Friday, February 27, 2015

City Lions Volleyball: Not Just for Girls Anymore

Neighbors who attended the Winnemac Park Advisory Council meeting in January may remember hearing a short presentation by Donna Jacobson, the director of the City Lions, a volleyball program for girls that rents space in our own Amundsen High School gym.  That program had been growing fast!  They've got a new website, and they are starting a new program for boys, too.  Some of the programs start really soon (soon as in next week! although some programs start later in March or April) so if you're interested, go visit the website and sign up. Note that this isn't a Chicago Park District program, so you don't sign up through the park district, but rather directly with the club.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Additional Shadow Days added at Amundsen

Because of overwhelming demand, Amundsen High School has added additional 8th grade Shadow Days.

Additional Shadow Days added at Amundsen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Co-Ed Summer Softball

Activities in the park include park district sponsored activities, but also privately run activities hosted by organizations that rent space in our beautiful park.  One of those organizations is Ravenswood Catholic Young Adults (RCYA), who are hosting a 16 inch Summer Softball League this year. But, you don't need be a member, or even Catholic, to participate.  (You do need to be an adult, however.) The organizers describe the league like this:
We are a social and recreational league comprised of women and men from the Parishes of Lincoln Avenue: St. Matthias/Transfiguration, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Alphonsus, St. Benedicts and Queen of Angels. Game time is Monday evenings at 6:30pm & 7:30 pm at Winnemac Park, on the corner of Argyle & Damen. Opening day is May 18, 2015. The season will conclude with playoffs in August.
Players must be least 21 years of age, but participants do not have to be Catholic to play. ALL ability levels are needed: everyone plays and no one sits! Women may use mitts. Only requirements to join are the desire to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, and meet some great people.The registration fee is $70.00, and includes payments for the equipment, fields, umpires, t-shirts and free pizza after every game at our sponsor bar, K’s Dugout, located at 1938 W Foster Avenue!
Visit the registration site for more details, and to sign up.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Friends of Amundsen Social Mixer

Looking for a stress-free path to high school for your child? Join neighborhood parents and friends at Friends of Amundsen’s informal mixer and “selective enrollment decompression session.” The gathering will include a short progress update about Amundsen High School followed by plenty of time to socialize and share our collective thoughts about a quality K-12 education system right here in our community. Whether your family has recently survived the Selective Enrollment High School process, declined to participate in it or sees it on the horizon, come share your experiences and ideas for a more peaceful path to high school for all our children.

  • What: Friends of Amundsen Social Mixer and Decompression Session; adult beverages and refreshments will be served.
  • Who: All parents, neighbors and friends in search of a quality neighborhood high school for their children. (Adults only, please Update: Middle schoolers are invited to attend with their parents).
  • When: Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • Where: Borelli’s Pizza, 2124 W. Lawrence Ave. 
  • Why: Let’s discuss high school options in a stress-free zone and work together to ensure a quality neighborhood high school option for all our children.
  • Questions?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Registration for Park Programs

Spring Registration is coming soon for Chicago Park District activities in Winnemac Park!

Online registration for spring programs begins at 9am on Tuesday, February 24 for Winnemac Park (and all parks located East of California Avenue).  In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28.  There's a bunch of activities you can participate in, no matter your age (although if you've got elementary school age children, you'll find a wider selection of choices), including:
  • Aquatic Exercise II
  • Basketball
  • Learn to swim
  • Park Kids
  • Soccer 5 on 5
  • Team Sports
  • Teen Club
  • Tiny tots swim
Some programs are free!  The ones that are not free are still pretty darn cheap.  Spring programs run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1, 2015.  If you've got questions, visit the park district website or call the park at 312-742-5101.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Are you concerned about O'Hare jet noise around Winnemac? Neighbor shares new web site for that

A neighbor tipped us on our Facebook page today about a citizen developed a  web site to better log O'Hare jet noise complaints. Read the story here.

Clear, quiet skies over Winnemac

Click here for the efficient and citizen created O'Hare jet noise complaint web site.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Park Advisory Council Meeting Cancelled

Good news everybody -- it's friggin cold again!  You may not think that's good news today, but thanks to Lake Michigan's ability to retain heat (and cold), super cold winters lead on average to less than sweltering summers.

In the meantime, the February meeting of the park advisory council has been cancelled by Mr. Vacala on account of the cold.  Stay tuned for details on the March meeting.   (Hopefully it will be less cold in March.)

Public Comment: Proposed signs for new Roots Pizza at Lawrence and Leavitt

Please provide any comments on these three proposed signs (see images with dimensions below) by Feb. 23 Monday 5PM. Roots Pizza is planning on opening in May or June.

Direct comments to: 

Ernie Constantino
Planning & Development Director
47th Ward Alderman Pawar’s Office
4243 N. Lincoln Avenue

Monday, February 16, 2015

Chappell Elementary School fundraiser at Mariano's THIS WEEK!

Community members are invited to Chappell Elementary School's first Art Auction Fundraiser! Beautiful paintings, weavings, printmaking and multi-media works created by kindergartners through 8th graders will be featured and auctioned off to raise money for the school.

The auction will be held in Vero Cafe on the first floor of Mariano's, at Lawrence and Ravenswood, from 6-8 pm, on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Come learn about the great things that are happening at Chappell, and see the beautiful pieces created by our talented students!

Chappell Elementary School
2135 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-2390

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hurry! Donate now to Amundsen High Baseball on Donors Choose: Use the Code SPARK ($700.00 dollars to go!)

 Click  Covering All the Bases for Safety here and donate to Amundsen High School Baseball now. Use the code SPARK for the next couple days for matching funds up to $100.00.

Amundsen High School Baseball in Lincoln Square has a winning program on a shoestring budget right here in Winnemac Park.  They lack the basics many of our elementary kids enjoy in their leagues. Our family enjoys playing and watching youth baseball in Winnemac Park.  This is a great way to use your love of baseball to support our local high school!

Please visit the Friends of Amundsen page to get involved helping the baseball team or any number of academic and athletic programs at Amundsen High School in Lincoln Square at 5110 N Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
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