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Local arts and entertainment: Nov. 17 through Nov. 24

The Morris Moose Lodge 967's float is see in the 2014 Home for the Holidays parade in Morris. This year's parade is Nov. 24.
The Morris Moose Lodge 967's float is see in the 2014 Home for the Holidays parade in Morris. This year's parade is Nov. 24.


• 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 an entry form, visit

• 2017-18 Illinois State Parks guide – Get a copy at

• 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

• Archery, firearm, muzzleloader and late-winter/season CWD sampling – Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease, 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

• 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

• Controlled pheasant permits –
Visit or

• Emerging Playwrights Festival for Teens – Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre 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 Jan. 20. For information, call 815-724-3761 or visit

• 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.

• Firearm deer permits – A few remaining. For vendors, visit

• Forest Preserve District’s picnic shelter availability now online – Reservations must be made in person. To check availability, visit 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.

• Holiday Coloring Contest  – Pick up sheets at the recreation center, Romeoville. Closes Dec. 10. Entries displayed starting Dec. 11. Winners posted Dec. 15. Prizes must be picked up by Dec. 22. For ages 12 and younger. Free.

• Hunter and boating safety education courses – For dates and times, visit

• Hunting regulations – For Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2017-18, visit For Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-18, visit

• IDNR accepting Illinois fishing tournament applications – For information, visit

• IDNR announces 2017-18 waterfowl hunting season dates – For information, visit

• Illinois controlled pheasant hunting reservation information – Visit or

• 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

• Joliet Junior College Area High School Art Exhibition – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Nov. 22; and Nov. 27 to Dec. 8, Joliet Junior College, Laura Sprague Gallery, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. Free and open to the public. For information, call 815-280-2423 or 815-280-2223.

• 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 previus shooting or hunting experience is needed to participate. Visit

• Lewis University Art and Design Faculty Exhibit Work – Through Nov. 30, Lewis University, Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, Oremus Fine Arts Center, Romeoville. Art exhibit featuring faculty members Kristin Callahan, Leslie Colonna and Mark Swain, as well as retired professor Paul Mitchell. For information, visit

• Lockport Township Park District classes and trips – Classes for children, adults and seniors include swimming, dance and child development. Trip opportunities. Visit 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

• 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

• Online dove permits – For information or an application, visit

• “Picture This, Romeoville” – Monthly photo contest has started. For information, visit

• 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,

• Public Hunting Areas Report –

• Two-day controlled pheasant and quail hunt – Nov. 20 to 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 or call 

• 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

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

• 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, or visit

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

• Upland hunting – 2017-18 pheasant, quail and rabbit seasons in Illinois. Visit

• 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

• WLRA Radio “Christmas Memories” – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 1. Tune in via radio at 88.1 FM, online at, the apps iTunes and Google Play and iHeartRadio.

• 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


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

• “An Evening of Holiday Music” –
6 p.m. Dec. 1, Butterfield Country Club, 2800 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. Holiday music, paired with dinner, fellowship and a preferred raffle of gifts. $140. Benefits the men, women and children with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity Services supports through its residential, behavioral health, adult learning and other programs. To support or attend the event, visit or call 815-717-3750.

• 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 or call Executive Director Rob Epley at 815-342-4378.

• 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

• 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 For information, call 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 or


• 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 or

• 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 or

• Joliet’s Gallery Seven: Thanks for the Memories Blowout Sale – Through Nov. 30, Gallery Seven, 116 N. Chicago St., Joliet. For information, visit 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 or

• 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.

• Madrigal Dinner - Event is 6 p.m., Dec. 9, Joliet Central High School Galleria, 201 E. Jefferson St., Joliet. Seating will begin at 5:45pm. $25 per person. Order by Nov. 30. All tickets will be held at Will Call and can be picked up at the performance between 5:30pm to 6:00 pm. Checks should be made payable to JCHS Choir. If paying with cash, please send the exact amount in a sealed envelope.

• “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 or

• “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

• “The Peppermint Twist & Twirl Holly Club Ball” – Event is 6 p.m. Dec., 9, Joliet Country Club, 1009 Spencer Road, Joliet.  Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing at 7 p.m. Payment must postmarked by Dec. 1. Tickets are $175 per person. Black tie optional. Valet parking available. Mail to The Holly Club, P.O. Box 3169, Joliet, Illinois, 60434.

