Public Service Announcements

Fortitude Community Outreach needs volunteers to help at the PADS shelters and to provide help in planning for their upcoming store and job training program for the homeless. Find information on volunteering on their Facebook page and


Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery Young Artists’ Exhibition is open to artists ages preschool through 5th grade within 100 miles of the Kankakee region. Bring your best works on paper in any style or medium (paint, collage, found items, etc). Exhibition dates are April 27 – June 22, deadline to submit is April 19, 2019. Artists may submit up to two works. All applicants should submit their name, title, medium (what the work is made of), year it was made, and age of the artist to: Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery c/o Victoria Strole, Gallery Director901 N Entrance Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901


Gary Price, of Beecher, an artist new to the Watseka area, is being featured in the Art Gallery of the Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry, Watseka. His work will remain displayed until the end of June. A meet-and-greet will allow guests to get acquainted with Price during an open house slated for 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2nd. Art Gallery hours are the same as museum hours, which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The museum is open 1-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. For more information about the Art Gallery, arrowhead collection or other museum events, call the museum at 815-432-2215.


The Sun River Terrace Community Center will conduct a Summer Food Service program from June 3rd through July 30th at The Ralph J. Bailey Commmunity Center, 7219 East Chicago Street in Sun River Terrace. Breakfast time is 11 to noon, Luch from 1 to 2 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This service is available to all eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you are interested in learning more, call Ken Shaw at 815-304-4498


The Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism is hosting an event called “Art + Yoga Happenings”, the third Monday of each month, starting this Monday, June 17th from 6 to 7pm. Classes will begin with 15 minutes of very simple exercises and breathing lead by Julia McDonald to support the theme of the evening. The themes are “Centering,” “Grounding,” and “Letting go.” This event is exclusively for people with autism and their families. The families of people with autism are encouraged to meet at this event and form valuable friendships, share information, etc. The gallery is located at 356 E Merchant Street in Kankakee Illinois, and can be reached at 815-685-9057


Central Christian Church located at 310 Main ST NW Bourbonnais is hosting our 6th Year of Cruise Nights at Market 102 on the Parking Lot for Blessings in a Backpack River Valley Communities on our first of three events is Wednesday, June 19th from 5:30PM – 8:00PM. A minimum $15 donation to Blessings in a Backpack is required to enter your car, truck or cycle. Remaining Cruise Night Events are Wednesdays July 10th & August 14th 5:30-8:30PM


Youth Acrylic Painting with Amber Robinson will take place June 21st, 6-8PM at the Arts Center (in the Northfield Square mall near the Kansai Entrance) All materials provided. Ages 12-16. Cost is $35 per person. Space is limited, please register at


Join the Kankakee Public Library’s Cricut Basics, a place to share your ideas and learn new techniques, Thursday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the third floor meeting room. Supplies will not be included. This program will be open and free to the public. For more information on upcoming events, checkout the Kankakee Public Library’s Facebook page, or contact the library at 815-939-4564.


Join the Kankakee Public Library or Bingo with the Books, June 14th in the fourth floor of the Kankakee Public Library. Snacks will be available! This event will be open and free to the public. For more information on upcoming events, checkout the Kankakee Public Library’s Facebook page, or contact the library at 815-939-4564.


The Village of Bradley is having their annual Community Garage Sales, Friday & Saturday, June 14th & 15th 8a-4p. Over 50 participants throughout the Village of Bradley. Visit the Village of Bradley website or Facebook page for a map of Garage Sale Locations, or stop by Village Hall at Broadway and Michigan Avenue for a printed copy. For more information the Village of Bradley at 815-932-2125.


Mark your calendars for an open mic event you don’t want to miss! Share your talents at the Kankakee Public Library’s open-mic event, Poet’s Arrow, held on select Mondays of each month. This event offers artists a venue to display their gifts in their respective talents in front of an audience. All ages are welcome! The next Poet’s Arrow event will take place on June 17th at 6:00 p.m. This event will be open and free to the public.


Options Center for Independent Living will be hosting Bingo at the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival in the air-conditioned community room, June 27th – 29th. Proceeds will benefit Options CIL and be used to provide programs and services for people with disabilities living in Kankakee and Iroquois County. Get more information, visit and click BINGO.


