When Autumn leaves start to fall, the thoughts of mankind turn to raking. Dates involving this fall time activity are the City’s free leaf pick up program and senior leaf raking project. The free leaf program takes place between Monday, October 30, and Friday, December 1, 2017.
Various youth groups, organizations and individuals volunteer to rake the yards of senior citizens. The event takes place Saturday, November 4, 2017. Volunteers meet at 7:00 a.m. at Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street, and return at 11:00 a.m. for pizza. Individuals or groups wanting to volunteer and senior citizens wanting to sign up to have their yards raked can call Police Officer Michael Rosenwinkel at (630) 293-2751 or email email@example.com. (www.merleburl.com)
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“Before You Call the Handyman: Common Home Repairs” is the West Chicago Public Library District program at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, in the program room, 118 West Washington Street. Professional handyman Dan Findley teaches preventative maintenance and some basic home repairs such as electrical, plumbing and structural and what can be done before the experts need to be called. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
To examine all aspects of the policy and procedures, management, operations and support services of the West Chicago Police Department, a team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program will be in the City Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13, 2017. As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel, elected officials and members of the community can offer comments from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. October 13 by calling (630) 293-2222. The comments are limited to five minutes and must address the Department’s ability to meet ILEAP standards.The Department must comply with 180 ILEAP standards in order to gain accreditation status. A copy of the standards is available on the City website, www.westchicago.org, under police or by calling Management Analyst Dean Miles at the Police Department. To offer a written comment, persons can write a letter to West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street, West Chicago, IL 60185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The assessment team of Detective John Lawson from College of Lake County Police Department and Officer Roy Harold from the Sugar Grove Police Department review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. Once the Assessors complete the review, they report back to the ILEAP Committee Chairman, who reviews and distributes the report to the Council for its review and action at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Council, which then decides if the Department is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for four years, during which the Department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standard to which it was initially accredited.
The Fall Choral Concert of West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Brandon Fantozzi is the director.
Wildcat Booster Club of West Chicago Community High School hosts its annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017, in the Commons, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H. Ticket price is $7, $5 for children in advance, $8, $6 for children at door.
Republic Bank, 101 Main Street, holds a free shredding event from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 14, 2017. There is a limit of five boxes per person. The Bank also is having a food drive for Neighborhood Food Pantries located on the campus of Real Life Church. Persons can donate non-perishable food, paper products, personal items, cleaning supplies, dish soap and laundry detergent.
We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, 1055 West Washington Street, holds its annual Fall Fest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017. On sale are a variety of mums and pumpkins, straw bales and corn stalks. Activities include music, games, bag games, hot dogs and brats cooked on the grill, chips, popcorn and treats at a nominal cost, a honey bee demonstration by bee keeper expert Bill Whitney, and fire department equipment. The Greenhouse provides 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. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Sister Cities hosts its annual Oktoberfest from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017, at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. The menu is roast pork, sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, tossed salad and assorted desserts. Activities include beer tasting, door prizes and 60/40 raffle. The ticket price is $20 for persons age 21 and over, $15 for persons under the age of 21. To purchase tickets in advance call the Legion at (630) 231-2112 or in person. Tickets also will be available at the door.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, hosts the 2017 Northwest DuPage United CROP Hunger Walk Sunday, October 15, 2017. Registration is at 1:30 p.m., prayer service at 1:45 and step off for the 1.4 or 2.6 mile walk at 2:15 p.m. Other West Chicago churches participating are First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, and St. Michael’s United Church of Christ. Twenty-five percent of monies benefit Neighborhood Food Pantry, West Chicago PADS and Hanover Township Food Pantry. The remaining 75 percent goes to Church World Services. (www.merleburl.com)
The Fall Marching Band Showcase of West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, in Bishop Gym. James Wallace is the director.
The band plays all the music it has played this fall on the football field and in parades and the stands. Classic rock standards include “25 or 6 or 4,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Three Dog Night’s” and “Joy to the World.” Included among the 1980s rock selections are “Blister in the Sun,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Rock Lobster.” Modern hit selections include “Handclap,” “Bad Romance,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and “Cheap Thrills.”
West Chicago Library District holds a two-hour Introduction to Video Calling (Skype) class at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in the small meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Attendees must have an email address. Persons learn how to open a Skype account and how to make video calls from their computer or mobile device. The library will provide laptops for the class or persons can use their own device. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
The Fall Orchestra Concert of West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Alexandra Wojciechowski is the director.
