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La Grange Sidewalk Sale
Visit at least 10 of your favorite La Grange businesses all day on Sept. 7-8. Download a game card, collect stamps by visiting participating merchants and win prizes. Get the game card downloaded from website www.villageoflagrange.com and click on Sidewalk Sale Link, get it stamped and you are entered in drawings to win special gifts.
Polo season tickets
The village of Oak Brook has the remaining dates: (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. matches) on Sept. 15 – British Day; (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. matches) Sept. 22 – Argentina Day at the Oak Brook Polo Grounds, 2606 York Road Oak Brook, IL 60523. Purchase General Admission and VIP tickets, as well as half season passes online at www.oak-brook.org/polo, at Village Hall (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or at the Oak Brook Public Library (Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or at the Oak Brook Golf Clubhouse (Monday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., where tickets may also be purchased prior and during the polo matches). Rain date of Oct. 6, if any of the above is canceled because of weather.
Chamber Garage Sale
Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 21 for general public at Public Services Garage, 225 Symonds Drive (East of the Police and Fire departments). Free admission. Join the retail businesses of Hinsdale for a one day sale of their merchandise. Shop for sporting goods, shoes, furs, toys and jewelry.
West End Art Festival
Brings art in many forms. Patrons can enjoy an artist preview and sale while listening to live jazz music from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 13. The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 15. New features this year are Performing Arts Day on Saturday and The Art of Food on Sunday. Interactive children’s art activities highlighted throughout the weekend. Held along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Waiola Avenues in La Grange. For details, visit lgba.com.
Hinsdale Farmers Market
From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays until Oct. 14 in Burlington Park, between Garfield and Washington streets on Chicago Avenue. Regionally grown farm-fresh produce and products sold in local outdoor marketplace.
CHURCH GROUP MEETINGS
Handbell Choir rehearsals
The handbell choir of Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5400 Wolf Road, has begun rehearsal from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday. Basic music reading ability helpful, but previous handbell playing is not required. Choir is open to senior high youth and adults. Visit www.presbyws.org, or contact Patti Mangis at (708) 246-5220.
Women’s Growing Connection
Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. All women from the community are welcome and invited to attend meetings and events. (gatherings on the second Tuesday evening of each month). Visit www.ccch.org/women/WGC.
As an 11th Step Practice — A group of men and women from 12-step programs, following the teachings of John Main and the World Community for Christian Meditation, meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday in St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. All are welcome. Call Janet (708) 246-4866.
Children’s music curriculum
Redeemer Lutheran of Hinsdale, 139 E. First St. is offering a new children’s music curriculum, Growing in Grace, for elementary through middle school students. Spiritually-based music curriculum to engage multiple learning styles and encourage youth to become creative hands-on musicians. Classes held every Wednesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 11. No enrollment fee; register now by calling (630) 323-5530 or emailing email@example.com.
Divorce Care group
Oak Brook Community Church: 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, hosts a Divorce Care group from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Call (630) 986-0310.
Is held at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursdays in Fellowship Hall 3. All men are invited for a time of study and fellowship. Continental breakfast, June-August, all summer, one payment $5. Call (630) 321-6776.
Sunday services are offered for middle school students (fifth to eighth grade) at 9 a.m. and high school students at 10:45 a.m. at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. A weekly gathering for seventh to eighth grade, Blast, meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Holmes School (5800 Holmes Ave.), while High School House Group meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday at a church member’s home. Call Minister of Students, Kyle Alt at (630) 323-3456, Ext. 231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presbyterian youth group
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.
Free guitar lesson
American Music Institute offers free 30-minute guitar lessons on Sept. 9 with Matt Insco, who has soloed regularly with original rock and modern bands for over a decade. American Music Institute is a nonprofit organization with campuses in Clarendon Hills and St. Charles. Call (630) 850-8505 or visit www.amimusic.org.
The Language Labs is offering foreign language classes to students in Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181, St. Isaac Jogues and Maercker Schools. Classes available in Spanish, French and Mandarin. Visit www.thelanguagelabs.net. The next 20-week session begins in October. Cost: $249.
