The Veterans Of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 177 of Chicago Ridge is sponsoring a poster contest for first through third grade students and an essay contest for fourth and fifth graders.
The fourth and fifth graders graders will write on the topic “How do our veterans serve America?” The essay should be no longer than 200 words and should be typed or neatly handwritten in black ink.
The cover sheet for the essay should contain: student’s name, school, age of student and grade. The deadline is Nov. 6.
The theme for the poster for first, second and third graders is “I am a proud American.”
The poster should be no larger than 14 by 22 inches. Students may use any type coloring agents like crayons, paints, markers, etc.
On the back of the poster please include: the student’s name, the age of the students and the grade.
The deadline is Nov. 6. For more information on either contest, contact Renee at 630-452-9447
Evergreen Park Dist. 124
School District 124 provides free vision, hearing, speech, language, basic concepts knowledge, and fine and gross motor skills screenings for children 3 to 5 years old who are not yet in kindergarten. Children eligible can qualify for special programs. For more information call Jean Hector at 423-0951, Ext. 2140.
Volunteers for Moraine Valley Community College’s Literacy Program are currently being recruited to tutor adults who read, write or compute math at or below a ninth-grade level or who need additional help in learning English.
Tutors commit to teaching basic reading, math, computer, or English skills to an assigned student for two hours each week for one year. Regular meeting days and times are decided by the tutor and the student. The literacy program offers tutoring at local libraries, the main campus in Palos Hills and college extension centers in Blue Island and Tinley Park. Tutors can choose a location close to their work or home.
Volunteers should be high school graduates over the age of 18. Teaching experience is not required. Volunteers must complete 12 hours of mandatory training, which can be completed online at cyberdriveillinois.com or at the college in September.
To volunteer or for more information, call 608-4151.
Oak Lawn Community High School performances of “Beauty and the Beast” will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 through Oct. 27. A special children’s matinee will also take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 where children will have the opportunity to be a part of the show and get their picture taken and receive autographs with Belle, the Beast, and the other enchanted objects. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the ticket hotline at 424-5200 ext. 5920.
Queen of Peace
Queen of Peace and St. Laurence high schools will be hosting a Mass for first responders at 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Family, friends and the community are invited to honor all active and retired police officers, firefighters/EMS and all branches of the military.
Queen of Peace High School is located at 7659 S. Linder Ave. in Burbank. Refreshments will be served immediately following Mass. RSVP by Oct. 18 to 708-458-7600 or
Saint Xavier University will host the 13th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk during its 2013 Homecoming Week at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The race begins and ends at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St, and travels through Evergreen Park.
Pre-registration is $30 for runners/walkers and $25 for SXU students. Prices increase to $35 for runners/walkers and $30 for SXU students from Mon., Sept. 30 to Fri., Oct. 4. On race day, registration is $40 for runners/walkers and $35 for SXU students. The Cougar 5K is bringing back the family rate which costs $75 for two adults and one child age 17 or under from the same immediate family. Each additional child is $20. Family rate registration is not available on race day. Visit www.sxu.edu, keyword: cougar 5k to register.
All participants will receive a white cotton long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt. Participants that register before Sun., Sept. 15 have the option to purchase a black dry-tech long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt for an additional $5 instead of the white cotton shirt. Exclusive Cougar 5K charcoal grey quarter-zip jackets also are on sale for $30 through the online registration form or in the Shannon Center at the Chicago campus.
For more information or to register, visit the Cougar 5K Run/Walk website at www.sxu.edu, keyword: cougar 5k or call the race hotline at 773-298-3592.