Morton Grove Community Calendar for March 8, 2012

March 2, 2012 2:42PM

Updated: March 5, 2012 9:13PM

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Singer Charlene Brooks will deliver a customized performance for audience members seeking to end the devastating effects of leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Stage 773, at 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. Advanced tickets are $35 each and $40, at the door. Special seating on-stage is available for $50 in advance. Free parking is available. Divas Are People too, 2 — featuring the music of Judy Garland, Liza, Edith Piaf, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler and others — benefits the Wolff-Berger-Croft-Kolodny Chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation. The public is invited to visit Cooper’s Restaurant, 1232 W. Belmont Ave., across the street from Stage 773 for dinner. Mention Leukemia Research Foundation and a percentage of the entire bill will be donated to the LRF. call (847) 424-0600 or purchase tickets online at www.leukemia-research.org/divas.

a Socialization Group for Children meets on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m. this 10-week group is for children ages 3-5 who have challenges with social interactions. It will be held at Virginia Frank Child Development Center, 3033 Touhy Ave., Chicago. $350 series fee. Contact Joni Crounse, LCSW, or Kathy Ham, LCSW. call (773) 761-4550 or visit www.jcfs.org.

Socialization Group for Children meets Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. at Virginia Frank Child Development Center, 3033 Touhy Ave., Chicago. this 10-week group is for children ages 3-5 who have challenges with social interactions. $350 series fee. Contact Maggie Faulkenberry, LCSW, or Mollie Reed, LCSW, 773-761-4550, www.jcfs.org.

Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., offers the following programs. call (847) 929-5102.

Kids Flicks:“Puss in Boots” (PG), 4 – 5:30 p.m. March 9. Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss-in-Boots went on an heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes.

2012 Summer Library Challenge Design Contest entry deadline is April 15. Youth in Kindergarten through fifth grades are invited to submit artwork for this year’s Summer Library Challenge, “Reading is So delicious.” The winning design will be used to promote the SLC. Pick up an entry form at the library or visit the website for more information. The winner will be announced on may 1.

Fire Safety With Firefighter Bill will be held at 10 a.m. March 8 in the Activity Room. Children ages 3 to 6 will meet Firefighter Bill (Captain Porter, Morton Grove Fire Department) as he shares what he does to fight fires and what he wears to protect himself from fires. He will also share some tips that will help children be ready for emergencies and avoid being hurt and/or frightened during a fire. Registration required.

The library is partnering with Culver’s of Morton Grove to bring kids and teens an exciting reading program through March 31. Stop by the Library beginning to pick up a reading log. delicious rewards await.

Read to the Rainbow Dogs at 7 p.m. March 12, 26, and April 9 and 23 in the Activity Room. Children can practice reading to a certified therapy dog from Morton Grove’s own Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation. Children may bring what they want to read or choose from MGPL’s selection of books. Registration required.

Glenview Martial Arts and Fitness presents Little Dragons Taekwondo at 10:30 a.m. March 15 in the Activity Room. a special sample of their Taekwondo class for ages 3-5 will be given. Taekwondo teaches focus, balance, and respect while advancing the fitness and confidence of your child. Registration required.

Emerald City Theatre Presents: “If you give a Cat a Cupcake” at 2 p.m. March 17 in the Baxter Room. The whole family is invited to see this Emerald City original play based on the favorite picture book, if you give a Cat a Cupcake. What starts with just a cupcake quickly turns into a full-fledged fiasco as Cat leads an escapade from the kitchen to the beach and back again. Free tickets for this event will be available on a first come, first served basis to Morton Grove Public Library cardholders beginning March 11. Remaining tickets, if any, will be made available to the public on the day of the event, beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets must be requested in person in the Youth Services Department. Limit five tickets per cardholder.

Take Back your Storytime, for fourth- through sixth-graders will be held from 7-8 p.m. March 13 in the Activity Room. Do you think it’s unfair that library story times are for little kids? Sit on the storytime rug, do a craft project, and even have a snack. Stuffed animals and pajamas are optional.

Mother/Daughter Book Club for third and fourth graders will be held from 7-8 p.m. March 20 to review The thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff. Join Mrs. Glenn of the MGPL staff, and her daughter for Mother/Daughter Book Club. Bring your mother (or aunt, grandmother, neighbor, older sister or teacher) with you for a discussion of the book. Register to be part of the group and pick up your own free copy at the Youth Services Desk-while supplies last. There will be 10 books given away (first come, first served). more books will be available for check out if you do not get a book to keep. Share it with your “mom” and then bring it with you to the Library for a lively discussion of the story and characters. other book related activities are planned as well. Registration required.

Drop-In Classes include:

Monday Morning Playgroup meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tots of all ages and their parents or caregivers are invited to gather at the Library to meet new friends, play, and have lots of fun in the Activity Room.

Drama Club for first graders and up meets April 6. Get creative with acting and improv.

Knitting Club first graders and up meets from 4-5 p.m. Mondays. Bring a project or learn knitting skills.

Listen Up! meets from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Stories, songs and crafts for preschool children and their caregivers.

Wee Read Lapsit, ages newborn to 24 months, takes place at 11 a.m. Fridays and at 10 a.m. Saturday March 17 and April 21, and on the third Saturdays of the month. Babies and caregivers are invited to hear songs and stories and enjoy playtime.

Pokemon Club (all ages) will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on March 20 and April 17, and on the third Tuesdays of each month. Play the Pokemon trading card game with other Pokemon players. Participants must have their own decks and know how to play the Pokemon trading card game. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver.

Family Chess and Brain Games for (all ages) will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. April 3, and on the first Tuesday of each month. Join them for Family Chess as well as other games to challenge your brain.

Crafty Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 10 and April 14 and on second Saturdays. Drop in to the YS Department to make a seasonal craft while supplies last.

Registration classes:

Spring session classes meet weekly from March 21 to may 10. Registration required for the following. Register online at calendar.webrary.org, at the YS Desk, or by calling (847) 929-5102.

Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6 meets at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

Morton Grove Explorers meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. An active story time filled with surprises each week for kindergarten, first and second grades.

Library Playtime, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. for 2-year-olds and parents or caregivers.

