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Local arts and entertainment: Dec. 1 through Dec. 8

Take a naturalist-led “Winter Bird Hike” on Dec. 9 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s McKinley Woods in Channahon to search for winter resident birds.
Take a naturalist-led “Winter Bird Hike” on Dec. 9 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s McKinley Woods in Channahon to search for winter resident birds.

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.

•  Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt registration open – Hunt is Jan. 14 and Jan. 15. Lottery drawing is Jan. 2. Notification by mail. First-time applicants given priority Ages 10 to 17 at time of hunt. Must possess a valid Illinois hunting or sportsman’s license, have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number, and have a 20-gauge or larger shotgun. Youth hunt participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must possess a valid firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card. To register for the hunt or for information, call 217-785-8060.

• 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 Theatre is hosting. For students in eighth through 12th grade. Free. Fill out registration form 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.

• 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 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 under. Free.

• 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 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 through 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/.

• 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.

• Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser – Each poinsettia includes a handmade decorative Christmas pick, holiday spray glitter and foil pot cover. $10. Proceeds benefit the students in the Lincoln-Way Transition Program. Order at lwtransition@lw210.org or by calling 815-462-2229.

• 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.

• Romeoville Art Society Monthly Community Poetry & Image Competition – January theme is Hope, enter through
Dec. 22. February Theme is Blue, enter Dec. 23 through Jan. 22, 2018. For information and registration, email Info@romeovilleartsociety.org.

• 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 abyrne@whiteoaklibrary.org, or visit 
www.whiteoaklibrary.org.

• 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.

• 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.

• WLRA Radio “Christmas Memories” – 24 hours a day, seven days a week 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.

Upcoming

• 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.cook@scouting.org.

• Bridges to a New Day Charity of the Games & Fundraiser – Event is 3:05 p.m. on Jan. 14, Fox Valley Ice Arena, Geneva. Chicago Steel game. Benefits Bridges to a New Day in Romeoville. The game is also Daddy Daughter Princess Day featuring Moana. For tickets and information, contact Lina at 815-838-2690 or fund@bridgestoanewday.org.

• 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 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.

• 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 a person. Order by Nov. 30. All tickets will be held at Will Call and can be picked up at the performance between 5:30 to 6 p.m. Checks should be made payable to JCHS Choir. If paying with cash, please send the exact amount in a sealed envelope.

Upcoming

•  “The Nutcracker” – 3 p.m., Dec. 10, Plainfield South High School Clara will be performed by Lockport native Shelby Vannekotter, age 17. Presented by Plainfield Dance Academy and Wheatland Dance Theater. More than 80 students dancers ages 3 to 19 from Plainfield Dance Academy. Advance tickets are $30 (general) and $25 (students and seniors). Order tickets at www.tututix.com. Tickets performance day are $35. can be purchased the day of the performance and are $35. For information on group sales, call 435-222-2TIX.

Dec. 1

• 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.

• NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Celebration – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Snacks. Grades seven to 12. all 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Polar Express – 5 to 8 p.m., Shorewood-Troy Public Library District Meeting Room A, 650 Deerwood 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.

• “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 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.

• JJC’s Annual Winter Jazz Concert –  7:30 p.m., Joliet Junior College, Fine Arts Theatre, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. $5 (adults), $4 (seniors and non-JJC students, JJC faculty and staff) and $2 (JJC students). For more information, call 815-280-2223 or visit www.jjc.edu/music.

• USF’s choral ensembles, Schola Cantorum, the Swingin’ Saints and Concert Chorale – 7:30 p.m., University of St. Francis, St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse, Joliet. Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” complemented by jazz, African, and contemporary settings of works for Christmas. Paul Laprade makes his debut director of choral activities. $10 (adults) and $7 (age 65 and older and non-USF students). USF students and staff are free. For tickets and information, visit stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

• Open Mic night – 9 to 11 p.m.; also Dec. 8, Tully’s Monster Pub and Grill, 104 Liberty St., Morris. Call 815-941-5098.

• 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.

• “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.

• Plainfield South High School choirs and bands “Holiday Collage Concert” online ticket purchase deadline – Event is 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, PSHS auditorium, 7800 W. Caton Farm Road, Plainfield. $5. Limited tickets at door. Order at www.charmsoffice.com.

Dec. 2

• 9th Annual Dwight Festival of Trees – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church at the corner of Routes 47 and 17 in Dwight. Cookies available for purchase, Dwight musicians and carolers, crafts with Mrs. Claus, 50/50 scholarship raffle, Christmas breakfast and bazaar. $1 admission. Children free admission. Proceeds from wreaths and trees benefit different charities.

• Annual Poinsettia Sale – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; also Dec. 3, Joliet Park District Birdhaven Greenhouse 225 N Gougar Road, Joliet. For information, call 815-741-7278.

