The Kankakee Public Library partners with Fortitude Community Outreach to collect specific items each month to provide to those who are in need. All throughout the month of October, please drop off shampoo & conditioner in the donation box thorough the doors of the Kankakee Public Library. For more information, call 815.939.4564.
The City of Kankakee will provide leaf pick up for City residents from Monday (October 15) through November 30th. Leaf crews will be in your area on your regular garbage day. They will remove leaves ONLY left in rows along the back of the curb in front of the residence. Republic Services will continue to pick up the biodegradable paper bags and dump yard waste cans with leaves and yard waste in them until November 30th. Regular garbage pick up days can be found at www.citykankakee-il.gov
Olivet Nazarene University invites you to their Organ Recital Series, Monday (October 22) at noon and Friday (October 26) at 3 p.m in Centennial Chapel on Olivet’s campus. There is no admission charge for these concerts. For more information, call 815-928-5403 or go to olivet.edu/events.
The Lake Village Elementary PTO is holding a Haunted Hallway Saturday (October 20) from 4 to 7 p.m. Children are welcome to dress up and stop by every booth for a treat. Tickets are $3 in advance and ar available at the school or at Kentland Bank in Lake Village. Tickets will be available at the door for $4.
The New Beginnings for Cats Black Cat Bash is Saturday (October 20) from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Kankakee Country Club. There will be a buffet dinner and a silent and live auction, plus a presentation on the Frank LLoyd Wright-designed Bradley House in Kankakee. Tickets are $50. You may get tickets by calling 815-472-4734, or go to NewBeginningsForCats.org.
Stampede Saloon in Manteno will host Costumes for a Cure to benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Saturday (October 20) from 7 to 11 p.m. featuring music by “Timing is Everything.” There will also be raffles and food available. Tickets are $20 and are available at Whitmore Ace Hardware in Manteno or at the door.
The Bradley Lions Club’s All-You-Can-Eat Sausage & Pancake and Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast is Saturday (October 20) from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Bradley American Legion. Cost is $6, children five and under eat free. They will have Blueberry or Chocolate Chip Pancakes available and you may get delivery on orders of five or more. Call 815-932-9180.
The Community Foundation for Wilmington Parks, Recreation, & Improvement and the Downtown Merchants Association, along with the Wilmington Island Park District and Wilmington Rotary Club present Bewitched on 66, Saturday (October 20) starting at 2 p.m. in downtown Wilmington. Cost is $10 for a wristband, with includes unlimited inflatable fun, pumpkin decorating, face painting, hot shot basketball contest & live music! Proceeds will benefit the upgrades to Veterans Memorial Park & new playground equipment.
The Jasper County Fair Association’s Pork Chop or Chicken Dinner is Sunday (October 21) at the Jasper County Fair Grounds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry Outs will be available and you may shop at the last Flea Market & Swap Meet of the Season. Dinner tickets are $8. Admission to the Flea Market & Swap Meet, which is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. is free.
The Kankakee Model Railroad Club will host a Model Train Show & Swap Meet Sunday (October 21) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium on Eight Avenue in Kankakee. Admission will be $3 and food will be available for purchase. More information is available by calling Irv at 815-465-2420.
Brook Haunted House at Brook Community Center in Brook, Indian will be Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. (October 19 & 20, 26 & 27). Admission $5 per person with $1 off admission price for those bringing a food pantry item.
The St. Anne High School Drama Club invites the community to the Third Annual Cardinal Showcase at St.Anne Community High School. This year features Disney-themed dances and a variety of acts! The show is two nights with different individual acts each night. Performances will be held on Monday (October 22) and Tuesday (October 23) at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3.00 for students at the door.
The Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce will host a Shred Day Wednesday (October 24) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Kentland Bank in Rensselaer. Individuals and businesses may have their shredding done for 5 per banker box or $0 for a 96-gallon container. You may call the chamber with any questions at 219-866-8223.
Landowners and farm operators or managers are invited to a presentation by guest speaker Dale Lattz covering future projections of farm leases, farm prices, and the variables that landowners should consider when determining fair rents for operators. Cost for the event is $10 per person. Registration is required. Call for more information at 815-933-8337. Register to reserve your spot by October 24, 2018 by visiting this link: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=19280
Mount Zion Methodist Church is having their Chicken Pie Supper Thursday (October 25) starting at 5 p.m. It’s $9 for adults, $5 for children. Carry-outs are available. The church is located six miles east of Iroquois on Bunkum Road.
Calvary Bible Church will host a Family Harvest Party Saturday (October 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with bounce houses, a corn maze, games, story time and more. A hot dog lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Calvary is on Armour Road east of I-57 in Bourbonnais.
You may turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal at the Drug Take Back Day at Northfield Square Mall Saturday (October 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Manteno United Methodist Church will host their 52nd annual Swiss Steak Supper on Saturday (October 27) at Manteno High School from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 6 to 12. Under 6 eat free. Carry outs will be available. Tickets are available from church members, by calling the church office @ 815-468-3722 or at the door.
