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Gotta Do It: Jan. 28 through Feb. 4

Those who wish to support the Special Games can dine at participating Panera restaurants on Feb. 2. Panera restaurants participating include Bolingbrook (855 E. Boughton Road), Frankfort (11069 W. Lincoln Highway) or Tinley Park (7212 W. 191st St.). Customers should print or show an electronic version of the flyer to the cashier; a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the Special Games. For flyer, visit www.lw210.org/central and go to "Special Resources."
Those who wish to support the Special Games can dine at participating Panera restaurants on Feb. 2. Panera restaurants participating include Bolingbrook (855 E. Boughton Road), Frankfort (11069 W. Lincoln Highway) or Tinley Park (7212 W. 191st St.). Customers should print or show an electronic version of the flyer to the cashier; a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the Special Games. For flyer, visit www.lw210.org/central and go to "Special Resources."

Ongoing

2018 CAPE Award – District 202 community members are invited and encouraged to nominate a District 202 staff or community member. The CAPE Award was established in 1983 to honor an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and service within the Plainfield Community and schools. Deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 9. For information, visit www.psd202.org.

• Illinois Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 29 – Taxpayers can file their Form IL-1040 for free using MyTax Illinois at mytax.illinois.gov. Individuals may also use MyTax Illinois to make payments, check the status of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refund using www.revenue.state.il.us/Individuals/Refunds.htm and look up their IL-PIN, estimated tax payments, and 1099-G amounts.

• A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship – For part-time and full-time students enrolled at an accredited college or university who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. $250, $500 or $1,000 each year. Students must write an essay of at least 1,000 words pertaining to the auto import industry. Deadline is March 10. For information, visit www.a1autotransport.com/a-1-auto-transport-scholarship.

• Career Online High School – Must be over 21 and a resident of the Shorewood-Troy Public Library District with intermediate computer skills and the ability to navigate internet without help. Must complete a basic prerequisite course, an interview process and all coursework within 18 months. Scholarships awarded. For information, call 815-725-1715.

• Children’s Book Drive for National Hook-up of Black Women/Silver Cross Reading Rooms – Through Jan. 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 located at the hospital entrances. For information, call Leslie Newbon at 815-300-1096 or Debra Upshaw at 815-509-0063.

• ComEd Assistance Available to Help Customers with Winter Bills – For information on ComEd’s financial assistance programs, including eligibility requirements, visit ComEd.com/CARE or call 1-888-806-CARE (2273).

• District 202 Limited Full-day Kindergarten – District 202 parents may apply online for the random, computerized lottery starting at 7 a.m. Jan. 29 through 5 p.m. Feb. 9. Lottery held 10 a.m. Feb. 16. Parents notified no later than Feb. 16. For information, visit www.psd202.org.

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

• Help a Struggling Family in Lockport/Homer Glen – Total Flooring will give one family a free room of carpet (no larger than 270 square feet), pad and installation. Describe in 100 words or fewer why the family deserves to win. Include name, address and phone number (email where applicable) of the deserving family. Valued at $450. Send submission letters to 13412 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL 60491, or t7083019061@gmail.com.

• Horizon Grants – Up to $1,000 each to high school juniors from all four District 202 high schools and Plainfield Academy, the district’s alternative high school. Applications, due April 20, can be found at www.d202foundation.org under “Programs.”

• IHDA Home Accessibility Program – HAP will fund up to $25,000 for accessibility modifications for both rental and owner-occupied homes for seniors and people with disabilities. Contact Gina Morales, Will County Center for Community Concerns, at 815-722-0722, ext 220, or gmorales@wcccc.net.

• Illinois AMVETS Collection Site – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union St., Morris, and Ace Hardware parking lot, 855 S. Ridge Road, Minooka. For information, call the Grundy County VAC office at 815-941-3152.

• Illinois Soybean Association Scholarship – Open to students studying crop sciences at Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois and Western Illinois University. Five $4,000 scholarships to be awarded each year. Applications due Feb. 1. In March, the ISA Scholarship Committee will conduct applicant interviews in Bloomington. To apply, visit www.iaafoundation.org/scholarships or call Angel Terrell at the ISA office at 309-808-3600. 

• Lifeline Program – Lifeline is a federally funded program that subsidizes the cost of one telephone per household, either a cellphone or a landline phone. Internet service as part of the cost of the phone may also be available. Eligible families can enroll by calling their local telephone service provider or a participating cellphone provider and asking to be enrolled in Lifeline. The two largest providers in Illinois are AT&T (888-256-5378) and Frontier Communications (800-921-8101). For information or to donate, visit www.linkupillinois.org.

• Lockport Township Park District’s Before/After School Program – Register at Challenge Fitness, 2021 S. Lawrence Ave., Lockport. For information and to download the parent handbook, visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.

• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds – Eligible to apply now: households with a family member age 60 or older and/or currently receiving disability benefits, households with disconnected service or which have a disconnection notice, households with a child younger than 6, all income-eligible households. Sign up at Will County Center for Community Concerns, 2455 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday or until the daily sign-in sheet is full (whichever comes first). Applications also taken at various locations throughout the Will County area. Applications taken through May 31 or until funding is exhausted. For other locations, a list of documents needed to apply and more information, call 815-722-0722 or visit www.wcccc.net.  

• Norwegian heritage scholarship – The Norwegian National League of Chicago is offering scholarships and cash prizes to deserving students who are of Norwegian heritage residing in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, McHenry and Will.
Entries must be postmarked by March 1. For scholarship information and applications, visit www.nnleague.org or contact Tom Maxson at 847-297-1656 or tjmax@wowway.com.

• Online Voter Registration for Illinois – Visit ova.elections.il.gov.

• Passport Applications at White Oak Library – For information, call Lockport branch at 815-552-4260, Crest Hill branch at 815-552-4270 or Romeoville branch at 815-552-4200.

• Frankfort Teachers Association Scholarship – For high school seniors and graduates of Frankfort School District 157-C who are pursuing a career in education. The Frankfort Teachers Association awards two $500 scholarships. Applications are due by March 8 at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Students selected April 3 and notified on April 9. Senior Awards Night is May 9 at Lincoln-Way East. Coordinate application process through student's guidance counselor. For information, contact Lynne Jurges at ljurges@lw210.org.

• School Essentials Survey – Joliet Township High School District 204 and Valley View School District 365U are joining the Illinois State Board of Education in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Parents: to take the survey, visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois through Jan. 31. For information, visit the website or contact 5Essentials Client Services at 866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

• “Share the Warmth” Winter Coat Drive – Through Jan. 31, Romeoville Branch Library, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville. Clean, gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children and adults. Donation box in lobby. Benefits West Suburban Community Pantry in Woodridge. For information, call 815-552-4230 or visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org.

• Victims Legal Advice Line – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 844-388-7757 (toll free). Prairie State Legal Services will answer brief civil questions for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Bilingual staff or interpreters for limited English-proficient callers. For legal representation and information, visit www.pslegal.org.

• Vote by Mail Ballot – Request one for the March 20 primary election. Available through 4:30 p.m. March 15. For information, visit www.thewillcountyclerk.com.

• Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting and Election – Three directors will be elected to the board. Absentee balloting is Jan. 31 to Feb. 12. An election will be held at the office from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, with the annual meeting at 6 p.m. For information, contact Kim Mitchell at 815-462-3106 or kim.mitchell@will-scookswcd.org.

• Seeking Republican Election Judges – To work upcoming elections. Must attend a 2½-hour training class. Upon completion of training, election judges are paid $150 for the day they are assigned to work a polling place, including mileage reimbursement. Election judges can earn extra compensation if they are assigned to pick up and drop off election supplies. Apply at www.thewillcountyclerk.com.

• Will County Center for Community Concerns Scholarship – Must live in Will County, meet income guidelines and attend an accredited institution of higher education in Illinois during the 2018 calendar year. Funding is provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Applications available at 2455 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, or www.wcccc.net. Deadline is Feb. 12. For information, call Belithia Johnson at 815-722-0722, ext. 209.

• Will County Forest Preserve District Safety Wristbands – Colorful wristbands, two sizes, imprinted with the telephone number for the Will County Sheriff’s Police dispatch center. The center provides dispatching services for the Forest Preserve District’s Police Department. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

• Workforce Service Division of Will County Job Board – For information and postings, visit jb.jobs4people.org.

• Zonta Club of Joliet Accepting Scholarship Applications – Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to young women in the community through the Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Applicants must be 16 to 19 years old. Deadline is Feb. 16. For applications, visit jolietzonta.org. Send applications and questions to Mary Kapella at mkapel1@uic.edu.

Jan. 28

• Meatloaf Cookoff Benefit – Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 28, Dog House Pub, 3111 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Cash prizes. $10 to enter, $5 to dine. Raffles, 50/50. Benefits MorningStar Mission Ministries. To register and for contest rules, contact Eloise Crabb, MorningStar Mission, at 815-722-5780 or directorofdevelopment@morningstarmission.org, or call Dog House Pub at 815-730-1247.

• Early Childhood Education Open House – 2 to 3 p.m., Program Center, 10925 W. La Porte Road, Mokena (south end of Main Park). For information, call Mokena Park District at 708-390-2401 or visit www.mokenapark.com.

Jan. 29

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

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook.

• Conversational ESL for Adults – 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; also 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

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

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

• Microsoft PowerPoint – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

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

Jan. 30

• Electronics Recycling – 6 to 11 a.m., Lockport Public Works, 17112 Prime Blvd., Lockport.

• Industry Orientation – 9 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Professional, financial, information technology. Register at jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Living Life Skills Educational Workshop – 9:30 to 11 a.m., Disability Resource Center, 77 N. 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet. Call 815-729-0162 (voice), 815-729-2085 (TTY) or 815-768-2582 (VRS).

