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Local food events: Dec. 9 through Dec. 16

Dec. 9

• Book Lovers Party – 10 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m., Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood Bring your favorite book wrapped for a book exchange a la yankee swap style. Cookies and cocoa will be served. Adults. Call 815-725-1715 or visit

• Nutrition Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; also Dec. 16, Senior Services of Will County Main Office, 251 N. Center St., Joliet. Nutrition lunch program provided by Meals on Wheels Nutrition Department of Will County. Available every Monday. For information, visit or call 815-723-9713.

Dec. 10

• Candy House Creation – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., White Oak Library District, 201 Normantown Road, Romeoville, Decorate a graham cracker covered house with icing, candy and cereal. Parents should plan on helping younger children. To register, contact Jessica Smith at 815-552-4210 or or visit

Dec. 11

• Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry – 1 to 3 p.m., Smith Family YMCA, 1350 Briggs St., Joliet.

Dec. 12

• Under The Mistletoe – 11:45 to 2:45 p.m., Dec, 12 and Dec, 19, Prairie Bluff Golf Club, Lockport. Lunch, cash bar and entertainment: Matt and Cynthia Gruel in their holiday cabaret "Under the Mistletoe." Register at 815-838-1183, or

Dec. 13

• Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 205 E. Jackson St., Joliet. Visit

• Fish Fry – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; also 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Fish, chicken and shrimp. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

• 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 chicken breast served with tossed salad, French fries or parsley potatoes along with bread and butter. Carryout available. Music starts 7:30 p.m. Call 815-723-3154.

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

Dec. 14

• Cookies by the Pound – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport. $7 a pound. Call 815-838-1017.

• Christmas Cookie Sale – 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., United Methodist Church annex, 308 Massasoit St., Minooka. Decorated homemade cookies. $12 bucket.

• Cookie Heaven – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or unit the cookies sold, First Presbyterian Church, 200 Jackson St., Morris. Last year cookies sold out in an hour. Bucket provided. Cookies $7 a pound, Candy 49 a pound. 815-942-1993.

• Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Reed-Custer Middle School, 407 Comet Drive, Braidwood. Visit

Dec. 15

• Cookies and Caroling – Bring cookies by 10 a.m. to United Methodist Church, 339 New Lenox Road, New Lenox. Deliver cookies to nursing homes and sing carols from noon to 2:30 p.m. Contact Jane Corradetti at 815-258-8304 or

• Chili Cook-off – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In support of the drama club at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Joliet. Open gym with games for kids. Beer and Bloody Mary drink specials, raffles, football squares, bake sales. For tickets, contact Jenny Jasper at For chili entry, call or text Tom Jasper at 815-791-9689 or

Dec. 16

• Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry – 4 to 6 p.m., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 135 E. Rice Road, South Wilmington. Visit

• Cocoa & Cram – 5:30 to 8 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Enjoy cocoa while studying. Grades nine through 12. Call 815-846-6500 or visit


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