Symphony Orchestra plays “October” by Eric Whitacre, “Rumanian Folk Dances” by Bela Bartok and “Thriller” (Michael Jackson). Concert Orchestra selections are “Incantations” by Richard Meyer, “Fiddle Dance” by Percy Fletcher and “Boreas” by Todd Parish. String Orchestra plays
“Agincourt” by Doug Spata and “Ventus” by Todd Parish. Alternative Strings selection is “Rather Be.” C Choir plays “Game of Thrones.” Chamber Orchestra performs “A Boy and a Girl.”
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.
“Texting on SmartPhones” class is at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18. “Using GPS on SmartPhones” class is at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017.
The West Chicago Public Library District. 118 West Washington Street, holds a Family Pumpkin Carving Contest. Families need to register in person by Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the Youth Services desk. Voting by the public takes place through the Library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/wcpld/, and at the Library Halloween event Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22. The winning family receives a gift card to Regal Cinemas. Information on the Saturday event, Pirates Cove, is elsewhere in the column.
The West Chicago Public Library District offers a two-hour Microsoft Excel class at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street Persons must have basic computer skills. The class teaches the basic tools such as setting up spreadsheets, adding/deleting columns and rows, simple calculations and terminology. To register, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program is a non-fiction book reading group.The discussion group meets at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks are provided.
The book under discussion is “The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds” by Marilyn Yalum. The book is a sweeping history of America as seen through its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, illustrated with eighty black-and-white photographs. 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.
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 second program, “Why We Need People to Run for Office,” is at 7:00 p.m. October 19, 2017, in the Visitor’s Center, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. 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.
Melissa Mouritsen Zmuda, associate professor of Political Science at the College of DuPage and author, speaks about the importance of running for local elections and making a difference in one’s community. Attendees gain insights into the process and learn more about why local government is so important.
West Chicago resident Barb Laimins and Mary Tworek-Tupper, Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Wheaton, stress that the series touches on one of the major goals of the League too, helping encourage voter engagement and involvement.
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.” It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities.
The West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street, is the site of a Pirates Cove, including a pirate ship with a band o’ pirates from Davy Jones. It takes place from noon to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017. There are games, crafts and refreshments. The fun time is geared for all ages.
West Chicago Park District hosts its annual Boo Bash from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, in the ARC, 201 West National Street. It is geared for children age two and older. The charge is $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Adults are free with a paying child. Activities include Glow in the Dark mini golf and ghost blasters, spooky story/sing-a-long hayrides, jumpy castles, costume contest, games and a special presentation by Mary Marconi Music & Magic Show. To pre-register visit the ARC in person or visit the website we-goparks.org. (www.merleburl.com)
Methodist and Congregational Men of First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, host their eighth Annual Oktoberfest Dinner, Saturday, October 21, 2017. Lawn games, such as croquet and bags, are at 4:00 p.m. The dinner buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. On the menu is bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, applesauce with apple squares and beverage. One of the beverages offered is homemade root beer. The Fire Pit Sing-a-Long is at 8:00 p.m. The ticket price is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 7 through 12, and $3 for children age six and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Call the Church office at (630) 231-3344 or visit the website www.firstumcucc.org for more information.
“Funny for Fest” benefit show takes place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, in Weyrauch Auditorium at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. Proceeds go toward the school’s drama program. Ticket price is $20, $10 for students. Tickets are available online at www.wegotheatre.com or at the door. The line up of comedians includes Patti Vasquez, pat McGann, John Dacosse, Brian Noonan, Kelsie Huff and Hanna Stanley.
To celebrate its fifth year, Educare West DuPage hosts an elite event, the 2017 Chef’s Auction. It takes place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, in the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites,150 South Gary Avenue in Carol Stream. The ticket price is $85. Tickets can be purchased at chefs4good.com or by phone at (630) 957-5700.
A limited number of the top local chefs showcase their culinary masterpieces plus there is a sampling of fine wines and beers, entertainment and a live and silent auction. The live auction features special packages contributed by all the participating restaurants.
Educare West DuPage is a state-of-the-art early childhood school that gives low-income young children and their families a strong start for a successful future.
With the resignation of Rosario Herbst, there is a vacancy on the West Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees. The unexpired term will be filled until the next regular Library election, April 2019. Persons interested in applying for this position need to submit a letter of interest by Friday, November 10, 2017, to Nancy Conradt, President, West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. For further information call Library Director Benjamin R. Weseloh at (6300) 231-1552, extension 112. Herbst resigned for personal reasons.
