October Programs
November Highlights
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Edited by
Laurel Baer 
Produced by
Lauren Tucker



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Caregivers: Let's Talk
Mondays, ongoing
October 16-November 20
1:30-3:00 PM
Host: Linda Randall 
(N. Sheridan Rd. & W. Oakdale Ave.)
Members only-$75 
for the six-week series
Often, people who care for others are not getting enough of what they need. They're appreciated, but they hold many feelings that are often kept inside. Linda invites you to join this support group, which will be a safe place to explore the difficult and confusing feelings that arise. Linda is a psychotherapist in private practice and a member of the Village.

Causes of Low Back Pain and Strategies for Prevention
Thursday, October 19
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
CityWide SuperSlow
(1901 N. Clybourn Ave., #201)
Members-free & guests-$10
Join Village sponsor CityWide SuperSlow for this informative program. Dr. Christina Siebert of Airrosti will provide a short presentation about the causes of low back pain. Whether you've been living with chronic and nagging pain for years or you've recently experienced an injury, the goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible and back to doing what you love. You'll then learn strategies you can use to help prevent these injuries, including some simple glute and core exercises on a foam roller, from the experts at CWSS.

Memoir Writing with Beth Finke
Thursday Group: Thursdays, ongoing, October 19-December 14 (No class November 23-Thanksgiving)
Monday group: Mondays, ongoing, October 23-December 18 (No class November 27)
Members-$60 for the 8-session series & guests-$90 for the series (Monday group only)
Participants write short pieces and share their writing on various topics, exploring events in their lives. Sessions are led by Beth Finke, an award-winning author, teacher, journalist, and NPR commentator.
Please call the Village office to be placed on the wait list.
Finding My Badass Self with Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
Thursday, October 19
5:30 PM Doors open to the public
6:00-7:30 PM Program
Sulzer Public Library
(4455 N. Lincoln Ave.) 
Members & guests- free
Life 3.0 presents an evening of humor as Village member and writer Elaine Soloway interviews Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, author of Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares. Fighting midlife inertia, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley stares down a year of fear through The 52/52 Project: a year of weekly new experiences designed to push her far outside her comfort zone. The book will be available for sale and signing immediately following the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Tiny Theater: United Flight 232
Saturday, October 21
3:00 PM Matinee Performance
The Chopin Theatre 
(1543 W. Division St. - at Milwaukee, Ashland, & Division)
Members-$34 & guests-$40
The House Theatre of Chicago 
presents this Award Winning
theatrical reflection on how to 
comprehend tragedy in the face of 
overwhelming challenges. (Please note:  an airplane will crash in the play).  The Chopin Theatre is not fully accessible -- there are 3-4 steps up to the lobby. Please let the Village know if you require the lift and it will be arranged. 
Self-hosted dinner to follow at Smoke Daddy BBQ,  located a quarter mile from the theatre .
There are still a few tickets available!

AARP Foundation's Work for Yourself@50+ Workshop
Monday, October 23
6:00-8:00 PM
Sulzer Public Library
(4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)
Members & guests-free
The Village Chicago, in partnership with Concordia University Chicago and the Sulzer Public Library, is pleased to announce it will be 
co-hosting a Work for Yourself@50+ workshop in our community. A ARP Foundation's Work for Yourself@50+ workshop will help adults age 50+ gain the knowledge, support, and resources they need to make informed decisions and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment. The 2-hour workshop will walk participants through the Work for Yourself@50+ materials and connect them with local resources to help them reach their goals. 
To register, c ontact AARP Foundation at 888.339.5617.

Understanding Medicare Part D
Wednesday, October 25
12:00-1:30 PM
Center for Life and Learning
(126 E. Chestnut St.)
Members & guests-free
Esther Craven, Resource Coordinator at CJE SeniorLife, and Kate Paz, Director of Programs at Without Walls at Mather Lifeways, present on what's new and your options during Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. You'll have the chance to sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with a SHIP trained volunteer who can assist you in selecting the prescription plan that best meets your needs.

