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Local arts and entertainment: Nov. 3 through Nov. 10

Take a tour of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Joliet Iron Works Historic Site on Nov. 4 to learn more about the blue-collar origins of the “City of Stone and Steel.”
Take a tour of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Joliet Iron Works Historic Site on Nov. 4 to learn more about the blue-collar origins of the “City of Stone and Steel.”

ONGOING

• 28th annual Midwest Book Awards – Independent publishers in the Midwest invited to submit entries. All entries must have a 2017 copyright and an ISBN. Deadline for entries is Dec. 30. For a complete set of rules and entry form, visit www.mipa.org.

• 2017-18 Illinois State Parks guide – Get a copy at shawurl.com/337i.

• Adventures in Exploring – For boys ages 4 to 12. Information is available at 900 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville, or by calling 815-886-6222.

•  Archery deer and fall turkey permits –  Illinois Archery Deer and Archery Fall Turkey seasons are open through Jan. 14. Find a vendor at www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx.

• Archery, firearm, muzzleloader and late-winter/CWD seasons CWD sampling – Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD), sampling from adult deer they harvest. Check the IDNR website for locations that are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads through the end of the season (Jan. 14). Visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/CWD/Documents/CWDSamplingLocations.pdf.

• Challenge Fitness court rentals – 
2021 S. Lawrence Ave., Lockport. Tennis and racquetball/wallyball courts when Lockport Township Park District programs are not running. For information, call 815-838-3621, ext. 0, or visit www.lockportpark.org.

• Controlled pheasant permits – Visit www.dnr.illinois.gov or www.tmillerinc.com.

• Emerging Playwrights Festival for Teens – Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theater is hosting. For students in eighth through 12th grade. Free. Fill out registration form by Nov. 21 and attach short original script (10 to 15 pages long) for review. Selected plays will be presented on Jan. 20. For information, call 815-724-3761 or visit
www.bicentennialpark.org.

• Experience History app – Information and photos about Illinois historic sites. Ability to make digital donations. Search “historic sites of Illinois” with iTunes or “Illinois Historic Preservation Agency” in Google Play.

• Explore Midewin – Trails open daily from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Ranger Trail is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 4. Local prehistoric bison bones and a mastodon tooth on display in the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Nov. 4, which is National Bison Day. For maps, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/midewin/maps-pubs. For information, call 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

• Firearm deer permits – A few remaining. For vendors, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx.

• Forest Preserve District’s picnic shelter availability now online – Reservations must be made in person. To check availability, visit reconnectwithnature.org. For information, call 815-727-8700.

• Fountaindale Public Library app – Available for download now from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

• Grinchmas on the Green Trees – Trees now are on sale for the Village Green Park tree-lighting ceremony. For information on buying a tree, call 815-436-8812.

• Hunter and boating safety education courses – For dates and times, visit 
www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety.

• Hunting regulations – For Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2017-18, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/HuntTrapDigest.pdf. For Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-18, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/DigestWaterfowlHuntingRegulations.pdf.

• IDNR accepting Illinois fishing tournament applications – For information, visit www.ifishillinois.org/tournament/index.php.

• IDNR announces 2017-18 waterfowl hunting season dates – For information, visit shawurl.com/34lx.

• Illinois controlled pheasant hunting reservation information – Visit www.tmillerinc.com or www.dnr.illinois.gov.

• Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants – Accepted by the IDNR Division of Education through Nov. 30 for the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program. Applicants can select to develop a pollinator garden or a wildlife habitat of their choice. For information, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/GrantsSHAG.aspx.

• Learn to Hunt – Free education and training workshops for adults on how to hunt deer, turkey, squirrels, pheasants, ducks, geese and other game. Waterfowl and terrestrial game workshops are open to individuals who have not previously hunted those species. Advanced registration required to participate in workshops. No FOID card or prior shooting or hunting experience is needed to participate. Visit publish.illinois.edu/hunttrapillinois/upcoming-workshops/.

