AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County, honored 32 “Outstanding Volunteers” for their dedication to helping seniors in their communities at the 34th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, Nov. 20.

The volunteers, who are themselves older adults, were nominated by organizations in their communities. They provide a wide range of services, including transportation, tax preparation assistance, advocating to government agencies, helping older people find services, teaching computer skills, visiting retirement homes, delivering meals, helping with home maintenance, cooking and calling bingo, among many others.

Michael Sookikin of Oak Park, nominated by Oak Park Township Senior Center, has been with the center for two years. At 73, he works in the Volunteer Money Management Program, volunteers as an AARP Tax Aide and is an election judge. He has 33 years of experience in accounting with Swift and Co.

AgeOptions is a nonprofit organization located in Oak Park that has served the older adults of suburban Cook County and their caregivers as an Area Agency on Aging since 1974. For more information, please visit the website at

Hooliganism and ‘Tapioca’

Mike Houlihan of River Forest wrote and produced an independent film, Tapioca, with his wife and sons, which had its Chicago premiere Nov. 20 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. He also published a new book, Hooliganism, a collection of his columns from the Irish American News, Chicago Tribune Magazine, and Chicago Public Radio. Kevil’s Restaurant in Forest Park hosted a book signing on Nov. 23.

The film played at the Park City Film Music Fest; the Texas Black Film Fest; First Take Film Fest in August, Ga.; the Other Venice Film Festival; and recently won Best Feature Film at the Geneva Film Festival. Several young people from the neighborhood are featured in the film along with Ben Vereen, Tim Kazurinsky, and several Second City comics.

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