Nestled snugly in the home studio of West Chicago artisan Tiah Ciganek is a pottery wheel, which lets the creativity of the artist flow and her talent grow. Tall Pine Pottery is a dream come true for Tiah. Her involvement in ceramics began at her high school in Goshen, Indiana. “My love for ceramics started my senior year of high school. I found a creativity in myself that I never knew I had and it has continued to grow in many ways.” She continued to take ceramics classes. Then her husband bought her a wheel and her parents gave her a kiln, opening up a new life for Tiah. “In 2015 I decided to take it a step further and turn my hobby into a business.” Her bachelors degree in Public Relations and minor in Business was of great help in setting up a business plan.
Combining some business background checks and taking a little adventure trip, she and her husband Robby took a small camper to Michigan and “went from Farmers Market to Farmers Market the whole summer and sold my pottery.” She added, “I learned a lot about what people liked and disliked in my art, but really I learned about myself through my art which helped me to find “my style” very natural, simple, earthy. As an artist you have to find your own style and though I will always be figuring that out and it may change from time to time. I have learned to love my art.”
As an artist, Tiah understands persons want to learn different genres for being creative. She started Wheel Throwing classes in 2018. “After having a few years of teaching experience through the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton Academy Winterim, I felt that I had enough experience to start teaching in my home studio in West Chicago. Teaching in my studio has brought me to another level within my own skills and meeting people in the community that I would have never met before. My students truly are the best and some have taken the class several times over. Most of my students say, ‘This is my weekly therapy.’ Hearing this brings me so much joy because that is what creating pottery has been for me in many seasons of life. I am so glad I am able to provide that same experience to others.” She offers two types of classes. One is a two-week class, where one creates one week and then glazes the second week. The cost is $40 per session. The second is a six-week course where a person creates on the wheel for four weeks and then glazes the pieces for two weeks. The cost is $250. Classes are geared for persons age 12 and up, each session is 90 minutes and all supplies are provided.
To open up an opportunity for more persons to try a different form of art and have fun with a group of friends, Tiah offers pottery box, an event that can be hosted by anyone for any occasion. There are a variety of handmade/wheel thrown stoneware pieces, which guests select. The price ranges from $20 to $70 for such pieces as mugs, vases, bowls, cheeseboards and platters.Tiah provides pottery, aprons, table covers, paint brushes, and a variety of glaze colors. “Once pottery is painted I take all pieces back to my studio for a glaze firing. ” Sherrie Hammer has hosted several of these parties at Kindred Coffee Roasters. “We had so much fun.” Tiah added, ”I also do children’s parties and have created unicorn, owl, animal mugs and bowls before.” For more information email email@example.com, call (331) 442-7996 or visit the website www.tallpinepottery.com.
“Overall I am grateful to do what I love and have dreamed to do for the past 10 years as I have grown as a ceramic artist.”
As a side note. They have a dog named Lila and a cat named Merle. “He is named after Merle Haggard,” Her husband is a musician. “We absolutely love our home and community and working on pursuing our dreams full on.” (www.merleburl.com)
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CORRECTION to an item in the February 27, 2019, column. West Chicago Police Officers Ryan Flanigan and Daniel Calabrese received an assignment as detectives and are to focus on gang and drug activity.
The West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, hosts the traveling exhibit, “Dairies to Prairies,” from Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, April 27, 2019. The exhibit tells the story of Elgin’s dairy heritage and was produced by the Elgin History Museum. Supplementing the display is an exhibit of the history of dairies in West Chicago. Museum hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For further information, call the museum at (630) 231-3376.
The seventh annual “Art is the Heart of the City” is the exhibit for the month of March at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. In the display is the artwork of students in grades first through eighth at West Chicago Elementary School District 33 schools. There is a variety of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, representing a broad spectrum of styles and artistic periods/genres. District 33 art teachers chose the theme to emphasize the value of participation in art for all children. Art activities stimulate creativity, imagination, perception and selectivity. The artists’ reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019. Students and teachers are on hand to discuss the value of art education in public schools and their artwork.
