Farmers Market 30th Year; Aids Run & Walk; Round-ups
September 4, 2009

By Vivian Malli | September 2009

Access Community Health Network will host its sixth annual awards dinner on Monday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl. McDonald’s USA President Don Thompson will be honored with the 2009 Distinguished Civic Leadership Award. Phil Ponce, host of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, will serve as master of ceremonies. Cost is $375. Proceeds benefit the organization’s 51 community health centers, which treat uninsured and underinsured patients. Call (773) 257-6425.

Register for a fun-filled 5K event to combat HIV/AIDS at the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2009, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at Columbus and Balbo Drives to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Run starts at 9:55 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. The event includes a Kid At Heart Playground for teens and children, live bands, a performance by the Joffrey Ballet Middle School Dance Club, and a top prize of round-trip travel to Europe. The top 300 fundraisers as of Wednesday, Sept. 30, will be invited to the VIP event day breakfast, catered by Polo Café & Catering. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 on-site. Visit Call (312) 334-0946.

The Old Neighborhood Italian American Club (ONIAC) recently provided its second annual dinner for “wounded warriors,” younger veterans who have sustained serious injuries in recent conflicts. Along with receiving a meal, each person was entered into a free raffle in which ONIAC gave away jackets, shirts, caps, and money. ONIAC is located at 3031 S. Shields Ave. Call (312) 326-6420.
Biotech company Accera Inc. is offering a matching grant to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) online fundraiser,, by donating $1 for each person who visits the site. The funds will go to AFA on National Memory Screening Day on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago (CCAD) will host its eighth annual Gala of the Arts on Friday, Sept. 11, at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave. The fundraiser will present portraits, landscapes and still lifes by 15 Chicago area artists in media including oil painting, drawing, and photography. Cocktails and art sale begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m. Black tie optional. Cost is $250. Call (312) 655-7912.

CCAD received nearly $1 million as part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing from Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services. The organization will use the funds to get families who fall into homelessness back into housing quickly and to prevent others from becoming homeless. The program will start Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Free events at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 116, include a film screening of Green Towns USA: A New Deal on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 12:15 p.m.; a lecture by David Hovey on large multi-family project design and development on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 12:15 p.m.; a workshop visit to the ReBuilding Exchange on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. at 3335 W. 47th St.; a lecture on the Chicago Central Area Action Plan on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 12:15 p.m.; a family photo activity for kids aged three through 12 on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a lecture, Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 12:15 p.m.; a tour of Serta Headquarters on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. at 5407 Trillium Blvd. in Hoffman Estates, IL; and a lecture, Hidden Truths: the Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 12:15 p.m. Call (312) 922-3432.

Celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’s upcoming season during the team’s second annual training camp festival, Mad Dash to Madison Run, Walk & Skate, on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. This fan fest includes a 5K run, 10k roller race, street hockey tournament, meet-and-greet with players, and music. Cost is $5 for general admission, plus varied costs for events. Call (773) 868-3010.

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations will host its tenth annual Unity Walk and Peace Rally on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Great Lawn, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., across from Gate 14 of Soldier Field. Admission and parking are free. Call (312) 744-4101.

Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Hearing Impaired scholarship award winner Daniela Estrada (right), joined by her family, proudly displays her award at a recent reception held at the lighthouse. Estrada was one of 30 blind or visually impaired students from across the U.S. named as scholarship award recipients this year.
Uncorked 2009 will feature a live and silent auction of fine wines and an all-inclusive wine tasting featuring vintages from vineyards around the world in the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired’s fifth annual fundraiser, Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Scoozi, 410 W Huron St. Tickets cost $125 each or ten for $1,000 and include wine throughout the evening as well as a dinner buffet. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Chicago Office of Special Events is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Farmers Markets system, which sells fresh local and organic produce in a variety of neighborhoods. The Bronzeville Community Market is held every Saturday through Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4400 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The Pilsen Community Market is held every Sunday through Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chicago Community Bank parking lot, 1800 S. Halsted St. The Printer’s Row Farmers Market is held every Saturday through Oct. 31 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot on Dearborn and Polk Streets. The Daley Plaza Farmers Market is held every Thursday through Oct. 15 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 50 W. Washington St. The Federal Plaza Farmers Market is held every Tuesday through Oct. 27 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Adams and Dearborn Streets. Visit

Explore Bronzeville, Pilsen, and Hyde Park with neighborhood tours sponsored by the Chicago Office of Tourism.

