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Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day is March 24

The Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club will present the 7th annual Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence (WOWO) Benefit Day on Sat., Mar. 24, raising awareness about the serious issue of domestic violence, and raising funds for the local domestic violence agency, A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND).  The agency provides counseling, legal advocacy, education, and support at no charge to families affected by domestic violence.

As the event organizer, the Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club recruits Benefit Day partners among local fitness businesses and professionals.  One goal for this year’s event is to add new fitness centers and activities, including a center and activity for elementary and high school students. Morgan Park Junior Dena O’Reilly said, “Last year several parents wanted their children to be able to join them. This is a great idea.” St. Barnabas Parish and Bethany Union Church will be the designated sites for family exercise with an all-ages Zumba class as the group exercise event.

Several new partners who will be hosting WOWO events this year. Mother McAuley High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) and Action Reaction Club are hosting WOWO activities around their annual Ice Cream Social, which will be held at the school on Mar. 22.  Students will help to raise awareness about domestic violence and raise funds for A New Direction.

“We love the idea of supporting Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day,” said Cathy O’Grady, World Languages Faculty and McAuley’s NHS moderator. “Using our Mighty Mac strength to give strength to other women makes for a great day.  Exercise is a fantastic tool to help both physically and mentally.”

In addition to Mother McAuley’s participation, Cathy O’Loughlin, the 2018 facilities coordinator for the Morgan Park Juniors, said several new businesses will offer classes on the Benefit Day this year, including Treadfit Beverly, Barre It All, Blazin’ Cycle, Fit4Mom-Palos-OrlandPark, Light House Yoga and Fitness, Running Excels, Sculpt and Shred and Stone Age Cross Fit.

“It’s amazing how every year we are able to offer participants a great variety of workout sites.  There truly is something for everyone,” O’Loughlin said.

Through a generous sponsorship, Marquette Bank provided funds for WOWO T-shirts. Morgan Park Junior Karen Meyer, chairman for this year’s event said, “This is the second year in a row that Marquette Bank has sponsored WOWO.  We are so grateful for their commitment and their help in raising awareness and funds to end domestic violence in our community.”

Meyer added that Bullpen Sports, a baseball and training facility in Crestwood, and Beverly Therapists, donated funds for the event’s printed materials.

A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park is in its seventh year of providing confidential counseling and legal advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, many of whom live in the neighborhood or surrounding suburbs.

“Domestic violence is a reality in every community and we need to work together to create awareness and quality programs to fight it,” said Jessica McCarihan, AND Board President. “WOWO is our second largest fundraiser of the year, thanks to the efforts of the Morgan Park Juniors. With no state or federal funding, the monies raised are critical to the agency maintaining services.”

To participate in the Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day, visit to register online for a suggested donation of $25 and select an activity offered by one of the many fitness centers, churches, schools and businesses on the Benefit Day schedule. Onsite registration on the day of the event is welcome if space at the facility permits.

For those who can’t participate on Mar. 24, donations to AND and purchases of the mint-green event t-shirt ($15) can be made at the same website.  T-shirt supplies are limited. T-shirts will be available for pick up on Mar. 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Belle Up Boutique, 1915 W. 103rd St.

The GFWC IL Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club is a group of women dedicated to making a difference in their community through volunteer service. Since its inception in 1934, the Club has actively initiated various service projects contributing to the quality of life in Beverly/Morgan Park. To learn more about membership and volunteer opportunities visit


Photo: From left to right, Donna Dalton, President of the Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club, Karen Truitt, Regional Sales Manager for Marquette Bank, and Jessica McCarihan, AND Board President.  


South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 40th Annual South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at noon on Sun., Mar. 11, marching down Western Avenue from 103rd Street to 115th Street. The South Side Irish Parade has grown into the largest community-based St. Patrick’s Day Parade outside of Ireland.

This year’s parade will feature 100 entries including bagpipe and marching bands and Irish dance schools.

Special Olympics Chicago will serve as Grand Marshal. Special Olympics Chicago is one of the largest programs in the country offering training and competition for more than 7,500 athletes in 22 sports throughout the year. The organization provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Amyloidosis Support Groups and the Martin McGarry family will be the 2018 Parade Honoree. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the support, education and empowerment of Amyloidosis patients, caregivers and former caregivers. Beverly/Morgan Park resident Martin McGarry recently lost a lengthy battle with Amyloidosis. His spirit and dedication to his community will be honored during the parade.

The 2018 South Side Irish Parade Queen is Colleen Krahn of Mount Greenwood. She is an alumna of Queen of Martyrs School, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and St. Ambrose University, and currently works as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines.

