Community Calendar for June 7
Officer David Rohlicek from the La Grange Police Department talks with Grant Dixon and Alex Leon.
Updated: July 8, 2012 8:12AM
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Art in Bloom: Cantigny Fine Art Festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17, featuring a juried art show, more than 75 exhibiting artists, activities and crafts, demonstrations, live music, great food and more. Free with paid parking ($5); 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton; (630) 260-8218, Cantigny.org.
Car Show: More than 100 cool cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display this Father’s Day, June 17, at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave., from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a live band playing classic music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, free hotdogs and lemonade, and free bratwursts for dad. Dad’s can register for raffle prizes, including Cubs and Sox tickets, T-shirts, books, CDs and more. To register a car or motorcycle for the car show, go online to ccch.org/men, or contact Men’s Ministry Coordinator Bruce Filipiak at (630) 332-3456 or email@example.com. The first 50 cars to register will receive a free car cleaning kit.
Graue Family Reunion: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June 16 – Enjoy lunch with descendents of the Graue, Asche and Fischer families from all over the United States at the Graue Mill, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. Exhibits will highlight artifacts received from family members through the years. Visitors can read the words of Fred Graue’s granddaughter, Mathilda, describing life at the Mill at the turn of the century. Also on display will be the Graue Family Bible and the settee that sat in the parlor of the Graue home. Advance reservations are required. Call (630) 920-9720.
Stage Door Fine Arts: In conjunction with The Community House, “Legally Blonde the Musical” will be presented at 7 p.m. June 14, 15 and 16; 2 p.m. June 16; and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. June 17. Also: “Alice in Wonderland” runs at 7 p.m. June 7, 8 and 9; 2 p.m. June 9; and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. June 10. Tickets are available at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale, by calling (630) 323-7500 or online at www.TheCommunityHouse.org.
Uniquely Thursdays: Hinsdale hosts a free concert series from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, June 14 to Aug. 16, in Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., complete with live band performances, local food vendors, a beer and wine tent, and local sponsor giveaways. Call Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, (630) 323-3952.
Farmers’ Market: From 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, through Oct. 8, in Burlington Park, located between Garfield and Washington streets on Chicago Avenue. More than 30 vendors feature the freshest items the summer has to offer. Call Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, (630) 323-3952.
European Market: Whole Foods Hinsdale, 500 E. Ogden Ave., Hinsdale, will feature La Grange’s Executive Chef Scott Halverson teaching about healthy eco-friendly cooking from noon-1 p.m. June 16. Halverson will conduct a Local Chef Demo at the outdoor chef stage, showing guests how to prepare fresh, summer recipes. Samples, offers and recipes from prasino (Greek word meaning green) provided to all who attend. The European Market is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and includes local vendors and artisan products, special food, live music, a unique flower shop, raffle prizes and more.
Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival: Taking place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9 and 10 at Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale, sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and the Hinsdale Center for the Arts. In addition, Impact Dance Studio will showcase ballroom dancing throughout the two days. The Hinsdale Center for the Arts is also hosting a sidewalk chalk area designated for children to let their creative spirits run free. Food and beverages will be provided for sale by the Hinsdale Rotary and Sugar Mamas. Admission is free. Call (630) 323-3952 or see www.hinsdalechamber.com.
La Grange Farmers Market: Is under way through Oct. 25. Produce, flowers and specialty items will be featured in the weekly Farmers Market from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays in the parking lot behind Village Hall, located on the corner of Harris and Sixth Avenue. The market is sponsored by the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Partnership: Between Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, encourages people to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, help girls reach their cookie goals and learn the facts about sustainable palm oil use, as well as other viable environmental practices. Customers who support the Girl Scout Cookie program in 2012 will receive one free child’s admission per paid adult admission when they bring five empty boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for recycling at Brookfield Zoo through Dec. 31.
Passport to Adventure: Pick up a passport at the Hinsdale History Museum, 15 S. Clay St., Hinsdale and receive 65 pages of local museums and nature centers. Visit seven cultural centers and receive a prize. Call (630) 789-2600; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church Group Meetings
Purity: Join the Women’s Growing Connection at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave., for its monthly meeting from 7-9 p.m. June 12. Missionary Laura Armitage will discuss “Purity: It’s More than Abstinence.” This program is appropriate for young women ages 13 and up; all are welcome. Free childcare is available. Visit www.ccch.org/women/WGC.
Christian Meditation: 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. The group is not a replacement for, nor is affiliated with, any 12-step program of recovery, but shares this ancient path of contemplative prayer. All are welcome. Call Janet,(708) 246-4866.
Join Women’s Bible Study: 9-11 a.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. The group is studying Beth Moore’s recently revised book, David: Seeking a Heart Like His. All women invited; no previous Bible study experience necessary. Books $20. Free childcare available. Contact Cami Gerstung to reserve a copy at (630) 789-8802.
Wine and Dine Book Group: Meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in participants’ homes of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills. Group is for busy women. Discuss the month’s book with women of faith. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Women Who Brunch: Meet 10 a.m.-noon on third Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-made brunch, a program, ranging from musical groups to speakers on topics of interest to women. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Men’s Saturday Service Group: Meets 8 a.m. the second Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-cooked breakfast, activities, from tips for the perfect golf swing from a local golf pro, to gathering and transporting donated food to a local food pantry. Group goes on winter ski retreats in Wisconsin. All men welcome.
Knitting Ministry: Meets 10:30 a.m. the first and third Friday of each month in the Fireside Room of Christ Lutheran Church, 60 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The Knitting Ministry donates hats, mittens and scarves to local clothing pantries. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org. All are welcome.
Oak Brook Community Church: 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, hosts a Divorce Care group 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Call (630) 986-0310.
Men’s Breakfast Fellowship: Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, is held Thursdays in Fellowship Hall 3. All men invited for a time of study and fellowship. Continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Cost: $5 per person. Contact Jim Huffman, email@example.com, or call (630) 654-1882.
Women’s Growing Connection: Meeting the second Tuesday evening of each month, is the women’s ministry of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. All women from community are welcome. Visit www.ccch.org/womens-ministries/womens-ministry.
Coffee Break: A community small group Bible study, has begun a new season at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 155 W. Brush Hill Road. All welcome, no need for any previous Bible experience. No charge. Groups for women meet 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; groups for men and women meet 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free childcare available at morning sessions. Call (630) 600-5043 or visit www.elmhurstcrc.org.
Women’s Support Group: Meets 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursdays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st Street and York Road. For women who are desiring to move from the depths of hurting to a path of healing. Call Lorri Winter, (630) 321-3936.
Unite Student Ministry: Offers Sunday worship services for junior high students at 9:45 a.m. and high school students at 11:15 a.m. at Christian Church of Clarendon Hills Chapel, 5750 Holmes. Unite also has weekly small group gatherings for junior high students 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel; and a high school gathering, called FUSE Group, which meets each Sunday 6 p.m. at a church member’s home. Both small group gatherings offer a less formal atmosphere and have a deeper, more personal teaching element. Call Rich Abraham (630) 323-3456, Ext. 232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior High Youth Group: Meets 5-6:15 p.m. and the high school youth group meets 6:15-7:30 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771 or visit www.fpclg.org.
Evangelical Covenant Church: Men’s Group meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 412 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. Meeting is not a Bible study for professed Christians. It is offered for those who are agnostic, nonbelievers or just searching. Confidentiality respected. Call (630) 699-3583.
York Township Republican Women: Sponsoring a free luncheon at noon June 16 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 1206 Park Ave., Elmhurst. Participants will view the exhibit, “Sweet Home Chicago - History of the American Candy Capital.” Contact Jackie Haddad, (630) 941-9388 by June 10.
Lyons Township High School: Boys and girls in sixth to 12th grades are welcome to compete in any of three nine-hole tournaments at Flagg Creek Golf Course, 6939 S. Wolf Road, Countryside, on Fridays, June 15 and 29 and July 13. Each tournament registration fee is $25. Medals will be awarded for the top three places. Contact Coach Anderson at email@example.com to receive a registration form. Golfers must provide their own clubs.
Turning Memories into Memoirs: Family members can write their life story for their children and grandchildren or just for personal fulfillment. Join the “Funshop” where Gloria Valentino will encourage participants to journal from 10-11:30 a.m. June 7 and 11 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Members pay $35; guests pay $43. Call (630) 323-7500.
Cantigny Golf Academy: Launching a Welcome to Golf clinic series to serve adults and families. The clinics are open to all golfers and geared to new players and those who are getting back to the game and need a refresher. Five different clinics will be offered that cover the “how to” basics of golf as well as rules, etiquette, safety and other information. Each clinic consists of three one-hour classes for a total price of $59. Family members, friends or guests may join the clinics for an additional $20 each. Weekday evening and weekend clinics are available. Clinic schedules, class descriptions and registration are available online at CantignyGolf.com or by calling (630) 260-8199.
World Academy of Irish Dancing: Featuring lessons for adults at its Western Springs and South Bend locations. Western Springs classes are held Mondays 7–8 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Ave. Contact Julie Showalter, (630) 789-1128; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.worldacademydancers.com.
Yoga Classes with Tanja Pazou: Held 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursdays at Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Contact Tanja Pazou at (630) 865-5946 or email@example.com.
Hinsdale Center for the Arts: 5903 S. County Line Road, offers music lessons in cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, viola and voice. Call (630) 887-0203. This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Hinsdale Center for the Arts: Offering short-term classes for adults. Shibori Fabric Dying workshop, Photography Meets Art Quilt and Landscape Designing classes join HCA’s established offerings of drawing, painting and writing classes to give adults the opportunity to explore their creativity too.
