West Town Library October events

By Jason Nosek, library associate

Chicago History Book Club
Please join us at the West Town Branch at 6:30pm Tuesday as we discuss “Fort Dearborn: A Novel” by Jerry Crimmins. The branch is at 1625 W. Chicago Ave.

The Chicago History Book Club explores the city’s history through reading and discussing books on events, themes, time periods, and personalities that have contributed to making Chicago what it is today. If you cannot join us this time, please stop by the branch pick-up our next book “The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City” by Carl Smith.

Letter Writers Alliance: Penmanship & Handwriting in Correspondence
On Thursday the West Town Branch at 6:30pm will host the Letter Writers Alliance. Has your handwriting fallen by the wayside? Do your penpals suffer trying to read your letters or does your scribble hold you back from letter writing?

We'll help you get your penmanship fit for correspondence with guided practice and take-home techniques. We'll also have tips and & tricks in how to "cheat," like using a lightbox and pens that make your writing look fancier.

All supplies are provided, just bring yourself and hands at the ready. For more information on the presenting organization, please visit Letter Writers Alliance.

Wolcott Avenue rehab planned


This week EVA sent the city Landmarks Division this comment on 852 N. Wolcott Av. in the East Village Landmark District.

The East Village Association has received a package of materials related to the above referenced property, submitted by property owner and architect, Brian Foote. The package included a reduced- size set of construction drawings, sheets A1.0-A4.0, dated September 3, 2013. The Planning, Preservation & Development Committee reviewed the drawings and came to the census that the proposed dormer addition will have no adverse effect on the landmark district.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you. Sincerely, Scott A. Rappe, AIA Co-Chairperson, Planning, Preservation & Development Committee

Circus in the Parks, take a bow

By Ronda Locke

Midnight Circus' child-friendly show returns to Commercial Park in October. The big top will rise in our little park at 1845 W. Rice St. for shows Saturday, Oct. 12th at 2 & 5pm and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 & 4pm.

The fund-raising performances for Chicago parks will be staged at Commercial Park and 10 other city parks this year. See it in our park! Tickets are on sale at circusintheparks.org

The Commercial Park Advisory Council is looking to help a local nonprofit and subsidize some of the bulk ticket purchases, and is looking for volunteers the weekend of the event.

"Men In Black 3" is showing in the park gym Friday, Sept. 13.

Advisory council members successfully applied for PLAYS equipment grants for all three local playlots: Snowberry (Huron at Wolcott) Superior (at Hoyne) and Honore (just north of Iowa). If you live in the area and have ideas, please let me know so that we can connect you with leaders for each project.

LaSalle II
Outdoor improvements also are on the way at LaSalle II school. We are 95% funded (maybe 100% pending Chicago Public Schools review) of the campus reimagination first phases: an outdoor classroom, growing gardens and a new basketball court and playground. The classroom at Division and Honore is to be installed this fall.

The Parent-Teacher Organization also is trying to secure a grant from the Special Services Area to open up the front space for use outside school hours. How cool to stroll through with your Starfruit or Purple Cow cone and sit among flowers, greenery and art – while you make the way down Division!