Join in Bronzeville’s modern day renaissance on Saturday, Sept. 12, as you visit the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center, and Gallery Guichard.

Jump into Latino culture in Pilsen and Little Village on Saturday, Sept. 26, as you taste authentic Mexican food and tour the National Museum of Mexican Art.

See the lakefront vistas, architecture, and ancient history artifacts in Hyde Park and Kenwood on Saturday, Sept. 19, during a trip that includes a stop at the University of Chicago campus. Tours depart by motorcoach from the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. at Michigan Avenue, at 10 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per tour ($25 for seniors and students) and includes refreshments. Group rates available. Call (312) 742-1190.

The Chicago Public Library has selected Carl Smith’s The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City for this season’s One Book, One Chicago (OBOC) events, which include film screenings, lectures, and panel discussions. Lookingglass Theatre will present Our Future Metropolis, a one-man show dramatizing Burnham’s initial presentation of the plan to the public, at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., on Monday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 19. DePaul University will offer a ten-week graduate level course on the OBOC topic, taught by acclaimed Chicago-based fiction writer Bayo Ojikutu, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9. For tuition information, call (773) 325-7486.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Circle Line received $2 million in funding to connect the existing Orange Line near Ashland Avenue with the existing Pink Line Cermak branch near 18th Street. The funds also will be used to add new CTA and Metra transfer stations along new and existing CTA tracks.

Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti recently held a birthday luncheon at St. Ignatius College Prep for local residents age 90 years and older.
The Festival on Prairie Avenue will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m. at Prairie Avenue and South 18th Street. The festival features tours of the Clarke House Museum and Glessner House Museum, historic reenactments, period costumed guides, a petting zoo, and a jumping jack. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Both house museums may be toured Wednesdays through Sundays between noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday tours are free; other tours cost $10 for adults, $5 for children. Tours begin at Glessner House’s coach house on 18th Street, just east of South Indiana Avenue. Call (312) 744-6569.

CureSearch will host the MileStones Walk to Conquer Kids’ Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 400 W. Diversey Pkwy. ABC7 sports anchor Mark Giangreco will emcee. Registration begins at Walk starts at 9 a.m. Call (703) 346-7111.

De La Salle Institute will celebrate its 120th school year with celebrations throughout the year at its South Loop campuses at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. for young men and at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. for young women. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to for more information.

Haymarket Center, 22 N. Sangamon St., will offer two Saturday workshops for professionals in the addictions field from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Sept. 12, Eating Disorders and Addictions: Food for Thought and Sept. 26, The Basics of Spirituality. Cost is $105 per workshop, which includes breakfast and lunch, or $90 per workshop when registering for three or more sessions. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups. Five continuing education units granted by discipline by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor organization, and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Register at or call (312) 226-7984, ext. 314.

Registration has opened for individuals and teams to participate in the 2009 Chicago Faith Walk, a 26-mile walk to raise awareness and funds to attract the 2016 Olympics to Chicago and support construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. The walk is being co-sponsored by Hold Up The Light II Inc. and the Washington Park Advisory Council. Visit or call (877) 320-PRAY.

Enjoy cocktails, food, and conversation with friends and neighbors from the Kinzie corridor at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago’s fourth annual Kinzie Cruise and Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 3:45 to 6 p.m. aboard the Summer of George, docked at 330 N. Wabash Ave. Cost is $100. Parking vouchers for the 401 N. State St. parking lot will be issued at the boat. Call (312) 421-3941.

Business owners and facility managers can register for a free insulation energy appraisal at the website, sponsored by the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers/Local 17. One local facility will be chosen to have its appraisal conducted by Chicago Bears tackle Tommie Harris.

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will host Fiera Italiana, a five-day festival of Italian cuisine, fashion, and entertainment, from Monday through Friday, Oct. 5 through 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Festivities include live music, wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, strolling performers, and fashion events. Call (312) 994-2620.

