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BAPA, 19th Ward Examine Temporary Home Rentals. In response to a shooting incident that occurred the early morning hours of Jan. 1, the 19th Ward Office and BAPA are examining whether restrictions should be placed on local properties being used for online temporary home rentals. The property connected to where the incident occurred had been rented by an event promoter for a party; it has been permanently removed from the home rental platform. We remain concerned about the potential impact of short term online home rentals in our community. The City of Chicago’s ordinance regulating online home rentals includes a provision allowing residents an option to vote to restrict such rentals in individual precincts. BAPA and the 19th Ward office are examining information about this process. Residents interested in learning more can contact BAPA Executive Director Margot Holland, 773-233-3100 or mholland@bapa.org.

Never Go Without Supply Drive and Fundraiser. The 3rd annual supply drive for Never Go Without, a grassroots initiative designed to help supply women and girls in need with pads, tampons and incontinence supplies, continues this month and culminates with an awareness- and fund-raiser on Mar. 25. Drop off feminine care product donations during business hours at Bellē Up, 1915 W 103rd St., and Beverly Area Planning Association, 1987 W 111th St. The Mar. 25 event will be held at Chicago Party Animals Loft Venue, 1133 W. Fulton Market, 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Tickets:  www.ngwevent.eventbrite.com. Info: nevergowithoutperiod.org or Lynette Rhymes, 773-881-0256.

Beverly Montessori School Open House. Beverly Montessori School, 9916 S. Walden Pwky., will host its annual open house Sun., Mar. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children and parents are welcome to tour the school, speak with staff, and explore Montessori classrooms and materials. Beverly Montessori School has been providing authentic Montessori education for 50 years. Programs include half-day and full-day preschool and kindergarten for 3- to 6-year-olds. All teachers are Montessori certified in Early Childhood. Info: 773-239-7635 or kciraulo@beverlymontessori.org.

Smith Village Hosts Open Mic Nights. Singers, musicians, comedians and “closet hams” are welcomed to entertain an appreciative audience during Smith Village’s open mic nights on the first Tuesday of the month, 7 to 10 p.m. in Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The next open mic is scheduled for Mar. 7. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The first open mic night in February drew neighborhood talent as well as musicians and folk singers from as far as Mokena and Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood. And Smith Village resident Loretta Coogan earned lots of laughs with her “good clean puns.” Other entertainers included Sharon Quigley of Beverly/Morgan Park who played guitar, Jackie Techmanski of Oak Lawn who sang Johnny Cash favorites, Ray Adams of Beverly/Morgan Park who performed George Benson hits on guitar, and Laura Amaro of Beverly/Morgan Park who sang and played guitar. To sign up an act, contact Debbie Parks, who assembles the talent, at dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. For information about attending, call 773-474-7300 and ask for Meghan Maple.

Platinum Adventures Club Outings. Join the Platinum Adventures Club of Beverly Bank & Trust for this month’s programs: A visit to the Irish American Heritage Center and lunch at Gale Street Inn, Wed., Mar. 8, departing at 10 a.m.; “Loves Labor Lost,” Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, Wed., Mar. 15, departing at 11:15 a.m., and Chicago Flower & Garden Show with lunch at Navy Pier, Thurs., Mar. 23, departing at 9:30 a.m. Buses depart from Ridge Academy, 103rd and Campbell. Costs vary. Info/reservations: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or moconnell@thebeverlybank.com.

Seniors’ St. Pat’s Party. The 19th Ward Senior Citizen Saint Patrick’s Day Party will held Wed., Mar. 8, 12 to 2 p.m., 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. $5 admission includes family style lunch and live music. Cash bar. Open to 19th Ward residents only; reservations required: 773-2388766 or moira@the19thward.com.

Put Your Best Fork Forward. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites friends and neighbors to the annual health fair Thurs., Mar. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The life plan community sponsors this free event to share with neighbors the same wealth of health expertise available to its residents, including food demos and samples; National Nutrition Month giveaways; information about healthy snacking and recipes; free blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing; information on coping with dementia; and flu shots. Info: Christina O’Neil, 773-474-7300.

Burglary Prevention Seminar. Keeping it Real, a burglary prevention seminar, will be presented Thurs., Mar. 9, 6:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The seminar features real criminals sharing their inside information on what makes homes vulnerable to break-ins and how to better protect your home and property. Questions? mattoshea@the19thward.com.

