Around Town (East) for Dec. 9, 2012
December 6, 2012 1:48PM
Joshua Hale, a second-grade student at Algonquin Primary Center in Park Forest, traces a stencil on a pumpkin that will guide his grandparents, Robert Hale and Cathy Hudson, when they carve the pumpkin, during Grandparents Day at the school. | Supplied Photo
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Sunday | 9
Spaghetti Dinner: The St. Joseph Athletic Association will host a spaghetti dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the school, 17951 Dixie Highway, Homewood. The event will feature food, Christmas music by the St. Joseph Parish choir and a Toys for Tots drop box. The cost is $5 per plate, and dinner will include spaghetti, a garden salad and garlic bread. Meatballs are $1 extra. Beverages will be sold separately.
‘12 Angry Men’: The Drama Group will perform the play “12 Angry Men” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Studio Theater, 320 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students. Information: (708) 755-3444.
H-F Concerts: Homewood-Flossmoor High School, 999 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor, will host several holiday concerts in the auditorium. They include the symphonic band and Viking orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday, symphonia and wind ensemble at 4 p.m. Sunday, inspirational voices at 7:30 p.m. Friday, tuba at 3 p.m. Saturday and winter choral at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Admission is free.
‘Winterlude’ Concert: The Grande Prairie Singers will perform its “Winterlude” concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest. The concert will feature classical and contemporary holiday music. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students. Information: email@example.com or (708) 481-8684.
Monday | 10
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.
Book Discussion Group: The Crete Public Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet 7:15 to 9 p.m. Monday at the library, 1177 N. Main St. The chosen book for discussion is “The Hare With Amber Eyes,” by Edmund DeWaal. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Chess Night: The Crete Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Chess Night With John at 7 p.m. Monday for children age 7 and older. Registration: (708) 672-8017.
Tuesday | 11
Computer Club: The South Suburban Mac User Group meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Grande Prairie Public Library, 3470 W. 183rd St., Hazel Crest. The club offers monthly programs and question-and-answer sessions to troubleshoot Apple computer software and hardware, as well as iPads and iPhones. Information: www.ssmug.org.
Holiday Program: The Garden Club of Park Forest will celebrate the holidays with a catered luncheon at noon Tuesday at Celebration Ministries, 424 Indianwood Blvd. Carol Wentz will present a program titled “Magnificent Eggs” after the luncheon. The cost is $10. Information: (815) 469-3523.
Rotary Club: The Matteson Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Dusties Restaurant, 4012 Lincoln Highway, Matteson. Information: (708) 429-6970.
Wednesday | 12
‘Thin Man’: Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will show the 1934 movie “The Thin Man” starring William Powell and Myrna Loy at noon Wednesday. The movie is part murder mystery and part comedy. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches. Information: www.flossmoorlibrary.org or (708) 798-4006.
Children’s Play Day: “Nature Play Day for Parents and Tots,” a free program for children ages 1 to 5, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, a mile east of Beecher. The nature play day program is held once a month with activities such as a hike, story, game, dancing or playful exploration. Registration: (708) 946-2216.
American Girl: Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will show “An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars,” the sixth film in the American Girl series, from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. Children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Information: www.flossmoorlibrary.org or (708) 798-4006.
Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Homewood meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Calumet Country Club, 2400 W. 175th St., Homewood. Information: (708) 799-6020.
Chess Night: Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave., hosts its Family Chess Night at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: (708) 748-4431 or www.mattesonpubliclibrary.org.
Twelfth Month: Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, is hosting its “Twelfth Month” art sale through Dec. 22. The event features more than 30 artists. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and 11 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (708) 754-2601.
Thursday | 13
Morning Walk: Nature Walk, a free, adult program, will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, a mile east of Beecher. Improve wellness by taking a morning walk with an interpreter. Throughout the walk there will be brief stops to highlight nature along the trail. Registration: (708) 946-2216.
Family Support: The National Alliance on Mental Illness family support group for relatives and friends of people with serious mental illnesses and brain disorders meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Church of Christ, 4010 W. 206th St., Matteson. Information: John Rowley, (708) 798-3862.
Teen Crafts: Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host its Teen Craft Time event for students in sixth through 12th grades from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the library’s Helen Wilson Meeting Room. Students will help design cards for seniors in conjunction with the Kids Who Care program. Students will be able to earn community service points. Information: www.flossmoorlibrary.org or (708) 798-4006.
