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Posted on: November 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Niles Teen Center- Week of December 4

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


Winter Programming- Newsletters and Calendars available now.

Please see the attached winter newsletter and calendars for all of the great activities we have planned.


Quarterly Mailing and Membership renewals

Last week, everyone should have received a letter from Mark in the mail with the newsletter and calendars.  Some of you will also receive membership renewal forms.  If you are expired or expiring soon, please complete, sign and return the forms with proper payment so that you (or your teen) can continue to participate in our programs


Toys for Tots Program and Food Pantry Collection

The Niles Teen Center, in cooperation with the Village of Niles, will participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” program.  We will be collecting toys to be distributed to less fortunate children in the Chicagoland area.  Please do not bring any stuffed animals or home-made items.  All toys must be in their original packaging and no gift wrapping.  We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Niles Food Pantry.

Dates: Through Thursday December 14


Craft Project- Tues. December 5\

White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn- 4:00- 5:30 pm

Join Jamie in making an awesome treat with popcorn, melted chocolate, pretzels, M&M’s and sprinkles.


Game Tournament- Call of Duty 3- Wed. December 6 - 4:30-5:30 pm
Most Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., the Teen Center staff 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.


Boys Group continues on Thurs. Dec. 7 from 4:15-4:45 pm

This group is designed to meet the social and emotional needs of teens. They focus on improving self-esteem/self-image, communication skills, conflict resolution, reducing stressors and addressing other challenges teens face. The group is facilitated by Darren Brown of Niles Family Services.

If you are interested in additional support, Niles Family Services also offers counseling and additional services. Please contact Family Services at 847-588-8460.

Teen Center CLOSED on Friday, December 8 for the Village of Niles Holiday Party.  Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.


Mark out on vacation.

Mark will be out of the office on vacation for most of the month of December.  Jamie Kowalczyk will be in charge of the Teen Center while Mark is out.  He will be in town most of the time and available to respond to email messages and phone calls, as necessary.

Vacation- Friday, December 1st, then Thursday December 7 through Wednesday January 3.


Game Works Trip on MLK Day- Deadline Friday, Jan 5- $35

Game Works offers a unique combination of food, and entertainment. So grab a friend and spend the day off with the Park Ridge Park District, as we head to Game Works for a day filled of gaming and good times. Fee includes two hours of game time, lunch, transportation, and supervision.  This trip is being offered with the Park Ridge Park District and may depart from the Maine Park Leisure Center.

Date: Monday, January 15
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Min/Max: 4/8

Cost: $35

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 5


Teen Programs at the Niles- Maine District Library

Teen Winter Reading- Dec. 1 through Jan. 31- Grades 7-12

Pick up a punch card in the Teen Underground to join, and we’ll give you candy as a bonus! Complete the card and turn it in for a super sweet lanyard. You’ll also qualify for weekly Starbucks drawings and a final drawing for Amazon. Complete multiple cards, as many as one a week, to earn multiple drawing entries as well as button flair for your lanyard.


Zombie Gingerbread- Friday, Dec. 15, 4:00-5:00 pm- Grades 6-12

Cookie Carnage! Design and devour zombie gingerbread in this dead of winter teen program. All supplies will be provided.


Girls Check-In- Friday, Dec. 15- 4:30-5:30        
Maria Escobar will be here to spend some time talking with any girls or boys may need to talk.  She may even be able to play a board game for a little bit. 


Sign up for Village of Niles E-Newsletter
Want to learn more about community events, public services, and business developments in the Village of Niles? Subscribe to the Niles e-Newsletter! Twice a month, the Village’s e-mail newsletter brings insider information to subscribers’ inboxes, highlighting family fun around town and ways to get involved in your community. Visit to subscribe!

Village of Niles- Snow Shoveling Program
A friendly reminder as we inch into the winter season, the Niles Senior Center has a Snow Shoveling program that is offered to seniors and/or disabled Niles residents and in need of assistance. We do our best to match the resident with an available volunteer within their neighborhood. Volunteers are 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.

This program is based solely on volunteer participation, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or know of anyone who would like to volunteer for this important program, you can sign up through Volgistics on the VON website.

I have attached the Show Shoveling brochure if there is anyone you know that could use this service, or might want to volunteer their time this winter season. Please contact Jaymi Blickhahn at the Niles Senior Center should you have any questions.



Winter Weather Closure Policy
Reminder that the in the event that East Maine 63 and/or Maine East High School declare an Emergency Closure Due to Winter Weather, the Teen Center will also be Closed on those days.  We will work to notify families as soon as possible following the schools decision to close.




Follow these simple steps to activate your account

Stop by the Teen Center or call 847-588-6900 to verify your Teen Center account email

Go to  Click Online Registration (left side of page)

Click Login (top right of page)

Click forgot password

Type in the email you verified with the Teen Center

You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password.  Type your password, verify your password and click submit.

Click Login to access your account

Click on My Account

You are now able to enter all Family Account Information

With your online account, you will be able to register and pay online for events and activities like movie night and trips.  However, you will not be able to renew your membership.  Memberships must be renewed in person through the Teen Center office.


Policy and Procedure Manual
Teen Center staff recently developed a policy and procedure manual.  The information included is intended for teens and parents, as well as staff, explaining our standard procedures of operation and explaining behavior expectations and consequences for teen participants.
Parents, please review this document with your teen participant.  Thanks!

ID cards REQUIRED for TC Attendance
Remember, ALL Teens are REQUIRED to have and USE their teen center ID cards to CHECK-IN to the facility.  Any need for a reprinted ID will be $5 each.  If you don’t have your ID, you will create more work for Mark and he will have to manually check you in.  The new MaxGalaxy software does not allow members to bypass the ID scanner, therefore ALL TEENS MUST USE THEIR ID CARDS TO CHECK-IN.  Thanks!


Mark Williams                        
Niles Teen Center Director

Niles Teen Center      
373 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
847-588-6900- office

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