Holy Family religious educator earns national recognition Your faith

Daily Herald Staff Report
Published4/24/2009 12:01 AM

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Award: Dawn Mayer of Holy Family Catholic Community received the 2009 NPCD - Religious Education Excellence Award, awarded by the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors Religious Education Excellence Award. The National Catholic Education Association selects catechetical directors as recipients of the Religious Education Excellence Award whose programs exemplify outstanding qualities in serving children, parents, and adults. Mayer has developed innovative religious education programs at Holy Family Parish in Inverness, most notably, Home Faith, Gathered At Table, Family Sacramental Journeys, and FAITH Alive.


Services: Congregation Am Chai, 1515 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates, will have celebration of Shabbat at 8 p.m. Friday, April 24. Tot services will be held at the same time. (630) 604-4060.

Spaghetti dinner: St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 342 E. Wood St., Palatine, will offer a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, April 24. Adults $7, children ages 4-12, $4.

Rummage sale: Glenview United Methodist Women present the annual rummage and plant sale from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24 ($3 admission fee Friday only) and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Glenview United Methodist Church, 727 Harlem Ave. (847) 729-1015. Refreshments available.

World hunger: Church youth from St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Wille St., Mount Prospect, will fast and perform service projects in the community to personally experience "famine" over a 30-hour period and raise funds for world hunger. Through the program from 6 p.m. Friday, April 24, to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, the youth will learn about world hunger and local programs to aid the homeless such as PADS. They will build a pretend homeless shelter out of boxes. The goal is to raise at least $1,000 for World Visions during this 30-hour famine.

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Spring luncheon: The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will hold its annual Spring Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, followed by flower arrangements by Gigi's. Cost is $10. Reservations may be made by calling Beverly Johnson at (847) 296-5315 or at the church, (847) 827-6656.

Spring gala: St. Raymond de Penafort, 301 S. Ioka Ave., Mount Prospect, will offer its Spring Gala - Let Your Light Shine, a 60th Anniversary Celebration, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, Schaumburg. Ticket price: $100/person. Contact: (847) 253-8600.

Rummage sale: The annual "Second Time Around" rummage sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Congregational Church of Des Plaines, 766 Graceland Ave. An early sale will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24. There is a $7 admission charge for the early sale only. The sale will also include a concession area and bake sale. Baby-sitting is provided. (847) 299-5561.

PDO registration: Parents' Day Out at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 916 E. Central, Arlington Heights, will hold open enrollment for children between 12 months and age 5 for the 2009-2010 school year at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Parents may chose one day per week or two days per week depending on availability. The cost of this program is $78 per month for one day or $156 per month for two days. Call (847) 392-2025 for more information.


Saturday Club: Junior Chefs is the theme of the Saturday Club meeting on Saturday, April 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Sponsored by the Lambs of Faith Ministry, this event will teach healthy eating from the food pyramid and give children the opportunity to prepare a snack. The morning's activities also include arts and crafts and "Jesus Time." Different groups will meet for age 3 preschool through third grade. Adults are welcome to stay, cook and play. Suggested donation is a nonperishable food item to support Uptown Ministries in Chicago and $5 per child to cover costs. Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration appreciated. Call (847) 253-4839 for more information and to register.

Alternate worship: Experience Worship is a new alternative worship service at Christ Lutheran Church, 41 S. Rohlwing Road, Palatine. Come gather at 5:30 p.m. Sundays, April 26, May 10 and 24, and June 14 and 28 at CLC's Holy Grounds coffee shop. (847) 358-4600.

Blood drive: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, there will be both a bone marrow drive and a blood drive at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove. The National Marrow Donor Program Registry urgently needs Jewish donors of Ashkenazi descent. Eligible donors must be 18 to 60 and in general good health. Registration involves a simple swab of cells from inside the cheek, and there are no needles or blood at this stage. If you are ultimately contacted as a match, medical professionals will advise. Please remember to bring a driver's license or other valid ID. There also will be a blood drive on this date, organized by the Men's Club. Life Source requires a photo ID when you fill out your paperwork and there must be an eight-week time period between donations. To make an appointment to give blood, call (847) 634-0777.

