Workshop Topic is Talking Across the Political Divide

A grassroots coalition of conservative and liberal citizens is bringing its campaign to depolarize America to Beverly/Morgan Park. The Better Angels group, named from a speech to a divided nation by Abraham Lincoln, and the Social Justice Committee of Beverly Unitarian Church will cosponsor a free workshop on “How to Talk Across the Political Divide” Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr.   

“I think we are all prone to dehumanizing people of different political views,” said Anna Carvlin, chair of the Social Justice Committee. “I wanted to bring this workshop to our community partly to learn techniques for talking within my own family but also generally for recognizing people’s humanity above their political stances.” 

The skills workshop is one of Better Angels’ signature events and the first offered on the South Side. It helps participants to engage family members and friends who disagree with them politically in respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.  

Formed in 2016, Better Angels held its first national convention in June, when conservatives and liberals, fed up with political acrimony and dysfunctional politics, met for three days in Virginia. David Blankenhorn, the New Yorker who founded Better Angels, said its first forays into bringing together political opponents quickly showed that “Americans want this.” 

In October, participants in the local workshop will develop skill in political conversations by practicing with someone of their own political persuasion. The workshop will be led by attorney and DePaul University instructor Chuck Stone, a Beverly/Morgan Park resident and Better Angels moderator.  

Register for the event by emailing Stone at or calling 312-833-0016.

Electronics and Hazardous Waste Collection

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church is hosting a Household Electronics and Hazardous Waste Collection, Sat., Oct. 6, 8:30 to 11 a.m. For the first time in its near ten-year run, the collection will take place in the Morgan Park Methodist Church parking lot, 11030 S. Longwood Dr.  

Eileen Klees is co-chair of the Green Sanctuary Group, a subcommittee of the church’s Social Action Committee, and she said this year’s location will better accommodate the large number of participants. In previous years, the collection took place in the Beverly Unitarian Church’s parking lot, which Klees said caused massive traffic build-ups. 

The popularity of the collection among Beverly/Morgan Park residents is understandable, as the closest hazardous waste disposal facility is 18 miles away. Klees said this distance is what inspired the Green Sanctuary Committee to host this event. 

“We know people don’t have time to make that trek up north,” she said. “And because we work to promote conservation and environmental protection, we thought a waste collection would be a great way to reach our goal.” 

A team of recyclers drives the trucks of hazardous waste to the Goose Island facility and then unloads them on-site. This is the expensive part, as paying for the trucks and recycling team is a costly endeavor, said Klees. To help defray costs, the committee will be accepting donations on the day of the event.  

“It’s a rather large undertaking,” Klees said. “Any additional help from the outside community is very much appreciated.” 

The following electronic items will be accepted at the collection: computers, monitors, printers, laptops, peripherals, cell phones and small televisions. The following hazardous household chemicals and items will be accepted: mercury-florescent bulbs, antifreeze, used motor oil, oil-based paints, gasoline, paint thinner, aerosol paints, hobby chemicals, car batteries, rechargeable batteries, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, hobby and photographic chemicals, mercury thermometers.  

They will also accept clean Styrofoam items (no packing peanuts). Textbooks and eyeglasses will be accepted for reuse or recycling.  

The following items will NOT be accepted: Freon, incandescent bulbs, appliances, alkaline batteries, bio-hazardous products, needles, latex, acrylic or water-based paints, caulk or cleaning products, or other water-soluble products.  

For more information, email Klees, 

New Book Covers History of The Castle

With Christmas just around the corner, a new gift option will be available when filmmaker and author Errol Magidson offers his new book, “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins Irish Castle and its Keepers,” at a program and book signing Sun., Dec. 10, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Givins Castle, a.k.a. the Irish Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Magidson will present a program on the history of the Castle and its five keepers, and will sell and sign copies of his book.

As a follow up to his 2011 documentary, “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins Irish Castle and its Keepers,” Magidson’s book is richly illustrated and well-researched.  Its almost 300 pages – enhanced by over 400 images, many in color – include new and interesting information about the Castle and its five keepers over the course of the captivating structure’s 130 years.

The P. T. Barnum of Chicago developers in the later 19th Century, Canadian-born Robert Cartwright Givins was a well-known real estate man, Chicago booster and popular novelist who chose to build his remarkable home on the eastern crest of the Blue Island Ridge. Finished in 1887, for two years in the 1890s the building was rented by the Chicago Female College, which produced a brochure of classes offered that included photos of the house and grounds, now an invaluable window into the past.