Art teachers are Linda Rooney and Kelsey Mangler from Leman Middle School, Jacqui Khatib from Currier School, Katie Yankowski from Gary School, Kirsten Snodgrass from Indian Knoll School, Christine Cintula from Pioneer School, Megan Czervionke from Turner School and Lisa Miller from Wegner School. (www.merleburl.com)
Two paintings “Delphi Valley Mist” and “Gathering of Spirits” by West Chicago City Museum Education Coordinator Maggie Capettini.are in the juried exhibit,“Celebrating the Emerald Isle,” at McCord Gallery, 6602 West Creek Road in Palos Park. The display is an exhibition of works documenting the lore and imagery of Ireland, which is the centerpiece of a six-week celebration of the music, dance and literature of the Emerald Isle. Capettini said, “Although I have never been to Ireland, my uncle was there recently and kindly shared a few of his photographs from his trip to inspire these two works.” The artists’s reception is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019. Wine and snacks are served. Harpist Renee Wilson provides the entertainment. (www.merleburl.com)
WeGo Drama at Community High School continues their 2018-2019 Season with their IHSA Showcase performance, which is the 40-minute play and 30-minute Group Interpretation that are featured in Illinois High School Association competition. Performances are at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2019, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. The ticket price is a suggested donation of $10.
WeGo Drama’s 2018-19 Season encourages everyone to “Find Their Passion.” These shows embody that theme as they deal with the journeys people travel for the things they love. Illinois High School Association shows deal with serious content and are intended for teens and adults.
The company of actors and crew are Abby Carr, Philip Calabrese, Maggie Hancock, Samuel Incrocci, Nora Zamora, Grecia Bahena, Nathan Bradley, Emily Carroso, Ryan Castiglia, Delaney Flynn and Josie Kotke.
Others include Noemi Lara, Audrey Miller, Jose “Rudy” Muñoz, Justin Blackburn, Hannah Brown, Paige Custardo, Ava Fini, Mikail Herrera, Megan Kordik, Elizabeth Ryan, and Neve Ryan. The director is Mark Begovich. Scenic Design and Technical Direction is by Chris Jensen. Hair and make-up is by Jamie Elza. (www.merleburl.com)
The annual West Chicago Community High School Music Boosters Pancake Breakfast is from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the Commons, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H. Music students in jazz band, brass quintet, chamber choir and some string ensembles perform throughout the breakfast. Ticket price is $5, $3 for children 10 and under and senior citizens 65 and older. Proceeds from the pancake breakfast go towards funding scholarships for music students.
Winfield Township once again is participating in “Local Government Week” with an Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Winfield Township Road District building, 30W575 Roosevelt Road. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages are served.
There are tours of the office and garage, plus the opportunity to view the road equipment. In addition to information on display, staff and elected officials are on hand to answer questions. Also available to answer questions and give information are members of the Citizen Emergency Response Team, referred to as CERT, Schools and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, commonly known as SCARCE, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and representatives from Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services (WAYS) share information on programs currently offered.
The township is collecting cell telephones, eyeglasses and hearing aids to distribute to the appropriate organizations. There are bins for newspapers and non-perishable foods. Foods are donated to Neighborhood Food Pantry located at the Crossroads Church location. Persons also may bring tattered and faded American flags to give to American Legions Post 300 or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 for proper disposal at a flag ceremony.
For further information call the township office at (630) 231-3591 or road district office at (630) 231-8850. (www.merleburl.com)
It is time to spring ahead one hour. Daylight Savings time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019.
The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum and West Chicago Historical Society host the Annual Tea Fundraiser at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019, at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. The ticket price of $20 per person includes tea luncheon and entertainment Tickets are available at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (630) 231-3376.
Leslie Goddard presents “Becoming Queen Elizabeth II,” which explores the life of Britain’s famous monarch. It covers her life from childhood, abdication of her uncle, marriage to a naval officer named Phillip, World War II services and her struggle to balance the forces of queen and mother.
Goddard makes history come alive in a fun, inspiring and educational way through her presentations of lectures and performances of first-person programs. She holds a PhD specializing in American studies and United States history, as well as a master’s degree in theater and in museum studies. In addition to performing at schools, museums, libraries, businesses and conferences, she presented programs an Illinois Humanities Council sites, Questers International, WBEZ-Chicago Amplified and the Victorian Society in America.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers hour-long computer classes for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 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 3:00 p.m. Fridays. “Using GPS on Smart Phones” class is at 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019.
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton and Leman Middle School Student Council host a Candidate Meet and Greet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in the cafetorium, 238 East Hazel Street. Invited are candidates running in the Tuesday, April 5, 2019, consolidated election, which includes City Council, Park District, Library District, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and Community High School District 94. Each candidate is provided an assigned table to answer questions one on one with the constituents. There are contested seats in both school districts and the library district.
In the West Chicago Public Library District, there are four four-year positions open for the Board of Trustees. Candidates are Nancy Conradt, Frank J. Fokta and Patricia Weninger and Thomas Tawney, incumbents, and Corrine Jakacki-Dattomo.
In West Chicago Elementary School District 33, there are three four-year seats open for the Board of Education. Candidates are Phoebe Balzer, incumbent, and Rita Belgeman, Tom Doyle, Christian Rivera and Carl G. Meyer.
