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Bolingbrook Park District 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook (630) 739-1700 www.bolingbrookparks.org Event: Holiday Craft Show at the Annerino Community Center, 201 Recreation Drive. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4. Strollers welcome. Free.

Chicago Ridge Public Library 10400 S. Oxford Ave., Chicago Ridge (708) 423-7753 www.chicagoridge.lib.il.us Event: Kids Movie Matinee, 2 p.m. Nov. 6. See a recently released children's movie. Recommended for school-aged kids. Popcorn and snacks will be served but a signed permission slip is required for kids to eat snacks. Contact Youth Services Department for information. Free.

Downtown Joliet City Center (815) 774-6066 www.jolietdowntown.com Event: Bands and floats kick off the season with the holiday parade, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24. The parade runs along Chicago Street, from Benton Street to Jefferson Street.

Exploration Station 1095 West Perry St., Bourbonnais (815) 933-9905 www.btpd.org Event: Make Thanksgiving decorations, including a turkey picture and a Thanksgiving tree, 1-2 p.m. Nov. 20. Kids 6-8. $5, $3 residents, free for museum members. Registration required.

Fossil Ridge Public Library District 386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood (815) 458-2187 www.fossilridge.org Events: Celebrate Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 12-18. The Great American Challenge Game Show, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Team up with other students to test your geography skills. Grades K-8. Free. Call for information. Cookies with Santa, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Dave Herzog's Marionettes will perform and Santa will visit. Registration required.

Homewood Public Library 17917 Dixie Hwy., Homewood (708) 798-0121 www.homewoodlibrary.org Check out the reading program, Patch Club (runs through May). Register at the Youth Services Desk. Monthly raffle drawing will be held Nov. 6. A lap-sit story hour for kids 2-3 runs at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, through Nov. 29. Parents must accompany children. Preschool story hour is designed for kids 3-5. 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday through Nov. 29 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 30. Call for information and additional story hours.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center 2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields (708) 481-2330 www.ironsoaks.com Events: Rock Skipping Contest, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 10. Compete in three categories-most skips, longest distance and target skipping. Kids 6-10. $5. Participate in America Recycles Day, 10:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 10. $7.50. Meet at Dolphin Lake Park in Homewood for both events. Registration required.

Joliet Area Historical Museum 204 N. Ottawa Road, Joliet (815) 723-5201 www.jolietmuseum.org Event: Join in the Light Up the Holidays celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24. Hands-on fun for kids. Raffles and refreshments. Admission to the museum will be free all day.

Joliet Junior College Renaissance Center 214 N. Ottawa Road, Joliet (815) 280-1444 www.rencen.info Event: Stop at the Renaissance Center before the Christmas Parade for a Buffet with Santa, noon-3 p.m. Nov. 24. Features games, puppet shows, prizes and a visit from Santa. $10.95, $6.95 kids 10 and under. Call for reservations.

Joliet Public Library 150 N. Ottawa St. (815) 740-2663 www.joliet.lib.il.us Event: Enjoy the November reading selection, Mooseltoe. A craft will follow the story. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Families. Registration not required.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights (708) 361-1873 www.palosheights.org/lake Event: Discover what it was like to be at the first Thanksgiving, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16-17 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18. Kids 3-6 with parents. Make your own butter, eat traditional foods and play games. $5. Registration required.

Lincoln Mall Lincoln Highway and Cicero Avenue, Matteson (708) 747-5600 www.lincoln-mall.com Event: P.J. Party with Santa, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Come in your pajamas and greet Santa at Entrance 1. Head to Center Court for cookies, milk and a story. Event is for first 100 registered kids ages 3-8. Registration begins Nov. 1 at Customer Service Center or on the Web site. Call the mall for more information, but no phone registration is available.

Lions Community Center 1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox (815) 485-3584 www.newlenoxparks.org Events: One-Day School Vacation, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 6-7. Games, arts and crafts and science projects. Register by Nov. 1. $38 per day. It's a Girl Thing Fashion Show, for kids 3-10. 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Bring girls ready to model and walk the runway. Refreshments available. Register by Nov. 1. $10, $12 kids.

Matteson Public Library 801 S. School St., Matteson (708) 748-4431 ext. 13 www.matteson.lib.il.us Events: The Matteson Public Library hosts a Craft and Puppet Show, 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 4. See the show and make a puppet-related craft. Ages 3-10. Younger kids need to be accompanied by a parent. Family Reading Night, 7-7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Share a favorite family story and enjoy refreshments.

Oak Lawn Park District 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn (708) 857-2200 www.olparks.com Event: Family Harvest Fest, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St. Evening begins with a light meal, followed by Native American stories. Learn traditions as told by folktale artist Laurie Snaer. Scout troops welcome. Call Pat Stasik at (708) 857-2225 for information. Register by Nov. 15. $10, $5 kids.

The Children's Museumof Oak Lawn 9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn (708) 423-6709 www.cmoaklawn.org Events: Teaching with Tales reading program, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday. Related activities will follow. Check Web site for story of the week. Egyptian Week, Nov. 1-4. Thanksgiving Crafts, Nov. 15-18. Snoopy Crafts, Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Call for information, hours and admission. Recommended for kids 2-10.

