Bears mascot delights college students in Tinley Park
A particular good friend stopped by final week on the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy School for Exceptional Children in Tinley Park to assist everybody shake off the winter blues.
Staley Da Bear, the official staff mascot for the Chicago Bears, danced his method via a crowd of cheering college students and workers, exchanging excessive fives with a mess of raised arms.
“You ready to have a dance party?” his handler requested above the roar. “Let’s go!”
School directors invited Staley to cease by the college to assist encourage college students as they settle into the second half of the college 12 months.
About 70 college students attend the therapeutic day college, together with college students from Thornton Township District 205, Thornton Fractional District 215, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, Crete Monee District 201-U, Consolidated High School District 230 and Flossmoor District 161.
Oak Lawn library, Tinley ebook retailer reunite for RomCon
Fans of romantic literature will likely be swooning Feb. 17 because the Oak Lawn Public Library presents RomCon, a day occasion devoted to the style. Independent bookstore Love’s Sweet Arrow, in Tinley Park, is teaming up with librarians to supply the free mini-convention that includes eight romance authors together with ebook signing, writer panels, raffles, trivia and ebook gross sales.
Love’s Sweet Arrow proprietor Rosanne Backlin recruited a various group of authors to go to the library, together with Danielle Jackson, Kelly Farmer, Tinia Montford, Tamara Jerée, Rien Gray, Hanna Earnest and Sara Fujimura. Author Olivia Dade will likely be doing a digital go to to the occasion.
Dade, who lives in Sweden, is the writer of Avon bestsellers “Ship Wrecked” (2022) and “Spoiler Alert” (2020) and he or she has a brand new novel popping out, “At First Spite” in 2024. Bettcher says,
“It’s a really big deal for us to have her participate in RomCon,” stated fiction librarian Emily Bettcher.
Oak Lawn’s RomCon is from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Feb. 17 from 1-4:15 p.m. Register upfront for updates and a particular deal with on the day, at 708-422-4990 or cal.olpl.org/occasion/10993047.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center to shut for many of 2024
The Forest Preserves of Will County’s Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 419 Trout Farm Road, Bolingbrook is about to be remodeled, however the course of would require the ability to be closed for a lot of the 12 months beginning Feb. 19.
FPD officers stated Hidden Oaks Preserve additionally will shut every so often for out of doors renovations throughout the 12 months, as obligatory, however the renovations won’t have an effect on Hidden Lakes Trout Farm, which is within the northern a part of the protect.
The inside and exterior work at Hidden Oaks Nature Center is designed to transform the previous Bolingbrook Park District web site, which was bought by the Forest Preserve in February 2022, right into a nature middle tailor-made to Forest Preserve-type reveals and actions.
Officials stated the renovation will present new design options all through the primary ground and a brand new everlasting reside animal tank for the character middle’s resident turtles, and an elaborate indoor bird-watching lookout deck will likely be put in.
Oak Forest High School earns range award
Oak Forest High School has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining excessive feminine illustration in AP Computer Science A. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded ladies’ entry in AP pc science programs, in keeping with a information launch from the School District 228.
Oak Forest High School was one in all 225 establishments within the nation acknowledged within the class.
“We are so proud of the unique perspective our female students bring to the fields of Math and Science,” stated Oak Forest principal Jane Dempsey. “This is a recognition of our belief that anyone can succeed in any field. Our graduates are a testament to the impact created by opening doors to women.”
Oak Forest Raiders chosen to guide Fleadh
The Oak Forest Raiders tutorial deal with soccer and cheerleading program for girls and boys ages 5 to 14, which has been working within the space for greater than 50 years, was chosen as grand marshals for the fifteenth anniversary version of the Oak Forest Fleadh.
Players, households and coaches will lead the parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. March 2 at 151st and Central Avenue and heads to the Oak Forest Park District. The parade will likely be preceded at 8:30 a.m. by the CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K race, which begins and finishes at one hundred and fifty fifth Street and Betty Anne Lane. More than 500 individuals are anticipated to take part. Activities are also deliberate earlier than and after the race at Fire Station 1, 5620 Jame Drive. Street closures are deliberate for the race and for the parade. More info is at www.oak‐forest.org.
Visitor’s Bureau video highlights Southland points of interest
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched its interactive vacation spot video for guests’ trip and residents’ staycation concepts.
The video shows footage of Chicago Southland facilities with their corresponding emblem and web site hyperlink synced on the facet of the display. Users also can scroll via the vertical checklist of all facilities in descending order of look.
“This interactive video helps our tourists and residents peruse and visit many of Chicago Southland attractions in one source,” stated Jim Garrett, president/CEO of the bureau. “The video includes nature centers, art galleries, restaurants, breweries, museums, sports facilities, golf courses, and performing arts centers to name a few.”
The CSCVB interactive video is obtainable at www.visitchicagosouthland.com/#clicktivated.
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