Community Calendar for April 13
Updated: May 20, 2012 8:16AM
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Skokie Chamber of Commerce will present the following programs.
Fifth Third Bank Presents Women in Business. Lord & Taylor will present: “Dressing for Success.” Join them and network with over 60 attendees. The event takes place noon - 1:30 p.m. April 25 at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. Cost is $12; includes lunch $15 for walk-in and non-members.
State of the Village takes place from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. April 26 at Evanston Golf Club, 4401 W. Dempster, Skokie. Cost: $35, before April 19 and $40, after April 20; $40, for non-members; and $265, for a table of eight.
The Second Annual Spring Greening Event & Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at Niles North High School (Field House), 9800 N. Lawler Ave., Skokie.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave., (847) 677-5277, www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org.
Beginning with Books meets on Wednesdays, through May 9. Stories, songs and activities geared for very young children and their caregivers. Participants are invited to stay for Playtime program following. Registration required. Contact the Youth Services Department at (847) 677-5277,Ext. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kid Flicks is held Mondays at 3:30 p.m. April 23: “Hop.”
Tween Reads will be held from 4-5 p.m. April 25. Read and chat at the book club. The April discussion features “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. Especially for sixth- through eighth-graders.
Playtime is held on Wednesdays, through May 9. A relaxed play experience that helps young children develop social skills. Toys and kosher snacks are provided.
Poet-Tree runs through April 30 during library hours. April is Poetry Month and we invite all patrons to help us celebrate by writing poems on spring leaves to decorate our Poet-Tree in the Youth Services area.
Stories and More meets Tuesdays, through May 8. This fun, interactive storytime is tailored for children ages 3-5 and emphasizes letters, numbers, shapes, colors and other concepts. Through a combination of picture books, online stories, magnetic board stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts, each session provides a language-rich experience. Registration required. Contact the Youth Services Department at (847) 677-5277, Ext. 234 or email@example.com.
Acting Class meets from 2-3 p.m. Mondays for theater games, improv, bit parts, and more for third- through fifth grades. Directed by Debbi Brodsky. Registration required. Contact the Youth Services Department at (847) 677-5277, Ext. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Club meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Exclusively for sixth- through eighth-grade students. Games and group activities.
Afterschool Café is held on Mondays from 2:30-3:15 p.m. so Lincolnwood School students can relax and buy a snack before tackling homework on early release Mondays.
Knitting for All Ages meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays. Adults and children, ages 10 and up, can learn to knit or work on a project.
Northwestern University’s specialized Speech and Language Summer Camp helps children improve speech and language skills in a fun environment that features indoor and outdoor play, local outings, parades, fire truck visits, and more. Designed for children ages 3-7, the camp will run June 20 through Aug. 8 and offers morning and afternoon sessions. Highlights include and ongoing targeting of IEP/current goals. The camp welcomes a select number of peer models, who are children without language or speech needs, at a discounted rate. Services are directed by faculty who are licensed and certified speech-language pathologists and supervise graduate students in therapeutic camp activities. The camp is located in the Speech, Language, and Learning Clinic, in The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders on the Evanston campus. For enrollment information, call Camp Director Tracy Cafferty-Killian at (847) 491-2410 or visit communication.northwestern.edu/speechsummercamp.
A Socialization Group for Children meets on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m. This 10-week group is for children ages 3-5 who have challenges with social interactions. It will be held at Virginia Frank Child Development Center, 3033 Touhy Ave., Chicago. $350 series fee. Contact Joni Crounse, LCSW, or Kathy Ham, LCSW. Call (773) 761-4550 or visit www.jcfs.org.
Socialization Group for Children meets Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. at Virginia Frank Child Development Center, 3033 Touhy Ave., Chicago. This 10-week group is for children ages 3-5 who have challenges with social interactions. $350 series fee. Contact Maggie Faulkenberry, LCSW, or Mollie Reed, LCSW, (773) 761-4550, www.jcfs.org.
The Old Town School of Folk Music will hold sessions of its Wiggleworms Class at Northshore School of the Arts, 319 Park Ave., Glencoe and St. Matthew’s Church, 2120 Lincoln St., Evanston. For schedule information or to schedule a free trial class visit oldtownschool.org or call (773) 728-6000.
Club Maccabee is a free children’s club for students in kindergarten- through fifth-grade that combines fun and games with Hebrew, Jewish education and Scripture study. Call (847) 674-9146. Club Maccabee is sponsored by Devar Emet Messianic Synagogue.
Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie, offers preschool and kindergarten to children of nonmembers. Space is limited. Call Cantor Richard Bessman, (847) 676-1566.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has provided a variety of electronics recycling programs for residents in its member communities. Programs offered include permanent drop-off locations, the At Home Pickup Program, and one-day events. As of Jan. 1, 2012, under the Illinois Product Recycling and Reuse Act, the following electronics are prohibited from being thrown away in the garbage. Computers – PCs and laptops, Computer Monitors, Peripherals – mice, keyboards, zip drives, scanners, mobile phones, MP3 Players, televisions, PDAs, printers, VHS players, fax machines, DVD players, video game consoles and DVR/cable boxes. This spring, summer and fall, the Agency is coordinating one-day events, at no cost. The next event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at Niles North High School, 9800 N. Lawler Ave., Skokie. Electronics from businesses, institutions or schools will not be accepted.
The Village of Skokie seasonal, weekly yard waste collection program resumes on Wednesdays through Nov. 14. Grass clippings will not be collected. To schedule a brush and yard waste collection, contact the automated phone request system at (847) 933-3333 or visit www.skokie.org, to make a request online. The deadline for requests for same-week collection is Monday at noon. Collection requests received after noon on Monday will be scheduled for Wednesday of the following week. For more information regarding yard waste collection, contact the Village of Skokie Public Works Department at (847) 933-8427.
All Village of Skokie Board meetings are now broadcast live on SkokieVision Cable Television (Channel 25 on RCN and Channel 17 on Comcast). Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 8 p.m. at Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St. As always, meetings will be re-broadcast at noon and 8 p.m. on the Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday following a Board Meeting.
The Authority Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 14 and on the second Monday of each month unless noted, at the Centre East Metropolitan Exposition, Auditorium and Office Authority, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has recently updated its web-based reference to include an expanded General Resources Section and other areas of sustainability such as: Appliances and Electronics; Energy Conservation; Home Reuse, Deconstruction and Salvage; Indoor Air Quality; Natural Lawn Care; Travel and Transportation and Water Conservation. Be an educated “greener” consumer and check out swancc.org.
A representative from the Niles Township Clerk’s office is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and evenings by appointment, and on second and fourth Mondays of each month to accommodate residents with passport applications, voter registrations and temporary handicapped parking placards. For an appointment at Niles Township in Skokie, call (847) 673-9300.
