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Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:26 a.m. CST

Tonight

Cloverton in Dixon

DIXON – Faith Christian School presents Cloverton in concert at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. Doors open at 5:30, the FCS Children’s Choir performs at 6 and Cloverton plays at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at www.itickets.com and www.fcsfalcons.com or at the door; group discounts are available. Go to clovertonmusic.com to learn more about the band; call 815-652-4806 for more information on the concert.

April 20

Karaoke at the Moose

STERLING – Karaoke with The James Gang, 7:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Sterling Moose Lodge, 2601 E. Lincolnway. Call 815-625-0354.

Karaoke at the VFW

DIXON – Karaoke with Rusty from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Dixon VFW, 1560 state Route 38. No cover charge. Call 815-288-5165.

Karaoke at Nick’s

ROCK FALLS – Karaoke with Cruisenite Sound at 7:30 p.m. at Nick’s Tap, 1300 Prophetstown Road. Call Pete Papoccia, 815-564-0191, for more information.

April 21

Country concert in Dixon

DIXON – Rising country singer Josh Thompson performs at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave., along with Chris Cavanaugh and Sean Patrick McGraw. Reserve tickets are $25 for the balcony, $35 and $45 for the floor, and are available at www.dixontheatre.com. Go to www.joshthompsonofficial.com,www.chriscavanaughmusic.com or seanpatrickmcgraw.com to learn more about the men and their music.

Clinton Symphony

CLINTON, Iowa – The Clinton Symphony Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. at Clinton High School’s Vernon Cook Theater, 817 Eighth Ave. S. The concert features Moises Molina, professor of cello at Western Illinois University, as soloist in Dvorak’s famous cello concerto. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students at Fitzgerald Pharmacy, 124 E. Main St., Morrison and Grummert’s Hardware, 424 Locust St., Sterling. They also will be available at the door. Students through eighth grade are admitted free. As a convenience to patrons, Sterling Federal Bank and the Symphony offer a bus from Sterling, through Morrison, to the concert. Information and reservations are available at 815-625-0539, or a bank office at 815-626-0614 or 815-772-7256. Go to execdirector@clintonsymphony.org or call 815-625-0922 for more information on the concert.

Quilt show in P-town

PROPHETSTOWN – Area quilters can exhibit their work for free at First Lutheran Church, 300 W. Third St. Drop off quilts and quilted items between 8 and 9:30 a.m. The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also for a donation. Call Juanita Smith, 815-537-2542, for more information.

Live at the VFW

ROCK FALLS – Mississippi Man performs from 7 to 11 p.m. at the VFW, 217 First Ave. Call 815-626-3513.

Lyle and his Ramblers

STERLING – Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers perform from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sterling Moose Lodge, 2601 E. Lincolnway. Call 815-625-0354 for more information.

Karaoke in Ashton

ASHTON – Karaoke with The James Gang, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Ralphie & Lu Lu’s, 812 Main St. Call 815-453-2103.

April 20-22

Charlie Brown at Sauk

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College’s Theater Department presents the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the Mathis Theatre. Sauk’s Alumni Association also plans a free event for alumni after Sunday’s show that will include refreshments, photo opportunities with the “Peanuts” gang, Charlie Brown activities, and giveaways. Alumni can call 815-835-8345 to ask about specially priced tickets for the matinee. Otherwise, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children and Sauk students, in advance at 815-288-5511, ext. 0, or at the door. Call 815-835-6366 for more information.

April 27

Fourth Fridays in Sterling

STERLING – Fourth Fridays: Where People and Art Collide returns to the downtown, bringing art and music to a variety of venues, starting at 6 p.m. Walking maps outlining a complete list of venues and events, and more information, are available at www.fourthfridayspac.com or at any participating venue, or call Janna Groharing, 815-625-1248, email fourthFridaysPAC@gmail.com or find it on Facebook.

Christian concert set

MORRISON – The popular Southern gospel group, The Perrys, returns to Emmanuel Reformed Church, 202 E. Morris St. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Go to www.emmanuelreformedchurch.org and click on the “concert series” button for more information.

Karaoke at Nick’s

ROCK FALLS – Karaoke with Cruisenite Sound at 7:30 p.m. at Nick’s Tap, 1300 Prophetstown Road. Call Pete Papoccia, 815-564-0191, for more information.

April 27-29

Charlie Brown at Sauk

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College’s Theater Department presents the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the Mathis Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children and Sauk students, in advance at 815-288-5511, ext. 0, or at the door. Call 815-835-6366 for more information.

‘Spelling Bee’ in Byron

BYRON – The Byron Civic Theatre presents the musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, in the middle school at 850 N. Colfax. Tickets, which go on sale April 16, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students and children, online or at the box office. Go to bctmagic.com or call 815-312-3000 for more information.

April 28

Karaoke in Morrison

MORRISON – Karaoke with The James Gang, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Da Bar, 109 E. Main St. Call 815-772-4415.

Karaoke in Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – Karaoke with Cruisenite Sound, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the VFW, 217 First Ave. Call Pete Papoccia, 815-564-0191, for more information.

