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Oct. 4--The Hinsdale Chapter of the American Association of University Women recently added Oak Brook to its name, and the group also is looking to add more diversity to its 125 years of addressing women's issues.

The local chapter is opening membership to a broader range of women, now including women with two-year associate's degrees. It also is increasing its efforts to attract professional women in their 30s.

"We're looking for women educated in different ways. It's time for new people and new ideas," said Gail Hahn, publicity chairwoman for the Hinsdale-Oak Brook Area Branch of AAUW.

Meetings are held each month, and a speaker is invited to discuss current events relating to women's education or local and national issues involving women including Social Security, equal rights and reproductive choice.

Proceeds from the group's annual home tour, which was held last weekend, support the AAUW Educational Foundation and Local Scholarship Fund.

The recipients are women who have graduated from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High Schools, or women returning to college to complete their education or earn advanced degrees.

For more information, call 800-326-2289 or visit www.hinsdale-area-aauw.com.

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Volunteer opportunities

The Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange Park are in need of volunteers for an adult literacy program, "School on Wheels." Tutors are needed to teach one hour per week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 to 8 p.m. in Cicero, Hodgkins, Lombard, Summit, Westmont and Woodridge. Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and again on Oct. 14. Volunteers must attend both training sessions. No second-language skills are needed. For more information or to register, call 708-354-9200, ext. 5060, 5085 or 5037.

Stepping Stones, an organization that helps female victims of domestic violence, will hold a dinner and auction on Oct. 20 at Venuti's Banquets and Ristorante, 2251 W. Lake St. in Addison. The Village Vocal Chords will entertain. Tickets are $100 each. For more information, call 630-235-3389 or 630-894-3506.

A group of Bartlett residents have created Friends of the Bartlett Fire District to inform residents on life-safety and fire-safety issues in the community. The organization is looking for volunteers to help get information out to neighbors about referendum questions. For more information, e-mail Jim McCarthy at FOBFD@hotmail.com.

Saturday is the final day to make a reservation for the National Association for Down Syndrome's annual luncheon and fashion show Oct. 22 in the Oak Brook Marriott, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. The event will feature children and adults with Down syndrome modeling holiday fashions. Tickets are $50 each. For tickets, send a check to NADS Fashion Show, P.O. Box 6132, Woodridge, IL 60517-6132 or visit www.nads.org.

Volunteers are needed to help with a community day of service on Saturday sponsored by Comcast. In Aurora, volunteers are needed to paint and renovate classrooms at the Quad County Urban League, 1685 N. Farnsworth Ave. In Cicero, volunteers are needed to landscape and beautify Seguin Services, 3100 S. Central Ave. In Oak Brook at the Comcast office, 2001 York Rd., volunteers are needed to donate blood and children's books that will be given to patients at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital. For more information or to volunteer, call 847-585-6349.

The Conservation Foundation will hold its annual Harvest Moon Social from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville. Tickets are $25 for adults, $60 for a family of four or more and $7 for children under 12. For more information or to register, call 630-428-4500, ext. 10.

Those making a difference

The Village of Lombard recently gave its "Senior of the Year" awards to Eugene Polley and Mary Ann Grady. Nominees were solicited from the community.

Bruce Klein of Hanover Park was recently honored by the National Marfan Foundation with a Silver Service Award for his contributions to the Marfan community. Marfan is a potentially fatal disorder of the body's connective tissue.

-- Nancy Munson

nmunson@tribune.com

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