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KPL Presents ‘Taste of Juneteenth Celebration’

The Kankakee Public Library, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley, will host a Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m, which will be held throughout the library. It is free and open to the public, as well as inclusive for all ages. Each floor will have curated…

Concert band members come from all over the Chicagoland area. –Photo submitted.

Tinley Park Community Band Flag Day Concert June 14

Tinley Park Community Concert Band, directed by Barbara Abarro, will present a free summer concert on Flag Day – Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m., at the Tinley Park Community Church, 7939 167th Street, Tinley Park. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather or cicadas, the concert will be held…

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Roman Holiday: Dinner and a Movie Night in Column Garden

This picturesque evening in the Column Garden at the Kankakee County Museum campus, 801 S. Eighth Street in Kankakee, will begin with live music at 6:30 p.m. provided by Vince Amore and a delicious meal at 7 p.m. catered by good friends at the Bennett-Curtis House. The dinner consists of roasted pork with herbs and…

Visit Chicago Southland President/CEO Jim Garrett will retire on June 30. –Photo submitted.

Visit Chicago Southland President/CEO Jim Garrett Retiring

Jim Garrett, president/CEO for Visit Chicago Southland since 1996 is retiring on June 30. As president/CEO, Garrett has overseen the administrative, marketing and sales operation for Visit Chicago Southland (formerly Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau), with the objective to generate overnight hotel stays by promoting the Chicago Southland region as a viable location for…

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Summer Solstice Sip, Shop, Stroll

Wright in Kankakee is hosting its third annual Summer Solstice Sip, Shop, and Stroll on Tuesday, June 18, from 5-8 p.m., on the beautiful grounds of the B. Harley Bradley House, at 701 S. Harrison Avenue, Kankakee. Guests will receive a free beverage and be able to stroll the beautiful gardens and visit the gift…

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Opening Day of the Season at French Heritage Museum

Join the community on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., for this season’s re-opening of the French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn, 165 N. Indiana Avenue in Kankakee! Patrons may drop by to browse the museum and learn about their genealogy. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about French…

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Donate Music Items to Support WCSF-FM’s Mega Music Rummage Sale

Do you have a collection of music, movies, audio equipment, or instruments to pass on for someone else to enjoy? Let these items help raise funds for WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis (USF). WCSF-FM 88.7 is collecting donations of used and collectible music and memorabilia, including (but not limited…

Warren Brown will portray Mark Twain on May 19 in Park Forest. –Photo submitted.

‘Catch the Twain’ Mark Twain Performance, May 19

Warren Brown, a former Park Forest resident, will portray Mark Twain in his award-winning Chautauqua-style program, “Catch the Twain” for the Park Forest Historical Society, on Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m., in Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The meeting also will include an Ice Cream Social to thank members, donors, and volunteers…

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34th Annual Rhubarb Festival May 19

The Kankakee County Museum at Small Memorial Park, 801 S. Eighth Avenue in Kankakee, will host their 34th annual Rhubarb Festival on Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s festivities include a wide variety of vendors, a dime toss, kids’ zone, pie-eating contest, live entertainment, plus tours of the Taylor One-Room…

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Merge Youth Group Offering Free Summer Events

Merge Youth Group of Christ Community Church (CCC), 103 W. Corning Avenue in Peotone, will host multiple summer events for students entering sixth through 12th grades. All events, with the exception of Movie and Pizza Night, will be held at Christ Community Church. Mark your calendars for Sundays: June 9 – Ice Cream and Game…

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Mother’s Day Basket Bingo May 11

Mark your calendar for “Mother’s Day Basket Bingo,” the bi-annual basket bingo fundraiser for Flight Club Survivor. This fun event will be held on Saturday, May 11, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and bingo at 6 p.m., at 209 W. Dixie Highway in Grant Park. Tickets are $20 per person for the family friendly…

Tinley Park Community Band will hold its first concert of the season on May 5. –Photo submitted.

