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Wicker Park Plant Sale

Wicker Park Plant Sale

PLANT SALE
Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & May 12, 2019
10am – 4pm

No Admission Charge 

EVENT LOCATION: Westside of Field House
RAIN LOCATION: Gym

Volunteer Sign UP – 10% Discount for 3 Hrs. of Your Time

Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present the 2019 Annual Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale. The sale is a FUNDRAISER for the 10,000 sq. ft. of Park Gardens. The gardens are designed, funded and maintained by the Wicker Park Garden Club and are registered as part of the Chicago Park District Community Gardens in the Parks Program.

WHAT IS FOR SALE? You will be able to purchase herbs, vegetables, flowering annuals, hanging baskets and perennials.

KIDS can decorate 4 inch pots, fill them with soil, and then plant seeds in the pots to give to their mothers for Mother’s Day.

All the plants offered at the sale will be personally hand-picked by Wicker Park Garden Club members to perform well in Chicago. Volunteers will assist you with finding the plants that will work best in your gardens, containers, or roof tops – and – help you find the perfect gift for your mother.

PLANT SALE
Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & May 12, 2019
10am – 4pm

No Admission Charge 

EVENT LOCATION: Westside of Field House
RAIN LOCATION: Gym

Volunteer Sign UP – 10% Discount for 3 Hrs. of Your Time

Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present the 2019 Annual Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale. The sale is a FUNDRAISER for the 10,000 sq. ft. of Park Gardens. The gardens are designed, funded and maintained by the Wicker Park Garden Club and are registered as part of the Chicago Park District Community Gardens in the Parks Program.

WHAT IS FOR SALE? You will be able to purchase herbs, vegetables, flowering annuals, hanging baskets and perennials.

KIDS can decorate 4 inch pots, fill them with soil, and then plant seeds in the pots to give to their mothers for Mother’s Day.

All the plants offered at the sale will be personally hand-picked by Wicker Park Garden Club members to perform well in Chicago. Volunteers will assist you with finding the plants that will work best in your gardens, containers, or roof tops – and – help you find the perfect gift for your mother.

This past weekend ComEd hosted fifty Chicagoland freshman students at the Art Institute of Chicago to further develop their STEM skills and enhance their understanding of the fundamentals of energy, smart-city technologies and sustainability. This session is a part of the ComEd HFS Chicago Scholars STEM Program that launched in December, offered exclusively to students in the HFS Scholars program, which helps socioeconomically-disadvantaged, and flourishing students attend top Chicago private high schools.

The STEM program includes five immersive workshops per academic year for four years where students gain project-based experience with the mentoring of professional engineers. The working session held on Saturday, March 2nd, was the third of the five workshops with the creative backdrop of the Art Institute of Chicago. Impressively, the students continue to show a consistent commitment to STEM education as well as a high level of engagement. ComEd mentor and Engineer for ComEd, Oke Chika also added to the students’ enthusiasm by leading interactive discussions regarding their future career opportunities and STEM applications in the real world.

Successful Model Integrates Medical Practices with Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes

Erie Family Health Centers, a community health system providing high-quality and affordable health care to Chicagoans, continues to see successful patient health outcomes due to its integrated “health-ownership” model. Through this system-wide approach to care, patients are guided to take ownership of their health to reduce and better treat preventable chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and even poor bone health.

Traditional healthcare models have almost always been about “sick care” and medical interventions once an individual becomes ill or injured. However, with about half of all American adults living with preventable chronic diseases, many of which can be attributed to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity, medical professionals know that the best results come from patients who take ownership of their health and make behavioral changes in their homes. Recognizing the correlation between patients’ health and wellness practices decades ago, Erie has effectively been integrating proactive preventative services into its service delivery since the very beginning. After years of fine-tuning these practices, this model is demonstrating improved health outcomes, as seen in Erie’s diabetes programs, in which 75 percent of its diabetic patients maintain well-controlled glucose levels.

“Health care is evolving. What happens to patients between doctor’s appointments is as important as, or even more important than, what happens during an appointment,” said Dr. Lee Francis, President and CEO of Erie Family Health Centers. “Taking ownership of your health by changing certain behaviors, such as eating healthier foods and exercising, can be just as crucial to your health as taking medicine in specific circumstances. We want our patients to be healthy and have these programs in place to help guide and encourage them to be healthy on their own.”

