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Together We Cope staff member KatlBewley dons her bunny ears help make Easter baskets for children served by Tinley Park-based

Together We Cope staff member Katlin Bewley dons her bunny ears to help make Easter baskets for children served by the Tinley Park-based agency. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: May 1, 2013 1:47PM



Easter is a time of joy and celebration for many people, a day for food, family and rejoicing.

More than 100 families in need were expected to receive a special treat this Easter Sunday courtesy of Together We Cope and Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Orland Park.

The restaurant is providing an Easter brunch to families served by Together We Cope, the Tinley Park-based agency that assists families in crisis from 22 Southland communities. The event, which the restaurant calls its Spring Gathering, has been held for several years and is extended to the Together We Cope families.

The agency’s staff created many Easter baskets from items donated to it and planned to distribute them to its clients with children. The food pantry at Together We Cope also received generous donations of turkeys and hams, which it planned to provide to families.

Please keep in mind that holidays such as Easter and Christmas are not the only times that people are in need of food, clothing and assistance. Need doesn’t have a holiday, it is ever present. The food pantries in Tinley Park can run very low in those stretches between holidays.

Your donations of food, clothing, household items and school supplies are most appreciated and can be dropped off at Together We Cope, 17010 Oak Park Ave.

Brew and Vine Festival

It’s time again for another popular Tinley Park event, as the 4th annual Brew and Vine Festival takes place from 3 to 10 p.m. April 13 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 Harlem Ave.

This event, sponsored by the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce, has grown in popularity each year, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Visitors can expect more vendors, bigger performances and a wider variety of specialty beers and wines.

Many downtown Tinley Park businesses will also be there, such as Ed and Joe’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, Garden Gallery and Creative Cakes. Those attending the festival must be 21 and over. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, visit www.tinleyparkbrewandvinefest.com.

American Academy of Art exhibit

Art lovers are in for a real treat during April when the Vogt Visual Arts Center exhibits the artwork of the students, faculty and alumni of the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

This prestigious art school was founded in 1923 for professional artists.

Throughout its history, it has maintained a reputation of educating successful professional artists and producing many notable alumni in both the fine and commercial arts.

More than 100 pieces of diverse and original artwork will be on display from April 2 through 26.

There’s a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. April 7.

The public is invited to enjoy light refreshments and meet the artists. Admission is free.

The Vogt Visual Arts Center is 17420 S. 67th Court. For more information, call (708) 309-4371.

Concert with the Convertibles

The Tinley Park Library has a fun concert scheduled for 2 p.m. April 14.

If you enjoy a cappella, barbershop-style singing, you don’t want to miss the Convertibles — a quartet that mixes barbershop standards, doo-wop and humor that you are sure to enjoy.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this concert is free but you must register to reserve a space.

Registration begins April 4. For more information, can call the library at (708) 532-0160.

I wish you all a happy Easter and hope that you get a chance to enjoy some of these fun events that are coming up.



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