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What an amazing demonstration of Community Pride! Both Hometown and Covington Elementary Schools answered the call from Pilgrim Faith Church. Recently, word had been received that the local food pantry at Pilgrim Faith Church in Oak Lawn was running extremely low.

Covington “Pawsitive Leaders Club” answered the call and put together flyers and posters to promote a food drive. Covington staff received an extra incentive to donate by having a Friday jean day.

So much food was received! Easily over 400 items were collected, organized and boxed for delivery. Pilgrim Faith Church was thrilled and excited to see so much food. Two vans were needed to transfer all the donations.

Meanwhile, at Hometown Elementary, students were busy with their own contributions.

As part of Hometown’s One School, One Book Program, the school community is currently reading, "Adventures of a South Pole Pig" by Chris Kurtz. “Flora's Food Drive" is one of several activities corresponding to the reading program and named after the book's beloved main character.

The Hometown community pulled together and donated several vans worth of food.

Each year, Hometown Elementary sees a tremendous value in the One School, One Book program. “It unites our school community in many ways!” 

Thank you not only for your continued generosity, but for your continued commitment to this awesome literacy program.

And thanks again to the Covington “Pawsitive Leaders" for all their organization and hard work, and to the Covington families for their generous donations.

This food will go a long way in providing for local families.

PICTURE ATTACHED:  Students from Covington Elementary pose for a picture in front of tables full of food for Pilgrim Faith Church, a local food pantry that was running low on food for local residents.

Donation Sites Are Located:

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Kathleen Gavin

At the February 22nd, 2016, District 123 Board of Education meeting, the board of education approved the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Gavin as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment & Family Engagement for District 123.

Dr. Gavin is both a resident of Oak Lawn and a proud graduate of District 123. She began her career at Stagg High School in District 230 where she served as a math teacher, Director of Curriculum for Math, Science, and Applied Technology and eventually as the Director of Program Assessment. For the past fourteen years, she has served District 218 as the Curriculum Director for Mathematics and most recently as the Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation.  Dr. Gavin will bring her experience and knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to partner with the District 123 community and build upon the tradition of excellence.  She looks forward to returning to her Oak Lawn roots and serve the entire D123 learning community. 

Dr. Gavin will begin her new position on July 1, 2016. Information regarding future opportunities to meet with Dr. Gavin will be forthcoming.

Oak Lawn Public Library:

"How to Adult" Series – Mastering Student Loans

What:  Lawyers from the Chicago C.A.R.E. Program will help teens prepare for student loans and financial aid.

When: Wednesday, March 16 from 7-8:30pm

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

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Fabulous Spring Trip - Immigrant to Elite

What:  Registration is underway for the Friends of the Oak Lawn Public Library’s “Immigrant to Elite” trip. Discover the unique vibes of Chicago’s neighborhoods, from the immigrant areas to the spaces of the rich and famous. This narrated tour begins at the original home of the late real estate developer Charles Hull. Built in 1856, this is now known as the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Founded in 1889 as a social settlement, Hull-House played a vital role in redefining American democracy in the modern age. Other stops include a Mexican bakery, Palmer House Hotel and the Driehaus Victorian Mansion Museum, which offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. With the series ending of the beloved period drama “Downton Abbey,” you can check out the museum’s exhibit, "Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.” Lunch will be served at Pompei. Max: 54. Cost: $82 for members and $87 for non-members. No refunds or exchanges. Please be advised that this trip is not wheelchair accessible.  

When:  Wednesday, April 13 from 8:45am-5pm.            

More Info:  Call 708-422-4990

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LEGO® Train Display (All ages)

What:  From castles and skyscrapers to superheroes and spaceships, the LEGO® Train Display features an amazing display of running trains, pop culture references and original creations. Free admission for all ages. Registration not required. Presented by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club.

When:  Saturday, April 9 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, April 10 from 1-5pm

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

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March is Women’s History Month

What: Celebrate Women’s History Month with the following programs and movie screenings at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.

