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Memorial service: A Quarterly Memorial Service will be held honoring all those who have passed away at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Victory Centre, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Chaplain Lori Geschrey of Odyssey HealthCare Hospice will lead the service. Candle-lighting, music and a time for sharing memories are included. (630) 213-0100.

Stations of the Cross: Holy Family Catholic Community Lenten Fish Fry Dinners and Stations of the Cross will be held Fridays, Feb. 27 and March 6, 13, 20 and 27, beginning at 6 p.m. at 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness. Neighborhood Ministry will host the event, with dinner prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Dinner includes fried fish, pizza, macaroni and cheese, fries, coleslaw, applesauce, beverage and dessert. Enjoy musical entertainment each evening. Following dinner, Stations of the Cross begins at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation for dinner is $7-$10 per adult. For details, call (847) 359-0042.

Fish fry: St Joseph the Worker Church, 181 W. Dundee Road in Wheeling, will host Friday fish fries from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 to April 3. All-you-can eat fish fry includes choice of potato, coleslaw and rye bread. Shrimp dinners, salad bar and soup also available. Bar and soft drinks. (847) 537-2740.

Contemporary Stations of the Cross: St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights will offer "Walking with the Angels: A Stations of the Cross inspired by the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the church, 820 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. This contemporary version of the Stations of the Cross was adapted by Alice Brown from "To Sleep with the Angels" by David Cowan and John Kuenster and "Remembrances of the Angels" by John Kuenster.

Stations of the Cross: St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, will offer Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent. (224) 345-7200 or www.stjamesah.org.

Open house: Little Angels Early Learning Program will host an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 751 W. Army Trail Road, Bartlett. For details, call (630) 830-3003.

Mission experience: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 1044 Congress Drive in Bartlett, missionaries Tom and Mary Holman will share their experience of living and working in Ghana over the past three decades as Bible translators Feb 28-March 1. The Holmans will speak during worship at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 1. The Holmans have worked among the Anufo people in Ghana, West Africa, since 1981.

Christian in a Technological World: "The World is Nomadic: Being Christian in a Technological World and Globalized Economy" will be presented at Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road (at Route 59). Join Dr. Brent Waters, professor of Christian social ethics and director of the Stead Center for Ethics and Values at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, as he leads three sessions on these issues at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and 9:15 a.m. Sunday, March 1. The cost of the Saturday sessions is $40, including lunch. There will be no cost for Session Three, which will be part of the Sunday school hour. (847) 836-5540 or www.BarringtonUMC.com.

Chili fundraiser: A homemade chili dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at St. John United Church of Christ in Palatine, 1475 W Algonquin Road. The fundraiser will help this 162-year-old congregation modify one of the church's entrances to provide accessibility for its handicapped members and visitors.

Saturday Club: "Make a Joyful Noise" will be the theme for a morning of fun Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Sponsored by the Lambs of Faith Ministry, this Saturday Club event will enable children to make music and musical instruments to play. The morning's activities also include a snack and "Jesus Time." Different groups will meet for ages 3 through third grade. Suggested donation is $5 per child. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is appreciated. Call (847) 253-4839 for details or to register.

Book review/discussion: Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church, 1025 N. Smith Road in Palatine, will host a book review and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1. The book, "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn, tells America's story from the point of view of America's women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor and immigrant laborers. It spans the years 1492-2000. Only the first 12 chapters will be included, and the remainder of the book will be covered at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Both meetings will be held in Room 6 at the north entrance. ccuu@ccuu.org under

Open house: Immanuel Lutheran School will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at 200 N. Plum Grove Road in Palatine. For details, call (847) 359-1936.

Yarn Yentas: The Chai Center for Enrichment & Renewal is presenting Yarn Yentas Friendship Circle from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. All levels welcome; no instruction will be given. Bring your own project. For details on fees and to RSVP, contact the Chai Center at (847) 537-1771, ext. 234, or thechaicenter@templechai.org.

Gong Meditation: The Chai Center for Enrichment & Renewal is hosting Gong Meditation with Kenny Kolter from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. Wear warm, comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring a mat or blanket. Chairs also available. For details on fees and to RSVP, contact the Chai Center at (847) 537-1771, ext. 234, or thechaicenter@templechai.org.

