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Community Calendar: Aug. 22, 2018

August 22, 2018

Thursday, Aug. 23

Soul Collections Book Discussion, 6:30 p.m., Kankakee Public Library. The next selection is “Kindred” by Octavia Butler. Group meets last Thursday of each month. Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her 26th birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end long before it has a chance to begin.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Ride to Survive to benefit Bradley American Legion Post 766, 835 W. Broadway, Bradley. 11 a.m. registration; noon, first bike out. $20 per rider, $25 per couple. Three stops, including a drive through the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno. Return to legion by 5 p.m. for car show, music, raffles, door prizes and food. Food provided free to all participants, $5 for nonparticipants. 815-939-9113.

L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) Christian recovery program for healing from sexual brokenness, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., meets each Saturday, College Church of Nazarene, Building Room 204 University Ave., Bourbonnais (Olivet’s campus). 815-214-7063 or online freedomeveryday.org.

Crochet Club, noon, Pembroke Library. Clear out that closet and utilize everything in a crafty junk drawer. Make something tailored to your tastes. Learn a new fabric art. Project materials provided.

IAW Make-a-Movie Project, 2 p.m. Pembroke Library. Project walks you through the R and D process of making visual performances, vlogs and shorts for the digital screen. Use various simple materials to put on a show. Storytelling at its finest. Five positions available for children ages 6-12. No limit on participants 13 years and older.

Kids Garden, free event, 1 p.m. Pembroke Public Library. Garden planning event. Explore the local garden space with them.

Back to School event, noon to 2 p.m. First American Bank, 288 N. Main St., Bourbonnais. Free giveaways of items and food. Free activities and games. Enter a drawing for book bags and a free haircut. Explore a fire truck, visit with Birdie from McDonald’s.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Free Tai Chi class, Kankakee Public Library, 10 a.m. Focus on deep stretching, flexibility and creating balance and energy.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Overeaters Anonymous, Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall St., Kankakee. 7 p.m. A 12-step support group for compulsive eating and problems with food. 815-932-9209.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Getting Ready for Kindergarten program, 6:30 p.m., Limestone Library. For children ages 3-5 who are not yet in kindergarten.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Iroquois County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited annual banquet and fundraiser, 5 p.m., Ashkum Village Park, 300 Main St. $55 per person admission includes a steak dinner, raffles, games, live and silent auctions and drinks. Admission includes yearly membership. 815-383-2973.

L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) Christian recovery program for healing from sexual brokenness, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., meets each Saturday, College Church of Nazarene, Building Room 204 University Ave., Bourbonnais (Olivet’s campus). 815-214-7063 or online freedomeveryday.org.

Sunday, Sept. 2

The Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Current exhibits include a bicentennial exhibit. Open first Sunday of each month. 815-432-2215, iroquoiscountyhistoricalsociety.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Armstrong retirees, 1 p.m. Family House Restaurant, Bradley.

Kankakee Valley Civil War Roundtable, Kankakee Public Library, Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For all interested in the study, promotion and recognition of the American Civil War. September’s presenter, Bjorn Skaptason, a tour guide from the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago, presents National Military Parks, origins, authenticities, terrains, maintenance, exhibits and programs. 815-939-4564.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Ministry Work and Immigration Issues — Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m. One Heart One Soul Spirituality Center, 2041 West State Route 113, Kankakee. The Rev. Ray Lescher shares his experiences of working with families who face deportation and some of the injustices of immigration. He is the pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hopkins Park.

Friday, Sept. 7

Internet Basics, free class, 11 a.m., Limestone Library. Learn internet basics so you can maneuver around the world.

Bingo with the Books, 10 a.m. to noon every second Friday, Kankakee Public Library, fourth floor. Prizes, snacks available. 815-939-4564.

