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 fpdcc.com. 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.
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 swinginsugarsquares.com
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
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.
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.
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
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 BullsSoxAcademy.com 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
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 worthparkdistrict.org, and on Facebook under "Worth Park District
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 worthparkdistrict.org.
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.
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
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