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EVENTS CALENDAR: Places to Go, Things to Do


THE 86, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Acoustic rock, indie folk, pop and soul.

THE STEEPWATER BAND, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa.

WES DUFFY TRIO, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa.

SEAN WALSH, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

DANNY SCHMIDT, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, Princeton Coffeehouse at Open Prairie United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton. Admission fee at door. 815-878-4805.


'SHOWTIME!', 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, Illinois Valley Community College's Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre. Featuring guest artist Jennie Judd on music from Broadway, tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, plus music by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rogers, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and more. For tickets,


'FIRST DATE,' 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Stage 212, 700 First St., La Salle. Musical comedy is recommended for mature audiences. For tickets, or 815-224-3025.


SUNSET DRUM CIRCLE, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Fox Ridge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Dave Peterson leads interactive sunset drum circle featuring African percussion and Native American flutes. Free.

VALLEY CARVERS WOODCARVING EXPO, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, Starved Rock State Park, Utica.

VOICES IN HARMONY, 7 p.m. each Monday, First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. Jefferson St., Ottawa. Group meets to sing a cappella. For information, 828-273-5720.


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.

FALL RUMMAGE SALE, 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Monroe St., Streator. Items half price 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday; $3 bag sale 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Furniture, small kitchen appliances, sports equipment, tools, holiday items, toys, household, linens, books, photo frames, antiques, collectibles, clothing and more for sale.

RUMMAGE SALE, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, Murray Cabinetry and Tops, 407 N. Bloomington St., Streator. AA Concessions Food Trailer will be on site on Friday. Proceeds go toward women’s educational needs. Hosted by P.E.O. Chapter IC.

MARSEILLES FALL RUMMAGE SALES, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Citywide yard sales rain or shine. Sponsored by Marseilles Tourism and Park Committee.

OTTAWA OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jackson Street between La Salle and Columbus streets, Ottawa.

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.


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, 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. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 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.

FALL MEGA HIKE, 8:30 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Hikes return at 4:30 and 5 p.m., respectively. Break for lunch. Fee involved. Limited availability. To register, or 815-220-7836.

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. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 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, 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, 204 S. Bloomington St., 815-672-2055,

TAKE A HIKE AND LUNCH, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Starved Rock State Park. Hike leaves 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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