Krahn was one of nine candidates who took part in the selection process held during the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Pre-Parade fundraising party in February. She will be prominently featured in the South Side Irish Parade and will also ride in the downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Krahn will also receive sponsorship from the South Side Irish Parade Committee to compete in the Chicago Rose of Tralee Selection in April at Ridge Country Club.

The Emerald Isle Mile presented by Running Excels will take place prior to the parade. The run begins at 11:30 a.m. at 104th and Western Avenue and runs the parade route ending at 112th Street. For information and registration, visit the store at 10328 S. Western or the website at

The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization, where more than 100 volunteers work year round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations. The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is dedicated to ensuring a safe, family-friendly celebration of Irish heritage and culture. The volunteer committee works with the City of Chicago, local community organizations, schools and neighbors to present a family-friendly annual march down Western Avenue.

Events that lead up to the parade include the South Side Irish Parade Film Fest Sat., Mar. 3 at the Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  The fest will feature an afternoon matinee, an evening feature film and film shorts, plus receptions. Visit for tickets.

The parade’s organizing committee will honor their Grand Marshall by making a march of their own, into frigid Lake Michigan for the Special Olympics Chicago’s annual Polar Plunge on Sun., Mar. 4 at North Avenue Beach. To join the “South Side Irish Pats On Parade” team.

For more information on the parade or parade events, visit

Neighborhood Notes – March 2018

Free Business Counseling at BAPA. Local business owners are encouraged to take advantage of expert advice from counselors from SCORE and the Far South Community Development Corporation. Mentors from these organizations meet with clients at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St.  SCORE business mentor Mark Jaswanthkumar is available by appointment on Mondays, 9 to 11 a.m., to help entrepreneurs learn more about business start-up, finding funding, expanding their current businesses, managing cash flow and marketing. Mentoring is free and offered by appointment only. Make appointments at Florence Hardy and Kathryn Jackson of the Far South Community Development Corporation (FSCDC) make appointments to help small businesses with business accounting and business plans on the second Wednesday of each month between 10 a.m. and noon. Far South counselors are experts at connecting businesses with resources and services for current and prospective business owners. To schedule an appointment, call BAPA, 773-233-3100.

Call for Artists. Chicagoland artists are invited to apply for the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival to be held Sat., June 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. A $20 application fee is required and will be used toward the $85 booth fee for artists who are accepted into the juried fair. Space is limited. The application deadline is Apr. 15. Eligible fine art media include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, leather crafts, textiles, jewelry, and art glass. The art fair is being coordinated by the Ridge Park Advisory Council and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association through the Chicago Park District Partners in Art program. Information/applications at

Teacher in the Library Homework Help. Certified teachers and trained homework helpers are available at local libraries to assist students with homework and learning strategies. Help is offered on a drop in basis and days/times vary by location. Contact local libraries for details: Beverly Branch, 1962. W. 111th St., 312-747-9673, and Walker Branch, 11071 S. Hoyne, 312-747-1920.

Light House Wellness Events. Light House Yoga & Wellness, 11240 S. Western, 2nd floor, will host Living Your Life with Passion, Balance & Grace, a women’s workshop with life coach Bridget Rourke, Sun., Mar. 4, 3 p.m.; Goddess Yoga for Women with Erin Kelly, Wed., Mar. 14, 7 p.m.; and Sound Healing: Live Music, Restorative Yoga & Aromatherapy with Brendan McAlinden and Erin Kelly, Sun., Mar. 18m 3 p.m. Information and registration:

Spring Writing Classes. Registration is open for spring classes at Chicago Writers Studio, 1917 W. 103rd Street, Ste #5. Classes include Life Stories with Grace Kuikman, Blogging 101 with Camille Acker and Getting Started Writing Fiction with Cole Lavalais begin the first week of March. Info/registration at

Chicago, Collected Exhibit at BAC. Chicago, Collected, an exhibit of specimens, artifacts, and scientific presentations from The Field Museum, will open with a reception Sun., Mar. 4, 2 to 4 p.m., and continue through Sat., Mar. 31 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  Through this innovative collaboration, visitors can discover fossils, animals, plants, and other real objects from the museum’s collection, all showcasing the incredible natural world right here in Chicago. On select dates, scientists from the Field will present their research, answer questions, and show off special items from the Museum. Info: 773-445-3838 or

Early Voting. 19th Ward residents can vote early for the Illinois primary election Mar. 5 through 19 at Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Sat., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. On Mon., Mar. 19, voting will remain open until 7 p.m. People can register to vote and vote at the same time during early voting; two forms of accepted identification will be required. People who wish to vote by mail can find forms at the 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western or online at; a mail ballot must be postmarked on or before Mar. 20 to be counted. Early voting is available at the Chicago Board of Elections, 16 W. Adams St.

