Neighborhood Notes Feb. 2019

Virtuosic Voices. The Ostrega – Uhl Project featuring violin, cello and piano, performs a one hour program of classical music by Piazzolla, Popper and  Tchaikovsky, Sat., Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962W. 95th St. Free. Registration is not required. Info: 312-747-9673.  

Parish Honors First Responders. St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., will honor firefighters, police officers and paramedics /EMTs at a special Mass for First Responsders Sun., Feb. 3, 10 a.m. First responders from municipal, county, state and federal public safety departments are invited to participate in uniform. The Liturgy will be celebrated by Chicago Police Department Chaplain Fr. Dan Brandt and Chicago Fire Department Chaplain Fr. John McNalis.  To add the name of a first responder who lost their life in the line of duty to the list that will be read during the Mass, call 773-779-1166 ext.226 or email ktryan@stbarnabasparish.org.  First responders are invited to wear their uniforms and participate in the Gathering Procession.  

Local School Council Meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Feb. 11, 7 p.m., auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Feb. 20, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550. 

Support Group for Caregivers. Families and caregivers of older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are invited to a free support group Tues., Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The topic will be caregiver relief and speakers yoga instructor Joan Hogan CYT and massage therapist Ann Gerutiusa will talk about the benefits of giving massages and lead the group in yoga breathing techniques. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or familyandfriends@smithvillage.org. 

Open Mic Night. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., hosts Open Mic Night, Tues., Feb. 5, 7 p.m. in the Smith Village Community Hall. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform. Admission is free. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. For information about attending, call Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300  

This Month’s Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures, Wintrust’s travel and activity club, presents “You Don’t Say,” a program exploring body language and how to be sure you’re sending the right non- verbal messages, Thurs., Feb. 7, 2 p.m. First National Bank of evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St., $5 or free for members. Club members can also sign up to see the Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hunter” at the Oriental Theatre, Wed., Feb. 27, $180 or $190 for non-members. Info and registration: Margie O’Connell, 773-298-4712 or moconnell@thebeverlybank.com. 

Programs at Beverly Therapists. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, offers the following programs this month: Dealing With Loved Ones’ Substance Abuse meets Sat., Feb. 9, 3 to 5 p.m., provides information about addiction, stages of change and coping skills for family members in a seminar setting, $10, register at www.BeverlyTherapists.com; Drum Circle, coming together to share the power of music to nurture the spirit, Sun., Feb. 17, 3 to 4:15 p.m., $10 donation requested, register at www.BeverlyTherapists.com; Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group, monthly, free, call 773/330-2544.  

Weekly Tai Chi. Tai Chi Classes for Seniors and All Abilities is offered Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell.  Pay as you go, $10 per session. Info: annasyork@gmail.com or www.annayork.ning.com. 

CAPS Meetings. Area residents are encouraged to get involved in 22nd District CAPS meetings. For information, call 312-745-0620, email at Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

‘Village Wooing.’ The John T. Farrell, Sr. Forum of Renaissance Academy presents the Shaw Outreach Program provides a Readers Theater one-hour version of “Village Wooing” by George Bernard Shaw, Thurs., Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., Butler Reception Room, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. The lighthearted play tells the story of a love affair that begins on the high seas and reaches its climax in a village shop on the Wiltshire Downs. Free and open to the public.  

Bitter Sweets & Broken Hearts. The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will host Bitter Sweets & Broken Hearts, an intimate performance by Chicago musicians, Kelly Hogan, Scott Ligon and Nora O’Connor Fri., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. The performance supports the 2019 Beverly Art Walk Music Fund. Tickets and details are available at www.beverlyarts.org; space is limited. The event features an exhibition of work by Screwball Press, open bar hosted by Steering Cocktails, small bites, and a limited edition, numbered, Screwball Press print. The 6th Annual Beverly Art Walk will be held Sat., Sept. 21.  

Free Child Safety Seat Inspection. The 22nd District CAPS Office, 1900 W. Monterey, will host a free child safety seat inspection Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (enter through the garage off Monterey and Homewood). Eight out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not buckled properly, putting them at risk.  Your child maybe one of them.  Have your child’s seat inspected. Info: 312-745-0620.   