Normandy Remodeling hosts a free seminar entitled A New Kind of Bathroom: The At-Home Spa Experience presented by a pro to learn bathroom remodeling basics from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 7 at the Normandy Remodeling Hinsdale Showroom, 440 E. Ogden Ave., Hinsdale. Register at www.NormandyRemodeling.com/events.
National Alliance for Mentally Ill of DuPage County, Family-to-Family education course for families and caregivers of adults diagnosed with mental illnesses. The 12-week course runs from 7-9:30 p.m. on the following dates: Thursdays, Sept. 5 to Nov. 21 at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville; Tuesdays, Sept. 10 to Nov. 26 at The Compass Church, 1551 Hobson Road, Naperville; Wednesdays Sept. 11 to Nov. 20 at Hinsdale Hospital, 120 N. Oak St., Hinsdale. Registration is open through the third class. Register or for support group locations, call (630) 752-0066, Ext. 210 or register online www.namidupage.org (click on Education).
Oak Brook Art League
Stop by the Peabody Mansion from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 for the artists’ reception of Oak Brook Art League’s Members Exhibit. This exhibit will be at the Mayslake Estate on 31st Street west of Route 83. The show continues through Oct. 11.
Demonstration at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 1 at Oak Brook Library, Friends Room. Karen Snow teaches silk painting at the La Grange Art league and demonstrates various silk painting techniques.
Classes start Sept. 23 for four-week classes at the Community House. Includes: an Introduction to Computers, to Facebook, Internet, and Email. One-time, two hour seminars include Intro to Tablets, Ebay and Skype. Small classes with hands-on, personalized instruction. Call Kate Vogts for more details at (630) 323-7500 Ext. 225.
Native American Pow Wow
Midwest Soarring Foundation presents at the Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 21 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 22. Experience the Native American culture: Native American drumming, storytelling, flute player, see dancers in native clothing, tipi, wigwam, shop the unique goods displayed, crafts and games and more. Grand Entry of all the dancers at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday with special exhibition dances held throughout the weekend. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, Robert Mirabal performs his music. Admission to the Pow Wow: $10 for adults and $7 for Seniors (62+) and children 3-12. Children under 3 are Free. Discounts are available online only until Sept. 15. (A special VIP reception with Robert Mirabal held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Costs: $35 and available online only.) No pets allowed. Contact: (773) 585-1744 or visit www.midwestsoarring.org.
Auto donations are urgently needed for families throughout DuPage County in Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program. Only cars beyond reasonable repair are sold, with the funds going to Bridge Communities. Contact Karen Stewart at (630) 545-0610, Ext. 17, or email@example.com. Donations are tax deductible.
Donation hours have been extended to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Donations may be brought to the red door at the rear of the shop by way of the alley at 23 Calendar Ave., La Grange. Donations of clothing and shoes for men, women and children (modern to vintage), household items, artwork, and media (books, music, movies) accepted. Visit www.communitynurse.org or stop by. Also visit The Corner Shoppe, their consignment store, at 27 Calendar Ave., La Grange.
Support homeless families
Bridge Communities, Inc. is a dynamic, grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families in DuPage County. Its program of transitional housing, mentoring and supportive services empowers the families to increase life skills and earning power to promote self-sufficiency, sustain permanent housing, and to break the cycle of poverty within the family unit. To make a donation to support homeless families served by Bridge Communities, or to find out how to support Bridge in other ways, call Amy Van Polen at (630) 545-0610, Ext.12 or visit www.bridgecommunities.org.
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
Fullers Bird Fridays
Naturalist-led hikes to see birds change in a forest preserve from summer to fall. 7:30–9:30 a.m., (weekly thru Sept.) at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook. Adults only. $6 per person per hike; $40 for a 10-program pass. To register, call (630) 850-8110.
The public is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following bird walks. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club’s website, dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled trip.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien at 8 a.m., Sept. 10. Especially for new birders. Meet at the Bluff Road and Cass Ave. intersection. Leader: Jim Hedges, (630) 469-5811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook at 8 a.m. Sept. 14. Meet at the main parking lot at Fullersburg Woods on Spring Road west of York Road in Oak Brook. Look for resident and migrating birds. Leader: Linda Padera, (708) 870-5385 or email@example.com.
