Calendar of Events

April 2014

Apr 20

Baby Donations Needed

Friday 03/18/14 - 04/20/14
Luis Rentas, St. Edward School class of 2010, is working on his Eagle Scout Project, a "Baby Shower" for the Women's Center. He is seeking donations to help the Center to provide material support for mothers and families in need. Suggested donation items include diapers (sizes newborn to 5), outfits, sleepers, onesies, receiving blankets, bibs, shampoo, towels, washcloths, and baby wipes, maternity clothing, clothing for mom (average age is 22 years old), and clothing for children up to size 12. Donation bins will be placed in St. Edward Church, Our Lady of Victory, and St. Bartholomew. Items can be dropped off during Church hours. For larger items, e-mail Luis and he and his fellow scouts are happy to provide pick-up service. Donations are accepted through April 20th. He may be reached at lrentas1@yahoo.com.


Apr 22

Lap Sits

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents and children 3 years old and under welcome.
Lapsits - The fourth Tuesday of the month.
Literacy-based group encounters provide you and your child a wonderful experience together. The primary goal is for you to interact with each other, although you will also enjoy the time with other families. Topic for the month is "Bedtime".
Please RSVP no later than 3pm on day before the class. Class closes 15 minutes after scheduled start time. Please be prompt.
Questions call 773-205-3637
Maryville Crisis Nursery
4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Building B
24 hour helpline:773-205-3637


Apr 22

Toddler/Preschool Story Time

Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
March 18 - May 6, 2014
Ages 18 months-4 years
(There will be NO story time on April 8)
Austin-Irving Branch
6100 W. Irving Park Road
312-744-6222


Apr 23

Social Security Benefits and You

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
CIRCUIT COURT
OF COOK COUNTY
ELDER JUSTICE CENTER
FREE SENIOR ENRICHMENT SEMINAR SERIES:
Social Security Benefits and You
Learn what benefits you qualify for and are entitled to from Social Security and how to apply.
SPEAKER: Andrew Salata
Public Affairs Specialist - Social Security Administration
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
CL-115, Concourse Level
Chicago, Illinois 60602
TO REGISTER CONTACT:
The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center
(312) 603-9233
Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Patricia Banks, Presiding Judge, Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division


Apr 23

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

Wednesday 7:30 PM
Northwest Chicago Film Society presents "The Strange Love of Molly Louvain"
Admission: $5
Ann Dvorak has a rare starring role in this crackerjack 1932 melodrama about Iowa cigarette counter salesgirl Molly Louvain who thinks that she has everything figured out until she becomes an unwed mother with a host of unscrupulous suitors. The film will be introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel.
Patio Theater
6008 Irving Park
The running time is 73 minutes.
For more information please call Julian Antos at 773-827-8991 or visit

Northwest Chicago Film Society


Apr 24

Senior Issues Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday 10:00 AM
Senior Issues Advisory Committee Meeting
Rep. Rob Martwick's District Office
5433 N. Milwaukee
Everyone is welcome to stop by and discuss issues and ideas for legislation that affect seniors in our community and the state.


Apr 24

Job Fair and Career Day

Thursday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wilbur Wright College 20th Annual Job Fair and Career Day
Wilbur Wright College, 4300 North Narragansett Avenue - Events Building (Atrium)
Admission: FREE
This event is open to the public. Professional dress is required. For more information please call the Wright College Career Planning and Placement Center at 773-481-8527.


Apr 26

Chicago's Citywide Clean & Green Volunteer Clean-Up

Saturday
You and community groups in your area can make an immediate difference in your neighborhood by volunteering your time and efforts to take part in Chicago's Citywide Clean and Green Day.
For more than two decades, Chicagoans have teamed up with community groups and the City of Chicago to help beautify your communities by cleaning up and recycling accumulated litter and trash. All you have to do is sign up and join us at a location close to you that could really use a good cleaning. The City will work with you and your community organization to provide use on that day of all the brooms, rakes, shovels and bags needed to get the job done.
To register or for more information, call 311. Registration deadline is April 18, 2014.


Apr 26

Electronics Recycling and Spring Cleaning Event

Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hosted by State Senator John G. Mulroe
with Representatives Rob Martwick & Michael McAuliffe
and Commissioner Peter Silvestri
Salvation Army
8354 West Foster Ave.
Norridge, IL. 60706
FREE PAPER SHREDDING!
Have your confidential documents, personal papers, bank statements, etc. shredded on site and recycled free of charge!
FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING!
Computers, printers, keyboards, telephones, cell phones, fax machines, power tools, TVs,VCRs,cameras, software, video/audio tapes, disks,Small appliances, etc.
SPRING CLEANING!
Gently used clothing, sports equipment, books, small appliances, kitchen items, games, toys and household items can be donated onsite to the Salvation Army.
Also-Prescription medication disposal, donation of used eyeglasses, printer ink cartridge disposal and American flag disposal.
For additional information, please call 773-763-3810 or visit

