FREE, FUN & CHEAP REPORT

#58 FREE, FUN & CHEAP REPORT

EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES & INFORMATION 

 MARCH 7-13

Spring Forward – Sat. Night March 13 – Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday

FUN

Chicago Theatre Week-March 7 last Day!

Browse 100+ theatre companies in Chicago – see what’s new at your favorites and check out ones you’ve never heard of before.  Many performances are presented free or for a nominal charge. More information is available here.

NCA Trivia Night

Saturday, March 6   7 PM

Northside Catholic Academy is having a Virtual Trivia Night! Buy your ticket and grab your cocktail because this is one Trivia Night you don’t want to miss!

Organize your team of 2-8 people (we recommend keeping teams to no more than 8 people to make it more enjoyable) and register at the following link:

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/ncatrivianight2021    

Tickets:$25 for single player/$50 per couple

Celebrate What Makes Us Powerful Together
Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m
Join the University of Illinois online for Illini Fest online, to explore how your university has been a national leader in facing today’s challenges. You’ll meet those who have been brave enough to think differently, smart enough to find a better way and caring enough to make the world a better place. Illini Fest is free and open to alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff. Be part of this historic evening! Register here.
UIAA Speaker Series: Adrian Burgos on Afro-Latinos in Baseball March 25, 2021     6:00 PM-7:30 PM CT This talk with Adrian Burgos, Jr. will look at how the presence, experience, and impact of Afro-Latinos in professional baseball remains hidden from so many, even in a moment when more attention from the media and social institutions is being given to Black lives. Even more, this talk explores why it matters that we take note of this history and its implications on how we understand race now.

Shared Legacies

From IVI-IPO and the Jewish Film Festival Documentary

March 7-9.

A free streaming of the film explores the initiatives and friendships that brought Black and Jewish people together from Jim Crow through to the present.

Chicago Park District

March 8 & 9

Register for Virtual & On-Site  Spring programs

Check out the various programs offered for seniors. Fitness, cultural, line dance and of course BINGO programs have been a hit. We’d love to see you…virtually.

March 8 

Edgewater Yard and Sidewalk Sale — Find a great deal and meet area residents at this neighborhood-wide sidewalk and yard sale! This event is sure to have a little something for everyone.Stay tuned for details on our 2021 event. 

Monday Night Travel with Rick Steves

MAR. 8: Great Italian Wine Experiences

5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET | REGISTER

7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET | REGISTER

Italy loves its wine. And if you love both Italy and wine, this Monday Night Travel party will be an intoxicating affair. Join Rick to sample his favorite wine experiences in Italy: savoring the distinctive minerality of grapes grown on the fertile slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna, enjoying dinner at a fine old Umbrian wine estate, dropping in on a vineyard in Tuscany, and sitting down with an aristocratic family after touring their ancestral farm in Chianti country. Rick will be munching on the finest Italian meats and cheeses while sipping the famed vino Brunello di Montalcino.

Film Discussion: Explained: Why Women Are Paid Less 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021      6:30PM – 7:30PM

Harold Washington Library-Zoom

Register and watch episode here

Hillary Clinton and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss the cultural norms at the center of the worldwide gender pay gap, including the “motherhood penalty.”

In partnership with Vox Media Studios and Vox, this enlightening explainer series will take viewers deep inside a wide range o the worldwide gender pay gap, including the “motherhood penalty.”

In partnership with Vox Media Studios and Vox, this enlightening explainer series will take viewers deep inside a wide range of culturally relevant topics, questions, and ideas. Each episode will explore current events and social trends pulled from the zeitgeist, touching topics across politics, science, history and pop culture featuring interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields.

Native Women and Political Activism: From Marie Baldwin to Deb Haaland

March 9   6-7pm

sgoldfield@chipublib.org

Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill and Dr. Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) discuss Native women’s political activism. Learn about Native suffragists. Learn about Native suffragists working for citizenship for all Native people, Native women leading action on environmental issues, and Native women serving in some of the highest offices in the United States government.

Register at least 24 hours before the event. Only one registration per household is needed. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting.