Puppet ministry: The Kingswood UMC Glory Fingers Puppet team will celebrate 15 years of ministry with its spring musical, "Louisiana Jones." Follow the adventurous twosome of Louisiana Jones and his sidekick Elkhart in their latest adventure, "The Forgotten Path." Will they find the right path? Will Elkhart escape the jaws of the monkey loving croc? Will they ever escape Lafayette's Lair? Will they finally find the treasure of all treasures? Find out all the answers when you join them on their globe-trekking trip at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the sanctuary at Kingswood UMC, 401 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. The presentation is open to the public and admission is free. Donations of a nonperishable food item for the Kingswood emergency food pantry would be appreciated. (847) 398-0770 or www.kingswoodumc.com

Wine tasting: St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church will present its first Wine Tasting and Auction Saturday, May 30, at the church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights. Tickets are $40 per person if purchased by April 26, $50 if purchased in May, and $60 at the door. It begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Proceeds help support St Alphonsus Church and School. Everyone 21 years and older welcome.

Hymn fest: A festival of glorious hymns and songs of the Easter season will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St. Glenview. Guest Conductor, Paul Leddington Wright (Coventry Cathedral and British Broadcasting Corp. Songs of Praise) will lead an old fashioned singalong hymn fest. Free.

Gender identity: Former combat pilot Sharon Skipper will present a workshop titled "Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Congregation Beth Or, 2075 Deerfield Road, Deerfield. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and hosted by Congregation Beth Or, this program will explore the relationship between mainstream religious teachings and gender identity. bethor.com

Reception: Congregation Beth Judea will hold a dessert reception honoring Maureen and David Stolman of Buffalo Grove at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The special guest speaker will be Douglas Bloomfield. Chairman of this event is Howie Goodman. Cost is $9 per person. Congregation Beth Judea is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777.

Becoming More Psychic Through Your Angels: A workshop, facilitated by Wendy Eidman, will be presented from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road in Des Plaines. Suggested offering of $20. Wendy Eidman is a certified angel therapy practitioner, medium, and professional spiritual teacher. For details, call (800) 798-9270, e-mail angelgalwendy@yahoo.com, or visit angelgalwendy.com. To register for the workshop, call (847) 297-0997.

Genealogy program: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will present "Preserving Your Ancestor's Legacy: Write Their Life Story" by Mike Karsen at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members and guests who want to use the library materials, get help with genealogy Web sites, or ask genealogical related questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. jewishgen.org/jgsi or (312) 666-0100.

Film: "Amazing Grace," a full-length feature film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2025 S. Goebbert, Arlington Heights. Based on the true story of William Wilberforce, "Amazing Grace" follows his courageous quest to end the British slave trade and reform society.

Concert: Saint Simon's Episcopal Church will present Ravenswood Consort, a Chicago-based a cappella vocal ensemble in a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in "A Brief Traverse of English Choral Music: Medieval to Modern." St. Simon's is located at 717 Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights.

Home Front: The Rev. Tim Haugen will preach on the current series "Home Front" at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, April 26, at Meadows Baptist Church, 2401 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. Adult, student ministries and children's church Bible classes meet at 9 a.m. A second adult Bible class, the Adventure Club for children ages 4 through fourth grade and Club 56 for fifth- and sixth-grade children meet at 10:30 a.m. The Awana Club for children ages 3 through sixth grade meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. (847) 255-8764.

Concert: The Ensemble Choir of the Harper College Festival Chorus, with Ed Kemp, director, will be in concert at Congregational United Church of Christ at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The program will feature sacred songs, spirituals and patriotic numbers, as well as the Northwest suburban premiere of a new choral suite in tribute to Abraham Lincoln titled "A Lasting Peace." The concert is part of the church's 50th anniversary celebration. Admission is free. The church is located at 1001 W. Kirchhoff Road in Arlington Heights. (847) 392-6650 or www.CongUCC.org

Rummage sale: The Women's Guild of Christ Church UCC, 1492 Henry Ave., Des Plaines, is having its spring rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29. This fundraiser includes everything from knickknacks to clothing. Donations will be accepted at the church from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 27. Wednesday is $3 per bag day. The proceeds will benefit the church and missions.

The Office: Beth Judea's USY will become the TV program "The Office," with participants wearing office gear, dressing like their favorite characters or even coming as a pad of paper. The event will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. Cost: free for members; $10 for Jewish nonmembers. For information, contact Youth Director Aaron Polonsky at (847) 634-0777, ext. 114, or e-mail him at YouthDirector@BethJudea.org. Beth Judea is located on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove.

