Community Calendar for July 26
A contingent of 14 Boy Scouts and four leaders from the Boy Scouts of America, Des Plaines Valley Council began a two-week visit to Japan July 21. They visited an historic Tokyo temple where they participated in a traditional welcoming tea ceremony.
Updated: September 3, 2012 6:13AM
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The West Suburban Humane Society: will hold a Kitten Shower from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 4 at its Downers Grove shelter, 1901 W. Ogden Ave. Downers Grove. Games, prizes, mocktails, snacks, goody bags and an additional $25 discount on kittens adopted at the Kitten Shower. Prospective adopters may be pre-approved for adoptions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, in advance. Those opting not to adopt may still attend the Kitten Shower and drop off cash or in-kind donations. See website for costs. Visit www.WSHS-DG.org during the Kitten Shower on Aug. 4 from 5-9 p.m. or stop by Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mill Scavenger Hunt: Visit the Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, on Aug. 5 to get a treasure map and participate in a Scavenger Hunt 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (630) 655-2090 or (630) 920-9720 or see www.grauemill.org.
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin: The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, presents its summer exhibit, “Drawing Fire: Bill Mauldin and the World War II GI,” through Sept. 3. The exhibit tells the GI story using Mauldin’s cartoons and some of the museum’s extensive, but rarely seen, World War II collection. (630) 260-8218.
Westmont Farmers Market: Farm fresh produce, specialty foods and arts and crafts may be found from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through September in downtown Westmont (West Burlington Avenue at Cass Avenue). Call (630) 829-9378.
Uniquely Thursdays: Hinsdale hosts a free concert series from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, up 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.
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; email@example.com.
Church Group Meetings
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. Call Cami Gerstung to reserve a copy (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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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.
The Hinsdale Junior Pom Dance Summer Clinic: is held Aug. 18, for 5-year-old through fourth-grade girls at the Hinsdale Central High School gymnasium. $35. They perform their routine for parents during the last 15-minutes of the clinic, and have the opportunity to sign up to perform at a Hinsdale Central football, soccer and basketball game this year and march in the 2013 Fourth of July parade. Five-year-old through first grade girls meet from 12:30-2 p.m., followed by second through fourth grade girls from 2:30-4 p.m. Cost is $35, includes a T-shirt and poms. Registration closes Aug. 4. To register, contact Micaela Fisher at (630) 455-4400 or at Micaela.Fisher@smilingstar.net.
The Clarendon Hills Park District: presents “Summer Art Camp” between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Aug. 8-Aug. 10, at Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. Open to young artists ages 7-12, camp is taught by staff from Young Rembrandts. An emphasis on drawing, pastel and cartooning techniques throughout this three-day program. Step-by-step teaching technique ensures success and fun for all young artists. $58 resident fee; $73 non-resident fee. Advance registration at Community Center is requested.
Advance Care Planning For Loved One And Self: Educating and preparing caregivers on all issues at this stage of life. Free. Third Monday each month l-2:30 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, La Grange. Non religious offiliation. Call Norma Allan (708) 579-0562.
Exploring Watercolors: During a six-part class for intermediate and advanced painters, individuals can explore and enhance artistic style while enjoying watercolor painting. Class meets from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 11 (except Sept. 4), at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. For adults only; $125 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.
Workshop for Widowed: The Joyful Again! program will be given Aug. 4-5 at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Elmhurst for men and women of all ages. Call (708) 354-7211 or see www.joyfulagain.org for information.
Cantigny Golf Academy: Launching a Welcome to Golf clinic series to serve adults and families. Clinics 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 are 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 $59. Family members, friends or guests may join the clinics for an additional $20 each. Weekday evening and weekend clinics available. Clinic schedules, class descriptions and registration 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.
The Carousel Shop: donations hours have been extended to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Donations may be brought to the red door at the rear of the shop by way of the alley at 23 Calendar Ave., (one-way headed west of La Grange Road, just south of Burlington). Donations of clothing and shoes for men, women and children, modern to vintage household items, artwork, and media (books, music, movies) accepted. Visit www.communitynurse.org or stop by. Also visit The Corner Shoppe, their consignment store, at 27 Calendar Ave. in La Grange.
