The Jefferson Park Branch Library, in collaboration with Pan y Rosas Disco, is launching a new Library Experimental series. This new series focuses on Chicago’s experimental musicians. The first show will feature text and tuba action with Nathanael Jones and Beth McDonald, as well as cello experiments with Sarah Ritch.
The new series will launch this Saturday, March 18, from 2-4 PM at the Jefferson Park Branch Library, 5363 W. Lawrence.
More information is available at the Facebook event or by calling 312-744-1998.
Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan
Big news in the effort to revitalize Jefferson Park! The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan to enhance the area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
I first announced the effort to craft a master plan in the fall of 2015, when I secured funding from the RTA to cover 80% – or $125,000 – of the costs of the analysis. The remaining costs for the master plan will be covered using funds from the Jefferson Park Tax Increment Financing District.
Teska Associates will review the existing conditions of the transportation infrastructure, analyze properties within a ¼-mile of the transit center, collect data, and gather public input in order to make recommendations to improve access to public transportation and revitalize the business corridor through sustainable, economic development.
We need your input! You’ll have the chance to participate in this process as Teska Associates conducts stakeholder interviews and hosts multiple public workshops. A steering committee made up of residents will also help provide feedback and make recommendations throughout the process. The data collection and analysis will take about a year to complete before a final master plan is published.
I am thrilled with the announcement and glad we are ready to begin the data collection and analysis. This will help kickstart our ongoing campaign to revitalize the Jefferson Park neighborhood and create a thriving neighborhood for all residents of our community.
Storage Unit Facility Passes Planning Commission
The Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of a self storage unit facility at 5150 N. Northwest Highway on Thursday. The mixed-income housing proposal on the southern parcel of the property was not discussed at the hearing; it will be heard at a later date.
The plans call for a self storage unit facility that includes a community business space. The new building, which backs up to the Union Pacific Northwest Line, will replace a former factory where lunches were prepared for Catholic schools.
The replacement of the existing dilapidated building will supplement the revitalization efforts of the business corridor. Furthermore, the proposed development of the storage unit facility will increase property tax revenue, as it is expected to generate $270,000 to $300,000 in property taxes annually.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who came down to make their voice heard about this proposal at the Planning Commission hearing. One of the best things about our community is how engaged our residents are in shaping its future I look forward to continuing to work with the community in continuing to support this vibrant neighborhood.
Metra to Construct Parking Lot, ADA Ramps at Grayland Station
On March 15, Metra announced plans to construct a commuter parking lot at the Grayland Station on the Milwaukee North Line.
The project will add a 68-space parking lot on the east side of Kilbourn Avenue, between Milwaukee and Patterson avenues in Chicago. The Grayland Station, where more than 300 commuters board every weekday, currently has eight parking spaces.
Construction will also include a retaining wall, sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, stairs, landscaping, lighting, signage, pavement markings, and bike racks.
The Metra Board of Directors awarded the contract to the Chcagoland Paving Contractors, Inc., of Lake Zurich. Work on the $1.2 million project is expected to begin this summer and be complete by the end of the year.
I am thrilled that Metra is moving forward with this needed improvement, creating a greater opportunity for residents to access transportation in our community. This is a great complement to the Divvy station at Grayland, as well as the multiple bus routes within easy walking distance.
Hitch Elementary’s Annual Main Event on March 24
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll the night away!
The Hitch Elementary PTA is hosting their annual fundraiser, The Main Event, at Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee, from 6 PM to 11 PM on Friday, March 24.
This night of dancing, raffles, auction, dinner, and cheer is Hitch Elementary’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Tickets are $50 in advance or $75 at the door. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Erin Ravelingeen at email@example.com.
Chicago Department of Aviation Career Fair
Learn about different career opportunities at O’Hare International Airport during a Chicago Department of Aviation community career fair. The career fair will be on Thursday, March 23, from 9 am to 1 pm at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett.
There will be representatives from various companies looking to hire individuals with airlines, cargo, concessions, construction, hospitality, security, and more.
Annual Clean and Green on April 22
Join your neighbors for Chicago’s annual citywide Clean and Green Day of Service at 9 AM on Saturday, April 22. This is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups to gather and help beautify our neighborhoods.