The Lupus Foundation of America Illinois Chapter will host its Walk For Lupus Now fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon in Grant Park (corner of Columbus and Balbo Drives). The event includes a choice of one- or three-mile walks plus family-friendly entertainment and children’s activities. All registered walkers receive an official t-shirt on walk day. Cost is $25 for adults, $30 at the event. Registration is $10 for children younger than 12. Call (312) 542-0002.

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas (right) with her dog, Koukla, attended the Taylor Street Festa Italiana. She is pictured with Pompei Bakery owner Marie Davino (center) and singing performers “The Other Three Tenors” Simon Kyung Lee, Warren Moulton, and Franco Martorana.
Become stronger, more flexible, more awake, and more aware by joining the free anti-aging, vitality, and fitness classes offered at Mercy Hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Ave., on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 24, under the auspices of Mercy Eldercare. Call (312) 567-2043.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a Latino civil rights and advocacy group, honored the immigrant assistance organization Instituto del Progreso Latino with the 2009 NCLR Affiliate of the Year Award and a $25,000 donation. The Instituto is located at 2570 S. Blue Island Ave. Call (773) 890-0055.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 653 W. 37th St., will offer Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults free to people who are converting to Catholicism or who are Catholic but never received the sacraments of Communion or Confirmation. The program meets every other Thursday, from Sept. 10 through Easter, at 7 p.m.

Weekend Masses are held Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 8 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call (773)927-6263.

Find out how to join the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Daughters of the American Revolution when Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., hosts the free seminar Taking the Mystery Out of Heritage Societies on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives from local chapters of heritage, family, and ethnic societies also will be on hand to answer questions about their organizations.

The non-profit literacy group Reading In Motion will present More Words, More Children: Empowering At-Risk Children Through Reading on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 a.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The day-long conference offers five credits and will provide small and whole group instruction on the Benchmarks supplemental reading program. Cost is $165, which includes meals. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 18. Walk-ins accepted if space available. Call (312) 357-9463.

The South Loop firm Ready Made Staffing recently won a three-year exclusive bid to provide foreign language interpreters and translators to the Circuit Courts of Cook County. Call (312) 341-0069.

Join hundreds of people on a one-mile or a three-mile path during the Respiratory Health Association fundraiser, Hike for Lung Health, on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. at Stockton Drive and LaSalle Streets in Lincoln Park. If you cannot make the event in person, join as a virtual walker on Call (312) 243-2000.

Support breast health with the 13th annual Race for the Cure on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8:30 a.m. in Grant Park at Columbus and Balbo Drives. Proceeds benefit local and national programs of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The event includes a survivor breakfast and survivor group photo. Registration costs vary. Visit or call (773) 444-0061.

Simeon Loui Sevandal recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has won a five year, $7.2 million grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health to establish the UIC Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities. The center will focus on health disparities in prostate and colorectal cancer, community-based breast cancer initiatives, and training and educating the next generation of health disparities researchers.

UIC chemistry professor Don Wink will serve as lead investigator for a $5 million program funded by the National Science Foundation to create and teach graduate level workshops and courses to about 160 Chicago Public Schools science and math high school instructors.

UIC’s Best Buddies chapter won an Outstanding Chapter Award at the 20th annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference in July. UIC’s was one of nine college chapters chosen from more than 400 college programs throughout the world to recognize its dedication to the organization’s mission. Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For more information, call (312) 996-5546.

Kali Evans-Raoul, president of Image Studios in the West Loop, will receive the 2009 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Rising Star award at the 23rd annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 16,at Navy Pier.

Marlene Arteta, Gazette reporter, and her husband, Ernesto, had a new son, Elliott Rand Arteta, on June 4. He weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz, and measured 20 in.

Simeon Louie Sevandal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An alum of St. Ignatius College Prep , where he was president of the Philippine Students Association, he has done a medical mission to the Philippines and has worked with Walsh construction. He has returned to U of I to work on a Master’s degree in construction management. His parents are Drs. Simeon and Lourdes Sevandal of Notre Dame Parish.

State Rep. Arthur Turner announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Joseph Berrios will seek the office of Cook County Assessor in next year’s election.

In the obituary for Keith Knapp Sr., MD, in the Aug. 7 Gazette, Knapp’s first wife should have been identified as Dolores. She still is living. The Gazette regrets any confusion.

Send news of events to be held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to Vivian Malli, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email

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