The good news is West Washington Street is open for two-way traffic; this happened just in time for Frosty Fest. Phase 5 is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020.
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West Chicago Community High School’s Dance Production Showcase is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday December 12, and Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street.
The capstone event of the semester-long physical education class, students perform jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater pieces. All dances are student choreographed, showcasing the work and talent of the students.
Participating students are Paige Arendt, Taylor Estrada, Emily Heath, Sophia Johnson, Sophia McComb, Jack O’Donoghue, Abigail Sullivan, Julia Chakos, Emma Hart, Autum Hosticka, Antonia Loiacono, Joselyn Munoz, Sarah Plumlee, Lilabeth Sokolewicz, Karissa Zafiriou, Sophia Black, Annie Gillespie, Courtney Roxas and Bridget Weber. The teacher/director is Jordan Covella. (www.merleburl.com)
The Finance Committee meeting has been rescheduled to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019, from Thursday, December 26.
Norton Creek Elementary School Winter Band Concert is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019, at St. Charles East High School, 1020 Dunham Road.
People Made Visible and Gallery 200 sponsor a Community Art Show during the month of January 2020 at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. Any adult West Chicago community member can submit two of their artworks for inclusion in the show through the following form, https://form.jotform.com/93015103651142. The deadline for application submission is extended to Saturday, December 14, 2019, and all artists will be notified of inclusion no later than Monday, December 16, with art work drop off scheduled for Thursday, December 19 through Saturday, December 21. The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 17. Artwork displayed can be offered for sale to the public with a five percent commission reserved for Gallery 200. For further information, email Sara Phalen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Methodist Men and Women host the 20th annual Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the Church, 643 East Washington Street. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, and beverage. The ticket price is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for children age 12 and under, and $20 for a family of two adults and three or more children. Pictures with Santa are $5. This is a wonderful tradition for families, including grandparents, aunts and uncles, and/or a group of friends. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Food Pantry at 123 Fremont Street. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call the church office at (630) 231-3344. (www.merleburl.com)
We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, 1055 West Washington Street, hosts its annual Holiday Open House from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019. Items for sale include the unique table top reindeer, poinsettias from Cantigny, Christmas planters, house plants and succulents, and home crafts fashioned by the team members. Refreshments are served. To order table top reindeer call (630) 231-0100 or email email@example.com. The Greenhouse mission is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environment while producing and providing products and services to the community. In this pursuit, we honor the concepts of human dignity, respect, hard work, fellowship and friendship. (www.merleburl.com)
Due to the holidays, Coffee With the Mayor is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019, at City Hall, 475 Main Street.
Entree Kitchen, 26W276 Geneva Road in Carol Stream, holds a 2019 Gingerbread House Decorating Party. Times and dates are 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 15, and 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18. Attendees decorate a pre-assembled, scratch-made Gingerbread House with candies from the Candy Bar, while enjoying a special treat from the Hot Chocolate Bar and other nibbles. The registration fee is $19 for an adult and one child, $5.50 for an additional guest and $19 for an extra house. To make a reservation, call (630) 668-4450. West Chicago resident Diane Beaulieu is the business owner.