• Lewis University Art and Design Faculty Exhibit Work – Nov. 6 to Nov. 30, Lewis University, Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, Oremus Fine Arts Center, Romeoville. Art exhibit featuring its faculty members, Kristin Callahan, Leslie Colonna and Mark Swain as well as retired professor Paul Mitchell. Reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9. For information, visit www.lewisu.edu.

• Lockport Township Park District classes and trips – Classes for children, adults and seniors include swimming, dance and child development. Trip opportunities. Visit www.lockportpark.org or call
815-838-3621, ext. 0.

• Mastodons of Minooka – Three Rivers Public Library District, Minooka branch,
109 N. Wabena Ave., Minooka. To schedule a viewing, call Michele Houchens at
815-467-1600, ext. 207.

• Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie mobile app – Download from the app store or Google Play. A web app can be accessed on demand at www.midewin.oncell.com.

• Mushroom collecting – No license is required in Illinois, but collectors must have landowner permission and, on public sites, must adhere to collecting regulations and hours. Call ahead for any site-specific regulations regarding mushroom collecting.

• Online free site hunting permits –
Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) to hunt upland, forest game and waterfowl at IDNR sites are available at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/PublicHuntingAreas.aspx.

• Online dove permits – For information or an application, visit shawurl.com/337j.

• “Picture This, Romeoville” – Monthly photo contest has started. For information, visit www.romeoville.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/444.

• Preserve the Moment Photo Contest – Through Dec. 31. Amateur photographers ages 18 and older. A list of contest rules and instructions on how to submit photos is available on the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s website, reconnectwithnature.org.

• Public Hunting Areas Report – Visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/IllinoisPublicHuntingAreasReport.2016.2017.pdf.

• Two-Day Controlled Pheasant and Quail Hunt – Nov. 20 to Nov. 21. Hunting will take place on 25 fields at Wayne Fitzgerrell SRA, one of the state’s best venues for upland game and other hunting opportunities. $275 for individual hunters or $1,000 for a team of four, which includes two hunts, two boxes of steel shot shells for each hunter, plus a guide and dog, if requested. Benefits Illinois Conservation Foundation youth hunts and youth conservation education programs. To register, visit www.ilcf.org or call
217-785-2003.

• Spring turkey applications –  Resident hunters may now apply for the first lottery for 2018 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online. Application deadline for first lottery for 2017 resident spring turkey permits is Dec. 1. For information, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx.

• Stockings for Our Troops – Donations of fabric, craft items and old Christmas cards needed for Nov. 11 event, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon, The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 W. La Porte Road, Mokena. Donations accepted at the administration center at Main Park, 10925 La Porte Road, Mokena. For information, call 708-390-2401 or visit www.mokenapark.com.

• Storytime – Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Storytime/Toddler Time – White Oak Library District, Crest Hill branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. For information, contact Amy Byrne at 815-552-4278 or abyrne@whiteoaklibrary.org, or visit 
www.whiteoaklibrary.org.

• Storytime – White Oak Library District, Lockport branch, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. For information, visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org or call 815-552-4265.

• UNLOCK: Merging Art & Industry in Lockport – National Endowment for the Arts grant-funded arts program. Deadline is Nov. 20. For information, visit www.gaylordbuilding.org/unlock.

• Upland hunting – 2017-18 pheasant, quail and rabbit seasons in Illinois. Visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame/Page/PheasantQuailAndRabbitAnnualStatusReports.aspx.

• Wingshooting Clinics – For youth ages 10 to 15 and women. Provide instructions on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability. Visit shawurl.com/337g.

• WotNow – The city of Lockport has contracted with WotNow, a social events app, to promote local events and send reminders of events and happenings in Lockport and surrounding areas. To download this free app, visit lockport.org/wotnow.

UPCOMING

• “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – 
7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Rialto Square Theater, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Live onstage. Buy tickets by calling 815-726-6600 or
800-982-2787, or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.

