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A LETTER FROM MAYOR TONY ARREDIA
Des Plaines has continuously been able to work on a multitude of projects at one time. With that said, why would we want to change that mind set in 2007? Our latest adventure includes the potential construction of a recreational “River Walk,” complete with a series of restaurants, Mayor Tony Arredia walking trails, boating, camping and fishing activities within walking distance from downtown Des Plaines. Together with Methodist Campground management, we have established an ad hoc committee to pursue potential financial assistance from both State and Federal agencies. Just think of the possibilities ... family picnics and entertainment along the River. What was a dream several years ago may become a reality in the very near future. Wish us luck. I must also remind everyone that the “New Year’s Eve” Party will be bigger and better than ever, hope to see you there. In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday season. Sincerely,

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO NEW YEAR’S EVE ON THE PLAZA 7:30-12:30 AM — Sunday, December 31, 2006/07 Des Plaines Library Plaza, 1501 Ellinwood Street Appetizers/Beverages Horse Drawn Carriage & Trolley Rides Live Entertainment at the Library Bowling at Sim’s Karaoke at First United Methodist Church Bingo at St. Mary Church Auditorium Crafts for Kids at the History Center Face Painting Magician/Clown Raffles Midnight Extravaganza in Library Plaza Hosted by the Special Events Commission For information call Jim Wozny, 847-298-4644 or Linda Forman, 847-922-0556 or visit the New Year’s Eve Website: www.desplaines.org/NewYearsEve Bring your Family and Spend New Year’s Eve with Us!

Tony Arredia, Mayor

FROM CITY MANAGER DAVID NIEMEYER
STRATEGIC PLANNING

3. Shorten and streamline the process for permits 4. Complete, update, and adopt the City’s Comprehensive Plan 5. Explore the feasibility of establishing a developer impact fee 6. Conduct and finalize a needs analysis for a new police station 7. Reach a decision on building and attracting more businesses 8. Develop a long-term financial plan and fiscal monitoring policies 9. Redevelop the 5 Corners area 10. Develop ways to beautify all City entrances/gateways The City Manager will develop an estimated timetable and assign staff to make sure the goals are completed. The strategic plan will be a guide for developing the City’s annual budget with a review of the strategic plan taking place at the beginning of the budget process each year.

Recently, the City Council approved a Strategic Plan for the City of Des Plaines. The Strategic Plan sets out a long-term set of goals for the City to accomplish over the next several years. To my knowledge, this is the first time that the City has taken on this type of endeavor. Strategic planning is an important process for local government, as it helps guide the City into the future in an organized, well thought out manner rather than making decisions on a crisis-bycrisis basis. In order to accomplish the task, the City received input from a number of focus groups representing residents, businesses, and employees. More than 75 goals were developed and ranked in order of priority by the City Council. Below are the top 10 goals; the full report is located on the City’s website. 1. Review fire station report and implement a strategy 2. Execute long-term financial plan

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QUIPS FROM THE CLERK
By City Clerk Donna McAllister While “Elections” have been a popular topic, you may wish to mark your calendars for the spring April 17, 2007 Consolidated Election. At that time you will be electing four Aldermen. For those of you who are not regisCity Clerk tered to vote, registration is availDonna McAllister able in my office, Room 602, City Hall, 1420 Miner Street. Bring two forms of identification indicating name and address to my office. If you were born outside the United States, you must present naturalization papers. Hours are 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday, with the exception of the first and third Monday when the Office is open until 6:30 PM. (I would like to remind everyone that jurors are selected through the driver’s license and identification card, rather than voter registration files.) If you are interested in running for office next spring, a candidate’s packet is available from my office. Petition filing takes place in my office, January 29 – February 5, 2007. The last day to file objections to petitions is February 13, 2007. Candidates have until February 13, 2007 to withdraw from the Election. Those of you who are unable to vote in your precinct on April 17, 2007 may early vote at City Hall beginning March 26, 2007. If you would like more information about this matter or anything else, please call me at 847391-5311. Until next time —

