Doings Community Calendar for July 12
Youth and adults from The LeaderShop, formerly known as CEP Youth Leadership, help clear debris from tornado-damaged homes and property in Henryville, Ind. They did the work through the Henryville Community Church.
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Mill Scavenger Hunt: Visit the Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, on Aug. 5 to get a treasure map and participate in a Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (630) 655-2090 or (630) 920-9720 or see www.grauemill.org.
Family Fest: The Park District of La Grange will host its annual free Family Fest from 5:30-10 p.m. July 20 at Gordon Park, located off Ogden Avenue, just east of the La Grange Road intersection. Free ample parking is available. Kids can participate in free activities including pony rides, face painting, multiple inflatable jumps, games and a petting zoo. Adults can relax in the new enlarged beer garden while listening to DJ music provided by WLTL Radio and at 7: 45 p.m. hear the popular live cover band “Who Knew.” A grand fireworks display will conclude the evening’s festivities at dark. Contact the Park District of La Grange at (708) 352-1762 or visit www.pdlg.org.
La Grange Craft Fair: July 14 and 15 on the sidewalks of downtown La Grange. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Graue Mill and Museum: West Suburban Lapidary Club provides demonstrations of stone-cutting and polishing from noon-3 p.m. July 15. Graue Mill is at 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. Call (630) 655-2090.
Sidewalk Sale: Featured in downtown Hinsdale between Garfield and Washington streets, Hinsdale Avenue to First Street, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13 and 14, rain or shine. Stores from Gateway Square and Grant Square will set up sales tents in the downtown area. Call (630) 323-3952 or visit www.hinsdalechamber.com.
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin: The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, presents its summer exhibit, “Drawing Fire: Bill Mauldin and the World War II GI,” through Sept. 3. The exhibit tells the GI story using Mauldin’s cartoons and some of the museum’s extensive, but rarely seen, World War II collection. (630) 260-8218.
Westmont Farmers Market: Farm fresh produce, specialty foods and arts and crafts may be found from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through September in downtown Westmont (West Burlington Avenue at Cass Avenue). Call (630) 829-9378.
Uniquely Thursdays: Hinsdale hosts a free concert series from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, up to Aug. 16, in Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., complete with live band performances, local food vendors, a beer and wine tent, and local sponsor giveaways. Call Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, (630) 323-3952.
Farmers’ Market: From 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, through Oct. 8, in Burlington Park, located between Garfield and Washington streets on Chicago Avenue. More than 30 vendors feature the freshest items the summer has to offer. Call Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, (630) 323-3952.
La Grange Farmers Market: Is under way through Oct. 25. Produce, flowers and specialty items will be featured in the weekly Farmers Market from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays in the parking lot behind Village Hall, located on the corner of Harris and Sixth Avenue. The market is sponsored by the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Partnership: Between Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, encourages people to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, help girls reach their cookie goals and learn the facts about sustainable palm oil use, as well as other viable environmental practices. Customers who support the Girl Scout Cookie program in 2012 will receive one free child’s admission per paid adult admission when they bring five empty boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for recycling at Brookfield Zoo through Dec. 31.
Passport to Adventure: Pick up a passport at the Hinsdale History Museum, 15 S. Clay St., Hinsdale and receive 65 pages of local museums and nature centers. Visit seven cultural centers and receive a prize. Call (630) 789-2600; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Wine and Dine Book Group: Meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in participants’ homes of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills. Group is for busy women. Discuss the month’s book with women of faith. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Women Who Brunch: Meet 10 a.m.-noon on third Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-made brunch, a program, ranging from musical groups to speakers on topics of interest to women. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
Men’s Saturday Service Group: Meets 8 a.m. the second Saturday of the month in the lower level of Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. A home-cooked breakfast, activities, from tips for the perfect golf swing from a local golf pro, to gathering and transporting donated food to a local food pantry. Group goes on winter ski retreats in Wisconsin. All men welcome.
Knitting Ministry: Meets 10:30 a.m. the first and third Friday of each month in the Fireside Room of Christ Lutheran Church, 60 55th St., Clarendon Hills. The Knitting Ministry donates hats, mittens and scarves to local clothing pantries. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org. All are welcome.
Oak Brook Community Church: 3100 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, hosts a Divorce Care group 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Call (630) 986-0310.
Men’s Breakfast Fellowship: Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, is held Thursdays in Fellowship Hall 3. All men invited for a time of study and fellowship. Continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Cost: $5 per person. Contact Jim Huffman, email@example.com, or call (630) 654-1882.
Women’s Growing Connection: Meeting the second Tuesday evening of each month, is the women’s ministry of the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. All women from community are welcome. Visit www.ccch.org/womens-ministries/womens-ministry.
Coffee Break: A community small group Bible study, has begun a new season at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 155 W. Brush Hill Road. All welcome, no need for any previous Bible experience. No charge. Groups for women meet 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; groups for men and women meet 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free childcare available at morning sessions. Call (630) 600-5043 or visit www.elmhurstcrc.org.
Women’s Support Group: Meets 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursdays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st Street and York Road. For women who are desiring to move from the depths of hurting to a path of healing. Call Lorri Winter, (630) 321-3936.
Unite Student Ministry: Offers Sunday worship services for junior high students at 9:45 a.m. and high school students at 11:15 a.m. at Christian Church of Clarendon Hills Chapel, 5750 Holmes. Unite also has weekly small group gatherings for junior high students 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the chapel; and a high school gathering, called FUSE Group, which meets each Sunday 6 p.m. at a church member’s home. Both small group gatherings offer a less formal atmosphere and have a deeper, more personal teaching element. Call Rich Abraham (630) 323-3456, Ext. 232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior High Youth Group: Meets 5-6:15 p.m. and the high school youth group meets 6:15-7:30 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771 or visit www.fpclg.org.
Evangelical Covenant Church: Men’s Group meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 412 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale. Meeting is not a Bible study for professed Christians. It is offered for those who are agnostic, nonbelievers or just searching. Confidentiality respected. Call (630) 699-3583.
From Grain to Grist: Learn what it takes to turn corn into stone-ground cornmeal from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29 at the Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. Call (630) 655-2090 or (630) 920-9720 or see www.grauemill.org.
Bookbinding Workshop: Learn to construct book structures to use with journals, sketchbooks and small photo albums from 12:30-4:30 p.m. July 14 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. The workshop is for adults only and is $40 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.
Exploring Watercolors: During a six-part class for intermediate and advanced painters, individuals can explore and enhance artistic style while enjoying watercolor painting. Class meets from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 31-Sept. 11 (except Sept. 4), at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. The class is for adults only and is $125 per person. To register, call (630) 206-9566.
Workshop for Widowed: The Joyful Again! program will be given Aug. 4-5 at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Elmhurst for men and women of all ages. Call (708) 354-7211 or see www.joyfulagain.org for information.
Painting Workshop: Jacque France’s two-day Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 21-22 in locations in the area. Learn to paint the landscape from a master landscape artist. A class will be held at the La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio, 122 Calendar Ave. For information, call (708) 352-3101 or go to www.lagrangeartleague.org/Demos_Workshops.html.
Interfaith Career Network: Join in at 7 p.m. July 19 at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs, as career consultant Dennis Hamilton talks about writing quantified results for each of the positions listed on a resume. Also from 9-11 a.m. July 21, a free resume review will be given in Room 201 at St. Cletus School, 700 W. 55th St., La Grange. Enter the school at the flag pole entrance. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to attend. Visit www.interfaithcareernetwork.org for information.
Bookbinding Workshop: Learn to construct simple handmade books during a bookbinding workshop for beginners at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. July 14. L earn the techniques for simple book structures including accordion, pamphlet, encased pamphlet and stab-binding. These methods can be used to make personalized journals, artist’s sketchbooks and even small photo albums. Participants will be able to complete four books to take home. Materials will be provided, but attendees should bring a 12-inch ruler, a pen or pencil and a glue stick. Workshop costs $40 per participant and is open to adults only. Register by calling Mayslake Peabody Estate at (630) 206-9566.
Family ArtRageous: Families are invited to spend summer Saturdays exploring visual arts together at Hinsdale Center for the Arts on the campus of Katherine Legge Park, 5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Families will discover the creative process through various forms of visual art. Classes run from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Session III is July 28, Aug. 4 and 11. Cost is $120 per family. Call (630) 887-0203 to register.
