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This calendar lists CGCC events plus community events in Chicago and the local suburbs that might be of interest for our members.  A few select national events and webinars are included also.  Contact us if you have an event to share. For information on organizations that offer ongoing programs, see the Resources page. 

Please check back often, as the calendar is updated frequently. 

 CGCC events are highlighted in green.     Events sponsored by professional members are highlighted in yellow.


Upcoming events

    • April 01, 2019
    • August 26, 2019
    • 21 sessions
    • Skokie
    Register

    Image result for park playground


    Let's get out and play!

    Join us for a couple of hours of all-ages outdoor fun.


    We will rotate parks, trying a new one every month.

    April: Central Park, 9350 Central Park Avenue, Skokie

    May: Timber Ridge Park, 9040 Lawndale Ave, Skokie

    June: Lovelace Park, Gross Point Rd & Thayer St, Evanston

    July: Devonshire Park, 4422 Greenwood St, Skokie

    August: Gross Point Park, 9100 Gross Point Rd, Skokie


    Please sign up so that we can notify you when the location changes and if there are any weather-related cancellations. (In case of inclement weather, we'll meet for board games at the Skokie Public Library Youth Services.) See you there!

    (When you sign up, it'll show that you signed up for all 21 events. This is so you don't have to sign up every week, but do not worry that you have to make every date...feel free to attend whichever ones you like.)







    • August 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Poetry Foundation, Chicago

    Children ages two to five are welcome to a weekly story time that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts. Join us in the Library every Wednesday morning!

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 10:00 AM


    Poetry Foundation

    61 West Superior Street


    Free Admission


    Click here for complete details.

    • August 21, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Des Plaines History Center

    Come join the Des Plaines History Center to learn about everything from the glory of ancient civilizations to incredible European artists and explorers, all the way to America’s own historic past. Each week will include an interactive lesson and craft. Admission is free due to the generosity of VFW Post 2992. This program is designed for children ages 5-12 and their families.


    June 12: Ancient Egypt

    June 19: Ancient China

    June 26: Ancient Rome

    July 10: The Middle Ages

    July 17: The Age of Exploration

    July 24: The Renaissance

    August 7: Colonial America

    August 14: The American West

    August 21: The Future


    Click here for complete details.

    • August 21, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Shedd Aquarium

    Come join us for a Teen Orientation and discover what being a teen at Shedd Aquarium is all about!

    The Teen Orientation will welcome you to the aquarium, introduce you to some of the unique animals that call Shedd home and invite you to opportunities available to teens! Discover how Shedd is a place for teens like you to explore their interests, gain valuable career advice and make a difference within the aquarium, while connecting with like-minded peers along the way.

    Ages: High school teens (minimum of 14 years old)

    Dates:

    Jul. 16 4:30-7 p.m.

    Aug. 21 4:30-7 p.m.

    Nov. 20 4:30-7 p.m.

    Dec. 14 1-3:30 p.m.

    Free. Registration required. Click here for complete details.


    • August 21, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Northwestern University, Evanston

    Northwestern University's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) presents: a SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE ON TRANSIENTS

    McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Northwestern

    A transient astronomical event, often shortened by astronomers to a ‘transient’, is an astronomical object or phenomenon whose duration may be from seconds to days, weeks, or even several years. This is in contrast to the timescale of the millions or billions of years during which the galaxies and their component stars in our universe have evolved. Singularly, the term is used for violent deep-sky events, such as supernovae, novae, dwarf nova outbursts, gamma-ray bursts, and tidal disruption events, as well as gravitational microlensing, transits and eclipses. These events are part of the broader topic of time domain astronomy.

    Presenter: Andrew J. Connolly

    Professor of Astronomy, University of Washington

    Director of the DIRAC (Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology) Institute


    Host: Professor Raffaella Margutti, chair of Hot-wiring the Transient Universe VI. This public lecture is presented as part of the "Hot-wired" 2019 meeting.


    FREE and OPEN to the Public, No Registration or Ticket Needed

    Click here for complete details.

    • August 23, 2019
    • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Adler Planetarium, Chicago

    Home to the largest aperture telescope available to the public in the Chicagoland area, the Adler’s Doane Observatory provides visitors a unique opportunity to see a variety of celestial objects like the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more! At Doane at Dusk, our guests will enjoy nighttime telescope viewings and related discussions with Adler Astronomers after museum hours.

    These events are FREE and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. No tickets are needed.

    Note: Doane at Dusk is weather permitting; please follow us on Twitter @AdlerPlanet for updates. Also, if capacity issues require, we reserve the option to close the guest line prior to the stated end time of the event so those ahead of that point can get into the Observatory by event’s end.

    Click here for complete details.

    • August 24, 2019
    • Art Institute, Chicago

    Family Workshop: Contemplating Colors

    Color is a powerful tool artists use to create shape, influence emotion, and make strong statements in their works of art. Learn how the Bauhaus movement of the early 20th century impacted the way we think about color today.

    This workshop is designed for children ages 6–12 with one or more accompanying adults. Price for the workshop is per person; museum admission or Art Institute membership is also required for participating adults.

    $5 Art Institute members, $8 nonmembers

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

    or

    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • August 24, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs

    Location:

    Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

    9800 Willow Springs Rd

    Willow Springs, IL 60480


    Description:

    Peek at the universe through telescopes; guided by the Chicago Astronomical Society. Short indoor presentation available prior to night viewing.


    Cost:

    Free


    Click here for complete details.

    • August 25, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Online Webinar

    "The Ivy League Essay Whisperers Decode Stanford"

    The Stanford application requires students to answer 11 essays/short answer essays!

    Last year, Stanford had over 47,000 students apply for about 2000 spots.

    Does your student know how to write Stanford essays in a way that will impress the admissions committee and help him or her stand out from the competition?

    Join the experts for essay-by-essay guidance, in a 90-minute webinar.

    Can't attend live? All registrants will get a recording of the program.

    Presenters:

    Susan Goodkin: A national college consultant who attended Harvard, Harvard Law School and Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, Susan specializes in helping students get into the top schools, including the Ivies and Stanford. This year alone, five of her students were accepted to Stanford.