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
Walking Tour: Friends of the Chicago Portage offer a public walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 4. Led by veteran tour guide Jeff Carter, who will explore the “Birth Story of Chicago” from the geological beginnings of the portage to how it functions in Chicago today. Tour is about one-half mile in length on a gravel path through the woods and will take about two hours. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. Tour will run rain or shine. Free and open to the public. Meet at the monumental statue of Marquette and Joliet and their Native American guide. Contact Gary Mechanic at (773) 590-0710 or visit www.chicagoportage.org.
Garden Walk: Susan Beard will guide visitors through some of Hinsdale’s finest gardens from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 14. The tour begins at Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Registration required. Call (630) 323-5150.
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 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.
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.
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center: hosts its annual fundraiser with special guest, friend and supporter, actress Betty White from 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 18. Event takes place at Ruth Lake Country Club, 6200 S. Madison St., Hinsdale. $175. All proceeds support the programs and services of BraveHearts, including therapeutic horseback riding, therapeutic carriage driving, a large and comprehensive program for military veterans and families, summer day camps and horticultural therapy. Call Jennifer (815) 703-7043.
Drew’s Family Fest for CURED: is held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Terrace View Park in Oakbrook Terrace. Enjoy family fun and help raise money to find a cure for eosinophilic disease. Rides and entertainment for all ages. Costs: $3/child, $6/adult. Visit drewfest.com for tickets and information or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Kris Mastrino (630) 579-3403.
In a fundraising effort to support the Special Olympics: from 4-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3, the Oak Brook Police Department men and women will serve restaurant guests at Labriola Bakery Cafe at the Oak Brook Promenade at Butterfield and Meyers roads. Officers will work alongside Labriola employees and in addition to gratuities given to the wait staff, restaurant guests have a chance to “tip” their Oak Brook Police representative with a monetary donation to Special Olympics of Illinois. Contact Officer Erica Huff (630) 368-8734 or email@example.com.
Family Farm Fest: Church of the Holy Nativity in Clarendon Hills will host this event to benefit Heifer International from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 4. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000. In the past three years, the church has raised more than $49,000 to help more than 280 families attain sustainable sources of food and income. The church is located at 55th Street and Richmond Avenue. Admission is free; games are 25 cents. Event includes live animals, a farmers’ market, barbershop quartet and quilt raffle; tickets are $1 each; six for $5. Tickets available for purchase at Church of the Holy Nativity or at Divine Treasures, 7 Prospect Ave., downtown Clarendon Hills. Everyone welcome.
Adventist Golf Classic: La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation will host its annual Golf Classic Aug. 13 at the La Grange Country Club, 620 S. Brainard Ave. The outing features a double shotgun start. The first group will tee off at 8 a.m.; the second group at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the outing will be directed to benefit the hospital’s Patient Care Center. The $450 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, fore-caddies, beverages on the course, players’ gift, live auction and a dinner at 6 p.m. Event proceeds will be matched dollar-for-dollar through a grant from the Community Memorial Foundation. Call (708) 245-2904 by Aug. 3.
Join Wellness House: 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale, for an afternoon of festivities and games for the entire family 2-4 p.m. Aug. 11. Bring your children and grandchildren for entertainment, treats, and crafts. Free, but registration required. Call (630) 654-5192
York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard, offers:
YCPD Preschool Fishing Frenzy: 9-10 a.m. Aug. 13-Aug. 17. Learn about fishing safety, how to put bait on a hook and the correct way to cast. Also learn about all the different fish in the pond. Ages: 3-5 years. $15 resident; $18 non-resident. Register by Aug. 6. Call (630) 629-0886.
YCPD Preschool 2012-2012: York Center Park District’s preschool program has classes designed to develop classroom and social skills to prepare children for kindergarten. Stories, music, arts and crafts, games, free play and computers. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Birth certificates required upon registration. A maximum of 12 children in the 2s and 3s and a limit of 20 children in the 4s and 5s class. Spots fill quickly. Fees must be paid in full each semester. No monthly payments accepted. Children must be potty trained. Preschool orientation is Aug. 23.
