CHICAGO RIDGE Oct. 25: Chicago Ridge Park District’s annual Halloween at the Park event will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Frontier Fieldhouse, 9807 S. Sayre Ave. This year will feature the park district’s new inflatables including the bounce house, obstacle courses and a huge slide. The event will also feature a waxed hands event where participants can make their own Halloween hands using their own hands. There will also be a costume contest, games and candy.
Oct. 28 to Dec. 2: Biddy Basketball is being offered by the Chicago Ridge Park District to children 4 to 7 years old from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 2 at the Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham St. The fee is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Children will explore their basketball and physical capability through a number of basketball drills and games. Oct. 27 to Dec. 1: Children will learn how to play floor hockey through various games, drills and instruction. Participants will learn the basic concepts of floor hockey in an instructional setting Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham St. The fee is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents.
OAK LAWN Oct. 24: The Oak Lawn Park District Stony Creek Restaurant and Banquet Facility, 5850 W. 103rd St., is hosting a wine tasting event from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Participants can sample a selection of wines accompanied with different cheeses, fruits and appetizers. The cost is $20 per person and individuals must be 21 years or older. For more information, call 857-2433.
Oct. 25: Adults 21 and older are welcome at the Oak Lawn Park District Stony Creek Restaurant and Banquet Facility, 5850 W. 103rd St., for a Halloween party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $20 per person and includes a disc jockey, light buffet, cash bar and a costume contest.
OAK LAWN The Oak Lawn Library is located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. For more information about the programs or events, call 422-4990, or visit oaklawnlibrary.org.
Nov. 1: The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library will be holding in-person registration from 9: 30 to 10:30 a.m. for a trip to Munster, Ind., for lunch and to see Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” at the Theater at the Center. The trip will take place Tuesday, Dec. 2 and include lunch. The maximum number of participants is 56. Participants depart at 11:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $68 for members and $73 for others. Members must present a current membership card or receipt to receive the $5 discount. There is a two-ticket limit per person. Trips sponsored by the Friends are not wheelchair accessible.
Nov. 3: “Camp Douglas: Chicago’s Civil War Prison,” will be explained by David Keller, founder of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. He will detail the history of the camp, including conditions, loss of life and stories from prisoner diaries at 7 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Public Library. The current status of the site and the work done by the Restoration Foundation will also be discussed.
Nov. 4: Families have a chance to visit “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” again when the Oak Lawn Public Library hosts its free movie from 10 a.m. to noon. This 2014 movie is rated PG, is 92 minutes long and is for all ages. Registration is not required.
Nov. 5: The Oak Lawn Public Library presents, “Clean Up Your Room and Do Your Homework,” for parents of teens who struggle with executive functioning skills. The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Topics will include the development of executive skills, interventions for common behaviors, parents as coaches, long term tips for practice and development, available resources and more.
Nov. 6, 13 and 20: Story Break for children ages 5 to 7 will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Storytelling, reading aloud and games will be featured all three days. The themes are playtime on Nov. 6, fairytale fun on Nov. 13, and toy stories on Nov. 20. Registration begins 10 days before each date.
Nov. 7, 14 and 21: The Oak Lawn Public Library presents Kindergarten Here I Come for children ages 4-5. Children will listen to stories, sing songs and engage in learning activities from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Program topics will include ABC’s, numbers, colors, shapes, animals and much more. The child’s adult must remain in the library. Registration begins 10 days before each date.
Ongoing: The Oak Lawn Public Library’s goal for “Operation Gratitude - Cards and Letters for the Soldiers,” is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every care package and tell US troops “we care.” Letter writers can start the note with, “Dear Hero.” Once completed cards, letters and drawings can be placed in the patriotic basket located outside of the Computer Center. Library staff will send out the well wishes once the basket is full. This will continue until the end of the year.
Ongoing: Patrons of the Oak Lawn Public Library are being asked to donate their gently used books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the library. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Customer Services Desk to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation. The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio-visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases beyond the library’s regular budget.