Chicago Pet Show
Darien Sportsplex hosts the Chicago Pet Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 7 and 8. Benefits local nonprofit rescues/shelters/humane societies. Fifty percent of all ticket proceeds go back to participating rescues. ($7 per adult or go to website for $1 off entry.) Sponsorships can be found for those who wish, but are unable to afford a booth. Darien Sportsplex is located at 451 Plainfield Road, Darien. Visit www.chicagopetshow.com.
Test your trivia skills at the Trivia Challenge, a fundraiser hosted by SEASPAR and the Silver Lining Support Foundation. Doors open at 6 p.m. with games (For ages 18 years and over) beginning at 7 p.m. for this event on Sept. 20 at Arabian Knights Farms - The Barn, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road in Willowbrook. Refreshments available. Costs: $25 per person; Table of 10 is $200. Pre-registration recommended. Trivia Challenge is an informal, fun competition. Call (630) 960-7600 or visit www.seaspar.org or Miki Wittmer (630) 204-9474 or www.slsf.org.
Boy Scouts fundraiser
Open to everyone, an afternoon and evening of Chicago Cubs. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field on Sept. 23. Tickets for bleacher seats and the event, with Chicago Cubs playing vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, are for a donation of at least $35. Pre-game tailgate party takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. at Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., across from the park. All proceeds support Boy Scouting. Contact (708) 354-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Turner ALS Walk4Life
Support those affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease, at this two-plus mile ALS Walk4Life.
Check-in 9:30 a.m.; Walk starts 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at Soldier Field, Chicago. Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to fundraise for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Event will include music, entertainment, food and children’s activities and occurs rain or shine. Contact the Les Turner ALS Foundation at (847) 679-3311 or visit www.alswalk4life.org.
Pink Ribbon contest
The Pink Ribbon Art Contest is hosted by Adventist Hinsdale and La Grange Memorial hospitals. Entries will be accepted in various categories: adults, anyone 18 or older; Adventist Midwest Health employees; and children. Children’s categories include kindergarten submissions; first and second grade; third, fourth and fifth grade; sixth, seventh and eighth grade; and high school. Artwork can include drawings, paintings and photography. Contest submissions are due Sept. 16. Submissions will be judged at each individual hospital campus. On Oct. 1, a silent auction will be held for adult entrants to the contest during annual tree lighting ceremonies at Adventist Hinsdale, 120 N. Oak St., Hinsdale, and Adventist La Grange Memorial, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. Proceeds will benefit the Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund. For details, call (630) 856-7408, or visit www.keepingyouwell.com/pinkart.
Wellness House Programs
Presents programs at 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Events are free, but registration is required; call (630) 323-5150. Visit website www.wellnesshouse.org to register.
Author appears at bookstores
Lisa Barr autographs copies of her historical fiction novel, “Fugitive Colors” at the following bookstores in October: from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, Barnes & Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (phone (630) 684-0681); from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 17, Barbara’s Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, (phone (630) 920-1500). Barr has been an international journalist, an editor and a staff reporter, author and blogger.
Indian Prairie Public Library
401 Plainfield Road, Darien, serves Burr Ridge, Willowbrook and Darien. Call the Ask Us Desk at (630) 887-8760, Ext. 239 or go to www.ippl.info for programs and classes. Individuals who require an accommodation for a disability for any library program should contact the library at least five days before the program.
M. I. Hummel Club
LaGrange Park Chapter of M. I. Hummel Club meets at 7 p.m., every third Thursday except in January, July, August at Plymouth Place 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. For more information call Connie Clore at (815) 372-0636.
Newcomers & Neighbors
Newcomers & Neighbors of the Greater Hinsdale Area offer: Annual Fall Kick-Off Meeting at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 12 at Eddie Merlots in Burr Ridge. The cost per person is $25 (members and nonmembers), and the last day to RSVP is Sept. 9. This is a social organization dedicated to providing an environment where residents (regardless of age or gender) can develop friendships, enjoy activities and special interest groups, and become part of the community. Open to all residents, new and established, of Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont. Visit www.nngha.com or view Facebook page.
