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Paramount Theatrical Production: Les Misérables
This monumental novel comes to life in one of the greatest musicals of all time. It’s the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey for redemption. On that road, he encounters the never-wavering love of a mother, the innocence of a child, the steely determination of a hunter and the passion of youthful freedom fighters.
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival
During the five days of fun, rides, games, shows, beer garden, parades, teen Idol, baby contest and more. You are bound to see astronauts, Martians, the Jetsons, Buzz Lightyear, Luke Skywalker and more as you orbit the festival grounds.
Wine on the Fox
Don’t miss the opportunity to sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment and delicious local fare. Free & Open to the Public. Wine Tasting is $15 per day for a souvenir wine glass, a wristband and 5 tasting tickets. An Advanced Two-Day Pass may be purchased for $25 which includes 1 souvenir wine glass and 20 tasting tickets (10 per day). Advanced Two-Day Passes are non-refundable. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Must be 21 with proper identification to taste wines.
This festival is attended by approximately 50,000 during the course of the weekend. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds located at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road. The event features main stage entertainment, children's performers, expo village, petting zoos, pony rides, camel rides, children's activities, parade, bed races, touch a truck event and more. The event is free, compliments of our generous business sponsors.
Pilobolus at the Paramount Theatre
You've seen them…you just might not have known it. They stunned the world at the Academy Awards with their shape-shifting performance behind the screen. They've done numerous car commercials that leave your jaw on the ground. They've been on Conan, Oprah and over 100 other TV shows. They’re the dance group that defies gravity, taxes muscles beyond conceivable limits and adds an element of unforgettable beauty through dancing. All of this from a group whose name means “a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards.” Seeing is believing. See Pilobolus.
Homer Community Festival
Homerfest! 4 Days of Family Fun! Huge Carnival. Live Bands. Family friendly beer tent and fireworks. Thursday will be the biggest show yet. Music choreographed ground and air show set to your favorite movie themes.
David Sedaris at the Paramount Theatre
David Sedaris is one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Just check out any of his New York Times bestsellers including Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames – which is just a partial list of his works that have sold over 7 million copies. But there’s nothing like seeing and hearing this one-of-a-kind artist in person share stories, observations, works-in-progress and readings from some of his pieces.
Cruisin Into Lockport Car Show & Concert
Sponsored by the City of Lockport, Lockport Township Park District, and Lockport Township Government, the Cruisin’ Into Lockport Classic Car Show will return for another great season on Central Square. Come see the finest classic cars of not only Lockport, but from a tri-county area. There will be a different featured car every week (although all makes and models are welcome). Every Monday night 6:30pm-8:30pm - come out for a car show and a different live band each week. Enjoy food vendors, face painting and lots for the kids to do. Free event!
Frankfort Fall Festival
The Frankfort Fall Festival is ranked in the top 15 shows to visit by Sunshine Artist. There are 300 artisan from 30 states selling hand-crafted items at our show which includes local civic organizations selling food items, a carnival, entertainment and a community parade.
Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race
Famously fun times! This historic, amateur canoe/kayak race is for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. From the ultra-competitive to young families and newbies just wanting to enjoy a memorable paddling experience – it’s all here!
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival™ is proud to present the 7th Annual Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Hiroshima, Walter Beasley AND Mambo Express with Emcee: Denise Jordan Walker.
Red Carpet Corridor Event -Joliet Area Historical Museum - 2015 Free Days!
The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau will be sponsoring Free Days at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, as part of the 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor events on May 2 & 3, 2015. Joliet—Saturday: The Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from 8am to 5pm. Sunday: The Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from noon to 5pm. Come for discounted admission to the Route 66 Experience portion of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Discounted rates will be available on these days for RCC attendees desiring to experience the Museum’s galleries. It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, May 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique. Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, stop and have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.
Blues On The Fox
A celebration of Aurora’s rich Blues history with incredible music and top Blues artists! Full line up to be announced 10 am on April 2!
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Paramount Theatrical Production: Oklahoma!
This is the show that set the standard for all future musicals by incorporating music, lyrics and dance into a well-crafted serious story. It’s also the debut collaboration of one of the most prolific writing teams in American theater history – Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all is the rugged cowboy Curly who’s fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma!
