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Local arts and entertainment: Jan. 5 through Jan. 12

2018 Forest Preserve District of Will County picnic and camping permits went on sale Jan. 2, at four Forest Preserve visitor centers.
2018 Forest Preserve District of Will County picnic and camping permits went on sale Jan. 2, at four Forest Preserve visitor centers.

Ongoing

• 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 season sampling – Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) from adult deer they harvest. Check the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 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.

• Artists sought for forest preserve’s “Arts & Nature on the River” – Be featured in the June 16 Forest Preserve District of Will County’s summer “Arts & Nature on the River” event at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Deadline to submit art is Jan. 15. Theme: Sharing Landscapes. Artists will be notified by Feb. 1. For information, email FourRivers@fpdwc.org.

• Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt registration open – Hunt is Jan. 14 and 15. 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 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 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.

• Children’s book drive for National Hook-up of Black Women/Silver Cross Reading Rooms – Jan. 8 to 31. Drop off new and gently used books written for children in preschool through fifth grade at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Collection bins will be located at the Silver Cross Hospital entrances. For information, call Leslie Newbon at 815-300-1096 or Debra Upshaw at 815-509-0063.

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

• Don Sala photography exhibit – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Jan. 2 through
Feb. 28. Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher. Free exhibit features 16 photos, including nature and barn shots taken in eastern Will County by Sala, who has been a photographer for almost 50 years. Photos are for sale. Twenty percent of proceeds benefits The Nature Foundation of Will County. For information, visit reconnectwithnature.org.

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

• Forest Preserve District of Will County newsletter – Weekly, via email. Sign up at reconnectwithnature.org/citizen-newsletter.

• Forest Preserve District of Will County picnic and camping permits – Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Monee Reservoir in Monee Township, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. (Monee Reservoir will be closed from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28.) First come, first served. For information, including fees, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• 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.

• 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.

• Late-winter/CWD season information – For details on the upcoming 2017-18 late-winter antlerless-only and special chronic wasting disease deer seasons, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Document/LateWinterDeerCWDHuntingPermitInformation 2017-2018.pdf. For a map of late-winter season and special CWD season open counties, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/wildlife/Documents/IllinoisLateWinterDeerSeasonsMap2017_2018.pdf.

• 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 previous shooting or hunting experience are needed to participate. Visit publish.illinois.edu/hunttrapillinois/upcoming-workshops.

• Lincoln-Way Marching Band fundraiser – Buy chocolate bars through September. Proceeds help fund LWMB members’ participation in the 130th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2019. Only nine high school marching bands will attend. For information, contact these representatives. For Lincoln-Way Central: Cindy Krawulski (krawulski91@yahoo.com). Lincoln-Way East: Denise Bednar (dblandbednar@yahoo.com). Lincoln-Way West: Jody Jensen (jody.jensen@genesishcc.com). Lincoln-Way Sponsorship: Kim Hansen (lwmsponsorship@gmail.com).

• 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.

• 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.

• Public hunting areas report – Visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/IllinoisPublicHuntingAreasReport.2016.2017.pdf.

• Romeoville Art Society Monthly Community Poetry & Image Competition – February theme is Blue; enter through
Jan. 22. For information and registration, email info@romeovilleartsociety.org.

• Spring turkey applications – Resident hunters now may apply for the first lottery for 2018 Illinois spring wild turkey season permits online. Application deadline for the second lottery for resident spring turkey permits is Jan. 11. 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. Provides instructions on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability. Visit shawurl.com/337g.

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

Upcoming

• 13th annual trivia event – March 11, 176 W. Banquets, 1100 N.E. Frontage Road, Joliet. Doors open at 2 p.m. Trivia begins at 3 p.m. Theme: “Back to the ’90s.” $150 for a table of 10. Food and drink available to buy. Reserve tables at www.jthsfoundation.org or contact Mark Turk at mlturk05@comcast.net or 815-922-4065.

• 2nd annual Lincoln-Way Half Marathon – 7 a.m. April 22, 123 Kansas St., Frankfort. $70. Register at lincolnwayhalfmarathon.com. For information on sponsorship opportunities, visit lincolnwayhalfmarathon.

