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COMMUNITY
 
 
St. Louise De Marillac Parish presents its annual Oktoberfest, a family fun festival from 4 to 11 p.m., Sept. 21 with free admission. Kids carnival games available from 4 to 7 p.m. Featured band is the Sylvies who will play from 8 to 11 p.m. Traditional Oktoberfest food and beverages available for purchase. St. Louise de Marillac Parish is at 31st and Harrison Avenues in LaGrange Park. Call 708-352-7388 for more information.
 
St. Cletus Class of 1963 Reunion
 
50th Reunion Celebration for the St. Cletus Class of 1963, including St. John of the Cross classmates with events on Sept. 28. Cost: $55. Register ASAP. Contact: Dick Carraher, 708-774-8844, or dcarraher3243@hotmail.com.
 
Hinsdale Central Class of 1968 reunion
 
Celebrating 45 years since high school graduation on Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4 to 5, including: Oct. 4: Charlie Nieman Memorial Golf Outing (contact Dave Stone, David.D.Stone@morganstanley.com for information).
 
Events on Oct. 5 schedule: 8 to 10 a.m.: Pancake breakfast and school tour at Hinsdale Central (contact Andy Shewalter Clemens, adsclem@sbcglobal.net to reserve your spot); Start about 10 a.m.: Homecoming Parade (meet at corner of Washington and 1st St.); Noon: Varsity Homecoming Football game: Hinsdale Central vs. Lyons (GO Red Devils!); From about 7 to 11 p.m.: Meet old friends (including local Hinsdale South class of ‘68 grads) in the Lobby Bar at Marriott Oak Brook Hills, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. Cash bar, dinner if you wish to dine is pay-as-you-go. Contact Bobbi Cokinis Prichard to reserve a spot at the bar– bprichard@wi.rr.com, 262-880-7393.
 
 
All-Class Homecoming Reunion on Oct. 12, for anyone who has ever graduated from St. Barbara’s School, 8900 Windemere Ave., Brookfield. Mass at 5 p.m., followed by food, and entertainment at the school. Classrooms will be open for visiting. Costs: $20/person (16 and under are free). The school will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, for tours and hospitality and events are free.
 
CHURCH GROUP MEETINGS
 
Interfaith Women’s Book Group
 
Mary Mikhael, the first woman seminary president in the Middle East will speak at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 25 at the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5400 Wolf Road. Everyone is welcome. Meets monthly, September through May, for fellowship, book and film discussion. Meet alternately between the Mosque Foundation and the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs. Next regular meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. They are reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. Contact Carol at labyrinthcas@gmail.com.
 
Men’s Breakfast and Program
 
Church member, Hank Vaughan, presents a program at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 26. Program entitled, You want it when?! – 21st Century Order Fulfillment (warehousing and distribution in USA), takes place in the Jones Room of the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5250 Wolf Road, Western Springs. RSVP to Herb Smyers by email - hsmyers@comcast.net. Contact the church office for more information at 708-246-5220.
 
Handbell Choir rehearsals
 
The handbell choir of Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5400 Wolf Road, has begun rehearsal from 7 to 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. Contact Patti Mangis at 708-246-5220 for more information.
 
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
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.
 
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.
 
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 Mondayin St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. All are welcome. Call Janet 708-246-4866.
 
Presbyterian youth group
 
Meets 5 to 6:15 p.m. and the high school youth group meets 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call 708-354-0771 for more information. 
 
 
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.
 
 
CLASSES/SEMINARS
 
 
The presentation, Crop Circles, by lecturer John Boda takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 25, at the Clarendon Hills Village Hall, 1 North Prospect Ave., will feature aerial photographs of very intricate designs as well as theories about their origin and meaning.
Costs: $5 for nonmembers. Contact Mary Odwazny at 630-654-3945.
 
Interfaith Career Network
 
Your Brain, Your Interview takes place from 7-9 p.m., Sept. 19, replacing negative messages with positive ones to be at your best for interviews and life in general at St. Cletus Education Building, 700 West 55th St., La Grange. (Enter at the flag pole entrance).
 
