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Public Art Installation Coming to 99th Street in November

By Kristin Boza

A permanent piece of public art will be unveiled at 99th and Walden Parkway in November. “Quantum Me” is an impressive sculpture fabricated from mirror polished stainless steel (similar to “Cloud Gate” — The Bean — in Millennium Park) and dichroic Plexiglas, and the creation of Chicago artist Davis McCarty. The piece is the 19th Ward’s installation through the City of Chicago’s 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project.

“Quantum Me” will give viewers an incredible color-changing perspective on themselves and the environment.

“I was inspired by the idea of bending spacetime to jump from one location to another faster than the speed of light,” McCarty said. “If you walk around ‘Quantum Me,’ the colors will magically change before your eyes. Two people standing in different locations can actually see different colors looking at the same spot.”

McCarty explains that this phenomenon is just how sub-atomic particles behave. “We get to witness on a large scale a very amazing part of the universe through this sculpture,” he said.

The idea of teleporting is carried through McCarty’s companion piece, to be installed in Rogers Park. “Because my sculptures are book-ending the city on the north and south, they speak to each other. The idea is that you can stare into one and teleport yourself into the other,” he said. “With ‘Quantum Me,’ people will look up into a giant spherical ball that warps them into the sky. The Rogers Park sculpture is reversed; the ball is on the ground. Viewers will have a similar but different experience.”

McCarty grew up in Southeast Asia where his missionary parents started schools in Thailand and the Philippines. He moved back to the United States to attend school at Beloit College in Wisconsin. “A lot of east Asian temples influence my art. I appreciated the temple that people built that took hundreds of laborers 40-50 years to complete. I love a plain, modern design aesthetic, but I always add extra scroll work and other details to show people the time that it took to create,” he said.

Science and technology are infused within McCarty’s art. “I used to be a lot more of a nerd; I was a computer science major in college, but after doing that for a few years I realized I liked gaming but not coding,” he said. “I had a corporate job for nine years, and made the leap to full-time artist about two months ago. It was one of those things where I got two big commissions and thought ‘if there’s ever a time to do it, now is the time.'”

The sculptures for the 19th Ward and Rogers Park took McCarty about four months to complete and, because of the materials used to create them, they will last for decades.

“They will look as great in 50 years as they do today,” McCarty said. “As a society, we use images to share our experience with others. Creating a sculpture that allows people to photograph themselves in the art while simultaneously capturing the city is a great way to commemorate the experience of visiting Beverly. I hope to make people ask ‘where is that?’ and want to plan their own visit.”

McCarty’s “Quantum Me” was selected for the 19th Ward by a panel of community members, including representatives from BAPA, the Ward office, residents and artists. The project was spearheaded by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

Housing News: Honey Do Lists, and Property Tax Info

Put It On the ‘Honey Do’ List

By Chanelle Rogers

Fall is here and winter is on its heels! Sure you’ve got your porch lined with carefully carved pumpkins and someone — I’m not saying who — is lugging cornucopias and fragile, little metallic balls from the basement like he works in the stockroom of a department store. But all that pretty prep will go to pot if you don’t protect your home from the cold weather.

There are three key areas to focus on to ensure a warm winter and cozy holidays:

Don’t let those pipes freeze! Pipes in exterior walls can freeze easily and the worst holiday intrusion is a busted pipe. Talk to a professional plumber about insulating pipes and other ways to prevent freezing or other winter woes.

Keep the warm air in and the cold air out! Save your money for holiday presents not heating bills! Change the filter in your furnace; repair and replace any failing caulk or weather stripping; have the chimney cleaned; and change the direction of your ceiling fans to clockwise.

Fortify the exterior! Free your gutters and downspouts of debris and leaves and trim any trees to save yourself the headache of water damage and leaks. Also, as roofers prepare for their slow season, they’ll have time to come inspect your roof for cracks and repair any damage that could pose a problem over the winter.

