A supportive environment is vital for disabled people. But being supportive isn't as simple as saying everything will work out fine; it's a learning process, especially when the disabled person is in your immediate family. Today's program, Families of the Disabled: Intervention and Involvement Using a System Approach, is a comprehensive guide to understanding a disabled person's rehabilitation. The speaker will be William Calzaretta, director of the Department of Rehabilitation Services at DePaul University. Admission is $85. It runs from 8:30 till 4:30, at the Oak Brook campus, 2 Westbrook Corporate Center, 22nd and Wolf Road in Westchester. For more information, call 341-8845.
The organizers of last year's Las Vegas Nites at Alvernia High School attributed their success to the "old-fashioned, smoke-filled, 'just-like-the-real-thing' ambiance" they created. If you're 21 years old or older, you can play blackjack, poker, bang, beat the dealer, craps, and big wheels at this year's Alvernia casino, starting at 6 tonight and tomorrow at 7. $2 gets you through the doors of the high school, 3900 N. Lawndale, and a chance at the nightly drawing. All proceeds are guaranteed to go to good causes. Call 588-2700 for more information.
One of Channel 19's original programs will get a private screening today when Nelani McClendon's 30-minute documentary Multi-Ethnic Americans: How We View Ourselves is featured at the Biracial Family Network of Chicago monthly meeting. Beginning at 10 this morning at Saint Paul and the Redeemer Church, 50th and Dorchester in Hyde Park, the video will be followed by a discussion led by Ramona Douglass. It's all free. Call 288-3644 for more information.
The Philadelphia shoemakers who organized the first American union in 1792 probably wouldn't know what to make of it, but Labor Television--USA, a seven-hour union-created video festival, makes its Chicago debut at noon on cable access Channel 19. Today's fare includes Wrath of Grapes, about the toxic chemicals in the grape industry; Would You Like Someone to Do This to Your Sister? the UAW's film on sexual harassment in the workplace; and Grounded, on the struggle between TWA flight attendants and corporation grabber Carl Icahn. It's sponsored by the Committee for Labor Access, a nonprofit group of union members and media activists, and it's happening right in your living room. For more information, call 561-0908.
Without the frenzy of lawyers and stockbrokers, the Loop is actually kind of, well, pastoral on Sundays. But not today. Good chance you'll be run over if you're anywhere near the Daley Center at Clark and Randolph. That's the start and finish of the Chicago Area Runners Association Shamrock Shuffle 83K Run. Runners will trek around downtown beginning at 9 this morning. All runners will get a T-shirt. The entry fee is now $12. You must register ahead of time, so call 664-8257.
Shortly after she ascended the Russian throne, Catherine the Great, being a German princess, asked her German compatriots to come to Russia and help invigorate her adopted homeland. Thousands of Germans did just that, establishing a German colony deep in the heart of Russia. The American descendants of these pioneers are proud of their legacy and will share What It Means to Be a German From Russia today at 2 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 223 E. 138th in Dolton. The presentation is sponsored by the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, and it's free. Call 960-2690 for details.
The primary is tomorrow and you still dont know whether you're going to punch for Byrne, Pucinski, or Fuller? Well, the Citizens Information Service of Illinois Hotline won't offer political advice, but it'll help you find your polling place, tell you what's on the ballot, and explain the difference between a presidential beauty contest and the delegate elections. From 9 to 8 today and 6 to 7 tomorrow, the hot line will answer all manner of questions from concerned citizens. Just dial 939-4636.
When certain doctors began refusing to treat AIDS patients, Dr. Kenneth Vaux was vigorous in his denunciation of them. Vaux, who calls for a humanistic approach to medicine, was also one of several ethicists asked by the Journal of the American Medical Association to comment on its recent, controversial article on euthanasia, "It's Over, Debbie." Vaux will give a free lecture today, AIDS: A Moral Perspective, at 3 in the Edward Crown Center, Loyola University, 6525 N. Sheridan Road. For more information, call 508-3636.
Comic Aaron Freeman, who at one time was parading on the little screen as lottery ball number nine, must figure it's time for someone else to dress up silly. He'll be the sole judge tonight when the Chicago Sun-Times, PR Productions, and WLUP AM 1000 host the First International Mr. and Ms. Frog Chicago Competition. Freeman will choose between four boys and four girls in their best frog finery. But before you get to thinking this is another dumb, vulgar Chicago contest, consider its highbrow purpose: a little publicity for Aristophanes' The Frogs, currently in a poolside production by the Pegasus Players. Freeman picks 'em tonight at 8 at My Place For? restaurant, 7545 N. Clark. Admission is $10. Call 764-5554.
Is your kid spacey, lazy, indifferent, manipulative, a procrastinator? There are other causes of these problems besides the obvious possibility that it's genetics. But What Can Be Done When Children Barely, or Don't, Get By? That's the theme of Dr. Harry Davis's evening talk at 7 at Josephinum High School, 1501 N. Oakley. It's a freebie, with refreshments provided. For more information, call 276-1261.
British painter Sue Coo speaks today as part of the School of the Art Institute's "Irreverent Insiders" lecture series. Deliberately political, Coe's work is aimed at rarcism, sexism, poverty, nuclear war, and apartheid. She starts at 7 in the school auditorium at Columbus and Jackson. $3, free to seniors and students, faculty, and staff of SAIC and area colleges. Call 443-3710 or 443-3711 for more information.
After the Reagan administration's full-scale attack on abortion, it's a miracle there's still a choice for women. But many still can't afford abortions, usually because they don't qualify for public aid. That's where The Abortion Fund comes in. This not-for-profit group raises money to loan to women who need abortions but can't pay for them. Tonight's evening of jazz with the Brad Goode Quintet and Miss Eve on piano is a fund-raiser; it's $15 at the door, beginning at 7 at the Green Mill Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway. For more information, call 248-4541.
You can do a jig to the sounds of the Chieftains or U2, both Irish bands that play some mean tunes for the masses. The charming DJs at the Artful Dodger Pub will be doing their Wild Irish Bros. thing, spinning Irish discs, at 9 tonight at 1734 W. Wabansia, for the sixth straight year. There's no cover and (thankfully!) no green beer. Call 227-6859 for more.