Job Support Group Workshop takes place on a weekly basis, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings 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.
 
Free Resume Review takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 28. Helpful 20-minute one-on-one conversations to give ideas and suggestions that may enhance or refresh one’s resume. At St. Cletus Education Building, 700 W. 55th St. in La Grange. (Enter at the flag pole entrance.)
 
Foreign language
 
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. The next 20-week session begins in October. Cost: $249.
 
Bonsai Show
 
The Prairie State Bonsai Society hosts a bonsai show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days: Sept. 21 and 22, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Features display of bonsai trees from personal collections of club members (like local Bonsai expert, Dan Kosta, from Vern Goers Greenhouse, Hinsdale). Also, bonsai demonstrations, workshops, and vendors. Bonsai masters at the show doing workshops and demonstrations: Brian Ciskowski of Cass Bonsai, Edwardsville, Ill., Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way Nursery, Harrisburg, Pa., and Ivan Watters, Curator of Bonsai at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The show is free with Arboretum admission.
 
 
For those considering adoption of a child. A seminar presented from 7-9:15 p.m., Oct. 9, by Attorney Sally Wildman, offered through the Adult Education Lyons Township, at Lyons High School, 100 South Brainard Ave., La Grange. Ms. Wildman shares resources on choosing adoption agencies, attorneys and adoption organizations. She distinguishes the many types of adoption available, including agency, private, foreign and foster parent adoptions. Cost: $25 per person, $35 per couple. Call 708-354-5473 to register. The Adoption Process is under Home & Family, page 17, in the catalog.
 
Oak Brook Art League
 
Stop by the Peabody Mansion from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 for the artists’ reception of Oak Brook Art League’s Members Exhibit. This exhibit will be at the Mayslake Estate on 31st Street west of Route 83. The show continues through Oct. 11.
 
 
DONATIONS
 
Blood Drive
 
The Theatre of Western Springs, in conjunction with LifeSource, hosts blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12, at the theater, 4384 Hampton Ave., Western Springs. Blood donors must be at least 16 years old with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit. Donors need a school ID, state ID or driver’s license in order to donate. Takes about 40 minutes to complete entire process and about one pint of blood is collected. Walk-ins are welcome, but early registration is recommended. Call Bill Hammack at 708-246-4043, Ext. 1 for more information.
 
 
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. Also visit The Corner Shop, their consignment store, at 27 Calendar Ave., La Grange.
 
 
 
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
 
Fullers Bird Fridays
 
Naturalist-led hikes to see birds change in a forest preserve from summer to fall. 7:30–9:30 a.m., (weekly thru Sept.) at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook. Adults only. $6 per person per hike; $40 for a 10-program pass. To register, call 630-850-8110.
 
Birding Club
 
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, which includes further details about each scheduled trip.
 
Walk on the Wild Side
 
Hike & Seek nature event sponsored by National Wildlife Federation at noon at Bemis Woods South onSept. 28 in Western Springs. Hike & Seek is a family event combining a nature hike and scavenger hunt. Sign up at online. Youth participants are given a Map & Mission Guidebook to direct their path and will receive an Honorary Junior Naturalist badge from Ranger Rick at the end of the hike.
 
Volunteer restoration workday
 
Help restore a natural area by removing non-native vegetation or planting seed at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center  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.
 
 
FUNDRAISERS
 
Resale Event
 
Annual two-day sales extravaganza run by the Women’s Association of The Union Church of Hinsdale. The public is welcome to shop from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, and 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 28. at 137 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. There is clothing for everyone, books and games, linens, toys and equipment to housewares and sports equipment to French Room designer clothing, fine collectibles and jewelry, and everything in-between. 
Proceeds from the sale support a wide variety of charities and social service organizations locally, nationally and world-wide. Contact: 630-323-4303.
 
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.
 
 
Annual Pink Tea, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook. Features an afternoon of networking, education and inspiration. Costs: $40 per person or $350 for a table of ten; more information is available at www.PinkTeaDupage.com or contact (630) 932-1141.
 
