Neighborhood Notes February

Local School Council Meetings: Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580,; Morgan Park High School LSC, Weds., Feb. 16, 6 p.m., 773-535-2550,; Barnard School LSC, Mon., Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2625,; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.  2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560,; John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Mar. 1, 5:30 p.m., 773-535-2690,; Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Mar. 3 6 p.m., 773-535-2590, Contact school for information on in-person or virtual LSC meetings. 

Check out what’s happening this month at Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Homework Help, Mon. and Wed., 4 to 6 p.m., and Sat., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Winter Wonderland Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 with caregivers, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; Tween Scene Hangout for ages 10 and up, Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m.; Crafting Comforts, craft series for adults focusing on self-care, Sat., Feb, 19 and 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and Healing Bead Bracelet Grab & Go Kit, create a bracelet at home and share it in a Zoom on Feb. 23. Info/registration:  

312-747-9673 or 

Learn more about the small classes, global curriculum, enrichment opportunities and more at the pre-K to grade 12 all-school open house, Sat., Feb. 5, 10 a.m., Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St. Info: 773-881-6700 or 

Tickets are on sale for the Beverly Theater Guild’s production of “The Sting,” Fri., Feb. 11 and Sat., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St. Tickets: $22; group and member rates available. or 773-BTG-TIXS.  

PlayMakers Laboratory presents “That’s Weird, Grandma,” musical adaptations of stories that resonate with adults while celebrating the imaginations of young people, Sundays, Feb. 13 and 20, 2 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. $15.  

U of I Extension Garden Experts Offer Webinar.  The last few years have seen a surge of gardeners taking up the trowel to try growing vegetables. This year University of Illinois Extension gardening experts provide the basics for Growing Great Vegetable in a free five-week webinar series. Sessions are presented live via Zoom and scheduled on Tuesdays, Feb. 15 to Mar. 15, 6 to 7 p.m. Each class covers a different topic by Illinois Extension educators followed by a Q&A.  Where to Garden?, Feb.15, covers traditional garden plots, raised beds, salad tables, container gardening, growing vertically, and more. Seed and Plant Choices, Feb. 22, covers hardiness zones, frost and freeze dates, how to order plants selectg seed, starting plants from seed, plus fertilizer, manures, mulch, watering, and weeding. Cool Season Vegetables, Mar. 1, covers growing and harvesting spring and fall vegetables, including how to manage common pests. Warm Season Vegetables, Mar. 8, covers how to make vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, squash, and more flourish while keeping pests at bay. Insects and Diseases, Mar. 15, covers insects, diseases, and wildlife pests and how to prevent and handle them. Bonus Session, Apr. 19, provides a chance to ask experts your plant and gardening questions.  Sessions will be recorded and made available to registered participants if they are unable to attend live. Register at  

Trauma and Resilience Seminar. The last two years have been an experience of collective trauma. Lockdowns and fear, societal upheaval, and personal traumatic experiences have co-existed with a lack of connection to usual social supports. This situation has taken a toll on people’s mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Seeing these experiences through a trauma lens can open new opportunities for healing. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave., will host a free Trauma and Resilience workshop on Wed., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. In this introductory workshop, trauma experts from Advocate Aurora Health will define trauma, explore the various ways trauma impacts individuals and communities, and identify a supportive and caring community as one of the best paths toward healing trauma and building resilience. The free workshop is open to the community. Current plans are to hold the workshop in person, with a Facebook live stream.  No registration is required. Masks must be worn by those who attend in person. The livestream will be available on Facebook Find details and COVID-19-related updates at 

Platinum Adventures activities include a dramatic portrayal of Lizzie Borden by historical dramatist Leslie Goddard, Thurs., Feb. 17, and George Washington: Mount Vernon to DC, a historical portrayal by Terry Lynch of HFK Presentations, Tues., Feb. 22. Both presentations are at 10 a.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St. Admission is free for members, $5 for others. Info/registration, Margie O’Connell, or 773-298-4712.  

Ride Illinois offers free, monthly online courses focused on the Illinois Rules of the Road and designed to educate owners of motor vehicles how to drive safely near cyclists and increase safety for all road users. Next course: Tues., Feb. 22, 7 p.m.  Info:  

Chicago Kids Company performs a one-hour musical adaption of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” geared to young audiences, 10:30 a.m., selected weekdays, through Feb. 25, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Tickets start at $14, children under age two on laps admitted free. Tickets/info: or 773-205-9600.  

The Garden Club of Morgan Park Beverly will meet Wed., Mar.  2, 9:30 a.m.,  Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley.  The program is “Healing Gardens” with speaker Nadine Harris Clark.  Guest fee: $10.  Info: 

The Beverly Arts Center’s 45th Annual Art Competition exhibit, curated by Nathan Peck, opens at the reception and awards ceremony, Fri., Mar. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The exhibit continues through Apr. 16. Info: or 773-445-3838.  



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