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Oak Lawn Public Library: 

One Book, One Oak Lawn

What:  It’s time to embark on a reading adventure! Our Library, in partnership with businesses, organizations and schools in Oak Lawn, will be sponsoring a community-wide “Read” in fall 2016. “One Book, One Oak Lawn” is an opportunity to share the experience of reading and discussing the same book at one time. Get involved in the book selection process by casting a vote for one of the three final titles to be chosen by a committee of librarians. The winning book will be announced in April.

When:  Sunday, Nov. 15 through Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Where:  Place your vote at www.olpl.org. or in person at one of the ballot boxes in the Oak Lawn  Library and around the community – the library at Oak Lawn Community High School, the library at Richards High School, the Village of Oak Lawn and Standard Bank (4001 W. 95th Street).

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Family Reading Night: Flash! Glimmer! Shimmer! (All ages)

What:  Celebrate Family Reading Night, an annual statewide event to encourage families to spend quality time together reading. Wear your most fabulous sparkles and bow (ties)! Sit for a photo with your favorite stuffed animal and be dazzled by delightful stories, enchanting crafts and enticing foods. Raffle prizes, too. Registration not required.

When: Thursday, Nov. 19 from 6:30-7:15pm

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

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International Games Day (All ages)

What:  Join us for this all day event to play games of all varieties – board, card, video (modern and retro) and more. All ages are welcome; lower level meeting rooms. Registration not required.

When:  Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9am-5pm

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

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Toys for Tots Campaign

What:  Bring holiday joy to those less fortunate! Drop off gifts for children up to age 12. Donations benefit Toys for Tots. Items should be unwrapped so that they may be sorted according to age and gender. No stuffed animals, please. 

When:  Friday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 23

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

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Go Green & Help Decorate the Oak Lawn Public Library’s Holiday Tree

What:  The tree is bare! Where are the decorations? Help fill the Oak Lawn Public Library's holiday tree with paper ornaments - made by you!  Stop by Library ‘s ;obby to create a recycled ornament. Materials and supplies will be available at a dedicated ornament table. Ornaments will be made using all recycled materials. 

When:  Sunday, Nov. 29 through Wednesday, Dec. 30

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

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The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

What:  Historian Jim Gibbons examines this most tragic time in our nation’s history. You may remember where you were on that fateful November day in Dallas.  If not, you will learn how everything came to a halt with just four words: “The President is dead!” 

When:  Monday, Nov. 23 at 7pm

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

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Make & Take Crafts 

What:  It's time to get crafty with a special holiday three-pack "Make & Take Crafts." We'll be creating fun sparkling bracelets, pine cone ornaments and paper medallions. Make one or all three crafts; all materials will be provided. Sign up is not required.L earn to make a new craft that you can take home. All levels of creativity welcome; all materials provided/

When:  Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7pm.  

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

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Holiday Open House at the Oak Lawn Public Library

What:  Make your list, check it twice for a Holiday Open House.

  • “Here Comes Santa Claus” - Meet Santa Claus from 1:30-3:30pm! Parents, remember to bring your cameras for pictures. Free tickets are required for this program and will be available in the Youth Services Department, starting at 1pm. The tickets will be numbered, and children will be called to see Santa in numeric order. Fun seasonal crafts will be available before or after your visit with Santa.
  • Jazzin’ Up the Holidays - Enjoy seasonal songs of warmth and cheer from 2-3pm with jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis, guitarist Andy Brown, bassist Jake Vinsel and drummer Bob Rummage return to make your days merry and bright.
  • “The Best Way to Spread Cheer Is Singing Loud for All to Hear” - It’s the most wonderful time of year, so we’re caroling on the Village Green at 4:15pm! The festive, bright lights on the gazebo are the perfect backdrop to sing along to some of your favorite carols.

When:  Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1-4pm

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

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Operation Gratitude: Cards & Letters for the Soldiers

What:  Writing a letter is a meaningful way to show support for the men and women in the military. It only takes a few minutes of your day, but the note will bring lasting joy to a troop member.  The Library’s goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings (do not sign your last name or give your address) in every care package and tell our troops - “We care.” Place your cards, letters and drawings in the patriotic basket located in the second floor Computer Center.  