The Village of Lincolnwood now has a presence on the two most popular social media pages, Facebook and Twitter. Facebook “fans” and Twitter “followers” can now receive information such as press releases, breaking news, special event information, agendas for meetings, videos, and photos. Links to the social media pages can be found on the Village’s homepage at www.lincolnwoodil.org or directly on Facebook by searching “Village of Lincolnwood” or Twitter “LincolnwoodlL.” The Village encourages all residents, business owners, and friends of the community to “follow us” on Facebook and Twitter. The Village’s website and newsletter remain the primary information sources for news for the Village. For more information, contact Douglas Petroshius, assistant village administrator at email@example.com or (847) 745-4711.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) recently established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable and alkaline batteries. The Agency has partnered with Interstate Batteries in Skokie to provide the recycling at no cost to SWANCC communities, as a corporate product stewardship initiative. 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. Rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals which pose a threat to our environment, and have a marketable recyclability. Batteries Accepted in SWANCC’s Program includes: Alkaline: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V; and Rechargeables: 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. For more information about Interstate Batteries, visit interstatebatteries.com. Drop-off details are posted at swancc.org.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County has established a location for residents to drop off electronics on a weekly basis at no cost at the Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays; and Winnetka Public Works, 1390 Willow Road, 10 a.m. - noon Tuesdays and 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Under the new Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313), only the following items will be accepted: Computers - PCs and laptops, scanners, computer monitors, mobile phones, peripherals -mice, keyboards, zip drives, MP3 players, televisions, PDAs, printers, VHS players, fax machines, DVD players, video game consoles, and DVR/cable boxes. Electronics from businesses, institutions or schools will not be accepted. Visit swancc.org.
A program on Food, Stress, & the Brain will be offered on May 24 at the Holiday Inn, 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie. Presented by the Institute of Natural Resouces, seminar registration will be held from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Some of the topics by Instructor Michelle Albers Ph.D., R.D., will include “Hungy Brain: Biological vs. Psychological Hunger”; “The New Science of Hunger and Appetite”; “Food Addiction: Evidence That a Poor Diet Dulls the Dopamine/Reward System”; “Is the Medicine Cabinet Making People Fat? Antipsychotics, Antidepressants, and Others” and “OTC Supplements: Is It Possible to “Trick” Hunger Away”? CEU hours available for health professionals. Tuition is $81. To register visit www.lNRserninars.com or call (800) 937-6878.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness—Cook Country North Suburban will feature “Nami Basics: Education and Support for You, Your Family and Your Child with Mental Health Issues” from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 25-May 30 at the Scott Nolan Center, 555 Wilson Lane, Des Plaines. To register, call (847) 716-2252.
Literacy Class meets from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through May 26 at the Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. Free weekly class for adults who want to improve reading and writing skills. Sponsored by Oakton Community College. Call (847) 635-1426.
English as a Second Language Class meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 28 at the Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. Free weekly class for adults who want to learn to speak English. Sponsored by Oakton Community College. Call (847) 635-1426.
Become a pilates club member at the Niles Family Fitness Center, at 987 Civic Center Drive, Niles. Purchase two mat pilates classes and receive a Pilates membership card. The card gives you the ability to join all the Mat Pilates classes whenever you wish. Call (847) 588-8400 or visit www.nilesfitness.com for the schedule of classes.
Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Inc., is now offering “Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy,” dog training classes at various locations, including 6042 W. Oakton St., in Morton Grove. The fee is $60. Contact Dorida King at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 736-9021 for schedules and locations. Knitting for Adults is offered 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Lincolnwood Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. Adults can learn to knit or work on knitting projects. All skill levels welcome.
The Chinese Cultural Education Association has room for additional students in its Parent & Tot program for 3-year-olds. Basic, day-to-day Chinese (Mandarin) language phrases, along with Asian culture, games, songs and dances are taught to parents and children in a stress-free environment. Classes are from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays at the St. Lambert Education Center, 8141 N. Kedvale Ave., Skokie. Call (847) 674-0348, or e-mail email@example.com.
World Politics is a red-hot topic. Join expert Lester Mehlman as he discusses what is happening in the world at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, at Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie. Bring your opinions to these lively group sessions. Call (847) 676-1566.
Adult Hebrew classes are offered Sunday mornings at Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie. Enrollment is limited for the hour-long class. Call (847) 676-1566, for details.
Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education will be holding its culminating dinner at 6 p.m. May 8 at Gusto Ristorante Italiano, 1470 Waukegan Road, Glenview. Fee is $35 for members/students, $40, for non-members. Featured speakers in attendance will be the mentors of teen, Michael McCarthy as they relay their part in successfully enabling and inspiring Michael in spite of overwhelming odds. Born without legs, raised in an orphanage in Russia, and adopted by Julie and David McCarthy, Michael has overcome multiple obstacles. Professionals and parents are invited. For information, contact Carrie Parks at (847) 831-4259 or Carriemaeparks@microref.com.
Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Group of Hadassah North Shore Chapter will meet at the Chicago Botanical Gardens at 10 a.m. May 24 to see the spring plantings. After touring the gardens the group will meet in the dinning area for lunch on your own at 11:45 .am. On Oct. 4 they will return to see how the fall weather changes the colors of the season. Call (847) 205-1900, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web at www.northshore.hadassah.org.
The Nehara Group of Hadassah North Shore will meet at 12:30 p.m. April 29, for a self guided tour at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, in Skokie. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors 65 and older. Nehara will start the morning with brunch at 11 a.m. at the Bagel Restaurant Old Orchard, in Skokie. Reservations required. Contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, e-mail: email@example.com or visit www.northshore.hadassah.org.
The Business & Professional Hadassah of North Shore Chapter will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 19 for a “Taste and Tell” Luncheon at the North Shore office, 3000 Dundee #313 in Northbrook. Come and join new friends at this fun afternoon. The cost is $20 benefiting stem cell research at Hadassah Hospital. Contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.northshore.hadassah.org.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will host the following meetings. Visit http://www.jewishgen.org/jgsi or call (312) 666-0100.
The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) will be devoted to family history research methods. A special program called “The 1940 Census and Online Finding Aids” will be presented by Dr. Joel Weintraub, an emeritus biology professor at California State University, Fullerton, on April 29. This lecture program will be free to JGSI members. Nonmembers will be charged $10, which can be applied to JGSI membership until June 1, 2012. Check-in begins at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.
“A Chicago Story of Sex, Murder and Genealogy” will be presented by Mike Karsen, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, at 2 p.m., May 20. In a temporary change of location, this meeting will be held at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway St., Chicago. Karsen will tell the story of Dora Feldman McDonald, the daughter of German Jewish immigrants, who made the front pages of Chicago’s newspapers in 1907 when she shot her lover. Dora, who was married to a powerful Chicago political boss, used murder to end the affair and her lover’s blackmail. Family history researcher Karsen will set the record straight about what happened to McDonald after her dramatic acquittal. The JGSI help desk will open at 12:30 p.m. at Anshe Emet Synagogue for anyone who wants to ask genealogical questions before the main program.
Henrietta Szold Hadassah invites all to their Fashion Show Luncheon “The Magic of Hadassah” at 11 a.m. April 29 at the Hyatt Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Road, in Deerfield. This is Henrietta Szold Group’s annual opportunity to bring together members, their mothers, daughters and friends for a lovely ladies day out prior to Mother’s Day. The new Life members of Hadassah will model the beautiful fashions of Chico’s of Northbrook Court. The proceeds from this special day, includes a spectacular array of raffle prizes, benefiting the Medical Research at Hadassah Hospitals. The cost is $40. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900 or e-mail: email@example.com or visit www.northshore.hadassah.org.
Hadassah North Shore Chapter is continuing their Mitzvah Project of collecting notions, gift cards to grocery stores and glasses for distribution to Women’s Shelters. Drop off items at the Hadassah North Shore office at 3000 Dundee, #313, in Northbrook. Call the office at (847) 205-1900 or e-mail:www.northshore.hadassah.org.
