Pizzeria Deepo Reopens with New Owner

By Kristin Boza

One of the neighborhood’s favorite deep dish pizza places is back! Pizzeria Deepo,1742 W. 99th St., was recently reopened by former staff member Karlie Hernandez.

Hernandez, a Beverly/Morgan Park resident and graduate of St. Barnabas School and Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, began waitressing for Pizzeria Deepo in 2013, figuring it would be a great place to work throughout high school. After leaving for college, she always came back for a few shifts during the summer and school holidays, until she transferred to UIC and began working more regular hours.

During Hernandez’s last semester of college, former owner Jeanette Dixon told her she planned to sell the restaurant. “I always had a great relationship with Jeanette; she’s so kind and generous and always made Deepo a fun place for all of us to work,” Hernandez said. “As I got older and wanted to take on more responsibilities, she was happy and eager to show me what it takes to run the place.”

When Hernandez heard the news about the upcoming sale, purchasing the restaurant was in the back of her mind. “It took a lot of time and thought to make this decision, but ultimately, it was an opportunity that came at the perfect time and I just couldn’t pass it up,” she said. “Jeanette built a great local deep dish pizza place that the neighborhood loves. I felt confident taking over, especially with the trust that the neighborhood would be back to support a local business and have their favorite deep dish back.” Customers are also thrilled that the reopening came in time for dining on the outdoor dining patio!

Patrons will be happy to know the original pizza dough recipe, made fresh daily, is back. The restaurant remains a BYOB, but there is a $2/head charge, which will support the minimum wage increase this summer. “We provide glasses, openers, buckets and ice to service your choice of alcoholic drink,” Hernandez said.

The good news continues! “We also offer a vegan pizza served without cheese at 25% off the regular price,” Hernandez said. “The crust contains no eggs and you can add your choice of fresh veggie toppings.” Other new menu items include caprese salad, Caesar salad, Italian beef and Italian sausage sandwiches, and a deep dish cookie dessert topped with ice cream.

Pizzeria Deepo is closed Sundays and Mondays, and open for private parties and events. “We have hosted birthday parties, communions, graduations, wedding showers, baby showers, retirement parties, and more. I look forward to hosting these parties for the people in the community and creating good times and good memories,” Hernandez said.

Call 773-840-3087. Hours: Tues. through Sat., 4 to 10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Promoting Community through Creative Collaboration 

By Kristin Boza 

When sisters Meg’n Barba and Katie Schickel founded Tranquility Salon Co. 12 years ago, they may not have understood the future impact they would have on the community. The salon, 9908 S. Walden Pkwy., has exploded in its drive to make a creative contribution to Beverly/Morgan Park by connecting people and being a touchstone for so many — plus offering great hair styles and unique products rarely found on the southside.  

“We feel so privileged to have this platform to get to know so many awesome people and be a connecting space for people and things,” Barba said. “I was 22 when we opened Tranquility, and it’s a completely different ballgame now because we really have owned our creative freedom. Katie and I are both single moms, and we’ve learned to be conscious and self-empowered in our business.” 

Tranquility is focused on staying up-to-date on the latest in health, wellness, and hair products. They are one of only two locations in Chicago that carry Mary’s Nutritionals, a CBD (cannabinoid) product that is naturally derived from hempCBD products from Mary’s Nutritionals are great for overall health and general wellbeing. I know people who use it for anxiety, sleep issues, pain relief, and other health issues,” Barba said. “We love carrying products that are beneficial to our customers; we’re really intentional and conscious about what we promote.” 

While interacting with so many people each day in the salon, Barba saw an opportunity to build a stronger community and find ways to make an impact beyond the salon. “We’re obviously doing things we love, and with the studio space across the street, we’re able to host concerts and art installations. We will continue to use our platform to help artists in the community thrive,” she said. 

Barba and Schickel realized they can be unique entrepreneurs and aren’t limited to what goes on within the salon’s doors. “When you first open a business, it’s about what your customers want, but also it’s about achieving your own goals,” Barba said. “I advise people to focus on what they love while owning their self-confidence and giving themselves permission to go after their dreams.”  

Everyone is welcome to be a part of the Tranquility experience, whether they get their hair done there or not. “The connectiveness and relationships are what make this business worthwhile. It’s been truly such an honor to get to know so many people and connect them with others to produce and create amazing things. We want people to know how awesome Beverly is and we want to help others get the word out about the cool and unique things that are going on here.” 

