Park Ridge Community Calendar for the week of March 29, 2012
Updated: March 29, 2012 3:35PM
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The city of Park Ridge lists the following meetings which take place in City Hall, 505 Butler Place, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda, call City Hall at (847) 318-5200:
April 2 – Finance & Budget Committee of the Whole – Budget Hearing, 6:30 p.m.; City Council, 7 p.m.
April 3 – Police Department Town Hall, 7 p.m.
April 4 – Historic Preservation Commission, 6 p.m.
Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 720 Garden St., (847) 825-3121; www.parkridgechamber.org; e-mail email@example.com:
March 29, 5 p.m.: Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting at Park Ridge Financial. Celebrate with board member Rick Pucci as Mayor Schmidt cuts the ribbon at Pucci’s new offices at 36 Main St. March 30, 8:30-9:45 a.m.: Women in Business Networking Breakfast, “Fight Like a Girl” presentation by Michelle DeLaRosa, owner of MBD Martial Arts Academy; members $10; $15 prospective members and walk-ins.
The Retail Committee of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce presents First Fridays, a series of local events to provide an evening of art, music shopping and dining for area residents. Activities are planned for Uptown and South Park area shops and restaurants, most of which are offering specials for each event. Each event takes place on the first Friday of the month. Highlighted merchants include Affresco, All on the Road Catering, Around the World Cigars & Gifts, Brickton Art Center, Jason’s Deli, Like New Auto Spa, OnView, Pickwick Restaurant, Pickwick Theater, Raffia Gifts, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, TeaLula, 2 Sisters Boutique, Vine Street Candles, WineStyles. Other merchants interested in participated should contact Sheila Duda, event chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tentative First Fridays include — April 6: Spring Fling (flowers and gardening) in stores; May 4: Art and Artists, showcasing Park Ridge artists in stores; June 1: Sounds of Summer, showcasing Park Ridge musicians in stores; July 6: Cruisin’ Park Ridge (classic car show); Aug. 3: Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt in stores; Sept. 7: Dog Days of Summer (local pet shelters and adoption) at stores; Oct. 5: AutumnFest (scarecrow contest in stores); Nov. 2: – “Remember in November”: food drive for food pantry; Dec. 7 – Windows on Parade in stores.
The Holy Family Guild, in partnership with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring St. Paul of the Cross’s annual Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 1 in the Morello Parish Life Center 320 S. Washington St. Appointments are preferred but not required, and walk-in donors are welcome after 10:30 a.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or log on to www.redcrossblood.org.
Republican Women of Park Ridge meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at South Park Recreation Center, 833 Talcott Road. E-mail RWOPR@ymail.com or go to www.republicanwomenofparkridge.com.
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.
Edison Park Lutheran Church — North Hall, 6626 N. Oliphant Ave., Chicago, hosts an Opera Appreciation class from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, year round (across the street from the Edison Park Metra Train Station). Listen to arias from famous operas as introduced by Babs Lieberman of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Fee is $20 for eight weeks. Light refreshments. Parking available. Call Diane, (773) 774-6097.
The Twenty First Star Chapter, NSDAR invites women interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution to attend a Genealogy Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon March 31 on the third floor of the Park Ridge Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a club member on their lineage research and receive assistance with application papers. Bring along all records and information; there will be reference books available for use. Call Dorothy Wilson, membership chairman, at (847) 328-6946.
The Twenty-first Star Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 14 at the Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. Lunch will be served at noon with a meeting and program to follow. Hostesses for the day are: Shirley Fish and Ann Michael; Barbara Hale, chairman. Chapter Regent Joy Martin will welcome Paul Meinke of Channel 7 News who will present a program, “Honor Flight Chicago.” Meinke has accompanied veterans on a Chicago Honor Flight and will reflect on his experiences. Women who are interested in membership in DAR should know that any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. Contact Second Vice Regent, Dorothy Wilson at (847) 328-6946.
The Park Ridge Panhellenic Club will meet at noon April 6 in the Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect Ave. Betsy Means will present a mystery drama. Members are reminded to bring donations for the Maine Township Food Pantry. Membership in the Panhellenic Club is open to alumnae of college Greek letter sororities. Call Betty Jaacks at (847) 823-0660.
Park Ridge Women’s Tennis Association is looking for new members for the 2012 season (May to September). The PRWTA provides opportunities for competitive and social play. Women of all levels of ability (A, B and C) are welcome. Non-refundable membership dues are $33 for residents, or $35 for nonresidents. A $10 late fee applies after April 2. Visit www.prwta.org.
The Des Plaines Camera Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Des Plaines Park District’s field house at Arndt Park, 1990 White St. in Des Plaines. Meetings are conducted in a casual atmosphere that include workshops, lectures, demonstrations and inter-club competitions. The club also provides the opportunity to share ideas and techniques with fellow photographers. As a club, members are part of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association and the Photographic Society of America. Visit www.desplainescameraclub.com.
The Park Ridge Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the Community Room of the Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave. All are welcome. The Garden Club is a member of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc., District IX and the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Region.
Des Plaines Toastmasters Club No. 1645 meets on the first, third, and (where applicable) fifth Mondays of every month, from 7-8:45 p.m. in the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., in Room A. The Des Plaines chapter is one of a global network of clubs in Toastmasters International through which men and women of every ethnicity, educational level and profession meet to build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. Contact Hap at (847) 635-6351 or email@example.com, or view www.desplainestoastmasters.org.