The Zonta Club of Kankakee and Harbor House invite you to participate in Empowerment: Solidarity Walk with Domestic Violence Victims from 9 a.m. till noon Saturday, (October 27) at the pavilion on the main campus of Kankakee Community College. The registration fee is just $2 per walker, but larger donations are always appreciated. Same day registration will be available. Get more information and register online at www.HarborHouseDV.org, click on “Events.”
Main Street Momence will host Bordertown Hauntings Saturday (October 27) from noon to 4 p.m. There will be children & pet costume contests, trick-or-treating, hayrides, cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, a haunted house, a magic show and more. Visit MainStreetMomence.com for all the information.
The Bishop McNamara Progressive Raffle is underway! Each raffle ticket purchased before October 20th enters you into all four major raffle drawings totalling $150,000. Tickets cost $100. All winning tickets go back in the mix for future drawings. The first drawing is on October 20 and is for $3,000. (Other drawings: November 16 for $5,000; March 2 for $30,000; May 3 for $75,000.) Tickets also include admission for two adults (age 21 and over) to Las Vegas in Bradley on March 2. Tickets are available at all Bishop McNamara schools, from Bishop McNamara families and online at BishopMac.com/raffle.
Central High School is presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid Saturday (October 28) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (Ocober 29) at 2 p.m. In the event of a football playoff game, the Saturday performance will be moved to Friday (October 27) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The Association for the preservation of St. Rose of Lima Chapel will host a cash bash-draw down Friday (November 2) from 6 6o 10 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on South Indiana Avenue in Kankakee. Tickets are $100 per couple and includes a buffet dinner and domestic beer, wine, and soft drinks, and a chance to win one of 17 cash prizes, including the top prize of $4,000! Live music will be provided by “A Taste of the Silhouettes,” featuring Jerry Downs. There will also be raffles, basket auctions, and other chances to win. You can get your tickets by calling 815-592-9189, or at Love Christian Center in Kankakee.
The Merchant Street Art Gallery for Artists with Autism will host a Sock Hop Saturday (November 3) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on South Indiana Avenue in Kankakee. For tickets and information, go to MerchantStreetArtGallery.org or call 815-685-9037.
There will be a blood drive at Coldwell Banker on Route 50 in Bradley Monday (November 5) from 1 to 5 p.m. You may call 815-933-9700 to schedule your appointment. Every donor will receive a FREE Chicago Wolves Ticket.
Faith Baptist Church on Armour Road in Bourbonnais will host their annual Craft Fair Friday (November 6) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Easter Seals will host a special Christmas Dinner at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate’s Victorian Ballroom in Joliet. You can enjoy dinner under a magnificent Christmas Tree, listen to holiday music, and visit with Santa Saturday (November 17) at 4 p.m. or Sunday (November 18) at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children 12 & under and are available at 815-730-2052, extension 2, or at Joliet.EasterSeals.com. Reservations must be made by November 9th.
Birding Expert John Baxter will lead an owl walk at the Aroma Land and Water Preserve Saturday (November 10) at 6 p.m. Participants will take a short walk through the park, listen for owls and learn more about their habits. There is no fee for this walk, but pre-registration is required by November 3rd. Please contact University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County at 815-933-8337.
Limestone Township Library District invites the community to enter your photos of Illinois to celebrate Illinois’ Bi-Centennial Celebration. This contest is open to all Kankakee County community members 10 years-old and up. Every entrant can submit two pictures that have been taken in the state of Illinois. All submissions will be displayed in the library meeting room for the month of November and will be voted on by library patrons and visitors with the winner being announced on December 3rd. Call the library at 815-939-1696 for more information.
The University of Illinois Extension will offer a program called I on Diabetes, a series of four 3-hour sessions designed for anyone interested in preventing or managing diabetes. I on Diabetes will meet November 6, 12, 26 & December 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Extension Office in Bourbonnais. You may register online (http://web.extension.edu/gkw) or by calling (815) 933-8337. There is a $25.00 fee which must be received by October 29th.
Friends of the Manteno Public Library will host its 4th Annual Holiday Craft Show & Annual Book Sale Saturday (November 3) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be art work designed on canvas and wood, handcrafted jewelry, and beautifully knitted hats and scarves, plus honey and jams and gourmet dog treats. The book sale includes fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs and puzzles.
The Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism will host their Annual “Rocking Around the Spectrum,” Saturday (November 3). This 1950’s style sock hop is at the Knights of Columbus on South Indiana Avenue in Kankakee at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 per couple and $15.00 for an individual ticket. In addition to great music and fun contests such as the limbo, there will be silent auction and raffle items throughout the night. There will be 50’s style food served and a cash bar. For more information, call 815-685-9053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reddick United Methodist Church is hosting a southern gospel quartet “The Prodigal Sons” Friday (November 9) at 6:30 p.m. at the Reddick Community Building (the former Reddick High School Gym). This concert is free. A free will offering will be taken to help defer the group’s expenses.
The Kankakee County Health Department is urging people not to use synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed. Use of these substances can lead to serious health issues and even death.For more information check the Illinois Department of Public Health Website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov. Updates will be posted to this web page including the number of cases and counties of residence at 1:30 p.m. every day for the duration of this outbreak.
