Neighborhood Notes: Community News & Events – March 2022 

 

Ridge Historical Society has extended the Real American Girls of the Ridge exhibit to the end of March. The charming display uses vintage newspaper articles, photos, maps, artifacts and more to tell the true stories of five real girls/women, in the context of their times in the Beverly/Morgan Park area, paired with the time they share in history with dolls from the American Girl collection. Call 773-881-1675 or email ridgehistory@hotmail.com in advance to reserve a date and time to see this exhibit. Visitors must pre-register, be vaccinated, and remain masked in the building. Groups will be kept separate or distanced. Follow RHS on social media at www.facebook.com/RidgeHistorical/Society. 

Registration opens Thurs., Mar. 3 for the one-day Marcus Martin Youth Fundamentals Football Camp on Sat., Apr. 16, and the 7-week Martin NFL Flag Football League starting May 7. Programs are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 13. The camps are developed and offered by former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mike Martin. Info: Mike Martin, 513-371-9255 or mchlmrtn2014@gmail.com. Register online at bit.ly/MMFYOUTHFOOTBALLCAMP. 

Chicago Kids Company children’s production of “Rapunzel” opens Mar. 3 and continues through May 6 on selected weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays Mar. 12 and Apr. 9, 1 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Tickets are $14 to $18 (children on laps and under age 2 are free) with group rates starting at $8. Info/tickets: 773-205-9600 or chicagokidscompany.com.  

Candidate applications for 2022 Local School Council elections are due Fri., Mar. 4, 3 p.m.  LSC spots are open for parents, community members, and school staff to serve two years. Find more info and applications online at cps.edu/about/local-school-councils/ and return them with two forms of identification to the Chicago Public School at which you intend to run.  

Chicago Park District’s free Teen Opportunity Fairs 2022 offers kids ages 13 to 19 a chance to learn about programs in the fields of recreational, educational/vocational, and job readiness, Sat., Mar. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.; Sat., Mar. 12, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Malcolm X College, 1900 E. Jackson Blvd.; and Sat., Mar. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd St., U Building. Info/registration chicagoparkdistrict.com/teen-opportunity-fairs.  

Wintrust Platinum Adventures presents Women in History, an engaging program in which Martina Mathisen portrays significant women in history, bringing them alive through the stories of their life experiences, Tues., Mar. 8, 2 p.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St. Info/reservations: Margie O’Connell, 773-298-4712 or moconnell@thebeverlybank.com 

The Kennedy Park Advisory Council (PAC) will meet Wed., Mar. 9, 6:30 p.m. in the park field house, 11320 S. Western. People interested in learning more about and supporting initiatives to improve the park are welcome to attend. Questions? Email kennedyparkpac@gmail.com 

CAPS 22nd District Police Beat 2213 meeting, Thurs., Mar. 10, 6 p.m. Zoom Access. ID: 884 3165 0628, Passcode: 935253, or dial 312-626-6799. Info on CAPS meetings: 312-745-0620, Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., will close for interior improvements beginning Mon., Mar. 14.  During the closure the book drop will not be open; materials can be renewed online from patrons’ account pages at chicagopubliclibrary.org, by calling the automated line at 312-747-4636, or at another Chicago Public Library. Nearby libraries are Walker Branch, 11071 S. Hoyne, and Mount Greenwood Branch, 11010 S. Kedzie.  

Local School Council meetings: Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Mar. 15, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580, Sutherland.CPS.edu; Morgan Park High School LSC, Weds., Mar. 16, 6 p.m., 773-535-2550, MorganParkCPS.org; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Mar. 21, 7 p.m.  2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560, Clissold-School.org; Barnard School LSC, Mon., Mar. 28, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2625, Barnard.CPS.edu; Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Apr. 5, 5:30 p.m., 773-535-2690, VHAElementary.org; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Apr. 7, 6 p.m., 773-535-2590, Kellogg.CPS.edu. Contact schools for information on in-person or virtual LSC meetings. 

Registration is closes Mar. 15 for children ages 5 to 14 with the Kennedy Park Baseball and Softball League. The league offerings start with co-ed T-ball for ages 5 – 6, and include many softball and baseball offerings by age groups. Practice begins Apr. 1. Find details and registration information at kennedyparkbaseball.com.  

The Citizens Utility Board will host virtual presentations to help consumers save on utility costs and better understand options. Make reservations at the19thward.com for Home Energy Savings webinar, Tues., Mar. 15, 1 p.m. and/or Understanding Cable Options & Reducing Robocalls webinar, Thurs., Mar. 17, 6 p.m.  

Free Store distribution of toiletries and first aid items, Wed., Mar. 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, parking lot, 110th Place at Longwood Drive. Info: turpincares.org. 

Enjoy an Irish whisky tasting and four course dinner Wed., Mar. 16, 6 to 9 p.m., Unidad, 3339 W. 95th St. $115 per person. Reserve your place at the table by calling 708-529-0911.  

Celebrate Chicago Restaurant Week by enjoying the three course, Prix Fixe menu being offered Fri., Mar, 25 through Sun., Apr. 10, Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western. Make reservations online at horsethiefbrewing.com.  

Get vaccines for ages 12 and up as well as boosters at the 19th Ward Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic, Sat., Mar. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cross Winds Church, 10836 S. Pulaski; appointments are required at the19thward.com.  

Blood donations are needed. Make your appointment (required) for the 19th Ward Youth & Community Blood Drive Sun., Mar. 27, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Cajetan School Gym, 2447 W. 112th St. Make appointments communityblood.org or 1-800-280-4102 using the code CS01. Bring photo ID to appointment.  

The Garden Club of Morgan Park Beverly will meet Wed., April 6, 9:30 a.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church, 9401 S. Oakley.  The program is “Seniors:  Growing Older with your Gardens” with speaker Sharon Jenkins.  Guest fee: $10.  Info:  gardenclubofmorganparkbeverly@gmail.com. 

Support the GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club Savers FUNDrive by cleaning out your closets and bagging up soft goods like clothing, shoes, purses, etc. that you no longer want/need. Household items are also accepted but need to be boxed.  Donations will be accepted through Apr. 20 and be turned into funds for the club’s philanthropies including the Scholarship Fund.  Call or text Carla, 312-593-1129 to arrange pick up.  Info: beverlyjuniors@gmail.com 

 

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