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.
 
 
To be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5 at 115 West Cossitt in La Grange. (Children are permitted only between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.) Interested sellers can register at the La Grange Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 25; or from 5 p.m., until numbers run out on Sept. 30 (up to 400 sellers). In exchange for four hours of time, volunteers can shop the popular Pre-Sale on Oct. 4 before the sale opens to the general public on Saturday. For information, contact cscsvolunteers@hotmail.com.
 
Spaghetti Dinner
 
Spaghetti Dinner takes place from  to 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Westchester Community Church, 1840 Westchester Blvd., Westchester. Costs: $8 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 10 years old. Door prizes and raffles will be featured. Tickets available at the door. Call the church office with questions 708-865-1282.
 
Trivia Night
 
The La Grange Area Historical Society hosts Trivia Night on Oct. 5 at the La Grange Park Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road in La Grange Park. For adults only (21 and over) doors open at 6 p.m. and the fun and games start at 7 p.m. Tables of eight are available for $150 and individual contestants are $20 per person. Reservation forms are available at online or pick up at the historical society, 444 S. La Grange Road, La Grange, 708-482-4248.
 
Trivia Challenge
 
Test your trivia skills at the Trivia Challenge, a fundraiser hosted by SEASPAR and the Silver Lining Support Foundation. Doors open at 6 p.m. with games (For ages 18 years and over) beginning at 7 p.m.for this event on Sept. 20 at Arabian Knights Farms – The Barn, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road in Willowbrook. Costs: $25 per person; Table of 10 is $200. Pre-registration recommended. Call 630-960-7600, or Miki Wittmer 630-204-9474.
 
 
Open to everyone, an afternoon and evening of Chicago Cubs. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field on Sept. 23. Tickets for bleacher seats and the event, with Chicago Cubs playing vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, are for a donation of at least $35. Pre-game tailgate party takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. at Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., across from the park. All proceeds support Boy Scouting. Contact (708) 354-1111 or manuel.carrera@scouting.org
 
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  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.
 
 
A benefit for Community Nurse Health Center. Live music, food, celebrity bartenders, drinks, raffle, and fun. From 5 to 10:30 p.m., Sept. 21 at Gordon Park, La Grange. Purchase tickets online early and save. Costs: $15 online or $20 at the door. Doings columnist Lynn Petrak is one of the celebrity bartenders.
 
BUNCO Party
 
Sponsored by St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women from 2:30-4:30 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.
 
Crafters wanted
 
Westchester Community Church seeks crafters and/or vendors for its annual Harvest Of Crafts sale from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 26. Selling space at $25 per table if confirmed by deadline of Oct. 6. Contact Westchester Community Church, 708-865-1282, if interested or have any questions.
 
Crafters wanted
 
Save-the-Prairie-Society will hold its annual Prairie Fest on Sept. 28 on the parkway of the Prairie House in Westchester. The fee is $25 to $30 to enter. Call 708-354-5512.
 
Crafters wanted
 
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 at petersonrtw@sbcglobal.net.
 
 
Support those affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease, at this two-plus mile ALS Walk4Life. Check-in at 9:30 a.m.; Walk starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at Soldier Field, Chicago. Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to fundraise for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Event will include music, entertainment, food and children’s activities and occurs rain or shine. Contact the Les Turner ALS Foundation at 847-679-3311.
 
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 at1 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.
 
 
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 going to CROP Walk 2013 online 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 Shoeman Water online www.ShoemanWater.org. Log onto Church World Service for more information.
 
 
HEALTH
 
World MRSA Day Kickoff Event
 
Learn how to help prevent a MRSA and C. diff infection (MRSA is an acronym for methicillin-resistant staph aureus and is a type of bacterium) at the MRSA Survivors Network’s 5th Annual World MRSA Day event from 1-3 p.m., on Sept. 28 at the Hinsdale Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Free admission and parking. Remembrance ceremony and balloon release planned. Contact 630-325-4354 for more information.
 
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 meganaalbee@gmail.com.
 
