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Local arts and entertainment: Nov. 25 through Dec. 2

Heart of Christmas, Grinchmas Tree Lighting at Village Green Park Set for Nov. 30 in Plainfield.
Heart of Christmas, Grinchmas Tree Lighting at Village Green Park Set for Nov. 30 in Plainfield.


• Holiday Toy Drive – Through Dec. 16. Drop toys off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and until noon on Saturday, Kevin Molloy State Farm, 816 W. Laraway Road, New Lenox. Checks and cash also accepted and will be used to purchase new clothes and toys.

• Toy Event 2019 – Nov. 8 through Dec. 13. Drop off gently used toys (including plush toys), books games and DVD videos to Grundy County Administration Building – 1320 Union, Morris, Coal City Public Library – 85 N. Garfield, Coal City, Morris Public Library – 604 Liberty, Morris, Minooka Three Rivers Library – 109 N. Wabena, Minooka, Channahon Three Rivers Library – 25207 W. Channahon Drive, Channahon, Fossil Ridge Library – 386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood. Call 815-941-3228.

• Toys for Tots – Drop off new toys at in Channahon: Channahon Fire Station, Coldwell Banker-Honig Bell, Kidz Korner Day Care, Kiddie Kampus Day Care and Loders Croklaan; and in Minooka: Minooka Fire Station. Dimensions Barbers and Solon and Minooka High School (south campus). Or mail check to Toys for Tots Foundation, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center, Company E, 4th Reconnaissance Bn, 2711 McDonough St., Joliet, Illinois, 60436. To register to receive toys, call 815-773-9960 or visit

Nov. 25

• Area High School Art Exhibition – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Dec. 5, Joliet Junior College, Laura Sprague Gallery, lower levels of J and K buildings, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. Awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Visit

• Self-paced 'Woods Walk' program – Through Nov. 30, Hikers who complete seven of 10 designated trails at the Forest Preserve District of Will County will receive a collector’s medal. This year's trail trips vary in length from 0.7 to 3.47 miles. For information and log,

• Woodworking Club – 9 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Thursdays, and Dec. 2, Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N. Center St., Joliet. For information, visit or call 815-723-9713.

• Line Dancing: Advanced – 10 to 11:30 a.m.; also Fridays, and Dec. 2, Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N Center St., Joliet. No partner required. For beginner classes and more information, Visit or call 815-723-9713.

• Wendy’s Cruisers – 5 to 9 p..m; also Dec. 2, Wendy’s, Morris. Weather permitting. Antique vehicles, live music, Contact Ken at 815-942-2032 or

Nov. 26

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

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

• Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6 p.m., Towne Center Park, Shorewood. Also, holiday music.

• Rodrigo y Gabriela Mettavolution Tour – 7:30 p.m., Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo. Tickets at or 800-745-3000.

• "Two Small Pieces of Glass" – 7:30 p.m., Joliet Junior College, Herbert Trackman Planetarium, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet.Learn how telescopes work and how they are used. The show also gives tips on how to choose a telescope and what not to buy. All shows at the Trackman Planetarium start with a trip through the current sky introducing the planets, stars and constellations. For information, call Art Maurer, planetarium director, at 815- 280-2601.

Nov. 27

• Festival of Trees – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Dec. 27, Shorewood Village Hall. View over 30 Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations

• Lemont artist Dean Nikolay Thompson.– Noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday until Dec. 22, Gallery Seven, Gaylord Building, Lockport.
Thompson is a 1973 graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago where he majored in glass and ceramics.Entitled “From the Past to the Present” the exhibit features artwork regarding the Mexican Day of the Dead, (Día de Muertos), female figures suggestive of the paintings of Gustav Klimt and large powerful abstracts resembling the tumultuous skies of J.M.W. Turner. Free admission.

Nov. 29

•"Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade" –10 a.m. to 7 p.m., downtown Joliet. A number of venues will be offering activities throughout the day. The light of the Christmas tree begins 5:15 p.m. in Van Buren Plaza. The "Light Up The Holidays" parade, follows at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 815-774-6066 or email;

Nov. 30

• Breakfast with Santa – 8 to 11 a.m., Morris Area Public Library, 604 N. Liberty St., Joliet. Breakfast and holiday craft with Santa. Bring own camera. To register, call 815-942-6880.

• Cottonwood Christmas – Noon to 3 p.m., Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, 17250 Weber Road, Lockport. Sleigh rides, Santa meet and greet, pet and feed farm animals, train rides (weather permitting), giant mountain slide, play area, candy cannon, Wizzer ride. Call 815-741-2693 or

• Small Business Saturday – 1 to 4:30 p.m., downtown Lockport. Visit Santa, and see live action ice sculptor-"Hawk" work magic on the Scale House Plaza!

• Christmas in the Square – 1:30 to 4:30pm at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St., Lockport. Visit with Santa and his reindeer. Each child receives a special gift from Santa. Stop at the Gladys Fox Museum, 231 E. Ninth St., to vote for the best decorated Christmas tree in the Festival of Trees. At 4:30 p.m., gather around the front lawn of Central Square for the tree lighting ceremony. Sponsored by the Lockport Township Park District, City of Lockport, Lockport Township Government and local businesses. Free. Call 815-838-1183, ext. 208.

• "The Polar Express" – 2 p.m., Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. $5 at door. For information, visit or 800-745-3000.

• Heart of Christmas, Grinchmas Tree Lighting – 4 to 9 p.m., Village Green Park, Plainfield.
Visit from the Grinch, Santa, Park District mascot Scout, a Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. by Grinch and Santa, pictures with the Grinch and Santa from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. and screening of the holiday cartoon classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 5:30 p.m. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available (as supplies last.) View Christmas trees decorated by area businesses and organizations that will be on display throughout Village Green Park. Visit

Dec. 1

• Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" – 1 and 5 p.m., Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Tickets at or 800-745-3000.

• Visit Santa in his House – 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Illinois Avenue at Liberty Street, Morris. Free.

• Community Band Winter Concert – 3 to 5 p.m., Joliet Junior College, Fine Arts Theatre, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. Commemorates anniversary of the Moon landing and JJC's connection through alumnus John Houbolt. The band is under the direction of Charles Morgan, music coordinator and director of bands. $5 for adults. $4 for JJC faculty and staff, non-JJC students and senior citizens. $2 for JJC students. Visit

Dec. 2

• Santa Photo With Your Pets! – 6 to 8 p.m., Santa's House, 111 E. Illinois Ave., Morris.

• Young Artists registration deadline – Event is 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Dec. 9 to Jan. 13, 2020, Program Center, 10925 W. La Porte Road, Mokena. Clay, tempera paints, watercolors, abstracts. Ages 8 to 12. Register at 708-390-2401 or

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