Lil’ Doodlers: The Crete Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Lil’ Doodlers for children ages 2 and 3 and their caregivers from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday. There will be a simple art project with stories and songs. Registration: (708) 672-8017.
Holiday Craft: The Crete Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Holiday Craft for children ages 5 and 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Reservation: (708) 672-8017.
GRUB: The Crete Public Library 1177, N. Main St., will offer G.R.U.B. (Get Rid of Ucky Boys), a program for girls age 7 and older 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration: (708) 672-8017.
Yoga Class: Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave., hosts Yoga for Health at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Information: (708) 748-4431 or www.mattesonpubliclibrary.org.
Lecture Series: Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd., hosts lectures on a variety of subjects at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Coffee will be served. Information: (708) 748-3731.
Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Chicago Heights meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Olympia Fields Drive. Reservations are required. Information: (708) 203-0780.
Hispanic Book Discussion: Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host an adult Hispanic Book Discussion at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Information: (708) 755-5040.
Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Park Forest meets from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. The luncheon location varies by season. Information: (708) 748-1129 or www.rotaryofparkforest.org.
Friday | 14
Holiday Jammie Jam: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is offering an evening of fun for children ages 4 to 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Irwin Community Center, Highland Avenue and Ridge Road, Homewood. There will be pizza, a holiday craft and a movie. Children can wear pajamas, bring a sleeping bag and a favorite stuffed animal. Cost is $15 for residents and $22 for nonresidents. Reservations: (709) 957-0300
Thrift Shop: Crete Methodist Church’s thrift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month at Main and Exchange streets, Crete. Information: (708) 672-8353.
Jazz Concert: South Suburban College will host a jazz concert featuring the jazz ensemble and jazz orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 State St., South Holland. Admission is free of charge. Information: (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2316.
Scrabble: The Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host a Scrabble tournament at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Reservations: (708) 755-5040.
Saturday | 15
Santa Visit: Santa Claus will visit with children in prekindergarten to fifth grade from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Chicago Heights Library, 25 W. 15th St. Information: (708) 754-0323.
Owls: The of Will County Forest Preserve District will host “Sounds of the Night—Owls” at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, a mile east of Beecher. Participants will walk through the twilight while listening for the distinctive call of this creature of the night. The free, all-age family program requires registration at (708) 946-2216.
Holiday Crafts For Kids: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is offering Holiday Crafts For Kids, ages 6 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Irwin Center, Ridge Road and Highland Avenue, Homewood. Cost is $22 for residents and $33 for nonresidents. Reservations: (709) 957-0300.
Election: The Democratic Women of the South Suburbs is hosting “So You Think You Want To Run For Office” at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave. The half-day seminar will provide campaign and other basic information. Admission is free. Reservations: (708) 799-6346.
Book Buddy Breakfast: The Crete Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Book Buddy Breakfast at 10 a.m. Saturday. Activities include a simple breakfast and listening to authors. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Tabletop Gaming: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will hold tabletop games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be family-style board games, as well as more advanced games. The program is hosted by the North American Gamers Association. Information: (708) 672-8017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Discussion: Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library, 19901 Stony Island Ave., Lynwood, hosts a book discussion group from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of the month. Information: (708) 758-0090 or www.glpld.org.
Mrs. Scrooge: CBC Productions will perform the play “The Gospel According to Mrs. Scrooge!” at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Bloom Trail High School, 22331 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago Heights. In the play, Mrs. Scrooge tries in court to prove that Christmas is a sham. Cost is $20 for the 1 p.m. show and $25 for the 5 p.m. show. Information: www.thespaa.org or (708) 785-7371.
Chess/Scrabble: Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, hosts open chess and Scrabble for participants of all ages and abilities from noon to 4 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month. Information: (708) 798-0121, Ext. 222.
Food for Fines: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., Food for Fines program ends Saturday. The library will forgive 50 cents for each small, nonperishable food item donated, and $1 for large items. Charges for lost or damaged items and collection agency fees cannot be waived. Information: (708) 672-8017 or www.cretelibrary.org.
Nomination Forms: The Park Forest Historical Society will accept nominations for the Park Forest Hall of Fame through Saturday. The form is available at the Park Forest Library, the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, Village Hall or www.parkforesthistory.org. Information: Michael Gans, (708) 305-3308.