Fall General Meeting is TONIGHT

SPCA Fall General Meeting TONIGHT at 7 PM

Please join us in-person tonight at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse at 7 PM.

Masks are required per city, county, and state health mandates. We will distribute masks at the door.

We will be joined by Alderman NugentPolice Commander Pontecore, and Kevin Kuhn from the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

If you cannot make it in-person, we will offer a live-stream of the event at this link. Members who join us online will NOT be able to interact with our speakers at this time. I hope that you can join us in-person and show our community leaders that we care about our neighborhood! 

Where: 5861 N. Kostner Ave.
When: TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 21st at 7 PM
What: Neighborhood General Meeting with Civic Leaders

 

Coat Drive for Afghan Refugees

Over the coming months, officials expect that over 500 Afghan refugees will re-settle in the Chicagoloand area. Senator Rahm VillivalamRepresentative Denyse Stoneback, and Representative John D’Amico have organized a coat drive to help them.

Date: Monday, September 20 – Friday, October 8.
Accepted Items: New or clean, gently used coats (coats only – no other clothing)
Drop-off Locations: Donations can be dropped off at their offices (Or visit bit.ly/DriveDropOff)
Details: Donate new or clean, gently used, coats for the RefugeeOne “Share The Warmth Drive” for incoming refugee families. Donations can be dropped off from 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday at any collection location.

 

We hope to see you at the General Meeting tonight at 7 PM.
Thank you for being our neighbor!

Don Morton
SPCA President

September Updates

SPCA Fall General Meeting To Be Held In-Person Tuesday, September 21st

According to our by-laws, the SPCA hosts our Fall General Meeting annually on the third Tuesday of September. This year we will hold this meeting in-person at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse.

We will be joined by Alderman NugentPolice Commander Pontecore, and Kevin Kuhn from the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

We are offering a live-stream of the event here, if you’d prefer to stay home due to Covid-19 or other reasons. Members who join us online will NOT be able to interact with our speakers at this time. I hope that you can join us in-person and show our community leaders that we care about our neighborhood! 

Where: 5861 N. Kostner Ave.
When: Tuesday, September 21st at 7 PM
What: Neighborhood General Meeting with Civic Leaders

 

Fall Programs Beginning at Sauganash Park

The Chicago Park District is offering a number of youth programs that are now open for registration. They have parent and tot classes, floor hockey, dodgeball, and more! Check out or register for their offerings here. But do hurry if you are interested. Programs are beginning now.

Membership Card Distribution Continues

We are continuing to distribute our membership cardsThese cards can be used at these six great local businesses: Alarmist Brewing and TaproomDakota 94Donna’s GardenChai Asian BistroSauganash Grill, and The Learning Experience Sauganash. We appreciate these local businesses who have extended discounts and promotions to our members.

We heard that some members encountered problems scanning the QR codes. The QR codes have now been fixed, but you can also access the membership discount page here.

We have finished distributing our membership cards to all members who paid their dues as of September 10th. If you paid dues for our 2021-2022 membership cycle and you haven’t received your cards, contact us. Sometimes we make mistakes. We will be happy to look into things and get your membership cards to you. Also, if you haven’t joined our association for this cycle yet, now is a great time to join.

 
Thank you for being our neighbor!

Don Morton
SPCA President

Still More August Updates

Summer Carnival Event at The Learning Experience Sauganash TODAY

Our friends at The Learning Experience Sauganash are hosting a fun event TODAY from 11 AM to 1 PM. Their Summer Carnival Event will have face painting, games, live music, and food. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Stop by. It is right in the neighborhood.

Where: 4110 W. Peterson
When: 11 AM – 1 PM TODAY, August 21st
What: Face painting, games, live music, food, and socializing

39th Ward Public Safety Meeting to be Held Online

Alderman Nugent is hosting a ward-wide virtual community safety meeting on Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to provide residents with primary source information about public safety in our ward.

Commander Ronald Pontecore of the 17th Police District will join the Alderman to answer questions from our community. All questions should be submitted in advance of the meeting: [email protected].

Where: Online – Advance Registration Required
When: 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 26th
What: 39th Ward Public Safety Meeting with Civic Leaders

Membership Cards Have Been Distributed

We are continuing to distribute our membership cardsThese cards can be used at these six local businesses: Alarmist Brewing and TaproomDakota 94Donna’s GardenChai Asian BistroSauganash Grill, and The Learning Experience Sauganash. We appreciate these local businesses extending discounts and promotions to our members.

