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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.

 

‘Elevation’ Explores The Rise of Beverly/Morgan Park

Beverly Arts Center is anchor site for Chicago Architecture Biennial

By Grace Kuikman

Long, long before the architects designed the hilltop mansions that help to define the built form of what is now Beverly/Morgan Park, glaciers carved out the topography of the area, inch by inch, leaving behind the highest hill in Chicago.

“Elevation,” a major exhibition that opens on Sept. 17 at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., captures the impressive rise of Beverly/Morgan Park and how its elevation continues to inspire the beauty and culture of the community. The exhibit is the central focus of the BAC’s contribution to the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, a city-wide exploration of how the past, present and future converge to create Chicago’s neighborhoods. The Biennial runs mid-September through early January, with the Chicago Cultural Center as the central location, and several anchor sites – including the BAC – that will offer a variety of artistic and inventive programming around the theme “Make New History.”

The inaugural Biennial was held in 2015, the manifestation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vision for an international architecture event. The successful Biennial was developed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This year’s event brings the focus out into Chicago’s neighborhoods. It is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, and features presentations by more than 140 participants from 20+ countries.

The Beverly Arts Center’s selection as one of a half dozen anchor sites is quite prestigious, and provides a spectacular opportunity to showcase the neighborhood.

“Beverly/Morgan Park is arguably the most architecturally significant residential neighborhood in the city,” said architect James Gorski, founding principal of Bureau of Architecture and Design and Beverly/Morgan Park resident. Gorski is the visionary talent behind the “Elevation” exhibit at the BAC.  “[The community’s] extraordinary glacial beginnings and resulting topography combined with the mid-19th century introduction of the Rock Island commuter rail spurred a steady development of well-designed and crafted residences from the late 19th century through the building boom of post-World War II.”

Using architectural installations, maps and photographs, “Elevation” will be located the BAC’s Simmerling Gallery and offer a compelling encounter that illustrates how the massive glaciers literally shaped our community and, millions of years later, provided an inspiring palate for renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Waterman, Walter Burley Griffin, G. W. Maher, Edward Dart and many others.

“The exhibition celebrates Beverly/Morgan Park’s exceptional history and architectural pedigree while seeking to engage the local and visiting community in a dialog for the future vision of the neighborhood,” Gorski said.

Gorski designed the exhibition and has worked closely with other local talents whose efforts are bringing “Elevation” to reality. Photographer Rebecca Healy has photographed more than 60 local buildings, capturing the artistry and unique design elements of their craftmanship. Her photos will reflect how today’s community has evolved from its historical roots.

“I approached shooting each piece of architecture from an artistic prospective, making sure to include the defining aspects of each building,” Healy said. She considered not just the building but the context of surrounding environment that, in a neighborhood like this, contributes so much to the overall artistry and impact.

Edris Hoover of Ridge Historical Society assisted Gorski with research into the earliest days of the area, helping to uncover information about the path of the glacier that created the Blue Island Ridge and the shores of Lake Chicago which once reached way beyond Longwood Drive then receded to what we know as Lake Michigan; the history of the area’s early native American residents and the influx of the pioneers who first built log cabins in the heavily wooded surroundings once known as Horse Thief Hollow; and the profound influence of the architects and home builders who, following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, were so attracted to the hilly, rustic area just 30 minutes from the the city on the new commuter train.

Mauricio Caslan, a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who works with Gorski at his architecture firm, helped to design the exhibit installations. Andy Horin of Plateau Properties helped Gorski build them.  Main Street Beverly blogger Jeff Danna provided ideas based on his quest to foster urban walkability and connectedness in residential and commercial areas.

Exhibition visitors will be pivotal in the Make New History component of the Biennial at the BAC. In the gallery, through programs, in poster-making and in other arenas, they will be asked to share their ideas for how Beverly/Morgan Park may look and function in the future.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Schedule at BAC

The official unveiling of the elevation themed mural by Elaine Miller, will be Sept. 10, 10 a.m., in the city parking lot at 95th and Longwood Drive. The mural was commissioned by the Beverly Arts Center as a gift to the community, and funded by a grant from the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

The “Elevation” exhibition will open to the general public on Sept, 17, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Simmerling Gallery at the BAC. In addition to the expansive installation and art in the gallery, the Biennial exhibits in other BAC gallery spaces will feature watercolors of neighborhood institutions by artist Judie Anderson and architectural photographs by Mati Maldre from his comprehensive documentation of Beverly/Morgan Park architecture for exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Foundation in1986. Photos from Maldre’s exhibit are used in BAPA’s Historic Homes brochure which will be available at the BAC to encourage people to continue their “Elevation” experience by exploring the neighborhood.

