This past weekend was one of happy sounds. The weather was perfect for all the outside activities in the community. All seemed to be well attended and those that did go had so much fun-many smiling faces. Families were enjoying cookouts and hosting graduation parties. The weather also made it as pleasant as possible to do the weeding, plus great for planting. Again this coming weekend, there are some fun indoor and outdoor activities. Take time out from your busy schedules to enjoy some of them. The summer season slips by so quickly.
AROUND AND ABOUT
West Chicago City Museum holds free 2018 summer classes for children. All require pre-registration. To register or for more information, call the museum at (630) 231-3376 or email MuseumEd@westchicagao.org.
The first ones are “Littlest Historians,” geared for children ages two to five, accompanied by an adult and take place from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The first session is “Pack Your Bags!” Thursday, June 7. This involves a ‘train trip,’ introducing the preschoolers to the long journeys many immigrants took to West Chicago. “Working on the Railroad” is Friday, June 8. The children explore shapes, texture and sound while creating “train tracks” and other railroad-related crafts.
The West Chicago Police Department Honor Guard presents the Colors prior to the start of the Cougars game Thursday, June 7, 2018. This is Law Enforcement Torch Run Night, with fireworks at the conclusion of the game.
Through the West Chicago Sister Cities organization, visitors for the City’s sister city of Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany are coming here from Saturday, August 25, through Wednesday, September 5, 2018 The individuals are adults and students, ages 14 to 18, from the Realschule. Host families are needed. “Hosting is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and make a new friend,” said Sister Cities president, Becky Hall. For further information, email email@example.com, or come to the West Chicago Sister Cities meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Pal Joey’s Restaurant, 440 East Roosevelt Road.
Gallery Theater presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Performance dates are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 8, 9, 15 and 16, and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, June 10 and 17, 2018 at the Gallery Studio, 129 Main Street. The ticket price is $16 and $14 for senior citizens. To reserve tickets email GalleryTickets@gmail.com, through the website, www.Gallerytheaterstudio.org or call (630) 234-5919.
The play is a series of monologues and ensemble pieces sharing stories based on clothes and the memories specific outfits bring up. The stories cover all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. The play is not just for women, the humorous and tender stories recalled in these pieces offer something for everyone.
Cast members are Julie Brandon, Nancy Braus, Maureen Navadomskis, Gina Palmer, and Tammy White. The director is Carol Townsend. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Park District hosts Tim James baseball tournament Friday through Saturday, June 8 to 10, 2018, at Pioneer Park.
American Legion Post 300 Auxiliary is assembling 15 “Christmas in July” gift bags for veterans at West Chicago Terrace. Donations needed are toiletries, such as lotions, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste; socks, preferably diabetic; paperback books, large print puzzle books, magazines; grooming items such as nail clippers, disposable razors, combs and lip gloss; individual packages of tissues, sunscreen and bug spray; Ziplock style bags, snack and sandwich size; individually wrapped snacks such as puddings, fruit cups, cookies, crackers, raisins, granola bars, snack size chips and pretzels; and decks of cards. Persons can drop off the donation in the bar at the Legion, 123 Main Street, use rear entrance. Bar hours are 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The last day for donations is Friday, June 8, 2018.
The West Chicago Police Department has two upcoming events to support Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.
The first one is a Sign and Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Haggerty Ford, 330 East Roosevelt Road. Ford Motor Corporation will donate $20, up to a maximum of $6,000, to Special Olympics Illinois for anyone 18 years or older that possesses a valid driver’s license who takes a test drive. There is one stipulation that only one member per household can participate. A nice way to help SOIL and have the opportunity to test drive a new car. DJ Raul provides the musical entertainment and there are free giveaways from Ford Motor Corporation. (www.merleburl.com)
The second event is the 32nd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, June 10. Members of the West Chicago Police Department run with the Flame of Hope. Meeting at 7:45 a.m. the runners/walkers start from City Hall, 475 Main Street. The route proceeds over the A. Eugene Rennels Bridge to Conde Street, east to Joliet, south to Roosevelt Road, ending at the La Chiquita parking lot. Participants are asked to donate $10 and they receive a 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt, which is required to run with the torch. The Run has raised more than $43 million in 31 years.
