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BAPA Home Tour + Home Expo Give Before-and-After Insights to Gracious Living

On Sun., May 19, the old and the new come together as the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) launches the new Home Expo on the morning of the popular Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour. Together, the events offer before-and-after insights to gracious neighborhood living.

The BAPA Home Expo will take place at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., Chicago, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Home Tour will start at the same location, with tour check-in and ticket sales 12 to 3 p.m. Home Tour locations are open 12 to 5 p.m.

BAPA Home Expo

Designed to give property owners a range of accessible expert advice, the Home Expo invites attendees to talk to interior designers, wood restoration experts, people who offer eco-friendly services, and companies that offer roofing (including slate roofing), heating and air conditioning, plumbing, decks, landscape design, composting, paint and more.

People considering home projects are welcome to participate in the AIA Chicago Ask and Architect program that connects residential architects with homeowners looking to expand or improve their homes. Bungalows, two-flats, or new construction—architects will be standing by with free, personalized advice.  The architects will be available for short consultations on a first come/first served. Bring plans, drawings, ideas, or any other pertinent information so the architects can assist in the best possible way.

The Chicago Bungalow Association will present information on its Stop the Pop campaign that encourages bungalow owners who are planning home additions to maintain the exterior integrity of the original architectural design. This presentation, scheduled for 10:15 a.m., can benefit all property owners who are considering additions.

Oak Brothers Architectural Restoration will present information on restoring and caring for vintage windows, woodwork and architectural elements at 11 a.m. The Oak Brothers are specialists in repairing original windows, providing custom millwork and hand carving, refurbishing vintage hardware, plaster repair and more.

Representatives from the Citizens Utility Board will be available with tips on saving money on utility bills, CHI 311 will provide information on Chicago’s expanded 311 service and the new easy-to-use 311 app, and the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will offer a variety of service information and give away 100 free tree saplings.

BAPA Home Expo admission and presentations are free. The Expo is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour

This year’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour takes a look at how savvy renovations, inspired decorating, new construction and down-to-the studs restoration add an exciting variety to traditional architectural designs in the historic Beverly/Morgan Park community.

The Home Tour begins at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. The sanctuary was designed by noted architect Raymond M. Hood soon after he won the contest to design the Chicago Tribune Tower, and erected in 1926. It features carefully preserved Norman Gothic details and as well as a cloister Garth paved with Hudson River blue stone and featuring an open-air stone pulpit. Founded in 1872, Bethany Union Church will also be sharing artifacts and information about it’s long and interesting local history.

Homes being showcased on the tour are:

A stunning home built just ten years ago and designed with an English Eclectic influence that fits beautifully into the vintage character of the surrounding neighborhood. Inside the house is a spectacular combination of vintage amenities, contemporary lifestyle and carefully incorporated elements that make the house handicapped accessible to accommodate the needs of aging parents. From the basement party room with its expansive bar and sparkling disco ball to the perfect-for-entertaining open floor plan kitchen and family room to the fully furnished patio, this house was designed with welcome in mind. Experiences in this house include the Calumet Paint/Benjamin Moore Interior Paint Showcase and a beverage sampling in the back yard.

A handsome French Eclectic home designed by Murray Hetherington and built in 1935 on a secluded lot nestled at the edge of the forest preserves. The home offers a seamless meshing of original construction and renovation projects including a spacious addition with design-perfect details that incorporate original exterior brick and windows that match the unique windows in the front of the house that are protected as historic. Artwork throughout the house has been collected on family vacations and selected for its beauty, diverse media and styles, and as reminders of world travels. Experiences in this house include plein air painting by artist Judie Anderson.

A charming Mediterranean Revival with a brand new, custom-designed kitchen that combines function with contemporary beauty. This welcoming home is filled with elements including lovely casement windows and woodwork, decorating that uses a rich and warm palette of colors, and extensive collections of African American art and literature. Experiences in this house include tastings from guest chefs.

A stately North Beverly Georgian Revival with a warm and welcoming traditional appeal carried through from the original home into a stunning two-story addition. Be prepared to “ooh” and “aah” as every room features styles and decorating that make it special: the gorgeous fireplace in the sunken living room, the elegant dining room with its faux painting; the spacious master suite with walk in closet and spa bath, the comfortable family room that opens into a three-season room; even the cozy TV-room for two! Experiences at this house include beverage tastings on the deck.

A special feature of the Home Tour is the Longwood Drive historic home once owned by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International, the global organization dedicated to taking action on some of the world’s most persistent issues. The house is currently undergoing a cellar-to-rooftop restoration by Rotary, bringing it back to what it was like when Harris lived there in the 1940s. Members of the Rotary Club will act as guides, offering insights into the home’s fascinating history and its amazing transformation back in time. Experiences include a candy tasting.

Home Tour attendees will get a chance to walk through each of these outstanding sites for an up-close look at the details of design, decorating, art collections and lifestyle that make each of them a unique example of gracious living in Beverly/Morgan Park – the Village in the City.

Many thanks to Home Tour sponsors including Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC-Volkswagen, Beverly Bank, Calumet Paint and Wallpaper, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Southtown Health Foods, County Fair Foods, PRS professional real estate services, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Biros Real Estate, Benjamin Moore Paint, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Solution 3 Graphics, Pacor Mortgage, Green Apple Cleaning, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, The Beverly Review, Smith Village, Horse Thief Hollow, Open Outcry Brewing Co., Sweet Freaks, The Blossom Boys, Steuber Florist & Greenhouse, RMH Interiors + Design, The Music Scene, Nine-One-One BBQ Shack and Chef Alvin Green.

For more than four decades, BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour has been opening the doors to some of the neighborhood’s most remarkable private residences. Home Tour tickets are $30 in advance and available at Steuber Florist, 2654 W. 111th St., The Blossom Boys, 1810 W. 103rd St., Sweet Freaks, 9927 S. Wood St., and County Fair, 10800 S. Western (cash or checks only) or online at www.bapa.org. The price increases to $35 on the day of the tour. Home Tour locations are open from 12 to 5 p.m. All tours are self-guided and must begin by 3 p.m.

Information about the BAPA Home Expo and or Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour contact BAPA, 773-233-3100 or bapa@bapa.org,

In recognition of Gertrude Blackwelder for Women’s History Month 

By Carol Flynn, Communications; and Linda Lamberty, Historian; Ridge Historical Society 

Gertrude Blackwelder made history on Saturday, July 26, 1913, when she cast her ballot in Morgan Park’s special election on building a new high school.  

Reported Town Talk, local paper, “As this was the first opportunity given women of Cook County by virtue of the recently enacted Women’s Suffrage law to vote upon questions other than candidates for school boards, nothing could have been more fitting than that Mrs. I. S. Blackwelder, former president of the Chicago Woman’s Club, and consistent worker for the betterment of women and children, as well as mankind as a whole, should cast the first woman’s vote in Morgan Park and Cook County.”   

