48th Ward Weekly Update- February 12, 2021

Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserFebruary 12, 2021
Dear Neighbor,Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy New Year)! Today marks the beginning of the Asian Lunar New Year, with many people in our community and around the world welcoming the Year of the Ox. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is a responsible, reliable, fair, and conscientious figure. While the Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is on pause this year, we are still celebrating the new year in a new way. Visit Argyle Street in the coming weeks to see the red lanterns in trees, shop locally and pick up lucky red envelopes at participating businesses, and read Uptown United’s Guide to Celebrating Argyle Lunar New Year to find ways to take part in cultural traditions. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 20, when Uptown United will premiere a video featuring some of our favorite Argyle Lunar New Year Parade performers and memories from years past. Visit exploreuptown.org/lunar for details on how local businesses are participating this year and more ideas on how to ring in the Year of the Ox.



This weekend many of us will also be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Please find ways to support local businesses when treating your loved ones this weekend. More than a dozen shops and restaurants in Andersonville are participating this weekend in With Love From Andersonville, an annual promotion where businesses donate 14% of the weekend’s proceeds to charitable causes. Click here to see who is participating.  And if you’re feeling hungry, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is featuring an Edgewater Restaurant Week beginning today, highlighting Valentine’s Day specials that are active this weekend. Click here for more details on how to support local restaurants this week.

This week the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools reached an agreement about the CPS Reopening Plan. The newly adopted plan allows for a phased in return to in-person learning for students in grades Pre-K – 8. Some staff and students in Pre-K and Cluster programs returned for in-person learning yesterday. Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers and staff will return to school buildings the last week of February with students returning on March 1. Sixth through eighth grade teachers and staff will return to school buildings March 1 with students returning March 8. Some families have opted for their students to remain learning remotely. There is no current guidance for high school students returning to in-person learning. I am grateful to the parents, students, and educators who have reached out to my office over the last months about this critical issue. Click here for more information on the CPS Reopening Plan and resources for families.

My office has been working to keep a page on our website updated with information on how to find COVID vaccine appointments locally. Visit 48thward.org/coronavirus for more information. The number of vaccine doses the City of Chicago is receiving from the Federal government continues to be small, relative to the great demand, and we are only able to administer vaccines for about 5% of the eligible 650,000+ Phase 1b individuals across the city. Please remain patient, and rest assured that everyone who is eligible will get a vaccine. You will not miss out on your opportunity, but expect that it will take a few weeks, maybe more than a month, for you to get an appointment. Click here to view a presentation providing an update on vaccinations in Chicago that CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady shared this week with the City Council Committee on Health and Human Relations, and click here for information on the Community Vulnerability Index for Chicago.

As we reach out to older adults in our community who do not have reliable internet access, my office is looking for registered nurses and social workers to volunteer to help with our outreach. If you are interested in helping with this, please email ginger@48thward.org for more information.

My staff will be collecting coats and other warm winter gear for adults and children on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9am – noon, at our office, 5533 N. Broadway. All items donated will benefit Care for Real as they serve our neighbors during this frigid period. Please bring new or gently used coats and other winter gear in plastic bags, and we will deliver them to Care for Real. Click here for more information.

We’ve got another snowy weekend ahead of us. Please continue to remove snow from walkways and curbs, to put down salt, and to lend a helping hand to your neighbors if you’re able. 

