. codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

Bluff Strokes 2022 Plein Air Paint Out
October 6–8
Various Locations Near Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is bringing artists back to Paint Dubuque! Bluff Strokes will hold its fifth Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out on Oct. 2–8. Sixty artists from 10 states have registered for this year’s event. Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, artists will paint landscapes and architecture in Dubuque and surroundings. Paintings will be judged by prominent Milwaukee artist Loren Willey on Friday, Oct. 7. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, including themed awards highlighting signature features of Dubuque such as Best River Overlook and Best Historic Building. A Quick Paint event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 followed by the Nocturne event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A public sale of paintings created during the week will be held Saturday, Oct. 8. A Preview Sale for Patrons will be held Friday evening, Oct. 7, including a light supper and live music. Bluff Strokes headquarters and sales will be at Dubuque’s historic Steeple Square, White and 15th Streets. Plein air painting—painting landscapes in open air rather than in the studio—is a rapidly growing movement in the United States and worldwide. Its emphasis is to create an eternal moment in art by capturing the mood of a scene under changing light. Plein air artists travel to scenic locations for workshops and paint-outs, and such events are propagating and growing throughout the country. Bluff Strokes strives to share the scenic resources of Dubuque and to establish Dubuque as a significant stop on the plein air circuit. BluffStrokes.org.

First Fridays
Friday, October 7
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)
Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s Art @ your library® is a First Fridays art exhibit opening for A City At Work: Dubuque 1912 with artist Tim Olson. The project was inspired by the work of two itinerant photographers who passed through the city 100 years earlier—in the spring of 1912—and shot pictures of factories, offices, shops, saloons, and even a hospital operating room. Enjoy a part of Dubuque’s history through these beautiful photographs. Art Factory showcases the photographs of Judith Eastburn in Prairie Landscapes. “These are the landscapes which serve as my point of reference when I photograph in other parts of the world,” Eastburn notes in her artist statement. “I think Iowa and its openness made me aware of the horizon and sensitive to smaller variations in the land’s surface. Planted. hosts LeRoy Busch and their work, “Behold, the Garden.” It is an expression of Busch’s stewardship and relationship with nature as a sacred place through oil on canvas and mixed media. Each of their pieces represents a deep connection to nature through history, native practices, and observation of natural resource exploitations. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Youth Artful Afternoons: Paper Quilting Pumpkins and Other Designs
Friday, October 7 @ 11:15 AM–5 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Join Galena ARC for Artful Afternoons on the Galena School’s SIP Days. A new lesson is taught in each class. Bring a sack lunch to class. All supplies are included. Transportation is available from the schools to the ARC with the Jo Daviess Transit Bus. Ages 6–14. $40. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

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

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Meet the Meat: Steak Edition
Friday, October 7 @ 6–8:30 PM
University of Dubuque Peters Commons
Get comfortable cooking with local meats and learn new recipes to try with your family this fall. The evening will start by exploring how beef gets from the farm to the meat case and will conclude with participants cooking their own local steak meal with the help of a professional chef. This class is great for foodies and those who want to cook more at home! Space is limited. RSVP by Oct. 1. $25. 563-583-6496. extension.iastate.edu/dubuque.

Grimmwood Acres
October 7–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free. 

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 7–8, 14–15, 21, 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 20, 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
October 22 @ 9 PM–Midnight
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

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

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

Jeeps On The Mountain
October 7–8
Sundown Mountain Resort

Sundown Mountain Resort presents Jeeps On The Mountain. Enjoy live music, food trucks, Jeep Show, primitive camping, off-road mountain trails on designated trails, and more! Along with a new trail configuration are two new obstacles this year: the rock crawl and the swamp. Also new this year is the guided Friday night ride through the course for Friday night campers only. A variety of food trucks will be available including Dinger’s D’Lite’s, Elle & Beck’s Gelato, Buenie Bottoms Outdoor Grill, Rocking 5K BBQ, and Myson’s Tacos and Burritos. Joie Wails will provide live music starting at 3 p.m. This is a dog-friendly event. All dogs must be on a leash, and any dog displaying aggressive behavior will need to leave the property. Dog owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets. No open alcohol containers will be allowed on the trail. $20 Adults, $10 ages 6–12, free ages 5 and under; $20 trail pass per vehicle; $15 primitive camping per site per night. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Bluff Strokes 2022 Plein Air Paint Out
October 7–8
Various Locations Near Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is bringing artists back to Paint Dubuque! Bluff Strokes will hold its fifth Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out on Oct. 2–8. Sixty artists from 10 states have registered for this year’s event. Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, artists will paint landscapes and architecture in Dubuque and surroundings. Paintings will be judged by prominent Milwaukee artist Loren Willey on Friday, Oct. 7. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, including themed awards highlighting signature features of Dubuque such as Best River Overlook and Best Historic Building. A Quick Paint event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 followed by the Nocturne event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A public sale of paintings created during the week will be held Saturday, Oct. 8. A Preview Sale for Patrons will be held Friday evening, Oct. 7, including a light supper and live music. Bluff Strokes headquarters and sales will be at Dubuque’s historic Steeple Square, White and 15th Streets. Plein air painting—painting landscapes in open air rather than in the studio—is a rapidly growing movement in the United States and worldwide. Its emphasis is to create an eternal moment in art by capturing the mood of a scene under changing light. Plein air artists travel to scenic locations for workshops and paint-outs, and such events are propagating and growing throughout the country. Bluff Strokes strives to share the scenic resources of Dubuque and to establish Dubuque as a significant stop on the plein air circuit. BluffStrokes.org.

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

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

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

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

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

She Unites Recess: Bike Ride
Saturday, October 8 @ 9:30–11:30 AM
Dubuque Bike Coop

Join She Unites for another Saturday morning Recess this fall. The community bike ride begins at the Bike Coop then heads to where Heritage Trail connects with the Bee Branch. The route will be an out and back to Durango on Heritage Trail, about 15 miles round trip, with a pit stop at Convivium Urban Farmstead on the way home. Any and all skill levels are welcome! Free bike rental is provided by Dubuque Bike Coop. RSVP required. 2206 Central Ave. 608-218-4756. sheunitesiowa.com.

Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers: David Landau
2nd Saturday through April: October 8 @ 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.

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 8 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Creation Care Expo
Saturday, October 8 @ 10 AM–2 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Exhibitors and presenters inspire participants to combat the negative effects of climate change in your home, your congregation, your business, and your community. See why you can make a difference! Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by The Dubuque Interfaith Green Coalition. Free. 2155 University Ave. facebook.com/DBQIIPL.

Galena Country Fair
Saturday, October 8 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday, October 9 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Grant Park (Galena, IL)

One of Galena’s most popular events featuring more than 100 vendors selling a variety of high-quality, original handmade arts, crafts and fine arts. This not-to-be-missed weekend is overflowing with shopping, family fun, live entertainment, childrens games, a silent auction and raffle. Delicious fair food including brats, pork chop sandwiches, walking tacos, caramel apples, homemade French fries, fudge, frozen custard and more. Be sure to visit the Gazebo Wine Garden featuring local wines! $2. 625 Park Ave, Galena, IL. 815-777-0817. galenacountryfair.com.

