Park Ridge Community Calendar for the week of June 7, 2012
Clark Weber, a well-known Chicago radio personality in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, talks to Park Ridge resident Nat Barnard after Weber’s recent program at The Summit of Uptown. | Photo courtesy of Dick Barton
Updated: July 8, 2012 8:14AM
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City of Park Ridge: The following meetings take place in City Hall, 505 Butler Place, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda, call City Hall at (847) 318-5200:
June 7: Mayor’s Advisory Board, 7:15 p.m.
June 11: Committee-of-the-Whole (Public Works/Public Safety), 7 p.m.
June 12: Human Needs Task Force, 8:30 a.m.; Heritage Committee, 3:45 p.m.; Library Board Committees, 7 p.m., Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave.; Planning & Zoning Commission, 7 p.m.; Public Art Commission, 7 p.m.
June 14: Library Board Committees, 7 p.m., Park Ridge Public Library; Park Ridge Youth Commission, 7 p.m.
Beautification Awards: The city of Park Ridge and the Park Ridge Garden Club are co-sponsoring the Residential Beautification Awards Program. All homeowners in Park Ridge are eligible and encouraged to apply for this award, which gives special recognition to those homeowners who have worked to make their homes, landscaping, and outdoor lighting among the most attractive in the city. Winners will receive certificates of recognition from the Park Ridge Garden Club, lawn signs recognizing their achievement from the city, and gift certificates from members of the Chamber of Commerce valid at local businesses. Judging is done on the street view of the property only. Properties will be judged by an independent, non-biased committee from the Garden Clubs of Illinois. Applications are available in City Hall, the Park Ridge Library, Senior Center and Park District office on Sibley. Photos are not required. Deadline to submit application is July 6, with photos taken the week of July 8 by the Garden Club committee. Previous winners are not eligible. Winners will be notified by the end of August/early September and awards will be presented at a City Council meeting.
Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce: 720 Garden St., (847) 825-3121; www.parkridgechamber.org; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org: June 7, 11 a.m.-noon: Park Ridge Chamber Health Care Forum Program, Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave. Dan Kuhn, Rainbow Hospice, will discuss “Making Sense of Memory Loss” with respect to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. June 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Monthly Luncheon joint meeting with Rotary Club at the Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit Ave. Rotarian speaker, Luanne Triolo Newman, will present a program on Accelerated Networking. Chamber members $25; prospective members/walk-ins $30. June 14, 8:45-10:15 a.m.: Tech Forum, 720 Garden St., moderated by Ben Wilson, co-founder Falkor Group. June 19, 9 a.m.-noon: SCORE Business Counseling appointments, 720 Garden St., register for these free, one-hour sessions with a SCORE Business counselor; contact the Chamber. June 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m.: Multi Chamber event – Chicago Bandits Women’s Pro Fastpitch, ballpark in Rosemont, 27 Jennie Finch Way. Registration deadline June 8. Tickets include food and beverage, $20. June 21, 8-9:30 a.m.: SCORE workshop speaker Mark Goodman, “Marketing and Selling: Gaining a Competitive Edge,” 720 Garden St. June 21, 5-7 p.m.: Business After Hours, Presence Center for Health in Park Ridge, 205 S. Northwest Highway, network in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, take tours, enjoy refreshments.
Retail Committee: 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.
Republican Women-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.
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.
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.
Read and W(h)ine: Summer book club at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church resumes with discussion of Lynne McTaggart’s book, The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, at 7 p.m. June 26. Participants will gather in the Grauer Lounge or the courtyard, 306 S. Prospect Ave., depending on the weather. Bring beverage and/or some nibbles to share.
Twenty First Star Chapter: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a continental breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 9 at the Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. Junior, new and prospective members will be celebrated. Reservations are required by June 5. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal decent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. Contact Dorothy Wilson at (847) 328-6946.
Park Ridge Garden Club: Will meet at 7 p.m. June 14 in the Community Room of the Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave. In a hands-on workshop, club member Inge Serpe will guide members through the process of creating their own beautiful container garden featuring premium annuals. Members should bring a 12-inch container with soil mix and a small trowel. Members must reserve in advance so that there will be plants for everyone. A $10 fee will cover the cost of the annuals needed. Guests are welcome to attend the meeting and observe. The Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (Central Region) and Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. (District IX).
