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HALLOWEEN

FRIGHT TRAIL 6, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, Cedar Creek Ranch, 249 Route 71, Cedar Point. Food, games, live entertainment. 815-481-3337.

FAMILY FUN HALLOWEEN MOVIE FUN NIGHT, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Ottawa YMCA, 201 E. Jackson St. Movie “Monster House,” food, games. Pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 25. 815-433-2395.

“TERROR IN THE TIMBER" haunted trails, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, Sannauk Forest Preserve, U.S. 34 between Sandwich and Somonauk. Twilight performance for children ages 10 and younger, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by Sandwich High School music department.

HAUNTED HOUSE, Utica Fire Department, 2945 E. Eighth Road (Route 178). Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. 815-667-4113.

HALLOWEEN DANCE for children in grades four through six, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Streator Community Center. Costume contest, concessions. 815-672-3600.

HAUNTED CAMP, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, Camp Tuckabatchee, 1973 N. 35th Road, Dayton Township, rural Ottawa. 815-433-2984.

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES TRICK OR TREATING, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 28, participating downtown Streator businesses (look for pumpkins inside windows).

BOOK GIVEAWAY, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Streator Public Library, 130 S. Park St. Costumes encouraged, fortune teller appearance. 815-672-2729.

“HOMETOWN HALLOWEEN,” Saturday, Oct. 28, downtown La Salle. Parade lineup, 10:45 a.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 209 Gooding St., costume parade and judging, 11:15 a.m., trick or treating at downtown businesses 11:30 a.m., children’s games, lunch and petting zoo, Knights of Columbus Hall, dog costume contest, noon to 3 p.m. 209 Gooding St., Hegeler Carus Mansion tours, noon to 3 p.m.

“CREATURES OF THE NIGHT,” live owl demonstration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Fort St. Louis de Illinois Visitor Center at Starved Rock State Park. Sponsored by Save Our American Raptors. 815-667-4906.

TRUNK OR TREAT, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 , Broadway Pub, 501 Adams St., Streator. Food, magic. Parents must accompany children. 815-673-4818.

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES TRICK OR TREATING, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, participating downtown Sandwich businesses, beginning at gazebo.

“BOO BASH," 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Rivershores Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 578 Commercial St., Marseilles. Trick or treating, trunk or treat, costumes, raffles, refreshments. 815-795-5121.

“TERROR IN THE SQUARE,” 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Washington Square, Ottawa. Trick or treating, scavenger hunt, family and individual costume contest, sand art. 815-434-2737.

TRUNK OR TREAT, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Central Church of Christ, 2001 E Main St., Streator. Prizes, cotton candy, candy, games, hot dogs, popcorn. 815-673-1581.

“HAUNTED HALLOWEEN,” Saturday, Oct. 28, Fort St. Louis de Illinois Visitor Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Hikes to top of Starved Rock, 5 and 6 p.m., craft session for children, 5 to 7 p.m. storytelling by Bill Myers, 7 p.m. Sponsored by Starved Rock Foundation. 815-667-4906.

HAUNTED HOUSE, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, Tuesday, Oct. 31, Minonk Emergency Management shed at water tower.

TRUNK OR TREAT and black light puppet show, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Streator First Assembly of God, 1902 S. Church St. 815-672-2801.

“TERROR IN THE AISLES,” Illinois Valley Community College Halloween program, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre, Oglesby. Music, storytelling, stage show. Not recommended for highly impressionable or extremely young children. 815-224-2720.

TRUNK OR TREAT, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, Waltham Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Route 178 and 3450th Road. Pumpkin carving, trick or treating, cookout. 815-667-4611.

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES TRICK OR TREATING, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, participating downtown Ottawa businesses (look for posters inside windows).

TRICK OR TREATING, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, Pleasant View, 505 College Ave., Ottawa. Bicycle raffle for boys and girls. 815-434-1130.

THEATER

“DIRTY DANCING: THE MUSICAL," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford. 815-968-2722.

“THE VERY GREAT GRANDSON OF SHERLOCK HOLMES,” Marquette Academy production, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, Marquette Academy high school campus, 1000 Paul St., Ottawa. 815-433-0125.

NIGHTLIFE

OPEN MIC NIGHT, hosted by Sean Walsh, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, The Lone Buffalo, 821 La Salle St., Ottawa. 815-324-9549

TOMMY AND THE NITECAPS, blues-rock, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. 815-220-7386.

SCOTT DERCKS, rock ’n’ roll, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, The Lone Buffalo, 821 La Salle St., Ottawa. 815-324-9549.

CHICKS WITH PICKS, rock ’n’ roll, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.

CRASH, rock ’n’ roll and Monster’s Ball Halloween party, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, The Lone Buffalo, 821 La Salle St., Ottawa. 815-324-9549.

SNAP SHOT, rock ’n’ roll and Halloween party, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.

CONCERTS

TALK OF THE TOWN BIG BAND, big band and swing, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. 815-793-2310.

YANNI, pop, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet. 312-559-1212.

“STOMP,” percussion, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, Paramount Theatre, Aurora. 312-559-1212.

CONTESTS

TRIVIA NIGHT, followed by bonus music trivia, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Streator Knights of Columbus Hall, 806 Oakley Ave., Streator. Hosted by Streator Lions Club. 815-673-2900.

TRIVIA NIGHT, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa. 815-433-2110.

SHOPPING

FARMERS MARKET, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Senica Square, downtown Oglesby. 815-883-3389.

RUMMAGE SALE, Sheridan American Legion Hall, 300 E. Si Johnson Ave. Dropoff 8 a.m. to noon. Thursday, Oct. 26. Sale hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28. Bake sale Thursday and Friday. 815-343-3117 or 815-252-9317.

FARMERS MARKET, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Senica Square, downtown Oglesby. 815-883-3389.

OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Jackson Street south of Washington Square, Ottawa. 815-433-0084.

FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Si Johnson Avenue, downtown Sheridan. Sponsored by Sheridan Community Club.

TALKS

STORYTELLING by Mick Henneberry, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Fox Ridge at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. 815-220-7386.

MISCELLANEOUS

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

PARKRUN, 5-kilometer run/jog/walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Heritage Harbor, 1970 N. 2753rd Road, Ottawa.

HERITAGE PARK MURAL DEDICATION, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Heritage Park, 222 E. Main St., Streator.

MUSEUMS

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: Noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. 815-667-4861 or 815-343-5780.

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. Wednesdays, 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 appointment. 815-358-2973.

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

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, Reddick Mansion caretaker's cottage, 106 W. Lafayette 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 mikem@mywebtimes.com, by fax at 815-433-1639 or in writing to Events Calendar, c/o Mike Murphy, The Times, Box 618, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350.

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