Niles Senior Center March & April 2021 Program GuideThe NSC has resumed in-person programming (limited attendance) and continues to offer virtual programming as well. Registration for members begins Tuesday, February 16 and non-members may begin to register on Tuesday, February 23. Please register online or over the phone during this time. We look forward to seeing you at the NSC. To view the March & April 2021 Program Guide, please click here.
On February 1, 2021, the NSC resumed limited in-person programming. For list of programming changes from the January-February 2021 Program Guide, please click here.
Niles Senior Center Resumes In-Person Programming on Monday, February 1, 2021
Niles Fire Department "Be Alarmed" - Smoke Alarm Installation Program
Beginning, February 23, 2021, the Niles Fire Department is proud to offer the “Be Alarmed” initiative in cooperation with IFSA (Illinois Fire Safety Alliance) and OSFM (Office of the State Fire Marshal). This is a program for fire safety education and smoke alarm installation. The program provides free smoke detectors and installation for eligible residents. The Fire Department provides one detector for each bedroom and basement.
- If you own a residence and reside in the Village of Niles, you are eligible for the program.
- Fire personnel will determine if your current smoke alarm is in need of replacement.
- Installation will be performed by uniformed personnel (as time permits).
- You will be asked to sign an “Installation Liability Waiver” and “Installation Survey” prior to your smoke alarm installation.
- Under no circumstances will a smoke alarm be given out for homeowners to install on their own.
- O-N-L-Y installed and properly documented smoke alarms will be distributed.
To schedule an installation or for more information regarding our exciting “Be Alarmed” program, contact the Niles Fire Department at 847-588-6800.
Village of Niles Announces Operational Updates for Tier 1 Mitigations
On Saturday, January 23, Region 10 of the State of Illinois – which includes Niles and Suburban Cook County – transitioned to less-restrictive Tier 1 mitigations. This transition will impact some Village operations.
At the Niles Senior Center, virtual programming will continue the week of January 26 and staff will be available by appointment only. The Senior Center will then reintroduce in-person programming, with capacity limits, on Monday, February 1.
The Niles Family Fitness Center remains open, with increases to capacity. Beginning Sunday, January 24, group exercise classes at the Niles Family Fitness Center will be increased to a maximum of 20 per class with social distancing of 12 feet; Aquacize classes will increase to a maximum of 14 participants; and the fitness area capacity will be 50% or 50 people.
The Niles Teen Center will remain closed to in-person events at this time and will continue to provide virtual programming and activities. As local school districts ease up restrictions and move towards full student participation, the Teen Center will follow suit and continue to prepare for a safe and healthy reopening as its facility space allows.
The rest of the Village of Niles’ operations remain unchanged. Facilities are open to the public, with employees encouraged to work remotely when possible. Many services are available online.
Information about Tier 1 restrictions, including newly allowed indoor dining, can be found online at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics
The Village’s website will be kept up to date with the latest information about available services at www.vniles.com/covid-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
As you may be aware, the State of Illinois is scheduled to move to Phase 1b of its COVID-19 vaccination plan on Monday, January 25. Phase 1b includes individuals age 65 and older, as well as specific groups of essential workers.
At this time, details from Cook County on vaccination procedures are still pending, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Even though the State schedule allows 1b vaccinations to start on Monday, there is no guarantee that they will begin on Monday.
- Supplies will be limited, and demand will be high. Even if you are eligible under 1b, it may take several weeks before you are able to schedule an appointment.
- There will be multiple ways to get your vaccine. You might get it through a County-run site, or you may be able get an appointment through a local healthcare provider, your employer, etc.
- An appointment will be required, no matter who gives you the vaccine.
Check the Cook County Department of Public Health website and follow local news media for anticipated updates on Cook County vaccination protocol over the next several days.
Please note: As a municipality, the Village of Niles does not have a primary role in the COVID-19 vaccination process.The Village of Niles, including the Niles Senior Center, will NOT be able to administer the vaccine. However, the Village has provided links to the appropriate agencies on its COVID-19 web page. The Village of Niles will continue to monitor the situation and share updates from the County as appropriate.If you have any questions with regard to the vaccine, please call the Cook County Department of Public Health at 708-836-8600 or your doctor or healthcare provider.