    Hope Murtaugh: Hope is a former Assistant Director of Admission at Princeton, and a Princeton graduate, who has been advising families about college admissions -- including Stanford -- for 13 years. Hope has also been a highly sought after speaker on college admissions for decades, giving presentations throughout the United States and internationally.

    What Will Be Covered:

    We will be discussing why the Stanford admissions officers have asked each of the 11 questions and what they are looking for in the response to each question. We'll also be giving tips for creating strong responses, including discussing examples from successful Stanford applications, and providing guidance about what NOT to do in the responses!

    Plus, we'll have a Q & A after the discussion to answer your Stanford questions.

    Students who want to attend Stanford (and their parents) should not miss this!

    When:

    Sunday, August 25th, 4 pm Pacific Time, 5 pm Mountain Time,

    6 pm Central Time, 7 pm Eastern Time

    A recording of the program will be sent to all registrants.

    Register Now For the Early Registration Discount!

    Early Registration Discount -- register by Wednesday, August 14th, only $99

    Regular Registration, $129

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • August 27, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • SENGinar, Online Webinar

    A New Path: Living and Learning in the Age of Anxiety

    Parents and educators are struggling to navigate a new world with an old manual. This dichotomy is exacerbating anxiety, depression and demoralization in our gifted education. Markus Hunt, Head of School of The Logan School of Creative Learning that serves a gifted population and Tina Harlow, Child & Family Therapist specializing in giftedness, will offer a new path for parents/guardians, educators and mental health professionals. Together, we can guide children through the challenges of social/emotional development, peer relationships and technology, while fostering self-directed learning. Tina and Markus will draw on their experiences and expertise from their respective fields and from the humility of being parents of gifted children.

    $20 SENG Members/$40 Non-Members

    Deadline to register: 8/27, 7:30 PM EST

    All registrants will have access to the recorded SENGinar.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    About The Presenters

    Tina Harlow, MSW, LCSW is a therapist, speaker, consultant, blogger (guidingbright.com) and founder of Guiding Bright in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Tina utilizes creativity and fun to help gifted children and families gain a better understanding of themselves and each other while emphasizing the strengths in their neurological differences. Over the last 25 years, Tina’s work has traversed a variety of settings including outpatient, day treatment, residential, intensive family treatment, child welfare and even a performing arts camp. Tina has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on the social and emotional aspects of gifted children. In addition to her private practice, she works for Gifted Development Center in Denver and serves as coordinator of the Colorado Consortium of Schools for the Gifted. Tina is a SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) mental health provider and a Certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator.

    Markus Hunt is the Head of School at The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, Colorado, USA. The school serves a gifted population of K-8 students. The Logan school offers a dynamic curriculum that teaches the way children learn by giving them hands-on experiences fueled by their own curiosities. Creative learning is driven by individual units of study (designed by student and teacher), inquiry, reflection and primary source experiences. In recent years, Markus has presented at the SENG Conference (2016), the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) People of Color conference (2016) and PEN Progressive Education Network national conference (2017). Markus was also an invitee to the first English language training of The World Game, a non-verbal cognitive screening tool (2018), Markus has a keen interest in finding solutions to address issues of equity and social justice. You can follow his blog on markushunt.com.


    • August 27, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • South Side, Chicago
    Register

    Dinner this month will be held at:

    Fatpour Tap Works McCormick

    2206 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. These suppers will generally be scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month.  

    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 

    These Suppers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a Supper in your area, please contact Newenka.

    • August 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Poetry Foundation, Chicago

    Children ages two to five are welcome to a weekly story time that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts. Join us in the Library every Wednesday morning!

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10:00 AM

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 10:00 AM


    Poetry Foundation

    61 West Superior Street


    Free Admission


    Click here for complete details.

    • August 29, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Newberry, Chicago

    Where the Angels Lived: One Family's Story of Exile, Loss, and Return

    Meet the Author: Margaret McMullan

    6 pm Lecture

    7 pm Book Signing

    Rettinger Hall

    Free and open to the public; free tickets required.


    Meet the Author

    Join us for a Meet the Author event with Margaret McMullan, who will be discussing her latest book, Where the Angels Lived.

    Historical, authentic, and family-oriented, Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return tells the tale of a somewhat parallel universe that exists even in the twenty-first century—dealings with Soviet-style bureaucracy, skepticism, anti-Semitism, and ironically the same sort of isolation and rejection Margaret’s Jewish Hungarian family experienced in 1944 before they were forced into concentration camps. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history.

    Following her talk, Ms. McMullan will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase in the Newberry’s Rosenberg Bookshop.

    Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books, including the novel In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology Every Father’s Daughter, a collection of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. Margaret’s young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and Sources of Light have received best book awards from Parents’ Choice, School Library Journal, the American Library Association, and Booklist among other educational organizations.

    Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. We will admit walk-ins without tickets if space permits, 10 minutes before the event begins.

    Click here for complete details.


    • August 29, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Oak Park Telescope Night, Fox Park, Oak Park

    Adler astronomers and educators are bringing the museum—and the Universe—a little closer to you! With ‘Scopes in the City, Adler astronomers and staff lead free telescope observing programs in Chicago neighborhoods. Depending on the dates, times and locations of the ‘Scopes in the City events, attendees may be able to observe the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and more!


    Because all ‘Scopes in the City events are weather permitting, please follow us on Twitter @AdlerPlanet or search #ScopesintheCity for updates. You never know where our telescopes will pop up next!


    For more information about ‘Scopes in the City, visit our FAQ!


    Click here for complete details on the Adler Planetarium web site.


    • August 29, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Fox Park, Oak Park




    • August 31, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

    Forging Tools for the Garden and Grill

    Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

    with Guest Artists Hannah Hirsekorn and Jim Duignan

    Learn the trade of blacksmithing at the Smart Museum!

    Join us in our outdoor sculpture garden, check out a mobile forge, and feast on delicious garden greens and grilled burgers, dogs, and mushrooms! Try your hand at bending and shaping metal and learn the process of simple, effective toolmaking with artists Hannah Hirsekorn and Jim Duignan, who will be on site forging an edition of iron garden tools with hand-made wooden handles.

    FREE, drop-in. All materials provided. Open to all ages and skill levels.

