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tina valentino May your neighbors respect you, Trouble neglect you, The angels protect you, And heaven accept you. —Irish blessing

I give up. Well, not entirely. But, if we’re talking about Lent, it’s true: I didn’t give up anything. What’s the point of giving up one thing only to overindulge in something else for 40 days? Then just revert back to old habits right after Easter. It makes no sense. If, in fact, I did give up sarcasm, slots, sub sandwiches, hot fudge and an occasional swear word, would this lame sacrifice really pave the way to heaven? I don’t think so. For more than half a century, I’ve been getting ashes rubbed on my forehead, fearfully contemplating the “dust to dust” symbolism each and every time. I don’t want to be dust. And, if I keep eating from all the restaurants in Neighbors magazine, I’ll be a lot of dust. But leave it to our veteran priest Fr. August Feccia—a favorite, funny and very wise man of the cloth—who offered a homily of exceptional analogies as Lent began. To be the best pilot, he said, you have to work at it, keep your navigation skills and recall of emergency procedures as sharp as they can be; to be the best doctor, you must constantly learn ever-changing treatments and medicines; to be the best married couple, you may have to work even harder than pilots and doctors, listening, sharing, caring unconditionally. Lent, then, is a simple reminder to the best, worthiest person we can be while we walk on earth—even if you insist on giving up candy or coffee. For many of us, sacrifice happens on a daily basis. We sacrifice the bulk of our paychecks and pensions, our free time and our sleeptime, even our sanity for a greater good—for our children, parents, friends and people we love. But, like Jell-O, there’s always room for more sacrifice—as noted in our special section on page 8, “Do a little good today. Do a little more tomorrow.” I saw for myself how much more I could sacrifice when I set my alarm for 6 am to get to the early Sunday Mass. I looked around at the handful of people in church on a cold and windy day: three young boys with bed-head, older folks with canes, neighbors who walked over and I thought to myself, “They could’ve stayed in bed but they made a real sacrifice to be here.” I saw for myself how much more I could sacrifice when I drafted the story about the American Legion Post #974 Stand Down event for homeless veterans—men and women coming together, chopping vegetables, organizing coats and blankets, preparing to welcome and comfort veterans who served our country, willing to give up their lives, who now have to be grateful for hot homemade soup, a pulled pork sandwich and the chance to talk to someone who will truly listen. I realized I could do so much more when I saw that Misericordia is in desperate need of willing people to stand on local corners for just a few hours passing out jelly beans to help children and adults with developmental disabilities experience more compassionate and purposeful lives. I realized I could do more when it comes to preserving fragile traditions like the St. Joseph Table, close to my own Italian-American Catholic heart. Yes, we are all busy, we’re all worn thin when it comes to time, money and stamina but as another old Irish blessing goes: May there always be work for your hands to do, May your purse always hold a coin or two. There’s always a little more we can do for others who need our assistance. You can count on Neighbors magazine to show the way when you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and pitch in.

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While these events are called a “Stand Down,” Post #974 stood up for hundreds of homeless veterans It’s a labor of love that began in the kitchen and sprawled into the massive hall at Franklin Park American Legion Post #974, home to a hugely successful Stand Down event that welcomed over

100 veterans in need on January 14. Stand Down events are held across the country, providing food, clothing, VA counseling and referral services to homeless and struggling veterans.

Legion and Auxiliary members got back up from Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, church groups, local businesses, community members as well as township and village support together with the Illinois Department of VA Services, Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County, Forest Park Vet Center, Inner Voice Chicago and the Edward Hines VA Food Pantry. “With everyone’s help, we were able to serve these patriotic Americans a hot meal of soup, salad, pulled pork, chicken, side dishes and dessert and every person received a bag filled with toiletries, fruit and cookies,” explained Auxiliary member Cathy Zito. “Each veteran was able to browse through tables filled with coats, clothing, blankets, shoes, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves and take whatever they needed. Together, we can do so much to thank and help our veterans.” According to the Veterans Administration, other Stand Down events will be held in the Chicago area on May 19 and June 8-9. For details, visit www.va.gov/homeless/events. To learn more about how you can support the efforts of American Legion Post #974, call 847-678-7474. Pictured, top photo, left to right: Hilde Kilian, Bob Marshall, Nick Kilian, Betty Spencer and Millie Gort preparing the hot homemade meal; middle photo, left to right: Pat Kowalski, Colinette Marshall, Cathy Zito, Alexis Horn, Dottie Bourgart, Dylan Spencer, Betty Spencer, Ann Drubeck display the mounds of clothing to be given away; bottom photo, the Legion Post #974 is filled to capacity with veterans. Photos courtesy of Bill McMurray.

