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CGCC Events Calendar



Members, see our Area Events Calendar for community events happening throughout Chicagoland.
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Upcoming events

    • September 08, 2017
    • November 17, 2017
    • 10 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie

    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.


    • October 22, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you. Risk, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.


    Snacks are welcome, but please be mindful that we are playing games so avoid sticky or messy items.


    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up.


    Please note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site. Parents are welcome to join in the fun!


    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library

    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521


    Fall Dates:

    October 22

    November 12

    December 3


    Please register for each date you plan on attending in case we need to notify you of any schedule changes. Thank you!

      


    • October 25, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Buzz Cafe, Oak Park
    • 18
    Register

    A Roundtable Discussion led by Rhonda Stern


    When There is No Gifted Program...


    October 25, 2017 - 7PM – 8:30PM

    Buzz Cafe, 905 S Lombard Oak Park, IL


    If your gifted child is in a regular classroom, for whatever reason, what should you look out for? What can you do to help her adapt to this environment?


    This roundtable will help you understand:

    • What the difference is between acceleration and gifted programming
    • How to find meaningful enrichment opportunities (or how to know that the enrichment you have found is likely to be meaningful)
    • The double edged sword of doing acceleration on the side – making next year’s problems worse
    • The pluses and minuses of differentiation
    • Coping with the elitism that results from having your child always be one of the very best in the class
    • What to ask classroom a teacher for

    Rhonda Stern has been in the field of gifted and talented education since 2000. She is also a certified mediator and an attorney. Rhonda, a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies at DePaul University, works with gifted, talented, and twice exceptional students at Educational Enrichment Consulting, www.enrichyourkids.com. In addition to being on the Chicago Gifted Community board, Stern has been involved with the Social and Emotional Committee of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and is a lecturer and writer on gifted and talented issues.


    Come join the discussion. Register today! Registration is free for CGCC members. Non-members pay a non-refundable $5. (Fee waivers are available.)


    Won't you consider helping us build a community of gifted families by joining CGCC today? Annual membership is only $25.  Join


    The CGCC monthly Oak Park Speaker Series continues with: 

    • Thursday, November 16: To Test or Not To Test: the “When,” “What,” “How,” and “Who” of Testing Your Gifted Child lead by Hollie Sobel. 

    We will be meeting in the upstairs meeting room at the Buzz cafe. If you are interested in grabbing food or a beverage, please order these downstairs before heading up.

    • October 25, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .



    Location: Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, enter through side garden


    Presenter: Dr. Michele Kane, Professor of gifted education at Northeastern Illinois University, author, member of Illinois State Board of Education Gifted Advisory Council


    Dr. Kane is an inspiring speaker who has been a long-time advocate for the gifted in Illinois. She has mentored several HSGS members who pursued their own master's in gifted education. Every time I talk to her I leave filled with energy and passion for homeschooling and new insights into myself and my kids.  She will talk about how mindfulness can help gifted children address their social, emotional and creative needs. 


    • October 26, 2017
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs


    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 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 scheduled book club?  November 30.  Learn more here.

    • October 26, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Beverly Branch of the Chicago Public Library
    Register

    Beverly Parenting Book Discussion


    October 26, 2017

    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


    Beverly Branch 

    Chicago Public Library

    1962 W. 95th Street, 

    Chicago IL 60643


    Please join us in Beverly for a parenting book discussion.  We hope to form a group of parents of gifted kids who can work together to support our kids and each other.


    This month's book is:


    Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students

    by Christine Fonseca




    If you are interested in being involved in this group, but for some reason cannot make this first gathering, please email the organizer to let her know so she can factor in your scheduling requirements!  Email Jennifer Adams.  

    • November 05, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    • 11
    Register

    CGCC  

    Wild About Reading Book Club 


    A book club for highly gifted 8 - 12 year olds who have significantly advanced reading skills and a love of books. Bring your favorite book of the month, share what you liked about it with the group, hang out, check out the Hinsdale Library and chill for a while.


    We have a room reserved for the club and will begin with a facilitated group discussion about the books selected by each participant. This is followed by social time in the room and an opportunity to investigate the library. Parents are asked to stay at the library in order to supervise their children during open library time. 


    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library

    20 E. Maple St., HInsdale, IL 60521


    Note:  Hinsdale library is very close to the Hinsdale train station.

