Community News for October 2016

Tap Into BAPA II

The 2nd annual Tap into BAPA Pub Crawl will be held Sat., Nov. 12, starting at 3 p.m. The event features stops at seven Western Avenue bars where participants will enjoy drink specials and complimentary food. Live music, special guests and surprises are also planned. Tap Into BAPA is open to people age 21 and over. Admission is $25 in advance at or $30 at the door. Each participant will receive a beer koozie. Proceeds from the event support BAPA’s work on behalf of the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood. Info: 773-233-3100 or

Christmas Cookie Crawl

Get ready for the holidays at BAPA’s Christmas Cookie Crawl, Sat., Dec.3. The event begins at 2 p.m. at Olivia’s Garden where participants pay $15 for a cookie tin and receive a map of businesses where they can stop in for a cookie or treat, and do a little holiday shopping. Festivities include a community Christmas tree lighting in King Lockhart Park and a screening of “Elf” at the Beverly Arts Center. More details coming soon!

Congratulations to Summer Raffle Winners!

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for BAPA’s Summer Raffle and congratulations to the prize winners! Ryan Mulchrone won first prize, two round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines; Karen Hoey won second place, a new bike from Beverly Bike and Ski; and Martha McNicholas Lowry won third place, an overnight stay at the downtown Hyatt Hotel. Proceeds from the raffle benefit BAPA’s programs that support the neighborhood, and the Mount Greenwood Special Olympics.

Southwest Diversity Collaborative Meets Monthly

The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative is a group of like-minded residents of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood who support and celebrate diversity, providing opportunities for sharing open dialogue, fostering relationships and advocating for the diversity of our neighborhoods. The SCDC’s next monthly meeting will be October 5th in the BAPA Community Room at 730pm. On the agenda will be discussion about upcoming events, including a childrens’ book club and a St. Xavier panel on race, justice and current events. Also, members of the community are invited to join the SCDC at its monthly Happy Hour where members come together in fellowship and discussion. October’s Happy Hour will be Friday, October 14th at 730pm at O’Brien’s Pub (10934 S Western Ave). SCDC members are encouraged to wear their group t-shirts. For more information about the SCDC, contact the group via email at

Morgan Park Presbyterian Celebrates 125th Anniversary

125 years ago 15 people gathered together to start the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church. They wrote: “On Sabbath forenoon 25th of January, 1891 the Morgan Park Presbyterian Association became merged into the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, duly organized on that day. Thankful for the pleasant experiences we all have enjoyed during these past months, in our relationship with each other as yokefellows in a common work, we look forward hopefully to the future, trusting in the Beneficent Wisdom under whose guidance and protection we are.”  “Through God’s grace, Morgan Park Presbyterian Church has survived two major fires, been a source of spiritual comfort and nurture throughout two World Wars and the great Depression, and witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ as the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood has evolved,” said Pastor Jane Tuma. Neighbors are invited to celebrate with the congregation at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl., Sun., Oct 9, 10:30 a.m. Rev. Craig Howard, Executive Presbyter of the Milwaukee Presbytery, will be preaching on the topic “Future Courage.”  A dinner celebration will be held at 3 p.m. at Ridge Country Club. For tickets and information, call 773-779-3355.

MPHS Celebrating a Century of Excellence

Homecoming Events Honor Past, Look to Future: 100-year-old Morgan Park High School (MPHS) will be honoring the past and looking toward the future at the Centennial Celebration Homecoming Weekend, Thurs., Oct. 13 through Sat., Oct. 15. The weekend begins with the homecoming game, Morgan Park vs. Hubbard High School, Thurs., Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Gately Stadium, 810 E. 103rd St. Tickets are $5.

The Centennial Gala, an after-five formal affair and fundraiser, will be held Fri., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Chateau Bu-Sche, 11535 S. Cicero, Alsip. Tickets are $100 each and include five hour open bar, four course family style dinner, live entertainment and DJ, and limited edition keepsake. Special package available for reserved tables of 10 includes ad in program book and carnival passes.  The Coming Home Carnival will be held Sat., Oct. 15, 12 to 5 p.m. at the school, 1744 W. Pryor. Admission is $15. Purchasing a weekend package for $140 per person will save $60 on event tickets and extras that include a Homecoming T-shirt and hoodie. Info: 773-891-5387 or

DAR Programs Bring History Alive

The Dewalt Mechlin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will host two events this fall featuring Chicago actor and storyteller Terry Lynch, known for his interpretations of well-known persons from history. Both events are open to the public for free. On Sat., Oct. 22, DAR will join with the Ridge Historical Society (RHS) to present “Mudslinging, Muckraking and Apple Pie: Presidential Campaigns, the Great American Pastime,” 10:30 a.m. at the RHS, 10621 S. Seeley Ave. Just in time for this year’s election, Lynch will entertain with stories of campaign craziness from America’s early days. Think today’s politics are down and dirty? Believe it or not, they have actually gotten more civil over the years. The program will cover the mayhem of the campaigns of Jefferson v. Adams (1800), Jackson v. Adams (1828), Lincoln v. Douglas (1860), and Grant v. everyone.  Also covered in this program is the 1912 campaign when Teddy Roosevelt decided to start his own political party. Space is limited. Make reservations by calling Suzanne Smith, 773-791-9747.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Lynch will portray Navy Chief Radioman Edward Campbell, eyewitness to the attack, in “Night of Dancing, Day of Infamy,” Sat., Nov. 5, 1 p.m., Smith Village,  2320 W. 113th St. In the program, Lynch relives the events and the aftermath that led to the U.S. entering World War II.. Reservations are not required for this program.

The National DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Membership is open to women who can prove their lineal descent from Patriots of the American Revolution. The local chapter is named for Dewalt Mechlin, the Patriot ancestor of the chapter’s founder. For information contact the chapter regent Karolyn Kuehner,


Puppets Add to ‘Peter and the Wolf’ Concert

Beverly/Morgan Park-based Jeannie McQueenie Productions will provide puppet and set for the Southwest Symphony Orchestra’s production of “Peter and the Wolf,” Tues., Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., Ozinga Chapel, Trinity Christian College, 6601 College Dr., Palos Heights. Written by Sergei Prokifiev for children, the music and narration tell the story of a boy named Peter who, despite his grandfather’s warning, goes out alone and encounters a wolf. Through quick thinking and the help of a bird, Peter captures the wolf then celebrates his achievement. “Peter and the Wolf” is an excellent introduction to classical music for young persons. Tickets are $6 for students (chaperones free) when purchased in advance. Group rates apply for parties of 75 or more. Ticket: 708-802-0686 or Information: 773 220-6693 or



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