Updated: May 20, 2012 8:13AM
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The Maine Township Republican Women’s High Tea and Fashion Show will be held from 1-4 p.m. April 28 at Casa Royale, 783 Lee St., Des Plaines. Don your favorite hat; there will be a hat contest for both women and men’s categories with prizes awarded. Best Hat overall will receive a Kentucky Derby authentic Grand Prize. The event will also feature mint juleps, mimosas and a full cash bar as well as Casa Royale’s High Tea capping the meal with authentic Kentucky Derby pie, flown in from Churchill Downs. Ladies’ and children’s’ fashions will be provided courtesy of New Prospects. A fancy Derby Ball dress and hat provided by Reddington Bridal, Park Ridge, will be featured. Accessories will be provided courtesy of My Two Sister’s Boutique. All fashions will be modeled by Maine Township elected officials, county commissioners, Republican Women’s Club members and special dignitaries including state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, State Rep. Michael McAuliffe (also candidate for 28th District State Senate), and Highway Commissioner Bob Provenzano. The fun also features raffle prizes, a 50-50 raffle and the auctioning of centerpieces provided courtesy of Pesche’s Flowers in Des Plaines. Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased by contacting Jan Provenzano at (847) 390-8964 or Laura Morask at (847) 696-7185. Tickets will be held at the door. See
Swing over to Brookfield Zoo and learn about the apes — orangutans, western lowland gorillas and white-cheeked gibbons—that reside in the Tropic World exhibit. Family activities April 28-29 will engage guests in discovering ways they can help the wild ape populations of Asia and Africa. The weekend event will feature informal animal Zoo Chats presented by the keepers. Visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
The Spring Collector’s Market of the 20-30-40 Glass Society of Illinois will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29 at the American Legion Hall, 900 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. Featured will be Depression-era glassware and other antiques and collectibles offered by club members who will also answer questions about glass. The cost is $2 with mention of this article. Contact Alice Ewert at (708) 352-7436 or see www.20-30-40society.org.
Place orders through April 27 for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s annual native plant sale. The sale features more than 130 species of flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees suitable for sunny and shady conditions. A catalog with photos, plant information and pricing is at dupageforest.org/nativeplantsale. Advance orders should be picked up on May 10 between noon and 6 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Payment by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover is due at that time of purchase. Customers picking up pre-sale orders will also have the chance to speak with staff and shop the sale before it opens to the public. Gardeners who do not pre-order are still invited to get advice from plant experts and shop the sale from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. May 11 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12 at Mayslake Peabody Estate. Native plants are adapted to the environment and require a fraction of the care required by turf or traditional gardens. Many native species provide food for pollinators, such as butterflies and bees in spring and summer as well as seed for birds to eat in fall. Call (630) 933-7208 or visit dupageforest.org.
The public is invited to the annual La Grange Kiwanis Pancakes Plus from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6 at Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. 55th St., Countryside. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, bagels, egg strata, orange juice, milk and coffee. For kids, there will be games, entertainment and face-painting. Tickets (all-you-can-eat) are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. For tickets, email Carol Ulreich at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (708) 352-2992.
Cantigny Park and North Suburban Carvers invite the public to Artistry in Wood, a woodcarving exhibition and sale April 28-29 in the Cantigny Visitors Center, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Show hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29. The event is free with paid parking ($5 per vehicle; $2 before 10 a.m.). Artistry in Wood will feature many Midwest woodcarvers. Woodcarvings, turnings, wood-burning art and hand-carved figurines will be exhibited. Many of the items will be offered for sale, including hand-carved Christmas ornaments with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospital for Children in Oak Park. North Suburban Carvers invites all veterans who attend the show to enter a raffle for a chance to win one of 10 patriotic presentation Eagle canes. Raffle winners will be announced at 3 p.m. April 29. See www.cantigny.org.
Celebrate conservation through a day of fun while helping to change and support the planet from noon to 4 p.m. April 22 at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. Enjoy hands-on activities, crafts and games, and discover ways to “go green” and be ecofriendly. Activities ongoing; all ages. Free admission; fees for some activities. Registration not required. Call (630) 850-8110.
Celebrate Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo by recycling old and unwanted electronics on April 21 and 22. To help protect the environment, bring old monitors, televisions, stereo equipment, telephones, and VCRs to the zoo’s Main Lot at 31st Street and First Avenue between 1-6 p.m. To learn more, including a complete list of what items are accepted, visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000. Also in conjunction with Earth Day, this year’s Party for the Planet on April 22 will educate people in a fun way as they learn everyday activities they can do to be green and help the environment. The event will feature performances by the band Green 13, ecopartners sharing the latest “green” products and tips, crafts and activities, professional kite-flying demonstrations, an appearance by the Clean Air Club Bus, and special animal Zoo Chats. Visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
The West Suburban Symphony, conducted by Peter Lipari, will perform music by Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Mendelssohn at 3:30 p.m. April 22 at First United Methodist Church of La Grange, Cossitt and Ashland avenues, La Grange. Tickets are $22 adults, $18 seniors, $5 teens, children free. See www.westsubsymphony.org or call (630) 887-7464.
A partnership between Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, encourages people to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, help girls reach their cookie goals and learn the facts about sustainable palm oil use, as well as other viable environmental practices. Customers who support the Girl Scout Cookie program in 2012 will receive one free child’s admission per paid adult admission when they bring five empty boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for recycling at Brookfield Zoo through Dec. 31.
The La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. Seventh Ave., announces that the Saturday Food Pantry is continuing its outreach to the community. The winter hours for the pantry will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The pantry is free and open to community member. Those coming are asked to use the east doors off Seventh Avenue. The pantry is not affiliated with any other organization. Call (708) 354 2485.
Passport to Adventure. Pick up a passport at the Hinsdale History Museum, 15 S. Clay St., Hinsdale and receive 65 pages of local museums and nature centers. Visit seven cultural centers and receive a prize. Call (630) 789-2600; email@example.com.
Church Group Meetings
Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice — A group of men and women from 12 step programs, following the teachings of John Main and the World Community for Christian Meditation, meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday in St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. The group is not a replacement for, nor is affiliated with, any 12-step program of recovery, but shares this ancient path of contemplative prayer. All are welcome. Call Janet,(708) 246-4866.
Join Women’s Bible Study 9-11 a.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. The group is studying Beth Moore’s recently revised book, David: Seeking a Heart Like His. All women invited; no previous Bible study experience necessary. Books $20. Free childcare available. Contact Cami Gerstung to reserve a copy at (630) 789-8802.
The community is invited to join a new group forming at Christ Church of Oak Brook for those single and over 55 years of age. 55+ Singles is for those looking for ways to grow in spirit and wanting to make a difference. Group meets 7 p.m. every Thursday at Christ Church, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Higher Ground, the singles ministry for those 35 to 59, meets 7 p.m. Wednesdays. All singles invited to attend Sunday Singles class, where singles meet to dig deeper into the truths of the Bible. Sunday Singles meets 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. See http://my.cc-ob.org/singles. Call Joyce McAndrew (630) 321-6761.
Wine and Dine Book Group meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in participants’ homes of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills. Group is for busy women. Discuss the month’s book with women of faith. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Women Who Brunch meet 10 a.m.-noon on third Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-made brunch, a program, ranging from musical groups to speakers on topics of interest to women. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Men’s Saturday Service Group meets 8 a.m. the second Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-cooked breakfast, activities, from tips for the perfect golf swing from a local golf pro, to gathering and transporting donated food to a local food pantry. Group goes on winter ski retreats in Wisconsin. All men welcome.
Knitting Ministry meets 10:30 a.m. the first and third Friday of each month in the Fireside Room of Christ Lutheran Church, 60 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The Knitting Ministry donates hats, mittens and scarves to local clothing pantries. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org. All are welcome.
Oak Brook Community Church, 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, hosts a Divorce Care group 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Call (630) 986-0310.
Men’s Breakfast Fellowship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, is held Thursdays in Fellowship Hall 3. All men invited for a time of study and fellowship. Continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Cost: $5 per person. Contact Jim Huffman, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (630) 654-1882.
The Women’s Growing Connection, meeting the second Tuesday evening of each month, is the women’s ministry of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. All women from community are welcome. Visit www.ccch.org/womens-ministries/womens-ministry.
Coffee Break, a community small group Bible study, has begun a new season at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 155 W. Brush Hill Road. All welcome, no need for any previous Bible experience. No charge. Groups for women meet 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; groups for men and women meet 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free childcare available at morning sessions. Call (630) 600-5043 or visit www.elmhurstcrc.org.
Women’s support group meets 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursdays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st Street and York Road. For women who are desiring to move from the depths of hurting to a path of healing. Call Lorri Winter, (630) 321-3936.
Unite Student Ministry offers Sunday worship services for junior high students at 9:45 a.m. and high school students at 11:15 a.m. at Christian Church of Clarendon Hills Chapel, 5750 Holmes. Unite also has weekly small group gatherings for junior high students 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel; and a high school gathering, called FUSE Group, which meets each Sunday 6 p.m. at a church member’s home. Both small group gatherings offer a less formal atmosphere and have a deeper, more personal teaching element. Call Rich Abraham (630) 323-3456, Ext. 232 or e-mail email@example.com.
Junior High Youth Group meets 5-6:15 p.m. and the high school youth group meets 6:15-7:30 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771 or visit www.fpclg.org.
Evangelical Covenant Church Men’s Group meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 412 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. Meeting is not a Bible study for professed Christians. It is offered for those who are agnostic, nonbelievers or just searching. Confidentiality respected. Call (630) 699-3583.
The Chicago Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service and the Illinois State Bar Association will conduct a Law Week Call-A-Lawyer program from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28. Volunteer attorneys will give free legal advice over the phone to Chicago area residents who call (312) 554-2001. Attorneys will be available to answer questions on legal issues, including bankruptcy, domestic relations, immigration, personal injury and Social Security. If callers need further legal services, they will be advised to see their attorney or to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service.
