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Oak Lawn Public Library:

Happy Birthday, Biscuit (All ages)

What:  Woof! Woof! Biscuit will be here to help us celebrate with fun and hugs. There will be stories, crafts and dancing, too. Don’t forget your camera. Registration not required. 

When:  Sunday, Sept. 20 from 1:30-2:30pm.

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

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SAT vs. ACT

What:  Which test should you take?  Representatives from Kaplan Test Prep will lead a workshop on college admissions test options.

When:  Monday, Sept. 21 from 7-8:30pm.

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

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Pirate Party (Ages 5-7)

What:  Ahoy! We arrrr seeking a few scurvy swabs to sail through some pirate stories, learn the lingo and seek out hidden treasure.

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 3:45-4:30pm.

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

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Atrial Fibrillation: Does It Need Treatment?

What:  Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that causes poor blood flow to the body. Manoj Duggal, M.D., F.A.C.C, electrophysiologist from the Advocate Heart Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center, presents the facts on atrial fibrillation and treatment option.

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30pm.

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

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Job Searching Tips

What:  Discover job hunting, resume writing and networking tips, along with how to take advantage of the Library's ReferenceUSA database. Entrepreneur and business relationship expert Nancy Spidle from ReferenceUSA will offer valuable tips to help with your job search. 

When:  Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7pm

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

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Open Mic Readings

What:  Local writers are invited to share their original poetry and short stories. Five minute time limit per reader. Light refreshments will be served. 

When:  Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7pm

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

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New Genealogy Club

What:  If you’re interested in pursuing family history, check out the New Genealogy Club. Peg Kapustiak, well-known genealogist and author, will discuss genealogy online and what’s not online. 

When:  Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1:30 to 3pm

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

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Sunday with Friends Concert Series - The Shamrock Ragsters (Rescheduled)

What:  The Shamrock Ragsters will entertain with a mix of Irish/Celtic, bluegrass and Dixieland Jazz. The group performs with traditional folk instruments including banjo, fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle, Irish flute, guitar, bass and trumpet. Sunday with Friends concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library.

When:  Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2pm 

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

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Helping Children Cope with Stress

What:  Maura Maloney, LCPC, and Penny McGrath, LCPC, from the Genesis Therapy Center in Oak Lawn will provide information on looking for signs of stress in children, learning how your child understands trauma based on their developmental age and ways to talk with your children using age appropriate language.

When:  Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7pm

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

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Book Discussion Groups at the Oak Lawn Public Library

What:  Book discussions are back at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Take your pick of a wide variety of new book discussions based on reading interests, time constraints and locations. We welcome anyone who wants to talk about books. Copies of each title will be available four weeks before each discussion at the Adult Services Desk on the second floor. Here’s the lineup of titles for October:

Day Reads/Night Reads - Back by popular demand! A variety of fiction and non-fiction titles; each selection will be discussed once in the afternoon and once in the evening. Held in the Local History Room at 2 & 7pm.

• “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee – Thursday, Oct. 1

Irish Fiction - You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy these great reads. They embody the rich cultural heritage of literature and storytelling in Ireland. Held in the Mary Nelson Room at 1:30pm.

• “The Spinning Heart” by Donal Ryan – Wednesday, Oct. 21

20|30ish Book Club - Attention, 20-and-30-somethings! Looking for a night out with drinks and a chance to discuss the books everyone is talking about? This club is for you. Held at Homestead Barr, 9306 S. Central Avenue, at 7:30pm.

• “The Book of Lost Things” by John Connolly – Thursday, Oct. 15

Mysteries in the Morning - There is much to like in these gentle and often humorous books that are referred to as “cozy mysteries. Held in the Mary Nelson Room at 9:30am.

• “Grime and Punishment” by Jill Churchill – Friday, Oct. 16

Refreshing Reads - Formerly known as Book & Brew. Popular books brimming with character issues and moral choices that are ripe for a lively discussion over a refreshment. Held at Avenue Flower Shop & Wine Bar, 10632 S. Cicero Avenue, at 7:30pm.

