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4 | April 12, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot News newlenoxpatriot.com Lady - A Women’s Expo to return April 21 to Tinley Park Convention Center Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter It is a Mother’s Day tradition unlike any other. Lady - A Women’s Expo, presented by 22nd Century Media and Planet Fitness, is set to return from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park. The annual event also is sponsored by the Chicago Sky, Ingalls Health System and Celebrity Cruises. The free event has more than 100 vendors slated to attend this year — covering health and wellness to fashion and beauty, food to financial planning — making it the largest Lady expo to date, according to Heather Warthen, chief events officer at 22nd Century Media. “The nice thing about this expo that I see year to Lady – A Women’s Expo: Four hacks to get the most out of your visit Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter A lot of people will be strolling through the aisles Saturday, April 21, for the fifth annual Lady – A Women’s Expo. We asked Heather Warthen, 22nd Century Media’s chief events officer and resident expert expo authority, for some “hacks” for those who plan to attend, so they can make best use of their time there. 1. Scout ahead: Take a look at the event’s Eventbrite webpage before you head to the convention center. It will have the full list of vendors, an year is that we see a lot of girls getting together and starting a ladies day out,” Warthen said. “We also draw moms, daughters and granddaughters. That’s what makes me happy. It’s a great prelude into Mother’s Day weekend and a great chance event schedule for the fitness classes, cooking demos and main stage entertainment. Map out some things you definitely want to do and save yourself some idle time. 2. Arrive early to get some swag: Have you ever heard the expression, “The early bird gets the worm?” Well, in this case, early arrivers have the best chance at receiving a free gift bag. There only are 500 of these bad boys, so the closer you arrive to 9 a.m., the better your chance to pick one up. 3. Be a trendsetter; go against the for women of all ages to bond.” Among the highlights this year will be an expanded roster of vendors, as well as entertainment options. “I think people like to see what the vendors have to offer,” Warthen said. “It’s a great opportunity, because we have an entire stage of cooking demos, which is back again this year. We have some great local chefs, and you can pick up some new cooking tips. I know that was a huge draw last year.” BUYING OR SELLING? CALL CHRISTINE KACZMARSKI LINCOLN - WAY RESIDENTIAL & COMMERICAL SPECIALIST FOR OVER 27 YEARS flow: Warthen says that oftentimes, expogoers tend to follow a similar path through the aisles, leading to some congestion at certain spots. One way to avoid that? Be a trailblazer and walk in the opposite direction, by working from the back to the front. 4. Don’t be a hero, choose comfort over style: If those boots aren’t made for walking, leave them at home. 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newlenoxpatriot.com News the New Lenox Patriot | April 12, 2018 | 5 Comedy event at VFW generates laughs, funds for 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 double header.” 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 pick-up tickets to the event. “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 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. the non-profit’s Amazon Wishlist for further ways to help. TLC Animal Shelter can also be supported by adding the organization to your AmazonSmile account, which gives 0.5 percent of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the group. More information about TLC Animal Shelter – including its upcoming Annie’s Red Hat Garage Sale on May 18 – can be found at www.tlcanimalshelter.org.