Westchester will conduct an electronic waste recycling program on the second Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Westchester Village Hall, 10300 Roosevelt Road. Items which can be recycled include: Monitors, laptops, televisions, printers, computers, scanners, DVDs/stereos, VCRs, video game consoles, peripherals – mice/keyboards,PDA/cell, phones, all other computer parts, MP3/iPods/etc. No fee is incurred for dropping off items.
Exploring Watercolors — During these six-part classes, explore and enhance artistic style while enjoying the process of watercolor painting in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Class meets on Tuesdays, April 17 to May 22, at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. Classes for intermediate and advanced painters take place 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and for all skill levels 1-3:30 p.m. Adults only; $125 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.
The Cantigny Golf Academy is launching a Welcome to Golf clinic series to serve adults and families. The clinics are open to all golfers and geared to new players and those who are getting back to the game and need a refresher. Five different clinics will be offered that cover the “how to” basics of golf as well as rules, etiquette, safety and other information. Each clinic consists of three one-hour classes for a total price of $59. Family members, friends or guests may join the clinics for an additional $20 each. Weekday evening and weekend clinics are available. Clinic schedules, class descriptions and registration are available online at CantignyGolf.com or by calling (630) 260-8199.
Registration for adult computer classes at the Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale, is under way. The small classes provide for hands-on instruction. Beginners classes start April 16 and consist of four, two-hour classes and cost $45 for members and $55 for guests. Introduction to Computers begins April 30. The two-hour classes meet once a week for four weeks and cost $55 for members and $68 for guests. Other classes include Internet, Email, Photoshop Elements and Introduction to Facebook. One-time two-hour seminars offered are Ebay, Computer Management and Skype. Call Kate Vogts, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
Sign Language at the Community House – Learn the basic of conversation in visual language taught by a deaf instructor. Participants will build their sign vocabulary, finger-spelling, numbers, and become acquainted with the deaf culture and the deaf community. The class runs Mondays, through April 23. Fourth- to eighth-graders will meet from 4:30-6 p.m.; ages 18 and older, from 6-7:30 p.m. The Community House is located at 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Call Jenna Jakalski at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237, for information on pricing.
World Academy of Irish Dancing now featuring lessons for adults at its Western Springs and South Bend locations. Western Springs classes are held Mondays 7–8 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Ave. Contact Julie Showalter, (630) 789-1128; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.worldacademydancers.com.
Yoga classes with Tanja Pazou held 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursdays at Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Contact Tanja Pazou at (630) 865-5946 or email@example.com.
The Hinsdale Center for the Arts, 5903 S. County Line Road, offers music lessons in cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, viola and voice. Call (630) 887-0203. This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
For the first time, HCA is offering short-term classes for adults. Shibori Fabric Dying workshop, Photography Meets Art Quilt and Landscape Designing classes join HCA’s established offerings of drawing, painting and writing classes to give adults the opportunity to explore their creativity too.
First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 S. Sixth Ave., collects nonperishable food items for a local food pantry. Drop off donations at the church or call (708) 352-0800.
Project Backpack school supply donations for Broadview Missionary Baptist Church classrooms accepted at Corporate America, 2111 McDonald’s Drive, Oak Brook. The location also has a suggested school supply list.
Donations of new yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, scissors, simple patterns and yards of fleece are sought by members of Operation Warm Hearts, a group of women who crochet, knit and create mittens, scarves, hats, lap robes and infant hats and booties for distribution to west suburban charitable organizations. Call (630) 230-9521.
First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave., collects items for the Ronald McDonald House. Wish list items include laundry detergent, gift cards, certificates to Jewel, Dominick’s, Costco or Target, forever postage stamps, cleaning wipes, Ajax powdered cleanser, liquid hand soap in pump dispensers, tablets or powdered dishwasher detergent, and all sized batteries. Call (708) 354-0771.
St. Helena’s Church, 7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, has established a drive-by drop box for collection of canned foods to be delivered to food pantries. Collection box is in parking lot; individuals may drop off canned foods at any time.
Ink jet and laser toner cartridges, cell phones, iPods and laptops are being collected to be properly recycled at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771.
Special Education Parent Net and Gifted Education Cooperative, in partnership with Hinsdale Public Library, request new or used books to create lending library of books on autism, dyslexia, Down syndrome, giftedness, twice exceptionality, sensory integration and social/emotional development. Call Julie Ranahan (630) 325-3188.
Nonperishable items are being collected at Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave., for La Grange area food pantry. Each month a special item is highlighted that is not covered by the food stamp program. Call (708) 354-0771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Discover ways to be ecofriendly and enjoy the outdoors during the annual “Go Green! A Celebration of Conservation” festival for the family at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook, from noon to 4 p.m. April 22. Kids can climb an oak tree with the district’s foresters and bring in old crayons to recycle into new ones. Get a starter bracelet and add charms throughout the year by doing green things. Find out the benefits of native plants and make a native-seed ball to scatter in the back yard. Try geocaching during a GPS-guided treasure hunt through the woods, do ecofriendly crafts like making recycled paper and biodegradable planting pots. Bring worn-out athletic shoes to donate to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, which turns old shoes into new products like playgrounds. Partake in a horse-drawn hayride through the woods, and check out interactive exhibits from conservation partners. Admission is free, but some activities have fees. Call (630) 933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org.
Fishing Flowing Waters — Learn techniques for fishing in rivers and streams at an intermediate-level clinic from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Graue Mill area at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. The program is for individuals ages 12 and up. Individuals under 18 years of age need to be with an adult. Admission is free. Call (630) 933-7248 to register.
Join representatives from Cantigny Horticulture on a guided stroll through Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, for a look at the color and variety of the early May gardens at 11 a.m. May 1. The program is free with paid parking ($5). Call (630) 260-8218.
Friends of the Chicago Portage announces a free public tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 S. Harlem Ave., at 10 a.m. May 5. The tour will be led by veteran tour guide Gary Mechanic who will explore the “Birth Story of Chicago” from the geological beginnings of Portage to how it is still functioning in Chicago today. The tour is one-half mile in length on a gravel path through the woods and will take about two hours. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. The tour will run rain or shine. All tours are free and open to the public. Meet at the monumental statue of Marquette and Joliet and their Native American guide. Contact Mechanic at (773) 590-0710 or visit www.chicagoportage.org.
FullersBird Fridays — Join these naturalist-led hikes and see how the diversity of birds in a forest preserve changes throughout spring from 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 20 and 27 at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. Adults only; $6 per person per hike; $40 for a 10-program pass. To register, call (630) 850-8110.
Reservations for Forest Preserve District of DuPage County picnic areas and family and youth group campsites for 2012 are being taken. Reservations must be made at least three business days in advance; reservations for holiday dates should be made as early as possible. Permit fees vary based on site amenities and capacities, which range from 25 to 300. Some shelters have fireplaces, built-in grills or electricity. In select areas, picnickers can also rent canopy tents or large-capacity grills. Forest Preserve District of DuPage County annual permits for the use of off-leash dog areas, private boating areas, and model-boat and model-airplane facilities during 2012 also are on sale. Daily permits are available. All permit fees are nonrefundable. Camping-permit holders must be at least 21 years old; picnic-permit holders must be at least 18; permit holders must remain on site. Permit applications can be downloaded at dupageforest.org, and submitted in person, by fax or by mail to Visitor Services. Located at district headquarters at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, Visitor Services processes applications weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and can be reached at (630) 933-7248.
Cantigny offers bird walks at 8:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Enter the park through the main entrance on Winfield Road, just south of Roosevelt, Wheaton, and tell the attendant you are with the DuPage Birding Club. The parking fee will be waived. Meet at the Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter, (630) 545-1838, email@example.com.
Join the Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club for the Elmhurst Kitchen Expedition, a housewalk with a culinary twist to benefit Special Kid’s Day, United Community Concerns Association and the EJWC Scholarship Fund. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. April 29. Participants will tour six homes in Elmhurst and focus on the kitchens and dining areas. Event sponsor Dan Wangler Builders will also be having a reception from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dan Wangler Builders, 138 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on day of event. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Chow, Topiary Floral Designs, Elmhurst Photo Boutique and NuCara Pharmacy. Tickets on the day of the event may be purchased at any tour home or Dan Wangler Builders. Visit www.elmhurst-juniors.org.
Help raise money for the Greater La Grange YMCA. Pick up a fundraiser slip at the Y, then use the slip at the Westchester McDonald’s, 11110 W. 31st St., from 4-7 p.m. April 29 to help raise money. There will be an appearance by Ronald McDonald at 5:30 p.m. Call (630) 690-6999.
NAMI of DuPage County will conduct its annual “Moonlight Cruise” spring benefit April 28 at the Esplanade Lakes Banquet Center by Doubletree, 3500 Lacey Road, Downers Grove, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will include a silent auction, cash bar, dinner, raffle, entertainment and dancing (black tie optional). To purchase tickets and see a preview of auction items, go online at www.namidupage.org/benefit or call (630) 752-0066 and talk to Tim Traynor (Ext. 216) or Mark Sukis (Ext. 217).
Once again, five homes in Hinsdale will open their doors to the public for the Hinsdale Historical Society Woman’s Board “Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk” happening from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11. Individuals who attend will tour designer kitchens while enjoying bites from various local vendors. Each home will showcase kitchen décor and design ideas to suit a myriad of lifestyles. Each kitchen will feature a tablescape, as well as design ideas by retailers, florists and designers. All proceeds will benefit Hinsdale Historical Society and the preservation of the Zook home and studio, located at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. The Kitchen Walk begins at Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $35. Day-of-event tickets may be purchased at Immanuel Hall for $40. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.kitchen-walk.com.
Aging Care Connections’ annual Sports Ball benefit gala will be held at 6 p.m. May 5 at Harry Caray’s at the Westin Hotel, Lombard. Athletes representing professional teams will headline an evening of tailgate cocktails; skybox dining, featuring a surf and turf dinner; auctions; and dancing. Celebrity athletes will sign autographs and answer questions about the careers they enjoyed. Tickets are $150 each;. Call Niki Chibucos, director of development and public relations, at (708) 354-1323, Ext. 226. Sports Ball is Aging Care Connections’ major fundraising event held to support the organization’s social service programs to assist individuals 60 years of age and older in suburban Cook County.