Lyons Township High School: Boys and girls in sixth to 12th grades are welcome to compete in nine-hole tournaments at Flagg Creek Golf Course, 6939 S. Wolf Road, Countryside, on July 13. Registration fee is $25. Medals will be awarded for the top three places. Contact Coach Anderson at email@example.com to receive a registration form. Golfers must provide their own clubs.
Cantigny Golf Academy: Launching a Welcome to Golf clinic series to serve adults and families. The clinics are open to all golfers and geared to new players and those who are getting back to the game and need a refresher. Five different clinics will be offered that cover the “how to” basics of golf as well as rules, etiquette, safety and other information. Each clinic consists of three one-hour classes for a total price of $59. Family members, friends or guests may join the clinics for an additional $20 each. Weekday evening and weekend clinics are available. Clinic schedules, class descriptions and registration are available online at CantignyGolf.com or by calling (630) 260-8199.
World Academy of Irish Dancing: Featuring lessons for adults at its Western Springs and South Bend locations. Western Springs classes are held Mondays 7–8 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland Ave. Contact Julie Showalter, (630) 789-1128; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.worldacademydancers.com.
Yoga Classes with Tanja Pazou: Held 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursdays at Immanuel Hall, 302 S. Grant St., Hinsdale. Contact Tanja Pazou at (630) 865-5946 or email@example.com.
Hinsdale Center for the Arts: 5903 S. County Line Road, offers music lessons in cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, viola and voice. Call (630) 887-0203. This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Hinsdale Center for the Arts: Offering short-term classes for adults. Shibori Fabric Dying workshop, Photography Meets Art Quilt and Landscape Designing classes join HCA’s established offerings of drawing, painting and writing classes to give adults the opportunity to explore their creativity too.
Back to School Needs: Catholic Charities is seeking monetary and school supply donations for the 2012 Back to School Fair in DuPage County. This fair prepares thousands of children from low-income families living in DuPage County for a new school year with free health services and school supplies. To donate online, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org. New backpacks and/or school supplies can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities office at 26 W. Saint Charles Road in Lombard between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Food Pantry: La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. 7th Ave., has changed the hours for its community food pantry. New hours are 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays(use the east doors off 7th Avenue). Call (708) 354- 2485 or visit www.lagrangebible.org.
First Congregational Church of La Grange: 100 S. Sixth Ave., collects nonperishable food items for a local food pantry. Drop off donations at the church or call (708) 352-0800.
Project Backpack: School supply donations for Broadview Missionary Baptist Church classrooms accepted at Corporate America, 2111 McDonald’s Drive, Oak Brook. The location also has a suggested school supply list.
Donations: New yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, scissors, simple patterns and yards of fleece are sought by members of Operation Warm Hearts, a group of women who crochet, knit and create mittens, scarves, hats, lap robes and infant hats and booties for distribution to west suburban charitable organizations. Call (630) 230-9521.
First Presbyterian Church of La Grange: 150 S. Ashland Ave., collects items for the Ronald McDonald House. Wish list items include laundry detergent, gift cards, certificates to Jewel, Dominick’s, Costco or Target, forever postage stamps, cleaning wipes, Ajax powdered cleanser, liquid hand soap in pump dispensers, tablets or powdered dishwasher detergent, and all sized batteries. Call (708) 354-0771.
St. Helena’s Church: 7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, has established a drive-by drop box for collection of canned foods to be delivered to food pantries. Collection box is in parking lot; individuals may drop off canned foods at any time.
Recycling: Ink jet and laser toner cartridges, cell phones, iPods and laptops are being collected to be properly recycled at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. Call (708) 354-0771.
Special Education: Parent Net and Gifted Education Cooperative, in partnership with Hinsdale Public Library, request new or used books to create lending library of books on autism, dyslexia, Down syndrome, giftedness, twice exceptionality, sensory integration and social/emotional development. Call Julie Ranahan (630) 325-3188.
Nonperishable Items: Being collected at Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave., for La Grange area food pantry. Each month a special item is highlighted that is not covered by the food stamp program. Call (708) 354-0771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Fishing 101: Learn the basics of fishing through indoor instruction and hands-on experience from 4-6 p.m. July 20 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. The class is for adults only. Admission is free. Call (630) 933-7248 for information.
Paddle With a Ranger: Bring your own kayak or canoe, and join a ranger for a paddle from 10 a.m.-noon July 31 at the Graue Mill area at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. The program is for individuals age 12 and up. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free of charge. Call (630) 933-7248 for information.
Insect Safari: The Prairie Society features an Insect Safari on Wolf Road Prairie, searching for the hidden world of insects starting at 10 a.m. July 14. Afterward participants will identify the insects and learn more about them at the Prairie House Porch, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester. Cost is $5-$8 a family. Call (708) 531-1851.
Dancin’ in the Street: The 2012 concert series runs Wednesdays, ending July 25, in downtown Clarendon Hills on Prospect Avenue. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 p.m. with music kicking off at 7 p.m. Band schedule – July 18: Hello Nuvo; July 25: 25or6to4. As in prior years, Prospect Avenue, from Park Avenue to the BNSF Railroad, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4-10:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Metra commuter parking lot at the corners of Prospect Avenue and Ann Street. Contact the village at (630) 286-5402 or visit www.clarendonhills.us/concerts.cfm.
Free summer concerts: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, is once again offering free summer concerts. Bands representing a variety of musical genres will entertain at 3 p.m. Sundays and on Labor Day. In addition, four Saturday shows especially for kids (also free) are scheduled. Sunday and children’s concerts feature lawn seating and are complimentary with paid parking ($5 per car). Performances take place at the Cantigny bandshell near the park’s front entrance or in front of the First Division Museum. Call (630) 260-8218.
Cantigny: Offers bird walks at 8:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Enter the park through the main entrance on Winfield Road, just south of Roosevelt, Wheaton, and tell the attendant you are with the DuPage Birding Club. The parking fee will be waived. Meet at the Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter, (630) 545-1838, email@example.com.
Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Mile: More than 800 runners are expected to run 10 miles on July 21 at Waterfall Glen in Darien. The race benefits Community Nurse Health Association in support of its mission to provide health and dental care to low-income residents in the western suburbs. To register, go to www.xtreme10race.com. For information about Community Nurse, visit www.communitynurse.org.
Taste of the Arts: The Theatre of Western Springs presents the annual extravaganza of food and fun, “Taste of the Arts,” from 6: 30-11 p.m. July 21 at Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton. Guests can sample cuisine from at least 15 area restaurants along with fine wines, beers and beverages. With the price of admission ($50 in advance, $60 at the door), all beer, wine and soft drinks are included. Now on sale and available at the event are tickets for the Grand Raffle ($10 each or three for $25) or “Biggest Ever TWS Raffle Basket” ($1 a ticket, six tickets for $5). Proceeds benefit the Theatre of Western Springs and the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatrewesternsprings.com.
Ultramarathon Man: The Runner’s Soul, 5 S. La Grange Road, will host Dean Karnazes at 6 p.m. July 25. A short, easy group run is planned followed by a question- and answer-session and book signing. Pre-registration is required for a nominal fee of $20. Register at https: //www.signmeup.com/84984. All registrants receive a goody bag. Goody Bag pick-up will be at The Runner’s Soul on July 23 and 24 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Karnazes’ charity, Karno Kids.
Blommer Chocolate: Learn about the history of Blommer Chocolate from Mike Auda at 1 p.m. July 19 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. He will share the story of this family-run Chicago institution, which has become the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America.
Join High School Musical Jr.: The Hinsdale Center for the Arts’ summer production of Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” is open for registration. All third- through eighth-graders are welcome. There are no auditions, just enroll. This fun summer program and production will teach students to move, sing, dance and act in one of America’s favorite shows. The program runs July 16 to Aug. 4 from 1-5 p.m. each day with final performances on Aug. 3 and 4. Visit www.hinsdalearts.org to register online or call (630) 887-0203.
Songwriting and Self-Discovery: Sixth- to eighth-graders will be mentored through the process of song writing and performance from beginning to end. This program runs from noon-2 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, up to Aug. 15 at the Community House Youth Center, 229 Symonds Drive, Hinsdale. The first class session will consist of required individual intake sessions lasting about 20 minutes. The instructor will contact members to schedule their time. Contact Jenna, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237.
