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COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Dinners planned at Newark Legion on first, third Fridays

Starting April 5, Newark Legion will be serve dinners on the first and third Fridays of the month. Service will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.

On the first Fridays, the Legion will offer a Super Baked Potato Bar with all the fixings, while on the third Friday of the month the meal will be a homemade Taco dinner with Spanish rice and refried beans.

Desserts will also be available and the bar will be open for anyone wanting drinks.

In addition, the first Friday of the month, the Newark Legion will host a  Euchre tournament, starting at 7:30 p.m., and on the third Friday of the month, there will be a Rummy card tournament.

In addition, dinner is served every Tuesday night, from 5:45 to 7 p.m., before Bingo. All are welcome. 

Dinner lecture will explore link between Lincoln, Whitman

LA Salle — Discover the connection between Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln while enjoying a three-course meal at Lock 16 Center in La Salle.

The Canal Corridor Association’s April dinner lecture will be held Thursday, April 18.

Former instructor Ed- ward Krolak will explore Walt Whitman’s poetry, such as,“When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” and “O Captain my Cap-tain” and the poems’ relationship to Abraham Lincoln.

Whitman was among the first poets to illustrate what we have come to call American exceptionalism in his work, anticipating the development and growth of America as a nation.

Edward Krolak is a former Illinois Valley Com-munity College instructor and Fulbright Scholar.

The event will be held at Lock 16 Center in La Salle, and the menu includes tossed salad, served with choice of ham and au gratin potatoes or alfredo chicken penne pasta served with seasoned green beans, followed by carrot cake for dessert. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

The Canal Corridor Association’s dinner lecture costs $24 for members and $29 for non-members. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (815) 223-1851.

The Canal Corridor Association is the local coordinating entity for the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, the nation’s first national heritage corridor.

The Canal Corridor Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve history, protect nature and open space, and create destinations where people can learn and have fun along the I&M Canal, from Chicago to LaSalle/Peru.

The Canal Corridor Association   manages the Lock 16 Visitor Center and owns the La Salle Canal Boat. More information can be found at, or


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