Beading & Sewing Circle -New Session!

Screenshot_20170808-161337Beading Sewing Circle Aug-Sept 2017

After having such a great time coming together as a community for Beading & Sewing Circle, we have extended to 4 more sessions! Come learn from our beloved experts, Mavis Blacker and Linda White, and let’s get together to share our skills, learn new skills and tell stories.

Whether you are coming to learn how to bead or sew or are already advanced in skill, come join us at this community event. Bring your own projects, finished and in-progress to share. There will be materials available to make regalia with sewing machines on hand and materials for beading earrings or tobacco pouches. Also, if you have scraps, old beads, old regalia pieces or materials you would like to donate and put to good use, please bring them!

We ask for participants to be age 12+, unless they can sit still and sew or bead. We would also like to have potluck food available, please bring a small dish to share, if possible, not required to attend or participate. Materials will be provided and this event is free and open to the public. Look forward to seeing you there!

We love it and hope you’ll join us soon!


Beading and Sewing Circle has been a huge success and we have extended it to another four sessions! Every Wednesday, we get together to bead, sew and have good laughs. Join us!

Every Wednesday, July 19th – August 2nd from 4-7pm at the Ho-Chunk Chicago Branch Office, located at 4738 N Milwaukee Ave.

Screenshot_20170716-222727Beading- Sewing Circle July-Aug session


Chicago Public Schools Offering Free Lunch Over Summer

Chicago Public Schools Offering Free Lunch Over Summer

Free Lunches Will be Available at 96 School Locations Across Chicago;

CPS Nearly Doubles the Number of LunchStop Sites From Last Summer.  

CHICAGO – Beginning June 26th, the CPS LunchStop summer meal program will provide free lunch to children ages 1-18 at 96 outdoor community sites throughout Chicago. The CPS LunchStop Program serves free, healthy meals in a fun and familiar environment to help make nutritious meals more accessible to students and the community during the summer.

“Access to nutritious meals is essential for children to enjoy a healthy and productive summer, and we are pleased to be able to greatly expand access to the CPS LunchStop program this year,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “Working with our partners, CPS is helping to fight child hunger and provide thousands of lunches to kids throughout the city.”

LunchStop locations operate from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at locations across the city. To find a location, parents can go, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163, or text FOODIL to 877877.

Free summer meals are funded through the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Last year, LunchStop served approximately 95,000 meals at 50 locations throughout the city.


WHAT: CPS LunchStop Free Lunch Program

WHO: Open to ALL children ages 1-18 – children do NOT need to be CPS students in order to receive a free lunch.

WHERE: Locations across the city:

  • To find a location, go to and click “LunchStop” (Note: the map feature includes both LunchStops and “indoor locations” that host summer programs, including summer school. Indoor locations only provide lunches to children participating in those programs, but all children are eligible to receive meals at LunchStop locations)
  • Parents and students can also call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163 or text FOODIL to 877877.


  • Monday, June 26, through Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Meals are available Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information, flyers, and location cards, please visit

Beading & Sewing Circle extended to July 5th!

Join us next Wednesday at the Ho-Chunk Chicago Branch Office for the last day of Beading & Sewing Circle…..but don’t be surprised if we extend it again…… 🙂

Thank you to RJ Smith for our Lacrosse Training!

We had such a fun time learning about OUR indigenous sport, Lacrosse. RJ did a great job teaching us the history of the game and clearly explaining to us how this is the Creator’s game. We even played a game of 4 on 4 and were wore out! Our bodies are still sore but we are happy to now have learned how to facilitate this game in the community. Thanks again to RJ for his expertise!