Park Ridge Community Calendar for Jan. 19, 2012
Updated: February 20, 2012 8:29AM
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The city of Park Ridge lists the following meetings which take place in City Hall, 505 Butler Place, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda, call City Hall at (847) 318-5200:
Jan. 19 – Mayor’s Advisory Board, 6 p.m.; Appearance Commission, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 – Committee-of-the-Whole (Finance/Procedures & Regulations), 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 – Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 6 p.m.; Planning & Zoning Commission, 7 p.m.; Public Art Commission, 7 p.m., South Side Fire Station, 901 W. Devon Ave.
Jan. 25 – Police Pension, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Budget Workshop, 7 p.m.; O’Hare Airport Commission, 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 – Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 6 p.m.; Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m.; Community Health Commission, 7:30 p.m.
Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 720 Garden St., (847) 825-3121; www.parkridgechamber.org; e-mail email@example.com:
Jan. 21, 6-10 p.m.: Community Stars and Installation Dinner, 6 p.m. reception with dinner at 7:30 p.m., Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect Ave.; installation of 2012 Board of Directors; presentation of 2011 Community Stars and silent auction; $75 per person. Jan. 27, 8:30-9:45 a.m.: Women in Business Networking Breakfast, Catherine Johns – Building Blocks of Networking: The Handshake; members $10, prospective members $15.
The Retail Committee of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce presents First Fridays, a series of local events to provide an evening of art, music shopping and dining for area residents. Activities are planned for Uptown and South Park area shops and restaurants, most of which are offering specials for each event. Each event takes place on the first Friday of the month. Highlighted merchants include Affresco, All on the Road Catering, Around the World Cigars & Gifts, Brickton Art Center, Jason’s Deli, Like New Auto Spa, OnView, Pickwick Restaurant, Pickwick Theater, Raffia Gifts, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, TeaLula, 2 Sisters Boutique, Vine Street Candles, WineStyles. Other merchants interested in participated should contact Sheila Duda, event chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tentative First Fridays include — Feb. 3: “I heart (love) Park Ridge” Pop Up Market at 116 Main St.; March 2: March Madness Pop Up Market, 116 Main St.; April 6: Spring Fling (flowers and gardening) in stores; May 4: Art and Artists, showcasing Park Ridge artists in stores; June 1: Sounds of Summer, showcasing Park Ridge musicians in stores; July 6: Cruisin’ Park Ridge (classic car show); Aug. 3: Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt in stores; Sept. 7: Dog Days of Summer (local pet shelters and adoption) at stores; Oct. 5: AutumnFest (scarecrow contest in stores); Nov. 2: – “Remember in November”: food drive for food pantry; Dec. 7 – Windows on Parade in stores.
Republican Women of Park Ridge meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at South Park Recreation Center, 833 Talcott Road. E-mail RWOPR@ymail.com or go to www.republicanwomenofparkridge.com.
State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, R-65th, maintains her 65th District office at the following address: 1420 Renaissance Drive, Suite 306, Park Ridge, IL 60068. Phone: (847) 297-6533; fax: (847) 297-2978; e-mail: email@example.com; website and E-News sign-up: http://repmulligan.com. The 65th District includes all or portions of Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Mount Prospect, Rosemont, Norridge, Harwood Heights, Niles, Elk Grove Village, and the northwest corner of the 41st Ward of Chicago.
The Maine Township Neighborhood Watch meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the basement of Maine Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. Meetings address issues within the unincorporated area of the township and all residents are invited. Reports from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, North Maine Fire Department, and the township’s Code Enforcement Department are shared, and residents are invited to ask questions and report any concerns or problems in their neighborhood.
The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, offers a variety of classes for the adults in the horticulture, garden design, nature studies and botanical arts by Garden staff and other experts. For information or to register, visit www.chicagobotanic.org/school or call (847) 835-8261.
Edison Park Lutheran Church — North Hall, 6626 N. Oliphant Ave., Chicago, hosts an Opera Appreciation class from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, year round (across the street from the Edison Park Metra Train Station). Listen to arias from famous operas as introduced by Babs Lieberman of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Fee is $20 for eight weeks. Light refreshments. Parking available. Call Diane, (773) 774-6097.
The Park Ridge Garden Club will have its first meeting of the year on the second Thursday of the month, Feb. 9. Meetings are held at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., in the Community Room. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by refreshments and a speaker, Glenn Grosch. He will discuss steps for success in starting plants from seed. All are welcome. The Park Ridge Garden Club is a member of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc., District IX and the National Garden Clubs Inc., Central Region.
The Des Plaines Camera Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Des Plaines Park District’s field house at Arndt Park, 1990 White St. in Des Plaines. Meetings are conducted in a casual atmosphere that include workshops, lectures, demonstrations and inter-club competitions. The club also provides the opportunity to share ideas and techniques with fellow photographers. As a club, members are part of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association and the Photographic Society of America. Visit www.desplainescameraclub.com.
The Park Ridge Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the Community Room of the Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave. All are welcome. The Garden Club is a member of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc., District IX and the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Region.
The Park Ridge Quilting Bee is looking for new members. Quiltbee is a friendly exchange of ideas and problem-solving. Quilters of all abilities are encouraged to come — especially new quilters. The group meets from 7-9 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at a Des Plaines office center, 2720 S. River Road, Room 128. Dues are $1 monthly. Call Nancy Quaiver at (847) 337-4861.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, (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 email@example.com.
The Korean War Veterans Association, Greater Chicago Chapter No. 25, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Montclare-Leyden VFW Post, 6940 W. Diversey Ave. Call Joe Henmueller, (773) 774-9671.
The Polish Women’s Alliance has a reorganized research library and reading room at 6643 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, second floor. Many books, both in Polish and English, are available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For a list of catalogued books go to www.pwaa.org and click on the library button. Contact Vice President Sharon Zago, at (847) 384-1208, or Treasurer Barbara Miller, at (847) 384-1206.
Des Plaines Geology Society meets at 8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Des Plaines Leisure Center, 2222 Birch St., Des Plaines (north of Touhy Avenue, between River and Mannheim roads).
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., features an Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28, sponsored by Faith in Place, an interfaith environmental organization. In addition to shopping, lunch will be available for purchase (soups, breads, beverages, and desserts). A part of the proceeds helps farming families during times of crisis through the Farmer Crisis Fund. Call (847) 825-6659.