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ST. JOSEPH TABLE TRADITIONS The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo Provincial Guild will host its annual St. Joseph Table on Friday, March 16 with two seatings: Noon to 3 pm and 4 to 8 pm at the Convent, 1414 N. 37th Avenue in Melrose Park. Donations for the homemade, delicious and meatless meal and dessert are accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit the Sisters. For info, call 343-2162. The St. Mary of Sambuca Society will host a St. Joseph Table and Traditional Sit-Down Dinner on Wednesday, March 21 at Porretta’s Elegant Banquets, 3718 N. Central Avenue in Chicago starting at 6 pm; dinner at 7 pm. Singer and DJ Johnny Maggio will perform. Donation is $50. Dinner is at 7 pm. For reservations and tickets, call Donna 708-751-2839. The Friends of the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels will host a St. Joseph Table Saturday, March 17 from Noon to 3 pm at the Mission, 3808 W. Iowa Street in Chicago. Parking is available and donations accepted at the door. To RSVP, for directions or to make a donation, call 773-486-8431. Learn more about the works and needs of the Mission at www.missionola.com.

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Misericordia/Heart of Mercy offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. Your help is needed to serve society’s most vulnerable citizens— more than 600 children and adults depend on donations. Candy Days is coming up on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 and volunteers are needed to serve a minimum of two hours on one or both of these days. Community Service Hours for local students are also available. If you have the time and are willing to support this annual events, please call 708-674-0455. If you can’t volunteer but would like to help continue the compassionate and exceptional services provided by Misericordia, 100% tax-deductible donations can be made online by using this website for a fast, simple and totally secure way to make donations: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ReadithEster/2018-misericordia-candy-days/ For more information about Misericordia, Candy Days donations and volunteering, contact Readith Ester at 708-674-0455. Do A Little Good continues on page 34

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On Friday, March 9, the St. Anthony Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Shrine will hold its annual Lenten Fish Fry from6 to 9 pmin the parish gymat the corner of 22nd and Cortez in Melrose Park. Enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment and good food which includes delicious fish-n-chips, cole slaw, corn on the cob, coffee, soda, sweet table, fruit and more all for a $10 donation. Admission for children under 12 is just $8. Bring friends, family and co-workers as there will also be live entertainment, a split-the-pot raffle and St. Anthony-related items for sale. For those age 21 and over, wine will also be sold. All proceeds are used for the Feast of St. Anthony which will be celebrated on Sunday, June 17. Save the date for the Mass, blessing of bread and outdoor procession. For tickets and additional information, call 312-860-2530, 708-372-1432 or the Rectory at 344-4140.

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Blue Star Ceremony

TheAmerican LegionAuxiliary Unit 974, based at American Legion Post 974 at 9757 W. PacificAvenue in Franklin Park, will host a Blue Star Banner Ceremony on Sunday, March 18 starting at 2 pm. The Blue Star Flag first appeared in 1917 when anArmy Captain who had two sons serving on the front line designed it as a tribute to their dedication and service. Today, families who have a loved one serving in the military still display a Blue Star Flag inside the front window of their homes to show the family’s pride in their loved one and to remind others that preservingAmerica’s freedomdemands much sacrifice. Please contact Betty Spencer at 847-455-9055 if you have a spouse, parent, son, daughter, brother or sister currently serving in the military so that Post members can extend an invitation to the event.

Kiwanis Bowling Event for disabled children

The Kiwanis Clubs of Division 6 will host an indoor bowling fundraiser on Sunday, April 15th at Circle Lanes located at 7233 Circle Avenue in Forest Park from1 to 3 pm. All funds raised fromthis event will benefit the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation, enabling children with disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, boating, gardening and playing on playground equipment adapted to their needs at YMCA Camp Duncan near Volo, Illinois. Kiwanis members bowl, sponsor other bowlers, donate raffle prizes and help at the event. Everyone is invited to attend. Tickets are $20 per bowler and $15 for non-bowlers. Ticket includes three games and shoe rental. Pizza and soft drinks also available. For tickets, contact Tom Michael at 630-747-0047.


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Forest Park St. Pat’s Parade Saturday, March 3 Grab your spot on Madison Street and don’t miss this spectacular event hosted by the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce featuring bagpipers, Medinah parade units, area police and fire departments, Proviso East marching band, floats, Ronald McDonald, clowns and much more starting at 1 pm (www.exploreforestpark.com). Lenten Evening of Recollection Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Shrine Altar & Rosary will sponsor its annual Lenten Evening of Recollection on Wednesday, March 14 in the gym located on the corner of 22nd and Cortez in Melrose Park. Fr. Sunny Castillo, a multi-parish pastor in Kankakee, Illinois will be the guest celebrant; he has led pilgrimages through Europe and the Holy Land, has his own online ministry website, has published books and poetry and much more. Evening begins at 6 pm with Mass followed by dinner and a reflection. Tickets are $15 each and are available by calling the Rectory at 344-4140. Elmwood Park Woman’s Club Meeting On March 15th, the Elmwood Park Woman’s Club will host a pot luck lunch at 11:45 am at the Elmwood Park Library. There is no charge but reservations are required; call Jamie at 453-0601 to save your spot and for more information. Bring a few fun, inexpensive prizes for games after lunch. Visitors are welcome. Proviso Handyman: Check for leaks, save money It’s always a good time to check the caulk around your tub and sinks. Leaky sinks mean higher water bills. The Proviso Township Handyman serves homeowners within Proviso Township who are over the age of 60 and/or disabled homeowners. For more info or to register for the program, contact the Handyman service at 708-547-4001. Nineteenth Century Club Upcoming Events The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, located at 178 Forest Avenue in Oak Park, presents programs in art, literature, music and social sciences. The public is invited. Programs begin at 1:15 pm, unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation is $10 for most programs. For more info, call 386-2729 or www.nineteenthcentury.org. Sunday, March 4, 3 to 5 pm: Scholarship Benefit and English-Indian Tea. Diane Pingle, writer and performer, discusses her journey from her Hindu wedding in India to her life on two continents. Program and Tea, $35. Reservations are required. Monday, March 5, 1:15 pm. Save the Bees with Harry Patterson. A beekeeper for 35 years, he will talk about how we can support one of our best Earth partners. $10 donation.

