Come and celebrate the wonderful things happening at Vaughn High School and the Portage Park community.
On Sunday, May 21, Vaughn High School is hosting a Spring Fair. Swing by 4355 N. Linder between 10 Am and 2 PM to enjoy entertainment and artwork from students and teachers. There will also be live music, carnival games, a bounce house, delectable food, and vendors with great selections from across the city. There will even be an opportunity to score Cubs and White Sox tickets!
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.
Red-Light Camera Community Meeting June 14
There will be a community meeting to discuss red-light cameras on Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Representatives from the Chicago Department of Transportation will be present to discuss the potential relocation of four existing red-light cameras to the two intersections located at Milwaukee Avenue/Central Avenue and Foster Avenue/Northwest Highways. Pending community input, the Department of Transportation plans on installing two cameras at each intersection.
There will be no formal presentation made at this meeting, rather residents are encouraged to stop by anytime. Representatives will be available to discuss the issue with individuals and take any questions.
Zoning Hearing for 5150 N. Northwest Highway
The Zoning Committee special meeting on the LSC Storage facility is confirmed for May 22 at 2 pm in Council Chambers, 121 N. LaSalle. If you are able to attend and make your voice heard, please do. We want to hear from you!
More information regarding the proposal is available at mywebsite.
Connect with Schurz Students by Sharing Your Professional Experience
(Photo Credit: Jim Young/Chicago Tribune)
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 $40 and are available online. Ticket 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!
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.
Vietnam Transformed: New Exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) will open a new exhibition featuring the artwork of Vietnam veteran artist Richard J. Olsen on May 19.
Olsen served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot early in the war, before the countryside was ravaged by bombing and defoliation. His approach to art reflects his optimistic personality in that instead of merely fixating on the horrors of war in his work, Olsen also considers the multi-faceted beauty of the country and uses imagery that invokes the mythology, history, and cultural landscape of Vietnam in tandem with his own wartime experience.
NVAM is hosting an opening reception for the new exhibit on Friday, May 19, from 6-9 PM at the museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee. The exhibit will run through August 12, 2017.
For more information on the National Veterans Art Museum and their exhibits, visit their website.
Attend the Seventh Annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners June 10-11
Join neighbors, friends, and family for the seventh annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners June 10-11. Gates open at noon on Saturday, June 10 and close at 10 pm. On Sunday, June 11, gates open at noon and close at 9 pm.
Milwaukee Avenue will be transformed into a beloved backyard bar-b-que with sizzling charcoal grills, summer-sweetened lemonade, and red checkered table cloths freckling the city’s sidewalks. This year they’re shaking things up a bit by offering a roller rank, classic lawn games, giant Jenga, and more.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes as this year’s festival will feature music from the legendary Lurrie Bell, Antony and the Tramps, Junkyard Groove, and more!
For more information, view the event on Facebook.
Public Artwork Meeting for Addison and Irving Park Blue Line Stations Scheduled for June 12
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Addison and Irving Park Blue Line stations on Monday, June 12, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Independence Park Field House, 3945 N. Springfield Avenue.
Francesco Simeti was selected by the Chicago Transit Board to create a site-specific installation at the Addison Blue Line station. He is known for creating thought provoking imagery using wallpapers, sculptures, and 3D collage. His work has been featured both nationally and internationally – including in Brooklyn, London, Milan, Finland, Rome, and more.
Dan Devening was selected to create the artwork installation at the Irving Park Line station. Devening is a curator, artist, and Adjunct Professor of painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since the mid 1980’s, his paintings and works on paper have been featured nationally and internationally.
The installation of the new artwork at both stations will add value to the station, community, and enhance the experience of daily commuters. The anticipated installation date is 18 months from the community meeting. I hope you will join me in providing input to guide the direction of both of these projects.
Murphy School Walk-A-Thon June 2
Cheer on the owls during Murphy School’s 2nd annual Walk-A-Thon!
At 9 AM on June 2, Murphy students will meet to begin their walk on the route below. They will walk with their classes to celebrate the neighborhood and demonstrate their school spirit.
Friends of Murphy is asking residents to set up lawn chairs along the way to cheer on students and show their support as they walk by. This is a perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the community and the school!
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.
Three Brothers Garden Paid Summer Internship Open
Are you a college student interested in environmental science, biology, or non-profit management? Do you like vegetable gardening? Do you like people? Do you need a fun summer job? Then Carlson Community Services’ Three Brothers Garden needs you!
Three Brothers Garden is an organic food pantry garden located on the corner of Pulaski and Belle Plaine Avenues on the north side of Chicago. To be considered for the position, you must be able to work Tuesdays from 5:30-8:00 PM and be able to drop off produce Wednesday mornings by 9 AM throughout the summer. You must have access to a car and a valid driver’s license for produce delivery to Irving Park Food Pantry located at Grace and Keeler. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and be personable and willing to get your hands dirty. The internship pays $11/hour, and is part time (4-5 hours/week) for 11 weeks.
If you’re interested, please send an e-mail of inquiry firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a longer job description and an application. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 26.
Carlson Community Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit connecting the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture, and service. For more information, visit their [www.carlsoncommunityservices.org.]website.
