Events

Celebrating Seniors Week 2018

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  • Thursday4/26/2018
  • Friday4/27/2018
  • Saturday4/28/2018
  • Sunday4/29/2018
  • Monday4/30/2018
  • Tuesday5/1/2018
  • Wednesday5/2/2018
  • Thursday5/3/2018
10 AM

Gardening Tips & Terrarium Planting at Good Earth Greenhouse & Café

10:30 AM

Choosing to Die at Home: A Conversation with Tom Holmes

Rosemary Salerno, psychotherapist and longtime hospice worker, and Tom Holmes, Forest Park Review journalist, will read an essay from Holmes' 2017 book, The Soul of a Liberal Village. Conversation will follow.

Skye Lavin
slavin@fppl.org
708-689-6120

Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park


Tom Holmes and Rosemary Salerno
Presenter
12:00 PM

Lunch & Bingo

Lunch will be served at noon and Bingo will begin at 1 pm. Ten games with prizes for each. Reservations required and transportation available by appointment.

Karen Dylewski
kdylewski@forestpark.net
Howard Mohr Community Center

7640 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park


Staff
Presenter
2:00 PM

What Will You Do with Tomorrow?

How do you want your life to look a year from now? Ever wonder where the time has gone? Certified Dream Builder Coach Tom Wendt helps seniors create clear, concise, short and long-term meaningful goals.

Debby Preiser
dpreiser@oppl.org
708-697-6915

Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street, Oak Park


Tom Wendt, Certified Dream Builder Coach
Presenter
3:30 PM

Card Making

Make a birthday card and an all-occasion card. No previous experience required. You must register two days in advance by calling 708-366-9850 or emailing Ann at ahanson616@aol.com

Ann Hanson
ahanson616@aol.com
708-366-4762

Accents by Fred
7519 W. Madison Street, Forest Park


Ann Hanson
Presenter
4:30 PM

Dying Sucks

Professional experts will help you complete important end-of-life documents that empower your loved ones or designated power of attorney to carry out YOUR wishes--and offer peace of mind. Refreshments served.

Patricia Koko
patriciakoko@hotmail.com
708-383-8018

Ascension Catholic School, Pine Room (basement)
601 Van Buren St., Oak Park


Patricia Koko
Presenter
7:00 PM

Barbara Henry Poetry Reading

Celebrate National Poetry Month with local author, speaker, and poet Barbara J. Henry! Bring a couple of 1-2 minute personal poems to share or a poem by your favorite poet. Children are always welcome.

Dana Janisch, Adult Services Librarian
dana.janisch@riverforestlibrary.org
708-366-5205 ext. 303

River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Ave, River Forest


Barbara Henry
Presenter
1:30 PM

Friday Afternoon Movie: Born Yesterday

3:00 PM

Caring for the Elder Caregiver

Receive realistic, research-proven tips that help caregivers take care of themselves and live full, satisfying lives. Topics include navigating healthcare, dealing with challenging daily routines and social isolation at home.

Monika Robinson
monika@livingfullyathome.com
708-502-6965

Oak Park Main Library, Community Engagement Room, 1st Floor
834 Lake Street, Oak Park


Monika & Blaine Robinson
Presenter
7:00 AM

Celebrating Seniors BlazeATrail 5K Run/Walk

9:30 AM

Pet Pals in the Park

Bring your best four-legged friend—or any other pet you’d like—to a “pet pal” party. We will have local vendors and treats, especially for dogs. All are welcome!
Patricia Koko
patriciakoko@hotmail.com


Keystone Park, River Forest
400 Keystone Park Dr. River Forest, IL 60305


Patricia Koko
Presenter
10:00 AM

Morning Matinee: Lion (2016)

Come to the library and enjoy a viewing of the award-winning film Lion (2016). This program is part of Celebrating Seniors Week. 
Dana Janisch, Adult Services Librarian
dana.janisch@riverforestlibrary.org


River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Ave, River Forest


Dorothy Houlihan
Presenter
10:30 AM

The Upside of Downsizing

Seniors Real Estate Specialist Roz Byrne of RE/MAX in the Village covers decluttering and moving for seniors.
Heather Lindstrom
heather@oakparkarms.com


The Oak Park Arms
408 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park


Roz Byrne
Presenter
11:00 AM

Health & Wellness Fair 2018

1:00 PM

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Owning a pet brings amazing health benefits to seniors. Give a shelter animal a forever home on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day by choosing from among a variety of fabulous furry friends.
Dana Janisch, Adult Services Librarian
dana.janisch@riverforestlibrary.org
708-366-5205 ext. 303

River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Ave, River Forest


Magnificent Mutts and Meows
Presenter
1:00 PM

Pop-Up Flower Show with I Li Hsiao

A pop-up floral display featuring local florists in the library's Art Gallery. See how flowers and art can be fused as various floral designers present flowers in a fresh and different way.
Debby Preiser
dpreiser@oppl.org
708-697-6915

Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery
834 Lake Street, Oak Park


I Li Hsiao
Presenter
10:00 AM

Protecting Yourself from Crime - At Any Age

11:30 AM

Values-Based Decision Making at End-of-Life

What do you really want? With Rush Oak Park Hospital's chaplain, explore the when, what and how to talk to your family and loved ones about your wishes and end-of life decisions.
Aoife Lee
708-660-5658
Aoife_C_Lee@rush.edu
Oak Park Main Library (Small Meeting Room)
834 Lake Street, Oak Park


Aoife C. Lee, DMin, BCC
Presenter
1:30 PM

Film screening and discussion with Doug Deuchler: "Driving Miss Daisy"

Screen and discuss the 1989 film "Driving Miss Daisy" starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd. Set in 1948 Atlanta, follow the retired white school teacher and her black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn.
Debby Preiser
dpreiser@oppl.org
708-697-6915

Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street, Oak Park


Film Historian Doug Deuchler
Presenter
2:00 PM

Senior Yoga

Senior yoga will cover various yoga technique such as chair yoga, standing yoga and restorative yoga.
Victoria Prewitt
victoria.prewitt@oakstreethealth.com
773-230-3771

Oak Street Health
18 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL


Wendy Mills
Presenter
10:00 AM

Weaving Demonstration and Center Tour

10:00 AM

Books 'n’ Bagels

Come talk about books while enjoying delicious breakfast treats. We’ll talk about new books at the library and share some of our favorites. Bring your recommendations too!
Dana Janisch, Adult Services Librarian
dana.janisch@riverforestlibrary.org
708-366-5205 ext. 303

River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Ave, River Forest


Mary Kay Akers Stiff
Presenter
10:00 AM

Digital Donation Day

Share your photos or two-dimensional items for scanning into our digital archive. Take your items home or donate them for research and future exhibitions.
Jill Wagner
jill@forestparkreview.com


Howard Mohr Community Center
7640 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park


Alexis Ellers & Jill Wagner from Historical Society of Forest Park
Presenter
11:30 AM

Movement Is Medicine

Doctors of physical therapy will demonstrate exercise movements to prevent injury and to improve mobility. Personalized complimentary screenings and mobility assessments. Refreshments served.
Sam Yousif
sam@bodygears.com
312-375-9905

Body Gears Physical Therapy
1049 Lake St. Suite 201, Oak Park


BGPT Doctors of Physical Therapy
Presenter
1:00 PM

Genealogy Fun with Ancestry, FamilySearch, Facebook and More

A local expert in genealogy searches will host an interactive "how to" on using online resources, including Facebook, to begin your family history search.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-601-4498

River Forest Community Center
8020 Madison St, River Forest


Township Clerk, Abby Schmelling
Presenter
2:00 PM

Tea Tasting

Come sample various teas at the top of Oak Park -- a unique tea tasting with friends.
Marta Ciarach
mciarach@brookdale.com
708-383-1111

Brookdale Senior Living
1111 Ontario St. Oak Park


Patrick Carroll
Presenter
3:00 PM

Fall Prevention for Seniors

Join us for an interactive and lively discussion on how to minimize and prevent falls in your home and in your daily life. Coffee and dessert served.
Nick Preys
nick.preys@synergyhomecare.com
708-848-4520

Belmont Village
1035 Madison, Oak Park, IL 60302


Nick Preys, Synergy Homecare of Oak Park
Presenter
3:00 PM

Conscious Aging Workshops

Hands-on demonstration of the Ions Conscious Aging Workshop Program. Join the discussion about making our last third of life not just less horrible, but more wonderful.

Marc Blesoff
marcblesoff1@comcast.net
The Yoga Centre
266 Lake Street, Oak Park


Marc Blesoff
Presenter
4:00 PM

Getting Ready for Medicare

In conjunction with Oak Park Township Senior Services, get the facts about enrolling in Medicare and supplement plans that can seem overwhelming. Please call to register at 708-660-4636.
Liz Shayani
elizabeth_shayani@rush.edu
708-660-2005

Rush Oak Park Hospital Medical Office Building
610 S. Maple Avenue Suite 2000, Oak Park


Christine Brooks, Older Adult Benefits Specialist
Presenter
4:30 PM

Platform Tennis Social

Derived from tennis, and played with a solid paddle, paddle ball is growing in popularity. All equipment will be provided. Light refreshments served. Register by April 27 at 708-366-6660 ext 105 or kstille@rfparks.com.