Tinley Park Community Band First Concert May 5

The Tinley Park Community Concert Band, directed by Barbara Abarro, and the Tinley Park Jazz Band, directed by Bob Good, will present their annual free Spring Concert on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., in the Art Beckmann Performing Arts Center (enter door #3), at Central Middle School, 18146 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park.…

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Rotary Jigsaw Puzzles Still Available

In need of a gift? The Bradley-Bourbonnais Rotary Club still has their annual jigsaw puzzle available for purchase, with a limited number of puzzles available at Joy’s Hallmark, Ba Da Bloom Flower Shoppe, the Kankakee County Museum, King Music, Rubber Rose Books and Prints, the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Stefari’s West, as well…

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‘Visit Chicago Southland’ Wins Illinois Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Website

‘Visit Chicago Southland’ won the Illinois Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Website Budget A. The recognition came during the Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism in Peoria. The three-day Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism — the state’s premier educational and networking conference for tourism industry professionals — gathered more than 360 tourism…

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JSO Announces Final Concert of 2023-2024 Season

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra (JSO) is pleased to announce the final concert set of its 2023-2024 Season with Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Sean Paul Mills leading a program of works by Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and Antonin Dvorak, and featuring trumpet soloist Gilmar Cavalcante. Titled “Rejoice!” the JSO will perform Louis…

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Merchant Street MusicFest Announces Music Education Scholarships

Merchant Street MusicFest, in collaboration with King Music and the Dave King Memorial Music Fund, is pleased to announce the inaugural MSMF Music Education Scholarship to be awarded at this year’s fest on Saturday, July 27. The scholarship award is for eight free weeks of music lessons, after which the recipient will have the option…

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BPL Hosting Interview, Book Signing with Amy Kemp

Join us on Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m., as library director and long-time Bourbonnais resident Kelly McCully interviews local author Amy Kemp about her new book, “I See You: A Guide for Women to Make More, Have More, and Be More — Without More Work.” Bring your books to have them signed or purchase…

Retired Manhattan Police Chief Wold was given the 9 month Village Administrator position for Manhattan for $146K. Photo submitted.
New Administrator and Police Chief for Manhattan
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Vedette Sports Report
Counselor Marie Kress poses at her reception counter. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Manhattan Thriving With New Business, Counseling Center Opens
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Monee Historical Society June Events
Monee Cops raised dough for Special Olympics Illinois. –Photo submitted.
Cop on a Rooftop Raised Dough For Special Olympics
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Peotone’s Claude Werner Appointed to Fire Commission
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Golf Cart Ordinance Gets Updated in Peotone
The Manhattan Township building will receive improvements thanks to ARPA funding. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Manhattan Township Improves Food Pantry With ARPA Grant
Rene Bennett criticized the board for recent statements and decisions. –Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Several Upcoming Events in Manhattan
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Nine Women Who Shaped History
Monee American Legion Post Commander David Batzek with VillageTrustee Michael Wilson, a Vietnam veteran, who rang the memorial bell during Memorial Day ceremonies. Photo by Karen Haave.
Monee Memorial Day Ceremony Honored Community’s Fallen Heroes
Flags flutter, a bugler plays, and residents remember on Memorial Day, May 27, in Manteno. –Photo by Diane Gerber.
Manteno Remembers Memorial Day
Veterans Honored with Banner Ceremony During Memorial Day Weekend
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Monee Historical Society Hosting Charity Tea for Worthy Causes
Betsy Youdris drew a full house for her presentation at the Monee Heritage Center. –Photo by Karen Haave.
MHS Presentation Shows Importance of Quilts
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Marion Resigns From Manteno
Culture a Topic Again at School Board
Some of the volunteers and supporters for L.E.A.D. were in the line-up for the Blue Line Parade on Saturday in Monee, including (from left) State Rep. Jackie Haas, Tracey Henson, Monee Police Chief Scott Koerner, Dr. Therese Bogs - Mayor of Monee, Deputy Chief Anthony Lazzaroni, Patrol Officer Jared Hoekstra, and event founder John Henson.  –Photo by Karen Haave.
Monee Celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Crete Discussed Upcoming Events, Preparing for Memorial Day
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Crete Police Locate Missing Woman