Calendar: Job Fair at Burr Ridge Village Center and other community events
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Burr Ridge Village Center, 701 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, hosts a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 19. The fair will feature many of the center’s retailers and restaurants that are looking for both holiday help and permanent part- and full-time employees. The fair will be held in the Community Room of Barbara’s Bookstore located on the northeast end of the center, across from the Village Green. Visit www.ShopBurrRidge.com for updates.
The Hinsdale Historical Society opens the Zook Studio from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 for the first time since the architect’s studio was moved to Katherine Legge Memorial Park in July, 2005. Costs: $5 per family and free for Hinsdale Historical Society members. Register in advance by emailing registration@HinsdaleHistory.org by Oct. 25. Pumpkins and art supplies provided for decorating. Also, anyone can stop by to tour the newly restored first floor of the Zook Home and Studio.
Festival at Five Seasons Family Sports
Family oriented, Halloween-themed festival is on tap from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 6901 S. Madison, Burr Ridge. Features a pumpkin-carving contest, a costume contest and a pumpkin-throwing contest. All activities are free of charge, and the event is open to club members as well as the public. Geared toward toddlers to teens. Check-in registration is from noon to 12:30 p.m. Costume contest starts at 1 p.m. (Pumpkins that have been carved and decorated ahead of time, will be judged.) For the pumpkin-tossing competition, pumpkins will be provided and throwing takes place in the outdoor sand volleyball courts, starting at 2:30 p.m. Festival includes crafts activities, apple-bobbing and menu items available for purchase, raffle drawings and more. Club members register by Oct. 18 for raffle tickets. Five Seasons can be reached at 630-570-5200 and online at www.facebook.com/FiveSeasonsBurrRidge. Information about the Pumpkin Chunk’n Contest, contact Erik Knowles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample chili, vote for favorites from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 19 in the Parish Center. Visit with old friends and make new at St. Isaac Jogues Church. Reserve in advance through Rectory Office, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale, 60521. Costs: $10 per adult and $5 per child. Checks payable to St. Isaac Jogues Church and can be dropped in the Sunday collection basket with completed forms. Contact Suzy Marcus at email@example.com.
Hinsdale Historical Society
Exhibit displaying New Village, New Journey: Hinsdale’s Immigrants on display now untilJan. 11, 2014 at the Hinsdale History Museum, 15 S. Clay St. in Hinsdale. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit explores the immigration wave of the early 20th century as relevant to Hinsdale. The Hinsdale History Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-789-2600 Ext. 0.
CHURCH GROUP MEETINGS
Handbell Choir rehearsals
The handbell choir of Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5400 Wolf Road, has begun rehearsal from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday. Basic music reading ability helpful, but previous handbell playing is not required. Choir is open to senior high youth and adults. Visit www.presbyws.org, or contact Patti Mangis at 708-246-5220.
Women’s Growing Connection
Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. All women from the community are welcome and invited to attend meetings and events. (gatherings on the second Tuesdayevening of each month). Visit www.ccch.org/women/WGC.
Non-denominational Bible study
Coffee Break is a non-denominational women’s Bible study that meets from 9:30-11 a.m., each Wednesday at Downers Grove Community Church, 6600 Fairview, Downers Grove. Child care in the church’s new nursery. Prayer requests gathered each day. Fall study Return to Joy from Philippians. Contact: Arlene at (630) 484-5466 or the church at 630-969-3320.
La Grange Bible Church
850 S. Seventh Ave.
The community invited to join La Grange Bible Church at 9 a.m. The Rev. Ross Bacon brings the message. Nursery and children’s church available. Sunday school classes and adult Bible study resume at 10:30 a.m. Call 708-354-2485.
Golden Fellowship of the La Grange Bible Church, weekly meetings at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays. Those age 55 and above are welcomed to join the group for singing, devotions, and fellowship. Call 708-354-2485 or www.lagrangebible.org.
Church Youth Group Night
La Grange Bible Church’s Youth Group Night, invites the youth of the community to join them for Wednesday Night Youth Groups starting at 7 p.m., continuing through May 14, 2014. Pioneer Girls and Awana Boys invites those age 3 to sixth grade to be a part of their group. Seventh- and eighth-graders will be part of Power Source and those in high school are invited to join Light Wave. For information call 708-354 2485 or www.lagrangebible.org.
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 from10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday in St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. All are welcome. Call Janet 708-246-4866.
Divorce Care group
Oak Brook Community Church: 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, hosts a Divorce Care group from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Call (630) 986-0310.
Is held at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, 6:30-7:30 a.m.Thursdays in Fellowship Hall 3. All men are invited for a time of study and fellowship. Call 630-321-6776.
Sunday services are offered for middle school students (fifth to eighth grades) at 9 a.m. and high school students at 10:45 a.m. at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. A weekly gathering for seventh to eighth grade, Blast, meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Holmes School (5800 Holmes Ave.), and High School House Group meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday at a church member’s home. Call Minister of Students, Kyle Alt at 630-323-3456, Ext. 231 or email email@example.com.
Presbyterian 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.
Oak Brook Art League
Oil Pastel Demonstration at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at the Oak Brook Library, Friends Room. Carol Zack, a teacher at DuPage Art League, will give an oil pastel demonstration. Visit www.zackartistry.com for more information.
RSVP: Ardythe Tiesenga 630-655-2888.
At 1:30 p.m., Dec. 3, join in the Holiday Party at a private home. An interesting speaker will be attending. Try to bring some art supplies as a present to a volunteer art program in Westmont where people in transition are encouraged by the use of artistic projects. RSVP: Ardythe Tiesenga 630-655-2888.
