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Help kids, watch football

The West Suburban Special Recreation Association will host a fundraising event this Sunday as the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers. For $25, the public is invited to Jimmy’s Place on Madison Street Sunday, Oct. 7 to watch the game, enjoy some food and win prizes. A cash bar will also be available.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the association’s summer camp program, which helps special needs children develop language and motor skills, build friendships and practice problem solving. Over the last two summers the WSSRA enrolled 184 children. The six-week camp runs five days a week for six hours at a time.

Call the WSSRA at (847) 455-2100 to reserve a ticket or for more information about the organization visit www.wssra.net.

Eyeglasses needed

The Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park is soliciting donations for a different cause each month and in October the group is looking for reading glasses. The club will collect all forms of prescription and nonprescription eyeglasses and reading glasses. Children’s glasses are especially needed. They will be donated to the Lions Club of Oak Park-River Forest.

The club is located at 178 Forest Ave. in Oak Park, with office hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Nineteenth Century Club of Oak Park is in its third century of making a difference in the community. Members have marched so that women could vote, they helped establish various social organizations and provide scholarship funding to graduating high school students.

For more information contact The Nineteenth Century Club at (708) 386-2729, or visit their website at www.19thcenturyclub.com. Also, local organizations that would like the club to collect needed items for them can apply with a letter, phone call, or e-mail.

Safety for seniors

Representatives from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Howard Mohr Community Center on Oct. 16 offering safety tips to area seniors. The program, Citizen Safety, will begin at 1:15 p.m. and is expected to feature practical information on how seniors can protect themselves from potential criminals.

“When people become comfortable in their surroundings they often let their guard down,” Sheriff Tom Dart said in a written statement. “This program is designed to remind them to use common sense in everyday situations, making them a less likely target for criminals.”

The Community Center is located at 7640 Jackson Blvd. For more information on the program, contact the sheriff’s office at (773) 869-7159.