The third annual Mokena Festa Italiana will be held on July 17. Last year’s event attracted 1,400 attendees, and an even larger crowd is expected this year. The festival is based on the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel from 69th Street. The day will begin with an 11 a.m. procession from the Mokena Intermediate School at 11331 195th St. to the festival grounds at the Front Street Metra Station lot. ■

Customary Italian foods such as pasta and meatballs, sausage and beef sandwiches, fried dough, pastries, and Italian ice will be served.

Musical acts will perform throughout the day on the main stage, and a variety of family activities are planned, including arts and crafts, face painting and a petting zoo. Admission is $20 for a family of five, $10 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.

Transportation is available via Metra. All funds raised will be donated to local charities. (, 773-778-8586) FRA NOI July 2016 79 ■