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BELLWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 600 S. Bohland Avenue; call 547-7393, ext. 4 to register or visit www.bellwoodlibrary.org. Chair Yoga. Friday, March 16, 2 to 3 pm. Live A Winning Life. Sundays, March 4 through April 29 (no session April 1), 2 to 3 pm. Understand and implement the five principals of IDIAD: Imagination, Desire, Intentions, Affirmation and Daily Inspired Action. Intro to Microsoft Excel. Tuesday, March 6, 2 to 3 pm. What Are Your Old Coins/Jewelry Worth? Saturday, March 10, 1 to 3 pm. Have one item appraised for free. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Thursday, March 15, 6 to 7 pm. There are resources to help you if you have taken over the responsibility of raising one or more children under the age of 18. Bingo at the Library. Thursday, March 15, 2 to 3 pm for ages 18 and up. Fun and prizes. SCORE Mentoring. March 16, 4 to 7 pm by appointment only. Appointments must be made through the SCORE website at https://scorechicago.org/request-meeting/. Microsoft Excel: Beyond the Basics. Tuesday, March 20, 2 to 3 pm. One-on-One Mini Resume Review Session. Tuesday, March 27, 4 to 6 pm. Sign up for your free 15-minute session at the reference desk. Drop-In Yoga. Thursday evenings March 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6 to 7 pm. No registration required. Ages 14 and up. Zumba Drop-In. Saturday mornings March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 29 from 10 to 11 am for ages 14 and up, limited to the first 25 participants. Stitches Crochet Club. Stitches on Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. All skill levels; bring your own “I” or “J” crochet hook and #4 yarn. BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 1637 N. Taft Avenue; call 708-544-6017 or visit the website at www.berkeleypl.org. Teen Spring Series for Ages 13 and up College Applications/Student Loans. Saturday, March 10, 1 to 2:30 pm. Registration required. Teen Interviewing. Saturday, March 24, 1 to 3 pm. Learn how to prepare for an interview. Registration required. Brain Wellness for Kids. Kids and parents, learn to keep your brains healthy on Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 pm. In April: Volunteer Sign Up Day, April 20, 4 to 6 pm. Book Clubs Tween Book Club. For ages 8-13. March 9 at 4 pm. Registration required. Adult Book Club. Enjoy great books together. Next date is March 14 at 7 pm. Books available at checkout.

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Check out the Brain Wellness for Kids and Parents program at the Berkeley Public Library on Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 pm and Brain Health at the Hillside Public Library on March 8 from 7 to 8 pm. Find out how nutrition and exercise can help keep you sharp!

activities authors • answers Favorite Recurring Berkeley Library Programs Homework Central. If your child could use some help with homework, the library is the place to go on Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 pm. Storytimes. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, Tuesday evenings at 6 pm. Family Game Night. March 12, 6:30 pm. Puzzle Club. March 15, 3 pm. Wii Gaming. March 26, 6:30 pm. Registration is required. BROOKFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY 3609 Grand Boulevard in Brookfield; call 485-6917 or visit the website at www.www.brookfieldlibrary.info. Accepting donations. The Friends of the Library are always accepting gently-used books as well as working audiovisual materials, games and puzzles. Bring donations to the circulation desk; pick-ups are also available. Call for more info. ELMWOOD PARK LIBRARY Located at 1 Conti Parkway; call 453-7645; visit the website at www.elmwoodparklibrary.org. Homework 911. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 1-22 from 4 to 6 pm for grades K-6. Certified teachers will be on hand to help with homework questions. Family Movie: Coco. Monday, March 5, 7 to 8:45 pm for all ages. Adult Floor Yoga. Monday, March 5, 7 to 8:45 pm. Must register. Bring a mat and water bottle. Same time as the Family Movie so you can do yoga while kids watch the movie. English Conversation Hour in English. Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21 from 7 to 8 pm. Play Group. Friday, March 9, 9:30 to 11:30 am for ages 0-5 with caregiver. Connect, create and play. Chris Fascione: Bringing Literature to Life. Monday, March 19, 7 to 8 pm. Ages 4-8; registration required. Highenergy, fun-filled mix of storytelling and comedy that gets kids excited to read.

