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• Stepping out … The ladies at Ladies Workout Express had a fantastic grand opening on April 30. They had clowns, a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Anthony Calderone and a dedication from Rev. David Ford from the Rock of Ages Baptist Church. Also at hand were LollipopT’ the clown, DJ Reginald Qualls and Carsi the belly dancer.

• Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8 … don’t forget all those moms out there, they enjoy chocolates and flowers, hand-made crafts and cards. But stay away from the breakfasts unless you can clean up after yourselves!

• Congrats to Randy Tinder, who was elected President of IASA for next year.

• Save the music: To raise funds for the Proviso East High School Marching Band, the school will be hosting the 3rd annual “Spring High Stepping Battle of the Bands.”  Bands from across the state will perform, competing for top high school band honors. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. on May 14 at the football stadium. Admission is $5.

• Feliz Cinco de Mayo … Proviso East will be celebrating May 5. The school has an assembly planned to celebrate Mexican Americans who have made a difference in television, media, and film. The event will feature guest speakers Efren Favela, manager of DirecTV; Dalia Tapia, international film director/producer; and Tab Machado, La Raza (Latino newspaper), among others. This will take place at the auditorium from 8:55 to 9:45 a.m.

• Welcome home! To help acclimatize incoming students, Proviso East will host “Welcome Night” for the class of 2009. Several staff members will be available during this event to discuss curriculum offerings in various departments or concerns regarding placement, scheduling, or other items. The event will take place May 5, at 6 p.m. at the auditorium.

• Don’t forget the basket: The Park District of Forest Park and the Chamber of Commerce will host the All-School Picnic on May 26.

• Mystery trips! The Community Center is going on a May 11 Mystery Trip Day. The price includes everything you need for a day of fun plus delicious food.  Pick-up 8:15 a.m. Leave 9 a.m.

• Speaking of summer … Summerfest 2005 is still around the corner. It is on Friday, June 10 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, from noon to 10 p.m. Businesses wishing to sponsor or participate in the festival should pick up forms at the Chamber of Commerce, 7344 W. Madison St. Get them back to the Chamber by May 16.

• The rumor mill is working overtime in town, seems something is up at the Roos. More to come later on.

• BID is back on track … after a few cancelled meetings it seems the Business Improvement District meetings are back on track and discussions are scheduled to continue on May 11 at 7 p.m. According to the agenda they will be working on the formulation of an action plan associated with the downtown BID.

• St. Bernardine Day Family Festival: This year is the sixth year this event will take place in Forest Park. It is scheduled for May 22, beginning with a special mass at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until dusk. Admission is free and there will be food and beverages for purchase. Some of the donors: Jimmy’s Place, Bistro Marbuzet, and Salerno’s Pizza. There will also be a Rat Race Maze, a moonwalk, wax hands and fun for children of all ages. In the afternoon there will be Karaoke, pull tabs and a $20,000 cash raffle. St. Bernardine Day is a fundraiser for the parish, school, and other parish programs. Check it out at 815 Elgin Ave.