• Levi Ruby (right), who played the jester in the Lincoln-Way East Madrigals’ 2014 production of “This Joyous Feaste Day,” performs with Rachel Egan Tuesday, Dec. 9, during a dress rehearsal. Photos by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    Journey to ‘This Joyous Feaste Day’

    December 16, 2014 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor Life & Arts

    The Troubadours and Ladies took center stage in Renaissance attire as “Carol of the Bells” closed out the prelude in the Lincoln-Way East auditorium.

  • One week left to enter Holiday Card Contest

    December 16, 2014 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor News

    There's only a matter of days left until Christmas Day, and not-so-coincidentally, only a matter of days left to enter The Mokena Messenger’s inaugural Holiday Card C

  • The Will County Mobile Workforce Center can be found outside the Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., in Mokena, every Friday depending on scheduling. Photo by Danny Ciamprone/22nd Century Media

    Mobile Workforce Center aims to help out-of-work residents

    December 16, 2014 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor News

    Dave Nichols was out of work for 1.5 years as he struggled in a declining job market while trying to keep pace with changes in technology when it came to the application process.

  • Brian Lucius (far left), of Gradient Insurance, and Rob Kirnan (far right), of Advanced Planning Advisors in Mokena, announce Tuesday, Dec. 9, that the Cook family — (left to right) Joshua, Xavier, Chase, Alicia, Zane, Blake and Ariana — are the recipients of mortgage payments for a year from the Gradient Gives Back Foundation. Photos by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    Business helps local family of ‘fighters’

    December 16, 2014 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor News

    With the assistance of a Mokena business, one local family this year received an early Christmas present. 

  • Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts dancers (left to right) Megan Acke, Libby Dennen and Mikayla Gardner practice Tuesday, Nov. 18, during a rehearsal for the studio’s production of “The Carpenter’s Son.” The show is set to debut Dec. 19 at Lincoln-Way East. Photos by Rebecca Susmarski/22nd Century Media

    Biblical ballet

    December 9, 2014 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    When Julianna Slager created a ballet chronicling the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, she wanted to help her audience do what the visitors to Jesus’ manger did — pause and reflect.