Edgewater Reads Fundraiser
Help Edgewater Reads continue to build and install unique little libraries across the 48th Ward! Just a small donation can help buy the materials necessary for providing little libraries for free to the greater Edgewater community. Help this awesome community organization reach their goal of raising $1,000 this month! Click here to donate.
Electronic Waste Recycling
Saturday, September 9, 9am – Noon
48th Ward Streets and Sanitation Yard, 5853 N. Broadway
The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) together with the 48th Ward is sponsoring an electronics recycling event. Recyclable items include:
- Flat-screen displays
- Audio systems
- Game consoles
- Cell phones
- Other electronic equipment
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays–including computer monitors and large tube TVs, will not be accepted. There will also be an on-site survey of other potential recyclables (flags, eyeglasses, etc.) for Spring 2018. If you have questions about the electronics recycling or to volunteer to help with the event, contact either EESP’s Allen Stryczek at email@example.com or Ally Brisbin from the 48th Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Public Safety Update
Free Burglary Assessment
The 20th and 24th Police District are offering free home burglary assessments for our neighborhoods. We would like to do up to 5 assessments at any given time. This is a free service provided by the Police Districts. Neighbors are invited walk together during the assessment as each property may present a new opportunity for a burglar to gain access to your home. Identifying these various ways a burglar can come into a home will help everyone be a little more prepared and safer by pinpointing distinct methods to secure vulnerabilities. Please contact Marko Zaric in my office if you would like to participate in this free service. He can be reached at 773-784-5277 or Marko@48thward.org. This is for residential multi-unit buildings as well as single family homes.
2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules – 20th District
Please join your neighbors in the new year to collaborate on improving community public safety issues and new initiatives. To learn more about CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), click here.
Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Beat 2433 meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting location will alternate between the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, and Engine 70 Fire House, 6030 N. Clark. Click here to download a schedule.
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Center North Satellite Office Open
Reminder that Kimberly Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney now has a satellite office open at 4956 N. Sheridan, at the corner of Sheridan and Argyle. Stop by on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month with any questions or concerns from 10am-12pm.
Click here for a flyer with more information
Outdoor Movies in the Ward
All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk.
Saturday, August 12 – Finding Dory– Dusk; Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan; Movies at Buttercup (Click here for flyer)
*Tuesday, August 15 – Pretty in Pink– 8:30; Patio Beef, 6022 N. Broadway; 48th Ward Outdoor Movie Series
Friday, August 25 – Jumanji- 7:30; 1235 W. Devon; Loyola University Chicago Community Relations (Click here for flyer)
Saturday, August 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens– Dusk- Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan; Movies at Buttercup
Saturday, August 26 – Bolt– 8:30; Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan; Berger Park Advisory Council (Click here for flyer)
*The 48th Ward Outdoor Movie Series is sponsored by Minas TV, 6137 N. Clark
Go Edgewater – Walking and Biking Tours
Edgewater: Tues. Aug. 15 – Meet at 5:45. Visit and view some of the public art in Edgewater including murals, art in public buildings, street art, and bricolages.
West Ridge Nature Preserve: Tues. Aug. 22th – Meet at 5:45.
Ride to Western & Ardmore Aves. with the steward around the 5-acre pond and through the wetland, savannah and woodland habitats in their second full year of development.
Theaters in Edgewater: Tues. Aug. 29 – Meet at 5:45. A behind-the-scenes tour of three Edgewater theaters. Watch a dress rehearsal and participate in a training class. Gain a better appreciation of what goes on before the curtain rises.
Click here to view the 2017 calendar of Go Edgewater tours.
CTA is Hiring Bus Operators
The CTA is currently teaching for Bus Operators who are able to deliver friendly, professional, and reliable transit service to our customers. Applicants must be at least 21 years, have a safe driving record, and must currently hold or be willing to obtain a class A or B commercial drivers license or permit with the following three endorsements: knowledge, passenger, and air brakes.
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Baking Classes at pHlour Bakery & Cafe
Learn how to make tasty and flaky croissants at pHlour Bakery, 1138 W. Bryn Mawr. Classes will be held three times this summer and are open to anyone interested. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long to sign-up. A registration fee of $90 will be due the day of the class you choose to attend. Croissant baking classes will be held on August 11, August 25, and September 29th from 7-9pm. To register email: email@example.com
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City Colleges of Chicago Updates and Registration
Register for Fall Classes
Chicagoans who want a quality, affordable education to prepare for further college or a career should register now for the Fall 2017 semester at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois. The registration deadline for the 16-week Fall term is Monday, August 21, 2017, with classes beginning Monday, August 28.
CCC courses are offered during the day, in the evening, on weekends, and online. It is now easier to apply, using CCC’s enhanced application page (www.ccc.edu/apply). Visitors to www.ccc.edu/apply will find clear, step-by-step application instructions, whether they are interested in certificate and associate degree programs, continuing education or free programs for high school students.
Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!
When a Mental Illness Requires Protective Care
Monday, August 14
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005
Speakers: Honorable Susan Fox Gillis, County and Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Divisions, Circuit Court of Cook County; Dr. Suena Massey, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Advocate Memory Screening
Sunday, August 13
Wesley Place Living Room, 1415 W. Foster
Katharine Kiehn, a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered art therapist will discuss the benefits of art therapy for people living with dementia. Attendees will learn how art therapy can be used as a brain health measure, communication tool and expressive outlet for this population. Free memory screenings will be offered after the presentation.
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Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.
School & Youth News
Preschool and Kindergarten Spots Still Available for 2017-18
Great learning and discovery starts at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA believes that a stimulating, joyful environment with a child-centered curriculum gives children the best start in school. NCA offers flexible half-day and full-day preschool options, and a full-day kindergarten program. NCA’s early childhood curriculum stimulates learning through play, hands-on activities, music and art. The small class size, individual attention and nurturing environment helps students thrive.
