Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8, 2022. It a celebration honoring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. (https://merleburl.com)
AROUND AND ABOUT
- The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park presents its Date with History series program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2022, via Zoom. Presenting the program, “Reassessing the American Revolution,” is Woody Holton. author and historian. Registration is required at org. He discusses his book, “Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution,”which explores countless connections between the patriots of 1776 and other Americans whose passion for freedom often brought them into conflict with the Founding Fathers.
- “Art in Full Bloom” is the exhibit at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street, for the month of May.The display highlights the beautiful artwork of nine artists.,who are Margaret Bucholz, Marge Hall, Judi Horsley, Kathi Kuchler, Sharon Malec, Heide Morris, Laurie Parker, Britta Renwick and Marita Valdizan. Using a variety of mediums, artists display the delights of Spring with flowers, butterflies, garden art, and more. The artists’ reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022; refreshments are served.Also at the gallery is the Mexican Culture Center DuPage exhibit, “Maquetas y Bocetos” a sneak preview of the fantasy animals that will be on display this summer at Cantigny Park. (https://merleburl.com)
- Kindred Coffee Roasters, 148 W. Washington St., hosts Music Night at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022. The employees provide the entertainment, making it a fun time for all who attend. (https://merleburl.com)
- FNBC Bank & Trust, 600 E. Washington St., hosts a Shred Day from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in the parking lot. Record Management Services is the company managing the shredding. For further information, call the bank at 708-482-7700. (https://merleburl.com)
- The Dance Production Showcase of West Chicago Community High School is at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2022, in the auditorium, 326 Joliet St. Dance Production is a semester-long physical education class, where students work everyday on choreographing, teaching and performing routines. During the show, they perform jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater pieces. All dances are student choreographed, showcasing the work and talent of the students. The ticket price is $5; tickets sold at the door.
- League of Women Voters of Wheaton in partnership with the Wheaton Public Library holds its virtual Living Room Conversations program at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, via Zoom. The theme, is “Civic Renewal”To register ,visit lwv.org/illinois/wheaton/calendar. Civic life encompasses the ways that people connect and contribute to their community and society, such as voting and volunteering. “Many facets of civic life have been in decline over the past few years. This conversation is an opportunity to reimagine our civic engagement. Success depends on our ability to create spaces that foster relationships of belonging and opportunity.”
- The Leman Middle School Mariachi Band Concert is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, in the cafetorium, 238 E. Hazel St.
- The Spring Orchestra Concert of West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in the auditorium, 326 Joliet St. Performing are Chamber, String, Concert, and Symphony Orchestra. They are playing “Bach Double,” “Vivaldi Double,”“ Carmen Suite No. 1,” “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” “Farandole,” “She Will Hang the Night with Stars,” “Persian Passage,” “American Reel” and “We Don't Talk About Bruno.”
- West Chicago Public Library, holds a Googles Slides computer class at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in the main program room, 118 W. Washington St. The class explores the software Google Slides, similar to PowerPoint. Topics are creating a slide show, inserting graphics and text, using transition and animation. Participants must have basic computer skills and a Gmail account. To register, visit https://wcpld.info, under calendar.
- Spring Jazz Showcase of West Chicago Community High School is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in the auditorium, 326 Joliet St. Performing are the Chamber Choir and Jazz Band. Featured songs are “Lean on Me,” “Old Friends, Dream,” “It’s You I Like,” “Big Noise From Winnetka,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Milestones” and “Jungle Boogie.” A live stream of the concert is available on West Chicago Wildcat Athletics Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIQy6Np-L45BGQLWXVP1SjQ
- The West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the ARC, 201 W. National Street. This one is very special celebration. In recognition of Older Citizens Month, the Park District is honoring those 80 years and Each honored guest receives a potted flower plant, donated by Friends of West Chicago Parks Foundation Families and friends are welcome to attend. Served is a light lunch, including dessert.There is no charge, but reservations are required by Friday, May 6. To register, visit https://www.we-goparks.org/special-events.
- The Spring Band Concert of West Chicago Community High School is Thursday, May 12, 2022, in the auditorium, 326 Joliet St.
