A volunteer at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mokena scoops dry soy meal into funnels to begin the assembly lane of volunteers assembling 15,000 meal packets for starving children in Hati. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:23AM
Food Line: It took less than three hours for nearly 75 volunteers to assemble 15,000 meal packets for the Kids Around the World charitable organization to distribute to starving children in Haiti during an event sponsored by Thrivent Community-Orland Area on May 4 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mokena. Assembly lines were set up in the church’s gymnasium to fill the food packets, each containing six meal portions for one child. Packets contained a dry mixture of soy, dried vegetables, rice and a liquid pouch with special nutrients.
Garage Sale: St. John’s United Church of Christ, will have its annual garage sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Christian Community Center 11100 Second St., Mokena. Information: (708) 479-5123 or stjohnmokena, org.
Comedy: Hickory Creek Church, 10660 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, will host author Tracy DeGraaf’s one woman show “Life Happens, Laugh Anyway” at 7 p.m. May 17. Tickets are $13. Tickets can be purchased at the church or at Evilena’s Red Dresser, 59 W. Bankview Drive, Frankfort. Information: (815) 469-9496.
Jazz: The Mayo African Methodist Church in Matteson is hosting a fundraiser for the Joseph M. James Jr. Scholarship Fund 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 at the Glenwoodie Golf Course, 19301 State St., Glenwood. The featured artist will be saxophonist Audley Reid. Tickets are $30 for adults and $18 for children younger than 12. Reservations requested by May 17 at (708) 288-7577.
Bath Massacre: The Adult Education Committee of B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood, will host Arnie Bernstein, author of the book “Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing,” during the 8 p.m. Sabbath service May 17. The event occurred in 1927, when Andrew Kehoe set off a cache of explosives concealed in a school basement, killing 38 children and six adults in Bath, Mich. Information: (708) 206-1628.
Movie Night: First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington St., will host a free movie night 6 to 8 p.m. May 18. The movie will be “Parental Control.” The family evening includes candy and popcorn. Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.
Flea Market: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will host a flea market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18. Information: (708) 444-8560 or www.faithumcop.org.
Trivia Night: Our Lady of the Ridge, 10859 S. Ridgeland Ave., Chicago Ridge, is hosting its first Trivia Night May 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or $125 for a table of eight. Drinks will be available for purchase. Bring an appetizer to share with your table and pizzas can be ordered at the door. Tickets: Bill McFarland at (312) 241-4861 or Mike Marth at (708) 259-6618.
Nina Council: The Nina Council 3602 Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 12:30 p.m. May 19 at the St. Irenaeus school building, Orchard Drive and Cherry Street, Park Forest. Information: Linda Marron, (708) 747-0105.
Outdoor Service: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, will host an outdoor worship service at 11 a.m. May 19 with Faith United Presbyterian Church, featuring the contemporary Christian rock band, NewFire. After the service, hotdogs will be served. Information: (708) 532-2960 or www.TinleyMethodist.org.
Outdoor Service: A Sunday morning outdoor family service will be at 10 a.m. May 19 at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. Led by the Rev. Chris Hopkins, the service is for families with children of any ages and will be based on the theme of sharing. Information: (708) 361-3650.
Senior Issues: Attorney Michael B. Barrett will address the St. Christopher Holy Name Society at 8:15 p.m. May 20 at St. Christopher Church, 4200 147th St., Midlothian.
Outdoor Market: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11007 S. 76th Ave., Worth, will kick off its 2013 outdoor market season May 25. The markets, featuring produce, a variety of vendors, crafters and garage sale tables, will be on the last Saturday of each month. Selling space is available for $15 and people must bring their own tables. The Kozy Kitchen is open 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Free blood pressure screenings will be offered. Information: (708) 444-1720 or stmarkworth.org.
Military: Veterans will be honored during a military recognition service at 11 a.m. May 29 at Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood St., Park Forest, Information: (708) 503-6536.
CommUnity Garden: United By Faith Lutheran Church, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, is accepting applications from community groups and residents to lease garden beds for the upcoming growing season. Last year, every bed was rented and hundreds of pounds of produce was grown in the raised boxes, which were built in accordance with American with Disabilities Act guidelines. The garden promotes the use of collected rainwater and repurposed materials. University of Illinois certified master gardener and master composter Kate Bradley will offer workshops and answer questions. Fee is $50 per bed plus a $10 refundable deposit. Information: Robin Huiras, (708) 422-6301 or email@example.com.
Family Fun Festival: Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 5536 W. 131st St, Crestwood, will host a Family Fun Festival noon to 4 p.m. June 1. There will be inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, sand art, scratch art and other activities. Information: (708) 597-6122.
Flea Market: Holy Trinity Church, 8659 Sayre Ave., Burbank, is accepting booth space reservations for its flea market scheduled for June 1. Spaces are $20 each or two for $35. Information: Gary Canon, (708) 385-4179.
Carnival: Most Holy Redeemer Parish, 9525 South Lawndale, Evergreen Park, will host its annual family carnival June 12 to 16. There will be rides, food, drinks and entertainment including “The Walks-In” and “Stockyard Kilty Band” on June 14 and “Katie Quick” on June 15. Tickets: (708) 425-5354.
Arts and Crafts Sought: Artists and craftsmen can reserve selling space for the 38th annual “Old Campground Festival” slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22. The event, sponsored by the United Methodist Church of New Lenox will take place outdoors at the wooded campgrounds just off U.S. 30 in New Lenox. Fee for a 12-foot by 15-foot space is $45. Application forms may be obtained by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1289, New Lenox, 60451.
Climate: Heal the River, the sixth annual Interfaith Day of Prayer to Heal and Renew the Environment, will be observed at 4 p.m. June 23 at the Cal Sag Canal Waterfall in Blue Island. A reception and meeting will follow the observance. The event is sponsored by the Calumet Watersheds Action Coalition; St. Joseph and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Blue Island; St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Harvey; South Siders for Peace; and the Urban Forestry Board, Blue Island. Information: Tom Shepherd at (773) 370-3305 or the Rev. Rod Reinhart at (708) 528-9862.
Vacation Bible School: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will host Vacation Bible School 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 14 to 19 for children in prekindergarten through fifth grade. The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.” The free program includes interactive Bible games, music, science, crafts and mission work. Registration: (708) 444-8560 or www.faithumcop.org
Vacation Bible School: Oak Lawn Bible Church, 9435 S. 54th Ave., will have its annual Vacation Bible School 9:30 a.m. to noon July 22 to 26 for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. This year’s free program is “Colossal Coaster World.” Registration: (708) 857-9800 or www.oaklawnbible.org.
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