Food Pantry: La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. 7th Ave., has changed the hours for its community food pantry. New hours are 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays(use the east doors off 7th Avenue). Call (708) 354- 2485 or visit www.lagrangebible.org.
First Congregational Church of La Grange: 100 S. Sixth Ave., collects nonperishable food items for a local food pantry. Drop off donations at the church or call (708) 352-0800.
Project Backpack: School supply donations for Broadview Missionary Baptist Church classrooms accepted at Corporate America, 2111 McDonald’s Drive, Oak Brook. The location also has a suggested school supply list.
Donations: New yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, scissors, simple patterns and yards of fleece are sought by members of Operation Warm Hearts, a group of women who crochet, knit and create mittens, scarves, hats, lap robes and infant hats and booties for distribution to west suburban charitable organizations. Call (630) 230-9521.
First Presbyterian Church of La Grange: 150 S. Ashland Ave., collects items for the Ronald McDonald House. Wish list items include laundry detergent, gift cards, certificates to Jewel, Dominick’s, Costco or Target, forever postage stamps, cleaning wipes, Ajax powdered cleanser, liquid hand soap in pump dispensers, tablets or powdered dishwasher detergent, and all sized batteries. Call (708) 354-0771.
St. Helena’s Church: 7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, has established a drive-by drop box for collection of canned foods to be delivered to food pantries. Collection box is in parking lot; individuals may drop off canned foods at any time.
Recycling: Ink jet and laser toner cartridges, cell phones, iPods and laptops are being collected to be properly recycled at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771.
Special Education: Parent Net and Gifted Education Cooperative, in partnership with Hinsdale Public Library, request new or used books to create lending library of books on autism, dyslexia, Down syndrome, giftedness, twice exceptionality, sensory integration and social/emotional development. Call Julie Ranahan (630) 325-3188.
Nonperishable Items: Being collected at Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave., for La Grange area food pantry. Each month a special item is highlighted that is not covered by the food stamp program. Call (708) 354-0771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Dancin’ in the Street: The 2012 concert series will run Wednesdays for six weeks beginning June 20 and ending July 25 in downtown Clarendon Hills on Prospect Avenue and will include a very special July 4 concert. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 p.m. with music kicking off at 7 p.m. On July 4, events will kick off 30 minutes early to make sure concertgoers do not miss the fireworks at Hinsdale Golf Club. Band schedule – June 20: Souled Out; June 27: Neverly Brothers; July 4: Sorry for Partying; July 11: South of Disorder; July 18: Hello Nuvo; July 25: 25or6to4. As in prior years, Prospect Avenue, from Park Avenue to the BNSF Railroad, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4-10:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Metra commuter parking lot at the corners of Prospect Avenue and Ann Street. Contact the village at (630) 286-5402 or visit www.clarendonhills.us/concerts.cfm.
Windy City Harmonica Club: Spend an afternoon at the Graue Mill, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, with the Windy City Harmonica Club beginning at 1 p.m. June 17. Founded by the late Al Fiore, a member of the original “Harmonicats,” the group will perform music from Blues to Bach. Bring along a blanket or chair. Admission to the concert is free. Call (630) 920-9720.
FullersBird Fridays: Join these naturalist-led hikes and see how the diversity of birds in a forest preserve changes throughout spring from 7:30-9:30 a.m. June 8 at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. Adults only; $6 per person per hike; $40 for a 10-program pass. To register, call (630) 850-8110.
Free summer concerts: Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, is once again offering free summer concerts. Bands representing a variety of musical genres will entertain at 3 p.m. Sundays and on Independence Day and Labor Day. In addition, four Saturday shows especially for kids (also free) are scheduled. Sunday and children’s concerts feature lawn seating and are complimentary with paid parking ($5 per car). Performances take place at the Cantigny bandshell near the park’s front entrance or in front of the First Division Museum. Call (630) 260-8218.
Canoe Regatta : Kick off the summer with an outdoor activity organized by the Greater La Grange YMCA on June 9. Two-man canoes will leave from Bemis Woods at 8:30 a.m. and will travel six miles along Salt Creek to Plank Road Meadow off First Avenue. Cost is $25 per person and includes life jackets, oars, canoe delivery and transportation from the drop-off site back to Bemis Woods. Call (708) 352-7600.
Cantigny: Offers bird walks at 8:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Enter the park through the main entrance on Winfield Road, just south of Roosevelt, Wheaton, and tell the attendant you are with the DuPage Birding Club. The parking fee will be waived. Meet at the Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter, (630) 545-1838, email@example.com.
LTHS Girls Gymnastics: Hosting a Garage Sale Fundraiser from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 8 and 9 at 4618 Harvey Ave., Western Springs. Featured will be baby, children, teen and misses clothes and accessories; baby and household items, toys, furniture and miscellaneous items. Call (708) 246-2877, firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Grange Rocks 5K: June 8 at the Lyons Township High School West Field, corner of Cossitt and Edgewood avenues in La Grange. Registration/check-in is 5 p.m.; Kids One Lap Race is at 6 p.m., with the Kids One Mile Race at 6:15 p.m.; 5K is at 7 p.m. This family friendly evening benefits the LeaderShop, a La Grange-based non-profit group promoting youth leadership development through various initiatives. Registration is $30; family registration (up to four members) is $80; kids race registration is $10. This is a CARA Certified Race – CARA members receive a $3 discount. Register online: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/cyl/event/4650/. Visit www.theleadershop.org or call (708) 579-5898.
Race for ACES Event: 1:30-6 p.m. June 10 within the Springdale subdivision in Western Springs; families, teams and individuals welcome with a bike and helmet. Ride/Walk (2.2 miles) is from 2-4 p.m. Early registration is $15 for individuals; $25, families up to four people. Register at www.raceforaces.org. There also will be food, music, games for kids and prizes. Proceeds benefit Adolescents Counseling, Education and Support.
Garden Walk: LaGrange Highlands Woman’s Club will feature five gardens in its first Garden Walk from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 30. Net proceeds will benefit the club’s 2012-2013 charity of the year, Team O’Connell, a 501(c)(3) organization founded by the parents of Brady O’Connell, a local boy with cystic fibrosis, and dedicated to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. To learn more about Brady’s amazing journey, visit http://bradyoc.wordpress.com. Tickets to the Garden Walk are $15 per person and may be purchased at RE/MAX Properties, 819 Burlington Ave, Western Springs, or by sending a check payable to the LaGrange Highlands Woman’s Club, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Marti Comstock, 1917 W. 55th St., La Grange IL 60525. Contact Comstock at (708) 246-3868 or email@example.com.
Crazy Run: Join the Brookfield Chamber for its annual Insanity Run and Obstacle Course at 8 a.m. June 23. Run and tackle a treacherous tire maze, a lengthy low crawl, heart-stopping hay bale climb and three new obstacles. End the craziness at the Insane Irish post race party @ Irish Times. The first 300 runners will receive a T-shirt and racer bags including zoo passes, water bottles and hygiene products. The race will benefit Community Support Services (www.communitysupportservices.org). If interested in running, sponsoring or volunteering, contact Terri Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 785-3579.
Proceeds for PADS : “I Heart Shakey” and DuPage PADS, a non profit serving those who are homeless, have teamed up to announce a red carpet movie premiere with an opportunity to give back to the local community on June 13 at Hollywood Palms, 352 S. Route 59 in Naperville, with red carpet events starting at 5:30 p.m. The family comedy (in 3-D), filmed mainly in DuPage County, is a kindhearted tale about a 35-year-old widower, his precocious 10-year-old daughter and their devoted mutt Shakey. Members of the cast will be in attendance for photo opportunities and autographs. The film stars Steve Lemme, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D’Angelo, Alfonso Arau, 12-year-old Rylie Behr and a rescue dog named Ebony. Adult tickets are $20; $15 for children (12 and under). To reserve a seat, visit dupagepads.org.
Art-focused activity: Kids can create a growing mural in the Monet Studio Drop-in June 18-23 at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled. Check www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org or call (630) 637-8000.
Fabulous Flower Pots: Kids can drop in at the Elmhurst Historical Museum’s Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, from 1-3 p.m. June 19. Participants will decorate a spring flower pot to give as a gift or keep and watch as blooms grow. A packet of seeds is included. For children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. Cost is $2 nonmembers/$1 for members. Call (630) 833-1457, www.elmhursthistory.org.
Brookfield Zoo: Kids of all ages can enjoy a fun-filled day during special performances by renowned “creature adventurers” Martin and Chris Kratt from the popular PBS show “Wild Kratts.” The event will take place on June 10, with performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Brookfield Zoo’s West Mall. The performances will teach children about rare wildlife behaviors as the Kratt Brothers re-create one of their adventures. An autograph session follows the 1 p.m. performance. The shows are free with regular zoo admission of $15 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and over; children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10. Visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
Brookfield Zoo: Experience the invasion of Xtreme BUGS, presented by Dominick’s, at Brookfield Zoo, continuing through Sept. 7. The exhibit of epic proportions will feature everything from Xtra-large animatronic bugs, including a 16-foot-high by 33-foot-long Japanese hornet displayed in the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, to Xtra-small live insects as part of “Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!” Xtreme BUGS is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors over 65 (half price for Brookfield Zoo members) in addition to regular zoo admission of $15 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 3-11 and seniors over 65. Children 2 and under are free. A 20-percent discounted combo ticket may be purchased at participating Dominick’s stores for $16 for adults and $10.80 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Visit www.CZS.org.
