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Gotta Do It: Oct. 1 to Oct. 8

Ongoing

• 2017 Congressional App Challenge – Offered by state Rep. Dan Lipinski. Open to all students who live in or go to school in Illinois' 3rd District. For information, visit lipinski.house.gov/congressional-app-challenge.

• “Cops Care” Coat Drive – Oct. 2 to Nov. 3. Drop off coats at the New Lenox Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, and New Lenox Police Department, 200 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Morning Star Treasure Chest II, 2571 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, will provide a free coat for anyone who presents a voucher. Vouchers available starting Oct. 5 at the New Lenox Village Hall, New Lenox Police Department and at the New Lenox Township building (1080 S. Cedar Road, New Lenox).

• Illinois AMVETS Collection Site – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union St., Morris, and Ace Hardware parking lot, 855 S. Ridge Road, Minooka. For information, call the Grundy County VAC office at 815-941-3152

• Lifeline Program – The Lifeline program is a federally-funded program that subsidizes the cost of one telephone per household, either a cellphone or a landline phone. Internet service as part of the cost of the phone may also be available. Eligible families can enroll by calling their local telephone service provider or a participating cellphone provider and asking to be enrolled in Lifeline. The two largest providers in Illinois are AT&T (888-256-5378) and Frontier Communications (800-921-8101). For information or to donate, visit www.linkupillinois.org.

• Lockport Township Park District’s Before/After School Program – Register at Challenge Fitness, 2021 S. Lawrence Ave., Lockport. For information and to download the parent handbook, visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.

• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds – As of Oct. 1: households with a family member age 60 or older and/or currently receiving disability benefits. Starting Nov. 1: households with disconnected service or which have disconnection notice and households with a child under age 6. Starting Dec. 1: all income-eligible households. Sign up ay Will County Center for Community Concerns, 2455 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday or until the daily sign-in sheet is full (whichever comes first). Applications also taken at various locations throughout the Will County area. Applications taken through May 31 or until funding is exhausted. For other locations, list of documents needed to apply and more information, call 815-722-0722 or visit www.wcccc.net.

• Passport Applications at White Oak Library – For information, call Lockport Branch at 815-552-4260, Crest Hill Branch at 815-552-4270 or Romeoville Branch at 815-552-4200.

• Recycle Your Bicycle – 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct 3 through Oct. 15, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee. Bikes to be given to a local recycling center that refurbishes them for youth, individuals with disabilities and families in developing countries. Bikes can be in any condition – new or beyond repair. Registration is not required. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Refuse to be a Victim – Variety of class times in October. Offered by Joliet Junior College through a grant from the NRA Foundation. Learn tips and techniques to avoid carjacking, cyber attacks, home security, domestic violence, stalking and more. Classroom instruction will include psychology of criminal predators, common weaknesses criminals take advantage of, use of personal safety devices, mental preparedness and a variety of crime prevention strategies that are practical, inexpensive and easy to follow. Open to everyone. Discounted enrollment of $5 for seniors, students and survivors. To register or For information, call 815-280-1555 or visit rtbav.nra.org.

• Will County Forest Preserve District Safety Wristbands – Colorful wristbands, two sizes, imprinted with the telephone number for the Will County Sheriff’s Police dispatch center. The center provides dispatching services for the Forest Preserve District’s Police Department. Pick up at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville; Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee; Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher; and Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Shorewood-Troy Public Library “Little Free Food Pantry” – Has space for baby/toddler food, nonperishable food items and hygiene items. For information, contact Jennie Mills at 815-725-1715 or jmills@shorewoodtroylibrary.org.

Upcoming

• Annual Fall Meeting of the Prairie View AARP Chapter – Event is 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 24, Prairie Bluff New Room Restaurant, 19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill. Medicare and Social Security changes for 2017-18 will be presented along with various health insurance plans. Buffet breakfast. Ages 50 and older. $10. RSVP by Oct. 17. For information, visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.

• Spanish for Seniors – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 16 to Nov. 18, Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St., Lockport. For information. visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.

• Take Back the Night – 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15, St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Road, Joliet. Speaker: Cassandra Ma, executive director of Reclaim 13, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation of children and bring healing to survivors. Bring nonperishable items and gas cards for local domestic violence abuse shelters. For information, visit WillTBTN.com.

• The Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill – 10:19 a.m. Oct. 19. Schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others can participate. For information and registration, visit www.shakeout.org/centralus. For information about the earthquake risk in Illinois and steps to take before, during and after one, visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

Oct. 1

• Route 66 Swap Meet – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Route 66 Raceway, Joliet. For information, call 815-478-3633 or 888-629-RACE.

• Customer Appreciation Week – Through Oct. 8, Culver’s of Joliet, 219 S. Larkin Ave., Joliet. Discounts on selected items. For information, visit www.culvers.com.

• Frankfort Country Market – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., also Oct. 8, downtown Frankfort.

• Junk in the Trunk – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gardner Co-op Flea Market, Old Route 66, Gardner. For information, call Patty or Craig at 630-215-8968.

• Tribute Memorial – 11:30 a.m., Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, 200 Riverfront Drive, Marseilles. The event will include remarks from state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and local veterans. The Pledge of Allegiance will be said and the National Anthem will be sung.

Oct. 2

• WOTM Bingo – Doors open 8 a.m. and bingo starts 10 a.m., 118 10th St., Lockport. Upstairs. Elevator accessible in back of lodge.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Conversational ESL for Adults – 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; also 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• OJT Orientation – 10 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Industry Orientation – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Register at jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Microsoft Excel – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Register at jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Upward Bound Veterans Job Club – Joliet VA CBOC, 1201 Eagle, Joliet. For information, call 815-740-8100 ext. 73093.