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 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Schedule Your Free Energy Efficiency Assessment
By 2018, every Chicago residence will have a smart meter. Smart meters are digital meters that give more detailed information about a building’s electricity usage. By increasing awareness of energy use and signing up for programs that take advantage of energy spikes, smart meters will allow residents to lower their costs while remaining comfortable at home.
Most homes in Chicago, even newer ones, waste more than 15% of their energy, resulting in discomfort and high bills. Elevate Energy, a local non-profit that works with ComEd on generating interest in energy efficient programs, is offering single family homeowners and owners of 2-4 unit buildings a free home energy assessment to find out where their homes are losing energy.
To schedule a free energy assessment or to learn more about your options for energy efficiency, contact Foluke Akanni from Elevate Energy via email at email@example.com or by calling 773-321-2673.
Elevate Energy is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that designs and implements energy efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure that the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. For more information, visit their 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.
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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, Tripp Garden, NE corner of Tripp and Irving Park. The Irving Park Garden Club will be planting their own adopt-a-planters. All residents are invited to join and help give the Tripp Garden a spring cleanup. BYO: gloves, tools, and garbage bags. Free.
Sat., May 20, 9:30 am, Austin Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park. The Portage Park Garden Club is hosting their14th 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,Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn.The Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse is hosting theirannual plant sale. More than 150 varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings.Plant prices $2 and up, cash only.
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 Kitten on Deck Program workshop.Free.
Sun., May 21, 2 pm,St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Join the church for the Anne Nakamura Stoelting Memorial Concert.Free.
Tue., May 23, 7-9 pm,Legno Chicago, 4250 N. Central. Eat, drink, and mingle while celebrating and welcoming new PPNA members during theNeighbors Fun Night Out! You can also sign up for membership at the event. Light appetizer and drink specials. Cost of purchases.
Wed., May 24,12-4 pm, 725 W. Roosevelt. Save the date for the Department of Procurement Services Vendor 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.
Wed., May 24, 4-10 pm, Porretta’s, 3656 N. Central. Beard Elementary, a special needs school, is hosting a fundraiser. 15% of all money spent will go to Beard. This includes dine in, take out, delivery, and any pre-orders on catering. Cost of purchases.
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.
Thur., May 25, 4-5 pm, 1922 N. Pulaski.The Chicago Bilingual Landlord Association is hosting a Fire Safety Workshop. RSVP: 773-342-7575. Free.
Fri., May 26, 8:30-9:30 pm, Muslim Community Center, 4380 N. Elston. Meet neighbors, community leaders, business owners, elected officials, and 17th District police officers during a 17th District Police Outdoor Roll Call and Meet & Greet. See how, by working together, we can make a difference in our neighborhood.Free.
Sat., May 27, 10 am-4 pm, Chicago Canine Rescue, 5272 N. Elston. Chicago Canine Rescue hosts their annual yard and bake sale. Drop off your gently used donations (no shoes or clothing) at the shelter May 15 thru May 26 during regular ours and then swing by the yard sale early to make sure you get the best deals and treats. All proceeds benefit the shelter pups. Cost of purchases.
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.
Sat., June 3, 9:30 am-2 pm, Gravy School, teachers’ parking lot, 5225 N. Oak Park.Gravy School is hosting a Donation Drive. Items collected: gently used clothing and shoes, housewares, books and media, kitchenware, and more. More info on donatable items:online. Cost of purchases.
Sat., June 3, 10-11 am, CACC Auditorium, 2741 S. Western. Learn about proper vet care, socialization, and training tips for puppies at a Puppy Parents Workshop. Workshop is for humans only. There will be info on puppy training classes, though. Free.
Sun., June 4, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long (SW corner of Long and Irving Park). Vendors from all over the region will kick off the Portage Park Farmers Marketseason by offering locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more. While you’re there, make sure to enjoy the free live entertainment by the David Chiriboga Flamenco Trio. More info: online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.
Tue., June 6, 6:30 pm,Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee #301. Get involved to make a difference in your community by attending a Six Corners Association Committee Meeting. Promotions meets at 6:30 followed by design at 7:30. Free.
Tue., June 6, 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 Kitten on Deck Program workshop.Free.
Sat., June 10, 9:30 am-12:30 pm,Gompers Park Lagoon, 4222 W. Foster. The 17th District Community Policing Office is sponsoring a Hooked on Fishing outing at the Gompers Park Lagoon. Event is open to kids ages 6 thru 13. Event limited to 60 kids, so pre-registration required. Bait, tackle, and snacks provided. Parking available at Keeler and Foster. Register: 312-742-4588. Free.
Sun., June 11, 9:30 am-1:30 pm,Jefferson Memorial Park, 4820 N. Long.Kick off summer the right way by purchasing locally grown, fresh food at the first Jefferson Sunday Market. Some of your favorite vendors will be back with delectable selections and fun activities. More info: online.Cost of purchases.
Sun., June 18, 10 am-2 pm, Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. Vendors gather on the SW corner of Long and Irving Park to offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, specialty items, prepared foods, and more during thePortage Park Farmers Market. More info:online. Free to attend, cost of purchases apply.