All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.
Thursdays February 6 – April 9 AARP Tax Assistance
Sign up for free income tax preparation appointments through AARP. This program helps taxpayers with low-to-middle income, with special attention to those over 60 years of age. Registration opened on January 7. Please stop by or call the front desk at the Alcott Center at 847.850.2100 for appointments. Appointments are available on Thursdays only, February 7 – April 11, and will be held at the Alcott Center. Because of the increase in identity theft, if taxpayers wish to file Married Filing Jointly, both spouses must be present, unless the spouse who is present has in their possession a Power of Attorney to represent the missing spouse. If you are filing taxes for someone else (parent, sibling, adult child), you must also have a Power of Attorney or court order showing your legal status to handle the taxpayer’s finances. AARP/IRS requires you to bring a Social Security card for all people on the tax return (including dependents), and a government issued photo ID for all taxpayers (both spouses). We strongly recommend that you bring your 2017 tax return. The AARP Tax Assistance program is intended to handle simple returns that can be completed in approximately 1 hour. If there is something unusual or complicated in your finances, please call our office, and an AARP representative will be happy to get back to you and see if your tax return is within their scope.
February 20 – Simple Home Security
You don’t need to invest a ton of money to deter criminals and keep your home safe. Learn easy ways you can make your house, condominium or apartment more secure and less attractive to criminals. Certified Law Enforcement Security Assessment Specialist and Buffalo Grove Police Officer Matthew Mills will be providing tips on what makes a home less attractive to burglars. Video doorbells, home security systems, landscaping and lighting will be just a few of the topics discussed, along with plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.
This is a free event. Register online at vapld.info, by telephone at (224) 543-1485, or in person at any service desk in the Vernon Area Public Library.
February 25, March 10 & 24, April 14 & 28 – Family Caregiver Support Group
The family caregiver group is open to the public to anyone who is caring for a loved one with dementia. The purpose is to provide strength and support by making connections, sharing experiences and knowledge, and discussing better ways of coping with caregivers who understand and can relate to the hardships and the emotional roller coaster that comes with caring for someone with memory loss. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Waverly Inn, 515 W Rand Rd, Arlingtong Heights. Call (224) 523-3751 for more information.
February 26, March 25, April 29 – Public Safety Breakfast
A fun and engaging monthly meeting with representatives from the Police and Fire Departments. Complimentary bagels and refreshments are provided. Join us at the Buffalo Grove Park District, 530 Bernard Dr, Buffalo Grove from 10:15-11:15.
March 2 and March 5 – AARP Smart Driver Course
The AARP Smart Driver Course is designed to help you tune up your driving skills, learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate, and reduce your chances of receiving a traffic violation or getting into an accident. Upon the completion of the two-session class, you will be issued a certificate, which may be submitted to your automobile insurance company for a possible discount.
Cost: $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Checks
should be made payable to AARP and mailed or dropped off at the Township Office prior to your first class. Classes are held at Wheeling Township from 5PM to 9PM. Call 847-259-7730 to register.
March 5- CPR Class
The first Thursday of every month is certification for Heartsaver CPR with AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). It is a two-year certification and the cost is $50.
BLS for Health Care Provider (HCP) is offered the second and third Thursday of the month and is designed for the Healthcare Provider in a workplace setting. It covers basic CPR plus 2 person CPR, use of the AED, use of a Bag-Valve mask, and barrier precautions. Adult, Child & Infant resuscitation are covered and all classes are taught to current American Heart Association Standards. Class requires a written test and skills practical. Remediation, if needed, will occur immediately after the class. Cost is $50 for a 2 year certification.
Classes can be arranged off-site. Contact 847-537-0995 and ask to speak to the CPR Coordinator. On-site classes are held at the fire department headquarters training room at 1051 Highland Grove Drive from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
March 5, April 2 and May 7 – Eligibility Assistance
Are you confused by Medicare Part D? Do you need to know if you qualify
for other assistance? CJE has the answers. CJE SeniorLife’s resource specialists provide older adults with free information, assistance and advocacy in the areas of benefits eligibility check up, social security, health insurance, Medicare, Medicare Part D and Medicaid. Learn about Medigap Insurance, prescription drug programs, and even learn how your employee benefits compare with Medicare. A representative of CJE SeniorLife will be available at the Alcott Center to answer your questions and assist you in filing for these programs. Sessions take place from 11 am – 2 pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 773.508.1047.
March 19 – Decoding the Nutrition Label
Join us for dinner, followed by a presentation on how to read the nutrition labels on the foods we buy. Food labels have changed drastically. Learn what’s in your food, so you can make educated choices when you shop. This program is being provided to the community by a partnership between Catholic Charities Lake County Senior Services, Belmont Village, and the Buffalo Grove Park District. The event will be held at Belmont Village, located at 500 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove. Dinner will be served at 5:30 followed by a presentation from 6-7 PM. This program is reserved for adults 60 years and older. RSVP to Kari Pohar at 847.740.6708.
March 26 – Injury Prevention presentation
SAGES of Buffalo Grove welcomes Dr. Loreto Lo Bosco of Opportunity Chiropractic Inc. to discuss how you can prevent injuries and heal quicker! His main talking points are 1) what causes an injury, 2) what to do when you have an injury and 3) how to prevent injuries. This presentation will take place at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Dr, Buffalo Grove from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Registration is not required.
April 2 and 3 – AARP Driver Safety Class
The AARP Driver Safety Program is an eight-hour program designed to help you understand the effects of aging on your driving and learn driving strategies that consider the changes we experience as we age. Completion of this program may entitle you to receive discounts on your auto insurance. Attendance on both days is required to receive a certificate. Classes will be held from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Vernon Township Community Services Building, 2900 Main Street, Buffalo Grove. For more information please call (847) 634-6060.
April 28 – Senior Citizen Expo Extravaganza
Join us for the 20h Annual Senior Citizen Expo. This event, hosted by the Friends of the Parks Foundation and coordinated by the Buffalo Grove Park District and the Village of Buffalo Grove, provides a dynamic one-stop shop for seniors to interact with vendors and service providers, enabling them to become familiar with the wide range of services available to them. There will also be raffle prizes, featuring a grand prize of a TV, donated by Mark Drug Medical Supply. The expo will be held from 10 am – 1:30 pm at The Arboretum Club, located at 401 Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove. For further information please contact Terri Ebner at 847.850.2117.
April 28 – Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services
Secretary of State Jesse White’s Mobile Driver Services Facility will be at the
Arboretum Club, located at 401 Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove between
10 am and 1:30 pm. Vision screenings are between 10 am and 1:30 pm.
Services to be offered will include duplicate license, corrected license, driver license renewal, identification cards and renewal stickers. Please note: CDL licenses will not be available. Individuals, age 74 and under, within one year of the expiration date of their driver’s license, may renew their license. Identification cards are issued to all ages. Individuals requiring a road test must go to a full service Secretary of State Drivers Services Facility. In order to take advantage of the services offered at the Mobile Driver Services Facility, bring your Social Security card along with 2 other forms of identification that provide your name, date of birth, residency and signature. No copies will be accepted. For more information, please call 217.782.7044.