It sometimes is difficult to keep track of what day of the week it is during the COVID-19 pandemic. However the days of the week between Christmas and New Years are always a mystery. Thus with the start of the first non-holiday week, I now have the days straight for a while.
Yet, even with all the confusion, it is known that families and individuals in need still require food, no matter what day it is. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, distributes food to approximately 500 families every Saturday. Persons can help by making a monetary donation, a donation of food or volunteering to bag on Fridays or helping distribute on Saturdays.
Neighborhood Food Pantry, 123 Fremont Street, supplies food to large groups each week. Monetary and food donations are greatly appreciated. Volunteer opportunities also exist.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Since Gallery 200 is closed, due to COVID-19, the scheduled exhibit of January and February is canceled. It may be displayed at a later date.
The ARC Center resumes its standard opening time of 5:30 a.m. weekdays, Hours are from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon Saturday and closed Sunday.
Also the West Chicago Park District offers a special on ARC memberships now through Sunday, January 31. It is $25 off one-year memberships. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Library is having a contest to showcase the art or photography talent of a West Chicago resident on its spring program guide. The contest is open to all ages and artwork can include all types of photography, traditional art and digital art. The deadline for submitting artwork and entry forms https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=sY7WjQK2mUCU3XNvYyvx5AsvJ3XNM_ZElf8wTCOo7gJUMzVWREhKTjQzVlhGUE5YVUxZOUZPTUhNVi4u is at noon Friday, January 8, 2021. Persons submitting an entry form receive a confirmation email in which they are able to reply with their art or photo submission. For further information, email email@example.com.
Because of COVID-19, the 2021 Illinois High School Theater Festival was cancelled. Despite this, the Planning Committee worked diligently to bring many of the elements of the event virtually to high school students and teachers of Illinois. The result is a special streaming performance of “Virtual Cabaret-2” at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021. It features a select ensemble of the top high actors, technicians and musicians from the graduating seniors of 2021. One of the performers is Samuel Incrocci from West Chicago Community High School. The performance link is posted on www.illinostheatrefest.org.
GardenWorks Project hosts a virtual Workshop, “Healthy Soil, Healthy Harvest,” at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Presenting the workshop is Scott Witte, Director of Horticulture at Cantigny Park. The discussion includes composting, erosion, mulching and aeration. To register visit, http://www.gardenworksproject.org/fgn_20210113?utm_campaign=e_news_welcome_2021&utm_medium=email&utm_source=gardenworksproject
He previously was the Director of Agronomy for Cantigny Golf. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State university and a Masters Degree in Leadership Studies from North Central College. His background includes Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification and as a licensed apiarist, he founded The Bee Barometer Project to promote diverse ecosystems on golf courses to foster healthy honey bees and pollinators. (www.merleburl.com)
The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park continues its Date with History series with a virtual program about Operation Desert Storm at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021. Presenting the program is author and historian Jim Corrigan. The program is free, but registration is required at FDMuseum.org.
Thirty years ago, this month, the skies over Iraq and Kuwait were filled with a dizzying array of new weapons, such as Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles, stealth aircraft and laser-guided smart bombs. The vast campaign of more than 100,000 sorties presented flight crews with many harrowing moments, recounted in Corrigan’s book, Desert Storm Air War: The Aerial Campaign Against Saddam’s Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War.
The author holds degrees from Penn State University and John Hopkins University. He has written for “American History” magazine among other publications and is the author of more than a dozen books on military history topics.
West Chicago City Museum and Warrenville Historical Society present the Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021, via Zoom. The book is “Braiding Sweetgrass; Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. To get a copy of the book or for further information, visit Friends of West Chicago City Museum website, wegohistory.com or call (630) 231-3376.
The book is about plants and botany as seen through Native American traditions and Western scientific traditions. Per Goodbook review, “As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return.” (www.merleburl.com)
In partnership with Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a Civics Awareness program at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021. Mark Ailes of the Citizen’ Climate Lobby presents the program, “Personal Transformation to Become a Climate Advocate.” To make a reservation visit my.lwv.org/illinois/wheaton/calendar/civic-awareness. A Zoom link to access the presentation is sent two days prior to the event. Persons can submit any questions they have to firstname.lastname@example.org before the event. During the presentation, attendees use the chat box located on the bottom of the Zoom screen.
His presentation highlights the AHA method of Acceptance, embracing reality; Hope, explaining how persons learn to have hope and look at solutions; and Agency, giving people ideas on what they can do. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan organization working to develop the political will for a livable world.
Mark Ailes is a retired Science Teacher from Addison Trail High School. Ailes was a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year 1996-97. He’s been a long-time Science Olympiad Coach and bicyclist. In addition, Mark is an active member of Citizens’ Climate Education for three years and is the Citizens’ Climate Lobby liaison for the Illinois 6th District.
