Due to the decrease in membership, the Friends of the West Chicago Library disbanded. The organization started about 25 years ago, just after the approval of the referendum for the new library building. Two of its founding and long term members were the late Theresa Czajka (1927-2008) and Marion Zarate, who has relocated to another city.
Zarate said the group was formed by some of the individuals who had worked for the passage of the referendum. Its main fundraiser was the book sale. “We started this shortly after the new library was built.” Saturdays, members would meet at the library to go through the books donated, separating them int0 categories. “It was a big job.” For the sale, the books were brought from the basement to the main floor. Then unsold books were returned to the basement. Through the monies raised, the organization purchased supplies and equipment the library needed and not covered in the budget. “We also paid for some to the programs presented and held an annual Egg Roll.”
With the disbandment of Friends of the Library, the annual book sale is discontinued. The Library Foundation, a 501 (c)3 organization, is continuing with the ongoing book sale and accepting books for this. Persons wanting to join the Library Foundation and help with the ongoing book sale can email firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.merleburl.com)
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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. 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. Some of the questions to be answered are “has gerrymandering and redistricting affected potential candidates for office; and is the current political climate encouraging or discouraging people to run for office and are possible candidates dissuaded by modern campaign techniques that discuss personality rather than policy?”
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.
The Fall Musical at Wheaton Academy is “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Performances are at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and October 19, 20, 21, 2017, in the White Alumni Chapel, 900 North Prince Crossing Road. The ticket price is $10 and tickets are available at the door.
To celebrate the Hindu New Year, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1851 Pramukh Swami Maharaj Road in Bartlett, hosts an Open House from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017. When the members received a Proclamation at the Monday, August 20, 2017, City Council meeting, they invited residents of West Chicago to attend the open house.
For Halloween fun, 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. on Saturday, October 21, 2017. There are games, crafts and refreshments. The event is geared for all ages. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes.
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. New this year is a Ninja Obstacle Course. 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. There is a late update on this event. Should there be a game six between the Cubs and the Dodgers, Oktoberfest dinner guests can come to the church and purchase “take out dinners” for watching the game at home.
Call the Church office at (630) 231-3344 or visit the website www.firstumcucc.org for more information.
The 19th District Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts a Steak Fry from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at VFW Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. The menu is a choice of steak, pork chops or cod, baked potato, green beans and salad. The charge is $20 and payable at door. Past Presidents of the Auxiliary hold a bake sale. Other activities include a Basket and Meat raffle and a 50/50 raffle.
Benjamin School District 25 Foundation for Educational Excellence hosts its Ninth Annual Fall Fest from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Benjamin Middle School located at 28W250 St. Charles Road. In addition to the costume parade, there are pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides, inflatable obstacle course, remote control car racing, face painting and trunk trick or treating. There also is an adult bags tournament. Food available for various costs includes grilled hot dogs, pizza, chips, baked goods, soda and water.
The West Chicago Public Library District hosts a reception for the launching of its new website from 10:00 a.m. to noon Monday, October 23, 2017, in the main meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Refreshments are served and there are giveaways. Jason Rock, IT librarian gives “tours” of the website on the big screen, answers questions and shows information locations.
Andrés Salguero, better known as 1-2-3 Andrés, performs at 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 23, 2017, in the cafetorium at Leman Middle School, 238 Hazel Street. The interactive program of music, dancing and singing in Spanish and English is geared for families with children between the ages of birth through second grade. His album, “Arriba Abojo,” received the 2016 Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, plus the Parents Choice Gold Award. The first 100 families receive a free CD. (www.merleburl.com)
Leman Middle School holds its Band, Choir and Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in the cafetorium, 238 East Hazel Street.
The orchestra director is Janet Sikma. The Concert Orchestra sixth- graders play an arrangement of a Renaissance tune called “Sword Dance” and an arrangement of Loch Lomond. The Symphony Orchestra, seventh and eighth-graders, play an arrangement of the Welsh hymn, “The Ash Grove” and the first theme from Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.
The band director is Brad Rathe. Intermediate Band, sixth-graders, play “Imperium” by Michael Sweeney and “Peace Like a River” arranged by Robert W. Smith. Concert Band play “Gateway March” by Eric Osterling and “Aliens Landing (In Your Back Yard!)” by John Prescott.
Alexia Garcia is the choir director. Sixth-graders sing “Haida’ arranged by Henry Leck. Seventh- graders sing “Winds” music by Larsya Kuzmenko. Eighth-graders sing “Brave” arranged by Audrey Snyder. The combination of sixth, seventh and eighth-grade choirs sing “Journey In Peace” by Andy Beck and Ben Cohn.
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.
“Downloading Books on Your iPad or iPhone” class is at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, 2017. “Downloading Games on Your iPad or iPhone” class is at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017.
As part of its Business Round Table, the West Chicago Public Library District holds Score: General Business Discussion Round Table at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Score Mentor George Safford, a West Chicago resident, is the moderator. It is geared for those starting a new business or owners of existing small businesses. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
As part of the countywide Voices of DuPage, the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, hosts its third Town Hall Share at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The topic is “Cemeteries.” Refreshments are served.
Voices of DuPage is a collection of cultural institutions that serve DuPage County residents that seek to preserve and promote our historical legacy. The members, primarily museums and libraries, focus on oral history programs.
“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. The 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. There also is a special preview performance of WeGo Drama’s next show, “We Will Rock You.” For more information email Rick Gieser at email@example.com or call (630) 346-1064.
“Learn Basic Guitar Chords” is the West Chicago Public Library District program at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Librarian Austin Hall shows how to form and play the basic major and minor chords on guitar, and some basic exercises to make music out of them. Persons need to bring their own guitars, acoustic preferred. To make a reservation, call adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
This is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and Lutherans throughout the world are commemorating it in various ways. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, is showing the “Luther and the Reformation” documentary by Rick Steven at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The public is invited to attend.
