The Neighborhood Notes highlights upcoming events and opportunities to get involved in the community.

Neighborhood Notes

Neighborhood Events – March 2020 

Friends of the Dan Ryan Woods has been awarded a 3 to 1 matching grant by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation that can raise $21,000 to fund work to make the Dan Ryan Woods healthier and safer for people, plants and animals. The group is collecting donations through Go Fund Me at charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign.friends-of-dan-ryan-woods. An adult conservation corps crew from Friends of the Forest Preserves will be conducting the work that includes clearing 27 acres of brush.  Keep with the Friends of the Dan Ryan Woods on Facebook at DanRyanWoods. Join volunteers for clearing and helping out at the woods on the second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group meets in the parking lot at 91st and Hermitage. Questions? Contact Benjamin Cox, benjamin@fotfp.org.  

Opening reception for a new exhibit of original American Girl dolls and accessories, matched stories about women from the Ridge whose lives paralleled the fictional stories of the dolls, Sun., Mar. 1, 2 to 5 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley. Free. 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com. 

Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., hosts Open Mic Afternoon, Sun., Mar. 1, 4 p.m., in the Community HallSingers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform. Free. Sign up an act with Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. Attendance info, Bridget Murphy, 773-474-7300. 

Early voting for the Mar. 17 presidential primary and municipal elections for 19th Ward residents will be held at Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. On the ballot are President, U.S. senator and congressmen, Cook County offices and several judges. Vote by mail applications must be received by the Chicago Board of Elections by Thurs., Mar. 12 and ballots must be received by Tues., Mar. 17. Early voting is Mon., through Sat., Mar. 2 through 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Mar. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon. through Fri., Mar. 9 through 13, 9 am. To 7 p.m.; Sat., Mar. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Mar. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Mon., Mar. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Polls at regular voting locations are open Tues., Mar. 17, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.chicagoelections.com 

Local School Council (LSC) meetings: John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Mar. 3, 5:30 p.m., 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Mar. 5 and Thurs., Apr. 2, 6 p.m., library, 9241 S. Leavitt St.,  773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Mar. 16, 7 p.m., auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Mar. 17, 6:30 p.m., 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Mar. 18, 6 p.m., library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550. 

The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking people to serve as election judges administering election procedures in polling places for the municipal election Tues., Mar. 17. Election judges must be registered to vote in Cook County, not be a committeeman, precinct captain or candidate, be of good repute and character, and be able to speak, read and write English and perform basic math. www.chicagoelections.com 

Area residents who are caregivers for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can attend a free memory care support group Tues., Mar. 3 6:30 p.m., Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th PlSocial service director of long-term care Diane Morgan will lead an open topic discussion that will enable caregivers to ask about challenging behaviors and the disease process. Free. Reservation: 773-474-7300 or familyandfriends@smithvillage.org. 

Area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beat 2221, Tues., Mar. 3, 6:30 p.m., Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton. Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Mar. 5, 6 p.m., 22nd District Police Station. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Mar. 11, 1 p.m., 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2213, Thurs., Mar. 12, 6:30 p.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Mar. 26, 10:30 a.m., 22nd District Police Station. 

An eight week “Mindfulness for Depression Group” begins Wed., Mar. 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. Persons suffering from major depression or who simply want to find ways to alleviate depression’s effect on their lives will focus on strengthening the mind-body connection in order to live more effectively with symptoms.  Info/registration: Ben Walker, LCSW, 630–674–2504 or www.beverlytherapists.com. 

“Creating Personal Sacred Space for Healing,” a four week circle group, starts Sun., Mar. 8, Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western.  Explore connection to one’s Higher Self and a personal manifestation of connection to Divine Love, and create meditative spiritual healing space. Info/registration: Lisa Catania, LCSW, 773-719-1751 or www.BeverlyTherapists.com. 

Ald. Matt O’Shea’s Senior Citizen Corned Beef Luncheon for 19th Ward residents, Thurs., Mar. 12, noon, 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. $5 includes family style luncheon. Also enjoy Senior Irish Soda Bread Contest, music by Liam Durkin and a performance by the Dennehy Irish Dancers. Reservations required. 773-238-8776 or margie@the19thward.com 

“How to Better Understand Your Teen and Strengthen Family Ties,” a wellness seminar for parents to reduce conflict with preteens and teens and deepen family relationships, Sat., Mar. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 SWestern$10. Info/registration: www.BeverlyTherapists.com 

March for Kids volunteers will be at the South Side Irish Parade Sun., Mar. 15, raising funds and awareness for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Among the beneficiaries is Mercy Home’s Margaret Walsh Girls’ Campus in Beverly/Morgan Park. Donations to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls give at-risk children a safe place to live, therapy to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect, and tools like education and job skills to help them build independence. People, businesses or groups interested in being Mercy Home March for Kids volunteers can sign up at www.mercyhome.org/marchforkids. For those not attending the parade, throughout the month of March, contributions to the campaign made on the  website (www.mercyhome.org/marchforkids) will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor.  

“Man Cave,” 10 week therapy support group for men 18 and older begins Tues., Mar. 17, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. The collaborative group is for men who are seeking support for their personal challenges and goals in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential setting. Info/registration: Ben Walker, LCSW, 630–674–2504 or www.beverlytherapists.com 

Learn about typica materials, mechanical systems and common maintenance issues at Bungalow Maintenance 101, Wed., Mar. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Hosted by the Chicago Bungalow Association, the seminar offers expert information on how to improve the value of your bungalow and prolong its life by reducing energy usage, completing simple repairs and regular maintenance tasks, and gaining a basic vocabulary for talking to contractors. Registration: chicagobungalow.org/seminars.  

Throughout the Lenten season, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave., will explore the idea of Turning Points during worship services and small group suppers open to all. Soup suppers begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Mar. 4 (Turning To See—Paul)Mar. 11 (Turning Toward Purpose—Jonah), Mar. 18 (Turning Toward Justice—Esther), Mar. 25 (Turning Toward Wholeness–the paralyzed man) and Apr. 1 (Returning Home  the Prodigal Son). Smallgroups meet on Sunday evenings, Wednesdays after worship and Thursdays at 9:30 am. An online option is also available. www.bethlehem-chicago.org/ or 773-445-7558. 

The 19th Ward East Beverly Town Hall meeting will be held Wed., Mar. 25, 7 p.m., Graver Park, 1518 W.102nd Pl. Join in the discussion of community events and issues, and hear from representatives from various government agencies. Sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, BAPA, 22nd District Police, Vanderpoel Improvement Association, East Beverly Association, State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley.  

The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Mar. 25, 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., for a discussion about Electoral College Reform: Why We Should Abolish the Electoral College and How to Do It. The League is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues. Public welcome. 312-939-5949, 773-233-1420 or my.lwv.org/illinois/chicago. 

Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., invites area residents to Soup and Sharing, a community event that brings people together to share a simple meal, listen to one another and begin conversations about racial justice in our neighborhood, Thurs., Mar. 26 and Fri., Apr. 24, 6:30 p.m., in the upper hall. Sponsored by Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative, South Siders for Peace, Unity in Diversity and Beverly Unitarian Church.   