Have a peaceful weekend, and stay warm.Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardCOVID-19 Vaccine Updates Chicago is now in phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Chicagoans age 65+ and specific groups of highest-risk and front-line essential workers are eligible for vaccinations. Click here for more information on phases.List of Clinics Currently VaccinatingOak Street HealthHeartland Health Centers (can complete survey to get on list)Howard Brown ClinicsSwedish Hospital (only taking 65+ in their medical system) Jewel-Osco (can make appointment)Rush MedicalUI Health Care (opened appointments for current patients and the public)Other Resources48th Ward Vaccine UpdatesZocdoc vaccine schedulerCity of Chicago vaccine updatesCook County vaccine updatesPublic Safety Updates

Package Thefts
Over the past few weeks, our ward has seen an increase in package thefts. The 20th and 24th Police districts have shared with us multiple safety tips to keep your packages safe. Some of the recommendations include having packages delivered to a business drop off/pick up location, requiring a signature for all deliveries, asking neighbors to watch over your packages, and more. Click to read package safety flyer 1 and safety flyer 2. And a friendly reminder here, that if you’re able, please support our locally owned businesses! Most of them are offering safe, distanced, curbside pickup.

2021 CAPS Beat Meetings 
Click here to view the schedule of your CAPS Beat meeting.
Beat 2013: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17th at 7 pm via Zoom.
Beat 2024: The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 7 pm via Zoom.
Beat 2433: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16th at 7 pm via Zoom.
In order to get more information on the meeting, please contact Alan Oviedo at alan@48thward.org or call our office at (773) 784-5277. 
Not sure which beat you live in? Click here to find out.
 Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory will reopen on Tuesday, February 16 at 10:30am and will remain open until 1pm for the distributions of box lunches only.Peoples Gas Project Update (ENN & NEON block clubs)

Last week most of the operation was on hold due to weather, and as we anticipate similar weather this week, expect work delays.

Service transfers will continue on Highland pending weather, and possibly starting on Wayne later this coming week.
 Property Tax Exemptions

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of the exemptions for homeowners, seniors, and others will automatically renew for tax year 2020. In the next few weeks, households will receive a letter that confirms the auto-renewal of the exemptions placed on their home. Senior Freeze and Disability exemptions usually require an annual application, but they will automatically renew this year only. However, Returning Veteran and Long-Term Homeowner tax exemptions require an annual application this year. For households who need to apply or reapply, applications will be made available by early February.

Visit the Cook County Assessor’s Office via the link below for more information. 
Property Tax Exemptions | Cook County Assessor’s OfficeUIC Center for Health Equity Research – Community Discussion & Dissemination Seed Grants

These seed grants aim to stimulate discussion around structural violence within diverse communities throughout Chicago, and to support the dissemination of new ideas and knowledge about how to address/minimize structural violence. Proposed activities are to be conducted in a period starting July 1, 2021 and ending in June 30, 2022.

Find more information here.
Applications are due by Friday, March 12 at 11:59pm. Submit applications here.  Cold Weather Safety Tips from Peoples Gas

With bitter cold temperatures forecast this weekend, Peoples Gas is encouraging customers to take some simple steps to keep safe and warm.

Be prepared: Peoples Gas provides safe and reliable energy every day, but outages in extreme weather can happen. Be prepared by assembling an emergency kit with blankets, flashlights and battery-powered chargers for your cellphones. Also, download our app to report a natural gas emergency.

Space heater safety: If you plan to use a space heater, do so safely. Only use newer models with safety features like automatic shut-off. Plug the heater directly into the wall. Don’t use extension cords or power strips. Place the heater on a flat surface away from children and pets, and keep it at least 6 feet away from flammable materials like drapes or blankets.

Safe sleeping: Do not take risks with your electric blanket. When you’re not using your blanket, turn it off to reduce the risk of fire. Keep pets away from electric blankets, as their teeth and claws can puncture wire insulation and cause damage.
 
Prevent carbon monoxide dangers: The risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is greater during the winter months. Stay safe by installing a CO detector, clearing heating vents of any snow and ice, and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.
 
Prevent furnace issues: Have your furnace inspected by a qualified technician once a year, and clean or replace furnace filters as needed. If your furnace stops running, contact a qualified heating contractor.
 
Keep clutter away from furnace: Keep the area around the furnace and water heater free of clutter. Never store flammable liquids near those areas. Taking these steps can help reduce the risk of fire and damage to the furnace.
 
Oven safety: Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Not only is it inefficient, it could lead to CO poisoning.
 
