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2 | April 12, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger calendar In this week’s Messenger Pet of the Week.............. 9 Editorial........................17 Faith Briefs....................20 The Scene......................28 Puzzles..........................28 Classifieds................ 32-42 The Mokena Messenger ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor TJ Kremer III, x29 assistant editor Amanda Stoll, x34 Sales director Lora Healy, x31 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 Classified Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Mokena Messenger (USPS #025404) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Mokena Messenger, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Amanda Stoll THURSDAY Ribbon Cutting & Reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 12, Same Day Tees, 9525 Laraway Road, Frankfort. Join the Mokena Chamber of Commerce for a multichamber ribbon cutting and reception at Same Day Tees. FRIDAY MOMS Club of New Lenox 10 a.m. April 13, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. The monthly meetings for the MOMS Club of New Lenox are free, and all ages are welcome to attend. Meeting locations change monthly. For more information and meeting locations, visit www.MomsClubNewLenox. com or email momsclubnew Spring Student Horse Show 5 p.m. April 13; 9 a.m. April 14; and 8 a.m. April 15, Nova Quarter Horses, 10129 W. 187th St., Mokena. Come out for a day of fun, enjoy concessions and cheer on our talented students of all ages and equestrian levels. For more information, call (708) 479-3696. St. Anthony WOW 7 p.m. April 13, Frankfort Township Building, 11000 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort. Join St. Anthony WOW, a non-denominational social group for widows and widowers, for a meeting, entertainment and refreshments. New faces are always welcome. For more information, call Mary at (815) 469-4351 or Bill at (708) 478-6118. Beauty and the Beast Jr. 7 p.m. Friday, April 13; and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, Lincoln-Way Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox. The Mokena Junior High School music department presents Beauty and the Beast Jr. Tickets cost $10 and are available online at www. SATURDAY Illinois Boating Safety 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 15, Program Center, 10925 La Porte Road, Mokena. This Illinois Department of Natural Resources seminar will cover boating safety, equipment navigation, motorboat registration and titling, emergency measures, and the Illinois boating laws. Participants must attend both classes and pass a test to receive certification. Those between 12-18 years old must have a Certificate of Competency from the IDNR to operate a motorboat. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration required. For more information and registration, call (708) 390-2401 or visit our TUESDAY Kick for a Cure Games begin at 4 p.m. April 17, Lincoln-way East high School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. All proceeds from the 9th annual Kick for a Cure event will be donated to University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There will be raffles for gift baskets and concessions. WEDNESDAY Tai Chi Qigong Demo 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 18, The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 La Porte Road, Mokena. Improve health, balance and coordination by letting the slow, gentle movements of Tai Chi/Qigong set the tone for your day. Learn how to quiet your mind and relax to improve your quality of life. This program is for ages 18 and older. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information and registration, call (708) 390-2343 or visit SWOT Analysis Meeting 6 p.m. April 18, Coldwell Banker, 19222 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena. Discuss the SWOT Analysis Survey results with a minimum of 25 attendees. To reserve a spot, call the Chamber office at (708) 479-2468. Board of Education Meeting 7-8:30 p.m. April 18, Board Room, Mokena Elementary School, 11244 Willow Crest Lane, Mokena. The Mokena Board of Education meets the third Wednesday of each month. For more information and meeting agendas, visit www. UPCOMING Grand Opening 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Nimas Float and Spa, 19081 Old LaGrange Road Suite 103, Mokena. Join the Mokena Chamber of Commerce for a grand opening, business after hours and ribbon cutting (5:30 p.m.) Refreshments and raffles will be available to welcome Nima’s Float and Spa to Mokena. Cancer Support Center Spring Gala 6 p.m. Friday, April 20, The Odyssey, 19110 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park. This event includes a tribute to cancer survivors, dinner, silent auction, raffles, entertainment and more. This year’s Gala has a “Wizard of Oz” theme and celebrates the 25th Anniversary of The Cancer Support Center, which has locations in both Homewood and Mokena. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. There will be an award presentation at 7:30 p.m. and the After Party gets started with entertainment at 9 p.m. Cost to attend is $125 per person and the event is black tie optional. For more information and tickets, visit https://give. Forest Preserve Work Day 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 21, Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access, 10537 W. La Porte Road, Mokena. The temperatures are rising, so it’s a good time to consider volunteering for the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s natural resource management workdays. This is a great opportunity to pitch in if you love nature and want to help the environment. Volunteers will be assisting with brush control during this work day. A district representative will be at each workday to coordinate the day’s activities. Registration is required; contact volunteer supervisor Renee Gauchat at (815) 722-7364 or email Lady - A Women’s Expo 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive. Join 22nd Century Media, publisher of The Mokena Messenger, and Planet Fitness for the fifth annual expo. Lady is to welcome more than 90 vendors, a cooking demo stage, free fitness classes, activities and more. Free admission and free parking. For more information, call (708) 326-9170 ext. 16 or visit www.22ndcenturymedia. com/lady. Mokena Clean Up Day 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter St., Mokena. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Village Hall, and then head to various locations to work. Bring work gloves. Complimentary hot dog lunch and drinks will be provided after clean up. For more info, call (708) 479-3900 or visit ONGOING Summer Horse Camps Registeration is open for Nova Quarter Horses’ Summer Horse Camps, which will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for ages 7-18 at Nova Quarter Horses, 10129 W. 187th St., Mokena. Each four-day camp is filled with equestrian instruction and fun. Sessions run from June 11-14; June 18-21; June 25- 28; July 9-12; July 23-26 (advanced); and July 30- Aug. 2. Cost is $325 per week, and $350 per week for the advanced camp. For more information and registration, visit www.novaquar or call (708) 479-3696. Mokena Chamber Events To stay up-to-date on Mokena Chamber of Commerce events including ribbon cuttings, events and important dates, text @mokenainfo to 81010 to join their texting service, and, when prompted, choose “student.” Community-Wide Garage Sale Sign up through May 11 for the Community-Wide Garage sale to be held Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20. Applications are available at 11020 Front St., Unit A, Mokena. Cost is $8 per address. For more information, call (708) 478- 6182 or (708) 479-9619. To submit an item to the printed calendar, contact Amanda Stoll at (708) 326-9170 ext. 34, or email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. news the Mokena Messenger | April 12, 2018 | 3 Bingo night supports shelter, adoptions Funds will help NAWS build area for rehabilitating sick cats Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Pizza, salad, soda and bingo sounds like a great night out, and add in a good cause and it becomes a sold out event. The Mokena-based NAWS Humane Society hosts bingo fundraisers a few times a year, and the most recent one on Friday, April 6, at Beggars Pizza in New Lenox was a full house. With more than a dozen bingo prizes and tables teeming with raffle prizes, NAWS Founder Stacy Gaskins said they hoped to raise as much as $3,000 at the event. In addition to the 10 games of bingo, there was a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets to bid on, and supporters who brought and donated items from the shelter’s wish list were entered into another drawing. Before the night was through, the entire NAWS van, which is often used to transport animals, was completely packed with supplies needed around the shelter with kitten season upon them. The bingo event was organized by Darlene Kokotan, a member of the board of directors at NAWS, along with the event committee. The room was packed with 124 people playing bingo, along with volunteers and servers from Beggars. “We’ve been doing this a long time, [and] I think there’s a lot of camaraderie that goes into this,” Kokotan said. “I think we’re finally at a point where we’re running bingo very smoothly.” Gaskins said the quality of the prizes, which Kokotan estimated were worth between $30 and $45, has kept people coming back. And, of course, the cause helps, too. The money brought in from the event will be used to build a separate room at the shelter for sick cats while they are rehabilitated. The separate space will be used to house cats that are infected with ringworm or suffering from upper respiratory issues. “We have a much lower risk of cross contamination, and it will get them through the process quicker,” Gaskins said. “Then that will also clear up some space to allow us to do more onsite adoptions.” They’ll be getting even more room to spread out once their small onsite resale shop moves to its new location on Front Street in Mokena next month. That space will also be used for adoptable pets, greatly increasing the number of pets that can be housed at the shelter. For more information on NAWS, their adoptable pets and their upcoming events, visit their website at nawsus. org or call (708) 478-5102. BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! • CHEER FOR YOUR RUBBER TURTLE TO WIN THE RACE! GET YOUR RACE ON! MAY 5 TH , 2018 • 11am-2:30 pm RACE TIME: NOON at the OAKS POND GET YOUR 1 for $10 • 3 for $20 TURTLE Tickets may be purchased from Chamber Board Members & at the Chamber Office • 19150 Wolf Road, Suite C TICKETS! 708-479-2468 • Monday—Friday • 9:30 am—3:30 pm WINNING TURTLE - 1ST PRIZE : $500! ENTERTAINMENT! • FOOD! • GREAT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITES! Karen Zurzolo (left) was the first bingo winner of the evening. NAWS board member Darlene Kokotan helps her sift through the prizes. Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media Have your picture taken with a LIVE MUD TURTLE! Sponsored by Crosstown Exotics & Traveling Reptile Show