After School Matters Spring Programs for Teens. After School Matters is now accepting teen applications for the spring program session that features more than 400 programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM at nearly 150 locations throughout the city. Teens can search and apply online at Application features include an interactive map to help teens search for programs and a full Spanish translation on a mobile-friendly platform. Questions: 312-742-4182 or

Beverly Bank Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures through Beverly Bank offers a variety of programs and activities at area Wintrust bank locations. This month: Can You Hear Me? a discussion on recognizing the signs of hearing loss, Tues., Mar. 6, 11:30 a.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St., free/members, $5/non-members; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Thurs., Mar. 15, Drury Lane Theatre, $99/members, $109/non-members includes lunch; Mollie’s War, a presentation of the role of women in the military with a focus on WACS in WWII, Tues., Mar. 20, 2 p.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park;  Good Mood Food, a presentation from the Little Company of Mary Hospital CHEER program, Thurs., Mar. 22, 10 am., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, free/members, $5/non-members; and Safe Use of Medications, presented by a doctor from Little Company of Mary Hospital, Wed., Mar. 28, 11:30 a.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, free/members, $5/non-members. Info, program registration and membership details: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or

LSC Meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Mar. 6, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Mar. 19, 6:30 p.m. Room 203, 10354 S. Charles St., 773-535-2625; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Mar. 19, 7 p.m. Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Mar. 20, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Mar. 21, 7 to 9 p.m. School Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550; and Barbara Vick Early Childhood & Family Center LSC, Tues., Mar. 27, 3:45 p.m. St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. 773-535-2671.

Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites neighbors who are caregivers for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to attend a free memory care support group Tues., Mar. 6, 6:30 p.m. The floor will be open for a Q&A session with caregivers able to ask about sundowning, the disease’s progress and what certain behaviors mean. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or

Open Mic Night. Irish folk musicians — some from the well-known Dyed in the Wool band — are expected to perform during Open Mic Night, Tues., Mar. 6, 7 to 10 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform for an appreciative audience. Free. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, or 773-574-9727. Info about attending, 773-474-7300 (ask for Meghan Maple).

CAPS Meetings. Beat 2221, Tues., Mar. 6, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton; Beat 2213, Thurs., Mar. 8, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Mar. 14, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey; Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Mar. 22, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Area residents are encouraged to get involved with 22nd District CAPS activities. Info: 312-745-0620.

Burglary Prevention Seminar. “Keeping It Real,’ a burglary prevention seminar for residents of the 19th Ward, will be presented Tues., Mar. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Convicted criminals will discuss how to protect yuourself rom becoming a crime victim. Information will be available from the police. Free. Info:

Saturday Drawing Class. Registration is w open for the Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Class, beginning Mar. 10 at 10 a.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Jim McGreal will teach the basics of drawing, cartooning, and sequential art (comic strips, comic books and graphic novels). The class limited to 15 students. Registration:

19th Ward Business Breakfast. The 19th Ward Business Breakfast for business owners will be held Wed., Mar. 7, 8:30 a.m., La Fiesta Restaurant, 3333 W. 111th St. Information and resources from the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection will be available and representatives from the Chicago Police Department 22nd District will also be present.  Anyone operating a business in the 19th Ward is encouraged to attend and learn more about efforts to support the local economy in Beverly/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood.  For information, contact the 19th Ward Office, 773-238-8766.  Co-hosts are BAPA, the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, 95th Street Business Association and Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association.

One Earth Film Festival Screening. “What Lies Upstream,” a documentary by Cullen Hoback that reveals how the quality of drinking water is impacted by how companies and the government circumvent public health policies and the lax enforcement of laws that protect the environment, will be screened at Wed., Mar. 7, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., as part of the 7th annual One Earth Film Festival. The 2018 theme is “This is the Moment,” and the BAC is one of 47 Chicago area venues that will be screening films about environmental issues and hosting discussions on how people can get involved in protecting the environment. Admission: $6 ($5 for BAC members). Festival info:

BACinema Special Screening. “Rogers Park” (2017), an official selection in the Chicago International Film Festival, will be screened Thurs., Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St. In Chicago’s most diverse neighborhood, four intertwined lives begin to buckle under midlife pressures in this thought provoking drama. Filmmaker Kyle Henry will conduct a Q&A with audience following the screening. Tickets: $6 ($5/BAC members). Info, tickets and movie trailer at

Shamrock Skate. The Shamrock Skate will be held Sat., Mar 10, 4:45 to 6:05 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Admission: adults and teens, $5; age 12 and under, $4; age 60+, $2. Skate rental is $3.

Children’s Programs at Beverly Library. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., hosts the following free programs for children this month: Preschool Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., including stories, songs, activities and crafts; Irish Tales for all ages, Wed., Mar. 14, 4 to 5 p.m., featuring stories, songs, dance and treats; and Sew & Tell, in which participants will create a Celtic knot-inspired hand-stitched block, Sat., Mar. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration required; call 312-747-9673.

