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Posted on: November 10, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Niles Teen Center- Week of November 13

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



Game Tournament- Rocket League- Wed. Nov. 15 - 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.

Boys Group continues on Thurs. Nov. 16 from 4:15-4:45 pm

This group is designed to meet the social and emotional needs of teens. They focus on improving self-esteem/self-image, communication skills, conflict resolution, reducing stressors and addressing other challenges teens face. The group is facilitated by Darren Brown of Niles Family Services.

If you are interested in additional support, Niles Family Services also offers counseling and additional services. Please contact Family Services at 847-588-8460.

Movie Promo Contest- “Wonder” in theaters on Fri. Nov. 17

The Teen Center will be hosting an Air Hockey tournament to give away promotional items for the new movie, “Wonder”.  

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. (Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin)


Teen Center is CLOSED for Fall Break

We are CLOSED Monday November 20 through Friday November 24


Toys for Tots Program and Food Pantry Collection

The Niles Teen Center, in cooperation with the Village of Niles, will participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” program.  We will be collecting toys to be distributed to less fortunate children in the Chicagoland area.  Please do not bring any stuffed animals or home-made items.  All toys must be in their original packaging and no gift wrapping.  We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Niles Food Pantry.

Dates: Wednesday, November 1 to Friday, December 15


Teen Movie “Night OUT”- Friday, Dec. 1- 7:00- 9:30 pm- $9 each

Exclusive offer for Teen Center members! Are you looking for something fun to do on Friday nights? We’ve got the answer for you: Teen Movie Theater Nights. Enjoy a movie at AMC Theater - Golf Mill for $9 (price subject to change). Please bring extra money for snacks during the movie. Pre-registration is not required.

Movie Choice will be decided on Wednesday, Nov. 29


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Village of Niles- Snow Shoveling Program
A friendly reminder as we inch into the winter season, the Niles Senior Center has a Snow Shoveling program that is offered to seniors and/or disabled Niles residents and in need of assistance. We do our best to match the resident with an available volunteer within their neighborhood. Volunteers are 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.

This program is based solely on volunteer participation, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or know of anyone who would like to volunteer for this important program, you can sign up through Volgistics on the VON website.

I have attached the Show Shoveling brochure if there is anyone you know that could use this service, or might want to volunteer their time this winter season. Please contact Jaymi Blickhahn at the Niles Senior Center should you have any questions.


2017 Residential Holiday Decorating Contest- Twinkle & Lights
Beginning November 1, applications are available at Village Hall,the Niles Public Library, the Focus on Niles newsletter, and online at

Best Overall Display

1st Place $100 yard sign
2nd Place $75 yard sign
3rd Place $50 yard sign

Special Awards
Simple Yet Elegant $50 yard sign
Most Whimsical $50 yard sign
Best Use of Technology $50 yard sign

Participation is free and open to all Niles residents. Businesses are not eligible. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday,December 10. Decorations must be on from 5:30 p.m.untll 10:00 p.m.on both nights. Winners will be announced at the Tuesday, December 12 Village Board of Trustees meeting at 7:00 p.m..and will be notified prior to the meeting and Invited to attend. All decorating must be done by the resident. not a professional decorator/designer. An entry can win more than one category. Entries will be Judged from the curb; Judges will not enter private property.  Decorations must comply with Village of Niles ordinances and housing codes. The Judging Committee will be made up of members of the Niles Public Arts & Culture Advisory Councll. The decisions of the Judging Committee are final. Applications will be accepted between November 1 and December 6 by 5:00 p.m. Entries will be judged on attractiveness, creativity and scale. By participating in this contest, you agree to allow your name and address to be publicized as well as photographs of your home display to be taken and used for promotional purposes by the Village of Niles. You understand that your house will be viewed by the judges and the public throughout the Holiday Season.  Judges are not eligible to participate.  Informational flyer has been attached





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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