Enjoy a classic film and support a great cause when the Morgan Park Junior Women’s Club hosts a special screening of “Chocolat,” Wed., Apr. 8, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. All proceeds from the event, including monetary donations, will go to the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry. Tickets, $12 at www.beverlyartcenter.org
Registration is open for the 2020 Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival on Sat., June 20 at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The application deadline is Apr. 15 Register at  https://ridgeparkartfair.org/sign-up-now/. 

Info: Irene@vanderpoelartmuseum.org or 773-294-8311. 

 

December Neighborhood Notes

The St. Barnabas parish needs eight adult volunteers to continue the SPRED (special religious development) ministry. SPRED welcomes people who live with a developmental, intellectual or learning challenge to participate in the liturgical life of the parish. SPRED volunteers form a small faith community and meet with parishioners with special needs to grow together in friendship and faith. The SPRED team meets weekly, one week with the group of friends with special needs, and on alternate weeks with the team to grow in their faith and see the hand of God in their everyday lives. People who are interested in learning more are encouraged to attend a SPRED information gathering, Mon., Dec. 9, 7 p.m. at the St. Barnabas Rectory, 101st and Longwood Drive. For more information, call Elizabeth Sivek, 312-842-1039 ext. 220.  

Smith Village hosts Open Mic Afternoon, Sun., Dec. 1, 4 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform. Free. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. Attendance info: Bridget Murphy, 773-474-7300. 

Buddhist meditation led by Unitarian Universalist minister Marcia Curtis, Sundays, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Newcomers are welcome to attend the sessions which include intermittent instructions, calming meditation and a dharma talk.  

Local School Council meetings are open to the community. Find out what’s happening at  neighborhood schools. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Dec. 3 and Tues., Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m., 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Dec. 5, 6 p.m., Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St.773-535-2590; Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., Room 203, 10354 S. Charles St., 773-535-2625; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Dec. 16, 7 p.m., auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Dec. 18, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor. 773-535-2550.  

The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., 9904 S. Damen Ave., for a discussion of Local School Councils. 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 my.lwv.org/illinois/chicago. 

Families can enjoy playing music and exploring with natural materials in a new nature play space Thurs., Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m., Dan Ryan Woods Visitors Center, 87th and Western. Info: 708-386-4042 or experience.nature@cookcountyil.gov 

Area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email at Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Dec. 5, 6 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station 

Boy Scout Troop 607 invites the community to its annual Pancake Breakfast, Sat., Dec. 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. $7 per person. Funds raised through this event help meet the costs of the summer scout camp program. 

19th Ward document shredding, Sat., Dec. 7, 9 to 11 a.m., Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. Pulaski Rd. Open to 19th Ward residents only; free. Documents must be loose; remove all staples or binders before you arrive.  

Registration opens in mid-December for Saturday Drawing Classes at the Vanderpoel Art Association Gallery, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Classes begin Jan. 4 for students in 4th through 8th grade, and cover basic drawing, cartooning and sequential art, such as graphic novels and comic books. Info/registration: vanderpoelartmuseum.org/classes.  

Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St., 2nd floor, offers classes for all ages and skill levels. This month’s schedule includes: Winter Well-Being, yoga, breathing and lifestyle practices that will ease some of the discomforts of this season, Sat., Dec. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., $35; and Learning to Breathe, a step-by-step approach to practice breathing in a yoga class or at home, Sun., Dec. 8, 3 to 5 p.m., $35. Complete schedule and registration: www.beverlyyogacenter.com. 

People interested in learning more about a new Rotary Club forming in Beverly/Morgan Park are invited to a meeting Tues., Dec. 10, 6:15 p.m., BAPA Community Room,11109 S. Longwood Dr. RSVP and info: Mera Johnson, 630-800-9980. 

Tai Chi-Qigong Classes for Seniors & All Abilities, every Tues., 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell. $10 per session.  Info: annasyork@gmail.com or630-234-5532 

Cherished Angel Perinatal Loss Support Group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death meets meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (Tues., Dec. 17), 7 to 8:30 p.m., Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St.  led by Kathryn D. Gardner, LCPC, PMH-C, Specialist in Women’s Issues, the group is a place to share grief and discuss topics about emotions, relationships and coping. Free. Info: Gina Demas, RN, 708-229-5928 or Susie Schultz, Angel Mom, cherishedangelsupport@lcmh.org . 

Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, hosts the December Wellness Seminar, “Intentionally Creating Peace” led by Lisa Catania, LCSW, Sat., Dec. 14, 3 to 5 p.m. The seminar will lead participants to understand how we create from our intentions and beliefs for personal, community and world peace. Included are a collective meditation to amplify the intentions and creation of a community prayer flag, $10 per person. Info/registration: www.beverlytherapists.com.  

 

The Great Connections presents Reason and Power, a week-long winter break program for people age 16 to 24 who want to hone their reasoning, learn writing from a professional and connect with passionate and principled young people from around the world, Sat., Jan. 4 through Sat., Jan. 11, The Great Connections, 11107 S. Longwood Dr., 2nd floor. The program will include readings by Machiavelli, Hayek, Montesquieu, and others, as well as thought-provoking discussions and outings downtown to learn more about the architecture and history of the city of Chicago. Info/applications:noelle@thegreatconnections.org. 

 

Neighborhood Notes

Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., has a packed schedule of programs. Preschool story time for ages 3 to 5, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game, Tues., Sept. 10. 17 and 24, 4 p.m. (players must bring cards); WordPress meet-up for teens and adults, Wed., Sept. 11, 6 p.m.; Meet and Greet with Dr. Don Baird, author of “Suffering is Highly Overrated: Reflections on Humor and Life,” Sat., Sept. 21, 1 p.m.; Poets United meeting (new members welcome), Sat., Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m.; and family musical story time with CATS (Creating Art Together with Songs), Thurs., Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Info: 312-747-9673. 

Tai Chi-Qigong Classes for seniors and all abilities, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell. Pay as you go, $10 per session. Info: annasyork@gmail.com630-234-5532 

LSC Meetings: John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; and. Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Sept. 18, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550. 

All area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email at Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beat 2221, Tues., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2213, Thurs., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Oct. 3, 6 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

Great Connections, Great Books. The Great Connections, 11107 S. Longwood Dr., 2nd floor, invites community members to biweekly Great Books conversations about classic texts by authors such as Aristotle, George Orwell and Alexis de Tocqueville that have extraordinary relevance to modern life. Sessions are every other Thursday, Sept. 5 through Dec. 5., 7:30 to 9 p.m. RSVP and info: noelle@thegreatconnections.org or 773-677-6418. 

Chicago Children’s Choir new singer auditions for the Beverly Neighborhood Choir, Thurs., Sept. 5, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Open to students in 3rd grade and up. Info: 312-849-8300. Sign up: ccchoir.org/join.  

Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, is collecting items for Sueños Sin Fronteras, a Latinx and Womxn– led collective responding to the immediate, short-term, and long-term medical and social needs of asylum-seeking families at the Texas-Mexico border. Drop off items such as travel size toiletries, brushes/combs, soap bars, diaper rash cream, new underwear (all sizes), socks (all sizes), feminine hygiene products, and quart size recloseable plastic bags outside the second floor entrance at any time through Dec. 31. Questions: Jennifer Lara, 773.251.8016 or jenniferlaralcpc@gmail.com. 