As of Jan. 1, Park Ridge residents will no longer be able to place any of the following electronic items in refuse or recycling bins for disposal: televisions, monitors, printers, computers (including tablet computers), electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, electronic mice, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, and digital video disc recorders. According to the city, ARC Disposal will not collect these items. Electronics can, however, be dropped off at the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County’s Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road, from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Other options are included on SWANCC’s website, www.swancc.org.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and its member communities are offering a Holiday Light Recycling Program at no cost to residents. All holiday string lighting and extension cords can be dropped off at various locations throughout northern Cook County. Garland, live greens, wreaths or other non-recyclables are not accepted in this program. SWANCC and the participating communities have partnered with Elgin Recycling Inc. to recycle the lights and cords. The strands are separated and baled and sent to be chopped or shredded and sold as a commodity to foundries and mills in the United States. In Park Ridge, recycling program is in effect from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, up to Jan. 31, at the Park Ridge Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Highway; (847) 318-5240; www.swancc.org.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, (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. — Jan. 26, 6:30-8 p.m.: Special program – Memorialization and Memory in Recognition of the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance. The museum presents two leaders in the field of memorialization, James Young and Cliff Chanin. Young, a professor of English and Judaic Students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, served as a World Trade Center Site Memorial jury member. Chanin, the curator of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Legacy of Absence galleries, is the 9/11 Memorial Museum Education Director. Free with museum admission. Feb. 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Film and discussion - “The World Was Ours,” this documentary celebrates Jewish life in Vilna, referred to as “The Jerusalem of Lithuania,’ prior to World War II. Q&A with filmmaker and native of Vilna, Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren, follows the screening. Fee with Museum admission. Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Exhibition – Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War; through their artifacts, letters, and photographs, the “Greatest Generation” tells the stories of what the war was like for all its participants, and for Jews in particular. Curator Talk with Lou Levine, 1:30 p.m. Free with Museum admission.
The Northwest Choral Society presents three concerts each season; a summary of the repertoire for 2011-12 follows: March 31, 2012: The Spring Concert under the title “Songs and Psalms,” and held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Prospect. Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” will be the centerpiece for this musical exploration of several Psalm settings. June 9 and 10: “Celebrate Shout!!!” with songs from the golden age of Motown, Jersey Boys and R&B selections. Locations will be announced at a later date. Single concert tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. To order tickets, call (224) 585-9127 or visit www.nwchoralsociety.org. Alan Wellman is artistic director.
St. Paul of the Cross Catechesis is seeking video and photographs for a centennial movie project celebrating the parish’s 100 years in Park Ridge. Organizers are looking for photos or home movies of activities filmed at St. Paul. To make a submission, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Catechesis Office, 215 Ridge Terrace in Park Ridge. Any DVDs dropped off or mailed to the office will not be returned. Call (847) 692-2758 or visit www.spc-catechesis.net.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County recently established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable and alkaline batteries, partnered with Interstate Batteries in Skokie to provide recycling at no cost to SWANCC communities. Common household batteries are no longer accepted at Illinois EPA-sponsored household chemical waste events and facilities due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. Batteries accepted in SWANCC’s program: Alkaline: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V; rechargeable: NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer. Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place in an individual self-locking plastic baggie to avoid sparks. Local drop-off sites include: Niles Public Services Department, 6849 Touhy Ave., (847) 588-7900, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; Niles Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Drive, (847) 588-8000, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; Park Ridge Public Works, 400 Busse Highway, (847) 318-5240, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Additional drop-off sites are posted at swancc.org/recycling/batteryrecycling.html.
Any women interested in joining the Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care Threshold Singers can contact Kathy Huber at (847) 685-9900. Practices are held on two Thursdays each month starting at 6:45 p.m. in Park Ridge. Threshold Singers are trained to sing in groups of two and three at the bedside of those who are sick and dying. The songs are generally traditional or simple rounds, chants, lullabies and hymns that can be chosen to respond to musical taste and spiritual direction. Singers go through patient care volunteer training, but there are no auditions; only requirements are a love of music and a desire to serve others.
Avenues Thrift Shoppe offers great prices and specials on gently used clothing for infants, children and adults, shoes, household items, books and small furniture. On Wednesdays, seniors 60 years and older receive 10 percent off all regularly priced items. The main shop is located at 7710 W. Touhy Ave. in Chicago, and the “boutique” shop at 7700 Touhy Ave. features upscale clothing, outerwear, collectibles and finer merchandise. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. Thursdays. Donations are accepted 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays only. Donate only gently used clothing; broken or obsolete electronics cannot be accepted. Purchases help adults with developmental disabilities. Avenues to Independence is a nonprofit organization based at 515 Busse Highway in Park Ridge that offers a variety of programs to enhance an individual’s work, social, and daily living skills. For information on donations or to volunteer, contact Michael Frustini, (773) 631-6230.
The Park Ridge Historical Society is located at Solomon Cottage, 721 N. Prospect Ave., on the grounds of the Park Ridge Youth Campus. See www.pennyville.org.
Center of Concern
The Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge, (847) 823-0453, www.centerofconcern.org, calendar of events includes:
Mondays, Jan. 23 and 30 – Employment counseling, by appointment.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 – Grief and loss support group (call first).
Saturday, Jan. 28 – Legal counseling, by appointment.
Saturday, Jan. 28 – Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, 10 a.m.-noon (no appointment needed).
Homeowners desiring additional income, companionship, or the ability to remain in their homes may wish to consider the Center of Concern’s Shared Housing Program Residents are matched with screened applicants who possess a temperament suitable to shared accommodations.
Park Ridge residents facing financial difficulties can receive support for housing costs, groceries, gasoline, and public transportation at the Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge. For a complete overview of the center’s programs, visit www.centerofconcern.org
Preparation of simple wills and durable powers of attorney for health care and property also is available by appointment. All services are offered at the Center of Concern offices at 1580 N. Northwest Highway, # 310, in Park Ridge. For services that require an appointment, call (847) 823-0453 weekdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (The center is open only until noon on Fridays.) The Center of Concern also offers housing counseling for seniors and others seeking affordable housing, programs designed to prevent homelessness, friendly visitors for the homebound, and volunteer opportunities in the office and in the field. See www.centerofconcern.org.
Center counselors also are available to help eligible residents apply for Illinois Circuit Breaker property tax relief grants and license plate discounts, Illinois Cares Rx (prescription drug assistance), the senior citizen real estate tax exemption and deferral, the senior citizen tax assessment freeze, and the long-time occupant homeowner property tax exemption.
