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Help from The Herd

  Most Evergreen Park High School students were sleeping or enjoying time off from school March 21 while Principal Bill Sanderson, science teacher Anna Tsoukatos, and students Maggie O’Toole (from left), Eleni Eliopoulos, Erica Byrne, Erin Byrne and Moira Wood drove to Misericordia to volunteer to help others.
  The idea to help at Misericordia was floated at one of the principal’s advisory meetings when O’Toole, a senior who is also a Student Ambassador to the Evergreen park Community High School District 231 board of education, suggested the idea, did some research, and set-up the opportunity. The group started its day at 9:30 a.m. with a tour of the Misericordia complex, then had lunch and continued the day working with some of the residents in three job areas: coffee and tea packaging, the bakery, and art design.
 

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Park Clips

Evergreen Park
  Wiffle T-Ball for boys and girls 3 to 5 years old will be Wednesdays or Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., or Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Activity Center, 3220 W. 98th St. Fee is $50. T-ball begins the week of April 17.
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  Tumbling for boys and girls 4 years and older will be Tuesdays beginning April 16. Session is six weeks at the Activity Center, 3220 W. 98th St. Fee is $45 for 45-minute class (4 and 5 years), $50 for 60-minute class (6 and older).
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  Tae Kwon Do for boys and girls 4 to 13 years will be Mondays beginning April 29 at the Community Center, 97th Street and Homan Avenue. Fee is $64 for eight weeks. For age groups and times call 229-3373. A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class of the child’s second session. Belt test is offered twice per year through KH Kim Tae Kwon Do for an additional fee of $70. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gear.
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  Step & Strength Training is from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St.

Hickory Hills
  The Hickory Hills Park District has openings in its preschool classes. Five-day class is $1,540, three-day class (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) is $860, and two-day class (Tuesday and Thursday) is $695.Classes start in September and run through May 2014. Class times are 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for registration. Parents must provide child’s birth certificate and immunization records. For more information call 598-1233 or visit hhparkdistrct.org.
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  An Indoor Garage Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Krueger Park Recreation Center, 9100 S. 88th Ave. Vendors must register in advance. Fee is $20 resident, $30 non-resident.
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  A pizza-tasting featuring some of the top pizza joints in the area will be Krueger Park Recreation Center, 9100 S. 88th Ave., Friday, April 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Raffle drawings will be available for a chance to win gift certificates. Must register in advance; resident cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12 years; non-residents are $7 for adults, $5 for children.For more information call 598-1233 or visit hhparkdistrict.org.
 

Palos Hills
  Touch a Truck Day will be Saturday, April 20 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 their favorite big rigs. Each child will receive a plastic hard hat and make a craft.
  Family Kite Flying Day will be the same day at Town Square Park. Bring a kite or purchase a “Color Me Kite” at the event.
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  A Kids’ Garage Sale will be Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Canter. Vendor fee is $5. Call 430-4500 for more information.
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  A trip to “Anderson Japanese Gardens” in Rockford will be Thursday, May 16. Cost is $30 per person, advanced registration is required. For more information call 430-4500 or visit paloshillsweb.org.
Oak Lawn
  The park district offers duplicate bridge every Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. Cost is $7 per person and includes a light lunch. All ages are welcome. For more information call 857-2200.
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  Registration is underway for before- and after-school FLASH (Fun & Learning After School Hours). The park district has partnered with Ridgeland School District 122 and Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 and is in all of those districts’ elementary schools — Columbus Manor, Harnew, Kolb and Lieb in District 122, and Covington, Hannum, Hometown, Kolmar and Sward in District 123. For more information call the FLASH director or the FLASH assistant director at 857-2420.
 

Worth
  Little Club offers benefits such as free indoor playground usage. Fee is $10 resident, $15 non-resident. For more information call the park district.
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  Jazzercise for persons age 16 years and older will be from 9:20 to 10:20 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday; and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave. Fee is $37 monthly for an Easy Fit Ticket and a registration fee of $25. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.
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  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.