Preschool Orientation times: are 6-6:45 p.m. for 2s and 3s; and 7-7:45 p.m. for 4s and 5s. Your child will get the chance to meet the teachers, see the classroom and hang out with classmates. Call York Center Park District (630) 629-0886.
YCPD Youth Summer After Camp: Children can attend all-day camp, all week long from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. or choose the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. time slot. A variety of sports, making crafts, playing games etc. Camp is structured like the Blues Busters Camp. Ages: 6-10 years Aug. 13-Aug. 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. extended care. $25 per day; $35 per day extended care. Special price for all week: $120 per week; $170 per week extended care. Register by: Aug. 9. Call York Center Park District (630) 629-0886.
YCPD Youth Make Your Own Backpack: Each child will receive their very own backpack. Have fun designing a backpack that comes to life with different crafting items and plastic eyes to look at you. Inside the backpack there will be a special surprise. Ages: 3-10 years old (children of 3-5 need to be with parent). Aug. 16 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fee: $25 per child. Instructor: Ultimate Party & Classes. Register by Aug. 9. Call York Center Park District (630) 629-0886.
YCPD Catfish Derby: See how many catfish you can reel in. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Loaner poles are available. Refreshments served. No fishing allowed Aug. 13-15. Everyone must register in advance. Event held rain or shine, but if weather is severe, call (630) 629-0886 for information. All ages welcome. Aug. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. $12/adults (13 and up), $8/child (12 and Under). Register by Aug. 8.
Songwriting and Self-Discovery: Sixth- to eighth-graders will be mentored through the process of song writing and performance from beginning to end. Program runs noon-2 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, up to Aug. 15 at Community House Youth Center, 229 Symonds Drive, Hinsdale. The first class session consists of required individual intake sessions lasting about 20 minutes. The instructor will contact members to schedule their time. Contact Jenna, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237.
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 extra-large animatronic bugs, including a 16-foot-high by 33-foot-long Japanese hornet displayed in the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, to extra-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 are made to place players with schoolmates, however, it is not guaranteed. Last minute registration is only upon availability. Second- to fifth-graders (in their respective levels) play 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 27; sixth- to eighth-graders play noon to 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. Volunteer coaches needed at all grade levels. Call Jenna Jakalski, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237. The Community House is located at 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale.
Teen Video Game Nights: Westchester teens, between ages 13 and 18, can try out the Westchester Public Library’s new Microsoft Kinect Games such as Star Wars Kinect, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, and Dance Central. The first Teen Video Game Nights will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Munchies provided. Call (708) 562-3573.
Thomas Ford Memorial Library: 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs, offers Chess Club 7-8:30 p.m. on 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.
Registration: Required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated.
Dream Big-Read Finale Party: Will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Enchanted Castle, 1103 S. Main St., Lombard. Featured will be a pizza party and giveaways and then a chance to explore the castle attractions.
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. Daily Contest: Find the Star; everyday 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 are posted each week. 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. 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.
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.
Summer Art Exhibit: Hinsdale resident and local artist, Mary Strasevicius, creates art through a natural, intuitive and intelligent process. Much of her work combines improvisation with composition, structure, line, shape, color and space. An exhibit of her work is on display in the Hinsdale Public Library’s Quiet Reading Room (20 E. Maple St.) through Aug. 31.
App: Hinsdale Public Library has launched a new mobile app designed to give smart phone owners easy access to the library. The free app, available on Apple and Android platforms, allows users to search the library catalog, manage their accounts and get library information such as hours and phone numbers. Other features include the ability to download eBooks and eAudioBooks straight to a smart phone or tablet and to register for upcoming programs. The app also includes BookLook, which allows users to scan the ISBN code on any book and see if HPL owns a copy. To download the app, search Hinsdale Public Library in your app store or visit hpl.boopsie.com from your mobile device.
