Neighborhood Notes

Support Group for Caregivers. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites neighborhood residents who are caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to attend a free memory support group Tues, Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. At the get-together, Smith Village memory support coordinator Diane Morgan will lead a Q&A session to answer questions or concerns about dementia. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or

Garden Club Meeting. The next meeting of the Morgan Park and Beverly Garden Club will meet Wed., Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m., at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave., for “Shade Can Be Stunning,” slide show on how shade is an opportunity to create a beautiful garden presented by Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine. Ulrich will showcase her garden as well as gardens from throughout the region. She was the garden columnist and feature writer for the Chicago Sun Times, and has written for “Garden Design,” “Horticulture,” “House Beautiful” and the Chicago Tribune. All are invited.

Stress Management Seminars. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, will offer stress management seminars on the second Saturday of each month, 3 to 5 p.m., beginning Sept. 10.  Learn how to de-stress and be healthier in mind, body and spirit. The topic of the first session is stress management and relaxation techniques. $10. Limited openings. Register in advance at or call 773-310-3488.

Diversity Collaborative Meets Sept. 7. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) will meet Wed., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. The group supports and celebrates diversity of all forms in the Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt Greenwood communities, and aims to continuously advance as a cohesive, welcoming, cooperative group, providing opportunities and safe spaces for sharing open dialogue, fostering relationships and advocating for the diversity of our neighborhoods.  All are welcome to attend meeting and learn more.

Shredding and Recycling Event. 19th Ward residents can bring items for document shredding, electronics recycling and prescription drug disposal at a collection Sat., Sept. 10, 9 to 11 a.m., Crosswinds Church 10835 S. Pulaski Rd. Free. Documents are shredded on site but they must be loose with staples and binders removed.

Ken’s Hosts Anniversary Kick-Off. Ken’s Restaurant, 10522 S. Western, will kick off festivities for its 50th annivesary of a favorite neighborhood restaurant Sun., Sept. 11, starting at 11 a.m. Watch the football game and enjoy food and beverages at this out door party. Info: 773-238-0234 or on Feacebook at Kensonwestern.

Longwood Writers Guild. The Longwood Writers Guild, a critique group for adult creative writers, will meet Mon., Sept. 12 and 26, 7 pm., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. The group is open to writers working at all levels and in all genres. Donation appreciated. Info:

Prevent Cyber Bullying. Sen. Bill Cunningham and Rep. Fran Hurley will present a seminar on how to recognize and prevent cyber bullying Tues., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., Mount Greenwood Library, 11010 S. Kedzie. Info: 773-445-8128.

Beverly Bank Platinum Adventures will host a senior outing to Cellular Field for White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians, Thurs., Sept. 15. $75 per person includes buffet, bingo and game ticket plus beer, wine and soft drinks. Departure 11:30 a.m. from Ridge Academy, 2501 W. 103rd St. Reservations required: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265.

Be a Mercy Home Volunteer. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is in need of volunteer tutors at the girls’ campus, 11600 S. Longwood Dr. Volunteers are assigned to one resident and commit to tutoring one hour per week for the school year. Study sessions take place in the evening, Mon. through Thurs. Training and support are provided. Info: or Dee Atkins, 312-738-7552.

Community Meet & Greet. A meet and greet for community businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs will be held Thurs., Sept. 15, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Marquette Bank, 9858 S. Western Ave. This after hours event is designed to foster networking, start business-to-business conversations and grow local businesses. Free. RSVP: Karen Truitt,

Words By Friends. Come hear original works by local writers at Words by Friends, Thurs., Sept. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. BYOB. Donations appreciated.

‘Siberia Souls’ Exhibit Opens at BUC. The opening reception for “Siberia Souls,” an exhibit by Audrius V. Plioplys, will be Fri., Sept. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 10 and be featured on the Beverly Art Walk, Oct. 1. “Siberia Souls” was created to mark the start of Stalin’s mass deportations of nationalities deemed “enemies of the Soviet Union” 75 years ago. According to the artist, today’s political climate makes people vulnerable to a chance of “history repeating itself, and the exhibit is an attempt to artistically voice opposition to these forces of demagoguery.”

North Beverly Community Garage Sale. Beverly Improvement Association (BIA) hosts the 2nd Annual North Beverly Community Garage Sale Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout North Beverly. Participating houses will be marked with balloons and maps will be available. Don’t miss this sale if you’re looking for bargains, treasures and fabulous finds.

