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26 | April 12, 2018 | The orland park prairie Life & Arts Orland Fire to offer meeting on importance of ‘Homecare’ for seniors Submitted by Orland Fire Protection District Aishling Dalton of Aishling Companion Home Care is to be the special guest at the next Coffee & Conversation event to be held Thursday, April 26, by the Orland Fire Protection District. The Fire District hosts the free Coffee & Conversations programs each month to educate residents on services related to healthcare, emergency care and fire safety. Orland Fire Public Education coordinator Elizabeth “Betsy” Dine said that the sessions are important especially to seniors, and families who have members who are disabled and in need. The two-hour Coffee & Conversations program is held each month and sponsored by the Orland Fire, the Senior Advisory Council and Aishling care. The next meeting begins at 9 a.m. April 26. The meetings are held at the Fire District’s Administration Building at 9790 W. 151st St. Junior Cadet Program Overview The Junior Cadet Class (Pilot Program) is being offered this year as a one-day class on Monday, July 16. This class is to be offered to the first 15 children (residents) between the ages of 13 and 15. This class is to give students a glimpse of an opportunity to explore Fire Rescue and emergency medical services. This class is to provide a combination of classroom and side-by-side training with our cadets and firefighters. Junior Cadet Class registration is to begin from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the Administration Building. Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp The Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp is to be offered again this coming summer as a three-day camp, starting on Wednesday, July 18, and ending on Friday, July 20. This class will be offered to the first 40 children (residents) between the ages of 8 and 12. This camp is interactive. The campers will receive classroom and outside activities. Orland Fire Protection District Annual Open House Our Annual House is to be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 21. The Open House features a wide range of demonstrations, showcasing how firefighters address various emergency situations. Different major fire equipment that is used for emergency responses will be shown. A surprise scenario will be displayed at some point during the day. This event features free giveaways, refreshments and the involvement of many community organizations throughout the district, which are to provide information on emergency and health services and prizes. The Senior Advisory Council is to be on hand to help the staff of the fire district. Residents can nominate Orland Park for $20K prize Submitted by Village of Orland Park This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to revitalize parks across the United States for a third year. The city that receives the most nominations is to receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park as part of a Meet Me at the Park campaign. Through April 30, Orland Park residents have the opportunity to nominate the Village to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park. By visiting BeInspired, park supporters can nominate Orland Park. New this year, everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors. “Village parks have always been an integral part of family life in Orland Park,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee. “We hope everyone will join us by nominating Orland Park to receive the grant funds for improvements to the parks we know and love.” For more information about the contest, contact Irene Buikema at (708) 403- 6280. Family Health Expo to return April 14 to OP Sportsplex Submitted by Village of Orland Park The community is invited to the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department’s annual Family Health Expo from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 14, at the Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St. The free and fun-filled day is to highlight the fitness needs of those both young and old. Hurley to stage Kids’ Health and Safety event Submitted by the Office of State Rep. Fran Hurley State Rep. Fran Hurley is inviting families to attend a Kids’ Health and Safety Fun Fair from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Orland Township Building, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave. in Orland Park. Hurley is sponsoring the fair in conjunction with state Sen. Bill Cunningham and Orland Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady. It will feature several Business Briefs Debbi Weston certified as SilverSneakers instructor SilverSneakers, a national exercise program for seniors, has certified Debbi Weston as an instructor. She is a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Orland Park and Romeoville. Weston has customized her own SilverSneakers yoga classes through which those who need modifications will be coached for a chair style yoga routine. In this program she will slowly guide participants through The expo offers information on various health and nutrition issues; a chance to sample aerobic classes; and free blood pressure screenings, flexibility testing and injury screenings. New in 2018, guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and join in on group exercise classes. This year’s expo also is to feature new vendors, along with skin health and safety booths from local and state government agencies that provide a wide range of safety education, health care and programs for children. Hurley is to welcome the Brookfield Zoo Animal Ambassadors to exhibit zoo animals for children to see and interact with; the Orland Park Police Department is to do free child fingerprinting; and Orland Township Health and Youth Services is slated to screen immunization records, poses, and those who find it easy are coached to “intensify” safely within their abilities. Weston also is certified as a personal trainer and as a yoga instructor. She teaches several SilverSneakers formats, including circuit training and “cardio,” which is described as low-impact aerobics training with strength and conditioning. Debbi launched the Silver Sneakers classes in the Orland Park location last October. She