Document shredding for 19th Ward residents sat., Sept. 7, 9 to 11 a.m., Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. Pulaski Rd. Only loose documents with staples and binders removed will be accepted’ documents are shredded on site.  

Author Angela McMullen will sign her book, “Confronting God: Phraseology for Courageous Faith, Sat., Sept. 7, 12 to 3 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. McMullen’s experiences in preaching, urban and music ministries let her to create the international internet radio show “Revelation: The Gospel According to House” where spirituality, social justice and other needs of the community reach listeners in over 57 countries. Info: 312-747-9673. 

The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center, 2800 W. 95th St., will present “Updates on Ovarian Cancer,” a free seminar with gynecology/oncologist Carrie McIlwain, MD, Mon., Sept. 9, 11 a.m. Ovarian cancer does not have specific symptoms. Dr. McIlwain shares her expertise to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and discuss advances in treatment. Info/registration: 708 423-5774.  

Strengthening a Nation presents a 24-week youth entrepreneurship program beginning Mon., Sept. 9, 6 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. The program focuses on helping youth age 8 to 15 years think outside the box and learn to turn their dream business into a reality. Info: strenghteninganation.org.  

The community will come together for the 9/11 Remembrance and Uniformed First Responders Breakfast, Wed., Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m.., Beverly Bank & Trust, 10258 S. Western. The gathering will include lowering the flag as a powerful reminder of gratitude for the police officers, firefighters and military personnel who keep our country safe. Info: 773-239-2265.  

Moon Circle, a gathering for connection, stillness, meditation and reflection in rhythm with natures moon cycles, are typically held on Mondays closest to the new and full moons, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. $15 per session (sliding fee options available).  Preregistration required: christinasprayberry@gmail.com. 

High School Admissions 101: A Seminar for Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th Graders, Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Sutherland School, 10015 S. Leavitt. Get help navigating through the high school enrollment process from representatives from Chicago Public Schools, plus information about Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and Morgan Park High School. Reservations appreciated; adults only: www.the19thward.com. 

A Pet Extravaganza for responsible pet ownership will be held Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Open to the first 100 pets of City of Chicago residents, Chicago Animal Care and Control will offer a low-cost vaccine clinic as well as micro-chipping and dog registration; cash only. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be in carriers; all animals that need to be muzzled must be muzzled. All pets over four months must have current rabies shots and dogs must have current license. The event is co-sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley.  

The Monthly Wellness Series begins with Journaling for Wellness Sat., Sept. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. Held on the second Saturday of each month, the series continues with For Teens: The Road to Adulthood, Oct. 12; For Parents: The Love for Social Media, Nov. 9; and Intentionally Creating Peace, Dec. 14. $10 per session. Space is limited; registration required: 773-310-3488 or www.beverlytherapists.com 

The Garden Club of Morgan Park-Beverly Hills and Beverly Arts Center (BAC) will host the dedication of the new Roy Diblik Garden of Living Art, Wed., Sept. 18, 10 a.m., in the BAC courtyard, 2407 W. 111th St. Diblik, a renowned plant expert and author, designed the sustainable garden at the request of the club. Among Diblik’s many notable projects are the gardens at the at the Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium and the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park. 

Members of the Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council #1444 will be in area intersections for the annual Tootsie Roll drive, collecting for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Sept. 20 through 22.  Proceeds from the drive will benefit local programs such as the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Special Olympics Team, Misericordia Home, Mount Greenwood Special Recreation and St. Cajetan Special Religious Education. Community members who would like to volunteer can call Brian Larkin, 773-343-9841 or Bill Donnelly, 773-914-2635.  

CUB Clinic. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will help 19th Ward residents evaluate how to save money on utility bills at clinics Tues., Sept. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. and Thurs., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10400 S. Western. Bring copies of electric, gas and phone bills. Reserve your spot: contact Anairis Bororaboror@citizensutilityboard.org with 19th Ward – 9/24 or 19th Ward 9/26 in the subject line, or call 312-263-4282 ext. 111. 

Find treasures at the annual Ridge Historical Society garage sale Fri., Sept. 27 and Sat., Sep. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10621 S. Seeley Ave. Do you have items to donate? Call 773-881-1675.  

Free monthly support group for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ high school aged teens, Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western.  Info:  Bonn Wade, LCSW, 773-330-2544, and Christina Sprayberry, LCSW, 314-550-4384.  

Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., open houses, Sun., Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thurs., Nov. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. Special 8th grade Shadow Day, Mon., Oct. 14; regular shadow days begin Sept. 3. www.mothermcauley.org 

Chicago Department of Public Health will offer free flu immunizations Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western. No appointment needed. Vaccines are offered to all adults and children over age six months. 773-238-8766.  

The Cook County Board of Review is accepting property tax appeal applications for 2019 taxes. There is no fee for appealing. The Board of Review will host an appeal assistance event Thurs., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Bring your tax bill or property index number. Appeals can be filed online at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com. Info: Colleen White, 773-238-8766, colleen@the19thward.com 

BAPA, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley and Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association will host the 19th Ward Veterans Day Breakfast honoring veterans and currently serving members of the U.S. military Fri., Nov. 8, 9 to 11 a.m., Barraco’s3047 W. 111th St. Sweet Reminder will perform hits of yesterday. Free. Information and reservations: Margie Olsen, 773-238-8766 or www.the19thward.com 

Registration is open for the 11th annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K on Sat., Nov. 30. Register by Nov. 1 to get a hooded sweatshirt at no additional cost. Registration is $35 per person or $75 for the family walk; children under age 19, $30. Race day registration fees increase. Info: 773-238-8766 or www.the19thward.com 

Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, will host a networking event for local health care and social service providers strengthening connections within our local community, Fri., Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. Bring business cards, brochures, etc. to share.  RSVP by Oct. 4 at www.BeverlyTherapists.com.   

 

Nightlife & Entertainment

By Talie Leeb 

Foodie Friday at the Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western Ave, this month with food service 5-8 p.m., and live music 6-9 p.m. This month’s food vendors are Smoking BBQ Kitchen, Aug. 2; Unidad Restaurant, Aug. 9; Yum Dum Truck, Aug. 16Five Squared, Aug. 23; and Aztec Daves, Aug. 30. This is the last month for Foodie Friday’s this year so be sure not to miss out! 

Live Music Mondays: Beverly Arts Center’s live music series concludes this month with two performances: jazz group City Lights Quartet, Aug. 5, 7-9 p.m. and Americana singer/ songwriter Forest Sun Aug. 12, 7-9 p.m. Cash bar and free parking available, see www.beverlyartcenter.org for more information. 

