Friday, July 31, 2009

Open Streets is happening tomorrow!

If you'd like to experience a portion of Chicago's boulevard system as an extended festival, tomorrow is your golden opportunity. From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Marshall Square to Logan Square, you can ride your bike, walk, skate, dance, play with your kids, or otherwise enjoy car-free streets with music, games, children's activities, art activities, workout classes and more. Open Streets is free and open to anyone who wants to come. Check it out!

If you enjoy this festival and would like to help support the work of the Active Transportation Alliance, please become a member. The organization has presented Bike the Drive and other cool events, developed a regional bike route map, provided consultants to many local municipalities to develop bike plans and bike route networks, developed extensive educational programs and materials and more. Use the code STSAVE5 to get $5 off your membership.

funky Friday

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

a loss to Jargowood

The Jargowood block club has lost a very special member. Ed Kahn was one of the founding members over 30 years ago. He was a lifelong Rogers Park resident and a good neighbor. He died on Sunday night of complications following surgery. My heart goes out to Pat Shaw, his wife, who I know will miss him terribly. Ed will always be a part of what makes Rogers Park a special place for me.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

be careful out there

I've gotten a few reports of muggers assaulting people and stealing their wallets in the Jarvis/Greenview/Fargo area in broad daylight.

One incident happened yesterday around 5 p.m. A man was mugged on Fargo near Greenview, then came into Charmers, upset and with a small cut on his forehead. He said more than one assailant came up from behind. He thinks they were teens. Police were called.

Another person reported the following: "Yesterday afternoon I saw a guy run east in front of my building (1423 Fargo) with what looked like a black wallet in his hands. He was in a hurry and dove into the alley just east of me. There was a guy in front of him a ways and another behind him that seemed to be connected somehow...this AM I heard a woman talking to someone outside saying that her neighbor was robbed and then she had found a credit card in the yard next to me."

Keep your eyes and ears open and don't let them victimize you. Call 911 if you see suspicious activity. Help the police to catch the guys who are doing this, and help keep the neighborhood safe.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sheridan Road resurfacing starts

Work has started on a complete resurfacing of Sheridan Road from the Evanston border south to Devon. The project will include repairs to curbs and gutters and sewer and water mains where needed. Funding is primarily from the federal stimulus plan.

Construction is to be finished in November. During construction, Sheridan Road will be reduced to one lane in either direction, except at morning rush hour, when two southbound lanes will be open, and the evening rush hour, when two northbound lanes will be open. You might want to use Clark or Ridge as an alternate route during construction.

dancin' in the park on 7/30

Thursday 7/30 6-8:30 p.m. it's steppin' night at Willye White Park, 1610 W Howard. May I Have This Dance will offer 1 hour of free steppin' instruction from 6 - 7 p.m., followed by an hour and a half of open dance. Come on down and dance!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

dancin' in the park on 8/27

Thursday 6/25 6-8:30 p.m. it's ballroom dance night at Willye White Park, 1610 W Howard. May I Have This Dance will offer 1 hour of free ballroom dance instruction from 6 - 7 p.m., followed by an hour and a half of open dance. Come on down and dance!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

a bit of good news

Among all the dismal news of this year, here's a bit of good news. The cool wet weather has worked in our favor in terms of disrupting the breeding activities of the Northern House Mosquito. The Dept. of Public Health reports that they have trapped just over 10,000 Northern House Mosquitoes citywide so far this season and that none has showed WNV infection. That may change as the summer goes on, but it's nice to be this far into summer with no evidence of West Nile virus in the city.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

hope on the water

This story offers hope that paraplegics may find more ways to exercise, retain strength and aerobic capacity, and reduce or reverse bone loss. Very cool.

Friday, July 10, 2009

funky Friday

49th ward bike day tomorrow

This Saturday 7/11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be a Pedal Party at Touhy Park, 7358 N. Paulina (across from the new Clark Street fire station), a day of fun activities focused on bicycles and bike safety.

Whether you're a hardcore bicycling enthusiast, or simply want to spend a nice summer day riding bikes with your kids, this is the place to be. Local businesses and community organizations will offer the following:

* Bike safety checks
* Helmet fittings
* Cycling merchandise
* Gift certificates
* Rider safety tips
* Children's activities

The Recyclery, Rogers Park's used bike collective, will be accepting donations of used bikes, and the Rogers Park Parents Group will host some kid-friendly activities for all ages. Mayor Daley's Bicycling Ambassadors will also be on hand with a table of activities for kids and adults.

At Noon, it's time to enjoy an Ambassador-escorted bike ride through the neighborhood and back to Touhy Park for a picnic lunch provided by Partners for Rogers Park!

Many thanks to Roberts Cycle, 7054 N. Clark, for providing the safety checks, helmet fittings, cycling merchandise and gift certificates.

The 49th Ward Green Corps is one of the sponsors of Bicycle Day. Making our community more bicycle friendly helps to make a greener, more liveable community.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Space Shuttle in view until 7/16

The Space Shuttle will pass within 200 miles of earth between now and 7/16. It will be visible briefly at dawn and dusk. Here are general instructions for using NASA's skywatch web page and data for Illinois on when the Shuttle will be in view, how long, and where in the sky. Now we just need some clear mornings and evenings....

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New 400 Theater opens today

The New 400 Theater is opening today at 6746 N. Sheridan Road (at Columbia). This neighborhood landmark movie theater has been transformed. The building's new owner, Anthony Fox of CDF Capital, bought it in 2007 and restored much of the terra cotta facade and thoroughly renovated the interior with eco-friendly materials.

The original name of theater was the 400 Theater when it first opened in 1914. Its name was changed to the Village North in the early 1990s.

All 4 screens will feature new-release movies. The owner plans to occasionally show art films and provide some live performances in the largest theater, such as poetry readings, comedy acts, children's activities and other cultural events.

At tonight's grand opening, you will receive a free large popcorn with your ticket purchase. You can get showtimes by calling the New 400 Theater's recorded phone line at 773-856-5980. A web site will be up soon.