• “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty – Tuesday, Oct. 27

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

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Fall Trip to Charming Cedar Creek

What:  The Friends of the Oak Lawn Public Library are hosting a trip to Charming Cedar Creek in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  Creek Settlement – the former site of a 100-year-old stone mill used to produce woolen goods for the Union Army in the Civil War - is now home to over 30 unique shops, including antique stores, gift shops, artists’ studios, a forge and a potter’s studio. Stroll this historic area in the morning and then soak in the peaceful atmosphere overlooking Cedar Creek during a delicious lunch at the settlement’s Crème & Crepe Café. The trip also includes a tour of the award-winning Cedar Creek Winery (plus wine samples) and a stop at the landmark Mars Cheese Castle for Wisconsin cheese and sausage. Max: 56. Please be advised that trips sponsored by the Friends are not wheelchair accessible.  

When:  Wednesday, Oct. 14. Departs: 7am. Returns: 5:30pm. Cost: $74 for members and $79 for others. Registration is underway

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

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District 5 Bud Stalker Community Meeting

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Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ:

  Ever wonder if you have enough faith? Ever think maybe you aren’t good enough for God to care about you? The fall Bible study at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn will explore these questions by looking at imperfect people of the Bible like Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Lot, Isaac, Jacob and others

  The class will explore both how these key ancestors of faith were sometimes faithful and sometimes not. It will examine their struggles to know God and whether to trust God

Pastor Peggy McClanahan will lead six sessions covering these Bible stories at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays from September 29 through November 3. All are welcome, regardless of faith background.

The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn. Participants should enter through the courtyard door on 51st Ave. For more information or to enroll contact the church at 708-422-4200 or office@pilgrimfaith.org.

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S.T.A.R.S.

(Seniors Together Are Really Special)

Broadway style music and dance will arrive in Oak Lawn when Steve and Trisha Lydell appear at our luncheon on Friday, September 18 , at 12:00 p.m.  Our $7 catered lunch is held at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Avenue, Oak Lawn.  Reservation deadline is September 16.  Call the church office (708) 422-4200.

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Children's Museum:

It's time to "Save The Date" for Sunday,  September 27th from 10 AM - 3 PM!

It's our 12th annual Fall Fun Fest celebration at the Museum where you'll find games, exhibits, food, entertainment, lots of smiles and fun. We're giving away a free pumpkin to the 1st 500 kids that arrive.

This is one of our biggest events of the year spread out over 2 blocks from the Museum to the train station to 52nd Avenue with ½ price admission to the museum that day plus free parking in the garage.

If you would like to become a sponsor or vendor that day and have access to over 2,500 people contact Amanda McCarthy at Amanda@cmoaklawn.org  or 708-423-6709 ext. 204

We are always looking for volunteers for this event so if you want to part of something great, contact Barb McMillin at barb.mcmillin@cmoaklawn.org for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Thank you for all you do!!

Kevin Mathers

Board President Children's Museum in Oak Lawn.

The Children's Museum mission is to positively impact a child's potential in life through play-based education.

Don't forget, we are a 501c(3) organization so your donation is tax-deductible.

Sincerely,

Adam Woodworth

Executive Director

Thank you to the donors who have already contributed:  Ian Chafee, Adam & Krista Woodworth, Don Murphy, Kim Goedelmann, Terry & Lenore Duffy, Robin Frisch, Laurie Tumino, Earl & Ann Bonovich, AT&T, Chelsea Shulke-Reese, Terry & Darlene Blanz, Kevin Mathers, Dawn Stanovich, David Dykstra, Andy & Rosemary Koning, Nadia Benhaddou-Habbiyyieh, Ed & Marge Joy, and the Oak Lawn Rotary Club.

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Green Team:

  • Sept. 26 (Saturday) 10:00. We need help PLANTING TREES at our tree nursery located at Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School at 99th and Minnick
  • October 3rd is our Go Green 5k, a partnership between Oak Lawn Green Team and School Dist. 123, consider helping, running, and even planting a few trees with us!

Thank you for helping make Oak Lawn a GREENER place to live!

Matt Basile

Forester

Village of Oak Lawn

708 499 7098

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Events offered by The Morton Arboretum:

September Events

The Morton Arboretum's Community Trees Program provides urban forestry news for the Chicago region and Illinois. If you know of an event or opportunity that is of interest to our partners, please email us!

 

Openlands TreeKeepers® at The Morton Arboretum

4 Tuesdays, September 15 to October 6, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

and 4 Saturdays, September 18 to October 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

Need additional training for your staff? Interested in more hands-on training? Take action to care for and protect trees in your community and join a corps of volunteers dedicated to trees in our urban forest of cities and suburbs. TreeKeepers® support the work of professional arborists and local governments’ forestry staff. The Morton Arboretum partners with Openlands to provide TreeKeepers® training and support in the western suburbs of Chicago. Learn more.