A photo of Mrs. Blackwelder casting that vote appeared in numerous papers. The Illinois law was the final push that led to the U. S. Constitution’s Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, granting women the right to vote.  

The Progressive Era of 1890-1920 was a time of great reform and advancements, particularly in government and social areas. Gertrude Blackwelder embodied the spirit of that Era, working for women’s suffrage and other causes.   

Alice Gertrude Boughton was born in 1853 in New York. Her fathera Baptist ministervalued education. In 1869, she joined her sister in Kansas to attend the newly established university there. Following graduation in 1875, she was the first female graduate to be appointed to the faculty and, in 1890, she became the first woman to give a commencement speechImproving education opportunities for women and other disadvantaged groups became another important cause for Gertrude.  

In 1877, Gertrude married Isaac Simeon (I. S.) Blackwelder, and moved to Chicago. Blackwelder (1840-1926) rose to top management in the insurance industry, starting as aadjustor handling claims from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871  

The Blackwelders settled in Morgan Park, where I. S. served as president of the Village BoardSons Paul and Eliot were born. The family acquired the Ingersoll house at 10910 S. Prospect Ave., adding a Queen Annestyle front to the existing Italianate-style structure 

At that time, the wives of wealthy men did not work outside the homeThey applied their intelligenceskills and wealth to projects through volunteer organizations. Gertrude was elected to membership in the prestigious Chicago Woman’s Club (CWC), where she worked alongside Jane Addams of Hull House and Bertha Honore Palmer.  

Gertrude’s special interest was vacation schools, summer programs offering nature, artsmusic, and outdoor play activities for impoverished city childrenFor several years, she chaired the Vacation School Board, overseeing schools set up by the Chicago Permanent Vacation School and Playground Committee of Women’s Clubs. This coalition, with 212 delegates representing 50 clubsworked closely with the Chicago Board of Education. Gertrude wrote several articles on vacation schools for college publications. 

Due to her leadership abilities, Gertrude was chosen for higher office in the CWC. She served as Second and then First Vice President, and as President from 1906 to 1908. During those years, issues CWC addressed included children’s healthcare and daycare, the juvenile court system, crimes against children, working rights and conditions for women and children, sanitation and disease prevention in Chicago neighborhoods, pure food laws, and programs for the blind. 

Even as an executive officer, Gertrude made time to chair the Story Telling Committee, organizing and conducting story hours at schools, libraries and recreation centers.  

At home, the Blackwelders were involved in all things Morgan Park.” At the request of local womenGertrude co-founded the Morgan Park Woman’s Club in 1889. This is the oldest women’s club still existing in Chicago  

The Blackwelders supported the annexation of Morgan Park to Chicago, and the building of the high school. Both sat on local school boards, and Gertrude headed the Public School Art League which obtained artwork to decorate the school. A proposal in 1923 to rename the high school for the Blackwelders resulted in naming the auditorium Blackwelder Hall. 

Later, the Blackwelders moved to Stanford, California, where son Eliot was a college professor. Gertrude died there in 1938 

When I entered the University, in January, 1869,” wrote Gertrude in the 1908 Graduate Magazine of the University of Kansas, “Such was my delight at the opportunity for higher education, then largely denied to girls, that no thought of our limitations disturbed the serenity of my youthful mind.” 

That attitude prevailed throughout Gertrude Blackwelder’s lifeshe gave no thought to limitations. Her influence and accomplishments reached far beyond Morgan Park. Women’s History Month is a fitting time to give her recognition.  

 

Party Celebrates Wirtshafter Exhibit at RHS

Ridge Historical Society (RHS) is so thrilled with its exhibit of works by the late Ethel Wirtshafter featuring her fabulous batiks, they’re putting on a party to draw neighbors in to see it!  On Fri., Feb. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., the doors will be thrown open and all welcomed. 
If you appreciate history, color and design, this exhibit is a must-see,” said RHS Historian Linda Lamberty.  Ethel spent more than half her near century of life here, where she was for over 45 years a prized and beloved teacher to countless children at the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association at Ridge Park Field House. 
The exhibit – a rare opportunity to see so many of Wirtshafter’s exquisite works gathered together – runs through Feb. 24 at RHS, 10621 S. Seeley. Art lovers who can’t make the Feb. 8 party can call 773-881-1675 or write ridgehistory@hotmail.com to schedule a tour.  

The Arts: Batik Exhibit is Explosion of Color and Themes

By Linda Lamberty

An explosion of color and themes welcomes visitors to the exhibit of works by the late Ethel Wirtshafter (1909-2009) at Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley Ave. The art works all clearly show the exquisite touch of the much-loved local artist.
RHS has the distinct honor to have these works, most on loan from the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association, the Beverly Arts Center and a number of personal collections, on display through Feb. 24.

Predominantly composed of the artist’s very distinctive batiks, as well as informative text by another local artist, Mary Lenzini, the exhibit describes Wirtshafter’s life, art and technique. Visitors who knew Wirtshafter, a long time neighborhood resident, have remarked how wonderful it is to see so many of her creations gathered in one space.
Born and raised in Chicago, Wirtshafter came from an artistically gifted family and was blessed with an innate love of nature. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1931, where scenery painting for the theater department ultimately led her to a lifetime making and teaching art.
From scoring and printing linoleum blocks by candlelight in the Pacific Northwest, to photographing celebrities at the Edgewater Beach Hotel back in Chicago, to marriage, motherhood, world travel and over 45 years teaching children’s art classes at the Vanderpoel gallery, Ethel Wirtshafter lived life with gusto.  She passed away half a year short of her century mark, leaving behind a most prolific body of work, and countless fans.
Years ago when selling at the Beverly Art Fair on the grounds of Morgan Park Academy, Wirtshafter said how much she loved the way her batiks looked hanging on a line with sunlight behind them. Consequently, an effort has been made in the RHS exhibit to backlight all works that are unframed or have open backs.
One outstanding batik included the exhibit is of a mythological griffin and was discovered on eBay. The seller, having found it at an estate sale in Naples, Fla., had no idea of the identity of the artist, the age of the piece or the medium, suggesting in the description that it might be painted hide or part of an ancient text. It popped up using only Wirtshafter’s signature, “ELW,” as a search term. The beautiful piece is now in the appreciative buyer’s collection.
To schedule a visit to see the exhibit, call 773-881-1675 or email ridgehistory@hotmail.com.  School groups are welcome after the first of the year. Visit ridgehistoricalsociety.org to learn about RHS and upcoming events.

Neighborhood Notes January 2019

 

Sign up for Ridge Run by Jan. 15 and Save $5. Registration is open for BAPA’s Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27. If you sign up by Jan. 15, you can save $5 on race fees. The Ridge Run features a 10K run, 5K run and walk, and one mile youth run. BAPA presents the Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade and ceremony as part of the Ridge Run. Find info and registration at www.bapa.org.