Running Excels Challenge. Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, has a new fun challenge for neighborhood runners.  Anyone who runs the 6 mile loop 25 times will earn a shirt; 50 and 75 times will earn prizes; and 100 times will earn a party in their honor. Group runs are open to people of all paces and abilities and are held Saturday, 7 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., meeting at 103rd and Western.  Participants do not have to run the entire 6 miles. Info www.runningexcels.com/group-runs-walks.

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop 609 will host the annual pancake breakfast fundraiser Sat., Mar. 11, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Morgan Park Baptist Church, 11024 S. Bell Ave.

Shamrock Skate. The 19th Ward Shamrock Skate will be held Sat., Mar. 11, 4:30 to 5:50 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Adults and teens 13 to 17, $5; school age children, 12 and under, $4; seniors, age 60 and up, $2. Skate rental, $3.

Nonviolence Conflict Resolution. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) will partner with Beverly Unitarian Church and the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training to present an afternoon of education and discussion on Martin Luther King’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation on Sat., Mar. 11. SCDC meets regularly on the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., BAPA Community Room; next meeting Apr.5. Info: swchicagodiversity@gmail.com.

Register Now for Saturday Art Classes. Registration is open for the Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Class, spring session that begins Mar. 11, 10 a.m., Vanderpoel Art Gallery, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Taught by Jim McGreal, the class covers the basics of drawing, in addition to cartooning, and sequential art (comic strips, comic books and graphic novels). Class limited to 15 students. Registration: https://jmcstudios.com/vaa/2017-spring-class-registration-form.php.

Stress Management and Healthy Family Relationships. Effective communication is the best tool for a family to use to successfully navigate stressors, and often the most underutilized.  Yulinda Rahman, LCPC will lead “Stress Management and Healthy Family Relationships,” Sat., Mar. 11, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor.  The interactive workshop will teach about establishing healthy boundaries and creating self-care systems as a means of managing stress and maintaining healthy relationships within the family.  $10.  Info/registration: www.BeverlyTherapists.com.

Apply Now for Master Gardener Program. The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program in Chicago is accepting applications for the autumn 2017 training now through Apr. 1. Interested candidates may apply at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/chicagomg/. Master Gardeners must complete a minimum of 72 hours of training and volunteer at least 60 hours at approved sites within one year of their training. Info: Latasha Reggans, University of Illinois Extension, 773-233-2900 Ext. 207.

Beverly Wedding Expo. Couples who are planning their wedding are invited to meet with caterers, florists, bakers, photographers, musicians, invitation designers and more at the Beverly Wedding Expo, Sun., Mar. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beverly Arts Center. 2407 W. 111th St. More than 50 vendors will offer samples and information on the latest wedding trends. Admission: $10 per person or $15 per couple at www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Spirit of the Natural World.  Art & Linda’s Wildflowers present Capturing the Spirit of the Natural World, Sun., Mar. 19, 2 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave.  Learn tips and tricks of the trade. Q and A follows presentation. $5 RHS members, $10 non-members. Info: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

Downsizing Workshop at Mercy Circle. Ric Roemer of Creative Homes Services, who has helped more than 250 seniors move from their family homes and into senior living communities, will host presentations on downsizing during the open house at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., Sun., Mar. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The main thing we do is help people sort through their things and decide what options work for them when down-sizing,” Roemer said. “Learning about different ways to manage and get rid of too much stuff is an important first step in working towards a better, easier, maintenance-free living situation.” During the open house, prospective residents and their families will meet Mercy Circle staff and learn more about only faith-based retirement community in the area.    Mercy Circle offers spacious residences at all levels of care, along with thoughtful amenities, life enrichment programs and social and friendship opportunities. To schedule a seat reservation for the free seminar, get more information or setup a private appointment, call 773-253-3600.

19th Ward Town Hall Meeting. Representatives from government agencies will be part of a discussion of community events and to answer questions and concerns, Wed., Mar. 22, 7 p.m., Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

League of Women Voters Meeting.  League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., Mar. 22, 7 p.m., 9822 S. Hoyne Ave, to discuss public education. Public welcome. Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or lwvchicago.org.

