5 things to do in Will County: get back to nature and go back in time

Enjoy good music, great local food, a historic display of one-room schoolhouses and see local birds up close

1) Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club is hosting Music on the Patio from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday through Aug. 26 at 19433 Renwick Road in Crest Hill. Featured entertainer for Thursday is Mary Pfeifer and her “Simply Patsy” show, a tribute to Patsy Cline.

For a list of upcoming entertainers, visit prairiebluffgc.com and lockportpark.org. For more information, call 815-836-4653 or visit prairiebluffgc.com.

2) The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Food Truck Fridays will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Hickory Creek Preserve-LaPorte Road Access in Mokena. Featured trucks are Smokin’ Z BBQ and TCBY. Come out and enjoy good food and natural terrain.

For more information, call 815-727-8700 or visit reconnectwithnature.org.

3) Start your Saturday by getting back to nature with bird viewings at 9 a.m. at Lake Renwick Preserve - Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, located at 23202 W Renwick Road in Plainfield. Bring binoculars or spotting scope to see nesting herons, egrets, cormorants and maybe even a bald eagle.

The event is free and suitable for all ages. Registration is not required. For more information, visit reconnectwithnature.org.

4) Explore a display of one-room country schools at the Manhattan Township Historical Society Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit covers the years from 1852 to 1951.

If you can’t make Saturday, come out to Manhattan’s Cruise Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 14 from 6-8:30 pm. The event is free. The museum will follow current CDC protocols. The museum located at 255 S. State St. in Manhattan.

For more information, email ManhattanHistorical@yahoo.com or visit Facebook.com/ManhattanHistoricalSociety.

5) On Sunday, the Joliet Latino Economic Development Association will be hosting the Joliet Community Market from noon to 5 p.m. at 102 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet. Features include local food, vendors, art and music.