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A photo of young women delivering ice cream circa 1918 is part of an exhibit on how the United States worked in the 20th century at the Isle a la Cache Museum, …

“The Way We Worked: A Traveling Exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution” will be on view through May 8 at the Isle a la Cache museum in Romeoville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit focuses on the work done by Americans and immigrants in the 20th century to build the country. The free exhibition open to all ages includes display panels, photos, audio, video and activities for children. Most of the records are from the National Archives, but local contributions include photos of the women who worked at Joliet Iron Works when it was in operation from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. ReconnectWithNature.org.

Hit the trails of Will County’s Forest Preserve District and walk, bike or run 95 miles through June 30 to mark the district’s 95th anniversary.

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Forest Preserve District of Will County by taking on the Spring Ninety-fiver Challenge. Walk, run or bike 95 miles through June 30. All 95 miles – in any combination of walking, biking and running – must be completed in forest reserves. Use an app such as Runkeeper to log your miles and upload a screenshot from your mobile device of the total number of miles once you’ve completed the challenge. Forms — to be completed online or downloaded and submitted — are available at ReconnectWithNature.org. Everyone who completes the quest will receive a small wallet with a zippered pouch with the new Forest Preserve District logo.

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Explore the Native American longhouse as it was renovated at the Isle a la Cache Museum.

Explore the Isle a la Cache museum campus in Romeoville from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month through December 24. peek inside the Native American longhouse? This is your chance to explore all the buildings on 501 E. Romeo Road (135th St.) and learn about the French fur traders and the Potawatomi who once inhabited this area. Come take part in this free, self-guided exploration open to all ages during regular business hours. ReconnectWithNature.org.

Tell us in 50 words or less why your mom is the best mom in the world. First and second place winners receive a special prize for their mother sponsored by Massage Envy-Tinley Park and An English Garden-Tinley Park. Pick up the official entry form at the Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W 171st St, Tinley Park. The deadline is April 30 and the winners will be announced on May 7. The contest is open to Tinley Park residents only in the Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, and Grades 3, 4 and 5 divisions. www.tinleyparkdistrict.org or call

Enjoy a Fire and Isle Happy Hour from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 28 at the Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. Bring beer or wine and a camping chair to relax. There will be an optional nature walk around the island, and the museum’s temporary exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, will be open. register for the free program open to people aged 21 and over before April 26 on ReconnectWithNature.org.orl 815-886-1467.

Take a morning hike for the birds from 8-10 a.m. on May 1 at Hickory Creek – LaPorte Road Access in Frankfort Township. Enter the Will County Forest Preserves to find out what birds arrive and pass through during migration. Sign up for the free program open to ages 16 and up – beginners too – by April 30 at ReconnectWithNature.org or 708-946-2216.

Join the Will County Forest Preserve District for a lunchtime webinar and learn about paddling safety and river hazards from noon to 1 p.m. May 3. A certified canoe and kayak instructor will discuss safe paddling in Will County and potential hazards on the waterways. Register on ReconnectWithNature.org.

The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO) is holding its weekly Open Meetings for Addiction Support from 7-8:30 p.m. May 3 and every Tuesday at Lincolnway Christian Church 690 E. Illinois Hwy., New Lenox. Call 708-557-8394.

The Village of New Lenox and the New Lenox Safe Community Coalition are hosting a Rail Safety Presentation by Metra and the State of Illinois Operation Lifesaver Program at 7 p.m. May 3 at New Lenox Village Hall, 120 Veterans Pkwy. Operation Lifesaver promotes rail safety and awareness for children and adults of all ages. Metra staff will lead the free program. Register on www.eventbrite.com/e/operation-lifesaver-free-rail-safety-presentation-tickets-315449005467.

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is hosting a Birding in the Preserves webinar from 7-8 p.m. May 5. Learn to bird watch at a district reserve, then apply that knowledge when you go out on your own to find birds and contribute to citizen science. Sign up for the free program open to all ages at ReconnectWithNature.org.

The Southwest Suburban Widows/Widowers Social Club meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. The next meeting is May 6. The club meets at Harald Viking Lodge, 6730 175th St., Tinley Park. The club offers support to widows of all faiths and ages. Activities include dining out, trips, discussions and meetings. For more information, call Elaine Buck at 708-429-9528 or Bill Dolehide at 708-342-6820.

The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO) is holding its weekly Addiction Support Open Meetings from 7-8:30 p.m. on May 10 and every Tuesday at Lincolnway Christian Church 690 E. Illinois Hwy., New Lenox. Call 708-557-8394.

Artist Richard Lee will discuss his microscopic images of metal May 11 at the Homer Township Public Library.

The Homer Township Public Library and Lemont Artists Guild are hosting an “Art and Science” presentation by artist Richard Lee at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Library, 14320 W. 151st Street, Homer Glen. Lee will explain how he merged microscopy and photography in his scientifically beautiful work. In his work on reactor fuel cladding at Argonne National Laboratory, he found that using polarized light produced startling colors and fine detail. Register on www.homerlibrary.org/rich-leer for the in-person program which will be limited to 30. Visit www.lemontartistsguild.org.

New Lenox and its Safe Community Coalition are offering a free bleed control class from 7-8:30 p.m. May 19 at Village Hall, 1 Veterans Pkwy. Participants will have the opportunity to practice with tourniquets, apply direct pressure to simulated wounds and learn how to compress wounds with medical gauze. For more information, visit www.bleedingcontrol.org or contact Daniel Martin, Safe Community Coordinator, at [email protected] or 815-462-6493. Register on www.eventbrite.com/e/free-bleeding-control-bcon-training-stop-the-bleed-tickets-315727368057.

Orland Park Kids Improvable will perform from 6-7 p.m. May 20 at the Cultural Center, 14760 Park Lane, Orland Park. Under the direction of Bryan Riess and Tina Cucci-Fischer, children ages 11 to 18 will have instant family fun. Admission is $5 at the door. To visit www.orlandpark.org/departments/recreation-parks/theatre/improv

Lincoln-Way Area Chorale will perform “Songs of Hope,” a concert of inspiration, joy and hope at 3 p.m. May 21 at the Lincoln-Way West Performing Arts Center, 21701 Gougar Road, New Lenox, tickets are $16 $ for students and seniors and $18 for adults. www.lwac.com/purchase.

New Lenox and its Safe Community Coalition are offering a program on “Surviving an Active Shooter Event” from 7-9 p.m. May 23 at Village Hall, 1 Veterans Pkwy. The free interactive course recommended for all high school students and up was designed by the National Safety Council. Register on www.eventbrite.com/e/surviving-an-active-shooter-event-tickets-317159842627. For more information, contact Daniel Martin, Safety Community Coordinator, at 815-462-6493 or [email protected]

BeActive, a NAMI Will-Grundy event that promotes mental health, includes a 5K.

Registration is open for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Will-Grundy BeActive event from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 11 at Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 Jefferson St., Joliet. The event, which includes a 5K run, yoga and fun activities for kids, demonstrates the mental health benefits of physical activity and nutrition. Proceeds benefit NAMI Will-Grundy. Fee is $35 through May 1 to guarantee t-shirt size. It’s $40 from May 2 to June 10 and $50 on event day, but t-shirt sizes won’t be guaranteed. Register on runsignup.com/Race/IL/Joliet/BeACTIVE. Call 815-409-7917 or visit namiwillgrundy.org/beactivefor More information.

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