West Chicago is the place for scary monsters, funny persons and out-of-this-world aliens to gather for fun activities Saturday, October 28, 2017. Then they appear once again on Halloween Day, Tuesday, October 31.
The Halloween Fun Saturday begins with the Halloween Parade 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. Some of the participants are Boost PC Network, Ferny’s Salon, Gallery 200, La Cocina de Maria, Gateway Dental, Gloria’s Jewelry, Norris Segert Funeral Home, Republic Bank, Rite-Way Automotive, Royal Polish Nail Salon, St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store, West Chicago Public Library District, West Chicago Dental Care and West Chicago City Museum. (www.merleburl.com)
Trick or Treat hours are from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. A few things for a safe and happy Halloween for youths is to only stop at homes beaconing a welcome with a lit porch light, carry flashlights, cross streets at intersections, wear costumes that allow freedom of movement and masks that allow easy visibility and go with friends and/or parents. Have a “spooktacular” time!
A side note: For more than 15 years the house at 333 Church Street has had scary decorations-a ghoulish cemetery. On Halloween, it is even spookier.
AROUND AND ABOUT
The last day for the 2017 Winfield Farmer’s Market, organized by Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, is from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 25. It is located at the corner of Geneva and County Farm Roads.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, holds a Harvest Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2017. It is the kick off for the stewardship campaign. The charge is $5, $20 per family. For further information, call (630) 333-0964.
A new Kiwanis Club is starting in West Chicago. Its chartering event is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Republic bank, 101 Main Street. The brief program includes comments from the immediate past Governor of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International, a brief outlook of planned programs and the introduction of the charter members of the Club. Beer, wine, soft drinks and appetizers are served. The cost is $20 and is payable at the door.
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. Kim Hartman, a landscape designer, presents the program “Plantscaping for Fall.” There are several giveaways with winners selected from names put in the hat.
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. Special guest speaker is Dave Sabathne, CEO/President Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Coffee with the Mayor is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, at City Hall, 475 Main Street.
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.
Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, presents “Lamplight Stories” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017. It is an evening of ghoulish stories told outside for ages 15 and up, youths under age of 18 must be with an adult. For further information, call (630) 876-5900.
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 age five, grade school children, teens and family or group.
St Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Day of Reformation at its 8:00 a.m.-traditional, 10:00 a.m-contemporary and noon-Spanish services Sunday, October 29, 2017.
The City of West Chicago free Fall Leaf Collection begins Monday, October 30, and ends Friday, December 1, 2017. On regularly scheduled garbage pick-up days, residents can put out an unlimited number of “Kraft” yard waste bags of leaves. Stickers are not required.
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.
“Using GPS on Smart Phones” class is at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 1. “Internet Shopping” class is at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 3.
West Chicago Public Library District, 118 West Washington Street, once again offers Food for Fines from Wednesday, November 1, through Wednesday, November 22, 2017. During this time period the library accepts donations of non-perishable food in payment for fines. One item equals one dollar in forgiven fines, up to a maximum of $10 per card. This is not applicable to charges for lost or damaged materials or collection agency fees. Patrons not owing fines also may contribute to the food drive. The proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Food Pantries site at Real Life Church campus, 525 North Neltnor Boulevard. Call Circulation Services at (630) 231-1552, extension 2.
West Chicago Public Library District holds two two-hour Computer Basics classes in the small conference room. One takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, and the second one is at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017. To make a reservation, call adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension, 4. The classes cover opening/closing programs and documents, saving documents, printing documents and computer vocabulary. No experience is necessary.
“Fused for You II: A Touch of Glass” is the exhibit for the month of November at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. Featured is the fun and functional fused glass art by Susan Delaney, Mindy Milan and Sue Tripp. The artwork includes plates, dreamcatchers, jewelry and garden stakes. The three artists work across the bench from each other and share the same kiln, but their finished products are very different.
The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017. A Native American Flute jam is the musical entertainment. Refreshments are served.
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 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. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Environmental Commission and United Methodist Church co-host a pumpkin drop off from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the church, 643 East Washington Street. The dumpster is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Composting pumpkins deeps waste out of the landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for soils.
United Methodist and Congregational Women of First United Methodist Church of West Chicago host their annual Holiday Luncheon and Gift Bazaar Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the church, 643 East Washington Street. The bazaar is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sale items include handmade gifts and ornaments, gift baskets, baked goods, white elephant goodies, plus some items sold by small business vendors. Luncheon is served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The menu is hot roast beef sandwiches, a large variety of salads and many delicious desserts. The price is $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and under. This is a fundraiser for local, national and world relief programs. For further information, call the church office at (630) 231-3344. (www.merleburl.com)
Registration for the City of West Chicago’s 2017 Frosty Fest 5K Run/Walk is now open online at www.raceroster.com/14012. The event takes place Saturday, December 2, 2017, starting in Turner Court. Packet pick-up and registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. The free Kids Fun Walk for children age 10 and under begins at approximately 9:30 a.m. Age groups are 11 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and over. The top three overall male and female participants receive awards, plus the top three male and female in each age category receive awards. The fee is $25 for residents, $30 for non-residents, $10 for students. Registration deadline is Friday, December 1. Persons registering by Monday, November 6, receive Santa hats. To receive a Frosty t-shirt, participants should register by Friday, November 10. Kids Fun Run participants receive a Finisher’s ribbon. For further information, call Special Events Coordinator Bethany Bayci at (630) 293-2200, extension 176 or email email@example.com. (www.merleburl.com)
Gallery Theater, 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, Vicki White, Kas Hesek and Mike Greenstone.