    Click here for complete details.

    • September 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    Come discuss:         

    The Curse of Genius
    by Maggie Fergusson
    published in 1843, The Economist magazine on ideas, life style, and culture.

    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's article and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the article in depth, skim it, or take a look at the picture above before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the article to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    Next book discussion 
    • September 04, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Des Plaines History Center

    Hands on History: Prairie Pioneers

    The first settlers in Des Plaines faced a difficult challenge: they had to create a new home, surrounded by wilderness. Come explore the lives of the settlers that helped create Des Plaines this month at the Des Plaines History Center. Try out some pioneers survival skills!

    Geared toward children ages 5-12.

    Free, sponsored by VFW Post 2992.

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM

    or

    Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM

    Click here for complete details.

    • September 06, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Fermilab, Batavia

    Does AI Spell the End of Social Interaction? – Lecture by Dr. Justine Cassell

    Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium

    Dr. Justine Cassell, Carnegie Mellon University

    Tickets: $8

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has implications for almost every aspect of our lives.The fears that it has evoked, however, sometimes seem to outweigh the possibilities. Fears about the future of work and of social interaction seem to weigh most heavily upon us. Much of what we have seen in AI until now, though, has been built based on data about humans at work (or at least carrying out tasks of one sort or another), and has ignored key aspects of the social interactions that happen before, during, and after those tasks we carry out with others. In this talk Dr. Cassell will describe some unexpected results about the ways in which social interaction can support and improve task performance in people, and how social interaction can profitably be integrated into AI, with implications for the future of AI, the future of work, and the future of social interaction.

    Justine Cassell is Associate Dean of Technology Strategy and Impact in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Director Emerita of the Human Computer Interaction Institute. She co-directs the Yahoo-CMU InMind partnership on the future of personal assistants, and was a founding co-director of the Simon Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning. Previously Cassell was faculty at Northwestern University where she founded the Technology and Social Behavior Doctoral Program and Research Center. Before that she was a tenured professor at the MIT Media Lab. Cassell has received the MIT Edgerton Prize, and Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision award, in 2011 was named to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics, which she chaired for 2 years before moving to chair the World Economic Future Council on the Future of Computing. In 2012 Cassell was named a AAAS fellow, in 2016 made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Scotland, and in 2017 made a Fellow of the ACM. In 2017-2018 Cassell held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris, where she was a visiting researcher at the Sorbonne. Cassell has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos for the past 8 years on topics concerning the impact of AI and Robotics on society.

    Click here for complete details and tickets.

    • September 07, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

    Family Day: Making Mountains

    Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

    Family Days at the Smart Museum are designed to celebrate the creative potential in all of us. With new projects every month, Family Days offer opportunities for kids and their caregivers to create together and connect with one another. Each program is unique, fun, and free, emphasizing invention, improvisation, and hands-on creativity.

    This Saturday, take inspiration from artist Tara Donovan to tear up roofing paper and glue it together into craggy peaks and alpine views. Then add on cotton clouds, spray snow, and maybe even some little skiers to make it your own. Mountains aren't so hard to climb if you build them yourself!

    The activities are inspired by the artist’s work featured in Tara Donovan: Fieldwork.

    FREE, open to all.

    Art-making supplies and other materials are provided. Family programs are best for kids 4–12, but all ages are welcomed! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    Click here for complete details.

    • September 07, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights

    Family astronomy night with telescopes provided in Lake Katherine's Anniversary Garden.  View the Moon, Saturn, Mars and Venus.

    Click here for complete details.

    • September 08, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chiciago

    Families interested in our programs, as well as gifted community families in general, are welcome for an informal playdate. We will share a brief introduction of our programs and answer questions. You get to mingle with other gifted families like yours. Please RSVP.

    Click here for complete details.


    • September 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Des Plaines History Center

    Hands on History: Prairie Pioneers

    The first settlers in Des Plaines faced a difficult challenge: they had to create a new home, surrounded by wilderness. Come explore the lives of the settlers that helped create Des Plaines this month at the Des Plaines History Center. Try out some pioneers survival skills!

    Geared toward children ages 5-12.

    Free, sponsored by VFW Post 2992.

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM

    or

    Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM

    Click here for complete details.

    • September 08, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Elmhurst History Museum

    Power of Children: Pop-Up Gallery Performances

    Sundays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29

    Cost: FREE

    Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 1st Floor Gallery

    Visit the Power of Children exhibit in the first floor gallery and see it interpreted through a brief (10-15 minute) museum theatre experience by performers from GreenMan Theatre Troupe. Each moving vignette will be followed by a Q&A session with the actor. Drop-in program, children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Schedule of Performers:

    September 8: On Again with Fresh Courage (Anne Frank)

    September 15: A Marshal's Perspective (Ruby Bridges)

    September 22: Heather (Ryan White)

    September 29: The Longest Night (Miep Gies)


    Click here for complete details.

    • September 09, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Vanguard Academy, Batavia
    Register

    Calling all writers... 

    Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt

    On Being a Writer:
    A discussion with Adam Schmitt,
    Author of Speechless.


    Students and their parents are invited to the Vanguard Gifted Academy in Batavia for a discussion with the author of Speechless, Adam Schmitt, about the process of writing, editing, marketing and publishing books.  Bring your questions! 

    Adam P. Schmitt has lived outside of Chicago his entire life. His family currently lives in Oswego, IL, where the race of suburbia meets the quiet of farm country. 

    He met his wife on an awful blind date, but since she was after his money and fortune from being a public middle school teacher, they did end up going out again. They have two boys (Aidan, Anderson) who keep them busy with sports, cat videos, and traveling anywhere they can. 

    His days are spent as an educator, his nights as a husband, father, and writer.

    A special thank you to Vanguard Gifted Academy hosting this event and for their ongoing support of CGCC and our mission to facilitate educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families. 

    Please Note: This is not a drop off event. Parents are expected to remain at the school and are even encouraged to participate. 