Sand Ridge Nature Center 15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland (708) 868-0606 www.fpdcc.com Event: Settlers' Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19. Costumed living history demonstrators, guided history hikes, pioneer games and crafts. Free, however donations of nonperishable food items appreciated. Families.

Thorn Creek Nature Center 247 Monee Road, Park Forest (708) 747-6320 www.villageofparkforest.com Events: Harvest Moon Pie In The Sky Hike, 7-10 p.m. Nov. 3. Take a hike by moonlight and return to the nature center for a slice of homemade pie. $5. Families. Rock On, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 12. Decorate a rock, play games and learn geographical facts from archeologist Les Marszalek. $5. Families.

Tinley Park Public Library 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park (708) 532-0160 www.tplibrary.org Events: The library hosts holiday workshops for kids ages 3-11. Participants will make something suitable for gift-giving. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 (ages 5-7), 10:30-11 a.m. Nov. 28 (ages 3-4) and 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 (ages 8-11). Registration required. Kids 8-11 are invited to solve a case of art fraud at the Art Fraud Detectives program, 4-5 p.m. Nov. 13. Registration required.

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park (708) 342-4200 www.tinleyparkdistrict.org Event: Win a turkey by shooting basketball free throws, 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 3. Families. Free.

Chicago Area Familiesfor Adoption 1212 S. Naper Blvd., Ste. 119, Naperville (630) 585-4680 www.caffa.org Informational meetings are held monthly. For more information, e-mail caffamember@gmail.com. Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children 17314 Kedzie Ave., Hazel Crest (708) 335-0020, (708) 351-TOYS (8697) Parents can arrange for trained Lekotek staff to visit their home with a therapeutic toy library to meet their child's needs. A $5 donation is requested and scholarships are available. Call Mary Ellen McLoughlin or Dawn Dixon to schedule a session.

Governors State Smart Start Program 1 University Pkwy., University Park (708) 235-7330 www.govst.edu/sas/t_hb.asp?id=2978 Smart Start offers parent-child play groups, family activities and early childhood classes. Call for a monthly calendar of events for parent/child activities.

International MOMS Club Jump Zone 9951 W. 190th St., Mokena (815) 469-1070 www.momsclub.org The New Lenox, Frankfort and Mokena Chapter is hosting an Open House with a guest speaker Nov. 2. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Call for more information.

Mothers and More Crest Hill Library 1298 Theodore St., Crest Hill (630) 941-3553 (national) (815) 828-0618 (Joliet chapter) www.mothersandmore.org www.jolietmothersandmore.com South suburban moms can meet with the Joliet chapter in the Crest Hill Library Community Room, 6:45-8:45 p.m., the first Thursday and third Wednesday of each month. No children please.

Parent and Child Education and Support Organization P.O. Box 13, Lombard (630) 835-4111 www.pacesmoms.com PACES offers support for parents of children from birth to 5 years through play groups, seminars, workshops, babysitting co-ops and social outings. The south suburban branch meets at the Life Church, 6600 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights. Childcare is provided. Call for meeting times.

Parents Anonymous of Chicago and Uhlich Children's Advantage Network

10046 S. Western Ave., Chicago

(773) 429-9316



Free parent support groups meet weekly to discuss a variety of parenting issues. Calumet City offers chapters for teen parents and Spanish speakers. Free childcare is provided. To find a meeting in your area, call Tonya Gaddis at (773) 429-9316 or e-mail gaddist@ucanchicago.org.

Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center 333 N. Madison St., Joliet (815) 741-7664 Sibling Class, 4-5 p.m. Nov. 18. Recommended for kids 3-8. Reservations required. Call Provena Health Connections at (815) 725-9438. $5 per family.

South Side Parents P.O. Box 16431, Chicago (312) 842-8936 www.southsideparents.org South Side Parents (SSP) is a not-for-profit organization that connects parents and their young children to other south side families and organizations. Meetings are held 6 p.m. second Tuesday of each month at Blackstone Library (4904 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago) in the basement classroom. For more information, e-mail info@southsideparents.org.

South Suburban Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Riverdale Community Resource Center 13725 S. Wabash Ave., Riverdale (708) 841-7054 Every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, grandparents raising grandchildren from birth to age 18 share their experiences, concerns, joys and frustrations at this support group meeting. Free childcare is provided. Specialized training is available for grandparents and second-time parents. Call Myrna Watkins-Thompson at (708) 308-3849.

University of Illinois Extension 4801 Southwick Drive, Ste. 100, Matteson (708) 720-7520, (708) 481-0111 www.web.extension.uiuc.edu/cook/kids.html Family Life Extension Educators teach no-cost or low-cost noncredit courses on family issues throughout the year. Call Giesela or Betty for details on events.

Young Single Parents Inc. South Chapter, Centennial Lanes 16050 Centennial Circle, Tinley Park (708) 802-0804 Southwest Chapter, Koppermill Bar and Grill Wolf Road and 159th Street, Orland Park Young Single Parents Inc. is a support and social organization for divorced, separated, widowed or never-been-married parents between 21 and 50. It offers weekly club nights and various family events throughout the month. For more information, check the Web site at www.youngsingleparents.org.

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