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Summer camps offer enrichment for kids

Pretty soon the kids will be out of school and their parents will be looking for activities to keep them busy.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am
Local events keep Easter Bunny hopping

Local events keep Easter Bunny hopping

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny was hopping this Sunday in Hegewisch. The General Pulaski Knights of Columbus 3223 served up its annual tradition with plenty of eggs, French toast and pancakes to satisfy hungry attendees.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

Plenty of spring events around town

As Chicagoans, we often take for granted how many great options we have in our own backyard. Our museums, zoos and theaters are among the best in the country and our skyline definitely rivals any in the world.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am
LARC hosting fundraiser on Aug. 8

LARC hosting fundraiser on Aug. 8

LARC is selling tickets to a rocking fundraiser.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am
Run unites fallen police officer’s family

Run unites fallen police officer’s family

For the Mathews family, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Run to Remember is an important time to be together.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

Local dancers need place to kick up feet

ABC recently announced the new celebrity dancers who will compete on “Dancing with the Stars” and created a buzz like it does every season.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am

Hegewisch comes together to save St. Florian

Hegewisch pride is running high this week thanks to the great news that St. Florian School will remain open. This neighborhood, which may be considered small compared to many of its Chicago counterparts, is never lacking in the size of its heart.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

Lots to do in March as springtime nears

I think we are all ready to say goodbye to February and look forward to springtime. March gets us one step closer and it seems a lot of new activities are sprouting up next month.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
New building at Wolf Lake almost ready for visitors

New building at Wolf Lake almost ready for visitors

The new building at the Illinois side of Wolf Lake looks quite cool and should open soon to visitors.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am

Celebrating winter birthdays at Field Museum

Two big birthdays happened in the past few weeks. I turned 35 and the little guy turned 2. You may recall that 35 years ago was the winter of 1978 to ’79, another miserable winter that my mom and many local meteorologists have referred to lately. Two years ago, the winter was nice and mild e…

February 12, 2014 12:00 am
Park district programs hit high note

Park district programs hit high note

The Calumet Memorial Park District is alive with the sounds of music.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am
Ice fishing lures anglers to Wolf Lake

Ice fishing lures anglers to Wolf Lake

A little frigid weather can’t stop ice fishermen. Even as temps were dipping below zero on Monday, they were dipping their lines into Wolf Lake waiting for a nibble.

January 29, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteers help St. Florian, Lansing Golden-K Club

Volunteers help St. Florian, Lansing Golden-K Club

As always, I’m inspired by volunteers who work hard in their community to make a difference.

January 22, 2014 12:00 am

St. Florian seventh-grader fights to save school

One seventh-grader at St. Florian School has taken action to save the school she loves. Jennifer Dejanovich, a seventh-grader at the Catholic school in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood, started a Facebook page to bring together those who wish to help the school, which is among those to be cl…

January 15, 2014 12:00 am

Chicago offers indoor, outdoor fun

It may have seemed like the past few days have been winter fest enough, but another sort of fest is taking place in a few weeks near Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am

Find Chicago Park District programs at Mann Park

Now that it’s a new year, it’s time to plan some educational and healthy activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

January 01, 2014 12:00 am

Sifting through sweet Christmas memories

As I get older, Christmases from the past start to blend together. They’re a cherished collection of memories, tastes, smells and emotions.

December 25, 2013 12:00 am

Seeing Santa from new perspective

I had a nice chat with Santa Claus during Sunday morning’s Knights of Columbus breakfast at St. Columba in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

December 18, 2013 12:00 am

Christmas memories made in Hegewisch

Driving home through downtown Hegewisch the other night, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful it looked with snow on the ground. I saw Christmas lights on the Baltimore Avenue streetlights and painted winter scenes on the grocery store windows.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am
Pets can visit Santa at Glenwood toy drive

Pets can visit Santa at Glenwood toy drive

Buying toys for kids and seeing their faces as they open their gifts is one of the best parts of Christmas. Even though my son has plenty of toys, it was hard to resist buying the Little People airplane, the Thomas the Tank Engine train set and the Mickey Mouse ball pit.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am

Golden-Ks celebrate by giving back to others

The Lansing Golden-K Kiwanis Club recently celebrated its 34th annual awards banquet at J.J. Kelley's Restaurant, 2455 Bernice Road in Lansing.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am

Hegewisch proved you can fight city hall

There’s something for everyone happening in Hegewisch the next few weeks. Whether you love a good meal or learning about local history, we’ve got you covered.

November 13, 2013 12:00 am

A few tricks, treats as we say hello to November

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for November and all the wonderful food and activities in store for us. If you didn’t get enough tricks and treats at Halloween, check out Timothy Tegge, a Midwestern magician and comedian coming to town.

November 06, 2013 12:00 am

Scariest ghouls on the block

People always want to know about the casket on our front lawn.

October 30, 2013 12:00 am
St. Florian class of '63 reunites in Hegewisch

St. Florian class of '63 reunites in Hegewisch

Taking a tour of St. Florian School was a trip down memory lane for 30 alumni who recently reunited for the first time in 15 years.

October 23, 2013 12:00 am
Fun finish to car show season

Fun finish to car show season

Shiny chrome, spinning wheels and sassy tunes filled our weekend as we attended car shows Saturday and Sunday.