Gallery Night: Beach Calm
Come out for the opening of "Gallery Night" and enjoy free drinks, appetizers and good times. Enjoy relaxing beach scenes masterfully crafted with colored pencil by students of Andria Burchett from Beech Tree Studio in Geneva. If you can't make it for the opening event, the artwork will be on display through April 29th during regular business hours.
Amateur Rib Cook Off
Enjoy the favorite rib recipes cooked on site; public tasting of ribs from Noon until 2:00 PM. Live entertainment. This event is co-sponsored with the Frankfort Area Jaycees. ($1/Rib Piece) 12-2PM.
Ribs on the River & Whitewater Festival
The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around the Bicentennial Riverfront Park as the United City of Yorkville hosts its 4th annual Ribs on the River backyard BBQ contest! Enjoy Whitewater events, food and entertainment throughout the day. For more information or to register to participate in the BBQ contest, contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department.
Summer Solstice Festival
Craft Beer and Indie Music Festival along the Fox River. Stay tuned for detailed line-up.
Spring at the Farm
Dickson-Murst Farm is turned into an antique truck and tractor show with petting zoo, hayrides, crafts and music the ole' time way!
Party in the Park Celebration
A three day outdoor festival which includes live entertainment, food, children's games, activities, car show/cruise night and fireworks.
Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned family fun. Held the second weekend in August along the banks of the Fox River, highlights of the Fest include musical performances, carnival rides, a wide range of food vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo, a fishing derby, a car show and a parade.
Earth Day / Arbor Day
Children's activities, crafts, petting zoo and pony rides. More than 80 exhibitors; energy solutions, natural products, eco-vehicles and animal presentations.
2015 OSLC Spring Rummage Sale
Large 3-day rummage sale at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Joliet! Gently used clothing, toys, books, puzzles, glassware, decorations, furniture and more! Item prices start as low as five cents. Times: Friday & Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm & Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm.
This festival is to celebrate the spirit of everyone's favorite SuperHero and what he stands for. "Man of Steel" which was released in 2013, was filmed in Plano, IL and appears as "Smallville" in the film.
Paramount Theatrical Production: A Christmas Story
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.”
Paramount Theatrical Production: West Side Story
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
Short Run on a Long Day 5K Run/Walk
15th Annual 5K run/walk. Register at www.frankfortparks.org.
Naperville Park District Wonderful World of Wheels
Preschoolers ages 1-5 will have an opportunity to see, touch and experience a variety of community vehicles! They’ll see vehicles such as a police car, fire truck, tractor and many more! They’ll also meet the community helpers who drive them. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! This event is free; there is no rain date. Time: 11:00am-1:00pm, Whole Foods Parking Lot.
Earth Day Potluck Glampout & Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style, with movie and full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! Glamping is camping, but with glamour. If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
Walk to Cure Arthritis
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis. The event features a three mile and one mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs.
Legends in Concert
Legends In Concert live tribute shows are known for their elaborate theatrical sets, magnificent costumes and full array of incredible special effects, including three dimensional multimedia and multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art lighting, laser and sound systems. An outstanding cast of accomplished celebrity look-alike and sound-alike performers, talented singers and dancers, and a live orchestra comprised of some the top musicians in the industry, support each Legends In Concert production. 7:30pm show.
Guided Kayak Tour
People join the kayak tours as an alternate fitness activity, an alternate social activity and to learn about nature/kayaking - to learn about a new area. If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
Naperville Park District's Fishin' Kids
Learn all the basics of fishing including how to rig a pole, bait the hook, cast and handle fish. Parents need to remain with children during the class. Bring folding lawn chairs and remember your camera! All fishing poles, bait and tackle are provided. We’ll be fishing rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Fishing will take place at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center pond. Designed for those ages 5-11. Bring folding lawn chairs and remember your camera! All bait and tackle are provided. Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
Naperville Park District Canine Dog-Disc Championships
Bring your dog and compete in this unique event sponsored by the Windy City K-9 Disc Club. No experience is required. All dogs must be on leashes and immunizations must be current. Female dogs in season are not eligible to participate and must be left at home. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Event is 9:00am - 3:00pm at Riverwalk-Warming House. For more information, please call Tom Wehrli at 630-357-9663. Spectators are welcome! Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
Naperville Park District Culinary: Parent & Me Cooking
Explore the world of culinary arts with your little one. Create a wonderful dish with your preschooler without the mess in your own kitchen. Make Mini Turkey Burgers and "Painted" Sugar Cookies. Recipes provided. Register child; parent is free. Designed for ages 4-6. Held at 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303, 9:30am-11:00am.
