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Feb. 17, 2017 Update

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every tax return completed through February 28, Liberty Tax will donate $5 to the food pantry.

Sun., Feb 19, 2-4 pm,Muslim Community Center, 4380 N. Elston. Meet our Muslim neighbors during an Open House to celebrate friendships, new and old. Face painting, henna design, and tasty food. Free.

Sat., Feb 25, 6 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. Enjoy delectable food fromThe Cajun Connoisseurfollowed with lively and festive music from Joe Lill during...

Sat., Mar 4, 2:30-4:30 pm, Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose. Join Chicago Fringe Festival as they celebrate and announce the final list of artists and organizations that will be performing in the 2017 festival during the Festival Lottery Party. More info: online. Free.

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On Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the proposal to build a four-story mixed-use apartment building at 5201 W. Lawrence.

Six Corners and the Filament Theatre are hosting a Social after Six event featuring tacos and board games from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM on Tuesday, February 28, at the Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

Join Portage Park Neighborhood Association, Old Irving Park Association (OIPA), and Jefferson Park Forward at Galvin’s Public House, 5901 W. Lawrence, from 7-10 PM on Monday, February 27, for great company and irresistible drink and food specials.

Art Side Out Studio, 4101 N. Milwaukee, is booking a strong schedule of parades in 2017, the first of which will be theNorthwest Side Irish Parade on March 12.

Liberty Tax Service, 4900 W. Irving Park, has again partnered with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. For every tax return completed through February 28, Liberty Tax will donate $5 to the food pantry.

...or by mail no later than 3:#0 PM Friday, March 2, to CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake St., 2nd Floor Bid Office, Chicago, IL, 60661...

Interested artists are invited to attend a pre-bid meeting on Monday, February 6 between 6 PM and 7:30 PM at the Mayfair Branch Library, 4400 W. Lawrence, where CTA personnel will provide additional program information and answer questions.

In the fall of 2016, the event sold out at Community Tavern. This time around, the Filament Theatre will partner with Fannies Cafe, 5044 W. Montrose, to offer audiences this unique experience.

...Prep Chicago website. The closest site for 45th Ward residents is at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. Their hours are...

Sat., Feb 18, 2-4 pm, Portage-Cragin Library, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Do you and your family need to get out of the house? Join the library for Family Play Time. For families with kids 3 and older. Sign up at the branch. Free.

Sat., Feb 18, 4-5:30 pm, Club Belmont, 7844 W. Belmont.The Belmont Heights Awareness Organization is hosting a Crime Prevention and Awareness Gatheringby bringing together neighbors, schools, and businesses within the community. Raffle prizes. Free.

Sun., Feb 19, 1-3 pm, Josi’s Frozen Yogurt, 4032 N. Milwaukee. Special needs families are invited to attend the monthlyNo Apologies Needed meet up at Josi...

Wed., Feb 22, 3-4:30 pm, BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 805. Charles Krugel, a Human Resource attorney, hosts a Hiring the Best Employees and Managing Employee Behavior. Register: via email or call 312-744-2086. Free.

Wed., Feb 22, 7 pm,Portage park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1624 Beat Meeting. Find you beat at the 16th district beat meeting. More info: 312-742-4521. Free. 

Thur., Feb 23, 10-11 am, Archdiocese of Chicago Food Service, 5343 W. Roscoe. The Illinois State Board of Education in partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago host aSummer Food Service Program information session. RSVP: 800-545-7892.Free.

Thur., Feb 23, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, 20th Floor, Courtroom 2005. Attorney Lynette Lewis and Community Outreach Specialist Theresa Chandler host aSeniors’ Guide to Property Tax Savings seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233.Free.

Thur., Feb 23, 7 pm, Krueger Hall at St. Bartholomew, 4910 W. Addison.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1634 Beat Meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521.

Sat., Feb 25, 9:30 am, Austin-Riving Library, Community Room, 2nd Floor, 6100 W. Irving Park. Join fellow gardeners and neighbors for thePortage Park Garden Club Meeting. This is the annual...

Sat., Feb 25, 7-10 pm, Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park. West Walker resident Chris Gombas and his band mates of The Stop Gap Measurewill perform at theWest Walker Winter Social. Bar snacks and a cash bar. RSVP by Feb. 20 to Cindi Webber via email or at 773-539-8346.Cost of purchases.

Sun., Feb 26, 10 am-4 pm, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon. There are so many ways to give back to your community in 2017. Save the...

Mon., Feb 27, 5:30-8:30 pm, The TapRoom at Lagunitas Brwing Co, 2607 W. 17th St....

Mon., Feb 27, 7 pm,St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin. The SRB Spirit Garden needs you! They are seeking gardeners of all experiences to join the SRB Meeting to learn more. Free.

Tue., Feb 28, 5-7:30 pm, 4057 N. Harding.Indulge on regular or Swedish plancakes served with a choice of lingonberries, maple syrup, or...

Tues., Feb 28, 7 pm, Rosedale Park, 6312 W. Rosedale.Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Free.

Wed., Mar 1, 4-10 pm, Trattoria Porretta Ristorante, 3656 N. Central. Help raise money for a local school during theTrattorria Porretta Fundraising Night. 15% of all...

Tue., Mar 7, 11 am,Community Room atthe 17th District Police Station, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn about victims’ rights during a Domestic Violence Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Tue., Mar 7, 7 pm,Independence Park Bungalow, 3945 N. Springfield. Join neighbors to learn how you can participate in supporting your community during aGIPNA Board Meeting. Free.

Wed., Mar 8, 7 pm,Athletic Field, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.

Sat., Mar 11, 1 pm-Midnight, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.Celebrate all things Irish at the annual St. Patrick’s Festival. Music, food, fun, and more! More info: online.  Cost of purchases.

