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Josh Rogowski crosses the finish line holding the hand of his 4-year-old daughter, Avery, of Wilmington, at the Merchant Street Art Gallery Run for Autism 5K Run and 2K Walk held Sunday at Cobb Park in Kankakee. The event, formerly known as the Kilbride Family Classic, continued this year under new leadership but extended the tradition of being held on Father’s Day. Josh Rognowski finished in first place, but the first priority of the event is to raise money to help people with autism and their families.

Run for Autism

A Father’s Day tradition that has continued for years and now is organized by the Merchant Street Art Gallery for Artists with Autism, the latest rendition is set for 8 a.m. Sunday at Kankakee’s scenic Cobb Park. You can participate by either running or walking. More details are at runforautism.com.

Blues-barbecue blend

From noon until 10 p.m. Saturday, the Pork & Blues Rib Festival will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 240 Warren Ave., Kankakee. A rib and brisket contest, music and vendors will be featured. Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own chair.

Family Night out at Perry Farm

The gates will open at 6 p.m. Friday, and for $10 per carload, families and groups can enter the Perry Farm Park grounds along Kennedy Drive to enjoy Miss Jamie’s Farm Show, a petting zoo, pony rides and other forms of fun. Come dusk, the film “Barnyard’’ will be shown. Check btpd.org for details.

Driving the Dixie

This annual event heightens awareness of the historic Dixie Highway. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, classic automobiles will leave Momence and travel north on the road now known as Illinois Route 1. The trip will end at 2 p.m. in Blue Island. Along the way, the caravan will pass through Grant Park, Beecher, Crete, Steger, Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Markham and Posen. More details can be found at drivinthedixie.com

Led Zeppelin tribute

The band No Quarter, which performs the music of British heavyweights Led Zeppelin, will appear at the Watseka Theater Saturday. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7. Visit watsekatheater.com for details.

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