St. Cyprian’s Food Panty needs items such as stuffing, gravy mixes, canned yams, mashed potato mixes, cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin, corn and pumpkin bread mix, canned hams and olives. Always in need are canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups and chili, rice and beans, pasta and canned pasta sauce, coffee, tea and breakfast cereal.
Under the leadership of Christian Care & Fellowship, St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 5650 N. Canfield, Norwood Park, collects food to be taken to St. Cyprian’s Food Pantry. Donations are welcome. The pantry’s needs change monthly. Call (708) 867-5044, or visit www.stpaulcanfield.org.
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos (Friend to the Poor) will host a fundraising dinner dance, “Alzheimer’s...Please...Remember!” Feb. 19 at Fountain Blue Banquets. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will include an evening of dinner, dancing, silent auction and entertainment by Skip Griparis. Call St. John the Baptist at (847) 827-5519.
Persons interested in running the Chicago Marathon can run to help individuals with autism by running for Have Dreams. Official Chicago Marathon registration opens Feb. 1, but interested runners can sign up for the Have Dreams team now. Visit http://havedreams.org/content/upcoming-events/chicago-marathon.
The Park Ridge Community Women’s group is presenting a night of Mardi Gras Masquerade benefiting GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome awareness and educational center. A fun packed evening is planned with music, dancing, fortune-telling, and games from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Snuggery Pub in Edison Park, 6733 N. Olmsted Ave. Event and ticket details can be found at www.prcw.org. Funds raised will be dedicated to the free educational and therapeutic programs offered at GiGi’s Playhouse Hoffman Estates location. Programming at GiGi’s Playhouse ensures development in a variety of necessary skill sets including social, speech and language, and fine and gross motor skills. GiGi’s Playhouse is run predominantly by volunteers and offers programs, resources and support to all individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
Like New Auto Spa, Inc., 1050 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, has introduced a special fundraising program that benefits Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Anyone who visits Like New to have their car washed or detailed, or buys a gift card from the company and also asks for the Lutheran General discount will receive a price cut for the service, with a portion of the proceeds going specifically to benefit the Older Adult Services program of the hospital. Call AiMee Madden, Lutheran General Development Office, (847) 723-8518; Steve Radakovic at Like New Auto Spa, (847) 823-9274; or visit www.likenewautospa.com. The fundraising program is featured on the home page with a link to a more detailed flyer containing the discount and donation matrix. This offer is not valid with an outside wash only, or any other promotion/program.
Senior Advocate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers free blood-pressure screenings each month. Screenings will be from 10 a.m.-noon the first Wednesday of every month at the hospital’s Patient Resource Center, 8820 W. Dempster St., Niles (across from the hospital). No appointment is necessary. Call (847) 723-7277.
The Loyola Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, 1030 W. Higgins Road, offers a comprehensive set of vascular screening tests that could help prevent strokes and other serious cardiovascular conditions. The Loyola LiveSmart Vascular Screening includes a carotid artery disease screening, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, an ankle-brachial index screening for peripheral arterial disease and an EKG for atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat). The cost is $130 and requires no referrals. To schedule a screening call (888) 584-7888.
The St. Paul of the Cross Children’s Choir is accepting new singers. Rehearsals are held on Monday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. Children in third-eighth grades are welcome to sing with the choir, and no audition is necessary. The choir serves the parish of St. Paul of the Cross, and sings at one weekend liturgy each month. For more information or to register, contact the director, Ed Eicker at email@example.com or call (847) 825-7605.
The Park Ridge Public Library is at 20 S. Prospect Ave., (847) 825-3123, www.parkridgelibrary.org. Registration is required for programs unless otherwise noted.
Friends of the Library will sponsor a Children’s Book Sale from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 29. Thousands of gently used children’s books from board books to young adult novels will be featured.
Author Leslie Goddard traces the history of Marshall Field from its beginnings as a dry goods store in 1852 at 7 p.m. Jan. 31.
Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions will discuss the “Art and Life Of Mark Rothko” in the context of post-World War II American art at 7 p.m. Feb. 2.
The never before told story of Henry Ford’s creation of a settlement in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin, will be discussed at 10 a.m. Feb. 5.
Join a free ACT practice exam offered by College Turos, Glenview Learning Center, from noon-4 p.m. Feb. 4. Scores will be provided at the end of the session. Bring a calculator.
The Teen Advisory Board will host a pizza party at 6 p.m. Feb. 6.
The Preschool and Child Enrichment Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 21 at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave. This fair showcases preschools, daycare centers and enrichment programs in the Park Ridge community. Representatives from these organizations will be present to assist attendees in choosing the best setting for their child. Parents can also learn about educational opportunities at museums, dance studios and other enrichment programs. This event is sponsored by the Park Ridge Public Library Children’s Services Department and the Park Ridge Community Women. Contact Liz Fichter, (847) 825-4527, Park Ridge Public Library.
Reading Clubs — Read for a Winning Season, running to Feb. 29 — a Family Reading Club; “Read to Succeed” — Chicago Wolves Reading Club, first through eighth grades; Young Adults Winter Reading program. Stop in at Reader Services to pick up a bingo card and kickoff prize.
The Thursday Morning Book Discussion group will review The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson at 10 a.m. Jan. 26.
Drop in the Children’s Department with your little ones from 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 for Discovery Day. There will be crafts, activities and fun each month as topics of interest for toddlers and preschoolers are discovered.
Little Tykes Playgroup for ages 2 to 4 meets from 11-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 23. Children can play and socialize with other children.
Join college planning expert Joseph Orsolini and learn how the IRS can help families reduce the overall cost of college from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Financial aid is not the only way to make college cost less. The tax code provides a number of opportunities to help families cut the cost of a college education. Learn how to take advantage of these tax breaks before, during, and after college. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend.
Stay warm this winter with a scarf made from a favorite old T-shirt from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 25. Bring your own shirt or use one from the library.
Fourth- to sixth-graders can “Explore: Mythology” from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Jan. 25.
The Park Ridge Public Library is sponsoring one-on-one sessions with professional recruiter Sherry Perry every Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. These free sessions are open to all Park Ridge residents and can run from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the feedback sought. Perry has more than 20 years of recruitment experience, including resume development and conducting behavior-based interviews. She specializes in knowing what hiring managers are looking for in resumes and offering individual guidance to job candidates. Attendees will need to bring a copy of their resume, and any job postings or descriptions of positions they might be applying for. Reservations are required; call Reference Services at (847) 720-3230.
Young adults are invited to stop in the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. for pizza and a chance to share current favorite books. Registration is required.
