Park Clips

Evergreen Park

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


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.


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


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.

Green & Lucky St. Patrick's Day will be March 5, 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

The Three Men in Kilts will be at the Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The band will perform Irish music including traditional ballads, and pub and rebel songs like "Great Big Sea," "Gaelic Storm" and "Saw Dogs." A cash bar will be available. Admission is $6.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Little Club offers benefits such as free indoor playground usage. Fee is $10 resident, $15 non-resident. For more information call the park district.


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


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


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.

Mr. and Miss Deeds

Shepard High School students Mike Andrasco, Ariana Brook, Xavier Bumpers, Ariana Cisneros, Emilie Crofton, Jenifer Fitzgerald, Zaira Gomez, Kelly Kozlowski, Tiffany Moreno, Noah Oprodek, Nathan Oquendo, Jennifer Rodriguez, Adam Samad, Davina Sanchez, Chris Verdin, and Amy Weiss were recognized for acts of kindness, maturity, generosity, and good character with a Good Deeds Breakfast. The students did such things as taking a lost purse to security, and returning cell phones and a backpack.

Dearion Stokes and Nick Loquercio faced tough decisions that required quick thought and action. Stokes intervened in a fight that a female teacher could not break up, and Loquercio who prevented a fight from happening.

Big 1-0-0

First-graders at St. Louis de Montfort School in Oak Lawn celebrated the 100th day of school. Seen here are Myajah Wilson (from left), Judas Ornelas, Patrick Swanson, Eleanor Sun, and Natalie Orozco.

Open registration for the 2013-14 school year is underway. For more information call 599-5781.

Walgreens to pay for fences in Evergreen

By Laura Bollin

A Walgreens will stand at the southeast corner of 95th Street and Pulaski Road in Evergreen Park by the end of 2013, and residents in the Crawford Gardens subdivision will have privacy fences built along their property lines to shield their views of the drug store parking lot.

Walgreens will pay for the privacy wall, which will be eightfeet high prefabricated fences or concrete walls and erected along the south side of the Walgreens property, from Harding Avenue to Pulaski Road, according to Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton. Fences will be adjacent to residential driveways, according to the village's ordinance.

Village trustees on Feb. 18 voted to adopt an to vacate the alleys near Walgreens south of 95th Street east of Pulaski Road, and west of Harding Avenue. Walgreens paid the village $150,000 for use of the alleys, Sexton said.

"Rather than give a big corporation something for nothing, we decided we would charge them," Sexton said.

Walgreens will also pay for cul-de-sac improvements at 95th Street and Harding Avenue. The cul-de-sac will be one-way northbound, and will be a "pork chop" turnaround intended to prevent cars leaving Walgreens from going south on Harding Avenue, Sexton said. The village does not want Walgreens customers driving through the adjacent residential neighborhood.

The store is expected to generate between $80,000 and $100,000 in annual sales tax revenues for the village, Sexton said.

Palos Hills bar owner to construct outdoor dining

By Kelly White

The new owner of a restaurant and bar in Palos Hills is taking on the former proprietor's attempt to build an outdoor dining area.

Louis Chrysanthou recently purchased the bar formerly known as the Village Pub, 9750 Roberts Road, and renamed it Philly T's. The establishment held a grand opening last Friday and had a "great turnout," according to Palos Hills Mayor Jerry Bennett, who attended the event.

Chrysanthou, whose family for years owned The Rusty Nail Lounge in Oak Lawn, will continue former Village Pub owner Ron Lautereach's attempt to build an outdoor dining area. Lautereach's proposal, which included paving an area behind the building and surrounding it with a six-foot-tall wooden fence, was approved last year by the Palos Hills City Council. Lautereach, however, did not construct the outdoor area before selling the pub to Chrysanthou.

Bennett told Chrysanthou at the City Council's meeting Feb. 21 that the owner needs not submit a new outdoor dining proposal as long as he adheres to the guidelines originally given to Lautereach. Chrysanthou has indicated he will be compliant on meeting the approved guideless, Bennett said.

Chrysanthou hopes to have the outdoor dining area open by summer. Philly T's is a bi-level bar that features karaoke upstairs and a sports downstairs. Food is served until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.