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News From The 50th & Community Action Projects

News From the 50th Ward
Dear Neighbor,

The City Clerk’s Office has started mailing out City Sticker renewal forms. You should receive yours byMonday, June 2. New this year is year-round sticker sales. The new program will coordinate your City Sticker with your State License Plate Sticker, with one expiring six months after the other.

What this change practically means is that you will be given a choice when you go to purchase your new City Sticker in June. You will have the option to buy a Prorated or an Extended Sticker. The Prorated Sticker will expire 6 months after your License Plate Sticker, and the Extended Sticker will expire 18 months after your License Plate Sticker. After this, you will have to buy your new stickers whenever your current one expires, instead of every June.

There are two primary advantages to the new system: You will never be caught with the expense of having to renew both your City Sticker and License Plate Sticker at the same time. Also, year-round sales will eliminate the rush in June, allowing you to avoid the crowds.

Please note, seniors will not be affected by this change and will remain on a June-to-June renewal schedule.

City Stickers are now officially for sale. You have several options to buy your sticker this year: purchase at the 50th Ward City Sticker Day, online, by mail, at the City Clerk’s Office or at a community vendor.

The easiest method is to use the City’s Clerk’s online EZ>BUY system. To purchase online, simply clickhere. Please allow 10 to 14 business days for the delivery of your online City Sticker.

You can also buy your sticker at the 50th Ward City Sticker Day, being held this year at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western. The Ward Sale will be on Monday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For in-person sales, you MUST bring your 2014 Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Renewal Form or your State Vehicle Registration ID Card, which includes your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and license plate information.

To purchase by mail, simply follow the instructions on your renewal form. You can also purchase at one of hundreds of vendors throughout the city. To find a vendor near you, please click here.

If you do not receive your renewal form, or you have any additional questions, you can reach the City Sticker Call Center at (312) 744-6770.

Empty storefronts on Touhy Avenue, specifically the area just east of Francisco, have been a persistent problem in our neighborhood. I am pleased to report that, at my request, the City is taking action to help remedy this situation. The Department of Buildings recently inspected the empty storefronts from 2827 – 2839 W. Touhy and have found many violations. The City has filed suit against the owner of these buildings, and is taking her to court.

The court date for these violations is Friday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1105 at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street. The best way to ensure that a positive change occurs is for the neighbors, business owners and residents affected by these vacant storefronts to come out and let the court and landlord know that we want these stores repaired and rented.

If you are able to attend, call or email me. Please take the time to help improve our neighborhood by coming to court and letting your voice be heard.

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot is this coming Wednesday and Thursday. I want to wish the 50th Ward’s Jewish community a very happy holiday!


Debra L. Silverstein
Alderman, 50th Ward

Street Sweeping Weekly Schedule

The following areas of the 50th Ward will be swept during this upcoming week:

  • Section 7 – May 30 and June 2
  • Section 10 – June 3 and 4
  • Section 11 – June 5 and 6

Section 7 encompasses the area between Kedzie to the west, Francisco to the east, Pratt to the north and Devon to the south.

Section 10 encompasses the area between Western to the west, Ravenswood to the east, Pratt to the north and Devon to the south.

Section 11 encompasses the area between Western to the west, Ridge to the east, Devon to the north and Glenlake to the south.

You can view the full schedule as an interactive map on the 50th Ward website here, or download a printable version at the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s website here.

Community Service Center Resource Fair

Join the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for a special community resource fair happening RIGHT NOW. Staff from the North Area Community Service Center will be joined by the Chicago Police’s Homeless Outreach Team to help you connect with services for all stages of life. This special event is happening right now at the 19th District Police CAPS Office, 850 W. Addison in the Community Room. It lasts until 3 p.m.

The Department of Family and Support Services offers assistance for health issues, veteran services, seniors, employment, housing resources, legal aide, disability, rental/mortgage, education, children, utility assistance, safety and much more. For more information, please call the North Area Community Service Center at (312) 744-2580.

Free Computer Classes

Join Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Chicago for free computer classes to help you improve your job skills.

The computer classes are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. between June 2 and June 25. Topics will include: Basic Computer Operations, Basic Microsoft Word, Basic Microsoft Excel and Basic Microsoft PowerPoint.

All classes will be at the JVS office at 6526 N. California. Space is limited, so register now! For more information, please call (773) 743-5638 or email jvsctc@jvschicago.org.

Fury Theater at Indian Boundary Park

Join the Chicago Park District for an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” performed by Fury Theatre. These special shows will be throughout June at Indian Boundary Park.

