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  • Waterleaf to Host Hall and Walt Wine Dinner on Feb. 12 Jan 16, 2015 5:12 PM
    Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn will host an exclusive Hall and Walt Wine dinner on Thursday, Feb. 12. “In the cold of a Chicago winter, we invite guests to Waterleaf to taste of the sunshine of California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “This exclusive evening features a delicious menu complemented by the wonderful wines of this distinctive Pacific Coast winery.” Following a reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring 2013 Hall Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, the first course includes Seared Scallops, fig caponata, preserved meyer lemon and grapefruit-melon sabayon paired with 2012 Walt Chardonnay, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The second course offers Lamb’s Lettuce with strawberries, brie, binoche, hazelnuts and raspberry vinaigrette paired with 2012 Walt Pinot Noir, La Brisa, Sonoma County. The third course features Coffee Crusted Beef Short Rib with glazed baby carrots, crisp shallots and coffee scented just paired with 2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The fourth course includes Artisanal cheeses and toast points with marmalade paired with 2011 Hall “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. The final course is Flourless Chocolate Cake with chocolate sorbet and morello cherries. The price of this exclusive four-course, five-wine dinner is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for this event. To make a reservation for this exclusive Hall and Walt wine dinner at Waterleaf, call (630) 942-6881. Based in Sonoma, California, Hall and Walt Winery specializes in the production of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Owned by husband and wife team Craig Hall and Kathryn Walt Hall, the winery’s vineyards span nearly 1,000 miles in some of California’s most distinctive growing sites, including Anderson Valley, Sonoma County, Sta. Rita Hills and the Willamette Valley. The winery follows a philosophy of non-interventionist and organic farming practices winemaking that allows the wines to naturally reflect the character of the sites in which the grapes are grown. In addition, the winery uses hand and selective harvesting techniques that ensure only the cleanest and ripest fruit is used. In 2009, the winery became California’s first to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Waterleaf, led by Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic lake. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com.

     
  • Classic Cinemas presents annual “Predict the Oscars” contest Jan 15, 2015 5:41 PM
    The award season has begun, and Classic Cinemas has announced its annual “Predict the Oscars” contest for the 2015 Academy Awards competition! The nominees were announced on Jan. 15, and it’s time to pick your favorites to win.

     
  • Naperville Men’s Glee Club Organizes “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015” Jan 15, 2015 5:23 PM
    The Naperville Men’s Glee Club (NMGC) is organizing “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015”, a community chorus of men and women touched by cancer. Local singers will come together starting in February to share hope and experience the rewards of musical performance. Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and other singers are invited to join. There is no cost to participate and enrollment is available at napervillemensgleeclub.org or by calling 630-448-0518. The volunteer chorus will start weekly one hour rehearsals at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at The Church of The Brethren, 1020 West Jefferson, Naperville IL. Building on the success of the 2013 project, NMGC Artistic Director Bonnie Klee Roberts will again conduct “NMGC Voices of Hope”. Roberts explained, “There will be a wide variety of four-part music for the group to sing in the first rehearsal - some will be familiar to the 2013 singers but many songs will be new music to learn over the ten weeks.” Ms. Roberts continued, “It’s important for people to understand that this concert is not intended to be a fundraiser for cancer. The purpose is to gather people who have, or have had, a role in the fight against cancer and to provide an opportunity for them to feel the inspiration, thrill, and happiness that comes through weekly group singing and performance”. “I started thinking about doing Voices of Hope again during those wonderful rehearsals of the first chorus in 2013. After their performance, I received many voice mails, handwritten notes, and emails about the impact and meaning of the project. Reading their stories, I was sold on my premise of group fellowship and the inspiration of song to bring about a special kind of healing. So we decided to do Voices of Hope again in 2015” added Roberts. The Glee Club is expecting a chorus of 200+ men and women and over 110 people have already signed up. Additional information is available at napervillemensgleeclub.org or by calling 630-448-0518. “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015” will perform in concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Wentz Concert Hall, on the campus of North Central College, Naperville. The lobby of Wentz Hall will display “Lilly Oncology on Canvas – Expressions of a Cancer Journey”, a traveling art exhibit of award-winning paintings by cancer patients and survivors courtesy of Lilly Oncology and The National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship. Thanks to the generosity of the DuPage Community Foundation, cancer survivors may reserve and receive a complimentary concert ticket starting in April, 2015. General admission and group ticket sales will begin in April 2015. The “NMGC Voices of Hope 2015” project is supported in part by the City of Naperville SECA Fund, the Illinois Arts Council, the DuPage Community Foundation, and Genentech. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club was chartered in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) corporation. Sponsored in part by the City of Naperville, the Illinois Arts Council, the DuPage Community Foundation and many generous local businesses and citizens, they have earned a national reputation as a high caliber male chorus. The Glee Club has performed with many prestigious collegiate glee clubs (male and female) including the U. S. Naval Academy, Miami University, Penn State, Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, Pitt, Ohio University and the University of Michigan. In 2013, NMGC celebrated its 25th anniversary of “Bringing Harmony to Life” with a year of special concerts including “NMGC Voices of Hope”, the President’s Day Choral Festival honoring JFK at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C., and their 25th Anniversary Concert with the Varsity Men’s Glee Club from the University of Illinois.

