3 days ago

Presidential Proclamation -- Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln

Presidential Proclamation -- Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

President Abraham Lincoln believed that we are, at heart, one Nation and one people. At a time when America was torn apart and our very future was in doubt, he knew our country was more than a collection of States, and that we shared a...

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Presidential Proclamation -- Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

President Abraham Lincoln believed that we are, at heart, one Nation and one people. At a time when America was torn apart and our very future was in doubt, he knew our country was more than a collection of States, and that we shared a bond that would not break. One hundred fifty years after President Lincoln's death, Americans join together across the Union he saved to honor his memory and celebrate the freedom for which he gave his last full measure of devotion.

A self-taught man, rugged rail-splitter, and humble lawyer from Springfield, Illinois, President Lincoln believed in the fierce independence that lies at the heart of the American experience. But he also knew that together, we can do great things -- that it is through the accumulated toil and sacrifice of ordinary women and men that our country is perfected and our liberty preserved.

President Lincoln understood the immense sacrifices required to give meaning to our founding principles. With enduring faith and steady resolve, he led our Nation through Civil War, knowing the blood shed was in painful service to those same ideals. He sought to reunite our people not only in Government, but also in a freedom that knew no bounds of color or creed. It was in this spirit that he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, forever joining the cause of our Union with the advancement of liberty. As our Nation gave birth to a new era of freedom, President Lincoln charted a course that would help bind the wounds of a divided country and bring healing to a people who desperately needed it.

Full Proclamation Here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/14/presidential-proclamation-day-remembrance-president-abraham-lincoln#

4 days ago

Seeking Vendors for Edgebrook Festival May 30th

CALL FOR VENDORS

Everyday Edgebrook along with Local First Chicago present "Destination Devon - a street side festival"

Join us in Edgebrook on May 30th from 12-6pm at Central and Devon for a family friendly festival featuring live music, artisans, fun activities and more!

Now seeking vendors – see details below.

Event Details::
-Saturday, May 30th, 2015; 12pm-6pm
-Along Devon Ave. between Kinzua and Minnehaha
-Load in begins at 11:00 am. Load out is from 6:00-6:45 pm.
-Vendors must be...

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CALL FOR VENDORS

Everyday Edgebrook along with Local First Chicago present "Destination Devon - a street side festival"

Join us in Edgebrook on May 30th from 12-6pm at Central and Devon for a family friendly festival featuring live music, artisans, fun activities and more!

Now seeking vendors – see details below.

Event Details::
-Saturday, May 30th, 2015; 12pm-6pm
-Along Devon Ave. between Kinzua and Minnehaha
-Load in begins at 11:00 am. Load out is from 6:00-6:45 pm.
-Vendors must be set up by 12:00pm. At 12:00pm, unoccupied spaces will be redistributed and late vendors will not be permitted to set up. Booth fees will be forfeit.
-This event is outdoors without tents. It will be weather dependent. No rain makeup date.

Booth Fee::
FREE for Everyday Edgebrook business members NOT selling goods
$25 for Everyday Edgebrook business members selling goods (to cover cost of city of Chicago license fee)
$15 for nonmembers NOT selling goods
$40 for nonmembers selling goods (to cover cost of city of Chicago license fee)
-Anyone selling goods must provide their Illinois Sales Tax ID

Booth Details::
-Booth fee is for a 6'x3' space.
-Vendors will receive a PayPal invoice upon signing up.
-Invoices must be paid within 24 hours of receipt, or your space will be offered to the next vendor on the waiting list.
-Booth fees will be used to defray the cost of the necessary city permit and for advertising the event.
-Booth fees are nonrefundable even in the case of inclement weather.

Display and Sales::
-Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs, and displays.
-As a reference, 6'x3' is the size of (1) standard table. You, your booth, table, and all merchandise must fit within this space.
-All sales made outside are the responsibility of the vendor. Vendors must come prepared with enough change to cover their sales.