Robert Crown Center for Health Education
 
Parents, scouts, and other youth groups are invited to spend part of their of their Columbus Day, Oct. 14, figuring out 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 beforeOct. 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. Make a reservation at 630-325-1900.
 
 
Presents programs at 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Events are free, but registration is required; call 630-323-5150.
 
 
 
IN PERSON
 
Rev. Al Sharpton at Elmhurst College
 
Beginning at 7 p.m., Sept. 22, The Reverend Al Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Niebuhr Forum on Religion in Public Life in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel (190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst). Admission is $20 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 630-617-3390.
 
Author appears at bookstores
 
Lisa Barr autographs copies of her historical fiction novel, “Fugitive Colors” at the following bookstores in October: from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, Barnes & Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (phone 630-684-0681); from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 17, Barbara’s Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, (phone 630-920-1500). Barr has been an international journalist, an editor and a staff reporter, author and blogger.
 
 
 
LIBRARIES
 
800 Chestnut St., Western Springs; 708-246-0520. Registration required for most programs.
 
Lecture on female crime beat reporter
 
Lecture on Western Springs resident Ione Quinby who was the first female journalist at the Chicago Evening Post during the 1920s. The lecture is at 7 p.m., Oct. 2, at Thomas Ford Library, and will be given by the authors of a new book on Quinby, Professor Genevieve McBride and her husband Professor Stephen Byers. Register for this free lecture in-person, online. or by calling the Thomas Ford Library 708-246-0520. Contact: for event details: Vicki Lezon 708-870-1380.
 
10 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange.
Register for all programs by calling 708-215-3200. Regular Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m.
 
Upcoming Adult Programs:
 
Bob’s Photography Group Exhibit – About 40 students display their best photos now through Nov. 3 in the Lower Level Gallery of the Library. Reception is 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 20.
 
How to Raise a Digital Native - 7 p.m., Sept. 24. An expert on media and kids (especially in fourth through eighth grades) speaks about technology/cell phone and media issues. Leads workshop for parents and educators. How to create a media ecology in your home that is proactive, fun, smart and positive. No fee and co-sponsored with Parent University. RSVP suggested to library at 708-215-3200 or online.
 
Old-Time Radio with Radio Players West - 2 p.m., Sept. 29. See and hear live old-time radio plays, before your very eyes, with Radio Players West.
 
Book Discussions:
 
  • Beyond Borders Book Club – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 8: “The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway.
  • Great Books - 7 p.m., Sept. 19. – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville;
  • Noir in a Bar – On last Tuesdays of every odd-numbered month at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at Santiago’s (dinner location) for “Every Day” by David Levithan
 
Ongoing Programs:
 
Writers Workshop – 7 to 8:30 p.m., Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. No need to register.
 
 
MEETINGS
 
 
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 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.
 
Alpha Gamma Delta West Suburban Alumnae Club
 
Alpha Gamma Delta West Suburban Alumnae Club will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 24 at a home in Willowbrook. All alumnae are invited to attend the fall salad supper. Call Sue 630-963-5664 or Lolly 239-482-3297 for further information.
 
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 La Grange Park. Contact: Nancy at 708-352-9276 or Judy at 708-352-2358.
 
 
Meeting at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 West Maple, Hinsdale. Meetings are held the first Sunday of the month regardless of holidays. Meeting format consists of general announcements about local LGBT events and news, guest speakers and small group sessions. Contact the PFLAG helpline at 630-415-0622 or Jackie Frett, jackiekf@aol.com or visit PLFAG online.
 
 
Meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Meet at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road, La Grange Park. Members present Print and DPI Images in general and special categories in monthly competition. Visitors are welcome. Contact: Ron Remley 708-562-1164.
 
Pleasantdale Gardener
 
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.
 
VFW
 
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 chuckbosko@att.net, 708-205-3541.
 
 
Brookfield-LaGrange Park Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at Ryan’s Pub, Brookfield. Go to blp.lionsclub@hotmail.com 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.
 
Surprize Bridge Stakes Etc.
 
Meets 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park District of La Grange 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.
 