Let the sun in: Open the curtains when the sun is out and use the sunlight to help warm your home. Close curtains on windows that don’t face the sun. Close all curtains at night to help retain heat and cut down on drafts from windows.Cold Weather Car Care Tips 
From your friendly neighborhood mechanic at Foster/Broadway AutoBe sure to start your car for 5-10 minutes every two daysMake sure you have a full gas tank & jumper cables just in caseLow Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP helps eligible households with low income pay for home energy services. This includes assistance with heating, gas, propane and electricity. Here are some updates from Citizens Utility Board about the LIHEAP program:LIHEAP application is open until June 2021LIHEAP is available to up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and undocumented applicants are welcome.Currently folks can apply through the LIHEAP system with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in place of a Social Security Number (SSN). For more information and to learn about other financial assistance programs, visit the state’s Help for Illinois Families website.Click here for more information about LIHEAPSenior Citizen Sewer RebateSenior Citizens, who own and occupy their own residence can apply for an annual Senior Citizen Sewer Rebate. This provides an annual $50 rebate.To be eligible for the sewer charge annual rebate you must:Be 65 years of age, or older, as of January 1 for the year you are applying.Be the sole owner, or owner in joint tenancy, or tenancy in common of the property.Occupy the property as your principal place of residence.Own a townhouse, condominium unit, or cooperative apartment that shares a common water bill.Note: 2021 renewals for the Senior Citizen Sewer Rebate were mailed in January. New applicants, who did not receive a rebate in 2020, can use the application form by clicking on the link below.If you meet all the above criteria and wish to apply, you must submit a Senior Sewer ApplicationThe form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with all supporting documentation (proof of birth in form of driver’s license, passport or other; proof of tax payment in the form of a property tax bill). Renewing applicants must also include required documentation. Please send any questions to Jerry Goodman via email to: jerry@48thward.org.Chicago Public Library Bezazian Branch 

The Bezazian Branch’s scheduled reopening on 2/8 has been delayed until Tuesday, February 16 due to work that needs to be completed.Job Opening: Edgewater Senior Center Assistant

Part-time position available at the Edgewater Senior Center at the Broadway Armory. Click here to apply through Catholic Charities website.Virtual construction employment opportunity meet & greet event
Virtual Construction Employment Opportunity Meet & Greet
Thursday, February 18, 2021

4:00 – 5:00 PM CST

Join the CTA Walsh-Fluor RPM Team for a virtual event for all current union cardholders to discuss upcoming potential job opportunities on the RPM Phase One project.  Receive a status update on the RPM Phase One projectLearn about the project’s upcoming trade opportunities and hiring processHave an opportunity to ask questions to Walsh-Fluor superintendent representatives who will be onlineTell us about yourself, your union affiliation, and your current employment statusRegister hereOEMC Communicators Operator (3-1-1 call taker) Job Opening

View the full job description
Apply online 

This job posting will be live on DHR’s website until February 22nd.Greencorps Chicago Job Training ProgramGreencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment.  Greencorps Chicago is currently recruiting potential candidates for this year’s Training Program.  More information and how to apply can be found in the attached flyer and at https://greencorpschicago.org/apply/.Construct Infrastructure Academy
Click here to register for an info session

11 week program offering technical and success skills development, access to 40+ partner companies in construction and engineering, and an opportunity to get an up-close look at entry level career paths in construction and engineeringCTA Job Opportunities

Click here for all available opportunities with the CTA. Apply to Join the Care for Real Board
 Care for Real has provided food, clothing, and other support to the community for nearly 50 years with the help of many caring volunteers.As the organization is growing with the expansion of service to meet the increasing levels of food insecurity, it is a very exciting time to be involved.

The primary role of the Board of Directors is to provide governance and fundraising for the organization. We are looking to fill openings on the Board and encourage those passionate about serving our communities to consider joining us. Those who represent the diversity of the communities we serve (Edgewater and Rogers Park) and those who may have lived-experience with food insecurity are especially invited to apply.