     

    • November 07, 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • At a member's home in Hinsdale
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Great Minds and How to Grow Them 

    Wendy Berliner and Deborah Eyre


    Please 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 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 up?  The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius on December7.   Register here.

    • November 09, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chicago - River North or Google Hangout
    Register


    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. 


    • November 11, 2017
    • 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Art Institute, Chicago
    • 15
    Register
    Join us for a CGCC teacher led tour at the Art Institute of Chicago. Fun adventures will be geared to students' interests.

    Geared towards fourth grade and older. Parents/adults are welcome to attend but it is not required.

    We will meet at the entrance to the Modern wing (Columbus and Monroe). Parents who do not participate can meet us at the same entrance at the conclusion of the tour.

    Free for students.
    Fee for adults who wish to participate is $20. Please select upon registering your student.
    Registration open through October 26.

    Please note, we need one additional parent volunteer as a chaperone who will receive free admission. Please contact us if you are interested: info@chicagogiftedcommunity.org 
    We will accept the first volunteer.

    • November 12, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you. Risk, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.


    Snacks are welcome, but please be mindful that we are playing games so avoid sticky or messy items.


    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up.


    Please note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site. Parents are welcome to join in the fun!


    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library

    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521


    Fall Dates:

    October 22

    November 12

    December 3


    Please register for each date you plan on attending in case we need to notify you of any schedule changes. Thank you!

      


    • November 16, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Buzz Cafe, Oak Park
    • 19
    Register

    A Roundtable Discussion led by Hollie Sobel


    To Test Or Not To Test

    The “When,” “What,” “How,” and “Who” of Testing Your Gifted Child


    November 16, 2017 - 7PM – 8:30PM

    Buzz Cafe, 905 S Lombard Oak Park, IL


    Gifted children can be complicated.  One definition of giftedness labels them with a learning difference.  The key to educating them, and sometimes living with them, can be understanding the nature of that difference.  Often testing is the answer, though there are many tests and many testers and getting the right ones is vital in order to get useful answers. 


    This roundtable will help you understand:

    • When it might be helpful to take your child in for testing
    • What kinds of testing is available and what questions each test attempts to answer
    • How testing results can be used to impact educational outcomes or familial relationships
    • How to seek a good assessment of your gifted child

    Our discussion will be led by Hollie Sobel, Ph.D. Hollie is a licensed clinical psychologist with Psychological Assessment, Consultation & Treatment (PACT) in both Chicago and Northbrook. Prior to this position, she was a faculty member at Rush University Medical Center and The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She has extensive experience in conducting psychological evaluations.  Hollie has worked with gifted children in the areas of both assessment and treatment. She has also helped families to select appropriate school settings, and develop educational programming for their gifted children.


    Come join the discussion. Register today! Registration is free for CGCC members. Non-members pay a non-refundable $5. (Fee waivers are available.)


    Won't you consider helping us build a community of gifted families by joining CGCC today? Annual membership is only $25.  Join


    We will be meeting in the upstairs meeting room at the Buzz cafe. If you are interested in grabbing food or a beverage, please order these downstairs before heading up.

    • November 30, 2017
    • Various
    Register


    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! 



    • November 30, 2017
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Great Minds and How to Grow Them 

    Wendy Berliner and Deborah Eyre


    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 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 Daytime Parenting Book Discussion: January 25, 2018.  Register Here!

    • December 02, 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Riverside Public Library
    Register

    Bring your favorite board or card games and an openness to try a new game!  Get to know other kids while playing games you enjoy; teach someone a new game; learn a new game!

    All ages welcome.  Parents, plan to help facilitate games, get reluctant kids involved and to chat with each other around the edges of the room.  This is not a drop off event.


    Free, but please register in case we need to update you on the schedule.


    Riverside Public Library

    1 Burling Rd.

    Riverside, IL 60546


    http://www.riversidelibrary.org/location.html




      


    • December 03, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you. Risk, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.


    Snacks are welcome, but please be mindful that we are playing games so avoid sticky or messy items.


    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up.


    Please note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site. Parents are welcome to join in the fun!


    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library

    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521


    Fall Dates:

    October 22

    November 12

    December 3


    Please register for each date you plan on attending in case we need to notify you of any schedule changes. Thank you!

      


    • December 05, 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • At a member's home in Hinsdale
    Register

    This months book is:  


    The Power of Different, 

    The Link Between Disorder and Genius 

    by Gail Saltz


    Please 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 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!

