With the start of school drawing nearer, Back to School sales are happening. These bring back many memories and, I find it interesting to discover that on line shopping has not replaced the “fun” of purchasing the supplies at retail stores. Mothers have told me, “It would be faster, but not many bargains are found on line.”
A good price is important, as the lists are still long, specific and, in many stores, the supplies are located in one section. Sometimes, the right item cannot be found, as I found when shopping with a friend. The list required a box of eight crayons. We could only find 10 or 24. After an exhaustive search, we chose the one with 10.
However, there is always that one elusive item that is difficult to locate. When my children were in school it was a special calculator. Today it is something in electronics. But once in this section my friend and I still did not know exactly what we needed. The clerk showed us where it was located with a point of his hand and saying, “Down that aisle.” Thank goodness, there was a child who showed us the elusive item.
This only proves, “Some things never change.”
AROUND AND ABOUT
The Shell is the site for the first summer movie at The Shell in Reed-Keppler Park. The movie Disney’s, “Cars 3,” is at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The first 100 children to arrive have the opportunity to make their own car out of cardboard and enjoy the movie as if at a drive-in theater. All supplies are provided. Families can bring a picnic dinner or snacks.
Heather from One Seed One Plant is the featured speaker on fall seedling planting at the GardenWorks program at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2018, at the Suburban Agricultural Resource Center in the Gallery 200 building, 103 West Washington Street. Persons also can purchase plants. Attendees receive a free packet of seeds. To make a reservation, visit http://www.gardenworksproject.org/events. (www.merleburl.com)
In the Kids Lunchtime Entertainment series at The Shell, Istvan & His Imaginary Band performs at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2018. The combination of smart lyrics with catchy rocking songs encourage children to sing along, dance and play.
Coffee with the Mayor is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018, at City Hall, 475 Main Street.
On Pointe Dance Academy, which recently opened at 956 North Neltnor Boulevard, holds an Open House from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018.
Through WeGo HERstory, West Chicago is one of the communities in concert with badass HERstory, a global craftvism, (craft+activism) project meant to capture and share the stories of women, female identified and gender no-binary humans through fiber art. Participants create fabric art pieces to contribute to a large-scale global project. Supplies needed are a fabric square measuring 14 inches by 14 inches, and whatever medium you want to use, such as embroidery floss, quilting supplies, beads, sequins or paint. Persons also can order a kit for $10. This contains an embroidery hoop, fabric, needle and floss. Then participants tell their story through the design on the fabric. There are three different dates and locations to take part in this project. The kick-off is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Kindred Roasted Coffee, 148 West Washington Street; from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 10, at West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street; and from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018. For information about the project or to order a kit, email WeGoHERstory@gmail.com. (www.merleburl.com)
With Reverend Sue Ebersold on vacation, there are different guest speakers at the 9:30 a.m. worship services at St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, 400 West Washington Street. Cristian Bitter, a 2018 graduate of the Master of Divinity program at Chicago Theological Seminary, leads the Sunday, July 29 service.8:30 P
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago holds its worship service at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2018, in the North Pavilion at Reed-Keppler Park. This is followed by a potluck meal. (www.merleburl.com)
The Second Annual Special Olympics Softball Game and Pig Roast is Sunday, July 29, 2018. The game between the West Chicago Police Department and West Chicago Fire Protection District is at 1:00 p.m. in Reed-Keppler Park, 241 West National Street. West Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85 and West Chicago Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 3970 are the organizers of the event. The firemen were the winners last year. Following the game is the Pig Roast at Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane. The charge is $10. Other activities include 50/50 raffle, raffle tickets for 2018 Harley-Davison and Can-Am Defender HD5 all terrain vehicle and a silent auction of autographed sports memorabilia items.
All proceeds benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. For further information, call Robbi Peterson at (630) 918-6326. (www.merleburl.com)
The Stingrays perform at the concert program at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the Shell in Reed-Keppler Park. They are Chicagoland’s rock & roll and oldies bands playing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
GardenWorks Project holds a home canning workshop at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the Suburban Agricultural Resource Center, 103 West Washington Street. Elise Ciribassi is the featured speaker, who teaches the principles of canning in simple terms. This way persons can enjoy the harvest of their gardens in the off season. The suggested donation is $5. To make a reservation, visit http://www.gardenworksproject.org/harvest_canning_workshop. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Park District has Throwback Thursday at Turtle Splash Water Park. Throwing the prices way back, the admission for children is $3 until 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018.