     
  • Woodstock Theatre auditorium to be dedicated in honor of Harold Ramis Jan 15, 2015 6:17 PM
    An auditorium at the Woodstock Theatre will be dedicated in honor of writer/director Harold Ramis at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, immediately prior to the showing of “Groundhog Day.” The 1993 film, which was directed by Ramis, will be shown at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1.

     
  • COD Testing Welcomes New Partnership Jan 16, 2015 5:24 PM
    The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) recently admitted the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to its membership. “The Testing Centers at College of DuPage are dedicated to enhancing student success by providing comprehensive, accessible testing services,” said COD Coordinator of Specialized Testing Services Jarret Dyer. “All centers are committed to maintaining the highest compliance with NCTA’s Standards and Guidelines. As an institutional member of NCTA, the College is extremely pleased with this new partnership.” Founded 35 years ago as a consortium of 11 associations, CAS is dedicated to fostering and enhancing student learning, development and achievement. The organization creates and delivers standards, guidelines and self-assessment guides designed to lead to a host of quality programs and services. CAS membership currently comprises 41 professional organizations reflecting a wide range of student oriented functions across higher education. Members of the NCTA include testing professionals in post-secondary institutions and other professional testing venues, as well as companies with test-related products and services. The NCTA promotes professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs, including issues related to test administration, test development, test scoring and assessment. Currently, the NCTA has more than 2,000 members, representing more than 60 post-secondary institutions and more than 40 corporations and certification agencies in the U.S. and Canada. College of DuPage Testing Centers are located in Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont. Click here for more information.

     
  • COD to Host Scholar Visit Day on Feb. 3 Jan 16, 2015 5:25 PM
    The College of DuPage office of Admissions and Outreach invites current high school students to Scholar Visit Day on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the College’s main campus in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public. “We are thrilled to offer current and prospective students the wonderful opportunity that scholarships can provide,” said COD Board Chair Erin Birt. “While COD is well-known for providing incredible value through top-notch academics at an affordable price, we are pleased with the opportunity to provide eligible students with some additional relief from the financial burden of earning a college education.” Aimed at 2015 high school graduates in College District 502 with a 3.80/4 or 4.75 grade point average or a composite ACT score of 27 or higher, this free session will offer information about scholarships that are available to College of DuPage students, including types of scholarships, qualifying standards and the application process. In addition, a tour of the College will precede the presentation. For more information and to RSVP, call (630) 942-3000 or email scholarvisit@cod.edu. Click here for more information on scholarships at College of DuPage.