Heartburn and Barrett’s Esophagus
Healing Heartburn and Barrett’s Esophagus seminar set to take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the fifth floor regional board room at Adventist Hinsdale, 120 Oak St. Those interested in hearing Gastroenterologist Dr. Daksesh Patel speak at the free seminar can register online at www.keepingyouwell.com and clicking on “Education & Events,” or by calling 630-856-7525.
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst 630-834-0202. www.elmhurstartmuseum.org. Artists of all ages (from 18 month and up) can discover new ways of seeing, spark creative energy and deepen artistic skill with staff of teaching artists. Over 30 classes and camps available each session. Visit www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.
Interfaith Career Network
Job Support Group Workshop takes place on a weekly basis, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdayevenings at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. (enter church on Catherine Avenue) held in Westminster Hall. Call 708-354-0771.
The Language Labs is offering foreign language classes to students in Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181, St. Isaac Jogues and Maercker Schools. Classes available in Spanish, French and Mandarin. Classes last for 50 minutes. The classes are either during child’s lunch period or just after school, one day per week. Visit www.thelanguagelabs.net. The next 20-week session begins in October. Cost: $249.
The Oak Brook Art League
For more information, call Ardythe Tiesenga 630-655-2888.
Oil Pastel Demonstration
At Oak Brook Library, Friends Room with Carol Zack, at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5. Respond to (630) 655-2888. Visit website: www.zackartistry.com.
Donors Needed for Blood Drive
The Presbyterian Church of Western Springs holds annual fall blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the church’s Jones Room. Must be in generally good physical health and feeling well that day, at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent form) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Bring identification (i.e., LifeSource or military ID, driver’s license, employee badge with picture and full name, or a birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name. To schedule an appointment, contact the church office at 708-246-5220 or www.lifesource.org and use sponsor code WS14. For more information about the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5250 Wolf Road, Western Springs, visit www.presbyws.org.
Auto donations are urgently needed for families throughout DuPage County in Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program. Only cars beyond reasonable repair are sold, with the funds going to Bridge Communities. Contact Karen Stewart at 630-545-0610, Ext. 17, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are tax deductible.
Donation hours have been extended to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Donations may be brought to the red door at the rear of the shop by way of the alley at 23 Calendar Ave., La Grange. Donations of clothing and shoes for men, women and children (modern to vintage), household items, artwork, and media (books, music, movies) accepted. Visitwww.communitynurse.org or stop by. Also visit The Corner Shoppe, their consignment store, at 27 Calendar Ave., La Grange.
Support homeless families
Bridge Communities, Inc. is a dynamic, grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families in DuPage County. Its program of transitional housing, mentoring and supportive services empowers the families to increase life skills and earning power to promote self-sufficiency, sustain permanent housing, and to break the cycle of poverty within the family unit. To make a donation to support homeless families served by Bridge Communities, or to find out how to support Bridge in other ways, call Amy Van Polen at 630-545-0610, Ext. 12 or visit www.bridgecommunities.org.
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
The public is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following bird walks. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club’s website, dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled trip.
Volunteer restoration workday
Help restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed 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 at least five business days in advance; groups of five or more must call 10 business days in advance.
Concert to Benefit PADS
Congregation Etz Chaim of Du Page County invites the entire community to A Musical Night from the Movies, to benefit PADS. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, at 1710 S. Highland Ave., in Lombard. Admission is $20, and includes appetizers and dessert. A cash bar available. Doors open at 7 p.m. Features music from the silver screen, and honors the memory of Barbara Baruch, a longtime congregant who was dedicated to social action. DVDs of A Musical Night from the Movies may be pre-ordered for $20, or $36 for a concert ticket plus DVD. Contact: Congregation office at 630-627-3912. Tickets also available at the door.
Run for Kelli
The run will be held at 8 a.m. or 8:45 am. on Nov. 16, at Lyons Township High School South Campus, 4900 Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. A one-mile walk will be held starting at 9:30 a.m., with a 50-yard dash for ages 10 and under.
Costs: $25 for the run and $20 for the walk, and participants can preregister at tinyurl.com/RunForKelli. All proceeds will go to the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Fund. (Held in memory of Kelli Joy O’Laughlin, whose life was abruptly taken by a burglar in her home in October 27, 2011). Participants are asked to pick up a runner’s bag at The Runner’s Soul, 5 South La Grange Road, La Grange, from 10 a.m. to 8p.m., Nov. 14-15; or on the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m.
Visit kellijoyolaughlinmemorialfund.com for information on the fund and its activities.
Warm clothing needed for homeless veterans
A clothing drive to help homeless and low-income veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 by the American Legion Auxiliary in La Grange. Both everyday necessities and winter clothing for men and women are needed and can be brought to the Robert E. Coulter, Jr., American Legion Post at 900 South La Grange Road in La Grange. Cold-weather clothes needed include new or gently used and washed winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, winter boots, and jeans. A complete list of requested items appears on the Auxiliary’s website at:www.auxiliary.al1941.org/news-and-events.html. Contact Crystal at 630-667-4743 or by email at email@example.com
DuPage PADS Wake-Up-Your-Spirit Breakfast
Christopher G. Kennedy will be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Wake-Up-Your-Spirit Breakfast. Proceeds support DuPage PADS programs that provide housing and support services, including case management and employment to assist individuals and families who are homeless. Join DuPage PADS from 7-8:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 at Benedictine University in Lisle. Tickets are now on sale for $40 per person (purchased on or before 10/18 and $45 after 10/18). Visit www.dupagepads.org or call 630-682-3846 Ext. 2520 to reserve a seat.
