The Southwest Suburban Widow/Widowers Social Club will meet on Friday, March 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Harold Viking Lodge, 6730 W. 175th St., in Tinley Park. The club is a group of people caring, sharing and reaching out to one another in friendship, and meetings are held on the first Friday of each month offering support to people of all faiths and ages. Activities include monthly general meetings, organized restaurant outings, trips, discussions, interaction meetings and get-acquainted meetings for newcomers. For more information, call Bill Dolehide at (708) 342-6820 or Phyllis Peterson at (708) 636-6534.

The 19th Ward Blood Drive will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St. Appointments are required to ensure proper social distancing. To make an appointment, call (800) 280-4102 or visit and use code CS01.

The Cook County Assessor’s Office will share valuable information about property taxes and what residents need to know about any property-tax exemptions that may contribute to lowering bills, including homeowners, senior and senior freeze exemptions, on Tuesday, March 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session. To register, visit

The 19th Ward prescription drug drop off and document shred event will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. Pulaski Rd. The event is free and open to 19th Ward residents. Unused or expired household prescriptions should be in original containers or in a sealed plastic bag. Only loose documents can be shredded, and any staples or binders must be removed before arrival at the event.

The Oak Lawn Park District is seeking individuals or groups to adopt a flowerbed in one of many locations available throughout Oak Lawn. The Adopt-a-Flowerbed program will be held from April to September. People can choose a garden, and the park district will prepare and provide the plants. Adopters will plant their designated garden and keep up its maintenance, including weeding, while the park district will water. A registration form and more information are at