Are you looking to treat your dad, grandpa, or husband to something sweet this Father’s Day? Consider attending GIPNA’s 13th annual Gourmet Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, June 18, from 9 AM to noon, at the Independence Park Bungalow at Hamlin and Byron.
This annual pancake breakfast serves a delectable variety of pancakes that will leave you wanting more. It only costs $10/adults, $7/seniors, and $5/children 12 and younger.
Community Alert: Criminal Sexual Assault
Please be aware that yesterday afternoon around 1 pm, a 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the 3400-block of West Irving Park Road, just east of the 45th Ward boundaries.
According to police, the victim was entering her building when the unknown offender entered behind her, knocked her down, produced a knife, and sexually assaulted her. He then fled in an unknown direction.
The offender is described as a Hispanic man. He is approximately 30 years old, 6’01”, 210 pounds, and has dark hair that he was wearing in a bun. He was wearing a black t-shirt, cargo shorts, and black slip-on sandals.
If you have any information about this disturbing incident, please contact the Area North Detective Division at 312-744-8261 and reference JA 306636.
Jeff Park Master Plan Community Meeting June 19
What’s your vision to improve the Jefferson Park station area? What types of amenities and uses would you like to see? Consider pedestrian crossings, signage and plazas, restaurants, housing, and stores.
Join my office and Teska on Monday, June 19, from 6-7:30 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence to learn more and share your input.
Before then, I encourage you to explore the Master Plan website, complete the online survey, and sigh up for the email list to stay involved.
Art Side Out Studio Summer Camp
Art Side Out Studio has an exciting summer planned for children ages 5 and up!
Your children can explore their artistic side as they complete new projects with camp leaders Donna and Jeff. There will also be some old favorites from previous camp.Make art all day and take lunch in the park when the weather permits!
Camp runs July 17 through August 18. Register your child for $40/day, $110/3 days, or $35/day when registered for 4 days or more. Join in on the fun for as many or as few days as your child likes!
More information is available at the Art Side Out Studio website.
Ward City Sticker Sale June 30
On Friday, June 30, I will host a City Sticker Sale from 10 AM to 2 PM at my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
To purchase a vehicle sticker, you must bring your 2017 Chicago city vehicle sticker courtesy reminder form. If you have lost your courtesy reminder, please bring your state vehicle registration card, which includes your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The Ward Sale is limited to drivers with vehicle stickers expiring June 30. All motorists must purchase and display their vehicle stickers purchased in June by July 1 to avoid tickets.
This year, absolutely no cash payments will be accepted. Please plan ahead and bring an alternative form of payment. Accepted forms include check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.
If you would like to purchase your city sticker before June 30, you can purchase one at the City Clerk’s satellite office located at 5430 W. Gale Street, at most currency exchanges (service fees may apply), online, or by via mail following instructions on the back of your renewal notice.
If you have any questions leading up to the sale, please email my office.
Help Homeless Veterans by Donating Basic Household Items & Toiletries
My office is partnering with Operation Help-A-Hero for the second annual donation drive.
There are currently hundreds of homeless veterans who live either unsheltered or in shelters throughout the city. When a veteran leaves a shelter or transitional home to move into a more permanent residence, they often do not have basic household items.
Through July 4, we will be collecting basic household items and toiletries in an effort to help the hundred of Chicago veterans who are homeless. All donations will be delivered to the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA)/ The VA will then distribute materials to qualifying veterans in need.
New, store bought items that will be collected include:
– Personal Hygiene Items such as bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine pads, shaving cream, deodorant, combs, hair brushes, nail clippers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes;
-Kitchen & Cleaning Items such as plastic kitchen trash cans, Windex, Pine Sol, dish washing liquid, dishcloths, sponges, mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans, and paper towels; and
-Bathroom & Miscellaneous Items such as shower curtains, toilet paper (4 or 6 pack), plungers, toilet brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, bath towels, wash cloths, smoke detectors with batteries, flashlights with batteries, garbage bags, laundry baskets, hampers, and laundry detergent.