Cinema on the Couch:
The Sense of an Ending
Wednesday, October 25
6:30-9:00 PM
The Clare
The Abbey on the 53rd Floor 
(55 E. Pearson St.)
Members only-$10
Join us for a screening of
The Sense of an Ending, starring Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent. Adapted from the book by Julian Barnes, an elderly divorcee is presented with a mysterious legacy in the form of a diary. This leads to a stormy reunion with his first love and a re-examination of his settled life. Dr. Suzanne Rosenfeld from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis will lead a group discussion. Coffee and cookies will be served.
Registration deadline: 
October 23

Wine and Cheese for 
Prospective Members
Friday, October 27
5:30-7:00 PM
Hosts: Pam and Mel Washburn (Lakeview & Fullerton)
This informal wine and cheese gathering for prospective members provides an opportunity to learn more about Village life as well as the chance to meet founding Village members and staff.

Erwin Helfer & 
Lluís Coloma in Concert
Friday, October 27
7:00 PM Performance
Old Town School of Folk Music 
Szold Hall 
(4545 N. Lincoln Ave.)
Members-$20 & guests-$24
Preferred seating. Two piano masters team up for a night of boogie woogie and the blues. Village member Erwin Helfer is a Chicago boogie woogie innovator and master who has been forging his piano music legacy in the city for decades. Lluís Coloma is the ambassador of the blues and boogie woogie in Spain and is recognized in Europe and Asia as a piano virtuoso in both of these styles.

"Chicago 7 Most Endangered" Coach Tour
Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Roundtrip from the Village office
(2502 N Clark St.)
Members-$45 & guests-$50
Includes a boxed lunch from The Goddess and Grocer.
This tour is not-to-be-missed for those interested in taking a closer look at the threatened buildings of the 2017 Chicago 7. The tour will be conducted by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago and Jacob Kaplan of Forgotten Chicago, two leading experts on the history of Chicago and its architecture.
Wait list only.

Walter Isaacson: 
Leonardo da Vinci
Sunday, October 29
2:00-3:00 PM 
(doors open for Red Badge priority seating at 1:30 PM)
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium 
(230 S. Columbus Drive)
Members-$20 & guests-$30
Join the Village and Chicago Humanities Festival to hear biographer Walter Isaacson discuss his magisterial new book, Leonardo da Vinci. Isaacson shows how da Vinci's creativity was based on skills we can improve in ourselves: passionate curiosity, a willingness to question, careful observation, and an imagination so playful it flirted with fantasy.  A Village discussion of Isaacson's book led by member Hollis Hines follows on November 19. A limited number of books are available for sale-$17. Call the Village Office to place your order .

My Medicare Plan: 
One on One Sessions
Monday, October 30
1-hr sessions from 
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday, November 2
1-hr sessions from 
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 8
1-hr sessions from 
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Village Office 
(2502 N. Clark St.)
Members only-free
This year's Medicare open enrollment period (for 2018 coverage) is October 15 thru December 7. Now is the time to review your plan and make changes. Sign up for a one-hour, individual consultation with a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) trained staff member from CJE SeniorLife (October 30 and November 2) or Mather LifeWays (November 8) to help you better understand your Medicare options.

Arsenic and Old Magic
Tuesday, October 31
8:00 PM Performance
The Athenaeum Theatre-Studio 1 (2936 N. Southport Ave.)
Members & guests-$21
A dark theatrical magic show to haunt the season. Magician Patrick Livingstone visits the characters that shaped the era of an enigmatic vaudeville magician and works to unravel deep mysteries-and murder. Recommended for ages 13+. 


The entire November program calendar will be mailed soon. Until then, here is a sample of what's to come.

Book Party:
The Stendhal Summer
Wednesday, November 1
5:00-6:30 PM
Hosted by Gail Moss
(Arlington & Lakeview)
Members-$14 & guests-$20 (includes book)
Join us to celebrate the publication of Village member and journalist Laurie Levy's latest book. The new novel is the story of Chicagoan Alison Miller, whose fascination with 19th century French novelist Stendhal drives her, implausibly, to follow her dream: to write Stendhal's biography. Laurie herself tracked Stendhal's life in France and Italy, and now brings us a heroine whose comic adventures involve her with villains and lovers who change her life.