We have finished distributing our membership cards to all members who paid their dues as of August 17th. If you paid dues for our 2021-2022 membership cycle and you haven’t received your cards, contact us. Sometimes we make mistakes. We will be happy to look into things and get your membership cards to you. Also, if you haven’t joined our association for this cycle yet, now is a great time to join.
Thank you for being our neighbor!

Don Morton
SPCA President

More August Updates

Summer Carnival Event at The Learning Experience Sauganash

Our friends at The Learning Experience Sauganash are hosting a fun event this Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. Their Summer Carnival Event will have face painting, games, live music, and food. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Where: 4110 W. Peterson
When: 11 AM – 1 PM This Saturday, August 21st
What: Face painting, games, live music, food, and socializing

SPCA General Meeting to Be Held In-Person

The SPCA annually hosts a General Meeting on the third Tuesday in September. This year our Fall General Meeting will be held at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse on September 21st at 7 PM. We hope to provide a video stream of the meeting to include those who are avoiding gatherings.

Currently, Alderman Nugent is scheduled to speak about happenings in our Ward. We also invited CPD Commander Pontecore, who leads the 17th District. We hope that he will join us. Kevin Kuhn from the Forest Preserves of Cook County will also speak about the work that they are doing in our area.

Where: 5861 N Kostner
When: 7 PM – 8:30 PM on Tuesday, September 21st
What: SPCA Fall General Meeting Featuring Civic Leaders

Membership Cards Have Been Distributed

We are continuing to distribute our membership cardsThese cards can be used at these six local businesses: Alarmist Brewing and TaproomDakota 94Donna’s GardenChai Asian BistroSauganash Grill, and The Learning Experience Sauganash. We appreciate these local businesses extending discounts and promotions to our members.

We have finished distributing our membership cards to all members who paid their dues as of August 15th. If you paid dues for our 2021-2022 membership cycle and you haven’t received your cards, contact us. Sometimes we make mistakes. We will be happy to look into things and get your membership cards to you. Also, if you haven’t joined our association for this cycle yet, now is a great time to join.

Thank you for being our neighbor!

Don Morton
SPCA President

August 2021 Updates

SPCA Summer Kickoff Event Was Successful

The event was well-attended. It felt good to get together as a community once again. We’d like to thank our good friends Congressman Quigley and Alderman Nugent for sponsoring the event and spending time with us. We’d also like to thank Caldwell Food and Liquor for donating the beer and The Learning Experience Sauganash for the toys, fitness packs, and science kits that were given to our children. We also appreciate the members of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band that performed for us.

We hope that you had a good time too. But either way we want to hear about it.  You can use this form to share feedback with our board about the event. We will review it at our next board meeting in September. Speaking of which, now is a great time to consider joining the SPCA board. Contact us if you are interested in working more closely with us.

Membership Cards Have Been Distributed

The SPCA has partnered with six local businesses: Alarmist Brewing and TaproomDakota 94Donna’s GardenChai Asian BistroSauganash Grill, and The Learning Experience Sauganash. These local business are providing discounts and benefits to all card-carrying SPCA members.

We have finished distributing our membership cards to all current members who paid their dues as of July 26th. If you didn’t receive your card, and you paid your dues, maybe we made a mistake. Contact us and I will be happy to look into things and get your membership cards to you. Also, if you haven’t joined our association for this cycle yet, now is a great time to join.

Thank you for being our neighbor!

July Updates | New Membership Cycle Begins

New SPCA Membership Cycle Begins Today

 

Today is the first day of the 2021-2022 SPCA membership cycle. I hope that you received our mailing. Our membership cycle runs from July 1st until June 30th. Our membership fees remain just $30 a household ($20 for seniors).

You can pay your dues by credit card online.

Or mail a check to our PO Box:

SPCA Treasurer
PO BOX 46174
Chicago, IL 60646-0174

We also have two upcoming events at which you can pay in-person. Your dues allow us to function. Please support your neighborhood association with your membership.

Membership Card Program

New For This Year: SPCA member households will receive two membership cards. These cards can be used to receive discounts and bonuses at local businesses. Here is an overview of those benefits:

Alarmist Brewing and Taproom – 10% off for SPCA Members

Dakota 94 – 10% off for SPCA Members

Donna’s Garden -10% off for SPCA Members

Chai Asian Bistro – Free appetizer for first-time customers (up to $6.00 in value) with order of two entrees

Sauganash Grill – 10% off for first time customers

The Learning Experience Sauganash – Enrollment Fee Waived for SPCA Members

This is our first year trying a membership card program. We thank our current partners for offering our members these discounts. We also hope to expand and improve this program in the coming years if it proves both manageable and valuable to our members and partners.

