Finals Week Puppy Break at the Oak Lawn Library

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By Kelly White Spirit, an 8-year-old Border Collie mix, loves being around people. So much so, that she paid a visit to the Oak Lawn Public Library to help students study for finals. That’s right, a dog in a library; and, she wasn’t the only one. The Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 Raymond Ave., hosted…

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OLHMS showcases student artwork

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By Kelly White Students in the Oak Lawn community proudly showcased their artists talents last month. More than 100 Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students, in the sixth- through eighth-grade, took part in the Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 Art Show on April 28 that celebrated students’ creative accomplishments and artistic talents. “When I went to…

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Toy Con Toy Show celebrates 30 years

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By Kelly White Celebrating 30 years of toy shows this weekend was the Toy Con Toy Show. The event, also known as Kaiju Days Special, was hosted by Terry Mannix and ChicagoLand Joes (’82 – ’94) at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7902 S. Oketo Ave., Bridgeview, on Sunday, May 15. “I have been collecting for…

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Orland Township celebrates seniors for Older Americans Month

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By Kelly White Orland Township cares about its residents and looks for ways to recognize them and their commitments. For the month of May, the township is honoring its senior citizen residents by inviting them take part in the celebration of Older Americans Month. Older Americans Month is a month-long observance in the U.S. devoted…

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‘We are Eagles’ author shares stories in Evergreen Park

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By Kelly White Author and award-winning journalist Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk, is proudly sharing the stories of strong immigrant women. Tomczyk discussed her new book, “We Are Eagles: Inspiring Stories of Immigrant Women Who Took Bold Steps in Life Through Literacy,” on April 21 at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen…

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Orland Park Library celebrates art of quilting

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By Kelly White As a youth, Linda Augsburg was in a 4-H club where she learned how to sew. At the time, she did mostly garment sewing, but was always striving to learn more. Today, through her years of dedicated ambition, she is known as an expert quilter. “I continue to learn and explore so…

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Author Kelly Yang visits Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School

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By Kelly White New York Times best-selling author, Kelly Yang, met virtually with Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students to talk about her new book and the hardships of being a student, especially during the pandemic. “What I liked best about Kelly Yang’s author visit was our ability to be able to connect and relate to…

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Evergreen Park students step up to help local food pantry

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By Kelly White Evergreen Park Community High School students are dedicated to helping others in need, so, members of the Student Government held an 11-day food drive at the end of March. “I think it’s important for students to engage in leadership roles and participate in things like the food drive to see the impact…

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Oak Lawn’s Adult East Egg Hunt

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By Kelly White Easter’s not just for kids anymore. Thanks to the Oak Lawn Park District, it’s also for adults. The park district hosted an Adult Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 2, at Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn. “This was a fun way for adults to celebrate the holiday and…

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Chicago Ridge Library celebrates Ramadan with food drive

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By Kelly White Located in a culturally diverse community, the Chicago Ridge Public Library is proud to serve its patrons of all ethnicities and backgrounds. To support the library values of “all are recognized,” the youth services department has created a large library-wide program that reflects the local community’s diversity. For the first time, staff…

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