April 20, 2012 4:26PM
Updated: May 23, 2012 8:02AM
YMCA celebrating Health Kids Day
PLAINFIELD — The C.W. Avery Family YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day with a free open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 15120 Wallin Drive.
Residents of all ages will have the opportunity to take part in a health and wellness expo, enjoy karate and Zumba demonstrations and watch a performance by the Y Dance Ensemble.
Representatives from the Plainfield police and fire departments will also be on hand to visit with people, as will the River 95.9 FM road crew.
Other festivities will include kids’ games, face painting, bounce houses and exciting prizes and giveaways.
To learn more about the event, visit www.jolietymca.org or contact Youth and Family Coordinator Tina Lee at 815-267-8600.
Poster contest entries on display
FRANKFORT — The Frankfort Fall Festival’s annual poster contest calls upon the area’s most promising young artists to interpret the year’s festival theme as a poster, using any medium of their choice.
The 2012 theme — “Carnivale” — drew 50 submissions from students who used everything from oil paints to digitally enhanced photography to render an image of Frankfort’s Labor Day festivities with a Brazilian twist.
Throughout April, the posters will be on display for the public at the Frankfort Public Library.
The first-place winner will receive a $250 prize from the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, and their design will appear in promotions as well as on merchandise for sale at the festival, which will be held from Sept. 1-3.
For more information, visit www.frankfortfallfestival.info or call the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce office at 815-469-3356.
Park district receives grant for race
MOKENA — The Mokena Park District recently received a $495 local tourism marketing grant from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote its Summertime Stride 5K Run/Walk, which will be held June 9 at Main Park, 10925 LaPorte Road.
The $495 will be used to purchase radio advertising to promote the event.
“We’re very excited to have received this grant to help promote the 5K and are looking forward to possibly increasing the award for next year,” said Jim Romanek, executive director of the park district said.
Check-in and day-of event registration will be from 8-8:50 a.m. June 9. The race start time is 9 a.m.
For more information about the Summertime Stride 5K, contact the district at 708-390-2401 or visit the website at www.mokenapark.com to register online.