Niles Community Calendar for the week of April 19, 2012
Updated: June 18, 2012 1:32AM
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Center of Concern
The Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge, (847) 823-0453, calendar of events includes:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays – Income tax preparation, by appointment.
Mondays, April 23 and 30 – Employment counseling, by appointment.
Saturday, April 21 – Legal counseling, by appointment.
Saturday, April 28– Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, 10 a.m.-noon (no appointment needed).
Homeowners desiring additional income, companionship, or the ability to remain in their homes may wish to consider the Center of Concern’s Shared Housing Program. Residents are matched with screened applicants who possess a temperament suitable to shared accommodations.
Preparation of simple wills and durable powers of attorney for health care and property also is available by appointment. All services are offered at the Center of Concern offices at 1580 N. Northwest Highway, #310, in Park Ridge. For services that require an appointment, call (847) 823-0453 weekdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (The center is open only until noon on Fridays.) The Center of Concern also offers housing counseling for seniors and others seeking affordable housing, programs designed to prevent homelessness, friendly visitors for the homebound, and volunteer opportunities in the office and in the field. See www.centerofconcern.org.
Center counselors also are available to help eligible residents apply for Illinois Circuit Breaker property-tax relief grants and license-plate discounts, Illinois Cares Rx (prescription-drug assistance), the senior-citizen real-estate tax exemption and deferral, the senior-citizen tax-assessment freeze, and the longtime-occupant-homeowner property-tax exemption.
Niles Chamber of Commerce & Industry, (847) 268-8180. Annual Niles Night of Roses Awards Dinner: Honoring local citizens who make a difference, April 21 at White Eagle Banquets & Restaurant, 6839 Milwaukee Ave. Tickets, $50, available through the Niles Chamber.
The Chicago Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service and the Illinois State Bar Association will host a special Law Week Call-A-Lawyer program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Volunteer attorneys will give free legal advice over the phone to Chicagoland residents who call (312) 554-2001. Attorneys will be available to answer general questions on a variety of legal issues including bankruptcy, domestic relations, immigration, personal injury and Social Security. If callers need further legal services, they will be advised to see their attorney or to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service.
A representative from the Niles Township Clerk’s office will be available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and evenings by appointment on the second and fourth Mondays of each month to accommodate residents with passport applications, voter registrations and temporary handicapped parking placards. To schedule an appointment at Niles Township in Skokie, call (847) 673-9300.
The Maine Township Neighborhood Watch meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the basement of Maine Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. Meetings address issues within the unincorporated area of the township and all residents are invited. Reports from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, North Maine Fire Department, and the township’s Code Enforcement Department are shared, and residents are invited to ask questions and report any concerns or problems in their neighborhood.
The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, offers a variety of classes for the adults in the horticulture, garden design, nature studies and botanical arts by Garden staff and other experts. For information or to register, visit www.chicagobotanic.org/school or call (847) 835-8261.
Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Inc., is now offering “Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy,” dog training classes at various locations, including 6042 W. Oakton St., in Morton Grove. The fee is $60. Contact Dorida King at email@example.com or call (773) 736-9021, for schedules and locations.
Paul C. Odrobina, vice president of the Polish National Alliance, reminds members of Polish American Night being celebrated at U.S. Cellular Field on July 3, beginning at 7:10 p.m. when the White Sox play the Texas Rangers. Tickets can be purchased from the Polish National Alliance, (800) 621-3723, Ext. 316; Polish Roman Catholic Union, (800) 772-8632, ext. 2601; Polish Falcons of America (574) 289-2140); or the Polish Women’s Alliance, (888) 522-1898, ext. 1208.
The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel which entertains at nursing homes, retirement facilities and charitable organizations, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Rosenberg Auditorium of Ezras Israel, 7001 N. California Ave., Chicago. Those who enjoy singing are welcome to join. Call the Ezras Israel office at (773) 764-8320.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7712 meet at 7 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at the Post at 7680 Caldwell Ave. (next to Tam Tennis in Niles on Howard Street). The Post is open also on Fridays 7 p.m. until closing. All veterans from Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan Korea and World War II are welcome. Call Bernard Beverley, (847) 966-5479, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 470-9890.
The Korean War Veterans Association, Greater Chicago Chapter No. 25, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Montclare-Leyden VFW Post, 6940 W. Diversey Ave. Call Joe Henmueller, (773) 774-9671.
The Knights of Columbus (North American Martyrs Council, Niles), provides ways for members to help others in the community while trying to improve their family and spiritual lives. Call Bob Galassi, (847) 965-0920.
Niles Chapter Toastmasters meets at 7:15 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Morton Grove , 6140 Lincoln Ave. Members learn how to feel comfortable and have self-confidence talking to an audience. Call (847) 583-9328.
The Holy Name Men’s Club of St. John Brebeuf will host a Spring Bingo on April 22 in the St. John Brebeuf Ministry Center, 8305 Harlem Ave. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $2. Cost for 15 games is $15. Refreshments will be available at a nominal cost. (Must be 18 years of age to play.) Call (847) 966-8145. (Bingo license No. B04157).
The Niles Senior Center’s 10th Annual Rummage Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21, rain or shine, in the center, 999 Civic Center Drive. There will be more than 40 stands on display. Two-dollar hot dog lunches will be available. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to the Village of Niles Food Pantry and the American Cancer Society. Call (847) 588-8420 and ask for Jaymi.
