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.