Community House Flag Football League: Emphasis is on good speed, agility, teamwork, and precision, a forum for players who love playing football, are just starting out or do not want to get into pads just yet. A limited number of spots are available for each grade division. All efforts will be made to place players with schoolmates, however, it is not guaranteed. Regular registration will be taken up to July 31; last minute registration will be Aug. 1 or later (only upon availability). Second- to fifth-graders (in their respective levels) play from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 27; sixth- to eighth-graders play from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. Volunteer coaches are needed at all grade levels. Call Jenna Jakalski, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237. The Community House is located at 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale.
Medill Month: The Robert R. McCormick Museum Lecture Series resumes with two evening presentations about Chicago’s famous Medill family. Lectures are free and open to the public. June 7, 7 p.m.: “The Magnificent Medills” presented by Megan McKinney, an expert on historic Chicago families and author of The Magnificent Medills: America’s Royal Family of Journalism During a Century of Turbulent Splendor. June 14, 7 p.m.: “How Joseph Medill Made Honest Abe” presented by Jeffery Anderson, who will examine Medill’s essential role in Abraham Lincoln’s successful 1860 presidential nomination. Lectures will take place in the McCormick Museum’s historic Gold Theatre, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, with optional museum tours to follow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Reservations are suggested; call (630) 260.8162 or e-mail email@example.com.
Daisy Days Book Sale: Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave., offers a wide variety of books, DVDs and CDs for sale at the annual Daisy Days Book Sale June 14, 15, 16 and 18; sale hours are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Monday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Thursday will be the Patron Preview Sale for Clarendon Hills Library cardholders, and the sale will be open to all on Friday, Saturday and Monday. On Monday only, the library will run a Bag Sale. Shoppers may purchase a bag for $5 and fill it with items of their choosing. All proceeds will benefit the library and its programs. Call (630) 323-8188 or see www.clarendonhillslibrary.org.
Big Book Sale: Hosted by Brookfield Friends of the Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., Brookfield, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17. On Sunday, $6 bag sale bags will be provided. Call the library, (708) 485-6917 or visit brookfieldpubliclibrary.info.
Thomas Ford Memorial Library: 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs, offers Chess Club 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet, match wits and learn from other chess enthusiasts. Teens and adults welcome. Registration required, limit 20; free. For registration, visit www.fordlibrary.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 246-0520.
Zombies: Hear about some cool zombie/end of the world books, then head outside for a game of Zombies vs. Humans from 3-5 p.m. June 12 in this teen program.
Family Game Night: An assortment of board games is available from 6-8 p.m. June 13. Light refreshments will be served. No registration required.
Author and historian Robert Rodriguez: Will present rare performance and interview footage, discussing the origins of the Beatles from 7-8:30 p.m. June 14 from their Quarry Men days to the decision to stop touring in 1966.
Family Storytimes: Hear stories, sing songs, and make a craft in this special evening storytime for families from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14, 28, July 12, 26.
Summer Reading Clubs: Continues to Aug. 3; registration is under way – Dream Big–Read for all children up to sixth grade: Explore all things nocturnal: dreams, stars and planets, bats, owls, spooky stories and more. Contests and prize distribution begin June 11. Daily Contest: Find the Star; everyday beginning June 11 a star will be hidden in the Youth Services Department. The first child to find it will get a prize from the treasure chest. Weekly Contests: Every week this summer, readers and nonreaders can participate in contests for a chance to win a prize. New contest questions will be posted each week beginning June 11. Grand Prizes: Skydeck Chicago passes, Shedd Aquarium passes, Museum of Science & Industry passes, White Sox tickets, Star Wars game, Young Explorer backpack, Pull & Play animal train, friendship bracelet kit, glow in the dark science lab, Hide & Seek Safari animal, puzzles, $50 Target gift card, and more. Read… While You Still Can!:
for children entering sixth to 12th grades in the fall. Read and log five books or 40 hours by Aug. 3 and earn a free paperback plus a chance to win the big prize.
Hot Books: 80 Years of Sizzling Bestsellers for adults; Hot Books, is about discovering popular books of the last 80 years. Sign up at the Reference Desk and receive a reading log. Then read six library books, eBooks or audio books, including one that was on the bestseller list sometime over the last 80 years; there will be lists posted. Submit tickets by Aug. 3 for a prize drawing. Prizes include a Thomas Ford Library 80th Anniversary mug; Barnes & Noble gift cards, a Nook Book eReader; two entrees at Vie Restaurant; a bag of bestseller books; and tickets to the Theater of Western Springs.
Summer Reading kick-off: Fresh off the stage of “America’s Got Talent,” Matt Wilhelm will perform from 7-8 p.m. June 7. In addition to performing BMX bike tricks, Wilhelm will also talk about perseverance, bike safety and character. He is a three-time X-Games medalist and the 2011 National Champion for BMX Flatland. Registration opens June 4. Register all children and adults who plan to attend. Attendee must be a Western Springs resident and attendee must give 24-hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend. Children must be enrolled in the Summer Reading Club to participate in this program. This program will take place at Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Ave., Western Springs.
A Memoir of China: Come and hear Jian Ping talk about her book, Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, her amazing story of life in communist China, at 7 p.m. June 8. Daughter of a high-ranking government official, Ping’s memoir reflects on her childhood in China during the 1960s as the Cultural Revolution ends during a power struggle within the ruling party. This event is sponsored by the Western Springs Library Friends in celebration of the Thomas Ford Library’s 80th anniversary.
Chess Club: Newly forming, meets the second Wednesdays of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome. Registration required.
Teen Library Advisory Board: Will meet from 4-5 p.m. monthly at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Teens in sixth to 12th grade are welcome to get involved by sharing ideas and opinions, planning library programs and services, and discussing materials for teens. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month in the Board Room.
Hinsdale Public Library: Has an ongoing Gently Used Book Sale. Shelves are located near the Audiovisual Collection. Books sorted by fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult. Children’s books start at 50 cents and all others start at $1. Visit the library’s Grab and Read book cart in the train station. Take a book, read it, pass it along or return it to the book cart. All books are free. To add a book to the collection, donate it to the Hinsdale Public Library. Call (630) 986-1976. Hinsdale Public Library is located at 20 E. Maple St., www.hinsdalelibrary.info.
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.
La Grange Public Library: 10 W. Cossitt, hosts the Writer’s Workshop the second Wednesday of each month 7-8:45 p.m. This on-going workshop offers adults a place to bring their poems, manuscripts and other written works for feedback. Registration requested, but not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
Oak Brook Public Library: 600 Oak Brook Road, (630) 368-7700, www.oak-brook.lib.il.us. Most programs require registration:
Summer Adult Reading Program: Is under way, “Reading Is So Delicious,” sponsored by Friends of the Oak Brook Library. Upon completion, participants will receive a library shopping bag and be entered into a drawing for a prize. Program continues to Aug. 6. Registration required.
Tai Chi Class: Join personal trainer Sandy Auriemma as she teaches tai chi for beginners at 12:30 p.m. June 8. Tai chi affects the promotion of balance control, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.
Summer Chess: Designed for beginning or returning players at 7 p.m. June 13, 20 and 27, these sessions will explain strategy and tactics using recent tournament games. Time is allocated for play after discussion. For patrons age 14 and older, with Jim Egerton.
Activity Room: Open from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for teens in sixth grade and older to complete homework and socialize with peers. An assortment of games are available when a break is needed from studying. A librarian is available to assist with reference questions.
Oak Brook Public Library: Offers the addition of eBooks for the Kindle to downloadable options. It subscribes to eMediaLibrary by Over Drive to supply eBooks and audio books for mobile devices. Downloadable books also can be read or heard on laptops and computers.
WOW: Next meeting for widowed persons takes place at 6:30 p.m. June 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road, Elmhurst. Admission is $5. After a brief business meeting and refreshments, speaker will present a program about comedians, followed by games. Newly widowed are especially invited. Call Pat, (630) 903-6159.
Interfaith Career Network: Offers a supportive evening of networking from 7-9 p.m. June 7 at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs. Peter Sturdivant will touch on lessons learned from his networking experiences and provide some good ideas and tips for successful networking. Roundtable sessions follow. Bring copies of your resume or a network handbill. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee to attend. This will be the last networking meeting until September. ICN offers job support through various programs throughout the month. Visit www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
People in Public Speaking: Meets every Monday at noon for an hour in the McDonald’s corporate offices. Individuals may join at any level of speaking ability. People in Public Speaking is an Oak Brook branch of Toastmasters International and is open to anyone interested in joining Toastmasters. See pips.toastmastersclubs.org/.
Brookfield-La Grange Park Lions Club: Meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at Ryan’s Pub, Brookfield. Go to email@example.com to request information.
La Grange Garden Club: Meets at 12:15 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (social and refreshments) followed at 1 p.m. by the meeting and program at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, (basement) 150 S. Ashland. If interested, e-mail Marty Van Ness at Matha824@aol.com.
Garden Club of LaGrange Park: Meeting on the first Monday of the month starting at noon in the LaGrange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine, LaGrange Park. Refreshments served; program follows. Call (708) 352-5059.
Newcomers Alumni: Women’s Social Club meets second Wednesday of the month September-June for lunch at various restaurants and country clubs throughout the western suburbs. Lunch served at noon, followed by entertainment. Call (708) 784-0297.
