Updated: December 4, 2013 11:34AM
SKIN CANCER: A free skin cancer screening, administered by Dr. Martha Arroyo, board certified dermatologist, and will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Advocate Condell Medical Center, 801 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. A full body check taking about 10 minutes will be offered in a private setting. Dr. Arroyo will share results at time of screening. For adults 18 and up. Registration required. Details, (800) 323-8622 and use Code 5C50.
HEALTH FAIR: State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) will host a free Children’s Health and Safety Fair with a “Touch-A-Truck” area from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Lake Zurich Middle School North, 95 Hubbard Lane, Hawthorn Woods. State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Barrington) will be co-hosting the event. More than 30 groups are participating. Free admission, refreshments and giveaways. Children will also have an opportunity to touch more than 17 different kinds of trucks including a fire truck, fire safety pole, police squad car, police Humvee, tow truck, dump truck, backhoe and many more. Details, (847) 566-5115 or visit www.repedsullivan.com.
FUNDRAISER: Taking Steps to a Brighter Future: Nicasa 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Old School Forest Preserve, Shelter C, Saint Mary’s Road just south of Route 176, Libertyville. Join friends and neighbors in this display of support for healthy lifestyles and recovery from drugs and alcohol. The 5K will be a timed race as well as a walk for families. Fees are $30. All proceeds from the event support Nicasa’s behavioral health services throughout Lake County. Details, (847) 201-7072 or www.nicasa.org/taking-steps-5k-2013.
DAY OF PLAY: All children and families are invited to join the fun with Gurnee Park District Sept. 21 for the Worldwide Day of Play. This is an annual celebration that promotes active play for kids and adults of all ages in an effort to fight obesity. There will be activities taking place indoors and outdoors at several locations around Gurnee including a Zumba Dance Party, Soccer Challenge, rock climbing and more. Most activities are free or charge a nominal participation fee. For a complete list of the times, locations and details of the various activities that will be taking place go to www.gurneeparkdistrict.com/images/pdfs/specialevents/2013worldwidedayofplay.pdf. Details, (847) 623-7788.
JOINT REPLACEMENT: Dr. Thomas Baier, board certified in orthopedic surgery, will talk about minimally invasive approach for joint replacement and what you can expect, and answer your questions at 8 a.m. Sept. 26 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. This program is free and includes a light breakfast. Registration required. Details, (800) 323-8622.
RAINBOWS: Youth & Family Counseling now offers the nationally-recognized Rainbows peer support program for children experiencing grief and loss as a result of painful life events. Rainbows, an international organization, provides a bridge to emotional healing for children confronting death, divorce or other painful family transition. Nearly 69 percent of children in the United States live in families coping with some type of loss. The program is open to children ages 6 to 11 who are dealing with any kind of loss, including divorce or the death or prolonged absence of a loved one. The program meets from 7 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday for 12 weeks, beginning Sept. 24 through Dec. 17. Each session is conducted by a team of licensed therapists trained to lead Rainbows groups. Through hands-on activities including art, games, journaling and group discussion, children learn to share their feelings and experience emotional healing. The program includes four parent meetings at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, providing an opportunity for both parents to learn how to support their child’s needs. A YFC therapist will facilitate these sessions with a topic and open discussion. Registration forms for Rainbows at YFC are available at www.yfc-libertyville.com.
BLOOD PRESSURE: Free blood-pressure checks are available at Advocate Condell Immediate Care Centers. Details, (800) 323-8622.
HIV COUNSELING: The Health Department’s Sexually Transmitted Infections Program offers free HIV counseling and testing Monday through Friday at the Belvidere Medical Building, 2400 Belvidere Road, Waukegan. Information about viral hepatitis and screening for other sexually transmitted infections is also available. Details, (847) 377-8450.
IMMUNIZATIONS: Child immunization clinic hours are by appointment at the Health Department’s Immunizations Clinic, 2303 Dodge Ave., Waukegan, on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on Tuesday, and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.; on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and the second Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. Details, (847) 377-8470.