Chai Hadassah Knitters, or those who prefer to crochet, invites you to bring your needles and yarn and join them on Wednesdays, April 25, May 30 and June 27. They meet for two hours starting at 1 p.m. to work on blankets for the Linus Project or the project that has been waiting for you to finish. The meetings are at a member’s home in Highland Park with a $5 donation to Hadassah. Contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.northshore.hadassah.org.
The National Council of Jewish Women’s Illinois State Policy Advocacy Committee will feature Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon and other expert panel members discussing women’s issues at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at 1107 Central Ave., Wilmette. The fee is $10. Pre-registration is required by April 23. Visit www.ncjwcns.org.
VFW Snell Post 7186 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Evanston, is looking to enroll new members due to the loss of elderly veterans. All new members will have their first year membership paid for by Snell Post 7186. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Fleetwood Jordain Center, 1655 Foster in Evanston. Call Commander Clifford Washington at (847) 331-7965.
Northern Illinois Stereo Camera Club meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Morton Grove Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. The group is devoted to preserving and promoting all aspects of three-dimensional art and photography. Meetings free and open to public. Beginners welcome. Call T.J. Adamczyk (773) 631-7068 or e-mail: Mike Cosentino at email@example.com. Also visit http://site.google.com/site/northillinoisstereocameraclub.
The Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society meets monthly on the second Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie. Visitors are always welcome. The objectives of the society are to study, disseminate, and promote interest in the earth sciences emphasizing the various aspects of geology, paleontology, paleobotany, mineralogy, and the lapidary arts, as well as to collect minerals, fossil specimens, and cutting material. Call Jeanine N. Mielecki at (773) 774-2054 or e-mail JayNine9@aol.com. Visit www.chicagorocks.org.
The Rotary Club of Skokie Valley meets from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant at 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, North Ring Road, Skokie. Lunch is $14, for members and $15 for visitors and guests. Call (847) 763-9811.
A New Personal Growth Book Club meets from 9:30-11 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Levy Senior Center, 800 Dodge Ave., in Evanston. The book club is free and open to individuals ages 55 and older. It is facilitated by a licensed, clinical social worker who specializes in positive psychology. Call (847) 448-8250.
The following clubs meet at the Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave.; (847) 677-5277; www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. The Friends of Lincolnwood Library meets 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, except December.
Knitting for Adults meets 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Adults can learn to knit or work on knitting projects. All skill levels welcome.
The Adult Stamp Club meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.
The Mac Users Club meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.
Humanities Treasures meets 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, North Shore Practice Group, meets the last Wednesday of each month from noon-1:30 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, Old Orchard Road, Skokie. Group is comprised of attorneys, financial and mental health professionals, committed to helping people through divorce without litigation. Contact Sara Stolberg: firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 325-5554. Also visit www.collablawil.org.
The Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley meets at noon Thursdays at North Shore Holiday Inn, 5300 Touhy Ave., Skokie. Call Lisa, (847) 329-0400, or e-mail email@example.com.
Skokie Photographic Society meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on the lower level of Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St., Skokie. Photographers at all levels welcome. Call (847) 677-8324.
Skokie Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday at North Shore Holiday Inn, 5300 Touhy Ave., Skokie. Call Lion Walt Holden, (847) 679-7457.
Niles Township Toastmasters meets 7:15-8:45 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Come and hone your speaking skills, learn to speak extemporaneously or tell a joke. Call (847) 583-9328.
Chicago Photographic Collectors Society meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, except in July, November and December, at the Ridgeview Grill, 827 Ridge Road, Wilmette. Visit www.chicagophotographic.org.
The Couples Social and Dance Club meets 7:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month on the lower level of the Leaning Tower YMCA, 6300 Touhy Ave., Niles. The evening features live band music. Call Marilyn Katz, (847) 299-5827.
National Scrabble Association Club 340 meets 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie, and 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sundays at the Macy’s food court (third floor), 2171 Northbrook Court Mall, Northbrook. The fee is $2 for the day; admission is free to newcomers. Call Robert, (847) 945-7150, or Elizabeth, (847) 433-8591.
The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Lawyer Referral Service and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) will host a special Law Week Call-A-Lawyer program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Volunteer attorneys will give free legal advice over the phone to Chicagoland residents who call (312) 554-2001. Attorneys will be available to answer general questions on a variety of legal issues including Bankruptcy, Domestic Relations, Immigration, Personal Injury and Social Security. Callers can explain their situation to an attorney who will then suggest self-help strategies to resolve their legal issues. If callers need further legal services, they will be advised to see their attorney or to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service at (312) 554-2001 during business hours or through the website at www.chicagobar.org.
Hadassah North Shore Resale Shop, 1710 First St., in Highland Park, provides a unique shopping opportunity to the North Shore community. The Hadassah Resale Shop is a reliable source for quality furniture, house wares, toys, art work and clothing-- including designer labels for the whole family. Shop hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (847) 433-6352 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations of lightly used clothing, household items, furniture and toys are accepted and welcomed at the store during business hours six days a week. Proceeds benefit Nobel Prize nominee Hadassah Medical Center. A special discount to military service personnel and their families.
Polish National Alliance invites Sox fans to join them, along with the vice presidents of the Polish Roman Catholic Union, Polish Falcons of America and Polish Women’s Alliance for the annual Polish-American Night at U.S. Cellular Field (Sox Park) at 7:10 p.m. July 3 for the Chicago White Sox vs. the Texas Rangers. The cost of tickets for the lower box seats are only $20, (half price of original cost). Tickets can be purchased from the Polish National Alliance (800) 621-3723, Ext. 316) Polish Roman Catholic Union (800) 772-8632, Ext. 2601; Polish Falcons of America (574) 289-2140; or the Polish Women’s Alliance (888) 522-1898, Ext. 1208). Sox game tickets are limited and going fast, and will be sold as first come, first served.
Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago will host the following free programs at 10:30 a.m. at 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Coffee Hour after talks. All are welcome. Childcare is available. Call (847) 677-3334 or visit www.ethical human.org.
The annual Spring Festival is on April 22. Led by Tom Hoeppner and Sharon Appelquist, celebrate Earth Day and the seasonal renewal of life. The Sunday School children will display their remarkable musical talents, present a short dramatic salute to spring, and give out colorful spring flowers in hand-painted pots for planting in home gardens.
Steven Davis, professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago, speaks April 29. His topic is “Has Policy Uncertainty Held Back Our Economic Recovery?” Davis will discuss the causes of uncertainty in government policies and the possible impact of the uncertainty on job growth and living standards.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, (847) 967-4800, www.ilholocaustmuseum.org, offers the following:
Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom Hashoah and Illinois Holocaust Museum’s third Anniversary will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. April 19. Abraham Foxman, Holocaust survivor and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss “A 21st Century Challenge: Protecting the Memory and Meaning of the Holocaust.” Foxman, whose life was saved by his Polish Catholic nanny, has devoted a lifetime to fighting antisemitism, discrimination and prejudice. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required; (847) 967-4889.
An Holocaust Remembrance Concert will be presented in cooperation with Chicago’s Cantors will be held from 3-4 p.m. April 22. The Museum’s “Celebrating the Cantorial Arts of Europe” will be performed by cantors from Chicago-area congregations. The program will feature the music of Jewish communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required; (847) 967-4889.