For more details or to sign up, email info@everydayedgebrook.com

Apr 09

Updated 5 days ago

Illinois Boys State 2015 Presented by Your American Legion Post 134

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

Just about three decades before President Kennedy delivered that famous quote, three American Legion members from Illinois were living his vision. In June, 1935 Hayes Kennedy, Harrold L. Card and Matthew J. Murphy convened the very first Boys State at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

About two hundred boys from across Illinois attended the camp designed...

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“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

Just about three decades before President Kennedy delivered that famous quote, three American Legion members from Illinois were living his vision. In June, 1935 Hayes Kennedy, Harrold L. Card and Matthew J. Murphy convened the very first Boys State at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

About two hundred boys from across Illinois attended the camp designed to give young men an opportunity to learn the operation of American government on the local, state, and national levels. Their learn by doing approach had the boys create a mythical “51st State” (or in 1935, actually a mythical 49th State).

This idea took off as the second session saw attendance triple, and by 1937 Illinois Boys State had 1,200 in attendance and many other states began to develop and host their own Boys State camps. Currently all states except Hawaii have Boys State programs and the American Legion Auxiliary hosts Girls State programs across the country.

While every state and every program is separate and unique, they all follow the same basic ideas founder and “Father of American Legion Boys State,” Hayes Kennedy built into the original Illinois program.

Illinois Boys State is a youth citizenship development initiative of the American Legion. It is for boys who have completd their junior year in high school and have at least one semester/quarter left to complete after attending Illinois Boys State 2015 (June 13-19). American Legion Post #134 will sponsor two boys to attend for free. Illinois Boys State is held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. If you are interested, please contact Jac Charlier, American Legion Post 134 at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

More information about Illinois Boys State is here: http://illinoisboysstate.org/

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    The party meetings are less memorable to me partly due to not knowing the young lady our party elected as candidate for GS Governor. Instead, I remember working on a citizen from my community's write-in campaign (making posters and buttons, helping with slogans, etc.) My party's candidate, the Bunny Candidate,...

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    The party meetings are less memorable to me partly due to not knowing the young lady our party elected as candidate for GS Governor. Instead, I remember working on a citizen from my community's write-in campaign (making posters and buttons, helping with slogans, etc.) My party's candidate, the Bunny Candidate, won the Governor seat. A few of us left the convention celebration because we did not want to do the bunny hop. Instead, we sat out in the lobby and discussed prejudice, inequality, poetry, and life in general. There was nothing wrong with the silliness, but some of us who attended were not the type.

    Oh, though folks are only allowed to bring limited supplies for campaigning, the young ladies who ran for major offices had planned their campaigns far in advance-- even down to wardrobe changes. Just a heads up if your kids ever go & want to run for office-- no prep ahead allowed but definitely plan ahead!

    I've tried to include the positives and negatives. Overall, I enjoyed it. In the spirit of full disclosure, another young lady from my hometown attended with me, but she went home the second day. She didn't like having to dress up every day and she wasn't into government and history (though she is now an excellent nurse :-) ). Also, she was incredibly homesick.

    I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, let me know."

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

    Great posting Minerva. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 13

Updated 6 days ago

Illinois Boys State 2015 Presented by Your American Legion Post 134 in Morton Grove

Illinois Boys State is a youth citizenship development initiative of the American Legion. It is for boys who have completd their junior year in high school and have at least one semester/quarter left to complete after attending Illinois Boys State 2015 (June 13-19). American Legion Post #134 will sponsor two boys to attend for free. Illinois Boys State is held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. If you are interested, please contact American Legion Post 134 via...

