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Gotta Do It: Feb. 11 through Feb. 18


• Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards – Recognizes individual volunteers and businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois. Nominations due Feb. 16. To nominate and for more information, visit

• Get Unemployment Insurance Tax Forms – If you collected unemployment insurance last year, you will need the 1099-G tax form from IDES to complete your tax returns, both federal and state. Get the form at If you did not register for the email notification, the 1099-G tax form has been mailed to your home.

• A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship – For part-time and full-time students enrolled at an accredited college or university who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. $250, $500 or $1,000 each year. Students must write an essay of at least 1,000 words pertaining to the auto import industry. Deadline is March 10. For information, visit

• Career Online High School – Must be older than 21 and a resident of the Shorewood-Troy Public Library District with intermediate computer skills and the ability to navigate internet without help. Must complete a basic prerequisite course, an interview process and all coursework within 18 months. Scholarships awarded. For information, call 815-725-1715.

• ComEd Assistance Available to Help Customers with Winter Bills – For information on ComEd’s financial assistance programs, including eligibility requirements, visit or call 1-888-806-CARE (2273).

• Early Voting – Any registered Will County voter can cast a ballot at the Will County Clerk’s Office through March 19. Last day to register to vote in person or by mail is Feb. 20 and the last day to register online is March 4. For information, visit

• Frankfort Teachers Association Scholarship – For high school seniors and graduates of Frankfort School District 157-C who are pursuing a career in education. The Frankfort Teachers Association awards two $500 scholarships. Applications are due by March 8 at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Students selected April 3 and notified April 9. Senior Awards Night is May 9 at Lincoln-Way East. Coordinate application process through student’s guidance counselor. For information, email Lynne Jurges at

• Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union St., Morris. Offers assistance with federal, state and local veterans’ benefits and services to include referral to other programs and services. For honorably discharged veterans of military service and their families. Call 815-941-3152.

• Horizon Grants – Up to $1,000 each to high school juniors from all four District 202 high schools and Plainfield Academy, the district’s alternative high school. Applications, due April 20, can be found at under “Programs.”

• IHDA Home Accessibility Program – HAP will fund up to $25,000 for accessibility modifications for both rental and owner-occupied homes for seniors and people with disabilities. Contact Gina Morales at the Will County Center for Community Concerns at 815-722-0722, ext. 220, or

• Illinois AMVETS Collection Site – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Grundy County Administration Building, 1320 Union St., Morris, and Ace Hardware parking lot, 855 S. Ridge Road, Minooka. For information, call the Grundy County VAC office at 815-941-3152.

• Illinois Tax Filing Season Underway – Taxpayers can file their Form IL-1040 for free using MyTax Illinois at Individuals may also use MyTax Illinois to make payments, check the status of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refund using and look up their IL-PIN, estimated tax payments, and 1099-G amounts.

• Lifeline Program – Lifeline is a federally funded program that subsidizes the cost of one telephone per household, either a cellphone or a landline phone. Internet service as part of the cost of the phone may also be available. Eligible families can enroll by calling their local telephone service provider or a participating cellphone provider and asking to be enrolled in Lifeline. The two largest providers in Illinois are AT&T (888-256-5378) and Frontier Communications (800-921-8101). For information or to donate, visit

• Lockport Township Park District’s Before/After School Program – Register at Challenge Fitness, 2021 S. Lawrence Ave., Lockport. For information and to download the parent handbook, visit or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.

• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds – Eligible to apply now: households with a family member age 60 or older and/or currently receiving disability benefits, households with disconnected service or which have a disconnection notice, households with a child younger than 6, all income-eligible households. Sign up at Will County Center for Community Concerns, 2455 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday or until the daily sign-in sheet is full (whichever comes first). Applications also taken at various locations throughout the Will County area. Applications taken through May 31 or until funding is exhausted. For other locations, a list of documents needed to apply and more information, call 815-722-0722 or visit  

• Norwegian Heritage Scholarship – The Norwegian National League of Chicago is offering scholarships and cash prizes to deserving students who are of Norwegian heritage residing in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, McHenry and Will. Entries must be postmarked by March 1. For scholarship information and applications, visit or contact Tom Maxson at 847-297-1656 or

• Online Voter Registration for Illinois – Visit

• Passport Applications at White Oak Library – For information, call Lockport branch at 815-552-4260, Crest Hill branch at 815-552-4270 or Romeoville branch at 815-552-4200.