Scripture study: Join Holy Family Parish for "Catholic Scripture Study - Quest for the Historical Jesus," from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 29, May 6 and 13. In these sessions Friar Bill Burton will trace the history of The Quest by highlighting the names and works of various scholars. Contact the parish office for information or to register: (847) 359-0042, or visit holyfamilyparish.org. Holy Family Catholic Community is at 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness.

Parents and technology: Are you feeling left behind in the fast-changing world of technology? Do you wonder how to keep your child safe when you have no idea what they are doing on the computer? What's Facebook, twittering and texting? Parents are invited to bring questions and concerns to a class designed just for them from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Wille St., Mount Prospect. Lauren Busey from Trinity Lutheran Church in Evanston will share her expertise on the topic. If you have any questions, contact Kurt or Cindy Decker at (847) 253-0631.

Speaker: Archbishop Elias Chacour, world-renowned priest, peacemaker, and author, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave. An offering will be accepted to support the schools he founded in Ibillin, Israel. (847) 255-5112.

Family celebration: Israel's Birthday Bash/Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Celebration will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Drive in Northbrook. Experience Israel through activities and crafts, go for a camel ride, and dance and sing with a DJ. Enjoy a pizza dinner. Receive 50 percent off the price of admission when you register online. Visit gojcc.org. Admission: $18.54 per family in advance, $25.75 at the door.

Rummage sale: Community Presbyterian Church of Mount Prospect will hold its 24th annual rummage sale Thursday to Saturday, April 30 - May 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A half-price sale will be held Saturday. In addition to clothes, toys, household goods, books and more, there will be a hot dog lunch and bake sale. The church is located at 407 N. Main St. (Route 83), Mount Prospect. (847) 392-3111.

Metal vibration instruments: In honor of Supportive Living Week, Older Americans Month, and National Meditation Month, a program will be presented by Registered Music Therapist Rita Lopienski on "The Seven Metal Vibration Instruments of Tibet and Nepal" at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 1, at Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Learn how these instruments are used for meditation in ancient times, by the monks of Tibet, in religious groups and for yoga classes. Free and open to the public, but reservations encouraged. (630) 213-0100.

Church Women United: May Friendship Day will be celebrated by Church Women United in Northwest Cook County at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Living Word Center, 800 N. Fernandez, Arlington Heights. The program "Building on Our Stories", was inspired by Joshua 4:1-9. There will be a potluck salad luncheon, so bring a favorite salad to share. Fellowship of the Least Coin offerings will also be gathered in. No reservations are necessary unless child care, provided at no charge, is needed. Contact Nancy Duel, (847) 259-3793.

History of Broadway at Laugh: At 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 2, the Life after Fifty-Five Group of Beth Tikvah Congregation in Hoffman Estates will present a program with Charles Troy, a musical theater historian with a multimedia presentation of Broadway musicals and their creators. Installation of new officers will be another highlight of this meeting. Nonmember fee at door $3. Member fee $1. Call Leora at (847) 359-0439 to let her know if you will be there.

Spaghetti dinner: St. John United Church of Christ, 1475 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, will have its annual family-style spaghetti dinner, prepared by chef Bill Davenport, May 2, with 5, 6, and 7 p.m. seatings. Tickets cost $7.50 per person, or $30 for five tickets; children under 3 eat free. Seating is limited. Call (847) 202-5562 or e-mail myltrs@aol.com for information or reservations. Dinner includes choice of spaghetti with meat sauce or fettuccini Alfredo, meatballs, sausage, salad, garlic bread, homemade desserts, coffee and soft drinks. Proceeds will help provide handicapped accessibility at one of the church entrances.

Poetry reading: People attending the book group "Reading is Believing" will have an opportunity to share their favorite poems when they meet at North Northfield United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2. While the group normally discusses a book they read, this month they decided to focus on poetry. The public is invited to attend the event held at the church, located at Sanders and Dundee in Northbrook. People are also invited to bring book suggestions for the summer months as the group plans its next few meetings. (847) 272-2250, northnorthfield.org.

Cantorial concert: The 2009 Melanie Karsen Memorial Cantorial Concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Join for a night of musical theater, liturgical music, Yiddish tunes and more. The annual Cantorial Concert at Beth Am features Cantor Diane Yomtov, along with four other highly esteemed cantors from around the country. Call (847) 459-1677 to receive reduced rates before the night of the concert. Be one of the first 300 to sign up and receive a free CD of this year's concert.