If you are passionate about addressing food insecurity in our communities by exploring service as a Care for Real volunteer Board member or committee member, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Nina Newhouser at Nina@CareforReal.orgAnnual Women’s Toiletry Drive
Jan 4 – March 15
Click here for donation drop-off sites and more information

Join Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer in collecting personal care items to support incarcerated women. Items needed, travel sized only:Shampoo/ConditionerDeodorantSoapShower GelBody LotionSwift School Solidarity Fund 
Click here to donate

As our community comes together during the pandemic and its related impacts on the economy, the Swift School (5900 N. Winthrop) community is banding together and forming a Swift Solidarity Fund. 100% of funds donated will be distributed to Swift families in need, and they will be able to use the money however best suits their family. Donations can be made via Venmo. Click here for the flyer with details on how to donate. If you have any questions or need help donating, please email swiftsolidarityfund@gmail.com.Chicago Police & Firefighter Training Academy: Attention Sophomore Students and Parents!Are you interested in a post-secondary career in law enforcement or fire safety? The Chicago Police & Firefighter Training Academy’s (CPFTA) mission is to educate, encourage, and motivate Chicago high school students interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, fire science, or other public service-related fields. 

CPFTA is a two-year program that annually recruits and trains up to 250 public and non-public high school junior and senior students. All Chicago high school sophomores who are city residents are encouraged to apply to the CPFTA program. We focus on providing cadets with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in public safety fields. The curriculum emphasizes academics, physical fitness, and the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become a police officer or firefighter/EMT. Instructors are professionals in the field of course study selected by the Chicago Police Department & Chicago Fire Department.

Applicants are encouraged to attend one information session to learn more about the program. Although not mandatory, our Google sessions will allow you to ask more questions of the instructors. Date and times of sessions along with Google Meet information is below. 
Thursday, February 18, 6:30 – 7:30pm
http://meet.google.com/upi-rrbt-ord or
Phone # 1 563-503-5061 PIN: 482 880 754#

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 – 7:30pm
http://meet.google.com/yat-gpmt-vrf or
Phone # 1 605-432-8236 PIN: 612 548 6013

Thursday, March 4, 6:30 – 7:30pm
http://meet.google.com/iom-hrjb-jtv or 
Phone # 1 440-462-3027 PIN: 695 183 844#
Applications are available from February 1st to May 1st at http://cpfta@cps.edu.The Viola Project, Virtual Shakespeare & Social Justice Programs for girls and gender nonconforming youth.
Virtual Shakespeare & Social Justice Programs for Girls and Gender Nonconforming Youth

Scholarships are always available for youth requiring financial assistance! 
Learn more and register at http://violaproject.org/programsAll programs will be held on Zoom.

Presidents’ Day: Ages 10-14
Monday, February 15, 12:30 – 3:30pm
Explore leadership through Shakespeare’s kings, queens, and rising stars during this one-day workshop. You’ll spend the day talking government, playing theatre games, and exploring your inner world leader. 

Histories & Hamilton
Saturdays, 1pm – 3pm
Ages 12-16: February 6 – March 22
Ages 8-11: April 3 – May 22
More than ever these days, “history has its eyes on you.” So how do we turn history into compelling theatre? Join TVP as we explore Shakespeare’s history plays and take our own swing at re-imagining the past!

Villains
Monday & Wednesday after school, 4 – 5pm
Ages 8-11: February 8 – March 15
Ages 12-16: April 4 – May 10
Shakespeare’s plays are filled with villainous evil doers. Join TVP as we explore the likes of Richard III, Claudius, Iago, and more. Whether you’ve got a streak of mischief yourself or just want to explore the dark side, we’ll match you with a character that you’ll love to hate. 
 48th Ward Youth CouncilThis year our youth council will go virtual and have a lot of projects planned for this school year! The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community initiatives and projects that others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you are a youth in middle school or high school and want to learn more or have any questions contact Alan at alan@48thward.org.Cirques Experience ProgrammingLooking for child care? Look no further, Cirques Experience has you covered.
Following all local, and state COVID regulations and guidelines, we are a safe environment to be active in.
Offering socially distant activities for kids in the circus arts. 

