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Oak Lawn Library LEGO train event draws 2,000

More than 2,000 adults and children Page-5-3-col-trains-1A group of children and adults view the buildings and scenes set up by the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club on April 13 at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Submitted photo.visited the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, on April 12-13 to view the display created by the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club.
Guests were entertained by an intricate display that spanned 4,080 square feet and featured a Medieval Village and Castle with tournament grounds, a European-inspired Village Hall, a farm with a windmill, railroads, skyscrapers and much more. Trains connected the layout, which included replicas of gas and fire stations, an opera house, a bike shop, and various fast food staples such as Starbucks, White Castle and Culver’s.
“Even to this day, we’ll have people come in and think it’s going to be a couple ping pong tables with a couple LEGO sets with a little train going around it; and it’s not,” PAGE-5-3-col-trains-2Bryce (bottom) and Brenton (top) Dortch view the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club’s Medieval Village display at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Submitted photo.said Jamie LeBlanc, president of the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club.
The Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club – formed in 2002 – participates in seven to eight shows each year around the Chicagoland area. Each club member has their own display space and the opportunity to focus on a genre of their choice.
“We all have sections we take off, and you can see a lot of differences in architectural styles,” LeBlanc said of the 20-member club. Each show requires more than seven hours of set-up time. “The fun part is really seeing what everyone else has created and what techniques they’ve used. We almost inspire each other.”
The group’s love of LEGOs and the opportunity to be creative is what keeps them participating in shows.
“You build something and that next show you can put it out and get immediate feedback or adulation,” LeBlanc said. “And that’s pretty cool.”
—Submitted by Oak Lawn Library

WHATIZIT? 4-17-14

Happy Easter to all the friends and family of WHATIZIT.DR-WHATIZ-4-17Photo by Jeff Vorva.
Last week’s photo was of a carrot-shaped package of Reese’s Pieces, a gift that some lucky kids and adults will be receiving on Easter morning.
We had some folks get it right – including the correct name of the candy. Those people get their names in all capital letters, which is the greatest Easter gift of all. Others who came close and missed the Reese’s part get regular credit, which is still pretty special.
Worth’s CATHY CORDOVA was the first to ring in with the correct answer
Evergreen Park’s VINCE VIZZA, HENRIETTA MYSLIWIEC, Willow Springs’ HARRISON DEBRE, Worth’s NATHAN MARSZALEK and ROBERT SOLNER and Chicago Ridge’s BELLA ZAHER and DANA OSWALD got all of it right.
Worth’s Linda and Russ Martin and Oak Lawn’s Jane Foley, Evergreen Park’s Jan Merchantz and Jim Cap from parts unknown were also correct except for the Reese’s part.
Incorrect guesses were of oranges, tomatoes and hot cross buns.
Someone also guessed something called EGGA. Whatiz an EGGA?
This week’s clue is that this item could be considered the end of Easter.
Send guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with WHATIZIT? in the subject line. Provide your name and hometown and guess by Monday night and don’t eat too many Reese’s Pieces on Sunday.

Focus on Seniors from 4-10-14

Senior Center Offer Programs
  Seniors at the Oak Lawn Senior Center, 5330 W. 95th St., will play host to a number of events in April and May. For more information, or to register for a program, call 499-0240.
  • April 11: The seniors are hosting Kathleen Farrell, who will make a presentation on the new Oak Lawn Bank.
  • April 17: The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce is presenting a health fair and outreach screening at the senior center.
  • April 24: The monthly box lunch will be served. Ticket reservations are needed. Tickets are $4.
  • May 7: A trip to see the “Wizard of Oz” play. Ticket reservations are needed.

Smith Village Residents To Strut Their Stuff For Fun, Fashion And Fundraising
  Smith Village will present its annual fashion show and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at 2320 W. 113th Pl., in the continuing care retirement community’s Community Hall.
  The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. All proceeds benefit Emilie’s Fund, which provides for Smith Village residents who have outlived their means. For more information and reservations, call 773-474-7300.
  Smith Village residents will model brands Sympli, Tribal, Color Me Cotton, Erin London, BKG, Adrianna Papell and Habit, carried by Annie’s, a clothing and gift shop in Oak Lawn.