MOPS: For all mothers of preschoolers who would like to learn more about how to live life as a Christian mother, meets at Christ Church of Oak Brook, corner of 31st and York Road, Oak Brook, the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, through May 2012. Meetings are 9:15-11:15 a.m. Free; childcare provided. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 654-1882.
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930: Meets 7 p.m. on first and third Thursdays of each month in the LaGrange Park Library, 555 La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. Guests over 18 welcome. See http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org/.
Zonta International, Oak Brook: International service club that seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. There has been an interest to charter a local club in Oak Brook to serve the western suburban area. The Zonta Club of Joliet Area is the sponsoring club for the new charter. Anyone wishing to be considered for membership or for additional information may e-mail email@example.com.
Hinsdale Chapter of PFLAG: Meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple. Regular monthly meetings held the first Sunday of each month 2-4 p.m. The chapter serves the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. Contact PFLAG help line, (630) 415-0622, or www.pflagillinois.org. June 3: Maher Alhaj will talk about his experience coming out as a gay Muslim.
La Grange Newcomer Alums: Women’s Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, September-June, at various country clubs and restaurants throughout the western suburbs. Lunch is 12:15 p.m., followed by entertainment. Call (708) 341-6141.
Kiwanis Club, Willowbrook-Burr Ridge: Meets at noon the first four Thursdays of the month at Porterhouse on the corner of North Frontage Road and Madison Street in Burr Ridge. Visit www.wbkiwanis.org.
La Grange Garden Club: Meets the first Monday of the month at 12:15 p.m. (social and refreshments) followed by a 1 p.m. meeting and program at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, Fellowship Hall (basement), 150 S. Ashland.
Kiwanis Club of La Grange: Meets every Thursday at noon at the Park District of La Grange, 536 East Ave., Room 108 (46th and East Avenue). The mission of the Kiwanis Club is to serve the children of the world. Guests welcome. Call Carol (708) 352-2992.
Knack for Knitting/Knot: Group meets 7 p.m. Mondays in the Tyler Duelm Room at La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Group meets weekly to share knowledge of knitting, patterns and stitch techniques with other knitters. From beginning knitter to advanced needle crafter, all welcome to share and learn the art of knitting. Registration not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
Surprize Bridge Stakes Etc.: Meets 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park District of LaGrange Park, 536 East Ave. The club is a congenial intermediate Bridge mix. It sponsors tournaments and going for the gold and more partners are needed. Call Vera Lynch at (708) 447-8185.
Ali Lassen’s Leads Club: Oak Brook Chapter, meets 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at DuPage Club, 1901 S. Myers Road, Oakbrook Terrace. For reservations call Genny at (630) 738-6677.
Forest Glen Duplicate Bridge Club: American Contract Bridge League meets 6:15-10 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 121 E. First St., Hinsdale. Club welcomes all levels of skill under 750 MPs. Call Jim Degerstrom (630) 279-0735 or Pete Rub (312) 372-2268.
Operation Warm Hearts: Meets 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Great Lounge of King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Everyone welcome to participate and suggest charitable organizations where donations may be made. Call (630) 230-9521.
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930: Meets 7-8:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday at LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. La Grange Road. Step-by-step materials, a supportive audience, feedback from peers and a DVD of each of speech. Call Maren at (708) 387-1341 or Maggie at (773) 239-7892; visit http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LaGrange Park Woman’s Club: Meets 1 p.m. every third Monday at Village Church, 1150 Meadowcrest Road, LaGrange Park. Speakers, games, parties. Call Mary Anne Vavra (708) 354-3801.
York Radio Club: Meets 8 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 W. Butterfield Drive. Visit www.yorkradioclub.com.
Midwest Pond and Koi Society: Meets for dinner 7:15 p.m. and a meeting at 8 p.m. every third Friday of the month, except November and December, at The Oaks of Burr Ridge, 300 S. Frontage Road, Burr Ridge. Dinner reservations must be made in advance. Visit www.mpks.org or call (312) 409-2081.
Oakbrook Terrace: Park District Fitness Center, 1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 574-0420; visit www.obtpd.org/fc.
Zumba: Classes will be held from 7-8 p.m. Mondays, June 18 through July 23, or Thursdays, June 21 through July 26, for ages 18 and older. Cost is $33, residents; $38, nonresidents. Register by June 13.
Karate classes: Eagle Academy of Martial Arts’ highly qualified black belt instructors will teach karate classes for both kids and adults on Tuesdays, June 19 through Aug. 7. Karate class for children ages 4 to 12 will be held from 6:10-7 p.m. Adult karate class is for ages 13 and older and will be held from 7-8 p.m. Uniforms and belt ranking are optional. Cost is $50, residents; $55, nonresidents. Register at least one week prior to first class.
Boot Camp AM: Wake up with exercise and energize your body for the rest of the day. Participants have the option of working out for one, two or three days per week; the price is the same. There will be high intensity workouts including cardio and strength training. Class will be held from 6:10-6:55 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Register by July 13. Class is for 18 and older and is $55, residents; $60, nonresidents.
50 and Older Band Together: The class for individuals ages 50 and older is formatted to strengthen tone and stretch the muscles of the body. Class can help increase bone density and metabolism. The class will be held Wednesdays, June 13-Aug. 1 (no classes July 4 and 11) from 10-10:45 a.m. at the Fitness Center Aerobic Studio. Cost is $30 for residents and $35, for nonresidents. Register by June 7.
Youth Basketball: Boys and girls will be taught techniques on shooting, dribbling, passing, body balance, safety awareness and sportsmanship. Each program concludes with a championship game. Class will be held from 4:15-5 p.m. June 11-15. Cost is $55 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. Register by June 6 .
Hatha Yoga:Hatha Yoga teaches how to revitalize the mind and body by reducing daily stress. Class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13-July 25, and is for individuals ages 18 and older. Cost is $41 for residents and $46 for nonresidents. Register by June 7.
Excursion: The Oakbrook Terrace Park District is planning a trip to the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago on June 13. The museum displays objects devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits. The group will stop for lunch. Participants will depart from the Heritage Center, 1S325 Ardmore Ave., at 9:30 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Cost is $25. Lunch is not included in the registration fee. Register by June 6.
Fishing Derby: Join NEDSRA and the Oakbrook Terrace Park District for the annual Summer Kick-off and Fishing Derby for all ages taking place June 10 at Terrace View Park, 17W063 Hodges Road. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by June 1 to receive dinner; the dinner cookout is sponsored by Anyway’s Restaurant of Oakbrook Terrace. The fishing derby is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., with check-in at the Fitness Center. To register, contact Carrie with NEDSRA at (630) 620-4500 or visit www.nedsra.org.
Paddle Boats: The Oakbrook Terrace Park District has paddle boats available to rent from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday, June 13-Aug. 15, and from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday, June 15-Aug. 22 .Paddle boats can be rented for $3 per 30 minutes. The Park District also has a four-passenger Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible boat. Also new to the Park District is a Swan paddle boat that can seat up to four people and is $5 per 30 minutes. Children under 16 must be with an adult. Boat rental is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lake View Nature Center: 17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace, offers classes for nature lovers. Call (630) 941-8747 or visit www.obtpd.org/lvnc to register.
Wild Wednesdays: Free of charge and runs every Wednesday beginning June 13 through Aug. 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each Wednesday a different animal will be featured, stories will be shared, and visitors will be sent on a self-guided hike. Popcorn and lemonade will be sold.
Fishing time: Families can pack a lunch and picnic by the water. Children 16 years of age and under are welcome to borrow a fishing pole and try their luck down at the pond catching a sunfish or even a large-mouth bass. Bait is available for a fee.
Safari Club:Children, ages 4-10, investigate the world of nature through activities, crafts and stories to learn about the plants and animals around them. Class will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. June 8 Cost is $18 for residents and $23 for non-residents. A snack will be provided.
Get Hooked on Fishing: Learn fishing techniques, fishing ethics, safety issues, and rules and regulations for fishing from 1-2:30 p.m. June 9 or 18. Participants will practice catch-and-release fishing in the stocked lake. Parents are welcome to stay and learn too. The program is for individuals age 7 and older. The fee is $8 for residents and $13 for non-residents.
Animal Adventures Mini-Camp: Children ages 4- 7 will investigate the world of animals through crafts, activities and stories. The program will be held from 9-11 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 12-26. Fee is $36 for residents and $41 for non-residents.
Geocaching Adventure: Families can learn how to use a global positioning system and go on a treasure hunt from 1-2:30 p.m. June 11 or 23. Learn the basics and then follow GPS coordinates to find an eight-stage multicache. GPS units will be provided. A registered adult must accompany a child. The cost for each adult/child pair is $12 for residents and $17 for nonresidents.
Passport to Adventure: Visit five participating attractions this summer and each participant will receive a certificate. Visit seven or more to receive a Passport prize. Children ages 4 and up can pick up their free Passport to Adventure at the Lake View Nature Center or other participating museums. The Passport to Adventure program runs Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Clarendon Hills Park District: 315 Chicago Ave., (630) 323-2626. Programs require advance registration at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The Clarendon Hills Park District’s regular business hours at the Community Center are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with limited evening and weekend hours, depending upon recreation schedules. Call (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparksdistrict.org.
Super Pass: Season pass holders at the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool are invited to purchase a Super Pass for $50 per person. The Super Pass entitles season pass holders to swim at both the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool and the Hinsdale Community Swimming Pool all summer long. All pass sales take place at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The Community Center is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with limited evening and weekend hours available by appointment.
