Neighborhood Notes

News from around Beverly/Morgan Park for April 2017

Business and Breakfast. Join BAPA, Accion and SCORE for a Business and Breakfast: How to Start Your New Business, a one-hour workshop for new business owners, Wed., Apr. 5, 8:30 a.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Topics include how to write a business plan, how to create realistic projections and how to access capital to get your business off the ground. Info: David Johnson, or 312-924-2178.

Growing Microgreens is Garden Club Meeting Topic. The Garden Club of Morgan Park/Beverly presents a program on growing microgreens indoors by Zachary Grant, Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, University of Illinois Extension, Wed., Apr. 5, 9:30 a.m., Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave. From 2008-2015 Grant was the manager and director of the Sustainable Student Farm at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a working small farm laboratory with a mission to grow year-round, high-quality produce for the dining halls and university community. Free.

Summer Jobs. The One Summer Chicago program will provide over 30,000 summer job and internship opportunities for Chicago residents ages 14 to 24. Find details and online applications at The deadline to apply is May 15,.

Spring into Fashion and Fun at LCMH In Good Company Shopping Event. The Little Company of Mary Auxiliary will host the 11th Annual In Good Company premier shopping event, Spring into Fashion and Fun, Thurs., Apr. 6, 4 to 8:30 p.m., Ridge Country Club, 10522 S. California Ave. “More than 30 unique vendors and 400 women attended to make last year’s event a huge success. We anticipate even more this year,” said Marci Batsakis, chair of the LCM Auxiliary and event co-chair. “Most importantly, this fun-filled evening raises funds that will benefit Little Company of Mary Hospital Infant and Child Services.” Event tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Instant raffle tickets are $5 each, or five for $20. Grand raffle tickets are $20 each, or three for $50 and winners need not be present. Grand raffle prizes include a gift card tree valued at $1,000, a Mario Tricoci gift certificate valued at $500 and a wine rack with wine selection. Information and tickets: Little Company of Mary Auxiliary, 708-229-5281 or

The Science of Harry Potter.  Laboratory Chicago presents an afterschool program on science behind the magic of Harry Potter Tues., Apr. 18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Beverly Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Ages 7 and up. Registration required. 312-747-9673. Note: Beverly Branch has new hours: Mon. – Thurs., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.

Spring at the Kroc Center. The Ray and Joan Kroc Center Chicago, 1250 W. 119th St., offers a variety of programs for all ages. The spring session begins Apr. 9. Among the wide range of classes are TRX Suspension Training, Thur., 7 p.m.;  Qi Gong, Thurs., noon; Spring Into Summer Challenge training sessions Apr. 8 through May 20 only); Kroc Diving Club, Wed., 5 p.m.; the Salvation Army Mighty Kroc Track Club, Tues., Thurs. and Sat., 5 p.m.; archery, Tues., 10 a.m.; and Men’s Open Basketball League, Sun., 10 a.m. Prices vary; discounts for Kroc Center members. Info and registration: or 773-995-3364.

MetroSouth Opens Immediate Care Center. MetroSouth Medical Center and Physicians Immediate Care recently opened an immediate care and occupational medicine facility at 4800 W. 129th St., Alsip. Hours are Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, equipped with exam and trauma rooms, as well as rooms for testing, lab work and x-rays, offers urgent care services for treating non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.  It will also offer occupational medicine services to employers for treatment of work-related injuries, drug and alcohol testing and a variety of work-related physical examinations.

Mercy Circle Open House. Meet Marge Everett, Mercy Circle’s Senior Living Advisor, and other key staff members at the open house Sun., Apr. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St. Staff will host tours, answer questions to help individual’s plan their retirement and provide guidelines about how to benefit by choosing the area’s only continuing care retirement community that does not require an entrance fee. As the only faith-based retirement community on Chicago’s southwest side, Mercy Circle celebrates Mass six days each week in a beautiful chapel. Info and appointments: 773-253-3600.

Beverly Area Arts Alliance Spring Events. The Beverly Area Arts Alliance invite the community to “A Constant Struggle” exhibit opening Sun., Apt. 23, 2 to 4 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.; The Frunchroom, Vol. IX, 2nd anniversary, Wed., Apr. 26 and Thurs., Apr. 27, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Woods Restaurant, 11532 S. Western Ave.; and Local Art On Tap: Driven to Abstraction, opening Sat., May 13, 7 p.m., Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western. Save the date for the Beverly Art Walk, Sat., Oct. 7. Info:

Pamela Munizzi Recognized. Pamela Munizzi was recognized by the Cook County Commission on Women’s’ Issues in March as the 11th District Unsung Heroine for two decades of volunteer and professional efforts with Special Olympics Chicago.  Munizzi was nominated by Women’s Commissioner Ginger Rugai, representing Cook County Board member, Hon. John Daley, 11th District, for Munizzi’s vital contribution to ensuring year round sporting opportunities for those with physical and intellectual disabilities. Munizzi has served in many capacities and offices with Special Olympics, as a board member, and eventually, President of Special Children’s Charities, the financial support team for the Chicago Park District programs.  In 2012, she was appointed Special Olympics Coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools, and under her leadership, the number of schools involved in the events has grown from 87 to 149 with 3,500 plus athletes participating in the year-round activities.

Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures of Beverly Bank invites area seniors to enjoy April outings: Golden Pyramid House and Russell Military Museum, Thurs., Apr. 13, departs 8:30 a.m. from Ridge Academy, 103rd and Campbell, $85 for members and $95 for non-members; “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Paramount Theatre, Wed., Apr. 19, $115 for members and $125 for non-members; call for departure information. Info/reservations: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., Apr. 26, 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., to discuss social policy and housing. The League is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues. Public welcome. Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or

World Tai Chi Day. The 3rd Annual Chicago South Side celebration of World Tai Chi Day will held Sat., Apr. 29. 10 to 11:15 a.m., Shannon Center, St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. Weather permitting, the event will be held outdoors by the pond; in case of inclement weather, it will be held indoors. This local chance to experience the health and healing benefits of Tai Chi is sponsored by Everything’s Relative Salon, 10548 S. Western, and Fyzical, 11113 S. Western. Free.

American Girl Tea Party. Girls age 7 to 12 are invited to bring their American Girl or any favorite doll and enjoy an informal tea party featuring stories, songs, crafts and light refreshments Sun., Apr. 30, 2 to 4 p.m. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Info: 312-747-9673. Note: New hours at Beverly Library are Mon. – Thurs., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.

‘Three Stars.’ Christ Alive World Wide Ministries presents “Three Stars,” a heartwarming dramatic comedy with music and dance, Mothers Day, Sun., May 14, 6 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Donation: $20 or $25 at the door. Tickets:



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