Events where participation would benefit the public, such as volunteer events, social service clubs, call for donations to military, blood drives, bone marrow drives, food pantry drive, people who are giving away food, etc. Send items to firstname.lastname@example.org two weeks before event date.
Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary: Area community groups are encouraged to apply for funding of local projects through the Schaumburg -Hoffman Estates Rotary Club. Groups applying for funding must be designated 501C. Funding is limited to projects that are to be complete in the communities of Schaumburg or Hoffman Estates. or for organizations that service these communities as part of their project. Applications are available at schaumburgrotary.com or by contacting Jodie at Jodeen.email@example.com.
Family and Community Autism Resource Room open house: 1-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, Clearbrook's Child Therapy Services office, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. Free information, current resources and services to families affected by autism. Tracy, (847) 392-2812, ext. 31.
E-Cycling Outpost: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Skokie. Drop of used electronics for reuse and recycling. (847) 699-1070, ext. 115.
Volunteer Fest: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Forty years of volunteer service will be celebrated, with a volunteer bash and fundraising concert featuring the Neverly Brothers, volunteer projects to sample, raffle prizes, children and family activities and food and fun. Tickets for the 2:45 p.m. fundraising concert are $20; ticket reservations can be made at volunteerinfo.net or by calling (847) 228-1320.
Loyalty Day program: 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Library Plaza, 1515 Ellinwood, Des Plaines. VFW Post 2992, Des Plaines, hosts annual Loyalty Day program. Includes flag disposal program, flag folding demonstration. Great American Awards presentation, Honor Flight Chicago presentation. For information, call Steven, (847) 452-6991, VFW Post 2992 Commander.
Palatine Emergency Preparedness Training: Classes begin Monday, May 4, Emergency Operations Center at village hall, 200 E. Wood St., Palatine. Federal Community Emergency Response Team training classes. Free 20-hour course teaches how to prepare for any emergency, and how to protect yourself and your family should one occur. To enroll, e-mail EMA@palatine.il.us or visit palatine-ema.org.
Elected officials reception: 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, Mount Prospect Village Hall Community Center, 50 S. Emerson St. The public is invited to a reception to honor newly elected officials, followed by the village board meeting. Light refreshments. (847) 392-6000.
U-46 community meeting: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin. Dr. Jose M. Torres, U-46 school superintendent, hosts an open session to meet with U-46 community members preceding the Citizens' Advisory Council meeting. www.u-46.org.
Village of Hoffman Estates bicycle plan meeting: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Lincoln Elementary School, 1560 Maureen Drive. The public is invited to participate in this open house meeting for the new comprehensive bicycle plan. For information, (847)882-9100 or hoffmanestates.org.
Spring Blood Drive: Living Lord Lutheran Church in Bartlett will host a community Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9. Heartland Blood Centers will sponsor the event. For an appointment, call Holly Gould at (224) 238-3093. Walk-ins also are welcome. Living Lord Church is located at 1044 Congress Drive.
Village of Hoffman Estates bicycle plan meeting: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 3805 Winston Drive. The public is invited to participate in this open house meeting for the new comprehensive bicycle plan. For information, (847)882-9100 or hoffmanestates.org.
Des Plaines Neighborhood Watch meeting: 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, Leisure Center, 2222 Birch St., Des Plaines. Second quarterly Neighborhood Watch meeting. (847) 391-5410.
HanDI meets: 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 11, Park Place Family Recreation Center, 550 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood. Hanover Township Democrats & Independents discusses current proposals for political reform in Illinois. HanDionline.org.
Financial planning classes: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays May 12, 19, 26 and June 2, Village of Mount Prospect, 50 S. Emerson St. Topics for pre-retirees and retirees include retirement planning, fixed income, annuities and insurance, stocks and mutual funds. (847) 870-5680.
Home Safety: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, Addolorata Villa, 553 McHenry Road, Wheeling. Class includes checking your home for hazards, keeping safe from fires, protection from infection and how to be prepared for emergencies. Register with Sheryl, at (847) 253-5500, ext. 384.
Des Plaines Neighborhood Watch meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Second quarterly Neighborhood Watch meeting. (847) 391-5410.
Des Plaines Neighborhood Watch meeting: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, City Hall, 1420 Moner St., Des Plaines. Second quarterly Neighborhood Watch meeting. (847) 391-5410.
Village of Hoffman Estates bicycle plan meeting: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 14; Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road. The public is invited to participate in this open house meeting for the new comprehensive bicycle plan. For information, (847)882-9100 or hoffmanestates.org.
Security and Emergency Planning seminar: Saturday, May 30, Grace Baptist Church, 1900 Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village. Grace Baptist Church in partnership with the Christian Security Network host a full day seminar designed for church leaders. Admission $45-$75. christiansecuritynetwork.com.
Eli Skinner Chapter, NSDAR: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is seeking volunteers to make wool caps for the troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and South Korea. Wool head covering which can be worn under the Kevlar helmet provides warmth to the head and neck, but does not restrict vision. Patterns are available at www.geocities.com/helmetlinerwalk-insetails, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 236, Auburn, IL 62615.
Beth Am Food Pantry: Food distribution takes place from 12:30-2 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month at 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Nonperishable food donations are always welcome. (847)459-1677.