Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Sweetheart Mixer
Join us in celebrating Tom Skilling, Pride of Edgewater, and Conrad Suerth, Sweetheart of Edgewater!
Thursday, Feb. 16, 9am
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon
Breakfast included in ticket price
Click here to purchase tickets.
Pivot Arts Sadness Show
February 15 at 7:30pm
Uncommon Ground 1401 W. Devon
The Live Talk series continues with the fourth annual Sadness Show, a Valentine’s Celebration of Despair! Playwrights and performers face off in a Sad Story Contest. Tragic writer, Brett Neveu, leads Cathartic Karaoke and Carolyn Hoedermann (photo above) performs the Pivot DIY: How to Cry on Cue. Wickedly funny performer, Karen Rodriguez, hosts this evening of wretched-ry.
Join us for a tragically good time! Food + Drinks for purchase at Uncommon Ground. Click here for tickets.
Public Safety Update
The 24th Police District has issued an alert about attempted scams in the area. Calls have been received by the Community Policing Office that citizens are reporting unknown sugjebts attempting to gain entry to a potential vitim’s residence. These offenders have been using various situational stories to gain access. Examples include telling citizens that there are bad water lines or saying they are doing work in the area and need access to hot water. As a reminder, do not allow strangers access to your residence. Please be aware of this information and call 911 to report any similar incidents. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the 24th District at 312-744-5907 or email email@example.com.
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 in the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to download a schedule.
Keeping It Real Program
Come learn about how you can secure your property.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7pm
Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt
Click here for more information
The 20th District Police District will be hosting a workshop series for owners and managers of residential properties to learn how to work with police to increase personal and resident safety. Click here for more information.
School Bus Drivers and School Bus Aides
If you are looking for a job with paid CDL training, medical benefits, and guaranteed hours, becoming a school bus driver or school bus aide could be an option for you. Come explore this opportunity on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28 between 10am – 2pm at Albany Park Community Center, 3rd Floor, 1945 W. Wilson. Please bring several copies of your resume and a valid drivers license or state ID. To qualify as a bus driver, you must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years without suspensions, interruptions, or any sort of felony. Bus aides are required to have a valid state ID and no felonies of any kind. All candidates for both positions must submit to fingerprint, background, drug/alcohol, and TB screenings. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Jones at (773) 433-3249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Women in Trades Orientation – Wednesday, March 1
Join Chicago Women in Trades for an Open House! Learn how a career in construction or welding can work for your. Our FREE training programs empower you with the tools for success. Click here for more information.
New Infant-Toddler Center at South-East Asia Center
- Welcomes 6-week to 2-year olds
- DCFS licensed. Qualified teaching staff.
- Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
- Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks
- Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
- Childcare fee assistance
- Convenient location and CTA accessible
Enrolling Now!! Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie Street, 773-989-7433
Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Parent-Tot Valentine’s Day Playdate February 11
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a special Valentine’s Day Play Date on Saturday, February 11, from 10am-12pm. Parents and children ages 1 1/2-4 are invited to a morning of preschool fun! The event will include a Valentine’s Day craft, a story and playtime. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other families with young children and to learn more about NCA’s Preschool Program. The Valentine’s Day Play Date will be held at NCA’s Primary School Campus, located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 8, to Melissa Soberanes at 773-743-6277 ext. 207 or email@example.com. This is not a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by a parent. This is a free event.
Swift Night Out at Income Tax Monday, Feb. 27, 5 – 8pm
Income Tax Restaurant, 5959 N. Broadway
Click here for more information and tickets
Check out one of Edgewater’s newest and hottest restaurants while supporting Chicago’s most diverse public school — George B. Swift Specialty School, 5900 N. Winthrop Ave.
Income Tax Restaurant is opening their doors to supporters of Swift for a special evening! The cost of admission includes passed appetizers and there will be a cash bar. Come out to learn about the great things happening at Swift! Swift is a Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster school, boasting Chicago Public Schools’ highest ranking of Level 1+. Swift’s student population hails from over 50 countries, with over 65 different home languages spoken. Nearly 10% of Swift’s students are refugees, and over 40% of students were born in a different country.
The Swift community is diverse, engaged, and collaborative. This event is a great opportunity to connect with teachers, staff, parents, and community supporters, to learn more about how you can support a neighborhood school that is thriving against the odds.
Urban Village Church Relocates to Edgewater
After five and a half years of creating worshipping space at Bethany Retirement Center, Urban Village Church has moved to The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Our The grand opening is this Sunday, February 12. Worship services are at 9:30am and 11:15am.
Emanuel Congregation Blood Drive
Join Emanuel Congregation, located at 5959 N. Sheridan Rd, for their blood drive on Sunday, Feb. 12. Stop by between 9am – 2pm or schedule an appointment. Click here for more information.
Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show
Are you a fan of all things vintage? Come check out the Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show, where you can find all sorts of vintage items with a modern twist to them. Admission is $8 and is good for both days. The Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show will be taking place Friday Feb. 24 3pm – 10pm and Saturday Feb. 25 10am – 5pm. It will be held at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N Sheridan Rd. Parking will be available at St. Andrews for $5 each day with the proceeds benefiting St. Andrews.
Volunteers Needed to Survey for Frog Calls
The Lincoln Park Conservancy will be offering its annual training to volunteers age 18 and up that are interested in learning how to survey for frog calls in Lincoln Park or anywhere in the Chicago Region. The one-time training will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to12:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park. Advance registration is required. To register for Frog Call Survey Training, please contact Aaron Hammond at the Lincoln Park Conservancy: (773) 883-PARK or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information.
Employment Opportunities for CHA Residents
If you are a Chicago Housing Authority Resident or Housing Choice Voucher Participant, you are eligible for job training and placements at any of the five Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Centers.
