Join us to celebrate Disability Awarness Month and the Jewish Holiday of Tu B'Shevat on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 6-8 p.m.  This is a fun evening event  is open to the community and participants of all ages are welcome.  The celebration will include food, games and prices with music by DJ Shawn YRacheta.  Dietary laws will be observed and food will be catered by Slice of Life.  The event will take place at Joy Faith Knapp Center, 3145 W. Pratt Blvd. in Chicago. 

RSVP by February 1 to Erin Sharp at 773.508.1121.

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Rebuilding Together's North Suburban Chapter is a not for profit that provides free home repairs to low-income elderly and individuals with disabilities.  There are over 200 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country, and the network has completed more than 100,000 home repairs with the help of 2.5 million volunteers.

Interested persons living in Evanston or Skokie must complete and submit forms by February 1, 2012.

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For more information, visit Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago's website.

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The next Ask a Lawyer session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2012 a the Evanston Public Library Main Branch from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Individuals seeking legal assistance should register online at or at 847-492-1410.  Volunteer attorneys will set up times to meet with clients either over the phone or at a mutually convenient location and time.

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s Ask a Lawyer program offers brief legal services to low-income, Evanston residents, who cannot afford legal advice, a chance to discuss their legal issues with volunteer attorneys. The Ask a Lawyer program provides opportunities for community members to discuss with volunteer attorneys certain legal matters, including educational law, consumer law, criminal law, family law, guardianship, housing law, immigration/asylum, and traffic issues.

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Autism Speaks offers a peer support, educational and recreational program for siblings ages 8 – 12 who have a brother or sister with autism. The monthly two-hour sessions provide a mix of hands-on educational and recreational activities, along with the opportunity to share common experiences, joys, concerns and how to handle situations typically encountered by siblings.

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Close out your work week with A Night Out Just “Cause.”

Dance on down Division and frolick in Frill Accessory Boutique where you'll enjoy lite bites and libations while you shop for all your accessories before lingering over to leDress for a new look.  Prance over to Prasino and pace your way through a perfect plate.

Shake off the winter blues for some fabulous finds and fundraising!

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Are you looking for a fun way to give back to the community in your spare time? Want to learn new things with and from adults with disabilities living in the area? Looking to fulfill service-learning requirements for school? Look no further…

Center for Independent Futures (CIF) is seeking volunteers interested in co-facilitating inclusive social and educational activities for our participants alongside a CIF staff member. Activities co-facilitators act as an extra set of eyes, ears and hands, as well as offering positive reinforcement and encouragement to participants with disabilities. All volunteer co-facilitators will receive in-house training in person-centered support. Co-facilitators need to be committed to volunteering for at least one 2-4 hour activity per month.

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Center for Independent Futures has its running shoes on to kick off its 6th Bank of America Chicago Marathon season! Recruitment is now under way for Team CIF members who will run the Bank of America 2012 Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2012.

Since 2007, Center for Independent Futures has been fortunate to benefit from the efforts of Team CIF, an official Bank of America Charity Team. Team CIF 2012 will include up to 35 marathon runners who commit to raising funds for CIF while participating in the exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience of the Chicago Marathon. Bank of America Chicago Marathon registration opens February 1, 2012, so now is the perfect time to begin thinking about signing up - whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first time runner!

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