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PLACES TO GO. THINGS TO DO.

NIGHTLIFE

BATTLE OF THE BUSINESSES, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Court Street Pub, 620 Court St., Ottawa. Fundraising event for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

CODY CALKINS, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Back Door Lounge or Veranda (weather permitting), Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

KAT & MATT, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Ninth Street Pub, 235 Ninth St., La Salle.

LIBIDO FUNK CIRCUS, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.

CASEY MCGRATH, fiddle rock, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

COUGAR BAIT, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.

JOE FASCETTA, variety acoustic covers, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

JOHN KATTKE, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, August Hill Winery tasting room, 106 Mill St., Utica.

WRITTEN WARNING, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, Ninth Street Pub, 235 Ninth St., La Salle.

JEFF AUSTIN BAND, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

DARRELL DATA, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, Ninth Street Pub, 235 Ninth St., La Salle.

MISCELLANEOUS

GIVE BACK NIGHTS, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, raising funds for Starved Rock Clean Up Crew. Local nonprofit groups receive a portion of the proceeds when guests enjoy a dinner buffet. Salads, Starved Rock Lodge's signature fried chicken, side dishes, desserts and more. Fee involved. The price includes a 1 1/2 hour reservation in the Main Dining Room, dinner buffet and one non-alcoholic beverage. Reservations recommended. To make a reservation, call 815-220-7321 or reserve online at bit.ly/givebacknight.

MUSEUMS

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, 136 S. Ottawa St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment, 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, 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. Heritage Center, noon to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Closed from Saturday, Dec. 1, to Thursday, Jan. 17. Reopens from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

MAGNOLIA TOWNSHIP PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION MUSEUM, 110 N. Peoria St., 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., 10 a.m. 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, corner of Main and Railroad streets, winters hours January and February by appointment only. Call 815-357-8478 or 815-357-1125 or email senecahistory@gmail.com.

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

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

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

TOURISM

BALD EAGLE TROLLEY TOURS, 11 a.m. Monday and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Fee involved. Ride a Starved Rock Trolley to Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing and an educational presentation. Includes lunch in the main dining room during the week and brunch Sunday. Dress warmly. Bring binoculars and camera. Reservations recommended, 815-220-7386. 

FIRST COURSE TOUR, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check-in and a beverage and concludes in the lounge with individual appetizer sampler plates. Call 815-220-7386.

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.

GUIDED WINTER HIKE, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Guided hike, granola bar, bottle of water, backpack, voucher for a hot chocolate or coffee upon return and interesting facts along the way. Reservations required. Fee involved. Call 815-220-7386 to book.

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, Starved Rock Lodge. Reservations recommended, call 815-220-7386.

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 VISITOR CENTER, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, 950 N. Dee Bennett Road, Ottawa, 815-667-4054.

LAND AND WATER CRUISE, 11 a.m. Monday and Friday, Starved Rock State Park, Utica.

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.

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.

SLED DOG DEMOS, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Seminars will be in La Salle Room and outdoor sled dog demos will be at 9:30 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in the northwest corner of the Visitor Center parking lot at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica.

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

TROLLEY TOUR AND BOAT RIDE, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, dinner and evening cruise, 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

VISIT A CANYON WITH A BOAT RIDE, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Starved Rock State Park, Utica.

WATERFALL AND CANYON TOUR,  11 a.m. Mondays and 9 and 11 a.m. Saturdays at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Guided walk to three waterfalls and canyons: French, Ottawa and St. Louis. Tour includes lunch. Walking tour, not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Reservations recommended, 815-220-7386.

WINTER WILDERNESS WEEKEND, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, Starved Rock Visitor Center. Starved Rock guides will take you to see the icefalls of Starved Rock. Bring binoculars. Also there will be a chance to do some eagle viewing from the top of Starved Rock. Learn about the history and geology of the park.

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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