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Elizabeth Palmer of Palos Heights, Diane Szpak of Worth, Shirley Burt of Oak Lawn and six other women have earned "fit club" status by attending a Worth Park District jazzercise class more than 150 times in 2012. For more information call 790-6286.

Library Notes

Chicago Ridge

The library will present "Fun With Fat Quarters," a quilting program, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Registration and $10 fee are required. Supply list provided. Sewing machines available.

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The library will present a free college planning workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Learn how not to overburden a student with debt. Event is intended for parents and students

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The library will present "Beginning Knitting," a crafting lock-in, from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Bring size No. 7 or 8 single-point needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. It helps if the yarn and needles aren't the same color. Cost in advance is $5.

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The library is accepting donations for its Hat and Mitten Tree. New and handcrafted winter wear such as hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for adults and children will be accepted at the library through December. All donations will be distributed to local families.

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

Evergreen Park

Weekend Quilters will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Instructor Penny Nichols will discuss how to make main street houses, month by month. Participants will receive the patterns each month to construct a calendar of quilts that can be used alone as wall hangings or assembled into a quilt top. No sewing machine required. For beginners and veterans.

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A class on Google Analytics will be Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A certified Google apps professional will discuss Google Analytics, how to set up an account, the functions and power of analytics, how to integrate it with a personal business website, basics of search engine optimization, analyzing visitor metrics, practical usage of analytics, and Google Local. Program is funded by an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Bridging the Digital Divide grant.

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Furby Frenzy will be Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. for youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children should bring their Furbies. Registration required.

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The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

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Free Hatha yoga for adults and teens will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Classes will be taught by Evergreen Park resident and certified yoga instructor Joan Zigulich of Yoga Pathways. Attendees should bring a yoga mat. All ability levels welcome; no experience needed. Registration for each class 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 library will, through December, showcase art by Evergreen Park High School students.

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

Green Hills

Make Valentine eCards between noon and 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, Tuesday, Jan. 15 and 22, and Wednesday, Jan. 16 and 233. To register call 598-8446, Ext. 116.

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"The Beatles Performing Years: 1958-1966," a 50-minute documentary that features rare photos, interviews, concert segments and promos, as well as an audio recording of The Quarry Men on the day that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced will be Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

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Adult Winter Reading Club from Jan. 23 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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Family Movie Time featuring Disney's "Brave" and popcorn and lemonade will be Friday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

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Thodos Dance Chicago featuring Melissa Thodos and members of her dance company will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Performance will embrace Chicago's history with "The White City: Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893," a one-act piece complete with period costumes and video projections by Chicago filmmaker Chris Olsen.

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Mother Goose Story Hour will be Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

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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 Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation will present a "Movie and Dessert" fundraiser Thursday, Feb. 14. The Valentine's Day event includes a screening of the drama "Chocolat" (PG-13) and sweets provided by local area bakeries and restaurants. The film starts at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Register and pay (cash or check) by Sunday, Feb. 10 at the library's reception booth. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event.

In "Chocolat" a woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Alfred Molina.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization governed by volunteer community members. The Foundation was started in 1993 to seek private sector support for maintaining the excellence of materials and services offered by the Oak Lawn Public Library.

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The library will host a free screening of Disney's "The Fox and the Hound" (G) at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. Two childhood animal friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

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Vivienne Porter of C3 Solutions will present "Creating Photo Books with Flare" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Learn how to create a professional-looking photo book from digital photos using photo printing websites. Porter will demonstrate how to import photos to a website, how to create standard layouts and custom page layouts, and provide tips for organizing photos. Other topics include background templates, scanned images and more.

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The library will host a free screening of "Moonrise Kingdom" (PG-13) at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, "Moonrise Kingdom" tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As authorities search for them, the peaceful island community is turned upside down. Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.

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Local writers can share own original poetry and short stories at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Five-minute time limit per reader. Light refreshments provided.

