Horizon Robotics Team Dominates in Wisconsin Regionals, Heads to Detroit Nationals

All in for victory: Horizon Hawks robotics team members put a hand in on the lead-up to their winning performance at the Wisconsin regionals.
All in for victory: Horizon Hawks robotics team members put a hand in on the lead-up to their winning performance at the Wisconsin regionals.
Published April 24, 2019

The FIRST 5125 Hawks on the Horizon robotics team from Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park is getting set for national-level competition after dominating in the regionals in Wisconsin at the end of March. Now heading to the Detroit national robotics championship from Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, the Hawks are flying high after winning Wisconsin's Regional Chairman's Award, the most prestigious award in the March competition.

"I'm proud of everything our team has done," said Carlos Perez, Director of Control Systems and four-year team veteran. "We are finally seen as a team who does more with the limited resources we have, and are changing the meaning of the award by making a call to action."

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Dive Into Spring with Celebration, Birding This Week in McKinley Park

Published April 22, 2019

Our neighborhood's glorious McKinley Park plays host to spring kickoff events this upcoming weekend, including the One Earth - One Community Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Join McKinley Park Advisory Council members and neighbors for a park stewardship clean-up in the morning, then jam out at the drumming celebration at the field house, followed by a percussion parade through the park.

Also on Saturday, April 27, the Chicago Park District presents the Birding Class: Save Our Birds as part of a series of education and volunteer sessions that focus on McKinley Park's role in providing important habitat for migratory birds. 

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This Week Brings Baseball, Employment and Entertainment to McKinley Park

Published April 15, 2019

Omega Delta Youth Baseball & Softball League gets its season off to celebratory start on Saturday, April 20, with their Omega Delta Baseball Opening Day festivities. This includes a parade through the neighborhood starting at 11 a.m at the Target store at 33rd Street and Damen Avenue and ending at Hoyne Park, where the league, neighbors and friends can enjoy a full day of baseball games and fun.

Need a job? Find tons of employment options from employers who are ready hire at the National Latino Education Institute Job Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the National Latino Education Institute at Pershing Road and Damen Avenue. At the fair, applicants can interview directly with decision-makers from multiple companies in one day at a single location, as well as attend seminars on networking and applying for job from the State of Illinois.

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Dog Park Build-Out Slated to Begin This Summer in McKinley Park

Attendees at the April 1 McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council meeting include, from left in back row, Co-President Angie Robertson,  new member Rachel Brucks, Treasurer Min Huang and Secretary Adriana Perez-Kenning; and in the front row,  active supporter Carolina Trudell, Co-President Carina Trudell and Events Chair Katrina Abarca.
Attendees at the April 1 McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council meeting include, from left in back row, Co-President Angie Robertson, new member Rachel Brucks, Treasurer Min Huang and Secretary Adriana Perez-Kenning; and in the front row, active supporter Carolina Trudell, Co-President Carina Trudell and Events Chair Katrina Abarca.
Published April 9, 2019

The dog park in McKinley Park is on track for construction in 2019, albeit at a later start date than originally planned, a detail shared at the quarterly meeting of the McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council held on April 1 at One City Tap. The 2019 plans discussed at the meeting dovetail with other changes for the council, now that they will be shepherding a permanent dog-friendly area in the southwest corner of the park adjacent to the swimming pool.

"Although the push back of dates was disappointing, we feel like the park district is being transparent about the process," said council Co-President Angie Robertson. "I promise to stay on top of the issue."

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Step Out for Nightlife, Health and Community This Week in McKinley Park

Published April 8, 2019

It's Easter Bunny Time! Get your kids pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and hook into health and community services at the 2nd Annual Kids Health & Safety Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the McKinley Park field house. Sponsored by Illinois 1st District State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz, the event includes refreshments, giveaways, face painting and balloon twisting.

All hands on deck are called for the McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting, 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at the McKinley Park field house, as the park and McKinley Park Advisory Council get ready for another season of activities, programs, volunteering and new ideas. The Farmer's Market is officially on for 2019, and this meeting will include significant information about market scheduling, entertainment and current and prospective vendors.

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