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EVENTS CALENDAR: Places to Go, Things to Do


STEVE CERQUA, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Blues performance.

ROBIN TAYLOR CELEBRATES ELTON JOHN, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Partridge's Pit Stop, 522 W. Main St., Ottawa.

DUELING PIANOS WITH JOHNATHON ELTREVOOG AND ROB TAYLOR, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Back Door Lounge at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica.


'TOUCH OF KENNY AND A FEW FRIENDS,' 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Wednesday, Sept. 11, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Dave Karl performs as Kenny Rogers. Fee involved. For information or reservations, 815-220-7386.

THE EVERLY SET, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Central Intermediate School Cafetorium, 711 E. McKinley Road, Ottawa. Presented by Ottawa Concert Association.


'CHARLEY'S AUNT,' 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 14, William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts at Engle Lane, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator. For tickets, or 815-672-3584.

MARRIED TO BROADWAY,' 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, La Salle-Peru High School, Mattheissen Auditorium. Husband-wife duo Ron and Barbra Sharpe, joined by their children, perform Broadway classics from "Phantom of the Opera," "Cats," "Evita," "West Side Story," "Carousel," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Les Miserables" and more. For tickets, or 815-224-3025.

'FRANK SINATRA,' 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. Peter Oprisko performs tribute to Sinatra, including hits such as "New York New York," "The Way You Look Tonight," "My Way" and more. Fee involved. For reservations, 815-220-7386.

'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.


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.

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.

RUMMAGE SALE, noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, Sheridan American Legion, 300 E. Si Johnson Ave, Sheridan. Gently used adult and child clothing, household items and bake sale. For information, 815-496-2225 or 815-531-4378.


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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