The annual Pancake Day and Country Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m.-noon April 21 at the First United Methodist Church of Western Springs, 43rd and Franklin streets. The “all-you-can-eat” breakfast features pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. Delicious treats to take home will be sold at the United Methodist Women’s bake sale. Proceeds benefit the United Methodist Men Lyons Township High School Scholarship Fund. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 11; those 3 and younger eat free. Call the church office at (708) 246-1785; wspringsumc.org.
Dr. Meg Meeker, pediatrician, mother and author, will be the guest speaker at the annual St. Isaac Jogues CCW Spring Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. April 19 at the Ruth Lake Country Club, 6200 S. Madison St., Hinsdale. The luncheon is open to all in the community and proceeds from the event benefit the group’s “Women in Need” grant that offers financial support to local women who find themselves in difficult situations. Dr. Meeker has enjoyed national attention discussing teen health issues with personal appearances on numerous radio and television programs including The Today Show, CNN American Morning, Dateline with Katie Couric, The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah and Friends and 60 Minutes. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her new book, The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers, Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose and Sanity. Tickets are $55. Reserve tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 484-5667.
“Let’s Celebrate Making a Difference is an annual spring event hosted by the Center for Speech and Language Disorders, a nonprofit organization, that has served neighboring communities for the past 33 years. Join in on April 26 at Stimac’s Restaurant in Hillside. Every year, the You Make the Difference award is given to an individual who has done charitable works for the community; this year’s award is going to Dan Gibbons, founder of the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot in Elmhurst. The fundraising dinner and presentation fulfills CSLD’s mission of “helping children with communication disorders reach their full potential” through support of its “Help A Child” program. The dinner and presentation will follow a cocktail reception with a silent auction. Tickets are $70 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance on line at www.csld.org, via email (email@example.com) or by phone at (630) 652-0200.
Tickets are on sale for the St. Francis Xavier Wild West Festival taking place from 6:30 p.m.-midnight April 28 in a heated tent on the school grounds, 145 N. Waiola, La Grange. This highly anticipated party has something for everyone: a mechanical bull, beer tasting, progressive poker and more than $100,000 worth of auction items. The Wild West Festival is the largest fundraising event of the year for the St. Francis Xavier School. Proceeds provide significant funds for building and classroom improvements, technology upgrades and general operating costs for the school. Tickets are $70; food and beverage is included in ticket price. To purchase tickets online, visit www.SFXauction.com.
Sponsorships as low as $50 are available for the 62nd annual La Grange Kiwanis Pancakes Plus Day which will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 6, at a new location – Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. 55th St., Countryside. This undertaking is expected to feed more than 800 people. They are seeking corporate sponsorships which will be acknowledged on the sponsorship banner and placemats. The following levels of support are available: Platinum sponsorship - $500 or more; Gold sponsorship - $350 to $499; Silver sponsorship - $200 to $349; Bronze sponsorship - $50 to $199. For sponsorship information, email Carol Ulreich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit youth, the disabled and the less advantaged.
The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society, in partnership with the Society’s Board of Trustees, will host the annual Whirl at Brookfield Zoo on April 21. The theme for this year’s black-tie fundraiser is It’s A Wonderful Whirl and will highlight the society’s legacy of animal care, compassion, and conservation. The gala will begin at 6:30 p.m., when guests will get to mingle with a variety of exotic creatures during the cocktail reception. A three-course dinner catered by Food for Thought and dancing to the music of Maggie Speaks will follow in the Grand Tent, which will be decorated by the Flower Firm. Children and families whose lives have benefited from programs supported by the Chicago Zoological Society will make brief comments. Proceeds from this year’s Whirl will support the animals at Brookfield Zoo, as well as the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation and education programs. The cost is $600 per person. For tickets, call (312) 553-2000. Visit www.CZS.org.
The Kiwanis Club of Western Springs-Hinsdale will host its annual Trivia Night fundraiser on April 28 at Burke Beverage, 4900 S. Vernon St., in McCook. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia begins promptly at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded and raffles will also take place. The cost is $20 per person. Beer on-tap will be provided, free of charge courtesy of Burke Beverage. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and wine. Players must be 21 or older. To register, contact Mary Rizzardini at (708) 246-2270 or email email@example.com.
The Oak Brook Women’s Club benefit, Step Into Spring, a garden show fundraiser, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24 at the Walter E. Smithe Furniture Store, 1501 16th St., Oak Brook. Lunch will be at noon. Cost is $50 and includes choice of vegetarian or chicken entree, special gifts for each guest, raffle baskets, a tent showcasing new spring and garden vendors, award-winning home design presenters and informal modeling of the latest spring fashions. Mail reservations to Oak Brook Women’s Club, PO Box 4715, Oak Brook IL 60522-4715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fenwick High School Mothers’ Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, Sweeten Your Style, will be held April 26 at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. Boutique shopping with vendors in jewelry, purses, floral, and craft items will begin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch and the fashion show will start at 11:30 a.m. as professional models, parents and students showcase spring fashions. Tickets are $65 and are available by contacting Sharon Lange at sharonlange
The Union Church Early Childhood Program will present a Petite Repeat Resale from 8-11 a.m. April 21 at 137 S. Garfield St., Hinsdale. Items will include new and gently used infant and children’s clothing, toys, equipment, strollers and maternity wear. Admission is free. Call (630) 323-4303.
Walk-In Ministry of Hope is sponsoring a food & wine-tasting from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 20 at the Community House of Hinsdale, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Take a Walk in the Vineyard to enjoy wines and bites while helping neighbors in need. This special event will feature cuisine from nine top local restaurants along with wine and beer samplings. The evening also includes live jazz music; a grand raffle of cash, electronics and travel, plus basket raffles and a silent auction. Cost is $40 advance/$45 door. Call (630) 241-0187.
The Friends of the DuPage County Children’s Center invite area residents to its annual Family Brunch at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22. This year’s brunch coincides with Prevent Child Abuse Month in Illinois. The brunch will feature entertainment including a face painter, and DJ. Additionally, attendees will be able to take part in a silent auction, featuring products and services from local stores and attractions. Tickets are $65 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12; children 3 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door. Contact the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office at (630) 407-8220. The brunch is the Friends’ primary fundraiser each year, with all proceeds going to meet the needs of abused children and affected family members.
The Helping Hand Family Association will sponsor its annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Ashton Place, 341 75th St., Willowbrook. Tickets are $35 for adults, $22 for adult clients and $14 for children. Call Kelly Partyka, (708) 352-3580, for tickets. Proceeds will benefit children and adults with disabilities.
The American Diabetes Association has partnered with the Second City Touring Company to provide support of the local ADA Camp Program for children. The event begins at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Theater of Western Springs, 4384 N. Hampton Ave., with a wine-and-cheese reception and silent auction. A performance by Second City will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket are $35 and are available online at www.diabetes.org/thesecondcity or calling Kristen Young at the ADA, (312) 346-1805, Ext. 6572.
Flea Market registration has begun for the Flea Market that will take place May 5 at Westchester Community Church, 1840 Westchester Blvd., Westchester. Rent a space for $20 or $15. Call the church office, (708) 865-1282.
Register for the annual Charlie’s Gift Walk, the Walk for Autism on April 29. The three-mile walk will begin and end at Hinsdale Central High School. The registration fee is $25 per participant and includes a T-shirt (available on a first-come first-served basis). Register by visiting www.charliesgift.org or www.thecommunityhouse.org. Charlie’s Gift is a program of the Community House dedicated to providing support for children and families facing autism, sensory processing and related disorders. Charlie’s Gift is located at 1048 Ogden Ave. in Downers Grove. Call (630) 810-1200.
As an early celebration of National Arbor Day, King-Bruwaert House will welcome commercial arborist Tom Tyler who will discuss “Those Terrific Trees: Getting to the Root of the Matter,” at 2 p.m. April 20 in the K-B Theater, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Tyler will discuss the importance of trees in the region and highlight ways to plant, prune and care for them. He will also recommend the use of highly regarded species for the planting zone that can be incorporated into landscape plans. To reserve a spot, call (630) 230-9521.
Dr. Kunso Kim, Morton Arboretum’s head of collections, will discuss the legacy of elm trees and his ongoing work studying elms, the return of the elm tree, and the fight against Dutch elm disease at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is free. Call (630) 833-1457; www.elmhursthistory.org.
On April 22, the Garden Study Club of Hinsdale will celebrate Earth Day at Graue Mill & Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. From noon to 4 p.m., the Garden Study Club members will assist children in making terrariums, filled with assorted plants to take home at no charge. Children, young and old, will not only learn the basics of how to build a terrarium, how it functions, and the maintenance requirements.
Earth Day at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, will be rocking this year when the popular group ScribbleMonster entertains kids and families at 3 p.m. April 22. The cost is $5 per child with advanced purchase required. Admission is free for adults and for kids under 2. Parking is complimentary for ticket holders. Tickets may be ordered online at Cantigny.org, by phone at (630) 260-8162 or purchased in the Cantigny Gift Shop. Doors will open at 3 p.m. for a special Earth Day craft, followed by ScribbleMonster at 3:30 p.m. Also at the concert, starting at 2:30 p.m., representatives from SCARCE will be collecting recyclables. Guests are encouraged to bring any of the following items: Gently used school supplies, including crayons, full-size Altoid boxes, keys, gym shoes, books, buttons, empty plastic water bottles.
