Neighborhood Notes

Document Shredding. Document shredding for 19th Ward residents will be offered Sat., Dec. 1, 9 to 11 a.m., St. Barnabas School parking lot, 10121 S. Longwood Dr. Free. Documents are shredded on site. Only documents that are loose can be shredded; remove stable and binders before arriving on site. Electronics will NOT be accepted at this collection.  

Medicare Seminar.  Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., host Medicare Made Clear, Sat., Dec. 1, 1 p.m. The seminar will cover Medicare choices, information on coverage and a free educational guide. Free. Info: 312-747-9673. 

Smith Village Open Mic. Willie and Debbie Parks will host Open Mic Night Tues., Dec. 4, 7 to 10 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform holiday-themed and other routines for an appreciative audience. Free. Sign up: or 773-574-9727. General info: Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300. 

Apply for Census Jobs. The United States Census Bureau is accepting job applications for the 2020 census team. Apply online at or call 1-855-562-2020.  

Election Judges Needed. The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking persons to serve as election judges for the municipal election, Tues., Feb. 26. Election judges are responsible for the conduct of elections at each polling place. For details on eligibility and requirements, and to apply to become an election judge, visit 

Programs Offer Connection, Support. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, offers connection and support though groups and seminars.  GROW and Gendernauts have joined to provide an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ high school aged teens for free monthly support groups and social activities; info Bonn Wade, 773-330-2544. “Manifest 2019,” a workshop in the Wellness Seminar Series ,  allows participants to manifest dreams, goals, and plans for 2019 through a mediation, hands-on activities, and aromatherapy, will be held Sat., Dec. 8, 3 to 5 p.m.; $10, info/registration,  

BACinema Screens WWI Drama. “Paths of Glory,” an intense war drama from 1957 starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick, will be screened Sat., Dec. 8, 1 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The screening is co-presented by the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers as part of the World War I Centennial Film Festival. Tickets: $6 ($5 for BAC members). 773-445-3838 or 

“Finding Holiday Joy When Grieving,” a discussion of the experience of grief, as well as ideas and strategies to make it through the holidays, will be led by grief and loss counselor Aida Pigott,  Sat., Dec. 8, 3 to 5:30 p.m.,  Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. A lighted candle will illuminate and honor participants’ loved ones throughout the session. Participants are asked to bring a photo of their loved one to create a memory box. $15. Info and registration, 

Moon Circle: A gathering for stillness, reflection, and connection in rhythm with natures moon cycles, will be held Mondays, Dec. 10 and Jan. 7 and 21, 7:45to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western.  Moon Circle is a sacred time and space for supported meditation, to set intentions or facilitate release in a ceremonious way with each new and full moon. $15/session or $50/four sessions.  Info/registration (required),   

Sign up by Dec. 18 to participate in Ald. Mat O’Shea’s Holiday Dodge Ball Tournament, Dec. 26 and 27, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. The tournament is open to all 19th Ward elementary school students, and players are grouped by age and randomly assigned to teams. $1 per player. Info: or 773-238-8766.  

WordPress Meet Up. Adults and teens are invited to a discussion on WordPress, one of the most popular website companies worldwide with a diverse community of designers, developers and artists, Wed. Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m., Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Free. Info: 312-747-9673. 

Registration for BAC School of the Arts winter classes continues through the start of the session, Jan. 7, at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Classes are offered for all ages in visual and performance arts, including music, theater, filmmaking, painting and drawing, dance and more. Find the class schedule at Sign up online, by phone at 773-445-3838 or in person. 

Community Choir Recruiting Singers. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir is recruiting singers for its 20th season. The Choir, sponsored by the Community of Churches, performs a variety of sacred music from classical to gospel at a concert in spring. There are no auditions and music is provided. Music pick-up and registration will be held Sun., Jan. 6, 3:15 to 5 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell Ave. Rehearsals begin at same location Sun., Jan. 13, 3:15 p.m. also at Immanuel UCC. 

All voices are welcome though male voices are particularly needed. Info: 

An Artist’s Life A Century in the Making, an exhibit of batiks and other works by Ethel Wirtshafter, 1909-2009, through Feb. 24, Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave. $10 ($5/RHS members). Reservations required: 773-881-1675 or


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