Apply to vote by mail at chicagoelections.gov/VoteByMail. The election is Nov. 3. Every vote counts!
Call the school or visit their website for information on in-person or virtual Local School Council meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., 773-535-2690. Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2580, sutherland.CPS.edu. Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Oct. 21, 6 p.m., 773-535-2550, MorganParkCPS.org. Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., 773-535-2625. Clissold School LSC, Mon., Oct. 19, 7 p.m. 773-535-2560, Clissold-School.org. Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Nov. 6, 6 p.m., 773-535-2590, Kellogg.CPS.Edu.
Historical Trauma and LGBTQIA Elders, a virtual seminar hosted by Beverly Therapists and presented by Ben Walker, LCSW, Sat., Oct. 10, 3 to 5 p.m. $10. This intersectional presentation explores historical trauma experienced and inherited by older LGBTQIA adults and provides meaningful reflection and recommendations for better stewardship of trauma within our communities. Info/registration at beverlytherapists.com.
Foster parents are needed now for children up to age 18 who have experienced trauma. Lawrence Hall has over 150 years of experience helping children and families. They provide training, assistance, a monthly stipend and 24-hour support to homes. Foster parents receive free training (via zoom) and will need background checks. Kids can share bedrooms, day care is provided for working parents, and gentle pets in the home are okay. For more information, visit www. Lawrencehall.org and call 312-346-3383 for details.
Boy Scout Troop 609 was formed in 1922, and, along with Cub Scout Pack 3609, is still active. Girls are now welcome to join. The Troop 609 and Pack 3609 now meet at Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr. With the current pandemic, the scouts have found ways to provide quality programs including bicycle trips, hikes, whitewater kayaking and community service projects. Several scouts are nearing completion of their Eagle Scout awards, a major accomplishment that recognizes years of hard work and service to others. Troop 609 membership is open to kids in 6th grade to age 18. The Cub Scouts will be focusing on outdoor activities and short Zoom meetings to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. All activities will be age level appropriate and pack membership is open to kids in 2nd through 5th grades. For more information on these Boy Scout opportunities, contact Dave McGovern, 708-369-7812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., is offering 15% savings on BAC School of Fine Arts winter session workshops when you register by Oct. 11. On Sun., Oct. 25, 2 to 3 p.m., enjoy a virtual version of Get Spooky, a free event featuring spooky stories read by professional actors, a spooky dance routine taught by professional dancers, & a fall-themed craft demo all geared to children ages 3 to 10. Pick up free Get Spooky craft kits at the BAC beginning at 10 a.m., Oct. 19. Register online for Get Spooky by Oct. 24 for a link to the event. See the complete schedule of virtual and on-site classes, workshops and events at beverlyartcenter.org.
The Platinum Adventures activity club at Beverly Bank is hosting two ways to get together while maintaining social distance. On Wed., Oct. 14, 10 a.m., meet for a Walk in the Park by the field house at Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St., and enjoy a leisurely stroll. Bring a smile and a face mask, and wear comfortable shoes. Free. On Thurs., Oct. 22, 3 p.m., head over to Janson’s Drive In, 9900 S. Western, for Ice Cream, Socially and enjoy an ice cream cone while socially distancing outside. If you’re planning to attend, contact Margie O’Connell, 773-298-4712 or email@example.com to make a reservation. In the case of inclement weather, these two events may be rescheduled. Stay in touch with Margie for information on upcoming Platinum Adventures, including a historical presentation on the larger-than-life Winston Churchill at Ridge Country Club in November.
The Beverly Improvement Association will host a Family Bike Ride Sun., Oct. 18, 3:30 p.m., leaving from Cosme Park, 91st Street and the Metra Rock Island Tracks. The group will ride on the Major Taylor Bike Trail on a round-trip distance of 2.5 miles. The trail crosses 87th Street at Damen Avenue, which has a stoplight, enabling younger children to participate. Paul Weise, from Beverly Bike and Ski, will be at Cosme Park to help with minor tune-ups. Social-distancing guidelines will be followed.
The 95th Street Farmers Market continues through Oct. 25 on Sundays, 8 to 9 a.m. for seniors and people who are immunocompromised, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for open attendance, in the parking lot at 95th and Longwood Drive. Find fall produce, artisan products and more from vendors that include Noffke Family Farms, Lafevor Farm and Greenhouses, Pickasaw Gardens, Eden Place Farms, Stamper Cheese Company, John Bailey Honey, Breadman Baking Company, Coco’s Tamales, AndySunflower Cafe, Emmy & Js Gourmet Dips and Lizzie’s Baked Goods. Social distancing and masks are required. More info at Facebook.com/95thstreetmarket.
Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr. will host a virtual property tax appeal forum for Lake Township taxpayers Tues., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Register through 19thwardmobile.com for a link to join the meeting.
The 12th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K run and untimed walk will be held as a virtual event. Register by Nov. 5 to guarantee receiving a hooded sweatshirt. Registration closes Nov. 21. All registered participants can complete the 5K safely at their leisure between Thurs., Nov. 26 and Sun., Nov. 29, and submit their times to be ranked and scored like a regular run. Find details and registration at 19thwardmobile.com.