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EVENTS CALENDAR: Places to Go, Things to Do


BEN MILLER BAND, 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa.

EAST SIDE AL, SLICK TIMM AND DICKIE T, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Bluegrass and classic country.

WRITTEN WARNING WITH ABBYNORMAL'S RICK POWELL, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, July 12, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

TROPHIES FOR TRYIN', 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Knudson Park band shelter, Marseilles.

COCO AND FANCY CONTEMPORARY, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Classic folk and rock.

SOPHISTAFUNK, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa.

SNAP SHOT, 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.


'MEET THE BEETLES,' 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 15, and Tuesday, July 16, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Concert by tribute band for The Beatles. Fee involved. Includes lunch buffet and show. 815-220-7386 or for reservation.

SUMMER COMMUNITY CONCERT, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Twin Oaks Savings Bank, 125 W. Bluff St., Marseilles, west parking lot. Featuring Tom Edwards. Popcorn, lemonade and ice cream available. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs. Donations to be collected for Marseilles Elementary School Booster Club.


'HELLO, DOLLY,' 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, Stage 212, 700 First St., La Salle. For tickets, 815-224-3025 or

'I HATE HAMLET,' 7:30 p.m. Fridays, July 19 and 26, and Saturdays, July 20 and 27; 2 p.m. Sundays, July 21 and 18, Morris Theatre Guild Playhouse, 516 W. Illinois Ave., Morris. For tickets,

'MAMMA MIA,' 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14; 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, through Saturday, July 20, William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts at Engle Lane, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator. 815-672-3584 or


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.

OTTAWA OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jackson Street between La Salle and Columbus streets, Ottawa. Onions, garlic, beets, green beans, yellow beans, large zucchini, basil and mint. Music by Carley Baudino 10 a.m. to noon. Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum quilt raffle; funds support museum.

STREATOR FARMERS MARKET, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October at City Park, downtown Streator. Farm fresh eggs, jellies, jams, produce, popcorn, hand-roasted coffee, baked goods, jewelry and crafts.


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.


BOAT RIDES: TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS ON THE RIVER, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, Starved Rock State Park. Fee involved. Tour includes trolley ride to Eagle I for cruise on the Illinois River. Check-in begins at 2:45 p.m. Book online at or 815-220-7836.

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.

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. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 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.

STARVED ROCK AREA TOURS, daily general and themed tours from Starved Rock Connections. Times vary. Schedule changes monthly. Fee involved. Reservations required. Details at under Events Calendar, or call 815-883-0232.

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

TAKE A HIKE AND LUNCH, Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, 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.

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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