Double Nickel
  The Double Nickel Plus Chorus meets at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. in Evergreen Park, every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 111. Newcomers are welcome. For more information call 422-8776.

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.

Pinochle
  The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

WHATIZIT? from 4-10-14

 

WHAZ-4-10We thought last week’s photo was simple, but it turned out to be a toughie.
It was something most of you see every day – a pothole. It was a big pothole filled with rain water, but a pothole nonetheless. The clue about the crocodile stems from the fact that sections of a road develop crocodile cracks before disintegrating into a pothole and messing up your car after you hit it.
Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford was the first to weigh in with the correct answer.
Worth’s Robert Solner also guessed right. We owe him his name in the paper again because Worth’s Robert Solner also guessed correctly that the photo two weeks ago was of a whiteboard eraser but an e-mail snafu on our end prevented him from receive his due glory.
We’ll give partial credit to those who guessed a puddle and that means those folks get half of their names in the paper -- Hickory Hills’ Ja and Grif Fad and Ji Ca from parts unknown.
Incorrect guesses were of the Saganashkee Slough in Palos Hills and a swamp. This pothole was big but not that big.
This week’s clue is that is that you might see this newer packaged product on the 20th day of the fourth month of this year.
Send those guesses by Monday night to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Put WHATIZIT? in the subject line and don’t forget your name and hometown. Photo by Jeff Vorva.

 

Park Clips from 4-10-14

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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  Summer: The Chicago Ridge Park District is looking for seasonal supervisory help this spring and summer. The supervisor position would be available from April through September, and would entail supervising a splash pad, miniature golf course and batting cage facility. Applicants must be available days, nights and weekends. Applications are available at the Frontier Fieldhouse, or the Freedom Activity Center.
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  Various Dates: Kelly McKimson-Rhodes, a certified yoga teacher trained at a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School in Chicago, will lead a Vinyasa yoga class during three sessions this spring and summer. Vinyasa yoga focuses on flowing from pose to pose and linking the movement with the breath. The class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The first session will be held from March 26 to April 30; the second session from May 7 to June 25; and the third session from July 9 to Aug. 13. The fee is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. All levels of yoga students are welcome.
  McKimson-Rhodes teaches English at Richards High School in Oak Lawn and her specialty is intelligently designed energizing Vinyasa classes that build heat and strength and end with restorative, restful poses.
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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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  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 in the Hamilton B. Maher Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. For more information, or to register for programs, call 229-3373, or 229-3374.
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  Through May 4: The Boys and Girls Developmental Basketball League will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. for children age 6 through 9 at the Activity Center, 3220 W. 98th St. The Evergreen Park Recreation Department partners with Beyond The Arc Academy for this instructional league. Players receive a team shirt and play 40-minute games with equal playing time. The fee is $60 for eight weeks.

