Olivet Nazarene University accounting students from the McGraw School of Business are available to provide tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. In order to qualify for help from VITA, there is an income limit of $58,000. For more information regarding the program, refer to the VITA website. VITA will be available every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., from February 6 until April 10. Appointments are not necessary.
Members of the Iroquois County Genealogical Society will be available for the upcoming “One-on-One” program, set for Monday-Friday, Feb.18-22 between 10 a.m.and 4 p.m. Sessions are provided free of charge. To arrange your session, call 815-432-3730 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Limestone Public Library presents Evening Storytime, Tuesday, February 19th, from 6:15 P.M. –7:00 P.M. Come during an early evening program to enjoy the mix of crafts, stories, and music to help young children, 6-months to 5-year-old, develop a love for reading. The Limestone Public Library is located at 2701 W Tower Rd, Kankakee, IL 60901 For more information, call 815-939-1696
Faith Church in Kankakee and Culver’s Restaurant in Bourbonnais have joined forces to sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive for the Kankakee area on Tuesday, February 19th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith Church, 2400 Waldron Road in Kankakee. If you’d like to reserve a spot call Dale at 815-278-2259 or visit redcrossblood.org.
KC-CASA announces Yoga for Healing restorative trauma-focused yoga. The free 4-week healing series will begin on Thursday, February 21st from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the KC-CASA office facilitated by Tami Galbreath, a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher. All levels welcome, no experience needed. Space is limited. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information about Yoga for Healing, please call Shlinda at 815-932-7273 ext. 0.
The team at Cornerstone Services invites bowlers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy a few friendly games from 5 to 7:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Brookmont Bowling Center, 200 W. Brookmont Ave in Kankakee. The cost is $25 per person and includes food and unlimited games of bowling, shoe rental and chances to win some great raffle baskets and a cash prize! Over 200 adults with disabilities who live and work in Kankakee County and receive support from Cornerstone Services. Register at www.cornerstoneservices.org or call Dorian at 815-741-6743 for details.
Aroma Park American Legion Post 1019’s Fish Fry is Friday, February 22nd from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy fried fish, french fries, coleslaw and roll. Cost is $8, 50 cents off for senior citizens.
Rensselaer Moose Family Center will be serving Large Tenderloin and Fries on Friday, February 22nd. Cost is $6.00. Call 219-866-8956. Rensselaer Moose Family Center is a non-smoking facility.
Since May of 2018 Sleep in Heavenly Peace has provided 130 beds to children who were otherwise sleeping on the floor in the greater Kankakee Area. On February 22nd and 23rd they will be building 30 more beds to ensure “No kid sleeps on the floor in our town!” February 24th we’ll be delivering beds to children in need. Sign up on Facebook- Sleep in Heavenly Peace Kankakee Area Chapter.
Community Arts Council of Kankakee will hold a Couples Painting Night, Saturday, February 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple and includes materials and light refreshments. Space is limited. Register by calling at 815-207-373. The Art Center is located at Northfield Square Mall.
Donations are needed for the River Valley Special Recreation Association! Their Garage Sale Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, February 23 at our office, 1335 E. Broadway St., Bradley from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. If you are interested in donating items or baked goods, please call our office at 815-933-7336.
The Limestone Public Library invites students to study in the meeting room Monday, February 25th, 3:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Students 6th Grade – 12th Grade are welcome to use the resources for class projects. Library staff will be on hand to give assistance.The Limestone Public Library is located at 2701 W Tower Rd, Kankakee, IL 60901 For more information, call 815-939-1696
Express Employment Professionals will conduct a job fair at the Watseka Public Library on Wednesday, Feb.27, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. They will be interviewing job seekers to help them find a job by matching them to employers who are seeking employees. No signup or fee is required. Please contact the Library at 815-432-4544 for more information.
Enjoy Bingo, Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at Watseka Elks Club, 111 N. Third Street, in Watseka. This is a fundraiser and proceeds benefit Options Center for Independent Living, which aids people with disabilities who want to live independently and participate fully in society.
Herscher United Men’s Club will have a “Herscher Style’ BBQ Chicken Dinner, Saturday, March 2nd, from 4:30 – 7 p.m., at The Legion Community Center, 102 South Oak Street in Herscher. Eat-In or Carry Outs Available.
Join Bishop MacNamara for Las Vegas in Bradley on Saturday, March 2nd from three p.m. to midnight. Find the fun of a Vegas casino right here in Bradley, Illinois at Two forty seven north center avenue. They will be drawing fifty winners for the Bishop McNamara Progressive Raffle including a thirty thousand dollar grand prize! You must be twenty-one or over to attend. Each Progressive Raffle tickets admits two adults to Las Vegas in Bradley.Visit bishop mac dot com slash vegas for more info and to buy your Progressive Raffle ticket.
University of Illinois Extension Kankakee County is offering our signature Incubation and Embryology Development program again this year. This course is designed to provide educators with knowledge on the quail’s egg, its importance to man, and its role in reproduction of the species. Course content will be oriented to train educators to conduct classroom incubation and embryonic development projects. The training class is being held at 4:00 p.m. on March 7, 2019 at the Extension Office.
Reservations for the class are required by March 1, 2019. There is a $35.00 fee for the class. For more information, and to register, call Holly Froning at 815-933-8337.
The Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism is hosting an art show and reception featuring artist Barry Lorberbaum from Chicago. The reception will be held on Friday, March 1st at 6:30pm at the gallery, 365 E Merchant Street, in Kankakee Illinois. The Show runs from March 1st to March 30th.
Friends of the Bourbonnais Library will present “Motoring West the Wright Way: Frank Lloyd Wright & Route 66” by highway historian, David Clark, on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the White Oak Room at the Bourbonnais Public Library, 250 W. John Casey Road. A mini book sale will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. with books priced at 50 cents and $1. For more information call 815-933-1727 or visit bourbonnaislibrary.org.
The Annual Iroquois County Ducks Unlimited Banquet will take place Saturday March 9th, at the Ashkum Coliseum 117 E. Main St, in Ashkum. Cost is $55/person or $75/couple. Doors open at 5pm, with a prime rib steak dinner served from 5:30-7pm. Admission price gets you dinner, a free gift and a year membership to Ducks Unlimited including a subscription to the DU magazine. Kids are welcome! Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Ted Heideman at 815-383-2973
The Manteno Easter Egg will take place Saturday, April 13th at Heritage Park. Photos with The Easter Bunny will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. with the egg hunt to follow. Bring your cameras and baskets! Contact Sarah if you would like to donate eggs or if you have any questions at 815-468-6226.
The Village of Bourbonnais and Bourbonnais Township Park District have opened the Event and Skate Plaza, 600 Main Street NW, behind the Village of Bourbonnais Administration Building. The outdoor frozen rink is a free recreational activity provided to the community during the winters month. Skating may take place during the plaza hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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.
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.