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Dekker: Jaycees’ pizza tasting to benefit Garden Gallery

Julie Dekker

Julie Dekker

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Updated: April 17, 2014 6:08AM



If you were looking for an excuse to go out for pizza, look no further than downtown Tinley Park.

The new Jaycee chapter in the village will host its first-ever Pizza Taste-Off Competition from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 at Tinley Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2791, 17147 Oak Park Ave.

For a $6 donation, area residents will be able to sample a variety of pizzas from local pizzerias. This will be a blind taste test, asking the participants to rate each pizza on a scale of 1 to 5 in three different categories — thin crust, pan crust and specialty. The votes will be tallied to determine a winner and a runner-up in each category.

There will be a cash bar available, and I am told that the March Madness tournament games will be playing on six TVs in the hall. As good as that sounds, this event is even better because all of the profits will be given to Garden Gallery and Studio of Tinley Park. This is definitely a win-win situation.

Garden Gallery and Studio, 175th Street and Oak Park Avenue, has created a special environment where people with diverse life experiences can find and share a common ground through the expression and appreciation of art.

The gallery has given our community a place to experience first-hand the differences as well as the similarities of people from all walks of life. I’ve never been anywhere quite like it.

Congratulations are also in order as the gallery have been invited to participate and exhibit in this year’s Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which takes place from March 15 to 23 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Support from organizations such as the Jaycees is what helps a community to thrive.

Tinley Park’s new Jaycee chapter has been gaining momentum and will conduct several projects throughout the year. If you want to become more involved in the community or are looking for professional development opportunities, the Jaycees could be for you.

The organization provides those between the ages of 18 and 41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. For more information on the Jaycees, you can email them at www.tinleyparkjaycees@gmail.com or visit the Tinley Park Jaycees Facebook Page.

MVCC high school art show

Students from 11 Southland high schools will be participating in Moraine Valley Community College’s 30th annual High School Art Exhibition, which will be held through Wednesday at the Robert De Caprio Galley at the college’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

This show features artwork by the talented young artists from Andrew, Argo, Stagg, Shepard, Chicago Christian, Eisenhower, Sandburg, Richards, Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn and Reavis high schools.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. MVCC’s Fine and Performing Arts Center hosts art exhibits, theater productions and musical performances year round. It’s really a wonderful place to see quality entertainment close to home. To see the center’s complete calendar, visit www.morainevalley.edu



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