The winter prep ‘Honey-Do’ list is long, but adding these few tasks will give you peace of mind as you focus on the bigger things like massive dinners and presents, oh and spending time with family.

 

Don’t Lose Your Property Due to Delinquent Taxes

Every year, hundreds of properties in Cook County are lost by homeowners to so-called “tax scavengers,” who buy houses at auction when the owner fails to pay property taxes. Often, homeowners are caught off guard, having missed their property tax bill in the mail or because they failed to keep up with confusing paperwork.

“Too often, homeowners find themselves in crisis because they didn’t realize their property taxes went unpaid,” said State Sen. Bill Cunningham. “Senior citizens are most susceptible to this problem because their mortgages are more likely to be paid off, so a bank is no longer ensuring the taxes are being paid through an escrow account.”

In Sen. Cunningham’s district alone, 6,211 property owners are past due on their property taxes, according to records maintained by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.

“If you don’t know your status, please check with the Cook County Treasurer’s Office,” said Cunningham. “This is an easy problem to avoid with a quick phone call or by spending some time on the treasurer’s website.”

The County Treasurer can be reached at 312-443-5100 or at cookcountytreasurer.com.

 

School News

Program Gives Voice to Teens’ Opinions

VOICES Circles (Views, Opinions, Issues, and Concerns Expressed Safely) is one of the many programs at the Catholic Youth Ministry Center at Morgan Park High School, 1825 W. Monterey Ave. The discussion group is open to Center members and is offered on Wednesdays with rotating facilitators including Center staff member John Cook, community resident Linda Cooper and Chicago Police Officer Bill Langle.

“Officer Langle did a few very successful Circles with our students last school year,” said Center Director Peggy Goddard. “The students are happy that he has agreed to lead a session each month this year.”

The Catholic Youth Ministry Center (aka The Blue House) exists to provide guidance for students attending Morgan Park High School. By promoting moral values, the Center reaches out to students, faculty and the community in the roles of advocate, counselor, teacher and friend. Opened in 1979, the Center provides after school drop-in with recreational activities, educational workshops, leadership training programs, community service projects and discussion groups.

On the third Wednesday of the month community resident Laura Lopez will offer a yoga class for the students.

The Center welcomes all students of Morgan Park High School regardless of religious affiliation. For information on membership or programs, call 773-881-0193.

 

Educational Workshops for Students

Own It Chicago is offering two seminars to help students in junior high and high school learn organizational skills, develop better study habits, and strengthen time management and self-advocacy to approach the school year with confidence. Workshops will be held Sun., Oct. 15 at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th. The workshop for junior high students is 12 to 2:30 p.m., and the workshop for high school students is 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The Own It team includes a counselor and two teachers with several years of classroom, counseling and coaching experience.  During each workshop, students will evaluate their own learning styles and build an individualized, goal-oriented plan to be successful this school year and beyond.

For information and registration, visit the Own It Chicago website www.ownitchicago.com or email ownitchicago@gmail.com.

 

I Madonnari Joins the Beverly Art Walk

Everyone can be an artist on Sat., Oct. 7. That’s when the Beverly Art Walk will showcase the works of more than 200 talented local artists. And for the first time, Sutherland School is coordinating its popular I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival with the larger neighborhood event.

The 15th annual I Madonnari festival invites families and individuals to turn the sidewalks around the school into artistic masterpieces. Numbered sidewalk squares can be “purchased” for $10 apiece, and come with a box of pastel art chalks to decorate your square as you please.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., so visitors will have plenty of time to create a painting and enjoy the rest of the Art Walk.

A Sutherland tradition, I Madonnari is a highly anticipated event that draws neighbors from throughout Beverly/Morgan Park. It is a fun filled afternoon that includes food, entertainment, a PTA bake sale, face painting, and more. Pre-ordering squares is encouraged, as they sell out quickly. To reserve a square, email rikkir77@gmail.com.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to Oct. 8, with chalk sales only.