Festival of Good Food & Wine. Private Chef Alvin Green will prepare a six course meal of gourmet foods and desserts which will be paired with fine wines and beer at the Festival of Good Food & Wine, Sat., Sept. 17, 4 to 7 p.m., Victory Reins, 11900 W. Offner Rd., Peotone. The event raises funds for scholarships to the Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Program. $75 per person or $140 per couple includes one bottle of white or red wine per person. RSVP with payment by Sept. 12: 815-382-8694 or

Midway 5K Takes Flight for Special Olympics. The Midway Fly Away 5K benefitting Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities will be held Sun., Sept. 18 starting at 8:45 a.m. and running on the airfield at Chicago Midway International Airport. New this year: Midway Miler for kids age 10 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit 6,800 Special Olympics Chicago athletes. Info:

Winter Heating Funds Available for Eligible Families. The Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) provides winter heating assistance for eligible low-income households through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The benefit amount per eligible family is based on household size, fuel type and geographic location. LIHEAP applications are available at Community Care Outreach, 1819 W. 87th St., 773-881-9007, and PLOWS Council on Aging, by appointment, 708-361-0219.

Beverly Juniors Host Open Meeting. The GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club is gearing up for another successful and fun year and is looking for new members. Women interested in learning more about the Club are invited to a gathering Mon., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Christ the King Gleeson Center, 9235 S Hamilton. The Beverly Juniors are dedicated to the personal growth of its members through participation in informal programs and charitable fundraising. Info: GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club on Facebook or

Beverly Bank Fall Fest. Welcome the new season at Beverly Bank’s annual Fall Fest, sat. Sept,. 24, 3 to 6 p.m., at the main bank, 10258 s. Western. Enjoy food, music, face painting and a special performance by Matt Wilhelm, 3-Time X Games Medalist.

KC Raises $15,000+ For Ultrasound Machine. Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council #1444 donated $5,620 to help fund a new obstetric ultrasound machine and staff training on the new equipment for the Evergreen Park office of The Women’s Center. Perez members sold 906 $20 raffle tickets that yielded $100 prizes for 23 winners, five of whom donated their prizes back to the council. The fundraiser was supported by local pastors and parishioners including Christ the King, St. Cajetan and St. Christina churches.

Medicare Made Easy. Diane Adduci, a licensed insurance representative, will present Medicare Made Easy, an educational program about Medicare Parts A and B and Medicare Supplement Plans, Thurs., Sept. 22, 11 a.m.  Beverly Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Adduci will provide information on eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare designed for people turning 65, already 65 but losing their employer retiree plans or people who would simply like to learn about Medicare and Medicare Supplements. Info:  312-747-9673.

14th Annual I Madonnari. The 14th Annual I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will be held Sat., Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sutherland School, 10015 S. Leavitt St. Enjoy a day of art, entertainment, PTA Bake Sale, food vendors, face painting and more. Stroll the school grounds and watch as artists create masterpieces on the sidewalk. Join in: buy a sidewalk square and create your own art. Info:

Restore the Tree Canopy. 19th Ward Ald, Matt O’Shea and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will distribute free oak saplings to be planted in the community. Order saplings online at and pick them up Sun., Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to noon, at the 95th Street Farmers Market, 95th and Longwood Drive. Planting and care instructions will be provided.

New Photography Exhibit Celebrates Local Women. Women of Beverly (WOB), an exhibit of photographs by Diego Ivan Martirena, will premiere at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Sun., Sept. 25. The opening event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and will include a meet and greet with the photographer and some of the subjects, a short video about the project, access to the gallery and refreshments. Works by several other guest photographers, including Erin Konrath, Rebecca Gaz Healy and Meg Fitzpatrick, will also be on exhibit. The event is free to the public. WOB features framed photographs of 35 women from the Beverly/Morgan Park area. A short video features the women talking about their lives in the community and participation in this project.  More info: 773-787-5058, or

Property Tax Appeal Seminar. The Cook County Board of Review is accepting 2016 property tax appeal applications from area homeowners. The Board of Review and 19th Ward Office will co-host an appeal assistance seminar Wed., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Bring your tax bill or property index number for the required paperwork. Appeals can also be filed online at Info: 773-238-8766. Or colleen.white@cityofchicago,org.

RHS Hosts Great Annual Garage and Book Sale. Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley Ave., will host its annual garage and book sale Fri., Sept. 30 and Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RHS is currently accepting donations of housewares, home goods, tools, jewelry and books. Clothing will not be accepted. All donations are tax deductible. Proceeds of the sale go toward the preservation and historical research efforts of the society. RHS is also looking for volunteers to work the sale. Info: 773-881-1675 or



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