For a complete list of accepted items
Senator Mulroe


Apr 26

Portage Park Garden Club

Saturday 9:30 AM
The April meeting of the Portage Park Garden Club will be held in the Community Room on the 2nd floor of the Austin Irving Library, 6100 W Irving Park Rd.
The Guest Speaker will be horticulturist Judy Wherley. Her topic will be Raising Fruits in Small Yards. Her talk will involve many new small garden ideas for fruits that will give you the opportunity to consider a variety of examples that will help you enhance your landscape.
Refreshments will be served. Guests are always welcome. For more information concerning the dates of other Garden Club meetings, field trips and fund raisers, contact the Portage Park Garden Club at portageparkgc@comcast.net


Apr 29

Maryville Open House

Tuesday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Even one abused or neglected child is too many.
That's just one reason the Maryville Crisis Nursery exists. Maryville Crisis Nursery, the only crisis nursery in the Chicago land area, provides care for children newborn - 6 years old.
Children can receive care at the Nursery 24/7 for up to three days at no cost to the parents.
Maryville Crisis Nursery is a resource for our families who are attempting to prevent a crisis or who are encountering one.
24-Hour Help Line - 773-205-3637
Please visit during the Maryville Center
for Children's Open House to learn how,
together, we can help families in our
communities.
Tuesday, April 29th 3 - 6 p.m.
Maryville Center for Children
4015 N. Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
For more information, please call
773-205-3613


Apr 29

Gray School Principal Forum

Tuesday 6:15 PM
The Local School Council at Gray School is in the process of hiring a new principal and holding a Principal forum for the three candidates. It starts with a meet and greet, followed by short speeches from the candidates and questions from attendees. This event is open to any members of the community that are interested.
Gray School
3730 N. Laramie


Apr 30

St. Edward Open House

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Want to see how we can give your child so much more than just a seat in the classroom? Come visit St. Edward School! Prospective families with children 3-years old through 8th grade for the 2014-15 school year are invited. The next Open House is 9-11 AM on Wednesday, April 30th. Or call to schedule an individual tour. They would love to meet you! Tours will begin in the main school building, 4343 W. Sunnyside. For more information, email rsvp@stedwardschool.com or visit
St. Edward School


May 2014

May 3

Run to Remember

Saturday 8:00 AM
The 10th Annual Run to Remember held on May 3rd, 2014 is a 5K USATF certified chip-timed 5k Run/non-competitive 5k walk on Chicago's lakefront featuring a junior jog, family friendly After-Party, appearances by the CPD Mounted Unit, K-9 Unit, and helicopter unit as well as a children's activities area and performances by the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society. The R2R starts and finishes at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, located just east of Soldier Field.
WHAT: Nearly 6,000 citizens, police officers, families of fallen officers and supporters of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation are expected to participate in the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation's 10th annual Run to Remember. The event is a 5k run and walk in honor of Chicago's true heroes - Chicago police officers that have been killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014. The race and walk will step off at 8:00 am.
WHERE: Gold Star Families Memorial and Park
Just East of Solider Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
For more information or to sign-up

Chicago Police Department Memorial


May 3

A View of Bronzeville

Saturday 2:00 PM
Please join us for this presentation on the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Presented by author and educator Bernard C. Turner, this program will cover how Bronzeville was settled and grew to become a center for African-American life and culture as a result of the Great Migration. The sights and stories of the people who made Bronzeville a great Chicago neighborhood will be covered. This program is free and no registration is required. Please contact the library for further information.
Austin Irving Branch Library
6100 W. Irving Park
312-744-6222


May 3

Cinco de Mayo Dinner Dance

Saturday 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
St. Viator gym
3644 N. Kedvale Ave.
$20 Adults, $10 Children (5-12)
Cash bar
Music, food, dancing & fun
For more information, contact Maria Brizuela mdrbrizuela@sbcglobal.net


May 3

Chicago Choral Artists

Saturday 7:30 PM
Chicago Choral Artists presents How Sweet the Sound: American Sacred Music. Wayland Rogers, guest conductor. James Russell Brown, keyboardist. Music rooted in the Sacred Harp, Southern Harmony, spirituals, and Shaker songs will be followed by contemporary works by McFerrin, Paulus, and Powell, and the premiere of three compositions by Mr. Rogers. Sat., May 3, 7:30 PM, Our Lady of Victory, 5212 W Agatite, Chicago; Sun., May 4, 4:00 PM, Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster, Chicago; Sun., May 11, 4:00 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest. Adult $20, Senior $15, Student $10. 708-848-1762.
Chicago Choral Artists


May 4

Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association Fine Craft Fair

Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pre Mothers Day Sale of Handcrafted Jewelry, Glass, Ceramics and Textiles to benefit Independence Park.
The Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St.