Bully Goats Gruff
Alphabet Soup Productions presents classic fables creatively joined to teach anti-bullying. Hilarious live-action, whimsical sets and colorful costumes entertain as well as educate children of all ages. Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, Times May 4-6: 10:30 am. For reservations, contact Alphabet Soup. More info at www.absproductions.com.
Engelbert Humperdinck has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to a movie theme song. His name comes from the 1911, century Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel & Gretel." His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last forty plus years, with over 150 million records sold. With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for "Entertainer of the Year" (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his remarkable voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe. 8pm show.
Girls Night Out - Morris
This is the 11th year for Girls Night Out. Special pricing at participating stores. After the stores close, the party starts. Lots of prizes are given away at the After Party at Chapin's Restaurant. Great fun night out for you and your girlfriends! Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Morris Retail Association.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra- The Symphony Redefined and Refined: Project Trio and Brahms
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra- The Symphony Redefined and Refined: Project Trio and Brahms. Aaron Jay Kernis - Musica Celestis, Project Trio – Original selections and arrangements for trio and orchestra, Brahms - Symphony No. 3. YouTube sensation Project Trio partners with the IPO for an unforgettable musical experience.
Mothers Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours.
Craig Ferguson - Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking The Earth
Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Since taking the helm of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in 2005, the show has set all-time viewer records in the nine years that it has been on the air. On April 28, Ferguson announced that he will be stepping down as host of “The Late Late Show” in December 2014. Ferguson was most recently heard on the big screen as he reprised his character ‘Gobber’ in How to Train Your Dragon 2. On September 22, 2014, the new syndicated game show “Celebrity Name Game” debuted with Ferguson as host, from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette. “Celebrity Name Game” puts celebrities on the spot as they compete to identify famous names based on improvised clues. 8:00 pm show time.
Naperville Park District 2nd Annual Spring Fever Reliever
Get outdoors and join the Naperville Park District to celebrate spring! Enjoy half-price paddleboat rides and kayak rentals at the Paddleboat Quarry. Join us at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion for free children’s entertainment and activities, live music, the Dog Disc Championships, a Bike Bald Bike Rodeo for kids and more! Visit www.napervilleparks.org to learn more. Times: 10:00am-2:00pm.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - M&R Rush
M&R Rush had its beginnings in the early 70's, when a group of five high school friends from Chicago's Roseland neighborhood had a dream of making it in the music business. In 1980, "The Loop" radio in Chicago chose M&R Rush to be on their first hometown album, and the song "Rock & Roll Chicago", written and performed by M&R Rush, became the most requested song off the album. Recently reunited for special tours, M&R Rush has shared the stage with Styx, Survivor, Sammy Hagar, Judas Priest, Black Oak Arkansas, Head East and others. The excitement continues with the band’s 2015 Ready...Set...Rock Tour!, playing their own hits as well as other classic rockers from Styx, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner and more! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile & 5K Race
One could make the case that there is nothing that is as unique and challenging as the Quarryman Challenge 10 Mile and 5K in Lemont, Illinois. The Quarryman 10 Mile & 5K offers elite athletes, age group competitors and fitness runners a different, challenging course in Lemont's unique, scenic and small town setting. Visit our community and run one of the most challenging, unique and scenic road races in the Chicago area. Times: 6:00am-7:00am Packet Pick-Up; 7:30am 10 Mile Race Starts; 7:35am 5K Race Starts.
Centennial Sinatra - A Tribute Celebrating the Life & Music of Frank Sinatra
Centennial Sinatra starring Steve Lippia is a celebration of the life and music of Frank Sinatra. Steve Lippia takes the audience on a musical journey from Sinatra’s earliest crooning days with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey to his historic collaborations with great arrangers. Steve is accompanied by a hot 10-piece swing band as well as a stunning video and photographic imagery that tell the story of this once-in-a-century artist. 7:30pm show time.
James Van Praagh
Internationally renowned #1 New York Times Best Selling Author, Clairvoyant, spiritual medium, producer and television personality James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace and spiritual insights, changing how millions view both life and death. He has received many awards for dedicating himself to changing the consciousness of the planet, and has been a guest on mostly every national radio and television show including Oprah, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, A & E’s Biography, Nightline, Unsolved Mysteries, The View and others. Join us for a special evening with James as he shares with us special messages from guides, family and friends in spirit.