 

Rogers Named National Merit Semifinalist

Mother McAuley High School student and St. John Fisher School graduate Catherine Rogers has been named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2018. She is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Rogers now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

“Approximately one percent of PSAT testers qualify as National Merit Semifinalists; 16,000 students from a pool of over 1.6 million. When you really think about those statistics it’s hard not to get goosebumps!” said Nikki Carey, director of counseling for Mother McAuley.  “We have always been aware of Catherine’s incredible academic talent, but when put into this larger context it really is nothing short of amazing.”

Last April, Rogers earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.

Rogers is a Catherine McAuley Honors Scholar, a program which recognizes superior academic achievement. Members must maintain at least a 4.09 GPA and complete at least five advanced placement classes before graduation, among other requirements.  She also is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Junior Classical League, Student Ambassadors, Book Club, Math Macs and runs Cross Country and Track.

Rogers was named a Mac with Merit, an award which recognizes students for their honorable character, diligent work ethic and notable contributions to the McAuley community. During her sophomore year, she received with the Irish Fellowship Educational & Cultural Foundation Scholarship.

Hayley Gutrich, a graduate of Christ the King School and McAuley senior, is a National Merit Commended Student. Gutrich is a S​ister Agatha O’Brien Memorial Scholar, which recognizes students who score in the top five percent on the High School Placement Test.  She is involved with the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society​, French Honor Society​, and is a Catherine McAuley Honors Scholar.  She also is a member of a Thespian Society and will participate in McAuley’s fall musical, “Les Miserable.” She sings with the school’s A Cappella Choir and Liturgical Ensemble.​

 

The Neighborhood is the Gallery Beverly Art Walk Day

Start seeing art in unexpected places throughout Beverly/Morgan Park. The 4th annual Beverly Art Walk on Sat., Oct., 7, 12 to 7 p.m., will feature work by more than 200 artists in over 60 alternative exhibition spaces. The Beverly Art Walk is a free family-friendly event. Walk, bike, or park and jump on one of the three free trolleys to experience all the Art Walk has to offer.

Event planners, the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, work with local small business, organizations, and artists to transform the neighborhood into a temporary gallery district. Art is housed in storefronts and restaurants, vacant buildings and outside courtyards, as well as schools and churches.  Not to be missed highlights include an East Beverly yard, which will be transformed into a performance and sound space for artists Cecil McDonald and Brother El; the currently vacant Olivia’s Garden building will be a hub of art from Bridgeport, Blue Island, Pullman, and Cleveland; and the historic Ingersoll-Blackwelder house will return to its artistic roots in displaying work by eight artists, including former owner Jack Simmerling.

Events and activities abound for people of all ages. Trinity Unites Methodist Church, 99th and Winchester, will open its stage for music and performances; at Ridge Historical Society, photographer Mati Maldre will demonstrate how a Deardorff Camera, which uses 4 x 5 sheets of film, is used for architectural photography; and five talented artists in Beverly/Morgan Park, Judie Anderson, Ray Broady, Jomo Cheatham, Pat Egan, and Brian Ritchard open their home studios for an insight on the artistic process, their inspirations, and the work they produce.

Clissold School will host the popular Children’s Park on their front lawn, 110th and Western. Artist Cindy Wirtz and Clissold student and family volunteers will offer a variety of children’s art activities, including kite making, creations from recycled materials, origami peace cranes, and more. Live music, storytelling, a food truck, the Peaceful Playground, a performance by the Pack Drumline, and an interactive public art project will all be featured.

Venues, inside and out, will also be alive with music. More than 30 local music performances will occur throughout the day, including acoustic acts, classical quartets, blues, rap, and rock-n-roll. Chicago’s vibrant music scene will be showcased across the neighborhood and at the Horse Thief Hollow main stage for featured acts. The Beverly Art Walk is also thrilled to host Front Porch Concerts, a pop-up concert series set on front porches throughout Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Their goal is to create a unique live music experience while building community and promoting city exploration. FPC will perform in Beverly/Morgan Park—for the first time—at two locations, Brian Ritchard’s and Judie Anderson’s home studios.

