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Oak Lawn Public Library: 

Winter Reading Program – Carry Out a Good Book!

What: Bon appetit!  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 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, will offer 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, contact Mary Williams at 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Homeschool Social

What:  Homeschool students 14 to 18-years-old are invited for an afternoon social. Meet new friends and take advantage of the Teen Room before it opens for the day. Snacks will be provided

When:  Thursday, Jan. 28 from 1-3pm

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

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Football in a Snap

What:  Knowing a thing or two about pro football is a social skill. Prepare yourself for the upcoming Super Bowl with this fun, interactive presentation from knowledgeable and self-professed crazed football addicts Donna Terrell and Robin Beavers. They will teach the key concepts of the game, terminology, rules, player positions and more. Whether you’re a casual fan or a novice, you’re sure to learn something new. 

When:  Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6:30pm

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

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Cookies with Caregivers

What:  Stories, a craft and of course, cookies! For ages 3-8, with adult. Registration not required.

When:  Saturday, Jan. 30 from 11am to Noon

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

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Oak Lawn Forester:

We have our Monthly E-waste pick up tomorrow at public works (5532 W 98th St, corner of 98th and central). The event goes from 9am-12pm and takes place the second Saturday of every month.  Anything with a cord can be recycled except for appliances. This program is run entirely by volunteers and we are always in need of volunteers! Please let potential volunteers to contact myself, Matt Basile at 708 499 7098 or mbasile@oaklawn-il.gov or Jack Lopez (currently on medical leave) at 708 499 7748 or jlopez@oaklawn-il.gov. Due to rising costs of this program is restricted to residents of Oak Lawn ONLY. Residents need to show proof of residency by displaying a village vehicle sticker or current water bill. Due to the rising costs that threaten the future of the program, we encourage residents and others to take their e-waste (including appliances!) to Cook County’s E-waste facility located at little red school house. Information can be found here: http://fpdcc.com/electronics-recycling-chicago-cook-county/

On Wednesday, January 20th from 6-8 Hometown Elementary School, part of Dist. 123, will be holding a “Builder Night”. Oak Lawn Families are invited to participate in the activities which our Oak Lawn Green Team will be joining to do an activity for E-Waste Recycling as well as a Winter Tree Identification activity with Oak Lawn Village Forester Matt. A flier is attached.

Wednesday, January 27th from 7-8 in the Village hall auditorium will be our first Green Team meeting of the year. All area residents are encouraged to join to learn about volunteer opportunities and help to make Oak Lawn a greener community!

 

Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center:

Courthouse Tours

Name the three branches of government.

Correct!  The three branches of government are Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

Now, which of these three branches are you most likely to have first hand knowledge and experience?  If you answered Judicial, you are correct again. 

As people, we always want to know what makes something run, how it operates and how it impacts our lives. To better help you understand the Judicial system, the Cook County Elder Justice Center “CCEJC” is offering an opportunity to go behind the scenes of this branch of government with guided tours specifically designed for seniors, family members and caregivers. These fascinating behind the scenes glimpses occur at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois. During the tours, guides will outline the basic structure of the court; provide information regarding the services provided to seniors, insights into navigating the court system and resolving issues Cook County senior residents may face.

Please consider participating in a courthouse tour or organizing a tour for a senior group.  Senior courthouse tours occur year-round and can be scheduled for groups of 18 or more persons. Not a part of a large group? Call the CCEJC and find the scheduled tour best suited to your calendar.

Contact the CCEJC Manager at (312) 603-9233 to schedule your courthouse tour today. 

 

PLOWS:

Can You Pay Your Property Taxes in 2016

If you are struggling to meet household expenses in order to save for real estate taxes, consider the Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program.  This program allows qualified persons to defer up to $5000 of taxes per year depending on the amount of equity in their personal residence. Applications must be filed between January 1st and March 1st, 2016. To qualify:

~You must be at least age 65 or older by June 1st, 2016

~Your annual household income must be $55,000 or less

~You must own the property and have resided there for at least 3 years.

~There can be no delinquent real estate taxes owed on the residence.

~The property must be insured against fire hazard loss for at least the amount of the deferred taxes.

You must have written approval from your spouse if property is held jointly or from the trustee if the property is in a qualifying trust.

The interest on the deferred taxes is 6% annually, payable upon death, transfer of the property to a new owner, or repayment.  Homeowners may pay off the loan at any time without penalty. 

Seniors with reverse mortgages should contact their lender before applying. Those with standard mortgages do not need lender approval to qualify. Contact PLOWS at 708.361.0219 for application assistance and program details

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