Arts in the Park: From 10-11:30 a.m. June 8 in Blackhawk Park. This drop-in program is free of charge and gives parents and their children a unique opportunity to explore neighborhood parks throughout the summer. Staff members from the Clarendon Hills Park District will lead crafts projects, games and fun.
Preschool Art Investigations: Open to boys and girls ages 3 to 5, this class is a hands-on study of both two- and three-dimensional art using a variety of media from 10-10:45 a.m. Thursdays, June 21 to 26. There are new projects each week and short, age-appropriate discussions on the wonders of art. Fee is $64, residents; $80, nonresidents.
Kid Fit: This class for boys and girls ages 4 and 5 will be held from 11-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, June 21 to July 26, at the Community Center. Class focuses on aerobics, gymnastics, stretching, sports, strengthening, gross motor skills and balance. Children work out each day and also learn about overall good health, nutrition, healthy food choices and the value of exercise. There is a $70 resident fee ($88, nonresidents).
Swim Lessons: The Clarendon Hills Park District is accepting registration for its swim lesson program for the summer. All classes meet at the Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. This year, each swimming class will have a marine life name. Parents are encouraged to sign up returning participants for classes based upon their child’s prior lesson history, previous swim report card and age group. Program fees for each session of aquatics lessons will be $80 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Call (630) 323-2626 for information regarding: Stroke Clinic for ages 6 and older; Preschool Swim Lessons include Parent-Child Water Development for children ages 6 months to 5 years and a parent; Tiny Tot Starfish Level, ages 3-5 (without parents); Advanced Tiny Tot Seahorse Level, ages 3-5 (without parents); and Youth Swim Lessons for ages 5 and up (or children who have completed Preschool Swim Lessons), which include Level 1 Jellyfish, Level 2 Minnow, Level 3 Frog, Level 4 Turtle, Level 5 Dolphin and Level 6 Shark.
Semi-private/private swim lessons: At Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. These lessons focus on safety, fun, water adjustment skills, stroke technique education, and confidence in the pool. A variety of options are available this summer for children ages 3 and up. Call Beth Martens at (630) 323-2626.
Pool Parties: The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool may be the best place to have a “fun in the sun” celebration this year. Three new birthday party packages are available this season, offering parents a party which includes set-up, swim time, food choices and clean up. All birthday parties are scheduled after 11 a.m. during regular season hours, June 11 to Aug. 19. For details, call (630) 325-1040 and speak to the manager on duty.
Registration: Under way at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., for the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Sea Lions Swim Team. Open to swimmers ages 5-18, the Sea Lions offer stroke technique education and competitive swimming. The Sea Lions Swim Team holds practice sessions at Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court, and participates in meets as part of the West Suburban Swim Conference. There is a $180 resident ($225 nonresident) fee to participate in the program. A T-shirt and swim cap are included with the registration fee. Call Beth Martens, Aquatics manager, (630) 323-2626.
Clarendon Hills Park District: Active Learners Preschool, 315 Chicago Ave., is accepting enrollment for 3- and 4-year-old programs which begin in September. Terrific Threes classes for 3-year-old students will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, while the Fantastic Fours preschool-kindergarten program for older children will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Children enrolling in the 3-year-old program are required to have celebrated their third birthday by Sept. 1, while boys and girls enrolling in the pre-kindergarten program must turn 4 by Sept. 1. A $100 tuition deposit will hold a child’s place in the Active Learners Preschool for the coming year. Drop-in observations when class is in session are also encouraged. Call (630) 323-2626.
Enjoy: The fast growing Midwest sport of platform tennis year round through a new series of beginner and advanced beginner drills presented through the Clarendon Hills Park District. All lessons are taught by six-time and 2010 National Platform Tennis Champion, Mary Doten. Learn the basic skills including grips, backhand volley, lobs, drives, serves, volley techniques and screens. Point play will conclude each drill. Paddles are available to purchase or use for demonstrations at each class session. The fee is $129.
Western Springs Recreation Department: 2012 Summer Brochure is being delivered to all homes in Western Springs. Copies are available online at www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp, or at the Recreation Center, 1500 Walker Ave.; Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand; and Village Hall, 740 Hillgrove. Nonresidents can request one by calling (708) 246-9070. A huge variety of classes for all ages are available including the very popular ones as well as many new programs and activities.
Western Springs Recreation: Sponsoring a 3-v-3 Basketball League for seventh- and eighth-grade students (in the fall). The league will play games Monday evenings beginning June 11 at the Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St. The league is “self- officiated.” Games have 20-minute halves. Divisions for both boys and girls teams are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Team roster and fee ($110/team) must be turned in to the Western Springs Recreation Office. The first eight teams in both leagues to register will be in the league. An organizational meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. June 4 at the Recreation Center. Contact the Recreation Department, 1500 Walker St., call (708) 246-9070 or go to www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp for the packet, rules and registration information.
Pleasant Dale Park District: Offers Adult Dance classes from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Chalet Family Fitness Center, 8300 S. Wolf Road, Willow Springs. A 10-class punch card is $75 (good until fall 2012). Movement uses jazz, contemporary and ballet techniques. No previous dance experience necessary. Wear clothing that allows movement and have hair pulled away from the face. Contact Molly Roche at email@example.com, (312) 576-9669 or the Chalet, (708) 246-4030.
Park District of La Grange: 536 East Ave., offers the following programs; call (708) 352-1762; www.pdlg.org.
Park Days: Come out and play games and join activities with the Park District of La Grange staff this summer. Kids 8 years and older can come on their own; children 7 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Bring a water bottle and wear gym shoes – Thursdays 3-4 p.m., June 14 at Waiola Park, 47th and Waiola; July 12 at Spring Park, 53rd and Spring; Aug. 9 at Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert. Activities will be canceled if inclement weather; see firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toddler Playtime Gym: The gym court at the Rec Center is set up with scooters, tunnels and other games to help toddlers develop their gross motor skills from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. No pre-registration required. Daily fee is $3, residents; $4, nonresidents. Pay the daily fee for the indoor playground and add Toddler Gym for only $2.
Park District of La Grange: Offers Learning Ladders Preschool classes for children ages 2 1/2-5 designed to meet the physical, social, intellectual and creative needs of children. Four of the classes are held at Gilbert Park and one of the classes is held at the Recreation Center. Preschool registration for 2012-13 is under way for residents and nonresidents.
Sign up: Park District of La Grange Fitness Classes for adults, seniors and kids. Adult fitness classes include Zumba, Spin, Drums Alive!, Kickboxing, Yoga and Bootcamp. In addition, several fitness classes have been added this season including Total Body Dance, Yoga Core, Zumba Gold for individuals 50 years of age and older, plus children’s fitness classes such as Hula Hoopin’ and Zumbatonic. A schedule is available by visiting www.pdlg.org. Classes are offered in the mornings, during the lunch hour, evenings and Saturdays. Childcare is available for many of the morning classes at a cost of $4 per child. Call (708) 352-1762.
Adult Fitness Classes: A variety of adult cardio and strength training classes are offered mornings, during the lunch hour, evenings and Saturdays to fit any schedule. A resident fee under $50 for most programs — childcare available for many morning classes for $4 per child. Core conditioning, yoga, spin, Zumba, Drums Alive, Piloxing and Pilates.
Win: Family Pass to the Recreation Center good for one year. The pass includes unlimited playground use, unlimited track use, 24 basketball open gym passes per family member and 24 toddler gym passes. Fill out an entry form at the front desk of the Rec Center. One entry per family per month allowed. (708) 352-1762.
Get Friends Together: Indoor recreational and competitive volleyball leagues are under way at the Park District of La Grange. Games run 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays. Participants must be 18 years or older. Each team needs a minimum of four players and a maximum of nine players. $300 per team. Season begins June 14. All games played at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. Call (708) 352-1762 or visit www.pdlg.org.
Community Park District of LaGrange Park: 1501 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park, provides the following programs. For more information, call (708) 354-4580 or visit www.cpdlgp.org.
Memorial Park in LaGrange Park: 132 E. Oak Ave., The fenced-in, multi-use courts are now ready for use. Designed last year, this court was created with younger children in mind. The surface is decorated with games such as 4-square, hop scotch, shuffleboard and bases for kickball and soft baseball. There are also roller hockey circles and nets for those wishing to play. Memorial Park is open daily until 10 p.m.
Oak Brook Park District: 1450 Forest Gate Road; (630) 990-4233; www.obparks.org:
World’s Largest Swimming Lesson: On June 14 from 10 a.m.-noon, the Oak Brook Park District’s Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, will join hundreds of other aquatic facilities across the globe in an attempt to break the 2011 Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted, developed to build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Those planning to participate are encouraged to register at www.obparks.org and are asked to arrive at the Family Aquatic Center at least 15 minutes early to check-in. Those who do not pre-register should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event.
Noncontact Football Camp: Kids ages 6-12 will learn the fundamentals from real athletes who have played at the collegiate or professional level in Central Park, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Classes will also include scrimmages and occasional guest speakers from current and former NFL and college teams. This clinic runs from 10 a.m.-noon June 18-22 or July 9-13. Class fee is $145 for residents and $182 for nonresidents per session.
