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Around and About in West Chicago - 18 Apr 2013

Around and About

  • Senior and Disabled Transportation Service

  • Game Day USA West Chicago Preseason Championships Tournament

  • Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Run

  • Annual Free Recycling Event

  • Dual Language All-Day Kindergarten Open House


              After a 39-year partnership with the West Chicago Park District, Winfield Township takes over the administration and continues the funding of the Senior and Disabled Transportation Service. In the early years of the service, the City of West Chicago also assisted with the funding. Although it basically remains the same, there are some changes.


              In addition to senior citizens age 65 and over, the service now extends to persons who are disabled. All must reside in Winfield Township.


              To make the required one-day, in advance reservation for bus service, call the new telephone number (630) 520-0054 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is an increase of usage hours from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., except from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The charge is $3, payable in cash only.


              Yet there is one constant—Terry Klingberg remains the bus driver.  “This is such a plus. The seniors just love Terry. He treats them so special,” said township supervisor Dona Smith. Klingberg has held this position since 1974, when it was decided bus service for senior citizens was very important. “At the beginning, we contracted the service to Wolf Bus Service. Terry was the driver. When the company closed its doors in 1989, the park district hired Terry to be the driver,” explained Peggy Krauch, former park district Superintendent of Recreation. The park district is honoring Terry for his years of service at the 80 and Over Party Sunday, May 5, 2013.


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              The Board of Education of West Chicago Elementary School District 33 hosts a Town Hall meeting at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the community room at West Chicago Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street, use Joliet Street entrance. The presentation topics are updates on the Middle School expansion and district finances. A question and answer period follows.


              As part of its 2013 “WeGo for Wellness” series, the West Chicago Public Library offers the program “Mouth-Watering Mains” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. In addition to learning the techniques master chefs use, persons learn lunch and dinner recipes the entire family can enjoy. These include Lentils with caramelized vegetables, chicken baked with goat cheese, peppers and spinach, and hearty, chunky bean soup.  Dave Esau, owner of Dave’s Specialty Foods in Mt. Prospect, teaches the class. He was the instructor at the Library’s program on breakfast meals March 21, 2013. He attended Dumas Pere l’Ecole de Cuisine in Glenview, while working at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. He continued his studies with Michael Chabran, a Michelin-rated chef, in Lyon, France. Call the Library adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4, to make a reservation.


              Gallery Theater holds auditions for its final show of the season, “Give My Regards to Broadway, ” at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. Performance dates are Friday, May 31, 2013, Saturdays, June 1 and 8, and Sundays, June 2 and 9, 2013. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. The cast roles for the musical comedy are Dick Foster, the director; Eddie Cowles, a “Donald O’Connor-type” pianist; Betty, the Virginia belle in the chorus; Mona Monroe, the Broadway star; Mary Collins, an aspiring actress; Legs Ruby, the bookie; Mugsy, a gangster hit man; Babs, Mugsy’s moll; Donald Harper, “Harvard man;” and several chorus girls. For further information, email gallerytheater@gmail.com.


              Local Music night is at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013 at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court. Performers are Rita Ruby, MT/Matthew Tinnon and Mike Felton.


              Ruby, a singer since childhood, has taught music and performed around the Chicagoland area since 1999. She delivers a sense of warmth with her blend of vintage country and southern gospel songs. Her life stories are part of her performance.


              Tinnon has multiple musical genres. Blues and folk are his favorites. Each set he performs tells a story, filled with messages and life lessons.


              Felton’s performance includes storytelling and original songs collected over the last century. The critically acclaimed performer has traversed the country in Woody Guthrie tradition. He was a crowd pleaser at the Soup & Bread event March 28, 2013.


              The visual artist is Brian Reis, past registrar of the West Chicago City Museum. Open mic is at 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments are served. There is no charge, but donations are welcome.


              Game Day USA West Chicago Preseason Championships Tournament takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19, 20 and 21, 2013 at Reed-Keppler Park. At least fifty-six baseball and fastball teams are participating.


              The West Chicago Lacrosse Club hosts its Eighth Annual “Wildcats Sticks and Stones Classic” Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2013 at Cornerstone Lakes Park, 2199 Smith Road. Games start at 8:30 a.m. There are 18 junior varsity and varsity teams from Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area, comprising more than 400 participants. This is the largest Lacrosse tournament in the state. There is no admission charge for spectators.


              The Fraternal Order of Police West Chicago Lodge 85, in conjunction with the West Chicago Park District, hosts the Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Run to Remember Saturday, April 20, 2013, beginning at Turner School, 750 Ingalton Street. Age categories for the 5K Run/Walk are 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and above. The top three finishers in each age category, male and female, receive award trophies. On race day, registration and packet pick up is from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.; race begins at 7:30 a.m.; and awards ceremony is at 8:30 a.m.


