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This Week in Community Meetings: Zoning, Parks and Crime on Agendas

 The Clark Park Boathouse will host a meeting of the Clark Park Advisory Council.
The Clark Park Boathouse will host a meeting of the Clark Park Advisory Council.
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ROSCOE VILLAGE — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the City Council grab most of the headlines when it comes to running Chicago, but grassroots community groups are where a lot of work really happens in the city.

Opportunities abound this week to get involved with various neighborhood organizations.

Clark Park Advisory Council meets 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Clark Park Boathouse, 3400 N. Rockwell St. Check out the new boathouse and get the scoop on upcoming park improvements, including a soccer field.

Patty Wetli tells DNAinfo Radio that community group meetings are never short on drama:

The Hollywood-North Park Community Association is hosting Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th), 17th District Police Commander Jose Ramirez and Northeastern Illinois University President Sharon Hahs, 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Northside College Prep High School, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave. Topics for discussion include NEIU's campus expansion, crime statistics and the new Albany Park Library.

The Horner Park West Neighborhood Association will hold its annual spring general meeting, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Horner Park fieldhouse, 2741 W. Montrose Ave. The theme of the gathering is "Living Green in the City," with presentations on sustainable back yards, flood abatement and more.

Ald. John Arena (45th) has scheduled a community meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave. to discuss a proposed zoning change at 3818 N. Milwaukee Ave. Artist Nick Cave, a professor at the Art Institue of Chicago, would like to open a gallery/studio space at the address, where he would also live. The location is currently zoned for manufacturing and requires a change to accommodate work/live use.