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Shepard senior speaks up, and then some

The minute Michael Reddy speaks, people notice that he has the voice of an announcer — strong, purposeful and dynamic. However, it wasn’t until Reddy was a sophomore at Shepard High School in Palos Heights that he discovered his talent for speaking. It wasn’t until …

Meet Orland Grassland’s go-to guru

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Pat Hayes’ first exposure to an overgrown plot of forest preserve land near her Orland Park home more than a decade ago unexpectedly captured her heart.

“I drove by it but I did not really know what was there,” Hayes said.

She had heard about …

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Misericordia Day of Giving: More than 50 Chicago-area Culver’s restaurants, several of which are in the Southland, will feature pumpkin shakes on Sept. 23 to benefit Misericordia, which provides residential care and programs for people with developmental disabilities. The restaurants will feature $2 short pumpkin …

Reverend offers training program for cancer care ministry

The Rev. Percy McCray, director of pastoral care for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, will present “Our Journey of Hope” to religious leaders and community members from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Cancer …

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A Broadway Career: Order Sons Of Italy in America Leone D’Oro Lodge No. 2700 will host George Zima as a special guest who will speak about the trappings of a Broadway career with memories of vaudeville, stage and TV. His appearance is scheduled for the …

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Czech Cultural Fest: The United Moravian Societies will hold their 75th annual Moravian Day Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Lithuanian World Center, 14911 E. 127th St., Lemont. The event is open to the public. It will begin with a welcoming dance and concert …

Pets o’ the Week for Sept. 18, 2014

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

PAWS Animal Shelter

8301 W. 191st St., …

To Your Health: Series of Heart Walks begins at MVCC

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Chicago-area residents will be walking to fight heart disease and stroke at the annual Metro Chicago Heart Walks this month.

Hosted by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, the walks are to kick off with an event from 8 to 11 a.m. …

Marian Catholic set for 33rd Oktoberfest event

The Marian Catholic High School Band Parents Association will host its 33rd annual Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the high school, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights.

More than 100 vendors will fill the school halls and …

Marian Catholic set for 33rd Oktoberfest event

The Marian Catholic High School Band Parents Association will host its 33rd annual Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the high school, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights.

More than 100 vendors will fill the school halls and …

Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers

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Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it’s something most people can handle without worry. After all, our bodies are inhabited by multitudes of bacteria, to which we …

Fundraiser helps Franciscan sisters offer ‘neighborly love’

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For the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart of St. Francis Woods in Frankfort, an annual fundraiser makes a difference in their ability to survive as a community.

Fraternitas, the most significant event, according to Sister Joyce — Mother Superior and general community leader — …

Golf outing benefits Kevin Charles Kaler Brightside Foundation

Charity Golf Outing: The Kevin Charles Kaler Brightside Foundation will host its first-ever fundraising event in the community in which it was established, a golf outing, slated for Thursday at Prestwick Country Club, 601 Prestwick Drive, Frankfort. The foundation was established in honor of Kevin …

Fundraiser for Alicia’s House feeds a need

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Thousands of dollars that will be used to help feed the hungry in the south suburbs were raised at a recent fundraiser for Alicia’s House.

The 12th annual Celebrity Golf Outing, Auction & Dinner earlier this month at Lincolnshire Country Club in Crete featured actor …

Together We Cope gets high marks from charity evaluator

Together We Cope, a Tinley Park-based homeless prevention agency, has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fourth year in a row, according to a press release from Together We Cope.

The agency was commended for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability …

Evergreen Park teen’s mission: Boost acceptance of diversity

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Alex Deninger gives a lot of credence to dreams.

In fact, it was a dream that gave the Evergreen Park High School senior the idea to form a new club at the school.

When she awoke, she didn’t dismiss the dream or the idea. She …