The exhibit “Botanicals and Nature,” is the exhibit for the month of August at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. It features the artwork of Kathi Kuchler. The artist’s reception is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2018.
Kuchler is a botanical watercolorist and illustrator, receiving certification through the Morton Arboretum. She began painting, using oils at the age of 14, and recently started working in them again and started teaching water-soluble oils, and acrylics of flowers and nature. The jewelry is unique with the insertion of miniature prints of her paintings into cabochon pendents, embellished with vintage-like charms. Kuchler also recycles silk scarves with yarn and wool using felting needles.
Gallery Theater presents the comedy, “Southern Fried Funeral,” by J. Deitz Osbourne and Nate Espler. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, August 3 and 4, and 10 and 11, and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays August 5 and 12, 2018, at Gallery Studio Theater, 129 Main Street. The ticket price is $16, $14 for senior citizens. To make a reservation, email GalleryTickets@gmail.com, visit the website www.Gallerytheaterstudio.org or call the box office at (630) 234-5919.
Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces — that is if they don’t kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Fryes are no exception.
The members of the cast are Ben Gritton, Carol Townsend, Carolyn Larsen, Gail Cannata, Jack Smith, Jami Johnson, Jim Knapp, Kas Hesek, Lynda Porter, R. Scott Purdy and Tom Ochocinski. The director is Gina Palmer. (www.merleburl.com)
The Shopping Cart Shuffle takes place Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Mallard Lake Forest Preserve, Schick Road and Mallard Lane in Hanover Park. The proceeds from the race benefit Neighborhood Food Pantries, which includes the one in West Chicago located on the Real Life Church campus. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., 5K race is at 8:30 a.m. The Kids Dash is at 9:30 a.m. The top 3 overall male and female runners will receive a medal, as will the top runners in each age category. Age groups are 13 and under, 14 to19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and over. There is an “Express Lane” Kids Dash for children ages 2 to 10. Persons can also register as a team, with each member receiving a $5 registration discount. The cost is $40 for the 5K and $15 for 4 children ages 6 to 10 in the Kids Dash. Persons can register on line at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/16103/shopping-cart-shuffle-5k or at the race location. The top three finishers in a food-related costume receive an award.
Back by popular demand is the Dueling Pianos event, hosted by Community High School Foundation. It takes place at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the ARC, 102 West National Street. The event features Andrew Blendermann and Toni K. Audience members may request songs; audience participation is encouraged. Raffles are available. Attendees must be 21 to enter. The ticket price is $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Ticket price includes beer, wine, soda, water and snacks. Tickets are available from Foundation members, or online at www.d94.org/foundation. Ticket sales are limited to 150.
According to his website, Blendermann has been performing professionally in and around Chicagoland for more than 20 years. His wide-ranging career includes piano bars (Davenport’s, Howl at the Moon, The Signature Room), musical theatre (Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane), a cappella (Navy Pier Players, Harmony Sweepstakes), and private events for every occasion.
Proceeds support education initiatives that enhance, enrich and drive sustainable lifelong learning for the students of West Chicago Community High School. The Foundation has raised more than $200,000 to benefit the students of WCCHS. For more information visit www.d94.org/foundation.
Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street, holds auditions for the production of “Brownstone” by Catherine Butterfield. Gail Cannata is the director. Auditions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, August 5, and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2018, at Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street. Prepared monologue is encouraged, but not required. Audition sides from the script are provided when audition time is reserved. Performance dates are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, September 21, 22, 28 and 29, and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, September 23 and 30. There is no pay. To schedule an appointment, email email@example.com. Walk-ins are welcomed as time permits.
Three points of time converge in a New York Brownstone, spanning eighty years and encompassing the lives of three pairs of people in three time periods of 1937, 1978 and 1999. They are newlyweds Stephen and Davia, who long to move to Paris; aspiring actresses Maureen and Deena, who struggle to get their big break; and engaged couple Jessica and Jason, who find their relationship complicated by an unexpected pregnancy. With the only thing in common is the roof over their head, the six characters share the New York experiences of compromising ambition, falling in love and making memories.
The cast of characters are Davia, age 24, a frustrated socialite longing for love and adventure, and Stephen, a New York journalist in love with her, in the year of 1937.
Deena, 22, a rich girl from Texas fresh from college to the big city who wants to be a star and Maureen, 22, a Midwest Beauty, Deena’s former classmate and now her roommate, also aspiring to be a star, in the year of 1978.
