Navy Lt. Erich Grawunder recently gave a presentation on the War of 1812 to Oak Lawn Community High School juniors who were studying the war as part of their United States history course. Grawunder is a 2001 graduate of OLCHS and was inducted in the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame in Oct. 2011. | Supplied Photo
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Updated: February 28, 2013 6:13AM
Sunday | 27
Scholarship Benefit: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, is selling tickets for its upcoming scholarship benefit. Information: (708) 361-3650 or www.thecenterpalos.org.
Introductory Reiki: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host an introductory Reiki class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $10, and registration is required. Information: (708) 361-3650.
Exotic Animals: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will host a free family program featuring exotic animals from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dave DiNaso will bring reptiles and amphibians from around the world for a hands-on exhibit. Information: (708) 422-4990.
Opera Lecture: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will host a free lecture on the opera “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. A member of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will conduct the program. Information: (708) 422-4990.
Blood Drive: Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood donation drive from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Incarnation Catholic Church, 5757 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. Donors will receive a $10 Target gift card. Appointments: (708) 289-1023 or www.heartlandbc.org.
Monday | 28
Beginning Internet: Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 S. Oxford Ave., will host a Beginning Internet computer class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Participants should know how to use a computer mouse. The cost is $5. Information: (708) 423-7753.
Book Collection: The National Honor Society at Eisenhower High School is collecting books for children in kindergarten through fifth grade for Read Across America Day. Collection sites include Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St.; and Eisenhower High School, 12700 S. Sacramento Ave., Blue Island.
Preschool Registration: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, is holding registration for its Farm and Nature Discovery Preschool program for children ages 3 to 5. Information: Kristin Hale, (708) 361-8933.
Open House: St. Albert the Great Catholic School, 5535 W. State Road, Burbank, will host an open house for families with preschool-age children from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Information: (708) 424-7757.
Volunteer Training: Neat Repeats Resale, 7026 W. 111th St., Worth, is holding a volunteer orientation from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday. Sales at the store benefit the Crisis Center of South Suburbia. Information: (708) 361-6860.
FAFSA Seminar: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will host a free FAFSA seminar at 7 p.m. Monday. Information: (708) 422-4990.
Auxiliary Meeting: The Evergreen Park American Legion Auxiliary Post 854, 9701 S. Kedzie Ave., will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Information: Dian Kinahan, (708) 229-2129.
School Fundraiser: Veterans Memorial Middle School will hold a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at McDonald’s, 11920 S. Western Ave., Blue Island. Information: Vicki Cole, (708) 489-8342 or email@example.com.
Pinochle Club: The Worth Senior Pinochle Club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Worth Terrace Center, 11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth. Games begin at noon, and lunch is available. Membership is free. Information: (708) 448-1181.
Tuesday | 29
Art of Knitting: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host an “Art of Knitting” luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is $16. Registration: (708) 361-3650.
Coffee Hour: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host Womantalk, a discussion of inspirational readings and a coffee hour, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Registration: (708) 361-3650.
Lincoln Program: Blue Island Public Library and the Blue Island Historical Society will host “150 Years of Freedom: What Would Lincoln Say Now?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Albee House, 13018 Maple Ave., Blue Island. Civil War historian Wayne Wolf will conduct a mock interview with actor Michael Krebs as Abraham Lincoln. Information: Dan Carroll, (708) 388-1078, Ext. 30.
Story Time: Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., offers its Good Morning Story Time program for children ages 2 to 5 at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26. Parents must remain in the library during story time. Registration: (708) 448-1530.
Needle Club: Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave., hosts its Needles Club for knitters and crocheters from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Information: (708) 448-1473.
Business Networking: The Business Networking Group meets from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at Golden Bear Restaurant, 12001 S. Cicero Ave., Alsip. Information: www.meetup.com/businessnetworkinggroupbng.
Weight Loss: The Oak Lawn TOPS Group 846 meets from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in Arnold Hall at St. Gerald School, 9320 S. 55th Court. The group helps and supports people attempting to lose weight.
Wednesday | 30
STEM Club: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will host science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities for children in third through fifth grades at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, through March 6. Registration: (708) 422-8522.
