Sam Gottardo (from left), Seneca Camp and Eliana Smith make roller coasters using cardboard tubes and Popsicle sticks during Crete Public Library’s recent Roller Coaster event. | Supplied Photo
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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:05AM
Sunday | 25
‘Hansel and Gretel’: Speaker Michael Fish will give a free lecture on Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway. The lecture is free. Information: (708) 799-9055.
Nomination Forms: The Park Forest Historical Society will accept nominations for the Park Forest Hall of Fame through Dec. 15. The official form, which must accompany the nomination, is available at Park Forest Public Library, the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, Park Forest Village Hall or at www.parkforesthistory.org. Information: Michael Gans, (708) 305-3308.
Monday | 26
Heinlein Discussion: Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave., will host a discussion of the book “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein as part of its Morning Book Discussion group at 10:15 a.m. Monday. Copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk. Information: www.mattesonpubliclibrary.org or (708) 748-4431.
Resale Shop: One More Thing Resale Shop, 343 Main St., Park Forest, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Sales benefit the South Suburban Family Shelter, which helps victims of domestic violence and homeless women with children. Information: (708) 228-5077.
Art Studio: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will hold its Art Studio program for children age 9 and older from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday. Students will learn about and work with various art mediums. Registration is required. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Computer Club: Richton Park Public Library and Project Next Generation will host a Computers Club for students in third through fifth grades from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at the library, 4045 Sauk Trail. Students will learn how to do and make things using the computer. Registration: (708) 481-5333.
Knitters Group: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., hosts its Knot Just for Knitters group at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Participants bring a knitting, crocheting, needlework or sewing project they are working on and can get assistance or advice from fellow needleworkers. Information: (708) 672-8017 or www.cretelibrary.org.
Business Startup: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host “Starting a Business” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Representatives from the Center Point Illinois Small Business Development Center will discuss how to start a business. Registration: (708) 481-5333.
Tuesday | 27
Film Series: Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, hosts its Monthly Film Series and Discussion event from 6 to 8:45 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Movies are screened from 6 to 8 p.m., and discussions begin after the movie and last until shortly before the library’s closing at 9 p.m. Information: email@example.com.
Home School: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host its Home School Huddle program from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Parents of homeschooled students will learn about planning, scheduling and organization, with a focus on geography. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Pot Luck: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host its “Pot Luck and a Movie with Friends” event at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event will feature food and a movie. Attendees should bring a sample of their favorite dish to share with other patrons. Information: (708) 709-0288.
Music Streaming: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host “Getting Started with Streaming Music” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees will learn about streaming music by looking at several streaming music websites. Registration: (708) 481-5333.
Toddler Time: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host its “A.M. Toddler Time” program for children ages 19 months to 3 years and their caregivers at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The event will feature stories, songs and activities. Information: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Wednesday | 28
Kitchen Gifts: Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave., will host “Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. A local chef will show participants how to create breakfast syrups, seasoning blends, batter breads and salad dressings. Registration: www.mattesonpubliclibrary.org or (708) 748-4431.
Health Care Event: South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, will host its Allied Health Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The event will showcase the school’s health care programs. Information: www.ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2364.
Wednesday Walkers: Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, offers its Wednesday Morning Walkers program for those age 11 and older from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Participants can walk the autumn forest trails and see majestic oaks, hickory trees, white-tailed deer, owls, woodpeckers and more. Registration is not required. Information: (708) 747-6320.
Internship Fair: The Office of Career Services at Governors State University will host the 2012 Health and Human Services Career and Internship Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Center for Performing Arts lobby at the school, 1 University Parkway, University Park. Prospective employers in the fields of physical and occupational therapy, nursing, social work and nonprofit social services will meet with job and internship candidates. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 235-3974.
Cinephiles Program: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host its Cinephiles program from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The program is for fans of film and will feature discussions on everything from the trailer for “Taken 2” to “The Godfather.” Filmmakers also can share their work and collaborate. Registration: (708) 672-8017.
Preschool Stories: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host its Preschool Storytime for children ages 4 and 5 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Information: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Watercolor Lecture: The Southland Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago will host a lecture by artist Tom Francesconi titled “Demonstration: The Figure in Watercolor” at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest. The event will be preceded by coffee at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $15. Information: Lesley Rokaitus, (708) 599-3744.
Twelfth Month: Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, is hosting its annual “Twelfth Month” art exhibit and sale through Dec. 22. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon to 6 p.m. Fridays; and 11 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (708) 754-2601.
Book Fair: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host its Scholastic Book Fair from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Thursday | 29
Nanotechnology Event: South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, will host its Nanoscience Technology Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Heritage Room. The event will showcase the school’s nanotechnology program. Information: www.ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2364.
Chess Club: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host a meeting of it Chess Club for teenagers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Reservations: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Kid’s Club: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host its Kid’s Club for students in first through third grades from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The event will feature crafts, activities and more. Registration is required, and the event is limited to 24 students. Information: (708) 481-5333.
Girls Night: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host its “Teen Girls Night In” program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Girls will watch a movie and paint their nails. Registration is required, and the program is limited to 20 girls. Information: (708) 481-5333.
Friday | 30
’12 Angry Men’: The Drama Group will perform the play “12 Angry Men” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Studio Theater, 320 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students with an ID. Information: (708) 755-3444.
Chili Cook-Off: The Crete Park District will host its eighth annual Chili Cook-Off from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Willard Wood Center, 515 First St., Crete. There will be two prize categories: Judges Choice and Popular Vote. The cost to eat and vote is $6 per person. Information: (708) 672-6969 or www.cretepark.com.
Library Closed: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will be closed on Friday for a staff in-service day. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday. Information: (708) 481-5333.
Crete Christmas: The annual Crete Country Christmas will run from 5 p.m. Friday to noon Dec. 2 at various locations in downtown Crete. Events will include ice sculptures, hay rides, a 5K run, storytelling, visits with Santa Claus, music, crafts, refreshments and more. Information: www.cretecountrychristmas.com.
Culture Club: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host a meeting of its Culture Club for teenagers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Registration: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Saturday | 1
Woodland Carols: Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, will host its annual Woodland Carols holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature homemade soups and seasonal music. The cost is $10 or one bag of groceries per person. Donations can be dropped off from noon to 4 p.m. through Dec. 2 at the nature center. Registration: (708) 747-6320.
Holiday Concert: Governors State University’s choral performance class will present a free holiday concert at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sherman Recital Hall at the school, 1 University Parkway, University Park. The concert will feature traditional Christmas songs as well as Hanukkah songs, music from South America and jazz versions of traditional carols. Information: www.govst.edu.
Holiday Ornaments: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host a Holiday Ornaments program for students in first through sixth grades from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Registration is required, and class size is limited to 24 students. Information: (708) 481-5333.