Sizzling Drama. Beverly Theatre Guild performs “Fahrenheit 451” Fri., Feb. 15 and Sat., Feb. 16, 8 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, Baer Theater, 2153 W. 111th St. Based on Ray Bradbury’s acclaimed novel, this politically relevant literary classic is set in a dystopian future; the story’s title refers to the temperature at which paper ignites. Tickets and info: beverlytheatreguild.org.  

19th Ward Blood Drive. The 19th Ward will hold a blood drive Mon, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ward office conference center, 10402 S. Western. Appointments: 877-258-4825 or vitalant.org; use group number 094B. 

South Side Irish Pre-Parade Party. Support the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the pre-parade party, Sat., Feb. 23, 6 p.m. 115 Bourbon St., 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. $40 includes all you can eat and drink, music by the Larkin and Moran Brothers, Avondale Ramblers, Traditional Irish Music with Pat Finnegan and Friends and more.
Solo Stories. David Boyle presents “To Be Determined,” an evening of personal stories Sat., Feb. 23, Givins Castle (Beverly Unitarian Church), 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7. Boyle has performed his one-man shows at the Elgin, Minnesota, St. Louis and Indianapolis Fringe Festivals as well as many venues in Chicago. Suggested donation is $20 and can be made in advance at Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd St.773-719-7059‬. Proceeds benefit the Givins Castle.‬ 

Big Brothers Needed. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago needs men to volunteer to mentor boys on the South and West sides. On average, the children on the organization’s “Littles” waitlist are 10 years old, 69 percent are male and 66 percent are black. Because of the unique needs of this group of the organization wants increase the number of black male “Bigs.” Info: Dianna Harris, harris@bbbschgo.org or 312-207-5623.  

Portrait Painting Workshop. Painting the Portrait in Oils, a workshop by Peter Kelsey, will be offered Mon. through Fri., Feb. 25 through Mar. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vanderpoel Art Association, Ridge Park Fieldhouse, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Tuition is $599. Registration: 215-592-7910. Kelsey will also conduct a free three-hour painting demonstration Tues., Feb. 26, 6 p.m. in the Vanderpoel Gallery.  

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Feb. 27, 7 p.m., 1721 W 104th Pl., for a discussion about affordable 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, 773-233-1420 or my.lwv.org/illinois/chicago. 

Kennedy Park Baseball & Softball League. Registration closes Mar. 1 for the 2019 season of the Kennedy Park Baseball and Softball League for boys and girls, ages 5 to 14. Teams include T-ball for ages 5 and 6, baseball and softball for ages 7 and 8, and part time travel leagues for ages 7 to 14 (players wishing to play in the travel division must participate in tryouts). Opening day is Apr. 27. Find details and registration at www.kennedyparkbaseball.com.   

St. Margaret St. Patrick Party. The St. Margaret of Scotland Alumni Association will host the Parish’s 32nd Annual St. Patrick Party Sat., Mar. 2, in the “old School Hall,” 99th and Throop, after 4:30 Mass.  $30 includes corned beef dinner, unlimited beer, wine and soda and an evening of bagpipes playing and Irish Eyes Smiling. Info: jcataldo69@smoschicago.org  or 773-858-1462. 

Healing and Spirituality. Lightworker Circle and Reiki I Training for people interested in healing and spirituuality, will be offered in seven sessions, every other week, beginning Sun., Mar. 3, Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western.  The group will learn and receive and give “lightworker” practices such as divination, using crystals and , oils/natural medicine, drumming and sound healing, and empowerment through ritual, discussion and community led by Lisa Catania, LCSW and Aida Pigott, LCSW, experienced psychotherapists, Reiki Masters and certified circle-leaders. $425 (discount if you register by Feb. 15). to Lisa Catania at 773-719-1751 or email at lisacatanialcsw@comcast.net. 

Free Yoga for First Responders. First responders are eligible for eight weeks of free yoga classes that focus on relieving lower back pain at Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St. Classes start Mar. 6 and are offered on Wednesdays, 12to 1 p.m. Research studies show that yoga can be effective for treating moderate to severe chronic low back pain. Classes will consist of simple stretches, breathing practices and deep relaxation.  Registration/info  www.beverlyyogacenter.com.