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Around Town (Central) for Dec. 30, 2012

Second-grade students Frankfort Square School recently took field trip Brookfield Zoo were they learned about various animals their diets habitats.

Second-grade students at Frankfort Square School recently took a field trip to Brookfield Zoo, were they learned about various animals and their diets and habitats. The students then created a report and presented their projects. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: January 31, 2013 6:15AM



Sunday | 30

Ice Rinks: The Frankfort Park District has two ice rinks available at Main Park, 200 S. Locust St., Frankfort. One rink is for open skating, and the other is for ice hockey. Rinks are open daily, weather permitting. Ice skates and snowshoes are available for rental at the concession stand. Information: (815) 469-9400 or www.frankfortparks.org.

Young Adult: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, hosts a young adult study group from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. Adults ages 20 to 40 gather for lunch, fellowship and study. Child care is available. Information: (708) 444-8560 or pastormelissa@faithumcop.org.

Sled Hill: The Frankfort Park District’s sled hill is open until 9 p.m. daily at Commissioners Park, 22108 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort. Information: (815) 469-9400 or www.frankfortparks.org.

Monday | 31

Enrollment Special: The Oak Forest Park District Health and Fitness Center, 15601 S. Central Ave., is offering an enrollment special on fitness center memberships. Attendees can get a 10 percent discount on annual memberships through Monday. Information: Bob Bartkowski, (708) 687-7270, Ext. 128.

Bingo Games: Bremen VFW Post 2791, 17147 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, hosts games of bingo at 7 p.m. Mondays. Early bird games start at 6:45 p.m., and the doors open at 4 p.m. Food and snacks will be sold. Free coffee and pastries will be served until 7:30 p.m. Information: (708) 532-2333.

Library Closed: Frankfort Public Library, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Information: www.frankfortlibrary.org or (815) 469-2423.

Library Closed: Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Information: www.tplibrary.org or (708) 532-0160.

Library Closed: Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave., will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Information: www.orlandparklibrary.org or (708) 428-5100.

Unsung Heroine: Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy is seeking nominations of women who live in the 6th District for the Unsung Heroine Award. All nominees must be involved in their community in a volunteer or professional capacity and be someone who has not received widespread recognition. Elected officials are not eligible. Nominations must be received by Jan. 11. Information: (708) 389-2125.

Library Closed: Midlothian Public Library, 14701 S. Kenton Ave., will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Information: www.midlothianlibrary.org or (708) 535-2027.

Tuesday | 1

Tuition Waiver: The University of Illinois Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver application is now available at www.osfa.illinois.edu. Go to the orange “forms” button and click on 2013-2014. The application is listed under “Tuition Waivers.” Print out the application and mail it with the required documents. The application deadline is March 1. Assistance is available at the school’s financial aid office. Information: (217) 333-0100 or finaid@illinois.edu.

Paperback Books: Paperback books are being collected for inmates of Cook County Jail. Popular requests include mysteries and inspirational readings. Books can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place. Information: (708) 532-2960.

Wednesday | 2

Needlework Club: Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave., hosts its Hooks and Needles Club at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Information: www.orlandparklibrary.org or (708) 428-5114.

New Year: Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, will host its “Happy New Year!” program for children ages 3 to 10 and their families from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Children can kick off the new year with games and activities. Information: www.tplibrary.org or Rebecca Anderson, (708) 532-0160, Ext. 2.

History and More: The Tinley Park Historical Society, 6727 W. 174th St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays; 1 to 3 p.m. the first Sunday of the month; and 6 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Admission is free. Information: (708) 429-4210.

Business Breakfast: The Associated Business Network hosts its networking breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Papa Joe’s Restaurant, 14459 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Information: www.businessnetworkingprofits.com.

Card Making: Midlothian Public Library, 14701 S. Kenton Ave., will host a card-making craft program for children from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s meeting room. Children will be able to make a personalized ‘Thank-you” card or any card they want. The library will provide card-making supplies. Information: www.midlothianlibrary.org or (708) 535-2027.

Faith Family Night: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, hosts a Family Night on Wednesdays. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by workshops from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The “God Squad” is available for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Child care for infants is available. Information: (708) 444-8560.

Thursday | 3

Winter Crafts: Frankfort Public Library, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, will host a winter crafts program at 10 a.m. Thursday. Walk-in registration is required, as is a valid Frankfort Public Library card. Information: (815) 469-2433.

