Frankfort, IL…. State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena), together with One Light Self Defense, is again hosting a free workshop for women and girls. The 3 hour course will help them learn avoidance tactics, self-defense misconceptions, offensive techniques and defensive escapes. The class will be on Thursday, August 23rd at 6pm and will take place in the Frankfort Square Park District building at 7540 W Braemar Lane. 
“The class is open to any and all women and girls over 12, but it will be incredibly beneficial for young women heading off to college or back to school,” Rep. McDermed said. “The instructors at One Light do a great job of teaching a basic understanding of how to avoid becoming a victim of violence and sharing the skills that can be used in the event of an attack. We’ve worked with One Light over the course of numerous classes and the response we get from attendees is always incredibly positive.”

This is the third year that Rep. McDermed is partnering with One Light to offer self-defense classes and the second beginner class offered this year. One Light is a local nonprofit that teaches free courses across Illinois and has traveled to Kenya to teach self-defense skills to young women at risk.

Space is limited and registration is encouraged. While the class is free, donations to One Light are appreciated. 100% of donations go to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault. To learn more about the class or to register, please email mcdermed@ilhousegop.org or call (815)277-2079.

Frankfort, IL… For the fourth year in a row, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is pleased to host a Senior Fair full of vendors and helpful information for residents in the 37th district. The event will be on Thursday, August 16th at the Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center located at 10847 W. LaPorte Road in Mokena. The fair will run from 10:00a.m. until 12:00 noon. It is free and open to the public. This year the fair will feature a mobile unit from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

“I encourage senior citizens to come to the fair and learn about the businesses, state and local agencies, and non-for-profits that work to improve their lives,” said Rep. McDermed. “This year the fair will not only help seniors and their caregivers, but all 37th district residents who want convenient, local access to a DMV office.”

At the fair, residents and their caregivers can glean valuable information and access resources from state and local vendors. Staff from Rep. McDermed’s district office will also be available to assist constituents with any state government concerns. 

In addition, the Secretary of State’s office will be operating a mobile unit at the fair. The mobile unit operates similar to a DMV office and offers services that include drivers’ licenses renewals, identification cards, vision and written tests, organ donor registration, voter registration applications, and vehicle and license plate renewal stickers. While the senior fair will end at noon, the mobile unit will continue to run until 1pm.

What: Senior Fair and SOS Mobile Unit
When: Thursday August 16th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Road, Mokena

Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the chance to win door prizes. For more information on the event, call Rep. McDermed’s office at (815) 277-2079.