A Special Exhibition: Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War continues through June 17. The display explores and celebrates the achievements of Jewish men and women who were part of the American war effort on and off the battlefield. 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. Ours To Fight For brings to life the actions and feelings of these courageous young men and women.
The Village of Skokie is collecting non-perishable food to benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry. A large food collection box is located at the main entrance of Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St. Consider donating non-perishable goods while purchasing a vehicle sticker, dropping of a permit application or doing other business at Village Hall. Acceptable items include: boxed cereals, canned vegetables and fruits; canned stews, soups, pork & beans; canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.; boxed juices and milk; pasta, rice; peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars only); pudding cups, fruit cups, fruit bars, raisins; and crackers. No glass jars/bottles or perishable foods. Village Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call the Human Services Division at (847) 933-8208.
The 50-50 Rule, a new local program, offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families provide the best care for elderly parents. At the core of the 50-50 Rule public education program is a family relationship and communication guide of real-life situations that features practical advice from sibling relationships experts. Research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network reveals that an inability to work together often leads to one sibling becoming responsible for the bulk of care giving in 43 percent of families. And that can result in the deterioration of relationships with brothers and sisters. For information about a free guide and other resources call (847) 673-1250 or visit www.solvingfamilyconflict.com.
CJE’s Consumer Assistance staff can answer questions about Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, including the shrinking “donut hole” and other changes in Part D coverage for 2011 and beyond. Representatives can explain the differences between Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans and how to choose a plan that best suits one’s individual needs. If you or your loved ones have questions regarding healthcare reform and how it affects you, call CJE’s Consumer Assistance at (773) 508-1000, for a free consultation. Russian-speaking staff is also available.
SASI, a nonprofit organization, recently announced its new name-- Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI), to better reflect the agency’s mission to help adults who, due to aging, illness or injury, need assistance in the home. It was formerly called Senior Action Service Inc. Based in Evanston at 1123 Emerson St., SASI serves several other communities, including Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Skokie, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, Deerfield, Des Plaines and Chicago. Call (847) 864-7274 or visit www.SASIathome.org.
The Village of Skokie Health Department offers a short-term infant/toddler car seat loan program. The program is available to Skokie residents and is ideal when young guests are visiting. A $10 cash deposit is required for each seat borrowed. The participating resident receives $5 of the deposit back once the seat is returned in good condition. Health Department personnel are able to assist residents with ensuring the proper installation of loaned seats. Seats are loaned subject to availability and are loaned for up to six weeks. Contact the Skokie Health Department at (847) 933-8252 or visit www.skokie.org.
Pet licenses are available at Village Hall. With a veterinarian’s statement of spay/neutering, the pet license fee is $6. Without the statement the fee is $12. A current rabies certificate must be presented at the time of purchase whether purchasing in-person or by mail. Pet licenses cannot be renewed online. Pet licenses purchased 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St.
The Village of Skokie offers the TeenLink program that unites Skokie residents who are in need of outside seasonal yard work, such as snow shoveling, raking and lawn care with teens who are available for hire to do the work. The TeenLink program list provides contact information for Skokie teens available to do seasonal yard work. The list includes the name and address of the teen, days available, type of work they are willing to do and their expected rate of pay. Residents can receive the list by mail or e-mail. The resident is responsible for contacting the teen and for making financial and scheduling arrangements. For a copy of the TeenLink contact list, call the Village manager’s office at (847) 933-8210. Skokie teens can also complete an application to be added to the TeenLink program by contacting the Village manager’s office or by visiting www.skokie.org, to download an application.
For information about a free meeting space for groups or committees, call Lindsey at the Lincolnwood Place Retirement community, (847) 673-7166.
The Village of Skokie’s Human Services Division hosts a drop-in class for anyone who wishes to become a U.S. citizen. The class meets 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays at 5120 Galitz St., Skokie. The tutorial reviews citizenship test questions, prints testing applications and submits completed applications to the federal government. Call (847) 933-8208.
The Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz St., Skokie, offers the following programs. Call (847) 933-8208 if registration is required.
Bright Ideas ESL Class meets 9:15-11:15 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Registration required.
Chess is played from noon-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Socialization and Needlework takes place 10:30 a.m.-noon every Tuesday.
News and Views Discussion is set at 10 a.m. every Friday.
A Simple Will/Durable Power of Attorney/Living Will program for low-income seniors who meet requirements is offered. A fee is charged by the attorney. Call (847) 933-8208 for program details and registration information. Woodcarving meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. with instructor Irv Marion. Fee required.
NA’AMAT USA, Toladah Club will deliver a top-notch, great quality, first rate Lox Box on the morning of April 29. This box will be filled with eight ounces of lox, a half dozen bagels, cream cheese, an onion, a tomato, orange juice, cake and taffy apples. All of this, including handling charges and delivery, is only $24. Lox boxes will be delivered to Rogers Park in the city, many north and northwest suburbs. Contact Sue at (773) 761-1954 or e-mailing Lockguy13@aol.com to determine if a location is within the acceptable range. The purchase of a Toladah Lox Box will help NA’AMAT USA continue to fulfill its mission to aid the women and children of Israel.
A representative from the Niles Township Clerk’s office will be available weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and evenings by appointment on the second and fourth Mondays of each month to accommodate your schedule to assist with passport applications, voter registration and temporary handicapped parking placards. For an appointment at Niles Township in Skokie, call (847) 673-9300.
Skokie Public Board generally meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the board room at the library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. Agendas may be obtained before the meeting by calling the administrative office, (847) 324-3128.
The month of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and NorthShore University HealthSystem is offering a free skin cancer screening from 9 - 11:30 a.m. May 6 at NorthShore Skokie Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center, 9600 Gross Point Road, in Skokie. Board certified dermatologists will perform the free screenings and will give participants their results immediately, recommending follow-up if necessary. Registered participants are asked to wear a bathing suit under their clothing for the examination and to arrive just 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. The screening is free, but participants must schedule an appointment ahead of time. To register call (847) 570-5020 or visit www.northshore.org/calendar and search for ‘Cancer care’ and ‘Skokie.’
Immunization Clinics will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. The clinic fee is $5 per person and participants must register in advance.
Pediatric developmental screenings are offered at no cost. LYNX Therapeutics, 9436 Ozark Ave., Morton Grove, provides specialized occupational therapy services and learning instruction programs to children with physical, social, emotional and learning difficulties. Contact Ingrid Kenron at (847) 791-1631 or (847) 966-1505.
The village of Skokie Health Department offers microwave-oven testing to measure for possible radiation leaks. Testing is recommended for older microwave models. Microwaves that have damaged doors or seals may leak harmful radiation. There is no charge, but an appointment is required. Skokie residents should call the Environmental Health Division, (847) 933-8484.
An Arthritis Foundation education-and-support group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the first Friday of the month in Room 105 of the Weber Center, 9300 Weber Park Place, Skokie. This group will be facilitated by a clinical social worker and a foundation-certified group leader. Call (847) 674-1500, Ext. 2600.
Jewish Child & Family Services, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie, will present Community Education for People with Disabilities, Their Families and Professionals. Classes are held from 6 – 8 p.m. and include: “Know Your Special Education Rights” on April 26, led by Micki Moran, J.D.; “Adaptive and Accessible Interior Design,” May 17 with Leslie Markman Stern; and “Anger Management Strategies for People with Developmental Disabilities,” June 14 with Emily Tegenkamp. Three programs, no fee, and sign up for as many as you wish. CEU’s and CPDU’s available for all presentations. Registration required. Contact Emily Tegenkamp at (773) 467-3741 or www.jcfs.org.