Panel Discussion on LGBT Aging
Thursday, November 2
12:30-2:00 PM
Wesley Place
(1415 W. Foster)
Members & guests-free
Join Village sponsor Chicago Methodist Senior Services for a sit down lunch and panel discussion -- featuring Village members Don Bell and Stefanie Clark -- about the triumphs and challenges of LGBT aging. Register directly with CMSS by contacting Marianna Vitkova at marianna.vitkova@cmsschicago.org or 773.598.8224.

Cutting the Cord: A Guide to Streaming TV
Friday, November 3
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Village Office 
(2502 N. Clark St.)
Members-$10 & guests-$15
Back by popular demand! If you want to take advantage of streaming services - Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime - it's a great time to learn. Streaming allows you to watch a movie or TV instantly without going to the video store or waiting for the Netflix envelope to arrive in the mail. Instead, the program streams over the Internet directly to your TV. Join Chicago Methodist Senior Services technology specialist Raymond V. Hall in a "how to" on streaming.

Tea Tasting at TeaGschwendner
Saturday, November 4
1:30-2:30 PM
(557 W. Diversey)
Members-$15 & guests-$18
Spend a little time tasting 5 teas at Tea Gschwendner. TG is a German company-there are only two stores in the U.S. and they both happen to be in Chicago. Your hostess and educator will be Agnes Rapacz, the President of Tea Gschwendner and a certified Tea Sommelier through the German program. Each participant will receive a 20% discount on purchases after the tasting - stock up for holiday parties and gifts!
Registration deadline: 
October 26

Life 3.0 Presents Living and Laughing Out Loud-An Improv Workshop for 50+
Monday, November 13
5:30-7:30 PM
The Annoyance Theatre & Bar
(851 W. Belmont)
Members-$30 & guests-$35
Join us for an evening of creative exploration and play led by improv experts from Chicago's venerable Annoyance Theater. Communication techniques from improv can help anyone open up to new life experiences and move fearlessly into the future as we explore our new longevity! No theatre or improv experience necessary to have a wonderful time and learn ways to be more creative, expressive, and connected. The improv class will be immediately followed by an hour-long performance featuring Annoyance Theater actors (price included).
Registration deadline: 
November 3

Fall Potluck - New Date!
Sunday, November 12
5:30-8:30 PM
Church of the Three Crosses
(333 W. Wisconsin)
Members only-free
Join us for our fall potluck! Please see the program description on the right hand side of the Newsletter for more information.

Art and Faith of the Crèche
Saturday, November 18
11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Members-$8 & guests-$10
James Govan and his wife collected hundreds of beautiful Crèches from the U.S., Mexico, and around the world and donated them to LUMA. Only part of this special collection is displayed at LUMA each year. See how artists in other countries adapt the Crèche based on materials available, the local climate and their vision of the Nativity during this docent-led tour. 

Book Discussion: 
Leonardo da Vinci
Sunday, November 19
4:00-6:00 PM
Hosted by Hollis Hines
(Chicago & Michigan)
Members only-free
Join us for a discussion of Walter Isaacson's new biography, Leonardo da Vinci, facilitated by Hollis Hines.

Village Yoga Program
Mondays, Ongoing
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Yoga Circle
(401 W. Ontario)
Special yoga program led by
Village member Donatella Santoro and her colleague, Cheryl Hurst, both taught and inspired by Gabriel Halpern's yoga technique, will bring a self healing approach to yoga.  See  www.yogacircle.com
 for a list of prices and packages.


Eight-session series: 
Tuesdays, Ongoing 
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Studio 1002
(1002 W. Diversey)
Members only-$160 for the series of 8 sessions
Payment goes directly to Studio 1002. 


Eight-session series :
Thursdays, Ongoing 
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Church of the Three Crosses
(333 W. Wisconsin)
Members - $64 for the series of 8 sessions, or $10 per session;
Guests- $100 for the series of 8 sessions, or $15 per session.
For personal growth, body-mind-spirit fitness, and lifestyle practice fusing dance, yoga, and martial arts. Join in anytime! 

Check out these special offers for Village members to stay active.
Chicago Athletic Club
Click here for details on their discounted membership rates. Contact the Village office for information on obtaining a one-month free trial membership.

