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Brother Rice

The Brother Rice Mothers Club will hold its annual fashion show beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Hilton Oak Lawn, 93rd Street and Cicero Avenue. Raffle drawings and cocktails start at noon, followed by lunch and show. Tickets are $40. For more information contact Cathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 425-7096.

Evergreen Park High

The Evergreen Park High School PTSA will hold its annual Fall Craft Fair, in conjunction with the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Expo, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Evergreen Park Community High School, 9901 Kedzie Ave. There will be crafts, raffle drawings, baked goods, food concession and a visit from Santa. The Evergreen Park High School Music Booster will hold a pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. For more information call Patti Skudlarek at 415-2929

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The Evergreen Park High School chapter of National Honor Society (NHS) will honor armed forces veterans with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 in the high school cafeteria, 9901 Kedzie Ave. The school’s choir will sing several patriotic songs, and guests will be interviewed by members of NHS. RSVP by Oct. 31 to Ben Nesler at 398-1352 or bnesler@evergreenpark. org. Each veteran may bring one guest.

Governors State

Artist and social commentator Nikki Giovanni will speak at Governors State University Wednesday, Nov. 7. Giovanni will discuss “The Courage of Equality: Love, Work, Society” in a free presentation beginning at 6 p.m. in the GSU Center for Performing Arts. Immediately following the speech, Giovanni will take questions from the audience. After the presentation will be a book signing.

Giovanni is a poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator whose work has been influenced by issues related to social justice and civil rights. Her first book of poetry, “Black Feeling, Black Talk,” was published in 1967. She has written more than two dozen books including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and collections of essays. Her latest publication is “Bicycles: Love Poems.”

In addition to the presentation, the university is also hosting a book discussion of her book, “Quilting the Black–Eyed Pea,” at 3:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. Members of the panel include Governors State assistant professors Christopher White and Elizabeth Johnson. Dr. Rashidah Muhammad will serve as moderator and lead students in a choral reading of the title poem. Students will read selected Giovanni poems. Refreshments will be served.

Both the presentation and book discussion are free and open to the public. For more information and to register call 534-4024. To reserve a seat visit nikkigiovanni.eventbrite.com. Governors State is located at 1 University Parkway in University Park.

Moraine Valley

The 2013 Fall Semester at Moraine Valley Community College will start Aug. 19 with on-campus credit classes. This is a change from what has been published in the college’s catalog as well as in other publications and websites. The revised schedule sets Oct. 1, 2013 as Staff Development Day and Final Exam Week from Dec. 6 to 12.

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Skiers and snowboarders should start planning for a trip to Keystone, Col., next March 10 to 16. The trip, sponsored by the Moraine Valley Community College Ski/Board Club, is open to persons 18 years and older and their families. Participants do not have to attend Moraine Valley. Student price is $1,165, all other travelers pay $1,175. A $300 deposit is required to hold space and is due when signing up. Final payment is due by noon on Jan. 11. The cost includes roundtrip airfare, transportation to and from the resort, five nights in River Run Village. The cost does not include baggage fees, equipment rental, tips, food, or beverages. Travel insurance is available for purchase and is highly recommended as refunds will not be granted.

To sign up for the trip send a check payable to Moraine Valley Ski Club, attention Mike Wade, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, IL., 60465, or call Wade at 974-5594 to pay by credit card. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit morainevalley. edu/skiclub.

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Moraine Valley Community College will present a telescope open viewing night Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Viewings will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or there are high winds. All open viewings are held at the telescope dome on the G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck, on the west side of the college’s Nature Study Area off Kean Avenue near 107th Street. Observers can park near the college’s tennis courts and walk the path to the observation deck. Children not accompanied by an adult or supervisor will be turned away. Observers are reminded to dress for the weather and bring binoculars. For more information contact Maura Vizza at 974-5742 or Viz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit morainevalley.edu/naturestudy/events.htm.

Oak Lawn High

The Oak Lawn Community High School PTSA will hold its annual Holiday Craft Show in conjunction with the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce’s Business Showcase and Jewel-Osco Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Oak Lawn High School, 9400 Southwest Highway. Jewel-Osco will be offering health screenings including blood pressure and diabetes testing, and flu shots. Proceeds benefit PTSA’s scholarship fund.

Queen of Peace High

Queen of Peace High School will honor all active and retired police officers, firefighters, paramedics and military personnel at a Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Queen of Peace Chapel, 7659 Linder Ave. in Burbank. Honorees are encouraged to wear Class A uniforms. Coffee and bagels will be served following the mass. RSVP to 496-4768 or email gardast@queenof peacehs.org. For more information visit queenofpeacehs.org.

Stagg High

The Stagg High School Music Boosters is accepting applications from crafters and artists for the Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 Art for the Season show. Stagg High School is at the intersection of 111th Street and Roberts Road in Palos Hills.

The show is well-attended. Cost is $95 per 80 sq. ft. booth space for the two day run of the show.

For more information or an application, call 974-7520 or 361-8298.

Saint Xavier

Jerome McDonnell, host of Chicago Public Media’s “Worldview” radio program, will speak about global activism at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. McDonnell’s lecture, “Developing Global Activism: Stories from the Front Lines,” will be in the Butler Reception Room, in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Event is free and open to the public.

McDonnell will describe how the philosophies and strategies of activist groups develop over time. He will supply examples and stories from the global activism series on “Worldview.”

McDonnell has hosted “Worldview,” a daily international-affairs radio show, for the past 18 years. He received a Peter Lisagor Award for outstanding contributions to journalism and was awarded “Best Public Affairs Program in a Series” by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.