Learn How to Draw Comics and Manga. Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Classes for 4th through 8th graders begin Jan. 5. Classes cover the basics of drawing, in addition to cartooning and sequential art (comic strips, comic books manga and graphic novels).  Each class is limited to 15 students; choose morning or afternoon sessions: 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 12 to 1:30 p.m. Jim and Spencer McGreal will be co-teaching. Info /reservations: www.vanderpoelartmuseum.org/classes/ or jim@jmcstudios.com.

Celebrate the new year with Champagne and Sweets, Sat., Jan. 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley. $25 per person, reservations required. 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

Open Mic Afternoons. Open Mic Nights are Open Mic Afternoons starting Sun., Jan. 6, 4 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform. The event is free. Sign up your act with Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. General info: Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300.

Raise Your Voice in Song. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir is recruiting singers for its 20th season. Sponsored by the Community of Churches, the choir performs sacred music from classical to gospel at a concert in spring. There are no auditions and music is provided. Music pick-up and registration is Sun., Jan. 6, 3:15 to 5 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell Ave. Rehearsals begin at same location Sun., Jan. 13, 3:15 p.m. also at Immanuel UCC.

All voices are welcome though male voices are particularly needed. Info: BMPCChoir@gmail.com.

An Artist’s Life A Century in the Making, an exhibit of batiks and other works by Ethel Wirtshafter, 1909-2009, through Feb. 24, Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave. Hours/appointments: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

Support Group for Caregivers. Beverly/Morgan Park residents who are caregivers for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are welcome to join a free support group Tues., Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m., Smith Village at 2320 W. 113th Pl. In an open discussion led by Diane Morgan, Smith Village social service director of long-term care, participants can address issues such as sun-downing, wandering, memory loss and more. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or familyandfriends@smithvillage.org.

Election Judges Needed. The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking persons to serve as election judges for the municipal election, Tues., Feb. 26. Election judges are responsible for the conduct of elections at each polling place. For details on eligibility and requirements, and to apply to become an election judge, visit www.chicagoelections.com.

CAPS Meetings. All area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email at Caps.022District@ChicagoPolice.org, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Jan. 9, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station.

Parenting the iGen Seminar. Mother McAuley High School and Smart Girl Society, Inc. will host, “Parenting the iGen,” Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m., at the school, 3737 W. 99th St. This free event is open to the community and will offer an in-depth look at how children are using social media, and tips and tools to help minimize negative experiences. RSVP www.mothermcauley.org/parents.

LSC Meetings. Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Jan. 10, 6 p.m. Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550.

The Frunchroom, Volume XVI: Winter of our discotheque edition, features five stories Thurs., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The quarterly South Side reading series is organized and emceed by Scott Smith in conjunction with the Beverly Area Arts Alliance. The Frunchroom readers are Dennis Foley, author of The Blue Circus;” poet, novelist and playwright Angela Jackson;
Nneka Jones Tapia, a psychologist committed to justice; photographer, musician and writer Preston Thomas; and co-owner of The Quilter’s Trunk Lisa Wilberding. The event is sponsored by the Beverly Arts Center. $5 donation requested.

Coffee and Conversation. State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley invite area residents to share their thoughts at Coffee and Conversation Sat., Jan 19, 9 to 10 a.m., Dunkin Donuts, 10401 S. Western. Info: 773-445-8128 or www.senatorbillcunningham.com.

Need Computer Assistance? Cybernavigators are available at Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by appointment. Get one-on-one help learning how to use your computer. Stop in to set up an appointment or call 312-747-9673.

Programs Focus on Good Health. Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., offers a full schedule of classes, support groups, screenings and special programs aimed at helping area residents get and stay healthy. On the schedule this winter are CHEER (Choices, Humor, Enhancement, Education, Renewal), “Resolve to Get Involved,” Wed., Jan 16, 11 a.m., free; Babysitting Safe and Secure, a babysitting skills class for kids age 11 to 14, Mon., Jan 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $70; Healthy Heart Screenings, a full complement of vital tests, by appointment, $70; Cherished Angel Perinatal Loss Support Group for people coping with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, Sat., Jan., 19, 10:30 a.m., free; and Senior Social Club for independent active adults over age 60, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $2/month. Info and registration: 708-423-5774 or www.LCMH.org.

Medicare 101. Do you have questions about Medicare Health Insurance or do you just want to know how it works?  Whether you’re turning 65 or a seasoned Medicare member, Medicare 101 presents information on Medicare changes for this year Wed., Jan 16, 12 to 2 p.m., Beverly Branch Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Info: 312-747-9673.

 

Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures programs and day trips are offered through Wintrust. This month’s adventures include “Meet Jackie Kennedy,” a first-person performance by Leslie Goddard set in 1964 and covering stories about the former First Lady’s marriage, work to restore the White House and struggle for privacy, Wed., Jan. 16, 2 p.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St., free; and a trip to the Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, Tues., Jan. 29, leaving from Ridge Academy, 2501 W. 103rd St., at 9:45 a.m., $75/members or $80/non-members. Info/reservations, Margie O’Connell, 773-298-4712 or moconnell@thebeverlybank.com.

Castle Concert Series. Anne Harris plays the violin and dances Sat., Jan. 19, 7 p.m., Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. To sample her music, visit www.anneharris.com. The concert is the next in the series of folk music performances at the historic Givins Castle and Heritage Gallery. A $20 donation is suggested with proceeds going toward maintenance of the Castle. Info: 773-719-7059.

 

Brother Rice High School Trivia Night. Alumni Moms will host the 7th Annual Trivia Night Sat., Jan. 26, Brother Rice High School Carmody Center, 99th and Pulaski. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia begins at 7.  $20 per person. Tickets/ info: Alumnimoms@brrice.org.

Preparations Underway for 2019 Crystal Heart Ball Gala. The Crystal Heart Ball, the premier fundraising event for Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH), will be held Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 at the Field Museum. The theme for the black tie gala is Starry Night and proceeds will benefit Interventional Radiology Services at LCMH.  Crystal Heart Ball guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Food For Thought and music stylings by Maggie Speaks – Talk of the Town Big Band. The Ball will honor Jim McKeever – Kevin Dowling Scholarship Fund and Christmas Without Cancer. Uzma and Hamid Nazeer, D.O., and Lindsay and Chris Vandenberg are 2019 chair couples.  For more call the LCMH Foundation, 708-229-5447 or visit www.LCMH.org/Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour Showcases Neighborhood Lifestyle Built Around Rock Island Stations

Five private homes — all within walking distance of local Metra stops and illustrative of the lifestyle and history of commuter service in our community — will be open to visitors for the Beverly Area Planning Association’s 47th edition of the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour, Sun., May 20, 12 to 5 p.m.

Visitors on this year’s tour will step inside a glorious Colonial revival mansion that has been renovated from foundation to roof; a deluxe Chicago bungalow beautifully updated for an active family; a gracious Tudor just steps away from the woods; a charming Prairie-influenced hilltop home; and a cozy stucco cottage with a garden hideaway.

