• 2018 licenses now available – Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman combination licenses are available now at www.dnr.illinois.gov. The new license year in Illinois begins April 1, and licenses are valid through March 31, 2019.
• Camping reservations – Make your Illinois state park campsite reservations at www.reserveamerica.com.
• Crafters and vendors wanted for Simple Indulgence Craft and Vendor Fair – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14, First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Proceeds (excluding sales of craft items) benefit Feed My Starving Children. For registration and information, visit www.firstpresjoliet.org, or call 815-727-9259.
• Books and Beer Book Discussion – 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, White Oak Library District, Romeoville branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville. 21 and older. April’s book: “ Americanah,” by Chmamanda Ngozi Adichie. Copies available after March at adult services desk. To register and for information, call 815-552-4230 or visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org.
• 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.
• Chicago Society of Artists exhibit – Through April 7, Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport. For information, call 815-483-4310 or visit www.galleryseven.net.
• Easter Candy Counting Contest – Through March 29. Joliet Park District’s multipurpose center, Joliet. Guess the amount of candies in a jar. Winner receives a prize. For information, visit jolietpark.org/free-events.
• Egg My Yard – Order a yardful of eggs from the “Easter Bunny.” For prices and information, call Nicole Paulsen at 815-474-5109 or Deb Baker at 815-252-0334.
• 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.
• Fishing information booklet – Visit www.ifishillinois.org/regulations/2018FishingGuide.pdf.
• 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. First come, first served. For information, including fees, visit reconnectwithnature.org.
• 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.
• Forest Preserve District of Will County “The Weekly Five” email blast – Upcoming programs and events. To sign up for The Weekly Five, visit bit.ly/weekly5email.
• Gallery Seven – Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport. New gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, or by appointment Wednesday. All exhibited work is for sale. Free admission and open to the public. For information, call 815-483-4310 or visit
• 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.
• Illinois Department of Natural Resources accepting Illinois fishing tournament applications – For information, visit
• 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 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.
• “Illinois Sportsmen’s Guide to the
2018 Farm Bill” – For a copy and information, visit www.ILCF.org.
• Illinois spring trout fishing season opens April 7 – Will County: Lake Milliken, Des Plaines Conservation Area. For other sites and information, www.ifishillinois.org.
• J-Town Film Fest – Submissions open. Event is April 29, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Theme is “Focus on Film.” High school students and adults may submit work. For information, visit www.bicentennialpark.org or call 815-724-3761.
• “Last Call for Alcohol: The History of Joliet’s Breweries” – Exhibit available through Oct. 31, Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St., Joliet. For information, call 815-723-5201 or visit www.jolietmuseum.org.
• 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 (email@example.com). Lincoln-Way East: Denise Bednar (firstname.lastname@example.org). Lincoln-Way West: Jody Jensen (email@example.com). Lincoln-Way Sponsorship: Kim Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
• 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.
• “Picture this, Romeoville” – Monthly photo contest. For information, visit
• Public hunting areas report – Visit
• Romeoville Art Society Monthly Community Poetry & Image Competition –
For information and registration, email email@example.com.
• Spring trout season – Opens April 7. For a list of locations stocked for the spring trout season and details, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/Illinois-Spring-Trout-Fishing-Season-Opens-April-7.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
• 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.com.
• 79th annual Community Services Council Meeting & annual Banquet – April 19, Jacob Henry Victorian Ballroom, 15 S. Richards St., Joliet. Registration and networking is at 7:40 a.m. Program and breakfast is at 8 a.m. $30. Includes breakfast buffet. No tickets sold at door. RSVP by April 6. Make checks payable to: Community Services Council of Will County Inc., Mail to P.O. Box 1102 Joliet, IL 60434-1102.
• “Big Daddy” Don Garlits to attend NHRA Route 66 Nationals – May 31 to
June 3, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet. For information, visit www.Route66Raceway.com or call 888-629-RACE.