Brookfield Zoo: Experience the invasion of Xtreme BUGS, presented by Dominick’s, at Brookfield Zoo, continuing through Sept. 7. The exhibit of epic proportions will feature everything from extra-large animatronic bugs, including a 16-foot-high by 33-foot-long Japanese hornet displayed in the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, to extra-small live insects as part of “Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!” Xtreme BUGS is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors over 65 (half price for Brookfield Zoo members) in addition to regular zoo admission of $15 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 3-11 and seniors over 65. Children 2 and under are free. A 20-percent discounted combo ticket may be purchased at participating Dominick’s stores for $16 for adults and $10.80 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Visit www.CZS.org.
Community House Flag Football League: Emphasis is on good speed, agility, teamwork, and precision, a forum for players who love playing football, are just starting out or do not want to get into pads just yet. A limited number of spots are available for each grade division. All efforts will be made to place players with schoolmates, however, it is not guaranteed. Regular registration will be taken up to July 31; last minute registration will be Aug. 1 or later (only upon availability). Second- to fifth-graders (in their respective levels) play from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 27; sixth- to eighth-graders play from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. Volunteer coaches are needed at all grade levels. Call Jenna Jakalski, (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237. The Community House is located at 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale.
Job Search Workshop: Professional resume writer and career strategist Laina Krisik will teach the five steps to getting an interview and landing that job in a Job Search Strategies Workshop at 10:30 a.m. July 17 in the Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St. Sign up in the Adult Department to reserve a seat. Call (708) 562-3573.
Teen Video Game Nights: Westchester teens, between the ages of 13 and 18, can try out the Westchester Public Library’s new Microsoft Kinect Games such as Star Wars Kinect, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, and Dance Central. The first Teen Video Game Nights will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. July 16 and Aug. 6. Munchies will also be provided. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 246-0520.
Registration: Required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated.
Survival Food: These tasty snacks will keep you satisfied. Participants will also be making solar ovens that work from 2-3:30 p.m. July 12.
Faux Etched Glass Vases: Embellish a glass vase, perfect for cut flowers, with a simple stenciling and painting technique from 7-8:30 p.m. July 12.
Surf and Turf: Come rediscover the classic stories of “Stone Soup” and Rudyard Kipling’s “How the Whale Got His Throat” in this new and exciting puppet production from 3-4 p.m. July 13 at the Hinsdale Community House, 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale. This event is sponsored by Hinsdale Public Library, Clarendon Hills Public Library, and Thomas Ford Memorial Library.
Family Storytimes: Hear stories, sing songs, and make a craft in this special evening storytime for families from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 26.
Night Adventurers Book Club: First- through third-graders can join in for activities, discussion, and fun from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participants will read Magic Tree House #19: Tigers at Twilight for July 17.
Indoor Campfires: Third- to fifth-graders can bring a sleeping bag and get comfortable in the cool library from 7-8 p.m. July 17; kids will enjoy exciting accounts of nighttime historical events, and make an edible campfire. (Foods used in this program will be gluten-free.)
Craft Table: All ages who love crafts can stop by at the library from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 28. Supplies to make an Olympic medal to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics will be available. No registration required.
Lego Challenge: Create a moon house on July 16. Program runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Prizes will be given to first, second and third places. No registration required.
Family Game Night: Runs from 7-8 p.m. July 18. Play an assortment of board games. Team up and play with other families. Light refreshments will be served. No registration required.
Dream Weavers Book Club: For July 19 (10:30-11:30 a.m.), fourth- to sixth-graders will read Avi’s Poppy and discuss her forbidden and dangerous adventures in Dimwood Forest.
Memes: Custom design some fun memes from 2-3:30 p.m. July 18, then print them out on glittery transfer paper and put them on a shirt.
A Marine’s Story: Earl Gorman, author of Fire Mission-The World of Nam, will relate his experiences from 7-9 p.m. July 20. He also will tell the story of his return trip to Vietnam in 2007 on a humanitarian mission.
Little Miss Ann: This instructor from the Old Town School of Folk Music will perform her upbeat folk rock music from 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 21. Also featured will be finger plays and movement activities.
Summer Reading Clubs: Continues to Aug. 3; registration is under way – Dream Big–Read for all children up to sixth grade: Explore all things nocturnal: dreams, stars and planets, bats, owls, spooky stories and more. Daily Contest: Find the Star; everyday a star will be hidden in the Youth Services Department. The first child to find it will get a prize from the treasure chest. Weekly Contests: Every week this summer, readers and nonreaders can participate in contests for a chance to win a prize. New contest questions will be posted each week. Grand Prizes: Skydeck Chicago passes, Shedd Aquarium passes, Museum of Science & Industry passes, White Sox tickets, Star Wars game, Young Explorer backpack, Pull & Play animal train, friendship bracelet kit, glow in the dark science lab, Hide & Seek Safari animal, puzzles, $50 Target gift card, and more. Read… While You Still Can!:
for children entering sixth to 12th grades in the fall. Read and log five books or 40 hours by Aug. 3 and earn a free paperback plus a chance to win the big prize.
Hot Books: 80 Years of Sizzling Bestsellers for adults; Hot Books, is about discovering popular books of the last 80 years. Sign up at the Reference Desk and receive a reading log. Then read six library books, eBooks or audio books, including one that was on the bestseller list sometime over the last 80 years; there will be lists posted. Submit tickets by Aug. 3 for a prize drawing. Prizes include a Thomas Ford Library 80th Anniversary mug; Barnes & Noble gift cards, a Nook Book eReader; two entrees at Vie Restaurant; a bag of bestseller books; and tickets to the Theater of Western Springs.
Chess Club: Newly forming, meets the second Wednesdays of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome. Registration required.
Teen Library Advisory Board: Will meet from 4-5 p.m. monthly at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Teens in sixth to 12th grade are welcome to get involved by sharing ideas and opinions, planning library programs and services, and discussing materials for teens. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month in the Board Room.
Summer Art Exhibit: Hinsdale resident and local artist, Mary Strasevicius, creates art through a natural, intuitive and intelligent process. Much of her work combines improvisation with composition, structure, line, shape, color and space. An exhibit of her work is on display in the Hinsdale Public Library’s Quiet Reading Room (20 E. Maple St.) through Aug. 31.
App: Hinsdale Public Library has launched a new mobile app designed to give smart phone owners easy access to the library. The free app, available on Apple and Android platforms, allows users to search the library catalog, manage their accounts and get library information such as hours and phone numbers. Other features include the ability to download eBooks and eAudioBooks straight to a smart phone or tablet and to register for upcoming programs. The app also includes BookLook, which allows users to scan the ISBN code on any book and see if HPL owns a copy. To download the app, search Hinsdale Public Library in your app store or visit hpl.boopsie.com from your mobile device.
Hinsdale Public Library: Has an ongoing Gently Used Book Sale. Shelves are located near the Audiovisual Collection. Books sorted by fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult. Children’s books start at 50 cents and all others start at $1. Visit the library’s Grab and Read book cart in the train station. Take a book, read it, pass it along or return it to the book cart. All books are free. To add a book to the collection, donate it to the Hinsdale Public Library. Call (630) 986-1976. Hinsdale Public Library is located at 20 E. Maple St., www.hinsdalelibrary.info.
Indian Prairie Public Library: 401 Plainfield Road, Darien, serves Burr Ridge, Willowbrook and Darien. Call the Ask Us Desk at (630) 887-8760, Ext. 239 or go to www.ippl.info.
All Ages Story Times: For children of all ages accompanied by an adult, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, July 17, 24 and 31; d rop-in basis.
Readers’ Theatre Troupe: Performs at 6:30 p.m. July 23. Attendees must be in the Summer Reading Club. Tickets are required.
Belize Whale Shark Expedition: Ocean explorers Wayne and Karen Brown search for the largest shark on the planet, 6:30 p.m. July 13. Must be in summer reading club; tickets required.
Practice ACT: For students in ninth to 12 grades, this is a free practice test, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 13.
GenLit Book Discussion: (For 20-30 somethings), dinner and discussion at 6:30 p.m. July 16.Discussion of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Meet at Taste of India, 7243 S. Kingery Highway, Willowbrook.
Family Night: Bubbles on the Lawn, 6:30 p.m. July 16. Create your own bubble magic with the library’s special bubble solution. Drop in.
Readers’ Theatre Troupe: See a performance by the IPPL Readers’ Theatre Troupe at 6:30 p.m. July 23. Tickets (free of charge) are required. Attendees must be in Summer Reading Club.
Hunger Games Trials: Participate in a Jeopardy-style game from 2:30-4:30 p.m. July 18 (for seventh- to 12th graders). Two tributes will represent the library at the inter-library Arena Games to be held Aug. 1 at Brunswick Zone XL in Homewood.
