The Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, is hosting a Kids Night Out on Saturday, August 15, from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Kids will be greeted by some of their favorite Filament actors and teaching artists. Together, they will make crafts and do warm ups in preparation to sing during the main event, a screening of Moana: Sing-Along!
Popcorn and drinks are included in the $12 ticket price. Purchase tickets online for your child aged 6 and up, and drop of your child at the Filament this Saturday evening while you head out for a nice and relaxing date night.
Please be aware that beginning this Friday, I will be out of town. As such, there will be no Ward Night this upcoming Tuesday, August 22. The next Ward Night will be the following Tuesday, August 29, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties
This Monday, all of North America will be able to view an eclipse of the sun. All of North America will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse, and anyone positioned in the path of totality across the continental United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse of the sun was in 1979.
To celebrate this historic cosmic event, parks across the city will host solar eclipse viewing parties from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The closest parks hosting a viewing party for 45th Ward residents will be Portage Park, 4100 N. Long, and Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.
Children and families are encouraged to attend one of these viewing parties. The Adler Planetarium will be providing special viewing glasses to protect your eyes from harmful sun rays. I also encourage residents to take a moment to reviewNASA’s eye safety tips during a total solar eclipse.
Community Shred Day August 19
Please join State Representative Jaime Andrade and myself for a Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to 1 pm in the St. Viator parking lot at 4140 W. Addison.
Bring documents that contain your personally identifiable information – such as old bank statements, tax returns, bills, receipts, credit card applications, and outdated medical records – to be safely shredded. Please remember to remove all paper clips, staples, and other bindings before sending documents off to be shredded.
Old eyeglasses, cell phones, and old or tattered American flags will also be accepted for donation.
For more information, please call my office at 773-286-4545 or Rep. Andrade’s office at 773-267-1880.
Infrastructure Improvement Updates
Agatite/Laramie Water Main Replacement
Please be aware that starting late August, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along West Agatite from North Central to North Lavergne, and along North Laramie from West Sunnyside to West Agatite. The old water main dates back to 1915 and needs to be replaced.
With crews working in the street, there may be closures or traffic restrictions 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 work hours (generally 7 am to 4 pm). Parking outside 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.
My office and the Department of Water understand that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. Crews will do everything possible to maintain residents’ quality of life throughout this project and will conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of their presence on the 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 water main replacement is 1701038.
By signing up for WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from 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 312-744-6635.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as these important infrastructure improvements are completed.
Mason Sewer Lining Project
The Department of Water Management is scheduled began a sewer lining project on North Mason between West Seminole and West Bryn Mawr on Thursday, August 17.
This project will rehabilitate the existing sewer without the conventional digging method. This sewer rehabilitation will minimize, if not eliminate, street cave-ins due to failure in old sewers. In addition, it will bring better drainage to the area and may help alleviate flooding during heavy rain.
During work days, mobilization will start at 4:00 pm. Actual work will begin at 5:00 pm. Work is expected to be completed at 1:00 am. “No Parking” signs will be posted in the immediate area of work a day before any work is scheduled to occur. Residents are urged to move their vehicles away from the work site to avoid being towed. It will be necessary to close the lanes to traffic to ensure public safety during work hours. Equipment and materials will be on street during the work. If necessary, detours and alternative bus stops will be posted.
To prevent odors in your home during the main sewer lining project, please pour two to three cups of water into each basement floor drain and restrict your water usage as much as possible. An engineer will also be on site during the project to answer any questions from the residents.
The sewer lining project is expected to be completed by October 2017.
Watch “The Sandlot”, Drive-In Style
On Saturday, August 26, Cruise over to Six Corners for old-time entertainment with a modern spin.The Six Corners Association will show The Sandlot in a drive-in movie eventlocated in the parking lot at 3930 N. Milwaukee.
All ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Those attending in their car can listen to the movie simply by tuning into their radios. Pedestrians are also welcome and should bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on.