• Cancer Support Center Spring Gala – April 20, The Odyssey, 19110 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park. Cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Award presentation at 7:30 p.m. After-party at 9 p.m. $125. $50 after-party only. Black tie optional. “Wizard of Oz” theme. Silent auction and raffles. The Cancer Support Center has locations in Mokena and Homewood. Purchase tickets at give.classy.org/2018SpringGala. For information, call 708-798-9171 or visit www.cancersupportcenter.org.
• Chicago Essentials Bus Tour – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 24. Registration deadline is March 26. For more information, call the Plainfield Park District at 815-436-8812 or visit www.plfdparks.org.
• Coach Pitch – For players ages 6 to 7 that want to continue to learn the fundamentals of the game using the three-out format. No draft for players to attend; coaches and the athletic supervisor will organize teams. Practices start first week of April. Cost includes uniform and trophy. For information, visit www.romeoville.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.
• Derby Day Horseshoe Hunt – 10 a.m. to noon, May 5, Begin and end at Carson Tap House 823 Liberty St., Morris. $25 per two to four person team. Children over 6 welcome with adult. Benefits Joliet Area Community Hospice. Register by April 21 at www.joliethospice.org or contact Mary Rossio at 815-641-6315 or email@example.com
• Easter Brunch – 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m., April 1, Prairie Bluff Golf Course, 19433 Renwick Road, Lockport. $29 (ages 11 and up), $15 (ages 3 to 10). Free for 3 and under.
For more information call 815-838-1183 or visit lockportpark.org.
• Engelbert Humperdinck: The Man I Want To Be Tour! – 8 p.m., April 21, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.
• Fifth Annual Foodie 5K Series to benefit – Northern Illinois Food Bank. April 7: Foodie 5K DuPage County, Cantigny Park in Wheaton; May 12: Foodie 5K Lake County, Independence Grove in Libertyville; Sept. 15: Foodie 5K Will County, Lewis University in Romeoville. All proceeds benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, where every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food. Participants encouraged to fundraise. For registration and information, visit www.SolveHungerToday.org/Foodie5K.
• Hollywood Casino (Aurora) – Event is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bus picks up at Prairie Bluff Golf Course. 19433 Renwick Rd. at 8:45 a.m. $10 per person for transportation and parking. Bring own money for the casino For more information call 815-838-1183 or visit lockportpark.org.
• Huey Lewis and the News – 9 p.m., June 22, ATI Field, Joliet Memorial Stadium, Joliet. $11 for general admission and $47.50 for reserved front section seats. To purchase, visit www.tasteofjoliet.com.
• Hufford’s Alumni Social – 5 to 7 p.m. April 5, Hufford Junior High, 1125 N. Larkin Ave., Joliet. Open house, food, door prizes. For all current and former students and staff are invited. Ages and 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 815-725-3540.
• Joliet Area Community Hospice 6th annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk – May 19, New Lenox Village Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Check-in is at 8 a.m. Run/walk is at 9 a.m. All ages. Register by May 7 at www.joliethospice.org.
• Joliet Area Community Hospice annual Dinner – April 16, Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook. Social hour is at 5 p.m. Dinner and program is from 6 to 8 p.m., Cash bar, silent auction, raffles. $75 or $750 for 10. To register and for information, visit www.joliethospice.org.
• Joliet Central High School Class of 1958 60th reunion – Sept. 15 to Sept. 16. For alumni who did not receive a save the date invitation, call Diana Lambert Ceci at 815-726-7241.
• Joliet Rocket – Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. a series of first-class, vintage passenger train excursions between Joliet and Chicago with 1940s steam locomotive No. 765. Food
and vintage cocktail service, live entertainment, reenactors, photo opportunities and
contests, an improved VIP layover reception. Tickets available late April 4 at fortwaynerailroad.org. For updates, visit bit.ly/2FgtbIM.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Little Ball – For players ages 5 to 6 who have been in the program at least one year. Emphasizes fundamentals. Teams will play 10-12 games and start with a tee to develop timing and move to a coach pitch (three-out) format. No draft; coaches and athletic supervisor organize teams. Practices start first week of April. Cost includes uniform and trophy. For more information, visit www.romeoville.org.
