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Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014 8:53 a.m. CDT

First Fridays in Oregon

OREGON – First Fridays Open Stage Music Show returns to the Oregon VFW at 7 tonight. 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 a donation. All musicians and spectators are welcome. Call 815-973-0942 for more information.

Second Saturdays in Dixon

DIXON – Second Saturdays Art Happenings steps into the Irish spirit for its March 8 festivities in downtown Dixon. Hosted at Rosbrook Studio, The Celtic Rhythm Dancers from Colleen's School of Clogging & Celtic Dance in Sterling are set to perform at 8 p.m. in the historic hall, 107 S. Peoria. The group of eight performs both traditional Irish jigs and reels along with contemporary Irish dances. Second Saturdays features other arts, music, and cultural events, mostly from 6 to 8 p.m., between First and Second streets and Peoria and Galena avenues.

Sunday breakfast in Amboy

AMBOY – The annual Central School pancake and French toast breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the school, 30 E. Provost St. The menu includes sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Carry-outs are available. Advance tickets are $5 from the school's students, and $6 at the door. Proceeds go to the Amboy Central School Parent Teacher Club for classroom equipment and materials, special events and assemblies, and playground maintenance.

A look back in time in Dixon

DIXON – A Vintage Dixon presentation by Ron Pritchard will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Third St. About 125 photos will be shown, with a short synopsis for each. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the program.

The future of music in Sterling

STERLING – Cyrus Colah, a 16-year-old pianist from Clinton, Iowa, has been named the 2014 Young Artist by the Clinton Symphony Orchestra and will perform a concerto with the orchestra at its concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Auditorium in Sterling High School, 1608 Fourth Ave. All students are admitted free to the concert. Adult tickets are $15, available in advance at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgeralds Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling, or at the door of the concert.

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