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Wurst Fest celebrates Frankfort’s German roots

Attendees can sip beer, eat bratwurst and listen to Die Musikmeisters — a German band — at the upcoming Frankfort Lions Wurst Festival. The annual event, slated for 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Oak and Kansas streets in downtown Frankfort, also features a …

To Your Health: Take advantage of your Medicare wellness visit benefit


It’s no secret that Americans are living longer than ever before.

In fact, the first of the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) turned 65 in 2011. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of senior citizens will increase dramatically between …

Getting the (gum)ball rolling: Program helps special kids learn job skills


Buying a gumball may seem like an insignificant action in the course of a day.

But it depends where that happens. If it’s at some Southland Walgreens stores, the Matteson office of state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills; Pearson’s Bakery in Homewood, or about 15 …

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Volunteer Opportunity: Neat Repeats Resale stores, which support the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence, is accepting volunteer applications at both stores: 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park, …

Stagg student is medical-minded


Carson Smith, a senior-to-be at Stagg High School in Palos Hills, seems to excel at everything she tries.

She has her sights set on attending an Ivy League college next year. Meanwhile, she’s busy adding credentials to her resume and helping people at the same …

Kruse teacher added to SD 146 Wall of Fame


The Community Consolidated School District 146 Board on Monday voted unanimously to add a plaque to the D146 Wall of Fame honoring retired teacher Sue Zugenbuehler, of Kruse Education Center in Orland Park, according to a press release from the district.

Zugenbuehler is a retired …

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Community Festival: Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 4955 W. 158th St., Oak Forest, will host its Summer Community Festival from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 24. There will be free food, prizes, games, face painting, child ID kits and pet care workshops. There also will be a …

Homewood Fall Fest slated for Sept. 20


The village of Homewood will host the 13th annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at Martin Avenue from Hickory to Ridge Road, according to a press release from the village.

Fall Fest 2014 is to feature live …

Glenwood Academy gets financial boost


A Glenwood-based organization that aims to help at-risk youth recently received more than $50,000 toward its cause.

A national investment firm holding its annual convention last week in Chicago was looking for a local charity to support, and thanks in part to a suggestion from …

Park Forest woman’s specialty: chocolate-flavored inspiration


Helena Rogers is a businesswoman whose business benefits other women.

Rogers founded “Chocolate Therapy for Women,” a seminar series that combines information, inspiration and motivation with a touch of sweet chocolate indulgence.

“As women, we do everything for everybody else, so (I) try to get …

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Lemonade Stand for Cancer Fight: Brooklyn Brown will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Joe Orr Road and Winston Lane, Chicago Heights, to help fight childhood cancer. Brooklyn read and was amazed by the story of …

Pets o’ the Week for Aug. 14, 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., …

Kidsave organization plans Southland visits


The international organization Kidsave, whose mission is to find homes for older children often forgotten in orphanages or raised to adulthood in foster homes, has again this summer sent children to the Chicago area from Colombia as part of its “Summer Miracles” program.

Angelica, 12, …

Picnic at New Lenox VFW to benefit veterans

Picnic to Benefit Veterans: The Will County Disabled American Veterans will host their annual picnic fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the New Lenox VFW, 323 Old Hickory Road. The cost is $10 per person. Kids 17 and under eat free. The …

To Your Health: Some tips to tackle childhood obesity


Today, about 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. With good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking. Among children today, …

Methods to avoid leaving kids in cars


Dear Abby: It disturbs me greatly that we keep reading about parents leaving their children in cars, whether it be absentmindedness, stress or downright intentional. It needs to stop. I’m hoping car manufacturers can come up with an idea — maybe a sensor that once …