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Gotta Do It

The Producers’

Starved Rock Lodge will be hosting a performance of the Mel Brooks comedy, “The Producers,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12. The evening package includes show tickets, dinner voucher, room, cabin and a breakfast voucher. For information, call 815-220-7386.

Concerts at Starved Rock

Starved Rock Lodge will be hosting live music from 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on the Veranda.

July 6 – Rodeo Drive

July 7 – The Rockets

July 13 – Three Day Weekend

July 14 – River Road Trio

Boater safety classes

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, located at 950 N. 27th Road in Ottawa, has openings in its July 14 boater safety class. The class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only one class is required to complete certification, and anyone older than age 12 can be certified.

Children younger than age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The class is recommended for new boaters, families who enjoy boating adventures and seasoned boaters who want to brush up on boater safety.

To register, call 815-667-4054.

Pirates and Princesses

Channahon Park District is looking forward to a great time being pirates and princesses at this early childhood day camp.

The camp will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from July 10 to 19.

Campers will make a princess or pirate hat, find buried treasure, make a treasure chest and more. For information, call Jennifer Mensik at 815-467-7275 or email

Strider Learn to Ride a Bike camp

For children ages 3 to 5 and 30 to
38 inches tall, the camp will be held by the Channahon Park District from 9 to
10 a.m. July 16 to 20. The goal of the Strider Camp is to provide a solid foundation of balance and the ability to stride. Riding a bike is a life milestone, and Strider camp will provide the tools to teach children to ride on two wheels.

Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and children of all abilities to learn balance and coordination before pedaling.

The simple, no-pedal design allows even the youngest children to learn to ride a bike, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime.

Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Kids will be able to take their bike home to continue to practice the skills learned. The first day of class will have a $120 bike deposit secured. At the end of the class, kids can keep the bike and forfeit the deposit – or return the bike and we will return the $120.

The camp will take place at the Heritage Crossing Field House and the cost is $41 for residents and $53 for nonresidents, plus a $120 bike deposit. For information, call Jennifer Mensik at 815-467-7275 or email

– Morris Herald-News

Floating Obstacle Course

Channahon Park District will be having a floating obstacle course night on Friday, July 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost is $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents. Come try your luck with a floating obstacle course, also known as Wibit or Aquatrack. Climb, jump and fall in, because it’s fun! Contact Jennifer Mensik at or call 815-467-7275 for more information.

Parrottheads and Paddlewheels

At Starved Rock aboard the Spirit of Peoria on Tuesday, July 23 will be Jimmy Buffett music performed by Steve Sharp. Cost is $40 per person. Call 815-220-7386 for tickets and more information.

Under The Sea

Want to experience the sea at the Channahon Park District? We have the place. Join us in making fish and water crafts and make your own sand. We will do that and much more. This early childhood camp will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m. from July 24-Aug. 2. Contact Jennifer Mensik at or call 815-467-7275 for more information.

Brookfield Zoo Trip

The Morris Area Public Library will be hosting a trip to Brookfield Zoo on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The bus will leave the Morris Area Public Library at 8:30 a.m. The transportation and tickets are free to Morris Area Public Library cardholders and up to three family members. Bring a sack lunch or money for food.

Junk in the Trunk

The “Junk In The Trunk” or “JITT”  of Morris will take place on the third Sunday of each month  from April through October In Morris. Gardner Co-Op  flea market  will have their  JITT on the first  Sunday of each month through October. Same times and rules apply there also. Vendor set up is at 8:30 a.m. Sale is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a $10 donation per spot. Donations are given to  a charity  each month. No commercial vendors, home-based businesses or clothing allowed, no mass-produced, imported items are allowed. This is open, and free  to the public. Participation in the JITT is at your own risk, and we are not responsible  for accidents. Many  antiques, collectibles, tools, household items, bicycles, art work, crafts etc., and many other  hard-to-find items are often found at this flea market. Location is 100 Commercial  Drive  (in the lot by  Lindy Gertie’s restaurant)  in Morris. For more information  and rules for vendor set-up,  please call Ken at 815-942-2032 or e-mail with your name, address, phone number. 

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