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Extend Your Resources With Volunteers Workshop

September 17, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Blue Island City Library, Blue Island, Illinois

Volunteers who help your forestry staff or other local government departments may save your community thousands of dollars each year. Learn how to build and make the most of a corps of volunteers. Topics covered include risk management, benefits of including volunteers and managing volunteers. For information and an event flier, click here. To register for this free workshop, contact Beth Corrigan: bcorrigan@mortonarb.org

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Tree Boards and Commissions Roundtable

October 7, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

Join members of volunteer tree boards and commissions for an update on citizen advisory groups in northeast Illinois from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. Edith Makra, director of environmental initiatives, will discuss the role these groups play in local government and the assistance provided by the caucus. Also covered will be an update on the Chicago Region urban tree canopy and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and time for networking. For information and event flier, click here.

To register for this free event, contact Beth Corrigan: bcorrigan@mortonarb.org

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Contract Growing Workshop

October 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Learn the importance of establishing long-term relationships with nurseries to ensure quantity and diversity of trees for reforestation in your community. Examples from communities utilizing contract growing partnerships will be highlighted. For information and registration for this free workshop, contact Melissa Custic: mcustic@mortonarb.org

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8th International Oak Society Conference

October 18 to 21, 2015

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

Conference highlights will include presentations from many of the world’s leading oak researchers; opportunities to discuss and contribute to ongoing work in oak conservation worldwide; workshops in oak collecting, collections management, oak-focused botanical art and other topics; tours of the Arboretum’s world-renowned oak collection; and a seed exchange. For information and a program schedule, click here.

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Looking for other education opportunities? Check out additional classes offered at The Morton ArboretumLearn more.

Visit the Community Trees Program website for more news and information.

Community Trees Program Calendar

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Regional events of interest

Be sure to check out the Community Trees Program Calendar for a full listing of events all over the state. 

 

2015 Public Agency De-icing Workshop

September 24, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

DuPage County Department of Transportation, Wheaton, Illinois

Less salt, less money, enough said. Winter operations staff and managers, city managers and program administrators are invited to attend this informational session including an equipment show and hot buffet breakfast. For information and registration, contact Tara Neff: tneff@theconservationfoundation.org or 630-428-4500 x123. Event flier, HERE.

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2015 Parking Lot & Sidewalk De-icing Workshop

October 8, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

DuPage County Department of Transportation, Wheaton, Illinois

As above, but designed for facility managers, superintendents, and staff, commercial deicing contractors, and municipal code enforcement staff. For information, flier, and registration, see contact information above.

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Illinois Tree Climbing Competition

September 26, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

Hosted by the Illinois Arborist Association, the Illinois Tree Climbing Championship provides competitive but educational opportunities for working arborists to demonstrate and exchange new climbing techniques, increase the interaction between various firms and members in the industry, and provide positive public exposure for the profession. Learn more.

Free webinar: Native Ash Seed Collecting: A Response to Emerald Ash Borer     

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT

What action can arborists, urban foresters and tree enthusiasts take in response to Emerald Ash Borer? Learn more about native ash seed collecting as a means of preserving and protecting our ash tree resource. To attend, visit www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code 136-194-563. Arborists can earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit. For more information, contact: Rick Harper, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. rharper@eco.umass.edu 

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Free webinar: Building Green Infrastructure for Water Quality

National Association of Conservation Districts - Urban and Community Conservation

Thursday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT

Shino Tanikawa, executive director of the New York City SWCD, will describe the district’s green infrastructure projects on private properties in New York City; building coalitions and partnerships; and offering professional development opportunities. Michael Pook, environmental scientist for the Nevada Tahoe CD, will describe a project that constructed infiltration features in a Washoe County right-of-way. Registration is first-come, first-serve. To register, email Debra Bogar: deb-bogar@nacdnet.org. Include your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

Illinois Arborist Association

Advanced Qualification for Certified Arborists in Illinois

The Illinois Arborist Association has developed a rigorous training program for Certified Arborists. The training program builds on the topics of the initial certification program and offers in-depth study including local details. Learn more.

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Sustainable Cities Network webinars and newsletter

SCN is a media and publishing operation based in Dubuque, Iowa, that provides municipal, education, and healthcare professionals with timely information on sustainability products, services and best practices. Sustainable City Network's online content and collaboration tools are a niche community and marketplace for sustainability professionals. For newsletter subscription, learn more. For current and archived webinars available, learn more.

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