The old Town School of Folk Music will hold sessions of its Wiggleworms Class at Northshore School of the Arts, 319 Park Ave., Glencoe and St. Matthew’s Church, 2120 Lincoln St., Evanston. for schedule information or to schedule a free trial class visit oldtownschool.org or call (773) 728-6000.

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has recently updated its web-based reference to include an expanded General Resources Section and other areas of sustainability such as: Appliances and Electronics; Energy Conservation; Home Reuse, Deconstruction and Salvage; Indoor Air Quality; Natural Lawn Care; Travel and Transportation and Water Conservation. be an educated “greener” consumer and check out swancc.org.

Morton Grove Commission on Aging meets monthly at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster. The Commission will hold quarterly meetings at different locations in Morton Grove.

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) recently established a Battery Recycling Program for rechargeable and alkaline batteries. The Agency has partnered with Interstate Batteries in Skokie to provide the recycling at no cost to SWANCC communities, as a corporate product stewardship initiative. Common household batteries are no longer accepted at Illinois EPA-sponsored household chemical waste events and facilities due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. Rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals which pose a threat to our environment, and have a marketable recyclability. Batteries Accepted in SWANCC’s Program includes: Alkaline: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V; and Rechargeables: NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer. Before dropping off rechargeable batteries, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place in an individual self-locking plastic baggie to avoid sparks. for more information about Interstate Batteries, visit interstatebatteries.com. Drop-off details are posted at swancc.org.

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County has established a location for residents to drop off electronics on a weekly basis at no cost at the Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays; and Winnetka Public Works, 1390 Willow Road, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Under the new Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313), only the following items will be accepted: Computers – PCs and laptops, scanners, computer monitors, mobile phones, peripherals -mice, keyboards, zip drives, MP3 players, televisions, PDAs, printers, VHS players, fax machines, DVD players, video game consoles, and DVR/cable boxes. Electronics from businesses, institutions or schools will not be accepted. Visit swancc.org.

A representative from the Niles Township Clerk’s office is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and evenings by appointment, and on second and fourth Mondays of each month to accommodate residents with passport applications, voter registrations and temporary hand out handicapped parking placards. for an appointment at Niles Township in Skokie, call (847) 673-9300.

CogFit-Quest Ltd. will host a special meeting of the newly formed Chicago Area Brain Network from 6-8 p.m. March 13 at 8170 McCormick Blvd., Skokie.  Psychologist, Dr. Sherrie All will present the latest findings on Cognitive Reserve, which will be followed by an interactive brain fitness workshop led by Richard Goodman, LCPC and Joanne Telser-Frere, co-directors of CogFit-Quest Ltd. Come and Celebrate Brain Awareness Week with CABN. Call CogFit-Quest at (847) 674-8060.

Healthcare Professionals are invited to attend an informative workshop on Cognitive Fitness and join in celebrating Brain Awareness Week 6-8 p.m. March 15 at 8170 McCormick Blvd., Skokie. Professional Brain Trainers Joanne Telser-Frere Richard Goodman, LCPC and Dr. Elsa Baehr, all from CogFit-Quest, Ltd., will present findings from the latest research on forestalling brain disease through cognitive fitness. They’ll also engage participants in several challenging and fun brain training exercises.  Dr. Baehr will then discuss the practice of Neurofeedback for cognitive wellbeing. Call (847) 674-8060, reserve seats.

A program and lecture on Successful Aging, Rejuvenation, & Longevity taught by Instructor Michael E. Howard, Ph.D. takes place on March 9 at the Holiday Inn, 5300 W. Touhy Ave. Skokie. Registration is from 7:45-8:15 a.m. with the seminar running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Course completion certificates will be distributed. Classes include: “Sex, Gender, and Aging”; “Aging and Dementia: The five Major Age-Related Dementias”; “Five Ways the Body Ages”; “Human Lifespan Changes Over the Last 5,000 Years.” Tuition is $84 with preregistration and $99, at the door. Register online at www.lNRseminars.com or call (800) 937-6878.

The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, offers a variety of classes for the adults in the horticulture, garden design, nature studies and botanical arts by Garden staff and other experts. for information or to register, visit www.chicagobotanic.org/school or call (847) 835-8261. World Politics is a red-hot topic. Join expert Lester Mehlman as he discusses what is happening in the world at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, at Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie. Bring your opinions to these group sessions. call (847) 676-1566.

Adult Hebrew classes are offered Sunday mornings at Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie. Enrollment is limited for the hour-long class. call (847) 676-1566, for details.

Become a pilates club member at the Niles Family Fitness Center, at 987 Civic Center Drive, Niles. purchase two mat pilates classes and receive a Pilates membership card. The card gives you the ability to join all the Mat Pilates Classes whenever you wish. call (847) 588-8400 or visit www.nilesfitness.com for the schedule of classes.

Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Inc., offers “Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy,” dog training classes at various locations, including 6042 W. Oakton St., Morton Grove. $60. Contact Dorida King at dhking4@yahoo.com or call (773) 736-9021, for schedules and locations.

TLC: Total Learning Community in Partnership with Oakton Community College offers free Family Literacy Classes Saturday mornings. Free child care provided. Participants learn about the United States school system; how to report a child’s absence from school; understanding report cards; preparing for parent-teacher conferences; how to complete school-required forms; helping with homework; and participating during parent-child activity. (847) 827-4137.

Om Jahari will speak on how To be Happy All The Time at Ketura Hadassah’s monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. March 27 at the Liberty Bank, 6666 Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood. call (847) 679-1593.

The Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Group of Hadassah North Shore Chapter is planning an All Game Day Event on March 15 at the Pavilion Restaurant, 577 Waukegan Road, in Northbrook. Coffee and registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with games to begin. a complete lunch will be served at noon. Bring your friends, make new friends, and games for a fun afternoon to support Youth Aliyah and Camp Judaea. The cost is $25 per person. Contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, e-mail: northshore@hadassah.org or see us on the web at www.northshore.hadassah.org.

Mission Hills Hadassah, North Shore Chapter, invites you and your friends to join them at their Annual Game Day end of Winter Event on March 22 at the Mission Hills Country Club, 1677 Mission Hills Road in Northbrook. Registration, coffee, muffins and games start at 10:30 a.m. a buffet lunch will be served at noon. Cost for this exciting afternoon is $28, which benefits the Hadassah Medical Organization and their work. Contact Hadassah North Shore Chapter office at (847) 205-1900, e-mail northshore@hadassah.org or visit us on the web www.northshore.hadassah.org.

