Doings calendar for Jan. 12
Updated: February 13, 2012 8:13AM
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Interfaith Career Network will host a program, Federal Jobs and how to Improve Your Chances, at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs. Participants will learn about the government job postings website, receive an explanation of the GS pay system and review resume writing toward the federal goal. Speaker is Becky Brillon, program director of the Community Career Center in Naperville. This program is open to all and there is no fee to attend. Visit www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
Guitarist Jason Deroche, nominated Best Classical Entertainer by Chicago Music Awards, will be joined by Hinsdale Center for the Arts music faculty colleagues Dennis Dorris, Tracey Ford, and Carolina Gomez in an appearance with the Sinfonietta Bel Canto in a Tribute to Hinsdale Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St., Downers Grove. Deroche teaches guitar to private students at the Hinsdale Center for the Arts. Call (630) 887-0203.
The La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. Seventh Ave., announces that the Saturday Food Pantry is continuing its outreach to the community. The winter hours for the pantry will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The pantry is free and open to community member. Those coming are asked to use the east doors off Seventh Avenue. The pantry is not affiliated with any other organization. Call (708) 354 2485.
Join the Hinsdale Historical Society for its continuing series on the history of fashion. The origins, evolution and cultural relevance of Western fashion are presented by Efry Ayala of the College of DuPage Fashion Design and Merchandising Program. Jan. 19, 2012 — Evolution of Fashion: 19th and early 20th century. All lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St., in Hinsdale. Admission is $10 per person at the door. Visit www.hinsdalehistory.org.
The Hinsdale History Museum presents its newest exhibit featuring the Old Spinning Wheel Restaurant. Take a trip back in time and see items from the restaurant that was located near York Road and Ogden Avenue. Items include dinner menus, plates and many photos. Exhibit runs to Jan. 27. Call (630) 789-2600 or visit www.hinsdalehistory.org.
Passport to Adventure. Pick up a passport at the Hinsdale History Museum, 15 S. Clay St., Hinsdale and receive 65 pages of local museums and nature centers. Visit seven cultural centers and receive a prize. Call (630) 789-2600; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church Group Meetings
Join Women’s Bible Study 9-11 a.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. The group is studying Beth Moore’s recently revised book, David: Seeking a Heart Like His. All women invited; no previous Bible study experience necessary. Books $20. Free childcare available. Contact Cami Gerstung to reserve a copy at (630) 789-8802.
The community is invited to join a new group forming at Christ Church of Oak Brook for those single and over 55 years of age. 55+ Singles is for those looking for ways to grow in spirit and wanting to make a difference. Group meets 7 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Higher Ground, the singles ministry for those 35 to 59, meets 7 p.m. Wednesdays. All singles invited to attend Sunday Singles class, where singles meet to dig deeper into the truths of the Bible. Sunday Singles meets 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. See http://my.cc-ob.org/singles. Call Joyce McAndrew (630) 321-6761.
Wine and Dine Book Group meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in participants’ homes of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills. Group is for busy women. Discuss the month’s book with women of faith. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Women Who Brunch meet 10 a.m.-noon on third Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-made brunch, a program, ranging from musical groups to speakers on topics of interest to women. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Men’s Saturday Service Group meets 8 a.m. the second Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-cooked breakfast, activities, from tips for the perfect golf swing from a local golf pro, to gathering and transporting donated food to a local food pantry. Group goes on winter ski retreats in Wisconsin. All men welcome.
Knitting Ministry meets 10:30 a.m. the first and third Friday of each month in the Fireside Room of Christ Lutheran Church, 60 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The Knitting Ministry donates hats, mittens and scarves to local clothing pantries. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org. All are welcome.
Oak Brook Community Church, 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, hosts a Divorce Care group 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Call (630) 986-0310.
Men’s Breakfast Fellowship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, is held Thursdays in Fellowship Hall 3. All men invited for a time of study and fellowship. Continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Cost: $5 per person. Contact Jim Huffman, email@example.com, or call (630) 654-1882.
The Women’s Growing Connection, meeting the second Tuesday evening of each month, is the women’s ministry of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. All women from community are welcome. Visit www.ccch.org/womens-ministries/womens-ministry.
Coffee Break, a community small group Bible study, has begun a new season at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 155 W. Brush Hill Road. All welcome, no need for any previous Bible experience. No charge. Groups for women meet 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; groups for men and women meet 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free childcare available at morning sessions. Call (630) 600-5043 or visit www.elmhurstcrc.org.
Women’s support group meets 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursdays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st Street and York Road. For women who are desiring to move from the depths of hurting to a path of healing. Call Lorri Winter, (630) 321-3936.
Unite Student Ministry offers Sunday worship services for junior high students at 9:45 a.m. and high school students at 11:15 a.m. at Christian Church of Clarendon Hills Chapel, 5750 Holmes. Unite also has weekly small group gatherings for junior high students 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel; and a high school gathering, called FUSE Group, which meets each Sunday 6 p.m. at a church member’s home. Both small group gatherings offer a less formal atmosphere and have a deeper, more personal teaching element. Call Rich Abraham (630) 323-3456, Ext. 232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior High Youth Group meets 5-6:15 p.m. and the high school youth group meets 6:15-7:30 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771 or visit www.fpclg.org.
Evangelical Covenant Church Men’s Group meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 412 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. Meeting is not a Bible study for professed Christians. It is offered for those who are agnostic, nonbelievers or just searching. Confidentiality respected. Call (630) 699-3583.
For anyone in need of renewing their drivers license or State I.D., the Secretary of State’s Mobile Driver’s License Renewal Unit will be at Clarendon Hills Village Hall, 1 N. Prospect Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 27. This program is sponsored by the Clarendon Hills Bank. Free coffee and doughnuts will be available.
The DuPage Tea Party’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Carriage Greens Country Club, 8700 Carriage Greens Drive, Darien. Featured speaker will be U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-8th. All are welcome. Contact Claire Van Horn, email@example.com or (630) 708-6832.
Westchester will conduct an electronic waste recycling program on the second Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Westchester Village Hall, 10300 Roosevelt Road. Items which can be recycled include: Monitors, laptops, TVs, printers, computers, scanners, DVDs/stereos, VCRs, video game consoles, peripherals – mice/keyboards,PDA/cell, phones, all other computer parts, MP3/iPods/etc. No fee is incurred for dropping off items.
The College of DuPage Paralegal Club will host a free information session on filing income taxes at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 1407. Hosted by COD student and H&R Block senior tax advisor Jittun Gillespie, the session will provide information on filing income tax forms. This program is free and open to the public. Contact Patricia Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hinsdale Center for the Arts, 5903 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale, offers the following classes; call (630) 887-0203 or see www.hinsdale.org:
Mini Glee for ages 3-5 from 10:15-11 a.m. Saturdays. Program will focus on movement and dance with a musical theater flair. Sing songs and learn show-stopping moves from Broadway favorites. There will be a mini-performance at the end of the quarter; $115/9 weeks.
Broadway Mini-Studio for kindergartners to second-graders, from 5:15-6 p.m. Tuesdays or 12:15-1 p.m. Saturdays. Focus on singing, dancing and acting in musical theater; learn stage presence and performance. Performance most likely on final Saturday of each quarter. $150/9 weeks.
