Neighborhood Notes  

Community News and Events for August 2019 


CAPS Meetings. Area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Aug. 1, 6 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2213, Thurs., Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2221, Tues., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton. 

Back to School Fair. Advocate Children’s Medical Group, 9730 S. Western, hosts an outdoor Back to School Fair, Sat., Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features free food, kid-friendly music by DJ PJ, book bag and school supply giveaways, face painting, crafts, selfie station, raffles, physicals and dental screenings, and vendors. Free. Facebook page: 

Farmers Market. Enjoy a bounty of fresh summer produce plus a wide variety of artisanal and organic items, prepared foods, plants and more at the 95th Street Farmers Market, Sundays through October, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 95th Street at Longwood Drive. Events include: Aug. 4 — representatives from Chicago Park District offering information on fall programming, and Joel Barr playing music, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Aug. 11 — Vanderpoel Improvement Association members sharing information about their Resource Extravaganza on Aug. 17 plus music by Mark Taylor, craft activity with the children’s librarian from Beverly Branch Library in the Children’s Tent, and complimentary face painting, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Aug. 18 — One Tail at a Time will bring a dog available for adoption, 9 to 11 a.m., and crafts with the Beverly Branch children’s librarian and music by DJ Ruta Spencer, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Aug. 25, — Chicago Park District representatives return with fall program information, music by Beverly All Stars, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and complimentary face painting, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  “Like” the 95th Street Facebook page to stay up to date on our weekly schedule for the market.  Choose the Farmers Market tab at for more information.  

Enrollment Coffees. Council Oak Montessori School, 2521 S. Grove St., Blue Island, invites families to learn more about the school, staff and students at Enrollment Coffee sessions, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.mAppointments required: 708-926-9720. 

Unity in the Community Picnic. Unity in Diversity, Southsiders for Peace, CASA of Blue Island, Chicago Commission on Human Relations and other anti-racist organizations will host the Unity in the Community Picnic – Build Bridges Not Walls, Sun., Aug. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., on the lawn at Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a dish to share and a lawn chair if you can; beverages, music, dancing and activities for children will be provided. This year’s picnic will be dedicated to the memory of John Boelter, a tireless fighter for peace and social justice and founder of Unity in Diversity.  

The Defamation Experience. Morgan Park United Methodist Church 11030S; Longwood Dr., will present The Defamation Experience featuring “Defamation,” an interactive professional stage play that tackles the social constructs of race, class and gender, followed by deliberation and discussion Sun., Aug. 4, 5 p.m.  The “Defamation” cast serves as the judge, attorneys and parties in a civil defamation case, and the audience serves as the jury, facing their own biases. Admission is $20 and proceeds benefit the church, which was one of the first churches in the area to integrate and maintains a diverse congregation. More about production 

National Night Out. Chicago Police 22nd District invites area residents to enjoy free food, refreshments, games, music, bounce house, face painting and more at National Night Out 2019, Tues., Aug. 6, 5 to 8 p.m., 22nd District, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. Info: 312-745-0620.  

Memory Care Support Group. Caregivers and family members of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are invited to a free memory care support group Tues., Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., Smith Village, a life plan community, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Diane Morgan, social service director of Long-Term Care for Smith Village, will lead an open discussion exploring questions about behaviors associated with dementia, including sundowning, as well as other issues related cognitive decline. RSVP: 773-474-7300 or 

Workshop Focus is Jobs. Resume Writing, Interview and Networking Tips, a workshop that will help people looking for a first or next job, will be presented by Sander Marcus, PhD and Certified Professional Resume Writer, Tues., Aug. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodson Regional Library, 95th and Halsted. Marcus is a BAPA member Learn more about him at The workshop is free. Info:  

Artist/Writers Group for LGBTQ Adolescents. Chicago community activist Steve English and Licensed Professional Counselor Patti Ahern are joining forces to create an artists and writers group for LGBTQ and questioning youth age 12 and up. The purpose of the group is to help young artists and writers explore their creativity while helping them feel comfortable in an atmosphere of camaraderie and understanding.  The first meeting of the group will be held Tues., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., The Blossom Boys, 1810 W. 103rd St. Info and attendance confirmation: or 

Property Tax Appeals. The Cook County property tax appeal office is tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 12. Notices will be sent to residents and there is a 30-day window to file an appeal. Another opportunity to appeal property taxes will be open by the Cook County Board of Review in the fall. Info: any Cook County Assessor office or online at Appeal forms are available at the 19th Ward Service Office.  

Major Taylor Trail Keepers Ride. The Community and Neighborhood Improvement Project (CNIP) will host the Major Taylor Trail Keepers Ride, Sat., Aug. 10, marking the 120th anniversary of Marshall “Major “Taylor winning the world 1-mile championship in Montreal. Ride options range from 5 to 89 miles. Registration and check in 7 a.m. and all rides start at 8 a.m., leaving from Morgan Park Commons, 800 W. 115th St., and following the Major Taylor Trail. Details and registration:   

Community Forum on Keller School Kindergarten. Area residents are invited to a community forum to provide input on the goal of adding a kindergarten program in 2020 at Keller Regional Gifted Center, 3020 W. 108th St., Tues., Aug. 13, 1 p.m.   

VIA Resource Extravaganza. The Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA) hosts the biennial Resource Extravaganza, Sat., Aug. 17, 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m., on the 9500 to 9600 block of Vanderpoel Avenue and the Vanderpoel Humanities Academy parking lot. The event features music with DJ Radio Ruta and supervised games for children and teens, and an opportunity to sell and swap treasures ($10 table donation)Donation for refreshments: $2 per person or $10 for families (five maximum). Info/table reservations: Carroll Vaughn, 

MPHS LSC Meeting. The Morgan Park High School Local School Council (LSC) meets Wed., Aug. 21, 6 p.m., school library, 1744 W. Pryor. LSC meetings are open to the public. 773-535-2550. 

South Specific Storytelling. Richard Aspell, David Boyle, Erin Johnson and Madeline O’Malley will be telling wacky and wonderful stories at South Specific, Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. $10 admission. BYOB. Info: 

Vintage Hats Exhibit and Movie. View Vintage Hats, an exhibit curated by Pat McGrail, and enjoy “What Is It About Hats? A Documentary About the People Under the Brim” by filmmaker Andee Kinzy, Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.  

Fore the Macs Golf Outing. Mother McAuley High School will host its annual Fore the Macs – Playing it Forward Golf Outing Thurs., Aug. 29, Ridge Country Club10355 S. California Ave. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with registration and Putting with the President and a shotgun start for 9-holes of golf at 3 p.m. Dinner follows.  All proceeds benefit McAuley Tradition of Excellence legacy scholarship students.  The cost for golf and dinner is $175 per person or $600 per foursome. Info: 

Renaissance Academy invites new members for the 2019-2020 season. The organization was created for retired and semi-retired people enjoy learning. They present forums for study topics decided on by members and offered in fall, winter and spring sessions at Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. Annual membership is $175 and includes privileges at the SXU library and all Renaissance Academy special events. Info: or 773-298-3149. 


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