     
  • COD’s Global Flicks Film Festival Begins Feb. 4 Jan 16, 2015 5:27 PM
    Global Flicks, a festival of eight award-winning international films, will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 4 to March 25, in the Belushi Performance Hall of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Global Flicks is co-sponsored by the COD Field and Experiential Leading, Study Abroad and Global Education programs and the McAninch Arts Center. The films will be shown at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion of the film and its subject matter. Additionally, Waterleaf, the fine-dining restaurant at COD’s Glen Ellyn campus, will provide a pre-show themed prix fixe menu at 5 p.m. In addition, the College’s Continuing Education program will offer a themed lunch and casual film discussion at Wheat Café, the student-operated restaurant, at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, (“Waste Land”) and Wednesday, March 4 (“La Vita E Bella”). For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at (630) 942-4000 or click here. “Omar” (Palestine) – Feb. 4 Directed by Hany Abu-Assad Academy Award Nominee 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film, “Omar” is a gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar is a Palestinian baker by day who climbs over the separation wall to visit his girl Nadja. By night, he risks his life with friends to strike at the Israeli military. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier, Omar becomes an informant beginning a dangerous game. Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. (97 min.) Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados (Living is easy with eyes closed)” (Spain) – Feb. 11 Directed by David Trueba It is 1966 in Spain. English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio resolves to go on a road trip to Almería to meet John Lennon, who is shooting a film there. On the journey, he picks up two young runaways: Bethlehem – a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and Juanjo – a boy escaping a dictatorial father. ‘Living is easy with eyes closed,’ from Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” evokes the spirit of the 60s while reflecting on a time in Spanish history when dreams seemed impossible. (108 min.) “Waste Land” (Brazil) – Feb. 18 Directed by Lucy Walker Filmed over three years, “Waste Land” documents renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn, to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He photographs an eclectic band of “catadores,” self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. With collaboration from these inspiring characters, Muniz creates photographic images using garbage that reveal the dignity and despair of the catadores, who begin to re-imagine their life. This documentary shows the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. (99 min.) “Wadjda” (Saudi Arabia) – Feb. 25 Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour Wadjda, a 10-year old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, dreams of owing a green bicycle that she passes every day. She wants to race against Abdullah but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls and Wadjda’s mother refuses to buy the bike. Wadjda raises the money herself by entering a Koran competition at school. She wins, but is told that the money will instead be donated to Palestine on her behalf. This is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film by a female Saudi director. Wadjda presents a vivid window into a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced. (98 min.) “La Vita e bella (Life is Beautiful)” (Italy) - March 4 Directed by Roberto Benigni In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido has a perfect life marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. They have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. (116 min.) “Brat (Brother)” (Russia) - March 11 Directed by Aleksei Balabanov Danila Bagrov returns home after serving in the Russian Army. Not satisfied in the small town, he moves to St. Petersburg to be with his older brother and start a new life. He discovers his brother is a contract killer and gangster, and is forced into the criminal world. This gangster film depicts the problems of Russia in the 1990s: crime, poverty, disaffection of the Russian youth and failing families brought about in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. (99 min.) “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” (Ireland) - March 18 Directed by Ken Loach Set in rural Ireland in the 1920s, this war drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers Damien and Teddy O’Donovan who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom. While one brother started as a socialist and changes to adopt the ways of war, the other brother mellows after experiencing the endless suffering of war. The brothers oppose each other during the Irish Civil War just years later. (127 min.) “The Lady” (Burma) - March 25 Directed by Luc Besson Based on the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize, 1991), the Lady is an epic love story about Suu Kui and her husband Michael Aris, and their extraordinary sacrifice of family happiness for a higher cause. Despite distance, long separations and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endured. “The Lady” follows the peaceful quest for democracy in Burma by Suu Kyi who was held under house arrest for more than fifteen years by military junta.(132 min.)

     
  • Choral-Aires Chorus Hosts Guest Night Jan 16, 2015 5:22 PM
    Sing those Winter Blues Away! Visit the Choral-Aires Chorus on Monday, January 26 at 7pm when we host a Guest Night for anyone interested in learning more about the chorus. We’re a vibrant group of more than 100 women who love to sing a cappella harmony, love making new friends and love to have fun. We perform at community events, ballgames, parties and in competitions. We’re the current Regional champs and will compete for the title of Sweet Adelines International Champion in Las Vegas this fall. There are days when it seems winter will never end. Although this winter has certainly been kinder than the last, spring sometimes feels very far away. Hard to even imagine, some days. No matter how gray the day, an evening of singing with some of your favorite people is a great way to put the sunshine back into your life. You don’t have to be a professional musician, you don’t even have to read music. You just have to love music and be willing to learn from our amazing directors and coaches. Stop by our Guest Night. We meet at Redeemer Lutheran Church Recreation Center in Elmhurst, at the corner of Kenilworth Ave. and St. Charles Road. We’d love to see you and help you make the the dark days of winter a whole lot brighter! Visit our website, www.choral-aires.com to learn more about us.

