April 13, 2012 1:44PM
Updated: June 14, 2012 1:51AM
Donations needed for Skate-A-Thon
BOLINGBROOK — Joseph Beilke, a 13-year-old boy, has been fighting neutropenia, a form of cancer, since he was 17 months old.
In December, Joseph was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) on top of the neutropenia. In MDS, the bone marrow does not make enough normal blood cells for the body. The disease has become life threatening, and Joseph is in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Expenses will exceed $150,000.
A Skate-A-Thon will be held from 5-8 p.m. April 22 at the Rocket Ice Arena. The event will include vendors, games, skating and raffles.
Residents can help out with this fundraiser by donating a gift certificate, merchandise or service valued at $10 or above.
Donations can be picked up. Call Melanie Johnson at 708-253-3894 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library hosting technology petting zoo
LOCKPORT — Attend the Best Buy Technology Petting Zoo at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the White Oak Library District Lockport branch, at 200 W. Eighth St.
Representatives from Best Buy will demonstrate e-readers, smart phones and tablet computers. After the presentation, stick around and play with these tech gadgets.
This program is free, but registration is appreciated. Call 815-838-0755.
Community Services Council meeting
JOLIET — The Community Services Council of Will County Inc. will hold its 73rd annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday at Jacob Henry Mansion Ballroom. Cost $25.
The following students will receive $500 Community Services Council High School Scholarships: Anjelica Johnson, a senior at Bolingbrook High School, plans on attending Wheaton College, majoring in environmental science; Christopher Fisher, a senior at Bolingbrook High School, plans on attending Columbia College in Chicago with major in contemporary urban and popular music.
The $500 Zonta Club Scholarship Winner is Rebecca Schroeder, a senior at Joliet West High School. She plans to attend either the University of Illinois or the University of Wisconsin-Madison and major in psychology
The winners of the $1,000 Silver Cross Health Community Commission Scholarships are Victoria Cervantes, a student at JJC who intends to major in business; Delia Ulloa-Jimenez, a JJC student majoring in management and supervision; Arturo Lopez, a JJC student majoring in engineering; Daniela Castillo, a JJC student majoring in accounting; and Favio Lopez, a University of St. Francis student majoring secondary English education.
Museums displaying Girl Scout exhibits
JOLIET — Girl Scouts of the USA is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the History Team from Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana invites you to share in our story.
In cooperation with the Joliet Area Historical Museum, a special exhibit showcasing founder Juliette Low and Girl Scout dolls opened Feb. 1 and will be on view through June.
For hours and directions, call 815-723-5201 or visit the website.
The Grundy County Museum in Morris is also hosting a Girl Scout exhibit through April.
The Romeoville Area Historical Museum’s Girl Scout exhibit opened March 1 and will continue through April.
The Bolingbrook Historical Commission is displaying Girl Scout items in Village Hall through June.
For information, visit www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org.
Week of the Young Child celebration
PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield Park District will host its annual Week of the Young Child celebration event Saturday through April 27 with free activities.
Family Fitness Day will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Eaton Preserve, at 135th Street east of Route 59.
There will be an open house from 1-3 p.m. April 24 at the Streams Recreation Center, at 24319 Cedar Creek Lane.
Campout Fun Day will be from 1-3 p.m. April 26 at Boy Scout Park, 23729 W. Ottawa St.
Family Fun Night will be from 6-7:30 p.m. April 27 at Ira Jones Middle School, 15320 Wallin Drive.
For information, call 815-436-8812 or visit www.plainfieldparkdistrict.com.
Mall hosting annual March for Babies
JOLIET — On April 22 at Westfield Louis Joliet mall, thousands of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies — the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.
Kye Martin of WGN/CLTV in Chicago will help kick off registration at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m. walkers will line up to flood the mall’s walkways for the 3.2-mile stretch.
This year’s Ambassador Family is joined by Tom Lamoureaux, the Joliet March for Babies chairman who is the president of Hometown National Bank in Joliet.
For information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. For more information on how to register, visit www.marchforbabies.org or call Pam Bowden at 815-741-3518.