CityWide Super Slow
High Intensity Strength Training with Personal Trainers. 
1901 N. Clybourn Suite 201 
Monday - Friday 6 AM - 8 PM 
Saturdays 6 AM - 3 PM 
Members will receive a complimentary one-hour introductory session -- a high intensity personal training session tailored to each individual. A $75 value. Or members can purchase a gift certificate for $75 which includes one introductory session and three personal training sessions.  This is for new clients only and the offer ends 12/31/17. 
Chicago's premier SuperSlow® facility, where high intensity training generates the fastest and greatest results!

XSport Fitness
Click here for information and a printable flyer you can redeem for a discounted gym membership. Contact the Village office for information on obtaining a 7-day trial membership and special rate for Village members only.

Board of Directors 
Kathleen Kologdy,  President
Mary Ann Schwartz, Vice President
Nancy Felton-Elkins, Vice President
Alan T. Lougée, Vice President 
Joan Goldstein, Secretary
Karen Terry, Secretary
Richard W. Sullivan, Treasurer
Ruth Ann Watkins,
Immediate Past President

Donald M. Bell
Judy Carmack Bross
Patricia Clickener
Charles G. Cooper
John Craib-Cox
Thomas C. Eley III
Hollis Hines
John Kingsley Holton, Ph.D.
Bruce Hunt
Beth Burn Joosten
Ira Kohlman
Joe Lane
Bob Spoerri
Ann Taboroff Rusnak
Leatrice Berman Sandler
John M. Simonds
Mary Ann Smith
Melville Washburn
Advisory Council
Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD
Robyn L. Golden, LCSW
Joanne G. Schwartzberg, MD
Michael Spock
Founding Executive Director
Dianne S. Campbell

The Village uses an asset-based approach to identifying first-rate resources for members, leveraging existing strengths within our communities. This approach has led to the formation of strategic partnerships with two organizations chosen for the breadth and depth of their capabilities and their recognized expertise in the health and well-being of older adults.

CJE SeniorLife™
Click here for more information.
Rush University Medical Center 
Click here for more information.
October/November 2017

Dear Neighbors, 

"Navigating the New Longevity." We know what longevity is -- what makes it new? It's new because it is no longer just about how long we live, but about the way we live. 
The typical life model used to be education/work/retirement. But now, there is a new stage of life that has disrupted our expectations about growing older. It may offer exciting opportunities; it may bring challenges. But we will continue to have meaningful lives and remain productive into our 70s, 80s and 90s -- because we want to and because we can.

The gift of more years comes with the opportunity to live with purpose by enriching our lives, improving our communities and enhancing the welfare of future generations. And it turns out that living with purpose is good for us!

In a recent article, writer Judith Graham lays it all out: " Over the past two decades, dozens of studies have shown that seniors with a sense of purpose in life are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, disabilities, heart attacks or strokes, and more likely to live longer than people without this kind of underlying motivation."

She goes on to ask -- and answer -- two important questions, " But what is purpose, really? And how can it be cultivated?" (Read more)

Below you will find some stories about Village members living with purpose as Village volunteers, which has not only had an impact on the lives of those they help, but on their own lives as well.

Dianne Campbell
Founding Executive Director
Linda Randall: Learning Through Giving
by  Laurel Baer

(left to right) Deanna Accurso, Linda Randall, and Joellen Satterlee at The Power of Support:
Let's Talk.
Linda Randall is a psychotherapist whose office is right down the hall from the Village. "I would stop into the office from time to time to visit. I'm not much of a joiner, but I did want to do some volunteer work. It took a little time for me to figure out where I wanted to put my energy and where I could use my expertise, which is working with people."
Linda did become a Village member and the first thing she did was work on the annual benefit helping to obtain auction prizes. And after a time, she joined a task force that is creating ways for the Village to be of use to the adult children of aging parents. "But," she says, "my favorite thing to do is work with small groups over time (I have one that has been meeting since they were in their 20's and are now in their 50's)."
So last year, Linda started "The Power of Support: Let's Talk." Six Village members started meeting every Tuesday to talk about their lives. They have become very close and continue to meet with Linda every week.
And this month, Linda is beginning a similar Village group especially for caregivers. Linda says, "This is the most satisfying to me. Connecting, sharing thoughts, and feelings makes all of us feel alive. Knowing that we are not alone helps keep us sane. It feels wonderful to know that I'm contributing. The truth is, I am no longer that hot 50 year old chick and am facing my own longevity. But I am not alone. All the issues we talk about in the groups are my issues too. I am not just leading the groups --  I am listening -- and it is making me stronger."

