Wednesday, December 10, 2014

give yourself a gift of wellness

If you'd like to give yourself a gift of wellness in this holiday season, check out a homegrown small business.  E'a Williams has created a warm, energetic space on 95th St. 


Shepherded by Beverly resident E'a Williams, BE Fit! Tri Wellness Studio is Beverly's premier fitness and wellness studio. She opened in April to provide you out of the box fun and effective dance/ fitness classes set in a community atmosphere. She collaborates with artists to bring you African Drum and Dance class, Double Dutch and Jump Rope Games, Hip Hop Fusion, Belly Dance and more. Offering complete services for your holistic health - you can also enjoy yoga classes, massage services and body treatments.

Visit www.BeFitTriWellness.Com to find out more or even better stop by at 1836 W 95th St and Longwood.

Friday, November 21, 2014

simple gifts

5:45 p.m., 96th & Longwood: I was walking home from the train. A speeding driver approached the intersection, barely slowing down for the 4-way stop, then hitting the gas again and flying down Longwood. About a minute later, a similarly lead footed Texas driver stopped for about one second, then stepped on the gas when I was in the crosswalk, about to step in front of his car.

First responders: unless you are working and on your way to an urgent call, this applies to you too. We respect you more when you have respect for the most vulnerable road users.

How many 19th ward residents make unnecessary car trips to walkable destinations because they are afraid that someone will run over them or their kids if they were to walk there?  Too many.  This has a significant impact on quality of life in the ward, and it needs to change.

Take a holiday season pledge: yield to pedestrians. Better yet, slow down for a little while and walk to a neighborhood business or two. Say hi to a neighbor along the way. You may find that you enjoy it and even make a habit of it. If each of us makes more more walking trip each week instead of a car trip, the ward becomes a more pleasant place to be. It's a simple gift that we can give to our neighbors and ourselves, and it costs nothing.

non sequitur Friday

A salute to Marquis Hill on winning the Thelonius Monk trumpet competition.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting tonight (11/19)

If you're interested in events and stewardship on the Major Taylor Trail, please join us for our monthly meeting on Wednesday 11/19 at Ridge Park fieldhouse, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For those who aren't familiar with our group and what we do, we are a non-profit advocacy group working to improve and maintain the Major Taylor Trail and promote its use. We have an active working relationship with the Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County and other non-profits and government agencies. We organize volunteer workdays, bike rides and other events.

In the past 2 years, we've done 5 tree planting projects with the Openlands TreeKeepers program: near 87th Street and between 124th and 127th. In the future, we'd like to add public art projects and other improvements along the trail. We'd love to have your ideas and help with future events and projects.  Please join us!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Electronic/hazardous waste collection tomorrow (Sat. 11/1)

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church is having an electronic and hazardous waste collection day tomorrow, Sat. 11/1 at the church parking lot (10244 S. Longwood, behind the Irish castle).  Cash donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of transporting the collected waste. For more info, contact Eileen Klees (, 773-968-3396) or Fran Sowa (  8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

non sequitur Friday

This one has become a Halloween tradition. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ride to Restore on 10/25

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail and Friends of the Forest Preserves (FOTFP) are having a ride, tour and workday on Saturday 10/25.  Join us for a ride along the trail from Dan Ryan Woods to Whistler Woods.

FOTFP will offer a tour and snacks at Whistler. It's a beautiful site with prairie, wetland and savanna ecosystems. Shoes you can walk in are recommended for the tour. The estimated return time below includes time for the tour.

If you'd like to be part of a stewardship workday at Whistler, part of the group will stay a bit longer. We'll help with invasive species removal, trash pickup and burning of brush piles and get a more in-depth look at the site.  Hiking boots or work boots are recommended for this. Gloves and tools will be provided.  Return time to Dan Ryan Woods would be slightly later for this option.
Total distance is about 12 miles, easy pace.  Start location is 83rd St. trailhead - enter from parking lot on NORTH side of 83rd St. between Western and Damen.
Please be at the start location by 10:00 a.m. We'd like to get rolling no later than 10:15.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Beverly Art Walk on 10/11

Tomorrow is the big day for the Beverly Art Walk, a special free event happening in locations throughout Beverly and Morgan Park from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can find more info here.

Dan Ryan Woods cyclocross racing on 10/12

Cyclocross racing comes to Dan Ryan Woods on Sunday 10/12. Access/viewing locations at the 87th/Western parking for the sled hill or the parking lot/walking trail on the south side of 83rd St. east of Western. It's great fun. Come on out!

non sequitur Friday

Such an appropriate tune after a really long week. Happy Friday, folks!