August may have arrived, but that doesn’t mean you need to jump on all those back-to-school sales just yet. Let’s not forget that we all got gypped in the rainy month of June and probably didn’t do all the fun summer stuff we had planned. So before getting the kids ready for school, why not use this last month of summer to your advantage?
You don’t need a vacation when there are much more affordable things to do around town. Instead of skipping town for a week straight, you can extend staycations over the whole month of August.
To help fill you in on the town happenings this month, here is a list to get you going.
If you need a weekday off of work and away from the kids, today is the last day to sign up for the Mokena Mayors Charity Foundation Golf Outing on Aug. 9. You have numerous options for registering, including as an individual golfer, a dinner guest only or with a golf and sponsorship packages for multiple participants.
The outing will take place at the Green Garden Country Club at 9511 W. Monee/Manhattan Road in Frankfort. A shotgun start begins the action at 10:30 a.m. If you have questions, you can call the Mokena Mayors Charity Foundation at 708-479-3900.
For a completely free evening of entertainment, plan to attend Mokena Cruise Night on Aug. 14. From 5 to 9 p.m., you can view an array of vehicles, from antiques and classics to customs and military. Socialize with other Mokena auto enthusiasts as you stroll down the aisles of impressive rides.
This event will take place in the Stoney Point Grill parking lot at 19031 Old LaGrange Road. If you miss it on the 14th, no worries. It takes place each Sunday of the month and will be back on Aug. 21 and 28.
Dogs deserve to have a fun summer too, right? Pamper your pooch at Woofstock: A Bark in the Park & Pet Parade, happening from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. Bring your dogs to the Main Park Pavilion, which is a new shaded location this year. Your pooches will appreciate that.
Registration for the parade and numerous dog contests begins at 1 p.m., with the parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. All animals are welcome, and the event is free. Even if you don’t have a pet, come out and enjoy the diversity of your neighbors’ dogs.
On Aug. 20, you can support a great cause while also enjoying delicious food and humorous entertainment. The Ladies Auxiliary of Mokena VFW Post 725 is hosting their second annual BBQ Bonanza from 2 p.m. to midnight at the Mokena VFW Post 725, 19852 Wolf Road. Profits will go to Mokena’s soldiers, home and away.
Dinner takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. and will include strip steak or chicken for adults and hot dogs for children. Both also include an unlimited salad bar.
Afterward, enjoy raffles, music and dunk tank action. The flyer promises some local celebrities will partake in that action!
Adults, this one is for you. Join others from the area for the Motorcycle Run on Aug. 28. The event begins at the Municipal Center in New Lenox with a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. Then, the police-escorted ride begins at noon. Also included is entertainment from three live bands. For $15 per person, you get to enjoy the day’s activities and the knowledge that your proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Correction: This article initially included a back to school festival that had been canceled.