Celebrate LSSI: Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, invites the community to "Celebrate Good Shepherd/LSSI Sunday" during the 5:30 p.m. service Saturday, May 2, and the 8 and 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, May 3. ELCA congregations across Illinois will have a special offering in support of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. (847) 827-4215.

New pastor: After a nearly two-year search, Living Lord Lutheran Church in Bartlett has found a new lead pastor. The community is invited to attend the installation service for the Rev. Sue E. Allen at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the church, 1044 Congress Drive. A pie fellowship will follow immediately after the service. livinglordlutheran.org or (630) 830-3630.

Blessing of the Hands: Trinity Lutheran Church, 657 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, will host its annual Blessing of the Hands service at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. This service is designed to recognize nurses and all health care professionals, and focuses on the key role that hands play in the health care ministry. (847) 827-6656.

Mission: A Tri-Parish Mission will be held at St. James, Our Lady of the Wayside and St. Edna Catholic churches, all in Arlington Heights. The mission will be at 7:30 p.m. May 3 (St. James, 820 N. Arlington Heights Road), May 4 (Our Lady of the Wayside, 432 W. Park) and May 5 (St. Edna, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road). Presenter is Brother Mickey O'Neill McGrath, illustrator, teacher and author of nine books. Mickey is a popular presenter at conferences and retreat centers around the country, speaking on the many and varied relationships between art, catechesis, and religious faith.

Friendship Day: The Church Women United of the Barrington Area will hold its May Friendship Day celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Barrington United Methodist Church, Barrington. Young women named by various churches in Barrington, Cary, Fox River Grove, Island Lake, Prairie Grove, Lake Zurich, and Wauconda who live up to the motto of CWU, "Agreed to differ, resolved to love, united to serve," will be honored. CWU of the Barrington Area continues its prison ministry by inviting attendees to bring a donation of regular size toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, lotion) and jumbo sized "zip lock bags." (847) 540-5634.

Biblical reflections: The Jewish Learning Institute presents a six-week course: Biblical Reflections: Finding Your Self in the Stories of Genesis. The course will be offered six Tuesday evenings beginning May 4, or six Wednesday mornings beginning May 5 at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook 755 Huehl Road, Northbrook. For more information, and registration visit JLIChicago.com or call (847) 564-8770.

Day of prayer: A National Day of Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at St. Peter Lutheran Church 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights. Join as the Day School children in first grade and older participate with faculty to present songs and Scriptures focusing on several different prayer needs of our nation.

Spring Blood Drive: Living Lord Lutheran Church in Bartlett will host a community Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9. Heartland Blood Centers will sponsor the event. For an appointment, call Holly Gould at (224) 238-3093. Walk-ins also are welcome. Living Lord Church is located at 1044 Congress Drive.

Rummage sale: The Presbyterian Women at Church of the Cross will have the annual spring rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the church, 475 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. (847) 885-1199.

Family bingo: Bingo with Bubbe will be offered at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Can you think of a better way to spend time over Mother's Day weekend than with your family, playing bingo? Join us for a night of bingo games, prizes, food and friends. Cards can be purchased before the event at a discounted rate, call (847) 459-1677 for more details.

Plant sale: Trinity United Methodist Church Women will host its 18th annual Spring Plant and Flower Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9. A variety of plants will be available, including hanging baskets, garden flowers, vegetables, and ground cover. Four master gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions. Baked goods will also be available. The sale will be held at Trinity UM Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056. For your convenience, pre-orders will be accepted until March 29. An order form is available at trinitymp.org. Call (847) 439-0950.

Lox boxes: The Men's Club of Congregation Beth Judea is selling Lox Boxes for pickup from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 10, at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. The Men's Club also will deliver to locations within a reasonable distance. Orders for delivery need to be received by May 3. A special Mother's Day Brunch can be arranged if ordered in advance. Boxes cost $25 for one, $47 for two, or $40 for one box for you and one for the ARK. Payment may be made by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). (847) 634-0777, ext. 115.

Restaurant coupon: The Tamar-Modin Hadassah group will have a Dining for Dollars Dinner fundraiser from 4-10 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria's 30 locations. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Hadassah organization with each order received with a fundraiser flier. Proceeds will benefit the Hadassah Medical Organization. (847) 675-6790.