Vesperman Farms
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

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

Sandy Hook Tavern Fall Nationals Vibrator Races
Saturday, October 8 @ 2:45 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)

The vibrator races are back! Hot laps at 2:45 p.m., races at 3 p.m. Two open class races include a single elimination tournament and a winner take all. A fish fry fundraiser at 3 p.m. is $10 per person. All proceeds go to the Vern Ehrler Scholarship Program. 3836 Sandy Hook Rd, Hazel Green, WI. 608-748-4728. facebook.com/sandyhooktavern.

Grimmwood Acres
October 8–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free. 

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 8, 14–15, 21, 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 20, 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
October 22 @ 9 PM–Midnight
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

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

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

Jeeps On The Mountain
Saturday, October 8
Sundown Mountain Resort

Sundown Mountain Resort presents Jeeps On The Mountain. Enjoy live music, food trucks, Jeep Show, primitive camping, off-road mountain trails on designated trails, and more! Along with a new trail configuration are two new obstacles this year: the rock crawl and the swamp. Also new this year is the guided Friday night ride through the course for Friday night campers only. A variety of food trucks will be available including Dinger’s D’Lite’s, Elle & Beck’s Gelato, Buenie Bottoms Outdoor Grill, Rocking 5K BBQ, and Myson’s Tacos and Burritos. Joie Wails will provide live music starting at 3 p.m. This is a dog-friendly event. All dogs must be on a leash, and any dog displaying aggressive behavior will need to leave the property. Dog owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets. No open alcohol containers will be allowed on the trail. $20 Adults, $10 ages 6–12, free ages 5 and under; $20 trail pass per vehicle; $15 primitive camping per site per night. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Bluff Strokes 2022 Plein Air Paint Out
October 8
Various Locations Near Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is bringing artists back to Paint Dubuque! Bluff Strokes will hold its fifth Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out on Oct. 2–8. Sixty artists from 10 states have registered for this year’s event. Starting Sunday, Oct. 2, artists will paint landscapes and architecture in Dubuque and surroundings. Paintings will be judged by prominent Milwaukee artist Loren Willey on Friday, Oct. 7. $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, including themed awards highlighting signature features of Dubuque such as Best River Overlook and Best Historic Building. A Quick Paint event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 followed by the Nocturne event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. A public sale of paintings created during the week will be held Saturday, Oct. 8. A Preview Sale for Patrons will be held Friday evening, Oct. 7, including a light supper and live music. Bluff Strokes headquarters and sales will be at Dubuque’s historic Steeple Square, White and 15th Streets. Plein air painting—painting landscapes in open air rather than in the studio—is a rapidly growing movement in the United States and worldwide. Its emphasis is to create an eternal moment in art by capturing the mood of a scene under changing light. Plein air artists travel to scenic locations for workshops and paint-outs, and such events are propagating and growing throughout the country. Bluff Strokes strives to share the scenic resources of Dubuque and to establish Dubuque as a significant stop on the plein air circuit. BluffStrokes.org.

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

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 9 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Galena Country Fair
Sunday, October 9 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Grant Park (Galena, IL)

One of Galena’s most popular events featuring more than 100 vendors selling a variety of high-quality, original handmade arts, crafts and fine arts. This not-to-be-missed weekend is overflowing with shopping, family fun, live entertainment, childrens games, a silent auction and raffle. Delicious fair food including brats, pork chop sandwiches, walking tacos, caramel apples, homemade French fries, fudge, frozen custard and more. Be sure to visit the Gazebo Wine Garden featuring local wines! $2. 625 Park Ave, Galena, IL. 815-777-0817. galenacountryfair.com.

Vesperman Farms
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Gino’s East Halloween Party/Movie Night
October 9 @ Noon–7 PM
Gino’s East of Dubuque

Gino’s East will have two movie viewings at 3 and 5 p.m. Live music and games run noon to 3 p.m. Free. 333 E 10th St. 563-582-3000. facebook.com/GinosEastofDubuque.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Golden Rule Peace Boat
Sunday, October 9 @ 3–7 PM
Monday, October 10 @ 9 AM–9 PM
Tuesday, October 11 @ 9 AM
Port of Dubuque
The storied Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat will arrive in Dubuque on Oct. 9 kicking off a series of local events to raise awareness about the growing danger of nuclear war and to build support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Oct. 9 events include docking with a traditional Marshallese welcome and open boat. Oct. 10 events include open boat, official program with welcome from Mayor Brad Cavanagh, greetings from Marshallese leaders, Marshallese music and dance programs, Gold Rule story, testimony by Marshallese leaders and nuclear test survivors, and remembrance of the original Golden Rule crew. The sailboat departs at 9 a.m. on Oct. 11. The 34-foot wooden ketch is sailing on a 15-month voyage around the “Great Loop” of the central, southern, and eastern United States, making 100 ports-of-call. Golden Rule is a national project of Veterans For Peace, which owns the boat. This is the same sailing ship that, in 1958, attempted to sail from Hawai’i to the nuclear testing area in the Marshall Islands. Golden Rule’s voyage was interrupted by the US Coast Guard, but months of front-page news about the ship, its voyage, and the public outrage about the potential environmental damage, and public health risks ultimately led to the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. But for Marshall Islanders, the damage to their paradise home was nearly complete. The soil and waters of the Marshall Islands remain radioactive, unfit for growing food or fishing even now. vfpgoldenrule.org.

Riverview Center Duck Derby
Sunday, October 9 @ 3–4 PM
Galena River (Galena, IL)

Riverview Center is bringing back one of its oldest traditions! Duck Derby is back, and so is your chance to win BIG! Join as 4,000 rubber ducks are gently tossed in the river in a race to see who can finish first. If you happen to “adopt” one of the top 4 finishers, you are a “lucky duck” and winner of a cash prize! You do not need to be present to win. By “adopting” 4 ducks you are automatically entered into a raffle to win a camping package worth over $150 in value. “Adopt” your ducks by purchasing tickets online or at the Riverview Center Galena office location. All proceeds raised allow Riverview Center, a non-profit organization, to continue providing 100% free and confidential services to survivors of sexual or domestic violence in Jo Daviess and Carroll counties in Illinois. 625 Park Ave, Galena, IL. 815-402-3568. riverviewcenter.org.

Full Moon Collaborative Farm to Table Dinner
October 9 @ 4–7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm (Sinsinawa, WI)

Sinsinawa Mound will be hosting their first farm to table dinner. The event will include an optional farm tour, a locally-sourced vegetable-based meal, a drink, and dessert. Space is limited. $75. 2551 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

New Moon Cacao Ceremony: Breathwork
Sunday, October 9 @ 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.