• Annual Casino Night Fundraiser –
7 p.m. Dec. 1, Warehouse 109, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield. $75. Includes buffet dinner, choice of whiskey tasting or one complimentary cocktail plus $75 in gaming chips and late-night pizza. Benefits redevelopment and revitalization of the Plainfield Riverfront. For tickets and information, visit www.plainfieldriverfront.org or call Executive Director Rob Epley at 815-342-4378.

• “Ask Me To The Prom” Runway Show – 1 p.m. Nov. 19, 610 Moen Ave., Rockdale. Students from Will County high schools will model prom fashion from Ask Dress Boutique in support of Will County Habitat for Humanity’s 2018 Women Build. Purchase tickets at ASK Dress Boutique, 707 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood or ReStore, 1395 N.Larkin Ave., Joliet. For information, visit www.chicagolandhabitat.org.

• Cancer Support Center’s Holiday Spirits – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 17, Flossmoor Country Club. $45. Benefits the Cancer Support Center’s Mokena and Homewood locations. For tickets, visit give.classy.org/HolidaySpirits. For information, email Brandon Newberry at bnewberry@cancersupportcenter.org or call 708-798-9171.

• Childerguild 89th annual Ball – 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Odyssey Country Club, Tinley Park. Theme: “Venetian Masquerade.” Dinner, dancing, Don Cagen Orchestra, presentation of Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence for Healthcare to Dr. Dave Mikolajczak and the Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for Community Service to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. Black tie optional. $250. Benefits women’s and children’s programs and services at Silver Cross Hospital. For reservations, call 815-300-7105.

UPCOMING

• Christmas Around the World and Lawry’s – Dec. 18. Leaving from Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet. Age 55 and older. For dates, times and to register, call 815-436-8812 or visit www.plfdparks.org.

• Holiday Hustle 5K Run/Walk – 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 26, Babe’s Tap, 755 S. Broadway St., Coal City. Benefits Coal City Backpack Program. To register, visit register.chronotrack.com/r/34819. For more information, contact Pam at 815-518-2300.

• Home for the Holidays Movie: Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – 1 p.m. Dec. 16, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Buy tickets by calling 815-726-6600 or 800-982-2787, or visiting www.ticketmaster.com or 
www.rialtosquare.com.

• Home for the Holidays: Holiday Luncheon and Organ Concert – 11 a.m. Dec. 6, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Buy tickets by calling 815-726-6600 or 800-982-2787, or visiting www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.

• Home for the Holidays Movie: “Home Alone” – 3 p.m. Nov. 24, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Buy tickets by calling 815-726-6600 or 800-982-2787, or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or 
www.rialtosquare.com.

• Home for the Holidays Movie: “The Santa Clause” – 1 p.m. Dec. 2, Rialto Square Theater, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Buy tickets by calling 815-726-6600 or 800-982-2787, or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.

• Joliet’s Gallery Seven: Thanks for the Memories Blowout Sale – Through Nov. 30, Gallery Seven, 116 N. Chicago St., Joliet. For information, visit www.galleryseven.net or 815-483-4310.

• “It’s a Wonderful Life” – 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Performed on the Rialto stage in the fashion of old-time radio show. Will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL-AM. $10. Buy tickets by calling 815-726-6600 or 800-982-2787, or visiting www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.

• Ladies Tea Fundraiser – 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Jacob Henry Mansion Estates, Victorian Ballroom, Joliet. RSVP by Nov. 24. Benefits Morning Star Mission Ministries Mary L. Weitendorf Women & Family Center. For tickets and information, call Eloise at 815-722-5780.

• “Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey’s Celebrate Christmas Tour” – 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Buy tickets by calling 815-726-6600 or 800-982-2787, or visiting www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.

• “Newsies” at the Marriott Lincolnshire – Nov. 29. Leaving from Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet. Age 55 and older. For dates, times and to register, call 815-436-8812 or visit www.plfdparks.org.

• Tea With Mamie Eisenhower – 1 p.m., Dec. 2, Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 Ottawa St., Joliet. Visit with Mamie Eisenhower, portrayed by Ellie Carlson in a dinner theater setting. Finger sandwiches and tea cake desserts. $25 (museum members) and $30 (general public). For tickets and information, call 815-723-5201 or visit www.jolietmuseum.org.

