• 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.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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 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 less. 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 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 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.
• Joliet Junior College Area High School Art Exhibition – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, 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 prior shooting or hunting experience is needed to participate. Visit publish.illinois.edu/hunttrapillinois/upcoming-workshops/.
• 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 its faculty members, Kristin Callahan, Leslie Colonna and Mark Swain as well as retired professor Paul Mitchell. 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.
• “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
• 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
• Storytime – White Oak Library District, Lockport branch, 121 E. Eighth St., Lockport. For information, visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org or call 815-552-4265.
• Upland hunting – 2017-18 pheasant, quail and rabbit seasons in Illinois. Visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame/Page/PheasantQuailAndRabbitAnnualStatusReports.aspx.
• 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 www.lewisu.edu/wlra, 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 lockport.org/wotnow.
• “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 www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.
• “An Evening of Holiday Music” – 6 p.m. Friday, 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 www.trinity-services.org/concertgala or call 815-717-3750.
• Annual Comedy Night to Support Scouting – Dec. 15. Doors open 6 p.m. Show starts 7 p.m., Jacob Henry Mansion, 20 S Eastern Ave., Joliet. $55. Includes appetizers, dinner, dessert. Cash bar. For information, email Natalie Cook at Natalie.email@example.com. For information, visit
• 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.
• 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
• 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: “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.
• “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.
• 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 www.ticketmaster.com or www.rialtosquare.com.
• 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 www.jolietmuseum.org.
• Home for the Holidays – Through Nov. 26, downtown Morris. Lighted parade, housewalk, children’s activities. For information, visit www.downtownmorris.com.
• 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 www.trpld.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 www.downtownmorris.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
• 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 www.downtownmorris.com.
• 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 give.classy.org/TreeSale17. For information, email Brandon Newberry at email@example.com or call 708-798-9171.
• Open Mic night – 9 to 11 p.m.; also Dec. 1, Tully’s Monster Pub and Grill, 104 Liberty St., Morris. Comedians, bands, solo artists. Call 815-941-5098.
• The Christmas Shoppe – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 24022 West Lockport St., Plainfield. Handmade crafts, homemade bakery, potica, purses, vendors, raffles.
• 66th Annual Creche Lighting Program – 7 to 8 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 24022 West Lockport St., Plainfield. Following the program, the community gathers around the crèche outside and sings “Silent Night”; then it is illuminated and remains so for the Christmas season. A sing-along of popular Christmas songs will begin at 6:45. Free will offering. Benefits Plainfield Ministerial Association’s emergency/crisis fund.
• 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.
• Christmas cantata – 3 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, 241 W. Second Ave.
New Lenox. Performed by St. Jude music ministry choirs and orchestra. Free. For information, call 815-463-4209, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www. stjudes.org.
• Tai Chi Qigong Free Demo Class registration deadline – Event is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nov. 29, The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 La Porte Road, Mokena. Age 18 and up. Register at 708-390-2343 or www.mokenapark.com.
• The Wonders of Christmas” – 6:30 p.m., Prairie Creek Public Library, Dwight. Performed by Prairie Creek Singers. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. New members welcome. For information, call 815-287-9806.
• Gingerbread House Making registration deadline – Event is 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1, First United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Washington, Lockport. $3. Includes meringue, decorations and pizza. Bring one box of frosted Pop Tarts for each house you build. RSVP with the number of houses you plan to build and how many people are coming by calling 815-838-1017.
• “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.
• Bookies & Milk – 7 to 7:45 p.m., Three Rivers Public Library District, 25207 W Channon Drive, Channahon. Kids dress in PJs for a bedtime story at the library with Miss Anita Rowold. Cookies and milk. To register and for more information, call Amber Maxwell at 815-467-6200 ext. 308.
• Lincoln- Way Central Madrigals – 7 to 8 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St, Mokena. Free. To register, call 708-479-9663 or register on the events calendar at www.mokenalibrary.org.
• Joliet’s Gallery Seven: Thanks for the Memories Blowout Sale – Ends today, Gallery Seven, 116 N. Chicago St., Joliet. For information, visit www.galleryseven.net or 815-483-4310.
• WriteOn Joliet – 6:00 p.m., Joliet Public Library-Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Critique group. Any genre, any writing experience. For information, visit www.writeonjoliet.com or email email@example.com.
• Madrigal Dinner RSVP deadline – 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.
• Women in Business Holiday Gathering – 3 to 4:30 p.m.,Morris Chamber Office
909 Liberty St., Morris. Drinks, food, ornament decorating. RSVP to Christine@grundychamber.com or call 815-942-0113.
• Polar Express – 5 to 8 p.m., Shorewood-Troy Public Library District Meeting Room A, 650 Deerwod Drive, Shorewood. Join us as we recreate the Polar Express at the library. Hot cocoa, movies, and crafts. Program provided by the Village of Shorewood. To register, contact the Village of Shorewood at 815-741-7710.
• 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.
• “The Peppermint Twist & Twirl Holly Club Ball” RSVP deadline – 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.
• Midnight in Morris – Downtown Morris. Retailers stay open until midnight and offer great specials throughout the night. Take in all the spectacular lights and decorations as you stroll the streets of Morris. For more information, visit www.shopmorrisil.com.