The Mystery of Living: Packing for Syria with Agatha Christie - Wednesday, March 16, 7pm. Betsey Means from WomanLore brings to life author Agatha Christie – the prolific English “Queen of Crime.” This one woman theatrical performance is adapted from personal writings and complete with authentic costumes and designs!

Film Series: “This is What a Feminist Looks Like!” - Explore the beginnings of second wave feminism, women of the world rising up and the power of women in religion. Films are not rated and may contain mature situations.

• “Pink Saris” (2010) - Thursday, March 24, 7pm. A woman in India tries to help other women escape from some awful marriages. 96 min.

• “Radical Grace” (2015) - Thursday, March 31, 7pm. For decades, U.S. nuns have been bucking the Church hierarchy by living a gospel of love, social justice and inclusion. From confronting U.S. bishops over the Affordable Care Act, to protesting for women’s equality at the Vatican, Radical Grace follows three sisters who transform American politics and the Catholic Church. 86 min.

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

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Tuesdays in the Lobby

What:  How valuable is your Library card? On Tuesdays in March, staff from the Oak Lawn Public Library will be in the lobby demonstrating some of our favorite resources that you might not be aware of or have always wondered how to use.

• Mango – Tuesday, March 15 from 12-6pm. Have fun while learning a new language online with Mango.

• Beyond Books – Tuesday, March 22 from 12-6pm. From musical instruments and umbrellas to projectors and binoculars, discover the many unusual and useful items in our Beyond Books Collection.

• Genealogy & Local History Online – Tuesday, March 29 from 12-6pm. Review the best online resources for genealogy and local history research.

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

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Borrow Materials with ILL

What:  Are you looking for a book, CD or DVD that the Oak Lawn Public Library doesn’t own? Request and borrow items within the Interlibrary Loan system (ILL) at catalog.olpl.org. If the item you want can’t be found, the Library’s ILL staff can search other libraries in Illinois for no charge for Oak Lawn residents. The items are sent to Oak Lawn Public Library for pick up.

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

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Kindergarten Here I Come!

What:  Help your child get ready for Kindergarten with educational stories, songs & learning activities.

When:  Tuesdays, March 15 & 22 from 11-11:30am

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

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Sunday with Friends Concert – Brian Fowler's Nowstalgia!

What: Reminisce with Brian Fowler and his singing entertainers as they cover some of the great standards from the Swing Era to favorites from the early years of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Motown in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.  Sunday with Friends concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library.

When:  Sunday, March 20 at 2pm

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

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There’s a Monster Under My Bed! (Ages 5-7)

What:  Don’t let the monsters catch you! Come ready to laugh, be silly and make a shape monster.

When: Wednesday, March 23 from 3:45-4:30pm

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

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Genealogy Boot Camp

What: Discover your family roots. Session topics include: Tracing Your American Roots, Census and Military Records, Ship Passenger Lists, Internet based Resources (such as Ancestry and Rootsweb), and more.  

When:  Thursdays, March 24 & 31 and April 7, from 11am-12:30pm. In-person registration (at Adult Services Desk) for three-session class begins Tuesday, March 15 and ends Tuesday, March 22.  Limit: 12.

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

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Butterflies & Blooms (Ages 3-8 with adult)

What:  Are you on Spring Break? Head over to Lakeshore Park, check out the new book at the StoryWalk, play games, make a craft and enjoy the outdoors. Oak Lawn Park District and the Oak Lawn Public Library are teaming up to offer StoryWalk®, a nationally recognized program to encourage literacy and promote physical activity. StoryWalk® transforms the pages of a children’s storybook into signs placed sequentially along the walking trail at Lake Shore Park. StoryWalk® will be offered year-round and different children’s stories will be featured seasonally. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

When: Wednesday, March 30 from 1:30-2:30pm. Registration begins Sunday, March 20. 

Where: Lakeshore Park, 9610 E. Shore Drive.

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Experience Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Birding highlights include Big Year competition, Bird of the Month events, and more

Did you know that just after dusk in late March and early April, the male timberdoodle performs a strange mating ritual? Or that Baltimore orioles have a serious sweet tooth in spring and fall? The native and migrating birds spotted in the Forest Preserves of Cook County are as diverse and interesting as the Forest Preserves themselves.

