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Sward Elementary:

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Heimlich Heroes

Thanks to a program named Heimlich Heroes, students at Sward Elementary School were able to learn the proper way to perform the Heimlich maneuver so that they can confidently step forward and save a life.

The program is designed to teach young people how to recognize the signs of choking, understand how to respond with help if a person is actually choking, and finally learn ways to prevent or minimize the risk of choking. Students were able to get a “hands-on” practice with specially designed life-like dolls.

Heimlich Heroes is currently funded by the Deaconess Health Associations Fund.

Pictures attached:  Students at Sward Elementary School don't need to have super powers to be Super Heroes!  Sward Elementary students were able to learn the proper way to perform the Heimlich maneuver so that they can confidently step forward and save a life.

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Oak Lawn Public Library:

Winter Reading Program: “Carry Out a Good Book!

What: Bon appetite!  It’s that time of year to curl up with a good book and your favorite takeout comfort food. Grab a title from your to-read pile, order a veggie lover’s pizza or a dish of Kung Pao chicken, and cozy up with your favorite blanket. The Library’s Winter Reading Program – “Carry Out a Good Book”- is open to readers of all ages. Pick up a bingo card/menu for babies, families, teens and adults beginning Monday, Feb. 1 and discover that reading can be delicious. Read books, attend programs, and complete exciting activities to fill in bingo squares and win prizes.

When:  Feb. 1 – Feb. 29

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Conversation Circle for New English Speakers

What:  The Oak Lawn Public Library is offering an opportunity to practice speaking English. We will share conversations on various topics. Beginning, intermediate and advanced English learners are all welcome. All conversation sessions will be led by native English speakers.

When:  Thursday's from 10-11:30am in the Teen Room

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Super Craft Specials (All ages)

What:  Make a Valentine Love Box. This is a drop-in program and activities will take no more than 20 minutes to complete. All materials will be provided. Registration not required. 

When:  Sunday, Feb. 7 from 2-4pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Perfect Pairings: An Exploration of the Savory Side of Chocolate

What:  Let’s explore the savory side of chocolate. More than just a sweet treat, chocolate can surprisingly enhance flavors you wouldn’t expect. Be prepared to bring home a sugary surprise when chocolate meets its match. 

When:  Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Sip & Paint

What:  It’s an after-hours evening of sipping and painting in the beautiful second floor area overlooking the Village Green. Bring your own adult beverage and learn step-by-step how to paint your own masterpiece.  All art supplies and light snacks will be provided. Must be 21 and over. Fee: $10. Limit: 20. Due to the limited number of participants, you may only sign up one additional person besides yourself. 

When:  Friday, Feb. 12 at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm. In-person registration only beginning Saturday, Jan. 30.

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Party (Teens in grades 9-12)

What:  Come to our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party to make voodoo dolls, destroy romance books, eat smelly snacks and listen to dark tunes.

When:  Saturday, Feb. 13 from 3-4pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990,  www.olpl.org.  

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  Chocolate (All ages)

What:  If you love the ooey gooey goodness of chocolate, get ready for some yummy fun. Learn about the history of chocolate (plus some chocolate fun facts) and make a chocolate treat. Each child will be able to take home a chocolate goody. Registration begins Thursday, Feb. 4. Space is limited.

When:  Sunday, Feb. 14 from 2-3pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990,  www.olpl.org.  

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You Can Brew It: Redux

What:  Home brewing is a fun and rewarding hobby that is enjoyed by enthusiasts all over the world. Award-winning home brewer Scott Pointon will take you on a journey of beer styles from Germany and Czech Republic to Belgium and Great Britain. You’ll also be able to taste some of the beer from these regions! Must be 21 or over to sample.

When:  Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30pm. Online or phone registration begins Saturday, Feb. 6 and ends Monday, Feb. 15.

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue (708) 422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School:

Edmund Stangel with students OLMHS

History Through the Eyes of a WWII Veteran

WRITTEN BY STUDENTS

This is the story of Edmund Stangel, a naval veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

History is the story of how we achieved our freedoms, how the land of the free and the home of the brave got that title. History class gives us a chance to learn about America's story, our soldier’s story, and how we got to where we are today.