This year we will be focusing on the three following areas:
- CTA Jefferson Park Terminal
- Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski
- Along Avondale near Lawrence
In addition to the supplies available at my office, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will provide rakes, brooms, shovels, and bags. Please bring your own work gloves.
To sign up, contact my office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773)286-4545 by Tuesday, April 18.
Six Corners Spring Clean Up & Art Dedication
The Six Corners Association is hosting a Spring Clean Up & Art Dedication on Saturday, April 1.
Volunteers will pick up trash, remove graffiti, and report potholes around the shopping district.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community and boost the overall attractiveness of the neighborhood for residents and visitors.
Volunteers will meet on the morning of Saturday, April 1, at 9 am at 4041 N. Milwaukee for coffee, donuts, and supplies before hitting the neighborhood. Volunteers will clean up until about noon before heading to an art dedication ceremony.
Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves and wear old clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty. More information regarding the Spring Clean Up is available online.
Irving Park Food Pantry Easter Donation Drive
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry will begin to give out Easter baskets to their clients’ children up to 8 years old starting March 22 and continuing for the three Wednesdays leading up to easter (March 29, April 5, April 11, and the evening of April 12).
In order to do this, they need your support! The food pantry provides Easter baskets by gender and age range (under 2, 2 to 5, and 6 to 8 years old). In addition to individual items to fill baskets, the food pantry also accepts completed baskets. Typically, the baskets are medium-sized filled with grass and layers of fun dollar-items including:
- Wrapped candy
- Bubbles, Nerf balls, yo-yos, pinwheels, etc.
- Easter pencils, erasers, and toys
- Small stuffed animals
- Stickers, crayons, and markers
- Little books and activity pads
- Homemade bookmarks
- Please avoid woven baskets with handles. Rather, use plastic or fabric baskets that can be easily stacked
The food pantry will happily accept individual items and monetary donations earmarked for this program. Due to limited storage space, the food pantry is asking that you please arrange a time to deliver completed baskets.
For questions and to schedule a delivery time, contact Gina Hubberts at email@example.com.
March Madness has Gone to the Dogs!
College basketball is king this time of year, so Chicago Canine Rescue is wrangling their shelter pups to get in on the action! Instead of shooting air balls, sink some three-pointers to help raise some life-saving funds for the pups at Chicago Canine Rescue!
Purchase your “Mutt Madness Tickets” and they’ll drop them into the bracket bucket of your choice based on your favorite adoptable or your favorite NCAA team. And SWOOSH!…you’ve got a chance to compete for their ultimate prize: a personalized Cubs World Series jersey and two tickets to Pitchfork Music Festival!
Get 2 tickets for $10 or 5 for $20 – visit Chicago Canine Rescue’s website for more information and to get started.
National Veterans Art Museum’s 3rd Annual Spring Ice Breaker
Join the National Veteran Art Museum (NVAM) for their third annual Spring Ice Breaker.
This annual fundraiser is a meet and greet aimed at engaging the community with the museum to continue supporting veteran artwork. Proceeds collected from the event will directly support NVAM and its mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit art created by veterans and inspired by combat.
This year’s event will be on Wednesday, April 5, from 6-9 PM at Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online.
Join neighbors and friends to participate in an evening of celebration and community engagement while enjoying food, drinks, a silent auction, merchandise, and much more!
Secure Your Space for Hands To Help’s Annual Trivia Night
Hands to Help Ministries’ Trivia Night is filling up quickly! Enjoy tasty food, test your trivia knowledge, support your neighbors, and have a ton of fun.
Hands to Help is offering early bird pricing for this fun-filled evening. Purchase an individual ticket now for $45 each or a table (seats 8) for $350. Early bird pricing ends on April 1st and the event has a history of selling out, so buy your tickets now! Business sponsorship opportunities are available as well. More information and tickets can be purchased at Hands to Help Ministries’ website.
Trivia Night will be on Friday, April 28, at 7 pm at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee. This community event and fundraiser will continue to support services and activities that break the cycle of homelessness in our community.
Support the Homeless and Enter a Chance to Win Tickets to Pitchfork
Hands to Help Ministries is offering an exclusive raffle opportunity to win a pass to the Pitchfork Music Festival.
The winner of the raffle will receive 2 three-day VIP tickets to the Chicago concert on July 14-16 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph.
The internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival offers over 40 bands highlighting the best in new and emerging music. The winner of the VIP pass — valued at $500 per pass — will receive exclusive access to the VIP-only area of the festival. The winner will also enjoy FREE BEER and watch the bands — including LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, and many others — up close!
Raffle tickets are being sold online at 1 for $10 or 3 for $20. Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets are not required to attend Hand to Help Ministries’ Trivia Night to win!
Learn more and purchase your raffle tickets online.
Tenth Annual Chicago Farmers Markets Reusable Bag Design Contest
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is partnering with COUNTRY Financial in their tenth annual reusable bag design contest. The contest is open to all Chicago high school students.
This year’s theme is “Give, Grow, and Be Green”. Students’ designs should reflect this theme and include imagery inspired by the spring and summer seasons as well as local market goods. Featuring non-local produce (e.g. bananas, avocados, mangoes, etc.) is discouraged. Students are asked to illustrate the spirit of the city while emphasizing the freshness of green, and how it means new growth and revitalization.
The student with the winning design will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Their design will also be displayed on thousands of reusable canvas bags distributed to shoppers this season at the Chicago Farmers Markets locations. Two runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship and their designs will be showcased at the kick-off press conference.
All participants must submit their entries by 4 pm on Thursday, April 6. Entries must be mailed to COUNTRY Financial Reusable Bag Contest, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.
Winners will be notified through their schools, via email, or via phone by Friday, April 21. The three winning entries will be unveiled on May 11 at Daley Plaza, and the three finalists will be invited to attend.
To download the contest entry packet and for the official rules, visit COUNTRY Financial’s website.
One Summer Chicago Applications Open Thru May 15
The City of Chicago’s One Summer program will return this summer, providing the city’s youth with over 30,000 job and internship this summer. Now through May 15, youth ages 14 to 24 can apply online.
The One Summer program connects Chicago’s youth with valuable work experience, helping them realize their full potential and work towards a brighter future.
This year’s One Summer Chicago will also link young men and women participating in Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW) to jobs with After School Matters, one of the city’s leading youth employers and One Summer Chicago partners. Exposure to these programs has proven to reduce involvement in crime and to increase on-time high school graduation rates by nearly 20 percent. 2,000 BAM and WOW participants will have an opportunity to build on progress made during the school year with meaningful work opportunities this summer.
A new-and-improved application process will use a tiered matching process to pair youth
applicants with jobs, apprenticeships and skill-building opportunities based on their interest area and skill-level. New opportunities in 2017 include the Youth Arts Corps, enabling youth to contribute to public art projects as part of the city’s 2017 “Year of Public Art.” Returning this year are the traditional work and apprenticeship opportunities—including urban agriculture, bike repair, outdoor forestry projects—as well as office and clerical work.
This year’s program includes a new crowd-funding component, allowing the general public to donate funds to the mission of keeping youth safe and engaged in productive experiences during the summer months public a chance to support positive summer opportunities and safer communities through the OSC program, focusing on enhancements to four distinct program areas: neighborhood beautification, college access, youth-led anti-violence initiatives and summer opportunities and supports.
Sponsorship ranges from financing work supplies and transportation for participants, to major community beautification projects, like murals and planters; donations can also support FAFSA workshops for students and families, and stipends for books for first-time college students. A top tier donation can support an entire summer job to serve an additional youth in the program, and all donations made to the One Summer Chicago Fund will directly benefit the youth participants through added opportunities to contribute to their communities and build new skills.
Donations to the “One Summer Chicago 2017 Fund,” a fund of the McCormick Foundation, can be made online or by mail with checks payable mailed to: One Summer Chicago 2017, 23912 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1245.
Youth Summer Job Positions with Junior Bicycling Ambassadors
The Chicago Park District is hiring teenagers for the Juniors Bicycling Ambassadors program. The Juniors Bicycling Ambassadors program has been around for about 15 years and educates 155 parks and reaches 25,000 people each year. Over the summer, teens will educate children of all ages about biking and bike safety.
They are seeking for hard working, self-driven, dedicated teen to help encourage and educate the City of Chicago. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, own a bike, live in the city, know how to navigate the city on a bike, and enjoy working with kids.
For more information and details contact emailAngel@chicagocompletestreets.org with your name, school, age, and address.