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Illinois Boys State is a youth citizenship development initiative of the American Legion. It is for boys who have completd their junior year in high school and have at least one semester/quarter left to complete after attending Illinois Boys State 2015 (June 13-19). American Legion Post #134 will sponsor two boys to attend for free. Illinois Boys State is held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. If you are interested, please contact American Legion Post 134 via Jac Charlier, Americanism Chair, at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

More information about Illinois Boys State is here: http://illinoisboysstate.org/

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

Just about three decades before President Kennedy delivered that famous quote, three American Legion members from Illinois were living his vision. In June, 1935 Hayes Kennedy, Harrold L. Card and Matthew J. Murphy convened the very first Boys State at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

About two hundred boys from across Illinois attended the camp designed to give young men an opportunity to learn the operation of American government on the local, state, and national levels. Their learn by doing approach had the boys create a mythical “51st State” (or in 1935, actually a mythical 49th State).

This idea took off as the second session saw attendance triple, and by 1937 Illinois Boys State had 1,200 in attendance and many other states began to develop and host their own Boys State camps. Currently all states except Hawaii have Boys State programs and the American Legion Auxiliary hosts Girls State programs across the country.

While every state and every program is separate and unique, they all follow the same basic ideas founder and “Father of American Legion Boys State,” Hayes Kennedy built into the original Illinois program.

  • Dennis 28 year Jefferson Park resident

    A totally fantastic experience. I am an alumnus of Illinois Boys State 1964. Yes, we had cars in those days and electric lights. No cell phones or internet, though. My best wishes to those who are selected to attend!

  • Minerva* Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Did you find your candidates? If not, how about promoting the opportunity at the local parks and high schools (Taft, St. Patrick, etc.). We need an ad for the bulletin boards. Also, how about spreading some flyers at the Downhill Derby at Merrimac Park, April 17th? Do you have any deadline for the applications?

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

    Thanks Minerva... We do share it with high schools. As for a flyer, their is a PDF brochure downloadable directly from the website.

Apr 12

Unconventional Approaches to Painting with Maurice Costello at the Veterans Art Museum April 18

Veteran artist Maurice Costello will discuss his art making practice and share insight into several of his paintings on display in the museum. Participants in the workshop will create their own work of art using painting techniques introduced by Costello and used in his ongoing series of portraits.

Saturday, April 18 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Admission to the workshop is free - space is limited! For questions or to RSVP, email education@nvam.org

To see more of Costello's artwork go here:
http://mauricestudios.com/artwork1.html

4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor
Open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission
312-326-0270
http://www.nvam.org/

Apr 04

Wildwood and St Mary of the Woods students gather for anti-child abuse rally

"Pinwheel" rally held along Hiawatha Avenue
Photo by Randy Baran

Apr 04

Edgebrook Community Association holds Easter egg hunt on April 4

And they are off to the races to get those eggs
Photo by Randy Baran

Apr 03

Slow Art Day at The National Veterans Art Museum April 11

The National Veterans Art Museum would like to invite you to Slow Art Day on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 to come and take time to experience five specially selected artworks from our permanent collection.

What is Slow Art Day?
Slow Art Day is a global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. One day each year – April 11 in 2015 – people all over the world...

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The National Veterans Art Museum would like to invite you to Slow Art Day on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 to come and take time to experience five specially selected artworks from our permanent collection.

What is Slow Art Day?
Slow Art Day is a global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. One day each year – April 11 in 2015 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

At the NVAM
We’re proud to host Slow Art Day 2015 as part of our mission to inspire a greater understanding of the real impact of war through art created by veterans. Five specially selected artworks from the permanent collection will be on display for participants to view and contemplate. Discussion of the artworks and art appreciation will take place at noon. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and join in on the conversation.

RSVP:
contact info@nvam.org or call 312-326-0270 to RSVP!

https://www.facebook.com/events/303048479885860/

Slow Art Day 2015 http://www.slowartday.com/

4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor
Open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission.
http://www.nvam.org/

Mar 30

Updated Apr 01

Airplanes Bother you? Pollution, Noise, Frequency?

you got to check this site out and bookmark it and use it every time an airplane flys overhead. http://chicagonoisecomplaint.com/
once you go online, it saves your information and you can file a complaint with 1 button. it will adjust the time and date for you automatically, use your ipad or tablet and it is fantastic. you can also see a ton of information on complaints filed and maps and more. FAIR created this website.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

    Increase in O'Hare airplane noise and pollution and you, the citizen

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR...

