Park Ridge Community Calendar for the week of Aug. 9, 2012
Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce president of the board Theresa Olson cut the red ribbon on July 28 for the Dick Pond Athletics Store grand opening at 29 S. Prospect Ave. | Contributed photo
Updated: September 10, 2012 6:16AM
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Holiday Craft Fair: St. John Brebeuf’s Catholic Women’s Club will hold its annual Holiday Craft Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in the May Parish Ministry Center, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., Niles. Any crafter wishing to receive an application may call Judi Stephens, (847) 296-6421.
Crafters: Needed for the annual Holiday Fair at Martin Luther Church, 6850 W. Addison St., Chicago, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Table rental fee and sample for raffle are required. Call (773) 777-8821.
Resurrection Fair: Applications are available for crafters who are interested in participating in the Resurrection College Prep High School Arts & Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at 7500 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. See www.reshs.org or contact Carol Marchetti at (773) 775-6616, Ext. 112, or email@example.com.
Bead Society of Greater Chicago: hosts Have an Ethnic Inspiration. Make something using beads to enter the Annual Bead Challenge on Oct. 10. Anything goes — jewelry, sculptural pieces, a bead you made — as long as the piece is an Ethnic Inspiration. There will be a prize for the best non-member entrant. All are welcome to participate or just come to hear the speaker and view the pieces. Shelia Papaioannou, a glass bead artist will speak. She has been included in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 issues of “The Flow” magazine, which highlights Women in Glass. Join them at the VFW Park Ridge Post 3579, 10 W. Higgins, at 7 p.m. Ethnic snacks served. There is a non-member fee of $5. Visit www.bsgc.org.
Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce: 720 Garden St., (847) 825-3121; www.parkridgechamber.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org:
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. 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 concerns or problems in their neighborhoods.
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 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 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 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.
Park Ridge Garden Club: Meets at 7 p.m. 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 (when 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 7:30 p.m. 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).
Northwest Choral Society: The Northwest Choral Society invites interested singers to a “Meet & Greet” from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1095 Thacker St., Des Plaines. The three-concert 2012-13 season will feature the Christmas portion of the “Messiah” in early December, “The German Requiem” by Brahms in April, and a medley of Broadway musicals at an early June concert. The concert season is performed in various venues throughout the suburbs. Visit www.nwchoralsociety.org or call (224) 585-9127.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center: 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; information: (847) 967-4800; reservations: (847) 967-4889, www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Museum admission prices: General Admission, $12; seniors (65+), $8; students (ages 12-22), $8; children (ages 5-11), $6. Reservations required for programs. To Jan. 6, 2013: Special exhibition, “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” a creation of the International Spy Museum, explores this vital question through video, film, interactive displays and artifacts, offering an unprecedented perspective into the stories of espionage, treason, and deception that Americans have contended with since the founding days of the republic. Opening day, July 15, features talk with Anna Slafer, director of exhibitions and programs, International Spy Museum. Free with museum admission. Special Film Screening: “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” a compelling film depicting the effort to build a case against those responsible for the genocide of nearly 200,000 Mayan people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Discussion with filmmaker Peter Kinoy follows the screening taking place from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 12 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. Free; reservations required at (312) 433-3907. Elusive Justice – Candice Bergen narrates this fascinating PBS documentary that reveals a more than six decades-long commitment to apprehending Nazi war criminals and placing them on trial for crimes against humanity, examining those who helped achieve justice as well as those who aided war criminals to escape; 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Free with Museum admission. Reservations recommended.
Polish American Night: The first Polish-American Night with the Chicago Fire vs. the New England Revolution at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, starts 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Price of premiere tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the Polish National Alliance, (800) 621-3723, Ext. 316; Polish Roman Catholic Union, (800) 772-8632, Ext. 2601; Polish Falcons of America, (574) 289-2140); the Polish Women’s Alliance, (888) 522-1898, Ext. 1208, or through Ed Kaczynski, (708) 496-6784. See www.pna-znp.org.
Promises Take Flight: Rainbow Hospice is sponsoring a public art project that features decorated butterfly sculptures throughout Mount Prospect, Park Ridge and Des Plaines. Each butterfly was sponsored by an individual or family, local businesses, organization or other group. Each group designed and decorated the sculptures, which are made of fiberglass and are approximately 3 feet tall. The funds raised by the project will go to benefit Rainbow Hospice’s Good Mourning Program for Children, Teens and Families. The decorated sculptures will be on display through October. For more information about Rainbow Hospice or the Butterfly Program, call (847) 685-9900.
