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MAY – JUNE 2022

MAY


Chicago Public Library
Uptown Branch
929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Check out Fishing Poles here!

26-CONVERSATIONS AT THE NEWBERRY


Who Belongs? A Conversation about the Long History of American Identity
Kathleen Belew and Erika Lee
In-person event – register now
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” two historians, Kathleen Belew and Erika Lee, share their research on the long histories of American identity, offering fresh perspectives on the forces that seek

28=29 Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

27 – American Legion Poppy Day


Why Veteran’s Poppy Days
The poppy as a symbol of war casualties started with a poem- “In Flanders Fields.”
In the spring of 1915, a Canadian artillery unit brigade surgeon named Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae saw bright red poppies blooming on the war-torn fields where so many soldiers had lost their lives, and he was moved to write “In Flanders Fields.”
The poem begins, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row,” and ends, “If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields.” The poem was published in a London magazine and later syndicated to publications in other Allied countries, where it was seen by two separate (but important) women.
Two women in different countries saw the poem and were inspired in different ways. American University of Georgia professor Moïna Michael wrote a poem in response to McCrae’s, titled “We Shall Keep Faith,” in 1918. She also started wearing a red poppy in honor of the troops and came up with the idea of making and selling red poppies to raise money for veterans.
Meanwhile, in France, Anna Guérin organized large poppy drives, making and selling poppies to raise money for widows, orphans, and veterans, and to fund France’s post-war restoration efforts. She championed her idea for an “Inter-Allied Poppy Day” and started Poppy Days worldwide, during which fundraising poppies were sold in many Allied countries. Poppy factories were set up, often employing disabled servicemen to make the silk and paper blooms. A tradition which continues today.
In the spring of 1915, a Canadian artillery unit brigade surgeon named Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae saw bright red poppies blooming on the war-torn fields where so many soldiers had lost their lives, and he was moved to write “In Flanders Fields.”
The poem begins, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row,” and ends, “If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields.” The poem was published in a London magazine and later syndicated to publications in other Allied countries, where it was seen by two separate (but important) women.

27- Hamburger Night


6-9pm Tattlier #973 American Legion Post Western Ave at Montrose. Bus tops and paid street parking
Made to order $10- 1/2 lb Angus Burger + sides Sometimes donated appetizers and desserts by attendees. Support the local Vets

May 28-Sept. 3:

Summer Fireworks (Wednesdays and Saturdays, Navy Pier’s summer fireworks displays return every Wednesday 9:30pm and Saturday 10:15pm

28-Parades & Wreath Laying


11am-1pm- Smith Park-2526 W. Grand
11am-3pm-State Street to Van Buren-televised
Pride Band Alliance & more
12 noon -Ceremony Daly Plaza-

29-The 106th running of the Indianapolis 500

will take place on Sunday, May 29 and will be broadcast live on NBC. Coverage of the Indy 500 will air live beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on NBC and run through 4:00 p.m. ET.

29- National Memorial Day Concert-7pm-WTTW


On the eve of Memorial Day, a start-studded lineup will grace the stage for one of PBS’ highest-rated programs. This multi-award-winning television event honors the military service and sacrifice of all of our men and women in uniform, their families and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

30-WOOGMS-Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Society


11am- 60th Annual MEMORIAL DAY PARADE ( also Labor Day)
Pine Grove and Wellington in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago’s north side. Join your friends and neighbors as we celebrate our freedom and remember those who have served our great nation. Led by the beats of the Jesse White Drum Corps, march down Wellington, Barry, Sheridan and Diversey before finishing on the lawn of St. Joseph’s Hospital for tumbling performance.woogmsparade@gmail.com

30- Memorial Day Observed-Federal Holiday closings


Serving as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans, Gen. John Logan (Logan Square-Chicago) ordered local posts to honor the fallen on May 30, 1868 by “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades, who died in defense of their country.”

30-Rosehill Cemetery- Memorial Day Parade.


10am.-Ravenswood front Gate winds around near the pond, where there will be a couple of speeches and acknowledgements.
Following the parade, Veterans & Auxiliary will be heading back to the Tattlier Post 973 for a pig roast (sponsored by Post 939) In addition to the pig, there will be several sides. If you have a favorite side that you would like to contribute, feel free to bring it. Good time for Veterans, sons and daughters to join and get acquainted.