During the Beverly Art Walk on Oct, 7, BAC Biennial visitors will enjoy hands-on activities for kids that include building a Lego city and creating posters of what Beverly/Morgan Park will look like in the future.

On Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., the BAC will host a panel discussion with the Chicago Architecture Biennial south side anchor sites on how the arts affect neighborhoods. Participating are BAC, Hyde Park Art Center, DuSable Museum and National Museum of Mexican Art.

Planned programs also include a teen studio workshop on Nov. 18, and ongoing activities.

For more information on local Biennial events and programs, contact the Beverly Arts Center, 773-445-3838 or www.beverlyartcenter.org. For information on citywide activities for the Biennial, visit chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org.

Neighborhood Notes

BAPA, 19th Ward Examine Temporary Home Rentals. In response to a shooting incident that occurred the early morning hours of Jan. 1, the 19th Ward Office and BAPA are examining whether restrictions should be placed on local properties being used for online temporary home rentals. The property connected to where the incident occurred had been rented by an event promoter for a party; it has been permanently removed from the home rental platform. We remain concerned about the potential impact of short term online home rentals in our community. The City of Chicago’s ordinance regulating online home rentals includes a provision allowing residents an option to vote to restrict such rentals in individual precincts. BAPA and the 19th Ward office are examining information about this process. Residents interested in learning more can contact BAPA Executive Director Margot Holland, 773-233-3100 or mholland@bapa.org.

Never Go Without Supply Drive and Fundraiser. The 3rd annual supply drive for Never Go Without, a grassroots initiative designed to help supply women and girls in need with pads, tampons and incontinence supplies, continues this month and culminates with an awareness- and fund-raiser on Mar. 25. Drop off feminine care product donations during business hours at Bellē Up, 1915 W 103rd St., and Beverly Area Planning Association, 1987 W 111th St. The Mar. 25 event will be held at Chicago Party Animals Loft Venue, 1133 W. Fulton Market, 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Tickets:  www.ngwevent.eventbrite.com. Info: nevergowithoutperiod.org or Lynette Rhymes, 773-881-0256.

Beverly Montessori School Open House. Beverly Montessori School, 9916 S. Walden Pwky., will host its annual open house Sun., Mar. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children and parents are welcome to tour the school, speak with staff, and explore Montessori classrooms and materials. Beverly Montessori School has been providing authentic Montessori education for 50 years. Programs include half-day and full-day preschool and kindergarten for 3- to 6-year-olds. All teachers are Montessori certified in Early Childhood. Info: 773-239-7635 or kciraulo@beverlymontessori.org.

Smith Village Hosts Open Mic Nights. Singers, musicians, comedians and “closet hams” are welcomed to entertain an appreciative audience during Smith Village’s open mic nights on the first Tuesday of the month, 7 to 10 p.m. in Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The next open mic is scheduled for Mar. 7. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The first open mic night in February drew neighborhood talent as well as musicians and folk singers from as far as Mokena and Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood. And Smith Village resident Loretta Coogan earned lots of laughs with her “good clean puns.” Other entertainers included Sharon Quigley of Beverly/Morgan Park who played guitar, Jackie Techmanski of Oak Lawn who sang Johnny Cash favorites, Ray Adams of Beverly/Morgan Park who performed George Benson hits on guitar, and Laura Amaro of Beverly/Morgan Park who sang and played guitar. To sign up an act, contact Debbie Parks, who assembles the talent, at dahp2002@aol.com or 773-574-9727. For information about attending, call 773-474-7300 and ask for Meghan Maple.

Platinum Adventures Club Outings. Join the Platinum Adventures Club of Beverly Bank & Trust for this month’s programs: A visit to the Irish American Heritage Center and lunch at Gale Street Inn, Wed., Mar. 8, departing at 10 a.m.; “Loves Labor Lost,” Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, Wed., Mar. 15, departing at 11:15 a.m., and Chicago Flower & Garden Show with lunch at Navy Pier, Thurs., Mar. 23, departing at 9:30 a.m. Buses depart from Ridge Academy, 103rd and Campbell. Costs vary. Info/reservations: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265 or moconnell@thebeverlybank.com.

