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Things to do in Lansing this week – June 19 edition

LANSING, Ill. (June 18, 2023) – The Lansing Journal has gathered information from a variety of sources about public events, meetings, and activities in town this week. The items listed below are all public events and represent a diversity of ways to be involved in this community.

Monday, June 19 (Juneteenth)

5:30–7:30 p.m. – Brides through the Decades

Mondays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., through August 19
A summer exhibit at the Lansing Historical Society Museum, featuring photos and commentary about fashion trends and traditions through the eras.

  • Lansing Public Library, lower level
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

  • Barb Dust, Museum Curator
    (708) 474-7497

Tuesday, June 20

6 p.m. – Village Board meeting and Committee of the Whole meeting

Lansing’s Village Board typically meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Two meetings happen on one night, with the regular board meeting starting at 6 p.m. during the summer months and the Committee of the Whole meeting following directly after.

  • Police and Court Complex (Lansing Police Department)
    2710 170th Street, Lansing IL 60438

6:30 p.m. – Lansing Garden Club meeting

The Lansing Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Usually meetings take place at the library, but the June 20 meeting will be at the Mildred Burt Nature Center, just north of the Eisenhower Center parking lot. Meetings are for members, but anyone is welcome to attend a first meeting to determine if they are interested in joining. The membership fee is $16 per year per family.

  • Eisenhower Center (The Mildred Burt Nature Center is at the north end of the property)
    2550 178th Street, Lansing IL 60438

Wednesday, June 21

9:30–11:30 a.m. – Crochet & Knitting Group

Bring your own supplies and learn some techniques from this talented group! This is not a library-sponsored group, but it meets in the library’s Brick Room.

  • Lansing Public Library, Brick Room
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

10 a.m. – Pop-Up Pantry

Mt. Zion UFL Center partners with Illinois Partners In Hope to distribute a variety of donated food once or twice a week. These pop-up pantries are open to anyone, and no ID is required. This week Access Wireless will also be on-site to sign up people for their free tablet program. Certain income qualifications must be met: thelansingjournal.com/2023/06/14/thursday-pop-up-pantry-to-include-free-tablets-id-required

  • Mt. Zion UFL Center
    2340 177th Street, Lansing IL 60438
    708-394-3555

10–11 a.m. – Morning Tai-Chi

Adults 18 and older are invited to start their summer mornings with peaceful Tai-Chi sessions on the library front lawn, with instructor Brian Thompson from BNew4Life.

  • Lansing Public Library, front lawn
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

6 p.m. – District 158 Public Hearing

A Public Hearing is scheduled for the public to comment on the transfer of up to $1,500,000 from the Transportation Fund to the Educational Fund and the transfer of up to $12,000,000 from the Educational Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund. Following the Public Hearing, the Regular Board Meeting will commence.

  • District 158 Administration Center
    18300 Greenbay Avenue, Lansing IL 60438
    Guests should enter the building through Door 1.
  • The meeting may be watched virtually at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82661668466

6:30–7:30 p.m. – Get Reel (a book club for movies)

Pick up a DVD copy or stream on Kanopy or hoopla in preparation for a group discussion. Get Reel discusses a different movie each month. The June 21 movie is Carol, starring Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

  • Lansing Public Library, Community Room
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

6:30 p.m. – Special Meeting of the District 215 School Board

Much of the meeting will be in closed session “to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employee(s), specific independent contractors, specific volunteers, or District legal counsel,” but the public is invited to attend.

  • Thornton Fractional Center for Academics & Technology
    1605 Wentworth, Calumet City, IL 60409

Thursday, June 22

9:30 a.m. – Pop-Up Pantry, free tablets, and free plants

Mt. Zion UFL Center partners with Illinois Partners In Hope to distribute a variety of donated food once or twice a week. These pop-up pantries are open to anyone, and no ID is required. This week Access Wireless will also be on-site to sign up people for their free tablet program. (Certain income qualifications must be met: thelansingjournal.com/2023/06/14/thursday-pop-up-pantry-to-include-free-tablets-id-required) And Three Little Birds will be giving away plants.

