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What’s Going On for Sept. 5, 2013

Updated: October 7, 2013 12:32PM



Here is a look at what’s going on in the Southland.

News includes Orland Park, Flossmoor, Lockport, Oak Forest, Palos Park, New Lenox, University Park and Frankfort.

ORLAND PARK

Orland Grassland events

Free guided hikes will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Orland Grassland.

Attendees should gather at Old 175th Street on 104th Avenue and park in the subdivision across the street.

Also, the Orland Grassland volunteer quarterly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14700 Ravinia Ave.

There will be updates on the bike trail, the transition from the contractor that ends its work in September and sightings reported.

Information: Pat Hayes at (708) 220-9596 or orlandgrassland.org.

FLOSSMOOR

Annual festival

Flossmoor Fest will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Flossmoor and Flossmoor Park.

Entertainment will include the Homewood-Flossmoor Viking Band, children’s choirs, H-F Inspirational Voices, Staff Infection, Walk-Ins, Euphony Band, A Zoo to You animal show, Mini Trivia Blitz, David Seebach’s Wonder of Magic and Matt Wilhelm Bike Stunt.

Attractions will include a caricature artist, a bean-bag toss contest, pony rides, crafts, inflatables, a Kiddie Express train, a balloon artist and face painting.

Information: (708) 798-2300 or flossmoor.org.

LOCKPORT

Boogie-woogie

The White Oak Library District is proud will present the Andrews Sisters Musical Revue, performed by the Legacy Girls, at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lockport World War II Days Re-enactment in Dellwood Park, Illinois 171 (State Street) and Woods Drive, Lockport.

During World War II Days, another performance of the Andrews Sisters Musical Revue, performed by the Legacy Girls, will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Dellwood Park.

Both outdoor performances will be at the Performing Arts Center band shell, and attendees should bring a lawn chair.

Information: Lockport Branch Library at (815) 838-0755 or whiteoaklibrary.org.

OAK FOREST

End-of-life experiences

Acorn Public Library District, 15624 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest, will host a presentation on dying and death at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Loretta Downs tells stories and uses humor to talk about dying and death in positive terms.

She will share her “Five Paths Toward a Peaceful Transition,” which serve to diffuse fear and replace it with love.

She teaches people how to talk about death with your loved ones, how to be present for a loved one living the end of his or her life, and where to find gratitude.

Registration: (708) 687-3700.

PALOS PARK

Barn Dance

The Children’s Farm will host its annual Barn Dance from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

The event will take place in and around the large indoor riding arena, where a wooden dance floor built over the sand will provide a smooth surface for country dancing.

Guests also can take hayrides around the farm, tour the animal barns, buy grilled hot dogs and tapped root beer, and roast marshmallows at the bonfire.

Tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the farm’s summer camp scholarship fund.

Information: (708) 361-3650 or thecenterpalos.org.

NEW LENOX

District 122 fundraiser

New Lenox School District 122 Foundation’s primary fundraiser for the teacher grant program will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the New Lenox Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The 2012 Celebrating Stars of Tomorrow event awarded grants of approximately $20,000, and more attendees potentially increase the number of funded grants.

Tickets are for sale for $40 each at the district office, 102 S. Cedar Road; Lincolnway Body Shop, 2202 Howell Drive; and at each of the district’s school offices.

Silent auction items include an autographed 2012 Chicago Bears football, 2014 Triple Play concert tickets and four Gold Coast Chicago White Sox tickets with parking and food.

Information: nlsd122foundation.org.

UNIVERSITY PARK

Boys’ behavior program

The Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education and the Family Development Center at Governors State University are sponsoring a free lecture and discussion focusing on boys’ behavior and socialization.

Parents, educators and social service providers can benefit from this free presentation by renowned educator and author Jim Littlejohn at 2 p.m. Sunday on the GSU campus, 1 University Parkway, University Park.

Registration or information: (708) 534-4024 or govst.edu/children.

Staff reports



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