Seniors’ St. Pat’s Party. The 19th Ward Senior Citizen Saint Patrick’s Day Party will held Wed., Mar. 8, 12 to 2 p.m., 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. $5 admission includes family style lunch and live music. Cash bar. Open to 19th Ward residents only; reservations required: 773-2388766 or moira@the19thward.com.

Put Your Best Fork Forward. Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., invites friends and neighbors to the annual health fair Thurs., Mar. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The life plan community sponsors this free event to share with neighbors the same wealth of health expertise available to its residents, including food demos and samples; National Nutrition Month giveaways; information about healthy snacking and recipes; free blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing; information on coping with dementia; and flu shots. Info: Christina O’Neil, 773-474-7300.

Burglary Prevention Seminar. Keeping it Real, a burglary prevention seminar, will be presented Thurs., Mar. 9, 6:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The seminar features real criminals sharing their inside information on what makes homes vulnerable to break-ins and how to better protect your home and property. Questions? mattoshea@the19thward.com.

Running Excels Challenge. Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, has a new fun challenge for neighborhood runners.  Anyone who runs the 6 mile loop 25 times will earn a shirt; 50 and 75 times will earn prizes; and 100 times will earn a party in their honor. Group runs are open to people of all paces and abilities and are held Saturday, 7 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., meeting at 103rd and Western.  Participants do not have to run the entire 6 miles. Info www.runningexcels.com/group-runs-walks.

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast. Boy Scout Troop 609 will host the annual pancake breakfast fundraiser Sat., Mar. 11, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Morgan Park Baptist Church, 11024 S. Bell Ave.

Shamrock Skate. The 19th Ward Shamrock Skate will be held Sat., Mar. 11, 4:30 to 5:50 p.m., Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western. Adults and teens 13 to 17, $5; school age children, 12 and under, $4; seniors, age 60 and up, $2. Skate rental, $3.

Nonviolence Conflict Resolution. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (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 Apr.5. Info: swchicagodiversity@gmail.com.

Register Now for Saturday Art Classes. Registration is open for the Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Class, spring session that begins Mar. 11, 10 a.m., Vanderpoel Art Gallery, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Taught by Jim McGreal, the class covers the basics of drawing, in addition to cartooning, and sequential art (comic strips, comic books and graphic novels). Class limited to 15 students. Registration: https://jmcstudios.com/vaa/2017-spring-class-registration-form.php.

Stress Management and Healthy Family Relationships. Effective communication is the best tool for a family to use to successfully navigate stressors, and often the most underutilized.  Yulinda Rahman, LCPC will lead “Stress Management and Healthy Family Relationships,” Sat., Mar. 11, 3 to 5 p.m., Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor.  The interactive workshop will teach about establishing healthy boundaries and creating self-care systems as a means of managing stress and maintaining healthy relationships within the family.  $10.  Info/registration: www.BeverlyTherapists.com.

Apply Now for Master Gardener Program. The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program in Chicago is accepting applications for the autumn 2017 training now through Apr. 1. Interested candidates may apply at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/chicagomg/. Master Gardeners must complete a minimum of 72 hours of training and volunteer at least 60 hours at approved sites within one year of their training. Info: Latasha Reggans, University of Illinois Extension, 773-233-2900 Ext. 207.

Beverly Wedding Expo. Couples who are planning their wedding are invited to meet with caterers, florists, bakers, photographers, musicians, invitation designers and more at the Beverly Wedding Expo, Sun., Mar. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beverly Arts Center. 2407 W. 111th St. More than 50 vendors will offer samples and information on the latest wedding trends. Admission: $10 per person or $15 per couple at www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Spirit of the Natural World.  Art & Linda’s Wildflowers present Capturing the Spirit of the Natural World, Sun., Mar. 19, 2 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave.  Learn tips and tricks of the trade. Q and A follows presentation. $5 RHS members, $10 non-members. Info: 773-881-1675 or ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

Downsizing Workshop at Mercy Circle. Ric Roemer of Creative Homes Services, who has helped more than 250 seniors move from their family homes and into senior living communities, will host presentations on downsizing during the open house at Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th St., Sun., Mar. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The main thing we do is help people sort through their things and decide what options work for them when down-sizing,” Roemer said. “Learning about different ways to manage and get rid of too much stuff is an important first step in working towards a better, easier, maintenance-free living situation.” During the open house, prospective residents and their families will meet Mercy Circle staff and learn more about only faith-based retirement community in the area.    Mercy Circle offers spacious residences at all levels of care, along with thoughtful amenities, life enrichment programs and social and friendship opportunities. To schedule a seat reservation for the free seminar, get more information or setup a private appointment, call 773-253-3600.

