What's Going On

Picnic Permits

T he Forest Preserve District of Cook County is selling 2013 picnic permits online and in-person. Permits can be purchased between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County general headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest, or 24 hours daily at The permit office will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April through September. A picnic permit must be obtained by groups of 25 people or more. Only two picnic permits per person or organization are allowed per year. Permit prices vary based on the size of the group and the amenities available at the site. Permits for groups larger than 399 people must be purchased in-person at the general headquarters.

Square Dancing

T he Swing'n Sugar Squares Club, which welcomes experienced square and round dancers, will continue to meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays each month at Central Junior High School, 9400 Sawyer Ave. in Evergreen Park. Ron Ashenden will cue the round dances. The Sugar Squares will hold a Snowflake Ball on Thursday, Jan. 10, a country hoedown on Thursday, Jan. 24; a Be My Valentine dance on Thursday, Feb.; and "Favorite Decade in 20th Century" on Thursday, Feb. 28. For more information call Terry at (773) 351-1948 or Hank (773) 238-5496, or visit

Focus on Seniors

The Evergreen Park Senior Citizens' Council will hold a luncheon and program at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Evergreen Park Senior Center, 9547 Homan Ave. (parking in rear). Program will feature professional appraiser Rex Newell, who specializes in coins, watches and artwork. He will appraise one hand-held item for each of the first 40 people to register when purchasing a ticket. Tickets are $6 each at the Office of Citizens' Services, 3450 W. 97th St., deadline is Monday, Jan. 14. For more information call 422-8776.


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


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.


P alos 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.


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

T he Youth Commission's fall game room hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The game room will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. during Evergreen Park students' Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. For more information call 229-3377.


T he Youth Commission is seeking volunteers for leaf raking and snow removal. Certified babysitters are also available. For more information call 229-3377.


S tep & 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

R egistration 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

T he 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 or call (630) 324-8221.


T he park district's Historical Museum will feature local historian Kevin Korst, who will discuss his book, "Images of America: Oak Lawn," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Korst will present an interactive discussion and slide show about the history of Oak Lawn. Presentation is free. The book will be sold for $21.99.

T he Worth Park District Historical Museum's book, "Images of America: Worth" by museum curator Colleen McElroy is available for $20 at the park district. The book details more than 200 photographs of Worth's history. The museum is at 11500 Beloit Ave. in the Terrace Centre. For more information call 448-7080 or visit, and on Facebook under "Worth Park District Historical Museum."


J azzercise 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


T he 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


T he 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.

V olunteers 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.

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. 13 and 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Comfort in crisis

Students, faculty and staff at Northwestern College's Bridgeview campus, 7725 Harlem Ave., recently conducted a community service project benefiting the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. Seen here are Sheila Blunt of Chicago (from left), Kathleen Stewart of Oak Lawn, Scherice Scott of Markham, Patti Guevara of Chicago, Kathy Kruse of Naperville, and Portia Rylon of Chicago.

The college collected bags of clothing and toys donated by Northwestern College's students, faculty and staff in support of women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The Crisis Center, in Tinley Park, is a nonprofit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families that have been victimized by domestic violence.