Broadway Studio I for second- to fourth-graders, 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays or 1-2 p.m. Saturdays and Broadway Studio II for fourth- through seventh-graders, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Sing, dance and work on stage presence; final performance at end of semester. $300/18 weeks.
World Academy of Irish Dancing now featuring lessons for adults at its Western Springs and South Bend locations. Western Springs classes are held Mondays 7–8 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Ave. Contact Julie Showalter, (630) 789-1128; or e-mail email@example.com; www.worldacademydancers.com.
Yoga classes with Tanja Pazou held 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursdays at Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Contact Tanja Pazou at (630) 865-5946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hinsdale Center for the Arts, 5903 S. County Line Road, offers music lessons in cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, viola and voice. Call (630) 887-0203. This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
For the first time, HCA is offering short-term classes for adults. Shibori Fabric Dying workshop, Photography Meets Art Quilt and Landscape Designing classes join HCA’s established offerings of drawing, painting and writing classes to give adults the opportunity to explore their creativity too.
First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 S. 6th Ave., collects nonperishable food items for a local food pantry. Drop off donations at the church or call (708) 352-0800.
Project Backpack school supply donations for Broadview Missionary Baptist Church classrooms accepted at Corporate America, 2111 McDonald’s Drive, Oak Brook. The location also has a suggested school supply list.
Donations of new yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, scissors, simple patterns and yards of fleece are sought by members of Operation Warm Hearts, a group of women who crochet, knit and create mittens, scarves, hats, lap robes and infant hats and booties for distribution to west suburban charitable organizations. Call (630) 230-9521.
First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave., collects items for the Ronald McDonald House. Wish list items include laundry detergent, gift cards, certificates to Jewel, Dominick’s, Costco or Target, forever postage stamps, cleaning wipes, Ajax powdered cleanser, liquid hand soap in pump dispensers, tablets or powdered dishwasher detergent, and all sized batteries. Call (708) 354-0771.
St. Helena’s Church, 7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, has established a drive-by drop box for collection of canned foods to be delivered to food pantries. Collection box is in parking lot; individuals may drop off canned foods at any time.
Ink jet and laser toner cartridges, cell phones, iPods and laptops are being collected to be properly recycled at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771.
Special Education Parent Net and Gifted Education Cooperative, in partnership with Hinsdale Public Library, request new or used books to create lending library of books on autism, dyslexia, Down syndrome, giftedness, twice exceptionalities, sensory integration and social/emotional development. Call Julie Ranahan (630) 325-3188.
Nonperishable items are being collected at Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave., for La Grange area food pantry. Each month a special item is highlighted that is not covered by the food stamp program. Call (708) 354-0771 or e-mail email@example.com.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Reservations for Forest Preserve District of DuPage County picnic areas and family and youth-group campsites for 2012 are being taken. Reservations must be made at least three business days in advance; reservations for holiday dates should be made as early as possible. Permit fees vary based on site amenities and capacities, which range from 25 to 300. Some shelters have fireplaces, built-in grills or electricity. In select areas, picnickers can also rent canopy tents or large-capacity grills. Forest Preserve District of DuPage County annual permits for the use of off-leash dog areas, private boating areas, and model-boat and model-airplane facilities during 2012 also are on sale. Daily permits are available. All permit fees are nonrefundable. Camping-permit holders must be at least 21 years old; picnic-permit holders must be at least 18; permit holders must remain on site. Permit applications can be downloaded at dupageforest.org, and submitted in person, by fax or by mail to Visitor Services. Located at district headquarters at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, Visitor Services processes applications weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and can be reached at (630) 933-7248.
Cantigny offers bird walks at 8:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Enter the park through the main entrance on Winfield Road, just south of Roosevelt, Wheaton, and tell the attendant you are with the DuPage Birding Club. The parking fee will be waived. Meet at the Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter, (630) 545-1838, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, alongside Children’s Memorial Hospital, announced the launch of the Calendar Raffle for Kids, a new fundraising effort tied to the sale of a yearly calendar that highlights the stories of kids whose lives have been forever changed by the two organizations. Through Feb. 15, 2012, residents of Illinois can visit www.calendarraffleforkids.org or call 1-855-512-5437 to purchase calendars; for each calendar purchased residents are automatically entered for the chance to win cash prizes every day of 2012. Net proceeds from the calendars, priced at $25 each (with special bundle discounts: three-pack for $65, five-pack for $100 and 10-pack for $150), will directly benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Children’s Memorial Hospital, which are both building two new world-class facilities in downtown Chicago, scheduled to open in summer 2012. Prize drawings include $250 each day, weekly $1,000 “Monday Madness” drawings, $10,000 jackpots the first Monday of every month.
Geologist Sara Johnson presents an introduction to rocks and minerals at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Learn how to make a basic mineral test kit. Hands-on identification procedures include observations skills and hardness tests. This program qualifies for a Boy or Girl Scout merit badge; ages 8 years to adult. Admission is $5 per person. Reservations required; call (630) 833-1616.
Gary Xie, Chinese medicine practitioner with Ton Shen Health and Life Rising Herbs in Westmont, will discuss the practices of herbal medicine, acupuncture, and healing exercises such as Chi Gong at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Union Church 137 S. Garfield, Hinsdale. This is a presentation of the CS-IONS organization. Cost is $10. Call (630) 975-0550.
Boys and girls age 3 to high school are invited to Wednesday evening youth activities at La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. Seventh Ave. Boys and girls age 3 through sixth grade participate in Pioneer Girls, or AWANA boys. Seventh- or eighth-graders invited to join Power Source, while those in high school participate in the Light Wave program. Groups meet each Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. Call (708) 354 2485 or www.lagrangebible.org.
Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs, offers Chess Club 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet, match wits and learn from other chess enthusiasts. Teens and adults welcome. Registration required, limit 20; free. For registration, visit www.fordlibrary.org, e-mail email@example.com or call (708) 246-0520.
The Hinsdale Public Library has an ongoing Gently Used Book Sale. Shelves are located near the Audiovisual Collection. Books sorted by fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult. Children’s books start at 50 cents and all others start at $1. Visit the library’s Grab and Read book cart in the train station. Take a book, read it, pass it along or return it to the book cart. All books are free. To add a book to the collection, donate it to the Hinsdale Public Library. Call (630) 986-1976. Hinsdale Public Library is located at 20 E. Maple St., www.hinsdalelibrary.info.An exhibit of the work of Jim Kropp, photographer, videographer, producer and author, is on display at the Hinsdale Public Library (Quiet Reading Room) through March 7, consisting of photographs of his travels. In 2010, after a cruise to Italy and Sicily, he published Capturing Beauty with Your Camera, in which his ideas on photography are distilled into 10 tips, illustrated with photographs from his travels.
Indian Prairie Library, 401 Plainfield Road in Darien, serves Willowbrook, Darien and Burr Ridge; call new Ask Us Desk, (630) 887-8760, Ext. 239, www.ippl.info.
The Indian Prairie Library will host a “Doodle Away!” conducted by local artist Nancy Hult at 7 p.m. Jan. 19. This hands-on program will give participants a chance to unleash their creative side. Participants should bring a small sketchbook and a black pen or Sharpie. Free and open to the public; registration is required.