Park Ridge Toastmasters Club provides its members with a communication and leadership development program and is a member club of Toastmasters International. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays at the First United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave. Call Cruz Bernal-Albano at (847) 702-5044 or visit www.parkridgetoastmasters.com.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7712 meet every second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Post on Caldwell Avenue (next to Tam Tennis in Niles on Howard Street). The post is open also from 7 p.m. until closing Fridays. All veterans from Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan Korea, World War II are welcome. Contact Bernard Beverley, (847) 966-5479, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Polish Women’s Alliance has a reorganized research library and reading room at 6643 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, second floor. Many books, both in Polish and English, are available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For a list of catalogued books go to www.pwaa.org and click on the library button. Contact Vice President Sharon Zago, at (847) 384-1208, or Treasurer Barbara Miller, at (847) 384-1206.
Des Plaines Geology Society meets at 8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Des Plaines Leisure Center, 2222 Birch St., Des Plaines (north of Touhy Avenue, between River and Mannheim roads).
The Ladies Philoptochos Society of the St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N. Caldwell Ave. in Niles, will hold their Spring Bake Sale from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 3 and 4 in the Community Center. The Bake Shop features sweet tsoureki bread and koulourakia. Also, for the Pascha celebration there will be lambathes, dyed red eggs sold by the dozen, and Easter gift baskets. The famous home-made Greek pastries, such as baklava, diples, kataifi, galaktoboureko, kourambiethes and melomakarouna will also be available for holiday entertaining. A Lenten Lunch will be served both days and shoppers can stop in the Coffee Shop to sit and enjoy a pastry and coffee. There is no admission and plenty of free parking. Call ahead to place a pastry order for pick-up; (847) 647-8880.
MaineStay’s EARN (Encourage Adolescent Responsibility Now) program helps link Maine Township residents who need help and willing young people between the ages of 12 and 19 who are looking for work to earn some money. (Seasonal work may include spring cleaning, yard clean-up, window washing, or getting the garden ready for planting. MaineStay also helps makes connections for other jobs such as a late-season snowfall that might still be on the horizon or year-round jobs such as childcare.) Negotiating the cost for the services is up to the resident and the young person who takes on the job. If interested in registering as a resident who needs services or as young person who wants work, call Gloria Stepek at (847) 297-2510, Ext. 283, or visit www.mainetownship.com.
As of Jan. 1, Park Ridge residents are no longer able to place any of the following electronic items in refuse or recycling bins for disposal: televisions, monitors, printers, computers (including tablet computers), electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, electronic mice, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, and digital video disc recorders. According to the city, ARC Disposal will not collect these items. Electronics can, however, be dropped off at the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County’s Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road, from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Other options are included on SWANCC’s website, www.swancc.org.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, information: (847) 967-4800, reservations: (847) 967-4889, www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Reservations required for programs. Museum admission prices: General Admission, $12; seniors (65+), $8; students (ages 12-22), $8; children (ages 5-11), $6. 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 5, 6:30-8 p.m.: David Scheffer provides an insider’s account of the formation of the war crimes tribunals following atrocities in the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia. Free with museum admission; reservations recommended. 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 Northwest Choral Society presents three concerts each season; a summary of the repertoire for 2011-12 follows: March 31, 2012: The Spring Concert under the title “Songs and Psalms,” and held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Prospect. Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” will be the centerpiece for this musical exploration of several Psalm settings. June 9 and 10: “Celebrate Shout!!!” with songs from the golden age of Motown, Jersey Boys and R&B selections. Locations will be announced at a later date. Single concert tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. To order tickets, call (224) 585-9127 or visit www.nwchoralsociety.org. Alan Wellman is artistic director.
St. Paul of the Cross Catechesis is seeking video and photographs for a centennial movie project celebrating the parish’s 100 years in Park Ridge. Organizers are looking for photos or home movies of activities filmed at St. Paul. To make a submission, e-mail email@example.com or stop by the Catechesis Office, 215 Ridge Terrace in Park Ridge. Any DVDs dropped off or mailed to the office will not be returned. Call (847) 692-2758 or visit www.spc-catechesis.net.
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; 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. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Additional drop-off sites are posted at swancc.org/recycling/batteryrecycling.html.
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 Park Ridge Historical Society is located at Solomon Cottage, 721 N. Prospect Ave., on the grounds of the Park Ridge Youth Campus. See www.pennyville.org.
Center of Concern
The Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge, (847) 823-0453, www.centerofconcern.org, calendar of events includes:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays — Income tax preparation, by appointment.
Saturday, March 31 — Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, 10 a.m. to noon (no appointment needed).
Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 – Employment counseling, by appointment.
Monday, April 9 – Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, 10 a.m.
Tuesdays – April 3 and 17 – Medicare counseling, by appointment (sponsored by the federally funded Senior Health Insurance Program).
Wednesdays, April 4 and 18 – Grief and loss support group (call first).
Saturdays, April 7 and 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.
Park Ridge residents facing financial difficulties can receive support for housing costs, groceries, gasoline, and public transportation at the Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge. For a complete overview of the center’s programs, visit www.centerofconcern.org
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 long-time occupant homeowner property tax exemption.
St. Cyprian’s Food Panty needs items such as stuffing, gravy mixes, canned yams, mashed potato mixes, cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin, corn and pumpkin bread mix, canned hams and olives. Always in need are canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups and chili, rice and beans, pasta and canned pasta sauce, coffee, tea and breakfast cereal.
Under the leadership of Christian Care & Fellowship, St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 5650 N. Canfield, Norwood Park, collects food to be taken to St. Cyprian’s Food Pantry. Donations are welcome. The pantry’s needs change monthly. Call (708) 867-5044, or visit www.stpaulcanfield.org.