The complete production schedule is as follows:

Evening shows (at 7 p.m.) – June 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Matinees (at 2 p.m.) – June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Tickets are $15 for an individual or $49 for a Family Pack (4-6 family members). For more information, please visit www.furytheatre.org.

Red Door Annual Walk for the Animals

On Sunday, June 8, join over 300 animal lovers for Red Door Animal Shelter’s 14th annual Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals at Indian Boundary Park. Red Door is celebrating 14 years of rescuing homeless cats, dogs and rabbits. Advance registration is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3 – 12. Registration the day of the event is $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 – 12. Kids under 3 are free.

Your registration entitles you to an event t-shirt, matching dog bandana, gift bags and access to brunch and the doggy splash pools.

All leashed dogs are welcome, so bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities. The event will include live music by The Sheryl & Tom Duet, gift bags, Pick-your-Own-Prize raffle, dog pools, a photo booth, brunch a pet psychic and more.

The Gimme Shelter! walk will be on Sunday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt. To register online, please click here. For more information, please visit www.reddoorshelter.org.

Money Smart: Understanding Medicare

Join the Northtown Library for a special presentation aimed at helping you understand how Medicare works. Representatives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will provide you with a broad overview of how original Medicare works (parts A & B), as well as how Medicare Advantage plans (Part C), prescription Drug Plans (Part D), and Medicare Supplement plans work. This seminar is a good general orientation for people who are turning 65 soon and will present every option available.

The special lecture will be on Monday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Northtown Library, 6435 N. California. For more information, please call the library at (312) 744-2292.

Senior Enrichment Seminar – Property Tax Assessment and Exemptions

Join the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Elder Justice Center for a free senior enrichment seminar to learn about property tax assessment and exemptions. This free event will feature lectures by Theresa Chandler of the Cook County Assessor’s Office and Mark Hellner of the Center for Disability and Elder Law.

The event will be on Thursday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Courtroom 2005.

The topics discussed will be:

  • Discover your eligibility for various property tax exemptions and assessment freezes
  • Learn about the senior citizen tax deferral program, certificates of error and tax sale procedures

To register for the event, please contact the Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233.

Chicago Bike Week

The 22nd Annual Chicago Bike Week is just around the corner. Come out and enjoy bike-related entertainment while learning about a healthy and environmentally friendly way of travelling. Events start on June 13 and include a bike tour of the Near North Side, a free evening spin class at Cloud Gate and a movie night in Millennium Park. The special week will culminate with the Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza.

The Bike to Work Rally will be on Friday, June 20 at 7 a.m. at Daley Plaza – Washington and Dearborn streets. Join thousands of cyclists for live music and a free continental breakfast provided by 7-Eleven and Door-to-Door Organics. All cyclists will also receive a free t-shirt.

For more information and a schedule of events, please click here.

Women’s Safety Seminar

Join the Chicago Police for a special women’s safety seminar, and learn how to protect yourself! The Domestic Violence Officer from the 24th District Police Department will host a seminar on June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Police Station at 6464 N. Clark in the CPD auditorium.

Topics discussed will include how to report crimes to the police and 911 and how to be aware of your surroundings. Contact the 24th District Community Policing Office at (312) 744-6321 for more information.

Bicycle Safety Rodeo

Join the 24th District Police Department for a special Bicycle Safety Rodeo. This free event will feature bicycle safety inspections, safety tips and refreshments. There will also be a free helmet giveaway (while supplies last)!

The Bicycle Rodeo will be on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the front plaza of the 24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark Street. You must have a bicycle to receive the free gifts.

For more information, please call the CAPS Office at (312) 744-6321.

Age-Friendly Survey for Seniors

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services invites Chicago residents ages 55 and better to take a survey about their thoughts and experiences of living in the city.

In July 2012, Mayor Emanuel secured Chicago’s membership in the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities. Researchers at Northwestern University are working with the city to find out how age-friendly Chicago is, and have designed this survey to gather information.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Seniors can skip any questions they do not want to answer, and responses will be kept anonymous.  Analysis will be completed by researchers at Northwestern and findings will inform the development of a citywide action plan.

