August is the eight month of the year. August 3 is the 215th day of the year; there are 150 days until the end of the year. August is National Peach Month and usually the Michigan peaches are available at the local farmers markets. August 3 is National Watermelon Day. To keep with the fruity celebrations of the days and month, August 3 also is National White Wine Day. Enjoy the fruits of August as you take walks, bicycle and barbeque or picnic.
AROUND AND ABOUT
- West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St., hosts a Blood Drive by Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. It takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in the program room. Donors receive a Versiti water bottle and sticker sheet. To make an appointment call or text Camille at 847-305-9998 or on line at https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5600474. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. A photo ID is required.
- Cantigny de Noche, weekly after hours series, is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.3, 2022, at Cantigny Park,1S152 Winfield Road. Sammy & the Knights perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Alebrijes Art walk is at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Berties Cafe Gift Shop is open. Food trucks are Mamie’s Toffee & Treats, Golden Eagle Hotdogs, and Aunt Tina’s Sound Bites. Bar service for beer, wine and specialty drink is available.
- The City of West Chicago, DuPage Airport Authority and WGN-TV host the Annual Back to School Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at DuPage Airport, 2705 International Drive. Youths meet Mayor Ruben Pineda, West Chicago Fire Protection District firemen, West Chicago Police Department officers and pilots. Activities include climbing onto airport maintenance and snow removal vehicles, experiencing CAP flight simulators, plus seeing vintage aircraft and military planes. On the tarmac, guests can enjoy a free lunch and music. For further information or to make required reservations for the free event visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dupage-airport-authority-back-to-school-celebration-tickets-367672447187. (https://merleburl.com)
- West Chicago Park District Fun Friday is from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 5, 2022, at The Shell in Reed-Keppler Park,129 W. National St. Animal Quest is the featured entertainment, providing fun, exciting informative and interactive animal presentation. (https://merleburl.com)
- The first annual Marching Band Preview Show for the community is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Memorial Field at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet St. It is the final day of band camp and the students demonstrate what they learned over the course of the week. The highlight of the show is the preview of the band’s 2022 half time show, “Ritmos de Passion.” Starting at 7 p.m., Mario’s Cart Food Truck serves authentic Mexican food and Italian ice. Marissa Janiszewski is the director. (https://merleburl.com)
- “Visions of Nature” is the exhibit for the month of August 2022 at Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St. The display consists of the artwork of Nature Artists’s Guild of the Morton Arboretum.The artists’s reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. In 1986, a group of artists who were primarily interested in natural history art formed the Nature Artists' Guild, which is a special interest group of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.The group is a not-for-profit organization, which now has more than 100 members active in creating art based on plants, animals and anything in the world of It offers opportunities for artistic growth with classes, workshops, demonstrations and exhibits. (https://merleburl.com)
- Maggie Capettini, former education director at the West Chicago City Museum, is one of the participants in the first Wheaton Art Walk, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7, 2022, in downtown Wheaton. She is at Booth 112. The Art Walk showcases the work of many juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, and sculpture. Attendees also are able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats also there is live music, kid-friendly activities, such as the graffiti wall. (https://merleburl.com)
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 N. Neltnor Blvd., host a Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. The Auxiliary serves breakfast at 9 a.m. Lunch is served around 11 a.m.