CONVERSATIONS AT THE NEWBERRY

“Don’t Let This Get Around”: The Many Lives of Ben Hecht

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 5PM-6PM C

FREE

In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Adina Hoffman and David Denby discuss the life and work of the brilliant chameleon Ben Hecht: sardonic Chicago newspaperman, scandal-seeking novelist, celebrated playwright, outspoken activist for Jewish causes, and the man Pauline Kael called “the greatest American screenwriter.”

Our Neighbors: Deepening Interfaith Relationships

Fourth Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, March 10

6:00 p.m. via Zoom

For Zoom details, register at www.bit.ly/interfaith031021

This coming Wednesday, March 10 we will gather online with our neighbors from Chicago Sinai Congregation to share our stories of life and faith.

Led by Nanette Sawyer and Rabbi Todd Zinn, we will discuss our springtime celebrations of Passover and Easter and the shared themes of renewal.

In a time of great divisiveness and isolation, it’s vitally important to get to know one other and strengthen our connections. Join us for conversation, to make new friends, and deepen the bonds we already have!

CJE

The Jewish Museum  virtual tour 

Thursday, March 11— 1-2pm 

community.engagement@cje.net or calling 773.508.1089

Pre- Passover view of  the collection of a unique mix of artworks and ceremonial objects

St. Patrick’s Events

Irish American Cultural Center

March 13

Join us for virtual  Irish dance, music, history, and more.

More details to come! Keep an eye out in our upcoming newsletters and on our social media pages!  

Buy your tickets Now!

Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00pm CST-Limited live Audience

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Join our friends in Gaelic Storm for a rowdy St. Patrick’s Day celebration! The band will perform in front of a limited live audience, providing an experience that is the next best thing to being there!

Lakeview East is shaking up some special Chi-rish specials for St. Paddy’s Day this year. See what local businesses have to offer click here.

CSO  Video Playlist 

Celebrate the creativity and artistry of Black musicians from the past and present. Through a playlist, archival audio clips and newly recorded performances, discover voices that have enriched the world.Explore the music of 18th-century composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges; 20th-century composers Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and George Walker; contemporary composers Jessie Montgomery and Tyshawn Sorey, and an excerpt previewing a new work by composer Courtney Bryan, and other selections on video playlist.

One Day University-perfect for lifelong learners like you!

One Month Free Trial! Now Helps You Year-round With New Online Format.“Enroll” for just $7.95 per month or $72 if you pay for the entire year in advance.-about 25¢ per day.

Want to go on a virtual tour of the Met Museum with a top-tier Columbia art professor? Or learn about the history of the Olympics from a professor at UNC Chapel Hill?  One Day U has decided to go virtual so that everyone can “attend” fascinating lectures by professors from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Cornell, and dozens of other schools.Science of Happiness; The Worst Supreme Court Decisions; Women in Comedy; Beethoven and the Beatles; and Why Art Matters will all stream live this spring.You don’t need a college degree, just a curious mind who likes to dig in to a variety of topics and issues

Here’s how it works. Every weekday at 3 p.m. CST, One Day U live streams a brand new one hour talk featuring one of more than 200 engaging professors. They are open to all members — no advance registration required. Anyone with a computer or tablet can participate.During a live talk, attendees can enter questions at any point in a “Chatroll” box on their screen. Then, the professor goes through and addresses all questions in the last 15 minutes of the talk.Talks are just 50 minutes, with no homework or tests and designed to be enjoyed without a background knowledge in the subject matter.

One Day U sends out an email to members every Sunday called the “Weekend Scholar” with a schedule of the week’s upcoming talks and direct links to view, so members can add the week’s talks to their calendar.

Missed a live talk? No worries! Membership also includes access to a searchable video library of past 500+ talks on topics including history, art, politics, psychology, literature, film, science, and much more.

“STRAY”

DOCUMENTARY Order the film and stream

ON-lINE- $12 TICKETS-fundraiser

March 5th at 2pm  beginninganytime after

Chicago premier of the award-winning documentary 

 Safe Humane runs trauma-informed programs that bring together neglected or abused dogs with youth and adults impacted by violence. “Stray” is a newly released documentary that has been described as “a love letter for dogs” and that has won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets are for $12 with every $5 going to support Safe Humane’s programming. Purchase tickets here.