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. (www.merleburl.com)
Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, hosts its Twelfth Annual Turkey Bowl Charity Event Fundraiser at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2021. The charity this year is the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to fire safety, burn prevention, and supporting burn survivors. There are many prizes, give away items and a 50/50 raffle, The charge is $60 per four-person teams. Pre-registration is required. Teams must register at the bar or see a manager. The event is limited to 100 teams. For individuals not on a team, this is a fun event to watch and cheer on your favorite team. For further information call (630) 293-6700. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission sponsors its Fourteenth Annual Community Banner Project Competition. The theme is “Take Flight.” The artwork may be any media with no limitation to technique or subject matter. An independent juror selects the works of art. Each winning design is reproduced and featured in the 2021 West Chicago Banner Exhibition from May to September. An entry is comprised of up to 3 JPEG images at 72 dpi measuring (h) 7” x (w) 5”. All files should be numbered and named with the artist’s last name and first name. Ex.: 01Lastname_Firstname.jpg and submitted via an online form. All entries must be original and created within two years of entry date.
All entries are due by Monday, February 1, 2021. Information details are available at www.westchicago.org/art. Call Rosemary Mackey at (630) 293-2200, extension 139, for more information.
The West Chicago Park District is looking for individuals to teach virtual one-day classes to adults and youth. Areas of interest and talent include crafts, music, drawing, make-up application, skin care, painting scrapbooking and home hacks. If interested email email@example.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 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2021, there were 3,379 cases and 29 deaths; this is the number from the beginning of track recording It is important to remember to follow the social distancing order, wear masks and wash hands.
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. A medical assistant now is at the site.DuPage County offers free COVID-19 testing at the DuPage County Complex, 421 North County Farm Road. The sites open from 7:00 a.m., to noon Monday through Friday. Since it is a drive-thru testing site, individuals give themselves a nasal swab test with instructions from staff
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 Karen J. (Gorski) Browne, who at the age of 54 passed away Monday, December 29, 2020.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Bob Heinz, who passed away Friday, January 1, 2021.
West Chicago resident and Ward 2 Alderman Jayme Sheahan was recognized as Work Group 11 Employee of the Year for 2020 from FedEx. (www.merleburl.com)
Named to the 2021 Illinois Music Education Association District 9 All-State Student Programs was Samuel Incrocci, a senior at West Chicago Community High School. He was one of the ten students from the high school selected for the 2020 ILMEA. Incrocci, is a bass in the WCCHS Concert Choir. His selection was based upon preparation and performance of two required song selections. Additionally he had to prepare and perform several tonal skills including the major scale, the natural minor scale, the harmonic minor scale and the melodic minor scale. He also had to prepare and perform the major, minor, diminished and augmented triads.
The ILMEA Student Programs are developed to encourage musical performance and creative expression and the many forms that may take for student musicians. Ensembles include symphonic orchestras, wind bands, choral ensembles, jazz bands and combos, and vocal jazz ensembles. The students named into these ensembles represent the best and brightest student musicians and the high-quality music education provided by music educators across Illinois. More than 6,500 were selected for the 2020 Festival. Approximately 1,500 students were named into the Programs. (www.merleburl.com)
Daniel and Associates Real Estate donated $1,000 to DuPage PADS. Dan Czuba and his team pledged to donate $25 for each phone call received during the last two months at The River 95.9. (www.merleburl.com)
Lieutenant Ken Zahara celebrated his 20th year with the West Chicago Fire Protection District.
Sal Tamayo, broadcasting and communications teacher at Leman Middle School in West Chicago Elementary School District 3, plans to make a documentary about the past, present and future of youth soccer in West Chicago. He is seeking information and assistance from persons who were/are involved in any way such as teaching, playing and organizing of knows someone who has. Tamayo would like to talk to them and see if they want to be a part of the project. His contact information is through Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/tamawal. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago resident Phil Weibler, well-known photographer and railroad history buff, has contributed images to and the discussion on of the placement of more images . Involved are thousands of photographic negatives, both black and white and color, dating back to the 1950 and thousands of color slides. The more recent images are digital. Weibler hope to place his railroad photographs with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, Wisconsin.
However he has a vast collection of photographs of West Chicago. “Since Barbara Ann and I came back from Kansas in 1972 and settled in West Chicago I have been taking photos around town. Lots of subjects such as parades, sports, carnivals, interiors of the Kruse House and interior and exterior shots of every church in town, exterior photos of every Sears house in town and the moving of the depot to its current location.” Wanting to put these images to good use and find a good homes for various groups of them, he is interested in getting together with entities or individuals, He has two main concerns. One is that there is a suitable storage location is available and the other is that someone is available to “read” the negatives. Persons can email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (630) 231-8727 or mail 122 Ingalton Ave. , West Chicago, IL 60185.
Monday, January 4, 2021, more than 150 students started their internships while others kicked off classes in person at Wheaton Academy. This Winterim, there are more than 50 different specialized courses including Worship Leading, Astronomy and Stage Combat. Winterim is for two weeks.
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