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A good century


A good century

  Frances Dluzen Watson of Worth gathered with her family Sunday to celebrate her 100th birthday, which is today, March 7. Watson lived at the St. Hedwig orphanage in Niles until she was 17, then worked at the Hump Hairpin company. In the summer of 1943 she met Alexander Watson, who she married later that year. The couple raised three children — Alexander, Margaret and Mary — in Evergreen Park. Watson lives an active religious life, is a fan of the Chicago Cubs and good politics, and clips a recipe each week from the local paper.
 

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Bands grade well at music fest


Bands grade well at music fest

  Both the windy symphony and concert band from Shepard High School earned “excellent” ratings at the Midwest Music Festival held at Lemont High School. Here, band director Christopher Pitlik leads a rehearsal with the concert band.
 

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Library Notes

Chicago Ridge
  The Friends of the Chicago Ridge Public Library will present Dinner and a Movie featuring “The Quiet Man” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. There will be corned beef sandwiches, and Chicago Ridge resident and bagpiper Bruce Quintos will perform. Movie will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $10. Registration and payment required by Friday, March 1.
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  Microsoft Word 2007 Part II will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. Learn how to format a document and work with graphics. Word I or document creation experience required to attend. Stop by the library to register and pay $5 fee.
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  The library will present author and Chicago Ridge resident Rod Czlonka at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18. Czlonka survived brain cancer after choosing against accepting doctors’ diagnosis and conventional treatments. He will share his story and discuss how environment affects health. Rod’s book will be sold for $20.
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  The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.
Evergreen Park
  Pokemon Club meets Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to bring Nintendo DS, games and trading cards. Registration required.
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  A basic computers and email class will be Mondays and Fridays, March 11 through March 29 from 10 a.m. noon. Class is for adults with limited knowledge of computers. Learn the parts of the computer and keyboard, computer terminology, and how to use a mouse. Set up an email account and learn how to send messages and attachments.
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  Body Scrubs will be Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. for teens in sixth through 12th grades. Learn how to make body scrubs from natural ingredients. All materials provided. Registration required.
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  “Tea Cup Topiary,” part of the Clever Crafters classes for adults, is Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Crafter Kris Morgan will demonstrate how to transform a tea cup into a topiary. Registration and $3 materials fee are required.
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  St. Patrick’s bingo for children in grades five and under will be Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Registration required.
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  A Movie Matinee featuring “Moonrise Kingdom” (PG-13) will be Thursday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. Please register.
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  Downton Abbey Kitchen with chef Kate Bradley will be Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Bradley will demonstrate how to prepare Lady Sybil’s Ginger Nut Biscuits and Mr. Bates’ Chicken and Mushroom Pie. Copies of Bradley’s Downton Abbey inspired recipes will be provided and there will be samples to taste. Registration and $3 tasting fee required.
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  A Billions of Beans contest will be held March 16 through 27. Youths in grades 5 and under may guess the number of jelly beans in the jar on the Youth Services desk. Whoever guesses the closest without going over wins the jellybeans.

