Neighborhood Notes – February 2020

Neighborhood Notes – February 2020 

Clissold School, 2350 W. 110th Pl., will hold an open house for prospective families, Mon., Feb. 3, 6 p.m. 773-535-2560. 

Local School Council meetings: John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Feb. 4 and Mar. 3, 5:30 p.m., 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Feb. 6 and Mar. 5, 6 p.m., library, 9241 S. Leavitt St.,  773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Feb. 10, 7 p.m., auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Feb. 19, 6 p.m., library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550.  

Beverly/Morgan Park residents who care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will meet with others who have the same concerns Tues., Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Smith Village social service director of long-term care Diane Morgan will outline a caregiver relief program centered on how to take care of yourselfThe hour-long gathering is open to questions and comments Reservations: 773-474-7300 or 

The Great Connections Great Books Conversations series will include works by Aristotle, Koestler, Shakespeare and more, alternating Thursdays, Feb. 6 through May 7, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Great Connections, 11107 S. Longwood Dr. Each session is a standalone reading and conversation. Free and open to the public, the series will consist of moderated dialogues on selections from classic texts with extraordinary relevance to modern life. Registration required. Info/sign up  

The Hidden Trauma in School Struggles, a workshop providing psycho-education and support for parents and educators struggling to understand trauma and its impact on children, will be held Sat., Feb. 8, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. Claude King, LCPC, AMFT, will present information that promotes awareness of trauma-based behaviors in school settings and provides practical solutions for supporting children.  Fee: $10. Info/registration;  

Tai Chi-Qigong Classes for Seniors & All Abilities, every Tues., 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell. $10 per session. Info: or630-234-5532. 

Is this the year you do your first Ridge Run? Is this the year you beat your personal best time? Is this the year you organize a team? The 2020 Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade are filled with opportunities for personal challenges, fundraising and just plain family fun. BAPA invites runners of all ages, paces and distances to participate in the 43rd Annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 25. Sign up online at Applications are available for the 2020 Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade following the Ridge Run on May 25. To request an application, email 

The Beverly/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Rotary Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:15 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr.  6:15pm. This month’s meetings are Feb. 11 and 25. Info: Charter President Sander Marcus, 

“More Influence,” an exhibit of works by award-winning Chicago artist Jennifer McNulty, opens Weds., Feb. 12, 3:30 to 5 p.m., SXU Gallery, Warde Academic Center, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St.  The exhibit continues through Mar. 6. 

Area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email at, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Feb. 12, 1 p.m. 22nd District Police Station; and Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. 

Everything’s Relative has combined their two salons and is now serving clients exclusively at the Beverly location, 10548 S. Western. To better serve clients, the salon is now open six days a week, including Mondays, 1 to 9 p.m. Until Valentine’s Day, spa services are half price. Details: 773-941-6565 or  

Game day, Sat., Feb. 15, 3 to 5 p.m., Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl. Celebrate Black History and learn to play the African game, Mancala and make your own game board. Fun for children and adults.  Info: morganparkpres@gmail.com773-779-3355 

Registration for the 2020 season of Ridge Beverly Baseball and Girls Softball continues through Feb. 15. The season runs from April through June. Open to ages 4 to 13, the cost is $125 to $150 per player, based on league level and family discounts. Sign up online at Questions? Email 

Canned Heat the Chicago Way: Hot Giardiniera , a program on the history of food canning plus make and take home giardiniera offered in partnership with Urban Growers Collaborative, Sat., Feb. 22, 10 a.m., Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion, 87th and Western. Registration required: 708-386-4042. 

League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., for a discussion about the Illinois Primary Election. 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 

Regsitration is open for summer camps at Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St. Mini Mac Camp offers hands-on projects that explore the creative environment through art, music, theatre, cooking, technology and science, June 8-11; in Curtain Call Theatre Camp students in grades K-4 will perform “Peter Pan,” and grades 5-9 will perform “The Wizard of Oz,” June 15-26; and Art Camp will cover individualizes attention to help campers develop drawing, painting and sculpting skills, offered two weeks, July 6-9 and July 13-16. Camps will also be offered in leadership and athletics. Info and registration:  

The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade will hold a pre-parade fundraiserSat., Feb. 22, 6 to 11 p.m., 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St.  The event will feature raffle prizes, a silent auction, selection of the South Side Irish Parade Queen, live Irish music and more. $40 at the door includes dinner buffet, draft beer and wine. The 2020 South Side Irish Parade will be held Sun., Mar. 15, stepping off at noon. 

The St. Margaret of Scotland Alumni Association will host the 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Party, Sat., Feb. 29, the “old School Hall. 99th and Throop. The party starts after 4:30 Mass. $30 admission, payable at-the-door, includes corned beef dinner, and beer, wine, and soda. Entertainment will include Bagpipes, the GraceNotes Celtic Band and DJ Jason Baumann. Reservations: 773-779-5151 or  

Skill Builder Basic Quilting class covers basic quilt piecing and finishing terminology and techniques, Sat., Feb. 29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Quilter’s Trunk 10352 S. Western. Fee: $69, includes the use class machine and lunch, Info: 773-980-1100. 

Learn new cooking techniques and recipes to add to your family dinner collection including soups from scratch, homemade bread, salads, ice cream, budget meals and more at Chef Carla Ringo ‘s Cooking ClassSundays, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 4 to 6:30 p.m.  $55 per class (fee helps to fund free summer cooking classes for youth). Info/registration: morganparkpres@gmail.com773-779-3355 

An eightweek Mindfulness for Depression group begins Wed., Mar. 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m., offering ways to strengthen the mind-body connection to live more effectively with symptoms. Info/registration: Ben Walker, LCSW, 630–674–2504. A circle/group, “Creating Personal Sacred Space for Healing,” will be offered for four consecutive weeks starting Sun. Mar. 8, exploring the connection to one’s higher self and the manifestation of divine love, and to help participants create a meditative spiritual healing place for themselves. Info/registration, Lisa Catania, LCSW, 773-719-1751Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western. 


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