PFLAG Hinsdale Chapter
Meeting at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 West Maple, Hinsdale. Meetings are held the first Sunday of the month regardless of holidays. Meeting format consists of general announcements about local LGBT events and news, guest speakers and small group sessions. Contact the PFLAG helpline at (630) 415-0622 or Jackie Frett, email@example.com or visit www.pflagillinois.org and parent site www.pflag.org.
Salt Creek Camera Club
Meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Contact: Ron Remley (708) 562-1164
The Pleasantdale Garden Club of Burr Ridge meets at the Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. New members are welcome. Call (630) 985-8404 or visit www.pleasantdalegardenclub.org.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Western Springs meetings are conducted from 7:30-8:15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Grace Lutheran Church, 4101 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. Contact Chuck Bosko at firstname.lastname@example.org, (708) 205-3541.
Pleasant Dale Park District
7425 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, (630) 662-6220.
Boys basketball registration deadline is Sept. 7 through Pleasant Dale Park District. This is for boys in first through eighth grades, with grades grouped as 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. Registrations received after deadline are placed on the wait-list and assessed a late fee. League Details: Meet and Greet - 7 p.m., Oct. 10; Practices begin the week of Oct. 14 with weekday practice time range from 4-9 p.m.; Games begin on Saturdays, Oct. 26 with Saturday game times range from: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost includes uniform: $88/residents and $107/nonresidents. If registration is submitted via fax, call the Rec Center at (630) 662-6220 to confirm fax was received.
Traveling basketball team tryouts
Tryouts for all youth traveling basketball teams take place in the Western Springs Recreation Center. The dates and times vary: Boy players, (Blazers) hold Boys’ Tryouts on Sept. 7 at: 8:30 a.m.–8th grade; 9:30 a.m.–7th grade; 10:30 a.m.–6th grade; Noon–5th grade; 2:00 p.m.–4th grade.
Girl players, (Wildcats) hold Girls’ Tryouts on two days: Girls’ Tryouts on Sept. 7 at: 4 p.m.–8th grade and
Girls’ Tryouts on Sept. 21 at: 8:30 a.m. –7th grade; 9:30 a.m.– 6th grade; 10:30 a.m.–5th grade.
The travel program is competitive basketball. Season runs from mid-October through early March. Players must live in Western Springs or attend school in District 101, 106 or St. John of the Cross. Costs: tryout is no charge, but program fee for team players. Contact to register for tryouts (708) 246-9070 Ext. 418 and leave the child’s gender, grade, name, address, phone number and parents’names.
DuPage Forest Preserve
call (630) 933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org.
To see upcoming events, explore the online calendar at dupageforest.org/calendar.aspx. To reserve shelters, some with built-in grills, fireplaces and electricity, fees start at $35. Reserve at least three business days in advance through Visitor Services weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call (630) 933-7248 or go to district headquarters, 3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton.
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.
Mass in Spanish
A Spanish Mass is offered each Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, 7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, presided by the Rev. Luis Andrade, priest associate. The Mass will include music familiar to Hispanics, under the direction Elvenord Vertus. The Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 a.m. is in English. All are welcome at either service. Call (630) 446-0527 or see www.sthelenaschurch.org.
La Grange Baptist
First Baptist Church of La Grange: 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.
Women’s Bible study
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, email@example.com, or call (630) 654-1882.
Christ Church of Oak Brook
Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook for Contact – Group of multigenerational adults in passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ held at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 10 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall 2. Contact is a great place to make new friends and explore what living a life of faith is all about. Coach is Tim Couture, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging Care Connections
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Offers support, information and shared experience. Meets from 1:30-3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Contact Ruth Folkening, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228.
Friday Morning Regulars
Support group for men only, related to aging issues. Meets at 8:30 a.m. every Friday. Contact Intake Office, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 215.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Offers information, support and shared experiences to grandparents or other relatives caring for family members’ children. Group meets at the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Road, Summit, from 10-11:30 a.m. the last Thursday of the month Contact: Ruth Folkening, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228.
