Thursday, July 8, 2010

Scenes from Skokie's Fourth of July Parade

Masons were just one of the community groups to come out to march in Skokie's Fourth of July parade.

WBBM's Mary Frances Bragiel interviewed one of the parade goers.

Karen Wallace (center) marched, while her sister Robin Wallace, in skates, rolled in the parade with their uncle Michael Vernon and other "Jan fans".

These "Jan fans" know how to roll. 

Candidate for State Representive Daniel Biss worked both sides of the parade.

Temple Beth Israel came out again this year.

Friends watched the parade in front of Skokie House on Lincoln Ave.

Michael Becker next to Skokie House.

UBD aka Urban Beat Dance marched again this year.

Rolling up Lincoln Ave. 

The bands were great again this year.

Marine Corps veteran Joe Leifer.

Julie, Max and Sam Yusim.

These kids worked their lemonade stand on Oakton.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

All Skokie Photo Project portrait session - July 25

Get ready for your close-up, Skokie!

As the Skokie Historical Society board member Dick Witry once pointed out, our lives get busy. While so many of us appreciate learning about our own family history or our Village's history, we sometimes forget we are making history right now and that is worth documenting for ourselves and later generations.  With that in mind, the All Skokie Photo Project invites everyone who makes Skokie what it is today to have their portrait made for inclusion in the Skokie Historical Society's contemporary photography collection.

This portrait session is all about making real portraits of the real people of Skokie. Creativity encouraged. Bring a friend or neighbor. We'll also be asking you to fill out a questionnaire so we and future Skokian can know you better.

When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, July 25, 2010

Where: Skokie Heritage Museum
8031 Floral Ave., Skokie, IL (map)

How much: Free, but a donation would be appreciated.

Please RSVP on Facebook or contact me via email.
Photos are being posted on Facebook.

More shoots and exhibitions are being scheduled and a contest in cooperation with SkokieNet is in the works.

The All Skokie Photo Project is a year-long community photography project aiming to make pictures of all Skokians--everyone that lives, works, worships, studies in Skokie, ever has, or who just care about Skokie--by May 2011 for inclusion in the Skokie Historical Society's archives. Inclusivity, creativity, bridging the gap among people of different backgrounds and promoting pride in Skokie is the focus.

More sponsors are be being sought. The May project launch was supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Skokie Fine Arts Commission; the Skokie Park District; SkokieNet, the Village of Skokie, Print Xpress and Kring Lerner Group.

In the picture: Skokie resident and public relations and business communications expert Sally Chapralis. She participated in the June 27 shoot at the Skokie Heritage Museum.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Niles Township Food Pantry needs food and volunteers July 17

This in from Cathy Struzynski...

As you know, donations to the Niles Township Food Pantry are needed now more than ever. To help stock the Food Pantry shelves, a food drive is scheduled for July 17, 2010 at the Jewel in Skokie, located on Skokie Boulevard at Old Orchard Road.

Volunteers are needed from 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. We would like four volunteers for each shift. Please let me know your availability for one or more of the shifts and indicate your first, second and third choice for each possible shift. Once I receive responses, I will confirm your scheduled time. The shifts are:

9:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 4:30

The last shift includes assisting in unloading the food at the Food Pantry. We also need another vehicle for transporting the food to the Food Pantry at 4:00 p.m. Unfortunately, the van we use is not available on July 17; please let me know if your vehicle can be used for this purpose.

Significantly more people are using the Food Pantry and our contributions are invaluable. Cynthia Carranza, the Food Pantry Director, is very grateful for our efforts and the food we collect is distributed in just a few days. Volunteering for at least one shift is an easy way to help our less fortunate neighbors. Please respond with your availability, indicating the number of shifts you can cover and your first, second and third choice for each shift.

Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.