Caring for loved ones: The Chai Center for Enrichment & Renewal is hosting Caring for Our Aging Loved Ones Support Group from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. Meetings are free, and open to both temple members and nonmembers. The group is facilitated by Wendy Itzkowitz, M.Ed., LMFT. For details, call Itzkowitz at (847) 537-1771, ext. 234, or visit thechaicenter@templechai.org.

The Creative Process: Unity Northwest Church will present a new series titled "The Creative Process" beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The series will be presented by the Rev. Russ Sorensen. Unity Northwest Church is at 259 E. Central Road, Des Plaines. For details or to register, call (847) 297-0997.

Lenten worship: Each Wednesday through April 1, Living Lord Lutheran Church offers Soup Supper at 6 p.m., followed by Lenten worship at 7 p.m. Bring soup or bread to share, enjoy fellowship, and learn how we are "Blessed to Be a Blessing." (630) 830-3630, or www.livinglordlutheran.org. Living Lord Church is at 1044 Congress Drive in Bartlett.

Midweek services: During Lent, March 4 to April 1, services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, followed by a soup lunch. Dinner will be at 6 p.m., before a 7 p.m. service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. (847) 827-6656.

Community supper: Every Wednesday, March 4 to April 1, a community supper will be offered at 5:45 p.m. at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. Call the church office at (847) 439-0668 to register the Monday before to place a reservation. A freewill offering will be taken.

Lenten services: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village, will offer Lenten dinner each week at 6 p.m., prior to 7 p.m. services Wednesday nights, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1. (847) 437-2666.

Lenten services: Gather for Soup and Sandwich Suppers Wednesdays during Lent, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1111 N. Elmhurst Road, Prospect Heights. Worship service follows at 7:30 p.m. (847) 537-4353.

Breast Cancer Lunch Bunch: The Chai Center for Enrichment & Renewal is hosting Breast Cancer Lunch Bunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. In addition to sharing food, we will be sharing information, supporting one another, and learning to accept our diagnosis. For fees and to RSVP, contact the Chai Center at (847) 537-1771, ext. 234, or thechaicenter@templechai.org.

Green lawncare: Hear a panel of experts outline a path to a healthy lawn and environment at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at St. Mark Lutheran Church Community Center, corner of Evergreen and Wille in downtown Mount Prospect. (847) 259-9795.

Floral show: Saint Viator High School will host its 27th Annual Floral Fantasy at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Jeuck Auditorium, 1213 E. Oakton St., Arlington Heights. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door on the evening of the show or at www.saintviator.com/students/parents.htm.

Church Women United: Church Women United of the Barrington area will celebrate World Day of Prayer Friday, March 6, at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 421 E. Main St., Barrington. Worship will begin at 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be Zina Jacque, senior pastor at the Community Church of Barrington. Participants are invited to donate new baby/toddler board books for use in the Prison Ministry Storybook Project of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. For details, call Linda Osikowicz at (847) 540-5634.

Church Women United: A World Day of Prayer breakfast and service, sponsored by Church Women United in Northwest Cook County, will be at 9 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village. This year's service, "In Christ There Are Many Members, Yet One Body," was written by the Christian women of Papua New Guinea. The Rev. Meghan Aelabouni will share a reflection. Tickets for the continental breakfast are $5. Free child care will be available by reservation. For tickets or child care, call Nancy Duel at (847) 259-3793.

Beatles Night: Veteran and young bands alike from Park Ridge will come together from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at Park Ridge Community Church, 100 S. Courtland Ave., Park Ridge, to play favorite Beatles tunes. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Park Ridge Community Church office during normal business hours or through Allegro Music, located in the South Park Shopping Center, 800 W. Devon in Park Ridge. (847) 692-6021. All proceeds will benefit the Youth Ministry Fund at Park Ridge Community Church. www.prccyouth.org.

Lenten Mission: Heal My Heart, a Lenten mission, will be offered from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 6, and 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. For details, call (847) 655-5011 or visit www.comeholyspiritconferences.org.