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    Increase in O'Hare airplane noise and pollution and you, the citizen

    I invite you to join the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, a citizen-led initiative that gathers democratically. We are a rapidly growing coalition of citizens and civics on Chicago's NW side and near NW suburbs.

    What is FAiR about?

    FAiR seeks a real voice at O'Hare to secure an equitable distribution of takeoffs and landings, day and night, east and west, and using all existing runways including the diagonals. FAiR is the leading voice for residents on this issue.

    What does FAiR believe?

    It is our Coalition's experience that citizens and civic organizations concerned about the severe impact on our communities from increased noise and air pollution occurring as a result of the new October 2013 runway configurations have not had a real seat at the table in the development and implementation of how O'Hare takeoff and landing patterns were designed. FAiR supports the economic engine that is O'Hare, but we believe that as our neighbor, the airport must work with the community to determine when and where those engines fly over our homes, yards, schools, parks and businesses.

    What can you do?

    As a neighbor, resident and fellow citizen, I ask you to join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. Then...
    Sign up for FAiR Coalition emails. Go to www.fairchicago.org and click on "Join Now"
    Sign our online petition at www.fairchicago.org
    Report your noise complaints which can be done directly through our website at www.fairchicago.org
    Appeal your property taxes
    Put up a FAiR yard sign
    Distribute FAiR door hangers
    Tell your neighbors about FAiR
    Become active with FAiR in your community

    Still have questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier - jac.charlier@gmail.com See you around our neighborhood.

  • This is great to know how and where we can voice our concerns. I'm close to I-94 however and the traffic helicopters in the morning and the late night speeder's on the expressway are even a greater disruption for me then the airplane traffic.

Mar 27

Updated Mar 27

Vote for new Cubs Song!

Help Norwood Park neighbor win! Vote for his song #EverybodyLovesTheCubs
polldaddy.com/poll/8747248/v…

Mar 27

Be a Norwood Park Scholar!

Your child graduating this year? You could be eligible to win a $500 scholarship from the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce.
For more details visit
http://www.norwoodpark.org

Mar 24

Updated Mar 27

Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia O'Hare Community Press Conference

Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will hold an open community press conference about his plans to address the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution at O'Hare. You are invited to hear Commissioner Garcia speak directly about his plans for solutions to the "O'Hare problem".

When: Friday, March 27 Time: 1:30pm Where: Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Who: You!

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    As it happens, unfortunately I can't be there after all. I have an appointment that I'd forgotten about, but I WILL be at the demonstration at WTTW next Tuesday! I hope that someone who attends Garcia's meeting will be kind enough to jot down a few notes from it and post here for those of us unable to attend.

  • BellaV,

    How unfortunate. After all the "Looking to Adopt a pup" posts/exchanges, I had hope to meet you.

Nov 02

Updated Mar 25

“100 Faces of War” Exhibit Opening at the NVAM for Veterans Day

“100 Faces of War” - Portraits and words of Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibition will be on view from November 11, 2014 through May 1, 2015 at the National Veterans Art Museum and will be the first time the exhibit will shown in its entirety.

This exhibition is to be a place of open contemplation upon the American experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These portraits represent a cross section of the American experience...

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“100 Faces of War” - Portraits and words of Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibition will be on view from November 11, 2014 through May 1, 2015 at the National Veterans Art Museum and will be the first time the exhibit will shown in its entirety.

