Open house at Catholic schools

Catholic high schools in the area began hosting their annual open house events this month, giving prospective applicants a chance to visit the campuses. The schedules were announced by the Archdiocese of Chicago and apply to 39 schools in Cook and Lake counties.

In neighboring River Forest, Trinity High School will open its doors to visitors on Oct. 21 from noon to 2 p.m., Nov. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on April 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Trinity is an all-girls school.

Fenwick High School in Oak Park will host open house events on Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on April 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fenwick is a coed school.

St. Joseph High School, an all-boys school in Westchester, welcomes prospective applicants from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13.

The Catholic high school placement exam will be conducted on Jan. 12, 2008.

Foundations seeks applicants

Residents interested in volunteering with the Proviso Township High School Foundation for Educational Excellence are encouraged to apply online at the district’s website. According to a District 209 press release, organizers are looking for those willing to commit their knowledge of the community to help further the foundation’s goals.

The group was established by former superintendent Stan Fields as a non-profit organization, but school board members voted this summer to wrest control of the fundraising body from its founding members. The foundation’s purpose is to raise money in support of the district’s three high schools.

Applications are available online at A deadline of Wednesday, Oct. 22 has been set by the district’s foundation coordinator.

UIC hosts ethanol talk

The University of Illinois at Chicago is hosting a lecture on ethanol as a fuel source. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, members of the public are invited to this free event featuring David Blume, who has been an alcohol-fuel pioneer since the 1970s, according to a university statement. Blume will answer questions from the audience at the conclusion of his presentation. The discussion will be held at the school’s east campus in lecture room F1.

On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the university will host a workshop on the subject. For more information call (815) 256-2240 or go to  


Goblins and ghouls planning to go door-to-door this Halloween year in search of candy are encouraged to do so between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As is traditionally done, the village council voted at its Oct. 9 meeting to establish the trick-or-treat hours for the Oct. 31 holiday. The hours are chosen so that younger children have a chance to participate during daylight hours. Upon setting this year’s schedule, Mayor Anthony Calderone encouraged residents to do their part in ensuring a safe Halloween.