Friday, April 29, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

save the date: Beverly criterium race Friday 7/15

This year's criterium race (start of the 2016 Prairie State Cycling Series) is happening on Friday 7/15.  The festival at this year's event will feature local craft brews and food trucks.  Stay tuned for more info.


Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting TONIGHT Wed. 4/20

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet on TONIGHT - Wed. 4/20 - at Ridge Park fieldhouse (1817 W 96th St.), 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

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, Openlands and other non-profits and government agencies. We organize volunteer workdays, bike rides and other events.

We'd love to have your ideas and help with future events and projects, including this Saturday's trail workday and our ride on Sat. 5/21. Please join us! Everyone is welcome.

Riverdale community bike ride TODAY Wed. 4/20

News from a friend in our nearby Riverdale neighborhood about a positive community event:

Let's get physical...during CPS Spring Break...Wednesday April 20th.

This is a free, fun, family event.

We will be riding "slowly" around Golden Gate and some parts of Altgeld to promote Wellness!

It's a great time for all area groups, schools, and community partners to be represented!

** LOANER BIKES available, limited supply, Must sign up early **

**Must wear a bike helmet during ride (we've got some for you)'s the law!

Free Raffle Giveaways--Air Pumps, Lights, Locks, Horns, Helmets & more.


Please RSVP asap,  BINYT (because I need you to) *:) happy

 Ms. Deloris 773-468-7941

Monday, April 18, 2016

Major Taylor Trail workday on Sat. 4/23

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will be having an Earth Day workday on Saturday 4/23 from 9 a.m. to noon.  We will meet along the trail between 127th St. and the bridge across the Calumet River. The easiest parking location is in Whistler Woods, south of the river.

We will be cutting back brush along the edge of the trail.  Hiking boots, work boots or good supportive shoes are recommended.  If you have work gloves you like, please bring them. Tools and work gloves will be available for use.

There will be an Earth Day festival at Whistler Woods coinciding with our workday.

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until you cross 127th St., then look for the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview. Go to the far end of the parking lot, then follow the trail across the river.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th to Halsted. Continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus to Forestview/134th, then follow directions above.

save the date: Beverly Home Tour Sunday 5/15

Save the date: this year's Beverly/Morgan Park home tour will feature homes in North Beverly and the Ridge historic district. Sunday May 15, noon to 5 p.m.  Get tickets here. For more info or to volunteer or become a sponsor, contact Grace Kuikman.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

farmers markets - coming soon

Our Beverly farmers market will start up again on Sunday May 8.

Here's the full schedule for the city.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

adopt a tree

Have you heard of the Openlands adopt a tree program? This local environmental non-profit has worked with volunteers in many Chicago neighborhoods, including ours, to plant new trees.

They are asking for our help to monitor the health of these young trees.  It's not a big time commitment. You sign up online (via the link above) to adopt one of more trees, then visit them occasionally and send an email reporting their condition.

Visiting my trees
A few years ago I volunteered to plant some trees along the Major Taylor Trail near 91st St. station. I have adopted several of those trees and went to visit them recently.

It's an easy way to help make a difference in our neighborhood.