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Chicago Ridge salutes kids

PG11 ridgeparkdist 3col  Nathan Laxton (left) and Bentley Krapil test their strength in attempts to ring the bell on the Strongman game at the Chicago Ridge Park District’s 45th annual Salute to Ridge Kids. The event — held Saturday, July 13 at Freedom Park — included live music and entertainment, rides and games, a petting zoo and pony rides, food and giveaways, and a laser light show finale.

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Focus on Seniors

The Evergreen Park Senior Citizens' Council will hold a luncheon and program at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Evergreen Park Senior Center, 9547 Homan Ave. (parking in rear). Program will feature professional appraiser Rex Newell, who specializes in coins, watches and artwork. He will appraise one hand-held item for each of the first 40 people to register when purchasing a ticket. Tickets are $6 each at the Office of Citizens' Services, 3450 W. 97th St., deadline is Monday, Jan. 14. For more information call 422-8776.

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The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services will visit Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Jacksonville next Feb. 23 to March 3. Cost is $645 for triple room, $665 for double and $905 for single and includes motorcoach transportation, eight nights lodging, 14 meals, visits to the Fountain of Youth and historic Kingsley Plantation, narrated cruise on St. John's River, and visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Final payment due Dec. 29. Call 422-8776 for more information

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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.

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P alos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.

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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.

What's Going On

The Evergreens

The Evergreens Social Club will meet at noon Wednesday, March 6 at the Community Center, 97th Street and Homan Avenue. Bring a lunch.

S.E.R.V.E.

S.E.R.V.E. (Special Education Resource Group Valuing Everyone) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Central Junior High School, 94th Street and Sawyer Avenue in Evergreen Park. The documentary film "Bully" will be shown.

Sassy Back

The "Bringin' Sassy Back" spa and vendor night, presented by the Women of Hannah Circle, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. For more information call (773) 779-4030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fish & Sports Show

The Fraternal Order of Police Evergreen Park Lodge No. 27 will hold a Fish & Sports Show from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 15 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at the front desk of the Evergreen Park Police Department, 9420 Kedzie Ave.

Dash for Cash

Most Holy Redeemer Church will hold a "Dash for Mega Cash" raffle drawing Saturday, March 16 at its annual St. Patrick's Day Party. Grand prize is $50,000, second prize is $10,000.

Tickets can be purchased after weekend masses from the school or rectory office. For more information call 422-8280.

Benefits & Fundraisers

Caring for Quigleys, a tribute to Jimmy Quigley and a fundraiser for the Quigley family, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Tickets are $25 in advance and include buffet, wine and soft drinks. There will be raffle drawings and a silent auction. For more information visit caringforquigleys.wordpress.com.

Library Notes

Chicago Ridge

The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

After School Homework Help is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both teachers are bilingual (English and Spanish).

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The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.

Green Hills

Family Movie Time featuring "Puss in Boots"will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Each attendee gets popcorn and lemonade.

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"How the Beatles Re-Imagined Rock 'n' Roll: 1967-1970" will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Presentation will show the Beatles broadening their artistry, performance and promo clips, rare photographs, and unreleased audio of the group at work.

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Painting Owl Craft for youths 5 years and older will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Children can take home an owl craft bank.

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Adult Winter Reading Club through Feb. 25 will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Prizes include a Nook Color, Kindle Fire, gift certificates to local restaurants and bookstores, and more. Register at the information desk or at greenhillslibrary.org.

Youth Winter Reading Club, "Reading is SNOW Much Fun!" for youths in kindergarten through eighth grade will be during the same period. Weekly prizes will be awarded. Register at the youth services desk or at greenhillslibrary.org.

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The library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit http://ghpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com. For more information call 598-8446.

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The library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.

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The library offers Freegal Music, a downloadable music service that provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. The catalog offers hundreds of thousands of songs in more than 100 genres of music.

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The library's Media on Demand program enables patrons to download best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. No late fees. Works include best-selling novels, well-known classics and self-improvement guides. For more information visit mediaondemand.org.

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The library has a scanner available to the public. Pictures, documents, etc., can be scanned and sent to an email, printer or USB device.

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The library offers TumbleBooks!, a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation). Visit greenhills.lib.il.us or call 598-8446, Ext. 117, for more information.

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The Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.

