Princeton Buddy Bags Chili Supper fundraiser Feb. 8 — 5-7 p.m. Hampshire Colony Church, 604 S. Church, Princeton.
Illinois Valley Symphony Honors Recital, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. — Westclox, Peru: Hosted at Music Suite 408. Free will offering at the door. Recital will feature the runners-up and honorable mention winners of the 2020 Young Performers Competition: Virginia Anderson, clarinet, L-P High School, Oglesby, Emily Kmetz, Voice, Lincoln Junior High school, LaSalle, Gabriel Hawley, Violin, Homeschooler, Seneca, Erin Daniel, Voice, Ottawa High School, Ottawa, Aubrey Garretson, Flute, L-P High School, Peru Jaidynne Lash, Flute, L-P High school, Peru, William Hawley, Violin, Homeschooler, Seneca.
Time for Art and Music at Westclox, art exhibit opening; Feb.7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Co sponsored by Music Suite 408 and NCI Artworks.
“Nunsations!” Nunsense Vegas Revue, Feb. 7, 8 and 9 and 13, 14, 15 (two performances) and Feb. 16 at Stage 212, 700 First St., La Salle. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. For tickets visit the box office 4-6 p.m. Monday or 9 a.m.-noon Saturday or call (815) 224-3025 during the same hours. Or visit www.stage212.org.
La Salle-Peru Township High School Foundation chicken dinner fundraiser, Feb. 10, 5-10- p.m., The Right Spice, 2102 Fourth St., Peru. Dinner includes chicken strips and fries or spaghetti and garlic bread, dine-in or carry-out. Meals are $10 per person. The foundation supports programs and activities outside of the school’s annual budget. Tickets in advance at the L-P greeter desk 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on school days, or call Bobbi Newell at (815) 220-2769.
L-P Band Parents trivia night, Feb. 8, 5:30-10 p.m. at Senica’s Oak Ridge, U.S. 6 East, La Salle. Tables of 6-10 players — $10 per person. For reservations, call (815) 993-6531.
Films at the Factory, Feb. 8, 4 p.m., at NCI ARTworks, in the Westclox building, Peru: “Cinema Paradiso,” the story of a young boy who develops a love of film in a movie house in war-torn Sicily.
Saturday Night Trivia fundraiser for Reddick Mansion restoration, Feb. 8. (Rescheduled from January due to bad weather. The contest will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Reddick Mansion Association and hosted by RMA board member and trivia expert, Steve Novario. The first category will be “The Decade in Review”. Teams are limited to 5-10 people; $10 per person. Also: 50/50 drawing. Reservations: (815) 433-6100. Walk-ins also will be welcomed. The mansion, 100 W. Lafayette Street in Ottawa, is open for tours four days a week and is also available for rent for special events.
Teen Game Night, Feb. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Peru Public Library. Free for ages 12-18. Teens can play T or under rated games on the library Xbox 360,Wii, Wii U or Playstation — three gaming screens, 10 PCs as well as board games and card games. Details: perulibrary.org or (815) 223-0229.
Live birds of prey show, Feb. 9: 1:30 p.m. Starved Rock Visitor Center, Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education. Limited seating, first come, first seated. Doors will close when auditorium is full. Free.
Flea Market, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton.
Nestor Torres, Grammy Award-winning Latin American flutist: Feb. 22, 5 p.m. — Headliner at the 13th annual Flute Day at the First Congregational Church of Peru, 1431 Fourth St, Peru. Flute Day is sponsored by Music Suite 408, Altus Flutes and Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble with support from North Central Illinois ARTworks and is day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) of interactive workshops with guest clinicians, Lynne Stukart, AltusFlutes. Details on workshops: www.408fineartsfactory.com or contact Sue Gillio at (815) 223-4408 or email@example.com. Torres’ concert is sponsored by Miller Group Charitable Trust. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students K-college with ID and will be available at the door.
13th annual Flute Day, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. First Congressional Church of Peru, 1431 Fourth St., Peru. Interactive workshops for all ages and ability levels. Grammy Award Winning Flutist, Nestor Torres will present concert at 5pm sponsored by Miller Group Charitable Trust — $12 adults/$5 students K-college with ID. Download registration materials at www.408fineartsfactory.com or call (815) 223-4408. Sue Gillio, coordinator.
Bluegrass and Gospel music jam sessions, Feb. 8, March 14, April 11 and May 9. 6-10 p.m., free admission, Ophir Community Building, Triumph. To reserve a spot, call Tom Gerber at (815) 414-8081 or show up early. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. Admission is free, and refreshments are served. Donations got to maintenance and repair of Ophir Community Building, 3907 E. 752nd Road. To reserve a spot, call Tom Gerber at (815) 414-8081 or show up early.
Gospel Concert featuring Quentin Flagg, March 1 — 2p.m., First Congregational Church of Peru. Tickets are $18 and available by calling the church at (815) 223-0722 or Diana Dornbusch at (815) 228-5352. There will be dessert after the concert.
Valentine Victorian Tea, hosted by The Bureau County Historical Society, Feb. 15, 1-3 p.m. Clark Norris House west of the Bureau County Courthouse, Princeton. Guests will be welcomed by Mrs. Norris, the owner of the Clark Norris House, and her butler and will be treated to a traditional Victorian Tea with tiers of scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, tea sandwiches, cookies and cake. The BCHS china collection will be used during the tea. $20 per person. Reservations: (815) 875-2184.
