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Sep
17
Tue
Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library @ Palos Heights Library
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library

Join writer, radio host and syndicated political columnist Ray Hanania as he discusses “Arabs of Chicagoland” at the Palos Heights Library on Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Hanania, an award-winning Chicago journalist, author, and humorist, will use his trademark sense of humor in discussing the history of Arab American heritage in Chicagoland.

Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463. 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM.

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

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Sep
18
Wed
Fundraiser for Rush Darwish for Congress @ Jerusalem Banquet Hall
Sep 18 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
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Fundraiser for Rush Darwish for Congress

Rush Darwish for Congress fundraiser

Rush Darwish for Congress fundraiser

Hassan Nijem is hosting a fundraiser for Rush Darwish, a coandidate running in the March 17, 2020 Democratic Primary election for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

The fundraiser will be held at the Jerusalem Banquet Hall, 8310 S. Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, Illinois

All donations welcome

Contact Hassan Nijem at 312-927-6971 or by email at hnijem@gmail.com.

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Sep
19
Thu
Night at the Races with Lisa Hernandez @ Hawthorne Race Track
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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A Night at the Races with Assistant House Majority Leader Lisa Hernandez

Join State Rep. Lisa Hernandez on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Hawthorne Racecourse for a fun evening watching the races.

Cocktails – 6:00 PM

Buffet – 6:30 PM

Racing – 7:10 PM

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We hope to see you there! Send RSVP emails to RSVP@1833group.com.

Horse racing, image from Hawthorne Race Track in Cicero, Illinois. Photo courtesy of State Rep. Lisa Hernandez

Horse Racing

To purchase tickets for the fundraiser, click here.


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Sep
21
Sat
Fall for Rockford Illinois Festival Sept. 21 @ Rockford, Illinois
Sep 21 @ 1:27 am – 2:27 am
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Fall for Rockford Illinois Festival Sept. 21

Rediscover Rockford’s best tastes, sights and sounds as you walk through downtown’s historic River District.

With more than a dozen restaurants selling their signature menu items and free entertainment on one stage, we encourage you to reimagine Rockford. We invite you to fall in love with the city at northern Illinois’ premier outdoor food and music festival.

There is no entry fee. The River District Association simply wishes to provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to experience all that downtown has to offer in the fall, and in the same token, build community pride by giving everyone a Taste of Rockford: its food, music and culture.

 

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River District Fall for Rockford Festival 2019, musical entertainment

River District Fall for Rockford Festival 2019, musical entertainmentois, Fall for RockfordFest, music

We are so pleased to announce that 5,000 attendees made it down to first ever Fall for Rockford! We were blown away by your enthusiasm to hang out and listen to great music and eat great food together as a community. We could not have done it without our many sponsors. Special thanks also goes out the dozens of volunteers who helped us on the day of the event. None of it would have been possible without all your hard work and dedication!

The first Fall for Rockford is in the books. Now it’s time to count down to next year’s festival.

Save the date for Saturday, September 21, 2019!

2019 LINE UP:

Muscadine Bloodline

Scruffy Pearls

Kyle Young

Food Vendors wanted:

We are still looking for more VENDORS for our 2019 festival!

Cantina Taco, Bella Luna Bakery, Pizza on Earth, District Bar & Grill, Thdoctas, Rockford Roasting Co, Sugar Jones, Edible Vibes, Downtown Fancy Franks, Savor BBQ, Lulu’s Corn, and Aero Ale House!

Fill out our Fall for Rockford vendor form here:

Questions? Email info@riverdistrict.com for more information!


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Illinois Tollway to host Family Safety Fair Sept. 21 @ Tollway headquarters
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Illinois Tollway to host Family Safety Fair Sept. 21

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 will host the 12th annual Family Safety Fair on Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Downers Grove. The event features fun and safety exhibits including a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers and free seat checks and kids ID cards.

The fair coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21) and National Seat Check Saturday, part of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration effort to educate parents and caregivers to ensure their children are secured in the correct car seat for the child’s age, height and weight.

“The Family Safety Fair is a great place for families to come together to learn how to be safe on the roads and have fun,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “The free event allows parents, grandparents and caregivers to get their child safety seats checked, pick up free ID cards for their kids and enjoy other fun activities.”

