Saturday, May 18, 2013
Oak Forest's Citywide Garage Sale begins Friday, and here's everything you need—whether you're a buyer or seller—to get the most out of this year's two-day event.
UPDATED (12:11 a.m. Friday, May 17): Three new sellers listing what they have on sale and three new bargain hunters looking for specific items. Residents will be able to visit more than 250 locations throughout Oak Forest starting at 8 a.m. Friday, May 17. That's a whole lotta bargains spread over two days. And that's why Patch has put together your survival guide for the sale. Here's what we've done for you: Keep checking back Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, for more deals. And watch Patch for photos of people showing us unusual items purchased or merchandise they got for a song (and if you literally buy something during the garage sale for a song, contact me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org). Here are the readers who posted photos and…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Around 600 racers participated in the first-ever Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walk in Tinley Park on Sunday. The event earned about $10,000 for I Am Me, a nonprofit camp for young burn victims. Check out some of the images from the day.
The Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walk organizers from the Tinley Park Fire Department and Fire Prevention Bureau had modest goals for the event, which was held Sunday morning at the 80th Avenue Metra station. For one thing, this was the inaugural outing for this benefit race, with proceeds going to I Am Me, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s children's burn camp, which helps kids with significant burn injuries ages 8 to 16 build self-esteem through outdoor activities. PHOTOS: Running 'Boston Strong' in the First Midwest Half Marathon The 5K also was competing with another race Sunday, May 5, the First Midwest Half Marathon in Palos Heights. Given those considerations, a turnout of about 200 runners and walkers would be considered …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Culver’s in Tinley Park will donate 10 percent of sales to Bremen District Water Polo this upcoming Thursday.
Water polo players from Oak Forest, Tinley Park and Bremen High Schools could use your help on Thursday. And all you need to do is eat a burger. On April 25, Culver’s at 18248 Sayre Ave in Tinley Park will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Bremen District Water Polo team. Simply go to the store on Thursday at any time throughout operating hours (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.), mention Bremen and turn your receipt into the cashier. Culver’s will be sharing 10 percent of sales with the team. Not sure what you want to get? Check out their menu online.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A fundraiser will be held April 27 in Chicago Ridge to help the son of Thomas Mastro, the Tinley Park resident who was shot and killed March 21. Find out more about the event.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Joe Vince
Saturday, April 6
The family of the victim of last month's fatal 7-Eleven shooting in Tinley Park is planning a benefit to help create a college fund for the slain 24-year-old's young son. READ: Tinley Park Man Fatally Shot in Argument in Store Parking Lot Tom & Anthony's Benefit—named after the victim, Thomas Mastro, and his 4-year-old son, Anthony—will be April 27 at Jack Desmond’s Irish Pub in Chicago Ridge, according to a flyer for the event emailed to Patch by Mastro's father, Perry. Donations for Anthony's fund will be taken at the door, and food and a cash bar will be available for guests. "We are asking all friends and family of Tom Mastro to gather with us as we will be raising funds for his son Anthony’s college education," the flyer stated. READ…
Friday, April 5, 2013
That's what Patch wanted to know about the weekend event at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Find out what a representative from the expo had to say.
In its second year coming to Tinley Park, the Women's Expo invites attendees to learn more about a variety of business exhibitors, as well as expand their awareness on women's health issues. And it's about having a fun weekend, too. Patch asked Sally Goss, the Women's Expo's media manager, for five reasons why the event is important and matters to women. Here's what she had to say. 1. It's a Day for You: We want women to come to the Women’s Expo for a day that centers exclusively on them. As women, we focus so much on other people and commitments outside ourselves. A day at the Women’s Expo is a day women can have for themselves. 2. A Chance to Try Something New: Women can ask exhibitors questions, see demonstrations and try samples in a …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Registration for this event, which will help a nonprofit burn camp for kids in Lake County, runs through April 26. Find out how you can participate.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Joe Vince
Tuesday, April 2
Early registration is under way for the Tinley Park Fire Department's inaugural Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walk, with proceeds from the event benefiting a nonprofit burn camp for kids, according to a village press release. The run/walk is at 8:30 a.m. May 5, and begins at 80th Avenue Metra station. Early registration runs until 3 p.m. April 26 and costs $20 for individuals and $50 for families. Runners registering during this time receive a T-shirt and a commemorative fire patch. Race-day registration is at 7 a.m. and costs $25. A registration form can be found at the fire department's page on the Village of Tinley Park website. About 100 runners have already signed up for the event, according to the release. All of the event’s …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Faith United Methodist Church in Orland Park will hold a pancake breakfast Jan. 26, with proceeds benefiting the children of homicide victim Erica Rodriguez.
Oak Forest and surrounding towns are rallying around the children of slain Oak Forest woman Erica Rodriguez. Faith United Methodist Church in Orland Park will host a pancake breakfast Jan. 26, in support of Rodriguez's three children. Erica Rodriguez, 40, was found strangled inside her family's Oak Forest home Dec. 18, after firefighters extinguished a blaze. Her husband Martin Rodriguez, 48, faces charges of first-degree murder and aggravated arson. Rodriguez was found outside the family's home with his throat slit. The couple was married for 17 years, with children 17-year-old Sylvia, 15-year-old Andrew and 6-year-old Gloria. Erica was a devoted nurse and beloved member of the community. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
A fundraiser for Alex Fitzgerald and his family will start June 22 at Five Below in Orland Hills. Find out the details here. Don't forget to print out the flyer and take it with you.
Monday, June 11, 2012
2 Sisters Frozen Custard brought in ice cream treats to raise money at the neighborhood pool on Sunday.
Members of the Gingerwood Pool, 5124 Aldersyde Rd., in Oak Forest enjoyed some treats and temperatures in 90s this weekend. Sign up for Oak Forest Patch's daily newsletter!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Janet Arndt, of the Gingerwood neighborhood, and her family will hold a fundraiser to help pay for a heart transplant.
Janet Arndt has undergone five open-heart surgeries in the last 37 years. Now, Janet, an Oak Forest resident, needs a new heart. Because of her medical history and the severity of her condition, none of the hospitals in the suburbs, the rest of Illinois or even Indiana will put her on the heart transplant list. It wasn’t until her long-time cardiac doctor contacted a friend at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota that she now had a chance. “It’s possible I could get a heart within a year. But nothing's guaranteed. You know that,” said Janet, who has lived in the Gingerwood neighborhood for 13 years. As if that wasn’t enough, her husband David recently lost his job and the union insurance plan will run out by the end of December. After that, she’ll…