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Close to 100 Arlington Heights residents and students from the High School District 214 Newcomer Center experienced the art of community service on Monday, January 15 by working together at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library to create a large three-panel mural honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under the guidance of renowned local artist Gino Savarino, participants of all ages gathered in the library’s Cardinal Room to paint during one of the three 90-minute sessions.
“It’s like a giant coloring book, just paint and stay in the lines,” said Savarino as he welcomed participants. “I’ll be there to guide you every step of the way.”
Throughout the day, participants took turns applying bright swaths of color and painted side-by-side, filling in the canvases that were designed by Savarino to convey a pop art feel and include images that reflect Dr. King’s legacy and symbols of Arlington Heights. 
“The goal was to provide an opportunity for the community to come together to honor Dr. King’s legacy and to work together to create something that will be a lasting legacy,” said Angela Jones, the library’s Community Engagement Liaison.
Among the participants were 25 students from the Newcomer Center, District 214’s facility that prepares students who are new to the United States to successfully transition to their home high schools. The students, both current and former, represented five countries.
“What are your dreams for the future?” asked Newcomer Center Coordinator Mario Perez to the students and residents who gathered. Perez, one of the event organizers, encouraged students and residents to share personal experiences and family stories of immigration in small group discussions between painting sessions.
“Being able to participate in something where you are part of the whole is so important,” said Arlington Heights resident Julie Kurka, who brought her 11-year-old sixth-grader to the library to paint on her day off of school. “Rather than just doing for yourself, it’s nice to do more and give back.”
The completed mural was on display in the library during February and will eventually be permanently hung at the Newcomer Center, which is housed at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights. The event organizers plan to bring the mural to local schools and other community locations in the coming months. Watch the video below to see the mural coming together. 

Money Smart Week: Banking Services for Small Businesses
Local expert Marty Gardner will present a financial education program designed by the FDIC and SBA for start-ups and newer small businesses. Gardner will walk you through banking services available to small businesses and how to evaluate these services for your needs. Deposit accounts, payroll processing, cash management, business loans and credit will be covered.
Date and time: Monday, April 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Room
Money Smart Week: Change the Way You Shop with Coupons
Get the most for your money by learning the tricks of the pros. Join Jill Cataldo for this fun, fast-paced workshop, and learn the best techniques for following sales by using newspapers, online coupons and coupon apps to their fullest advantage.
Date and time: Monday, April 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Adults, business
Finally, a series that's for Mom! In this four-part series, Sunny Amirpour of PositivelySTRONG Health Solutions, will present tips on nutrition, fitness and self-care designed for the busy mom. Children under age 5 welcome. Register for each program separately.
Friday, May 4, 10-11 a.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
This week we focus on nutrition as self-care for busy moms.
Friday, May 11, 10-11 a.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
This week the focus will be on fitness as self-care. Please come dressed for movement.
Beauty Hacks
Friday, May 18, 10-11 a.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
This week the focus will be beauty hacks as self-care.
Mom/Child Photo Shoot
Friday, May 25, 10-11 a.m. / Hendrickson Room / Register
This week's focus will be on mom being in the spotlight as self-care; use the self-care tips you've learned so far and get your photo taken with your child.

Join educator Corrie Wallace and explore the meaning of unconscious bias, discuss stereotypes and discrimination and learn what the power of one means. Wallace has consulted on the topic of diversity at Northwestern University and served as Equity and ELL Director at Niles Township District 219 and in professional roles at New Trier, Lake Forest High School, Evanston's K-12 schools and in Singapore at the United World College of South East Asia.
Date and time: Tuesday, April 24, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Get the most for your money by learning the tricks of the pros. Join Jill Cataldo for this fun, fast-paced workshop, and learn the best techniques for following sales by using newspapers, online coupons and coupon apps to their fullest advantage.
Date and time: Monday, April 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

The Adult Sale will feature nonfiction books, sorted by category; fiction; movies on DVD and Blu-Ray; music on vinyl and CDs; and books on CD. The Children's Sale features board and picture books, easy readers, novels and nonfiction. Proceeds from memberships and Friends' used book and media sales are used to enhance our library's programs and services. For more information, visit http://www.ahml.info/get_involved/friends.
Members' Night
Friday, April 27, 6-9 p.m. / Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
If you're not yet a member, you may pay the annual membership fee at the door (Individuals $5; family membership $10; or become a lifetime member for $100).
Adult and Children's Sale
Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. / Hendrickson Room and Cardinal Room
Adult and Children's Sale
Sunday, April 29
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Children's Sale) / Cardinal Room
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Adult Sale) / Hendrickson Room

Dr. Michelle Mishur will discuss a selection of history's most notorious art heists, some that have been solved and others that still remain a mystery.
Date and time: Tuesday, May 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Library parking lot full? Did you know parking is also available across the street from the library in the commuter lot on Vail Avenue? After noon on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the Vail commuter lot is free. The commuter lot is located on Vail Avenue between St. James and Fremont. Enter from Vail Avenue or St. James.

“Go, Nora, go!” cheered Annie Powers as her two-month-old daughter, Nora, began to roll on her back. Seven-month-old Camryn sat next to her and watched.

“Two weeks ago she can’t sit properly and now she’s sitting,” said Sunny Sklierenko, Camryn’s mother.

Light-hearted, supportive moments like this are what happen at First Time Parent’s Meet-Up, a drop-in program in Kids’ World that allows parents to come together and find support.

“Life is busy, which is why it’s nice to have a drop-in program,” said Sklierenko, who has attended several meetings. “I can just come in and actually meet with other parents and feel like I can have a couple minutes of normalcy because home is just crazy,”

A nurse from Northwest Community Hospital is sometimes present at the meetings to help facilitate conversations. During a recent meet-up, Nurse Cornelia Johnson talked about how to find reliable online resources.

“You can sit at home all day with your baby and your computer and go, ‘I don’t know why my baby is doing this,’ but when you hear from other moms saying ‘this is why,’ [it helps],” Johnson said.

“You get a lot of good advice and it’s good for socialization, Powers said. “Especially for a stay-at-home mom.”
First-Time Parents' Meet-Up
Monday, April 23, 10-11 a.m. (Facilitated by Northwest Community Hospital)
Cardinal Room
Meet other first-time parents to find support and community. Enjoy some light refreshments, make connections, and play with your baby!  Ideal for first-time parents with infants under age one.

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day (April 11) by building your own bookmobile. Pick up a bookmobile template and contest guidelines at the Kids' World Desk anytime between Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 10 (while supplies last). Return your completed bookmobile and entry form to Kids' World by Tuesday, April 17 to have your creation displayed in Kids' World and to participate in our contest. Customers can vote for their favorites at the Kids' World Desk between Thursday, April 19 and Monday, April 30. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 4! For all ages. Pick up supplies starting April 2.

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