EVA Calendar: Think local, shop local

Local First Chicago, a network of independent local businesses, makes its case for a sustainable neighborhood economy at Monday's East Village Association membership meeting. Co-founder Suzanne Keers and director Peter Locke will bring their ideas on shopping outside the big box to the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott St., at 7 pm.  Read more

Marching on: Developers are on track for a March 5 EVA presentation of plans for an apartment tower to replace the Division-Ashand Pizza Hut, followng a meeting last month with EVA and Marshfield block club members.  Read more

Members only: East Village boundaries are precisely drawn (we drew 'em) on the social network Nextdoor, a recent addition to the East Village Association website.  We've also brightened up our news blog layout and tweaked our Twitter feed. Read more ... Also, the East Village sharing site on OhSoWe is open to non-members. Read more

Late returns from the river wards: Chicago wards were never as tidy as East Village boundaries, and the city-approved remap for 2015 seems to add to the confusion. East Village's 32nd Ward blocks and part of the 1st Ward made a last-minute shift to the 2nd Ward. Neighbors are trying to figure out the new boundaries on the EVA Facebook page and the Everyblock East Ukrainian Village page.

Ready, Freddie? We've heard grade-school pupils perform credibly alongside professional musicians -- just Google "Freddie Freeloader," a jazz standard taught in early grades. Pritzker School has such a teaching moment lined up Feb. 10 with jazz-rap lion Corey Wilkes in the Miles Davis role. A benefit concert the night after promises meatier fare. Read more

The spy who shagged Eva: At Monday's meeting Patrick Shaffner will talk about the writing workshop his spy shop The Boring Store is supporting, and Rachael Switall will introduce StudentsXpress, a school newspaper supporting child development. See you at the Happy Village!

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