BEREAVEMENT: Santa Maria del Popolo Church, 116 N. Lake, Mundelein, is offering a nine-week support session to adults who have lost a loved one and are struggling with grief and loss. The first meeting is at 10 a.m. Sept. 25. Details, (847) 680-1084.
BREAST CANCER: The Y-ME Barrington-area support group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Route 22, Lake Barrington. Details, (847) 842-4858.
BREAST CANCER: Support group meets at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Village at Victory Lakes, 1075 E. Victory Drive, Lindenhurst. Details, (847) 356-4676.
DIABETES: Group for patients and their families or caregivers, offers education to support to held manage diabetes at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 At Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville. Details, (800) 323-8622.
DIVORCE CARE: Divorce Care Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Lutheran Church, 24300 Grass Lake Road, Antioch. This special weekly seminar and support group is for people who are separated or divorced. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand what you are feeling, and where you can hear valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce. Details, (847) 395-1660 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMENHEART: A group share thoughts, concerns and feelings with other wo going through.
GRIEF SHARE: Support group meets weekly at 6 p.m. Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. through Dec. 1 in the Chapel at Faith Lutheran Church in Antioch. It provides support for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Join at any time and everyone is welcome no matter how recent or how long ago their loss was. There is no fee. Details, (847) 740-1260 or visit www.faithantioch.org.
GRIEF SUPPORT AFTER THE LOSS OF A CHILD: Northern Lake County Illinois Chapter of the Compassionate Friends meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Millburn Congregational Church, Grass Lake Road and Route 45. Details, (847) 249-4776 or visit www.iltcf.org.
IMPRISONED FAMILIES LIMITED: A group meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville, 219 W. Maple Ave. The group is a non-denominational small group which meets in a confidential setting to provide support, share experiences, discuss coping strategies and assistance to progress through the process and emotions involved in having a family member facing incarceration or already in prison. Details, (847) 615-8220.
LOOKING UP: Support group for anyone experiencing a loss meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Advocate Condell Day Center, 700 Garfield Ave., Libertyville. Details, (847) 990-5275.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: A self-help support group meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Cornerstone Community Church, 40413 N. Delany Road, Wadsworth. The group focuses on personal sharing of MS experiences, and the latest information about MS. Details, (847) 599-8331.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE: Support group for those with Parkinson’s disease and their friends and family members meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Advocate Condell West Tower Education Room. Details, (800) 990-5275.
WOMENHEART: Share thoughts, concerns and feelings with other women who have been touched by heart disease at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Advocate Condell Medical Center. Details, (847) 990-5275.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF LAKE COUNTY: The mission is to provide support, education, advocacy, and resources to those who suffer from neurobiological brain disorders and their families. NAMI of Lake County has various support and education groups available. Visit www.NamiLake-IL.org, email at NamiSupport@hotmail.com, or call (847) 249-1515.
CHAT NIGHT: Open Chat Night is open to all those who are deaf or hard of hearing, audiologists, teachers, ASL interpreters and students from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at www.OpenChatNight.com. Details, www.DeafandHoH.com.
CAREGIVER: A support group for caregivers of people 60 and older is held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Warren Township Senior Center, 17801 W. Washington St., Gurnee. Details, (847) 244-1101.
MILITARY AND VETERANS: Support group for military and families who are dealing with the overwhelming stresses from the military and veteran lifestyle meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at One Hope United, 2115 Ernie Krueger Circle, Waukegan. The Wednesday morning support group meets at 11:30 a.m. at One Hope United’s Richardson House, 215 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. The groups are made possible by a partnership with One Hope United and the Lake County Health Department. The groups share information and ideas about how to care for themselves and their families. Details, (847) 245-6826 (847) 377.8386 or visit www.onehopeunited.org.
MOST EXCELLENT WAY: Restoration program for those addicted to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, sex, gambling, food disorders, anger, behavior problems and other life-controlling problems meets at 7 p.m. Fridays at Calvary Chapel Church, 38451 N. Fairfield Road, Lake Villa. Also for family and friends. Details, (847) 814-3911.