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2 Southland schools renamed for First Family

The President and Mrs. Obama are coming to Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 — at least in a manner of speaking. As part of a realignment of district schools, which took effect with the start of this school year, the former Beacon Hill school …

Chicago Heights police blotter


BURGLARY: Three faucets, copper pipes and four floor vents were stolen between Aug. 1 and 7 from a vacant house in the 200 block of Raye Drive.

HOME BURGLARY: Two window air conditioners, a refrigerator, aluminum trim, copper and a laptop computer were …

Program at Marian Catholic lets kids study forensics, sports engineering


In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, Marian Catholic High School will offer the Accelerated Weekend Experience program for students in fifth to eighth grades, according to a press release from the Chicago Heights High School.

The program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration …

Crete Park District unveils lineup of programs

The Crete Park District will hold “To Knit or Knot to Knit” classes from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 6 to 27, according to a release from the district.

Participants will learn how to knit and about knitting materials and supplies. The cost …

SSC programs promote literacy

South Suburban College will celebrate National Adult and Family Literacy Week from Sept. 22 to 26.

The week’s activities will recognize the growing needs of adults who need assistance in learning the English language, are working to complete their high school equivalencies or for those …

Chicago Heights hosts Sister Cities Festival

Sister Cities Festival: Chicago Heights will host its third annual Sister Cities Festival from Friday through Sunday at the intersection of 10th Street and Dixie Highway. Many of the activities will introduce attendees to popular traditions in Chicago Heights’ four sister cities: Wadowice, Poland; Asuogyaman …

Ingalls to host free back pain seminar Sept. 10

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor’s office or emergency room, according to a release from Ingalls Health System.

More than 90 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lifetime, and when it persists …

Art exhibition  slated at SSC


The art and design department of South Suburban College will present a new exhibition titled “Trail to Arcadia,” which will be on display Aug. 25 through Sept. 17, according to a news release from the school. Chicago-based artist Anna Zanic was born in Vinkovci, Croatia, …

SD 148 brass feted for stance vs. underage drinking


Dolton West Elementary School District 148 Supt. Jayne E. Purcell, board Secretary James E. Bendell and the rest of the school board were honored by the Family Guidance Centers, Inc./Southland Prevention Coalition during the board’s June meeting.

Coalition representatives Tula Beene and Robert Thompson gave …

Marian Catholic announces honor roll


Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights recently released its list of students who made the honor roll in the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Southland residents who qualified, and their hometowns, include:

Beecher: Christine Boland-Prom, Allison Spence, Zachary Spence, Stephanie Wisniewski, Alexis …

South Suburban College slates open houses

South Suburban College will hold several program-specific open houses in the coming weeks for prospective students still weighing their college options for the coming fall semester, in addition to a comprehensive, collegewide open house on Aug. 7, according to a release from the college.

The …

Zion Lutheran students find (piano) keys to success


Students of the piano program at Zion Lutheran School in Beecher were invited to perform at the recent Be Art Momence event, according to a press release about the program.

Be Art Momence is a recently formed nonprofit art group of like-minded individuals who would …

Chicago Heights church to hold rummage sale and more

First Christian Church in Chicago Heights will be holding a number of events in the coming weeks, including its annual rummage sale, according to the church.

The church will hold “flip side” prayer and worship services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July.

A movie night …

Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills police blotter


BURGLARY: A television was stolen between April 28 and May 7 from an apartment.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: Viola Coleman, 65, 1312 Park Ave., Chicago Heights, was charged with aggravated assault after threatening to kill another woman with a knife at her apartment complex on …

Chicago Heights nursing/rehab center adds physiatrist

Through a partnership with Integrated Rehab Consultants LLC, Prairie Manor Nursing and Rehab in Chicago Heights has added a physiatrist — a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation — at the facility three times a week, according to a press release from Prairie …

SSC theatre issues ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ casting call

The PAC Rats Theatre Co., of South Suburban College, will hold open auditions for the Ken Ludwig comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo,” beginning at 7 p.m. July 9 and 10. Readings will be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus at 15800 …

Crete Park District announces July programs lineup

The Crete Park District is hosting a number of upcoming programs.

Unless otherwise indicated, they will be held at the park district’s Willard Wood Center, 515 First St., Crete. Advance registration is required at the center or online, unless otherwise indicated, and registration is requested …