CRY BABY: THE MUSICAL
The Community Players at Engle Lane Theatre present “Cry-Baby: The Musical” Visit the website at www.englelane.org for details.
5TH ANNUAL BREWS, BUDS & BLOOMS BEER TASTING
Herman’s Package Store – 504 West Main Street, Ottawa, IL 61350. Event will again be held behind Herman’s in the “salt mines”. Over 100 Beers and a few other special products will be available to sample. Special Guest Tangled Roots Brewing Company and Radium City will also be on hand so that you may try their amazing brews. 6pm – 8pm.
2018 HEALTH, FITNESS & LIFESTYLE FAIR
2018 Health, Fitness and Life Style Fair May 17, 2018 K of C, 401 W. Main Street, Ottawa, IL 61350 Hosted by WCMY 1430 Admission is FREE! Browse all the sponsor displays. Win FREE prizes! 9am to 2pm
MULES, MANSIONS & MIMOSAS
May 17-20, 24-27, 31
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
May 19, 26
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.
2ND ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
The Streator Walldogs 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival will roll into downtown Streator. More Details to come. http://www.streatorwalldogs.com/truckfest.html
WILDLIFE PRAIRIE PRESENTS “REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS”
Slime, scales, and mudpuppy tales! Wildlife Prairie Park will be on hand with a few of their friends for a family fun program that will give you a new found respect for our cold blooded friends! Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 1:30 p.m. Live animals!
THE “DO NOT DISTURB” TOUR
The “Do Not Disturb” Tour: where Hegeler Carus Insiders are guided for the first time ever through the “bedroom” floor of the Mansion. The tour travels through the most personal spaces of this Victorian home; these are rooms even the closest friends of the Hegeler’s would not have seen. Learn why transoms were so important, why Victorian couples had separate bedrooms, and why one bedroom in particular is both breathtaking—and heartbreaking. Hegeler Carus Insiders are invited to attend this event free of charge. Additional guests $35.
STREATOR PARK FEST
Streator Park Fest held in the Streator City Park. Sponsored by the Streator Community Center, the outdoor festival includes a carnival, entertainment, food booths, and craft / vendor booths. For more information, call 815-672-2685. Hours Open: Fri 5pm‑10pm, Sat 9am‑10pm, Sun 9am‑6pm. Admission: Free. Annual Streator Park Fest. Come enjoy family fun in our beautiful downtown city park. Featuring a carnival, craft, flea market, and food vendors. Children’s activities, beautiful baby contest, bovine bingo, safety program, free stage entertainment, and parade.
STARVED ROCK COUNTRY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
The second annual Starved Rock Country Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. The fest will feature over 60 unique American craft beers, live music and local food. Join us in downtown Ottawa for the most anticipated new craft beer events of the year.
BAGELS & BLOODY MARY BIKE RIDE
Bagels & Bloody Mary Bike Ride May 27, 2018 Starts at Heritage Harbor of Ottawa, 2 Great Loop West, Ottawa, IL 61350 9:30 am – 11:30 am Bike Along the I & M Canal
SENECA MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
The Seneca American Legion will host a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28th