With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I want to take a moment to recognize my mother, my wife, and the many mothers and stepmothers who work tirelessly to shape and empower impressionable generations of children.
We expect our mothers to take on many roles: protector, nurturer, teacher, comforter, role model, and heroine. We demand much while they expect very little in return. So please take a moment this weekend to thank your mother, step-mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, or any significant female role model in your life for their strength and dedication.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”.
Beaubien Spring Fling
Beaubien is hosting their annual Spring Fling and Silent Auction this Saturday, May 13, at 6 pm at Moretti’s, 6727 N. Olmstead.
This adults-only event is a fun-filled evening with appetizers, dinner, dessert, and an opportunity to bid on exceptional silent auction items. There will also be a cash bar available to quench your thirst.
Tickets cost $30 and are available online. The funds raised from the event go directly back to the teachers and supporting Beaubien students.
Shred-a-Thon Scheduled for May 20
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, May 20, between 10 AM and 2 PM.
Independence Branch Library Update, Community Meeting Scheduled for May 15
A community meeting on the proposed Independence Branch Library will be on Monday, May 15, at 6 PM at Murphy Elementary, 3539 W. Grace.
Earlier this spring, John Ronan Architects won a city design competition for the new library at 4022 N. Elston. The design includes a library on the first two floors with four stories of affordable senior housing above. It will be built as part of a unique agreement between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Public Library. John Ronan Architects was recently the only Chicago finalist for the Obama Presidential Library.
The 16,000 square foot library will feature the latest in modern amenities, as well as a large community meeting space. Art from the previous library, as well as historical documents from the previous collection, will be retained. The housing will feature 44 affordable apartments for seniors 62 and older. While this is an increase over the previously-announced unit count, it is needed to make the project financially viable. The increase in units will not result in any additional height or mass to the building; they will fit in the existing building unveiled earlier this spring. The number of 2 bedroom units was reduced from 15 to 8.
Leasing and on-site management will be provided by Evergreen Real Estate, an experienced manager of both market rate and affordable apartments around Chicago and throughout the Midwest. All residents must be on the lease and will be subject to a complete criminal and financial background check. Single-person households would need an income of $27,650-$33,180, and 2-person households would need an income between $31,600-$37,920. Rents would range from $570-$741 for 1 bedrooms and $601-$894 for 2 bedrooms.
After the Independence Branch Library’s former location closed in 2015 due to smoke damage from a fire, neighbors and supporters lobbied for a new and improved library. Construction on the new library is slated to begin later this year, with completion anticipated by winter of 2018.
Community Alert: Garage Burglaries
The 16th District police issued a community alert this week about a series of garage burglaries that occurred in the months of April and May. The incidents occurred at:
- The 4800-block of North McVicker between 11 PM April 19 and 5:15 AM April 20;
- The 4800-block of North Austin between 6:30 PM April 19 and 6:30 AM April 20;
- The 4800-block of North Mason between 10 PM April 19 and 7:30 AM April 20;
- The 4100-block of North Leamington between 1:50 PM and 2:00 PM April 21;
- The 4100-block of North Lawler between 7 PM April 22 and 9:15 AM April 23;
- The 5300-block of West Lawrence between 4 PM April 27 and 9:30 AM April 28; and
- The 5300-block of North Leland between 9:45 PM April 30 and 8:50 AM May 1.
Please make sure all doors and windows are locked, keep the perimeter of your property well lit, and call 911 if you notice any suspicious people loitering.
Police do not have a description of any suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Attend St. John’s On The Table Discussion
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner, is hosting a potluck dinner and discussion for Chicago’s annual On The Table conversations at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 16.
Over the past three years, tens of thousands of Chicago-area residents have come together to participate in On the Tabe, an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships, and inspire collaborative action across the region.
Friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues are invited to discuss mental health and addition. Nancy Little, St. John’s parishioner and Project Director at Thresholds, will lead the conversation.
Attendees are welcome to bring a potluck dish to share. Drinks will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with Schurz Students by Sharing Your Professional Experience
Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee, is running a pilot program for Yolobe, a professional social media platform à la LinkedIn. As a part of this experience, they are inviting business professionals and community members alike to speak with graduations seniors from their Career & Technical Education Academies.
