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Submissions for “Community Calendar” are required two weeks preceding the date of publication. Send to: Mary Ann Bottari, Pioneer Press, 3701 W. Lake Ave., Glenview IL 60026; mbottari@pioneerlocal.com. Information may be faxed to (847) 486-7495.

The city of Park Ridge lists the following meeting for the week which take place in City Hall, 505 Butler place, unless otherwise noted. for a complete agenda, call City Hall at (847) 318-5200.

Feb. 8 - Committee-of-the-Whole (Public Works/Public Safety), 7 p.m.

Feb. 9 - Human Needs Task Force, 8:30 a.m.; Heritage Committee, 3:45 p.m.; Tree Preservation Task Force, 6 p.m.; Library Board Committees, 7:30 p.m., Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave.

Feb. 10 - O’Hare Airport Commission, 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 - Park Ridge Youth Commission, 7 p.m., fire Department, 901 W. Devon Ave.; Library Board Committees, 7:30 p.m., Park Ridge Public Library.

Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 720 Garden St., (847) 825-3121 schedule: Feb. 4, 4-6:30 p.m.: Multi-Chamber Chocolate & Champagne Networking Event, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. Mingle with members of 12 local Chambers and network while enjoying chocolate, champagne and light appetizers. Sponsorships and exhibit table opportunities available. $15 per attendee prior to Jan. 29.

The Rev. Vaughn Fayle, OFM, professor of theology and philosophy, composer and Thomas Merton scholar, will discuss the book, Sophia: the Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton, by Christopher Pramuk, at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Immaculate Conception Parish Assembly, 7211 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. the book argues that as Merton, Trappist monk and famous writer, came to a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ as the “Wisdom of God,” and the creator of reality, he experienced a bonding with all humanity and an insight that all religions have a piece of the truth. the talk is sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. A good will offering of $5 is recommended and parking is available. call Mike Brennan, (773) 447-3989 (cell) or e-mail him at michaelbrennan@ameritech.net.

The Twenty-first Star Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting Feb. 10 at the Des Plaines Elks Lodge No. 1625, 495 Lee St., Des Plaines. Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. American History Scholars and Good Citizen winners from the Maine Township High Schools and Niles North High School will be honored. Shirley Howenstine, executive director of the Illinois Orphan Train Heritage Society, aka “The Train Lady,” will speak about the mass relocation of children in the United States via trains and the recognized start of documented foster care in around 1872. Women in the northwest suburban area, who are interested in membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution may call second Vice Regent, Betty Borman at (847) 818-9001.

The General Meeting of the 20th Century Club of Park Ridge will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, Crescent and Delphia avenues. the program, “Our Kitchen Is Yours,” will be presented by Dominic Cimilluca, owner of Dominic’s Kitchen at 116 Main St. in Park Ridge. He will demonstrate new and unique kitchen gadgets. He also plans to give helpful hints to enhance the cooking skills of those present.

The Park Ridge Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave. Feb. 11: A Climate Crisis with Kent Taylor, who was a diver/lecturer at the Shedd Aquarium. this is a presentation largely created by Al Gore, updated from his movie “An Inconvenient Truth.” call Garden Publicity Chairman Judy Connors at (847) 698-5929. the Park Ridge Garden Club is a member of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, inc. Central Region, District IX, and the National Garden Clubs, inc.

Alumnae Club of Park Ridge will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at South Park Fieldhouse, Talcott Road and Cumberland Ave., Park Ridge. Allison K. Deputy will present a program on and demonstrate the benefits of Tai Chi. Members are asked to wear comfortable clothing to participate. Book Review members will be hostesses for the meeting.

The Park Ridge Catholic Woman’ Club will meet at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Park Ridge South Recreational Center, 833 Talcott Road, Park Ridge. the program will be the club’s annual games and card party followed by dessert and coffee. Friends are welcome.

Park Ridge Community Women lists its February schedule — Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.: General Meeting at a member’s home. Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m.: Family Valentine event with crafts, games and a treat, at the Park Ridge Public Library. Feb. 20, 7 p.m.: Gourmet Dinner at various members’ homes. Feb. 27: New member brunch; call for details. Feb. 28: PRCW will cook and serve Sunday Supper to the homeless at St. Paul of the Cross. all guests and potential new members are welcome at all events. call Susan Melidosian, (847) 561-6161, for information or visit www.PRCW.org.

The Park Ridge “Noon” Kiwanis Club will serve its annual “all-you-can-eat” Spaghetti Dinner from 4:45-7 p.m. Feb. 12. the dinner will be held at first United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12; kids under 6 eat free. the dinner tickets also include a Pickwick Theatre coupon. Proceeds of the dinner support community organizations and projects. for tickets, call Tim Coyne, (847) 384-9209, or Dave Donovan, (847) 692.9077.

Park Ridge Toastmasters Club meetings are open to the public and are at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the first United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave. call club president, Bernie Perlstein, (312) 560-9921, or Cruz Bernal-Albano, (847) 702-5044, or go to www.parkridgetoastmasters.com.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7712 meet every second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Post on Caldwell Avenue (next to Tam Tennis in Niles on Howard Street). the post is open also from 7 p.m. until closing Fridays. all veterans from Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan Korea, World War II are welcome. Contact Bernard Beverley, (847) 966-5479, or jamesbond54762@yahoo.com.

The Korean War Veterans Association, Greater Chicago Chapter No. 25, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Montclare-Leyden VFW Post, 6940 W. Diversey Ave. call Joe Henmueller, (773) 774-9671.

I Chiacchieroni Italian-language dinner group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Salerno’s, 1716 E. Kensington Road, Mount Prospect. the next meeting will be Feb. 11. call Gabriella, at (847) 292-0089, or e-mail ichiacchieroni@yahoo.com.

Women in the northwest suburbs who can trace their ancestry to a patriot of the American Revolution can become members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. call second Vice-Regent Betty Borman, at (847) 692-6279.

The Polish Women’s Alliance has a reorganized research library and reading room at 6643 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, second floor. Many books both in Polish and English are available from 9 a.m.-to 3 p.m. for a list of catalogued books go to www.pwaa.org and click on the library button. Contact Vice President Sharon Zago, at (847) 384-1208, or Treasurer Barbara Miller, at (847) 384-1206.

Des Plaines Geology Society meets at 8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Des Plaines Leisure Center, 2222 Birch St., Des Plaines (north of Touhy Avenue, between River and Mannheim roads).

Golf Mill Shopping Center, Milwaukee Avenue and Golf Road in Niles, will host a Miss Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Center Court. Parents may enter their children one hour prior to contest start time. Entries are being accepted now. Everyone will receive a trophy. the Baby Pageant is for boys and girls: Baby – under 1 year; tiny – 1 year; little – 2 and 3 years. A king and queen will be chosen in each age group. They will receive a crown, trophy, banner, and runners-up in each age group will receive a trophy. the Model search is for girls, ages 4-27. Age groups are: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17 and 18-27. A winner in each age group will receive a crown, trophy and banner and runners-up will receive a trophy. Entry forms are available at www.pageantinfo.com or the Mall Customer Service Center located near JCPenney.

Any women interested in joining the Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care Threshold Singers can contact Kathy Huber at (847) 685-9900. Practices are held on two Thursdays each month starting at 6:45 p.m. in Park Ridge. Threshold Singers are trained to sing in groups of two and three at the bedside of those who are sick and dying. the songs are generally traditional or simple rounds, chants, lullabies and hymns that can be chosen to respond to musical taste and spiritual direction. Singers go through patient care volunteer training, but there are no auditions; only requirements are a love of music and a desire to serve others.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, offers the following events – Eva Clarke, one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust, shares her mother’s inspiring story on the strength of the human spirit at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Museum members: $10; nonmembers: $20. at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Bernard Beck, resident ensemble member of Piven Theatre, will become Leo Gold, a Holocaust survivor grappling with memory loss, as he performs and discusses excerpts from the production, “Number of People,” by Emilie Beck, premiering at Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, March 6-April 11. Program attendees will receive vouchers for complimentary admission to “Number of People” at Piven Theatre. Free with museum admission. A special “sneak peek” of Kartemquin Films’ new documentary, “Prisoner of her Past,” tells the haunting story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing 60 years later to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28. the film follows her son, Chicago Tribune arts and jazz critic Howard Reich, as he journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Along the way, he finds a family he never knew he had. this film is the first to expose the little-known, little-understood illness: late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A panel discussion, question and answer session, and book-signing with Howard Reich will follow the screening. Museum members: $15; nonmembers: $20. call (847) 967-4889 or visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org for reservations.