BACinema: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., presents “Facepalm August,” a celebration of truly terrible cinema, so get ready to groan with “Troll 2,” Weds., Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.  and “Manos: The Hands of Fate” Weds., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. Cash bar and free parking available, tickets $6, $5 for BAC members. 773-445-3838 

BAC Black Box Theatre: Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St., presents “Same Time Next Year,” Aug. 8 through 10, as the conclusion of their 2018-2019 Black Box Season. Fri. And Sat. Performances Aug. 10, 16, and 17, 7:30 p.m., Sun. Matinees Aug. 11 and 18, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $22/ $20 BAC members. www.beverlyartcenter.org 

Shakespeare in the Park: On Sat., Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks will present “The Comedy of Errors,” a family-friendly adaptation of William Shakespeare’s delightful story of lost twins, mistaken identity, and one confusing day in Ephesus, at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket and meet friends and family for this annual theater-on-the-lawn experience. The performance is free. www.chicagoplays.com  

Barbara Eberhard Opening Reception: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., hosts an opening reception for Alternate View, an exhibit by Barbara Eberhard, in the Simmerling Gallery, Sun. Aug. 11, 2-4 p.m. The exhibit offers “fleeting visions of the world using an alternative gum printing process” and runs July 28 through Sept. 8. 

Andy Moore Opening Reception: Boundary Art Space, 2334 W. 111th Pl., celebrates the opening of artist Andy Moore’s installation, “Positive, Sat. Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m. 

Up In Smoke. Americanos, 11060 S. Western, will host Up In Smoke featuring tacos, tequila and live music, Sat., Sept. 7, 12 to 10 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 8, 12 to 8 p.m. $10 at the door gets you a wristband for both days. Bands are Rookie, South City Revival, Railway Gamblers, Motel Breakfast, Harlem Natural, Pat Egan and the Heavy Hearts, The Dead Licks, Workout Music and Kelly Garrity. 

 

 

Neighborhood Notes  

Community News and Events for August 2019 

 

CAPS Meetings. Area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Aug. 1, 6 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2213, Thurs., Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2221, Tues., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton. 

Back to School Fair. Advocate Children’s Medical Group, 9730 S. Western, hosts an outdoor Back to School Fair, Sat., Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features free food, kid-friendly music by DJ PJ, book bag and school supply giveaways, face painting, crafts, selfie station, raffles, physicals and dental screenings, and vendors. Free. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/389044205302202/ 

Farmers Market. Enjoy a bounty of fresh summer produce plus a wide variety of artisanal and organic items, prepared foods, plants and more at the 95th Street Farmers Market, Sundays through October, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 95th Street at Longwood Drive. Events include: Aug. 4 — representatives from Chicago Park District offering information on fall programming, and Joel Barr playing music, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Aug. 11 — Vanderpoel Improvement Association members sharing information about their Resource Extravaganza on Aug. 17 plus music by Mark Taylor, craft activity with the children’s librarian from Beverly Branch Library in the Children’s Tent, and complimentary face painting, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Aug. 18 — One Tail at a Time will bring a dog available for adoption, 9 to 11 a.m., and crafts with the Beverly Branch children’s librarian and music by DJ Ruta Spencer, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Aug. 25, — Chicago Park District representatives return with fall program information, music by Beverly All Stars, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and complimentary face painting, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  “Like” the 95th Street Facebook page to stay up to date on our weekly schedule for the market.  Choose the Farmers Market tab at www.95thstreetba.org for more information.  

Enrollment Coffees. Council Oak Montessori School, 2521 S. Grove St., Blue Island, invites families to learn more about the school, staff and students at Enrollment Coffee sessions, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.mAppointments required: 708-926-9720. 

Unity in the Community Picnic. Unity in Diversity, Southsiders for Peace, CASA of Blue Island, Chicago Commission on Human Relations and other anti-racist organizations will host the Unity in the Community Picnic – Build Bridges Not Walls, Sun., Aug. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., on the lawn at Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a dish to share and a lawn chair if you can; beverages, music, dancing and activities for children will be provided. This year’s picnic will be dedicated to the memory of John Boelter, a tireless fighter for peace and social justice and founder of Unity in Diversity.  

The Defamation Experience. Morgan Park United Methodist Church 11030S; Longwood Dr., will present The Defamation Experience featuring “Defamation,” an interactive professional stage play that tackles the social constructs of race, class and gender, followed by deliberation and discussion Sun., Aug. 4, 5 p.m.  The “Defamation” cast serves as the judge, attorneys and parties in a civil defamation case, and the audience serves as the jury, facing their own biases. Admission is $20 and proceeds benefit the church, which was one of the first churches in the area to integrate and maintains a diverse congregation. More about production https://defamationtheplay.com/. 

National Night Out. Chicago Police 22nd District invites area residents to enjoy free food, refreshments, games, music, bounce house, face painting and more at National Night Out 2019, Tues., Aug. 6, 5 to 8 p.m., 22nd District, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. Info: 312-745-0620.  

Memory Care Support Group. Caregivers and family members of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are invited to a free memory care support group Tues., Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., Smith Village, a life plan community, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Diane Morgan, social service director of Long-Term Care for Smith Village, will lead an open discussion exploring questions about behaviors associated with dementia, including sundowning, as well as other issues related cognitive decline. RSVP: 773-474-7300 or familyandfriends@smithvillage.org. 

Workshop Focus is Jobs. Resume Writing, Interview and Networking Tips, a workshop that will help people looking for a first or next job, will be presented by Sander Marcus, PhD and Certified Professional Resume Writer, Tues., Aug. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodson Regional Library, 95th and Halsted. Marcus is a BAPA member Learn more about him at sandermarcus.com. The workshop is free. Info: chipublib.org.  

Artist/Writers Group for LGBTQ Adolescents. Chicago community activist Steve English and Licensed Professional Counselor Patti Ahern are joining forces to create an artists and writers group for LGBTQ and questioning youth age 12 and up. The purpose of the group is to help young artists and writers explore their creativity while helping them feel comfortable in an atmosphere of camaraderie and understanding.  The first meeting of the group will be held Tues., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., The Blossom Boys, 1810 W. 103rd St. Info and attendance confirmation: artistbydesigns@gmail.com or pattirma@aol.com. 

Property Tax Appeals. The Cook County property tax appeal office is tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 12. Notices will be sent to residents and there is a 30-day window to file an appeal. Another opportunity to appeal property taxes will be open by the Cook County Board of Review in the fall. Info: any Cook County Assessor office or online at www.cookcountyassessor.com. Appeal forms are available at the 19th Ward Service Office.  

Major Taylor Trail Keepers Ride. The Community and Neighborhood Improvement Project (CNIP) will host the Major Taylor Trail Keepers Ride, Sat., Aug. 10, marking the 120th anniversary of Marshall “Major “Taylor winning the world 1-mile championship in Montreal. Ride options range from 5 to 89 miles. Registration and check in 7 a.m. and all rides start at 8 a.m., leaving from Morgan Park Commons, 800 W. 115th St., and following the Major Taylor Trail. Details and registration: cnipchicago.org.   

Community Forum on Keller School Kindergarten. Area residents are invited to a community forum to provide input on the goal of adding a kindergarten program in 2020 at Keller Regional Gifted Center, 3020 W. 108th St., Tues., Aug. 13, 1 p.m.   

VIA Resource Extravaganza. The Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA) hosts the biennial Resource Extravaganza, Sat., Aug. 17, 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m., on the 9500 to 9600 block of Vanderpoel Avenue and the Vanderpoel Humanities Academy parking lot. The event features music with DJ Radio Ruta and supervised games for children and teens, and an opportunity to sell and swap treasures ($10 table donation)Donation for refreshments: $2 per person or $10 for families (five maximum). Info/table reservations: Carroll Vaughn, vaughncal@sbcglobal.net. 