More than 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,600 miles, running through communities via 23 different routes to the final destination of the Opening Ceremonies at the Special Olympic Summer Games Friday, June 15, in the Hancock Stadium at Illinois State University in Normal. Neither the athletes nor their families are charged for participation in the Special Olympics. However, without the support of individuals or organizations, many would not have the means to pay for the housing and transportation to compete. To contribute, make checks payable to Law Enforcement Torch Run, and either drop it off or mail to West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street, West Chicago, IL 60185.
Benjamin School District 25 Parent Teacher Organization holds a “Swinging For STEAM” golf outing Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Klein Creek Golf Course, 1N333 Pleasant Hill Road in Winfield. The scramble start begins at noon; dinner buffet is at 6:00 p.m. There are raffles, a door prize for all golfers, and contest prizes for putting, closest to the pin, longest drive, and straightest drive. There also is a silent auction available at the dinner. The charge is $135 per adult for golf and dinner; $80 for youth. The large for golf only is $110 per adult, $60 for youth. The charge for dinner only is $30 per adult; $20 for youth; there is no charge for children under the age of three. To register, visit https://www.bendist25.org.
West Chicago Park District and Republic Bank present “Hello Summer at the Shell” Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Reed-Keppler Park. At noon is the ribbon cutting for Zone 250. The Grand Opening of Toucan’s Hideaway and Splash Pad is at 1:00 p.m. The local band Girl & the Gang provide entertainment at 5:00 p.m. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. activities include Cruise Night, Petting Zoo, Face painter, Caricature Artist and Food Truck. A special performance by Mariachi Los Rayos de Leman Middle School is at 6:00 p.m. Trio Ellas, an all-female Latin American music group, perform at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks, sponsored by the City of West Chicago, begin at 9:30 p.m. (www.merleburl.com)
John & Tony’s, 27W371 North Avenue, “Eat Out for Charity” event to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation is from noon to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018. Twenty percent of the food and drink charges go to the foundation. Raffle tickets are $10 each with 100 percent of the net funds going to the Foundation.
First United Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, hosts its annual Dinner and Pie Auction at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018. The ticket price is $12.50; children age three to ten $6. To make a reservation, call the church office at (630) 231-3344.
The theme is “A Slice of Fashion Through the Ages.” On the menu with a French flair is fresh veggies and dip for appetizers. French bread, Caesar Salad, Chicken Kiev, green beans almondine, roasted potatoes and chocolate eclair cake for dessert. Also being served is non-alcoholic “Champagne” punch, coffee, tea, iced tea and milk.
It is not a typical fashion show, but rather a fun accompaniment to the very popular pie auction. The fashions are related in some way to the various pies to be auction. An example is a model wearing a lime-colored outfit accessorized with assorted keys. Modeling the fashions are members of the church youth group.
Gallery Theater holds auditions for the comedy, “Southern Fried Funeral,” by J. Deitz Osbourne and Nate Espler. The auditions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, at Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street. Performance dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 3, 4 and 5 and 10, 11 and 12. The director is Gina Palmer. To schedule appointments or sides, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Comedic dialogues are preferred, but not mandatory.
Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces — that is if they don’t kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception.
The cast of women characters are Dorothy Frye, 50s/60s, the widow of Dewey Frye and the matriarch of the family; Sammy Jo Frye-Lefette, 30s, the middle child and future president of the Junior League; Harlene Frye, 30s/40s, the oldest child and prodigal daughter; Ozella Meeks, 60s/70s, chairwoman of the Son Shine committee at the church, a position she does not take lightly; Martha Ann Fox, 50s/60s, Dorothy’s best friend, her first name is pronounced “Marthann; and ”Fairy June Cooper, 50s/60s, contemporary of Dorothy and Martha Ann; they’ve been friends since high school.
The cast of men characters are Atticus “Attie” Van Leer, 30s/40s, family lawyer and on-Dewey Frye Jr., 20s, the youngest child and not the brightest bulb, Dub Frye, 50s/60s, Dorothy’s brother-in-law, Benny Charles Greenwood, 50s/60s, best friend of Dewey Frye Sr., Beecham Lefette, 30s, Sammy Jo’s husband.