You will receive your membership cards immediately if you pay in-person at an upcoming event. Otherwise we will begin delivering membership cards to homes mid-July.

UPDATED July 4th Parade in Sauganash

 

The parade route has been updated. The flag raising ceremony WILL take place near Hiawatha and Forest Glen after the parade. This is where the parade traditionally ends.

The parade starts at Thorndale and Kostner at 9:30 AM. Meet us there if you want to march with us. Look for our Sauganash Park banner. I will be marching in the parade with some of our board members. The parade will end near Hiawatha and Forest Glen. The flag will be raised and there will be a few speeches. Also, we will have our SPCA booth set up at the end of the parade if you’d like to pay membership dues in-person.

SPCA Summer Kickoff Event on July 10th

The SPCA is looking forward to our Summer Kickoff Event on Saturday, July 10th from 11:00 – 3:00 PM. It will be held on Glenlake between Kedvale and Keeler.  We invite all our neighbors to celebrate the summer with us.

This event is sponsored by the SPCA and our friend Congressman Quigley, who will be at the event visiting with our neighbors at 1 PM. Alderman Nugent is also expected to attend. Here is the agenda:

11:00 – Start Time
12:00 – 1:30 – Face-painting
1:00 – Congressman Quigley visits
1:30 – 3:00 – Ballon Artist
3:00 – End Time

We will have games and food for all our neighbors. The event will feature impromptu performances from a kilted bagpiper with the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band We are all looking forward to that!

The event is FREE FOR MEMBERS. We are asking for a $10 donation from guest families. This is also a great event to pay your dues in-person, if you’d like. We will be distributing SPCA membership cards at this event.

We hope to see you there!

Updates on the Parade and Summer Events

July 4th Parade in Sauganash

The permit for the annual 4th of July parade through Sauganash has been approved. That means that this event WILL BE happening this year.

Our friends from the SCA have invited us to march in the parade. I will be there with some other SPCA board members. We will have our banner. You are welcome to march with us. We think it would be a lot of fun for children. And it’s a great day to decorate bicycles with patriotic trimmings.

Don’t feel like marching? Come and watch!

The parade will begin at Thorndale and Kostner at 9:30 AM. The parade will follow its traditional route (shown below). AND (updated) the flag raising ceremony WILL take place AFTER the parade.

We will have our booth set-up at the end of the parade if you’d like to renew your membership with the SPCA at that time.

SPCA Summer Kickoff Event on July 10th

The SPCA is planning a Summer Kickoff Event for Saturday, July 10th from 11:00 – 3:00 PM. We have requested permits to close Glenlake between Kedvale and Keeler.  We invite all our neighbors to celebrate the start of summer with us.

This event is sponsored by the SPCA and our friend Congressman Quigley, who will be at the event visiting with our neighbors at 1 PM. Alderman Nugent is also expected to attend. Here is what the agenda looks like currently:

11:00 – Start Time
12:00 – 1:30 – Face-painting
1:00 – Congressman Quigley visits
1:30 – 3:00 – Ballon Artist
3:00 – End Time

We will have games and food for all our neighbors. The event will also feature impromptu performances from a kilted bagpiper with the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band So that should be a lot of fun.

The event is FREE FOR MEMBERS. We encourage a $10 donation from guest families.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us cook hotdogs, popcorn, and cleanup. If you’d be willing to pitch in and help your neighbors, sign up hereWe could use you!

Praying Mantis Egg Delivery Has Concluded

The praying mantis eggs have been delivered. If you signed up for praying mantis egg delivery and were a dues-paying SPCA member for the 2020-2021 cycle, you should have received your praying mantis eggs. If you didn’t receive them, contact us now.

Also, as a reminder, don’t let them hatch in your house! I’ve heard some stories…

New SPCA Membership Cycle Begins July 1st

The SPCA membership cycle runs from July 1st until June 30th. Our new membership cycle begins next month. We will have membership booths at both of these events. You are welcome to pay your dues in person. You should also receive a mailing from us by the start of next month. We hope that you decide to join or renew your SPCA membership for the 2021-2022 cycle.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

Don Morton
SPCA President

June 2021 Updates

July 4th Parade in Sauganash

Historically, the SPCA has partnered with the SCA on the annual picnic-in-the-park event to celebrate the 4th of July.

Due to the lingering effects of Covid-19, the party in the park event WILL NOT happen this year.

But, the SCA is still organizing a parade. And they have invited all members of Sauganash Park to share in this event on Sunday, July 4th.

The SPCA will be marching in the parade with our banner. Neighborhood children and interested parties are welcome to march alongside us. Decorating bicycles is suggested and encouraged.

