During December, the Watseka Area Food Pantry suggests to those who would like to donate, to give cereals, pancake mixes and syrup. These are only suggested as all non-perishable items are always needed and appreciated. The Pantry is located in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church on South Fourth Street in Watseka. Someone is usually at the pantry from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you are in need of food or other pantry offerings, call 815-432-0122 between 9 & 11 a.m.
Tickets for the Bourbonnais Park Distrct’s Third Annual Chocolate Tour are now on sale! Sweet Street is the title sponsor of the Chocolate Tour, which will be on Saturday, February 3rd. Tickets are $25, and are mavailable at village offices, park district facilities, and at btpd.org. You can find More info at btpd.org, village of Bourbonnais.com or on their facebook pages!
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.
Christmas Tree Lane is officially open! Christmas Tree Lane at the Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry, Watseka, is officially open. There are 40 trees decorated as part of Christmas Tree Lane and there are seven houses in the Christmas House Gallery.Hours to visit the museum or view Christmas Tree Lane or Christmas House Gallery are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Monday through Friday.Questions about Christmas Tree Lane,Christmas House Gallery or other museum activities can be directed to 815-432-2215 during regular business hours
The Salvation Army is in need of new, unwrapped toys for their ‘2018 Toy Store’. Parents and guardians of children ages 12 and under will apply to receive toys for their children for Christmas. They are in need of a variety of toys for a variety of ages for distribution. The new, unwrapped toys can be brought to the business office at 148 North Harrison Avenue in Kankakee. Please call 815.933.8421 with questions.
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.
The Kankakee County Museum on 8th Avenue in Kankakee is hosting their 40th Annual Gallery of Trees December 1st through the 30th Monday through Friday from 10 to 4 and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4. 35 decorated trees will be presented from area Not For Profit organizations celebrating their milestones. Vote for your favorite tree in the children’s class of ballots and adult ballots.
Members of the Ford-Iroquois Retired Teachers Association are invited to a get-together, Tuesday, December 11th, 11:30 a.m. at The Copper Pot, 123 West Oak in Watseka. Those who attend are being asked to bring names and addresses for retired teachers to be remembered during the holidays. For more information call Sandy Rudin at 815-457-2534.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Kankakee will meet for their Christmas luncheon on Wednesday December 12th at noon at the Civic Auditorium in Kankakee. Lunch is $15 and you do not need to be a member to attend. For more information please call Mary @ 815-295-1321.
The Limestone Public Library is holding a Snowman Building Contest, Wednesday, December 12th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sign up and build your own snowman on the library lawn! There will be warm cocoa served afterwards! If there is no snow, the program will consist of a craft and game inside! Visit limestonelibrary.org for all the information!
The Watseka Public Library invites everyone to come and enjoy a Christmas music concert on Thursday, December 13, beginning at 4:30 pm. The Onarga Music Club will be singing a variety of Christmas songs for everyone’s enjoyment. The concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Call 815-432-4544 for more information.
Lucky Hearts, an optional support group for anyone interested in heart health, will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 13th in the first floor conference room of Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 200 Fairman Ave. in Watseka. The program is provided by the IMH cardiac rehab staff and is strongly recommended for cardiac rehab patients and their families. For more information, call Mary Kay Lavicka at 815-432-7960 or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rensselaer Moose Family Center will be holding a fish fry on Friday December 14th and again on Friday December 20th. There will be perch, shrimp, whole catfish, cod and chicken strips available from 5 to 7 p.m. Carry-outs are available for all meals. Everyone is welcome. For More Information, call 219-866-8956. The Rensselaer Moose Family Center is a smoke-free facility.
The Limestone Public Library will have a DIY Christmas Wreath event, Thursday, December 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. Make a wreath from ornaments, pine cones and more! There is a $5 fee that covers event and materials. Call the library to register at 815-939-1696…hurry, space is limited!
Acting Out Theatre will present the Radio Play: It’s a Wonderful Life at the Majestic Theatre December 14th, 15th and 16th. The Friday, December 14th date is a Dessert Theatre and tickets are $25. The Saturday, December 15th performance is Dinner Theatre for $50 for adults and $35 for children. And Sunday, December 16th, its a Lunch Theatre for $35. Tickets are availble at ActingOutTheatre.org.
Kankakee residents have another chance to “mingle” with Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong Saturday (December 15) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Papi’s Pizza Cafe on East Station Street. It’s your chance to discuss community issues with the mayor.
The Kankakee County Humane Foundation is having a Holiday Open House Sunday, December 16th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by and share some Holiday Cheer with their furry friends! The Kankakee County Humane Foundation is located at 2214 IL-1 in St. Anne. For more information, call 815-933-5999
The Iroquois County Christmas Cantata – “Christmas, We Remember, Rejoice and Celebrate” – will be presented at First Christian Church on Sixty Street in Watskea. There is no admission fee but seats must be reserved in order to attend any performance by calling 815-242-7870. Performances will be at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday (December 16), 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday (December 20), and 7 p.m. Friday (December 21).
The Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School Tri M Music Honor Society is sponsoring their annual “Baby It’s Cold Outside” coat drive, which runs until December 21. Drop your new and gently used coats, gloves, hats, and scarves in the collection bin just inside the North Street entrance of BBCHS at 700 West North St. in Bradley. All donations to the coat drive will benefit the Salvation Army of Kankakee County.
The Rensselaer Moose Family Center will be serving Large Tenderloin with Fries on Friday, December 28th. Cost is $6. Carry-outs are available for all meals. Everyone is welcome. For More Information, call 219-866-8956. The Rensselaer Moose Family Center is a smoke-free facility.
The Rensselaer Moose Family Center will be holding a Ribeye Steak Dinner on Saturday, December 29th from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $15. Carry-outs are available for all meals. Everyone is welcome. For More Information, call 219-866-8956. The Rensselaer Moose Family Center is a smoke-free facility.
The University of Illinois Extension will host a Diabetes Support Group Meeting on January 14th. The topic is Learning to Read Food Labels. The meeting will be held at the University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County Office, 1630 Commerce Drive in Bourbonnais. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw – or call 815-933-8337
Meals for a Healthy Heart is a series of two 3-hour sessions designed for anyone interested in preventing or managing heart disease. They will meet on Tuesdays, February 5th and 12th, at the University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County Office, 1630 Commerce Drive in Bourbonnais. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw – or call 815-933-8337. Space is limited.
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.
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.
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 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.