MPHS LSC Meeting. The Morgan Park High School Local School Council (LSC) meets Wed., Aug. 21, 6 p.m., school library, 1744 W. Pryor. LSC meetings are open to the public. 773-535-2550. 

South Specific Storytelling. Richard Aspell, David Boyle, Erin Johnson and Madeline O’Malley will be telling wacky and wonderful stories at South Specific, Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. $10 admission. BYOB. Info: funnyfunnymads@gmail.com 

Vintage Hats Exhibit and Movie. View Vintage Hats, an exhibit curated by Pat McGrail, and enjoy “What Is It About Hats? A Documentary About the People Under the Brim” by filmmaker Andee Kinzy, Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.  

Fore the Macs Golf Outing. Mother McAuley High School will host its annual Fore the Macs – Playing it Forward Golf Outing Thurs., Aug. 29, Ridge Country Club10355 S. California Ave. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with registration and Putting with the President and a shotgun start for 9-holes of golf at 3 p.m. Dinner follows.  All proceeds benefit McAuley Tradition of Excellence legacy scholarship students.  The cost for golf and dinner is $175 per person or $600 per foursome. Info: mothermcauley.org/alumnae/calendar/golf-2019. 

Renaissance Academy invites new members for the 2019-2020 season. The organization was created for retired and semi-retired people enjoy learning. They present forums for study topics decided on by members and offered in fall, winter and spring sessions at Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. Annual membership is $175 and includes privileges at the SXU library and all Renaissance Academy special events. Info: renaissancechgo@gmail.com or 773-298-3149. 

Neighborhood Notes

Operation Help a Hero CollectionThe Operation Help a Hero drive to collect household items to help homeless veterans make the transition from shelters to transitional or permanent housing continues through July 15. Drop off basic items needed to set up a home at the 19th Ward Office, 10400 S. Western, or at Jewel-Osco stores.  

Food Pantry Seeks Funding for ExpansionAfter 36 years of serving our community, the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry has acquired additional space and will be expanding. The space needs renovation, and the pantry is seeking donations to fund the work. The pantry serves 1,200 hungry families in the 60643 and 60655 zip codes. Send donations to Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago 60643. 773-239-3013. 

Meditation at the Castle. Red Lotus Meditation Sangha hosts group meditation Sundays, 7:30 p.m.,  Beverly Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Newcomers welcome; free. The evening begins with 30 minutes of guided meditation followed by a Dharma talk and a loving-kindness meditation.  Info: redlotussangha.org 

Rollin’ Rec at Local Parks. The Chicago Park District Rollin’ Recreation van offers sports, gymnastics and fitness activities for the whole family Tues., July 2, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Barnard Park, 10431 S. Longwood Dr., and Wed., July 10, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Crescent Park, 2200 W. 108th Pl. Free. No registration required.  

Smith Village Open MicSmith Village hosts an Open Mic Afternoon, Sun., July 7, 4 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th PlSingers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform. Sign up your act with Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. Free for audience. 

CAPS Meetings. All area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email at Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Jul. 10, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2213, Thurs., Jul. 11, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Jul. 25, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Aug. 1, 6 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

Mercy Circle Open House. Mercy Circle, 3659 West 99th St.,invites prospective residents, their families and friends to tour its community and learn about the lifestyle it offers Sun., July 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During tours, visitors can see common areas including the dining rooms, library, fitness center and PT suites, as well as the chapel where Mass is offered six days each week. Mercy Circle offers all levels of care including short-stay rehab. Info: 773-253-3600. 

Meeting Topic is Palliative Care. Lisa Jackson, patient care administrator of Vitas Healthcare, will talk about determining with a doctor’s help when a loved one may need hospice or palliative care and where to get it at a meeting of the memory care support group Tues., July 16, 6:30 p.m., Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The free support group is open to caregivers of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and will include time for open discussion. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or familyandfriends@smithvillage.org. 

‘Urinetown’ Auditions. Auditions for the upcoming Beverly Theatre Guild production of “Urinetown” will be held Tues., July 16, 7 to 10 p.m., Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 S. Lincoln Ave., and Wed., July 17 and Thurs., July 18, 7 to 10 p.m., Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St. Callbacks will be held Sat., July 20, Morgan Park Academy. Performances are in October. Audition appointments: www.wejoinin.com/sheets/rfdfu 

Utility Bill Clinics. The 19th Ward Office and Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB) will host clinics where people can have their utility bills reviewed to make sure they are not overpaying, Thurs., July 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tues., July 23, 6 to 8 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10400 S. Western. People should bring gas, phone and electric bills; there is no cost for this service. Information on energy efficiency programs will also be available. Reservations: Anairis Boror312-263-4282 ext. 111. aboror@citizensutilityboard.org; put 19th Ward 7-18 or 19th Ward 7-23 in subject line.  

Simmerling Gallery Exhibits. The Black Sox – A Century Later, an exhibit featuring works by Thom Ross chronicling the people involved with the 1919 White Sox throwing the World Series continues through July 21 in the Simmerling Gallery, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. On July 28, An Alternate View, photographs printed on Gum Birchromate by Barbara Eberhard opens in the gallery and continues through Sept. 8.   

Castle Tours. Have you ever wanted to know more about the Castle and see inside? Enjoy a guided Givins Beverly Castle Tour Sun., July 21, 2 to 4 p.m., 10244 S. Longwood Dr. A suggested donation of $10 goes toward restoration of the Castle’s turrets, roof line and facade. 

‘A Few Red Drops.’  On Sun., July 28, 2 p.m., one day after the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the Ridge Historical Society (RHS) will host Chicago author Claire Hartfield speaking in the Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl., about her book, “A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” covering the incident and the complicated issues leading up to it.  Light refreshments served. Admission $5 for RHS members$10 for non-members.  Reservations suggestedridgehistory@hotmail.com or 773-881-1675. 

Resume Writing Workshop. Dr. Sander Marcus, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Professional Résumé Writer, will present a workshop on how to write an effective resume and cover letter Tues., Aug. 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Woodson Library, 95th and Halsted. Participants may bring a copy of their resume and cover letter for review, time permitting. 

New Beverly Fitness FestivalBeverly CoLab Fitness Festival, Sat., Aug. 10 at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St. Sample fitness classes from top local studios, and enjoy the morning sipping, shopping and sampling from Beverly/Morgan Park restaurants, salons and retailers.  

Property Tax Appeals. The Cook County property tax appeal office is tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 12. Notices will be sent to residents and there is a 30-day window to file an appeal. Another opportunity to appeal property taxes will be open by the Cook County Board of Review in the fall. Info: any Cook County Assessor office or online at www.cookcountyassessor.com. Appeal forms are available at the 19th Ward Service Office.  

VIA Resource Event. The VIA Resource Extravaganza, Sat., Aug. 17, 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m., featuring music, games, and an opportunity to sell and swap treasures. Info/table reservations: Carroll Vaughn, vaughncal@sbcglobal.net. 

