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The Weekender: April 8th – 10th in Chicago Southland

It's time to smile as the baseball season begins and music fills our souls as we eat, drink and rejoice now that the weekend is here Just Beyond the City Limits.



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Sports


Friday, April 8th - Sunday, April 10th
CHICAGO WHITE SOX HOME OPENING WEEKENDopening day
U.S. Cellular Field
333 West 35th Street, Chicago
(312) 674-1000
Going to a Major League Baseball Home Opener should be on every baseball fan’s bucket list. Join the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day Weekend as they kick start the 2016 season against rivals Cleveland Indians! The National Anthem will be sung by John Rzeznik, the lead singer for the Goo Goo Dolls. The ceremonial first pitch will come from Chance the Rapper, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago at 79th and Princeton, and became the first independent recording artist to perform on Saturday Night Live in December 2015, when he debuted his song "Somewhere in Paradise." All fans over the age 21 will receive a 2016 magnetic schedule on Friday. The first 20,000 fans on Saturday will receive a White Sox Winter Hat. South Side Native and NFL linebacker Darius Fleming will throw out Saturday's first pitch and National recording artist and former contestant on "The Voice" Joshua Davis will perform a pregame Rock the Sox acoustic performance. Sunday is Family Fun Sunday with fun family activities for everyone to enjoy.
F 3:10PM; Sa & Su 1:10 PM

Arts & Culture


Friday, April 8th
"MUSICALS FOR 500 PLEASE" BY THE MORAINE VALLEY FLUTE CHOIR
John and Angeline Oremus Theater at Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-5500
Come test your knowledge of themes from various Broadway musicals. The Flute Choir explores flute music from a wide range of eras and styles. Free admission
7PMRoosevelt Conservatory Chorus

Saturday, April 9th
ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - SOURING SOUNDS
Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College
6601 West College Drive, Palos Heights
(708) 481-7774
Let music speak to your soul as Schubert’s heavenly Mass No. 5 transports you to another time and place. The acclaimed Roosevelt University Conservatory Chorus unites with the Illinois Philharmonic for a passionate program which also features Schubert’s beautiful Rosamunde Overture. In addition, the evening includes one of David Danzmayr’s favorite 21st century composers, Osvaldo Golijov, whose dark and exciting Night of the Flying Horses is based on a Yiddish lullaby yet is filled with spicy Latin rhythms.
8PM

Eat! Drink! Be Happy!


Saturday, April 9th
TINLEY PARK BREW & VINE FESTbrew vine
Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park
(708) 532-5700
The Brew & Vine Festival is the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce’s signature event that draws 4000+ attendees from the Southwest Suburbs, Chicagoland and from across the Midwest. Sample brews, wine and food from more than 65 vendors, enjoy live entertainment and a great night out.
5-10PM

Explore Nature


Saturday, April 9th
SPRING FISHING CLASSICClassic Fish Lake Katherine
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
(708) 361-1873
Fishing fans are invited to fish the entire shore for muskie, catfish, walleye and bass at this one day catch and release fundraiser. A donation of $100 per competitor includes lunch at noon and there are prizes for the biggest catches of the day.
7AM-12PM

Saturday, April 9th
GREEN THUMB SATURDAYS
Village Hall
2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood
(708) 206-3393
Green Thumb Saturdays is a free, how-to presentation about various gardening topics, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program and the Village of Homewood's Tree Committee.
9:30-10:15AM

Family Fun


Saturday, April 9th
COMMUNITY DAY
Thornton Township Food Assistance Center
15340 Page Avenue, Harvey
(708) 596-6040 x3185
The Thornton Township Food Assistance Center is hosting a “COMMUNITY DAY” celebrating United Way’s April Food Day. The United Way will be on hand. Free groceries will be given out while supplies last! Food, music and fun!
12-3PM

Learn Something New


Saturday, April 9th
REMEMBERING RICH AND MONEE TOWNSHIPS
Hazel Crest Municipal Center
3000 West 170th Place, Hazel Crest
(708) 335-3340
Life-long resident Richard Stuenkel will reflect on growing up in the 1930s and 1940s in Matteson and rural Monee and Rich Townships. Admission $3
10AM-12PM

Saturday, April 9th
PARK FOREST HALL OF FAME
Freedom Hall
410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest
(708) 305-3308
Learn about people making a difference in Park Forest at the 23rd Annual Induction Ceremony and Reception for persons nominated by the public for substantial, long-term contributions to Park Forest, IL.
3-5PM

Ongoing
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SELF MADE IN AMERICA
Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
700 East Tri-State Tollway, South Holland
(708) 596-8300
Last year the exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America" came to the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis. The traveling exhibit was created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The exhibit features eight kiosks and covers Lincoln's childhood, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 4th Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination and other important periods and events in his life. This is a temporary exhibit, so don't miss the opportunity to learn about a famous part of America's history!
Open 7 days a week


Shopping for Deals


Saturday, April 9th
THE SERENDIPITY SALE CRAFT SHOW
Will County Fairgrounds
710 West Street, Peotone
(708) 417-1789
Good luck in discovering unexpected things at the Serendipty Sale. There will be over 50 vendors at the Peotone Atrium located at the Will County Fairgrounds North Building. Arts, crafts, jewelry, wood crafts, food and more. Learn about Illinois Luthern School in Crete. Enter a raffle to win an American Girl Doll, Lego's and many other prizes.
9AM-3PM

Saturday, April 9th
SPRING INDOOR GARAGE SALE
Krueger Park Recreation Center
9100 South 88th Avenue, Hickory Hills
(708) 598-1233
Find your next piece of unique treasure at this fun indoor garage sale.
8AM-1PM

Sunday, April 10th
TIME TRAVELED COLLECTIBLE TOY SHOW
Central Park Building Gymnasium
15601 South Central Avenue, Oak Forest
(708) 687-7270
Join us for our toy show and choose from the biggest selection of collectibles around! Admission fee: $1.00 (children under 6 are Free)
9AM-2PM

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