SXU Hosts Economic Summit. Under a Trump presidency, will the U.S. economy soar or crash with his policies? Is our economy ready for higher interest rates? Should investors run for the hills in fear of 1930s style protectionist policies that could damage global trade? Learn the answers to these pressing questions and more at the 3rd Annual Economic Summit presented by a team of economists from Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Graham School of Management and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and hosted by Graham School of Management Fri., Mar. 24, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Metropolitan Club, East Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Info: Nicholas J. Mancari, 773-298-3603 or mancari@sxu.edu.

Community Painting Party. The Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) will host a community painting party for ages 7 and up, Sat., Apr. 1, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The painting session will be conducted by local artist Sandy Washington. The painting party includes tours of the Vanderpoel Art Gallery, a collection of 19th and 20th century fine art located in the field house.\The $15 fee includes a small canvas and painting supplies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/e/ridge-park-advisory-council-painting-party-tickets-32098787337. Info: Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 or mjviero@bapa.org.

Rourke Joins Staff at McAuley High School. Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Peggy Rourke has joined Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School as director of alumnae relations and development. Rourke brings nine years of fundraising experience to her role. Most recently she served as the director of development for Beacon Therapeutic and Diagnostic Treatment Center, where she successfully increased donor revenue for its annual holiday event from $30,000 to $100,000. She also was responsible for developing a junior board of young executives and implementing the annual Beacon Bash to raise money for homeless kids.  As the operator of her own fitness company, Rourke develops and leads fitness classes for children and adults. Rourke will spearhead fundraising and recruiting within the Mother McAuley and Saint Xavier Academy alumnae community.

 

‘Never Go Without’ Serves Women in Need

By Kristin Boza

During the holiday season, it’s easy to find a food, toy or clothing drive to donate new or used items to. It’s also easy to forget that essential items, especially feminine care products, are in dire need year-round. That’s one reason why Beverly/Morgan Park native Jesseca Rhymes founded Never Go Without, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to filling the gap and ensuring every woman and girl can take care of her personal hygiene each month.

“I started Never Go Without to combine my love for fun and service,” Rhymes said. “In honor of my 24th birthday, I hosted my first feminine care product drive. I promoted the drive, picked up donations and shopped for products every night for about a month.”

At her birthday party, friends and family brought donations. Rhymes is eager to make this an annual event. To date, Rhymes and her mother, Lynette, have been able to donate over 23,000 incontinence supplies, pads, tampons, pantiliners and wipes to Chicago-area women in need.

The biggest recipient of Never Go Without’s donations is Deborah’s Place, the oldest and largest provider of housing for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. “Deborah’s Place is always in need of incontinence supplies,” Rhymes said. “This makes perfect sense because a period lasts maybe 10 days at the most, but when a woman is dealing with incontinence issues, that is a daily struggle.”

Product donations can be dropped off or mailed to DJ’s Bike Doctor in Hyde Park. However, there are a couple other ways to donate that can stretch the dollar and even benefit the giver.

“We are involved with a company called Aunt Flow, which is a one-to-one purchasing program,” Rhymes said. “For every box of tampons or pads you purchase for yourself, you can choose to donate a box to Never Go Without.” Users can sign up for a monthly delivery to receive tampons or pads, and can even customize the box based on their individual flow needs. In turn, Aunt Flow will donate the same box to Never Go Without. Sign up at AuntFlow.org.

Alternatively, monetary donations are accepted through their website at NeverGoWithoutPeriod.org. “We shop very frugally and coupon in order to make our donation dollars stretch,” Rhymes said.

Rhymes’ next goal is to spread the word across the Chicago area via social media with the hashtag #likesharefollowdonate. “We always need people to share what we are doing via Facebook and Instagram. Half the battle is making sure people know and understand this is a real need,” she said.

“I cannot imagine dealing with my period and not having the proper supplies. It is unacceptable that there are women who do it every month,” Rhymes said. “This is a simple need that is way too often overlooked, and I just want to shine more light on the issue.”

Looking forward, Rhymes is gearing up for their annual event next year and is seeking sponsorship and partners to make the event bigger and better, she said. “We are small but mighty. We are still finding the right path for us, but no matter where we go or what we do, we are going to keep making sure we get feminine care products to more women in need,” Rhymes said.

To find out how you can help, email Jesseca Rhymes at NeverGoWithout.Period@gmail.com.