Fourth-grade students at St. Louis de Montfort School in Oak Lawn work on a science lab about the parts of a flower. | Supplied Photo
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Updated: December 12, 2012 6:10AM
Sunday | 11
Blood Drive: Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood donation drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Incarnation Catholic Church, 5757 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. Donors must be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Walk-ins are welcome. Photo identification is required. Appointments: (708) 597-3180.
Claudia Parker: Author Claudia Parker will host “Becoming a Mother While Losing My Own” at 1 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave. Parker will tell her story of resiliency amid tragedies, rejection and family scandals. Parker will sign and sell copies of her book after the presentation. Information: (708) 422-8522.
Holiday Bazaar: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., Oak Lawn, will host a Holiday Bazaar from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The bazaar will feature crafts, quilts, baked goods, a white elephant sale, a harvest breakfast and services honoring American veterans. Information: (708) 423-1040.
Puppet Soup: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will host Dave Herzog’s Marionettes performing “Puppet Soup” from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Children need to be able to sit still and follow directions to participate in the program. Information: (708) 422-4990 or www.oaklawnlibrary.org.
Opera Lecture: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will host a free lecture on the opera “Werther” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. A member of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will explain the opera’s plot, play musical selections and give background on the composer. Information: (708) 422-4990.
Monday | 12
‘Lust for Life’: St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, will screen the 1956 film “Lust for Life” at 7 p.m. Monday. The film tells the story of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and how his obsessive devotion to art consumed him. Information: (773) 298-3081.
Veterans Mass: St. Albert the Great Catholic School’s junior high classes will celebrate a Veterans Day Mass at 8:30 a.m. Monday at St. Albert the Great Church, 5555 W. State Road, Burbank. Refreshments will be served following the liturgy. Attendees are free to share stories, photos, mementos and memories. Information: (708) 424-7757.
Christmas Mandala: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host a Christmas Mandala Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday. Artist Robin Neumann will teach students how to use metallic gel pens and prismacolors to create symmetrical circular patterns with holiday colors and symbols. The cost is $18, plus $5 for materials. Registration: (708) 361-3650.
Gourd Workshop: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will offer gourd workshops from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday. Professional gourdcrafter Karen Caldwell will show students how to create a birdhouse or bowl from a dried gourd. The cost is $18, plus $15 for materials. Information: (708) 361-3650.
Mortgage Qualification: Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 S. Oxford Ave., will host “How to Qualify for a Mortgage in this Difficult Economy” at 7 p.m. Monday. A representative from the Private Bank will talk about programs for refinancing and more. Information: (708) 423-7753.
Veterans Day: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, will honor veterans at 10 a.m. Monday in Building U. Information: (708) 608-4144 or mcarthurIIIg@morainevalley.edu.
Tuesday | 13
Horseshoe Casino: The Oak Lawn Park District will host a trip to Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. for adults age 21 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. The bus will depart from the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $30 for residents and $40 for nonresidents. Information: (708) 857-2200.
Board Meeting: The Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 219, Building D at the school, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. Information: www.morainevalley.edu.
History Luncheon: Mark Walker, development director at The Center, will host a luncheon titled “Around the Center in 80 Years” from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Center, 127000 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. The program will celebrate the Center’s 80th anniversary. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations: (708) 361-3650.
‘Inception’ Showing: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will host a free movie screening of “Inception” at 10 a.m. Tuesday. In the movie, a thief is given a final chance at redemption in a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion. Information: (708) 422-4990 or www.oaklawnlibrary.org.
Wednesday | 14
Civilian Careers: St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, will host “Transitioning from Military to Civilian Careers” at 4 p.m. Wednesday. LaGrange Police Chief Michael Holub will discuss the differences between military and civilian positions; how to market skills acquired through military service; and how to make the transition from military to civilian employment. Information: (773) 298-3131.
