Please share with your neighbors and friends.
Participating in community events provides for a strong community.

Community Calendar


Community Action Projects  5//15/14 

Please share with your neighbors and friends.

Participating in community events provides for a strong and safe community.

Community Action Projects ……


St. Viator School’s Recycle Rally Pilot Program Calls for Community Participation!

Over the next 30 days, St. Viator School is competing to win prizes and hopefully be accepted in the 2014-15 year round program! The school is competing in The Dream Machine Recycle Rally™, sponsored by PepsiCo, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful.   The Dream Machine Recycle Rally™ is an exciting recycling program that gives schools a chance to earn rewards and compete for contest 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 School & Playground.  Drop off receptacles will also be available at the back of church.  

St. Viator is seeking the support of individual donors as well as business owners.  If you have 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 about how you can help us reach our goal, please contact Cindy Santos at 773.833.4871 or Heather Santillan 312.593.4189. St. Viator School is located at 4140 W. Addison. 

Thank you for your support!


Outdoor Roll Call        Portage Park Senior Center    4200 N Long      7pm          FREE

This is the 16th District "Taking Back the Streets" For a Night of Faith and Action… Meet your 16th District Commander Roger bay, neighbors and your beat officers. Everyone is invited for this "Taking Back the Streets" Let's show our neighborhood support. "Together We Can".  For additional information, contact the 16th District CAPS office at 312-742-4521


Events …….



May 15th

Foster Harlem Property Owners Association’s   St. Monica's Beyenka Hall, 5101 N Mont Clare  7pm

The Association will host: Jac Charlier, Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition (FAiR) will discuss what is being done about the increase of loud planes overhead day and night and what you can do to help solve the problem.

Oscar Torres, City of Chicago, Office of Emergency Management & Communication (OEMC) will present on this very important City Department and how it relates to you.

 Norbert Cioromski, Capernicus Center will update us on future events and programs at this historic Northwest Side theatre.


May 15th

Flood Insurance & Water-Sewer Backup    Roden Library   6083 N Northwest Hwy  6:30-7:30pm  FREE

Please join Alderman Mary O'Connor and a group of local insurers. They will discuss how these policies work.  


May 15th

Pickin Up the Parkways         Drake and Waveland           6pm  

Join the Athletic Field Advisory Council to a community clean up event. Everyone is welcome to participate with the clean up and meet your neighbors.


May 16th

Spring Gala        PPHH Biagio Banquets     4242 N Central     7pm-12am

This event is being hosted by Portage Park Helping Hands and the proceeds will go toward much needed technology upgrades at Portage Park School. The event will have a semi-formal “Old Hollywood” theme with a family-style dinner, open bar, DJ (with dance floor), raffles, silent auction and more. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Barbara Murphy at 773-510-4072 or at


May 17th

Plant Exchange      Vaughn Occupational High School   4355 N Linder    9:30am     FREE

Bring a plant – or two or three – to the Portage Park Garden Club May meeting for the Annual Plant Exchange and come home with something completely different! Also, Fran Lewickyj will demonstrate some new moves with “Stretches for Gardeners.” For more information about the dates of future Garden Club meetings, field trips and fundraisers, please contact the PPGC at


May 17th

Rummage Sale & Art Fair          Hitch School           5625 N McVicker     10am-3pm  

Hitch Elementary will be holding its annual rummage sale & craft fair in the faculty parking lot on May 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  18'x8' space is available for $35 before May 5th, $40 after.  Bring your table or rent one for $5 each (rented tables are limited, vendors must register by May 12th).  Download an application from the PTA section of or contact Michelle at

If you would like to volunteer, or donate a treat for the bake sale please contact


May 17th

Welcome Back Festival           Jefferson Memorial Park           4822 N Long         11am-2pm     FREE

The summer series events start at Jefferson Memorial Park with entertainment by American English, pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy houses and refreshments. Join us as we welcome back the days of fun in the sun. Register Now! JMPAC Information. Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council


May 17th

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser”      Sunflower Day Spa    5359 W Irving Park  11am-2pm

This fundraiser is for the benefit of Maia Radut, the granddaughter of Sunflower Day Spa owner Michelle Radut. Maia’s father (Michelle’s son) Michael passed away suddenly last November at the age of 35. His 8-year-old daughter Maia suffers from three forms of an autoimmune blood disease. Because her illness requires frequent hospital stays, he mother has had a difficult maintaining a full-time job and being able to afford the high price of medication and other medical expenses for Maia. Appetizers and refreshments will be served at this event, and any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated. For more information please contact Michelle Radut at 773-205-6882 or visit


May 17th

Grand Opening Event     Martins Fresh Market      5900 W Montrose     2pm     FREE

Join Alderman Tim Cullerton with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Special raffle activities, face painting, samples, and tattoos will be available until 5pm.


May 17th

Spring Bike Tune Up         Shabbona Park         6935 W Addison    

We have On the Fly Mobile Bicycle Repair coming to Shabbona Park for bicycle safety checks for the kids. Safety checks are no charge and fees for repairs if needed will vary.


May 17th

West Walker Garage Sale   West Walker Community  Irving - Montrose  Pulaski - Central Park   FREE

Last year there were 91 garages for you to visit and shop for bargains or your next great treasure. The WWCA garage sale will be on May 17th from 9 to 4 p.m. If you want to sell your treasures, check out the next Wire for an application. WWCA website. .