The Park Ridge Public Library is now circulating five Nooks, Barnes and Noble’s popular eReader, to Park Ridge cardholders. The Nooks are preloaded with a selection of popular titles, and patrons will also be able to download additional eBooks from the library’s digital collection. The Nooks display in black and white and are wi-fi enabled. Nooks can be checked out for three weeks and are only available to Park Ridge cardholders age 16 and older. Holds may be placed for the Nook through the library’s online catalog. All checkouts and returns of the devices are handled through the second floor Reader Services Desk. Call (847) 720-3280.
Listen to free streaming audio of nearly one-million complete music tracks from the world’s best classical, jazz, and folk/world music labels with the library’s Music Online package. Create playlists and listen on your computer, or download selections to a mobile device. Park Ridge Public Library card holders can access the collection from anywhere using their library card number. The site offers mobile access for all Android and iPhone devices, including the iPod Touch and iPad. Users can create and save playlists by creating a free account through the site, access playlists that other users have created, and save music for future listening. In addition to audio recordings, the site offers video performances, scores, and other music-related materials. Visit www.parkridgelibrary.org and go to Music, Movies & More. Call the Reader Services Desk at (847) 720-3280.
Volunteers and organizations looking for opportunities can now look on the Park Ridge Community Network, a website managed by the Park Ridge Public Library. Information on nearly a dozen organizations has already been posted, including Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Have Dreams, Rainbow Hospice, and The Harbour. Potential volunteers can follow links to the organizations’ websites for specific details on how to participate in the volunteer programs. The library wants to expand this service and encourages all local organizations to submit information regarding opportunities available to volunteers. Find the link at www.parkridgelibrary.org or through the city website. Contact the library’s Business Office at (847) 720-3207, or send an e-mail to Ed Tidd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents can now check out passes to local museums by stopping by the Children’s Services Desk and showing their library cards. Only four passes are available each week and only one can be checked out per person. Passes are good for seven days from the date stamped on the front. They are for one-time use and are not transferable. Admission offers may vary by museum; some may allow two or more people per pass, while others may allow a carload. Patrons may see a list of participating museums and their guidelines by going to www.museumadventure.org. Please note that no Chicago museums are a part of this promotion. Call Children’s Services at (847) 825-4527.
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:
Sign up for winter classes at the Park Ridge Park District. Register online at www.prparks.org or in person at Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W. Sibley Ave. Note that not all classes are available online. Preschool, ice skating and hockey require in-person registration.
Purchase a gift card for a friend or family member in any amount at any park district facility, good for most programs or services. These cards are available for purchase at Maine Park Leisure Center, the Community Center, the Senior Center and Oakton Ice Arena.
Boys and girls will learn to love the game of basketball in the Park Ridge Park District’s fun, competitive leagues. The program serves almost 1,000 athletes ages 7 to 18. Sign up now; registration deadlines differ for each age group.
Dance Recital Classes — Sign up now for Park Ridge Park District Recital Dance Classes and be part of the show next spring. A large variety of dance classes for all ages at affordable prices are offered. Visit www.prparks.org for a complete listing, or call (847) 692-5127.
The Park Ridge Park District offers a booklet of 10 coupons, good for 10 separate public skating sessions for $50. These coupons are available for purchase at Oakton Sports Complex, 2800 W. Oakton St., and at Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W. Sibley Ave.
Visit one of the Golf Maine Park District offices located at Feldman Recreation Center, 8800 Kathy Lane (one block south of Golf Road on Western Avenue), in Niles or at Dee Park, at the corner of Dee and Emerson Roads, Des Plaines, or call (847) 297-3000.
First- through third-grade Youth Basketball League — Introductory league for young participants to learn the skills of basketball. At Feldman Recreation Center.
Fourth- through sixth-grade basketball league — Games are on Fridays and/or Sundays at Feldman. Registration deadline is Jan. 21.
Family Movie Night — 7-9 p.m. Jan. 20 at Feldman. Free. Soda and popcorn will be sold.
Over the Rainbow — Young children will have fun learning the colors of the rainbow through stories and songs at Dee Park on Fridays, for ages 3-5 years.
Before & After School Child Care — Children attending Mark Twain, Apollo or Stevenson schools in District 63 can sign up for child care. Call for details.
Zumba — Fun and easy Latin-inspired workout to get in shape. Ongoing classes at 7:15 p.m. Mondays or Tuesdays at Feldman (nine weeks).
Ballet & Tap – Ages 3 years to adult. Ongoing classes year round. Dee and Feldman Parks.
Tiny Tots Open Gym – Parents may drop in and supervise their 1-5 year-old any Wednesday or Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m. for a variety of gym games at Dee Park.
Preschool – There are still spots available for second-semester preschool (for 4-year-olds). Offered are morning (5 days per week) and afternoon classes (Mondays through Thursdays). All classes are at Dee Park.
Tae Kwon Do – Popular martial arts classes for children (ages 7-15) and adults offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays all year round.
Various rooms/gyms are available for rental for parties, meetings or ongoing activities. Call (847) 297-3059.
The Golf Maine Park District offers community an opportunity to recycle paper products. A recognizable green-and-yellow container supplied by Abitibi Bowater was dropped off in the Feldman Park lot, 8800 Kathy Lane, near the corner of Western Avenue and Kathy Lane. Products that can be recycled in this container include: Newspapers, magazines, office paper (fax and copy), shopping catalogs, mail and envelopes, catalogs, folders, colored paper, shredded paper (bagged); no cardboard or phone books. All money raised goes directly to fund scholarship program. Call (847) 297-3000 or visit www.paperretriever.com/.
The Golf Maine Park District offers a selection of ENERGY STAR qualified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs for sale to the general public from a Lights for Learning kiosk. Proceeds from sale of bulbs goes directly to fund the scholarship program. The scholarship program allows children the opportunity to attend camp when they may not have the resources to do so on their own. Kiosk houses the Lights for Learning teacher tool kits, designed for educators and organization leaders. ENERGY STAR Activity Books for children as well as ENERGY STAR home energy conservation and electronics information available. A recycling bin for used CFLs available. CFLs purchased at Feldman Park, 8800 Kathy Lane, Niles 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call (847) 297-3000.
Visit one of the Golf Maine Park District offices located at Feldman Recreation Center, 8800 Kathy Lane (one block south of Golf Road on Western Avenue), in Niles or at Dee Park, at the corner of Dee and Emerson Roads, Des Plaines, or call (847) 297-3000.
