Events / Community Corner


May 2019 Party

Horse Racing, Steak Night and Bowling League
Join us for an evening of horse racing, dinner and
cheering on the SVIA bowling league winners.
Ladies wear your finest racing bonnets and have
The Men of Schorsch Village cook you
a perfect meal.
When: Saturday, May 11
Time: Doors open 6:00 pm
Where: 6940 W.Belmont
Suggested donation is $12 for dinner, cash bar.
Steaks are from Joseph’s Finest Meats on Addison.
This is an adult only event.

SVIA Murder Mystery Party

The Murder Mystery Company - a group of Professional Actors are coming to Schorsch
Village to entertain us with a comedy and intrigue. You do not have to be a detective to
enjoy this interactive dinner event. Dressing up and participation is encouraged but not
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Where: 6940 W. Belmont
Time: Doors open at 6:00, Mystery starts at 7:00.
Cost: Donation of $30 a person for mystery and dinner (cash bar).
Space is limited so buy your ticket today. Contact Tina Gjertsen at 773-286-4302 or email
Peggy Honda at to secure your spot.

SVIA Annual Golf Outing
Everything is finalized for the SVIA golf outing in
September. The 18-hole scramble will be the same
format as last year.
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: Tee-off Noon, Shotgun Scramble
At: Indian Boundary 8600 W. Forest Preserve Ave
Price: $65.00/person for Golf & Dinner (cash bar).
After party and dinner at:
SVIA Hall 6940 W. Belmont. Doors open at 5:00
pm. For more info contact: Ed Gjertsen 773-286-

Community News:

2019 Jumping Jack Program
Each year, the Jumping Jack delights children across
Chicago. This inflatable playground, provided by the
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is
available for free, all summer long. Applications for the
2019 program will be accepted beginning 9 am
Monday, April 15th online at

Chicago Park District Day Camp Summer 2019
The Chicago Park District is currently planning for
another fun summer in the parks. The traditional 6-week
day camp will run June 24 - August 2, 2019. In addition
to the traditional camp, a variety of specialty camps will
be offered in parks throughout the city. Online registration
begins April 22. General Chicago
Park District information:
or call General Number: (312) 742 - PLAY (7529)
TTY Number: (312) 747-2001.

Street Sweeping Begins April 1st
Street sweeping will begin on April 1st and run
through mid- November. Bright orange temporary
parking restrictions are posted the day before.
Parking is prohibited for street sweeping. For more
information visit to
obtain the exact scheduled dates for your street.
Please contact The Ward Offices for further assistance.
38th Ward Office 773-283-3838
36th Ward Office 773-745-4636
To avoid a ticket and allow street sweepers
to thoroughly clean streets pay close attention
for these signs posted either on side streets or main

Play-Doh Drive for Lurie Children’s Hospital
Huge Thank You to Schorsch Village and Everyone who
helped collect Play-Doh for Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. It
is the smallest kindness that makes a huge difference in a
child’s life. Thank you to Alderman Villegas’s office for
organizing and Tina Gjertsen for managing the SVIA

March SVIA St. Pat’s Party
Thanks to Joseph’s Finest Meats for
providing the corned beef which, as
usual, was spectacular! Once again,
Our stellar, chef de cuisine, John
(Beans) Turay, prepared the corned
beef and it was fantastic!

West Belmont Library events
Monday Matinees for adults &
seniors, May 6 & 20, June 3 & 17
from 1-3 and Preschool Story Time
ages 3-6 Wed May 1, 8, & 15 from


38th Ward Museum Pass
If you live in the 38th Ward stop by their office at 3821 N.
Harlem Ave. and pick up the free museum pass. Please
phone first to make sure it is available at 773-283-3838.
Passes are also available at all Aldermanic Offices and
Chicago Public Libraries.

Check your parkway trees for dead branches. If you need
trimming contact 311 and remember to write down the
report number for follow up.

Men’s Club meets second Wednesday of every month.
A group of your male neighbors and friends get together to
enjoy a home cooked meal, play indoor bags and cards.
Each month a few of the members chef it up for the group.
Doors open at 6:00 pm. A suggested donation of $15
includes dinner and drinks. Come out and play. Next
meetings are May 18 June 12.

