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.
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.
Kankakee County Community Services will host “A Matter of Balance,” informative session for anyone concerned about falling. The sessions will take place on Wednesdays from April 11th to June 16th. For information or to register, call 815-933-7883, extension 268.
The Kankakee County Historical Society is offering free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty.
The Watseka Area Food Pantry’s suggested donation for June is canned fruit. Watseka Area Food Pantry is located in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church on South Fourth. If you are in need of food or other items, call 815-432-0122 to arrange pick-up.
Country Theatre Workshop will be holding a Children’s Camp to learn basics of auditioning, acting, singing, and dancing for those entering grades 4 through 10. Camp starts Monday, June 18th. For more information or to enroll, call: 815-383-1269 or visit the website: www.countrytheatre.org.
Thursday, June 21st is “Kankakee Day,” celebrating the County Seat’s 165th anniversary. There will be a Community-Heritage Expo, food, merchandise, and entertainment for all ages from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Farmer’s Market Parking lot in downtown Kankakee.
The Merchant Street Gallery of Artists with Autism will be selling “Unique Seats,” benches decorated by the gallery’s artists. They will be for sale at the Kankakee Farmer’s Market Saturday June 23rd in a silent auction.
Kankakee Community College will offer a Cavalier Camp focusing on Health Careers for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades interested in nursing, medical laboratory technology, respiratory therapy, radiography, paramedic and physical therapist assistant. The camp meets June 18th throught the 21st from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Cost for Health Careers Camp is $110 for all four days. For registration and additional information, visit www.kcc.edu/careercamps.
KCTC’s annual golf outing is Friday, June 22nd at the Elks Country Club. It’s a great day of golf, including lunch and a steak dinner for just $85. Go to KCTC-org.com to register.
A sporting clays shoot to raise money for Autism art therapy will be held on June 24 at the X-Line Shotgun Club. There will be 100 target clays to shoot with 100 free shells to the first 75 paying shooters. There will also be raffles, green birds, food, and much more at the shooting event. The cost is $60 per shooter. Everyone is welcome. Sign up by calling (815) 954-3072.
Olivet Nazarene University is accepting applications for 2018 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp for high school students considering an engineering degree and college students transferring to Olivet’s accredited engineering program. Camp is June 24th through the 30th. Space is limited. Information and application instructions are available at olivet.edu/stem-camp.
The Sun River Terrace Community Center will conduct a Summer Food Service Program from June 4th through July 26th on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays with breakfast from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and lunch from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday is the 1st Momence Farmers Market of the 2018 Season! The Opening Market will celebrate Flag Day. You can bring in your old tattered & torn American Flag for proper disposal. There will be a drawing for a new house Flag. The Momence Farmer’s market is at a new location this year, at the corner of Dixie Highway & 2nd Street and is open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony’s Camp Violin 2018 for students with no experience, ages 7 to 10 is June 25th through the 29th at Olivet. The first 8 enrollees who register and send in their $70 deposit receive $50 off the cost of camp. Register for camp online at kvyouthsymphony.com.
Wilmington Rotary Club is holding its annual Cars for a Cause car show in historic downtown Wilmington Saturday, June 30 from 6 to 8 pm, with gates opening at 5 pm. There will be a Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the car show, then a live band, The Silhouettes, and fireworks. Pre-register your car online at carshopro.com to get full VIP treatment!
“The Run for the Fallen” will be going through Kankakee County on Wednesday, June 20th. The run began at Fort Irwin, California on April 7th, and will conclude in Arlington National Cemetery August 5th. For each mile run, participating runners, stop to honor a solder that has fallen since September 11, 2001. The run will enter Kankakee on Route 113, proceed down Court Street to Route 17, turn south on route 1 and go through St Anne, then turn east and head into Indiana. There are 6 runners representing Kankakee County with 2 veterans in that group. They public is invited and encouraged to participate along the route. Get more information at runforthefallen.org.
The Kankakee Kultivators’ Anniversary Garden Tour is Thursday, June 21st. Your $10 ticket includes the Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisan Faire from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Lunch. You can get your ticket at Busse & Rieck, The Clay Basket, Joy’s Hallmark, Tholen’s in Bourbonnais, Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Love Christian Center, Off the Vine in Momence, Ryan’s Pier and the Kankakee County Visitors & Convention Center in Manteno. Tickets will be $25 the day of the tour and will be available at the Kankakee Civic Auditorium. All the info is available online at KankakeeKultivators.org.
Aroma Park United Methodist Church will host a Brown Bag Movie Night screening of Do You Believe Friday, June 22nd. Fellowship time starts at 6:30 P.M. You can eat your own meal from home in a brown bag while socializing with others. The movie will start at 7, followed by a discussion time. Popcorn will be provided. There is no charge. Aroma Park United Methodist Church is on Third Street in Aroma Park. For more information, call the Church at 815-573-5575.
The Lake Township Volunteer Fire Department in Lake Village will present Fireworks in the Park Friday, June 29th. Concessions will be available.
The annual Knights of Columbus Council 745 Golf Outing is Friday, June 29th at Oak Springs. Cost is $100 for lunch, range balls, golf, drinks, dinner and prizes. Cost goes up to $120 after June 16th!
The Northern Illinois Anglers Association’s Annual Fishing Derby starts June 29th. Be sure to get registered to win a prize if you catch a tag fish, or catch the largest fish in one of several categories. Go to KankakeeFishingDerby.com for all the details.
Watseka’s Indendence Day Parade “Honoring America’s Heroes” steps off at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4th. The parade begins on Belmont Avenue and ends at the high school.
The Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society will host the Les Artisans Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4th at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds. There will be dozens of artists and fine crafts. There is ample parking and admission is free.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable will have their annual Parish Homecoming Sunday, July 8th. Mass is 11 a.m., then pork chop and chicken dinners will be served from noon until 6 p.m. There will be a Barnyard Style Tractor Pull at noon and a kiddie tractor pull at 1 p.m. Throughout the day you can enjoy food from the fast-food stand, including sandwiches, ice-cream, candy and drinks, along with bingo, raffles, and craft vendors.
The Central 5K Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s “Running to Remember…” is Saturday, July 14th, at the Village Park in Clifton. This year’s race is in honor of Todd Pankey. This is a champion chip timed 5K race with awards given out in several categories. Registration begins at 7:30 am with the 5K Run/Walk race beginning at 8:30 am. There is also a One Mile Kids Run/Walk at 8:45 am and a Kids One Block Dash starting when the 5K race is over. Find out more on FaceBook or call Carri at (815)-383-0926.
Zion Lutheran Church in Bonfield is having their annual Ice Cream Social Sunday, July 8th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Their menu includes Barbecue or Ham sandwiches, chips, apple sauce, potato salad, desserts and ice cream for a free will donation. The church is on Route 17.
The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Bourbonnais and the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will mark the return of the Chicago Bears to Bourbonnais with Friday Night Lights Fest on Friday, July 20th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Brickstone Brewery on Brown Boulevard in Bourbonnais. Children and their parents can participate in the Meijer KidZone featuring obstacle courses, children’s activities, inflatables and giveaways. A special VIP experience features autograph opportunities with three Chicago Bears Alumni players, buffet, and beverages. Cost is $2 for general admission and $50 for the VIP experience. You may purchase tickets on the Kankakee County Chamber website. Tickets will also be available at the gates Friday, July 20th!