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BeacHill Primary Center Chicago Heights recently held its annual Spelling Bee. Pictured (front row from left) are winners UniayLowe third

Beacon Hill Primary Center in Chicago Heights recently held its annual Spelling Bee. Pictured (front row, from left) are winners Uniaya Lowe, third place; Richard Smith, first place; and Aishat Odu, second place; and (back row) principal Ericka Patterson; Maryann Matyasec, director of instructional services; board member Margaret McDannel and board vice president Melvin Pumphrey. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: March 18, 2013 6:10AM



Sunday | 17

Candidate Forum: The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area and the Park Forest Committee for Non-Partisan Government will sponsor a Candidate Forum at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Information: Claudette Hall (708) 747-7114.

African-American Roots: The Park Forest Historical Society will host a free program on “Researching African-American Genealogy” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Information: www.parkforesthistory.org.

Electronic Recycling: Stateline Wireless, 110 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, has an electronics recycling bin for residents to use. Information: (708) 747-7650.

Reading Program: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, is hosting its winter reading program though Feb. 28. Information: (708) 755-5040.

Monday | 18

Candidate Debate: AARP will host a 2nd District congressional primary candidate debate at 2 p.m. Monday at Victory Apostolic Church, 20801 Matteson Ave., Matteson.

Story Time: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Preschool Story Time for children ages 4 and 5 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Mondays through March 18. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Acoustic Blues: The Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd., will host a live blues jam session for players of all ages from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Information: (708) 748-3731, Ext. 22.

Black History: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, will host the film “Cracking the Codes­­­: The System of Racial Inequality” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Information: (708) 534-5000.

Vendor Fair: Prairie State College will host a Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Conference Center Auditorium, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Information: Esther Pacheco, (708) 709-3503 or epacheco@prairiestate.edu.

Black History Art: Chicago Heights is displaying original works by Union Street Gallery artists at City Hall, 1601 Chicago Road. Artwork is for sale. Information: (708) 754-2601 or www.unionstreetgallery.org.

Writing Group: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, is seeking veterans to participate in a free Veterans Writing Group. Information: Robin Thompson, (708) 534-4581 or rthompson@govst.edu.

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 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.

Resale Shop: One More Thing Resale Shop, 343 Main St., Park Forest, is open 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.

Teen Chess: South Holland Public Library, 16250 S. Wausau Ave., hosts its Chess for Teens program from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Registration: www.southhollandlibrary.org or (708) 331-5262.

Tuesday | 19

Adventure Club: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host an after-school activities club for fourth- through sixth-graders from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

Evening Story Time: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host a story time for children ages 3 to 6 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

Book Discussion: The Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host a mystery book discussion on “The Morning Show Murders” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Information: (708) 755-5040.

Story Time: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Toddler Story Time for children ages 2 and 3 and their caregivers from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through March 19. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Story Time: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Preschool Story Time for children ages 4 and 5 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays through March 19. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Curiosity Club: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Curiosity Club for children ages 5 to 8 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays through March 12. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Senior Luncheon: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host Lunch Safari for seniors at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Palermo’s, 4849 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Prices from $6.95 to $15.95. Information at (708) 957-7275.

Night Knitters: The Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host Night Time Knitters from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Information: (708) 798-3600.

African Rhythms: The Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host a Kidworks Touring Theatre Company’s African workshop for third- through eighth-graders at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Registration: (708) 798-3600.

Wiggles And Giggles: The Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host an activity program for children ages 2 and younger with a caregiver at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Registration: (708) 798-3600.

Senior Tai Chi: The Marie Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood, will host Senior Tai Chi class from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Fee is $53 for residents and $79.50 for nonresidents. Information: (708) 957-7275.

African-American History: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, will host Test Your Knowledge of African-American History from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Hall of Governors. Information: (708) 534-5000.

Public Forum: Crete Conversations will host a Crete candidate forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Crete Public Library, 1177 Main St. Information: www.creteconversations.wordpress.com.

Chess Club: The Glenwood Chess Club meets 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Blakey Center, 1 Rebecca St. Information: Ken Windmon, (312) 925-9447 or kennethwindmon@gmail.com.

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. Information: Christopher McElroy, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2558 or cmcelroy@ssc.edu.

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 8 to 10 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Sylvan Learning Center, 17936 S. Halsted St., Homewood.

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. The club hosts an auction of stamps and related materials. Information: (708) 798-1896.

Wednesday | 20

African Dance: The Muntu Dance Company will perform traditional West African dances from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland. Information: Justin Papp, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2337.

Knit And Visit: The Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host Knit And Visit with Friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Information: (708) 755-5040.

Story Time: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Toddler Story Time for children ages 2 and 3 and their caregivers from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through March 20. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Girls’ Night: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Girls Night Out Club for girls ages 7 and older 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Chess Club: The Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host Chess Club at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Information: (708) 755-5040.

Senior Health: The Marie Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood, will host a discussion of post-illness recovery by a representative of Evergreen Healthcare Center from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Fee is $53 for residents and $79.50 for nonresidents. Information at (708) 957-7275.

Chasing Winter: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will host “Hoodie Hoo Day: Chase Away Winter” around a campfire from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bring a lunch. Fee is $3 for residents and $4.50 for nonresidents. Information: (708) 481-2330.

Blood Drive: Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood donation drive from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Health Care and Rehab, 19330 S. Cottage Grove. Information: www.heartlandbc.org or (800) 786-4483.

