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MARQUETTE MAY MERRIMENT, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Bader Gym, 1000 Paul St., Ottawa. 


TROPHIES FOR TRYIN,' formerly Snap Holiday band, 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May. 5, at Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa. 

NOLAN PETERSON, a little bit of everything, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 4, Back Door Lounge, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

TALK OF THE TOWN SWING BAND, swing, jazz, Latin, and popular Big Band tunes, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich.

DANIEL WATKINS, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, The Tasting Room, 106 Mill St., Utica.

COUGAR BAIT, Friday, May 4, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

ABBY NORMAL, Saturday, May 5, Shakers Lounge,121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

STARVED ROCKERS MUSIC STUDENT JAMBOREE, Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

TRIVIA NIGHT, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

HIGH ON STRESS, Rock and Roll, 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 4, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

RADIUM CITY REBELS, 50s Rock-N-Roll, Saturday, May 5, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.


ROCK AND ROLL REVIEW, Jeff Gordon, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.


EARLVILLE 16TH ANNUAL CRUISE NIGHT, downtown to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, Earlville, open to all special interest vehicles, car, truck, and motorcycles.


MIDWEST MOREL FESTIVAL, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Jordan block, Ottawa.

MOREL MASH UP HOMEBREW TASTING/COMPETITION, Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Jordan block, Ottawa.


SPRING MIGRATORY BIRD HIKE, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Starved Rock State Park.

MAY MANSION MARKET, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa.

BRIDGES SENIOR COMMUNITY PROGRAM, Game Days, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 15, Bingo at Heritage Woods, 801 E. Etna Road, Ottawa, $1. prize per game, cover all $5.


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

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.

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

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.

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. Friday to Sunday, special open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, to run in conjunction with the first Friday night Canal Market.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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


TAKE A HIKE AND LUNCH, Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May, 6. Hike leaves at 11 a.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, 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.

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 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.

FIRST COURSE TOUR, Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Your tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check-in and a beverage of your choice. 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 November. 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.

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.

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS, May: Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at noon 1:30 and 3 p.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Reservations are recommended. Call 815-220-7386 to book.

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, (kitchen closes at 3 p.m.), gift shop. 815-223-1851.

MULES, MANSION, AND MIMOSA BOAT TOUR, Thursdays through Sundays, May through October. Enjoy a historic one hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a one hour tour of the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion, along with brunch and a mimosa at the Lock 16 Café. 754 First St., La Salle. Reservations recommended. 815-220-1848.

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.

SPRING MIGRATORY BIRD HIKE, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Starved Rock Visitor Center. Lasts approximately two hours.
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 or in writing to Events Calendar, The Times, Box 618, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350.

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