Updated: May 19, 2013 6:07AM
Here is a look at what’s going on in the Southland.
News includes Chicago Heights, Monee, Park Forest, Tinley Park and Cook County School District 130.
Week of the Young Child Conference
Prairie State College will host Week of the Young Child Conference: The Child and the Curriculum from 8 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Saturday in the Conference Center of the main campus, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights.
Keynote speaker Barbara Biles, an adjunct professor at Waubonsee Community College, will present “It’s All About Relationships — The Child and the Curriculum.”
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration by the National Association for the Education of Young Children,which is billed as the world’s largest early childhood education association.
The purpose is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
Registration is $10 and includes breakfast and a choice of five breakout sessions.
Early childhood educators can earn in-service or registry training hours. Elementary school teachers can earn continuing professional development units. There is an additional $10 processing fee for CPDUs.
Registration: Carina Lowe at (708) 709-7957 or Clowe3@prairiestate.edu.
A homeownership and job fair
The Chicago Heights Housing Task Force, vendors, lenders, banks, refinance specialists and developers will participate in an educational program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the St. James Hospital campus at the Stephanie Center, 30 E. 15th St., Chicago Heights.
Workshops will cover foreclosure prevention, credit repair, loan modifications, reverse mortgages, insurance options, identity theft and crisis support.
Vendors with information about employment opportunities will be available.
Admission is free.
Sponsors include the city of Chicago Heights, Community Economic Development Association, South-Southwest Suburban United Way, Standard Bank, BMO Harris Bank, First Midwest Bank, Spanish Coalition for Housing, Prairie State College and Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs.
Information: (708) 756-2015.
A kite-flying program for Earth Day
“Celebrate Air!: Let’s Fly a Kite,” a free all-ages family program, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., west of Illinois 50 and south of Pauling Road, two miles south of Monee.
The program is part of the activities offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County to celebrate Earth Day.
Attendees can revisit the days of their youth and introduce their children to the fun of kite flying at this annual Earth Day program.
Illinois Kite Enthusiasts Club members will celebrate during the festival that highlights kite history, types of kites and the science behind kite flying.
Attendees also can see how birds and kites compare by viewing a live raptor.
The day’s festivities will include a kite and air exhibit, a craft area, giveaways and kites for sale.
In addition, participants will be able to complete a kite quiz and enter a raffle to win some prizes.
Information: (708) 534-8499, reconnectwithnature.org.
An Earth Day celebration
Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, will celebrate ash trees for Earth Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Andrea Dierich, forest pest outreach coordinator at the Morton Arboretum, will make a presentation about ash trees at 1 p.m.
Attendees will learn how to identify different types of ash trees and how to protect them from the emerald ash borer, which feeds exclusively on ash trees.
Exhibits of ash trees and the emerald ash borer, courtesy of the University of Illinois Extension and the Morton Arboretum, will be on view, showing specimens of the insect and the tunnels its larvae make in the bark of the trees.
Jon Mendelson will lead a hike in the woods later in the day. There will be a raffle, refreshments and activities throughout the day.
The program is free and open to all ages. Registration is not required.
Thorn Creek Nature Center is open from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays to Sundays. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Information: (708) 747-6320, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations due for pancake breakfast
The Eiche Turners of Tinley Park will host a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at 16767 S. 80th Ave.
The menu will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, homemade desserts and orange juice, coffee and tea.
The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 12 and younger. Reservations are required to attend this event and must be made no later than Friday at (708) 429-2206.
Eiche Turners, a nonprofit organization with a club and banquet facility, offers leagues for darts and indoor bocce ball in addition to public facility rentals.
District 130 seeks donors for music scholarships
The community in invited to support the instrumental and vocal music departments at Cook County School District 130 through the annual scholarship campaign to support student attendance at summer music camp.
District officials said they hope to send a number of seventh-graders to music camp for one week at Eastern Illinois University.
The cost of providing this opportunity is $470 per student, and each scholarship provides one week of concentrated music instruction and dormitory residence.
Music department teachers will select band and chorus students on the basis of musical proficiency, leadership and service.
Donations must be received by Wednesday. Information: Jennifer Aldred-Berry at (708) 385-6800, Ext. 7011 or JAldred-Berry@district130.org.
Each sponsor will be listed in the Spring Band and Choral programs. For organizations making a donation, a representative is invited to make their presentation during the scheduled spring music celebrations.
Presentations of band and choral scholarships will take place on at 7 p.m. May 7 at Nathan Hale Middle School in Crestwood and 7 p.m. May 9 at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Blue Island.
Cook County School District 130 serves nearly 4,100 students at 13 school sites. The district serves portions of the communities of Alsip, Blue Island, Crestwood and Robbins.