Nature Exploration: The Oak Brook Park District Dorothy and Sam Dean Nature Sanctuary Prairie Exploration and Open House takes place from 9 a.m.-noon June 16 at 115 Canterberry Lane, Oak Brook. The Illinois Paddle Council will provide live canoe and kayak water safety tips at the sanctuary’s boat launch. Trout Unlimited will provide hands-on instruction on fly fishing and flycasting techniques. The DuPage County Master Gardeners, University of Illinois Extension, will teach the importance of worms in the garden and the environment through “Adventures of Herman the Worm.” Oaklee’s Family Guide will provide landscape concepts and biodegradable seed packets. There will be a Prairie Walk and Talk. Free. Park at Christ Church of Oak Brook (York and 31st) east parking lot, with bus shuttles to the sanctuary. Visit www.obparks.org.
Beginning Guitar: Kids ages 7 to 12 will learn about the parts of the guitar and experiment with basic chords, songs and sight reading. Bring your own or rent a guitar at class for $7/day. The class will meet at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, from 6-7 p.m. Mondays, June 11 to July 31. Class fee is $120 for residents; $150, nonresidents.
Historic Bike Tour of Oak Brook: Join in a fun, historic look at the Oak Brook community on a leisurely narrated bike tour with stops to learn about the architecture, community leaders, businesses, recreational opportunities and conservations efforts of Oak Brook from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 16. This tour covers about 11 miles and includes 15 points of interest, with lunch provided at York Tavern after the tour. Most of the ride is on bike paths. Helmets are required and T-shirts are included in the price, so indicate your size at the time of registration. Fee is $25 for residents; $31, nonresidents.
From early birds to night owls: The Oak Brook Park District has a wide variety of drop-in group exercise classes available Mondays to Saturdays for those looking to step up their fitness routine for summer. New sessions run through Sept. 1 and are held at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Classes are free to members; per day fees are $10 for residents; $6 for residents 55-plus; $12, nonresidents; $8, nonresidents 55-plus. Fitness membership fees are available monthly or for the summer. Classes include: Outdoor Yoga; Boot Camp; Cardio Mix; Core Conditioning; Lo-Impact Cardio Strength Mix; Yoga; Aerobics Low-Impact; Barre Bodies; Beginner and Senior Pilates; Cardio Cross Train; Cardio Interval; Seated Aerobics; StrengthFlex; Yoga Renewal; Zumba; Belly Dancing; Bollywood/Bhangra Beats; Mixed Pilates. Call for specifics or check website.
Friday Night Cosmic Swim: From 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays at the Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. The water in the leisure pool changes color. Regular admission fees apply; www.obparks.org.
Family Aquatic Center: Parents and children ages 7 and younger are invited to drop-in and enjoy splashing around the Oak Brook Park District’s indoor beach-like recreational pool with special water play features from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Resident fee is $6, nonresident fee is $8 (members are free).
Boost Your Mood and Fitness Level: At the Oak Brook Park District Indoor Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. The following aquatic exercise classes are free to members or $10 for adult residents and $12 for nonresidents per session (there is a $4 discount for seniors 55+). No registration is necessary — Aqua Cardiotone: From 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Aqua Cardiotone is great exercise for people with beginning or advanced athletic skills. Learn water exercises for strength and conditioning of all the major muscle groups. Aerobic interval drills will improve athletic ability. Ages 18 and older. Aqua Max Mature: From 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy the five major benefits of water workouts: improve flexibility, increase muscle tone, increase cardiovascular endurance, enhance overall fitness and have fun. Adults ages 55+ will use low impact moves focusing on balance, posture and mobility. Arthritis Water Therapy: From 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. This water therapy class is designed to safely keep joints moving and improve sense of well-being, led by a trained and certified instructor. Ages 18 and older. Pilates Plus Aqua: From 8-9 a.m. Fridays. This innovative class combines the cardio benefits of an aerobics class with beginner level Pilates to strengthen, lengthen and align posture. It will also improve balance and flexibility and tighten core. Ages 18 and older.
SEASPAR: 4500 Belmont Road in Downers Grove (office), and Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert Ave., La Grange, provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities and is an extension of local park districts. Transportation is often available from SEASPAR offices. Call (630) 960-7600 or visit www.SEASPAR.org.
York Center Park District: 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886; www.yorkcenterparks.org/:
Youth Game Night: Grab friends and get together at the York Center Park District, meet up in the museum and play video games such as Xbox, Play Station and Wii, also board games such as Monopoly, Clue, Apples to Apples and Sorry. Parents must sign a waiver registration form. Ages 6 to 10, Fridays, July 6 and Aug. 3, 6-7 p.m.; $5/resident, $7/nonresident. Register one week in advance.
Youth Soccer Stars: Work on drills such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Teams will be created every week. Ages 6 to 10; Mondays, June 11 to July 2; 6-7 p.m.; $10/resident, $12/nonresident.
Teen Sports Night: Play games of soccer, kickball, two-hand touch football and more at Villa Roosevelt Park. Ages 11 to 16; Tuesdays, June 12 to June 26; 6-7 p.m.; $12/resident, $15/nonresident.
Summer Kick Off Party: The public is welcome to come and check out the variety of different summer programs and events offered by the York Park District from 6:30-8 p.m. June 7. Registration can be completed on the spot. There will be a make-your-own sundae bar at the end of the night.
NEDSRA: Serving DuPage and Cook Counties, opens registration for its new fall schedule with various programming for children and adults with disabilities. The programs are held at NEDSRA, 1770 W. Centennial Place in Addison, or in surrounding communities.
NEDSRA: Continuing its two Kids Klubs for youth with a mental disability or autism. Day Trippers, a program for adults with mental disabilities, meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Discounted rates are available for those who register for more than one day.
Flag Football Camp: Get ready for flag football this fall by learning this summer from athletes who have played football at the collegiate and/or professional level. The Community House classes will include scrimmages and occasional guest speakers from current and former NFL and college teams. Classes will be conducted June 11 to 15 at Robins Park and the Field House, Hinsdale; first- to fifth-graders play from 2:30-4:30 p.m.; sixth- to eighth-graders, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Call Jenna Jakalski for pricing information, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237.
Hinsdale Center for the Arts: Taking registration for all summer camps and classes that run from June 11 to Aug. 11. To register, call (630) 887-0203 or visit www.hinsdalearts.org.
Youngsters on the Autism Spectrum: Hinsdale Center for the Arts is creating opportunities to facilitate self-expression for autistic young people with Summer Arts Adventures. Designed and offered for different age groups, these multi-art camps are based on different themes: Take Me Out to the Ball Game will incorporate songs from musicals; it will run July 2, 3 and 5 with sessions for ages 8 to 12. Rockin’ in the Park will run July 9-12 with sessions for ages 12 and up. Contact Maureen Johannigman at Hinsdale Center for the Arts, (630) 887-0203.
Children’s Bereavement Day Camp: Adventist St. Thomas Hospice is offering its annual Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp, a children’s bereavement day camp. Designed for children ages 5 to 12, the camp will take place daily from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 25 to 29 at Arabian Knights Farms, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook. Activities include nature hikes, arts and crafts, miniature golf, obstacle courses and water games. The cost is $50 per child, with some scholarships available. Enrollment is limited to 30 children; ratio of campers to counselors is one-to-one. The camp is staffed by Adventist St. Thomas Hospice staff and specially-trained volunteers. To volunteer as a camp counselor or to register a child, contact Heather Kochen at (630) 856-6985. Registration deadline is June 4.
Tennis Kids Camp: Offered by the Oakbrook Terrace Park District for children ages 5 to 13 at the Heritage Center, 1S325 Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace. This tennis program is perfect for the beginner or advanced tennis player and stresses the importance of having fun in a non-competitive atmosphere. Participants will receive instruction, game and skill training. Tennis-Kids Camp will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 25 to Aug. 1. Cost is $52, residents; $57, nonresidents. Register by June 18. Call (630) 627-6100 or visit www.obtpd.org.
Camp FBW: At Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook – Ages 4 to 12 will enjoy nature explorations through half-day camps that can be combined for full-day fun. Morning and afternoon four-day sessions, June 25 to 28, and July 9 to 12. Fee (per half-day session) is $100 for DuPage County residents; $125 for nonresidents. Call (630) 850-8110.
GO! Camp: At Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook – Boy Scouts ages 11 to 17 will experience a week in the outdoors. Activities, which include an overnight camp out, will meet requirements of the Environmental Science merit badge, required for advancement to Eagle Scout. One five-day session is June 18 to 22. Fee is $100 for DuPage County residents; $125 for nonresidents. Call (630) 850-8110.
Western Springs Summer Camp: Session 1 is from June 11-29; and Session 2 is from July 2-20. Just for Tots Camp is for children ages 3 and 4. Two-day camp is 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various locations. Cost is $58 for residents and $78 for non-residents. Three-day camps are 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Laidlaw. Cost is $78 for residents and $98 for non-residents. Scampers Camp is for children entering second through fourth grade. Five-day camp is 9-11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays at Field Park. Cost is $95 for residents/$115 for non-residents. Tower Camp is for children ages 5 and 6. Five-day camp is 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at various locations. Cost is $95 for residents/$115 for non-residents. Three-day camp is 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Western Springs Recreation Center. Cost is $85 for residents/ $105 for non-residents. Call (708) 246-9070, Ext. 426 for availability.
Western Springs Lacrosse: Girls Lacrosse Summer Camp for ages 8-14 for beginners and advanced skills will meet from 10 a.m. to noon June 25-29 at Katherine Legge Park, 5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Fee is $140.
