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Prayer breakfast, cleanup effort and parade slated for May in South Holland

2014-04-28T00:00:00Z Prayer breakfast, cleanup effort and parade slated for May in South HollandMary Ann Thornton Times Columnist
April 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The village of South Holland is gearing up for an exciting 2014 series of spring events. On May 1, the South Holland Ministerial Association will host its annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Spirit of God Fellowship, 16350 S. State St. The event, which is known to draw many spiritual leaders, clergy and residents, is held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, will feature a keynote address by the Rev. Bill Reed, from Evangelical Free Church in America, and music by Christian performing artist Sarah Van Drunen.

This early breakfast event will wrap up with closing remarks by South Holland Village President Don De Graff. There is a small fee of $5 to dine and to share in a morning of prayer for the community, state and nation.

At 8:30 a.m.  May 10, South Holland residents, as well as members of various school and social groups, will converge at the South Holland Community Center for the annual “Take a Bite out of Grime” cleanup event. Generally, 150 volunteers join with De Graff, Village Clerk Sallie Penman, along with village trustees and administration, at area thoroughfares and parks to pick up trash and to complete painting projects.

Take a Bite out of Grime is a village-sponsored event, with the support of Republic Services. Volunteers will begin the morning with a continental-style breakfast and then assist with planting a tree, as part of the village’s annual observance of Arbor Day. South Holland’s Urban Forestry Commission provides tree seedlings for volunteers and a variety of brochures providing helpful tips for planting and growing a seedling.

At 11 a.m., volunteers will return to the community center where grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will be served at lunch. Take a Bite out of Grime is a great way for high school students to complete required community service hours. At past events, students from School District 205 and Seton Academy have taken advantage of this opportunity. Other regular participants have been the Laren Montessori, Girl Scouts, Boy Schools, and the Civil Air Patrol, along with area church groups and local fraternity chapters.

Anyone interested in learning how to register for Take a Bite out of Grime should contact the South Holland Community Center, at 501 E. 170th St., or by phone at (708) 331-2940.

Rounding out the month of May is the annual Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. May 26. Hundreds of residents and visitors will layer South Park Avenue, curbs to parkways, from 170th Street to 160th Place. In South Holland, Memorial Day doesn’t conclude with the parade. At 1 p.m., De Graff, Penman, village trustees, and members of the VFW Post 9964 host a truly meaningful remembrance ceremony.

Active and retired military servicemen and women and their families will line Veterans Memorial Park, 160th Place and South Park Avenue, as the community honors men and women who protect our nation’s freedom.

Memorial Day in South Holland will conclude with a Home Run Derby activity on the ball field at Veterans Park, followed by Little League baseball and girls softball All-Star games.

During the month of May, visit the village of South Holland where you can enjoy an uplifting breakfast, engage in a community cleanup project, and just have fun.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Mary Ann Thornton is communications manager for the village of South Holland. She can be reached at

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