A lecture and discussion will be conducted by Dorothy May at the Indian Prairie Library at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14. This inspirational seminar, free to members of the community, will present a blending of psychological and spiritual tools designed to enhance personal growth. Participants will discuss the process of change, learn a spiritual practice, alter behavioral patterns and experience a deep heart meditation. Dr. May is a clinical psychologist, practicing transpersonal psychology. Reservations recommended; call (630) 824-0328.
The Indian Prairie Public features its ongoing Movies and More series, which promotes discussion following a movie. Theme of the movies to be shown in January and February is comedies to lift the winter blues. Movies are screened at 7 p.m. Jan. 20: “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray as an obnoxious weatherman who goes to Punxsutawney to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. Feb. 3: “It’s Complicated” starring Meryl Streep, Alex Baldwin and Steve Martin. Feb. 17: “Midnight” starring Claudette Colbert, John Barrymore and Mary Astor. In this 1939 movie, Claudette Colbert lands in Paris where wealthy John Barrymore turns her into Cinderella in a bid to win his wife back. Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
For the eighth year, the Indian Prairie Public Library is hosting the lively and informative Great Decisions Group for discussions on U.S. foreign policy topics selected and sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. The discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays from February through May, taking the place of the Current Affairs Discussion Group. Briefing books, supplied by the Foreign Policy Association, include unbiased information about eight key foreign policy topics. This year’s topics include Middle East Realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cybersecurity, Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq, State of the Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics. The discussion books will be ordered in January and cost $20. To sign up for the discussion group and place an order for a briefing book, stop at the Ask Us Desk at the library. This program is open to the public.
The Indian Prairie Public Library will host “Simplify Your Life” at 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Professional life coach Krista Mikos will lead this program on voluntary simplicity, a lifestyle choice that usually involves scaling back a busy, overscheduled existence and the quest for material possessions. Mikos will discuss the history of the voluntary simplicity movement and share some basic tips to simplify life. She will also demonstrate tools that can help one begin their personal voluntary simplicity journey. Free and open to the public.
During exam week, the Indian Prairie Public Library is offering “Exam Cram” for 7th- through 12th-graders on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and on Jan. 17 and 18 from 11 a.m.-8:45 p.m. The library will have tables and chairs, easels and dry erase boards set up to help groups work together. Teens with an IPPL card may check one of four net books or one of eight laptop computers to use in the library for up to two hours. The laptops feature Microsoft Windows Office Suite and Internet access with free high speed wifi.
The La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt, hosts the Writer’s Workshop the second Wednesday of each month 7-8:45 p.m. This on-going workshop offers adults a place to bring their poems, manuscripts and other written works for feedback. Registration requested, but not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
The La Grange Public Library seeks high school students looking for a volunteer opportunity, to consider becoming a Tech Teen. Tech Teens help library patrons with basic computer use and troubleshooting. Interested teens should come to the library and complete an application. Tech Teens will assist library patrons who have varying levels of comfort with technology, including basic personal computer applications. Call (708) 352-0576, Ext. 35.
LaGrange Park Library, 555 N La Grange Road, presents a film by the Save the Prairie Society, “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tall Grass Prairie,” at 2 p.m. Jan. 18. Suggested donation is $3.
The Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road, (630) 368-7700, www.oak-brook.lib.il.us, offers the following programs. Most programs require registration:
A Parents’ College Survival Guide will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21.
Steve Justman performs some of the most influential, important and well loved American folk, country and popular songs at 2 p.m. Jan. 29.
Baby Tales for children ages 6 to 23 months is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 21. Parents and children interact through stories, dance, songs and books.
Toddling Twos runs at 10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 16 to Feb. 20 – Includes books, flannel boards, music and craft.
Terrific 3s and 4s is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22. This fun filled storytime includes a whimsical craft, dancing and books.
Kindergartners through second-graders will enjoy a story or two and embellish it with a creative craft at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 21.
Saturday Storytime for kindergartners through second-graders at 11 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 21 to Feb. 25, is something new for those who cannot make the weekday program. These sessions will feature a simple story and themed craft.
Kids can learn how to dance hip hop and high energy dance styles on Jan. 22. Ages 4 to 7 dance at 2 p.m.; ages 8 and older, at 3 p.m.
Computer classes — Computer Basics, 3 p.m. Jan. 16; Internet Basics, 3 p.m. Jan. 18; Intro to Gmail, 3 p.m. Jan. 23; Internet Searching, 3 p.m. Jan. 30.
Children ages 8 to 12 can learn the basics of how to draw comic characters in action with Alan Ozark at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2.
Gary Kouba, former owner of Perfect Auto Finish, will share his secrets on how to keep a car looking new. He will discuss how to shop for a car and cover modern day products and how to use them at 3 p.m. Jan. 14.
Sandy Auriemma presents Chair Yoga at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14. This introductory class will teach the basic stretches. All ages are welcome.
The activity room is open from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for teens in sixth grade and older to complete homework and socialize with peers. An assortment of games are available when a break is needed from studying. A librarian is available to assist with reference questions.
The Oak Brook Public Library Winter Reading Clubs are open through March 3.
The Oak Brook Public Library now offers the addition of eBooks for the Kindle to downloadable options. It subscribes to eMediaLibray by Over Drive to supply eBooks and audiobooks for a variety of mobile devices. Downloadable books also can be read or heard on laptops and computers.
Widowed men and women of all ages are invited to the next social gathering of WOW at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Knights of Columbus, 537 S. York Road, Elmhurst; park and enter at rear, east side, off of Vallette Street. Entertainment will be provided by Jerry Cigler. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $5. Call Ron, (630) 653-5721.
The La Grange Garden Club meets at 12:15 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (social and refreshments) followed at 1 p.m. by the meeting and program at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, (basement) 150 S. Ashland. If interested, e-mail Marty Van Ness at Matha824@aol.com.
The Garden Club of LaGrange Park holds its meetings on the first Monday of the month starting at noon in the LaGrange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine, La Grange Park. Refreshments served; program follows. Call (708) 352-5059.
The Pleasantdale Garden Club meets 9:30 a.m. every second Wednesday through April at Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Guest speaker or activity featured each month. Call Alison Koehler (630) 662-8061.
The Newcomers Alumni Women’s Social Club meets second Wednesday of the month September-June for lunch at various restaurants and country clubs throughout the western suburbs. Lunch served at noon, followed by entertainment. Call (708) 784-0297.
MOPS is for all mothers of preschoolers who would like to learn more about how to live life as a Christian mother. Meets at Christ Church of Oak Brook, corner of 31st and York Road, Oak Brook, the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, through May 2012. Meetings are 9:15-11:15 a.m. Free; childcare provided. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 654-1882,
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930 meets 7 p.m. on first and third Thursdays of each month in the La Grange Park Library, 555 La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. Guests over 18 welcome. See http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org/.
Zonta International, in Oak Brook, is an international service club that seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. There has been an interest to charter a local club in Oak Brook to serve the western suburban area. The Zonta Club of Joliet Area is the sponsoring club for the new charter. Anyone wishing to be considered for membership or for additional information may e-mail baudino at email@example.com.
The Hinsdale Chapter of PFLAG meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple. Regular monthly meetings held the first Sunday of each month 2-4 p.m. The chapter serves the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. Contact PFLAG help line, (630) 415-0622, or www.pflagillinois.org.
The La Grange Newcomer Alums Women’s Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, September-June, at various country clubs and restaurants throughout the western suburbs. Lunch is 12:15 p.m., followed by entertainment. Call (708) 341-6141.