For area residents interested in learning more about their home, the Norwood Park Historical Society will host its annual House History and Renovator Resource Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28, at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark Ave., Chicago. The society will provide references on housing styles, appropriate renovations, and how to find more information about individual properties. Historic maps, older street names and addresses, and society researchers will be available to consult. At noon and 2 p.m., historian Anne Lunde will present a PowerPoint presentation, “Tell Me About My House — I Know It’s Old,” explaining research steps for Cook County properties in the Northwest Side and nearby suburbs. For properties within the Norwood Park neighborhood, additional historical information is available on former residents and many buildings that have been included in the society’s annual house tours, community walks, articles, and other research projects. The society is currently preparing a history of Norwood Park in the 19th Century. The society’s exhibits will be open until 4 p.m., including a special 100th anniversary display featuring the history of area Girl Scouts. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Donations are welcome for research assistance provided. Call (773) 631-4633 or e-mail email@example.com.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; information: (847) 967-4800; reservations: (847) 967-4889, www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Museum admission prices: General Admission, $12; seniors (65+), $8; students (ages 12-22), $8;children (ages 5-11), $6. Reservations required for programs. Through June 17: Special Exhibition — Ours to Fight for: American Jews in the Second World War. Through their artifacts, letters, and photographs, the “Greatest Generation” tell the stories of what the war was like for all its participants, and for Jews in particular. Ours to Fight for brings to life the actions and feelings of these young men and women. Free with Museum admission. April 15, 2-3:30 p.m.: Meet Linda Pressman, author of Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie, as she signs copies of her funny and tragic account of growing up in 1960s Skokie, as one of seven sisters born to Holocaust survivors. Free. April 19, 6:30-8 p.m.: Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah and Illinois Holocaust Museum’s third anniversary. Abraham Foxman, Holocaust survivor and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss “A 21st Century Challenge: Protecting the Memory and Meaning of the Holocaust.” Foxman, whose life was saved by his Polish Catholic nanny, has devoted a lifetime to fighting antisemitism, discrimination and prejudice. Free with museum admission; April 22, 3-4 p.m.: In cooperation with Chicago’s Cantors, “Celebrating the Cantorial Arts of Europe,” performed by cantors from Chicago-area congregations, the program will feature the music of Jewish communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust. Free. April 26, 6:30-8 p.m.: A moderated panel of veterans representing World War II, Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, will discuss the ways in which military service has changed in the last 60 years, the ways in which it will never change, and how their sacrifices shape the world today. Free with museum admission. April 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Ages 3 to 6 and their families are invited to reenact their favorite storybooks, complete with music, puppets, costumes and props, to understand their own feelings and the feelings of others. Children will learn appropriate social behavior by modeling examples presented in the stories through the guidance of educators and therapists. Free with museum admission.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County recently established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable and alkaline batteries, partnered with Interstate Batteries in Skokie to provide recycling at no cost to SWANCC communities. Common household batteries are no longer accepted at Illinois EPA-sponsored household chemical waste events and facilities due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. Batteries accepted in SWANCC’s program: Alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V) and rechargeable (NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer). Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place in an individual self-locking plastic baggie to avoid sparks. Local drop-off sites include: Niles Public Services Department, 6849 Touhy Ave., (847) 588-7900, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; Niles Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Drive, (847) 588-8000, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; Park Ridge Public Works, 400 Busse Highway, (847) 318-5240, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Additional drop-off sites are posted at swancc.org/recycling/batteryrecycling.html.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County has established a location for residents to drop off electronics on a weekly basis at no cost at the Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Under the new Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313), only the following items will be accepted: Computers – PCs and laptops, scanners, computer monitors, mobile phones, peripherals – mice, keyboards, zip drives, MP3 players, televisions, PDAs – printers, VHS players, fax machines, DVD players, video game consoles, and DVR/cable boxes. Electronics from businesses, institutions or schools will not be accepted. Visit swancc.org.
Any women interested in joining the Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care Threshold Singers can contact Kathy Huber at (847) 685-9900. Practices are held on two Thursdays each month starting at 6:45 p.m. in Park Ridge. Threshold Singers are trained to sing in groups of two and three at the bedside of those who are sick and dying. The songs are generally traditional or simple rounds, chants, lullabies and hymns that can be chosen to respond to musical taste and spiritual direction. Singers go through patient care volunteer training, but there are no auditions; only requirements are a love of music and a desire to serve others.
Avenues Thrift Shoppe offers great prices and specials on gently used clothing for infants, children and adults, shoes, household items, books and small furniture. On Wednesdays, seniors 60 years and older receive 10 percent off all regularly priced items. The main shop is located at 7710 W. Touhy Ave. in Chicago, and the “boutique” shop at 7700 Touhy Ave. features upscale clothing, outerwear, collectibles and finer merchandise. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. Thursdays. Donations are accepted 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays only. Donate only gently used clothing; broken or obsolete electronics cannot be accepted. Purchases help adults with developmental disabilities. Avenues to Independence is a nonprofit organization based at 515 Busse Highway in Park Ridge that offers a variety of programs to enhance an individual’s work, social, and daily living skills. For information on donations or to volunteer, contact Michael Frustini, (773) 631-6230.
The Kindness Connection will host a family event combining fun, fitness and hands-on community service on May 6 at Sky High Sports Trampoline Fun Park, 6424 W. Howard St., Niles. TKC’s “Spring Up for Service” will run from 5-7 p.m. and include discounted jumping, service projects to benefit at-risk youth, and recognition of local school volunteerism. At the event, participating school communities will be inducted into TKC’s Honor Roll of Kindness for devoting hands, hearts and minds to service in the 2011-12 school year through Kindness Connection Days. Register for family fun and service at www.thekindnessconnection.org.
Like New Auto Spa, Inc., 1050 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, has introduced a special fund-raising program that benefits Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Anyone who visits Like New to have their car washed or detailed or buys a gift card from the company and also asks for the Lutheran General discount will receive a price cut for the service, with a portion of the proceeds going specifically to benefit the Older Adult Services program of the hospital. Call AiMee Madden, Lutheran General Development Office, (847) 723-8518; Steve Radakovic at Like New Auto Spa, (847) 823-9274; or visit www.likenewautospa.com. The fundraising program is featured on the home page with a link to a more detailed flyer containing the discount and donation matrix. This offer is not valid with an outside wash only, or any other promotion/program.
Free health screenings and yoga, zumba and cooking demonstrations will be offered at “A Day Just for You,” women’s health fair from 9 a.m. to noon April 21 at Resurrection Medical Center, 7435 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. Doctors and dieticians will be on hand to answer questions, at no charge. The health fair will feature hearing, skin, breast, blood pressure and hand screenings as well as body fat analysis. Participants will be able to pick up mail-in colorectal cancer screening kits. A yoga demonstration will be held at 9:15 a.m., a zumba demonstration (fitness program that combines Latin dance with aerobics) at 10:15 a.m., and a healthy cooking demonstration at 11:15 a.m. The fair will also feature bra fittings, chair massages, personal training sessions and a book trade. There will be a continental breakfast, raffle prizes, and gift bags. Registration in advance is required; call (877) 737-4636.
Temple Judea Mizpah Mitzvah Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie — Blood and bone marrow drives open to the community. Each blood donor can save three lives. Also, Project Linus will help volunteers make handmade blankets to keep hospitalized children warm. To register for the blood drive, call (847) 676-1566. Walk-ins welcome.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital presents the Community Healthbeat lecture series. During April, topics will focus on “Healthy Children.” All lectures will be held at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s West End Conference Center, 1775 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Free valet parking is available and refreshments will be served. There is no charge, however registration is required. Call 1-800-323-8622 and mention the class code 8G52 or visit www.advocateheatlh.com/luth click on “I need a class or support group” and type in the class code 8G52 — April 24: Food Allergies, Dr. Mark Miller, pediatric allergist.