The Digital Bookmobile is coming to the West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street, from noon to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Bookmobile is a 42-foot-long Toterhome. It is equipped with interactive workstations, touch-screen activities, devices to sample titles and more. Through an interactive experience, visitors can learn about and try eBooks and audiobooks available in the West Chicago Library collection. The library staff and reading experts will help new users get started, answer experienced users’ questions, troubleshoot issues, and talk about new features and updates. In the Gadget Gallery are popular devices such as iPhones, iPad, Android phones ad tablets, Chromebook and Kindle. There are refreshments and giveaways. WCPLD cardholders also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD tablet.
The Digital bookmobile is powered by OverDrive, the digital reading platform used by more than 40,000 libraries and schools worldwide. The traveling exhibit first launched in 2008 in Central Park, New York and since then has traveled more than 175,000 miles and welcomed 218,526 visitors at 869 events. (www.merleburl.com)
Centerfold is the musical entertainment at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in the Shell at Reed-Keppler Park. The band performs rock classics hits to the songs of today.
West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is at noon, Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Wood Glen Senior Residences, 199 W. North Avenue. The theme is a “Father’s Day Celebration.” On the menu is brats, hot dogs, baked beans and brownies. The charge is $11 for residents and $13 for non-residents. Registration is required and due by Friday, June 8, and may be made in person at the ARC, online at we-goparks.org. For further information, call Mary Lester at (630) 231-9474.
As part of its Art of Relaxation Series, the West Chicago Public Library District holds a Pla-Doh Event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, in the main meeting room. Attendees can get in touch with their inner sculptor. The District provides the Pla-Doh, music and light refreshments. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 5.
In partnership with Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a Civics Awareness program Thursday, June 14, 2018, in the McCormick House at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Social time is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. The topic is “The Opioid Crises and DuPage County. A question and answer session follows. Complimentary coffee and dessert are served. Tram service is available. Registration is required for the free program. To register visit www.wheatonlwvil.org. Parking is free.
Mila Tsagalis and Chris R. Hoff of the DuPage County Heroin Task Force present information on how the Opioid Crisis has affected our communities.
League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.
Friends of West Chicago Parks Foundation host its ninth annual golf outing, “Funds Fore Fun” Friday, June 15, 2018, at Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive. The cost is $160 per individual, $625 for a foursome and $30 for lunch only. Some of the raffle items include a night stay in a local hotel, three memberships to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, golf bags and passes to water park. Proceeds from the golf outing are placed into a scholarship fund that helps families facing financial difficulty participate in recreational opportunities such as Park District classes, programs and sports leagues. Proceeds also benefit community events that encourage families to participate in recreational fun. For further information or to register, visit http://www.we-goparks.org/park-foundation-, Email email@example.com or call (630) 231-9474.
Healthy West Chicago hosts a Community Health Celebration from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 16, 2018, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, beginning with a 5K walk with Mayor Ruben Pineda, followed by the festival at 10:00 a.m. Highlights of the event include more than 20 health exhibitor boots, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, plus a light lunch and beverages, even “mocktails.” The free event is open to all ages.
Amity Lodge, 181 West Washington Street, has a Spaghetti and Meatball Fundraiser from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Jun3 16, 2018. The charge is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Maryann Schulze, independent Sales Consultant for LuLa Rue, is selling clothing. A portion of the sales are donated to the lodge.
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, is at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a lunch; dessert and a beverage are provided. The book to be discussed is “Code Girls” by Liza Mudy. Copies of the book are at the Museum and West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. Reservations are not required for this free program. For further information call the Museum at (630) 231-3376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During World War II, the Army and the Navy recruited women and trained them in programs to break Japanese and German military codes. Journalist Mundy writes about the female cryptographers who learned to crack these diabolically difficult systems. Being chosen for this mission changed the lives of more than 10,000 young American women, took them out of their familiar surroundings and prescribed destinies, and offered them a thrilling opportunity to do urgent war work at the nation’s center. However, they took vows of secrecy, and this vast enterprise has been hidden for almost 70 years.
Mundy is a journalist and author of four books. She is a former staff writer for the “Washington Post,” where she specialized in long-form narrative writing and won a number of awards.
Glen Arbor Community Church, 204 Church Street, now serves a free breakfast at 9:00 a.m. until worship service at 10:00 a.m. Sundays. Fellowship and refreshments follow the service.