30-Japense Service Center at Montrose Cemetery


11-12 noon- 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
773-275-0097 jascinfo@jasc-chicago.org

30–Catholic Cemetery Field Mass


St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery
4901 N Clark St · (847) 864-305

30-Morton Arboretum


Lisle, IL
noon-5pm Experience nearly 100 varieties of blooming irises and purchase irises for your garden! Admission to the show is included with timed-entry tickets

JUNE

HOLIDAYS, EVENTS, AWARENESS & RECOGNITIONS


Men’s Health Education and Awareness Month


Chicago’s Pride celebration consists of a full month of festivities and events, culminating with the annual Chicago Pride Parade, Too many to list check out all the events here:
https://chicagopride.gopride.com/info.cfm

4-6 Shavuot:

marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mount Sinai over 3,300 years ago.

7 – AARP Northside Community Group


First Tuesday 12;30 pm
Pride Month featured Speaker: Stefanie Clark, Twin Spirited, Renaissance Woman, Activist, And Storyteller: “My mother always wanted a daughter. The journey from the closet to Activism.”
(Voter Education & Civic Involvement pre- June 28 Primary)
-plus discussion, community news and Dr. Bill’s medical Report
https://aarpnorthsidecommunitygroup.com/
mailto:northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com

14- Army Birthday 1775


Flag Day-On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Over 100 years later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day.Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14, in 1885. That year, he led his school in the first formal observance of the holiday. Cigrand, who later changed careers and practiced dentistry in Illinois, continued to promote his concept and advocate respect for the flag throughout his life.As you celebrate the anniversary of the Stars and Stripes, here are some fun facts from http://www.history.com

19-Father’s Day


In the United States, holiday (third Sunday in June) to honor fathers. Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth.In 1924 U.S. Pres. Calvin Coolidge gave his support to the observance, and in 1966 Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation that recognized the day. It became a national holiday in 1972, when Pres. Richard Nixon signed legislation designating the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, June 19, 2022, in most countries.Some observe the custom of wearing a red rose to indicate that one’s father is living or a white rose to indicate that he is deceased. Other males—for example, grandfathers or uncles who have assumed parenting roles—are often also honoured on the day. Some Roman Catholics have continued to observe the feast day of St. Joseph, on March 19, as a tribute to fathers.Editors of Encyclopedia Britanica

20- Juneteenth-Monday observance-Federal Holiday

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT


Early Voting in Chicago Began on Thursday, May 26th


Early Voting for the June 28th Primary Election in Chicago will begin starting Thursday, May 26th at 9:00am at the Chicago Board of Election Supersite at 191 N. Clark (Lake & Clark). Vote By Mail ballots will begin to ship to voters early next week.
The Supersite at 191 N. Clark will be open May 26th to June 28th (Election Day) for the following hours:
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Election Day: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm (June 28th)
The Supersite will be open from 9:00am – 12:00 Noon on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.
There will be extended weekday hours for the Supersite (9:00am – 7:00pm) from June 20th to June 24th.
Early Voting in each of the 50 Wards in Chicago begins on June 13th through June 28th. You can see all Early Voting locations and addresses by clicking here.
All voters in Chicago may vote at any of these sites, no matter where they live in the City-closer to where you work, daycare, school, etc.. Voter registration services (new voters, name changes, and address updates) will be provided at all Early Voting sites. Two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address, are needed,

13 – 27 On Site In Person Early Voting-51 city locations & community sites20- ? last day to make application to VBM

16- The Importance of Voting, Voting access, and Voting Rights .


Virtual Meeting-Chicago Historical Museum
Nonpartisan panel conversation panelists include representatives from the Chicago Board of Elections, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others to provide both an historical and contemporary analysis of the current state of voting rights in Illinois and throughout the United States
This event is the second of four in their Civic Season series, which includes Flag Day, Juneteenth, and Independence Day. The Civic Series is presented in partnership with Made by Us and made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocollate. Website : chicagohistory.org

28- Primary Election Day


Can only vote in registered prescient-by registered State ID/ Driver’s License in system only-on Election Day

FOOD

Fee Fruits and Vegetables at Warren Park ( and other locations)
6601 N. Western parking lot
July 14- and second Wednesday of every month
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Produce Mobile is back, offering free bags of fresh fruits and vegetables every month! No qualifications are necessary to receive free produce; anyone can participate with no questions asked! Does not count against monthly limitations at GCFD Food pantries, such as Damen Ave/ Bradley Place- Epiphany UCC; Rogers park-A Just Harvest-Paulina & Howard area

Northeast Levy Sr. Center-and other DFSS sites
“Golden Diner” Has Returned
Congregate –In Person Dining
2019 W Lawrence Ave, 60625 (312) 744-0784
Broadway Armory, NorthCenter Sr. Campus, etc.