In Community High School District 94, there are three four-year positions and one two-year unexpired position open for the Board of Education. Candidates for the four-year terms are Kathe Doremus, Lauren Alexis, both incumbents, and Lynn Casey-Maher , Jennifer Shilakais Wiesner and Bob Brown. Candidate for the two-year term is Dean Klapatch.
City of West Chicago positions open are four-year terms for one alderman in each of the city’s seven wards, plus three unexpired two-year terms. Candidates are Ward 1, Jim Beifuss, incumbent; Ward 2, Jayme Sheahan for the four-year term, incumbent, and Heather Brown for the two-year term, incumbent; Ward 3, Al Hallett, incumbent; Ward 4, Melissa Ferguson, incumbent; Ward 5, Matt Garling for the four-year term, incumbent, and Chris Swiatek for the two-year term, incumbent, Ward 6, Becky Stout for the four-year term, incumbent, and Jeanne Short for the two-year term, incumbent; and Ward 7, Noreen M. Ligino-Kubinski, incumbent.
West Chicago Park District has two six-year terms and one three-year unexpired term open for the Board of Commissioners. Candidates for the six year terms were Frank Lenertz and Reggie Bass, both incumbents. No one file for the unexpired term.
West Chicago Park District has two six-year terms and one three-year unexpired term open for the Board of Commissioners. Candidates for the six year terms were Frank Lenertz and Reggie Bass, both incumbents. No one file for the unexpired term. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Public Library District offers a two-hour computer class, Microsoft Word, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Subjects covered include formatting text and documents, changing fonts, cut/copy and paste, using Spell Check and MS Word terminology. To register, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
The West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. To celebrate St, Patrick’s Day, the district supplies the Irish meal of corn beef, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, bread and dessert. The charge is $11 for residents, $13 for non-residents. Reservations are due by Friday, March 8, and may be made in person at the ARC or online at we-goparks.org.
The Winter Choral Concert at West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street.
The West Chicago Park District holds a Watercolors class from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, starting March 21 and ending May 2, 2019, at the ARC, 201 West National Street in Reed-Keppler Park. Guided instruction and practice is provided for beginners with focused instruction and support who have some experience. Aspects covered include color, compositions and value. The teacher is Pat Helbig from the Community School of Arts in Wheaton. Supplies are included in the cost of $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents. To register, stop in at the ARC or online at www.we-goparks.org.
The Brush for Art classes are made possible through a grant from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation. It is for individuals 55 years and older and allows the district to offer different art programs at a reduced rate.
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, resumes in at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a lunch, dessert and a beverage are provided. The book to be discussed is “Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson. Copies of the book are available at the museum and library.
Isaacson researched thousands of pages from Leonardo’s notebooks and new discoveries of his life and work. He connects Leonardo’s art to his science, other biographies by Isaacson are Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. (www.merleburl.com)
Both of the West Chicago veterans’ organizations hold Bingo as a fundraiser on a weekly basis. The games at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, are on Fridays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Games at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard, are on Wednesdays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. The Auxiliary games are Sundays. Doors open at noon, games start at 2:00 p.m.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Fern Watson, who at the age of 93 passed was January 2, 2019.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Gordon William Dierschow, who at the age of 90 passed away, Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Donnell Charles Zieltow, who at the age of 87 passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019.
Illinois Directors of Student Activities named West Chicago Community High School teacher and Student Council lead advisor Christopher Lucas an outstanding Activity Advisor. Lukas has been a Student Council advisor for over 10 years at WCCHS, and the lead advisor for the last six years. Since assuming the lead advisor role, Lukas has continuously pushed to have Student Council create new events, revamp traditional events, and develop student leaders. He has continuously pushed to have Student Council create new events, revamp traditional events, and develop student leaders. Lukas is always willing to gather feedback, be reflective, and listen to suggestions. His ability to work collaboratively with students, staff, and administration has contributed to the success of Student Council. While being an active advisor of Student Council, Lukas still empowers students to be the true leaders of the organization and in the process is preparing students for success now and in the future. (www.merleburl.com)
At the February 19, 2019, Community High School District 94 Board of Education meeting, West Chicago VFW Post 6791 and Auxiliary awarded almost $3,000 in prize money to students who entered the annual Voice of Democracy competition. Representing the VFW was Commander Steve Bennier, Past Commander Don Smith and Voice of Democracy co-Chair Bob Gustafson. Voice of Democracy co-chair Nancy Smith represented the Auxiliary. A record high number of WCCHS students, 84, entered the contest designed to foster patriotism, and allows students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute recorded essay based on an annual theme. This year’s theme was “Why My Vote Matters.” WCCHS teacher John Chisholm is the liaison with the VFW.