For more information about Beverly Art Walk events and activities, view the program book and map online at www.beverlyarts.org. Program books will also be available at each participating venue on October 7th.

The Beverly Art Walk would not be possible without the generous financial support of local small businesses and families, as well as countless volunteer hours by the Alliance board, artists, and neighbors. Support the local arts community: purchase art, shop participating venues, and attend Alliance events. They are driven by a love for art and the people who make it, and are thankful for local businesses and organizations who embrace the arts. The Beverly Area Alliance is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

 

AND Hosts 2017 Benefit

A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND), the local domestic violence agency, will host its 2017 fundraiser on Sat., Oct.  21, 7 to 10 p.m. at Ridge Country Club, 10522 S. California Ave.  Live entertainment provided by the Megan Curran Combo, open bar and hors d’oeuvres highlight this annual event, along with a grand raffle and silent auctions.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the ANDi award to The Quilter’s Trunk, 10352 S. Western.  The ANDi award is an annual partnership award given to an individual, business or agency that helps AND fulfill its mission “to provide counseling, education, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by domestic violence.”

Since opening The Quilter’s Trunk in 2015, owner, Katie Nathwani, and store manager, Lisa Wilberding recognized that giving back to the community is an important facet of their business. They became active participants in Quilting Magazine’s One Million Pillowcases program, which encourages quilt shops around the country to collect handmade pillowcases for donation to charities.

The Quilter’s Trunk expanded the scope of the program by hosting sewing events to create pillowcases, as well as to collect quilts for donation.

The quilts and pillowcases donated to AND are given to women and children served by the agency. Through daily contact with The Quilter’s Trunk customers, word spread about Nathwani and Wilberding’s program and the response has been remarkable. In its first 18 months with the program, The Quilter’s Trunk donated more than 200 pillowcases and 50 quilts.

“Quilters quilt out of love and are very generous with their time,” said Wilberding.

Kristy Arditti of A New Direction, views the program as a way for men and women in the community to connect with and support the agency’s survivors. “Making things by hand is a lost art and we have been witness to the tremendous comfort these quilts and pillowcases have brought our clients.” Arditti said. “The feeling that they are worthy of such beautiful and painstaking creations is not to be undervalued. They also serve as a physical reminder that our clients are not alone and that they deserve safety and comfort.”

Jessica McCarihan, AND Board president agrees. “Our agency depends on community involvement like this to be successful. We are so grateful to The Quilter’s Trunk for supporting our agency in this way.”

The Quilter’s Trunk is the sixth recipient of the ANDi award. Others are The Women of the Castle; Amy Moran, Alphagraphics; Julie Partacz, Standard Bank; Katie and Patrick Murphy, Sweet Freaks; and Jean Catania and the Morgan Park Juniors.

This AND benefit grand raffle first prize is a week vacation at the Playa Grande Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico and an $800 voucher for airfare.  Second prize is two Southwest Airlines round trip tickets anywhere Southwest flies in the continental United States.  Third prize is an Amazon Echo and three Amazon Dots. Featured silent auction items are: jewelry including a beautiful diamond bracelet; sports tickets; tech items, wine and other gourmet items.

AND provides confidential counseling and advocacy services at no charge to clients as they navigate their journey to safety.  AND’s vision is to have every home be safe and free of domestic violence and abuse.  The goal for the 2017 fundraiser is to increase the amount of funds generated through last year’s event in order to continue to grow and provide services to those affected by domestic violence.

AND invites businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring the event or donating items for the silent auctions to contact Monica Carey, monica@anewdirectionbmp.org.  For more information about A New Direction or to purchase tickets visit www.anewdirectionbmp.org.

