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PLACES TO GO. THINGS TO DO.

NIGHTLIFE

FEEL GOOD PARTY BAND, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa, 815-433-2110.

DAN HUBBARD, Friday, Dec. 14, Ninth Street Pub, 235 Ninth St., La Salle.

KEVIN KRAMER, Friday, Dec. 14, Back Door Lounge or Veranda (weather permitting), Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

KEVIN PRESBREY, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

SUGAR CREEK, country, country rock, old time rock & roll, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14th, Pinheadz, 1758 Ottawa Ave., Ottawa, 815-434-0378.

TODD, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Ninth Street Pub, 235 Ninth St., La Salle.

TROPHIES FOR TRYIN', 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Dec. 15, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa, 815-433-2110.

CRAIG GERDES, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Ninth Street Pub, 235 Ninth St., La Salle.

CONCERTS

FLUTES BY THE FIREPLACE, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, in the Great Hall. Holiday music by the Flute Choir from Music Studio 408. Also a Native American flute circle led by Dave Peterson. Both events will be free and open to the public.

MAESTRO AND MI HOLIDAY GLEE, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Maestro & Mi Music Academy will be rockin and singing and story telling in the Great Hall. Free concert will be performed by the instructors and musicians of "Maestro & Mi" Music Academy.

TUBA CHRISTMAS IN THE ILLINOIS VALLEY, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Celebrations 150, 740 E. U.S. 6, North Utica. Free concert and sing-along.

MISCELLANEOUS

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Breakfast buffet and after breakfast will be a magic show. Also attending will be "Grace", a white tailed deer from Furry Friends. Children can take turns sitting on Santa's lap to tell him their Christmas wishes and receive a chocolate treat. $18.50 for adults and $14.95 for children 10 and under. 815-220-7386 for reservations.

OSF AUXILIARY PACK THE PLACE, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa. Reservations required, 815-324-9549.

SHOPPING

CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Trinity Lutheran Church, 717 Chambers St., Ottawa.

ROAMERS CHRISTMAS MARKET, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Roamers Lounge & Event Center, 2110 N. Bloomington St., Streator. Local vendors and Christmas cheer.

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, 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 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

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, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, 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.

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

TAKE A HIKE AND LUNCH, 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Ticket includes guided hike, lunch, backpack, and interesting facts along the way. Reservations required. Call 815-220-7386 to book.

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.

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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