Community Paint-a-Thon: Applications are available for this event to be held Sept. 8. The program provides for the painting of the exterior of a single-family home at no cost to those who qualify. Homes must be owned and occupied by people with limited financial resources and owners must be at least 60 years of age or have a permanent disability that hinders them from doing the work themselves. Call Catholic Charities, (847) 253-5500.
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 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. “Home Grown Kid’s tent has activities throughout the summer. Visit www.parkridge.us/farmers_market/. Contact Barb Beil at Bbeil@parkridge.us.
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.
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 bag 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 may contact Kathy Huber at (847) 685-9900. Practices 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 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 not 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:
• Aug. 13, 20, and 27: Employment counseling, by appointment.
• Aug. 21: Medicare counseling, by appointment (sponsored by the federally funded Senior Health Insurance Program).
• Aug. 22: Grief and loss support group, call first.
• Aug. 11 and 25: Legal counseling, by appointment.
• Aug. 13: Alzheimer’s caregivers support group, 10 a.m.
• Aug. 25: Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, 10 a.m. — Noon (no appointment needed). Preparation of simple wills and durable powers of attorney for health care and property also available by appointment. 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. All services are offered at The Center of Concern offices at 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, in Park Ridge. For services that require an appointment, call (847) 823-0453 Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or Friday 9 a.m. to noon. The Center of Concern also offers friendly visitors for the homebound, programs designed to prevent homelessness, and volunteer opportunities in the office and in the field. Visit www.centerofconcern.org. Call (847) 823-0453 to schedule an appointment for any of the above services.
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.
Township Garage Sale: Maine Township residents can reserve space for the annual Maine Township Community Garage Sale beginning Aug. 13. The date for all others is Aug. 20. The event will be held rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 in the parking lot of Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Residents can reserve space to sell their own treasures, make a donation of cash or merchandise to the sale or come by and shop on the day of the sale. Spaces, which are 8- by 16-feet, are $20 each; table rentals are available for $10. Donated merchandise will be sold by Maine Township staff to help raise funds. Donations of small working electronics, children’s games, children’s furniture and accessories, garden tools and small hand tools are especially needed. Maine Township will not accept donations of clothes, large and/or heavy furniture, firearms, explosives or any type of weapons. Drop-offs will be accepted from Sept. 26 to 29, but not beforehand. Deadline for reserving space is Sept. 14. Proceeds benefit the MaineStay Adventure Camp for disadvantaged youth and the Township’s Emergency Food Pantry. Call Ed Beauvais, (847) 297-2510, Ext. 270, or email email@example.com. Information is also posted at www.mainetownship.com.
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.
Healthy Eating Series: Series continues 6-8 p.m. at Resurrection Medical Center, 7435 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. Aug. 15: Learn about power foods and how they can improve your health at “Power Foods:Reclaim Your Health.” Aug. 22 :Find out the difference between organic and conventional foods, and how organic foods are important to health at “Understanding Organic Foods.” Aug. 29: Learn the difference between food intolerances and food allergies and how they affect health at “Food Intolerance vs. Food Allergies.” Light refreshments will be served at all of the free seminars. Parking is free. Use parking lot B. To register, call (877) 737-4636. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are welcome.
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: The Timely Talk at Norwood Crossing, 6016-20 N. Nina Ave. in Chicago, at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 will deal with Alzheimer’s disease. Fran Hankin, a consultant, educator and writer who was with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter for more than 16 years, will make the presentation. She will cover what Alzheimer’s is and how it differs from normal memory changes. She will also answer questions on how best to understand and interact with someone with Alzheimer’s disease, and touch on areas of research into causes and treatments. Light refreshments will follow the talk. Register by calling (773) 577-5323 or email email@example.com. Parking is available in the lot behind the building (entrance off Avondale Avenue).