Brew Moon Fest
Brew Moon Beer and Band Fest from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19, at the MAX, 4750 S. Vernon Ave., McCook. The event features a variety of beer tastings, music by three local bands and an auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Greater La Grange YMCA. The evening is sponsored by Palmer Place and The MAX.
The Grace Episcopal Church women host the Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Admission: $5 and is good for both days, which will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale in the Parish Hall. The Holiday Market features unique and exciting vendors offering home accessories, holiday treasures, jewelry, hostess and teacher gifts, distinctive ladies apparel and accessories, linens and much more. Monies raised benefit the church’s missions. There will be a Holiday Market preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 25. Tickets are $50 each and are available through Grace Episcopal Church. Contact: Grace Episcopal Church at 630-323-4900.
Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech
A nonprofit, The Apraxia Connection, works to bring local resources to families affected by apraxia (children struggling to speak) and related disorders and bring them hope. On Oct. 19, join the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech at Ty Warner Park in Westmont. Visit:www.theapraxiaconnection.org and http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1073010
Concert benefits impoverished kids
Tom Sharpe will play a benefit concert at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at Grounds for Hope Café, 2701 Maple Ave., Lisle 60532. Tickets can be purchased by going to the News/Events tab on ChicagoFamilyDirections.org or at the event. Adults/$30, Students/$15, children under 10 free with a paying adult. Tickets includes one free beverage. Cash bar available and light refreshments served. Benefits non-profit organization that tutors reading to homeless and impoverished elementary students in the Chicago area.
Notre Dame Christmas Concert
A 90 minute Christmas Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, providing a festive arrangement of new and traditional Christmas music, featuring the Notre Dame Adult choir, the Notre Dame Children’s choir as well as the St. Ignatius Madrigals and other fun surprises. Takes place at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Avenue, Clarendon Hills. Costs: $10 individual; $40 a family. Can pay at the door. Tickets are available at the Notre Dame Parish office at 630-654-3365. Volunteers are needed for Friday and Saturday set-up. Call Tim Leahy at 630-571-8580 or call the Notre Dame Parish office.
Lions Club Wine Tasting
Lions host Wine Tasting fundraiser with opportunity to order wines, beer and chocolate for holiday entertaining and gifts. Event sponsored by the Burr Ridge-Hinsdale-Oak Brook Lions Club from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Community House, Hinsdale. Proceeds benefit vision, hearing and community outreach programs. Costs: $20 in advance, which can be purchased from club members, available at the door or email Cheryl.Schilling@lionsclubs.org or call 630-468-6933.
Fall Fundraising Luncheon
The Clarendon Hills Woman’s Club holds it’s annual Fall fundraising luncheon beginning at11:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Ruth Lake Country Club, Hinsdale. The program features Mark Demmin and his American Songbook as well as raffle baskets, games of chance, and more. Proceeds benefit the many organizations the Woman’s Club assists, including the TLC Burn Camp in Lombard, Wounded Warriors Project, summer scholarships for the three local high schools, the Hinsdale Food Pantry, etc. Contact: 630-655-0956.
Harvest of Crafts fundraiser
Harvest of Crafts Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26, at the Westchester Community Church, 1840 Westchester Blvd., Westchester. Craft Sale includes church-member made crafts, crafters/vendor tables, bake sale, Café, treasures and trinkets tables, and raffle. Contact the church office 708-865-1282.
Kiwanis Peanut Days
Kiwanis Club members in La Grange, Countryside, La Grange Park and Hodgkins providing peanuts for donations during September.
Benefits non-profits that serve children and youth throughout the Western Suburbs. Specific note: Builders Club members from S.E. Gross Middle School in Brookfield and the K-Kids Club, from Brook Park Elementary in LaGrange Park, will be shaking cans and handing out peanuts.
5K Fundraiser Walk
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K fundraising walk on Oct. 20 at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Visit: www.makingstrideswalk.org/dupageil or contact 630-932-1141.
Clarendon Hills Woman’s Club
Tickets for the Club’s Fall Fundraising Luncheon which will be held at Ruth Lake Country Club on Oct. 18 are available for purchase. Contact: 630-655-0956.
Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show
The Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show and Bake Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 23, in St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 S. Prairie in Brookfield, just north of Ogden Avenue at Prairie (across from the church). Shop among the fifty crafters with handmade items on display and homemade pastries. Free admission. Handicapped accessible. Lunch available. Children are welcome. The event is sponsored by St. Barbara’s Council of Catholic Women and proceeds help support St. Barbara Food Pantry and other parish-sponsored programs.
Sponsored by St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 20, in St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 Prairie, Brookfield (north of Ogden Avenue at Prairie, across from the church). Ample handicapped-accessible parking. Costs: Advance tickets $5 or at-the-door tickets $6. Call Dolores at 708-447-4705 for tickets. Proceeds help support St. Barbara Food Pantry and other parish-sponsored programs.
Creative crafters are needed for the Red Sled Holiday Bazaar fundraiser at Ogden School in La Grange. Crafters interested in the Nov. 9 event should contact Rachel Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org.
CROP Walk 2013
The La Grange/Western Springs/Brookfield walk for hunger, to begin at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 20. Walkers from 16 churches, organizations and any individuals are asked to register and turn in their pledge envelopes at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Western Springs, 4300 Howard Ave. The three mile walk, (rain or shine), through Western Springs and La Grange raises funds to support local food pantries, as well as hunger relief world-wide. Contact Jan Matheny at 708-246-2472.