- As warmer weather approaches (we hope), the West Chicago Public Library hosts a “Wake Up Your Bike For Spring” virtual program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022. The presenter, Robert Kaplafka, discusses how to prepare bikes for a safe riding season, plus maintenance and repairs. To register, visit https://wcpld.info, under calendar. He started working on bicycles at a very early age. A lifelong fascination with all things mechanical and a “DIY” attitude led him to search out and repair bicycles that others had abandoned, especially antique ones. His favorite bicycle project was restoring a tandem bicycle that was originally purchased at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. (https://merleburl.com)
- In partnership with Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton host their Civic Awareness Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2022, in person and on-line. For the in-person program at the Cantigny Park Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road, registration is not required; parking is free. Online viewers register at org or my.lwv.org/Illinois/wheaton/. A Zoom link to access the presentation is sent two days prior to the event.Questions for the speaker may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The guest speaker Dr, Richard Farkas discusses the Russian-Ukraine conflict. A political science professor at DePaul University for more than 40 years, he has lectured in Russia, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, and most recently South Africa. His research compares strategies for political and economic development in post-Communist and post-conflict countries. He holds an honorary degree from Corvinus University and earned his PhD from the University of South Carolina. He is a Fulbright/U.S. State Department designated “Senior Specialist” on Balkan, Ukraine, and Post-Communist Societies.
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 Water Street Studios in Batavia, Maggie Capettini, former educational director at West Chicago City Museum, conducts a six and one half hour workshop Saturday, May 14, 2022. It begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Batavia Riverwalk. Participants have the choice of architecture, water, nature and history. She presents the basics of plein air painting in oil. Easel advice is given at the individual level throughout the day. The charge is $125. To register, visit https://water-street-studios.coursestorm.com/course/plein-air-kickstarter-for-adults#!. She also has eight works on exhibit for the month of May at the new Lake Zurich gallery opening. Her painting “Tiger Lily Sunset” was on display in the “Visions of the American Landscape” at the St. Louis Artists Guild.(https://merleburl.com)
- BYO Creativity is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 14, 2022, at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington St. This is a time for persons to “bring your own” creativity and work on artistic/craft projects and, at the same time, meet and visit with people in the community. Craft projects include painting, drawing, yarn crafts, scrap booking or adult coloring. The tables allow ample space for persons to work on projects. Registration is not required, just drop in at the Gallery. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/byocwc/abou In April, attendees participated in the plantable milkweed seed paper workshop hosted by People Made Visible.(https://merleburl.com)
- The West Chicago City Museum Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, meets Thursday, May 19, 2022, in the museum, 132 Main St. The book under discussion is “The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear ” by Kate Moore. For further information, visit Friends of West Chicago City Museum website, com or call 630-231-3376.
It is the true story of the historical battle by Elizabeth Packard for Women's and Mental Health Rights. Taking place in the 1860s, the book tells of the“ forgotten woman who courageously fought for her own freedom―and in so doing freed millions more. Elizabeth's refusal to be silenced and her ceaseless quest for justice not only challenged the medical science of the day, and led to a giant leap forward in human rights,”
Moore is a British author, and among her books is “The Radium Girls,” which won the Goodreads Chois Award for Best History in 2017. Her multiple genres include history biography and true crime.(https://merleburl.com)
- Blooming Fest is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, in the historic downtown district. Activities include West Chicago Garden Club Plant Sale, entertainment, food and vendors. (https://merleburl.com)
- We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, a not-for-profit organization, hosts its 16th Annual Bowl-A-Thon from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Parkside Lanes, 34W185 Montgomery Road in North Aurora. Persons bowl three games; there are prizes for various levels of achievement. Additionally, there is food, raffles and auction items. The charge is $40 per bowler. All bowlers receive t-shirt, bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop. For further information, to register for the Bowl-A-Thon, purchase raffle tickets or make a donation, persons may drop by the greenhouse, 1055 West Washington Street, call 630-293-0100, or visit the website wegrowdreams.org.
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
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
- Some of the restaurants have special sfor Cinco de Mayo, Thursday, May 5, 2022. This iis a yearly celebration, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
- Buck Services celebrates the work anniversaries of five team members Miguel B. and Manuel D. celebrate 30 years. Jesus A., Melchor T. and Fernando P. Celebrate 25 years. (https://merleburl.com)
- West Chicago resident Evelyn Canabal, owner of Professional Development Services, teaches the six week Leadership Series-Managing Team, held at the VIA Education Center. The 16 participants were from Alarm Detection Systems, Fix America Corp., Freedom Graphic Systems, JC Schultz Enterprises, Weldstar and Wise Plastics Technology. Seven joined the class virtually and nine were in-house at the VIA Education Center. Professional Development Services is an employee development firm specializing in customized solutions to help businesses improve production. (https://merleburl.com)
- The kitchen now is open at Twin Eagles Restaurant & Lounge, 205 W. Roosevelt Road. The full menu is served until 11 p.m. and the light night menu is available until the last call. New hours are from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. (https://merleburl.com)
- Russell Cellular, 300 North Ave., Suite 200, held its grand opening and ribbon cutting Thursday, April 28, 2022. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and fro 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.(https://merleburl.com)
- Hawthorne’s Backyard, Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, is looking for local acoustic acts to perform for several New Music Showcase dates in summer 2022, leading up to a Backyard Idol Competition August 7, 2022, with the winning band being “signed” to regular performance dates in 2023. For further information, call 630-231-6700 or talk to the bar manager. (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, May 2, 2022, there were 8,952 cases and 66 deaths; this is the number from the beginning of track recording.
- Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Edward Miller, Jr., who at the age of 63 passed away Monday, April 25, 2022.
- Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Suzy Regitz, who at the age of 80 passed away Monday, May 2, 2022.
- TEACH recently partnered with St. Andrew Lutheran Church to provide new tutor training at the church, 155 N. Prince Crossing Road. The organization is seeking volunteers to teach English as a Second Language to adults. Training sessions are Thursdays, May 19, and June 2, 2022. Tutors meet with students in-person for hour each week. Remote training also is available. To volunteer, visit https://forms.gle/41D2kGJhArcv176t5
COMMUNITY MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
- Sunday, May 1, 2022, West Chicago resident Louise Handel, a member of the DuPage Chorale, sang in the concert, "Lee's Last Bash!" conducted by Lee Kesselman, The concert included a world premier, “Remember Us,” choral and orchestral tribute to the forgotten voices of America. He is retiring after serving as the director of choral activities at College of DuPage for 41 years.
- ”Secret Lives” by West Chicago resident Susan Wells has a rating of 4 stars on Goodread and 5 stars on Amazon. The novel is a mystery, taking place in West Chicago. This is the debut novel of Wells.
- Greg and Sharon Garcia celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary, Sunday, May 1, 2022.
- Linda and Pete Panozzo celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary Monday, May 2, 2022
- 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, May through September, starting May 14, 2022.
Both the KHM and West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main St., are participants on the Kane-DuPage Counties Passport to Adventure program. Persons visiting at least six sites between May and August 2022 can enter a drawing for a $25 gift card. (https://merleburl.com)
- 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.
- The West Chicago Garden Club is busy preparing for its Plant Sale at Blooming Fest, which takes place from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, in the historic downtown area. However, sometimes the weather, causes some havoc with the preparations. A greenhouse for 35 flats of annuals was set up in the driveway of a member. With the member’s expertise and diligent care of the plants, flowers were beginning to Bloom. Mother Nature stepped in Saturday, April 14, with gusts of wind up to 70 miles per hour. The greenhouse took flight, making its way over to the yard of a neighbor. On take off, the shelves collapsed. Some of the plants also flew and other were stalled under the boards. With the help of volunteers, emergency rescue was accomplished. Then began the reconstruction. The plants are a little mixed up, but are growing. “The greenhouse has been put on the no fly list with additional anchors” and the garden club is on track for the Blooming Fest Plant Sale.
- The Kitchen Table hosted the April “Young Chefs Pizza Workshop” for members of Girls of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow. The girls not only learned how to make pizza, but also had fun and enjoyed a tasty meal. (https://merleburl.com)
- As the sculptures for the exhibit “Alebrijes: Creature of a Dream World,” travel to their location at Cantigny Park, the artists also are on the move to be here for the exhibit. Two of the artists, Alejandro Camacho Barrera and Miriam Salgado, are toymakers, bringing historical traditions and expertise artisanship to the alebrije creations.The toy making traditions within the Camacho-Salgado family spans several generations. Toy production began with wood and expanded into other materials as the business developed. Toys, in the Mexican tradition, expand beyond just items made for children’s play to other handcrafted decorative items, including many cultural pieces used in festivals. The work Barrera and Salgado is recognized internationally and within Mexico, including a first-place win at FONART, a governmental agency promoting artisans nationwide. Alebrijes are just one of the types of items they have perfected making, teaching throughout the area and inspiring the younger generation to create their own dreams.
The Alebrijes exhibit is made possible through the partnership of Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, Cantigny Park, City of West Chicago, DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau and National Museum of Mexican Art. The five mother display is from June through October. (https://merleburl.com)
- Seventh grade band students at Benjamin Middle School visited the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for rehearsal. This was a great learning experience. (https://merleburl.com)
- West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education selected Ron Loda Jr. as the new Assistant Principal for Pioneer School. He has been in education for 16 years as a Physical Education teacher at Greenbrook Elementary School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Northern Illinois University with an Endorsement in English Education and a Master’s degree in Administration and Educational Leadership from Aurora University. He is also a certified Google Educator, Level 1.