Homes are selected for the tour because of their outstanding decorating, amenities and architecture. Featured this year are homes where contemporary stylings enhance original architectural details and offer a range of great ideas for updating kitchens, baths, basements and even yards.

Home Tour stops feature cooking and decorating demonstrations, experts offering home and garden advice, sponsor giveaways, tastings and more.

A True Commuter Community

Beverly/Morgan Park would not exist today had it not been for the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad (now the Metra Rock Island). When the Rock began daily commuter service downtown nearly 150 years ago, the sparsely settled areas along the Blue Island Ridge that became Beverly/Morgan Park began attracting people who desired homes in a “suburban” setting but accessible to jobs and shopping, as well as railroad workers and service providers in need of lodging close to station stops.

Home construction on the Ridge boomed following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. From mansions that housed some of Chicago’s most prominent families, to cottages and bungalows for families of more modest means, quick transportation downtown was a key influencer for home buyers more than a century ago, just as it is for buyers today. Many of the stations, now located at four-block intervals from 91st to 115th Streets, served as village centers for shopping, and the surviving stations built in the late 1800s and early 1900s form the Rock Island Train Station historic district because of their historic and architectural significance. All of the stations are part of daily life for the estimated 8.3 million riders currently commuting between Joliet and LaSalle Street each year.

At Home in Beverly/Morgan Park Today

For more than four decades, BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour has been opening the doors to some of the neighborhood’s most remarkable private residences. Tickets to this year’s tour are $30 in advance at www.bapa.org or $35 on the day of the tour, Sun., May 20. Homes are open from 12 to 5 p.m. All tours are self-guided and must begin by 3 p.m. The starting point is RMH Design, 1806 W. 103rd St., an eclectic home décor and clothing boutique, where people must check-in to receive their booklets, which are required for admission into the homes.

Thank You Home Tour Sponsors

Pacor Mortgage, Southtown Health Food, Calumet Paint and Wallpaper, Benjamin Moore Paint, Marquette Bank, PRS Real Estate Services, Beverly Hills Animal Hospital, Steuber Florist & Greenhouses, Coldwell Banker Residential Oak Lawn,  19th Ward Youth Foundation, County Fair, The Beverly Review, RMH Design, and Road Home Program.

Information about the Home Tour and sponsorship opportunities, as well as tickets are available at BAPA, 773-233-3100 or www.bapa.org.

 

RHS Women’s History Exhibit Theme: ‘Nevertheless She Persisted’

In recognition of National Women’s History Month, Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley, will present “Nevertheless She Persisted,” a women’s history exhibit. The exhibit, prepared in partnership with GFWC IL Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club, will open Thurs., Mar. 8, International Women’s Day.

The exhibit takes its title from the 2018 National Women’s History Month theme, “Nevertheless She Persisted:  Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,” which was designated by the National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org).

The RHS exhibit will include items from the Morgan Park Juniors’ “Honoring Our Heritage” project. The Juniors started their project in 2011 and modeled it on Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” installation, an icon of 1970s feminist art which is now in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

Members of the Juniors selected as subjects notable women such as Jane Addams and Eleanor Roosevelt as well as women who made lasting contributions to our local community. Club members researched the women and their accomplishments, and created place settings in their honor.

Sixteen of the place settings created by the Juniors will be displayed at RHS in thematic groups, along with biographical sketches and interpretive material. The place settings evoke the significance of each woman and depict how their work and persistence affects us now;  what contributions each subject made to improving  society;  how  they were challenged  by their gender and status; and how they inspired others.

Thematic groupings include Trailblazers and Mentors; Activists and Social Reformers; Women in the Peace movement; the Women’s History movement; Women in the Skies; Gender and Race in Civil Rights; and Clubwomen.

The exhibit opens on Mar. 8 with casual viewing from 1 to 7 p.m., and an introductory presentation by members of the Morgan Park Juniors at 3 p.m.  It will be on display until the end of March. Info and hours: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

Neighborhood Notes – March 2018

Free Business Counseling at BAPA. Local business owners are encouraged to take advantage of expert advice from counselors from SCORE and the Far South Community Development Corporation. Mentors from these organizations meet with clients at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St.  SCORE business mentor Mark Jaswanthkumar is available by appointment on Mondays, 9 to 11 a.m., to help entrepreneurs learn more about business start-up, finding funding, expanding their current businesses, managing cash flow and marketing. Mentoring is free and offered by appointment only. Make appointments at www.Chicago.score.org. Florence Hardy and Kathryn Jackson of the Far South Community Development Corporation (FSCDC) make appointments to help small businesses with business accounting and business plans on the second Wednesday of each month between 10 a.m. and noon. Far South counselors are experts at connecting businesses with resources and services for current and prospective business owners. To schedule an appointment, call BAPA, 773-233-3100.

Call for Artists. Chicagoland artists are invited to apply for the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival to be held Sat., June 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. A $20 application fee is required and will be used toward the $85 booth fee for artists who are accepted into the juried fair. Space is limited. The application deadline is Apr. 15. Eligible fine art media include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, leather crafts, textiles, jewelry, and art glass. The art fair is being coordinated by the Ridge Park Advisory Council and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association through the Chicago Park District Partners in Art program. Information/applications at www.ridgeparkartfair.org.

Teacher in the Library Homework Help. Certified teachers and trained homework helpers are available at local libraries to assist students with homework and learning strategies. Help is offered on a drop in basis and days/times vary by location. Contact local libraries for details: Beverly Branch, 1962. W. 111th St., 312-747-9673, and Walker Branch, 11071 S. Hoyne, 312-747-1920.

Light House Wellness Events. Light House Yoga & Wellness, 11240 S. Western, 2nd floor, will host Living Your Life with Passion, Balance & Grace, a women’s workshop with life coach Bridget Rourke, Sun., Mar. 4, 3 p.m.; Goddess Yoga for Women with Erin Kelly, Wed., Mar. 14, 7 p.m.; and Sound Healing: Live Music, Restorative Yoga & Aromatherapy with Brendan McAlinden and Erin Kelly, Sun., Mar. 18m 3 p.m. Information and registration:  www.lighthousebeverly.com.

Spring Writing Classes. Registration is open for spring classes at Chicago Writers Studio, 1917 W. 103rd Street, Ste #5. Classes include Life Stories with Grace Kuikman, Blogging 101 with Camille Acker and Getting Started Writing Fiction with Cole Lavalais begin the first week of March. Info/registration at www.ChicagoWritersStudio.com.

