Friday, July 30, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

thinking of trying car sharing?

I-Go is running a promotion now thru 7/31 that's a really great deal.  Join for just $25 and get a $25 credit for free driving. To take advantage of this offer, just enter the promo code HOT FOR IGO in the Promotions section of the online application form.  The $25 driving credit must be used within 30 days of joining.

There are many I-Go locations in Rogers Park, Evanston, and Edgewater.  If you currently own a car that spends most of its time parked, costing you $$ for monthly parking or tickets and damage from on-street parking, car sharing could save you $$$. 

It's a very viable option for many in RP.  Four years ago, I-Go added its first location in RP.   Now there are more than 3 dozen cars available within a few miles, all in locations convenient to public transit.

If you only need a car for errands or social occasions, don't need one all day, and can plan ahead, car sharing can offer a very affordable alternative to owning, maintaining and insuring a car.  I donated my car last year, and have used my bike, public transit and car sharing since then.  It could be an option for you.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dick Buckley

It's been 2 years since Dick Buckley signed off the air.  I hear him occasionally in voiceovers, but I still miss his show.

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I had written this item and was about to post it when I heard the news that Dick Buckley has died.  R.I.P., Dick.  You must be in jazz heaven now, listening to the good old good ones.  Here's to you.

wild onions

Did you know the origin of the name Chicago?

And here's its namesake.

Clark St. festival this weekend

Move to musical groove from around the world and taste its culinary counterparts at the 5th Annual Celebrate Clark Street Festival this Saturday 7/24 (1 to 11 p.m.), and Sunday 7/25 (1 to 10 p.m.).

There will be two stages of live world music (curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts), a wide variety of ethnic food, entertainment for kids, and an eclectic market. Celebrate Clark Street Festival hass something for everyone. Suggested Donation: $5 per person, $10 per family.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest 8/20-8/22

Save the date. It's coming up soon - Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest, with a Friday night kickoff. I haven't seen the complete schedule of entertainment yet, but I hear that the Polkaholics are in the mix.

bottle bombs

A friend just sent me a link about an alarming problem: innocent looking plastic bottles filled with explosive liquid left in people's yards. This is no joke.

Most of us would think nothing of picking up plastic bottles left in our yards. Take a careful look next time you find one. People are finding plastic bottle bombs in their mailboxes and yards. Look for:

1. Ordinary plastic bottle (from water or pop)
2. A little Drano
3. A little water
4. A small piece of foil.

If you move it, it can explode very quickly, spraying you with acid. It can blow off your fingers and burn your face and other body parts. If you find a bomb with these elements, call 911 and don't touch it.

Click here to watch a video on the problem. Here's a news story from another source. Be careful out there!

Monday, July 19, 2010

book sale 7/23-7/25

It's coming - the Evanston Public Library summer book sale (books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes). There's a special preview ($5 admission) from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday 7/23, if you want to get first pick. Regular hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is 1/2 price day from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

when bicycles ruled Chicago

Did you know about Chicago's role in the bicycle industry? This
article on Gapers Block is worth a read.

Friday, July 16, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Hey, maybe it's a cliche at this point, but this Queen classic seemed like a logical choice in honor of Sunday's Evanston Criterium race.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

bike racing action on Sunday 7/18

Save the date. On Sunday 7/18, you can experience a full day of criterium racing in downtown Evanston, part of the Superweek race series. Several different races will take place during the day, from amateur racers to professionals, men and women. Click here for details and a map of the course.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Market for All Fest - Sun. 7/11

Morseland at 1216 W. Morse, hosts the Market for All Fest, this Sunday 7/11, from 8 p.m. to midnight. It features a night of music and entertainment by local bands and entertainers. Proceeds from the event will help support the Market for All Program at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

The program enables families who rely on the Illinois LINK card to have access to fresh, nutritious local products. The program will match up to $10 in LINK purchases per cardholder, per market day.

The local performers include: Elephant Gun, Mark Madsen with Leah Novak, James Weigel, Micki Croisant, Matt Fedderman, Blind Anabaptist Blues, Moses Cleveland, Band Practice, and more. The night will also feature a silent auction. Check it out! $10 at the door (You gotta be at least 21 years of age to enter.)

non sequitur Friday

What? No beer? But you've got Polkaholics here. And here tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Polkaholics at the Red Line Tap on 7/10

And now for something a little different....polka with a twist. What? Never heard of the Polkaholics? You can satisfy your curiousity on Saturday night.

Tuesday, July 06, 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 7/8 at the Gateway senior building, 7450 N. Rogers. Come to the meeting. It's always the 2nd Thursday of the month. 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

Friday, July 02, 2010

cyclists needed in Arlington Hts for Monday special event

I'm sharing this message from the League of Illinois Bicyclists, our statewide advocacy organization.

We just received late notice that Gov. Quinn would like to have a bill signing ceremony for two bike-related bills THIS MONDAY at Campbell Street Bicycle Shop, 13 W. Campbell St., downtown Arlington Heights, at 9:00am. We need a bunch of bicyclists to attend! If your schedule permits, please drop by - and let us know via email so we can ensure good attendance and let you know of any changes to the schedule.

He will sign the following into law:

1) LIB's bill creating permanent Share the Road license plates for Illinois. Plate income would sustainably fund our statewide education campaigns for both motorists and bicyclists. The plate design itself delivers the message, with a Share the Road sign and the phrase "Same Rights, Same Rules".

2) Sen. Silverstein's bill establishing penalties for motorists driving recklessly and unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist. Depending on whether serious injuries result, this will be either a Class A misdemeanor or Class 4 felony.

More details here.

Thank you!
Ed Barsotti, LIB

free health screenings on Monday 7/5

Just got this info from Joe Moore's e-mail blast:

This year Walgreens has teamed up with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to bring basic health tests to cities across the nation. The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will coming to the 49th Ward this Monday 7/5. The bus will be parked at the Walgreens at 7410 N. Clark from noon to 7 p.m., providing FREE health screenings to anyone age 18 and older.

The bus provides six basic tests including glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, waist circumference, bone density and blood pressure. It only takes about 15 minutes, and Walgreens representatives will go over your results with you. These tests typically cost about $140, but the tour is completely free.

You do not have to be an AARP member to get the tests, but you can get a one-year free membership to AARP for completing the tests if you want.

Many diseases can be detected long before symptoms are seen. Early detection can help you stay healthier.

non sequitur Friday

Thursday, July 01, 2010


Here's a phenomenal PBS video, using some unique new cameras and techniques to add insight into the world of hummingbirds. REALLY cool stuff! Click here to watch it full screen.