Karen Stille
kstille@rfparks.com
708-366-6660 ext 105

Keystone Platform Tennis Courts
7920 Central Ave, River Forest


Karen Stille
Presenter
5:00 PM

Happy Hour Improv Fun & Games with Chris Hauri

Local resident Chris Hauri, trained with the Chicago Improv and Stand Up Comedy Community, will lead us in a fun one-hour romp through improvisation exercises and other fun.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-601-4498

River Forest Community Center
8020 Madison St, River Forest


Chris Hauri
Presenter
7:00 PM

Packing for Retirement

Learn the ingredients for a successful and fulfilling retirement, based on 30-plus years of retirement planning and investment advising. To register: call 630-505-8375, or email rstephens@bentron.com.
Jim Flanagan
jflanagan@bentron.com
708-386-3100

River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Ave, River Forest


Jim Flanagan
Presenter
10:00 AM

Zumba Gold

10:30 AM

Low-Cost Cultural & Academic Opportunities with Local Colleges in Our Own Backyard

Explore the rich, diverse and plentiful low-cost cultural and academic opportunities for local seniors in our own backyards, offered by Triton College, Concordia University and Dominican University.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-601-4498

River Forest Community Center
8020 Madison St, River Forest


Kay Frey and Eric Morton, Triton College;
Lydia Manning, Concordia University;
Rachel Hart Winter, Director, Siena Center Dominican University
Presenter
11:30 AM

Medical Cannabis Education: How Seniors are Benefitting

Based on the presenter's work with older adults, learn how medical cannabis could be a better solution to help treat chronic conditions and provide a better quality of life.
Amy Lee
Amy@sevenpoint.org
855-9-7POINT

Oak Park Main Public Library 1st Floor, Community Engagement Space
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL


Amy Lee
Presenter
11:30 AM

Celebrating Seniors Luncheon

Join us for an afternoon of good friends, great food and outstanding entertainment. Free for those ages 60 and up; pre-registration is required (registration form needs to be completed).
Steven Thomas
sthomas@pdofp.org
Office: 708-366-7500 x20
Cell: 708-878-2056

Park District of Forest Park
7501 Harrison Street, Forest Park


1:30 PM

Movement and Memory: The Joy of Aging

This unique style of dance and fitness offers physical, mental and social benefits while promoting an active lifestyle. Learn to emote through movement, and get connected with your body and senses.
Pat Porter
pporter@belmontvillage.com
708-848-7200 at Ext. 108

Belmont Village
1035 Madison, Oak Park, IL 60302


Gloria Araya
Presenter
6:00 PM

Olive & Well

Healthy, tasty and fun! Learn what’s so great about olive oil and how to make foods fabulous with aged balsamic vinegar from Italy! To register, email hauri751@gmail.com.
Barb Bodner
bodsail@gmail.com
708-829-2825

Olive & Well
133 N. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park


Chris Hauri
Presenter
7:00 PM

Mandalas and Meditation

Quiet your mind and connect with yourself: learn how to make mandalas--and how creating them can be a form of focused meditation. No drawing skills necessary. All supplies provided.
Skye Lavin
slavin@fppl.org
708-689-6120

Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park


Jo Ann Concialdi
Presenter
9:30 AM

Turning Memories Into Stories

10:30 AM

Using Legal Tools Like Advanced Directives, Wills, and TODIs for Elder Life Planning

Learn about elder life planning, including Transfer on Death Instruments (TODIs), Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Property, and Wills. There will be time for questions from the audience, too.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-601-4498

River Forest Community Center
8020 Madison St, River Forest


Tom Wendt, Legal Director, Center for Disability & Elder Law, Chicago, IL
Presenter
1:00 PM

Getting The Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

Have you ever left a medical appointment not understanding what they told you? This patient-empowerment workshop focuses on improving your relationship with your doctor, and all aspects of your care.

Joy Aaronson
joy.aaronson@gmail.com
708-763-4750

Oak Park Main Library, Community Engagement Room, 1st Floor
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL


Dr. Ken Blair, Dr. Rebecca Eary, Joy Aaronson
Presenter
2:00 PM

Why We Need More Humor in Our Lives

Local resident, humorist, 12-time author and Loyola professor Al Gini shares why we need more humor in our lives. Among other media credits, Gini has been a frequent contributor to WBEZ and WGN.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-601-4498

River Forest Community Center
8020 Madison St, River Forest


Professor Al Gini
Presenter
4:30 PM

Bocce Ball Social

Instructors will teach bocce, followed by a chance to open play. All equipment provided. Light refreshments served. Register by May 1: Karen Stille at 708-366-6660, ext 105 or kstille@rfparks.com.
Karen Stille
kstille@rfparks.com
708-366-6660 ext 105

Memorial Parkway Bocce Courts
On Lake Street between Jackson & Monroe, River Forest


Karen Stille
Presenter
6:30 PM

60 Over 60/Closing Dinner

Join us as we celebrate this year’s “60 Over 60” honorees—local citizens who have made an enduring and wide-ranging impact on the community through education, business, public service, social-service agencies, and beyond.
For honorees and invited guests. RSVP to Celeste Duignan at 708-203-2123.

19th Century Club, Oak Park
178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301


Robert Stelletello
Presenter