Community House Flag Football League – Flag football is a sport where the emphasis is good speed, agility, teamwork, and precision. It is the perfect forum for players who love playing football, are just starting out or do not want to get into pads just yet. A limited number of spots are available for each grade division. All efforts will be made to place players with schoolmates, however, it is not guaranteed. Regular registration will be taken up to July 31; last minute registration will be Aug. 1 or later (only upon availability). Second- to fifth-graders (in their respective levels) play from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 27; sixth- to eighth-graders play from noon-2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. Volunteer coaches are needed at all grade levels. Call Jenna Jakalski, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237. The Community House is located at 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is offering a Girl Scout troop for girls looking to join the youth organization. The Community Troop will be offered to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade (or girls entering kindergarten in the fall) in La Grange, LaGrange Park and Brookfield. The program will include four one-hour sessions and include participating in crafts, games and self-esteem activities. The program will meet from 10-11 a.m. April 28, and May 5, 12 and 19 in the Community Room at LaGrange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine. Contact Carolyn Wheat at (630) 544-5916.
The Volleyball Co-ed Clinic at the Community House, 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale, teaches participants the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun team setting. Learn the basics of passing, setting, spiking, serving, and blocking, all taught by former collegiate and professional volleyball stars. This clinic will stress the importance of discipline and teamwork as it equates to success on the court. Classes are conducted on Wednesdays through May 2. Ages 6 to 8 play from 6-7 p.m.; ages 9 to 13 play from 7-8 p.m. Call Jenna Jakalski, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237.
A representative from BMO Harris Bank will discuss steps to take to recover financially, rebuild credit, and avoid credit repair scams after experiencing a financial setback at 10:30 a.m. April 28 in the Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury. Call (708) 562-3573.
Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs, offers Chess Club 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet, match wits and learn from other chess enthusiasts. Teens and adults welcome. Registration required, limit 20; free. For registration, visit www.fordlibrary.org, e-mail email@example.com or call (708) 246-0520.
Chess Club, newly forming, meets the second Wednesdays of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome. Registration required.
Teen Library Advisory Board will meet from 4-5 p.m. monthly at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Teens in sixth to 12th grade are welcome to get involved by sharing ideas and opinions, planning library programs and services, and discussing materials for teens. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month in the Board Room. Future dates: April 19 and May 17.
The Hinsdale Public Library has an ongoing Gently Used Book Sale. Shelves are located near the Audiovisual Collection. Books sorted by fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult. Children’s books start at 50 cents and all others start at $1. Visit the library’s Grab and Read book cart in the train station. Take a book, read it, pass it along or return it to the book cart. All books are free. To add a book to the collection, donate it to the Hinsdale Public Library. Call (630) 986-1976. Hinsdale Public Library is located at 20 E. Maple St., www.hinsdalelibrary.info.
The Economic Awareness Council, a partner in 2012 Money Smart Week DuPage and the Hinsdale Public Library, are hosting a fun, educational event for children between ages 3 and 10 called “Piggy Bank Pageant: Money Smart Story & Craft,” from 4-5 p.m. April 24 at the Hinsdale Public Library. The event is sponsored by Hinsdale Bank & Trust. Students will learn through stories, play acting, songs and make their own piggy bank. In addition to activities for children, the EAC offers tips for parents on how to teach kids about savings. During Money Smart Week DuPage, April 21–28, DuPage residents can get free money saving advice at more than 60 free events. For a complete list of Money Smart Week events, visit www.moneysmartweek.org.
Join the Friends of the Hinsdale Library for an afternoon with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Eliza Fournier from 2-4 p.m. April 28. Learn how to create a garden that is easy to maintain, blooms throughout the growing season and adds beauty and value to the home. Three lucky attendees will win a container arrangement created by Fournier. Must be present to win. Refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods Market Hinsdale. Registration is required.
Indian Prairie 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.
In honor of Earth Day, the Indian Prairie Public Library is featuring the Conservation Foundation at 7 p.m. April 23. The program will feature tips on conserving water. The teens are having a craft day from 2:30-4 p.m. April 22, making things out of scraps, including a pop-top bracelet.
During April, the first 200 people who bring in gently used cell phones, eyeglasses and worn American flags to be recycled will receive a reusable plastic drinking cup. There is always a donation box for cell phones and glasses in the library, and, for Veterans’ Day, the library usually collects flags. Another ongoing conservation effort at the library is having Kill-A-Watt meters for library cardholders to check out so they could measure their personal electricity consumption.
For the eighth year, the Indian Prairie Public Library is hosting the lively and informative Great Decisions Group for discussions on U.S. foreign policy topics selected and sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. The discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays from February through May, taking the place of the Current Affairs Discussion Group. Briefing books, supplied by the Foreign Policy Association, include unbiased information about eight key foreign policy topics. This year’s topics include Middle East Realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cybersecurity, Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq, State of the Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics. The discussion books will be ordered in January and cost $20. To sign up for the discussion group and place an order for a briefing book, stop at the Ask Us Desk at the library. This program is open to the public.
The La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt, hosts the Writer’s Workshop the second Wednesday of each month 7-8:45 p.m. This on-going workshop offers adults a place to bring their poems, manuscripts and other written works for feedback. Registration requested, but not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
The Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road, (630) 368-7700, www.oak-brook.lib.il.us, offers programs. Most programs require registration:
Friends of the Oak Brook Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale from noon-8 p.m. April 19 ($5 charge per person from noon-4 p.m., free from 4-8 p.m.; $10 charge for Electronic Device for Scanning Purposes, noon-4 p.m.; free all day for Friends members); 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 20, free; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21, free. There will be thousands of books available for purchase.
Join Mark MacLean and Jeff Carter from Friends of the Chicago Portage as they discuss “Connecting Worlds…The Story of the Chicago Portage” at the Oak Brook Library at 1:30 p.m. April 28. Revealed to French explorers by local Native Americans, the portage provided a shorter exploration route between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico by linking Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River and was a major factor in the development of the U.S. interior. This is a free educational program co-sponsored by the Salt Creek Greenway Association and the Fullersburg Historic Foundation. Call (630) 512-7336.
The activity room is 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 Public Library offers the addition of eBooks for the Kindle to downloadable options. It subscribes to eMediaLibrary by Over Drive to supply eBooks and audiobooks for mobile devices. Downloadable books also can be read or heard on laptops and computers.
The Woman’s Club of Hinsdale will meet for a noon lunch at the Hinsdale Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., on May 1. Deborah Cullen will present a program on container gardening. Guests are welcome. Reservations should be made with Dorie Haag, (630) 323-0112, or Lenore Hoff, (630) 325-2154.
The Pleasantdale Garden Club will hold its annual Spring Luncheon and Raffle at 11:30 a.m. May 2 at the Holiday Inn of Willowbrook, Interstate 55 & Route 83. Proceeds go to the club’s Scholarship Award Fund. For tickets, contact Nancy Alex at (630) 455-4265. On June 6, the Garden Club will have a Pot-luck and Plant Exchange at Pleasantdale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Member Kathy Vitale will demonstrate boot containers. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Contact Alison Koehler at (630) 662-8061.
PFLAG Hinsdale Chapter will meet from 2-4 p.m. May 6 at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple. This month’s speaker will discuss her experience as a transgender woman from Iraq. Street parking is available in the church neighborhood. Refreshments will be served. Contact the PFLAG helpline at (630) 415-0622 or see www.pflag.org.
The Hinsdale Area Women’s Connection will host an evening event entitled “Ooooh Lah Lah! Cake Pops and Cupcakes!!!,”from 7-9 p.m. April 26 at the Wilshire Green Clubhouse, 115 Acacia Drive, Indian Head Park. Laura Pekarik, finalist on the Food Network hit TV show Cupcake Wars and Owner of Cupcakes for Courage, a business which donates its profits to help people with cancer, will let attendees sample her delightful treats. She also will relate her exciting experience and challenges in the TV competition. Marta Sue Setliff will provide a musical number with her jazzy voice. Guest speaker Terri Schmitt presents The Language of Love. Suggested donation of $5 for light appetizer and dessert would be appreciated. Respond to Jamie at Jammiefab@comcast.net or call (630) 968-8350.
DuPage Apple Users Group will meet at 7 p.m. April 23 at the Oak Brook Public Library. This group meets each month to consider all things Apple— Mac computers, iPads, iPhones, iPods, etc. There will be presentations by experienced Apple users and questions answered about devices.
The Brookfield-La Grange Park Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at Ryan’s Pub, Brookfield. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org to request information.
The La Grange Garden Club meets at 12:15 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (social and refreshments) followed at 1 p.m. by the meeting and program at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, (basement) 150 S. Ashland. If interested, e-mail Marty Van Ness at Matha824@aol.com.
The Garden Club of LaGrange Park holds its meetings on the first Monday of the month starting at noon in the LaGrange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine, LaGrange Park. Refreshments served; program follows. Call (708) 352-5059.
The Pleasantdale Garden Club meets 9:30 a.m. every second Wednesday through April at Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Guest speaker or activity featured each month. Call Alison Koehler (630) 662-8061.
The Newcomers Alumni Women’s Social Club meets second Wednesday of the month September-June for lunch at various restaurants and country clubs throughout the western suburbs. Lunch served at noon, followed by entertainment. Call (708) 784-0297.
MOPS is for all mothers of preschoolers who would like to learn more about how to live life as a Christian mother. Meets at Christ Church of Oak Brook, corner of 31st and York Road, Oak Brook, the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, through May 2012. Meetings are 9:15-11:15 a.m. Free; childcare provided. E-mail email@example.com or call (630) 654-1882,
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930 meets 7 p.m. on first and third Thursdays of each month in the LaGrange Park Library, 555 La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. Guests over 18 welcome. See http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org/.
Zonta International, in Oak Brook, is an international service club that seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. There has been an interest to charter a local club in Oak Brook to serve the western suburban area. The Zonta Club of Joliet Area is the sponsoring club for the new charter. Anyone wishing to be considered for membership or for additional information may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hinsdale Chapter of PFLAG meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple. Regular monthly meetings held the first Sunday of each month 2-4 p.m. The chapter serves the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. Contact PFLAG help line, (630) 415-0622, or www.pflagillinois.org.
The La Grange Newcomer Alums Women’s Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, September-June, at various country clubs and restaurants throughout the western suburbs. Lunch is 12:15 p.m., followed by entertainment. Call (708) 341-6141.