Trivia Night. Tuesday, March 27, 7 to 9 pm for adults at Russell’s Barbecue. Bring friends, form a team or meet new people and win prizes. Check the Facebook page for the bonus question of the day. Consumer Fraud Protection. Thursday, March 29, 7 to 8:30 pm for adults (registration required). Learn to protect yourself from fraud with a representative from the Attorney General’s office. Discuss topics such as home repair fraud, IRS scams, data breaches and identity theft. Made possible by Friends of the Library. FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847-455-6016; online at www.fppld.org. Library Quilt & Sew Club. March 7 and 21, 10 am to Noon for all quilting and sewing skills. Spring Craft for Adults. Limit 25. Registration required. Wednesday, March 7, 6 to 7 pm. Full STEAM Ahead. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math for grades 1-3. Thursday, March 8 and 22, 4 to 5 pm. Clear the Clutter. Improve your life, get the most from your stuff and eliminate clutter. Thursday, March 8, 6 to 7 pm. Friday Flicks. This month’s movie is IT (R). Friday, March 9, 2 to 4:15 pm. Friday Family Flicks. This month’s PG movie is Space Jam. Friday, March 9, 6 to 7:30 pm. Zine Making 101. Find out more about zines and how to create your own. Grades 7-12. Saturday, March 10, 1 to 2 pm. Knit and Crochet Group. New members, all skill levels always welcome. Saturday, March 10, 1 to 3 pm. Family Nailed It! A simple construction program; work as a group to create a project you can take home. Space is limited. Ages 8 and up. Saturday, March 24, 1 to 2 pm. Now You’re Cooking! Grades 2-8 are invited to make yummy recipes on Wednesday, March 28, 4 to 5 pm. Library programs continue on pages 18, 22 and 24

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Popular storyteller Chris Fascione will be at the Elmwood Park Public Library on Monday, March 19, from 7 to 8 pm. Ages 4-8 are invited to Chris’s high-energy, fun-filled mix of storytelling and comedy that gets kids excited to read. Registration required. Stop in or call the library for details.

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HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit www.hillsidelibrary.org. Most programs require registration. Mixed Stitchers. Every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 pm. Age 14 and over, all skill levels welcome. Books on Tap Book Club. Wednesday, March 7, 7 pm. Call the library for more information. Brain Health. March 8, 7 to 8 pm. Learn how the brain works as well as proper nutrition, exercise and play impact brain performance. Inclusive Bingo. Bingo for all ages and all abilities. Everyone is welcome to play, enjoy snacks and win prizes on Monday, March 12, 5 to 5:45 pm. Minimum is 10. Book to Movie: True Grit. PG13, Thursday, March 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Minimum is 4. Puzzle Table. Like puzzles? Stop in anytime to work on the community jigsaw puzzle. MELROSE PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY 801 Broadway. Call 649-7400 or visit the website at www.mpplibrary.org. ABC Adventures. Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 to 11 am for ages 1-5. Interactive playtime with stories, music and puzzles. LEGO Club. Tuesday, March 13, 4 to 5 pm. Library will supply the LEGOs. Ages 5-12.

Master Makers. Tuesday, March 20, 4 to 5 pm. Build amazing structures with unusual materials. Ages 8-12. Wacky Adventures. Thursday, March 29, 4 to 5 pm. Read, learn and play in unpredictable ways. Ages 7-12. Embracing Retirement. Save the date: Saturday, April 14, 11 am to Noon. Build new life chapters and learn from two retirement gurus. FREE Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). Tax preparation assistance for seniors (60+) from low to moderate income households through April 9. Call 456-0300, ext. 3895 as appointments are necessary. NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit www.northlakelibrary.org. Community Art Show. Deadline for submissions is the end of March. Join the reception on April 2, 5-6 pm. Microsoft Office Series. Cover all the basics in four different programs on Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm. March 21: Excel. Video Streaming. Cut the cord and ditch the cable box. Learn more Wednesday, March 7, 7 to 8 pm. One-on-One Computer Classes. Call 562-2301 to schedule a one-hour daytime, evening or weekend class. Cookbook Book Club. Pick up a copy of the book and claim your recipe at the reference desk. Thursdays, March 8 and April 5, 7 to 8 pm. Neighbors • 18

RideSharing for Seniors. Learn about Via and GoGo Grandparent just for seniors on Tuesday, March 6, from 2 to 3 pm. Quick Pickling. Want to pickle vegetables? Learn the process using a one-hour technique on Friday, March 30, 2 to 3 pm. DIY Scented Jars. Easy to make using mason jars, essential oils and baking soda. Tuesdays, April 3, 2-3 pm. For Teens and Kids. Ask about the upcoming Artists’ Cafe for teens, Open Gaming, Interactive Movie Nights on Thursdays and Gaming Tournaments. Sign up younger kids for preschool art and storytime, Baby Play, Science Saturdays and After-School Arts and Crafts. NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY Located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; register by calling 447-0869 or online at www.northriversidelibrary.org. Messy Mornings for Munchkins. Ages 2 and up with adult. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 am. Preschool Programs. Ask about Lapsit Storytime on March 1, 8, 15 and 22 and 29; Pajama Storytime on March 6 and Tales & Treats on March 20. LOVE2READ. For resident kids in kindergarten and 1st grade who love to read or need to find enthusiasm for reading. Saturday, March 17, 10:30 am. Continued on pages 22 and 24