Community Education for People with Disabilities, their Families and Professionals. Jewish Child & Family Services offers free monthly/bimonthly community education on a variety of topics related to disability at 5150 Golf Road, Skokie location. CEUs and CPDUs are available for all presentations. Visit www.jcfs.org. Contact Emily Tegenkamp, (773) 467-3741, www.jcfs.org.
Jewish Child & Family Services will hold a social group for adults with disabilities. Adults In Transition will meet from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. Social support group for adults with disabilities who are in their 20s to mid-50s. Social support, conversation, and a safe environment to explore issues. Cost is $7 per session. Contact Sheri Fox, LCSW, (847) 412-4356. Visit www.jcfs.org.
Finding Resources in the Community Chest will be offered from 6–7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at JCFS, 3525 Peterson, Chicago. There are services in the community for people needing food, financial help, employment assistance and resources. This group will help identify options and create a plan of action to rebuild. Contact Lawrence Sodeinde, (773) 516-5526, LEN@jcfs.org. or www.jcfs.org.
Haikufest will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. April 28 at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call (847) 673-3733.
Litlounge, a book group co-sponsored by Skokie Public Library and Morton Grove Public Library, meets in the Irish pub, The Curragh, 8266 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. The group will review “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson at 7 p.m. May 15. Nearing the end of his days, Reverend John Ames writes a letter narrating his life for his young son, telling a story that traces his own past and that of previous generations stretching back to the Civil War.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. offers the following programs. Call (847) 677-5277 or visit www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org.
Cinematic Classics shown Thursdays at 1 p.m. April 19: “Singin’ in the Rain”; April 26: “The Court Jester.”
Friday Films shown weekly at 1 p.m. April 20: “The Descendants”; April 27: “Footloose.”
Morning Matinees are held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. April 26: “The Three Musketeers.”
World Book Night Reception takes place at 7 p.m. April 23. World Book Night is a charity dedicated to the promotion of literacy and the celebration, sharing and enjoyment of reading among teenagers and adults.
The Lincolnwood Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.
Poetry Spot runs through April 29. Hours are posted in the library lobby. Stop by the Friends of the Library’s table and read a short poem, original or borrowed. Or compose a haiku in honor of the library and drop it into a box on the table. In return for either one, you will receive a sweet treat.
Travel Through Time Presentation will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 20 with Elise Ginsparg discussing “Sites and Stories of Jewish Warsaw.”
Parenting a Child with Special Needs? Join other parents and consult with professionals on specific parenting issues for children with special needs. Single seminars and ongoing sessions offered at Jewish Child & Family Services, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook. Call for more information and start dates. Groups are ongoing and run year-round. For dates, times and fees, contact Meredith White, (847) 412-4336, www.jcfs.org.
Group Firefly, for children ages 10-14 diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder or Autism meet Tuesdays, from 5–6 p.m. at Jewish Child & Family Services, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook. Group focuses on teaching and building social skills and encouraging prosocial engagement with peers. Three series, 10 weeks each. $250 per series fee. For dates and times, contact Rachel Riley, PsyD, (847) 412-4355, www.jcfs.org.
Get Together for Parents and Children: Ages 4 and Under meets Tuesdays, 10- 11:30 a.m. at Virginia Frank Child Development Center, 3033 Touhy, Chicago. The group offers an opportunity for parents to meet other parents with young children; get away from feeling ‘cooped up’ and ‘isolated’; share experiences, ideas, and concerns with other parents and staff whose skills are in family and child development; discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play. $15 per session per family. Contact Joanne Kestnbaum, LCSW, at (773) 761-4550. JoanneKestnbaum@jcfs.org. www.jcfs.org.
Adopt-A-Park has been established so that neighborhood groups or other organizations can work in conjunction with the Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation Department in maintaining and improving the community’s parks. Through fund-raising, volunteer clean-up and program/activities are held in the park. Adopting groups will be able to have a part in addressing the needs of their adopted park. School classes can use their adopted park as an outdoor classroom to learn ecology and give students the opportunity to have a deeper role in the Lincolnwood community. When a group decides to Adopt-A-Park, the Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation Department will work closely with the group’s Adopt-A-Park volunteers to plan events, clean-ups and other activities. Adopting organizations will be recognized with a sign placed at “their” park. If your group is interested in adopting a park, contact the Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation Department at (847) 677-9740 to discuss possible park locations. A meeting will be arranged to discuss the program as well as ideas a group might have for an adopted park.
The Lincolnwood Community Center, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, is available for rent to businesses, individuals and families of Lincolnwood as well as those living nearby. Rent the center for various functions including birthday parties, bat/bar mitzvah parties, family reunions/celebrations, annual holiday parties, wedding engagements, retirement parties, classroom enrichment programs and more. Amenities includes round or rectangular tables, banquet chairs, kitchen, TV, podium with microphone, coffeepot, and tablecloths. To tour building, inquire about availability, or a renter information packet, call (847) 677-9740.
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation offers individuals with physical and mental challenges, behavior and learning disorders, hearing and visual impairments and emotional disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreation activities. To receive a seasonal brochure or to offer support for individuals with special needs by volunteering, call (847) 966-5522.
Temple Judea Mizpah Mitzvah Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie. Blood and bone marrow drives open to the community. Each blood donor can save three lives. Also, Project Linus will be there to help volunteers make handmade blankets to keep hospitalized children warm. To register for blood drive, call (847) 676-1566. Walk-ins welcome.
Congregation Kol Emeth, 5130 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, will hold Spring Adult Education from 10 a.m. to noon April 29. The topic is “The Lives of Jewish Women in Israel,” taught by Moshe Pomerantz. The lecture is $13, including lunch. Call (847) 673-3370.
Movie Night will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8201 N. Karlov Ave., Skokie, at 7:15 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Join them for a feature film, popcorn and discussion. Call (847) 966-8445.
Jerusalem Lutheran School, 6218 Capulina Ave., in Morton Grove, holds Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible study, children’s Sunday school and C4L (Christians for Life) teen group meet at 9:15 a.m. Two other Bible classes are offered on Wednesdays. Call Pastor Prange at (847) 965-7340 or visit www.jerusalemlutheran.org.
Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present, if you would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, contact Allen R. Hope, president, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505. Call (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. eastern time, fax: 260-492-9771 or e-mail: Hope4391@ frontier.corn.
The Illinois Sons of Italy Foundation announced that graduating high school seniors who are full or partially of Italian ancestry are invited to compete for $1,000 college scholarships. The Scholarships will be awarded to qualified students who will graduate this year from any recognized public or private high school in Illinois. Applicants will be selected on the basis of financial need, scholastic achievements, activities in high school showing character and leadership, applicant’s personal essay and faculty recommendations. Applications can be obtained by contacting the Illinois Sons of Italy Foundation, in writing, at 9447 West 144th Place, Orland Park, IL 60462. Including a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or via e-mail at email@example.com. Applications are available now and must be completed and returned to the Foundation office by July 1. Winners will be notified on or before Aug. 31.
Variety of Illinois invites interested athletes ages 8 to 21, who are passionately pursuing dreams of athletic glory, to apply to the Live to Achieve Program for a $1,000 grant. Applications can be downloaded from Variety of Illinois’ website at varietyofillinois.org. For print copies, call Variety at (312) 822-0660, and an application will be mailed. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be notified by mail of Variety of Illinois’ decision, which will take into account overall personality and goals of the applicant, not just sheer athletic talent. Applicants are eligible to receive one Live to Achieve grant per calendar year.