In the month of June, the exhibit in the display case at the West Chicago Public Library District are the prizes for the Young Adult Summer Reading Program.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Charles (Chuck) P. Schramer, who at the age of 97 passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Robert “Bob” Hein, who at the age of 78 passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Per the West Chicago Police Department Monthly report submitted to the Public Works Committee at its Monday, May 29, 2018 meeting, “Between April 16 and April 23, the West Chicago Police Department issued 61 citations for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using an Electronic Device in conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The increased enforcement was part of state-wide efforts to reduce easily-preventable crashes caused by distractions, such as texting or talking on a cell phone. A grant of federal highway safety dollars administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation paid for the specialized enforcement campaigns.”
Frain Industry closed on the General Mills property, 704 West Washington Street, the week of May 21, 2018. City Administrator Michael Guttman said, “We have been dealing with brokers, and just yesterday staff received a contact from the new owner, so we will be following up on the intended use of the property.”
West Chicago Community High School senior Zenen Cardenas had a great performance Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 25, 26 and 27, 2018, at the Illinois High School State Track meet. He came in to the State meet with the seventh best time of 49.31, which he ran at sectionals. In the prelims Friday afternoon, Cardenas ran a personal best 49.26, placing second in his heat and seventh overall to qualify for the Finals. On Saturday, he ran 49.34 to place sixth in the state.
A scholar-athlete, Cardenas earned honors for Voice of Democracy, Presidents Education Award, Graduation with Highest Academic Distinction, Illinois State Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar, the Fermilab Science Award and WCCHS Male Athlete of the Spring Season. (www.merleburl.com)
At the Monday, May 21, 2018 meeting, City Council approved the purchase of four 2018 Ford utility AWD police Interceptor vehicles for the amount of $131,800 from Currie Motors in Frankfort.
Authorized was the purchase of Hot Mix Asphalt materials as needed, from Plote Construction in West Chicago, for an amount not to exceed $46,000 through the Dupage Joint Purchasing Program. The City uses HMA to repair street openings from water and sewer connections, pothole patching, repair of surface imperfections through grinding and patching and overpayment of sections of street where surface is deteriorated and the street is not scheduled for contractual reconstruction or resurfacing.
City Council approved a special use for a car wash and final Planned Unit Development for Wett Car Wash, 193 West North Avenue. The facility will have three pay stations and 28 parking stations each will have access to vacuum equipment.
Also approved was a special use for contractors equipment sales and leasing with an ancillary outside storage yard, a final PUD and a plant of resubdivision for Ditch Witch Midwest, 1555 Atlantic Drive. Per the item summary, “The applicant desires to construct a 40,000 square-foot industrial building. The interior of the building will have 16,000 square-feet of office space, 13,000 square-feet of shop space and 11,000 square-feet of warehouse space.”
Council approved a contract for the 2018 Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Maintenance Program in the amount of $121,838.75 to Schroeder & Schroeder, Inc. of Skokie. The 2018 program consists of approximately 12,500 square-feet of concrete sidewalk removal and replacement at approximately 208 locations throughout the City, and removal and replacement of approximately 450 linear feet of combination concrete curb and gutter at various locations.
Also approved was a contract for the fabrication and installation of entrance signs for City Hall, Police Station, Water Treatment Plant and Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in the amount of $30,164 to Signarama West Chicago.
With an 11 to 1 vote, City Council approved the Central Main Street Redevelopment Plan update with the two conditions to maximize green space and respect the potential adjacent visual impact adjacent existing residences. The item summary states, with the approval of the Plan, “The City will have in hand one of the key documents needed to recruit developers for the acquisition and development of City-owned properties within the Central Development Street Plan area. Ultimately, the addition of residents will help lead the revitalization of the downtown.” Voting against the resolution was Ward 1 Alderman Jim Beifuss, Ward 5 Alderman Matt Garling and Ward 5 Alderman Kurt Meissner were absent. To view the plan, visit http://westchicago.org/city-projects-plans/.
West Chicago Community High School Honors Convocation was Monday, May 21, 2018. Among the Special Awards winners was Michael Sawicki for the David Wayne Fox, Sr. Scholarship, Anjali Patel for the Houston J. Pineda Memorial Scholarship and Leslie Soto for the Lions Club of West Chicago Scholarship.
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