Kent Wilcox: A Lifetime of Helping Others

Kent Wilcox getting ready to drive Pauline Bielski and Helen Fauber to an appointment.
What could possibly be more fulfilling than volunteering to help those who need it? It is hard to imagine. This is why Kent Wilcox leaves the comfort of his home to answer the call when a member of The Village Chicago needs someone to drive them to a doctor's appointment, deliver a needed prescription, or take a quarterly tax payment to the post office.

Kent is one of a cadre of 30 or so drivers who volunteer at the Village to assist members in navigating daily living requirements like shopping, attending church, or visiting their health care professionals. Kent and his talented wife, Ada, are retired, but only in name. They continue to stay involved. When driving Village members, they act like a tag team: Ada brings the member who needs assistance to the car, while Kent handles the driving.

Today, Kent drives a Subaru station wagon, but his history with driving goes back to when he was 15 years old with a beginner's permit and owned a classic bullet-nosed Studebaker. At eighteen, he was a member of the Teamster's Union and for many years, he flirted with the exhilarating excitement of fast cars -- a Porsche, British sports cars, and a Corvette.

Kent is an exemplar, worthy of our admiration for his dedication to helping others. You might say it is bred in the bone: he was raised by a family that honed to the belief that it was, "better to give than to receive." After a career in government that was all about service, he is now fulfilling his plan to keep helping people through volunteering.

Stefanie Clark: The Village is Part of My Family Now
by Bonnie Kepplinger

Stefanie Clark at the weekly  Village bridge game.
Stefanie Clark, who heard about The Village Chicago from member Don Bell and went to a meeting in June for prospective members, says, "After some wine and an hour, I fell in love with the Village and what it is doing." Now the Village, along with the Art Institute and The Center on Halsted, are her three passions and the focus of her considerable talents and efforts. In addition, Stefanie has connections with the Raven and other theaters that can be used to enhance the Village's social programs. Her work with seniors and aging are also valuable Village assets. Clearly, Stefanie has made an impact on the Village in five short months.

And it has made an impact on her. Stefanie has family in Naperville and Connecticut, but she now considers the Village Chicago a core part of her family as well. She attends Village events such as the Life 3.0 cooking class, the bridge group, iPhone classes at the office, and tutorials at Apple, as well as parties, dinners, and other social outings.

Her life story and decision to come out of the closet at age 68, titled "My Mother Always Wanted a Daughter," is being presented as a dramatic reading, along with the stories of other transgender and gay people. This work has been featured at the Center on Halsted, Buena Theater, and YouTube. She hopes to present it as a program at the Village.

Stefanie observes, "The closet gets long and deep. Stefanie had existed for me in the third person since age 12. My daughters had problems rationalizing the conflict between Stefanie and Dad . But after 50 years, Stefanie finally moved to the first person. Stephen exists in my mind only as a financial governor and advisor.

"I consider myself a woman, not a transgender woman," says Stefanie. "The qualifier is not necessary." But the qualifiers busy, productive, and capable all seem to be warranted.

Giving Before Receiving
by Bruce Hunt

Karen Terry (L) and Ira Kohlman (R) at a Life 3.0 committee meeting.
"Even before I was old enough to be a member, I was working with the Village as a volunteer," observes Ira Kohlman. Now a member, he fits right in because he likes making connections: among disciplines, among people, and among ideas. After all, that is what the Village does best and his work with the Village provides him enormous personal satisfaction.

His first idea was for a film festival. He thought older adults might have an appreciation for earlier classic films, the kind he likes, rather than the technically dazzling action films so popular today. In conversation with Mel Washburn and other film buffs in the Village, that idea morphed into a series of film offerings at the Center on Halsted, co-sponsored by the Village LGBTA committee of which Ira is a member.

Ira also joined the Life 3.0 committee, a Village program that provides resources to navigate the transition to a new stage of life -- especially from work to retirement. Ira used his attorney interviewing and writing skills to identify and promote guest speakers offering first person stories about their "unretirement" adventures. The most important outcome of that work is the impact it will have on his own life as it generated some imaginative alternatives for himself when the time comes. He says," I used to worry about retirement -- but now, I look forward to it."

