THE UNEXPECTED SONG
Spring performance by the Prairie Singers. 5-7pm at the Reddick Mansion in Ottawa, Illinois.
April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27
Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner in the Vintage Room at the Lock 16 Café in LaSalle while hearing a presentation about local and state history. Topics include Illinois agriculture, local historical figures, Mazon Creek geology, and early land and water navigation history. 5-8pm. Reservations required. Canal Corridor Association (815) 220-1848. www.iandmcanal.org
DARE TO DIVA
It’s a Red Carpet Event. Glamour & Bling. Massage & Makeover. Wine & Bonbons. Fashion & Style and so much more. Enjoy a Night of Being Fabulous! Tickets: $10. A Jammin’ at the Clock 2017 fundraising event. 5-8pm at the Silver Fox in Streator, IL.
TEA AT LOCK 16
Tea has been enjoyed for centuries, and it has been touted as a miracle cure and one of the most potent health drinks. Spend the afternoon with friends in our charming Vintage Room sipping a variety of tasty teas and sample delectable tea sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and more. Reservations are required. 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Lock 16 Visitor Center, 754 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301. 815-220-1848.
EASTER EGG HUNT
April 15th at 11AM Carey Memorial Park
2ND ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
2nd Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Safe House Animal Rescue. Over 20,000 Easter Eggs. A Visit with the Easter Bunny. All eggs filled with candy, toys, with a possibility of larger prizes. Raffle baskets, baked goods. Hunt free for all, age divided. Lunch will also be provided for small fee. Hunt starts at noon, pictures with the Easter Bunny and kid’s crafts starts at 11am, Face painting, games, cake hop, bake sale all start following the Egg Hunt. Thornton Park – 1600 W Jackson St, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
EASTER EGG HUNT & BUNNY JUMP
Come see the bunny-suited jumper! Bring the kids for a large-scale Easter egg hunt on the grounds. Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny after he jumps into the dropzone from 13,500 feet! Skydive Chicago • Ottawa • 815-433-0000 www.skydivechicago.com
SIP ‘N SNIP
Wine tasting, live music, silent auction. Food available. 12-5 PM • Downtown Utica • utica-il.gov
I&M CANAL CLEAN UP
April 22 and April 29
The Canal Corridor Association is coordinating a canal-wide cleanup on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 29th. The Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail is 62 miles from Joliet to LaSalle and is a popular recreational trail utilized by hikers, bikers and joggers. After the long winter, debris and litter have descended on the trail and banks of the canal. We would like to clean up the entire trail and would appreciate your church group, club, organization, or business claiming a section of the canal. All interested volunteers should contact Mara Moore, Project Coordinator, at the Canal Corridor Association at 815-220-1848.
Wildlife Prairie Park presents live animals such as skunks, turtles, and owls. Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. 1:30-2:30pm.
LASALLE COUNTY HISTORICAL TOURS
April 29, April 30
Spend the day at interesting venues and tour a variety of sites and structures along the Historic Illinois & Michigan Canal and the Illinois River. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat. Meet our guides and hear their stories of life along the canal in 1848, when the I&M Canal first opened and Illinois was a western frontier. Explore Lincoln-related sites with Mary Todd Lincoln. Walk through an amazing 10-room garden and cottage house or a Victorian masterpiece. Visit a lock-tender’s house and the oldest gran elevator along the I&M Canal, as well as a lock and aqueduct. Lunch included with every tour!
April 29, April 30
Climb aboard The Volunteer, a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Moe & Joe, and learn how horses and mules pulled passengers and cargo between Chicago and LaSalle. Group tours & private rentals are also available. 8am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays through October. www.iandmcanal.org
ANNUAL TOWN & COUNTRY YOUTH ART SHOW
Jeremiah Joe Coffee Shop: 807 La Salle Street, Ottawa, IL 61350 from 9 am – 4 pm. The show is sponsored by the Ottawa Art League and promotes student interest in the visual arts. It provides an opportunity for local students from the Illinois Valley area to gain experience in displaying their art in public. The show is open to middle and high school students. It is open and free to the public and gives the community the chance to see the extraordinary creative talent of local students. Entries are judged and awarded ribbons, gift certificates and cash prizes.
DIRTY MUDD’R BIKE RACE
Grab your mountain, cyclocross, or even road bike and head out to Streator’s Marilla Park to try our 62 mile ride full of rolling hills of gravel, dirt, grass and less than 7 miles of black top. We think you are going to really enjoy this one. For those not looking to tackle all 62 miles we have added a shorter 37 mile ride full of rolling hills of gravel and minimal blacktop. Registration opens at 7 am. Roll out at 10 am. $35 Pre-registration. $40 Day of registration. Free locally crafted beer and smoked pulled pork after the ride. HEED, cookies, oranges, and bananas provided at all aid stations. USAC license not required. The 62 mile route will include 2 aid stations. The 37 mile route will include 1 aid station. Full Sag Support! Pre-registration now open. First 100 pre-registered receive a free pint glass.