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2 | April 12, 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 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 Armchair Travelers: French Polynesia 2-3 p.m. April 13, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Learn about the waters of the South Pacific to the exotic Marquesas. Barbara Sugden and Ron Vargason will also share about Tahiti, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Bora Bora and Moorea. TUESDAY 2018 State of the Village Address 11 a.m. April 17, Di- Nolfo’s Banquets, 14447 W. 159th Street in Homer Glen. Registration starts at 11 a.m., with lunch following at 11:45. Tickets are $35 for Homer Glen Area Chamber of Commerce members and seniors, and $40 for non-chamber members and members after Monday, April 9. Vendor tables are available. For more information, contact the chamber at (708) 301-8111 or visit WEDNESDAY Lemont Artist Guild: Oil Painting Still Lifes 7-8 p.m. April 18, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Award-winning artist George Ceffalio has had his work displayed at local, regional and national exhibitions, while also receiving numerous awards. He is best known for his rich, vibrant colors and creative depiction of subject. Registration is required. UPCOMING “Find Your Balance” Balance Clinic & Assessment 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Thursday, April 19, Marian Village, 15624 Lourdes Drive, Homer Glen. This is a complimentary balance clinic and one-on-one assessment for senior citizens. Attendees will also learn some easy, at-home exercises to help strengthen and maintain good balance. Seating is limited. RSVP by Thursday, April 12, at (708) 226-3733. Shady Oaks Camp’s 10th Annual Dinner Dance 6 p.m. Friday, April 20, Orland Chateau Banquets, 14500 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park. Come dressed in cruised-theme attire, or just throw on some Bermuda shorts and join the party. There will be a silent auction, raffle baskets, an open bar, a family-style dinner, dancing and more. Tickets are $75 a person, or $65 a person with a group reservation of eight or more. For tickets, contact Sallie at (708) 404-1172. Lady - A Women’s Expo 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive. Join 22nd Century Media, publisher of The Homer Horizon, and Planet Fitness for the fifth annual expo. Lady is to welcome more than 90 vendors, a cooking demo stage, free fitness classes, activities and more. Free admission and free parking. For more information, call (708) 326-9170 ext. 16 or visit www.22ndcenturymedia. com/lady. LTHS Foundation 5K Run- Walk 8 a.m. Sunday, April 22, Lockport Township High School East Campus, 1333 E. 7th St. All proceeds from the race will benefit the LTHS Foundation’s Minigrant Program. Registration for adults is $25 pre-race, and $30 the day of the race. Children and teens age 6-18 are $10, and children under five are free. For more information, email bherman@ Five Money Questions for Women 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 23, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. This event sponsored by Edward Jones Investments (Lockport) will explore five critical money questions for women. This presentation will help make sure one’s financial strategy fits their lifestyle and needs. Registration is required. Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club Meeting 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, Homer Glen Village Hall 14240 W. 151st St. Superpowers: Your Wishes Done Right 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. In this program, learn how to achieve one’s goals by appointing a power of attorney, learning about monetary transfers and estate planning needs. Registration is required. Retirement Income Planning 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, Homer Township Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Attendees will learn how to navigate taxes, health care costs and inflation to position themselves for life after work. Registration is required. Bunco Night 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, American Legion Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave, Lockport. Enjoy an evening of playing bunco with pizza, desserts, door prizes, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the children in My Joyful Heart. There are only 100 tickets available for this event. For more information, call (815) 806-1700. Mini Nick-A-Palooza 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, Stike and Spare II, 811 Northern Dr., Lockport. The Fort Awesome Band is sponsoring this fundraising event for the Nick Not Charity for TBI (traumatic brain injury). Nuthin’ Fancy, a Southern rock band will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by Fort Awesome Band at 9:30 p.m. until midnight. To donate raffle items, baskets or cash donations, contact Trisha Kot at (708) 301-1726. Arts and Crafts Vendor Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Come shop for one-of-akind handmade items and find one’s favorite vendors at our Spring Craft Fair. In addition to crafters and vendors, there will be raffles, a Make ‘n Take craft station for children and a bake sale. Free admission. ONGOING Cards for Children and Seniors 6-8 p.m. second Thursday of every month, Homer Township Public Library, Teen Room, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. This event is for students in sixth to 12th grade. Create handmade cards or letters that will be sent to Cards for Hospitalized Kids and Love for the Elderly charities. For more information, call (708) 301-7908. Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays. John Olson American Legion Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave., CORRECTION In the April 5 story “LTHS student comes forward,” some years were listed incorrectly. Alleged victim Danielle Sarna had Paul Loveall as a health teacher in 1997- 1998, when she was a sophomore. Loveall allegedly wrote Sarna a letter in early 1998. A romantic relationship between the two was made public in 2001. The Horizon recognizes and regrets these errors. Lockport. Dine in or carry out. For more information, call (815) 838-4515. Citizens Against Ruining the Environment 6-7:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month, White Oak Library, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. CARE, a nonprofit and all-volunteer organization, will discuss environmental and healthrelated issues in Will County and the surrounding areas. Community service hours also available. Vintage Hats, Will County in War Exhibits Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Will County Historical Museum and Research Center, 803 S. State St., Lockport. A new exhibit “Vintage Hats” is on display, as well as a 19th century doctor’s office, “Will County in War” and early textiles. For more information or tours, call (815) 838-5080 or visit www.wil 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 | April 12, 2018 | 3 Comedy for Critters benefits TLC Animal Shelter Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter There are a lot of ways to help shelter dogs and cats, but it doesn’t get much easier than TLC Animal Shelter’s latest fundraiser. On Saturday, April 7, more than 170 animal lovers gathered at VFW Post 9545 to generate funds — and a whole lot of laughter — at the Comedy for Critters benefit. WGN Morning News comedian Mike Toomey, of New Lenox, hosted the fundraiser — sponsored by Tucker’s Doggie Delights, Fabians Flooring and Trader Magazine — while Jim Flannigan and John Da Cosse delivered hilarious sets “purr”- fect for the occasion. “Along with the comedians, sponsors and supporters, I also want to thank VFW 9545,” said TLC volunteer and event organizer Tracy Lesmeister. “They are so generous with their time and efforts, letting me hold all my events here. It’s such a big beautiful space, and they are such wonderful people.” Soon after doors opened at 7 p.m., the VFW was packed with pet owners eager to enjoy a night of comedy. Homer Glen resident Robin Jost and her husband, Andy, were inspired to attend Comedy for Critters in honor of their beloved dog, Lily. “We have a little dog that we love, so we have a soft spot in our hearts to donate to the dogs,” she said. “And comedy is always fun, so it’s a doubleheader.” VFW Post 9545 Chaplain “Wild” Bill Welch and his wife, Cathy’s, love of animals — especially their 90-pound pit bull, Scooby- Doo — also motivated them to attend. “I used to work at a vet Jim Flannigan’s set featured jokes about online dating and growing up Catholic. clinic,” Cathy said. “We did a lot of vetting for an animal rescue, so it’s something that I’ve been involved in since about 1995. We like to support TLC.” Even the evening’s comedians were animal lovers. Toomey has previously adopted from TLC, and his current dog, a Norfolk terrier mix, was also a shelter pet. “TLC is one of my favorite places in the world, and even when I’m not looking for a dog, I go there to look at the dogs,” he said. “They do such a great job, and they make it very easy for people to do the right thing. ... They are good people doing a good thing.” After a cocktail hour featuring food and drinks for sale from the VFW, it was time for the comedy show to begin. Toomey started things off with some crowd work before detailing the finer points of being a pet owner. Flannigan found the funny in everything, from growing up Catholic to navigating the world of online dating while, later, Da Cosse closed things out as the evening’s headliner. A split-the-pot raffle gave Comedy for Critters attendees further opportunities to support TLC. People can always stop by the animal shelter, located at 13016 W. 151st St. in Homer Glen, to make further donations. “We’re always in need of cleaning supplies, toys and gas cards to help to defray the cost of transports of animals from high-kill shelters and to get our dogs to and from the vet when they are sick,” Lesmeister said. “Also, gift cards to Menards and Home Depot are always needed to help with shelter upkeep because, like running a house, that building has its wear and tear.” Lesmeister added that the shelter is not in need of food at the moment, but supporters can always check the Julie Overcash cracks up during Mike Toomey’s set Saturday, April 7, during Comedy for Critters hosted at VFW Post 9545 in New Lenox. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media New Lenox resident Mike Toomey was the opening act, followed by comedians Jim Flannigan and John Da Cosse. nonprofit’s Amazon wishlist for further ways to help. TLC Animal Shelter can also be supported by adding the organization to one’s AmazonSmile account, which gives .5 percent of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the group. More information about TLC Animal Shelter, including details of its upcoming Annie’s Red Hat Garage Sale on May 18, can be found at