We will send another email with the exact start-time and parade route as the event gets near.

We thank our neighbors from Sauganash for including us in this event and hope to join them in the park again next year.

SPCA Summer Kickoff Event on July 10th

The SPCA is planning a fun summer event to begin our new membership cycle. Details about the event will be relayed as it gets closer. But I can promise you that there will be food, friends, and community at this event.

In the meantime, save the date: Saturday, July 10th. 

Praying Mantis Egg Delivery Begins This Week

Egg distributions will begin this week. Everyone who signed up for praying mantis egg distribution should expect to receive their eggs in the next two weeks. They are headed your way!

Thank you for being a part of our community!

May 2021 Updates

Praying Mantis Egg Delivery at End of the Month

The SPCA has received hundreds of praying mantis eggs. We will distribute them to dues-paying members who sign up for distribution. It is not too late to sign up but time is running out. We will finalize the distribution list by the end of next week.

Praying mantis are voracious eaters and provide natural insect and pest control. We intend on delivering the eggs at the end of May. Watch for them around the neighborhood in June and July!

Grad Ads in The Sounds

Do you have a graduate in your home this year? Would you like to honor them by including them in our neighborhood paper? You can do this by making a donation for $37 here.  You will also need to email one or two photos of your graduate to [email protected]You can also feature your pet for just $12.

Summer Camp at TLE Sauganash

Our friends at TLE Sauganash are now accepting students for their summer camp program. This may be a great fit for some families because they are right in our neighborhood. They accept all children from 6 weeks to 8 years of age. Contact them today!

Register for Fall Enrollment at Sauganash School

CPS is returning to full-time in-person learning this fall. New students may now register for Fall. All currently attending students will automatically be enrolled, but if you have a child that will be new to Sauganash School or know someone who does, please contact Ms. Vickie.

Summer SPCA Event Update

We are very much looking forward to hosting neighborhood events this summer. We love to bring our community together. We are already planning events for when the city begins issuing permits once again. We hope to see you in person soon.

April 2021 Updates

A Word From Peoples Gas Regarding Streets and Sidewalks

Neighbors have been concerned about the conditions of the streets and the sidewalks in many parts of Sauganash Park. We contacted the Ward Office and they contacted Peoples Gas. Here is the response from Peoples Gas:

“We know there is a lot of restoration work to do and it will be starting soon.

KS hopes to get out to Pulaski & Devon area to begin concrete restoration as early as next week or the following, waiting on some construction work to wrap up.

The plan will likely be to work from North to South, starting on Keystone from Devon to Granville and pick up what is available along Pulaski just east from Devon to Granville as well. From there we would work our way over to Karlov from Granville to Glenlake and finally KS will move one block west to Kedvale from Glenlake to Peterson.

Once the concrete crews get rolling we expect this work to move along quickly. Soft restoration won’t happen until transfers/cutoffs are completed likely in mid-May.”

Praying Mantis Egg Sign-Up Continues

Each spring the SPCA delivers praying mantis eggs to members on our distribution list. These eggs are placed in backyards throughout Sauganash Park and provide natural mosquito control. We have ordered the eggs and plan to distribute soon. If you are an SPCA member and would like us to deliver praying mantis eggs to your home this spring, sign up here.

Earth Day Cleanup Event Scheduled

The SPCA is planning an Earth Day cleanup event on Saturday, April 24th at 9 AM. Neighbors will meet at the underpass by Granville and Lowell. A second group of volunteers will also meet at the same time on Glenlake and Keystone to clean the other trail. The alderman’s office will provide us with additional garbage cans for the event. Let’s hope for great weather!

“Slow Down, Children Playing” Signs Available

Alderman Nugent has “Slow Down, Children Playing” yard signs available to 39th Ward neighbors. If you would like a sign for your yard, you can pick them up at 4200 W. Lawrence Avenue, Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  You can also request a sign by calling 773.255.4498 or via email at [email protected].

Spring General Meeting for the SPCA

The SPCA holds a General Meeting annually on the third Tuesday of April. We invite all interested community members to attend. Our Spring General Meeting will be held by ZOOM this year on April 20th at 7 PM.

Congressman Mike Quigley from the US House of Representatives will join us. Also Jenise Celestin from Sweedish Hospital will share the latest information about vaccinations for Covid-19. She will also teach us how to get vaccinated.

Here is the link to the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87516110095?pwd=bW54QklnL1VEOTBkc0JOOFEyK0VVZz09

Meeting ID: 875 1611 0095
Passcode: 744745
Phone: +13126266799

We hope that you can join us!

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