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Village coordinates ‘A Night of Shining and Dining’ to support healthcare workers, first responders, local businesses

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30pm

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 28, 2020) – Word is spreading quickly through social media about the April 1 opportunity to visibly and financially show support throughout the community. “Shine a Light on Lansing: a Night of Shining & Dining,” reads the headline of the Village-sponsored event. The Facebook Event was posted Friday evening, March 27, and by Saturday morning it had been shared 127 times.

“I love positive stories of communities coming together,” commented Betty Jean Sammons as she shared the event.

Amy Todd echoed that sentiment in her share: “Very cool!!! Let’s do this, Lansing!”

“What a great idea,” agreed Alma Morud Conrad.

The event encourages members of the community to light candles or outside lighting at 7:30pm on April 1 “to show support for medical professionals and first responders during this time of need.” Participants are also encouraged to extend support to Lansing’s business community by using the opportunity to order a candlelight dinner for pick-up or delivery on that date.

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(Most Lansing restaurants and their updated hours and services are posted on our Supporting Local Restaurants page.)

Residents who find themselves short on candles can patronize another local business for that need. Tiny’s Flowers (18055 Torrence Avenue) owner Tiny Noble says, “I have lots of white taper candles,” as well as other options for enhancing a candlelight dinner. The shop is open for pick-up orders, and parking is available in the Crescent Jewelers lot north of the shop or in the lot behind the shop, which is accessible from Indiana Avenue. Call 708-394-3661 to place an order.

The Village is inviting people to take photos of their “shining and dining moments” and text them to 708-262-8867 along with some basic info:

  • Family or individual’s name
  • Restaurant ordered from (if applicable)
  • Brief message

The Village will post as many photos as possible following the event.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Brilliant idea! How about continuing to show this support while we continue in the COVID-19 spatial distancing/health care/safety crisis?

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