The cost is $30 per car, $15 for an adult pedestrian, and $5 for a child pedestrian (under 12-years-old).
The movie will start at 8:00 and tickets are available online. Make sure to secure a spot today!
Apply for the Roof and Porch Repair Grant Program
The Roof and Porch Repair Program (formerly known as the EHAP program) provide grants from $5,000 to $30,000 for low to moderate income owner occupants of one to four-unit residential buildings. The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roofs or porches. Remedies will commensurate with the level of damage determined by the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Rehab Construction Specialist upon inspection. A property can receive service one-time only.
The 2018 roof and porch registration takes place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 14. On this day, residents can initiate the registration process online or by calling the city’s 311 service line.
Applicants will be selected via a lottery process on Tuesday, October 31, at 9:00 am in Preston Bradley Hall on the third floor at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.
Eligible owner-occupied properties must be located in the city of Chicago, in habitable condition, consist of one to four residential units, and not be at risk of foreclosure. Condominiums, commercial, and mixed-use units are not eligible for the program. Properties that received assistance in the past under the program (formerly known as EHAP) are ineligible to participate again.
Household earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the program. If the property is jointly owned, the total gross income of all owners will be included in this figure and cannot exceed the 80% limit.
For more information on the program and to apply for the grant, visit the Roof and Porch Repair page on the Department of Planning and Development’s website.
Appeal Your Property Taxes Thru August 28
Through August 28, residents of Jefferson Township can submit their property tax appeals with the Cook County Assessor’s Office.
Filing an appeal will not lower the rates of the property tax levy but rather will appeal the assessed value of your home, potentially lowering the amount owed to the assessor’s office.
You can appeal your assessed value via the Cook County Assessor’s online portal.
Help Clear the Shelters August 19
Are you or someone you know considering adopting or fostering a pet? Chicago Animal Care and Control is hosting their annual Clear the Shelter Free Adoption day on August 19.
Summer is high season for the local shelters, with many of them at full capacity. This event is the perfect opportunity to free up space in the shelters while filling up your heart with love from your new best friend.
Regular adoption screening still applies. More information and participating shelters is available online.
Chicago Fringe Festival Returns to Jefferson Park
For the fifth year in a row, Chicago Fringe Festival returns to downtown Jefferson Park. The annual festival attracts visitors from across the region to witness engage, diverse, unique, and boundary-pushing productions.
This year, the festival runs August 30 through September 10, and will feature 47 groups in about 200 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.
CPS Students Can Receive Free Museum Admission Beginning August 27
August 27 through September 1, Chicago Public School students can attend various museums throughout the city for free.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and explore Chicago Museums ahead of the new school year.
Visit my website for a list of eligible museums and dates.
Earn Money for the Irving Park Community Food Pantry by Walking
The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 32nd annual Hunger Walk will be held Saturday, September 16 at Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stoney Island. Volunteers and friends of the Irving Park Community Food Pantry will be walking the 2-mile course to help raise awareness about hunger in our communities.
The Walk is the Pantry’s biggest annual fundraising event. You can register or make a donation online. The deadline to register is Monday, August 28. Entry bibs and t-shirts will be delivered to the Pantry for walkers prior to the event, and you will need to arrange to pick it up for have it delivered.
Donations from the Hunger Walk page go directly to the Pantry’s GCFD account, from which they order foods from their menu at low volume prices (approximately $0.04 per pound).
You can also donate to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry at their website or by mailing a check to 3801 N. Keeler Ave., Chicago, IL 60641.
Citizen Police Academy
Do you have a strong connection to your community and want to make a difference? Apply to join the Citizen Police Academy.
The fall session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin on September 19, and will run for ten weeks ending on November 21.
The Chicago Police Department is looking for individuals with strong community ties who will be good ambassadors for the department. Participating citizens will receive a condensed version of CPD recruit training.
Classes meet every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Education and Training Division at 1300 W. Jackson.