Cut Energy Costs: The Citizens Utility Board will discuss energy suppliers and alternative options, plus tips on keeping utility costs low, at 1 p.m. July 25. Learn about the free online service CUB Energy Saver.
Magic the Gathering: RU Game from 6:30-8:45 p.m. July 27. Bring your decks and test your skills against other teens. Staffers from Hotsauce Games will provide instruction and guidance. All skill levels are invited to the program (for seventh- to 12th-graders).
Concert on the Lawn: Award-winning Jim Gill performs original music and clap-alongs, finger plays, pretend games and imaginative dances at 6:30 p.m. July 30. The drop-in program is geared for families.
Book Discussion: Discuss Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, a coming-of-age story of a young immigrant girl caught between two worlds, at 1 p.m. Aug. 1.
La Grange Public Library: 10 W. Cossitt, hosts the Writer’s Workshop the second Wednesday of each month 7-8:45 p.m. This on-going workshop offers adults a place to bring their poems, manuscripts and other written works for feedback. Registration requested, but not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
Oak Brook Public Library: 600 Oak Brook Road, (630) 368-7700, www.oak-brook.lib.il.us. Most programs require registration:
Tai Chi Class: Join personal trainer Sandy Auriemma as she teaches Tai Chi for Beginners at 12:30 p.m. July 13. The activity can offer balance control, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.
Clutter to Cash: Join Laura Bruzas as she explains ways to make money by de-cluttering no longer wanted items at 7 p.m. July 16.
Fine Art of Food: Art historian Jeff Mishur will discuss why Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne considered still life as a modern subject for their time at 7 p.m. July 24.
Chair Yoga Class: Learn how to do stretches, taught by personal trainer Sandy Auriemma, at 12:30 p.m. July 27.
Movie Matinees: See “Julie and Julia” (Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession) at 2 p.m. July 18. “Fried Green Tomatoes” will be screened at 2 p.m. July 25.
Taste-Off for Teens: Teens can eat and vote for their favorite cheese pizza from local restaurants at 4:30 p.m. July 16. The event is limited to sixth- to 12th-graders. Registration is required.
Snickerdoodles: Toddlers meet with Miss Jennifer at 10 a.m. Mondays, July 16 and 23. Activities include tales, songs, dance and crafts, all with a food theme. Toddlers must be 2 by June 1, 2012.
Cutie Pies: Preschoolers meet with Miss Jennifer at 10 a.m. July 17 and 24 or 4:30 p.m. July 18 and 25. Highlights include stories, songs, dances and crafts. Preschoolers must be 3 by June 1, 2012.
Scooper Dupers: Kindergartners and first- and second-graders will meet with Miss Theresa for tales and art projects at 4:30 p.m. July 23 and 30 or 1 p.m. July 20 and 27.
State Rep. Sandra Pihos, R-42nd: Invites students in kindergarten to fifth grade from throughout Illinois House District 42 to participate in her annual Summer Reading Club, “Reading Makes you Smile.” Children who read eight or more books over the course of their summer break will be invited to a pizza and ice cream party that will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard. The party will include entertainment and special recognition for each reader.Informational brochures, which include a form that can be mailed back to Pihos’ office, can be found on www.sandrapihos.com or at the Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook.
Summer Adult Reading Program: Is under way, “Reading Is So Delicious,” sponsored by Friends of the Oak Brook Library. Upon completion, participants will receive a library shopping bag and be entered into a drawing for a prize. Program continues to Aug. 6. Registration required.
Activity Room: Open from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for teens in sixth grade and older to complete homework and socialize with peers. An assortment of games are available when a break is needed from studying. A librarian is available to assist with reference questions.
Oak Brook Public Library: Offers the addition of eBooks for the Kindle to downloadable options. It subscribes to eMediaLibrary by Over Drive to supply eBooks and audio books for mobile devices. Downloadable books also can be read or heard on laptops and computers.
People in Public Speaking: Meets every Monday at noon for an hour in the McDonald’s corporate offices. Individuals may join at any level of speaking ability. People in Public Speaking is an Oak Brook branch of Toastmasters International and is open to anyone interested in joining Toastmasters. See pips.toastmastersclubs.org/.
Brookfield-La Grange Park Lions Club: Meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at Ryan’s Pub, Brookfield. Go to email@example.com to request information.
La Grange Garden Club: Meets at 12:15 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (social and refreshments) followed at 1 p.m. by the meeting and program at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, (basement) 150 S. Ashland. If interested, e-mail Marty Van Ness at Matha824@aol.com.
Garden Club of LaGrange Park: Meeting on the first Monday of the month starting at noon in the LaGrange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine, LaGrange Park. Refreshments served; program follows. Call (708) 352-5059.
Newcomers Alumni: Women’s Social Club meets second Wednesday of the month September-June for lunch at various restaurants and country clubs throughout the western suburbs. Lunch served at noon, followed by entertainment. Call (708) 784-0297.
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930: Meets 7 p.m. on first and third Thursdays of each month in the LaGrange Park Library, 555 La Grange Road, LaGrange Park. Guests over 18 welcome. See http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org/.
Zonta International, Oak Brook: International service club that seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. There has been an interest to charter a local club in Oak Brook to serve the western suburban area. The Zonta Club of Joliet Area is the sponsoring club for the new charter. Anyone wishing to be considered for membership or for additional information may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hinsdale Chapter of PFLAG: Meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple. Regular monthly meetings held the first Sunday of each month 2-4 p.m. The chapter serves the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. Contact PFLAG help line, (630) 415-0622, or www.pflagillinois.org.
La Grange Newcomer Alums: Women’s Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, September-June, at various country clubs and restaurants throughout the western suburbs. Lunch is 12:15 p.m., followed by entertainment. Call (708) 341-6141.
Kiwanis Club, Willowbrook-Burr Ridge: Meets at noon the first four Thursdays of the month at Porterhouse on the corner of North Frontage Road and Madison Street in Burr Ridge. Visit www.wbkiwanis.org.
La Grange Garden Club: Meets the first Monday of the month at 12:15 p.m. (social and refreshments) followed by a 1 p.m. meeting and program at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, Fellowship Hall (basement), 150 S. Ashland.
Kiwanis Club of La Grange: Meets every Thursday at noon at the Park District of La Grange, 536 East Ave., Room 108 (46th and East Avenue). The mission of the Kiwanis Club is to serve the children of the world. Guests welcome. Call Carol (708) 352-2992.
Knack for Knitting/Knot: Group meets 7 p.m. Mondays in the Tyler Duelm Room at La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. Group meets weekly to share knowledge of knitting, patterns and stitch techniques with other knitters. From beginning knitter to advanced needle crafter, all welcome to share and learn the art of knitting. Registration not required; free. Visit www.lagrangelibrary.org or call (708) 352-0576.
Surprize Bridge Stakes Etc.: Meets 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park District of LaGrange Park, 536 East Ave. The club is a congenial intermediate Bridge mix. It sponsors tournaments and going for the gold and more partners are needed. Call Vera Lynch at (708) 447-8185.
Ali Lassen’s Leads Club: Oak Brook Chapter, meets 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at DuPage Club, 1901 S. Myers Road, Oakbrook Terrace. For reservations call Genny at (630) 738-6677.
All Bridge Saints: Duplicate Bridge Club American Contract Bridge League meets 6:45-10 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 121 E. 1st St. Hinsdale. Club welcomes all levels of skill. Call Ellie Nuellen, (815) 838-0646, or Bob Kucaba, (630) 561-4969.
Operation Warm Hearts: Meets 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Great Lounge of King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Everyone welcome to participate and suggest charitable organizations where donations may be made. Call (630) 230-9521.
West Suburban Toastmasters Club 930: Meets 7-8:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday at LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. La Grange Road. Step-by-step materials, a supportive audience, feedback from peers and a DVD of each of speech. Call Maren at (708) 387-1341 or Maggie at (773) 239-7892; visit http://wsuburban.freetoasthost.org, or e-mail 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.
York Radio Club: Meets 8 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Community Bank of Elmhurst, 330 W. Butterfield Drive. Visit www.yorkradioclub.com.
Midwest Pond and Koi Society: Meets for dinner 7:15 p.m. and a meeting at 8 p.m. every third Friday of the month, except November and December, at The Oaks of Burr Ridge, 300 S. Frontage Road, Burr Ridge. Dinner reservations must be made in advance. Visit www.mpks.org or call (312) 409-2081.