NEWS FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL
From Donna Catlett & Linda Traina, Co-Presidents of the Arts Council It’s time once again for the Arts Council Scholarship Program to begin. The applications will be available after January 15, 2007. These can be obtained from Donna Catlett at the Mayor’s Office in City Hall, 847-391-5301, Linda Traina at the Park District, 847-391-5700, private arts teachers, fine arts teachers at private schools, counselors at all high schools, and fine arts teachers at Elk Grove High School, Maine East and West High Schools, and School Districts 62, 63 and 59. Applications can be made by any youth, from 4th through the 12th grades, with a Des Plaines mailing address. All applications will need to be postmarked or delivered to City Hall by April 1, 2007. The maximum scholarship given to an elementary age child is $200 and a high school student can earn up to $500. These scholarships must be used for additional or advanced study in the fine or performing arts. Corporate and individual donations to the scholarship program are gratefully accepted. The Arts Council will be partnering with Fifth Third Bank for a Chamber of Commerce and Industry After Hours on February 13. We hope to alert our business climate to the economic advantages of having a healthy cultural life in our community. Look for us in the early spring for a very special fundraising event. We are looking at an Art and Flower Festival, featuring youth art, bulbs, seeds, rain gardens and advice from a Master Gardener – everything to get you in the mood for spring and summer! More details to follow!! As always, you are encouraged to join the Arts Council. Please call 847-391-5301 for information on how you can make a difference in the Arts climate of your City. Des Plaines Arts Council mation form is very similar to the short form for the decennial Census and is strictly regulated by the U.S. Census Bureau. To view an explanation of what questions are asked and why, visit http://www.census.gov/field/www/specialcensus/files/ data_products.htm, and select the link for “Why We Ask Special Census Questions.” HOW can I help? The Special Census project will employ 30 to 40 people part-time to help with the census. Residents of Des Plaines are strongly encouraged to apply for census positions. To request an application for a position as a Special Census employee, please contact Joanne Mendoza with the Des Plaines City Manager’s Office at 847-391-5488. WHO can see my census data? No one other than specially trained and authorized U.S. Census Bureau personnel, not even City officials, will have access to any individual’s data collected by the census takers. The U.S.C.B has extremely strict guidelines and protocol that ensure the confidentiality and security of the census data. Please visit http://www. census.gov/field/www/specialcensus/files/data_products.htm for more information. WHAT IF I have other questions? Please contact Jessica French, Project Manager for the 2007 Special Census at 847391-5622 or jfrench@desplaines.org with any questions you may have about the process, areas to be counted, or any general questions. Updates and additional information can be found on the City’s website (www.desplaines.org) and cable television channel 17. YOUR HELP COUNTS! The success of the Special Census depends on the cooperation and participation of City residents. We look forward to reaching out to residents, condominium associations, business owners and other partners to make this project a success!

A JOB THAT COUNTS:
The City Needs Your Help with the 2007 Special Census!
WHAT is a Special Census? A Special Census happens between the regular 10-year Censuses and is a population count of very specific areas called “census blocks” where a community has seen a significant amount of residential growth. WHY have a Special Census? A Special Census is an alternative way to increase revenue without placing a greater tax burden on City residents. The City receives a share of tax revenue each month from the State of Illinois for each resident. A Special Census will show the State of Illinois that we have more residents than we did in 2000, and the State will in turn increase our monthly revenue based on the new data. WHEN will it happen? Once applicants are selected and trained by the U.S. Census Bureau, we anticipate that the actual count will happen sometime during the months of January and February 2007, but recruitment, preparation and follow-up activities will be happening between November and March. Keep reading to find out about employment opportunities! WHERE are the areas to be counted? The count will be conducted in several specific areas in the City. These areas include the new condominium and town homes in the downtown area (Wards 1, 2, 3 & 7), as well as residential areas in the northeast corner (Ward 1), neighborhoods close to Maine West High School (Wards 3 & 5), and also in the southeast corner (Ward 6). WHAT kind of data is collected? The Special Census infor-