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  The Worth Park District Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Worth Historical Museum, in the Terrace Centre at 11500 Beloit Ave. Meetings are open to the public. Membership is free but is not required to attend.
  Volunteers are welcome to come to the museum from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays to assist with projects. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Curator hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For group visits call 448-7080, Ext. 107.
 

Library Notes

Evergreen Park
  Learn to Crochet for adults and teens will be Tuesdays, March 19 through April 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beginners bring an H/8 crochet hook; yarn will be provided. All others should bring a current project. Registration required.
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  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
  A shredding event will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
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  The Legacy Girls will perform classic songs such as “Chapel of Love” and “I Got You Babe” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Cost is $5 per person (paid at registration) which includes membership to the Friends of the Library. Current Friends members are welcome to attend free of charge. Registration required.
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  “Life of Pi” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. Registration required.
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  The Traveling World of Reptiles will be at the library at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Registration required.
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  Earth Week in the Teen Center will be April 22 to 26. Among the movies to be shown is “Big Miracle” starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. Inspired by a true story, the film tells the tale of a small town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of gray whales trapped by ice in the Arctic Circle. Registration required.
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  Family Movie Time featuring “Finding Nemo,” popcorn and lemonade for all ages will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 26. Registration required.
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  Summer in Provence with chef Kate Bradley will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. Dishes will include zucchini vichyssoise, greens with goat cheese and tarragon vinaigrette, ratatouille, and apricot tart. Registration required.
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  The library is collecting Legos to be used in a Lego club that will begin this summer. Bring donations to the library.

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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
  The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library will see “Oklahoma!” Wednesday, May 15. Witness the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Oklahoma!” Main floor seating. Bus leaves at 12:30 p.m., returns at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $82 for Friends members, $87 for others. Members must present current membership card or receipt to receive discount. Two-ticket limit. Trip is not wheelchair accessible.
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  The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library will hold a “Chicago’s Historic Hotels & Tea at The Drake” bus trip Thursday, April 18. The trip will visit Chicago’s historic hotels including the Chicago Hilton & Towers, the Blackstone Hotel and the Palmer House. Tea will be held in The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court. Eat finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, sweet breads and French pastries. The afternoon wraps up with a tour of the Gold Coast historic district. Trip departs at 10:15 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m. Cost is $77 for Friends, $82 for others. Members must present a membership card or receipt to receive the $5 discount. Two-ticket limit. Trip is not wheelchair accessible.
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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).
 

Church Corner

  Salem United Church of Christ, 9717 Kostner Ave. in Oak Lawn, will hold a Model Railroad Swap Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Admission is $2. Refreshments will be sold. For more information call John at 389-2121.
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  Most Holy Redeemer School in Evergreen Park will host its 7th annual Trivia Night on Saturday, April 13. Cost is $400 per table; maximum of 10 people. Price includes bottled beer, wine, pop and coffee. Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m. Call 422-8280 for more information.
 

Benefits & Fundraisers

  Family and friends of Richards graduate Denise Mushinski Kuba of Chicago Ridge have organized a benefit to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest “Sunshine for Denise” will feature raffle drawings, auctions, and food and drink. Organizers are seeking donations of raffle prizes, gift certificates and money.

  Kuba, who has pancreatic cancer, worked at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights and volunteered as a committee member and advancement chairperson for Cub Scout Troop 3665 and Boy Scout Troop 665.

  Contacts for donations and more information include Mike Mushinski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (312)914-1388; Laura Kapala, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 609-7018; Tom Kuba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 302-4187; Paul Kuba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 846-5482; John Kuba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 636-7865; and Kendra Globicki, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 702-0012. Donations for raffles and auctions can be sent to Tom Kuba, 10352 Leslie Lane, Chicago Ridge, IL, 60415. For more information visit sunshinefordenise.com.