also has taught the cancer screenings done by Skin MD. Children also are in for fun, as the expo features face painting, a dino jump inflatable and an obstacle course. If children have bicycles, they are encouraged to bring them to have a safety check done by Performance Bicycle. For more information, call (708) 645-7529. and offer vaccines and eye health testing to youth from Orland Township meeting certain eligibility requirements. Hot dogs and refreshments are to be served. Admission to the Kids’ Health and Safety Fun Fair is free, and the first 25 children in the door will be entered to win a $50 gift card. For more information, contact Hurley’s constituent service office at (773) 445- 8128. programs in his Romeoville club since 2016. The free Silver Sneakers classes are held in on at 11 a.m. and noon Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon and 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Orland Park location. For more information, email, call (708) 995-7581 or visit orland-park-il-60467. Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, Dining Out The orland park prairie | April 12, 2018 | 27 The Dish Chuy’s Tex-Mex offers a different kind of fusion Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor True or False? Traditional Mexican tacos are served topped with cheese? If you guessed true, you would be wrong according to Jose Salazar, general manager at Chuy’s in Orland Park. Lucky for those cheeselovers out there, Chuy’s serves both traditional and Texan-inspired dishes, and some with a little bit of both. The chain started in Austin, Texas in 1982 and has nearly 100 locations, mostly spread across the South, East Coast and Central Great Plains. Hallmarks of the chain include a nacho car, a selfserve nacho bar situated in the trunk of a Buick 1958, and the chihuahua bar, where visitors can bring a framed picture of their dogs to hang up and receive a free appetizer to boot. Salazar said last week there were almost 300 pups adorning the walls and bar area, but he is hoping to get that number up to at least 1,000. One room is reserved as the hubcap room, where the ceiling in the original location was painted purple, and — because of the owners’ displeasure with the color — consequently covered with a variety of hubcaps. Upon closer inspection, the iconic purple paint can be seen between the gleaming hubcaps at the Orland Park location. Many of the same things can be found at all Chuy’s locations — including the menu, nacho car, chihuahua bar, indoor palm tree decor and hubcap room — but the artwork adorning the walls, the design and layout are unique to each location. Most of the decor in the restaurant is brought in from Mexico, where Salazar said the company tries to support local artists, including those who have been making the more than 1,000 handcarved wooden fish on the ceiling in the bar area. Chuy’s opened March 27, and so far Salazar said the Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom chicken enchiladas ($12.29) have been among the most popular menu items. He said what sets the dish apart are the fresh ingredients, inhouse roasted chicken and, of course, the Boom-Boom sauce. The Boom-Boom sauce, one of a variety of sauce options at Chuy’s, is made with cheese, roasted New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro and lime juice, as well as some “secret spices.” The creamy jalapeño sauce, although originally served as only a salad dressing, has become a favorite, Salazar added. It is a ranchbased sauce with a jalapeno kick, and people put it on everything from tortilla chips to burritos and tacos. Chuy’s even sells the creamy jalapeño sauce in 32-ounce take-home containers for those who cannot live without it. Their burritos ‘big as yo’ face,’ tacos, house specialties and enchiladas are served with freshly cooked Mexican or green chile rice, and house-made refried or charro beans. Their burritos are made with homemade tortillas stuffed with refried beans and cheese ($9.99), seasoned ground sirloin ($10.29), oven-roasted chicken ($11.29), or fajita chicken or beef ($11.99). The Elvis Green Chile The blended strawberry margarita is made with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Chuy’s 15610 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park Hours • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday • 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday For more information … Web: Phone: (708) 403-5334 Fried Chicken ($12.29) is a popular Chuy’s original recipe, featuring a chicken breast breaded with Lay’s potato chips, deep fried and topped with green chile sauce and cheddar sauce. Chuy’s connection to The King includes a small shrine within the restaurant and an annual celebration in January, during which patrons who dress up as Elvis or Priscilla Presley eat for free. Happy Hour at Chuy’s is from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, when visits to the fullyloaded nacho car are free of charge. Happy Hour also features drink specials including traditional or strawberry house ritas ($5.95) served frozen, on the rocks and made with fresh squeezed lime juice; the The Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom chicken enchiladas ($12.29) at Chuy’s feature freshlyroasted, hand-pulled chicken and cheese inside homemade tortillas and topped with Boom-Boom sauce. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media The purple ceiling in the hubcap room at Chuy’s is adorned with hubcaps from various cars of various eras, providing a uniquely shiny and interesting focal point. grande house ritas ($8.95), served in a pint glass with 1800 Silver tequila and extra Grand Marnier; the house Texas martinis ($9.75), made with top-shelf premium tequila and a choice of Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Patron Citronge, and served with jalapeño-stuffed olives; and domestic beers ($4). Other specialty drinks on the menu at Chuy’s include the Chuy’s Brew, a frozen lime margarita topped with a 7-ounce Corona, and seasonal sangrias made with fresh fruit. Salazar said Chuy’s regularly partners with local organizations such as The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park and area schools for fundraisers. For more information on upcoming events and fundraisers, visit www.chuys. com/community.