Senior Ladies:
Senior Ladies meet and play cards the second and fourth
Thursday of the month. Doors open at 10:00 am.
Upcoming meetings are Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 14, Feb. 28.
Save the date:

Shabbona Park Events
2019 Spring Registration:
Programs run from Monday, April 1 to Sunday, June 9.
Online registration begins Monday February 25.
In person registration begins Saturday, March 2.

Save the Date: May
Senior Ladies – Thursday, May 9 and May 23 at 10:00 am.
Mens Club – Wednesday, May 8 doors open at 6:00 pm.
SVIA Steak night & Bowling Banquet – Saturday,
May 11, doors open at 6:00 pm.
CAPS Mtg Beat 1631 @ St. Francis Borgia Stokes Center
When: Thursday, May 2, 7pm – 8pm
Where: 8033 W Addison Street

Good People doing Good Things for the World:
At a recent SVIA event we met an adventurous couple who decided to go to Honduras and teach. It is not
every day you meet someone who will put their life to the side and help others. I was very impressed with
their confidence and drive to make a difference in the World. I would like to invite them to send updates of
their life’s and the World outside of Schorsch Village. This is an opportunity for all of us to learn about a
different place. Maybe there is something Schorsch Village can do to help them on this journey. Look to
your next informer for more information.

Help us plan events you are interested in:
We have many different events throughout the year.
We are looking for your input. Would you like to have
another Paint-N-Sip? Are you interested in having a
night of dancing with live music, what about the Antique
Road Show? Maybe a Murder Mystery Dinner? Is anyone
interested in going to see A Broadway in Chicago Play and
would like us to organize it? What about a Casino Night?
Send us your ideas to

Advertise in the Informer
If you would like to advertise in the informer newsletter, please contact
April Kibler at 773-972-2344.

As you probably know, flooding is a major problem during the spring. The good news is there are many
things that can be done to prevent flooding. Here is some information about what can be done, but never
hesitate to reach out the Ward Offices for more information.
What Causes My Basement to Flood?
Heavy Storms that dump 2 inches of rain or more per hour. There are two main sources for this additional
 The first is catch basins (CB’s) in the street. These are the grated drains by the curbs that feed the main
sewer through lateral pipes.
 The second is water from rooftops. As much as 500 gallons of water can fall on the average residential
rooftop. In the old days, City code required that gutter downspouts be connected to private drains (PD’s)
that carry domestic water to sewers. This was fine for normal, old fashioned rains. But, when sewers are full,
the water has nowhere to go but your basement. In essence, we are flooding ourselves.
Chicago has opened a Basement Flooding Partnership (BFP). This is a group that will help you understand why
flooding has increased in recent years and what can be done to mitigate the problem. It’s not hard or expensive, but
you have to care.
The City is working hard to improve our aging infrastructure, but there are 4,400 miles of sewer main in Chicago,
and mere replacement is not the answer. The key is to keep as much water out of the sewer as possible during the
heaviest rains. If we divert as much water as possible from our sewer system, we will spare ourselves some painful
floods. Nobody can guarantee you will never flood. Last July 23rd, Chicago had a record rain of 8 inches. In cases
like that, flooding is inevitable. But, we can take practical steps to protect ourselves. That is what the BFP is all
What is the City's Responsibility?
The City can do a few things, including:
 Placing restrictors—known as “Rain Blockers”—in CB’s all over town. These plastic devices slow down the
flow of water from the street. It goes into the sewer only as the sewer is able to handle it. The streets are
turned into temporary reservoirs (for 3-4 hours), and it gradually drains. IF STREETS ARE FLOODED
BASEMENT. If the restrictors are missing, your sewer will surcharge and push water into your basement.
Why Do My Neighbors and I Have to Act?
All flooding is local. We are connected to each other by an underground network of open pipes. If we do not act in
concert, we are being unrealistic.
Much of the water flooding basements is traveling across private property. Whether it’s your roof gutters or your
yard, the City is not allowed to perform work on private property. It is up to owners to make the appropriate changes
to meet the challenges of new weather patterns. And neighbors must work together to achieve good results. If only a
few homes on a block take steps to prevent flooding, results will be minimal.
OK. I’m All for It. What Do I Do Next?
Get in touch. At Basement They will figure out a time when they can meet with just a
few of your neighbors and plan how we will reach out to the rest of the people on your block. We will be your
partners in recruitment.

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