As I prepare to put my house on the market, I find I am looking at it through various eyes, that of the realtor, the City inspector, the carpet cleaner, the window cleaner and a potential buyer. The one thing that I cannot put on display for them is the many memories of calling this home for 40 years. Thus, it is with mixed emotions that I make this big change in my life.
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The Digital Bookmobile is coming to the West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street, from noon to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Bookmobile is a 42-foot-long Toterhome. It is equipped with interactive workstations, touch-screen activities, devices to sample titles and more. Through an interactive experience, visitors can learn about and try eBooks and audiobooks available in the West Chicago Library collection. The library staff and reading experts will help new users get started, answer experienced users’ questions, troubleshoot issues, and talk about new features and updates. In the Gadget Gallery are popular devices such as iPhones, iPad, Android phones ad tablets, Chromebook and KindleThere are refreshments and give aways. WCPLD cardholders also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD tablet.
The Digital bookmobile is powered by OverDrive, the digital reading platform used by more than 40,000 libraries and schools worldwide. The traveling exhibit first launched in 2008 in Central Park, New York and since then has traveled more than 175,000 miles and welcomed 218,526 visitors at 869 events.
In partnership with Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a Civics Awareness program Thursday, June 14, 2018, in the McCormick House at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Social time is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. The topic is “The Opioid Crisis and DuPage County.” A question and answer session follows. Complimentary coffee and dessert are served. Tram service is available. Registration is required for the free program. To register visit www.wheatonlwvil.org. Parking is free.
Mila Tsagalis and Chris R. Hoff of the DuPage County Heroin Task Force present information on how the Opioid Crisis has affected our communities.
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)
The deadline for submitting applications to participate in the Railroad Days Parade, organized by Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, Sunday, July 15, 2018, is quickly approaching. The theme is “One West Chicago: Many People, Many Cultures.” Completed applications along with a brief narrative of the business or organization is due by Friday, June 15. Applications are available on the chamber website, www.westerndupagechamber.com, under festivals. For further information, call the chamber office at (630) 231-3003.
In the Kids Lunchtime Entertainment series at The Shell, Ben Tatar & Tatar Tots is the act at 11:00 p.m. Friday, June 15. This is a jazzy, funky band for children. Persons bring their own lunch.
West Chicago City Museum holds free 2018 summer classes for children. All require pre-registration. To register or for more information, call the museum at (630) 231-3376 or email MuseumEd@westchicago.org.
The second session is “Handmade History,” geared for children ages eight to 14. Children have the opportunity to have a first-hand experience at pioneer life with the creation of items for everyday use, plus decorative and play items. Poured Candles, Dipped Candles class is at noon, Thursday, June 14. On the same date at 1:15 p.m. is Poured Soap and Tin Lantern Ink, Envelopes and Sealing Wax class is at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, there are two classes. Embroidery/Cross Stitch is at noon and Wood Peg Dolls/Action Figures, Covered Wagon is at 1:15 p.m. Children signed up for two or more sessions should bring a bootle of water and a snack.
The third session is “History Moves!” for children ages five through eight, taking place at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, June 21, The first class is “Let’s Play!” which involves fun—pioneer style. The children play with old-fashioned toys, learn about the change of toys over the years and making toys to take home. The second class is “Our Prairie Past,” which covers West Chicago once being a prairie and now is the location of one of the biggest native praises in the state. It takes place at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, June 21.The children learn about the plants in this prairie land, explore the pollinators who live there and pot seeds to grow native plants at home. On the same date at 1:15m p.m. is Poured Soap and Tin Lantern Ink, Envelopes and Sealing Wax class is at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, there are two classes. Embroidery/Cross Stitch is at noon and Wood Peg Dolls/Action Figures, Covered Wagon is at 1:15 p.m.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church hosts a Farewell Party for Reverend John Baluff at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, June 15, 2018, in St. Francis Hall, 140 North Oakwood Avenue. He is taking on a new position as Vicar For Clergy for Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet. The new pastor for St. Mary’s is Reverend David Lawrence.
Gallery Theater presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Performance dates are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, and at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, 17, 2018, at the Gallery Studio, 129 Main Street. The ticket price is $16 and $14 for senior citizens. To reserve tickets, email GalleryTickets@gmail.com, through the website, www.Gallerytheaterstudio.org or call (630) 234-5919.
The play is a series of monologues and ensemble pieces sharing stories based on clothes and the memories specific outfits bring up. The stories cover all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. The play is not just for women, the humorous and tender stories recalled in these pieces offer something for everyone.
Cast members are Julie Brandon, Nancy Braus, Maureen Navadomskis, Gina Palmer, and Tammy White. The director is Carol Townsend. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Park District hosts Seminole Sports “Salute to Pops” baseball and softball tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 15 to 17, 2018, at Reed-Keppler and Pioneer parks.