Neighborhood Notes: News and Events for October 2017

 

Beverly Art Competition Accepting Applications. Artists within 100 miles of the city of Chicago are invited to enter the annual Beverly Arts Center Art Competition and Exhibition, a juried contest that offers prizes that range from $1500 for Best of Show to $100 for honorable mentions. The non-refundable entry fee is $35, and the submission deadline is Oct. 16. Established in 1976 by real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and artists William and Judie Anderson, the contest celebrates the talent of area artists. Finalists and winning works will be exhibited at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The exhibit opening and awards presentation will be held on Nov. 11.  Entry forms are available at the Beverly Arts Center or can be downloaded from the website, www.beverlyartcenter.org.

CAPS Meetings:  CAPS Beat 2221, Tues., Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton; CAPS Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey; CAPS Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station; CAPS Beat 2213, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.; CAPS Senior Subcommittee, Tues., Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station; CAPS Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m., 22nd District Police Station Info: 312-745-0620.

Local School Council Meetings: Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m., 9510 S. Prospect Ave.;  Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Oct. 5, 6 p.m., School Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St.,  773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. , School Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Barbara Vick Early Childhood & Family Center LSC, Wed., Oct. 18, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Vick Center, 2554 W. 113th St.,  773-535-2671; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Oct. 18, 7 to 9 p.m. School Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550.

 

Kate Starr Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt, hosts the 16th annual High School Fair Thurs., Oct. 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. Representatives from local public and private high schools will be available for questions from students and families. Open to all. Info: Mrs. Rooney, 773-535-2598 or mirooney@cps.edu.

 

Landscape Guidelines Workshop. Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program, Christy Webber Landscapes, and the Chicago Botanic Garden will present a workshop about Chicago landscape guidelines and how they can be applied to enhance the beauty and sustainability of their properties Thurs., Oct. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Learn the basic principles of landscape design, site considerations such as sun/shade, soil and water, plant selection, and seasonal maintenance. Registration is required by Oct. 4. 773-329-4111 or www.nhschicago.org (click on the “learn how” tab).

Towel Collection for Homeless Shelters. The Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club is partnering with Almost Home, a local non-profit, to provide shower kits for homeless guests in emergency shelters by collecting bath/beach towels and washcloths (used is fine) until Oct 14. Donations can be dropped off at BAPA, 1987 W. 111th St., Christ the King Parish, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., or Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St.  A BYOB painting party fundraiser is planned for Fri., Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S Oakley Ave. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance.  Info/tickets: 312-593-1129 or beverlyjuniors@gmail.com.

Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group: A support group that provides an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ High School aged teens meets monthly at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, and also offers social activities. Info: Christina Sprayberry, LCSW, 314-550-4384 or Bonn Wade, LCSW, 773-330-2544.

Electronics and Hazardous Waste Collection. Beverly Unitarian Church will host a collection of household electronics and hazardous waste in the church parking lot, at 103rd and Seeley, Sat., Oct. 7, 8:30 to 11 a.m. The collection is sponsored by the church’s Green Sanctuary Group and Beverly Bank, and donations are encouraged to help defray costs. Accepted electronics include computers, monitors, printers, small electronics, TV under 35 inches, cell phones and pagers. Hazardous items must be properly sealed and include mercury fluorescent bulbs, anti-freeze, used motor oil, oil based paints, batteries, lawn chemicals, pool chemicals and solvents. Find complete list of what will be accepted at www.beverlyunitarian.org/green-sanctuary-group

Garage Sale Benefits Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry. Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club will host its annual Garage Sale benefit to support the Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry Sat., Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. The indoor venue allows shoppers to support the Food Pantry come rain or shine. This event has raised thousands of dollars to assist our neighbors in need.  With the holidays approaching, the Food Pantry is being used more and more and needs your help. Support this cause and get some bargains.

22nd District Dog Walk. The 22nd District Police Domestic Violence Subcommittee hosts the 8th annual Dog Walk Sat., Oct. 7 9:30 a.m. at the police station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. The event raises awareness about domestic violence and its link to animal abuse. You don’t need to bring a dog to attend. In addition to the walk, participants will enjoy a blessing of the dogs, raffles, giveaways and light refreshments. Info: 312-745-0620.

