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Gotta Do It: Nov. 12 through Nov. 18

New Lenox Fire District, local American Legion, Culver’s, Jersey Mike’s, VFW and the village of New Lenox are hosting the Wreaths Across America Campaign. The goal is to cover one section in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood with 1,800 wreaths. For information, call the New Lenox Fire Protection District at 815-463-4500.
New Lenox Fire District, local American Legion, Culver’s, Jersey Mike’s, VFW and the village of New Lenox are hosting the Wreaths Across America Campaign. The goal is to cover one section in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood with 1,800 wreaths. For information, call the New Lenox Fire Protection District at 815-463-4500.

Ongoing

• Coat Drive – Drop off 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Joliet Slammers, 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive, Joliet. Deadline is Nov. 13. Earn an entry into the Slammers 2018 Suite Giveway for every coat donated. For information, call 815-722-2287 or visit www.jolietslammers.com.

• Gently Used Toys, Books, Games and DVD video collection event – Through Dec. 15. Drop-off locations: Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union St., Morris; Coal City Public Library, 85 N. Garfield St., Coal City; Morris Public Library, 604 Liberty St., Morris; Minooka Three Rivers Library, 109 N. Wabena Ave., Minooka; Channahon Three Rivers Library, 25207 W. Channahon Drive, Channahon; Fossil Ridge Library, 386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood. For information, contact Heidi Miller at 815-941-3229 or hmiller@grundyco.org.

• Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union St., Morris. Offers assistance with federal, state and local veterans’ benefits and services to include referral to other programs and services. For honorably discharged veterans of military service and their families. Call 815-941-3152.

• 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.

• International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 Second Annual Coat Drive – Drop-off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 29, Local 150's district hall, 1050 N. I-55 and E. Frontage Road, Joliet. For a list of donation locations and other coat drive information, visit www.local150.org.

• Let’s Help Santa! – Through Dec. 18, Louis Joliet Mall near the security desk, 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet. Donate warm hats, mittens, winter coats, toys, games, gift cards to Salvation Army Angel Tree. For information, call 815-439-1000.

• 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 – Eligible to apply now: households with a family member age 60 or older and/or currently receiving disability benefits, households with disconnected service or which have a disconnection notice, and households with a child younger than 6. Starting Dec. 1: all income-eligible households. Sign up at 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, a list of documents needed to apply and more information, call 815-722-0722 or visit www.wcccc.net.  

• Nominations for Foundation for Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame – The Alumni Hall of Fame honors District 202 graduates who have distinguished themselves beyond their high school years through their significant accomplishments or service. Due Jan. 10. Forms and information available at www.d202foundation.org/202.

• Operation Care Package Drive – Through November. Hosted by Associated Orthodontists. For list of items to donate and locations to drop off, visit greatbraces.com.

• 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.

• U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski Accepting Service Academy Applications – Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy, be a United States citizen, have graduated from high school, be unmarried, have taken the ACT and/or SAT, and have met the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred academy. Deadline is Nov. 27. Submit to Lipinski’s office at 6245 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. For information, call 733-948-6223.

• Toys for Tots – Donations accepted 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Harvey Brooks Foundation, 503 S. Water St., Joliet.

• 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.

• Wreaths Across America Campaign – Hosted by New Lenox Fire District, local American Legion, Culver’s, Jersey Mike’s, VFW and the village of New Lenox. The goal is to cover one section in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood with 1,800 wreaths. Wreaths cost $15 each; any donation accepted. Make payable to “Wreaths for Veterans” and mail to NLFPD, 261 E. Maple St., New Lenox, IL 60451. For information, call the New Lenox Fire Protection District at 815-463-4500.

• Winter Accessories Drive – Through Nov. 30, Book and Bean Cafe, 3395 Black Road, Joliet; and Joliet Police Department, 150 Washington St., Joliet. Seeking new winter hats, gloves, scarves and socks for adult men and women; sizes ranging from small to 2X. Hosted by Lotus Foundation of Illinois. For information, visit lotusfoundation-il.org.

Nov. 12

• Cathedral Music Series – 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Raymond, 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet. Cathedral choir along with the Saint Xavier University Chicago Chorale and Chamber Singers and the Ecclesiastical Choral Society of Joliet will present a collaborative choral concert, headlined by Louis Vierne’s 19th century French Romantic masterpiece Messe Solennelle. For information, contact the music office at 815-722-6653, ext. 222, or music@straymond.net, or visit www.straymond.net.

Nov. 13

•  Fundraiser for PTSO's 25th annual Christmas drive – Through Nov. 19. Plainfield CiCi's Pizza,11830 South Route 59, Plainfield donate 20 percent of net sales to support the Plainfield High School – Central Campus. Present a copy of flyer advertising the event or mention Needy Family Drive. The flier is linked in the item on the District 202 website under "News" at www.psd202.org.

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

• English as a Second Language – 9:30 to 11 a.m. Joliet Public Library, 150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Adults. For information, call 815-740-2660 or visit jolietlibrary.org.

• 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.

• 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.

• Health Care 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.

• Joliet Montessori School open house – 5 to 7 p.m., 1600 Root St., Crest Hill. Families are welcome to bring their children. Tours, program explanation. Teachers will show typical day in the classroom. Administrators available to explain the school’s dual certifications from both the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori Internationale. For more information, call 815-741-4180, email Eileen Kozlowski, assistant head of school, at ekozlowski@jolietmontessorischool.org or visit www.jolietmontessorischool.org.

• Community Meeting: Changes to the Garbage Program – 6 to 7 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Presentations by Joliet Police Department, public utilities and public works departments. Q&A. Meeting held in English. For information, call 815-724-3925.

