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Softball soiree: Cops, firemen, ex-Hawks play for charity

When members of the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association take the field against members of the Chicago police and fire departments on Sept. 14, it’s expected that a good time will be had by all to benefit some great causes. Alumni Association vice president Jack O’Callahan …

Get Up and Go!

Circus in Richton Park: The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Richton Park on Thursday, with performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Field, 5051 Sauk Trail. In the morning, visitors can watch the Big Top being raised by elephant power, according to a …

Oak Lawn teen savors science, and the stage


Caroline Azem is a talented performer. She loves being on stage. At Richards High School in Oak Lawn, where she is a senior, she’s a member of Group Interpretation, the Laughing Aardvarks (the school’s improv group), drama club, fall play and speech. She’s good, too. …

A good fit at specialty boutique for cancer patients


Lynn’s Boutique, a specialty shop in Franciscan St. James Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Olympia Fields, expects to experience a smooth transition at the end of this month.

Norene DeLaurentis, a certified post-mastectomy prosthetic and bra fitter, will retire Friday, and Robin Jean, of Blue …

Get Up and Go!

SD 123 Open House: Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 will host an open house from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kolmar School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn. Those interested in the 4-year-old Tuition Preschool Program for the 2014-15 school year are welcome. The …

Bike run to benefit Tresure Chest Foundation set for Sept. 6


Bike Run to Fight Cancer: The Parkview Motorcycle Club will hold its fourth annual Cruzin for Kidz with Cancer event to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6, with the first bike out at 11 a.m. at Parkview …

Bikers battle hunger to benefit Alicia’s House


A dozen bikers navigated the streets of South Chicago Heights to help raise money to feed the hungry on a Saturday earlier this month at the Alicia’s House Inaugural Bike Run, Hog Roast and Auction. Bikers and their families enjoyed a nice ride, along with …

Ingalls Health System offers programs in September


Ingalls Health System will host a number of health programs in September, according to a release from the health care provider.

A partial list of them follows, with the information as provided in the release:

Breast Cancer Support Group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. …

Peace Village awards scholarships to graduating employees


When Joe Labriola, then at Sandburg High School in Orland Park, saw signs promoting $2,500 scholarships for employees posted in the kitchens of Peace Village in Palos Park, he knew it was an opportunity too good to pass up, according to a recent press release …

Share Your Soles fundraiser set for Sept. 18


The Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, will host the 15th Annual Share Your Soles Fundraiser Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18.

Share Your Soles is an international nonprofit founded in 1999 by Mona Purdy, a graduate of Richards …

Service dog group seeks volunteers

Heartland Service Dogs, Inc., a Mokena-based nonprofit, is seeking volunteers to raise puppies for 18 to 24 months to help them become service dogs, according to the organization’s website. During this time, they attend obedience classes and work on service dog commands that the dogs …

Pets o’ the Week for Aug. 28, 2014


The Thursday NeighborhoodStar prints adoptable pets weekly when space permits.

Area shelters should send photos; pet descriptions; and shelter hours, address and contact information to Mike Deacon at with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line.

PAWS Animal Shelter

8301 W. 191st St., …

Biking the Burbs for Beers set for Saturday

Biking the Burbs: The Biking the Burbs for Beers bicycle ride is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The event is a very informal bike ride through parts of Flossmoor, Chicago Heights, South Chicago Heights and Steger. It’s a chance for family and friends to enjoy …

Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings


WASHINGTON — Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams’ daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses.

Then Adams found a doctor who makes house calls, and the 89-year-old hasn’t …

Fundraiser set for crash victim who faces extensive rehab


A devastating, deadly car accident March 30 left Jose “Joey” Flores, 19, of Alsip, with severe injuries that kept him in Loyola Hospital’s intensive care unit for 27 days, and he spent an additional 15 days in RML Specialty Hospital, according to Flores’ aunt, Juanita …

To Your Health: Back to school: A review, and positive practices


Back-to-school season is the great reset.

Along with buying new school supplies, we can re-establish habits and practices that worked well, and let go of those that were not effective, establishing new ones. The heart of this reset is creating habits aligned with our intentions …