SXU Spring Internship and Job Fair.  Seeking an internship, part-time or full-time job? Need help navigating the job market? Saint Xavier University (SXU) will host the 2018 Spring Internship and Job Fair Fri., Mar. 16, 12 to 3 p.m., SXU Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. Free and open to the public. Employers will recruit for full-time, part-time and internship positions. Attendees are advised to dress professionally and bring many copies of their resumes. Find a  full list of employers at, keyword: job fair. Info: 773-298-3131.

Troop 609 Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop 609 invites area residents to the annual Pancake Breakfast Sat., Mar. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Morgan Park Baptist Church basement, 11024 S. Bell Ave. Enjoy pancakes and more: $4 for adults and teens, $2 for ages 5to 10, and free for preschoolers. Carry outs available.

Math Know How Boot Camp. Math Know How Boot Camp offers an eight-week workshop Mar. 20 through May 17 at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Students will be participant in grade level groups, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: grades 3 and 4, on Tues., grades 5 and 6 on Wed., and grades 7 and 8 on Thurs.  Fee: $450 per student. Info: 773-590-0096 or email

SXU Community Health Fair. Free health screenings, assessments and information are available at the 15th Annual Community Health Fair, Fri., Mar. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saint Xavier University, Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. The fair, which is free and open to the public, is a “one-stop shop” for free health services that include free screenings and assessments for blood pressure, blood glucose, bone density, hearing and vision, injuries, stress, body mass index, spinal cord. The fair also includes free chair massages; 15-minute chair yoga classes every hour starting at 9 a.m.; demonstrations about child and adult CPR, first aid, exercise demonstrations, and free screenings; a scavenger hunt, a children’s activity corner, and face painting; and a wide range of vendors. Info: 773-298-3592.

Utility Bill Clinic. Representatives from the Citizens Ulility Board (CUB) will help area residents spot ways to reduce their uillity bills at a clnic, Mon., Mar. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western. Residents should bring copies of their bills for review. Free. Reservations required: Anairis Boror, 312-263-4282 ext. 111.

Amplified Phone Testing. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities will provide phone testing for people who have trouble hearing on the phone Wed., Mar. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western. Illinois has a free amplified phone program that may be able to help people with hearing loss; to qualify you must no longer be able to use a standard telephone. Participants must bring copy of latest landline and/or cell phone bill, must have Bluetooth on their cell phone, must have proof of residency, and must have pre-paid phone service verification. Info about the program at RSVP for testing is required at 773-445-8128.

East Beverly Town Hall Meeting. A 19th Ward Town Hall meeting will be held Wed., Mar. 28, 7 p.m., Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl. Representatives from various government agencies will be present to address concerns and share information. The meeting is being sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, BAPA, Vanderpoel Improvement Association and East Beverly Association.

Registration Open at Dance Gallery. Registration is now open for the spring session of dance classes for children and adults at the Dance Gallery, 10628 S. Western. Classes are offered for beginners through advanced levels in several dance disciplines, and are taught by a professional dance faculty. Info: 773-445-8910 or

Jesus ‘Jewishness’ Seminar. Lois Tverberg, author of “Reading the Bible with Jesus,” will present a seminar on the topic Jesus, Our Rabbi, and Lord Sun., Apr. 8, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Bethany Union Church of Chicago, 1750 W. 103rd St. The seminar will look at how Jesus’s first-century Jewish context sheds light on his ministry and messianic claims. Free. Info/RSVP: 773-779-0123 or

Save the date: City of Chicago citywide clean and green spring clean-up, Sat., April 21.

Police Presence, Nosey Neighbors and Being Informed Impact Safety

According to BAPA’s safety survey, a strong and consistent police presence, a commitment to being nosey neighbors and having access to community alerts and crime information are the top three tools needed for a safer community. (See survey results.)

“I think these results show how much confidence our community has in our police force, so much so that we hope Chicago Police Department leadership will dedicate more police manpower to protecting our commercial and residential areas,” BAPA’s Margot Holland.

“The survey provides valuable information for our law enforcement partners,” said 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea. ” I look forward to ongoing collaboration with BAPA and the 22nd District.”

The survey was distributed in early December through email blasts and social media, and was completed by nearly 2,000 area residents.

“It was a great response, and respondents overwhelmingly agreed that frequent police patrols throughout the community is the most effective crime-fighting tool,” Holland said.

Being a nosey neighbor and calling 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity was cited as the second most important aspect of crime prevention, and quick access to crime alerts came in third. CAPS meetings received the lowest confidence as a crime prevention tool.

