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Southland’s weekend mix: Halloween art just the start

A Halloween art program for kids of all ages is set for Sunday at Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest. “Skulls and Bones” will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., according to a press release …

HollyDays an event with special goals


Unique gifts, artwork and decorations are among the draws for HollyDays, an event scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, according to a press release about the event.

But it’s also a chance to …

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Fighting Breast Cancer: Orangetheory Fitness will host a car-smashing fundraiser to benefit the fight against breast cancer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 15200 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Participants will pay a minimum donation of $2 per minute for the opportunity to …

Second career a mysterious choice for Homer Glen woman


Helen Mace Osterman, 85, was an easy child to raise as she grew up in Chicago.

The Homer Glen author said her mother “always knew where I was. If I wasn’t home, I was at the library. I always had my nose in a book.” …

Fundraiser in Homewood features tastes of the holidays


Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, a nonprofit that provides support to terminally ill patients and their families, will host the third annual Toast the Tastes of the holidays event from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 S. Park Ave., Homewood, …

Your Pets for Oct. 23, 2014


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@

Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 23, 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., …

Haunted hangout a hit for families


When Halloween season is at hand, even dreary weather can’t keep people from participating in events.

That was the case in Mokena over the weekend, as Halloween Hollow drew families from throughout the Southland to Main Park.

The 32nd annual event, which now runs three …

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Pancake Breakfast: Orland/Palos VFW Post 2604 and Boy Scout Troop 318/383 will host their annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 10. There also …

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Zombie Space Golf: The Tinley Park Jaycees will host a Zombie Space Golf social at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Space Golf, 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park. Creatures will stalk and terrorize golfers through 18 holes of miniature golf. The event is not recommended for …

To Your Health: Stroke: Learn the facts, figures and symptoms


With World Stroke Day approaching, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges everyone to learn the signs of stroke.

Supermodel and actress Claudia Mason is helping the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association raise awareness on World Stroke Day, Oct. 29.

Worldwide, stroke is the second-leading …

GOP governors don’t see ‘Obamacare’ going away


WASHINGTON — While Republicans in Congress shout, “Repeal Obamacare,” GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law’s major Medicaid expansion.

Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don’t see the law going away.

Nine Republican …

Benefit set for ‘hero’ with new heart


Jace Szklanecki woke up on Valentine’s Day with a new heart.

At 21 months old, Jace already has survived two open heart surgeries, heart failure, a stroke and a heart transplant, according to his maternal aunt, Gina Minetti, of Tinley Park.

Jace’s parents, Nikki and …

Eisenhower student excels in speech, theater


She loves performing in comedy, music and theater and not particularly in that order. Throw those fields together, and you are likely to find Lena Smith, a junior at Eisenhower High School, signing up to audition.

Smith, 16, who earned honors with distinction, the highest …

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Chamber Meeting: Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, will be the guest speaker at the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, scheduled for 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. …

This family gets a kick out of martial arts


Building a martial arts dynasty was not on the minds of Dondrell Brown, Sr. and Kelley Nichols-Brown five years ago when they married and blended their two families of five boys into one. But the possibility exists. The Browns founded Supreme Martial Arts Academy, a …