Join us for after school care or day off camps! Space is limited so sign up early!
http://www.cirquesexperience.org/day-off-camps 
St. Gertrude Parish, on Granville Avenue, is hosting a virtual fundraiser!
 
St. Gertrude Parish’s virtual fundraiser begins TODAY, February 12th!
 
February 12th marks the beginning of the Silent Auction, which will conclude on Sunday February 21st at 7:00 pm with a Live Virtual Auction. You can visit our site via the link above and bid on any number of items.
 
Don’t forget to purchase some wine and yummy cupcakes from Foodstuffs to enjoy during the live auction by visiting our auction site:
Orders must be received by Wed. Feb. 17 and picked up after Mass on Feb. 20th & 21st.
 
Our free Live Virtual Auction on February 21st will feature music from Mary Clare Barker and a lively auctioneer. Get your virtual paddle ready to bid on premium items such as a week at a lovely Costa Rican luxury vacation home (yes, there will be life after COVID!), a Backyard Social Distance Fun Pack, behind-the-scenes tour for 4 of Cinescape Chicago Film Studios (home of Chicago Fire/PD/Med) and MORE.
 
There will also be a Raffle drawing for our Wine Spectacular!
 
We would love to receive additional donations from businesses and individuals. Contact us if you need more info, or to donate:
auction21@stgertrudechicago.org
 
Thank you for your support!
 
In gratitude,
 
St. Gertrude Parish 2021 Auction Committee: Fr. Rich Prendergast, Kathy Krokar, Laura Pigozzi, David Sullivan
St. Gertrude Parish
1420 W. Granville
Chicago, 60660
773.764.3621
www.stgertrudechicago.org
 Zoom Cooking Classes with Chef Charles of The Levantine KitchenBringing food and fun into your Picture1_edit_326px.jpgkitchens has been the joy of my business this past year. And hey, through virtual cooking classes, you improve your cooking skills too!All classes are 90 minutes on Sunday afternoons. I’ll send you the list of ingredients and kitchen equipment you’ll need, as well as the recipes in advance. As we cook together, I’ll share tips to help you get the most out of your time in the kitchen. You’ll leave the class with healthy, ready-to-eat meals for the week ahead.

Upcoming Classes

Sunday, February 21, 3:30 – 5:00pm CST
Spinach and chickpea stew w/ cumin and coriander
Chicken w/ shallots, white wine, and cherry tomatoes
Broccoli with garlic oil, lemon and chili flakes
Sign up here!

Sunday, March 7, 3:30 – 5:00 CST
Butternut squash soup w/ coconut milk
Roasted salmon w/ miso sesame sauce
Stir fried asparagus w/ walnuts and cilantro
Sign up here!Friends of Swift Virtual Lotería Party
Saturday, Feb. 20, 3pm
Click here to register

Join us for our first Lotería Party! There will be fun, prizes, and friends you haven’t seen in a year! If you’ve never played Lotería before, don’t worry! You won’t be the only one, and we will go over the rules and answer questions at the start of the game. It will be an afternoon of fun, laughter, and cultural exchange! Lotería is a Mexican board game, similar to bingo, that’s been around 200 years! This will be a bilingual event.
 Edgewater Village Programs

