It is difficult to believe it is time for school to start. Children are starting some of their firsts. First day in kindergarten, first day in middle school, first day in high school and first day in college, trade school or new job. Each step is at the bottom, then one becomes top dog and then start the routine all over again. Yet with each step, so much knowledge is gained. The bottom of the ladder leads upward. During each level, parents become a little misty-eyed at the beginnings and endings.
AROUND AND ABOUT
DuPage County Vaccination Clinic is from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street, Entrance 1 off Joliet Street. The clinic is for students age 12 and over, staff and families. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Police officers are participating in the 18th annual Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics #Coffee for Champions from 5:00 a.m. to noon Friday, August 20 2021, at participating Dunkin’ Donuts. Persons donating receive a coupon for a free donut. (www.merleburl.com)
WeGo Drama at West Chicago Community High School celebrates the return of live theatre with the American classic “Harvey.” Performances are at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 20 and 21, 2021, in the auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Ticket price is $5 for students and $8 for adults, available at wegotheatre.com or at the door. Proper masks are required for all audience members.
“Harvey” is the sweet Pulitzer Prize winning comedy by Mary Chase, the story of the lovable Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, Harvey. There is only one problem; Harvey is a six-foot rabbit that no one else can see. The hilarity ensues as everyone tries to come to terms with Elwood and Harvey!
The company of actors and crew for the show includes Philip Calabrese, Margaret “Maggie” Hancock, Sarah Larimer, Alysa Solomon, Kathryn Wenberg, William Wenberg, Kenya Bahena, Alex Bradley, Ava Fini and Nirali Kadakia, Others are Vincent Lamantia, Vincent Ross, Katherine Vander Plaats, Olivia Wesling. Hannah Brown, Carolyn Fleming, Mikail “Kai” Herrera, Leah “Avery” Moffatt, Elizabeth Ryan and Jazmin Wilkins.
Mark Begovich is the director. Technical direction is by Christopher Jensen. Costumes are by Clare McKelleston. Hair and make-up by Jaime Elsa. Additionally, “Harvey” features original artwork by the award-winning Bella Wiehle. (www.merleburl.com)
Healthy West Chicago offers both a live and virtual 2021 5K Fun Run. The live race starts at 8:00 a.m., with registration at 7:00 a.m., Saturday, August 21, by Turtle Splash Water Park in Reed Keppler Park, 129 West National Street. Registration is at Zone 250, west of the ARC Center. All participants use the water park parking lot. The fee is $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents; $10 for student residents and $10 for student non-residents, and $5 for the 5K Walk. All proceeds from the race are used for Healthy West Chicago sustainability and continuation of community programming for West Chicago residents. Virtual race participants can run at any time Saturday or Sunday, July 21 and 22. To register, visit https://raceroster.com/events/2021/48352/healthy-west-chicago-5k-walkrun.
The annual Zurko’s All-Night Flea Market is from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 West Manchester in Wheaton. The admission fee is $10 for adults, children 12 years and under are free when with an adult.
Wayne Township Senior Center hosts a Vendors Event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 23, 2021, in the township building. 27W931 North Avenues. The event, with more than 25 vendors, is open to the pubic. There is something for everyone and all ages. All proceeds benefit General Assistance. (www.merleburl.com)
The Public Affairs Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, August 23, 2021, is rescheduled to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 30.
In West Chicago Elementary School District 33, the first day of school for first through eighth grade is Wednesday, August 25, for kindergarten Thursday, August 26, and for preschool Thursday, September 2, 2021. West Chicago Community High School students started Monday, August 16, 2021. (www.merlburl.com)
Due to the extremely hot temperatures and severe thunderstorms, the West Chicago City Museum postponed its Historiography program scheduled for Wednesday, August 11, 2021.The book under discussion is ”Fly Girls.” The new date is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Public Library’s Gettin’ Crafty program, “Colorful Mandalas,” is at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, via Zoom. The program teaches a bit about color theory and how to make a mandala. Participants are able to pick up a kit bag with all the materials needed after registering at https://wcpld.info, under calendar. Participants receive a separate email a week before the program, which tells them when to pick up the kit bag and the link to Zoom. Registration ends Saturday, August 21.