Twenty-two years after building it, world traveler Givins sold his castle to the Burdett family, early auto enthusiasts, in 1909. The Burdetts sold it to the colorful Dr. Siemans family in 1921, and they owned it for 21.

The Castle is built of limestone, which can be tricky to preserve. Since 1942 the iconic building has been owned and maintained by the Beverly Unitarian Church. Its not-for-profit Castle Building Fund has been designated to that maintenance. All proceeds from Magidson’s new book will be donated to the building fund. Thereby, a purchase of the book will benefit the upkeep of this beautiful building, so unique in the City of Chicago and often used to visually represent historic Beverly/Morgan Park.

Neighborhood Notes: News and Events for October 2017


Beverly Art Competition Accepting Applications. Artists within 100 miles of the city of Chicago are invited to enter the annual Beverly Arts Center Art Competition and Exhibition, a juried contest that offers prizes that range from $1500 for Best of Show to $100 for honorable mentions. The non-refundable entry fee is $35, and the submission deadline is Oct. 16. Established in 1976 by real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and artists William and Judie Anderson, the contest celebrates the talent of area artists. Finalists and winning works will be exhibited at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The exhibit opening and awards presentation will be held on Nov. 11.  Entry forms are available at the Beverly Arts Center or can be downloaded from the website,

CAPS Meetings:  CAPS Beat 2221, Tues., Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton; CAPS Beats 2211 and 2212, Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey; CAPS Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station; CAPS Beat 2213, Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.; CAPS Senior Subcommittee, Tues., Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station; CAPS Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m., 22nd District Police Station Info: 312-745-0620.

Local School Council Meetings: Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m., 9510 S. Prospect Ave.;  Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Oct. 5, 6 p.m., School Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St.,  773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. , School Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Barbara Vick Early Childhood & Family Center LSC, Wed., Oct. 18, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Vick Center, 2554 W. 113th St.,  773-535-2671; and Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Oct. 18, 7 to 9 p.m. School Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550.


Kate Starr Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt, hosts the 16th annual High School Fair Thurs., Oct. 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. Representatives from local public and private high schools will be available for questions from students and families. Open to all. Info: Mrs. Rooney, 773-535-2598 or


Landscape Guidelines Workshop. Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program, Christy Webber Landscapes, and the Chicago Botanic Garden will present a workshop about Chicago landscape guidelines and how they can be applied to enhance the beauty and sustainability of their properties Thurs., Oct. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Learn the basic principles of landscape design, site considerations such as sun/shade, soil and water, plant selection, and seasonal maintenance. Registration is required by Oct. 4. 773-329-4111 or (click on the “learn how” tab).

Towel Collection for Homeless Shelters. The Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club is partnering with Almost Home, a local non-profit, to provide shower kits for homeless guests in emergency shelters by collecting bath/beach towels and washcloths (used is fine) until Oct 14. Donations can be dropped off at BAPA, 1987 W. 111th St., Christ the King Parish, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., or Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St.  A BYOB painting party fundraiser is planned for Fri., Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S Oakley Ave. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance.  Info/tickets: 312-593-1129 or

Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group: A support group that provides an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ High School aged teens meets monthly at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, and also offers social activities. Info: Christina Sprayberry, LCSW, 314-550-4384 or Bonn Wade, LCSW, 773-330-2544.

Electronics and Hazardous Waste Collection. Beverly Unitarian Church will host a collection of household electronics and hazardous waste in the church parking lot, at 103rd and Seeley, Sat., Oct. 7, 8:30 to 11 a.m. The collection is sponsored by the church’s Green Sanctuary Group and Beverly Bank, and donations are encouraged to help defray costs. Accepted electronics include computers, monitors, printers, small electronics, TV under 35 inches, cell phones and pagers. Hazardous items must be properly sealed and include mercury fluorescent bulbs, anti-freeze, used motor oil, oil based paints, batteries, lawn chemicals, pool chemicals and solvents. Find complete list of what will be accepted at

Garage Sale Benefits Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry. Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club will host its annual Garage Sale benefit to support the Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry Sat., Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. The indoor venue allows shoppers to support the Food Pantry come rain or shine. This event has raised thousands of dollars to assist our neighbors in need.  With the holidays approaching, the Food Pantry is being used more and more and needs your help. Support this cause and get some bargains.

22nd District Dog Walk. The 22nd District Police Domestic Violence Subcommittee hosts the 8th annual Dog Walk Sat., Oct. 7 9:30 a.m. at the police station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. The event raises awareness about domestic violence and its link to animal abuse. You don’t need to bring a dog to attend. In addition to the walk, participants will enjoy a blessing of the dogs, raffles, giveaways and light refreshments. Info: 312-745-0620.

