Dr. Meg Carroll presents Getting the School Year off to a Good Start, Sun., Aug. 12, 1 to 3 p.m., Ellie’s Café, 10701 S. Hale Ave. This information session will provide parents with tips for preparing for school, providing your child with the right supplies and anticipating surprises. Stop by to hear from experts, ask questions and participate in a raffle for homework kits. Free. Coffee will be provided. Info Ellie’s Café, 773-941-4401.