“Immigrants Aspire!” scholarships and essay competition offers three scholarship awards – a grand prize of $2,000 and two runner-up prizes of $500 – will be payable directly to each winning student’s college or university. Winners will be honored at a special reception and their essays will be featured on the website of the sponsor, Immigration Law Associates. Contestants must prepare a 750-1,000 word essay on the topic: “If you could make one major change in the immigration laws, what would it be and why?” Essays must be in English. Entrants must be graduating high school seniors residing in Illinois who will be entering an institution of higher learning in the fall of 2012. They must be immigrants themselves or have at least one immigrant parent or stepparent. The immigration status of contestants and their families will not be a factor in eligibility. Interested students should submit their essays online along with the “Immigrants Aspire” application form posted on the Immigration Law Associates website at http://www.immig-chicago.com/pages/Scholarship. The submission deadline is midnight May 31. Winners will be announced no later than June 30. Contact Christine Futia at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 763-8500 for additional information.
A weekly senior drop-in group meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays at 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. Participants discuss politics, current events, health, relationships and more. The fee is $7 per session. Contact Sandy Posner at (847) 745-5448 or SandyPosner@jcfs.org, www.jcfs.org.
Bright Ideas ESL is held from 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz St., Skokie. The Ongoing English as a Second Language class is for Russian-speaking refugees 60 and older. Interactive, fun, conversational. Beginners are welcome. Class is based on Bright Ideas ESL Curriculum, developed by the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE), specifically for the older learner. No fee. Contact Barbara Urbanska-Yeager, (773) 866-5035. www.jcfs.org.
CJE SeniorLife offers support groups on a wide variety of topics of interest to seniors and their families. Fees vary according to program and individual circumstances and some groups may be partially covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance. To join a group, call CJE SeniorLife at (773) 508-1000.
Linkages Parent Information Meeting takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 10 at the Linkages at Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy, Chicago. Guest speaker Mayra Salazar, public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration, will be sharing information on social security programs for people with disabilities - SSI, SSID, Medicare and the PASS program. Eligibility, application process and additional resources and services that SSA can provide will be addressed. Free. Registration required. Call Rosann Corcoran at (773) 508-1694.
Total Memory Workout; a seven-week memory enhancement program takes place 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, May 1 to June 12 at the Weinberg Community for Senior Living (Gidwitz Place Social Hall), 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. Forgetfulness is part of being human, but you can develop skills to enhance your memory. Join CJE SeniorLife’s certified instructors, Andrea Kaplan and Barbara Milsk, from its Center for Healthy Living for this wellness series and learn about tips, tools and habits to enhance and maintain your memory. Cost is $50 per person. Call Barbara Milsk (773) 508-1169 for additional information. Registration required. RSVP to (773) 508-1073.
Take Charge of Your Diabetes: A free, interactive 8-week program designed for people with Type 2 Diabetes takes place 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays May 10 to June 28 at Weinberg Community for Senior Living, 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. Meet new people, share experiences and learn about ways to improve your life. Each participant will receive an individual assessment by a registered dietician to help you manage your diabetes and reach your personal goals: coping with fatigue, frustration, pain and isolation that may be related to diabetes; exercising to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance; using medications and practicing good nutrition; communicating with family, friends and health professionals; monitoring diabetes and managing low blood sugar levels; and making positive changes in your life through goal setting and problem solving. Registration required. RSVP to AgeOptions at (708) 383-0258 by May 8.
Scrabble Club is for word lovers and game players of all levels. Learn the classic game of Scrabble or get tips to sharpen your skills, with instructor and tournament director Joe Cortese. Meets at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy Ave. Chicago. Free. Monthly meeting dates: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Call (773) 508-1000.
Holocaust Survivors — Coffee and Conversation meets every Monday and Thursday throughout the month. Group meets from 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, April 23 and 30, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free. Call (847) 568-5200 to register. Also held from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 and 26 at JCFS Joy F. Knapp Center, 3145 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago. Free. Call (847) 568-5100.
Living Life Through Loss, a drop-in bereavement support group, meets every Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m. at CJE SeniorLife, 3003 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago. Any adult over the age of 60 who has lost a loved one in the past three years is encouraged to attend. Monthly meeting date: April 25. There is a $5 fee for each session. Call (773) 508-1129.
Making Connections: Seniors with Adult Children with Disabilities meets from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago. The program offers families an opportunity to connect, share experiences and learn about benefits and community resources. Those interested in attending must register in advance by calling (773) 508-1694. Monthly meeting dates: May 1 and 15.
A support group for family caregivers whose loved one has been diagnosed with an atypical dementia (Frontotemporal Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia) will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Weinberg Community for Senior Living, 1551 Lake-Cook Road, Deerfield. Drop-ins are welcome. On-site respite care available during the support group; pre-registration is only required if bringing a loved one to respite care. Call Sara Sanderman at (847) 236-7863. Monthly meeting date: May 16.
Caregiving for Loved Ones with Dementia is a support group for individuals who are involved in the care of a loved one with dementia. Meets first and third Wednesday of each month 11 a.m. to noon at CJE’s Adult Day Services, 1015 W. Howard St., Evanston. RSVP to Amy Zann, LCSW, (773) 508-1690. Monthly meeting dates: May 2 and 16.
Community Senior Adults is open to new members. Lunch, socialize and entertainment are offered on a weekly basis. Purchase Kosher lunches at affordable prices. Meets 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 9700 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Call Esther Craven at (773) 508-1047. Monthly meeting dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Coping with the Stress of Aging, a new therapy group meets on a weekly basis and offers an opportunity to meet with others age 60 and older coping with the stress of aging. Designed to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, group members offer support and insight to one another to promote more effective coping and enhance relationships as one ages. Participation requires advance screening and evaluation in order to be billable to Medicare and secondary insurance. Meets from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday, at Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago. Call Sharon Dornberg-Lee, LCSW at (773) 508-1088. Meeting dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
CJE SeniorLife is working with senior citizens and families across the Metropolitan Chicago through its new home safety assessments program to help spot possible safety hazards in the home. Through the service, a Certified Aging in-Place Specialist (CAPS) comes out to the home to discuss changes that may help the resident remain in their house longer. CAPS walks through the residence and presents a list of suggested modifications, repairs and preventative safety measures, and also provides a list of available resources for making these changes. Some overlooked items that a CAPS professional can help with include eliminating hazards caused by area rugs and from walkways, installation of grab bars, carpeting, reduction of clutter in the bathroom, securing railings that lead up and down staircases, fixing uneven steps, rerouting of electrical cords, modification of how to organize cabinets to avoid unnecessary reaching and bending and more. CJE SeniorLife’s home safety assessments by a CAPS professional provides an objective review of the home’s safety. The service costs $125 and most assessments last 90 minutes. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call CJE SeniorLife at (773) 508-1000.
Staff from nonprofit agency SASI will answer questions about home care and ways to stay home safely from 9-11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at North Shore Community Bank, 7800 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. For details, call SASI-Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes at (847) 864-7274 or visit www.SASIathome.org.
SASI’s Celebrating Experience: A Gallery of Art by senior citizens is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment. SASI is in the professional building above the retail shops at 1123 Emerson St., Evanston. Directions at www.sasiathome.org/contact/contact.html.
