Calendar & Events

All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

February 7 through April 12, 2019 Free Tax Preparation

Are you over 60 and need help with your taxes? AARP is scheduling free 1 hour tax preparation appointments for simple tax returns at the Alcott Center, Thursdays from February 7 – April 11. Bring a Social Security card, government issued photo ID and your 2017 tax return. Both spouses must be present if filing jointly. Registration required by calling 847.850.2100 or at the front desk at the Alcott Center.


Free tax preparation is available at Wheeling Township this tax season. Volunteers from AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program will help seniors prepare and file their taxes at no cost. Appointments are available on Fridays. Take advantage of this free tax preparation offering by calling the Township at 847-259-7730.

February 27, 2019 Public Safety Breakfast

For many seniors, the thought of leaving their home to live in a senior community can mean the loss of independence and a huge financial burden.  Luckily, there are a number of free and low-cost services available to keep you living in your own home as long as possible. Join us as we discuss the many programs available to help you age at home safely.  Caregivers are also encouraged to attend! We start at 10:15 AM at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Dr., Buffalo Grove.

February 27 – April 10, 2019 Citizens Police Academy 

Registration is open for the Buffalo Grove Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy. This is consistently one of the most popular programs offered by the Police Department. For more than twenty years the Citizen’s Police Academy has offered residents and community members an opportunity to get to meet and train with BGPD officers.  

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 and more! 

The Citizen’s Police Academy is an eight-week course, which meets one evening each week, for approximately three hours.  This program is reserved for those 21 and over. There is no cost for the program. If interested, please apply below or contact Crime Prevention Officer Amy Cholewa at: acholewa@vbg.org with any questions. Applications may be completed HERE.

February 28, 2019 60 Plus Spelling Bee

Feel like you’re a great speller? Feel like you need a challenge? Join us at 10 AM on 2/28 for a Seniors Only Spelling Bee! Contestants must be 60+ to participate, but family and friends may attend to watch in the audience. Words will be used from the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. This program is brought to the community by a partnership between Catholic Charities Lake County Senior Services & the Buffalo Grove Park District. RSVP Kari Pohar at 847-740-6708.

March 4, 2019 Home Security presentation

Home security doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Officers from the Buffalo Grove Community Relations unit will discuss a number of ways you can keep your home safe and secure. This program will be from 2-3 PM at the Vernon Township Community Service Building, 2900 N Main St in Buffalo Grove.

March 20, 2019 Free Diabetic Footwear – Do You Qualify?

Medicare may cover the costs of therapeutic footwear if you are diabetic and have one of the following conditions: foot deformity, history of foot ulceration, peripheral neuropathy with a history of callus formation, poor circulation, previous amputation or pre-ulcerative callous formation. Join Jean Huyler as she explains the importance of diabetic shoes, and provides a chance to order shoes for those who qualify. This is a Medicare program. At the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Dr, Buffalo Grove at 10:00 AM.

March 28, 2019 Senior Celebration Day 

This free event will be held at the Forest View Educational Center at 2121 S Goebbert Rd, Arlington Heights from 10 AM to 2 PM. Activities include free health screenings, giveaways, exhibits, presentations, free bingo, entertainment and more. A $6 lunch will also be available. Call 847-718-7700 for more information.

April 1, 2019 Active Shooter Response 

What will you do if you hear gunshots while you are at your doctor’s office, grocery store or place of worship? Officer Mills of the Buffalo Grove Police Department will discuss active shooters and provide guidance on how to recognize threats before they occur, how to react in a manner that may not only save yourself, but the lives of others, and what to expect from law enforcement personnel when they respond. This class is designed to empower everyone, regardless of age or physical limitations, to respond with confidence if you find yourself in such a heinous event. This program will be held at the Alcott Center from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. It is cosponsored by the Vernon Area Public Library, Vernon Township and Wheeling Township.