Berwyn's Arts Blog
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Halloween Cat
Adopt a black cat, Rufus. Needs a home.

Two years old. Loving, but shy.

Ready to be the only animal in the family.

Needs a special owner.

Please email Diane:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Public Works crews started plowing and salting this morning at 4 am. Crews were able to get to at least one side of the curb on almost all Tuesday street cleaning routes. Monday's street cleaning routes are being completed later today.

Six crews will remain on duty from 3 pm until 11 pm this evening. An additional crew will continue to work until 7 am, and be replaced with six new workers on Wednesday depending on conditions.

It is the intent of Public Works to have all streets passable and parking open to at least on one side of the street where possible. Parked cars still remain the biggest hindrance to cleaning all the streets curb to curb.

Friday, December 19, 2008
Miracle on 22nd Street: 4 to 8 pm, Lombard to Harlem.

Xmas train, Svec Funeral Home, 6227 Cermak, Free

Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, 6532 Cermak, Chase Bank, Free

Batman & Spiderman, Forever Sports, 6907 Cermak, Free

Face Painting, American Career College of Hair Design, 7000 Cermak, Free

Pics w/Santa, Plaza Photography, 6920 W. Cermak, $8.00

Pet Pics w/Clifford, Puppy Shop, 6907 Cermak, $8.00

Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 pm, Harris Bank, 6655 Cermak

Hayrides, Mraz Park, Oak Park and Riverside

Xmas Trolley

Aguirre Family leading the carolers!

Enjoy! Have fun! Look out for all the politicians! Or not.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Grand Opening
Berwyn Development Corporation presents:
Wings Firehouse Grand Opening

Friday, December 19

From 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

You are invited to celebrate the Grand Opening of "Wings Firehouse" Sports Bar. Complimentary appetizers and liquor will be available.

6535 Cermak Rd.
Berwyn, IL

Dog Looking For Home
Hello, E-friends...

A co-worker of someone is currently housing a 7-year-old 15-pound poodle who needs a new home due to the death of the poodle's person. The co-worker already has three dogs of her own and the law where she lives is "no more than three dogs per household". This poodle is currently residing in a northern suburb of Chicago. If you want to adopt or can help to find an adopter, please contact Tammy at

Friday, December 12, 2008
This Weekend
Christmas must be close.

Mayor Michael O'Connor's Christmas Party
Children 10 years and younger
Saturday, 12-13-08, noon to 3 pm
Games, rides, photos with Santa and more!
Recreation Center, 6501 W. 31st St.
Register at 11:30 am to noon
Must be a Berwyn resident. Proof of residency required.
Bring current ID. $1.00 per person or non-perishable food item.

Santa's Workshop
Saturday, 12-13-08, noon to 3 pm.
Santa will be setting up his workshop at the North Berwyn
Park District, 1619 Wesley for one day! Workshops will
include arts and crafts, cookie decorating, sandy candy,
gift wrapping stations and a photo station where you can
get pictures with Santa! Minimal fees for all activities.

Depot District & Berwyn Park District Festival of Lights
Saturday, 12-13-08, 4 to 9 pm.
Businesses open their doors and offer complimentary refreshments
and in-house entertainment, as well as special sales and drawings. Rides
proceed through the Festivals' decorated areas, from Proksa Park back to
the Depot District. Enjoy live reindeer, a petting zoo, sleigh rides,
heated trolley rides, carolers and visits with Santa.

Brunch with Santa & the Mayor
Sunday, 12-14-08, 9:30 am
Ages 2-7 children free, parents $5.00
Registration is ongoing. For more information, 788-2010.
Limited to first 50 children.

Wow. Please do not write or call for more information. I do not
have it. See you there. Or not.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ground Breaking Celebration
The ground breaking celebration for the municipal parking structure will occur on Thursday, December 11, 2008, from noon to 1:30 pm at the municipal parking lot located at 3320 Grove.

Be present, or, you know the rest.

Monday, December 08, 2008
Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Neighborhood Watch meeting tonight, Monday, December 8, 2008.

It will be at the Police Station, 6401 W. 31st Street at 7pm.

Fire and Police Departments will discuss Holiday safety and answer any questions and concerns you may have.

Thursday, December 04, 2008
5th Ward Meet and Greet
Come meet and greet 5th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Jesse Barrios and Mayor Michael O'Connor, Saturday, December 6, 2008, from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Location is a home featured this past June during the Berwyn Historical Society's Berwyn bungalow tour:

2307 South Elmwood.

Coffee and desserts will be served. Or not.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008
BDC Afterhours
Berwyn Development Corporation presents:

Second Annual BDC Holiday After Hours

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008

Time: From 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Description: Get together to spread holiday cheer with food, drinks, and good people! Cost is $20 per person.

Again, the BDC will provide an opportunity to make donations for those in need during the holidays. This year, the BDC will partner with Pillars - The Fillmore Center. Suggested donations include Target gift cards, educational games, building blocks, baby items, books for all ages (English & Spanish), hats, gloves, sweatshirts, socks, etc. We will have the box available to take donations all week long at our office, and it will also be available at the Holiday After Hours.

Location: FitzGerald's Sidebar
6615 W. Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL
Catered by Wishbone

For more info:

For more information on tickets and to RSVP, please contact the BDC at 708-788-8100.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Boxer Mix Dog For Adoption
Sorry that I can not post the photos, but this is a great looking dog and had to post.

Mia is a gorgeous two-year-old, 45-pound affectionate and energetic Boxer/Am Staff-mix looking for a loving home. Mia loves car rides, rawhides, treats, tennis balls, giving kisses and sitting in your lap.

Sadly, Mia lost her 27-year-old mom to an accidental prescription drug overdose. Her mom, a public school teacher and long-time PAWS Chicago volunteer, had found her as a stray on the streets of Chicago.

Mia has been professionally trained in boot camp, so whoever adopts her can continue her training at no additional charge. Mia is house-trained, comes with her own crate, and already knows the commands sit, down, stay, heel and dance like a princess. Mia does have a few dog friends, but does not get along with cats. Mia is looking for a dog-experienced, all-adult household to continue her training and keep her active and well-exercised. Whoever adopts her will have a loyal and loving friend for life.

Mia is extremely healthy, spayed, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped, heartworm-tested and on preventative. To meet and possibly adopt Mia, please contact Susan at or Kira at 773-484-7818. Mia's adoption fee is $200.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit

Monday, December 01, 2008
Positively Pasta
The Berwyn Park District is hosting its Second Annual Positively Pasta Scholarship Dinner at Liberty Cultural Center, 6445 W. 27th Place on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The event is designed to raise funds for the park district scholarship program and all proceeds will be placed into the Scholarship Fund.

The Scholarship Program was created a couple of years ago to help low income families and residents afford to send their children to park programs such as summer camp, pre-school, Freedom Park Children’s Water Park passes, etc… The program is open to all ages and a number of seniors have requested assistance as well.

The entertainment for the event will be Mike Brown who performs songs by Sinatra and Martin.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids in advance, $20 for adults and $8 for kids at the door. Kids 3 and under are free. A cash bar will also be available.

This is a great event. Or not.

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