The Kiwanis Club of Park Ridge, Morning: Meets at LePeep Restaurant at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays. The club additionally offers a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening meeting once a month at D’Agostino’s on Higgins. The club contributes to the Park Ridge community in a variety of ways, such as putting up the flags in Uptown for all major holidays, as well as distributing flags during the annual Memorial Day Parade, and along with the Park Ridge Noon Kiwanis Club, helping to tidy up streets during the Adopt-A-Highway exercises several times each year. Members are also valued volunteers in the annual Taste of Park Ridge. Contact Dave Iglow at (847) 823-1320 or (708) 822-1028.
Polish National Alliance: Invites Sox Fans to join along with the Polish Roman Catholic Union, Polish Falcons of America and Polish Women’s Alliance for the annual Polish-American Night at U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox vs. the Texas Rangers) on July 3, starting at 7:10 p.m. Tickets for the lower box seats are only $20. Call 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). Complete details for both events may be found at www.pna-znp.org.
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.
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).
Art Fair: Park Ridge Art League’s annual Art in the Park Art Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 and 16 in Hodges Park. The Art League received a $1,500 grant from the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council to support the promotion of the 60th anniversary of this year’s Art in the Park art fair. The purpose of the show is to promote the appreciation and sale of fine art and raise money for a scholarship fund. The fair sponsors a raffle of artwork donated by participating artists. Each year the Art League awards scholarships to graduating art students from Maine East and Maine South High Schools. Contact Tom and Pat Schuler, email@example.com.
Flag Day: The Polish National Alliance will conduct its annual Flag Day ceremony at 11 a.m. June 14 in the front of the PNA Home Office, 6100 N. Cicero Ave. A brief program will mark the occasion, including dignitaries who will speak. A color guard will take part in the ceremony. In case of rain, the program will take place in the PNA cafeteria. The community is invited. The PNA is still collecting old and unused cell phones for the “Cell Phones For Soldiers” program. A collection box for the cell phones is in the lobby of the PNA Home Office building. The program will conclude around July 4. Call (773) 286-0500, Ext. 316, or visit www.pna-znp.org and click on “Events.”
Park Ridge Farmers’ Market: Stop by the Park Ridge Farmers’ Market for locally and organic grown fruits and vegetables, handmade bakery goods, fresh flowers, potted plants and garden herbs. Also, shoppers can pick up some natural cheeses, handmade soaps, local honey and all-natural dog treats — every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 27. The Park Ridge Farmers’ Market is located on Prairie Avenue just south of the Metra Station. New vendors this season are: The Breadman with fresh, handmade healthy breads; All on the Road Catering providing funnel cakes, hot dogs and sandwiches; and Doug’s Specialty Herbs, with fresh cut herbs sold by the bunch. Look for the new “Home Grown Kid’s tent with activities throughout the summer. Visit www.parkridge.us/farmers_market/. For questions, contact Barb Beil at Bbeil@parkridge.us.
Old Things Antique Club: Will host its annual Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 at Hodges Park, 101 S. Courtland Ave. Rain date is June 9.
Giant Yard Sale : The Norwood Park Historical Society will hold its annual Giant Yard Sale/Silent Auction/Flea Market at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark Ave., Chicago, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16. Admission is $2. Donations of “unwanted items” may be left under the canopy by the garage in back of the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House at any time. The historical society does not accept mattresses, clothing, shoes, large appliances, and electronic equipment. If a pick-up of donations is needed, contact Joanne or Shirley at (773) 631-4633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MaineStay: 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.
Park Ridge residents: No longer 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. In honor of those who serve, all active or retired military personnel and their families will receive complimentary Museum admission for the duration of Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War; up to four people will be admitted with a valid ID or VA card. June 10,1:30-3:30 p.m.: Author Leila Levinson talks about her book,Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma. Free with Museum admission.
St. Paul of the Cross Catechesis: 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.
Solid Waste Agency/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.
Rainbow Hospice/Palliative Care Threshold Singers: Any women interested 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: 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:
Mondays, June 11, 18, 25: Employment counseling, by appointment.