Nearly 80% of the people who completed the survey have lived in the community for more than 10 years, and they provided good perspective on changes in community safety. “Many people noted that neighborhood receives a lot of attention from police when there is an uptick in crime, and that strong police presence is an effective crime deterrent,” Holland said. “People also commented that the neighborhood needs continuous police presence, not just added presence when something happens.”

While the vast number of survey respondents perceive the neighborhood as somewhat safe or very safe, a concerning number of people also indicated that they limit certain activities due to safety concerns.

“We received a lot of comments about where and why people curtail activities, and many people said that concern about their safety increased with the recent spate of crimes and there is more opportunity for crime because there are not enough police on the streets,” Holland said.

Even before the recent armed robberies, BAPA was developing the safety survey. “Those crimes made the survey more timely and the input we received more critical,” Holland said.

Survey respondents selected increased crime prevention tips in BAPA communications, volunteer-driven neighborhood watch, and neighborhood watch Facebook groups.

People interested in seeing the survey results can find it at The survey was developed by BAPA staff and board members with the help of 22nd District CAPS leaders, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, and community members.


 BAC Presents Art Exhibits, Classes, Concerts, Movies and Wedding Expo in January

Forget about hibernating this month! There is a full schedule of events and activities right around the corner at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.

Winners from the BAC Battle of the Bands held last fall return to the Baffes Theatre, Sat.,, Jan. 13. Motel Breakfast performs 7:30 to 9 p.m., and South City Revival performs 9:15 to 11 p.m. All tickets $15; doors open at 6:30 p.m.  An audience favorite, Heartsfield performs up-tempo, foot-stomping Southern and country rock Sat., Jan. 27, 8 p.m.  Tickets are $20 ($18 for BAC members) and doors open at 7 p.m.

BACinema starts the new year with two acclaimed movies.  Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig star in “20th Century Women,” the comedy/drama about a teenage boy raised by his mother and two other women amid the love and freedom of 1979 Southern California on Wed., Jan 3, 7 p.m.  On Wed., Nov. 17, “Loving Vincent,” an oil painted animation will be screened. The film is about a young man sent to the last hometown of troubled painter Vincent Van Gogh to deliver a letter from the artist. Once there. The young man ends up investigating Van Gogh’s final days. BACinema screenings are at 7 p.m. Tickets: $6 ($5 for BAC members).

Couples who are making wedding plans can streamline the search for just the right services at the BAC’s 2nd Annual Wedding Expo, Sun., Jan. 21, 11 a.m.  The expo will feature caterers, planners, photographers, florists, food samples and more. Tickets are $10 for individuals or $15 for couples.

Registration continues for BAC School of the Arts winter classes for all age that begin Jan. 8. BAC art educators offer quality instruction in a variety of visual and performance arts. Dance classes range from creative movement for toddlers to ballet, tap, jazz and modern for all ages. Specialty dance classes include Hip Hop and African.  Music classes are offered in strings, piano, guitar, harmonica and percussion. Film classes cover screening writing, editing filmmaking for students age 9 to 17, and include special screenings of student works. Visual arts classes include ceramics, painting, fused glass, photography and comics. Theater department classes cover skills in acting, auditioning and more. The BAC’s popular theater performance classes will stage “My Son, Pinocchio Jr.” for students age 5 to 10 years old, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for students age 11 to 18 years old. Auditions will be held in early January. Class registration is available in person, at, or at 773-445-3838.

Don’t miss the chance to visit two outstanding exhibits that will be closing on Jan. 7:

“Elevation: The Rise of Beverly/Morgan Park,” an architectural installation and exhibition of photographs and historic documents that is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in the Jack Simmerling Gallery, and the  41st Annual Beverly Arts Center Competition and Exhibition featuring works by winners and finalists, Atrium Gallery.

“Home Grown in Beverly: Winifred Godfrey Flowers Fifty Years Later,” opens Sun., Jan. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. A nationally noted artist, Winifred Godfrey . Godfrey earned a Bachelor of Science in Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, and exhibited at the Beverly Arts Center soon after it opened.  Her large format work provides a fresh view of the intricate shapes, texture and translucency of flowers using intense backlighting that gives an almost surreal look to the petals. Godfrey’s artwork is included in many private, corporate and museum collections and has been exhibited throughout North America.  Gallery admission is free, and visiting hours are 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. Tickets, information and class registration are available 773-445-3838 or

Neighborhood Notes — January 2018


Champagne & Sweets. Enjoy and evening of Champagne and Sweets to celebrate the new year, Sat., Jan 6, 7 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave. $25. RSVP by Jan. 3: 773-881-1675 or

Restock the Food Pantry Drive. The Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association will host a non-perishable food drive in January to help re-stock the shelves of the Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry after the holiday season. Collection boxes will be located at various Beverly/Morgan Park businesses and monetary donations will also be accepted. Info: Caroline Connors, 773-779-2530