 

Neighborhood Notes

Libraries 

Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., offers: Explorers @ Play Summer Reading Program beginning Mon., Jun. 24, register at the library; bust fitness myths and share strategies for your best work out at Exercise Smart Workshop for Adults & Teens, Weds. Jun. 5 and 19, 7-7:45 p.m.; Fairytales and Legos: Stories, songs, crafts and play, Weds., Jun. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 6-7 p.m.; join Poets United Sat., Jun. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m., for a celebration of their 25th Anniversary of Arts Advancement & Advocacy; Info: 312-747-9673 

Beverly Branch library, 1962 W. 95th St., is looking for high school student volunteers to help at the library this summer and earn service-learning hours; applications available at the library.  Info: 312-747-9673.  

On the second Thursday of each month Walker Branch Library, 11071 S. Hoyne Ave., hosts adult book club. On Jun. 13, 6-7 p.m., the club will discuss “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. Info: 312-747-1920.  

Movies 

BACinema: Oscar Nominated Short Films, Weds., Jun. 5, 7:30 p.m., “Eight Men Out,” about the 1919 World Series Blaxk Sox scandal, Wed., Jun. 19, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th StTickets $6 ($5 for BAC members). Info:  www.beverlyartcenter.org or 773-445-3838. 

Walker Branch Library, 11071 S. Hoyne Ave., hosts movie screenings: “Back to the Future,” Thurs., Jun. 6, 4-6 p.m.; “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Thurs., Jun. 13, 4-6 p.m.; “Shrek,” Tues., Jun. 18, 4-6 p.m.; and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Sat., Jun. 29, 1-3 p.m. Info: 312-747-1920. 

Beverly Library. 1962 W. 95th St., hosts documentary screening, “Tab Hunter Confidential,” Weds., Jun. 26, 6 p.m. Info: 312-747-9673 

Arts & Culture 

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Sun., Jun. 9, 3 p.m., The Chicago Pro Musica chamber group performs pieces by Nielsen, Hindemith, and Schoenberg ,at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Free but tickets must be reserved at www.cso.org Info: 773-445-3838.  

“The Black Sox – A Century Later,” an exhibit by artist Thom Ross commemorating the centennial of 1919 World Series scandal, opens Thurs., Jun. 13, 6-9 p.m., Simmerling Gallery, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Exhibit continues through July 21. Free. Info: 773-445-3838.  

“The Little Prince,” the famous story of a stranded pilot befriending a space-traveling prince, is brought to life with masks, puppets and music courtesy of QC Theatre Workshop, Sat., Jun. 22, 1 and 7 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Tickets: $14/adults, $10 children 12 and under, for BAC members $12 and $9 respectively. Info: www.beverlyartcenter.org or  773-445-3838. 

Led Zeppelin tribute, Kashmir, comes to the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Fri., Jun. 28, 8 p.m.  Tickets: $28 ($25 for BAC members), www.beverlyartcenter.org or 773-445-3838. 

Special Events & Fundraisers 

Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley, is hosting a Flag Day celebration in honor of the late Carl Spencer, Fri., Jun. 14, 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served; $25 suggested donation to benefit RHS. Reservation required: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com 

Gatherings d’Art fundraiser: Get inside an artist’s creative process, Sat., Jun. 15, 6 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Art auction to benefit the BAC and Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists. $60 VIP admission or $50 general admission. Info: www.beverlyartcenter.org or 773-445-3838. 

Historic Pullman Garden Club and the Historic Pullman Foundation host the 25th Annual Pullman Garden Walk on Sat., Jun. 22, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance,  historicpullmangardens@gmail.com or 773-995-7377, or $15 day of. Event begins at the Pullman National Monument Information Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Info: www.hpgc.org. 

4th Annual Guns N’ Hoses 5K Run/Walk, Sat., Jun. 29, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m., kicking off from Christ the King, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave. Info/registration: www.gunsnhoses5k.itsyourrace.com. 

The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative hosts a free Juneteenth Family CelebrationSat., Jun. 29, 12-5 p.m. in Dan Ryan Woods, 8700 S. Western Ave.Grove 8. For more information, to become a vendor, contact Jurema Gorham, burstingbooks@gmail.com, and Shanya Gray, shanyacgray@gmail.com 

Markets & Vendors 

Summer Solstice Uprising outdoor night market  Fri., Jun. 21, 5-10 p.m., 99th and Walden Parkway. Beverly Area Arts Alliance and the shops of Walden Parkway host vendors, art exhibits, music, local food, and art-making activities.  $5 donation requested, $10 for families. Info: www.beverlyarts.org  

Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., Sat., Jun. 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sample the talents of local artists and artisans, enjoy live bands, children’s activities, food trucks and beverages, tours of the Vanderpoel Art Association gallery and more. Info: www.ridgeparkartfair.com. 

Castle Flea MarketSat., Jun. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Beverly Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Find treasures and more.  

95th Street Farmers Market continues every Sunday through October with live music performances from Mark Taylor Sun., Jun. 2 & 30, Joel Barr Sun., Jun. 9, Beverly All Stars Sun., Jun 16, and Ruta Spencer Sun., Jun. 23. The Farmer’s Market is located in the parking lot, 1835 W. 95th St. Info: www.95thstreetba.org 

Meetings and Open Houses 

Local School Council meetings: John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Jun. 4, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave. 773-535-2690; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Jun. 6, 6 p.m. Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St.  773-535-2590; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Jun. 11, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St. 773-535-2580; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Jun. 19, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor. 773-535-2550. 

All area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. Info: 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beat 2221, Tues., Jun. 4, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton; Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Jun. 6, 6 p.m. 22nd District Police Station; Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Jun. 12, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station; Beat 2213, Thurs., Jun. 13, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.; and Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Jun. 27, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

Join the 19th Ward and representatives from various government agencies at a Town Hall meeting to address community concerns and questions, Weds., Jun. 5, 7 p.m., 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave.  

St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., is hosting an open house for its graduate programs, Fri., Jun. 7, 4:30-7 p.m. Register online: sxu.edu websiteInfo: Office of Graduate Admission, 773-298-3053 or graduateadmission@sxu.edu. 

Free document shreddingSat., Jun. 8, 9-11 a.m., Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. Pulaski Rd. Open only to 19th Ward residents. Only documents that are loose can be shredded; remove staples or binders before you arrive.   

BAPA and the 22nd District Police are hosting security seminar for small business owners Mon., Jun. 10, 8-10 a.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Registration not required. Info: 773-233-3100 or bapa@bapa.org 

Mercy Circle3659 W. 99th St., is hosting a workshop on downsizing as part of an open house Sun., Jun 23, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Info/reservations: 773-253-3603.
Save the Date! The VIA Resource Extravaganza, Sat., Aug. 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., featuring music, games, and an opportunity to sell and swap treasures. For information, to volunteer, or to reserve a table contact Caroll Vaughn, vaughncal@sbcglobal.net 

Neighbors helping neighbors 

The 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western, is hosting a community blood drive Fri., Jun. 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended: 877-258-4825 or www.vitalant.org, use code 094B. Must bring valid ID to donate. 

                   

Neighborhood Notes

Latino Film Festival. St. Xavier University in collaboration with the Chicago Latino Film Festivals presents a screening of “HuaHua” Wed., Apr. 3, 7 p.m., McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St. Directed by José Espinosa Anguaya, the film is about parenthood, family and identity. Free. Info: chicagolatinofilmfestival.org or 773-298-3974. 