     
  • Young adults learn job and life skills at The Birches Jan 15, 2015 5:42 PM
    There are some new and youthful faces at The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills these days, thanks to The Birches’ partnership with the Hinsdale District 86 Adult Opportunities Transitions Program. Through the Adult Opportunities Transitions Program, young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 with documented disabilities are given the resources and experience they need to succeed as independent adults. Young adults in the program rotate through a series of classes that focus on life skills like money management, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. The primary focus of the program, however, is preparing participants for future employment. “Young adults come to our transitions program to better prepare for success in their adult life. We focus on three main areas-- independent living, vocational education, and community integration and access. But the majority of our program is getting them ready for whatever vocational skills they should have once they’re no longer with school services,” said District 86 Vocational Transition Coordinator Taryn Chrapkowski. The Birches is currently a work-site for four young adults who perform a variety of tasks in the Dining Services and Maintenance Departments. Isaac Mason, who started the program at the beginning of this year, currently works at both Walgreen’s and The Birches. At The Birches, Mason works in the kitchen and helps with maintenance tasks. According to Mason, he particularly enjoys working in the Maintenance Department where he has learned painting techniques and other practical maintenance knowledge. Mason thinks this hands-on job training will help him take the steps he needs to move forward as an independent adult. “The program will probably help me get started— to start at COD and to find something I want to do,” said Mason. Ariel Townsend works at Walgreen’s and in The Birches’ Dining Services department where she prepares the tables for Birches’ residents and sometimes serves them coffee. According to Townsend, The Birches is her favorite job site in the program because she is able to do what she loves: help people. “The Birches is the best job because it’s not boring, and I like helping people. Also, because I get to do things that I’ve never done before, and I’ve always wanted to help seniors,” said Townsend. Townsend believes the job experience she gains through the program will help her achieve her future goals, as well as teach her important life skills that will help her transition into adulthood. “I learned how to catch the Metra train while I was here, and the Pace bus—I never in my life caught the Pace bus,” said Townsend. Even though she enjoys working with the residents at The Birches, Townsend says her ultimate goal is to become a teacher, and she believes her participation in the Adult Opportunities Transitions Program is bringing her one step closer to achieving this goal. “I think the program will help with my future goals because they put us in something that we’re interested in, something that’s going to help us when we leave the program,” said Townsend. District 86 Job Coach Kathy Lenzo accompanies program participants to their job sites and says she has seen noticeable differences in the confidence and capabilities of the young adults she coaches. “The main goal is for the student to learn to be independent and find success on the job,” said Lenzo. “This is probably the first opportunity some of them have had in a job, and I have absolutely noticed a difference.” According to Birches’ Activities Director Katie Klitchman, The Birches is happy to help these young adults gain important job experience and life skills, and appreciates their helpful contribution to the Birches community each week. “We’re so glad we can help these young adults. It’s great having them around and knowing we are helping them get job experience. It’s really a wonderful program and we are happy to participate,” said Klitchman. For more information on the District 86 Transitions Program, contact Tammy Prentiss, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services at tprentiss@hinsdale86.org. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • DuPage County towns join forces to fill Dominick’s vacancies Jan 14, 2015 2:47 PM
    Six DuPage County communities are working together to fill large retail vacancies they’ve been dealing with for more than a year — the grocery stores formerly occupied by Dominick’s. Bartlett, Bensenville, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Wheaton and Woodridge are combining forces to recruit potential new grocers or other large retailers. “By combining our resources, we can offer conveniently the information needed for their market assessment," said Jason Zawila, a planner who coordinates economic development efforts for the village of Woodridge.

     
  • Town Hall Meeting About Blood Cancers Jan 15, 2015 7:23 AM
    Town Hall Meeting About Blood Cancers

     
  • PM Prime Steakhouse Offers Truffle Dinner Jan 14, 2015 10:17 AM
    On Wednesday, January 28 at 6 p.m., PM Prime Steakhouse will host a special six-course dinner exploring one of the most sought after culinary treasures: The Truffle.