GOVERNMENT


30 -Ward Night Out: Andersonville -House Tavern

This Pride Month, join 47th Ward Alderman Martin for drinks and neighborhood updates …

ENVIRONMENT


11- Repair Cafe


10am – 1pm Sulzer Regional Library, Community Room, 4455 N Lincoln
Broken lamp? Wobbly chair? Holes in your pockets? Toss it? No way!! Join us where neighbors help each other fix beloved but broken household items. Also July 9

4- 10th Annual North Center Community Yard Sale-June


10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at households throughout the 47th Ward neighborhood.
Households must register by May 22 to participate. Learn more and register here.
North Shore Rummage Sales now thru June listed here
http://northshorerummage.blogspot.com
including 2 close by in Evanston

4-Annual Edgewater Yard Sale from 9am to 5pm.-June

If you would like to participate, make sure to register before May 28th to be included in a print map. A portion of the registration fees will be donated to Care For Real. To learn more, click here. On line form-$10 fee-contact 48th Ward Office.
18-Eco Fair-Wells Park
10am-2pm environmentalists, big and small, to join us for the first ever 47th Ward Eco Fest. This fest will bring together small businesses, non-profits, and other vendors from across the city for a day of learning, activities, and fun focused on a sustainable future. For more information and a schedule of events, visit aldermanmartin.com/ecofest

FUN


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Don’t Miss HUGE LIST of Every “Opened” Site
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Free events at Daley Plaza under the Picasso-varies

3-5 Maifest Chicago Lincoln Square

3-Senior Luncheon-register at 47th Ward Office or on-line

3-6 Do Division Wicker Park

4 Chicago Gospel Music Experience

(Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park): MillenniumPark.org

4-9:Chicago Blues Festival

citywide and in Millennium Park including Jay Pritzker Pavilion): MillenniumPark.org and ChicagoBluesFestival.us

6- FREE Lyric Opera of Chicago’s renowned Ryan Opera Center and
Civic Orchestra of Chicago


8pm-Symphony Center – evening of opera arias and scenes.
Must register for tickets on website

11-July 10 Taste of Chicago (citywide including Grant Park):


Saturdays, June 11, 18 & 25 (neighborhood Taste pop-ups) and Friday – Sunday, July 8–10 (a bite-sized Taste in Grant Park), TasteofChicago.u

14-Grant Park Festival Season

begins Tuesday through Friday attend daytime rehearsals during the season with docent talks half way through-orchestra break.
Rehearsal times vary from day to day. Please check this page in early June for a complete rehearsal schedule. The 2022 Festival rehearsals run from June 14 through August 19.
Festival season, the Grant Park Orchestra rehearses on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Members of the public are welcome to come and go as they please.
Festival season, the Grant Park Orchestra rehearses on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Members of the public are welcome to come and go as they please. As these are working rehearsals, Park visitors witness the piecing together of world-class performances while gaining a unique
perspective on the Orchestra and its lineup of international soloists. Visitors are invited to stick around for our popular Docent Talks, which take place midway through each rehearsal.

12-Nature & Bird Walk


10:30 AM 3:00 PM
Park 538 in West Rogers Park SW Corner of Touhy & Kedzie


19 & 21-26-Geneva, IL Midsommar Festival

Our first Swedish Day was celebrated in 1911 at Ravina, providing an opportunity for the numerous Scandinavian immigrants to enjoy the traditional celebration of Midsommar. This annual celebration family festival has been held since 1925 in Geneva’s Good Templar Park. Open to the public and attended by people of all nationalities, this festival still focuses on the Scandinavian celebration of Midsommar, the longest day of the yearEntrance is $7 per person at the gate, with free attendance for children 12 and under, active military, and those in traditional Scandinavian costume.
Geneva’s train station is located just blocks from the festivities. chamberinfo@genevachamber.com +1 630-232-6060 For shopping district Events Supported by NW Medicine-may be canceled due to COVID

20-Millennium Park Summer Music Series

(Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Mondays & Thursdays, June 20 – August 18, MillenniumPark.org

21-Summer solstice (in Northern Hemisphere) –longest day of year.