Community Blood Drive. Community Blood Drive. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11107 S. Vincennes, hosts an interdenominational community blood drive with the American Red Cross, Thurs., Oct. 12, 2 to 7 p.m. About 38,000 people need blood each day in the United States, and each pint of donated blood may help as many as three people. To minimize wait times, call 1-800- 733-2767 for an appointment. On the day of the drive, pre-register at www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Wellness Seminar. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, wellness seminars on the second Saturday of each month, September through May.  On Sat., Oct, 14, 3 to 5 p.m., “Beyond the Power Struggle: Supporting Teens,” offers insight into adolescent development, attachment and positive youth development theories. This interactional workshop offers parents a deeper dive around the competing needs that confront many adolescents and explores the developmental, neurodevelopmental, and social factors that impact a young person’s ability as they transition successfully to adulthood. Learn techniques to communicate and intervene with your teenager within a supportive group setting. $10. Register at www.BeverlyTherapists.com.

October at Beverly Arts Center. There’s a lot of fun in store this month at the Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St.: An Evening with M&R Rush, Sat., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., $15; Get Spooky family fun, Sun., Oct. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., free; and Michael McDermott’s Halloweensteen, Sat., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $30. BAC get member discounts on tickets. Info: 773-445-3838, www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Mercy Circle Tour. Meet Marge Everett, Senior Living Advisor and other key staff members at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., during an open house, Sun., Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can tour the continuing care retirement community and learn about services and amenities. Mercy Circle provides a continuum of care ranging from independent living, through assisted living and into skilled nursing care.   Assisted living residents have access to physical, occupational and speech therapy services as prescribed by their physicians, as well as comprehensive help with medications, bathing and other physical needs.

Finding Holiday Joy When Grieving. Finding Holiday Joy When Grieving, a seminar exploring ways for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one to get through one of the toughest times of the year, will be held Sat., Oct. 21, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western., 2nd floor. The session includes a DVD presentation, discussion, sharing, strategies for resilience, and a chance to create memory boxes to take home (bring a photo of your loved). Info/registration: www.BeverlyTherapists.com.

“Conspiracy” Film Showing.  at Morgan Park United Methodist Church. In light of the current political and cultural climate of hate in our country, Morgan Park United Methodist Church,11030 S. Longwood Dr., is hosting opportunities to bring our community together for a conversation about the issue. On Fri., Oct. 20, 6 p.m., the church will show the film “Conspiracy”, which depicts a meeting held in January 1942 by the Nazi leadership to elicit support for a plan to exterminate the Jews. The community is invited to the viewing, conversation and personal story sharing aimed at creating ethnic and racial understanding and compassion.The event is co-sponsored by Unity and Diversity and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea. Info: 773-238-2600.

Beverly Theatre Guild Presents ‘Avenue Q.’ The Beverly Theatre Guild presents its fall musical, “Avenue Q,” on the weekends of Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 at the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St. Staged like a children’s show, “Avenue Q” is a satire about a recent Princeton graduate who moves to a shabby New York apartment and struggles to find a job and meaning in life. The show carries a parental advisory. Tickets are $21 and available online at www.beverlytheatreguild.org, or by calling 773-BTG-TIXS.

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., to discuss Tax-Increment Financing. The League is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues. Public welcome. Info: 312-939-5949, 773-233-1420 or lwvchicago.org.

Day of the Dead Lecture and Workshop. In a workshop that includes a lecture on Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) traditions and Alebrije folk art, Carlos Orozco, an indigenous artist from Oaxaca, Mexico, will present examples of traditional folk art then provide workshop participants with wooden skull cutouts to paint in the traditional Alebrije style, Wed., Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Registration required: 312-747-9673.

New Venues, New Vendors for HollyDays. HollyDays, the popular shopping/socializing event that supports the I Am Who I Am Foundation will be held Sat., Nov. 4, 6 to 10 p.m., at two new venues: Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western, and Barney Callaghan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western. The event features 20 new artists and vendors, and a community of teens and adults with special abilities showcasing the new line of I Am bath and body products. Donations are welcome at the door. HollyDays provides funding for awareness and programs benefiting families with members who have special needs.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Programs Continue at BAC

As an anchor site for the international Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., is prepared to welcome people from throughout the city and the world to participate in special programs that focus on how the built forms of Chicago’s neighborhood inform the past, present and future of communities.

