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Posted on: January 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Niles Teen Center- Week of January 18

Please find below information on events and activities taking place at or with the Niles Teen Center in the next couple of weeks.

1) Kalahari Indoor Waterpark on President’s Day
Deadline Thursday, February 4
Stand up surf or boogie board on your day off of school! It may be cold outside so travel with us to Kalahari Indoor Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells. It’s an indoor waterpark with the FloRider, the Masterblaster, Victoria Falls raft ride, indoor wave pool and a lazy river. An 8-inch personal pizza and pop will be provided for lunch. Bring extra money for dinner, snacks and a locker.
Date: Monday, February 15
Time: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Min/Max: 4/8
Cost: $65 for transportation, supervision and lunch
This trip already has 12 registered from Skokie, 2 from Lincolnwood, 3 from Evanston, and 5 from Park Ridge. This trip will only cancel if there is no room for us in any of the vehicles.
Register NOW to reserve your spot!!!

2) Mark your Calendars!!!- Valentine’s Dance is Coming Soon!!!
Bring your friends to dance to the latest music and meet new people! Come to the Niles Family Fitness Center gym for music and dancing by Pro-Mix Audio and Lighting. There will be no entry after 8:00 p.m. and if you leave the dance, you may not re-enter. No shoes allowed in the gym. No backpacks, purses or hats!! Not responsible for lost or stolen property. Open to 6th through 8th grades ONLY (or any current Teen Center member.)
Date: Saturday, February 13
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person (includes 4 tickets for drinks and snacks)
Location: Niles Family Fitness Center- 987 Civic Center Drive- Niles

3) Tues. January 19 – Game Tournament- NBA2K16- 4:00 pm
Most Tuesdays at 4:00p.m., Nick will set up tournaments for video games and table games like Foosball, Air Hockey, Darts, NBA2K15 or Call of Duty 3. Prizes may be awarded to winners.

4) Wed. January 20 – “Girl Talk” continues from 4:00-5:00 pm
Girl Talk is a group designed to meet the social and emotional needs of teen girls. This group focuses on improving self-esteem, self-image, communication skills, conflict resolution, reducing stressors and addressing other issues teen girls face. Girl Talk meets every Wednesday from 4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. The group is facilitated by Nicole Espinoza, LCSW of Niles Family Services in collaboration with the Niles Teen Center.

5) Thursday, January 21- Man-Cave continues- 4:30- 5:30 pm
Man Cave is a group designed for the teenage boy to bring their concerns, experiences and challenges to the group and to give and receive feedback, relevant information, and guidance. This group will offer their members an opportunity to learn how to manage some of the difficulties of being a teenager. The group will be facilitated by Nick Pizzo and Ilona Jurczyk and will meet 2 times per month from 4:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.

6) Thurs. January 28- Craft Project- Crayon Candles
On one Thursday of each month, Halley will lead a free arts and craft project from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Projects could include: jewelry making, nail salon, or posters and drawings.

What do you do when you have too many crayons? You turn them into candles! Come make your own custom colored candles to use at home out of our excess crayons. We’ll shred the crayons into tiny pieces and melt them together with shredded candle wax in glass jars. As soon as it cools and hardens, you can take it home with you. These make a great Valentine’s Day gift as well, if you’re trying to figure out what to give to someone special next month!

7) Teen Movie “Night OUT”- Friday, February 5- 7:00- 9:00 pm- $8 each
Exclusive offer for Teen Center members! Are you looking for something fun to do on Friday nights? We’ve got the answer for you: Teen Movie Theater Nights. Enjoy a movie at AMC Theater - Golf Mill for $8 (price subject to change). Please bring extra money for snacks during the movie. Pre-registration is not required.
Movie Choice will be decided on Wednesday, February 3.

8) Speaker Series- Thursday, February 11- 5:30- 6:30 pm
Building Healthy Relationships
Angles, a non-profit youth health service, will provide a program emphasizing respect, trust, honesty and communication through a series of vignettes depicting real life situations. Discussion includes bullying, prejudice, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse.