Chicago, Collected Exhibit at BAC. Chicago, Collected, an exhibit of specimens, artifacts, and scientific presentations from The Field Museum, will open with a reception Sun., Mar. 4, 2 to 4 p.m., and continue through Sat., Mar. 31 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  Through this innovative collaboration, visitors can discover fossils, animals, plants, and other real objects from the museum’s collection, all showcasing the incredible natural world right here in Chicago. On select dates, scientists from the Field will present their research, answer questions, and show off special items from the Museum. Info: 773-445-3838 or www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Early Voting. 19th Ward residents can vote early for the Illinois primary election Mar. 5 through 19 at Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Sat., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. On Mon., Mar. 19, voting will remain open until 7 p.m. People can register to vote and vote at the same time during early voting; two forms of accepted identification will be required. People who wish to vote by mail can find forms at the 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western or online at www.chicagoelections.com; a mail ballot must be postmarked on or before Mar. 20 to be counted. Early voting is available at the Chicago Board of Elections, 16 W. Adams St.

After School Matters Spring Programs for Teens. After School Matters is now accepting teen applications for the spring program session that features more than 400 programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM at nearly 150 locations throughout the city. Teens can search and apply online at afterschoolmatters.org. Application features include an interactive map to help teens search for programs and a full Spanish translation on a mobile-friendly platform. Questions: 312-742-4182 or applications@afterschoolmatters.org.

Beverly Bank Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures through Beverly Bank offers a variety of programs and activities at area Wintrust bank locations. This month: Can You Hear Me? a discussion on recognizing the signs of hearing loss, Tues., Mar. 6, 11:30 a.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St., free/members, $5/non-members; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Thurs., Mar. 15, Drury Lane Theatre, $99/members, $109/non-members includes lunch; Mollie’s War, a presentation of the role of women in the military with a focus on WACS in WWII, Tues., Mar. 20, 2 p.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park;  Good Mood Food, a presentation from the Little Company of Mary Hospital CHEER program, Thurs., Mar. 22, 10 am., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, free/members, $5/non-members; and Safe Use of Medications, presented by a doctor from Little Company of Mary Hospital, Wed., Mar. 28, 11:30 a.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, free/members, $5/non-members. Info, program registration and membership details: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or moconnell@thebeverlybank.com.

LSC Meetings. John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy LSC, Tues., Mar. 6, 5:30 p.m. 9510 S. Prospect Ave., 773-535-2690; Barnard Elementary School LSC, Mon., Mar. 19, 6:30 p.m. Room 203, 10354 S. Charles St., 773-535-2625; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Mar. 19, 7 p.m. Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Mar. 20, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Mar. 21, 7 to 9 p.m. School Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550; and Barbara Vick Early Childhood & Family Center LSC, Tues., Mar. 27, 3:45 p.m. St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. 773-535-2671.

Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites neighbors who are caregivers for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to attend a free memory care support group Tues., Mar. 6, 6:30 p.m. The floor will be open for a Q&A session with caregivers able to ask about sundowning, the disease’s progress and what certain behaviors mean. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or familyandfriends@smithvillage.org.

Open Mic Night. Irish folk musicians — some from the well-known Dyed in the Wool band — are expected to perform during Open Mic Night, Tues., Mar. 6, 7 to 10 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform for an appreciative audience. Free. To sign up your act, contact Debbie Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. Info about attending, 773-474-7300 (ask for Meghan Maple).

CAPS Meetings. Beat 2221, Tues., Mar. 6, 7 p.m. Christ the King, 9225 S. Hamilton; Beat 2213, Thurs., Mar. 8, 6:30 p.m. Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Mar. 14, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey; Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Mar. 22, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station. Area residents are encouraged to get involved with 22nd District CAPS activities. Info: 312-745-0620.

Burglary Prevention Seminar. “Keeping It Real,’ a burglary prevention seminar for residents of the 19th Ward, will be presented Tues., Mar. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Convicted criminals will discuss how to protect yuourself rom becoming a crime victim. Information will be available from the police. Free. Info: mattoshea@the19thward.com.

Saturday Drawing Class. Registration is w open for the Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Class, beginning Mar. 10 at 10 a.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Jim McGreal will teach the basics of drawing, cartooning, and sequential art (comic strips, comic books and graphic novels). The class limited to 15 students. Registration: https://jmcstudios.com/vaa/2018-spring-class-registration-form.php

19th Ward Business Breakfast. The 19th Ward Business Breakfast for business owners will be held Wed., Mar. 7, 8:30 a.m., La Fiesta Restaurant, 3333 W. 111th St. Information and resources from the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection will be available and representatives from the Chicago Police Department 22nd District will also be present.  Anyone operating a business in the 19th Ward is encouraged to attend and learn more about efforts to support the local economy in Beverly/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood.  For information, contact the 19th Ward Office, 773-238-8766.  Co-hosts are BAPA, the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, 95th Street Business Association and Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association.

One Earth Film Festival Screening. “What Lies Upstream,” a documentary by Cullen Hoback that reveals how the quality of drinking water is impacted by how companies and the government circumvent public health policies and the lax enforcement of laws that protect the environment, will be screened at Wed., Mar. 7, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., as part of the 7th annual One Earth Film Festival. The 2018 theme is “This is the Moment,” and the BAC is one of 47 Chicago area venues that will be screening films about environmental issues and hosting discussions on how people can get involved in protecting the environment. Admission: $6 ($5 for BAC members). Festival info: oneearthfilmfest.org.

BACinema Special Screening. “Rogers Park” (2017), an official selection in the Chicago International Film Festival, will be screened Thurs., Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St. In Chicago’s most diverse neighborhood, four intertwined lives begin to buckle under midlife pressures in this thought provoking drama. Filmmaker Kyle Henry will conduct a Q&A with audience following the screening. Tickets: $6 ($5/BAC members). Info, tickets and movie trailer at www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Shamrock Skate. The Shamrock Skate will be held Sat., Mar 10, 4:45 to 6:05 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Admission: adults and teens, $5; age 12 and under, $4; age 60+, $2. Skate rental is $3.

Children’s Programs at Beverly Library. Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., hosts the following free programs for children this month: Preschool Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., including stories, songs, activities and crafts; Irish Tales for all ages, Wed., Mar. 14, 4 to 5 p.m., featuring stories, songs, dance and treats; and Sew & Tell, in which participants will create a Celtic knot-inspired hand-stitched block, Sat., Mar. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration required; call 312-747-9673.

SXU Spring Internship and Job Fair.  Seeking an internship, part-time or full-time job? Need help navigating the job market? Saint Xavier University (SXU) will host the 2018 Spring Internship and Job Fair Fri., Mar. 16, 12 to 3 p.m., SXU Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. Free and open to the public. Employers will recruit for full-time, part-time and internship positions. Attendees are advised to dress professionally and bring many copies of their resumes. Find a  full list of employers at www.sxu.edu, keyword: job fair. Info: 773-298-3131.

Troop 609 Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop 609 invites area residents to the annual Pancake Breakfast Sat., Mar. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Morgan Park Baptist Church basement, 11024 S. Bell Ave. Enjoy pancakes and more: $4 for adults and teens, $2 for ages 5to 10, and free for preschoolers. Carry outs available.