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LEGOs Mega-Build Challenge. For 1st grade and older. March 9, 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Do not bring LEGOs. St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza. Hang out, enjoy snacks and celebrate on Saturday, March 10, 1 to 3 pm. Music Club. Play, listen and enjoy an afternoon of music. Bring your own instrument and jam with others plus enter the karaoke contest. Saturday, March 24, 1 to 3 pm. RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205, or visit the website at www.riverforestlibrary.org. The Hunting Accident: An Adult Conversation. The Library’s Foundation presents this special event on Sunday, March 4, 2 to 4 pm, about a new graphic crime novel, The Hunting Accident. Meet author David L. Carlson, illustrator Landis Blair and Charlie Rizzo, whose father is the subject of the book. A book signing will follow the discussion. The Book Table will offer copies for patrons to purchase. Registration is required; limit is 75. Coffee Monday. For adults. Enjoy coffee, breakfast snacks and conversation. March 5 from 10 to 11 am. Connect with Tech. Are you a local senior who wants to get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet or computer? Want to explore better ways to connect with family? Concerned about internet safety? Bring your questions. No need to sign up. Upcoming sessions are: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 10 to 11:30 am. Great Decisions. For adults. Topic 3: China and America. Stop in to get a list of the issues to be discussed and a briefing book. Wednesday, March 7, 1 to 2:30 pm. Storytimes. Ask about Pajama Story Time, Toddler Time, Family Story Time, Story Studio and Mother Goose Cafe for ages 0-7. Messy Science Slime Fest. For grades K-4. Work together to make slimy creations and learn about polymers on Thursday, March 8, 4 to 4:45 pm. Chicago Cubs as Champions: Then and Now. Sports historian Charles Billington talks about team’s new identity in light of their 2016 World Series win plus rare footage of the team through the years. Thursday, March 8, 7 to 8:30 pm. Great Decisions. For adults. Topic 4: Media and Foreign Policy. Stop in to get a list of the issues to be discussed and a briefing book. Wednesday, March 21, 1 to 2:30 pm.

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fun, informative Fire Station Storytime. For ages 2 and up. Visit the Fire Station, 400 Park Avenue in River Forest on March 21, 2 to 3 pm for this program. March Super Movie Madness. For grades 5-12. Watch your favorite superheroes take down the bad guys all week. All movies are rated PG-13. March 26: Wonder Woman; March 27: X-Men: Apocalypse; March 28: Thor: Ragnarok; March 29: Spiderman: Homecoming; March 30: Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Spring Break Events for ages 2-10. Thursday, March 29, 10 am to 4 pm: Build a Fort in the Children’s Room; Friday, March 30, 10 am to 4 pm: Spring Break Block Party. RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. Website: www.rivergrovelibrary.org. Homework Help. Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 4 to 7 pm with volunteers from Dominican University. No registration required. For grades K-12. Open Gaming. Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 3:30 to 7 pm for ages 9-17. No registration required. Evening Tales. Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 7 to 7:45 pm. Story, craft and snack. Contact Mrs. Tucker at 453-4484 to register. For ages 5-8.. Music Showcase. Monday, March 5, 7 to 8 pm. From classics to contemporary, an evening of music to soothe the mind and soul. Movie Monday. Monday, March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm for all ages. Movie is Hidden Figures. Water-Bath Canning. Monday, March 19, 7 to 8:30 pm. Join local food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster to learn about water-bath canning, a safe, easy method of home food preservation. Vagabonding Around the World. Getting a job straight out of college was not Brian Michalski’s life plan so he toured the globe. Thursday, March 22, 7 to 8:45 pm. Easter Show and Egg Hunt. Wednesday, March 28, 6 to 7:15 pm. Join juggler Mike Vondruska and then search for eggs in the young adult area. Ages 8 and under. Spring Break Gaming Party. Thursday, March 29, 3 to 5 pm. Ages 9-17. No need to register. Movie Night. Thursday, March 29, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Watch the 1942 classic Casablanca. All ages.

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Fifteen MINUTES

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BIG BEAR POLAR VORTEX CHAMPS

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In January, the Leyden Eagles Hockey Club took part in the Big Bear Polar Vortex hockey tournament held in Madison, Wisconsin. The Eagles played 4 games, winning three, tied one game, scoring 15 goals and only gave up five goals to the opposition teams. The Eagles, pictured above, won championship game 5-2 over the Bears from Lake Zurich, Illinois. The local group had outstanding goaltending from freshman Adam Johnson and senior Mikey Pasterz. Solid defense from Adam Brimie and Mason Perri limited opponent's scoring chances. Offense was sparked by series MVP/Freshman Joe Gulino. Freshman #20 Kyle Lamphere broke the femur in his right leg on a solid open ice check. Head coach is Tony Cruz; Matt Jeske is Assistant Coach. Photo provided by Vito Palmisano. For more info, visit www.leydenhockey.com.

