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More than 30 Chicago students, ranging from elementary to high school age, assembled at Daley Plaza yesterday, Wednesday 8/5, to protest the plan to push back school start times by an hour for 70+ CPS schools this coming school year. To protect cutting class sizes or laying off teachers, CPS' plan is to save money by consolidating the number of buses and drivers by having some schools start at 9:00am instead of 8:00am with classes running until as late as 4:30pm. Students expressed their concerns that the time change will impact their abilities to participate in extracurricular activities, jobs, homework, and caring for younger siblings whose time schedules will now differ with theirs. They also worry about their safety as the time shift will force them to travel at later hours if they are participating in after school sports and activities, especially those who live or travel through less safe areas.  


Tomorrow, Friday 8/6, is your last chance this summer to try a Drop in Bubble Soccer session at DePaul University's Wish Fields (900 W. Belmont Ave.), brought to you by Players Sport & Social Group and Battle Balls. There's still time to register online to secure a spot for $15 or it will be $20 on site IF there are spaces still available. Two sessions will be held at 6:30 - 7:30pm and 7:30 - 8:30pm. If you're not familiar with Bubble Soccer, you're in for a treat. It's 5-on-5 soccer game BUT every player is wearing an inflated hamster ball-like contraption over their heads and torsos so that taking control of the ball by means of head-on-collision is safe and expected. By the way, it's free to be a spectator at this spectacle of an event.


August 28th is the deadline for submissions to Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission's 2015 Historic Preservation Awards Program. Any resident, owner, tenant, or member of local boards, commissions, and preservation and historical societies can nominate a single-family residence, apartment building, commercial building, public/institutional building or religious structure to receive an award for restoration, rehabilitation, addition/new construction, or adaptive use. It is not necessary for the project to be located in a historical district. It is specified that projects should have been created within the past five years and located within the boundaries of the Village of Oak Park. Follow the link to submit nominations online, or report to Village Hall at 123 Madison St. for a nomination form. Call 708-358-5417 or email for more information.


Old Town Art Center (1763 N. North Park Ave.) is debuting the new exhibit, Visions & Visionaries, with a reception this Sunday, 8/9, from 2:00 - 5:00pm. More than 24 artists' work will be on display to showcase Old Town's artistic community and history. The exhibit will run from 8/9 through 9/2 with Gallery Hours on Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00am - 5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm.


Resurrection College Prep High School (7500 W. Talcott Ave.) is already preparing for their annual Fall Craft Fair in November. According to there's an open call to artisans interested in showcasing and selling their wares for the November 14th event. Benefits from the Craft Fair will go directly to  the all-girl Catholic school with an impressive collection of 180+ arts and crafts displays. Call Carol Marchetti at 773-775-6616 ext. 112 or email for more information.


Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2015 11:49 AM by Dean's Team


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