Kiwanis Club of Willowbrook-Burr Ridge meets at noon the first four Thursdays of the month at Porterhouse on the corner of North Frontage Road and Madison Street in Burr Ridge. Visit www.wbkiwanis.org.
La Grange Garden Club meets the first Monday of the month at 12:15 p.m. (social and refreshments) followed by a 1 p.m. meeting and program at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, Fellowship Hall (basement), 150 S. Ashland.
The 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 group meets 7 p.m. Mondays in the Tyler Duelm Room at La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Group meets weekly to share knowledge of knitting, patterns and stitch techniques with other knitters. From beginning knitter to advanced needle crafter, all welcome to share and learn the art of knitting. Registration not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
The Surprize Bridge Stakes Etc. meets 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park District of LaGrange Park, 536 East Ave. The club is a congenial intermediate Bridge mix. It sponsors tournaments and going for the gold and more partners are needed. Call Vera Lynch at (708) 447-8185.
Ali Lassen’s Leads Club, Oak Brook Chapter, meets 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at DuPage Club, 1901 S. Myers Road, Oakbrook Terrace. For reservations call Genny at (630) 738-6677.
Forest Glen Duplicate Bridge Club American Contract Bridge League meets 6:15-10 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 121 E. First St., Hinsdale. Club welcomes all levels of skill under 750 MPs. Call Jim Degerstrom (630) 279-0735 or Pete Rub (312) 372-2268.
Operation Warm Hearts meets 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Great Lounge of King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Everyone welcome to participate and suggest charitable organizations where donations may be made. Call (630) 230-9521.
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930 meets 7-8:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday at LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. La Grange Road. Step-by-step materials, a supportive audience, feedback from peers and a DVD of each of speech. Call Maren at (708) 387-1341 or Maggie at (773) 239-7892; visit http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org, or e-mail email@example.com.
LaGrange Park Woman’s Club meets 1 p.m. every third Monday at Village Church, 1150 Meadowcrest Road, LaGrange Park. Speakers, games, parties. Call Mary Anne Vavra (708) 354-3801.
Alpha Omicron Pi Chicago West Suburban Alumnae Chapter meets monthly on third Wednesdays, September-May. Alumnae interested in membership welcome to attend. Call Karen (630) 309-9046.
York Radio Club meets 8 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 W. Butterfield Drive. Visit www.yorkradioclub.com.
Midwest Pond and Koi Society meets for dinner 7:15 p.m. and a meeting at 8 p.m. every third Friday of the month, except November and December, at The Oaks of Burr Ridge, 300 S. Frontage Road, Burr Ridge. Dinner reservations must be made in advance. Visit www.mpks.org or call (312) 409-2081.
The Western Springs Recreation Department 2012 Summer Brochure is being delivered to all homes in Western Springs. Copies are available online at www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp, or at the Recreation Center, 1500 Walker Ave.; Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand; and Village Hall, 740 Hillgrove. Nonresidents can request one by calling (708) 246-9070. Nonresident registration begins first come, first serve on April 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A huge variety of classes for all ages are available including the very popular ones as well as many new programs and activities.
Spring Tennis classes begin May 14 at the Western Springs Recreation Department. Classes are first come, first serve and no need to wait for the mail-in registration dates. Classes are four weeks long and take place after school and weekends. This program is directed by Dave Evans, U.S.Professional Tennis Association and 2001 recipient of the U.S. Tennis Association/Midwest Section Cap Leighton Award, which recognizes teaching professionals who contributes to tennis beyond their livelihood.
The Western Springs Recreation Department is accepting registration for its Women’s Softball League. Women (moms and/or 25 and older) are invited to play 12-inch slow pitch softball in a semi-competitive setting. Games will be held in Springdale Park on Sundays in June and July. Game times are 4 and 6 p.m. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to sign up as an individual or with a pre-formed team. Registration is $40 per player; and the deadline to register is May 16. An organizational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at the Western Springs Recreation Center to review rules, rosters and schedules. Call (708) 246-9070 or go to www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp.
Registration is under way for the Western Springs Recreation Department’s Summer Youth Basketball League for individuals entering fourth or fifth grade in the fall. There is one program for boys and another for girls. Games will be played between 5-8 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursdays at the Western Springs Recreation Center. Games begin June 19 and end July 26. The program aims to improve basketball skills, develop friendships, emphasis sportsmanship, and positively impact the child’s physical stamina. Pre-registration is required and must be done at the Recreation Offices, 1500 Walker St., by mail, fax or in person. Go to www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp for the brochure and description or call (708) 246-9070. The fee is $70; and the deadline is May 22. Players must attend a skill evaluation clinic either May 30 or June 3. Volunteer coaches are needed. A coaches organizational meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 22.
The Western Springs Recreation Department is taking registration forms for the 2012 Girls Slow Pitch “Pony Tail” Softball League. One league is for girls entering grades fourth- to sixth and another league for girls entering seventh to 10th grades. Registration forms are due May 17 and can be picked up at the Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St., or through www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp. The league plays with a 12-inch softball and games begin in June and end in July. Parent volunteers are needed to coach, organize the teams and run practices. Volunteers should indicate their interest on the registration form. A coaches’ clinic will be held at 7 p.m. May 17 in the Recreation Center. Practices begin at the end of May, with games beginning the week of June 18.
The Western Springs Recreation Department is sponsoring a 3-v-3 Basketball League for seventh- and eighth-grade students (in the fall). The league will play games Monday evenings beginning June 11 at the Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St. The league is “self- officiated.” Games have 20-minute halves. Divisions for both boys and girls teams are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Team roster and fee ($110/team) must be turned in to the Western Springs Recreation Office. The first eight teams in both leagues to register will be in the league. An organizational meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. June 4 at the Recreation Center. Contact the Recreation Department, 1500 Walker St., call (708) 246-9070 or go to www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp for the packet, rules and registration information.
The Western Springs Recreation is taking registrations for Fly Casting. Adults and children (ages 10 and older) will learn the basics of casting a fly rod and the effective strategies needed to catch fish. Fly rod, reels and line are provided for the class sessions. The class will be held from 1-2 p.m. Sundays, April 29 to May 20, in the Recreation Center. Fee is $69.
Pleasant Dale Park District offers Adult Dance classes from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Chalet Family Fitness Center, 8300 S. Wolf Road, Willow Springs. A 10-class punch card is $75 (good until fall 2012). Movement uses jazz, contemporary and ballet techniques. No previous dance experience necessary. Wear clothing that allows movement and have hair pulled away from the face. Contact Molly Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org, (312) 576-9669 or the Chalet, (708) 246-4030.
Park District of La Grange offers the following programs; call (708) 352-1762; www.pdlg.org.
Registration is open for the Park District of La Grange Adult 16-inch Softball Leagues. The Men’s and Men’s 39 and Over Divisions will play on Tuesdays; Men’s Division C, on Thursdays; Men’s Open on Fridays; and Co-ed on Thursdays. Team fee is $600. Games are played at Gordon Park in La Grange. Registration deadline is April 22. Contact email@example.com.
Summer program registration begins April 21 for residents; April 30 for nonresidents.
The Park District of La Grange offers Learning Ladders Preschool classes for children ages 2 1/2-5 designed to meet the physical, social, intellectual and creative needs of children. Four of the classes are held at Gilbert Park and one of the classes is held at the Recreation Center. Preschool registration for 2012-13 is under way for residents and nonresidents.
Sign up for Park District of La Grange Fitness Classes for adults, seniors and kids. Adult fitness classes include Zumba, Spin, Drums Alive!, Kickboxing, Yoga and Bootcamp. In addition, several fitness classes have been added this season including Total Body Dance, Yoga Core, Zumba Gold for individuals 50 years of age and older, plus children’s fitness classes such as Hula Hoopin and Zumbatonic. A schedule is available by visiting www.pdlg.org. Classes are offered in the mornings, during the lunch hour, evenings and Saturdays. Childcare is available for many of the morning classes at a cost of $4 per child. Call (708) 352-1762.
Adult Fitness Classes are under way. A variety of adult cardio and strength training classes are offered mornings, during the lunch hour, evenings and Saturdays to fit any schedule. A resident fee under $50 for most programs — childcare available for many morning classes for $4 per child. Core conditioning, yoga, spin, Zumba, Drums Alive, Piloxing and Pilates.
Win a Family Pass to the Recreation Center good for one year. The pass includes unlimited playground use, unlimited track use, 24 basketball open gym passes per family member and 24 toddler gym passes. Fill out an entry form at the front desk of the Rec Center. One entry per family per month allowed. (708) 352-1762.
Get friends together and play volleyball. Indoor recreational and competitive volleyball leagues are under way at the Park District of La Grange. Games run 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays. Participants must be 18 years or older. Each team needs a minimum of four players and a maximum of nine players. $300 per team. All games played at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. Call (708) 352-1762 or visit www.pdlg.org.
Community Park District of LaGrange Park, 1501 Barnsdale Road, LaGrange Park, provides the following programs. For more information, call (708) 354-4580 or visit www.cpdlgp.org.
The fenced-in, multi-use courts at Memorial Park in LaGrange Park, 132 E. Oak Ave., are now ready for use. Designed last year, this court was created with younger children in mind. The surface is decorated with games such as 4-square, hop scotch, shuffleboard and bases for kickball and soft baseball. There are also roller hockey circles and nets for those wishing to play. Memorial Park is open daily until 10 p.m.
Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road; (630) 990-4233; www.obparks.org:
Attend the Friday Night Cosmic Swim from 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays at the Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. The water in the leisure pool changes color. Regular admission fees apply; www.obparks.org.
Parents and children ages 7 and younger are invited to drop-in and enjoy splashing around the Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center’s indoor beach-like recreational pool with special water play features from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Resident fee is $6, nonresident fee is $8 (members are free).
Boost your mood and fitness level at the Oak Brook Park District Indoor Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. The following aquatic exercise classes are free to members or $10 for adult residents and $12 for nonresidents per session (there is a $4 discount for seniors 55+). No registration is necessary:
Aqua Cardiotone from 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Aqua Cardiotone is great exercise for people with beginning or advanced athletic skills. Learn water exercises for strength and conditioning of all the major muscle groups. Aerobic interval drills will improve athletic ability. Ages 18 and older.