Click here for more information
Save the Date – 48th Ward Senior Wellness Fair
The 17th annual Senior Wellness Fair will take place this year on Monday March 13 at the Broadway Armory Park, from 10am to 1pm. Attendees will have access to over 50 different service providers from government, not-for-profit service organizations and numerous providers of housing, healthcare, and wellness centers. Click here for the flyer.
“A Senior’s Guide to Property Tax Savings” – Thursday, February 23
- Eligibility for various property tax exemptions and assessment freezes;
- Senior citizen tax deferral program, certificates of error, tax sale procedures and more.
- Attorney Lynette Lewis, Law Office of Lynette Lewis
- Theresa Chandler, Community Outreach Specialist – Cook County Assessor’s Office
This seminar will be held at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, in Courtroom 2005, on the 20th Floor. Call the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 today to reserve your seat.
Deadline extended for Senior and Senior Freeze on Property Taxes
Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced today that his office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer. The extended application deadline is March 1, 2017. Click here for more information and to find out if you qualify.
Senior Sewer Rebate
News for Seniors living in Homeowner Associations
Did you know that seniors aged 65 or over, who live in their own condominium, townhouse or co-op unit are entitled to receive a $50 rebate for their share of the associations’ sewer costs?
Many seniors have applied for this over the years, and received a letter (click here to see an example) from the City of Chicago asking for a signature to re-confirm residency. If you’ve applied in the past and haven’t yet received the letter, please give the US postal system some time to catch up, but you should receive this letter in the next week or two.
If you haven’t received the rebate before, you’ll need to file an application form. Please click here for instructions and the correct form to use. You’ll need to submit an application form along with copies of 3 documents: 1) water bill from the homeowner’s association, 2nd installment Property Tax bill (2015), and drivers license/state ID.
Click here for detailed information about the program. Send any questions to Jerry Goodman, email@example.com, 773-784-5277. Letters or forms with required attachments are due in the Alderman’s office by July 1, 2017.
Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.
Care for Real News
Save the Date—My Furry Valentine!
Get professional Valentine-themed photos taken with your pet, all to benefit Care for Real! We’ll have a Cupid’s Helper and lots of great raffle prizes, too. Where and When: The North End, 3733 N Halsted, Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
Volunteer Front Desk Help Needed
Care for Real is seeking volunteers who can assist at our busy front desk including answering phones and greeting clients, visitors and donors. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. Perfect for a college student or senior looking to help a very busy not for profit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview.
Explore New Cultures this summer — Host an International Young Professional for 4 Weeks!
Do you enjoy showing guests around Chicago? Want to get your kids more globally-engaged? Consider becoming a homestay host!
WorldChicago seeks short-term homestay hosts for six exchange programs this spring and summer. One of these opportunities is the 2017 U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program, beginning April 27 – May 29, with a delegation of 19 fellows from Central and Eastern Europe and South-East Asia, who were selected for this distinguished program through a competitive, merit-based process. WorldChicago will also host emerging leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, Iraq, and the UK between March and August.
Home hosts provide a bed, meals, and a glimpse into everyday life in America. Young professionals take part in fellowships weekdays from approximately 9 to 5, with evenings and weekends free to spend with their hosts.
Our homestay hosts include families of all shapes and sizes, single professionals, retirees, returned Peace Corps volunteers, travelers, teachers, city dwellers, suburbanites, and more — all united by a common interest in learning about the amazing diversity of the world’s cultures, while sharing a piece of their own.
Join a community of curious, compassionate citizen diplomats — sign up to host today!
Young Professionals Hosting Opportunities
· March 16-22: Open World Program- 5 fellows from Ukraine
· April 27-May 29: U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program- 19 fellows from Central and Eastern Europe and South-East Asia
· May 23-June 22: Russian Business Leaders Program- 5 fellows
Youth Homestay Hosting Opportunities
· July 18-30: Jóvenes en Acción Program- 12 students from Mexico
· July 20-August 3: Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program- 12 students
· Aug 13-21: UK Youth Dialogue Program- 13 Students
For more information, visit worldchicago.org/homestay-hosting/ or contact Brian Peckrill email@example.com or 312.254.1800 x100.
In anticipation of the coming inclement weather, please report all street and alley potholes to my office so we can add them to the list for repair.
Sidewalk Snow Removal
According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, “Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk.” It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. If you do not own your residential or business property, consult your rental agreement, lease agreement, or management company to determine your shoveling obligation.
Sidewalks must be shoveled 7 days a week. If the snow falls between 7am and 7pm, clear the snow as soon as possible, but no later than 10pm on the day of the snowfall. If the snow falls between 7pm and 7am, clear the snow before 10am the next day. Individuals who do not comply can face fines of up to $500 per day of violation, and non-compliant businesses can face fines of up to $1,000 per day of violation. Please contact my office with any questions about the ordinance.
DFSS Warming Centers
A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.
The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter. The closest Warming Center to the 48th Ward is located at 845 W. Wilson Ave.
9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Click here for more information about DFSS Warming Centers.
Sustainability Tip of the Week
Winter Bird Feeding Tips
- Birds need rich sources of fat and calories to combat low temperatures and severe storms. Suet, nuts and high-oil seeds such as nyjer, black-oil sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are all great choices
- Since you didn’t cut down your final autumn flowers you know that the dried flower heads of aster, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, sunflowers and other plants are seed havens. These wildflowers’ stalks also may house insects for birds that need a little protein.
- Make sure to leave berries and other fruit on your native trees and bushes.
- Finally, if you left your fallen leaves on the ground since autumn, the decaying leaf litter will provide a feast of insects, seeds, nuts and other treats for your backyard birds.
Courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation
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