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.
East Central Illinois Community Action Agency’s Head Start Program is now accepting applications for three and four year old students who are eligible. To apply, contact a Head Start representative by calling 844-432-4222 or visit comaction.org. This is a free service. Slots are limited.
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.
Jarrett Sekosky, one of the first artists to have their art shown to the public in Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism, will bring his work, returning to the Gallery on August 2 through August 31st with the Opening Reception on August 2nd, 2019 at 6:30pm. Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artist with Autism, 356 E. Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL.
Cissna Park’s Old Settlers Reunion is August 15th, 16th and 17th! Enjoy the carnival, refreshments and prizes!There will be live music from Back Paiges Friday at 8 and Dennis Stroughmatt, Saturday at 8! Don’t miss Kids Waterball on Saturday at 2 and the 5K Walk or Run Saturday! The event takes place in the town park.
There will be a benefit for Dave McCorkle, whose battling leukemia, at Custer’s Keg in Custer Park, Saturday, August 17th from noon until midnight. Entry is $20 and includeds food, draft beer and door prizes. There will be a live DJ, a bag tournament and more! All proceeds will be donated to the McCorkle family to help with medical and travel expenses.
Austin’s Lock & Load’s Family Fun Safety Event, raising gun safety awareness and bringing communities together will be held August 17th, from Noon until 5 p.m. Proceeds will help our local veterans. There will be food, drinks, raffles and giveaways!
Aroma Park’s Two Rivers Fest, August 17th on Front Street in Aroma Park. There will be all-day softball at Little League Park, Arts & Crafts Vendors, a beer tent and activities for the whole family! Parade and Flag Raising will take place at 11 a.m. Enjoy Bingo at The Goselin Park Building at 1 p.m. and the Casting Contest at 2 in the pavillion behind the fire department. Live entertainment includes Mick Porter at 1, Boots In Motion at 2, Just Roll With It at 2:30, The Sihouettes at 7 and Cosmic Rewind at 9! Fireworks begin at 9 o’clock! For the full schedule and more information, visit tworiversfestival.com
Don’t miss Chuck Crain in Concert at the United Methodist Church, 111 West 4th Street in Momence on Sunday, August 18th at 6:30/ A love offering will be taken.
The Ashkum Lions Club will be holding its Annual Homecoming celebration on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th, 2019. We welcome groups, crafters, non-profits, businesses, and other organizations who would like to participateby having a booth at the Ashkum Homecoming. For more information, please contact Rachel Bohlmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Legion is 100 Years Old! Come celebrate at Manteno Post #755! There will be a bean bag tournament sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary and the S.A.L. on Saturday, August 24th at 3 p.m. Enjoy food, raffles and fun all day long! The Manteno American Legion Post #755 is located at 117 N. Walnut Street in Manteno. For more information, call Zim at 815-651-7729
Ashkum Lions Club’s 54th Annual Homecoming is Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25th. Enjoy food, beer, Big Six Wheel Bingo, Miniature Golf, Trackless Train, Infatable Adventures & More!
Kankakee County’s Voices of the Past Cemetery Walk brings the fascinating history of Kankakee County to life at Mound Grove Cemetery, 1000 North Greenwood Avenue in Kankakee on Sunday, August 25th. Participants will get a guided history lesson, led to gravesites by actors in period costumes sharing stories of historic residents, including Governor and Mrs. Len and Ida Small, William Gougar, James Dennison, Solon Knight and Charles Schneider. Adults are $10, Museum Members $8 and children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are available with credit card at Kankakee County Museum, cash tickets available day of the event at Mound Grove Cemetery. Tours start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Join the Village of Bourbonnais for the Robinson Engineering ribbon-cutting, hosted by the Kankakee Chamber of Commerce, Thursday August 29th, 4:30 p.m. at 125 Mooney Drive in Bourbonnais
ButterBurgers & Badges Benefit Special Olympics will happen Thursday, August 29th at Culver’s, 983 N. Convent Street in Bourbonnais. Bourbonnais Police will serve you! $1 from every Concrete Mixer and all donations to officers will support of Special Olympics.
The 38th Annual Herscher Hare & Tortoise 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk will take place Sunday, September 1st. Start time for both races is 5:30 p.m. After the race, visit Herscher’s Annual Labor Day Dance!
Pull In The Park…A Barnyard Class Tractor Pull…will take place Sunday, September 8th at Chebanse American Legion Park, located on the southwest side of Chebanse. Bring the family for a fun day! River Country’s Mike Ruble will be announcing the festivities! For more information and rules, visit pullinthepark.com
St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville’s 23rd Annual Founder’s Day is Sunday, September 8th! Enjoy Tractor, Car, Truck & Bike Shows, Craft Fair & Farmer’s Market, Beer Garden and More! Fun for the whole family! Visit www.stmaryschurchbeaverville.com for more information.
The Martinton Community Food Pantry in Martinton, Illinois, will be hosting a fundraising breakfast on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Enjoy Sausage Biscuit & Gravy, Pancakes, coffee, milk and juice from 8 to noon. It’s a free-will donation with all proceeds going to The Martinton Community Food Pantry
The 13th Annual Kankakee Marine Corps League Golf Outing will is Saturday, September 14th at the Manteno Golf Course. It’s a scramble format open to everyone. A $65 donation includes 18 holes with cart and lunch. For more information, or to register, call 815-674-2440
Water Color class with Greta Taylor will take place 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
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 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!
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.
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!
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.