The new Meijer store at 9000 W. Golf Road in Niles offers visitors chances to win a four-day trip for two to Cancun including airfare and accommodations. Another winner will be selected to receive a Chicago Dining Passport gift certificate, valid at acclaimed Chicago restaurants Marche, Gioco, Red Light and Opera. this contest runs through Feb. 6. Another contest offers a year’s worth of free groceries, to be provided as a $100 Meijer gift card for each week in 2010. Patrons will have the chance to enter this contest until Feb. 20. the new Meijer store in Niles is grocery and pharmacy focused, while still providing some general merchandise offerings. Additionally, the store will feature many grocery items geared toward the diverse community that surrounds it.

Chicago Blackhawk Center Colin Fraser is having a winning season, as the Blackhawks are on fire this year. on Feb. 4, Fraser is sure to bring some of that heat into the Meijer kitchen, where he will whip up a signature dish for the crowd at Meijer’s newest store, located at 9000 W. Golf Road in Niles. His teammates consider him the “best chef on the team.” Meijer Healthy Living Advisor Maribel Alchin will accompany Fraser as they prepare their culinary creation. Fraser will cook up a storm from 5-6 p.m. and sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. the first 200 people to arrive starting at 4 p.m. will receive a wristband that ensures an autograph from Fraser. Fraser will cook up a storm from 5-6 p.m. and sign autographs from 6-7 p.m.

Immaculate Conception School’s Parents’ Club will present the play, “Late Nite Catechism,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Parish Center, 7263 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 per person by either calling (773) 775-1332 or in person at the I.C. Rectory (7211 W. Talcott Ave.). Tickets at the door on the night of the performance are $30 per person.

Tickets are on sale for St. Mary Episcopal Church’s Mardi Gras event, the St. Mary’s Bourbon Street Ballroom, which will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at 306 S. Prospect Ave. the event includes food, music by Joe Lill’s Six of One, a live auction and “new and improved key contest.” Tickets are $50 per person; $40, seniors; $75, balcony single. High quality donations are sought such as iPods, video game systems, gift certificates or donations of time and knowledge. Contact Cary Yager, (847) 698-6681, or coyager@comcast.net. all proceeds will benefit the people of Haiti.

Immaculate Conception’s Holy Name Men’s Club will host its annual Super Bowl Party on Feb. 7 in the I.C. Parish Center, 7271 W. Talcott Ave. in Chicago. the party will feature a number of fun activities. Hot dogs, chili, snacks, a buffet and desserts are included in the entrance fee. Doors open at 3 p.m. so that guests can catch the pre-game shows. Advance ticket sales are available for $20 per person or $35 per couple, and may be purchased at the Immaculate Conception Parish Rectory, 7211 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago, during normal business hours or after Masses on Sunday. call the rectory, (773) 775-3833.

Avenues Thrift Shoppe offers great prices and specials on gently used clothing for infants, children and adults, shoes, household items, books and small furniture. on Wednesdays, seniors 60 years and older receive 10 percent off all regularly priced items. the main shop is located at 7710 W. Touhy Ave. in Chicago, and the “boutique” shop at 7700 Touhy Ave. features upscale clothing, outerwear, collectibles and finer merchandise. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 1-8 p.m. Thursdays. Donations are accepted 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays only. Donate only gently used clothing; broken or obsolete electronics cannot be accepted. purchases help adults with developmental disabilities. Avenues to Independence is a nonprofit organization based at 515 Busse Highway in Park Ridge that offers a variety of programs to enhance an individual’s work, social, and daily living skills. for information on donations or to volunteer, contact Michael Frustini, (773) 631-6230.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, continues its “In Conversation with…” series which provides opportunities to share knowledge about a specific aspect of the Holocaust or contemporary genocides with Museum visitors. on Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to explore memory, identity and loss from the perspective of Holocaust survivor testimony, social services and theater. Participants include David Bier, consultant for Holocaust Community Services; and David Chack, president of the Association of Jewish Theatre. this event precedes the Feb. 28 film screening of “Prisoner of her Past” and will address many of the issues central to this documentary. Free with museum admission. call (847) 967-4889 or visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, continues its “In Conversation with…” series which provides opportunities to share knowledge about a specific aspect of the Holocaust or contemporary genocides with Museum visitors. on Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to explore memory, identity and loss from the perspective of Holocaust survivor testimony, social services and theater. Participants include David Bier, consultant for Holocaust Community Services; and David Chack, president of the Association of Jewish Theatre. this event precedes the Feb. 28 film screening of “Prisoner of her Past” and will address many of the issues central to this documentary. Free with museum admission. call (847) 967-4889 or visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, will welcome its second traveling exhibition, “Anne Frank: A History for Today” runs through Feb. 28. Hours are: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. the story of Anne Frank and her family is juxtaposed against world events before, during and after Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party’s rise to power. Included are dozens of photographs of the Frank family and other occupants of the Secret Annex. the exhibition depicts those who chose to join the Nazi party, those who were bystanders and those who were willing to resist Nazi tyranny. it explores how racism, persecution and genocide were facilitated by political decisions as well as the actions of individuals. call (847) 967-4800.

The Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge, (847) 823-0453, calendar of events includes:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays (every week) – Employment counseling, by appointment.

Monday, Feb. 8 – Alzheimer’s caregivers support group, 10 a.m.

Tuesdays, Feb. 2 and 16 – Medicare counseling, by appointment.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays starting Feb. 6 – Income tax preparation, by appointment.

Wednesdays, Feb. 10 and 24 – Grief and loss support group (call first).

Saturdays, Feb. 13 and 27 – Legal counseling, by appointment.

Saturday, Feb. 27 – Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, 10 a.m.-noon (no appointment needed)

Low-cost income tax preparation will be available by appointment at the Center of Concern in Park Ridge on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, Feb. 6 through April 10. Adults of all ages with annual incomes under $40,000 (excluding Social Security benefits) are welcome. the fee for basic federal and state returns, including Schedules A, B, and D and forms for the Earned Income Tax Credit, is $35. more complex returns cost up to $50. call (847) 823-0453 to make an appointment. Homebound residents may ask to have a tax preparer come to their home.

Center counselors also are available to help eligible residents apply for Illinois Circuit Breaker property tax relief grants and license plate discounts, Illinois Cares Rx (prescription drug assistance), the senior citizen real estate tax exemption and deferral, the senior citizen tax assessment freeze, and the long-time occupant homeowner property tax exemption.

Support groups for Alzheimer’s caregivers, those suffering from grief and loss, and seniors seeking to improve their nutrition are available at the Center of Concern in Park Ridge. the center also offers affordable personal counseling to adults of all ages. for more information, call center social worker Myrna Fogarty at (847) 823-0453. the Center is located at 1580 N. Northwest Hwy., Suite 310, in Park Ridge. the center also offers housing counseling for seniors and others seeking affordable housing, programs designed to prevent homelessness, in-home health care referrals, friendly visitors for the homebound, and volunteer opportunities in the office and in the field.

Employment counseling and preparation of simple wills and durable powers of attorney for health care and property also are available by appointment.

The Service League of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital hosts a Jewelry Sale fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19 in the hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge. the sale will feature rings, watches, bracelets, necklaces, scarves, leather goods, belts and more. call (847) 723-6105.

Under the leadership of Christian Care & Fellowship, St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 5650 N. Canfield, Norwood Park, collects food to be taken to St. Cyprian’s Food Pantry. Donations are welcome. the pantry’s needs change monthly. call (708) 867-5044, or visit www.stpaulcanfield.org.