As a teacher leader, Loda served as an Instructional Leadership Team representative, serving as a building liaison for several committees: Instructional Leadership Team, Responsive Classroom, PBIS, Family Reading Nights, creating, organizing, and managing various school programs and writing and securing more than $14,000 in grant money for recess restructuring. (https://merleburl.com)
- One hundred and ten students from West Chicago Community High School were recognized and honored for French, German and Spanish literacy with the induction into foreign language honor societies during a ceremony held April 12, 2022. Overall subject Grade Point Average of 4.0, two years of language study at WCCHS, all A’s in the language for second level students, and one more A than B for third and fourth year students. In addition, a commitment to the study of the language which includes continuing a third or fourth year of study or providing tutorial assistance. Community High School District 94 offers students the opportunity to take French, German or Spanish during their high school career, including AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature
Inducted into the Société Honoraire de Français are Ricardo Alcantar Vargas, Alessandra AngelesGrayson Arendt, Madelyn Barrera, Sasha Baumgartner, Alexa D. Correa, Joselyn Figueroa, Carolyn Fleming, Christopher Garcia, Clara Hasselgren, Andre Hernandez, Cristian Hernandez, Shayla Hernandez, Anna Lesney, andAlizee Marquez. Others were Rosa Cristal Marquez, Kathy Martinez, Lilybet Mendez, Karidja Monjolo, Yohana Mora, Alexa Morales, Trinity Nelson, Andrea Nunez, Leonardo Padilla, Deishaun Rodriguez, Yordi Romero-Munoz, Katherine Rubio, Sam Rutledge, Ryley Salazar, Dayanna Sanchez, Aliya Tabrezi, Ximena Valenciano Serna, Reyli Vivaldo and Jason Wang.
Inducted into the Delta Epsilon Phi German language honor society are Mariana Acosta, Anthony S. Barrera, Brandon Contreras, Sabina Dzioch, Natalie Fernandez, Hans Genrich, Bianca Geromini, Alexis Huerta-Ibañez, Enaya Kazmi, Ruben Muñoz, Brian Salinas, Cecilia Santiago, Jamie Sticha, Owen Thompson and Mia Valliquette.
Inducted into Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica are Paloma Isabel Aguado, Melanie Ballines, Ismael Barrera, Andy Carlos, Julissa Castillo, Melanie Coss, Alan Cuautle, Gianna DeConcilis, Lizbeth Diaz, Kevin Dorl, Julissa Duran, Melanie Duran, Alessandra Duran-Corona, Daniel Eaton, Matthew Eaton, Levi Fisher, Keeghan Gallagher, and Alexander Garcia. Others were Andrea Garcia, Cora Garling,= Aidan Gerster, Annie Gillespie, Gabriella Gloss, Ariel Gonzalez, Brianna Gromos, Christina Guo, Caitlin Harding, Noah Herbst, Yanelly Hipolito, Gannon Hosticka, Anaitzel Huerta, Graham Johnson, Kayliana Koeune, Analucia Lopez, Mariana López, Annie Mendoza, Vanessa Miguel-Garcia, and Francis Leah Moffatt. Also inducted were Jane Osielski, Alexa Palacios-Reyes,=Charles Pechman, Gabriela Pérez, Janelle Pérez, Melissa Pérez, Kyle Prebis, Jocelyn Ramirez, Emanuel Romero, Maritsa Romero, Vanessa Romero-Reyes, Giavanna Rotger, Jahaira Salinas, Melyssa Salinas, Brooke Schliephake, Ashley Soria, Sophia Spinelli, Sofia Tamayo, Montserrat Tapia, TJ Tipton, Santiago Villa, Jonathan Walsh and Mark Wimbish. (https://merleburl.com)
WEST CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
- West Chicago Police Department responded to an incident in the morning Monday, May 2, 2022, in the area of the 900 block of Joliet. About an hour later, first responders cleared the area. The Police Department said there was no threat to the community.
WAYNE TOWNSHIP/WINFIELD TOWNSHIP NEWS
- The beautiful weather Saturday, April 23, 2022, contributed to the success of the Wayne Township Electronic Recycle Event. Midwest Computer Recycling assisted the Township. (https://merleburl.com)
- Winfield Township now has a YouTube Channel, Winfield Township-YouTube, where persons can view meetings live or replay. The meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. The upcoming meeting is May 9.
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