Advocate Medical Group is now providing immediate care and occupational health services at the Advocate Medical Group Patient Center, 7255 N. Caldwell Ave. in Niles. This will provide community members with convenient, quality medical care including treatment for non-life-threatening illnesses such as: Cuts and burns, sprains and bruises, eye injuries, flu symptoms, sore throats, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, ear aches, respiratory and urinary tract infections. The center provides easy access to X-ray and laboratory services to assist in diagnosis and treatment of these and other ailments. In addition, the clinic provides international travel medical services including for those planning a trip out of the country. Office hours are 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call, 847-647-0355.
Golf Mill Hearing Aid Center, 8856 N. Milwaukee Ave., is offering free hearing evaluations. All who come in will receive a comprehensive audiological evaluation. Call (847) 296-3344.
Pediatric developmental screenings offered at no cost. LYNX Therapeutics, 9436 Ozark Ave., Morton Grove, provides specialized occupational therapy services and learning instruction programs to children with physical, social, emotional, and learning difficulties. Contact: Ingrid Kenron at (847) 791-1631 or (847) 966-1505.
A local dialysis clinic, Fresenius Medical Care Niles, 9371 N. Milwaukee Ave., has started a new night-time program for dialysis patients. The new service allows patients to receive treatments in the clinic at night, for eight hours, while sleeping or resting, usually three times a week. In addition to having their days free for other activities, patients often report having more energy and better dialysis results. Medicare-certified Fresenius Medical Care Niles is now accepting new dialysis patients. Call (847) 581-0334.
Senior Advocate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers free blood-pressure screenings 10 a.m.-noon on the first Wednesday of every month at the hospital’s Patient Resource Center, 8820 W. Dempster St., Niles (across from the hospital). No appointment is necessary. Call (847) 723-7277.
The Niles Historical Society presents a program on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 at 2 p.m. April 22 at the Niles Historical Museum by Nilesite Ralph Frese. He will discuss “How the War Was Won” before munitions factories, large-scale uniform manufacturers, high-tech training and “hands-on.” There is plenty of free parking, free admission (donations accepted), and following a brief business meeting and program, there will be free refreshments, dessert and socializing. (847) 390-0160.
The Niles Historical Museum, 8970 N. Milwaukee Ave., is open to the public from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Drop in, make arrangements for a tour, drop off artifacts and collections, or just come to visit. The new magnetic elevator makes the auditorium easily accessible. Call (847) 390-0160.
Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton St., (847) 663-1234 or online at www.nileslibrary.org. Registration is required for most programs unless indicated otherwise.
The Niles Public Library will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a creative workshop for teens, a prize drawing and an “Earth Day, Every Day” display. Drawing tickets will be given to patrons at check-out through April 22. Prizes include canvas beach totes and fold-away pouch bags. Everyone who comes to the Niles Public Library on Earth Day will receive a recycled pen made from recycled water bottles. Be sure to check out the “Earth Day, Every Day” display in the Audiovisual department filled with information on where patrons can recycle their electronics, batteries, and more. At 2 p.m. April 22, teens can learn how to take recycled trash and turn it into treasure. They also will make tasty snacks from eco-friendly ingredients. Register for Earth Day Food and Crafts by calling (847) 663-1234 or online at nileslibrary.org/calendar.
Residents can recycle their cell phones, certain ink toners and used eye glasses at the Niles Public Library. Drop off boxes are located in the Circulation lobby.
The Niles Public Library will host three programs during Money Smart Week, April 21 to 28 to help consumers learn about money management and selling items online. These programs are part of more than 500 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during Money Smart Week Chicago. On April 24 from 1:30-4 p.m., the Citizens Utility Board will review home telephone bills and recommend ways to cut costs. On average, people save $200 per year by making simple changes. Patrons may bring a cell phone bill, but more specific advice will be given for a landline. CUB will review one bill per adult.On April 24 at 7 p.m., get introduced to the Morningstar Investment Research Center. Morningstar provides online financial information for stocks, funds and more. A representative will give an overview of its many options. Learn the basics of selling on eBay and Amazon on April 26 at 7 p.m. Jack Waddick, a certified eBay instructor, will explain the pros and cons of each website along with tips and tricks in this real-time demonstration. Registration is requested.
The Knights of Niles Chess Club for kindergartners to eighth-graders meets from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Fridays until April 27. Students can learn and improve chess skills but they should know how to move the pieces.
Reading with Rover — 7-8:30 p.m. April 19: Practice reading out loud with friendly, patient pups. This program is for beginning or struggling readers and/or dog lovers. Call Debbie at (847) 663-6619 or come in to sign up for a 20-minute slot; for kindergartners and older.
Families with babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kids can boogie down in the library at 10 a.m. May 11. DJ Miss Cate will be spinning all the best tunes. No registration is required.
The film, “Anonymous” (PG-13), will be screened at 2 p.m. April 19. This film advances the theory that it was really Edward DeVere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare’s plays.
Songwriters are encouraged to bring original songs to play live and get feedback from others at the Niles Songwriters Group meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 19.
Drop by to try a variety of devices from Sony, Nook, Kindle, and iPad from 1-4 p.m. April 21 at the eBook and eReader Fair. Learn more about searching MyMediaMall’s ebook collection and see a demonstration on downloading library books. No registration necessary.
Create Lego masterpieces with the new Lego Club for ages 5 and up from 4-5 p.m. April 23 and May 21.
Come celebrate with stories and rhythms in English and Spanish, a craft, and delicious treats from 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 28 (Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros); for families with children ages 3 and up.
See a free big-screen movie, “Puss in Boots,” at 2 p.m. April 28 and enjoy a movie treat.
Local teens and tweens commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by performing the voices of the crew, passengers, the iceberg, and even the ship’s rat in a Titanic Readers Theatre production on April 21. Parts will be chosen, rehearsed, practiced and performed in one afternoon: 1-3 p.m. practice and pizza break; 3-3:30 p.m. performance.
International Film Series — “Monsieur Ibrahim” will be screened from 2-3:45 p.m. April 26. An elderly Turkish widower befriends a lonely teenage boy in a working class section of Paris.(2003, rated R, French language with English subtitles).
Learn the basics of how to manage a busy work and personal life in the popular free companion to Gmail known as Google Calendar from 10 a.m. to noon April 28.
Researcher Stephen Szabados presents his popular program, “Mining the Latest US Census for Genealogical Data,” updated and timed to the April 2 release of the 1940 U.S. Census from 2-3:30 p.m. April 29. This program includes information as where people lived five years before, the highest educational grade achieved and detailed income and occupation.
