Around Town (East) for Dec. 16, 2012
December 13, 2012 1:58PM
The school formerly known as Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago Heights recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of its recent renaming to Lincoln-Gavin Elementary School. Pictured (from left) are Supt. Tom Amadio; school board members Curtis Carr and Norma Caratachea; assistant business manager Laretta Perez; school board member Harold Foston; principal Cara Pastere; school board president Sam Costello; school board vice president James Cordes; Lisa Aprati, chief of staff to Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez; Ald. Wanda Rogers (3rd); and former principal Yvonne Robinson. | Supplied Photo
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Updated: January 17, 2013 6:04AM
Sunday | 16
Santa Skate: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host its “Skate with Santa” event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the H-F Ice Arena, 777 S. Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor. Admission is $6, and skate rental is $4. Information: (708) 957-7276.
Holiday Concert: Homewood-Flossmoor High School, 999 S. Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor, will host a free holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. Musicians and singers from the school’s fine arts department will be featured. Information: (708) 335-5550.
Fate Discussion: The Lifetree Cafe will host a program titled “Fate, Free Will or God’s Plan?” from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Edge Coffee House, 1366 Main St., Crete. The event will include a showing of the film “Crossword.” Lifetree participants will examine questions of personal destiny and share their own perspectives. Admission is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Information: (708) 279-7211.
Electronics Recycling: Stateline Wireless, 110 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, has an electronics recycling bin for residents to use. It is now illegal to dump old electronics in the garbage. Information: (708) 747-7650.
Monday | 17
Game Time: Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host its Family Holiday Game Time for teens and their families from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the library’s Helen Wilson Meeting Room. The event will feature games, crafts, hot chocolate, treats and more. Registration is not required. Information: www.flossmoorlibrary.org or (708) 798-4006.
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.
Snowman Contest: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, is hosting a snowman-building contest through Jan. 31. Only biodegradable and natural items can be used. Contestants can fill out an entry form at the center’s main office. Snowmen will be judged on creativity, and the winner will receive four weekend ski passes.
Senior Lunch: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District offers its Let’s Do Lunch program for seniors at noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Irwin Community Center, 18120 S. Highland Ave., Homewood. The cost is $5.25 for residents and $7.75 for nonresidents. Reservations are due by noon Friday for Monday’s lunch and noon Tuesday for Wednesday’s lunch. Information: (708) 957-7275.
Line Dancing: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District hosts its “For Your Health” line dancing class for seniors from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at the Irwin Community Center, 18120 S. Highland Ave., Homewood. The cost is $2 per class. Information: (708) 957-7275.
Blood Drive: Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood donation drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Rich Central High School, 3600 W. 203rd St., Olympia Fields. Donors must be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Walk-ins are welcome, and photo identification is required. Information: www.heartlandbc.org or (800) 786-4483.
Anime Club: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host a meeting of its Teen Anime Club from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Tuesday | 18
Book Discussion: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host a discussion on the book “A Christmas Visitor” by Anne Perry at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Information: (708) 755-5040.
Dinner Meetings: The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest hosts dinner meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Carlo’s Restaurant, 560 W. 14th Place, Chicago Heights. Information: www.facebook.com/pankatron.
Toastmasters Meetings: The Homewood-Flossmoor Toastmasters meet from 8 to 10 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Sylvan Learning Center, 17936 S. Halsted St., Homewood. Participants learn how to overcome the fear of giving speeches.
Stamp Club: The Park Forest Stamp Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest. The club hosts an auction of stamps and related materials. Information: (708) 798-1896.
Chess Club: The Glenwood Chess Club meets from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Blakey Center, 1 Rebecca St., Glenwood. Information: Ken Windmon, (312) 925-9447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Club: The Matteson Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Dusties Restaurant, 4012 Lincoln Highway, Matteson. Information: (708) 429-6970.
Literacy Tutoring: South Suburban College, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, is seeking adult volunteers for its Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. Training sessions are from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers will be trained to become one-on-one tutors in basic literacy, including the development of phonetic reading skills and communication skills. Information: Christopher McElroy, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2558 or email@example.com.
Wednesday | 19
Retired Teachers: The South Suburban Retired Teachers Association will hold a luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Carlo’s Restaurant, 560 W. Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights. Saxophonist Alex Talbot will present a program of holiday music. Information: (708) 799-0786.
Astronomy Program: The Will County Forest Preserve District of will host “What’s in the Sky This Month?” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 Dutton Road, Beecher. Participants will view nighttime items such as planets, the moon, orbiting spacecraft, comets and asteroids. Information: (708) 946-2216.
Girls Night: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will hold a Girls Night Out event for girls age 7 and older from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. Information: www.cretelibrary.org or (708) 672-8017.
Computer Class: Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will hold a basic computer class from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Participants will learn basic computer functions and how to search the Internet, attach documents, send email and more. Registration is required. Information: (708) 755-5040.
Blood Pressure: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District offers free blood pressure screenings for seniors from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 2 at the Irwin Community Center, 18120 S. Highland Ave., Homewood. Homebound Healthcare professionals will conduct the screenings. Information: (708) 957-7275.
Scout Registration: The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana will hold registration from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Girl Scout Gathering Place, 1005 W. 175th St., Homewood. Girls ages 5 to 17 are eligible to register. Information: www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org.
Blood Pressure: Bloom Township and Complete Home Health Services offer free blood pressure screenings from 10 to 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Bloom Township Senior Department, 425 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Information: (708) 754-9400.
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.
Nar-Anon: Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway, Homewood. Nar-Anon helps those who are affected by or suffering from drug addiction and follows a 12-step program. Attendees should enter through the north side of the building.
Thursday | 20
Film Club: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host a meeting of its Teen Film Club from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Participants will watch the 2003 movie “All the Real Girls” starring Zooey Deschanel. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Film Club: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host a meeting of its Adult Film Club at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Participants will watch the 1946 holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Information: www.cretelibrary.org or (708) 672-8017.
Toastmasters Club: The South Suburban Toastmasters meet at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at the South Holland Community Center, 501 E. 170th St. Information: (708) 790-5787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Adult Chess: South Holland Public Library, 16250 S. Wausau Ave., hosts its Chess for Adults program from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Registration is required. Information: www.southhollandlibrary.org or (708) 331-5262.
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 | 21
Puppet Show: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host a Melikin Puppet Show for children age 3 and older at 2 p.m. Friday. The puppets will perform “The Shoemaker and the Elves” and “The Night Before Christmas.” Registration is required. Information: www.cretelibrary.org or (708) 672-8017.
Novel Discussion: The Flossmoor Book Club will host a review of the novel “Death at Woods Hole” by author Francis McNamara at 1 p.m. Friday at B’Nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. Information: (708) 388-8268.
Toastmaster: The Park Forest Toastmasters meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. Participants learn how to overcome the fear of giving speeches. Information: (708) 283-0138 or www.parkforest.freetoasthost.net.
Chair Exercise: The Bloom Township Senior Department, 425 Halsted St., Chicago Heights, offers chair exercises from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays in the multipurpose room. Information: (708) 754-9400, Ext. 247.
Saturday | 22
Twelfth Month: Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, is hosting its annual “Twelfth Month” art exhibit and sale through Saturday. The event features more than 30 artists exhibiting artwork such as paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, glass art and found object art. Smaller works such as jewelry, pottery, clothing and ornaments will be sold. 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.
Thursday | 27
Anime Club: Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, hosts the teen anime club at 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. Information: (708) 798-0121, Ext. 222 or www.homewoodlibrary.org.
Friday | 28
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.