Murder mystery and luau

BYRON – The Rock River Valley Rotary Club and the Byron Forest Preserve are having a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and luau fundraiser at 6 p.m. at the Jarrett Prairie Center. Enjoy a buffet dinner while solving a crime. Tickets, which must be bought in advance, are $35 at attorney Doug Floski’s office, 131 W. Second St., or at the Bryon Chamber of Commerce, 418 W. Blackhawk Drive. Contact Holly Johnson, holly05aol@yahoo.com or 815-234-8998, for more information.

April 29

Car show at the Moose

STERLING – A car, truck, tractor and motorcycle will be held at the Sterling Moose Family Center, 2601 E. Lincolnway. The entry fee is $10 per vehicle; proceeds benefit local charities. Admission is free to spectators. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon; awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. There will be a 50/50 and other raffles, a live auction and concessions. Call 815-625-4150 or 815-441-4072 for more information or to donate auction items.

Karaoke at the LASC

STERLING – Enjoy karaoke with Cruisenite Sound from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Lincolnway. Call Pete Papoccia, 815-564-0191, for more information.

May 4

First Fridays in Oregon

OREGON – First Fridays Open Stage Music Show returns to the VFW, on state Route 64 on the west edge of town. Starting at 7 p.m., each musician or band performs for 15 minutes. Instruments are all acoustic and a professional sound system is provided. The music is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Admission is by donation. All musicians and spectators are welcome. Call 815-973-0942 for more information.

May 4-6

‘Spelling Bee’ in Byron

BYRON – The Byron Civic Theatre presents the musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, in the middle school at 850 N. Colfax. Tickets, which go on sale April 16, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students and children, online or at the box office. Go to bctmagic.com or call 815-312-3000 for more information.

May 11-12

Dance teams perform

STERLING – The Woodlawn Arts Academy’s Triple Threat and Dance Performance Teams will perform “Live On Stage” at 7 p.m. both days at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave. Tickets are $7 in advance at the academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, starting April 30. They will be $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit the teams, which are going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. in July to receive training from Disney professionals and perform on Disney stages. Go to www.woodlawnartsacademy.com or call 815-626-4278 for more information.

May 19

Lincoln Highway Car Show

FRANKLIN GROVE – The Lincoln Highway Car Show, a fundraiser for a park district walking path, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the downtown. Register in advance for $10, or from 10 a.m. to noon day of for $12. Vendor spots are available for $25. Awards will be given to the best car, truck and motorcycle; free trailer parking is available. There will be music by 3-D Sound Company, a 50/50 drawing, and homemade food for sale. Contact Marilyn Spangler at parkboardcarshow@gmail.com or 815-456-2695 for a registration form or more information.

May 25

Fourth Fridays in Sterling

STERLING – Fourth Fridays: Where People and Art Collide returns to the downtown, bringing art and music to a variety of venues, starting at 6 p.m. Walking maps outlining a complete list of venues and events, and more information, are available at www.fourthfridayspac.com or at any participating venue, or call Janna Groharing, 815-625-1248, email fourthFridaysPAC@gmail.com or find it on Facebook.

May 31

‘Despicable Me,’ for free!

STERLING – “Despicable Me” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, the first offering in the city’s free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

June 7

‘The Wizard of Oz’

STERLING – “The Wizard of Oz” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, part of the city’s free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

June 16

Reagan Rides

DIXON – The Reagan Rides Car & Motorcycle Show runs begins at 9 a.m. at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, 816 Hennepin Ave. Those who register before May 16 are guaranteed a custom Reagan Rides 2012 dash plaque. Otherwise, registration begins at 9 a.m. There also will be deejay music, 50/50 drawings, a cookout and a bake sale. Any vehicle on wheels is welcome. The entry fee is $15 per vehicle; spectators are admitted free. The top 10 awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Boyhood Home. Call Kali Blackburn, 815-288-5176, for more information or to register.

June 21

‘Up’

STERLING – “Up” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, part of the city’s free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

July 5

‘Forrest Gump’

STERLING – “Forrest Gump” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, part of the city’s free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

July 19

‘Finding Nemo’

STERLING – “Finding Nemo” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, part of the city’s free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

July 28

Midsummer Night’s Jubilee

DIXON – Midsummer Night’s Jubilee , a semi-formal dinner and dance. will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. under a tent at the Riverfront. Faith and Melody Hemmer, a piano and flute duo from Dixon, will play easy-listening music, followed by dance music from the Rock River Jazz Band. Dinner is by Mama Cimino’s, and there will be an auction of donated art, baskets, golf prizes and the like. Proceeds benefit the Riverfront docks and the acquisition of a life-sized bronze statue of :”Father” John Dixon to be placed on First Street. Tickets are $35 or $280 for a table of eight. Valet parking will be available. For more information or to reserve a table, call Dixon Main Street, 815-288-2308.

Aug. 2

‘Back to the Future’

STERLING – “Back to the Future” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, part of the city’s free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

Aug. 16

‘The Goonies’

STERLING – “The Goonies” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, part of the city’s free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

Aug. 23

‘Remember the Titans’

STERLING – “Remember the Titans” will air at 8 p.m. at the downtown Grandon Civic Center, wrapping up the city’s first free summer movie program. Concessions will be available before the show. Call 815-632-6639 for more information.

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