Community Blood Drive. Community Blood Drive. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11107 S. Vincennes, hosts an interdenominational community blood drive with the American Red Cross, Thurs., Oct. 12, 2 to 7 p.m. About 38,000 people need blood each day in the United States, and each pint of donated blood may help as many as three people. To minimize wait times, call 1-800- 733-2767 for an appointment. On the day of the drive, pre-register at

Wellness Seminar. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor, wellness seminars on the second Saturday of each month, September through May.  On Sat., Oct, 14, 3 to 5 p.m., “Beyond the Power Struggle: Supporting Teens,” offers insight into adolescent development, attachment and positive youth development theories. This interactional workshop offers parents a deeper dive around the competing needs that confront many adolescents and explores the developmental, neurodevelopmental, and social factors that impact a young person’s ability as they transition successfully to adulthood. Learn techniques to communicate and intervene with your teenager within a supportive group setting. $10. Register at

October at Beverly Arts Center. There’s a lot of fun in store this month at the Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St.: An Evening with M&R Rush, Sat., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., $15; Get Spooky family fun, Sun., Oct. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., free; and Michael McDermott’s Halloweensteen, Sat., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $30. BAC get member discounts on tickets. Info: 773-445-3838,

Mercy Circle Tour. Meet Marge Everett, Senior Living Advisor and other key staff members at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., during an open house, Sun., Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can tour the continuing care retirement community and learn about services and amenities. Mercy Circle provides a continuum of care ranging from independent living, through assisted living and into skilled nursing care.   Assisted living residents have access to physical, occupational and speech therapy services as prescribed by their physicians, as well as comprehensive help with medications, bathing and other physical needs.

Finding Holiday Joy When Grieving. Finding Holiday Joy When Grieving, a seminar exploring ways for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one to get through one of the toughest times of the year, will be held Sat., Oct. 21, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western., 2nd floor. The session includes a DVD presentation, discussion, sharing, strategies for resilience, and a chance to create memory boxes to take home (bring a photo of your loved). Info/registration:

“Conspiracy” Film Showing.  at Morgan Park United Methodist Church. In light of the current political and cultural climate of hate in our country, Morgan Park United Methodist Church,11030 S. Longwood Dr., is hosting opportunities to bring our community together for a conversation about the issue. On Fri., Oct. 20, 6 p.m., the church will show the film “Conspiracy”, which depicts a meeting held in January 1942 by the Nazi leadership to elicit support for a plan to exterminate the Jews. The community is invited to the viewing, conversation and personal story sharing aimed at creating ethnic and racial understanding and compassion.The event is co-sponsored by Unity and Diversity and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea. Info: 773-238-2600.

Beverly Theatre Guild Presents ‘Avenue Q.’ The Beverly Theatre Guild presents its fall musical, “Avenue Q,” on the weekends of Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 at the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St. Staged like a children’s show, “Avenue Q” is a satire about a recent Princeton graduate who moves to a shabby New York apartment and struggles to find a job and meaning in life. The show carries a parental advisory. Tickets are $21 and available online at, or by calling 773-BTG-TIXS.

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will meet Wed., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., to discuss Tax-Increment Financing. 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

Day of the Dead Lecture and Workshop. In a workshop that includes a lecture on Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) traditions and Alebrije folk art, Carlos Orozco, an indigenous artist from Oaxaca, Mexico, will present examples of traditional folk art then provide workshop participants with wooden skull cutouts to paint in the traditional Alebrije style, Wed., Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Registration required: 312-747-9673.

New Venues, New Vendors for HollyDays. HollyDays, the popular shopping/socializing event that supports the I Am Who I Am Foundation will be held Sat., Nov. 4, 6 to 10 p.m., at two new venues: Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western, and Barney Callaghan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western. The event features 20 new artists and vendors, and a community of teens and adults with special abilities showcasing the new line of I Am bath and body products. Donations are welcome at the door. HollyDays provides funding for awareness and programs benefiting families with members who have special needs.

Neighborhood Notes

See and Ski the Dan Ryan Woods. The Beverly Improvement Association (BIA), Cook County Forest Preserve District and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea invite neighborhood residents to enjoy cross country skiing and snow-shoeing in the Dan Ryan Woods on Sunday afternoons in the winter when there is sufficient snow. Skiers meet at 1 p.m., Beverly Bike and Ski, 9121 S. Western Ave., where owner Paul Weise will serve hot chocolate. Cross-country skis, boots, and poles are available to rent from Beverly Bike and Ski for $15 for the day and $25 for the weekend. Snowshoes are available for the same rental fee. There is no charge to participate in this event — you own the woods and they are yours to use.

