Park Clips from 1-2-14

Chicago Ridge
  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

Evergreen Park
  The Evergreen Park Recreation Department is headquartered at the Village Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St., but holds programs in various locations throughout the village. For more information, or to register for a class, call 229-3373.
  Jan. 7: The Recreation Department starts its tumbling class for children ages 4 years and older. The class will introduce some basic skills and adding more advanced skills such as running round offs, front and back walk-overs, and front and back handsprings for returning students. Classes are held Tuesdays at the Village Activity Center, 3228 W. 98th St. The fee is $73 for a 45-minute class or $7 for a one-hour class for eight weeks.
  Jan. 11: This is the last day to register for the winter soccer league for boys and girls ages 4 through 13. The goal of the indoor soccer league will be to promote enjoyment, learning, and individual development for all participants. The intent of the program is to let the children have fun, to instruct them in the fundamentals and rules of the game. Games will be played on Saturday mornings for 4,5 and 6 year olds, and Saturday afternoons for children 7 through 13 year olds. The fee is $65 for eight weeks. Games will be played at the Village Activity Center, 3228 W. 98th St., or Evergreen Park High School, 99th Street and Kedzie Ave.
  Jan. 11: Cooking class for children ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 11 years old begins. Participants in the culinary class will be learning the basics of cooking as well as baking. Students will be able to eat everything made in class. Classes will be held at the Community Center. Other dates for the classes are Saturday, Feb. 1 and March 8. The 6 to 8 year olds time will cook from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the 9 to 11 year olds from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fee for each class is $15 for 6 to 8 year olds, and $20 for 9 to 11 year olds.

Oak Lawn
  Ongoing: Duplicate bridge will be held at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Oak View Center. Cost is $7 per person and includes a light lunch. For more information, call 857-2200.

  Headquarters for the Worth Park District is located at the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave. For more information, or to register, call 448-7080. The Winter/Spring Worth Park District program guide has arrived and registration has begun.
  Jan. 8: Registration is due for the Worth Park District Senior Lunch Bunch’s next trip to Ditka’s in Oakbrook Jan. 15. Participants are asked to register one week prior to each trip at $8 per resident and $12 for on-residents. The trip leaves from the Terrace Centre at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to return by 2 p.m.
  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

Benefits & Fundraisers from 1-2-14

 Community residents are asked to bring their gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats to Neat Repeats Resale. They are also looking for new and gently used children’s winter clothing and toys. Donations are accepted daily at either store, 7026 W. 111th St., Worth, or 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park. For more information, call the Worth store at 361-6860, or the Orland Park location at 364-7605. Neat Repeats is now open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
  All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.
  Neat Repeats Resale stores are looking for volunteers to work in their stores in Worth and Orland Park. Volunteers are asked to give five hours a week to make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence. Volunteers can develop new skills and help in their community. Volunteer Recruitment Day is Saturday, Dec. 7th and those interested can visit the stores in Orland Park at 9028 W. 159th St. or in Worth at 7026 W. 111th St. Attendees will be given a tour, a chance meet other volunteers, and learn why Neat Repeats is a great place to volunteer. For more information, call the store manager either in Orland Park at 364-7605, or Worth at 361-6860.
  All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.

Focus on Seniors from 1-2-14

Smith Village holds free support group for caregivers
  Beverly area residents with family members or friends living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are invited to a free monthly meeting that will focus on “Taking Care of the Caregiver” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Smith Village, a continuing care retirement community, 2320 W. 113th Pl., Chicago.
  Smith Village’s memory support coordinator Diane Morgan will be joined by Carly Carney, owner of the Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St., to explore ways caregivers can take care of themselves by meditating. Carney will explore the process of developing a meditation practice through visualization and breathing exercises that can lead to a feeling of inner well being.

  Before the hour-long meeting ends, Morgan and Carney will be open to questions and comments from the assembled group and light refreshments will be served. For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 773-474-7300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Grandparents raising grandchildren support group
  PLOWS Council on Aging will host a grandparents raising grandchildren support group beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m., at the Palos Township office, 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills.
  Each of the 10 sessions will focus on a specific topic, including financial and legal assistance, technology skills, and self-care. Knowledgeable and experienced guest speakers will be invited to provide additional information and guidance.
  For information and registration, contact Maria or Amanda C. at PLOWS, 361-0219. Do not contact Palos Township regarding this program.

Legal clinic at PLOWS
  PLOWS will host the next monthly legal clinic presented by the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL).
  Low-income senior citizens may receive free assistance with a variety of legal matters including powers of attorney, wills, landlord/tenant issues, collections and consumer fraud.
  Appointments are necessary and may be made by contacting CDEL at 312-376-1880, Ext. 22.
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.

55 and Up
  Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.
  The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

Retro Reporter

  • Written by Compiled by Jeff Vorva

Retro Reporter ArtMinors trying to view adults-only movie thwarted by Ridge police
50 years ago - From the Oct. 3, 1963 edition:RETRO-reporter-1-col-blood-feast
 The story: Almost 200 cars carrying minors were turned away by police from the Starlite Theater in Chicago Ridge after the outdoor theater on 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue showed adult films. Two months prior, some minors attended the adults-only movie “Blood Feast” and that caused a ruckus in the community.
  The quote: “One of the scenes in the movie showed a woman’s tongue being ripped out of her mouth with the blood splattering onto the camera,” — A man complaining about “Blood Feast” at a Chicago Ridge village board meeting.
  Fun fact: At the Pick-n-Save in Worth, six 12-ounce cans of Budweiser beer were sold for 99 cents.

Worth nightclub owner promises music will be low
25 years ago - From the Oct. 6, 1988 edition
  The story: A nightclub on 11000 Ridgeland Ave. was proposed at Worth’s board meeting and owner Michael Papadopoulos was grilled by board members after he asked for a license that would allow him to stay open until 2 a.m. He said bands and DJs would perform at volume levels “as low as possible.”
  The quote: “She knows oodles of people in the community,” — Moraine Valley Community College board member Burt Odelson talking about new board member Mary Zawaski.
  Fun fact: Roger Forde’s 23-yard field goal in the second quarter was all the scoring needed as Brother Rice beat St. Francis De Sales, 3-0, in a football clash.

Mighty St. Laurence football team sounds like a broken record in rout of Hales Franciscan
10 years ago - From the Oct. 2, 2003 edition
  The story: St. Laurence’s football team set schoolRETRO-reporter-FOOTBALL records for most points and largest margin of victory in a 60-6 victory over Hales Franciscan. Thirty seconds into the game, the score was tied at 6-6 after St. Laurence’s Joe DeCarlo ran back the kickoff 85 yards for the score and Hales responded with a quick 79-yard TD run from DeAndre Lewis. But it was all St. Laurence after that.
  The quote: “Only an irate Dick Clark would have broken as many records as St. Laurence did on Friday night.” — Sports Editor Ken Karrson’s description of the St. Laurence/Hales game.
  Fun fact: “School of Rock” was one of the films playing at the Chicago Ridge and Crestwood Theaters.

Impressive panel

  Ed McElroy, host of “The Ed McElroy Show”, Page-4-2-col-TVrecently interviewed Senator Bill Cunningham, (D) 18th Distict, left, and Dorothy Leavell, Publisher of Crusader Newspaper, right.

  That show will air at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and again on Oct. 15 on Comcast Channel 19.