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A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Covenant United Church of Christ will feature music by the South Holland Master Chorale.

A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Covenant United Church of Christ will feature music by the South Holland Master Chorale.

South Holland

Church to host Martin Luther King Jr. tribute

Mayor Don A. De Graff, Village Clerk Dr. Sallie D. Penman and the South Holland Board of Trustees will present “Leading for Change,” a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at Covenant United Church of Christ, 1130 E. 154th Street. The event will feature guest speaker the Rev. Carolyn McKinstry, a native of Birmingham, Ala., who was present at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church when it was bombed during the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, in September 1963. McKinstry later authored a book, “While the World Watched,” detailing her life and her experiences during that volatile time in U.S. history. The tribute also will feature music by the South Holland Master Chorale, among others. For more information, visit or call (708) 210-2900.

Tinley Park

Village mulling plan to replace water meters

The village announced that it is considering a plan to replace approximately 18,000 of its aging Severn-Trent/Elster water meters with Sensus iPERL water meters. The iPERL meters will allow the village to implement an automated meter reading process that would provide better customer service, greater access to data and improved accuracy in comparison to the Severn-Trent/Elster units. Nearly 2,000 Sensus iPERL water meters already have been installed in Tinley Park homes. The iPERL meters also carry a 20-year warranty, resulting in a longer life span than the meters to be replaced. The total cost to replace all 18,000 of the village’s meters is estimated to be around $6.5 million, and installation would be conducted at no cost to customers. For further details, visit or call (708) 444-5000.


Parks and Rec Dept. to host Winter Tea Party

The Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department will present Tea for Two: Winter Tea Party (for ages 4-10, with an adult) from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at the Lincolnwood Community Center, 6900 Lincoln Ave. The program will feature party games, a princess fashion show, herbal tea and lemonade, scones, muffins and more. In addition, a magical snow queen will make an appearance and read a princess story. The fee is $30 (residents) and $38 (non-residents) per couple (child with mother, grandmother or other adult), and $15 (residents) and $19 (non-residents) for each additional couple (child with adult). To register online, visit For more information, call (847) 745-4728.


ComEd to hold open houses about new transmission line

The village announced that ComEd will hold a series of open-house events in order to inform the public about the West Central Reliability Project, a new 138kV electric transmission line proposed for construction in Cook and DuPage counties. During each open-house event, the project will be introduced, and details about the proposed route will be discussed. The events are free, informal and open to the public, and will provide opportunities for one-on-one conversations with representatives from ComEd. Each event is scheduled for 4-7 p.m., as follows: Jan. 5 and 19 at Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg; and Jan. 14 and 27 at American Legion Post 1084, 344 E. Maple Ave., Roselle. For more information, visit or call (847) 895-4500.

Arlington Heights

Hersey High nets grant to assist with CLS garden program

Township High School District 214 announced that John Hersey High School, 1900 E. Thomas St., was awarded a $500 grant to help grow its Career Life Skills (CLS) garden. The CLS program is designed to provide opportunities for students with significant cognitive delays to apply math and science skills; to practice reading, writing and speaking through oral presentation, garden journals and debates; and to gain employment skills for future jobs through hands-on activities. The grant, awarded by Jamba Juice and the National Garden Association, will go toward purchasing seeds and equipment for the garden. Throughout 2015, Hersey and the CLS program received grants from the Cook County Farm Bureau, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Wild Ones Illinois Prairie Chapter to expand the school garden. For more information, visit

Des Plaines

Chamber of Commerce offers networking event

The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry will present Networking After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Des Plaines Elks Lodge #1526, 495 Lee Street. The event — designed to connect Chamber of Commerce members with one another — will feature appetizers, beverages (including beer and wine), a business card drawing, give-aways and more. Deadline for registration is Jan. 11. For more information, call (847) 824-4200, send an email to or visit

Buffalo Grove

High school show choir to give preview performance

The Expressions, Buffalo Grove High School’s award-winning show choir, will present a competition preview performance at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the school’s Miller Theater, 1100 W. Dundee Road. The performance comes as a precursor to The Expressions’ appearance at the Heart of America Invitational, to be held Jan. 16 in Kansas City, Mo. The Expressions consist of 45 singer/dancers, 16 band members and six crew members under the direction of Buffalo Grove High School Choral director Debora Utley. The performance at the high school is open to the public. A donation of $3 (adults) and $1 (students) is suggested. For more information, call (847) 718-4000, send an email to or visit


Village seeks donated items to honor Day of Service

As part of its 2nd Annual Flossmoor Cares Day of Service, the village is seeking donated items to be dropped off at Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Road, through Jan. 18. The list of needed items includes non-perishable foods (specifically cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly), clothing items and accessories for men (winter boots, work boots without steel toes, winter coats, underwear, socks, heavy gloves and hats, pants, shirts, T-shirts, duffle bags and backpacks), and basic essentials (razors, shaving cream, soap, lotion, toothpaste, combs and hair picks). Donations will benefit Respond Now, the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and PADS. For more information, contact Kimberly Richardson at (708) 335-5411 or by email at, or visit

–Cook County News Briefs–