• St. John’s Craft and Vendor Fair – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; also 9 to 3 p.m., Dec. 3, St. John’s gym, 403 N. Hickory St., Joliet. Free admission. For information, call St. John’s Religious Education Office at 815-727-9077.

• Holiday Décor Swap – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Adults, no registration required. For information, call 815-740-2660 or visit jolietlibrary.org.

• Slammers Holiday Open House – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Slammers Hall of Fame Room, Slammers Stadium off Jefferson Street, Joliet. Refreshments, games, kid-friendly activities, cardmaking for the troops, sugar cookie decorating. Slammers merchandise for sale, Santa Spikes available for photos. Bring toy for Boys and Girls Club of Joliet and be entered into a raffle. For information, call 815-722-2287 or visit www.jolietslammers.com.

• Trinity Christian’s Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 901 Shorewood Drive, Shorewood. More than 60 vendors in gym and cafeteria. Accepting vendors until full. Call Karen Kay at 815-577-9310.

• Mini Movin’ and Groovin’ – 10:30 to11:15 a.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Ages 8 months to to 5 with an adult. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• St. Andrew the Apostle 3rd annual Craft/Vendor Fair – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 505 Kingston Drive, Romeoville. 28 participants. For information, call 815-886-5945.

• Studio 300 Orientation – 11 to 11:30 a.m.; also 10:30 to 11 a.m., Dec. 4; and 7:30 to 8 p.m., Dec. 7, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Christkindl Weekend – Noon to 4 p.m.; also noon to 3 p.m., Dec. 3, downtown Frankfort. Letter-writing to Santa, horse-drawn rides, Santa’s workshop and more. For information, visit www.shophistoricfrankfort.com.

•  41st Festival of the Gnomes – 1 and 3:30 p.m.; and 1 p.m. Dec. 3, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Refreshments. Gnomes tassels, caps and small gifts for purchase. Flute music in lobby. $5. Reservations recommended. Call 815-724-3761 or email bipark@jolietcity.org. For more information, visit www.bicentennialpark.org.

• 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.

• The Convertibles Christmas Show – 1 to 2 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. A cappella music. Mixture of 50s and 60s pop music with roots in barbershop quartets. To register, call 708-479-9663 or www.mokenalibrary.org.

• Imagineers Club: Nathan Hale Revolutionary War Spy – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Grades two to five. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Chris Weck Benefit at Spanky’s – 5 p.m. to midnight – Spanky’s Bar & Grill, 201 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. $10 (adults) and $5 (kids under 12). Food and drink at own expense. For more information, call 919-7870.

• “The Wonders of Christmas” – 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Morris. Performed by Prairie Creek Singers. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. New members welcome. For information, call 815-287-9806.

• Drunk’n Gnome” – 8 p.m. to Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre at 201 W. Jefferson St., in Joliet. 18 and up. $5. Reservations are recommended. Call 815-724-3761 or email bipark@jolietcity.org. For more information, visit www.bicentennialpark.org.

Dec. 3

• St. Mary Nativity Craft Show and Pancake Breakfast – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet. Pancake breakfast hosted by the Rev. Gordon Michels Council #12014 Knights of Columbus with St. Nick. Over 40 vendors and crafters.For information, call Samantha at 815-603-4839.

• St. John’s Christmas Gift Sale and Fresh Bakery Sale – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. John’s gym, 403 N. Hickory St., Joliet. Gifts, decoration, clothing, toys, books, religious items, candy. For information, call St. John’s Religious Education Office at 815-727-9077.

• Living History Demonstration – Noon to 3 p.m., Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. 1700s. Free. All ages. Visit www.reconnectwithnature.org.

• 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.

• Holiday Memories Family Photo Day – 2 to 4:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• R&B Line Dancing – 2 to 3 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Christmas Concert by Spectrum Singers Community Chorus – 3 to 4 p.m., 24026 Fraser Road, Plainfield. Adult choral music plus youth chorus and a separate boys’ chorus of Christmas music.

• Ecumenical Christmas Concert – 3 p.m., Channahon United Methodist Church, 24751 W. Eames St., Channahon. Vocalists and musicians from the community will perform Christmas selections. For information, call 815-467-5275 or www.channahonumc.org.

• JJC’s Community Band Concert – 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, Fire Arts Theatre, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. $5 (adults), $4 (seniors and non-JJC students, JJC faculty and staff) and $2 (JJC students). For more information, call 815-280-2223 or visit www.jjc.edu/music.

• Lincoln Way Central High School Annual Holiday Vespers Concert – 3 to 5 p.m., Lincoln Way Central High School Auditorium, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox. Performances from orchestra, choirs, madrigals, bands and guitar studio. Free with non-perishable food donation/ free will donation. Bring mittens, hats, scarves for mitten tree.