Kiwanis Club of Willowbrook-Burr Ridge meets at noon the first four Thursdays of the month at Porterhouse on the corner of North Frontage Road and Madison Street in Burr Ridge. Visit www.wbkiwanis.org.
La Grange Garden Club meets the first Monday of the month at 12:15 p.m. (social and refreshments) followed by a 1 p.m. meeting and program at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, Fellowship Hall (basement), 150 S. Ashland.
The Kiwanis Club of La Grange meets every Thursday at noon at the Park District of La Grange, 536 East Ave., Room 108 (46th and East Avenue). The mission of the Kiwanis Club is to serve the children of the world. Guests welcome. Call Carol (708) 352-2992.
Knack for Knitting or Knot group meets 7 p.m. Mondays in the Tyler Duelm Room at La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Group meets weekly to share knowledge of knitting, patterns and stitch techniques with other knitters. From beginning knitter to advanced needle crafter, all welcome to share and learn the art of knitting. Registration not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
The Surprize Bridge Stakes Etc. meets 1 p.m. Wednesdays at La Grange Community Park District, 536 East Ave. The club is a congenial intermediate Bridge mix. It sponsors tournaments and going for the gold and more partners are needed. Call Vera Lynch at (708) 447-8185.
Ali Lassen’s Leads Club, Oak Brook Chapter, meets 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at DuPage Club, 1901 S. Myers Road, Oakbrook Terrace. For reservations call, Genny at (630) 738-6677.
Forest Glen Duplicate Bridge Club American Contract Bridge League meets 6:15-10 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 121 E. First St., Hinsdale. Club welcomes all levels of skill under 750 MPs. Call Jim Degerstrom (630) 279-0735 or Pete Rub (312) 372-2268.
Operation Warm Hearts meets 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Great Lounge of King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Everyone welcome to participate and suggest charitable organizations where donations may be made. Call (630) 230-9521.
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930 meets 7-8:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday at LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. La Grange Road. Step-by-step materials, a supportive audience, feedback from peers and a DVD of each of speech. Call Maren at (708) 387-1341 or Maggie at (773) 239-7892; visit http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LaGrange Park Woman’s Club meets 1 p.m. every third Monday at Village Church, 1150 Meadowcrest Road, LaGrange Park. Speakers, games, parties. Call Mary Anne Vavra (708) 354-3801.
Alpha Omicron Pi Chicago West Suburban Alumnae Chapter meets monthly on third Wednesdays, September-May. Alumnae interested in membership welcome to attend. Call Karen (630) 309-9046.
York Radio Club meets 8 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 W. Butterfield Drive. Visit www.yorkradioclub.com.
Midwest Pond and Koi Society meets for dinner 7:15 p.m. and a meeting at 8 p.m. every third Friday of the month, except November and December, at The Oaks of Burr Ridge, 300 S. Frontage Road, Burr Ridge. Dinner reservations must be made in advance. Visit www.mpks.org or call (312) 409-2081.
Pleasant Dale Park District offers Adult Dance Classes 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Chalet Family Fitness Center, 8300 S. Wolf Road, Willow Springs. A 10-class punch card is $75 (good until fall 2012). Movement uses jazz, contemporary and ballet techniques. No previous dance experience necessary. Wear clothing that allows movement and have hair pulled away from the face. Contact Molly Roche at email@example.com, (312) 576-9669 or the Chalet, (708) 246-4030.
Park District of La Grange offers the following programs; call (708) 352-1762; www.pdlg.org.
The Park District of La Grange is holding resident registration for winter/spring classes. Residents can register in person at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., or online at www.pdlg.org. The Park District of La Grange offers bordering community residents a Neighborhood Network fee where rates are just 10 percent more than the resident rate for all programs. The towns included in the Neighborhood Network are Western Springs, La Grange Park, Countryside, Brookfield, La Grange Highlands and McCook. Proof of residency is required.
The Park District of La Grange offers instructional basketball programs for boys and girls in first to sixth grades at the Recreation Center. Classes run every Saturday morning until February. The program will consist of drills, contests and games with sportsmanship being emphasized. Each participant will receive a practice jersey. This program is a volunteer coach-run program. Any parents who are interested in being a volunteer coach should fill out a form at the time of registration. All volunteer coaches who attend at least five classes will receive a $10 refund at the end of the season. All coaches will earn a NYSCA certification. This nationally recognized coach certification program is offered at no charge to volunteer coaches.
Adult Fitness Classes are under way. A variety of adult cardio and strength training classes are offered mornings, during the lunch hour, evenings and Saturdays to fit any schedule. A resident fee under $50 for most programs — childcare available for many morning classes for $4 per child. Core conditioning, yoga, spin, Zumba, Drums Alive, piloxing, pilates and much more.
Win a Family Pass to the Recreation Center good for one year. The pass includes unlimited playground use, unlimited track use, 24 basketball open gym passes per family member and 24 toddler gym passes. Fill out an entry form at the front desk of the Rec Center. One entry per family per month allowed. (708) 352-1762.
Get friends together and play volleyball. Indoor recreational and competitive volleyball leagues are under way at the Park District of La Grange. Games run 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays. Participants must be 18 years or older. Each team needs a minimum of four players and a maximum of nine players. $300 per team. All games played at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. Call (708) 352-1762 or visit www.pdlg.org.
Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road; (630) 990-4233; www.obparks.org:
The annual Oak Brook Winter Carnival will be held at Central Park, 1500 Forest Gate Road, on Jan. 29. The event, which will kick off the park district’s 50th anniversary, will once again feature a community sponsored ice rink. The event was first hosted 49 years ago on what was once Paul Butler’s property. This year, the park district has re-joined forces with the Civic Association, Historical society and many other groups to preserve the historical integrity of the event. Winterfest will include a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, games, contests, food and beverages as well as some great traditional surprises. The event is free. See www.obparks.org.
Attend the Friday Night Cosmic Swim from 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays at the Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. The water in the leisure pool changes color. Regular admission fees apply; www.obparks.org.
Parents and children ages 7 and younger are invited to drop-in and enjoy splashing around the Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center’s indoor beach-like recreational pool with special water play features from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Resident fee is $6, nonresident fee is $8 (members are free).
Boost your mood and fitness level at the Oak Brook Park District Indoor Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. The following aquatic exercise classes are free to members or $10 for adult residents and $12 for nonresidents per session (there is a $4 discount for seniors 55+). No registration is necessary:
Aqua Cardiotone from 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Aqua Cardiotone is great exercise for people with beginning or advanced athletic skills. Learn water exercises for strength and conditioning of all the major muscle groups. Aerobic interval drills will improve athletic ability. Ages 18 and older.
Aqua Max Mature from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy the five major benefits of water workouts: improve flexibility, increase muscle tone, increase cardiovascular endurance, enhance overall fitness and have fun. Adults ages 55+ will use low impact moves focusing on balance, posture and mobility.
Arthritis Water Therapy from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. This water therapy class is designed to safely keep joints moving and improve sense of well-being, led by a trained and certified instructor. Ages 18 and older.
Pilates Plus Aqua from 8-9 a.m. Fridays. This innovative class combines the cardio benefits of an aerobics class with beginner level Pilates to strengthen, lengthen and align posture. It will also improve balance and flexibility and tighten core. Ages 18 and older.
Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center, 1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 574-0420; visit www.obtpd.org/fc.
Join the 50 and Older Band Together class offered at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center. This popular class is for ages 50 and older and is formatted to strengthen, tone and stretch muscles. This class will help increase bone density and metabolism. Class will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 22, at the Fitness Center Aerobic Studio. Cost is $30 residents; $35 nonresidents. Register by Jan. 12.
Children are guaranteed to have a great time in a one-day magic class, as they learn a collection of fascinating and mesmerizing tricks that involve coins, ropes, cards, mind-reading and more. The Magic Mania class will be taught by magician Gary Kantor and is held in partnership with the Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton and Butterfield park districts. Class will be held from 5:15-6:10 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Wheaton Park District, 102 Wesley St., Wheaton. Classes are for children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years. All materials will be provided, and each child will receive a magic kit to take home. Children will be grouped by age and will learn tricks that are age appropriate. Cost is $18 residents; $20 nonresidents; register by Jan. 15. To register, call (630) 627-6100 or visit www.obtpd.org.
Oakbrook Terrace Park District’s Martin Luther King Day of Friendship takes place from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 16. The time will be packed with crafts, games and activities to encourage the values of Dr. King. Fees are $40 residents/$45 nonresidents, and will be held at Heritage Center, 1S325 Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace. To register, call (630) 627-6100 or visit www.obtpd.org.
For avid scrap bookers, the Oakbrook Terrace Park District will offer a Scrap and Chat from 6-11 p.m. Jan. 13 at Heritage Center. The Park District will provide a room, snacks and tables; bring your supplies. Fee is $5 residents; $10 nonresidents.
The Lake View Nature Center, 17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace, offers a variety of classes for nature lovers. Call (630) 941-8747 or visit www.obtpd.org/lvnc to register.
Parents and children are invited to the Build a Bat Box workshop taking place from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 28 at the Lake View Nature Center. Participants will learn what bats need to survive and where they like to live and each family will build its own bat box to take home. All box materials are provided. Class is for children 6 and up with a parent. The fee is $22, residents; $27, nonresidents. Register by Jan. 20.
Children can investigate the world of nature when they join the Lake View Nature Center Safari Club. Kids will learn about the plants and animals through activities, crafts and stories. The Safari Club is open to children ages 4–10. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 20. Cost is $18 residents; $23 nonresidents. Children are asked to dress in snow pants, boots, hats and gloves for a night hike. A snack is provided. Register at least one week prior to scheduled class.
SEASPAR, 4500 Belmont Road in Downers Grove (office), and Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert Ave., La Grange, provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities and is an extension of local park districts. Transportation is often available from SEASPAR offices. Call (630) 960-7600 or visit www.SEASPAR.org.
Clarendon Hills Park District, 315 Chicago Ave., (630) 323-2626. Programs require advance registration at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The Clarendon Hills Park District’s regular business hours at the Community Center are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with limited evening and weekend hours depending upon recreation schedules. Call (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparksdistrict.org.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present Tumblebear Tumbling and Cheer from 5:15-6 p.m. Monday evenings at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. This class will run from Jan. 23 to March 5 (no class Feb. 20). Designed for future cheerleaders ages 5 to 12, this class focuses on strength, flexibility, balance, power coordination and speed. Cost is $52 for residents; $65, nonresidents.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present its winter session of Tumblebear Gymnastic Classes for toddlers and preschoolers Monday afternoons at the Community Center. All programs run from Jan. 23 to March 5 (no class Feb. 20). Each program has a $52 tuition fee for residents; nonresidents pay $65. Advance registration is required. The following activities have winter openings. Tumblebear Gymnastics (parents and tot) for walking tots to age 3 with a parent or caregiver, 4-4:40 p.m. Tumblebear Gymnastics (preschool) for ages 3 to 5, 4:40-5:15 p.m.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present Sport Fundamentals from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, at the Community Center. Designed for boys and girls ages 3-5, this class is full of games and activities geared to help younger children develop the necessary balance, movement, hand-eye-foot coordination and team building skills necessary to succeed in youth sports. Cost is $40 residents; $50 nonresidents.
The Clarendon Hills Park District announces the two families that captured the top prizes in the 2011 Holiday House Decorating Contest. First place was awarded to the Alsman Family of the 200 block of Holmes Avenue, while second place was captured by the Elliott Family of the 0-100 block of Arthur Avenue. All winners received gift cards presented by contest sponsor J. Fleming’s in Westmont.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present an adult Zumba class from 7-8 p.m. Friday evenings at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. These interval training sessions feature fast and slow rhythms and resistance training with some Latin flavor and international music added into the mix. All routines have easy to follow moves and routines. The winter session will meet Jan. 13-Feb. 17.
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s new Nutrition 101 class will provide detailed information on how to prepare the right foods for optimal health. Class members will learn how to read labels, develop better grocery shopping habits, and focus in on menu planning. There will also be a discussion on caloric requirements for both weight maintenance and weight loss. This adult class will meet from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. Clarendon Hills resident Kelly Sierra, a registered dietitian is the instructor. A cooking demonstration and food sampling will be included in the $55 resident ($70 nonresident) fee.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present an adult Flow Yoga class from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Thursday evenings, Jan. 19-Feb. 23, at the Community Center. Popular instructor Debbie Diesing will lead the class in yoga training set to relaxing music, focusing on flexibility, strength, endurance and balance. Bring a yoga mat to each session. Cost is $32 residents; $40 nonresidents.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present a new adult Strength Training class from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Jan. 17 to Feb. 23. The Tuesday class will meet at the Clarendon Hills Middle School Cafeteria, 301 Chicago Ave., while the Thursday session will be held at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center. Instructor Bridget Quast will focus on toning exercises and will offer her students the opportunity to work every major muscle group. All fitness levels are welcome; bring a mat to each class. Cost is $90 residents; $113 nonresidents.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present a new Books ’N’ Bites program Tuesday afternoons at the Community Center, beginning Jan. 17. The first session is scheduled to meet from noon-1 p.m. Participants will discuss a new book each month, with a member of the Clarendon Hills Public Library staff serving as a facilitator for this literary group. The first book on the reading list is Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox. This program is free, however, pre-registration at the Community Center is required. Participants are asked to visit the Clarendon Hills Public Library after registering for this class in order to secure the first book for discussion.
Glee-I-Fied,” a new middle school show choir at the Clarendon Hills Park District, will have its first meeting from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Community Center. This choreographed vocal ensemble, which is modeled after the hit television show, “Glee,” gives young performers the opportunity to sing harmonies, while perfecting choreography and dance skills. Youthful artists will experience the thrill of singing some of the top hits from “Glee” as well as other contemporary pop hits. All rehearsals will take place from 3-5 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Michele Thomas will direct this troupe, which is expected to have two to three performances during the year. The fee for this program is $78 per month for four hours of classes. To register, call (630) 986-8742 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present its winter/spring session of creative movement and dance classes Thursday afternoons, Jan. 12 to May 17, at the Community Center. All classes are taught by Michelle Dawson of Dance Kids, USA with students presenting a dance recital for parents and friends in May. The following classes have openings for the upcoming session. Tuition for each class is $150, residents; $188, nonresidents: Creative Movement is designed for first-time dance students and will meet from 1-1:45 p.m. Dancers ages 3-6 are invited to register for this class, which encourages young students in dance, mime, creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, gymnastics and performance techniques. Children gain confidence, rhythm skills, coordination and balance in this popular class. Pre-Ballet/Tap 1 & 2 will meet from 1:45-2:30 p.m. This introductory class on ballet and tap is designed for young dancers ages 4-6. The ballet instruction emphasizes poise, grace and self-confidence, while the tap class offers instruction in rhythm, coordination and self-esteem.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present its Home Alone class from 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Community Center. Designed for boys and girls ages 6-10, this class covers home safety, use of keys, house rules, handling emergencies and dealing with strangers. This class is designed for youngsters who hope to babysit in the future or who are approaching the age where they can stay alone for brief periods of time. This course is taught by an instructor from the American Red Cross. Cost is $20, residents; $30, nonresidents.