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:
State Rep. Sandra Pihos, R-42nd: Invites students in kindergarten to fifth grade from Illinois House District 42 to participate in her annual Summer Reading Club, “Reading Makes you Smile.” Children who read eight or more books over the course of summer break will be invited to a pizza and ice cream party held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard.Party includes entertainment and special recognition for each reader.Informational brochures, which include a form that can be mailed back to Pihos’ office, can be found on www.sandrapihos.com or at the Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook.
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.
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.
Parents Family And Friends Of Lesbians And Gays: Hinsdale Chapter meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple,Hinsdale. This month’s speaker is Pastor Don Niswonger of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, who will speak about his recent sermon on the church’s need to welcome the gay community, his congregation’s reaction, and the support group he started in his role as a spiritual leader and father of a gay son called “Lead With Love.” Contact PFLAG helpline at (630) 415-0622 or Jackie Frett, email@example.com; visit www.pflagillinois.org or the parent site www.pflag.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
All Bridge Saints: Duplicate Bridge Club American Contract Bridge League meets 6:45-10 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 121 E. 1st St. Hinsdale. Club welcomes all levels of skill. Call Ellie Nuellen, (815) 838-0646, or Bob Kucaba, (630) 561-4969.
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.
Bring your family of outdoor adventurers: history buffs or budding artists to the free “Family Day at Mayslake” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Archery, fishing, guided nature walks, games, family genealogy and art activities. Take a self-guided tour of the historic hall, bring your camera, and take an old-fashioned picture with a classic Model T Ford for a small donation to benefit restoration efforts at Mayslake Hall. Reservations not required; parking and admission are free. Families invited to bring a lunch to picnic on the scenic grounds. Mayslake Peabody Estate is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and is located at 1717 W. 31st St., about one-quarter mile west of Route 83. For information on “Family Day at Mayslake” and other programs, call (630) 206-9566 or visit mayslakepeabody.com.
For information on programs at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County: call (630) 933-7200, or visit dupageforest.org.
Volunteer Native-Plant-Nursery Workday: Help the District’s Habitat Improvement Program by lending a hand at the nursery. Weed and water plant beds, or collect and clean seed. 8 – 11 a.m. at the Grounds and Resources Complex at Blackwell Forest Preserve, 29W220 Mack Road in West Chicago. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 933-7681 at least five business days in advance; groups of five or more must call 10 business days in advance.
Exploring Watercolors: During this six-part class for intermediate and advanced painters, explore and enhance your artistic style while enjoying watercolor painting in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Class meets 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to Sept. 11 (except Sept. 4) at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. Adults only. $125 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.
Paddle With a Ranger: Bring your own kayak or canoe, and join a ranger for a paddle. 10 a.m. to noon at the Graue Mill area at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3800 York Road in Oak Brook. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. To register, call (630) 933-7248.
Ride the Trails: Tour several forest preserves during this 15- to 20-mile ranger-led bike ride along the Salt Creek Greenway Trail. 9 a.m.-noon at Salt Creek Park in Wood Dale on Elizabeth Drive one-quarter mile east of Addison Road. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register at (630) 933-7248.
Aug. 2 Children’s Farm Chores: Kids, learn firsthand how 1890s children helped around the house and farm. On Mondays, help with mom’s chores; on Thursdays, dad’s. 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. Free. Registration not required. Call (630) 876-5900.
Keeping Cool House Tours: From iceboxes to swimsuits to frozen watermelon on the front porch, discover the ways farmers beat the heat without electricity. Tours begin on the hour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call (630) 876-5900.
Aug. 3 Keeping Cool House Tours: From iceboxes to swimsuits to frozen watermelon on the front porch, discover the ways farmers beat the heat without electricity. Tours begin on the hour 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call (630) 876-5900.
Aug. 4 Blacksmithing Demonstrations: Stop by the wagon shed to see the blacksmith repair equipment and demonstrate the tools and techniques of the trade. Demonstrations ongoing. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call (630) 876-5900.
Covered-Wagon Tours: Enjoy a 30-minute guided wagon ride, and learn about the natural and cultural history of St. James Farm along the way. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville at Madison Street and Hoy Avenue. All ages. $5 per person ages 13-54; $4 ages 55 and up; $2 ages 5-12; under 5 free. Registration not required. Call (630) 933-7248.
