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Places To Go. Things To Do.: April 5-11

Cadence Larson of Sheridan performs en route to a first-place finish and $1,000 in the Shaker's Star Search singing and karaoke contest in 2012. This year's Star Search is Tuesday, April 10.
Cadence Larson of Sheridan performs en route to a first-place finish and $1,000 in the Shaker's Star Search singing and karaoke contest in 2012. This year's Star Search is Tuesday, April 10.


“BATTLE OF THE BARS FOR A CAUSE,” guest bartending night, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6, Carbo’s Sports Bar, 402 E. Main St., and Cali’s Bar, 502 E. Main St., both in Streator. Proceeds benefit Streator Unlimited, diabetes awareness, Hardscrabble Lions Club dog park, other community projects. Sponsored by Hardscrabble Lions. 815-252-2091.


STEPHAN BORES, pop, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 6, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. 815-220-7386.

THE BAND 303, rock ’n’ roll, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.

ROAST PORK MEAL, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Marseilles Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 571 Rutland St. Pork roast, mashed potatoes, homemade applesauce, glazed carrots, fresh bread. Sponsored by Marseilles Nursing Service.

BEN MILLER BAND, Americana and rock ’n’ roll, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa. 815-324-5191.

KICKIN’ AND PICKIN’, rock ’n’ roll and bluegrass, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Broadway Tap, 501 N. Adams St., Streator. 815-673-4818.

KEITH SEMPLE BAND, rock ’n’ roll, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.


FOREIGNER, rock ’n’ roll, 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford. 815-968-2722.

RAY’S ROCKETS, rock ‘n’ roll, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Pinheadz, Ottawa. 815-434-0378.

HARDING JAM, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Harding Community Center. Free jam session featuring bluegrass and gospel music. 815-792-8406.

STORYTELLERS STUDIO SESSIONS, dinner and Americana music, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 8, The Lone Buffalo, 821 La Salle St., Ottawa. Hosted by Miles Nielsen and Kelly Steward. Music by Andrew Hyra of Billy Pilgrim and Smoking’ Novas. Reservations required. 815-324-9549.

LOS LOBOS AND FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS, rock ’n’ roll, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 8, Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet. 312-559-1212.

JUDAS PRIEST WITH SAXON, hard rock, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 8, Grossinger Motors Coliseum. 866-891-9992

“BRANSON COUNTRY LEGENDS,” by Gordy and Debbie, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Performances: 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 9 to 11. 815-220-7386.

THE DECEMBERISTS, rock ’n’ roll, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, Peoria Civic Center Theater.


SHAKERS STAR SEARCH, singing, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.

TRIVIA NIGHT, 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Back Door Lounge, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. 815-220-7373.


CENTRAL ILLINOIS AUTO SHOW, Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall, noon Friday, April 6, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8. 309-676-8700.


“GROWING UP IN MAGNOLIA“ by Becky (McGhiey) Richards-Seigman, 10 a.m. Monday, April 9, Magnolia Township Preservation Association, 110 N. Peoria St. 815-257-0707.


SPRING AT WEBER HOUSE AND GARDEN, 1503 N. Baker St., Streator. Tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 815-672-8327.

SPRING TEA, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, Lock 16 Cafe and Visitor Center, 754 First St., La Salle. Reservations recommended. 815-220-1848.

“CORTEO,” Cique de Soleil circus, BMO Harris Bank Centre, Rockford. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 8. 815-968-5222.

LEWIS BLACK, standup comedy, 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet. 312-559-1212.

PARKRUN, 5-kilometer run/jog/walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, Heritage Harbor, 1970 N. 2753rd Road, Ottawa.

STREATOR VS. WOODLAND ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Woodland School, rural Streator. Thirty-and-under and 30-and-older divisions. 815-672-2900.

“LIGHT THE WALL,” lighting of mural, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Heritage Park, downtown Streator. Light wands, light balloons.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, comedy basketball, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, TaxSlayer Center, Moline. 309-764-2000.

TIME CAPSULE OPENING, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 8, Streator City Park. Opening of time capsule from 1993 Quasquicentennial celebration.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE, Sheridan United Methodist Women will hold a Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 6 and 8 to noon Saturday, April 7, at the American Legion on 300 E. Si Johnson Avenue in Sheridan. A bake sale will be Thursday and Friday.


OTTAWA HISTORICAL AND SCOUTING HERITAGE MUSEUM, 1100 Canal St., noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday. 815-431-9353.

REDDICK MANSION, 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Mondays, with hourly tours. 815-433-6100.

ILLINOIS & MICHIGAN CANAL TOLL COLLECTOR’S BUILDING, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through October and by appointment, canal towpath between Columbus and La Salle streets, Ottawa. 815-434-2737.

STREATORLAND MUSEUM, 306 S. Vermillion St., 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays and weekends by appointment. 815-672-2443.

MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS MEMORIAL WALL MUSEUM, Illinois Valley Cellular building, 200 Riverfront Drive, Marseilles. 815-795-3200.

LA SALLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, 101 E. Canal St., Utica. Museum in an 1848 canal warehouse, 1865 one-room school, 1875 barn, 1892 blacksmith shop. Hours: Heritage Center, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment. 815-667-4861.

HEGELER CARUS MANSION, 1307 Seventh St., La Salle, tours noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 815-224-5892.

SENECA AREA HERITAGE MUSEUM, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment. 815-769-5077.

EARLVILLE HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment, 136 S. Ottawa St. 815-246-9598 or 815-866-9323.

FERN DELL MUSEUM, 9 E. Front St., Newark, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. 815-695-5240.

OLMSTEAD MUSEUM, Somonauk, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, except for some holiday weekends. 815-498-3154.

CORNELL AMITY TOWNSHIP MUSEUM, 510 Main St., 1 to 3 p.m. first Sunday of each month or by appointment. 815-358-2973.

MAGNOLIA TOWNSHIP PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION MUSEUM, 110 N. Peoria St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays. 815-257-0707.

UNION DEPOT RAILROAD MUSEUM, 683 Main St., Mendota, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. 815-539-3373.

THE OLD BARN MUSEUM, 7127B Oakbrook Road, Newark. Group events can be scheduled weekdays and Saturdays. 630-553-5997.


FORT ST. LOUIS DE ILLINOIS Visitor Center and Le Rocher Bookstore, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. 815-667-5357.

HERITAGE CORRIDOR VISITORS BUREAU, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, U.S. 6 and Route 178, Utica. 815-667-4356 or 800-746-0550.

ILLINOIS RIVER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 135 Washington St., Marseilles. 815-795-2323.

ILLINOIS WATERWAY VISITORS CENTER, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Dee Bennett Road, Utica. 815-667-4054.

LOCK 16 VISITOR CENTER, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, 754 First St., La Salle. Cafe, gift shop. 815-223-1851.

OTTAWA VISITORS CENTER, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, 1028 La Salle St. 815-434-2737 or 888-688-2924.

STREATOR TOURISM OFFICE, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, 118 Oak St. 815-672-2055.


LA SALLE COUNTY GENEALOGY GUILD, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, 115 W. Glover St., Ottawa. 815-433-5261.

TO INCLUDE an entertainment or activity item in the Events Calendar, submit information by 2 p.m. Tuesday online to, by fax at 815-433-1639 .

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