Seniors Program Newsletter North

The Chicago Lighthouse North
April 2017

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THOUGHTS ON SPRING:

“Snow in April is abominable. Like a slap in the face when you expected a kiss.”
L.M. Montgomery

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” William Shakespeare

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!” Robin Williams

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” Proverb


Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.

Art Appreciation – *NOTE NEW TIME*
Wednesdays 4/05, 4/19
1 – 2:30 p.m.

On APRIL 5, we will explore the art, architecture, and design of the Art Deco style.  On APRIL 19, we will explore the life and legacy of American author, Ernest Hemingway.

This series is led by Philip Cameron, a Visually Impaired Artist with a Master of Arts and Art Therapy through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please RSVP

Assistive Technology Group Demonstration –
Wearable devices that can help you see/read:
Wednesday, 4/05
10 a.m. – noon

The future is here! Imagine pointing to a magazine article & having it read out loud to you! Imagine the ingredients on a can of soup being read to you! Imagine identifying people, objects & text simply by pointing or using your voice. Imagine zooming in on a sign that is across the street! All of this is possible with wearable technology. In this session, you will be able to experience electronic glasses that zoom in, recognize people & objects, & read text out loud. Experience first-hand: NuEyes, OrCam, eSight 3 & seeBoost, all of which are available through The Chicago Lighthouse.

Class size is kept small for maximum learning so you MUST register in advance.

Audio Descriptive Movie – Florence Foster Jenkins
Friday 4/21
2 – 4 p.m.

This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content which is helpful for maximum enjoyment.

Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress & socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her husband & manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.

This film is rated PG-13.  Popcorn will be served.

Bingo!
Friday, 4/21
1 – 2 p.m.

Join in the fun for a few rounds of B-I-N-G-O. Winners will receive a prize! We do have a variety of bingo cards so all can use regardless of their level of vision.

Please RSVP

Book Club for Seniors: The Light Between Oceans
Monday 4/24
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player. The audio book player will be mailed to you at no cost, as well as all audio books. We can help you complete an application if you are not yet enrolled in the program. Friends, family members & caretakers are invited to participate as well. Please RSVP.

This month, we will discuss the years-long NY Times best-selling novel, The Light Between Oceans. After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia & takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season & shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, & loving wife, Isabel. Years later, a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man & a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous & whose moral principles have with-stood a horrific war, wants to report the man & infant immediately.

Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own. Years later, Tom & Isabel return to the mainland & are reminded that there are other people in the world. We’re swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course
Thursday, 4/06, 1 – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/12, 2 – 3 p.m.

These sessions are designed for people who have no prior experience using an iPad or iPhone. This hands-on session will highlight the built-in accessibility features on your device: Zoom, VoiceOver, Large Text, Bold Text, Contrast Options & Magnifier. Whether you already own a device or are just considering purchasing one, this class will help you get started. If you already own a device, please bring it.

If you do not have one, an iPad will be provided. Class size is kept small for maximum learning so you MUST register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Training – Intermediate Course
Thursday, 4/06, 2 – 3 p.m.
Monday, 4/17, 10 – 11 a.m.

These hands-on sessions are designed for people who have prior experience using an iPad or iPhone. We will highlight the built in-apps that are already installed on your device: Calendar, eMail, Clock, Browsing the Internet with Safari, iMessage, Notes, Contacts, Health and Fitness & more.

Whether you already own a device or are just considering purchasing one, this class will help you learn how to use the basic built-in apps.  If you already own an iPad/iPhone please bring it. If you do not have a device, an iPad will be provided to you to use during class. Class size is kept small for maximum learning so you MUST register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Training – Organization Workshop
Wednesday, 4/12, 3 – 4 p.m.
Monday, 4/17, 11 a.m. – noon

These workshops will help you get organized.  Since we’re spending more time indoors this wintry season, let’s use this time to organize our digital life.

We will cover how to organize our emails, favorite web pages, photos,  music, apps & more. Please bring your Apple ID & password. Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register in advance.

Low Vision Support Group
Monday, 4/24
10 – 11 a.m.

Join us for this interactive exchange of ideas and information to increase your knowledge and help you retain your independence while getting the support you need. There is much to learn and share amongst everyone!

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While all of the programs offered in April are free of charge for participants, The Chicago Lighthouse, a non-profit social service organization, appreciates your financial support in the form of tax-deductible donations. For your convenience, donation envelopes are located throughout the lobby level of Lighthouse North. In addition, donations can be made online at http://chicagolighthouse.org/donate/, via phone or mail.

SAVE THE DATE!
Low Vision Products Road Show:
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While Lighthouse North has a great little retail store with dozens of products that can assist you with your day-to-day activities, be sure to visit our expanded product offering at our road show. Over 100 products will be available for sale to help you increase your independence. Products demonstrated will include computer accessibility programs for speech & magnification, electronic reading devices & much more. Please note that optical handheld magnifiers will not be available at the show as they require a prescription.

No appointment needed – just stop by when it’s convenient for you starting at 10 a.m.  It is recommended that you arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.

Monthly Events at a Glance

4/17    iPad/iPhone – Organization, 11 a.m. – noon
4/19    Art Appreciation, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
4/21    BINGO, 1 – 2 p.m.
4/21    Audio Descriptive Movie, 2 – 4 p.m.
4/24    Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
4/24    Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to:

Melissa Wittenberg
Senior Director
(847) 510-6200
Email Melissa


The Chicago Lighthouse North
May 2017

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MAY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

In honor of Memorial Day, to all who died while serving our country, The Lighthouse will be closed on Monday, May 29. Due to the holiday, support group & book club will take place on Monday, May 22. Please make note of the change in schedule in your calendar.