May 5

St. Pascal Fund Raiser

Monday 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Pete's Pizzeria #2 at 5847 W. Montrose Ave. is hosting a fundraiser for St. Pascal School. Please join us by dining in, picking up, or getting your order delivered right to your home. Pete's opens at 3:00 PM and closes at 11:00 PM. Last seating is 10:15 PM. The menu is available online at PetesPizza2.com and call 773-282-5434 to place an order or reserve a table. Thank you in advance for making this fundraiser a success.


May 6

Turning 65: Understanding Medicare

Tuesday 1:30 PM
Turning 65: Understanding Medicare
Please join us for these free programs presented by Money Smart partner Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Illinois. On Tuesday, May 6th the presentation will cover eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B and the standardized Medicare supplemental plans available in Illinois. On Tuesday, May 20th information about Medicare Part D, the Medicare Prescription Drug Program will be covered. Registration for these programs is not required. Please call the library for further information.
Austin-Irving Branch Library
6100 West Irving Park Road
312-744-6222


May 13

Baby Talk Classes

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents and children 3 years old and under welcome.
Come PLAY, SHARE, have QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
Parenting Issues class-The second Tuesday of the month.
Topic for the month is "Television is it Good or Bad?"
Please RSVP no later than 3pm on day before the class. Class closes 15 minutes after scheduled start time. Please be prompt.
Questions call 773-205-3637

Maryville Crisis Nursery
4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Building B
24 hour helpline:773-205-3637


May 16

Portage Parkk School 2nd Annual Spring Gala

Friday 7:00 PM
Portage Park Helping Hands Presents the Portage Park School 2nd Annual Spring Gala to raise money for much needed technology.
Biagio Banquets
4242 N. Central Ave.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact
Barbara Murphy 773-510-4072 or email
ppshelpinghands@gmail.com


May 17

Yard Sale at Independence Park

Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Time to do some spring cleaning and earn some $$
Rent a 10x10 space for $20
Bring your own table or rent one from us for only $10 each
Keep whatever money you make!!
Rain or shine! New & used items!
Independence Park
3945 N. Springfield
Email questions to info@independenceparkchicago.com
**The Salvation Army trucks will arrive at the end of the sale to take any unwanted items**
There will be plenty of shoppers, as the annual neighborhood (West Walker) Garage Sale (Irving to Montrose, Pulaski to Central Park) will be held the same date/time. Last year over 90 garages participated.
Sponsored by Independence Park Advisory Council

To Sign Up


May 17

SPAGHETTI DINNER

Saturday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CUB SCOUT PACK 3935 AND TROOP 935 INVITE YOU TO THEIR
ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER
In St Bartholomew's Krueger Hall
4910 W Addison Ave
Come for the spaghetti and company. Stay for the bake sale and exciting raffles. Prizes include a spa package, an acoustic or electric guitar with 4 lessons, a family photo shoot, and more.
All you can eat for just $8.00 per person
Purchase tickets at the door or in advance. Advance tickets include a complimentary raffle ticket. Email pack3935@boyscoutschicago.com to purchase advance tickets or for more info


May 20

Turning 65: Understanding Medicare

Tuesday 1:30 PM
Please join us for these free programs presented by Money Smart partner Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Illinois. On Tuesday, May 6th the presentation will cover eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B and the standardized Medicare supplemental plans available in Illinois. On Tuesday, May 20th information about Medicare Part D, the Medicare Prescription Drug Program will be covered. Registration for these programs is not required. Please call the library for further information.
Austin-Irving Branch Library
6100 West Irving Park Road
312-744-6222


June 2014

Jun 1

Portage Park Farmer's Market

Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Portage Park, northwest corner of Berteau and Central Avenues
This Farmer's Market will be held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of each month through the beginning of October. Additional market dates are June 15th, June 29th, July 20th, August 3rd, August 17th, September 7th, September 21st and October 5th. Vendors will include farmers from around the region, bakeries and other local food providers. There will also be free musical entertainment at each market. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available to local businesses and organizations. For more information please call 773-720-5381 or visit
Friends of Portage Park


Jun 15

10th Annual Father's Day Bike Ride

Sunday 8:00 AM
Looking for some outdoor fun on Father's Day? Look no further then the Father's Day Bike Ride hosted by The Eli's Cheesecake Company!
Held on Father's Day, the fun is set to begin around 10 am and will wind through Wright College and Portage Park Communities. The ride itself is 12 miles long, with a stop at Portage Park for a water break and there will be a free continental breakfast beforehand. Helmets are not required, but are recommended.
To register, contact Sharon Mrowiec at smrowiec@elicheesecake.com or
773-308-7015 by Friday, June 13th!
Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe
6701 West Forest Preserve Drive