Leads Club
 
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 to 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.
 
PARKS
 
7425 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, (630) 662-6220.
 
Second Hand Treasures
 
Opportunity from 8 a.m. to noon, Sept. 21 to sell your goods and make some cash at Walker Recreation Center, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Eight foot tables/two chairs rent for only $10 for residents; $13 for nonresidents. Individuals responsible for own sales and monies. No admission fee for buyers! Shopping begins at 9 a.m. and sale ends at noon with everything cleaned up by 1 p.m.
 
Boys basketball
 
Placed on the wait-list through Pleasant Dale Park District . First through eighth grade boys, with grades grouped as 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. League Details: Meet and Greet – 7 p.m., Oct. 10; Practices begin the week of Oct. 14 with weekday practice time range from 4-9 p.m.; Games begin on Saturdays, Oct. 26 with Saturday game times range from: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost includes uniform: $88/residents and $107/nonresidents. If registration is submitted via fax, call the Rec Center at 630-662-6220 to confirm fax was received.
 
1500 Walker St., Western Springs, 708-246-9070.
Volleyball Youth Clinic
 
Volleyball Youth Clinic registration is now open for third-sixth graders for both boys and girls at all levels. Class is on Saturdays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 16 (No class 11/2), from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Rec Center Gym, 1500 Walker. Cost: $85 resident/$95 nonresident. Registration form available at the Rec Center. Contact: the Rec Center at 708-246-9070, Ext. 427.
 
 
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 or at the Western Springs Recreation Center. 708-246-9070. Contact: pflorczak@wsprings.com.
 
Traveling basketball team tryouts
 
Tryouts for all youth traveling basketball teams take place in the Western Springs Recreation Center. Dates still available:
Girls’ Tryouts on Sept. 21 at: 8:30 a.m. — seventh grade; 9:30 a.m.– sixth grade; 10:30 a.m.– fifth grade. The travel program is competitive basketball. Season runs from mid-October through early March. Players must live in Western Springs or attend school in District 101, 106 or St. John of the Cross. Costs: tryout is no charge, but program fee for team players. Contact to register for tryouts 708-246-9070, Ext. 418 and leave the child’s gender, grade, name, address, phone number and parents’ names. 
 
Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., La Grange.
Register online for fall activities.
 
The fall brochure is available online. Click on brochure to read. Resident and non-resident 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.
 
Lions Travel Basketball Tryouts
 
Tryouts for the Lions Travel Basketball program are free of charge, however, players selected to the teams will be charged a fee of $375/residential, $435/nonresidential, $405/neighboring town. Parent/Guardian must sign players in at the tryout. Volunteer coaches are needed. Contact Kevin Miller at 708-352-1762 or by email at kevinmiller@pdlg.org. Girls Tryouts: Fifth and sixth grades from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17; seventh and eighth grades from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Sept. 17 and Boys Tryouts: fourth to sixth grades from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 24; seventh to eighth grades from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Sept. 24, at the Park District of La Grange. 
 
1501 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park; call 708-354-4580 or visit the Community Park District of La Grange Park online for classes.
 
Special Event: 1-2-3 Magic
 
the Community Park District of La Grange Park presents 1-2-3 Magic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Recreation Center. Expert and lecturer on child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder. Parents learn how to discipline hard-to-control, obnoxious behavior without yelling, how to encourage good behavior and much more. Tickets are $3 per person/$5 per couple and are available through the Recreation Center. Call the park district or visit the website.
 
Splendid Ballroom and Swing Class
 
Introductory session in which to learn the Waltz, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, and swingin’ Swing. Couples are recommended but not necessary. Class is for adults and meets from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Oct. 1 to Oct. 22 at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park. Costs: $41/resident, $51/nonresident.
 
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 7-9 p.m., Sept. 18 – Oct. 23. Cost: $18
 
Co-Rec Volleyball
 
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 7-9 p.m., Sept. 18 – Dec. 11. Cost: $25
 
Men’s Wiffleball League
 
Play some ball during the off-season. Sign up as a team today. League is for adults 16 and older and meets at Park Jr. High School (Ogden and Brainard, LaGrange Park) on Wednesdays starting at 6:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 18. Cost: $110/resident team; $135/nonresident team.
 