Math Know How Boot Camp. Math Know How Boot Camp offers an eight-week workshop Mar. 20 through May 17 at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Students will be participant in grade level groups, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: grades 3 and 4, on Tues., grades 5 and 6 on Wed., and grades 7 and 8 on Thurs.  Fee: $450 per student. Info: 773-590-0096 or email mathknowhow@gmail.com.

SXU Community Health Fair. Free health screenings, assessments and information are available at the 15th Annual Community Health Fair, Fri., Mar. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saint Xavier University, Shannon Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. The fair, which is free and open to the public, is a “one-stop shop” for free health services that include free screenings and assessments for blood pressure, blood glucose, bone density, hearing and vision, injuries, stress, body mass index, spinal cord. The fair also includes free chair massages; 15-minute chair yoga classes every hour starting at 9 a.m.; demonstrations about child and adult CPR, first aid, exercise demonstrations, and free screenings; a scavenger hunt, a children’s activity corner, and face painting; and a wide range of vendors. Info: 773-298-3592.

Utility Bill Clinic. Representatives from the Citizens Ulility Board (CUB) will help area residents spot ways to reduce their uillity bills at a clnic, Mon., Mar. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western. Residents should bring copies of their bills for review. Free. Reservations required: Anairis Boror, 312-263-4282 ext. 111.

Amplified Phone Testing. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities will provide phone testing for people who have trouble hearing on the phone Wed., Mar. 28, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western. Illinois has a free amplified phone program that may be able to help people with hearing loss; to qualify you must no longer be able to use a standard telephone. Participants must bring copy of latest landline and/or cell phone bill, must have Bluetooth on their cell phone, must have proof of residency, and must have pre-paid phone service verification. Info about the program at www.itactty.org. RSVP for testing is required at 773-445-8128.

East Beverly Town Hall Meeting. A 19th Ward Town Hall meeting will be held Wed., Mar. 28, 7 p.m., Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl. Representatives from various government agencies will be present to address concerns and share information. The meeting is being sponsored by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, BAPA, Vanderpoel Improvement Association and East Beverly Association.

Registration Open at Dance Gallery. Registration is now open for the spring session of dance classes for children and adults at the Dance Gallery, 10628 S. Western. Classes are offered for beginners through advanced levels in several dance disciplines, and are taught by a professional dance faculty. Info: 773-445-8910 or www.dancegallerychicago.com.

Jesus ‘Jewishness’ Seminar. Lois Tverberg, author of “Reading the Bible with Jesus,” will present a seminar on the topic Jesus, Our Rabbi, and Lord Sun., Apr. 8, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Bethany Union Church of Chicago, 1750 W. 103rd St. The seminar will look at how Jesus’s first-century Jewish context sheds light on his ministry and messianic claims. Free. Info/RSVP: 773-779-0123 or office@bethanyunion.com.

Save the date: City of Chicago citywide clean and green spring clean-up, Sat., April 21.

Neighborhood Notes — January 2018

 

Champagne & Sweets. Enjoy and evening of Champagne and Sweets to celebrate the new year, Sat., Jan 6, 7 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave. $25. RSVP by Jan. 3: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

Restock the Food Pantry Drive. The Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association will host a non-perishable food drive in January to help re-stock the shelves of the Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry after the holiday season. Collection boxes will be located at various Beverly/Morgan Park businesses and monetary donations will also be accepted. Info: Caroline Connors, 773-779-2530

Longwood Writers Guild. Longwood Writers Guild, a critique group for adult creative writers, will be held Mon., Jan. 8 and 22, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Open to serious writers who wish to improve their work. Info: longwoodwritersguild@gmail.com.

The Untold Story of Chicago’s First Black Banker. Don Hayner, former Chicago Sun-Times editor, will present “Jesse Binga: The Untold Story of Chicago’s First Black Banker” as features speaker for the urban history seminar, Thurs., Jan. 18, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.  $25 admission includes a reception and dinner, 5:45 p.m., program at 7 p.m. and free parking. Reservations required: 312-642-4600 or http://www.chicagohistory.org/events

Storytelling Showcase: South Specific. A Storytelling Showcase features personal stories from the participants of David Boyle’s storytelling workshops Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. storytellers are Grace Kuikman, Caroline Mooney, Jean Vanier, Madeline O’Malley, Tirzah Manley and Betsy Lenehan-Sloan. $10 donation requested. BYOB.

Beverly Wedding Expo. Couples who are making wedding plans can streamline the search for just the right vendor services at the 2nd Annual Beverly Wedding Expo, Sun., Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The event will feature more than 50 wedding vendors including caterers, bakers, florists, photographers, hair and make-up artists, musicians, invitation designers and more. Attendees can meet local vendors, sample food and sweets, hear live music, check out the latest wedding trends and also experience the BAC, which is a wedding venue. Tickets: $10 for individuals or $15 for couples, 773-445-3838 or www.beverlyartcenter.org.

League of Women Voters Meeting. The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Unit will meet Wed., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at 9904 S. Damen Ave., to discuss Prescription Drug Pricing. 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 lwvchicago.org.

The Frunchroom. Readers will be presenting their stories for The Frunchroom reading series Thurs., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Details: thefrunchroom.com.

‘According to Mark.’ “According to Mark,” a one-man play of the Gospel According to Mark, will be performed Sun., Jan. 28, 3 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley. Transforming Biblical passages into a compelling, moving, and often humorous story of love and sacrifice. The Biblical story is brought to life by Broadway, film, and television actor Jim Krag, who has researched and performed pieces of the Gospel of Mark for over two decades, offering insight that can enhance or even challenge one’s notions of the story. Free. Info:  773-445-7558 or www.bethlehem-chicago.org.

Join the Community Choir. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir (pictured) is recruiting singers for its 2018 season. Rehearsals start on Sun., Jan. 28 with music pick-up and registration 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell Ave. Rehearsals are held each Sunday for 10.  No audition is required. Singers from Beverly/Morgan Park and surrounding suburbs are cordially invited. Male voices are particularly needed and all sheet music is provided. The season will conclude with a concert Sun., Apr. 22 at St. Cajetan Church. Info: bmpcchoir@gmail.com or www.BMPCC.org.

South Side Irish Parade Fundraiser. The South Side Irish Parade will kick off 2018 festivities with a pre-parade fundraiser Sat., Feb. 3, 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. The event features raffle prizes, a silent auction, the South Side Irish Parade Queen Selection, live Irish music and much more. The parade is operated by the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Heritage Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. More than 100 volunteers work year-round to ensure this family-friendly celebration continues for future generations. Tickets and info: southsideirishparade.org. Special Olympics Chicago is Grand marshal of the parade to be held Sun., Mar. 11.

