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1. Attend The Wagner House’s Rhythm and Blues event for food and music.
Rhythm & Blues will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Wagner House, 1 E. Spring St., Freeport. The event will kick off with beer and barbecue tastings, including fall and winter beer selections from local and regional craft brewers and barbecue from The Rafters Restaurant Catering & Events. Music will begin at 8 p.m. with Swingbilly RFD, a Rockford-based band that plays 1940s and '50s honky tonk music. Ticket: $40. To purchase tickets: 815-235-9755; in person at the Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Ave.
2. Take part in a holiday whiskey tasting.
A holiday whiskey tasting will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Cork Keg & Liquors, 1823 S. West Ave., Freeport. The $20 cash-only fee will be refunded toward a bottle of whiskey purchased from the event. For information: facebook.com/corkkegliquors.
3. Join in Christmas festivities in German Valley
Christmas in German Valley will be from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at German American State Bank, 100 Church St. Events will include a craft and vendor show, sponsored by the German Valley Lions Club, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at German Valley Grade School, 200 Rock City Road; a cookie walk and coffee café from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Silver Creek Reformed Church, 326 S. Bunker Hill Road; a Victorian Christmas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the German Valley Historical Museum, 805 Church St.; and a soup and sandwich lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at German Valley United Methodist Church, 7 S. Main St. Cost for lunch: $8, adults; $5, ages 4-10; free, ages 3 and younger. For information: 815-541-5903; 815-541-4782.