Longwood Writers Guild. Longwood Writers Guild, a critique group for adult creative writers, will be held Mon., Jan. 8 and 22, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Open to serious writers who wish to improve their work. Info:

The Untold Story of Chicago’s First Black Banker. Don Hayner, former Chicago Sun-Times editor, will present “Jesse Binga: The Untold Story of Chicago’s First Black Banker” as features speaker for the urban history seminar, Thurs., Jan. 18, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.  $25 admission includes a reception and dinner, 5:45 p.m., program at 7 p.m. and free parking. Reservations required: 312-642-4600 or

Storytelling Showcase: South Specific. A Storytelling Showcase features personal stories from the participants of David Boyle’s storytelling workshops Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. storytellers are Grace Kuikman, Caroline Mooney, Jean Vanier, Madeline O’Malley, Tirzah Manley and Betsy Lenehan-Sloan. $10 donation requested. BYOB.

Beverly Wedding Expo. Couples who are making wedding plans can streamline the search for just the right vendor services at the 2nd Annual Beverly Wedding Expo, Sun., Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The event will feature more than 50 wedding vendors including caterers, bakers, florists, photographers, hair and make-up artists, musicians, invitation designers and more. Attendees can meet local vendors, sample food and sweets, hear live music, check out the latest wedding trends and also experience the BAC, which is a wedding venue. Tickets: $10 for individuals or $15 for couples, 773-445-3838 or

League of Women Voters Meeting. The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Unit will meet Wed., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at 9904 S. Damen Ave., to discuss Prescription Drug Pricing. 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

The Frunchroom. Readers will be presenting their stories for The Frunchroom reading series Thurs., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Details:

‘According to Mark.’ “According to Mark,” a one-man play of the Gospel According to Mark, will be performed Sun., Jan. 28, 3 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley. Transforming Biblical passages into a compelling, moving, and often humorous story of love and sacrifice. The Biblical story is brought to life by Broadway, film, and television actor Jim Krag, who has researched and performed pieces of the Gospel of Mark for over two decades, offering insight that can enhance or even challenge one’s notions of the story. Free. Info:  773-445-7558 or

Join the Community Choir. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir (pictured) is recruiting singers for its 2018 season. Rehearsals start on Sun., Jan. 28 with music pick-up and registration 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell Ave. Rehearsals are held each Sunday for 10.  No audition is required. Singers from Beverly/Morgan Park and surrounding suburbs are cordially invited. Male voices are particularly needed and all sheet music is provided. The season will conclude with a concert Sun., Apr. 22 at St. Cajetan Church. Info: or

South Side Irish Parade Fundraiser. The South Side Irish Parade will kick off 2018 festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser Sat., Feb. 3, 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. The event features raffle prizes, a silent auction, the South Side Irish Parade Queen Selection, live Irish music and much more. The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. More than 100 volunteers work year-round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations. Tickets and info: Special Olympics Chicago is Grand marshal of the parade to be held Sun., Mar. 11.

Special Olympics Chicago to Lead 2018 South Side Irish Parade

Special Olympics Chicago to Lead 2018 South Side Irish Parade Special Olympics Chicago will celebrate its 50th year of offering athletic training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Amyloidosis Support Groups and the Martin McGarry Family are the 2018 Parade Honoree. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the support, education and empowerment of Amyloidosis patients, caregivers and former caregivers.

”It’s been a long standing tradition for the South Side Irish Parade to honor nonprofit organizations that work hard to help others in our neighborhood and this year we are especially proud to honor Amyloidosis Support Groups, the McGarry Family and Special Olympics Chicago,” said Ed Haggerty, co-chair of the South Side Irish Parade Committee. “In fact, the first Special Olympics Games were held right here in Chicago in 1968 at Soldier Field and we are excited to toast their 50 years of serving athletes in our community.”

Special Olympics Chicago is one of the largest programs in the country offering training and competition for more than 7,500 athletes in 22 sports throughout the year. The organization provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympic programming is available in over 122 Chicago Public Schools throughout the city and in 23 Chicago Park District locations.

“We are honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal of the South Side Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and look forward to sharing the experience with many of our local athletes, their families and our supporters from the Southside and throughout Chicagoland,” said Kevin Magnuson, president of Special Children’s Charities and Special Olympics Chicago.

Special Olympics Chicago’s largest fundraiser, the annual Polar Plunge, will return to North Avenue Beach on Mar. 4. To show their support, the South Side Irish Parade will jump in with a special Parade Polar Plunge team.

