Community Events

Community Events – November 2019  


Tech Smart Seniors Planned at Mercy Circle  

Tech Smart Seniors, a free, three-part series of one-hour classes during which Claire DiCola will help people tap the power of their smartphones and tablets, will be held Wed., Nov. 6, 13 and 20, 10 a.m., at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St.   

Each class will address specific topics: Nov. 6 will cover the basics of using a smartphone and tablet so participants can master standard applications including messages, emails, maps and cameras. Nov. 13 will cover how to use devices to connect with friends and family on Facebook and Nov. 20 will provide tips for using applications including calendars, messenger and photo albums 

Tech Smart Seniors is co-sponsored 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and 36th District Illinois State Rep. Kelly Burke with Mercy Circle. DiCola, whose company Amplify 7 helps businesses optimize their online profiles, is experienced in presenting how-to tips in easy-to-understand ways. DiCola earned her master’s in business administration in marketing with a concentration in social media at Saint Xavier University. 

“We grateful to co-sponsor this series because we know first-hand how important it is for older adults to stay in touch and to access information using the devices most already have,” said Frances Lachowicz, executive director of Mercy Circle. 

Classes are free, but people are asked to register at or 773-253-3600. Complimentary valet parking is available at Mercy Circle’s main entrance. 


Annual Mass Honors People in Military 

A Mass in honor of military service men and women, past and present will be celebrated at St. Barnabas Church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., Sun., Nov. 10, 10 a.m. The Mass, celebrated each year since 2008, will focus on peace among all nations and will honor and thank all members of the armed services who have defended and continue to defend the United States. 

The main celebrant and homilist of the liturgy will be Fr. James Joslyn, Captain, United States Navy, Retired. Fr. Joslyn grew up in St. Thomas More parish, was ordained a priest in 1973, and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve Chaplain Corps in 1987.  On active duty from 1988 to 2010, Fr. Joslyn served tours in many places including Guantanamo Bay, the Persian Gulf, and Rota, Spain. Fr. Joslyn also served a year on the staff of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in Washington, DC. 

At Mass, all veterans and current service men and women are invited to join in the entrance procession and each Military division will be led by their respective flag. All branches of the U.S. Armed Forces will be acknowledged, and the names of those currently serving will be brought up to the altar and read aloud.  

Following Communion, there will be A special blessing will follow Communion, and Mass will close with a musical tribute to the Armed Services sung by the St. Barnabas Choir. A reception follows the liturgy.  

The Mass reminds people to remember and thank the service men and women of our country, and to be grateful to those who have been injured or lost their lives defending our freedom. 

For more information, visit To add the name of an active service person to the list that will be read during Mass, contact Kitty Ryan, 773-779-1166 ext. 226 or 


Beverly Hills Turkey Trot Set for Thanksgiving Weekend 

The 11th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk will be held Sat., Nov. 30, 9 a.m., in North Beverly. The race starts at 9201 S. Hamilton. The presenting sponsor is CIBC Bank, and event proceeds benefit the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and 19th Ward Youth Foundation. 

More than 2,000 participants are expected to participate in the 5K, now a Thanksgiving weekend neighborhood tradition for runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels. The run is chip-timed on a CARA-certified course; the family walk is untimed.  

Individual registration is $35 per person for adults or $30 for children under age 19 in advance.  Family walk advance registration is $75. Fees go up $5 on race day. Participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and goody bag.  

The 19th Ward and Original Pancake House (Beverly) will host a pancake breakfast immediately following the Turkey Trot. Admission is $5 per person or $25 per family.  

Sign up for the Turkey Trot at People interested in volunteering can contact Margie Olsen, Race results will be posted at  


Ridge Artisan Market Pop-Up Shop  

The Women Entrepreneurs of Beverly (WEB) will host The Ridge Artisan Market, a pop-up retail shop, Sat., Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beverly Hills Gallery, 2135 W. 95th St. (corner of 95th St. and Hamilton Ave.) The space is currently unoccupied but is opening its doors to holiday shoppers for the one-day event. 

This unique shopping experience brings together area small businesses in conjunction with the nationwide push to “shop small” on Small Business Saturday, created 10 years ago by American Express. Small Business Saturday is a collaborative effort to showcase favorite local businesses that strengthen communities.  

For more information on The Ridge Artisan Market, follow along on Facebook or Eventbrite. The WEB is a community for women who reside on the South Side of Chicago and was created by like-minded businesswomen to spark collaboration and support one another.  

The following women-owned businesses will be participating and can be found on Instagram: Beverly Dry Goods @beverlydrygoods; Colleen McCarthy Photography @colleenmccarthyphoto; Crunchy Life Skincare @crunchylifeskincare; Dawn McHugh Metalworks @dawn_mchugh; Erin Cox Designs @erincoxdesigns; Get Local Beverly @getlocalbeverly; Lays Lemons Artisanal Soaps @layslemons; MAYTA Collection @maytacollection; PETALS + INK @tspetalsandink; Scenic Backdrops @scenicbackdrops; Shots by Gaby @shotsbygaby; and Two Mile Coffee @twomilecoffeebar. 



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