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PUBLIC WORKS NEWS
By Environmental Services Coordinator Christine Bajor

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: All Christmas trees (NO decorations, lights, tinsel or plastic bags) must be at the curbside before 7 AM on Monday, January 8, 2007. Trees will be collected from January 8-January 12, 2007. All zones will be collected by Public Works during this week only. ARC Disposal shall collect Christmas trees (NO decorations, lights, tinsel or plastic bags) after January 12, 2007. HOLIDAY REFUSE COLLECTION: In observance of Christmas Day (Monday, December 25) and New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1), refuse and recycling collections will be delayed by one day. ARC Disposal does not observe Martin Luther King Day, (January 15) or President’s Day (February 19). There will be regular collections on these holidays. SNOW REMINDER: Snow plowing priorities: 1. Arterial roadways & central business district 2. Roadways adjacent to schools 3. Bus routes 4. Alleys and dead end streets Salting priorities: 1. Stop signs and yield signs 2. Railroad crossings 3. Traffic light controlled intersections 4. Overpasses & underpasses 5. Steep grades The Public Works Department plows all streets in Des Plaines except for streets and roads that

belong to Cook County, Village of Mount Prospect or the State of Illinois. Please check the informational curbside calendar for more information on snow plowing. CURBSIDE CALENDARS: Curbside calendars should be distributed through the mail during the last weeks of December 2006 through January 5, 2007. Residents should check their mail during these times to ensure that a calendar has been delivered to their home and not inadvertently dispose of it. Once all calendars are delivered to households, there will be a limited number of extra calendars available. The curbside calendar provides residents with information regarding waste disposal information as well as services provided by the Public Works Department. If you have not received a 2007 Informational Curbside Calendar after January 10th, please contact 847-391-5464 or 847-391-5650. RESIDENTS, GET READY FOR THE CITY’S COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE! After two successful community garage sales, the 3rd Annual Citywide Community Garage Sale will be in May 2007. This voluntary event helps to promote City awareness and encourages a type of recycling called ‘reuse’. Garage sale permits will be waived for the weekend of the community garage sale only. (Any residential garage sale before or after the City’s will need a permit.) More details in the forthcoming months…

FROM THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT…
LEVEE 50 FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT Construction on the final phase of the Levee 50 Flood Control Project is in full swing. This final phase of the project consists of floodwall and earthen levee extending along the Des Plaines River from J.J. Schwab (Campground) Road north to Rand Road. The earthen levee then runs east, along the north side of Rand Road, tying into the I-294 Tollway ramp at Dempster Street.
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Construction on this final phase began in October and is expected to take two years to complete. The work in the Miner Street area (including a new culvert under Miner Street) and accompanying lane closures is expected to be finished around October of 2007. Once complete, the Levee project will protect 181 properties to the east of the River from flooding by the Des Plaines River. The project does not have any flooding impact for properties to the west of the River. The necessary tree removal was mitigated through the purchase and deeding of 4.25 acres of forested land to the Cook County Forest Preserve. A multiuse trail, running along the River from J.J. Schwab Road to Rand Road, is included in the project. The Levee 50 project is the first in a series of largescale flood relief projects within the Upper Des Plaines River watershed. Residents are encouraged

to visit the Engineering page of the City of Des Plaines website for more information. HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN The Hazard Mitigation Plan is being developed by the City to participate in several Federal programs and receive construction grants for flood control projects (such as elevating flood prone buildings). This plan is being developed using grant money awarded from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). In order for the City to receive these grants, it has to form an all hazards plan with a Mitigation Planning Committee. This committee will meet once per month until February 2007, and then the plan will be presented to the City Council for adoption. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Des Plaines Engineering Department at 847- 391-5390.