Ongoing program offered by Right-Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, Willowbrook, for older adults and their caregivers. Fee: $64 per couple for six classes or $8 per class. To register, call (630) 850-4050.
Class meets from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for those with arthritis and those who want to keep their bodies limber. Fee: $4 per class or $32 for nine classes. Register at: (708) 354-1323.
Patients are seen at Aging Care Connections, La Grange, on selected Thursday mornings with a geriatric physician. Contact (708) 245-4073 to make an appointment.
Will and Estate Planning
For consultation on matters pertaining to estate planning on the second Thursday of the month at Aging Care Connections, La Grange. There is no fee for the consultation with attorney. Contact Intake Office, (708) 354-1323, Ext. 215 to make an appointment.
Yoga modified for seniors and those with limited mobility, allowing students to improve flexibility and strength in a friendly environment. From 10:45 a.m. to noon continuing in September at FOCUS Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave., Brookfield. Call (708) 471-0487; and now moved to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning in September at Community House, 415 W. 8th Street, Hinsdale. (630) 323-7500. Contact Susan Chilton at (708) 352-0043 or contact either studio.
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale offers:
Prime Time, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Fit Express and seated exercise classes for older adults and those with physical challenges. Call Kate Vogts for times and pricing. (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
The Community House Active Adults programs:
Adult Computer Classes:
Registration in progress for fall session adult computer classes. Four-week classes include: Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Facebook, Internet, Email and more! Small classes with hands-on, personalized instruction. Contact Kate Vogts at (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. Increase range of motion, circulation, flexibility, balance and strength with easy-to-follow moves. Purchase 10-class punch card for $60 for members; $75 for guests. Call Kate Vogts (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
Ageless Yoga classes:
Offered 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays.
Early Stage Memory Loss Seminar
Aging Care Connections, La Grange, offers an Early Stage Memory Loss Seminar in eight weekly sessions for individuals dealing with early stage memory disorders and their family members and friends at 111 W. Harris Avenue, La Grange. The series meets from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept.12-Oct. 31. Participants meet in two separate groups--those experiencing memory loss in one group, and family members or friends in another. The program is free, however, an interview is part of the registration process. Contact Ruth Folkening at (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228. Visit www.agingcareconnections.org.
Not Alone Support Group
Those experiencing the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or a major life transition, estrangement, separation, divorce or a feeling of failure are invited to meet at 10:30 a.m. every third Tuesday of each month at St. James Lutheran Church, 5129 Wolf Road, Western Springs. Free to all. Call (708) 246-6228.
Widows or Widowers
Widows or Widowers of the Western Suburbs group for all widowed persons. Meet on the third Thursday of each month. Next social gathering held at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 19 with Mexican Independence theme and music. At the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road, Elmhurst. Cost: $5. Parking and entrance at rear of building. Call (630) 620-4060 or visit wow.cfsites.org.
Retreats for Widowed Men and Women
Joyful Again! Two-day events are special retreats for widowed men and women who want to find joy in living again. Reflect on and recognize new direction for your life while still treasuring memories of your loved one. Takes place: 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 29 at Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington and 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 17, Our Lady of the Angels, 13820 Main St., Lemont. Contact (708) 354-7211 or email email@example.com or visit www.joyfulagain.org. (Joyful Again! Widowed Ministry, P.O. Box 1365, LaGrange Park IL 60526-9465).
Stroke Support Group
SEASPAR, in cooperation with Hinsdale Hospital and La Grange Memorial Hospital, sponsors the Stroke Support Group for those who have had a stroke and their family and friends. Provides educational sessions and how to rebound following a stroke, especially for those with communication and physical limitations. Contact SEASPAR at (630) 960-7600 (voice) or (630) 960-7605 (TDD) or visit www.SEASPAR.org
Volunteer Tutors Needed
Tutors on Wheels, an Adult Literacy/ESL program of the Congregation of St. Joseph, La Grange Center, is looking for new volunteers. Training from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 7. Needs volunteers to teach in Naperville, Glendale Heights, Addison, and Bloomingdale. Teaching takes place in churches, businesses, and social service agencies. Volunteers are needed to teach one hour a week, on a one-on-one basis in a nearby location. Tutoring sessions are scheduled weekday mornings and some late afternoons (and/or evenings). No prior second language skills are needed. Contact: (630) 217-0396.