• Open Video Game Play – 3 to 5 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Play video games on our Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and WiiU gaming consoles. A library card or school ID is required to play. Grades 6 to 12. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Sounds of the Season Concert – 3 p.m., Joliet Central High School auditorium, Eastern Avenue, Joliet. Handicapped accessibility on Herkimer Avenue. Joliet Central band, choir, and JTHS orchestra. Admission is non-perishable food item for local pantries. Free will monetary donations for music program also accepted. No one turned away.

• Seneca Lions Club Tree Lighting – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. AT&T Building on Armour St. & Main St., Seneca. Caroling at 5:30 p.m. Santa at 6 p.m.. Free raffle tickets to children for chance to win one of three sleds. Free.

• Community Christmas Cantata “Once Upon a Night” by Choplin – 6 p.m., Berst Center, 245 S. Kankakee St. in Coal City. Director Rita Wise will be joined by accompanist Kris Farber to tell the story of Christ’s birth through music.

• “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.

Dec. 4

• Anime Night – 5 to 7 p.m. Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Grades six to 12. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Gingerbread Houses – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Grades 7 to 12. To register, call 815-740-2660 or visit jolietlibrary.org.

• Knitting and Crocheters Nest Evening Sessions – 6 to 8 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• The Art of Sound Effects – 6 to 8 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

Dec. 5

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.

• Minecraft Club: Open Play – 3:30 to 5 p.m.; also Dec. 7, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Grades 3 to 12. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Lockport Holiday Open House – 5 to 8 p.m., Lockport Branch Library, at 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport. Crafts, refreshments, music, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For information, call 815-552-4260 or visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org.

• NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up – 6 to 7 p.m., ountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Silent Movie New Music – 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Buster Keaton in “The Navigator.” Accompanied by all-new original music scores by Renee Baker of Wabi House Media and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project.Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org

• Trivia Night at Doc’s Smokehouse – 7 to 9 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St, Mokena. Includes prizes and food. Individual or team. For information and registration, call 708-479-9663 or visit www.mokenalibrary.org.

Dec. 6

• Adult Coloring Club – 10 a.m. to noon, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• 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.

• Chills & Thrills Book Club – 3 to 4 p.m. Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. “Nighttime is my Time” by Mary Higgins Clark. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Holiday Open House – 4 to 7 p.m., Crest Hill Branch Library, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. For information, call 815-552-4280.

• Adult Writers Club – 6:30 to 8 p.m. first Wednesday of the month, White Oak Library District, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville. Explore your creative writing skills in the company of other writers. Receive valuable support and participate in writing exercises. All levels are welcome. For information, call 815-552-4230.

• Lightsaber Visual Effects – 6:30 to 8 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Plainfield High School-Central Campus bands and choirs “Holiday Collage Concert” – 7 p.m.; also Dec. 7, PHSCC auditorium, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, Plainfield. Free will offering accepted.

• Plainfield North High School bands and choirs “Holiday Collage Concert” – 7 p.m.; also Dec. 7, school auditorium, 12005 S. 248th St., Plainfield. Free.

• Three Rivers Book Club – 7 p.m., Arrowhead Community Center, Channahon. For information, call 815-467-6200.

Dec. 7

• Knitting and Crocheters Nest morning Sessions – Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Wild Cards Gaming Club – 3 to 5 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Grades six to 12. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Holiday Open House – 5 to 7 p.m., Romeoville Branch Library,
201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville. For information, visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org.

• 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 writeonjoliet@gmail.com.

• “Stories in the Snow” registration deadline – Event is 10:30 a.m. to noon, Dec. 9, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. 135th St., Romeoville. Search for animal tracks in the snow and find out where animals go when it gets cold. Story, craft and a short hike. Free. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-886-1467.

• “Winter Bird Hike” registration deadline – Event is 8 to 10 a.m., Dec. 9, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove, Walnut Lane, east of Blackberry Lane, Channahon. Naturalist-led bird 1 to 2-mile hike through prairie and forest terrain near the Des Plaines River. Begins at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center with a short presentation about one particular bird or topic. Free. 18 and up. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-722-9470.

Dec. 8

• Arts and Fables: Winter Tree – 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Story and craft. Ages 2 to 6 with adult. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Teen Movie Friday – 3 to 5 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Grades six to 12. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• “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.

• Joliet Junior College MadriGala Concert – 7:30 p.m., Joliet Junior College, Fine Arts Theatre, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. $15. Includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts on the bridge, prepared by JJC’s culinary arts epicurean club under the supervision of Chef Fred Ferrara. Purchase tickets at 815-280-2200.

• 33rd Annual Holiday Decoration Contest registration deadline – Ends 5 p.m. open to any Romeoville resident. Judging is Dec. 11. To register a home or for more information, call 815-886-5022 or e-mail llynch@romeoville.org.

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