1100 E. 31st St., La Grange offers:
 
T-Ball/Baseball instructional program for kids age 4-7 on Tuesdays from 5-6 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 8-12 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 mzakowski@ymcachicago.org. Register at 1100 E. 31st in La Grange Park or Greater La Grange YMCA online.
 
Zumba
 
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.
 
RELIGION
 
Noche de Gala Awards
 
Cardinal George will attend the annual Hispanic Ministry Awards Banquet, Noche de Gala, beginning 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The evening includes dinner, entertainment and dancing. Contact (773) 787-9375.
 
Pipe Organ Rededication Concert
 
Renovations and improvements recently completed on the 1984 Berghaus Pipe Organ will be showcased at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E. First St., Hinsdale. A free concert, open to the public takes place at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 by organist, T. Jared Stellmacher, and guest ensemble, Chicago’s Gargoyle Brass.
 
Fall Kaleidoscope of Music program
 
The Western Springs Music Club’s Fall Kaleidoscope of Music program will be held at 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 9, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E. First Street, Hinsdale. This program features: Jared Stellmacher on the Church’s new Organ; Marion Soukup on violin; Michele Lekas, on violin; and, Nancy Hagen on piano. Contact: Nancy Hirsch at 708-579-3779.
 
 
The Tower Chorale will begin to prepare for its Christmas Concert, Spirit of the Season at the Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Ave., Western Springs. Rehearsals are from 7:15-9:15 p.m. each Monday evening beginning Oct. 7. The first two Monday rehearsals are open rehearsals for singers to see if they want to participate. The concerts will be held at St. Cletus Church in La Grange at 8 p.m. on Dec.14 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Call 708-505-9570 for more information.
 
Free concert with violinist
 
Free concert featuring Jaime Jorge, world-class master of the violin, held at 5 p.m., Sept. 29 at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 55th and Garfield, Hinsdale.
Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 201 N. Oak Street, Hinsdale.
At 6 p.m., Sept. 28 – World renowned violinist Jaime Jorge will present a free concert in honor of 25 years of music.
At 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5 – The Heritage Singers will share a Christian music concert. The Heritage Singers have been traveling the world since 1971 sharing amazing music and the gospel message. 
At 6 p.m., Oct. 12 – Sacred concert with teenagers from Germany – Ariane Dernbach/Yejin Lee with a Violin and Piano Recital. This event is free and all are welcome.
The Agape Ringers
At 4 p.m., Sept. 22, La Grange Bible 850 S. 7th Avenue, La Grange, will host a concert by The Agape Ringers, who are considered to be Chicago’s premier hand bell ensemble. Contact: (708) 354-2485 or viewhttp://www.lagrangebible.org/
Concert Series
Concert series throughout the year at Christ Lutheran Church. Begins at 5 p.m., Sept. 29 with Michael Brozick, Craig Felde, and Betsy Waldon performing on the timpani, keyboard and trumpet. Admission is free. For more info, log onto: www.YourChrist.org or call (630) 325-2220. Christ Lutheran Church is located near the NW corner of Route 83 and 55th St. in Clarendon Hills.
 
Bible study
 
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.
 
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, pkmiller85@aol.com, or call 630-654-1882.
 
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, couturet@jbltd.com.
 
 
SENIORS
 
End of life issues addressed at presentation
 
The Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds will present Caring for Older Adults: The Challenge and the Gift beginning at 7 p.m., Sept. 25 at St. John of the Cross Parish Community Center, 5005 Wolf Road in Western Springs. Registration begins for this free event at 6:45 p.m., with presentation running from 7-8:30 p.m. Among the issues to be addressed are housing, driving, health care choices and end of life decisions. To RSVP, call Lynette Cremerius at 630-856-6982, or email her at lynette.cremerius@ahss.org by Sept. 23. Sponsored by Adventist St. Thomas Hospice.
 
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.
 