LIVING Food

Maywood native Regina Thomas Dillard publishes wellness cookbook featuring over 150 simple, healthy recipes for busy lifestyles

First reported by Michael Romain in the Village Free Press, Maywood native Regina Thomas Dillard has published a wellness cookbook entitled FEED: Living Food Recipes to be Made and Eaten with Love. Dillard, the founder of Inner Sanctum Wellness, a health and wellness company, said she wrote the book so she could demonstrate how food can be used to heal bodies from sickness and disease, particularly since she once healed herself by integrating living food into her diet. FEED features more than 154 recipes, including her favorite—a buckwheat and flaxseed bread. Copies of FEED are $14.99 for softcover and $9.99 for an ebook and can be purchased at the Oak Park Visitors Center, 1010 Lake Street, Sugar Beet Food Co-Op at 812 Madison in Oak Park or online at Amazon.com.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated recently in Triton College’s annual District High School Art Competition. Throughout the competition, the work of talented students throughout the area in seven different categories including drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, design, sculpture and ceramics was displayed in the Triton College Art Gallery. West Leyden junior Bart Saminski (pictured above) was awarded Best in Show for his photo entitled “Interior,” which featured a black and white image of his mother and grandmother. Top prize winners in other categories included: Elena Buenrostro and Nyah Peaches from Proviso Math and Science Academy; Shakty Granados from West Leyden High School; J.C. Abueva from Guerin College Prep; Aalia Galati and Karolina Kedzior from Ridgewood High School. Artwork was judged by Triton faculty members.


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The Trailside Museum is located at Chicago and Thatcher Avenues in River Forest. To pre-register for these programs or sign up for an e-newsletter, call 708-366-6530. Birdhouse Building Contest! Build a creative, functional birdhouse and it will be put on display at the Museum where visitors will vote on their favorite. See the website at fpdcc.com for details, Entries accepted March 1 through the end of May. Nature Story Times. Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for ages 3-6 with an adult. Thursday, March 15, 10:30 am. “Bone” Appetit. Join staff during feeding time to learn about outdoor animals that make their home at the Trailside Museum. Saturday, March 31, 1 pm. Nature Tots. Join your tot in exploring Nature. Play at the Museum and explore a different animal each month and go outdoors in warmer weather. Registration required. Wednesday, March 7, 10 am. One Earth Film Festival. Take part in the free showing of children’s films at 9 am, teen films at 11 am and the film “Jane” at 1 pm. Discussions and other activities are planned. Meet at Thatcher Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Avenue. For festival details, visit www.oneearthfilmfest.org. Saturday, March 10. Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam. Make a simple musical instrument then join in the bluegrass jam circle. Bring your basses, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and banjos, too. All are welcome. Thatcher Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Avenue in River Forest, Sunday, March 11, 1 pm. Early Morning Bird Walk. View migrating and resident birds on a walk led by Chicago Audubon’s John Elliott. Binoculars available. For adults and children 8 and older. Saturday, March 17, 8 am. Migration Mysteries. Birds will be featured with a glimpse at other migrants. For ages 18 and up. Registration required. Call 366-6530. Saturday, March 17 at 1 pm. Go Fly A Kite Workshop. Learn about the spring wind and weather then harness the wind’s energy by making and flying kites. Children ages 6-12 with adult. Fee is $5 per child. Register by March 17. Sunday, March 18 at 1 pm. Woodcock “Sky Dance” at Wolf Road Prairie. Watch the amazing aerial display of the male woodcock. Ages 8 and up. To register and get directions, call 366-6530. Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 pm. Morning Bird Walk. Take a casual guided walk with a naturalist to look for birds and bird behavior. Binoculars available. No groups. Friday, March 30, 9:30 am.

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Veterans Park District. Visit the website at www.veteransparkdistrict.com or call 343-5270 for more info on our Fitness Center, Indoor Turf Rentals, programs and to register over the phone for programs. � Family Indoor Garage Sale & Flea Market. Saturday, April 28 at Grant Park Gym, 9 am to 2:30 pm. Come out and shop or clean out your attic and closets for items to sell. Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required to reserve your space. Concessions will be open for snacks. Fee is $20/$35 for 10’x10’ space, two tables and two chairs. Deadline to register is April 22. � Garden Bed Rentals. Garden Vegetable Bed Rentals are open for the 2018 season, May-October. Residents, civic groups, organizations and schools can rent out a 4’x8’ garden bed on a first-come, first-served basis. All gardeners are required to complete an application/contract. Gardens are located at Bataan Park in Melrose Park and Gouin Park in Franklin Park. 2018 season fee is $25 per bed for residents and $50 per bed for non-residents. � Men’s 16” Softball League. Save the date for the Summer League for ages 18 and up. Captain’s meeting is Tuesday, April 10 at 7 pm at Grant Park Rec Center. Season starts April 24. Must register by April 9. � Active Adults/Senior Day Trip. Stop for lunch at Tuscan Tavern and Grill in Lake Geneva, WI then attend the Dancing Horses Show in Lake Delavan followed by an Exotic Bird Show. Thursday, April 12; fee is $75. The Leyden Township Community Center, 2620 N. Mannheim Road, Franklin Park offers programs for area residents of all ages. Call the Center at 847-451-5144. � Easter Egg Hunt. Saturday, March 24, Noon to 2 pm at Westdale Park, 3045 Sandra Ave., Melrose Park. Free pictures with the Easter Bunny plus color your own eggs. � Children’s Programs. One-on-One Tutoring thru May for 1st-5th grade (by appointment); Jake’s Pizza Night, Friday, April 6, 7 to 8:30 pm; Youth Volleyball Club, Thursdays for ages 9-12. � Customizable Hands-on Learning/Spring Preschool Session thru May 23. Ages 3-5. Afternoon Adventures, MondayFriday monthly sessions, 12:30 to 1:30 pm for ages 3-5. Choose your days. � Adult Fitness. Zumba Fitness (Tuesdays); Zumba Toning on Thursday nights; Zumba Step on Monday nights; Strong by Zumba, Saturdays for ages 14 and up; Yoga on Wednesday nights; Pound on Tuesday nights; Volleyball Club on Thursday evenings and Pickleball Club on Monday nights or Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am to Noon.