• 4th annual Next Women of Country Tour in 2018 – 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Rialto Square Theatre, 201 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Features Sara Evans RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr. For tickets and information, visit www.rialtosquare.com.

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

• Daughtry – 7 p.m. April 16, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. American rock band headlined by Chris Daughtry. Formerly on “American Idol.” Influences include Bon Jovi, U2 and Aerosmith, For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.

• Decades Rewind – 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Medleys feature hits by ABBA, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Tina Turner, Chubby Checker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Prince and Bon Jovi. More than 100 costume changes, 10 medleys featuring 60 songs. For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.

• Dual album release show – Feb. 16, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Featuring John Condron & The Old Gang Orchestra and Riverhorse. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.rialtosquare.com.

Upcoming

• Giant Steps fundraiser – 6 p.m., 176 West, located at 1100 NE Frontage Road, Joliet.  Appetizers, cocktails, dancing, raffles, silent auction. $75 per person. Benefits Saint Paul the Apostle School. For more information, email giantsteps2017@gmail.com.

• Lincoln Funeral Flowers: A Sneak Peek Event – 4 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Public Landing Restaurant, 200 w. 8th St., Lockport. Unveiling of dried flowers that had lain on Abraham Lincoln’s funeral bier in Washington, D.C. in April 1865. Also buffet dinner, silent auction, and Abraham Lincoln-related speaker. Hosted by Will County Historical Museum. $50. Proceeds benefit restoration of the Brown family log cabin. For information, email info@willhistory.org.

• Manhattan Transfer – 7:30 p.m., March 14, 2018, Rialto Square Theater, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Blend of acapella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythmic and blues and pop. For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.

• REO Speedwagon – Jan. 13, 2018, Rialto Square Theater, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.

• Joliet Central High School Class of 1958 60th reunion – Sept. 15 to 16. For alumni who did not receive a save the date invitation, call Diana Lambert Ceci at 815-726-7241.

• Joliet Township High School Central Campus Class of 1968 reunion – Event is Sept. 21 and 22. Activities will include the homecoming parade, a tour of the school and the award-winning student center, and free admission to the football game for all alumni and a guest. A postgame party will be held after the football game. $25. Cash bar. For information or to be added to the information list, contact Kristine Schlismann at 815-727-6967 or www.kschlismann@jths.org.

Jan. 5

• Arts and Fables – 9:30 to 10:15 and 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Ages 2 to 6 with an adult. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

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

• Studio 300 Orientation – 4 to 4:30 p.m.; also 11 to 11:30 a.m., Jan 6; 10:30 to 11 a.m., Jan 8; 6 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 10; and 4 to 4:30 p.m., Jan. 12, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Famous Dex, C Dot Huncho, Queen Key, Valee Fri – 7 p.m., The Forge, 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. Call 815-280-5246 or visit www.theforgelive.com.

• Open Mic night – 9 to 11 p.m.; also Jan. 12, Tully’s Monster Pub and Grill, 104 Liberty St., Morris. Call 815-941-5098.

• Men’s Basketball Leagues 5v5 – Men’s 18 & Over Monday league is Jan. 22 to April 2. Men’s 30 & Over Tuesday league is Jan. 23 to April 3. First come, first serve. Register at 708-390-2401 or www.mokenapark.com.

Jan. 6

• Bricks & Minifigs Grand Opening – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 20649 Renwick Road, Crest Hill. Only LEGO resale shop in Illinois and one of 37 existing locations across the country. Limited edition custom minifigures for the first 150 people in line; numerous items on sale, free giveaways, maybe impromptu LEGO races. For information, visit www.bricksandminifigs.com/stores/crest_hill.

• 30,000 Years of Manhattan History – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Manhattan Township Historical Museum,  255 S. State St., Manhattan. Visit www.facebook.com/manhattanhistoricalsociety or email manhattanhistorical@yahoo.com.

• Memories of the King! – 1 to 2 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St, Mokena. Featuring Dave “Elvis” Thomas. To register, call 708-479-9663 or register through the events calendar at www.mokenalibrary.org.

