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Local arts and entertainment Oct. 5 through Oct. 12

Oct. 5

• Art of Illinois – Through October, Gallery Seven, 200 W. 8th Street Ste 200, Lockport. For information, call 815-483-4310, email or visit

• Painter's Group – 8 a.m. to noon, Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N Center St., Joliet. For information, visit or 815-723-9713.

• Artwork of Paul Schranz – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Oct. 26, Lewis University, Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, Romeoville. Artist reception is 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Free and open to the public. Schranz is retired professor emeritus of art, Governors State University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate studies in aesthetics, techniques and photo history. For information, contact Natalie Swain at

• Line Dancing: Advanced – 10 to 11:30 a.m.; also Oct. 12, Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N Center St., Joliet. Experienced dancer session. No partner required. For information, visit or call 815-723-9713.

• Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm Pumpkin Fest – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Through Oct. 31, 17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport.15-acre Superman Corn Maze, hayride out to the U- Pick Pumpkin Field, pet and feed farm animals, ziplines, giant slides, over 30 other attractions. For themed events and information, visit

• Mahjong – 1 to 3 p.m., Coal City Public Library District, 85 N. Garfield Street, Coal City.Adults can play or learn to play Mahjong a traditional Chinese tile game. Beginners contact adult services department at 815-634-4552.

• Morris Watercolor Guild – 1 to 3 p.m.; also Oct. 12, United Methodist Church, 118 W. Jackson St., Morris. Meets Friday afternoons. Monthly workshops. Occasional field trips. New members welcome. For more information, call Kathy Skoza at 815-685-1046.

• Fun Fridays – 3 to 5 p.m. for kindergarten through fifth grade and 3:30 to 5 p.m. for sixth through 12th grade. Coal City Public Library District, 85 N. Garfield St., Coal City. Kids will draw monsters with a throw of the dice. For more information, contact Rene Norris at 815-634-4552 ext. 110 or For more information on the teen program contact Danielle Diamond at 815-634-4552 ext. 112 or

• Alex Hoffer Band – 7 p.m., River Hawk Brewing, 24735 W. Eames St., Channahon. For more information, visit

• Hayride of Horror – 7 to 10 p.m., Dellwood Park, State Street and Woods Drive, Lockport. Every Friday and Saturday in October. For tickets, or For information, visit www.lockportpark.orgor call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.

• Open Mic – 7 to 10 p.m., The EXibit Fine Art Center and Gallery, 315-A Bedford Road, Morris. $5 donation suggested. Coffee, water and popcorn provided. BYO beverages and snacks. For information, visit

• "Passengers" – 7:30 p.m.; also Oct. 6, Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, Morris Theatre Guild, 516 W. Illinois Ave., Morris. In eight comedic sketches, a series of characters meet in the bus station. For tickets and more information, visit

Oct. 6

• Angel Hooves Healing Hearts Fundraiser – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ludwigs Feed Store Corporation, 13205 131st St., Lemont. Angel Hooves, Healing Hearts Inc. is a nonprofit organization that uses their miniature therapy horses for fundraisers and to help children and elderly. Vendors, raffle baskets. For information, visit

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Will County – Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Rock Run Forest Preserve 3395 Black Road, Joliet. To register and for more information, visit

• Blanket Party – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Morris Woman's Club-GFWC Illinois 520 W Illinois Ave. Morris. Bring sewing machine if you have one. No experience necessary. Blankets are simple to make with only straight stitching. Light lunch and snacks provided. For more information, visit

• Car Show & BBQ – Car Show: 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 BBQ Dinner: Noon to 3 p.m., Newark American Legion, 606 Fennel Road, Newark. BBQ is $10 for adults, $5 for children. 50/50 raffle, a grab bag raffle, and a gun raffle.

• Ghost Tour – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Depart from Jitters Coffee House 178 Chicago St., Joliet. Bachelors Grove, St. James Sag, see where Al Capone is buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Halloween raffles. Bring own refreshments. Adults only $35. Contact Brother Ed at 217-316-4335.

• Illinois History – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Manhattan Historical Museum, 255 S. State St., Manhattan. 130 years of Manhattan Village history, a salute to local veterans and historic photos of the town. The latest edition of Manhattan Memories. Booklets from recent exhibits. For more information, email

• Pet Blessing – 10 a.m., Peace Lutheran, 101 Candlelight Lane, Morris. Pastor Lu Cantrell will conduct a brief introduction and then bless each pet individually. Meet under the canopy in the parking lot. For information, call 815-942-1010.

• The STEAM Workshop – 10:30 a.m. to noon, Three Rivers Public Library District, 109 Wabena Ave., Minooka. Robots, coding, circuits and more! Come explore our STEAM toys and kits. Kindergarten through fifth grade with adult. No registration required. For information, call 815-467-1600 or visit

• Blessing of Pets at St. Mary Nativity – 11:30 a.m., St. Mary Nativity, 706 N. Broadway, Joliet. Bring leashed pets to north parking lot of school. For information, call 815-726-4031.

• Blessing of the Animals – Noon, St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. Meet in the north parking lot. Leash, crate or contain all finned, furred or feathered friends.

• Open House – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Minooka Fire Protection District, 7901 E Minooka Road, Minooka. Fun-filled afternoon for kids and adults. All for free! Hosted by Minooka Fire Protection District.

• Don and Susan Reitsma Oktoberfest Program – 1 to 2 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W 195th St, Mokena. Music from a variety of eras. To register, call 708-479-9663 or visit the events calendar at

• Lil’ Thangz Miniature Workshop – 1 to 4 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W 195th St., Mokena. Ages 3 and up to build 3D interchangeable shapes from 2D materials. To register, call 708-479-9663.

