Archive for September, 2012

What a great idea!

WHAT A GREAT IDEA. NO MORE TWIST TIES OR RUBBER BANDS.This method is WATER PROOF AND AIR TIGHT. GREAT! The guy who first thought of the idea should be given an award for originality!!!

Continue Reading September 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM Leave a comment

A BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers.

Thank you!  Thank YOU.   THANK YOU!

We had a fun time working the bake sale at the Old Irving Park  Historical Society’s House Walk yesterday.  The weather was picture perfect.  The donated baked goods were just beautiful and the other home-made items (pesto & pasta, jams, spiced tea mix, sandwiches) were beautifully presented and sold like hot cakes!  Thanks to all of you who shopped, paid for, prepared and delivered these wonderful items.  I am very thrilled to announce that including the sale of mums and asters, we made about $567.00!

Of course this very successful  fund-raiser would not have been possible without the assistance of all of our volunteers.  I’d like to thank Carol Szalacha for taking over the task of organizing the bake sale and organizing the volunteers who manned the sales table in 2 hour shifts.  I’d also like to thank all of you who volunteered to sit at the table and sell our baked goods.  Thanks to Karen Wehrle, Sue Geisler, Trudy Moore, Susan and Mike Carter, Sharon Nichols, Nancy Vander Hye, Mary Lou Agronomoff, Linda Flentye, June Fredlund, Linda Larsen, Laird Larsen for setting up the tables and Mike Basile for breaking down the tables at the end of the day.  Thanks to all of our members who baked and packaged the delicious baked goods that we sold on Saturday.  Everything looked yummy!

Our neighborhood looked just beautiful. Neighbors mowed their lawns, pulled weeds and spiffed up their properties to get them looking their best for the event.  We received a day of service from Green Corps Chicago workers who trimmed, weeded and mulched our three community gardens from Tripp and Byron to Tripp and Irving Pk.  Anna Sobor recruited her teenage daughter and three friends who cleaned up our Tripp garden.  They did a fabulous job and we thank them!  My daughter Lauren Taylor, Susan and Mike Carter trimmed the weeds that were growing at the base of the new mural on the east side of Keeler at Irving Pk. Rd.  They filled two big garbage bags full of weeds.   Thanks guys!

Thanks to everyone and in case I missed your name, please forgive me.  Just let me know and I will add your name to the list!

Maureen Taylor, President Irving Park Garden Club

September 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM Leave a comment

Great news! We got help to clean our Community Gardens.

we have 2 days of workers still coming to us. Since we are not planning on installing any more gardens (I’m just too busy to organize it) we can use the workers any way we choose.

Continue Reading September 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM Leave a comment

Managing Stormwater: A Case Study in DIY Rain Garden Design

Learn how you can turn stormwater runoff into a resource by installing an urban rain garden. We will walk you through the design and construction of CNT’s Rain Garden Educational Facility

Continue Reading September 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM Leave a comment

Call for Volunteers! Community Garden Cleanup.

If you have an hour or two to spare, will you please call me. I am available today (Monday) after noon, tomorrow after 5:00, Thursday before 1:00 and Friday after 12:00 noon.
As with any work, more hands means less work for everyone.

Continue Reading September 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM Leave a comment

“Goats” you say? Yep. They will be grazing in Garfield Park this fall…

For one week a month this summer, we are hosting Sani, Salvi, and Gracie, three local goats who are happy to help us out by browsing on our prairie grass.

Continue Reading September 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM Leave a comment

I had a hummingbird visit my deck tonight.

Weird that he came to eat at this late hour. I thought they were drawn to the color RED but these are purple petunias.

Continue Reading September 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM Leave a comment

The Ins and Outs of Windows: How Your Historic Windows Work Saturday, 9/22, 9:30-10:30 AM

HCBA Window Campaign

Join the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association as we kick off our new

Window Campaign lecture series!


The Ins and Outs of Windows:

How Your Historic Windows Work

Saturday, September 22, 2012

9:30-10:30 AM

Jefferson Park Public Library

5363 W. Lawrence Avenue

Community Meeting Room


Have you ever wondered what your historic windows are really made of and how they work with your entire house?  Neal Vogel, Chicago area window restoration consultant and Principal of Restoric, will speak on the history, design, and function of historic wood windows in Chicago bungalows.

Reservations are required, so please RSVP to by Wednesday, September 19th.  Space is limited on a first-come-first-served basis for Historic Chicago Bungalow Association members.  An email will be sent to confirmed attendees. Refreshments will be provided.

Not an HCBA member?  Registering your bungalow is easy at

September 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM Leave a comment

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