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Local food events: Dec. 16 through Dec. 23

Dec. 16

• Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry – 4 to 6 p.m., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 135 E. Rice Road, South Wilmington. Visit

• Cocoa & Cram – 5:30 to 8 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Enjoy cocoa while studying. Grades nine through 12. Call 815-846-6500 or visit

Dec. 17

• Coffee and Conversation Book Club – 10:30 a.m. to noon, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Featured: "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. Drop-in. Adults. Call 630-759-2102 or visit

• Gingerbread Construction Zone – 6 to 7 p.m., Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood. Kids will decorate gingerbread houses with gumdrops, candy canes and more. Register at 815-725-1715 or visit

Dec. 20

• Fish Fry – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; also 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Fish, chicken and shrimp. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

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

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

Dec. 21

• Christmas Bake Sale Sale – 10 a.m. to noon, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 1000 Barber Lane, Joliet. Cookies and potica. For prices and to order, call Cindy at 815-409-2047.

Dec. 23

• Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry – 4:30 to 6 p.m., Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 2800 Black Road, Joliet Visit

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