Women undergoing cancer treatment: are invited to participate in a free two-hour workshop, Look Good ... Feel Better 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge (847) 723-2210. Classes offer practical tips about make-up and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and guidance for coping with hair loss. A free bag of makeup is also provided for use as a learning tool in the workshop. Contact Linda, American Cancer Society, at (847) 368-1166, option 3 or visit www.cancer.org.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital: is hosting a free skin cancer screening from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 for early detection and prevention of skin cancer. The visual screenings will take place on the first floor of the hospital’s Center for Advanced Care, 1700 Luther Way, Park Ridge. Physicians will perform the screenings, and will give participants their results immediately. The physicians will also recommend follow-up care, if necessary. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call (800) 323-8622 and mention event code “8C03” or visit www.advocatehealth.com/luth click on “I need a class or support group” and type the class code (8C03) in the keyword box. Participants may park for free, with validation, in the parking garage adjacent to the Center for Advanced Care.
Senior Advocate: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers free blood-pressure screenings each month. Screenings are 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). Cost is $130 and requires no referrals. To schedule a screening call (888) 584-7888.
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: 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.
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.
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.
3rd Sunday String Band: 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Enjoy a rousing concert of bluegrass and folk music featuring mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, and more.
Waltzing Australia: 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Astonishing landscapes, strange animals, world-class opera, noted wineries, friendly people, and much more make Australia unique. Cynthia Clampitt, author of Waltzing Australia, shares photographs and tales.
Old Time Radio and the Great American Songbook: 2 p.m. Aug. 21. Those Were the Days host Steve Darnall examines how radio helped give birth to the Great American Songbook. Learn more about some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, including Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.
50 Minute Romeo and Juliet: 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Utilizing only four actors, The Shakespeare Project of Chicago’s version contains many of The Bard’s most famous lines and speeches while retaining much of his saga’s pathos, poetry and passion.
August Feature Films: “The Artist” 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 14 Rated PG-13, 100 min. In 1927 Hollywood, a silent movie star wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Rated R, 127 min. After high-ranking intelligence officer George Smiley is forced out of service, rumors of a Soviet mole hidden within the agency bring him back.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago: offers a free performance of “50-Minute Romeo and Juliet” at The Park Ridge Public Library at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling the Park Ridge Public Library at (847) 825-3123. A discussion with the actors follows performance. www.shakespeareprojectchicago.org.
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 at www.museumadventure.org. No Chicago museums are 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.
Summer Camp: There is still time to sign up for Summer Camps at the Park Ridge Park District. The two-week session camps are a fun way for children ages 2-14 to spend their summer. Try a Specialty Camp — choose from theater, cooking, dance, sports and other special interest. Call (847) 692-5127 or check camp brochure online and register at
Pools Open: The Park Ridge Park District community pools are open for the regular season. Daily fees are $6 per person or purchase a summer pool pass. Family and individual passes are available. 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.
Summer Party at the Park: Aug. 11 at Dee Park; Food, music, games, bounce house and an outdoor movie for the entire family. Activities 6-8 p.m., movie 8:30 p.m.
Preschool: 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays; or 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Must turn 4 by Sept. 1, 2012. At Dee Park.
Kampus Kids/Child Care: Before and after school available for children in grades K-6 at Stevenson, Apollo and Mark Twain Schools.
Youth Fall Soccer: Ages 4 through eighth-grade. Practices are at Dee Park but games are played at Prairie Lakes Park in Des Plaines. Practices begin Aug. 24; games begin Sept. 8.
Zumba: Fun and easy Latin inspired workout. Ongoing classes 7:15 p.m. Mondays or Tuesdays at Feldman.
Ballet & Tap: Ages 3 years to adult ongoing classes year round. Dee and Feldman Parks.
Tae Kwon Do: Popular martial arts classes for children (ages 7-15) and adults offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays all year round.
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.
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 to 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.
Read and W(H) ine About It: Discuss Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (featured in the I Am documentary) at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 306 S. Prospect Ave. (847) 823-4226.
Community Bible Study: The Park Ridge CBS class meets at South Park Church, 1330 S. Courtland Ave., from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays beginning early September (concluding mid-May). This year’s 30-week study is an in-depth study of the book of Revelation. CBS is an interdenominational non-profit Bible Study for anyone interested in learning more about God’s Word. 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. Registration is required; contact Cindy Engle to register at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 698-2229.
Sack Lunches: Join St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 306 S. Prospect Ave., in making sack lunches to feed 100 hungry people following the 10 a.m. service Aug. 26. Anyone who would like to help by donating supplies or in delivery may contact email@example.com.
