Our neighborhood is blessed with scores of community organizations and block clubs that are doing wonderful things. Below are two upcoming events you should know about:
SPIRIT OF ROGERS PARK AWARDS DINNER
Every year the Rogers Park Community Council honors Rogers Park residents who embody the spirit of our community.
This year’s Spirit of Rogers Park Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 25th, 6:30 p.m., at Loyola University’s Simpson Living Learning Center, 6339 N. Winthrop (southeast corner of Winthrop and Sheridan Rd). Parking is available across the street at the Loyola University Parking Garage.
Music, food and an open bar will be provided courtesy of some of Rogers Park’s finest restaurants. Tickets are only $40 a person.
Don’t miss a truly special evening!
ROGERS PARK GARDEN GROUP COMMUNITY GARDEN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
It all started in 2007 when the Rogers Park Garden Group worked with local neighbors to plant the abandoned planters at Morse Avenue and Lake Michigan. In 2008, the Garden Group led a team of volunteers to recharge the scenery at the Metra stop at Greenleaf and Ravenswood. Through the generosity of Garden Group members and others, the Garden Group was able to expand its community gardening activities in 2008 by issuing small grants for projects in the public way such as the planters in the Goldberg Playlot at Greenleaf and Glenwood and Gale School.
The Garden Group is now soliciting proposals for their 2009 community garden project. It’s rather simple: pick a spot that could use some greenery, find four people willing to help with everything from tending the garden to fundraising, and present your idea to the Garden Group membership. The membership will select the winning proposal by majority vote.
For information the proposal process, please contact the Rogers Park Garden Group at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will email you the RFP information sheet and answer any questions you may have. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, November 1st.
The Garden Group developed the community garden program to beautify Rogers Park by getting neighbors together to provide tender loving care to a neighborhood space. Community gardening projects will only work long-term if residents have an ownership stake in these spaces. It is the Garden Group’s hope that gardening with neighbors will not only bring more greenery to the neighborhood, but also foster new relationships. As an old Chinese proverb says: when the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.
Is there a space near you that could use some tender loving care? Submit your proposal to the Garden Group and help beautify the neighborhood!