Garbage Collection Changes. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has changed to garbage collection to Monday for the following routes: 87th to 95th Streets, Charles Street to Western Avenue; 95th to 99th Streets, Charles Street to Western Avenue; 99th Street to 100th Place, Charles Street to Longwood Drive; and 100th Place to 103rd Street, Prospect Avenue to Longwood Drive. For households that receive curbside collection, the bi-weekly recycling pick-up will also change to Mondays. If your recycling is picked up in the alley, your collection day may change or fluctuate so leave your blue cart in the alley at all times to ensure collection. Questions: 19th Ward Office, (773)238-8766 or

LCMH President/CEO Appointed to Hospital Association Board. Dennis Reilly, President and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park, has been appointed to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association 2017 Board of Trustees. The Board is the policymaking body for the association, which represents more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems across Illinois. Reilly held several positions with LCMH over the course of his 40+ years of service. In 1996, he was appointed the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, a role in which he served until his promotion to President and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in 2001. Reilly has served on the Board of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council for 12 years, including two years as Board chairperson.

Beware of Scams. Residents of the 22nd District should be aware of possible ruse burglary and home repair scams. Offenders typically ring the victim’s doorbell, offering to perform home repairs or saying they are from a utility company, and claiming that they need to enter the house. Once inside, the offender will attempt to divert the homeowner’s attention so that another offender can enter the residence to steal money, jewelry and others small items. Practice these safety tips: Do not open the door for or let unfamiliar people into your home unless you have requested a service. Contact your utility company to confirm technicians are scheduled to work in your neighborhood. Ask to see identification from anyone claiming to represent a city agency or utility company. Write down vehicle information and suspect description for any suspicious people. Call 911 to report suspicious activity.

SCDC Winter Activities and Meetings. Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) will partner with Southsiders For Peace on a potluck dinner and screening/discussion of “13th,” about the history of the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery but also established a pattern of mass incarceration of African-Americans and other people of color which still influences the justice system in the present day, Sat., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. On Fri., Feb. 24, the SCDC adult book club will discuss “The South Side” by Natalie Y. Moore, time and location TBA. Copies of the book are at The Bookie’s, 2419 W. 103rd St. (mention SCDC when purchasing). SCDC will partner with Beverly Unitarian Church and the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training to present an afternoon of education and discussion on Martin Luther King’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation on Sat., Mar. 11. SCDC meets regularly on the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., BAPA Community Room; next meeting Mar. 1. Info:

St. Barnabas Parish Honors First Responders. Recognizing the critical roles first responders play in our community and society, St. Barnabas Parish will honor firefighters, police officers and paramedics/EMTs at a special Mass Sun., Feb. 5, 10 a.m., at the church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr. Chicago Police Department Chaplain, Fr. Dan Brandt will celebrate the mass, which is an opportunity for parishioners and community members to thank first responders and pray for their health and safety. First responders from municipal, county, state and federal public safety departments are invited to participate in uniform and to participate in the gathering procession. Info: Kitty Ryan, 773-779-1166 x. 226 or

Save Time on Appointments. Little Company of Mary Hospital makes it easy to schedule sports physicals online at the Care Stations on 95th Street in Oak Lawn. Click to go directly to Schedule ONLINE

SWMPCA Meeting. The Southwest Morgan Park Civic Association (SWMPCA) will hold its quarterly general meeting Tues., Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Peterson Hal, St. Walter Church, 117th and Oakley. All residents of the area bounded by 119th and 111th Streets, Western to Metra tracks are invited to attend and get involved.

Ridge Beverly Baseball & Girls Softball Sign-Up. Registration is open for Ridge Beverly Baseball & Girls Softball for ages 4 to 13. Season runs April through June. Cost ranges from $115 to $150 per player based on league level (family discounts). Register by Feb. 28 Questions

Be a Vanderpoel Gallery Docent. The Vanderpoel Art Association invites area residents to become volunteer art gallery docents. The gallery is located at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Info: Irene Testa, 773-840-3098.

Mindful Stress Management. “Stress Management and Mindfulness,” a workshop on how mindfulness can improve our relationships and sense of well-being led by psychotherapist Patricia Harthun, will be held Sat., Feb. 11, 3 to 5 p.m. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. The workshop will offer the opportunity to practice mindfulness techniques and suggestions for how to incorporate them into real life.  $10, payable at time of registration through Info: 773-310-3488.