For anyone who needs some help downloading eBooks, go to www.nileslibrary.org/contactus and click on eBook Help or click on the Overdrive Download link on the homepage to find step-by-step instruction sheets for different eBook readers as well as how to get started on MyMediaMall. MyMediaMall titles are now available for the Amazon Kindle.
Book Buddies — Students entering eighth grade in the fall and adults can become Book Buddies. Buddies read or listen to children read once a week for an hour. The Niles Public Library provides all materials and training.
The Niles Public Library is open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. all year.
Weekly, counselors from the Chicago Chapter of SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, will be at the library to help small business owners and anyone considering starting a small business. SCORE counselors are successful executives and business owners who can help with a wide variety of business issues. These experienced businesspeople offer private one-hour sessions of business coaching. SCORE is a nonprofit association of volunteers. Weekly sessions are held on alternating Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings. Sessions are free but an appointment is required. To set up an appointment online, visit the counseling page at www.scorechicago.org/. If there are questions, call (312) 353-7724 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth programs on a drop-in basis — Babytime: 11 a.m. on Mondays, for babies age 2 and under. Continuous year-round drop-in program for children with an adult. Includes stories, songs, fingerplays and extended playtime afterward. Rise & Shine Storytime: 10 a.m. on Thursdays, ages 2-6 with caregiver; enjoy stories, songs and more.
The vocal magic of “Mr. Sound Effects” joins the expanded variety of exhibits, programming, and entertainment that will be featured at Maine Township’s Senior Expo “Swing into Spring” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the Golf Mill Shopping Center. Other highlights of the day include the Legacy Girls, who will return with their signature performance, an Andrews Sisters musical revue, at 1 p.m. as well as bingo preceding the Expo from 9-10 a.m., sponsored by Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano; a Zumba Gold demonstration from 11-11:30 a.m. by certified instructor Diane Garvey, who is a member of the MaineStreamer class; and two raffles, one at 10:45 a.m. and the second at 12:15 p.m. Displays will include senior housing, health, financial services, and other providers of products and services that benefit older Americans. Call (847) 297-2510 or visit www.mainetownship.com. Potential exhibitors should call the Expo Office at (847) 698-5069.
Maine Township’s FISH (Friends Indeed Serve and Help) is in need of volunteer drivers to provide residents free transportation to medical facilities in and near Maine Township. Volunteers may choose how much time they wish to devote. Requirements include a current drivers license and proof of auto insurance. The program requires residents in need be mobile, or be able to use a cane or walker. FISH also asks that appointments be set three or more days in advance. To become a volunteer driver call Ed Oken at (847) 696-0761. To schedule a ride or for information call FISH coordinator Gloria Stepek at (847) 297-2510, Ext. 283.
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation offers people with physical and mental challenges, behavior and learning disorders, hearing and visual impairments and emotional disabilities an opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreation activities. MNASR serves Des Plaines, Golf-Maine, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge and Skokie. To receive a seasonal brochure, or to offer support for people with special needs by volunteering, call (847) 966-5522.
Niles Park District New 3’s Preschool is offered at Niles Park District is for children who turned 3 after Sept. 1, 2011, missing the deadline for the regular 3-year preschool. Classes are held from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Howard Leisure Center. Session run up to May 17. Call (847) 967-6633.
Niles Park District is offering private piano lessons (30-45 minutes) for beginning and intermediate students Wednesdays and Thursdays at Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard St. Lessons will focus on the fundamentals of technique, music theory and good practice habits. Call (847) 967-6633 to reserve a lesson time.
Visit one of the Golf Maine Park District offices, Feldman Recreation Center, 8800 Kathy Lane (one block south of Golf Road on Western Avenue), Niles; or Dee Park, at the corner of Dee and Emerson Roads, Des Plaines; or call (847) 297-3000; www.gmpd.org.
Resident Advisory Committee – The District is in the process of assembling a group of residents to offer their input to better serve future community programs and activities. Interested parties should contact the Director, Bret Fahnstrom at (847) 297-3000, ext. 26, or email email@example.com.
Summer Camp registration is in progress for the eight-week summer camp program (four two-week sessions from June 11 to Aug. 3). Camp is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Before & After Child Care available for an additional cost. Field trips included in the fee.
Cricket classes and clinics begin in April at Dee Park. Learn the basic fundamentals of this very popular sport. Children ages 7-17.
The Painting Studio meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays or 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Feldman.
Over the Rainbow allows young children to have fun learning the colors of the rainbow through stories and songs at Dee Park on Fridays. For ages 3-5 years.
Before & After School Child Care is available for children attending Mark Twain, Apollo or Stevenson schools in District 63. Call for details.
Zumba is a Latin-inspired workout to get in shape. Ongoing classes are held at 7:15 p.m. Mondays or Tuesdays at Feldman (nine weeks).
Ballet & Tap – Ages 3 years to adult. Ongoing classes year round. Dee and Feldman Parks.
The Painting Studio offers classes for adults: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Feldman.
Tiny Tots Open Gym – Parents may drop in and supervise their 1-5 year-old any Wednesday or Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m. for a variety of gym games at Dee Park.
There are still spots available for second-semester preschool (for 4-year-olds). Offered are morning (five days per week) and afternoon classes (Mondays through Thursdays). All classes are at Dee Park.
Tae Kwon Do is a popular martial arts classes for children (ages 7-15) and adults offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays all year round.
Various rooms/gyms are available for rental for parties, meetings or ongoing activities. Call (847) 297-3059.
The Golf Maine Park District offers a selection of ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs for sale to the public from a Lights for Learning kiosk. Proceeds from the sale of every bulb will directly fund the scholarship program sponsored by the district. The scholarship program allows children the opportunity to attend camp when they may not have the resources to do so on their own. The kiosk will also house the Lights for Learning teacher tool kits, designed for educators and organization leaders, to provide informational materials on the overall Lights for Learning Program. ENERGY STAR Activity Books for children, as well as ENERGY STAR home energy-conservation and electronics information, will also be available. A recycling bin for used CFLs will also be available. CFLs may be purchased at Feldman Park, 8800 Kathy Lane, Niles, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Call (847) 297-3000.
The Golf Maine Park District offers the community an opportunity to recycle paper products. A recognizable green-and-yellow container supplied by Abitibi Bowater was dropped off in the Feldman Park lot, 8800 Kathy Lane, near the corner of Western Avenue and Kathy Lane. Products that can be recycled in this container include: newspapers, magazines, office paper (fax and copy), shopping catalogs, mail and envelopes, catalogs, folders, colored paper and shredded paper (bagged); no cardboard or phone books. All money raised will fund the scholarship program, allowing children to attend summer camp and other programs. Call (847) 297-3000 or go to www.paperretriever.com/.
Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie, will offer its K’tonim Pre-School Program of Judaic Arts and Play, for children ages 2 and older. Children will enjoy Judaic arts and crafts, stories, games, singing, and snacks with their parents and/or grandparents. Siblings are welcome. Children under 2 are free. The 2011-12 classes will be held two Sundays per month from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Schedule to be determined. Tuition per semester will be $60 and $75, respectively, for members enrolling one or two children; and $85 and $100, respectively, for nonmembers enrolling one or two children. Call the temple office at (847) 676-1566.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8201 N. Karlov Ave., Skokie, will hold Adult Christian Education classes following 10 a.m. Sunday services. Classes will be held on a variety of topics. A Fellowship Hour follows the 10 a.m. service each week with “Bring a Friend to Church and Brunch” the first Sunday of each month. Call the church at (847) 673-1434.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave., Park Ridge, holds a Christian education hour at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with worship service at 10:15 a.m. During the hour, Sunday school is in church parsonage; children from preschool-sixth grade welcome. Childcare services are available during worship. Call (847) 823-6984.
St. John Brebeuf Adoration Chapel in the Parish Ministry Center, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for spiritual devotion, prayers and meditation. Call (847) 966-8145.
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster St., Skokie, offers Introduction to Judaism and beginning adult Hebrew classes on Sundays and monthly Yiddish. Members and nonmembers are welcome. Call (847) 675-4141, or go to www.ehnt.org.
Immaculata High School Alumnae Association hosts its annual awards luncheon/reunion beginning at 11:30 a.m. April 22 at the Chateau Ritz, 9100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Immaculata Alumnae will give an award for service to Sonja Witschonke-Mess and for career achievement to Jeanne Meier Hardy. This is also a reunion year for classes that end in “2” and “7.” Cost is $35 by April 12, $5 additional afterward. Contact Sister Mary C. Beckman, BVM, (773) 338-2211.
Resurrection College Prep High School, 7500 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago, will celebrate an All-School Reunion Weekend April 21 and 22. Events will include a 5K Fun Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. April 21; reunion Mass in the school beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Wall and Honor and dinner from 6-9 p.m.; and Wizard of Oz Family Movie Day beginning at 1 p.m. April 22. Call Stefanie Thorpe at (773) 775-6616, ext. 127, or visit www.reshs.org.
St. Mary Alumnae Association of St. Mary High School, formerly at 2044 W. Grenshaw Ave., Chicago, is sponsoring an all-class Reunion Luncheon to benefit the Sisters of Charity BVM Retirement Program. The event will be held April 29 at the Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard; reception begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Call (773) 620-2026.
The Roosevelt High School Athletic Fund is holding an all-year reunion May 4 in the school cafeteria, 3436 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago. There will be a buffet dinner and musical entertainment. Cost is $60 per person. Call Arnie Kamem, class of 1950, at (847) 432-2773; visit www.roosevelthschicago.org.
St. John Brebeuf is looking for all St. John Brebeuf School alumni. Alumni should contact Libby Ryder, (847) 966-3266, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and submit their name, year graduated, address, phone number, maiden name (if applicable) and e-mail address, and may share a story or tell how St. John Brebeuf made an impact on their life.
The Maine Township MaineStreamers program offers a variety of opportunities for residents 55 and older. Membership includes a free subscription to the MaineStreamers monthly newsletter, which details activities for the upcoming month. Most activities are at Maine Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge, unless otherwise noted. Contact the MaineStreamers, (847) 297-2510, or go to www.mainetownship.com.
Maine Township, in cooperation with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, is collecting used cell phones to be converted for emergency 911 use for seniors. Donate phones at Maine Town Hall.
The Niles Senior Center offers membership to Niles residents age 55 and older and their spouses. Drop by the Niles Senior Center, 999 Civic Center Drive, Niles, or call (847) 588-8420 for an application. Visit www.vniles.com, click on Departments and then Senior. Registration required for most programs.
The Annual Rummage Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21. There will be more than 40 vendors who will sell a wide variety of items. A $2 hot dog lunch will be available. A raffle will help the American Cancer Society and the Niles Food Pantry. Contact Jayme for information.
The first fishing outing at Busse Woods begins at 8 a.m. April 27. Meet at the designated site. Cost is $15 and includes a continental breakfast, bait and lunch.
Safety Tips for Skin Health will be given from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 26. Join registered nurse Dawn Rider for a light snack of cheese, crackers, veggies and fruit followed by the presentation. Free for members; $1, nonmembers.
A Belly Dance workshop will be featured from 11 a.m. to noon May 2, presented by Fran Strain of Dancemates. This is geared for every level with fun for all. Cost is $10, members; 415, nonmembers.
Women’s Golf kickoff is 10:30 a.m. May 3. All 9-hole outings are held at Tam Golf Course with lunch following at the Niles Senior Center.
The Yoga in Chairs program increases flexibility, strength and balance. It will be held from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, May 3 to 31. Cost is $30, members; $35, nonmembers.
Computer classes – Social Networking (Twitter, Facebook, Blogging), 3:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 30 to May 9; $25, members/$30, nonmembers.
The Niles Senior Center continues a grief workshop series for Niles residents touched by the loss of a loved one. Call Bev Wessels or Trudi Davis at (847) 588-8420 for more information and to enroll. There is no cost to participate, but registration is necessary. The workshops will meet from 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays and will focus on the following areas: Workshop #3, April 25 — “Adjusting to a Different Lifestyle” – Explore the stress of living alone and ways to adjust to new social roles and responsibilities.
The Niles Senior Center Caregiver Support Group is a source of practical and emotional help for caregivers, where issues such as hiring in-home help are frequently discussed. The group is facilitated by Niles Senior Center social workers who offer coping tools, help relieve caregiver stress, and offer a safe place for caregivers to receive the support of other community members dealing with similar challenges. Contact Bev Wessels at (847) 588-8420.
Walk-in assistance in filing the Senior Freeze Application is available from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. No appointment is necessary.
Circuit Breaker appointments are now available by appointment only at the Niles Senior Center. Appointments are on Friday mornings.
Free tax assistance appointments are available. Some restrictions apply. Call the Center Tax Hot Line, (847) 588-8440.
The Niles Senior Center Kitchen Band is looking for new members. Under the direction of ukulele-playing George Button, the popularity of this unique group of musicians has led to a very active performance schedule throughout Niles and the surrounding communities. If you like to sing, play the spoons, or are interested in learning how to play a ukulele, consider joining this fun group.