The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel entertains at nursing homes, retirement facilities and charitable organizations. The group meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Rosenberg Auditorium of Ezras Israel, 7001 N. California Ave., Chicago. anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join. call (773) 764-8320.

Northern Illinois Stereo Camera Club meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Morton Grove Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. The group is devoted to preserving and promoting all aspects of three-dimensional art and photography. Meetings are free and open to the public. Beginners welcome. call T.J. Adamczyk at (773) 631-7068 or e-mail Mike Cosentino at mikecoz@mc.net. Also visit http://site.google.com/site/northillinoisstereocameraclub.

The Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society meets monthly on the second Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie. Visitors are always welcome. The objectives of the society are to study, disseminate, and promote interest in the earth sciences emphasizing the various aspects of geology, paleontology, paleobotany, mineralogy, and the lapidary arts, as well as to collect minerals, fossil specimens, and cutting material. call Jeanine N. Mielecki at (773) 774-2054 or e-mail JayNine9@aol.com. Visit www.chicagorocks.org.

The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, North Shore Practice Group, meets the last Wednesday of each month from noon-1:30 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, old Orchard Road, Skokie. this group is comprised of attorneys and financial and mental health professionals committed to helping people through divorce without litigation. Contact Sara Stolberg at sarastolberg@gmail.com or (847) 325-5554. Visit www.collablawil.org.

See the 100 Years of Girl Scouting Exhibit from 1-3 p.m. March 10 and 6 – 8:30 p.m. March 15 at the Morton Grove Historical Museum Education Center, 6148 W. Dempster St. The Museum’s exhibit opening will recognize the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting with donated and loaned items from current and former Girl Scout Troops. Colorful exhibits will be on display featuring the many aspects of Girl Scouting from the perspective of local troops. Exhibit items aid in telling the story of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. Colorful exhibits will be on display featuring the many aspects of Girl Scouting from the perspective of the local troops. call the Museum at (847) 965-0203.

Westfield old Orchard, at 4999 old Orchard Center, Skokie, and The Glass Slipper Project is joining forces with the community to provide teenage girls in need a chance to attend their proms. On March 24 there will be a series of free themed events focusing on fashion, prom glamor, and giving back to the community. a “Pre-Prom Party” will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the shopping center between Helzberg Diamonds and Ann Taylor. Party-goers can celebrate prom night early by dancing to music spun by a local DJ, indulging in refreshments and sweet treats from retailers, as well as enjoying a “candy bar” and special retailer offers. Prom-themed prizes provided by Westfield retailers will include, for one lucky shopper, a beauty package for two from Mario Tricoci and a $300 Westfield Gift Card. Student volunteers will be accepting donations. There will also be an afternoon fashion show at Lord & Taylor.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is inviting local art school students and local artists to submit works of art for an exhibit during Victims’ Rights Week April 22-28. Works of art must be original and must embody this year’s Victims’ right Week theme, “Extending the Vision – Reaching every Victim.” Selected submissions will be displayed in the lobby of the Richard J. Daley Center, in downtown Chicago and also at the State’s Attorney’s four Community Justice Centers during normal business hours during Victims’ Rights Week. a photo of the original art piece, along with a completed application, should be submitted no later than March 26. Photos and applications should be e-mailed to saogrants@cookcountyil.gov or dropped off at one of the four Community Justice Centers. for the addresses of the State’s Attorney’s Community Justice Centers, an application and more information visit www.statesattorney.org and click on the Victims’ Rights Week art display logo.

The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra performs “Sounds of Korea” at 3 p.m. on March 18 at the Lincolnwood Community Center, 6900 N. Lincoln, Lincolnwood. Philip Simmons conducts Isang Yun’s “Tapis for Strings” and two works commissioned by the Sejong Cultural Society especially for this concert: “Our Song” by Chicago composer Eun Young Lee and “Images from Folk Tales for Violin and String Orchestra” by Sungki Kim. Violin soloist Jennifer Cha also performs Fritz Kreisler’s “Praeludium and Allegro.” Admission is free, call (224) 456-2399 or visit www.americanmusicfestivals.com.

Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education welcome Dr. David Royko who will be giving a presentation entitled “The Challenges of Parenting an Autistic Child” at 7:15 p.m. March 13, at McCracken Middle School, 8000 East Prairie Road, Skokie. Royko is a licensed clinical psychologist, freelance writer and the parent of twin boys, one of whom is autistic. Royko will discuss where the family has been with Ben and describe their current situation as well as discuss their concerns regarding Ben’s future. Parents and professionals are welcome. call Anne Wold at (847) 948-9447.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, (847) 967-4800, www.ilholocaustmuseum.org, offers the following:

Author Deborah Dworkin from 6:30-8 p.m. March 15 in a discussion of her book Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946. The Clark University professor will explain the comprehensive research that contributes to this compelling look at the search for safe haven from the Nazis. a book signing will follow Professor Dwork’s presentation. Free with Museum admission. Reservations recommended; (847) 967-4889.

National Jewish Book Award Lecture will feature Nazis on the run: how Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice by Gerald Steinacher from 6:30-8 p.m. March 22. Steinacher, the recipient of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust studies, examines uncomfortable issues such as the roles of the International Red Cross, the Vatican and Allied intelligence services in allowing Nazis and their collaborators to escape justice. Join Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz, Loyola University and Spertus Institute faculty member, for a discussion of Nazis on the run. Free with Museum admission. Reservations recommended; (847) 967-4889.

Book & Author features Deborah Dash Moore providing unique insights into the life of Jewish soldiers as she discusses her book GI Jews: how World War II Changed a Generation from 1:30-3 p.m. March 25. Moore, Professor of History and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at University of Michigan, relates how the more than half a million Jews in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II not only battled the Axis enemy, but also fought the prejudiced attitudes of their comrades in arms. Her presentation will be followed by a book signing. Free with Museum admission. Reservations recommended; (847) 967-4889.

A Special Exhibition: Ours To Fight for: American Jews in the second World War continues through June 17. Thedisplay explores and celebrates the achievements of Jewish men and women who were part of the American war effort on and off the battlefield. through their artifacts, letters, and photographs, the “Greatest Generation” tells the stories of what the war was like for all its participants, and for Jews in particular. Ours To Fight for brings to life the actions and feelings of these courageous young men and women.