Enjoy the fast growing Midwest sport of platform tennis year round through a new series of beginner and advanced beginner drills presented through the Clarendon Hills Park District. All lessons are taught by six-time and 2010 National Platform Tennis Champion, Mary Doten. Learn the basic skills including grips, backhand volley, lobs, drives, serves, volley techniques and screens. Point play will conclude each drill. Paddles are available to purchase or use for demonstrations at each class session. The fee is $129.
Enjoy the fast growing Midwest sport of platform tennis year round through a new series of beginner and advanced beginner drills presented through the Clarendon Hills Park District. All lessons are taught by six-time and 2010 National Platform Tennis champion, Mary Doten. Learn the basic skills of the game. Point play will conclude each drill. Paddles are available to purchase or use for demonstrations at each class session. The fee for each session is $129.
The Clarendon Hills Park District has mailed its Winter/Spring 2012 program guide to all local residents. The 24-page, four-color brochure contains detailed information on all park district activities scheduled from late December through mid-May. Registration opens at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., upon receipt of the new brochure. Regular business hours at the Community Center are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The new program guide includes updates on the Winter Carnival on Feb. 4; snowboarding and downhill ski lessons; the annual Holiday House Decorating Contest and outdoor sledding and ice skating schedules for area parks. Residents can get a sneak preview on the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Summer 2012 day camp programs while learning more about pass sales for the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool. New programs for the coming year include: Books ’N’ Bites; Flow Yoga; Prize Bingo and Strength Training for Adults; Parent-Tot Art Explorations and Preschool Art Investigations; a two-day Babysitting Boot Camp Class for tweens and teens; a Theater Kids Audition Workshop; and a Youth Basketball Clinic.
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Active Learners Preschool, 315 Chicago Ave., has limited openings for its Terrific Threes class which meets from 8:45-11:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Daily experiences with arts and crafts, songs, stories, games and free play enable each student to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. All teachers on the preschool staff have extensive training and experience in early childhood education and recreation. The winter/spring session will run from Jan. 4 to May 4. New students must have celebrated a third birthday by Jan. 1, 2012 to participate. There is a $750 resident tuition fee, with boys and girls living in nearby communities paying a $800 fee for the four-month session. Advance registration is available at the Community Center.
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Active Learners Preschool has some openings in its 3-year-old class, which meets from 8:45-11:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. All programs emphasize an early love of learning, a positive self-image, new friendships and fun. Boys and girls enjoy age-appropriate stories, crafts, games, songs and books. All instructors have both education and extensive experience in early childhood education and recreational trends.
York Center Park District,1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886; www.yorkcenterparks.org/:
After School Recreation, weekdays until June 4: Child can be picked up at participating schools (York Center, Stevenson and Westmore) and transported to the York Center Park District. Each week’s activities are planned around a theme. The information packet can be picked up at the YCPD front desk. This program follows the School District 45 schedule. Ages: afternoon kindergarten-fifth grade; from school dismissal to 6 p.m. Register one week in advance. Space is limited.
All Day Camp – The York Center Park District offers care on days when school is closed for holidays and regular closings. This program follows similar guidelines as the YCPD After School Program, but is offered from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on days when children do not have school (excluding weekends). Enjoy fun activities, crafts, snacks and much more. Campers must provide their own lunch; parents are asked to use disposable lunch bags labeled with the child’s name. The District 45 calendar is followed; Jan. 16; Feb. 20, March 2; Ages: 5 to 12 years; 9 a.m.-3 p.m./ 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Extended Care); Fee: $25 per day/$35 per day (Extended Care); Register one week in advance.
Youth Crafty Cupcakes – Mondays through Jan. 30: This class will teach the basic points of baking and decorating while enjoying cupcakes that are made in class. Each week, participants will make a creative cupcake design using frosting, candy pieces and other decorations. Instructors will walk participants through each step of the decorating process to ensure a beautiful and delicious cake. Each participant will go home with enough to share with the whole family. Ages 6-12 years; 3:45-5 p.m.; $8/resident, $10/non-resident. Register one week in advance.
Preschool Lil Picassos – Jan. 17: This class will use different kinds of paints to make beautiful masterpieces each week. Kids will frame and laminate some of the pieces. Wear play clothes. Ages: 3-5 years, Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to 31; 11 a.m.-noon; $12/resident, $15/non-resident.
Teens Everybody Dance Now – Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to 31: Teens can team up with friends and dance together at the York Center Park District. Dancers can drop in or out at any point. Ages: 12 years and older; 4-5:15 p.m.; $10/resident, $12/nonresident.
Teen Snack Attack – Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to 31: Teens will learn how to make cheesy panini’s, parmesan fries, taquitos, pizza and more from scratch. Ages: 12 years and older. 5:15-6:15 p.m.; $15/resident, $18/nonresident.
Men’s Open Gym Basketball – Tuesdays through Feb. 28: Guys can sharpen up those skills. Bring a friend or make some new ones. Gym shoes are required and all participants must sign a waiver release form before playing. Ages: 18 years and older; 8-10 p.m. Fee: $5 per night.
Preschool Spectacular Superheroes – Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22: Preschoolers each week will learn about different superheroes, make a craft and play some games. A small snack will also be served at each class. Ages: 3-5 years; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $18/resident,; $20/nonresident.
Youth Open Gym Basketball: Thursdays through April 19: Kids can shoot around, play knock-out, or a pick-up game with friends. Note: Parents or guardians must sign a waiver release and emergency information form in order for child to play. If the minimum is not met by 5:15 p.m., the program will be cancelled for that night. Note: There will be no Open Gym Basketball Feb. 9, March 1 and 29 due to special events held in the gym. Ages: 7-12 years; 5-6 p.m.; $2/day.
Teen Open Basketball – Thursdays through April 19: Teens can play a variety of basketball games or just shoot some hoops. Teams will be created every week. If the minimum is not met by 6:15 p.m., the program will be canceled for that night. Note: Parents must sign a waiver release and emergency information form in order for their child to participate in the program. Ages: 11-15 years; (No basketball Feb. 9, March 1 and 29); 6-7 p.m.; $2 each night.
Fun Filled Fridays – One Friday per month through May: Preschoolers are invited for themed parties. They will make a craft, eat lunch and play games that go along with the theme. Children can bring an appropriate toy with their name on it to each class. Ages: 3-5 years; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20 – Smurfs; Feb. 17 – Jake & the Neverland Pirates; Mar. 23 – The Backyardigans; April 20 – The Chipmucks; May 11 – Baseball. Fee: $8/resident; $10/nonresident.