Throughout 2016, the Forest Preserves invites visitors to take advantage of frequent opportunities to view some of the most interesting and spectacular birds in the preserves. Odd mating dances, unbelievable migrations and interesting birds including ruby-throated hummingbirds and red-bellied woodpeckers will take center stage at bird walks, festivals and informational programs across Cook County.

Each month, a new bird will be highlighted. Visitors will have the opportunity to spot the bird of the month at an event or program, and learn what makes that bird so special. Numerous birding groups will also be hosting bird walks throughout the year. Visit fpdcc.com/birding to learn more about the multitude of birding opportunities.

In addition to enjoying birding programs and events, birders of all skill levels can explore the preserves with teams competing in the Forest Preserves’ Big Year birding competition. During the Big Year competition, the preserves compete instead of the people. Participants will visit their team’s preserve and log all bird sightings in eBird, an online birding checklist program. All are welcome to join these searches and binoculars will be available for loan.

The competition runs from March 1 to Dec. 31, and is a great way to challenge yourself and explore a local preserve, make new friends and experience what birding is all about. To learn more about the Big Year competition, visit fpdcc.com/2016-Big-Year.

On May 7, each of the Forest Preserves’ six nature centers will be hosting The Big Sit. Visitors can join in at any time between 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see how many birds can be heard or spotted from within a 17-foot circle. Citizen science events like The Big Sit can help ecologists make better decisions about the conservation of bird habitat.

Join a growing movement of nature lovers and bird the preserves this year while enjoying the many amenities offered throughout the Forest Preserves, including miles of marked trails, major waterways that can be canoed or kayaked, dedicated nature preserves and more.

Support for Bird the Preserves was generously provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Chicago Wilderness. For more information, visit fpdcc.com/birding. For additional information about the Big Year competition, visit fpdcc.com/2016-Big-Year.

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From the Office of State Senator Jacqueline Collins

Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) and the American Legion announce plans for the 44th Annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC).  The camp will again be held at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield, Illinois, and will run from June 26 through July 1, 2016. 

Dozens of aspiring teens from across Illinois will discover career opportunities through training with police and military personnel.  The primary purpose of the ALYPC is to establish an interactive and positive relationship between Illinois teens and law enforcement officers.  The week-long residency camp is structured to promote educational and learning opportunities for youth ages 14-16 in the areas of law enforcement, military, leadership, cultural diversity, personal development, physical fitness, and social and interpersonal skills.  The ALYPC Cadets will be honored at a graduation ceremony on July 1, 2016, and will receive a graduation certificate. 

American Legion volunteers and ISP Troopers are assigned to manage the program and serve as instructors and mentors. Many of the American Legion and ISP volunteers are former graduates of the program. 

The American Legion will accept applications until May 28, 2016. Teenagers 14-16 are encouraged to apply for and attend the 2016 ALYPC for an enriching experience. 

Camp applications are available online at: 

http://illegion.org/forms/2016%20Youth%20Police%20Brochure.pdf 

Visit our website!  www.senatorjacquelinecollins.com

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Religious News

Holy Week Services at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn is offering three opportunities for the public to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and celebrate his resurrection.

Pilgrim Faith will hold a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service at 7:00 p.m. on March 24.  This dramatic enactment of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples will end in silence with all lights and candles extinguished.  All are invited to share in Holy Communion.

Instead of a traditional Good Friday worship service, this year Pilgrim Faith will offer a series of interactive stations for meditation and prayer. The public is invited to come at any time from11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, March 25. Participants will move at their own pace through a number of stations at which they may reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and death through scripture, prayer, art, lighting candles, receiving communion and other activities.

Pilgrim Faith’s Easter Celebration Service will be at 9:30 a.m. on March 27, beginning with children decorating the cross with flowers.  Easter breakfast at 10:30 a.m. is open to all with free will donations supporting the senior high mission trip. An Easter egg hunt for the children will be held after the breakfast.

The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. and is handicapped accessible. The community is welcome at all services.

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