Please be advised that there will be no ward night on Tuesday, August 14. I will be out of town taking my daughter to college. The next ward night will be on Tuesday, August 21, from 5-7 pm in the ward office.
Teleconference on 5150 N. Northwest Highway Scheduled for August 14
This coming Tuesday, Aug. 14, we invite you to join a teleconference to discuss the proposal of mixed-income homes for veterans and the disabled at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. Originally proposed as a 100-unit development, Full Circle Communities, the non-profit developer, pared down the proposal in response to community input earlier this year to 75 units with fewer 3-bedroom units.
View from the north
While there have been many opportunities to discuss the details of this important development, I wanted to make sure community residents have every opportunity to learn about the proposal and ask questions before it moves forward.
The call will be from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Tuesday, Aug. 14. To join the teleconference town hall, call 312-792-3983.
As always, you are also welcome to visit me during ward nights to address any additional comments you may have. Those are most Tuesdays from 5-7 pm in the ward office, located at 4754 N. Milwaukee Ave. In addition, you may email my office at email@example.com or call 773-286-4545.
I look forward to hearing from you on how we move the Jefferson Park Shopping District forward and create opportunities for safe, accessible homes for our veterans and the disabled.
Art and Ice Cream Ride August 11
Bike 45 will host an Art and Ice Cream Ride on Saturday, August 11.
At 10 am, cyclists will meet at the Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W. Higgins, where they will head out for an approximately 15-mile ride where they’ll visit a few of the coolest spots on the Northwest Side.
Please make sure to bring a bike lock and money for frozen treats. Helmets are not required but are recommended. Everyone is welcome to ride, but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no more than 3 children per adult.
More information on the event is available on Facebook.
Shakespeare in the Parks Returns August 11-12
One of Chicago’s favorite traditions returns to Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee, August 11-12. This year, actors will perform a 75-minute abridged production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Barbara Gaines.
The stage will be transformed into an enchanted forest to feature one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth.
The performance will take place on Saturday, August 11, starting at 6:30 pm and again on Sunday, August 12, starting at 4 pm. More information and other Chicago Shakespeare Theater events are available to view online.
Shred-a-Thon August 11
Need to shred old, sensitive documents? I’m partnering with Midway Moving to host a Shred-a-Thon.
You can help prevent identity theft by bringing these documents to the Hoyne Bank parking lot, located at 4729 N. Milwaukee (on the corner of Milwaukee and Giddings), on Saturday, August 11, between 10 am and 1 pm.
Gladstone Park Advisory Council Meeting August 15
Gladstone Park residents have started a new park advisory council.
Learn how you can help further park development through volunteering, fundraising, and support during the next Gladstone Park Advisory Council (GPAC) meeting on Wednesday, August 15, at 5:30 pm in the fieldhouse at Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard.
GPAC will meet every third Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Gladstone Park fieldhouse. Make sure to follow GPAC onFacebook to stay up-to-date on events and news at Gladstone Park.
Summer Science Night Party August 17
Join American Science & Surplus, 5316 N. Milwaukee, is hosting a Summer Science Night Party!
The evening will be full of entertaining, educational, and interactive evening of hands-on demonstrations, science games, microscope workshops, prizes, and much more. Children will have an opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt and receive a free science kit. An in-house astronomer will be attending to answer any questions about telescopes, help get telescopes in working condition, and answer other astronomy-related questions.
The event will take place on Friday, August 17, from 7-10 pm. More information on the event is available at theFacebook event.
Avondale/Gregory Resurfacing Project
An upcoming resurfacing project on North Avondale Avenue/Gregory Street from Harlem Avenue to North Moody Avenue is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, August 13, weather permitting.
The infrastructure work is a part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s arterial street resurfacing north area project.
The work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement, milling and paving the existing asphalt pavement, and striping.
During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of work.
All work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed October 8, 2018.
Proposed Police Consent Decree Open for Public Comment Until August 17
Attorney General Madigan and Mayor Emanuel released a draft consent decree governing police reform in the city last week. Once a final consent decree is issued, it will be enforced by a federal judge and overseen by an independent monitor.