• Superintendent Chat – 4 to 5 p.m., Hartman Recreation Center, 511 N. Collins St., Joliet. Stop in and talk with Joliet Public Schools District 86 Superintendent Theresa Rouse.

Oct. 3

• Electronics Recycling – 6 to 11 a.m., Lockport Public Works, 17112 Prime Blvd., Lockport.

• Industry Orientation – 9 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Career Café – 9:30 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet.

• Living Life Skills Educational Workshop – 9:30 to 11 a.m.; also Wednesday and Thursday, Disability Resource Center, 77 N. 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet. Call 815-729-0162 (voice), 815-729-2085 (TTY) or 815-768-2582 (VRS).

• Encore Resale Shop – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the first Saturday of the month, 710 Cedar Crossing, New Lenox. For information, call 815-300-7642.

• Math Review – 2 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. For information, visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Mostaccioli Supper – 4 to 7 p.m., Stone City VFW Post 2199, 124 Stone City Drive, Joliet. $9 a plate. $1 extra for sausage link.

• 62nd Annual Meeting and Open House – 5 p.m. meeting, 6 p.m. open house, Center for Disability Services, 311 Reed St., Joliet. Refreshments served during open house. For information, call 815-744-3500, ext. 220, or email ginaw@cdsil.org.

• Bingo – 5 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Call 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org.

• Electronics Recycling – 5 to 7 p.m., Romeoville Public Works, 615 Anderson Drive, Romeoville. For information, visit www.willcountygreen.com.

• WOTM Bingo – Doors open 5 p.m. and bingo starts 7 p.m., 118 10th St., Lockport. Upstairs. Elevator accessible in back of lodge.

• Free College Financial Aid and FAFSA Workshop – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Plainfield Township Community Center, 15014 S. Des Plaines St., Plainfield. For information and a list of documents to bring, call State Rep. Mark Batinick’s Plainfield office at 815-254-0000 or visit fafsa.ed.gov.

• Bingo – 6:45 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 100 S. Infantry Drive, Joliet. Call 815-725-0746.

• Midwest Crossroad Chorus of Sweet Adelines International – 7 p.m., Trinity Christian School, 901 Shorewood Drive, Shorewood. Call 866-588-7464 or visit midwestcrossroad.org.

• Minooka Women’s Club – 7 p.m., Minooka Village Hall, Community Room, Minooka. Cindy Wilson, fire and life safety educator of the Minooka Fire Department, will talk about medical emergencies. Women in Minooka, Channahon and Shorewood area welcome. For information, email MWC60447@gmail.com.

Oct. 4

• Job Readiness Workshop – 9:30 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. For information, visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• How to Develop a Resume – 1 to 2 p.m., JJC/Grundy Workforce Services, 725 School St., Door 27, Morris. Free. For information, call 815-942-0566 or email gmartine@jjc.edu.

• ESL Conversation Group – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., White Oak Library District, Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. Call 815-552-4280 or visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org.

• Social Media and Internet Safety Presentation – 7 p.m., Heritage Grove Middle School, 12425 S. Van Dyke Road, Plainfield. Presented by the FBI. Free. For District 202 parents, staff and students. For information, call Heritage Grove Principal Shannon Miller at 815-439-4810.

Oct. 5

• AARP Driver Safety Program – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; also Oct. 6, Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Attendance at both classes a must. Ages 55 and up. To register and for information, call 708-479-9663 or email tdomzalski@mokena.lib.il.us.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Wilmington Public Library District, 201 S. Kankakee St., Wilmington. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Microsoft Word – 10:30 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Industry Orientation – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Electronic Recycling – 5 to 7 p.m., Families of Faith Ministries, Channahon. The recycling center will accept residential electronics and take up to two televisions a household. Residents must show ID.

Oct. 6

• Job Fair – 9 to 11 a.m. Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon, Frankfort Public Library District, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Fish Fry – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stone City Post, Stone City VFW Post 2199, 124 Stone City Drive, Joliet. Dining room open from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 815-722-7122.

• Cyber Security Seminar – 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Will County Board Room in  the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Four CPE hours (continuing professional education) available for attending CPAs and other professional certification requirements. Hosted by Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn. Free. To register and For information, call 815-740-4609.

• Fish Fry – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Fish, chicken and shrimp. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

• Standout Resumes – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Mokena Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Bingo – Doors open 4 p.m. Cards begin 6 p.m., St. Mary Nativity School, 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet.

• Fish Fry – 4 to 7:30 p.m., Cantigny VFW Post 367, 826 Horseshoe Drive, Joliet. Call 815-722-5398.

• Fish Fry – 5 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Karaoke begins at 8:30 p.m. Call 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org.

• Fish Fry – 4 to 8 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

Oct. 7

• Household Hazardous Waste Disposal – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Naperville Regional HHW Facility, 184 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville. Visit willcountygreen.com. Call 815-474-4385.

• Forest Preserve District of Will County Volunteer Workday – 9 a.m. to noon, Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet. For information, email rgauchat@fpdwc.org or call 815-722-7364.

• Friends of the Library Book Nook Sale – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., White Oak Library, Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. Newly donated books, collections, CDs, DVDs. Call 815-725-0234 or visit whiteoaklibrary.org.

• Bingo at the Library – 1 to 2 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. 18 and up. Prizes and snacks. Registration requested. For information, contact Cathy Palmer at cpalmer@mokena.lib.il.us or 708-479-9663.

• Fish Fry – 4 to 8 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

Oct. 8

• Customer Appreciation Week – Through Oct. 8, Culver’s of Joliet, 219 S. Larkin Ave., Joliet. Discounts on selected items. For information, visit www.culvers.com.

• Frankfort Country Market – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., downtown Frankfort.

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