Corks for a Cure, a benefit for the American Brain Tumor Association, will take place from 7-10 p.m. May 4 at the Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect Ave. WineStyles of Park Ridge will provide five stations of wine samples which can be paired with appetizers. There will also be a silent auction, a wine mystery bag purchase and more, with net proceeds benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association. Tickets are $50 per person and be ordered online at www.BigBuzzIdeaGroup.com/events or by calling (847) 677-8273. Corks for a Cure is held in memory of Chris Diez, choir director at St. Paul of the Cross Church, who died in January, 2009, after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most aggressive form of malignant primary brain tumor.
The Twentieth Century Club of Park Ridge will host its annual benefit, “A Century of Service 1912-2012” at 11 a.m. April 25 at the Park Ridge Country Club. Luncheon will be followed by a special musicale by Diane Lewis, singer, songwriter and pianist. Lewis, who currently performs at the Geneva Inn at Lake Geneva, Wis., has prepared a program honoring the club’s Centennial Year. She will accompany herself on the grand piano as she sings the top songs spanning the past 100 years. A Grand Prize Raffle along with the Promenade Raffle Walk will raise funds for the Park Ridge Fine Arts Society and Rainbow Hospice. For reservations, call Diana Evanson at (847) 825-5907. To celebrate this centennial event, under the leadership of Mary Schaeffer, planned projects include yard signs that members will display, street light banners that will be posted throughout Park Ridge, and a display at the Park Ridge Public Library during April that will cover the club’s history and current activities and philanthropic projects.
The Stand Up for Epilepsy fundraiser will take place March 30 at the Snuggery in Edison Park, 6733 N. Olmsted Ave., Chicago. The evening of stand-up comedy will feature Patti Vasquez, Pat McGann and Pat Tomasulo. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at epilepsychicago.org. Proceeds will benefit the many programs and services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is hosting its annual Friends of the Poor benefit from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 15 at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, 100 Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. Cost is $75 per person and will include a champagne brunch, silent auction, pick a prize, 50/50 raffle, the Big Raffle, and entertainment from “Padres on Parade,” a group of talented and gifted pastors from parishes within the Archdiocese. Funds raised at the Friends of the Poor benefit stay in the local community to assist the programs and services. To attend, contact Frieda Bertello at (312) 655-7181 or Frieda@svdpchicago.org, or Elvia Rojas, (312) 655-7182. To learn more about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago or to donate, visit www.svdpchicago.org.
Like New Auto Spa, Inc., 1050 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, has introduced a special fundraising 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.
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 3: Managing Childhood Illness: When Should I Call the Doctor? Dr. Frank Belmonte, pediatrician and medical director of Healthy Steps for Young Children Initiative; April 10: Boot Camp for New Parents, Dr. Joanna Lewis, pediatrician; April 17: ADHD, Dr. James Weedon, developmental and behavioral pediatrician; April 24: Food Allergies, Dr. Mark Miller, pediatric allergist.
The Park Ridge Health Care Forum will host monthly presentations and discussions on the first Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave. The Health Care Forum is a collaborative group of health and wellness professionals and community partners working to bring health education to the community. Topics will address a variety of health issues related to cardiology, prescription drugs, depression, Medicare scams, new Medicaid changes, health screenings, how to prepare for your next doctor’s appointment, brain health, and ideas on how to navigate through the health care process. Refreshments will be served. Attendance is free. Contact Susan Scatchell from A-Abiding Care at (847) 698-1400.
Senior Advocate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers free blood-pressure screenings each month. Screenings will be from 10 a.m.-noon 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 Loyola Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, 1030 W. Higgins Road, offers a comprehensive set of vascular screening tests that could help prevent strokes and other serious cardiovascular conditions. The Loyola LiveSmart Vascular Screening includes a carotid artery disease screening, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, an ankle-brachial index screening for peripheral arterial disease and an EKG for atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat). The cost is $130 and requires no referrals. To schedule a screening call (888) 584-7888.
The City of Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission announces its second annual poster contest focusing on local landmarks. The contest is open to all third-grade students who live in Park Ridge or attend Park Ridge schools. Complete contest rules are posted in Children’s Services at the Park Ridge Public Library, and will be posted on the city’s website, www.parkridge.us. Rules and entry forms have also been distributed to all elementary schools in Park Ridge. Posters should depict a building or structure in Park Ridge that is important to the student. Entries are due by April 30; drop-off site is City Hall, second floor. Winning entries, which will be announced in June, will be displayed in prominent locations in Park Ridge throughout the month. Winners and their families will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at the City Council’s meeting May 21. Contact Jon Branham, City of Park Ridge Planner, (847) 318-5291, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Resurrection College Prep High School Alumnae Association presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9-11:30 a.m. March 31. All are welcome to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny, enjoy entertainment by Resurrection students and make Easter arts and crafts. Each child will have the opportunity to take a photo with the Easter Bunny and receive a special gift. Tickets are $10 per child and $5 per adult and are required in advance. Tickets are available at www.reshs.org or by calling (773) 775-6616, Ext. 127 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Resurrection College Prep High School for girls is located at 7500 W. Talcott Ave. in Chicago.
The St. Paul of the Cross Children’s Choir is accepting new singers. Rehearsals are held on Monday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. Children in third-eighth grades are welcome to sing with the choir, and no audition is necessary. The choir serves the parish of St. Paul of the Cross, and sings at one weekend liturgy each month. For more information or to register, contact the director, Ed Eicker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 825-7605.
The Park Ridge Public Library is at 20 S. Prospect Ave., (847) 825-3123, www.parkridgelibrary.org. Registration is required for programs unless otherwise noted.