Neighborhood Notes for September 2017

Almost Home Collection. 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. The club is collecting bath/beach towels and washcloths (used is fine) until Oct 14 and 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 painting party fundraiser is planned for Fri., Oct. 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S Oakley Ave. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. The event is BYOB and snacks will be served. Info: Carla Herr, 312-593-1129, beverlyjuniors@gmail.com, or GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club on Facebook.

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 in the Jack Simmerling Gallery 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, www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Tutors Needed at Mercy Home Walsh Campus. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is in need of tutors to assist young women at the Walsh Campus, 11600 S. Longwood Dr. The commitment is one hour, once a week (the same night each week). To learn more about the tutoring program visit the website or contact marpil@mercyhome.org.

Smith Village Invites You to Ham it Up on Open Mic Night. Singers, musicians, comedians and “closet hams” are welcomed to entertain an appreciative audience at Open Mic Night, Tues., Sept. 5, Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The monthly event is free and hosted by Debbie Parks, a guitarist and singer who teaches music at the Beverly Arts Center. Complimentary refreshments will be served. To sign up your act, contact Parks, dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. General info, Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300.

Garden Club Presents Tips for Lazy Gardeners. The Morgan Park/Beverly Hills Garden Club presents “Tips for the Lazy Gardener,” a program by landscape designer Cindy Tyley of Carriage House Designs, Wed., Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m., Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley. The show and tell presentation demonstrates ways for indoor and outdoor gardeners to save time, energy and money.

BIA Garage Sale. Sept, 7 is the deadline for North Beverly residents to sign on to be part of the 3rd annual community-wide garage sale being hosted by Beverly Improvement Association (BIA) Sat., Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more about registering as a participant – which includes a garage sale permit — at beverlyimprovementassoc@gmail.com. Shoppers from all over are welcome to visit North Beverly, get a map from any participating home and browse for bargains.

Movie at Kellogg School. Area residents are invited to celebrate the start of the new school year for an outdoor screening of “The Lego Batman Movie,” Fri., Sept. 8 at dusk, Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt. The event is hosted by Kellogg School and the 19th ward office. All are welcome.

Flea Market on the Lawn. The Women of the Castle will hold a Flea Market on the Lawn, Sat., Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 103rd and Longwood Dr. Shop for bargains and meet a friend. Info: 312-618-1814.

Wellness Seminar Series. Yoga for Healing Heartache and Loss, the first in a monthly Wellness Seminar Series, will be held Sat., Sept. 9, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Christine Sprayberry conducts the seminar, exploring how heartache impacts the body and how bodies impact minds. Participants will engage in gentle, beginner yoga movements, breath and intentional stillness. Also included are massage (optional), singing bowls, ambient nature sounds and aromatherapy. The series continues on the second Saturday each month through May. Info/registration:  www.BeverlyTherapists.com or 773-310-3488.

Coffee, Tea, Flowers & Me. Coffee, Tea, Flowers & Me, an afternoon tea with a presentation by Anastasia Cosby of the Historic Pullman Beekeepers, will be hosted by the Cygnus Ladies of Bethany Union Church of Chicago, Sat., Sept. 9, at the church, 1750 W. 103rd St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and serving begins at 2 p.m. The donation is $15 and seating is limited. Info/reservations: 708-975-3311.

Free Oak Saplings. Ald. Matt O’Shea and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District are providing free oak saplings, approximately six to ten inches tall. Reserve saplings online at www.the19thward.com, and pick them up on Sun., Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the 95th Street Farmers Market, 95th & Longwood Drive. Instructions for planting and care will be provided. The tree population throughout the City has been decimated by emerald ash borer infestations and extreme weather. Oak trees help provide an energy-saving green canopy for our community and help absorb rainwater that might otherwise flow into our sewer system and possibly flood residential basements. A medium size oak tree can absorb up to 2,800 gallons of rainfall per year.

Start Reading! The Second Sunday Book Club will be held Sun., Sept. 10, 2 p.m., Open Outcry Brewing Co., 10934 S. Western. The community is invited to read and discuss “A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light,” a collection of all-new Paris-themed essays – from funny to romantic to reflective — written by some of the biggest names in women’s fiction. Copies of the book are available at Bookie’s, 10324 S. Western. Info: 773- 239-1110.

Youth Choir Concert. The Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St.,  presents We Are Royalty, a concert by the youth choir and friends, Sun., Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. Admission: $10/adults, $3 children age 10 and under.

Painted Lady Competition. The Chicago Paint and Coatings Association is accepting submissions to the 31st Annual Chicago Finest Painted Ladies and Her Court Competition, open to owners who have completed their exterior painting projects between Labor Day 2016 and Labor Day 2017. Buildings do not have to be Victorian architecture, and can be painted professionally or by the building owner. Entrants will be required to submit photos and paint chips. Applications, photos and competition details are available at 847-240-0102, director@chicagopaint.org or www.chicagopaint.org.

Sip and Shop. BAPA’sSip and Shop supporting local businesses, Thurs., Sept. 14 in the train station districts on 99th and 103rd Streets. Shopping starts at 6 p.m. on 103rd Street and continues to 99th Street, winding up with a BYOB after party from 9 to 11 p.m. at Tranquility. Included in admission &$10/advance or $15 at the event, and includes a souvenir wine tote, beverage and food tastings, trunks shows and demonstrations. Tickets are available at participating stores (look for the Sip & Shop posters) or online at www.bapa.org.

Warrior 3K Race. Runners age 10 an up are invited to register for the Kroc Fit Warrior 3K Race to be held
Sat., Sept. 16, 4 p.m., Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th St. Fees are $25 for ages 10 to 14 and $45 for age 15 and older. Register online: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/31657 . Info: 773-995-3319

Midway Fly Way 5K. Registration is open for the Midway Fly Away 5K benefitting Special Olympics Chicago, Sun., Sept. 17, 9 a.m. on the airfield at Midway Airport. Prizes will be awarded to overall top finishers, and winners of the Grade School Challenge will win a trophy and pizza party for their team.info/registration: www.sochicago.org.

Mercy Circle Hosts Open House and Tour.  As autumn ushers in a fresh cycle of activities, Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., welcomes the community to learn more about the continuing care retirement community at an open house Sun., Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and visitors will be invited to tour the common areas: exercise room, chapel, boutique salon, library, dining room and bistro. Key staff members will explain the services, continuum of care and many amenities available at Mercy Circle. Info or private appointments: 773-253-3600.

Animal Assisted Therapy Training. Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy will conduct training in Evergreen Park for people and their dogs, Tuesdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants must be age 18 or older and dogs must be at least 10 months old. All four classes are required, and once training is completed participants will be asked to give an hour of time twice a month. Info/registration www.Rainbowaat.org or 773-779-0451.