- The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park presents a special edition of Date with History series program at 7 p.m.Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in the Visitors Center Theater, 1S151 Winfield Road. The program is a public screening of “More Than a Medal,” a 25-minute documentary exploring the work of the Valor Medals Review Project by the George S. Roff Center of the Study of the Great War at Park University in MO. Registrations are required at FDMuseum.org
Dr.Tim Westcott. director of the Robb Centre, associate professor of history, and associate archivist, opens the program with a few remarks. The Robb Centre is the home of the Valor Medals Review Project, a team of researchers and historians performing a systematic investigation into minority veterans of the Great War (1914-1921) who, despite deserving deeds, may have been unjustly denied high-level valor awards owing to their racial or religious background.The documentary, produced by Lame Deer Films in cooperation with the Robb Centre, interweaves the efforts of the researchers working against time; untold heroic stories of courage on the battlefields of France, on the seas and in the air; and the experiences of modern day descendants who maintain cautious hope of gaining proper recognition for their loved ones. (https://merleburl.com)
- The West Chicago Public Library presents the program, “A Visit With Jane Austen,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in the main program room. 118 W Washington St. She visits from the autumn of 1815. Her first three novels, “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Mansfield Park” are published, and “Emma” is complete. Drawing from her letters, juvenilia, and novels, the 45-minute performance delves into the personal life of one of the most beloved and intriguing novelists of the nineteenth century. Austen speaks about her childhood in Steventon, her brothers and beloved sister Cassandra, and her writing. Guests learn about the loves and losses that shaped her life and informed her perception of the world. The presentation is followed by a Question and Answer period. Debra Ann Miller is the presenter. She is a professional actress, vocalist and voice-over talent with more than 30 years of experience as a performer for live audiences, television, and film.(https://merleburl.com)
- West Chicago Police Department partners wit DuPage County Animal Services to have a free microchip clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St. The event is only open to West Chicago residents; a photo ID and proof of residency is required. Space is limited. (https://merleburl.com)
- West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St., holds a Keyboarding/Touch Typing computer class at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in the main program room. The class introduces basic keyboarding skills and demonstrates online tools that help users type faster.To make a reservation, visit https://wcpld.info, under calendar.
- The West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, Aug.11, 2022, in the ARC, 201 W. National Street. Lunch is followed by attendees playing board games.The charge, is $10. Reservations are required by Monday, Aug 8. To register, visit https://
- In partnership with Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Central Kane County and Roselle/Bloomingdale host the Civic Awareness Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug.11 2022, in person at the Cantigny ParkVisitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road, or on line via Zoom. Registration is required for on line participants. Register at org or my.lwv.org/Illinois/wheaton.
The speakers Sara Phalen and Elizabeth Cervantes discuss Latin issues in the suburbs. They trace the history of Latino immigration to DuPage County and surrounding areas and discuss how the Latino citizens have often struggled and continue to struggle to have an equal voice in the region. Cervantes is co-founder and the co-founder and Director of Organizing with the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, an immigrant rights organization serving DuPage and Will counties. Phalen is active in West Chicago, serving on the boards of the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, People Made Visible/Gallery 200, and the West Chicago Historical Society. (https://merleburl.com)
- The West Chicago Public Library Saturday Crafternoon program is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, in the main program room, 118 W. Washington St. Participants make a portable sewing kit for needed clothing emergencies and personae with their own decorative touch.To make a reservation, visit https://wcpld.info, under calendar
The West Chicago City Museum Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, meets at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in the Museum, 132 Main St.The book under discussion is “The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes” by David Page. For further information, visit Friends of West Chicago City Museum website, wegohistory.com or call 630-231-3376.
The book is a riveting ride into everything Americans eat and why—From a lobster boat off the coast of Maine to the Memphis in May barbecue competition. From the century-old Russ & Daughters lox and bagels shop in lower Manhattan to the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival. From a thousand-dollar Chinese meal in San Francisco to birria tacos from a food truck in South Philly. It was 2021 International Book Awards finalist in History: United StatesLiving Now Book Award.
David Page changed the world of food television by creating, developing, and executive-producing the groundbreaking show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Now from this two-time Emmy winner comes Food Americana, an entertaining mix of food culture, pop culture, nostalgia, and everything new on the American plate. (https://merleburl.com)
- Healthy West Chicago offers both an in-person and virtual 2022 5K Walk/Run and Fun Run. The 5K Certified Course 5K Run is on the Illinois Prairie Path near Zone 250 in Reed-Keppler Park, 250 W. National St. It starts at 7:30 a.m., with registration at 6:30 a.m..Saturday, August 20. The one-mile youth run begins at 8:30. Virtual race participants can run at any time Saturday or Sunday, July 20 and 21.
