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Chicago Ridge
  The Chicago Ridge Park District has several locations. One is the Frontier Fieldhouse, 9807 S. Sayre Ave. For more information on programs at this location, or to register, call 423-3959. Another location is the Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham St. For more information on programs at this location, call 708-636-4900.
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  Ongoing: Chicago Ridge Park District residents are invited to visit Ball Fore Miniature Golf Course and Batting Cages, 6701 W. 107th St. Ball Fore has a championship level miniature golf course and six batting cages where batters can choose their own speeds and select either baseball or softball. There is also a concession stand serving hot and cold items featuring, slushies, dippin’ dots, baseball helmet soft serve ice cream, pizza, nachos and much more. Ball Four hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.
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  Ongoing: The Chicago Ridge Park District is taking team registration for 4th through 8th grade boys basketball and girls volleyball leagues. For registration information, please call 708-423-3959 or visit our website www.chicagoridgeparks.com.
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  Ongoing: Chicago Ridge Park District is offering Park and Pad Time for 3 to 5 year olds at the Lily Pad, 6246 Birmingham St. If it rains, class will be held inside the Freedom Activity Center. The class is being held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 15 through Aug. 7. The fee is $70 for residents, and $80 for non-residents.
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  Note: The Chicago Ridge Park District is offering a discount special of any two yoga classes for $65 for residents and $85 for non-residents.

Evergreen Park
  The Evergreen Park Recreation Department is located at 3450 W. 97th St. For more information, or to register for a program, call 229-3373, or visit evergreenpark-ill.com.
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  The camp for 4 and 5 year old will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and fee will be $55. The camp for ages 5 and older will be held from 9 a.m. until noon and the fee will be $95.

Oak Lawn
  The Oak Lawn Park District administrative building is located at 9400 S. Kenton Ave. For more information, call 857-2225 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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  Immediately: The Oak Lawn Park District is offering a wide range of summer camps. Registration is ongoing for residents and non-residents. For more information about the camps, view the summer camp guide.
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  Immediately: The Oak Lawn Park District is taking a customer service survey to find out how better to serve residents. For more information, call the park district’s administrative office, or visit olparks.com. Those taking the survey can be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one Community Theatre gift certificate good for two free admissions to one 2014 — 2015 production.
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  Sept. 13 and Nov. 20: The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers program is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner.
  Registration is going on now for one of two class, either Saturday, Sept. 13, or Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Administrative Building, 9400 S. Kenton Ave.
  The fee for each class is $59 for residents and $75 for non-residents. For more information, call Mary Crout at 857-2225.
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  Sept. 18 and Nov. 10: The Oak Lawn Park District will host American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, and Monday, Nov. 10 at the Administrative Building, 9400 S. Kenton Ave. This class is to everyone from schoolchildren to adults.
  The course focuses on CPR and helps participants recognize signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults, children and infants. This is not a certification course, but will prepare participants to act in an emergency. Participants will receive a Family and Friends CPR book.
  The fee for each class is $29 for residents and $45 for non-residents. For more information, call Mary Crout at 857-2225.
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  Ongoing: Registration is currently being accepted for the Oak Lawn Park District’s Preschool classes. Registration will be accepted until classes are full. For more information on payment plans, or on preschool classes, please contact David MacDonald at 857-2200, ext. 2604.
  Learn as you Grow I and Playschool is for 3-year-olds. Sessions are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., or 12 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through December and January through May 2015. Learn As You Grow I will be held at the Little White Building, 9514 S. 54th Ave., and Playschool will be held at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The fee is $670 for residents and $752 for non-residents. There are three payment options available and a $50 non-refundable deposit is included in the fee.
  Learn as you Grow II and Prep School is for 4-year-olds. Sessions are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from September through December, and January through May, 2015. Learn as You Grow II will be held at the Little White Building, 9514 S. 54th Ave. Prep School will be held at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St.
  The fee is $1,000 for residents and $1,124 for non-residents. There are three payment options available and a $50 non-refundable deposit is included in the fee.

Worth
  The Worth Park District is located at the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave. For more information, or to register for the programs, call 448-7080.
  The Winter/Spring Worth Park District program guide has arrived. Registration has begun.
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  Immediately: Planning is under way for a festival of family fun for the friendly village. The Worth Park District is currently looking for crafters, business vendors, sponsors and more to participate in a weekend of family fun and entertainment. For applications and the latest news on main stage entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides and more, visit the Worth Park District website at worthparkdistrict.org, or like the Worth Days page on Facebook.
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  Ongoing: Planning is under way for a festival of family fun for the friendly village. Worth officials are currently looking for crafters, business vendors, sponsors and more to join them for a weekend of family fun and entertainment. For applications, and the latest news on main stage entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides and more visit the website at worthparkdistrict.org, or like the Worth Days page on Facebook.
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  Ongoing: Pickle Ball will be at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Pickle Ball is a cross between tennis and ping-pong and involves strategies such as lobbing, drive shots and overhead slams. Cost is $1.
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  Ongoing: Open gym basketball is offered at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1.
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  Ongoing: The Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., has an indoor playground featuring slides, a climbing wall, tree house and more for children who can walk through 4 years old. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fee is $1 for residents, $2 for non-residents. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.

