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Win new stuff for your pet

Pet owners looking to unload a few dog toys while supporting a good cause are being asked to donate “gently used” items to The Spot, at the corner of Circle and Madison.

Proceeds from the sale of used toys, bedding and other such goods will be donated to The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Donors will be entered into monthly drawings in which they can win new items for their pets.

The Spot can be contacted at 771-7768. The Anti-Cruelty Society is located at 157 W. Grand and can be reached at 312-644-8338.

Enrolling youngsters

Prospective kindergarten and junior-kindergarten students are invited to participate in a series of District 91 events this month.

For kids up to age 5, school staff will be screening children for speech and language capabilities, motor skills and their social functionality in preparation for enrollment in kindergarten classes. This assessment will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at Garfield Elementary. No appointment is necessary, but contact Jeanette Barnes for additional information, or to make an appointment, at 366-5703.

Also at Garfield, parents interested in enrolling their child in junior-kindergarten are invited April 28 to participate in a one-hour session that will mimic classroom activities. This program begins at 10 a.m. Parents who are unable to attend can go to Betsy Ross Elementary on April 30 at 1 p.m. for a glimpse of the district’s junior-kindergarten program.

Playing in Thompson’s memory

Opening Day for this year’s Little League season in Forest Park will include a special dedication to Beverly Thompson, the longtime director of the Howard Mohr Community Center who died in August 2008.

Rich Gray, president of the local league, said the entire season will be played in Thompson’s memory. Kids will wear a patch on their uniforms remembering Thompson and members of the public will be invited to purchase any extra patches at the Dugout Café. Proceeds from those sales will be donated to the food pantry at the community center, which Thompson oversaw for so many years.

Opening Day ceremonies will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at the park district ball fields on Harrison.