Cops & Cars Cruise-Ins. The 22nd District Police invite the community to enjoys Cops and Cars Cruise-Ins on Thursdays, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept, 7, 6 to 9 p.m. 1900 W. Monterey, parking lot on east side of the building. Info: 22nd Police CAPS office, 312-745-0620

Small Business Center on the Road. Chicago restaurateur and former host of WTTW’s Check, Please Alpana Singh is keynote speaker for the City of Chicago’s Small Business Center on the Road Thurs., May 4, 5 to 9 p.m., 1871 at the Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart, 12th Floor. Events include exhibitors, workshops, city license experts and more. Registration: chismallbizexpo.com.

‘Sister Act – The Musical.’ The Beverly Theatre Guild will present the local premiere of “Sister Act – The Musical,” the musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film, Fri., May 4, 8 p.m., Sat., May 6, 2 and 8 p.m., and Sun., May 7, 2 p.m., Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St. In the show, a murder witness who takes on the disguise of a nun finds herself at odds with the uptight Mother Superior and shakes up the rigid lifestyle of the convent. Tickets ($20) and info:  www.beverlytheatreguild.org or 773-BTG-TIXS.

Church Celebrates 145th Anniversary. Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., celebrates its 145th anniversary of ministry and Christian service Sun., May 7, 10:30 a.m. service. Bethany Union Church is the oldest English-speaking union church west of the Allegheny Highlands, and it continues to embrace an active and diverse community, Info: 773-779-0123.

SCDC Kids’ Book Event. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative will host a kids’ book event Sat., May 6, 1 to 3 p.m., Beverly Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St. The event will involve reading books and doing crafts about the refugee/immigrant experience. All ages welcome, but the event is geared toward children under 12. Info: swchicagodiversity@gmail.com.

Spring Dinner Concert. Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., will host the Spring Dinner Concert, an evening of food and eclectic live music Sat., May 6, 7 to 10 p.m. Donation: $50. Reservations: 773-233-7080 or www.beverlyunitarian.org.

Dan Ryan Woods Bird Watch & Nature Walk.  The Beverly Improvement Association (BIA) hosts the annual Bird Watch and Nature Walk in the Dan Ryan Woods, Sat., May 13. The free coffee, juice and donuts tailgate begins at 7:30 a.m. in the 89th and Western Avenue parking lot. At 8:15 a.m., the watch and walk, guided by noted local ornithologist Walter Marcisz, begins. Join neighbors for an interesting, fun, learning experience. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and wear your waterproof boots.

Stress Management.  Over 40 % of adults experience health issues related to or caused by stress, such as: headaches, skin issues, high blood pressure, heart attacks, depression and anxiety. Professional education, tools, and support can dramatically improve physical fitness and overall wellness.  Ashley Morris, LCSW, counselor and certified physical trainer, will offer a stress management and physical fitness session Sat., May 13, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. $10.  RSVP at www.bevrlytherapists.com.

Local Art On Tap. The Beverly Area Arts Alliance hosts Local Art on Tap: Driven to Abstraction exhibit opening, Sat., May 13, 7 p.m., Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western.

On the Table. The Chicago Community Trust hosts the 4th annual On the Table community dinners Tues., May 16 throughout Chicago. Local organizations are encouraged to come together in small groups for a meal and to discuss civic engagement and ways to collaborate on productive action. Learn more and sign up at www.onthetable.com or 866-737-6951.

SWMPCA General Meeting. The Southwest Morgan Park Civic Association (SWMPCA) will conduct its next quarterly meeting Thurs., May 18, 7 p.m., Peterson Hall, St. Walter Church, 117th and Oakley. Agenda items include traffic calming measures and the formation of a park advisory council for the greenspace across from St. Walter. SWMPCA area residents are encouraged to attend.

Spring Rummage Sale. Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S Longwood Dr., will hold the spring rummage sale Fri., May 19 and Sat., May 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by to shop for bargains and treasures. Enter through the parking lot door. Info: 773-238-2600.

Support the Center Fundraiser. The Catholic Youth Ministry Center at Morgan Park High School hosts the annual Support the Center Fundraiser, Sat., May 20, 6 to 11 p.m., 115 Bourbon St., 3359 W. 115th St. $40 donation includes dinner, beer, wine and soft drink. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each. Reservations: 773-881-0193 or cymcatmphs.com.

Cars and Cops Car Show. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation hosts the Cars and Cops Car Show, Sun., May 21, Collector’s Car Garage, 2540 Bradley Pl. See muscle cars, hotrods, race cars, classics, sports cars and more, Info: cpdmemorial.org/carshow.

League of Women Voters Meeting. The League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., May 24, 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., to discuss the Illinois State Budget. The League is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues. Public welcome. Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or lwvchicago.org.

Master Urban Farmer Training Program. The Illinois Cooperative Extension offers Master Urban Farmer training. Learn more at web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/muft/  or contact Sarah Batka, sbatka@illinois.edu or Zachary Grant, 708-679-6889 ext. 204 or zgrant2@illinois.edu.

Initiative Seeks to Restore Gold Star Mothers Monument. A monument honoring fallen soldiers that was erected by the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers many years ago at 87th and Western has fallen into disrepair. The bronze plaque had been lost and the stone base is rapidly decaying. In 2014 the Cook County Forrest Preserve cleared the way for the monument to be viewed again, and an initiative Honor the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers and work toward having the monument restored is now in place. Members of the community are invited to join the initiative and help decide the fate of the monument. For information, contact Tim Noonan, info.ccgsm@gmail.com, 773-852-3080 or visit

www.ccgsm.org.

 

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