BOOKS Book Showcase: Bestsellers from 1980-1994 Sultzer Regional Library is continuing their Bestsellers Showcase with a section on the 80s and early 90s. Here’s when we start to see The Rise of the Brand Name Author, so if you love your Judith Krantz, or a serving of Danielle Steel, or maybe just a touch of Tom Clancy, stop by the second floor and check out the display that’s close by the elevator.   Books by Women,  Discussion Whose Bodyby Dorothy L. Sayers on  Tuesday, March 9 aellis@fourthchurch.orgwww.bit.ly/newsfromfpc

SUGGESTED BY MEMBERS

Caste” (Oprah’s Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents …

The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.” In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us an interpretation of Racism. Sexism. Classism, Ageism, and more. Work books, audio and summary forms of this 400+ page award winning best seller. Pre -Election Date of first publication: August 4, 2020

Request A Free Senator Special Recognition!

Senators -and other elected officials including the President’s Office-will send congratulatory letters to constituents only.The turnaround time on these freebies range from 2-12 weeks, so be sure to make your request well in advance if you want to frame it or give it away as a gift.

duckworth.senate.gov     How Can I Help-Special Recognition form-Individual or Group

durdin.senate.gov            similar form process-follow the prompts   

Fill out form & staff will get back to you

FOOD

Andersonville Restaurant Weeks

March 3-25

Week 2 is on sale now – Week 3 on sale this Friday!

NO- NORTHSIDE LENTEN FISH FRIES- St. Joseph Tables

St. Andrews, St.Alphonsus,  St.Ben’s, St. Ferdinands, Immaculate Conception -these favorite fund raisers all cancelled due to COVID precaucautions. Let us know of any favorite restaurant spots for these this year.

Lakeview #TakeoutThursday

support our amazing restaurants by ordering takeout and delivery., it’s important to help support them however we can! Join Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce in this fun contest.

Bars and Restaurants Regulations Opening Up

  • Can reopen indoors at lesser of 50% or 50 people per space.
  • Food must be available at all times in order to offer indoor service.
  • Bars, taverns, or breweries without a food license can reopen indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services).
  • Table size limited to no more than six people per table indoors and outdoors.
  • Bar seating allowed with 6ft distance between parties. Indoor events allowed at 50% capacity with no more than 50 individuals, while following indoor dining guidelines.
  • Bars, restaurants, and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license must have all patrons off premises by 1:00 am.

DFSS-Lunch Box Service Resumes

Monday-Friday   between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.,

Edgewater Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway -and all other Golden Diner sites-Come to pick up a  lunch. There is a suggested donation of $2.00. Masks and social distancing are required.

March 17 special meal: corned Beef, Swiss red cabbage on sour dough bread; potato salad; St. Patrick’s Day cookies, lime jello; orange, fruit juice & milk. 

No in person programming/ For questions, please email or call Debra Northey at 312-742-5187 and dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.

The Coffee and Cocoa Crossover BINGO 

Now-March 31

card features 12 local Andersonville businesses and nine nearby Lincoln Square Ravenswood businesses and is a continuation of our Hygge Fest event in February.Cards are available for pick-up t various participating locations. Learn more here! If you’d like to play BINGO and would rather pick-up a card directly from the Andersonville Chamber Offices, please email us at info@andersonville.org

HEALTH & WELLBEING

VACCINATION UP-DATES DAILY

Seniors 65+ will have an early registration period from Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 am through Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 pm. 

Go to Zocdoc.com/vaccine to register for an appointment. 

The first 110,000 vaccination appointments expect to be filled in a few hours., according to Zocdoc CEO Thurs. Morning on channel 7 News. stay tuned for future up-dates or go to their website posts.

United Center FEMA Vaccine Siteat 1724 W. Madison-Lot E – Opens March 9 by reservation only.

Parking is on site-with shuttle to to walk-up site and a drive thru option will be available later in the month. ONLY WALK THRU NOW-Dress accordingly.

Registration for Illinoisans who meet the state’s Phase 1b+ eligibility criteria will open Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 pm, if not filled by seniors.