February at Bethany Union Church. Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., welcomes the community to participate in events and programs this month. Boy Scout Troop 607 and Cub Scout Pack 3607 will participate in Boy Scout Sunday at the worship service, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m.; the Sip N Stitch craft class project for Sat., Feb. 18, 12 to 2 p.m., is From the Heart and registration is at; and Lent will be ushered in with a Mardi Gras celebration following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Sun., Feb. 26 –  call the church to make a reservation, 773-779-0123. Ongoing classes: Praise & Sweat Zumba, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.,; and voice, piano and hand bell classes, Mon. through Fri.,

New Church Hosts Meet & Greet. Imago Dei, a new church forming in Beverly/Morgan Park, will host a meet and greet Sun., Feb. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., in the atrium at Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Anyone interested in learning more about the integrated, multi-ethnic church is invited to attend, enjoy refreshments and meet the launch team. Imago Dei hopes to experience God in a meaningful way, learn the relevance of the bible, and serve the community. Info/RSVP: 773-609-3135 or

Register Now for Platinum Adventures Events. Beverly Bank & Trust Platinum Adventures will host several fun and interesting activities: Chicago Maritime Museum & National Hellenic Museum, Thurs., Feb. 16, departing 10 a.m. from Ridge Academy, 103rd and Artesian; Dueling Pianos at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, Ill., Mon., Feb. 20, departing at 10 a.m. from Ridge Academy; actor Terry Lynch portrays White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger in a performance on the 1,000 days of President John F. Kennedy, Wed., Feb. 22, 2 p.m., Oak Lawn Bank & Trust, 5300 W. 95th St.; an evening of Irish music, Sat., Mar. 4, 7 p.m., Dorothy Menker Theater, Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy.; and a visit to the Irish American Heritage Center, Wed., Mar. 8, departing at 10 a.m. from Ridge Academy. For details, fees and registration, contact Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or

Renaissance Academy Presents ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.’ The Renaissance Academy presents the Farrell Forum presentation, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Thurs., Feb. 16, 11 a.m., Butler Reception Room, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St.  Admission is free and open to the public. Join bestselling author and speaker Rochelle Pennington to learn about the largest shipwreck on the Great Lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of three-story buildings. Audience members will experience the story from the launch of the ship to its final radio broadcast and from the shipwreck’s discovery to the raising of artifacts from its watery grave.

South Side Irish Run to the Pub. Run to the Pub – a training group that couples running with visiting area pubs – kicks off a six-week training for local St. Patrick’s Day races, Thurs., Feb, 16 at Cullinan’s Stadium Club. The group will meet at a different Irish Pub each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Following the run everyone will receive a free beer and a long sleeve tech T-shirt at end of series. Bars include Clancy’s Pub, Oak Lawn; Blarney Stone, Oak Forest; Durbins, Tinley Park; BJ McMahons, Oak Lawn and Irish Patriot, Orland Park. Info/registration:

American English in Concert. American English will recreate the phenomenon of The Beatles from the early years through the psychedelic era Fri., Feb. 17, 8 p.m., BaffesTheater, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. $25 ($23 BAC members). 773-445-3838 or

Winter Farmers Market. The Green Sanctuary Group at Beverly Unitarian Church will host its annual Winter Farmers Market Sat., Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. The market will feature local, organically grown vegetables, herbs, mushrooms and apples, as well as soup mixes, cheese, veggie burgers, cheesecake, frozen yogurt, ice cream and baked goods. Local singer Anna Stange will perform. The event is sponsored by Faith in Place and helps small, local farmers extend their income beyond the growing season. For information or to volunteer, contact Fran Sowa, 708-229-0390,, or visit

Mercy Circle hosts Open House.  Mercy Circle, 3659 West 99th St., will host an open house and tours Sun., Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event provides a chance for prospective residents and their families to meet Mercy Circle staff and learn about the advantages of the newest retirement community in the neighborhood. Refreshments will be served and complimentary parking is available by entering the lot from 99th Street.

Author Discusses New Book About ‘The Castle’.  On Sun., Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m., author Errol Magidson will discuss “Chicago’s Only Castle: The Book,”  a new book about the landmark at 103rd and Longwood Drive known to some as the Irish Castle, and to others as Givins’ Castle.  Magidson, who did the comprehensive documentary on the building and its fascinating “keepers,” will give his program at the Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley, and present new and interesting information uncovered since the film debuted in 2011. The program is free; light refreshments will be served. Info: 773-881-1675 or

League of Women Voters Meeting.  The League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., 1721 W. 104th Place, to discuss, the city of Chicago budget.  The League is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues.  Public welcome.  Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or

Squeaky Weal Lecture Topic is Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is today’s tragic form of slavery and a devastating reality for many people around the world. Religious Sisters are among the leaders in efforts to raise awareness, rescue victims, and eliminate this abuse in the world. Sister Jeanne Christensen, RSM, will serve as the keynote speaker to address the topic of ending human trafficking at the Squeaky Weal Lecture series Thurs., Feb. 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Warde Academic Center Butler Reception Room, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. Free and open to the public. Info: 773- 298-3809.