On April 14 at 7 p.m., the Park Ridge Public Library Board of Trustees will host its annual after hours event, “Crime and the Courtroom,” a first-hand look at some of the most notorious criminal trials in recent Illinois history. Featured speakers include Sam L. Amirante and Danny Broderick, co-authors of Defending a Monster, an account of the trial of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Amirante, a former Park Ridge resident and retired judge, served as Gacy’s lawyer; Broderick is a criminal defense attorney. A second presentation by Chicago Tribune reporter and author Jeff Coen takes a close look at Mob violence in Chicago. Coen, who has covered some of the most high-profile trails in recent history, is the author of Family Secrets, about the 2007 trial of the Chicago Outfit, as well as an upcoming book that covers the legal saga of former governor Rod Blagojevich. Books will be available for purchase and may be signed by the authors. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served at this event, restricted to those 21 and older. Tickets for Crime and the Courtroom are now on sale at the library at $75 and may be purchased at the Circulation Desk in the lobby or online at www.parkridgelibrary.org; call (847) 720-3200.
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin will be discussed at 7 p.m. April 11.
Mary Allen, Recycling and Education director for the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, will tell how each person can reduce their carbon footprint through waste, energy and water reduction efforts at 7 p.m. April 3.
Hardware Jewelry – Collect nuts, bolts, and old computer parts and turn them into fun new jewelry from 7-8 p.m. April 2.
An exploration of what begins once our trash hits the can will be discussed from the book Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte. at 10 a.m. April 6.
Computer classes – Microsoft Excel 2007 Basics will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. on April 7 and May 19.
Recycled Craftapalooza takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. April 16. Craft supplies will be available as favorite craft programs are recreated.
The feature film, “J. Edgar” (R), will be screened at 2 and 7 p.m. April 10.
Readers and Leaders for ages 3 to 6 with an adult will be held from 2-2:45 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4 to 25. This reading readiness program uses hands-on activities to promote early literacy and cognitive development in young children. Make an effort to attend all four sessions.
Toddler Science for ages 18-months to age 3 will run from 9:30-10 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. April 6. A science project geared for the youngest learners is featured.
Little Tykes Playgroup for ages 2 to 4 will be held from 11-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, up to April 26. Drop-in program.
Film historian Matthew C. Hoffman will host the Screen Deco film series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early to see short subjects and original videos on Art Deco in Hollywood cinema. March 29: “Madam Satan” (1930); April 5: “Grand Hotel” (1932); April 12: “Penthouse” (1933); April 19: “The Kiss (1929) and “Female” (1933); April 26: “Wonder Bar” (1934); May 10: “The Black Cat” (1934); May 17: “She” (1934); May 24: “Things to Come” (1936); May 31: “Swing Time” (1936).
The Park Ridge Public Library is sponsoring one-on-one sessions with professional recruiter Sherry Perry every Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. These free sessions are open to all Park Ridge residents and can run from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the feedback sought. Perry has more than 20 years of recruitment experience, including resume development and conducting behavior-based interviews. She specializes in knowing what hiring managers are looking for in resumes and offering individual guidance to job candidates. Attendees will need to bring a copy of their resume and any job postings or descriptions of positions they might be applying for. Reservations are required; call Reference Services at (847) 720-3230.
Young adults are invited to stop in the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. for pizza and a chance to share current favorite books. Registration is required.
The Park Ridge Public Library is now circulating five Nooks, Barnes and Noble’s popular eReader, to Park Ridge cardholders. The Nooks are preloaded with a selection of popular titles, and patrons will also be able to download additional eBooks from the library’s digital collection. The Nooks display in black and white and are wi-fi enabled. Nooks can be checked out for three weeks and are only available to Park Ridge cardholders age 16 and older. Holds may be placed for the Nook through the library’s online catalog. All checkouts and returns of the devices are handled through the second floor Reader Services Desk. Call (847) 720-3280.
Listen to free streaming audio of nearly one-million complete music tracks from the world’s best classical, jazz, and folk/world music labels with the library’s Music Online package. Create playlists and listen on your computer, or download selections to a mobile device. Park Ridge Public Library card holders can access the collection from anywhere using their library card number. The site offers mobile access for all Android and iPhone devices, including the iPod Touch and iPad. Users can create and save playlists by creating a free account through the site, access playlists that other users have created, and save music for future listening. In addition to audio recordings, the site offers video performances, scores, and other music-related materials. Visit www.parkridgelibrary.org and go to Music, Movies & More. Call the Reader Services Desk at (847) 720-3280.
Volunteers and organizations looking for opportunities can now look on the Park Ridge Community Network, a website managed by the Park Ridge Public Library. Information on nearly a dozen organizations has already been posted, including Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Have Dreams, Rainbow Hospice, and The Harbour. Potential volunteers can follow links to the organizations’ websites for specific details on how to participate in the volunteer programs. The library wants to expand this service and encourages all local organizations to submit information regarding opportunities available to volunteers. Find the link at www.parkridgelibrary.org or through the city website. Contact the library’s Business Office at (847) 720-3207, or send an e-mail to Ed Tidd at email@example.com.
Residents can now check out passes to local museums by stopping by the Children’s Services Desk and showing their library cards. Only four passes are available each week and only one can be checked out per person. Passes are good for seven days from the date stamped on the front. They are for one-time use and are not transferable. Admission offers may vary by museum; some may allow two or more people per pass, while others may allow a carload. Patrons may see a list of participating museums and their guidelines by going to www.museumadventure.org. Please note that no Chicago museums are a part of this promotion. Call Children’s Services at (847) 825-4527.