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.

Art Appreciation – *NOTE NEW TIME*
Wednesdays 5/03, 5/17
1 – 2:30 p.m.

On MAY 3, we will explore the treasures of Egyptian pharaoh, King Tutankhamun.  On MAY 17, we will explore the art of the Russian dynasty, the Romanovs.

This series is led by Philip Cameron, a Visually Impaired Artist with a Master of Arts and Art Therapy through

the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Please RSVP.

Audio Descriptive Movie – The Meddler
Thursday 5/25
2 – 4 p.m.

This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content.

“A valentine to mothers everywhere.” “Genuinely hilarious, honestly moving.” With a new iPhone, & a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from NJ to L.A. to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful but still single screenwriter, & smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, &conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism & forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – & find a new purpose in life.

This film is rated PG-13.  Popcorn will be served.

Bingo!
Thursday, 5/25
1 – 2 p.m.

Join in the fun for a few rounds of B-I-N-G-O. Winners will receive a prize! We do have a variety of bingo cards so all can use regardless of their level of vision.

Please RSVP

Book Club for Seniors: THE GLASS CASTLE
(PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE))
Monday 5/22
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player. The audio book player will be mailed to you at no cost, as well as all audio books. We can help you complete an application if you are not yet enrolled in the program. Friends, family members & caretakers are invited to participate as well. Please RSVP.

This month, we will discuss the New York Times Bestseller, The Glass Castle, a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered. The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course
Thursday, 5/04, 10 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, 5/10, 10 – 11 a.m.

These sessions are designed for people who have no prior experience using an iPad or iPhone. This hands-on session will highlight the built-in accessibility features on your device: Zoom, VoiceOver, Large Text, Bold Text, Contrast Options & Magnifier. Whether you already own a device or are just considering purchasing one, this class will help you get started. If you already own a device, please bring it.

If you do not have one, an iPad will be provided. Class size is kept small for maximum learning so you MUST register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Training – Intermediate Course
Thursday, 5/18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Monday, 5/22, 1 – 2 p.m.

These hands-on sessions are designed for people who have prior experience using an iPad or iPhone. We will highlight the built in-apps that are already installed on your device: Calendar, eMail, Clock, Browsing the Internet with Safari, iMessage, Notes, Contacts, Health and Fitness & more.

Whether you already own a device or are just considering purchasing one, this class will help you learn how to use the basic built-in apps.  If you already own an iPad/iPhone please bring it. If you do not have a device, an iPad will be provided to you to use during class. Class size is kept small for maximum learning so you MUST register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Training – Open Lab Time
Thursday, 5/04, 11 a.m. – noon
Thursday, 5/18, 3 – 4 p.m.

Bring your questions to these group workshops.

You will have time to learn, explore & practice what you enjoy: searching on the internet, creating & adding contacts, scheduling calendar appointments, using Siri, learning how to zoom in & make your text larger, eMail, photography & more.  Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Training – Photography Workshop
Wednesday, 5/10, 11 a.m. – noon
Monday, 5/22, 2 – 3 p.m.

In these workshops, you will learn how to search for specific objects on the Internet using the Safari browser. Download the pictures you find on your iPad/iPhone and share them via e-mail, text message and air drop.

You will also learn how to take pictures on your device with the built-in camera. Bring a smallish-sized object that you would like to photograph. If unable to do so, an object will be provided to you. Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register.

Low Vision Support Group
Monday, 5/22
10 – 11 a.m.

In observation of healthy vision month, Lighthouse’s own Dr. Copeland will discuss various eye diseases and their effects on vision.  While her main focus will be on age-related macular degeneration, as it is the leading cause of low vision in the U.S. for people over 55, she will be happy to answer questions regarding any eye condition.  She will also talk about ways people who have these issues can enhance their vision as well as helpful services that are available.  Please RSVP.

SAVE THE DATE!
Low Vision Products Road Show:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While Lighthouse North has a great little retail store with dozens of products that can assist you with your day-to-day activities, be sure to visit our expanded product offering at our road show. Over 100 products will be available for sale to help you increase your independence. Products demonstrated will include computer accessibility programs for speech & magnification, electronic reading devices & much more. Please note that optical handheld magnifiers will not be available at the show as they require a prescription.

No appointment needed – just stop by when it’s convenient for you starting at 10 a.m.  It is recommended that you arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.

Monthly Events at a Glance

5/02   Low Vision Products Show, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
5/03   Art Appreciation, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
5/04   iPad/iPhone – Beginner’s, 10 – 11 a.m.
5/04   iPad/iPhone – Open Lab, 11 a.m. – noon
5/10   iPad/iPhone – Beginner’s, 10 – 11 a.m.
5/10   iPad/iPhone – Photography, 11 a.m. – noon
5/17   Art Appreciation, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
5/18   iPad/iPhone – Intermediate, 2 – 3 p.m.
5/18   iPad/iPhone – Open Lab, 3 – 4 p.m.
5/22 * Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
5/22 * Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
**** Notes a change in the usual monthly schedule.
5/22   iPad/iPhone – Intermediate, 1 – 2 p.m.
5/22   iPad/iPhone – Photography, 2 – 3 p.m.
5/25   BINGO, 1 – 2 p.m.
5/25   Audio Descriptive Movie, 2 – 4 p.m.
5/29   OFFICE CLOSED – HOLIDAY


Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to:

Melissa Wittenberg
Senior Director
(847) 510-6200
Email Melissa

Locations & Contact

The Chicago Lighthouse North
222 Waukegan Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 510-6200
Monday – Friday
9 a.m – 5 p.m.