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Religion briefs for April 18, 2014

Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship. Click Lifestyles at SouthtownStar.com for more Religion Briefs. Religion news and photos may be submitted to religion@southtownstar.com. Holy Week Services: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will hold Good Friday services …

Monee mom’s career is a joke (or several ... )

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Comedienne Tracy DeGraaf still is adding to her original comedy act from 2010 — “Life Happens, Laugh Anyway” — and that’s a good thing. “I’ve grown so much as a comedian,” said DeGraaf, 48. “Comedy is something that takes forever to really hone. It really …

Habitat presents ‘Hard Hat & High Heels’ event

Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs will host what it calls a “very special” fundraiser on May 9 at Tall Grass Art Gallery, 367 Artists Walk in Park Forest.

Proceeds will be used to continue its various programs involving rehabbing foreclosed properties and providing weatherization …

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Religion briefs for April 11, 2014

Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship. Fish Dinner: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild hosts a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday (April 11) in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. The fish dinner includes one …

Your Pets for April 17, 2014

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We want your pet photos

Whether it’s you with your dog, cat, bird, fish or lizard, please e-mail a jpeg photo with your name, your pet’s name and hometown to Mike Deacon at mdeacon@ southtownstar.com

Pets o’ the Week for April 17, 2014

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The Thursday Neighborhood Star 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 mdeacon@southtownstar.com with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line.

PAWS Animal Shelter

8301 W. 191st …

Campus notes

Drake University Several local residents were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. They include: Stephanie Pirko, of Frankfort; Michael Jennings, of Lockport; Christa Kordik, of Mokena; Hannah Bovard, of New Lenox; and Paige Zidek, of …

Health briefs for April 16, 2014

Blood Pressure Screening: Silver Cross will offer free blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in April at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (708) 364-6337.

Bariatric Surgery Program: Free …

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Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.

What’s really going on here?

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Last week’s winner: Oh no! I got caught red-handed taking a selfie of my nose — Donna Cudar, Miller Beach, Ind. Runners-up: The ‘Eyes’ Have it.  — Vince Vizza, Evergreen Park Well, it looks like the “no’s” have it!!!! — Pat Browne, Lemont I bought …

Charity briefs for April 8, 2014

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Here is a look at charity news in the Southland.

Pets o’ the Week for April 10, 2014

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The Thursday Neighborhood Star 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 mdeacon@southtownstar.com with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line.

PAWS Animal Shelter

8301 W. 191st …

Campus notes for April 10, 2014

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Jennifer Stutz, of Orland Park, graduated in December from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She earned a bachelor of science degree after majoring in biology with a biomedical science concentration. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Michael Judd, or Frankfort, a junior general management major, …

Your pets for April 10, 2014

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We want your pet photos

Whether it’s you with your dog, cat, bird, fish or lizard, please e-mail a jpeg photo with your name, your pet’s name and hometown to Mike Deacon at mdeacon@ southtownstar.com

Exhibit spotlights artist with Blue Island studio

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“Real Places Seen in Dreams,” an exhibit of mixed-media works by Carla Winterbottom, is to open with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Health in the Arts Clinic and Gallery at the University of Illinois-Chicago, 835 S. Wolcott Ave., No. …

Nonprofit ensemble holding auditions for sopranos

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Just Friends, a nonprofit vocal ensemble, is looking for a couple of good voices.

Or listening for them.

The group is holding auditions for one first soprano voice and one second soprano voice.

The candidates should have choral or small ensemble experience and should be …