50th Ward City Sticker Day

Devon Community Market


Sunday, June 1 – Friday, June 6
 Museum of Science and Industry Free Days
WhenJun 1 – 6, 2014
Where5700 S. Lake Shore Drive (map)
DescriptionFree general admission for Illinois residents to the Museum of Science and Industry. For more information, visit www.msichicago.org
Monday, June 2

Wednesday, June 4 – Thursday, June 5
 Devon Avenue Office Closed – Downtown Office Open
WhenJun 4 – 5, 2014
DescriptionThe 50th Ward’s Devon Avenue Office will be closed in commemoration of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The 50th Ward’s downtown office will be open to provide any needed City services. You can reach us at (312) 744-6855.
Thursday, June 5

 Art Institute of Chicago Free Thursday Evenings
WhenThu, June 5, 5pm – 8pm
Where111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60603 (map)
DescriptionThe Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. http://www.artic.edu/aic/

 Chicago Children’s Museum Free Thursday Evenings
WhenThu, June 5, 5pm – 8pm
WhereNavy Pier — 700 East Grand Avenue (map)
DescriptionThe Chicago Children’s Museum is free to all visitors every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Kraft Free Family Nights. For more info, visit www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org
Community Walk for the Hungry

Fed with Grace (located at 4201 N. Monticello Ave.) is looking for individuals, families, and businesses within our community to walk with us on June 21st.  Every registered walker earns $12 for our local food pantry (that’s enough to purchase 3 cases of food!).  No fundraising is required, we just need people to register to walk and show up!   For more information call the Grace Covenant Church office (773) 478-0208, email: office@gracechurchchicago.org or register online using the REGISTER TO WALK link and indicate you are walking for AGENCY #A01469 @ chicagosfoodbank.org/HungerWalk We appreciate your partnership in feeding the hungry in our community.
St. Viator School’s Recycle Rally program   Through June 12
St. Viator School is competing in The Dream Machine Recycle Rally, a recycling program that gives schools a chance to earn rewards and compete for prizes. The Rally encourages participants to make the planet a cleaner, greener place, while providing post-9/11 disabled U.S. veterans with job-training resources. Please help St. Viator by bringing your non-alcoholic aluminum cans and clear plastic bottles (marked with “#1 PETE” on the bottom, no milk gallons) to the old St. Vincent Thrift Store entrance located off the parking lot between the school and playground. Drop-off receptacles will also be available at the back of church.
If you own a business and would like to donate your non-alcoholic plastic and aluminum beverage recyclables, we can arrange a pick up. To find out more, please contact Cindy Santos at 773.833.4871 or Heather Santillan 312.593.4189.
Events …….
May 30th
“Cop on Top” 16th Police District Fundraiser for Special Olympics      6:00am- 1pm
Dunkin Donuts; 6342 N Milwaukee.  
Support 16th Dsitrict Officers as they team up to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Athletes.
For more information, visit www.chicagopolice.org or email caps016district@chicagopolice.org
May 30th
Jazz Band Concert      Horner Park     2741 W Montrose     6:30pm       FREE
The Horner Park Jazz Band will perform the work of jazz musicians such as Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller. For more information, call Don Sadofsky at 773-478-3499
May 31st & June 1st 
Community Garage Sale     Indian Woods Community Association   Elston & Central   9am-4pm  FREE
The sale will be at Indian Woods individual households in the neighborhood of Elston and Central.
May 31st
Music and Medication       Austin Irving Library         6100 W Irving Park         2pm        FREE
Please join us for this free program celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Sahaja Meditation is a simple, time-honored technique which incorporates music therapy for stress relief using classical music Indian instruments like the sitar, veena, harmonium and tabla.  Learn how each musical note effect’s the subtle inner energy system, the basics of meditation, and how to meditate at home.  No registration is required.
May 31st
Used Book/Media Sale    Disney II Magnet School  3815 N Kedvale    9am-1pm  
Books, Books, and more Books. The sale is a great way to recycle your unwanted books, pick up some new favorites, and raise money for Disney II PTA all at the same time! Great selection of young adult, early readers, preschool, adult fiction and non-fiction, and much more! 5411 Empanadas and Starfruit Kehir Truck will be serving up yummy treats from 10am-1pm.  Come out to Disney II Magnet on Saturday May 31st and get a great deal!
DONATE YOUR USED BOOKS NOW - We need your gently used books! We’ll even take your CDs and DVDs! Please drop them off inside the main entrance of Disney II Magnet School at 3815 N. Kedvale Ave between 9am-3pm. For more information, contact Amy Kellogg at akellogg21@hotmail.com
Farmer Market         Portage Park             4200 N Central       10am – 2 pm          FREE
Our first market of the season is this Join Friends of Portage Park in celebrating our 6th season of bringing locally grown items to Portage Park!!
