Friday, October 31, 2008

Falcon 5K Run/Walk & Kids Relay Nov 8th

St. Francis in LaGrange will hold its annual 5K run on Saturday, November 8th from 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. The entry fee for adults is $30 (after October 31st). The entry fee for kids 18 and under is $20 for the 5K Run/Walk and for the Kids Relay. There is no online or race day registration available for the Kids Relay. Register at or before pre-race day packet pick-up. One form per participant, please. Download additional forms at Online registration is until November 6, 2008 for the 5K Run/Walk events only at Check-In/Registration will begin at 7:00 am.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Are Still Available at laGrange parks Village Hall

Courtesy of the Clean Air Counts program, the Village of LaGrange Park still has a small supply of free Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) for La Grange Park residents. They are available for distribution at a rate of five per household on a first-come first serve basis. Residents can stop by during normal business hours to pick up their CFL bulbs. In order to reap the full environmental benefit of these bulbs, they should be disposed of properly as they contain mercury. Conveniently, La Grange Park residents can take their expired CFLs to Ace Hardware on 31st Street for recycling.

Daylight Savings Time Reminder

Just as a reminder, Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday at 2:00 a.m. and residents should adjust their clocks to "fall back" one hour at that time. As usual, the Fire Department also encourages everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors when they change the clocks. This year, while you have the ladder out, we encourage residents to "change a bulb" when you change the clocks and batteries. Replacing even one conventional light bulb with an energy-efficient bulb in a ceiling fixture can save $30 per year per bulb on your electricity bill, not to mention the significant energy savings that you will help create. Energy efficient lighting is particularly important in the fall when Daylight Saving Time ends and the days are shorter. The latest generation of energy-saving lighting includes compact fluorescent bulbs that fit in standard light sockets and provide pleasant, uniform light.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bike Auction

On Saturday November 1, the La Grange Park Police Department will hold a Bicycle Auction. Approximately 25 bicycles will be available for purchase. Some are in excellent condition, while others will require some repairs. In addition to the bicycles, some power tools and Christmas decorations will be available for bidding this year. The items are available for viewing at 8:30 a.m. and the auction will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Parent Information Night at Park Junior High

Parents and guardians are invited to attend the District 102’s first Information Night. This informative event will be conducted by members of the District 102 Enrichment Team and will be held in the Park Junior High Auditorium at 7PM on Monday, October 27, 2008. The focus of this night will be "Differentiation & Flexible Grouping", specifically addressing high ability students. For more information, call 708-482-2400.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Community Park District of La Grange Park Halloween Costume Party

This exciting and FREE event takes place on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The fun is for kids eight years and under, accompanied by an adult. Put on your costumes and enjoy a night of eerie fun at the Recreation Center. Show will start at 6:30 featuring "Wacky Dracula". Refreshments and games will then start at 7:15 pm. At 8:00, mount your brooms and head home. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2008

City of Countryside's Fall Newsletter

There are lots of new and exciting things happening in Countryside!!
Click on the link below to find out about new restaurants coming to town, city improvements, activites, where to vote early and on election day and much so more!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Year to date 2008 Real Estate Market Statistics!!

The links below will give you market statistics for Single Family Homes for most of Chicagolands cities/towns.
Statistics provided by:

Statistics provided using data from Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois.
The Association makes no claim as to the accuracy of this data and has provided this data as a service to our members.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Nazareth Homecoming and Parade – October 18th

Nazareth Academy will hold its homecoming on Saturday, October 18, 2008. The parade will be held on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. The route is as follows:
• Leave Nazareth’s front entrance and travel east on Ogden
• Turn left at Dover and head north
• Turn right on Woodlawn and head east
• Turn left on Waiola and go north
• Turn left on Harding and go west
• At stop sign at the curve go to Edgewood (south)
• Turn right on Ogden and return to Nazareth.
The sophomore game will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the Varsity game is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Fall Festival at Memorial Park on October 18th!

Mark your calendars for the first La Grange Park Fall festival at Memorial Park. There is something fun to do for every age group at this community celebration.
The festival takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Carnival takes place on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Schedule of Events
11:00 a.m. Cake Cutting Ceremony at the Band Shell – Celebrate and kick-off the festival with the Village President, Jim Discipio and the Village Board. There is plenty of cake for all! Don’t miss this delicious treat custom baked by Tasty Tidbits of La Grange Park.
11:15 a.m. Ohana Dance Troop of Chicago at the Band Shell - Ohana means family and the dancers invite you to experience the "halau" as a way to open up the festival and share in the art of Polynesian dancing.
11:30 a.m. Sonic Fuzz at the Main Stage – Rock with the young band from La Grange Park, influenced by mainstream rock like the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails and the Who.
12:00 p.m. Samahang Kapatid at the Band Shell – Experience the dance of this Filipino-American Youth Group (nonprofit) organization formed to preserve and promote the Philippine cultural heritage through folk dancing, music, language and songs. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago area, its goal is to foster awareness and appreciation of the Philippine culture by performing at community sponsored events.
12:30 p.m. Three Finger Fencl at the Main Stage – This band’s music spans several decades and includes selections from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, and John Mayer. With over 20 years of collective musical experience, each member has their own individual style and provides an energetic edge to live entertainment.
1:00 p.m. Scary Story Telling at the Band Shell – This first session is for the little ones (ages 6 and under). Join Debra Holmes, Assistant Children's Librarian, La Grange Park Library, for some fun tales in anticipation of the Halloween season.
1:30 p.m. Mother was Right at the Main Stage – Seasoned veterans of the music scene with years of experience performing at area venues such as The Taste of Chicago, Naperville Rib Fest, Eyes To The Skies Festival, Walter Payton's Roundhouse, Empress Casino and WGN's Morning Show. Cover material includes: No Doubt, Nora Jones, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Blondie, and Alanis Morrisette.
2:00 p.m. LTHS Latino Dance Troupe at the Band Shell - Explore the Hispanic culture through dance. The Latino Dance Troupe performs in school and community events. Staff member Aurora Colon is the Advisor to this program.
2:30 p.m. Hooked on Sonics at the Main Stage – This headlining band has a sense of humor and knows how to have a seriously good time! Injecting life and intense delivery into dance party classics from the 60's through today, they keep the songs coming one after another, and have perfected a sound that your ears won't believe. Cover work includes: Outkast, Van Morrison, David Bowie and Sir Mix A Lot.
3:15 p.m. Scary Story Telling at the Band Shell – For the older kids (ages 7 and older). Join Debra Holmes, Assistant Children's Librarian, La Grange Park Library, for some chilling (and sometimes fun) tales in anticipation of the Halloween season.