Illinois Tollway roadway courtesy of the Illinois Tollway Authority

Illinois Tollway roadway courtesy of the Illinois Tollway Authority

This event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tollway headquarters, 2700 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, is part of the Operation Kid 2019 program offered by the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15, which includes 10 Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events at locations around Northern Illinois.

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Highlights of the Family Safety Fair include:

  • Performance by the Jesse White Tumblers at 1:15 p.m.
  • Touch-a-truck display offering exploration of roadway and emergency vehicles, including a Tollway H.E.L.P. truck, a 26-ton snowplow, Illinois State Police squad cars, a SWAT tactical response truck, Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District fire truck and ambulance and Pace bus.
  • Interactive exhibits showing the importance of wearing seat belts including the Roll 15 rollover simulator, the Convincer crash simulator and Drive for Life, a hands-on, behind-the-wheel experience that demonstrates the dangers of drinking and driving.
  • Exhibits from the DuPage Children’s Museum and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and an appearance by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Bear.

“The Family Safety Fair provides a convenient way for drivers to make sure they’re complying with Illinois law and learn about driving safety,” said District 15 Acting Commander Dominic Chiappini. “The safest place for infants, toddlers and young children to ride is in the back seat with the appropriate child safety seat for their age and weight.”

Certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect child safety seats and help parents and caregivers with proper installation. Some of the more common problems District 15 inspectors pinpoint include child facing the wrong direction, too much slack in harness straps, not properly securing the car seat, improper child restraint for the child’s weight and the need for booster seats for older children.

Illinois law requires that all children under age 8 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system when riding in a vehicle with family or other caregivers. In addition, as of January 1, 2019, children under age 2 years are required by Illinois law to ride rear-facing, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall, to protect their developing muscles and bones.

Properly installed child safety seats save lives and significantly reduce injuries in the event of a crash. Yet, Illinois State Police find that more than 90 percent of child safety seats they inspect are improperly installed. To participate, parents, grandparents and caregivers should bring child safety seats, children and the vehicle in which the child safety seats will be installed.

Specially trained professionals take photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older and gather vital information to include on an ID card that parents and caregivers can reference in an emergency. If a child gets lost, an up-to-date, good-quality photo along with fingerprints and descriptive information can help law enforcement locate the child. Neither Illinois State Police nor the Illinois Tollway keeps this information in a database. Once the ID card is issued to the guardian, the information is deleted.

Child Safety Seat Basics

The safest place for infants, toddlers and young children to ride is in the back seat with the appropriate child safety seat for their age and weight. Rear-facing child safety seats protect a growing baby’s head, neck and back in an accident. Toddlers and young children should ride in a child safety seat with an internal harness until age 8 or they reach the maximum harness limit of the child restraint.

A booster seat is the most effective way to position a safety belt properly on a young child’s growing body. Safety belts are designed for adults who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Until age 8, most children have not developed strong hip bones and their legs and bodies are too short for the adult safety belt to fit correctly without use of a booster seat.

Illinois law requires that whenever a person is transporting a child under age 8, the person is responsible for properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system.

Missing Child Basics

Information provided on kids ID cards can help law enforcement search and recover a missing child. That includes a description of the child’s hair and eye color, height, weight, race, unique identifiers such as glasses or beauty marks, as well as date of birth, current photo and fingerprints.

The FBI suggests that parents keep their children’s fingerprints, not only because fingerprints are unique but also because they don’t change over time like a child’s appearance. The FBI also recommends that parents update the photos of their children on ID cards at least once a year to ensure they are current.

With increased public awareness, training, laws and better technology, the recovery rate of missing children has jumped from 62 percent in 1990 to more than 97 percent today, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 294 miles of roadways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.

TAGS: Illinois Tollway, Family Safety Fair, child seats, vehicle safety, public event


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Play for Peace hosts 5K run Sept. 21 @ Bartlett Nature Center
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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Play for Peace hosts 5K run Sept. 21

Play for Peace to Hold Seventh Annual World Peace Day 5K Run/Walk on September 21

A community celebration for Bartlett-area runners and families will celebrate peace and raise funds to help children and youth around the globe.  

Play for Peace is an official partner of the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition.

