Evanston IL Apprentice Employment Program

Evanston IL Apprentice Employment Program

Evanston IL has a nice program to train people to eventually get jobs with the City OF Evanston IL. I think this is a wonderful program to help provide jobs and skills to people and help develop a higher self esteem and great job to go with it.Evanston IL Apprentice Employment Program

The city of Evanston calls this opportunity the “Utilities Apprentice Program Open to All Evanston Residents Seeking Employment” An applicant just has to be 18 years of age and have at least a High School Diploma or GED and a valid drivers license.

I quote the city of Evanston IL

“EVANSTON, IL – Looking for a new employment opportunity? The Evanston Utilities Department invites all residents age 18 and older to apply to its Water Worker 1 Apprentice Program by Wednesday, December 31.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the Water & Sewer Industry; develop skills in underground utility maintenance; develop skills maintaining water plant equipment; become familiar with requirements for City of Evanston workers; and earn an Illinois Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Apprentice positions are full-time, two-year positions and start at $11 an hour. Applications can be completed online at cityofevanston.org/utilities until December 31. All applicants are also required to take a written test on Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m., in the Parasol Room at the Morton Civic Center, located at 2100 Ridge Ave.

No previous experience within the field is required. However, all applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED, have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record (or have the ability to obtain a license), and be a resident of Evanston (Zip code 60201 or 60202).

Chosen candidates will be subject to a qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug/alcohol screening.

To view the program’s training guide and other information, visit cityofevanston.org/utilities or call/text 847-448-4311.” For convenience, Evanston residents can dial 3-1-1.

Evanston IL Nutcracker On Ice December 12 to 14th

Evanston IL Nutcracker On Ice December 12 to 14th

For the past 40 years as of this year The Evanston IL Robert Crown Community Center its sharing its wonderful ice show and giving 4 performances this season. It is a truly beautiful and moving Nutexperience that so many people look forward to.

The City of Evanston says:

“The Nutcracker on Ice,” Robert Crown Community Center’s beloved winter ice show, will celebrate its 40th year entertaining families with four performances this holiday season.

Two matinees and two evening performances of the special holiday show, performed by Robert Crown Center ice skating school students and competitive figure skaters, will be held the weekend of December 12-14, 2014. Show times are Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, every 40th person who attends a performance will receive a free pass to a Nutcracker-themed public skate session on Sunday, December 21. The special session will be held  from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Robert Crown Center’s main rink.

“The Nutcracker on Ice” features hundreds of skaters of all ages telling the familiar tale of Clara and her musical holiday adventures. Exquisite costumes, Tchaikovsky’s familiar music, and exciting special effects bring the characters to life, making this the perfect family show to spread the holiday spirit.

Tickets are $9 for general seating and $10 for reserved seating. Group discounts are available. New this year: general seating tickets are available online at http://www.cityofevanston.org/crown starting November 15. General and reserved tickets may be purchased in advance at Robert Crown Center or at the door, as well as by phone with a major credit card at 847-448-8258.

Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex is located at 1701 Main St., Evanston. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311.

Here is a little video showing a more about the show

Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Have you ever heard about DIVVY Bike share? It is a system where once you join you get access to nice bikes for a little riding around town by the hour. There are stations where the bicycles are set up and it is completely automated so you can get and return a bike whenever you want. So far this system is only available in New York City, Washington DC , Minneapolis, Miami, Columbus, San Francisco, Boulder, Boston, Houston, and Chicago Land.

Here is a photo I took today of a DIVVY bike station

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There are different types of memberships available including one I think is really cool and that is the ability to share with a non-member and get to go for a ride with a friend for 30 to 60 minutes or so when ever you want. There is no need for a reservation. I think this sounds like a lot of fun and here is a link to the City of Evanston’s DIVVY program if you want to learn more about it.

See you on the bike path at the beach (maybe next summer when it warms up).

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

The other day I wrote a blog called Historic Wilmette Home Being Moved To Evanston IL

The property was in FLW style and located in Wilmette IL which is one of my favorite villages with its cobble stone streets, vintage homes and beautiful Gilson Park Beach. The property was bought and the buyer was going to tear it down and build a modern house. Very sad for the vintage Historic home lovers like me.