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation offers people with physical and mental challenges, behavior and learning disorders, hearing and visual impairments and emotional disabilities the opportunity to enjoy recreation activities. To receive a seasonal brochure or offer support for people with special needs by volunteering, call (847) 966-5522.
Theology of Park Ridge continues at Our Lady of Hope Church, 9711 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont. Lectures begin at 9:30 a.m., with coffee and rolls served at 9:15 a.m. To enroll for the series, send a check for $35 (payable to Theology of Park Ridge) to Mary Lou Murphy, 5813 N. Nicolet, Chicago IL 60631, or call (773) 774-4421. Single sessions are $10 each. Schedule — Jan. 25: Rabbi Barry Schechter, “Beliefs and Practices of Judaism”; Feb. 8: Hon. Anne M. Burke, Justice, Supreme Court of Illinois, “Discipleship”; Feb. 15: The Rev. John Cusick, director, Young Adult Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago, “A New Religious Agenda: Searching for Faith”; Feb. 29: The Rev. Don Headley, St. Mary of the Woods Church, “Today’s Disciple in Mark and John.” See www.theologyofparkridge.org.
A program to bring healing for those who have been through a divorce continues Mondays from 7-8:45 p.m., having begun Jan., 16 at St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 320 S. Washington St., Kinane Center. This program serves as a guide to overcome some of the most difficult aspects of divorce such as grief, stress, anger, blame, guilt, loneliness and forgiveness. The first two Mondays are “open” without commitment. Contact Tim Landwair, email@example.com, or Michelle Yarbrough, (847) 825-7605.
Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave., announces its winter schedule. The Sunday worship service with chancel choir, organ and occasional bell choir begins at 10 a.m. with fellowship following. Grades Pre-K through fifth meet in the Sunday School classrooms at 10 a.m. and participate in the “Faith Weaver” curriculum. Middle school for grades 6 and 7 meets at 10 a.m. and uses the “Grapple” curriculum. Free nursery care is available every Sunday during worship. The Alpha-Teen middle school youth group meets once a month for fellowship and fun. On the last Sunday of each month, all children participate in the children’s message and attend the 10 a.m. Praise service in the sanctuary with parents. Junior choir for grades kindergarten through 8th meets weekly following Sunday worship service. A new adult Bible study meets every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. The current study is the book, “Unprotected Texts,” by Jennifer Wright Knust. Confirmation classes for eighth-graders have begun and will continue from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays until May 2012 Confirmation. High School students meet at 9 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Starbuck’s on Northwest Highway for “Coffee and Christ.” On the remaining Sundays, the high school classes meet at the church at 9 a.m. A self-defense class for high school students and adults is held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays; call the church office to register. The Wednesday Fellowship will continue with the study of C. S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” at 5:45 p.m. in the church Family Center. Fellowship and a brown bag dinner provided by participants follow at 6:15 p.m. Praise and prayer with music begins at 7:05 p.m. in the Chapel. “Free Friday Family Fun Flicks” continue at 6:30 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. All are welcome. (847) 823-4135 or www.parkridgepresby.org.
Community Bible Study is an interdenominational, non-profit Bible Study for anyone interested in learning more about God’s Word. A CBS class is composed of several essential elements (individual study, small group discussion, weekly lecture/teaching, and fellowship. Offered are adult classes for women, men, couples and teens (boys and girls ages 13-18); as well as children from birth through age 12. The Park Ridge CBS class meets at South Park Church, 1330 S. Courtland Ave., Tuesday mornings from 9:15-11:15 a.m. (concluding May 15, 2012). This year’s 30-week study is on the Gospel of Luke. Registration is required; contact Cindy Engle, firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 698-2229.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave., Park Ridge, holds a Christian education hour at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with worship service at 10:15 a.m. During the hour, Sunday school is in church parsonage; children from preschool-sixth grade welcome. Childcare services are available during worship. Call (847) 823-6984.
The Roosevelt High School Athletic Fund is holding an all-year reunion May 4 in the school cafeteria, 3436 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago. There will be a buffet dinner and musical entertainment. Cost is $60 per person. Call Arnie Kamem, class of 1950, at (847) 432-2773; visit www.roosevelthschicago.org.
In July 2012 Boy Scouts Troop 1 will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a celebration dinner. Eagle scouts, current members, alumni and several dignitaries are expected to attend. In conjunction with the dinner, Troop 1 will be participating in several events throughout the community where they plan to display Troop 1 memorabilia through the ages. The troop is looking for pictures, patches, uniforms or other memorabilia from Troop 1 in years past. To have items included in the display, or for information, contact Art Steinke, Troop 1 Historian and Treasurer, at email@example.com. Today, Troop 1 consists of approximately 35 Boy Scouts who meet every Monday night in the basement scout room at United Methodist Church in Park Ridge where they continue the scout traditions.
The Maine Township MaineStreamers program offers a variety of opportunities for residents 55 and older. Membership includes a free subscription to the MaineStreamers monthly newsletter, which details activities for the upcoming month. Most activities are at Maine Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge, unless otherwise noted. Call (847) 297-2510, or visit www.Mainetownship.com.
Maine Township, in cooperation with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, is collecting used cell phones which will be converted for emergency 911 usage for seniors. Anyone who wishes to donate a phone, may drop them off at Maine Town Hall.
Park Ridge Senior Center
The Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., invites new members to join its program. Call (847) 692-3597. Seniors do not need to be a Park Ridge resident to join.
The Park Ridge Senior Center thanks everyone who contributed items to send to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan: 677 items at 140 pounds. These items have been taken to Marquette Bank for its “Adopt a Soldier” program. They will box and send them overseas.
A Driver Safety course sponsored by AARP is scheduled Jan. 24 and 26. The charge is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members. Upon completion, participants may be entitled to a discount on automobile liability insurance. Pre-register by calling the center.
Blood-pressure and blood-sugar screening takes place from 9-10:15 a.m. Jan. 20. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for this service.
The next Wii Bowling is at 1 p.m. Jan. 25. This is a fun way of bowling without a heavy bowling ball.
Yoga begins its next session at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 19 to March 8. New students may try the first class for free. All levels are welcome. The fee is $40.
The ukulele class will meet again at 2:30 p.m., Thursdays and run to March 1. This class is for those with little or no experience; ukuleles must be provided. There is a fee of $22 for the session.
The ceramics class is an ongoing program that meets at 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays. Students work on projects of their choice and level of experience. Class instructions is provided by Mickey Currie. There is a $7 fee per class.
