Neighborhood Notes

Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., has a packed schedule of programs. Preschool story time for ages 3 to 5, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game, Tues., Sept. 10. 17 and 24, 4 p.m. (players must bring cards); WordPress meet-up for teens and adults, Wed., Sept. 11, 6 p.m.; Meet and Greet with Dr. Don Baird, author of “Suffering is Highly Overrated: Reflections on Humor and Life,” Sat., Sept. 21, 1 p.m.; Poets United meeting (new members welcome), Sat., Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m.; and family musical story time with CATS (Creating Art Together with Songs), Thurs., Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Info: 312-747-9673. 

Tai Chi-Qigong Classes for seniors and all abilities, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell. Pay as you go, $10 per session. Info: annasyork@gmail.com630-234-5532 

LSC Meetings: John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; and. Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Sept. 18, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550. 

All area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email at, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beat 2221, Tues., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beat 2213, Thurs., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Oct. 3, 6 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

Great Connections, Great Books. The Great Connections, 11107 S. Longwood Dr., 2nd floor, invites community members to biweekly Great Books conversations about classic texts by authors such as Aristotle, George Orwell and Alexis de Tocqueville that have extraordinary relevance to modern life. Sessions are every other Thursday, Sept. 5 through Dec. 5., 7:30 to 9 p.m. RSVP and info: or 773-677-6418. 

Chicago Children’s Choir new singer auditions for the Beverly Neighborhood Choir, Thurs., Sept. 5, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Open to students in 3rd grade and up. Info: 312-849-8300. Sign up:  

Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, is collecting items for Sueños Sin Fronteras, a Latinx and Womxn– led collective responding to the immediate, short-term, and long-term medical and social needs of asylum-seeking families at the Texas-Mexico border. Drop off items such as travel size toiletries, brushes/combs, soap bars, diaper rash cream, new underwear (all sizes), socks (all sizes), feminine hygiene products, and quart size recloseable plastic bags outside the second floor entrance at any time through Dec. 31. Questions: Jennifer Lara, 773.251.8016 or 

Document shredding for 19th Ward residents sat., Sept. 7, 9 to 11 a.m., Crosswinds Church, 10835 S. Pulaski Rd. Only loose documents with staples and binders removed will be accepted’ documents are shredded on site.  

Author Angela McMullen will sign her book, “Confronting God: Phraseology for Courageous Faith, Sat., Sept. 7, 12 to 3 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. McMullen’s experiences in preaching, urban and music ministries let her to create the international internet radio show “Revelation: The Gospel According to House” where spirituality, social justice and other needs of the community reach listeners in over 57 countries. Info: 312-747-9673. 

The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center, 2800 W. 95th St., will present “Updates on Ovarian Cancer,” a free seminar with gynecology/oncologist Carrie McIlwain, MD, Mon., Sept. 9, 11 a.m. Ovarian cancer does not have specific symptoms. Dr. McIlwain shares her expertise to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and discuss advances in treatment. Info/registration: 708 423-5774.  

Strengthening a Nation presents a 24-week youth entrepreneurship program beginning Mon., Sept. 9, 6 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. The program focuses on helping youth age 8 to 15 years think outside the box and learn to turn their dream business into a reality. Info:  

The community will come together for the 9/11 Remembrance and Uniformed First Responders Breakfast, Wed., Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m.., Beverly Bank & Trust, 10258 S. Western. The gathering will include lowering the flag as a powerful reminder of gratitude for the police officers, firefighters and military personnel who keep our country safe. Info: 773-239-2265.  

Moon Circle, a gathering for connection, stillness, meditation and reflection in rhythm with natures moon cycles, are typically held on Mondays closest to the new and full moons, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. $15 per session (sliding fee options available).  Preregistration required: 

High School Admissions 101: A Seminar for Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th Graders, Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Sutherland School, 10015 S. Leavitt. Get help navigating through the high school enrollment process from representatives from Chicago Public Schools, plus information about Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and Morgan Park High School. Reservations appreciated; adults only: 

A Pet Extravaganza for responsible pet ownership will be held Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Open to the first 100 pets of City of Chicago residents, Chicago Animal Care and Control will offer a low-cost vaccine clinic as well as micro-chipping and dog registration; cash only. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be in carriers; all animals that need to be muzzled must be muzzled. All pets over four months must have current rabies shots and dogs must have current license. The event is co-sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley.  

The Monthly Wellness Series begins with Journaling for Wellness Sat., Sept. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. Held on the second Saturday of each month, the series continues with For Teens: The Road to Adulthood, Oct. 12; For Parents: The Love for Social Media, Nov. 9; and Intentionally Creating Peace, Dec. 14. $10 per session. Space is limited; registration required: 773-310-3488 or 

The Garden Club of Morgan Park-Beverly Hills and Beverly Arts Center (BAC) will host the dedication of the new Roy Diblik Garden of Living Art, Wed., Sept. 18, 10 a.m., in the BAC courtyard, 2407 W. 111th St. Diblik, a renowned plant expert and author, designed the sustainable garden at the request of the club. Among Diblik’s many notable projects are the gardens at the at the Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium and the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park. 

Members of the Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council #1444 will be in area intersections for the annual Tootsie Roll drive, collecting for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Sept. 20 through 22.  Proceeds from the drive will benefit local programs such as the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Special Olympics Team, Misericordia Home, Mount Greenwood Special Recreation and St. Cajetan Special Religious Education. Community members who would like to volunteer can call Brian Larkin, 773-343-9841 or Bill Donnelly, 773-914-2635.  

CUB Clinic. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will help 19th Ward residents evaluate how to save money on utility bills at clinics Tues., Sept. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. and Thurs., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10400 S. Western. Bring copies of electric, gas and phone bills. Reserve your spot: contact Anairis with 19th Ward – 9/24 or 19th Ward 9/26 in the subject line, or call 312-263-4282 ext. 111. 

Find treasures at the annual Ridge Historical Society garage sale Fri., Sept. 27 and Sat., Sep. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10621 S. Seeley Ave. Do you have items to donate? Call 773-881-1675.  

Free monthly support group for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ high school aged teens, Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western.  Info:  Bonn Wade, LCSW, 773-330-2544, and Christina Sprayberry, LCSW, 314-550-4384.  

Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., open houses, Sun., Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thurs., Nov. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. Special 8th grade Shadow Day, Mon., Oct. 14; regular shadow days begin Sept. 3. 

Chicago Department of Public Health will offer free flu immunizations Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western. No appointment needed. Vaccines are offered to all adults and children over age six months. 773-238-8766.  

The Cook County Board of Review is accepting property tax appeal applications for 2019 taxes. There is no fee for appealing. The Board of Review will host an appeal assistance event Thurs., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Bring your tax bill or property index number. Appeals can be filed online at Info: Colleen White, 773-238-8766, 

BAPA, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley and Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association will host the 19th Ward Veterans Day Breakfast honoring veterans and currently serving members of the U.S. military Fri., Nov. 8, 9 to 11 a.m., Barraco’s3047 W. 111th St. Sweet Reminder will perform hits of yesterday. Free. Information and reservations: Margie Olsen, 773-238-8766 or 

Registration is open for the 11th annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K on Sat., Nov. 30. Register by Nov. 1 to get a hooded sweatshirt at no additional cost. Registration is $35 per person or $75 for the family walk; children under age 19, $30. Race day registration fees increase. Info: 773-238-8766 or 

Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, will host a networking event for local health care and social service providers strengthening connections within our local community, Fri., Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. Bring business cards, brochures, etc. to share.  RSVP by Oct. 4 at   



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