Nutritionist Althea Reid demonstrates how to make salt fish fritters, which are made in her homeland of Jamaica, during the Share the Plate event at the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library. | Supplied Photo
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Updated: December 12, 2012 6:10AM
Sunday | 11
Dixie Highway: The Matteson Historical Society will host a lecture by Jim Wright titled “The Dixie Highway in Illinois” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Old St. Paul’s Church, 6200 W. Vollmer Road, Matteson. The event is free. Information: (708) 755-9363.
‘Don Pasquale’: Speaker Carla Thorpe will present a preview of Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “‘Don Pasquale” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway. The lecture is free. Information: (708) 799-9055.
Green Spa: Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host its Handmade Green Spa Gift Workshop for students in sixth through 12th grades from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Instructor Eleanor Reilly will show students how to make “green” spa gifts. All materials are included. Registration: (708) 798-3600.
Prairie Reclamation: The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University will host “Reclaim the Prairie” at 1 p.m. Sunday at the school, 1 University Parkway, University Park. Participants will meet for a presentation on the importance of prairie restoration before going outside to harvest and then sow prairie seeds. Reservations: (708) 534-3084.
Veterans Day: The Park Forest Historical Society will host its Veterans Day program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Edwin Fizer, a veteran of the Montford Point Marines, the black unit that broke the color barrier in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, will speak on the challenges and accomplishments of his unit. The program is free. Information: Jane Nicoll, (708) 481-4252.
Jewish Program: The Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society will host “More, Much More, Than Fiddlers on the Roof!” at 7 p.m. Sunday at B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. The program will discuss a particular Eastern European community’s Jewish residents. Information: Ellen Kahn, (708) 206-1628.
Three Divas: Opera Up Close will host “The Three Divas!” at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park. Tickets are $35. Information: www.centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222.
Monday | 12
Sierra Club: The Sauk-Calumet Group of the Illinois Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Olympia Fields Village Hall, 20701 Governors Highway. Photographer Bob Moffitt will show time-lapse movies and photos of star trails through the moonlit night sky. Information: Patrick Coffey, email@example.com.
Tuesday | 13
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.
Podcasting Start: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host “Getting Started with Podcasting” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees will learn about podcasting. Registration: (708) 481-5333.
Garden Club: The Garden Club of Park Forest will meet at noon Tuesday at Celebration Ministries, 424 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest. Kelsey Shaw from Possibility Place Nursery will present a gardening program. Information: (815) 926-2193.
‘Quiche of Death’: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host a discussion on “The Quiche of Death” by M.C. Beaton as part of its Mystery Book Discussion series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Information: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Teacher Certification: Governors State University will host an information session for its Alternative Teacher Certification Program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1 University Parkway, University Park. Attendees will learn how to earn elementary or secondary teacher certification. Information: (708) 534-4399 or www.govst.edu/altcert.
Wednesday | 14
Winnie the Pooh: Children’s Daytime Theatre will present “Winnie the Pooh: Birthday Tail” at 9:30 a.m. and noon Wednesday to Friday; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Nov. 18 the Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door and $5 per person in groups of 25 or more. Information: (708) 755-3444 or www.dramagroup.org.
Computer Class: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host a class on computer basics from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Participants will learn basic computer functions, how to search the Internet, and how to attach documents and email. Registration: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Health Care: State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) will discuss the state-level action to implement the Affordable Care Act during a meeting of the Park Forest Area League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd. Information: Theresa Settles, (708) 748-8664.
American Traditions: Native American Bill Buchholz will discuss his people’s traditions through storytelling and flute playing during a meeting of the Homewood Historical Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway. Information: (708) 799-9055.
Classic Movies: Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will show the 1953 movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe at noon Wednesday in the library’s Helen Wilson Meeting Room. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. Information: (708) 798-3600 or www.flossmoorlibrary.org.