There is NO ONSITE REGISTRATION. You must have an appointment. Go to Zocdoc.com/vaccine to register for an appointment

If you cannot access the website, call 312-746-4835. This hotline is open Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm.

The Federally-run site will be able to administer up to 6,000 doses per day in Chicago. This is ADDITIONAL vaccine and is not taken out of the City’s allotment.

How to get to the United Center:

Driving: Entrance to the vaccine site is in Lot E of the United Center, off of Madison St. Parking is available in Lot A with a free shuttle to the vaccination site.#20 Madison bus

UBER: Rides credits from Uber in the future.  Call City hall 311 for Save Our Seniors-SOS Registration 

Uber is providing $40 ride credits to Chicagoans. After a Chicago resident books an appointment via Zocdoc, they will receive an appointment confirmation email which will also ask if they need transportation to their visit. If they answer yes, they’ll receive ride credits from Uber which will work only for rides to and from the United Center within the Chicago city limits.

Conversation with Dr. Kevin Ban, Chief Medical Officer for the Walgreens Corporation

Watch it on our YouTube channel (www.bit.ly/fpcvideos).

Fourth Presbyterian Church

If you missed our online discussion with this doctor, former faculty member at the Harvard Medical School, we encourage you to take a few moments to. In this informative, twenty-minute interview with Shannon Kershner, Dr. Ban addresses common questions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines, including How were the COVID-19 vaccines developed so quickly and are they safe? Have the new variants of the virus had an impact on vaccine.

SWEDISH VACCINE CLINIC FOR PEOPLE 65+ REMAINS BUSY 

Swedish Hospital is currently providing 400+ doses per clinic day and remains focused on vaccinating existing Swedish patients 65+. We anticipate ramping up our clinic to be open 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, depending on vaccine supply from the CDPH. 

The best way to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Swedish Hospital is through the NorthShoreConnect portal. Patients that are 65+ and can’t access our portal, or are part of 1A healthcare workers or 1B essential workers can sign up for a wait list to be contacted for a vaccine by filling out a form at [swedishcovenant.org/list]swedishcovenant.org/list.

Watch our Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall recording to learn how the vaccine works, safety data and more

“Tools for Well-Being: Quarantine Edition”

Fourth Presbyterian Church

Saturday, March 6

10:00 a.m. via Zoom

For Zoom details, register at www.bit.ly/well-beingtools0321

The Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being invites you to a Saturday morning workshop this weekend on “Tools for Well-Being: Quarantine Edition.”

In our two hours together via Zoom Kate Wester will share simple tools and techniques to help calm our minds, energize our bodies, and connect to our true selves, drawing from neuroscience and the great traditions of yoga, Qi Gong, and Buddhist meditations.

FOR YOUR FURY FRIENDS

Tree House  Humane  Society  opens low-cost wellness center!

In Spring of 2021, we’re proud to open our Veterinary Wellness Center (VWC) as an expansion to our current clinic and shelter on Western Avenue. This basic wellness care center will expand our care services to the public, and we’ll be welcoming dogs as well as cats!(773) 262-4000  info@treehouseanimals.orgVisit their website now!

Also, inquire about free pet supplies for Senior care givers-specific dates per month.

More details to come! Keep an eye out in our upcoming newsletters and on our social media pages!  

Buy your tickets Now!

Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00pm CST-Limited live Audience

 US Veterans – all ages approved for Covid Vaccine Eligibility:

 Jesse Brown VA (JBVA)

 Walk ins on 3/5 between 9 am -2 pm and Saturday clinics on 3/6 and 3/13 from 8 am through 4 pm.

 If you’re a veteran enrolled at JBVA, the vaccine is open to all ages without any age or other restrictions. They are issuing the Pfizer vaccine as follows: For scheduling appointments: COVID HOTLINE 312-569-5801. 

Older Adults and Covid-19: What’s Next?

4pm Tuesday, March 9 |Register here

Forward Chicago 

Continuing series with Dr. Michael Ison and find out the latest about Covid-19 vaccines and what to expect next for older adults and their caregivers.

