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We’re BAPA Members. Are You? 

BAPA’s work could not be accomplished without the support of our resident and business members. The following people shared some of their thoughts about why making their annual membership donation is an important part of what they do for the community, and for their own quality of life as Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors. You can learn more about becoming a BAPA member on our website https://bapa.org/support-bapa/ or by calling the BAPA office, 773-233-3100.  

 

Nate & Sonia Hollister 

We moved to the Beverly area five years ago, with little knowledge of and few connections to the neighborhood. As we considered different areas to put down roots, Beverly became a frontrunner in part due to the work of BAPA. We began hearing about things like the Ridge Run, home tours, parades and other neighborhood festivities. For us, this evidence of local community involvement was exciting and exactly the type of neighborhood environment we wanted. Five years later, as the co-owners of a new local business, Two Mile Coffee Bar, the work of BAPA is just as important to us. We opened Two Mile to improve and enhance our neighborhood – and BAPA helps us get that message out and connect with our neighbors. BAPA provides a valuable service to the neighborhood. It’s a platform for community involvement and interaction. It’s an advocate for helping voice and solve real community issues. It connects people who care about where we live and want to make it a better, even more beautiful place to live. 

Molly Sullivan Thomas Murphy 

Organizations like BAPA work to encourage community participation at every level and provide support for a variety of important neighborhood initiatives. It’s important work; great places to live and raise a family don’t happen by accident. The support for community events from the Ridge Run to promoting the local retail and food businesses are vital to helping keep our neighborhood strong and vibrant. One of the most important events BAPA sponsors is the annual Home Tour which provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to see all that Beverly has to offer and why newcomers and longtime residents love where they live! 

Beth & Kevin Malloy 

We moved here 4 years ago because of the strong community that makes truly makes Beverly/Morgan Park a neighborhood. We support BAPA because BAPA supports us and our neighbors! It provides both residents and visitors alike examples of how the community comes together for great events such as the Ridge Run and Bikes & Brews, instilling a general sense of pride in our community. We see BAPA as continuing to build on its history of strengthening our community by being a resource for homeowners. We love where we live! 

 

 

Home Cooking: Sticking to Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

By Kristin Boza

The magical time of year when New Year’s resolutions are made is here. At the top of most lists is getting healthy, including eating better and working out more consistently. Jenny Harkins, BAPA business member and owner of Treadfit, 10458 S. Western, shares her tips on turning a New Year’s resolution into a lasting lifestyle change.

Track Calories Realistically
What you eat must be used by your body, otherwise those calories will end up as fat around your midsection. Harkins stays on track by using the MyFitnessPal app. “The app allows you to track your food and workouts throughout the day. I set realistic goals and program my macro percentages to 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent protein,” she said. “By setting realistic goals and eating a balanced diet, I am not depriving myself of a specific food group and am able to maintain my goal weight.”

Find an Accountability Team
While calorie tracking is a great way to hold yourself responsible for what you eat, let’s face it — it’s hard sometimes. That’s one reason why Treadfit started the Focus on You Challenge to urge participants to eat right, work out, and lean on one another when the healthy lifestyle change gets difficult.

The five-week challenge begins on Jan. 7. Participants commit to completing four to five Treadfit classes a week, plus following the Treadfit Focus Food List. “Everyone who joins will attend a pre- and post-assessment, plus a nutritional workshop. During our first Focus on You Challenge, participants lost an average of seven pounds and eight inches,” Harkins said. The fee for the challenge is $25, which does not include Treadfit classes.

Simplify Your Menu
Harkins finds it easy to stay on track by eating almost the same thing for breakfast and lunch each day. “I usually have an RXBAR for breakfast with a coffee, and Crunchmaster crackers with some type of nut butter for lunch,” she said. “I aim to make a healthy dinner five nights a week for my family, usually with a balance of healthy protein, like ground turkey or chicken, carbs and fat.”

Snack Smartly
Three p.m. is the time when even the healthiest eaters hit a slump. Plan ahead by making a quick and healthy snack to avoid the pitfall of chocolate and cookies. Harkins makes a smoothie bowl, which satisfies her sweet tooth and gives her a much-needed protein boost late in the day.

Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Place the ingredients in a blender:
A splash of skim milk
Greek yogurt
Frozen berries
Two scoops of collagen protein (available at Southtown Health Foods)

Blend.  Harkins tops off her smoothies with a sprinkle of granola, coconut and honey.