Applications are due by August 25. For more information or an application, please contact the 16th District Community Relations Office at 312-742-4521 or atCaps016district@chicagopolice.org.
Contribute to Sculpture Project by Donating Local Artifact
Two weeks ago, I announced Bernard Williams as the artist selected to completed the public artwork project as part of the 50×50 Year of Public Art initiative.
Williams is requesting some assistance from you – the public – in completing this task. In an effort to incorporate as much neighborhood history into his piece as possible, he is putting out a call for local, weather resistant artifacts which might be used in the sculpture. Williams is looking for outdoor objects, such as signs, architectural fragments such as railings, ornamental and non-ornamental fencing or gates, and other related things.
Anyone with a potential artifact or artifact idea should start by sending in a photo to my office firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line YOPA artifact. This could be a photo of something you already have or something that is still standing outdoors and can be removed or relocated as part of the sculpture.
Sheet Metal Apprenticeships
Sheet Metal Workers Local Union ’73 is now accepting apprenticeships for those interesting in sheet metal trade as a career.
Through October 4, interested persons ages 17 and older can apply for an apprenticeship where they will learn the skills necessary for a long-term career in the sheet metal trade. For requirements and more information regarding the application process, visit the Sheet Metal Workers’ website.
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Fri., Aug 18, dusk, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts La La Land 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.
Sat., Aug. 19, 8 am-noon, 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Get your car clean and help Girl Scouts during the Girl Scout Troop 21822 Car Wash Fundraiser.
Sat., Aug 19, 8 am-3 pm, New Life Community Church Portage Park, 5700 W.Berteau. Heartlight Ministries founder and host of Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston is ready to whip your parenting techniques into shape. Attend the Tough Guys and Drama Queens seminar to avoid the common pitfalls of parenting teens. Sign up: onlineor call 773-777-3360.$45 or $35/early bird (by July 31). Breakfast included in price.
Sat., Aug 19, 11 am-12:30 pm, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Between April and October, thousands of kittens arrive at Chicago Animal Care and Control – many without a mom and too young to eat on their own. Low more about how you can help bottle babies at a Kitten on Dec workshop. Free.
Sun., Aug 20, 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, speciality items, prepared foods, and more during the Portage Park Farmers Market. Animal Care and control will also be present with some adorable adoptable pets. Stop by and make a friend for life! More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Mon., Aug 21, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during thePortage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Wed., Aug 23, 6:30-8 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. The 17th District CAPS hosts a Keeping it Real Burglary Prevention Workshop. Includes an in-depth discussion on burglary awareness and a panel of “professional burglars” who want to give back to the community. More info: email organizers or call 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., Aug 23, 7 pm,Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Thur., Aug 24, 7 pm,St. Bartholomew, Church Krueger Hall, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Fri., Aug 25, 4:30-7 pm, YMCA Irving Park, 4251 W. Irving Park.Join the Irving Park YMCA for their Back to School Backyard Bash. Games and activities for the whole family. More info:online. Free.
Sun., Aug 27, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The 13th year of the Michelin Guide-recommendedIndependence Park Farmers Marketcontinues twice a month through October. Join neighbors for great produce from farms and other vendors. Music and more at each market. Credit cards and LINK card accepted. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Aug 27, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long. Support your favorite vendors and purchase locally grown food at theJefferson Park Sunday Market. The market runs through October and offers a great selection. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Sun., Aug 27, 11 am,St. Bartholomew Church, Addison and Lavergne. St. Bartholomew Parish is turning 100 Years Old! Celebrate with a 100 anniversary mass and reception. Free.
Tue., Aug 29, 7 pm,Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during theGladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Teska will be attending to discuss the Jefferson Park Master Plan. Free.
Wed., Aug 30, 7 pm,Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during theJefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Congressman Quigley, State Representative Martwick, and State Senator Mulroe will be in attendance providing updates from Springfield and Washington, D.C. Free.