Olives Garden for the Hungry Needs Your Help
Olive’s Neighborhood Garden for the Hungry is hosting its annual fundraiser from 3 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, April 1, at Rabbit’s Bar & Grill, 4945 W. Foster.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards purchasing seeds, plants, and supplies for the upcoming growing season. The food grown in the garden helps serve 70-80 families per week at the Northwest Church of Christ’s food pantry.
Admission to the event is free and open to families and children. There will be raffles for items donated by local businesses and a cash raffle prize. Contact Andy firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-502-4651 to buy raffle tickets, donate a prize, become a sponsor, or for more information.
Donate to the Irving Park Food Pantry to Receive Discount on Filing Income Taxes
Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, as again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every $20 contribution a client makes to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry during the month of March, Liberty Tax will offer a 50% discount on individual income tax return preparation fees.
The hours of operation are 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM Saturdays, and by appointment on Sundays. Call 773-286-6900 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Spring Programming at Chicago Parks Districts
Spring programs are under way at our local parks and registration is now open.
From baseball to gymnastics, the Chicago Parks District offers a diverse range of programs to keep you and your kids active.
You can view all programming and register at the Chicago Park District’s website.
Youth Can Share Best Cupcake Recipe to Win Scholarship
The French Pasty School (FPS) is launching an open call for best cupcake recipe and a caption on “What Inspires You to Bake” from youth throughout Chicago’s 50 wards to express their passion for pastry-making, baking, and the confectionary arts.
Twelve finalists will receive personal mentoring and coaching from FPS master chefs before they participate in May’s live competition, where one finalist will be awarded the Mayor’s Cup.
The winner of the inaugural cup will be awarded a French Pastry School scholarship valued at $23,700, along with other prizes and educational opportunities. The remaining finalists will also receive various prizes and awards.
In addition, one youth finalist from each of the remaining wards will receive a certificate recognizing them as their ward’s youth pastry essay winner for 2017.
To be considered, high school students ages 14-19 residing in the City of Chicago must submit their best cupcake recipe and an essay in 100 words or less on “What Inspires You to Bake”online.
Spring 2017 Environmental Leadership Training Series
The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Spring 2017 Environmental Leadership Training Series. Learn from community and environmental leaders about urban sustainability challenges and opportunities for change. Participants will also lead a sustainability service project in your community with support and resources from the Nature Museum.
To participate in the training course, you must be an adult Chicago resident, attend an orientation, and submit an application. The 8-week course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, from 6:15-8:45 PM on Thursdays, April 27 thru June 15. A $125 fee covers covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.
To sign up for an orientation or to learn more, visit the Nature Museum’s website or call 773-755-5100 ext. 5039.
Chicago Scholars Seeking Mentors
Chicago Scholars is currently seeking dynamic individuals to serve as mentors to their academically ambitious students.
Chicago Scholars selects, trains, and mentors students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who whill transform their neighborhoods and our city. They provide college counseling, mentoring, and a supportive community to their students throughout their seven-year program.
Mentorship is the cornerstone of their program. Mentors guide students as they complete the college admissions process in their senior year of high school and successfully transition into their first year of college. Mentors offer advice, assist students with their college applications and essays, and encourage students to explore a wide range of colleges and careers.
Learn more about becoming a Chicago Scholars mentoronline.
Summer Internship Opportunity for High School Students
The Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI) is seeking high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in careers in investment banking, accounting, asset management, government, information technology, and architecture/engineering.
CSBI offers a six-week internship program providing hands-on experience working with top companies, non-profit agencies, and local government offices located in the Loop business district.
CSBI is hosting a free Job Readiness Workshop where prospective applicants can learn more about the organization and the six-week internship program. The workshop will be from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, March 18, at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle.
The application for the summer internship program is open. Applications must be completed online by March 31.
Van Gogh Cafe Returns to Fannie’s Cafe
The popular immersive theater experience, Van Gogh Cafe, returns this March.
10-year-old Clara knows that anything is possible after ligthning strikes and the food starts to cook itself. After a neighboring possum displays magical powers, she doesn’t question if magic will happen – but when. This family-friendly production is appropriate for people aged 8 and older.
In the fall of 2016, the event sold out at Community Tavern. This time around, the Filament Theatre will partner with Fannies Cafe, 5044 W. Montrose, to offer audiences this unique experience.