Greek Dancing
Saturday, February 13, 4 – 5pmDo you want to learn Greek dancing? Ever watched others doing the Zorba dance and wanted to participate? Would you enjoy performing at Greek festivals and other events? Join us for dance lessons taught by an experienced instructor. Have fun and flex your body and brain. Opa!Sign into the Weiss Hospital program link. The password is 548763.
Coffee & Conversation
Tuesday, February 16, 10 – 11:30amFill up your cup of coffee or tea and join us for our popular, biweekly virtual conversation about current events facilitated by Tom Murphy and John Williams. This week’s topics are:Trump impeachment trial: have the proceedings to date demonstrated sufficiently to the public the nature and extent of the wrong done to our democracy and have they established a clear “accountability” for these wrongdoings? In retrospect, has this proven the best avenue to bring about such accountability?School closings and COVID-19: What is racial justice in this context? Has online instruction exacerbated the racial disparity in educational achievement? Is the goal of remedying such a racial disparity outweighed by the health concerns of medically vulnerable communities of color/and of the teachers? Who gets to decide: government leaders? The parents? The teachers?What should be the priorities of the Biden Administration toward the Environment and Climate Change?Each week’s discussion is typically accompanied by some readings you’ll receive in advance via email.Register at least two days in advance. You will then be sent the Zoom link to join along with suggested readings.Rewired Valentines Day Deals

Three Course Pre Fixe for Two
$50
 food only
$88 with pairings 

Arugula cherry salad with cherry tomato and walnut
Pairing: Love at First Fizz (chamomile gin fizz)

Short Rib Lasagna
Pairing: Love & Lust (wine & whiskey Manhatten)

Menage a trois cream puffs
Pairing: Cherry on Top (cherry white chocolate)

Order now

Pre Fixe menu isn’t your thing? Are you out of town and want to sent some love to your partner? A heart shaped pizza is the perfect way to do this! Available for pick-up and delivery 2/13 – 2/15.

Pre order only. Pre orders will be cut off the day prior at 5pm. Ordering early is highly encouraged and appreciated. Limited quantities available.

Order now
 Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground RailroadMonday, February 22, 7pmIllinois Humanities’ Road Scholar Connie Martin narrates her family’s history—from West Africa, through the Middle Passage and into slavery—intertwining their story with the history of the Underground Railroad. She will show replicas of quilts that used design and stitching to send secret messages of freedom. Register for this free program via Zoom sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library (foelchicago.org) in partnership with the Edgewater Branch.The No Book Club
Monday, February 22, 1-2 p.m.What are you reading? Join us for an informal meeting to share your thoughts about a book (any genre) you recently read or a favorite you’d like to recommend. Become acquainted with other readers—in Chicago and elsewhere—and find out what they’re reading. You’ll probably hear suggestions for books you’d like to read.

Register here. We’ll meet via Zoom on the last Monday of each month except May, November and December. This program is a partnership with Friends of the Edgewater Library, Edgewater Village Chicago, Edgewater Reads and the Edgewater Branch.Andersonville Upcoming Events

With Love from Andersonville
February 12–14

 
In the spirit of giving back, With Love From Andersonville returns this year with the annual Valentine’s Day charity promotion in Andersonville, but now under the Hygge Fest umbrella. During the weekend of February 12 – 14, 2021, Andersonville businesses are joining forces to give back 14% or more of their sales to a charity or non-profit chosen by the business. For a list of participating businesses, visit the With Love From Andersonville page.
 
Andersonville & Lincoln Square Ravenswood Coffee & Cocoa Crossover
February 19 – 20

 
In place of last year’s popular Coffee and Hot Cocoa Crawl, ACC is pleased to present the COVID-friendly Coffee & Cocoa Crossover, in a first-ever collaboration with the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. With double the warmth to share, the event features curated take-home packages with items from local coffee shops, cafés and other businesses in both neighborhoods. Choose from a variety of packages that include fun ingredients, gadgets and special offers, plus a limited-edition ceramic Andersonville + Lincoln Square Ravenswood Crossover coffee mug and a Crossover BINGO card. A portion of purchases benefits both the Andersonville and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chambers of Commerce. Packages, sold at $25, $50, $75 and $100 levels, go on sale Wednesday, February 3 via the LSR Market. Pick-up will be available at locations in both neighborhoods.

