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.
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 St. Tickets $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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.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 Celebration, Sat., 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Shanya Gray, email@example.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 Market, Sat., 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 website. Info: Office of Graduate Admission, 773-298-3053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free document shredding, Sat., 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 email@example.com.
Mercy Circle, 3659 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.