• Todd Burke Memorial Scholarship – The Manhattan Firefighters’ Association will award one $500 scholarship to a resident, ages 17 to 24, of the Manhattan Fire Protection District pursuing a degree in the fire science or medical field at an accredited college or university. Application deadline is March 8. For information or to apply, visit

• Victims Legal Advice Line – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 844-388-7757 (toll free). Prairie State Legal Services will answer brief civil questions for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Bilingual staff or interpreters for limited English-proficient callers. For legal representation and information, visit

• Vote by Mail Ballot – Request one for the March 20 primary election. Available through 4:30 p.m. March 15. For information, visit

• Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting and Election – Three directors will be elected to the board. Absentee balloting is Jan. 31 to Feb. 12. An election will be held at the office from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, with the annual meeting at 6 p.m. For information, contact Kim Mitchell at 815-462-3106 or

• Seeking Republican Election Judges – To work upcoming elections. Must attend a 2½-hour training class. Upon completion of training, election judges are paid $150 for the day they are assigned to work a polling place, including mileage reimbursement. Election judges can earn extra compensation if they are assigned to pick up and drop off election supplies. Apply at

• Will County Center for Community Concerns Scholarship – Must live in Will County, meet income guidelines and attend an accredited institution of higher education in Illinois during the 2018 calendar year. Funding is provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Applications available at 2455 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, or Deadline is Feb. 12. For information, call Belithia Johnson at 815-722-0722, ext. 209.

• Will County Forest Preserve District Safety Wristbands – Colorful wristbands, two sizes, imprinted with the telephone number for the Will County Sheriff’s Police dispatch center. The center provides dispatching services for the Forest Preserve District’s police department. For information, visit

• Workforce Service Division of Will County Job Board – For information and postings, visit

• Zonta Club of Joliet Accepting Scholarship Applications – Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to young women in the community through the Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Applicants must be 16 to 19 years old. Deadline is Feb. 16. For applications, visit Send applications and questions to Mary Kapella at

Feb. 11

• Pancake Breakfast – 8 a.m. to noon, St. Mary Immaculate gym, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. Pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit cups, coffee, orange drink, milk, bottled water. $5. Ages 3 and younger free. Raffles, 50/50. Benefits eighth-grade trip to Chicago. For information, call 815-436-2651 or visit

• Beer Can and Breweriana Trade Session – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Cash bar, chili and chili dogs, raffle with beer prizes. For information, contact Willy at 630-291-7943 or, or Gerry Hartog at 708-895-7907.

Feb. 12

• WOTM Bingo – Doors open 8 a.m. and bingo starts 10 a.m., 118 E. 10th St., Lockport. Upstairs. Elevator accessible in back of lodge.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook.

• Conversational ESL for Adults – 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; also 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit

Feb. 13

• Electronics Recycling – 6 to 11 a.m., Lockport Public Works, 17112 Prime Blvd., Lockport.

• Coffee & Company with LegalShield: Steve Beck – 8 to 9 p.m., Morris Chamber Office
909 Liberty St., Morris. Free. For more information, call 815-942-0113.

• Adult Education Information Session – 9 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Industry Orientation – 9 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Health care. Register at or call 815-727-4444.

• Career Cafe – 9:30 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Living Life Skills Educational Workshop – 9:30 to 11 a.m., Disability Resource Center, 77 N. 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet. Call 815-729-0162 (voice), 815-729-2085 (TTY) or 815-768-2582 (VRS).

• Conversational ESL for Adults – 10 a.m., Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Call 630-759-2102 or visit

• Illinois JobLink – 10:30 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Orientation for, an internet site offering courses to help people learn new skills or update ones they already have. Free for Will County residents. For information, call 815-727-4444 and press 0.

• Math Review – 2 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. For information, visit or call 815-727-4444.

• The World Was Never the Same: Events that Changed History – 2 p.m., Mondays through June, The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. Facilitated by Linda McCluskey. 30-minute lecture. Free and open to the public. For information, call 815-609-0669 or visit

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

• Electronics Recycling – 5 to 7 p.m., 57 W. Marion St., Joliet. For information, visit

• Fat Tuesday Pizza Night – 5 to 7:30 p.m., St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S. Route 59 Plainfield. $5 each or $20 family.

• Pancake Supper – 5 to 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Morris, 200 E Jackson St., Morris. Pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee, juice. Proceeds benefit junior high school activities.

• Tax Information Seminar – 5 to 7 p.m., Frankfort Village Hall, 432 W. Nebraska St., Frankfort. For information, visit

• WOTM Bingo – Doors open 5 p.m. and bingo starts 7 p.m., 118 E. 10th St., Lockport. Upstairs. Elevator accessible in back of lodge.

• 100+ Women Who Care of Will County – 6 to 7 p.m., P.B. Mulligan’s Restaurant & Bar, 19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill. For information, visit or email

• Identity Theft Prevention – 6 to 8 p.m., New Lenox Park District, 701 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. Free seminar. Hosted by NuMark Credit Union. Seating is limited. Reserve at or call 815-729-3211.

• Bingo – 6:45 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 100 S. 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet. Call 815-725-0746.

• Midwest Crossroad Chorus of Sweet Adelines International – 7 p.m., Trinity Christian School, 901 Shorewood Drive, Shorewood. Call 866-588-7464 or visit

• Morris Area Toastmasters – 7 p.m., Morris Hospital Education Room, 150 High St., Morris. Call Matthew Woyner at 815-478-3574 or Frank Hankins at 815-942-4733.

