West Chicago remembers veterans.
The Community Veterans Days Service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. There is a presentation by Rolling Thunder. West Chicago and Mayor Ruben Pineda gives a patriotic message. Included in the program is the 21-gun salute by members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 and the playing of “Taps” by Jeri Rethford and Gavin O’Keefe, both juniors at West Chicago Community High School. A light luncheon is served after the ceremony. There is a free will offering for Neighborhood Food Pantries.
Through various ways, schools in the community honor the veterans Friday, November 10, 2017. Schools in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 have different activities and programs planned. Students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white and blue
Preschoolers in Early Learning Center color flags, march and sing patriotic songs.
Currier School kindergarteners read a story about a veteran, try on a uniform from the Vietnam War and make cards for veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle. First graders watch a Discovery Education streaming titled “Veterans Day,” write a letter to a veteran and color an American Flag. Fourth graders engage in a Brain Pop on the Armed Forces kicking off a discussion about Veterans Day. Fifth graders discuss the History of Veterans Day, create a drawing and write on what they learned. A former Currier student, now serving in the US Army is a guest speaker. All students are writing letters to veterans in the local American Legion and VFW, plus delivering letters to veterans who will be on an upcoming honor Flight to Washington D.C.
At Gary School students are reading and writing about veterans. Primary grade students are drawing thank you pictures to be delivered to the local VFW Post. Also the school is collecting pennies for Veterans to make a donation to the VFW.
At Indian Knoll School Principal Jennifer Tapia discusses what a veteran is and the service they have and continue to provide to the US. Students read and write about veterans. Kindergarten classes color a picture. Fifth graders write a letter to veterans thanking them for their service.
Pioneer School holds an assembly. Students in grades first through third sing songs to honor veterans. Each veteran attending the assembly receives an honorary pin thanking them for their service
The students at Turner School sing patriotic songs during morning announcements. Activities include journal writing, reading books about veterans, World War II displays from relatives and memorabilia from various sources. Murals and posters created by students are on display throughout the building. Students also write letters for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 and the VA hospital.
At Wegner School, a veteran shares stories and talks with students at an assembly. Students write letters to veterans, read a variety of books and watch videos.
Through various school subjects, students at Leman Middle School participate in a variety of activities. Eighth grade Red learn about Russell Haas, the grandfather of teacher Matthew Wood. He served in World War II and was a POW during the last six months of the conflict. Wood has a collection of memorabilia relating to his grandfather’s service as a B-17 navigator. Many of the classes create products such as reflective drawing Thanksgiving turkeys, holiday cards and letters of appreciation to be sent to various veteran organizations or a veteran a student knows personally. Music classes focus on patriotic songs. English as a Second Language Classes learn military hymns to practice reading fluency.
Benjamin School District 25 schools, Evergreen Elementary School and Benjamin Middle School, host assemblies. The middle school assembly is at 8:00 a.m. and the elementary assembly is at 1:15 p.m. Veterans are guests of honors. All students belong to Scout organizations are encouraged to wear their uniforms. The school veteran-related service project is Blue Star Mothers.
Wheaton Academy holds a Veterans Day Chapel.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Gallery Theater Studio, 129 Main Street, presents “Miracle on South Division Street” by Thomas Dudzik. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, November 10, 11, 17 and 18 and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, November 12 and 19, 2017. The ticket price is $16 and $14 for seniors. To make reservations, call (630) 254-5919, email GalleryTickets@gmail.com or through the website www.Gallerytheaterstudio.org.
The Nowaks, Clara and her adult children of Buffalo, New York, have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks’ 20-foot commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble. The daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write and star in a one-woman show about the family miracle so the “whole world will know!” However, as her plans for theatrical immortality unfold, the entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel.
Cast members are West Chicago resident Maureen Navadomskis, Gail Cannata, Kas Hesek and Mike Greenstone. The director is Carolyn Larsen. (www.merleburl.com)
The deadline of Friday, November 10, 2017, is quickly approaching for persons interested in submitting a letter of letter of interest for the vacancy on the West Chicago Public Library District Board of Trustees. The letters should be sent to Nancy Conradt, President, West Chicago Public Library District, 118 W Washington St., West Chicago, IL 60185. The unexpired term will be filled until the next regular Library election April 2019. Rosario Herbst submitted his resignation for personal reasons. For further information, call Library Director Benjamin R. Weseloh at (630) 231-1552, extension 112.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 338 George Street, hosts its Annual Christmas Sale and Luncheon from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017. The luncheon is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The sale includes Christmas items, baked goods, handicrafts used treasures, silent auction and outside vendors. The cost for the luncheon is $7, children age 10 and under are free. The menu is Sloppy Joes, hot dogs, salads, chips, dessert and beverage. (www.merleburl.com)
Through its Relaxation Series, the West Chicago Public Library District presents four programs in November. The second one, “Chair Yoga,” takes place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in the main meeting room 118 West Washington Street. Instructor Marti Anne guides attendees through a gentle session, teaching several ways to practice yoga while seated or standing by a chair. Persons also learn how to synchronize their moves with their breath. No prior yoga experience necessary. Call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4 to make a reservation.