Performances will take place through March 26. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children. The ticket price includes a prix fixe menu inspired by the story.
View the event online for scheduling information and to purchase your tickets.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Now Open
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit alone, not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers, however.
Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 19 sites across Chicago.
Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax payers with federal and state income tax returns for the 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website. The closest site for 45th Ward residents is at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. Their hours are:
- Mondays from 5 pm to 8:30 pm January 30 thru April 17;
- Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm February 3 thru April 7; and
- Saturdays 9 am to noon January 28 thru April 8; finally
- This location will be closed on February 20, April 14, and April 15.
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $31 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents – it also helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.
For more information and to view additional locations, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.
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Sat., Mar 18, 10 am-2 pm, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western. Listen to keynote speaker Laura Gutierrez Ramos of Nuevo Leon Restaurant, receive free assistance from business consultants, receive free resources for small businesses, and more during the Small Business Expo. More info: online. Free.
Sat., Mar 18, 11 am-2 pm, Dunham Park Fieldhouse, 4638 N. Melvina. Spring is gearing up, which means it’s time for baseball. Join Dunham Park for aBaseball and Softball Equipment Swap & Sale to get your kid ready for the season.Cost of purchases.
Sat., Mar 18, 6 pm,St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin, Eastwood Entrance.Join neighbors and congregation members for aSpaghetti Dinner.$5/kids 5 and under, $7/6 and older.
Sat., Mar 18, 7 pm,The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park.The non-profitPatrick Lives On is hosting a Film Festival for Charity to raise awareness about gun violence. Tickets: online. $20.
Sun., Mar 19, 9 am,St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin. Enjoy sweet treats and coffee during theSweet Table Bake Sale. Free samples and coffee. Accepting baked goods in Kernaghan Hall kitchen on Mar. 18 from noon to 3 pm. More info: email Trina Eifert or call 773-286-6240. Cost of purchases.
Sun., Mar 19, 11 am-2 pm, Dunham Park Fieldhouse, 4638 N. Melvina. Spring is gearing up, which means it’s time for baseball. Join Dunham Park for a Baseball and Softball Equipment Swap & Sale to get your kid ready for the season. Cost of purchases.
Sun., Mar 19, 12:30 pm, St. Francis Borgia Deaf Center, 8025 W. Addison. Learn abou the recent changes to immigration policy and how the laws are enforced during an Immigrant Update Workshop. Registration required: email organizers or call 773-282-8445. Free.
Sun., Mar 19, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. The St. John Concert Series presents Mio Nakamura. Free.
Mon., Mar 20, 7:30 pm, Farlow’s Playroom, 4222 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Guest speakers Chris Touwaide from Bistro 6050 and Carrie Lawlor from Norwood Park Seniors Network. More info: online.Free.
Tue., Mar 21, 8 am, LYDIA Home, 4300 W. Irving Park.Meet other businesses, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast at thePortage Park Chamber of Commerce Monthly Networking Meeting. Registration required: email organizers. Free.
Tue., Mar 21, 12-1 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Rev. Jacki Belile, a certified life coach on staff at the church, will lead a discussion on integrity and health in diverse organizations and non-profits during this week’s Brown Bag Lunch N Learn discussion. Beverages provided for this Brown Bag Lunch, please bring your own lunch. More info: email Jacki or call 773-283-5557. Free.
Tue., Mar 21, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski. Seniors are invited to meet officers during aSenior Citizens’ Meeting. Free.
Tue., Mar 21, 7 pm, Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during aWest Walker Civic Association meeting.Free.
Wed., Mar 22, 11 am-2 pm, 2102 W. Ogden, Room 1. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities presents a Discussion about Fire Safety and Tenants Rights. Register & more info:online. Free.
Wed., Mar 22, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn all the components of writing a comprehensive business plan during the How to Write a Business Plan – What You Need to Know workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Thur., Mar 23, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.Learn how to protect your finances and identity, learn the laws and regulations that protect depositors, and learn about financial preparation for emergencies during a Safeguarding Your Savings: Best Practice of Banking Institutions. Seminar speakers: Mary Killough and Michael L. Taylor. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Fri., Mar 24, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Learn about the Request for Proposals process, how to operate a business at the airports, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program during a How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Fri., Mar 24, 10 am-12 pm, 16th District Parking Garage, 5151 N. Milwaukee. The 16th District police station is hosting a Free Child Car Seat Check. Make sure your child is safe and secure when you’re on the road. More info: 312-742-4521.Free.
