Country Markets will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 24, except Sept. 5, at Breidert Green and 1 N. White Parking Lots, Frankfort. It will include locally grown produce, plants, baked goods, prepared food and gourmet products. 815-469-2177 or www.frankfortil.org
Pick up your Great Backyard Camping Kits through July 23 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. The kits, which include crafts, glow sticks, items to explore your natural world in a reusable camp bag, cost $13 for residents and $16 for nonresident. www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/calendar-of-events/?cid=mc-e2a2d4f8b0fd38fece7b28a1b0b5b849&mc_id=1301
Join the Forest Preserve District of Will County for Moth Mania 8-10 p.m.July 23 at Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Hickory Hollow Shelter, Mokena.Celebrate National Moth Week by exploring the night in search of moths. Learn the different groups of moths and then take a night hike, sharing UV flashlights to search for hidden insects glowing along the trail. Then, check out the Forest Preserve’s “research center” to see if we attracted any winged visitors. Free for those age 8 or older. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or 708-946-2216.
Food Truck Fridays
Food Truck Fridays pull into Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access (east of Wolf Road), Mokena, Aug. 13 and Messenger Marsh, on Bell Road south of 159th Street, Homer Glen, July 23 and Aug 27. Food trucks will be serving up their favorite fare from 5-7:30 p.m. to enjoy with views and amenities offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Registration is not required. Visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be shown as part of the “Star Wars” Celebratio at 7:30-10:30 p.m. July 22 at The Band Shell, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. The event is free. Registration and check-in 15 minutes before the event are required. 708-342-4212 or www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/calendar-of-events/?cid=mc-e2a2d4f8b0fd38fece7b28a1b0b5b849&mc_id=1299
Celebrate National Moth Week by exploring the night in search of moths from 8-10 p.m. July 23 at Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Hickory Hollow Shelter, Mokena. Learn the different groups of moths and take a night hike, sharing UV flashlights to search for hidden insects glowing along the trail. Finally, check out the Forest Preserve’s “research center” to see if we attracted any winged visitors. Register for the free program open to those 8 and older at ReconnectWithNature.org or 708-946-2216.
Forest preserve workday
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is seeking volunteers for its workday program. The program will be held from 8-11 a.m. July 24 and Sept. 11: Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Individiuals and groups should register with Mary Borgra at 815-722-5913 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tinley Park Park District hosts a Family Camp Out from 4:30 p.m. July 23-11 a.m. July 24 at Vogt Woods Park, 6527 W. 171st St. Activities include a late night movie, s’mores and campfire. Fee is $25 per campsite (family of four, ages 2 and older and $5 per additional camper. 708-342-4200 www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/calendar-of-events/?cid=mc-e2a2d4f8b0fd38fece7b28a1b0b5b849&mc_id=1303
Play wiffle ball
Crack out your wiffle ball bats for a tournament at 10 a.m. July 24 at Freedom Park 7835 Timber Drive, Tinley Park. Teams of seven to 10 players will compete for prizes and trophies. Fee of $100 per team includes equipment and athletic staff to monitor the tournament rules. Rain date July 31. www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/calendar-of-events/?cid=mc-e2a2d4f8b0fd38fece7b28a1b0b5b849&mc_id=1302
Endangered species quilt
A quilt exhibition to raise awareness of the plight of endangered species will be on display at Forest Preserve District of Will County visitor centers through July 25. “Inspired by Endangered Species” depicts vulnerable flora and fauna including the Hine’s emerald dragonfly, the Karner blue butterfly, the Rusty Patched bumble bee and the Western Prairie fringed orchid on 182 colorful 24-by-24-inch quilted panels. The panels will be shown at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, in Romeoville. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Photos and videos are allowed but the quilts cannot be touched. Call 815-727-8700 or visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
Cruisin’ Into Lockport features Chevrolet from 4-8 p.m. July 26 on State between 9th and 11th Streets. The free event also features country music by pop hits by Prairie Station from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and a farmers market from 4-8 p.m. at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. www.lockportpark.org/mc-events/cruisin-into-lockport-4/?mc_id=
Turtle Tuesday continues at various times July 27 at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. In the drop-in program that's free for all ages, meet one of the Forest Preserve District’s ambassador Blanding’s turtles – Taco, H3 or Shirlee – as a naturalist will bring out a turtle from the exhibit tank for closer viewing. Check times at ReconnectWithNature.org.
The HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) hosts its weekly open meetings for addiction support from 7-8:30 p.m. July 27 and every Tuesday at Lincolnway Christian Church 690 E. Illinois Hwy., New Lenox. Call 708-557-8394.
Skim the treetops, glide over waterways and peek into nooks and crannies not visible from the ground as 'The Buzz' — the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s monthly nature show — celebrates its one-year anniversary with an aerial extravaganza. Tune in at 8:30 p.m. July 28 to watch the program live on Facebook, www.facebook.com/WillCoForests, or YouTube.
The Mokena Park District is showing "Raya & The Last Dragon" at 8 p.m. July 28 in its Summer Drive-in Movies at the Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center parking lot, 10847 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena. Fee is $10 per vehicle. Spaces are limited, and COVID-19 safeguards will be observed. Register at www.mokenapark.com.
Market at the Park
Market at the Park is being held in Crescent Park, 9705 W. 142nd St., near the 143rd Street Metra Station, from 4-8 p.m. July 29. It continues on Thursdays through Aug. 19, except Aug. 5. Each market includes specialty food, flowers, handmade crafts, vintage decor and live entertainment. Visit orlandpark.org.
Beatles tribute band Kaleidoscope Eyes will perform at 7 p.m. July 29 at The Band Shell, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. The event is free. Registration and check-in 15 minutes before the event are required. 708-342-4212 or www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/calendar-of-events/?cid=mc-e2a2d4f8b0fd38fece7b28a1b0b5b849&mc_id=1336
Things to do Isle a la Cache
The replica Native American longhouse as been refurbished at Isla a la Cache Museum.
Isle A La Cache improvements will be unveiled at "Island Showcase," a food truck event from 4-8 p.m. July 30 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County preserve at 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Tour the new Native American lifeways exhibit, check out the new 150-person picnic shelter and buy meals or snacks from the food truck vendors. Visit ReconnectWithNature.org
My Joyful Heart, a Mokena nonprofit, is hosting a Summer Bunco Party at 6 p.m. July 30 at American Legion Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport. Proceeds go to providing children in the organization's program with clothing, shoes, hygiene products and more. Tickets, which include light food and prizes, are $25 each. Visit myjoyfulheart.org/news-events/summerbunco.html.
'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Limestone Stage presents "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at 7:30 p.m. July 30 and 31 at Lockport Township Building, 1463 S Farrell Road, Weather permitting, the Shakespeare comedy complete with mistaken identities, fairy magic and slapstick fun will be performed outside. Tickets cost $10 and are available at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com/e/a-midsummer-nights-dream-tickets-159184345663. For information, visit Facebook.com/LimestoneStage or e-mail email@example.com.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is hosting Shooting Stars and Jammin’ Guitars: at 8-10 p.m. Friday, July 30 at Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access, Hickory Hollow Shelter, Mokena. Enjoy music, a campfire and possibly the Southern Delta Aquariids, Alpha Capricornids fireballs and the popular Perseids. Bring your own beverages (beer and wine only for those bringing alcohol) and instruments to jam. Free for those age 21 and older. Register at 708-534-8499 or ReconnectWithNature.org.
Orland Township and Tinley Park are hosting a Community Shred-A-Thon from 8 a.m.-noon July 31 at the 80th Avenue Metra Station North Parking Lot. Residents with ID can bring up to five banker's boxes of materials to be shredded. Residents are asked to wear a mask when dealing with township staff if they are not vaccinated, to remain in their vehicles and to put the materials to be shredded in the trunk or cargo area to be retrieved. Contact Tinley Park at 708-444-5000 or visit tinleypark.org or. Orland Township at 708-403-4222, or www.orlandtownship.org.