CROP Walk 2013
Walk the walk to fight hunger with the Clarendon Hills/Hinsdale/Burr Ridge 5K CROP Walk. The walk begins and ends at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E. 1st Street, Hinsdale. Register at 1 p.m., Oct. 27. Step Off is at 1:30 p.m. Raise funds online atwww.CROPWalk.org and click on Sign Up! CROP Walkers will drop off food donations at the HCS Family Services Food Pantry. Also, bring your old shoes. Check out www.ShoemanWater.org. Log onto www.ChurchWorldService.org.
Zumba Fitness with Megan
Zumba Fitness at The Village Club, 4221 Lawn Ave., Western Springs. Every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. No registration required. Cost: $10 cash at the door. Bring water. For 13+, 18+, 65+. Contact Megan Albee with questions email@example.com.
Presents programs at 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale.
Events are free, but registration is required; Register at wellnesshouse.org or call 630-323-5150.
Robert Crown Center for Health Education
Parents, scouts, and other youth groups are invited to learn how their bodies work and how to keep them safe and strong at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale. Regular class fees apply. Classes taught on or before Oct. 31 cost $5 per student at the Hinsdale Center or $7 per student offsite at your school. Teachers and chaperones are free of charge. All classes taught Nov. 1, 2013 or later will be subject to the new prices including those with existing reservations. Visit www.robertcrown.org. Make a reservation at 630-325-1900.
Wellness House Programs
Presents programs at 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Events are free, but registration is required; call (630) 323-5150. Visit website www.wellnesshouse.org to register.
Author appears at bookstores
Lisa Barr autographs copies of her historical fiction novel, “Fugitive Colors” at bookstores: from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 17, Barbara’s Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, phone 630-920-1500). Barr has been an international journalist, an editor and a staff reporter, author and blogger.
Indian Prairie Public Library
401 Plainfield Road, Darien, serves Burr Ridge, Willowbrook and Darien. Call the Ask Us Desk at 630-887-8760, Ext. 239 or go to www.ippl.info for programs and classes. Individuals who require an accommodation for a disability for any library program should contact the library at least five days before the program 630-887-8760, ext. 243.
Drop off recycling items from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26 at the parking lot at the Indian Prairie Public Library. Also shredding service for confidential information (four box limit) is accepted. Items include: electronics such as computers, keyboards, VCRs, cables, extension cords, cell phones, ink cartridges and many miscellaneous items (see website for list). Visit www.ippl.info under Hot Topics and click on the Recycling and Shredding headline.
Collecting Worn American Flags
Upcoming, for Veterans Day, the library will collect worn flags at its Come to the Cabaret program at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10.
Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook
Registration is required, please call 630-368-7725
Book Review: Cheryl Strayed brought to life.
At 2 p.m., Nov. 3, Jenny Riddle brings Cheryl Strayed to life. Cheryl embarks on a 1,200 mile hike by herself along the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl shares about her life from her book “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Trail.”
At 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, 11, 108, 25 for Sahaja, which is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called Self Realization.
La Grange Public Library
10 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange.
Register for all programs by calling (708) 215-3200. Regular Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m.
Writers Workshop - 7-8:30 p.m., Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. No need to register.
Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Road, (630) 368-7700, www.oak-brook.lib.il.us. Most programs require registration.
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.
The Oak Brook Women’s Club
Luncheon on Oct. 22 meeting at Gibson’s, Oak Brook. Also, curator Cheryl Ogilvie will guide through McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters to see the art collection in various media. Cost: $40. Contact: Marie Sawlani at 630-235-2129 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, so reserve early. Visit www.oakbrookwomensclub.com or contact at email@example.com.
M. I. Hummel Club
LaGrange Park Chapter of M. I. Hummel Club meets at 7 p.m., every third Thursday except in January, July, August at Plymouth Place 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. For more information call Connie Clore at 815-372-0636.
Newcomers Alumni Women’s Social Club
The Newcomers Alumni Women’s Social Club meets the second Wednesday of the month from September through June for luncheons at various restaurants and country clubs throughout the western suburbs. Lunch is served at noon, followed by entertainment. Contact: 708-784-0297.
Newcomers & Neighbors
Newcomers & Neighbors of the Greater Hinsdale Area is a social organization dedicated to providing an environment where residents (regardless of age or gender) can develop friendships, enjoy activities and special interest groups, and become part of the community. Open to all residents, new and established, of Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont. Visit www.nngha.com or view Facebook page.
The LaGrange Park Woman’s Club
An affiliate of the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs, meetings are held at 1 p.m.on the third Monday of the month from September to May at the Village Church, 1150 Meadowcrest in LaGrange Park. Contact: Nancy at 708-352-9276 or Judy at 708-352-2358.
PFLAG Hinsdale Chapter
Meeting at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 West Maple, Hinsdale. (corner of Maple and Washington, one block north of Chicago Ave.) This month’s speaker: Lynne Kennedy of the Open Door Clinic. Meetings routinely held the first Sunday of the month regardless of holidays. Meeting format consists of general announcements about local LGBT events and news, guest speakers and small group sessions. Contact the PFLAG helpline at 630-415-0622 or Jackie Frett, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pflagillinois.org and parent site www.pflag.org.
Salt Creek Camera Club
Meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Visitors are welcome. Contact: Ron Remley 708-562-1164.
The Pleasantdale Garden Club of Burr Ridge meets at the Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. New members are welcome. Call (630) 985-8404 or visitwww.pleasantdalegardenclub.org.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Western Springs meetings are conducted from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Grace Lutheran Church, 4101 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. Contact Chuck Bosko at email@example.com, 708-205-3541.