• Little Tee’s T-Ball – For players ages 4 to 5 who never played or who are under 5. Teams will hit off a tee for most of 10-game season and move to a coach pitch format. Practices start first week of April. Players receive uniform and trophy. For more information, visit www.romeoville.org.
• Once the Musical at the Paramount – Noon to 4 p.m., May 16. RSVP by April 2.
For more information, call the Plainfield Park District at 815-436-8812 or visit www.plfdparks.org.
• Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening – April 3, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.
• Plainfield Art Logo Contest – Hosted by State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield). To celebrate "the only place in America where the two most famous roads converge – the former Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway (Route30)," Blatnick said in a news release.
$500 prize. Winning artwork will be the official emblem of the intersection. Submit entries on any type of 11x14 medium fit for display. Drop off by April 30 at 24047 W. Lockport Street in Plainfield. For more information, call 815-254-0000.
• Titan Trot 5K & Dash – 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 at Willowview Park, 11409 W. 195th Street in Mokena. 5K race, non-competitive 5K walk and Kids Dash. The course is UTSAF certified, chip timed course and results are posted online. Benefits St. Mary School. To register, visit runsignup.com. For more information, visit www.stmaryschoolmokena.org.
• Trivia Challenge – 6:30 p.m. April 6, Mickey's Grill & Pub, 377 S. Budler, Romeoville. Benefits Youth Outreach Commission. For information, visit www.romeoville.org/862/Romeoville-Trivia-Challenge.
• Fish Fry – 5 to 8 p.m., Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Featuring youth strings chamber ensemble, LWE Jazz Combo 1, LWE vocalists, LWE Jazz Combo 2 and a preview of the LWE spring musical. Raffle. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Dine-in and carryout. Benefits Lincoln-Way East music department.
• Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival – 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24, 1 to 3 p.m., March 25, Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox. Features all three Lincoln-Way high schools, as well as performances by collegiate and high school guitar ensembles from across the Midwest. Also Four Aces Guitar Quartet from Antwerp, Belgium (Saturday) and a 150-member guitar ensemble performing "Tirandosaurus," written by Swiss composer Jürg Kindle and commissioned by the Lincoln-Way Central Music Boosters (Sunday). Admission: free March 23, $10 March 24 and $5 March 25.
• Twiztid – 7:30 p.m., The Forge, 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. Call 815-280-5246 or visit www.theforgelive.com.
• USF Swingin’ Saints serve Culinary Jazz – 7:30 p.m., University of St. Francis, San Damiano Hall (Motherhouse), Joliet. USF’s vocal jazz ensemble will perform a variety of pieces – many about food – from the American vocal jazz repertoire. For tickets and more information, call 815-740-3395 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.
• Folking Up the Midwest – 8 p.m., The Drunken Donut, 821 Plainfield Road, Joliet. For information, call 815-723-8210.
• On the Off Chance Vinyl Release Show – 9 p.m., Chicago Street Pub, 75 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Call 815-727-7171 or visit www.chicagost.com.
• Open Mic night – 9 to 11 p.m.; also March 30, Tully’s Monster Pub and Grill, 104 Liberty St., Morris. Call 815-941-5098.
• Made in America: A Tribute to Toby Keith – 10 p.m., Skooter’s Roadhouse, 700 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood. For more information, call 815-799-4700 or visit www.skootersroadhouse.com.
• Mistwood Hole In Run 5K 2018 - Run/Walk for Autism – 9 a.m. to noon, March 24, 1700 W. Renwick Rd., Romeoville. Portion of proceeds benefits Autism Speaks in Chicago. To register, visit mistwoodgc.com/hole-in-run. For more information, call 815-254-3333.
• Friends of the Library Book Nook Sale – 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., White Oak Library, Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill. Books priced to move. Call 815-725-0234 or visit whiteoaklibrary.org.
• Sensory Lego Fun – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W 195th St., Mokena. For ages 3 to 8 with sensory processing needs. Make and take set of Duplo Legos provided. To register, call 708-479-9663 or register on the events calendar at www.mokenalibrary.org.