Western Springs Boys Lacrosse Camp: Coaches will instruct boys in stick handling, passing, shooting and defense; emphasis in scrimmages will be on skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Session 1 is June 12 to June 28; Session 2 is July 10 through 26, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Spring Rock Park, 4400 Central Ave., Western Springs. First- through fourth-graders play from 2:30-4; fifth- through eighth-graders, from 4:15-5:45 p.m. Fee is $90..
Theater Kids: Camp has limited openings for its summer program, which will run from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 18 to July 27, at the Clarendon Hills Middle School. Open to young performers ages 9-15, campers will present the musical, “Into the Woods, Junior” on July 26 and 27. This fable tells the story of a baker and his wife, who learn they have been cursed with childlessness by the evil witch who resides next door. There is a $165 resident fee; $200 nonresidents. All auditions will take place the week of June 18. Advance registration is accepted at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., Clarendon Hills.
Aleks Mihailovic Soccer Camp: Open to players ages 4 to 17, this program covers technical and tactical training, while emphasizing game technique, motivation, confidence and leadership from 2-5 p.m. June 11 to 15 at the Prospect Park Soccer Field. All players are grouped by age and ability level. The $129 program fee for residents ($162, nonresidents) includes a T-shirt, certificate of achievement and final award. All participants are asked to bring a soccer ball, shin guards and a water bottle to camp each day. Families registering more than one soccer player for this program will receive a discount. Call the Clarendon Hills Park District at (630) 323-2626.
Basketball Camps: The Clarendon Hills Park District will present the Chicago Bulls Summer Basketball Camps June 25 to 29 in the Walker School Gymnasium. Boys and girls ages 6 to 8 will attend camp from 8:30-11:30 a.m., while basketball players ages 9-12 will be in camp from 1-4 p.m. This camp focuses on ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, individual moves, footwork and team concept. Student to instructor ratio is 10:1 or less. There is a $199 program fee for residents; nonresidents will be charged $249. Fee includes a Chicago Bulls duffel bag, indoor/outdoor basketball and T-shirt.
Baseball Camp: The Clarendon Hills Park District’s summer camp for players ages 9-14 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon June 11-15 at the Prospect Park baseball fields. The camp will be under the leadership of professional instructors and top college athletes from The Perfect Swing. All campers are asked to wear baseball pants, a baseball hat, and baseball shoes or tennis shoes to camp. Each camper should also bring a glove, bat and helmet. There is a $175 resident fee and $219 nonresident fee. Register at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., by June 6.
The Clarendon Hills Park District: “Camp Discovery” is a way for boys and girls ages 3-4 to discover the wonders of summer this year. The preschool program meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Community Center. A theme will be explored each day; and boys and girls will create crafts, and learn songs and games. Families have a choice of selecting six weeks of “Camp Discovery” programs or enrolling for a three-week session. The six-week program begins June 18 and runs through July 25. Cost is $210, resident fee and $263 nonresident fee. Session I runs from June 18-July 3 and has a $125 resident fee and $157, nonresident fee. Session II begins July 9 and runs through July 25 (same fees).
Clarendon Hills Park District: Two-day options this summer for boys and girls ages 4-10. Summer Camp meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays in Prospect School and Prospect Park, June 18-July 26. Campers can enjoy water days, entertainment, projects, tie-dye, games and songs. There is a $250 resident fee (and $313 nonresident fee). Sports Camp meets from 1-3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 18-July 26, also in Prospect School and Prospect Park. Each week, campers tackle a new sport and will participate in baseball, flag football, soccer, hockey and basketball. Resident fee is $250 (nonresident fee is $313). All campers are invited to register for Lunch Bunch, which meets from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Participants will have a sack lunch while participating in supervised activities and games under the supervision of Clarendon Hills Park District recreation staff members. There is a $125 resident fee (and $157 nonresident fee).
The Bulls/Sox Academy: Hosting a series of Summer Fastpitch Softball Camps for girls ages 9 to 14 at the Park District of La Grange Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. The Fastpitch Hitting Camp will focus on teaching the “absolutes” of hitting. The Fastpitch Pitching Camp will teach the proper pitching mechanics including grip, motion, arm circle, release, leg-drive, and follow-through. Pitchers must bring their own catcher to each session. All La Grange Fastpitch Camps will run Mondays, June 11 through July 9 (no class July 2). The Fastpitch Pitching Camp goes from 10-11:30 a.m.; the Fastpitch Hitting Camp, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; the Fastpitch Slapping (Drag Bunting) Camp runs from 1-2:30 p.m. The camps can be signed up individually; cost of each camp is $99. Go to www.BullsSoxAcademy.com or call (630) 324-8221.
Park District of La Grange: Summer camp registration for residents and nonresidents is under way. Registration can be completed in person at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., or online at www.pdlg.org. Neither procedure has priority over the other. Summer camp programs begin the week of June 11 and are offered in one-week sessions to provide flexibility for families’ summer schedules. Camps are divided into full- and half-day options with age-appropriate sections. Camp Tiny Tots is a half-day morning camp with two sections, one for children ages 2 ½ or 3 and one for 3½- to 5-year-olds. Camp-A-Palooza is a half-day morning camp for youth ages 5-12. Full-day camps are Camp Mighty Munchkins for kids ages 4-6 and Camp Quest for ages 7-12. Full-day camps offer before and after care with drop-off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pickup as late as 5 p.m. All Park District of La Grange summer camp staff are trained in CPR/AED and first aid. The camper to staff ratio is 6:1 for all camps. Each week has a theme with age-appropriate songs, crafts, games, sports and other activities.
Preschool Blues Busters Munchkins Summer Camp: Children participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate activities including stories, music, arts and crafts, games and more. Price includes art supplies, snack, T-shirt and instructors. Child must be 3 years old by June 1, 2012 and must be toilet trained. If there are other children in Blues Buster or Teen Camp, the one-time family registration fee is $25. Ages 3-4 years (Munchkins), Session I: June 11, 13, July 2, 23 and 25; Session II: June 18, 20, July 9, 11, 30 and Aug. 1; Session III: June 25, 27, July 16, 18, Aug. 6 and 8; 9 a.m.-noon; $50/resident, $65/nonresident (two days per week); $10 registration fee (non-refundable). Contact the York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886, www.yorkcenterparks.org/.
Extreme Teens On the Go: Teens are guaranteed to go on trips all around Chicago this summer, to places like Great America, Hurricane Harbor, city beaches, museums, and more. Also offered are extended hours to accommodate parent work schedules. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt and backpack. For teens going into sixth to ninth grades; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Session 1 – June 11 to 29; Session 2 – July 2 to 20; Session 3 – July 23 to Aug. 10. Contact the York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886, www.yorkcenterparks.org/.
Vacation Bible School: La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. 7th Ave., invites boys and girls ages 4 to those entering sixth grade to join them for the annual Vacation Bible School from 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 11 to 15. The boys and girls will visit Sonrise National Park. They will experience games, songs, crafts, Bible stories and live animals. Call (708) 354 2485 or see www.lagrangebible.org.
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.
La Grange Bible Church: 850 S. Seventh Ave., has resumed its regular schedule of service. Morning worship serves conducted 8:10 and 11 a.m., with nursery and children’s church available. Sunday School classes and Adult Bible study begins 9:46 a.m. All invited. Call (708) 354-2485 or see www.lagrangebible.org.
Renovate and Rejuvenate: Women’s Bible Study is offered at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Halls, presented by Priscilla Shirer. Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the booklet for $13 plus tax at Christ Church Bookstore. Contact Pat Miller, email@example.com, or call (630) 654-1882.
Contact: Group of multi-generational adults in passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ held at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 10 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall 2. It is a safe place to connect with other believers who are learning and applying biblical truths to life. Contact is a great place to make new friends and explore what living a life of faith is all about. Coach is Tim Couture, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus: New 28–episode video series filmed entirely on location in Israel and the West Bank, is being shown in the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. To learn more and watch a Tony Moore video clip, go to www.biblicalworld.org.
Bible Class: For teen and adults with disabilities, Friendship Bible Class, is 10 a.m. Sundays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook in Room 251. Coach is Sallie Barre, (630) 834-0862, email@example.com.
Christ Church of Oak Brook: 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, preschool registration is open. The Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool offers opportunities for 2- to 5-year-olds to develop a solid foundation for learning through its play-based program taught in a Christian context. Class sizes limited; call for availability. Contact Cathy Fiala (630) 321-6753, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Colleen Yates (630) 321-6758, email@example.com.
Irish music: Seniors are welcome to enjoy a performance by the musical duo of Brian Fitzgerald and Marty McCormack, known as Switchback, at 6:30 p.m. June 20, on the upper terrace of King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Attendees are asked to call (630) 230-9521. In the event of rain, this concert will be canceled.
Events at Plymouth Place Senior Living: 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park, are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call (708) 482-6511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hymnology: The Study of Hymns, second-floor Multi-Purpose Room, 10 a.m. Saturdays, through June 30. Learn the hymns, what they say and who wrote the words and music, taught by Donald Hustad.
Cantigny Park: 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, announced a new social club for seniors meeting on the first and third Monday of the month. Membership in the Golden Oak Club is open to all people ages 65 and up. Golden Oak meetings will take place in the Cantigny Education Center from 10-11:30 a.m. The second club meeting of the month will be devoted to activities, games and socializing. Cost is $25 per year and includes parking and light refreshments for each meeting. The club will gather through October. Cantigny also plans a Fitness Walking program on Saturdays; walks are open to all ages. For seniors with limited mobility, complimentary shuttle service will be available from the parking area to the Education Center before and after each meeting. To join, call (630) 260.8162 or visit Cantigny.org.
