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Bake sale to be held

MORRIS – A bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday in front of the Hallmark store on Liberty Street in downtown Morris.

Proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life "Class of 64 etc. with Country Financial Team" of the Grundy County Relay for Life. An assortment of baked goods will be available for purchase.

Morris Community High School Bands Finale Concert set

MORRIS – At 7 p.m. Friday at the Morris Community High School Field House will be the Finale Concert of the Jazz, Symphonic, Concert, Percussion, Small Ensembles and other bands.

Tickets are available at the door for $6 and includes dessert and drinks. Silent auction items and raffles also will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Call Don Stinson for tickets in advanced at 815-941-5306 or email

Junk in The Trunk sale to be held

MORRIS – The Junk in The Trunk sale will be every third Sunday from May through October. It is located behind the Wendy's restaurant in Morris. The May JITT will be on Sunday. This month's donations will be given to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

This is a garage sale/ flea market type sale out of your trunk, truck, van, trailer, etc. Bring your own tables to sell your antiques, tools, lawn mowers, household items, furniture, anything except clothing or commercial vendors allowed.

There is a $10 donation per parking spot. Extra spots are also $10 each. No refunds. All money goes to a local charity each month. Inclement weather cancels this event. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and set up time is one hour before start time. There is also a JITT in downtown Morris from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday June 28 during Liberty Days. Call 815-942-2032 for information or email

Memorial Day grave flags available

MORRIS – Take the time this Memorial Day to remember veterans who have passed, especially those who have died in service to our nation.

On Memorial Day, it is a tradition to mark the graves of veterans with flags. The Morris VFW and American Legion will make flags available to family members of veterans buried in Morris cemeteries. They can be obtained at either post.

Flags should be placed at the grave by Memorial Day, May 26, and removed as soon as possible after the holiday to prevent the flag from becoming unserviceable.

You may keep the flag if you intend to use it next year, otherwise please return it to one of the posts.

Morris library “Paws to Read” Summer Reading Program for 2014

MORRIS – The Morris Area Public Library will begin registration for Summer Reading Program 2014 “Paws to Read” on June 2. The program will run from June 9 through July 19 and is open to area residents with a current library card.

Each year the summer reading program includes several hundred children, teens, and adults. In addition to weekly reading recommendations, the library is offering a full schedule of free educational and entertaining programs for the whole community. “Circus of Paws” with Chris McBrien, “Furry Friends” with Deb Morland, Big Run Wolf Ranch with live animals, an e-device “Petting Zoo”, “Incredible Bats” with Sharon Peterson, a Pet Adoption Event with Just Animals, Pet Portraits with ELBE Photography, and a Pet Food and Shelter Supply Drive are just a few of the events planned this summer. At the conclusion of the summer program July 19, there will be a finale event with Strawberri the Clown doing balloon animals, Robin’s Dog Stars show, popcorn, ice cream, and more! Stop in the library during the week of June 2 to register. Registration is in person only.

The Morris Area Public Library is at 604 Liberty St. in Morris.

Shabbona boosters looking for board members

MORRIS – The Shabbona Middle School Braves Booster Club has voted to expand their board membership by two members. 

The Booster Club is planning to fill these two positions at their next meeting, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. June 6 in the Shabbona library. If you are a guardian/parent of a student at Shabbona or a resident of Morris Elementary School District 54 and would like to run, contact the Shabbona school administration at 815-942-0056 and select option 2.

United Way of Grundy County Seeking Volunteers

MORRIS – Would you like to impact the lives of others? Do you have a least one free hour per month? Have you always wanted to volunteer and not sure where to look? Don’t wait any longer!

The United Way of Grundy County is seeking volunteers for upcoming events including the Grundy County Back to School Fair, annual campaign dinner celebration, golf outings and mailings to name a few. We are also seeking an individual who would like to assist in our office about four to six hours per week doing light clerical work.

Visit to complete the volunteer application form, contact the United Way of Grundy County at 815-942-4430 or email us at

Wendy's Cruisers hold gathering

MORRIS -- The "Wendy's Cruisers" of Morris invites all those who love antique cars, trucks, motorcycles etc. to come to its social gatherings Monday nights at the Morris Wendy's restaurant. The group meets every Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. all year around. Weather permitting, we bring our antique vehicles for the public to view. All are welcome whether you have an antique vehicle or not. This is a free event open to the public.There are many other activities we are also involved with Cruise's such as campfires, movies and cookouts. Wendy's of Morris is located on Route 47 just south of the Interstate 80 exit 112. For information call Ken at 815-942-2032 or email

Southbank Art and Music Fest to be held

YORKVILLE -- The Southbank Art and Music Fest will be held from 1 to 7 p.m., May 25 at Yorkville's Bicentennial River Front Park.

The fest will feature local original talent. Join in our community art project or take part in our popular open mic from 1 to 3 p.m. on the main stage.

Hot dogs, veggie dogs, brats, ice cream and coffee will all be available to purchase from the river front businesses. You can also bring a picnic or support local restaurants all within a close walking distance. This is a free family-friendly event.

Visit for information.

Kendall Arts Guild meeting

YORKVILLE – Aurora artist, Anne Von Ehr, will present the program for the May 27 Kendall Arts Guild meeting. In addition to teaching pastel, she also paints with oils, oil pastels, acrylics and mixed media. 

The meeting will begin at 7p.m. at the former Castle Insurance building in Yorkville. Turn left at the first light past Route 47. The building in on the right. There is an elevator to the basement meeting room. There will also be the installation of KAG officers for 2014-2015. For information, call Joan at 630-553-6407.

Minooka Memorial Day parade

MINOOKA – Minooka’s Memorial Day observance will consist of a parade which will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26. Parade participants will line up at 9:30 a.m. at the Minooka Bible Church. 

The parade will proceed through downtown Minooka to Veterans’ Park at the corner of Mondamin and Wabena streets. The parade will be followed by a ceremony including prayers, songs, speakers, laying of wreaths and gun salute. For information, call Commander Dave Corbin at 815-693-9162. 

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