The Lansing Junior Woman’s Club, of which I am a member, has been busy lately. In December, the club collected new toy donations that members delivered just before Christmas to patients in the pediatric ward at Community Hospital to help brighten the day for some sick kids.
Last week the club held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser that was well attended. Club members made everything from scratch, including the sauce and meatballs and cannolli. Funds raised at the dinner will go towards the club’s fifth annual Veteran Appreciation Dinner.
Coming up on Saturday will be the Lansing Junior Woman’s Club’s Afternoon Delight Vendor Fair from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17800 Lorenz Ave. in Lansing. There will be more than 20 vendors, including Avon, Premier Jewelry and 31 gifts. Admission is $5, which will include appetizers, coffee and tea.
For more information on Juniors, visit their Facebook page. Upcoming projects include the annual Stay Safe Essay Contest and the fifth annual Veteran Appreciation Dinner in April.
Scouts to visit veterans home, seeking donations
Boy Scouts from Lansing Troop 276 along with the Calumet Detachment Marine Corps League will be hosting a Pre-Super Bowl party on Super Bowl Sunday at the Manteno Veterans Home, providing a meal and bringing donations for the residents.
They’re accepting donations of hard cover and paperback books, magazines, personal items and toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.) If you would like to donate, please contact Chuck Murach at (708) 895-0376, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dennis Kranc at (708) 203-5020, email@example.com. .
American Idol finalist returns to area
I’ve been watching "American Idol" on and off since season 4 and over all those years there are a few performances that I still remember well. There was Chikeze’s rendition of “She’s a A Woman” by the Beatles. There was “Grace Kelly” performed by Josiah Leming. Drew Poppelrieter was the cutest little country boy with this deep booming voice as he sang George Strait. Chris Medina, who is from the Chicago suburbs, sang The Script’s “Break Even” and had a touching backstory. Chris Daughtry blew me away singing “Hemorrhage.” Jason Castro’s version of “Hallelujah” is still my favorite version.
Of all the shows I watched, my very favorite was when Jon Bon Jovi visited to mentor the finalists during season 6. Bon Jovi gave the contestants great advice and everyone who sang in that show did a tremendous job. One of the best was Phil Stacey singing “Blaze of Glory.” It’s remained one of my all-time favorite performances on the show.
Last winter, Phil Stacey visited Lansing to do a performance at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, which I attended and enjoyed. He spends a lot of time touring these days and singing his original songs, many of them of the Christian music genre. During his concert he sang a song he’s written called “Old Glory,” which I absolutely loved. It was a heartfelt patriotic song written by the U.S. Navy veteran. I listen to it often.
I was excited to hear that Phil Stacey was going to be back in the area to perform. He’s been in the Chicago area for several days, performing at churches, schools and other venues in Chicago and several south suburban communities.
This past week, he was at Illiana Christian High School, Reavis High School and Thornridge High School along with several church concerts. This week he’ll be at Tinley Park High School, Bloom High School and Oak Forest High School. On Tuesday, you can see him sing at Kolas Christian Bookstore, 2635 Highway Ave. in Highland at 7 p.m. for a free will offering. The event is open to the public. For more information on Phil Stacey, visit www.philstacey.com.