21-Make Music Day

is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.
MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO-for listings , emails
11 East Adams St Suite 350-B Chicago, IL 60603
phone: 312.670.6888 email: mmc@imfchicago.or13-23-sample ballot published

23-INDIAN BOUNDARY PARK


6:30-7:30PM
Project Inclusion Vocal Fellows & Project Inclusion Quartet
Songs and Strings

EDUCATION


16-Archives Alive


5:00 PM – 6:00
Rogers Park branch-in-person
Learn about the history of LGBT communities in Chicago by exploring CPL’s
Register (312) 744-0156 Email:acantu@chipublib.org

3-Let’s Talk about… Sex, Sexuality, and Aging

8:30-10:30 am Central
Register Now
Panel Discussion. Sex and sexuality are essential to support mental, emotional, social, and physical health and wellness. In our society, sexuality is often treated as a taboo topic and discussions about sex with clients and patients can be negatively impacted by embarrassment, stigma, and negative experiences. Join our panel discussion as we explore the topics of sexual health and wellness as we age, including how to best communicate with patients, clients, and community members.
Missed a recent ASA Chicagoland Roundtable session? Check out the website at https://aging.rush.edu/policy/asa-chicagoland/

25-Indivisible Illinois Wednesday State Call


7:30pm – 9:00pm CT
ZOOM RSVP for the Zoom Meeting: https://bit.ly/May25-IL
Hosted by Vote by Mail Task Force and Indivisible Evanston–a co-sponsored meeting and discussion of some of the most critical issues facing Illinois ahead of the upcoming June 28th primary election. After the primary, we’ll be in high gear until the November Midterm Election.
We’ll hear from the experts about the most critical races and pressing issues here in IL, including the Governor’s race, Illinois State Supreme Court elections, the permanent Vote-by-Mail list, and which districts in the state have the most important and competitive U.S. House races.

HEALTH


21- ALZHEIMER’S LONGEST DAY OBSERVANCE

YARD SALES

4-Annual Edgewater Yard Sale

from 9am to 5pm. If you would like to participate, make sure to register before May 28th to be included in a print map. A portion of the registration fees will be donated to Care For Real. To learn more, click here.

4- Used Book Sale-$.25-.50 & $1.00 items


Edgewater Branch accepting book & DVD donations
Another Sale; last weekend in July-Newberry Library More information about volunteering for Book Fair will be available in the spring of 2022.Any further questions can be directed to (312) 255-3581 or contributions@newberry.org.

4-Roscoe Village Garage Sale


9am-3pm
Maps: Commonwealth Tavern-2000 Roscoe- 8:30-11am or RV website.

JULY


2-INDEPENDENCE DAY SALUTE


7:30-9:30PM JAY PRITZKER PAVILIONI
RESERVE SEAT
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus Christopher Bell, conductor
Contact to confirm when gates open; saving space – lawn or seats; balloons, alcohol( vendors there to sell),handicapped seating WFMT is bringing you the very best that the Grant Park Music Festival has to offer this summer, giving you a front-row ticket to the Chicago summertime institution-starts with June opening concerts.

4 –Chicago History Museum


Fourth of July – 10:30am-4:30pm
Celebrate freedom and envision what that means for all. The Museum’s backyard as we reflect on our country’s past and form new traditions for our futures together. Activities include our new children’s Freedom Dance Party, a keynote speech by author and professor Michelle Duster, a Chicago blues jam session, and other family-friendly festivities.
Outdoor event is free to all. The Museum is open from noon until 4:30 p.m. with free admission for Illinois residents.

4 – A Capitol Fourth Concert & Fireworks


7pm-PBS-Channel 11- 42 Year Tradition

5-AARP Northside Community Group


First Tuesday 12;30 pm
(Voter Education & Civic Involvement pre- June 28 Primary)
-plus discussion, community news and Dr. Bill’s medical Report
https://aarpnorthsidecommunitygroup.com/
mailto:northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com

5-Northshore Concert Band


3:00 PM 5:00 PM
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall50 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL

6-Cirque Goes to Hollywood


6:30-8PM PRITZKER PAVILION Info
RESERVE SEAT
Grant Park Orchestra Sarah Hicks, conductor
Troupe Vertigo

8-Chicago SummerDance

citywide including pop-ups and special events, Night Out in the Parks events, programs at the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park — and the SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park): select dates July 6 – September 17, ChicagoSummerDance.org

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