    • September 13, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

    2019 Darsh T. Wasan Lecture

    by Dr. Ellen Ochoa
    Former Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston

    3 p.m. Lecture | Reception to follow

    Join us for the 2019 Darsh T. Wasan lecture. Ellen Ochoa, Former Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and the first Hispanic woman astronaut will deliver this years lecture.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    Ellen Ochoa was the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2013 until her retirement in May 2018. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours. She currently serves on several boards, including as vice chair of the National Science Board; as a director/trustee for Service Corporation International, Mutual of America, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; and as chair of the Nomination Evaluation Committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

    Prior to her astronaut career, Ochoa was a research engineer. She holds three patents for optical systems. She received a B.S. in physics from San Diego State University, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She is honored to have six schools named for her, and to have been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, the California Hall of Fame, and the International Air & Space Hall of Fame. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Academy of Inventors, and the Optical Society of America. Ochoa was also selected as a 2019 Stanford University Engineering Heroes inductee.

    Darsh T. Wasan leads the university’s international initiatives, serving as Illinois Tech’s chief ambassador. Wasan is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. Since joining the Illinois Tech faculty in 1964, he has made wide- ranging contributions to the university. In 1988 he secured a gift of a five-building campus from CPC International, Inc., and with an initial grant of $3.7 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration founded an innovative national center for research and education in food safety and technology (now called the Institute for Food Safety and Health/IFSH). Today, IFSH is a model for cooperation among academe, industry, and government. In 1997 he initiated delivery of cutting-edge master’s programs to India via distance learning programs. He established centers in India, Europe, China, and Korea, forged relationships with universities around the world, and increased international enrollment from 15 percent to 50 percent of Illinois Tech’s total enrollment. In his 55 years at Illinois Tech, he has also held nearly every leadership post, including department chair, interim dean of engineering, vice president for research and technology, provost, and senior vice president for academic affairs.

    Time

    3 p.m. Lecture

    Reception to follow

    Location

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Hermann Hall, Ballroom

    3241 South Federal

    Chicago, IL 60616

    Campus Map | Driving Directions | Campus Parking

    RSVP

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    Register online

    Sonia Rivas at 312.567.5030 or rsvpevents@iit.edu

    Business attire recommended.


    • September 14, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

    The Chicago Area Origami Society is a group of origami enthusiasts who are dedicated to the sharing and promoting harmony and friendship through origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.  We meet each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory, every 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


    The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public. No membership is required.

    All ages and skill levels are welcome, but we ask that you not treat the group as childcare and leave young children alone.


    Each month our small group of enthusiasts bring models to share and teach. Everyone is encouraged to teach to others, but nobody is expected to do so. If you're not comfortable teaching yet, please bring something else to contribute such as a model to show that you've enjoyed folding, an origami book or articles that others might find of interest.

    If you have never folded before, no problem. No experience is necessary, we'd love to teach you.


    No patience? Fold a simple model in a few minutes.


    If you feel you're too slow, it doesn't matter we have 3 hours!


    Origami is relaxing and non-competitive, yet stimulating and challenging. Learn a few basics from us and the doors to amazing models will be open to you.


    2019 Workshop Dates:

    January 12

    February (No workshop scheduled)

    March 9

    April 13

    May 11

    June 8

    July 13

    August 10

    September 14

    October 12

    November 9

    December 14


    Click here for complete details.

    • September 14, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, River Grove

    Monthly Skywatch (followed by FREE Public Star Parties)

    Click here for complete details.

    Get your current night sky, astronomy, geoscience, and space exploration update in the Cernan Center Planetarium.


    One Saturday night each month, the Cernan Earth and Space Center's Monthly Skywatch brings you the excitement of the current nighttime sky. Recent discoveries in astronomy, space science and geoscience are also presented in the Planetarium theater. This program features advanced scientific content and is recommended for people 13 years or older, but younger visitors are welcome.


    Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside so everyone can observe the Moon, planets and other celestial sights for FREE. Telescopes are provided by the Chicago Astronomical Society and Cernan Center staff.


    Please Note: Events, Dates, Topics, Objects and Prices are subject to change. Even though we make every effort to keep the website updated, visitors should call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for the latest information about additions, changes, and cancelations.


    Admission to Monthly Skywatch
    Adults: $8
    Seniors (55 and over): $4
    Children (2-12): $4
    Triton College Students with Current Semester ID: FREE


    2019 Schedule


    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.




    • September 15, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Riverside or online
    Register

    CGCC Board Meeting

    The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a 501(c)(3) specifically created to allow the gifted community in the greater Chicago area to organize activities and events for parents, children and families. Your board does not aspire to create the next great kids club or parent speaker series, we aspire to help you create that club and that series.  Won't you jump in the pool with us?  

    Your board meets 3 - 4 times per year.  We welcome members at our meetings, which usually occur in private homes.  If you are interested in attending, please register here and the host of this meeting will contact you with the address.  

    • September 15, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Elmhurst History Museum

    Power of Children: Pop-Up Gallery Performances

    Sundays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29

    Cost: FREE

    Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 1st Floor Gallery

    Visit the Power of Children exhibit in the first floor gallery and see it interpreted through a brief (10-15 minute) museum theatre experience by performers from GreenMan Theatre Troupe. Each moving vignette will be followed by a Q&A session with the actor. Drop-in program, children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Schedule of Performers:

    September 8: On Again with Fresh Courage (Anne Frank)

    September 15: A Marshal's Perspective (Ruby Bridges)

    September 22: Heather (Ryan White)

    September 29: The Longest Night (Miep Gies)


    Click here for complete details.

    • September 17, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Elmhurst History Museum

    Youth Book Discussion: Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Character: Choices That Matter Around the World

    Cost: FREE

    Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 1st Floor Gallery

    Registration Required.

    This inspiring book by Garth Sundem spans the globe to tell the real-life stories of 30 children who showed true character and strength in the face of adversity. Participants will beet at Elmhurst History Museum for a tour of the Power of Children exhibit, and a discussion led by Elmhurst Public Library and EHM staff will follow. A limited number of books are available at Elmhurst Public Library. Age: Grades 4-5.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • September 20, 2019
    • November 22, 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Register

    LOGYC, Learning Opportunities for Gifted Youth, is a place where children can learn among other gifted children and have the opportunity to work at ability level versus being age restricted. At LOGYC, children can feel accepted for who they are, without having to hide their strengths or weaknesses. They don't need to underachieve to conform or feel isolated in feeling "not normal." They receive support for oversensitivities and integrating into a group learning environment.

