Main Campus & Blue Island Education Center
Salvation Army is doing Zumba again. See what makes it so much fun! For $15 per month, you can have fun and get into shape!
When: Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 10 am
Where: Salvation Army Crossgenerations Worship and Community Center, 2900 W 127th St
John D. Rita Rec Center Hours
The John D. Rita Recreation Center is having Open Gym at the following times:
Mondays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School
Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm, grades 4 - 8; Boy Scouts, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School
Thursdays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School
Fridays from 3 pm to 4 pm, grades 4 - 8; 4 pm to 5 pm, High School, Girl Scouts, 6 pm to 8 pm
Market Stand on Second WednesdaysEvery month on the 2nd Wednesday, the California Community Gardens have a Market Stand, 5-7pm at the garden. Organically grown, local produce and products. The garden can use volunteers to help with projects, weeding and harvesting on market days, beginning at 4pm, and other times as scheduled. On second Thursdays, there will be monthly Green Living Series Workshops with Anna Stange inside the Rec Center at 5 pm. Free. All ages. For more information, contact Anna Stange.Sept 12-Canning Basics: TomatoesOctober 10-Fermentation: making sauerkraut, pickles and yogurtWhen: Second Wednesdays through OctoberWhere: John D. Rita Rec Center, 141st and Francisco
The City of Blue Island John D. Rita Rec Center is now hosting a sewing Class on Thursdays. Trial class runs for 6 weeks. If there is enough interest, the class will continue through out the year.
When: Thursdays, 4 pm to 6 pm, Conference Room
Where: John D. Rita Rec Center, 2805 W 141st St
Knitting and Crocheting Club
Join us every Monday for a fun, casual environment to work on projects, enjoy conversation, and share info and tips with other crafters. Some yarn, needles, and hooks will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own materials and projects. Beginners welcome!
When: Mondays, 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St
Blue Island Public Library
There's lots going on at the Library--for adults, kids and anyone in between! Check it out--at the Blue Island Public Library! Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm. For information about any library services or programming, please call the reference desk at 708.388.1078 x 19.
Free Computer Help
Do you need help on the computer? You can get One on One Computer Help at the Library. It's available every day by appointment. Call 708.388.1078 x 19 to make your appointment!
Blue Island Public Library…now mobile! The Blue Island Public Library is now offering access to library materials to homebound readers. If you know someone who is unable to visit the Library because of illness, injury or a disability, please contact Reference Services Department for details by calling Sofia Aguilera at 708.385.1078 x 20.
The Blue Island Seed Library is open year-round. All seeds are free and donations of saved or leftover seeds are always welcome. We strive to make open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seeds available to area gardeners. The seed library is located near the front door of the library.
BLUE ISLAND INFORMATION
Every Monday, come and shop at Blue Island's Farmer's Market. There will be food from Pollo Locuas available for purchase, vendors from flowers to Tupperware to purchase and of course fresh fruits and vegetables. Check it out!
When: Mondays, 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: MetroSouth Park, York and Western
Help Build the Blue Island Fire MuseumA Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money to build the Blue Island Fire Museum! If you can make a donation, please do. The Fire Museum will be constructed on Vermont St. across from Fire Station 1, and will display Fire Department artifacts, including Blue Island's very first piece of brand-new firefighting equipment: a 1925 Seagrave pumper known as Old Bess. There is a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser coming up on June 8th at Fire Station 1.
Blue Cap Collection Boxes
Blue Cap has set up collection boxes to make it easy for you to make a donation to their Food Pantry. They can be found at the Blue Island Library, 2433 York St., First Midwest Bank, 12015 S. Western Ave., Council Oak Montessori School, 2521 Grove St., John D. Rita Rec Center, 2805 141st St., and Access Family Health, 13000 Maple Ave., Blue Island, IL 60406. They accept non-perishable food, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream, disposable razors, toilet paper, tissue, laundry detergent, dish soap, multi-purpose cleaners, disinfectant wipes, and baby diapers and wipes.
Blue Cap Food Pantry
The Food Pantry at Blue Cap provides real life training for the residents of Blue Cap and a real service for those in need in Blue Island and Robbins. You must provide a valid ID or piece of mail proving residency.
When: Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Blue Cap, Market St at rear of building
For Seniors Are you a Senior or do you know a Senior in Blue Island and beyond? They can join Our Healthy Circle at MetroSouth Medical Center. Their mission is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for seniors 50 and better by providing programs that encourage continued learning, wellness, health and volunteering, coupled with a host of social activities. For only $15 per year, members get the following benefits: In-hospital perks: complimentary upgrade to a private room based on availability, free meal per day for spouse or caregiver of a hospitalized member, monthly Breakfast Club (health presentations with complimentary breakfast), Bingo, 4 Winds Casino Trip, Day Trips, overnight trips, health fairs, free screenings, and a copy of the newsletters and magazines by Senior Circle. There are also national discounts on drugs, vision care, hearing care and even car rentals! Check it out! For more information or to join, call Gloria at 708.489.7927.
Sign up for Smart911 today!
The City of Blue Island is pleased to announce implementation of its 911 RAVE high-speed notification system. The RAVE system provides the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire City within minutes. A recorded message is delivered describing the critical situations from evacuations to missing child alerts. The RAVE notification system has the capability of providing emergency information to landlines or cell phones via text messages and e-mail messages to those residents that may or may not be home at the time of an emergency. All businesses should register, as well as all residents who have unlisted phone numbers or have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. Once you’ve signed up, you decide if you want to receive emergency, non-emergency or weather related notifications. First responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help them address your emergency. Please sign up today at Smart911.com.