Join the Computer Interest Group to discuss all the recent computer innovations or individual problems or concerns. Contact Jaymi for dates, (847) 588-8420.
Niles Senior Center Issues in the News meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays.
An Effective Communications group for persons with hearing loss meets from 11 a.m.-noon monthly. Learn about the latest equipment and devices. Contact Trudi, (847) 588-8441.
Registration is required for the following winter program sessions; there is no cost for members of the Niles Senior Center; non-members pay a $12 fee for each group — Social Card Play of Billiards, Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m., 4:30 p.m.; Drop-in Art, Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon; Sudoku Club, Mondays, 11 a.m.- noon; Choral Group, Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.; Social Mahjongg, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Social Bridge, Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m.; Line Dance, Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m.; Social Bunco, third Tuesday of the month, 1-3 p.m.; Computer Interest Group, every other Wednesday, 1:30-3 p.m.; All American, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon; Issues in the News, Thursdays, 9-11:30 a.m.; Social Mahjongg, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Drop-in Ceramics, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.; Drop-in Wood Carving, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.; Social Scrabble, Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon.
The Niles Senior Center offers a wide variety of support groups. Cost per group is $10, members; $15, nonmembers. Weight Management meets the first Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. Diabetic Management meets the second Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. Virtually Impaired Motivators (VIM) meets the third Tuesday of month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cancer Survivor Group meets the third Thursday of the month, 1-2 p.m.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes winter term, running to June 25 – Level 4 Advanced, meets 9-10 a.m. Mondays; includes weight training with under 3-pound weights, standing and sitting exercises. Level 1 Beginners/Pain Management meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays; includes gentle stretching, mostly chair exercises. Cost for each session is $10, members; $15, nonmembers. Contact Sue Friedman.
The Sudoku Club meets from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Admission is free for members; $12 for six months for nonmembers.
Rules of the Road, the two-day AARP Driver Safety Class, hosted by the Norwood Park Senior Center, will be given from 1-5 p.m. April 24 and 26 at the Senior Center, 5801 N. Natoma Ave. in Chicago. The sessions are open to persons age 55 or older who want to refresh their knowledge. Completion of the course may qualify participants for a three-year discount on their liability insurance, an aggregate savings that could exceed $100. Cost of the class is $14 per person ($12 per person for AARP members). To register, call (773) 775-6071.
Mather’s–More Than a Cafe, 7134 W. Higgins Ave., invites adults 55 and older to experience professionally taught, free-to-moderate-priced programs such as lifelong learning programs, fitness classes, free blood-pressure checks and health screenings, free consumer seminars, special-interest workshops, special events and day trips. Call (773) 774-4804 for more information, except where noted. Chess Club for checkmate champs and new people who want to learn the rules and basic strategies. Sessions are Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Jazzercise – Jazzercise is a fitness program that combines aerobic exercises with elements of jazz dance. A series of dance routines is set to popular music while incorporating yoga, Pilates, cardio-kickboxing, and other fitness styles. The classes move incrementally through different intensity levels, so anyone is welcome to join. Classes are held at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and the cost is $5.35. Line Dancing is offered at 11:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Each class costs $3.25. A variety of exercise classes fit for every level is available. Try the gentle-moderate exercise class, 11:15 a.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. on Tuesdays that features a combination of seated and standing exercises for a complete cardiovascular workout. The moderate-high energy class is at 11 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, giving more of a challenge with cardio, strengthening, stretching, and toning routines. Each class costs $3.25. Computer Classes – All classes are four weeks and meet once a week for two hours. Begin with level one and advance through to level four. Classes are regularly forming and are offered every month. Let’s Go to the Hop! – Warrent Posternack, Chicago Oldies DJ, will provide the music of the 1950s and 1960s at 5 p.m. April 20. Light refreshments served. Cost is $5. Soprano Heather Braoudakis will sing “More Songs You Requested” on April 27. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m., with the show at 5:30. Dinner cost is $10 plus $8, suggested donation for show. Kathleen Cantwell will present “A Taste of Astrology” at noon April 28. Learn how modern astrology works, how it shows up in social trends, the news and individual lives; hear about key issues which will be dealt with in 2012 and beyond; free. Joe Perino from Edward Jones will discuss current market conditions and how the political, economic and cultural forces affect investors at 1 p.m. May 2. Joan Forsberg, maritime historian, will present tales from some of the 345 passengers who were headed for the Great Lakes region on the maiden voyage of the Titanic and other fascinating stories connecting the Titanic with the Great Lakes at 1 p.m. May 3. Suggested donation is $8. Michael St. Angel will present “Viva Elvis: A Tribute to the King” on May 5; “Southern Spectacular” lunch is at 2 p.m., show at 3. Meal cost is $10; entertainment, $10.
Golf Mill Shopping Center is hosting “Feats of Fitness,” a mall-walking program Mondays through Saturdays, to enable seniors to walk within an enclosed environment. The program is sponsored by Bethany Terrace, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Maine Township MaineStreamers and Partners in Healthcare (North Shore Physicians Group). Health seminars and blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the year every month on the second Wednesday. Call the Golf Mill management office at (847) 699-1070.
CJE SeniorLife is accepting applications for its Robineau Residence, 7550 N. Kostner Ave., in Skokie. Robineau offers a residential community composed of 24 affordable units in a one-story building, in a warm, friendly setting designed to serve seniors, 62-years and older, who may need a helping hand. Staff is available on-site, 24 hours a day, in case of emergency. Additional supportive services are available through CJE. Applicants should qualify for subsidized housing under the provisions of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 program. An additional monthly service fee is required. Scholarships are available. For an application and tour of Robineau, contact Dorothy Levant at (847) 675-8580.
Super Seniors, a Jewish Seniors group for people older than 60, meets 3-4:30 p.m. the first and third Sundays at the North Shore University Health System Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Topics include current events, books, jokes and Israel. Call (847) 583-9328.
“Education and Support for You, Your Family, and Your Child with Mental Health Issues,” sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban, will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 25 to May 30, at the Maryville Scott Nolan Center, 555 Wilson Lane, Des Plaines. This is a free, six-week course for parents of children and adolescents dealing with mental health issues. Trained family members discuss getting an accurate diagnosis, latest research, therapies, problem-solving, crisis preparation, dealing with the school and juvenile justice systems, and transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Diagnoses discussed include childhood bipolar disorder, depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders, OCD, ODD, and others. To register, call (847) 716-2252.
Meet others to practice conversational Spanish at the Golf Mill Shopping Center Food Court at 3 p.m. Saturdays, April 22 and 29. Look for “Meetup” sign on table near Subway. Call (847) 830 7656.
