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Nalwo Calendar

Who belongs to NALWO? -

All women associated with Fermilab (and their families). Visiting women and newcomers are especially encouraged to join NALWO activities. Fermilab women are welcome to bring guests from outside the Lab community to NALWO activities..

What does NALWO do?

The organization sponsors:

English Conversation

Conversation classes are meeting Wednesdays mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the Music Room at the Users Center. Meetings are free, there is no need to sign-up and you may begin any time! You can reach the English class teachers with questions by emailing
If you wish to subscribe to the English class email list (which provides useful information about class schedule changes), go to this link


NALWO sponsors a cooperative playgroup for families with pre-school aged children that meets weekly at the Users Center. While there are currently not enough families for regular meetings of the group, there are still holiday parties open to everyone. You may also subscribe to a listserve which will provide updated information on local activities.  For more information please visit the NALWO Playgroup page .

 Information about Maternity Closet

The maternity closet, created by the Fermilab Mothers at Work Program, is now located in the Fermilab Children’s Center. Those interested in using or donating clothes should make an appointment with Jennifer Lopez at x3762.


NALWO sponsors day trips to places of interest in Chicago and the surrounding area such as museums, ethnic neighborhoods, architectural walks, and natural parks.


NALWO occasionally hosts potluck dinners the Village. They are open to anyone from the Lab and their guests. Each person or family brings a dish of food to share.

Toy Library

The Toy Library is in the music room of the User's Center. Toys may be borrowed from this room for use at home on a short-term basis. For further information contact Cheryl Bentham at (630) 840-3777.

International Folk Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, and English Country Dancing

NALWO sponsors three recreational dance groups open to everyone from Fermilab and the surrounding communities. International Folk Dance is every Thursday evening from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Scottish Country Dancing is every Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and English Country Dancing is held once a month on a Sunday afternoon. The dance groups meet in the Village Barn on the east side of the Fermilab site from September to May and the weekday groups move to Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall, Fermilab's High-rise, during the summer. In all groups, the dances are taught, and you don't need to come with a partner. Children are welcome, but no babysitting is provided; children either dance or do quiet activities. For more information, contact or Mady Newfield at (630) 584-0825.

Special Events

NALWO holds special programs, usually during the day, such as cooking demonstrations, crafts workshops, lectures, informal music programs. Although occasionally presented by outside guests, most of these programs are prepared and presented by NALWO members. We encourage you to present your special talents. You do the planning and preparation; we help with the invitations, publicity, and room reservations. Send us your ideas for new activities to We are always happy to hear from you.

Upcoming Events:

Playgroup Halloween Party – October  29, Kuhn Barn

Visit to Nancy Carrigan’s Art Legacy – November  8, Dick Carrigan’s house

Winter Tea – December 8,  Fermilab Art Gallery


Reimbursement form for event leaders
Please download by clicking on the link here and submit to the NALWO Treasurer


Contact Information

For questions and information send e-mail to; or contact individual board members: Board Member . If you would like to be added to the NALWO NEWS email list to receive information on upcoming events, please go to this link to subscribe, or send a request to .


Cooking Demonstrations and Cookbooks

The NALWO Cookbook :  For the 2011 Spring Tea, we created a cookbook as a gift for Barbara Oddone. This book is a retrospective of what we chose as some of the best recipes from the last 25 years of NALWO cooking demonstrations. If you’d like a digital copy you can download it here. 

The recipe booklet from the January 24, 2013, Armenian Cooking Demonstration is available here.

The  recipe booklet from the November 17, 2011, Cooking Demonstration: Cooking of the American South is available here.


NALWO History

From "The Golden Book: Starting Fermilab" by Dr. Robert R. Wilson, Founding Director of Fermilab: "My wife, Jane, was enormously important to the Lab both socially and in initiating the lectures program. I felt, too, that my colleagues were blessed in the great wives who accompanied them to the Lab. Many had jobs in the Lab, but all contributed importantly to the social ambience. Indeed, NALWO was formed by them so they could be more effective in their endeavors."

"Songs of Too Much Experience" Poems by Jane S. Wilson

Jane Wilson Photo Album


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Last modified Oct. 22, 2014  by Mady Newfield