Submit questions in advance by emailing info@skylinevillagechicago.org and indicate “Dr. Ison” in the subject line

Northside Providers Council  Virtual Meeting

“Well-Being & Dementia: A Strengths-Based Approach.” 

Wednesday, March 10th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Guest Speaker:Jen Hurd, a certified dementia practitioner, working in healthcare/dementia care since the late 90s,  and the Project Manager for The Village Chicago’s Brain Health & Memory Loss Program.

She will be presentingDiscover how greater awareness of preferences for everyday living allows us to be thoughtful observers and better able to support the needs and preferences of persons with cognitive loss!

Q&A will follow the presentation and additional time will be saved to share resources and provide updates on services.

To join the Zoom meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82836490867?pwd=bWI5VlRXTXg4c3Q4RUIvaitSZnJDUT09

Meeting ID: 828 3649 0867   Passcode: 530964  To just call in:     +1 312 626 6799 US 

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcIWIV4kYm

In addition, if you are interested in spreading the word about their council, feel free to pass along the following:The Northside Providers Council provides a space for all different types of older adult service providers on the northside of Chicago) to come together on the second Wednesday of every other month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Each meeting’s host agency provides an overview of their services, lines up an educational guest speaker, and gives tours of their facilities (when meetings are held in-person). Additional meeting time is devoted to sharing resources/best practices, promoting events, and networking with other providers.

If you are interested in attending a meeting and/or being added to the council’s contact list, please email Sean Dolan at sean.dolan@cityofchicago.org.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

CITY

www.ward32.org The most comprehensive City Council & area up-dates

The Monument Project

Mellon Foundation Announced a Quarter-Billion-Dollar Grant Commitment for “Monuments Project” to Reimagine and Rebuild Commemorative Spaces and Transform the Way History is Told in the United States  October 5, 2020

As National Reckoning on Race and Social Justice Encompasses Memorials, Mellon Foundation’s $250 Million Commitment Will Create, Contextualize, and Relocate Existing Monuments to Celebrate and Affirm America’s Diverse HistoriesThe three areas of activity: 

-Funding new monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces

-Contextualizing existing monuments or memorials through installations, research, and education-

-Relocating existing monuments or memorials

Please submit your suggestions to northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com  For the collaborators to incorporate and get back to the group for a vote to submit to Chicago effort before the April 1 deadline

CARE FOR REAL-EDGEWATER & ROGERS PARK

VOLUNTEER

shifts are available on weekdays and Saturdays and include tasks such as grocery packing, warehouse support, and staffing our reception desk.

Whether you can volunteer occasionally, or can commit to a weekly or monthly shift, we invite you to join our team. Apply here or send an email to volunteer@careforreal.org to get started.

Help Support Funding for Research & Service to All Illinois Residents

Friday, March 5 @ 9 a.m. – Coffee with President Killeen: State Priorities

Illinois Connection advocates are invited to join U of I System President Killeen to hear an update on the U of I System and the system’s state legislative agenda. To register and submit questions, please use the following link:  https://go.uillinois.edu/ConversationWithKilleen  &nbsp;

 If you miss this event, you can view the recording here.

STATE

Good Government Illinois

Monday, March 8, 2021

7 p.m. Join via Zoom – RSVP here!

Virtual Town Hall on the Illinois State Budget

David Orr,Exec. Dir. GGI, State Representative Robyn Gabel, and Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, for a dive into the Illinois state budget. 

FEDERAL

ALERT FROM SEN. DURBIN – Judical Committee Chair

The Senate is expected to vote on Merrick Garland’s for AG confirmation as early as next week.

Add your name right now to call on the Senate to confirm our next U.S. Attorney General.SIGN THE PETITION

durbon.senate.gov      add name-emaIl-zip code

SAVE THE DATE

Monday Night Travel with Rick Steves

MAR. 15: St. Patrick’s Ireland

5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET | REGISTER

7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET | REGISTER

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Rick in his favorite corners of the Emerald Isle. Traveling from Dingle to the Aran Islands to the coastal town of Kinsale (the self-proclaimed cuisine capital of Ireland), we’ll get into the Irish spirit with Gaelic sports and great literature, cut some peat, and shiver to tales of Viking massacres. And throughout the evening, Rick will weave a medley of beloved Irish drinks into a three-course meal of barley to lubricate the gift of gab: roasted barley (Guinness beer), malted barley (Jameson whiskey), and a dessert of cream, cocoa, and barley (Bailey’s Irish Cream). (Be warned, the second showing may be an embarrassing

Planning Ahead: Securing your Future with Advance Directives and Estate Planning

 5:30pm Tuesday, March 16 

Center for Disability & Elder Law and Pride Action Tank Discussion

Zoom. Register here.