Avenues to Independence invites you to travel back to the ’60s and “Put A little love in your Heart” from 6 p.m.-midnight Feb. 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Ballroom, Rosemont. this annual fundraiser benefits adults with developmental disabilities, and includes an open bar, dinner, dancing, entertainment, silent auction, and valet parking; $150. call (847) 292-0870, Ext. 108.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Mardi Gras will be Feb. 13. in addition to a live auction and music provided by Joe Lill’s Six of One, a new and improved key contest, “The Bells of St. Mary’s Ring for Outreach,” will be featured.” once again, high-quality donations, such as iPods, video game systems, gift certificates for evenings out, or tickets to sporting events are sought. Many of the most sought-after prizes include donations of time and knowledge (offering lessons in a hobby or profession or give parents the gift of a night of baby-sitting). Contact Cary Yager at (847) 698-6681 or coyager@comcast.net if interested in making a donation. Tickets are $50 single or $100 couple; $40 senior single, $80 senior couple; $75 balcony single, $150 balcony couple. Proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Outreach partners. St. Mary’s is located at 306 S. Prospect Ave.

On Feb. 27 the Park Ridge Public Library will host “Chicago in History and Mystery,” a special evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and presentations by several noted Chicago writers. Proceeds from the fund-raiser directly benefit the renovation of the Children’s Services Department. Featured speakers include Geoffrey Baer, WTTW personality and expert on all things in and around Chicago; Rick Kogan, author and host of “Sunday Papers” on WGN; and Chicago mystery authors Gillian Flynn, J.A. Konrath, and Henry Perez. the business-casual event is restricted to those 21 and older. Tickets are on sale at the library and may be purchased at the Circulation Desk or in the Business Office. the price per person is $50 through Feb. 20; afterward, tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Contact the Library Business Office, (847) 720-3201.

Immaculate Conception Parish presents “Late Nite Catechism” by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Parish Center, 7263 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. there will be a cash bar and food concessions. call (773) 775-1331 or e-mail icparentsclub@hotmail.com. Tickets also are available in the church rectory, 7211 W. Talcott Ave. this is a Parents’ Club fundraiser.

Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Niles is selling Entertainment 2010 Books for $20. the book offers a variety of values, mainly two-for-one deals at many restaurants and establishments. Discounts also cover travel, car rentals, movie theaters, hotel discounts and more. Proceeds benefit the parish. To order a book call Josephine Bax, (847) 823-2550.

The Cystic Fibrosis Institute will host its annual Education Retreat on Feb. 20 at the Glen Club, 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview. the program starts at 8 a.m. with breakfast and concludes at 3:30 p.m. the event is open to the general public as well as medical professionals. Nationally known experts and attendees participate in breakout sessions covering topics such as family planning, exercise, financial and legal issues and cystic fibrosis research and treatment updates. Registration fee of $50 covers continuing education (CE) and includes breakfast and lunch. A vendor fair and raffle prizes will also be available. Visit www.cysticfibrosisinstitute.org or call (847) 998-3434.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and the American Red Cross offer an Infant/Child CPR course. this five-hour course teaches participants how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and children. it also includes information on how to prevent injuries to infants and children at home and in play areas. the next course will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge. Upcoming sessions will be Feb. 20 and March 6. Fee is $50. call 1-800-323-8622 or visit www.advocatehealth.com to register. the code for this class is 8C16.

Resurrection Medical Center, 7435 West Talcott Ave., Chicago, will offer free H1N1 vaccinations to community members during the following vaccination sessions: Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Feb. 26, 7:30-10 a.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-877-737-4636. those who are unable to attend any of the sessions indicated can contact the Health Management Department at (773) 792-5022 to make an appointment for an alternate date.

Resurrection Medical Center, 7435 West Talcott Ave., Chicago, will offer the following health programs. Advance registration is required, unless noted otherwise, by calling 1-877-737-4636. Free on-site parking is available.

Lifeline will perform non-invasive health screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8. the Vascular Package (Stroke Screening/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening, and Peripheral Arterial Disease) is $119. Add $20 for Heart Rhythm Screening and $10 for Osteoporosis screening. all five tests are $149. call 1-800-779-6353 to register. Mention zip code 60631.

Urogynecologist Dr. Marko Jachtorowycz discusses pelvic support disorders and urinary incontinence from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 10. Lecture includes a review of signs and symptoms of these conditions as well as treatments. Free.

American Red Cross Babysitting Class will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Children over age 11 will learn how to handle emergencies, prevent accidents and care for children. Participants must bring a doll with moveable arms and legs (no Barbies) and a brown bag lunch or money for the vending machines. Written parental consent required. Fee: $70.

Learn more about robotic surgery from Dr. Carrie Giordano, Obstetrics & Gynecology, at 6 p.m. Feb. 17. Advantages of this minimally invasive approach includes quicker recovery time, less post-operative pain and scarring. Free.

American Red Cross First Aid for little People is 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Children from kindergarten through fourth grade learn how to recognizes an emergency, how to get help and what to do until help arrives. Fee: $10.

Hear how someone becomes allergic to food and some new and fascinating ways to diagnose and treat food allergies at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 with board-certified allergist Dr. Sol Drapkin. Free.

A Heart Healthy Screening takes place from 7:30-10 a.m. Feb. 26. the screening involves a blood draw for cholesterol, glucose and thyroid test. other screenings include blood pressure, body fat analysis, stroke assessment and “Ask the Dietitian”; 12-hour fast and pre-registration required. Fee: $30.

Family Fitness Camp, Mondays and Wednesdays, through April 28, from 5-6 p.m. this fun program is for parents and kids (ages 8 to 14) to focus on exercise and education. Mondays are in the swimming pool and Wednesdays are on land. Bring a swim suit and water shoes to the pool classes. Fee: $5 per class.

Ongoing programs Moms in Motion: Prenatal and postpartum moms are invited to participate in this land/water exercise program offered Mondays and Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Club Res Fitness Center. Fee: $5 per class. call 773-990-5600 for more information. Yoga: all levels are welcome. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Medical Center. Fee: $8 per class or $75 for a 10 class punch card. call the Health Management Department at (773) 792-5022 for details.

The Loyola Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, 1030 W. Higgins Road, offers a comprehensive set of vascular screening tests that could help prevent strokes and other serious cardiovascular conditions. the Loyola LiveSmart Vascular Screening includes a carotid artery disease screening, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, an ankle-brachial index screening for peripheral arterial disease and an EKG for atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat). the cost is $130 and requires no referrals. To schedule a screening call (888) 584-7888.

Chicago Folks Operetta is seeking children ages 5-15 for its Children’s Operetta Workshop production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” the show will be taught as an 11-week workshop ending in performances may 14 and 15 at Beyer Auditorium in St. Mary’s Church, 306 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. Workshop participants will be involved in a full-scale production including costumes, make-up and sets, as well as work with professional opera singers from the Chicago area. Young children can sing a short song they know a cappella. Older children should bring music in their key, if available. An accompanist will be provided. all should sing from memory. all who audition will be cast. Auditions are 4-7 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church; enter through the doors on Crescent Avenue. To schedule an appointment, call (708) 383-2742 between 9 a.m-4 p.m. or send an e-mail to chicagofolksoperetta@gmail.com. Workshop cost: $240 per child and is due at the first rehearsal. Chicago Folks Operetta is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater company. see www.chicagofolksoperetta.org.

Children in kindergarten to third grade who are interested in violin, viola or cello can join the Park Ridge Strings (Park Ridge Children’s Orchestra). the cost is $69 per semester. Sign up at ParkRidgeStrings.com or call (847) 877-0846.

The Park Ridge Public Library is at 20 S. Prospect Ave., (847) 825-3123, www.parkridgelibrary.org. Registration is required for programs unless otherwise noted.

