What’s Going On (East) for July 1, 2012
June 28, 2012 2:46PM
Jefferson Elementary School teacher Wanikka Vance helps several of her kindergartners learn the fundamentals of playing chess. | Supplied Photo
Updated: August 2, 2012 6:00AM
Here is a look at what’s going on in the Southland.
News from the SouthtownStar’s East region includes Chicago Heights, Crete and Homewood.
Teacher shares love of chess
Wanikka Vance, a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Chicago Heights, recently began teaching chess to her students. Members of Bright Knights Chess Club visit Vance’s classroom every Wednesday to teach students a chess lesson.
“I believe that every child deserves to be given the opportunity to excel both academically and athletically, and that the opportunities should be affordable for all parents,” Vance said.
Library hosts Acrylic Painting program
Crete Public Library recently held an Acrylic Painting Workshop featuring local artist Rozanne Priebe.
Priebe showed attendees how to tap into their creativity and provided step-by-step instructions on how to paint a picture. Attendees then were able to take their pictures home with them.
Library hosts Battle of Books
Crete Public Library recently hosted Battle of the Books, a voluntary reading incentive program for students in fourth through eighth grades.
Team members read at least six books on the battle’s book lists, and the team that answered the most questions correctly won.
Lbrary officials said the goal of the event was to encourage students to read good books and to have fun while competing.
Library hosts Art Studio program
Crete Public Library recently held its Art Studio program, which studied the works of internationally known glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Children viewed a slide show of Chihuly’s techniques, and program leader April Heide-Kracik showed children how to paint colorful flowing pictures that resembled Chihuly’s works.
Club boasts award-winners on staff
Several tennis instructors at the H-F Racquet and Fitness Club have won Chicago District Awards.
Award-winners include Nancy Hoekstra as the 2007 Coach of the Year and Arnie Villagomez as the 2010 Official of the Year. Nancy Watland, the club’s program and team tennis coordinator, was the 1994 League Player of the Year and was named Tournament Director of the Year in 1996, 2004 and 2009.
The club’s racquet sports manager, Sylvia Gothard, was named Tournament Director of the Year in 1992, 1997, 1999 and 2009 and also is the 2006 recipient of the Billie Jean King Lifetime Achievement award.