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.
You can now visit with a Registered Nurse at the Kankakee Public Library! Thanks to a partnership with Amita Health St. Mary’s, you can get a confidential consultation with a nurse who can provide you with a health assessment and help you get to a health care provider should you need one. Call the Kankakee Library at 815-937-2480 for more information.
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 Chebanse American Legion is hosting a fish fry on Friday March 6 in the Chebanse Community Building from 5 to 7pm. Cost is $9 for adults and $6 for kids 6 to 12.
The 108th Kankakee County Farm Bureau annual meeting is set for the evening of Thursday, March 12 at the Quality Inn on Route 50 in Bradley. Featured speaker will be State Senator Patrick Joyce.
The Aroma Park American Legion is hoting a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Thursday March 12 from 5pm until sold out!. Cost is $12 per person.
The Bourbonnais Township Park District. Family Fun Fair will happen Friday March 13 at the Recreation Station beginning at 6:30pm. Go to btpd dot org for more info.
The 8th annual Hope Fundraiser will be on Saturday March 14 at the Chebanse Civic Center. Monies raised will fund research grants to be distributed by the National Organization for Rare Disorders. There will also be dinner and auction with live music to support the effort at the Longbranch on Monday March 16. For more information call 815-671-2956.
The Milford Lions Club is hosting an all you can eat Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast at the Milford Christian Church on March 14 from 7 to 11am. cost is $5.
St. Luke United Church of Christ in Beecher at Penfield and Woodward Streets, will be holding a Chili Supper, Raffle and Bake Sale on Saturday March 14 4 to 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. Carry outs will be available. More info at 708-946-6688.
The Reddick Firefighters Association is having a St. Patty’s Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday March 15 from 7 to noon in the Reddick Fire Department Community Room. All you can eat for $6.
The Community Arts Council of Kankakee County is seeking applications for the James F. Carlson Fine Arts Scholarship. The award provides at least one $300 Scholarship for deserving Kankakee County area students to attend a summer arts camp in the field of dance, music, drama, visual arts, creative writing or other fine arts discipline.
For detailed information, go to communityartscouncil.org/scholarships. Applications must be received by March 23rd. Send to Scholarship Committee, 2025 W. Garden Dr., Kankakee.
Project SUN, a local children’s behavioral health initiative, would like to invite parents and caregivers in Kankakee County to a free Parent Café event, hosted at the Kankakee Public Library on Thursday, March 19th from 5-6:30 PM.
February’s topic of discussion will be, “More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Parents”. Speakers Anne King and Jennifer Arreola are certified to give the More Than Sad presentation by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which helps educate parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members to recognize signs of mental illness in teens and when to seek treatment. This program is targeted to parents of teenage children, but is open to all.
KC-CASA hosts “Glow Bingo” at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds on March 27 in the Expo Center at 5:30pm. More info at KC-CASA dot org slash events.
— These Shining Lives, written by Melanie Marnich, is based on the true story of the women who worked for the Radium Dial company in Ottawa, Illinois, in the 1920s. The story follows the lives of four women who paint watch faces in a factory at a time when having females in the workplace was uncommon.
Show times are Thursday, Mar. 26, at 7pm; Friday, Mar. 27, at 7pm; Saturday, Mar. 28, at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior adults over the age of 65, and are available for purchase at www.olivet.edu/tickets.
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the American Lutheran Church at 1560 Career Center Road on Tuesday March 31 from 2 to 7pm. For an appointment visit red cross blood -dot-org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
The 3rd annual University of Illinois and Options Center for Independent Living Wheelchair Basketball Game will happen April 3rd at the Watseka Community High School Gym. Doors will open at 6:45pm. There will be raffle baskets to bid on and a great game that begins at 7:30pm. Its all to raise funds for the work of Options in Kankakee and Iroquois counties.
A craft show and flea market/art fair will be held to support area homeless shelters on Saturday April 4 from 9am to 4pm at the College Church of the Nazarene on the campus of ONU.
The Kankakee Trinity Academy Annual Spring Auction happens Saturday April 4 beginning at 4pm with a silent auction at the Academy at 1580 Butterfield Trail in Kankakee. Tickets at $30 per person and you can get them on the Academy’s auction website at k3trinityacademy.ejoinme.org/auction.
The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a customer service seminar and leadership luncheon at Kankakee Community College on Thursday April 16. For more information visit kankakeecountychamber.com\events.
The YMCA is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day on Saturday April 25th from 9am- 12pm. It’s free to the public.
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!
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