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


RYAN WORTHERSPOON, 'PIANO MAN,' 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, 2688 E. 873rd Road, Oglesby.

THE CLASSIX BAND, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, Jamie’s Outpost, 602 Clark St., Utica. Classic rock, country and old-time rock 'n' roll jam session.

WILL HOGE, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Tangled Roots Brewing Company, 812 La Salle St., Ottawa.


'NUNSENSATIONS: THE NUNSENSE VEGAS REVIEW,' 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15; 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, Stage 212, 700 First St., La Salle. For more information or tickets,

'ELVIS THROUGH THE YEARS,' 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. Elvis tribute by father and son duo, John and Jonathan Lyons; Jonathan performs music of young Elvis, while John performs as “Vegas Elvis” during the concert years. For tickets, 815-879-5656, or

'TUNA DOES VEGAS,' 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East, Princeton. For more information or tickets,


'FRENCH EXPLORER LASALLE IN THE ILLINOIS COUNTRY,' 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. Park historian Mark Walczynski will detail his current book "Inquietus" and discuss French and Native American history in the area of Starved Rock State Park.

OPEN MIC NIGHT, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Peru Public Library, 1409 11th St., Peru. Open to local musicians, vocalists, poets, comedians, actors and poets ages 13 to 25 years. For information, or 815-223-0229.

'MIDNIGHT AT THE MASQUERADE' MURDER MYSTERY, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, Ottawa Knights of Columbus, 401 W. Main St., Ottawa. Fee involved. Ticket price includes food and first drink. For tickets, or 815-433-7323.

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.


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 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, Seneca. Closed December through mid-March for reorganization. For information,

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.


BALD EAGLE TROLLEY TOURS, 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturdays; 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Starved Rock State Park. Short trolley ride travels to Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing from the observation deck and an educational presentation about eagles. Tour includes lunch from a special menu. Fee involved.

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. Saturdays and Sundays, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Fee involved; includes snack, bottled water, backpack, voucher for hot chocolate or coffee upon return. Reservations required, 815-220-7386.

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 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,

• 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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