Closing Reception: South Suburban College will host the closing reception for its art exhibition “Fractious” featuring work by Chicago artist Ted Stanuga at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Dulgar Gallery at the school, 15800 S. State St., South Holland. Stanuga will be in attendance. The exhibit runs through Friday. Information: Eric Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2300.
Retired Teachers: The South Suburban Retired Teachers Association will host its luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Carlo’s Restaurant, 560 W. Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights. Information: (708)-799-0786.
Thursday | 15
Maya Calendar: The South Suburban Archaeological Society will present an illustrated lecture by anthropologist Joel Palka titled “Maya 2012: The End of the Maya Calendar” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Irwin Community Center, 18120 S. Highland Ave., Homewood. Palka will discuss the archaeology and history of Mesoamerica, classic Maya culture, Maya hieroglyphic writing and art; cultural and political evolution; social inequality and settlement patterns. Information: Will Kelley, (708) 235-0295.
Freud Discussion: Clinical psychologist Karen Pedigo will give a lecture titled “Does Freud Still Matter in 2012?” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest. Information: (708) 748-3731.
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.
Film Contest: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, is holding a short film contest through Thursday. Participants must create a five- to 15-minute short film about books, the library or the community. The top three crowd favorites will win a prize. Information: (708) 481-5333 or http://www.richtonparklibrary.org.
Shopping Extravaganza: The GSU Civil Service Senate will host the annual Fall Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park. The event will feature arts, crafts, gifts and more. Information: (708) 235-7559.
Friday | 16
‘Sarah’s Key’: Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., will host a discussion on the book “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana De Rosnay as part of its Coffee and Conversation series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday in the library’s Helen Wilson Meeting Room. Information: (708) 798-3600.
‘80s Day: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host its Teen ‘80s Day from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Friday. Teens can dress in their favorite ‘80s gear and watch a movie from the 1980s. There also will be a prize for best costume. Space is limited to 20 students. Registration: (708) 481-5333.
Unlikely Pilgrimage: The Flossmoor Book Club will host a discussion on the novel “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frey” by Rachel Joyce at 1 p.m. Friday at BNai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. The book reviewer will be Trina Hayes.
Book Discussion: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host a discussion for adults on the book “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden” by Helen Grant from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Registration: (708) 481-5333.
Saturday | 17
Book Signing: Author Theresa Banks will sign copies of her books, including “Surviving a Layoff,” during the 2012 Holiday Marketplace of Glenwood from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Glenwoodie Golf Club, 19301 S. State St., Glenwood. Information: email@example.com.
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.
Craft Program: The South Suburban Weavers Guild will host “Scandinavian Nalbinding/Tooth Brush Rugs” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave. Master crafter Doris Sweeney will show participants how to weave a small rug or mat using fabric strips and a toothbrush-like tool. There will be a small fee for the toothbrush tool. Information: www.mattesonpubliclibrary.org or (708) 748-4431.
Speaking in Tongues: MPAACT Productions will host “The Chronicles of Babel” at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park. The production explores the oral histories of an extended family living in Chicago’s now-demolished Washington Park housing project. Information: www.centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222.
Thanksgiving Crafts: Richton Park Public Library, 4045 Sauk Trail, will host its Thanksgiving Crafts 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.
Veterans Workshop: The Benjamin O. Davis VFW Post 311, 22341 Governors Highway, Richton Park, will host a Veterans Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will include a panel discussion with members of veterans organizations about the latest updates in the VA Disability Claims process. Afterward, break-out groups will address specific topics related to military personnel. Information: Ernest R. Mercer, (708) 679-0995.
Cleaning Products: Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library, 54 E. 31st St., Steger, will host “Do-It-Yourself Green Cleaning Products” at 1 p.m. Saturday. Attendees will learn how to mix items commonly found around the home to create cleaning solutions. Information: www.ssch.lib.il.us or (708) 755-5040.
Scholarship Gala: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation will host the 23rd annual Black and Gold Scholarship Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson. The fraternity will give academic scholarships to deserving African American males. Former Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso also will receive the Leadership Award. Tickets are $85. Information: www.tmlcf.com.