These students have spent four years in concentrated studies within the fields of digital media, pre-engineering, business and finance, and transportation and are eager to connect with working professionals.
These conversations will take place on Wednesday, May 31 at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee. The hour-long time slots begin at 11:30 AM and will be comprised of three 20 minute discussions. Refreshments will be served. You can sign up for a time slot or learn more online.
Enjoy a Unique Production of Ghostbusters while Supporting Chicago Fringe Festival
Support the Chicago Fringe Festival – coming to Jefferson Park August 30 thru September 10 – by attending a totally unique performance of Five/Fifths of Ghostbusters.
Five local theater companies will come together to reinterpret, redefine, and reimagine the classic film into one unforgettable show.
Tickets cost $35 if purchased before May 15 and are available online. After May 15, ticket prices raise to $40.The price includes two cocktails, food, and access to a special Chicago Fringe Festival board-sponsored wine raffle and silent auction. And this year – if they meet their fundraising goal – one lucky winner will get to slime me!
Last year’s event sold out, so make sure to secure yours today!
Youth Summer Positions Available at The Arts of Life
The Arts of Life, a nonprofit art studio for adults with development and intellectual disabilities, is looking to hire 4 full-time summer youth employees between the ages of 16-19 for their Chicago Studio located at 2010 W. Carroll. The summer youth employees will work as studio assistants and gain practical experience working with artists with intellectual disabilities. This position will allow youth to develop a greater understanding of ableism, arts advocacy, and community building.
More information about the positions, including how to apply, is available online. The application deadline is Monday, May 15.
Housing Authority of Cook County Partners with Friends of the Forest Preserves to offer Employment Opportunity
Are you a resident at the Housing Authority of Cook County or HACC voucher holder? The Forest Preserve Experience program (FPE) is a five-week conservation service-learning experience. Selected individuals will participate on crews that will consist of 15-17 high school students and two adult leaders.
As a team, the crew will perform ecological restoration projects and litter removal in the Forest Preserves of Cook County for five weeks. A large focus of this program will also be dedicated to environmental enrichment and exposure activities.
The program will run from June 27 to July 28, 2017. Students will work Tuesdays through Fridays for 20 hours a week and receive a wage of $8.25/hour.
For more information or for questions about registration, please contact Zach Taylor at email@example.com or at 312-356-9990.
Jefferson Park CTA Public Art Meeting Rescheduled for May 31
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Jefferson Park CTA station on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.
Jamie Pawlus was selected by the Chicago Transit Board for her renowned conceptual artwork that focuses on the urban environment. Her work has been exhibited in many places both nationally and internationally — including St. Louis, Kansas City, New York City, Indianapolis, and Cusco, Peru.
The installation of the new artwork will be installed in conjunction with a $25 million renovation scheduled for 2018, helping breathe new life into the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.
Garden Donations Needed at Irving Park Food Pantry
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun work on their herb garden for the new season. The garden -just outside the pantry’s door at 3801 N. Keeler – grows basil, chives, cilantro, mind, orgeano, parsley, rosemanry, and thyme.
They are seeking any donations of herbs and gardening materials or tools. They harvest the herbs weekly to include in their food distributions.
Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays between 9 AM and noon at the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Help Beard School Raise Money by Recycling Paper
Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.
Beard has placed a recycling bin on the school’s property in the parking lot on Natchez. If you have newspapers, magazines, or any other paper materials that need to be recycled, consider taking them to Beard School. This is an easy, free way to help give back to one of our local schools.
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 camponline.
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.
Join the Art Side Out Studio Parade Club
Chicago is throwing a big kick off party for the completion of the Chicago Riverwalk on Saturday, May 20, with a variety of events from 9 AM to 9 PM.
Be a part of the fun by participating in the parade with Art Side Out Studio. They are looking for volunteers to walk down with their puppets starting at noon. Volunteers will meet at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. at 10:30 AM before heading to the parade.
Learn more and sign up at the Art Side Out Studio website.
