COVID-19 Update

Updated September 20, 2021

As required by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health, beginning today, everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks in public indoor settings – regardless of vaccination status due to increased COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates in Illinois.

This state mandate applies to indoor spaces such as stores, restaurants, businesses, and government buildings, in addition to facilities with mask mandates already in place, such as schools and healthcare facilities.

In coordination with the mandate:

  • All visitors to The Community House, older than age 2 will be required to wear a mask inside.
  • TCH employees will be required to wear a mask within our facility, except when they can consistently maintain 6 feet of distance (such as when they are in their office or cubicle space).
  • If a visitor does not have a face mask with them when entering, we will make a disposable mask available for them.

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available for anyone age 12 and older through local pharmacies and at the DuPage County Health Department Community Vaccination Clinic at 111 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton. The Community House encourages the community to get the COVID-19 vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus. For more information or to find a location near you, please see DuPage County Health Department’s website. 

We appreciate your help in keeping our community healthy and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

TCH Hosts National Charity League of Hinsdale -Clarendon Hills All Chapter Meeting

On Sunday, August 22nd , The Community House hosted the National Charity League of Hindsdale-Clarendon Hills’ All Chapter Meeting with over 90 mother/daughter pairs in attendance to learn more about opportunities to give back and volunteer in their communities.

NCL, Inc., Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Chapter is a group who have come together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.  Members reside in the area served by D181. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve.  Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.  The Community House is proud to be one of several nonprofit organizations that is the recipient of their generosity.

2021 Congressional Art Competition brings the talent!

On August 4, The Community House had the honor of hosting Congressman Sean Casten’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition entitled “An Artistic Discovery”. 

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The Community House had the distinct honor of hosting the Illinois 6th District’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition on the South Patio on August 4. Works of art from 18 students were on display and a panel of judges, including Niema Qureshi, Beth Trebelhorn and Todd Treleven had the difficult job of naming a winner.

Each artist was recognized for their outstanding work and the top prize went to The Plague Doctor by Madeline Pearson. 

The evening itself was a work of art, with  live art demonstrations from Figurative Artist, David Marcet and Gabrielle Tufano and a live performance by the band Finding Time and with special guest keyboard player, Congressman Sean Casten! 

2021 Congressional Art Competition (IL 6th District) Winner, Madeline Pearson – “The Plague Doctor”

Operation Pollination

The Community House is proud to be part of Hinsdale’s Operation Pollination thanks to our friends at Hinsdale Rotary!  

When you enter through the front door of The Community House, take a minute to stop and enjoy the beautiful life cycle of monarch butterflies, from egg to caterpillar, chrysalis to adult.  Our Summer Day Campers have been engaged at every stage of the process, and our Summer Day Camp Sharks (students in grade 5-8) created a Butterfly Guardian house to ensure the safety of our butterfly friends!

Hinsdale Operation Pollination is an inclusive partnership project to educate the public on pollinator habitat restoration.

 

Hinsdale Rotary Receives 2021 Katharine Van Duysen Volunteer Award

On May 25, The Community House had the honor of presenting the Katharine Van Duysen Volunteer service award to the Hinsdale Rotary Club.  

Each year, The Community House presents this prestigious award to an individual or group that has gone above and beyond in their volunteer service to the organization. Members of The Community House Board of Trustees and the Rotary Club gathered at The Community House to celebrate the decade long partnership between the two not-for-profit organizations.   

Over the last 10 years, The Rotary Club of Hinsdale has provided The Community House with volunteers for fundraising events, career speakers for the Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Program, and more than $250,000 in funding through the Rotary Run Charity Classic.   

The award was presented by Community House Board Chair, Dave Rogero and accepted by Rotary President, Tom Norton.  The Community House Executive Director, Dan Janowick shared ,“The Rotary Club has truly lived up to their motto of Service Above Self in their support of our mission through volunteer work and financials contributions.  It is a special partnership that we cherish and look forward to continuing for many years to come.” 

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Dick Johnson Performing Arts Fund

DICK JOHNSON PERFORMING ARTS FUND

ON SEPTEMBER, 9, 2021, THE COMMUNITY HOUSE WAS HONORED TO DEDICATE OUR KETTERING HALL STAGE IN HONOR OF DICK JOHNSON.


