Friday, June 30, 2023

Saturday, June 24, 2023

weekend events in the neighborhood

There's lots of good stuff happening this weekend.

99th & Walden block party on Saturday - info here

Live music (Railway Gamblers) at Horse Thief Hollow - info here

95th St. farmers market on Sunday - info here

Summer Solstice Uprising Market and Art Festival on Sunday - info here

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 23, 2023

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme

The original:

Friday, June 16, 2023

Out Our Front Door bike camping

Are you interested in bike camping? Check out Out Our Front Door, a local non-profit that offers bike camping rides to local and regional destinations, including family rides.

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme

Friday, June 9, 2023

non sequitur Friday

A very eclectic set in honor of a new H.S. grad who's going to college to study nuclear engineering in the fall.

Thursday, June 8, 2023

BAPA porch concert tomorrow night (6/9)

BAPA's porch concert is happening tomorrow night (6/9) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Park 581 in Morgan Park (map link here).

Click here for more info, including food vendors.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Our trees need water

This May has been extremely dry. My back yard rain gauge has recorded NO measurable rain for about 2 weeks and only 1" of rain for the entire month. For comparison, last year we got 5.7" in May, with a similar amount in 2022, 8.6" in May 2021 and 11.1" in May 2020. It's normally a month where Mother Nature sets our trees up well to start the growing season, so this May has been a disaster for trees that are totally reliant on rainfall. In my travels around the neighborhood today, I saw a number of young trees that were planted in the last year or two that were showing significant signs of drought stress - brown wilted leaves and fallen leaves. Trees need extra help in the first 3 years after planting to ensure that they get enough moisture to establish a healthy root system and grow well. This means giving each young tree at least 5 gallons of water per week. Even if your trees are well established, they can suffer from drought stress and drop their leaves in these extremely dry conditions. I like to use a soaker hose encircling the trunk of an established tree, or a sprinkler if I'm also watering an adjacent garden bed. We give our trees a deep soak at least once a week when it's this dry. So many young trees have been planted here in the last few years, replacing trees that were removed due to poor health and/or storm. Those young trees need your help. Please water your trees in dry weather to ensure that they stay healthy and survive.

Friday, June 2, 2023