Parade Honoree, Amyloidosis Support Groups, provides information and resources on research and treatment of Amyloidosis to individuals and families suffering from the disease. Amyloidosis is a rare disease that affects the heart, kidneys, nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and other organs. Beverly/Morgan Park resident and former Golden Gloves Boxing title winner Martin McGarry is battling Amyloidosis and has lost several close family members to the disease. He resorted to seeking medical treatment as far away as Germany before more local medical centers and doctors became familiar with the disease. McGarry hopes to help more patients and families find medical resources with access to treatment plans early on in the disease cycle to support stronger outcomes. Learn more about Amyloidosis support groups at or 866-404-7539.

The South Side Irish Parade will kick off the festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser Sat., Feb. 3, 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. The event features raffle prizes, a silent auction, the South Side Irish Parade Queen Selection, live Irish music and much more.

The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. More than 100 volunteers work year-round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations. Visit for more information.



Neighborhood Notes – December 2017

Safety Committee. Are you interested in committing some of your time and talent to community safety? BAPA invites area residents to volunteer for our Safety Committee. For information, contact Margot Holland,

Businesses Needed as UPS Access Points. Holiday shopping has begun, and area residents who make online purchases are interested in using local UPS Access Points — businesses that accept deliveries from UPS drivers and hold the packages until customers pick them up. It’s a free service that could potentially bring more customers into your business and helps prevent the theft that occasionally occurs when packages are delivered to residences when no one is home. Springer Blueprint Service, 10640 S. Western Ave., is a UPS Access Point.  If your business currently offers this service, please email and If you do not currently offer this free service but are interested in doing so, find information and an application at

Ongoing Monthly Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group: Local support groups, GROW and Gendernauts have joined together to provide an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ high school aged teens.  The group hosts free monthly meetings and social activity opportunities at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. Info: Christina Sprayberry, LCSW, 314-550-4384 or Bonn Wade, LCSW, 773-330-2544.

Scout Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop #607 will hold its annual Scout Pancake Breakfast Sat., Dec. 2, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

19th Ward Document Shredding. Residents of the 19th Ward can bring loose documents with no staples or binders to be shredded. Sat., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., St. Barnabas School parking lot, 10121 S. Longwood Dr. Free.

Smith Village Open Mic Night. Willie and Debbie Parks will host Open Mic Night Tues., Dec. 5, 7 to 10 p.m. at Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform for an appreciative audience. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, or 773-574-9727. Info about attending, 773-474-7300 (ask for Meghan Maple).

Hops for the Homeless. Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western, will host Hops for the Homeless raising funds Franciscan Outreach services for Chicago’s homeless, Wed., Dec. 6, 7 to 10 p.m. Admission, $40 (advance) or $45 (door), includes beverages, food, music by These Old Men They Play Records, a silent auction and raffle. Bring in new hats or gloves in exchange for raffle ticket. Order tickets/make a donation

9-1-1 Discussion at Beat Meeting. Representatives from the Office of Emergency Management & Communications will attend the Beat 2211/2212 CAPS meeting Thurs., Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 22nd District Chicago Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. Anyone who has questions or concerns about calling 9-1-1, and the best way to assist dispatchers is encouraged to attend. Always remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report any suspicious behavior

Snowman’s Ball Luncheon .The 22nd District will be host its annual Snowman’s Ball luncheon for 10 needy youth and their families Sat., Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m., 22nd District Community Room, 1900 W. Monterey Ave.  Now being accepted are donations of toys, games and gifts for youth ages 6 months to 17 years old, plus gifts for each mom. If you are out shopping and care to share, there is a donation toy box in the lobby of the station. Info: 312-745-0620.

Monthly Wellness Seminar Series. Beverly Therapists, t 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, hosts a monthly Wellness Seminar Series on the second Saturday each month, 3 to 5 p.m. On Dec. 9, 2017 Lisa Catania, LCSW, presents Essential Oils, Affirmations and Healing.  In this workshop, participants will identify a current area of stress and create an personalized affirmation to amplify positive self-healing and empowerment. Participants will explore the healing essence of specific plant oils and aromas and make a personal sized spray bottle of a scent which inspires and deepens each person’s empowering, healing affirmation. $10. Info/registration: www.Beverly

2018 Forest Preserve Permits. Forest Preserve District of Cook County permit sales begin at 8 a.m., Tues., Jan. 2. Visitors can purchase them from the Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center. Coming up at Dan Ryan Woods: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 15. Info:

Monthly Grief Support Groups.  Starting in January, Beverly Therapists will hold two ongoing support groups for those mourning the loss of a child or spouse. “Grieving a Child Support Group” will meet the first Wednesday of each month. 7 to 9 p.m., starting Jan. 3, and “Grieving a Partner Support Group” will meet the third Wednesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., starting Jan. 17. Info: or l Aida Pigott, LCSW, 773-332-6664  or Lisa Catania, LCSW, 773-719-1751.