Super Seniors, a Jewish senior group for those 60 or older meets from 3-4:30 p.m. on first and third Sundays at the North Shore University Health System Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Topics include current events, books, jokes and Israel. Call (847) 583-9328.
SASI’s Celebrating Experience: A Gallery of Art by senior citizens is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment. SASI is in the professional building above the retail shops at 1123 Emerson St., Evanston. Directions at www.sasiathome.org/contact/contact.html.
The Village Center Apartments, a low-income subsidized senior citizen residence in Skokie, will take application requests to apply to the waiting list for a limited number of future vacancies. Applicants must be at least 62 years of age and must meet current eligibility guidelines and income limitations. To receive an application, along with a description of the qualifications needed to apply, send a letter or postcard with the name and address of the prospective applicant to 5140 Galitz St., Skokie IL 60077. Do not come to the management office, as no applications will be distributed from there. The application forms will be sent out in approximately one month from receipt of the request.
CJE SeniorLife is now accepting applications for Robineau Residence, 7550 N. Kostner Ave., in Skokie, for immediate move-in. The age requirement for residency at Robineau was recently lowered to 55 years of age (from 62). In addition, the income level for a single occupant was raised to $42,100 per year. Robineau is designed to serve senior citizens who may need a helping hand. 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. A Robineau service fee assistance program is available for residents. For an application and a tour of Robineau, contact Dorothy Levant at (847) 675-8580.
Join in knitting, needlepoint, crocheting or embroidery from 10:30 a.m.-noon every Tuesday at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz St., Skokie. Have fun with the social group while chatting and crafting. All interested persons are invited for free. Call (847) 933-8208.
Jewish Senior Singles Social Club meets throughout the months for dinner and a variety of programs. Call (847) 676-2872.
Lincolnwood Mayor Jerry Turry’s Rescue Rangers is a program for senior residents or anyone with disabilities who lack the resources, and are unable, to complete daily living tasks, such as shoveling snow, walking a pet or placing garbage toters. Local teens assist senior’s Office. Call (847) 745-4717.
Join the Lincolnwood Social Club (55+) Individuals do not have to be a resident of Lincolnwood to join. The group visits exciting places every week in addition to the numerous special events held at the Community Center.
Lincolnwood Social Club 55+ in the Lincolnwood Community Center, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, features a Weights & Movement exercise class from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $2 for members per class; $3, guests. Call the Parks & Recreation Office at (847) 677-9740 for registration.
Lincolnwood Social Club 55+ meets for Bridge from 1-3:30 p.m. Mondays (excluding legal holidays) at 6900 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood. Admission free for members. Call Parks & Recreation office at (847) 677-9740.
Lincolnwood Social Club 55+ meets for Mah Jongg from 12:30-3 p.m. Thursdays (excluding legal holidays) at 6900 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood. Admission is free for members. Call the Parks & Recreation office at (847) 677-9740.
Super Seniors, a Jewish Seniors group for those over 60 meets from 3-4:30 p.m. on first and third Sundays at the North Shore University Health System Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Topics include current events, books, jokes and Israel. Call Phyllis (847) 583-9328.
Lincolnwood Place Retirement Community, 7000 N. McCormick Blvd. RSVP to Lindsey, (847) 673-7166, Ext. 4204, hosts the following events: An Tai Chi class with Francesca at 10 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday in Auditorium II; Gitta’s Yiddish Music Discussion Group meets at 1:30 p.m. Fridays in the Card Room; A free stretch-and-tone class take place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, with a free strength-training class follows at 11 a.m. (847) 673-7166; A free low-impact fitness class is held at 10 a.m. Fridays.
A low-vision support group meets 1:30 -3 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz St., Skokie. Anyone interested is invited to attend. Call (847) 933-8208.
A hearing-loss support group meets 1:30-3 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz St., Skokie. Call (847) 933-8208.
The Silver Singers perform at 1:30 p.m. the last Monday of each month at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz St., Skokie. Call (847) 933-8208.
The Skokie Park District seniors enjoy movies at 1 p.m. every other Wednesday at the Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie. There is no fee for the movie. Call (847) 933-4969.
The Skokie Park District’s Gratitude Club meets the first Tuesday of each month to discuss a variety of topics, including self-improvement and self-awareness. Fee is $3 for Skokie residents; $5, nonresidents. For reservations, call (847) 933-4969.
Seniors and make new ones at a weekly discussion group, meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Weber Center, 9300 Weber Park Place, Skokie. Free. Call Marvin, (847) 674-9656, Monty, (847) 674-4441, or Irving, (847) 967-7979.
The Family Caregiver Circle is an educational support group for family members caregiving seniors. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Community Church, 8944 Austin Ave. Drop-ins are always welcome. If in need of respite care during the meeting, call (847) 965-2982, in advance.
NorthShore Hospice sponsors the following Grief Support Groups: Soul Mates, an ongoing support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner. Group meets on second and fourth Tuesday of the month 6:30-8 p.m. at NorthShore Hospice office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. Legacy, an ongoing support group for adults who have experienced the death of a parent. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month 6:30-8 p.m. at NorthShore Hospice office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. Handicap accessible and parking available. Pre-register with Thom Dennis, (847) 982-4364 or e-mail him at Tdennis@northshore.org.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban will hold meetings from 9-10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Room 1700, Evanston. Parking is free. Call (847) 716-2252.
The Bethany Terrace will host its monthly Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Dementia Support Group meets from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on the third Fridays of every month at 8425 Waukegan Road, in Morton Grove. Light refreshments will be served. Support Groups are an excellent way for family members to share their experiences meeting the challenges and rewards of living with a family member who has dementia/ Alzheimer’s and to learn about the disease. All members of the community are welcome to attend. Call (847) 965-8100.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban, invites the public to attend its “Family Support Group” for families of adults coping with a mental illness. Program is free and meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month, at the Nesset Center, 1775 Ballard, north of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Free parking. Call (847) 716-2252.
Weight No More, a friendly weight loss support group, is welcoming new members. Meetings take place from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 Howard St. Niles, elevator accessible. Weigh in: 9:15-9:30 a.m. Discussions include weight loss tips, recipes, and helpful ideas to help participants reach their goals. Fees are $5 monthly to defray the room rental costs and small fines for weight gain. Call (847) 679-4229.
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 center portion of main level. Use the entrance at the rear (Grant Place) across from the parking lot. No dues or fees are required. First names only are used at meetings to preserve individual anonymity. This is a non-professional and non-religious program. Visitors are always welcome. For more information and a list of other local meeting locations call Families Anonymous at (773) 777-4442 or visit www.familiesanonymous.org.
Tops Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), an international weight-loss network of support groups, holds a local meeting weekly on Mondays beginning at 5 p.m. at the Niles Park District Center, 6676 West Howard St., Niles, on the lower level. The building is handicap accessible. TOPS has helped individuals live healthier lives since 1948 with a combination of sensible eating, regular exercise, and ongoing support to help members achieve and maintain their weight-loss goals. Women, men, teens and preteens committed to attaining and maintaining a healthy weight are all invited to join. Visitors are welcome to visit their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Call (847) 966-4871; to find another local chapter, visit www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.