Pray for peace: The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary will host a special prayer service to pray for peace at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 502 S. Park Ave., Streamwood. The service includes praying the rosary and a short homily for peace. For information, contact Barbara at (630) 837-8017.

May crowning: All boys and girls ages 6-14 are welcome Tuesday, May 12, for the May crowning at Knights of Columbus Hall, Holy Rosary Council, 15 N. Hickory, Arlington Heights. Practice at 7 p.m. Rosary will start at 7:30 p.m.

Flower sale: The Boy Scout troop sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, 657 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, will have a flower sale May 14-15, in cooperation with Pesche's Flower Shop, 170 S. River Road, Des Plaines. Mention the group at checkout and a portion of the purchase price will benefit the Scouts.

Memorial service: A Quarterly Memorial Service will be held honoring all those who have passed away at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, at Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Chaplain Lori Geschrey of Odyssey Hospice will lead the service, and candle-lighting, special music and a time for sharing memories are included. Everyone is welcome from all faiths. (630) 213-0100.

Flea market: St. Mark's Church, 337 Ridge Road, Barrington Hills, will have a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30. (847) 381-0596 or st-markschurch.org.

For families: Family Shabbat will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Join for a Shabbat celebration full of songs, snacks, stories and crafts.

Church security: On May 30, Grace Baptist Church, in partnership with the Christian Security Network, will host a full-day Security and Emergency Planning seminar, designed for church leaders. Jeffrey Hawkins, executive director of the Christian Security Network, will be the featured guest speaker. The Security and Emergency Planning seminar will take place at 1900 Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village. To register, or for more information, visit christiansecuritynetwork.com. General admission is $75 and $45 for Christian Security Network members. Lunch will be served. Group discounts are available. christiansecuritynetwork.com.

Hearing Men's Voices: Congregation Beth Judea's Men's Club will host the second "Hearing Men's Voices" program at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 31. Breakfast will be provided. This year's event will feature three topics: "Parent or Pal - Finding the Right Balance," "Dealing with Reverses and Losses at Work," and "Aging and Illness in Parents and Loved Ones." For details, call (847) 634-0777. Beth Judea is located on Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove.

Beginning genealogy: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will host a Beginner's Workshop led by Judy Frazin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie. This program is designed to help answer the question, "How Do I Get Started Researching My Family?" jewishgen.org/jgsi or (312) 666-0100.

Vacation Bible school: Crocodile Dock will be presented from 9-11:30 a.m. June 22-26 at Saint Paul Lutheran School, 17 S. School St., Mount Prospect. Extended Day options available. Deadline to register is June 1. Call Stephanie at (847) 951-4670 or Dari at (847) 255-0332.

Vacation Bible school: Crocodile Dock will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 22-26 at St. Peter Lutheran Church 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights. You may register online at stpeter-ah.org or in the church office. There is a $5 fee per child to cover supply costs.

Vacation Bible school: Kids ages 3 years old through fifth grade are invited to attend Crocodile Dock VBS. There is no cost for admission. This VBS will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 20-24 at Grace Community Church, 431 N. Quentin Road, Palatine. Contact Gia Miller at (847) 776-1900 or gia.miller@aboutgrace.com to register.

Preschool registration: Prince of Peace preschool and kindergarten, 930 W. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, is currently registering new students for the 2009-2010 school year. Call (847) 885-7036 for more information.

Preschool registration: The Big Barn Preschool is accepting summer and fall registration. Full-day and part-day preschool are available. There are a limited number of spaces for 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers. For details, call Mary Fisher at (847) 895-3257.

School registration: St. Hubert Catholic School continues open registration for the 2009-2010 school year for preschool through eighth grade, with new student applications being accepted. For registration materials and details, call the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at (847) 885-7702. Tours can be arranged, as well as appointments made to learn more about St. Hubert Catholic School.

New Beginnings: The Ministry of New Beginnings, a Catholic-oriented, nondenominational, social support organization for separated, divorced, widowed and single persons, meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the Hughes Center in front of St. Matthew's Church, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. The cost is $3 per meeting, with the first visit free. (847) 891-1220.

St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry, 729 Grand Canyon Blvd., Hoffman Estates, is nondenominational, free and open to all occupations. For details, call Bob Podgorski at (847) 925-6005.