The draft decree addresses issues raised by the city’sPolice Accountability Task Force. These issues include the use of force, impartial policing, community policing, supervision, accountability and transparency, crisis intervention, training, officer wellness and support, recruitment, hiring and promotions, and data management and analytics.
Chicago residents have the opportunity to comment on the consent decree until August 17 online, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by faxing 312-814-3212, or by calling 833-243-1498 and leaving a message with commentary. Residents may also mail their comments to the following address:
Illinois Attorney General
ATTN: Civil Rights Bureau
100 W. Randolph St. 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
12th Annual Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Tournament August 23
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in partnership with the Chicago Park District will host the 12th annual Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Tournament on Thursday, August 23, from 10 am until 4 pm on Balbo Street between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.
Hoops in the Hood is a sports-based, community safety initiative that creates safe spaces for youth to interact and build positive relationships with peers and caring adults. It also makes visible the use of public spaces while fostering a sense of community.
The day will kick off at 9:45 am with a brief opening ceremony with games starting at 10 am from teams representing 20 neighborhoods.
This free event will have food, youth activities, and fun for all. More information on LISC and Hoops in the Hood is availableonline.
Oak Street Health Mini Resource Health Fair August 24
Oak Street Health, 4848 W. Irving Park, is hosting a mini resource health fair on Friday, August 24, from 9 am until 12 pm.
Representatives from various organizations, including Athletico Physical Therapy and Edward Jones Investments, will be on site to provide information on their services. The event will culminate with a free raffle for attendees.
For more information and to RSVP, call 844-808-8262.
Community Back to School Fair August 25
St. John’s Lutheran is hosting a Community Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 25, from 12-3 pm, in the parking lot located at 4939 W. Montrose.
The event will feature a bouncy house, face painting, music, food, and plenty of fun for all. There will also be local businesses and organizations on-site to provide residents with various information.
The event is free and open to the public.
Chicago Fringe Festival Returns to Jefferson Park
For the sixth year in a row, Chicago Fringe Festival returns to downtown Jefferson Park. This annual festival attracts visitors from across the region to witness and engage with diverse, unique, and boundary-pushing productions.
This year, the festival runs August 30 through September 3, and will feature 24 groups in about 100 performances. These shows are unpredictable, unusual, and non-juried. There is also a selection of family-friendly programming.
For more information on performances and schedules, visit the Chicago Fringe website. Tickets are $10 per performance plus a $5 festival pin. Package deals are also available.
Those interested in volunteering can apply to do so online.
Taste of Polonia Returns Labor Day Weekend
Taste of Polonia returns to the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, over Labor Day Weekend, August 31 through September 3.
The annual event features four performance stages, carnival rides, plenty of family-friendly activities, and a variety of great drinks and food sure to satiate everyone’s appetite.
Tickets cost $5 before 5 pm, $10 after 5 pm, and free for children 12 and under. Buy tickets in advance, review the entire entertainment line up, food options, and vendor list on the Taste of Polonia website.
Save The Date: County Fair Chicago September 8 & 9
Chicagoans will taste the flavor of down-home this fall when urban meets rural! County Fair Chicago invites city dwellers and country folk to experience Americana with an urban twist as Six Corner Association fixes to blend the farm with city for Portage Park’s newest event.
Stroll the Midway and graze on delicious, locally-made cuisine; pick up new skills from a variety of educational, interactive, maker-focused workshops; take in the sounds of bluegrass, rockabilly, and country jams humming from the “Grandstand” stage; and, lace up your dancing shoes for a traditional barn dance once the sun goes down Saturday night.
No matter your preference – cowboy hats or baseball caps, riding boots or gym shoes – they’re serving up the best of both worlds at County Fair Chicago.
Tickets only cost $10/day or $18 for both days and are available to purchase online or at the Six Corners Association office located at 4041 N. Milwaukee #301.