Be a Part of Chicago Canine Rescue’s Art Unleashed Event
Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) is gearing up for their annual Art Unleashed event – a creative fundraiser featuring local artists, food, music, and cocktails – on Friday, June 16 from 7 PM to 11 PM at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood.
They are seeking your help in collecting various items so they can put on a great event and raise money to save more dogs.
CCR is seeking the following donations:
- Art set up supplies (easels, narrow set up tables)
- Food (They have a managing caterer, but are looking for as many culinary donations as possible)
- Beverages: wine, beer, alcohol, water, pop, club soda
- Music: live band and/or DJ
- Goodie bags and inserts
- Printing services
- Raffle prizes
- Silent auction items
- Auction paddles
- Sound system
If you’d like to donate an item, services, are interested in becoming a volunteer, or have a lead on any of these mentioned items, please email@example.com for more information. If you’re interested in attending the event, tickets are available to purchase online.
Help make this year’s event another howling success for the shelter pups!
SRB Community Spirit Garden
Join the SRB Community Spirit Garden (on the northeast corner of Higgins and Central) any or every Saturday during the growing season. You can swing by any time between 9 AM and 1 PM to practice your green thumb.
The SRB Community Spirit Garden is welcome to all who are interested in participating regardless of their level of gardening. They are looking to grow not only their garden, but the community too!
Make sure to like them on Facebook for more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest news on the garden.
Register Your Child for Summer Day Camp
Summer day camp season is almost here! Day camp runs June 26 through August 4, and late summer camps August 7 through August 18. Summer camp is a great way to keep your kids active, engaged, and safe throughout the summer.
Registration opens at 9 am on Monday, April 24 for parks west of California Avenue and at 9 am on Tuesday, April 25, for parks east of California Avenue. You can view camps now and start building a wish list before registration opens now at the Chicago Park District’s website.
CSBG Scholarship Program
Scholarships are now available for post-secondary education at an accredited institution of higher education or vocational training in the State of Illinois for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The CSBG Scholarship Program offers financial aid ranging from $500 to $3,000 for income-eligible residents of the City of Chicago who demonstrate academic achievement, career potential, and educational motivation. Displaced and under employed workers, high school graduates (or equivalent), and those aspiring to higher education and employment are invited to apply.
Candidates must submit a complete scholarship application with all required documents and provide proof of residency and income eligibility. Application deadline is Friday, June 9, no later than 5:00 PM. Scholarship award must be used for the 2017 fall semester/quarter. Income eligibility requirements and the application are available online.
Silver Star Banner
The Cook County Office of Veterans Affairs is seeking applicants for the 2017 Silver Star Banner Program, which recognizes service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or became ill while serving in a war zone. Cook County Commissioners will honor the 2017 Silver Star Families of America at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 6.
Cook County Veterans Affairs is seeking service members and veterans to participate in the 20146 Silver Star Banner Program. Interested service members must meet the following requirements.
- Any Armed Forces personnel either currently serving honorably or those who have served honorably from ANY war; or
- Any Armed Forces personnel that has been wounded or contracted a serious illness and could be rated at least 10% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. All wounds, injuries, or illnesses must have originated in a war zone.
Those interested must complete a Silver Star Service Banner request form, available in my office. Applicants must also include a short biography with details regarding their injury and the war zone in which it occurred. The request form must be signed and returned to the Cook County Office of Veterans Affairs no later than Tuesday, May 16.
Questions can be directed to Bill Browne at via email at Bill.Browne@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-6423, or Audrey Mollo via email at Audrey.Mollo@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at 312-603-2221.
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.
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Sat., May 13, 12-1 pm, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Love animals, but don’t want the long-term commitment? Attend a Homeless Animal Foster Parent Workshop. Free.
Sat., May 13, 2 pm,City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero.Join neighbors for La Pompe, Gypsy Jazz. Cost of purchases.
Sat., May 13, 5 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Scott Alexander, Ph.D. and associate professor of Islamic studies, presents: Islam and Muslims in the Current Global Context: Moving Beyond Media Sound Bites. More info: 773-725-9026. Free.
Sat., May 13, 7 pm,Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.Local musicians come together and raise their voices in story and song for the fifth annual Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash. More info: online.$20/General Admission; $150/Benefit Table.
