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NIGHTLIFE

AGAINST THE GRAIN, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, April 27, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

BEN BEDFORD, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, August Hill Winery Tasting Room, 106 Mill St., Utica.

THE LIFTERS, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, The Lone Buffalo, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

SUGAR CREEK BAND, country, 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, Pinheadz, Ottawa.

MARK LORDEN, alternative, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 27, Back Door Lounge, Starved Rock Lodge.

RIVER ROAD TRIO, acoustic covers, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, The Lone Buffalo, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

HIFI SUPERSTAR, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, April 28, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

A NIGHT OF JAZZ UNDER THE COPPER KETTLES, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 29, The Lone Buffalo, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

COMEDY

CHICAGO COMEDY AT WALLACE HALL, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Wallace Hall, 813 La Salle St., Ottawa.

CONTESTS

STAR SEARCH FINALS, Tuesday, May 1, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

MUSEUMS

SHERIDAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, 185 N. Robinson St., Sheridan, 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, or by appointment. 815-712-0279

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.

TOURISM

ANNUAL WILDFLOWER PILGRIMMAGE, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, enjoy the great variety of Spring Flower at Starved Rock. Guided hikes leave from Starved Rock Visitors Center.

TAKE A HIKE AND LUNCH, Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29. Hike leaves at 11 am. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Guided hike, choice of a ham, turkey or veggie wrap, bag of chips, piece of fruit granola bar, a bottle of water, backpack, and interesting facts along the way.  Reservations required. Call 815-220-7386 to book.

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS, April: Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at noon 1:30 and 3 p.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam and the Starved Rock Visitors Center. Reservations are recommended. Call 815-220-7386 to book. 

WATERFALL AND CANYON TOUR, Mondays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Experience outdoor adventure at Starved Rock State Park with a guided walk to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, Ottawa and St. Louis. Tour includes lunch from a special menu in our rustic Main Dining Room and a relaxing trolley ride. This is a walking tour and is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Reservations are recommended. Call 815-220-7386 to book.

FIRST COURSE TOUR, Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Ever wonder how Starved Rock got its name or who built the Lodge? You can learn the answers to these questions and many more while strolling around the Lodge with our knowledgeable guide. Your tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check-in and a beverage of your choice (specially prepared drink menu). Your tour guide will meet you and walk you through the historic Lodge as you enjoy your beverage and a scenic historic tour. Conclude the tour in the Back Door Lounge with your own appetizer sampler plate. This new tour is offered every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and is available through the month of December. Call 815-220-7386 to book your tour.

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.

MEGA HIKE, 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it all in one day. Expected time for lunch is 1p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2pm. Finish times are approximately 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 pm. Board a trolley with a pair of guides where you'll be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (halfway through) and a T-shirt. Reservations required. For more information and to make a reservation call 815-220-7386.

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 p.m. daily, 754 First St., La Salle. Cafe (kitchen closes at 3 p.m.), 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.

RESEARCH

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 newsroom@mywebtimes.com, by fax at 815-433-1639 or in writing to Events Calendar, The Times, Box 618, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350.

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