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Posted on: July 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Niles Teen Center- Week of July 17

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


Summer Hours continue- 2:00- 6:00 pm – Tuesday to Friday


Mark- expecting baby #2 this week

Mark and his wife Colleen are expecting their 2nd child, a little baby girl, by the end of this week.  Colleen’s due date is Thurs. July 20.  Expect that Mark will be out of the office from approximately Thursday July 20 through Friday, July 28.  He will send a birth announcement when baby girl arrives.  Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.


Game Tournament- Air Hockey- Wed. July 19 - 4:30-5:30 pm
Most Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., the Teen Center staff will set up tournaments for video games and table games like Foosball, Air Hockey, Darts, NBA2K16 or Call of Duty 3. Prizes may be awarded to winners.

Craft Project- Thurs. July 20- Sugar Cookies- 4:00- 5:00 pm

Join Ann in baking some sugar cookies from scratch.  Use the cookie cutters and sprinkles to make them as fun and festive as you like.

Teen Center Staffing Changes

Mark has hired Jamie Kowalczyk to replace Ann on the Teen Center staff. Jamie will be starting this week for limited hours.  Jamie grew up in Mount Prospect and graduated from Prospect High School in 2013. She is a recent grad from the University of Evansville with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and listening to new music with friends and family. She also enjoys trying out all different types of crafts and DIY projects. She has worked as a camp counselor as well as with afterschool programs in Evansville for the past three years. She is excited to start her next chapter at the Teen Center!

Ann’s last day will be Friday, August 11 and Nick’s last day will be Friday, August 18.

Mark is still looking for another new staff member to replace Nick.  If you know anyone that might be interested, please have them contact Mark ASAP. 

New Furniture, Equipment, games/movies

The teen center recently made lots of upgrades including 21 new couches in the TV lounge, a new dome hockey table to replace the foosball, painted the restaurant benches and tables, installed 6 new tables in the computer lab (gaining about 3 feet of space to move around the room). This is the first new furniture that we have been able to purchase. We are replacing lots of donated furniture and equipment, some of which was over 20 years old and showing heavy wear.  See the attachment for before and after pictures.

Also, this week Mark replaced the electronic dart board, replace the electronic scoring unit on the air hockey table 5- 12 month Playstation network subscriptions and bought a bunch of new DVD movies including Anchorman series, Austin Powers series, Wayne’s World series, Joe Dirt, Talladega Nights and Waterboy.

Niles Cycling Classic- Thursday, July 20

Join the whole Niles community as we celebrate the joy of biking and make a commitment to bicycle safety.  The event will include all day bike races/rides for professionals, novices and families.  Family Fun Ride at 6:15 pm.  Food and beverages will be for sale.  See attached flyer for more information.

Date: Thursday, July 20

Location: Oak Park (Main & Ottawa)

Time: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm


Breakfast (and Lunch) is Served @ D63 This Summer!

All children 18 and under in the D63 community (whether or not they attend D63 schools) are eligible for a free, cold breakfast or lunch this summer at specific school buildings during our summer programs (program participation isn't required).

Breakfast- Monday-Friday, June 12-July 28 from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.- Gemini Jr High - 8955 Greenwood, Niles

Breakfast- Monday-Thursday, July 10-August 3- 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.- Nelson School - 8901 Ozanam Avenue, Niles and Stevenson School - 9000 Capital Drive, Des Plaines

Lunch- Monday-Friday, June 12-July 28- 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.- Gemini Jr High

D63 is a USDA-approved Summer Food Service Program site.


Programs at the Niles Public Library

Summer Reading 2017: Reading By Design- June 1- August 15- Grades 7-12
Design your own reading challenge! Sign up in the Teen Underground to get a reading log and super 4-color pen. Complete 1 of 3 paths on your log and exchange it for a Boogie Bot, plus entry in the weekly and grand prize drawings. Stop by the Teen Underground each week to complete a design challenge, which can be counted on your log. Complete as many logs as you like over the summer for more chances to win!


Project Playbill Summer Theatre Program 

Rehearsals Mon., Wed., Fri., June 19-July 21, 1:00-3:00 pm for Grades 7-Class of 2017

Help write, produce, and perform an original play for all ages. Earn volunteer hours while having fun and expressing yourself, whether on or off stage. Be ready to share your ideas and roll up your sleeves. Our first brainstorming session/rehearsal will be Monday, June 19. Attendance at every rehearsal is not required, but actors and director will need to be available for the performance on Saturday, July 22.

Duct Tape Designs- Registration required- Tues., July 25, 4:00-5:30pm- Grades 6-12

Teens have fun creating a colorful coin purse or wallet out of duct tape. All materials will be provided.

Escape Room Adventure- Registration required- Fri., Aug. 4, 6:30-8:30pm
You're trapped! Work together to gather the clues and solve the puzzles necessary to free yourselves...before time runs out.


Follow these simple steps to activate your account

Stop by the Teen Center or call 847-588-6900 to verify your Teen Center account email

Go to  Click Online Registration (left side of page)

Click Login (top right of page)

Click forgot password

Type in the email you verified with the Teen Center

You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password.  Type your password, verify your password and click submit.

Click Login to access your account

Click on My Account

You are now able to enter all Family Account Information

With your online account, you will be able to register and pay online for events and activities like movie night and trips.  However, you will not be able to renew your membership.  Memberships must be renewed in person through the Teen Center office.


Policy and Procedure Manual
Teen Center staff recently developed a policy and procedure manual.  The information included is intended for teens and parents, as well as staff, explaining our standard procedures of operation and explaining behavior expectations and consequences for teen participants.
Parents, please review this document with your teen participant.  Thanks!

ID cards REQUIRED for TC Attendance
Remember, ALL Teens are REQUIRED to have and USE their teen center ID cards to CHECK-IN to the facility.  Any need for a reprinted ID will be $5 each.  If you don’t have your ID, you will create more work for Mark and he will have to manually check you in.  The new MaxGalaxy software does not allow members to bypass the ID scanner, therefore ALL TEENS MUST USE THEIR ID CARDS TO CHECK-IN.  Thanks!


Mark Williams                        
Niles Teen Center Director

Niles Teen Center       
373 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
847-588-6900- office

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