October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Harbor House empowers individuals, families and communities through domestic violence programs, advocacy and prevention. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Harbor House is hosting events to support survivors of domestic violence and increase knowledge and conversation about this topic.For the full calendar of events, please visit harborhouseDV.org
If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, call 815-932-5800.
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.
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be happening Tuesday October 15 from 2 to 7pm at the American Lutheran Church at 1560 Career Center Road in Bourbonnais. For an appointment call 1-800-733-2767.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 PM Dennis Marek will discuss his book, “The Ultimate Survivor: The Incredible Story of Wally Peiszka” at the Watseka Public Library. Hear the incredible story of Wally’s survival when Germany invaded Poland beginning WWII. This event is free and open to the public. Please call the library at 815-432-4544 for more information.
Stand Up with Sarah, a breast cancer benefit for Sarah Fetterer featuring Food, Music & Raffles will take place Friday, October 18th from 6 to 10 p.m. at Cameo Room by the Knights of Columbus, 187 S Indiana Ave, Kankakee, Illinois 60901. For more information, visit standupwithsarah.com or call Lindsay at 815-260-6983.
The Tunnel to Tower Exhibit, a tribute to those that died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is coming to Watseka. You can view it October 18 to 20 in the First Trust parking lot on Route 24. More information at 815-432-3931.
The Bishop Macnamara Catholic High School Theatre Group Presents Barbecuing Hamlet at the Blackbox Theatre in Kankakee Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday the performance will be at 7pm and the Sunday matinee is at 2pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $5. Children under 6 are free. For more information call 815-933-7620.
The annual Black Cat Bash will be held Saturday night at the Kankakee Country Club beginning at 6pm. The evening includes dinner buffet with dessert, a silent auction and a cash bar. The event is sponsored by New Beginnings for Cats and is a fundraiser for the no kill shelter. For more information call 815-472-4734.
Felix and Fingers, a dueling piano fundraiser for the Bradley American Legion Post will take place October 19, from 7 to 10pm. Tickets are $20 and you can get them at the Legion or at King Music.
The 9th Annual Great Pumpkin 5K/10K benefitting Teen Moms HOPE is Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Kankakee River State Park, 5314 W. Rt. 102 in Bourbonnais! Enjoy The Kids Fun Zone with games and pumpkin decorating! Raffle baskets! A costume contest and more! Register online at adventurecommons.com
The Manteno United Methodist Church will host their 53rd annual Swiss Steak Supper on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Manteno High School, 443 N Maple. The menu will include swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, salad bar, dessert and drink. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children ages 6-12. Under 6 are free. Carry outs will be available. Serving hours are 4pm – 7pm. Tickets are available from church members, by calling the church office @ 815-468-3722 or at the door.
Dwight United Methodist Women’s Bazaar is Tuesday, October 22nd at 701 S. Columbia Street in Dwight! The free will offering Breakfast is from 7 to 9 and $10 donation Ham Loaf luncheon is from 11 to 1. Carry outs available by calling 815-584-3420. Visit their booths with homemade candies, baked goods, crafts and Rada knives.
Manteno Public Library invites you to a two-part workshop on Wednesday, October 23 and Wednesday, November 13 both sessions begin at 6:00pm; the program focuses on retirement needs, how to avoid retirement traps and how to make money last. Registration is appreciated. For more information go to www.mantenolibrary.org or contact the Manteno Public Library at 815-468-3323
St. Patrick’s Church, 119 N. Market Momence, will be having a rummage sale on Friday October 25th 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday October 26th 9a.m.- 1 p.m. in the church hall. They are accepting items in excellent shape to sell in the sale, (no electronics, no clothing), Oct. 20-24th 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the church hall.
Spend the afternoon at Limestone Township Library for their Annual Fall Festival. There will be games, a scavenger hunt and Trunk-or-Treat! It happens Saturday October 26 from noon til 1:30. The library is at 2701 W. Tower Road.
Riverside Trick or Trot will take place on Saturday, October 26, at Riverside Healthcare Kankakee Campus, 350 N. Wall Street in Kankakee. Register now through Oct 26th at riversidetrickortrot5k.itsyourrace.com/register/ or through the events tab on their facebook page.: 5K Run/Walk is $30, Kids’ Dash is $10. Individuals are encouraged to dress up for the race and there will be games and prizes for kids as well.
Gilman Healthcare invites any business or organization in their free Halloween event, Gilman Healthcare Center’s Trunk or Treat, October 31st at 5 p.m. Decorate the trunk of your vehicle with a Halloween theme and feel free to dress in costume! Bring treats for the kids and promote your business with signage on your vehicle! Set-up starts at 3 in the Center’s parking lot, 1390 S. Crescent Street in Gilman. To register call 815-265-7208
Recently, the Torres family lost their young son in a car accident. Please help them with the financial burden by attenting The Torres Family Benefit, Saturday, November 2nd at Steam Hollow Brewery Company, 450 South Spruce Street in Manteno from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes dinner and 2 non-alcoholic drinks. For more information, call Diana at 779-875-0222
An event Celebrating the Life of Joyce Volkmann and Benefit for Her Children will take place Sunday, November 3rd, from 2 – 9 p.m. at The Majestic Theater, 150 North Schuyler in Kankakee. Beloved in the community Joyce suffered a major stroke and sadly left us too soon. There are many medical bills and cost accumulated by her children. The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Doug Dickson, and Lisa Travars Jackson.There will also be DJ By Travis as well as Karaoke.
Friends of the Limestone Township Library Book Sale is Coming! Starting Monday, October 28th through November 9th. Find old favorites and new treasures. Got to limestonelibary.org for details.
Backyard chickens have a become a popular new way to acquire eggs for the family. A workshop is geared for homeowners as well as the small-scale farmer with a small flock of backyard chickens will be held at Kankakee County Extension Office, 1650 Commerce Dr.A registration fee of $10 per person is required by December 3, 2019. The fee includes handouts and light refreshments. To register online visit extension.illinois.edu/gkw
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.