Registration is open for the 43rd World Wiffle Ball Championship, scheduled for July 16-17 at Memorial Park in Midlothian.

All proceeds from the event will go to the South Suburban Humane Society, and organizers expect total donations to the organization over the past five tournaments to exceed $10,000 after this year’s event.

Registration is $149 per team, and each team registered before June 15 receives a t-shirt for each player. The deadline to register is July 1st. The New Carlisle Newts of New Carlisle, Indiana won last year’s tournament and the age range for all competitors was 13-73.

More information and registration on or by email at [email protected]

South Holland’s South Suburban College and the Calumet Area Industrial Commission have partnered to offer a free Manufacturing Skills and Training Bootcamp, an 80-hour, 5-week program that prepares people for college-level manufacturing programs.

Students who complete the program earn National Safety Council Forklift Certification, OSHA 10 Safety Standards Certification, and an SSC Certificate of Participation. They will also benefit from factory tours, interviews with potential employers, and the opportunity to connect with college representatives. Participants may even be eligible to earn a stipend.

Skills and Manufacturing Training Boot Camp begins June 6 at the Thornton Fractional High School Center for Academics and Technology at 1605 Wentworth Ave., Calumet City. The training camp is open to all adults over the age of 18. Places are limited and registration is compulsory. More information is at

The fitness center and outdoor pool at Evergreen Park Community High School Sports Complex, on the site of the former Evergreen Racquet & Fitness Club at 2700 W. 91st Street in Evergreen Park, is now accepting memberships for its fitness center fit and its outdoor swimming pool.

The fitness center has a variety of equipment, including treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines, weight machines, and free weights.

The monthly fitness center fee for Evergreen Park residents is $20, or $115 for six months, or $200 per year. For non-residents of Evergreen Park, the fees are $33 per month, $190 for six months, and $280 per year. Evergreen Park seniors can get a discount on the annual membership fee of $145, and non-Evergreen Park seniors can get the same for $195 per year.

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Outdoor pool memberships at the EPCHS Sports Complex will also be available after Memorial Day.

More information is at or with Sarah Brookhart at 708-425-7200.

A clearance sale will be held at the Church in Orland Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 and from 8 a.m. to noon May 21 at the church, 7500 Sycamore Dr., Orland Park.

All proceeds from the sale, sponsored by the church’s orphan ministry, will help orphans locally and around the world. The church is also looking for donations of household items, clothing, etc., which can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 19.

Trying to help outdoor cats? A show from 10:30 a.m. to noon on May 28 will feature information about Trap, Neuter, Return, which helps reduce feral cat populations. The program takes place at the Willow Springs Community Center, 8156 Archer Ave. 60480.

The presentation includes information on humane baiting and trapping tips that will make the job easier, as well as a list of low-cost clinics and how to transport cats safely. Traps are on loan with a fully refundable deposit upon return. Guardians who attend a workshop receive priority assistance from TNR. More information is at or by email at [email protected]

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