Purim: Join Olive Tree and Rock of Israel Congregations to celebrate Purim Saturday, March 7, starting at 12:30 p.m. at Olive Tree Congregation, 203 E. Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. Come dressed as your favorite Purim character (not required). Come early for a special service starting at 10 a.m. For details, call (847) 222-1230.

Spa for the Spirit: St. Alphonsus Liguori will host a program for women titled "Spa for the Spirit" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7, in the meeting rooms of the Prospect Heights church. Dianne Costanza, a professor at Dominican University, lecturer at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership and spiritual director, will facilitate the morning. The cost is $7 and includes breakfast. Send payment to St. Alphonsus Liguori, 411 Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights, marked Spa for the Spirit. (847) 255-7452 or www.saintalphonsus.com.

Purim carnival: The Youth Department of Congregation Beth Judea will hold its annual Purim Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the synagogue's Social Hall. There will be games such as basketball, Moonwalk, a giant slide, Hamman Toss, Bozo Buckets, balloon animals, Tic Tac Toe and more. There will be prizes and food available for purchase. There will be a Tot Corner, an area with easy-to-play games for the younger crowd. Game tickets are 25 cents each; games range from 2-5 tickets. Beth Judea is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777, ext. 114.

Purim: The Anshe Tikvah Religious School students will celebrate Purim with the residents at Belmont Village in Buffalo Grove from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 8. They will perform, play games, read the Megillah and eat hamantaschen with the residents. Students will be in costume and will have hats and gifts for the residents.

Purim: Congregation Shirat Shalom in Elgin will celebrate Purim at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9. For details, call (847) 695-6246, e-mail hazzansarah@gmail.com or visit congregationshiratshalom.org.

Purim: Anshe Tikvah will read the Megillah and celebrate Purim at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, 86 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. For details, call (847) 917-7726 or visit www.anshetikvah.org.

Purim celebration: Congregation Beth Judea, located on Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove, invites the community to join them for its 2009 Purim Celebration Monday, March 9. The evening of events, in which everyone is asked to come in costume, is as follows: 6:15 p.m.: Havdallah and Pizzathon (adults $10; youth 12 and younger $5; family $25; 7:15 p.m.: family abbreviated Megillah reading (Book of Esther); and 8 p.m.: Ma'ariv and traditional Megillah reading. Hamantaschen will be served to sweeten life. As a Mitzvah project, participants are asked to bring boxes of dry pasta, rice or vitamins to be used as groggers, which will then be donated to a local food shelter. (847) 634-0777.

Purim Live: Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook presents Purim Live, a grand Purim celebration and concert for the entire family featuring the Moshe Skier Jewish Rock Band from Milwaukee. Special children's program and entertainment. The event will be Monday, March 9, at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook, 755 Huehl Road, Northbrook. Children's program at 6 p.m., Megillah reading at 7:15 p.m., celebration and concert at 8 p.m. Free admission; nominal charge for children's program.

For details, call (847) 564-8770 or visit www.ChabadNorthbrook.com.

Self-improvement: Beth Tikvah Congregation is offering a study program that focuses on self-improvement through spiritual development. The program will be conducted in three sessions: March 11, March 31 and April 23, all beginning at 7:15 p.m. Locations vary. Fees range from $10 to $25, depending on congregation membership and number of sessions attended. Adult members and nonmembers are welcome. The program is based on the book "Climbing Jacob's Ladder" by Alan Morinis, Rhodes scholar and founder of the Mussar Institute. Mussar is a Jewish practice that teaches individuals how to live a more conscientious life through ethics. Morinis will lead the April 23 session. To register, call Naomi Lee at (847) 359-0814 or e-mail mamanheureuse.lee@gmail.com. For details about Beth Tikvah, visit www.beth-tikvah.org or call (847) 885-4545.