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Notices ARMSTRONG, Frank Shelton. Father of Diane (Joe) Brown, Cemone (Rafeal) Wesley and Justin Armstrong; grandfather of three; brother of Grover (Joyce) Armstrong, Ernestine (John) Bell and Harvest (Nathaniel) Lewis; uncle of many. Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. BATTAGLIA, Stella; wife of the late Marty; mother of Debbie, Denise and Marty (Dana); grandma of Breanna and Nicholas; foster mother of Lulu and Ronnie Galchilian and their family; sister of Wanda Marshall; preceded by four brothers and three sisters; aunt, sister-in-law, cousin and friend of many. Interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BELTRAME, Angie, nee Farinella. Wife of Donald Sr.; mother of Michael (Kim), Donald Jr. (Natalie), James (Nicole), Michelle (Larry) and Angelo; nana of Anthony, Alyssa, Larry Jr. and Stella; sister of Sam (Carmella), Joseph (Claudette), Tony (Gennie) and the late Grace (Charlie) Balachia; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at St. Joseph Mausoleum. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BUONAVOLANTO, Jean Marie, 53. Mother of John (Natalia) Staniszewski; daughter of the late John and Gloria, nee Roberts, Buonavolanto. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CAPUTO, Camille M., nee Rabiolo. Wife of the late Mario; mother of Nancy Carrino, Jo Ann (Robert) Pesa and Clarice (Michael) Scola; nonnie of five; great-grandmother of Sophia. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CERVONE, Peter B. son of the late Mary, nee Franco and Peter S.; brother of Louis P. and Sharon Hensley; nephew, uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. COZZI, Joseph. Husband of the late Jeanette; father of Carmeline (Steve) Biscan and Jack (Dina); grandfather and great-grandfather; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. CRISPINO, Lena, nee Acierno. Wife of the late Charles; mother of Joseph (Kathleen) and Teri Crispino; grandmother of Cristina (Carlo) Bertolli, Carly Crispino and Paul Vossel; great-grandmother of Croccifixio “Cross,” Caramia, Ciamarie Bertolli; sister of the late Carmella and Vito Berardi, late Tom and Joanna Acierno, late Jeanette and Joseph Foltz, late Tony (Ginger) Acierno, late Al and Kaye Acierno and the late Rose and Al Haddad; aunt and friend of many. Donations to the Shrine of St. Jude are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ★ DICIOLLA, Joseph H. U.S. Army Veteran. Husband of the late Johanna Otillia, nee Nuding; father of Michael (Geri), Linda (Dominik) Spadafino, David (Renee) and Patty (Oliver) Schmidt; grandfather of 12; great-grandfather of 10; brother of Norfie (Theresa) Diciolla; brother-inlaw of the late Marie (late James) Defranseco; uncle and great-uncle of many. Entombment at Christ the King Garden Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. EVANS, Carole Ann, nee Napiorski. Wife of the late Clarence; mother of Darlene (Nick) Belcaster, Paul Evans and Jeffrey Evans; grandmother of five; sister of Ziggy Napiorski. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