• Tea With Mamie Eisenhower – 1 p.m., Dec. 3, 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

Nov. 17

• Gobble, Gobble: Let’s talk turkey! – 11 a.m. to noon to 2 and 3 year olds and 1 to 2 p.m. for 4 to 5 years olds, Heritage Professional Center, 24023 W. Lockport Street, Plainfield. To register or for more information, call 815-436-8812 or visit

• Coal City High School Madrigals – 1 to 2 p.m., Coal City Public Library District, 85 N. Garfield, Coal City. Beautiful holiday music. Refreshments. For information, call Dana Abraham at 815-634-4552 ext. 113, email or visit

• Kipling Estates Community Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair – 2 to 8 p.m., 850 Wynstone Drive, Shorewood. 16 crafters. For information, call Diane at 815-725-9922.

• 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 For information, email Brandon Newberry at or call 708-798-9171.

• WriteOn Joliet Anthology Release Party – 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Book Market Sales & Trading, 2365 Plainfield Road, Crest Hill. Meet local authors. Learn about WriteOn Joliet, a writing critique group of varied genres. WriteOn Joliet’s first anthology, as well as books by local authors, available for purchase. Chef-created refreshments. For information, visit, email or call the The Book Market at 815-744-4240.

•  “And Then There Were None” – 7 p.m.; also 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. A dramatic play by Agatha Christie. $10 (adults) and $8 (seniors, students with ID and children under 12). Assigned seating. On sale at Joliet Catholic Academy main office and at the door.

• “A Miracle on 34th Street” – 7:30 p.m.; also 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 2 p.m., Nov. 19, Plainfield High School-Central Campus, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, Plainfield.

• 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.

• “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” – 7:30 pm.; also 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, Joliet Junior College, Black Box Theater, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. $8 (general public), $5 (seniors, JJC faculty and staff) and $3 (JJC studcents).

• Open Mic night – 9 to 11 p.m.; also Nov. 21, Tully’s Monster Pub and Grill, 104 Liberty St., Morris. Call 815-941-5098.

• “Songs of the Season” Benefit Dinner registration deadline – Event is Nov. 29,  Jacob Henry Mansion Ballroom, 15 S. Richards St., Joliet. Cash bar and raffle will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will begin at 6:30pm. Savory and tender beef pot roast or vegetarian pasta meal. $40. Contact Gail Crino at 815-212-0998 or For information, visit

Nov. 18

• 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

• 47th Christmas Crossroads – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; plus 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Lockport Township High School East Campus field house, 1333 E. 7th St., Lockport. Over 180 crafters. Handmade crafts only. Food available, free parking, free shuttle service. $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 students. Age 5 and younger get in free. No strollers. Proceeds benefit local scholarships, medical care and food pantries.

• Holiday House Craft & Vendor Show – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church,
1718 Avalon Ave., Joliet. Applications still accepted. For registration or information, contact Michelle at

• St. Ambrose Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,  St. Ambrose Church Hall, 1703 N. Burry Circle, Crest Hill. Crafts, bakery sale, raffle. All work done by parishioners. No vendors. Free admission. For information, call Nan Webster at 815-727-2837

• St. Jude CCW St. Nicholas Festival – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Church of St. Jude, 2212 McDonough St., Joliet. Crafters and vendors, bistro with family-friendly food and drink, CCW bake sale, Christmas carnival for the kids, Avenue of Trees, St. Nicholas. For information, contact Mary Workman at or 815-729-0288.

• “Science in Cinema” – 9:30 a.m. to noon, Lewis University, One University Pkwy., Romeoville. Free and open to the public. Small movie clips from such movies as “Back to the Future,” “Twister,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Flubber,” followed by a relevant science project. For more information, visit

• ProjectNext Generation Hands on 3D Printing – Noon to 2 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 150 N Ottawa St., Joliet. Adults. To register, call 815-740-2660 or visit jolietlibrary.

• Hollywood Does the Holidays: Christmas at the Movies – 1 to 2 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St, Mokena. Join a recap of some of the best (and some of the lesser-known) holiday-themed cinematic gifts. Also Hollywood Holiday Trivia Challenge. To register, call 708-479-9663 or register on our events calendar at

• “The Walnut Room Experience” – 4 p.m. Nov. 18, 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

• Charity Bingo Night – 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18, Minooka Community Room, 121 E. McEvilly Road, Minooka. Individual bingo cards for $1. Bake sale. Benefits 10 senior students’ mission trip to Swaziland, Africa during spring break 2018. For information, call Lillian at 815-691-9109.