Feb. 14

• “Love Where You Bank” Day – At all 21 Marquette banking centers. For information, visit

• High School Equivalency (GED) – 9 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Health care. Register at or call 815-727-4444.

• Memory Clippers – 9 a.m. to noon, Manhattan Township Historical Society, 255 S. State St., Manhattan. Digitize and organize artifacts. Email

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Upward Bound Veterans Job Club – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Joliet VA CBOC, 1201 Eagle St., Joliet. For information, call 815-740-8100, ext. 73093.

• Electronics Recycling – 5 to 7 p.m., 1100 S. Cedar Road, New Lenox. For information, visit

Feb. 15

• Community Services Council of Will County – 8 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Monthly meeting. Presenter: Margaret Pearson, regional coordinator of organ tissue donation program, Illinois Secretary of State Office. For information, visit

• Job Fair – 9 to 11 a.m. Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Seeking assembler/inspector, CNC machinist trainee, forklift operators, independent living coach, job coach, manual loaders, material handlers, order selector, packers, program specialist, reach truck driver, residential lawn specialist, residential sales representative, school bus driver, ­security officers, team leader and warehouse associates.Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Wilmington Public Library District, 201 S. Kankakee St., Wilmington. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Microsoft Word – 10:30 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Industry Orientation – 1:30 p.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Manufacturing, transportation, distribution, logistics. Register at or call 815-727-4444.

• Channahon School District 17 Kindergarten Roundup – 5 to 7 p.m., Pioneer Path School, 24920 S. Sage St., Channahon. Pick up registration packets on school days between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at N.B. Galloway School, 24805 Roberts Road. For information, call 815-467-4311.

Feb. 16

• Industry Orientation – 9 a.m., Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Ave., Joliet. Professional, financial, information technology. Register at or call 815-727-4444.

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon, Frankfort Public Library District, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Fish Fry – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stone City Post, Stone City VFW Post 2199, 124 Stone City Drive, Joliet. Dining room open from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 815-722-7122.

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

• Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Mokena Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Visit or call 815-727-4444.

• Bingo – Doors open 4 p.m., cards begin 6 p.m., St. Mary Nativity School, 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet.

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

• Fish Fry – 4 to 7:30 p.m., Croatian Cultural Club, 1503 Clement St., Joliet. Baked or fried cod, shrimp, catfish or fried chicken breast. Dine-in or carryout. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. For carryout, call 815-723-3154.

• Fish Fry – 4 to 7 p.m., Ingalls Park AC, Bond Road and Park Street, Joliet. French fried cod, shrimp, catfish and chicken tenders, French fries and baked potato. Dine-in or carryout. Call 815-727-7217.

• Fish Fry – 4 to 7 p.m., St. Joseph Park, Joliet. Dinner includes cod fish (one piece $8; two pieces $10), Slovenian or baked potato, homemade coleslaw, bread and butter, dessert, with coffee or milk. Macaroni and cheese meal available for $4 each. Children under 6 will receive a free macaroni and cheese dinner. Carryouts available. Hosted by St. Joseph Church and the St. Joseph Slovenian Catholic League. For information, call 815-727-9378.

• 176 Catering Fish Fry – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Joliet Elks Lodge No. 296, 250 S.E. Frontage Road, Joliet. Baked and fried cod, fried shrimp, combo, burgers, salad bar. Call 176 West Catering at 815-955-4968.

• The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #5573 and Ladies Auxiliary Fish Fry – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. Mary Immaculate gym, Plainfield. Raffles. Nonperishable food donations requested. Carryouts until 7 p.m. at 815-436-2651, ext. 841.

• Fish Fry – 5 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Karaoke begins at 8:30 p.m. Call 815-485-8369 or visit

Feb. 17

• Pancake Breakfast and Hot Dog Lunch – 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Plainfield High School-Central Campus field house, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, Plainfield. Volunteers will serve pancakes, coffee, water and hot dogs at the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce Expo, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the field house. Hosted by Friends of Plainfield Academy. Breakfast tickets are $5. Coffee or water is $1 and hot dogs are $3. Kids under 3 years old eat free. Donations benefit programs including P-STEP, TAP (Therapeutic Academic Program) and Turnabout.

• Household Hazardous Waste Disposal – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Naperville Regional HHW Facility, 184 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville. Visit

• A Fair Tax Meeting – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Silver Spoon Restaurant, 1601 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. A lively discussion to abolish the IRS. For information, call 815-474-4385.

• Fish Fry – 4 to 8 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

Feb. 18

• Blini Luncheon – Noon, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 1000 Barber Lane, Joliet. Fillings include cherry, cream cheese, cherry-cheese, banana caramel or smoked salmon. $6 for blini plate or $3 or $4 for individual blinis.

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