• The New Hue Masquerade Ball – 6:30 p.m., March 24, Juliet’s, 205 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, and a photo booth. $40. Benefits The New Hue’s scholarship program. Black-tie. Masquerade masks highly encouraged. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite.
• Fur Ball – 7 p.m. March 24, Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel, 151 N. Joliet St., Joliet. Benefits Will County Humane Society. For tickets and information, call 815-741-0695 or visit www.willcountyhumane.com.
• Jake the Snake, Mike Stricker, & more – 8 p.m., The Forge 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. Join WWE Hall of Famer Jake the Snake for an evening of stories, jokes, life lessons and Q&A. Special guests Mike Stricker, Sean & Lindsey and Aimee Blaze. Hosted by Timmy Blaze. For tickets and information, visit www.theforgelive.com.
• Strung Out – 8 p.m., March 24, Croatian Cultural Club, 1503 Clement St., Joliet. Strung Out features a dynamic blend of guitars, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and percussion, topped off with five outstanding vocalists. For more information, visit www.strungoutband.com.
• RockStar Rodeo Live – 9 p.m., Skooter’s Roadhouse, 700 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood. For more information, call 815-799-4700 or visit www.skootersroadhouse.com.
• 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.
• Childerguild Book Fair – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; also March 27, Silver Cross Hospital, outside Seasons dining room, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Children’s books and games, cookbooks, self-help and other adult books. Cash, check and major credit cards accepted. For more information, call 815-300-7117.
• Music Together – 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Mondays, March 26 to May 21, Romeoville. Ages 5 and under. For information, visit brochure at www.romeoville.org.
• Monday Movie Matinee – 12:30 p.m., Lockport Branch Library, at 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. Classic films on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Light refreshments. To register and for more information, call 815-552-4260 or visit www.whiteoaklibrary.org.
• Big Lagniappe – 6 to 9 p.m., Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Call 815-727-7171 or visit www.chicagost.com.
• "Spring Fever Scavenger Hunt” – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 27 through March 29, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Free. All ages. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
• The Rock Island Comes to Morris – 6 to 7:30 p.m., Morris Area Public Library, 604 N. Liberty St., Morris. Presenters: Railroad aficionado Zack Hajduk and local history librarian Debbie Steffes. vintage photographs. Hosted by the Grundy County Historical Society and the Morris Area Public Library. For more information, visit www.grundycountyhs.org.
• Footprints in the Sand: A Holy Week Cantata – 7 to 8 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, New Lenox. With narrations and scripture, this cantata tells of the life of Christ. Vocal choirs, full orchestra, guest vocalists and guest soloists. Free. All ages
• Origami for Kids – 7 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, March 27 to May 1, Romeoville. Ages 7 to 12. For information, visit brochure at www.romeoville.org.
• Computer Graphics presented by Judith Mayer – 7 p.m., Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W 151st St., Homer Glen. Topic: Creating their marketing material on the computer, good and bad design. Donation for local food pantry appreciated. Refreshments. For more information about the speaker, visit www.judithmayer.com. for more information about the event, call Liz Popp Connelly at 815-341-1145 or visit www.lemontartistsguild.org.
• Froggy Fresh – 8 p.m., The Forge 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. For tickets and information, visit www.theforgelive.com.
• Flaw – 7 p.m., The Forge, 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. Call 815-280-5246 or visit www.theforgelive.com.
• “George Fell: Setting the Stage for Midewin” – 7 p.m., Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S. State Rt. 53, Wilmington. Presenter: Arthur Pearson, author and director for the Chicago Program for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. Doors open 6:30 p.m . Light refreshments. Register at 815-423-6370 or e-mail Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.
• Ricky Nelson Remembered Celebration Concert – 8 p.m., March 30, Rialto Square Theater, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. American icon and rock and roll star, Ricky Nelson, will be honored by his twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. For tickets, call 815-726-6600 or visit rialtosquare.com.
• Myspace Emo Prom – 9 p.m., Skooter’s Roadhouse, 700 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood. For more information, call 815-799-4700 or visit www.skootersroadhouse.com.