Aqua Max Mature from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy the five major benefits of water workouts: improve flexibility, increase muscle tone, increase cardiovascular endurance, enhance overall fitness and have fun. Adults ages 55+ will use low impact moves focusing on balance, posture and mobility.
Arthritis Water Therapy from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. This water therapy class is designed to safely keep joints moving and improve sense of well-being, led by a trained and certified instructor. Ages 18 and older.
Pilates Plus Aqua from 8-9 a.m. Fridays. This innovative class combines the cardio benefits of an aerobics class with beginner level Pilates to strengthen, lengthen and align posture. It will also improve balance and flexibility and tighten core. Ages 18 and older.
Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center, 1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 574-0420; visit www.obtpd.org/fc.
The Oakbrook Terrace Park District, in conjunction with the Chicago Sail and Power Squadron, will present a Boating Short Course taking place from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, April 26 through May 24 at Heritage Center at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District. This course is designed for all boaters including the person operating a personal watercraft, the hunter, the fisherman in an outboard, to the skipper in a family cruiser or the sailing enthusiast. All are subject to nautical rules and regulations. Cost is $7, residents; $10, nonresidents. Register by April 6. The course is for ages 12 years and older. A Boat Safety Certificate will be issued to all students passing the examination.
The Oakbrook Terrace Park District is forming teams for 16-inch softball for both men’s and co-ed spring leagues. All league games will be played at the softball field at Terrace View Park, 1 Parkview Plaza. The men’s recreational 16-inch league will play on Mondays beginning April 30 or Wednesdays beginning May 2, at 6:30 p.m. The co-ed recreational 16-inch league will play on Tuesdays beginning May 1, at 6:30 p.m. Register by April 23 for either league. Cost per team is $650. All leagues will conclude with a tournament; teams will receive prizes/trophies for league and tournament winners. There will be a 1-and-1 count for all games.
The Lake View Nature Center, 17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace, offers classes for nature lovers. Call (630) 941-8747 or visit www.obtpd.org/lvnc to register.
Children ages 4 to 10 can investigate the world of nature when they join the Lake View Nature Center Safari Club. Kids will learn about the plants and animals all around through activities, crafts and stories. A Safari Club class will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. April 20. The cost is $18, residents; $23, nonresidents. Children are asked to dress for outdoor exploration. A snack is provided. Register at least one week prior to scheduled class.
SEASPAR, 4500 Belmont Road in Downers Grove (office), and Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert Ave., La Grange, provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities and is an extension of local park districts. Transportation is often available from SEASPAR offices. Call (630) 960-7600 or visit www.SEASPAR.org.
Seaspar Program – Yoga for Children with Special Needs is available from 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays, to May 1, at Stardust Yoga Studio, 30 Washington Ave. La Grange. Cost is $85.
Clarendon Hills Park District, 315 Chicago Ave., (630) 323-2626. Programs require advance registration at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The Clarendon Hills Park District’s regular business hours at the Community Center are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with limited evening and weekend hours depending upon recreation schedules. Call (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparksdistrict.org.
Season pool pass holders for the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool are encouraged to come to the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., between 10 a.m. and noon April 28 to have their 2012 pool pass photos taken. All season pass holders ages 18 and under are required to have a new photo taken each year.
Registration is under way at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., for the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Sea Lions Swim Team. Open to swimmers ages 5-18, the Sea Lions offer stroke technique education and competitive swimming. The Sea Lions Swim Team holds practice sessions at Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court, and participates in meets as part of the West Suburban Swim Conference. To qualify, participants must be able to swim two lengths of the pool without assistance, using the freestyle stroke for one length of the pool and the backstroke for the second length of the pool. Daily practices are held throughout the regular swim team season which runs from early June through mid-July. There is a $180 resident ($225 nonresident) fee to participate in the program. A T-shirt and swim cap are included with the registration fee. Call Beth Martens, Aquatics manager, (630) 323-2626.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present an American Girl Birthday Party from 6:30-7:40 p.m. April 20 at the Community Center. Designed for girls ages 3 to 12 and their special American Girl dolls, this celebration will include cupcake decorating, jewelry and crown making, and the creation of a special birthday outfit for each doll. Dolls similar in size to the American Girl Collection are invited to the party, too. Girls ages 3-5 should attend the event with a parent. Cost of this program is $41 for residents of Clarendon Hills; $52 for girls living in nearby communities.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present an instructional T-Ball program for players ages 4-5 at the Prospect Park T-Ball Fields on Saturday mornings, April 28-May 19. The activity will provide assistance with the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting and running the bases. Bring a mitt to class each week. Each participant will receive a T-shirt as part of the $64 program fee for residents ($80 for nonresidents). Leagues are offered at either 9, 10 or 11 a.m. this spring.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will present a new program, Preschool Plus, from 9-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, May 9 to 23. All classes will be held at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. Developed as an extension to the traditional preschool experience, this class will focus in on popular children’s books and authors, crafts, music and movement, science, group activities and fun. Snacks and juice will be included in the $90 resident ($113 nonresident) fee.
The Clarendon Hills Park District will launch a new program, Preschool Plus, from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, May 9 to 23, at the Community Center. Designed for 3- and 4-year-old children, this class is an extension of the Clarendon Hills Park District’s traditional curriculum at the Active Learners Preschool. Children’s literature and favorite authors will be featured in the daily curriculum, which will also include arts and crafts, music and movement, science and group activities. A snack and juice will be provided each day. Cost is $90, residents; $113, nonresidents.
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Active Learners Preschool, 315 Chicago Ave., is accepting enrollment for 3- and 4-year-old programs which begin in September. Terrific Threes classes for 3-year-old students will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, while the Fantastic Fours preschool-kindergarten program for older children will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Preschoolers in both programs can partake of age-appropriate stories, songs, games, craft projects, holiday celebrations and indoor and outdoor play. The preschool staff has educational training and experience in early childhood education. Children enrolling in the 3-year-old program are required to have celebrated their third birthday by Sept. 1, while boys and girls enrolling in the pre-k program must turn 4 by Sept. 1. A $100 tuition deposit will hold a child’s place in the Active Learners Preschool for the coming year. Kathy Forzley, director of the Active Learners Preschool, welcomes inquiries from future students and their parents and can provide a tour of the school by appointment. Drop-in observations when class is in session are also encouraged. Call (630) 323-2626.
The Clarendon Hills Park District is launching its Early Bird pool pass sales program for residents for the Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. Pool passes will be available at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The rate for an Early Bird Family Pass is $265 for residents. The Family Plus Pass, which includes a regular season family pass, plus 10 daily admission tickets, will sell for $305 to Clarendon Hills residents at the early bird rate. All daily admission pass holders must be accompanied by a Family Season pass holder during their pool visits. An individual pass for a Clarendon Hills resident is $135 at the Early Bird rate, while an Early Bird Senior Pass (age 60 and older) is $60 for residents. A Super Pass, which allows for admission to both the Clarendon Hills Park District Pool and the Hinsdale Community Pool all summer long, is $50 per person, with the purchase of a regular season pass. The discounted Early Bird rate will remain in effect through June 1. Lions Park Pool will open May 26. Call (630) 323-2626.
The Clarendon Hills Park District presents a new Books ’N’ Bites program Tuesday afternoons (noon to 1 p.m.) at the Community Center. Participants will discuss a new book each month, with a member of the Clarendon Hills Public Library staff serving as a facilitator for this literary group. This program is free, however, pre-registration at the Community Center is required. Participants are asked to visit the Clarendon Hills Public Library after registering for this class in order to secure the first book for discussion.
Enjoy the fast growing Midwest sport of platform tennis year round through a new series of beginner and advanced beginner drills presented through the Clarendon Hills Park District. All lessons are taught by six-time and 2010 National Platform Tennis Champion, Mary Doten. Learn the basic skills including grips, backhand volley, lobs, drives, serves, volley techniques and screens. Point play will conclude each drill. Paddles are available to purchase or use for demonstrations at each class session. The fee is $129.
York Center Park District,1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886; www.yorkcenterparks.org/:
Adult Afternoon Classic Movies, Thursday, May 10: Enjoy popcorn and soda while watching films. The program is for age 18 and older. May 10 - Ziegfeld Follies Films are shown from 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Cost is $2 per day. Register one week in advance.
Teen Pretty Unique Purses Class – Tuesdays, up to May 1: Teens will make three purses - from an old T-shirt (April 24) and a recycled book (May 1). Materials will be provided or bring your own. The class is for youth age 11 and older and meets from 3:45-5:30 p.m. The fee is $15 per class or $30 for all three classes.
AARP Driver Safety Course, May 15-16: The AARP Driver Safety Program is an eight-hour classroom refresher that can help drivers learn the effects of aging on driving and how to adjust driving. Upon completion of the class, drivers (55 years of age and older) will receive a certificate which will qualify them for a discount from their insurance company. Note: Individuals under age 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions are from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $12 for residents and $14 for nonresidents.
Adult Saturday Fishing – Through April 28: Grab that old tackle box and fishing poles for free fishing. All participants must be pre-registered and follow the fishing rules of the York Center Park District. All fisherman must have an Illinois fishing permit with a trout stamp. Fishing is for individuals ages 18 years and older and will be from 8-10 a.m. in Lake Yelenich Park.
Teen Restaurant Trips – April 20: This month’s trip will be dining at Buca Di Beppo in Lombard. Ages 11 years and older; 5-7 p.m.; $3 (for transportation only).
Teen Scrapbooking Class – April 24: Bring pictures and a photo album; other supplies will be provided. 11 years and older; 5-6:30 p.m.; $20/resident, $25/nonresident. Register by April 20 .