 We have all of your favorites coming back this year, as well as many, many new vendors and items.  We are also pleased to announce that Dave from Dave Is Sharp, will be on hand at this Sunday’s market to sharpen all your blades, so pack them up and head on down to the market.
 We are also truly happy to let you know, that Animal Care & Control will be joining us again this year with many wonderful dogs who are in desperate need of a loving, caring home.  So please, if you are looking for a furry addition to your family, come and visit with these dogs. Remember,  ADOPT!! NEVER SHOP for a dog. For more information please visit   www.friendsofportagepark.org  
June 1st
Sunday Family Dinner!   White Eagle Restaurant       6839 N Milwaukee 3pm
The Polish American Association (PAA) is pleased to announce its Celebrate the Family Diner This “Strong family bonds build trust and respect, allowing families to appreciate one another and nurturing their relationships. Family bond are a link to our past and a guide to our future. Happy families have strong family bonds”. Fashion Show by Worth New York, contemporary ballet group by Passion Dance Ensemble, art & sport activities, amazing show for children of all ages and a lot of more attractions.
Reception at 3:00pm, Dinner 4:00pm. Tickets: $50 per adult ticket, $25 per children (ages 2-16).
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call Barbara Sobecka: 773-427-6307 or visit: www.polish.org/familydinner
June 7th
Pancake Breakfast    Irving Park United Methodist Church      3801 N Keller     7am-10am
Our all you can eat pancake breakfast will also offer gluten-free pancakes and an all natural fruit topping with no added sugars!  The proceeds will help our youth go to the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, which is their mission trip this summer!  $8 for adults, kids under 12 $5.
June 7th
2-Ball Tournament      Independence Park      3945 Springfield    
Basketball Shooting Contest….Under 8 years old with an Adult – from 10:00am to 11:30pm
8-11 years old – from 11:30am to 1:00pm, 12-15 years old – from 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 16 years old and up – from 2:30 – 4:00  Each player is required to bring a waiver signed by a guardian, no exceptions will be made. Registration must be done on-line by May 16 for the players to receive a t-shirt. Register at:http://independenceparkchicago.com/ .
June 8th
Sunday Market    Jefferson Memorial Park   4822 N Long    9:30am-1:30pm    FREE
Find great produce, baked goods, and other vendors at the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website.Free.
June 8th
City Wide Symphony Orchestra    Jefferson Memorial Park 4822 N Long   3-5pm    FREE
The Chicago City-Wide Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Chicago Parks District, will be performing a classical music variety show this summer in several of the city’s public parks. The music will be dynamic and exciting, and will vary in style and instrumentation. Everyone is welcome.
June 8th
Farmers Market    GIPNA   Independence Park      3800 Irving Park     9 am-1 pm    FREE
Over 30 vendors selling everything from grilled English bangers to vegetarian tamales, crepes made-to-order to gourmet free trade coffee, organic fruits and seasonal vegetables, organic meats, including Halal lamb, honey, eggs, spices, kettle corn, hot chocolate, baked goods, cheeses, olives and olive oils, chocolates, handmade chemical-free soaps, shampoos, tofu and bean sprouts, jams and jellies, gourmet chocolates, meat rubs and marinades, canned vegetables, dry soup mixes, fancy cupcakes and more! LINK is accepted at the market.
Free Children’s Craft Class from 10 am to noon. Also Multilingual will be teaching Spanish through stories and crafts from 10 am to noon.
Entertainment: Arabesque Dance and Fitness Studio will be performing belly dances at 11:45 am.
The Indy Park Jammers, our all time favorite bluegrass band, will be back! Be sure and bring your singing voice and your musical instrument to join in with the musicians.
Environment: Lights for Learning will illustrate the tangible benefits for adopting energy-efficient products and simple energy-saving behaviors.
June 9th
Town Hall Meeting   Copernicus Center   5216 W Lawrence     6-7:30pm     FREE
Rep. Martwick and Sen. Mulroe invite area residents to discuss state and local issues, hear legislative updates following the end of the spring legislative session, and discuss ideas
for new legislation.
Donation Needed:  
Please Help….  A Great project for Scouts or Youth /Teen Groups.
Maryville Center for Children   4015 N Oak Park  Building B  
Everyone is invited to help “Fill the Crib” located in the lobby. The Nursery is in need of many everyday items such as Ivory bar soap and size 5 diapers. See a complete Wish List by searching “Maryville Crisis Nursery” at www.amazon.com. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. For more information please call 773-205-3613 or e-mail crisisnursery@maryvillacademy.org.or bring items to the your CAPS Beat meeting.
Rexam’s 4th Annual “Cans for Cash   8770 W Bryn Mawr    9-6-2014    9 am – Noon
Recycling the Aluminum Beverage Can
This is a recycling drive to help the environment and support the community.
Start saving your used aluminum beverage cans and recycle with Rexam to receive cash for you, your organization or charity. Recycle your cans at a special event price and enter raffle drawings for prizes. For more information, contact www.nancy.mose@rexam.com or 773-399-3948.