Advance directives and the importance of estate planning to secure your future. LGBT seniors and individuals living with disabilities who attend will have the opportunity to sign up for a subsequent workshop to complete powers of attorney and wills with a pro bono attorney.

Chicago Restaurant Week

During Chicago Restaurant Week, March 19 – April 4, you can enjoy special prix fixe menus across the city

History and Memories: Women’s History Month- especially for older adults Chicago Public Library

Thu., March 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Email northsidehistory@chipublib.org to register.

Local History:  Northside Neighborhood History Collection highlights from our collections First, in honor of Women’s History Month, there will be a short presentation highlighting some interesting and remarkable women from the NNHC’s archives. 

Your memories:time for anyone who is interested to share their own favorite memory inspired by the theme of Women’s History 

CJE-Disability Policy 

March 18, 2021 at 11 am CST

Please register for each program individually, either by phone 773.508.1106

Speaker: Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Rights Policy, The Arc of the United States

Learn more about our speaker

The 117th Congress will have a lot to tackle in the face of the continuing pandemic and recovery issues. All these policy discussions will have an impact on the lives of people with disabilities. This program will identify the most relevant disability policy priorities for this Congress and the new administration as they address new and decades old issue 

March 20-FIRST DAY OF SPRING-

Personal Safety Tools Self-Defense Workshop with IMPACT Chicago

Wed., March 24 at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on how to register, check out our website

Participants explore several Empowerment Self-Defense principles – Confidence, Awareness, Assessment of Distance, Voice, Stance and Physical Techniques – offering them an expanded toolbox of choices, not only in threatening situations, but in everyday life.  

If possible, participants should be in a space where:

  • ¥ They are comfortable using a loud voice, and there isn’t too much background noise.
  • ¥ They have room to stand up, move their arms and legs, and take at least two big steps in any direction.
  • ¥ Their sound is coming out of the mic-speaker built into their device, or wireless headphones/earbuds.   

Storytime for Adults-Do you miss being read to? 

An Excerpt from Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Thu., March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

email jnowak@chipublib.org to listen in

Do you think you like George Orwell? Well, don’t talk to me about George Orwell before you’ve read his nonfiction. You’re not allowed to start talking about Big Brother until you’ve read about Orwell’s participation in the Spanish Civil War. If you want to hear what is regarded as some of the finest war journalism ever written, 

AndersonvilleSidewalk Sale

March 25-28

Mark your calendars! Andersonville’s annual InSidewalk Sale is returning March 26-28 with sales and promotions from more than 30 participating businesses. Look for in-person shopping deals, exclusive online offers, Instagram Flash Sales and more – there are several ways to engage and explore what Andersonville has to offer! Participating businesses coming soon.

March 27-PASSOVER BEGINS

March  28-HOLY WEEK BEGINS

                  Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

APRIL 4 EASTER & PASSOVER ENDS

LAST WEEK’S EDITION

February 27-March 6

“In Like a lion…”

So many mists in March you see, so many frosts in May will be.

FUN

March 1 Casimir Pulaski Day

All City of Chicago offices and ward offices will be closed Monday, March 1 in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day, To file a Service Request during this time, please call 3-1-1 or visit 311.chicago.

The Chicago Public Library closes in observance of Pulaski Day but Chicago Public Schools remain open.

VIRTUAL CASIMIR PULASKI DAY CELEBRATION – on Monday, March 1. The program will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on the PMA website: www.PolishMuseumOfAmerica.org. . THE PRCUA OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED. 

