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Jennifer Pallay

Kiwanis Club working to help babies, mothers in developing countries

Last week, I wrote about the Lansing Golden-K Kiwanis Club’s annual installation banquet and gave information about a few of its local causes, but I also learned a lot about one its worldwide causes.

October 22, 2014 12:00 am

Golden-Ks celebrate contributions at annual banquet

There was laughter, camaraderie and good food when the Lansing Golden-Ks congratulated next year’s officers during its 35th annual installation banquet held Oct. 8 at J J Kelley’s in Lansing.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am

Flock to Florian Fest for fun, food

This weekend, Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood will have more to celebrate than the opening of the new underpass. It’s also time to enjoy St. Florian Parish’s annual St. Florian Fest.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am

Reel in fall catches for fun

We recently returned from a family vacation to Gatlinburg, Tenn., where my aunt and uncle celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am

Find adventure near Wolf Lake all week

Don’t forget that Fall into Wolf Lake continues throughout the week at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 S. Avenue O in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. This outdoor expo is sponsored by local Calumet area organizations and all events are free.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
Hegewisch neighbors get together at annual flea market

Hegewisch neighbors get together at annual flea market

It seems like every year, the Mann Park flea market in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood falls on a Saturday I work.

September 10, 2014 12:00 am
Car show one of many fundraisers helping St. Florian

Car show one of many fundraisers helping St. Florian

Mateo Morales, a St. Florian pre-kindergartner, enjoys the car show. About 30 cars participated in St. Florian's car show.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am
Car show one of many fundraisers helping St. Florian

Car show one of many fundraisers helping St. Florian

The parents, faculty and students at St. Florian School have been inspiring with their positive attitude and hard work.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am

Sign up now for fall activities

Students may have school to keep them busy now, but there are also plenty of fall activities at local park districts and forest preserves to entertain them after the bell rings. Even parents with little ones too young for school can find fun local activities to enjoy together.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
Elvis provides couple with happy 5th anniversary

Elvis provides couple with happy 5th anniversary

Most couples in their 30s can't say they saw Elvis on their first date, but my husband and I can. In 2007, we went on our first date to see an Elvis tribute artist perform in Lansing. I covered the event for The Times. These days, I'm still writing and we are still checking out Elvis shows.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am
Elvis provides couple with happy 5th anniversary

Elvis provides couple with happy 5th anniversary

A LARC client receives a white scarf from Elvis tribute artist Joe Tirrito during a fundraiser Aug. 8 at Lansing Knights of Columbus.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Car cruise zooming into LARC

Start your engines and drive to Lansing for a special car cruise taking place this weekend.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am

Children learn power of doing good

It has been almost 10 years since I started writing Illinois community news and yet there is always more to learn about those who do good work in the community and how they do it.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am

Visit car shows and cruise nights in Hegewisch, south suburbs

The reopening of Blue Top Drive-in in Highland brought out a large crowd last week, proof that there’s a bit of old car nostalgia in all of us. Many car enthusiasts and classic car owners can also be found throughout the south suburbs the rest of this summer as they attend local car shows an…

July 30, 2014 12:00 am

Make a splash with new adventures

My family’s summer days are flying by and have been filled with backyard playtime, trips to the local parks and a few mini adventures.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am

Life’s a picnic with these summer plans

The coming weeks will bring fun and informative events for all ages. Whether you are interested in food, art or jazz, there is something for you.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

Starved Rock makes great escape from city

From time to time, we city dwellers need to find little escapes. Luckily Illinois offers many beautiful outposts for adventurous day trips.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

Cool off with pool time, movie nights

Calumet Memorial Park District will present a showing of “The LEGO movie” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Come out to Sandridge Park, 600 Oglesby Ave. in Calumet City for a free outdoor movie night. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am
Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

Jameria Smith, 24, of Chicago Heights, is joined by family members and her boyfriend during last year's Walk for Kidneys event held in Chicago. Her team, Sweet's Supporters, will again participate this year and is currently one of the top fundraising teams. Smith was diagnosed with kidney di…

June 18, 2014 12:00 am
Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

With her positive attitude and bubbly personality, Jameria Smith sounds like a typical 24-year-old talking about her goals. It's the obstacles she faces with determination and hope that set her apart.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am
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