• “The Walnut Room Experience” – 4 p.m. Nov. 8, noon, Nov. 19 and 4 p.m. Nov. 19, The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Victorian Ballroom, 15 S. Richards St., Joliet. Dine under a magnificent Christmas tree, listen to holiday music, makes wishes with Christmas fairies, visit with Santa. $40 (adults) and $20 (children). Benefits Easterseals Joliet Region. Reserve by Nov. 10. Call 815-730-2052 ext. 2 or visit joliet.easterseals.com.

• Turkey Troy 5K Plus – Nov. 18. Registration is at 8 a.m. Start time is at 9 a.m., at the Joliet Autobahn, 3795 Centerpoint Way, Joliet. Five-member teams welcome. Trophies and medals. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. To register and for information, call 815-723-2227 or visit www.bbbswillgrundy.org.

• United In Excellence “An Evening of Excellence” – Reception is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and program is at 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Joliet Central High School, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. $30 through Oct. 31. After that, $40. Buy at eventbrite.com.

Nov. 3

• 30th Annual Senior Bowling Olympics – 9 a.m.to 2 p.m., Strike ‘N Spare in Lockport. Three games of scratch bowling, awards, and lunch (shoe rental not included). Lunch-only option available. For information and registration, visit www.romeoville.org/762/Seniors.

• Friends of Sunny Hill Holiday Bazaar – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County, 421 Doris Ave., Joliet. Variety of holiday gifts for sale, bake sale. Also a barbecue luncheon for $5 served from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For large carryout orders, call 815-727-8710. Proceeds benefit the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible bus.

• Civil War Presentation – 1:30 p.m., Coal City Public Library, 85 N. Garfield St., Coal City, Ron Marketti will display Civil War memorabilia and talk about the Civil War. For more information, contact Kathy Brown at 815-634-4552 ext. 114 or kathy@ccpld.org.

• Children’s Upscale Resale 3-Day Holiday-Winter Consignment Sale – 4 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Chapin’s East, 502 Twin Rail Drive, Minooka. Free admission and ample parking. No strollers. All unsold donated items go to ChanookaWish Foundation. For information, visit www.childrensupscaleresale.com.

• JJC Fall Gala – 5:30 p.m., Joliet Junior College, City Center Campus, 235 N. Chicago St., Joliet. $95. To purchase tickets and for information, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fallgala or call 815-280-1255.

• “Playing for Miracles” – Nov. 3, The Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard. The event, presented by Hollywood Casino Aurora & Joliet, features open bar, gourmet dining stations, charitable gaming and prizes. $125. Benefits Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet. To buy tickets, call 815-724-1140.

• “Cyrano de Bergerac” – Through Nov. 5. 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) for the Thursday through Saturday performances and 2 p.m. (doors open 1:30 p.m.) for the Sunday matinee, East Campus auditorium, 1333 East Seventh St., Lockport. $7 (adults and non-LTHS students) and $5 (age 12 and under and seniors). LTHS students with ID and Gold Card Club members admitted free. Order tickets at www.lths.org. Purchase tickets via showtix4u. For ticket information, call 815-588-8490. For information regarding Gold Card membership, call 815-588-8121.

• “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” – 7 p.m. p.m.; also Nov. 4, Nov. 5, Nov. 10, Nov. 11, Nov. 12. Friday and Saturday performances are 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m., Morris Theatre Guild,  516 West Illinois Ave., Morris. For more information, email Annie Kowalczyk at annie4mtg@gmail.com or visit www.morristheatreguild.org.  

• “The Busher” – 7 p.m., First Congregational Church of Lockport United Church of Christ, 700 E. 9th St., Lockport. 1919 baseball silent film classic. Live organ play by Jay Warren. Also a 1922 Felix the Cat cartoon: “Felix Save the Day.” For information, call 815-838-2091.

• “The Trouble with Cats” – 7 p.m.; also Nov. 4, and 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., Romeoville High School, Romeoville, $8 (adults) and $5 (students).