Ira has just been elected to the Village board of directors where he will bring the valued perspective of a mid-career 50-year old.
Village News and Upcoming Events

"State of the Village" Report
Kathie Kolodgy
Here are some highlights from Village board President Kathie Kolodgy's report:

"...The new longevity -- it is more than a tagline. It is a concept that the Village Chicago is helping to define for our members and for the community at large. We are navigating together what it means to grow older, and we are beginning to think about it at age 50. And the primary way that we are doing it is by our continual innovation in Village programs, services, and partnerships.

"...The Village remains a fiscally sound organization. In fact, it entered FY 2018 in its strongest position ever. We remain the largest urban village in the United States with membership of 430, representing more than 15 zip codes.  

"...Our strategy reminds us that our goals are lofty. But that's what the Village is all about -- taking on a big idea and together creating new and innovative ways to make that idea work.

"...For FY 2018, we have a number of initiatives that we will begin to navigate together. First, we are developing a Volunteer task force that will study and recommend innovations to advance this critical segment of our volunteer-first organization. Second, we will create an advocacy task force to develop a plan to make the Village's voice heard on important issues."

Retiring Board Members
The Village extends profound thanks and gratitude to retiring board members David Baker, John Bross, Lois Stuckey, and Dirk Vos. At its October 16 meeting, the Village board approved Resolutions of Recognition for each of them  which can be seen here.

New Board Members
The Village enthusiastically welcomes new board members Judy Carmack Bross, Patricia (Pat) Clickener, Thomas Eley III, Ira Kohlman, Bob Spoerri, and Ruth Ann Watkins. Each will serve a three-year term. To learn more about them, please visit the Village web site.

Rush's Robyn Golden Wins Award
Robyn Golden
Robyn Golden has long been a valued advisor to The Village. She serves as director of Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center, a long-time Village strategic partner.

She has just won the prestigious Gerontological Society of America's Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging. Golden is widely recognized for developing the Bridge Model of Transitional Care -- a person-centered, social worker-led interdisciplinary model of transitional care. Our congratulations to Robyn on this well-deserved recognition.

A Writer with a Past -- and a Future
A new book by Laurie Levy
In the early days of her journalism career, Village member Laurie Levy spent June 1953 as a guest editor at Mademoiselle Magazine, along with famous poet and writer Sylvia Plath. This experience was reported in the Chicago Tribune a few years ago and you can read it here. 

Levy's latest book, and first novel, entitled The Stendahl Summer, has just been published and the Village is planning a celebration to honor this occasion. It will be held on Wednesday, November 1, from 5:00-6:30 PM. Please see calendar item on the left side of this newsletter for more details.
And be sure to catch After Hours with Rick Kogan on WGN radio (720 AM) from 9:00-11:00 PM this Sunday, October 22, to hear Rick interview Laurie. Congratulations to Laurie -- enjoying a life loaded with purpose!

Village Members Love Our Volunteer Drivers!
You're invited to come and learn more about the Village volunteer driver program as we honor and celebrate these special people o Thursday, October 26.  Village member and fellow driver Beth Joosten has graciously opened her home for the celebration (Altgeld & Racine) from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM. 
The evening will be an opportunity to spend time together and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. There will also be a review of our 2017 accomplishments and an update on the progress of the program.

Volunteer drivers and those who want to learn more about becoming a volunteer driver, please RSVP by calling the Village office at 773.248.8700 by Friday, October 20. 
Honor Roll
You Are Making a Difference
Our thanks and gratitude to those on the Village Honor Roll which acknowledges everyone who supported the Village with donations and gifts during the past fiscal year (July 2016 - June 2017). Because membership fees cover less than half of the operating expenses of the Village, annual donations are what make it possible for the Village to be the nucleus that connects members to each other and to their communities. Annual donations are also what make it possible for 21% of member households to receive confidential financial assistance with membership fees so that all who wish to, regardless of income, can join and participate fully in Village life. With deep appreciation, we acknowledge each of the people whose names appear on this Honor Roll.