All Aboard for the North Pole Adventure held by the West Chicago Park District with trains departing from the West Chicago Metra Station, 508 Main Street. Departure times for the two-hour rides are at 1:15 p.m. (Spanish) and 5:15 p.m. Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, 2019. The charge is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. On the ride, persons hear the story of “The Polar Express,” sing songs and meet Santa. Each guest receives a drink, cookies and a gift from Santa. All registrations must be in advance. To make a reservation visit www.we-goparks.org or in person at The ARC, 201 West National Street. (www.merleburl.com)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Latino Ministry at a service at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019. Fellowship time follows the service. (www.merleburl.com)
The Twelfth Annual Holiday Celebration for the Community, sponsored by American Legion Post 300 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6791, is Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Legion hall, 123 Main Street. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, catered by Pal Joey’s, at 7:00 p.m. Providing the entertainment is a DJ. Door prizes and raffles add to the fun of the evening. Cash only bar. The American Legion is the organizer this year. Ticket price is $20, $35 for a couple, $10 for children age 12 and under, no charge for children age 2 and under. Purchase tickets in advance at the Legion or the VFW, 1431 North Neltnor Boulevard. The event is open to the public. For further information call (630) 231-2112.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church celebrates Las Posadas, Spanish for “The Inns,” from Sunday, December 15, through Monday, December 23, 2019. The celebration is based upon the Bible story of Mary and Joseph’s nine-day journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. The reenactment takes place at the homes of designated members of the congregation and other locations and includes songs, food and prayer. On the last day, the celebration takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road. For further information on the schedule, call the Church office at (630) 231-3787. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street, holds a Posadas event from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2019. There are goody bags for children and crafts. The band from St. Andrew Lutheran Church preforms at 2:00 p.m. (ww.merleburl.com)
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers hour-long computer classes for senior citizens, 27W031 North Avenue. Not only do seniors learn basic skills, but also have the opportunity to socialize. The fee is $2. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-7166. Beginner classes are at 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays. “Texting on Smart Phones” class is at 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2019.
West Chicago Police Department once again is working with the DuPage County Marine Corps League to collect toys for the US Marines Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program. The ages are from infant through 16 years of age. Toys are donated to children in local area communities. Drop off new unwrapped toys during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, ending Thursday, December 19, 2019, in the decorated box in the lobby at the Police Station, 325 Spencer Street. Lobby hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Stuffed animals should be placed in a clear plastic bag and toy weapons are not accepted. The toys then go to a warehouse, where they are sorted and distributed. The Department will accept toys for a short period of time after the holidays for last minute requests that could not be filled before the holiday. The Police Department only collects the toys and is not in charge of distribution. Persons wishing to be on the list to receive toys should visit the website www.toysfortots.org, navigate to the Request Toys tab and then click DuPage County. For further information, call Police Officer Mike Zepeda, who coordinates the program in West Chicago, at (630) 293-2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Administrative Assistant Yahaira Bautista at (630) 293-2222. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Park District holds a Drop N’ Shop event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019, at The ARC, 201 West National Street. Sign up is required a week in advance. The charge is $20 per child for residents and $24 for non-residents. Parents drop off their children for an evening of fun in the gym and Treehouse, which includes a G-rated movie and cheese pizza. It is for children age 2 and older. To register visit The ARC in person or online at www.we-goparks.org.
There are several upcoming 2019 holiday music concerts at schools in West Chicago Elementary School District 33. At Indian Knoll School, ON645 Indian Knoll Road, the concerts are at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 18; at 9:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at Currier School, 800 Gary’s Mill Road; and at 10:00 a.m. at Wegner School, 1180 Marcella Lane.
Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, holds its annual Stocking Charity Drive, Every year the business works with the West Chicago Police Department to make Christmas special for two deserving families in the community. Hawthorne’s provides the stockings and art supplies and patrons provide the creative art work plus make a monetary donation. The owner Lou Kopinski matches the contributions, with the money used to purchase presents off the lists of the two families.
Also this year Hawthorne’s is collecting new toy donation, which Santa will deliver to children of various ages on Christmas Day.