Oakbrook Terrace: Park District Fitness Center, 1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 574-0420; visit www.obtpd.org/fc.
Free Movies: Oakbrook Terrace Park District invites all families and area residents to enjoy an evening at Heritage Park watching free movies on the big 13-by-17 screen. “Puss in Boots” (PG) will be shown Aug. 7. Movies begin at 8:45 p.m. Concessions available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, movie will be shown indoors at the Mario Parent Theater. No pre-registration necessary.
Paddle Boats: The Oakbrook Terrace Park District has paddle boats available to rent from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday up to Aug. 15, and from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday, up to 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.
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.
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.
Calling all Harry Potter fans: to come aboard the Hogwarts Express and attend classes at Hogwarts School 9 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Sept. 30. Wear your costume and meet at Platform 9 ¾ at the Downers Grove Main Street Train Station. On the train, the Sorting Hat sorts the students into their appropriate houses. At Hogwarts School (a.k.a. America’s Banquets in Aurora), students will enjoy brunch with the professors and then get ready for a magic show. Once Hogwarts School ends, students will board that train and return back to the Downers Grove Main Street Train Station. Register by Sept. 21. Cost is $30 resident/$35 non-resident. All ages welcome. Children under two are free, provided they sit on their parent’s lap on the train and at lunch. To register for Hogwarts School contact the Oakbrook Terrace Park District at (630) 627-6100 or visit. Oakbrook Terrace Park District is located at 1S325 Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace.
Clarendon Hills Park District: 315 Chicago Ave., (630) 323-2626. Programs require advance registration at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The Clarendon Hills Park District’s regular business hours at the Community Center are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with limited evening and weekend hours, depending upon recreation schedules. Call (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparksdistrict.org.
The Clarendon Hills Park District: has three new birthday party packages for children’s parties this summer. What a wonderful way to celebrate an August birthday! All fees include set-up, swim time and clean up! To schedule a birthday party at Lions Park Pool, call (630) 325-1040 and speak with the manager on duty. The following packages are available for the rest of the pool season:
Birthday Package 1: $65 for 10 children; Unlimited Swim Time; Additional Guest Fee: $7 per person
Package 2: $200 for 20 children; 20 pool admissions; 20 ice cream treats; Use of outdoor pavilion for one hour. Additional Guest Fee: $8 per person
Package 3: $375 for 20 children; Slice of pizza for each guest; Juice box or water bottle for each guest; 20 ice cream treats; Use of outdoor pavilion for one hour; Additional Guest Fee: $15 per person
Tumblebear Gymnastics: Will have an Olympics theme. All classes take place Monday afternoons at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. and have a $52 resident fee ($65 for nonresidents). Advance registration is required. Classes with openings for the late summer session, which runs through Aug. 27, are: Parent-N-Tot Gymnastics - Go for the Gold! – 4-4:35 p.m., for youth who are walking to age 2, with a parent or caregiver. in attendance. The class stimulates the development of flexibility and coordination; there is music and group activities in each class; Preschool Gymnastics - Go for the Gold! – 4:40-5:15 p.m.; for ages: 3-5. The class offers instruction on the vault, beam, bars and air equipment, as well as tumbling; and Tumblebear Gymnastics - Go for the Gold! – 5:15-6 p.m.; for ages: 5-12. There will be time to work on the vault, bars, tumbling and the balance team.
Clarendon Hills Park District: is selling a discounted mid-season family pass for $150 to Clarendon Hills residents. Located at 100 Byrd Court, open swim is available at the Lions Park Pool seven days a week 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Pool passes are sold 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., Clarendon Hills. Pool patrons purchasing a mid-season pass with a check or cash are welcome to register for pool membership at Lions Park Pool. Call (630) 323-2626 or (630) 325-1040.
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, up to Aug. 19. For details, call (630) 325-1040 and speak to the manager on duty.
“Aqua Zumba”: class 8-9 a.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, through Aug. 15 at the Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. $66 resident fee to participate; non-residents $83. Advance registration at Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., Clarendon Hills.