Book Discussion: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will host a discussion on the novel “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Registration: (708) 422-8522 or www.evergreenparklibrary.org.
Financial Strategies: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, will host “Taking Control: Financial Strategies for Women” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and March 13 in Room M210. The cost is $60. Information: (708) 974-4300.
Reading Camp: Trinity Lutheran Preschool, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, will offer its “Explore More: Reading is Fun” camp for children ages 3 to 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, through Feb. 20. The cost is $40. Information: Cathy Cepican, (708) 422-0193.
Paper Workshop: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host a paper workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Participants will learn how to make simple paper hearts and snowflake designs. The cost is $14 and includes all supplies. Registration: (708) 361-3650.
Open House: St. Albert the Great Catholic School, 5535 W. State Road, Burbank, will hold an open house for families with children of all grade levels from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Information: (708) 424-7757.
Senior Club: The Palos Heights Senior Club is offering membership to all seniors age 55 and older with a Palos Heights mailing address through Feb. 28. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Moraine Valley Community Church, 6300 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. Information: Edna Craig, (708) 448-7498.
Thursday | 31
Monarch Club: Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., will offer its Monarch Club for children in kindergarten through third grade at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through March 7. Children will listen to books, do craftwork and play games. Registration: (708) 422-8522.
Elder Law: The Oak Lawn Senior Center, 5330 W. 95th St., will host its Box Lunch Day at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Representatives from the Wilson and Wilson law offices will discuss five topics concerning elder law. Tickets are $4. Information: (708) 499-0240.
Story Time: Palos Park Public Library. 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., offers its Night Owl Story Time program for children ages 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 28. Parents must remain in the library during story time. Registration: (708) 448-1530.
Shakespeare Seminar: Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, will host two plays by senior theatre students on the theme of Shakespeare’s works at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets are $5 at the door. Information: (773) 881-6512 or www.mothermcauley.org.
Community History: Evergreen Park is seeking pre-1940s photographs of community life for a history book. Information: Virginia Wrobel, (708) 425-1480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday | 1
Candy Fundraiser: The Friends of the Green Hills Library is hosting a candy fundraiser through February. A Fannie May candy bar is $1 at the Friends Bookstore or at the front desk at the library, 8611 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills. Information: www.greenhills.lib.il.us or (708) 598-8446.
Fishing Night: Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., Chicago, will host Fishing to the Limit’s High School Fishing Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $10 for students and $15 for adults and includes dinner, a casting contest, speakers, raffles and door prizes. Information: email@example.com.
Spaghetti Dinner: The Girl Scouts of Lansing-Lynwood-Calumet City will hold a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran School, 2505 Indiana Ave., Lansing. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: (708) 895-5199.
Alumnus Award: Moraine Valley Community College is seeking nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nomination forms are available at www.morainevalley.edu or by emailing Jessica Crotty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday in Building D, Room 106 at the school, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. Information: (708) 974-5375.
Live Bands: The Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991, 11001 S. Depot St., Worth, has live bands playing from 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There is no cover charge. Information: (708) 448-7006 or (708) 448-6699.
Saturday | 2
Cinderella’s Closet: Oak Lawn Community High School is accepting lightly used prom gear through Saturday for its Cinderella’s Closet program. Donations of dresses, shoes, accessories and unopened makeup can be dropped off in Room 117 at the school, 9400 Southwest Highway, Oak Lawn. Information: Kelly Kenny, (708) 741-5853 or email@example.com; or Maria Vanderwarren, (708) 207-8461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Experience: The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, will host “25 or 6 to 4: The Chicago Experience” at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $23 for Beverly Arts Center members and $26 for nonmembers. Information: (773) 445-3838.
Morning Matinee: Palos Park Public Library, 12330 Forest Glen Blvd., will show the 2008 animated movie “Tinker Bell” at 11 a.m. Saturday. The movie is rated G and runs 1 hour and 36 minutes. Information: (708) 448-1530.
Winterfest Event: Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, will host its Winterfest from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature crafts, games, hay rides, candle making, ice sculpting, refreshments and more for all ages. The cost is $5 for general admission and free for children age 3 and younger. Information: (708) 361-1873 or www.lakekatherine.org.