Travel Opportunities
 
Day Trips: Sept. 28 – Oktoberfest in Little Switzerland (New Glarus, WI); Nov. 20 – A Fireside Christmas; Dec. 11 – Holidays at the Sanfilippo Estate – call 708-245-8170 for further information. More information is available in the ACT II office on a variety of extended trips available at discounted costs to ACT II members.
 
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.
 
Fitness Programs
 
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.
 
Ongoing Social/Educational
 
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.
 
Book Look Group
 
At 10:30 a.m., Sept. 19 in Cashier’s Conference Room of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. Selection is “Peaches for Father Francis” by Joanne Harris (fiction).
 
Creative Writing
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 nchibucos@agingcareconnections.org.
 
 
Aging Care Connections annual luncheon
 
Aging Care Connections, La Grange, will host its 42nd annual luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 17 at Ruth Lake Country Club, Hinsdale.
Sponsors of the event are Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, Continental Toyota and First National Bank of La Grange. Cost: $40. Reservations may be made by calling Niki Chibucos, director of development and public relations, at 708-354-1323, Ext. 226.
To learn more, visit Aging Care Connections online.
 
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.
 
Sensible Fitness
 
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. 
 
Arthritis Exercise
 
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. 
 
Health Clinic
 
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.
 
Ageless yoga
 
Yoga modified for seniors and those with limited mobility, allowing students to improve flexibility and strength in a friendly environment. From 10:45 a.m. to noon continuing on Thursdays in September at FOCUS Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave., Brookfield. Call 708-471-0487; and now moved to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning in September at Community House, 415 W. 8th Street, Hinsdale. 630-323-7500. Contact Susan Chilton at 708-352-0043 or contact either studio.
 
51 E. Cossitt Avenue, La Grange. Complimentary parking is available at the Sixth Street and Harris deck. Register with Linda, 708-354-7600.
 
Plymouth Place
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 crichardson@plymouth.provinet.com.
 
Beginning Sign Language
 
Weekly Wednesday class — 10-10:30 a.m. second floor multipurpose room. Come learn the basics of American Sign Language.
Plymouth Place Chorus and Chimes Fall Concert, 3 p.m., Sept. 18: Dole Hall. A new concert presented, Tribute to Spirituals.
 
TED Talks, 3 p.m., Sept. 20: Dole Hall. Internet based intellectual program — informative lecture on current topics.
 
Hymn Sing, 2 p.m., Sept. 23: Albert Hall.
 
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, 7 p.m., Sept. 23: Dole Hall. Interpretation of Jewish music from eastern Europe.
 
Music by guitarist/singer Joe Fire, 2:15 p.m., Sept. 24: Penny Lane.
 
Plymouth Place Players Fall Show, 3 p.m., Sept. 25: Show, with comedy skits, many written by resident Dick Best.
“The Gatekeeper,” 2 p.m., Sept. 26: Dole Hall. View the movie, about six leaders of Israel’s secret service and stay for a discussion.
“Gertrude Bell,” 7:15 p.m., Sept. 26: Dole Hall. Dramatist presents the story of a lone woman in the male Muslim world of the Middle East.
Vocalist Sandi Haynes, 2:30 p.m., Sept. 30: Albert Hall. Smooth jazz, featuring singer and flutist.
 
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.
 
Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Ave., Call 708-246-3299.
 
Computer Club
 
You can be fairly new to computers . . . But, a fully charged laptop computer or i-pad with Wi-Fi capabilities is a requirement to join the club. The first meeting will be at 1 p.m., Sept. 19 at the Senior Center, and the group will decide the schedule for ongoing meetings for problem-solving and sharing. Call to RSVP (708) 246-3299 or to ask any questions about the club.
 
Western Springs Seniors Club
 
Meets on the second Monday of the month at the Western Springs Recreation Center at 1500 Walker St., Western Springs. Call 708-246-9070.
 