Anyway, the home was saved and is being relocated to an even more favorite town of mine, Evanston IL which is my home town. During the time they are waiting to get it together they moved the home to a closed down grocery store in Evanston, the old Dominicks parking lot.

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Today I could not resist and I went over there and took some photos. I quote some of Wikipedia and its information on John Van Bergen first. Before I do that let me remind you that if you are ever thinking about property in Evanston IL or Wilmette IL you should talk to someone who really loves houses. That someone is me. I got into this business for my love and curiosity of architecture and getting to work with people. Some time check out Coldwell Banker Evanston.

I quote:

“John Van Bergen designed Prairie style homes, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Prairie style homes designed by Van Bergen are often considered “excellent” or “outstanding” examples of the style and some of them have been declared local landmarks. In 1909 he went to work for Frank Lloyd Wright at his studio in Oak Park. At Wright’s studio he did working drawings for and supervised the Robie House and the Mrs. Thomas Gale Houses. The city of Chicago declared the Miller House, a 1915 example of Van Bergen’s Prairie style on South Paxton Avenue, a landmark on December 1, 1993. The Miller House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1991. In the suburb of Wilmette the Bresbach House, another example of Van Bergen’s 1910s work, is a local landmark.”

This is the Bresbach Home

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Chicago North Shore Real Estate Sales Strong

Chicago North Shore Real Estate Sales Strong

For single family homes in a four year period since the beginning of 2010  we are at the highest point in years for the number of contracts written during this time of year. 2013 had higher numbers through August but then dropped off and by September there were 271 contracts written for single family homes. At the same point in this year of 2014 we have 318 contracts written.Chicago-North-Shore map

The point is that if priced properly homes in the Chicago North Shore are still selling strong today. The Chicago North Shore is Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe. Highland Park, Lake Forest. If you are thinking of moving you will be successful if your property is marketed properly and with a Professional Real Estate Brokerage such as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. We will do a market analysis of your properties value and we have a plan to get you the most value for your home.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Chicago’s North Shore you should consider contacting Coldwell Banker the oldest and most successful Real Estate Brokerage in Chicago Land.

If you want to see what properties are available in Chicago Land we have a direct connection to the Multiple Listing Service for you to use and there is no need to enter any information unless you want to, it is a fee and no obligation service we provide for you.

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Obama Speech at Northwestern University Evanston IL Thursday October 2nd

President Barack Obama is coming to Northwestern University this Thursday October 1st. The Chicago Sun times reports he will be on campus to deliver a speech reported to be about the economy. Evanston Residents could see two Marine Helicopters and 2 Osprey aircraft that did practice landings at the Northwestern campus on Monday.

This was very exciting to Evanston IL residents and who had no knowledge about this preparation that took place around 1:00 PM. In 2006 then Illinois Senator Obama delivered the commencement address at Northwestern. What America needs, Obama said in 2006, “is a sense of purpose.”

This event is sure to attract much attention from the national news and people trying to catch a look at President Obama or those lucky enough to hear his speech whether you are a fan or not he is still the President of the USA.

Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival 9-26 through 9-28

Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival 9-26 through 9-28

We Evanston residents are really looking forward to the Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival starting this Friday for loads of fun for the whole family. The Festival is going to be located on Sherman from Elgin to Davis, Church from Benson to Evanston-Art-and-Big-Fork-FestivalOrrington, and Clark from Benson to Sherman. This will really be a wonderful event with so much to see and tons of great food. In the last few years Evanston IL has greatly expanded in the variety of restaurants, and people are really talking about how good many of them are and we are seeing articles on publications which is bring people to visit Evanston.

The city of Evanston says:

“The art at this festival will include classic categories such as paintings, sculpture, photography, as well as fun usable art such as unique handmade jewelry, one-of-a kind furniture and home accessories, mixed media work, glass, wood, wearables, art made from recycled materials and much more! Art will be original and in all price points, so that everyone from college students to long time collectors can find something right for them.

In addition to the incredible artwork, Evanston Art & Big Fork features live music and fun art projects for kids all weekend long. At the north end of the festival, separate from the artists, many of Evanston’s great restaurants will serve up their wonderful food to festival goers.”

For more information visit http://www.amdurproductions.com.

Dates: September 26-28

Times: Fri: 4-10pm, Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Admission: Free

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See you at the Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival

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