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EVENTS CALENDAR: Places to Go, Things to Do in Starved Rock Country

Thursday, Oct. 24-Saturday, Nov. 3


TOM EDWARDS, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Ottawa Moose Lodge. 3074 E. 18th Road, Ottawa. One-man band performance.

STEVE SHARP, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, 2688 E. 873rd Road, Oglesby.

BOOGIE WOOGIE KID, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. New Orleans and swing music. Admission fee involved. For information, 815-786-2555.


OES FALL BAND CONCERT, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Central Intermediate School cafetorium, 711 E. McKinley Road, Ottawa. Featured groups include the Central Cyclone Band and the Shepherd Middle School Band. A variety of selections will be performed.. Free and open to the public.


JAYSON TUNTLAND EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Music Suite 408 Paintbox Gallery, Westclox, 408 W. Fifth St., Peru. Opening reception for LaMoille photographer/artist Jayson Tuntland. Free, family-friendly, light refreshments.  Exhibit runs through November.

PAINT YOUR PET, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, Music Suite 408, Westclox, 408 W. Fifth St., Peru. Mary Janusick, artist/educator. Preregistration and fee required. For reservations, 815-223-4408.

ROW TO KNOW, 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, The Eastwood, 2000 Eastwood Ave., Streator. 10-person team marathon row hosted by The Eastwood and Crossfit Virago. Fee involved. Discounted rate for students. Proceeds benefit Streator High School Education Foundation. Register on, search Row to Know.

MERRY EVEYTHING FOOD TASTING AND CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Marquette Academy elementary campus, 1110 La Salle St., Ottawa. Thirty crafters and vendors, plus orders for fresh wreaths, garlands, and greens from Winding Creek Nursery. Vendor market is free admittance topublic. Entrance fee required for Food Tasting, which features 20 restaurants and vendors, 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets available at Marquette high school or grade school campuses or at the door. Event includes $1,000 cash raffle; tickets are $10 each. For more information, under the Advancement tab.

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.


HOLIDAY BAZAAR, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Monday, Nov. 18, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center lobby, 2500 W. Reynolds St., Pontiac. Holiday décor, gift items, apparel, jewelry and toys available for purchase.


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 GENEALOGY GUILD, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, 115 W. Glover St., Ottawa. Open to the public to conduct genealogy research. 815-433-5261 or

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 Nov. 10 through Jan. 23.

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.


BUFFALO ROCK STATE PARK HIKE, 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Buffalo Rock State Park, 1300 N. 27th Road, Ottawa. Ryan Searl will lead hike of state park's prairie trails, river views and Effigy Tumuli Mounds. Tour departs from buffalo enclosure at 2 p.m. Free; reservations required at or 815-434-2737.

DAYTON BLUFFS HIKE, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Dayton Bluffs Preserve, 2997 Route 71, Ottawa. David Manigold will lead hike of preserve featuring indigenous American burial mounds, cascades and forest scenery. Hike departs from telegraph pole west of parking lot at 10 a.m. Free; reservations required at or 815-434-2737.

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.

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.

• 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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