Beverly Art Competition Exhibit Continues Through Jan. 7

The 41st annual Beverly Arts Center Art Competition Exhibition opened Sat., Nov. 11 with a reception and awards presentation in the Jack Simmerling Gallery at the Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Ashley Gardner was awarded the Beverly Bank Best of Show Award for her work “Family Portrait.” The Alice & Arthur Baer Award went to Jake Saunders for “St. Francis,” and the Bill & Judie Anderson Award was presented to Ray Broady for his work “Hot Dogs.”

Other winners in this year’s competition are: Figurative Award, Erik Sorenson, “Social (Me)dia;” Non-Representational Award, John David Murray, “Girl with Striped Socks;” 3-Dimensional Award, Charity White , “Karen;” Photographic/Digital Award, Louisa Murzyn, “A Dark History;” and three Honorable Mention Awards, John Landendorf, “Pictures at an Exhibition,”  Erin Kramer, “Crown Hare” and  Andrea Dalgaard, “Organized Chaos.”

Prizes range from $100 to $1500. Competition sponsors are Beverly Bank & Trust, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Competition jurors were Judie Anderson, professional illustrator and former Art Director for the Chicago Tribune, and noted artist/muralist Elaine Miller.

“For 41 years, the Beverly Arts Center Competition has been a continually quality show, and this year’s exhibit is no exception,” said Judie Anderson. “New talent is visible as well as work by established artists. There is something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Beverly Arts Center Art Competition is open to artists living and working within 100 miles of the city of Chicago. Eligible media include painting, photography, prints and other two-dimensional work, as well as sculpture including fabric and ceramic sculpture.

Established in 1976 by real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and Chicago artists William and Judie Anderson, the contest celebrates the talent of area artists. The exhibit will be open through January 7. Gallery admission is free. Gallery hours are 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. Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Info: 773-445-3838,

Scientist Wins Award for Work On Particle Accelerators

By Howard Ludwig

Dr. Sandra Biedron will soon have an award recognizing her work in the field of particle accelerator science for her mantel in Beverly/Morgan Park.

Biedron won the prestigious Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It will be presented in May 2018 at a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Every two years, the IEEE gives the award to two individuals – one to a long-time contributor in the field and another to an individual earlier in his or her career.

“I have had a great career so far, doing very interesting research and development with people around that globe that I consider family,” said Biedron, who will receive the award along with Dr. Hermann Grunder.

The pair both worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont – a Department of Energy laboratory. There, Biedron held several key positions including the director of the Department of Defense Project Office. Grunder served as Argonne’s overall director from 2000 to 2005.

Biedron joined the University of New Mexico’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a research professor this fall and will expand the school’s program in accelerators. There are more than 30,000 particle accelerators in operation around the world. Research from these facilities has led to improvements in medicine, industry, energy, environmental science, national security and other scientific discoveries.

Biedron’s husband, Stephen Milton, received the same award courtesy of the IEEE’s Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in 2003 along with colleague Dr. Keith Symon. Milton is now the division leader of accelerator operations and technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

The couple considers the South Side of Chicago home, but they live and work throughout the world, often collaborating with scientists in Italy, Sweden and the United States. They also have a home in Colorado.

“My neighbors here in Beverly/Morgan Park are always so supportive. It’s like having my own cheerleading team, and I owe a great deal of thanks to them and my entire family,” Biedron said.

Biedron’s work has also included several projects at Fermilab in west suburban Batavia, including research into high-power electron sources for security and environmental engineering applications. One example is a project conducted at Fermilab for the Department of Energy with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to purify waste streams.

She has worked on similar projects with other companies throughout the Chicago region, including Meyer Tool and Manufacturing in Oak Lawn. And she received a Letter of Commendation in 2010 from the chief of naval research.This letter followed Biedron’s work on a high-power laser prototype for the Navy. She later continued with this research as the deputy lead engineer for integration and testing for the project. The project was contracted through Boeing and conducted, in part, at Argonne.

Biedron has also sat on several NATO electronics committees and worked to connect these advanced technologies to end users by bringing her research team to meet with Naval recruits at Great Lakes Naval Station and elsewhere.

Biedron was raised in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and took graduate courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology with a minor in mathematics from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. She went on to receive a doctorate in accelerator physics from Lund University in Sweden.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) is also among the winners of this prestigious award. Foster won the prize in 1999 for his work that led, in part, to the discovery of the top quark – the heaviest known form of matter.

“I feel like this prize is a union card to go on and do more research, more service and more mentoring,” Biedron said. “It is an affirmation that my efforts are in the correct direction.”

Howard Ludwig is a media specialist in Chicago. He can be reached at