• PureFest 2018 – Doors open 1 p.m. Show begins 2 p.m ., Cross Point Church in Lockport. Christian improv and sketch fest. Featuring MADtrimony, which stars PureFest creator Dave and his wife Bobbie Ebert; Master Arts Theatre sketch team from Michigan, Ringo Starr of Bethlehem (Jake Hovis, Dano Qualls, and Taylor Wingerter) from Colorado; Fish Sticks Comedy from Wisconsin; and the Chicago area HaHaMen Improv and Sketch Comedy Troupe. or more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit, or email

• Marching Spartan Classic – Romeoville High School stadium. begin with the National Anthem at 1:50 PM sung by RHS’ Choral Singers and colors presented by the Romeoville High School Junior ROTC program. 16 bands will compete. The Marching Spartans are under the direction of Clark Anderson and Adam Hill. Also, Fall Percussion Showcase in the courtyard of Romeoville High School hosted by Midwest Percussion Cooperative (MPC).

• Pet Costume Parade and Pet Adoption Day – 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Register at

• Brew Night – 4 to 6 p.m., Community Park, west entrance, Channahon. Sample different craft beers under the fall trees. Souvenir glass. Light snacks and cash bar will be available. $15. For more information, visit

• Artist Reception for Art of Illinois – 6 to 8 p.m.,Gallery Seven, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport. Meet the 60 artists. Free and open to the public. For information email or call 815-483-4310.

• Alex Hoffer Band – 7 p.m., River Hawk Brewing, 24735 W. Eames St., Channahon. For more information, visit

Oct. 7

• ‘Woods Walk’ program – Ends Nov. 30. Participants who hike seven of 10 designated trails during that time period will receive a collector’s medal. Trail trips vary in length from 1 to 6 miles. Trail locations range from Naperville to the north, Manhattan to the south, Crete Township to the east and Channahon to the west. Guides available at four visitor centers. For more information, visit

 Cancer Support Center Fall Walk of Hope – The Cancer Support Center, 2028 Elm Road, Homewood. Registration begins 8 a.m. Walks begins 9 a.m. Superhero-themed. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. Benefits programs at Homewood and Mokena locations. To register online and for information, visit

• Remote Control Car Competition – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dollinger Family Farm, 7420 E Hansel Road, Channahon. For more information about the NWI TTC club, visit

• “Living History Demonstrations" – Noon to 3 p.m., Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum. Re-enactors from the museum’s volunteer brigade portray life during the 18th-century French fur trade era. Registration not required. Free, all-ages. For information, visit

• “Meet a Beekeeper” – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Plum Creek Nature Center, Beecher. Mike Rusnak will discuss beekeeping. Q&A. 18 and older. Free. Registration is not required. For information, visit

• Guns and Hoses Softball Game – 5 to 7 p.m, 725 School St. Morris. Softball game to raise funds for AEDs in Morris. Hosted by the Morris Police Department.

Oct. 8

• Woodworking Club – 9 to noon., also 1 to 3 p..; also Oct,11, Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N. Center St., Joliet. For information, visit or call 815-723-9713.

• Wendy’s Car Club – 6 to 9 p.m., Wendy’s, Morris. For information, contact Ken at 815-942-2032 or

Oct. 9

• Golden Agers – Noon to 4 p.m., Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N. Center St., Joliet. Play cards and dice. For information, visit or call 815-723-9713.

• Crochet/Knitting Group – 1 to 4 p.m., Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N Center St., Joliet. For information, visit or call 815-723-9713.

• “Hands Down Halloween is Thrilling” Spooky Centerpiece – 6 to 8 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 W 195th St., Mokena. Presenter: Kathleen Obirek, floral designer and educator. Naturally dried materials and a repurposed soup. Bring heavy duty scissors or hand pruners to cut dried materials. To register, call 708-479-9663 or visit the events calendar at

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

• Ph Comedy will perform "Bad Advice" – 7:30 p.m., Lewis University, Philip Lynch Theatre, Romeoville. Long-form improv show with audience participation. Free and open to the public. Doors open half hour before performance.

Oct. 10

Statesville Haunted Prison – Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 28, 17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport. For tickets and information, visit

• Octoberfest – 4 to 8 p.m., Harry Andersen VFW, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. "All you can eat” German dinner of bratwurst, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce, bread and cake by Fleckenstein’s Bakery. Hot dogs available. Home baked goods, silent auction, carryout available, Theme: old New Lenox train depot. Benefits preservation of Schmuhl School and its programs. $15 (adults), $5 (children under 10) Age 3 and under are free. For tickets and information, call 815-485-5576.

• “Highlights of the Night" registration deadline – Event is 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 12, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Prairie Bluff Preserve. Stargaze at night with help from the Naperville Astronomical Association. The program is weather-dependent and will be canceled if conditions are not suitable. Free. All ages.Register by Wednesday, Oct. 10, at or by calling 815-886-1467.

Oct. 11

Are My Trees in Trouble, Or Not? – 6 p.m, Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. Presenter: Tricia Bethke, Illinois Forest Pest Outreach coordinator. Also bird Q&A, sightings. Free and open to the public. For information, visit

• Joliet Central Choirs Fall Concert – 7 p.m., Joliet Central High School, Joliet. Joliet Alumni Choir will sing “It’s a Wonderful World” with the Joliet Central Choirs. Donations for the choirs appreciated.
Oct. 12

• Halloween Hallow – 4 to 8 p.m.; also Noon to 8 p.m., Oct. 13; and 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 14, Main Park, 10925 W. La Porte Road, Mokena. Free admission. $5 per vehicle. For more information, call Mokena Park District at 708-390-2401 or visit

• Trunk or Treat – 5 to 8 p.m. St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S. Rt. 59 Plainfield. $5 each or $20- per family.

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