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  Weekend Quilters will meet Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Penny Nichols will share her knowledge of quilt of how to make Main Street houses, month by month. 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 beginner or veteran quilters.
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  A trip to “Tour Picasso and Chicago at the Art Institute” will be Saturday, April 6. A bus will depart the Library at 9:30 a.m. Picasso and Chicago is the first large-scale Picasso display organized by the museum in almost 30 years, and celebrates the 100 year relationship with an exhibit of over 250 of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and ceramics. The bus will return at 2:45 p.m. Lunch is not included. Registration deadline is Monday, March 18; $25 fee is required.
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  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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  “Wreck it Ralph” (PG) will be shown Wednesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. Children may bring their own snacks.
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  Piping Cookies for teens with chef Kate Bradley will be Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Bradley will demonstrate how to create cookie masterpieces by piping frosting designs.
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  Magician John Measner will celebrate Harry Houdini’s birthday with magic and illusion Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m.
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  Sunday Lego Club for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will meet Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. Children will create Lego art using a different theme. The library will supply the Legos.
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  Teen Yoga for youths in grades six through 12 will meet Tuesday, March 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. Instructor Joan Zigulich leads through different asanas. Registration required.
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  A Movie Matinee for adults featuring “Gosford Park” and celebrating “Downton Abbey” will be Thursday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Please register.
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  “Below Stairs: A Servant’s Life in Early 20th Century England” featuring Leslie Goddard will be Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Goddard portrays British domestic servant Margaret Powell based on Powell’s best-selling memoir “Below Stairs.” Program will give a lively look at the work it took to run a wealthy household in this era and the eccentricities often found among employers. Powell’s 1968 book was among the inspirations for the popular television series “Downton Abbey” and directly inspired the 1970s series “Upstairs, Downstairs.”
  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
  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 offers the eBook platform 3M Cloud Library, and has a touch-screen Discovery Station where patrons can browse and checkout eBooks. Cloud eBooks can be read on most eReaders, computers, tablets and smart phones. Check out a 3M eReader at the circulation desk. Visit greenhillslibrary.org to get started.
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  Decorate cupcakes Monday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Cupcakes, decorations and supplies will be provided. For youths 5 to 17 years old. Parents are welcome to assist their children. Registration required.
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  “Tech Night on the Road!” a special program that will focus on digital literacy, will be Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Laura Begani at 974-7926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration required.
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  Teen Pizza & Movie Night featuring “National Treasure” will be Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. One attendee will win a copy of the movie. Registration required.
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  Oscar Movie Night featuring “Argo” will be Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. One attendee will win an AMC gift card. Refreshments will be served. Registration required.
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  Paint a birdhouse for youths 5 years and older will be Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. Registration required.
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  Family Movie Time featuring “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” popcorn and lemonade for all ages will be Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m. Registration required.
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  A meet-and-greet with state Sen. Bill Cunningham and state Rep. Kelly Burke will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Registration required.
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  A spring program with Miss Emily will be Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Registration required.
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  Family Bingo featuring trivia between rounds will be Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. Registration required.
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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 hold a “Chicago’s Historic Hotels & Tea at The Drake” bus trip Thursday, April 18. In-person registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9 in the library lobby. 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 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 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).
 

Park Clips

Evergreen Park
  The spring session of the Mom & Tots and Mom & Tiny Tots classes will start the week of March 18. Session will include Easter egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny. Cost is $50 for Evergreen residents, $55 for non-residents. Call 229-3373 for more information.
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  Preschool Open Gym for boys and girls 3 to 5 years old at the Community Center, 97th Street and Homan Avenue. Practice free throws at the mini hoop, crawl through tunnels, hop on balls and more. Children can be dropped off. Session includes Easter Egg hunt and visit from the bunny.
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  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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  Guitar Classes for children 9 years and older focusing on positions, technique, scales, formulas, chords, sight-ready, and basic theory principle will be from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning April 10. Cost is $55 for eight weeks.
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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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  A Girls Night Out for girls in second through fifth grades will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Community Center, 97th Street and Homan Avenue. Cost is $15. Event will feature cupcake decorating, freeze dance, scavenger hunt and more. To register call 229-3373
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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.
 

Palos Hills
  The Palos Hills Community Resource & Recreation Department will hold its 2013 Health and Wellness Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Health screenings include ultrasounds of the heart and arteries (appointment required, call (855) 861-8378), blood pressure, dental and back, as well as chair massages. The secretary of state’s office will offer driver’s license/state ID renewal. A free raffle ticket will be given to everyone that attends.
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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.
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  The Resource & Recreation Department will offer programs at the Activity Center, 8455 W. 103rd St.
  Parent and Tot classes for children 2 to 3 years old and a parent are from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for Palos Hills residents, $35 for non-residents.
  Cooking/Craft classes for children 7 to 10 years old are Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Cost is $12 per student.
  Hopping Into Spring will be March 26.
  Disney Dance Class for children 6 to 10 years old will be Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per session.
 

Oak Lawn
  Jazz Favorites starring Vince Clark & Friends will be at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The band will perform jazz tunes from greats such as Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stan. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $6.
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  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.
 

Worth
  An antique appraisal with professional appraiser Rex Newell of Rex’s Antiques will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave. Appraisals are available for the first 40 patrons for $5 an item. Only one “hand-held” item permitted. Call 448-7080 to register. Deadline is March 6.
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  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.
 

Eggs & Bunnies

  A free continental breakfast with the Easter Bunny for Evergreen Park children up to 11 years old will be Saturday, March 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center, 97th Street and Homan Avenue in Evergreen Park. Make a craft project, watch Easter cartoons and decorate an egg. Children must be accompanied by an adult.