Jason, 26, a high-powered commodities broker, and Jessica, 25, his wife, similarly driven, in the year of 1999.
David, 26, the grandson of Davia and Stephen, in the year of 2001. This role is played by the same actor cast as Stephen.
The 29th annual planned West Chicago Night Out Against Crime is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street. The event includes many activities such as Open House, law enforcement displays, various information booths and raffles. Jel Sert Company is donating Mondo fruit drink.
Participating are Breaking Free, education and counseling services, West Chicago C.E.R.T., Community High School District 94, DuPage County Community Services, Eagle Academy of Martial Arts, West Chicago E.S.D.A., Healthy West Chicago, Mexican Cultural Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness DuPage, State Farm Insurance, Dan Jimenez, West Chicago Police Department, City of West Chicago, West Chicago City Museum, West Chicago Fire Protection District, West Chicago Public Library District, West Chicago Police Social Services, Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, DuPage County Forest Preserve Police, Latino Treatment Center, League of Women Voters, West Chicago Park District, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and West Chicago Wildcats Youth Football Organization.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations. More than 15,000 communities participate.
The West Chicago Park District social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, August 9, 2018, in the ARC, 201 West National Street. It is an old-fashioned “Hoe-Down” with a lunch of pulled pork, baked beans, watermelon and dessert. After lunch, Janet Kruse of “Dance with Janet” teaches a few line dances. The charge is $11 for residents, $13 for non-residents. Reservations are due by Friday, August 3, and may be made in person at the ARC or on line at www.wego-parks.org.
Party in the Park, hosted by People Made Visible, is from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018, at The Shell in Reed-Keppler Park. The family event features a Spoken Word Showcase with Teen Writers and Artists project, a Master Grill Off, a community building event sponsored by Play for Peace, Ballet Folklorico and a music medley featuring 4th Point from West Chicago, Sammy and the Knights featuring former West Chicago resident Tony Reyes on the drums, and Project 7. Tentatively set for the in between sets of the bands, El Ritmo School of Latin Percussion demonstrates and teaches various rhythms to those interested. Also, Dr. Andrew Veit, a professional classical percussionist, plays one the vibraphone.
The West Chicago Public Library District holds its first-ever library card design contest through Monday, August 13, 2018. This is part of the celebration of the library’s 25th Anniversary at its current location. Artwork categories are Youth, Teen and Adult. Prizes are awarded for each group, with the announcement taking place on Friday, August 31. The cards with the new design will be available mid to late September. The winners receive their awards at the Library’s gala Open House Friday, October 5, 2018. The contest guidelines are available at https://wcpld.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LIBRARY-CARD-DESIGN-FLYER-FINAL-6-28.pdf.
Healthy West Chicago and WeGo together for Kids host a Back-to-School event Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Reed-Keppler Park, 129 West National Street. Registration for the 5K Fun Run is at 7:00 a.m., the race starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Kiddie Dash. Age categories 10 and under, 11 to 14, 15 to19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and over. There are awards to one overall male/female winner and one male/female winner in each age category. All children in the Kiddie Dash receive a finisher’s ribbon. The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for West Chicago residents and $10 for students. To register, visit raceroster.com/events/2018/17880/back-to-school-fun-run-and-kiddie-dash. Persons must register by Monday, July 29, to receive a t-shirt. The Fun Run Award Ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds from the race will be used for Healthy West Chicago sustainability and continuation of community programming for West Chicago residents.
Following the awards ceremony, the Back-to-School Supply event, sponsored by WeGo Together for Kids, takes place inside the ARC, 201 West National Street, and is only for residents of West Chicago Elementary School District 33.
The West Chicago business, The Kitchen Table, conducts food demonstrations of How to Pack a Healthy Lunch and Healthy Snack Ideas. The business is a family owned and operated catering company, which also has cooking classes for children.
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association leads the Games on the Lawn, silly games for all ages.
Gallery Theater, the not-for-profit theater company in West Chicago, is searching for storage space of scenery, props, lumber and such. Anyone with space to donate, has suggestions or recommendations, can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Olga Irene Guillen, who at the age of 78 passed away, Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
Several businesses recently opened. CURTI USA, 245 Roosevelt Road, Building 4, Unit 28, sells wire processing machines and parts. U-Haul Moving & Storage of West Chicago, is located at 1863 Neltnor Boulevard.