Oak Lawn

A free jazz concert featuring Petra's Sweet Six will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Chicago jazz vocalist Petra Van Nuis teams up with five musicians to play the tight two-horn arrangements of Joe Policastro. The group's songs conjure up a sound reminiscent of jazz vocal recordings of the 1950s, full of flavor and feeling. No advance registration required.

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Free screenings of "Trouble with the Curve" (PG-13) starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and John Goodman will be at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last trip.

A free jazz concert featuring Petra's Sweet Six will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Chicago jazz vocalist Petra Van Nuis teams up with five musicians to play the tight two-horn arrangements of Joe Policastro. The group's songs conjure up a sound reminiscent of jazz vocal recordings of the 1950s, full of flavor and feeling. No advance registration required.

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Free screenings of "Trouble with the Curve" (PG-13) starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and John Goodman will be at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last trip.

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 "Awards Season at Your Library" for kindergartners through fifth-graders will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Children can vote for their favorite character, book, illustrator and more each week at the Youth Services Desk. A limited number of guests will dress in their best awards outfit, walk the red carpet and have their pictures taken. Advance registration is required.

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"The Middlesteins" by Jami Attenberg is the February selection for Day & Night Reads, the library's bi-monthly book group for adults. Attenberg's novel centers on Edie and Richard Middlestein, who share a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But things are splintering apart, in part because of it Edie's fixation on food - thinking about it, eating it - and if she doesn't stop she won't have much longer to live. Discussions will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

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A free lecture on the opera "Rigoletto" will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. A member of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will explain the plot, play musical selections and give background on the composer.

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"Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum" with Food historian Cynthia Clampitt will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Clampitt will discuss why pirates are associated with the Caribbean; the connection with coffee, tea and chocolate,; and how rum was involved in uniting the United States' original 13 colonies, and how it was one issue that led to the American Revolution.

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The library now offers movie check-out for free. Check-out periods are seven days with no renewals. Oak Lawn residents may check out up to 10 films at a time.

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The library offers "Temporary Online Patron Registration." Fill out a registration form at oak lawnlibrary.org/librarycards2. shtml, and visit the Circulation Desk within 14 days to receive a permanent card. Proof of residency in Oak Lawn is required.

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The library has the newest and most popular titles and resources in its collection of eBooks, Blu-Ray and DVDs (movies and TV series), CDs for a range of music interests, and hard copy books. The library also has a language learning program and databases. During September, new library card-holders will add a leaf to the tree in the Cook Avenue foyer and be eligible to enter a drawing for a book of their choice (one child prize and one adult/young adult prize up to $35 value each). Cards are available to Oak Lawn residents at the Circulation Desk. Bring an ID and proof of address.

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Books, tapes and CDs not found at the library can be requested online from another library. For more information call the Interlibrary Loan department or stop by the Help Desk on the first floor.

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 "Images of America: Oak Lawn" by Oak Lawn Library local history coordinator Kevin Korst contains more than 200 photographs with captions and chapter introductions, and highlights the many aspects of Oak Lawn's history including Round-Up Days and the 1967 Tornado. The book is available for purchase at the library's Reception Booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Book sales benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. A corresponding photo exhibit is on display and features more than 100 historic Oak Lawn images and dozens of artifacts. The display is in the Local History Room on the library's second floor. For more information contact Korst at 422-4990.

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The library offers "Accessible Archives," an electronic resource available at oaklawnlibrary.org. Click on the "Research" tab and select the icon for "Accessible Archives." The collection features historic periodicals and books and provides eyewitness accounts and editorial observations of events, genealogical records, county histories and Godey's "Lady's Book" - a magazine published to entertain, inform and educate women of America. The Civil War collection is noteworthy and presents coverage based on various historical perspectives.

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The Freegal music service is available on the library's website, oaklawnlibrary.org. Patrons may download up to three songs a week from the Sony catalog with their library card. Freegal includes millions of songs and requires no software to install. Files that can be played on any device including iPods. For more information visit oaklawnlibrary.org.

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Recycle "gently used" books, magazines, CDs and videos by donating them to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale. The Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias or older text books. The donation drop-off area is near the library's Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Reception Booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost five cents each. Audio visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases beyond the regular budget. For more information call 422- 4990 or visit oaklawnlibrary.org.

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The Oak Lawn Public Library is at 5300 W. 95th St. The phone number is 422-4990.

Worth

The library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at worthlibrary.com.

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The library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at worthlibrary.com (login and password is available at the library).