     
  • Day of Service at Benedictine honors King’s legacy, builds community Jan 13, 2015 5:00 PM
    Benedictine University has planned several community service projects from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 19 to commemorate the spirit of service that was engendered by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Benedictine stresses the importance of caring for the other, and as such, makes many efforts throughout the year to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those in need. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for participants to honor the civil rights leader by giving of themselves in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Volunteers can participate in the following service projects on campus: •Donate blood to the American Red Cross. •Make valentines for veterans. •Write letters to members of the armed forces. •Make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House (please bring 2 yards of fleece material). •Build-A-Bear for the Ronald McDonald House at Edwards Hospital. •Create room decorations for hospital patients. •Organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries. •Construct bird feeders for the elderly. •Contribute to a bicycle drive (bikes in need of repair accepted) for DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). •Pack a backpack with personal hygiene items (deodorant, lip balm, twin-blade razors, shaving cream, hair brush, etc.) for DuPage PADS. All are welcome to volunteer, but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For those who cannot make it to the event but would still like to contribute, the University is accepting donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 020, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office, located in the lower-level of the parking garage. Those participating in the day of service are also welcome to bring items for donation on the day of the event. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at jhenehan

     
  • Discover prairie plants for the home landscape U of I Extension Master Gardener Presents Feb. 11 Program Jan 12, 2015 4:46 PM
    Discover the possibilities of prairie plants for the home garden with University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Mary Jo Murphy. Murphy will present “Prairiescapes: Grow Native!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the University of Illinois Extension office in Yorkville. The class will cover advantages of prairie plants in the home landscape, fundamentals of starting a new prairie bed, and how to incorporate them into an existing bed.