All Things Well Series. All Things Well, a five week studies series that focuses on ancient and new mindfulness, meditation and wellness, begins Thurs., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., Bethany Union Church of Chicago, 1750 W. 103rd St. Each of the sessions features a teaching on topics concerning mindfulness as well as practicing mindfulness. Rev. Dr. Lawrence Michael Cameron, a certified Spiritual Director and Religious Studies scholar, and a practitioner of the contemplative arts for over five decades is the instructor. There is no fee for the series. Session subjects include how to use mindfulness to relax and fall asleep, and sleep well; how to master an overstimulated brain; how to master negative and obtrusive thoughts; how to remedy your anxious mind and how to use mindfulness to manage pain and discomfort. Information: 773-779-0123 or www.bethanyunion.com

Words by Friends. Words by Friends will host a reading of original works by neighborhood writers Thurs., Sept. 21, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Writers interested in learning more about reading their work can email longwoodwritersguild@gmail.com. Neighbors are encouraged to attend to enjoy a variety of stories and poetry.

Free Flu Shots.  Ald. Matt O’Shea, Sen. Bill Cunningham and Rep. Fran Hurley will partner with the Chicago Department of Public Health to provide free influenza immunizations Sun., Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 19th Ward Office, 10402 S. Western. Flu vaccines are offered at no cost to adults of any age and children over six months old. No appointment is necessary and vaccinations are provided on a first come, first served basis. Info: 773-238-8766 or ward19@cityofchicago.org.

SXU Celebrates Homecoming Week. The Saint Xavier University (SXU), 3700 W, 103rd St., is planning spirit-filled activities for Homecoming Week, Sept. 24 through 30. Among the highlights are the Homecoming liturgy and presentation of Spirit of Saint Xavier awards on Sun., Sept. 24, 10 a.m.; Reunions for the classes of 1967 and 1992; the 17th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk Sat., Sept, 30, 9 a.m. followed by Cougar’s Corner Tailgate Tent and Family Fun Zone at 11 a.m. and the Homecoming Football Game: SXU vs. Taylor University, kicking off at 1 p.m. Info: 773-298-3316 or t alumni@sxu.edu.

Property Tax Appeals. The Cook County Board of Review is accepting property tax appeal applications for area homeowners for 2017 taxes (payable in 2018). The appeal paperwork is very simple and can result in significant savings. There is no fee for applicants and appealing cannot increase current assessments. Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr., Ald. Matt O’Shea, Sen. Bill Cunningham and Rep. Fran Hurley will co-host an appeal assistance event Mon., Sept. 25, 6:30p.m., Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. at 6:30pm. Staff from the Board of Review will be available to help residents complete appeal paperwork and address questions or concerns. Bring your tax bill or property index number to complete the paperwork. Appeals can also be filed online at http://www.cookcountyboardofreview.com/. Info: Colleen White, 773-238-8766 or colleen@the19thward.com.

Beverly Hills Turkey Trot. Registration is open for the 9th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk on Sat., Nov. 25.  The Trot takes participants through the beautiful tree lined streets of North Beverly. Proceeds benefit the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation. Runners will be chip-timed and walkers will be untimed. Register at www.the19thward.com. A $5 discount is available to CARA members. Participants will receive a t-shirt and gift bag. A post-race pancake breakfast sponsored by the Original Pancake House-Beverly will be held in the Christ the King School gymnasium. The after party will feature booths from sponsors and local organizations as well as entertainment.  Info or to volunteer: Tristan Angus, Tristan@the19thward.com.

Teen LGBTQ+ Support Group: Local support groups, GROW and Gendernauts, have joined together to provide an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ high school aged teens. The free monthly meetings and social activity opportunities are held at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. Info: Christina Sprayberry, 314-550-4384 or Bonn Wade, 773-330-2544.

Drum Circle for Wellness.  Throughout history, drumming has brought people together to create a healing circle. On Sun., Oct. 1, 3 p.m., a Drum Circle for Wellness will tap the therapeutic power to music to increase the immune response, express emotion, stimulate the brain and nurture the spirit, at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor. No musical training required. $10 donation to benefit a future community event will be collected.  RSVP: www.beverlytherapists.com.

Garage and Book Sale. Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave., will hold its annual garage and book sale Fri., Sept. 29 and Sat., Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of tools, housewares, home goods, jewelry, furniture, antiques and books are now being accepted. No clothing will be accepted. Community residents are encouraged to use this event as an opportunity to clean attics, closets and basements of things no longer used but that can be treasures for someone else. This fundraiser helps the society’s efforts to preserve history. All contributions are tax deductible; a receipt will be provided. Info: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

Leave Your tracks at SXU’s Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk. The cougar community will be on the prowl again through the streets of Evergreen Park during Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) 17th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk on Sat., Sept. 30. The race attracts new yearly participants as well as the returning running enthusiasts. It is a tradition grounded in spirit, a benefit to the whole community. The Cougar 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. on SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Runners, walkers and joggers will navigate the neighborhood and conclude on SXU’s main campus. Advance registration is $35 for runners/walkers and $40 on race day. There are registration discounts for SXU faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as for families. Registration can be completed online at www.sxu.edu, keyword: cougar 5K.  Each Cougar Run participant will get a long sleeve performance moisture wicking t-shirt. Shirts are 100% polyester and feel like cotton. Stop into the Shannon Center to try on sizes. For more information, call the Cougar 5K hotline, 773-298-3592.

80th Anniversary Picnic. All families, alumni, and former staff are invited to a picnic and party Sat., Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the school’s founding. The picnic will feature games, tours and more. Information will be posted at kellogg.cps.edu and Facebook.com/KateStarrKellogg Elementary

Juniors Offer Crafts at Farmers Market. The Beverly Juniors will be in the community tent at the 95th Street Farmer’s Market on Sun., Oct. 1 to share information about the club, host a craft activity for the kids and accept towel donations to help the homeless through the Almost Home non-profit. Info on membership and future events: beverlyjuniors@gmail.com or GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club on Facebook.

Reservations Open for Anti-Bullying Conference. Area resident Dorothy J. Thompson, head of Bullying Prevention and Awareness 365, and  National Louis University, Chicago will hold a one-day conference, “The Collective Roles of Adults in Bullying Prevention and Students’ Well-Being,” at the University, Fri., Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 250 educators, paraprofessionals, authors, parents and anti-bullying activists are expected to attend. Reservations: www.bullyingprevention365.com.Questions: bullyingpreventionawareness365@gmail.com.

Beverly Theatre Guild Announces Cast for ‘Avenue Q.’ Actors from throughout southwest Chicago and Blue Island have been cast by the Beverly Theatre Guild for its fall musical, “Avenue Q.” Staged like a children’s show, “Avenue Q” is laugh-out-loud how about a recent Princeton graduate who moves to a shabby New York apartment and struggles to find a job and meaning in life. On Avenue Q, puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Due to explicit content, the show carries a parental advisory. The show will be directed by Beverly/Morgan Park resident Glenn Hering. Performances will be held on the weekends of Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 at the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th St.  Tickets are $21 and available online at www.beverlytheatreguild.org, or by calling 773-BTG-TIXS.

 

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