BAPA Discount for Hustle Up the Hancock. The first 50 BAPA members and Ridge Run runners to register for the 20th Anniversary Hustle Up the Hancock will receive an exclusive $25 registration discount. The Respiratory Health Association’s world class stair climb will be held Sun., Feb. 26, raising funds to support clean air and people living with lung diseases. Spots are available for the full climb of 94 stories or the half climb of 52 stories at the John Hancock Center downtown. Use coupon code BAPAHUSTLE for registration

Beer & Food Pairing Dinner. Private Chef Alvin Green will partner with the Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 S. Olde Western Ave., to host a night of great beer, food and music Sat., Feb. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. Each of the five courses in the gourmet meal will be paired with a craft brew, including dessert. Music will be provided by the Molly Rose Combo. $60 per person; limited spots. Must be 21 or older. Reservations:

A Women’s History of HIV/AIDS. In Plain Sight, History Moves’ mobile exhibition created in cooperation with Women;s Interagency HIV Study Chicago (WIHS), opens with a reception Sun., Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. and continues through Apr. 16, Jack Simmerling Gallery, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The exhibition shows that women living with HIV have moved from the margins of what was once a deadly epidemic to become survivors and history-makers.

South Side Irish Parade Film Fest 2017. The South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and tBeverly Arts Center will present the South Side Irish Parade Film Fest 2017, Sat., Mar. 4 at the BAC, 2407 W. 111th St. New this year is a matinee screening. The fest includes a traditional Irish music reception and post party featuring live Irish-American music, dancing, raffles and a cash bar. Info and tickets: 773-445-3838 or

Calling All Veterans! On Sat., July 15, the Chicago Park District, Road Home Project @ Rush University, and Ald. Matt O’Shea will host a Veteran’s Softball Tournament and Family Fest at Beverly Park. They are currently looking for any veterans who might be interested in volunteering to promote this event or recruit players and teams. On Thurs., Mar. 2, 7 p.m., there will be a brief meeting at Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western, to discuss the event. All area veterans are invited to attend; lite food and drink will be provided. If you are interested in helping out, but cannot attend this meeting, e-mail


Neighborhood Notes

Electronic and Hazardous Waste Collection. Area residents can safely dispose of electronic and hazardous household waste Sat., Oct. 1, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Beverly Unitarian Church parking lot, 103rd and Seeley Avenue. The event is organized by the Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church. Accepted electronic items are computers, monitors, printers, laptops, peripherals, cell phones and small televisions. Accepted hazardous household chemicals and items are mercury-florescent bulbs, antifreeze, used motor oil, oil-based paints, gasoline, paint thinner, aerosol paints, hobby chemicals, car batteries, rechargeable batteries, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, hobby and photographic chemicals, mercury thermometers, and clean Styrofoam packing materials and egg cartons. Textbooks and eyeglasses also will be accepted for reuse. The following items will NOT be accepted: Freon, incandescent bulbs, appliances, alkaline batteries, bio-hazardous products, needles, latex, acrylic or water-based paints, caulk or cleaning products, or other water-soluble products. Donations are requested to defray collection costs. Info: Eileen Klees, 773-968-3396.

Local Home on Solar Tour. The Atkinson residence, 9904 S. Damen, will be featured on the10th annual Illinois Solar Tour, Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The self-guided tour features more than 100 solar-savvy homes across the state and showcases real-life examples of how people are harnessing the sun’s energy to generate power and heat, and reduce utility bills. Free.  Info:

Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pet to church for a blessing Sun., Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m., Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity, 9300 S. Pleasant Ave. All are welcome. Info: 773-445-4427.