The Records Department at the West Chicago Police Department Station, 325 Spencer Street, has new hours. The front desk is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside of these business hours, persons still are able to speak with an officer or to file a police report. Simply enter the vestibule via the first set of doors and press the HELP button on the left, which connects persons to the dispatch center who then sends an officer. When calling the Police Department outside of business hours, the call is automatically transferred to the dispatch center. The phone rings two to three times; then it sounds like a disconnect. Persons should not hang up, as this is the beginning of the transfer. After a few seconds, the phone begins to ring again begin to ring again and dispatch answers the phone. (www.merleburl.com)
During the winter, West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, is closed on Saturdays now through the end of February 2020. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 200 p.m. Fridays.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Mike Berry, who recently passed away.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Keith A. Golchert, Sr., who passed away at the age of 69 Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jim Burns, who passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Kudge Foster, who passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Alejandro Sotelo, who at the age of 45 passed away Thursday, December 14, 2019.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Marilyn May (Larsen) Gaye, who at the age of 72 passed away Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Of the 10 West Chicago Community High School art students participating in the annual Upstate Eight Conference Art Show, seven received awards. Winners were freshman Bella Wiehle, First Place, Drawing; senior Melody Fabiszak, Second Place Ceramics; Sydney Unger, Sophomore, Second Place Drawing; Caitlin Harding, Third Place Drawing; senior Angel Aranda, Honorable Mention Drawing; senior Sofia Chanchavac, Honorable Mention Ceramics; freshman; and Dayanna Sanchez, Honorable Mention Photography. Other student artists participating were Melissa Gonzalez-Ramirez, Ceramics; Max Kazmer, Photography; and Dulce Percaido, Sculpture.
Participating Conference schools submitted artwork from ten of their students in the categories of Drawing, Painting, Ceramics/Pottery, Mixed Media/Printmaking, Sculpture/Jewelry, Photography, Digital Photography, Digital Illustration, Digital Art/Graphic Design, and Time Arts. The show was judged and awards given for first-fifth place in each category, along with Honorable Mentions. New this year, students had the opportunity to participate in art workshops while the show was being judged. (www.merleburl.com)
At the Monday, December 2, 2019, City Council meeting, there were two presentations and one Proclamation. The Proclamation honored the 2019 IHSA Boys Soccer Class 3A State Champion Wildcats team from West Chicago Community High School. Members of the team are David Kuehn, Luis Parra, Bryan Bonilla, Ben Suddeth, D’Marcus Marin, Jahir Martinez, Tristan Alfaro, Diego Cortes, Moises Morfin, Brian Nieves, Jessie Hernandez, Jonathan Sanchez, Alonso Salinas, Brayam Barrios, Alex Chegue, Alejandro Cadena, Isaias Palacios, Alexis Arroyo, Juan Hernandez, Luca Stary, Roberto Mendoza, Carlos Ramirez, Diego Martinez and Armando Garcia. Head coach is Jose Villa and assistant coaches are Daniel Ballines, Dorian Carrasco, Roberto Hartado and Victor Lopez. Team managers are Juana Centeno-Andrade, Alma Garcia and Monserat Vargas. The team received a standing ovation from those in attendance. (www.merleburl.com)
One presentation was to Kathi Kuchler, the People’s Choice Award winner of the 2019 Community Art Banner Exhibit, which had the theme of “Love.” Her entry was titled “Lovebirds.” Kuchler is a member of Gallery 200 and has had her artwork displayed in several exhibits throughout the Chicagoland area. (www.merleburl.com)
The City was the recipient of the second presentation. On behalf of the Monarch Project, Connie Schmidt, Chairman of the Illinois Sierra Club, read a letter and presented the City with a certificate commending the commitment and work of the community in the building awareness and work for the preservation of the Monarch and pollinators. The Monarch Project is a partnership of Forest Preserve of DuPage County, Sierra Club River Prairie Group, The Conservation Foundation and Wild Ones Greater DuPage Chapter. Schmidt said West Chicago was the first community to receive an award. Some examples of the efforts and results included the Mayor signing the Monarch Pledge, the planting of the milkweed waystation at City Hall, the public art project of the Butterfly Project, the showing of “The Guardians,” hosted by Gallery 200 and West Chicago Community High School, and the receipt of the 2019 Best Pollinator Garden Award from America in Bloom. (www.merleburl.com)
WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics Club basketball team won the game against Glenbard North with a score of 55-28. Club president David Hempe said, “We have five new players on the team and they are picking up the slack from the four players missing from last year. We will be improving the rest of the season.”
Named as Honorable Mentions in the “Daily Herald” All-Area Football were Mark Pinkevich, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, and Trevor Donna, a junior at Wheaton Academy.
The score at the Saturday basketball game was Glenbard North 58, WCCHS 51.
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