Ordination of Rector: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 306 S. Prospect Ave., will hold ordination services for Assistant Rector Ed Bird at 4 p.m. Aug. 25. A reception will follow in Grauer Lounge. Nursery care will be provided from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Members who would like to sing in the Y’all Come Ordination Choir are asked to be at the church for rehearsal at 2 p.m. Call the parish office, (847) 823-4226.
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 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; 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 current church year 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. 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 experience the Bible in different ways: Regular Sunday worship reflect the readings for the week, and occasional gatherings and classes will enhance the study among participants. 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 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 from which to choose. Visit www.spc-catechesis.net and click on Registration link for information and forms. Call or email (847) 692-2758 or email@example.com.
Women’s Spirituality: Meets 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 welcome. Contact Rev. Martha Durham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Messiah Lutheran Church: A Christian education hour is 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 available during worship. Call (847) 823-6984.
Proviso East High School: The Class of 1972 holds a 40th class reunion, “Endless Summer Event,” Aug. 18 at the Drury Lane in Oak Brook. Visit www.provisoeast72.org or call Chris at (708) 848-4867.
Taft High School: The June 1961 Class holds a 50 + 1 reunion Sept. 21 to 23. Events are held in Chicago and Arlington Heights. Email Taftjun61alums@aol.com; write to Taft 1961 Reunion, P.O. Box 369, Park Ridge IL 60068; or call John, (312) 208-2582.
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.
Boy Scouts Troop 1: Commemorate 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 participate 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.
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.
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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.
Opera Arts: Starting promptly at noon Aug. 9 with “Music Makes the World Go Around” featuring opera solos and duets. Featured: Michelle Bogges, coloratura soprano from DePaul University; Claire Reibel, mezzo-soprano, Illinois State University; and Anna Wegener, pianist, Illinois Wesleyan University. Following the program lunch and refreshments served.
The date for the Senior Center Bazaar: has been set for Nov. 3 so start saving your treasures. Collection dates will be announced in the September newsletter.
The annual Luau and Pig Roast: takes place at 5 p.m. Aug. 28 for $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Entertainment provided by the Center’s Uketones and the Royal Polynesian Revue. Besides pork, a variety of side dishes are served.
Chills abound when Terry Lynch: presents Edgar Allen Poe at the 12:30 p.m. luncheon Aug. 16. Focus of program is the retelling of Poe’s greatest works which include “The Raven” and “The Tell Tale Heart.” Lunch is Shepherd’s Pie, salad and dessert. $17 for members; $21 for non-members.
The first planning meeting: for the annual Variety show has already taken place. Any member who would like to participate can still do so by calling or stopping at the Center as soon as possible as rehearsals will start soon.
New Memberships: Along with renewal memberships are being accepted at the Park Ridge Senior Center. Yearly membership dues are: single — $45 resident/$63 nonresident; couples — $68 residents/$97 nonresidents. Couples must be living at the same address. Memberships run from July 1 to June 30 of each year. Membership is open year round.
Handi-Crafters: meet at 10 a.m. Fridays. They make many one-of-a-kind items for sale at the annual bazaar including lap robes for the VA Hospitals. Supplies are provided for the bazaar and VA projects, but you may work on your own projects using your own supplies. You can also learn how to knit, crochet, quilt or embroider. Coffee and crafting.
Bocce: Players meet 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the courts just north of the center. Bocce master Ken Hewelt shows interested seniors how to play.
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 1 p.m. every Friday. All center members can join. No auditions but a fee of $5 for a four-week period. Chorus can be hired to perform at church groups, schools, business organizations, retirement homes, etc., during its season which runs 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 may also buy a brick.
Ceramics class: Ongoing program meets 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays and Tuesdays. Students work on projects of their choice and level of experience. Class instructions provided by Mickey Currie. $7 fee per class.
Bowling: Continues at 1 p.m. Thursdays at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines. $4.50 for two games; $6.25 for three games. This is not a league so anyone can attend anytime. New or experienced bowlers welcome.
Exercise classes: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for $2 a class which helps pay for the weights and stretch bands.
Wood-carving Group: Meets 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 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 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.