Oak Brook Park District: Pioneer Program is an active social group for anyone 55 and over who seeks new and exciting trips and entertainment. The Pioneer Program also provides regular social events and luncheons. Call the Oak Brook Park District administration desk at (630) 645-9590 or visit www.obparks.org. Registration is accepted at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, or online.
Join the Pioneers: Afternoon of fun and friendly bingo competitions from 1-3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Prizes, coffee and cookies will be provided. Free.
The Pioneers: Enjoy a fun afternoon movie from 1-3 p.m. each fourth Tuesday of the month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Free.
La Grange and LaGrange Park: Business associations and Aging Care Connections, La Grange, have announced merchants will launch a Senior Discount Day program, offering reduced prices and offers to individuals 60 years of age and older. A card describing the program will be displayed near the cashier at each participating vendor. Merchants interested in participating in the Senior Discount Program should contact Linda Hussey at Aging Care via e-mail at email@example.com or (708) 354-1323, Ext. 242.
Exercise: For older adults with dementia held from 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. Cost is $56 for a six-week session. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 10.
Aging Care Connections: 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange, offers Sensible Fitness classes for older adults from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Fridays in seven-week sessions. (This class is also good for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.) Cost is $56 per couple or $10 per class. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228, to register.
Fellowship of Seniors: Meets at 3 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. This group visits the Arboretum, has ice cream socials, and invites experts to present information on topics of interest to seniors. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
ACT II: Creative writing program has a communal structure with rotation of leadership for writing assignments based on fact, fiction or fractured fairy tales. Classes meet on the first and third Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Admitting/Cashier’s Conference Room of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Spring classes continue June 18. Meet other ACT II members who are writing poems, telling their stories, or making them up for the first time. Tell your story in your own words. New members are always welcome. Admission is free. Reservations requested by calling (630) 856-7525.
AMC (ACT II Movie Classics): Meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Call (630) 856-7525 to register. June 20: “Top Hat” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
ACT II Book Look: Group meets the third Thursday of each month in the Cashier’s Conference Room of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Reservations are requested by calling (630) 856-7525.
ConfiCare Act II: Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange, offers the following senior programs for adults 50 and older. Call (708) 245-8170; to make a reservation, call (630) 856-7525:
Fitness Fun: Strength-Cardio (Aerobics)-Stretch Combo for ACT II members meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. in the Dixon Education Center classroom of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. A Saturday class meets at 8:30 a.m. Strength Training aims to shape and define while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Low-impact aerobics strengthens the heart and lungs while burning fat for weight loss.
ACT II Snapshots: Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. in the La Grange Memorial Hospital Dixon Classroom for one hour. Reservations are requested by calling (630) 856-7525. There is no charge.
ACT II: Escorted day trips are planned throughout the year and extended air and motorcoach trips are also available with membership discounts through ACT II.
AARP Hinsdale Chapter: Meets 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month in the Hinsdale Community House, 8th and Madison, Hinsdale. Call Bernie Hiles, (708) 409-0903, or Dorothy Martinsen, (630) 325-0840.
Active Adult Programs: The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale include Prime Time, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Fit Express and seated exercise classes for older adults and individuals with physical challenges. Call Kate Vogts for times and pricing. (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
Seated Exercise Classes: Offered 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Purchase 10-class punch card for $50 for members; $62 for guests. Call Kate Vogts (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
ROMEOs: Retired Older Men Eating Out meets at 8 a.m. first Monday of the month at Blueberry Hill. This group from Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills was formed to give retired men a chance to get away for a couple of hours, have breakfast with men of faith and socialize. All men welcome. Call (630) 325-2220, or visit www.YourChrist.org.
Senior Day Trips: Coordinated by the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club; call Kathy Forzley, (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org:
Come and “Get Your Kicks on Route 66!”: The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club for active adults ages 50 and older will enjoy a nostalgic tour along the famous Route 66 on June 21. Route 66 author and historian John Weiss will narrate the trip while sharing many anecdotal stories with Rainbow Club travelers. A luxury motorcoach will depart from the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., at 8:30 a.m. and return to the western suburbs by 6:30 p.m. This historic adventure will begin in Joliet and travel down to Braidwood. There will be time to stop at historic sites. A number of shopping excursions are planned. There are two snack stops and a family-style meal will be served at the Old Route 66 Cafe. Fee is $68. Registration is open through June 7.
East Troy Electric Railroad: The Rainbow Club travelers will journey to southeast Wisconsin, where they will visit the depot museum before enjoying a two-hour historic and picturesque train ride through the hills of southeast Wisconsin on July 19. Lunch will be served onboard. Following the train ride, there will be time for shopping at quaint gift shops, followed by a visit to the Elegant Farmer, which includes a renowned deli, bakery and fresh farm products. A luxury motorcoach will depart from the Community Center at 8:15 a.m. and return to the western suburbs by 4:30 p.m. There is a $75 fee. Register by June 22 at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave.; call (630) 323-2626.
Western Springs Seniors Club: Meets at 1 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Western Springs Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St. Western Springs Seniors Club membership eligibility is age 55. Residency not required; annual dues are $10. Dues should be paid to Gail Stern, treasurer.(708) 246-9070:
Western Springs Senior Center: Offers “A Movie Afternoon” from 1-3 p.m., usually on the fourth Thursday of the month: June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 14. Popcorn and beverages are provided. The program meets in the Western Springs Senior Center (Grand Avenue Community Center), 4211 Grand Ave. Call (708) 246-3299.
Senior Men’s Bridge Club: Meets at noon every Thursday at Lyonsville Congregational Church, located at Wolf and Joliet roads. Men of any skill or experience level welcome. The club has three eight-week tournaments a year with open play the rest of year. Call Vern Kramer at (708) 246-8888 or Bob Terp (708) 784-0921.
Forever Young: Senior program offers bingo and sandwiches from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of month for $6 and $1 per bingo card. Movies and lunch will be from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of month for $6. Games and birthday celebrations are held from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of month for $2. Catered lunch, featuring a speaker or entertainment, is from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month for $6. Activities take place at Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Call Chris Yesutis at (630) 662-6220.
Volunteer Restoration Workday: Help restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed. 9 a.m.-noon June 9 at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. Ages 8 and up; under 14 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 933-7681.
Elmhurst Historical Museum: To support these efforts, the museum is in need of volunteers of high school age or older in the following areas: Children’s craft programs, visitor services, special events, office/clerical, and exhibit installation. Depending on the task, volunteer opportunities are available every day of the week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and the commitment level may be as minimal as only four hours per month. Days and hours are flexible with training and orientation provided. A volunteer application is available to download from www.elmhursthistory.org (on the Volunteers page) or a printed copy can be mailed or picked at the Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Call Nancy Himmes, (630) 833-1457.
Hinsdale History Museum: 15 S. Clay St., is seeking volunteer tour guides to lead group tours of the Hinsdale History Museum to schoolchildren. Training and materials will be provided and no prior experience is necessary. Contact Anne Swenson at (630) 789-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graue Mill and Museum: Oak Brook, 3800 York Road, is looking for people to become a part of its organization. Volunteers are 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 also 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.
HCS Family Services: Hinsdale based is looking for volunteers to be a Parent Mentor to a family facing difficulties raising their children. The program is a one-year commitment; volunteers will be matched with a family and meet with them twice a month and attend various parenting classes together. Call Trayce Biancalana at (630) 323-2500.
DuPage Convalescent Center: Wheaton, seeks teenagers interested in gaining work experience through the VolunTeen program. Energetic teens, ages 14 and 17, encouraged to join program to help with recreation programs or outings, provide in-house transport services, share musical talents, provide companionship to residents and more. Volunteers get an opportunity to learn more about the health care field, develop skills and make friends. Visit dupageco.org/convo to submit an online application or call (630) 784-4260 to set up an interview. Contact Shauna Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
King-Bruwaert House: 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, seeks adult volunteers to assist and transport residents with wheelchairs or walkers as they attend a weekly, on-site inter-faith church service 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Call Activities and Volunteer Services Director Mary Meegan at (630) 230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Hinsdale Humane Society: Needs volunteers to join its foster care program. The society foster care program matches community volunteers with homeless pets in need of additional care and attention. Foster care volunteers provide temporary in-home care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats until they are ready for adoption. Hinsdale Humane Society provides all necessary food, equipment, training and support. Volunteers are required to complete Hinsdale Humane Society’s orientation and training process. Call (630) 323-5630 or visit www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.
Community Nurse Health Association: Needs volunteers to help with sorting, pricing and cashiering at The Carousel Shop, 23 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange; pricing and arranging at The Corner Shoppe, 27 Calendar Ave.; planning special events with the Women’s Auxiliary; serving on the board of directors; and offering medical expertise in clinics. Call Harriet VerGowe at (708) 352-0081 or e-mail email@example.com.
Western Springs Historical Society: Seeks volunteers to work in its archives Tuesday mornings at the Grand Avenue Community Center. Training provided. Volunteers also needed to give tours to children and serve as docents at the Water Tower Museum. Call (708) 246-9230.
Hospice volunteers: Needed for the Generations Hospice Team in Westchester. Volunteers give support to the hospice patient and family in the home or in a skilled nursing facility. Volunteers also support the care team in the office. Call Jim White, (708) 409-3040, or see www.generationshospice.com.