UPDATED AS OF 3 p.m. TODAY: Postponements, cancellations, closures

These are the local cancellations or postponements reported through Tuesday.

Going forward, it is safe to assume that, through the end of the monyh, any activity involving more than 10 people may be canceled or postponed, and any business that attracts large volumes of people at one time may be closed, so make sure to phone ahead before you venture out.


Child Fair

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College, in correlation with KSB and CGH, is canceling the 36th Annual Child Fair April 18. Contact EmmaLea Bittner at emmalea.m.bittner@svcc.edu for more information.

Senior centers

Activities that involve group functions at local senior centers – whose clients are at greatest risk from the coronavirus – are postponed until further notice, per a mandate from the Illinois Department on Aging. In addition, most centers are banning or restricting visitors, so call ahead.

At Sauk

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College faculty and staff are working from home through Friday, and access to the campus is restricted to the West Mall entrance. Spring break is extended until Monday. Contact Eric Epps, eric.epps@svcc.edu or 815-835-6322, or go to svcc.edu/covid19 for updates or more information.

In addition, Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting is canceled; the next meeting is 6 p.m. April 27 in the Riverview conference room. Contact EmmaLea Bittner, emmalea.m.bittner@svcc.edu, 815-835-6303 or go to www.svcc.edu for more information.

U of I Extension

University of Illinois Extension, locally and statewide, is canceling all group education classes geared toward high-risk audiences, such as adults older than 60. In some cases, in-person training is being replaced with webinars or online meetings, or with digital resources. Go to go.illinois.edu/clw or call 815- 632-3611 for updates.

Social Security office
STERLING – All Social Security offices are closed; go to  www.socialsecurity.gov for services that can be done online, Critical services will be handled at 866-789-1093.


KSB restrictions

DIXON – All nonessential visits by those other than primary caregivers and immediate family members 16 and older are banned.

Dixon YMCA

The Dixon Family YMCA is closed through March 30. Updates will be posted at dixonymca.org.

Historical, Genealogical Society

DIXON – The Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, 113 S. Hennepin Ave., is closed to the public. Its email, postal mail, website and Facebook page will be monitored, and in-house research will continue.

American Legion

DIXON – The Dixon American Legion Friday dinners are canceled until April 3.

Pancake breakfast

DIXON – Saturday’s Kiwanis Club of Dixon pancake and sausage breakfast is postponed.

Spuds fundraiser

HARMON – Harmon United Methodist Church’s Spuds and Splits fundraiser March 26 is canceled.

Leadership Screencast

DIXON – The March 27 Leadership Screencast is postponed; tickets will be honored when it’s rescheduled, or email matthew.lenox@dixonnow.com for refunds.

Lionesses auction

DIXON – The April 14 Silent Chinese auction and luncheon is canceled.

Midway Drive-In

DIXON – The Midway Drive-In Horror Fest scheduled for April 18, and the drive-in’s opening date, are postponed.

Leydig closed

DIXON –The Leydig Center thrift store is closed and will not be accepting donations. Those who leave items at the center while it is closed will be caught on camera and cited for littering. Check the center’s Facebook page for updates.

Home of Hope

DIXON – All Home of Hope programs through March are postponed.

Fire school

AMBOY – The 11th biannual fire school April 4-5 at the Lee County 4 H Center is rescheduled to Aug. 15-16. Contact Fire Chief Jeff Bryant Sr. at 815-994-6184 or atjbryant9962@gmail.com for more information.


CGH restrictions

STERLING – CGH Medical Center is banning all nonessential visits by those other than primary caregivers and immediate family members, and anyone younger than 18. All community events are canceled.

At Odell

MORRISON – Odell Public Library is closed indefinitely, and the March 31 travelogue on Africa is postponed.

At Sterling library

STERLING – Sterling Public Library is closed until at least March 30. Virtual and remote services will continue to be available, and curbside delivery will be done on the northeast corner of the building, next to the outside book drop. Patrons may request material through the website, at SPLCURBSIDE@gmail.com or at 815-625-1370. Staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Procedures for the quarantine or sanitization of returned materials will be addressed as guidelines are assessed. Some materials may not be available for circulation. Check the website and Facebook for updates.

Presbyterian services

STERLING – Services Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Sterling are canceled; find the church on Facebook for ways to connect from home.

Methodist soup dinner

ROCK FALLS – United Methodist Church’s soup dinner Thursday is canceled.

Rock Falls Rotary

ROCK FALLS – Rotary Club of Rock Falls is canceling all club meetings until further notice.

Twin Cities Rotary

DIXON – Twin Cities Sunrise Rotary is rescheduling its March 28 craft beer and wine-tasting event, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brandywine Banquets to May 16. Contact Allen Przysucha at cusaallenp@gmail.com for details.

