Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bike Expo

Join, UIC College of Cycling, Active Transportation Alliance, and Big Shoulders Realty for the first annual Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bike Expo. This is the place to pick up great deals on used bike parts, handmade bike clothing, store overstocks, and all things bike related. There will be a full house of exhibit tables filled with a fantastic sampling of local shops, non-profit groups, individual sellers, powder coaters, bike clubs, bicycling and public transportation advocacies and much, much more. Come for the presentations and a fast-round action-auction at the end.

After the Swap/Expo, stay for the Break the Gridlock bike advocacy social.

What: Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bike Expo
When: Saturday 2/6/10 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Jaks Tap, 901 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
How Much: $5 suggested donation

Saturday, January 30, 2010

RPGG garden grants

Interested in gardening a space in the public way in 2010? The RPGG can assist with funding and guidance. Visit the Rogers Park Garden Group web site to download the application form now and get a jump on your spring green dreams. The application deadline is Feb. 15.

Friday, January 29, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness. TGIF!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Joe Moore's new blog

Joe Moore has started a new blog about the 49th ward's participatory budgeting process. This looks like a positive thing, as he is seeking community input on how the ward's menu money is spent. Will be curious to see how the process unfolds over the long term.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

bees, mead and wine

I just got the following info from the Historic Pullman Garden Club:

We annually host a Winter Lecture Series, in the months of January, February and March (sometimes even April), on the 4th Sunday of each month. These lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served. Our first lecture of 2010 is this Sunday at the Hotel Florence in Pullman. We are pleased to present Greg Fischer of Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery.

Bees, Mead and Wine
a presentation by Greg Fischer of Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery

Lecture by Greg Fischer who grew up raising honeybees and making wine in New Paltz NY. Greg started to concentrate perfecting mead in 1989, which finally led to the development of Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery in 2000. Wild Blossom is producing world-class meads that are sold at retailers throughout Chicago and online in the US. Greg tends to his 80 hives on sunny days and days he is not in the winery or teaching classes or in the sky hang gliding. Greg also conducts wine & beer making classes at BevArt Brewer & Winemaker Supply and sells a full line of beer and wine making supplies at the same location.
See his NBC CHANNEL 5 Interview.

Hope you can join us!

Sunday 1/24 at the Hotel Florence, 11111 S Forrestville, Chicago
3 pm - 5 pm Free and Open to the Public
(773) 568-2441 Garden Club
(773) 660-2341 Hotel Florence

Sunday, January 17, 2010

winter bike to work day

Baby it's cold outside! Stop by the Active Transportation Alliance at 9 W. Hubbard on Jan 20 to celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day. They will be there from 6:30-9 a.m. with hot coffee and sweet treats.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday en español

Musica para los pies y la alma. Dos por Ricky Martin.

y Juramento

free H1N1 flu shots tomorrow (Saturday)

from Joe Moore's office:

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. The Chicago Department of Public Health will provide free H1N1 flu shots this Saturday, January 16th, 9 am to 2 pm at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the flu season is far from over. Flu season typically lasts until May, and it's possible that there will be additional waves of flu illness. All individuals, ages six months and up, are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Monday, January 11, 2010

CAPS meeting, beat 2422

Got concerns about what's happening in the neighborhood? If you live in Beat 2422, your next CAPS meeting is at 7 p.m. on 1/14 at the Gateway senior building, 7450 N. Rogers. Come to the meeting. Speak up about your concerns. Meet some of your police officers and more of your neighbors. Get informed about what's happening. Your input can make a difference. 312-744-6321

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Jazz Links jam session on 1/13

The Jazz Institute of Chicago presents the first Jazz Links jam session of the year. Students get an opportunity to perform with world-class professionals in the Jazz Links house band, led by pianist Ken Chaney. These sessions are both an educational experience for the students and an inter-generational community event, where parents, teachers, students and the general public witness the development of young talent before their eyes and ears.

Come on out and support the next generation of jazz talent in Chicago. If you know any young musicians looking to meet jazz musicians their age and get a chance to play with some of the best talent in Chicago, tell them to bring their instruments.

Come to Randolph St. Cafe in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph at 5 p.m. on 1/13 and enjoy. Free admission.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

for your political information

Charles Thomas, political reporter for Channel 7, will moderate a debate tonight between Democratic candidates for Cook County Board president, including incumbent Todd Stroger and Dorothy Brown, Terrence O’Brien and Toni Preckwinkle.

Starting at 7 p.m., it will air live on HD Channel 7.2 (Comcast Channel 217, Wide Open West 219 and RCN 618) and stream live on Channel 7 will rebroadcast it at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

If you're interested in taxes, the county's legal and hospital systems, patronage, the forest preserves, county roads and a host of other issues, the debate could be worth your time. Or you could wait for one of the newscasts to spend less than 5 minutes on this and go on at length about some useless fluff.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


As of yesterday, a landmark is closed. Standee's in Edgewater has shut down in its current location, but the owner plans to reopen nearby.

Meanwhile on Morse, I'm hoping to enjoy music and food before too long at the new Mayne Stage and Act One Cafe. I hope that the musical offerings will be of comparable quality to those of the very-much-missed Morse Theater. I still wish that the falling out that led to the closure of the Morse hadn't happened.

last day for voter registration before Feb. primary

If you're not registered to vote and you want to vote in the February primary, today is your LAST day to register. More info here.

Special Registration Hours today:
8 am to Midnight at 69 W. Washington St. and at City Hall.

Note: Early voting starts January 11!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

don't trash that tree!

Are you thinking about taking down that Christmas tree and disposing of it now that the needles are dropping? Don't toss it in the trash. From now thru 1/17, you can take it to one of the following locations to be recycled:

Warren Park, 6601 N. Western
North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski
Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr.
Lincoln Park, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton (parking lot East of Cannon Dr.)

Trees will be chipped and turned into mulch. Free mulch will be available to residents at the same sites beginning Friday 1/8.

For additional info on recycling drop-off locations, call 311.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Bike Winter film festival

The Bike Winter Film Fest will be happening on TOMORROW 1/3 at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. The afternoon will begin at 2 P.M. with a provocative film about the World Naked Bike Ride and culminate with two very recent award-winning films, Bicycle Dreams and Medicine for Melancholy. Click here for more details and the rest of the slate.

Proceeds after venue cost will benefit the Chicago Bike Winter effort and help promote the bicycle as year-round transportation. Please come out for an entertaining and enjoyable time!

Jargowood meeting on 1/5

Jargowood block club will be meeting Tuesday 1/5 at its usual time and place: 7:30 p.m., Sherwin Manor Nursing Home community room, Sheridan Road between Jarvis and Sherwin. If you live in the area between Jarvis and Birchwood, Clark and the lake, this may be of interest to you. Come out and meet your neighbors and talk about neighborhood issues.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Friday en español

Dos salsa videos para un Nuevo Año mas caliente.

Un video por Tito Puente.