Healthy West Chicago hosts a Community Health Celebration from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 16, 2018, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, beginning with a 5K walk with Mayor Ruben Pineda at 9:00 a.m., followed by the festival at 10:00 a.m. Highlights of the event include more than 20 health exhibitor boots, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, plus a light brunch and beverages, even “mocktails”. The free event is open to all ages. (www.merleburl.com)
Amity Lodge, 181 West Washington Street, has a Spaghetti and Meatball Fundraiser from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018. The charge is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Maryann Schulze, independent Sales Consultant for LuLa Rue, is selling clothing. A portion of the sales are donated to the lodge.
“Dance the Day Away!” Is the theme Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Turtle Splash Water Park in Reed-Keppler Park. The Janet Dance Team offers some line dancing, beginning at 2:00 p.m. “Dad’s Day Out” is Sunday, June 17. To celebrate Father’s Day, a dad with one paying child has free admission.
Energizing Yoga in the Park is the Outdoor Fitness program, geared for persons age 14 and older, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018, at The Shell. A certified Yoga instructor leads the class with traditional Yoga poses suitable for all skill levels. Persons need to bring a blanket and dress appropriately for the weather.
During Old Canal Days, Maggi Capettini, Education Director at West Chicago City Museum, is plein air painting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Will County Historical Museum’s Heritage Village, 803 South State Street in Lockport. Also on display and available for purchase is an exhibit of her paintings done on location in 2017 at Lockport.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 338 George Street, holds its Vacation Bible School from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 18 to 22, 2018. It is geared for children aged three to five and youths in grades one through six. The cost is $10 for the first child, $5 for each additional sibling with a maximum of $20. To make a reservation, call Co-directors, Heather Greubel at (630) 898-3878 or Kristi Gregory at (630) 212-3996. The theme is “Splash Canyon”. Activities include Bible stories, crafts, games, songs and a light dinner.
West Chicago Youth Cheer Organization has a fundraiser from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, at Portillo’s, 3895 East North Avenue in St. Charles. Twenty percent of the proceeds benefit the organization. Persons need to present the coupon, which can be found on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/West-Chicago-Youth-Cheerleading-614229995345144/. (www.merleburl.com).
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, holds its Vacation Bible school from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 18 to 22. 2018. To make a reservation, call the church office at (630) 231-3717. The cost is $5 per child with a maximum of $10 per family. The theme is “God’s Good Creation.” Activities include Bible lessons, songs, crafts games and snacks.
West Chicago Public Library District holds a two-hour Microsoft Excel class at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Participants learn the basic tools of Excel. These include setting up spreadsheets, adding/deleting columns and rows, simple calculations, and terminology. Persons must have basic computer skills. To register, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
Healthy West Chicago hosts a Grocery Store Tour at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Jewel-Osco, 177 East Roosevelt Road. Jewel-Osco Registered Dietitians lead the tour. Participants learn how to find healthier options, compare list prices to find bargains, read food labels, how to identify whole grains and how to stick to one’s budget. There are giveaways such as $10 produce gift cards, reusable grocery bags and healthy recipe ideas. To register, visit eventbrite.com.
Sons of Daughters is the entertainment at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at The Shell in Reed-Keppler Park. They are a country duo.
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, is at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a lunch; dessert and a beverage are provided. The book to be discussed is “Code Girls” by Liza Mudy. Copies of the book are at the Museum and West Chicago Public Library, 118 West Washington Street. Reservations are not required for this free program. For further information call the museum at (630) 231-3376 or email email@example.com.
During World War II, the Army and the Navy recruited women and trained them in programs to break Japanese and German military codes. Journalist Mundy writes about the female cryptographers who learned to crack these diabolically difficult systems. Being chosen for this mission changed the lives of more than 10,000 young American women, took them out of their familiar surroundings and prescribed destinies, and offered them a thrilling opportunity to do urgent war work at the nation’s center. However, they took vows of secrecy, and this vast enterprise has been hidden for almost 70 years.
With the resignation of Susan Gillespie, there is a vacancy on the Community High School District 94 Board of Education. Persons interested in serving on the board can submit applications to the attention of the Board President, Community High School District 94, 157 W. Washington Street, West Chicago, IL 60185, or hand-delivered to the District Office, during business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline is Friday, June 29.
Persons applying must be at least 18 years of age on the day of appointment, be a resident of Illinois and District 94 for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment, be a registered voter, not be a child sex offender, not hold another incompatible public office, not have a prohibited interest in any contract with the District and not be a school trustee.
Applications should include a resume outlining professional, educational, and personal qualifications and a list of three personal and/or professional references, with contact information including home address, telephone number, and email address. Applications are subject to disclosure under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The successful applicant must file a Statement of Economic Interests with the DuPage County Clerk following his/her appointment.
Through the West Chicago Sister Cities organization, visitors for the City’s sister city of Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany are coming here from Saturday, August 25, through Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The individuals are adults and students, ages 14 to 18, from the Realschule. Host families are needed. “Hosting is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and make a new friend,” said Sister Cities president, Becky Hall. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the summer, staff from West Chicago Elementary School District and members of the community “Read Under the Trees” at various locations in the community, including schools, police station, parks and apartment complexes. After each reading time, children receive a free book. The program ends Thursday, July 25, 2018. To view the times, dates and locations, visit http://www.wego33.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6G3PBBI&dasi=4GBP0. This free reading program is sponsored by Anne E. Barrett Memorial Reading Endowment through the District 33 Foundation for Educational Excellence.