 

Summer Solstice Celebrates Local Art and Spirit 

Summer Solstice Celebrates Local Art and Spirit 

June 21 is the longest day of the year, and the perfect night for the Beverly Area Arts Alliance (The Alliance) to celebrate the spirit, inspiration and interaction of the vibrant local arts community at the Uprising Summer Solstice, 5 to 10 p.m.  

The onset of sizzling summer days and languid summer nights has inspired an event that mixes a quirky variety of hands-on arts activities and music in an outdoor setting 99th and Walden Parkway with the opening reception for the Prairie Gothic art exhibit at the Joplin Marley Co-Creative Space9911 S. Walden Pkwy. 

Family friendly art “projects” invite people to create something fun, then take it home. Projects include making flower crownsdoing screen printing with members of the Spudnik Press cooperative and creating unique personalized images of the community on wood.  

Summer’s spirit will be captured in festival hair creations by stylists from Tranquility Salon, Tarot card readings and a bonfire 

Fans of the Alliance Uprising events can expect to find hand-crafted items from a number of vendors, as well as merchandise from Fair Trade Chicago.  The 99th and Walden shops will also be open.  Available for purchase will be tote bags featuring the Summer Solstice poster graphic created by Chris Wilczak and screen-printed by Spudnik Press.  

The highlight of the event is the opening of Prairie Gothic, a group show featuring works by artists from across Chicago: Kass Copeland, John Walker, Robin Power, Jake Saunders, Larry Tuckman and Kevin Blake, that promises “the dark side of the prairie and the mysteries of the midway will be revealed to the more curious among you.” Following the Summer Solstice, viewings can be scheduled with exhibit curator Sal Campbell, sal@beverlyarts.orgThe exhibit closes with a reception Sat., July 20, 7 to 10 p.m. 

Summer Solstice food vendors include Ellie’s Café. Music will be supplied by DJ Ruta Spencer and pop-up musicians.  

The Alliance was formed in 2014 to coordinate art-focused events and projects fostering collaboration between artists and the community. The Alliance presents the Beverly Art Walk, The Frunchroom reading series, art exhibits and music events. Learn more at beverlyarts.org.  

 

 

Art Fair & Festival Returns to Ridge Park this Summer 

More than 40 artists will be exhibiting and selling original works at the 2nd annual Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival Sat., June 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The event is being planned and presented by the Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association along with the Chicago Park District. 

highlight of cultural opportunities in the community, the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will feature work across a wide variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, jewelry, art glass, leatherwork and more.  

The art fair debut last year was a resounding success, with more than 1000 visitors and a host of activities. This year’s festivities will be expanded to include more live music, more kid-friendly options and more food trucks including Misiericordia Hearts and Flour, Calabria and Pollo LocuasChildren’s and adult beverages will be available.  

Performing music are inspirational singer Gincy Hartin, a local jazz ensemble and the Over the Side Band, a popular cover band.  

New this year are limited edition tote bags featuring a beautiful water color of Ridge Park by famed artist Judie Anderson. Anderson will be will be on hand to sign the bags also and she has donated the original artwork to be auctioned off at the art fair.  

For the kids there will be two bounce houses (one will be just for the little ones)and Twistcity with two amazing shows, one with giant bubbles and the other with balloon twisting.   

As a Chicago Park District cultural center, Ridge Park offers rich and dynamic programming that will be highlighted throughout the art fair and festival. The John H. Vanderpoel Museum Gallery is located in the fieldhouse through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residency Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks. The gallery hosts a world-class collection of Impressionist paintings and other late 19th and early 20th century paintings and works on paper. Ridge Park Art Fair attendees will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the Vanderpoel Museum, as well as of the park facilities and ceramics studio. 

Information about the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival is available at www.ridgeparkartfair.org. For more information, contact Irene Testa, irene@vanderpoelartmuseum.org, or Mary Jo Viero, mjviero@yahoo.com 

 

The Return of Live Music Mondays at BAC

By Talie Leeb 

Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 S. Western, will reprise the annual summer favorite, Live Music Mondays, kicking off June 3 with one of the hottest blues groups around, The Smiley Tillmon Band. The free outdoor concert series takes place in the BAC courtyard and will feature the talents of both local Chicago favorites and visiting artists from further afield.  

