Fermilab’s Community Organization

Who belongs to NALWO? -

All members of the Fermilab community, but in particular employees spouses and their families. Visitors and newcomers are especially encouraged to join NALWO activities. Fermilab community members are welcome to bring guests from outside the Lab community to NALWO activities.

What does NALWO do?

The organization sponsors:

English Conversation

Conversation classes meet Wednesdays mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the Lounge at the Users Center from September through May.. Meetings are free and you may begin any time. Please contact the teachers at
 for an initial meeting. 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 children that meets weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. For summer 2016, Playgroup families are generally meeting at the Fermilab swimming pool. There is a reduced charge for pool entrance. They frequently have potluck suppers for the attending families. The group holds holiday parties open to everyone, typically at Halloween and Christmas as well as smaller parties at Valentine’s Day and Easter, etc. They also plan family outings to local gyms, or nature walks. You may subscribe to a listserve which will provide updated information on local activities. For more information please visit the NALWO Playgroup page.

Special Events

NALWO holds special programs 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:

No events are currently planned but we hope to schedule another Potluck Picnic.
Thanks to everyone who came to the one we held on June 10, 2016!
Enjoy the summer!

Village Library

With help from Fermilab's Housing Office, NALWO has collected books, especially children's books, many donated by local bookstores and libraries, and housed the collection at the Vending/Laundry building on Sauk Blvd., which has 24 hour access. The library is on the honor system. We suggest that borrowed books be returned in 3 weeks. The library is still in progress and soon will be better organized. If you're interested in helping with this project, please contact us at

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, and occasionally on Monday evenings. The dance groups meet in the Village Barn on the east side of the Fermilab site from September to May and the International and Scottish groups move to Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall, Fermilab's High-rise, during the summer. English Country Dancing continues in Kuhn Barn year round. 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.


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 the Housing Office,

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.

Contact Information

For questions and information send e-mail to; or contact individual Board Members . 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

New addition: Passover Seder Recipes from the dinner held at Chez Leon on April 13, 2016

Thanksgiving 2015 cookbook from the dinner held at Chez Leon on November 18, 2015, corrected and updated with additional recipes brought for the potluck.

March 9, 2015 Puerto Rican cooking demonstration by Irma Almirall-Padamsee: the updated and corrected recipe book, with color photos and local grocery stores for ingredients. View or download the PDF (239 Kb) here.

Just added November 2014: the recipe book from the NALWO 2008 presentation Thanksgiving Across America – which provides members’ favorite recipes for Thanksgiving, including how to cook a turkey! View or download the PDF here.

The NALWO Cookbook :  For the 2011 Spring Tea, we created a cookbook as a gift for the former lab director’s wife, 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 Calendar - For the current calendar, please go to the
Labwide Calendar
(There is no longer a separate NALWO calendar.)


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

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 June 20, 2016  by Mady Newfield