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Robert Solner of Worth, you are The Man! Well, not "The Man," if you know what I mean, but The Man, as in The Man of the Hour, Man of the Week, Man O' War! OK, not sure where I was going with that last one, but in any event you were the only one to get last week's "Whatizit?" You didn't nail it but you were close enough. It is one of those spinny, lighted children's toys, and Reporter editor Jason Maholy took the photo at a slow shutter speed to get that effect.

We received a bevy of other great responses including fish eye, spinning top, record, roulette wheel, jukebox and the Wheel of Fortune. Now that would be a cool "Whatizit?"

This week's clue is: Creamy pit food. Send responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the subject "Whatizit," and don't forget to include your first and last names and where you live.

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: Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon; and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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The 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.

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

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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

Boxing class will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to March 5 at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave. Fee is $75 resident, $89 non-resident. For more information call the Worth Park District at 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.

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Zumba will be from Jan. 15 to Feb. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave. For more information call licensed Zumba instructor Christa Rivera at 334-3098 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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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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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The 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.

The 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 Historical Museum."

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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.

December's best


Worthwoods School honored its December Students of the Month based on the character trait of caring. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade received certificates. December Students of the Month were Noor Abu-Shalbak, Roy Adcock, Mohmoud Alramahi, Mahmoud Atiq, Richie Bordonado, Dominic Costantino, Eman Daboussi, Ashley Gallegos, Giselle Gallegos, Sandra Gasinski, Alexis Gezik, Brianna Gnutek, Ioney Griffin, Natalia Harb, Arjend Hasani, Chris Lomeli, Roy McKenna, Isra Qaasem, Christoper Roy, Linda Rysha, Steven Schlueter, Joe Stockwell, Mary Thomas and Logan Zavala.

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

Sunday Lego Club for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

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Teen Movie Night featuring "The Avengers" will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 for teens in grades six to 12 at the library. Snacks are provided. Registration required.

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Evergreen Park High School will present an art exhibition through February. An opening reception will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Meet the artists from Evergreen Park High's computer graphics, art, and ceramics/sculpture/jewelry design classes.

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Clever Crafters will present "Mason Jar Magic" Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Resident crafter extraordinaire, Kris Morgan, will demonstrate how to transform a Mason jar into a glowing lantern. Registration and $3 materials fee are required.

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Breakfast of Champions with Chef Kate will be Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" title inspires Kate to demonstrate healthy breakfast habits with a macrobiotic menu. Samples to taste and copies of recipes will be provided. Registration and $3 tasting fee required.

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A writing workshop, "The Three C's of Writing" featuring author Charles J. Shields will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 for adults and students of high school age. Shields will introduce cogency, clarity, and coherence and will invite writers to read aloud samples of their work for no more than five minutes. Pieces will then be critiqued. Registration required.

Shields will sign copies of his book, "And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut," at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17. The book will be available for purchase before or after the presentation. Register at the library or by calling 422-8522.

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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. 14 and 21, Tuesday, Jan. 15 and 22, and Wednesday, Jan. 16 and 233. To register call 598-8446, Ext. 116.

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Movie Night featuring "The Lucky One," a 2012 film based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, will be Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. The movie will be raffled off at the end of the night. Refreshments will be served.

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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

Registration for winter/spring youth services programs continues through Sunday, Jan. 13 or until classes are full. Child's library card must be presented at registration. Additional information regarding activities and events is listed in a program booklet available at the library or oaklawnlibrary.org.

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Accountant Gerald Knight of Tax Busters will present FAFSA Seminars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Monday, Jan. 28. Knight will demonstrate how to estimate an expected parent contribution before submit 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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A free concert: "Fascinatin' Rhythm: From Ragtime to Rap" presented by Chicago pianist Richard Sladek will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Selections will include the George Gershwin songbook as well as Scott Joplin, Dick Hyman and Billy Joel.

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"Get Organized to Reduce Stress" will be Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Beth Randall, a certified professional organizer and owner of Joe Organizer, will discuss the benefits of getting organized to reduce the stress.

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A free movie screening of "Arbitrage" (R) will be at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.

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A discussion of SWAN library accounts including how to log in, reserve items from any of 80 SWAN libraries, pay fines and change PINs will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Light refreshments will be served. A question-and-answer session will follow each demonstration.

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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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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).

What's Going On

Youth Basketball

The Evergreen Park Recreation Department will partner with Beyond The Arc Academy to hold a youth basketball program to be held Sundays, Jan. 13 to March 3, at the Activity Center, 3220 W. 98th St. Register at the Recreation Department, 3450 W. 97th St.

Ice Rink Open

The covered outdoor ice rink at Yukich Field, near 91st Street and Kedzie Avenue in Evergreen Park, is open. For skating hours call 229-3373.

Oak Lawn Garden Club

The garden club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 for a pot luck breakfast and bookmark-making workshop at Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn. Attendees should bring dried flowers to decorate their bookmarks, which will be sold to help raise funds for the club. For more information visit oaklawngardenclub.org

Beverly Embroiderers

The Beverly Hills Embroiderers' Guild will meet at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn. "Sashiko" will be presented by Guild member Um Gemali Ibrahim at the morning meeting. The evening meeting, featuring Part 2 of "Christmas Tree Bellpull" by Rosalyn Watnemo, will be presented by member Janice Conta. For information call 424-3189.

Mustang Jazz

The Evergreen Park High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ken Kazin, will perform "Live From the 59 Club," a recreation of an old-time radio Big Band Radio broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. in Beverly. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Advance reservations are encouraged. For more information call 341-2476.

Indoor Garage Sale

The 2nd annual indoor garage sale and antique market will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at Evergreen Park High School, 99th Street and Kedzie Avenue. Cost is $25 per table, or two for $40.

To reserve call 424-7400, Ext. 64 or visit evergreenpark.org.