Every Monday, after the return-of-the work week slog, Beverly/ Morgan Park residents are invited over to the BAC’s back yard to kick-back for a music-filled evening. BYOLC (bring your own lawn chair), full-bar and free parking provided! 

6/3 Fronted by Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Smiley Tillmon, the popular classic blues group is sure to start off Music Monday’s on the right note! 

6/10 Holden and Company. Described as soulful, soothing and uplifting, Holden and Company are back after their turn as a crowd favorite last summer. 

6/17 Man CrushBluegrass music.  

6/24 Steve Haberichter and Friends. Bluegrass musician and mandolin phenom, Steve Haberichter and his band bring a melodic combination of bluegrass, folk and rock to the BAC. 

7/1 John and Julia Devens. Husband and wife duo John and Julia Devens are no strangers to the neighborhood, performing their contemporary take traditional Irish folk music.  

7/8 Return 2 Soul. This dream team of vocalists, brass, drums and bass prides itself on bringing together a group of outstanding musicians capable of performing all styles of music – R & B, soul, blues, gospel, jazz, pop, reggae, hip-hop and Motown 

7/15 Far Too Close. “A band to enjoy an Irish whiskey,” Far Too Close is the intersection of bluegrass, fast driving traditional Irish folk and old-time string band, all hailing from the South Side of Chicago. 

7/22 The McGinniss Brothers Band. Local brothers Luke and Liam McGinniss have been combining elements of classic rock and traditional Irish folk since they were kids. They have been hometown favorites since they started performing in 2015, and now they’re bringing their unique sound back to the neighborhood.  

7/29 Caliente Old School. Caliente makes their return to BAC’s summer Monday lineup with the soulful sounds of old school jazz, rock, Motown and so much more, all with a Latin groove twist. 

8/5 City Lights Orchestra. A Chicagoland classic, the City Lights Orchestra has been entertaining audiences with their unique renditions of everything from the Beatles, to the Big Band Era to Sinatra, to Motown, since 1974.  

8/12 Forest Sun. Stopping in Chicago on his way to Nashville, California singer-songwriter Forest Sun performs Americana folk music, steeped in the musical traditions of the gospel, reggae, country, soul, jazz and funk he grew up with. 
On select dates food trucks will be serving during the performances. Space for seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Suggested $5 donation will help the BAC keep providing great music and art programs in Beverly/Morgan Park. 

 

Summer Pet Care Tips 

Summer Pet Care Tips 

Cook County Animal and Rabies Control urges pet owners to take special precautions to protect the health and welfare of their pets in the summer. 

The department offers tips for pet owners: 

Keep pets on leash: Only let your dog off-lead in designated dog-friendly areas. This protects your dog and people or other dogs or animals that are nearby. In Cook County, 80 percent of dog bites occur in the summer.  Children running, cycling or skateboarding can tempt an off-lead dog to chase them, and this can result in bite incidents. In addition, dogs may be tempted to chase squirrels and break free from their leads. 

Do not leave your pet in a hot car:  Studies have shown that even with the windows rolled down,  the temperature inside the car can increase by 15 degrees above the outside temperature. The law requires that any time the ambient temperature is above 78 degrees, you cannot leave your dog in a car. 

Keep your pets cool when outside: All dogs should be provided with cool water and shade and monitored when outside. Short-coated animals and animals with white or tan fur are susceptible to sunburn, especially on their noses. 

Consider a haircut: If your dog has a thick coat, consider a haircut for summer. One inch is a good length to keep you dog more comfortable in the heat while avoiding sunburn. 

Vaccinate your pets: Make sure that your pets ae up-to-date on all shots, including canine influenza virus, feline distemper and rabies. Cook County Animal and Rabies Control offers low-cost rabies vaccine clinics in June, July and Aug. Find locations, dates and times at www.cookcountyil.gov/service/low-cost-rabies-clinic 

Take care of your pet’s paws: Asphalt and sidewalks are hotter than grass, and paw pads are highly sensitive to heat. Whenever possible, walk your dog on grass, dirt or gravel, and avoid asphalt and concrete during a heat wave. 

Keep inside temperatures cool: Make sure your indoor pets have water and are comfortable when in the home. And don’t be alarmed if you see your cat sleeping somewhere odd, like the bathtub or the closet. Cats look for the coolest spot in the home. 

