Firefighters to the rescue: With the temperatures rising, the last thing you want to deal with is a hotter-than-hot fire. Unfortunately that is what some residents got on the 200 block of Circle Avenue on Monday. A small fire broke out on the third floor of an apartment building there and was contained in one apartment. The Fire and Police departments were quick to respond and nobody was injured.
A glimpse of the future: Remember the China Night build-ing? It may be a distant memory by next year and replaced with a stately manor-like development with, possibly, eight units and a posh restaurant on the first floor”that is, if Michael Pace gets his way. Pace is proposing to develop the building, breaking ground this year and opening the restaurant sometime next summer. “I want to develop the property,” Pace said. “I want to get some high-end condos, very stately with a lot of greystone, and I’d like to do something that is like a stately manor with great views of the city from the balconies I plan on putting up.”
This is all very preliminary, however, and Pace will be meeting with the appropriate municipal authorities to see what he can get done here.
Ethical Dilemmas?: No problem, CUinFP will be presenting a workshop on governmental ethics on June 30 at 7 p.m. The workshop will be held at St. Peter’s Church, 500 S. Hannah Ave. Terry Pastika, attorney from the Citizen’s Advocacy Center in Elmhurst is the guest presenter. At the workshop, attendees will be discussing the village’s ethics ordinance, the selection process for the commission, the rules for the ordinance, protocol for grievances, etc. All things ethics-related. All are welcome.
Despite the heat …: The seniors at the Senior Center are still going. On July 6 they’re headed to a buffet lunch and 15 games of Bingo at Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn. The trip includes a stop at Ream’s Meat Market, all for only $37. Pick-up 10:30 a.m. Also in the works is a July 13 trip to the NBC Tower to see “Presenting His Way, A Tribute to the Man and His Music,” starring Ron Hawkins. Lunch will be served prior at Lou Mitchell’s. Cost is $69. Pick-up 10:15 a.m.
Also for seniors: The Community Center will be hosting Senior Movies on Thursdays. The lineup so far includes a screening of Meet the Fockers on July 14 and The Aviator on Aug. 11. No reservations required. In addition, they will be serving up Senior Bingo on Thursday, July 28 and Aug. 25. Lunch is available at noon for a nominal charge, but you have to register for the lunch ahead of time.
Speaking of the Community Center: The Summer Clubhouse is up and running. It is held at Grant-White School and runs through Friday, Aug. 12, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children 4 to 12 years old. The Clubhouse provides professional child care, as well as recreational and educational programming at a moderate cost for working parents. Registration will begin for the fall Clubhouse on Wednesday, July 13 at the Community Center.
Calling all kids to join the Community Center’s 3-week Young Gourmet class, which begins on Wednesday, July 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Kids will create unique, kid-friendly entrees, appetizers and desserts. There will be hands-on preparation in the kitchen with artistic presentation of the food at the table. The reward is … everything they make … they eat. Cost is $18 which includes three classes (July 6, 13 and 20) and food.
Groovin’ in the Grove: The Community Center invites you to grab a blanket, pack a picnic and join them for their family concert series, starting on July 19 with the Moods (Motown).
On Aug. 16, they will feature Big James (Blues) and on Sept. 13 they will have jazz. All concerts will be held at the Forest Park Picnic Grove (formerly Altenheim), from 7 to 10 p.m., no cost.
Meetings, meetings, meetings: For those of you who want to jump on the civic action bandwagon, the Historic Preservation Committee will be meeting on July 7 at 7 p.m. at 424 Desplaines Ave. Also, the village council is scheduled to meet on July 11 at 7 p.m., in the lower level of village hall. The next BID meeting is also scheduled for July 13, 6 p.m. at village hall. Happy Fourth of July!