• 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.

• Shots and Giggles Live Comedy at The Drunken Donut – 8 to 11 p.m., Joliet Bakery, 821 Plainfield Road, Joliet. Free night of laughs, cheap beer ($2 domestic and $3 shots), and free donuts. Produced by Cameron Little, Timmy Blaze, and Jon Torres. Interns are Aimee Blaze and David Sitko.

Nov. 19

• St. Joseph Senior Christmas Bazaar – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Joseph Park, 700 Theodore St., Joliet. $20 per table. Public and strollers welcome at event. Food, potica and bakery available for purchase. Free admission. For information and to reserve a table, call Rosemary Konopek at 815-730-3936.

• “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

• Accordionist Rich Stanley – 3 p.m., Timbers of Shorewood piano lounge, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. Free and open to the public. For information, call 815-609-0669 or visit

Nov. 20

• UNLOCK: Merging Art & Industry in Lockport deadline – National Endowment for the Arts grant-funded arts program. For information, visit

Nov. 21

Holiday Lunch for Active Adults registration deadline – Event is noon, Dec. 4, Plainfield Fire Department Training Center, 23748 W. 135th St., Plainfield. Lunch, entertainment, door prizes. To register and for information, call 815-436-8812 or visit

Nov. 22

• Wine, Cheese & Networking – 7 to 8:30 p.m., 102 W. Jefferson St.
Shorewood. Sponsored by LegalShield Independent Associate Steve Beck. Video of an interview conducted by NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (now a respected small business consultant) of former NBA All-Star Kevin Willis, who became an entrepreneur in the fashion industry by co-founding Willis & Walker. Bring plenty of business cards. For information, contact Steve Beck at 815-710-5083, or visit

• Thanksgiving Karaoke – 8:30 to 11:55 p.m., Channahon Lanes, Channahon.

Nov. 23

ˆIt’s Turkey Time – 4 to 10 p.m., Channahon Lanes, Channahon. Bowling, member specials.

Nov. 24

Home for the Holidays – Through Nov. 26, downtown Morris. Lighted parade, housewalk, children’s activities. For information, visit

• Black Friday library specials – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Channahon Library, 25207 W Channahon Drive; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Minooka Branch, 109 N Wabena Ave. Library tote bags (1 per family). Free coffee, tea, or hot cocoa (1 per person). 50 percent fine forgiveness (overdue fines only). Buy one, get one at the Book Nook (Channahon only). Every checkout transaction is a chance to win.  Check out materials at either library to spin the wheel or play plinko for great prizes. Good while supplies last. For information, visit or call 815-467-6200 or 815-467-1600.

• Festival of Trees – 10 a.m. Nov. 24 to 3 p.m. Nov. 26, Grundy County Historical Society, 510 W Illinois Ave, Morris. Visit the museum to bid on beautiful trees, wreaths, table arrangements and more. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, and 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 26. For information, call 815-942-4880.

• Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt – 1 to 3 p.m., Coal City Public Library District, 85 N. Garfield St., Coal City. Build a Thanksgiving meal using clues hidden all over the library. Grades six to eight and nine to 12. To register and for information, contact Shannon McVay at 815-634-4552 ext. 119 or

• Lantern Making – 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles, 120 Liberty St. Morris
Create a beautiful paper lantern and then participate in the Children’s Lantern Parade at the Grundy County Courthouse at 5 p.m. A parent must accompany each child at this free event. For information, visit

• 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 or

• Lighted Holiday Parade – 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24, downtown Morris. Begins on Washington Street, east of Liberty, and continues north on Liberty Street to Chapin Park. At approximately 6 p.m. the beautiful Chapin Park will light up, followed by caroling with the Coal City High School Madrigals, visits with Santa and free horse drawn sleigh rides. For information, visit

• Holiday Tree & Wreath Sale deadline – 24-inch Fraser fir wreaths for $30, 6- to 8-foot Fraser fir trees for $50 and 8- to 10-foot Fraser fir trees for $65. Benefits Cancer Support Center. Order at For information, email Brandon Newberry at or call 708-798-9171.

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