On September 21, 2019, Play for Peace will host its seventh annual Fall 5K Run/Walk in honor of World Peace Day. The event, which takes place at the Bartlett Nature Center in Bartlett, IL, will support the organization’s mission to bring together children, youth, and organizations from communities affected by conflict—such as violence, discrimination, poverty, and natural disaster—using cooperative play to create laughter, compassion, and peace. The organization, which operates in more than 20 countries around the globe, also provides youth leadership programs, which help young people become peace builders in their communities.

Bartlett Pray for Peace 5K run

Bartlett Pray for Peace 5K run

For full details about the event and to register, please visit: www.playforpeace.org/fall5k

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For more information about Play for Peace, please visit: www.playforpeace.org

Contact: Lisa Gelsomino
lisa@playforpeace.org

4–6pm: Registration Opens
For early and same day registration, please stop by the front desk to pick up a swag bag, t-shirt, and bib, as well as a bracelet for access to a variety of free activities: an animal show, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more. Check out our full list of activities below!

4–7:15pm: Silent Auction
The silent auction opens for bids at 4pm and closes at 7:15pm; winners will be announced directly after in the auditorium. To secure your items, please pay by cash, check, or credit card at the registration desk. Please note: a processing fee will apply to all credit card transactions.

5–8pm: International Food Festival
Stop by the Bartlett Nature Center party room for food, drinks, and desserts donated by some amazing local restaurants. Check back for participating vendors!

6pm: 5K Run/Walk Kick Off
The 5K run begins at 6pm in front of the Bartlett Nature Center. If you arrive late, please check with the registration desk to secure a chip-timed bib.

7:15 PM: Award Ceremony
Join us in the auditorium for an announcement of the top race finishers and silent auction winners. Gifts will be awarded to the top adult male and female runners, as well as the top boy and girl runners (under age 18).


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Sep
22
Sun
SWIFT hosts Muslim-Jewish-Christian dialogue Sunday Sept. 22 @ St. Michaels Parish Church
Sep 22 @ 5:20 pm – 6:20 pm
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SWIFT hosts Muslim-Jewish-Christian dialogue Sunday Sept. 22

The Southwest Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will host its annual Fall Forum “Love thy Neighbor?” bringing together Muslims and Jewish leaders to discuss their relationships and issues.
 
The scheduled Speakers are:  Muslim Perspective – Abdul-Malik Ryan, Christian Perspective – Liz Young, and Jewish Perspective – Jessica Schaeffer. 
Icons of Saints of the Christian Orthodox Church. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Icons of Saints of the Christian Orthodox Church. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

The event is being held on Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 2019, with registration beginning at 2:30 pm. Thr actual program will be held from 3 PM until 6 PM at the St. Michaels Parish church, 14327 Highland Ave., in Orland Park.
There is no fee to attend, but a non-perishable food item to donate to “Respond Now” will be greatly appreciated by the organizers.
Chicago’s Southwest region is home to one of the largest populations of Palestinian Americans, Arab Americans who are Muslim and Christian. The Muslim community has several Mosques including the Prayer Center in Orland Park, and the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, while the Christian Arab community is dispersed throughout the region with several churches including St. George Church in Cicero, and St. Mary’s Church in Palos Heights.
Oftentimes, many Christian Arabs are disengaged from the interfaith dialogues.


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Sep
26
Thu
OFPD Coffee & Conversation addresses power of Music in addressing Alzheimers and dementia @ Orland Fire Protection District Headquarters
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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OFPD Coffee & Conversation addresses power of Music in addressing Alzheimers and dementia

The Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) will focus on the challenges of Alzheimers at its next public “Coffee & Conversation” community meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Research has shown that Music has a powerful impact on memory and can be used to address the debilitating impact of Alzheimers and dementia among seniors.

The Coffee & Conversation meetings are held each month from 10 am until 12 noon, with refreshments and snacks. Co-sponsored by Aishling Companion Home Care, the Coffee & Conversation meetings are open and free to residents of the Orland Fire Protection Distirct only.

CERT trainees take instruction from Lt. Bill Leddin and Engineer Tom Rafferty on how to properly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb in a 2016 training. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

The Orland Fire Protection District offers a wide range of programs for the public, from senior care and information Coffees to emergency training for the public. Visit the OFPD website at www.OrlandFire.org for more information. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

Aishling will discuss “The Music & Memory” program which has been proven time and time again to take seniors with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s from a non-responsive state and re-engage them with the world.

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Research has shown that music helps those with a failing memory, sponsors said.


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