Community Garden Plots Sell Out Within Days

Plots at the McKinley Park Community Garden at 3844 S. Damen Ave., Chicago, lie fallow, awaiting seasonal attention and planting from garden members.
Plots at the McKinley Park Community Garden at 3844 S. Damen Ave., Chicago, lie fallow, awaiting seasonal attention and planting from garden members.
Published March 26, 2019

All plots have been reserved at the popular McKinley Park Community Garden, which opened its 2019 reservations on Saturday, March 23. Within days, the two dozen available garden bed spots were sold out, part of the kickoff of the growing season and springtime events.

The public is welcome to attend and participate in two upcoming garden events: On Saturday, April 20, the garden hosts its Spring Work Day, when gardeners and friends will get together to prep the common areas and garden beds. On Saturday, May 18, the Organic Plant Sale offers new veggies for spring planting and serves as a major fund-raiser for the garden.

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Everett, Evergreen Schools Pegged for New STEM and STEAM Programs

Evergreen Academy Middle School at 3537 S. Paulina St., Chicago, is one of the neighborhood schools designated for a new STEAM program investment from Chicago Public Schools.
Evergreen Academy Middle School at 3537 S. Paulina St., Chicago, is one of the neighborhood schools designated for a new STEAM program investment from Chicago Public Schools.
Published March 26, 2019

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has named the McKinley Park neighborhood's Edward Everett Elementary School and Evergreen Academy Middle School as participants in the school district's largest-ever expansion of learning programs. The two schools are among 32 that will receive funding from the program's $32 million investment budget, which will go toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs at Everett and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) at Evergreen Academy.

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Step Out for Neighborhood Fun This Week in McKinley Park

Published March 25, 2019

Bethany Baptist Church hosts a big concert this Sunday, March 31, featuring The Gray Havens, a husband-and-wife-led band performing faith-influenced tunes. Tickets cost $13 in advance, and $15 at the door.

Put on your boogie shoes for Latin Nights with Sandra Magaña on Thursday night, March 28, at One City Tap. This week Magaña teaches the popular salsa style of dance, followed by an open dance floor.

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Mah Invites McKinley Park to Health Fair

Published March 19, 2019

Neighborhood residents can get access to a range of health services this upcoming Saturday, March 23, at the third annual Health Fair for the Illinois House 2nd District, which is represented by McKinley Park's own Theresa Mah. The event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leonard M. Louie field house at 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. in the nearby Pilsen neighborhood, features a range of health and personal services residents can enjoy for free.

“Health care access is a concern for many families, as doctors visits can be expensive and sometimes take many weeks to schedule," Mah said. “I hope community members from McKinley Park will take advantage of the free services provided at our health fair to identify potential risks to their health and learn about how to improve their overall wellness.”

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Spring Starts in McKinley Park with Community Engagement and Nightlife Events

Published March 18, 2019

The McKinley Park Development Council Meeting returns to Razzmatazz Family Fun Center on Wednesday, March 20, to engage the community in critical community development topics and updates. Attend to participate in the McKinley Park Development Council's grassroots, collaborative process that brings all parties to the table to help shepherd neighborhood development.

Aquinas Literacy Center is a fantastic local organization that provides critically needed English literacy services to new immigrants in our community. Become a volunteer tutor by going through the English Literacy Tutor Training this Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Once complete, the training certifies tutors and connects them with local English language learners for one-on-one learning at Aquinas' growing training center.

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