Sat., Mar 11, 7 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine. Meet neighbors and play games during Game Night in Fellowship Hall. Free.

Tue., Mar 14, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free. 

Wed., Mar 22, 7 pm, Community Room at the 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.

Sat., Mar 25, 6:30 pm-Midnight, 4447 N. Lowell. Win great prizes during this luau themed Big Red Auction for St. Edwards. Cost of purchases. 

Wed., Mar 29, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.

    Feb. 17, 2017 Update
    Dear Neighbor, Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore, is offering free admission through the end of February to Illinois residents. Bring valid proof of residency to gain access to one of the world's largest premier natural history museums. Please be aware that in observation of President's Day, my office will be closed Saturday, February 18, through Monday, February 20.
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Community garden plots available

Merchant Park Community Garden, near the intersection of Addison and Keeler, is an oasis for the 30th Ward and a backyard for all. The garden is accepting new members for spring 2017. For more information about the garden, explore our Facebook page (facebook.com/MPCGarden/), then email mpcgardenchicago@gmail.com.

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70-year-old man missing from Portage Park

Gilberto Macias, 70, left his home in the 4800 block of Belle Plaine about 7 a.m. to go to Thresholds in the 4100 block of North Ravenswood, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police. He would normally have been back by 3 or 4 p.m., but never returned.

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Gilberto Macias, 70, left his home in the 4800 block of Belle Plaine about 7 a.m. to go to Thresholds in the 4100 block of North Ravenswood, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police. He would normally have been back by 3 or 4 p.m., but never returned.

    70-year-old man missing from Portage Park
    Police are looking for an elderly man who has been missing since Thursday morning from the Portage Park neighborhood on the West Side. Gilberto Macias, 70, left his home in the 4800 block of Belle Plaine about 7 a.m. to go to Thresholds in the 4100 block of North Ravenswood, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.
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  • Little Learners Environment

    Ms. Rohaly is asking for $1403.26:
    My students need to be independent! Thirty-three kindergartners with one adult need to be able to help themselves to engaging, age-appropriate materials and get busy right away - then clean up the room on their own!
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  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    This is just my opinion Susan.
    How about the teachers pay at least half of their healthcare and pensions.
    Then there would be a lot more money for the students. JMO

  • Craig et al who complain about teachers' fundraising, perhaps you would be best served by volunteering time in one of our schools. Perhaps with some first hand experience you would understand the struggle for funds. As for this teacher, Mr Arsenie? Kudos to him for going out and trying to...

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    Craig et al who complain about teachers' fundraising, perhaps you would be best served by volunteering time in one of our schools. Perhaps with some first hand experience you would understand the struggle for funds. As for this teacher, Mr Arsenie? Kudos to him for going out and trying to better the experience of the kids at his school. It's also possible he's taken a lead role and writes these for others in his school.

    There's a lovely meme floating around contrasting a govt funded school vs a teacher one. Too bad I can't post it here. You have no idea how much money teachers spend out of their pockets every year. Sure there's that whopping $250 dollars in expenses you can submit for reimbursement. There's a limit as to how much you can claim on your taxes, which is laughable as quadrupling that amount is done in the beginning of the year.

    You don't like their fundraising? Ignore it. Better yet. Start helping out (personally, monetarily, voting, etc). Then maybe teachers wouldn't have to ask for so much help.

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Why did Former Old Irving OIPA Prez help Ald. Arena Lockout 700 Residents From Public Meeting ?

There she was, Anna Sobor, former (OIPA) President, assisting Ald. John Arena in denying entrance to an estimated 700 tax-paying concerned citizens, who wanted to hear and or voice their opinion on a controversial proposed 7-story low-income CHA Section 8 voucher ready building at 5150 N. Northwest Highway. That is a certainly not behaving like a good NW-side neighbor.

  • do you believe everything on the internet SCC? just like your blog, people can say whatever they want; doesn't mean it's true

  • Zoe's mom Hypocrisy is not attractive.

    I take everything I read on the internet with a side eye and then try to debunk it ... the problem is when it comes from people in authority ... like elected officials ...

    Then it really ..pardon me ..p$#?@ me off... this is what they do all day, this...

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    I take everything I read on the internet with a side eye and then try to debunk it ... the problem is when it comes from people in authority ... like elected officials ...

    Then it really ..pardon me ..p$#?@ me off... this is what they do all day, this is what they have staff for, this is why they are paid a huge paycheck. Remember the position was not originally a full-time job.

    When vendors are not vetted, when alderman say " I don't have to have a meeting" ...

    You really don't want to know what how I want to respond...

    Do not ever tell me that this aldermen is a PROGRESSIVE, he is not.

    He is old school democratic machine, his way or no way .. couched by saying it's for the good .. but he's got his fingers in his ears and he's not listening to the majority and that is his job ... good, bad or indifferent ... that's his job.

    How is he any different from the others? Who do what they want without listening? Because HE thinks it's going to turn out better long term?

    Even though the majority say no?

    I just don't get it...SMDH. I mean when he goes can we sue?

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  • Charge Up!

    Mrs. Ronan is asking for $201.05:
    My students need a charging station so that our laptops are always ready to go!
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Chicago breweries tap into beer yoga trend

4419 W. Montrose Ave. 773-916-6421

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2000 Dempster St. 847-864-1000

    Chicago breweries tap into beer yoga trend
    Whether you're a seasoned yogi looking for an unconventional place to stretch or you're willing to labor for your love of craft beer, a new trend gaining steam in Chicago will have you working up a sweat before sipping suds.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Janet Baker ISON over France (squint!)

    Oh, I thought it would be about drinking beer DURING yoga. Oh well then. Let me know when they make that connection?

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