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

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Fabulous Holiday Trip:  “A Christmas Carol” at Goodman Theatre

What:  The Friends of the Oak Lawn Public Library, are hosting a trip to see “A Christmas Carol” at Goodman Theatre. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by experiencing the magic of Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” This timeless tale of hope and redemption is filled with the exciting arrival of ghosts, familiar musical numbers, plenty of “Bah Humbugs” and Scrooge’s joyful discovery of love. Max: 55. Please be advised that trips sponsored by the Friends are not wheelchair accessible. Cost: $65 for members and $70 for others.

When:  Wednesday, Dec. 9.  Departs: 10am. Returns: 3:30pm. Registration is underway

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

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Santa on the Green

Shop Oak Lawn Every Day & Santa on the Green

Saturday, Nov. 28

12-3 PM

Shop local and celebrate the holiday season at this free, fun family event. 

See Santa on the Village Green, plus:

Live Reindeer | Ice Carving Demo | Frozen Inflatable

Kids’ Ferris Wheel & Trackless Train | Carolers | Hot Chocolate & Cookies

Metra Station

Face painting & Food | Disney Princess

Caricature & Balloon Artists

Oak Lawn Public Library

Vendor Fair featuring Chamber businesses

Scavenger Hunt

Collect stamps for a free canvas tote bag (while supplies last)

Trolley rides every 15 minutes between Metra Station and Santa on the Green!

Parking at the Metra Station (9525 S. Tulley Avenue)

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FEATHERSTONE STRUTS STUFF AT CONFERENCE MEET: 

Each week the Oak Lawn Community High School Athletic Department and the Spartan Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) selects a Spartan Athlete of the Week. The recipient for the week of October 26 was senior swimmer Hannah Featherstone. She took two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes at the South Suburban Conference Red meet last weekend. These two accomplishments earned her two all-conference nominations.

“Beyond these awesome achievements, she embodies what a true leader should be,” said head coach T.J. Zuzga. “This past year she definitely took hold of the leadership role of this team and certainly was the glue that held this team together during the rough times. Our achievements as a team this year are certainly correlated to her leadership.”

Other nominees for Athlete of the Week were Steve Raybould of boys cross country and Jessica Sciaky of girls cross country.

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Hannah Featherstone was selected as the OLCHS Athelete of the Week for her two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes at the South Suburban Conference meet.

District 123 staff and students salute Veterans throughout a week of tributes and activities:

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COVINGTON ELEMENTARY school celebrated Veteran's Day in many ways. Fourth grade classrooms made Eagle projects titled "What Freedom Means to Me”, third graders made patriotic United States Flags, and during the week Covington Mighty Messengers Club made a wonderful banner with woven stars.

All students participated in decorating the "Hero Wall” or drawing pictures and writing letters that will be distributed to local VA hospitals and sent to troops.

SWARD EAGLES dressed in red, white, and blue while they were visited by Sergeant First Class George Fuentes. Students wrote letters and drew pictures that will be sent to the veteran’s home in Manteno. If you walk into Sward School, make sure to take a look at their Veteran’s Wall of Honor in the front hall.

HOMETOWN and HANNUM ELEMENTARY schools held assemblies honoring all those that fight for our freedom. Servicemen and women came dressed in their military attire and were presented with small tokens of appreciation.

KOLMAR COYOTES and the OLHMS MUSTANGS decorated their walls with pictures of families, friends, and staff that have served in the armed forces. Middle School students participated in an assembly last week with many honorary guest speakers and Richards High School ROTC. The band and chorus also performed for local veterans at the Village of Oak Lawn tribute on Wednesday morning.

No matter where you were this week, you could see students celebrating and talking about our freedom, the troops, and what veterans mean to each one of us.

 

Sward School Stands Against Bullying:

National Unity Day, October 21, 2015 - A day where schools comes together to share a common message of kindness and stand up to bullying. 

The idea to celebrate Unity Day at Sward Elementary School came out of a new committee within the Sward School PTA. The committee decided to try and compliment already powerful and effective character development models at the school by encouraging discussions at home around the topic of bullying between parents and their children.