The Park Ridge Public Library Board of Trustees presents “Chicago in History and Mystery” for ages 21 and older from 6:45-10 p.m. Feb. 27 in the library, 20 S. Prospect Ave. Join in for an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and great Chicago books. Presentations will be given by Geoffrey Baer, WTTW personality; Rick Kogan, author and journalist; and Chicago mystery authors Gillian Flynn, Ja Konrath and Henry Perez. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 after Feb. 20 or at the door. call (847) 825-3123.

Once again the Park Ridge Public Library’s Board of Trustees seeks nominations for the Annual Library Award. the purpose of the award, presented during National Library Week, is to honor an individual who has performed extraordinary service to the library. the honoree may be nominated for service in the past year or for service over a number of years. Except for current trustees, anyone is eligible for the award. Nomination forms are available online and in the library. Deadline for all nominations: March 2.

Forms for individuals filing federal and state income taxes are available in the Reference Services Department of the Park Ridge Public Library. Most forms are available in hard copy. more specialized forms, or those for businesses, can be accessed from the IRS Web site and printed at the library for 10 cents per page. although they are unable to offer tax advice, Reference librarians are happy to assist patron in finding forms or doing research; call Reference Services, (847) 720-3230.

Computer classes are free but space is limited; call (847) 720-3230 – Walk-in Tech Help: 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 12. PowerPoint 2007 Basics: 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Fun with Flickr: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Plug into the Past with Ancestry Library Edition: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 20. Learn to upload and manage digital photos. Job Hunting on the Internet: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

At 10 a.m. Feb. 5, Fordlandia: the Rise and Fall of Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin will be discussed. this is the story of Henry Ford’s creation of a Brazilian Amazon settlement.

Parents and teachers are invited to learn about digital photography and discover different software available to make slide shows and edit pictures, etc., from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 8 or Feb. 10. Teachers may bring their own cameras, but cameras will be provided. CPDU and Continuing Education credits available.

Book Discussion at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 will focus on City of Thieves by David Benioff. this book is based on true stories about surviving in Russia during World War II.

Dave Clark will explore Burnham’s plan of Chicago at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 and how different Chicagoland might have been if it had not dismantled the streetcar and much of the passenger rail system in favor of near-complete dependence on cars and trucks.

High school students can participate in a free ACT practice exam from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 6. Session will include guided instruction.

Comic juggler Jason Kollum will entertain from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13. He will teach balancing and easy juggling skills (for families with children age 5 and older). Tickets required.

Merry Music Makers for ages 1 month to 5 years is 10:45-11:25 a.m. Feb. 15; a family-style music class including singing, dancing, and instrument play.

Toddler Art, ages 18 months to 3 years, will be held 10:45-11:15 a.m. Feb. 8.

Lego Mania for kindergartners to sixth-graders will be from 4-5 p.m. Feb. 12.

Science 4 the Fun of it! for second through fifth-graders is 4-4:45 p.m. Feb. 15.

“Inglourious Basterds” (R) will be screened at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 9, starring Brad Pitt in Nazi occupied France during World War II.

A film screening and discussion of “Trashed” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 11: a provocative investigation of the garbage business.

Bring your phone bill and a representative from Citizens Utility Board will explain all the charges and offer money-saving tips at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 (for landline phones, not cells).

Maine Township’s FISH (Friends Indeed Serve and Help) is in need of volunteer drivers. Volunteer drivers can choose how much time they wish to devote. Requirements include a current driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. FISH carries supplemental liability insurance as an umbrella policy for its drivers. the program requires that residents in need be mobile, or be able to use a cane or walker. FISH also asks that appointments be set three or more days in advance. To become a volunteer driver for FISH, call Ed Oken at (847) 696-0761. To schedule a ride or for information, call FISH coordinator Gloria Stepek at (847) 297-2510, ext. 283.

Maine Township’s MaineStay program will offer “Parenting Through love and Logic” courses from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 17 through April 7, at Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Cost is $40 for all seven sessions (no meeting March 10). the program provides ideas for getting kids to shed more sweat around the house, tricks that can make parents a black-belt in the art of out-arguing even the most challenging kid, and practical ideas for raising responsible kids who feel great about themselves. Following the love and Logic course, parents will neutralize arguing, have energy, and approach their role with a newfound enjoyment. Upon completion of the group, MaineStay will also offer a free, ongoing love and Logic support group from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Scholarships are available with proof of need. for questions or to register, call Andy Young, (847) 297-2510, ext. 273, or e-mail ayoung@mainetown.com.

The Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation will host a parent program for School District 64 eighth-grade parents from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Jefferson School, 8200 N. Greendale Ave., Niles. the program is for parents of 13-14 year olds whose children will transition this year from Lincoln or Emerson Middle School to high school. “VOLTAGE,” an interactive presentation, will educate parents about how to “plug into” their power to positively influence their children, how to talk to pre-teens about alcohol and drugs, the latest developments in research about the teen brain, and what’s happening locally related to teen alcohol and drug use and prevention. VOLTAGE will also offer an opportunity for parents to connect with each other, discuss effective parenting skills for adolescents and tips on surviving the teen years. it coincides with the POWER program held the same day for eighth-grade students who attend Lincoln and Emerson Middle Schools. To register, contact Tricia Williams at prevention@mcyaf.com or (847) 571-3189. this program is open and free of charge to eighth-grade parents of District 64 middle school students only.

The Childbirth Education Department of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is offering a three-hour class designed for couples expecting a multiple birth. Topics include pregnancy, nutrition, labor and beyond, practical skills for problem solving, time management and coping skills. “Marvelous Multiples” will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 7 in the Labor and Delivery Conference Room of Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge. the cost is $45 per couple. this class is suggested to be taken in addition to the Childbirth Education Series. call Health Advisor, 1-800-323-8622. the code for this course is 8B08.

Parents and tots are invited to join a new play group on the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon at Park Ridge Community Church, 100 S. Courtland Ave. the play group is designed for parents with young children, infants to 5-years-old. PRCC will provide the wide open play space and some gross-motor skill toys. Parents are welcome to bring their own toys from home to share. all members of the community are invited to join the fun. Parents must remain with their children at all times. this is not a drop-off activity. call (847) 823-3164 or see www.parkridgecommunitychurch.org.

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The Park Ridge Park District has the perfect gift for a golfer or ice skater. it offers a booklet of 10 coupons, each good for one large bucket of balls at Oakton Driving Range for $55 or a booklet of coupons good for 10 separate public skating sessions for $50. Oakton Driving Range officially opens March 27, 2010. these booklets are available for purchase at Oakton Sports Complex, 2800 W. Oakton St., and at Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W. Sibley Ave. call (847) 692-3359 or check out www.prparks.org.

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The Golf Maine Park District offers community an opportunity to recycle paper products. A recognizable green-and-yellow container supplied by Abitibi Bowater was dropped off in the Feldman Park lot, 8800 Kathy Lane, near corner of Western Avenue and Kathy Lane. Products that can be recycled in this container include: Newspapers, magazines, office paper (fax and copy), shopping catalogs, mail and envelopes, catalogs, folders, colored paper, shredded paper (bagged); no cardboard or phone books. all money raised goes directly to fund scholarship program. call (847) 297-3000 or visit www.paperretriever.com/.

The Golf Maine Park District offers a selection of ENERGY STAR qualified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs for sale to the general public from a Lights for Learning kiosk. Proceeds from sale of bulbs goes directly to fund the scholarship program. the scholarship program allows children the opportunity to attend camp when they may not have the resources to do so on their own. Kiosk houses the Lights for Learning teacher tool kits, designed for educators and organization leaders. ENERGY STAR Activity Books for children as well as ENERGY STAR home energy conservation and electronics information available. A recycling bin for used CFLs available. CFLs purchased at Feldman Park, 8800 Kathy Lane, Niles 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. call (847) 297-3000.

Visit one of the Golf Maine Park District offices located at Feldman Recreation Center, 8800 Kathy Lane (one block south of Golf Road on Western Avenue), in Niles or at Dee Park, at the corner of Dee and Emerson Roads, Des Plaines, or call (847) 297-3000.

