Petition to Name Oak Lawn Park District Theatre in Honor of Erica Heilmann
A group of residents has initiated a petition to name the Oak Lawn Park District Theatre in honor of the late Erica Heilmann. While Erica Heilmann’s husband Dave served as Mayor of Oak Lawn for two years their love of the theatre is what brought them together. Erica recently passed away leaving four children, a husband and a cast of admirers. Erica was a teacher at TF South High School for 20 years and touched many students of theatre but she was also deeply involved in the community theatre program in Oak Lawn. She helped Oak Lawn win the National City Livability Award in 2009. In 2017 she received recognition by The Tony Awards as one of the top 20 theatre teachers in the country who have demonstrating a monumental impact on the lives of students while embodying the highest standards of the profession. The petition is seeking 5,000 signatures online and has 1957 now. While the park district doesn’t need a petition to make the change, friends of Erica are showing their support nonetheless. If you would like to sign the online petition, click the link:
H.L. Richards Football Parents Say Team is Undefeated
In the movie “Remember the Titans”, Coach Boone played by Denzel Washington addresses his team at half-time of the game. He said, “It’s all right. We’re in a fight. You boys are doing all that you can do. Anybody can see that. Win or lose… We gonna walk out of this stadium tonight with our heads held high. Do your best. That’s all anybody can ask for.” Well, parents at H.L. Richards are taking a different path after their team lost to Crete Monee on November 17th. The parents have petitioned the IHSA to overturn the outcome of the came and penalize the refs who they blame for the loss. The petition is lengthy but part of it states: “Mothers were outraged! The sons they raised and struggled to keep on the straight and narrow (away from drugs, gangs, and violence) found out that hard work, long hours, and dedication will get you robbed in IHSA Football. The sisters and girlfriends of these boys could hardly walk after this, because somehow they knew this was more than just a loss. This was a merciless miscarriage of ethics, binding rules, and the ultimate form of “corporate power bullying”. This game has to be overturned, or nullified! IHSA’s beliefs state, “Equality and Fairness must always be safe guarded”. The IHSA should live out its own creed and police its officials. This game was ridiculous! Richards remain that Record setting, Undefeated Nation of BULLDOGS! Now it’s time to Fight!!! Fight!!! Fight!!!” Crete-Monee lost the Class 6A Championship to Cary Grove High School. To sign the petition online, click Here.
Moraine Valley to host a cappella holiday concert
Award-winning a cappella pop-jazz group M-PACT will perform a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
The “White Christmas” production in the Dorothy Menker Theater will feature favorites such as “Do You Hear What I Hear?” “Away in a Manger,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and more. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students and children.
Designated Best Vocal Group at the LA Music Awards, the California-based group also was named Billboard magazine’s Unsigned Band of the Year award, and won an Indie Grammy nomination and numerous related awards.
For tickets, call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or visit morainevalley.edu/fpac.
Oak Lawn Park District Wreath Making Class TONIGHT
Bring the aroma and sights of winter inside at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Wreath Making class Tonight November 28th, from 7:00-9:00pm. Master Gardener and Naturalist Sue Palka will guide participants in creating a fabulous, fragrant holiday wreath made with a variety of fresh greens and adorned with ribbons and ornaments. Participants should wear gardening or work gloves to
protect their hands. This class will be held at Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St. Fee is $25 per person. For more information, please call 708-857-2200.