Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Color Cares"... Cornerstone Community Outreach

In a national project  partnering Benjamin Moore with the  United States Conference of Mayors  will be painting 51 shelters across the States leading up to Thanksgiving.  Uptown's Cornerstone Outreach is the latest to receive this makeover.
"Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), a non-profit organization, was created in 1989 to raise the quality of life for low-income residents of the United States and the rest of the world through social, educational and economic development programs that include: development & preservation of decent & affordable housing for the poor, job training & creation, educational & social programs, and feeding & sheltering the homeless."

“I am thankful for every volunteer that comes to us,” said Sandy  Ramsey  CCO's Executive Director

Friday, October 14, 2011

David Rovics Anit- G8/NATO Organizing Benefit Show @ St. Augustine College

There will be a benefit concert to support organizing against the  Chicago G8 and NATO Summits on October 29th at St. Augustine College. David Rovics will be the artist for this show. A snip from David's website bio says
"David lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies.  He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible."

The G8 is an unofficial forum of the heads of the leading industrialized democracies who meet to deal with the major economic and political issues facing member countries and the international community. (Reuters)FACTBOX: The Group of Eight: what is it?

Summits like the G8 are known to draw protesters and the G8/NATO summits this May in Chicago are expected  to attract thousands. 

 Chicago Independent Media Center News Wire
David Rovics
7 PM, Saturday, October 29
St. Augustine College

In Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood
1345 W. Argyle Street

On-line advance tickets are $25 thru October 27 – first come, first served.
Please consider ordering $50 “solidarity price” tickets to really help oppose the G8 and NATO!
If available, tickets at the door will be $30.
Click here to order your tickets now.

Monday, October 10, 2011

CHA's Kenmore Apartments Recieve LEED Platinum

An eight-story, 100-unit senior residential property after a green rehabilitation and modernization received the top green certification, LEED Platinum.  LEED stands for  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is an international recognized green building certification. 

The Kenmore has been renovated with many  "green" features; from a green roof, rain gardens, water conserving plumping fixtures,  and the use of recycled materials.

Eligibility Requirements
You must be at least 60 years-old to apply for housing at this property, and 62 to move in. If you are the head of household and meet these requirements, apply online.
Additionally, if you are 55 and older and require a unit with accessible features (wheelchair access, hand rails, flashing strobe lights), then you are eligible to apply online.  

Property Amenities
  • Community room fully equipped with Audio/Visual equipment
  • Laundry facilities on every other floor
  • Cable-ready units
  • Open floor plans with accessibility features
  • Two outdoor courtyards with seating
  • Controlled access to building
  • Easy access to medical services
  • Professional property management
  • Front door attendant
  • On-site Fitness Room to promote health/wellness
  • Smoke-free building
  • Sustainable features throughout property, including green roof
from Chicago Housing Authority

Find application information here

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Carbon Sabbath

After graduating from Yale Divinity School in May of this year Scott Claassen set off on a journey across the United States on a bicycle.  This is a part of his plan to minimize his carbon emissions for one year and initiate dialogue about the relationship between neighbor love (agape/caritas) and ecology. He will visit churches around the country and share thoughts with the people he meets.

Scott will be sharing  right here in Uptown.

Thursday 13th
Peoples Church
7:00 - 8:30 PM
941 W Lawrence
Totally free, everyone welcome.

You can read more about Scott and follow his progress at http://carbonsabbath.org/