Saturday, Sept. 8

How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else, 10:30 a.m., Peotone Library. Author Cynthia Clampitt talks about the remarkable, fascinating, vital, but often overlooked, impact corn has had on human history — and on our everyday lives. About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed of a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass — the cereal grass that we would come to know as maize and then corn. Soon its uses would span the globe. Clampitt is a writer, food historian and author of “Midwest Maize.” 708-258-3436, peotonelibrary.org.

Grandparents’ Day Craft, free, 11 a.m., Limestone Library. Make a craft to celebrate grandparents. All supplies provided. For kids in grades K-5.

L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) Christian recovery program for healing from sexual brokenness, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., meets each Saturday, College Church of Nazarene, Building Room 204 University Ave., Bourbonnais (Olivet’s campus). 815-214-7063 or online freedomeveryday.org.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 296 N. Washington Ave., Kankakee. Homemade pastries, Greek chicken shish-kebabs, Bingo, church tours, Greek youth folk dancers at 2:30 p.m. Raffles and prizes. 815-529-2417.

Friday, Sept. 14

Bingo with the Books, 10 a.m. to noon every second Friday, Kankakee Library, fourth floor. Prizes, snacks available. 815-939-4564.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Good Shepherd Manor Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Manor, Momence, rustic recycled market, food, games, petting zoo, pony rides, activities and live entertainment for all ages. Cash Bingo, instant money tree. Cash raffle of $5,000 for first, $2,000 for second and three $500 prizes. Tickets are $50 each with limit of 400 tickets available now, 815-472-3700.

L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) Christian recovery program for healing from sexual brokenness, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., meets each Saturday, College Church of Nazarene, Building Room 204 University Ave., Bourbonnais (Olivet’s campus). 815-214-7063 or online freedomeveryday.org.

Monday, Sept. 17

Senior Citizens’ Yoga, 11 a.m., Limestone Library. Wear something easy to move in and grab your tennis shoes. This free class is geared to senior citizens. Yoga teaches meditation techniques and breathing awareness by using gentle movement to increase mobility of the spine, shoulders and hips. Many end up feeling refreshed and renewed.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Lifestyle 360: Wright in Kankakee, presentation about the Bradley House. Event is 9 a.m. at Leo Hassett Community Center, 211 N. Main St., Manteno.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Free essential oils class, 6:30 p.m., Limestone Library. Free class on how essential oils can help improve your life and how to use them safely and effectively.

Friday, Sept. 28

Kiwanis Peanut Day, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., corner of Station and Wall, Kankakee. Any donation acceptable. All funds go to support local and international charities supporting children. Peanuts also can be purchased by the case (100 bags for $50) from any Kiwanian, online kkiwanis.org or call 815-933-4935.

Saturday, Sept. 29

GiGi’s Playhouse fundraiser, 8 a.m. to noon, Perry Farm, $20 per person, 6K run/walk to raise $50,000 to cover facility costs and programs for the year. GiGi’s Playhouse is an established series of Down syndrome achievement centers, serving children and adults of all ages by providing educational and therapeutic-based programs at no charge to families. Perry Farm event includes vendors, music, animal balloons, video games, food and more. 815-939-7529 or gigisplayhouse.org/bradley-kankakee.

L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) Christian recovery program for healing from sexual brokenness, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., meets each Saturday, College Church of Nazarene, Building Room 204 University Ave., Bourbonnais (Olivet’s campus). 815-214-7063 or online freedomeveryday.org.

Sunday, Sept. 30

50th annual Spaghetti Dinner by the Sons of Italy, noon to 4 p.m. Maternity B.V.M. Parish, Bourbonnais. Adults $10, children 12 and younger $5. Spaghetti, meatballs, sauce, salad, bread, dessert, drink. Dine-in or carry-out. Tickets at door, from lodge members or 815-933-4935. Proceeds benefit charities, including Alzheimer’s, Autism, Catholic Charities, Hospice of Kankakee Valley, scholarships at KCC, Harbor House and The Salvation Army.

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