September 7, 2012 1:28PM
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:03AM
Meet and greet with PBS host
JOLIET — Join Geoffrey Baer for a free presentation AND meet and greet at 4 p.m. Sunday, sponsored by Cathedral Area Preservation Association at Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa St.
Baer is a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and program host for WTTW-Channel 11 (PBS) in Chicago.
He is currently in production on a national PBS prime-time special “Ten Buildings That Changed America,” scheduled to debut in early 2013.
Silent parade honors firefighters
NEW LENOX — To honor fallen firefighters, the New Lenox Fire Protection District will have a silent parade at 7 p.m. Monday.
The purpose is to show solitude and respect for people who have given their lives in sacrifice, John Harkenrider told the New Lenox Village Board. Harkenrider is a firefighter who is organizing the event.
The event will start at Lincoln-Way West High School. Then New Lenox firefighters will be joined by other area fire protection districts.
The procession will head east on Illinois Highway to Gear Road. It will proceed north to the village commons, exiting the south side of Veterans Parkway continuing south on Haven to Wildwood, then south to Illinois Highway, east to Cedar, turning north ending at Fire Station 1.
Fundraisers for troops, veterans
NEW LENOX — On Saturday, New Lenox VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, will host back-to-back fundraisers to help organizations that serve veterans and troops.
The public is invited to show support to Disabled American Veterans (Will County Chapter 103) and Operation Care Package in a full day of food, entertainment, games and prizes.
Starting at 11 a.m., the VFW kicks off the day with a pig roast for the Disabled American Veterans. Cost is $20 per person, and children 12 and younger are free. Advanced tickets are available at the New Lenox VFW. Each ticket enters you to win cash prizes of $25, $50 and $100.
A raffle will be held for a variety of items. A DJ will provide music from noon to 3 p.m., and guests can enjoy playing horseshoes and bags throughout the day.
At 3 p.m., the VFW will launch its fundraiser for Operation Care Package. The event will feature ways guests can show their support and appreciation.
One way to show support is by leaving a video greeting. From 3 to 6 p.m., Wild West Productions and Family Back Stories, both located in New Lenox, will set up their equipment for guests to leave a message for the troops. Handicap-accessible recordings will be from 3 to 4 p.m.
The Pinwheel Pull, sponsored by Dollar Stop Inc., will begin at 4 p.m. Anyone who pulls a pinwheel that is marked will win a prize. Cost is $3 a pull or four pulls for $10.
The Reprieve Blues Band will perform from 5-9 p.m.
Bring in an item from the Operation Care Package wish list to its tent between 3 and 6 p.m. and receive one free ticket to be entered into the door prize drawing.
For information, call Tim Howe at 708-244-3906.
Rotary hosting tug-of-war
LOCKPORT — The Lockport Rotary Club invites businesses, community groups, youth groups, families and friends to join the second annual Rotary Tug-of-War at noon Saturday at SOS Children’s Village, 17545 Village Lane, during the annual Family Fest.
The contest will be bracketed match competitions between teams of eight pullers and one non-pulling coach. The winner of each match will be decided by the best of three pulls. The entry fee is $120 per team. Prizes will be given.
Proceeds support charitable activities of the Lockport Rotary Club. To register a team or become an event sponsor, call 815-838-4068.
Plainfield reschedules fireworks
PLAINFIELD — The fireworks display originally scheduled for July 3 in conjunction with the Plainfield Park District’s annual Patriotic Picnic have been rescheduled to coincide with Plainfield River Days on Saturday. The show will start at dusk.
Viewing areas with simulcast sound will include the River Days festival site, along the west side of the riverfront in downtown Plainfield and Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive. Simulcast sound will not be available at St. Mary’s Church.
Park district dance registration
JOLIET — Register your child now for dance at the Joliet Park District Multi-Purpose Center, 3000 W. Jefferson St.
The first session starts the week of Sept. 16-22, and the second session starts the week of Nov. 4-10.
Also, the district will hold tryouts for its competitive dance team, Park District Dance Crew, on Friday. Tryouts will be in Studio II at the Inwood Athletic Club from 4-5 p.m. for 4-7 years old; 5-6 p.m. for 8-10 years old; and 6-7 p.m. for 11 and older.
For information, call 815-741-7275 or visit jolietpark.org.