Outing to See the Convertibles at White Fence Farm – April 24: Join the York Center Park District as White Fence Farm opens its doors for lunch for one show only for the dynamic Doo Wop group, The Convertibles, singing favorites from the ‘50s and ‘60s; enjoy White Fence Farm’s famous chicken. Meal includes four pieces of their famous chicken, corn fritters, cottage cheese, cole slaw, kidney bean salad, pickled beets, baked potato, homemade chicken gravy, choice of beverage and vanilla ice cream. Fee includes transportation, food and entertainment. All ages welcome (12 and under accompanied by an adult); 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; $38/resident, $42/non-resident. Location: 1376 Joliet Road, Romeoville. Register by April 20.
Youth Gorgeous Gardens Class – April 25: Plant some spring flowers for your garden. Decorate flower pots with paint before choosing some fantastic flowers to plant inside. All materials will be provided from gardening gloves to potting soil. Ages 6 to 11 years; 3:45-5 p.m.; $5/resident, $8/nonresident. Register by April 20.
Shopping Outing to Geneva Antiques – April 26: Shop for antiques at the Geneva Antique Market. This shop occupies the entire lower level of the Berry House. Other stores include The Little Traveler, Artemisia and Treasure Hunt Antiques. The town of Geneva also offers a wide variety of restaurants; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chocolate Fest Outing – April 27: This annual festival kicks off the outdoor special event in Long Grove each spring with a celebration of everything chocolate. The historic district, home to more than 70 distinctive shops and restaurants, including the world renowned Long Grove Confectionery, becomes a chocolate lover’s paradise. Enjoy chocolate in all its many splendors; sway to live entertainment throughout the village and fall to the temptations of the many food, specialty vendors serving strawberries dipped in double dark chocolate, crunchy popcorn drizzled with melted chocolate, chocolate cake, the ultimate chocolate donut, and even chocolate martinis. Long Grove’s many shops and restaurants are geared up with chocolate inspirations as well.All ages welcome (12 and under must be accompanied by an adult); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation fee is $8/resident, $10/nonresident. Register by April 20.
After School Recreation, weekdays until June 4: Child can be picked up at participating schools (York Center, Stevenson and Westmore) and transported to the York Center Park District. Each week’s activities are planned around a theme. The information packet can be picked up at the YCPD front desk. This program follows the School District 45 schedule. Ages: afternoon kindergarten-fifth grade; from school dismissal to 6 p.m. Register one week in advance. Space is limited.
All Day Camp – The York Center Park District offers care on days when school is closed for holidays and regular closings. This program follows similar guidelines as the YCPD After School Program, but is offered from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on days when children do not have school (excluding weekends). Enjoy fun activities, crafts, snacks and much more. Campers must provide their own lunch; parents are asked to use disposable lunch bags labeled with the child’s name. The District 45 calendar is followed Ages: 5 to 12 years; 9 a.m.-3 p.m./7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Extended Care); Fee: $25 per day/$35 per day (Extended Care); Register one week in advance.
Youth Open Gym Basketball: Thursdays through April 19: Kids can shoot around, play knock-out, or a pick-up game with friends. Note: Parents or guardians must sign a waiver release and emergency information form in order for child to play. If the minimum is not met by 5:15 p.m., the program will be cancelled for that night. Note: Ages: 7-12 years; 5-6 p.m.; $2/day.
Teen Open Basketball – Thursdays through April 19: Teens can play a variety of basketball games or just shoot some hoops. Teams will be created every week. If the minimum is not met by 6:15 p.m., the program will be canceled for that night. Note: Parents must sign a waiver release and emergency information form in order for their child to participate in the program. Ages: 11-15 years; 6-7 p.m.; $2 each night.
Fun Filled Fridays – One Friday per month through May: Preschoolers are invited for themed parties. They will make a craft, eat lunch and play games that go along with the theme. Children can bring an appropriate toy with their name on it to each class. Ages: 3-5 years; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20 – The Chipmunks; May 11 – Baseball. Fee: $8/resident; $10/nonresident.
Teen Movie & Pizza Party – Selected Fridays, up to May 18: Catch some of this year’s best flicks one Thursday a month at the York Center Park District. Pizza and soda will be served while kids watch movies rated PG or PG-13. Parents must sign a waiver registration form in order for teen to participate. April 20 - Tron: Legacy; May 18 - Waiting For Forever. Ages: 11-15 years; 7-9 p.m.; $5/per night.
NEDSRA, serving DuPage and Cook Counties, opens registration for its new fall schedule with various programming for children and adults with disabilities. The programs are held at NEDSRA, 1770 W. Centennial Place in Addison, or in surrounding communities.
NEDSRA continues its two Kids Klubs for youth with a mental disability or autism. Day Trippers, a program for adults with mental disabilities, meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Discounted rates are available for those who register for more than one day.
The Park District of La Grange summer camp registration for residents and nonresidents is under way. Registration can be completed in person at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., or online at www.pdlg.org. Neither procedure has priority over the other. Summer camp programs begin the week of June 11 and are offered in one-week sessions to provide flexibility for families’ summer schedules. Camps are divided into full- and half-day options with age-appropriate sections. Camp Tiny Tots is a half-day morning camp with two sections, one for children ages 2 ½ or 3 and one for 3½- to 5-year-olds. Camp-A-Palooza is a half-day morning camp for youth ages 5-12. Full-day camps are Camp Mighty Munchkins for kids ages 4-6 and Camp Quest for ages 7-12. Full-day camps offer before and after care with drop-off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pickup as late as 5 p.m. All Park District of La Grange summer camp staff are trained in CPR/AED and first aid. The camper to staff ratio is 6:1 for all camps. Each week has a theme with age-appropriate songs, crafts, games, sports and other activities.
Christian healing services will be held at 2 p.m. April 29 at the Holiday Inn in Willowbrook, 7800 S. Kingery Highway, led by Barbara O’Malley. Admission is free and all are welcome. Contact Betty Sobota, (815) 485-6007, or Florrie Murphy, (708) 932-8022.
First Baptist Church of La Grange, 20 Ashland Ave., La Grange, holds morning prayer Tuesdays 6:30 a.m.. Bell Avenue doors will be open and morning prayers are held in the chapel. Prayers are for the church, the community, the country and the world. Joys and concerns shared.
La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. Seventh Ave., has resumed its regular schedule of service. Morning worship serves conducted 8:10 and 11 a.m., with nursery and children’s church available. Sunday School classes and Adult Bible study begins 9:46 a.m. All invited. Call (708) 354-2485 or see www.lagrangebible.org.
Renovate and Rejuvenate Women’s Bible Study is offered at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Halls, presented by Priscilla Shirer. Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the booklet for $13 plus tax at Christ Church Bookstore. Contact Pat Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (630) 654-1882.
Contact is a group of multi-generational adults in passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ held at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 10 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall 2. It is a safe place to connect with other believers who are learning and applying biblical truths to life. Contact is a great place to make new friends and explore what living a life of faith is all about. Coach is Tim Couture, email@example.com.
Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus, a new 28–episode video series filmed entirely on location in Israel and the West Bank, is being shown in the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. To learn more and watch a Tony Moore video clip, go to www.biblicalworld.org.
Bible Class for teen and adults with disabilities, Friendship Bible Class, is 10 a.m. Sundays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook in Room 251. Coach is Sallie Barre, (630) 834-0862, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, preschool registration is open. The Christ Church of Oak Brook Preschool offers opportunities for 2- to 5-year-olds to develop a solid foundation for learning through its play-based program taught in a Christian context. Class sizes limited; call for availability. Contact Cathy Fiala (630) 321-6753, email@example.com, or Colleen Yates (630) 321-6758, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut St., will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale on April 24-25. The sale opens with a 20 percent mark-up from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and continues from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The sale concludes with a half-price bag sale from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Shop and save on gently-used clothing, books, toys, housewares and sporting equipment. Local checks will be accepted. The event will be held rain or shine. Stroller parking will be available. All proceeds will be donated to local, national and international charities. Gently-used rummage will be accepted from the community from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. April 21 and 1-3 p.m. April 22. Drive-through drop-off service is available in the church parking lot off Woodland Avenue. Go to www.wscongo.org.
Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, announced a new social club for seniors meeting on the first and third Monday of the month. Membership in the Golden Oak Club is open to all people ages 65 and up. Golden Oak meetings will take place in the Cantigny Education Center from 10-11:30 a.m. The second club meeting of the month will be devoted to activities, games and socializing. Members may wish to enjoy Cantigny’s gardens and grounds before and after the gatherings. Cost is $25 per year and includes parking and light refreshments for each meeting. The club will gather from April through October. Cantigny also plans a Fitness Walking program on Saturdays starting May 5. The walks are open to all ages. For seniors with limited mobility, complimentary shuttle service will be available from the parking area to the Education Center before and after each meeting. To join, call (630) 260.8162 or visit Cantigny.org.
The Oak Brook Park District Pioneer Program is an active social group for anyone 55 and over who seeks new and exciting trips and entertainment. The Pioneer Program also provides regular social events and luncheons. Call the Oak Brook Park District administration desk at (630) 645-9590 or visit www.obparks.org. Registration is accepted at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, or online.
Join the Pioneers in an afternoon of fun and friendly bingo competitions from 1-3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Prizes, coffee and cookies will be provided. Free.
The Pioneers will enjoy a fun afternoon movie from 1-3 p.m. each fourth Tuesday of the month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Free.
Countryside Police Chief Michael Ruth will give a Senior Citizen Personal Safety presentation from 11 a.m.-noon April 27 at the Countryside City Hall, Council Chambers, 5550 East Ave. Refreshments will be served. To register, call (708) 485-2161 or email email@example.com.
On April 19, the Park District of La Grange will host a Senior Scrabble Tournament from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. Top prizes will be awarded and all attendees will receive a participant gift. Light refreshments will be served. Registration deadline is April 13. The cost is $5 resident, $6 neighboring network and $7 for nonresidents. This event is for people age 55 and older. To register, call (708) 352-1762 or visit www.pdlg.org.
Events at Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N. La Grange Road, LaGrange Park, are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call (708) 482-6511 or see firstname.lastname@example.org. Events include:
Saturdays, to May 5 – New Session of Hymnology – The Study of Hymns, 10-11 a.m.: Learn what the hymns say and who wrote the words and music, led by resident Donald Hustad, past faculty member of Moody Bible Institute and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Hustad has also published several books on hymnology.