At the Monday, July 16, 2018 meeting, City Council approved the reappointments of Keith Letsche, Richard Vigsnes and Reverend Bill Andrews to the Historical Preservation Commission for terms ending 2021. Also approved for the Environmental Commission was the reappointment of John Symowicz and Kristine Zimmerman for terms ending 2021 and the appointment of Joseph Cavataio for a term ending 2019. Approved was the reappointment of Christine Dettman to the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals for a term ending 2023 and the reappointment of Gene Plumlee to the Cultural Arts Commission for a term ending 2022.
Also at the meeting, Council approved a waiver of the appearance code requirement of allowing non-channel letter wall signage on the exterior of the building locate at 1250 West North Avenue. Al Conte is the property owner of the 10,000 square-foot former single user commercial building, which has been unoccupied for many years. He currently is remodeling the building to convert it into a multi-tenant building. Removing the existing overhead doors and installing new glass storefronts, he plans to install canvas skinned awnings that match on appearance the metal awnings on the northern portion of the building. Not only would there be difficulty in mounting channel signage for the awnings, but it would not be aesthetically appealing.
Council approved a special Use for a Car Wash at 705 East Roosevelt Road. The Clean Car Wash proposes to have a masonry exterior building with varying architectural features and building materials. There would be three pay stations and vacuum parking spaces, which will have an open-air decorative canopy above each space.
There was approval for a second amendment to a Special Use for a car wash at the Shell Gas Station, 1307 South Neltnor Boulevard. The item summary states, “The applicant is requesting the amendment to add five manual detailing stations to the northwest corner of the site.”
Also approved was a Special Use for a truck repair facility at American Highway Truck Service, 1401 Harvester Road. This would be in conjunction with the existing truck terminal. The item survey states, The applicant Andy Koczwara wants “to offer basic repair services such as tire replacement, oil changes, brakes and tune ups, to outside parties utilizing his existing repair facilities on-site that will be a stand-alone business from his truck terminal operations.”
Council approved the purchase of asphalt materials for In-House Street Overlay Projects in the amount of up to $50,000 from Plote Construction Inc. The streets involved are Wilson Street between Joliet Street and Route 59, Pilsen Road, Lee Road, Lane Road and Ray Avenue, and St. Charles Road between Klein Road and Prince Crossing Road, which will be overplayed sometime during FY2018 and FY2020.
Another contract approved was for Roadway and Water Main Rehabilitation Project in the amount of $1,298,516.57 to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. of Schaumburg. The streets involved include Stimmel, Pomeroy, Weyrauch, Lester and Hazel.
There was approval to revise the City Code with regard to Licenses, Permits and Business Regulations to include an article on Relocating and Repossessing vehicles. The article allows the City to charge a fee of $15 for the relocating and repossessing of each vehicle. It also allows the issuance of City Ordinances to relocators and repossessors who do not follow the rules outlined in the Ordinance.
With a 10-1 vote, City Council approved increasing the Natural Gas Use Tax from $0.025/therm to $0.035, effective October 1, 2018. Voting against it was Ward 5 Alderman Matt Garling. Absent from the meeting were Ward 3 Alderman Al Hallett, Ward 4 alderman Sandy Dimas and Ward 5 Alderman Kurt Meissner. This is the fifth in a series of municipal adjustments as a direct result of the State’s mismanagement and its subsequent siphoning of another $350,000 in income and personal property replacement taxes (total of over $500.000 over the last several years) using a very large budget gap for West Chicago and communities throughout the State.
Also approved was a Plat of Abrogation eliminating an unused portion of a drainage and utility easement on the property at 430 Industrial Drive. The item summary states, “Maipei owns the two adjacent building at 1600 Western Drive and 430 Industrial Drive. The business desires to construct an addition that would connect the two buildings and converting them into one large facility.” The expansion would be built over an existing 15-foot wide drainage and utility easement severing it in two. “The portion of the easements to remain contains utilities that serve Mapei’s existing buildings and will continue to do so.”
Council approved an ordinance to adopt fees in the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, which was signed into law and took effect June 1, 2018. The item summary stated, “The Act provided regulations for permitting and deploying small wireless facilities throughout Illinois. While the Act largely preempts municipal authority, local governments can still require permit and charge application fees to wireless providers who intend to deploy their facilities within the community.” The fees approved are modeled on those recently adopted by DuPage County. Also the penalties adopted mimic the County’s provisions.
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