First-grade students at Serena Hills Elementary School in Chicago Heights recently were rewarded for their good behavior at school with a “Character Counts!” breakfast. Pictured (clockwise, from left) are Jaila Parrish, Leah High, Rosalie Taylor, Keyla Avila, Julius Roberson, Connor Ryan, Lauren Wright, Jacob Bravo-Ayala and Brianna Williams. | Supplied Photo
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Updated: January 31, 2013 6:15AM
Sunday | 30
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 | 31
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.
Spring Registration: Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, will accept registration for the spring semester from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Credit courses begin Jan. 22. Both credit and noncredit courses are listed in the fall class schedule, which is available at the school and at www.prairiestate.edu/cou/cou-schedule.html. Information: (708) 709-3500.
Art Exhibit: The Art and Design Department at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, will host a solo exhibition by artist Cydney Lewis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday through Jan. 29. The exhibit, titled “Sharks are Born Swimming,” will be held in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery on the fourth floor at the school. The exhibit is free. The gallery is closed on weekends. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2300.
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 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.
Teen Chess: South Holland Public Library, 16250 S. Wausau Ave., hosts its Chess for Teens program from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Registration is required. Information: www.southhollandlibrary.org or (708) 331-5262.
Wednesday | 2
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.
Picnic Permits: Cook County Forest Preserve picnic permits for 2013 will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Cook County Forest Preserve District General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. Online sales will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday at www.fpdcc.com and will remain available 24 hours a day.
Camp Frosty: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will offer Camp Frosty for students on winter break from Wednesday to Friday at the H-F Sports Complex, 18211 Aberdeen St., Homewood. Activities will include arts and crafts; exploring the outdoors, and field trips. Registration is required. Information: (708) 957-0300.
Butterfly Gardening: The Thorn Creek Audubon Society will present its Butterfly Gardening Program at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd. Dolly Foster, landscape horticulturist and certified arborist, will discuss plantings that are beneficial to butterflies. The presentation is free. Refreshments will be served. Information: (708) 478-3731.
Nerf Wars: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will hold its Nerf Wars program for children age 9 and older from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. Information: (708) 672-8017.
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 | 3
Literacy Tutoring: South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., 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.
Science Club: The South Suburban Earth Science Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd. Information: (708) 822-0361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
ereader Clinic: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will hold an ereader clinic from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Registration is not required. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Art Studio: The Crete Public Library Teen Art Studio for students age 13 and older will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the library, 1177 N. Main St. Teens will create personal pieces inspired by famous artists and artwork. No previous skills or materials are required. Information: (708) 672-8017.
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.
Food Group: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host a meeting of CRAVE, which stands for Crete Area Voracious Eaters, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Attendees should bring their favorite stew or soup and copies of the recipe to share with others in the group. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Open Mike: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host its Open Mike Night for students age 14 and older from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Students can bring poetry, fiction, music, comedy, videos, magic or anything they want to share. Information: (708) 672-8017.
Tree Recycling: The Will County Forest Preserve District of is offering a free Christmas tree recycling program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Jan. 7. All tinsel, lights and ornaments should be removed. Only family trees will be accepted. Drop-off locations are Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher; and Monee Reservoir, 27341 S. Ridgeland Ave. Information: (815) 727-8700.
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 | 4
Knowledge Exchange: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, is holding registration for its Knowledge Exchange series of classes, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 18. Classes are designed for students age 55 and older. The cost is $73 per class and $28 for each additional class. Information: Suzanne Patterson, (708) 534-4393.
Fish Fry: The Knights of Columbus hosts a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at St. Liborius Hall, 2440 Halsted Blvd., Steger. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 9 and younger. Information: www.stliboriuskofc.com.
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.
Pet Donations: The South Suburban Humane Society, 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, is seeking donations to help take care of kittens. The society is registered at Target and Wal-Mart. Donated items also can be dropped off at the humane society or its Spay/Neuter Clinic, 18349 S. Halsted St., Glenwood.
Saturday | 5
Open Gallery: The Village Artists, 1957 Ridge Road, Homewood, hosts an Open Gallery Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Information: (708) 798-4774.
Tree Recycling: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host a holiday tree and light recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. Completely undecorated trees can be dropped off in the Vollmer Road parking lot. Old and broken light strings and extension cords will be collected at Irons Oaks, the Marie Irwin Community Center, Wiley’s Grill, the H-F Ice Arena and the H-F Racquet and Fitness Club until Jan. 10. Information: (708) 481-2330.
Tabletop Gaming: Crete Public Library, 1177 N. Main St., will host miniature tabletop games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Family-style board games and more advanced games will be played. No role-playing games will be available. Information: (708) 672-8017.
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
Tuesday | 8
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.