Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2012 Park Happenings

Save the Dates
Dunning Read
Conservation Area
Stewardship Events:

2nd Saturday/ Every Month
9 am-noon
Every Thursday
9 am-noon
Bloomingdale Trail
Walking Tour
9:30 am

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Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30 pm
Adult Yoga
Commercial Park, 1845 W. Rice Street
Yoga for ages 18+ taught by registered yoga teacher. Sponsored by Commercial Park Advisory Council. $5 requested donation per drop-in class. Contact Suzi for more information: 312-371-7168.
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open House Chicago
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Members of the advisory council and other docents will be present to answer your questions or show you around this unique, city landmarked jewell of the South Side. Just drop by. Parking on site, adjacent to bus Routes 6 and 71 and Metra Electric South Chicago. Center: 773-256-0149, Chicago Architecture Foundation, http://architecture.org/, Open House Chicago- http://openhousehchicago.org/.
Saturdays, October 6 at 12, 20, 27, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..
The Black Star Project's Saturday University
Grand Crossing Park, 7655 South Ingleside Avenue
Tutoring October and ongoing months, each Saturday.
Register youth at blackstarproject.org to attend at Grand Crossing Park. First come first served. Parents must attend first two sessions. Free.
Tuesday, October 2 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Toddlers, Tunes, and Turtles
Bosley Park, 3044 S. Bonfield St.
Outdoor nature program for families have the chance to enjoy the park together. A variety of live animals like frogs, snakes, birds, and turtles will be available. Musicians will sing family friendly music. There are instruments for the kids to play with, puzzles, books, blocks, fishing and more! Adult supervision is required throughout the evening. Free.
Saturday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m-2 p.m.
Pumpkin Patch
Nichols Park, 1355 East 53rd Street
Pony and hay rides, pumpkins to carve and take home, kids' activities and much more in the middle of Nichols Park at 54th and Kenwood. In conjunction with the 53rd Street Oktoberfest.
Monday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Christy Webber Lectures: Sustainable Landscapes Maintaining Your Landscape in High Heat and Drought
Wicker Park's Field House at 1425 N. Damen
Christy Webber, President and Owner of Christy Webber Landscapes and Farm and Garden Center, lectures on what is a sustainable landscape, especially in high heat and drought as we experienced last summer. Christy opens the 11th season of the Wicker Park Garden Club's Landscape Design Series. Cost $8. Pay at door. RSVP Required. Register at wpgarden@aol.com
Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Nichols Park Advisory Council Meeting
Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St.
Meets in the field house. Contact Stephanie Franklin, 773 955-3622.
Saturday, October 13 at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fall Work & Play Day
Dunning Read Conservation Area, 6800 W. Irving Park Road
Join us to help restore the Dunning Read Conservation Area and enjoy the fall with festival activities such as: Illinois Bird and Reptile Demonstration, Geo-Caching by REI, pumpkin painting, face painting and more! Register at www.fotp.org. Free.
Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Gompers Park Opening Ceremony
Gompers Park Playground, 4222 W. Foster Ave.
Following the ceremony and ribbon-cutting, enjoy performances in the playground and face painting, too! Refreshments will also be available for a small requested donation (with proceeds going toward additional improvements). In case of inclement weather, a reception will be held inside the field house. For more information: www.gompersparkplayground.org
Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. to noon.
Jackson Park Workday
Bobolink Meadow, 6401 South Stony Island Avenue
Help maintain our lovely natural and bird friendly habitat in Jackson Park's Bobolink Meadow. Meet in the meadow. For directions and to receive instructions and changes, contact Norm Bell at parrybell@ameritech.net
Saturday, October 13 at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Clark Park Fundraiser and Community Celebration
Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell Ave.
"The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show" is a wacky performing arts event that will tour Chicago this October with a moving truck and pop-up stage. Reviving the form of early American traveling shows and referencing Chicago neighborhood histories after the1871 Great Fire, the troupe spins a tale that engages audiences with storytelling, music, comedy, multimedia dioramas, and magic. Support the park, celebrate the last remaining public green space once home to Riverview, and enjoy the festivities! It will be fun for the whole family-concessions, a raffle, games, and an entertaining show! Free.
Saturday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m.
South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council Monthly Meeting
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S.South Shore Drive
Meets in the Oak Room at the Center. garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.
Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Dvorak Park Advisory Council Autumn Dance Fundraiser
The Living Room Lounge, 700 W. Cermak
To purchase tickets call: 312-371-3089 or text 773-440-1025. Proceeds to renovate the Dvorak Park Playground. Spend the night dancing for a new playground at Dvorak Park Playground to the sounds of Conjunto Indomado and DJ 3RP and popular old school DJ Joe "Cool" Rodriguez. Price $25 in advance/$30 at the door, cash bar.
Saturday, October 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Bloomingdale Trail Walking Tour
Buzz Café, 1644 N. Damen
Friends of the Parks will host a walking tour of the Bloomingdale Trail to see the former rail line before construction begins. Learn about the exciting plans from our partner, Trust for Public Lands, for this new 3 mile linear park in the sky! $15 members/$20 non-member/Free with a new FOTP Membership. To register contact: Maria Dmyterko Stone 312-857-2757x17 or stonem@fotp.org. Visit http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=nespxgcab&oeidk=a07e6ffft7wb29c7d31
Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. to noon
Garden Season Extension & Composting Class
Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn
Hard to say goodbye to your garden product with the frost? Learn simple techniques to extend your season through cool weather crops and crop protection. Discover the best crops for your winter garden and see examples in the garden of row covers, cold frames and mini hoop houses. In addition, there will be a presentation on techniques to manage the large quantity of leaves and garden debris to make sure it goes back to your soil and not the garbage. $10 registration fee. Call 773-685-3359 or email Kirsten.akre@chicagoparkdistrict.com to pre-register.

Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Open Spaces/Green Places Tour
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Join the Southeast Environmental Task Force and Friends of the Parks on a tour of the vast open spaces of Chicago's southeast side. Experience lakes, Chicago's "other river- the Calumet" streams, ponds, marshes; a man-made waterfall; a world-class championship golf course built atop a garbage dump; and the tranquil preserve surrounded on three sides by landfills, where an American bald eagle pair have nested, and are raising their young. Visit the nearly 600 acres of marshes and green space that the Chicago Park District has recently acquired. Learn the plans for these special places, and plans for the Ford/Calumet Environmental Center. Share in the excitement of the developing Millennium Reserve plans slated for this unique landscape within the city. Bus tour originates and ends at the Chicago Cultural Center (Randolph & Michigan Aves.). Cost: $40, includes lunch. Space is limited. To register, call 773-646-0436.
Saturday, October 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Alderman Fioretti's 2nd Annual Ward Clean & Green
Multiple Locations: Phoenix Military Academy, Immanuel Baptist Church Bartelme Park, Old St. Pat's, Café Society, 2nd Ward office
A great opportunity for students to earn service hours and to help contribute to the neighborhood in which their schools and homes are located. Contact the 2nd ward at 312-263-9273 to sign up or email beth.omara@cityofchicago.org
Sunday, October 21 at 9:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Garage Sale
Hamlin Park Small Gym, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.
Proceeds will benefit Hamlin Park Advisory Council playground renovation. If you would like to donate items, please drop them off at the field house between 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. To find an alternative drop time, please email hamlinparkac@gmail.com.
Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Archer Park Haunted House
Archer Park Field House, 4901 S. Kilbourn Ave.
Stop by Archer Park for a scary haunted house! You don't want to miss this exciting Halloween event! Fee is $5.
Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Jackson Park Workday
Wooded Island, 6401 South Stony Island Avenue
Help maintain our lovely natural and bird friendly habitat in Jackson Park's renowned Wooded Island. Meet at Darrow Bridge south of the Museum of Science and Industry lagoon. Contact Jerry Levy for information: sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.
Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Unity Park PumpkinFest
Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave.
Celebrate the autumn at UPAC 's PumpkinFest! The event includes a pumpkin patch with free pumpkins, popcorn, and fun activities for families and singles, such as pumpkin decorating, and a costume parade. All accompanied by seasonal music from DJ Rebel X (Victor Montanez). A square dance is also being planned! Free.
Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wicker Park 1425 N. Damen
Wicker Park's Boo-Palooza is presented by over 50 organizations from all over Chicagoland. The event will feature costume contests for children (11:00 a.m.) and dogs (noon) with prizes, numerous games for children and dogs, performances, story tellers, face painting, The Magic Boat Puppet Show, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating with Easel Art Studio, a maze, dancing with Evolve to Dance, needle in a straw stack, bobbing for apples, Ghost Bingo, community tables,and In-Door Haunted Movie (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) at 2:00 p.m. and MORE! Schedule at www.WickerPark.org/boo-palooza
Saturday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Halloween Party
Grand Crossing Park 7655 S. Ingleside Ave.
Halloween Party for kids ages 6-12 with free candy and food. Join us for a goblin good time in your costumes at this great Halloween event! Contact: Cece Edwards at 312-747-6158
Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Berger Park Pet Costume Party
Berger Park, 6200 N. Sheridan Road between Granville and Rosemont Avenues (on the lawn between the North and South mansions)
Pet registration fee is $5, and begins at 1:00 p.m. Judging begins at 2:00 p.m. Raffle prizes will be awarded and tickets will be sold on-site. $1 per ticket, 6 for $5 and 12 tickets for $10. All proceeds raised go directly to help Berger Park programing and park improvements. Contact: David Perez info@bergerparkadvisorycouncil.org
Saturday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. Amore,
Amour, Love: Love at the Opera- Three renditions of Romeo and Juliet
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago
Park District and South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council present Love at the Opera, scenes and acts from the operas by Bellini (in Italian), Gounod (in French) and Bernstein's West Side Story. With Chicago stars including Dana Campbell, Kimberly Jones, Joelle Lamarre, Cornelius Johnson, and chamber orchestra. Parking $1 per hour. This is a ticketed event: concert only or package option including dinner, music, and dancing at 7:30 p.m.
For information call 773 723-4627, http://southshoreopera.org/, or opera@southshoreopera.org.
Saturday, October 27 at 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hamlin Park Halloween Party
Hamlin Park Big Gym, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.
Hamlin Park Advisory Council is having a Spooktacular Halloween Party. Includes entertainment, arts/crafts, Halloween candy, and more! $10 donations per family. RSVP to hamlinparkac@gmail.com
Wednesday, October 31, 4:30 p.m. at 6:00 p.m.
Robichaux Park Halloween Party
Robichaux Park, 9247 S. Eggleston
Join us for a goblin good time at this great Halloween event! Fee:$1
Wednesday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Terror at Trumbull
Trumbull Park, 2400 E. 105th St.
Join us for a goblin good time at this great Halloween party!! Fee: $2
Age Range: 18+
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Happy Halloween!

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