Oak Brook Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Oak Brook meets at Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant, 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. It meets at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday. The club is involved in charitable venues.
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-LaGrange 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.
Kiwanis Club of La Grange meets every Thursday at noon at the Park District of La Grange, 536 East Ave., Room 108 (46th and East Avenue). The mission of the Kiwanis Club is to serve the children of the world. Guests welcome. Call Carol 708-352-2992.
Knack for Knitting or Knot
Meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Group, ages 16 and up, meets weekly to share knowledge of knitting, patterns and stitch techniques, beginner to advanced needle crafter. Registration not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org.
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. First St. Hinsdale. Club welcomes all levels of skill. Call Ellie Nuellen, 815-838-0646, or Bob Kucaba, 630-561-4969.
Oakbrook Terrace Park District
Heritage Center: 1 S. 325 Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, 630-627-6100; (visit www.obtpd.org) offers:
National food days
Oakbrook Terrace Park District monthly series called National Food Days. Each month, a new food item will be featured at Heritage Center and residents are invited to come out and sample the selected food items for free, between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. National Caramel Apple Day on Oct. 31; National Vanilla Cupcake Day on Nov. 11; and National Cotton Candy Day on Dec. 6. Contact the Oakbrook Terrace Park District at 630-627-6100 or visit the website at: www.obtpd.org.
Held at varying times per age groups on Oct. 19 and Oct. 25 at Heritage Center. Costumes welcome, but not necessary. Held from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Oct. 19 for children 2 to 3 years old with a parent; from 10 to 10:45 a.m. for 3 to 4 year olds; and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for 5 to 7 years olds. Also held from 1 to 1:45 p.m., Oct. 25 for children ages 2 to 3 years old with a parent; from 4 to 4:45 p.m. for ages 3 to 4 years old; and from 5 to 5:45 p.m. for ages 5 to 7 years old. Costs: $15 resident/$20 nonresident. Register at least a week prior to each session.
Oakbrook Terrace Fitness Center
1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-574-0420; (visit www.obtpd.org/fc) offers:
Functional Yoga — Held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 24 Receive the benefits of yoga without going on the floor. Costs: $30 resident/$35 nonresident.
from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center. Wear a costume and enjoy all the activities for free, including a haunted house, bounce house, hay rides, crafts and games. Children attendees receive a treat bag.
Lake View Nature Center
17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace.
Call 630-941-8747 or visit www.obtpd.org/lvnc to register. Nature center operating hours are: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The center is closed the first Monday of each month.
From 5:30-7 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 18 for family-friendly event with hayride around Terrace View Park, including outdoor storytime, craft, Halloween creatures and more. Rain date is Oct. 19. Must pre-register and all under age 13 must be with an adult.
Western Springs Recreation Center
1500 Walker St., Western Springs, 708-246-9070.
Halloween Hoopla Party from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 28. Admission is free when you wear a costume. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Halloween games, treat bags, pumpkin carving demonstration, a raffle and a Haunted room can be enjoyed by everyone. Halloween games and the haunted room close at 6:25 p.m. Super Stolie entertains with an Interactive Kids Concert, held from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Any questions or if you are interested in volunteering, contact the Western Springs Recreation Dept., 1500 Walker, Western Springs, 60558 or call 708-246-9070 Ext. 426.
Western Springs Lacrosse
Registration for fall and winter lacrosse in progress. Program open to all surrounding suburbs. House and travel programs available for both beginners and experienced players in first through eighth grades. Information and registration forms available online at www.westernspringslacrosse.org or at the Western Springs Recreation Department. 708-246-9070. Contact: email@example.com.
York Center Park District
1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard.
Fall brochures now available at the York Center Park District, with programs for age 2 through 102. Pick one up at the office today or visit online at www.ycpdfun.com to download a PDF of brochure. For more information, call 630-629-0886.
Lil Hoops: Noncompetitive class using age appropriate equipment. For ages: 3 to 5 years. Takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Mondays through Oct. 21 at park district gym. Cost: $12/resident, $15/nonresident. Register online at www.ycpdfun.com or call York Center Park District.
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Ballroom Dance Beginner Level: Focusing on the Foxtrot, Waltz and Swing. No partners are necessary. From 7 to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Nov. 14; Costs: $82/resident; $85/nonresident; At York Center Park District gym. Register now online atwww.ycpdfun.com or call 630-629-0886.
Clarendon Hills Park District: 315 Chicago Ave., 630-323-2626.
Programs require advance registration at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The 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.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org.
Park District of La Grange
Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange.
Go online to register for early childhood, youth, teen, adult and senior programs, as well as athletic classes and leagues, fitness classes, trips and special events. Call 708-352-1762 or go to www.pdlg.org. The fall brochure is available online at website. Click on brochure to read. Resident and nonresident registration in progress. Inclusive Recreation Programs -- Residents with special needs should let the park district and the SEASPAR know at least two weeks prior to a program’s start for accommodations. Call Laura Gallagher at 708-352-1762.
Halloween activity from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. For children ages 2 to 6 years and their parent(s), create a jack-o-lantern at Parent & Tot Pumpkin Carving! Participants do need to bring a pumpkin, but all carving materials, decorations, etc. will be provided. Advance registration required. Drop in or register online at www.pdlg.org/programs. Stop in with proof of address to set up an online account. Costs: $15 for La Grange and Countryside residents, $20 nonresidents, and $17 for Neighborhood Network residents (Western Springs, LaGrange Park, Brookfield, McCook and LaGrange Highlands).
For more information, see the Park District of La Grange’s fall brochure or call 708-352-1762.