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation offers people with physical and mental challenges, behavior and learning disorders, hearing and visual impairments and emotional disabilities the opportunity to enjoy recreation activities. To receive a seasonal brochure or offer support for people with special needs by volunteering, call (847) 966-5522.

Theology of Park Ridge continues its program, “Seeking Wisdom – Seeking Hope,” from 9:15-11:15 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Church, 9711 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont. Feb. 10: Msgr. Kenneth Velo: Feb. 24: Patricia Ahearn, Rainbow Hospice; March 10: Prof. Ghada Talhami. Single session cost is $10. Men and women are invited. call (773) 774-4421.

St. Paul of the Cross Church, 320 S. Washington St., features the “Catholics Returning Home” series, in conjunction with the Chicago Archdiocese, for Catholics who have been away from the Church. it includes informal listening sessions and an update of the Catholic faith. No matter how long someone has been away and no matter what the reason, all are invited. the program runs at 7 p.m. for six Mondays through Feb. 15. call (847) 692-6025.

Community Bible Study is an interdenominational nonprofit Bible study for anyone interested in learning more about God’s word. Classes offered for women, men (new this year), couples, teenagers (boys and girls ages 13-18) and children from birth-age 12. the class meets 9:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through may 11 at South Park Church, 1330 S. Courtland Ave. the 30-week program is an in-depth study of the book of Genesis. Registration required; contact Cindy Engle, cindyluengle@sbcglobal.net or (847) 698-2229.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave., holds a Christian-education hour 9:45 a.m. each Sunday, with worship service at 11 a.m. During the hour, Sunday school is in church parsonage; children from preschool-sixth grade welcome.

St. John Brebeuf is hosting its second annual Alumni Basketball games starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 28. Contact Libby Ryder, (847) 966-3266 or lryder@sjbschool.org or go to Facebook under the group of St. John Brebeuf Alumni.

St. John Brebeuf School in Niles is looking for graduates from the Class of 1964. Contact Libby Ryder at lryder@sjbschool.org.

Elmwood Park High School class of 1970 is planning its 40th reunion for the fall of 2010. Classmates are asked to e-mail Christine Thomas Cowan (ctcowan@sbcglobal.net) or Janice Ryden Deaton (deaton_janice@yahoo.com) to place their information on the contact list.

Franklin School is looking for moms who are interested in starting up a Daisy Troop or a first-grade Grade Brownies Troop for girls. Contact Cathy Krawitz at cathykrawitz@comcast.net.

Spaces are still available for the 2010 Maine Township “Swing into Spring” Senior Expo, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at Golf Mill Shopping Center. the variety of exhibits has been expanded and new programming and entertainment will be provided. Exhibits will feature displays from senior housing, health, financial, and other providers of products and services that benefit older Americans. also, Maine Township’s Highway Department, Clerk’s Office, Assessor’s Office, General Assistance, and the MaineStreamers will be exhibiting. Potential exhibitors are encouraged to act fast. call (847) 297-2510 or visit www.mainetownship.com.

The Maine Township MaineStreamers program offers a variety of opportunities for residents 55 and older. Membership includes a free subscription to the MaineStreamers monthly newsletter, which details activities for the upcoming month. Most activities are at Maine Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge, unless otherwise noted. call (847) 297-2510, or visit www.Mainetownship.com.

Maine Township, in cooperation with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, is collecting used cell phones which will be converted for emergency 911 usage for seniors. Anyone who wishes to donate a phone, may drop them off at Maine Town Hall.

Maine Township is asking for assistance in locating reliable handymen in the area. If you know of someone and would like to submit a name, contact Therese Tully, at (847) 297-2510, Ext. 260, and she will forward a form to complete.

The Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., invites new members to join its program. call (847) 692-3597. Seniors do not need to be a Park Ridge resident to join.

Leo Rizzetto, moderator of the Park Ridge Senior Center’s Opera-Arts Discussion group, has made his selections for February. Starting promptly at 12:30 on Feb. 11: “Rose Marie” staring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Feb. 25: Puccini’s “La Boheme” in a new production with spectacular young singers.

At 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16, a motorcoach leaves the center to see a new aquatic show at the Shedd Aquarium. the first stop will be lunch at Maggiano’s. the menu includes two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrees and two desserts. the show presents dolphins, belugas, penguins and their natural talents as well as learned skills. there will be time to visit the coral reef. Members can make reservations following current policy. the charge is $68 for lunch, admissions and motorcoach transportation.

Doors open at noon for the monthly luncheon on Feb. 15. the lunch of spaghetti with meat sauce, salad and garlic bread, will be served at 12:30 p.m. Entertainment will be by the “Legacy Girls” who perform music of the 40′s. Members can make reservations following current policy. Tickets are $15.

At 8:30 a.m. Feb. 24, a tour leaves the center for a trip to Milwaukee to visit two newer museums with tour professional Bill Hinchliff. first stop is the Discovery World Museum with its new aquarium and exhibits on the great Lakes; then on to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Lunch will be at the Lake Park Bistro with a choice of salmon or chicken breast. Return to the center will be about 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required and members should make them according to current policy. Cost is $87 for the day.

Hear the story of the Iditarod and meet the Siberian huskies who do it on Feb. 8. Doors open at noon and lunch will be catered at 12:30 p.m. by all on the Road Catering. Entree is lemon pepper chicken. Mike and Noel Dagely of Adopt-a-Huskie will talk about the 1,100-mile Iditarod dog sled race that goes from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. They will discuss the history and the current Iditarod including the rules and how the dogs survive and will be bringing some of the dogs with them. Members can make reservations according to current policy. the charge is $12 for the lunch and program.

Cynthia Phon is a social worker who is at the Center from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. She has a wealth of resource information and can assist with many issues or concerns. Appointments are not required.

Income tax assistance begins in February. Appointments are required by calling Gloria at (847) 692-3597. also, talk to Gloria if available to volunteer to be trained as a tax counselor.

A new program offers assistance to members who have a financial need and would like to participate in programs offered at the center.

Exercise classes are offered at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at $2 per class. “Jo’s Fitness Challenge” is under way. this year the challenge will be eight weeks in length. Members must attend 20 out of the 24 classes to be eligible to win the fitness prize. Another fun form of exercise are the tap dance classes; beginners class is at 12:30 p.m. and more advanced at 1:30 p.m.

Members are also invited to join the Center chorus, the Choraliers. They meet at 1 p.m. every Friday and are rehearsing for their new program. the Choraliers sing at retirement homes, schools, churches, organizations, etc.

Bricks are still available for the Center’s Friendship Square located in front of the main entrance. for the hard-to-buy-for family member or friend, this is a gift that lasts forever. Come into the Center at 100 S. Western Ave. and fill out a form. Another gift idea for anyone over 55 is a membership to the Center and is available to residents of Park Ridge as well as Des Plaines, Niles, Morton Grove, Norridge, Harwood Heights and surrounding communities.

The Center has senior-specific classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at $2 per class. the routine includes the use of stretch bands and weights. the program is good for strength, flexibility and keeping metabolism going.

The Center is planning a week-long “New Member Week” may 3 to 8. During this time, non-members can participate in any activity for free. Activities include exercise classes, ceramics, discussion groups, computer group, bazaar work shop, various card games, tap dancing, chorus and more. there may also be breakfast on Saturday for those who work during the week. Plans are still pending.

Deposits of $25 are now being taken for the “Billy Elliot” show coming to the Oriental Theatre on April 21, 2010. this is the story of a young coal miner’s boy who uses ballet as his unlikely escape route from a world of industrial strife and poverty in the Northern Ireland of the 1980s. Tickets are for a matinee show and are on the main floor. the total price for motorcoach and ticket is approximately $108. No lunch is included in the price, but there will be time for lunch “on your own.” Final payment will be due in March. Guests will only be allowed after all members have been accommodated.

Because it gets dark earlier, the center will only do the Wednesday bingo in January. call the Center for days and times.