Students receiving prizes were Nora Bell, Eric Benda, Jaclyn Camp, Abby Carr, Kyle Christ, Holly Clark, Maria Giannoudakos, Matthew Gilbert, Jeremy Grant, Dennis Hoffmann, Camryn Liberio, Alexis Maggiore, Carlos Montanez, Grace Schumann, Alexander Thompson, Isaac Nelson, Yovani Albor, Ariana Alcantar, Daniela Almarales, Eduardo Bahena-Avila, Dayanara Barrientos andAlan Cardiel.
Other students were Marlen Carlos, Isabela Casimiro, Colette Castelluccio, Cynthia Cruz, Eduardo Espino, Angel Flores-Flores, Daniella Fox, Alan Garcia, Jason Garcia, Zoe Genabe, Alyssa Guttman, Adam Hey, Alexander Hey, Skylar Kenneally, Kellen Klapatch, Charles Kostomiris, Tracey Littleton, Garrett Martin, Giselle Martinez-Garcia, Evangeline McLean, Diana Mendoza and Stefany Morales.
Also receiving prizes were Jose Munoz, Caroline Orr, Joseph Orr, Dipali Patel, Kamalkumar Patel, Elvira Perez, Juliana Perez, Victor Perez, Mathieu Plumlee, Grace Ramirez, Anna Reitz, Jeri Rethford, Diana Reyes, Nathan Rutledge, Zung Sang, Marya Shamas, Asia Smith, Emma Tully, Spencer Usedom, Evelyn Valerio, Carlos Valle and Joseph Valliquette.
Other students were Miguel Vargas, Ashley Vazquez, Abil Vellikara, Mikayla Vicente, and Abigail Zacatzi, Kristen Aalbue, Kristina Braun, Alexander Gauss, Olivia Haffner, Addie Hasselgren, Benjamin Hueber, Sabrina Lutfiyeva, Jamie Mazurski, Caleb ONeil, Neve Ryan, Alyssa Szulczewski, Christina Wasserstrom, and Julia Wasserstrom.
Nancy Smith explained there was a change this year. “We could only send one student for consideration at the district level. The student was Jayme Mazurski.” (www.merleburl.com)
At the annual Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education conference, West Chicago Community High School teacher Brittany Bauer was the recipient of the IACTE Teacher of the Year. This award is for a classroom/laboratory teacher at the middle or secondary school level, who demonstrates innovation in the classroom, commitment to students and dedication to the improvement of career and technical education in institutions and communities.
In her 10 years at WCCHS, she has developed and uses standards-aligned and integrated curricula. She engages students in instruction, preparing them for a project-based world, and incorporates work-based learning in communities in their high school programs. Bauer is the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America adviser for her school, is the Co-president of the Illinois Family and Consumer Sciences Region 1 and FCCLA Region 2B Advisers in the northern part of the state. (www.merleburl.com)
The Math Team at West Chicago Community High School placed fourth overall at the Upstate Wight Conference meet.
In Algebra I, Rydel Salazar, Danny Eaton, Efren Mackintos, Jane Osielski, Swapna George, Cecelia Santiago, and Charlene Bahnfleth took fourth place overall. Rydel Salazar received a 4th place award individually.
For Geometry, Coen Garling, Eve Linden, Charles Cardenas, Gio Zavalza, Chris Champagne, Matt Stavenger, Julia Nosky, and Daniel Napier led West Chicago to a third place finish. Coen Garling placed fourth individually.
In Algebra II, Steven Demma, Alec Renwick, Heather Truong, Oscar Almonte, Martin Oropeza, Marianne Hernandez, Ameena AlHammo, and Citlalli Santiago placed second. Steven Demma was one of two students to earn a medal for first place individually, while Heather Truong and Alec Renwick placed third individually.
For PreCalculus, Alyssa Guttmann, Abby Carr, Spencer Schramer, Gavin O Keefe, Jamie Mazurski, Alexis Maggiore, and Sarah Solver placed fourth. Alyssa Guttman earned honors for third place individually.
The JV team of freshman and sophomores placed fourth overall. The Varsity team of juniors and seniors placed second overall. The Calculator team of all grades placed third overall. The JV 2-person team placed fourth overall.
West Chicago Police Department has partnered with www.crimereports.com to provide citizens access to crime information near real time. The date and time of West Chicago calls for service, type of call and at block in which it occurred are available. For more information, call West Chicago Police Community Relations Officer Robyn Nielsen at (630) 293-2222.
Sam Ricci, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, was named to the Upstate Conference basketball team.
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