The Salvation Army is now accepting applications for bell ringers for the holiday season. Bell ringers will be paid minimum wage. Bell ringing will occur between November 10 and December 24 from 10 am to 7 pm six days per week. Bell ringers may ring up to 40 hours per week. Come to The Salvation Army, 148 N Harrison Avenue, Kankakee, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with your picture identification and either your Social Security card or your birth certificate to apply. For more information call 815.933.8421.
Harbor House will help you learn the signs of domestic violence with free presentations, including Domestic Violence Overview, Teen Dating Violence, and Elder Abuse. Contact Ann at House to request a presentation, which includes insights about the dynamics of domestic violence, financial abuse, intimidation, verbal abuse, stalking, cyberstalking and more. Call: 815-932-5814, to learn more about domestic violence and its signs.
Victims of domestic violence frequently believe they are trapped in abusive situations. Harbor House officials want you to know that Spanish translation services are available 24 hours a day for victims of domestic violence. It’s a free and confidential service right along with the shelter, counseling, client advocacy, legal advocacy and more. Victims don’t have to suffer because they don’t speak English. The 24-hour crisis hotline number is 815-932-5800.
The Limestone Township Library District BlueStem Book Club is for kids in 3rd through 5th Grade meet each month to discuss a book from the Bluestem Award Nominee list. For more information or to register, stop in at the Library or call 815-939-1696. Visit the website to see a listing of all programming at www.limestonelibrary.org.
Options Center for Independent Living offers the Ramp Assistance Program to provide a ramp for people with disabilities who need to safely enter their home. Funding is available for residents who reside in the City of Kankakee. For more information please call 815-936-0100 extension 224.
The Village of Manteno is starting a Hometown Heroes Banner Program, where you can honor a current or former resident of Manteno who have served or are serving in the military. The banners will be place on light poles in the village and will be returned to applicants after two years. For more details, go to www.villageofmanteno.com.
If you are in need of food or other items call the Watseka Food Pantry at 1-815-432-0122 between 9 and 11 a.m. the day you want to pick up the items. If you would like to help by donating, please call for a list of desired items. 815-432-0122 between 9 & 11 a.m.
The Veterans Administration has established presumptive service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeuen, North Carolina. Anyone who served there or at MACAS New River for a minimum of 30 days from August 1st, 1953 through December 31st, 1987 may be eligible for disability benefits. The diseases include: Adult leukemia, Aplastic anemia, Bladder cancer, Kidney cancer, Liver cancer, Multiple myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Parkinson’s disease. If you served at Camp Lejeuene during the mentioned dates and have one of the listed illnesses, please contact the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kankakaee County to make an appointment. 815-937-8489.
Bourbonnais residents can dispose of their unused prescription drugs at a drop box that in the lobby of the Bourbonnais Police Station at 700 Main Street Northwest. Lobby hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Kankakee County Animal Control is committed to re-homing homeless animals. They now have a great selection of dogs and cats. Adoptions are Tuesday through Saturday. Phone 815-937-2949 or visit website is www.k3doghouse.net.
The Morocco American Legion Post invites the public to Wings and taco night on Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m. and fish fries on Fridays, also 5 to 8 p.m. Carry-out is available and to-go orders may be called in at 219-285-6286. The legion is at 402 North Walker Street Morocco, Indiana. They encourage Veterans, Veteran families, and Veteran supporters to stop in and say hello anytime.
The Road To Recovery program provides transportation for cancer patients who cannot drive themselves. Volunteers are needed in Iroquois county. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their vehicles so patients can receive the cancer-related treatments they need. To volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/drive.
Gilman Healthcare Center hosts Community Bingo the third Tuesday of each month for Seniors 55 and up in the west dining room from 3 to 4pm with prizes from local businesses and sometimes some cash!
The Bradley Legion Kitchen is open for lunch weekdays and for all-you-can-eat Fish on Friday nights. Support your Bradley American Legion by joining them for lunch. Call 939-9113 for hours and specials.
Riverside Healthcare’s Diabetes Wellness Center and the Kankakee County Health Department have partnered to bring a free Diabetes Prevention Program to Kankakee County. This program will provide the information and support needed to make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Classes meet on Fridays at Life Compass Church in Kankakee. If you are an adult 18 years or older and are at risk for developing diabetes, have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or have a history of gestational diabetes, call Riverside’s Diabetes Wellness Center to register at 815.936.6515.
The Kankakee Public Library hosts Bingo with the Books every second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon for a chance to win an assortment of prizes. Snacks will be available! This event is free. For more information, checkout the Kankakee Public Library’s Facebook page or contact the library at 815.939.4564.
The Kankakee Public Library will hosts regular ukulele club meetings every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles. Only a few instrument are available for public usage to those on a first come, first serve basis. All playing levels are welcome!
The Gilman Healthcare Center hosts Community Bingo for Seniors 55 and older the third Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. There are prizes from local business and occasionally some cash!
According to the Veterans Administration, an average of 20 Veterans commit suicide everyday in the United States. At 1Pet1Vet, their mission is to bring this number down using the proven positive effects of emotional support and service dogs. Find out more online at 1Pet1Vet.com.