Neighborhood Notes – April 2018

Spring Flower Sale. Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl., is accepting orders for its annual sale of spring flowers through May 10. Choices include several varieties of impatiens, petunias, salvia, geraniums, herns and more, and can be ordered in four-packs, flats, pots and baskets. Flower pick-up is May 19. Info:

CAPS Meetings. 22nd District Police CAPS meetings are open to all. Beat 2221, Tues., Apr. 3, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton; Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Apr. 11, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey; Bea 2213, Thurs., Apr. 12, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.; Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Apr. 26, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station.  Info: 312-745-0620.

Smith Village Open Mic Night. Area singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform at Open Mic Night, Tues., Apr. 3, 7 to 10 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th P. Free; refreshments will be served. To sign up an act, contact Debbie Parks, or 773-574-9727. For information about attending, call 773-474-7300 and ask for Meghan Maple.

Beverly Therapists Offer Groups, Events. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, offers a variety of groups and seminars. Free ongoing monthly LGBTQ+ Support Group for high school aged teens; call Christina Sprayberry, 314-550-4384 or Bonn Wade, 773-330-2544 for info. Spring Renewal Wellness Seminar, Sat., Apr. 21, 3 to 5 p.m., featuring guided meditation, QiGong and gentle yoga to raise energies for a fresh start,$10.  Grieving a Child Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., and Grieving a Partner Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., $30 per session. Info and registration:

LSC Meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Apr. 3, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-269; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Apr. 5, 6 p.m. School Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2590; Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Apr. 16, 6:30 p.m. Room 203, 10354 S. Charles St., 773-535-2625; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Apr. 16, 7 p.m. Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Apr. 17, 6:30 p.m. school, 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Apr. 18, 7 to 9 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550; and Barbara Vick Early Childhood & Family Center LSC, Tues., Apr. 24, 3:45 p.m., St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., 773-535-2671.

Dance Gallery Registration. 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

Butterfly Gardening Workshop. The Oak Lawn Park District hosts a butterfly gardening workshop Sat., Apr. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The workshop will be divided into three parts: butterfly gardening, monarch conservation, and raising caterpillars at home. $10.  Register using code 427117 at 708-857-2201.

Yoga and Wellness Events. Light House Yoga & Wellness, 11240 S. Western Ave., 2nd floor offers the following events this month: Ayurveda for Spring with Maureen Ryan, Sun., Apr. 8, 1 p.m.; Women’s Workshop with Life Coach Bridget Rourke, Sun., Apr. 15, 3 p.m.; Welcome to Light House Open House Celebration, Sun., Apr. 22, all day, featuring free yoga classes (sign up at, live music, refreshments and good vibes; and Sound Healing: Live Music, Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy with Brendan McAlinden and Erin Kelly, Sun., Apr. 29, 3 p.m. Info: 773-569-1015. Complete class schedule and registration:

Registration Opens Apr. 8 for Summer Peace Camp.  Registration opens Apr. 8 for the annual Peace Camp at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave. Peace Camp is for children entering 1st grade through 6th grade, and will be held June 2 through 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will learn how to find peace through yoga and prayer, non-violent conflict resolution, multicultural appreciation, the arts, care of creation, and more. Bible stories will teach about peace and camp includes a one-day field trip. All children welcome. $60 per camper (scholarships available). Register on a first-come, first-served basis at  or 773-445-7558.

Seminar Topic is Jesus’s Ministry. 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

Chicago Speech Study Seeks Volunteers. The Georgetown University Department of Linguistics is conducting a study on the production and perception of Chicago speech, seeks the help of people over age 18 who were born and raised in the Chicago area and have normal hearing and speech.  The study lasts around 60 minutes and will take place at Northwestern University, Apr, 9 to 13. Participants will read a series of sentences while the movement of their tongue is measured with ultrasound. Their speech will be recorded with audio and video. You will then complete a computer-based task where you are asked to listen to speech samples and report what you hear. Info: Jonathan Havenhill, Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card.