New Ideas for Vintage Homes

BAPA Home Tour + Home Expo Give Before-and-After Insights to Gracious Living

On Sun., May 19, the old and the new come together as the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) launches the new Home Expo on the morning of the popular Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour. Together, the events offer before-and-after insights to gracious neighborhood living.

The BAPA Home Expo will take place at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., Chicago, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Home Tour will start at the same location, with tour check-in and ticket sales 12 to 3 p.m. Home Tour locations are open 12 to 5 p.m.

BAPA Home Expo

Designed to give property owners a range of accessible expert advice, the Home Expo invites attendees to talk to interior designers, wood restoration experts, people who offer eco-friendly services, and companies that offer roofing (including slate roofing), heating and air conditioning, plumbing, decks, landscape design, composting, paint and more.

People considering home projects are welcome to participate in the AIA Chicago Ask and Architect program that connects residential architects with homeowners looking to expand or improve their homes. Bungalows, two-flats, or new construction—architects will be standing by with free, personalized advice.  The architects will be available for short consultations on a first come/first served. Bring plans, drawings, ideas, or any other pertinent information so the architects can assist in the best possible way.

The Chicago Bungalow Association will present information on its Stop the Pop campaign that encourages bungalow owners who are planning home additions to maintain the exterior integrity of the original architectural design. This presentation, scheduled for 10:15 a.m., can benefit all property owners who are considering additions.

Oak Brothers Architectural Restoration will present information on restoring and caring for vintage windows, woodwork and architectural elements at 11 a.m. The Oak Brothers are specialists in repairing original windows, providing custom millwork and hand carving, refurbishing vintage hardware, plaster repair and more.

Representatives from the Citizens Utility Board will be available with tips on saving money on utility bills, CHI 311 will provide information on Chicago’s expanded 311 service and the new easy-to-use 311 app, and the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will offer a variety of service information and give away 100 free tree saplings.

BAPA Home Expo admission and presentations are free. The Expo is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour

This year’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour takes a look at how savvy renovations, inspired decorating, new construction and down-to-the studs restoration add an exciting variety to traditional architectural designs in the historic Beverly/Morgan Park community.

The Home Tour begins at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. The sanctuary was designed by noted architect Raymond M. Hood soon after he won the contest to design the Chicago Tribune Tower, and erected in 1926. It features carefully preserved Norman Gothic details and as well as a cloister Garth paved with Hudson River blue stone and featuring an open-air stone pulpit. Founded in 1872, Bethany Union Church will also be sharing artifacts and information about it’s long and interesting local history.

Homes being showcased on the tour are:

A stunning home built just ten years ago and designed with an English Eclectic influence that fits beautifully into the vintage character of the surrounding neighborhood. Inside the house is a spectacular combination of vintage amenities, contemporary lifestyle and carefully incorporated elements that make the house handicapped accessible to accommodate the needs of aging parents. From the basement party room with its expansive bar and sparkling disco ball to the perfect-for-entertaining open floor plan kitchen and family room to the fully furnished patio, this house was designed with welcome in mind. Experiences in this house include the Calumet Paint/Benjamin Moore Interior Paint Showcase and a beverage sampling in the back yard.

A handsome French Eclectic home designed by Murray Hetherington and built in 1935 on a secluded lot nestled at the edge of the forest preserves. The home offers a seamless meshing of original construction and renovation projects including a spacious addition with design-perfect details that incorporate original exterior brick and windows that match the unique windows in the front of the house that are protected as historic. Artwork throughout the house has been collected on family vacations and selected for its beauty, diverse media and styles, and as reminders of world travels. Experiences in this house include plein air painting by artist Judie Anderson.

A charming Mediterranean Revival with a brand new, custom-designed kitchen that combines function with contemporary beauty. This welcoming home is filled with elements including lovely casement windows and woodwork, decorating that uses a rich and warm palette of colors, and extensive collections of African American art and literature. Experiences in this house include tastings from guest chefs.

A stately North Beverly Georgian Revival with a warm and welcoming traditional appeal carried through from the original home into a stunning two-story addition. Be prepared to “ooh” and “aah” as every room features styles and decorating that make it special: the gorgeous fireplace in the sunken living room, the elegant dining room with its faux painting; the spacious master suite with walk in closet and spa bath, the comfortable family room that opens into a three-season room; even the cozy TV-room for two! Experiences at this house include beverage tastings on the deck.