BAPA Card Deals Make Holidays Bright for BAPA Members

 

BAPA members who use their BAPA Cards can maximize their savings in December and every month! Don’t be shy! BAPA business members are eager to give their discounts and get to know new customers. Keep you BAPA Card handy while shopping so you don’t miss out on exceptional bargains at old favorite and new businesses! YOU MUST SHOW YOUR BAPA CARD TO GET THE DEALS & DISCOUNTS! Check out these deals available through Dec. 31.

Automotive

Beverly Hills Garage, 2043 W. 95th St., will give you $10 off any purchase over $50.

Brach’s Auto Center, 10333 S. Western helps you protect your vehicle with$ 25 off on winterizing, or choose a $19.95 oil and filter change – there’s a 5 quart max, and the deal does not include synthetic oil.

Patton Motor Service, 10209 S Western offers a $24.95 change oil and filter for most vehicles that includes checking fluids and tires.

Food & Beverage

Beverly Bakery, 10528 S. Western, has a variety of deals perfect for entertaining at home or enjoying a meal out: $1 off a pumpkin loaf, $1 off on a two pound. bag of coffee, $1 off breakfast purchases of $25 or more, and $1 off Salmon Benedict on Fridays.

Bridgeport Coffee, 9135 S. Western, is offering 5% off all food and beverage orders (excluding retail).

On purchases of $25 or more, Calabria Imports, 1905 W. 103rd St., is giving 10% off in-store purchases.

Ellie’s Café, 10701 S. Hale, invites BAPA members & their immediate family members to get 20% off — no restrictions!

Fox’s Beverly Pub, 9956 S Western will take 10% off your bill when you show your BAPA Card. (Not valid with other discounts or specials.)

Love a good Happy Hour? Try Ken’s, 10522 S Western, and get $4 house wine and craft beer, 4 to 6pm, Mon. through Thurs.

Stop in at Original Pancake House, 10437 S. Western, Monday through Friday and receive 10% off any bill $30 or more when you show your BAPA Card.

Seniors and students receive 10% off any time they order from Subway, 1901 W 103rd St.

Health & Fitness

Barre It All, 3203 W 111th St., is having a 12 Days of Christmas Special! Purchase a 12 pack of classes for $96 – that’s just $8 per class!

Beverly Ride On, 2940 W. 95th St., is offering 5 spins for just $50 this month.

At Beverly Yoga, 1917 W. 103rd St., new students receive one free class when they show their BAPA card.

You can save $50 on a unique fitness class at Sculpt and Shred Fitness, 1751 W 95th St., Get your first 12 Power Rope Classes for $99 — regularly $150.

Stay healthy through the holidays! Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St., offers 20% off your purchase, excluding groceries and discounted products.

At Treadfit, 10458 S. Western, get 1 free class with 20-class pack purchase.

Specialty Shops & Retail

Complimentary bottle of bubbly with any purchase of $25 or more at Beverly Hills Marketplace, 1809 W. 95th St. One per person; cannot be combined with other offers.

Get ready for celebrating at Beverly Records, 11612 S. Western! You’ll save 20% on in-stock Christmas music this month.

Books make great gifts! At Bookies, 2419 W 103rd St, when you buy one used book you can get a one of equal or lesser value for free.

Everything’s Relative, 10548 S. Western is wishing you Happy Holidays with $20 in Everything’s Relative dollars (services only) with purchase of a $100 Everything’s Relative Gift Card.

Figlia Boutique, 9907 S. Walden Pkwy., offers gifts of all kinds, and this month you can get 15% off all merchandise (not to be used with other discounts).

Kiddie Kouture, 10324 S. Western sells clothing accessories and more for children and infants, and offers 20% off purchases of $75 or more with your BAPA Card.

Klees Golf Shop, 10436 S Western, is giving 10% off any golf bag with your BAPA card.

RMH Interiors + Design, 1802 W. 103rd St., offers a fun mix of design and retail options and you can save 20% on one in-store purchase.

Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, offers $15 off purchases of $100 and 20% off all in-stock kids’ shoes this month.

Save 10% on any single poinsettia purchase at Steuber Florist and Greenhouse, 2654 W 111th St. Their poinsettias are grown on site!

Miscellaneous

New this month is Ben the Handyman, 708-254-0608, who’s offering 10% off any handyman services with your BAPA Card.

Fitzgerald Real Estate, is giving a ¼% commission rebate to any BAPA card user who lists or sells with Fitzgerald Real Estate. Call 773-779-6085.

At Kean Bros., 2632 W. 111th St., get $1 off gas purchases of $25 or more.

Service Express Heating and Air, 150 E St. Charles Rd., Villa Park has a timely deal: Furnace or boiler clean and check with a safety inspection, just $104.