• Conversational ESL for Adults – 10 a.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

Alison.com – 1:30 p.m.; also 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Workforce Center, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Orientation for Alison.com, an internet site offering courses to help people learn new skills or update ones they already have. Free for Will County residents. For information, call 815-727-4444 and press 0.

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

• Bingo – 5 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Call 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org.

• WOTM Bingo – Doors open 5 p.m. and bingo starts 7 p.m., 118 E. 10th St., Lockport. Upstairs. Elevator accessible in back of lodge.

• Bingo – 6:45 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 100 S. 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet. Call 815-725-0746.

• Midwest Crossroad Chorus of Sweet Adelines International – 7 p.m., Trinity Christian School, 901 Shorewood Drive, Shorewood. Call 866-588-7464 or visit midwestcrossroad.org.

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

Jan. 31

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

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

• Workforce Center of Will County to Host LinkedIn Speaker – Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. From 10 a.m. to noon, Wayne Breitbarth will show attendees how to make their profiles stand out, explain how recruiters use LinkedIn, and highlight changes since it was purchased by Microsoft. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Breitbarth will teach businesses how to use LinkedIn to recruit new employees and how branding can help a company grow. Free to Will County residents. To reserve a seat at either workshop, email ekohl@willcountyillinois.com. For information, call 815-723-3887.

• Public Meeting for Interstate 80 Study – 4 to 7 p.m., Joliet Junior College event center, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. Written comments may be submitted at the meeting, mailed afterward or made through the project website at www.I-80Will.com. Comments received by Feb. 14 will become part of the official meeting record. Anyone needing special assistance should call Leisa Niemotka of Images Inc. at 630-510-3944, ext. 115. People planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the department’s TTY/TTD number, 800-526-0844/or 711; TTY users (Spanish) 800-501-0864/or 711; or Telebraille 877-526-6670 at least five days prior to the meeting.

Feb. 1

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Wilmington Public Library District, 201 S. Kankakee St., Wilmington. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

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

• Industry Orientation – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Manufacturing, transportation, distribution, logistics. Register at jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

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

• Great Adventures Preschool Free Information Session – 7 p.m.; also March 1, Heritage Professional Center, 24023 W. Lockport St., Plainfield.  General information and curriculum content will be shared. For information about section openings, payment plans or registration, visit www.plfdparks.org or call 815-436-8812.

Feb. 2

17th Annual Special Games Fundraiser – Dine at Panera in Bolingbrook (855 E. Boughton Road), Frankfort (11069 W. Lincoln Highway) or Tinley Park (7212 W. 191st St.). Print or show an electronic version of the flyer to the cashier; a portion of proceeds will benefit the Special Games. Lincoln-Way Central will host the games on March 8. For Panera flyer, visit www.lw210.org/central and go to "Special Resources."

• Job Fair – 9 to 11 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Seeking assemblers, CNC machinist trainee, forklift operators, general laborer, material handlers, machine operators, packers, QC inspector, residential sales representative, school bus driver and warehouse associates. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon, Frankfort Public Library District, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Fish Fry – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stone City Post, Stone City VFW Post 2199, 124 Stone City Drive, Joliet. Dining room open from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 815-722-7122.

• Fish Fry – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Fish, chicken and shrimp. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

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

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Mokena Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Visit jobs4people.org or call 815-727-4444.

• Bingo – Doors open 4 p.m., cards begin 6 p.m., St. Mary Nativity School, 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet.

• Fish Fry – 4 to 7:30 p.m., Cantigny VFW Post 367, 826 Horseshoe Drive, Joliet. Call 815-722-5398.

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

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

• Fish Fry – 5 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Karaoke begins at 8:30 p.m. Call 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org.

Feb. 3

• Household Hazardous Waste Disposal – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Naperville Regional HHW Facility, 184 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville. Visit willcountygreen.com. Call 815-474-4385.

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

• “Hallelujah” Soup Supper – 4 to 6:30 p.m., Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City. Vegetable beef and chicken noodle soups. Includes choice of soup, a sandwich, crackers, a beverage, ice cream and dessert. $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 6 to 12, $2 for ages 3 to 5, free for age 2 and younger. Carryouts available. Proceeds benefit church building fund.

• Joliet West Band Booster Spaghetti Dinner – 4 to 7 p.m., Joliet West High School cafeteria, 401 N. Larkin Ave., Joliet. $12. Includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drink. Dine-in or carryout. Raffles.

• Taco Dinner – 4 to 7 p.m., First Braidwood's Presbyterian Church, 106 S. Lincoln St., Braidwood. $10 for three-taco dinner (soft or hard shell; chicken or beef) with all the trimmings. Includes rice, beans, drink and dessert.

Feb. 4

• Vortex Open Video Game Play – 3 to 5 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit fountaindale.org.

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