     
  • The DuPage Community Foundation Awards Community Needs Grant to “Dare to Dream: Get Educated!” Jan 13, 2015 5:16 PM
    The motivational conference was targeted to 8th grade Latina girls and their mothers or mentors. The goal of the conference is to help them discover that higher education is the key to lifting them up to a higher economic level and brighter future. 2014 was the sixth annual conference that the organization has sponsored, with the seventh one set to take place January 24, 2015 at the College of DuPage. The structure of the event is purposefully outlined, as explained by Cynthia Brito, president of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! “The conference is specifically unique in that we target different aspects that focus on young Latinas,” Brito said. “We address the young women with their mothers or mentors at the beginning and bring them back together at the end. But in the middle, each group—young women and mothers and mentors—are exposed to panels of their peers and information that is relevant to them.” Featured speakers at the 2014 conference included three successful Latinas who shared their life stories. One of the speakers, Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, grew up in a disadvantaged family in Puerto Rico and soon learned that education was the way out of the poverty cycle. This understanding led her to complete her undergraduate degree and begin teaching. “We choose our speakers carefully,” said Brito. “We seek out panelists and speakers with stories that are impactful so that the girls can connect with them. We want to reinforce their determination and confidence so that they can see themselves as a college graduate someday.” “The conference was really inspiring,” said then 8th grade student Alexa Orozco who attended the conference. “I enjoyed listening to successful Latina women’s stories on how they achieved their dreams.” “I also really enjoyed listening to the inspiring stories,” said Aimee Hurtado, also a then 8th grade student who attended the conference. “It has definitely opened my eyes to endless possibilities.” The conference was planned and executed by founding members Connie Baker and Dorothy Valintis, who were inspired by a group of American Association of University Women (AAUW) who had done a successful program in California. The program in California worked with middle school and high school Latinas to encourage and support their efforts to graduate from high school, to encourage college enrollment and to introduce them to college and career role models. For nearly two years, Baker and Valintis researched, developed and brought the idea to life with the first “Dare to Dream: Get Educated!” conference held in 2009 at Elmhurst College. “One of the best outcomes of last year’s conference was our ability to expand and grow the conference to reach more Latinas,” said Jo Booty, treasurer of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! “We couldn’t have done it without the grant from The DuPage Community Foundation. We are humbled by its generosity and are most grateful for the support of our mission to help the Latina community in DuPage County and the surrounding area.” More than 500 participants are expected to attend the 2015 conference. “The goal, simply stated, is academic success,” said Susan Boyd, vice president of Dare to Dream. “We do this by showing the girls Latina women who are successful in their careers and we hope that the attendees are inspired to be successful in high school and college. We’ve even had some participants come back and serve on the high school panels to teach middle school girls that success is possible.” “It’s critical that we address the importance of family in the educational process,” said Brito. “We rarely see this at conferences and it’s motivating to both girls and their mothers or mentors because we can share with the moms and mentors the kind of support needed to nurture success.” The U.S. Census projects that by the year 2050, the Latina share of the female population will be 25.7 percent, or approximately one in four. Brito sees this statistic as even more reason for the Dare to Dream: Get Educated! conferences to continue. “Our community as a whole benefits from more college educated women,” she said. “It’s really important for everyone.” About Dare to Dream: Get Educated! The goals of Dare to Dream: Get Educated! are to increase high school graduation rates, increase college enrollment and to explore career opportunities. The organization currently has 275 DuPage middle school Latinas and 200 mothers or mentors who are active participants. For more information, visit www.latinaconference.org. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 52 Recruits Jan 7, 2015 5:44 PM
    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 52 recruits representing 39 police agencies in Northern Illinois. The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past fall. Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Deputy Sheriff Justin Hill of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. Officer Gerard Gannon of the Round Lake Beach Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Brett Darst of the Northlake Police Department won the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Jamie Goschey of the Batavia Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Andrew Switalski of the Evergreen Park Police Department earned the Leadership Award. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved. The graduating recruits are as follows: Eric Babczak, Willowbrook Police Department Chase Bending, Glenview Police Department Timothy Breslin, Streamwood Police Department Ryan Butcher, Arlington Heights Police Department Michael Dailly, Elk Grove Village Police Department Brett Darst, Northlake Police Department Melissa Douglas, Harper College Police Department James Etchingham, Palatine Police Department James Friel, Northbrook Police Department Seth Frontone, Deerfield Police Department Gerard Gannon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Antonio Garcia, Hoffman Estates Police Department Jamie Goschey, Batavia Police Department Ryan Grahn, Oak Forest Police Department Alexander Guevara, Evergreen Park Police Department Steven Guther, Elk Grove Village Police Department Fredrick Hailer, Carpentersville Police Department Justin Hill, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Zane Holland, Wheaton Police Department Mark Johnson, Elk Grove Village Police Department Christopher Jones, Bensenville Police Department Brett Kielbasa, Woodridge Police Department Henri Krueger, College of Lake County Police Department Jason L’Amas, Tinley Park Police Department Kevin Lamb, Buffalo Grove Police Department Crystal Marshall, South Holland Police Department James Martino, Willowbrook Police Department Michal Mazur, Glenview Police Department Michael McCullough, Montgomery Police Department Matthew G. McDonald, Crystal Lake Police Department Elizabeth McGuire, Wilmette Police Department Adam D. McMahon, Round Lake Beach Police Department Shannon McMillon, Buffalo Grove Police Department Thomas B. Molloy, Elk Grove Village Police Department Russell Monk, Wilmette Police Department Michael Munoz, Wheeling Police Department Patrick O’Donnell, Oak Lawn Police Department Alexandra Ovington, Round Lake Police Department Nathan Parks, Hoffman Estates Police Department Bhavik Patel, Oakton Community College Police Department Lidia G. Patitucci, Naperville Police Department Michael Pignato, Lincolnwood Police Department Alex Prafke, Cary Police Department Eric Quinones, Cary Police Department Nelson Rodriguez, Round Lake Police Department Joseph Salinas Sr., Kane County Sheriff’s Office Eric Sarat, Darien Police Department Daniel Schahczinski, Wilmington Police Department Christopher Stearns, Mount Prospect Police Department Andrew Switalski, Evergreen Park Police Department Bradley Vos, Skokie Police Department Quintana Ward, Evergreen Park Police Department College of DuPage Senior Vice President Thomas J. Glaser and Associate Dean of Continuing Education/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute Thomas Brady offered their congratulations to the graduating recruits. Trustee Dianne McGuire represented the College’s Board of Trustees. The keynote speaker was Chief Stephen Schmidt of the Elk Grove Police Department. The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.

     
  • COD Receives $14,600 Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant Jan 7, 2015 5:48 PM
    The Motorola Solutions Foundation has awarded a $14,600 grant to the College of DuPage Foundation in support of the formation and launch of the Citizens Public Safety Academy (CPSA), which will begin in January of 2015. Offered through the College’s Continuing Education program and the nationally-renowned Homeland Security Training Institute, the CPSA at College of DuPage will provide public safety training to community members in three course offerings, including an 8-week certificate program, quarterly senior citizen seminars and an Advanced Citizens Emergency Response program which is an 8-week supplement to an existing Community Emergency Response Team training program offered through local townships. Through this grant, the CPSA is prepared to train approximately 800 participants in 2015 through three components: the Citizens Emergency Response Academy (100 participants), the Senior Citizens Crime Prevention Series (600 participants) and the Citizens Public Safety Academy (100 participants). For more information, contact Leah Cameron at (630) 942-3427 or cameronl@cod.edu.