Learn about planting and maintaining trees at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Road in Aroma Park, July 1st at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Kankakee Rivers Valley Forest Preserve District and University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County. Pre-registration is required by June 24th. For more information call 815-933-8337


Water Color class with Greta Taylor will take place Saturday July 6th and Saturday October 5th at the Arts Center (in the Northfield Square mall near the Kansai Entrance) from 10am-5pm. Please bring a lunch. All materials are included. Cost is $50 per person. Space is limited. Please rsvp to Greta at 219.474.5407


Have fun making your own clay critter planter or mug at Clay Critters with Chris Hosek, July 9th from 5-8pm at the Arts Center (in the Northfield Square mall near the Kansai Entrance)! Cost is $20 per person. Ages 16+. All materials provided. Want to RSVP or have questions: contact Chris at or call/text 815.509.5135


Adult Summer Reading at the Kankakee Public Library is June 1st through July 12th. For every three materials checked out, your name is will be entered towards the raffle! Every Friday during that time, there will be a drawing for a themed gift basket! For more information, call the Kankakee Public Library at 815-939-4564


The Zion Lutheran Annual Ice Cream Social will take place Sunday, July 14th from 4:30 – 7 p.m., at 11478 West Route 17 in Bonfield. There will be BBQ & Ham Sandwiches, Chips, Apple Sauce, Potato Salad, Assorted Desserts and Ice Cream. There is a free will donation at the door. For more information 815-426-2650


Are you looking for a place to play fun, free bingo? Join The Kankakee Public Library for Bingo with the Books every second Friday of each month from 10a.m. to noon for a chance to win an assortment of prizes. Bingo with the Books takes place on the fourth floor of the library. Snacks will be available! Invite your friends and relatives to play along! This event is free to the public. For more information on upcoming events, checkout the Kankakee Public Library’s Facebook page, or contact the library at 815.939.4564.


The 2nd Annual Kankakee Cosplay Chaos 2019 will take place in Center Court at the Norfield Square Mall on August 10th 12-5pm. Put your cosplay skills to the test on our runway! Multiple divisions to enter with cash prizes. Also Enjoy artist vendors, panels, entertainment, raffles and more! Interested in being a vendor? Check out our website for more information and to pre-register visit This is a Community Arts Council of Kankakee County event.


You can buy your own brick for the Women’s Club of Kankakee Governor’s wall project at the Kankakee County Courthouse. The wall is dedicated to the three Illinois Governors from Kankakee: Len Small, Sam Shapiro and George Ryan. Personalized bricks are $200 each and may be purchased by calling Dondi 815-715-8405.


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 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 Kankakee Valley Civil War Roundtable begins meeting at a new location. All future meetings will be at the Bradley Public Library, 296 N. Fulton Ave., Bradley, IL (SE corner of North St. & Fulton Ave.) 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The public is welcome.


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


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.


Senior and Adult Guardian Advocates in Kentland is a non-profit organization that provides guardianship services to disadvantaged adults and elderly residents of Benton, Jasper, and Newton Counties. If you would like more information on SAGA, or would like to volunteer, visit


The Iroquois County Historical Society’s farmers’ market, junk in the trunk event takes place each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Old Courthouse Museum Grounds.


The Kankakee Public Library chess club meets every 1st and third Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. All levels of players are welcome!



The Linman Family McDonald’s Route 50 location by Hobby Lobby is hosting an “Options Day” the first Sunday of every month. The newly remodelled three story tree-house Play Place will be reserved for autistic children from 8 to 11 a.m. The music will be turned off and the lights will be turned down during this special time!


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.


Catholic Charities’ Senior Companion Program is looking for people 55 years and older who are interested in visiting with and aiding other seniors in Kankakee County. This is strictly a friendly visit, no homecare duties are involved. Volunteers who meet the income guidelines will receive a tax-free hourly stipend and a mileage reimbursement for time spent with clients.In Kankakee County, call Jen at 815-933-7791, extension 9922. For more information about Catholic Charities, visit


Times are tough. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. If you or someone you know are struggling to provide food for your family, please call St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone at 708 258-6917.


The Kankakee Public Library, the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County have purchased a joint subscription to the ReferenceUSA database, a powerful research tool for business owners, job-seekers, and students. To access the database, visit the Kankakee Public Library’s website at and create your own ReferenceUSA profile today. For more information, call the Kankakee Public Library at 815-939-4564.


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!


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 Church of the Good Shepherd in Momence Wellness Wednesday program on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. has added a childrens activity program. Special activities for kids will include scripture study, crafts, diet education, cooking, and a chance to socialize with other children. The Reverend Liz Muñoz will offer a weekly Mass for Healing at 11 a.m. on Wednesday for adult and child participants.


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!


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