Oakbrook Terrace: Park District Fitness Center, 1 Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 574-0420; visit www.obtpd.org/fc.
Cheerleading: This blast from the past class will introduce kids ages 6-10 to the basics of cheerleading, including cheers, jumps and tumbling. Each clinic ends with a recital for friends and family. This class will meet at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, July 24 to Aug. 28. Class fee is $85 for residents and $107 for nonresidents.
Traveling World of Reptiles: Show presented by the Oakbrook Terrace Park District at 1 p.m. July 24 at the gazebo. This interactive show is a live, up close, hands-on experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Participants will see a 12- to 15-foot python, a 5-foot monitor lizard, 50-pound African tortoise, a small alligator and a 4-foot iguana.
Free Movies: Oakbrook Terrace Park District invites all families and area residents to enjoy an evening at Heritage Park watching free movies on the big 13-by-17 screen. “Dolphin Tale” (PG) will be shown July 18 and “Puss in Boots” (PG) will be shown Aug. 7. Both movies will begin at 8:45 p.m. Concessions available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown indoors at the Mario Parent Theater. No pre-registration is necessary.
Paddle Boats: The Oakbrook Terrace Park District has paddle boats available to rent from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday up to Aug. 15, and from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday, up to Aug. 22. Paddle boats can be rented for $3 per 30 minutes. The Park District also has a four-passenger Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible boat. Also new to the Park District is a Swan paddle boat that can seat up to four people and is $5 per 30 minutes. Children under 16 must be with an adult. Boat rental is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lake View Nature Center: 17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace, offers classes for nature lovers. Call (630) 941-8747 or visit www.obtpd.org/lvnc to register.
Fishing time: Families can pack a lunch and picnic by the water. Children 16 years of age and under are welcome to borrow a fishing pole and try their luck down at the pond catching a sunfish or even a large-mouth bass. Bait is available for a fee.
Passport to Adventure: Visit five participating attractions this summer and each participant will receive a certificate. Visit seven or more to receive a Passport prize. Children ages 4 and up can pick up their free Passport to Adventure at the Lake View Nature Center or other participating museums. The Passport to Adventure program runs Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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.
Annual Fishing Derby: Will be held from 8-10 a.m. July 21 at the Prospect Park Pond. Grab a fishing pole and head over to the pond for the summer tradition at the Clarendon Hills Park District. The pond will be stocked with farm-raised catfish and bass on the week of the derby; and trophies will be awarded for the longest fish caught in each age group. It is a catch-and-release event for residents. Registration will be held on the morning of the derby at the Earth-N-Bridge.
Horsemanship Classes: Will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15 and 22 at Arabian Knights Farm, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook. The upcoming session will be geared toward intermediate level riders who have already completed the beginner level class. Students age 8 and up will learn how to saddle and bridle a horse. Balance exercises on horseback will continue. There is a $135 resident fee; nonresidents will be charged $169. Register in advance at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center,
Tumblebear Gymnastics: Will have an Olympics theme. All classes take place Monday afternoons at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. and have a $52 resident fee ($65 for nonresidents). Advance registration is required. Classes with openings for the late summer session, which will run from July 23-Aug. 27, are: Parent-N-Tot Gymnastics - Go for the Gold! – 4-4:35 p.m., for youth who are walking to age 2, with a parent or caregiver. in attendance. The class stimulates the development of flexibility and coordination; there is music and group activities in each class; Preschool Gymnastics - Go for the Gold! – 4:40-5:15 p.m.; for ages: 3-5. The class offers instruction on the vault, beam, bars and air equipment, as well as tumbling; and Tumblebear Gymnastics - Go for the Gold! – 5:15-6 p.m.; for ages: 5-12. There will be time to work on the vault, bars, tumbling and the balance team.
Daily Rates: The Clarendon Hills Park District reminds residents about daily admission rates at the Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. Open swim is available from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days per week. The pool features a brand new water play feature for younger children, a water slide, six lap lanes, a baby pool and zero depth entry pool for toddlers, a sand volleyball court and sand play area and comfortable deck furnishings. A daily pass for an adult resident of Clarendon Hills is $8 per person, while Clarendon Hills youngsters ages 12 and under pay $5; senior citizen (age 60 and older) can swim for a $5 daily admission charge. Nonresidents pay $12, adults; or $7 for children ages 12 and under. Call (630) 323-2626 or (630) 325-1040.
Super Pass: Season pass holders at the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool are invited to purchase a Super Pass for $50 per person. The Super Pass entitles season pass holders to swim at both the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool and the Hinsdale Community Swimming Pool all summer long. All pass sales take place at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. The Community Center is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with limited evening and weekend hours available by appointment.
Swim Lessons: The Clarendon Hills Park District is accepting registration for its swim lesson program for the summer. All classes meet at the Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. This year, each swimming class will have a marine life name. Parents are encouraged to sign up returning participants for classes based upon their child’s prior lesson history, previous swim report card and age group. Program fees for each session of aquatics lessons will be $80 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Call (630) 323-2626 for information regarding: Stroke Clinic for ages 6 and older; Preschool Swim Lessons include Parent-Child Water Development for children ages 6 months to 5 years and a parent; Tiny Tot Starfish Level, ages 3-5 (without parents); Advanced Tiny Tot Seahorse Level, ages 3-5 (without parents); and Youth Swim Lessons for ages 5 and up (or children who have completed Preschool Swim Lessons), which include Level 1 Jellyfish, Level 2 Minnow, Level 3 Frog, Level 4 Turtle, Level 5 Dolphin and Level 6 Shark.
Semi-private/private swim lessons: At Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court. These lessons focus on safety, fun, water adjustment skills, stroke technique education, and confidence in the pool. A variety of options are available this summer for children ages 3 and up. Call Beth Martens at (630) 323-2626.
Pool Parties: The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool may be the best place to have a “fun in the sun” celebration this year. Three new birthday party packages are available this season, offering parents a party which includes set-up, swim time, food choices and clean up. All birthday parties are scheduled after 11 a.m. during regular season hours, up to Aug. 19. For details, call (630) 325-1040 and speak to the manager on duty.
Registration: Under way at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave., for the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Sea Lions Swim Team. Open to swimmers ages 5-18, the Sea Lions offer stroke technique education and competitive swimming. The Sea Lions Swim Team holds practice sessions at Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Court, and participates in meets as part of the West Suburban Swim Conference. There is a $180 resident ($225 nonresident) fee to participate in the program. A T-shirt and swim cap are included with the registration fee. Call Beth Martens, Aquatics manager, (630) 323-2626.
Clarendon Hills Park District: Active Learners Preschool, 315 Chicago Ave., is accepting enrollment for 3- and 4-year-old programs which begin in September. Terrific Threes classes for 3-year-old students will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, while the Fantastic Fours preschool-kindergarten program for older children will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Children enrolling in the 3-year-old program are required to have celebrated their third birthday by Sept. 1, while boys and girls enrolling in the pre-kindergarten program must turn 4 by Sept. 1. A $100 tuition deposit will hold a child’s place in the Active Learners Preschool for the coming year. Drop-in observations when class is in session are also encouraged. Call (630) 323-2626.
Platform Tennis: Enjoy the fast growing Midwest sport of platform tennis year round through a new series of beginner and advanced beginner drills presented through the Clarendon Hills Park District. All lessons are taught by six-time and 2010 National Platform Tennis Champion, Mary Doten. Learn the basic skills including grips, backhand volley, lobs, drives, serves, volley techniques and screens. Point play will conclude each drill. Paddles are available to purchase or use for demonstrations at each class session. The fee is $129.
Western Springs Recreation Department: 2012 Summer Brochure is being delivered to all homes in Western Springs. Copies are available online at www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp, or at the Recreation Center, 1500 Walker Ave.; Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand; and Village Hall, 740 Hillgrove. Nonresidents can request one by calling (708) 246-9070. A huge variety of classes for all ages are available including the very popular ones as well as many new programs and activities.
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: 536 East Ave., offers the following programs; call (708) 352-1762; www.pdlg.org.
Park Days: Come out and play games and join activities with the Park District of La Grange staff this summer. Kids 8 years and older can come on their own; children 7 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Bring a water bottle and wear gym shoes – 3-4 p.m. Aug. 9 at Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert. Activities will be canceled if inclement weather; see email@example.com.
Toddler Playtime Gym: The gym court at the Rec Center is set up with scooters, tunnels and other games to help toddlers develop their gross motor skills from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. No pre-registration required. Daily fee is $3, residents; $4, nonresidents. Pay the daily fee for the indoor playground and add Toddler Gym for only $2.