This exhibition is to be a place of open contemplation upon the American experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These portraits represent a cross section of the American experience of these wars and the statements of the people pictured reveal a candid, unedited understanding of our recent history. Nine years in the making, 100 Faces was created by Artist Matt Mitchell. Each portrait represents a part of the American statistics of these wars and comes out of a personal meeting between the artist and the person pictured. For posthumous portraits the artist worked with the family and the words are provided by the family.

Opening Reception, Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from 3pm -7pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

http://www.nvam.org/upcoming-100-faces-of-war/#more-2808
http://www.100facesofwarexperience.org/

Closed for installation November 2 -10, 2014.

Open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free.
Located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor, Chicago.
(312) 326-0270

Mar 07

Get your GREEN on!

Order your #NWSI t-shirts today, go for the green, get ready for the NWSI Parade Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Noon.

Email Nicolebelcaster@gmail.com to reserve your shirts today! Short sleeve only (kids & adult sizes) available only $15 each. Or order now & pick one up at Mo Daileys Tuesday night!

Feb 24

Announcing High School Study Abroad Scholarship

AFS-USA, the world’s oldest and largest student exchange organization, is pleased to offer students in the Chicago area with an exclusive new scholarship opportunity. Any student from Chicago-area school who is accepted to any AFS program will receive an automatic scholarship of at least $1000!
All students from Chicago-area schools are encouraged to apply for these merit and need based scholarships in addition to the automatic scholarship of at least $1000.
Through AFS, you can spend as few as two...

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AFS-USA, the world’s oldest and largest student exchange organization, is pleased to offer students in the Chicago area with an exclusive new scholarship opportunity. Any student from Chicago-area school who is accepted to any AFS program will receive an automatic scholarship of at least $1000!
All students from Chicago-area schools are encouraged to apply for these merit and need based scholarships in addition to the automatic scholarship of at least $1000.
Through AFS, you can spend as few as two weeks or a full academic year abroad. And, as the largest organization of its kind in the world, there are more countries and themes to choose from than you could ever imagine.
Unlike many programs, all AFS experiences include international travel, insurance, and orientations to make sure you’re properly prepared for your adventure.
AFS programs and scholarships are available to anyone eligible for an AFS program. And, there are programs for students from age 13-18, freshman to senior!
Make sure that when you apply for college (or, in the future, for your dream job), you can state on your application that “I was an AFS’er!” As the most recognized leader in student exchange, you’ll make an important and immediate impression that may just make the difference you need. Plus, you’ll already have the background colleges and employers look for in global competency and cross-cultural communication – critical skills for working in today’s global economy!
AFS (and our more than 130 Greater Chicago-area volunteers) is proud of its tradition of providing global experiences to students and families in the area.For more information, visit our website at www.afsusa.org today or call 1-800-AFS-INFO.

Feb 20

Check One, Two! at the National Veterans Art Museum

The second workshop at the National Veterans Art Museum will explore the roots of poetry and hip hop in the context of African American History Month.

Melvin Lyons will be leading the workshop along with NVAM staff and volunteers. All are welcome! This workshop is free and open to the public.

Mel L. is a hip hop artist with The Microphone Misfitz and a Marine Corps veteran. Join us for a two-hour emcee workshop exploring the hip hop voice from...

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The second workshop at the National Veterans Art Museum will explore the roots of poetry and hip hop in the context of African American History Month.

Melvin Lyons will be leading the workshop along with NVAM staff and volunteers. All are welcome! This workshop is free and open to the public.

Mel L. is a hip hop artist with The Microphone Misfitz and a Marine Corps veteran. Join us for a two-hour emcee workshop exploring the hip hop voice from a veteran's view on Saturday, February 28th, from 1-3 PM.

The art of emceeing is said to date back centuries and is cited as having roots in performative African poetry. This workshop will discuss the history of emceeing, how to move the crowd using the words and presence and how this can help veterans. Topics explored will include how to rhyme, different ways to structure a verse, what flow is and how to use it, and what writing techniques can be used.

Located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor, Chicago.
312-326-0270
http://www.nvam.org

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