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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

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.

Hickory

Open basketball for fifththrough 12th-grade boys and girls is Fridays through Dec. 21. Fifth- through eighth-graders attend from 4 to 6:15 p.m., ninth- through 12th-grade will attend from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Krueger Park Recreation Center, 9100 S. 88th Ave. Fee is $3 for fifth- through eighth-graders, $5 for ninth- through 12th-graders per visit.

Oak Lawn

The Oak Lawn Ice Arena's 8th annual New Year's Eve Kids Countdown will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at the arena, 9320 Kenton Ave. CMT Productions will provide entertainment. Each child will receive a party hat and noisemaker to celebrate a balloon drop over the ice at noon. Admission is $8, skate rental is $3. Concessions will be available. For more information on call 857-5173.

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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

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.

Palos Twp. GOP food drive


Members of the Palos Township Republican Organization are shown with some of the food they collected for neighbors in need on Dec. 11.

The Palos Township GOP held the dropoff collection of food at the Quin Elementary School in Palos Hills. The following morning, the Palos Township food pantry received hundreds of pounds of food.

Committeeman Sean Morrison said: "I'm touched by the generosity and outpouring of support for this event. This is very important for the less fortunate members of our community, especially during the holidays. However, we'll also look to continue to assist the food bank throughout the year."

Man arrested in stabbing near Christ Hosp.

By Laura Bollin

A 32-year-old man was arrested in Dearborn, Mich. Dec. 16 after allegedly stabbing two men in a parking lot near the Advocate Christ Medical Center emergency room on Dec. 15.

Kamal Yasin, of Chicago Ridge, was found in the parking lot of an apartment building in Dearborn, according to police. Police developed information during their investigation that Yasin was in Michigan, police said. Yasin is reportedly the brother-in-law of the two men who were stabbed.

At 11:36 p.m. Dec. 15, a fight was reported in the parking lot near the emergency room at 94th Street and Kilbourn Avenue. Police reportedly followed a blood trail to the emergency room, and learned two brothers were being treated for knife wounds. One brother, a 30-year-old Burbank man, was stabbed in the head and torso. The second brother, a 20-year-old Chicago Ridge man, was stabbed in the face and back. Both men were admitted to the hospital in serious condition but have been released, police said.

The incident reportedly started earlier in the day at a family member's home in Chicago Ridge, and Yasin allegedly followed the men to the parking lot.

Yasin fled the scene in a 1996 red Mercedes Benz, which was found in a parking lot in Dearborn, Mich. Yasin is in custody in Dearborn, police said. His bond is $50,000; and an extradition hearing will be held on Tuesday. If he is extradited, Oak Lawn police will bring him back to Illinois, police said.

Community Briefs

Community High School District 218

Thanksgiving Food Drive

A group of Eisenhower High School teachers and students who are all part of the Leo Club, the high school affiliate of Lions Club International were recognized for their work organizing a Thanksgiving food drive at the school. Eisenhower High School teachers Amy Stevens and Marnie Milakovich and students Brandon Castillo, Nick Curta, Itziarely Demeza, Jessica Haugh, Caleb Hoppe, Taylor Neubeck, Jeremy Starks, Liz Young, and Anthony Zamora received recognition for their work at a Community High School District 218 board meeting Dec. 10.

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Four school nurses were recognized for training freshman students at Eisenhower, Richards and Shepard high schools in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to help a choking person. Janet Callahan, Margaret Eber, Maureen Featherstone and Peggy Gbur were recognized for their help at a Community High School District board meeting Dec. 10. The four women spent a week working with the gym classes at the schools to teach life saving techniques.

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Oak Lawn resident Sarah Dynia was awarded a youth service medal of honor by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Sarah volunteered more than 100 hours of her time with different organizations, like the Oak Lawn Children's Museum, Park Lawn, the Chicago Food Depository, Interfaith House, Mended Little Hearts of Chicago and the White Sox Volunteer Corps.

Evergreen Park

Santa is coming to Evergreen Park

Families can schedule a visit from Santa Claus from now through Dec. 24. To set up a time for Santa to come to your home, call the recreation department at 229-3373. There is a $5 donation to Santa for a visit, which goes to help pay for reindeer food, according to the recreation department.

Holiday hours in Evergreen Park

The village hall in Evergreen Park, 9420 S. Kedzie Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 24 and closed on Christmas day, Dec. 25. Village hall will have extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, to accommodate anyone filing petitions for the April 9, 2013 election.

Village hall will also be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday Dec. 31 and closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Village hall be will open on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Palos Hills

Pet licenses

With Christmas just around the corner, Palos Hills city officials are reminding residents that pet owner must register all dogs, cats and ferrets with the city.

These three animals are the only pets the required to be registered. Such animals are popular choices as gifts during the holidays.

Providing a license and tag for an animal can help to rescue runaways and control animal attacks, according to city officials. Applications for licenses should be made to City Clerk Rudy Mulderink at Palos Hills City Hall, 10335 Roberts Road. The applicant's name and address, and the name, breed, color and sex of each dog, cat or ferret should be given to Mulderink. The applicant should also submit a certificate of inoculation for rabies, in compliance with Illinois State Law.

The city's pet license fee is $5 and must be renewed annually upon expiration every April 30.

All dogs must wear a leather or chain collar to which a license tag is securely fastened and visible. Cats and ferrets are not required to display tags on collars, but tags must be kept by the owner along with the paper license.

-Kelly White