NEWS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Des Plaines Police Department wants residents to familiarize themselves with the following information regarding “Car Burglary Prevention.” For more information, contact Tim Doherty at 847-391-5367. CAR BURGLARY PREVENTION What Steps Can I take To Prevent Becoming A Victim? Remove visible items from your vehicle. If you leave items visible in your car, you are a target. Be aware that someone may be watching as you put a wallet, purse, or cell phone under your seat, especially at a gym. Take these with you. Lock Up • Lock your vehicle and take your keys, even for quick errands. • Lock the trunk, hatchback or tailgate to block access into the car. • Close all windows, including vent or wing windows and sunroofs. • Buy an alarm and use it! Many people believe that alarms no longer make a difference, however, they do remain an effective deterrent to a burglar. Criminals will choose the easiest target. If they have two cars to choose from one with an alarm and one without, they will burglarize the one without. Park Safely • At home, park in your garage if you have one. Lock your car and all garage doors. • Park in a well-lighted area. • Check to see that your vehicle is visible from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. • Avoid alleys.

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SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY FUNDING REVIEWS
Earlier this year members of the Human Services Advisory Commission participated in the City of Des Plaines yearly social service funding reviews. The Commission was involved in making recommendations for improving the application process, reviewing and participating in each agency’s presentation and later made a recommendation for the City Council. Due to the State of Illinois reducing or eliminating financial support to these locally based social services, the funding provided by the City of Des Plaines has become more critical in helping these local agencies and their programs assist our residents who are in need. Over the past several years, the City of Des Plaines and the Human Services Advisory Commission have supported the following agencies and services which include: • Subsidized medical wellness program for low income/non-insured residents through the Access to Care Program. • Community counseling services through Children’s Advocacy Center of Northwest Cook County, Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, Maine Center, Inc. and Salvation Army. • Senior citizen support and outreach services through Center of Concern, North Shore Senior Center, and the congregate meal program located at the Des Plaines Senior Center. • Emergency youth shelter and support services through The Harbour, Inc. and Shelter. • Avenues to Independence. • Journeys from PADS to HOPE. • Affordable daycare through Northwest Suburban Day Care Center. • End of life support care through Rainbow Hospice.

• Promotion of local volunteer opportunities through The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago. If you are aware of any social service agency that should be considered by the Human Services Advisory Commission, please contact the City’s Health and Human Services Division at 847-3915480.

YOUTH COMMISSION NEWS
Members of the Des Plaines Youth Commission Advisory Board have been chosen to attend a seminar presented by the Search Institute in Minneapolis on leadership. The students are Katie Cullotta and Ian Fitzgerald, both sophomores at Maine West High School. Youth Commissioners Gloria Ludwig and Josephine Al-Naemy will also attend. January 13 — All Des Plaines High School Teens — Need a break from studying for those mid-terms? Here is a special evening planned for you. RELAXATION VACATION runs at Prairie Lakes from 6:30 until 10 PM and features Yoga classes, chair massages, open gym, tile painting, video and board games, Starbucks coffee and food. FREE! February 10 — FAMILY NIGHT — Western Theme — Wear your cowboy hat and attend this fun family affair. For $5.00/family, you get food, bingo, prizes, open gym, bounce house, and great family fun! 6 to 8:45 PM. Prairie Lakes MARK YOUR CALENDARS — Saturday, March 10 — The Des Plaines Youth Commission and Maine West High School will co-host this Community Night. Kenny Ahern, Ringling Bros. Clown, is the featured performer in the Maine West Theater. Food, raffle, prizes, juggling, games, etc. will be featured. Watch for special flyer.