Naperville Park District Culinary: Mother/Daughter Tea Party
Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with a cooking class designed for mothers and daughters. The menus will include assorted finger sandwiches and lemon scones. Register child; parent is free. Please call for the sibling rate. No more than two children per adult. Registration deadline is 48 hours in advance of class date. Designed for children 4-10. Times: 11:00am-12:30pm, 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
Classic Albums Live- Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Classic Albums Live re-creates the musical brilliance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Note for note. Cut for cut. This is not a tribute band. There are no gimmicks or fake English accents. This is simply a live re-creation of one of the greatest pop/rock albums ever made. 8:00 pm show time.
Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - 1976 Band
The band 1976 revisits all the great rockin’ music from that 70’s era and takes you along for the ride. These outstanding musicians authentically recreate your favorites by bands like Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Heart, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Bad Company, Rod Stewart, Journey, The Eagles, Santana, Elton John, Badfinger, Deep Purple, and many more. Featuring male & female vocals, two outstanding guitarists and a blistering rhythm section, let 1976 take you back to the decade that changed rock music forever! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - The Steepwater Band
The Steepwater Band’s latest album “Live & Humble” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Strung Out Band
Strung Out is Chicago’s most unique classic rock band. Their dynamic blend of guitars, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and percussion, topped off with outstanding vocalists, create an unforgettable sound. You’ll hear the greatest Classic Rock, Pop, Southern Rock, AM/FM Radio Cuts, and everything in between. Songs people know and love, performed by a band that loves to entertain. So get ready to sing, dance, and have fun with the amazing musical experience only Strung Out can provide. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
3rd Annual Holistic Pet Festival
We are thrilled to announce Blackbird's 3rd Annual Holistic Pet Festival. We have an amazing line-up of Holistic Vets & specialists that will be speaking at this year's event. Plus, the list of Holistic minded vendors and area rescues is already building! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more updates and fantastic announcements! We are currently looking for volunteers for the event. If you love pets and are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Sara at 815-941-9311 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Educational and Inspirational Presentations! We will have a dynamic trio speaking at this year's event. Read about these amazing women making changes in our pet's lives in our press release here. The event is open to the public and is free! The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary goodie bag packed with inspiration. To commemorate the event, you can purchase a Festival t-shirt for $20. T-shirt orders will be taken until April 15th at Blackbird’s Bowl, Natural Pet Foods & More located at 221 Liberty St in Downtown Morris.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Train Company
Train Company plays killer, teeth-kicking blues-rock. Since forming in 2008, John Zozzaro (guitar/vocals), Mark Alletag (saxophone), Mike DeWitte (bass/vocals), Rob Lejman (drums) and Sam Wyatt (keys) have explored a sound that has included everything from jazzy pop to bourbon-soaked rock 'n roll. Train Company’s success continues through constant gigging, including two recent sold out shows at Chicago's House of Blues alongside Counting Crows and Blues Traveler. Crowds can expect sweaty, high energy shows with no two alike! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
One Room Schools
Grundy County Historical Society is hosting Michele Micetich, who will present, “One Room Schools.” The program will be on Tuesday, April 28, 2014 at 7pm and will be held at the GCHS Museum in the Canal Port Community Center on West Illinois Avenue. All visitors and members are welcome to attend. Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee. Country schoolhouses were tiny gems located according to federal land grant law in each township's "section 16 ". Grundy County had 98 of these country schools. Which landowners provided section 16 land? How did a township finance its school? Who were the teachers? What did getting an education mean in this era? Photographs and stories of our county's country schools, teachers and students, plus some details on standards and the history of particular schools as examples, will be presented. Maps and artifacts will be on display. The presenter welcomes attendees to share their own experiences with our country schools.
Discovery Dinner: Lincoln and the Close of the Civil War
On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Br. John Vietoris, FSC, PhD, brings to The Gaylord Building an illustrated presentation on the end of the Civil War and the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train, which passed through Lockport, IL. Br. Vietoris is a leading educator and teaches the Civil War course at Lewis University. This program is in partnership with the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s Civil War programming. Lincoln and the Close of the Civil War is a presentation of the Discovery Dinner series at The Gaylord Building (200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441). Doors open at 5:45pm with a cash bar reception. A dinner catered by the Public Landing Restaurant begins at 6:15pm. The buffet service dinner includes a choice of entrees with salad, sides, dessert and beverages (non-alcoholic). The presentation begins at 7:00pm and concludes with a question & answer session. Participation fee is $25 (twenty-five dollars) per person, and advance registration is required. For reservations and information, please call 1.815.838.9400 or email email@example.com. The Gaylord Building (www.GaylordBuilding.org) is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org).