Trip to Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe: Leave promptly at 9:15 a.m., Sept. 18, for tram ride, some walking, and to Buca di Beppo in Wheeling for lunch. Leave the Recreation Center parking lot in the morning and return by 4 p.m. Costs: $55 members and $60 guests (includes all gratuities). Call Lou at 708-784-9488.
Western Springs Senior Club Monthly meeting: at 1 p.m., Oct. 14 at the Recreation Center features Lou Curotto with his international coin collection, stories of 8000-mile drive in the west.
 
Bus trip to Tommy Gun’s Garage for sit-down lunch at the Audience Interactive Speakeasy Theatre. You might be a star in the Roaring Twenties Revue. Leave the Recreation Center parking lot at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 16 and return by 5 p.m. Cost: $60/members and $65/guests. Call Elaine at 708-784-8966.
Men’s Bridge
 
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.
 
Senior Fitness Class
 
The 50 and Older Band Together class is offered at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center. Held from 10-10:45 a.m. on Mondays from Sept. 23 to Oct. 28 or Wednesdays Sept. 25- Oct. 30 in the Fitness Center Aerobic Studio. Costs: $30 residents/$35 nonresidents. Register by Sept. 19 to the Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center, 1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-574-0420.
 
 
 
SUPPORT
 
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, from 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 17 p.m. Event held at The Hinsdale Community House, 415 West Eighth Street, Hinsdale. Registration is done online. Cost for the event is $25. Cash or check also accepted at door. Or contact: Michele Kapp, 630-750-5289 or mckapp@sbcglobal.net.
 
Not Alone Support Group
 
Those experiencing the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or a major life transition, estrangement, separation, divorce or a feeling of failure are invited to meet at 10:30 a.m. every third Tuesday of each month at St. James Lutheran Church, 5129 Wolf Road, Western Springs. Free to all. Call (708) 246-6228.
 
Widows or Widowers
 
Widows or Widowers of the Western Suburbs group for all widowed persons. Meet on the third Thursday of each month. Next social gathering held at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 19 with Mexican Independence theme and music. At the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road, Elmhurst. Cost: $5. Parking and entrance at rear of building. Call 630-620-4060.
 
 
Joyful Again! Two-day events are special retreats for widowed men and women who want to find joy in living again. Reflect on and recognize new direction for your life while still treasuring memories of your loved one. Takes place: 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 29 at Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington and 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 17, Our Lady of the Angels, 13820 Main St., Lemont. Contact 708-354-7211 or email joyfulagain@att.net. (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 visitwww.SEASPAR.org
 
 
 
VOLUNTEERS
 
Thanksgiving Parade
 
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 Chicago Festival Association online, 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 a tCourtney.barden@volunteerinfo.net or 847-228-1320, Ext. 120.
 
Adventist volunteers
 
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 lora.cummings@ahss.org.
 
Meals on Wheels
 
The DuPage Senior Citizens Council, DuPage County’s Meals on Wheels provider, is seeking volunteers. Drivers are especially needed to deliver meals in the Westmont area. Training is provided. Interested persons should contact Cathy Jordan, volunteer coordinator for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council, at 630-620-0804.
 
 
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 info@grauemill.org.
 
King Bruwaert
 
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.
 
Bridge kids
 
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.drucker@bridgecommunities.org or 630-618-8194.
 
 
 
YOUTH
 
Baton Twirling class
 
Baton Twirling class seeking to add new members between the ages of 7 and 14 in Clarendon Hills/Hinsdale/Downers Grove/Westmont. Informational meeting at Clarendon Hills Library at 7 p.m., Oct. 10. Plans to march in parades, festivals and sporting events in 2014. Contact Eyleen Hawkins at eshawkins@sbcglobal.net.
 
Youth Orchestra Auditions
 
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra of Chicago is seeking talented middle school and high school youth for 2013-2014 season. Visit West Suburban Youth Orchestra online for more information about the program. Email auditions.wsyo@gmail.com to schedule your audition.
 
The Community House offers Youth Programs:
Contact Jenna at 630-323-7500, Ext. 237 or jjakalski@thecommunityhouse.org 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.
 
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., Sept. 22-Nov. 24. (Games or practices at The Community House or area schools.)

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