Both of the West Chicago veterans’ organizations hold Bingo as a fundraiser on a weekly basis. American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, games are on Fridays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard, games are 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 Evelyn Rose Urban, who at the age of 91 passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed t the family of Patrick J. Baker, who at the age of 62 passed away August 8, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Marvin P. “Red” Kleiedler, who at the age of 90 passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Ruben Laurence “Ruby” Norville, who at the age of 85 passed away Friday, September 29, 2017.
There is some new technology equipment in West Chicago Elementary School District 33. There is the addition of 1,200 Chromebooks, bringing the total to more than 2,400 for students, 360 iPads, bringing the total to 720 for students and 29 Smartboards, bringing the total to 186 throughout the district.
Jeannie Iseman is the new Executive Director of The GardenWorks Project, replacing founder Tina Koral, who will serve on the board of directors. Iseman began as a volunteer of the organization, her professional experience includes public sector and various not-for-profit organizations focused on community development and social justice. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish, plus a Master’s degree in Public Policy.
The West Chicago Community High School Math Team took first place in the North Suburban Math League Meet held on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in West Chicago. Charles Vokes is the Math Team coach.
Also students placed first at the freshman and junior levels, and second at the senior level. Alexis Maggiore earned Overall Best Junior, and Christina Champagne earned Overall Best Freshman. Seniors participating were Kate Bove, Shivani Dave, Maria Lineses and Daniela Martinez. Participating juniors were Abby Carr, Grecia Bahena, Emily Carroso, Alyssa Guttman, Jose Hinojoza, Garrett Martin, Audrey Miller, Gavin O’Keefe, Kamal Patel, Spencer Schramer, Sarah Solver and Jamie Mazurski. Sophomore participants were Steven Demma, Citlalli Santiago and Alec Renwick. Freshman participating were Coen Garling, Kyle Zanoria, Justin Blackburn and Matt Stavenger.
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 Move With the Mayor community walks and World Heart Day Celebration were Kindred Coffee, Republic Bank, Supermercado Tampico, Augustino’s Rock & Roll Deli & Grill, El Coco Loco Restaurant, Hawthorne’s Backyard & Grill and Pal Joey’s Restaurant.
The 2016 science department remodeling project at West Chicago Community High School was featured in the 2017 Showcase of Educational Interiors is the August issue of “American School and University.”
For the Under the Trees program of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, all six elementary schools hosted two reading events between June and August. A total of approximately 440 children participated with 40 to 50 children between the ages of two years up to sixth graders attending each event. Parents also attended. Children received books after each event. The purchase of books in both English and Spanish was from a donation of $3,000. The Anne E. Barrett Memorial Reading Endowment through the District 33 Foundation for Educational Excellence sponsors the free program. The district’s continuing partnership with the West Chicago Public Library District, the Winfield Public Library District and District 33 Parent Teachers Organization gives children the motivation to read and encourages them to attend the various Read under the Tree events. (www.merleburl.com)
Indian Knoll School, ON645 Indian Knoll Road, once again participated in International Peace Day Friday, September 20, 2017, with its creation of Pinwheels for Peace. This was the 11th year for the school. The art teacher is Kirsten Snodgrass. Students created and decorated pinwheels with messages of peace and “planted ” them in front of the school. In 2005, two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan of Coconut Creek, Florida started the program as a way for students to express their feelings on what is happening in the world and their lives. In its first year, groups in more than 1,325 locations participated. Last year more than 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in more than 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Community High School and Wheaton Academy Cross Country Regional and Sectional meets are Saturdays October 14. 21 and 28, 2017, at Kress Creek Farms. The sectionals are the last steps before the State Championships in Peoria. Coaches, runners and spectators classify the cross country courses at Kress Creek Farm as one of the top two courses in the state. Twenty-seven girls and boys teams participated at the Parochial Grammar School League Cross Country meet Saturday, September 23. More than 1,500 people attended, plus there was room for the 700 cars of the participants and spectators.
The Junior Varsity 1 Soccer team of West Chicago Community High School won the Upstate 8 Conference-ValleyDivision, 4-0-1.
The Speedway gas station and Speedy Cafe, 1501 West Washington Street, are now open.
At the Monday, October 2, 2017, meeting, City Council approved the final Planned Unit Development for Aldi. The item summary states, “This is in order to expand the building and reconfigure the parking lot.” Aldi is proposing to add a 3,287 square foot addition onto the north side of the existing 15,171 square foot building.
Also Council approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a certain labor agreement and Side letter between the City of West Chicago and the Fraternal Order of Police.
At the Friday, October 6. 2017, football game, the score was West Chicago Community High School-6, West Aurora High School-48.
At its homecoming game Saturday, October 7, 2017, Wheaton Academy lost to IC Catholic Prep with a score of 59-7.
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