Monday, June 11: Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, June 19: Medicare counseling, by appointment (sponsored by the federally funded Senior Health Insurance Program).
Wednesdays, June 13, 27: Grief and loss support group (call first).
Saturdays, June 16, 30: Legal counseling, by appointment.
Saturday, June 30: Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, 10 a.m.-noon (no appointment needed).
Center of Concern: Hosts its annual fundraiser Miniature Golf Outing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 13 at Mountain View Adventure Golf in Des Plaines, 510 E. Algonquin Road (west of Wolf Road). The event will include a picnic dinner of barbecued hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, salads, dessert and beverages. Cost is $15 per adult; $8 per child under 12. Rain date is June 14. Register by June 11; call (847) 823-0453.
Homeowners: Those who 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: Those 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: Simple wills and durable powers of attorney for health care and property also 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.
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.
Swedish Pancake Breakfast: The Historic Methodist Campgrounds in Des Plaines, 1900 E. Algonquin Road, is planning its first annual Swedish Pancake Breakfast/Family Day from 9 a.m. to noon June 16. Menu will include Swedish and traditional pancakes, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee. Children will meet a beloved Scandinavian character, Pipi Longstocking, and make a Swedish craft. Cost is $7 for adults; $4 for children; under 2 are free. All proceeds will help to restore and preserve this 151-year-old site.
Man Cave Tool Sale/Car Wash: Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave., will host a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16. Stop by and get your car washed, grab a burger/brat and buy some tools or sporting goods. There will be new tools, vintage tools, hand tools and power tools plus sporting goods — golf clubs, bicycles, basketball hoops. A half-price sale will take place from 2-3 p.m. Call (847) 823-4135. Proceeds will raise funds for the high school youth group summer mission trip to Joplin, Mo., where students and adults will join other churches in an effort to provide relief work for those residents still recovering from last year’s tornado.
Maine Center’s : Annual fundraising Odyssey Cruise will take place June 10. Boarding will begin at 11 a.m., embarking at noon. There will be a two-hour brunch with complimentary champagne toast, raffles and music. Cost is $95 per person ($21 tax deductible). For reservations, call (847) 232-2908. Parking is available at Navy Pier. Maine Center provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
Registration: Open for the first “Father’s Day Kickin’ Grass” 5K Run in Park Ridge. This chip-timed race takes place at 9 a.m. June 17 on the grass around Maine East High School, 2601 W. Dempster St. Cash prizes for top male and female finishers, age-category awards, and T-shirts for all participants are just some of the highlights. Register by June 3. Kick off your father’s day with this healthy new 5K tradition.
Like New Auto Spa, Inc.: The car wash, 1050 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, has 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; a portion of the proceeds specifically benefits the Older Adult Services program of the hospital. Call AiMee Madden, (847) 723-8518; Steve Radakovic at Like New Auto Spa, (847) 823-9274; or visit www.likenewautospa.com.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital: LGH is hosting a weekly Community Healthbeat lecture series. This month’s topic is “Healthy Bones and Joints,” led by orthopedic surgeons. 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. Admission is free, however, registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and mention Class Code 8G52 or visit www.advocateheatlh.com/luth, click on “I need a class or support group” and type in the class code — June 12: “Thriving and Surviving: Life After a Stroke,” Dr. Mary Schmidt, neuropsychologist. June 19: “Physical Rehabilitation After a Stroke,” Dr. Susan Lis, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. June 26: “Opening our Hearts to You: Come Learn about our New Electrophysiology Lab,” Dr. Scott Miller, cardiologist, Dr. Justin Weiner, cardiologist, Dr. Marc Ovadia, pediatric cardiologist.
Park Ridge Health Care Forum: Hosting 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. June 7: Featuring Dan Kuhn from Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care. Kuhn has extensive knowledge and experience with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He will discuss “Making Sense of Memory Loss.” He is directing a three-year project to enhance the care of people with advanced dementia and to create the first “dementia-friendly” hospice organization in the Midwest.
Senior Advocate: 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.
Loyola Center/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.
Vacation Bible School: Children entering 4-year PK to fourth grade in the fall will enjoy a week of religion, songs, projects and games the mornings of June 25 to 29 at St. Paul of the Cross, 320 S. Washington St. Go to www.spc-catechesis.net and follow the VBS link for more information and registration forms or call (847) 692-2758.