ASK THE NURSE
By Madeline May, Community Health Nurse My doctor just told me I have arthritis…but I’m not sure which type and what I should do about it. There are over 100 diseases and conditions that come under the general term arthritis. It can affect the joints, surrounding tissues and other connective tissues. Arthritis can affect anyone, no matter what your race, gender or age. It is especially important for women to be educated about his disease because they are affected

at a much higher rate than men. Sixty percent of those diagnosed with arthritis are female. Some of the more common forms are osteoarthritis, fibromyaligia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and osteoporosis. Other arthritis related conditions include Raynaud’s, scleroderma, Sjogren’s, and polymyaliga rheumatica. A health care team approach, that often includes a rheumatologist, will help you find the best treatment for you as an individual, and might include medication, diet and exercise program. The Arthritis Foundation offers information on research, education and support services. They can be reached online at www.arthritis.org or at 404-872-7100.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS
The Des Plaines Fire Department would like you and your family to have a happy and safe Holiday Season. Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty. Preventing Christmas Tree Fires • Christmas Tree Fire Hazards Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases. • Selecting a Tree for the Holiday Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard. • Caring for Your Tree Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. • Disposing of Your Tree Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or woodburning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pickup service. Holiday Lights • Maintain Your Holiday Lights Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. • Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires — they should not be warm to the touch. • Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended Holiday Decorations • Use Only Nonflammable Decorations All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. • Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplace It can throw off dangerous sparks and produce a chemical buildup in the home that could cause an explosion. • Artificial Christmas Trees If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant. Candle Care • Avoid Using Lit Candles If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. • Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame — candles, lighters or matches. Finally, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help. And remember to practice your home escape plan. The Des Plaines Fire Department offers a FREE smoke detector with every FREE home safety inspection. For more information or to schedule your home safety inspection call: 847-391-5340.

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DES PLAINES HISTORY CENTER
The Des Plaines Historical Society invites you to come and explore the Des Plaines History Center featuring the 1907 Queen Anne style Kinder House and the 1952 Des Plaines Savings and Loan Building. The Savings & Loan Building, located at 781 Pearson Street, serves as the Visitor Center and houses exhibits, the research library and reading room, a hands on space for kids of all ages, and the “Yesterdays” Gift Shop featuring handmade gifts, candies of bygone days, books on a variety of history topics and Des Plaines souvenirs. Admission is free and the Center is open 9AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday, and 1-4 PM on Sunday. All programs take place at the Visitor Center unless noted otherwise. Call 847-391-5399 for more information and program registration.

Coffee Talks Join us every second Thursday of the month for a historical talk, slideshow or performance, followed by coffee and tea. Time: 1:30-2:30 PM Cost: Free January 11: James Bond 101 Become an international person of mystery or just see some spy gear with a presentation by John Frycek of Spy Source, Inc. February 8: Bicycle History in Chicago Before 1900 Kerry Williams of vintage cycling group “The Wheelmen” gives a presentation on early cycling history complete with a high wheel bicycle.

School Day Off Adventures Kids can spend their school days off making craft projects. Time: 1 or 2 PM session Cost: $2/child members, $3/child nonmembers. Registration is required and an adult must accompany children. January 15: Mapmaking Chart your own territory! Make a map of a place familiar to you. February 19: Beanbags Make a set of beanbags and learn games to play-maybe you’ll even learn to juggle! Home-School Programs These hands-on, educational programs give kids a chance to be creative while learning about history.

The third Wednesday of each month from 10-11AM, September-May. Advance registration required. An adult must accompany children. January 17: All About Wool $1/child See some new and old examples of how we use wool and then make a project by felting your own wool. February 21: WWII Ration Drive Free Simulate a ration drive and learn about what was collected during the War and how it was recycled.

LIBRARY NEWS
DES PLAINES PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Programs are often scheduled after the calendar is printed. Visit the library and the library Web site (www.dppl.org) for information. Programs are free, but most require advance registration, and some require free tickets picked up in advance. Our address is 1501 Ellinwood St., Des Plaines, IL 60016. Note: You may also register for programs online at www.dppl.org; click on Events and follow the instructions. (R) = Registration Desk: 847-376-2787 or online (R-YS) = Youth Services: 847-376-2839 or online (R-RS) = Readers’ Services: 847-376-2840 or online

Ragtime: A Retrospective (R)
Piano Concert 2 PM, Sunday, February 25

Drop-in Storytimes
Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 9-February 15 Storytimes for 2-year-olds and for 3- to 5-year-olds. Phone or visit the Library or Library Web site for dates and times.

