Calendar & Events

All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

January 16, 23 and 30 Defensive Tactics for Adult Beginers

Come join Buffalo Grove Police Department’s certified Defensive Tactics instructors in a fun and dynamic 3-session seminar. Attendees will learn basic techniques on punching, kicking and blocking. Learn how to properly fall and get up, as well as defending yourself while on the ground. Personal safety tips will be discussed and attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. This FREE class will take place from 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Rd, Buffalo Grove IL. Call Terri at 847-850-2117 to register. This program is co-sponsored with Wheeling Township

January 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.

January 29 – Public Safety Breakfast

A fun and engaging monthly meeting with representatives from the Police and Fire Departments.  This month we will be learning about winter safety and security with presentations from both the Buffalo Grove Fire Department and the Buffalo Grove Police Department. Complimentary bagels and refreshments are provided. Join us at the Buffalo Grove Park District, 530 Bernard Dr, Buffalo Grove from 10:15-11:15.

February 3 and 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.

February 6- 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.

February 12- April 15 Citizens Police Academy

Our certified police instructors teach the academy students about different aspects of police work, which include: RADAR and LIDAR in speed enforcement, traffic crash investigation, crime scene processing, emergency dispatch center tour, firearms safety, public information sharing, defensive tactics, CPR certification and more!

The Citizen’s Police Academy is scheduled in the spring. The program is a ten-week course, which meets one evening each week, for approximately three hours.

This program is reserved for those 21 and over. If interested, please apply below or contact Crime Prevention Officer Amy Cholewa at acholewa@vbg.org with any questions.