    This unique community is a safe space to be gifted and to connect with like-minded peers, for students and parents alike.

    Registering for the co-op allows you to register for our many fabulous classes - check them out! 

    Many of our classes have flexible age ranges, as gifted kids often have asynchronistic development. If you have any questions about class details, whether a class would be appropriate for your kid[s], or the coop in general, please email us at logyc@chicagogiftedcommunity.org.


    • September 21, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles

    Adler astronomers and educators are bringing the museum—and the Universe—a little closer to you! With ‘Scopes in the City, Adler astronomers and staff lead free telescope observing programs in Chicago neighborhoods. Depending on the dates, times and locations of the ‘Scopes in the City events, attendees may be able to observe the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and more!


    Because all ‘Scopes in the City events are weather permitting, please follow us on Twitter @AdlerPlanet or search #ScopesintheCity for updates. You never know where our telescopes will pop up next!


    For more information about ‘Scopes in the City, visit our FAQ!


    Click here for complete details on the Adler Planetarium web site.


    • September 22, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Elmhurst History Museum

    Power of Children: Pop-Up Gallery Performances

    Sundays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29

    Cost: FREE

    Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 1st Floor Gallery

    Visit the Power of Children exhibit in the first floor gallery and see it interpreted through a brief (10-15 minute) museum theatre experience by performers from GreenMan Theatre Troupe. Each moving vignette will be followed by a Q&A session with the actor. Drop-in program, children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Schedule of Performers:

    September 8: On Again with Fresh Courage (Anne Frank)

    September 15: A Marshal's Perspective (Ruby Bridges)

    September 22: Heather (Ryan White)

    September 29: The Longest Night (Miep Gies)


    Click here for complete details.

    • September 23, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Naperville Municipal Building

    SOS for 2E

    Panel Discussion – 

    Navigating the School Years with a 2e Student

    SOS for 2e kicks off this year with an expert 2e panel.  What do a college student, a therapist and a community activist have in common? They are all 2e!  Each member of our guest panel has navigated their way through the educational system successfully.  Come and listen to each unique story and how they cope socially, emotionally and academically through their school years.  Each guest member will introduce themselves and tell you their stories of successes and failures. What motivated them to push past their disabilities and what they each discovered after they graduated high school.  60 minutes or more will be provided to ask questions. 

    Below are the specially selected panel bios for this event:

    STUDENT

    Sara Marie Wheeler is a recent graduate of Neuqua Valley High School in 204. Gifted with communication and invisible physical disabilities, Miss Wheeler took advantage of early graduation last school year (December) and is currently starting her second semester at College of DuPage. Teaching teachers and other school staff how to adequately prepare for and accommodate her learning needs has been challenging, and she hopes to help make the journey easier for others who share similar learning needs.

    PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST

    Jessica Brown-McBroom is a licensed clinical professional counselor at Centennial Counseling Center.  Jessica carries her own personal story of struggle and success as a 2e student.  Jessica received her bachelor’s in psychology from Wheaton College and returned three years later to pursue her master’s degree in clinical psychology.

    COMMUNITY ACTIVIST

    Newenka DuMont is a community activist championing the rights for gifted children.  Newenka is the luckiest dyslexic you could meet!  She grew up knowing that she was dumb and slow, only to discover in middle school that she was in fact quite a capable learner. She has a degree in computer engineering and worked as a management consultant for becoming an active in the gifted community.  She is the current president and a founding member of the Chicago Gifted Community Center, she is working with the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) as a member of their board, and she is a trained SENG Parent Group master facilitator. 

    Please RSVP to sosfor2e@gmail.com if you are interested in attending this event.

    • September 23, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Fall Equinox on the 606, Chicago

    Adler astronomers and educators are bringing the museum—and the Universe—a little closer to you! With ‘Scopes in the City, Adler astronomers and staff lead free telescope observing programs in Chicago neighborhoods. Depending on the dates, times and locations of the ‘Scopes in the City events, attendees may be able to observe the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and more!


    Because all ‘Scopes in the City events are weather permitting, please follow us on Twitter @AdlerPlanet or search #ScopesintheCity for updates. You never know where our telescopes will pop up next!


    For more information about ‘Scopes in the City, visit our FAQ!


    Click here for complete details on the Adler Planetarium web site.


    • September 25, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Hinsdale
    • 15
    Register

    Please join other parents of gifted children in: Book cover

    A Raising Gifted Children
    Study Group

    Meet with a group of parents for 8 consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, September 25,  2019 ending November 13th, 2019 to discuss issues of giftedness in a SENG Model Parent Group. We will meet from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in Hinsdale. 

    Each week we will read one or two chapters of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and discuss them as a group in a facilitated discussion format developed by SENG (Supporting the Emotion Needs of the Gifted).  Additional readings from the gifted press will be provided.  We will cover a variety of topics relevant to raising gifted children, such as maintaining motivation and enthusiasm, avoiding underachievement, coping with intensity, perfectionism, stress, idealism, and depression, making and keeping friends, handling siblings, and more.  

    The cost for participation will be $40 for members and $60 for non-members to cover venue and materials.  Additionally, each participant will need to acquire a copy of the book, which is readily available online, or directly from the publisher, Great Potential Press. (Confidential fee waivers available, please enquire here.)

    The guided reading will be facilitated by Newenka DuMont.  Newenka is a certified SENG Model Parent Group master facilitator.  She has been leading guided reading groups in our area since 2003.  Newenka is a board member of both the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and the Chicago Gifted Community Center, where she is the current president. More importantly, Newenka is the mother of two, adult, gifted daughters. Linda Zanieski, Chicago Gifted Community founding Chicago board member and Treasurer, will co-facilitate. She also is the current organizer of The Chicago Gifted Children Meetup and the mother of a gifted teen.

    The group size will be limited to 15 people, on a first come, first registered basis. We will need at least 8 people to form a group. If 8 people have not registered by September 20, 2019 this study group will be canceled and all money will be refunded.  