• College Financial Aid Information Session – 7 p.m., Joliet Moose Lodge, 25 Springfield Ave., Joliet. Hosted by State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood. Families unable to attend this presentation can find helpful information at www.isac.org. For more information, or to contact Walsh’s constituent service office at 815-730-8600, or StateRepLarryWalshJr@gmail.com.

Nov. 14

• 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. For information, visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Career Cafe – 9:30 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• 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.

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

• Adult Education Information Session – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. For information, visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

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

• 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., 57 W. Marion St., Joliet. 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.

• 100+ Women Who Care of Will County – 6 to 7 p.m., P.B. Mulligan’s Restaurant & Bar 19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill. For information, visit www.100wwcwill.org.

• Becoming a Successful Homeowner – 6 to 8 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St, Mokena. Presenter: Carla Dumas, a Realtor for 14 years and managing broker/owner of Amazing Grace Real Estate Services. Free. To register, call 708-479-9663 or visit the events calendar at www.mokenalibrary.org.

• 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.

• Morris Area Toastmasters – 7 p.m., Morris Hospital Education Room, 150 High St., Morris. For information, call Matthew Woyner at 815-478-3574 or Frank Hankins at 815-942-4733.

Nov. 15

• Coffee & Conversation with Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood – 9 to 10 a.m., Romeoville Village Hall-Board Room, 1050 W. Romeoville Road, Romeoville. For information, call Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at 815-254-4211.

• Job Readiness – 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.

• Joliet Area Retired Teachers Association fall meeting – Noon, Al’s Steakhouse, 1990 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. For information, call Alice at 815-436-5418.

• Upward Bound Veterans Job Club – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Joliet VA CBOC, 1201 Eagle St., Joliet. For information, call 815-740-8100, ext. 73093.

• Weekly Job Fair – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Joliet. Seeking busperson, CDL Class A drivers, cook, CNC machinist, deli service worker, drivers, forklift operator, forklift/reach truck operator, general laborer/palletizer, hotel attendant, machinist trainee, manual loaders, package handlers, security officer/EMT, server, shift supervisor, tasker/scheduler and warehouse associates. For information, visit www.jobs4people.org.

• 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.

• Visit District 86 Superintendent Theresa Rouse and Joliet Township High School District 204 Superintendent Cheryl McCarthy – 6 to 7 p.m., Pershing Elementary School, northwest corner of Midland Avenue and Campbell Street, Joliet. School board members and administrators also attending. Informal. Drop-in. For information, visit www.joliet86.org or call 815-740-3196, ext. 8204.  

• Gender Explorers – 6:30 to 8 p.m., Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet, 3401 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. For information, visit genderexplorers.weebly.com.

• Manhattan Township Historical Society Monthly Meeting – 6:30 p.m., Manhattan Township Historical Society, 255 S. State St., Manhattan. Email ManhattanHistorical@yahoo.com.

Nov. 16

• JJC FAFSA workshop – Joliet Junior College Romeoville campus, 1125 W. Romeo Road. Before attending a workshop, attendees must create an FSA ID for the student and a parent. Instructions can be found at jjc.edu/financial-aid. For information, including the time of the event, call 815-280-2528.

• Rules of the Road Review – Free class for ages 50 and up. For information, visit romeoville.org and click on the “Senior Info” button on the main page or call 815-886-6222.

• 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.

• Accurate Personnel Hiring Event at Grundy Workforce – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 725 School St., Morris. Door 27, Room M105. Free. For information, email mgretenc@jjc.edu.

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

• Sessions for workers interested in professional, financial and information technology – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Register at jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Business After Hours – 5 to 7 p.m., Heartland Bank, 500 Bob Blair Road, Minooka. Food, beverages, drawings and raffles. Casual. Bring lots of business cards. $3 members and $5 non-members. For information, call 815-942-0113 or visit grundychamber.com.

• Town Hall Meeting – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Everest Academy, 11550 Bell Road, Lemont. Congressional staff will be available starting at 5 p.m. for assistance with federal agencies. For more information, visit lipinski.house.gov or call 773-948-6223.

Nov. 17

• Networking 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, 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.

• 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.

• 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 – 4 to 7:30 p.m., Croatian Cultural Club, 1503 Clement St., Joliet. Baked or fried cod, shrimp, catfish or fried chicken breast. Dine-in or carryout. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. For carryout, call 815-723-3154.

• 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.

• 176 Catering Fish Fry – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Joliet Elks Lodge No. 296, 250 S.E. Frontage Road, Joliet. Baked and fried cod, fried shrimp, combo, burgers, salad bar. Call 176 West Catering at 815-955-4968.

• Bobby Rush – Doors open 6:30 p.m., Terrace Inn Lounge, 630 Gardner St., Joliet. $20 in advance. $25 at door. For tickets, call 815-603-1492.

Nov. 18

• Free health and wellness expo – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Get Fit 24/7, 110 E. Waverly St., Morris. Free admission and parking. Free health screening, healthy food samples and fitness demos. Health and education outreach, community resources, pet adoption and giving tree, flu shots, raffles, face painting, coloring contest, safety checks for car seat, bicycle, fire, internet. All ages welcome. Free day care. For vendor list and updates, visit Get Fit 24/7 on Facebook.

• 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.

• A Fair Tax Meeting – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Silver Spoon Restaurant, 1601 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. A lively discussion to abolish the IRS. For information, call 815-474-4385.

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

• Roast Pork and Dressing Fundraiser Dinner – 4 to 7 p.m., Elwood Community Church, 101 N. Chicago St., Elwood. $10 adults and $5 children 12 and under. Tickets at door. Carryouts available.

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