“Elevation: The Rise of Beverly/Morgan Park,” an architectural installation and exhibition of photographs and historic documents, continues through Jan. 7 in the BAC’s Simmerling Gallery. Admission is free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Thurs.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat.; closed Sun. except during special events.

As a stop on the Beverly Art Walk, Sat., Oct. 7, 12 to 5 p.m., the BAC invites visitors to explore the themes Elevation and Making New History. Families are invited to construct their own model cities using Legos and to design posters that imagine the future of the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood.

How the arts affect neighborhoods is the topic of a panel discussion being hosted at the BAC on Thurs., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. in the Baffes Theatre. Representatives from south side Chicago Architecture Biennial anchor sites Hyde Park Art Center, Dusable Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art and the BAC will share insights and ideas about the ways the arts visually and culturally impact how neighborhoods are shaped and influence the direction of a neighborhood’s future.

Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will moderate the panel discussion. Prior to his appointment to head DCASE in June 2016, Kelly had a long career fostering the arts experience across 100 different degree programs for students at Columbia College Chicago. He is founder and chair of the Wabash Arts Corridor initiative in the South Loop. Throughout his career, Kelly has served on many arts and cultural-centric boards.

For information on these programs, contact the BAC, 773-445-3838 or www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Catching ZZZZZs: LCMH Sleep Apnea Hurts Hearts Campaign

Loud snoring, morning headaches, restless sleep, forgetfulness and mood changes are just a few signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea involves the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep. It puts an enormous strain on the heart by repeatedly causing oxygen levels to drop and blood pressure to surge as you sleep.

If left untreated, severe obstructive sleep apnea more than doubles your risk of dying from heart disease, warns the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Project partners – including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Sleep Research Society – launched the “Sleep Apnea Hurts Hearts” campaign to raise public awareness and urge individuals with symptoms of sleep apnea to talk to a doctor about their risk.

Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) is a premier provider of sleep medicine consultations and sleep studies. Under the direction of Medical Director Richard Kern, M.D., Pulmonologist at LCMH and board-certified in Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Center at LCMH has more than 25 years of experience in evaluating patients with sleep disorders, conducting sleep studies and determining effective treatment.

“Our goal is to help people who suffer from sleep apnea, insomnia, and other sleep disorders

obtain healthy refreshing sleep,” said Dr. Kern. “Sleep disorders are extremely common in our society and, unfortunately, most people with symptoms are undiagnosed and untreated.”

Severe obstructive sleep apnea hurts HEARTS by increasing the risk of:

H – Heart failure

E – Elevated blood pressure

A – Atrial fibrillation

R – Resistant hypertension

T – Type 2 diabetes

S – Stroke

Some of the most common risk factors for sleep apnea are obesity, narrow airway, large neck, tongue or tonsils, and recessed jaw. Fortunately, treatments for obstructive sleep apnea are available. Following diagnosis by a board-certified sleep medicine physician, the most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure therapy – or CPAP. This treatment uses mild levels of air pressure, provided through a mask, to keep the throat open while you sleep.

“The Sleep Disorders Center at LCMH is your gateway to a team of sleep professionals and sleep expertise for adults and children ages five and older,” said Dr. Kern. The Center has been accredited by the AASM since 2009. Accreditation assures the highest level of care by specially trained physicians and sleep technicians who follow established protocols for evaluation and treatment.

Sleep studies are traditionally performed overnight in the Sleep Disorders Center located in the hospital. Testing is performed in the comfort of a bedroom environment, using the latest state of-the-art technology to monitor breathing patterns, heart rate, brain waves, and oxygen levels. A sleep technician is always available to answer your questions and assist you during the night. After the study is completed, you may shower and return home or go to work. For some patients, based on insurance requirements and your sleep specialist’s recommendations, a home sleep study may be performed. If indicated, a sleep technician will provide personal instruction on how to set up and use the sleep monitor which is returned to the Center the following day.

