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.
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 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!
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.
The first and third Tuesday of the month, there’s a Cruise Night from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Manteno on Main Street. Look for Manteno Cruise Nights on Facebook. All makes, years, and models are welcome.
The Bradley Police will host a Back to School picnic for Bradley Elementary and Junior High students and their guardian. The picnic is at Lil’s Park Friday (August 17) from noon until 2 o’clock. There will be pizza and water available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be K-9 demonstrations and other activities as well.
Aroma Park United Methodist Church will be hosting a Brown Bag Movie Night featuring “I Can Only Imagine” Friday (August 17). 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 o’clock. Popcorn will be provided. There is no charge.
Aroma Park’s Two-Rivers Fest is Saturday (August 18) starting at 10 a.m. There will be arts & crafts, a parade at 11 o’clock, car show, live music and fireworks! Go to TwoRiversFestival.com for all the details!
The “Goodstock Operation Restoring Hope” Music Festival supporting homeless veterans and other veterans in need is Saturday (August 18) at Foster Park in Goodland (Indiana). Cost is $20 with the gates opening at noon and live music throughout the day. There will be food vendors as well. For ticket locations and information, go to www.GoodstockMusicFestival.com.
A community church service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (August 19) Sheldon Fun Days. This special service will take place in the air-conditioned Sheldon Community Center on South Fourth Street. The well-known Iroquois County group – A Natural High – will perform. Following the service there will be a potluck dinner with meat, drinks and paper products provided. The offering will be given to the Sheldon Food Pantry.
The Rock The Cradle Benefit Concert, featuring area musicians Lupe Carroll, The Strips, and Beeso and Friends is Saturday (August 25) at the Knights of Columbus in Kankakee. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Knights of Columbus, King Music, and online. The ticket cost covers admission, a donation and food. The fundraiser brings Amanda and Steve Chorak closer to their dream of becoming first-time parents. You can play Big Six and Blackjack. There will be a cash bar, vintage vinyl sales, a silent auction, split the pot and a wine pull. The Choraks will donate a portion of the proceeds to Let It Be Us, an Illinois Foster Care Partner.
The 2018 Kankakee-Iroquois County Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament is Saturday (August 25) at Shewami Country Club. Entry deadline is August 6th with the Early Bird Deadline July 27th. (We have posted an entry form on The Valley and River Country Facebook pages.)
The Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra will be auditioning student musicians on Saturday, September 8, at Olivet’s Larsen Fine Arts Center from 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m for woodwinds, percussion, brass and string players. For more information or to complete an Audition Application go to www.kvyouthsymphony.com or call the KVYSO at 815-334-7773.
The 22nd Annual Founders’ Day at St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville, is Sunday (September 9). It’s a full day of family activities, including a Car, Truck, & Bike Show, Pork Chop, Chicken or Boudain Dinner, Radio-Controlled Truck & Tractor Pull, bingo and raffles. A Natural High will be performing at 2:30. Get the full schedule at StMarysChurchBeaverville.com
New Horizons Concert Band is looking for volunteer members 18 years of age and older. They rehearse weekly on Mondays beginning September 10th 7 to 8:30 p.m. If you’re interested in playing, please Rod Williams at email@example.com, or call or call 815-953-1063.
Gigi’s Playhouse Annual 6K Walk/Run and Family Fun Day will be on Saturday September 29th at Perry Farm. Registration 8am and race starts at 9am. For sponsorship and registration information visit website gigisplayhouse.org/bradley-kankakee or call 815-939-PLAY.
Iroquois County Historical Society’s Harvest Daze will be Saturday and Sunday (October 6 & 7) at the Old Courthouse, including a Craft Show, Antique Tractor Show, and the Red Barn will be selling barbeque sandwiches, walking tacos, and more. The Woodworth Style Fish Fry will be held on Friday (October 6).
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.”