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago will host the following free programs at 10:30 a.m. at 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Coffee Hour after talks. All are welcome. Childcare is available. call (847) 677-3334 or visit www.ethical human.org.

The second Saturday Coffeehouse meets on March 10 is titled, “Come, Spring!”, a jazz invocation to the spirits of the vernal equinox with the Marne Glaser Trio, featuring Marne on vocals, Tim Green on piano, and Adam Kraus on bass. Come enjoy a collage of jazz standards celebrating the many facets of spring: awakenings, renewal, rain, hope, and yes, love. Hosted by Vicki Elberfeld, the program starts at 8 p.m. no open mic due to longer program. $8 minimum donation includes refreshments.

Joan Chiao, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University, speaks March 11. Her topic is “The Cultural Brain: Interaction of Genes and Culture.” Chiao will discuss how both genes and culture may drive evolutionary and developmental outcomes. She will share her findings on how “collectivist” Eastern cultures buffer individuals against their genetic predisposition for depression and anxiety.

Neal Blair, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University, speaks March 18. His topic is, “Lessons from the Deep Water Gulf Oil Spill.” Blair will describe recently developed oil recovery methods, how prepared we are for future oil spills, and their long-term impact on the environment.

Barry Siegel, prominent local poet and founder of HeARTwords, speaks March 25. His topic is, “HeARTwords Workshop: Self-Expression by Adults with Special needs.” Siegel will discuss this creative sanctuary for using both the written and spoken word. He will also share selections from his work Yellow Sun, Blue Moon, “a passionate, poetic journey of hope, connection, and love.”

Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie, presents a program open to the community: “Success with your Internet Job Search”, led by Melissa Fickling from Jewish Vocational Services of Chicago at 7 p.m. March 13. Looking for a new job? Join them. Program free with advanced reservation. RSVP by March 12 by e-mail to templejm@aol.com or call (847) 676-1566.

Maine Township is again accepting nominations for the Sgt. Karen Lader Memorial Good Citizen’s Award. The award recognizes a Maine Township resident who has shown support, service, and dedication to the township. The winner will be recognized at the Maine Township Annual Town Meeting on April 10 and will receive a plaque and monetary award. Deadline to submit a nomination is March 22. Nomination forms are available on the Maine Township website, www.mainetownship.com, or at the front desk of Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. Forms should be mailed to Township Trustee Susan Moylan Krey at the Town Hall address or faxed to (847) 297-1335.

The next two monthly meetings of 2012 of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) will be devoted to family history research methods. Experienced genealogists will share tips for discovering relatives and answer questions from about successful research techniques. Programs take place at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois vice president-publicity Martin Fischer will present a genealogical research case study titled “The Most Famous Man in America you Never Heard Of” at 2 p.m. March 25. Fischer will explain how he used online and microfilm resources for information about a relative whose name appeared in American newspapers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The 50-50 Rule, a new local program, offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families provide the best care for elderly parents. at the core of the 50-50 Rule public education program is a family relationship and communication guide of real-life situations that features practical advice from sibling relationships experts. Research conducted for the Home instead Senior Care network reveals that an inability to work together often leads to one sibling becoming responsible for the bulk of caregiving in 43 percent of families. and that can result in the deterioration of relationships with brothers and sisters. for information about a free guide and other resources call (847) 673-1250 or visit www.solvingfamilyconflict.com.

CJE’s Consumer Assistance staff can answer questions about Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, including the shrinking “donut hole” and other changes in Part D coverage for 2011 and beyond. Representatives can explain the differences between Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans and how to choose a plan that best suits one’s individual needs. if you or your loved ones have questions regarding healthcare reform and how it affects you, call CJE’s Consumer Assistance at (773) 508-1000, for a free consultation. Russian-speaking staff is also available.

The Women’s Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital presents “Why Can’t I Sleep? Learn how Adults and Teens Can Get the Rest they really Need” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 13 at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St., Skokie. this educational event will feature an informative presentation from two highly regarded NorthShore neurologists with special qualifications in Child Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Guests will learn about common sleep problems, best practices for achieving a good night’s sleep and the overall health benefits of being well rested. After the presentation, guests will have an opportunity to share their experiences and ask the doctors their questions. Cost is $15. RSVP via e-mail to gcialoni@northshore.org or by calling (847) 570-5049. for more information, visit northshore.org/womensboard.

Morton Grove Family and Senior Services Department offers health screenings at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. Free diabetes and blood pressure screenings are held from 9 -11 a.m. every Tuesday.

Cholesterol screenings by Swedish Covenant Hospital are provided on the first Wednesday of each month. Cost is $10 for residents over 65, and $12 for residents under 65 and nonresidents. Appointments are required. call (847) 470-5223.

Podiatry: Dr. Jeffrey Garrard will provide basic foot care and nail clipping on the first Tuesday of each month between 10 a.m. and noon. Medicare will be billed. Non-Medicare clients will be charged $35.00. Appointments are required. call (847) 470-5223, for more information or to make an appointment.

Pediatric developmental screenings offered at no cost. LYNX Therapeutics, 9436 Ozark Ave., Morton Grove, provides specialized occupational therapy services and learning instruction programs to children with physical, social, emotional, and learning difficulties. Contact: Ingrid Kenron at (847) 791-1631 or (847) 966-1505.

Community Education for People with Disabilities, their Families and Professionals. Jewish Child & Family Services offers free monthly/bimonthly community education on a variety of topics related to disability at 5150 Golf Road, Skokie location. CEUs and CPDUs are available for all presentations. Visit www.jcfs.org. Contact Emily Tegenkamp, (773) 467-3741, www.jcfs.org.

Jewish Child & Family Services will hold a social group for adults with disabilities. Adults in Transition will meet from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. Social support group for adults with disabilities who are in their 20s to mid-50s. Social support, conversation, and a safe environment to explore issues. Cost is $7 per session. Contact Sheri Fox, LCSW, (847) 412-4356. Visit www.jcfs.org.

Finding Resources in the Community chest will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at JCFS, 3525 Peterson, Chicago. There are services in the community for people needing food, financial help, employment assistance and resources. this group will help identify options and create a plan of action to rebuild. Contact Lawrence Sodeinde, (773) 516-5526, LEN@jcfs.org. or www.jcfs.org.

Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., (847) 929-5101, offers the following programs.

Improv Club meets from 7-8 p.m. March 12. Do you like to perform? Play fun improvisational games on stage. Not a fan of the spotlight? Come watch and give scene suggestions. no experience needed.

Films: “In a better World” (R), 2 p.m. March 10. Drama. Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, William Johnk. “The Band Wagon” (NR), 2 p.m. March 11. Musical. Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse. Feature Film: “The Ides of March” (R), 2 and 7 p.m. March 15. Political drama. Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood.

a presentation on Electric Competition will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 13. a representative of the Citizens Utility Board will discuss the alternative suppliers and explain billing, exit fees, rate hikes, and green energy options. in northern Illinois, you can choose ComEd, the regulated utility, to supply your home with power, or you can choose from 14 alternative suppliers.

Making Bread with Bogna takes place at 2 p.m. March 24. Bogna Solak, the owner of the Oak mill Bakeries will teach the craft of making delicious bread from scratch. Registration is limited to 60 and is required. call (847) 929-5101 or go to calendar.webrary.org.

A Used Book Sale in the Baxter Room takes place from 1-4 p.m. March 30; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31; and 1-4 p.m. April 1. Thousands of donated and withdrawn library books will be for sale. Browse fiction and nonfiction titles for both adults and children. Most items priced from 50 cents to $1. Cash only. Bag Day April 1 with all the books that will fit in a plastic grocery bag for $1. Volunteers are needed to help with the organization set-up, and sales. call Nancy Brothers at (847) 929-5122.

Litlounge, a book group co-sponsored by the Morton Grove Public Library and the Skokie Public Library, meets in the Irish pub, The Curragh, at 8266 Lincoln Ave., in Skokie. The book, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart will be discussed at 7 p.m. March 20. Frankie starts her sophomore school year by grabbing the attention of a popular senior who also happens to be a member of her boarding school’s all-male, long-standing secret society. When she realizes she can never be part of the group simply because she is a girl, Frankie infiltrates the society and enacts a series of anonymous pranks to prove she is more than equal to her male counterparts.

Knitting Roundtable for Adults will be held from 2:30-4 p.m., Mondays. Volunteer Ronnie Rund, an expert knitter, will show how to solve knitting challenges. Bring current knitting project(s) and needles.

Knitting for Adults is held at 3 p.m., Mondays. Expert knitter Ronnie Rund has volunteered her assistance in unraveling the mysteries of knitting. Bring needles and yarn. Beginners can learn how to knit from the pros and the pros can discuss stitches, yarns, and projects.

Parenting a child with special needs? Join other parents and consult with professionals on specific parenting issues for children with special needs. Single seminars and ongoing sessions offered at Jewish Child & Family Services, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook. call for more information and start dates. Groups are ongoing and run year-round. for dates, times and fees, contact Meredith White, (847) 412-4336, www.jcfs.org.

Group Firefly, for children ages 10-14 diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder or Autism meet Tuesdays, from 5–6 p.m. at Jewish Child & Family Services, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook. Group focuses on teaching and building social skills and encouraging prosocial engagement with peers. Three series, 10 weeks each. $250 per series fee. for dates and times, contact Rachel Riley, PsyD, (847) 412-4355, www.jcfs.org.

Get together for Parents and Children, for ages four and under meets Tuesdays, 10- 11:30 a.m. at Virginia Frank Child Development Center, 3033 Touhy, Chicago. The group offers an opportunity for parents to meet other parents with young children; get away from feeling ‘cooped up’ and ‘isolated;’ share experiences, ideas, and concerns with other parents and staff whose skills are in family and child development; discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play. $15 per session per family. Contact Joanne Kestnbaum, LCSW, at (773) 761-4550. JoanneKestnbaum@jcfs.org. www.jcfs.org.

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation offers individuals 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 to offer support for individuals with special needs by volunteering, call (847) 966-5522.

our Lady of Ransom Parish Paluch Hall 8300 Greenwood, Niles, will host its 23rd Annual St. Joseph’s Table at 12:15 p.m. March 18. Mass is dedicated to St. Joseph. Spaghetti dinner served with a variety of delicacies follows from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. call (847) 823-2550. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents a series of discussions led by Rabbi Nina J. Mizrahi, D.H.L., speaking on “Living a Life that Matters: Ethical Grounding in the Modern World,” from 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays, March 12, 19 and 26 this program is free and open to the public. Call (847) 675-0951 or visit www.tbiskokie.org.

“The Prime Ministers,” Yehuda Avner’s dynamic best seller about Israeli leadership, will be reviewed by Leah Reicin at the Religious Zionist Women’s Maot Chittim Buffet event 7 p.m. March 12, in a private home in Skokie. Maot Chittim supplies Passover funds for the needy in Israel and the event is being sponsored in memory of Rabbi Louis J. and Lillian Chaimovitz. for information on address and to rsvp, call Religious Zionists, (847) 674 9733, ext. 10.

St. Isaac Jogues Church, 8149 Golf Road, Niles, will have its Joseph Table March 11, beginning with Mass at noon. followed by blessing of Table and serving of food 1:30-4:30 p.m. There is no charge, but donations appreciated to benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Ministry to help those in need. call (847) 966-1180.

Jerusalem Lutheran School, 6218 Capulina Ave., in Morton Grove, holds Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible study, children’s Sunday school and C4L (Christians for Life) teen group meet at 9:15 a.m. Two other Bible classes are offered on Wednesdays. call Pastor Prange at (847) 965-7340 or visit www.jerusalemlutheran.org.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave., Park Ridge, holds a Christian-education hour at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with worship service at 10:15 a.m. during the hour, Sunday school is in church parsonage; children preschool through sixth-grade welcome. Childcare services available during worship. (847) 823-6984.

Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present, if you would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, contact Allen R. Hope, president, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505. call (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. eastern time, fax: (260) 492-9771 or e-mail: Hope4391@ frontier.corn.