April 21 – Silvertones Senior Chorus, 7:15 p.m.: The Wheaton Park District Silvertones Senior Chorus will present Moments to Remember, recalling the songs they sang and listened to during the World War II era, songs that got them through their teen years and first love.
April 23 – Singer Nicko Naidenov, 2:30 p.m.: Enjoy lively international singer Nicko Naidenov on keyboards. He sings Russian, Italian and more.
April 26 – Spring Fling, 2 p.m.: Catered Living welcomes Bob Kurtz, Chicagoland’s favorite sing-along pianist of Shakey’s Pizza and part of the first Dixieland Band of Pheasant Run Resort for an afternoon of lively musical entertainment. Refreshments included.
April 29 – Moody Chorale Choir, 7 p.m.: Founded in 1946, the Moody Chorale has long been established as one of the leading collegiate choral organizations in the United States specializing in sacred music. The repertoire includes a broad range of music chosen from all periods of music history. All are welcome.
The La Grange and LaGrange Park business associations and Aging Care Connections, La Grange, have announced merchants will launch a Senior Discount Day program, offering reduced prices and offers to individuals 60 years of age and older. A card describing the program will be displayed near the cashier at each participating vendor. Merchants interested in participating in the Senior Discount Program should contact Linda Hussey at Aging Care via e-mail at email@example.com or (708) 354-1323, Ext. 242.
Aging Care Connections has announced that AARP-trained tax volunteers will be available at the La Grange Village Hall, 53 S. La Grange Road, by appointment, for individuals age 60 and older who would like assistance preparing income tax returns. Appointments will be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings through April 13. Documents that must be brought to the appointment are: last year’s federal and state returns; all federal and state tax forms and booklets; all records of interest, dividends, pensions, Social Security, and retirement annuities; and property tax bills. Referral to a professional tax consultant may be made, if the volunteer determines this is necessary. Call (708) 354-1323.
Exercise for older adults with dementia held from 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. Cost is $56 for a six-week session. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 10.
Fellowship of Seniors meets at 3 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. This group visits the Arboretum, has ice cream socials, and invites experts to present information on topics of interest to seniors. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange, offers Sensible Fitness classes for older adults from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Fridays in seven-week sessions. (This class is also good for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.) Cost is $56 per couple or $10 per class. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228, to register.
ConfiCare Act II of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange, offers the following senior programs for adults 50 and older. Call (708) 245-8170; to make a reservation, call (630) 856-7525:
Fitness Fun: Strength-Cardio (Aerobics)-Stretch Combo for ACT II members meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. in the Dixon Education Center classroom of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. A Saturday class meets at 8:30 a.m. Strength Training aims to shape and define while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Low-impact aerobics strengthens the heart and lungs while burning fat for weight loss.
ACT II Snapshots meets the third Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. in the La Grange Memorial Hospital Dixon Classroom for one hour. Reservations are requested by calling (630) 856-7525. There is no charge.
ACT II escorted day trips are planned throughout the year and extended air and motorcoach trips are also available with membership discounts through ACT II. Day trip plans include Irish Chicago with a stop at Old St. Pat’s Church, lunch at Fado Irish Pub, and tours of Holy Name Cathedral and the Irish American Heritage Center. Other trips are: Peach Picking with Lunch Tour and Harvest at Tree-Mendus Lemon Creek Winery; and a Big Band Themed Cruise on the Celebration Belle, a paddlewheel excursion boat on the Upper Mississippi.
Extended motorcoach trips include Atlantic City and Amish Country, California Wine Country, Colorado’s historic trains, Dollywood and Smoky Mount National Park, Door County autumn foliage, Emerald Coast Florida Getaway, Palm Springs Value Trip, Washington, D.C.; plus air trips to Cape Cod, the Holy Land, Paris and Normandy; Rail and Air Coastal Trains of New England; and cruises to Burgundy and Provence.
The AARP Hinsdale Chapter meets 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month in the Hinsdale Community House, 8th and Madison, Hinsdale. Call Bernie Hiles, (708) 409-0903, or Dorothy Martinsen, (630) 325-0840.
Active adult programs at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale include Prime Time, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Fit Express and seated exercise classes for older adults and individuals with physical challenges. Call Kate Vogts for times and pricing. (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
Seated exercise classes offered 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Purchase 10-class punch card for $50 for members; $62 for guests. Call Kate Vogts (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
ROMEOs - Retired Older Men Eating Out meets at 8 a.m. first Monday of the month at Blueberry Hill. This group from Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills was formed to give retired men a chance to get away for a couple of hours, have breakfast with men of faith and socialize. All men welcome. Call (630) 325-2220, or visit www.YourChrist.org.
Playing the trumpet, flugelhorn, drums and guitar, Voytek Falendysz will take the stage for “Entertainment Thursday” at 2 p.m. April 26 at The Birches Assisted Living, 215 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The performance is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested; call (630) 789-1135 or go to www.birches.net.
Senior day trips are coordinated by the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club; call Kathy Forzley, (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org:
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club for active adults will enjoy a Chicago Money Tour and a visit to the Greek Islands Restaurant in Greek Town on April 19. Rainbow Club travelers will visit the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank, where there will be time to explore the renowned Money Museum. Lunch will be served at the nearby Greek Islands Restaurant in Greek Town. There is a $60 fee which includes luxury motorcoach transportation, tours and lunch. This all day trip will run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club for adults will welcome spring with an all-day journey to Holland, Mich., and the world famous Tulip Festival on May 10. The first stops will be at the Veldeer Tulip Garden and the Wooden Shoe Factory. Then travelers will head to the Dutch Village and enjoy a luncheon buffet at the Queen’s Inn. The group will then head to Saugatuck for shopping and dinner plus stop at the bakery run by Crane’s Orchard. The luxury motorcoach will depart from the Community Center at 6:15 a.m. and will return by 8 p.m. The $75 tour fee includes all charges except for dinner. Bring a camera and wear comfortable walking shoes. Register at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., Clarendon Hills, by April 26. Call the Clarendon Hills Park District at (630) 323-2626.
Western Springs Seniors Club programs are at the Western Springs Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St.; 708-246-9070:
The Western Springs Seniors Club meets at 1 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Western Springs Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St. Western Springs Seniors Club membership eligibility is age 55. Residency not required; annual dues are $10. Dues should be paid to Gail Stern, treasurer.
Senior Men’s Bridge Club meets at noon every Thursday at Lyonsville Congregational Church, located at Wolf and Joliet roads. Men of any skill or experience level welcome. The club has three eight-week tournaments a year with open play the rest of year. Call Vern Kramer at (708) 246-8888 or Bob Terp (708) 784-0921.
Forever Young senior program offers bingo and sandwiches from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of month for $6 and $1 per bingo card. Movies and lunch will be from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of month for $6. Games and birthday celebrations are held from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of month for $2. Catered lunch, featuring a speaker or entertainment, is from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month for $6. Activities take place at Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Call Chris Yesutis at (630) 662-6220.
Support ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research and support services by serving as a volunteer collecting donations for a two-hour shift in high-traffic areas in downtown Western Springs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11 and 12. Call (708) 436-0001.
Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook, 3800 York Road, is looking for people to become a part of its organization. Volunteers are needed to accommodate the school groups who attend each year as well as other visitors. Volunteers will be taught to use a drop spindle and spinning wheel and do weaving skills. They also will be provided with information about local history and how to interpret it to others. A volunteer commitment of one or two three-hour sessions per month is sought. Call the mill office at (630) 920-9720, Ext. 22, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCS Family Services-Hinsdale based is looking for volunteers to be a Parent Mentor to a family facing difficulties raising their children. The program is a one-year commitment; volunteers will be matched with a family and meet with them twice a month and attend various parenting classes together. Call Trayce Biancalana at (630) 323-2500.
The Hinsdale History Museum is looking for energetic individuals to become tour guides for children’s tour groups, especially fans of Hinsdale history. Call Hinsdale History Museum (630) 789-2600, or e-mail email@example.com.
The DuPage Convalescent Center, in Wheaton, seeks teenagers interested in gaining work experience through the VolunTeen program. Energetic teens, ages 14 and 17, encouraged to join program to help with recreation programs or outings, provide in-house transport services, share musical talents, provide companionship to residents and more. Volunteers get an opportunity to learn more about the health care field, develop skills and make friends. Visit dupageco.org/convo to submit an online application or call (630) 784-4260 to set up an interview. Contact Shauna Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, seeks adult volunteers to assist and transport residents with wheelchairs or walkers as they attend a weekly, on-site inter-faith church service 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Call Activities and Volunteer Services Director Mary Meegan at (630) 230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Hinsdale Humane Society needs volunteers to join its foster care program. The society foster care program matches community volunteers with homeless pets in need of additional care and attention. Foster care volunteers provide temporary in-home care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats until they are ready for adoption. Hinsdale Humane Society provides all necessary food, equipment, training and support. Volunteers are required to complete Hinsdale Humane Society’s orientation and training process. Call (630) 323-5630 or visit www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.
Community Nurse Health Association needs volunteers to help with sorting, pricing and cashiering at The Carousel Shop, 23 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange; pricing and arranging at The Corner Shoppe, 27 Calendar Ave.; planning special events with the Women’s Auxiliary; serving on the board of directors; and offering medical expertise in clinics. Call Harriet VerGowe at (708) 352-0081 or e-mail email@example.com.
Western Springs Historical Society seeks volunteers to work in its archives Tuesday mornings at the Grand Avenue Community Center. Training provided. Volunteers also needed to give tours to children and serve as docents at the Water Tower Museum. Call (708) 246-9230.
Hospice volunteers are needed for the Generations Hospice Team in Westchester. Volunteers give support to the hospice patient and family in the home or in a skilled nursing facility. Volunteers also support the care team in the office. Call Jim White, (708) 409-3040, or see www.generationshospice.com.