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EVENTS CALENDAR. PLACES TO GO. THINGS TO DO.

NIGHTLIFE

COUNTRY SHOWDOWN, 7 p.m., Thursday, July 12, Starved Rock Lodge in Utica.

BIG SUGAR COUNTRY, Marseilles Fun Days, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Friday, July 13, 210 Lincoln St., Marseilles.

DAN HUBBARD, Friday, July 13, 9th Street Pub, 253 Ninth St., La Salle.

FRONT COUNTRY, Playlist Theater, Friday, July 13, Uptown Bar and Grill, 601 First St., La Salle.

LIBIDO FUNK CIRCUS, Friday, July 13, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

KATIE BELLE AND THE BELLE RANGERS, 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 13,  Washington Square Park, Ottawa, sponsored by Tangled Roots Brewing Company.

THREE DAY WEEKEND, Classic Rock and Country, 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, July 13, Back Door Lounge or Veranda (weather permitting) Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

CRASH, 8 p.m., Saturday, July 14, Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa.

HIGGINS BROTHERS, Saturday, July 14, 9th Street Pub, 253 Ninth St., La Salle.

THE KRAMERS, 6 p.m., Saturday, July 14, Washington Square Park, 807 La Salle St., Ottawa.

LAST CALL, Saturday, July 14, Shakers Lounge, 121 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa.

MARK ESSICK DUO, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 14, The Lone Buffalo, Tap Room, 808-812 La Salle St., Ottawa.

RIVER ROAD TRIO, Americana, Country, Alternative, 8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 14, Back Door Lounge or Veranda (weather permitting) Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

DARRELL DATA, Sunday, July 15, 9th Street Pub, 253 Ninth St., La Salle.

SWIFT TECHNIQUE, 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15, Dockside Bar and Grill, 1001 E. Main St., Ottawa.

FESTIVALS

LA SALLE COUNTY 4-H SHOW & JUNIOR FAIR, 8 a.m. Thursday, July 12, General 4-H projects judging; 5 p.m., dog show; 7 p.m., Illini State Pullers Truck and Tractor Pull.

LA SALLE COUNTY 4-H SHOW & JUNIOR FAIR, 7 p.m., Friday, July 13, Illini State Pullers Truck and Tractor Pull.

LA SALLE COUNTY 4-H SHOW & JUNIOR FAIR, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 14, Ramers Race Promotions Demolition Derby.

LA SALLE COUNTY 4-H SHOW & JUNIOR FAIR, 3 p.m., Sunday, July 15, Parade of Excellence.

PATRIOTIC CONCERT, 3 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at Plumb Pavillion in the Streator City Park. Tribute concert for the whole family featuring Joliet American Legion Band. Recognizing veterans from all branches and the Elks "History of our American Flag" ceremony.

EXHIBITS

CANAL MARKET, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, May through September. Quality antiques, collectibles, vintage items and handmade or homegrown products. Downtown Utica.

OTTAWA'S OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through October, Ottawa. Freshly picked, home-grown vegetables and fruits. Also featured are home baked goods, jams and jellies, dog treats, handmade soaps and fresh roasted coffee.

STREATOR FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through October. Vendors welcome. City Park. Facebook page: Streator Farmers Market.

THEATER

THE PRODUCERS, Sunday, July 8, through Saturday, July 14, Engle Lane Theatre, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator. Call 815-672-3584 to purchase tickets.

THE PRODUCERS, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, includes show tickets, dinner voucher, room or cabin and breakfast voucher. 815-220-7386.

SHAKESPEARE'S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM presented by Festival 56 throughout the month of July in Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. The show opens with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 1, with additional performances at 7:30 p.m., Sundays and Wednesdays, through Sunday, July 29. Audiences need to bring lawn chairs. For further information, call the Festival 56 box office at 815-879-5656.

SEINFELD LIVE, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Tickets available in person at the Rialto Square Theatre Box Office, RialtoSquare.com or 800-745-3000.

MISCELLANEOUS

PARROTHEADS AND PADDLE WHEELS, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, Starved Rock Boat Ramp, Utica. A night filled with food and fun aboard the Spirit of Peoria, an authentic multi-level paddle wheel boat. Come aboard for live entertainment by Steve Sharp and move to the music with this Jimmy Buffet themed night. Reservations required. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.

SAFE BOATING CLASSES, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 14, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, at Starved Rock Lock and Dam.  Pre-registration is required. Participants should plan to bring their own lunch and drinks. Class materials will be provided. For more information and class registration contact the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at 815-667-4054. The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is located at 950 N. 27th Road, Ottawa.

SUMMER DANCE PROGRAM, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, for beginning swing, 8 p.m. for intermediate/advanced classes, 602 Catherine St., Ottawa. Bring a partner. Instructors are Rodney and Jane Schomas. Call 815-434-7258 for more information.

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, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment, 136 S. Ottawa St., 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, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through October and 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. Hours: Heritage Center, noon to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

MAGNOLIA TOWNSHIP PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION MUSEUM, 110 N. Peoria St. Hours: 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.

NORSK MUSEUM, Route 71 behind Norway Store, tour hours 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through September, norskmuseum.org.

OLD BARN MUSEUM, 7127B Oakbrook Road, Newark. Group events can be scheduled weekdays and Saturdays, 630-553-5997.

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, 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 MUSEUM, 306 S. Vermillion St., 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 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, Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check-in and a beverage and concludes in the lounge with indidvidual 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, 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 VISITORS CENTER, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Dee Bennett Road, Utica, 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.

MULES, MANSION, AND MIMOSA BOAT TOUR, Thursdays through Sundays, May through October. One-hour, mule-pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat and a one-hour tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion, along with brunch and a mimosa at the Lock 16 Café. 754 First St., La Salle. Reservations recommended, 815-220-1848.

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. Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. $18 per person includes guided hike, choice of a ham, turkey or veggie wrap, bag of chips, piece of fruit granola bar, a bottle of water, 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.

WALKERS CLUB, 9 a.m. Thursdays, meet in the lobby at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.

WATERFALL AND CANYON TOUR,  Mondays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 and 11 a.m. Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Experience outdoor adventure with a guided walk to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, Ottawa and St. Louis. Tour includes lunch from a special menu in main dining room and a trolley ride. This is a walking tour and is 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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