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The library will hold a free family program for children of all ages from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 in the lower-level meeting rooms. Dave DiNaso will present a hands-on exhibit and educational experience about reptiles and amphibians. Audience members will be encouraged to touch animals under close supervision. Children need to be able to sit still and follow directions.

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A lecture about the opera "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. 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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Certified public accountant Gerald Knight of Tax Busters will present a FAFSA Seminar on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Knight will demonstrate how to estimate an expected parent contribution before submitting a FAFSA application. Strategies for becoming more eligible for financial aid, as well as an explanation of the American Opportunity Tax Credit will be included.

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"Wrigley Field's Last World Championship: The 1963 Chicago Bears" with sports historian Charles Billington will be Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Billington will discuss the uniqueness of pro football during that era, analyze rare film footage of the championship game and identify why so many years of failure followed this legendary team.

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Donuts with Daddies for children 3 to 8 years old will be Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Event will feature stories, crafts and delicious donuts. Advance registration required.

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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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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).

Forest preserve invites photographers to shoot

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is hosting a new series of photo meet-ups designed for photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts, at its nature centers.

The series will take place at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at one of the district's six nature centers, or a nearby location selected for its photography potential.

The first event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m., at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 S. 104th Ave. in Willow Springs.

Each gathering will feature a Forest Preserve District naturalist leading a brief tour of the area, highlighting interesting and unusual plants, scenic vistas, and locations frequented by wildlife. During and after the tour, photographers can capture images and share tips and suggestions for getting the best shot.

Photographers are then encouraged to share their photos with the district's Flickr group - http:// www.flickr.com/groups/fpdcc/.

The exact locations for each event will be determined by the naturalists to ensure optimal photography conditions. Check the website or call the Nature Centers to find out the meeting location each month.

Church Corner

A new group that will aid persons who have experienced the loss of a loved one, job, home or marriage will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17, and March 3 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. The group is for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one, a job, a home or a marriage. Pastor Yvette Eber of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park will co-lead the group along with Pastor Peggy McClanahan of Pilgrim Faith. The public is invited, regardless of faith. For more information contact Mc- Clanahan at 422-4200 oroffice@ pilgrimfaith.org.

Crystal Heart Ball benefit is Little Company's top event


Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation will host the Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Field Museum.

The event also showcases individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments and service. This year the hospital will honor one of Metropolitan Chicago's wellknown humanitarian group and an outstanding department at Little Company of Mary Hospital.

The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the ideas, vision and mission of Venerable Mary Potter, who founded the Little Company of Mary Sisters in 1877.

This year's Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harmony, Hope & Healing. Accepting the award will be Marge Nykaza, founder of HHH, a non-profit organization that provides creative, therapeutic and educational music programs, offering spiritual and emotional support to homeless and under-served women, children and men in the Chicago area.

The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence honors a person or Hospital program that reflects the gentle strength, compassion and courage Sister Nancy Boyle, L.C.M., an inspiring leader and friend to all who knew her. The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence will be presented to The Cancer Center's Integrative Therapy Department of Little Company of Mary Hospital.

At the upcoming premier fundraising event, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet meal prepared by Blue Plate Catering as well as enjoy the musical stylings of the Indigo Orchestra. Attendees will have exclusive access to the featured exhibit: Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts.

A cash raffle will be offered with a grand prize of $15,000 as well as a second prize of $5,000, third prize of $2,500, and fourth prize of $1,000. Raffle tickets are on sale for $100 each in the foundation department and winners do not have to be present.

The Crystal Heart Ball tickets are $300 per person and proceeds will benefit Values. Vision. Innovation: The Campaign for Little Company of Mary Hospital. Guests may purchase a Diamond table for $7,500, a Heart of Gold Table for $5,000, or a Crystal Heart Table for $3,000, each offering special benefits. Please contact the Little Company of Mary's Foundation department to purchase your event tickets at 229-5447 or visit http://www. lcmhfoundation.org/events.