Updated: May 5, 2013 2:43PM
Here’s a look at what’s going on in the Southland.
News includes Mokena, Palos Park, Blue Island and Orland Park.
Chris Vallillo on Stephen Foster’s music
The Mokena Woman’s Club will host a free musical program on “Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Music” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St.
A welcome reception will take place at 6:30 p.m.
From his first hit with “Oh! Susanna” in 1848 through his death in 1864, Foster created music that touched millions and lives on, according to folk singer Chris Vallillo, who will present the program.
Looking back, the songs also reflect the relationship between black and white cultures of the young United States, he said.
The event is being produced, in part, by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.
Information: Mary MacKenzie at (815) 464-5409.
Set for a Spring Fun Run
The Palos Park Recreation Department will host the Spring Fun Run on Saturday.
The annual race, which will begin and finish at the Palos Park Recreation Center, features a USA Track & Field-certified course that is entirely on paved streets, which wind through Palos Park’s scenic residential neighborhoods.
Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate. Trophies will be awarded three deep in each age division for the 5K and 1-mile event.
The one-mile for ages 14 and younger will begin at 8 a.m. The cost is $12, or $15 after April 5.
The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $18, or $20 after April 5.
The family cost is $50, or $60 after April 5.
Information: (708) 671-3760 or palospark.org by viewing the Winter/Spring Recreation Center Brochure.
Registration: activenet15.active.com/palospark or at the Palos Park Recreation Department, 8901 W. 123rd St., Palos Park.
Registration also will be accepted on the day of the race.
Holocaust survivor to give presentation
Holocaust survivor Ernest Fruehauf will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Memorial Church, 2440 York St., Blue Island.
The event is sponsored by the church and the Blue Island Public Library.
During Kristallnacht, a mob ransacked the Fruehauf family’s business, a small bakery, and the family was relocated to a Judenhaus.
They finally escaped Nazi terror in 1941 and came to the United States.
Free tickets for the presentation are available at the library. Information: (708) 388-1078, Ext. 30.
Turning dresses into dreams
Orland Township Youth & Family Services offers gently used prom dresses to high school students in need of financial assistance.
Orland Township will host a Prom Dress Drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Based on financial criteria, students can select a dress. A seamstress will assist with fittings and alterations.
Dresses are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Information: (708) 403-4001, email@example.com.