Vacation Bible School: South Park Church Family & Children’s Ministry presents “The C-Team Soldiers of Courage.” VBS is open to children who have completed individual grades, kindergarten through sixth grade. Sign up for one of two sessions: Regular VBS, 9:30-11:40 a.m. June 18 through 21; or the new Family VBS, 6:30-8:40 p.m. June 17 through 20. Cost is $20 per child. Registration begins May 15 at the church, 1330 S. Courtland Ave.; or at www.southparkchurch.org. Call (847) 825-5507.
Park Ridge Public Library: 20 S. Prospect Ave., (847) 825-3123, www.parkridgelibrary.org. Registration is required for programs unless otherwise noted.
Summer Reading Clubs: Kickoff is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 8. Very Hungry Readers is for infants up to children entering first grade. Library Cafe is for kids entering second through sixth grades. Reading Family Style! is for the whole family.
Thursday Morning Group: Discussing Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson, 10 a.m. June 14 and 28.
Evening Book Discussion: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 7 p.m. June 13.
Films: “Margin Call” (R) with Kevin Spacey, 7 p.m. June 7. “The Descendants”(R) with George Clooney, 2 and 7 p.m. June 12.
Book Buddies: Be a Big Buddy to a second-grader and spend 30 minutes a week reading books together. Required training session is noon-12:30 p.m. June 15.
Junior Volunteers: Work two hours a week for four weeks. Registration is done via lottery. Visit the Reader Services Desk up to June 8 to complete application. Participants will be notified by June 12. Session One is June 18 to July 14, with orientation 1-2 p.m. June 15. Session two is July 16 to Aug. 10, with orientation 1-2 p.m. July 13.
Children’s Program Assistants: Registration will be completed via lottery for seventh-graders and older. Visit the Reader Services Desk up to June 8 to complete application. Participants will be notified by June 12.
Babysitting Class: Session I is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18 and 19. Learn the skills of babysitting, including childcare, safety and finding clients.
Thursdays on the Road: Spend Thursdays, June 14, 21 and 28, at All on the Road Catering in Park Ridge from 4-5:30 p.m. and receive hands-on training in the kitchen.
Just Desserts: Make favorite desserts from 2-3:30 p.m. June 15. There will be fun treats to take home.
Community Network: For more than 15 years, the Park Ridge Public Library has managed the Park Ridge Community Network, a unique site that serves as a gateway to what is available in the city. This spring, the library updated the site with a fresh look and more user-friendly features, the ultimate go-to site for information on events, organizations, and more.
Park Ridge Public Library: 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: 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.
Park Ridge Public Library: 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.
Volunteers/Organizations: Organizations looking for volunteers can post on the Park Ridge Community Network, a website managed by the Park Ridge Public Library. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents: 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.
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.
Park Ridge Park District: (847) 692-5127, www.prparks.org:
Summer Classes: Registration is under way at online at www.prparks.org or at Park District facilities.
Park Ridge Park District: Registration for Summer Camp programs is still being accepted. A wide array of day camps for children ages 2 to 14 is offered. There is a camp to meet every child’s needs. Register now at Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W. Sibley Ave. Camps begin the week of June 11.
Park Ridge Park District: Discounted Summer 2012 Pool Passes are now being sold to residents. Passes start at $77 for an individual. Nonresidents can also buy 2012 pool passes. 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.
Golf Maine Park District: District offices are 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 Park 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 e-mail email@example.com.
Youth & Adult Tennis Classes: Youth — Totally Tennis for ages 5-10 at Dee Park, June 16 to July 12. Adult — Beginners and Intermediate classes at Dee Park; four-week sessions, June 9 to July 14 and July 21 to Aug. 25.
Community Garage Sale: June 16 at Dee Park, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve a 10-foot by 10-foot spot by June 8.
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 & Clinics: Cricket has begun at Dee Park. Learn the basic fundamentals of this very popular sport. Children ages 7-17.
The Painting Studio: Classes meet 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.
Zumba: A Latin-inspired workout to get in shape has ongoing classes at 7:15 p.m. Mondays or Tuesdays at Feldman (nine weeks).