At 12:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Jenny Riddle will review the books, “Life on the Line” by Grant Achata, “I Totally Meant to Do That,” by Jane Borden, and excerpts of books by Erma Bombeck. A lunch of chicken parmesan with pasta and salad will be served before the review. Cost is $14.
There’s a trip leaving the Center at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 25, headed for the Fireside in Ft. Atkinson, Wis., for “Viva Vegas.” There will be a live band with singers performing music of the Rat Pack, Elvis, Liberace, Bette Midler, Celine Dion and others. The menu includes French onion soup, roast boneless pork loin with stuffing and whipped potatoes. The cost of $95 includes motorcoach transportation, lunch and show.
Leo Rizzetto, moderator of the Opera-Arts Discussion Group has announced upcoming presentations starting at noon. On Jan. 26, it will be George Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers.” This production is from 2004, staged at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy and subtitled in English. On Feb. 9, it will be Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliette.” This opera is based on Shakespeare’s play, portraying the rivalry between Romeo’s House of Montagu and Juliette’s Capulet and its tragic consequences, fully subtitled in English. On Feb. 23, “Maytime” with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, will be presented. There will be refreshments after the program.
The Center chorus, the Choraliers, has completed the first half of its season and will resume rehearsals at 1 p.m. Jan. 20. Center members are invited to come and check the chorus out. There is no audition and if you are not sure if you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass, the director will help you out. The chorus also can be hired to perform at churches, schools, retirement homes, organizations, business groups and more.
Bowling continues at 1 p.m. Thursdays at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines. Cost is $4.50 for two games or $6.25 for three games. This is not a league so anyone can attend anytime. New or experienced bowlers are welcome.
Exercise classes are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at a cost of $2 a class which helps pay for the weights and stretch bands.
The Computer Club and wood carving group meet at 9 a.m. Thursdays; the Diet Club at 9:30 a.m. and Humanities at 10:15, also on Thursdays. The table tennis players play at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A large duplicate bridge group meets at 9 a.m. Fridays.
The Gamers gather at 1 p.m. every Friday. Most participants come to play dominos or hand and foot, but some play Rummikube or Scrabble.
The center continues to collect the box tops and labels for education. The list of products is on the table in the entry way of the center. Collecting pop tabs also continues; they are much appreciated by the Ronald McDonald House. They should be deposited in the can in the kitchen that is marked for “Pop Tabs.”
The “Book Worms” book discussion group meets monthly to discuss a book that was distributed and read the month before. They meet at 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the center library. Free.
The center has a lending closet equipped with canes, walkers, shower benches, wheelchairs and more. These items are available on a short-term basis at no charge.
Current Events group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the center library. The group shares their thoughts on what is going on locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Rita Johnson is the group moderator.
A very active group plays table tennis on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 1 p.m.
The following services are available to any area senior, members and nonmembers: From 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday mornings, Social Worker Cynthia Phon is at the center to answer questions, provide resource information or just listen. No appointments are necessary and this service is free of charge. Free notary service is available weekdays by appointment; all that is necessary is proper identification; call the center at (847) 692-3597 to schedule an appointment.
Pinochle Players meet every Saturday afternoon of the month, the second Monday and fourth Thursday at 1 p.m. All are welcome. No partners needed.
The Ceramics class runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays. Those interested should stop in and visit the class. Instructor Mickey Currie can answer any questions. The fee is $7 per class.
Credit cards can now be used for trips, special events, classes and luncheons. However, a credit card cannot be used for any fundraisers or memberships.
Linda Hills, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Park Ridge, will present a program about chocolate at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Touhy Ave. Hills will have samples for everyone to try and will also bring chocolate selections that will be available for purchase before and after the presentation. She will donate 15 percent of all sales to the Summit for its games fund. There is no charge for the program. Reservations are required; call (847) 825-1161, ext. 129. Parking is available in the city’s central parking lot and the Uptown lot across the street. Visit www.summitofuptown.com.
Central Baptist Village, 4747 N. Canfield Ave., Norridge, presents Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center and the leading authority on aging and Alzheimer’s, at 2 p.m. Jan. 23. His team has developed brain-imaging technologies that detect the first signs of Alzheimer’s years before patients show symptoms. Dr. Small has developed lifestyles and memory training programs for improving cognition and healthy aging. The community is welcome. To reserve seating, call (708) 583-8500, by Jan. 20.
The Park Ridge Police Department continues to host a monthly Senior Breakfast at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., in an effort to provide valuable information and offer an opportunity to interact with the seniors. Officers will be on hand each meeting to provide current and relevant information about issues such as home repair scams, changes and updates to laws, crime prevention information, personal security and more. In addition, some meetings will include guest speakers from outside agencies such as the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Refreshments will be served and there is no cost to attend. Contact the department’s Community Strategies Officer at (847) 318-5233.
Golf Mill Shopping Center is hosting “Feats of Fitness,” a mall walking program Mondays through Saturdays, to enable seniors to walk within an enclosed environment. The program is sponsored by Bethany Terrace, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Maine Township MaineStreamers and Partners in Healthcare (North Shore Physicians Group). Health seminars and blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the year every month on the second Wednesday. Call the Golf Mill management office, (847) 699-1070.
CJE SeniorLife is now accepting applications for its Robineau Residence, 7550 N. Kostner Ave., in Skokie. Robineau offers a residential community composed of 24 affordable units in a one-story building, in a warm, friendly setting designed to serve seniors, 62-years and older, who may need a helping hand. Staff is available on-site, 24 hours a day, in case of emergency. Additional supportive services are available through CJE. Applicants should qualify for subsidized housing under the provisions of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 program. An additional monthly service fee is required. Scholarships are available. For an application and a tour of Robineau, contact Dorothy Levant at (847) 675-8580.
From 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, social worker Cynthia Phon is at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., to help with issues of a personal nature or for resource information or referrals. Appointments not necessary; no charge. Free notary service available weekdays. Call (847) 692-3597 for appointment. These services are available at Park Ridge Senior Center for everyone, member or nonmember, Park Ridge resident or nonresident.
Several Park Ridge businesses are partnering with T-Mobile and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to provide cell phones to senior citizens across Cook County. The Sheriff’s Department’s “Cell Phones for Seniors Program” provides senior citizens with refurbished cell phones they can use to dial 911 in case of an emergency. Ace Hardware Park Ridge, Le Peep Restaurant and the Brickton Art Center are joining T-Mobile in their mission to provide a lifeline for senior citizens in emergency situations. These companies have each placed drop boxes in their businesses to collect used cell phones from their customers and Park Ridge residents. Community residents can stop by any of these convenient locations to drop off their used cell phones to help the environment and help community seniors. For information on how to receive an emergency 911 phone, contact Cook County Sheriff’’s Office (773) 869-7878.