Longwood Writers Guild. Longwood Writers Guild, a critique group for adult creative writers, will meet Mon. Apr. 9. 7 pm., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a piece you are working on to read aloud for productive comments. Donation requested. Info:

Kellogg School Events. The Adler Planetarium’s ‘Scopes in the City will be at Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt, Mon., Apr. 23, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a free  program of observing the spring sky – hopefully including the moon and Venus – by telescope. The event will be held weather permitting, so check and Twitter @AdlerPlanet for updates closer to the event.  Jazzin’ at the Blossom, a benefit for Kellogg School, will be held Fri., June 1, 7 to 10 p.m., Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery, 9030 S. Hermitage. The event features live music, open bar, and wine and food pairings with Chef Alvin Green. $50 before May 11 or $60 after. Info:

End of Life Care for Pets. Veterinarian Dr. Amir Shanan will present “Hospice and Other Choices for End of Life Care for Pets,” a lecture and discussion, Tues., Apr. 24, 7 p.m., Ingersoll-Blackwelder House, 10910 S. Prospect Ave. Dr. Shanan provides information, support and guidance in helping owners of beloved geriatric or seriously ill pets with care options. He is founder of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. Reservations needed by Apr. 12 at or 708-638-6813. $5 donation requested for the not-for-profit Compassion for Pets organization that assists families unable to pay for end of life care for their pets.

Free Shred Event. Beverly Bank and Trust, 10258 S. Western, will hold a free shred event Sat., Apr. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items you can shred include: tax information and returns, investment and bank records, cancelled checks and paycheck stubs, bills and household information, personal documents and more. Electronic devices will be collected for recycling. Info: 773-239-2265.

Rummage Sale. Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., will hold a spring rummage sale Fri., Apr. 13 and Sat., Apr. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clothing, household items, jewelry, books, furniture and more will be available. Enter at north end of the parking lot. Info: 773-238-2600

Life Line Screening. Life Line Screening, a provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will offer a preventive health event Tues., Apr. 17, Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Five screenings will scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat, and bone density. Fees, information and registration: 1-888-653-6441 or

Renaissance Academy. The John T. Farrell, Sr. Forum of Renaissance Academy presents a spring forum, Catherine of Siena:  Philosopher, Theologian, Saint and Doctor of the Church, Thurs., Apr. 19, 11:30 a.m., Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Butler Reception Room. Dominican Sister Nancy Murray dramatizes vignettes of St. Catherine’s life from childhood to her influence on political and church leaders of her time. A light luncheon precedes the presentation. Admission is free and open to the public.

Clean and Green. Join BAPA and help clean up a park, train station or public space near you on Chicago clean and green spring clean-up day, Sat., April 21, starting at 9 a.m. Find locations and easy sign-up at

Band Plays Four Seasons Music. The Four C Notes, a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will perform Sat., Apr. 21. 8 p.m. Baffes Theatre, Beverly Art Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St.  Tickets: $30 ($27/Beverly Arts Center members). Tickets/info: 773-445-3838 or

Open House Highlights Rehab Therapy Services. Learn about the physical, occupational and speech therapy teams at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., at an open house, Sun., Apr. 22, 11 to 2 p.m. Therapists offer short-term services to help patients with the transition from a hospital stay to self-reliance back at home. Information about this rehab option as well as an introduction to Mercy Circle’s independent living lifestyle will be offered at the open house. Guests are encouraged to tour the chapel, exercise room, salon, library and dining rooms and ask questions about the many, daily activities at Mercy Circle. Info/private appointments: 773-253-3600.

Faith and Unity: Community Choir Concert.  The Beverly/Morgan Park Community Choir will perform its annual concert with the theme “Faith & Unity,” Sun., Apr. 22, 4 p.m., St. Cajetan Church, 2445 W. 112th St. The choir will perform a variety of sacred music from classical to gospel, accompanied by piano, percussion, and brass instruments.  Nearly 60 singers from 20 churches throughout the South Side are members of the Beverly/Morgan Park Community Choir. The group draws singers of all faiths. The concert is open to all; a free will offering will be taken at intermission. Info: or

Motown Revue at BAC. Masters of Soul Motown Revue, a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music, will be on stage Fri., Apr. 27, 8 p.m. Baffes Theatre, Beverly Art Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St.  Tickets: $38 ($34/Beverly Arts Center members). Tickets/info: 773-445-3838 or

‘Cinderella’ at BAC. Chicago Kids Company presents “Cinderella,” one hour musical adaptation of the popular fairy tale geared to children age 2 to 12, selected dates through May 5, Baffes Theatre, Beverly Art Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St. Tickets: $12; lap children under age 2, free. Group rates available. Info/tickets: 773-205-9600 or

Robbie Fulks at BAC. Robbie Fulks, alternative country singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, performs Fri., May 4, 8 p.m. Baffes Theatre, Beverly Art Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St.  Tickets: $30 ($27/Beverly Arts Center members). Tickets/info: 773-445-3838 or

BIA Bird Watch and Nature Walk. The Beverly Improvement Association (BIA) hosts its annual Bird Watch and Nature Walk Sat., May 12, at Dan Ryan Woods. 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., noted local ornithologist Walter Marcisz will begin the tour. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof boots.



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