The Great Andersonville Puzzle Exchange
Saturday, February 27, 11:30 am – 1 pm*
 
There’s nothing more Hygge than cozying up to do a puzzle at home with a warm drink in hand! That’s why the Chamber is partnering with Women & Children First bookstore for Andersonville’s first every jigsaw puzzle swap – bring a puzzle, take a puzzle! The swap will take place on Saturday, February 27 from 11:30 am – 1 pm in the WCF parking lot, 5253 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Participants are asked to drop off puzzles between 11 – 11:30 am. Bring a new or gently used puzzle, 500+ pieces for adults or any size for kids, secured in a resealable plastic bag in its original box with no missing pieces. Participants are asked to sign up in advance here. Masks are required and folks are expected to maintain a socially-distanced line to review puzzle selections. Women and Children First will also be hosting a pop-up shop featuring cards and books. Don’t want to brave the cold? New puzzles are also available at a multitude of Andersonville retailers. Visit the Andersonville Hygge Fest page for a full list.
 
*Please note: event is weather contingent. Visit the Andersonville Hygge Fest page for updates.
 The Chicago Bar Association Convenes Panel of Legal Experts 
February 18, 2 – 3:30pmWhile the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we see how it is disparately affecting communities of color and older residents. Many in these communities do not have access to lawyers who can provide information and advice on estate planning.  All too often, families depend on raising money through Go Fund Me to cover expenses related to the sudden death of a loved one.  Go Fund Me is a place for charitable fundraising but should not replace a will or estate plan. Join the webinar on Thursday, February 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conversation will be hosted by CBA President Maryam Ahmad and will include a diverse set of experts from across Chicagoland.Panelists will provide critical information on how to start estate planning, discuss the various forms of trusts, living wills and power of attorney instruments.  Attendees will learn about preparing for incapacity and healthcare directives, planning for guardianship of minor children, and providing for the care of loved ones.  The webinar is free and open to the public. There will be 30 minutes for attendees to ask questions. Residents can register and access the webinar here: www.chicagobar.org/chicagobar/PublicEDVirtual Lunar New Year Celebration in Uptown
February 20, 12pm


新年快乐 (xin nian kuai le)! Happy New Year! Join us on Argyle Street this February as Uptown continues its annual tradition of celebrating the Lunar New Year! Explore unique cuisine and goods offered by local businesses while enjoying the burst of red lanterns hanging along the street. To welcome the Year of the Ox, we’ll be sharing a virtual program featuring traditional cultural performances as well as stories from Argyle’s past and present. Join 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman and Uptown United as we support the Argyle business community.

In place of the parade this year, we’ll be bringing the performances to you via a virtual program you can watch at home featuring traditional cultural performances and local arts groups as well as stories from Argyle’s past and present.

Follow us on these platforms to watch the program on Saturday, February 20 at 12:00pm:Facebook: Uptown United (@UptownUnited)YouTube: Explore Uptown YouTube ChannelFor updates and more information on the Lunar New Year celebrations, please click here.
Lunar New Year Kids Activity