Festival Activities (from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
• Bean Bags – Open play for family fun or tournament play!
• Food, Hot Beverages and Harvest Brew Beer
• Pumpkin Carving and Scarecrow Building
• Face Painting and Children’s Games
• Climbing Wall
• Crafts and local Vendor Sales – shop for seasonal gifts!
• Dodgeball Tournament – For the young…and for the more experienced. Waiver is required to participate. There are two ways of play at the Fall festival:
o Open Play, Ages 7-14 - No pre-registration required. Must be present at 11 am at the skate rinks. There is no fee required. Participants will receive demonstration of play and rules.
o Organized Competition, Ages 15 and Up - Must be present at 11 am at the skate rinks to register your team of six (6). Teams of three (3) are welcomed and will be paired up with another threesome to complete the team. A fee of $5 per individual or $30 per (6 person) team is due at the time of competition.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Federal Disaster Declaration for Cook County

This month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it is providing disaster aid in the form of individual assistance for Cook County Illinois to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 13th of this year. Cook County residents and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for individual assistance immediately by either registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-3362. The telephone number will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until further notice.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rain Barrels

Order your Rain Barrels Today!!
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) once again has rain barrels available for purchase. Please click on the link below to be redirected to their site for ordering information.

CEP Youth Leadership Scholarship Fundraiser!!

Thursday October 9th!
7 – 10 p.m.
Harry’s Sports Bar and Grill
9901 W. 55th Street, Countryside, 60525
$35 covers open bar and appetizers
Proceeds support CEP Youth Leadership Scholarships for the Tutoring Program and the Junior High and High School Conferences.

For more information call: 708-579-5898.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

LaGrange Holloween Walk!!

Saturday October 25th, 2008!
Trick or treat! The business district of LaGrange opens its doors to trick or treaters of all ages. Kids and adults dress in their favorite costumes and follow a path to candy and treats throughout town. The Hallowen Walk begins at 11:00am from the Cossitt School Playground

go to for route map and more information!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

LaGrange Parks Final Brush Pickup of the Year

As a reminder, the Village’s final brush pickup for the year will take place during the entire week of October 6-10. Please remember to have all brush to the curb by early morning, October 6th.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Countryside presents Harvest Fest!

Fall days are here and the perfect place to celebrate is at Countryside's Harvest Fest! Don't miss it this Saturday, Oct. 4! Harvest Fest is part of Countryside's annual Road to Route 66 special events.Don't let this one past you by; bring all your family and friends out to Countryside Park for a free day of fun. There will be so much to do! Pick up a pumpkin or take a fun hay ride. Then, move on to the carnival games where endless fun awaits!Want to show off your scarecrow making skills? Well you're in luck, because you and your friends will be able to dress up a scarecrow in a friendly competition. Make sure to bring some clothes and accessories to put on your scarecrow and we will provide the hay! To top it all off, there will be an awesome costume contest. Now you don't have to wait until Oct. 31 to show off your Halloween attire.All this and more will be at this year's Harvest Fest, so don't miss it!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 4
Time: Noon until 5 p.m.
Place: Countryside Park
Located at 61st Street, 1/2 block east of Brainard Avenue

Fest Schedule
12 - 1 p.m. Pumpkin Painting
12 - 4:45 Guess the pumpkin's weight
12:30 - 12:45 Flying High Performance
12:50 p.m. Mayor's Welcome
1 - 3 p.m. Carnival Games
1 - 3 p.m. Home Depot craft projects
1 - 3 p.m. Scarecrow Bingo
1:30 - 4:30 Hay rides
1:30 - 4:30 Pony rides
2 - 4 p.m. Face painters
3 - 4:30 p.m. Scarecrow making contest
4 - 5 p.m.Pumpkin Painting
4:20 p.m. Costume Contest
4:45 p.m. Scarecrow Parade

Throughout the day: Pumpkin Patch, Moon Jump, DJ, Food, Games and Much More!
Sponsors: Vulcan Materials, Suburban Life, Cardinal Fitness, Lyons Township, AT&T
Visit for more information!

Cook County Property Tax Bills Are Due November 3

Pay Online at
Property tax bills for the second installment of tax year 2007 being mailed to property owners are due November 3, 2008, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said today.
Effective October 1, owners of Cook County’s 1.7 million homes and other parcels of property can pay electronically from a checking or savings account at, Pappas said.
Pappas advised owners to have their 14-digit Property Index Number available when they make on-line payments.
Owners should write the PIN on payment checks and need the bill and stub in making other forms of payment:
In person, at more than 300 Chase Bank locations, including at 68 Dominick’s stores.
In person, by direct debit at 217 participating community banks.
By return mail, postmarked no later than November 3, 2008.

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