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.-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. Volunteer drivers can choose how much time they wish to devote. Requirements include a current driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. FISH carries supplemental liability insurance as an umbrella policy for its drivers. The program requires that 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 for FISH, 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.
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Opening day at the Oakton Driving Range and Batting Cages, 2800 Oakton St., begins March 31. There will be food and raffles, including Wolves tickets for April 14, and specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oakton Driving Range — $10, bushel of balls and from noon to 1:p.m.; join in a Ball Striking Seminar. Oakton Batting Cages — All You Can Hit Special, 15 minutes for only $5.
Flashlight Egg Hunt & Pizza Bash for ages 7-15 takes place from 7-9:15 p.m. April 5. Join the Park Ridge Park District for some fun in the dark. Hundreds of eggs filled with candy will be hidden outdoors behind Maine Park, 2701 Sibley St. Find the Golden Egg to win the grand prize; an IPOD Nano. Find other specialized eggs and win gift cards and other prizes. Bring a flashlight and bag or basket to collect eggs. Preregistration is advised. Age groups are: 7-8 years; 9-11 years, 12-15 years. Enjoy pizza and drinks before the hunt. Sign up for Class 24399. The fee is $7 for residents and $14, nonresidents.
All ages are invited to the Park Ridge Community Center Indoor Pool, 1515 W. Touhy Ave., for the Egg Dip from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6. Plastic eggs will be floating in the pool for kids to collect. Kids will be divided into age groups to search for eggs in the Leisure Pool. Make sure to bring something waterproof to carry eggs home. Children 12 months and older must be registered to participate. Register for Class 24460. Fee is $6, resident; $12, nonresident.
Hop on over to Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W. Sibley St., for a catered brunch with Bunny from 10-11:30 a.m. April 7. Bring a basket because after breakfast, there will be an egg hunt. Preregistration is required. Registration deadline is April 5. Sign up for Class 23869. The fee is $17, resident; $29, nonresident.
The Park Ridge Park District will be selling discounted Summer 2012 Pool Passes to residents beginning April 2. Passes start at $77 for an individual. Nonresidents can also buy 2012 pool passes beginning April 2. Pool passes may be purchased at Maine Park Leisure Center, Oakton Ice Arena and the Community Center. Call (847) 692-5127 or visit www.prparks.org.
Visit one of the Golf Maine Park District offices located at Feldman Recreation Center, 8800 Kathy Lane (one block south of Golf Road on Western Avenue), in Niles or at Dee Park, at the corner of Dee and Emerson Roads, Des Plaines, or call (847) 297-3000.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Egg Hunt will take place on April 7 at 10 a.m. at Dee Park.
Cricket Classes & Clinics begin in April at Dee Park. Learn the basic fundamentals of this very popular sport. Children ages 7-17.
Cricket Classes and Clinics begin in April at Dee Park. Learn the basic fundamentals of this very popular sport; children ages 7-17.
L’il Shooters Youth Soccer. Learn basic soccer skills including footwork, dribbling and passing. Ages 5-8 years old. Next session April 10 to May 15 at Dee Park.
The Painting Studio meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays or 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Feldman.
Over the Rainbow — Young children will 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 Apollo or Stevenson schools in District 63. Call for details.
Zumba is the Latin-inspired workout to get in shape. Ongoing classes 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.
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.
Preschool – There are still spots available for second-semester preschool (for 4-year-olds). Offered are morning (5 days per week) and afternoon classes (Mondays through Thursdays). All classes are at Dee Park.
Tae Kwon Do, a popular martial arts classes for children (ages 7-15) and adults, is offered 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 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, shredded paper (bagged); no cardboard or phone books. All money raised goes directly to fund scholarship program. Call (847) 297-3000 or visit www.paperretriever.com/.
The Golf Maine Park District offers a selection of ENERGY STAR qualified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs for sale to the general public from a Lights for Learning kiosk. Proceeds from sale of bulbs goes directly to fund the scholarship program. The scholarship program allows children the opportunity to attend camp when they may not have the resources to do so on their own. Kiosk houses the Lights for Learning teacher tool kits, designed for educators and organization leaders. ENERGY STAR Activity Books for children as well as ENERGY STAR home energy conservation and electronics information available. A recycling bin for used CFLs available. CFLs purchased at Feldman Park, 8800 Kathy Lane, Niles 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call (847) 297-3000.
Visit one of the Golf Maine Park District offices located at Feldman Recreation Center, 8800 Kathy Lane (one block south of Golf Road on Western Avenue), in Niles or at Dee Park, at the corner of Dee and Emerson Roads, Des Plaines, or call (847) 297-3000.
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation offers people with physical and mental challenges, behavior and learning disorders, hearing and visual impairments and emotional disabilities the opportunity to enjoy recreation activities. To receive a seasonal brochure or offer support for people with special needs by volunteering, call (847) 966-5522.
Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave., will begin Holy Week with a Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. April 1. The Junior Choir will perform “Hear the Children Sing Hosanna!” by Ruth Elaine Schram, and the Chancel Choir will perform “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” by Donald Hustad. The 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service on April 5 will feature Communion, scripture and the Chancel Choir singing “In the Upper Room” by Russell Nagy and “Thy Will Be Done” by Craig Courtney, in darkness and tenebrae. All are welcome. The church will celebrate Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. April 8 with brass quartet, organ and Chancel Choir performing “Alleluia! Glorious Word!” by Carolyn Jennings and “Alleluia, Praise the Risen King!” by Lloyd Larson, as well as traditional hymns. Children, preschool through fifth grade, may attend the worship service with their parents or attend an Easter Craft Party. There will be nursery care but no Sunday School classes on Easter Sunday. Children in attendance will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt following the worship service. Call (847) 823-4135.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 306 S. Prospect Ave., is preparing sack lunches for homeless people on Chicago’s West Side immediately following the 10 a.m. service on April 15. Many hands are needed. If interested in donating supplies or helping to deliver from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, contact Dawn Steffen, email@example.com.