A free Community Document Shredding event takes place from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street, Entrance 1 off Joliet Street. There is a three box or two paper bag limit. Sponsors are State Senator Karina Villa, Stare Representative Maura Hirschauer, Dupage Credit Union and SCARCE.
West Chicago Food Fest takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021, in the historic downtown district. The event includes food vendors, musical entertainment and family activities.There are picnic tables available and guests can bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the food and musical entertainment. For further information, visit https://westchicago.org/city-events/west-chicago-food-festival/ .
There are 13 food vendors, four with a West Chicago connection – Sugar Mama’s Mini Donuts, Jorge’s Paleteria y Neveria , Kindred Coffee Roasters and Kissed by Fire BBQ & Pizza. Based in West Chicago, Sugar Mama’s Mini Donuts makes hot, fresh mini donuts at farmers markets and special events. Jorge’s Paleteria y Neveria, an ice cream shop, is located at 110 South Neltnor Boulevard. Kindred Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop at 148 West Washington Street, is owned by West Chicago residents Ryan Hammer, Sarah and Patrick Harms. Dave Glomp, Class of 1987 West Chicago Community High School graduate, is the owner of Kissed by Fire BBQ & Pizza, a barbecue food truck. Other vendors are Yum Dum Food Truck, Flying Hawaiian, Sno Problems, Churros y Chocolate Inc., La Humita on Wheels, Culinary Gangster, Chicago Lunchbox, Popcorn Time and Dave’s Atomic Hot Sauce.
Providing the musical entertainment is Roots Rock Society from 11:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m., Off the Charts from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.and White Saddle Band from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Roots Rock Society Reggae Band, founded in December of 1986, strongly believes in keeping their heritage and culture alive with their energetic live show and innovative blend of reggae, calypso, soul, zouk and the rhythms of the African background. The smooth vocals, vibrant instruments are matched with exotic rhythms and delightful lyrics performed in English with Spanish and French accents. Off the Charts performs music hits from the 60s to today’s chart topping songs that people know. They cover a variety of genres from well-known Rock, 80s hits, Country chart toppers, as well as current Top 40. White Saddle Band is a country band whose set list ranges from Kenny Chesney to Keith Urban, from Merle Haggard to Toby Keith, and from Elvis to Jimmy Buffett, with the occasional original tune thrown in for fun.
The West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, shows how kitchens have changed through the years. Guests have the hands-on experience with historic food tools. All children take him an activity craft kit. Healthy West Chicago offers free Kids Healthy Cooking classes taught by the chefs from The Kitchen Table. Class times are11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. To guarantee a time slot, pre-register at https://forms.gle/kEU7WehGcaYq7eu76. Other activities include a glitter tattooist and balloonist. (www.merleburl.com)
The DuPage PADS Run is both virtual and in person. The virtual run takes place from Wednesday, September 15, through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Participants can run/walk solo or with family, friends, congregations and co-workers on a course they choose. The in-person run/walk takes place from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 26 at College of DuPage Stadium. College 1 Parking Lot in Glen Ellyn. Persons registering by Wednesday, August 25, receive a complimentary Run 4 Home sport shirt. Pick up is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 10, and from noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 11, at DuPage PADS, 603 West Liberty in Wheaton. For more information or to register, visit.https://dupagepads.org/run-4-home-2021/. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Public Library has resumed its normal hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Study rooms are available on a walk-in first come, first-served basis. Masks must be worn. Curbside pick up for library materials is available.. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago City Museum returns to its regular hours. Times are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Masks are required.
Support our local businesses. We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, 1055 West Washington Street, donated more than 100 pounds of cherry tomatoes from its raised gardens to Northern Illinois Food Bank. The DuPage County Master Gardener’s harvested them every weekend. (www.merleburl.com)
A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. The clinic is for persons age 18 and older. To make an appointment, call the church office at (630) 231-3787 or email email@example.com.
A COVID-19 testing site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in a VNA Health Care Mobile at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. There is no charge. Appointments are required and may be made at (630) 892-4355 or (847) 717-6455.