Sward School’s theme, "Everyday Hero”, is based on the idea that small acts of kindness can be heroic moments and make a huge difference in the life of someone else. We also hope that it encourages students to look out for one another. Starting this school year, every month, the Bullying Education and Awareness Committee at Sward Elementary sends home information on the back side of the Take Home Tuesday newsletter to create ways for parents and children to talk at home about bullying.

Unity Day gave Sward students an opportunity to spend time focused on the theme "Everyday Hero" as a way to stand together for kindness and against bullying. Each student read a pledge of kindness and signed their name to orange paper which was made into one large unity chain hung in the main entrance of the school. An everyday reminder to stand united.

On Unity Day, students, teachers, and school staff wore the color of orange, "Orange to Make it End". Teachers were also given videos to share with students to encourage a day if awareness. All the feedback from parents, teachers and children has been positive and encouraging.

We look forward to a year of unity and togetherness!

Written by: Bullying Education and Awareness Committee, Sward School PTA

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Community Christmas:

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Who 

People of all ages are welcome!

What

   Wesleyan Community Church invites you to “Community Christmas”, a FREE event which will take place on Sunday, December 13th at 5 pm. This event is for people of all ages!

   Our Community Christmas Event will provide a place that you can mark some things off of your Christmas “bucket list”!

  • Sing Christmas carols led by our choir
  • Enjoy a special reading of the classic story, "T'was the Night Before Christmas", read by Santa himself
  • Visit and take pictures with Santa
  • Take a family picture with a backdrop of beautiful decorations
  • Decorate (and eat) Christmas cookies
  • Drink hot chocolate
  • Make and take home handmade ornaments

   Just bring your smile and Christmas cheer! For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1037495399615385/, call our church office: 708-599-3660, or email     

   kwickstrom@wesleyanchurch.com 

When 

Sunday, December 13th, at 5 pm

Where

Wesleyan Community Church

   8844 South Austin Ave

   Oak Lawn, IL 60453 

   Ph. 708-599-3660

   http://wesleyanchurch.com

   Contact: Pastor Kristia Wickstrom, kwickstrom@wesleyanchurch.com 

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CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORKSHOP FOR KIDS & PARENTS:

     The annual Christmas Craft Workshop at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6 for children with their parents or grandparents.  It begins at 2:00 p.m. with Christmas carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Then children can make a variety of Christmas crafts, including their very own edible gingerbread house.  The donation per craft ranges from free to $1 each.  A “Christmas Treasure” sale, with gently used treasures ready for bargain hunters, will also be open.  For more information call 708-422-4200.

     The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn and is handicapped accessible.

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OL Service Members

2015 Fall on the Green Sponsors:

Diamond:

Green Oak Shopping Center/ Marketplace of Oak Lawn

Standard Bank & Trust

Oak Lawn Bank & Trust

Gold:

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Progressive Energy Group

Republic Services

Total Parking Solutions

Hawk Ford

Warren Oil

Stony Creek Promenade Shopping Center

CDM Smith

Mancari

Lakeshore Beverage/ Budweiser

Silver: 

Advocate Christ Medical Center

Airy’s, Inc.

McGladrey

Kenny Construction Company

Cooper’s Hawk

Bronze:

Peterson Johnson & Murray Chicago, LLC

Jack’s Towing

Little Company of Mary Hospital

Midway Inn & Suites, Inc.

Menard Consulting

Hancock Engineering

Chapman and Cutler

Wight & Company

Freshline Foods

Oak Lawn Hospitality Miami Motel

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Patron:

Marciano Underground

M.E. Simpson Co., Inc.

K-Five Construction

Crowley-Sheppard Asphalt. Inc.

HD Supply Waterworks

HD Supply Waterworks

Gallagher Asphalt

EJ Usa. Inc.

Warehouse Direct

Marathon Sportswear. Inc.

International Car Care

Third Millennium Associates, Inc.

Oak Lawn Restaurant

Airport Glass & Mirror

Oak Lawn Municipal Employees Credit Union

Oak Lawn Toyota

Beggar’s Pizza

Brett Equipment Corporation

Martin & Martin

Fuller’s Car Wash

Fox’s Pizza Oak Lawn

Katie’s Hallmark

Carpet Interiors

Clancy’s  Pizza Pub

Nonna’s Pizza

Oak Lawn Park District