Active Learners Preschool: has openings in its fall program for three and four-year-old students. All classes meet at Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., Clarendon Hills, In the fall, classes for 3 year-olds meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings; the 4-year-old program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. $780 resident program fee ($830 n/r) for the fall preschool session Sept. 5 to Dec. 14. Register in advance at Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center. Call (630) 323-2626.
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.
Platform Tennis: 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. 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.
Underwater Hockey Clinic: for players ages 13 and older from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. Underwater hockey is played at the bottom of the pool at a fast moving pace. There will be a demonstration of this sport by professionals from the Chicago Underwater Hockey Team, followed by the opportunity to actually try playing underwater hockey at the Lions Park Pool. Pre-registration at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Avenue, is required. Call the Clarendon Hills Park District at (630) 323-2626.
Movie in the Park: at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in Prospect Park. Disney’s “Tangled” is an animated feature based on the classic fairy tale, “Rapunzel.” Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Event is free of charge and presented to the community by the park district’s recreation staff. Call the Clarendon Hills Park District at )630) 323-2626.
Summer Art Camp: is held 9:30-11 a.m., Aug. 8-Aug. 10, at Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. Open to artists ages 7-12; class taught by the team from “Young Rembrandts.” First day of camp is dedicated to drawing skills with all campers combining their talents to create one large drawing with colorful markers. Cartooning is emphasized on second day of camp, and pastel techniques introduced the third day of camp. $58 resident fee ($73 non-resident). Register in advance at Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave.
Rainbow Club: hosts a House on the Rock tour to Spring Green, Wisconsin, Sept. 13. A luxury motor coach departs from the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., at 7 a.m. and returns to the western suburbs by 8 p.m. The $80 tour fee includes transportation, the tour, a lunch, and snacks on the bus. Register at the Clarendon Hills Park District on or before Aug. 23. Call the Clarendon Hills Park District at (630) 323-2626.
Good Old Summertime Indoor Picnic: for active adults ages 50 and better is held from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Avenue, Clarendon Hills. Food, musical entertainment, etc. Event is free of charge and open to residents of Clarendon Hills. Register in advance at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., Clarendon Hills.
Beginning horseback riding lessons: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 at the Arabian Knights Farm, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook. These classes are designed for young riders ages 8 and up. There is a $135 resident fee ($169 non-resident) for this program. Register in advance at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Avenue. Call the Clarendon Hills Park District at (630) 323-2626.
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.
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; wear gym shoes – 3-4 p.m. Aug. 9 at Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert. Activities 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 available for some morning classes at $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.
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.
Summer in the City: Aug. 14. This trip to Chicago includes a visit to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a walk through Lincoln Park Zoo, and a trip to Navy Pier to shop and enjoy the skyline. Participants encouraged to walk the pier, walk the lake, browse the shops and enjoy lunch (on your own). Bus departs from the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road. at 8 a.m. and returns by 3:30 p.m. $27. Visit www.cpdlgp.org or call (708) 354-4580.
Ready Teddy Preschool: Housed at the Recreation Center of the Community Park District of LaGrange Park - still has openings for the 2012-13 school year. Ready Teddy Preschool is designed for children ages 2.5 to 5 years of age, including pre-kindergarten. Each class is focused to develop, involve and encourage learning, playing and independence based on the ages of the children. For those interested in the 2.5 to 3-year classes, openings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. There are additional classes for this age group that begin in January 2013, running from 8: 45-10:45 a.m.For those interested in the 3-year classes, classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The first class is 10: 45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The second class is from 1: 30-3:30 p.m. See the Community Park District’s Summer Brochure, available at www.cpdlgp.org. Call (708) 354-4580 and speak to Cristina D’Anna, preschool director, or Darla Goudeau, recreation supervisor.
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:
Summer Concert Series: Oak Brook Park District announces the musical lineup at 7 p.m. Thursdays – Aug. 2: Chicago String Artists as presented by Carl Linden: A Franz Benteler Tribute.
Family Horsemanship: Experience the wonder of horseback riding with the family this summer at the Arabian Knights Farms, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road in Willowbrook. From safety and balance to walking and trotting, beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available for the entire family, ages 8 and older. Class fee is $135 per session. Wednesday evening and Sunday morning sessions are available. To register, visit www.obparks.org.
