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Mar 29, 2016
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NNA Environmental Committee Spring Workshop

Saturday, April 2nd 10:30am-Noon

Epiphany UCC, 2008 W. Bradley Place

The NNA Environmental Committee welcomes spring with a workshop that focuses on what we can all do to promote sustainability in our gardens and on our properties.

Burrell Poe, who is with the Center for Neighborhood Technology will be talking about their “Rain Ready” program for residents and communities.

Rinda West, Rinda West Designs, was one of the architects of the Parkway Corners Initiative and will discuss native species, how to care for them, and how they contribute to our community’s sustainability.

Lynsey Sorrell is an architect who led a study by the NNA Zoning Committee of how construction on our community’s lots can enhance green space and drainage and prevent overbuilding.

Ken Paulson, Green Kenny, will discuss how we can conserve water and prevent flooding by adding a rain garden to our yard; also, maintain a green and healthy lawn using organic materials and techniques.

This event is FREE to attend!

REGISTER at our website: www.northcenterneighborhood.org

Mar 25, 2016
gracelandwest
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RATS!

Oh Rats! Here we go. It’s Spring and mating and nesting time for rats. “The average female house mouse can produce up to 8 litters per year with and average litter size of 4 to 7 pups. Rats can reproduce up to 6 times a year with litters averaging from 4 to 8 pups each” (LA County Dept of PH). What do they love? Dog poo. Neighbors are noticing big and little poo in the alleys and elsewhere. What can we do? If you are a dog owner, or non-dog owner, apartment, condo, home dweller or business owner or employee, can you please take extra bags when you’re outdoors, patrol for dog poo and dispose of it? Let’s maintain a poo free neighborhood.

Mar 24, 2016
gracelandwest
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PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR GARDEN AND ON YOUR PROPERTY

 

NNA Environmental Committee Spring Workshop

Saturday, April 2nd 10:30am-Noon

Epiphany UCC, 2008 W. Bradley Place

The NNA Environmental Committee welcomes spring with a workshop that focuses on what we can all do to promote sustainability in our gardens and on our properties.

Burrell Poe, who is with the Center for Neighborhood Technology will be talking about their “Rain Ready” program for residents and communities.

Rinda West, Rinda West Designs, was one of the architects of the Parkway Corners Initiative and will discuss native species, how to care for them, and how they contribute to our community’s sustainability.

Lynsey Sorrell is an architect who led a study by the NNA Zoning Committee of how construction on our community’s lots can enhance green space and drainage and prevent overbuilding.

Ken Paulson, Green Kenny, will discuss how we can conserve water and prevent flooding by adding a rain garden to our yard; also, maintain a green and healthy lawn using organic materials and techniques.

This event is FREE to attend!

REGISTER at our website: www.northcenterneighborhood.org 

 

Mar 20, 2016
gracelandwest
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Happy First Day of Spring

Thinking of digging in the dirt?  Please consider adding native plants, trees and grasses this year.  Native plants have deeper roots, which helps with stormwater runoff.  Natives are good choices to provide beauty along with butterfly and pollinator habitat too.  Here’s a link to the Morton Arboretum search for natives.  It shows 1 page, but there are 15 pages to browse.  Happy gardening!

http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions?terms=&type[0]=182&type[1]=183&type[2]=181&type[3]=39&type[4]=38&type[5]=184&native[0]=168&&&&&&&&page=14

 

Mar 16, 2016
gracelandwest
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Calendar Correction

GWCA Calendar correction. Sorry all!

The first CUBS home night game is April 11th, not March 19th. The Alderman’s office has been told that the permits will be mailed out the week of March 28.
When they receive the LV2 permits they will send out an e-blast to let folks know about their extended hours.
If you haven’t received what they need in the mail, you can get permits from the alderman’s office. Please also sign up for the alderman’s newsletter. www.chicago47.org<http://www.chicago47.org> (hit the RED SUBSCRIBE BUTTON).

Here is the information for 2016 Cubs Season http://chicago47.org/lv2-night-parking-permit/

Mar 13, 2016
gracelandwest
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AGENDA FOR TUESDAY NIGHT MEETING 3/15

AGENDA

GWCA Meeting

March 15, 2016, 7 pm, the Jose Rizal Center, 1332 West Irving Park (parking is on the east side of the building)

Council members & Leadership

Bruce Braun, Kathleen Dudley, Chris Williams, Janice Horwich, Chenin Kienzler, Brian O’Donnell, John Bjork, Laurie Gillman, Brad Zerman, Treasurer – Barb Sullivan.         Contact GWCA, 4115 N Greenview, Chicago, IL, 60613