• Interactive Family Movie – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. “The Wizard of Oz.” costumes encouraged. All ages. Drop-in. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• “Pete the Cat: I’m Reading in my School Shoes” – 3 to 5 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Read the book to earn prizes. Kindergarten and first grade. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Teen Reader Volunteering – 3 to 5 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Listen to children read “Pete the Cat.” Grades six to 12. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Tim Gleason – Eric Church/Miranda Lambert Tribute Show – 8:30 p.m., Clayton’s Tap,

122 W. Washington St., Morris. Call 815-942-3811 or visit www.claytonstap.com.

• Little Dunkers Basketball: Games Development registration deadline – Event is Jan. 13 to March 3, Saturdays, Mokena Elementary School, south gym. Ages 4 & 5. Register at 708-390-2343 or www.mokenapark.com.

Jan. 7

• Open Video Game Play – 3 to 5 p.m.; also 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 9, 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.

• Esham – 7:30 p.m.,The Forge, 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. Call 815-280-5246 or visit www.theforgelive.com.

Jan. 8

• 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.

• Knitting and Crocheters Nest Evening Session – 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.

• Noche de la Familia – 7 to 8 p.m., ountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Bilingual activities for the whole family. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Acoustic Open Mic hosted by Alex Hoffer – 8 p.m., Chicago Street Pub,

75 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Call 815-727-7171 or visit www.chicagost.com.

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

Jan. 9

• Minecraft Open Play – 3:30 to 5 p.m.; also Jan. 11,, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Grades three through 12. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Adult Writers Group – 6 to 8 p.m. second Tuesday of the month, White Oak Library District, Crest Hill branch library, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, Explore your creative writing skills in the company of other writers in this brand-new group. Receive valuable support and participate in writing exercises. All levels are welcome. For information, call 815-552-4280.

• Beat Making with Maschine Studio – 6:30 to 8 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Spirits in the Wind Flute Circle – 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. 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. To register, call 708-479-9663 or register through the events calendar at www.mokenalibrary.org.

Jan. 10

• “Nature Play Days” – 10 to 11:30 a.m., Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher. Ages 3 to 5 with parent. Free. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Fun With Fandoms – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Grades six to 12. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Let’s Create – 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Kindergarten through grade five. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Creative Writing Group for Adults and Teens – 6 to 7 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, White Oak Library District, Lockport branch library, 121 East 8th St., Lockport. Experienced and inexperienced writers alike can share their work, learn some tips and tricks to keep writing and meet other writers. Run by a Lewis University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in creative and professional writing. For information, call 815-552-4260

• Adult Makers DIY – 7 to 8 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Genealogy Club – 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• January Best of Best Reception for The Plainfield Art League and 4 Area High Schools as well as an Open to the public One Night Show – 7 to 8:45 p.m.,  Jon Balke Gallery, Dist 202 Admin Bldg, 15732 S Howard St., Plainfield. For more information, visit www.plainfieldartleague.org.

Jan. 11

• Knitting and Crocheters Nest morning Session – 10 a.m. to noon, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Teens and adults. 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. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• How to Self-Publish a Book for (Nearly) Free – 6 to 8 p.m., Book and Bean Cafe, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.writeonJoliet.com.

• Sips and Smocks Painting Party– 6 to 8 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W. 195th St, Mokena. To register, call 708-479-9663 or register through the events calendar at www.mokenalibrary.org.

• DIY Cinemagraphs – 6:30 to 8 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Adelitas Way – 7 p.m., The Forge, 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. Call 815-280-5246 or visit www.theforgelive.com.

• Who’s Who of Owls – 7 p.m., Pilcher Park Nature Center 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. Speaker: Mark Spreyer, executive director of the Stillman Nature Center in Barrington and organizer and director Chicago’s peregrine falcon release program. Social hour begins 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Will County Audubon Society. Free and open to the public. For information, visit www.willcountyaudubon.org.

Jan. 12

• Preschool Activity Time – 10 to 11 a.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

• Comedian Dennis Miller – 8 p.m., Rialto Square Theater, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Award-winning comedian, talk-show host, author and TV personality. After captivating audiences on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1991, he went on to earn five Emmy and three Writers Guild of America awards for his critically acclaimed talk show, “Dennis Miller Live.” For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.

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