Northwest suburban briefs

Published: 4/30/2009 12:01 AM

Last day to sign up for Battle of Bands

Today, April 30, is the last day to apply to be in the Mount Prospect Library's Battle of the Bands competition, to be held May 16. Teen musicians age 19 or under who are in a musical group, band, or orchestra are invited to submit an application to compete for one of the coveted opportunities to play to a live audience and win prizes. Only a handful of bands will make it past the judges and onto the stage. The application must include a recording of one of your songs, either on CD, in an electronic format, or by link to your performance on YouTube, Facebook, or other Internet site. For details, contact Rose Allen, teen librarian, at (847) 253-5675 or or stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Desk.

Shelter Inc. needs volunteer taggers

Shelter Inc. is seeking volunteers to serve as "taggers" at their 18th annual Shelter-A-Child Tag Days at local stores, intersections and Metra stations in the Northwest suburbs over Mother's Day weekend, May 8-10.

About 200 taggers are needed for two-hour shifts. They are needed: 6-8 a.m. May 8 at the Metra stations at Arlington Heights, Arlington Park, Barrington, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect and Palatine; at intersections and in front of Dominick's, Jewel-Osco, and Wal-Mart stores 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days in Buffalo Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Mount. Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wheeling. Shelter is a nonprofit child welfare agency that provides emergency and longer-term care for children. (847) 590-6188, ext. 22, or visit

Park district offers subsidized fees

The Arlington Heights Park District has set up a scholarship program to subsidize program fees for families unable to pay the full fee at this time. The park district recognizes the physical and mental stress that this economy presents but also understands the importance of providing leisure activities for the entire community. Included in this program is the opportunity to register for up to two classes each season, including athletics, Day Camps, CAP, swimming lessons and more. Each member of the household also will receive a free pass to any park district swimming pool.

This program is open to any resident of Arlington Heights Park District who may need assistance. To apply, request a Scholarship Information sheet from the Village of Arlington Heights, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road. You must provide your last income tax return with W2's; your last three to six pay check stubs for each job, and copies of bills/expenses that cause hardships. Call (847) 577-3009.