• Open Mic night – 9 to 11 p.m.; also Nov. 10, Tully’s Monster Pub and Grill, 104 Liberty St., Morris. Call 815-941-5098.

• Celebrate Notre Dame Trailblazers Past and Present RSVP deadline – 7 to 9 p.m.,Nov. 9, Joliet Country Club, 1009 Spencer Road, Joliet. Buffet dinner, cash bar, presentation and discussion. Business casual. $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. For registration and information, visit Joliet.undclub.org/2017UNDCelebration.

Nov. 4

• Plainfield’s How-To Fair – Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.; Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St.; and the Plainfield Township Community Center, 15014 S. DesPlaines St. 1-hour workshops on variety of topics, such as blogging fitness, crafts, technology, planning vacations. Register at howtofairplainfield.com

• Antique and Vintage Holiday Market – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barber and Oberwortmann Horticultural Center, 227 N. Gougar Road, Joliet. For information, call 815-741-7278.

• 18th Annual Craft Fair and Raffle – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Minooka Community High School, south campus, 26655 W. Eames St., Channahon. Over 125 crafters and vendors. Over 40 raffles packages. Lunch, bake sale, Santa available. $2 admission. 12 and younger get in free. For more information or to become a vendor, visit www.mchschoir.org or email mchs.choirfair@comcast.net.

• 22nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joliet First Assembly, Joliet. Over 130 crafters. For information, contact Judy Panzera at 815-741-3232 or craftfair@jfa.church.

• Handmade Holiday Market – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Mary Immaculate Gym, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. Over 80 crafters and artists. Holiday decor, home decor, jewelry, fashion items, children’s items, cards, personal care products, bake sale, raffle baskets. Proceeds benefit SMI students and teacher. For information, email Abby LeRoy at abbyjleroy@gmail.com.

• Walnut Trails Elementary Craft Fair – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 301 Wynstone Drive, Shorewood. 50 vendors, raffles, concessions, Santa. Free. For information, email Sarah Gilberg at sarah.gil5@yahoo.com.

• International Games Day – Noon to 4 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 150 N. Ottawa St. and 3395 Black Road, Joliet. All ages with adult. For information, call 815-740-2660 or visit jolietlibrary.org.

• Joliet Iron Works Tour – 1 to 2:30 p.m., Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, Columbia Street, Joliet. 1.25-mile guided tour. Free. Ages 12 and up. Registration not required. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Craft Kids – 2 p.m., Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Register at morrislibrary.com. For information, call 815-942-6880.

• Illinois Music Educators Association’s District 1 Junior Music Festival – 3 p.m. Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox. Includes students from William B. Orenic Intermediate School and Troy Middle School in Plainfield.

• “Italian Village” – 5 to 9 p.m., St. Patrick Church, 710 W. Marion St., Joliet. $10 (adults), $8 (seniors) and $7 (children). Drinks extra. Benefits St. Pat’s Religious Education programs. For more information, contact Julie at 815-727-4746 ext.. 39 or julie_a_d@yahoo.com.

• Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Annual Gala – 6 p.m. Nov. 4, Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. Theme: “Havana Nights.” Cuban cuisine and libations, live Latin music, dancing, raffles, silent and live auctions. Dr. William J. Farrell, orthopaedic surgeon of Parkview Orthopaedic Group and Frankfort resident, Tricia L. Simpson manager, Midwest public affairs and government affairs for ExxonMobil will receive Founders Awards.$300. Proceeds benefit PSJMC’s expanding cardiac care program with a new rapid diagnostic chest pain unit. For tickets or information, contact Ashley Wagner at ashley.wagner@presencehealth.org or 815-725-7133, ext. 3042, or visit www.presencehealth.org/presence-saint-joseph-medical-center-gala

• Costumes and Cocktails 21 & Older Halloween Party – 7 to 11 p.m., High Point Friendship Centre, 175 High Point Drive, Romeoville. $20. Youth Outreach Commission. For tickets and information, call Jason at 815-886-6222.

