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Friday 8

Senior citizens from the northwest side will get a chance to hear the latest about hypothermia when the city's Department on Aging and Disability sponsors its monthly neighborhood meeting, featuring a lecture by Dr. Steven Lorsch, an internist, and Robert Skeist, director of the White Crane Senior Health Center. Meeting time is 9:30 AM at the Copernicus Center for the Elderly and Disabled, 3160 N. Milwaukee. It's free and open to the public. For more information, call 744-6681 or the TDD number, 744-0321.

The big Hercules planes arrive at O'Hare today, but they won't make personal travel any easier. The Hercs are H-Model C-130 transport aircraft, and they'll help make the 928th Tactical Airlift Group of the U.S. Air Force a lot more ready for combat travel. Central America, perhaps? Ceremonies to welcome the big birds start at 5 PM at the USAF Reserve facility on the northeast corner of O'Hare. It's free. There's more at 694-6822 or 930-6822.

Some folks say the presidency ages men. Parents might say that having kids ages adults. Chances are good no presidents (but lots of moms and pops) will be around when Parents Without Partners sponsors a special presentation for both men and women, "How to Look Younger". But it's not just a how-to. The program includes a chili party (bring appetizer) and live music to dance to. It all starts at 7:30 tonight at the Robert Coulter Jr. American Legion Hall, 900 S. La Grange, in La Grange. It'll cost you $4 before 8 and $5 after. Call 246-7840 for more.

Saturday 9

If the ol' Christmas tree is starting to sag a little, maybe today's the day to say good-bye. But don't just dump it in the alley. Do something downright ecological. A coalition of community groups is sponsoring a Christmas tree recycling effort. Even the big, official city tree, which is really 89 little ones, will be turned into mulch and used to fertilize young saplings. Take your tree to any of three sites--the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 2001 N. Clark; the Resource Center recycling yard on Dorchester just north of 71st St.; or Paul Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park--between 9 and 4 today. It's free, and anybody who wants to exchange their tree for mulch will be given a free bag of wood chips. For more information, call 427-4256.

"We do use explicit medical sexual slides and films," says Dr. Domeena Renshaw, so maybe the Loyola University Medical Center's marriage enrichment program isnt for everyone. But for those who are not easily offended, the center's Sexual Dysfunction Clinic sponsors this workshop for married couples--and singles--to help them better understand human sexual response. It's at 1 this afternoon at the center, 2160 S. First, Maywood. It's $60 per couple, $30 per individual. There's more information at 531-3752.

Sunday 10

6:40 is probably too early for much of anything for most people, especially on a Sunday morning, but it might prove interesting today. Dr. Lonnie Edwards, the outgoing head of the city's Department of Health--the same man who shot off at the City Council budget hearings about the lack of funds and commitment to Chicago's health needs--will be the guest on Be Healthy on WGCI (107.5 FM). Edwards, who had nothing to lose once he announced his resignation and has even less at stake now that Mayor Washington is dead, is scheduled to talk about 1987 health highlights and what 1988 will bring. For more information, call 744-4278.

It was the favorite instrument of Benjamin Franklin and was even featured in a quintet by Mozart for flute, oboe, viola, violoncello, and harmonica, but the mouth organ remains stubbornly humble. It'll be in the spotlight today when Chicago Beaux gives an informal blues performance at 3 at the Field Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. The music's free, but museum admission is $2 for adults, $4 for entire families, $1 for kids and students with IDs, and 50 cents for seniors. Admission is gratis to children under 6, teachers, uniformed military types, and museum members. There's more information at 322-8859.

Monday 11

If one of your New Year's resolutions was kicking the cigarette habit, the Illinois Masonic Medical Center is ready to help with a stop smoking series that begins tonight. Based on the program developed by the American Lung Association, the workshop emphasizes gradually altering your behavior. The session runs through February 3, from 4 to 6 on Mondays at the Center for Cardiovascular Health, 3933 N. Cicero. There's a $48 per person fee and more information at 883-7005.

Tuesday 12

Diane Crowley and Jeffrey Zaslow, the Mutt 'n' Jeff advice team from the Sun-Times, will be dishing out wisdom at the season opening get-together of the Independent Writers of Chicago. Pour out your troubles to the two behind "Dear Diane" and "All That Zazz" at the Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio. Cocktails are at 5 PM and the serious stuff starts at 6. It's $4 for associate members and $8 for nonmembers; parking is a mere $4.50. For more information, call 726-6520.

If you and your musical friends want to get out of the garage and onto the money-making nightclub stage, this may be for you. Beth McKay and the Midwest Women in Music Committee are hosting a panel discussion on the Chicago club scene. Reps from the Avalon, Cubby Bear, Limelight, and other see-and-be-seen water holes in town will tell how to get booked at a decent wage. Showtime's at 7 PM at Gaspar's, 3159 N. Southport. It costs $2 for the general public and is free to NARAS members. Call 440-1350 for more.

Wednesday 13

In 1787, two years before the Constitution was ratified by the minimum nine states, the Northwest Ordinance gave basic liberties to the settlers of the territories north and west of the Ohio River--freedoms that governments rarely granted their own people, much less their colonies. The Ordinance later allowed the territories to become self-governing states within the union. It also included the declaration that Indian land "shall never be taken from them without their consent." Liberty's Legacy, an exhibit of original manuscripts, letters, and other historical documents that illustrate the events that led to the signing of the ordinance and the Constitution, will open at the Newberry Library today. Admission to the library, 60 W. Walton, is always free. It is open Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 9 to 5:30, and Tuesday through Thursday, 9 to 7:30. Call 943-9090 ext. 310 for additional information.

Thursday 14

Maybe you're one of the 97 percent of dissatisfied women Shere Hite writes about. Or maybe you're a man who's less than pleased with life in lover's lane. Try this: today at noon, Dr. Charles Milofsky--a real live shrink--talks about Getting What You Want Out of Relationships in 1988. Please note that the focus is you, not them. It's part of Carson's Corporate Level series at 1 S. State, and it's free. Call 744-7665 for more information.

Adolf Hitler was responsible for the murder of millions of Jews during World War II. In the years just before World War I, the Turks slaughtered or forced into exile and starvation more than a million Armenians. These are just two examples of man's inhumanity to man, the subject of Dr. Leon Stein's class, An Introduction to Twentieth Century Genocide and Holocaust Studies: A Humanities Approach to Inhumanity. The course is free and is sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, beginning tonight at 7:30. The foundation is located at 4255 W. Main in Skokie. To register or for more details, call 677-4640.

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