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2 | February 15, 2018 | The Homer Horizon calendar In this week’s Horizon Announcements.............10 Sound Off.....................13 Faith Briefs....................16 Puzzles..........................22 Home of the Week.........26 Classifieds................ 24-34 Sports...................... 35-40 The Homer Horizon ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Thomas Czaja, x12 Assistant editor Jacquelyn Schlabach, x15 Sales director Julie McDermed, x21 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 business directory Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin, 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Homer Horizon (USPS #25577) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Homer Horizon, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Jacquelyn Schlabach FRIDAY Hadley School Benefit Concert 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Hadley Middle School gymnasium, 15731 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen. Hadley Middle School teachers and musicians Joe Cernak and Kenton Brace will perform covers of pop hits. Cernak and Brace are musicians in the band Hi-Fi Stereotypes. The price of admission is a new toy, which will be donated to Comer Children’s Hospital. SUNDAY Lockport Boy Scout Troop 65 Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser 8-11 a.m., Feb. 18, American Legion Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door, ages 4 and under free. A bake sale and raffles will also help raise funds for the Scouts to attend summer camp, as well as help provide Troop equipment and supplies. For more information, to purchase tickets or to join Scouting, contact Scoutmaster John Szpicki at (708) 275-7570. Venture Crew 63 Chili Cookoff Fundraiser Noon-5 p.m. Feb. 18, VFW Post 5788, 1026 E. 9th St., Lockport. Calling all chefs to put their cooking skills to the test to compete in the chili cook-off fundraiser. There is an entry fee of $15, and it must be submitted by Feb. 11. It is $8 for those to attend and enjoy all-you-can-eat chili while voting on the best. For more information and to sign-up, contact Chris at ckcarbe WEDNESDAY Lemont Artist Guild: Water Color Interactive 7-8 p.m. Feb. 21, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Attendees will hear from Cyn O’Brien, who has been a freelance artist specializing in Watercolor Portraits for the past 15 years. She is a longtime member of the Lemont Artist Guild. Attendees will leave the event with a small finished work of their own. For more information, call (708) 301- 7908. Illinois 3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum 7-8 p.m. Feb. 21, Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Parkway, Palos Hills. This candidate forum will be between Marie Newman and Dan Lapinski. UPCOMING Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club Bingo Fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Moose Lodge, 118 E. 10th St., Lockport. The fourth annual Take a Chance for Change Bingo FUNdraiser is now accepting reservations for the event. There is a $25 non-refundable donation per person, which includes 10 bingo games and entry tickets for door prizes. Participants must be 18 or older to play. There will be a cap of 200 reservations sold. To save a spot, visit www. and fill out the form. A portion of the proceeds will benefit To Write Love On Her Arms and Homer Glen’s own Kidz Play. Chris Posen Finnegan Benefit 3-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest. Friends and family of Chris Finnegan are hosting a benefit to support Chris and her family as she lives with ALS. Her family have been residents of Homer Glen for more than 26 years. The money raised will help alleviate the cost of medical expenses, caretakers, technology and other equipment that is not covered by insurance. Checks can be made out to Chris Posen Finnegan Benefit, U.S. Bank, 11901 W. 143rd St., Orland Park. 60467. Admission to the benefit is free. There is a free buffet dinner, dessert, live and silent auctions, live entertainment and raffles. For more information, contact Eileen Finnegan at (312) 520-6608 or chrisp osenfinneganbenefit@ Bill Cook’s Magic Show 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. This evening will be full of wonder and magic. Come watch a thrilling and entertaining magic show. The show combines comedy, drama and interactive audience participation. All ages are welcome, but children 6 and under must be with an adult. No registration is required. For more information, call (708) 301-7908. Armchair Travelers: South Africa 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 2, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. This event focuses on South Africa, the influence of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, and a grand train ride from Cape Town to Johannesburg. No registration is required. For more information, call (708) 301-7908. Boys Scout Troop 63 Pancake Breakfast 8-11 a.m. Sunday, March 4, American Legion Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 5 to 10, and can be purchased at the door. Children 4 and under are free. There will be raffle items and a baked goods sale. Proceeds from the event help the scouts attend summer camp and high adventure trips, as well as aid the troop in getting new camping equipment and covering other costs. For more information, contact scoutmaster Jim Zacharias at (815) 838-0848. Walsh School Full-Day Kindergarten Registration Wednesday March, 7 and Thursday, March 8, Walsh School, 514 N. MacGregor Road, Lockport. Registration will be held at the school from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, for morning registration hours; from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, for afternoon registration hours; and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, for evening registration hours. Parents with children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018 will need to bring the child’s government-issued birth certificate. In addition, there will need to be three proofs of residency, including one of