La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, will meet at 10 a.m. at Healthy Babies, Happy Families, 8267 W Golf Road in Niles (Four Flaggs Shopping Center). Expecting and nursing mothers are invited to attend this series of meetings, continuing April 20, May 18, June 15. No registration is necessary. Babies are always welcome. Visit llli.org.
Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter (2050 Claire Court, Glenview) grief support groups meet for eight weeks and are offered at no charge to the general public. The schedule for winter includes: Drop-in Group, first and third Fridays of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call (847) 556-1777 to register. Registration deadline is four business days before the start date of each group. Visit www.carecenter.org/groupsupport.
Weight No More, a friendly weight loss support group, welcomes new members. Discussions include weight loss tips, recipes, and helpful ideas to help participants reach their goals. Fees are $5 monthly to defray the room rental costs and small fines for weight gain. Meetings take place from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 Howard St., Niles (elevator accessible). Call (847) 679-4229.
The Lutheran General Hospital Stroke Club for stroke survivors and their caregivers meets from 3-4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month (except January and July) at the Outpatient Therapy Center, 9375 Church St., Des Plaines; use south entrance. Contact Meg Potterfield, (847) 723-4765.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago invites those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide to participate in its Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) meetings at its Northwest office, 1717 Rand Road, Des Plaines. The minimum age for the monthly meetings or eight-session groups is 18-years-old. If possible, call the LOSS office, (312) 655-7283, for an initial intake before the first meeting or visit www.catholiccharities.net/loss. Groups meet 7-9 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month and also on the second Wednesday of each month.
Families Anonymous is a support group for family members and friends who are concerned about and affected by the substance abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one. Group 831 meets at 10 a.m. every Friday at Carter Westminster Church, 4950 W. Pratt Ave., Skokie, in the basement; enter from parking lot in the rear. Group 173 meets at 7:30 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at First United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, in the Parlor Room, south portion of main level; use entrance at rear (Grant Place), across from the parking lot. No dues or fees required. First names only are used at meetings to preserve individual anonymity. This is a nonprofessional and non-religious program. Call (773) 777-4442 or visit www.familiesanonymous.org.
NorthShore Hospice will sponsor grief support groups. Soul Mates is an ongoing support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner. This group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month 6:30-8 p.m. at NorthShore University HealthSystem Home & Hospice Services office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. Legacy is an ongoing support group for adults who have experienced the death of a parent. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month 6:30-8 p.m. at NorthShore University HealthSystem Home & Hospice Services office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. Handicap accessible and parking available. To preregister for the programs, call Thom Dennis, (847) 982-4364 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tops Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), an international weight-loss network of support groups, holds a local meeting weekly on Monday beginning at 5 p.m. at the Niles Park District Center, 6676 W. Howard St., Niles, on the lower level. The building is handicap accessible. TOPS has helped individuals live healthier lives since 1948 with a combination of sensible eating, regular exercise, and ongoing support to help members achieve and maintain their weight-loss goals. Women, men, teens and preteens committed to attaining and maintaining a healthy weight are all invited to join. Visitors are welcome to visit their first TOPS meeting free of charge. For more information about this meeting call (847) 966-4871 or, to find another local chapter, visit www.tops.org or call 1-800-932-8677.
MOMS Club of Northern Chicagoland holds weekly activities (such as playgroups, outings, museums, park dates) and monthly member meetings and Moms Night Out. Call (773) 853-2834 or visit http://sites.google.com/site/momsclubofnorthernchicago or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Hope United, formerly Kids Hope United, is seeking foster, adoptive parents to provide homes for at-risk children. Call (847) 245-6543 or visit www.onehopeunited.org.
The Maryville Crisis Nursery, 4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, offers twice-monthly tours of the facility. Tours are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and on the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Maryville Crisis Nursery is a safe haven for children, newborn to age 6, whose families are experiencing crises in their lives, such as job/medical issues, homelessness, domestic violence or other stressful situations. The nursery cares for children for up to 72 hours while parents concentrate on resolving the problems that are the root cause of the stress. There are no charges for services. Children are cared for by professionals and skilled childcare volunteers. The Maryville Crisis Nursery is available to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 24 hour help line number is (773) 205-3637. For additional information, call (773) 205-3600.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban, invites the public to attend its Family Support Group for families of individuals with a mental illness. Program is free and meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Nesset Center, 1775 Ballard Road, north of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Free parking. Call (847) 716-2252.
The local TOPS Club chapter meets at 5 p.m. Mondays at the Niles Park District Center, 6676 W. Howard St., Niles, on the lower level (handicap accessible). TOPS meetings are open to women, men and teens. Cost is nominal. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Call (847) 966-4871; to find another local chapter, visit www.tops.org or call TOPS Headquarters at 1-800-932-8677.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance-Greater Chicago has free support groups for people with mood disorders and support groups for their families. Meetings take place 6:30-8 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge, Evanston, in Rooms G952 and 954. Call Elaine at (847) 674-6376.
An Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group, co-sponsored by Advocate Medical Group and the Alzheimer’s Association, is offered monthly at the Nesset Pavilion on the campus of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Meetings are 1:30-3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the lower-level conference room of Nesset Pavilion, 1775 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Meetings are free and no registration is required. Contact Sandy Guarise, (847) 318-2501.
The Neptune Society, the largest independent cremation company in the nation based in Des Plaines, is bringing comforting teddy bears to Chicago area children who are hurt, frightened or alone. The Neptune Society Teddy Bear Program names a teddy bear in honor of every person whose death care is handled by Neptune on the one-year anniversary of their death. The teddy bears are then donated to organizations such as Rainbow Hospice in Park Ridge and local fire departments to be given to a child in need.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. For directions, call (847) 675-0951. Those attending are asked to notify Claire Owen, director of patient services, (847) 679-3311 or email@example.com.
Grandparents As Caregivers, a program sponsored by Children’s Home+Aid, will offer grandparents an opportunity to meet other grandparents, share concerns and talk about interesting topics that will help them care for their grandchildren. Meetings are 10-11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St. Free child care is available with 24-hour notice. Meetings are monthly. Call Linda, (847) 640-9590.
The Stroke Club of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital meets 3-4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Outpatient Therapy Center, Church and Potter avenues, Des Plaines. Call Megan Potterfield, (847) 723-6690.
Holding Onto Hope - Rainbow Hospice is a monthly daytime group for widowed people grieving the loss of a spouse. It meets 1-2:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Park Ridge Non-Profit Center, 720 Garden St. Registration is required. Admission is $5 per session. Call (847) 692-8884.