The Park Ridge Senior Center offers many activities other than luncheons and day trips. at 1 p.m. Sundays, bridge mixers takes place. at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are exercise classes especially designed for seniors. Routines cover muscle groups from head to toe. Included are weights and stretch bands and mat work for anyone able to do them. Ceramics classes are at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Table tennis is at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Men’s and women’s bowling is under way at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Classic Bowl, 8530 Waukegan Road, Morton Grove. all abilities are welcome. the charge is only $6.15 for three games. there is also Wii bowling at 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. No experience is necessary and spectators are welcome. Come early and instruction is available. there is no charge for this activity.

Chess players meet at 2 p.m. Tuesdays. A social worker is available at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays with information on resources for seniors. at 10 a.m. Wednesdays a discussion group gathers in the center library. at 9 a.m. Thursdays the computer group meets to help solve or explain computer problems. at the same time there are people doing woodcarving, and a diet group meets at 9:30 a.m. Nutrition, food choices, exercise and more are discussed. A yoga class starts at 1:30 p.m. the movements that are taught will help with balance, strength and flexibility. call the center, (847) 692-3597, to find out when the next session of classes begins.

Duplicate bridge starts at 9 a.m. Friday. the bazaar workshop meets at 10 a.m. They make one-of-a-kind items, which will be for sale at its yearly Christmas bazaar as well as in the lobby display case for sale during the year.

The Gamers group meets at 1 p.m. to play dominoes, hoof and mouth and other games.

Table tennis continues at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Exercise classes are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Duplicate bridge meets 9 a.m. Fridays; at 10 a.m. Bazaar workshop begins. at 1 p.m. the Gamers meet to play cards and games of choice.

The grandson of a center member working on his Eagle Project is collecting DVDs and creating a DVD library for the American Veterans Medical Center. He would appreciate any donations, new or previously viewed DVDs, as well as Best Buy or Blockbuster gift cards to purchase a new DVD player for the Medical Center. these items can be dropped off at the center and will be forwarded to this young man.

The center continues to collect pop tabs, which are donated to Ronald McDonald House for recycling so keep bringing those tabs.

Trivia Challenge meets 10 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Chess enthusiasts can find others with this interest 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the center. Boards are available and all are welcome.

The Bazaar Workshop group meets 10 a.m. Fridays to make items to be sold at the annual bazaar sale. People who knit, crochet, sew or are “crafty” are welcome to join.

North Shore Senior Center has initiated a new Home Delivered Meals Program that serves seniors throughout the north and northwest suburban communities. for those who qualify, it means a hot, healthy lunch delivered every Monday through Friday. the program has attracted a range of volunteer drivers but more are needed. To receive lunches, Maine Township residents must be qualified by NSSC’s Social Services Department. there is a suggested donation of $3 per lunch, although participants can contribute more. the actual cost is $7. No one is refused service if they cannot afford it. for qualification information, call (847) 784-6040.

Golf Mill Shopping Center is hosting “Feats of Fitness,” a mall walking program Mondays through Saturdays, to enable seniors to walk within an enclosed environment. the program is sponsored by Bethany Terrace, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Maine Township Mainstreamers and Partners in Healthcare (North Shore Physicians Group). Health seminars and blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the year every month on the second Wednesday. call the Golf Mill management office, (847) 699-1070.

CJE SeniorLife is now accepting applications for its Robineau Residence, 7550 N. Kostner Ave., in Skokie. Robineau offers a residential community composed of 24 affordable units in a one-story building, in a warm, friendly setting designed to serve seniors, 62-years and older, who may need a helping hand. Staff is available on-site, 24 hours a day, in case of emergency. Additional supportive services are available through CJE. Applicants should qualify for subsidized housing under the provisions of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 program. An additional monthly service fee is required. Scholarships are available. for an application and a tour of Robineau, contact Dorothy Levant at (847) 675-8580.

From 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, social worker Cynthia Phon is at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western Ave., to help with issues of a personal nature or for resource information or referrals. Appointments not necessary; no charge. Free notary service available weekdays. call (847) 692-3597 for appointment. these services are available at Park Ridge Senior Center for everyone, member or nonmember, Park Ridge resident or nonresident.

Several Park Ridge businesses are partnering with T-Mobile and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to provide cell phones to senior citizens across Cook County. the Sheriff’s Department’s “Cell Phones for Seniors Program” provides senior citizens with refurbished cell phones they can use to dial 911 in case of an emergency. Ace Hardware Park Ridge, Le Peep Restaurant and the Brickton Art Center are joining T-Mobile in their mission to provide a lifeline for senior citizens in emergency situations. these companies have each placed drop boxes in their businesses to collect used cell phones from their customers and Park Ridge residents. Community residents can stop by any of these convenient locations to drop off their used cell phones to help the environment and help community seniors. for information on how to receive an emergency 911 phone, contact Cook County Sheriff’s Office (773) 869-7878.

Senior Advocate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings each month. Screenings are held 10 a.m.-noon the first Wednesday of every month at the hospital’s Patient Resource Center, 8820 W. Dempster St., Niles, across from hospital. No appointment necessary. call (847) 723-7277.

Mather’s-More Than a Cafe, 7134 W. Higgins Ave., invites adults 55 and older to experience professionally taught, free-to-moderate-priced programs such as lifelong learning programs, fitness classes, free blood-pressure checks and health screenings, free consumer seminars, special-interest workshops, special events and day trips. call (773) 774-4804 for more information, except where noted. Jazzercise – Jazzercise is a fitness program that combines aerobic exercises with elements of jazz dance. A series of dance routines is set to popular music while incorporating yoga, Pilates, cardio-kickboxing, and other fitness styles. the classes move incrementally through different intensity levels, so anyone is welcome to join. Classes are held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, $5.35. Line Dancing is offered at 11:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Each class costs $3. A variety of exercise classes fit for every level is available. try the gentle-moderate exercise class, 11:15 Mondays and 10 a.m. Tuesdays that features a combination of seated and standing exercises for a complete cardiovascular workout. the moderate-high energy class is at 11 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, giving more of a challenge with cardio, strengthening, stretching, and toning routines. Each class costs $3. Babs Lieberman will discuss Opera’s Tragic Lovers at 1 p.m. Feb. 4. Suggested donation is $8. Heather Braoudakis presents “That’s Amore!” musical program at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19, preceded by dinner at 4:30. Vocalist John Eskola and pianist Patricia Rusk perform the songs of Harry Warren at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26. A cooking demonstration of Culinary Delights for the Lunar New Year will be given at 3 p.m. Feb. 12. Participants will learn how to make barbecue pork buns, won ton and steamed shrimp dumplings. Cost is $9/discount.

Senior Link Alliance (formerly know as Christian Churches Caring), in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department on Aging, offers a free Home Repair Referral Service to all seniors residing in Park Ridge, Niles, Harwood Heights, Norridge, Schiller Park, River Grove and Elmwood Park. Program helps seniors over 60 find honest reliable workers to help maintain their homes. Seniors are given three names of prescreened qualified handymen or contractors who are matched to the type and size of the job. Jobs include carpentry, plumbing, drywall, plastering, painting, gutter cleaning and repair, electrical work, roofing, washing windows, errand running, yard work, washing windows, snow removal, furnace repairs, wallpapering, tuckpointing, tiling and more. call Wayne Oestreicher, (312) 744-9070.

Senior Link Alliance (formerly know as Christian Churches Caring), in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department on Aging, offers a free Home Repair Referral Service to all seniors residing in Park Ridge, Niles, Harwood Heights, Norridge, Schiller Park, River Grove and Elmwood Park. Program helps seniors over 60 find honest reliable workers to help maintain their homes. Seniors are given three names of prescreened qualified handymen or contractors who are matched to the type and size of the job. Jobs include carpentry, plumbing, drywall, plastering, painting, gutter cleaning and repair, electrical work, roofing, washing windows, errand running, yard work, washing windows, snow removal, furnace repairs, wallpapering, tuckpointing, tiling and more. call Wayne Oestreicher, (312) 744-9070.