For more information on this program, please email my office.
Get your Irish on at the 32nd annual Irish American Heritage Festival on July 7-9
Irish Fest showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance, and family activities. The festival is held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center at 4626 N. Knox and is their biggest fundraiser.
Confirmed performers include Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, Scythian, Makem and Spain, and many more. In addition to the great music lineup, the weekend will be packed with festival favorites including Irish and American food and drink from vendors, step dancing, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, and dozens of vendors and artisans selling Irish gifts.
Tickets are $10 in advance if purchased by the end of the day on July 5, $15 thereafter, and free to children 12 and under. Visit the website for more information on festival hours, parking, and to purchase tickets.
Kids’ Summer Meal Program
Kids Summer Meals
Children can receive free healthy, nutritious summer lunches during their summer break in the social center at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster.
From noon to 1:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays June 26 through August 3, children 18 years and younger can pick up cold, individually wrapped lunches. Each lunch is pork and peanut free so parents do not have to worry about any potential dietary restrictions.
Since lunches are free, there is no requirement to register. Just swing by during the hours listed above!
For more information, call 773-283-5222.
Teens Leading the Way to a Stronger Community
Children ages 12-18 (or 6-12 grade) can make an impact on their community by getting involved with the Y Leaders Club at the Irving Park YMCA.
The Y Leaders Club helps teens discover their full potential, grow as leaders, and help serve the community around them. The teen-led group meets regularly and participates in the network of Y-USA Leaders Clubs across Chicagoland, the Midwest, and the country. With guidance and support from an adult adviser, members choose their cause based on the interests and passion of the group.
Weekly meetings take place in the Irving Park Y Program Center at 4251 W. Irving Park Road on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM. Club dues are $30 per quarter and cover snacks, supplies, and some events.
For more information, call the Irving Park YMCA at 773-777-7500 or contact Lauren Reed at IPYLeaders@gmail.com.
Filament Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, is back with their popular summer camp for children ages 7 through 12!
August 7 through August 11, campers can create their own dream roles as they develop unique, never-before-seen performances. Jameson, a camper, said, “It’s not like regular play camp where you are given a script to memorize — you are creating your own script so it feels more natural. It’s your own play and words.”
Receive a $25 gift certificate to a future Filament class or performance when you refer a new parent/guardian to register their child for camp. Learn more for rules and conditions at the Filament website. Register your child for summer camp online.
Flipped Summer Camp at Irving Park Lutheran Church
Are you looking for a fun summer camp for your child? Flipped at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine, is offering a 4-week curriculum summer camp starting July 31 for children aged 3 years old through 6th grade.
Each week, children will participate in arts and crafts, critical thinking activities, group games, and a weekly field trip. Snacks are provided, but children attending full-day camp will need to bring a sack lunch.
Pricing for half day camp costs $65/week and $120/week for the full day camp. There is also a $20 registration fee. Applications for flipped are available online. For more information, email Janeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host an International Young Professional or Student
Do you enjoy showing guests around Chicago? Want to get your kids more globally-engaged? Consider becoming a homestay host.
WorldChicago seeks short-term homestay hosts for 33 visitors this summer. Home hosts provide a bed, meals, and a glimpse into everyday life in America. Visitors take part in workshops, service learning and peer-to-peer learning weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, with evenings and weekends free to spend with their hosts.
One of these opportunities is the 2017 U.S. Department of State Iraq Young Leaders Exchange Program, which runs from July 20 to August 3. The program features 14 Iraqi high school students who were selected for this distinguished program through a competitive, merit-based process.
Additionally, six Ukrainian parliamentarians are looking for hosts July 20-26 as part of the Open World Program, and 13 students from the United Kingdom are looking for hosts August 13-21 through the UK Youth Dialogue Program.
Join a community of curious, compassionate citizen diplomats. For more information, visit the World Chicago website or contact Brian Peckrill.