Congratulations to Kolmar Avenue School 4th grader, Emmett Broderick, for winning the 2015 Fire Prevention & Public Safety Coloring Book Contest!
Emmett’s entry placed 3rd overall and he received a plaque from Mayor Bury during the monthly Village of Oak Lawn Board Meeting on March 22nd.
Emmett will also be arriving to school in an Oak Lawn Fire Engine later this spring as another reward for a job well done!
Oak Lawn Public Library:
Millennial Trivia Night
Do you love taking those BuzzFeed quizzes to see if you remember Alf, He-Man and all of the members of N*Sync? Gear up for a live version and test your skills with a childhood trivia night just for Millennials on Thursday, April 28 at 7pm at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Gather your friends, your favorite libations and all of those memories for a fun night of trivia. BYOB. Must be 21 and over. For more information about these and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.
AARP Smart Driver Course
A refresher course designed to meet the needs of drivers age 50 and up will be he held at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, on Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24 from 12:30-4:30pm. In-person registration begins Saturday, April 30 at the Adult Services Desk.
Many insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. Advance in-person registration and payment of fee required to participate. Fee: $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. You must present a current AARP card at the time of registration to receive the discount. Limit: 30 students per series. Participants must attend their entire series to receive a certificate of completion. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.
Open Mic Readings
Local writers are invited to share their original poetry and short stories on Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Five minute time limit per reader. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.
Act Your Age: Life Lessons for Adults
It’s not easy being an adult! Join us at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, for some fresh tips or skills to succeed in the real world.
- Homebuyers’ Workshop – Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm. Attention, first time homebuyers! Standard Bank & Trust will review the essentials of insurance, credit score information, new programs with low down payments and how to access up to $26,000 in free down payment assistance.
- Get Organized, Stay Organized and Save Money! – Thursday, May 12 at 7pm. Do you ever run to the grocery store (again!) to pick up a few things that you forgot the last time you shopped? These practices cost you time and money. Beth Randall of Joe Organizer, LLC will teach you to stay organized and save money in the process.
- Resume Workshop – Saturday, May 14 at 1pm. Presenter Bob Schlacks, who has conducted workshops for the last 15 years at the Illinois workNet Center in Aurora, reviews the five categories of information your resume must contain for you to land your dream job! To review your resume at the end of the program, bring a hard copy.
- C.A.R.E. Financial Literacy – Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm. Increase your knowledge of important financial topics, such as establishing good credit and saving money. Volunteers from the Chicagoland C.A.R.E. Program will discuss credit cards, credit reports, credit scores and more.
- Interviewing Workshop – Saturday, May 21 at 1pm. You’ve landed the interview – now what? Presenter Bob Schlacks will cover the “soft skills” companies are looking for; what to do before, during and after an interview; the most commonly asked questions; and the five different kinds of interviews.
- Now That You Have Health Insurance... – Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm. An introduction to health insurance basics, including terms such as deductible and coinsurance. This session will provide helpful tips and cover how to prepare for a doctor’s visit and how to read an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) Statement.
Take a Historic Walking Tour of Oak Lawn
With roots dating back to the 19th Century, Oak Lawn is filled with historic structures and landmarks. Join Local History Coordinator Kevin Korst of the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, on Saturdays, May 14 & 21 from 10-11:30am and Sundays, May 15 & 22 from 2-3:30pm for a walking tour through the heart of Oak Lawn, focusing on some of the homes, schools, churches and businesses that neighbor the Library and Village Municipal Center. Participants will be walking on uneven sidewalks and crossing several busy intersections over a 1.6 mile route. Each tour will begin promptly from the Village Green located just north of the Library. Phone registration is underway (15 spots available for each date). For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.
Read It and Eat Kick-Off Meeting
May is Cookbook Challenge Month! Choose a cookbook from OLPL’s display, pick a recipe and then attempt to make it. Bring those results—in the form of food to share or some thoughts about the recipe—to the first meeting of our Cookbook Club, “Read It and Eat,” on Wednesday, May 25 at 7pm. We’ll pick a theme for the fall meeting, choose some more cookbooks and talk about our love of cooking. For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.
New Electronic Items for Beyond Books Collection
Preserve family memories and music with some new additions to the Beyond Books Collection at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Your cherished home VHS movies can be transferred to DVD formats and saved forever with the DVD/VCR Recorder. The vinyl Album to MP3 Turntable Converter changes records to MP3 recordings. VHS to DVD Roxio Cables are also available for converting video and music arrangements in Windows and Mac formats. For more information about, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.
Conversation Circle for New English Speakers
The Oak Lawn Public Library’s Conversation Circle for New English Speakers is held Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am in the Teen Room. Beginning, intermediate and advanced English learners are all welcome; all conversation sessions are led by native English speakers. Please call Mary Williams at 708-422-4990 for more information.
Request for Book Sale Donations
Donate your “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older text books. The donation drop-off area is near the Library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Customer Service 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 that are beyond their regular budget.
New Dawn Wellness Group:
5851 W. 95th Street, Suite 400
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Exciting news! The southside is fortunate to now have a complete line of services for women’s reproductive health in one location. After tearing down a building, the newly constructed building in Oak Lawn, IL offers the services of 5 specialty practices, including OB/GYNE, Urogynecology, fertility services, specialized counseling for women and specialized physical therapy. This amazing collaboration of care will allow women access to expert providers in one convenient location.
Announcing the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Wednesday, April 27th. Join us as Oak Lawn’s Mayor Dr. Sandra Bury officiates the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3pm. Then the 25,000 sq. ft. building is open for tours from 3pm-6pm. Meet and greet with the prestigious medical and health teams. Live music and catered food. Tour the open suites still available for leasing. Enter our raffle for a chance to win great gift baskets.