Erie Family Health Centers’ “health-ownership” model combines traditional medical practices with additional wellness programs lead by health educators trained in lifestyle and behavioral changes. Each patient goes through a medical and behavioral screening process to assess medical and wellness needs. The assessments help Erie staff understand each patient’s level of motivation or readiness to make a behavioral change, such as those related to obesity, healthy eating or smoking. Staff then determines which programs are best suited for each individual, and patients are encouraged to become active participants in the wellness programs. To help this process, Erie provides support through ongoing consultations, follow-up calls and long-term specialized care when appropriate.

Each of the wellness programs are educational, culturally-sensitive and hands-on to help participants seamlessly take ownership of their own health and lifestyle. Erie Family Health Centers offers wellness programs such as –

  • Diabetes Month-by-Month: a monthly education class to help participants understand diabetes and how to better control it
  • Diabetes Prevention Program: an intensive, evidence-based lifestyle program helping at-risk participants avoid being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
  • La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz: an exercise and nutrition program for pre-diabetic participants
  • Share Our Strength’s® Cooking Matters: a class that teaches participants how to cook healthy meals on a budget

In addition to such classes, Erie also offers the USDA’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and a running club. A partnership with Top Box Foods was also created to help participants buy high-quality fruits, vegetables and protein at a discounted rate. Each of these programs contribute to serving all of Erie’s patients, an overwhelming percentage of whom come from low-income and Latino communities. Such populations face barriers to accessing healthy foods and active living opportunities, making these programs all the more necessary to achieve successful patient health outcomes.

Recognized as a “Health Center Quality Leader” for the past three years by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Erie Family Health Centers’ clinical support team and medical providers continue to work hard to address social determinants of health through education and wellness programs that have proven to directly improve health outcomes.

On Tuesday, October 16th, join LUCHA for a community-wide celebration to honor our 36th birthday during Affordable Housing Month! Come to Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center to celebrate LUCHA’s achievements over the past 36 years as we rededicate ourselves to creating and preserving affordable housing across the northwest side of Chicago. Bring your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues – we’ll have tacos, live entertainment, games, a raffle and more for all to enjoy!

Tierra Linda is LUCHA’s first sustainability-oriented development, bridging affordable housing with green technology for low-income residents of the City of Chicago. Featuring the first affordable, multi-family Passive House in the state, Tierra Linda is a testament to the fact that everyone deserves access to high quality housing and a healthy space to live.

On Thursday, September 27th, LUCHA is hosting a free community celebration to honor Tierra Linda! Join us at Simons Park, across the street from the Passive House, for food, fun + games, live entertainment, community-building, and more! All are welcome!

To learn more about Tierra Linda, visit our website.

Chicago is a thriving community with people of various walks of life. The “Windy City” has been successful in providing an inclusive atmosphere for just about anyone, including those who are members of the disabled community.

Often times, it can be difficult for those who have suffered from a life-changing injury to find a close network of new friends who are going through some of the same experiences. Although this may be true, Chicago celebrates everyone no matter their disability. For anyone experiencing life-changing spinal injuries, check out a few tips to be a part of a community just for you.

Background of Back Injuries

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Stats Center at UAB, there has been a drastic change in the causes of spinal cord injury since about eight years ago. These causes range from vehicles, fall, violence, sports activities, and even medical.

Although the causes can vary, statistics show that most of these injuries are to blame for vehicular incidences. Nevertheless, understanding this community comes with knowing what happened and seeking change. An entire community has been subject to a life-changing e accident and making their stories known is a big part of embracing who they are.

