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January 2018 Spotlight

January 2018 Spotlight


New “Movement and Memory” Class Starting Up for Seniors

Movement is life! Teacher Gloria Araya leads a fun exercise class specially designed with seniors in mind, featuring music from popular artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.  Sign up for the 6-week session, Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm, beginning February 7 at the River Forest Community Center. $50 per session.  Registration through the RFCC is required. Offered in partnership with River Forest Township. Call Cathaleen for more information at 708.771.6159, x234.

Sign up for Encore Chorale’s Winter/Spring Season

Oak Park-River Forest Encore Chorale, for singers age 55 and up, will start its winter/spring season on Tuesday, January 30. The local Encore group is part of the largest chorale organization for older adults in the country. All are invited to join this musically talented group; no audition is required.  Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30 am at Trinity High School.  For more info, contact Linda Crabtree Powell at Need-based scholarships for RF resident Encore members are available through River Forest Township.

Volunteers Needed to Assist with Income Tax Prep

River Forest Township supports a local initiative by Triton’s RSVP Program to provide free income tax preparation for low-moderate income seniors (age 60+).  To become a volunteer tax preparer for this program, contact Kay Frey,, 708.456.0300, x3603.

Free training sessions for volunteers will be held on Saturdays, January 6-February 3, 8:30 am – 3 pm, at Triton.  For more info or to register for the training, call 708.456.0300, x3835 or 3603.

Tax Counseling for Low-Moderate Income Seniors

Triton’s RSVP Program is once again offering free income tax preparation for low-moderate income seniors (age 60+).

Starting the last week in January, call 708.456.0300, x3895 to see if you qualify and to make an appointment. Time slots fill very quickly.

Announcing the Winter Sibshops Schedule

Sibshops is a program specially designed for siblings of kids with disabilities and mental/physical health challenges.  Siblings engage in fun activities and share conversation with each other and trained Sibshop facilitators.

Sibshops will be held on 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21.  11:30 am-1:30 pm, at Thrive Counseling Center, 120 S. Marion St. in Oak Park.  Lunch is provided.

Pre-registration is required.  $10 per session.  Space is limited. Need-based scholarships are available.  For more info, please email Carla Sloan, RF Township Supervisor, at or call 708.366-2029.

New Support Groups for Those Losing a Loved One to Suicide

Two new monthly drop-in support groups are starting up in River Forest for those suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide.  Groups are hosted by LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) and are led by a licensed clinical social worker.

  • Teen Support Group: For teenagers 13-18, third Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm. Next meeting January 18.
  • Adult Support Group: For adults 18 and over, third Mondays of each month, 7-9 pm. Next meeting January 15.

Held at River Forest Township (located at the RF Community Center), 8020 Madison Street.  Please call 312.655.7283 for more information and to register, or visit

All are welcome to try the groups.  LOSS is a completely non-denominational program of Catholic Charities.

Seeking New Members on the Township Youth Services Committee

We are looking for energetic and passionate River Forest residents to fill openings on the volunteer Oak Park and River Forest Township Youth Services Committee (YSC).  You can share in the process of funding local youth programs and address issues related to youth in the Oak Park and River Forest community. The YSC meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:45 pm. Experience in youth-related areas is helpful but not required. If you are interested or have questions, please contact RF Township Supervisor Carla Sloan at or 708.366.2029.

Safe Disposal of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

Safely dispose of unused or expired medications in the secure box in the basement of RF Village Hall, 400 Park Avenue. Pills/tablets only.  No liquids/creams/hazardous items; no loose items. Pills can be disposed of in bulk in re-closeable plastic bags.

This safe action removes potentially dangerous medications from the home and helps the environment. The program is sponsored by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department and is hosted by the RF Fire Department. A second secure collection box is located in the lobby of the Oak Park Police Department at OP Village Hall, 123 Madison Street.

 “Celebrating Seniors™ All Year Long” Programs in the New Year

Seniors: Join us for these informative and engaging free programs, held at the RF Public Library!

  • Sunday, 1/21, 2 pm Venture back in time with the World War II Radio Hour, featuring a costumed trio from Nostalgia entertainment
  • Thursday, 2/1, 6:30 pm Dining Out in Chicago: A Breezy History from Beaubien’s Tavern to Tasting Menus with Max Grinnell

Co-sponsored by RF Township and RF Library. People of all ages from all communities are welcome!

Seniors: Warm Up with Coffee Mondays

Coffee Mondays continue at the RF Library on the first Mondays at 10 am, Coffee provided by Blue Max; co-sponsored by the Township and Library.

  • January 8- Start off the new year with exciting reading recommendations from our librarians
  • February 5- Learn about cultural and educational opportunities for seniors at our local universities.

“Connect with Tech”: Learn how to use those holiday gifts!

Are you a senior who wants to get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet or personal computer? Would you like to explore better ways to connect electronically with family and friends? Come to “Connect with Tech”, which helps beginner tech users in a small, intimate group setting. Bring your questions and devices, or use one of the laptops provided. No need to sign up, just drop in anytime during the session to learn.

The newly revamped “Connect with Tech” program, formerly known as Computer Learning Lab, is offered in partnership with the River Forest Library.

“Connect with Tech” is held on January 3 and 10, at the River Forest Library, 10-11:30 AM.  Call 708.366.5205 for more information.

Caregiver Support

Whether you are caring for a family member or are a paid caregiver…whether you are caring for a senior, grandchild, or person with special needs…support is available.

  • Concordia University: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 4 pm, Koehneke Community Center/Concordia Campus. Sponsored by Concordia’s Center for Gerontology (in partnership with River Forest Township). Contact Dr. Lydia Manning,, 708.209.3218.
  • Township Senior Services: 2nd and 4th Fridays, 10 am, OP & RF Township Senior Services, 130 S. Oak Park Avenue. Contact Steve Smith, 708.383.8060. No meeting on November 24.

New Information Assistance Program for Seniors and their Caregivers

Trained staff from Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services are available to talk with seniors and their caregivers about various local, state and federally funded senior-related programs, on Thursdays at two locations:

  • Thursday, January 4 and 18, 10 am – 12:30 pm, River Forest Medical Campus, 7411 Lake Street, River Forest, Building A, Community Room, Office-1104.
  • Thursday, January 11 and 25, 10 am – 12:30 pm, West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park, first floor, room 1062.

Please call to register for an appointment: 844.794.4301.