Heart and Sole to host Ballroom Showcase Heart and Sole Dance in Tinley Park will host its second annual Ballroom Showcase at 4 p.m. today at the Nathan Manilow Theater, 410 Lakewood Blvd, Park Forest. The show will feature live performances by ballroom dancers of all ages in rumba, salsa, tango, the foxtrot and more. Tickets are available at the studio, 7038 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park, or at www.heartsoledance.com. For more information, call (708) 532-6237. L-Way North students shine at national bridge contest Lincoln-Way North High School students Nick Frodyma and Nick Wozniak recently participated in the National Bridge Building contest in Philadelphia, Pa. Frodyma finished third, and Wozniak finished sixth. "This is an outstanding result for both students," said Lincoln-Way North science teacher Michael Murphy. "This shows their dedication and hard work. Lincoln-Way North is very proud to have both of these students represent the strong academic principles here at North." Both Frodyma and Wozniak qualified for the National Bridge Building contest after performing well at the Chicago South Suburban Regionals in January. They were among 60 students from 25 schools in the south suburban area to compete at the contest, was was held at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Frodyma and Wozniak placed in the top six, beating students from California, Nebraska, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Maryland, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Jawa Timur. "It felt good knowing I could make something that is top-notch," said Frodyma. Students were challenged at each level of competition to use concepts learned in class to build miniature weight-bearing bridges from basswood. Frodyma's final bridge weighed 23.6 grams and held 110 pounds. Wozniak's bridge weighed 21.79 grams and held 42.9 grams of weight. Frodyma received a $15,000 scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology and a digital camera. Oak Forest offers vacation watch program The Oak Forest Police Department watches residents' homes when they are on vacation or while they are gone for an extended period of time. To participate in the program, residents must complete the vacation notification form and submit it to the police department. For more information on the program or for tips on disguising homeowner absence, visit www.oak-forest.org/police/VacationWatchForm.asp. White Sox award crisis center The Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, presented the Crisis Center for South Suburbia with a check for $5,000 in support of its emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Board officer Barbara Campbell, of Palos Heights, accepted the check on behalf of the crisis center during a recent ceremony at U.S. Celluar Field in Chicago. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a nonprofit organization located in Tinley Park that provides emergency shelter and essential services for victims of domestic violence. For more information on the shelter, visit www.crisisctr.org. District 228 students excel at film festival The Communication Arts and Technology program for Bremen High School District 228 recently participated in the third annual South Suburban Film Festival. The programs station BDTV took home a variety of awards including third place in music video (Kelsey Peters, Amy Dirker and Megan McClafferty); second place in comedy short (Cristian Pompa, Kelsey Peters, Amanda Bartak and Allissa Smith); news story (Melanie Haza and Cristian Pompa and Kelsey Peters, Cristian Pompa and Megan McClafferty); news program, Bremen (Rico Lopez, Cristian Pompa and Thomas West); and news program, Oak Forest (Brandon Kingsley, Felix Garza and Molly O'Callaghan). Other awards included first place in comedy short (Brandon Kingsley, Thomas West, Rico Lopez and Melanie Haza); public service announcement (Nicole Galvin, Tom West and Kelsey Peters); news story (Molly O'Callaghan and Ebony Richardson and Davente Miller). Oak Forest High School students also won the Regional Award of Distinction. Michael Lynch teaches the Communication Arts and Technology program at Bremen High School. P.A.W.S. to host In the Park Dog Walk The Peoples Animal Welfare Society will host its In the Park Dog Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Centennial Park, 167th Street and Parliament Avenue, Tinley Park. Residents either can pay a $10 registration fee per dog or collect $10 in pledges per dog. Residents will receive a free T-shirt with $100 or more in pledges. Pledge forms are available at the shelter, 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, or at www.pawstinleypark.org. Pledge forms should be turned in the day of the walk; make all checks payable to P.A.W.S. Pets must be well-behaved, up-to-date on vaccinations and leashed at all times. For more information, call (815) 464-7298 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Lodge to award scholarships The Leone D'Oro Lodge 2700 Order Sons of Italy will present its scholarship awardees for 2010 at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Eiche Turner Hall, 16767 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. Honorees will include Kaitlin Baldacci and Lauren Baldacci, of Andrew High School; Nichelle Cesario, of Lyons Township High School; Madalyn Frigo and Kurt Marks, of Sandburg High School; and Maria Loparco, of Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Scholarships are given in honor of Joseph Caldarone, a deceased member of the lodge who supported higher education efforts. The meeting also will feature pizza and salad for $3 and free coffee and dessert. For more information, call Linda Loparco at (708) 560-0632.
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