              The pre-registration fee is $25 and $18 for each additional family member in the same household, $30 on the day of the race. Entry forms are available at the Park District office, 157 West Washington Street or online at www.we-goparks.org. Proceeds benefit the Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students pursuing a career in law enforcement/criminal justice. For more information, call the Park District office at (630) 231-9474.


              Browning grew up in West Chicago, and was a 1987 graduate of the high school. To reach his goal of becoming a police officer in West Chicago, he attended College of DuPage, majoring in Criminal Justice. He joined the West Chicago Police Department as a Police Cadet in 1989, which he retained until he took the oath of office as a police officer on August 25, 1991. His dream was short-lived as he was killed in the line of duty on April 20, 1992. Responding to the scene of a crime in progress at a local car dealership, he was hit by an individual driving an automobile in the attempted theft.


              Aces and Chains Disc Golf Tournament, “Fields of Green,” is Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Kress Creek Farms Park. This is the first Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned tournament at this park.


              Sims Recycling Solutions, 1750 Harvester Road, hosts its annual free recycling event from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013. At the same time, it is one of the five sites involved in an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for the most consumer electronics collected in 24 hours. Acceptable items are cable and satellite receivers, cables, CD drives, cell phones, PDAs, circuit boards, computers, CPUs, desktops, laptops and tablets, digital converter boxes, digital recorders, DVD players, fax machines, hard drives, keyboards, mice, monitors (all types), MP3 players, printers, scanners, servers, televisions, VCRs, video game consoles and zip drives.


              The opening day for the new exhibit, “Earth to Table,” at the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, is from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013. It combines the history of the gardens and farms of West Chicago with contemporary art that explores how plant life makes it to the dining tables in the form of food and decoration. In addition to the historic photographs, there are farm tools, pottery and railroad china on display.


              Artists are Gitte Bog, Antonio Crook, the Contreras Gabriel Project, Stephanie Dean, Katie Drum, Kim Guare, Doug Jeppesen and Oscar Perez. West Chicago artist Anni Holm is curator of the artwork. There are many hands-on activities for children. The exhibit runs through Saturday, May 25, 2013. For further information, call the Museum at (630) 231-3376.


              The popular Mr. Wheaton Academy event is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 in the Fine Arts Center, 900 Prince Crossing Road. Twelve senior boys participate with some group dancing/singing, plus each contestant performs some skit or talent act. The charge is $10 payable at the door. Funds benefit the academy’s support to 20 orphans in Haiti.


              First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 603 East Washington Street, has a special luncheon following the 10:00 a.m. worship service Sunday, April 21, 2013. The choir prepares and serves a Shepherd’s Pie. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Proceeds go toward the purchase of choral music.


              The week of free leaf pick up begins Monday, April 22 and ends Friday, April 26, 2013 on regularly scheduled garbage pick up days. No stickers are required, but leaves must be in “Kraft” yard waste bags.


              State Representatives Mike Fortner (R-49), Kay Hatcher (R-50) and Tim Schmitz (R-94), in conjunction with State Senators Jim Oberweis (R-25) and Karen McConnaughay (R-33), host a Legislative Forum on Autism at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Batavia Public Library, 10 South Batavia Avenue. Speakers are Kathy Gould, Project Director, and Carla Oldham, Community Partner, from Illinois Autism Training and Technical Association Project; Dr. Carrie Steiner from Association for Independent Development; and Christopher M. Kennedy from Kennedy, Pierson and Strachan. For further information, call Maria Rook at (630) 293-9344.


              Lifeline Screening is available Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard. Screenings are Stroke/Carotid Artery, Heart Rhythm, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Peripheral Arterial Disease, plus Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Pre-registration is required. Call (800) 364-0457 to set up an appointment.


              West Chicago Elementary School District 33 hosts a Dual Language All-Day Kindergarten Open House for prospective parents from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Gary School, 130 East Forest Avenue.


              Also, a discussion of the all-day kindergarten program airs on the Univision Special Segment, “Con el pie derecho,” at 10:00 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013. Dual language kindergarten teacher Michelle Eggarter-Lewis is the featured speaker.


              The Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce is one of the eight chambers participating in the 20th Rolling Down the River Business to Business Expo. It takes place from noon to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Pheasant Run Mega Center, 4051 East Main Street in St. Charles. Other chambers are St. Charles, Batavia, Bartlett, Elburn, Elgin Area, Geneva and Sugar Grove.


              The West Chicago Park District hosts a Soup & Bread event from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street. The event is a community meal project designed as a grassroots way to raise money for Neighborhood Food Pantries. There is no fixed charge, but just donations of any amount. Soup is provided and guests can bring bread or desserts to share. Call the Park District office at (630) 231-9474 for more information.