the following: a current real estate tax bill, a signed lease, a closing statement on house (if home purchased within one year) or a notarized third-party (available at school office if one lives with the third party). Two of the following will also be needed: a driver’s license, a public aid card, a utility bill, automobile registration, home/apartment insurance certificate and a bank/credit card statement. Parents will be asked to complete registration forms and pay a registration fee. There is a $10 deduction given to students who pay at registration or before May 18, 2018. ONGOING Kindergarten Pre- Registration in Homer 33C Parents whose children are turning 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2018 are encouraged to pre-register their child for kindergarten online. The pre-registration form can be found on the district website at www.homerschools. org. Click on the “Parents and Students” tab at the top of the page, and then scroll down to “Registration.” This information will be used to help expedite the formal registration process on Thursday, March 15, at Luther J. Schilling School. Healthy Kids Running Series Registration Parents can now register their children for the spring 2018 series of Healthy Kids Running Series. The series is returning to Stonebridge Park beginning April 8. It is a five-week youth running program designed to combat childhood obesity, while providing children with a positive, educational, and fun introduction in the world of running. To register, volunteer or become a sponsor, go to www.healthykidsru Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays. John Olson American Legion Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport. Dine in or carry out. For more information, call (815) 838-4515. Have an item for calendar? Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. To submit an item to the calendar, contact Assistant Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach at j.schlabach@22 or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15. NEWS the Homer Horizon | February 15, 2018 | 3 New Life Community Church celebrates love with event for couples Attendees enjoy time with their valentine with night of dinner, games and dancing Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter Joy, fellowship and a touch of romance were in the very snowy air at New Life Community Church’s Celebrating Love event on Friday, Feb. 9. The dinner for couples gave parishioners the opportunity to enjoy an evening out with their valentine while celebrating God’s blessings with their community. The old adage “love conquers all” served as an impromptu theme for the evening, as the pairs who came out braved a mighty winter storm to honor the one who holds their heart. “The snow is just another reason to come in and warm up with your loved one,” said the Rev. Eric Marquez, who has been at New Life Community Church of Homer Glen since last year. Marquez, along with his wife, Connie, wanted to host this first-time dinner for couples as a way to honor love in all its forms. “What we’re trying to do today is celebrate love, which is the name of the event,” Marquez said. “There’s much to complain about in our world and in our economy, and this is a time to remember that God has blessed us with so much. “It’s really an act of gratitude to help us focus on what really matters, what’s really important. It’s a demonstration of God’s love for us.” Along with a candle-lit meal featuring Italian food from Little Joe’s Famous Pizza and Restaurante, of New Lenox, Celebrating Love attendees were treated to a variety of games, dancing and a table of sweet desserts that even included a chocolate fountain. There was also a photo booth and a video station where “Do you remember when?” prompts encouraged couples to reminisce about how they first came together. Diane and Brian Schmidt attend New Life Church, and they thought Celebrating Love was a perfect date night. Diane even helped on the committee, planning a newlywed game and fun teamwork challenges for couples to participate in following dinner. “I think it’s a great idea for couples to celebrate their marriage and have a date night and enjoy each other,” Diane said. Brian added, “And it’s a good way to get to know some of the other couples in the church, too.” This happy couple had differing opinions on the romanticism of the over 10 inches of snow blanketing Homer Glen. For Brian – who’d been out shoveling all day – the winter weather was a less than positive addition to the evening’s agenda, but Diane thought it was downright beautiful. “I like the snow,” she said. “I like driving in it, and I do think it’s romantic when it’s freshly fallen.” Soon enough, the snow will be gone, and spring flowers will begin to bloom just in time for the Easter season. “We’re about seven weeks away from Easter,” Marquez said. “That’s a great time when people who are unchurched come back to church. New Life Community Church is going to be Couples (left to right) Juleah Puccinelli and Caleb Tolleson, along with Manny Marquez and Hannah Page, toast to love Friday, Feb. 9, at New Life Community Church. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Diane and Brian Schmidt relish spending time together at the event. reaching out to those in this community who may not be churched this Easter and Good Friday.” As the dinner for couples progressed, Marquez was looking forward to taking time out to honor his wife and celebrate the love they share. “I know she’s been working really, really hard on all of this, so I hope she gets a chance to relax, be with me and have some fun,” he said. “And, for us to remember the fact of how God brought us The Rev. Eric Marquez, of New Life Community Church, leads a prayer before dinner is served at Celebrating Love. together and what he’s been doing in our life since. We can just be grateful. That’s what I hope for.” New Life Community Church – which is a nondenominational Christian church – holds worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m., and the services can also be streamed on Facebook. For more information, visit www.newlifecommu er-glen.