PNA North Side Seniors will conduct their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. March 14 at the PNA Home Office Cafeteria, 6100 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago. Doors will open about 9:15 a.m. There will be a guest speaker. Among other items discussed will include ther Polish American Night at U.S. Cellular Field on July 3. All seniors ages 55 and over (members and non-members) are encouraged to join them for a morning of fun and fraternalism. Refreshments will be served. There is plenty of parking available in the lot behind the building. for additional information about the PNA Seniors Group and their activities, call the PNA (773) 286-0500, ext. 316, or visit the PNA website at www.pna-znp.org and click on “Events”.

bright Ideas ESL is held from 9:15 – 11:15 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays at the Smith Activities Center, 5120 Galitz Street, Skokie. The Ongoing English as a second Language class is for Russian-speaking refugees 60 and older. Interactive, fun, conversational. Beginners are welcome. Class is based on bright Ideas ESL Curriculum, developed by the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE), specifically for the older learner. no fee. Contact Barbara Urbanska-Yeager, (773) 866-5035. www.jcfs.org.

a weekly senior drop-in group meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays at 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. Participants discuss politics, current events, health, relationships and more. The fee is $7 per session. Contact Sandy Posner at (847) 745-5448 or SandyPosner@jcfs.org, www.jcfs.org.

CJE SeniorLife offers support groups on a wide variety of topics of interest to seniors and their families. Fees vary according to program and individual circumstances and some groups may be partially covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance. To join a group, call CJE SeniorLife at (773) 508-1000.

Which Way to Stage Left?, a performance by Skokie Park District’s “Still Acting Up” performers will be held from 2-3 p.m. March 11 at Weinberg Community for Senior Living, Gidwitz place Social Hall, 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. Free event, no registration required. call (847) 374-0500.

Yiddish Movies will feature Der Purimshpieler from 10-11:30 a.m. March 12 at the Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy, Chicago. RSVP to (773) 508-1000.

Hands On Technology: Learning to Use your iPad is held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for Series 2 on March 14, 21, and 28 at Weinberg Community for Senior Living, Suite 1, 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. if you own an iPad or are thinking about buying one, and want to learn how to use it, this interactive three-week series will introduce you to the tablet device and provide basic instruction and an introduction to popular apps. Bring your own tablet or share one of ours. no experience necessary and everyone is welcome. Session 3 will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 11, 18 and 25 at Weinberg Community for Senior Living, Suite 1, 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. for more information or a summary of class topics, call (773) 508-1169 or e-mail Barbara.Milsk@cje.net.

Scrabble Club is for word lovers and game players of all levels. Learn the classic game of Scrabble or get tips to sharpen your skills, with instructor and tournament director Joe Cortese. Meets at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy Ave. Chicago. Free. Monthly meeting dates: March 14, 21, 28. call (773) 508-1000.

Holocaust Survivors — Coffee and Conversation meets every Monday and Thursday throughout the month. Group meets from 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, 19 and 26 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free. call (847) 568-5100 to register. Also held from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 15, 22, 29 at JCFS Joy F. Knapp Center, 3145 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago. Free. call (847) 568-5100.

Living Life through Loss, a drop-in bereavement support group, meets every Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m. at CJE SeniorLife, 3003 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago. Any adult over the age of 60 who has lost a loved one in the past three years is encouraged to attend. Monthly meeting dates: March 14, 21, 28. There is a $5 fee for each session. call (773) 508-1129.

Making Connections: Seniors with Adult Children with Disabilities meets from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago. The program offers families an opportunity to connect, share experiences and learn about benefits and community resources. Those interested in attending must register in advance by calling (773) 508-1694. Monthly meeting date: March 20.

A support group for family caregivers whose loved one has been diagnosed with an atypical dementia (Frontotemporal Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia) will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Weinberg Community for Senior Living, 1551 Lake-Cook Road, Deerfield. Drop-ins are welcome. On-site respite care available during the support group; pre-registration is only required if bringing a loved one to respite care. call Sara Sanderman at (847) 236-7863. Monthly meeting date: March 21.

Caregiving for loved ones with Dementia is a support group for individuals who are involved in the care of a loved one with dementia. Meets first and third Wednesday of each month 11 a.m. to noon at CJE’s Adult Day Services, 1015 W. Howard St., Evanston. RSVP to Amy Zann, LCSW, (773) 508-1690. Monthly meeting date: March and 21.

Community Senior Adults is open to new members. Lunch, socialize and entertainment are offered on a weekly basis. purchase Kosher lunches at affordable prices. Meets 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 9700 gross Point Road, Skokie. call Esther Craven at (773) 508-1047. Monthly meeting dates: March 13, 20, 27.

Want to learn more about the world around you? Lively senior current events discussion groups led by world traveler, editor, and educator June Michaelson meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Temple Judea Mizpah, 8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie. call (847) 676-1566.

The Morton Grove Campus of the North Shore Senior Center, at 6140 Dempster St., offers programs, activities, and travel opportunities for adults. Register for all programs at the Senior Center between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call (847) 470-5223. The center offers the following programs:

Become a member of the North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove and enjoy opportunities to live longer, happier, healthier lives through an array of programs, activities, trips and services. Members receive a discount on all programs, activities, and trips, program calendar and newsletter six times per year, information on local, state, and federal issues affecting seniors, and invitations to special events and presentations. Membership dues are $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple/household for a full year. everyone is welcome.

The Morton Grove Seniors Bowling League is in need of bowlers. this is a mixed league that has been in existence for over 20 years and needs both full-time members and substitutes who want to bowl once in awhile. The group bowls at Classic Bowl on Waukegan Road Friday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $8 each week for the three games. The season will run until the end of March. a luncheon follows the end of the season. Contact either Ron Ericksen at (847) 383-5305 or Hilda Karleskey, (847) 965-5854.

CJE SeniorLife is working with senior citizens and families across the Metropolitan Chicago through its new home safety assessments program to help spot possible safety hazards in the home. through the service, a Certified Aging in-Place Specialist (CAPS) comes out to the home to discuss changes that may help the resident remain in their house longer. CAPS walks through the residence and presents a list of suggested modifications, repairs and preventative safety measures, and also provides a list of available resources for making these changes. Some overlooked items that a CAPS professional can help with include eliminating hazards caused by area rugs and frayed carpeting, reduction of clutter from walkways, installation of grab bars in the bathroom, securing railings that lead up and down staircases, fixing uneven steps, rerouting of electrical cords, modification of how to organize cabinets to avoid unnecessary reaching and bending and more. CJE SeniorLife’s home safety assessments by a CAPS professional provides an objective review of the home’s safety. The service costs $125 and most assessments last 90 minutes. for information, or to schedule an appointment, call CJE SeniorLife at (773) 508-1000.