Soul Food: Prairie State College Black Student Union will offer a Soul Food Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cafeteria Annex, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. There is a charge for food items. Information: (708) 709-3500.

Amendment Discussion: The Homewood-Flossmoor Area League of Women Voters will present a program on the efforts of the Illinois State League of Women Voters to place an amendment on the November 2014 ballot regarding the state income tax at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Homewood Library, 17917 Dixie Highway.

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 | 21

Kid’s Club: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host activities for first through third grades from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

Crock Pot Cooking: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host a slow cooker cooking class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

Nature Hike: Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, will host a “Full Moon Hike” 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Registration due Thursday at (708) 747-6320 or email thorn_creek@att.net.

Lincoln Alive: The Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host Lincoln re-enactor Kevin Wright at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration; (708) 755-5040.

Story Time: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Toddler Story Time for children ages 2 and 3 and their caregivers 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays through March 21. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Computer Class: The Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host an Introduction to Internet and email class for adults from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. Registration: (708) 798-3600.

English History: The Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host re-enactor Leslie Goddard as a 1920s British domestic servant at 7 p.m. Thursday. Registration: (708) 798-3600.

Language Stars: The Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host foreign language activities for children ages 1 to 6 with a caregiver from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Registration: (708) 798-3600.

Book Buddies: The Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host a reading activity with young readers and teen volunteers for kindergarten through third grades from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 28. Registration: (708) 798-3600.

Senior Sing-a-Lings: The Marie Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood, will host a Sing-a-Lings rehearsal from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Information: (708) 957-7275.

Drama Group Performance: The Drama Group will present “Superior Donuts” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students. Tickets: (708) 755-3444.

Job Fair: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, will host a career fair for people interested in offering employment or seeking employment and internships in education and related fields from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Information: (708) 235-3974.

Archaeology Lecture: The South Suburban Archaeological Society will present a free lecture, “Colonialism, Creolization and Archaeological Chemistry: The Founding and Development of New Orleans,” by Lauren Zych at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood. Information: Will Kelley at (708) 235-0295 or Carole Yoshida at (708) 403-1597.

Chocolate Bingo: St. James Manor And Villas, 1251 E. Richton Road, Crete, will host Chocolate Bingo from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the campus chapel. Registration: (708) 672-6700.

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.

Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Chicago Heights meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Olympia Fields Drive. Reservations: (708) 203-0780.

Adult Chess: South Holland Public Library, 16250 S. Wausau Ave., hosts its Chess for Adults program 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Registration: www.southhollandlibrary.org or (708) 331-5262.

Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Park Forest meets 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. The luncheon location varies by season. Information: (708) 748-1129 or www.rotaryofparkforest.org.

College Prep: LiveUp Empowerment Network will host a college preparation workshop titled “Achieving Life Success with a Positive Plan” for people ages 14 to 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Grande Prairie Public Library, 3479 W. 183rd St., Hazel Crest. Attendees will learn about life and professional skills and how to finalize their college plans. Information: Jessica Vasquez, (708) 798-5563.

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.

Friday | 22

Story Time: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host story time for ages 5 and younger from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

Technology Trendsetters: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host a technology class for sixth- through eighth-graders from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

Cook Book Discussion: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host a cook book discussion for adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

Story Time: The Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host Wee Ones Story Time for children ages 24 months and younger at 10:30 a.m. Fridays through March 22. Registration: (708) 672-8017.

Evening Sledding: The Forest Preserve District of Will County will host Twilight Tubing from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Dutton Road north of Goodenow Road, Beecher. Inner tubes for $1 rental and valid identification. No steel sleds allowed. Information (708) 946-2216.

Jazz Fest: Prairie State College will host a Jazz Fest at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Conference Center Auditorium, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Information: (708) 709-3500.

Art Exhibit: South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, will host the “Regional High School Student Art Exhibit” closing at 10 a.m. Friday. Information: (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2445.

Thrift Shop: Crete Methodist Church’s thrift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of the month at Main and Exchange streets. Information: (708) 672-8353.

Chair Exercise: The Bloom Township Senior Department, 425 Halsted St., Chicago Heights, offers chair exercises from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays. Information: (708) 754-9400, Ext. 247.

Saturday | 23

Veterans’ Needs: The Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host a discussion on today’s veterans’ needs with Post Commander Ernest Mercer of the Richton Park VFW from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser: Homewood-Flossmoor High School students and staff will host a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the H-F Field House, 999 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor. Proceeds benefit children with pediatric cancer. Information: www.stbaldricks.org.

Remembering Billie Holiday: Loretta Lee will perform the songs of Billie Holiday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Information: (773) 720-1923.

Culture Club: The Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host Culture Club at 1 p.m. Saturday. Information: (708) 755-5040.

Nature Days: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will host Museum Discovery Days noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Vollmer Road parking lot. Information: (708) 481-2330.

Sweet Harvest: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will host a program on maple syrup harvesting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Information: (708) 481-2330.

Blood Drive: Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood donation drive 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Kieran Parish, 700 195th St., Chicago Heights. Information: (800) 786-4483 or www.heartlandbc.org.

Lincoln Day: The Rich Township Republican Lincoln Day Luncheon will be noon Saturday at Carlos Lorenzetti Restaurant in Chicago Heights. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is the guest speaker. Cost is $25. Information: Patrice Barr, (708) 799.5877.

Campfire Stories: The Forest Preserve District of Will County will host “Winter Tales Campfire” for all ages at 1 p.m. Saturday at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher. Bring a mug for hot chocolate. Registration: (708) 946-2216.



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