Niles Senior Center - REVISED January-February 2021 Program Guide
Please note that all in-person programming (including Zoom option also) has been cancelled until further notice. Zoom programs are currently available for registration online or over the phone. To view our recently revised January-February 2021 Program Guide, please click here.
Virtual Seminars - Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol Program
Join us for four weekly seminars via Zoom on how to protect, detect and report Medicare fraud. Topics include: How to Read Your Medicare Summary Notice, Types of Medicare Fraud Schemes and How to Prevent Medicare Fraud. For more information, including Zoom links and phone-in numbers, click here.
The Niles Senior Center, Family Services and Teen Center have teamed up with area schools to recruit students who would like to give back to their community. The Niles Community Youth Crew is made up of local teens providing service to Niles residents. If you are a Senior and/or a disabled Niles resident and in need of assistance, please contact Jaymi at (847)588-8420. We will do our best to match you up with an available volunteer. The tasks available includes, Technology Assistance, assisting with pulling garbage cans to the curb each week, Pen Pal program, yard work, and snow shoveling. Please note, this is a volunteer based program.
Free Things to Do & See Online
During this time, many of us may be in our homes, but it does not mean that we cannot have fun or see the beautiful things in this world. Click here to go to our page of virtual entertainment. We will continue to add ideas over the coming days Enjoy!
4/17/20 - Executive Directive - Wear Face Coverings
Mayor Przybylo has signed Executive Directive 2020-01, which directs the Niles community to follow CDC guidelines and wear a face covering when out in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately. It includes situations such as shopping for groceries and working in or patronizing businesses that are open to the public, as social distancing can be difficult to maintain in these enclosed public spaces. The directive does not apply when people are walking or running outside, provided they are maintaining 6-foot social distancing from others. It also does not apply when driving alone in your car, while eating and drinking, or when doing so creates a greater risk.
The Mayor’s directive also allows businesses to refuse admission or service to individuals who are not wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth.
Homemade cloth masks are acceptable for this directive, provided they cover the nose and mouth. The Village understands that many residents may have questions or concerns about this new directive, and appreciates the cooperation of the public.
More information, instructions for making your own cloth face covering, and a notice that businesses may download and post, are available on our website at www.vniles.com/masks.
Coronavirus Scams to Avoid
Scammers are quick to exploit emergencies to exploit money, the Coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Please exercise caution and do not give out any personal information over the phone or over email. If you are looking for services, please use online reviews and recommendations from friends to find verifiable and reputable companies. Following are links with helpful information.
Register Early: A lot of planning goes into creating quality programs for our
members and guests. If you are interested in a program, please sign up early to ensure that your class is not cancelled. Registration may be made by check by mail, Visa, Mastercard or Discover. Credit card payments can be made online or over the phone at this time.
Village of Niles e-Newsletter
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Online Customer Service Survey
At the Niles Senior Center, we strive to make your experience a most enjoyable one and we value your thoughts and feedback. Please take a moment to complete our online Customer Service survey, simply click here. Thank you.
If you have an account and an email address on file at the Niles Senior Center you may now register online for programs and events. Simply click on the "Online Registration" link to the left side of the page for further instructions and to register for events. If you do not have an account or email address on file at the NSC, please call us for assistance.
Beginning, February 23, 2021, the Niles Fire Department is proud to offer the “Be Alarmed” initiative in cooperation with IFSA (Illinois Fire Safety Alliance) and OSFM (Office of the State Fire Marshal). Read on...
To view the March & April 2021 calendar, please click here.
Savour the Dates Catering will be working to provide culinary delights to our members. Meals are available for pickup weekly on Fridays. For more information and the menu, please refer to the NSC program guide or click here.
Enjoy a nutritious lunch, available for curbside pickup every Wednesday at the Niles Senior Center. For more information, please click here.