Teen Movie & Pizza Party – Selected Fridays, Jan. 20 to May 18: Catch some of this year’s best flicks one Thursday a month at the York Center Park District. Pizza and soda will be served while kids watch movies rated PG or PG-13. Parents must sign a waiver registration form in order for teen to participate. Jan. 20 - “Dinner for Smucks”; Feb. 24 - “You Again”; March 23 - “Beastly”; April 20 - “Tron: Legacy”; May 18 - “Waiting For Forever.” Ages: 11-15 years; 7-9 p.m.; $5/per night.
Adult Organizational Skills – Jan. 20: Learn efficient time management and how to prioritize your life. Ages 18 years and older; 8-10 p.m.; $10/resident, $12/nonresident.
NEDSRA, serving DuPage and Cook Counties, opens registration for its new fall schedule with various programming for children and adults with disabilities. The programs are held at NEDSRA, 1770 W. Centennial Place in Addison, or in surrounding communities.
NEDSRA continues its two Kids Klubs for youth with a mental disability or autism. Day Trippers, a program for adults with mental disabilities, meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Discounted rates are available for those who register for more than one day.
Join a nine-week DVD based Women’s Bible Study by Beth Moore, “The Inheritance,” at Zion Lutheran Church, 204 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Sessions are from 9:15-11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12 through March 8. This study has no homework. Childcare will be provided. Women will learn about what it means to be an heiress of Christ and what are their spiritual gifts. Registration fee is $30. Do not forget to save toiletry products, perfumes, makeup, costume jewelry, lotions, body care, and travel size products for distribution to the battered Women’s Shelter — WINGS in February. Donations will be accepted at Zion Church through Feb. 9. To register, contact Cathy Daly at email@example.com, or Jean Albert at Zion Church, (630) 323-0384.
First Baptist Church of LaGrange, 20 Ashland Ave., La Grange, holds morning prayer Tuesdays 6:30 a.m.. Bell Avenue doors will be open and morning prayers are held in the chapel. Prayers are for the church, the community, the country and the world. Joys and concerns shared.
La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. Seventh Ave., has resumed its regular schedule of service. Morning worship serves conducted 8:10 a.m., and 11 a.m., with nursery and children’s church available. Sunday School classes and Adult Bible study begins 9:46 a.m. All invited. Call (708) 354-2485 or see www.lagrangebible.org.
Renovate and Rejuvenate Women’s Bible Study is offered at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Halls, presented by Priscilla Shirer. Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the booklet for $13 plus tax at Christ Church Bookstore. Contact Pat Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (630) 654-1882.
Contact is a group of multi-generational adults in passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ held at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 10 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall 2. It is a safe place to connect with other believers who are learning and applying biblical truths to life. Contact is a great place to make new friends and explore what living a life of faith is all about. Coach is Tim Couture, email@example.com.
“Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus,” a new 28–episode video series filmed entirely on location in Israel and the West Bank, is being shown in the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. To learn more and watch a Tony Moore video clip, go to www.biblicalworld.org.
Bible Class for teen and adults with disabilities, Friendship Bible Class, is 10 a.m. Sundays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook in Room 251. Coach is Sallie Barre, (630) 834-0862, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, preschool registration is open. The Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool offers opportunities for 2- to 5-year-olds to develop a solid foundation for learning through its play-based program taught in a Christian context. Class sizes limited; call for availability. Contact Cathy Fiala (630) 321-6753, email@example.com, or Colleen Yates (630) 321-6758, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following events take place at Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. They are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call (708) 482-6511 or see email@example.com:
One Hundred Plus – Sparkles presented by resident Kit Halberstadt. Displayed on screen will be a collection of unusual jewelry at 1 p.m. Jan. 16. Halberstadt will narrate this travelogue of her purchases worldwide.
On Jan. 17, the Village Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago will host Sight and Sound: Art and Music at Plymouth Place. Jeff Nigro, an art historian, will present an illustrated lecture comparing music and art through the ages. Coffee is at 9:15 with the lecture at 10 a.m. Cost for members is $10 and guests $25. Reservations can be made by calling Gail Pearson at (630) 325-8275.
Learn about the history and culture of exotic drums from around the world and how playing them is creative, spiritual and a healthy stress outlet at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 in Albert hall. Drums are provided.
Enjoy a show presented by local Plymouth Place talent at 2 p.m. Jan. 30.
The Oak Brook Park District Pioneer Program is an active social group for anyone 55 and over who seeks new and exciting trips and entertainment. The Pioneer Program also provides regular social events and luncheons. Call the Oak Brook Park District administration desk at (630) 645-9590 or visit www.obparks.org. Registration is accepted at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, or online.
The Oak Brook Park District Pioneer (55+) social group is gearing up to enjoy lunch at Italian Village and then see “Come Fly Away” at the Bank of America Theatre, featuring Tony Award winner Twyla Tharp’s choreography on Jan. 18. Trip is $115 for residents and $121 for nonresidents. Call (630) 645-9590.
Join the Pioneers in an afternoon of fun and friendly bingo competitions from 1-3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Prizes, coffee and cookies will be provided. Free.
The Pioneers will enjoy a fun afternoon movie from 1-3 p.m. each fourth Tuesday of the month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Free.
The La Grange and LaGrange Park business associations and Aging Care Connections, La Grange, have announced merchants will launch a Senior Discount Day program offering reduced prices and special offers to individuals 60 years of age and older. A card describing the program will be displayed near the cashier at each participating vendor. Merchants interested in participating in the Senior Discount Program should contact Linda Hussey, at Aging Care Connections, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (708) 354-1323, Ext. 242.
Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange, offers Sensible Fitness classes for older adults from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Fridays in seven-week sessions. (This class is also good for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.) Cost is $56 per couple or $10 per class. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228, to register.
ConfiCare Act II Club of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange, offers the following senior programs for adults 50 and older. Call (708) 245-8170; to make a reservation, call (630) 856-7525:
ConfiCare ACT II escorted day trips are planned throughout the year and many extended air and motor coach trips are also available with membership discounts through the ConfiCare ACT II office. Call (708) 245-8170.
Exercise for older adults with dementia held 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. $56 for a six-week session. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 10.
Fellowship of Seniors meets at 3 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. This group visits the Arboretum, has ice cream socials, and invites experts to present information on topics of interest to seniors. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
The AARP Hinsdale Chapter meets 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month in the Hinsdale Community House, 8th and Madison, Hinsdale. Call Bernie Hiles, (708) 409-0903, or Dorothy Martinsen, (630) 325-0840.
Active adult programs at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale include Prime Time, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Fit Express and seated exercise classes for older adults and individuals with physical challenges. Call Kate Vogts for times and pricing. (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
Seated exercise classes offered 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Purchase 10-class punch card for $50 for members; $62 for guests. Call Kate Vogts (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
ROMEOs - Retired Older Men Eating Out meets at 8 a.m. first Monday of the month at Blueberry Hill. This group from Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills was formed to give retired men a chance to get away for a couple of hours, have breakfast with men of faith and socialize. All men welcome. Call (630) 325-2220, or visit www.YourChrist.org.