Sat., Mar 25, 9:30 am,Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park.Mary Joyce-Cahill will speak on natural bug repellent during the Portage Park Garden Club’s March Meeting. The garden club is also collecting donations for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry/St. John’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry. Refreshments and great conversation. More info: email organizers. Free.
Sat., Mar 25, 6:30 pm-Midnight, 4447 N. Lowell. Win great prizes during this luau themed Big Red Auction for St. Edwards. Cost of purchases.
Tue., Mar 28, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., Mar 29, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Develop the right business etiquette for selling almost anything during a Learn How to Sell Products and Services Effectively workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Wed., Mar 29, 7 pm,Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Fri., Mar 31, 9:30-11 am, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Get an introductory understanding of common tax issues that self-employed individuals often encounter during aTax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals and Businesses Workshop. Register: via email or 312-744-2086. Free.
Fri., Mar 31, 6 pm,Ridgemoor Country Club, 6601 W. Gunnison, Harwood Heights. Luther North College Prep invites you to an enjoyable evening to support the school during a 2017 Spring Auction. Dinner, open bar cocktail hour, cash bar following dinner. Tables available for groups of 8 to 10.RSVP online by 3/24. Auction sponsorships: emailLinda Lunt.$75/person.
Fri., Mar 31, 7-9 pm,Dunham Park Main Gym, 4638 N. Melvina. Join family, friends, and neighbors for an evening full of fun. Dunham Park is hosting a Skate Party. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Limited skates available for free, bringing your own is encouraged. Registration required: online.$5/before March 27; $8/until 4 pm March 31.
Sat., Apr 1, 8 am-12 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison.Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. Businesses may sponsor the event fro $25-$150 or by donating a silent auction item. Proceeds will benefit the church’s program, which includes space sharing arrangements with organizations like Jefferson Park Forward. More info and sponsorship packets: online. Email Jacki or call 773-283-5557 to purchase tickets. $5/ticket if purchased by 3/31, $7/door, free/5 and under.
Sat., Apr 2, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market continues theirWinter Market in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There will even be a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting. Cost of purchases.
Tue., Apr 4, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during aGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.
Sat., Apr 2, 8 pm,Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark. Join Chicago Canine Rescue for theirHambingo Mary’scharity event. Raise life-saving funds for shelter pups while playing to win great prizes. Velicity Metropolis hosts.Cost of purchases and donations.
Thur., Apr 6, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.Learn home fire safety tips, law-enforcement services, and tips on how to declutter your home during an Aging at Home: Safety and Support Systems. Seminar speakers: Susan M. Doody, Minnie Tnort, and Coralyn Hudik. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Sat., Apr 8, 2-7 pm,Rex Tavern, 4933 N. Milwaukee. Back by popular demand, Jefferson Park Forward will be hosting its second annual JPF Pub Crawl. This year’s will start at Rex Tavern and make its way down Milwaukee, ending at Hops & Barley with plenty of stops along the way. Attendees will receive get a free 22 oz. mug and proceeds will go towards supporting Jefferson Park Forward. More info:online. $20/advance; $25/door.
Wed., Apr 12, 7 pm,Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1622 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Mon., Apr 17, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Thur., Apr 20, 7 pm,Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Sat., Apr 22, 9 am-12 pm, Dunham Park, 4638 N. Melvina.Spend your Earth Day helping beautify a local park. More info and sign up:online. Free.
Wed., Apr 26, 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.
Wed., Apr 26, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, St. Bartholomew Church, Kreuger 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.
Thur., Apr 27, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Sat., Apr 29, 8-10 am,Lido Banquets, 5504 N. Milwaukee. Alex Pirus, former NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars will be the guest speaker at the2nd annual Hope for Hockey Breakfast. Full buffet breakfast, hockey stories of faith, and raffle prizes. More info: online. Questions: email Elizabeth Globke or call 847-756-0166. $25/ticket.
Sat., Apr 29, 9 am-12 pm, Byron & Lawndale, Gather with neighbors and help beautify your community during the Annual GIPNA Alley Clean-Up. Free.