Around the Southland: Free fishing days are here, Palos Park police looking for cadets, and more – Chicago Tribune


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Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Chicago Tribune. Summer is here and it’s time to head down to the ol’ fishing hole. There’s several opportunities to do just that with the upcoming Free Fishing Days, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in which one weekend in June is set aside each year so people can sample the action without having to invest in a fishing license. Some local events are linked to the weekend. In Tinley Park, the annual Kids Fishing Derby is from 9 to 11 a.m. June 19 at the Centennial Park lake. In this catch-and-release fishing derby, prizes awarded in each age category for largest fish and most fish caught. Fishing Connection and Anglers Outlet, both located in Tinley Park, have donated the bait, and there will be giveaways and games. Advance registration is $5 for Tinley Park Park District residents and $7 for nonresidents. Day of fees are $10 for Park District residents and $13 for nonresidents. More information is at 708-342-4208. The Forest Preserve District of Will County is hosting Free Fishing Days from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 18 to 20 at Monee Reservoir Visitor Center in Monee Township. And the Forest Preserve District has added daily incentives. On Friday, receive a voucher good for a free one-hour boat rental (excludes pedal boats). On Saturday, receive a box of night crawlers, and on Sunday, receive one free fishing pole rental. Registration is not required. Need some more information first? The Forest Preserve District is offering a free webinar on Fishing Will County Preserves from noon to 1 p.m. June 18, online. Have you ever wondered where the best preserves are to go fishing or what kind of fish you can catch in this area? Join a naturalist for this live Zoom program to find fishing hot spots and learn about common sport fish of Will County. More information is at Palos Park police offer behind-the-scenes program for teens Palos Park police conduct a session of its Cadet Program in 2017. The PPPD Cadet program is open for teens ages 14 to 21 who want to find out if a career as a cop would be a good fit. (Palos Park police) There’s a lot more to police work than immediately meets the eye, from the 12 hours shifts, call volume assignment breakdowns, to mandated training and staffing for shift needs. The Palos Park Police Department is offering a cadet program can teach interested young people how legal rulings can change by court decisions overnight, how to conduct a traffic stop and work a crime scene and offer a glimpse at what a police officer encounters every day. The PPPD Cadet program is open for anyone ages 14 to 21 who want to find out if a career as a cop would be a good fit. The cadets spend a lot of time at the department, learning in the classroom. Once they cover the behind-the scenes details, they get hands-on demonstrations in the field, according to a release from the department. Officer Ross Chibe a former cadet who is the program’s head adviser, said even if those not going into law enforcement can learn to be better community leaders and to build confidence. Orland Park library goes fine free The Orland Park Public Library is going fine free. That means most items — books, audiobooks, DVDs, launchpads, puzzles and video games — will not incur a fine if they are not returned within the loan period. Certain materials would still be fined if not returned on time, including Rokus, video consoles, CPR Kits, VHS to DVD converters, kilowatt meters, and “Library of Things” materials. “For some patrons, the inability to pay a fine can cut off access to the library when they need our services most,” said Library Director Mary Weimar. “More and more libraries have moved to a fine free system, where patrons with overdue items are not charged fines, but blocked from check outs until items are returned.” Due dates for items remain the same, according to a news release. The library will continue to encourage renewal or timely return of materials and consideration for other through the automatic notice system. Once items are 7 days overdue, the library will place a block on the patron’s account. The block will be removed once the material is returned or renewed. Patrons will be required to renew their materials if they would like to keep them beyond the initial loan period. Items that reach 28 days of being late will be considered lost and the cost of the item will be billed to the patron’s account. Accounts that have more than $10 of fines on them will be blocked. Evergreen Park library offers film, Q&A on legacy of slavery The Evergreen Park Public Library is partnering with over 20 Illinois libraries to offer free streaming of the documentary film “The Long Shadow.” (Evergreen Park Public Library) The Evergreen Park Public Library is partnering with over 20 Illinois libraries to offer free streaming of the documentary film “The Long Shadow” from June 21-28 as well as a live online question and answer session with director Frances Causey at 7 p.m. June 24. “The Long Shadow” traces slavery’s history from America’s founding up through its insidious ties to racism today, according to a release from the library, which describes the film as “a disturbing story about the lingering human cost of ignorance, intolerance, and inaction in the U.S., casting a long shadow over our national identity and imperfect democracy. Information and registration is at 708-422-8522 or Worth American Legion hosts Music Fest Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991, 11001 S. Depot Ave., Worth, presents its first Music Fest of 2021 from 6 to 10 p.m. June 26 featuring the band Jay Walkers. The event is free, and food and refreshments will be available to purchase. Information is at 708-448-6699. Smith Senior Living offers real estate seminar For those wishing to explore how the current real estate market affects living options for older adults, Smith Senior Living, sponsor of Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and Smith Crossing in Orland Park, will host a free virtual seminar at 10 a.m. June 10 featuring Realtors Jean Braun of Baird & Warner in Orland Park and Beverly area Realtor Mary Fitzpatrick-Duleba of Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Chicago. Registration is at
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