    • December 07, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Flat Top Grill, Evanston
    Register

    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. This is a joint event with the Chicago Gifted Children Meetup.


    FlatTop Grill

    707 Church Street

    Evanston, IL



    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. Won't you join us?  


    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 our President, Newenka, at Newenka@ArvaMont.com. 

    • December 10, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    • 12
    Register

    CGCC  

    Wild About Reading Book Club 


    A book club for highly gifted 8 - 12 year olds who have significantly advanced reading skills and a love of books. Bring your favorite book of the month, share what you liked about it with the group, hang out, check out the Hinsdale Library and chill for a while.


    We have a room reserved for the club and will begin with a facilitated group discussion about the books selected by each participant. This is followed by social time in the room and an opportunity to investigate the library. Parents are asked to stay at the library in order to supervise their children during open library time. 


    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library

    20 E. Maple St., HInsdale, IL 60521


    Note:  Hinsdale library is very close to the Hinsdale train station.

     

    • January 06, 2018
    • Various
    Registration is closed
    Please join other parents of gifted children in a

    Guided Reading
    of
    A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children
    By Webb, Gore, Amend and DeVries


    Meet with a group of parents for 8 consecutive weeks to discuss issues of giftedness in a SENG Model Parent Group. Times and locations to be determined by interest level.

    Each week we will read one or two chapters of the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and discuss them as a group in a facilitated discussion format developed by SENG (Social and 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 depend upon the cost of the venue we are able to find, but we hope it will be about $80 for members, $110 for non members. 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.

    The guided reading will be facilitated by Newenka DuMont.  Newenka is a certified SENG Model Parent Group master facilitator and the Illinois SENG (Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Liaison.  She has been leading guided reading groups since 2003.  Newenka has been active in the Chicago area in gifted circles for almost 20 years.  She is the current president of the Chicago Gifted Community Center and is on the board of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.  More importantly, Newenka is the mother of two gifted daughters.

    If you are interested in participating or in receiving more information, please email Newenka at NewenkaDuMont@ChicagoGiftedCommunity.org.  The group size will be limited to 15 people, but we need at least 8 people for meaningful discussion. 

    • January 09, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .



    Location: Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, enter through side garden


    Come hear HSGS grads talk about Life After Homeschooling. As homeschoolers, did they feel prepared for college? What were some of the adjustments they had to make? In what ways did homeschooling prepare them, and in what other ways did they have to learn new skills or strategies? What would they have done differently in their homeschool? For those who chose a different path, how did homeschooling prepare them for life outside of college? What advice do they have for the next cohorts of homeschoolers?  (If you know an HSGS grad who would like to reconnect with other HSGS alums on this panel, please contact Maria Galo at mariatgalo@hotmail.com.)


    • January 25, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Still being decided upon!


    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 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 scheduled book club?  February 22, 2018.  Learn more here.

    • February 03, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Bricks Wood Fired Pizza Cafe
    Register

       Parents Luncheon



    We will enjoy lunch and conversation about gifted children and the challenges of parenting and educating them immediately following the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Convention parent presentations. (For more information about the parent presentations, click here.) Attendance at the IAGC session is not required.


    A nearby restaurant will be chosen nearer to the date.   Register now and you will be sent a reminder when the location is chosen.  If you don't like it, just cancel!  


    This event is "free," as all participants will pay for their own lunch. Please register so we can make an appropriate reservation.

    • February 22, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Still being decided upon!


    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 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 scheduled book club? March 29, 2018.  Learn more here.

    • March 29, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Still being decided upon!


    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 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 scheduled book club? April 26, 2018.  Learn more here.

    • April 16, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .


    Secrets of Homeschooling to College: Beyond the Transcript

    Location: Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, enter through side garden


    What are the secrets to successfully homeschooling for the future?  How do you find programs, mentors, personal projects that help your child take their deep interest to the nth degree?  What programs are out there that will help your student? This panel discussion will address when, why and how to take standardized tests (and which standardized tests);  how to find specialized summer programs that match your child's interests; when and how to take community college courses while a high school student, and how to develop interesting extra-curricular activities. Hear how HSGS families helped their teens get accepted into competitive programs, develop unique projects, and pursue personally meaningful extra-curriculars which-- most importantly -- fed their souls and ---coincidentally --  impressed college admissions officers.  


    • April 26, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Still being decided upon!


    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 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!



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