During the summer, St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, has Wednesday Nights on the Lawn, with various musical groups. Food and drink service begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended and may be made at (630) 231-3100, extension 114.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Loretta M. Christensen, who at the age of 102 passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2018.
Touch A Truck, presented by the West Chicago Police Department and West Chicago Police Department , Saturday, June 3, 2018, was quite successful. Both adults and children enjoyed seeing the many different vehicles. At the safety check and installation of car seats, the safety seat technicians completed 13 car seat inspections. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Fire Protection District received an Insurance Services Office Class 2 rating. This new rating has the potential to decrease homeowners’ insurance costs beginning July 1. The Insurance Services Office of Commercial Risk Services measures and grades city services on a five-year cycle. ISO is an international company, which insurance companies use when determining homeowners’ insurance costs.
Fire departments/districts are measured on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best rating and 10 being the lowest. The previous rating of the WCFPD was an ISO Class 3 rating in 2011. West Chicago Fire District is one of 1,393 fire departments/districts out of 44,672 fire departments/districts across the country to receive an ISO Class 2 rating, which puts the Fire District in the top 3.1 percent of the Nation. The WCFPD received this rating through commitment to both public safety and the local economy. The ISO is a division of Verisk Analytics, which analyzes a community’s fire suppression measures like its 911 call center, water supply, fire apparatus and equipment, fire prevention, community risk reduction, personnel, training, response times, and operations.
The Public Protection Classification program also a tool that assists communities plan for budget, and justify improvements. Some noteworthy changes in the WCFPD include the addition of a training facility and multi-story burn tower, better documentation of training to not only record completed training but to record time spent on each training subject as well, and pre-plans of all businesses in the district.
The West Chicago Fire Protection District is a career department consisting of 41 career personnel, and 12 contract firefighter/paramedics. The fire district’s current staff consists of 57 members that include support staff, career, and fire prevention personnel. (This is part of a press release from the West Chicago Fire Protection District)
Elizabeth Nava, a recently graduated student at West Chicago Community High School, is the Student of the Month for May. Her selection recognized for academic success, plus her involvement in the community and high school.
Nava was on the Honor Roll every semester. She has a cumulative weighted Grade Point Average of 4.566 and is a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society. Nava served as a Student Ambassador, and is a member of Compass and Interact clubs. She volunteered at in the Summer Bridge Program, working with incoming freshmen to help them be ready for high school. A student athlete, Nava played soccer for three of her four years of high school.
Outside of school, Nava was a volunteer n the after school program at Gary Elementary School. Working with students in first through eighth grade, she was a volunteer the past two summers in the Summer Program at Currier Elementary School.
In the fall, Nava plans to attend Aurora University to major in Elementary Education. (www.merleburl.com)
For the spring 2018 season, Zenen Cardenas, a recently graduated senior, is the West Chicago Community High Male School Athlete of the Season. He participated in track & field all four years of his high school career, cross country for three years, and football senior year. Cardenas qualified for state at sectionals, with the seventh best time. At state, he placed sixth overall. He was named WCCHS’ Male Athlete of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year.
A scholar-athlete, Cardenas was on High Honor Roll every semester. He is an Illinois State Scholar, a National Hispanic Scholar, and a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society. Cardenas earned honors for Voice of Democracy, the Presidents Education Award, the Fermilab Science Award, and was a graduate with Highest Academic Distinction.
After high school, Cardenas plans to run track while attending Marion Military Institute, a Division 1 school, in Alabama in preparation for the United States Air Force Academy. (www.merleburl.com)
For the spring 2018 season, Avalon Smith, a recently graduated senior, is the West Chicago Community High School Female Athlete of the Season. She participated in track & field all four years. Named team captain junior and senior years, she also received most valuable player awards, breaking six indoor and outdoor school records. She has also participated in cross country. Smith was named Female Athlete of the Year at WCCHS for the 2017-2018 school year.
In addition to attending WCCHS, Smith attended Technology Center of DuPage for Professional Cooking and Baking, and received A-Team awards and an invitation to the Technology Honor Society. At WCCHS, she was a member of Horticulture Club and served on the President’s Council.
After high school, Smith plans to attend Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Arts. She wants to become a pastry chef, hoping to one day own her own bakery. She has committed to running track at this Division 1 school. (www.merleburl.com)
Speaking at the 2018 graduation ceremony of West Chicago Community High School Wednesday, May 23, 2018, was social studies teacher John Chisolm. Members of the senior class select the teacher. The class gift was a “social media package,” which included a WCCHS backdrop, table coverings, and other signage to be used for events and when student athletes sign with colleges. (www.merleburl.com)
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