Night after Valentine’s: Hegeler Carus Mansion Candlelight Tour, Feb. 15, 7-9 p.m. The mansion staff and docents say it’s a perfect special place and special way to “pop the question”. How many get to propose or accept a proposal in a Victorian Mansion that is also a National Historical Landmark? The cost is $25 for individuals or $50 per couple and space is limited. Wine, punch and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. More information is available at website www.hegelercarus.org and the Hegeler Carus Mansion Facebook page.
John Lynn talk: “From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River,” Feb. 15, 1 p.m., La Salle County Genealogy Guild, 115 W. Glover St., Ottawa. Lynn has a degree in history from the University of Illinois. He has photographed all 2,400 Illinois cities, villages and towns. Lynn has hiked, biked and canoed enough historic and scenic trails, roads and rivers in North America and Britain to circle the globe.
Pork Chop Sandwich Night, Feb. 13, 5-8 p.m. La Salle VFW, 24th and Donahue streets; $4.50 dine-in and $5 carry-out. The public may attend. Info: (815) 223-6665.
Model Train Fair and Farm Toy Show and Sale. Feb. 15, 9 a.m., Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton.
Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet, Feb. 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., $7 admission, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton.
Starved Rock Lodge Walkers Club, 9 a.m. each Thursday. Meet in the hotel lobby. Free.
French Explorer La Salle in the Illinois Country, Starved Rock Visitor Center, Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m., by Park Historian, Mark Walczynski. Free.
Burger Night. Feb. 27, 5-8 pm., La Salle VFW, 24th and Donahue streets, Prices are $1.50 per hamburger or cheeseburger — dine-in only.
Tap a Tree for Maple Sap, March 8, Starved Rock Visitor Center, by Natural Resource Coordinator, Lisa Sons. Free.
Fashion Show Luncheon, April 18, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, First Congregational Church, Peru. Tickets cost $20. Contact Diana Dornbusch (815) 228-5352 or the church at (815) 223-0072.
Owl Prowl, Hoo Haven, March 14 & 15, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Starved Rock Lodge. Utica. “Hoo” Haven Wildlife and Education Center from Durand will be here with their owls for a presentation. Reservations: $5 for adults, $3 for children. Call (815) 220-7386 to reserve.
Pere Marquette State Park Bald Eagle Days, Grafton, through March 6, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hegeler Carus Mansion — La Salle. Mansion tours Wednesday-Sunday. Noon-3 p.m. starting on the hour. All tours: $15 for adults. $5 for K-12 students, and free for Children under 5 years. www.hegelercarus.org. (815) 224-5892
Lock 16 Center/La Salle Canal Boat, La Salle. Center includes exhibits, visitor information, gift shop and café. Open year-round. Canal Boat operates May-October. (815) 223-1851
Westclox Museum — Peru. Located within a portion of the historic Westclox building. Displays of clocks, watches, military products, photo displays, reference and research materials, Tick Talk magazines and more. (815) 200-8604. Free admission. www.westcloxmuseum.com
Spring Valley Historical Museum — REOPENS March 7. Tours of the museum may still be arranged by contacting (815) 664-2178. Featuring items related to John Mitchell, coal mining, area businesses, sports, music and schools. For all ages
La Salle County Historical Society Museum Complex — Utica. Nov. 10-Jan. 23. Special tours during this time by call (815) 667-4861. Schedule resumes Jan. 24 noon-4 p.m. Friday. Saturday and Sunday.
Reddick Mansion — Ottawa. Reddick Mansion, built in 1858, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. During January and February, tours Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. On Sundays, the mansion will be open 11-a.m.-2 p.m.; the other three days, hours will be 11-a.m.-3 p.m. (815) 433-6100
Owen Lovejoy Homestead — Princeton. Former station on the Underground Railroad. Open May-October; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. (815) 879-9151
Cherry Mine Museum and Library — Public library, Cherry. Summer hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Features include a large, highly detailed model of the mine prior to the 1909 disaster. To arrange a tour at an alternate time, call DeAnn Pozzi at (815) 894-2977. Admission free, and various history books are available to purchase.
Bureau County Historical Society Museum — Princeton. Tour of Clark-Norris Home (1900) and Newell-Bryant House (1853); Lincoln and Civil War displays; Native American artifacts; Immke photo collection. Open March through November; Wednesday through Saturday. (815) 875-2184.
Bureau County Genealogical Society-Family History and Research Library —Princeton (815) 879-3133.Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday and the first Saturday of each month 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Other times by appointment. Free library specializing in county and area records for genealogical purposes, as well as online resources.
Putnam County Historical Society Pulsifer House — This “Jewel of the Prairie” on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours/information (815) 925-7560. Open mid-March through mid-December.
Breaking the Prairie Agricultural Museum — Mendota. (815) 539-3373.
Earlville Historical Society Museum — Downtown Earlville in the old hardware store. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays; noon-2 p.m. Sundays and anytime by appointment. (815) 246-9778. Sports memorabilia, manufacturing and agricultural exhibits, local history displays.
Hume-Carnegie Museum — Local history. Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday March 1-Dec. 13. (815) 539-3373 for more information (office open during week.) firstname.lastname@example.org
Union Depot Railroad Museum — Open Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m. (815) 538-3800 or 539-3373
Magnolia Township Preservation Association—History and artifacts of township villages, families, and farms. “Preserving the Past to inform the future.” Open March through November. (815) 257-0707
Charles Perdew Museum — Henry. Open every Sunday through Sept. 29. 2-4 p.m.
Museum on Main — Tiskilwa. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday. (815) 646-4016 for an appointment. The museum in a former church downtown features six galleries of hands-on experience with Tiskilwa’s past. Virtual tours www.tiskilwahistoricalsociety.org.