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Labor of love


Smith Senior Living employees join Ronald McDonald House mission by donating meals and serving them to residents at Smith Village in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood and Smith Crossing in Orland Park. Shown relaxing after their labor of love are Amanda Mauceri and Nick Zaglifa (front, from left); Joy Shields (seated, from left), Mary Christianson, Pat Cronin and Alyssa Burge; and Dave Bryson (standing) and Shelly Genis.

Library Notes

Chicago Ridge

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 library has designated October "Food for Fines Month." For each non-perishable food item donated during the month, $1 in fines will be waived (replacement costs for lost library items cannot be paid in food donations). All food will be donated to the Our Lady of the Ridge, Saint Vincent DePaul food basket program. A list of acceptable items is posted in the library (will not accept dented or rusted cans, damaged or opened items, packages with expired dates, or homemade foods. Visit chicagoridge.lib.il.us for more information.

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The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

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

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 firstperson 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, wellknown 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 Tumble- Books!, 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 library will be closed Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 23 to 25, and Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 30 through Jan. 1. The library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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The library will hold a free screening of "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (PG) at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

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Registration for winter/spring 2013 Youth Services programs begins Wednesday, Jan. 3 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 13. Child's library card must be presented at registration. Additional information regarding activities and events is listed at oaklawnlibrary.org.

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The library will host a free screening of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" (PG) at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. go wrong.

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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).

Dates with Santa

The Oak Lawn Park District will present "Skate with Santa Family Fun on Ice" from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave. Visit with Santa on and off the ice. CMT Productions will provide music. Admission is $6, skate rental is $3. Concessions will be available.

Focus on Seniors

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.