Neighborhood Notes

95th Street Farmers Market. The 95th Street Farmer’s Market, located in the commuter parking lot at 95th and Longwood Dr., is open every Sunday through Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Visit with local organizations in the community tent, keep the kids busy with facepainting and other activities, enjoy live music and shop for fresh produce and a variety of other items. New and old vendors offer a wide variety of farm fresh fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers; organic foods; cheese; bread; sweet treats; prepared foods and more. The market is organized by the 95th Street Business Association.  

Support Group for Caregivers. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl.,invites local residents to a free support group for people who take care of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, Tues., July 3, 6:30 p.m. The group will be hosted by Diane Morgan, social service director of long-term care, who will lead an open discussion on topics that can range from “sundowning” to the disease’s progress to what certain behaviors mean. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or 

Country on Western. Barney Callaghan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western, hosts the Country on Western Music Festival Sat., July 7, beginning at 3 p.m. Eight country music acts will perform in the parking lot and local food vendors that be serving include Americano’s and  Soggy Butts Barbecue.  

CAPS Meetings. Area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620 or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Jul. 11, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station; Beat 2213, Thurs., Jul. 12, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.; Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Jul. 26, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

St. Walter Arts & Crafts Fair. St. Walter Catholic School presents the Arts & Crafts Fun Fest, Sat., July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the school, 11741 S. Western. Enjoy a day of shopping for unique items including jewelry, photos, painting candles and more, as well as family activities. Vendor application fee is $55. Info/applications: 

LSC Meeting. Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Jul. 18, 7 to 9 p.m. MPHS Library, 1744 W. Pryor. 773-535-2550. 

Big City Basketball Camp. The Church of Chicago will host the Big City Basketball Camp (BCBC) weekdays, Mon., July 9 through Fri., July 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Vanderpoel School, 9510 S. Prospect Ave. The camp is open to boys and girls in 3rd through 8th grades. BCBC was created to build communities through sports participation and character building. Participants will have fun and develop sportsmanship and teamwork as they engage in skills training, contests, life lessons and healthy competition. Every camper receives an equal opportunity to play and learn. The camp is led by volunteers who provide a positive and supportive atmosphere. Each camper receives a basketball camp T-shirt, basketball and awards poster. For more information call 773-672-7230 or visit    

Jazz-n Q Concert. Jazz-n Q featuring music by the MoPa Quartet (musicians are members of the nationally recognized Lowdown Brass Band) and barbecue, will be held Sun., July 22, 4 p.m., Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl. Free to all. Info:     

Vacation Bible School. Morgan Park Presbyterian Church and Morgan Park United Methodist Church will be teaming up for one week of Vacation Bible School: “Here, There and Everywhere: Finding God’s Love with Dr. Seuss,”  July 23 through 27 with a closing picnic on Sun., July 29. The activities will be held at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl. Info:     

Community Blood Drive. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11107 S. Vincennes, will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross Thurs., July 26, 1 to 6 p.m. Community members are encouraged to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have an ample supply of blood. To minimize wait times, schedule an appointment at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  On the day of the drive, people can pre-register at 

The Frunchroom, Volume XIV.The Beverly Area Arts Alliance presents The Frunchroom, a quarterly event about the South Side will be held Thurs., July 26, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Hosted and produced by neighborhood resident Scott, readers, writers, artists and performers share their stories in the same way your friends and family sat around in their own frunchr…er, front rooms and did the same. Stories might be fiction, non-fiction, funny, emotional, personal, reported or somewhere in-between. Info:  

Terrain Fest + Slow Roll Chicago Ride. Presented by the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative, the Beverly Area Arts Alliance and Slow Roll Chicago, Terrain Fest will take place Sat., July 28, 2 to 6 p.m., as the business district at 99th to 100th Streets on Walden Parkway and Wood Street is transformed into a walkable street plaza where residents can lounge, kids can ride bikes and all can witness the diversity of our community. Terrain Fest celebrates making our community more walkable, bike-able and diverse. Plus, back by popular demand is Slow Roll Chicago, a leisurely bike ride through Beverly and the South Side. The event features food trucks, beverages, art, music and a kids’ area as well as information stations on how you can help make our neighborhood less auto-dependent.  

Mercy Circle Summer Open. When visitors to the open house at Mercy Circle, 3659 W.99th St., Sun., July 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., they tour the main floor dining room, bistro, exercise room, boutique salon, library as well as the awe-inspiring Chapel where Mass is offered six days a week. They can also visit the gardens and courtyard. Senior Living Advisor Marge Everett and other staff members will conduct tours, answer questions and explain the many services and continuum of care available at the CCRC.  “At Mercy Circle we offer top quality healthcare and support services,” Everett said, “but we believe it is the heart and soul of our mission to provide the perfect blend of independence and engagement for each individual according to his or her needs and desires.”  Info/private appointments: 773-253-3600. 


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