Edmund Stangel, a hero, is a U.S.A. Navy Veteran. While visiting Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School, Edmund shared his stories from his time in the war with several 8th grade social studies classes.

Edmund Stangel served eight years of active duty to protect and serve his homeland, the United States of America. He served in both World War II and the Korean War. During WWII Edmund was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station in April of 1943. With five weeks of training, he was sent to a receiving station in Boston where servicemen were initially assigned to battle ships. These ships were 165 feet long and 25 feet wide. There were a total of 27 men and 5 officers on each ship.

Some of Edmund’s crew had never seen the ocean before, for those who hadn't, it was a surreal experience. The ship that Edmund was assigned to supplied PT boats with gasoline and was used to transfer troops. Devastatingly,  after two days out at sea, several Japanese bombers attacked a large portion of the ship Edmund was aboard, along with the supply ships and oil tankers. When the ammunition ship was attacked, Edmund recalls that the bomb smoke resembled that of the atomic bomb. Six weeks later the ammunition ship was still burning in the middle of the ocean.

Edmund recalls that during World War II, the Japanese army was brutal to fight against for many reasons. One of them being that the Japanese fought using a weapon known as the Kamikaze pilot. Edmund saw some of the very first generations of these brutal soldiers. Edmund spoke about how the Japanese militants were taught to destroy every American they could, and to never surrender.

The information that Edmund provided to OLHMS's students, was known and familiar territory because it was very similar to what they have been researching in both their Social Studies and Language Arts classes. Edmund also spoke about the creative diversionary attacks used by the American military. He explains how the men would go in different areas, and then the soldiers would fill up several balloons with helium, attach balls of aluminum to them, then send them into the air, in which the Japanese military radar would pick up. This would send off the same signal as a boat or plane, and the American soldiers were able to initiate a surprise attack.

Edmund Stangel spoke to all of the classes at the conclusion of the Atomic Bomb unit for 8th grade Social Studies classes and his opinion on the dropping of the bombs was very valuable. Being that he is a World War II veteran, all of the students were eager to hear his story. As an American soldier, Edmund agreed with the choice of dropping the bomb during the war. He believed that had they not dropped the bomb, there was no calculation of the hundreds of thousands of lives that would have been lost. He concluded his statement about it by saying, “the loss of life would have been enormous,” if the decision to drop the bomb had never been made.

The students all were grateful to hear the story of Edmund Stangel. Letters and cards were sent to Edmund to thank him for coming to OLHMS and to wish him a Happy 92nd Birthday!

Written by: Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School 8th Grade Social Media Members, Kendallyn Julkowski and Isabelle Gonzalez

Pictures included: Naval Veteran of both WWII and the Korean War, Edmund Stangel, shares his story with students from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School.

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As the cost of housing and the cost of living continues to climb, consider PLOWS Shared housing program.

PLOWS has offered a unique housing option since 1986. People seeking affordable shelter and/or companionship find the program a viable alternative to living alone. It can also mean extra funds to those who are willing to provide a  place for another person within their house, condominium or apartment. PLOWS offers guidance in developing an agreement between Providers & Seekers and provides follow-up visits and meetings.

Adults of all ages can participate; but one person in each match must be at least 62 years old or have a disability. PLOWS confidentially screens potential participants and arranges a meeting with potential matches; there is no obligation to enter into a shared living arrangement. The final decision is up to you. A thorough reference check is made by a Shared Housing Specialist on both the seeker and provider.

Shared housing is not emergency housing and participants in the program are expected to be self-sufficient. Oak Lawn has always been a highly desired place to live.  If you would be interested in sharing your home with another, please call PLOWS to see if Shared Housing is right for you. PLOWS Council on Aging is a not-for profit agency, there is no fee.

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Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ:

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn will hold its Ash Wednesday communion service on February 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Participants are invited to write short prayers or thoughts about what changes they would like to make in their lives. The prayers are then burned as they are released to God. Ashes will also be offered for those who want them.

The church is at 9411 S. 51st Avenue.  Visitors are welcome and communion is open to all Christians.

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