Forest preserve cleanup
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is hosting a “Litter: Public Enemy No. 1 Cleanup Day” from 10 a.m.-noon July 31 at Hadley Valley – Gougar Road Access in Joliet. Participants will help clean up the preserve perimeter. Registration is required by July 30. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All are asked to bring work gloves and a reusable water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes. Call 815-722-7364.
Join the Forest Preserve District of Will County for Animal Olympics: 1-2 p.m. July 31 at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. In recognition of the Tokyo Olympics, museum staff will discuss Illinois animals that are excellent at moving fast, balancing and hopping. Test your own skills and strengths against theirs. Free for children at 3-7. Register by July 29 at ReconnectWithNature.org or 815-886-1467.
“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” will be shown at 8:45 p.m. July 31 at Orland Park Health & Fitness, 15430 West Ave, Orland Park. Parking for the drive-in opens one hour before the movie. Fee is $15 per car for residents and $20 per car for non-residents. Registration required. 708-403-5000 or orlandpark.org/workspaces/one.aspx?objectId=17708674&contextId=14868226
Cruisin’ into Lockport features ‘60s Night from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 2 on State between 9th and 11th Streets. The free event also features Journey cover band Voyage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and a farmers market from 4-8 p.m. at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. www.lockportpark.org/mc-events/cruisin-into-lockport-4/?mc_id=
Things to do Isle a la Cache
The replica Native American longhouse as been refurbished at Isla a la Cache Museum.
Longhouse Living will be explored from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. The Forest Preserve District’s longhouse will be open for viewing so you can learn about the daily lives of the Potawatomi and discover how longhouses are built and used by Native peoples. No registration is required for this free, drop-in program open to all ages. ReconnectWithNature.org.
“The Sandlot” will be shown as part of the Thursdays in the Park at 7-10 p.m. Aug. 5 at The Band Shell, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Play sports-themed games and crafts while wearing your White Sox or Cubs gear before the Crosstown Classic. Register at 708-342-4212 or www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/calendar-of-events
Taste of Orland Park
The 18th annual Taste of Orland Park is set for Aug. 6-8 at Orland Park Health & Fitness, 15430 West Ave. Orland Park. Hours are 5-11p p.m. Aug. 6, 1-11 p.m. Aug. 7 and 1-9 p.m. Aug. 8. Entertainment will include live performances on two stages, Kid's Day, a car show, Bingo, Live Bank Karaoke and more. Restaurants including The Brass Tap, Mo’s Chinese Kitchen, Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant, Pueblito, Square Celt Ale House & Grill and Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery will be represented. Admission is free. Visit www.orlandpark.org/events
Art and music
P.S. Acoustic will perform at the Vogt Visual Arts Center, 17420 S. 67th Court, Tinley Park, at 7-9 p.m. Aug. 6. The night of art and live music will include a gallery reception, featuring fine art done by local and well-known artist, and the gazebo concert. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. Visit www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/vvac
Support for widowed
The Southwest Suburban Widows/ Widowers Social Club meets the first Friday of each month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Harold Viking Lodge, 6730 175th St. The next meeting is Aug. 6. The club offers support to the widowed of all faiths and ages. Activities include restaurant outings, trips, discussions and meetings. For more information, call Phyllis Peterson at 708-636-6534 or Bill Dolehide at 708-342-6820.
The 39th annual Orland Hills Fishing Derby is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at Ashbourne Lake, 9101 Meadowview Drive, Orland Hills, Participants must have a current Orland Hills fishing permit, which will be available at the derby. Fee is free for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Call 708-349-7211 or visit www.ohrecreation.org.