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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  The Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., is hosting special events during March. Reservations are suggested. For more information and reservations, call 857-2433.
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  Immediate: 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, call David MacDonald at 857-2200, Ext. 2604.
  Learn as you Grow I and Playschool is for 3-year-olds. Sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through December, and January through May 2015. Times are 9 to 11:30 a.m., or Noon to 2:30 p.m.
  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. Learn as You Grow sessions are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from September through December, and January through May 2015. The classes are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., or noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Little White Building. Prep School runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m., or noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Oak View Center. 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.
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  April 11: This is the last day to qualify for the early registration fee for the Oak Lawn Park District Racquet, Fitness and Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave., Easter open gym being held Sunday, April 13.
  The early registration fee is $8.50 per child. Times are set for different age groups and are as follows: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 1 to 5; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for ages 4 to 8; 1 to 2 p.m. for ages 1 to 5; and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., or 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for all ages.
  Parents are required to stay with their children during the event.
  The day will include special Easter activities for children who will have the opportunity to explore the gymnastics gym, and work off some of that extra energy by crawling, jumping, climbing and swinging around indoors. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and do an Easter craft. Each child will receive a goodie-bag with healthy snacks included.
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  Through April 18: Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. are known as “Fish Fry Fridays” at Stony Creek. Diners can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of Corona battered cod, corn, wild rice, salad rolls and dessert. The cost is $11.99 for adults and $7.99 for children, ages 10 and younger. A shrimp dinner, baked tilapia or walleye dinner will also be available for $15.99. A cash bar is available. Tax and gratuity are not included in price.
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  April 20: The Stony Creek Restaurant and Banquet Facility, 5850 W. 103rd St., will host Easter brunch Sunday, April 20.
  The first seating is at 9 a.m. and the second seating is at 1 p.m. The fee is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 10 and younger. Reservations are required. Payment is due at the time of reservation. For more information, call 857-2433, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Families can enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring the new omelet station, homemade pancakes, sausage links, fresh fruits, meat specialties, vegetables, salad, assorted pastries, juice, coffee and hot tea. A cash bar is available.
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  April 25: The Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Restaurant and Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St., will host a night of music provided by John Devlin from 8 to 10 p.m. The fee is $12, and includes food and beverage up to $6. A cash bar is available. Individuals must be ages 21 or older to enter.
  Reservations are suggested. For more information and reservations, call 857-2433.
  Devlin is an acoustical guitarist and vocalist who plays and sings music from the 1960s to 1990s, with songs from the Beatles, Neil Young, James Taylor and Billy Joel.
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  May 12: Registration is due by noon for the Oak Lawn Park District’s Midnight Madness Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament, which will be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Community Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave.
  Registration is required and must be done in full teams. For more information and registration forms, visit the Community Pavilion, or online at olparks.com. More information is also available by calling 857-2420. Team managers will be notified of start times. This is an indoor, self-officiated tournament.
  The fee is $100 per team. Each team will consist of six to 10 players and compete in either an intermediate division or recreational division. The winning team will be awarded a cash prize and t-shirts.
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  Ongoing: Duplicate bridge will be held at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Oak View Center. Cost is $7 per person and includes a light lunch. For more information, call 857-2200.

Palos Hills
  The Palos Hills Community Resource and Recreation Department is located at the Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. The Town Square Park is located at the same address. For more information, or to register for an event, call 430-4500.
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  April 26: The Palos Hills Community Resource and Recreation Department will be hosting a Touch a Truck Day from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Square Park, 8455 W 103rd St. Children will have the opportunity to get up close to all their favorite big rigs. Each child will receive a plastic hard hat and make a craft project.
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  April 26: from 11:00 a.m. to noon, The Palos Hills Community Resource and Recreation Department will be offering a family kite-flying day from 11 a.m. to noon at the Town Square Park, 8455 W 103rd St. Participants can bring their own kites, or purchase a “Color Me Kite” at the event.
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  April 26: A Kids’ Garage Sale will be going on from 9 a.m. to noon and is sponsored by the Palos Hills Community Resource and Recreation Department. There is a $5 for those wanting to be vendors. For more information, call 430-4500.

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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  April 16: This is the registration deadline for Brunch with the Bunny. Seats are limited and fill quickly. Following the egg hunt, families can enjoy Brunch with Bunny at 11:30 a.m. The event will feature music, food and a chance to take a picture with the Easter bunny. Brunch for those 12 and under will cost $6, and $8 for those 13 and older.
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  April 16 and May 21: The Worth Park District Senior Lunch Bunch will be traveling to Seasons 52 in Schaumburg in April and Navy Pier in Chicago in May. Registration is due one week prior to each trip. The cost of the trip is $8 per residents and $12 for non-residents. Trips leave from the Terrace Centre at 10:30 a.m. and expect to return by 2 p.m.
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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.