Public Safety Update
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.
Operation Help a Hero
Currently, there are hundreds of homeless veterans in Chicago. When a veteran leaves a shelter or transitional housing and moves to a permanent residence, they often do not have the basic items needed to setup a home. These are things that you and I take for granted, but the men and women who bravely fought to defend our freedom often go without. Alderman Osterman is collecting household items to support our vets as they move into permanent homes. Click here to view a complete list of items that will be accepted at the 48th Ward Office from Memorial Day through July 4th.
Peterson Garden Project – Feasts of Resistance
Resistance doesn’t only take the form of protests and marches—it’s in the food we share, the stories we tell, the gardens we grow. Food shapes culture and conflict shapes food—that’s the premise of Peterson Garden Project’s new Feasts of Resistance cooking class series starting May 25. Explore, cook, and eat iconic dishes from around the world—Burma to Ethiopia, Syria to Haiti, and beyond—that were created or affected by social or political unrest. Sign up for one class or all six at http://bit.ly/PGP_Feasts.
Proceeds from this hands-on cooking series fund PGP’s summer programming for teen refugee girls in GirlForward, dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.
The locations featured in the classes highlight the countries of GirlForward participants. This summer, PGP will be working with Camp GirlForward campers to share stories from their countries as they garden and cook together. Each week, girls will tend and harvest herbs and vegetables for class, cook a dish focused on that week’s region, and sit down at the end of class to share what they’ve made.
Feasts of Resistance is just one way Peterson Garden Project supports refugees in our community. Learn more about all of PGP’s refugee programming, including garden scholarships and free cooking education, and donate to help ensure everyone is welcome at the table at http://bit.ly/PGP_EveryoneisWelcome.
Go Edgewater – Walking and Biking Tours
Green Walking Tour of Edgewater: Tues. June 6, 6:00 pm. Meet at Loyola Univ., IES Building, 6349 N. Kenmore for a tour of energy efficient buildings in the vicinity, buildings incorporating renewable energy and urban agriculture.
Buildings–Historic & Newer; Tues. June 13, 6:00 pm. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop. Explore the contrast of Edgewater’s historic buildings with newer buildings reflecting changing economic times.
Bike Tune-up: Sat., June 17, 10 am–1 pm. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop, for minor adjustments on bikes. Courtesy of ChainLinks Bike Shop.
Click here to view the 2017 calendar of Go Edgewater tours.
Edgewater Reads Little Free Library Build Day
Do you have Little Free Library envy? Are you interested in becoming part of a growing network of library hosts and readers? Join the Edgewater Reads crew at 10:00 am on June 17 behind Senn High School (5900 N Glenwood) for our 2nd community build day of the season!
Limited materials and tools will be provided so feel free to bring your own. We also advise bringing a building buddy to help with the assembling process and coordinating transportation for taking home your very own “LFL.”
Libraries will be free for Edgewater residents and $50 for those joining us from outside the community. These events are made possible with our amazing volunteers and by community donations. Please consider donating your time, resources or skills for future community build days and more Little Free Libraries in our community!
Limited kits will be available so please RSVP to Taylor at email@example.com. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at edgewaterreads.org.
Edgewater Annual Yard & Sidewalk Sale
The 23rd annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale, sponsored by a record number of seven block clubs and three buildings, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, no rain date. Boundaries: Foster to Devon on the south and north and Clark and Sheridan on the west and east.
Nearly 300 households are expected to participate in the annual community-wide undertaking which has evolved into an Edgewater tradition. Click here to view a map of locations of sales.
Here are special activities planned by non-profit participants:
- Berger Park Advisory Council will sell pottery and jewelry made by students.
- Chicago Friends School will offer a petting zoo from 1 to 3 p.m. and sell homemade bakery goods, proceeds going to The Night Ministry, an agency that serves the homeless in Chicago.
- Edgewater Presbyterian Church will conduct a book sale.
- Pivot Arts will culminate a week-long festival with a 2 p.m. parade on Winthrop between Thorndale and Ardmore, ending at Colvin House, 5940 N. Sheridan, with performances at the historic mansion.
- Granville United Methodist Church is selling homemade bakery goods and a large supply of beauty care items.
For the second time this year EPIC Block Club sellers are contributing one item to a Care for Real table at 1262 W. Elmdale. All proceeds and those from the sale of homemade Swedish waffles at the site will go to Edgewater’s food and clothing pantry.
State of Edgewater
Tuesday, June 6, 8:30am
The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W. Foster
Click here for tickets
Take an in-depth look at how Edgewater has changed over recent years and how neighborhood, city, and regional trends will impact our future.
Elizabeth Irvin, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Jacky Grimshaw, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Harry Osterman, 48th Ward Alderman
Lake Shore Drive Northern Terminus Community Meeting
Tuesday, June 6
5:30 – 7:30pm
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation have initiated the Northern Terminus Traffic Study (NTTS). The purpose of the NTTS is to address the transportation issues at the northern terminus of North Lake Shore Drive at Hollywood Avenue. This study is complementary to the Phase I Study on North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. The meeting will be held in an open house format from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. with a presentation at 6:00 P.M.Exhibits will be on display and project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.
Andersonville Midsommarfest – June 9-11
Midsommarfest is only a week away! Head to Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region will sell their wares to passersby, local shops and restaurants will welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, DJs, and cutting-edge plus longtime favorite bands will keep the party going. Click here for more information.
Senn High School Fundraiser – Brews for Bulldogs
Saturday, June 10, 6:30pm
Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N Ravenswood
Please join the Friends of Senn for this year’s Brews for Bulldogs fundraising event on Saturday, June 10th at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N. Ravenswood Street, Chicago from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Enjoy unlimited food, beer, wine and soft drinks, and a silent auction and raffle. It’s a great way to meet other Senn parents, staff and friends, have fun and raise money for Senn. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!