PALOS HILLS Green Hills Public Library is located at 8611 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills. For more information, or to register for a program, call 598-8446, or visit greenhillslibrary.org.
Nov. 11: The Green Hills Public Library Book Page Wreath Making class will be held at 7 p.m. Patrons can get in the holiday spirit by making a wreath out of used book pages. Materials will be supplied. Patrons having old books they would like to use, are asked to bring them. Registration is required and limited to 25.
Nov. 12: Green Team Time with Miss Emily will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Children, ages 6 to 8, can enjoy nature themed stories and activities.
Nov. 13: The Green Hills Public Library South Side Seniors book discussion will focus on the nonfiction bestseller, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand at 10 a.m. Books are available at the Information Desk.
Nov. 14: Family Movie Time at the Green Hills Public Library presents “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at 4:30 p.m. Each person gets popcorn and juice. All ages are welcome.
Nov. 18: Homemade Holidays is the theme this year at 7 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Those interested in Interested in making their holiday gift this year, will be able to go over 20 fun, easy-to-make Pinterest craft projects. Samples will be raffled off at the end of the program. Participants will go home with handouts on how to make the crafts. Registration required.
Nov. 19: All tweens and teens, between the ages of 10 and 17, are invited to the D.I.Y. Tween/Teen Post-it Note Art program at 6 p.m. Participants can come to the Green Hills Public Library to make their very own post-it note piece of artwork. They will learn how to generate their own design and translate it into actual artwork to take home. Registration is required and limited to 30.
Nov. 20: The Green Hills Public Library Family Reading Night presents a Mo Willems party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Librarians will read patrons’ favorite Mo Willems stories, while participants will be invited to share stories together with their families, complete fun crafts, and celebrate reading. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a Barnes and Noble gift card.
Nov. 22: Science Saturday at the Green Hills Public Library invites patrons ages 3 to 6, with a caregiver, to come to the library to do a science experiment based on a favorite story time book at 11 a.m. Registration is required and limited to 15 junior scientists.
Nov. 24: Drop-In Craft time will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Patrons of all ages can stop by the activity room to make some fun crafts.
Nov. 24: Patrons of all ages can join ScribbleJim and ScribbleJayne of ScribbleMonster as they present a high-energy, play-along rock concert for the whole family at 6 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. ScribbleMonster encourages children’s creative participation in a concert where they will play, sing, dance, share ideas, and have fun with the family. Registration is required and limited to 90. Patrons are asked to register all attending.
Nov. 26: The Pokémon Club convenes at 6 p.m. at the Green Hills Public Library. Patrons can come to the library to meet and battle other Pokémon fans!. Participants should bring their own Nintendo DS, games, trading cards, books, and anything else Pokémon that they would like to share and discuss. All ages welcome.
Nov. 27: The Green Hills Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Chicago Ridge The Chicago Ridge Park District has several locations. One is the Frontier Fieldhouse, 9807 S. Sayre Ave. For more information on programs at this location, or to register, call 423-3959. Another location is the Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham St. For more information on programs at this location, call 708-636-4900. *** Ongoing: Chicago Ridge Park District residents are invited to visit Ball Fore Miniature Golf Course and Batting Cages, 6701 W. 107th St. Ball Fore has a championship level miniature golf course and six batting cages where batters can choose their own speeds and select either baseball or softball. There is also a concession stand serving hot and cold items featuring, slushies, dippin’ dots, baseball helmet soft serve ice cream, pizza, nachos and much more. Ball Four hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. **** Ongoing: The Chicago Ridge Park District is taking team registration for 4th through 8th grade boys basketball and girls volleyball leagues. For registration information, please call 708-423-3959 or visit our website www.chicagoridgeparks.com. *** Ongoing: Chicago Ridge Park District is offering Park and Pad Time for 3 to 5 year olds at the Lily Pad, 6246 Birmingham St. If it rains, class will be held inside the Freedom Activity Center. The class is being held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 15 through Aug. 7. The fee is $70 for residents, and $80 for non-residents. *** Note: The Chicago Ridge Park District is offering a discount special of any two yoga classes for $65 for residents and $85 for non-residents.