FILMS (FOR ADULTS AND TEENS)
Film and Discussion (R)
Phone 847-376-2787 or 847-376-2840 for title 1:30 PM, Sunday, January 7 A Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year Program

PreSchool Open House for Parents
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Saturday, January 6

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Winter Reading Clubs for Adults, Teens and Children (R-YS)
January 2-February 25

Sunday Afternoon Movie
1:30 PM, Sundays Sponsored by Friends of the Library January 14 February 11

Caudill Club Book Discussion (R-YS)
Grades 4-8 4-4:45 PM, Wednesdays January 10, February 14

ART EXHIBITS
Des Plaines Art Guild
Third floor magazine reading area December, group show January, Alice Stiller, multi-media February, Paula Jacko, watercolor

Story Explorers (R-YS
For grades 3-5 4-5 PM, Thursdays January 11, 25 February 8, 22

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY!
The Library will be celebrating its centennial anniversary with special activities from January through October, 2007. Watch for details.

ADULT PROGRAMS
(Teens are welcome at adult programs.)

FOR TEENS
Winter Reading Clubs for Adults, Teens and Children (R-RS)
January 2-February 25

Stories and More (R-YS)
For ages 5-7 Thursdays, 4-5 PM January 18 February 1, 15

BOOKS, AUTHORS AND POETRY
Winter Reading Clubs for Adults, Teens and Children (R)
January 2 – February 25, 2007

Teen Advisory Board (R-YS)
For 7th-12th Graders 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Saturdays, January 20, February 17 refreshments

Grandpa, Grandma and Me Time (R-YS)
Ages 3-7 and grandparents 10:30 AM-Noon Saturday, February 10

Tuesday Morning Book Group (R)
10 AM, Tuesdays January 9, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith February 6, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

LIBRARY BOARD MEETINGS
The public is invited to attend. Tuesdays, 7 PM December 19, February 20 January 16 only: 4 PM (note special time)

Thursday Evening Book Discussion (R)
7:30 PM, Thursdays January 11, February 8, titles to be announced

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS DROP-IN PROGRAMS
Preschool Movies
Fridays, 10-10:30 AM December 22, 29 January 5, 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16

Ongoing Book Sale
Friends of the Library sponsor an ongoing book sale on the first floor of the Library during regular Library hours.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETINGS
Tuesdays, 7 PM January 23, February 27

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
The American Songbag: 1907-1957 (R)
Michael J. Miles Ensemble kicks off the Library’s centennial celebration 2 PM, Sunday, January 21

Drop-in Chess Club
For children all ages who know how to play chess 4-5 PM, Wednesdays February 7

LIBRARY CLOSINGS
Sunday, December 24, 2006, Christmas Eve Monday, December 25, 2006, Christmas Day Sunday, December 31, 2006, New Year’s Eve Monday, January 1, 2007, New Year’s Day