    Email Newenka with questions.
    • September 25, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago

    Trailblazer of Physics: The Extraordinary Life of Leon Lederman

    by The Chicago Council on Science and Technology

    Free

    Come celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Leon Lederman!

    Click here for complete details.

    About this Event

    This event will highlight Dr. Lederman’s contributions to science research at Fermilab and beyond, science education, and science outreach.

    Dr. Leon Lederman was a Nobel prize-winning physicist with a passion for science education. He served as the director of Fermilab from 1979 to 1989. With a career that spanned more than 60 years, Lederman, who passed away last year, became one of the most important figures in the history of particle physics. He was responsible for several breakthrough discoveries, uncovering new particles that elevated our understanding of the fundamental universe. His Nobel Prize was awarded in 1988 for discovery of the muon neutrino. But perhaps his most critical achievements were his influence on the field of physics and his efforts to improve science education. In later years, Lederman continued his outreach efforts, often in memorable ways. Sometimes, he would even set up shop on the streets of New York City and Chicago, and answer science questions from passersby.

    Through his research, Lederman set the stage for Fermilab’s past and future success. The international Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab, is an international flagship science project to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos. By studying neutrinos, particles at the heart of Dr. Lederman’s work, scientists at Fermilab and across the world will paint a clearer picture of the universe and how it works. This will be the largest science experiment ever hosted on U.S. soil.

    During this celebration of Dr. Lederman’s legacy, expect a variety of physics-themed discussions and events, including a Physics Slam and an Ask-a-Physicist panel!

    A Physics Slam is a fun competition that pairs a student from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (co-founded by Dr. Lederman) with a Fermilab scientist. Expect a no-holds-barred, light-hearted competition. Who will the audience choose as the winner?

    In the spirit of his outreach efforts, the program also will have an Ask-a-Physicist panel. A team of scientists will take questions from the audience, in the same informal style of Dr. Lederman taking questions from people in Chicago and New York City.

    Event Details and Schedule

    Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (lower level), 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605.

    This program is FREE to attend, and seating will be first come, first served.

    5:30 PM – Check in, exhibit viewing

    6:00 PM – Program starts: Fermilab’s Past and Future

    With Nigel Lockyer, Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

    Joe Lykken, Fermilab's Deputy Director of Research

    6:20 PM – Leon’s contributions to science education and founding of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

    With Rocky Kolb, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy; Astrophysics and the Dean of the Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago, as well as a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

    6:30 PM – Mini-Physics Slam

    With Minerba Betancourt, Cindy Joe, and Sasha Rahlin: Fermilab physicists will be paired with some of the brightest students from IMSA!

    7:00 PM – Ask-a-Physicist Panel

    With Dr. Jessica Esquivel is a recent Ph.D graduate in Physics and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Fermilab.

    Michael S. Turner is a theoretical cosmologist, who coined the term dark energy in 1998. He is the Bruce V. & Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, and was formerly the Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences for the US National Science Foundation from 2003–2006.

    ...And more!

    7:45 PM – Program ends, exhibit viewing


    • September 25, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Chinatown Library, Chicago

    Adler astronomers and educators are bringing the museum—and the Universe—a little closer to you! With ‘Scopes in the City, Adler astronomers and staff lead free telescope observing programs in Chicago neighborhoods. Depending on the dates, times and locations of the ‘Scopes in the City events, attendees may be able to observe the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and more!


    Because all ‘Scopes in the City events are weather permitting, please follow us on Twitter @AdlerPlanet or search #ScopesintheCity for updates. You never know where our telescopes will pop up next!


    For more information about ‘Scopes in the City, visit our FAQ!


    Click here for complete details on the Adler Planetarium web site.


    • September 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Taylor Park, Oak Park




    • September 29, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Elmhurst History Museum

    Power of Children: Pop-Up Gallery Performances

    Sundays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29

    Cost: FREE

    Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 1st Floor Gallery

    Visit the Power of Children exhibit in the first floor gallery and see it interpreted through a brief (10-15 minute) museum theatre experience by performers from GreenMan Theatre Troupe. Each moving vignette will be followed by a Q&A session with the actor. Drop-in program, children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Schedule of Performers:

    September 8: On Again with Fresh Courage (Anne Frank)

    September 15: A Marshal's Perspective (Ruby Bridges)

    September 22: Heather (Ryan White)

    September 29: The Longest Night (Miep Gies)


    Click here for complete details.

    • September 30, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Tivoli Theater, Downsers Grove

    Rick Riordan returns to Anderson's Bookshop

    Join Anderson's Bookshops for an evening of conversation with Rick Riordan to celebrate the release of "The Trials of Apollo Book 4: The Tyrant's Tomb!" After a presentation and Q&A from the author, we will be showing a movie.

    Your ticket includes one pre-signed copy of the book and admission for one person. You will receive your book when you arrive at the event. They will not be available for pick up before that time.

    Here's what you get with each ticket:

    Admittance for one person

    A pre-signed copy of the new book handed to you when you arrive

    A presentation

    Audience Q&A

    A showing of a movie after the presentation


    Here's what you shouldn't expect:

    A personalization (your name in the book)

    An autograph in the book that you bought elsewhere

    The opportunity to meet the author or get a photograph

    Seating is first come, first served. Please carefully note the event start time and plan to arrive before that time. We cannot guarantee the length of time that any author will be with us.

    Tickets are non-refundable. If you miss the event, in order to receive your book you will need to contact us within 30 days of the event.

    PLEASE NOTE that this event follows the author's and publisher's wishes and may mean limits on photos and the number of signed or personalized books. Anderson's Bookshop is not responsible for changes made by the author to the guidelines prior to or during the event. Your understanding is appreciated.

    More about the book:

    It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.


    General admission: $28.00 ($29.97 w/service fee). 

    Click here for complete details and tickets.


    • October 02, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    Join us as we discussion:


    Smart but Scattered

    by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
     

    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    Next book discussion 



    • October 05, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights

    Family astronomy night with telescopes provided in Lake Katherine's Anniversary Garden.  Fall astronomy day.

    Click here for complete details.

    • October 12, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

    The Chicago Area Origami Society is a group of origami enthusiasts who are dedicated to the sharing and promoting harmony and friendship through origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.  We meet each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory, every 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


    The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public. No membership is required.