Call 773-743-6277 ext. 207to schedule a tour today.
Storytime in the Parks
Bring your kids for reading and fun from 12:30-1:30 every Saturday at Cochran Park around the new Little Free Library! Ages 3-6 are welcome to join this free event!
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Edgewater Library Elevate Your Voice Dance Workshops
Belly Dancing Teen Dance Workshop
Tuesday, August 29, 4pm
Teens are encouraged to walk-in and learn the art of belly dance with Erika Ochoa from Pineapple Dance Studio through this free workshop.
Brazilian Samba Teen Dance Workshop
Wednesday, August 30, 5pm
Teens are encouraged to walk-in and learn Brazilian Samba with Dill from Old Town School of Folk Music through this free workshop.
Community Room, Edgewater Branch Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
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CDPH Healthy Kids Townhall Meetings
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is hosting a series of Healthy Kids Townhall meetings to get feedback from you. Though Chicago’s young people have made enormous progress over the past several years getting healthier, children in certain neighborhoods and communities continue to face bad health outcomes when compared to their peers from other neighborhoods. CDPH is committed to the future of our youth and knows that better policies help lead to better health. CDPH is considering a number of new policies to improve health and wants to hear from you. Submit your feedback and ideas online or attend one of the upcoming town hall meetings.
- Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Legler Branch Library located 115 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL
Loyola Civic Academy RecapLoyola University was home to civically engaged middle school students from Edgewater and Rogers Park this summer. The 2017 Summer Civic Academy (July 5 -28) brought middle school students together from Armstrong, Kilmer, Field, Swift, Hayt, and Peirce to engage students in community problem solving on issues that impact young people.
Fostering confident speakers and excited learners, the four-week long program was designed to engage middle school students in developing direct action and policy proposals to address community problems. Students researched issues in their Chicago neighborhoods and formulated public policies as solutions to their chosen topics. Student groups focused their research on homelessness among youth, gun violence, and school discipline.
“Our students demonstrated an enormous amount of academic skill, passion for important community issues, the ability to think across disciplines, and a wonderful spirit of collaboration as they worked toward and presented their community action projects to address complex social problems,” program co-director Jon Schmidt said.
Throughout the four weeks, students worked on pubic speaking, improving their researching skills, and becoming more engaged citizens in their communities.
“This program has helped me get into deeper knowledge about the issues that are happening in the community,” Armstrong student Laura said. “It gave me a different side of things and gave me an opportunity to talk to people by collecting data from them.”
Literature and Math activities were integrated into the civic learning programs to demonstrate how different fields of learning can be engaged to understand and solve local problems.
Students gathered data and research information and surveyed community stakeholders on their community issues and presented their solutions for family, friends, and neighbors at the end of the four week program.
Alderman Harry Osterman was present at this event and let the students know that their voices are powerful, important, and listened to.
“When you’re young, sometimes you don’t think you are heard. Well, I heard you,” Osterman said to the students.
Loyola undergraduate Education students, Sania Zaffar and Nicole Karwowski taught the classes at the Summer Civic Academy on the Lake Shore Campus. Pushing their students to develop their communication skills, become active in their community, and work as a team, the teachers hoped to show the young adults how their age does not stop them from being civically involved.
“I think what we were really asking for students is just the realization that they can do something, that they have the power to do something,” Zaffar said.
With hopes of expansion and sustainability of the Summer Civics Academy leading into next year, program directors Diane Schiller and Jon Schmidt hope to expand the program in current schools and grow with other neighborhood schools to build civic leadership capacity in schools and communities. For more information, contact Jon Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roof and Porch Repair Program
For Home Owners,
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is offering income-eligible homeowners of 1-4 unit residential buildings an opportunity to obtain a funding grant for emergency roof and porch repairs (formerly known as the EHAF program). Registration for the program will take on Thursday September 14, 2017 beginning at 9:00am, and ending at 5:00pm – one day only.
Applicants are asked to register online at www.cityofchicago.org/roofandporch in order to complete the registration in a shorter time-frame, providing a confirmation number.
Registered applicants will be selected via lottery on Tuesday October 31, 2017 in the Preston Bradley Hall on the 3rd floor of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street.
Additional information is posted on the DPD website at www.cityofchicago.org/dpd.
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Edgewater Arts Festival
Volunteers Needed for Arts Festival
Sign up to help out as a volunteer at the Edgewater Arts Festival.
- Artist Load-In: Direct artists to booths, hand out artist packages, maintain traffic flow.
- Gate: accept entrance donations, hand out schedule, donation stickers. Volunteers must be friendly and outgoing to interact with festival-goers.
- Beverages: check ID’s and provide wristbands for 21 and over, pour and hand out beverages.
- Kids Area: assist with activities
Festival Dates and Operating Hours: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24; 11am-6pm; Festival Location: 1040–1190 W. Granville Avenue
All Forms must be submitted by Friday, September 15
Click here for the volunteer forms
Register for AYSO Soccer! Sunday games – Northside Chicago
Soccer teams for girls and boys, ages 3-18. Fall 2017 season from Sept. 10 – Oct. 19 and Spring 2018 starts in April – games on Sunday afternoons at Rogers Park (Rockwell & Jarlath)
Playground & Schoolyard Program for kids ages 3 – 5
Registration fee for Soccer teams or 3-5 year old program: $155 for Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 season (includes uniform). Family discount $10 off per sibling if you register for full fall/spring season! Want to only play the fall season? Only $105 (no discounts apply).
Register online at http://ayso.bluesombrero.com/region1206. Scholarships available for those in need.
Questions: email email@example.com or call/text (773) 262-9871.