United Way Hops & Vine Fest
Proceeds from this festival at Hollywood Casino Joliet to benefit United Way of Will County. Come out and try over 30 breweries while enjoying food and live entertainment. Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm. See ticket prices and packages at: www.wantickets.com/hopsandvinefest.
Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm
Join us this year for our 2nd annual Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm from 10am-1pm on Saturday, May 16th! Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is a 4th generation working family farm. Each season the Siegel's have a different way for you to enjoy visiting there farm and spending time out in the country fresh air. In the Spring, come on out and see the largest variety of Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs and Fresh Baked Pies. Pre-register today at www.siegelscottonwoodfarm.com.
Ride the Rock
"Ride the Rock" is a free, family 16-mile bike ride and festival hosted by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and presented by CenterPoint Properties, the event's title sponsor for 2015. This event is returning for its ninth year on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access in Joliet. The ride will begin at I&M Canal Access, located on Hollywood Road (Houbolt Road), 0.25-mile south of I-80, in Joliet.The event is open to all ages, but is recommended for individual riders of at least 11 years of age. In addition to bringing their own bikes, all riders are urged to wear safety helmets and to bring drinking water. Pre-register now on Eventbrite! Pre-registered riders will be able to check in at 9 a.m. at the event. The first 1,000 pre-registered riders to check in will receive a free T-shirt. (Please note that size choice is not guaranteed.) Pre-registration will end at midnight on Thursday, May 14. Family at Ride the Rock On-site registration will be available at the event, but riders who register at the event will not be able to check in until 9:30 a.m. On-site registrants will not receive T-shirts.
Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
Join in the fun at the Star Wars Scavenger Hunt at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Children and families are invited to find all 20 of the original Star Wars figures plus a special bonus figure hidden throughout the Museum's galleries! All participants get a Star Wars game card. Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Joliet Slammers Baseball Opening Night
Join the Joliet Slammers for affordable, family fun all summer long! Parking is free or you can take the train to beautiful Silver Cross Field located in downtown Joliet, IL. Special promotions for this event include Opening Night festivities and two dollar tickets ($2 Tuesday)! The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team based in Joliet, IL that play in the independent Frontier League. Home games are played at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. They are the 2011 Frontier League champions.
Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness Pool
Challenge Fitness Pool in Lockport will offer Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness for all ages, Sun., May 10 from 1pm-4pm. All mom's swim free. Regular admission applies to other swimmers. For more info., visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.
4 Rivers Kayak Tour
The 4 Rivers Kayak Tour takes in the I&M Canal, Dupage, Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. People join especially the scenic kayak tours as an alternate fitness activity, an alternate social activity and to learn about nature/kayaking - to learn about a new area. If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking.
Naperville Park District Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways! Enjoy live performances by Neuqua Valley High School Steel Band, Andrew Huber and Élan Dance Company! This is a free event for the whole family. Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meatheads Burgers & Fries and Eye Level are the proud sponsors. Location: Frontier Park; Time: 10:00am-4:00pm.
2015 Time Travelers Bus Tours
On Wednesday, May 20th, from 8am until 4:30pm we'll be visiting some historical and unique churches in the Lemont and Lockport area. Included in the tour will be; Old Congregational Church/Gladys Fox Museum (Lockport), St. Dennis Catholic Church (Lockport), St. James at Sag Bridge Church (Lemont), Old Stone Church (Lemont), Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (Lemont) Lunch is included at the historic Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport! Tour Admission: $75 Museum Members / $85 Non-Members Registration must be received by May 11th - Space is limited! Time Travelers Bus Tours are made possible by a joint venture of the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Heritage Corridor & Convention Visitors Bureau.
Clean Sweep - Lockport
Meet at the South Public Landing Parking Lot, 10th St at the Canal, to clean and plant the downtown (bring gloves). Free t-shirt and lunch to volunteers and a prize drawing for participants. Sponsored by Main Street Lockport.
Memorial Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and a full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.