The DuPage County Health Department developed a dashboard to provide information on the total number of people, in DuPage County, who have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, the dashboard includes a map which shows the distribution of reported cases by municipality and is updated at 4:00 p.m. daily. DuPage County’s “COVID-19 Dashboard” is a one-stop-shop for all the information it offers including a town-by-town breakdown of cases. As of Monday, August 16, 2021, there were 4,816 cases and 53 deaths; this is the number from the beginning of track recording.
To keep residents aware of community COVID-19 updates, the City has posted West Chicago’s COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS CENTER on its website, www.westchicago.org. It is located on the upper left-hand side in red. Clicking on this, residents can see the latest information.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jerome “Jerry” D. Dolan, who at the age of 78 passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Eugene M. Gaede, who at the age of 90 passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jack Daniel Lee, who at the age of 87 passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of John L. Norton, who at the age of 78 passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021.
Laura and Paul Waterman celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
West Chicago Rotary Club held its annual New Teachers Luncheon Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Julie Swartzloff, the new Director of Human Resources, introduced the faculty and staff. They are Katelyn Beamish, Math Teacher; Teresa Blonda, Special Education Teacher; Amy Grabowski, Library Media Specialist; Jackie LaCour, Language Arts Teacher; Christopher Lewandowski, Psychologist; Heather Lindgren, Math Teacher; Yesenia Martinez, School Counselor; Marissa Renter Janiszewski, Band Teacher/Director; Caitlyn Ryba, Speech Pathologist; Julie Swartzloff, Director of Human Resources; and
Lisa Tankow, Science Teacher. Western DuPage Chamber of Congress gave bags filled with donation from its members to the new staff.
Club treasurer Omar Espinosa acted as moderator. District 94 Superintendent, Dr. Moses Cheng, thanked the Rotary Club for hosting the luncheon and welcoming the new staff. Telling a little about the new development in the community was Pete Kelly, City Economic Development Director. Fernando Hernandez, president of Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, explained the organization’s goals and purposes. “We have a 13 foot pineta the we use during Mexican Independence Day Fest and this brings the entire community together.” Mary Ann Manna, Rotary Club President, explained the West Chicago Rotary Club’s place in the community and how they serve it, such as through scholarships, helping with the food pantry and the Interact Club at the high school Chamber CEO Dave Sabathne gave a small presentation. “A teacher teaches young persons to learn…” They have students from all sectors of the society and they have the challenge to know all the youth and have a collective impact on the community. “We need you and the chamber is happy to help you if you need our services.” (www.merleburl.com)
On the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum Facebook Page Friday, August 13, 2021, there was an explanation on the origin of ‘We-Go.’ “The 1920s were a period of civic improvement and boosterism in West Chicago. To promote this spirit, the Lions Club sponsored a city slogan contest.
Clarence Curran won $10 in gold for the winning slogan “West Chicago the City of We-Go.” “We-Go” was an easy contraction of West Chicago and embodied a positive attitude. Stickers with the new slogan were sold and local businesses were urged to use them on their mail. In 1925, the West Chicago Community High School adopted the name We-Go for its yearbook. It soon became the name by which the sports teams were known. Now it is a common name for West Chicago.”
Three-hundred-fifty individuals attended the Whole Family Health Fair, sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa and State Representative Maura Hirschauer, Saturday, August 14, 2021, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Organizations participating were Trabajadores Temporales Unidos, Period Collective, Moms Demand Action-IL, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, VNA Health Care, Access DuPage, People’s Resource Center and Wayne Township. (www.merleburl.com)
“Want What I Have” is the newest song by Matt Ellis, a 2015 graduate of West Chicago Community High School. He is a member of 4th Point, an American alternative rock band. He is the son of West Chicago resident Janet Olsen-Ianno.
Monday, August 16, 2021, was the first day of school for students at West Chicago Community High School. More than 500 freshmen, Class of 2025, spent the morning with sessions with the deans, taking a tour of the building, eating lunch and then in the afternoon finding their classes as they went through their schedules. Sophomore, juniors and seniors were only present in the morning, but were on full day schedule Tuesday, August 17. (www.merleburl.com)
The Public Affairs Committee scheduled for Monday, August 23, 2021, is rescheduled to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 30.
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