Party with the Park District of La Grange! Wear your costume and enjoy Halloween activities. Join in the fun from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 25 at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. in La Grange. Open to children ages 12 years and younger, accompanied by an adult.
A Pumpkin Carving Contest will be judged at the party. However, starting at 9 a.m.. Oct. 21, the Park District will give away 25 pumpkins at the Recreation Center to kick off the contest. You may provide your own pumpkins, but none larger than 12-14 inches in diameter to qualify for the contest. Completed pumpkins can be dropped off at the Recreation Center any time before 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 25. Judging takes place from 7:30-8 p.m. with winners announced at 8 p.m. For more information, see the Park District of La Grange’s fall brochure or call 708-352-1762.
The Community Park District of LaGrange Park
1501 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park; call 708-354-4580 or visit www.cpdlgp.org for classes.
Preschool Drawing Classes
For children ages 3.5-5 presenting Young Rembrandt’s step-by-step drawing method regardless of artistic ability. Classes meet from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 21-Nov. 11 at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road on Mondays. Costs: $42/resident, $52/nonresident.
Cartoon Drawing Class
For children ages 6-12 meets from 4:45-5:30 p.m., Oct. 21-Nov. 11 at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road on Mondays. Program combines Young Rembrandt’s drawing method, creating silly characters, funny expressions, and drawing sequences that tell jokes! Costs: $42/resident, $52/nonresident.
Flag Football Games Only
For children ages 6-14 and meets from 9-10:15 a.m. (6 to 8 yr. old) and 10:15-11:30 a.m. (9 to 14 yr. old), Oct. 19-Nov. 9 at Hanesworth Park, 1501 Barnsdale Road on Saturdays. Costs: $55/resident, $65/nonresident.
Halloween Costume Party
Costume Party takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. Wear costumes and enjoy eerie fun at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park. Carnival games will start the night out from 5-5:45 p.m., followed by an enjoyable show! Free event for anyone eight years and under, but all participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit www.cpdlgp.org or contact 708-354-4580.
Adult Sports Classes
Men’s Open Gym
League is for adults 18 and older and meet at Forest Road School Gym (901 Forest Road, LaGrange Park) on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 30 through Dec. 11. Cost: $18
Spicy Salsa and Latin Dance
Learn how to Salsa, Tango, Cha Cha, and Rhumba. Adult class teaches the basics on how to lead and follow, and how to do turns and other fancy moves. Couples will not rotate partners. Singles are not guaranteed a partner. Meet from 8 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 29-Nov. 19 at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road on Tuesdays. Cost is $41/resident, $51/nonresident.
Friendly volleyball competition where exercise and fun are the emphasis. No experienced required and new teams will be formed each week. League is for adults 16 and older and meets at Park Jr. High School (Ogden and Brainard, LaGrange Park) on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., through Dec. 11. Cost: $25
Men’s Open Gym
Men’s Open Gym league is for adults 18 and older and meets at Forest Road School Gym, 901 Forest Road, LaGrange Park on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., Oct. 30 – Dec. 11. Cost: $18. Register now by calling 708-354-4580 or visit at www.cpdlgp.org
DuPage Forest Preserve
call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org.
To see upcoming events, explore the online calendar at dupageforest.org/calendar.aspx. To reserve shelters, some with built-in grills, fireplaces and electricity, fees start at $35. Reserve at least three business days in advance through Visitor Services weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 630-933-7248 or go to district headquarters, 3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton.
Oak Brook Park District: 1450 Forest Gate Road; 630-990-4233; www.obparks.org.
Fall brochure now available. See website. Registration in progress for residents, nonresident/corporate registration.
Greater La Grange YMCA
1100 E. 31st St., La Grange 708-352-7600 offers:
Spooktacular Halloween Event
Spooktacular Halloween event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, at the Leyden Township High School North campus pool, Brainard and Cossitt Avenues., La Grange. Costs: $5 for YMCA families and $10 for non-member families. Bring your family and friends for this fun holiday event.
T-Ball/Baseball instructional program for kids age 4-7 on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at Ehlert Park.
Flag Football League, the YMCA’s version of Monday Night Football at the MAX. This is for kids in first through fourth grades to play indoors on the fast field of the MAX.
Youth Running Club for youth ages 8 to 12 that meets on Wednesdays after school at the Y. Compete in a 5K race in November and December. Contact for the youth programs: Matt at 708-497-1007 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at 1100 E. 31st in LaGrange Park or online at www.greaterlagrangeymca.org.
Greater La Grange YMCA now offers second Saturday Zumba class immediately following the 10:15 a.m. and now at 11:30 a.m. The class is free for YMCA members and $8 for guests. More information available by calling the YMCA at 708-352-7600.
YMCA Outdoor Bootcamp
The YMCA offers Outdoor Bootcamp from 5:15-6:15 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at Memorial Park in LaGrange Park. Includes equal parts cardio, strength and ab work. Contact: 708-352-7600.
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.
Visitation Church hosts concert and workshop
Christian songwriter Dan Schutte in concert at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at Visitation Church, 779 S. York St., Elmhurst. Next day from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 19, Schutte leads a workshop on liturgical ministry at the service of the community. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Contact Barbara Masters. Concert costs: $10 per person and $25 per family and are available at the Visitation parish office or by contacting Barbara Masters at 630-834-8190 or email@example.com. Visit www.visitationparish.org.
Worshipers in God’s Service — a free Bible study group for adults and children with special needs, and their families or caregivers. No cost. Monthly meetings will include movies, discussions, crafts, and more. Wheelchair accessible. Call Debby Jargstorf 708-214-6759 to reserve a place. The Village Church of LaGrange Park, 1150 Meadowcrest Road, LaGrange Park.
