Friday, May 29, 2009

funky Friday

Two from Peter Gabriel.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bike the Drive is tomorrow

I love Bike the Drive. Can't believe tomorrow is almost here. If you haven't registered, there's still a little bit of time to register online today. You can use this discount code (FOR6A5) for $5 off your last-minute online registration, or come down tomorrow morning and do day-of-event registration (which takes a little longer).

Looks like a beautiful day for a ride. Hope to see lots of you there!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Rogers Park Garden Group meeting

...Tuesday, May 26th, 7 pm at Rogers Park Presbyterian Church, 7059 N. Greenview (@ Greenleaf) - Urban Farming and Growing Home - more info here...

funky Friday

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

disappearing parking meters and the local economy

In recent media coverage about the city of Chicago's parking meter fiasco, an issue has arisen that needs urgent attention from local cyclists. A few months back, a friend posted an item on a local online forum mentioning disappearing parking meters creating a shortage of bike parking in some neighborhoods.

The latest bit of news is that, due to pressure on the new parking meter companies to make up for their screw-ups so far, parking meters will be phased out quickly to ensure more accurate metering and reduce the number of erroneously issued parking tickets. The plan discussed on Chicago Tonight was for 30,000 of the 36,000 existing meters throughout the city to be replaced by pay boxes by year-end.

How does this affect cyclists? It creates a fairly urgent need to get a LOT of bike racks installed really soon. IMO, I think it's critical to emphasize to the powers that be that many of us shop and dine by bike, supporting neighborhood businesses, thus supporting the city's tax base. In light of stories like this, asking for bike racks so that we can help support local business may improve the odds of our message being heard sooner rather than later.

Ride of Silence Wednesday 5/20

The Ride of Silence is an annual memorial ride happening tomorrow in Chicago and many other locations to honor the memory of bicyclists who have been killed in crashes. Many of us have lost friends to crashes. I'm planning to do the Chicago ride. Will you join the ride?

Bike the Drive

Bike the Drive, one of Chicago's coolest bike rides, is happening Sunday 5/24. Click here for all the details. If you register online, use this code for a $5 discount: FOR6A5. C'mon out and ride!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

garden walks in June

Click here for a list of local garden walks happening next month.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

new exhibit at Pullman State historic site

Just got this info today from a friend:

THE GREAT MIGRATION : Celebrate more than 150 years of African American Ancestry in Chicago at an opening at the Hotel Florence this Saturday, 5/16 at 11 am. The Bronzeville Historical Society will display artifacts provided by Black Migrants to Chicago. The International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry will exhibit the work of former slaves in a heritage quilt. The Pullman State Historic Site and the Swahili Institute are also exhibit project partners. Call 773 291-9115 or send e-mail for more info.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

there should be a law

If incidents like this one don't make the case for a law to create appropriate penalties for negligent vehicular homicide, I don't know what would.

If this issue is important to you, please take a few minutes to call or write to your Illinois state legislators. It's inexcusable that careless drivers continue to kill and seriously injure people because they have so little regard for others on the road that their desire to shave, talk on the phone, polish fingernails, eat, or send text messages takes precedent over safe and responsible operation over the potentially lethal weapon that their vehicles can be. It's equally inexcusable that our legislators allow them to get away with it.

green festival 5/16-17

If you're interested in green technology, architecture and products, you may want to check out the green festival.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

CAPS 2422 walk tonight 5/9

An invitation from Eva McCann: Join CAPS Beat 2422 for a Community Walk south of Howard Street. Our last walk South of Howard was a walk Under the Rainbows.

We will meet tonight at Jarvis and Greenview and walk from 7-8 p.m. Buggies, Babies, Wheelchairs, young ones, old ones, four legged ones are all encouraged to walk and roll as we survey the area, for troubles, trials and tribulations as we engage in pleasant conversation along the way. Help us scout out problem areas and locations that require city services.

Hope to see you there,

Eva McCann
CAPS Facilitator, Beat 2422

Organic Plant Sale 5/16-5/17

Gardening news from the Chicago Park District:
Buy all you need to garden organically at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse plant sale. The greenhouse will sell more than 150 varieties of organically grown vegetable, herb and flower seedlings at this annual sale on May 16 & 17. Plant prices range from $2 & up. Kilbourn Park is located at 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. Click here for more information, or call 773.685.3351 or 773.685.3359.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Saturday, May 02, 2009

silly Saturday

box cat - for folks who appreciate cat funnies

Friday, May 01, 2009

Sheridan Road to be resurfaced

Good news in my e-mail: Sheridan Road will be completely street resurfaced from the Evanston border south to Devon Avenue. The total cost is estimated at $1.4 million, to be paid mainly from federal stimulus funds, and partially from state capital program funds. The word from CDOT is that it will happen either this year or next. Yeah!

portraits on 5/8 and 5/9

If you need a Mother's Day gift idea, I got this one from Sue Rosengard at Under the Wire, 2210 S. Halsted:

Anne Farley Gaines will be artist in residence on Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th. Stop by and have her do your portrait in pencil, pen and ink, or watercolors. Prices start at $25 for a 5x7 pencil. Frames available.

funky Friday