The evening began with a touching tribute from Dick’s friend and colleague, Rob Stafford of NBC 5 and continued with the dedication of the stage by TCH Executive Director Dan Janowick, and moving remarks from Dick’s loving wife, Lauren Johnson.
Guests were then treated to a rousing performance of Dick’s most memorable moments on stage by The Community House Players!

Dick Johnson, was an award winning journalist who was the recipient of many prestigious awards including a Chicago Emmy Award, the duPont-Columbia University Award, and the Peabody Award. Dick was beloved by his family, friends, colleagues, and the public.

While the greater Chicagoland area watched Dick report the news on NBC 5, at The Community House, we had the distinct pleasure of having him as a part of our family, as a Life Trustee, a founder of The Community House Players and Community Revue, and a passionate supporter of our arts programming. For over 20 years we were honored and in awe of the work Dick did in support of The Community House. His legacy and generosity are an integral part of our history, and we will always be grateful for the contributions he made to our community.


You can help us ensure Dick Johnson’s legacy lives on at The Community House by supporting the Dick Johnson Performing Arts Fund. All proceeds raised will directly benefit current and future theater offerings at The Community House and help to maintain The Dick Johnson Memorial Stage. 

We know Dick would appreciate this fund-raising effort to ensure our theater can maintain its high standards. 

Immediate upgrades will include: 

  • New Stage Mic (16 needed) 
  • Stage Skirting
  • Sound Board Software Upgrade 
  • Stage Curtains (4 needed) 
  • LED, Color Caning Lights (8 needed) 
  • Speakers for Sound System (2 needed) 
  • Modern and Safe Stage Extension 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION 

To view the official Dick Johnson Memorial Page created by his family and friends last year, please click here.


For more information please contact Alana Wett, Director of Philanthropy at 630 323 7500

 

Thank you for BRINGING YOUR GAME at the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Brackets

CLICK HERE for the 2021 3 on 3 Tournament Brackets

All brackets are online at www.quickscores.com/thecommunityhouse


Opening Ceremony Free Throw Shot
: Hudson Kurcz

4th Grade Girls:  Dream Team (Kenna Carroll,  Virginia Veeser, Christina Connors, Mona Passananti)

4th Grade Boys:  Heat Check (Ryder McLaurin,  Yebi Deidrich, Kellan Goodwin)

5th Grade Boys:  Elmhurst 2029  (Reid Gabuzda,  Tanner Telford, Ryan Iacob, Patrick Boeh)

6th Grade Boys:  Goon Squad  (Ethan Vahl, Mason Williams, Marlon Williams, Braydon Porter)

7th Grade Boys: Nothing but Net (Ty Smith,  Jamison Miller, Timmy Sloan, Gabriel Zarycki)

8th Grade Boys: Big3Tiny1 (Blake Heyer, Robert Sansone, Ryan Walsh, Jack Reiser)

8th Grade Girls: D1 Hoops  (Ava Thomas, Caitlin Leddy, Tegan Steines, Bridget Rifenburg)

Congratulations to all of the winning teams and to each participant who brought their game! You are all winners! 



 The 2021 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is proudly sponsored by Breakaway Basketball,  Hinsdale Inferno Basketball,  Signature Bank, Murphy Construction Services, LLC, and Amita Health Adventist Medical Center

 

Be one of nearly 300 children and adults who BRING THEIR GAME every summer in support of kid’s programming at The Community House.  

Men and women are encouraged to grab some friends and form a team. The tournament will be held on outdoor courts (some age divisions will be played on indoors courts) at The Community House.  

Winners of each age division will be crowned champions and win prizes. The tournament rules, required waivers and FAQ’s can be viewed below. 

The tournament will tip-off between 8:30am and 9am and include at least two games per team, complimentary water and snacks for players, food available for purchase, tournament T-shirts for all registered players and activities for kids. 

*The Community House will adhere to all CDC and IDPH policies related to COVID-19. Masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals while indoors. Participants playing on outdoor courts will not be required to wear masks.