Mayan Calendar: St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, will host “The Great 2012 Scare: Fact vs. Fantasy” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Astrophysicist Kevin Manning will discuss the facts and fiction of the end-of-the-world scare. Information: Dave Kohut, (773) 298-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Husbands and Wives’: CineVerse, Oak Lawn’s weekly film discussion group, will examine the film “Husbands and Wives” from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St. Information: (708) 529-9028 or www.cineversegroup.blogspot.com.
Test Prep: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will host “Test Prep: Math Skills” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The first session will focus on pre-algebra skills, and the second on geometry skills. Information: www.evergreenparklibrary.org or (708) 422-8522.
Folding Paper: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will host a program on paper folding at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Students will learn about aerodynamic paper airplanes, luck-bringing cranes and more. Materials will be provided. Information: (708) 422-8522.
‘The Descendants’: Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., will show the movie “The Descendants” starring George Clooney at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a free copy of the book on which the movie was based. Registration: (708) 448-1530.
Thursday | 15
Jingle Market: The Mount Carmel High School Mothers’ Club will host its Jingle and Mingle Market from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at 6410 S. Dante Ave., Chicago. The event will feature crafts from local artisans and vendors. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Admission is $5. Information: email@example.com.
Monarch Club: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., hosts a story session at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 19. Participants will listen to Illinois children’s choice book award nominations and participate in crafts and games. Registration: (708) 422-8522.
Career Paths: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will host an informational session for adults about their future careers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The session will cover preparing for high-demand jobs, exploring a new career, and earning a college degree. Registration: (708) 422-8522.
‘Below the Surface’: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, will host artist Michael X. Ryan’s “Below the Surface” from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Ryan creates drawings, mappings and laser-cut wood sculptures that focus on patterns made or discovered while traveling places lived and visited. Information: (708) 974-5375.
Wayside School: The drama clubs at Kerr and Veterans Memorial middle schools will present “Sideways Stories form Wayside School” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Middle School, 12320 S. Greenwood Ave., Blue Island. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children age 13 and younger. Information: (708) 385-6800, Ext. 7013.
Friday | 16
Hide and Seek: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will host a game of hide-and-seek for students in sixth through 12th grades at 6 p.m. Friday. Students must turn in a permission slip by Wednesday. Information: (708) 422-8522.
Blood Drive: Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood donation drive from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Shepard High School, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights. Donors must be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Information: www.heartlandbc.org or (800) 786-4483.
Being Earnest: Chicago Christian High School, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights, will present “The Importance of Being Earnest” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Information: (708) 388-7650.
Francis Flowers: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will show the film “The Flowers of St. Francis” at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A discussion will follow the movie, and free popcorn will be served. Registration: (708) 361-3650.
Board Candidates: Nominating petition forms for the April 9 consolidated election at Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 are available. Forms can be picked up from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. business days in Room 123 at 9400 Southwest Highway, Oak Lawn. Petitions must be filed no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: Linda Schlimm, (708) 741-5602.
Saturday | 17
Weekend Quilters: The Weekend Quilters group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave. Instructor Penny Nichols will discuss quilt design and construction. Information: (708) 422-8522.
Autism Seminar: Family Time Magazine will host its third annual Autism and Special Needs Seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The seminar will provide information for families with children with autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as students studying to work with special-needs children. Tickets are $10 in advance and $25 at the door. Information: (815) 806-8844.
Armiger Performance: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, will host a performance by country music singer and songwriter Katie Armiger at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Information: (708) 974-5375.
Floral Design: Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., will host “Get Your Green On: Fresh Greenery Creations for the Holiday” at 11 a.m. Saturday. Floral designer Bridget Bittman will discuss how to use natural elements to decorate the home and to arrange evergreens, twigs, cranberries and pinecones. Registration: (708) 448-1530.
Online Shopping: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will host a class on online shopping from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Attendees will learn how to find coupon codes, get paid to shop, discover local bargains, evaluate products and merchants, and become a mobile shopper. Information: www.oaklawnlibrary.org or (708) 422-4990.
Al-Anon Group: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, hosts Al-Anon meetings at 9 a.m. Saturdays in the main building. Information: www.thecenterpalos.org or (708) 361-3650.