Community High School District 94 offers a Lifetime Gold Card to persons 55 years and older and a resident in the district. The card entitles the holder free admission to many of the district-sponsored events held at West Chicago Community High School. Some of the ticketed or fundraising events such as the Variety Show, Band Showcase and benefit plays for the Drama organization are excluded. Proof of age and residency are required. Persons can either visit www.d94.org/goldcard or visit the District Administrative office, 157 West Washington Street, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sergeant Jose Gaztambide, officers Sara Gelsomino, Christopher Richards and Ryan Flanigan, members of the West Chicago Police Department Honor Guard, presented the National Colors Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the Chicago Bears football game.
At the Tuesday, October 17, 2017, meeting, the Community High School District 94 Board of Education approved the new courses for the 2018-19 school year. These are Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Education, Investments, Machine Shop and Quality Control. “Four of the courses are expected to qualify for dual credit through College of DuPage,” said board president Gary Saake. Also approved was revising and renaming “Multimedia Design” to “Electronic Designs for Business Professional. The board approved the bid for snow removal for the amount of $16,000 per year for three years to Ground Effects Maintenance of Bloomingdale.
At the Monday, October 16, 2017, meeting City Council approved special uses for auto repair, self-storage facility and outdoor storage and setback variance of Frank’s Auto Repair at a new facility located at 927 West Washington Street. Keith Parks, owner, proposes to construct a 5,000 square-foot building with ancillary parking and an outside triage yard located behind the building. Approximately 1,000 square feet of the building is to be used for office and a customer service area. The remaining 4,000 square-feet are is to be used as auto repair space. The storage yard is for the parking of vehicles being repaired as well as leased parking space for the storage of third party vehicles such as autos, boats and RVS. Frank’s Auto Repair, established in 1986, currently is located at 305 Main Street.
Council also approved facade grant program in the amount of $1,811. 20 for a new wall sign for Burrito King, 200 South Neltnor Boulevard.
Council approved the appointment of Fabiola Garcia to the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission.
In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017, Smith & Richardson Inc. in Geneva had tours for high school students on various days. Students from West Chicago Community High School were among the more than 100 students touring the facility on Friday. October 6, 2017. Joining the tour were U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren, State Senator Kate McConnaughay (33-R) State Representative Mike Fortner (49-R). The purpose of the tours was to help change the perceptions of people about the manufacturing environment and highlight opportunities that a career in manufacturing provide. The company is a manufacturer of precision machined, precision stamped and precision slide formed parts.
At 8:58 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2017, the West Chicago Fire Protection District responded to an activated fire alarm at Central Ink Corporation, 1100 Harvester. While the district was responding, workers at the company reported an explosion inside of the building and it was on fire. The alarm was upgraded, bringing the departments of St. Charles, Carol Stream, Wheaton and Geneva to the scene of the fire. Upon arrival, the departments found smoke and fire coming through the roof. Using two landlines and the aerial ladder, the firefighters began extinguishing the fire. The workers at the company were evacuated. Due to the amount of fire and size of the buildings, there was an additional box alarm requesting additional resources, which came from Batavia, Winfield and Warrenville. No firefighters or civilians suffered injuries. At this time estimates of damage to the building contents are not known. The company was able to reopen. “The cause of the fire has not been identified,” said WCFPD Assistant Chief Tim Leidig.
The 83-year old company moved to West Chicago in 1970, expanding four times from its original 26,000 square feet to its current size of 165,000 square feet. The company is capable of producing 155 million pounds of ink per year. (www.merleburl.com)
An armed robbery occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, at the AT&T Store, 159 North Route 59. The police reported three masked subjects entered the store with one displaying a semi-automatic pistol. The three suspects were male, wearing masks and dark-colored hoodies, of which one was an Ohio State hoodie. Two were wearing Chicago Bears pajama type pants. The other wore black sweatpants with a white striping down the sides of the pants. One of the men was carrying a red backpack. Numerous cell phones were taken. The police said the men left the business in an unknown make and model of car traveling north on Route 59. Persons who have any information on this incident should call West Chicago Police Detective at (630) 293-2200.
At the Friday, October 21, 2017, football games, the scores were West Chicago Community High School-8, Crystal Lake South High School-35, and Wheaton Academy-28, St. Edward School-29.
Betty Rohr and Linda Stoynoff are the Women of the Year at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago.
Rohr is well known for the many baby sweaters made each year that are donated to United Methodist Committee on Relief and the prayer shawl made for the Reverend Nancy Rethford, along with hosting Knit Night twice a month. Stoynoff is well known for the many “Cover Them With Love” quilts donated to UMCOR and the many comforting prayer quilts given to members of our congregation as they recover from surgery or other medical problems. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Community High School Varsity Soccer team is Regional Champs.
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