Des Plaines River Clean-up Day
Help clean up the Des Plaines River and enjoy time in area forest preserves. Join as a participant at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14. Participants are requested to register in advance to Tom Eckels at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tom Eckels at (224) 643-7692.
Veteran Advisory Council
HandsOn Suburban Chicago is seeking knowledgeable and socially active veterans to serve on a new Veteran Advisory Council. The council will meet monthly, scheduled to begin this fall. HandsOn Suburban Chicago will support the Veterans Advisory Council to provide quality services to veterans and their families and to make veterans aware of the services available to them, support the nonprofit organizations that deliver these services and to engage veterans in volunteer activities. Applicants must be active or retired military from any U.S. branch. For details and an application, contact Courtney Barden at Courtney.email@example.com or (847) 228-1320, Ext. 120.
The volunteer services departments at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is in need of volunteers. Needed are clerical volunteers, help in the gift shop, reception area, transporters and surgical waiting room attendants. Call Lora Cummings at (630) 856-4000, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals on Wheels
The DuPage Senior Citizens Council, DuPage County’s Meals on Wheels provider, is seeking volunteers. Drivers are especially needed to deliver meals in the Westmont area. Training is provided. Interested persons should contact Cathy Jordan, volunteer coordinator for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council, at (630) 620-0804 or visit www.dupageseniorcouncil.org.
Graue Mill and Museum: Oak Brook, 3800 York Road, is looking for people to become a part of its organization. Volunteers needed to accommodate the school groups who attend each year as well as other visitors. Volunteers will be taught to use a drop spindle and spinning wheel and do weaving skills. They will be provided with information about local history and how to interpret it to others. A volunteer commitment of one or two three-hour sessions per month is sought. Call the mill office at (630) 920-9720, Ext. 22, or email 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 Mary Meegan at (630) 230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Volunteers to work with school age children at two Learning Resource Centers operated by Bridge Communities. The Learning Resource Centers are places Bridge kids can go for help with homework, to practice reading, and to participate in a variety of fun activities. Volunteers need to be able to work twice a month for an average of two to three hours at a time. Volunteer opportunities at either the Naperville or Westmont Learning Resource Centers -- Contact Sharon Drucker, Children’s Activities Coordinator for Bridge Communities, at Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 618-8194.
Youth Orchestra Auditions
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra of Chicago is seeking talented middle school and high school youth for 2013-2014 season. Visit wsyo.org for more information about the program. Email email@example.com to schedule your audition.
The Community House offers Youth Programs:
Contact Jenna at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Flag Football League
Registration is open and late registration will be taken upon availability. Emphasis is on good speed, agility, teamwork, and precision. Volunteer coaches needed at all grade levels: second- and third-graders from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 7 to Oct. 26, (Saturdays); fourth- and fifth-graders from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 7 to Oct. 26, (Saturdays); sixth- and seventh-graders from noon to 2 p.m., Sept. 8 to Oct. 27 (Sundays). Call Jenna Jakalski at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237 if you want to be a volunteer coach.
Junior Basketball League
Introduction to basketball for first-grade boys and girls in the Jodie Harrison League. No score kept. One practice and one game per week commitment. Registration is under way. Practice days begin the week of Oct. 21 and are held Tuesday or Thursday. Game days on Saturdays from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. Volunteer coaches and referees are needed. Forms can be found online or at the front desk of The Community House. (www.thecommunityhouse.org)
Tuttle Baton Twirlers classes
Tuttle Baton Twirlers perform in parades, festivals and sporting events. An informational meeting at Clarendon Hills Library, 7 p.m., Sept. 12, with classes for ages 7-14 beginning shortly thereafter. Contact Eyleen Hawkins at email@example.com.