     
  • Free tax help offered at College of DuPage Jan 7, 2015 5:50 PM
    College of DuPage is offering free assistance with electronic preparation of state and federal tax returns on Saturday mornings, Feb. 21 through April 11, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. Sessions are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and April 11, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 1514. Students in Accounting 2200, under instructor supervision, will help students, staff and community members prepare 1040 IL, 1040 and Schedules A-B forms. Free assistance is also provided for schedules C-EZ and small Schedule Ds (three items or less). Participants must bring tax information, the previous year’s return and account numbers if participants would like direct deposit. For more information, please call (630) 942-3400.

     
  • Help The Birches Send Love and Gratitude to U.S. military members Jan 7, 2015 5:41 PM
    With February fast approaching, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is preparing to send Valentine’s Day care packages to deployed members of the U.S. military through its 2nd annual “Hearts and Heroes” campaign. Last year, 31 care packages were sent to U.S. military members. This year, The Birches hopes to increase that number to 50 care packages with the help of community members. If you’d like to help The Birches send love and gratitude to deployed U.S. military members for Valentine’s Day consider participating in the “Hearts and Heroes” campaign in one of the following ways: • Provide the address of a deployed military member who would appreciate a care package. The Birches is eager to send care packages to as many soldiers as possible, but needs your help identifying their names and addresses. If you know a deployed member of the military who would appreciate a care package, please email the individual’s name and APO/FPO address to Jackie Raschke at jraschke@birches.net. • Donate valentines or letters to military members for the care packages. • Volunteer your time to help Birches residents decorate care packages or make valentines. Volunteers are always appreciated. Contact Jackie Raschke at 630-570-6175 or jraschke@birches.net for a list of available dates. • Donate money or any of the following supplies: lip balm, cushioned insoles, baby powder, non-aerosol travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion), toothbrushes, decks of cards, used or new CDs and DVDs, board games (small enough to fit in the shoe box), puzzles, reading and writing materials, non-perishable food that will sustain high temperatures, chewing gum, or socks. The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign is part of the Birches Gives Back program, a new initiative dedicated to making a difference in the community through acts of service. The Birches’ Director of Encore and Memory Care Jackie Raschke started the Birches Gives Back program as a way for Birches residents to contribute something meaningful to the greater community. “Doing good deeds for others and knowing we are putting a smile on peoples’ faces is very rewarding,” said Raschke. “It’s a win-win; it makes the residents happy and it brightens the day of someone in need.” Donations and supplies can be dropped off in the front lobby of The Birches Assisted Living at 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills until January 16. If you have questions about The Birches’ “Hearts and Heroes” campaign, please contact Jackie Raschke at jraschke@birches.net or 630-570-6175. The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is a premier retirement community dedicated to providing professional services that support its residents’ physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. The Birches offers a full calendar of purposeful programs and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.

     
  • Local Christmas Program Serves 2,014 Underprivileged Children Jan 6, 2015 5:25 PM
    After the conclusion of its annual Christmas Offering last month, the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) of DuPage County, has announced that it served 2,014 children, from local families in need, with gifts this holiday season. Additionally, 126 needy senior citizens received gifts, and over 400 families received groceries through this program. This was the largest and most successful Christmas Offering since its foundation in 1979. The 2,014 children served represents an increase of over 400 children compared to the 1,600 served by the program in 2013. Each child received a minimum of three Christmas gifts, many of which were donated by members of the community. Hundreds of community members, from individuals to corporations, participated in the success of the program by donating toys, food, funds, or volunteering their time. In response to results of the program, HSP’s Executive Director Kristin Maxwell said, “The number of children we served this year does show that there are still many families in need of help in our community. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of so many, the families, children, and seniors we serve, received the support they need.” Contact the Humanitarian Service Project: hsp@humanitarianservice.org. HSP’s website: www.humanitarianservice.org HSP’s blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

     
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