Get the help you need at Little Company of Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center. To take the online sleep study quiz, visit www.LCMH.org/Sleep. To make an appointment for a consultation, please contact the Sleep Disorders Center at 708.423.REST (7378).

RPAC Campaigns to Save Ridge Park

 
By Mary Jo Viero, President, Ridge Park Advisory Committee

Local organizations and residents have been voicing concern about the condition of the Ridge Park fieldhouse for many years. As the leadership of the Chicago Park District determines its budget for FY18 the rehabilitation of Ridge Park should be the top priority. The fieldhouse is an important part of our community, keeping the building in good repair should be expected. However, severe issues plague the facility including a leaky roof and rotting windows; the building is not ADA accessible; lighting is outdated and inefficient; and the kitchen, gymnasium and auditorium all need significant improvements.

Ridge Park draws over 6000 people annually for programming alone and consistently ranks 3rd among all 580 city parks for program participation. That does not include the 30,000+ people each year who gather at the park for community events like the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk, Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade.  Additionally, Ridge Park is home to the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association Gallery, a multi-million dollar art collection. Unfortunately, this collection is suffering damage from the leaking roof.

After being pushed back several times, the RPAC was told that work on the roof is supposed to begin in mid-October – if true this is great news for our park and community!  We hope that the park gets the new roof it needs – The RPAC was formed to focus on the restoration and continued maintenance of the field house and the grounds, and we are determined to fight for what Ridge Park deserves.  Sadly, as we all know a new roof is only the beginning and we ask that the community join the RPAC in standing up for Ridge Park.

On Sept. 19, 2017 members of the RPAC and the community (both young and old) gathered together at the Chicago Park District budget hearing to advocate for a complete facility restoration to save Ridge Park!  While we recognize and respect the fact that managing a budget for hundreds of public parks in a large and diverse city is no easy task, and we’re grateful for recent improvements to the Ridge Park baseball fields and tennis courts, we believe major improvements are past due at this community treasure.

Please join us, there is strength in numbers! Demand that the Ridge Park Fieldhouse is treated like the treasure it is.

For information on how you can help, email Mary Jo Viero, mjviero@bapa.org.

Frank Williams Named to CAR Hall of Fame

This month, Frank J. Williams will be inducted into the Chicago Association of Realtors Hall of Fame. A community activist and fair housing advocate, as well as a successful real estate professional, Williams is fine candidate for this honor.

It’s not Williams’ first recognition, by far!  In spring, he was awarded the 2017 Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award by Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. The award is presented annually to a person who exemplifies leadership, innovation and passion in the making their community a better place to live. Williams, owner of F. J. Williams Realty, 9730 S. Western, received the award for his longtime efforts to ensure fair housing practices throughout Chicago.

Williams opened his realty company in 1969 and moved to Beverly/Morgan Park in 1974. At the time, organizations like BAPA were fighting for fair housing and open communities. Williams advocated for fair housing legislation in Springfield and Chicago following the Civil Rights movement.

Working to desegregate historically white neighborhoods, he found homes for black buyers on the Southwest side, including in Beverly/Morgan Park. His dedication to civil rights and fair housing came at a price: Williams was the target of harassment and threats, including having a bomb set off at his front door.

Williams is active with the Chicago Association of Realtors, and served as the organization’s second African American president. In 1991, he was first recipient of the Illinois Realtors Distinguished Member Award for Community Service, and in 1992 was named Realtor of the Year by Chicago Association of Realtors.

Williams’ personal and professional emphasis is on mentorship, education and the hiring and placement of minorities in real estate careers. He has taught for the Realtors Real Estate School, engaging and influencing people starting in real estate.

In addition to his important work on behalf of fair housing, Williams served as president of the Southside Chicago branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1979 to 1985.