Mather’s – More Than a Cafe, 7134 W. Higgins Ave., invites adults 55 and older to experience professionally taught, free-to-moderate-priced programs such as lifelong learning programs, fitness classes, free blood-pressure checks and health screenings, free consumer seminars, special-interest workshops, special events and day trips. Call (773) 774-4804 for more information, except where noted. Chess Club for checkmate champs and new people who want to learn the rules and basic strategies. Sessions are Wednesdays, at 1 p.m. Jazzercise – Jazzercise is a fitness program that combines aerobic exercises with elements of jazz dance. A series of dance routines is set to popular music while incorporating yoga, Pilates, cardio-kickboxing, and other fitness styles. The classes move incrementally through different intensity levels, so anyone is welcome to join. Classes are held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, $5.35. Line Dancing is offered at 11:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Each class costs $3.25. A variety of exercise classes fit for every level is available. Try the gentle-moderate exercise class, 11:15 Mondays and 10 a.m. Tuesdays that features a combination of seated and standing exercises for a complete cardiovascular workout. The moderate-high energy class is at 11 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, giving more of a challenge with cardio, strengthening, stretching, and toning routines. Each class costs $3.25. Computer Classes – All classes are four weeks and meet once a week for two hours. Begin with level one and advance through to level four. Classes are regularly forming and are offered every month.
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).
Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter (2050 Claire Court, Glenview) grief support groups meet for eight weeks and are offered at no charge to the general public. The schedule for winter includes: Hope & Healing: Adult Loss, Thursdays, Feb. 9 to March 29, 6:30–8 p.m.; First Light: Spouse/Partner Loss, Wednesdays, Feb. 8 to March 28, 6:30–8 p.m.; Families with Children, Wednesdays, Feb. 8 to March 28, 6:30 p.m., (847) 556-1999; Drop-in Group, first and third Fridays of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call (847) 556-1777 to register. Registration deadline is four business days before the start date of each group. Visit www.carecenter.org/groupsupport.
CHADD, a national organization for children and adults with attention deficit disorder, has developed a power point presentation for parents on all facets of ADHD. The volunteer facilitators are parents of ADHD children and professionals. The next workshop will take place on two successive Saturdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, in Glenview. To register, contact one of the presenters, Jacki Brunk at (847) 420-3998 or Arthur Lewis at (847) 910-1664.
“Polish Grief Support” is an ongoing support group for Polish-speaking bereaved who have lost a loved one any time during the past two years. It meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 1550 Bishop Court, Mount Prospect. Fee is $5 per session; To register call (847) 292-2342.
Attend “The Gifts of Grief Workshop” from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care, 1550 Bishop Court, Mount Prospect. The workshop chronicles a film about the grief experience of seven individuals who lost a spouse, partner, friend, parent and/or child. Discussion will follow the film. Registration is required. Fee is $15. Call (847) 692-8884.
La Leche League of Des Plaines a breastfeeding support group, meets at 7 p.m. at Healthy Babies, Happy Families, 8267 W. Golf Road in Niles, (Four Flaggs Shopping Center). Expecting and nursing mothers are invited to attend a series of meetings continuing Feb. 15. Mothers may attend any or all meetings and babies are always welcome. Accredited La Leche League Leaders will be on hand to answer questions and guide the discussion. Call 1-877-452-5324 or visit llli.org.
The Lutheran General Hospital Stroke Club for stroke survivors and their caregivers meets from 3-4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month (except January and July) at the Outpatient Therapy Center, 9375 Church St., Des Plaines; use south entrance. Contact Meg Potterfield, (847) 723-4765.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago invites those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide to participate in its Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) meetings at its Northwest office, 1717 Rand Road, Des Plaines. The minimum age for the monthly meetings or eight-session groups is 18-years-old. If possible, call the LOSS office, (312) 655-7283, for an initial intake before the first meeting or visit www.catholiccharities.net/loss. Groups meet 7-9 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month and also on the second Wednesday of each month.
Families Anonymous is a support group for family members and friends who are concerned about and affected by the substance abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one. Group 831 meets at 10 a.m. every Friday at Carter Westminster Church, 4950 W. Pratt Ave., Skokie, in the basement; enter from parking lot in the rear. Group 173 meets at 7:30 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at First United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, in Parlor Room, south portion of main level; use entrance at rear (Grant Place), across from parking lot. No dues or fees required. First names only used at meetings to preserve individual anonymity. This is a nonprofessional and non-religious program. Call (773) 777-4442 or visit www.familiesanonymous.org.
MOMS Club of Northern Chicagoland holds weekly activities (such as playgroups, outings, museums, park dates) and monthly member meetings and Moms Night Out. Call (773) 853-2834 or visit http://sites.google.com/site/momsclubofnorthernchicago or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Hope United, formerly Kids Hope United, is seeking foster, adoptive parents to provide homes for at-risk children. Call (847) 245-6543 or visit www.onehopeunited.org.
The Maryville Crisis Nursery, 4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, offers twice-monthly tours of the facility. Tours are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and on the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Maryville Crisis Nursery is a safe haven for children, newborn to age 6, whose families are experiencing crises in their lives, such as: job/medical issues, homelessness, domestic violence or other stressful situations. The nursery cares for children for up to 72 hours while parents concentrate on resolving the problems that are the root cause of the stress. There are no charges for services. Children are cared for by professionals and skilled childcare volunteers. The Maryville Crisis Nursery is available to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 24-hour help line number is (773) 205-3637. For additional information, call (773) 205-3600.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban, invites the public to attend its Family Support Group for families of individuals with a mental illness. Program is free and meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Nesset Center, 1775 Ballard Road, north of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Free parking. Call (847) 716-2252.
An Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group, co-sponsored by Advocate Medical Group and the Alzheimer’s Association, is offered monthly at the Nesset Pavilion on the campus of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Meetings are 1:30-3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the lower-level conference room of Nesset Pavilion, 1775 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Meetings are free and no registration is required. Contact Sandy Guarise, (847) 318-2501.