For more information, check out our information flyer or keep reading below

TEAM INFORMATION

  • The roster change deadline is August 13th by 12pm.
  • Each team must have a minimum of 3 and a max of 4.
  • Detailed game schedules and brackets will be published online and emailed to the team captains within 48 hours of the tournament
  • Any mixed age group team must play in highest grade level on their team
  • Players may only play for ONE team for the duration of the tournament.
  • Each player must fill out the player waiver which can be found below

CLICK HERE FOR PLAYER WAIVER

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the last day to register?
All teams must be registered either on or before August 8th

What does my fee include?
The fee enters your team into the tournament for a minimum of 2 games, a tournament shirt for each player (must be registered by July 30th to be guaranteed shirt sizes), water, sports drink and snacks on tournament day and a keepsake gift.
Tournament Fee: $190/team through 8/1.Prices increase to $210 on 8/2 (thru 8/8)

How long is a game?
Each game will last a maximum of 25 minutes, or until a team reaches 30 points, winning by 2 points, whichever occursfirst (max of 50). A full list of rules is on our website.

How are games supervised?
All games will have a court monitor to record the score and act as mediator in disputes. At the discretion of the Tournament Committee, certain age groups and all championship games will have referees.

What happens if it rains?
In the case of light rain, the tournament will continue. If weather dictates unsafe conditions, the Tournament Committee will make the decision if the tournament will be delayed, shortened games, relocated or cancelled. Refunds will not begiven in the event of cancellation. The rain date for the tournament is August 15th.

How do refunds work?
No refunds will be given for any reason after August 8th. If you would to refund out of the tournament contact us at The Community House and we can help.

The Community House Welcomes New Director of Philanthropy

The Community House is pleased to announce Alana Wett as our new Director of Philanthropy!

Alana joins The Community House family with over 30 years of experience and a demonstrated and successful history of working in the fundraising industry.

Alana is a strong business development specialist who received her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

“It is an extreme honor to be working alongside the entire dedicated staff at The Community House. The rich history and multi-faceted programs and services are such a tremendous asset to Hinsdale and the surrounding community,” said Alana. “I look forward to meeting all of you and working with you to enhance the experiences and memories made here.”

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#OurCommunity Spotlight – Tiny Toes Music

March 16, 2021 

 Oh John the Rabbit had a mighty habit  

Jumpin‘ in my garden 

Cuttin‘ down my cabbage  

My fresh tomatoes  

My sweet potatoes  

And if I live to see next fall 

ain’t gonna have no garden at all! 

 

The musician in the picture to the right is Roberta Wentling, playing her guitar and singing a traditional folk song called “John the Rabbit” while hopping along with aenthusiastic participant 

This is Tiny Toes Music! A high energy, fun, music experience founded by Wentling with one purpose –  to change communities for the better by teaching families to play together through music. 

Founded in 2009, Wentling was inspired by an experience at a music class that truly demonstrated the importance of playing with her own two children. Her and her husband and even their parents were introduced to music they could listen to together with their two young children, tapping and moving their tiny toes to the beat, singing, dancing, and having a blast! 

“Tiny Toes Music is a song writing a chapter in your family’s story! We make joyful music that strengthens the family bond for years to come. Every class gives families the opportunity to engage in the arts and open up creatively, emotionally and spiritually.” 

Tiny Toes Music has been part of The Community House family of partners since 2016Classes were initially offered 5 days a week 5 years ago, but increased significantly based on popularity to 9 classes on 4 days a week with 4 different instructors 

You have likely heard Roberta or one of her very talented team members leading a Tiny Toes Music class in Kettering Hall lately, giving classes room to stay socially distant and safe.  

“The Community House is an incredibly special place, says Wentling. Every time I come into the building, I am greeted by a warm and welcoming staff and am continually amazed at the diversity and outreach of activities and offerings. By supporting mental health, outreach at Willowbrook Corner, early childhood education, active adults, sports, and the arts, The Community House truly has something for everyone.”  

Jimmy McDermott, Director of LyArts Programming echoes similar sentiments about the incredible impact Tiny Toes Music has on our community  

“There’s nothing like being in a meeting or class and hearing the Tiny Toes Music class happening. No matter where you are or what you’re doing in the building it brings a smile to your face to hear kids and their families singing and laughing together. We’re so proud of the partnership we have with Tiny Toes Music and how they have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they can continue providing joy and togetherness to our community of families during a time when joy and togetherness is a critical need.”  

Tiny Toes Music spring “Music Together” classes begin April 5 in an outdoor and in person setting at The Community House. Click here to register!  

Learn more about Tiny Toes Music at tinytoesmusic.com 

 (#OurCommunity Spotlight is a monthly blog post created by The Community House)

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