Fermilab's Community Organization

Who belongs in 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:


For many years NALWO sponsored a cooperative playgroup for families with children that met weekly.   They usually had potluck suppers for the attending families. The group held holiday parties open to everyone, typically at Halloween and Christmas as well as smaller parties at Valentine’s Day and Easter, etc. They also planned family outings to local gyms, or nature walks. The Global Services Office now administers the Playgroup. You may subscribe to a listserve which will provide updated information on local activities. For more information please visit the Playgroup site.


NALWO holds special programs such as cooking demonstrations, crafts workshops, lectures, and 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 nalwo@fnal.gov. We are always happy to hear from you.

NALWO Calendar

For public events, please go to the Labwide Calendar.

NALWO meetings & events are kept on a Google Calendar.

You can find links to flyers with details about events on the calendar by clicking on the calendar and "more details."


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.

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 nalwo@fnal.gov.

Toy Library

The Kid Zone and Toy Library, started by NALWO, is in the Users Center. The folks in the Users Center pub maintain it. People can use it anytime the Users Center is open. Parents are responsible for cleaning up after their kids, but anyone can take the toys and return them anytime. There are also toys in the Vending Area in the Village Library as well.

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 staff at the Children's Center at x3762.

English Conversation

For many years, NALWO held free English conversation classes for visitors. Global Services at Fermilab now administers these classes. More information is available. If you wish to subscribe to the English class email list (which provides useful information about class schedule changes), click here.

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 folkdance@fnal.gov or Mady Newfield at 630-584-0825.

Cooking Demonstrations and Cookbooks

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. For cookbook downloads visit the cooking webpage.

Contact Information

For questions and information send e-mail to nalwo@fnal.gov; 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 nalwo@fnal.gov.

Reimbursement form for event leaders

Please download by clicking on this link, and submit to the NALWO Treasurer.




Postcards and note cards are available for purchase at the Lederman Center to raise funds for NALWO.

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Download the QR code for this website and put it on any posters or flyers about NALWO events to increase access to information