Updated: May 26, 2013 6:06AM
Here is a look at what’s going on in the Southland.
News includes Chicago, Frankfort, Oak Forest, Palos Heights, Park Forest and Palos Hills.
Dedication ceremony to honor soldiers
The Mount Greenwood Cemetery Association, 2900 W. 111th St., Chicago, along with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, will conduct a dedication ceremony at 10 p.m. Saturday to honor the 75 Union soldiers that have received new headstones.
The featured speaker will be author and historian Rob Girardi, and the invocation and benediction will be by chaplain Jerry Kowalski
Others set to take part in the event include Paula Everett, president of Mount Greenwood Cemetery; Linda Lamberty from the Ridge Historical Society; soloist Jen Lenihan; and state Rep. Fran Hurley (D-Chicago).
There also will be a posting of the colors by 10th Illinois, Rockford Zouaves, Boy Scout Troupe 609 Morgan Park; an artillery salute by Mulligan’s Battery in Chicago; a rifle salute by American Legion Post 991 from Worth and “Tapps” played by Steve Foster, of Schaumburg.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Information: Steven Westlake at (708) 839-5972.
Namesake of Evilena’s Red Dresser turns 96
Upscale furniture and home decor consignment store Evilena’s Red Dresser will celebrate the 96th birthday of Evilena Molthan, owner Jan Sabey’s mom, with a Saturday open house at 59 W. Bankview Drive, Frankfort, during regular store hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sabey opened the store in 2009 with the goal in mind of helping people with transitions in their lives.
Information: evilenasreddresser.com, (815) 464-4426.
Special events at the park district
Family Kite Fly will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jesk Park, 155th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Forest.
Presented by the Oak Forest Park District, the free event will be part of a kite fly taking place throughout Illinois.
Attendees should bring their own kites to fly or they can make ones with free build-a-kite kits available at the event.
Participants can pack a picnic lunch or purchase concessions on-site.
Information: email@example.com or (708) 687-7270, Ext. 132.
The park district also will present a spring craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Central Park building gymnasium, 15601 S. Central Ave.
Officials said there will be numerous vendors to catch each crafter’s eye.
Information: (708) 687-7270, Ext. 118.
Earth Day celebration at Lake Katherine Nature Center
The whole family can celebrate Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights.
This free event will include hayrides, children’s crafts, green exhibits, food and a petting zoo by the Children’s Farm.
Tree planting and dog agility demonstrations will take place, and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will give away a free shrub to each attendee.
A native plant sale will take place during the event to support Lake Katherine Nature Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Native wildflowers and grasses will be sold for $3 per plug.
Information: (708) 361-1873 or lakekatherine.org.
Thorn Creek’s Junior Ecologists Club ready to begin
Ages 9 to 12 can join the free Junior Ecologists Club, which offers fun-filled nature activities each month for young people.
Members explore the woods, track seasonal changes and discover woodland plants and animals.
The first monthly meeting of Junior Ecologists Club will be at noon Saturday at Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest.
The club will explore the ponds of Thorn Creek hunting for amphibians emerging from their winter slumber. Attendees also will explore both on and off the trail, listening for chorus frogs and grey tree frogs and searching for blue-spotted, spotted and tiger salamanders.
Attendees should be prepared to get a little muddy by wearing boots and also bring extra top layers in case the weather is chilly. Participants should be able to walk approximately 2 miles outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven and possibly wet and/or muddy terrain.
Registration is required at (708) 747-6320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moraine Valley Community College’s volunteer fair
Attendees of Act Out 2013, a mostly student-run service-learning and volunteer fair at Moraine Valley Community College’s library, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, can learn how to get more involved in the community and the world of volunteerism and service.
The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Students from assistant professor Mike McGuire’s Composition II classes will exhibit their experiences working with local service and nonprofit organizations such as the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Habitat for Humanity, Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Music for Lombak, Share Your Soles, Together We Cope and Park Lawn.
Three speakers will discuss their organizations, opportunities for service, civic engagement and the power of collaboration.
Jodie Lieffring, regional volunteer coordinator from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, will talk at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday; Tamarra Coleman-Hill, assistant professor of communications, will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday; and Claudia Ayala from the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization will give her talk at 1 p.m. Wednesday.