Volunteer at County Fair Chicago
Six Corners Association is looking for volunteers to help staff the County Fair Chicago event. All County Fair Chicago volunteers will be required to attend a short volunteer training session prior to the event. Volunteers who attend the training sessions will be given first priority in scheduling. If you’re interested in volunteering, complete and return the registration form by August 24.
More information on County Fair Chicago is available on the Six Corners Association website.
Stems and Steins September 8
Help support Chicago’s oldest home while enjoying drinks at this neighborhood event! This fund-raiser includes 3.5 hours of unlimited wine or beer tastings, with 50 beers or 50 wines available for $55 (when purchased before Sept. 1, 2018).
Treat yourself to hors d’oeuvres, pretzels and mustard, pizza, cheese and crackers, a silent auction, and instant-win raffle on the expansive grounds of the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House.
The event features a huge silent auction at which you can bid on wine or beer baskets and gifts, sports memorabilia, dance and theater tickets, lessons and memberships, and many other items. Feeling lucky? Instant-win raffle winners take home a “mystery” bottle of booze, which may also include airline tickets, restaurant gift certificates, gift cards, and other exciting prizes. Raffle tickets are $10 each (cash only, and you must be present to win). The silent auction and raffle close at 6 p.m.
You can order each of the wines or beers you taste from the liquor vendor, Foremost Liquor Center, at the end of the evening. A $20 cash deposit is required to place an order.
Attendees must be 21 to enter. No children allowed. All reservations will be held at will-call at the door. Absolutely no refunds. Tickets are available to purchase online.
Irving Park Community Food Pantry Back-to-School Donation Drive
Once again the Irving Park Community Food Pantry will provide their clients’ children with school supplies during the month of August. While you’re shopping, consider picking up one of the following items to help children succeed as they enter a new school year:
- Loose-leaf paper
- Spiral notebooks
- Pocket folders
- Glue sticks
- #2 pencils
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Colored pencils
Please do not donate backpacks. Supplies often run low as the month goes on, as upwards of 400 bags are given out, so donations continue to be helpful throughout the month.
Donations can be dropped off at Irving Park United Methodist Church (3801 N. Keeler) during Pantry operating hours (9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th). They also can be dropped off on the front porch at 3822 N. Tripp Ave. or Old Irving Brewing (4419 W. Montrose Ave.) or at the Pantry’s booth at the Sunday GIPNA Farmers Market on August 12th and 26th. For more information, email email@example.com.
Appeal Your Property Taxes Thru August 16
The Cook County Assessor’s Office mailed out reassessment notices July 16, and most homeowners have seen a significant increase in the estimated value of their property.
You can appeal that assessment through the Cook County Assessor’s Office. The form to appeal can be found at the assessor’s website. You can also file online by searching for your property at the assessor’s website and clicking on the “Appeal History” tab.
Additionally, the Cook County Assessor’s Office and Alderman Villegas will host a Property Tax Appeal Workshop on Tuesday, July 31, from 5:30-7:30 pm in conference rooms A & B on the 7th floor at Community First Medical Center, 5645 W. Addison. Make sure to bring photo identification and your most recent property tax bill to this free event. Representatives will be present to help file appeal paperwork, submit a certificate of errors, and answer any questions.
The deadline for appeals is Aug. 16, so don’t delay.
Lockwood, Strong, Argyle, and Northwest Highway Water Main Replacements
Beginning this month, Department of Water Management (DWM) and NPL Construction Co. crews will begin the work to install 3,380 feet of 8-inch water mains in the following locations:
- North Lockwood Avenue – from West Carmen to West Strong
- West Strong Street – from North Lockwood to North Laramie
- West Argyle Street – from North Long to North Laramie
- North Northwest Highway – to 350 feet northwest of North Long
The water mains in these areas have been identified as being over 100-years-old and need to be replaced.
When crews are working in the street, they may close or limit it to traffic for safety reasons. However, residents will always be able to reach their homes or businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.