Learn why native plants are a better fit for your yard and their importance to birds, bees and butterflies 3-4 p.m. Aug. 7 at 319 Garden at Heritage Park, 14110 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Sponsored by the village and the Forest Preserve District of Will County, the free program open to those 18 or older will include identifying native plants in the garden. Registration required at 815-727-8700.
My Joyful Hearts is hosting a popup sale Aug. 9-14 at the nonprofit's headquarters, 9981 W. 190th St., Suite I, Mokena. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 9-13 and 8-11 a.m. Aug. 14. Items on sale include women's Disney shoes, coats, NFL shoes and movie themed attire. All cost $20 each with the proceeds benefiting the group that provides for underprivileged children. 815-806-1700 or myjoyfulheart.org
Do the Pony
Cruisin’ into Lockport features Ford Mustang from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 9 on State between 9th and 11th Streets. The free event also features the ‘60s stylings of Claremont Drive from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and a farmers market from 4-8 p.m. at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. www.lockportpark.org/mc-events/cruisin-into-lockport-4/?mc_id=
Thursdays in the Park presents Peach's Beach Party a Jimmy Buffett tribute band at the Back to School Fun Fair at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Band Shell, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Registration required for this free event as well as check-in within 15 minutes from start time. www.tinleyparkdistrict.org
Orland Park History Museum hosts “Prohibition: How a Nation Went Dry” at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at 14415 Beacon Ave., Orland Park. The program will explore how how attitudes about drinking changed over the 19th and 20th Centuries and how that contributed to the nation going dry. Fee is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit orlandpark.org.
Orland Township is hosting its Back-To-School Health Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 14 at the township offices, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. The free fair includes dental and eye exams, hair Cuts provided by Salon Evangelos, school supplies and food and beverages. Qualifying families also will be able to receive additional supplies from the Orland Township Food Pantry. School health and sports physicals will be available for $35 for township residents, proof required, and $45 for nonresidents. For those who qualify, inoculations will be available at $10 per vaccine for residents and $20 each nonresidents (cash or credit only). Activities will include face painting and CPR training. Call 708-403-4222 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or visit www.orlandtownship.org.
Join Sarah Stasukewicz, curator of the Orland Park History Museum, as she tells the history of Orland Park and its downtown area at 1 p.m. Aug. 14. The program will kick off with a cocktail at the museum 14415 Beacon Ave., Orland Park, and continue as a walking tour to pertinent locations. Additional beverages will be available for purchase at the stops. Fee is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Visit orlandpark.org.
Orland Park concerts
The Centennial Park West Concert Series continues Aug. 14 at Jillian Road and Park Station Boulevard in Orland Park. Each concert features three bands, starting at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14, will featuring Blue Öyster Cult, Mark Farner’s American Band and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Sept. 5, The Ultimate Queen Celebration, George Michael Reborn Tribute and Purple Veins - The Essential Prince Tribute Band. Tickets cost $40 per concert. Discounts are available at the Orland Park Sportsplex 11351 W. 159th St. and Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., for first responders, veterans, military and police personnel. To buy full-price tickets, visit universe.com/concertseries21. For more information visit orlandpark.org/ events/concertseries.
Cruisin’ Into Lockport features foreign cars from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 16 on State between 9th and 11th Streets. The free event also features country music by C.K. and the Gray from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and a farmers market from 4-8 p.m. at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. www.lockportpark.org/mc-events/cruisin-into-lockport-4/?mc_id=
Become a nature detective at 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve Bruce Road east of Cedar Road in Homer Glen. Children 5 and older will investigate signs of animal activity to determine who’s living in the forest in this free program sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the village. A naturalist will be guiding you off trail, so wear long pants and boots. Registration required at 815-727-8700.
Auditions for Orland Township's Senior American Idol are being held Aug. 23 at Orland Township Administrative Offices, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Check-in opens at 5 p.m. with auditions.beginning at 5:30 p.m. The tryouts are open to those 55 and older. Contestants are asked to sing a two to three-minute segment of a song a cappella for a panel of judges. The top contestants will compete at the finals in October.To register or for more information, contact Orland Township at 708-403-4222.
