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It was a banner week for "Whatizit?" as a gaggle of you fine readers knew the answer. Now, it wasn't that difficult, but we must give credit where credit is due. So pat yourselves on the back, have a celebrator beer or glass of wine, or whatever you drink if you abstain from alcohol, and get ready for this week's challenge. Those who knew last week's was an avocado are Amanda Callas, Bernadette Pratl, Robert Solner, Gene Sikora, Dan and Laura Heneghan, Dana Oswald, Kathy Higgins, Michelle Sabatini, Niack and Gaby No Last Name, Kristen Gute, Steve Schneider, Janice Mastro, Al Kasper, Rick and Lara Groll, Jan Merchantz, Shirley Ivers, Bill Ivers, Jane Foley, Pat Woltman, Alfredo Hardin, Dana Hirsch, Jake Pudo, Truman Debre, Bella Fruendt, Donna Perisin, Patricia Evers, Patty Vandenberg, Judy Gallagher, Carol Janicki, Linda Martin, Theresa and George Rebersky, Lois Faragher, Jack and Griffin Burke Faddis, and Jackie Wilch. Wow! My fingers are tired!

This week's clue is: Not dessert. Send responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the subject "Whatizit," and include your first and last names and where you live. Take care!

Focus on Seniors

Rules of Road

The Worth Township Seniors will hold a free Rules of the Road class from 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. April 3, June 5, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2. Appointment must be made to attend; call the Worth Township Senior Room at 371-2900, Ext. 28. Worth Township Center is at 11601 Pulaski Road in Alsip.

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The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services will visit Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Jacksonville next Feb. 23 to March 3. Cost is $645 for triple room, $665 for double and $905 for single and includes motorcoach transportation, eight nights lodging, 14 meals, visits to the Fountain of Youth and historic Kingsley Plantation, narrated cruise on St. John's River, and visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Final payment due Dec. 29. Call 422-8776 for more information

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The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

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Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.

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The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

Park Clips

Evergreen Park

Registration for girls' softball is online at epgirlssoftball.com. Fill out the form, print it and bring it to one of the three payment dates at the Community Center: Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon; and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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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.

Oak Lawn

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.

Palos Hills

The Bulls/Sox Academy will hold a Chicago Bulls FUNdamentals Camp starting Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The four-week camp is designed to teach players techniques in ball-handling, passing, shooting, footwork and rebounding as well as offensive and defensive team play. It is open to boys and girls. Camp for children 5 to 8 will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, cost is $79. Youths 9 to 12 will participate from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; cost is $114 per athlete. Each participant will receive instruction from professional academy coaches, a tee shirt, scouting report and a replica autograph photo of current Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. For more information or to register visit BullsSoxAcademy.com or call (630) 324-8221.

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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Little Hoopstars for boys and girls features lessons on the basics of basketball. Register by Feb. 1. Class will be Tuesdays from Feb. 5 to March 12 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Fee is $29 resident, $44 non-resident. Location will be the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave. For more information call the park district or visit worthparkdistrict.org

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Little Kickers emphasizes the basics of soccer while stressing fun and teamwork. Register at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., by Feb. 1. Class is Saturdays, Feb. 9 to March 16 from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Fee is $29 resident, $44 non-resident. Location will be the Terrace Centre.

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A ski/snowboard Trip to Chestnut Mountain - featuring 17 fully-lighted and staffed downhill runs and a 7-acre snowboard terrain park - will be Feb. 8. Each participant will receive a free lesson. Register at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., by Jan. 25. Bus will leave the Terrace Center at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and return at 9 a.m. Feb. 9. For more information call the park district at 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org

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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.

First rule of Fit Club


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).