Our Lady of Medjugorje celebration: Since June of 1981, the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, has been appearing daily to a group of young people in a remote village in Yugoslavia called Medjugorje. Three of the visionaries, more than 27 years later, still receive visits from the Blessed Virgin Mary every day. One of them, Ivan Dragicevic, will be visiting Holy Family Church Thursday, March 12. All are welcome, no tickets or reservations required. Holy Family Church is at 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness. The schedule is 6 p.m. recitation of rosary; 6:40 p.m. Dragicevic will speak with Our Blessed Mother, followed by 7 p.m. Holy Mass; 8 p.m. Artie Boyle will give his testimony. For details, call Marie Fallon at (847) 304-4846 or Linda Yamamoto, (847) 359-6533.

Drum circle: Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road, Des Plaines, will have Drum Circle at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13. Bring your own drum or percussive instrument or they will be provided.

Fish fry: St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mount Prospect will host three Friday night fish fries during the upcoming Lenten season. These events will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27, March 13 and April 3 in the school cafeteria, accessible via the main entrance to the parish's Catholic elementary school at the corner of Elmhurst Avenue at Milburn Street. Both eat in and carryout meals will be featured. Cheese pizza will also be available. Dinner costs are $7 for adults, $4 for children older than 2, and $6 for seniors during the 5 to 6 p.m. hour. A donation-only bar will also be available for adults.

Got Shabbat: Families with children ages 4 to 8 can spend a Shabbat afternoon at JCC's Got Shabbat? from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Enjoy craft projects, food, Shabbat songs and Storybook Yoga with Katie Klatt-Bowen. Call Susan Ellenby at (224) 406-9223.

St. Pat potluck: Don something green, bring a green dish to share, and come to the St. Patrick's Day Family Potluck Saturday, March 14, at Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road (at Route 59) in Barrington. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, games and a movie starting at 5:30 p.m. For details, call Elaine at (847) 921-5356

'Godspell': During Lent, join friends and neighbors at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1111 N. Elmhurst Road, Prospect Heights, when musicians and actors from three area churches present the rock musical "Godspell" by Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit The Night Ministry, an organization offering on-site aid to Chicago's homeless population and provider of Chicago's only youth homeless shelter. (847) 537-4353.

Passover Seder: The Olive Tree Congregation in Prospect Heights is hosting a Messianic Passover Seder at 6 p.m. Friday, April 10, at The Atlantis Banquets, 1273 N. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Attendees are invited to participate in a family-style Seder with traditional foods and music, all pointing to Yeshua (Jesus) as the Passover Lamb. Sign language interpreters provided. Space is limited; registration deadline is March 28. Register by March 14 to receive an early registration discount. For details, call (847) 222-1230 or visit www.olive-tree.

Concert: Beth Tikvah Congregation will host the student a cappella group Magevet from Yale University from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the temple, 300 Hillcrest Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. The musical performance is free. Magevet members are undergraduate students devoted to spreading music of the Jewish tradition around the world. For details, visit www.beth-tikvah.org or call (847) 885-4545.

Pray for peace: A Prayer Service for Peace in the Middle East will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 909 E. Main St., Barrington. Following the service, the Rev. Julie Rowe of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will give a presentation about participating in or supporting Palestinian/American youth exchange projects. (847) 381-0243 or visit http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Justice/Peace-Not-Walls. aspx.

Christian parenting: A parenting program, "Christian Parenting 101," will begin Sunday, March 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. (847) 439-0668.

Gospel of John: As a Lent event, St. Cecilia is bringing The Gospel of John to the Chicago area March 15. Brad Sherrill, a professional actor who lives in Atlanta, Ga., memorized all 20,000 words of the Gospel of John. He has performed the Gospel of John in churches and theater venues more than 500 times to over 150,000 people all over the U.S., Canada, The U.K., and Ireland. The presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, (seating begins at 3 p.m.) at St. Cecilia Church, 700 S. Meier Road, Mount Prospect. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the parish office, (847) 437-6208, or online at gospelofjohn.com.

Concert: The St. Peter Clarinet Choir will perform a broad spectrum of musical styles, including sacred, classical, baroque, ragtime, swing/jazz, and some generally "just fun" pieces at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at St. Peter Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 111 W. Olive, Arlington Heights. Free admission. (847) 259-4114.