Mass in Spanish
A Spanish Mass is offered each Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, 7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, presided by the Rev. Luis Andrade, priest associate. The Mass will include music familiar to Hispanics, under the direction Elvenord Vertus. The Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 a.m. is in English. All are welcome at either service. Call 630-446-0527 or see www.sthelenaschurch.org.
Women’s Bible study
Women’s Bible Study is offered at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Halls, presented by Priscilla Shirer. Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the booklet for $13 plus tax at Christ Church Bookstore. Contact Pat Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 630-654-1882.
Christ Church of Oak Brook
Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook for Contact – Group of multigenerational adults in passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ held at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 10 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall 2. Contact is a great place to make new friends and explore what living a life of faith is all about. Coach is Tim Couture, email@example.com.
ACT II Seniors Club:
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital offers ACT II Seniors Club, open to people over the age of 50 in western suburbs. Social and educational group hosts a variety of activities and gatherings. Most ACT II activities are held at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Patient Care Center, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. Programs are held in the Dixon Education Center Auditorium or classroom adjacent to the offices of ACT II. For membership or other information call the ACT II Club office at 708-245-8170. For Ongoing Social/Educational events, call 630-856-7525 for reservations to ACT II activities.
Free Wellness Programs
Heart score Cardiac Risk Assessment (by appointment only) available at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Call 630-856-7525 for an appointment.
Good place to start for beginning or returning exercising.
Strength-Cardio (Aerobics) -Stretch Combo meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Class also meets on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. $5 nonmember or $4 ACT II members.
Tai Chi with Mary Avila meets Fridays at 10 a.m. at no charge.
Movie Classics — offers dinner at 5 p.m., with 6 p.m. movie the third Wednesday in the Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Dixon B Auditorium.
Held in the Cashier’s Conference Room at 11:30 a.m., and continues on the first and third Mondays. Experience is not necessary. Registration requested.
Walk for Health Programs
The Aging Well Community Action Teams of La Grange and LaGrange Park will hold their monthly Walk for Health from 10:30 a.m. to noon, (on the third Wednesday of each month) at the Park District of La Grange’s Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange. Begins on the indoor track at the Recreation Center. Free and no registration required. Contact Niki Chibucos at 708-354-1323, Ext. 226 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging Care Connections
Aging Care Connections, La Grange, hosts Annual Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., on Oct. 17 at Ruth Lake Country Club, Hinsdale. Keynote speech by Linda Yu; presentation of the Community Service Award to Jerry Burjan, Burr Ridge. Costs: $40. Contact Niki Chibucos, to make reservations at 708-354-1323, extension 226. Visitwww.agingcareconnections.org.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Offers support, information and shared experience. Meets from 1:30-3 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Contact Ruth Folkening, 708-354-1323, Ext. 228.
Friday Morning Regulars
Support group for men only, related to aging issues. Meets at 8:30 a.m. every Friday. Contact Intake Office, 708-354-1323, Ext. 215.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Offers information, support and shared experiences to grandparents or other relatives caring for family members’ children. Group meets at the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Road, Summit, from 10-11:30 a.m. the last Thursday of the month. Contact: Ruth Folkening, 708-354-1323, Ext. 228.
Ongoing program offered by Right-Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, Willowbrook, for older adults and their caregivers. Fee: $64 per couple for six classes or $8 per class. To register, call 630-850-4050.
Class meets from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for those with arthritis and those who want to keep their bodies limber. Fee: $4 per class or $32 for nine classes. Register at: 708-354-1323.
Patients are seen at Aging Care Connections, La Grange, on selected Thursday mornings with a geriatric physician. Contact 708-245-4073 to make an appointment.
Will and Estate Planning
For consultation on matters pertaining to estate planning on the second Thursday of the month at Aging Care Connections, La Grange. There is no fee for the consultation with attorney. Contact Intake Office, 708-354-1323, Ext. 215 to make an appointment.
Oak Brook 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.
Enjoy an afternoon movie 1-3:30 p.m., the fourth Thursday of every month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Complimentary popcorn.
Pioneer Friendly Group Exercise Classes:
The following drop-in classes are free to Oak Brook Park District members. Non-member resident senior daily fee is $6; nonresidents, $8. Location: Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Call 630-990-4233. No registration required: Seated Aerobics; Aqua Max Mature; Arthritis Water Therapy; Pilates Plus Aqua.
Plymouth Place Senior Living: 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park.
Events are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call 708-482-6511 or email email@example.com.
Beginning Sign Language
Weekly Wednesday class — 10-10:30 a.m. second floor multipurpose room. Come learn the basics of American Sign Language led by the Coordinator at Hinsdale South’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and one of her students.
Health and Wellness
At 7:15 p.m., Oct. 17: Pianist Jeffrey Deutsch, Dole Hall. Jeffrey Deutsch singer, pianist and story teller.
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale offers:
Prime Time, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Fit Express and seated exercise classes for older adults and those with physical challenges. Call Kate Vogts for times and pricing. 630-323-7500, Ext. 225.
The Community House Active Adults programs:
Adult Computer Classes:
Registration in progress for fall session adult computer classes. Four-week classes include: Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Facebook, Internet, Email and more!
Small classes with hands-on, personalized instruction. Contact Kate Vogts at 630-323-7500 Ext. 225.
Seated Exercise Classes:
Offered 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Increase range of motion, circulation, flexibility, balance and strength with easy-to-follow moves. Purchase 10-class punch card for $60 for members; $75 for guests. Call Kate Vogts 630-323-7500, Ext. 225.