A special feature of the Home Tour is the Longwood Drive historic home once owned by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International, the global organization dedicated to taking action on some of the world’s most persistent issues. The house is currently undergoing a cellar-to-rooftop restoration by Rotary, bringing it back to what it was like when Harris lived there in the 1940s. Members of the Rotary Club will act as guides, offering insights into the home’s fascinating history and its amazing transformation back in time. Experiences include a candy tasting.

Home Tour attendees will get a chance to walk through each of these outstanding sites for an up-close look at the details of design, decorating, art collections and lifestyle that make each of them a unique example of gracious living in Beverly/Morgan Park – the Village in the City.

Many thanks to Home Tour sponsors including Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Calumet Paint and Wallpaper, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Southtown Health Foods, County Fair Foods, PRS professional real estate services, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Benjamin Moore Paint, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Solution 3 Graphics, Pacor Mortgage, Green Apple Cleaning, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, The Beverly Review, Smith Village, Horse Thief Hollow, Open Outcry Brewing Co., Sweet Freaks, The Blossom Boys, Steuber Florist & Greenhouse, RMH Interiors + Design, The Music Scene, Nine-One-One BBQ Shack and Chef Alvin Green.

For more than four decades, BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour has been opening the doors to some of the neighborhood’s most remarkable private residences. Home Tour tickets are $30 in advance and available at Steuber Florist, 2654 W. 111th St., The Blossom Boys, 1810 W. 103rd St., Sweet Freaks, 9927 S. Wood St., and County Fair, 10800 S. Western (cash or checks only) or online at www.bapa.org. The price increases to $35 on the day of the tour. Home Tour locations are open from 12 to 5 p.m. All tours are self-guided and must begin by 3 p.m.

Information about the BAPA Home Expo and or Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour contact BAPA, 773-233-3100 or bapa@bapa.org,

Art Fair & Festival Returns to Ridge Park this Summer 

The 2nd annual Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will take place Sat., June 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The event is being planned by the Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association along with the Chicago Park District and will highlight cultural opportunities in Beverly/Morgan Park. 

The Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will feature Chicago area artists working across a wide variety of media, selling original paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, jewelry, art glass, leatherwork and moreThe registration deadline for artists is Apr. 15 

The art fair debut last year was a resounding success, with more than 40 participating artists and a host of activities. According to art fair planners, the festivities will be expanded this year to include more artists, more live music, more kid-friendly options and more food trucks. 

As a Chicago Park District cultural center, Ridge Park offers rich and dynamic programming that will be highlighted throughout the art fair and festival. The John H. Vanderpoel Museum is located in the fieldhouse through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residency Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks. The Museum hosts a world-class collection of Impressionist paintings and other late 19th and early 20th century paintings and works on paper. Ridge Park Art Fair attendees will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the Vanderpoel Museum, as well as of the park facilities and ceramics studio. 

Information about the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival is available at www.ridgeparkartfair.org. Donations and sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Irene Testa,irene@vanderpoelartmuseum.org, or Mary Jo Viero, mjviero@yahoo.com 

Got a Project? Get a Permit

 

By Liam Millerick 
BAPA Housing Program Coordinator 

With spring here and summer just around the corner, many homeowners may be looking at making some slight alterations to their homes. One big concern is deciding whether to obtain a permit.  

A safe rule is to contact the city’s Building Department and check. However, here is a helpful guide building permits.  

Obtaining a permit from the city, when required, is an important step and failing to do so can have costly consequences. Homeowners who start construction on a permit-required projects without first obtaining a permit face the city issuing a stop work order, which immediately haltall construction. Work can then only be restarted after obtaining the permit and paying a penalty of $1,000. In some cases, work that was illegally completed will be removed. If a homeowner continues to violate permit protocols, they may face a fine of $1,000 per day of violation, up to 100 hours of community service and imprisonment for up to 6 months.  

Navigating the world of city building permit requirements can be complicated, so let’s begin with an outline of what projects a typical homeowner may wish to complete that don’t require permits.  