Concert: The concert series of First Presbyterian Church presents "Requiem" by Gabriel Faure. The Chamber Singers, soloists and orchestra present this program at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 302 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Child care provided. (847) 255-5900.

Purim: Ron Raben, education director of Elgin Congregation Kneseth Israel, will talk about the recent Jewish Holiday Purim at 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, at Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Learn about and experience firsthand the traditions of Purim, including hearing the story of Esther, the reading of the Megillah with audience participation, and eating hamantaschen. (630) 213-0100.

Potluck lunch: An Irish theme will be featured during the Senior Fellowship potluck lunch at noon Tuesday, March 17, at North Northfield United Methodist Church, Sanders and Dundee in Northbrook. Bring a friend and a dish to pass that will compliment the corned beef and cabbage that will be served. The "senior" group is all-inclusive, so persons attending don't need to qualify as a "senior" to come and enjoy the lunch, fellowship, and singing. (847) 272-2250 or www.northnorthfield.org.

Book group: Cathy Anderson will lead a discussion of the book "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. (847) 439-0668.

Wellness Day: The Chai Center for Enrichment & Renewal and Temple Chai Sisterhood present "Wellness Day" from 10:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove. The day will include seminars, workshops, yoga, a mini health fair, nutritional lunches and more. For details and registration materials, visit templechai.org/chaicenter/wellnessday or call (847) 537-1771, ext. 234.

Healing work: Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road, Des Plaines, will host Dr. Janet Horton at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, for an overview of her healing work.

Horton Wellness & Chiropractic is a state-of-the-art chiropractic and wellness clinic in Des Plaines. Aside from offering traditional chiropractic therapies and acupuncture, the clinic director, Dr. Janet Horton, is the author of the Live Well Metabolic Makeover. Horton looks at metabolic challenges, hormonal issues, food sensitivities, and structural stresses.

Living Beyond Stress: Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road, Des Plaines, will hold a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, called Living Beyond Stress. Cynthia Hosman, licensed counselor and Unity Northwest chaplain, will conduct this workshop for coping with stress in body, mind and spirit. Suggested freewill offering is $20. For details or to register, call (847) 297-0997.

Prophets study: A Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, based on the textbook "Bible People: Prophets." Call (847) 439-0668 for information and registration.

Lecture on homosexuality: Christian Liberty Academy will host Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the academy, 502 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. LaBarbera founded Americans for Truth, which alerts Christians about threats of the homosexual agenda to families and religious freedom. Visit www.americansfortruth.com.

Organizing Your Genealogy Records: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will present Organizing Your Genealogy Records by Trudy Barch at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use library materials, get help with genealogy Web sites on the Internet, or ask genealogical related questions before the main program. jewishgen.org/jgsi or (312) 666-0100.

Clothing resale: The Barrington United Methodist Women will host a "Like New Spring and Summer Clothing Resale" from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington. On Saturday, shoppers can take advantage of a bargain bag sale, with all the goodies you can fit into either a $3 or $5 bag. Proceeds from the sale will go toward local missions.

Donations of clothing will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31 and April 1; and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 2. Tax donation receipts will be readily available. (847) 836-5540.

Egg hunt: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Bartlett is having an Easter Praise and Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4. All children, from toddlers through sixth grade, are invited to sing, hunt for candy-filled eggs, and make crafts. The church is east of Route 59 on the southwest corner of Army Trail and Petersdorf Road.

Preschool registration: The Big Barn Preschool is accepting summer and fall registration. Full-day and part-day preschool are available. There are a limited number of spaces for 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers. For details, call Mary Fisher at (847) 895-3257.

School registration: St. Hubert Catholic School continues open registration for the 2009-2010 school year for preschool through eighth grade, with new student applications being accepted. For registration materials and details, call the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at (847) 885-7702. Tours can be arranged, as well as appointments made to learn more about St. Hubert Catholic School.

New Beginnings: The Ministry of New Beginnings, a Catholic-oriented, nondenominational, social support organization for separated, divorced, widowed and single persons, meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the Hughes Center in front of St. Matthew's Church, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. The cost is $3 per meeting, with the first visit free. (847) 891-1220.