Ageless Yoga classes:
Offered 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays.
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 Program:
Senior program offers bingo and sandwiches 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of month for $6 and $1 per bingo card. Movies and lunch 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of month for $6. Games and birthday celebrations held 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of month for $2. Catered lunch, featuring a speaker or entertainment, is 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.
Women in Transition seminar
Women in Transition - Financial, Legal, and Empowerment Seminar presented by professional women for women who are divorced, widowed, in the process of a divorce or facing the death of a spouse, beginning reception 6:30 p.m.; event 7-9 p.m., Oct. 17 p.m. Event held at the Hinsdale Community House, 415 West Eighth Street, Hinsdale. To register, visit www.womenintransitionplan.eventbrite.com. Cost: $25. Cash or check also accepted at door. Or contact:
Michele Kapp, 630-750-5289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not Alone Support Group
Those experiencing the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or a major life transition, estrangement, separation, divorce or a feeling of failure are invited to meet at 10:30 a.m. every third Tuesday of each month at St. James Lutheran Church, 5129 Wolf Road, Western Springs. Free to all. Call 708-246-6228.
Retreats for Widowed Men and Women
Joyful Again! Two-day events are special retreats for widowed men and women who want to find joy in living again. Reflect on and recognize new direction for your life while still treasuring memories of your loved one. Takes place: 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 17, Our Lady of the Angels, 13820 Main St., Lemont. Contact 708-354-7211 or email email@example.com or visit www.joyfulagain.org. (Joyful Again! Widowed Ministry, P.O. Box 1365, LaGrange Park IL 60526-9465).
Stroke Support Group
SEASPAR, in cooperation with Hinsdale Hospital and La Grange Memorial Hospital, sponsors the Stroke Support Group for those who have had a stroke and their family and friends. Provides educational sessions and how to rebound following a stroke, especially for those with communication and physical limitations. Contact SEASPAR at (630) 960-7600 (voice) or 630-960-7605 (TDD) or visit www.SEASPAR.org
AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers
The AARP Tax-Aide Program seeks volunteers for the 2014 tax season. No need for accounting or tax background. Training will be provided, but being computer literate needed. Income tax preparation and assistance is offered to low and middle income taxpayers, especially ages 60 and older. To volunteer, visit aarp.org/taxaide website or call 1-800-227-7669.
The Chicago Festival Association, producer of Chicago’s Thanksgiving celebration, is now recruiting volunteers to assist during the parade, from 8-11 a.m. on Nov. 28. Applications are being accepted until Oct. 18. To apply, visit www.chicagofestivals.org or call 312-239-0457.
Veteran Advisory Council
HandsOn Suburban Chicago is seeking knowledgeable and socially active veterans to serve on a new Veteran Advisory Council. The council will meet monthly, scheduled to begin this fall. HandsOn Suburban Chicago will support the Veterans Advisory Council to provide quality services to veterans and their families and to make veterans aware of the services available to them, support the nonprofit organizations that deliver these services and to engage veterans in volunteer activities. Applicants must be active or retired military from any U.S. branch. For details and an application, contact Courtney Barden at Courtney.firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-228-1320, Ext. 120.
The volunteer services departments at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is in need of volunteers. Needed are clerical volunteers, help in the gift shop, reception area, transporters and surgical waiting room attendants. Call Lora Cummings at 630-856-4000, or email her at email@example.com.
Meals on Wheels
The DuPage Senior Citizens Council, DuPage County’s Meals on Wheels provider, is seeking volunteers. Drivers are especially needed to deliver meals in the Westmont area. Training is provided. Interested persons should contact Cathy Jordan, volunteer coordinator for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council, at 630-620-0804 or visitwww.dupageseniorcouncil.org.
Graue Mill and Museum: Oak Brook, 3800 York Road, is looking for people to become a part of its organization. Volunteers needed to accommodate the school groups who attend each year as well as other visitors. Volunteers will be taught to use a drop spindle and spinning wheel and do weaving skills. They will be provided with information about local history and how to interpret it to others. A volunteer commitment of one or two three-hour sessions per month is sought. Call the mill office at 630-920-9720, Ext. 22, or email 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 Mary Meegan at 630-230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Volunteers to work with school age children at two Learning Resource Centers operated by Bridge Communities. The Learning Resource Centers are places Bridge kids can go for help with homework, to practice reading, and to participate in a variety of fun activities. Volunteers need to be able to work twice a month for an average of two to three hours at a time. Volunteer opportunities at either the Naperville or Westmont Learning Resource Centers -- Contact Sharon Drucker, Children’s Activities Coordinator for Bridge Communities, at Sharon.email@example.com or 630-618-8194.
Youth Orchestra Auditions
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra of Chicago is seeking talented middle school and high school youth for 2013-2014 season. Visit wsyo.org for more information about the program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your audition.
The Community House offers Youth Programs:
Contact Jenna at 630-323-7500, Ext. 237 or email@example.com for more information.
Junior Basketball League
Introduction to basketball for first-grade boys and girls in the Jodie Harrison League. No score kept. One practice and one game per week commitment. Practice days begin the week of Oct. 21 and are held Tuesday or Thursday. Game days on Saturdays from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. Volunteer coaches and referees are needed. Forms can be found online or at the front desk of The Community House. (www.thecommunityhouse.org)
High School Basketball League
Players from freshman to seniors form own team or individuals call Jenna at Ext. 237. Cost: $300 team fee. Games played Sundays between noon to 5 p.m., through Nov. 24. (Games or practices at The Community House or area schools.)