May 17th

Yard Sale          Independence Park           3945 N Springfield      9am-3pm        

Rain or Shine!        10x10 space is $20.  Bring your own table or rent ours for $10 each

The Salvation Army trucks will arrive at the end of the sale to take any unwanted items!

Visit  to signup! Email questions to


May 17th

Trivia Night             St Viator School            3644 N Kedvale             7-9pm    

$20 per person, $120 for a table of 8, Cash prizes for top 3 teams, 21 or older welcome, Cash bar

BYO food & snacks  Kris O’Malley 773-909-0315 or


May 18th

Sunshine Run       Oriole Park School         5424 N Oketo         10AM

Oriole Park School Educational Foundation hosts the inaugural Oriole Park Sunshine Run 5k with  Food, fitness and tons of family fun!  Sign up today at


May 18th

Garage Sale      Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association   10am-4pm

Dust off those old treasures taking up space in your basement or attic and haul 'em out for some sunshine. The annual Ravenswood Manor Neighborhood Garage Sale is one of the oldest and most popular neighborhood-wide events in the City of Chicago and a fun and fruitful way for residents to do some spring cleaning. People come from far and wide to shop the goods assembled by more than a hundred households in one of Chicago's most desirable neighborhoods. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 9, 2014.

Go to the RMIA website for more information and to participate.   



May 18th

Spring Art Show/Open House & Academic Fair     St Viator School   4140 W Addison    10am-2pm

The school halls will be turned into a fine art gallery, showcasing the projects created throughout the school year in the Art Zone program, and classrooms will have examples of students' fine academic work.

Everyone is welcome! Faculty and staff will be present to answer questions, and self-guided tours are encouraged. Refreshments will be served in the school hall.


May 18th

Centennial Dinner    Eden United Church of Christ     5051 W Gunnison    4pm

The Eden UCC 100th Anniversary Celebration. Dinner at White Eagle Banquets, 6839 N. Milwaukee, Niles, to follow service. More info: Eden UCC website. Dinner $30, $15 for children 3-12, free for children under 3.


May 19th

Oriole Park Community Club    Oriole Park Branch Library   7454 W. Balmoral Ave.      6-8:00 p.m.

Please join us in celebrating Mary Dressler's 10 Years of service as Children's Librarian in the Oriole Park Branch Library and the 10th anniversary of the library building.  Plans for the Annual Independence Day Parade will be announced.  There will be a presentation to the winner of the 2014 Junior Citizen Award.  For a full schedule of the Oriole Park Community Club’s meetings and events, visit the website at:


May 19

Adult Book Discussion                 Portage-Cragin Library          5108 W. Belmont       6:30 pm

Please join us as we discuss City of Scoundrels by Gary Krist. This is a masterfully told story of twelve volatile days in Chicago, when an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational child murder transfixed and roiled a city already on the brink of collapse.  Copies will be available at the library.


May 20th

Understanding Medicare    Austin  Irving Library   6100 W Irving Park   1:30pm    FREE

Please join us for these free programs presented by Money Smart partner Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Illinois.  On Tuesday, May 6th the presentation will cover eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B and the standardized Medicare supplemental plans available in Illinois. On Tuesday, May 20th information about Medicare Part D, the Medicare Prescription Drug Program will be covered.  Registration for these programs is not required.  Please call the library for further information, Call 312-744-6222


May 21st

Book Club      Austin-Irving Library     6100 W Irving Park      6:30pm    FREE

This monthly Adult Book Discussion series will feature Edward Trencom’s Nose by Giles Milton Edward, a novel about a London fromagere who finds himself caught up in a Byzantine mystery. Registration is not required. For more information please contact the Austin-Irving Library at 312-744-6222.


May 23rd

Outdoor Roll Call        Portage Park Senior Center    4200 N Long      7pm          FREE

This is the 16th District "Taking Back the Streets" For a Night of Faith and Action… Meet your 16th District Commander Roger bay, neighbors and your beat officers. Everyone is invited for this "Taking Back the Streets" Let's show our neighborhood support. "Together We Can".  For additional information, contact the 16th District CAPS office at 312-742-4521.


May 24th

Electronics & Paper Recycling   Avondale-Logandale School   3212 W George St   9am-1pm    FREE

Hosted by State Senator Iris Y Martinez, with Representatives Toni Berriosart & Jaime Andrade,

Commissioner Edwin Reyes, Alderman Rey Colon and the Avondale Neighborhood Association.

Have your confidential documents, personal papers, bank statements, etc. shredded on site and recycled free of charge!


Computers, printers, keyboards, telephones, cell phones, fax machines, power tools, TVs, VCRs, cameras, software, video/audio tapes, disks,

Small appliances, etc.  (For a complete list of items accepted visit


Gently used clothing, sports equipment, books, small appliances, kitchen items, games, toys and household items can be donated onsite to the Salvation Army. AND MUCH MORE!

Prescription medication disposal, donation of used eyeglasses, printer ink cartridge disposal, and American Flag disposal

For additional information, please call Sen. Martinez Office at 773-463-0720.


May 26th

Memorial Day Parade      Norwood Park    6634 W Raven     10am    Parade Starts at 11am      FREE

Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade   Kick Off at Onahan School 6634 W Raven with the Tribute Ceremony (12:15pm) at Taft High School 6545 W Hurlbut.  


May 28th

Dunning Neighborhood Organization     Dunning Library   7455 W Cornelia   6pm     FREE

New Community Organization.. everyone is welcome.  


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 Any donation will be greatly appreciated. For more information please call 773-205-3613 or e-mail 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 or 773-399-3948.