  KIDS ACTIVITY
Chicago Public Library – Bezazian Branch
1226 W Ainslie (near intersection of Broadway/Ainslie)
Lunar New Year book and craft kit giveaway!
Available for pick-up from 2/16 through 2/20 (limited supply)The Spirit of Chicago 7: From the Outside In
February 15 – 21
This edition of Spirit of Chicago takes us into the lives of everyday people, whether it be a beloved neighborhood barber in Evanston or a drummer performing on a CTA Red Line platform. This collection of documentaries screens in our virtual theater February 15 – 21. Your donation to this program will benefit the filmmakers!Live Socially-Distant Theatre Project
February 19 & 20, 7pm
February 21, 6pm
Window Plays is an honest reflection of living in isolation behind windows, separated from others. Six artists have each written a self-contained ‘play’ to be performed behind storefront windows all centered around the theme: Presence. This is truly, storefront theatre. 
Window Plays is a safe, socially-distant, live theatre display featuring six local storefronts in the Andersonville neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. In this ‘walking-tour’ style production, six ensemble members perform a 2-5 minute play for an hour on loop, behind the safety of a storefront window. Individual audience members stroll from play to play, watching safely from the sidewalk. The project is free to the public; donations are accepted and encouraged, with 20% of the proceeds benefiting Brave Space Alliance. Covid-19 safety protocols of mask-wearing and social distancing will be required. Participating storefronts include: Women & Children First, The Neo-Futurists Theater, RAYGUN, Rattleback Records, ENJOY AN URBAN GENERAL STORE, and *play. The cast includes: Jen Allman, Nikki Bauer, Perry Hunt, Kristen Jamerson, Jasmine Henri Jordan, Alé Ramirez, and Kevin Michael Wesson. Free Tickets are available at: www.tinyurl.com/windowplays
Donations being accepted at: www.igg.me/at/windowplaysBorn out of studying with The Neo-Futurists Theater, Stop Motion Plant is a performance art company. They produce live theater that is personal and truthfully reflects the current conditions that surround them. Stop Motion Plant’s productions are centered around a common theme, previously tackling the concept of Time in the celebrated 2019 show: Kill the Clocks. Follow them online: @stopmotionplantSwedish American Museum Events

Cooking Class Online

Register hereOur popular cooking and baking classes are back this spring. We are now meeting online so it doesn’t matter where you live, you can join us from anywhere.Feel free to either join in with a notepad and your questions or we will send you the list of ingredients before the class so you can cook and bake along if you want. Note that there are times when we have to shorten actual cooking time to fit the class into one hour.Here’s what’s cooking:Feb. 8, 4 p.m. & Feb. 24, 6 p.m. – Spinach Soup and SemlaMarch 8, 4 p.m. & March 24, 6 p.m. –  Potato Soup and Quick BreadHygge at Home Raffle
During the month of February, Andersonville is celebrating Hygge fest!
The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hue-gah) has been around for ages. It refers to the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire all encompass the idea of Hygge.The Swedish American Museum has put together two Hygge baskets that we are raffling off to help the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. Use the PayPal button below and make a donation. For each $5 donation made you will get ONE raffle ticket. So if you donate $20 you will get four tickets and so on. The basket has to be picked up at the Museum or you can have it shipped at cost. All donations go to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. Enter the raffle here
 Online Book Club & Genealogy Session
Saturday, February 27, 1pmIn February the Swedish American Museum Genealogy Society and Book Club will join together in reading “My Maja, A Grandson’s Tribute” by Dr. Donald Grossnickle. This event is free for everyone and we are looking forward to discussing this book between the two different groups.The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store. Get the Zoom code here. 


Online Knitting Group
Sunday, February 28, 1pm

Join the Swedish American Museum knitting group! All knitting levels are welcome. Share some of your favorite patterns and learn from each other. There will also be a chance to learn some specifically Swedish knitting patterns and techniques. 
Register for free here


 Raven Theatre Announces $25,000 New Play Development Initiative
 
Tyla Abercrumbie Receives Inaugural Commission
 
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce a new $25,000 play development initiative, supporting up to three commissions over the next three years. Tyla Abercrumbie has been chosen as the inaugural recipient. In addition to financial support, playwrights will benefit from workshops with actors and private or public readings during the development process. The new initiative is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Raven Board Member Stephen Johnson.
 
Comments Raven Artistic Director Cody Estle, “We hope to weave incredible new plays into the fabric of the American theatre through this exciting new initiative. It wouldn’t be possible without Stephen Johnson’s generous gift, for which the theatre and I are extremely grateful. I’m thrilled to have commissioned playwright Tyla Abercrumbie to kick off this initiative. She is an artist of extreme depth who tackles each project with vulnerability, grace and humility. I cannot wait to read what she writes.”
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