We’ve got a slew of activities taking place in the 49th Ward this weekend. Here’s just a sampling:
Join your neighbors for some “positive loitering” at the intersection of Pratt and Ashland, tonight (Friday, September 30th), 7:00 p.m.
As you may recall, three young people were shot at this intersection on September 12th and, in response, an outdoor police roll call and a positive loitering effort were held at the corner. Tonight’s positive loitering event is simply an extension of those efforts.
Positive loitering campaigns are one of the most effective tools at addressing neighborhood safety concerns. Under positive loitering, neighborhood residents bring out lawn chairs and sit on corners where trouble has been known to occur. Sometimes folks will even bring out a barbecue.
It’s all done in a very nonconfrontational manner. Neighbors have used this as an effective tool to enhance public safety on Morse Avenue and at Jarvis Square.
I plan to join the neighbors tonight as soon as I wrap up my Follow Me on Friday event. I hope you will join us, as well.
The plantings take place this Saturday, October 1st, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Touhy Park, 7348 N. Paulina (across the street from the firehouse on Clark Street). Roll up your sleeves and dig in the dirt! Learn how easy it is to certify your own backyard through Chicago Green Mission and the National Wildlife Federation (my wife, Barbara, and I have done it in our backyard).
Gloves and tools will be provided and refreshments will be offered while they last. Come out and have fun in YOUR park!
Join the Howard Street Special Service Area (SSA) #19, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and theChicago Park District as we celebrate the changing of the seasons at this big annual autumn extravaganza!
The fun takes place this Saturday, October 1st, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard (at Marshfield and Ashland).
There will be fun, games and activities for the entire family, including hayrides, a pumpkin patch and an inflatable “moon walk.” Free refreshments will also be provided.
Below is a schedule of activities:
1:15 Story time with Miss Pumpkin
1:45 Yoga Now presents Kids Yoga Demonstration
2:15 Old Town School Performance
3:30 Whole Foods Activity
Come on come all!
Sunday, October 2nd, will be filled with fun and excitement for 49th Ward dog owners. Starting with “Pet Day” at the Glenwood Sunday Market, followed by a Dog Walk-a-thon beginning from the Market (Morse and Glenwood) and ending in Pottawattomie Park (Rogers and Honore).
Finally, we’ll have a special showing of the nearly-completed dog park, built as the result of my Participatory Budgeting process, in which 49th Ward residents vote on how to spend my $1 million discretionary fund. We’ll hold an official ribbon cutting when the new dog park is completed in the next few weeks.
The fun starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Glenwood Sunday Market (Morse and Glenwood). The Market is celebrating Pet Day with a lot of fun activities for pets and their owners. We’ll depart from the Market at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and walk to the nearly completed dog-friendly area at Pottawattomie Park (Rogers & Honore) where you’ll get a sneak preview.
The Dog Walk-thon is a fund raising event that will go to help pay for maintenance and upgrades to the dog park. Your $20 donation will reserve your spot in the Walk-a-thon and gets you a T-shirt and goody bag, compliments of sponsors Bark Place and the Rogers Park Business Alliance.
Please register TODAY! To register, simply click on the following link
For more information, visit www.ropadogs.com.
Whether or not you own a dog, this will be a fun community-building event. I hope you can join us.