Evergreen Park The Evergreen Park Recreation Department is located at 3450 W. 97th St. For more information, or to register for a program, call 229-3373, or visit evergreenpark-ill.com. *** The camp for 4 and 5 year old will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and fee will be $55. The camp for ages 5 and older will be held from 9 a.m. until noon and the fee will be $95.
Oak Lawn The Oak Lawn Park District administrative building is located at 9400 S. Kenton Ave. For more information, call 857-2225 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. *** Immediately: The Oak Lawn Park District is offering a wide range of summer camps. Registration is ongoing for residents and non-residents. For more information about the camps, view the summer camp guide. *** Immediately: The Oak Lawn Park District is taking a customer service survey to find out how better to serve residents. For more information, call the park district’s administrative office, or visit olparks.com. Those taking the survey can be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one Community Theatre gift certificate good for two free admissions to one 2014 — 2015 production. *** Sept. 13 and Nov. 20: The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers program is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Registration is going on now for one of two class, either Saturday, Sept. 13, or Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Administrative Building, 9400 S. Kenton Ave. The fee for each class is $59 for residents and $75 for non-residents. For more information, call Mary Crout at 857-2225. *** Sept. 18 and Nov. 10: The Oak Lawn Park District will host American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, and Monday, Nov. 10 at the Administrative Building, 9400 S. Kenton Ave. This class is to everyone from schoolchildren to adults. The course focuses on CPR and helps participants recognize signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults, children and infants. This is not a certification course, but will prepare participants to act in an emergency. Participants will receive a Family and Friends CPR book. The fee for each class is $29 for residents and $45 for non-residents. For more information, call Mary Crout at 857-2225. *** Ongoing: Registration is currently being accepted for the Oak Lawn Park District’s Preschool classes. Registration will be accepted until classes are full. For more information on payment plans, or on preschool classes, please contact David MacDonald at 857-2200, ext. 2604. Learn as you Grow I and Playschool is for 3-year-olds. Sessions are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., or 12 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through December and January through May 2015. Learn As You Grow I will be held at the Little White Building, 9514 S. 54th Ave., and Playschool will be held at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The fee is $670 for residents and $752 for non-residents. There are three payment options available and a $50 non-refundable deposit is included in the fee. Learn as you Grow II and Prep School is for 4-year-olds. Sessions are held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from September through December, and January through May, 2015. Learn as You Grow II will be held at the Little White Building, 9514 S. 54th Ave. Prep School will be held at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The fee is $1,000 for residents and $1,124 for non-residents. There are three payment options available and a $50 non-refundable deposit is included in the fee.
Worth The Worth Park District is located at the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave. For more information, or to register for the programs, call 448-7080. The Winter/Spring Worth Park District program guide has arrived. Registration has begun. *** Immediately: Planning is under way for a festival of family fun for the friendly village. The Worth Park District is currently looking for crafters, business vendors, sponsors and more to participate in a weekend of family fun and entertainment. For applications and the latest news on main stage entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides and more, visit the Worth Park District website at worthparkdistrict.org, or like the Worth Days page on Facebook. *** Ongoing: Planning is under way for a festival of family fun for the friendly village. Worth officials are currently looking for crafters, business vendors, sponsors and more to join them for a weekend of family fun and entertainment. For applications, and the latest news on main stage entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides and more visit the website at worthparkdistrict.org, or like the Worth Days page on Facebook. *** Ongoing: Pickle Ball will be at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Pickle Ball is a cross between tennis and ping-pong and involves strategies such as lobbing, drive shots and overhead slams. Cost is $1. *** Ongoing: Open gym basketball is offered at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1. *** Ongoing: The Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., has an indoor playground featuring slides, a climbing wall, tree house and more for children who can walk through 4 years old. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fee is $1 for residents, $2 for non-residents. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.
The Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 W. 97th St., Evergreen Park, offers the Driver Safety Class sponsored by AARP in October. The two-day class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2 and 3. The eight-hour refresher course is designed for motorists age 50 and older. Sign up for the class can be made in person, or by mailing a check made payable to AARP-$15 for members and $20 for non-members, a name, address and phone number to the Office of Citizens’ Service. In addition to updating your driving knowledge and skills, participants may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance after completing the course. For more information, call 422-8776.
Senior High-Dose Flu Vaccine Available This Year at Orland Township Orland Township is now offering senior high-dose flu vaccine for residents 65 and older at all of its flu shot clinics in 2014. Senior high-dose flu vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen than what is found in the regular vaccine. Antigen is the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody. Additional antigen creates a stronger immune response or more antibodies in the person receiving the vaccine. Residents 65 and older should consider this high-dose vaccine because human immune defenses become weaker with age and this places older people at greater risk from the influenza virus. Aging also decreases body’s ability to have a good immune response after receiving a flu vaccine. The senior high-dose vaccine is just as safe as the regular flu vaccine, but mild and temporary effects can occur. Most experience no effects with either vaccine. Flu vaccines will be offered at the township office, 14807 S. Ravina Ave., Orland Park, and local churches on the following dates: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27; from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 22; from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4 which is a drive-thru clinic. During fall, the senior high-dose vaccine will be offering four Sundays at various churches, including 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr, 17500 S. 84th Ave., Tinley Park; and from 8:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at St. Francis of Assisi, 15050 Wolf Rd., Orland Park. Residents 65 and older with Medicare Part B are eligible to receive the immunization free of charge. A Medicare Part B card must be presented at the time of vaccination. Those with an HMO/Medicare plan are not eligible for a free vaccination and should visit their primary care physician. Without Medicare Part B coverage the cost of the vaccine is $40.
Proof of residency is required. Orland Township boundaries include Orland Hills, Orland Park (east of Will Cook Road and south of 135th Street), Tinley Park (west of Harlem and north of 183rd Street), and unincorporated Orland Park. For more information, call 403-4222, or visit orlandtwp.org.
Evergreen Park Senior Citizens’ Council to Meet The next Evergreen Park Senior Citizens’ Council meeting, luncheon, and program will be held at 11: 30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Evergreen Park Senior Center, 9547 S. Homan Ave., which has ample parking in the rear of the building. After the luncheon, the entertainment will feature The Convertibles Barbershop Quartet harmonizing with songs from the 40’s and 50’s. Individuals can purchase their tickets for $6 each at the Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 W. 97th St. The ticket deadline is Monday, Sept. 15. For more information, call 422-8776.
Evergreen Park’s Office of Citizens’ Services Offers One Day Trips The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 West 97th St., is inviting residents to two, one-day trips. The trips includes round-trip, motorcoach transportation. The first is to Wisconsin’s German town Wednesday, Sept. 24. The departure time is 7:15 a.m. and the group plans to return at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $81. Participants will visit Dhiensville Settlement, Bast Bell Museum, German Glass & Gift Shop and lunch at Alpine Retreat Restaurant in Hubertus, Wis. The reservation deadline is tomorrow, Friday. Another trip features” Christmas Remembered” Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Rosewood of Delavan. Departure is planned for 9:45 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Tickets are $83. After experiencing “farm to table” cuisine prepared by Chef John Schnupp, participants can spend time at Rosewood’s boutique retail shops, and then enjoy “Christmas Remembered.” It will be performed in a state of the art cabaret style theater. The reservation deadline is Saturday, Nov. 1.
Meals on Wheels The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information, call 422-8776.
Many people, for various reasons — religious, health or otherwise — question whether they should drink wine. Some believe wine to be no different than other alcoholic beverages, and that imbibing is morally wrong, dangerous or unhealthy.
Well, wine is not wrong, dangerous or unhealthy if drunk in moderation. Drinking too much water can kill you, which just goes to prove all things, even those most essential to life, must be done in moderation.
If everyone understood the health benefits of wine and that it can be a part of the daily diet with no adverse health effects, the world would be a healthier, happier place. It is a clinically-proven fact that wine can help people live longer, healthier lives than teetotalers.