• “The Guys Who Gave Us Rock” CANCELED – Nov. 4 concert will be rescheduled. Tickets already bought will be honored for new date. For information, contact the Joliet Area Historical Museum at 815-723-5201, ext.222, or m.brick@jolietmuseum.org. 

Nov. 5

Ladies Knight Out Shopping Event – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lincoln-Way Central Field House, New Lenox. Proceeds benefit the Lincoln-Way Central Cheer program.

• Pumpkin Chunkin’ – Noon to 2 p.m., he Village Christian Church, 8965 Bell Road, Minooka. Pumpkin launching, face and pumpkin painting, hot chocolate and cider for the whole family. Cost is $5 to $10 depending on pumpkin size. Proceeds benefit teen mission trip to Swaziland, Africa. For more information, email mbenhart84@gmail.com.

• Cor Cantiamo – 3 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 416 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Part of Joliet Junior College Musica Viva concert series. Chamber music. For information, call Cherie Gimbel at 815-727-9378.

Nov. 6

• “Free Willy” – 5:30 p.m., Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Register at morrislibrary.com. For information, call 815-942-6880.

• “Little Explorers registration deadline – Event is 10 to 11:30 a.m., Nov. 8, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 25055 W. Walnut Lane, McKinley Woods, Channahon. Hands-on activities may include stories, games, dancing, art or hikes. Children ages 5 and under with parents. Free. Register at 815-722-9470. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

Nov. 7

• Lap Sit Story Time – 9:30 a.m.; also Nov. 8, Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Register at morrislibrary.com. For information, call 815-942-6880.

• Wiggle Worm – 10 a.m.; also Nov. 8, Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Register at morrislibrary.com. For information, call 815-942-6880

Drop-in Cards – 10 a.m. to noon, Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Uno, Michigan Rummy and other games available to play. For information, email tdomzalski@mokena.lib.il.us or call 708-479-9663.

• Day of the Tentacle – 4 to 6 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. All ages with adult. For information, call 815-740-2660 or visit jolietlibrary.org.

• Plainfield Park District Youth Basketball league – Registration deadline is 
Nov. 7. Practices begin week of Dec. 5. Games are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning Jan. 12. For information, visit www.plfdparks.org or call 815-436-8812.

Nov. 8

• Teen Writing Group – 4:30 p.m., Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Register at morrislibrary.com. For information, call 815-942-6880.

• National Novel Writing Month’s (NaNoWriMo) “Come Write In” event – 8 to 10 p.m., Joliet Junior College library (second floor of A-Building), 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. For information, visit nanowrimo.org/come-write-in, call 815-280-2344 or email librarian@jjc.edu.

Nov. 9

• St. Patrick Luncheon Card Party – Noon, Wilton Center Community Building; 14355 W. Joliet Road, Manhattan. $7 at the door. For information, call Carmen Kinsella at 815-478-3592.

• Veteran Gratitude Letter Writing – 4:30 p.m., Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Register at morrislibrary.com. For information, call 815-942-6880.

• Scrabble Club – 6 to 8 p.m., Book and Bean Café, Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. New players always welcome. Free. RSVP at www.meetup.com/joliet-scrabble-meetup.

• “Fall into a Good Book” story time – 6:30 p.m., Morris Area Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris. Register at morrislibrary.com. For information, call 815-942-6880.

• Veteran’s Day Concert – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hickory Creek Middle School, 22150 116th Street, Frankfort. For information, call 815-464-8131.

• Lewis University Art and Design Faculty Exhibit reception – 7 to 9 p.m., Lewis University, Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, Oremus Fine Arts Center, Romeoville. Art exhibit featuring its faculty members, Kristin Callahan, Leslie Colonna and Mark Swain as well as retired professor Paul Mitchell. For more information, visit www.lewisu.edu.

Nov. 10

• Three French Hens Holiday Market - 4 to 10 p.m.; also 9 to 4 p.m., Nov. 11, Grundy County Fairgrounds. Visit http://3frenchhensmarket.blogspot.com/ .

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