Time

Item

Owner

7:00 PM  Welcome, Council, Block Rep & Neighbor, Guest Introductions                                (name, block, year you moved in) Horwich/

O’Donnell

7:05 PM GWCA NEWS: 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public charity designation John Bjork
7:10 PM CNT, Center for Neighborhood Technology developed a custom “Rain Ready” survey for the Graceland West neighborhood.  They will provide neighborhood survey results with a group discussion, recommendations and demonstrations.  Burrell Poe, Harriet O’Donnell, CNT.  http://www.cnt.org/ Janice Horwich
8:00 PM Participate in an ALL volunteer organization.  Contact:

  1. Block Reps.  brad@skyprocessing.com
  2. ECO Committee, a partnering of GWCA, Lake View High School and Warner Park, jhorwich@sbcglobal.net
  3. Native Plants, plant and maintain deep rooted native plants in unplanted parkway corners or your yard or patio to help reduce stormwater runoff.  This will also provide habitat for native and migrating song birds and butterflies, jhorwich@sbcglobal.net, birdchris@aol.com
  4. Lake View High School and Community Composting and building the Lake View High School Rain Garden, jsyonan@cps.edu.  Lake View High School Scholarship, jhorwich@sbcglobal.net, bjork.john@gmail.com
  5. Babysitter networking, is your older child a babysitter?  If so, would they like to meet neighborhood parents?  chenin.kienzler@gmail.com
  6. Kids Events, help with Concert, GWCAFest, Halloween Party, vamosbrochos@yahoo.com
  7. Leaf Cleanup, help on your block, bbraun@sidley.com
Brian O’Donnell, Joanne Yonan, Chenin Kienzler John Bjork and Bruce Braun

 

8:05 PM Old Business, Accept Minutes from last meeting, Budget, New Business

Pastry Chef and GWCA Member Julie Swift offers pastry classes. Discounts for GWCA members.  Enjoy her incredible samples after the meeting.

John Bjork
8:15 PM Adjourn, socialize and enjoy dessert from Pastry Chef, Julie Swift.  Council      and Block Reps will remain for any questions you have.

Volunteer Name _____________________________, Address __________________

Cell ____________________________, Email _________________________________

Cell _________________________________, Email ____________________________

Kathleen Dudley

 

     
     
     
     
     
Mar 9, 2016
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Lake View High School invites you to Join Northwestern University’s “Big Brains” for Family Brain Fair

Lake View High School invites you to Join Northwestern University’s “Big Brains” for Family Brain Fair

Lake View High School invites you to Join Northwestern University’s “Big Brains” for Family Brain Fair
Following a hugely successful, capacity-crowd event last year, NU is back for 2016 with a festival of all things “brain” – with complimentary first-come, first-served registration for families.
Nearly one hundred Northwestern University Neuroscience graduate students, undergrads, and post-docs will lead families through incredible hands-on experiments and demonstrations, including stations where a child can use their brain to control someone else’s arm, and attendees can see their actual brainwaves projected onto a large screen.

“Now in its sixth year, the Brain Fair has grown beyond the founder’s wildest dreams,” says Laura Shanahan, NU Brain Awareness Outreach Co-President, and a fourth year NU Neuroscience Ph.D. student. “Our first year, we had a handful of NU students and families – and now we’re bringing together hundreds of kids, parents and brain experts to get excited and learn about brain science.”

The Brain Fair is open to all families, and has been shaped for elementary and middle school age students – an age range that appeals to its volunteers. “I didn’t learn about Neuroscience until high school, even – and waiting until high school is way too late” says Natalie Frederick, NU Brain Awareness Outreach Co-President, and a fourth year NU Neuroscience Ph.D. student. “Getting kids inspired early is critical – and that mission is the driver for the huge growth in our yearly volunteer base, as well as the surging attendance.”

“This event is all part of our focus on STEM, and high-quality partnerships,” says LVHS principal Scott Grens. “Integrating some of the brightest university students in the country with our LVHS community in an engaging, hands-on environment is emblematic of the direction we’re taking LVHS.”

Families, teachers and school administrators can register for tickets on a first-come basis by visiting www.nubrainawareness.com (class or grade-level field trips are welcomed; please contact NU Brain Awareness at nubrainawareness@gmail.com for details). The Brain Fair will be held on Saturday, April 9th at Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland. There will be a morning session (9:00 am – noon) and an afternoon session (1:00 – 4:00 pm). Space is extremely limited, so organizers suggest registering promptly.

Upcoming Events

  1. 35th GWCA Garden Walk, Sunday, August 6, 1-5 pm

    June 23 @ 1:00 pm - August 6 @ 5:00 pm
  2. CAPS Meeting – Tuesday, July 18, 7 pm

    July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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