Bluegrass Band.The Special Consensus performs a concert of bluegrass music Sat., Apr. 6, 8pm. Leadfoot opens. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. $25 in advance; all tickets $30 at the door. 773-445-3838, www.beverlyartcenter.org 

Chicago’s First Black Banker. Ridge Historical Society (RHS) is sponsoring a program on Chicago’s first black banker that will be held on Sun., Apr. 7, 2 p.m., Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Presenter Don Hayner will discuss his book, “Binga, The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black Banker,” scheduled for release in November. $10 per person; proceeds benefit the Castle Restoration Fund.  Reservations suggested, 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com 

Open Mic at Smith Village. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., is hosting a free Open Mic Afternoon, Sun., Apr. 7, 4 p.m., Community Hall. Singers, musicians and other entertainers are welcomed to perform. Sign up your act with Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 73-574-9727. General info, Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300. 

The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel. The John T. Farrell, Sr. Forum of Renaissance Academy hosts a free one hour presentation on the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, Tues., Apr. 9, 11:30 a.m., Saint Xavier UniversityButler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St. 

Free Bridge Lessons. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., is hosting free bridge for seniors Tues., Apr. 9 and 16, 1 p.m. Registration is not required. 

‘Big Night’ Film Screening. BACinema and the Morgan Park Juniors present “Big Night” starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub in a comedy-drama about one big night at their restaurant, Wed., Apr. 10, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  Tickets, $10; proceeds benefit the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry. Info: 773-445-3838 or  www.beverlyartscenter.org. 

Senior Property Tax Exemptions. Applications for senior citizens property tax exemptions must be returned by Apr. 10. Only residents who have previously qualified will receive applications in the mail. Property owners who are eligible are required to fill out forms for the exemptions to appear on their second installment property tax bill. Anyone who was born in 1953 or earlier qualifies for the Senior Exemption. If your total household income is under $65,000 you may qualify for the Senior Freeze exemption. Find forms and eligibility guidelines at www.cookcountyassessor.com or the 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western.  

Ridge Park Easter Egg Hunt. Beverly Ridge Homeowners Association is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt in Ridge Park, 9625 S Longwood Dr,, Sat., Apr. 13, 9 a.m. Remember to bring Easter baskets and cameras for pictures with the Easter Bunny. 

Artitude.’ Local artists present Artitude, a free exhibit of works in a variety of media opening with a reception Sun., Apr. 14, 2 p.m.Beverly Arts Center 2407 W. 111th St.  Participating artists are Mary N. Carnahan, Lisa Ebel, Barbara Eberhard, Mary T. Ehrler, Joe Hadamik, Robert Ryan and Michael Veltman. 773-445-3838. 

Library Kids Activities. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W 95th St, is hosting a week of children’s activities beginning Mon., Apr. 15, 1 p.m Monday:  Reading Games, Tuesday: Crayons, Wednesday: Scavenger Hunt, Thursday: Painting, Friday: Sewing. Registration is not required. 

Art Fair Registration OpenArtist registration is open through Apr. 15 for the Ridge Park Art Fair and Festival to be held June 22. Planners invite people creating original art including sculpture, jewelry, textiles, painting, photography and other fine arts, as well artisan-made products to apply. Info and applications: ridgeparkartfair.org or Irene Testa, 773-294-8311. 

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Apr. 24, 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., for a discussion about the environment. 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 my.lwv.org/illinois/chicago. 

Experience Tai Chi. Area residents are invited to learn the benefits of tai chi in a free, hour long tai chi practice Sat., Apr. 27, 10am, Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St. Experience is not necessary, and chairs will be available for those who need them. The event is open to all ages. More information available on Facebook at South Side Tai Chi Group. 

Mother’s Day Hand Sewing. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W 95th St.hosts Sew & Tell Hand Sewing Sat., Apr., 27, 11 a.m. Registration is not required.  

Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) will host a discussion on housing discrimination Tues., Apr. 30, 7 p.m., Saint Xavier University, Warde Academic Center4th Floor Boardroom, 3700 W. 103rd St. Learn about your housing rights and the movement to combat housing discrimination Register at https://19thwardfairhousing.eventbrite.com 

Morgan Park High School 40th Reunion. The 1979 class of MPHS is having its 40th reunion Aug. 17 and 18, with a banquet dinner Friday and a picnic lunch the next afternoon. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased before July 15 through Paypal at morganparksreunion@gmail.com, or by certified check to MPHS 40th Reunion, P.O. Box 437332, Chicago, IL 60643. Info: 872-216-5877 

Afterschool Homework HelpBeverly Branch Library, 1962 W 95th St.offers Teacher in the Library homework help programs 3:45 to 7:45 p.m. Mon. & Wed. and 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. Appointments are not required, however schedules may change; call 312-747-9673 to check. 

Beverly Branch Cybernavigator. Need computer assistance? On Tues. and Thurs, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beverly Branch, Library, 1962 W. 95th St, offers one on one computer help and lessons. Appointments: 312-747-9673. 

Community Choir To Perform Annual Concert

Beverly/Morgan Park Community Choir will perform its annual concert Sun., Apr. 7, 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.  

The concert theme is 20 Years of Praise, and to commemorate its anniversary, the Choir commissioned two pieces of music which will debut at the concert. The first, a fivemovement piece entitled “Chicago Psalms,” was composed by Dr. Stuart Scott. It is scored for brass, percussion and piano. The second piece was written by the Choir’s longtime accompanist, Dr. William Crowle. The work is titled “The Lord Bless and Keep You,” a benediction that is a spiritual summation of the Choir’s 20 years.  

Approximately 58 singers from 20 different churches throughout the South Side are members of the Beverly/Morgan Park Community Choir. The group, which is sponsored by the Beverly/Morgan Park Community of Churches, draws singers of all faiths.  

There is no cost for admission to the concert and the event is open to all. A free will offering will be taken at intermission. For more information on the Choir, visit www.bmpcc.org or e-mail BMPCChoir@gmail.com. 

Neighborhood Notes Feb. 2019

Virtuosic Voices. The Ostrega – Uhl Project featuring violin, cello and piano, performs a one hour program of classical music by Piazzolla, Popper and  Tchaikovsky, Sat., Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962W. 95th St. Free. Registration is not required. Info: 312-747-9673.  

Parish Honors First Responders. St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., will honor firefighters, police officers and paramedics /EMTs at a special Mass for First Responsders Sun., Feb. 3, 10 a.m. First responders from municipal, county, state and federal public safety departments are invited to participate in uniform. The Liturgy will be celebrated by Chicago Police Department Chaplain Fr. Dan Brandt and Chicago Fire Department Chaplain Fr. John McNalis.  To add the name of a first responder who lost their life in the line of duty to the list that will be read during the Mass, call 773-779-1166 ext.226 or email ktryan@stbarnabasparish.org.  First responders are invited to wear their uniforms and participate in the Gathering Procession.  

Local School Council Meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Feb. 11, 7 p.m., auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Feb. 20, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550. 