“No Parking” signs will be posted as needed during working hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside of those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. Crews will try to preserve as much parking as possible.
DWM and my office understand that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout these projects, and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on your street.
If you would like to receive regular email updates about the project, you can register online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this sewer main replacement is 1801052.
By signing up for WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from the mobilization of equipment onto the site, to the installation of new pipes, to the final restoration of the street.
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman on the project site, email my office, or call the DWM Office of Public Affairs at 312-744-6638.
The project is anticipated to be completed by late November 2018.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
Register for the Victory Run 5K
Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church is hosting its inaugural Fun Run/Race Fundraiser!
Come out Saturday, September 15 for a fun and exhilarating 5K race around Portage Park. This run welcomes all levels of athletes, from the serious runner to the hobbyist, or even families just looking for a great day in the park.
Proceeds from the run will support the Our Lady Victory Youth Ministry. Participants who register before September 1 can use the coupon code “OURLADY” to receive a discount rate.
The Victory Run 5K starts promptly at 8 am, rain or shine. More information and registration is available online.
Windy City Preforms Presents: Shrek The Musical
An all-ages cast of professional adults, auditioned teens, and youth will perform Shrek The Musical at Windy City Preforms, 4766 N. Milwaukee, beginning August 4.
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
Show times will be on Fridays at 7 pm, on Saturdays at 3 pm and 7 pm, and on Sundays at 2 pm and 6 pm through August 26. For more information and to purchase your tickets, view the event online.
Special Education Support & Resources for Parents
If your child is identified as possibly needing special education services, it is important to understand how to navigate the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
IEP teams are most successful when parents and school staff work together to identify what is in the best interest of the child’s education. For more information on the IEP process, visit my website.
Apply to Become a Police Officer
Applications to become a Chicago Police Officer will remain open through October 1. The exam will be on Saturday, December 8.
This is an opportunity to serve your community and pursue a meaningful career. Chicago police officers will be eligible for health care benefits, tuition reimbursement, uniform allowances, a retirement plan, and a competitive salary.
The minimum age to apply and take the police exam is 20. More information and applications are available online.
Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program
The Home Equity Program of the Northwest Side of Chicago has published a tentative budget and appropriation ordinance.
A public hearing on the budget and appropriation ordinance will be held on Thursday, August 30, at 6:30 pm at 3022 N. Harlem.
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Fri., Aug 10, 6-7:30 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn about the taiko (Japanese drum) art form during a Tsukasa Taiko Drumming Event. Tsukasa Taiko is one of the largest community taiko drumming programs in the Midwest whose mission is, through training and performing, to preserve, develop and ass on the traditional concepts of genuine Japanese art as a cultural legacy, ton install appreciation for artistic excellence, and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko art form. Free.
Fri., Aug 10, dusk, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council announced the rescheduled date for Jumanji as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. Free.
Sun., Aug 12, 9 am- 1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce and other selections from area farms and artisans. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Aug 12, 9:30-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs the second and fourth Sunday through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Aug 14, 6:30 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Join neighbors for dinner, a film viewing, and dialogue. Attendees will watch Inequality for All followed by a discussion. Free.
Wed., Aug 15, 11 am, Portage Park Satellite Senior Center, 4100 N. Long (Parking/ Entrance at Berteau and Linder). Want to make Portage Park more age-friendly? If so, please join in learning how a village project is trying to help isolated seniors in the community and how you can become a volunteer during the Portage Park Village Meeting. Free.
Wed., Aug 15, 12-3 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. The 16th Districts host their Second Annual Back to School Spectacular. Obstacle course, bouncy house, face painting, hot dog lunch, school supplies. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Aug 15, 6:30 pm, Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard. Learn how you can help further park development through volunteering, fundraising, and support during the Gladstone Park Advisory Council meeting. The GPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them on Facebook to keep up on GPAC news. Free.
Wed., Aug 15, 7 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. Help plan upcoming events and identify priorities to better the neighborhood park during theIndependence Park Advisory Council meeting. Show your community pride and have fun in the process! IPAC meets every third Wednesday of each month. Follow them on Facebook to keep up on IPAC news. Free.