The West Chicago Public Library District holds two two-hour computer classes in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Basic computer skills required. To make reservations, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
Microsoft Word is at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Topics include formatting text and documents, changing fonts, cut/copy and paste, using Spell Check and MS Word terminology. Microsoft Excel is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The class covers the basic tools such as setting up spreadsheets, adding/deleting columns and rows, simple calculations and terminology.
The West Chicago Park District hosts a free rules of the Road class for persons age 50 and older at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. An instructor from the Office of the State Secretary teaches the course. To make a reservation, drop in at the ARC or online at www.we-goparks.org.
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.
“Shopping on Amazon” classes are at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 and at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2017.
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program is a non-fiction book reading group. The discussion group meets at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks are provided.
The book under discussion is “Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive” by Laura Hillenbrand. It is up to individual readers to choose either the regular edition or the young adult adaptation. The book tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian’s courage, cunning, and fortitude following the crash of his military plane in enemy territory during World War II.
Copies of the book are available at the Museum and West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street. Call the Museum at (630) 231-3376 for further information.
WeGo Drama at West Chicago Community High School presents “We Will Rock You: School Edition” by Ben Elton at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 16, 17 and 18, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. The ticket price is $8, $5 of students. Tickets are available on line at www.wegotheatre.com or at the door. WeGo Drama President Ricky Gieser, said, “I truly enjoy the fact we are the one premiering this show in Illinois.”
The show is a jukebox musical telling the story of two revolutionaries as they try to save Rock in a dystopian world and features more than 20 Queen songs. These include “Under Pressure,” “I Want To Break Free,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites The Dust.”
The company of actors and crew are Abby Carr, Ryan Castiglia, Kenneth Correa, Andres Espinoza, Delaney Flynn, Megan Gee, Ricky Gieser, Sammy Incrocci, Nora Zamora, Grecia Bahena, Nathan Bradley, Andrew Brady, Emily Carroso, Marcos Correa, Vanessa Coss, Zoe Genebe, Alexia Gountanis, Megan Kordik, Noemi Lara, Garrett Martin, and Evy McLean.
Others are Audrey Miller, Flora Nei, Ahley O’Donnell, Rachel O’Donnell, Gavin O’Keefe, Jeri Rethford, Ryan Schweihs, Paola Suarez, Leah Wheatley, Jyle Walsh, Noah Zieche, David Brown, Lilly Hansen, Rob Hansen, Nathan Hiltner, Leo Johnson, Abbie Lundblad, Neve Ryan, Madysen Simanonis and Connor Thompson.
Mark Begovich is the director. Scenic Design and Technical Direction is by Chris Jensen. Vocal Direction is by Brandon Fantozzi. Choreography is by Lora Vodicka. Costume design is by Lauren Roark and hair and make-up design is by Jamie Elza.
Original vocal score is by Mike Dixon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor; and original orchestrations by Steve Sidwell. The school edition is prepared by Stuart Morley. (www.merleburl.com)
We-Go Community Theater Fall Junior Production, hosted by the West Chicago Park District, presents “The Lion King Experience Jr.” Performances are at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 and Friday, November 17, 2017and at noon Saturday, November 18, 2017, in the cafetorium at Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street. The ticket price is $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased on line at www.we-goparks.org until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017.
During the fall, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and Cantigny Park, present a series of programs focusing on the theme of civic awareness. The third and final program, “Money in Politics: How Much is Too Much?” is at 7:00 p.m. November 16, 2017. Guests meet at the Visitor’s Center, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. and then are transported to the McCormick Museum for the program There is no charge for the program and parking is free. Registration is limited to 100 attendees per event. Advance registration is required and may be made at http://www.wheatonlwvil.org/civics-awareness.html#news.
Sarah Brune, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, presents practical tools for keeping up with the fast-paced world of political money in Illinois. Through tools like http://www.illinoissunshine.org, persons can learn about who is giving this money, who is receiving it, and how campaign cash really works. During her time with ICPR, Brune has been integral in passing campaign finance reform legislation, hosting civic engagement events for voters and running ICPR’s Illinois Sunshine database. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Communication from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest. ICPR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization serving the voters of Illinois. Its mission is to initiate reforms and promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics, and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The League of Women Voters of Wheaton serves the people of Wheaton, Winfield, West Chicago, Warrenville, and Carol Stream.
Cantigny Park, part of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), long-time editor and publisher of the “Chicago Tribune.”
West Chicago Community High School students enrolled in Child Development I classes, under the supervision of teacher Brittney Bauer, teach children from the age of 2.5 through five in a three-week Wildcat preschool Program. The classes are from 8:00 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, starting November 28 and ending December 14, 2017.
Lessons range from alphabet and number awareness to gross motor activities to beginning reading and writing. For further information and to register, visit www.d94org/preschool.