19th Ward Town Hall Meeting. Representatives from government agencies will be part of a discussion of community events and to answer questions and concerns, Wed., Mar. 22, 7 p.m., Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

League of Women Voters Meeting.  League of Women Voters of Chicago, Far Southwest Side Group, will meet Wed., Mar. 22, 7 p.m., 9822 S. Hoyne Ave, to discuss public education. Public welcome. Info: 312-939-5949, 773-779-4928 or lwvchicago.org.

SXU Hosts Economic Summit. Under a Trump presidency, will the U.S. economy soar or crash with his policies? Is our economy ready for higher interest rates? Should investors run for the hills in fear of 1930s style protectionist policies that could damage global trade? Learn the answers to these pressing questions and more at the 3rd Annual Economic Summit presented by a team of economists from Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Graham School of Management and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and hosted by Graham School of Management Fri., Mar. 24, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Metropolitan Club, East Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Info: Nicholas J. Mancari, 773-298-3603 or mancari@sxu.edu.

Community Painting Party. The Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) will host a community painting party for ages 7 and up, Sat., Apr. 1, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The painting session will be conducted by local artist Sandy Washington. The painting party includes tours of the Vanderpoel Art Gallery, a collection of 19th and 20th century fine art located in the field house.\The $15 fee includes a small canvas and painting supplies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/e/ridge-park-advisory-council-painting-party-tickets-32098787337. Info: Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100 or mjviero@bapa.org.

Rourke Joins Staff at McAuley High School. Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Peggy Rourke has joined Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School as director of alumnae relations and development. Rourke brings nine years of fundraising experience to her role. Most recently she served as the director of development for Beacon Therapeutic and Diagnostic Treatment Center, where she successfully increased donor revenue for its annual holiday event from $30,000 to $100,000. She also was responsible for developing a junior board of young executives and implementing the annual Beacon Bash to raise money for homeless kids.  As the operator of her own fitness company, Rourke develops and leads fitness classes for children and adults. Rourke will spearhead fundraising and recruiting within the Mother McAuley and Saint Xavier Academy alumnae community.

 

Housing Update

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By Roberta Kleinman, BAPA Property Preservation Services

Historic Marker Replacements.  Do you own an historic home? Looking to replace the once distinguished looking, but now weather-beaten, historical marker on your front lawn? Tuscher Sign Shop, 3143 W. 111th St., the original source for the ornate brown wooden historical markers that can be seen in front of many of the most historically significant residences in our neighborhood, still manufactures these custom made signs to order, and will gladly produce a handsome new sign for you to replace your old one.  Call Geri Tuscher, 773-233-3280 to discuss your requirements.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of your home, the volunteers at the Ridge Historical Society (RHS) may assist you in finding the information you are searching for. Contact them at 773-881-1675. Coincidentally, the Tuscher Sign Shop recently produced a new historical marker for RHS.

Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument for Residential Real Estate. An inexpensive alternative to probate or trust arrangements to ensure that residential real estate passes upon a homeowner’s death to his/her chosen beneficiary is available through the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

The Illinois legislature in 2012 created an additional method whereby an Illinois homeowner can make arrangements while still alive for the transfer of residential real estate upon death to another person or persons, without the need for probate or any type of trust document.

While it is generally a good idea to consult an attorney whenever dealing with real estate or estate planning issues, hiring an attorney is not strictly essential in order for the owner of a residential property to prepare a valid Transfer on Death Instrument.  A full set of sample forms regarding the subject can be found in Section III of the following website:  https://www.isba.org/sections/generalpractice/newsletter/2013/02/estateplanningupdatetheillinoistran

According to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds website, www.cookrecorder.com, “a relatively new and affordable option that ensures the homeowner’s real property does not get stuck in the probate process [is] the Transfer on Death Instrument. For the cost of recording one document (around $50), homeowners can make their intentions for their home clear, thus removing the property from their estate and helping some families completely avoid the costly and uncertain probate process.”

Addressing end-of-life planning decisions can help people avoid battles over estates and ensure that one’s wishes are made absolutely clear. A Property After Death guide is also available on the Recorder of Deeds website.