  • Most interior projects, like carpeting, hardwood flooring, tiling, painting and wallpapering 
  • Cabinetry without an electrical component 
  • Replacing windows and doors, as long as they are the same size and in the same location as the original windows and doors 
  • Replacing plumbing features, as long as they are the same size and in the same location as the original features 
  • Replacing siding 
  • Replacing toilets, sinks, faucets and tubs 
  • Replacing up to 250 bricks. 
  • Shingle work for roofs with a slope of 5 in 12 inches or steeper 
  • Building non-brick or non-chain link fences, up to 5 feet tall. 
  • Building gazebos, up to 150 sq. ft., as long as they comply with all zoning and construction requirements. 
  • Building an enclosed shed, up to 70 sq. ft., as long as they comply with all zoning and construction requirements. (One enclosed shed allowed per lot.) 
  • Up to 1,000 sq. ft. of drywall, as long as there is no alteration to the structural, plumbing, electrical or ventilation systems.  
  • Porches less than 50 sq. ft., excluding the steps, with a maximum of six feet between the ground level and the floor of the porch.  

It’s important to note that some of these projects that don’t require permits are conditional on the property itself. If your home is a designated Chicago landmark or is located in a Chicago Landmark District, you must obtain permission from the city before you replace siding, replace doors and windows, build fences, build porches or replace bricks. This is to preserve the historical significance of the buildings. 

The Chicago Department of Buildings issues many different types of permits, depending on what type of work being done and the size of the project. The city has experts who can guide you through the permit process, which can be tricky to navigate on your own.  

Here is a quick list of common home improvement projects that need permits. 

  • Installing insulation 
  • Installing light fixtures 
  • Installing porches and decks larger than 50 sq. ft.  
  • Building a garage 
  • Installing a green roof, solar panels, skylights, a chimney, dormers, or fixing a roof with a slope less than 5 in 12 inches 
  • Moving windows or doors, moving or removing walls 
  • Installing more than 1,000 sq. ft. of drywall, installing a boiler, furnace, or hot water heater 
  • Installing electrical, ventilation, security, irrigation, or plumbing systems 
  • Finishing or renovating a basement or attic 
  • Home additions, gut rehabs or wrecking 
  • Installing stairs or non-brick or non-chain link fences over 5 feet tall 

You’re the Boss When it Comes to Healthcare

By Eileen McNichols, Little Company of Mary Hospital

Most adults prefer to make important decisions about their life for themselves. Not that you don’t seek input from trusted friends and family members, a pastor or other personal counselor, but ultimately the decision is yours. This is known as autonomy. When it comes to healthcare, autonomy means the right of a competent adult to make informed decisions about their own medical care.

Typically, you don’t ponder the intricacies of medical care when you are doing well. However, when crisis occurs, you may be compromised intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Is this the best time to make decisions that can affect the rest of your life? If you were to become incapacitated, does anyone know what your preferences in a difficult medical situation would be? Would your spouse or adult child be comfortable or have the emotional ability to make a decision about medical care on your behalf if you were incapacitated?

While this may seem like a difficult topic to throw out at the dinner table, consider the alternative: Living a life in a compromised state in which you no longer have control over what is happening to you. Give your loved ones a valuable gift. Relieve them of the burden of making these difficult decisions. Make them yourself.

National Health Care Decision Week is Apr. 15-21.  Utilize this week as an opportunity to have a conversation with a trusted person about your preferences for healthcare. Complete a Healthcare Power of Attorney (HCPOA) document and designate a trusted person to be your healthcare agent, your voice if you cannot speak for yourself. This form is simple to fill out yet will play a crucial role should the time come when it is needed. You do not need an attorney and the document does not need to be notarized. This form simply ensures that your preferences will drive the decisions that need to be made about your medical care.

On Sat., Apr. 13, 2to 3 p.m., Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., will hold a free seminar on Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Seminar. For information or to register, call 708- 4223-5774. For more information, and to access a simple HCPOA to download and complete, visit www.lcmh.org/yourchoice.  In other words, no matter what happens, and God willing nothing will happen, You’re the Boss.

More April Programs at Little Company of Mary Hospital (info/registration: 708-423-5774)

Annual Adult Health Fair, Sat., Apr. 6, 7:30 to 10 a.m., comprehensive lab work including a take home colon rectal screening kits. Learn about our Primary Stroke Center, how to minimize your risk of having a stroke and what to do if you suspect someone is having a stroke. Fee $75. Registration required.

Health Academy: “Here We Go Again – Updates on Colon Health,” Mon., Apr. 8, p 11 a.m. to noon, presented by Dr. Michael Hurtuk. Little Company of Mary Hospital. Free.

Skin Cancer Screening with Dr. Sonya Kenkare, Thurs., Apr. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Free. If you have an area of concern, Dr. Kenkare will exam and provide guidance to prevent melanoma. Registration required