  • Mt. Zion UFL Center
    2340 177th Street, Lansing IL 60438
    708-394-3555

1–5 p.m. – Library on the Go

Weather permitting, the library’s book bike will be riding around the community, giving families easy access to books and services.

  • 1–1:4.5.pm – Lan-Oak Park
    18000 Arcadia Avenue, Lansing, IL 60438
  • 2–2:45 p.m. – Van Laten Park
    18200 Holland Road, Lansing IL 60438
  • 3–3:45 p.m. – Erfert Park
    18800 Burnham Avenue, Lansing IL 60438
  • 4–4:45 p.m. – Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream
    3306 Ridge Road, Lansing IL 60438

2–3 p.m. – Reading Under the Stars

Curl up with your favorite book during this out-of-this-world sensory reading experience. This is a featured program for readers in kindergarten through fifth Grade. Pre-registration is required: https://lansing.librarycalendar.com/event/reading-under-stars

  • Lansing Public Library, Teen Island
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

6:30–7:30 p.m. – A Day at the Fair

A special history presentation takes the audience back in time through the magic, mystery, and murder of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

  • Lansing Public Library, Community Room
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

6:30–7:30 p.m. – Bracelet-Making Fun Time

Registration is required for this hands-on class for K–5th grade. Kids will make beaded bracelets, necklaces, and keychains. Registration closes at 6:30 p.m. on June 22: https://lansing.librarycalendar.com/event/bracelet-making-fun-time

  • Lansing Public Library, Teen Island
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

Friday, June 23

10 a.m.–12:15 p.m. – Morning Movie

Gather in the Community to watch Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania (rated PG-13), and enjoy concessions sold by the Friends of the Library.

  • Lansing Public Library, Community Room
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

1–5 p.m. – Library on the Go

Weather permitting, the library’s book bike will be riding around the community, giving families easy access to books and services.

  • 1–1:4.5.pm – Lan-Oak Park,
    18000 Arcadia Avenue, Lansing IL 60438
  • 2–2:45 p.m. – Winterhoff Park
    3299 180th Street, Lansing IL 60438
  • 3–3:45 p.m. – Lions Park
    2629 183rd Place, Lansing IL 60438
  • 4–4:45 p.m. – Kdulche Cafe
    3521 Ridge Road, Lansing IL 60438

7 p.m. – Kasey’s Karaoke

A Friday-night tradition at Kasey’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m.

  • Kasey’s Banquet Hall and Lounge
    17800 Lorenz Avenue • Lansing IL 60438

7 p.m. – Friday Night Lights concert at Fox Pointe

Mike & Joe and Radio Gaga take the stage. Admission is $10. Gates open at 6 p.m.

  • Fox Pointe
    18138 Henry Street • Lansing IL 60438

Saturday, June 24

8 a.m.–1 p.m. – Blood Drive at St. John’s Lutheran Church

Blood donors can sign up for a scheduled donation appointment at vitalant.org, but walk-ins are welcome as well.

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church
    18100 Wentworth, Lansing IL 60438

10 a.m.–3 p.m. – Sensory Exploration

Children and their accompanying adults (no drop-offs) can explore squishy, powdery, flaky, wet, hard, soft, and downright interesting objects with their hands, ears, eyes, and noses. No tasting please.

  • Lansing Public Library, Courtyard
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438

11 a.m.–1 p.m. – Brides through the Decades

Mondays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., through August 19
A summer exhibit at the Lansing Historical Society Museum, featuring photos and commentary about fashion trends and traditions through the eras.

  • Lansing Public Library, lower level
    2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing IL 60438
  • Barb Dust, Museum Curator
    (708) 474-7497

If your business, school, church, or organization is having a community event that you’d like to include in our “Things to do this week,” feel free to email the information to The Lansing Journal: [email protected].

“Things to do this week” is a new feature we are trying. Readers, send us your suggestions for how to make it even more useful to you and your family: [email protected]

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.

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