    All ages and skill levels are welcome, but we ask that you not treat the group as childcare and leave young children alone.


    Each month our small group of enthusiasts bring models to share and teach. Everyone is encouraged to teach to others, but nobody is expected to do so. If you're not comfortable teaching yet, please bring something else to contribute such as a model to show that you've enjoyed folding, an origami book or articles that others might find of interest.

    If you have never folded before, no problem. No experience is necessary, we'd love to teach you.


    No patience? Fold a simple model in a few minutes.


    If you feel you're too slow, it doesn't matter we have 3 hours!


    Origami is relaxing and non-competitive, yet stimulating and challenging. Learn a few basics from us and the doors to amazing models will be open to you.


    2019 Workshop Dates:

    January 12

    February (No workshop scheduled)

    March 9

    April 13

    May 11

    June 8

    July 13

    August 10

    September 14

    October 12

    November 9

    December 14


    Click here for complete details.

    • October 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, River Grove

    Monthly Skywatch (followed by FREE Public Star Parties)

    Click here for complete details.

    Get your current night sky, astronomy, geoscience, and space exploration update in the Cernan Center Planetarium.


    One Saturday night each month, the Cernan Earth and Space Center's Monthly Skywatch brings you the excitement of the current nighttime sky. Recent discoveries in astronomy, space science and geoscience are also presented in the Planetarium theater. This program features advanced scientific content and is recommended for people 13 years or older, but younger visitors are welcome.


    Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside so everyone can observe the Moon, planets and other celestial sights for FREE. Telescopes are provided by the Chicago Astronomical Society and Cernan Center staff.


    Please Note: Events, Dates, Topics, Objects and Prices are subject to change. Even though we make every effort to keep the website updated, visitors should call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for the latest information about additions, changes, and cancelations.


    Admission to Monthly Skywatch
    Adults: $8
    Seniors (55 and over): $4
    Children (2-12): $4
    Triton College Students with Current Semester ID: FREE


    2019 Schedule


    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.




    • October 18, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Erickson Woods, Northfield

    Stars, Stories and S’mores

    Location:

    Erickson Woods

    Willow Rd, east of I-94/Edens Expy

    Cook County, IL 60093 

    (near Winnetka)


    Description:

    Join us for an evening in the Forest Preserves. Enjoy a cozy fire, s’mores, storytelling, astronomy, night hikes and natural material building.


    Cost:

    Free


    Click here for complete details.

    • October 24, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Euclid Park, Oak Park



    • October 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Q Center, St. Charles

    Best Practices for Parents of Highly Sensitive Children/Teens

    (A 6 Hour Workshop for Parents Seeking to Support Their Highly Sensitive Child/Teen)

    Is your child highly sensitive? Does he or she ask deep questions? Is he or she easily overstimulated (loud noises, scratchy clothing, etc.) or distressed by injustice and the suffering of others? More than 20 percent of children, both boys and girls, have this normal but somewhat uncommon trait. High sensitivity is an innate trait found in one out of five people. It is not an autism spectrum disorder, nor is it a mental illness although the highly sensitive can have other problems, and are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

    This topic has only been presented at 1440 (CA) and Kripalu (MA) so don’t miss this rare midwest offering! This workshop, based on the book–The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine Aron, psychologist and pioneer in the study of this trait–will demonstrate research that supports the trait, identify the needs of parents of highly sensitive children and teens, teach practical interventions for everyday challenges, and offer unique community with other parents.

    Speakers include: Candy Crawford, MSW, LCSW local therapist who specializes in high sensitivity and teaches with Elaine Aron. Elaine Aron, Ph.D (via webcast) has spent more than 20 years researching and writing on this topic and introducing Mary Beth Nickolaou, BA, MA, School Intervention Specialist.

    Come learn for the day or stay overnight on Q-center’s 95-acre landscaped campus. Make it a learning/self care weekend Q Center only 45 minutes from O’Hare. https://qcenter.com/

    SCHEDULE

    8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Check-In

    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Workshop

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Provided

    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Workshop

    Cost: $187 per person with lunch and snacks included

    Click here for complete details.

    • November 01, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Quest Academy, 500 North Benton, Palatine
    Register

    Who is the Gifted Child?   

    Join us for an informal morning coffee and a discussion about raising and educating gifted children.

    Many thanks to CGCC professional member, Quest Academy for hosting this event.  

    • November 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month we will discuss:         

    Unwritten Rules: Real Strategies to Parent Your Child Into a Successful Adult 
    by Adam Russo 

    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Everyone welcome! Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    Next book discussion 



    • November 08, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:20 PM
    • 8237 N. Kenton Ave., Skokie
    Register

    LOGYC 


    Come spend a day visiting the LOGYC Co-op! Come and meet people, observe classes, ask questions, and see what we're all about. Come for one block or several, and bring a (nut-free) lunch.


    LOGYC is a coop for gifted homeschooling students aged 5 through 18. To learn more about the coop, see our coop FAQs.


    Please register, and someone will contact you with more details.  

    • November 09, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

    The Chicago Area Origami Society is a group of origami enthusiasts who are dedicated to the sharing and promoting harmony and friendship through origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.  We meet each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory, every 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


    The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public. No membership is required.

    All ages and skill levels are welcome, but we ask that you not treat the group as childcare and leave young children alone.


    Each month our small group of enthusiasts bring models to share and teach. Everyone is encouraged to teach to others, but nobody is expected to do so. If you're not comfortable teaching yet, please bring something else to contribute such as a model to show that you've enjoyed folding, an origami book or articles that others might find of interest.

    If you have never folded before, no problem. No experience is necessary, we'd love to teach you.


    No patience? Fold a simple model in a few minutes.


    If you feel you're too slow, it doesn't matter we have 3 hours!


    Origami is relaxing and non-competitive, yet stimulating and challenging. Learn a few basics from us and the doors to amazing models will be open to you.


    2019 Workshop Dates:

    January 12

    February (No workshop scheduled)

    March 9

    April 13

    May 11

    June 8

    July 13

    August 10

    September 14

    October 12

    November 9

    December 14


    Click here for complete details.