Staff from nonprofit agency SASI will answer questions about home care and ways to stay home safely from 9-11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at North Shore Community Bank, 7800 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. for details, call SASI-Services for Adults Staying in their Homes at (847) 864-7274 or visit www.SASIathome.org.

SASI’s Celebrating Experience: a Gallery of Art by senior citizens is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment. SASI is in the professional building above the retail shops at 1123 Emerson St., Evanston. Directions at www.sasiathome.org/contact/contact.html.

CJE SeniorLife is now accepting applications for Robineau Residence, 7550 N. Kostner Ave., in Skokie, for immediate move-in. The age requirement for residency at Robineau was recently lowered from 62 years of age to 55 years of age. in addition, the income level for a single occupant was raised to $42,100 per year. Robineau is designed to serve senior citizens who may need a helping hand. 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. a Robineau service fee assistance program is available for residents. for an application and a tour of Robineau, contact Dorothy Levant at (847) 675-8580.

“Immigrants Aspire!” scholarships and essay competition offers three scholarship awards — a grand prize of $2,000 and two runner-up prizes of $500 — will be payable directly to each winning student’s college or university. Winners will be honored at a special reception and their essays will be featured on the website of the sponsor, Immigration Law Associates. Contestants must prepare a 750-1,000 word essay on the topic: “If you could make one major change in the immigration laws, what would it be and why?” Essays must be in English. Entrants must be graduating high school seniors residing in Illinois who will be entering an institution of higher learning in the fall of 2012. they must be immigrants themselves or have at least one immigrant parent or stepparent. The immigration status of contestants and their families will not be a factor in eligibility. Interested students should submit their essays online along with the “Immigrants Aspire” application form posted on the Immigration Law Associates website at http://www.immig-chicago.com/pages/Scholarship. The submission deadline is midnight may 31. Winners will be announced no later than June 30. Contact Christine Futia at cfutia@immig-chicago.com or (847) 763-8500 for additional information.

The Norwegian National League of Chicago is offering scholarships and cash prizes to deserving students who are of Norwegian heritage residing in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will. The first scholarship for $1,000 will be awarded to a high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA and who has been accepted by a college or university. Also, a $100 cash prize will be awarded to a high school student in nineth through 11th grades and a $50 cash prize will be awarded to a student in fifth through eighth grades. Finally, a $25 cash prize will be awarded to a student in first through fourth grades.

To qualify, older students must submit an original essay on a Norwegian topic and the students in first through fourth grades must submit an original drawing depicting a Norwegian topic. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. The Norwegian National League is an umbrella organization for all Norwegian cultural, athletic and fraternal organizations in the Chicago area. for scholarship information and applications visit the Norwegian National League website at www.nnleague.org or contact Tom Maxson at( 847) 297-1656 or e-mail sovmax@wowwav.com.

The Family Caregiver Circle is an educational support group for family members caregiving seniors. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Community Church, 8944 Austin Ave. Drop-ins are always welcome. if in need of respite care during the meeting, call (847) 965-2982, in advance.

NorthShore Hospice sponsors the following Grief Support Groups: Soul Mates, an ongoing support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner. Group meets on second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. at NorthShore Hospice office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. Legacy, an ongoing support group for adults who have experienced the death of a parent. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. at NorthShore Hospice office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie. Handicap accessible and parking available. Pre-register with Thom Dennis, (847) 982-4364 or e-mail him at Tdennis@northshore.org.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban, will hold meetings from 9-10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Room 1700, Evanston. Parking is free. call (847) 716-2252.

The Bethany Terrace will host its monthly Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Dementia Support Group from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on the third Friday of every month, at 8425 Waukegan Road, in Morton Grove. Light refreshments will be served. Support Groups are an excellent way for family members to share their experiences meeting the challenges and rewards of living with a family member who has dementia/Alzheimer’s and to learn about the disease. All members of the community are welcome to attend. call (847) 965-8100.

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

Spousal Loss takes place from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Thursdays at Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building, 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. The loss of a spouse can have many lasting effects on one’s life. this six-week group is for those who have lost a spouse over the last year and a half. The focus will be on learning what to expect from your grief, adapting to role changes, coping skills, and navigating relationships. Fee is $42. Contact Elizabeth Siegel Cohen, LCSW at (847) 745-5404 or www.jcfs.org.

Weight no more, a friendly weight loss support group, welcomes new members. Discussions include weight loss tips, recipes, and helpful ideas to help participants reach their goals. Fees are $5 monthly to defray the room rental costs, and small fines for weight gain. Meetings take place from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 Howard St., Niles (elevator accessible). call (847) 679-4229.

Families Anonymous is a support group for family members and friends who are concerned about and affected by substance abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one. Group 831 meets at 10 a.m. every Friday at Carter Westminster Church, 4950 W. Pratt Ave., Skokie, in basement; enter from parking lot in rear. Group 173 meets at 7:30 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at First United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, in the Parlor Room, south center portion of main level; use entrance at rear (Grant Place), across from parking lot. 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. for more information and a list of other local meeting locations call Families Anonymous at (773) 777-4442 or visit www.familiesanonymous.org.

Tops Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), an international weight-loss network of support groups, holds a local meeting weekly on Mondays beginning at 5 p.m. at Niles Park District Center, 6676 West Howard St., on the lower level. The building is handicap accessible. Visitors are welcome to visit the first TOPS meeting free of charge. call (847) 966-4871 or to find another local chapter, visit www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.

Overeaters Anonymous, an organization for people with eating disorders (compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, etc.) meets Sundays at 9 a.m. at Lieberman Health Center, 9700 gross Point Road, Skokie. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program based on the principles of Alcoholic Anonymous. no dues or fees; the only requirement for participation is a “desire to stop eating compulsively.” call Hasha (847) 507-9118.

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. Meets 1:30-3 p.m. third Thursday of each month in lower-level conference room of Nesset Pavilion, 1775 Ballard Road, Park Ridge. Meetings are free; no registration is required. Sandy Guarise (847) 318-2501.