Wed., Aug 15, 7 pm,17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Thur., Aug 16, 2-4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W.Lawrence. Children ages 5 and older are invited to construct with LEGO, play Giant Word Winder, or enjoy a board game with family and friends during the Jefferson Park Branch’s Let’s Play Event. This program is offered every Through August 30. Free.
Thur., Aug 16, 5:15-7:45 pm, Nil Tap, 5734 N. Elston. Every third Thursday of the month, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce host aThirsty Third Thursday at a local watering hole. This is a great opportunity to meet new neighbors while supporting a local business. More information, including this month’s location, is available online. Cost of purchases.
Thur., Aug 16, 5:30-7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Toddlers are introduced to nature through an experience that engages their senses through music, invites them to experience nature safely through free play, and provides the opportunity to see and interact with live animals for the first time duringToddlers, Tunes, & Turtles. Free.
Thur., Aug 16, 7 pm, Windsor Tavern, 4530 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. Every month, JPF hosts their meeting at a different business or organization in the neighborhood. Location and more info: online. Free.
Fri., Aug 17, dusk, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts Black Panther as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. All Movies in the Parks begin at dusk. Free.
Sun., Aug 19, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the NW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally-grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Each week they feature a new music act as well as dog adoptions from CACC. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Aug 20, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. For location and more information, view the PPNA calendar online. Free.
Wed., Aug 22, 3-5 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Experience the aroma and flavor or Puerto Rican Sofrito. Garlic, onion, aji dulce, and cilantro are the ingredients that give Puerto Rican cooking its unique flavor. Join community organizer Jorge Felix for Sofrito Conversations. He will make his grandma Lula’s old-fashioned sofrito and continue her cooking tradition. Free.
Wed., Aug 22, 5-8 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Showcase your best dance moves while the DJ spins the beats during the Sounds of Summer with DJ Monty event. Free.
Thur., Aug 23, 2-4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W.Lawrence. Children ages 5 and older are invited to construct with LEGO, play Giant Word Winder, or enjoy a board game with family and friends during the Jefferson Park Branch’s Let’s Play Event. This program is offered every Through August 30. Free.
Thur., Aug 23, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew, Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Aug 23, dusk, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Friends of Portage Park host ETas a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. All Movies in the Parks begin at dusk. Free.
Thur., Aug 23, dusk, Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee. Wilson Frank J. Park hosts A Dog’s Purpose as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. All Movies in the Parks begin at dusk. Free.
Sat., Aug 25, 11 am-12:30 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Come and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with your daughter duringMoms & Daughters Yoga. This class offers a fun way to bond and explore together yoga postures and practices that will stretch, strengthen, balance, and restore you. All levels welcome. Daughters must be at least 5 years old. Lunch will be provided. More info: online. Free.
Sun., Aug 26, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 14th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Market continues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce and other selections from area farms and artisans. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK cards accepted. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Aug 26, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally-grown food at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs the second and fourth Sunday through October and offers a great selection. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., Aug 28, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info: online. Free.
Wed., Aug 29, 7 pm,16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Guest speaker John Kane with FAIR (Fair Allocations in Runways) will update members on any changes at O’Hare. Ward Superintendent Adam Corona will also provide a brief summary of the steps to follow for controlling any rodent problems, either in alleys or in backyards. More info: 773-282-3879. Free.
Thur., Aug 30, 2-4 pm, Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W.Lawrence. Children ages 5 and older are invited to construct with LEGO, play Giant Word Winder, or enjoy a board game with family and friends during the Jefferson Park Branch’s Let’s Play Event. This program is offered every Through August 30. Free.
Thur., Aug 30, 5-7 pm, Belding Elementary School, 4257 N. Tripp. Meet your children’s teachers, visit classrooms, pick up important papers from the school, and volunteer to help the school and classroom during the Back to Belding Open House. More info: 773-534-3590.Free.