Cruisin’ Into Lockport features motorcycles from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 23 on State between 9th and 11th Streets. The free event also features the ‘60s stylings of Gone Country from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and a farmers market from 4-8 p.m. at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. www.lockportpark.org/mc-events/cruisin-into-lockport-4/?mc_id=
Take in “Shrek” in a drive-in setting at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 21 at Orland Park Health & Fitness, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Parking lot opens an hour before the show. Fee is $15 per car for residents and $20 per car for nonresidents. Registration is required. www.orlandpark.org
Down on the farm
Tour Stellwagen Farm to the tunes of traditional and contemporary folk songs of the farm from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at 17701 108th Ave., Orland Park. Tickets cost $25 for residents and $30 for nonredients and include refreshments and two alcoholic beverages in the program partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Visit orlandpark.org,
Cruisin’ Into Lockport features Ford Thunderbird from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 30 on State between 9th and 11th Streets. The free event also features ‘60s garage rock by the Wayouts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and a farmers market from 4-8 p.m. at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. www.lockportpark.org/mc-events/cruisin-into-lockport-4/?mc_id=
Veterans golf outing
Orland Park hosts its Veterans Golf Classic at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. The day features 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, barbeque lunch on the course, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Golf fee is $120 and golf-hors d’oeuvres package is $150. Proceeds benefit the Orland Park Veterans Commission, American Legion Orland Memorial Post 111, Reber-Tesmond Orland-Palos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2604 and Veterans Voices. orlandpark.org/services/recreation/veterans-golf-outing9
Frankfort Fall Fest is set for Sept. 3-6 in Historic Downtown Frankfort, Kansas and White Streets. The fest opens at 10 a.m. daily with events scheduled throughout the day. More than 300 artisans will be on hand along with food, entertainment, a carnival and more. Visitwww.frankfortchamber.com/frankfort-fall-festival.
Orland Park concerts
The Centennial Park West Concert Series concludes Sept. 5 Aug. 14 at Jillian Road and Park Station Boulevard in Orland Park. The Ultimate Queen Celebration, George Michael Reborn Tribute and Purple Veins - The Essential Prince Tribute Band will perform. Tickets cost $40. Discounts are available at the Orland Park Sportsplex 11351 W. 159th St. and Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., for first responders, veterans, military and police personnel. To buy full-price tickets, visit universe.com/concertseries21. Visit orlandpark.org/ events/concertseries.
The Tinley Park Community Jazz Band will perform at Gazebo Concert Night at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Vogt Visual Arts Center, 17420 S. 67th Court, Tinley Park. The evening includes an art exhibit of local and well-known artists and reception in the center. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. Visit www.tinleyparkdistrict.org.
Enjoy a craft beer and talk with brewers at the Orland Park Brewfest 6-10 p.m. Sept. 18 at Orland Park Public Works, 15655 S. Ravinia Ave. Food and entertainment also are on tap for those 21 and older. Tickets cost $50 through Sept. 17 and $55 at the door if still available. A $20 designated driver ticket is good for dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverage and souvenir glass. To buy tickets, visit Universe.com.
Gardening for Monarchs
Learn which plants to grow to attract Monarch butterflies at 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Homer Glen Village Hall, 14240 W. 151st St. This free program for those 18 and older is presented by University of Illinois Certified Master Gardener Phyllis Schulte. Sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the village, it will discuss nectar sources and habitats for these important pollinators. Registration required at 815-727-8700.
Arts & Drafts
The Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce presents Arts & Drafts from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at Orland Park Crossing, 14225 95th Ave. Enjoy a festival atmosphere showcasing artists, hand-crafted merchandise, craft beer samples, local food vendors and entertainment. Visit orlandparkchamber.org/arts-drafts.
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