Ballet & Tap: Classes are offered for 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: Popular martial arts classes for children (ages 7-15) and adults, is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays all year round.
Various rooms/gyms: Rooms are available for rental for parties, meetings or ongoing activities. Call (847) 297-3059.
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/.
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.
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.
The Open Forum: Is being expanded into a weekly forum at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave. A new, radical kind of community learning, material ranges from Biblical to theological, to philosophical. Meeting every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the church will allow the group to focus on one question per class. Questions are submitted anonymously before classes, either to a drop box in the church lounge or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested persons may participate in an online discussion of the current Open Forum question anytime on facebook. Free and open to the public. Call the church office, (847) 823-4135.
Park Ridge Presbyterian: The Rev. Jim McCracken, Senior pastor, has announced that the Bible is the focus of the new church year which began after Easter at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave. Assorted weekly resources, including a short essay introducing the week’s readings, some thought-provoking study questions and a reading guide will be given on Sundays in the worship bulletin and posted on the church website. The website also contains a list of the most popular modern Bible translations and key words to understanding any Bible passage. Study resources will continue to be posted on the website as the readings progress. With the readings, the congregation will be experiencing the Bible in different ways: Regular Sunday worship will reflect the readings for the week, and occasional gatherings and classes will enhance the study among participants. Pastor McCracken invites all who are interested to join at 10 a.m. each Sunday and at the church website, www.parkridgepresby.org/Bible. A commitment of merely 15 minutes per day may lead to transforming personal growth. Call the church office, (847) 823-4135.
St. Paul of the Cross Catechesis: CCD registration for fall 2012-13 classes is under way. Classes are for preschool through eighth grade. There are many class types, times and day options to choose from. Go to www.spc-catechesis.net and click on the Registration link for more information and forms. Call or email with any questions: (847) 692-2758 or email@example.com.
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. All women are welcome. Contact the Rev. Martha Durham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Messiah Lutheran Church: A Christian education hour will be held at 9 a.m. each Sunday, at Messiah, 1605 Vernon Ave., 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.
Austin High School: The class of 1952 is planning a 60-year reunion, “Let’s Celebrate,” on Oct. 6. Email email@example.com or call (847) 255-8659.
Navy and Marine Corps: Shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 will reunite Sept. 12-16 at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, Portland, Ore. Contact Allen R. Hope, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne IN 46815-4505; call (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time; email Hope4391@frontier.com.
Giant Yard Sale: The Norwood Park Historical Society will host a giant yard sale, silent auction, flea market, and used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark Ave., Chicago. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase household items, antiques, jewelry, collectibles, furniture, toys, books, artwork, kitchen items, garden items, bikes, tools, and outdoor items. A silent auction and book sale will take place inside the house. There will also be food for sale. Admission is $2. Those interested in becoming a vendor should call (773) 631-4633 and leave a message for Joanne or Shirley to purchase a site. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Norwood Park Historical Society, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
Boy Scouts Troop 1: Commemorating its 100th anniversary in July 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.
Maine Township MaineStreamers: This 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.
Cell Phones: 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
Park Ridge Senior Center: The 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.
Chicago Cubs game: Leaving the Center at 10:30 a.m. June 14. Lunch is “on-your-own” with the game starting at 1:20 p.m. Seats are in the reserved grandstand. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers.
Food Drive: The Park Ridge Senior Center will hold a food drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 to benefit the Maine Township Food Pantry. Residents of Park Ridge and surrounding communities are encouraged to bring non-perishable items such as canned goods, packages of pasta, toilet paper and paper towels to name a few. The need to replenish the food pantry is greater than ever.
Women’s Club luncheon: Begins at 12:30 p.m. June 13. Bob Burton, Professor Emeritus of Communication at Oakton Community College, will present “The Kennedy Center Honors: A Retrospective.” The event pays tribute to artists whom have made significant contributions to American Culture. Lunch is included at the cost of $17 for members and $19 for nonmembers.
Leo Rizzetto: Moderator of the Opera-Arts Discussion group will present a “Deanna Durbin Festival” in June. Starting promptly at noon June 14, it will be her debut film, “Three Smart Girls.” Then on June 28, Durbin returns in “Three Smart Girls Grow Up,” Refreshments follow after all programs.
