Please find below information on events and activities taking place at or with the Niles Teen Center in the next couple of weeks.
1) March 15 Election- Ballot Referendum Question- important!!
Niles is a community that prides itself on outstanding service. We have four very unique departments at the Village: the Niles Senior Center, Niles Family Fitness Center, Niles Teen Center, and Niles Family Services Department.
On the ballot at the March election, voting residents will be asked whether or not these departments should continue to be funded by the Village. This vote is nonbinding, which means the vote will not result in a new law, but rather help elected officials decide the wants and needs of Niles residents.
If you are not familiar with these four village departments, I encourage you to read about them in the upcoming spring Village of Niles newsletter or visit them first hand to learn how their services provide Niles residents with a higher quality of life.
2) Tues. March 15- Teen Center OPEN for regular hours- 2:45- 7:00 pm
School may be closed, but the Teen Center will be open.
Sorry but due to training and other staff commitments, we WILL NOT be able to open early.
3) Tues. March 15 – Game Tournament-Air Hockey- 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, NBA2K16 or Call of Duty 3. Prizes may be awarded to winners.
4) Teen Center Staff- Training for MaxGalaxy Software- March 14-24
During the next two weeks, Mark and the other Teen Center staff will be going through significant on-site training for the new software package for membership and program registration. Mark will likely be late or may not come into the teen center at all on some days. The Village will also be hosting a series of evening “budget hearings”, requiring Mark to leave the Teen Center early. At this point, we are not planning any changes in operating hours and the teen center should be adequately staffed.
Please be patient as we begin implementation of MaxGalaxy. We believe that you will be pleased with the improved service it will provide.
5) Niles Taste of Sister Cities- Saturday, March 19- 4:00- 9:00 pm
Come support Niles Sister Cities at their biggest fundraiser of the year and celebrate Niles diversity and cultural heritage at a festival of neighbors, food and entertainment.
This year's event includes live entertainment from around the world, delicious food, a children's play area and a silent auction where residents can bid to win items such a Smart TV, framed art, a two-night hotel suite, gift certificates and much more.
Sponsors for the event include A American Custom Flooring, Booby's, Civic Center Cleaners Inc., Colonial-Wojciechowski, Groot Inc., Frank and Patti Deuel, HR Green, and Los Comales Mexican Restaurant. Donors include European Imports, Hall's Rental, Binny's Beverage Depot, Joseph Mullarkey Distributors, Kiddie Kingdom, Candlelight Jewelers, Garbo Fireside & Home Accents, Tony's Finer Foods, Golf Mill Ford, Georgia Nut, Chicago Bandits, Niles Car Wash, Zoot Cuts, Landmark Jewelers, Maurice Hair Salon, Morrison's Roadhouse, Perry's Pizza, Linda Rae, Lou Malnati's, Notre Dame College Prep, Sheepskin Depot, ABT, Brunswick Zone, Shedd Aquarium, Zanies, Ace Places, Dear Franks, Home Depot, Nordisco, Oak Mill Bakery, Foss Swim School, Niles Chamber of Commerce, Massage Envy, Max Martial Arts, Niles Family Fitness Center, Niles Park District and Hampton Inn & Suites.
Participating restaurants include Riggio's, Graziano's, Lone Tree, Chasers, Minelli's, Kappy's American Grill, Mykonos, Niles Polish Deli and Bakers Square.
Additional restaurants, sponsors and donors are being added daily. Please check the Niles Sister Cities Association Facebook page for a full list of participating restaurants.
See attached flyer for more information
6) Dave & Busters (Spring Break Trip)- Deadline Tues. March 22
Have you ever dreamed of driving a Batmobile, or getting transported to a galaxy far, far away? Batman and Star Wars are just a few of the games you can play when you join us on a trip to Dave and Busters, located in Addison. Fee includes lunch, a $20 game card, and transportation. This trip may depart from a location other than the Niles Teen Center.
Date: Wednesday, March 30
Time: 12:00- 4:00 pm
Cost: $50 for transportation, supervision and lunch
7) Swimming & Basketball Day (Spring Break)- Deadline Thurs. March 24
Come join the Niles Teen Center as Nick takes you (using the Niles Free Bus) to the Niles Fitness Center to have fun swimming and playing basketball. You must be at the Teen Center by noon. The bus will not wait if you’re late. Make sure to bring appropriate swimwear (boys must have inside liner in shorts), beach towel and gym shoes, and cash for snacks at the concession stand.
Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 5:45 p.m.
Cost: Free Min/Max: 10/25
8) Wed. March 16 – “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.
9) Thursday, March 17- 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
10) Teen Center CLOSED on Friday, March 25 due to
Good Friday/ Village Holiday
11) Spring Break Hours- 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesday March 29 through Friday April 1
12) Notice: Effective April 1st- rate change for non-residents
and new Software to expand and improve service
Due to a change in the membership software used by the Teen center, effective April 1st, there will be a change in the definition of non-resident. A Non-Niles Resident is any student who does not have a Niles address and will pay $35 per year, regardless of where the child attends school. All Niles Residents will continue to pay the $20 per year fee. These fees are only collected when you renew your membership or someone begins a new membership. This change is necessary due the new software and to bring the Teen Center into better alignment with the policies of the Niles Senior Center and Niles Family Fitness Center.
As we implement the new software, called MaxGalaxy, you will notice changes in our procedures and improved services for you and your family. MaxGalaxy will allow for in-house and online credit card payments, online membership registration, and better email communication.
There will be a transition period to MaxGalaxy. Please be patient with us and as always, thanks for your support.
13) Niles Park District- Girls Softball Leagues- grade K-8
Niles has teamed up with surrounding communities to form the Cross-Town Girls Softball League. Your games will consist of games in Niles & surrounding communities. Season play is Weeknights, April through June. 12 games & playoffs! Registration deadline is March 28.|
Instructional Division- Grades 1 & 2|
Junior Varsity Division- Grades 3 & 4|
Varsity Division- Grades 5 & 6
Senior Division- Grades 7 ,8 & 9*
*if they do not play on high school team
Fee- Resident $88; Non-Resident $109
Questions, please contact Athletics at (847) 967-1529.
14) Stay Connected to Niles News
Residents can sign up to be notified via email when emergencies arise. This includes all types of emergencies such as storms, heat and cold alerts, and any other situation that may put residents at risk. Residents may also sign up to receive important Village event and news updates via the Niles e-newsletter. Sign up here or text VILLAGEOFNILES to 22828.
15) If you are new to the Teen Center and are enjoying your time with us, PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN TOO!!!
16) We are on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, SNAPCHAT and GOOGLE+!!!
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- http://instagram.com/thenilesteencenter
WE ARE ON SNAPCHAT!!!- look us up @NilesTeenCenter
Ann and Halley will be working on snaps throughout our regular teen center programming.
17) 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.
Niles Teen Center Director
Niles Teen Center
373 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714