Les Turner ALS Foundation Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. second Wednesday of every month at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. for directions, call (847) 675-0951. Those attending are asked to notify Claire Owen, director of patient services at (847) 679-3311 or cowen@lesturnerals.org.

TARA APD Chicago -Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorders holds monthly support group for people with loved ones suffering from borderline personality disorder or emotional dysregulation. Meeting held at rush North Shore, 9600 gross Point Road, Skokie, on the third Wednesday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m. E-mail rh5mail-tara@yahoo.com for the room number.

Starting Over: Adjusting to Life in the United States meets 9:30-11 a.m. on Mondays at 5150 Golf Road, Skokie. this free, weekly drop-in group is for Russian-speaking immigrants age 55 or older from the former Soviet Union. call Lina, (773) 866-5035.

Coffee and Conversation for Holocaust Survivors meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Holocaust Memorial Foundation, 4709 Golf Road, Skokie. Participants discuss challenges of aging, politics and current events, news from Israel and family celebrations. Free. call (847) 568-5200.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous meets as follows: 7-8 p.m. on Mondays in room 259 of the Lieberman Center, 9700 gross Point Road, Skokie, Charlene, (847) 679-2505; 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays at rush North Shore Medical Center’s administrative center, 2 S. 9600 gross Point Road, Skokie, Cherri, (847) 933-9501; 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays at rush North Shore Medical Center’s administrative center, 2 S. 9600 gross Point Road, Skokie, Linda, (773) 387-4247; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sundays at rush North Shore Medical Center (Sharfstein East), 9600 gross Point Road, Skokie, Charlene, (847) 679-2505.

The Counseling Center of Advocate Medical Group offers a free Healing our Lost Dreams support group twice a month for persons who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Meets 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Counseling Center, 1610 Luther Lane, Park Ridge. Parents, grandparents and other adult family members invited. call (847) 795-3100.

Teen Tech Squad takes place 3:30-5 p.m. March 8. Celebrate Teen Tech Week. Come to this teens-only eReader petting zoo and learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks for free. We’ll share our favorite apps, too.

Gettin’ Saucy Teen Cooking Class opens for registration March 13. The class will be held from 6-7 p.m. March 27. Learn to prepare delicious food. There is room for eight chefs; reserve your spot today. Registration is required.

DIY Crafts features duct tape from 5-6 p.m. March 29. Create awesome flowers and wallets using duct tape. Instructions and supplies are provided. Registration is required.

Looking for court watchers at the Skokie Courthouse for domestic violence. Domestic violence affects up to 50 percent of all families in the U.S. being a court watcher is easy, convenient and rewarding. if you can be a volunteer for this very important program, contact Joanne Liberman, chairperson, at (847) 412-1577 or e-mail Joanne at NonnyL@aol.com.

CJE SeniorLife is in need of more volunteers for its Home Delivered Meals program in the north side of Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, and Morton Grove areas. Hot and cold meals are delivered weekdays from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Volunteers work in teams of two, where one person drives his/her car with the other person delivering the meals to the client’s door. Volunteers can choose one or two weekdays on a regular basis to deliver meals or assist as their schedule permits. for more information on becoming a Home Delivered Meals volunteer, call Anne Schuman at (773) 508-1064.

The Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs is seeking volunteers of all races, national origins, ages and physical abilities to assist in collecting data about their home-seeking experiences. Experience is not required, training will be provided. a small stipend and expenses will be paid. call Viki at (847) 501-2029, Ext. 408, or e-mail viki@interfaithhousingcenter.org.

The North Shore Senior Center in Northfield has the following volunteer needs: friendly visitors; volunteers for the House of Welcome; help with the Lunch Circle on Mondays and/or Wednesdays; transportation coordinator; and committee secretaries. Contact Maura Rogan at mrogan@nssc.org or (847) 784-6052.

Lincolnwood place Retirement Community, 7000 N. McCormick Blvd., Lincolnwood, is seeking volunteers over the age of 16 to assist with resident programs. if interested, call Brad Howell at (847) 673-7166.

Maine Township Regional Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers with a desire to serve their communities. The Corps can assist police, fire and public-health officials in disasters or health emergencies in the area. Volunteers can be active, inactive or retired health professionals, students in health professions or others with related skills, as well as those who simply wish to give to the community. Physicians, nurses, dentists, dental techs, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, mental-health practitioners, laboratory and radiology technicians, medical students, non-medical personnel, veterinarians and clergy are strongly encouraged to apply. MRC units are locally based volunteers who can assist their communities during emergencies such as an influenza epidemic, or another public-health emergency, disaster or act of terrorism. for volunteer application, call Bob Cohen (847) 297-5911, send an e-mail to maine-mrc@sbcglobal.netor, or visit www.mainetownship.com.

Friends of the Morton Grove Forest Preserve is a volunteer organization dedicated to protection and preservation of the Cook County natural areas that run through Morton Grove and Niles. All are welcome to get involved. call John Thill (847) 966-0231.

Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove, has the following programs and information available.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Orientation will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. March 13. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 provides the framework for a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet the needs of both job seekers and those who want to further their careers. The Act focuses on meeting the of businesses for skilled workers and the training, education, and employment needs of individuals. Learn about what services are available and what assistance you qualify for while searching for a job. Presented by National able Network. Registration is required; go to www.worknetncc.com or call (708) 724-3119.

A Job Seeker Workshop will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22. All-day Job Seeker Workshops are provided by employment coaches from Illinois WorkNet. Bring your own lunch; coffee and water will be provided. Topics include: Résumé/cover letter: expert guidance on writing résumés and cover letters that get results. Job search techniques: focuses on effective techniques to find jobs in today’s market; includes Internet job search tips and networking strategies. Interviewing: get the guidance and direction needed for interview preparation. Review the common questions and learn effective ways to answer them. Mock interviews will be conducted to practice your new-found skills and reinforce others. Registration is required. call (847) 929-5101 or visit www.worknetncc.com.

Learn how to use a computer: one-on-one tutorials.

Beginning Mouse is offered for those with little or no experience using a computer. Learn to use a computer mouse. Contact the Reference Services Desk at (847) 929-5101.

Online Library Catalog: Learn how to search, place holds, review your account and more with the Library’s online catalog. Contact the Reference Services Desk at (847) 929-5101 or e-mail info@webrary.org.

Morton Grove Community Calendar for March 8, 2012


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