Hegeler Carus Mansion, 1307 Seventh Street. LaSalle, IL 61301 United States. Tai Chi at Hegeler Carus Mansion on the lawn. Free of charge. Every Monday from 6-7pm through September 17.
HEGELER CARUS MANSION – BASEMENT TOUR
The Underground Tour: where Hegeler Carus Insiders learn the truth about the legendary tunnels under the Mansion, are guided through the basement rooms, weaving in and out between industry and artistry. See how the Mansion was built, the inner workings and technology used to create a comfortable environment in this large home, as well as remnants of the early days of Open Court Publishing. Hegeler Carus Insiders are invited to attend this event free of charge. Additional guests $35.
OGLESBY FARMERS MARKET
September 20, 27
Farmers Market, 3 p.m. Thursdays from July 5th to September 27th, downtown Oglesby. Check out our Oglesby, IL Facebook page for more details.
MULES, MANSIONS & MIMOSAS
September 20-23, 27-30
May 2018 – October 2018. I&M Canal Boat. Thursdays – Sundays. 754 First Street LaSalle. (815) 220-1848. Enjoy a historic 1-hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a 1-hour tour of the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion, along with brunch and a mimosa at the Lock 16 Café. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled 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 the western frontier. After your boat tour enjoy a mimosa and brunch at the Lock 16 Cafe. Then visit the National Historic Landmark, Hegeler Carus Mansion. Experience the grandeur of a bygone era and the heritage of a fascinating family whose history is woven tightly with that of the Illinois Valley and the United States, as well as internationally. $45.00 per person. Reservations recommended. Call (815) 223-1851 or visit www.iandmcanal.org
September 22, 29
Every Saturday at Heritage Harbor of Ottawa, 2 Great Loop West, Ottawa, IL 61350
parkrun (spelled with a small p) is the world’s largest organized running activity, in which more than 1 million people participated last month alone. The weekly, free 5K run/jog/walk comes to Heritage Harbor, in Ottawa on June 10th. In the U.S., parkrun is spreading to the midwest, with arriving in Ottawa after opening earlier this year in the communities of Mansfield, Ohio and Eagan, Minnesota. parkrun is uniquely inclusive – a free, weekly, volunteer-led event welcoming walkers, joggers, dogs on leashes, families with strollers and people with special needs. In Ottawa at Heritage Harbor it is being created by local resident volunteers led Pierre Alexander and Tammy Barry. Every Saturday in 15 countries around the world (and nine locations in the U.S.), 200,000 people or more gather in their local parks, typically at 9 am, rain or shine, for a 5 kilometer parkrun. Participants receive an email with their time results an hour or two afterwards. The first parkrun was started in a London park by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, CBE, an IT expert and amateur runner, who has received an Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship and was granted a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth honoring his parkrun achievements. For Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun is as much about building communities as running. As of 2017, 3.5 million people have signed up for parkrun, with more than 10,000 new participants weekly. In the US, parkruns began in 2012 in Livonia, Michigan. By the end of June, there will be 12 parkruns in the U.S., including Heritage Harbor. The American Cancer Society is partnering with parkrun US to promote healthy lifestyles. According to the Society, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk include being physically active on a regular basis and getting to and staying at a healthy weight throughout life. Physical activity is an important component of weight control. Running has been associated with numerous health benefits, notably, the potential to extend life by seven years. By removing obstacles that keep people from physical activity and contact with parks, parkrun is helping them live healthier, happier lives. Therefore, the American Cancer Society has endorsed parkrun to help increase the number of participants and events across the US.
OTTAWA’S OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET
September 22, 29
Washington Square Park, Ottawa, IL 61350. Saturdays until end of October. 8 am – 12:30 pm. Come to Ottawa’s Old Town Farmers Market to purchase freshly picked, home-grown vegetables and fruits! Also featured are home baked goods, jams and jellies, dog treats, handmade soaps and fresh roasted coffee. With a motto of we BAKE it, we GROW it, we SELL it FRESH, you’re sure to find something fantastic!
Starts at Heritage Harbor of Ottawa, 2 Great Loop West, Ottawa, IL 61350 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Bike Along the I & M Canal
31ST ANNUAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL
Downtown Ottawa. 10 am – 4 pm. Recognized as Illinois biggest “Toddler Friendly” festival, the Ottawa Annual Scarecrow Fest has something to offer every member of the family! From face painting to GIANT BOUNCY HOUSES, this day long fest is designed to go easy on the family wallet too. Enjoy Ottawa’s largest vendor fair with booths lining the street in downtown Old Town. Put this one on the calendar for the kids!
VALLEY CARVERS WOODCARVING EXPO
See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items, too. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. For more information, contact Abby McCague at (815) 433-5933. Starved Rock Lodge from 9am-4pm.