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National Talent Fills Annual Festival’s Main Stage June 10-11

Thirty-third annual festival set for June 10 – 11 at Goold Park. Beautiful Goold Park, 308 Northern Avenue, Morris, again will be the location for this year’s Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival. Hosted by Hammers and Noters Dulcimer Society (HANDS) of Illinois on June 10 – 11, the festival will feature hourly performances…

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BTPD Family Night Out June 2

The Bourbonnais Township Park District invites the entire family to begin the summer at Perry Farm Park. Family Night Out is Friday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Perry Farm Park. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the Grand Opening of the Ninja Obstacle Challenge Course for ages 13 and up. There will…

Melanie Holmes poses in front of the B. Harley Bradley House, 701 E. Harrison Drive, Kankakee. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this home is mentioned in the new Illinois bucket list book. –Photo submitted.

Manteno Native Releases New Illinois Bucket List Book

When Melanie Holmes learned about Reedy Press’ nationwide line of bucket list books and saw there wasn’t one for Illinois, she knew she wanted to write it. As a lifelong Illinoisan and travel enthusiast who has been traveling the state since age seven, according to Holmes, she’s seen a lot. And still, she found much…

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It’s Time for Rhubarb; 33rd Annual Rhubarb Festival May 21

The Kankakee County Museum, at Small Memorial Park, 801 S. Eighth Avenue, will host its 33rd annual Rhubarb Festival on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s festivities include a wide variety of vendors, dime toss, kid’s zone, classic and old car display, pie-eating contest, live entertainment, and tours of the…

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Mother’s Day Basket Bingo May 13

Fight Club Survivor’s Mother’s Day Basket Bingo is coming up on Saturday, May 13, from 6 – 10 p.m., at the Grant Park Community Center, 209 W. Dixie Highway in Grant Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., with Bingo beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. The fun, family-friendly, fundraiser also features vendors,…

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‘Wartime Memories: Some to Remember, Many to Forget’

On Saturday, May 13, at 12:30 p.m., historian and Kankakee County Museum Volunteer Max Michaels will give a presentation at the French Heritage Museum, 165 N. Indiana in Kankakee, entitled, “Wartime Memories: Some to Remember, Many to Forget.” This presentation will provide an account of World War II from the perspective of Max’s family and…

Enjoy a delightful Midwestern farm dining experience at Locavore Farm in Grant Park. –Photo submitted.

Unique Experience: Locavore’s Farm Dinners, Open-Air Markets, Walking Tours

Locavore Farm announces year eight of farm experiences and a second season at its new space, a 35-acre agrarian resort and biodynamic working-farm, where guests can eat, drink, shop, and experience live entertainment and unique learning opportunities, in rural Grant Park. The farm also offers overnight experiences in their farmhouse or glamp site. The farm…


Something New is Rolling into Kankakee County!

Visit Kankakee County, who locals know as the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCCVB), has been busy keeping up with all things new and ever changing in Kankakee County, and Wednesday, April 12, was the official release of their most recent marketing publication, the holy grail of tourism tips for Kankakee County: The Visitors…

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Fight Club Survivor Mother’s Day Basket Bingo!

Mark your calendars for the very popular Fight Club Survivor’s Mother’s Day Basket Bingo on Saturday, May 13, from 6 – 10 p.m., at the Grant Park Community Center, 209 W. Dixie Highway in Grant Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., with Bingo beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. The fun, family-friendly,…

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Kankakee Library News

Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant Street in Kankakee, announced some of its programs for the beginning of May. For additional information or to register, call the library at 815-939-4564, visit www.lions-online.org, or their Facebook page. Therapeutic Tai Chi at the Library: The library is excited to host a five-week beginner course of therapeutic Tai…

Jessica Michna portrays Laura Ingalls Wilder. –Photo submitted.

Michna to Present Program on Laura Ingalls Wilder

At 2 p.m., on Sunday, March 19, Jessica Michna will present a program on Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House” book series. The program will be held in the courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry, Watseka, and is hosted by the Iroquois County Historical Society. Michna, who developed a love…

O’Donnell Touring with Illinois Wesleyan University

Gillian O’Donnell, of New Lenox, is a member of Illinois Wesleyan University’s Collegiate Choir, which will make several appearances in Illinois during the spring concert tour. O’Donnell, a junior vocal performance major at Illinois Wesleyan, is a graduate of Lincoln-Way West High School. The IWU Collegiate choir tour local itinerary includes a concert on March…

The Knowledge Exchange, March 9

The Potpourri Lecture Series through the Park Forest Library offers stimulating and thought provoking, as well as entertaining, programming and is co-organized by participants of The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) and often includes guest lecturers and presenters from TKE and Governors State University. This Thursday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m., TKE will present “What’s Old is…

Ryan Barry shows just how talented and versatile he can be. –Photo submitted.

Trinity Rock Star Wins Best in Show at Lowe’s National Competition

Ten years ago, Ryan Barry, a talented middle school track and cross-country runner, taught himself to play the guitar. “I never took guitar lessons,” said Barry. “I watched YouTube videos and learned to play by ear.” Immediately, Ryan fell in love with the genre of rock music known as heavy metal, sounds that are intense,…

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Clove Alliance Hosting GLO BINGO

Clove Alliance organizers are expecting a sell-out crowd at GLO BINGO on Thursday, March 23, at the Kankakee Fairgrounds Expo Center. This is not your grandma’s bingo, but it is a special 18 years and older night of high energy, loud music, black lights, and tons of fun! Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with bingo…

The Knowledge Exchange Potpourri Lecture Series

The Potpourri Lecture Series, through the Park Forest Library, offers stimulating and thought provoking as well as entertaining programming and is co-organized by participants of The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) and often includes guest lecturers and presenters from TKE and Governors State University. This Thursday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m., The Knowledge Exchange will feature “Tony…

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events: ‘Laugh for a Cause’

Get tickets now for “Laugh for a Cause,” an Adopt-a-Soldier fundraiser on February 25, beginning with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., and the show at 7:30 p.m., at Bradley American Legion Post 766, 835 W. Broadway, in Bradley. Tickets are $30 and available at Bradley American Legion or online at adoptasoldier.org.

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Memorial Day Ceremony Held at Historic Union Cemetery
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Manteno Legion Memorial Day
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Manteno Boy Scouts
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Bobcats Punched their ticket to State
Krueger speaks at the Peotone Legion Post 392 Memorial Day ceremony. –Photo by Andrea Arens.
Peotone Legion Memorial Day Program Honors Heroes
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LaMore Realty’s Impactful Service on the Manteno Community
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Monee Cops Raised Dough Fulls on Rooftop
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Bobcats Take the Pontiac Sectional
The back of the custom shirts three backyard chicken advocates wore to the March 27th board meeting. Photo by Andrea Arens.
Peotone Village Board Approves Backyard Chickens
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L.E.A.D. Meant to Bring Positivity
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Beecher Looking for Half a Mil
Congrats to the Manteno High School Class of 2023! Photo by Madeleine Willis.
Manteno High School Announces Graduating Class of 2023
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Pontiac Indians No Match for the Bobcats