United Way banquet

STERLING – The United Way of Whiteside County’s annual recognition banquet Wednesday tentatively is rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. June 17 at Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling.

RF chamber dinner

ROCK FALLS – Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting Thursday is postponed. Find Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, go to rockfallschamber.com or call 815-625-4500 for refund information and updates.

Dumpling dinner

STERLING – East Jordan Church’s chicken dumpling meal Saturday is postponed.

Midland States Bank

EFFINGHAM – Midland States Bank branch lobbies are closed; drive-thrus are open.

New Life dinner

STERLING – New Life Lutheran Church’s March 27 spring dinner is postponed. Find New Life on Facebook for updates. 

Spring bazaar

ROCK FALLS – Friends of Ferals Purrfect March 28 spring bazaar at the Rock Falls Community Building is canceled.

Tampico Baptist

TAMPICO – The March 29 Tampico Baptist Church concert is canceled.

Egg hunt

STERLING – Rock River Gardens April 4 egg hunt is canceled.

Sauk Valley 8

STERLING– AMC, which operates Sauk Valley 8, is closed.

Sterling Theater

STERLING – Sterling Theater is closed until March 29.

Loft on Main

MORRISON – The Loft on Main is closed, and all events are canceled.


Ogle County Board

OREGON – The Ogle County Board meeting is postponed until 5:30 p.m. March 24.

Polo library

POLO ­ Polo Public Library is closed until 10 a.m. April 1, and all programs are canceled or rescheduled. Axis 360, OMNI/Libby, and Biblioboard still are available, as is curbside pickup for books, DVDs, and magazines. The library wifi can be used outside the building by connecting to the Polo Library Guest Access wifi network, which doesn’t need a password. Find the library on Facebook, go to www.pololibrary.org or call 815-946-2713 for updates or more information.

Oregon Park District

OREGON – Nash Recreation Center is closed until March 30, and all Oregon Park District programs and events are postponed through April 3, or canceled. Those affected by reschedules or refunds will be contacted early next week. The district will re-evaluate the situation after March 30. Go to www.oregonpark.org for information and updated.

The front counter will be opened Monday-Friday for registration and questions via phone at 815-732-3101, and the lobby will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday as a polling place.

Bingo suspended

OREGON – Wednesday evening Bingo at Oregon VFW will resume April 8.

Maple Syrup Festival

BYRON – The Byron Forest Preserve District’s Maple Syrup Festival Saturday is canceled. Maple syrup and honey is sold at the Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, www.byronforestpreserve.com or 815-234-8535.

Luncheon and silent auction

POLO – The Polo Women’s Club’s Chinese silent auction and luncheon Saturday at United Methodist Church is postponed.

Antiques show

OREGON – The Women’s Club Antique Show March 28-30 is canceled.

Serenity fundraiser

OREGON - Serenity Hospice & Home’s April 1 Fun Night fundraiser is canceled; refunds will be given. Go to www.serenityhospiceandhome.org for information or to otherwise donate. 

Spring gala

OREGON – The May 2 Art, Beauty and Jazz Spring Gala is canceled.



MOUNT CARROLL – Law-Jones Funeral home is limiting the number of people in its facilities at any given time, to help reduce person-to-person contact, and to compensate, is offering longer visitation times and providing a parking lot attendant. Visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles until the attendant allows them to enter.

Church services

SHANNON – Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon is canceling services until March 31. Church services will be provided online and over the hone at 9 and 10 a.m. Call 815-864-2581 for instructions on how to connect online or to listen to the service.

Timber Lake Playhouse

MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse’s “Oh Boys” concert Thursday is postponed, as are March 29-April 26 auditions. Phone calls and emails will be answered. Tickets and seat assignments automatically will transfer to the new date, or can be used for an alternative production or be refunded.

Dolley’s visit

SAVANNA – The Savanna Historical Society’s “A Visit With Dolley Madison” March 28 at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center is postponed.


Ham dinner

MANLIUS - The March 28 baked ham dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church is postponed; tickets will be honored when it is rescheduled.


Highland Community College will extend its spring break to March 27. Online services will continue. Campus events and Lifelong Learning are postponed or canceled. Athletics are on hold until March 30. Beginning March 30, students will be completing independent homework, readings, and projects, provided by their faculty, from their homes.


Driver services

All secretary of state offices, including driver services facilities, are closed through March 31. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule. Many transactions and be conducted online, go towww.cyberdriveillinois.com.

State parks

All Illinois Department of Natural Resources state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites are closed until further notice, and all scheduled events on state property are canceled. Call IDNR’s Parks administrative line Monday through Friday at 217-782-6752 with questions.

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