La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Holy Family Medical Center, 100 N. River Road, Des Plaines, in the Helen Summners room. the discussion will center on “Needs as Baby Grows.” Expecting and nursing mothers (and their babies) are invited. call 1-877-525-3243 or visit Illi.org.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban, invites the public to attend its “Family Support Group” for families of individuals with a mental illness. Program is free and meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and the third Tuesday of every month at the Nesset Center, 1775 Ballard Road, north of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Free parking. call (847) 716-2252.

National Alliance on Mental Illness presents “Family to Family,” a free 12-week educational course designed for relatives and significant others of teenagers and adults with severe and persistent mental illness. the curriculum balances educational materials and skills training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment. the course will cover information about schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar and major depression), panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. the first meeting is from 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park. Contact Eunice or Eileen, (708) 383-2274 or (630) 7241058.

Memories by the Fireside is a general grief workshops for Polish speaking adults from 10 a.m.- noon Feb. 13 at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 444 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 145, Park Ridge. Fee is $15. Registration is required; call (847) 692-8884.

A Room of your Own is a therapy group for women seeking growth and understanding of their journeys, working together on a variety of issues. call licensed clinical social worker Margaret Moore (847) 390-9145.

The MOMS Club of Northern Chicagoland is a nonprofit support group designed for the at-home mother and their children. the club holds weekly activities (playgroups, outings, museums, park dates) and monthly member meetings and its popular Moms Night out. call (773) 853-2834 or visit http://sites.google.com/site/momsclubofnorthernchicago.

Younger Widowed support group is an ongoing support group for widowed age 55 and younger. it meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 444 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge. $5 per session. call (847) 692-8884.

REFF Organization, 29 S. Prospect Ave. – Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.: Esther Sanchez will discuss “Managing Recovery from Heroin Addiction with Suboxone.” To reserve seating or to hear about other programs offered to the community, contact Barbara DeHart, (708) 536-8775; e-mail reffnews4u@gmail.com.

A TOPS Club, inc. chapter meets at 5 p.m. Mondays at the Niles Park District Center, 6676 W. Howard St., Niles, on the lower level (handicap accessible). TOPS meetings are open to women, men and teens; cost is nominal. see www.tops.org or call TOPS Headquarters at 1-800-932-8677.

The Maryville Crisis Nursery, 4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, offers a safe harbor for children age 6 and younger when parents have nowhere to turn and no one to turn to during a family or personal crisis. it is a free, center-based program where children may stay for as many as three days. its goal is to prevent abuse and neglect of children and to help a family stabilize its situation by providing support and resources. Examples of a crisis include times when families may experience domestic violence, parental stress, medical emergency or need respite care. the 24-hour Help Line is (773) 205-3637.

The Maryville Crisis Nursery, 4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, will host tours at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month and 4 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance-Greater Chicago has free support groups for people with mood disorders and support groups for their families. Meetings take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on the first Monday of every month beginning Feb. 1 at Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge, Evanston, in Rooms G952 and 954. call Elaine at (847) 674-6376.

An Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group, co-sponsored by Advocate Medical Group and the Alzheimer’s Association, is offered monthly at the Nesset Pavilion on the campus of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Meetings are 1:30-3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the lower-level conference room of Nesset Pavilion, 1775 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Meetings are free; no registration is required. Contact Sandy Guarise, (847) 318-2501.

The Counseling Center of Advocate Medical Group offers a free Healing Our Lost Dreams support group twice a month for people who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Meetings 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Counseling Center, 1610 Luther Lane, Park Ridge. call (847) 795-3100.

Good Mourning Program is a monthly support group of Rainbow Hospice for children, teenagers and families who have lost a loved one through death. it meets 6:45-8 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Lutheran General Family Care Center, 9375 Church St., Des Plaines. call (847) 692-8884.

The REFF Organization offers a new expanded program focusing on caring for the caregiver and helping others personally empower, offering hope to family members taking care of substance-involved or mentally ill loved ones, in its Serenity Center, 29 S. Prospect Ave. Drop-in screening sessions provided 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Office hours for Smell of Success Program for smoking-cessation education and support are on Thursdays and Saturdays. Serenity Saturday Relaxation Program is under way. To schedule appointment call (708) 536-8775 or go to reffnews4u.com.

The Neptune Society, the largest independent cremation company in the nation based in Des Plaines, is bringing comforting teddy bears to Chicago area children who are hurt, frightened or alone. the Neptune Society Teddy Bear Program names a teddy bear in honor of every person whose death care is handled by Neptune on the one-year anniversary of their death. the teddy bears are then donated to organizations such as Rainbow Hospice in Park Ridge and local fire departments to be given to a child in need.

The Stroke Club of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital meets 3-4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Outpatient Therapy Center, at Church and Potter avenues in Des Plaines. call Megan Potterfield (847) 723-6690.

Holding onto Hope is a monthly daytime group for widowed persons who are grieving the loss of a spouse. Meets 1-2:30 p.m. on fourth Wednesday of the month at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 444 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 145, Park Ridge. Registration required. $5 per session. call (847) 692-8884.

Life Transitions Group is an ongoing support group for those who, as a general guideline, have been widowed for one to four years, meeting 7-8:30 p.m. on fourth Tuesday of the month at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 444 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 145, Park Ridge. $5 per session. call (847) 692-8884.

A Widowed Support Group is an ongoing support group that addresses losses faced by persons, as a general guideline, who have been widowed less than two years. Meets 7 p.m. on second and fourth Tuesdays of month at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 444 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge. $5 per session. call (847) 692-8884.

The Park Ridge 1 Group of Families Anonymous is a support group for those who feel desperate concerning a family member’s use of drugs or alcohol. Meets 7:30 p.m. every Monday, except holidays, at first United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave., Parlor Room, south center portion of main level; use entrance at rear (Grant Place), across from parking lot. Visit www.familiesanonymous.org.

A new chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) has started at Edison Park Lutheran Church, 6626 N. Oliphant Ave., Chicago. Meets 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays in first-floor conference room. TOPS promotes a life style of balanced nutrition, variety, and moderation. Interested persons may attend one meeting as a guest free of charge. call (773) 631-9131.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation support group meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Room 1063, Park Ridge. Focus is to assist patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, their families, significant others and friends in coping more effectively with the illness. call (847) 827-0404.

Resurrection Medical Center sponsors a variety of free cancer support groups for both patients and their family members. all support groups are free; meet in Cancer Conference Room (ground floor, Entrance C). call Carol Flanagan at (773) 792-5116.

The Cancer Support Group for cancer patients, families and friends meets monthly, every last Wednesday, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Family Support Group for people with leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s Disease and their families; meets every first Wednesday of month.

Butterfly Club is a support group for children ages 6-13 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer. Group meets every first Wednesday of month. Registration, parental consent required.

The us Too! Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every second Wednesday of the month.

The Teen Cancer Support Group is for teens ages 13-18 whose parent or caretaker has been diagnosed with cancer. Group meets every third Wednesday of month. Registration, parental consent required.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the last Saturday of each month in the Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C. call (773) 594-7856.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets second Tuesday of month in the Health Management Classroom in the Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C. Free. call Health Management (773) 792-5022.

Afterglow Support Group for stroke survivors and their family/friends meets second Wednesday of the month in Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C.

Parkinson’s Support Group meets third Wednesday of the month 5-7 p.m. in Resurrection Rehabilitation Center of Chicago, first floor, Professional Building, Entrance C. call (773) 594-7866.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is forming a support network for women living with breast cancer. the Breast Cancer Networking Group meets 2-3 p.m. on third Tuesday of each month. provides breast cancer survivors the opportunity to share information/experiences with other women, meeting at Lutheran General’s Center for Advanced Care, 1700 Luther Lane, Park Ridge, in the ground floor conference room G104. call (847) 723-8130.