The West Chicago Lions Club holds a coat drive now through Thursday, November 30, 2017. Drop off boxes are located at both Republic Bank locations, 101 Main Street and 105 West Roosevelt Road; City Hall, 475 Main Street; West Chicago Park District ARC, 201 West National Street; FNBC Bank & Trust, 600 East Washington Street: Water’s Edge Bible Church, 209 South Oakwood Street; Ball Horticultural Company, 622 Town Road; and The UPS Store, 1879 North Neltnor Boulevard. New and slightly used, clean coats are needed for distribution to local families.
Residents may see fuzzy-faced police officers in November as some members of the West Chicago Police Department are currently participating in the No Shave November campaign to heighten awareness for cancer research. Those participating donated $25 to the campaign to forego shaving for the month as approved by Chief Mike Uplegger. Anyone wishing to donate to the No Shave November campaign can make their donation at the West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street Checks should be made payable to No-Shave November. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85 will match monies raised by police officers and contributions made by the community up to $500.
Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Edward “Boober” J. Auer, who at the age of 76 passed away, Monday, October 30, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Mary E. Nelis, who at the age of 95 passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017.
To reduce the District’s carbon footprint and reduce the annual energy cost, the West Chicago Fire Protection District Board of Trustees approved the purchase of replacement LED lights and fixtures for all four stations of the amount of $37,390.08,at the Thursday, October 26, 2017 meeting.
Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also generously contribute through monetary and in-kind donations to clubs, churches, organizations and schools.
Contributing to the West Chicago Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Sunday, October 29, 2017, were Wood Glen Pavilion, Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, Edward Jones-John F. Cahill, Bob’s Auto Body, Marziani Enterprises, Daniel And Associates Real Estate, Precision Lube, American Roofing & Repair, Rebecca C. Hall Consulting, Mary Ann Manna-Re/Max Suburban, Murphy Ace Hardware, T. S. Specialties, Extra Value Liquors, Sonny Acres, Haggerty Ford, Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli and Grill and Norris-Segert Funeral Home & Cremation Services. The winner of the 60-40 raffle was Terry Klingberg.
The weather was a bit nippy for the Halloween Parade and Downtown Trick or Treat, but that did not stop approximately 600 persons from trick or treating Saturday, October 28, 2017. Judges were Ward 6 Alderman George Garcia, Ward 3 Alderman Al Hallett and Ward 2 Alderman Jayme Sheahan. (www.merleburl.com)
Named to the “Daily Herald” All-Area Boys Soccer team were Luke Holwerda and Seamus Kilgallon from Wheaton Academy and Arturo Marquez from West Chicago Community High School. Honorable Mention was D. Gunn from Wheaton Academy.
Named to the “Daily Herald” All-Area Girls Volleyball team was Angie Gromos from West Chicago Community High School.
Midwest Strength + Performance recently opened its doors at 245 West Roosevelt Road, Building 2, Suite 9.
“Water Lilies IV” by Maggie Capettini was juried into the 41st Annual Competition and Exhibition at Beverly Arts Center, 2407 West 111th Street in Chicago. The exhibit runs from Saturday, November 11, 2017, through Sunday, January 7, 2018. The artists’ reception and award ceremony is November 11. Her artwork “Hydrangea Walk” earned an Honorable mention in the “All That Glitters” at the LaGrange Art League Gallery. Capettini is a Gallery 200 member and education coordinator at West Chicago City Museum. (www.merleburl.com)
The new Kiwanis Club of West Chicago is now in full operation. Officers, who are charter members, are John Lorenzo, President; Nancy Perillo, Vice President; Anne Quigley, Secretary; and Omar Espinosa, Treasurer. Board and also charter members are Ronnie Yarbrough, Brian Kaspar, Doug Domeracki, Cheryl Moore, Ronald Segert, John Cahill, Tom Moran.
Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at FNBC Bank & Trust, 600 East Washington Street. Persons interested in doing the Kiwanis Club can call Espinosa at (630) 908-1809
During a ceremony Wednesday, October 18 2017, 47 West Chicago Community High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society. The NHS sponsor is Humanities teacher Nick Caltagirone.
Inductees were Melissa Bautista, Abby Carr, Maria Giannoudakos, Jeremy Grant, Clare Hur, Camryn Liberio, Ellie Michaels, Andrew Tortorello, Cameryn Zapata, Daniela Almarales, Guadalupe Arriola, Grecia Bahena, Barbara Castellanos, Colette Castelluccio, Nicholas Castelluccio and Maricela Cruz.
Others were Shivani Dave, Kathryn Gramit, Alyssa Guttman, Adam Hey, Skylar Kenneally, Charles Kostomiris, Vianey Luna, Audrey Miller, Alejandro Muñoz, Jose Muñoz, Gavin O’Keefe, Caroline Orr, Joseph Orr, Raul Ortiz, Bansri Patel and Dipali Patel.
Also inducted were Britney Prebis, Grace Ramirez, Jeri Rethford, Delaney Ringe, Nathan Rutledge, Erika Schoeller, Marya Shamas, Jessica Smith, Sarah Solver, Sean Tannehill, Michael Wagner, Addie Hasselgren, Sabrina Lutfiyeva, Neve Ryan and Alyssa Szulczewski.
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