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, Aug. 3, 6-7 p.m.; $5/resident, $7/nonresident. Register one week in advance.
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.
Western Springs Summer Camp: 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.
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 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.
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 3 – to Aug. 10. Contact the York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886, www.yorkcenterparks.org/.
Summer Services: La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. 7th Ave., conducts its Summer Worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. The services will continue through Sept. 2 with a nursery and children’s church available. 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.
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.
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 ages 65 and up. Golden Oak meetings 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. $25 per year; includes parking and light refreshments for each meeting. Club meets through October. A Fitness Walking program on Saturdays are open to all ages. For seniors with limited mobility, complimentary shuttle service is available from the parking area to the Education Center before and after each meeting. To join, call (630) 260-8162 or visit Cantigny.org.
Cantigny Park: hosts its “Dog Days” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. It’s the one day each year when guests and their pets are invited to enjoy the park together. Dog Days feature an off-leash dog play area, plus shows and demonstrations by specially trained animals. Spectator favorites include the high-flying dogs of the Windy City K-9 Disc Club. About 70 nonprofit organizations and commercial vendors will be on site. Visiting dogs must have current vaccination tags and be social with others. Admission to Dogs Days is free with paid parking ($5 per vehicle).
Oak Brook Park District: Pioneer Program is an active social group for anyone 55 and over who seeks new and exciting trips and entertainment. Pioneer Program also provides regular social events and luncheons. Call the Oak Brook Park District administration desk (630) 645-9590 or visit www.obparks.org. Registration accepted at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, or online.
Join the Pioneers: Afternoon of fun and Bingo competitions 1-3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Prizes, coffee and cookies provided. Free.
The Pioneers: Enjoy an afternoon movie 1-3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Complimentary popcorn.
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 is displayed near the cashier at each participating vendor. Merchants interested in participating in the Senior Discount Program should contact Linda Hussey via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 354-1323, Ext. 242.
Exercise: For older adults with dementia held 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. $56 for a six-week session. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 10.
Aging Care Connections: 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange, offers Sensible Fitness classes for older adults 9:30-10:20 a.m. Fridays in seven-week sessions. (Class is also good for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.) $56 per couple or $10 per class. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228, to register.
Fellowship of Seniors: Meets 3 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. 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 the first and third Mondays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Admitting/Cashier’s Conference Room of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Meet other ACT II members who are writing poems, telling their stories, or making them up for the first time. New members always welcome. Admission 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.
ACT II Book Look: Group meets 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the Cashier’s Conference Room of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Reservations 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. 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 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 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 those 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.
“39 Steps” at the Drury Lane Theatre: Aug. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. $64 M/$69 NM. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and then add a dash of Monty Python and what do you get? – this intriguing, thrilling, riotous, not-to-be-missed comedy. See the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and a death-defying finale set in the London Palladium. Before the show have lunch at Drury Lane featuring choice of entrée: baked salmon in dill sauce or roast pork with apple sauerkraut. Menu choice made at time of registration.
Evening Concert Event with Father and Son Duo: Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10 M/$15 NM. American classic folk/rock singers perform 1960’s rockabilly and country favorites. Prior to the concert, have an American light meal featuring a boneless breast of chicken sandwich, potato salad, and dessert (served at 5:30 p.m.) Advanced registration required.
Yoga in Chairs: Aug. 2-30, from 10:45 to 11:45 p.m, $24 M/$29 NM. (Seated in chairs – no floor work) No standing! Increase flexibility, strength, and balance.
Gentle Yoga: Tuesdays, Aug. 7-28, from 10 to 11 a.m. $24 M/$29 NM. (Chairs used for balance and floor work) No experience necessary.
Tai Chi Classes
Arthritis Certified Instructor: Renee Gatsis. – All major health organizations recommend tai chi as an activity for seniors.Tai Chi Demo, 10:15-11 a.m. Aug. 31. Free
Senior Day Trips: Coordinated by the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club; call Kathy Forzley, (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org:
Indoor Picnic: The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club for adults age 50 and older will have its annual Good Old Summertime Indoor Picnic noon-2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Community Center. Lunch, musical entertainment, socialize. Event is free; open to residents of Clarendon Hills. Register in advance at Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave.
