April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SAAM is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) and Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) along with many individuals, youth, communities, schools, and agencies around the state of Illinois will take action to increase attention about sexual assault and to end sexual violence. For a list of activities, visit kc-casa.org
The Kankakee Public Library and Fortitude Canteen Outreach are seeking donations to help the homeless in our community. Fortitude is a homeless outreach pilot program who seeks to help the neediest in our community by partnering with local churches and agencies to deliver food, clothing, information and etc. on a weekly basis. April’s item is SHAVING CREAM. Donations can be deposited in the designated bins inside the doors of the Kankakee Public Library. For more information, contact us at 815-939-4564.
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 fortitudecommunityoutreach.org.
Maximize your boating enjoyment with expert instruction from America’s Boating Club. You’ll gain the skills to make your boating adventures with friends and family safer, smoother, and more rewarding. The class begins Tuesday, April 16 at Kankakee Community College. Information is available on-line //connect.kcc.edu/under continuingeducation classes. Contact Bob or Louise Potter at 815-933-1470.
Rebecca Bratton will present The Courage To Lead & Opposites Attract on April 16th from 8 -11:30 a.m at the KCC Main Campus Workforce Development Building. Learn how to utilize courage and diversity to coach others at work and in life. Cost is $50 for members, $65 for non-members. Groups of 5 or more receive a 15% discount. Register at kahrma.shrm.org
Join Zonta Club of Kankakee in celebrating 100 years of supporting women and girls
worldwide and in our local community. They will be recognizing the 2019 Women of Achievement and 2019 Young Woman in Public Affairs at their Spring Luncheon at the Kankakee County Club on April 25th from noon to 1:00 pm. Tickets are $50, and may be purchased by contacting Carol at 815.592.6839 through April 17th.
The 8th Annual Area Music Awards – A Celebration of Local Music – will take place at The Majestic Theatre on Schuyler in Kankakee, Friday, April 19th beginning at 7 p.m. Hosted by James Riordan, the event is a benefit for Make It Stick, helping teens and young adults of Kankakee and Iroquios Counties with mentoring, jail ministry and substance abuse. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
The documentary Legends of Michiana: Jerry Hammes, The Believer, will be shown at The Kankakee Public Library on April 25th at 7 p.m. This film celebrates the accomplishments and philanthropy of Jerry and his late wife, Dorene. Don’t miss it! For more information call 815-939-4564
Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) is hosting its 12th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® at the K.V.P.D. RecCenter on Friday, April 26th. The event will start and end at the RecCenter, 150 N. Indiana Ave, Kankakee. Our route will take us through downtown Kankakee and around the County Courthouse. The cost of participating is $10 per walker ($8 per walker for teams of 5 or more). Register online at www.kc-casa.org. Day of registration begins at 11:00 am on Friday, April 26th. Registrants will receive a t-shirt for participating.
Mainstreet Momence is hosting their 18th Annual Community Auction on Saturday, April 27th at 11 a.m. at the old St. Patrick School Gym. Antiques, collectibles, tools and more will be offered. Clean out your garage or attic and sell your items on consignment, or donate them. Call 815-472-3861 for drop-off times or visit mainstreetmomence.com.
The Bonfield Lions Chicken Dinner will be held April 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. at 148 S. Stanford in Bonfield at the Lions Hall. Money raised will be used to purchase eye glasses and hearing aids for those in need. Tickets are $9 for halves, $7 for quarters. For pre-sale tickets call Denise at 815-295-5059
Turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal, Saturday, April 27th at Northfield Square Mall, 1600 North State Route 50 in Bourbonnais, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Use the center court entrance at back of mall between LensCrafters and Kay Jewelers.
The Annual Walk for the PRC will take place Saturday, April 27th, at Perry Farm. They are looking for participants and sponsors for the event. PRC offers compassionate care and resources to women who feel helpless and alone. There is no registration fee for this event. There will be t-shirts for donations of fifty dollars or more. For information, call 815-933-2207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
It’ll be an evening of Love, Laughter and Libations at Gigi’s Brew Ha Ha! Saturday, April 27th from 6 to 10 at The Majestic Theater, 150 N. Schuyler in Kankakee. Enjoy comedy from Chicago’s Comedy Scene. For more information, contact Gigi’s Playhouse at 815-939-PLAY
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
On May 1, 2019, Olivet Nazarene University will launch a 24-hour philanthropic event, the Day of Giving. The University is inviting alumni, faculty, staff, community members, and even students to “take a moment to make a moment.” Financial contributions will meet the needs of current and future generations of Olivet students. Consider taking a moment to make a moment and support students at Olivet by giving on May 1. Visit https://www.olivet.edu/dayofgiving for more information.
Fight Club Survivor Mother’s Day Basket Bingo will take place May 11th, at Beecher, IL – Amvets Post #67. Doors open at 5pm, bingo begins at 6pm and will go until all baskets have been won. There will be raffles, food, vendors and drinks as well. Entry fee is $20.
The 7th Annual Walk for the PRC will take place Saturday, May 4th, beginning at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 410 N. Broadway in Coal City. They are looking for participants and sponsors for the event. PRC offers compassionate care and resources to women who feel helpless and alone. For information, call 815-709-0920
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 Bishop McNamara Progressive Raffle is underway! Each raffle ticket purchased before November 16 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 next drawing is on March 2 for $30,000. (Other drawings: 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.
There will be a Beaverville-Martinton blood drive at St. Mary’s Parish Hall,308 St. Charles Street in Beaverville, Thursday, May 9th from 2 to 6 p.m.
Mother’s Day Basket Bingo will take place at Beecher Amvet Hall, 532 Gould St., Beecher IL, on May 11th. Doors open 5pm, playing begins at 6. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and there will be vendors and raffles. Admission is $20
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 City of Kankakee, in partnership with the Kankakee Public Library, is hosting the 2019 African American Civic Leaders’ Scholarship event at the Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant Street in Kankakee. Scholarships are awarded to help current college students and graduating high school seniors. The 2019 African American Civic Leaders’ Scholarship awards these scholarships based on positive leadership and character exhibited in school and community activities. Through March 15, 2019, applications will be available at the Kankakee schools and fillable applications will be accessible via the City’s website (citykankakee-il.gov). Recipients are invited to attend the 2019 African American Civic Leaders’ Scholarship event at the Kankakee Public Library on April 18, 2019 to receive the scholarship.
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 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 www.limestonelibrary.org.
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 saga-indiana.org.
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!
GFWC-Il Woman’s Club of Kankakee has initiated their project to honor our former Governors, three of which are from the City of Kankakee; Len Small, Samuel H Shapiro and George H. Ryan. Our goal is to bring people to our community to see a one-of-kind tribute in the State of Illinois. We are offering businesses and individuals a chance to be a part of history. If you would like to reserve a permanent brick to help build the Tribute Wall honoring the 3 Governors from Kankakee, the cost is $200 each, there is a limited number of bricks sold. For more information please contact Dondi 815-715-8405.
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 catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
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.
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 www.lions-online.org 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!
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 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!
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.