School registration: New Hope Christian Academy is now enrolling for fall classes: preschool and kindergarten. For details or to schedule an appointment, call (847) 359-5482. New Hope Christian Academy is a part of New Hope Community Church, 1023 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

Moms Bible Study: The Saturday morning Saint Paul Moms Bible Study would like to welcome new members. The group meets one or two Saturdays per month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Restaurant on Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village. The group is currently studying a book about Christian parenting. For details, contact Jennifer at J-Slate@neiu.edu. St. Paul Lutheran Church is at 100 S. School St., Mount Prospect. saint-paul.org.

Basic Buddhism classes continue at Rissho Kosei-Kai Buddhist Church the first Sunday of the month at the church, 1 W. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect. (847) 259-3018.

Tell your story: Writing your story is a new small group at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church in Elk Grove Village that meets the second Wednesday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1400 Arlington Heights Road. Call (847) 439-0668 or e-mail princepeaceumc@sbcglobal.net to register. There is no cost to attend. All are welcome.

Preschool: Registration has begun for Mother's Day-Out Preschool Program at Prince of Peace UMC, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. The hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day for children ages 2 to 5. Contact Lynn Cooper at (847) 439-0668 for a registration packet or more information.

Play group: Parents and tots are invited to join a new play group the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at Park Ridge Community Church, 100 S. Courtland Ave., Park Ridge. The play group is designed for parents with children ages 5 and younger. Parents must remain with their children at all times. (847) 823-3164 or parkridgecommunitychurch.org.

A free beginning yoga class: From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at Rissho Kosei-Kai Buddhist Church, 1 W. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect. Bring your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. (847) 259-3018.

Parents Day Out: Registration has begun for the Kingswood Parent's Day Out summer session. This program is for children ages 2 and 3. The summer session of Parent's Day Out will start Tuesday, June 16, and will go until Thursday, July 30. This is a seven-week program. A $25 nonrefundable registration fee is due at time of registration. The balance is due by Friday, May 22. Refunds will not be given after June 1. The church is at 401 W. Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove. Questions and applications will be received by Barb Symonds, minister of children and family life, at (847) 398-0770, ext., 16.

Jewish Yoga: Jewish Yoga is going strong at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. A class is offered from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The class is open to nonmembers. Call for pricing details, (847) 459-1677. In addition, a drop-in class is offered from noon to 1:15 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. This class is free with a suggested donation for attendance.

Congregation Beth Judea's Gan Shabbat program, for children ages 9 and younger along with their families, will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. After Gan Shabbat, all participants will be encouraged to join the main service and the community Kiddush. Beth Judea is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777.

Virtual Book Fair: Congregation Beth Judea will have a Virtual Book Fair. In conjunction with Amazon.com, they have set up a selection of books and music that can be purchased online. The Beth Judea Religious School receives a portion of all purchases made. Direct your Web browser to CBJ School Book Fair and follow the link. When you shop from this link, a portion of all purchases goes to Beth Judea. On the cbjschool.com Web site, you will see a link that takes you directly to amazon.com. This Web site will be up and running for a number of months. Beth Judea (Conservative) is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove. For details, call Anna Besser at (847) 634-0777.

Beth Am Food Pantry's food distribution: Offered the last Sunday of the month from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nonperishable food donations are always welcome. Congregation Beth Am is at 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. (847) 459-1677.

Rainbows Grief and Support sessions will meet Mondays at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. The classes are for children (as young as preschoolers) and adults who have experienced the loss of a family member through death, divorce, deployment or even absence due to a serious illness. Classes are facilitated by trained adults. For details, call Shirley Laube or Lynn Manning at (847) 253-4839.

Preschool registration: The Preschool/Wee Care programs at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., are currently enrolling students for the 2009-2010 school year. The preschool has openings for children turning 3 on or before Sept. 1, 2009. Classes meet September through May Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Wee Care Program has opening for children ages 16 months to 2 1/2 years. Classes meet October through May Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (847) 255-5119.

St. Edna Church, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, offers several support groups, including ones for those who have been widowed, a group for mothers who have lost a son or a daughter and a group for those struggling with divorce. (847) 398-3362, ext. 318.

Women's Bible Study: Led by laypersons, meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights. Newcomers welcome. congucc.org or (847) 392-6650.

CoffeeHour is a women's Bible study and outreach of Arlington Countryside Church in Arlington Heights. A variety of studies are offered at different times. For details, visit acchurch.org.

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