Weekend Journal: Santa Paws Is Coming To Town! Plus, Hip Hop Poetry At The Chicago Public Library!

Author: Laura Taylor

FIRST GUEST: Matt Gannon, Executive Director of Heartland Animal Shelter

You better not pout, and you better not cry… Santa Paws is coming to town!

Bring the family and the pets to Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook on Saturday, December 3rd between 11:00 and 2:00 for a photo with Santa Paws! For a $10.00 donation to the shelter, you and your furry friend will get a professional photo with the man in the red suit– perfect for this year’s Christmas card!

And it’s the season of giving, so if you can spare an item or two from Heartland’s wish list, the dogs and cats would be forever grateful for your donation! (Have any bird seed left over from the summer? Bring that, too! The cats love to look out the window and watch the birds!)

You’ll also be able to enjoy goodies at their holiday bake sale, proceeds from which will benefit Heartland’s Dr. Do More Fund, which supplies monetary needs for special animals that require a little extra T.L.C.

For details on the North Pole– er, I mean, Heartland– check out heartlandanimalshelter.net. And after you get your photo taken, say “hi” to the dogs and cats at the shelter! Maybe you’ll find your newest family member.

SECOND GUEST: Veronica Brown, Director of Individual Giving and Communications of the Chicago Public Library Foundation

Help raise funds for the Chicago Public Library Foundation at one of this year’s most fun events!

The Breakbeat Poets: Remixing the Cannon will bring together nationally recognized poet-laureates, writers, and rappers who are eager to take event-goers on a powerful spoken-word journey!

It’s hip hop poetry, and it’s going to be awesome.

It’s all happening on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 pm at Haymarket Pub and Brewery (737 W. Randolph in Chicago). Tickets are only $15 and you can purchase them here.

See who’s performing and get more details at cplfoundation.org.

THIRD GUEST: Irene Ferradaz, Chicago Transit Authority Media Representative

The Red Line is the most traveled on line of all the CTA routes hitting major landmarks such as Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, and Soldier Field. It cuts through the Mag Mile and the Loop. From Chinatown to Uptown and the popular neighborhoods of Lincoln Park, the Red Line can take you just about anywhere in the wonderful City of Chicago. And in a few years, it could take you to even more places in the city.

The Chicago Transit Authority is currently in the planning stages of a proposed extension to the ever popular Red Line rail system. Under the proposal, an additional 5.3 miles of railroad will extend the Red Line to 130th Street with four additional train stops at 103rd, 111th, Michigan, and 130th. Click here to see a map of the proposed route.

Under Mayor Emanuel, $5 billion have been invested to modernizing the public transit system, which was first built in the late 1800’s. To say parts of the system need be upgraded is an understatement. “This is an unprecedented investment,” says Ferradaz. Not only would the rail system be improved, but the CTA is predicting a spike in job creation as well.

This extension project set to begin in 2022 would create jobs in construction, train operations, and traffic control. And with an expected increase of 40,000 more people riding the Red Line after it’s extended, these new train stations will also likely create a greater need for services increasing business and revenue in those communities.

“The CTA does have a huge committment to creating jobs and spurring economic development around train and bus stations,” Ferradaz says.

Members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback by mid-December via email (redextension@transitchicago.com) or via snail mail (567 W. Lake St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL, 60661).

“We’re looking for this [extension project] to benefit future generations of transit riders, and the future of the city of Chicago.”

Learn all about the red line extension project at transitchicago.com/redeis.

Weekend Journal airs Sunday mornings at 6:30 on US99 and 6:00 on HD2 The Wolf. 

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