Families Anonymous is a free 12-step self-help support program for family members and friends who are concerned about and affected by the substance abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one. Families Anonymous meets weekly noon-1 p.m. Thursdays at Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland Ave.; use side entrance on Butler place. No dues or fees required. first names only used at meetings to preserve individual anonymity. this is a non-professional and non-religious program. Visitors always welcome. call church office (847) 823-3164 or contact Families Anonymous 1-800-736-9805 or www.familiesanonymous.org.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban invites the public to attend its “Caring and Sharing” monthly support group for family and friends of individuals with a mental illness. Program is free; meets first Monday of every month 7-8:30 p.m. at Kenton-Knox Conference Center (Rush North Shore Medical Center), 9701 N. Knox Ave., Skokie. call (847) 724-1460, or visit www.namiccns.org.

Northwest Suburban Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome Support Group of Illinois meets 7 p.m. on second Wednesday of each month in Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge, Conference Room 1064. E-mail: bzarnikow @aol.com to be added to the e-mail list for meeting announcements.

Butterfly Group for Bereaved Parents meets second Tuesday of each month 7:30 p.m. in St. John Brebeuf rectory, 8307 N. Harlem Ave. all bereaved parents, family and friends welcome whether their loss is recent or many years ago. People of Butterfly do not attempt to rescue one another but rather companion the bereaved on their difficult journey. call Anna LaCorte (847) 965-2771 or the rectory, (847) 966-8145.

Queen of all Saints hosts weekly meeting for Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse 7-8:30 p.m. in Benedict Center Chapel, 6275 N. Ionia. To participate in the confidential, 12-step program, contact Queen of all Saints Rectory at (773) 736-6060, for more information. Additional meetings are held at St. Juliana Parish Center, 7200 Osceola Ave. on Fridays 7-8:30 p.m. Contact Linda (773) 271-2281.

Celebrate Recovery meets 7:30 p.m. Mondays at South Park Church, 1330 S. Courtland, Park Ridge. this is a Christ-centered, uncompromisingly biblical program for men and women battling addictions or codependency. call (847) 825-5507.

The Advocate Addiction Treatment Program’s Family Intervention Workshop can assist family members and friends of loved ones with alcohol or other drug problems. Intervention workshops offered 7-9 p.m. on first and third Wednesday of each month. the Advocate Addiction Treatment Center, at 701 Lee St., Suite 800, in Des Plaines, shares the values and philosophies of the 12-step self-help recovery programs. call (847) 795-3900.

Maine Center inc. holds open AA meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. all welcome. Confidential help available and anyone who is struggling with alcohol personally or with a family member, friend, or partner, is encouraged to attend. Group is registered with AA and listed on its Web site. call Thomas Burke, manager, Maine Center, 832 Busse Hwy., Park Ridge, (847) 696-1570.

Grief support groups meet 6:30 p.m. every first Thursday of the month at Seasons Hospice, 1600 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge. call 1-800-570-8809.

Park Ridge Teen Center is a drop-in facility for teens in Park Ridge area who are looking for a fun and safe place to spend their free time. A variety of activities, free of charge, and monthly special events offered. Located in basement of first United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, the center is a not-for-profit, non-church affiliated center where a caring and compassionate staff are available to play pool or lend support when needed. the Park Ridge Teen Center is open to youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Bi-monthly Middle School Nights offered Thursdays when sixth- through eighth-graders are welcome. Visit www.prteencenter.org for more information.

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care continues its next round of patient care training from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 6 at 444 North Northwest Highway in Park Ridge. If interested in becoming a patient care volunteer, contact Kathy Huber or Rhonda Parrow at (847) 692-8889.

Many people have found themselves laid off or unable to find employment. Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care helps professionals stay current with their job skills (or gain experience if recently graduated) by offering professional volunteer opportunities. possible opportunities include positions in medical records, human-resources administration, community outreach, finance, marketing and admissions/customer service. Volunteers must have a willingness to make use of their professional skills and a positive attitude allowing them to take on a great deal of responsibility. Training and seminars for professional and personal development provided. Contact Volunteer Coordinator (847) 685-9900, ext. 3128, or rparrow@rainbowhospice.org. go to www.rainbowhospice.org.

The Men’s Association of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has expanded its role and membership base and adopted a new name: the Men’s and Women’s Association of Lutheran General Hospital. it is eager to attract additional expertise and talents from community and get more people involved in supporting programs/services provided by Lutheran General Hospital. the organization’s donations have assisted Lutheran General in expanding programs, purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment and pursue research and education efforts. call (847) 723-6105.

The Seniors Assistance Center needs volunteers for home delivered meals which are delivered Mondays-Fridays. Anyone with two free hours a week can help homebound neighbors by delivering a hot meal at noontime. If interested, call Arleen at Seniors Assistance Center (708) 456-7979. A small stipend given for mileage.

Holy Family Medical Center, 100 N. River Road, Des Plaines, has openings for volunteers. Opportunities exist in areas such as admitting, wheelchair transport, medical office building assistance, filing and record storage, and other areas. Hours are flexible and can be adjusted to fit individual schedules. for a volunteer brochure and application, call Mary Bremer at (847) 297-1800, Ext. 1061.

The Center of Concern, a local not-for-profit serving the elderly and other adults in need in the north and northwest city and suburbs, needs volunteers during holiday seasons to deliver gifts to its homebound clients. Volunteers needed year-round to: Visit the frail elderly; take center clients to medical appointments or shopping; make telephone calls to check on well-being of homebound clients; work in the center’s office on mailings and computer data entry; and help with occasional odd jobs. the Center of Concern offices are at 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge. Center also needs volunteers to help plan its annual dinner auction fund-raiser. Last held in March 2007, this event usually includes silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Individuals interested in serving on the committee to plan this event should call (847) 823-0453.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is looking for people to join its volunteer staff. Volunteers are needed to provide service in many areas throughout the hospital, these include delivering flowers to patient rooms, directing patients and visitors around the hospital, providing wheelchair assistance, assisting customers in the gift and flower shops, delivering newspapers and magazines to patients and giving comfort and support to families in waiting areas. call (847)723-6105 or visit ww.advocatehealth.com/luth/about/community/volunteer.

The Maine Township Regional Medical Reserve Corps seek volunteers with a desire to serve their communities. Maine Township, in conjunction with the villages and cities of Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge and Des Plaines, has formed a Regional Medical Reserve Corps that can assist police, fire and public health officials in times of disasters or health emergencies in the area. Physicians, nurses, dentists, dental techs, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, mental health practitioners, laboratory and radiology technicians, med students, non-medical personnel, veterinarians and clergy strongly encouraged to apply. MRC units are locally based volunteers who can assist their communities during emergencies such as an influenza epidemic, public health emergency, disaster or act of terrorism. They also provide education and prevention services to improve community health and well-being. for a volunteer application, contact Maine Township’s Bob Cohen, director of Emergency Management Agency (847) 297-5911 or e-mail maine-mrc@sbcglobal.net or visit www.mainetownship.com.

The Maine Township Regional Medical Reserve Corps seek volunteers with a desire to serve their communities. Maine Township, in conjunction with the villages and cities of Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge and Des Plaines, has formed a Regional Medical Reserve Corps that can assist police, fire and public health officials in times of disasters or health emergencies in the area. Physicians, nurses, dentists, dental techs, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, mental health practitioners, laboratory and radiology technicians, med students, non-medical personnel, veterinarians and clergy strongly encouraged to apply. MRC units are locally based volunteers who can assist their communities during emergencies such as an influenza epidemic, public health emergency, disaster or act of terrorism. They also provide education and prevention services to improve community health and well-being. for a volunteer application, contact Maine Township’s Bob Cohen, director of Emergency Management Agency (847) 297-5911 or e-mail maine-mrc@sbcglobal.net or visit www.mainetownship.com.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s Older Adult Services is seeking volunteer drivers for its Home Delivered Meals program. the Home Delivered Meals service brings well-balanced, nutritious food to homebound elderly or handicapped individuals living in Park Ridge or unincorporated Des Plaines. Volunteers are needed 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays to pick up meals from Older Adult Services, 9375 Church St., Des Plaines, and make deliveries for weekly assigned routes, or, when necessary, as substitute drivers. Persons interested in making Home Delivered Meals deliveries should contact Gwynne Chovanec, director of Older Adult Services, (847) 824-5143.

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