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Gotta Do it

Fourth of July Parade

Please join the Kendall GOP and walk with our 2018 candidates for the Yorkville and Newark 4th of July parades. Yorkville lineup is at Yorkville High School at 7:30 a.m. July 4, with step off at 9 a.m.

After the Yorkville parade, we will head
to Newark High School at 413 Chicago Road for the Newark parade step-off at 10 a.m. Candidate T-shirts will be available at the parades.

Chapel on the Green

On the 4th of July, The Chapel on the Green in Yorkville will host its 4th Annual “Shoe Box Floats on Parade” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 1 p.m., J.H. Jerry Sperry of Yorkville, will speak in the sanctuary. Staff Sgt. Sperry was in the Marines from 1949 to 1958, arriving in Korea in July 1950 with the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, the first unit to be sent to Korea. He is the recipient of three Purple Heats. The program is free, but donations to the upkeep of the Chapel are always appreciated. Shoe Box Floats do not need wheels or a tongue or tow vehicle, just the decorated box simulating a hay rack or flatbed trailer. Floats may be the work on one individual or club, group or organization.

The floats need to be brought to the Chapel for parade line-up o July 3, between 1 and 4 p.m. There is no entry fee. People’s Choice cash prizes will be awarded. For information on the floats, call Bev at 630-882-9977.

Come view the parade, cast your ballot for your favorite float, listen to Staff Sgt. Sperry relate his experiences in Korea, and support Boy Scout Troup 40 by purchasing food and Treasure Breads from their lunch stand in front of the Chapel.

The Wedding Dress Museum will be open and the new video promoting the historic Chapel on the Green as a wedding venue will be showing in the preparation room adjoining the museum. Chapel Cat’s Meow and Chapel Notecards will be available as mementos of your visit.

Donations will help with the preservation of the historic 1855 church building that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

For program information, call Carol at 630-553-5163. The Chapel is located at the corner of Church and Center streets in Yorkville, across from the Town Square, off Route 47.

Newark 4th of July Celebration

Newark’s annual 4th of July celebration will begin July 3 with an ice cream social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Newark Lutheran Church. Root beer floats, ice cream and baked goods will be offered.

Also that evening, the beer garden begins at 7 p.m., offering sandwiches, soft drinks and adult beverages on Jackson Street in front of the firehouse. Along with the beer garden, a street dance will be from 8 to
11 p.m., featuring Whiskey Romance Band.

On July 4, the parade lineup begins at the high school at 8 a.m. and will step off at 10 a.m. No registration is required. Grand Marshal Larry Larson and Grand Lady Sharon Larson will be honored during the parade.

The Newark Cub Scouts will distribute small flags along the parade route. Anyone bringing an entry to the Garden Container Contest is asked to have that item at the Firehouse by 8 a.m., with judging at 9 a.m.

After the parade, the Newark Cub Scouts will join the Sandwich Color Guard in a flag-raising ceremony at the downtown park. Other events include a pork chop/chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the firehouse, with tickets for sale at the library or the door.

In addition, there will be a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and an egg drop contest and a children’s pedal pull at
11:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., the winning numbers will be chosen for the 2018 souvenir buttons. Numbers will be posted at the Newark BP library and bank.

– Morris Herald-News

Floating Obstacle Course

Channahon Park District will be having a floating obstacle course night on Friday, July 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost is $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents. Come try your luck with a floating obstacle course, also known as Wibit or Aquatrack. Climg, jump, and fall in, because it’s fun! Contact Jennifer Mensik at or call 815-467-7275 for more information.

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.-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, 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 more information  and rules for vendor set-up,  please call Ken at 815-942-2032 or e-mail with your name, address, phone number. 

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