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SENIOR CENTER SERVICES & ACTIVITIES
The mission of the Des Plaines Community & Frisbie Senior Centers is to promote for people 55 and over-active, self-reliant living and fun, through volunteerism, and socially, intellectually, and physically-enriching programs. The Des Plaines Community Senior Center, established in 1976, is an I.R.S., approved charity. Our independent, full-service, nonprofit organization is dedicated to serving the needs of senior citizens in Des Plaines and surrounding communities. If you have any questions on membership, volunteer service or sponsorships, please call the Des Plaines Community Senior Center location at 847-391-5717 or our Frisbie Senior Center location at 847-768-5944. The Des Plaines Community Senior Center is located at 515 E. Thacker St, and our Frisbie Senior Center is located at 52 East Northwest Highway. Both Centers are open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4 PM. Come to the Mather’s — More Than a Café, at the Frisbie Senior Center, for a delicious meal Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Membership in the Des Plaines Community and Frisbie Senior Centers are open to anyone age 55 and over. All seniors are welcome to participate in our programs, events and trips. New members are always welcome, but you DO NOT have to be a member to participate. Single Membership is $25 per year and Couple Membership is $40 per year. (Membership includes a subscription to our newsletter) UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE SENIOR CENTER January 17 — Optimism & Health: The Power of The Positive January 21 — The Capital Steps at Centre East Theatre & Dinner at The Elks Club February 4 — The Beard of Avon at Prairie Lakes Theatre & Dinner at Giuseppe’s February 11 — Valentine Bowl at Sim’s Bowl February 22 — To Thine Own Colors Be True March 16 — St. Patrick’s Ethnic Night March 21 — Pain 101: Old Age Is Not For Sissies (Intro to Pain Management for Seniors) March 31 — Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Bingo: 2nd & 4th Friday of the Month 1 PM Bunco: 3rd Friday of the Month 1 PM Monday Nights: 7-9 PM — Live Big Band Music The City of Des Plaines Veterans’ Affairs Representative Robert Iverson III The Senior Center hosts a full time Field Service Officer on site at the Des Plaines Community Senior Center. Everyone who has served our country in any branch of military service (and their families) can come to us for assistance with veteran benefits, including GI education, insurance, pension, burial coverage, compensation, appeals, war bonuses, grants, property tax exemptions, medical coverage, survivor claims, MIA-POW scholarships, and much more. Mr. Iverson is available at the Des Plaines Community Senior Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM to meet with Veterans and their families. Please call 847-391-5717 to make an appointment. Meet & Eat — Daily Meal Program • Are you a Senior Citizen age 60 and over? • Don’t like to cook? • Tired of eating meals by yourself? • Want to make new friends? • Like daily meal that won’t break your bank? Then contact Gretchen French, Café Manager, at the Frisbie Senior Center to join our daily program. Our delicious, cost-controlled meals are served daily at Mather’s Café inside the Frisbie Senior Center. Just call 847-297-2386. EXTENDED TRIPS FOR 2006 Please contact John R. Smith, our Travel Manager, for more information at 847-768-5944. February 4-10 Florida Sunshine — St. Augustine, Key West & Bahamas Cruise March 11-17 Arizona Retreat & Cubs Spring Training April 14-21 San Antonio Fiesta & Western Caribbean Cruise April 22-24 French Lick Resort May 3-5 Pella Tulip Festival & The Amana Colonies We also offer frequent day trips.

1420 Miner St., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-4498 847-391-5300 • Fax: 847-391-5378 www.desplaines.org

Officials
Mayor: Tony Arredia 847-391-5301 City Clerk: Donna McAllister 847-391-5311 City Manager: David Niemeyer 847-391-5488 Aldermen: Ward 1 - Patricia Beauvais 847-635-0244 Ward 2 - Thomas Christiansen 847-827-5959 Ward 3 - Laura Murphy 847-803-5456 Ward 4 - Dick Sayad 847-640-7675 Ward 5 - Carla Brookman 847-635-9375 Ward 6 - Tom Becker 847-699-7929 Ward 7 - Don Smith 847-827-0694 Ward 8 - Rosemary Argus 847-297-4932 tony_arredia@desplaines.org dmcallis@desplaines.org dniemeye@desplaines.org pat_beauvais@desplaines.org tomcward2@hotmail.com lmurphy3rdward@aol.com dicksayad@aol.com carlabrookman@aol.com tcsell@aol.com dsmith@ptasinskismith.com rosemaryargus@aol.com

FRISBIE SENIOR CENTER At Cumberland Commons 52 Northwest Highway Des Plaines, IL 60016 847-768-5944 • Fax 847-768-9398
Des Plaines Community Senior Center 515 E. Thacker St. • Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 391-5717 • Fax (847) 391-5735 www.dpcsc.org


				
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