October 16, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Reptiles slither into area this weekend

During our morning walk on Monday, my son and I stopped at the Hegewisch branch of the Chicago Public Library. There was a special story time going on and the kids were loving it as the storyteller told of a ghost chase. The attendees ran in place, laughed and clapped along with her.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am

Get your "boo" on at fall events

Put yourself into fest mode because it’s officially time to celebrate fall. We’ve already started to make our rounds, visiting the apple orchard, working on Halloween costumes and planning a trip to the pumpkin patch. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve when it comes to keeping the Hall…

October 02, 2013 12:00 am

Make everyday decisions that can help others

While driving through Lansing and Hegewisch this weekend, I spotted members of different Knights of Columbus groups handing out Tootsie Rolls and collecting donations. They walked along the cars at popular intersections or stood in front of busy stores, spending their free time to help others.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am
Good things popping up in communities

Good things popping up in communities

It’s always nice to hear from my friends at the Lansing Golden-K Club. They recently sent me some news to share with my readers.

September 18, 2013 12:00 am

Fuel up on food, cars at fundraisers

The calendar is filling up quickly thanks to lots of local car shows and fundraisers.

September 11, 2013 12:00 am

Cruise Night, water fun part of summer in the city

We have successfully checked off most of the adventures on our summer bucket list and even managed to sneak in a few extras.

September 04, 2013 12:00 am

Lots of outdoors fun to be had in the area

When you have a kid, you spend a lot of time outdoors whether you like it or not. It seems like not event bugs, heat, rain or barking dogs can deter little people from wanting to explore the outside world on a daily basis. I’m not much of an outdoors girl but thanks to my son, my arms are sp…

August 28, 2013 12:00 am

Still cruising for summer fun

There have been quite a few times this summer when our nights out transported us back in time.

August 21, 2013 12:00 am

Few more weeks to keep kids busy

When school is out for the summer, there are always more activities for kids. Of course, that also means a lot more kids running around and longer lines.

August 07, 2013 12:00 am

Airport traffic makes tot happy

A plane flies over Hegewisch about every five minutes. If you’ve never spent a Chicago morning watching the sky, listening for that rumble of a jet engine, you’ll just have to trust me. I’m kind of an expert on our city’s flight patterns these days.

July 31, 2013 12:00 am
Lansing Food Pantry needs new set of wheels

Lansing Food Pantry needs new set of wheels

When you have a little one, it can be hard to stay up to date on the lives of friends, family and celebrities. It’s great to connect with a letter, social event or online to find out the latest news.

July 24, 2013 12:00 am

Block party rocked all day

Moving to Chicago from Northwest Indiana took some adjusting. One of the hardest parts for me has been the proximity of houses. When I went in my childhood backyard wearing pajamas or mismatched socks, no one saw me. But in my Hegewisch neighborhood, the neighbors’ yards and ours are much cl…

July 17, 2013 12:00 am

Urban chickens joining the family

“These are kid-friendly chickens,” my brother-in-law said, “the golden retrievers of chickens.” I started to laugh but I was also interested in learning more about the new feathered nieces I was getting.

July 10, 2013 12:00 am

My Chicago family finds ties to Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells has the best of many worlds as we found out during a recent two-night visit. At only three-plus hours from Hegewisch and with a special last-minute deal at a water park resort, it made for a perfect mini-family getaway.

July 03, 2013 12:00 am

Help local humane society win challenge

South Suburban Humane Society staff members have been working their tails off to save more animals’ lives and win the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge.

June 26, 2013 12:00 am

Museum of Science and Industry updates make for fun visit

If you haven’t been to the Museum of Science and Industry in the past few years, this is a great time to revisit an old friend.

June 18, 2013 8:15 pm

Recycling enthusiast finds joy in Hegewisch alley

Considering what an industrious and modern city Chicago is, I’ve always been confused as to why we have had no curbside recycling in Hegewisch since I’ve lived here. This month that is finally changing.

June 12, 2013 12:00 am

Already making summer memories

June just kicked off, and I’ve already checked one thing off my summer bucket list. Last week we visited Fair Oaks Farms, a family-friendly adventure center about an hour away in Indiana.

June 05, 2013 12:00 am

Documentary explores neighborhood’s past, future

If you’ve always wanted to know more about the history of the Southeast Side, you should check out an upcoming documentary screening.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am

Historian writing book about Hegewisch

Next time I ride the South Shore from my Hegewisch neighborhood to downtown Chicago, I will take a closer look at the Van Buren Street station.

May 22, 2013 12:00 am

Walk this way to nature events

Life starts to move outdoors this time of year and many local nature-themed events this weekend can help keep you busy.

May 15, 2013 12:00 am
Charities receive golden touch

Charities receive golden touch

It’s always exciting to open a real letter. It’s even better when you recognize the handwriting on the envelope and feel instantly happy, like I did a few weeks ago when I found a letter in my mailbox from my old friend Ray Scahill.

May 08, 2013 12:00 am

Prepare for all 'Taste' has to offer

It’s the first day of May and it finally feels like summer, that great time of year when our minds drift to warm weather and daydreams about all the fun in store in the next few months.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am
Visit to state capital a worthwhile trip

Visit to state capital a worthwhile trip

“We are now traveling at a speed of 100 miles per hour,” the conductor announced as our Amtrak train sailed toward Springfield, Ill.

April 24, 2013 12:00 am
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