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Neighbors briefs

St. Mary’s Minooka Blood Drive to be held

MINOOKA – The Knights of Columbus (St. Mary’s Minooka) are sponsoring a Blood Drive for Heartland Blood Centers from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 in the gym at Minooka Jr High. For an appointment or information, call John at 815-521-1970, email at, or visit the Heartland website at

Babysitter’s training course to be held

MORRIS – Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is offering its last Babysitter’s Training Course for the year on 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, in Whitman Assembly Room 1 at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High Street in Morris.

The Babysitter’s Training Course is a opportunity for youth age 11 and older who are interested in acquiring the information and education needed for a safe babysitting experience. Topics include first aid, diapering and feeding techniques, bedtime strategies, safe and age-appropriate toys and games, and preparing for a babysitting interview. Participants should bring a doll to class.

The registration fee is $40 and includes lunch. Class size is limited. Register online at, or call 815-705-7365.

Hospital to offer

childbirth classes

MORRIS – Morris Hospital Super Saturday Childbirth class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 150 W. High St., Morris. This one-day class covering labor, comfort measures, relaxation and medical interventions, pain management options and vaginal and cesarean birth. Cost is $60. Registration for childbirth classes must be completed online at For information, call 815-942-3012.

Family fun night

to be held

MINOOKA – The Ellis House and Equestrian Center, 13986 McKanna Road, Minooka, has scheduled a family fun night from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Pony Rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, face painting, bonfire, crafts, board games, nature trails and concessions will be offered.

Historic association

meeting to be held

NEWARK – Fern Dell Historic Association annual meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Fern Dell Museum, 9 Front St., Newark. A program on the history of Helmar Lutheran Church will be presented by Howard Christian, a lifelong member of Helmar Lutheran Church and draws from personal knowledge as well as family history. The meeting will also include a recap of the year’s activities and election of Board Members. Member of the association and the general public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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