The West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street. Social time is at 6:45 p.m., short business meeting at 7:00 p.m. and program at 7:15 p.m. The program is “Plantscaping for Fall.”
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.
It is time for some Halloween Fun Saturday, October 28, 2017, in downtown West Chicago. The Halloween Parade starts in the parking lot behind the West Chicago Public Library District building, 118 West Washington Street. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., judging at noon and award presentation follows the parade. Creativity, originality and overall impression are the basis for costume judging. Age categories are infant to five, six to 10, 11 to 15, and 16 and up. The parade steps off at 12:15 p.m. from Turner Court to West Washington Street, to Main Street to the Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street. All participants receive a free trick or treat bag.
The annual downtown business “Trick or Treat” event is from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The route begins on Main Street from Route 59 to West Chicago Fire Protection District on Fremont Street, Galena Street and West Washington Street. Participating businesses have a jack-o-lantern poster in their windows. (www.merleburl.com)
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 holds it popular Raffle Blast Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the post, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. The charge is $50 per person and includes lunch prepared by the Post Auxiliary. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call the post at (630) 231-9823.
West Chicago Lions Club holds a Pancakes and Pumpkins Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. – to noon Sunday, October 29, 2017, in the Commons at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street, entrance H. The breakfast menu is pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. The charge is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for children age 12 and under. Activities include some surprises, 60/40 raffle, games for children and a costume contest, which is at 10:30 a.m. Parade categories are children under the age of five, grade school children, teens and family or group. (www.merleburl.com)
Trick or Treat hours are from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
During the Senior Leaf Raking project of the City, various youth groups, organizations and individuals volunteer to rake the yards of senior citizens. The event takes place Saturday, November 4, 2017. Last year, the volunteers raked the yards of 30 senior citizens. Volunteers meet at 7:00 a.m. at the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 East Washington Street, is recruiting new members for its choir, which rehearses from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Church services are at 10:00 a.m. Sundays. The director is Ron Benner, who was involved with the music department at West Chicago Community High School for more than 50 years. Call the Church office at (630) 231-3344 for more information.
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 (630) 231-1552, extension 112. Herbst resigned for personal reasons.
Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, October 7, 2017, more than 300 persons attended the Sixth Annual Illinois Association of Firefighters Local 3970 Chili for a Cure Cook off. There were 12 teams in the competition. For the second year in a row, Fire Chief Pat Tanner won first place. Taking second place was Windy City Reps-Melissa Medeiros, Office Manager of the West Chicago Park District. Winning third place was MTP Painting. In the Head/Tails games, Noel Thomson won the kayak, Mike from MTP Painting won the utility cart full of liquor and Tom Q. won the Outdoor Bench Cooler. Mike Wheeland won the 50/50 raffle.
Michael Sawicki, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, is the Student of the Month for September. His selection is due to his school leadership and academic dedication.
Thus far, he has been on the High Honor Roll every semester and has a cumulative weighted grade-point average of 5.530. Sawicki is a member of National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, plus was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, and an Academic All-Conference Athlete.
He has served on Student Council for four years and as president for the last two years. He serves on the President’s Council, is a Student Ambassador, and served as a student leader or mentor for ROAR and Snowball. Sawicki is a member of Interact Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Business Professionals of America, and Speech Team. Sawicki earned state and national awards placing first nationally in FBLA LifeSmarts, first in state in FBLA Personal Finance and Intro to Business Communication, first in state and fourth in nationals in LifeSmarts, and first in state and second in nationals as a member of the Personal Finance Challenge team. He also has been on baseball team for three years and plans to play this spring. Outside of school, Sawicki volunteers at his church, assisted at Special Olympics events and the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association tournaments, and with several community events and projects.
Upon graduation, he plans to attend a four-year university to study finance, economics or industrial engineering. (www.merleburl.com)
Community High School District 94 Educational Foundation awarded grants to Ashley Walsh of Science & Math Division for 15 Android tablets for the AP Science Principles Course, Science Division Head Scott Albright for 395 white boards for science classes and Donna Leahy of the Learning Resource Center for 50 USB headsets for Chromebooks used in the library.
Perfect weather Saturday, September 30, 2017, contributed to the success of Winfield Township Recycling Extravaganza as 450 cars drove into the site carrying a variety of items. Elgin Recycling collected 35,814 pounds and E-paint collected 800 gallons of paint. The paper shredding patch had 9,880 pounds of paper. SCARCE collected a total of 30 boxes, plus 10 medical aids and four sewing machines Among the odd and ends articles collected were 376 eyeglasses, four boxes of ink cartridges, 110 cell phones, 38 flags and 27 fire extinguishers.
Officers for Business Professionals of America at West Chicago Community High School are Mike Sawicki, president; Sunny Patel, vice president; Matt Dupasquier, secretary; and Shivani Dave, treasurer. Others are Sean Tannehill, historian; Jack Reynolds, social media coordinator; and Kyra Meyer, parliamentarian.
Businesses recently opened are Alpha Coating Technologies, DOS Tool Corp at 915 Atlantic Drive; Latino Treatment Center at 245 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 140, Great American Pinball at 850 Meadowview, Suite 10, J.A. Bain & Associates and Luxeyard Outlet.
West Chicago resident Diane Beaulieu, owner of Entree Kitchen in Carol Stream, appeared on Lunchbreak on WGN-TV Thursday, October 11, 2017. The recipe featured was Oven Roasted Shrimp Fajitas.
At the Friday, October 13, 2017, football games the scores were West Chicago Community High School-22, Glenbard East High School-22, and Wheaton Academy-53, Fenton High School-32.
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