“Not Stopping at the Cross” will be the theme of a Good Friday service that will be held at 7 p.m. April 6 at Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road, Des Plaines. A potluck Soup Supper at 6 p.m. will precede the service given by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. The Seven Last Words of Christ will be shared and experienced in this service. A free-will offering will be taken. Call (847) 297-0997 or visit unitynorthwest.org.
Women’s Spirituality meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in the Grauer Lounge of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 306 S. Prospect Ave. Scheduled books include — April 2: “ Devil’s Ink: Blog from the Basement,”by Jeffrey C. Pugh; May 7: “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” by Lionel Shriver; June 4: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” by J.K Rowling. These books are available at the Reader’s Desk on the second floor of the Park Ridge Library. All women are welcome whether they have read the book or not. Contact the Rev. Martha Durham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Bible Study is an interdenominational, non-profit Bible Study for anyone interested in learning more about God’s Word. A CBS class is composed of several essential elements (individual study, small group discussion, weekly lecture/teaching, and fellowship. Offered are adult classes for women, men, couples and teens (boys and girls ages 13-18); as well as children from birth through age 12. The Park Ridge CBS class meets at South Park Church, 1330 S. Courtland Ave., Tuesday mornings from 9:15-11:15 a.m. (concluding May 15, 2012). This year’s 30-week study is on the Gospel of Luke. Registration is required; contact Cindy Engle, email@example.com or (847) 698-2229.
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.
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.
Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave., will host a huge Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 at the church. Among the two large rooms of treasures will be clothes, household items and decor, small appliances, fabrics, toys and sporting goods, books, DVDs and CDs, jewelry, collectibles, and baby items, as well as a “better stuff” department of upscale merchandise, new and gently used. Do not miss the $5 bag sale and half-price sale from 4-6 p.m. Proceeds will go to charity. Free admission and parking. Call (847) 823-4135.
Our Lady of Ransom’s annual Rummage Sale will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 30 in Paluch Hall, 8300 Greenwood Ave., Niles. There will be a variety of items available: clothing, glassware, toys, tools, household items, jewelry, small appliances, exercise equipment, small furniture, lamps, bedding, books and more. There is also a “Treasure Room” that will have items that are new or slightly used. The sale benefits the parish as a whole. A pre-sale will be held from 6-9 p.m. March 29; $3 admission fee. A Bag Sale will be featured from 9 a.m.-noon on March 31 at $3 per bag. Call Ruth at (847) 823-2550.
In July 2012 Boy Scouts Troop 1 will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a celebration dinner. Eagle scouts, current members, alumni and several dignitaries are expected to attend. In conjunction with the dinner, Troop 1 will be participating in several events throughout the community where they plan to display Troop 1 memorabilia through the ages. The troop is looking for pictures, patches, uniforms or other memorabilia from Troop 1 in years past. To have items included in the display, or for information, contact Art Steinke, Troop 1 Historian and Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today, Troop 1 consists of approximately 35 Boy Scouts who meet every Monday night in the basement scout room at United Methodist Church in Park Ridge where they continue the scout traditions.
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. Call (847) 297-2510, or visit www.Mainetownship.com.
Maine Township, in cooperation with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, is collecting used cell phones which will be converted for emergency 911 usage for seniors. Anyone who wishes to donate a phone, may drop them off at Maine Town Hall.
Park Ridge Senior Center
The Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., invites new members to join its program. Call (847) 692-3597. Seniors do not need to be a Park Ridge resident to join.
At 10 a.m. April 12, American Classic Tours and the Senior Center will offer a variety of short term and extended trips. Joe Conroy, president of American Classic Tours Inc., will display the available trips. Trips include Niagara Falls and Toronto, Washington, D.C., Hollywood in Iowa and more. All are welcome.
Sign-up for the next Yoga class is under way. It runs at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, April 10 to May 29. The fee is $40. New students may try the first class free. All levels welcome.
The Center is offering two new senior classes which will be held at the Community Center – Two Seniorcize in the Pool classes, 10:30-11:25 a.m. Mondays, April 2 to June 4, and 10:30-11:25 a.m. Wednesdays, April 4 to June 6. Fees are $50/$77 for the Monday class and $56/$85 for the Wednesday class.
The popular Zumba Gold Tone class is held from 11 a.m. to noon Fridays, April 6 to June 8. This class takes the dance rhythms originated in Zumba to a lower level of intensity for participants who may need modifications with the addition of lightweight toning sticks. The class fee is $50/$77 and will also be held at the Community Center.
A trip to hear the Elgin Symphony Orchestra perform the Magic of Disney music from 70 years of Disney Shows is offered April 22. The trip begins at 11:30 a.m., with return at 6:30 p.m. at a cost of $95. Included will be a brunch before the show. Price includes show ticket, brunch and transportation. Registration deadline is April 1.
“Understanding Estate Planning and Living Trust” will be presented from 7-8 p.m. April 24 for only $6. Find out how to maintain control and privacy of your affairs and avoid court intervention. Learn why America is abandoning wills and probate in favor of the living trust solution.
Discover the artistry of Cake Decorating 101 from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 10 to May 29, with a fee of $86. This new hands-on class is designed for the baker or artist looking to learn and experiment with the basics of confectionery design. Borders, flowers, and text will be among techniques learned and practiced in this course. Students will be expected to provide a basic set of decorating tools. A list will be provided upon registration.
