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.
Now open for viewing! The Iroquois County Historical Society’s 52nd annual Christmas Tree Lane! 43 decorated trees can be seen on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Old Courthouse Museum 10 to 4 Monday through Friday. Vote for your favorite!
It’s Breakfast with Santa at the KVPD Rec Center at 150 N. Indiana in Kankakee on Saturday December 14 from 9 to noon. Beside breakfast with the jolly old elf, there’ll be crafts, face painting games and pictures with Santa. RSVP required at 815-614-8230 by December 10.
The Live & Learn is this Thursday 12/12 at 8:30am at Indepdendent Living, 100 Westwood Oaks Court in Kankakee. Phil Angelo will be presenting on the history of Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer. A light breakfast will be served as well. This is a FREE event, but as for RSVP’s 815-935-3273.
A Red Cross blood drive will take place 9 to 3 December 12 at American Legion Post 23 headquarters on South 4th in Watseka. For an appointment call 815-432-7797.
The River Valley Wind Ensemble will perform their annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The concert begins at 7:00 pm at the Larsen Fine Arts Center on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. This concert will also feature a festival choir made up of students from Kankakee High School and Clifton Central High School . Admission is free.
Immanuel U C C , Women’s Fellowship in Peotone Illinois will be holding their annual Cookie Walk,Saturday, December 14th from 8 a.m.to 11. The church is located across from the post office at 311 W Corning.
Cookie Walk & Chili Luncheon
December 14, 10 am – 1 pm
Brook United Methodist Church
Visit with Santa from 10am-12pm.
Purchase homemade holiday cookies by the pound
Chili & hotdog lunch with all the fixings-Freewill donation
Visit our multiple vendor booths to shop for Christmas
The Donovan Community School District will be holding its annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner on Saturday December 14 at noon in the Donovan Elementary School Cafeteria. All seniors living in the Donovan Unit 3 District are invited. The dinner is provided free of charge.
Friends of the Custer Fire Department are presenting a holiday Chili Dinner at the former Reed Custer Primary School 35445 Washington Street on December 14 4 to 8pm. $8 per person. 5 and under eat free. There will also be raffle baskets, silent auctions and a door prize. If you bring a donation for Toys for Tots you get a free raffle ticket.
The Kankakee High School Tri-M Music Honor Society is holding a hat and mitten drive to help children in the community stay warm throughout the winter months. Donations of new hats, mittens, and gloves can be off in the bin located in the Kankakee High School office. The drive runs through December 19.
Christmas Day Inc is serving a free Christmas Day dinner again this year to all who want to attend at any of 9 different locations throughout the county. Reservations are required and must be made by December 20. To make your reservation call 815-614-2697.
Holiday Movie Day: Elf
Monday, December 23rd
5:30 P.M. –7:15 P.M.
Join us for an evening of watching the modern holiday classic – Elf
starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Popcorn and lemonade will be
served. There is no charge for this program. Limestone Library. 2701 W. Tower Road.
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.