Focus on Seniors from 9-11-14

The Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 W. 97th St., Evergreen Park, offers the Driver Safety Class sponsored by AARP in October. The two-day class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2 and 3.
  The eight-hour refresher course is designed for motorists age 50 and older. Sign up for the class can be made in person, or by mailing a check made payable to AARP-$15 for members and $20 for non-members, a name, address and phone number to the Office of Citizens’ Service.
  In addition to updating your driving knowledge and skills, participants may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance after completing the course. For more information, call 422-8776.

Senior High-Dose Flu Vaccine Available This Year at Orland Township
  Orland Township is now offering senior high-dose flu vaccine for residents 65 and older at all of its flu shot clinics in 2014.
  Senior high-dose flu vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen than what is found in the regular vaccine. Antigen is the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody. Additional antigen creates a stronger immune response or more antibodies in the person receiving the vaccine.
  Residents 65 and older should consider this high-dose vaccine because human immune defenses become weaker with age and this places older people at greater risk from the influenza virus. Aging also decreases body’s ability to have a good immune response after receiving a flu vaccine.
  The senior high-dose vaccine is just as safe as the regular flu vaccine, but mild and temporary effects can occur. Most experience no effects with either vaccine.
  Flu vaccines will be offered at the township office, 14807 S. Ravina Ave., Orland Park, and local churches on the following dates: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27; from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 22; from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4 which is a drive-thru clinic.
  During fall, the senior high-dose vaccine will be offering four Sundays at various churches, including 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr, 17500 S. 84th Ave., Tinley Park; and from 8:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at St. Francis of Assisi, 15050 Wolf Rd., Orland Park.
  Residents 65 and older with Medicare Part B are eligible to receive the immunization free of charge. A Medicare Part B card must be presented at the time of vaccination. Those with an HMO/Medicare plan are not eligible for a free vaccination and should visit their primary care physician. Without Medicare Part B coverage the cost of the vaccine is $40.

  Proof of residency is required. Orland Township boundaries include Orland Hills, Orland Park (east of Will Cook Road and south of 135th Street), Tinley Park (west of Harlem and north of 183rd Street), and unincorporated Orland Park.
  For more information, call 403-4222, or visit orlandtwp.org.

Evergreen Park Senior Citizens’ Council to Meet
  The next Evergreen Park Senior Citizens’ Council meeting, luncheon, and program will be held at 11: 30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Evergreen Park Senior Center, 9547 S. Homan Ave., which has ample parking in the rear of the building.
  After the luncheon, the entertainment will feature The Convertibles Barbershop Quartet harmonizing with songs from the 40’s and 50’s.
  Individuals can purchase their tickets for $6 each at the Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 W. 97th St. The ticket deadline is Monday, Sept. 15. For more information, call 422-8776.

Evergreen Park’s Office of Citizens’ Services Offers One Day Trips
  The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 West 97th St., is inviting residents to two, one-day trips. The trips includes round-trip, motorcoach transportation.
  The first is to Wisconsin’s German town Wednesday, Sept. 24. The departure time is 7:15 a.m. and the group plans to return at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $81. Participants will visit Dhiensville Settlement, Bast Bell Museum, German Glass & Gift Shop and lunch at Alpine Retreat Restaurant in Hubertus, Wis. The reservation deadline is tomorrow, Friday.
  Another trip features” Christmas Remembered” Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Rosewood of Delavan. Departure is planned for 9:45 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Tickets are $83. After experiencing “farm to table” cuisine prepared by Chef John Schnupp, participants can spend time at Rosewood’s boutique retail shops, and then enjoy “Christmas Remembered.” It will be performed in a state of the art cabaret style theater. The reservation deadline is Saturday, Nov. 1.

Meals on Wheels
  The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information, call 422-8776.

Mt. Greenwood’s post office could be named after ‘Herbie’

  The House of Representatives Monday passed Congressman Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) bill, H.R. 3085, renaming Chicago’s Mount Greenwood post office as the Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building.

Johnson, known as “Herbie,” died on November 2, 2012, at 54, while battling flames in the attic of a two-story home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The building is located at 3349 West 111th Street in Chicago. H.R. 3085 now moves on to the Senate.

Palos Heights Tastee-Freez named Kindness Company of the Month

Tastee Freez in Palos Heights has been named “Kindness Company of the Month” by an organization dedicated to spreading kindness.

Diane Goerg, owner of the Tastee Freez at 11906 S. Harlem Ave., was given the award by Donald Triezenberg, a local business owner and “community champion” sponsor of The Kindness Revolution, a national not-for-profit dedicated to building a better world by encouraging kindness.

“It was a total surprise,” Goerg said about winning the award. “I had no idea I was receiving the honor, which saluted her “dedication to great service, kindness and generosity within the community.”

God’s son enjoyed God’s gift to us

Best of The Wine Guy

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  Many people, for various reasons — religious, health or otherwise — question whether they should drink wine. Some believe wine to be no different than other alcoholic beverages, and that imbibing is morally wrong, dangerous or unhealthy.

  Well, wine is not wrong, dangerous or unhealthy if drunk in moderation. Drinking too much water can kill you, which just goes to prove all things, even those most essential to life, must be done in moderation.

  If everyone understood the health benefits of wine and that it can be a part of the daily diet with no adverse health effects, the world would be a healthier, happier place. It is a clinically-proven fact that wine can help people live longer, healthier lives than teetotalers.