SXU Hosts Debate Watching Events. Would you like to watch the debates on a huge screen, hear from local elected officials and register to vote? Saint Xavier University, 3700 West 103rd St. will host debate events in the Warde Academic Center, 4th Floor Board Room. Vice Presidential debate, Tues., Oct. 4, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Presidential debate, Wed., Oct. 19, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. RSVP at

Community High School Fair. Kate Starr Kellogg School and the Kellogg PTA are hosting the 15th annual Community High School Fair Thurs., Oct. 6, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the school gym, 9241 S. Leavitt St. Info: Meg Rooney, 773-535-2598 or

Learn Chinese for Free! United Chinese Americans and Cornerstone International Education will hold free Chinese Culture and Language Immersion classes for all ages and levels beginning in October in the BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. The program includes free Chinese class tutoring and a chance to participate in a cultural exchange with Chinese Morgan Park Academy high school students. Info: Tim He,

Chicago Seeks Election Judges. The Chicago Board of Elections is recruiting judges of election for the Nov. 8 presidential election. Election judges are responsible for administering the election in each polling place. They must be registered to vote in Cook County. Applications are available at the 19th Ward Office, 10400 S. Western or online at

Stress Management Seminar. Stress Management and Recovering from Trauma, the second in an ongoing series of stress management seminars, will be held Sat., Oct. 8, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western Ave., 2nd floor. The seminars are held on the second Saturday of the month and will cover topics that include boundaries, surviving the holidays, financial wellness, mindfulness, healthy relationships, spring renewal and physical fitness. $10 per session. Space limited. Info: or 773-310-3488.

Jazz Night Out. Jazz Night Out featuring Chicago’s Jazzworks will be presented Sat., Oct. 8, 6 to 9p.m., Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th St. Tickets: $20. Info: 773-995-0151,

Cross Cup Cyclocross in Dan Ryan Woods. The Beverly Bike Vee Pak Racing Team will hose the Dan Ryan Cyclocross Sun., Oct. 9 in Dan Ryan Woods. Races run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and over 700 riders are expected. Part of the Chicago Cross Cup racing series, the Dan Ryan Cyclocross started seven years ago with 260 riders. Cyclocross takes cyclists off the road and putting them on grass and onto the toboggan hills. This is a family-friendly event open to spectators.

Author Discussion with Nancy Nau Sullivan.  Nancy Nau Sullivan author of “The Last Cadillac: A Memoir,” will discuss and sign her book Mon., Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., Beverly Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St. The memoir chronicles the author’s search for autonomy and dignity for herself and her aging father. Set on Anna Maria Island, Florida, the book will make you laugh and cry and offers a common sense and humorous guide to surviving family relationships. Info: 312-747-9673.

Volunteer Tree Planters Needed. Volunteers are needed to help with the Openlands tree planting in West Beverly, Wed., Oct. 12. Tools and instruction will be provided. Bring gardening gloves and be ready to work. Info/time/registration: Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 ext. 206 or

Financial Advice That’s Right for You.  Finding Financial Advice that’s Right for You, a program by Karen Chan of Karen Chan Financial Education and Consulting LLC, will be presented Thurs., Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. While there’s no fool proof way to choose the best financial adviser, asking the right questions and understanding the answers can help. Chan draws on 20 years of studying personal finance to help educate people. This program is part of the Smart Investing @ Your Library series, a partnership with FINRA Investor Education Association and the American Library Association. Info: 312-747-9673.

LCMH Seeks Hospice Volunteers. Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) invites members of the community to become hospice volunteers, providing compassionate care to patients with a terminal diagnosis in their homes surrounded by the people who love them. Hospice training will be held Sat., Oct. 15 and 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the hospital, 2800 W. 95th St. Attendance is required at both sessions. Reservations (required)/info: 708-229-6901.

Police Explorers Enrollment Open through Oct. 15. High school students age 13 to 17 are invited to enroll in the 22nd District’s Police Explorers program. Enrollment is open through Oct. 15. Participants will explore careers in various professions, develop a positive relationship with the police and earn Service Learning Hours. Info: CAPS Office, 312-745-0620.

Annual Spaghetti Dinner. Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity, 9300 S. Pleasant Ave., hosts the annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Sat., Oct. 15, 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children age 8 and younger. $2 off adult ticket with donation of non-perishable food item for Maple/Morgan Park Community Food Pantry. Tickets/info: 773-445-4427. Bottles, Bites, Brews. Bottles, Bites, Brews, the St. Barnabas Tasting Event, will be held Sat., Oct. 15, with Chef Hour of tastes and wine pairings, $75 per person (limited to 100 tickets), 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and the main event, $40 in advance or $45 at the door per person, 7:30 p.m., 10121 S. Longwood Dr. Wine and beer tasting until 9:30 p.m. Cash bar and dancing until midnight. 21 and over. Info/tickets:

Art Competition Submission Deadline is Oct. 17. The deadline for artist submissions to the 40th Annual Beverly Arts Center Competition and Exhibit is Mon., Oct. 17. Submission guidelines and applications are available at Jurors for the prestigious competition are Judie Anderson and Raymond A. Thomas. The exhibit will open Nov. 8 and run through Jan. 8 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Info: Conor, 773-445-3838 ext. 211.