Grimmwood Acres
October 9–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Golden Rule Peace Boat
Monday, October 10 @ 9 AM–9 PM
Tuesday, October 11 @ 9 AM
Port of Dubuque
The storied Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat will arrive in Dubuque on Oct. 9 kicking off a series of local events to raise awareness about the growing danger of nuclear war and to build support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Oct. 9 events include docking with a traditional Marshallese welcome and open boat. Oct. 10 events include open boat, official program with welcome from Mayor Brad Cavanagh, greetings from Marshallese leaders, Marshallese music and dance programs, Gold Rule story, testimony by Marshallese leaders and nuclear test survivors, and remembrance of the original Golden Rule crew. The sailboat departs at 9 a.m. on Oct. 11. The 34-foot wooden ketch is sailing on a 15-month voyage around the “Great Loop” of the central, southern, and eastern United States, making 100 ports-of-call. Golden Rule is a national project of Veterans For Peace, which owns the boat. This is the same sailing ship that, in 1958, attempted to sail from Hawai’i to the nuclear testing area in the Marshall Islands. Golden Rule’s voyage was interrupted by the US Coast Guard, but months of front-page news about the ship, its voyage, and the public outrage about the potential environmental damage, and public health risks ultimately led to the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. But for Marshall Islanders, the damage to their paradise home was nearly complete. The soil and waters of the Marshall Islands remain radioactive, unfit for growing food or fishing even now. vfpgoldenrule.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

Envision a More Creative Life with Mary Potter Kenyon
Monday, October 10 @ 6–8 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

This program explores a brainstorming technique called mind mapping and includes a vision board workshop. Attendees will leave with their own vision board to serve as a visual representation of their hopes, dreams, and goals. Mary Potter Kenyon is an author, certified grief educator, and therapeutic art coach based in Dubuque. Ages 18+. RSVP required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Grimmwood Acres
October 10–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Drumming for Peace
Monday, October 10 @ 6:30–7:30 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

This outdoor program will feature prayers and drumming around a warm bonfire. Facilitator Ms. Deb Stevens is a recently retired music teacher, has been drumming for over 30 years, and is deeply enriched by the spiritual connection she feels through community drumming. Feel free to bring a drum of your own or another rhythmic instrument. RSVP by Oct. 7. $10. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Monday, October 10 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Theater

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra makes its return to Dubuque for an evening of big band swing music with hits such as “In The Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and of course their theme song “Moonlight Serenade.” The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been an icon of swing and the big band sounds of the war era, entertaining audiences around the world. $33–$63. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Michael Lester Wendt Character Lecture: Chris Norton
Monday, October 10 @ 7 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

On Oct. 16, 2010, at the age of 18, Chris Norton suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury while playing football at Luther. He was given a 3 percent chance of ever moving again below the neck. Despite the prognosis, Norton fought the despair. He persevered and recovered enough sensation and mobility to walk across the stage at his college graduation and down the aisle for his wedding. Norton and his wife, Emily Norton, are adoptive and foster parents and authors of the book, The Seven Longest Yards. Norton was also the subject of the powerful 2021 documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story. His nonprofit foundation, Chris Norton Foundation, raises funds to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities and runs an adaptive wheelchair camp every summer that is free of charge. Norton shares his story of resilience, the importance of teamwork, and how to live with purpose in his speaking engagements around the country. His moving story, humor, and advice for navigating any challenge is inspiration to respond to adversity with resilience and optimism. Titled “The Power to Stand,” the lecture is presented by UD’s Wendt Character Initiative as part of its mission to promote a campus culture of excellent moral character and purposeful lives. Guest lecturers in the fall and spring speak from lives of purpose, linking issues of the day to character virtues such as integrity, justice, and compassion. Free. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-3440. wendt@dbq.edu. www.dbq.edu.

JDIFF Halloween BOO Parade Registration Deadline
October 10

Registration is now open for the JDIFF Halloween BOO Parade, set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The parade will feature film-related floats and music from any time period and genre. There will be first, second, and third place prizes given for Best Float and a prize for Best Film-Themed Music for bands. The parade route will run from 16th and Jackson St. and to 8th and Locust Street. https://adobe.ly/3JC9BIM.

Golden Rule Peace Boat
Tuesday, October 11 @ 9 AM
Port of Dubuque
The storied Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat will arrive in Dubuque on Oct. 9 kicking off a series of local events to raise awareness about the growing danger of nuclear war and to build support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Oct. 9 events include docking with a traditional Marshallese welcome and open boat. Oct. 10 events include open boat, official program with welcome from Mayor Brad Cavanagh, greetings from Marshallese leaders, Marshallese music and dance programs, Gold Rule story, testimony by Marshallese leaders and nuclear test survivors, and remembrance of the original Golden Rule crew. The sailboat departs at 9 a.m. on Oct. 11. The 34-foot wooden ketch is sailing on a 15-month voyage around the “Great Loop” of the central, southern, and eastern United States, making 100 ports-of-call. Golden Rule is a national project of Veterans For Peace, which owns the boat. This is the same sailing ship that, in 1958, attempted to sail from Hawai’i to the nuclear testing area in the Marshall Islands. Golden Rule’s voyage was interrupted by the US Coast Guard, but months of front-page news about the ship, its voyage, and the public outrage about the potential environmental damage, and public health risks ultimately led to the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. But for Marshall Islanders, the damage to their paradise home was nearly complete. The soil and waters of the Marshall Islands remain radioactive, unfit for growing food or fishing even now. vfpgoldenrule.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 11–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Sunset Prairie Seed Harvest
Tuesday, October 11 @ 5:30 PM
Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area (Bernard, IA)

Help the Dubuque County Conservation Board harvest local ecotype prairie seeds from one of our most beautify wildlife areas, Whitewater Canyon. Learn about the history of the area as you hike to the overlook. Prairie seed that is collected will be dried and planted at other DCCB properties. Come dressed in sturdy shoes and prepared for the weather. Feel free to bring your own pails for collection, milk jugs will be provided to collect seed in. Free. 29912 9th Ave, Bernard, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Grimmwood Acres
October 11–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Auditions
Tuesday, October 11
Five Flags Theater

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions for the following vacancies: Associate Concertmaster (2nd Chair), Principal Second Violin, Assistant Principal Second Violin, Section Violin (4 positions), Assistant Principal Viola (one season – section contract awarded after term), Section Viola (4 positions), Section Cello (3 positions). RSVP by Sept. 20. 405 Main St. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 12–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 12-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

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

The League of Women Voters Dubuque County Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 12 @ 6–9 PM
City Council Chambers and Online

The forum will be divided into two parts. The County Attorney forum will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. County Attorney candidates are Sam Wooden, Richard Kirdendall, and Scott Nelson. After a break, the forum will begin again at 7:30 with the Supervisor candidates , Ann McDonough, Jay Wickham, Wayne Kenniker, and Doran Bush, Treasurer candidates Angela Steffens and Michael Clasen, and Recorder candidates Keith Lucy and John Murphy. Questions for the candidates may written and submitted that evening or be mailed to League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 123, Dubuque, IA 52004 or sent to Leagueofwomenvotersdbq@gmail.com. View the forum online at facebook.com/cityofdubuque and cityofdubuque.org/livestream as well as CityChannel Dubuque (Mediacom cable channel 8 or digital 117.2). 350 W 6th St.

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

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

Grimmwood Acres
October 12–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

All About Apples
October 12 @ 6:30–7:30 PM
Online

Love those luscious fall apples? Review various ways to home preserve those apples to enjoy all year long. Free. extension.iastate.edu/humansciences.

She Unites Rise: Financial Literacy
2nd Wednesday through May: October 12 @ 7–9 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Learn the ins and outs of credit, debit, budgeting, and more with Mariko Kurboe of Dupaco. An intense Kahoot Competition rounds out the evening plus all of the community you crave with the She Unites crew. Rise is a program designed specifically for high school 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.

PersonA: Public Reading and Discussion
Wednesday, October 12 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall

Joe Klinebriel will present a public reading and discussion of his one-man play, PersonA, a work in progress borne of Joe’s time on sabbatical and presented as a fully realized production in the spring. This experience will offer insight into the creative process and allow attendees to respond directly to the playwright himself as he continues to develop this piece of dramatic literature. 1550 Clarke Dr. clarke.edu.

2022 DockDogs World Championships
October 12–16
Five Flags Arena

This October, DockDogs® will be packing their rigs and heading back to Dubuque. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Medicare Drug Program Review
Thursday, October 13 @ Noon–1 PM
Southwest Health (Platteville, WI)

Southwest Health hosts a Lunch and Learn for community members to understand more about the Medicare Drug Program. Hear from Southwest Health’s Director of Pharmacy, Bryant Schobert, as he details everything people need to navigate the Medicare Drug Program successfully. After the Lunch and Learn, sign up is available for free one-on-one consultations with the pharmacy staff to better understand unique options. RSVP by Sept. 30. Free. 1400 Eastside Rd, Platteville, WI. 608-342-6200. southwesthealth.org/medicare-drug-program-registration.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 13–14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: October 13 @ 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.

Stonehill Communities Open House
Thursday, October 13 @ 3–6 PM
Stonehill Communities

See the many updates to the Stonehill Communities campus that have happened in recent years. Assisi Village Expansion, San Damiano Chapel, The Franciscan Connection Sky Bridge, Assisi Village Chapel, Wellness Center improvements, and the Administrative/Outreach Building housing the Caregiver Resource Center and Outpatient Therapy. Campus tours will be provided. Free. 3485 Windsor Ave. 563-690-9683. stonehilldbq.com.

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

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

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

This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup for October is TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Chow Bella Book Group: To Fall in Love, Drink This
Thursday, October 13 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for foodies. Discuss To Fall in Love, Drink This: A Wine Writer’s Memoir by Alice Feiring. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Grimmwood Acres
October 13–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Sips, Nibbles & Novels Bookclub: The Chicken Sisters
Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30 PM
Kelli’s Place (Benton, WI)

Discuss The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia. 67 E Main St, Benton, WI. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

2022 DockDogs World Championships
October 13–16
Five Flags Arena

This October, DockDogs® will be packing their rigs and heading back to Dubuque. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dine Out/Take Out For Public Schools
October 13
Various Restaurants in Dubuque
Dine at area restaurants to support local eateries plus projects and programs in the Dubuque Community School District. Tell your server/cashier that you are “dining out for public schools,” and the restaurants will donate up to 10 percent of their sales. Find participating restaurants at dbqfoundation.org/fdps.

Forest School: Outdoor Survival
Friday, October 14 @ 10:30 AM
Finley’s Landing Park (Sherrill, IA)

Fire building, first aid and shelter making are all important skills to know in case of an emergency. Build on these skills and work towards being more prepared when out exploring the woods. Designed for any school age child and will be experiential and hands-on utilizing the great outdoors. RSVP required. Free. 24709 Finleys Landing Rd, Sherrill, IA.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 14, 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Fridays: October 14, 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Baking Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch
Friday, October 14 @ 6–7:30 PM
Steeple Square

The sweet smell of warm cinnamon rolls or sticky buns is enough to get you out of bed on a weekend morning, right? It’s easier to make yeast bread’s from scratch than you think, so join us to learn the insider’s tips for success. You’ll get to see how the dough is made, learn about the stages of the rising process, and then taste the mouth-watering results! Plus, you’ll be armed with the recipe so you can go home and make these yummy treats for yourself. $45. 101 E 15th St. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions. 

Grimmwood Acres
October 14–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 14–15, 21, 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 20, 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
October 22 @ 9 PM–Midnight
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

2022 DockDogs World Championships
October 14–16
Five Flags Arena

This October, DockDogs® will be packing their rigs and heading back to Dubuque. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 15 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Vesperman Farms
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grimmwood Acres
October 15–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

American Scout Warrior: Cub-A-Ree
Saturday, October 15 @ Noon–4:30 PM
Swiss Valley Park (Peosta, IA)

Tackle some challenging obstacle courses and other physical games as you become the next American Scout Warrior. Activities include archery, BB guns, bounce house, discus throw, gaga ball, make your own medal, minefield, obstacle courses, pool noodle javelin throw, semi, tow truck close-up, snack station, team races, web wall, and zombie tag. All elementary-age youth are invited. $15. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. 563-556-4343. scoutingevent.com/178-cubaree2022.

Credit Education Program
Saturday, October 15 @ 1 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Join Benjamin Drury from Dupaco Community Credit Union for a credit education program. Drury will help attendees better understand the basics of building solid credit, what your credit score means, and using credit reports to monitor your credit history. He will also answer audience questions. Benjamin Drury is a Community Outreach and Education Representative at Dupaco Community Credit Union in Dubuque. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Lady pArts Rebel Market
Saturday, October 15 @ 5–10 PM
Smokestack

This woman-to-woman show features a local collective of women artists, entrepreneurs, and makers standing together for reproductive rights, female empowerment, and body autonomy for all. Join in shopping local women-owned businesses and supporting reproductive rights. Uterus owners and allies welcome! 62 E 7th St. facebook.com/smokestackdbq.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 15, 21, 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 20, 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
October 22 @ 9 PM–Midnight
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

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

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

2022 DockDogs World Championships
October 15–16
Five Flags Arena

This October, DockDogs® will be packing their rigs and heading back to Dubuque. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

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

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

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 16 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Vesperman Farms
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

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

John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series: Organist Dexter Kennedy
Sunday, October 16 @ 3 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

As the winner of the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, Dexter Kennedy has established himself internationally as “one of the greatest organists of our times” — Iceland Monitor. Praised for his “prodigious technique and grand style musicality” in The American Organist, his concert programs are fiery and historically informed, exciting both music connoisseurs and people who have never experienced the organ in concert setting. $15. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Grimmwood Acres
October 16–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

2022 DockDogs World Championships
October 16
Five Flags Arena

This October, DockDogs® will be packing their rigs and heading back to Dubuque. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 17–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 17-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

Grimmwood Acres
October 17–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

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

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

L.May Book Group: Hamnet
Monday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM
L.May Eatery

Libations and discourse over a variety of literary genres. Discuss Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. 1072 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Weston A. Price Foundation Meeting
Monday, October 17 @ 6 PM
Natural Grocers Community Meeting Space

Join the local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation for a fun and informative discussion about nutrition and natural wellness. Covering topics like organic and local foods, how to identify truly nourishing foods, and how to avoid foods, household cleaners and personal care products which might be harmful. Free. 3333 Asbury Rd. 563-588-2935. yogaspectrum@yahoo.com.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 18–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Zentangle Workshop Series: Tangle on Tuesdays
Tuesdays: October 18, November 15, 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.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 18-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grimmwood Acres
October 18–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Canvas Painting: Pumpkins
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6–9 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Sarah Barnes, an artist from Iowa, will be leading a pumpkin canvas painting class. Bring your family and friends for a fun night of painting on canvas using mixed media. RSVP by Oct. 14. $35. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 19–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Designing a Fidget/Sensory Quilt
Wednesday, October 19 @ 1–2:30 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Learn how fidget quilts are made, who they benefit, and general considerations for designing a quilt. You will create your fidget quilt using inexpensive materials, many of which you may have at home. Facilitator Kathy Glatz has several years of experience making fidget quilts for various organizations. Her expertise will guide you in your quilt-making. RSVP by Oct. 14. $15. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

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

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 19-20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

She Unites She Talks: Social Media
3rd Wednesday: October 19 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center
Social media infiltrates every area of our lives it seems. Whether you are utilizing it for business or personal purposes, the influence it has on our minds is undeniable. The She Talks panel will be tackling the big questions of boundaries, mental health, negativity online, and the hidden surprises of utilizing social media. Panelists include Logan Lynch, Owner of Life In Motion Physical Therapy; Molly Knuth, Founder + CEO of Molly Knuth Media; Carolyn Arentson, Founder + Editor of My Chic Obsession; and Sarah Knabel, Owner of Bob + Lou’s. This roundtable discussion-style event tackles tough topics as a group. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Know Your Fall Craft Beers
Wednesday, October 19 @ 6–7:30 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

A beer is a beer, right? Wrong! Get to know the world of craft beer and all the different styles of brews. You’ll also learn about proper glassware and pairing beers with foods. Come thirsty and join Tara Cooley, Beer Server Certified Cicerone®, to sample a few craft beers and begin to understand the different styles. We will feature fall beers. Ages 21+. $19. 333 E 10th St. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

Mead Brewing Class
Wednesdays: October 19 and 26 @ 6–8 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Learn to brew mead using raw honey produced by local bees! In this two-day workshop, you will learn all about this alcoholic drink made from fermented honey and get hands-on experience making your own bottle of this ancient brew to then take home. In the first class, you will help make rich batches of mead using the ancient “washed wax” method. Discuss the history and myth of mead, the equipment you need to make it, mead-making techniques, and varieties of mead. In the second class, rack the brew into secondary fermenters and bottle last year’s mead. This class is taught by local beekeeper and avid mead brewer, Ry Meyer. It will cover basic brewing techniques focusing specifically on the unique properties of honey and mead. Mead tasting is part of each class, and you will be able to sample at least two varieties of mead, if 21 or older. From raw honeycomb to the corked bottle, this class is a complete overview of mead-making… and mead drinking. $65. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Grimmwood Acres
October 19–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

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

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

Fidget Quilt Sew-In
Thursday, October 20 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Make fidget quilts! Quilts include fabrics and items of various textures used to calm anxious minds. Completed quilts will be donated to local care centers, or make a quilt for someone you know. All skill levels are welcome. Sew quilt bases, make fidget items, and sew fidget items onto quilt bases. Registrants will receive an email outlining a list of basic sewing supplies they will need to bring and a list of items they may donate for the quilts. The facilitator is Kathy Glatz. RSVP by Oct. 17. $45 Full day with lunch; $25 half day without lunch. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 20–21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: October 20 @ 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.

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

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 20, 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Fridays: October 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Trunk or Treat
Thursday, October 20 @ 5:30–7 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Trunk or Treating is very similar to Trick or Treating except instead of kids going from house to house, they are going from car to car for candy and treats. Trunkers decorate their cars any way they would like and will place candy in containers of participants. $1. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Quick Breads: Biscuits & Scones
Thursday, October 20 @ 6–8 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Learn the science and art behind biscuits and scones. This is a hands-on class designed to help you become confident in making these delicious coffee shop staples at home using common ingredients. Instructed by Convivium Urban Farmstead co-founder Leslie Shalabi. $30. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Grimmwood Acres
October 20–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 20, 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
October 21, 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 22 @ 9 PM–Midnight
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

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

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

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 21, 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

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

Women of Influence Celebration
Friday, October 21 @ 4–9 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

Celebrate new exhibitions and the women who inspire us. Join artists Mary Bergs and Lisa Hochstein inside their collaborative exhibition, Correspondences, for an intimate gallery conversation about their process and the trust and humility it required. Mother/daughter artists, Wendy Rolfe and Thérèse Mulgrew will be introduced by actress Kate Mulgrew inside their exhibition. Surrounded by 30 portraits, they will talk about the joys and challenges of integrating artistic and family life and how that shows up in Intimate Exchange. The party continues with cocktails, music, and art-making that celebrates the women who influence us—so, bring someone who inspires you. $20 DuMA members, $25 GA, free 1874 Society members.

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Fridays: October 21, 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grown-Up YogArt: Intention Boxes
3rd Friday: October 21 @ 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.

Grimmwood Acres
October 21–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 21, 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 22 @ 9 PM–Midnight
October 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

Masterpiece Literary Center Halloween Party Benefit
Friday, October 21 @ 7–10 PM
Gary Dolphin’s Iron Bar

Join the Masterpiece Literary Center, Gary Dolphin’s Iron Bar, and Gino’s East for a Halloween party benefit and silent auction with fun, food, and entertainment while supporting a great cause. Costumes are encouraged. 333 E 10th St. 563-412-6408. MasterpieceLiteraryCenter.org.

Edwards Twins Present The Ultimate Variety Show
Friday, October 21 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

Remember all the wonderful variety shows we all grew up on in the ‘70s and ‘80s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. Anthony and Eddie Edwards use state-of-the-art makeup to look and sound like the superstars of today and yesterday. All your favorite legendary superstars come alive in Super Stars on Stage the Ultimate Variety Show. NBC’s Today says, “It’s one of the most extraordinary shows we have ever seen.” Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Olivia Newton John, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones, and many more hosted by The Edwards Twins from Las Vegas. USA Today and The Boston Globe rave: “A must see show!” $30–$50. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Persistent Women of the Gospel
Saturday, October 22 @ 9 AM–Noon
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Women figured importantly in Jesus’s ministry. Many of them we know by name but often the women who appear are unnamed. And yet they are unforgettable. What can we learn from them? Led by Mary Ellen Green, OP. RSVP by Oct. 19. $30; $50 with Autumn Wisdom event later that day. 585 County Rd Z. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 22 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Vesperman Farms
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Boos and Brews Weekend: The Tappening
Saturday, October 22 @ Noon
Five Flags Arena

The Tappening is part of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival’s Boos and Brews Weekend. Activities include beer tasting from dozens of local and regional breweries, cornhole tournament, pickleball games, live music, and scary movie screenings. $45 before Sept. 19, $40 after Sept. 19, $50 VIP. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Saturdays: October 22, 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Friday, October 28 @ 5–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Autumn Wisdom
Saturday, October 22 @ 1–4 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Autumn is described as “the richest season of the soul” by Angie Weiland-Crosby. Look and listen for the wise lessons autumn teaches, so bring some autumn wisdom with you to share. Facilitated by Pat Pintens. RSVP by Oct. 19. $30; $50 with Persistent Women of the Gospel event earlier that day. 585 County Rd Z. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Fall Festival and Movie Night
Saturday, October 22 @ 4–9 PM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Fall is in the air. It’s the perfect time of year for a Fall Festival in The Galena Territory, with the added bonus of a movie! Enjoy games and activities, music, and wagon rides before the movie Hocus Pocus starts at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a food truck on site. $20; free ages 3 and under. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-9550. thegalenaterritory.com/web/pages/src1.

A Ghostly Gathering
Saturday, October 22 @ 5:30–11 PM
Shake Rag Alley (Mineral Point, WI)

The second annual Ghostly Gathering features a variety of festive experiences on Shake Rag Alley’s 2.5-acre campus in the historic heart of Mineral Point, WI. The evening includes live music by the Sapsuckers; scary storytelling by Jane Stenson; fortune telling with The Point Witch and readings with On the Go Tarot; a night market of unique crafters, makers, and artists; a costume contest with a cash prize for first place; delicious eats and treats for purchase; cash bar (includes on drink ticket); and more. Costumes and decorative masks are encouraged. Proceeds from this fundraiser support Shake Rag Alley arts and crafts programming and historic preservation. Held rain or shine. Not recommended for children. $25 ADV/$30 door. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. ShakeRagAlley.org.

Grimmwood Acres
October 22–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

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

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

JDIFF Halloween BOO Parade
Saturday, October 22 @ 7 PM
Dubuque Parade Route

The Dubuque Halloween parade is back! Bring the kids downtown and enjoy a night of film-themed floats, bands, organizations, and more. There will be first, second, and third place prizes given for Best Float and a prize for Best Film-Themed Music for bands. The parade route will run from 16th and Jackson St. and to 8th and Locust St. julienfilmfest.com.

Heartache Tonight: The Music of the Eagles
Saturday, October 22 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience, with meticulous attention to every detail. Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge rock powerhouse that produced hits over our decades. There are no pre-recorded backing tracks in the Heartache Tonight show; all vocal harmonies and guitar parts are faithful to the originals and performed live. Just hit song after hit song from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, performed by tremendously talented musicians with perfection and passion. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life In The Fast Lane,” the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and the beautifully evocative “Heart Or The Matter.” Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re hearing the real thing. $30 ADV/$35 door. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Late Nite Catechism
Saturday, October 22 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play that takes the audience back to their youth. The irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of “students.” Throughout the course of the class the benevolent instructor rewards the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. However, even the most reluctant “students” will be clamoring to get into this Sister’s class. The New York Times calls Late Nite Catechism “interactive theater at its best and full of laughs!” $39–$59. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

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

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Tony Danza: Standards & Stories (UD Homecoming)
Saturday, October 22 @ 8 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Star of TV’s Taxi and Who’s the Boss?, Tony Danza (C’72, HON’04) is making his remarkable return and celebrating his 50th class reunion at the University of Dubuque! The New York Times raves, “Tony’s a live wire who tap-dances, plays the ukulele, tells stories, and radiates irresistible charm. He exudes the kind of charisma that can’t be taught!” Tony Danza and his four-piece band combine timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele — performing a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. $34–$52. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 22 @ 9 PM–Midnight
October 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
October 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

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

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

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 23 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Vesperman Farms
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Monday–Fridays: October 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Sundays: October 23, 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Mondays–Thursdays: October 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Friday, October 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ Noon–10 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grimmwood Acres
October 23–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 24–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 24-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Friday, October 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

Grimmwood Acres
October 24–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 25–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 25-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Friday, October 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grimmwood Acres
October 25–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Adult Pottery Wheel Workshop
Tuesdays through December 6: October 25 @ 6–8 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Join ARC pottery instructor and local artist Stephanie O’Shaughnessy for this 5-week workshop. Learn preparing clay, centering, throwing, trimming, and techniques for altering, decorating, and glazing. It’s a fun foundation course in making bowls, cups, and vases on the electric potter’s wheel. Designed for beginners or those with some experience who would like to refresh their techniques. All supplies are included. $120. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 26–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 26-27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Friday, October 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

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

Grimmwood Acres
October 26–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

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

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 27–28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: October 27 @ 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.

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

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Mondays–Thursdays: October 27, 31 @ 5–9 PM
Friday, October 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ Noon–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grimmwood Acres
October 27–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 27, 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
October 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

Vesperman Farms
Monday–Fridays: October 28 @ Noon–7 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

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

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Friday, October 28 @ 5–10 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Monday, October 31 @ 5–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure
Friday, October 28 @ 6 PM
Five Flags Arena

Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip in the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep, and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games, and surprises. Little piggies everywhere will love this 60 minute live musical experience! $29–$63. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Grimmwood Acres
October 28–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 28–29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

Adult Couples Cooking Class: Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
October 28 @ 6–7:30 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Everyone loves yummy cinnamon rolls with gooey frosting! Learn to work with yeast and create a pan of rolls perfect for any holiday or weekend brunch. Your rolls will be ready to take home to rise and bake. Choice of regular or pumpkin filling. Taught by retired culinary instructor and dietitian Lynn Kaufman. Bring your favorite wine, beer, or beverage to enjoy during class. Individuals can also sign up to create their meal solo. $38 per team. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Riders in the Sky
Friday, October 28 @ 7:30 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Winners of two Grammy Awards, Riders in the Sky stand hats and shoulders above the rest of the purveyors of comedy and western! For more than 30 years, they have kept the flame passed on by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, becoming modern-day icons with their wacky humor, western wit, and cowboy way of life. Riders in the Sky pay tribute to and poke gentle fun at the classic cowboy songs of the 1930s and 1940s. The group is made up of lead singer Ranger Doug (born Douglas B. Green), Woody Paul (born Paul Chrisman) on fiddle and vocals, Too Slim (born Frederick Owen LaBour) on string bass and guitar, and, since the mid-1990s, “Cowpolka King” Joey Miskulin on accordion. $28–$40. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

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

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

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

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Vesperman Farms
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Saturday, October 29 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Saturday, October 29 @ Noon–10 PM
Sunday, October 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Monday, October 31 @ 5–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

Grimmwood Acres
October 29–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 29 @ 6 PM –11 PM
October 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

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

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

Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30: October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, Schuster’s features a smaller kids maze, pumpkin launcher, paint ball rides, scavenger hunt, and kids’ games and activities. Corn maze, wagon ride, corn blaster, paint ball wagon, pumpkins, and concessions available for purchase. 7541 Schueller Heights Rd. 563-556-2879. SchustersPumpkinPatch.com.

Vesperman Farms
Sunday, October 30 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Vesperman Farms (Lancaster, WI)

Join Vesperman Farms for their 19th fall season. Celebrating the fall in a big way is the corn maze feature a very special new farm friend. The mini maze is an easier option for younger children. There are hay wagon rides and the famous pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. The pumpkin cannon and trebuchet that get fired every hour are always fun to see. Kids can ride the zip lines, climb tire mountain, compete in duck races, ride the wagon train, and pose for scores of family photo ops against great backdrops across the acreage. The goats, baby chicks, miniature horses, donkeys, baby calves, and kittens are always a big draw. And the whole farm itself is one big piece of country farm tradition to take in visually and physically. Homemade ice cream is the centerpiece of their many great food offerings. In addition to the options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and ribbon fries, there will also be fresh squeezed lemonade, brisket sandwiches, chicken strips, and loaded baked potatoes plus caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts. The already famous homemade ice cream is featured plus apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and kettle corn are seasonal must-haves. You can also get burgers, dogs, and fries, hot and fresh. It’s all made there to order, including really good chicken strips from scratch. They also added soft pretzels, pretzel bites, and nachos this year. $14, free ages 4 and under; $11.99 day pass (online only); $29.99 season pass (online only). 8149 Stage Rd, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-2542. VespermanFarms.com.

Dittmar Farms & Orchard
Sunday, October 30 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Dittmar Farms & Orchard (Elizabeth, IL)

Dittmar Farms & Orchard has been family owned and operated since 1854. In addition to a variety of pumpkins and u-pick apples, the farm offers a hayride, corn maze, petting zoo, kids maze, cornwagon basketball, music, and more. $8 Adults, free ages 3 and under. 256 S. Grebner Rd, Elizabeth, IL. 815-218-6942. dittmarfarms.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Sunday, October 30 @ Noon–9 PM
Monday, October 31 @ 5–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

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

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

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

Grimmwood Acres
October 30–31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 30–31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

Great River Reapers Home Haunt
Monday, October 31 @ 5–9 PM
2750 Burden St

Stroll through a graveyard, see spiders on the roof, animated figures, a horse drawn hearse and new scenes for 2022. In conjunction with the haunt, they do a food drive for the Dubuque Food Pantry and accept cash donations for the Veterans Freedom Center. The haunt draws 50 to 100 people a night and nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Bring the little ones during daylight hours. Free.

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

Grimmwood Acres
October 31 @ 6–10 PM
13549 Surrey Ln

The Grimmwood Acres’ Jack-O-Lanterns got into some toxic waste and mutated into glowing faces! Come see what they’ve turned into while you visit our ghastly experience sure to thrill all ages. The haunt is a complete song and light show in our handcrafted cemetery piping out holiday classics like “This Is Halloween” and “Monster Mash.” These little pumpkins are hoping to spook you this holiday season. All ages. Free.

Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction
October 31 @ 6 PM–10 PM
1341 Frontage Rd, Kieler, WI
The Tri-States’ most exciting haunted attraction experience. With all the scares you love, dark turns and terrifying sights that will get your heart pounding. Grab your friends and anyone else you think will help you make it out and come test your mortality inside the chambers. Light fright 6–7 p.m., full fright follows. $5 Light Fright; $15 Full Fright; $25 Fast Pass. DarkChambers.com.

November 2022

Early Explorers: O is for Otter
1st Tuesday and Saturday: November 1 @ 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.

Dubuque Area Humanists Social Gathering
1st Wednesday: November 2 @ 5:30 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

The gathering begins with a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a social hour at 6 p.m. No meeting in December. Free. 333 E 10th St. 563-580-1904. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

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

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

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: November 3 @ 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.

Youth Pottery Wheel Workshop
Thursdays through December 8: November 3 @ 3:30–5:30 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Join ARC pottery instructor and local artist Stephanie O’Shaughnessy in this 4-week workshop. Learn preparing clay, centering, throwing, trimming, and techniques for altering, decorating, and glazing. It’s a fun foundation course in making bowls, cups, and vases on the electric potter’s wheel. Designed for beginners or those with some experience who would like to refresh their techniques. All supplies are included. Transportation is available from Galena schools to the ARC. $60. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early Explorers: O is for Otter
1st Tuesday and Saturday: November 5 @ 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.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Peter & The Wolf, performed by Eulenspiegel Puppets
Saturday, November 5 @ 1 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre

Listen to Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved music as you watch Peter outsmart the wolf! Eulenspiegel Puppets use beautifully crafted large tabletop puppets and rod puppets to tell this classic tale of a young boy, his grandfather, his pets, and the creatures that live in the meadow and the forest. Three puppeteers bring this fairy tale, written by Prokofiev in 1936, to life — cultivating a musical appetite in children and introducing them to instruments of the orchestra. $15. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 2: Crouching Tiger
Saturday, November 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 6 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
DSO Principal Cello Philip Bergman is featured as soloist in the beautiful Crouching Tiger Cello Concerto from the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Composed by celebrated Chinese-American composer Tan Dun, this piece will transport you to another place and time. Those pesky wasps are given a musical tribute in the delightful overture by English composer Vaughan Williams. American composer Perkinson’s lively and lush string sinfonietta and Mozart’s particularly spirited and exuberant Haffner Symphony round out the program. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 64th season explores music’s connection to the natural world. “Over the centuries, many musicians and composers have been inspired by nature, birds and animals,” shares Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “Our upcoming season will explore some of these musical selections, and I hope they will inspire us to appreciate the blessings and beauty of the natural world we are a part of. 405 Main St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org. 

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

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Piano Fondue: Dueling Pianos
Saturday, November 5 @ 8 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre

Piano Fondue presents a fully-interactive, high-energy, sing-along show! Two entertainers take their places behind two baby grand pianos on stage, and the audience controls the set list on their smartphones. Audience members can visit Piano Fondue’s request website, view the set list, and manipulate it in real-time. They can add songs to the list or move songs around. The whole show is crowdsourced. $30. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 2: Crouching Tiger
Sunday, November 6 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
DSO Principal Cello Philip Bergman is featured as soloist in the beautiful Crouching Tiger Cello Concerto from the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Composed by celebrated Chinese-American composer Tan Dun, this piece will transport you to another place and time. Those pesky wasps are given a musical tribute in the delightful overture by English composer Vaughan Williams. American composer Perkinson’s lively and lush string sinfonietta and Mozart’s particularly spirited and exuberant Haffner Symphony round out the program. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 64th season explores music’s connection to the natural world. “Over the centuries, many musicians and composers have been inspired by nature, birds and animals,” shares Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator. “Our upcoming season will explore some of these musical selections, and I hope they will inspire us to appreciate the blessings and beauty of the natural world we are a part of. 405 Main St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rise is a program designed specifically for high school 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.

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: November 10 @ 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.

Noises Off
November 10–12 and 15–17 @ 6 PM
November 13 @ 1 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Youth Artful Afternoons: Holiday Themed Art
Friday, November 11 @ 11:15 AM–5 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Join Galena ARC for Artful Afternoons on the Galena School’s SIP Days. A new lesson is taught in each class. Bring a sack lunch to class. All supplies are included. Transportation is available from the schools to the ARC with the Jo Daviess Transit Bus. Ages 6–14. $40. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

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

Noises Off
November 11–12 and 15–17 @ 6 PM
November 13 @ 1 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Adult Couples Cooking Class: Morning Breakfast Casserole
November 11 @ 6–7:30 PM

Galena ARC (Galena, IL)
Holiday Brunch is the best… no? Come learn how to make Lynn’s signature holiday breakfast recipe. A healthy and delicious homemade casserole that can be made ahead to make your holiday healthier and less stressful. Take home for you and your family to enjoy. Choose bacon, sausage or no meat. Taught by retired culinary instructor and dietitian Lynn Kaufman. Bring your favorite wine, beer, or beverage to enjoy during class. Individuals can also sign up to create their meal solo. $38 per team. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

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

Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers: Fever River Puppeteers
2nd Saturday through April: November 12 @ 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.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: November 12 @ 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.

Noises Off
November 12 and 15–17 @ 6 PM
November 13 @ 1 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Noises Off
November 13 @ 1 PM
November 15–17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

Zentangle Workshop Series: Tangle on Tuesdays
Tuesdays: November 15 and 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.

Noises Off
November 15–17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

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

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

Noises Off
November 16–17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: November 17 @ 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.

Noises Off
November 17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Thursday, November 17 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Arena

The Ultimate Holiday Tradition! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 35 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. $42–$72. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

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

Grown-Up YogArt: Intention Boxes
3rd Friday: November 18 @ 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home for the Holidays with Amy Friedl Stoner
Saturday, November 19 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Get into the holiday spirit! Home for the Holidays with Amy Friedl Stoner is an evening full of laughter and beautiful music! Mixing traditional Christmas songs with contemporary Holiday favorites, Amy uses her versatile soprano voice and heartfelt and comical stories to weave together this 90-minute program. Featuring a dynamite six-piece band led by Luke Viertel, it’s just what you need to get you into the holiday spirit. $22 ADV/$25 door adults, $13 ADV/$15 door ages 18 and under. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

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

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

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

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

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

New Moon Cacao Ceremony: Sound Meditation
Sunday, November 20 @ 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.

Clint Black feat. Lisa Hartman Black: Mostly Hits and the Mrs
Sunday, November 20 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Arena

Clint Black surged to superstardom leading the fabled class of ’89 with five consecutive singles from his triple platinum debut album, Killin’ Time, reaching No. 1; a feat never accomplished before in any music genre. He followed that with his second album, certified triple platinum, Put Yourself in My Shoes, followed by a string of certified gold and multi-platinum albums. Black has earned 22 No. 1 singles and 31 Top 10s, making him one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the modern era. He has sold more than 20 million records and has received dozens of major awards and nominations including a Grammy and stars on both the Music City and Hollywood Walk of Fames. In 2021, Black launched Clint Black Cowboy Coffee, a line of Texas-roasted coffee available at clintblackcoffee.com. Black also hosts and co-produces Talking in Circles with Clint Black, which just completed a successful second season on Circle TV. The talk show is a behind-the-scenes conversation with two entertainers talking “shop.” Guests have included Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Joe Bonamassa, Dennis Quaid, and Luke Combs to name a few. The show will begin its third season in September and airs Saturday nights at 10 p.m. EST following Opry Live. Lisa Hartman Black starred in the iconic TV show Knots Landing, which launched her career in a formidable array of movies and mini-series. With her prowess as an actress and her high TVQ, Lisa assured top ratings for the networks with her performances in The Operation with Joe Penny, Roses Are for The Rich with Bruce Dern, Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues with James Brolin, and Without A Kiss Goodbye with Chris Meloni and Cloris Leachman. She starred in three mini-series: Valley of the Dolls, 2000 Malibu Road, and Judith Krantz’s Dazzle. Lisa and Clint starred together in Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack and Flicka: Country Pride. Lily Pearl joined in the cast of the latter at age nine. Clint and Lisa released their Grammy-nominated duet, “When I Said I Do,” in 1999, which won an Academy of Country Music Award. The two were a part of The Masked Singer, season 4, as the first-ever duo, “The Snow Owls.” $43–$122. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 21 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: November 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

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

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 23 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Lunchtime Meditation
Thursdays: November 24 @ 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.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 25 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 25 and 26; December 2 and 3 @ 7:30 PM
November 27 and 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.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 26 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Silver Bells and Diamonds Featuring the Diamonds
Saturday, November 26 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Silver Bells and Diamonds combines the best of The Diamonds in concert with sparkling holiday favorites everyone will enjoy. The show opens with a “Jingle Bells” medley followed by a first half of hit songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Then, in the second half, The Diamonds use their signature harmony-filled vocals and always entertaining stage presence to get the audience into the Christmas spirit with a fast-paced ride through many of the great holiday favorites. It’s a yuletide rock n’ roll revue starring Santa’s favorite helpers, The Diamonds! Dancing in the aisles, rock ‘n roll, and “sparkling” holiday music—the perfect combination. $25 ADV/$30 door. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 26; December 2 and 3 @ 7:30 PM
November 27 and 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.

Pop Rocks
Saturday, November 26 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Pop ROCKS is not just a band; they are a high energy live music show that plays the biggest dance party hits made to fill the floor! Pop ROCKS brings you the best of today’s hottest top 40 hits, throwback hip-hop, pop country, party rock, and timeless classics all mashed up and delivered in a party zone format. Pop ROCKS is what you get when you combine the music of a DJ, the theatrics of a Broadway musical, and the live energy of an arena rock extravaganza! The show has 40+ costume changes, every genre of hit music, special effects, high energy, and passionate members, and interactive performances that get the entire crowd involved. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: November 27 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

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

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 27 and December 4 @ 2 PM
December 2 and 3 @ 7:30 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.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 28 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

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

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

December 2022

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

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

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

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists have shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. $36–$96. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

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.

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.

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

This UD tradition returns to bring spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts celebrates the birth of Christ through a concert presentation featuring the John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ, UD choirs, and UD Concert Band with live narration. Complimentary holiday refreshments and live music from UD’s Jazz Band will immediately follow the concert. $14–$20. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.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.

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

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

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

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 3 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

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.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Family
December 3 @ 1 PM
Five Flags Theater
Jump into the spirit of the holiday season with a special one hour program of kid-friendly holiday music and sing-along tunes. This concert, featuring vocalist Katie Richter, the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir and members of the Heartland Ballet, brings joy to all ages and includes photos with Santa post-concert! 405 Main St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org. 

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concerts
December 3 @ 7:30 PM
December 4 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
Begin the festive season on a high note as the warm sounds of the holidays fill the hall. The DSO is joined by vocalist Katie Richter, the Dubuque Chorale and members of the Heartland Ballet in an enchanting collection of holiday favorites! 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.

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.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concerts
December 4 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
Begin the festive season on a high note as the warm sounds of the holidays fill the hall. The DSO is joined by vocalist Katie Richter, the Dubuque Chorale and members of the Heartland Ballet in an enchanting collection of holiday favorites! 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 10 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers: Concise and 2 the Point
2nd Saturday through April: October 8 @ 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.

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.

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.

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.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Ho, Ho, Homicide
December 11 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Everyone at the North Pole is working extra hard this year to make this a holiday to remember, but something’s amiss on Poinsettia Parkway. The newest, coolest, and most revered kids’ bike on the market—Zuzu’s Pedals—has some production issues. On top of that, Mrs. Claus is worried about Santa’s diet but mostly his sugary-sweet secretary Candy Cane. Add in some elves, an environmentalist who’s checking everything twice, and a perky Customer Service Rep who covers Santa’s Ho, Ho Hotline, and you’ve got a Ho, Ho, Hilarious Homicide. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

Rise is a program designed specifically for high school 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.

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.

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.

Antiracism Book Club: The Yellow House
3rd Thursday: December 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 16 @ 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.

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.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 17 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

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

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 17 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Mystery Dinner Theater: Cut Loose Tree Farm
December 18 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Cut Loose Tree Farm is the only tree farm in Iowa that carries all 16 varieties of Christmas trees. They’re known for their perfectly pruned pines and beautiful balsams. But, it’s just before Christmas and a parasite has proven to put inventory in peril. President Pine (who prefers Christmas Cocktails rather than taking the family tree business too seriously) isn’t too concerned. Everyone else is, as jobs are on the chopping block. But wait! That chopping block just got more interesting…Who’s on it? Marketing Director, Sappy Selfie? The company’s accountant-and-resident karaoke queen, Merryoke? Perhaps Jack Frost or Holly N. Ivy is in the know…or maybe they’re about to be butchered themselves. It’s a prickly place for Christmas capers this fine December, for sure. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.