‘Brave’ Showing: Midlothian Public Library, 14701 S. Kenton Ave., will host its “Lights, Camera, Movie” program for children from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the library’s meeting room. The library will show the 2012 animated film “Brave.” In the movie, a princess must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Popcorn will be served. Children age 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Information: www.midlothianlibrary.org or (708) 535-2027.

Night Owl: Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave., will offer its Night Owl Storytimes program for children age 3 and younger and a caregiver from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The event will feature tales and songs. Registration is not required, but space is limited. Information: www.orlandparklibrary.org or (708) 428-5127.

Artists Club: The Artists Club of Faith for adults meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park. Attendees should bring their own supplies and something to work on. Information: gleep2668@yahoo.com.

Business Network: The Connection Network Chapter of Business Network International meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursdays at Golden Oak Restaurant and Waffle House, 19845 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena. Information: (708) 508-2828.

Scavenger Hunt: Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, will host its Silent Scavenger Hunt for children age 5 and older and their families from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Families can test their skills with a scavenger hunt through the youth services section of the library. Information: Yvette Curtis, (708) 532-0160, Ext. 2 or www.tplibrary.org.

Friday | 4

Book Discussion: Frankfort Public Library, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, will host a discussion on the book “The Cavalier of the Apocalypse” by Susanne Alleyn as part of its Coffeecake and Crime mystery book discussion series for adults at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Copies of the featured book are available at the library. Information: (815) 469-2433.

Eagle Spirit: Midlothian Public Library, 14701 S. Kenton Ave., will host “Spirit of the Eagle” from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in the library’s meeting room. Jon Jordan will tell Native American stories and show Native American artifacts. Information: www.midlothianlibrary.org or (708) 535-2027.

Meet the Artist: Artist Sid Weiskirch will present a program from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Weiskirch will discuss Hal Foster, an artist who started the trillion-dollar comic and super hero industry. Several of Foster’s characters still are in print today, including Prince Valiant. Information: Kelly Cuci, (708) 428-5114 or www.orlandparklibrary.org.

Give Back: Ultra Foods, 13180 S. Cicero Ave., Crestwood; and St. Christopher School, 4130 W. 147th St., Midlothian, are holding a fundraiser through Jan. 27. Ultra Foods will give 5 percent of its sales to the school. Participants can submit cash register receipts to the school or parish office. Information: (708) 385-8776.

Saturday | 5

Al-Anon Group: The Lockport Al-Anon Group meets at 6 p.m. Saturdays in the Stalzer Room at the St. Dennis Parish Center, 1214 Hamilton St., Lockport. Al-Anon is a 12-step group for families who have been affected by alcoholism. Attendees should enter the parking lot from Washington Street. There are no dues or fees for membership.

Basic Computers: Midlothian Public Library, 14701 S. Kenton Ave., will host a basic computer class from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants will learn the basics of using a computer; the parts of a computer; how to use a computer mouse and keyboard; how to use Microsoft Windows; and how to search the Internet. Information: www.midlothianlibrary.org or (708) 535-2027.

Legend Songs: Mokena Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., will host “Songs of the Legends” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Vince DiFiore, also known as “Mr. Smooth,” will sing Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Peter Noone, Bobby Vinton and Neil Diamond tunes. Information: (708) 479-9663 or www.mokena.lib.il.us.

Downton Abbey: Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, will host its Downton Abbey Party for adults from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Fans of the TV show “Downton Abbey” can meet to discuss the show and watch the final two-hour episode from Season 2. There will be door prizes and British-style snacks, including tea. Information: www.tplibrary.org or (708) 532-0160, Ext. 3.

Tuesday | 8

Quilting Group: Acorn Public Library, 15624 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest, hosts a quilting group from 7 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Information: (708) 687-3700 or www.acornlibrary.org.

Tuesday Bingo: Southwest Community Services, 6775 Prosperi Drive, Tinley Park, hosts weekly bingo at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The doors open at 5 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be sold. Information: www.swcsinc.org or (708) 429-1260, Ext. 4.

Wednesday | 9

Prairiesmoke Writers: Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, offers its Prairiesmoke Writers Club at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Writers of all levels discuss their work with other writers and participate in group writing assignments. Information: (708) 301-7908 or www.homerlibrary.org.

Thursday | 10

Senior Friendship: The Manhattan Park District holds its Senior Friendship Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the program center, 397 State St., Manhattan. The cost is $6 and includes a brown bag lunch from Kirby’s Korner Bakery, light entertainment and games. Registration is due the second Tuesday of the month. Information: (815) 478-3324 or www.manhattanparkdistrictil.org.



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