Some Churches May Be Having Special Programs

Holy Trinity Church (Polish: Kościół Trójcy Świętej) is an historic church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago located at 1118 North Noble Street. It is a prime example of the so-called ‘Polish Cathedral style’ of churches, in both their opulence and grand scale. Along with such monumental religious edifices are St. Mary of the Angels, St. Hedwig’s or St. John Cantius, St. Stanislaus Kosta. They are some of the many Polish churches that dominate over the Kennedy Expressway in the Pulaski Park.

Across the street from St. Stan’s, the park  field house is also an architecthural gem to tour. On the corner is the former office of disgraced congressman Dan Rostenkowski.

Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal holiday in Illinois. … in 1986, Mayor Harold Washington introduced a resolution to designate the first Monday in March as “Casimir Pulaski Day,” as it It was once said that Chicago had the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, the country’s capital city.

It marks a uniquely Illinois holiday for a Poland-born cavalry officer who never set foot in the state! A Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called, together with his counterpart Michael Kovats de Fabriczy, “the father of the American cavalry.”

The Revolutionary War hero. fought beside American colonists against the British during the Revolutionary War.Born in Warsaw, Poland, on March 6, 1745, he was a cavalry officer and rebelled against the Polish King Stanislaw II, which forced him to exile in France. There he met Benjamin Franklin, who recruited him to the colonies and the fight for independence. He offered his services as a private soldier to Gen. George Washington. He died at age 29 fighting in Savannah, Georgia  with other foreign recruits against the British. A  long standing Chicago statue in his honor is one of 41 under discussion by the Monument Project.

March 4 Birthday – Chicago History Quiz

Chicago Trivia Questions & Answers –  Illinois – Fun Trivia

(many others on this same page-choose your Chicago category)

www.funtrivia.com

Adult Book Discussion: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

March 6 Bezazian Branch 

Zoom  2-3pm Register:  Mark Kaplan  (312) 744-0019  mkaplan@chipublib.org

A contemporary  story, “…a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.”  Register at least 24 hours before the event. Only one registration per household is needed. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Coffee with Killeen: State Priorities 

Friday, March 5      9:00 a.m.

The University of Illinois System invites you to join President Tim Killeen for a conversation about the system’s state legislative agenda for the new Illinois General Assembly. This webinar will include a question-and-answer session where you can submit questions for President Killeen to answer. Links: Illinoisconnection.org    ogr.uillinois.edu

Government

State

7th District Il State Senate Appointment

Mike Simmons, former policy director under Mayor Rahm Emanuel and deputy commissioner in the city’s department of planning and development to ascend to former Sen. Heather Steans’ 7th District seat.  Simmons, a lifelong resident of the district, was chosen by a group from the Cook County Democratic Party weighted committee of people to serve out the remainder of Steans’ term. He has never held office. His Edgewater office, located at 5533 N. Broadway along  with service offices of other elected officials.

Federal

Confirm Merrick Garland as Attorney General

From. Sen. Durbin:  ”After the events of January 6, it is more pressing than ever that the Senate confirms an honorable, competent leader for the Justice Department who will make combating white supremacy and domestic terrorism and protecting civil rights some of his top priorities.

The Senate needs to act. If you agree that we need to quickly confirm Merrick Garland so he can get to work for the American people, add your name to the petition right now.Take future action with a single click.  Log in or Sign up for FastAction.

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Good Government Illinois

Monday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Illinois State Budget

Rgister to join the next virtual town hall, featuring Center for Tax and Budget Accountability Executive Director Ralph Martire in a conversation exploring the Illinois State Budget. RSVP now and submit your questions!

NEWBERRY LIBRARY

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

“Don’t Let This Get Around”: The Many Lives of Ben Hecht

A Conversation with David Denby and Adina Hoffman

In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Adina Hoffman and David Denby discuss the life and work of the brilliant chameleon Ben Hecht: sardonic Chicago newspaperman, scandal-seeking novelist, celebrated playwright, outspoken activist for Jewish causes, and the man Pauline Kael called “the greatest American screenwriter.”

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

For the second straight year, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the cancellation of Chicago’s three big Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations: South Side,  Northwest & Downtown. The city is not issuing permits for any parades or large gatherings in the first quarter of 2021-however plans are being formulated for activities to safely take their place in spirit.