    • November 09, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, River Grove

    Monthly Skywatch (followed by FREE Public Star Parties)

    Click here for complete details.

    Get your current night sky, astronomy, geoscience, and space exploration update in the Cernan Center Planetarium.


    One Saturday night each month, the Cernan Earth and Space Center's Monthly Skywatch brings you the excitement of the current nighttime sky. Recent discoveries in astronomy, space science and geoscience are also presented in the Planetarium theater. This program features advanced scientific content and is recommended for people 13 years or older, but younger visitors are welcome.


    Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside so everyone can observe the Moon, planets and other celestial sights for FREE. Telescopes are provided by the Chicago Astronomical Society and Cernan Center staff.


    Please Note: Events, Dates, Topics, Objects and Prices are subject to change. Even though we make every effort to keep the website updated, visitors should call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for the latest information about additions, changes, and cancelations.


    Admission to Monthly Skywatch
    Adults: $8
    Seniors (55 and over): $4
    Children (2-12): $4
    Triton College Students with Current Semester ID: FREE


    2019 Schedule


    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.




    • November 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • IMSA, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora

    IAGC Connections Coffee! 

    Join IAGC for an informal conversation about gifted kids. See their new office. Bring your favorite morning beverage and they'll bring the donuts!

    Register here, so you get a donut!

    • November 20, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Shedd Aquarium

    Come join us for a Teen Orientation and discover what being a teen at Shedd Aquarium is all about!

    The Teen Orientation will welcome you to the aquarium, introduce you to some of the unique animals that call Shedd home and invite you to opportunities available to teens! Discover how Shedd is a place for teens like you to explore their interests, gain valuable career advice and make a difference within the aquarium, while connecting with like-minded peers along the way.

    Ages: High school teens (minimum of 14 years old)

    Dates:

    Jul. 16 4:30-7 p.m.

    Aug. 21 4:30-7 p.m.

    Nov. 20 4:30-7 p.m.

    Dec. 14 1-3:30 p.m.

    Free. Registration required. Click here for complete details.


    • November 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Scoville Park, Oak Park




    • December 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    a yet to be determined book! 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • December 04, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Ct, Palatine
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    Weighing the Options:
    How to Educate a Gifted Child

    Please join us for a panel discussion featuring a reflection on the advantages and disadvantages of mainstream public school versus gifted school versus homeschooling.  

    • December 14, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Shedd Aquarium

    Come join us for a Teen Orientation and discover what being a teen at Shedd Aquarium is all about!

    The Teen Orientation will welcome you to the aquarium, introduce you to some of the unique animals that call Shedd home and invite you to opportunities available to teens! Discover how Shedd is a place for teens like you to explore their interests, gain valuable career advice and make a difference within the aquarium, while connecting with like-minded peers along the way.

    Ages: High school teens (minimum of 14 years old)

    Dates:

    Jul. 16 4:30-7 p.m.

    Aug. 21 4:30-7 p.m.

    Nov. 20 4:30-7 p.m.

    Dec. 14 1-3:30 p.m.

    Free. Registration required. Click here for complete details.


    • December 14, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

    The Chicago Area Origami Society is a group of origami enthusiasts who are dedicated to the sharing and promoting harmony and friendship through origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.  We meet each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory, every 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


    The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public. No membership is required.

    All ages and skill levels are welcome, but we ask that you not treat the group as childcare and leave young children alone.


    Each month our small group of enthusiasts bring models to share and teach. Everyone is encouraged to teach to others, but nobody is expected to do so. If you're not comfortable teaching yet, please bring something else to contribute such as a model to show that you've enjoyed folding, an origami book or articles that others might find of interest.

    If you have never folded before, no problem. No experience is necessary, we'd love to teach you.


    No patience? Fold a simple model in a few minutes.


    If you feel you're too slow, it doesn't matter we have 3 hours!


    Origami is relaxing and non-competitive, yet stimulating and challenging. Learn a few basics from us and the doors to amazing models will be open to you.


    2019 Workshop Dates:

    January 12

    February (No workshop scheduled)

    March 9

    April 13

    May 11

    June 8

    July 13

    August 10

    September 14

    October 12

    November 9

    December 14


    Click here for complete details.

    • December 14, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, River Grove

    Monthly Skywatch (followed by FREE Public Star Parties)

    Click here for complete details.

    Get your current night sky, astronomy, geoscience, and space exploration update in the Cernan Center Planetarium.


    One Saturday night each month, the Cernan Earth and Space Center's Monthly Skywatch brings you the excitement of the current nighttime sky. Recent discoveries in astronomy, space science and geoscience are also presented in the Planetarium theater. This program features advanced scientific content and is recommended for people 13 years or older, but younger visitors are welcome.


    Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside so everyone can observe the Moon, planets and other celestial sights for FREE. Telescopes are provided by the Chicago Astronomical Society and Cernan Center staff.


    Please Note: Events, Dates, Topics, Objects and Prices are subject to change. Even though we make every effort to keep the website updated, visitors should call our Program Line at 708-583-3100 for the latest information about additions, changes, and cancelations.


    Admission to Monthly Skywatch
    Adults: $8
    Seniors (55 and over): $4
    Children (2-12): $4
    Triton College Students with Current Semester ID: FREE


    2019 Schedule


    Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.




    • December 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Fox Park, Oak Park




    • December 31, 2019
    • Various
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           Sign Me Up! 


    I get it - CGCC is a member run organization and since I am a member, I would like to help. Sign Me Up! 

    Please register as a way to let us know what you might like to assist with.  Thank you! 



    • February 08, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Chicago Marriott Naperville

    IAGC Parent Saturday

    This is the 25th year that IAGC has put on a Conference, and it will once again be concluding with a full Saturday morning of presentations for parents.  

    Learn more about Parent Saturday


    A group of parents will be gathering after the presentations for a casual luncheon at Jason's Deli nearby at around 1pm. 

    Save me a seat at lunch!

    The full IAGC conference runs Thursday and Friday, February 6 and 7, 2020. Parents are always invited to participate in the conference, not just Parents Saturday.  For more information about the IAGC conference, please see the IAGC website:  
    • February 08, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Jason's Deli, Naperville
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    Parents Luncheon 


    1735 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL 60563

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