No more baby blankets:
Starting today, all babies in the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital newborn nursery won't have blankets anymore; they'll have Halo SleepSacks, a wearable blanket that officials say is specially designed for safer sleep. Hospital officials said in a news release that SleepSacks help swaddle infants tightly, regulate body temperature, and reduce the risk that sudden movement will result in injury. "We decided to eliminate blankets as a way of modeling good sleep behaviors for parents to follow," said Cindy Hartwig, the hospital's executive director of women's health services. "With nearly 4,500 deliveries each year, we know that mothers are looking to us for advice on how to keep their babies safe. Utilizing SleepSacks is one way we can educate parents on safe sleep."
Township tutoring returns:
Hanover Township will offer affordable tutoring each week for students living in the township's boundaries beginning Feb. 18. Certified teachers will provide small group tutoring for elementary and high school students based on their age and learning needs. The student's teacher and a parent must complete an application by Feb. 4. The form, available at hanover-township.org, can be mailed or dropped off at the township's youth and family services department, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. The township charges a $45 fee per semester for each student. Orientation for the program is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 6, at Streamwood High School, 701 W. Schaumburg Road. Tutoring will take place on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from Feb. 18 through May 8 at the high school. For more information, call (630) 483-5799.
West End Jazz Band performs:
The Northwest Suburban Community Concert Association, in partnership with Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Community Education, presents a tribute to Valentine's Day in its third concert of the 2013-2014 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. The West End Jazz Band, with silent movie pianist Andy Schumm, will perform as a romantic silent movie from the 1920s plays on the big screen at the Forest View Educational Center Theater, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Tickets are $20 at the door, at www.ahcommunityconcerts.org, or through District 214, (847) 718-7702. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade are free with a paying adult. For more information about the West End Jazz Band, visit www.westendjazzband.com. The final concert of the current season features the music of the Carpenters, with Lisa Rock and her band.
Citizen police academy soon:
Registration is now open for the next session of the Arlington Heights Citizens Police Academy, which begins March 11. The class is offered exclusively to residents and business leaders from Arlington Heights and is held on Tuesday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. for 11 consecutive weeks. The program includes classroom training, open discussions, multimedia presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises and hands-on firearms familiarization on the police department firing range. Classroom outings include a tour of the department's 911 Center and the 3rd Circuit Court District Courthouse in Rolling Meadows. The classes are free, but limited to 25 students per session. Residents can get more information and apply at www.vah.com/assets/1/news/Citizen_Police_Academy_Brochure.pdf.