Park District of La Grange: Offers Learning Ladders Preschool classes for children ages 2 1/2-5 designed to meet the physical, social, intellectual and creative needs of children. Four of the classes are held at Gilbert Park and one of the classes is held at the Recreation Center. Preschool registration for 2012-13 is under way for residents and nonresidents.
Sign up: Park District of La Grange Fitness Classes for adults, seniors and kids. Adult fitness classes include Zumba, Spin, Drums Alive!, Kickboxing, Yoga and Bootcamp. In addition, several fitness classes have been added this season including Total Body Dance, Yoga Core, Zumba Gold for individuals 50 years of age and older, plus children’s fitness classes such as Hula Hoopin’ and Zumbatonic. A schedule is available by visiting www.pdlg.org. Classes are offered in the mornings, during the lunch hour, evenings and Saturdays. Childcare is available for many of the morning classes at a cost of $4 per child. Call (708) 352-1762.
Adult Fitness Classes: A variety of adult cardio and strength training classes are offered mornings, during the lunch hour, evenings and Saturdays to fit any schedule. A resident fee under $50 for most programs — childcare available for many morning classes for $4 per child. Core conditioning, yoga, spin, Zumba, Drums Alive, Piloxing and Pilates.
Win: Family Pass to the Recreation Center good for one year. The pass includes unlimited playground use, unlimited track use, 24 basketball open gym passes per family member and 24 toddler gym passes. Fill out an entry form at the front desk of the Rec Center. One entry per family per month allowed. (708) 352-1762.
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.
Ready Teddy Preschool: Housed at the Recreation Center of the Community Park District of LaGrange Park - still has openings for the 2012-13 school year. Ready Teddy Preschool is designed for children ages 2.5 to 5 years of age, including pre-kindergarten. Each class is focused to develop, involve and encourage learning, playing and independence based on the ages of the children. For those interested in the 2.5 to 3-year classes, openings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. There are additional classes for this age group that begin in January 2013, running from 8: 45-10:45 a.m.For those interested in the 3-year classes, classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The first class is 10: 45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The second class is from 1: 30-3:30 p.m. See the Community Park District’s Summer Brochure, available at www.cpdlgp.org. Call (708) 354-4580 and speak to Cristina D’Anna, preschool director, or Darla Goudeau, recreation supervisor.
Lake Geneva Cruise: Enjoy a Lake Geneva Luncheon Cruise with the Community Park District of LaGrange Park on July 17 aboard the Grand Belle of Geneva. During the 2.5 hour cruise, guests will receive a narrated tour, as well as an interesting history of Geneva Lake’s “rich and famous,” with details provided by the captain. Guests will also have time to shop before and after the cruise. The Lake Geneva Cruise bus departs from the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, at 8 a.m. and will return by 5:30 p.m. Guests will travel by motorcoach. Cost is $71 per person. Registration deadline is July 3. Visit www.cpdlgp.org, or call (708) 354-4580.
Memorial Park in LaGrange Park: 132 E. Oak Ave., The fenced-in, multi-use courts are now ready for use. Designed last year, this court was created with younger children in mind. The surface is decorated with games such as 4-square, hop scotch, shuffleboard and bases for kickball and soft baseball. There are also roller hockey circles and nets for those wishing to play. Memorial Park is open daily until 10 p.m.
Oak Brook Park District: 1450 Forest Gate Road; (630) 990-4233; www.obparks.org:
Summer Concert Series: Oak Brook Park District announces the musical lineup at 7 p.m. Thursdays – July 19: Stockwood; July 26: Rhythm Rockets; Aug. 2: Chicago String Artists as presented by Carl Linden: A Franz Benteler Tribute.
Family Horsemanship: Experience the wonder of horseback riding with the family this summer at the Arabian Knights Farms, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road in Willowbrook. From safety and balance to walking and trotting, beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available for the entire family, ages 8 and older. Class fee is $135 per session. Wednesday evening and Sunday morning sessions are available. To register, visit www.obparks.org.
From early birds to night owls: The Oak Brook Park District has a wide variety of drop-in group exercise classes available Mondays to Saturdays for those looking to step up their fitness routine for summer. New sessions run through Sept. 1 and are held at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Classes are free to members; per day fees are $10 for residents; $6 for residents 55-plus; $12, nonresidents; $8, nonresidents 55-plus. Fitness membership fees are available monthly or for the summer. Classes include: Outdoor Yoga; Boot Camp; Cardio Mix; Core Conditioning; Lo-Impact Cardio Strength Mix; Yoga; Aerobics Low-Impact; Barre Bodies; Beginner and Senior Pilates; Cardio Cross Train; Cardio Interval; Seated Aerobics; StrengthFlex; Yoga Renewal; Zumba; Belly Dancing; Bollywood/Bhangra Beats; Mixed Pilates. Call for specifics or check website.
Friday Night Cosmic Swim: From 6-9:30 p.m. Fridays at the Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. The water in the leisure pool changes color. Regular admission fees apply; www.obparks.org.
Family Aquatic Center: Parents and children ages 7 and younger are invited to drop-in and enjoy splashing around the Oak Brook Park District’s indoor beach-like recreational pool with special water play features from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Resident fee is $6, nonresident fee is $8 (members are free).
Boost Your Mood and Fitness Level: At the Oak Brook Park District Indoor Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. The following aquatic exercise classes are free to members or $10 for adult residents and $12 for nonresidents per session (there is a $4 discount for seniors 55+). No registration is necessary — Aqua Cardiotone: From 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Aqua Cardiotone is great exercise for people with beginning or advanced athletic skills. Learn water exercises for strength and conditioning of all the major muscle groups. Aerobic interval drills will improve athletic ability. Ages 18 and older. Aqua Max Mature: From 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy the five major benefits of water workouts: improve flexibility, increase muscle tone, increase cardiovascular endurance, enhance overall fitness and have fun. Adults ages 55+ will use low impact moves focusing on balance, posture and mobility. Arthritis Water Therapy: From 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. This water therapy class is designed to safely keep joints moving and improve sense of well-being, led by a trained and certified instructor. Ages 18 and older. Pilates Plus Aqua: From 8-9 a.m. Fridays. This innovative class combines the cardio benefits of an aerobics class with beginner level Pilates to strengthen, lengthen and align posture. It will also improve balance and flexibility and tighten core. Ages 18 and older.
SEASPAR: 4500 Belmont Road in Downers Grove (office), and Denning Park, 4903 S. Gilbert Ave., La Grange, provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities and is an extension of local park districts. Transportation is often available from SEASPAR offices. Call (630) 960-7600 or visit www.SEASPAR.org.
York Center Park District: 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886; www.yorkcenterparks.org/:
Extreme Teens On the Go: Teens are guaranteed to go on trips all around the Chicago area this summer to places such as Great America, Hurricane Harbor, city beaches, museums and more. Extended hours to accommodate parent work schedules are also offered. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt and backpack. Ages: Teens going into sixth to ninth grades; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Session 3 is July 23 to Aug. 10. Call (630) 629-0886 for rates.
Youth Game Night: Grab friends and get together at the York Center Park District, meet up in the museum and play video games such as Xbox, Play Station and Wii, also board games such as Monopoly, Clue, Apples to Apples and Sorry. Parents must sign a waiver registration form. Ages 6 to 10, Aug. 3, 6-7 p.m.; $5/resident, $7/nonresident. Register one week in advance.
NEDSRA: Serving DuPage and Cook Counties, opens registration for its new fall schedule with various programming for children and adults with disabilities. The programs are held at NEDSRA, 1770 W. Centennial Place in Addison, or in surrounding communities.
NEDSRA: Continuing its two Kids Klubs for youth with a mental disability or autism. Day Trippers, a program for adults with mental disabilities, meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Discounted rates are available for those who register for more than one day.
Windy City Fencing: The fencing club camp for beginners, offered by The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale, for individuals age 8 and older, will be held from 12:30-2;30 p.m. July 16-20. Call Jenna Jakalski at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237 for information.
Basketball Camp: Former collegiate and professional players will instruct participants on dribbling, shooting, ball-handling and passing skills. Younger participants will learn the fundamentals of basketball, while also being exposed to rules, and offensive and defensive principles of the game. The camp takes place from July 16-20 at the The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. First- to fifth-graders play from 2:30-4:30 p.m., while sixth- to eighth-graders play from 4:30-6;30 p.m. Call Jenna Jakalski at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237 for information.
