Can you believe it’s already December! The Chamber kicks off the month with its annual Open House on Dec. 2 during the Candlelight House Walk sponsored by the Frankfort Area Historical Society. Visitors are invited to stop by for a mini Taste of the Chamber between 5 and 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by several Chamber members including: Dancing Marlin, Fat Rosie’s, Francesca’s, Jersey Mike’s, Parmesan’s and White Street Café.
The following week is a busy one with Ribbon Cutting/Receptions at Kiddie Academy and Orangetheory Fitness, which leads us right into Midnight Madness on Friday, Dec. 9.
Over 50 Chamber members are participating in the 21st Annual Midnight Madness by offering special deals, discounts, etc. from 6 p.m. to midnight, and sponsoring the trolley. If you’re not participating, gather your family and friends and get your shopping lists ready for this fun night on the town. New this year, hop on the free trolley to visit various shopping centers including: Downtown, Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort Towne Center, Bankview Drive, The Vineyards and Crown Center. See the enclosed flyer for a list of participating Chamber members and visit frankfortchamber.com for a list of specials they will offer. We look forward to a great event for businesses and shoppers!
While the calendar may say December, we are in the midst of planning for next year’s Fall Festival, which will be Sept. 2-4, 2017. Artisan applications are available on the website at frankfortfallfestival.info.
And remember, we are booking Business After Hours for 2017 and looking for businesses that would like to be featured in a Spotlight (see page 2). If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you and your family and wonderful holiday season!
The Edward Jones office of Tom Hohbach, 9975 W. Lincoln Hwy., Suite 3, Frankfort, is accepting donations for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots toy drive through Friday, Dec. 9. Please drop off new, unwrapped toys during office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
22nd Century Media, publisher of The Frankfort Station, is seeking sponsors and vendors for its upcoming Healthy Living Expo, which will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Sponsorship deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact Dana Anderson at 708-326-9170 ext. 17 or email@example.com.
The Cancer Support Center’s Festival of Hope will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 at CD&ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Rd., Frankfort. $50 per person includes appetizers, entertainment, raffles and Art Beat Live! RSVP by Friday, Dec. 2 to 708-798-9171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be on the lookout for the Frankfort Park District’s new Winter/Spring brochure to be delivered by the end of December. All Letters to Santa must be received by December 7 by 5 pm. Santa’s mailbox is located at the Founders Community Center. Santa will personally write to each child who writes him a letter, be sure to include the following: child’s full name, address, city, zip code and of course, their wish list! Parents, please complete checklist available at the main office or on the park district website. Please address letters to: Santa Claus, 25 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, c/o Frankfort Park District, 140 Oak St., Frankfort, IL 60423. Families can enjoy an evening of holiday fun at Polar Express Pajama Movie Night on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 6-8 pm. Registration deadline is December 19 and cost is $5 per child. The elves are planning some reindeer games and holiday crafts along with the Polar Express movie. A bedtime snack of cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served. Join us for a kid’s Drive-In Movie, Tuesday, Jan. 3 from 2-4:30 pm at the Founders Community Center, $7/NR $10/person. Children ages 4 - 10 years old. We will provide a large cardboard box, all the decorations to make your “vehicle” to watch the movie, pizza and punch. Please bring a pillow and blanket so you can relax during the movie. Registration deadline is December 30. For additional information on all of these events, please visit www.frankfortparks.org or contact the Park District office at (815) 469-9400. Come join the fun!
Frankfort Township Senior Christmas Party will be at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9 at CD&ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Rd, Frankfort. The cost is $20 per person and includes catering by Bier Stube and entertainment. Please bring an item for the Food Pantry. There is an optional $10 gift exchange. To reserve your seat, call Jodi Dilling at (815) 806-2766. Refunds issued only upon rebooking.
Lincolnway Special Recreation Association will host a Lunch with the Grinch from 11 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Lincolnway Special Recreation Center, 1900 Heather Glen Dr., New Lenox. The cost is $7 and includes a pizza lunch, jumpy, DJ dance party and a visit/photo opportunity with the Grinch. This is a public event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. LWSRA staff will not be available to supervise participants. Tickets are available at lwsra.org/Grinch or at the Rec Center through Dec. 14. For more information, call Karyn at (815) 320-3507 or email@example.com.
Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts will present three performances of "Beyond the Nutcracker" on Dec. 17 and 18 at Lockport East High School, 1333 East 7th St., Lockport. This magical holiday tradition features Tchaikovsky’s renowned Nutcracker score, original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, dazzling handmade costumes, and a cast of over 100 dancers from the school’s nationally-recognized pre-professional ballet training programs! Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 3 p.m., Dec. 18. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and under. Group rates available. Seating is reserved and advance purchase is recommended. This show sold out in 2015! To purchase tickets, call (708) 329-8773 or visit www.ballet58.org
Camp Manitoqua, 8122 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, will offer two sessions of WinterBlast for students in first through sixth grade. Session 1 will be from Dec. 27 thru 30, session 2 from Jan 2 thru 6. WinterBlast seeks to introduce children to Christ and His message of salvation as well as to provide a setting and community where their lives are enriched through high energy and intentional programming. We hope that during their winter break, your child's experience is a real blast! For more information, visit www.manitoqua.org/winterblast or call 815.469.2319.
Camp Manitoqua is now hiring Summer Staff. They are looking for ministry-minded college students who love kids and have a desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For more information or to apply visit Manitoqua.org/summerstaff.
The Frankfort Township and Frankfort Park District are booking for a professionally escorted trip of Washington, DC, March 30-April 4, 2017. The cost per person is $850 for double occupancy and $1,250 for single occupancy (based on a min. of 40 paid and a max of 54 per coach). The six-day, five-night trip includes two nights at Embassy Suites in Pittsburgh, PA, and three nights at the Hilton in Springfield, VA; breakfast and dinner each day; two cocktail receptions; and tours of many memorials and historic sites including the Capitol and White House. To book your space, call Jodi Dilling at 815-806-2766.
Frankfort office space available January 1, 2017 in Mannheim Square, 20155 S. LaGrange Road. 21,000-square-feet, can be divided. Plenty of parking and many amenities included. Reasonable rent. For more information, call building manager, Connie, at 815-469-3500.
The Kiwanis Club of Frankfort is seeking new members
The Kiwanis Club of Frankfort needs new members to help with the many humanitarian projects going on in the Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox area. We need you!
Kiwanis International is a global organization dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs—more than 660,000 members strong—annually raise more than $100 million dollars and dedicate more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities. Members also make an impact throughout the world by participating in Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign for Children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Kiwanis is a global humanitarian organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
The Kiwanis Club of Frankfort meets at 7:30 a.m., Thursdays at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave. For more information, contact Sam Giordano at SamGiordano2017@gmail.com, visit our Facebook page or Kiwanis.org
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