Age groups are 10 and under, 11 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, and 60 and over. The top three overall male and female participants receive awards, plus the top three males and females in each age category receive awards; there are no awards for the virtual race. Registration fees are $25 for adult residents; $10 for students 17 and under; and non-resident adult registration is $30. The one-mile youth run for children10 and under is $5.To register, or for more information, visit www.healthywestchicago.org/healthy-west-chicago-5k-fun-run. All proceeds from the race will be used for Healthy West Chicago sustainability and continuation of community programming for West Chicago residents.
Healthy West Chicago also is seeking volunteers and sponsors for this event. Sponsorship levels range from $150 to $1,500, and raffle prize donations are gratefully accepted as well. Visit https://www.healthywestchicago.org for more information about either opportunity. (https://merleburl.com)
- West Chicago Park District celebrates its 50th Anniversary from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, in Reed_Keppler Park, 129 W. National St. Activities include live music, food and drinks, roller rink, car show and a balloon artist. Also there is a special reception for former and current park district commissioners and staff members.
The West Chicago Park District was established in 1972 and has been committed to creating an enhanced quality of life through effective programs, progressive facilities and the preservation of parks and natural resources. The Park District maintains over 400 acres including Reed-Keppler Park known as “the heart of the community” that houses the state-of-the-art ARC Center, TreeTop Escape, Turtle Splash Water Park, Toucan's Hideaway, a splash pad, ZONE250, two dog parks, a skate park, picnic shelters, multiple sports fields, playgrounds, bike trails, a path system and a nature sanctuary. (https://merleburl.com)
- Four youths have been charged with causing the fire in May that destroyed large parts of the shuttered Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The ages of the youth are 17, 15 and 14. The story was reported in many sources of media, including the Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2022, issue of the Daly Herald,https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20220727/authorities-pheasant-run-fire-caused-by-teens-who-broke-into-shuttered-resort
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
- We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center, 1055 W. Washington St., organizes a volunteer event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. The project is to getting the more than 1,000 mum plants spaced out. Persons wanting to volunteer should fill out the form https://form.jotform.com/202576032168049. (https://merleburl.com)
- Brow Studio, 524 Main St., is open. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (https://merleburl.com)
- 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, Aug. 1, 2022, there were 10,091 cases and 65deaths; this is the number from the beginning of track recording.
- Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Kathleen Ann Nemack, who at the age of 95 passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022.
- Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Julie M. Volk, who at the age of 37 passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022.
- Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Any Hope Leidahl, who at the age of 44 passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022.
- Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Jose Luis Garcia-Lujan, who at the age of 49 passed away Saturday, July 25, 2022.
- Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of David Garcia, Jr., who at the age of 22 passed away Monday, July 25, 2022.
- Colleen Kelly is the new assistant principal at Indian Knoll School. She attended Northwestern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Human Development and Psychological Services and Spanish. Upon graduation she joined Teach For America as a Spanish teacher at Schurz High School in Chicago Public Schools. During her five years at Schurz, she served as a Spanish teacher, Special Education teacher, One Goal Program Director, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Coordinator, soccer coach, Student Council Co-Chair, and Athletic Director. She also obtained her first Master's degree in Teaching with a Special Education endorsement from National Louis University.
After her time at Schurz, she returned to her alma mater, Wheaton North, as a Day Academy/Special Education teacher, overseeing an alternative program for students that had not had success in a traditional school day setting, and the Alternative Interventions Program Coordinator. She earned her second Master's degree in Educational Administration with a Principal Endorsement at Northern Illinois University. She completed her Principal Internship at Wheaton North High School and Whittier Elementary School.
Upon completing her administrative degree, Kelly was Assistant Principal of Athletics at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island. She collaborated with her administrative team to oversee school wide academic, behavioral, and social-emotional initiatives and decisions (https://merleburl.com)
- Amie Correa is the new Gary School Principal. She has been involved in the education of children in West Chicago for 26 years. Correa graduated with a preschool teaching certificate from College of DuPage. and taught at Trinity Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten. She moved to Pioneer and worked several years as a paraprofessional while earning her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with endorsements for middle school in Spanish, English as a Second Language, Language Arts and Social Studies. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, she was a transitional bilingual teacher for eight years at Pioneer School.
