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EVENTS CALENDAR: Places to Go, Things to Do


MIKE MILLIGAN AND STEAM SHOVEL, blues, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 7, Back Door Lounge, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

NEAR KISS, KISS tribute band, 9 p.m. Friday, June 7, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa, 815-433-2110.

DOUBLE DAVE TRIO, rockin' blues, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Back Door Lounge, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

THE CLASSIX BAND, country rock and oldies jam session, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Jamie’s Outpost, 602 S. Clark St., Utica, 815-667-4120.


PATSY CLINE EVENING SHOW, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Mary Pfeifer covers Patsy Cline songs in "Simply Patsy" tribute, including hits like "Crazy" and "Walking After Midnight." Program features facts about the singer's life. Fee involved. Price includes dinner, wine tasting and show. For reservations, 815-220-7386.


BOOK SALE, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, First United Methodist Church, 100 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa. $3 per bag from 2 to 3 p.m. 815-433-1060.

CUBBY HOLE FLEA MARKET, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Oct. 13, intersection of U.S. 6 and Route 178, Utica. Free admission.


SWING DANCE LESSONS, beginners class at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, intermediate/advanced class at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 602 Catherine St., Ottawa. Instructors are Rodney and Jane Schomas. Free. 815-434-7258.


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 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, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment. Call 815-357-8478 or 815-357-1125 or email

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.


DINNER AND EVENING CRUISE, 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Fee involved. Board Starved Rock Trolley and travel to Lone Point Shelter to board The Eagle I for a cruise on Illinois River. After cruise, guests return to Lodge for dinner, served with dessert. Reservations recommended, 815-220-7386.

DISCOVERY OF CHICAGO BUS TOUR, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Sponsored by Canal Corridor Association. Tour guide Gary Mechanic will lead four-hour tour around Chicago from the Chicago Portage Site to Canal Origins Park. Lunch not included, but time will be available for meal. Tour travels from Portage Woods Forest Preserve in Lyons to Chicago. Fee involved. Reservations required. For reservations, 815-220-1848 or

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.

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, 3 p.m. Saturdays; noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Fee involved. Learn history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam and the Starved Rock Visitors Center. Reservations recommended. 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 TOUR, 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Fee involved. Tour begins with lunch at the Lodge, followed by a narrated trolley tour with history and legends of the area. Trolley then goes to river boat, "The Eagle I," for guests to see east end of Starved Rock State Park by water. Restrooms available; minimal walking. Reservations recommended, 815-220-7386.

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.

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

TAKE A HIKE AND LUNCH, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, at Starved Rock State Park. Hike leaves at 11 am. from Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Fee includes guided hike; choice of a ham, turkey or veggie wrap; bag of chips; piece of fruit; granola bar; a bottle of water and backpack.  Reservations required. 815-220-7386.

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

VISIT A CANYON WITH A BOAT RIDE, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Fee involved. Trolley ride to east end of park for guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon, followed by trolley ride to Lone Point Shelter to board Eagle I for 1 1/2 hour boat ride on Illinois River. Tour includes Starved Rock map backpack, a snack and a bottle of water. Reservations recommended, 815-220-7386.


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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