Support Group for Caregivers. Families and caregivers of older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are invited to a free support group Tues., Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The topic will be caregiver relief and speakers yoga instructor Joan Hogan CYT and massage therapist Ann Gerutiusa will talk about the benefits of giving massages and lead the group in yoga breathing techniques. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or familyandfriends@smithvillage.org. 

Open Mic Night. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., hosts Open Mic Night, Tues., Feb. 5, 7 p.m. in the Smith Village Community Hall. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform. Admission is free. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. For information about attending, call Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300  

This Month’s Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures, Wintrust’s travel and activity club, presents “You Don’t Say,” a program exploring body language and how to be sure you’re sending the right non- verbal messages, Thurs., Feb. 7, 2 p.m. First National Bank of evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St., $5 or free for members. Club members can also sign up to see the Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hunter” at the Oriental Theatre, Wed., Feb. 27, $180 or $190 for non-members. Info and registration: Margie O’Connell, 773-298-4712 or moconnell@thebeverlybank.com. 

Programs at Beverly Therapists. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, offers the following programs this month: Dealing With Loved Ones’ Substance Abuse meets Sat., Feb. 9, 3 to 5 p.m., provides information about addiction, stages of change and coping skills for family members in a seminar setting, $10, register at www.BeverlyTherapists.com; Drum Circle, coming together to share the power of music to nurture the spirit, Sun., Feb. 17, 3 to 4:15 p.m., $10 donation requested, register at www.BeverlyTherapists.com; Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group, monthly, free, call 773/330-2544.  

Weekly Tai Chi. Tai Chi Classes for Seniors and All Abilities is offered Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell.  Pay as you go, $10 per session. Info: annasyork@gmail.com or www.annayork.ning.com. 

CAPS Meetings. Area residents are encouraged to get involved in 22nd District CAPS meetings. For information, call 312-745-0620, email at Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

‘Village Wooing.’ The John T. Farrell, Sr. Forum of Renaissance Academy presents the Shaw Outreach Program provides a Readers Theater one-hour version of “Village Wooing” by George Bernard Shaw, Thurs., Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., Butler Reception Room, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. The lighthearted play tells the story of a love affair that begins on the high seas and reaches its climax in a village shop on the Wiltshire Downs. Free and open to the public.  

Bitter Sweets & Broken Hearts. The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will host Bitter Sweets & Broken Hearts, an intimate performance by Chicago musicians, Kelly Hogan, Scott Ligon and Nora O’Connor Fri., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. The performance supports the 2019 Beverly Art Walk Music Fund. Tickets and details are available at www.beverlyarts.org; space is limited. The event features an exhibition of work by Screwball Press, open bar hosted by Steering Cocktails, small bites, and a limited edition, numbered, Screwball Press print. The 6th Annual Beverly Art Walk will be held Sat., Sept. 21.  

Free Child Safety Seat Inspection. The 22nd District CAPS Office, 1900 W. Monterey, will host a free child safety seat inspection Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (enter through the garage off Monterey and Homewood). Eight out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not buckled properly, putting them at risk.  Your child maybe one of them.  Have your child’s seat inspected. Info: 312-745-0620.   

Sizzling Drama. Beverly Theatre Guild performs “Fahrenheit 451” Fri., Feb. 15 and Sat., Feb. 16, 8 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, Baer Theater, 2153 W. 111th St. Based on Ray Bradbury’s acclaimed novel, this politically relevant literary classic is set in a dystopian future; the story’s title refers to the temperature at which paper ignites. Tickets and info: beverlytheatreguild.org.  

19th Ward Blood Drive. The 19th Ward will hold a blood drive Mon, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ward office conference center, 10402 S. Western. Appointments: 877-258-4825 or vitalant.org; use group number 094B. 

South Side Irish Pre-Parade Party. Support the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the pre-parade party, Sat., Feb. 23, 6 p.m. 115 Bourbon St., 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. $40 includes all you can eat and drink, music by the Larkin and Moran Brothers, Avondale Ramblers, Traditional Irish Music with Pat Finnegan and Friends and more.
Solo Stories. David Boyle presents “To Be Determined,” an evening of personal stories Sat., Feb. 23, Givins Castle (Beverly Unitarian Church), 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7. Boyle has performed his one-man shows at the Elgin, Minnesota, St. Louis and Indianapolis Fringe Festivals as well as many venues in Chicago. Suggested donation is $20 and can be made in advance at Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd St.773-719-7059‬. Proceeds benefit the Givins Castle.‬ 

Big Brothers Needed. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago needs men to volunteer to mentor boys on the South and West sides. On average, the children on the organization’s “Littles” waitlist are 10 years old, 69 percent are male and 66 percent are black. Because of the unique needs of this group of the organization wants increase the number of black male “Bigs.” Info: Dianna Harris, harris@bbbschgo.org or 312-207-5623.  

Portrait Painting Workshop. Painting the Portrait in Oils, a workshop by Peter Kelsey, will be offered Mon. through Fri., Feb. 25 through Mar. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vanderpoel Art Association, Ridge Park Fieldhouse, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Tuition is $599. Registration: 215-592-7910. Kelsey will also conduct a free three-hour painting demonstration Tues., Feb. 26, 6 p.m. in the Vanderpoel Gallery.  

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Feb. 27, 7 p.m., 1721 W 104th Pl., for a discussion about affordable housing. 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 my.lwv.org/illinois/chicago. 

Kennedy Park Baseball & Softball League. Registration closes Mar. 1 for the 2019 season of the Kennedy Park Baseball and Softball League for boys and girls, ages 5 to 14. Teams include T-ball for ages 5 and 6, baseball and softball for ages 7 and 8, and part time travel leagues for ages 7 to 14 (players wishing to play in the travel division must participate in tryouts). Opening day is Apr. 27. Find details and registration at www.kennedyparkbaseball.com.   

St. Margaret St. Patrick Party. The St. Margaret of Scotland Alumni Association will host the Parish’s 32nd Annual St. Patrick Party Sat., Mar. 2, in the “old School Hall,” 99th and Throop, after 4:30 Mass.  $30 includes corned beef dinner, unlimited beer, wine and soda and an evening of bagpipes playing and Irish Eyes Smiling. Info: jcataldo69@smoschicago.org  or 773-858-1462. 

Healing and Spirituality. Lightworker Circle and Reiki I Training for people interested in healing and spirituuality, will be offered in seven sessions, every other week, beginning Sun., Mar. 3, Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western.  The group will learn and receive and give “lightworker” practices such as divination, using crystals and , oils/natural medicine, drumming and sound healing, and empowerment through ritual, discussion and community led by Lisa Catania, LCSW and Aida Pigott, LCSW, experienced psychotherapists, Reiki Masters and certified circle-leaders. $425 (discount if you register by Feb. 15). to Lisa Catania at 773-719-1751 or email at lisacatanialcsw@comcast.net. 

Free Yoga for First Responders. First responders are eligible for eight weeks of free yoga classes that focus on relieving lower back pain at Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St. Classes start Mar. 6 and are offered on Wednesdays, 12to 1 p.m. Research studies show that yoga can be effective for treating moderate to severe chronic low back pain. Classes will consist of simple stretches, breathing practices and deep relaxation.  Registration/info  www.beverlyyogacenter.com.