Relive Dancing Memories: Chicago’s Ballrooms will be the focus of a program by Larry Bergnach at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Summit in Uptown, 10 N. Touhy Ave. The Aragon, Empire Room, Trianon and others will come to life as Bergnach recreates the music, dances and memories of these famous Chicago dance venues. Then come back the next day and see live dance in action at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24 when Alex and Margaret Artega, national competitors, perform ballroom and Latin dances in colorful costumes with exciting choreography. There is no charge and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required by Aug. 20; call (847) 825-1161, Ext. 129. Visit www.summitofuptown.com.
AARP Driver Safety Class: Consider enrolling in the two-day AARP Driver Safety Class, hosted by the Norwood Park Senior Center, 5801 N. Natoma Ave., Chicago. The sessions are open to persons age 55 or older. Classes will be held from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 14 and 16. Completion of the course may qualify participants for a three-year discount on their liability insurance, an aggregate savings that could exceed $100. Cost of the class is $14 per person ($12 per person for AARP members). To register, call (773) 775-6071 or email email@example.com.
Park Ridge Police Department: 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. Some meetings include guest speakers from outside agencies such as the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Refreshments served; no cost to attend. Contact 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. 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 are 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. Line Dancing is offered at 11:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 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. 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, $10 each. Protecting Your Identity: Attorney Philip Hendel will discuss identity theft and ways to prevent it at 1 p.m. Aug. 16. Donation is $3. Clark Weber: Weber will discuss the great Chicago music scene and share stories from his book, Clark Weber’s Rock and Roll Radio: The Fun Years, 1955-75, at 1 p.m. Aug. 20. Donation is $5. Dinner Theatre: Harp performance with Ben Melsky Aug. 24; dinner at 4:30 p.m., show at 5:30. Meal cost is $10/discount; 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).
Diabetes support groups: “Advocate Medical Group offers support meetings in the Nesset Pavilion, 1775 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Adult Type 1 support meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 (Diabetes Bingo). Adult Type 2 meets 6-7 p.m. Aug. 23 (Diabetes Bingo). To register for class, call (847) 318-2500.
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 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Program meets every Thursday at a cost of $39.95 per month. Contact Jeanne Robert at (847) 341-1028 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 3-4:30 p.m. 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. the second Sunday of each month and also 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 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 email@example.com.
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. Nursery cares for children for up to 72 hours while parents concentrate on resolving the problems that are the root cause of the stress. No charges for services. Children are cared for by professionals and skilled childcare volunteers. 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 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; meets 7-8:30 p.m. 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 required. $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. Meets 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Park Ridge Non-Profit Center, 720 Garden St., Park Ridge. $5 per session. Call (847) 692-8884.
Good Mourning Program: 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), 7435 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. 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 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 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. 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 meets 2-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Group provides breast-cancer survivors the opportunity to share information and experiences with other women. Meets at Lutheran General’s Center for Advanced Care, 1700 Luther Lane, Park Ridge, in ground-floor conference room G104. Call (847) 723-8130.
Northwest Suburban Interstitial Cystitis: Painful Bladder Syndrome Support Group of Illinois meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge, Conference Room 1064. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the e-mail list for meeting announcements.
Queen of All Saints: A weekly meeting for female survivors of sexual abuse takes place 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.
Volunteer Drivers: FISH of Park Ridge is experiencing a 40 percent increase in ridership and needs to recruit more volunteer drivers (four hours per month). FISH has been providing free transportation to medical appointments for Maine Township residents. ContactEd Oken, president, (847) 696-0761. Send donations to: FISH of Park Ridge, P.O. Box 86, Park Ridge IL 60068. Fish is a 501-c3 organization; contributions are tax deductible.
Norwood Seniors Network: 6009 N. Nina Ave., Chicago, is seeking volunteers to deliver freshly prepared low-cost meals each weekday to homes in northwest Chicago or nearby suburbs. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of twice a month deliveries, using mapped routes. Each route takes from one to two hours to complete, and deliveries must be completed between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Persons interested in volunteering must have their own vehicle and insurance. Call Kate Roche, director of volunteer services, at (773) 577-5329, email at email@example.com, or visit www.norvolution.org.
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. Flexible hours. 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 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 needed. All proceeds from the Thrift Shoppe help Avenues continue valuable programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Contact 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 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. Call the American Cancer Society, (708) 484-8541, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital: Volunteers 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.