A boutique pop-up and Lena Brewing Co. celebration. And more: 7 things to do near Freeport


Are you looking to get out of the house after staying in due to the cold temperatures this week? Good news, there are lots of things you and your family can do.

From honoring ABBA in Rockford to celebrating in Lena, here are seven things to do in the area this weekend.

Obsession: ABBA 50th Anniversary Tribute Tour

What: This year the famous Swedish pop group celebrates the 50th anniversary of their hit song “Waterloo” and is celebrating by performing a tribute to the legendary Swedish band ABBA.

when: 7:30pm Saturday, January 20 (doors open at 6:30pm)

where: Coronado Center for the Performing Arts, 314 N. Main Street, Rockford

it costs: $25 – $110

For more: 815-968-5222

Rockford Ice Hogs

What: Watch the IceHogs take on AHL rivals Chicago Wolves Friday or Iowa Wild Saturday. Friday is $2 beer night. Saturday is Autism Awareness/Specialty T-Shirt Auction Night.

when: 7pm Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20

where: BMO Center, 303 Elm Street, Rockford

it costs: $16.50 – $30

For more: 815-968-5222

Simply Jordan pop-up store

What: Orders placed through January 19 have a local pickup option during the pop-up. Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout.

when: From 8am to 1pm on Saturday, January 20

where: 9 East Coffee & Catering, 9E. Stevenson Street, Freeport

For more: Hello@simplyjordanboutique.com

Hobi’s 9th birthday party

What: It’s time to celebrate nine years of beer and joy here. Enjoy a fun day filled with beer specials, games, prizes and birthday gifts. There will be live music from 2 to 5 p.m

when: From 11am to 9pm Saturday, January 20

where: Lina Brewing Company, Lina

For more: 815-369-2588

Head toss

What: Annual Corn (Sack) Championship. Six round-robin matches will determine your seeding followed by a double-elimination tournament. The brackets will then be split between the upper level and the lower level. Bring your partner and your own bags. Each team is limited to one professional or former professional per team. All skill levels welcomed.

when: 11 a.m., doors open at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 20

where: River Valley Complex, 605 Main Street, Leaf River

it costs: $50 per team

For more: Head of Altos on Facebook

Panel Discussion: Promoting Racial Equity in Freeport

What: The Racial Justice Team at St. John’s UCC is hosting a panel discussion with community leaders about their work for racial equity. Learn about local organizations leading equity efforts, the challenges they face and how to support their work. The panel discussion will also be live-streamed on the church’s Facebook page, St. John’s United Church of Christ.

when: 2:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 20

where: St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd., Freeport

it costs: free

For more: 815-235-2824

GT Wells

What: Local country music band JT Wells will perform.

when: From 3 to 6 pm Sunday, January 21

where: Hot Rod Indigo Bar, 122 S. Jackson Rd., Pecatonica

For more: 815-239-2424

Candidate meet and greet

What: The primaries are fast approaching. Find out which local candidates will be on the ballot. These candidates will make decisions that directly impact our community. Get to know them, their priorities, and share your concerns. Matt Dietrich (via Zoom) will provide an overview of Illinois’ current voting regulations before introducing the candidates. Questions will be welcomed. After Dietrich’s presentation, the candidates will make brief introductions. Afterwards, there will be plenty of time to mingle, enjoy refreshments and speak with the candidates individually.

when: Six o’clock in the evening, Tuesday, January 23

where: Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport

For more: 815-275-2398

Cathy Edwards is a freelance reporter.

This article originally appeared on the Rockford Register Star: Lena Brewing Company is celebrating 9 years this weekend near Freeport

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