Senior day trips are coordinated by the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club; call Kathy Forzley, (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org:
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club for active adults ages 50 and older will journey to the Drury Lane Theater in Oak Brook on March 8 for a matinee performance of the hit Broadway musical “Gypsy.” A luxury motorcoach will depart from the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., at 11 a.m. and return to Clarendon Hills by 4 p.m. Lunch, transportation and the show is included in the $45 fee. This trip is open to Clarendon Hills residents only. Register at the Community Center by Feb. 9. Call (630) 323-2626.
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club for active adults ages 50 and older will journey to the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet (a national landmark) on Feb. 15 for a tour, luncheon and nostalgic musical revue. Rainbow Club travelers will enjoy a guided visit before enjoying lunch in the Victorian Ballroom. Following lunch, the show “Legends of Love” will be performed, featuring the popular tunes made famous by singer Tony Bennett. There is a $68 fee, which includes luxury motorcoach transportation, the mansion tour, lunch and musical performance. A bus will leave from the Community Center at 9:15 a.m. and will return to the western suburbs at about 3:15 p.m. Register at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., by Jan. 20.
The Western Springs Seniors Club meets 1 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Western Springs Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St. Western Springs Seniors Club membership eligibility is age 55. Residency not required; annual dues $10. Dues should be paid to Gail Stern, treasurer.
Feb. 13 – Anniversary and Valentine’s Day Luncheon at the Western Springs Recreation Center. Following the catered luncheon, entertainment will be provided by John Measner, a modern magician with a traditional touch, including stage illusions and audience participation. Cost is $ 12 per member; reservations required. Call Elaine Muldoon, (708)-784-8966.
Feb. 23 –A bus trip leaving at 9:15 a.m. from the Recreation Center, going to the Chicago History Museum for a guided one-hour tour and lunch followed by a short visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory (weather permitting).
Senior Men’s Bridge Club meets at noon every Thursday at Lyonsville Congregational Church, Wolf and Joliet roads. Men of any skill or experience level welcome. Club has three eight-week tournaments a year with open play for rest of year. Call Vern Kramer (708) 246-8888 or Bob Terp (708) 784-0921.
Forever Young senior program offers bingo and sandwiches 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of month for $6; $1 per bingo card. Enjoy movies and lunch 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. the second Wednesday of month for $6, games and birthday celebrations held 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Wednesday of month for $2, catered lunch featuring a speaker or entertainment 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday for $6. Activities take place at Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Call Chris Yesutis (630) 662-6220.
Volunteer Restoration Workday — Help restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed. 9 a.m.- noon Jan. 21 at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. All ages; under 14 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 933-7681 at least five business days in advance.
Discover the rewards of helping others through volunteering with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County during upcoming “Nature Calls: Answer and Volunteer!” informational events. On Jan. 14, stop by an open house from 9 a.m.-noon to discover the many available opportunities. Interact with current volunteers and staff members throughout the event, and hear a one-hour overview of all 11 specialized programs at 10 a.m. Or, join a smaller open house on Feb. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. District volunteers teach school groups and families about nature, bring history to life, and care for animals. They restore critical habitats, maintain public facilities and help visitors explore forest preserve trails and discover new outdoor activities. Individuals of almost all ages will find opportunities, and families can volunteer together. Scout groups, church groups, corporations and community organizations can work on special projects. Weekly, monthly and one-time volunteer opportunities are available. These informational events will take place at the District’s headquarters within Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, located at 3S580 Naperville Road. Call Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7681 or visit dupageforest.org.
The Congregation of St. Joseph of LaGrange Park is greatly in need of volunteers for its adult literacy program, School on Wheels. Tutors are needed to teach one hour or so per week from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or evenings from 3-8 p.m. in Cicero, Hodgkins, Woodridge, Westmont, Villa Park, or Summit. A two-day training will be provided from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21. Volunteers must attend both training days. No prior second language skills are needed. Call (708) 482-5060 or (708) 482-5077.
HCS Family Services-Hinsdale based is looking for volunteers to be a Parent Mentor to a family facing difficulties raising their children. The program is a one-year commitment; volunteers will be matched with a family and meet with them twice a month and attend various parenting classes together. Call Trayce Biancalana at (630) 323-2500.
The IRS and its partners are looking for volunteers interested in learning about taxes and helping others by preparing federal income tax returns for free. Volunteers are trained and certified to prepare simple tax returns for people whose incomes are $50,000 or less. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. Training is usually held between November and January, and volunteers generally study online with Link & Learn Taxes to obtain their volunteer certification. The Link & Learn program is an interactive course that teaches all of the basics needed to prepare simple income tax returns accurately for individuals. Classroom training may also be available. Once certified, volunteers spend as little as three to four hours per week between February and April. Each year, millions of people receive assistance through the Volunteers Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. To volunteer, send an e-mail to email@example.com. See www.irs.gov, keywords Tax Volunteer.
Aging Care Connections, 111 Harris Ave., La Grange, is seeking volunteers to complete data entry on Mondays and Wednesdays. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist seniors with insurance and benefit programs. A complete training program will be provided. If interested, contact Linda Hussey, community relations coordinator, at (708) 354-1323, Ext. 242.
Aging Care Connections, 111 Harris Ave., La Grange, is seeking volunteers for front desk reception positions on Monday and Thursday afternoons. The receptionist is responsible for receiving incoming calls and directing calls to the appropriate person or office. If interested, contact Linda Hussey, community relations coordinator, at (708) 354-1323, Ext. 242.
The Hinsdale History Museum is looking for energetic individuals to become tour guides for children’s tour groups, especially fans of Hinsdale history. Call Hinsdale History Museum (630) 789-2600, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DuPage Convalescent Center, in Wheaton, seeks teenagers interested in gaining work experience through the “VolunTeen” program. Energetic teens, ages 14 and 17, encouraged to join program to help with recreation programs or outings, provide in-house transport services, share musical talents, provide companionship to residents and more. Volunteers get an opportunity to learn more about the health care field, develop skills and make friends. Visit dupageco.org/convo to submit an online application or call (630) 784-4260 to set up an interview. Contact Shauna Berman at email@example.com.
King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, seeks adult volunteers to assist and transport residents with wheelchairs or walkers as they attend a weekly, on-site inter-faith church service 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Call Activities and Volunteer Services Director Mary Meegan at (630) 230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Hinsdale Humane Society needs volunteers to join its foster care program. The society foster care program matches community volunteers with homeless pets in need of additional care and attention. Foster care volunteers provide temporary in-home care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats until they are ready for adoption. Hinsdale Humane Society provides all necessary food, equipment, training and support. Volunteers are required to complete Hinsdale Humane Society’s orientation and training process. Call (630) 323-5630 or visit www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.
Community Nurse Health Association needs volunteers to help with sorting, pricing and cashiering at The Carousel Shop, 23 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange; pricing and arranging at The Corner Shoppe, 27 Calendar Ave.; planning special events with the Women’s Auxiliary; serving on the board of directors; and offering medical expertise in clinics. Call Harriet VerGowe at (708) 352-0081 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Springs Historical Society seeks volunteers to work in its archives Tuesday mornings at the Grand Avenue Community Center. Training provided. Volunteers also needed to give tours to children and serve as docents at the Water Tower Museum. Call (708) 246-9230.
Hospice volunteers are needed for the Generations Hospice Team in Westchester. Volunteers give support to the hospice patient and family in the home or in a skilled nursing facility. Volunteers also support the care team in the office. Call Jim White, (708) 409-3040, or see www.generationshospice.com.