Village Manager On The Way Out?
Village Manager Larry Deetjen was recently notified that he will not be leaving for the sunshine of Stuart, Florida to become its new city manager. Deetjen, who was one of ten finalists, lost out to David Ross, the County Administrator for Rock Island County, Illinois. Deetjen was one of 88 applicants and the search firm chosen to assist the village picked Deetjen along with 9 others to move to the quarter-finals. Five of the six commissioners then submitted the name of one of the 10 finalists to be interviewed. Four of the five finalists were interviewed and the rest is history. Stuart, Florida is on the “Treasure Coast of Florida” and is home to about 15,000 people. Its main business is tourism and its biggest employer is its hospital. In comparison, Oak Lawn has 56,000 residents although its biggest employer is also the hospital. In any case, Deetjen didn’t get the job. So, for now, he stays.
Oak Lawn’s Passport To Adventure
Did you know that the Oak Lawn Park District has over 20 playgrounds? Discover them all by participating in its first ever Patron Passport Program. This fun and adventurous challenge is FREE. The program is designed to encourage members of the Oak Lawn community to visit all of the different parks
and enjoy recreation outdoors. The Oak Lawn Park District supports many initiatives to get kids and families back outside, enjoying nature, and recreating together.
Each participating family is required to pick up a passport program and register their household by visiting any Park District facility. Register today using code #500000 and begin your journey to great prizes. The challenge will continue until you submit your completed passport to the Oak View Center.
Follow the program @oaklawnparkdistrict on Instagram and use #oaklawnparkdistrict to share your awesome park and recreation photos with the Park District. Your photos may even appear in Oak Lawn Park District promotional materials. For more information, please call 708-857-2200.
Niyas brings “The Fourth Light Project” to Moraine Valley
Moraine Valley Community College will host the electroacoustic group Niyas, featuring songs from its album, “The Fourth Light Project.” The mesmerizing multimedia show is at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Dorothy Menker Theater inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway. Tickets are $30; $25 for seniors and free for students.
The main inspiration for this production comes from the work of Rabia al-Basri, the first female Sufi mystic and poet born in the eighth century in what is now Iraq. The group’s musical and personal heritage lies in the mysticism and allure of the East, but Niyas was formed in California, bridging the East and West.
The multimedia show, which Billboard says “is an alluring combination of medieval Persian exoticism and beats that are state of the art,” combines live music and sacred dance performances with interactive technologies and advanced projection/body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time.
This presentations is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project, which focuses on highlighting the artistic and cultural diversity of Muslim artists living and working in the United States. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac or call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500.
New Bank Opens In Oak Lawn
Victoria Scanlon, formerly a Branch Manager for Standard Bank and Trust, will serve as Branch Manager and Business Development Officer of the new Providence Bank & Trust branch that just opened in Oak Lawn at 10419 S. Cicero Avenue.