St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry, 729 Grand Canyon Blvd., Hoffman Estates, is nondenominational, free and open to all occupations. For details, call Bob Podgorski at (847) 925-6005.

A small group meets to write their life stories from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. To register, call (847) 439-0668 or e-mail princepeaceumc@sbcglobal.net.

Prince of Peace Preschool and Kindergarten, 930 W. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, is now offering a Pre-3 class for children turning 3 years old after Sept. 1, 2008, and before Jan. 31, 2009. The class will begin in January 2009. This special class offers an introduction to preschool from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. There also is a Parents' Day Out program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with lunch and snacks provided. For details or to register, call (847) 885-7036

Parents Day Out: Registration has begun for the Kingswood Parent's Day Out summer session. This program is for children ages 2 and 3. The summer session of Parent's Day Out will start Tuesday, June 16, and will go until Thursday, July 30. This is a seven-week program. A $25 nonrefundable registration fee is due at time of registration. The balance is due by Friday, May 22. Refunds will not be given after June 1. The church is at 401 W. Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove. Questions and applications will be received by Barb Symonds, minister of children and family life, at (847) 398-0770, ext., 16.

Congregation Beth Judea's Gan Shabbat program, for children ages 9 and younger along with their families, will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. After Gan Shabbat, all participants will be encouraged to join the main service and the community Kiddush. Beth Judea is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777.

Rainbows Grief and Support sessions will meet Mondays at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. The classes are for children (as young as preschoolers) and adults who have experienced the loss of a family member through death, divorce, deployment or even absence due to a serious illness. Classes are facilitated by trained adults. For details, call Shirley Laube or Lynn Manning at (847) 253-4839.

Basic Buddhism classes continue at Rissho Kosei-Kai Buddhist Church the first Sunday of the month at the church, 1 W. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect. (847) 259-3018.

Virtual Book Fair: Congregation Beth Judea will have a Virtual Book Fair. In conjunction with Amazon.com, they have set up a selection of books and music that can be purchased online. The Beth Judea Religious School receives a portion of all purchases made. Direct your Web browser to CBJ School Book Fair and follow the link. When you shop from this link, a portion of all purchases goes to Beth Judea. On the cbjschool.com Web site, you will see a link that takes you directly to amazon.com. This Web site will be up and running for a number of months. Beth Judea (Conservative) is on Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove. For details, call Anna Besser at (847) 634-0777.

Jewish Yoga: Offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. The class is open to nonmembers. (847) 459-1677 or congregation-betham.org.

Beth Am Food Pantry's food distribution: Offered the last Sunday of the month from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nonperishable food donations are always welcome. Congregation Beth Am is at 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. (847) 459-1677.

Preschool: Registration has begun for Mother's Day-Out Preschool Program at Prince of Peace UMC, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village. The hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day for children ages 2 to 5. Contact Lynn Cooper at (847) 439-0668 for a registration packet or more information.

Play group: Parents and tots are invited to join a new play group the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at Park Ridge Community Church, 100 S. Courtland Ave., Park Ridge. The play group is designed for parents with children ages 5 and younger. Parents must remain with their children at all times. (847) 823-3164 or parkridgecommunitychurch.org.

Tell your story: Writing your story is a new small group at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church in Elk Grove Village that meets the second Wednesday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1400 Arlington Heights Road. Call (847) 439-0668 or e-mail princepeaceumc@sbcglobal.net to register. There is no cost to attend. All are welcome.

A free beginning yoga class: From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at Rissho Kosei-Kai Buddhist Church, 1 W. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect. Bring your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. (847) 259-3018.

St. Edna Church, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, offers several support groups, including ones for those who have been widowed, a group for mothers who have lost a son or a daughter and a group for those struggling with divorce. (847) 398-3362, ext. 318.

Women's Bible Study: Led by laypersons, meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights. Newcomers welcome. www.congucc.org or (847) 392-6650.

CoffeeHour is a women's Bible study and outreach of Arlington Countryside Church in Arlington Heights. A variety of studies are offered at different times. For details, visit www.acchurch.org.