Broadway Kids: An interactive learning experience for youth ages 4-6 will encourage a child to participate in a class-setting, while playing theatrical games, singing songs, and learning dance moves from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 16-20 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Call Jenna Jakalski at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237 for information.
What’s My Line?: In an interactive class for third- to seventh-graders, children can learn the fundamentals of improvisation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 16-20 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Through improv games and scene work, the students can gain a sense of “group mind” and the confidence and skills to move on in traditional acting program. The last class will be an opportunity for family participation in a “Whose Line is it Anyway?” style performance. Call Jenna Jakalski at (630) 323-7500, Ext. 237 for information.
Western Springs Summer Camp: Just for Tots Camp is for children ages 3 and 4. Two-day camp is 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various locations. Cost is $58 for residents and $78 for non-residents. Three-day camps are 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Laidlaw. Cost is $78 for residents and $98 for non-residents. Scampers Camp is for children entering second through fourth grade. Five-day camp is 9-11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays at Field Park. Cost is $95 for residents/$115 for non-residents. Tower Camp is for children ages 5 and 6. Five-day camp is 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at various locations. Cost is $95 for residents/$115 for non-residents. Three-day camp is 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Western Springs Recreation Center. Cost is $85 for residents/ $105 for non-residents. Call (708) 246-9070, Ext. 426 for availability.
Aleks Mihailovic Soccer: Camp will be held from 9 a.m.-noon, July 30-Aug. 3 at the Prospect Park Soccer Field and is open to players ages 4-17. The program will offer professional soccer instruction covering technical and tactical training, with an emphasis on confidence, leadership, motivation and game strategy. Players will be divided by age and ability level. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt, certificate of achievement and the opportunity to participate in an awards ceremony on the last day of camp. All campers are asked to bring a soccer ball, shin guards and a water bottle to camp each day. There is a $129 resident fee; nonresidents will pay $162. Discounts will be provided to families registering more than one child for camp. Register in advance at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave.
Park District of La Grange: Summer camp registration for residents and nonresidents is under way. Registration can be completed in person at the Recreation Center, 536 East Ave., or online at www.pdlg.org. Neither procedure has priority over the other. Summer camp programs are offered in one-week sessions to provide flexibility for families’ summer schedules. Camps are divided into full- and half-day options with age-appropriate sections. Camp Tiny Tots is a half-day morning camp with two sections, one for children ages 2 ½ or 3 and one for 3½- to 5-year-olds. Camp-A-Palooza is a half-day morning camp for youth ages 5-12. Full-day camps are Camp Mighty Munchkins for kids ages 4-6 and Camp Quest for ages 7-12. Full-day camps offer before and after care with drop-off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pickup as late as 5 p.m. All Park District of La Grange summer camp staff are trained in CPR/AED and first aid. The camper to staff ratio is 6:1 for all camps. Each week has a theme with age-appropriate songs, crafts, games, sports and other activities.
Extreme Teens On the Go: Teens are guaranteed to go on trips all around Chicago this summer, to places like Great America, Hurricane Harbor, city beaches, museums, and more. Also offered are extended hours to accommodate parent work schedules. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt and backpack. For teens going into sixth to ninth grades; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Session 3 – July 23 to Aug. 10. Contact the York Center Park District, 1609 S. Luther Ave., Lombard; (630) 629-0886, www.yorkcenterparks.org/.
Summer Services: La Grange Bible Church, 850 S. 7th Ave., conducts its Summer Worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. The services will continue through Sept. 2 with a nursery and children’s church available. Call (708) 354-2485 or see www.lagrangebible.org.
First Baptist Church of La Grange: 20 Ashland Ave., La Grange, holds morning prayer Tuesdays 6:30 a.m. Bell Avenue doors will be open and morning prayers are held in the chapel. Prayers are for the church, the community, the country and the world. Joys and concerns shared.
Renovate and Rejuvenate: Women’s Bible Study is offered at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Halls, presented by Priscilla Shirer. Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the booklet for $13 plus tax at Christ Church Bookstore. Contact Pat Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (630) 654-1882.
Contact: Group of multi-generational adults in passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ held at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 10 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall 2. It is a safe place to connect with other believers who are learning and applying biblical truths to life. Contact is a great place to make new friends and explore what living a life of faith is all about. Coach is Tim Couture, email@example.com.
Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus: New 28–episode video series filmed entirely on location in Israel and the West Bank, is being shown in the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. To learn more and watch a Tony Moore video clip, go to www.biblicalworld.org.
Bible Class: For teen and adults with disabilities, Friendship Bible Class, is 10 a.m. Sundays at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook in Room 251. Coach is Sallie Barre, (630) 834-0862, 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.
Plymouth Place Senior Living: 315 N. La Grange Road, La Grange, (708) 482-6805, offers:
July 12: LaGrange Art League reception, 4 p.m. – Meet the artists from the La Grange Art League who are exhibiting in the Gallery this month. Refreshments will be served.
July 12: “Antarctica” at 7:15 p.m. in Dole Hall, presented by June Scott.
July 13: Bastille Day Program at 3 p.m. in Dole Hall. Join resident Estelle Rosenthal telling stories of her homeland and growing up in France, as well as a photo travelogue of Rita Lopienski’s recent family reunion in France.
July 16: “America’s Last Landscape: The Tall Grass Prairie” at 1 p.m. in Dole Hall. Guest Rita McCabe, a Save the Prairie Society representative, will show the film, a narration that re-creates a time when wildlife was both prolific and diverse. She also will share information about the Wolf Road Prairie in Westchester.
July 16: Hymn Sing at 3 p.m. in Albert Hall.
July 18: French singer Claudia Hommel at 3 p.m. in Dole Hall. Known for her cabaret concerts of French and American songs celebrating Paris, Hommel will have accordion accompaniment.
July 19: Drumming Circle at 3 p.m. in Albert Hall. Learn about drums from around the world and learn firsthand how playing exotic drums can be a spiritual and creative experience.
July 21: Singer Larry Levin at 10:30 a.m. in Albert Hall.
July 23: Pianist Lloyd Andrew, “Mr. Showman,” at 2:30 p.m. in Albert Hall.
Navy Brass Band: Area 60-plus residents are invited to attend a performance of the U.S. Navy Liberty Call Brass Band at 6: 30 p.m. July 25 on the outdoor garden terrace of King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Music ranges from New Orleans-style tunes to popular music including country, rock, jazz and blues. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and wear red, white and blue. In the event of rain, the concert will be cancelled. To make a reservation, call (630) 230-9521.
Cantigny Park: 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, announced a new social club for seniors meeting on the first and third Monday of the month. Membership in the Golden Oak Club is open to all people ages 65 and up. Golden Oak meetings will take place in the Cantigny Education Center from 10-11:30 a.m. The second club meeting of the month will be devoted to activities, games and socializing. Cost is $25 per year and includes parking and light refreshments for each meeting. The club will gather through October. Cantigny also plans a Fitness Walking program on Saturdays; walks are open to all ages. For seniors with limited mobility, complimentary shuttle service will be available from the parking area to the Education Center before and after each meeting. To join, call (630) 260.8162 or visit Cantigny.org.
Oak Brook Park District: Pioneer Program is an active social group for anyone 55 and over who seeks new and exciting trips and entertainment. The Pioneer Program also provides regular social events and luncheons. Call the Oak Brook Park District administration desk at (630) 645-9590 or visit www.obparks.org. Registration is accepted at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, or online.
Join the Pioneers: Afternoon of fun and friendly bingo competitions from 1-3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Prizes, coffee and cookies will be provided. Free.
The Pioneers: Enjoy a fun afternoon movie from 1-3 p.m. each fourth Tuesday of the month at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Complimentary popcorn will be provided. Free.
La Grange and LaGrange Park: Business associations and Aging Care Connections, La Grange, have announced merchants will launch a Senior Discount Day program, offering reduced prices and offers to individuals 60 years of age and older. A card describing the program will be displayed near the cashier at each participating vendor. Merchants interested in participating in the Senior Discount Program should contact Linda Hussey at Aging Care via e-mail at email@example.com or (708) 354-1323, Ext. 242.
Exercise: For older adults with dementia held from 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays at Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. Cost is $56 for a six-week session. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 10.
Aging Care Connections: 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange, offers Sensible Fitness classes for older adults from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Fridays in seven-week sessions. (This class is also good for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.) Cost is $56 per couple or $10 per class. Call (708) 354-1323, Ext. 228, to register.