The building includes 5 specialty women’s health practices:
Women’s Care Group
- OB/GYN team
- Dr. Foti Chronopoulos (owner), Dr. Alan Luke, Dr. Tejas Sheth
- Nurse practitioners: Mary Bisaga and Rebecca Lawrence
- Women’s care throughout the lifespan. High risk pregnancy included. They offer on-site ultrasound and lab services. Robotic surgery offered.
Women’s Health Institute of Illinois
- Urogynecology team
- Dr. Denise Elser(owner), Dr. Lisa Labin Johnson
- Nurse practitioners: Kathleen Cavato, Molly Janik
- Physician Assistant: Venessa Laskey
- Urogynecological and minimally-invasive Gynecologic care
Reproductive Medicine Institute
- Reproductive medicine, fertility treatment, fertility preservation
- Dr. Elena Trukhacheva, Dr. Nasir Rana, Dr. John Rinehart, Dr. W. Paul Dmowski, Dr. Carolyn Coulam, Dr. Shweta Nayak
- private medical facility dedicated exclusively to the management of infertility
New Dawn Wellness Group
- Specialized Counseling for Women
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor: Kathryn D. Gardner, LCPC
- Focus on women’s health, coping with reproductive issues, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum depression and anxiety, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, sexuality and life transition
- Individual and Couples Therapy
Kirk Center for Healthy Living
- Physical Therapy
- Physical Therapists: Brandi Kirk, Stefanie McMillin, Carey Byrne, Kerida O’Reilly
- Focus on women’s health, infertility, pelvic conditions, also men’s health
Forest Preserves of Cook County:
Celebrate Earth Day in the Forest Preserves
Numerous events, volunteer opportunities available
Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County as we celebrate Earth Day with volunteer opportunities, educational programs and fun events.
“The Forest Preserves are among the most important assets of Cook County. Ensuring that they thrive as a source of beauty, inspiration, economic vitality and health is critical to the success of our region,” said Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle. “The Preserves help control floods in our neighborhoods, clean the air and improve the health and quality of life for millions of people. They also provide visitors with the opportunity to reconnect with nature, and to explore and learn more about the world.
For these reasons and many more, we must make a sincere commitment to restoring the ecological health of the Preserves, and Earth Day is excellent opportunity to do that.”
Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to explore the Forest Preserves while renewing our commitment to the natural environment. It’s also an opportunity to continue preserving habitat for the millions of plants, animals and other living things that call the Forest Preserves home.
Saturday, April 23 * 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Whistler Woods, 480 Acme Dr, Riverdale
Clean up the Preserves in partnership with Friends of the Parks in the morning, and then afterward celebrate with fun nature activities and snacks.
Saturday, April 23 * 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland
Join us for a day set aside as a reminder to be good stewards of our planet every day. Activities include hikes, puppet shows, a craft and Earth Day Jeopardy!
Saturday, April 23 * 1 p.m.
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest
Join us for a guided walk to view the many wonders of our Earth in the springtime woods. Family program.
Sunday, April 24 * Noon – 3 p.m.
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd., Barrington Hills
Catch, craft, and climb! Special Earth Day family activities in our three-acre nature play area.
Across Cook County, hundreds of volunteers are contributing many hours of hard work to help restore the preserves, with numerous workdays taking place around Earth Day. To help celebrate the day by participating in a public workday, or for volunteer opportunities year-round, visit fpdcc.com/volunteer
For a complete list of events in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit fpdcc.com/events.
Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ:
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR RENEWAL OF VOWS FOR 125 COUPLES
Registration is now open for a Renewal of Vows ceremony to be held for 125 couples on the Oak Lawn Village Green on June 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to renew their marriage vows is welcome to register at www.pilgrimfaith.org or by contacting Pilgrim Faith Church at 708-422-4200. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 125 couples to sign up.
Rev. Peggy McClanahan, senior pastor of Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn, will conduct the ceremony. Each couple will receive a certificate and a 4 by 6 photograph. Cake and punch will served after the ceremony while participants and their guests enjoy a live concert of love songs. The $25 registration fee includes the couple and up to five guests with a small extra charge for additional guests.
This event is part of a year-long celebration of Pilgrim Faith’s 125th Anniversary. They were founded in Oak Lawn in 1891. Pastor McClanahan explained that since Pilgrim Faith has always been very involved in Oak Lawn, the church wanted to do something for the community as part of their anniversary celebration. “We are hoping couples from all over Oak Lawn and the surrounding area will take part in this Renewal of Vows, not just those who have a connection to Pilgrim Faith,” she said.
WISH, a women’s group of Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, will host “Get Organized and Clear the Clutter: at the 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, meeting in the lounge of the church at 9411 S. 51st St., Oak Lawn. Enter through the courtyard door on 51st St.
M. Colleen Klimczak, certified professional organizer of Peace of Mind Professional Organizing, LLC, will teach us how to “reorganize and eliminate clutter, then maximize your stuff and your life,” said Klimczak. Each attend may bring a dessert to share.
Further information is available by calling the church at (708) 442-4200.
Wesleyan Community Church:
Johnson Phelps VFW:
Do you like Garage Sales? Flea Markets? Auctions? then come out and join Johnson Phelps VFW Auxiliary at their annual Penny Social, Sunday, April 24th., 2016, 1pm to 5pm, 9514 S. 52nd Ave., Oak Lawn, IL, and help them raise funds to support their Veteran and community programs. You'll find many items to choose from on the Nickel-Dime- & Quarter Tables, and don't forget to try your luck at the Raffle Table. Food & Beverages will be available for purchase. Entry -FREE. Children welcome. 708-423-5220.