Consider the Park Ridge Senior Center if looking for a place to have a meeting, party or other event. One room can be rented or the entire facility. Call the Center at (825) 692-3597.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. April 11, world traveler Bill Helmuth will present “Modern Israel, Ancient Traditions.” His travelogue will feature Tel Aviv, Haifa, Masada and more. The catered luncheon will feature chicken, roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes and salad for $15.
The center’s Men’s Club invites everyone to its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. April 14. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee; $4.50 for adults, $3 for children. Register in advance to reserve a spot.
The April celebration of spring lunch takes place April 16 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Inglenook will cater the lunch which includes three meats, potato, salad, and dessert. Musician and vocalist, Tom Stansfield, will entertain after the luncheon.
A center favorite, Barbara Rinella, is coming at 12:30 p.m. April 24 to bring books to life with her outstanding portrayals. A catered lunch of Italian beef, mostaccioli, salad and rolls will precede her presentation. Call the center at (847) 692-3597 for cost and availability.
On April 5 from 11 a.m. to noon, a free Health Care Forum takes place. Topics to be addressed include a variety of health issues related to different diseases, prescription drugs, depression Medicare scams, new Medicaid changes, health screenings, how to prepare for your next doctor’s appointment, brain health, and ideas on how to navigate through the health care process. Refreshments will be served.
Learn about the power of your money at a stock and mutual fund investing class from 7-8 p.m. April 17 for a fee of $6. The class will describe the use of relative strength and “point and figure” charts to make investment decisions. The class will be taught by Jim Weaver of Merrill Lynch.
The April Just Lunch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. April 2. April’s lunch will be sloppy joes and coleslaw for $6. After lunch, stay to play cards or visit with friends.
The Center chorus rehearses at 1 p.m. every Friday. All Center members can join. There is no audition and there is a fee of only $5 for a four-week period. The Chorus can also be hired to perform at church groups, schools, business organizations, retirement homes, etc., during its season which runs from September to June.
It’s a “Day at the Races” with the Irish sweepstakes at the center, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 29. Watch actual filmed horse races and place bets to win great prizes. Lunch is included. Cost is $15.
Leo Rizzetto, moderator of the Opera-Arts Discussion Group has announced upcoming presentations starting at noon. Refreshments will be served after the program. April 12: Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in the 1979 stage version starring George Hearn and Angela Landsbury. April 26: Rudolf Friml’s “The Firefly” starring Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones set in the time of the Napoleonic Wars. All are welcome.
Again income-tax assistance is offered at the center on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays up to April 12. This is a free service available to everyone, members and nonmembers alike. To schedule an appointment with an AARP Tax Aide volunteer, call the center at (847) 692-3597.
The “Friendship Square” in front of the main entrance of the center still has spaces available. Anyone can buy a brick to honor someone or in memory of a family member or friend. Bricks are $50 for a 4- by 8-inch brick or $100 for the 8- by 8-inches. Businesses can also buy a brick.
The ceramics class is an ongoing program that meets at 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays. Students work on projects of their choice and level of experience. Class instructions is provided by Mickey Currie. There is a $7 fee per class.
Bowling continues at 1 p.m. Thursdays at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines. Cost is $4.50 for two games or $6.25 for three games. This is not a league so anyone can attend anytime. New or experienced bowlers are welcome.
Exercise classes are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at a cost of $2 a class which helps pay for the weights and stretch bands.
The wood-carving group meet at 9 a.m. Thursdays; the Diet Club at 9:30 a.m. and Humanities at 10:15, also on Thursdays. The table tennis players play at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A large duplicate bridge group meets at 9 a.m. Fridays.
The Gamers gather at 1 p.m. every Friday. Most participants come to play dominos or hand and foot, but some play Rummikube or Scrabble.
The center continues to collect the box tops and labels for education. The list of products is on the table in the entry way of the center. Collecting pop tabs also continues; they are much appreciated by the Ronald McDonald House. They should be deposited in the can in the kitchen that is marked for “Pop Tabs.”
The “Book Worms” book discussion group meets monthly to discuss a book that was distributed and read the month before. They meet at 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the center library. Free.
The center has a lending closet equipped with canes, walkers, shower benches, wheelchairs and more. These items are available on a short-term basis at no charge.
Current Events group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the center library. The group shares their thoughts on what is going on locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Rita Johnson is the group moderator.
A very active group plays table tennis on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 1 p.m.
The following services are available to any area senior, members and nonmembers: From 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday mornings, Social Worker Cynthia Phon is at the center to answer questions, provide resource information or just listen. No appointments are necessary and this service is free of charge. Free notary service is available weekdays by appointment; all that is necessary is proper identification; call the center at (847) 692-3597 to schedule an appointment.
Pinochle Players meet every Saturday afternoon of the month, the second Monday and fourth Thursday at 1 p.m. All are welcome. No partners needed.
Credit cards can now be used for trips, special events, classes and luncheons. However, a credit card cannot be used for any fundraisers or memberships.
Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with the Park Ridge Senior Center, will offer a Rules of the Road review course for all citizens in the Park Ridge area from 9-11 a.m. April 3 in the center, 100 S. Western Ave. Purpose of the course is to help participants pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal examination. It prepares applicants for the general written and road examinations and provides information on the vision screening. The course is free.
Relive the adventures of “Daring Newspaper Reporter Nellie Bly” at the Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit Ave. at 1:30 p.m. March 29. Lynn Rymarz, author and storyteller introduces American pioneer woman journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran whose pen name was Nellie Bly. Bly was notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world and an expose in which she faked insanity to study mental institutions from the inside. There is no charge for this program. Call (847) 825-1161, ext. 129. Light refreshments will be served. Those who attend are eligible for the Summit Guest Rewards Program which offers opportunities to earn rewards and prizes.