The Neptune Society, the largest independent cremation company in the nation based in Des Plaines, is bringing comforting teddy bears to Chicago area children who are hurt, frightened or alone. The Neptune Society Teddy Bear Program names a teddy bear in honor of every person whose death care is handled by Neptune on the one-year anniversary of their death. The teddy bears are then donated to organizations such as Rainbow Hospice in Park Ridge and local fire departments to be given to a child in need.
The Stroke Club of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital meets 3-4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Outpatient Therapy Center, Church and Potter avenues, Des Plaines. Call Megan Potterfield, (847) 723-6690.
Holding Onto Hope - Rainbow Hospice is a monthly daytime group for widowed people grieving the loss of a spouse. It meets 1-2:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Park Ridge Non-Profit Center, 720 Garden St. Registration is required. Admission is $5 per session. Call (847) 692-8884.
Rainbow Hospice’s Life Transitions Group is an ongoing support group for anyone who, as a general guideline, has been widowed for one to four years, meeting 7-8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Park Ridge Non-Profit Center, 720 Garden St., Park Ridge. The fee is $5 per session. Call (847) 692-8884.
Good Mourning Program will meet 6:45-8 p.m. every third Monday of the month at Lutheran General Family Care Center, 9375 Church St., Des Plaines. The program is a support group for children, teens and families who have lost a loved one through death. Preliminary interview is required before registration. To register, call Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care Bereavement Support, (847) 692-8884.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation support group meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Room 1063, Park Ridge. The focus is to assist patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, their families, significant others and friends in coping more effectively with the illness. Call (847) 827-0404.
Resurrection Medical Center sponsors a variety of free cancer-support groups for both patients and their family members. All support groups are free and meet in the Cancer Conference Room (ground floor, Entrance C). Contact Carol Flanagan, (773) 792-5116:
The Cancer Support Group for cancer patients, families and friends meets monthly 7-8:30 p.m. every last Wednesday.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Family Support Group for people with leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s Disease and their families meets every first Wednesday of the month.
The Butterfly Club is a support group for children ages 6 to 13 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer. The group meets every first Wednesday of the month. Registration and parental consent are required.
The Us Too! Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every second Wednesday of the month.
The Teen Cancer Support Group is for teens ages 13 to 18 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer. The group meets every third Wednesday of the month. Registration and parental consent are required.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the last Saturday of each month in the Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C. Call (773) 594-7856.
Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Health Management Classroom. The session is free. Call Health Management, (773) 792-5022.
Afterglow Support Group for stroke survivors and their family and friends meets the second Wednesday of the month in the Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C.
Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month 5-7 p.m. at Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C. Call (773) 594-7866.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is forming a support network for women living with breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Networking Group will meet 2-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. The support group provides breast-cancer survivors the opportunity to share information and experiences with other women. The group will be at Lutheran General’s Center for Advanced Care, 1700 Luther Lane, Park Ridge, in the ground-floor conference room G104. Call (847) 723-8130.
Northwest Suburban Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome Support Group of Illinois meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge, Conference Room 1064. E-mail email@example.com to be added to the e-mail list for meeting announcements.
Queen of All Saints hosts a weekly meeting for female survivors of sexual abuse. The meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays in the Benedict Center Chapel, 6275 N. Ionia. To participate in the confidential, 12-step program, call Queen of All Saints Rectory, (773) 736-6060. Additional meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays at St. Juliana Parish Center, 7200 Osceola Ave. Call Linda, (773) 271-2281.
The Park Ridge Youth Commission is seeking volunteers to assist in helping neighbors and other members of the community shovel snow this winter. The commission hopes to provide volunteers to residents in the community who cannot shovel their sidewalks and walkways or require some periodic shoveling assistance. Interested volunteers should e-mail Alderman Marty Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed to serve as Court Watchers for Domestic Violence at the Skokie Courthouse. Being a Court Watcher is easy, convenient and rewarding. To volunteer for this very important program, contact Joanne Liberman at (847) 412-1577 or email Joanne at NonnyL@aol.com.
Volunteer AARP tax preparers are needed to prepare 2011 income tax returns for moderate income seniors. Training will be in January, and tax returns are prepared from February through April 15 at the Des Plaines Library (or other locations if preferred). Computers, training and tax preparation materials are provided by the AARP and the IRS. If interested, leave a voice mail message with the Des Plaines volunteer coordinator Nemon Taylor at (847) 903-7294 or e-mail email@example.com.
Individuals who have a few hours to spare are urged to join the Avenues to Independence Thrift Shoppe Team of Volunteers. Avenues is looking for friendly, hard-working men and women to help staff at the Thrift Shoppe, 7710 W. Touhy Ave. in Chicago. Volunteers are needed on a regular basis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, or 1-8 p.m. Thursdays. Volunteers receive a discount. No experience is needed. All proceeds from the Thrift Shoppe help Avenues continue valuable programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Contact the store manager, Michael Frustini, (847) 292-0870, Ext. 771.
The Men’s and Women’s Association of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is looking for new members. The community-based philanthropic and social organization raises funds for the hospital through a variety of events, including an annual golf outing, glove sale and concert. The organization’s donations have assisted the hospital in expanding programs, purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment, and pursuing research and education initiatives. Yearly dues are $35. Call (847) 723-6105.
The Center of Concern, a local nonprofit serving the elderly and other adults in need in the north and northwest city and suburbs, needs volunteers during holiday seasons to deliver gifts to its homebound clients. Volunteers are needed year-round to: visit the frail elderly; take center clients to medical appointments or shopping; make phone calls to check on the well-being of homebound clients; work in the center’s office on mailings and computer data entry; and help with occasional odd jobs. The Center of Concern offices are at 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge. The center also needs volunteers to help plan its annual dinner auction fundraiser. Individuals interested in serving on the committee to plan this event should call the center, (847) 823-0453.
The American Cancer Society is looking for people who wish to serve as a volunteer in the fight against cancer. Volunteers are needed to help provide services to cancer patients, including driving patients who have no transportation to their lifesaving treatment appointments. Volunteers are also needed to help plan fund-raising events such as Relay for Life and educate the public on cancer prevention and early detection. Schedules are flexible and training is provided. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities call the American Cancer Society, (708) 484-8541, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is looking for people to join their volunteer staff. Volunteers are needed to provide service in many areas throughout the hospital. These include: delivering flowers to patient rooms, directing patients and visitors around the hospital, providing wheelchair assistance, assisting customers in the gift and flower shops, delivering newspapers and magazines to patients and giving comfort to families in waiting areas. Call (847) 723-6105, or visit www.advocatehealth.com/luth/about/community/volunteer.