Support Groups

Chicago is a wonderful city that offers this community a wide array of support groups for spinal injury. It’s important for family members to encourage the social interaction of support groups. Even if they feel their presence is enough, being a part of something with others who have shared a similar experience is important to this community. A great way to get involved and to show support is to attend events these groups host. See below for a list of a few support groups in the Chicago and Illinois area:

  • City of Chicago Disability Services
  • City of Chicago HomeMod Program
  • Special Needs Chicago, Inc.
  • Easy Access Chicago
  • Next Steps Chicago
  • Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois
  • Illinois Venters of Independent Living
  • Family Support Network of Illinois
  • Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Program

Additional Tips

This life-changing experience will bring about new challenges, but with a helpful support group and additional insight, this process can be a little easier. Take on these tips to ensure you’re doing your part as a supportive family member and friend of the community:

  • Consider the rehabilitation process. This will be a time in which you will be working closely with doctors, nurses, and therapists to pay attention and review rehabilitation centers and reviews shared by others.
  • Make note of transportation changes. This is a major concern for those with a spinal cord injury and luckily there are many wheel-chair accessible vehicles to assist with the new changes.
  • Try to stay mobile. Although getting around is going to be different than before, there are a wide range of wheelchairs and other devices to assist in your mobility.
  • Considering a service animal is another great way to receive the additional assistance for those with a spinal injury. Not only can they provide practical help, but they also serve as a great comfort. Be sure to check out ways in which you can the right service animal for your case.
  • Don’t ignore any mental health issues. Staying involved in support groups and keeping as active as possible a great way to maintain a healthy mental state of mind. If you notice any signs of mental health issues, be sure to communication to friends, family, and most especially your doctor.

There are many ways to show support and play a part in this community. Embracing those who have experienced this life-changing injury is a great way to let others in the Chicago area know that you have their back. Be sure to check out more ongoing and upcoming support groups and events in the area here.

Join us for our monthly Financial Club at Center for Changing Lives. This month’s topic: Bank On It sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. This event is free and welcome to all.

This seminar provides an overview of banking services, designed to help participants build a positive relationship with a financial institution. You’ll also have the opportunity to open up a checking and/or savings account with BMO Harris Bank with up to a $250 bonus by enrolling and using the account(s).

To reserve your spot, contact Vanessa

Call 773-342-6210 or email vista@cclconnect.org

Información en Español

Despite national efforts to crackdown on distracted driving by tightening laws, distracted drivers, many of them under the age of 21, are involved in distracted driving accidents. In 2015, alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.

If those numbers are startling enough, over 600,000 drivers use an electronic device while driving during daylight hours. Given the statistics, you may be hesitant to send your young driver out on the road.

While you can’t keep them from staying away from the roads forever, you can help to educate your teen driver on the negative impacts of distracted driving. Don’t know where to start? Here are some tips.

Have an Open and Honest Discussion

Driver’s education courses, as well as classes at your young driver’s school, have a lot of discussions about the dangers associated with distracted driving. As a parent, you shouldn’t assume that your teen driver has learned all he or she can about distracted driving.

When it comes to driving, it’s important to have an open and honest discussion about the dangers driving as well as your own expectations. Discuss distracted driving laws, the consequences for breaking them, and how you feel about distracted driving. While your teen may resist yet another discussion about distracted driving, it’s important.

Be a Good Role Model

Want your teen to be a safer and law-abiding driver? Be sure that you follow the same rules. If you expect your young driver to refrain from texting and driving or eating a sandwich while behind the wheel, you need to adhere to your own expectations.

Even if you have decades more experience with driving don’t automatically make you less at risk of being in an accident caused by a distracted driver. Remember, the negative impacts of distracted driving can affect any driver.

Have a Little Friendly Competition

When trying to teach your teen driver about the dangers of distracted driving, why not make it a little fun? A free online game called “Cards of Distractibility” is an effective, fun and safe way to go head to head with your teen to experience the difficulty of distracted driving.

You, the “driver,” receives a series of texts while driving down the road. After one round, you are quizzed on which signs you saw on the road while you were texting. This online tool is a fun way to get the whole family involved and still stress the importance of safe driving.

Sign a Contract or Pledge

As much as you wish you could be right there in the passenger seat while your teen drives, you won’t always be able to be there. Giving your son or daughter driving advice and tips are invaluable, and you also need to trust that he or she knows what to do.

When having a discussion with your teen about your driving expectations, creating a contract, and having both you and your teen sign it can kind of “seal the deal” and make you more accountable for your actions behind the wheel.