Shepard teacher Jennifer Fischer and her German Club students appear in June 2012 on the grounds of the Michelsberg Abbey in Bamberg, Germany. The club will hold a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday to help fund its trip next summer. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 15, 2014 6:13AM
Benefit concert: Crete-Monee Cavaliers and Faces will hold their annual benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crete-Monee High School, 1515 Exchange St., Crete. The show is upbeat, kid-friendly and spotlights local musical talent. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door. Proceeds benefit the music education program and will help the kids travel to a national competition in Nashville, Tenn., this spring.
“A Little Bit of Germany”: Shepard High School will host “A Little Bit of Germany” from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday to support its exchange program. The fundraiser will feature German food, a folk band, dancing and imported goods for sale. In 2013, nearly 350 people attended. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. The ticket price includes a German dinner of bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and bread, plus coffee, water or cider. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Soda and root beer will be for sale. Next summer, teacher Jennifer Fischer and a group of German Club students will visit students from Johann Wolfgang Goethe Gymnasium in Germersheim. During the trip, Shepard students will attend classes at Goethe, visit various cultural and historical sites and live as Germans. Goethe and Shepard students have visited one another for more than 25 years. “A Little Bit of Germany” takes place in the cafeteria at Shepard, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights.
Bowl for the Animals: The Animal Welfare League, of Chicago Ridge, will host its annual Cosmic Bowl at 10 p.m. Jan. 24 at Oak Forest Bowl, 15240 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Forest. Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple and include three games, rental shoes, buffet dinner and a chance to win a door prize. The format is six bowlers to a lane. There will be a cash bar, raffles, 50/50, adoptable pets and more. For more information or to reserve a lane, contact Terri Sparks at (708) 636-8586, Ext. 268, or email email@example.com.
Reading Program Seeks Volunteers, Prizes: The annual Hickory Creek Middle School Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award program is seeking volunteers and prizes to help inspire young readers. Each year for the past 10 years, about 600 sixth- through eighth-graders read the minimum of three books to qualify as judges to determine their favorite book through this state program. Many students read all 20 of the nominated titles. At the annual voting celebration, students enjoy fun, food and prizes. This year’s event will be Feb. 21 at the school, 22150 W. 116th Ave., Frankfort. The District 157C Education Foundation is seeking volunteers and prizes for the celebration. Cash, checks (made out to Hickory Creek Middle School with “R. Caudill” in notes) or gift cards will be accepted at the school through Feb. 14. Any denomination gift cards for food, music, entertainment, books, etc. are welcome, as are Barnes & Noble gift cards in $5 increments. Volunteers will be able to sign up by visiting www.fsd157c.org to help the day of the celebration. The program’s annual award is given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. For the list of book titles and more information about the program, visit www.rcyrba.org.
‘Senior American Idol’ Auditions: “Senior American Idol,” a fundraiser for the Orland Township Scholarship Foundation, will hold auditions at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. The date was changed from the original date of Jan. 23. Check-in is at 5:45 p.m. Auditions are open to those 55 and older. Participants must perform a song of their choice (no more than two minutes long) a cappella in front of a panel of judges. Auditions are free, but those chosen to be contestants for the May 15 show must pay the contestant fee of $30. To register, call (708) 403-4222. For more information, visit www.orlandtwp.org.
Coach Angsten’s Cause: A benefit to help the family of longtime St. Rita football coach Jim Angsten, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. March 8 at St. Rita High School, 7740 S. Western Ave., Chicago. Organizers are seeking donations that can be used for raffles, silent auctions, baskets and prizes. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets for a fundraiser raffle with $10,000 in prizes are for sale for $100. The prize money will be adjusted if 300 tickets are not sold. The drawing will be held during the fundraiser. The winner need not be present. Angsten is in his 42nd year of teaching and is completing his 35th year on staff at St. Rita. The Chicago Catholic League Hall of Famer spent a majority of his career as the defensive coordinator for the St. Rita football team. For more information, contact Jamie Angsten at (630) 202-2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Tim Angsten at (309) 275-9363.
Clothing drive: Phoebe’s Closet, the clothing ministry of Mayo African Methodist Episcopal Church, will accept gently worn and clean clothing donations from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Phoebe’s Closet, which is open during those hours, offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to those in need at no cost. The church is at 20839 S. Homeland Road, Matteson.
Winter clothes, volunteers wanted: Neat Repeats Resale is accepting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats, plus children’s winter clothing and toys at either store: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, or 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park. Call (708) 361-6860 or (708) 364-7605, respectively. All sales benefit the clients of the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence. Both stores also are looking for volunteers. Call the stores for details.
Volunteers Sought: The Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport, is seeking volunteers to help preserve and promote the historic site. The building played a vital role in the construction of the Illinois & Michigan Canal and has been a landmark since 1838. The building needs volunteers to help with visitor services, guided tours, educational programs, building maintenance and gardening. Hours are flexible, and experience is not necessary, as training will be provided. For more information, call (815) 838-9400 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Donations needed: The South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items for clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products also are needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood Ave., Homewood. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303, before dropping off items.
Food Drive: Two Men and a Truck, an Orland Park-based moving company, is working with Move for Hunger to collect food to help fight hunger. Nonperishable food items will be donated to the Orland Township Food Pantry. To request boxes for food donations when you are moving, or for more information about Move For Hunger, visit twomenandatruckorlandpark.com/move-for-hunger.