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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.

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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

Connecting with nature in middle of metropolis

While some Chicagoans may struggle with finding nature, Hegewisch residents are lucky to be surrounded by it. At times, though, even we travel outside our backyard in search of new adventures.

September 24, 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

You'll never forget your pets

Our dog has cancer. Within two weeks, we found a strange growth, learned from a biopsy that it was cancer, had it removed and then found out it is an aggressive cancer that typically will claim a dog’s life in four to seven months.

September 04, 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

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

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

Wolf Lake gives son first fishing experience

We took advantage of Illinois’ free fishing days this past weekend by visiting Hegewisch’s Wolf Lake where our 2-year-old son reeled in the first fish of what's sure to be an illustrious fishing career.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am

Hegewisch mom petitions for park revamp

Mann Park has been the hub of Hegewisch for decades but some say the aging facilities could use a face-lift.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

Hegewisch cleanup planned for June 7 around Avenue K

A community cleanup effort planned in Hegewisch offers a great opportunity for neighbors to work together to keep our town great. This upcoming one just happens to be organized by a friend of mine, who also calls Hegewisch home.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Plan to clean up, learn, play in June

I just returned from a trip to Florida and am still readjusting to real life back in Chicago. Luckily, there are many upcoming events in June to get me back into the swing of the Windy City.

May 21, 2014 12:00 am

Get outdoors to celebrate nature

It’s time to get out the bikes and hiking shoes for a week of special nature events in our area.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am

Sign up for spring activities

A few weeks ago, my father-in-law attended a class on Hegewisch genealogy at the Hegewisch branch of the Chicago Public Library. He is already a big genealogy buff but said he picked up a few tips from the presenter and that a good-sized crowd came out to the event.

April 30, 2014 12:00 am
Golden-Ks enjoy food, fellowship at annual get-together

Golden-Ks enjoy food, fellowship at annual get-together

I was sad that my family was not able to make it to the Lansing Golden-K Kiwanis Club’s chili supper this month, but I have received word the annual celebration at the Eisenhower Center in Lansing was a big success.

April 23, 2014 12:00 am

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
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