              The West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street. Social time is at 6:45 p.m., brief business meeting at 7:00 p.m. and the program at 7:15 p.m. The program is “New and Unusual” presented by Wasco Nursery. The meeting is open to the public.


              The West Chicago Public Library District program, “Making Your Money Work Smarter!” is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. This is not a financial seminar, but a financial workshop. The speaker is Winfield resident Paul Daly, Investment Adviser/President OMH Partner Group. He is a licensed Life/Health Insurance Agent and Investment Adviser Representative. Daly received his BA degree from Western Illinois University, with a major in economics and a minor in Marketing.


              The program is part of the American Library Association’s Money Smart Week, April 20 through 27, 2013. This is a public awareness campaign to help consumers better manage their personal finances. To make a reservation, call the Library adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.


              We Grow Dreams and Garden Center, 1055 West Washington Street, holds its second annual Rummage Sale from Friday, April 26, through Sunday April 28, 2013. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and also includes a Spring Open House. During the Open House, there are light refreshments and raffles.


              Persons wanting to donate items can drop them off between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 22 through 24, 2013. For further information, call the greenhouse at (630) 293-0100.


              The greenhouse is a not-for-profit organization providing training and job opportunities for persons with disabilities.


              The Hall of Honor, established by the Board of Education of Community High School District 94, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the school, community and/or society. Selection of persons is based upon the individual’s achievement that went beyond personal benefit and benefitted District 94, the individual’s contribution was of a significant nature for the school, community or society and/or the individual’s contribution was recognized on a community, statewide or national basis.


              The nomination deadline is Friday, April 26, 2013. Send letters of nomination to Dr. Moses Cheng, Principal; Community High School District 94, 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago, IL 60185.


              The West Chicago Park District celebrates Arbor Day from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Reed-Keppler Park, National and Fremont streets. Superintendent of Parks Jesse Felix discusses recovery planting from the July 1, 2012 storm and the America in Bloom program, plus answers questions about trees and gives away tree liners as part of the Million Trees Project sponsored by Living Land & Waters. “Most of the 100 liners are oak,” said Felix. Teams from Morton Arboretum and volunteers from America in Bloom join the Park District in tagging trees. The tags are designed to showcase the beauty and environmental benefits of trees.


              The DuPage Veterans Foundation hosts the Second Annual Honor Flight fundraiser to honor World War II and Korean War veterans and raise funds for one flight for WWII veterans to fly to Washington D.C. It takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 in the Calamos Hanger at DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive. The event includes lunch, era music, historic war vehicles and airplanes, and a silent auction. The price is $30 in advance, $40 at the door and $20 for children under 12. All WWII and Korean War veterans and active duty military are free.  To order tickets or make a donation by mail, make the check payable to DuPage Veterans Foundation, and mail to the foundation, P.O. Box 299, Wheaton, IL 60187. If ordering tickets, indicate how many and include your address. To order on line, visit the website http://dupageveteransfoundation.org. For information, call (630) 614-4533 or (630) 668-2050, or email info@dupageveteransfoundation.org.


              The fundraiser is dedicated in memory of West Chicago Mike Kwasman, who was a driving force in organizing the fundraiser until his death a year ago. Crystal Kwasman, along with DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin and Dave Sabathne, representing the DuPage Veterans Foundation, presented a ceremonial check for $55,012 to Honor Flight Chicago at the DuPage County Board meeting Tuesday, April 9, 2013. She said, Mike always supported the military and, for this reason, his family requested all donations for his funeral be directed to the DuPage Veterans Foundation to pay for an honor flight. “His support started as a little boy when he would go with his grandfather to military functions. His love, support and admiration for all the men and women who serve our country were huge. I always knew he would get a flight of those men and women to Washington D.C.” The flight took place in summer 2012.


              Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Ruth Montana Acosta, who at the age of 77 passed away Monday, April 8, 2013.


              Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Otto S. Senne, who at the age of 91 recently passed away.


              Sincere sympathy is expressed to the family of Joan (McAleese), who at the age of 65 passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013.


              Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of William Charles “Bill” Mills, who at the age of 72 passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013.


              Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Thomas T. Chapin, who at the age of 81 passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.


              Benjamin Middle School is the recipient of an Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The $1,524 grant helps fund the school’s “Understanding Illinois Biodiversity through Outdoor Education” program. Through hands-on experience at Laredo Taft, the Northern Illinois University Field Campus in Oregon, students learn various skills. These include using a compass and navigation through the forest, the identification of leaves and animal tracking, and sketching and labeling the parts of a deciduous or coniferous tree with an explanation of its contributions to the environment and role in the forest.


              DuPage County received a “Stormwater Management of the Year Award” from the Illinois Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers. The county received the award for its work in revising the countywide stormwater and floodplain ordinance.


              Kudos are extended to all the candidates, who quickly removed their political signs following the Consolidated Election.



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