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” 1-3 p.m., usually on the fourth Thursday of the month: Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 14. Popcorn, beverages provided. Program meets in 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. 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 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of month for $6 and $1 per Bingo card. Movies and lunch 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. the second Wednesday of month for $6. Games and birthday celebrations held 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Wednesday of month for $2. Catered lunch, featuring a speaker or entertainment, is 11:15 a.m.-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.
Girl Scout Troop #51159 (at Hinsdale Central): is working on achieving their Gold Award. To do that, they must complete a “journey” first, a take-action project to benefit the community. They would like to give fresh, healthy produce to those who rely on the Hinsdale Food Pantry for support. They know that fruits and vegetables are uncommon donations to the pantry due to their perishability, but they also understand the necessity of having wholesome foods in order to stay fit and happy. They encourage people with home gardens, who find themselves producing more than they can consume, to donate. Donations may be made through Julie Suarez (630) 323-2500, cell (708) 309-3816 or email email@example.com; or Deb Carmazzi cell (630) 460-6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking with people: of a different culture, making new contacts, and a feeling of self-satisfaction are some of the benefits one might reap from volunteering at School on Wheels, sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph of LaGrange Park. Volunteers are needed for the school’s Adult Literacy/English as a Second Language program. Tutors are asked to teach one hour or more per week, during the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 3-8p.m. at locations in Cicero, Hodgkins, Woodridge, Westmont, Villa Park, or Summit. No prior second language skills are needed, however, it is necessary to attend a two-day Tutor Training Session, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 11, and Aug. 18, at Congregation of St. Joseph, LaGrange Park. Volunteers must attend both training dates. Further information available by calling (708) 482-5060 or (708) 482-5077.
Elmhurst Historical Museum: 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 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 may be downloaded 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., seeks volunteer tour guides to lead group tours of the Hinsdale History Museum to schoolchildren. Training and materials provided; no prior experience necessary. Contact Anne Swenson at (630) 789-2600 or email@example.com.
Graue Mill and Museum: Oak Brook, 3800 York Road, is looking for people to become a part of its organization. Volunteers needed to accommodate the school groups who attend each year as well as other visitors. Volunteers will be taught to use a drop spindle and spinning wheel and do weaving skills. They will be provided with information about local history and how to interpret it to others. A volunteer commitment of one or two three-hour sessions per month is sought. Call the mill office at (630) 920-9720, Ext. 22, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 learn more about the health care field, develop skills etc. Visit dupageco.org/convo to submit an online application or call (630) 784-4260 to set up an interview. Contact Shauna Berman at email@example.com.
King-Bruwaert House: 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, seeks adult volunteers to assist and transport residents with wheelchairs or walkers as they attend a weekly, on-site inter-faith church service 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Call Activities and Volunteer Services Director Mary Meegan at (630) 230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Hinsdale Humane Society: Needs volunteers to join its foster care program. The society foster care program matches community volunteers with homeless pets in need of additional care and attention. Foster care volunteers provide temporary in-home care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats until they are ready for adoption. Hinsdale Humane Society provides all necessary food, equipment, training and support. Volunteers are required to complete Hinsdale Humane Society’s orientation and training process. Call (630) 323-5630 or visit www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.
Community Nurse Health Association: Needs volunteers to help with sorting, pricing and cashiering at The Carousel Shop, 23 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange; pricing and arranging at The Corner Shoppe, 27 Calendar Ave.; planning special events with the Women’s Auxiliary; serving on the board of directors; and offering medical expertise in clinics. Call Harriet VerGowe at (708) 352-0081 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Springs Historical Society: Seeks volunteers to work in its archives Tuesday mornings at the Grand Avenue Community Center. Training provided. Volunteers also needed to give tours to children and serve as docents at the Water Tower Museum. Call (708) 246-9230.
Hospice volunteers: 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.