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Posted on: December 28, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Niles Teen Center- Week of December 28

Please find below information on events and activities taking place at or with the Niles Teen Center in the next couple of weeks.

1) Teen Center- Days and Hours for Winter Break
OPEN- Tuesday 12/29 and Wednesday 12/30 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

We will re-open for our regular hours on Tuesday, January 5 from 2:45 pm to 7:00 pm

2) Mark on Vacation for rest of this week
Mark will be out from Monday, December 14 through Friday, January 1st using a combination of sick days and vacation days. He will be in town most of the time and able to address email messages, if necessary. Halley, Ann and Nick will be running the Teen Center while Mark is out.

3) Tues. January 5 – Air Hockey Tournament- 4:00 pm
Most Tuesdays at 4:00p.m., Nick will set up tournaments for video games and table games like Foosball, Air Hockey, Darts, NBA2K15 or Call of Duty 3. Prizes may be awarded to winners.

4) Wed. January 6 – “Girl Talk” resumes a new session from 4:00-5:00 pm
Girl Talk is a group designed to meet the social and emotional needs of teen girls. This group focuses on improving self-esteem, self-image, communication skills, conflict resolution, reducing stressors and addressing other issues teen girls face. Girl Talk meets every Wednesday from 4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. The group is facilitated by Nicole Espinoza, LCSW of Niles Family Services in collaboration with the Niles Teen Center.

5) Thursday, January 7- Man-Cave Begins- 4:30- 5:30 pm
Man Cave is a group designed for the teenage boy to bring their concerns, experiences and challenges to the group and to give and receive feedback, relevant information, and guidance. This group will offer their members an opportunity to learn how to manage some of the difficulties of being a teenager. The group will be facilitated by Nick Pizzo and Ilona Jurczyk and will meet 2 times per month from 4:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.

6) Fri. January 8- Teen “In House” Movie Night
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm- $3 each
Come to the Teen Center for Teen Movie Nights. Stop by or call to recommend a teen movie. All movies will be PG or PG-13. Bring a pillow or blanket and make yourself at home. Additional snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Fee goes toward additional supervision. No sign-up prior to event is necessary.
Movie Choices will be …
Jurrasic World (PG-13- 124 min- Sci-Fi)- Once a popular, state-of-the-art themed attraction, Jurassic Park has fallen behind the times. In response, the owners decide to design a bold new exhibit, but the terror it inspires becomes all too real after the technology malfunctions. (Chris Pratt, Bryce D. Howard, Vincent D-Onofrio)
Terminator Genisys- (PG-13- 125 min- Sci-Fi)- In the continuing struggle between the ravaged human race and a horde of terminator cyborgs, this prequel to the Terminator legend reveals a very different back story for Sarah Connor, mother of Resistance hero John Connor. (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney)
Poltergeist- (PG-13- 93 min- horror)- Retaining the eerie edge of the original 1982 film, this spooky remake follows the Bowen family as they discover that their new home is awash in malevolent spirits, who soon make off with the youngest daughter Madison. (Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris)
Pixels- (PG-13- 106 min)- After aliens attack the Earth using 1980’s arcade games as models for their onslaught, President Will Cooper calls in longtime friend and former gaming ace Sam Brenner to take on the extraterrestrial invaders. (Adam Sandler, Kevin James)

7) Jelly Belly Tour & Outlet Mall- Deadline Thursday, Jan. 7- $40
If you have a sweet tooth then this is the trip for you! We’ll start our day at the Jelly Belly Warehouse in Pleasant Prairie, WI, where we’ll take the Jelly Belly Express train to tour the warehouse and store. Then we will head to Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall for a little shopping time! Fee includes transportation and lunch at the Jelly Belly Snack Bar; bring extra money for shopping and snacks. This trip may depart from a location other than the Niles Teen Center.
Date: Monday, January 18
Time: 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. Min/Max: 4/8
Cost: $40 for transportation, supervision and lunch

8) Introducing the Village of Niles Snow Shoveling Program!
The Village of Niles encourages residents to build a stronger sense of community by volunteering to shovel snow for their senior and/or disabled neighbors and friends who are unable to do the work on their own. The newly adopted Village of Niles Neighborhood HEROES Program connects residents with volunteers who are willing to provide snow shoveling services. Individuals requesting assistance, as well as individuals and/or organizations willing to volunteer, are encouraged to sign up now. Volunteers will be needed for the entire 2015-16 snow season. Your efforts will help create a safer community for everyone.

To RECEIVE assistance with shoveling:
If you are a Senior and/or a disabled Niles resident and in need of assistance, please contact the Niles Senior Center at (847)588-8420 to register. By registering for the program, we will do our best to match you up a with an available Volunteer within your neighborhood. Volunteers will be asked to remove snow from public walkways and front sidewalks. After the conclusion of a 3" or greater snowfall, Volunteers will visit their assigned home within 48 hours to remove snow. A waiver will need to be signed and submitted before any assistance is given. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Niles Senior Center. Please note that as this is a completely Volunteer-based program, services will only be provided if a Volunteer is available in your neighborhood.
How to BECOME a HEROES Volunteer:
To Volunteer for the program, please go to to fill out a Senior Center Volunteer Application, you can then select the Neighborhood HEROES Program. Once an application is completed, we will contact you to match you up with a resident in need. If you are unavailable or out of town, we ask that you notify us so we can attempt to find a backup Volunteer for that specific clearing.
A waiver will need to be signed and submitted before the ability to give assistance.
If you are under the age of 18, a parental release waiver will need to be signed and returned to the Niles Senior Center.

9) Niles Chamber of Commerce- Dollars for Scholars- Scholarship Program
for graduating 8th graders and high school seniors.
All Application information is now available online at

Did you know that by living in the Village of Niles, or an employee of a Niles Chamber member that your students/children are eligible for Niles Chamber Dollars for Scholars Scholarship, if entering High School or College?

The Niles Chamber Dollars for Scholars Charter is an all-volunteer committee dedicated to our youth. This 2015-16 academic year, three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating eighth grade students entering high school and three $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors. Applications are judged on service to the community and school, response to an essay, awards and honors, school transcripts, and letters of recommendation

All students must complete a Student Profile, this is where they will complete the activities section, transcript section and essay question.

Past recipients have been from local schools such as: St. John Brebeuf, Gemini Junior High, Clarence E. Culver School, St. Juliana, Maine West High School, Niles North High School, Niles West High School, Notre Dame High School, St. Mary of the Woods, Resurrection High School, Maine East High School and Loyola Academy.

Scholarships have also been granted to the children of Chamber Member employees like: Ed Garvey & Co., St. Benedict Nursing & Rehab Center, Fifth Third Bank, Professional Eye Care Center, Niles Public Library, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Niles Family Fitness Center and the Village of Niles

Deadline for all applications will be NO LATER than Friday March 4th at 4:30 pm NO EXCEPTIONS

10) If you are new to the Teen Center and are enjoying your time with us, PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN TOO!!!

Please “like” the Niles Teen Center on Facebook to get program updates and see photos and video.

Also, you can follow us on Instagram @TheNilesTeenCenter-

WE ARE ON SNAPCHAT!!!- look us up @NilesTeenCenter
Ann and Halley will be working on snaps throughout our regular teen center programming.

12) Removal- If you want to be removed from this distribution list, please reply with the word “remove”, the teen center member’s name, and the email address to be removed.
Mark Williams
Niles Teen Center Director
Niles Teen Center
373 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
847-588-6900- office

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