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. The program is free and meets from 7-8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at the Nesset Center, 1775 Ballard Road, Park Ridge, north of Lutheran General Hospital. Free parking. Call (847) 716-2252.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance-Greater Chicago has free support groups for people with mood disorders and support groups for their families. Meetings take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge, Evanston, in Rooms G952 and 954. Call Elaine at (847) 674-6376.
Overeaters Anonymous, an organization for people with eating disorders (compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, etc.) meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Lieberman Health Center, 9700 Gross Point Road, in Skokie. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program based on the principles of Alcoholic Anonymous. There are no dues or fees to pay and the only requirement for participation is a “desire to stop eating compulsively.” Call Hasha at (847) 507-9118.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation Support Group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. For directions, call (847) 675-0951. Those attending are asked to notify Claire Owen, director of patient services, (847) 679-3311 or email@example.com.
FOCUS is a support group for visually impaired, working-age adults. The group meets 7-8:30 p.m. one evening per month. Participants have stimulating discussions, share ideas, and plan and participate in social activities. For meeting information and location, call Juanita, (847) 933-8208.
Rush North Shore Medical Center, in collaboration with the Cancer Wellness Center, hosts a cancer support group at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of the month at 9701 N. Knox Ave., Skokie. People diagnosed with cancer and their family members are invited to share information and receive support. Call (847) 509-9595.
Crossroads is a free, ongoing group for adults whose spouse died one year ago or more. Focus of the group is to provide an environment for socialization with other people who have experienced a similar loss. Activities and topics discussed will be generated by the group. The group meets 1-2:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the NorthShore University HealthSystem Home & Hospice Services office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. Registration is required; call Thom Dennis, (847) 982-4364.
The Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorders holds a monthly support group for people suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. The group meets 6:30-8:45 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Rush North Shore Medical Center, 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Space is limited. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about The Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorders, go to TARA4bpd.org.
A weekly senior drop-in group meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays at 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. Participants discuss politics, current events, health, relationships and more. The fee is $7 per session. Call (847) 468-5105.
Starting Over: Adjusting to Life in the United States meets from 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays at 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. The free program is for Russian-speaking immigrants age 55 and older from the former Soviet Union. Call Sheri, (847) 568-5200, or Lina, (773) 866-5035.
Coffee and Conversation for Holocaust Survivors is from 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays at the Holocaust Memorial Foundation, 4709 Golf Road, Skokie. Participants discuss challenges of aging, politics and current events, news from Israel and family celebrations. Free. Call (847) 568-5200.
Compulsive Eaters Anonymous meetings are as follows: 7-8 p.m. Mondays in Room 259 of the Lieberman Center, 9700 Gross Point Road, Skokie, call Charlene, (847) 679-2505; 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Rush North Shore Medical Center’s administrative center, 2 S. 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Call Cherri, (847) 933-9501; 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Rush North Shore Medical Center’s administrative center, 2 S. 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Call Linda, (773) 387-4247; and 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Sundays at Rush North Shore Medical Center (Sharfstein East), 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie. Call Charlene, (847) 679-2505.
La Leche League of Evanston and Wilmette welcomes all mothers and babies to meetings offering breastfeeding information and support. Meetings are twice a month at 9:30 a.m. the first Wednesday at Skokie Valley Baptist Church, 1050 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette, and at 7 p.m. the second Thursday at St. Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Call Elaine, (773) 545-2673, or Claudia, (847) 251-6407.
Turning Point’s outpatient group program offers groups for children and adults with chronic mental illness. Members receive support, education and therapy both from other group members and a certified staff member. Groups may be used as an alternative to individual psychotherapy, or as an additional opportunity for personal growth, learning coping skills or recovering from mental illness. Groups offered include: Bipolar disorder, substance-abuse recovery, anger management, support for those with a mentally ill family member and social-skills building for children. More groups added in the future. Groups meet in 10-week sessions. Fee is $16 per session. Call Julie (847) 933-0051, Ext. 438.
Willow Creek North Shore Community Church will hold Celebration of Hope 2012 – Seed Packing. Volunteers are being sought to pack seed packs to serve families in Zimbabwe from 12:30-2:30 p.m. April 27; 9-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2-4 p.m., and 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 28; and 2-4 p.m. April 29 at 315 Waukegan Road, Northfield. Contact Kelli at email@example.com to sign up a group of 10 or more.
Looking for Court Watchers at the Skokie Courthouse for Domestic Violence. Domestic violence affects up to 50 percent of all families in the U.S. Being a Court Watcher is easy, convenient and rewarding. If you can be a volunteer for this very important program, contact Joanne Liberman at (847) 412-1577 or e-mail Joanne at NonnyL@aol.com.
CJE SeniorLife is in need of more volunteers for its Home Delivered Meals program in the north side of Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, and Morton Grove areas. Hot and cold meals are delivered weekdays from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Volunteers work in teams of two, where one person drives his/her car with the other person delivering the meals to the client’s door. Volunteers can choose one or two weekdays on a regular basis to deliver meals or assist as their schedule permits. For more information on becoming a Home Delivered Meals volunteer, call Anne Schuman at (773) 508-1064.
The Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs is seeking volunteers of all races, national origins, ages and physical abilities to assist in collecting data about their home-seeking experiences. Experience is not required, training will be provided. A small stipend and expenses will be paid. Call Viki at (847) 501-2029, Ext. 408, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincolnwood Place Retirement Community, 7000 N. McCormick Blvd., Lincolnwood, is seeking volunteers over age 16 to assist with resident programs. If interested, call Brad Howell at (847) 673-7166.
CJE SeniorLife is in need of more volunteers for its home-delivered meals program in the Evanston, Skokie and Morton Grove areas. Hot and cold meals are delivered between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers work in teams of two; one person drives and the other delivers the meals to the client’s door. Volunteers may choose on what basis to deliver meals or assist one or two weekdays regularly as their schedules permit. Call Cookie, (773) 508-1014.
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Hospice’s volunteer program offers opportunities to work with patients and families dealing with a terminal illness. Daytime hospice volunteers are needed to provide companionship and emotional support to patients and relief for their caregivers, provide transportation, run errands and perform light household tasks. An eight-week training course is 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. To register, call (847) 982-4365.
Rush North Shore Medical Center seeks hospital volunteers for day, evening and weekend positions including: emergency-room liaison, patient visitor, transporting patients, delivering flowers and greeting guests. Volunteers work four-hour shifts during the day and three-hour shifts in the evening. To obtain a volunteer application form, call (847) 933-6540, or visit www.rnsmc.org.
The Home Delivered Meals Program for the village of Skokie seeks drivers to deliver meals to Skokie’s homebound seniors. If you can spare an hour per week from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., call Terri Williams, (847) 933-8208.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Orientation will meet from 2:30-4:30 p.m. May 8 at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. Presented by National Able Network. Registration is required. Go to www.worknetncc.com or call (708) 724-3119.
A Job Seeker Workshop will meet from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. All-day Job Seeker Workshops are provided by employment coaches from Illinois WorkNet. Bring your own lunch; coffee and water will be provided. Topics include: Résumé/cover letter: expert guidance on writing résumés and cover letters that get results. Job search techniques: focuses on effective techniques to find jobs in today’s market; includes Internet job search tips and networking strategies. Interviewing: get the guidance and direction needed for interview preparation. Review the common questions and learn effective ways to answer them. Mock interviews will be conducted to practice your new-found skills and reinforce others. Registration is required. Call (847) 929-5101 or visit www.worknetncc.com.