Fellowship of Seniors: Meets at 3 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, 60 55th St. This group visits the Arboretum, has ice cream socials, and invites experts to present information on topics of interest to seniors. Call (630) 325-2220, or log onto www.YourChrist.org.
ACT II: Creative writing program has a communal structure with rotation of leadership for writing assignments based on fact, fiction or fractured fairy tales. Classes meet on the first and third Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Admitting/Cashier’s Conference Room of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Meet other ACT II members who are writing poems, telling their stories, or making them up for the first time. Tell your story in your own words. New members are always welcome. Admission is free. Reservations requested by calling (630) 856-7525.
AMC (ACT II Movie Classics): Meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Call (630) 856-7525 to register.
ACT II Book Look: Group meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Cashier’s Conference Room of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Reservations are requested by calling (630) 856-7525.
ConfiCare Act II: Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange, offers the following senior programs for adults 50 and older. Call (708) 245-8170; to make a reservation, call (630) 856-7525:
Fitness Fun: Strength-Cardio (Aerobics)-Stretch Combo for ACT II members meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. in the Dixon Education Center classroom of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. A Saturday class meets at 8:30 a.m. Strength Training aims to shape and define while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Low-impact aerobics strengthens the heart and lungs while burning fat for weight loss.
ACT II Snapshots: Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. in the La Grange Memorial Hospital Dixon Classroom for one hour. Reservations are requested by calling (630) 856-7525. There is no charge.
ACT II: Escorted day trips are planned throughout the year and extended air and motorcoach trips are also available with membership discounts through ACT II.
AARP Hinsdale Chapter: Meets 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month in the Hinsdale Community House, 8th and Madison, Hinsdale. Call Bernie Hiles, (708) 409-0903, or Dorothy Martinsen, (630) 325-0840.
Active Adult Programs: The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale include Prime Time, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Fit Express and seated exercise classes for older adults and individuals with physical challenges. Call Kate Vogts for times and pricing. (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
Seated Exercise Classes: Offered 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Purchase 10-class punch card for $50 for members; $62 for guests. Call Kate Vogts (630) 323-7500, Ext. 225.
ROMEOs: Retired Older Men Eating Out meets at 8 a.m. first Monday of the month at Blueberry Hill. This group from Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills was formed to give retired men a chance to get away for a couple of hours, have breakfast with men of faith and socialize. All men welcome. Call (630) 325-2220, or visit www.YourChrist.org.
Senior Day Trips: Coordinated by the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club; call Kathy Forzley, (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org:
Indoor Picnic: The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club for adults age 50 and older will have its annual Good Old Summertime Indoor Picnic from noon-2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Community Center. There will be lunch, musical entertainment and time to socialize. The event is free and open to residents of Clarendon Hills. Register in advance at the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave.
Cabaret Cruise: The Clarendon Hills Park District’s Rainbow Club will enjoy a “Spirit of Chicago Cabaret Cruise” on Aug. 21. A luxury motorcoach will depart from the Community Center at 10: 30 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m. Travelers will enjoy the grand lunch buffet with a two-hour boat ride, which will provide an exciting view of the city skyline. An interactive jazz duo will perform. There is a $72 charge. Register at the Community Center by July 24. Call (630) 323-2626.
East Troy Electric Railroad: The Rainbow Club travelers will journey to southeast Wisconsin, where they will visit the depot museum before enjoying a two-hour historic and picturesque train ride through the hills of southeast Wisconsin on July 19. Lunch will be served onboard. Following the train ride, there will be time for shopping at quaint gift shops, followed by a visit to the Elegant Farmer, which includes a renowned deli, bakery and fresh farm products. A luxury motorcoach will depart from the Community Center at 8:15 a.m. and return to the western suburbs by 4:30 p.m. There is a $75 fee. Register the Clarendon Hills Park District Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave.; call (630) 323-2626.
Western Springs Seniors Club: Meets at 1 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Western Springs Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St. Western Springs Seniors Club membership eligibility is age 55. Residency not required; annual dues are $10. Dues should be paid to Gail Stern, treasurer.(708) 246-9070:
Western Springs Senior Center: Offers “A Movie Afternoon” from 1-3 p.m., usually on the fourth Thursday of the month: July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 14. Popcorn and beverages are provided. The program meets in the Western Springs Senior Center (Grand Avenue Community Center), 4211 Grand Ave. Call (708) 246-3299.
Senior Men’s Bridge Club: Meets at noon every Thursday at Lyonsville Congregational Church, located at Wolf and Joliet roads. Men of any skill or experience level welcome. The club has three eight-week tournaments a year with open play the rest of year. Call Vern Kramer at (708) 246-8888 or Bob Terp (708) 784-0921.
Forever Young: Senior program offers bingo and sandwiches from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of month for $6 and $1 per bingo card. Movies and lunch will be from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of month for $6. Games and birthday celebrations are held from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of month for $2. Catered lunch, featuring a speaker or entertainment, is from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month for $6. Activities take place at Pleasant Dale Park District, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. Call Chris Yesutis at (630) 662-6220.
Elmhurst Historical Museum: To support these efforts, the museum is in need of volunteers of high school age or older in the following areas: Children’s craft programs, visitor services, special events, office/clerical, and exhibit installation. Depending on the task, volunteer opportunities are available every day of the week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and the commitment level may be as minimal as only four hours per month. Days and hours are flexible with training and orientation provided. A volunteer application is available to download from www.elmhursthistory.org (on the Volunteers page) or a printed copy can be mailed or picked at the Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Call Nancy Himmes, (630) 833-1457.
Hinsdale History Museum: 15 S. Clay St., is seeking volunteer tour guides to lead group tours of the Hinsdale History Museum to schoolchildren. Training and materials will be provided and no prior experience is necessary. Contact Anne Swenson at (630) 789-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graue Mill and Museum: Oak Brook, 3800 York Road, is looking for people to become a part of its organization. Volunteers are needed to accommodate the school groups who attend each year as well as other visitors. Volunteers will be taught to use a drop spindle and spinning wheel and do weaving skills. They also will be provided with information about local history and how to interpret it to others. A volunteer commitment of one or two three-hour sessions per month is sought. Call the mill office at (630) 920-9720, Ext. 22, or email email@example.com.
HCS Family Services: Hinsdale based is looking for volunteers to be a Parent Mentor to a family facing difficulties raising their children. The program is a one-year commitment; volunteers will be matched with a family and meet with them twice a month and attend various parenting classes together. Call Trayce Biancalana at (630) 323-2500.
DuPage Convalescent Center: Wheaton, seeks teenagers interested in gaining work experience through the VolunTeen program. Energetic teens, ages 14 and 17, encouraged to join program to help with recreation programs or outings, provide in-house transport services, share musical talents, provide companionship to residents and more. Volunteers get an opportunity to learn more about the health care field, develop skills and make friends. Visit dupageco.org/convo to submit an online application or call (630) 784-4260 to set up an interview. Contact Shauna Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
King-Bruwaert House: 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, seeks adult volunteers to assist and transport residents with wheelchairs or walkers as they attend a weekly, on-site inter-faith church service 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Call Activities and Volunteer Services Director Mary Meegan at (630) 230-9522. All volunteers asked to undergo a brief training session and background check.
Hinsdale Humane Society: Needs volunteers to join its foster care program. The society foster care program matches community volunteers with homeless pets in need of additional care and attention. Foster care volunteers provide temporary in-home care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats until they are ready for adoption. Hinsdale Humane Society provides all necessary food, equipment, training and support. Volunteers are required to complete Hinsdale Humane Society’s orientation and training process. Call (630) 323-5630 or visit www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.
Community Nurse Health Association: Needs volunteers to help with sorting, pricing and cashiering at The Carousel Shop, 23 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange; pricing and arranging at The Corner Shoppe, 27 Calendar Ave.; planning special events with the Women’s Auxiliary; serving on the board of directors; and offering medical expertise in clinics. Call Harriet VerGowe at (708) 352-0081 or e-mail email@example.com.
Western Springs Historical Society: Seeks volunteers to work in its archives Tuesday mornings at the Grand Avenue Community Center. Training provided. Volunteers also needed to give tours to children and serve as docents at the Water Tower Museum. Call (708) 246-9230.
Hospice volunteers: Needed for the Generations Hospice Team in Westchester. Volunteers give support to the hospice patient and family in the home or in a skilled nursing facility. Volunteers also support the care team in the office. Call Jim White, (708) 409-3040, or see www.generationshospice.com.