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Gotta Do It

P.E.O. Garage Sale

The Philanthropic Educational Organization Sandwich chapter will sponsor its annual Garage Sale on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m., rain or shine.

The sale will be held at Meadowlands Farm, 13890 County Line Road in Newark, just south of Route 71.

This is a huge indoor sale featuring household items, furniture, seasonal decorations, stylish clothing, linens, 16-inch radial arm saw, John Deere 70 tractor, Minneapolis RT tractor and many miscellaneous items.

A homemade lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization in which women celebrate the advancement of women, educate women through scholarships, grants, awards loans and stewardship of Cottey College, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund these endeavors and several local agencies as well.

Junk in the Trunk

The “Junk In The Trunk,” or “JITT,”  of Morris will take place on the third Sunday of each month  from April through October In Morris. Gardner Co-Op flea market will have their JITT on the first Sunday of each month through October.

Same times and rules apply there also. Vendor set up is at 8:30 a.m. Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $10 donation per spot. Donations are given to a charity each month. No commercial vendors, home-based businesses or clothing allowed, no mass-produced or imported items are allowed. This is open and free to the public.

Participation in the JITT is at your own risk, and we are not responsible for accidents. Many antiques, collectibles, tools, household items, bicycles, art work, crafts etc., and many other hard-to-find items are often found at this flea market. Location is 100 Commercial Drive (in the lot by Lindy Gertie’s restaurant)  in Morris.

For information and rules for vendor setup, call Ken at 815-942-2032 or e-mail with your name, address and phone number. 

Pancake Breakfast

Wilmington Masonic Lodge 208 will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 21, at 311 N. Main St. in Wilmington from 6 to 11 a.m.

The theme for this year’s breakfast is “Hope for Savannah.”

Savannah Russo is a 10-year-old Wilmington girl who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancerous tumor in her leg bone. All proceeds will go to the Russo family to help cover expenses. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and kids under 8 are free.

If you are interested in donating, make checks payable to Wilmington Masonic Lodge.

Hope for Savannah, 311 N. Main St., Wilmington, IL 60481.

Paper Shredding Event

The Grundy County Land Use
Department will host an after-taxes shred event Friday, April 27, from
10 a.m. to noon in the Grundy
County Administration Building
parking lot, located at 1320 Union St. in Morris.

For Grundy County residents only, participant can bring a maximum of two ream boxes of paper, which will be dumped into a shredding device that is part of a box truck.

The documents are shredded and the paper is weighed and recycled, allowing Grundy County residents to give back to the earth.

Call 815-941-3228 with any questions.

Chapel on the Green meeting

The Chapel on the Green in Yorkville will have its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. After the election of officers and a short business meeting, organist Mark Mackeben of Yorkvile with present a program on the Chapel’s 1899 Hinner organ.

It is used throughout the year for weddings and other events. Makeben’s presentation will include a history and narrative about the organ along with his playing several pieces that demonstrates the organ’s capabilities.

He is music director at a local Kendall County church and is in the business or repairing and restoring vintage organs. The Chapel was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States, and is the oldest church building still in use in Kendall County. The Chapel on the Green Historical Society’s main purpose is the care and preservation of the structure.

The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge, but donations to preserve the building are appreciated.

For information, call Howard Manthei at 630-553-6287. The Chapel is located at 107 W. Center Street in Yorkville (across from the town square).

– Morris Herald-News

Breakfast and Craft Show

The Center for Disability Services will be hosting a Spring Breakfast and Craft Show to benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CDS will kick off this hearty breakfast of biscuits, gravy, or pancakes and sausage with a craft show on Sunday, May 6 at 8 a.m. at CDS, located at 311 S. Reed St., in Joliet. The craft show will run until 2 p.m. Guests will pay at the door on the day of the event with either check or cash. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 10 and seniors. The Center for Disability Services is dedicated to advancing the independence of people with disabilities. It operates from the former Reedswood Elementary School in Joliet and has four independent living homes located in Joliet, Shorewood and Wilmington. CDS provides its services in a seven-county area including Will, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Ford, and Iroquois. The following programs are offered: The Melvin J. Larson Education Center, Family Support Program, Respite Care Program, and Adult Services which includes developmental training and residential services. For more information call Gina Wysocki at 815-744-3500 ext. 220 or email her at Visit for details on current and past events.

International Accordion Day Celebration

On Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m., accordionist Howard Manthei will present a program entitled “Celebrating International Accordion Day.” May 6 is the day of this international celebration as accordionists from around the world pay homage to the accordion. Howard has been playing the accordion since 1957 when he started lessons with several classmates—a time when the accordion was the instrument of choice (before the Beatles and the guitar appeared). You’ll hear songs made popular by Frankie Yankovic, Myron Floren, Art van Damme, Dick Contino and number of other accordionists of the day. A slide show is also included that will trace the history of the accordion. Accordionists (of any skill level) that would like to play a song and be part of the program are asked to contact Howard at 630-553-6287. The Chapel on the Green is located at 107 W. Center Street in Yorkville, across from the town square right off Rt. 47.  Admission is $5.00 at the door, and is used for upkeep of the historic 1855 building.

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