From there, she moved to Gary Schoo for five years and then transitioned with the 6th graders to grow dual language programming at Leman Middle School. For the last six years, Correa was an assistant principal at Leman. She also is an adjunct professor at NIU, teaching Methods of Bilingual Instruction.
- West Chicago Community High School announces the implementation of a new program, the “Student Support Initiative.” With the support of the Community High School District 94 Board of Education and the WCCHS Teachers’ Association, all students will participate in SSI as part of their weekly class schedule this year.
SSI is a thirty minute period students attend on Tuesdays through Fridays in addition to their classes. This period is called “Den Time” since it is designed to create a sense of community.Two days a week, students participate in guided lessons created by District 94 teachers.These lessons focus on social-emotional learning topics such as self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills based on the work of the Collaborative for Academic Social, and Emotional Learning. For further information, visit https://www.d94.org/SSI. https://merleburl.com)
- As part of the “Year of the Alebrijes” in West Chicago, the Cultural Arts Commission uses the second floor of the West Chicago Public Library to create a West Chicago Alebrije using some of the Community’s favorite icons. Commission members work from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Persons can visit to watch the progress or help build it. (https://merleburl.com)
- The “Year of the Alebrijes” celebration in West Chicago, includes the installation of murals to honor the six artists, who created the sculptures of the “Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World” These are displayed on buildings in the historic downtown district. The downtown exhibit showcases a preliminary drawing created by the artists. The drawings selected are from the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage exhibit, “Maquetas y Bocetos,” at Gallery 200. To view the murals, I recommend walking. (https://merleburl.com)
- The West Chicago Historical Society Kruse House Museum, 527 Main St., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and third Saturdays of the month, through September. Guests can also tour the lovely gardens, maintained by the West Chicago Garden Club.
- The Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 hosts Bingo on Sundays at the post, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. Doors open at noon, games start at 1:30 p.m.
- Although the rains Saturday, July 23, 2022, slowed down the participation in the Great Turtle Race, organized by the Friends of West Chicago Parks Foundation, it still was fun for the persons watching and participants.With the afternoon sun and warm weather, the race sped on with participants cheering for their turtle to win the race down the slide. Tortuga even came to cheer on the racing turtles. First place winner was Susan S. Second place went to Brooklyn S. Winning third place was Ben N. Even with the weather and smaller crowds, $150 was raised for the fundraiser. (https://merleburl.com)
- Friday, July 20, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker visited Cantigny Park to view the “Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World” exhibit and announced the additional Enjoy Illinois grants. Cantigny Park was included among the suburban institutes receiving grants last year. The amount was $60,110 for the art sculpture exhibit. Of the $15 million to be granted this year, $5 million will be reserved for festivals and $10 million will go toward attractions, museums, and venues. Grants are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Sara Phalen, Mexican Cultural Center DuPage Board Chairman, said, “How it’s going and how it started: today when the Governor and the State chose our Alebrijes exhibit to feature in their tourism recovery announcement versus the day the pieces arrived in DuPage and way before, I’m so grateful. Fernando Ramirez created the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage with a vision and a dream and he has worked tirelessly to make that a reality. I’m lucky enough to get to work with him and help bring his amazing ideas to life. This work is hard, but he leads our organization with intention and pushes until it gets done. Hence 49 amazing sculptures on display at the beautiful Cantigny Park. A day to share some emotions, amazement at what partnerships can do, and appreciate all the places dreams can take us.” (https://merleburl.com)
COMMUNITY MEMBERS HIGHLIGHTS
- West Chicago Police Chief Colin Fleury completed the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Command Course. He was one of more than 40 police chiefs selected nationwide to participate in the course, and one of four from the state of Illinois. The FBI National Command Course provides executive leadership training opportunities to chief administrators of domestic, small-sized law enforcement agencies. The key elements of the course are facilitated discussions between subject matter experts and participants, leadership training, and the exchange of ideas and solutions to problems confronted by smaller law enforcement agencies. (https://merleburl.com)
- Maggie Capettini, former education director at West Chicago City Museum, has a mini abstract painting display on display for the month of August at Care & Barr, 407 3rd St. in Geneva. She holds a workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Register with Water Street Studios, https://waterstreetstudios.org. https://merleburl.com)
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