#Giving Tuesday
Once again this year, the Village is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global celebration of the giving season, now in its sixth year. On #GivingTuesday -- November 28th this year -- nonprofits around the world turn their messages of hope into action by inspiring giving that brings about real change to communities.

The Village Chicago Receives Matching Grant
Your gift will work even harder because if it is received by November 28, it will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $5,000) by a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation. Watch your email inbox to learn how your support on #Giving Tuesday can make a difference and help tell the Village story by sharing the messages with friends, family and co-workers.

What is The Village Chicago?

The Village Chicago is an innovative, not-for-profit membership community that helps members navigate the new longevity by connecting them to each other and to trusted resources that support vibrant, secure later lives. Members value a unique array of programs and activities, the certainty that someone is there to help, and the kind of neighbor-to-neighbor connections that last a lifetime. Our Member-Plus program enables all neighbors regardless of income, to join and engage fully in Village life. Volunteers along with a small, nimble staff respond to each member's interests and requests with personal attention. By leveraging the talents, wisdom and skills of older adults, we have become an important asset to each other and to our communities, and a model for the future. Together, we are inventing a new future for older adults in America.  

Serving Chicago's neighborhoods from South Loop to Edgewater and beyond, our Village is a unique resource--professional yet neighborly and close-by--valuable to you right now and as your needs change.  

Call us! Join us!
2502 N. Clark Street   
Chicago, IL 60614
p. 773.248.8700  f. 773.248.8181



Joining The Village Chicago

Membership is available to people 50+ living in Chicago's north side communities from River East to Edgewater and beyond. For your convenience, you can click on the membership application below, or if you prefer, call the Village office for other options. A reduced-rate program, Member Plus, is available for those on limited fixed incomes.

After becoming a member, we will welcome you and connect you to the specific people, activities and services that fit your unique interests and needs. Our goal is always to help you explore possibilities and support your choices so you can live the life you wish to live.


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Basic Meditation 
Join this group, hosted by
Ellen Stone Belic, to learn and practice basic meditation techniques. This is a great opportunity to start or renew your practice - and to experience the joy and multitude of benefits of meditation. The next session will be led by  Sandra Kirmeyer on:
Tuesday evenings (5:45 PM set up; 6 PM start): October 31
Saturday mornings (9:45 AM set up; 10 AM start): October 28
If you would like to attend or receive notices of upcoming sessions,  e-mail Ellen at ellen@stonebelic.com

This group regularly meets on
Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in members' homes, usually with three tables. The next meeting will be hosted by Stefanie Clark on  October 25 . If you are interested in joining, please contact
Diana Phillips at  dsphillips44@gmail.com

Just Restaurants 
We are fortunate to live in one of the world's great food cities and our vibrant restaurant group takes advantage of all there is on offer. From BYOB to BBQ, French to fusion, seafood to steak--we try them all. If you want to receive information about these outings, please contact Helene Stoffey at hlnstvns@gmail.com
Knitting with Friends
The knitting and crocheting group meets most Wednesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at Sister Arts Studio (721 W. Wrightwood). Beginners and experts are welcome to join. The group will be working on their own projects -- and if asked, will make items for those in need such as the hats, scarves, and mittens they made for the Night Ministry. Bring your needles and yarn, maybe even some coffee or tea. Sister Arts Studio will be happy to supply needles and/or yarn, patterns, and tips. For more information, please contact Beth Hickey at 
Beth Hickey at bethhickey37@hotmail.com

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies 
Each Wednesday, Village member Mel Washburn sends an email to all members of the group. This email selects one of the films being shown at the Landmark Century Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.) and suggests a time on the following Saturday when members of the group will gather to watch the movie. On that Saturday, members come to the Cinema and watch the movie. After the film, they gather in the bar/lounge area of the theater for a self-hosted beverage and lively discussion of the movie.
If you would like to be added to the email list for this group, please email Mel Washburn at melville.washburn@outlook.com .

Six at The Table
With this group, you will have an opportunity to share a meal with three or four other members several times throughout the year. Everyone in the group hosts one meal for six and it can be anything the host wants -- brunch, lunch, dinner, or a picnic -- whatever suits you. Once the date and type of meal is announced, members of the group sign up -- first come, first served. If this interests you, please contact Sheila Ganch at  sgsculpture@yahoo.com  to be added to the list.