11th annual Golden Apple 5K returns Sunday

The 11th annual Golden Apple 5K Run will get underway Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. The event kicks off from the junction of Madison Street and Marengo Avenue. Last year’s run drew some 400 participants.

All proceeds will go to the Golden Apple Foundation, which supports excellence among classroom teachers, according to a statement released by the foundation.

The course will bring runners south along Marengo Avenue where they’ll head west on Elgin Avenue to Circle Avenue. Following Circle Avenue, participants will run west along Fillmore Avenue and begin to circle back to the starting line by following the loop along Ferdinand Avenue, Harrison Street and Beloit Avenue.

Sponsors this year include Whole Foods Market, Run Chicago, Forest Park National Bank and Trust and Byron’s Hot Dogs.

Registrar training

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Citizens United in Forest Park will sponsor voter registrar training. Only registered voters are eligible for this program. For further information or to sign up, contact cuinfp@yahoo.com or call (708) 771-2478. Participants must be signed up one week prior to the Nov. 14 event.

Election season underway

Monday, Oct. 29 marked the official start of the 2008 election season in Illinois as candidates were allowed to register for the upcoming primary. The Illinois primary will be held Feb. 5, 2008, six weeks earlier than the most recent statewide primary, according to a statement from Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. The schedule marks the earliest start ever for an Illinois election.

Candidate’s interested in holding the office of state’s attorney, circuit court clerk, recorder of deeds, water reclamation district commissioner (three seats), or board of review member (2nd and 3rd districts) will file with Orr’s office.

Early voting in the election begins Jan. 14, 2008.

Walk-a-thon to benefit students

A fundraiser for the National Junior Honor Society will be sponsored by the middle school this weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at 8:30 a.m., student members of the scholastic organization will begin circling an eight mile course through the village to help raise money for field trips and other school activities. The middle school’s Parent Teacher Organization is helping to organize the event and refreshments will be served.

Annual health fair returns

An annual health fair held at the Howard Mohr Community Center will be held next Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Influenza vaccinations, screenings, health exams and other services will be provided. Also included will be samples of healthy foods, raffles and sign up sheets for transportation services to help residents keep area appointments with health professionals.

Appointments are not necessary for medical testing and flu shots, and transportation to the Cindy Lyons Health Fair is available free of charge.

Medical services provided at the fair are also free of charge. For additional information contact the Community Center at (708) 771-7737.

Property tax appeals

The Howard Mohr Community Center will sponsor a seminar Thursday, Nov. 8 to educate property owners of the appeals process for their taxes.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is being held in cooperation with the Proviso Township Assessor. No reservations are needed and all services that evening are free of charge.