Rainbow Hospice’s Life Transitions Group is an ongoing support group for anyone who, as a general guideline, has been widowed for one to four years, meeting 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Park Ridge Non-Profit Center, 720 Garden St., Park Ridge. The fee is $5 per session. Call (847) 692-8884.
Good Mourning Program will meet 6:45-8 p.m. every third Monday of the month at Lutheran General Family Care Center, 9375 Church St., Des Plaines. The program is a support group for children, teens and families who have lost a loved one through death. Preliminary interview is required before registration. To register, call Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care Bereavement Support, (847) 692-8884.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation support group meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Room 1063, Park Ridge. The focus is to assist patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, their families, significant others and friends in coping more effectively with the illness. Call (847) 827-0404.
Resurrection Medical Center sponsors a variety of free cancer-support groups for both patients and their family members. All support groups are free and meet in the Cancer Conference Room (ground floor, Entrance C). Contact Carol Flanagan, (773) 792-5116:
The Cancer Support Group for cancer patients, families and friends meets monthly 7-8:30 p.m. every last Wednesday.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Family Support Group for people with leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s Disease and their families meets every first Wednesday of the month.
The Butterfly Club is a support group for children ages 6 to 13 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer. The group meets every first Wednesday of the month. Registration and parental consent are required.
The Us Too! Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every second Wednesday of the month.
The Teen Cancer Support Group is for teens ages 13 to 18 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer. The group meets every third Wednesday of the month. Registration and parental consent are required.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the last Saturday of each month in the Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C. Call (773) 594-7856.
Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Health Management Classroom. The session is free. Call Health Management, (773) 792-5022.
Afterglow Support Group for stroke survivors and their family and friends meets the second Wednesday of the month in the Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C.
Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month 5-7 p.m. at Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C. Call (773) 594-7866.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is forming a support network for women living with breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Networking Group will meet 2-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. The support group provides breast-cancer survivors the opportunity to share information and experiences with other women. The group will be at Lutheran General’s Center for Advanced Care, 1700 Luther Lane, Park Ridge, in the ground-floor conference room G104. Call (847) 723-8130.
Northwest Suburban Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome Support Group of Illinois meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge, Conference Room 1064. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the e-mail list for meeting announcements.
An area Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s Disease meets at 10:30 a.m. every second Saturday at Central Baptist Village, the Commons Theater Lounge, 4747 N. Canfield Ave., Norridge. New members are always welcome. Call Jessi Lenth, group facilitator, (708) 583-8509.
Queen of All Saints hosts a weekly meeting for female survivors of sexual abuse. The meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays in the Benedict Center Chapel, 6275 N. Ionia. To participate in the confidential, 12-step program, call Queen of All Saints Rectory, (773) 736-6060. Additional meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays at St. Juliana Parish Center, 7200 Osceola Ave. Call Linda, (773) 271-2281.
The Niles Youth Council is a group of teens from sixth through 12th grade who provide support and advice on Teen Center programming, develop leadership skills and work to serve the Niles community. They meet the first and third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Stop to check them out. Call (847) 375-8949. The Teen Center is located at 373 Golf Mill Center in Niles.
The Teen Center is working with the Niles Senior Center to find teenagers willing to help senior citizens with leaf raking, snow shoveling and general yard work while earning money. Complete the Niles Teen Job Connection form available on the center Web site and return it to Mark at the center. Information will be shared with the director of the center and contacts will be made with residents in need of services.
Register your bike through the Niles Teen Center or Niles Police Department. Every year the Niles Police Department accumulates a number of lost or stolen bikes and is forced to sell them at an auction because their owners cannot be identified. By registering your bike, you are issued a Village of Niles Police Department sticker and your bicycle’s information is entered into a national database allowing the Police Department to reconnect you if it is ever lost or stolen.
To meet the increasing needs of older adults who want to remain independent in their homes, Norwood Seniors Network, 6009 N. Nina Ave., Chicago, is seeking more volunteers to deliver freshly prepared low-cost meals each weekday to homes in northwest Chicago or nearby suburbs. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of twice a month deliveries, using mapped routes. Each route takes from one to two hours to complete, and deliveries must be completed between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Persons interested in volunteering must have their own vehicle and insurance. Call Kate Roche, director of volunteer services, at (773) 577-5329, email at email@example.com, or visit www.norvolution.org.
The Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, a not-for-profit that serves the elderly and low-income families in the north and northwest city and suburbs, needs volunteers to help with a variety of medical, financial, legal, and computer issues. Hours are flexible. The center needs volunteers to: Provide friendly visits and transportation to elderly clients; make telephone reassurance calls to the homebound and frail elderly; install, troubleshoot, and maintain computer hardware, software, and networks; produce video for the center’s website or fundraising campaigns; promote the center on Facebook and other social media; assist with public relations and facilitate media coverage of center events; prepare income tax returns for center clients; provide Medicare counseling (federally funded by the Senior Health Insurance Program); and prepare simple wills and durable powers of attorney for health care and property. Call (847) 823-0453 or visit www.centerofconcern.org.
Volunteers are needed to serve as Court Watchers for Domestic Violence at the Skokie Courthouse. Being a Court Watcher is easy, convenient and rewarding. To volunteer for this very important program, contact Joanne Liberman at (847) 412-1577 or email Joanne at NonnyL@aol.com.
Individuals who have a few hours to spare are urged to join the Avenues to Independence Thrift Shoppe Team of Volunteers. Avenues is looking for friendly, hard-working men and women to help staff at the Thrift Shoppe, 7710 W. Touhy Ave. in Chicago. Volunteers are needed on a regular basis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, or 1-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Volunteers receive a discount. No experience is needed. All proceeds from the Thrift Shoppe help Avenues continue valuable programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Contact the store manager, Michael Frustini, (847) 292-0870, Ext. 771.
The Men’s and Women’s Association of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is looking for new members. The community-based philanthropic and social organization raises funds for the hospital through a variety of events, including an annual golf outing, glove sale and concert. The organization’s donations have assisted the hospital in expanding programs, purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment, and pursuing research and education initiatives. Yearly dues are $35. Call (847) 723-6105.
Many individuals have found themselves laid off or unable to find employment. Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care would like to respond by helping professionals stay current with their job skills (or gain experience if recently graduated) by offering professional volunteer opportunities. Possible opportunities include positions in medical records, human resources administration, community outreach, finance, marketing and admissions/customer service. Volunteers must have a willingness to make use of their professional skills and a positive attitude allowing them to take on a great deal of responsibility. Training and seminars for professional and personal development will be provided. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (847) 685-9900, Ext. 3128, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.rainbowhospice.org.