Community Panel at The Admiral at the Lake
Wednesday, June 7, 3-6pm
The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W. Foster
A panel of Admiral residents will share why they chose to stay in the neighborhood. Alderman Harry Osterman and vendors will showcase our urban location. RSVP by June 2 to 800-616-1753.
Edgewater Village Storytelling Circle
Edgewater Village presents an interactive Storytelling Circle on Thursday, June 8, 6-7pm, at Edgewater Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway. Author and teacher Carol LaChapelle will lead participants in telling their own stories. The event is free but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact email@example.com or 773-382-0764. Click here for more information.
Senior Sewer Rebate
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. If you’ve applied for and received this rebate in prior years, you may have received a letter from the City’s Committee on Finance to sign and remit. If you haven’t received the letter or a rebate in prior years, 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. Send any questions to Jerry Goodman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-784-5277. Letters or forms with required attachments are due in the Alderman’s office by July 1, 2017.
Senior Enrichment Seminars
“Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation”
Thursday, June 8, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St.
Courtroom 2005 – 20th Floor
Topics to include:
- How to screen for, respond to and report abuse, neglect and financial exploitation;
- Mandatory reporting procedures;
- Role of adult protective services agencies; and
- Identifying common frauds and scams that involve telemarketing, home repair, debt settlement, mortgage rescue, social security benefits and more.
Seminar Speaker(s): Louis Hill, M.A., Program Supervisor, Metropolitan Family Services; Holly A. Zielke, M.A., Adult Protective Service Program Coordinator, Illinois Department on Aging; Detective Sergeant James Hennelly (Ret), Cook County Sheriff’s Department
“Managing Evictions and Code Violations: Useful Tools”
Thursday, June 22, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St.
Courtroom 2005 – 20th Floor
Topics to include:
- City of Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance
- Conditions that create housing code violations
- Housing inspection process
Seminar Speaker(s): Claire McFarland, Esq., Executive Director, Elder Law & Wellness Initiative, NFP; Harriet J. Parker, Esq., Administrative Law JudgeChicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.
School & Youth News
Congratulations to St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Mary of the Lake Class of 2017May 27 marks the graduation of the class of 2017! This group of 42 young men and women distinguished themselves with their character, their maturity and their academic achievements. A very demonstrative sign of their success is the fact that these young people will enter private high schools next fall with scholarship awards that total $513,000. When we project these scholarships over the four years of high school it totals over $2 million!
Who are these budding young scholars? These students are recent immigrants from : Cuba, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Viet Nam, Togo. Fourteen of these students entered our school with no knowledge of English. Tragically, four members of the class have lost a parent within the last several years. All members of the Class of 2017 qualify for free lunch under the federal standards.
One student, a sixth grader, when writing her farewell message to the class to the Class of 2017 said “Destroy Obstacles!” The Class of 2017 is well on their way to fulfilling that mandate!!
Tiger Tutor Test Prep – Free SAT Practice Test
Tiger Tutor, a test program sponsored by Chinese Mutual Aid Association, will be holding a free SAT practice test day on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library (1226 W. Ainsle Street.) You will have the opportunity to take a complete SAT test and receive test-taking tips. Register at www.TigerTutor.com to reserve your space.
Tiger Tutor Scholarships Available
A new ACT and SAT tutoring service based out of Chicago, Tiger Tutor focuses on individualized, high quality instruction. The program is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and collegiate goals and works closely with both students and parents to provide unique study plan and curricula. Tiger Tutor is a program run by Chinese Mutual Aid Association, an over 35-year-old community-based social services agency with offices in Chicago and Elgin. Click here for a flyer with information about scholarships. For further questions about Tiger Tutor or the scholarship opportunity, please contact Tiger Tutor’s Academic and Enrollment Adviser, Grace Chan McKibben, at GraceM@TigerTutor.com.
Swedish American Museum’s Pioneer Day Camps
Swedish American Museum will once again be hosting their “Pioneer the World” Day Camp!! For five days from 9am – 2pm, the Museum will be holding two sessions of imaginative five-day experiences for children 1st – 6th grade. The first session will be held July 31 – August 4, and the second session will take place August 14 – August 18. Registration fees for members is $200 and $250 for nonmembers. Extended care from 2pm – 4pm will be available for an additional $75 per week. To register or receive more information, please click here or email Stacy Nyman.
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
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.
In person registration date for new players: Sun. 6/11 from 2 – 4 pm at Rogers Park Fieldhouse, corner of Rockwell & Jarlath. If you miss this, it’s not too late, you can register online and submit child’s proof of age separately.
Questions: email email@example.com or call/text (773) 262-9871.
Northside AYSO EXTRA Team tryouts
Interested in competitive soccer? Any boy or girl, ages 8 – 11, is invited to tryout. EXTRA is a program for those players who want to play soccer at a more competitive level. EXTRA players get weekly professional instruction from UK Soccer in addition to the certified team coaches. EXTRA teams play an additional game on Sunday evenings against other EXTRA teams.
Tryouts: Tuesday, May 23rd from 6-7 PM at Lerner Park
Parents and players should meet at the field at Lerner Park, 7000 N. Sacramento. Players must wear shin guards and bring a size 4 soccer ball to try out. Water is also recommended. UK Soccer, our professional training partner, runs the tryouts. They evaluate the players and determine who makes the teams.
If your child is interested in trying out or you have any questions about the EXTRA program, please email Natalie Dumstorff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-927-9555. GOAL!