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The Local Scene: Enjoy model trains at free Joliet open house

Here are 5 things to do this weekend

The Will County Model Railroad Association will host a free open house on Saturday at its clubhouse in Joliet.

1. Tidings of Joy: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. The Lincoln-Way Area Chorale, a nonprofit community choir of adults from several local towns, will present a concert of seasonal songs and carols. Tickets for adults cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and tickets for students and seniors cost $16. For tickets and information, visit

2. Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Christian School, 901 Shorewood Drive, Shorewood. This event will feature more than 70 vendors including direct sales items, custom wreaths, home décor, jewelry and clothing boutiques. There will be a bake sale that benefits student council and concessions that benefits the athletic department. Free admission and parking. For information, visit

3. Will County Model Railroad Association Swap Meet and Free Open House: The free open house is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the association clubhouse, 2175 Oneida St. in Joliet. The swap meet is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stone City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2199. Model trains will be running at the open house, and members can answer questions. The cost of the swap meet is $5 for adults. Children enter for free. For information, visit and

4. Christmas Shopping at St. John’s: Vendor Fair & Santa Shoppe will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Gym, 403 N. Hickory St., Joliet. Vendors, crafters, stocking stuffers and religious items will be available. Free admission. The Christmas Gift Shop & Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Gym, 403 N. Hickory St., Joliet. There will by homemade bakery items, bunuelos, tamales, gift items and vendors. Free admission. For information about the Vendor Fair & Santa Shoppe, call St. John’s Catholic Church at 815-727-4788. For information about the Christmas Gift Shop & Bake Sale, call St. John’s religious education department at 815-727-9077.

5. Channaholidays: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Central Park, Arrowhead Community Center and village hall in Channahon. Visit Santa Claus, participate in a candy cane scramble, decorate a cookie, take a carriage or hay wagon ride, make a holiday craft, enjoy performances from local student groups, and witness the lighting of Channahon’s own holiday tree during this free event. For information, visit

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Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.