9) Tile Art Project- Unveiling Ceremony- Saturday, February 20- Noon
Join parents, kids, business and community leaders of Niles as we unveil the 2015/16 Tile Art Project designed by area students for Lights On Afterschool and sponsored by the Optimist Club of Niles. Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide event that calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs
Date: Saturday, February 20
Time: 12:00- 12:30 pm
Location: near the Niles Teen Center and Gloria Jeans Coffee
See the Attached List to see if you are a winner!!

10) Introducing the Village of Niles Snow Shoveling Program!
The Village of Niles encourages residents to build a stronger sense of community by volunteering to shovel snow for their senior and/or disabled neighbors and friends who are unable to do the work on their own. The newly adopted Village of Niles Neighborhood HEROES Program connects residents with volunteers who are willing to provide snow shoveling services. Individuals requesting assistance, as well as individuals and/or organizations willing to volunteer, are encouraged to sign up now. Volunteers will be needed for the entire 2015-16 snow season. Your efforts will help create a safer community for everyone.

To RECEIVE assistance with shoveling:
If you are a Senior and/or a disabled Niles resident and in need of assistance, please contact the Niles Senior Center at (847)588-8420 to register. By registering for the program, we will do our best to match you up a with an available Volunteer within your neighborhood. Volunteers will be asked to remove snow from public walkways and front sidewalks. After the conclusion of a 3" or greater snowfall, Volunteers will visit their assigned home within 48 hours to remove snow. A waiver will need to be signed and submitted before any assistance is given. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Niles Senior Center. Please note that as this is a completely Volunteer-based program, services will only be provided if a Volunteer is available in your neighborhood.
How to BECOME a HEROES Volunteer:
To Volunteer for the program, please go to to fill out a Senior Center Volunteer Application, you can then select the Neighborhood HEROES Program. Once an application is completed, we will contact you to match you up with a resident in need. If you are unavailable or out of town, we ask that you notify us so we can attempt to find a backup Volunteer for that specific clearing.
A waiver will need to be signed and submitted before the ability to give assistance.
If you are under the age of 18, a parental release waiver will need to be signed and returned to the Niles Senior Center.

11) Niles Chamber of Commerce- Dollars for Scholars- Scholarship Program
for graduating 8th graders and high school seniors.

Deadline is Friday, March 4th

All Application information is now available online at

Did you know that by living in the Village of Niles, or an employee of a Niles Chamber member that your students/children are eligible for Niles Chamber Dollars for Scholars Scholarship, if entering High School or College?

The Niles Chamber Dollars for Scholars Charter is an all-volunteer committee dedicated to our youth. This 2015-16 academic year, three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating eighth grade students entering high school and three $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors. Applications are judged on service to the community and school, response to an essay, awards and honors, school transcripts, and letters of recommendation

All students must complete a Student Profile, this is where they will complete the activities section, transcript section and essay question.

Past recipients have been from local schools such as: St. John Brebeuf, Gemini Junior High, Clarence E. Culver School, St. Juliana, Maine West High School, Niles North High School, Niles West High School, Notre Dame High School, St. Mary of the Woods, Resurrection High School, Maine East High School and Loyola Academy.

Scholarships have also been granted to the children of Chamber Member employees like: Ed Garvey & Co., St. Benedict Nursing & Rehab Center, Fifth Third Bank, Professional Eye Care Center, Niles Public Library, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Niles Family Fitness Center and the Village of Niles

Deadline for all applications will be NO LATER than Friday March 4th at 4:30 pm NO EXCEPTIONS

12) If you are new to the Teen Center and are enjoying your time with us, PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN TOO!!!

Please “like” the Niles Teen Center on Facebook to get program updates and see photos and video.

Also, you can follow us on Instagram @TheNilesTeenCenter-

WE ARE ON SNAPCHAT!!!- look us up @NilesTeenCenter
Ann and Halley will be working on snaps throughout our regular teen center programming.

14) Removal- If you want to be removed from this distribution list, please reply with the word “remove”, the teen center member’s name, and the email address to be removed.
Mark Williams
Niles Teen Center Director
Niles Teen Center
373 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
847-588-6900- office

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