GAINES, Deacon Otis B., Jr. Husband of Helen, nee Robertson, Gaines; father of Kennard Robertson, Dominique Gaines, Taylor Gaines, Justen Gaines and Jared Gaines; brother of Rev. Fidelia Gaines-Mitchell, Thaddaeus Gaines, Marcsotis Gaines and Zenobia Hubbard. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. GALLICHIO, Lillian P., nee Romano. Wife of the late Salvatore; mother of Linda Cerqua and Jeffrey (Elizabeth); grandmother of five; great-grandmother of three; sister of the late Evelyn (late Henry) Homa and the late Mario (late Angeline) romano; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at All Saints Mausoleum. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. GARCIA, Esther, 87, of Maywood. Wife of Juan Garcia; mother of Raquel, Juan Manuel, Joel, Guadalupe, Sergio, Jose Filiberto and Luz Esther; grandmother of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. GLORIOSO, Frank. Husband of the late Pierina, nee Scola; father of Donna (Rob) Thilarik, Nancy (Don) Marchese and Suzanne (the late Barry) Diamon; grandfather of six; great-grandfather of one; brother and brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and friend of many. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside GRIFFITH, Marie A. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. GUTIERREZ, Lucio. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. IBARRA SALINAS, Juan A. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. KASPER, Joanne, nee Brasile. Wife of Stanley; mother of Regina (Thomas) Hemstreet, Anthony (Michelle), Daniel, Michael (Roseann) and Andrew; grandmother of 12; great-grandmother of five; sister of Angel (William) Bogg and Gracia LoGalbo; aunt, cousin, friend of many. Member of the Sacred Heart Women’s Club. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. KOWALCZYK, Stanislaw. Husband of Mary; father of Dennis (Helena); grandfather of Gregory and the late Sherry Marie; greatgrandfather of two; brother, uncle and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. LOVERDE WRIGHT, Alba, nee Nesti, 91. Wife of the late Billy R. Wright and the late Honorable Charles M. Loverde; mother of James M. Loverde, Carol (Dominic) Di Frisco, Joy Loverde (David V. Schultz), Peter (Orasa) Loverde and Linda (Louis) Belpedio; grandmother of five; great-grandmother of four; sister-in-law of Bernice (the late Frank) Nesti; Longtime resident of Melrose Park. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. LUCCA, Teresa P., nee Valvo. Wife of the late Vincent; mother of Joseph (Mary), Angela (the late Ronald) Zaprzal and Maria (the late Bill) Galvin; nonna of Vincent (Kelly), Maria (Bret) Macke, Katie (fiance Kevin), Joanna, Joe, Bob (Leeann), Vince (Sarah), Joey Zaprzal, Christina and Nicole Galvin (fiance Matthew); great-nonna of four; sister, sister-inlaw, aunt and friend of many. Entombment at St. Joseph Mausoleum. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. MARTINO NABICHT, Madelyn, 54. Wife of Richard A.; mother of Tara; daughter of Teresa and the late Frank Martino; sister of Maria (Darwin) Moen and Angela (William) Kenny; aunt of Frank, Nicholas and William; daughter-in-law of Elaine Nabicht. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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Notices MARX, Richard A. Son of the late Edward and Shirley Marx; brother of the late Edward J. and Ken Marx; friend of the Federal Express family. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. MENA CASTRO, Luis F. Interment private. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MISTRETTA, Salvatore; husband of Irene, nee Chiappetta; father of Steven, Michael and Christina (Jason) Serene; grandfather of four; brother, uncle and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. MOSIER, Jimmy D., 66, of Melrose Park. Father of Melissa Gonzalez, Renee Mosier, Kim Mosier; father-in-law of Mike Dibeasi; grandfather of Alexis, Michael, Bryan, Miranda, Adrian, Aries, Andrea and Junior; friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. O’CONNOR, Carol, nee Reed. Wife of the late William “Bill” F.; mother of Lauri (Vic) Potter, Shannon O’Connor and Patrick (Renee) O’Connor; grandmother of Meghan Potter, Jordan Potter, Paige O’Connor and Erin O’Connor; sister of the late Andrew T. and John; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. O’ROURKE, Michael, 51. Husband of Rosemarie, nee Giglio; Son of Michael and Eileen; brother of Maureen, Daniel, Kevin (Bridget), Brian (Heidi), Catherine and Brendan; uncle of seven; nephew of Sister Ann Sullivan, R.S.M. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. PIONTO, Mildred M., nee Augustine, 91. Wife of the late Earl J.; mother of Mary Ellen (John) Pieranunzi, Josephine (Clay) Fornaro, Patrick (Nancy) Pionto, Kathy (Edward) Coco; grandmother of John (Lisa), Michele (Patrick), Gina (Rocky), Rena (Paul), Lisa (Paul), Jennifer (Tony), Christine (Ken), Edward (Andrea), Patricia (fiance Jerry), Dominic, Joseph and the late Patrick Jr.; great-grandmother of 22; aunt and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.. RIVERA, Edward C. Father of Jeanine (Benito) Domena and Rebecca (Eddie Lopez); grandfather of Mason, Nathaniel and Dalilah; brother of Ivan, Edwin (Jeannine), Nelson (Nelly), Fabian, Milagros and the late William (Edith); uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. SALAKO, Rosemary, nee Veronico. Wife of Harry; mother of Marilyn, nee Dorgan, Pope; twin sister of Mary Veronico, late Phillip, late Philomena, late Grace, late Michael and late Vito; aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SARACENO, Pasquale “Pat.” Father of Anthony; brother of Frank, the late Joe, late Mary Trupia and late Vince; uncle and greatuncle of many. Entombment at Mt. Emblem Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. TAVERAS, Jose, 81, of Melrose Park. Husband of Maria; father of Narcisa, Mariana and Victor; brother of 12; grandfather, uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. ZITO, Joseph “Joe.” Son of the late Sam and Zena Zito; brother of Rosanne (the late Michael) Taube and the late Fred Zito. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

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