The Park Ridge Police Department continues to host a monthly Senior Breakfast at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., in an effort to provide valuable information and offer an opportunity to interact with the seniors. Officers will be on hand each meeting to provide current and relevant information about issues such as home repair scams, changes and updates to laws, crime prevention information, personal security and more. In addition, some meetings will include guest speakers from outside agencies such as the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Refreshments will be served and there is no cost to attend. Contact the department’s Community Strategies Officer at (847) 318-5233.
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, (847) 699-1070.
CJE SeniorLife is now 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 a tour of Robineau, contact Dorothy Levant at (847) 675-8580.
From 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, social worker Cynthia Phon is at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., to help with issues of a personal nature or for resource information or referrals. Appointments not necessary; no charge. Free notary service available weekdays. Call (847) 692-3597 for appointment. These services are available at Park Ridge Senior Center for everyone, member or nonmember, Park Ridge resident or nonresident.
Several Park Ridge businesses are partnering with T-Mobile and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to provide cell phones to senior citizens across Cook County. The Sheriff’s Department’s “Cell Phones for Seniors Program” provides senior citizens with refurbished cell phones they can use to dial 911 in case of an emergency. Ace Hardware Park Ridge, Le Peep Restaurant and the Brickton Art Center are joining T-Mobile in their mission to provide a lifeline for senior citizens in emergency situations. These companies have each placed drop boxes in their businesses to collect used cell phones from their customers and Park Ridge residents. Community residents can stop by any of these convenient locations to drop off their used cell phones to help the environment and help community seniors. For information on how to receive an emergency 911 phone, contact Cook County Sheriff’’s Office (773) 869-7878.
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. Wednesdays, $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 Mondays and 10 a.m. 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. 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. Trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are preparing 2011 tax returns until April 9. Bring your 2010 tax return and 2011 income statements. Call (888) 600-2560 to schedule an appointment. Annette Isaacs presents a glimpse of her native country in “Culinaria Germania: The Delicious Dish on German Food” at 12:30 p.m. March 29. Suggested donation is $10 (includes German sweet treats). A dinner theater program will feature the Norridge Those Were the Days Radio Players at 4:30 p.m. March 30, returning to the golden age of radio programming. Meal cost is $10/discount. Suggested donation for entertainment is $8.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office offers a free Rules of the Road Review course. The class is designed to give drivers, especially seniors and persons with disabilities, the knowledge and confidence needed to renew or obtain a driver’s license. Participants get an explanation of the driving exam and have the opportunity to take a practice written exam. Also, for those who qualify, the course offers information on disability parking placards as well as disability license plates. The Rules of the Road Review courses are offered throughout the state. Visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com or call 1-217-782-8893 or 1-888-261-5238 (TTY, NexTalk).
“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.
A Bullying Support Group begins April 5 for children ages 9-13 who have been bullied at school or elsewhere. Conducted at Park Ridge Psychological Services, 36 Main St., focus will be on empowering children with assertive skills, knowledge of when and how to solve the problem directly and when to notify adults. Group will meet every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. for eight weeks. Contact clinicians Kelly Laporte or Meghann Richko at (847) 692-6692, ext. 4 or 8.
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.
Weight Watchers at Work meets at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 222 S. Prospect Ave. Weigh-in is at 11:15 a.m. followed by a meeting from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. This program will meet every Thursday at a cost of $39.95 per month. Contact Jeanne Robert at (847) 341-1028 or e-mail email@example.com.
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: Hope & Healing: Adult Loss, Thursdays, up to March 29, 6:30–8 p.m.; Drop-in Group, first and third Fridays of each month, 10:30 a.m.-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.
“Polish Grief Support” is an ongoing support group for Polish-speaking bereaved who have lost a loved one any time during the past two years. It meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 1550 Bishop Court, Mount Prospect. Fee is $5 per session; To register call (847) 292-2342.
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 Parlor Room, south portion of main level; use entrance at rear (Grant Place), across from parking lot. No dues or fees required. First names only used at meetings to preserve individual anonymity. This is a nonprofessional and non-religious program. Call (773) 777-4442 or visit www.familiesanonymous.org.
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.
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 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 email@example.com to be added to the e-mail list for meeting announcements.
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.
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. to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The Park Ridge Youth Commission is seeking volunteers to assist in helping neighbors and other members of the community shovel snow this winter. The commission hopes to provide volunteers to residents in the community who cannot shovel their sidewalks and walkways or require some periodic shoveling assistance. Interested volunteers should e-mail Alderman Marty Maloney at email@example.com.
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. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, or 1-8 p.m. 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.
The American Cancer Society is looking for people who wish to serve as a volunteer in the fight against cancer. Volunteers are needed to help provide services to cancer patients, including driving patients who have no transportation to their lifesaving treatment appointments. Volunteers are also needed to help plan fund-raising events such as Relay for Life and educate the public on cancer prevention and early detection. Schedules are flexible and training is provided. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities call the American Cancer Society, (708) 484-8541, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is looking for people to join their volunteer staff. Volunteers are needed to provide service in many areas throughout the hospital. These include: delivering flowers to patient rooms, directing patients and visitors around the hospital, providing wheelchair assistance, assisting customers in the gift and flower shops, delivering newspapers and magazines to patients and giving comfort to families in waiting areas. Call (847) 723-6105, or visit www.advocatehealth.com/luth/about/community/volunteer.