1 – Jam into spring Friday night at Streator. Jammin’ at the Clock is hosting a Steppin’ Into Spring concert at the Silver Fox, 122 N. Park St., as part of a fundraiser for their summer concert series in downtown Streator. Noreen Stark, one of the star vocalists of last year’s Motown band, returns with a powerful voice and her bluesy, jazzy, rhythmic, bluesy sound. Stark has performed the songs of Etta James, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and others at previous shows. The Silver Fox opens at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Grant Street Grocery, 402 W. Grant St, and Lori’s Mailboxes, 1215 N. Bloomington St.
2 – Discover local art Friday night in Peru. NCI ARTworks will host 30 local artists from the Ottawa Art League at a mega-opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Westclox Building, 408 Fifth St. It’s free and open to the public. The work of 30 local artists will be on display and available for purchase at the NCI ARTworks Gallery beginning Friday. Ranging from cabinet makers to watercolourists and fabric artists to metal, glass and ceramic sculptors, the work of Ottawa Art League artists from La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties will be featured at the gallery.
3 – Shop for causes Saturday in Peru and Utica. Another day of sales has been added to Cops 4 Cancer UNFI’s record fundraiser for truck sales. The sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9 inside the former JC Penney store at the Peru Mall on Route 251. Additionally, Illinois Valley Animal Rescue will hold its 23rd annual fund auction construction and care from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Grand Bear Resort, 2643 N. Route 178, Utica. Doors open at 4 p.m., followed by pre-auction and wine tasting activities from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., silent auction tables will start closing at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 7 p.m. .
4 – Learn more about Abraham Lincoln on Saturday in Ottawa. “Abraham Lincoln: From Obscurity to Greatness (Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861)” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Reddick Library, 1010 Canal St. The presentation consists of a first-person depiction of Abraham Lincoln in full regalia. era, speaking with the public about his years in Illinois from 1830 to 1861. Tickets are required for this free event and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets must be picked up in person at the front checkout counter.
5 – Hunt eggs at various locations this weekend in La Salle, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall counties. A complete list is published. Egg hunts aren’t just for kids. An Easter egg hunt for adults is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Sock’s Place, 111 E. Main St., sponsored by the Wyanet Community Club.