Neighborhood Notes

Register for Turkey Trot. Registration is open for the 8th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk to be held Sat., Nov. 26. Proceeds benefit the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation. Info/registration: or 7732–238-8766.

Smith Village Holiday Vendor Fair.  Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites the general public to the Fall Holiday Vendor Fair, Fri., Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More than a dozen vendors will offer games, children’s books, soaps, specialty chocolates, greeting cards, jewelry, scarves, purses, shawls, hand-crafted items and more. Vendors include Kim Schuch’s tabletop games; Julie Larsen’s Nisse Farm honey, soaps and lotions; Portraits by Rose; Tastefully Simple; Avon; Leslie’s Chocolates; Fannie Mae; Inspired Boutique Clothing; Usborne Books; Vicki’s Scents and Candles; Kathy’s Jewelry; Rich’s Warmers and Tools; and Smith Village Stitchery Group. Info:  773-474-7300 or

Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., will host the annual Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair, Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the social hall. This event has been held for over 50 years and features jewelry at the Tiffany Booth; homemade fudge, breads, pies and other baked goods; 97-mile brooms; an opportunity table; and much more. The Bazaar Committee accept donations including fudge, jewelry, toiletries, raffle items, etc. Info:

CK Class of ’17 FUNDrive. The Class of 2017 at Christ the King School, 9240 S. Hoyne,  is accepting clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, hats, mittens, accessories, toys, small electronics, sporting goods, books and much more to be reused and recycled to fund school activities. Drop off items at the school during school hours or at the church after Mass, or bring items to the church parking lot Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info:

Combined Voices Literary Reading.  Members of the Beverly/Morgan Park-based Longwood Writers Guild and Chicago-wide TallGrass Writers Guild will present a “combined voices” reading of original works, including works published in the Outrider Press Black and White anthology series, Sat., Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Readers include Grazina Smith, LD Barnes, Bill Grady, Grace Kuikman and Brenda Robinson of the Longwood Writers Guild, and Martin Altman and Joe Weintraub of the TallGrass Writers Guild.  Free and open to the public. Copies of the Black and White anthologies will be available for purchase and signing. Info:, or 219-322-7270.

HollyDays Helps Families. Start your holiday shopping season by making a difference in the lives of families with at-risk or special needs children. The annual HollyDays shopping event on Sat., Nov. 5, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., raises funds for I Am Who I Am and fosters acceptance through awareness. Admission: $10. Proceeds from the event fund to the volunteer-driven I Am Who I Am not-for-profit. Info:

Join the Community Choir. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir is recruiting singers for its 2016 Christmas Concert. Rehearsals begin Sun., Nov. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl. The concert will be held Fri., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. also at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church and in collaboration with the church’s choir and the Chatham Choral Ensemble. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir is open to all, and particularly needs male voices. An audition is not required. Sign up to sing at Info:

Christmas International House Seeks Host Families. The Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Community of Churches is seeking volunteer host families for Christmas International House (CIH), a Christian ministry that offers hospitality to international students studying at American universities who may be unable to travel home for the holidays. Hosts are responsible for providing students with breakfast and dinner as well as Christmas celebrations of services or Mass. Host families are encouraged to plan group activities that expand sharing about one another’s cultures and deepen friendships. For more information on becoming a host family, contact Bill Waddell, 773-896-7801, or Allan Lindrup, 773-595-4921.

Blessings of CHEER.  The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center offers “Blessings and Beyond,” a program on gratitude in preparation for Thanksgiving through CHEER (Choices for Humor Education Enlightenment and Renewal) Wed., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to noon, LCMH, 2800 W. 95th St. Free. Registration: 708-423-5774.

Coping with the Holidays. Coping With the Holidays, presented by Father Jim Heneghan, offers support and encouragement for facing the holiday season to people mourning the loss of a loved one, Wed., Nov. 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St. Registration: 708-229 5480.

Small Business Marketing. 6 Steps to a Winning Marketing Campaign, a workshop by small business marketing consultant Britt’ni Fields, will be held Wed., Nov. 9, 6 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Participants will learn how to lay out the life cycle of a marketing campaign in six basic steps, from determining the campaign target to measuring success. Info: 312-747-9673.

Platinum Adventures. The Beverly Bank Platinum Adventures Club will host Memories of South Side Chicago with humorist Larry Bergnach, Thurs., Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl.; Historic Christmas Tree Ship presentation with original photos, Tues., Nov. 29, 2 p.m., Oak Lawn Bank & Trust, 5300 W. 95th St.; and Christmas Traditions, the real life stories behind some of the most beloved holiday practices, Tues., Dec. 6, Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl. All events, free for members or $5. Info/registration: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or

BAC Student Productions. BACStar Productions presents student actors in “Music Man Kids,” Fri, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. and Sun, Nov. 13,  2 p.m., and “The Nifty Fifties,” Fri., Nov. 18 and Sat., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 20, 2 p.m. Tickets and information: 773-445-3838 or

Stress Management Workshop. Jennifer Lara, LCPC will present on Stress Management and Boundaries, Sat., Nov. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10735 S. Western, 2nd floor. The workshop is the third in the nine part series, and will offer ways to increase awareness about boundaries and establish boundaries and provide tools for assertiveness. $10. Info/registration

Second City at the BAC. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., hosts the Second City Touring Company in “Holidazed & Confused Revue,” a send-up of the holiday season, Sat., Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets $25 or $23 BAC members at 773-445-3838 or

CK Mass for Veterans. Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., will host a Veterans Day Mass with choir, Sun., Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m. The parish will honor Ret. Col. Helen L. McCormick, U.S. Army, who served 30 years in the military spanning World War II, Korea and Vietnam eras. Terri Guldan will be present to sign her book, “The Letter, a Family Tale Unplugged.” Info: 773-238-4877.

Deal on Winter Art Classes. A one-day sale on School of the Arts class registration will be offered Thurs., Nov. 17 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Classes are offered for preschoolers through adults in visual and performing arts. Registration: 773-445-3838 or

‘Dream Havana.’  Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S.  Longwood Dr., invites the community to a showing of “Dream Havana,” Sat., Nov. 19, 5 p.m.  The award-winning 2007 documentary, produced and directed by Gary Marks, Music Director at the church, describes the long-time friendship between two writers who face the choice of staying in Cuba and continuing to struggle or to brave open water to reach a better life in Florida. Marks will be in attendance for a discussion of the film Info: 773-238-2600 or

Potluck Dinner and Dancing. Unity in Diversity, Community of Churches and Southsiders for Peace will host a potluck dinner and square and line dancing featuring caller Pete Pribyl , Sat., Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 9848 S. Winchester. Everyone is welcome.  Bring a dish to share, beverages will be provided. Donation: $3 per person or $5 for the family. Info: 773-233-1420 or 773-216-6515

Silhouettes by Erik. World-renowned silhouette artist Erik Johnson will be at Belle Up. 1915 W. 103rd St., creating amazing keepsakes in time for the holidays, Sun., Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Silhouettes are $30. Reservations required. Info:




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