Senior Olympics: Registration forms and detailed schedule of events for the Six-County Senior Olympics 2012, which includes Park Ridge and neighboring communities, are available at the center or online at www.ilipra.org. This event, for ages 50 and older, runs from July 9 to 26.
Park Ridge Senior Center: If you are looking for a place to have a meeting, party or other event, one room of the Center can be rented or the entire facility. Call the Center at (825) 692-3597.
Center Chorus: Rehearsals are 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.
“Friendship Square”: 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.
Ceramics class: 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: 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.
Wood-carving Group: Meets 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.
Collections: 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.”
“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.
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.
Table Tennis: Very active group plays on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 1 p.m.
Services: 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.
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.
Active Senior Expo: Will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 20 at White Eagle Banquets, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Attractions include programs on health care, retirement communities, assisted living, financial, insurance, legal, estate planning, home care, travel, consumer products, government and more. The Ron and Sandie Sing & Swing Show will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $2; however free coupons are widely available, also by visiting www.activeseniorexpo.net. Call Silver Star Expositions, (630) 620-6347.
Rules of the Road: This two-day AARP Driver Safety class, hosted by the Norwood Park Senior Center, will be held from 1-5 p.m. June 12 and 14 at the Norwood Park Senior Center, 5801 N. Natoma Ave., Chicago. Sessions are open to persons age 55 or older. 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 the center at (773) 775-6071.
Park Ridge Police Dept: The 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: 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.
Cynthia Phon: A social worker is at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays 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.
Park Ridge Businesses: 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: Mather’s, 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. Feelin’ Groovy: Soprano Heather Braoudakis will sing songs from the 1960s on June 8. Dinner is available at 4:30 p.m., with the show at 5:30 p.m. Meal cost is $10; entertainment fee is $8. Normandy and Brittany: Discussion of World War II battlesites and memorials, 1 p.m. June 11. Also view pictures of Mont St. Michel and Honfleur; donation is $8. Table Centerpieces: Learn how to make summer arrangements, 2 p.m. June 13. Donation is $15 (includes supplies); payment required in advance.
Ill. 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).
Diabetes support groups: “Advocate Medical Group offers support meetings in the Nesset Pavilion, 1775 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Adult Type 1 support meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 13 (Drinking and Diabetes), July 18 (Skin Care Tips for Sun Safety) and Aug. 15 (Diabetes Bingo). Adult Type 2 meets from 6-7 p.m. June 21 (Alcohol), July 16 (Skin Care Tips), Aug. 23 (Diabetes Bingo). To register for any class, call (847) 318-2500.
La Leche League: The 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 June 15. No registration is necessary. Babies are always welcome. Visit llli.org.
Weight Watchers at Work: The group 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.
Polish Grief Support: An ongoing support group for Polish-speaking bereaved who have lost a loved one any time during the past two years 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.
Stroke Club: Lutheran General Hospital’s 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: 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: 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: Northern Chicagoland MOMS Club 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.
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.
National Alliance for Mental Illness: Cook County North Suburban NAMI 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.
Alzheimer’s: A 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.
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.
Stroke Club: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s Stroke Club 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’s monthly daytime group for widowed people grieving the loss of a spouse 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: The 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: This hospice program meets 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: A 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: The hospital 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:
Cancer Support Group: Cancer patients, families and friends meet monthly 7-8:30 p.m. every last Wednesday.
Leukemia & Lymphoma: A 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: A support group for children ages 6 to 13 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer meets every first Wednesday of the month. Registration and parental consent are required.
The Us Too!: A prostate cancer support group meets every second Wednesday of the month.
Teen Cancer: A support Group for teens ages 13 to 18 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer meets every third Wednesday of the month. Registration and parental consent are required.
Multiple Sclerosis: A 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: A 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: A 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: The 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: A weekly meeting for female survivors of sexual abuse takes place 7-8:30 p.m. on 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.
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.
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 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.
Call for Help: 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, 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.
Men’s and Women’s Association: 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.
American Cancer Society: 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 email@example.com.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital: 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.