HCBA Announces a Full Spring Season of Seminars for Homeowners

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The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) has released its full Spring 2014 Seminar Series schedule—now open for online registration at http://www.chicagobungalow.org/events-calendar. This series is free of charge and features a wide variety of topics designed to help owners of any Chicago home—whether you’re a home repair expert or rehab rookie—improve the beauty, sustainability and safety of their homes through simple and affordable repair projects.

Spring topics and locations:

Vintage Masonry Repair Workshop

Presented by Mario Machnicki of Marion Restoration, this workshop will cover topics including: common masonry deterioration problems; identifying priority repairs; best practices for cleaning and re-pointing; and establishing a scope of work for rehab projects. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Machnicki has been featured in This Old House and The Chicago Tribune.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 13, 6:30pm
Location (North): US Heritage, 3512 N Kostner Ave, 60641

Date/Time: Saturday, February 15, 11:30am
Location (South): Beverly Public Library, 1962 W 95th St, 60643

Bungalow Maintenance 101

Join Sustainability & Preservation Consultant Carla Bruni to learn about the materials used in Chicago Bungalows as well as maintenance issues often encountered. Learn how to improve the value of your home and prolong its life by reducing energy use, completing simple repairs, and gaining vocabulary to effectively talk to your contractor.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 20, 6:00pm
Location (South): Brainerd Public Library, 1350 W 89th St, 60620

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 19, 6:00pm
Location (North): Budlong Woods Public Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave, 60659

Rain Ready: Basement Flooding

Wade through the basics of understanding your sewer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) and the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management. Join us for an overview of the combined sewer systems in the Chicago area and how they operate during rainstorms. Why do basements flood during heavy rains? What causes sewer backups? Most importantly, learn what you can do to help prevent sewer backups, and what the City and MWRD are doing to address these issues.

Date/Time: Monday, March 3, 6:30pm
Location (North): Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, 60625

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 6:00pm
Location (South): Mount Greenwood, 11010 S Kedzie Ave, 60655

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 18, 6:30pm
Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted Ave, 60628

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 25, 6:00pm
Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Rain Ready: Rain Barrel Installation Workshop

Join our hands-on workshop to see how to properly install a rain barrel in a bungalow backyard. See first-hand what materials you'll need, how to disconnect your downspout and install your rain barrel, and how to use and maintain your rain barrel for all seasons. Please note this workshop is limited to 30 people.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 5, 10:00am
Location (South): South Side Bungalow, 1331 W 108th Pl, 60643

Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 10:00am
Location (North): North Side Bungalow, 4100 W Argyle St, 60630

Simple Estate Planning

Join us to learn the basics about estate planning. Find out: What are your assets? Who are your heirs? How does your plan vary from others? How can you enact your plan? A highly qualified investment executive from MB Financial will be available to answer any questions you may have to simplify your estate plan or create one.

Date/Time: Monday, April 28, 6:00pm
Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Navigating Property Tax Appeals

This seminar will help you learn how to appeal your property taxes. Join Andrea A. Raila from Andrea A. Raila & Associates to learn: how to understand a property tax bill; if and when you should file a property tax appeal; persuasive evidence to win your case, “Do’s & Don’ts”; how to navigate the Assessor and Treasurer’s websites.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30pm
Location (North): Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N Clark St, 60626

Beyond the Box: Four Seasons of Planter Box Gardening

Presented by Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers and Jo Stavig of Urban Prairie Planters, this seminar will show you how to transform ordinary containers into extraordinary planters. Learn more about finding and selecting affordable containers or window boxes and choosing plants for color, interest and longevity. Tips and techniques for planting, maintenance and green approaches will be highlighted.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 8, 6:30pm
Location (North): Portage Park Fieldhouse, 4100 N Long Ave, 60641

Date/Time: Monday, May 12, 6:30pm
Location (South): Beverly Public Library, 1962 W 95th St, 60643

Rain Ready: Planting a Rain Garden Part I (Seminar)

Join us at this seminar to learn the “Whys” and “Hows” of planting your first rain garden. Learn how rain gardens can deter basement flooding, how rain gardens can be done cheaply (and beautifully), and how to easily maintain your rain garden. Once you’ve learned the basics, join us the following week for a hands-on rain garden planting workshop in a bungalow backyard to see how it’s done!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 15, 6:30pm
Location (North): Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W Lunt Ave, 60645

Rain Ready: Planting a Rain Garden Part II (Workshop)

As a follow-up to Planting a Rain Garden Part I where you learned the basics of planting a rain garden, join us on-site for Part II. This will be a hands-on rain garden planting workshop in a bungalow backyard. This will allow you to take a closer look at making your own rain garden at home!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 22, 6:30pm
Location (North): Bungalow Backyard on North Side of Chicago - TBD

From Doors to Floors: Restoring Wood Interiors

Join Araceli Perez from Peter’s Wood Refinishing to learn basics on how to bring those wood interiors back to glory by refinishing your woodwork. The focus will be on how to prep your walls, floors, and doorways before stripping your woodwork; removing your trim versus stripping it onsite; and tips on how to strip and refinish your woodwork.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 4, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Park Public Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Monday, June 9, 6:00pm
Location (North): Mayfair Public Library, 4400 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Don’t Trash That Sash: Window Repair Workshop

Join Julie Liska of Liska Architects to learn about why you should love your original wood windows! Learn about materials, history, and restoration techniques for those double-sashed beauties. Julie will also shed light on some misconceptions about new windows and explain how repairing and restoring your sashes can save both energy and money.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 18, 6:00pm
Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 24, 6:30pm
Location (North): Portage Park Fieldhouse, 4100 N Long Ave, 60641

Limited space is available. RSVP is required to reserve a space. All seminars are free of charge and open to the public.

This schedule is subject to change.For the most up-to-date schedule, visit our Events Calendar at http://www.chicagobungalow.org/events-calendar.

For more information and questions regarding HCBA's Spring 2014 Seminar Series, please contact Gillian Wiescher, Director of Communications, Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.

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