Sun., May 14, 10 am-2 pm, Fannie’s, 5040 W. Montrose. Treat your mother to unique Mother’s Day Brunch experience featuring live music from Gypsy Jazz Band Belleville and an all you can eat buffet of Fannie’s signature handmade items and Mother’s Day specials. More info: 708-320-2294.$15/adults; $8/kids.
Sun., May 14, 10 am,City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero. Join neighbors for Stan Champion. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 14, 4-7 pm,Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee. Six Corners Association partners with the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for the 2nd annualYesterday and Today Walking Tour. More info: online. $30.
Mon., May 15, 7:30-9 pm, Community First Hospital, 5645 W. Addison St., 7th Floor, Sr. Jerome Conference Room.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Alderman Villegas will be a guest speaker. More info:online. Free.
Tue., May 16, 11 am,17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Meet officers and receive helpful resources during a Senior Citizen’s Meeting. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Tue., May 16, 7 pm,Latvian Community Center, 4146 N. Elston. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the West Walker Civic Association general meeting. Free.
Wed., May 17, 9 am-1 pm, Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski. The Chicago Department of Aviation hosts aCommunity Career Fair. Meet representatives from companies looking to hire individuals to work at O’Hare and Midway. Free.
Wed., May 17, 7 pm,16th District Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., May 17, 7:30 pm, Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., May 18, 7 pm,Location TBD. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Fri., May 19, 3-7 pm,Belding School, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding Elementary hosts their annualInternational Festival to celebrate the diversity in their school and in our community. Special performances from the Jesse White Tumblers, Cambodian Roneat music, and more. More info:online. $10.
Sat., May 20, 9 am, 17th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski.Teens can discuss how they can fight crime during a Peer Jury – Youth Beat Meeting. More info: 312-744-4588. Free.
Sat., May 20, 9 am-3 pm, Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield. The Independence Park Advisory Council hosts their annualYard Sale. To register:email organizers.$20/spot, $10/table.
Sat., May 20, 9:30 am,Austin Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park.The Portage Park Garden CLub is hosting their 14th annual Plant Exchange. Bring a plant or three from your home garden and go home with plants you didn’t know you could live without! Exercises with Fran and a gardening discussion. Refreshments will be served. More info:email organizers.Free.
Sat., May 20, 10 am, City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero. Join neighbors for a Rent Party. Cost of purchases.
Sat., May 20, 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. Learn more about how you can help bottle babies at a Keen on Deck Program workshop.Free.
Sun., May 21, 10 am-2 pm, Vaughn High School, 4355 N. Linder. Vaughn High School hosts a Spring Fair. Live music, carnival games, vendors, bounce house, food, Cubs & Sox tickets. Cost of purchases.
Sun., May 21, 2 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Join the church for the Anne Nakamura Stoelting Memorial Concert.Free.
Wed., May 24, 725 W. Roosevelt. Save the date for the Department of Procurement ServicesVendor Fair 2017. Learn about contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago, Sister Agencies, Cook County agencies, and state federal agencies. Networking opportunities. More info: online. Free. Parking available for $10 at 1029 S. Morgan.
Thur., May 25, 9 am-2 pm, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and te Illinois Department of Emplyment Security- Pilsen Workforce Center host ther 7th Annual Memorial Day Veterans Hiring & Resource Fair. Free.
Thur., May 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005. Detective Sergeant James Hennelly and Assist State’s Attorney Clarissa Palermo host a Common Financial Frauds & Scams that Target Seniors seminar. RSVP: call 312-603-9233. Free.
Sun., May 28, 5:00-11 am, Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive Starting Line. Active Transportation Alliance hosts its annual fundraiser:MB Bike the Drive. Route timing, start locations, and tickets available online. $49. Save $3 with online promo code ChiWard3.
Tue., May 30, 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., May 31, 1-5 pm, Irish American Heritage Center, Erin Room, 4626 N. Knox. Minton Regan Properties hosts a Senior Living Expo. Free health screenings, raffle prizes, food, beverages, products, services. RSVP: online. Free.
Wed., May 31, 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. Speaker will be Nathan Dall from the Ho-Chunk Nation Branch Office. Free.