Life Line Screening Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. will host Life Line health screenings Tues., Oct. 18, by appointment. Five screenings scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries; abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat, and a bone density screening, for men and women. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Register and receive a $10 discount: 1-888-653-6441 or  Parking is available in the lot across 103rd Street and Bethany Union Church is handicap accessible.

Oktoberfest. Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., hosts its annual Oktoberfest Fri., Oct. 21, 6 to 10 p.m. The party includes German food, beer, wine and pop and German music by Walter Flechsig. Takes of 6 to 10 can be reserved. A free will offering will be collected. Tickets/reservations: 773-779-0123.

Beverly Theatre Guild Season Opens. The Beverly Theatre Guild (BTG) 2016-17 season opens with “Seussical The Musical” Oct. 21 to 23 and continues with “Amadeus” in February and the local premiere of “Sister Act, A Divine Musical Comedy,” in May. The three-show season subscription is $57 per person. BTG is also accepting tax-deductible contributions which start at $175 and include season tickets. BTG is Chicago’s oldest community theatre group and a member of the League of Chicago Theatres. Performances are at Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St. Info/subscriptions: or 773-284-8497.

Make a Difference Day.  Community residents are invited to join the Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club for Make a Difference Day, Sat., Oct. 22, beginning at 9 a.m.,  and help to make 25 colorful fleece blankets for preschool children at Beacon School, 107th & Longwood Drive (enter from the Seeley parking lot). Participants will cut and tie to create cuddly double sided blankets – no sewing necessary. Community service hours are available for students. If you can, bring a good pair of scissor. Info: Kathy Ruopp, or 773 445 5946.

Halloween Events at BAC. From family-friendly to classically ghoulish, the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., is staging three unique Halloween events. Get In Get Art Get Spooky Sun., Oct. 23, 2 to 4 p.m., features the haunted theatre — if you dare! — and the not-so-spooky haunted house plus crafts, treats, costumes, games and more. Don’t miss the screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with live shadow cast Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $10 ($9 for BAC members). Costumes and props strongly encouraged or buy a deluxe props kit for $10. The Duke Street Kings featuring Michael McDermott rock out with Halloweensteen Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. $29 ($26 for BAC members.) Info: 773-445-3838 or

Know Before You Vote. A public forum and discussion of the referenda that will be on the Nov.8 ballot will be held Sat., Oct. 22, Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Topics of discussion: merger of the Cook County Recorder’s Office into the Cook County Clerk’s Office, state amendment for a transportation budget “lock box”, full funding for Chicago Public Schools, stronger penalties for gun crimes, Chicago issuing ID cards, and information on judicial retention.  Info: Mark Kuehner, 312-617-8904. Sponsoring organizations: NAACP (South Side and South Suburban branches), South Siders for Peace, Citizens in Action Serving All (CASA) Blue Island and Unity in Diversity Group.

League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., 9204 S. Kedvale Ave., Oak Lawn, to discuss voter service and election issues.  The League is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues.  Public welcome.  Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or visit

Furniture Wood Refinishing Workshop. The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association will present a free workshop on furniture refinishing with Toms-Price Furniture, the world’s largest Stickley dealer, Sat, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. On Wed., Nov. 16, 6 p.m., the Association will present a seminar on practical ideas for basement finishing and remodeling, Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Make reservations at at events calendar. Info: 312-675-0300 ext. 10.

Homestay Seeks Host Families. Coordinated by Cornerstone Educational Consulting Inc., the CS-Homestay program has partnered with the Morgan Park Academy to provide international students an American high school experience. Families interested in hosting a student can learn more and find the online application at or contact CS-Homestay Program Coordinator Nate Blaida, 630-973-9842.

Drum Circle. Drum Circle: A Participatory Percussion Experience will be held Sun., Oct. 30, 3 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western Ave., 2nd floor. This wellness activity will be led by a music therapist and does not require musical training. Space is limited. A $10 donation to benefit “A New Direction” will be collected. Info: or 773-310-3488.

Networking for Healthcare Professionals. Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western Ave., 2nd floor, will host a presentation and networking event for healthcare professionals, “Beyond the Gender Binary: A Clinical Framework to Support Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients,” Fri., Nov. 4,  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Info: or 773-310-3488.

HollyDays. I Am Who I Am Foundation presents HollyDays vendor fair Sat., Nov. 5, 6 to 10 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The event includes local artists and vendors selling their wares, martini station, music and more. $10 donation at the door. Info: