Food Donations; Health Fair; Roundups
August 7, 2010

By William S. Bike

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas (right) welcomes Phalkun Phoeng, Cambodian Heritage Entrepreneur of the Year, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
The Active Transportation Alliance will hold a boulevard lakefront tour Sunday, Aug. 29, starting and finishing on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus and featuring three new routes.

Pedestrians and bicyclists who have suffered a crash now have a support system for emotional, legal, or logistic help via a crash support hotline, (312) 869-HELP (4357), and a monthly crash support group.
For more information, call (312) 427-3325.

Archer Cleaners, 2556 S. Archer Ave., features dry cleaning, laundry, wash and fold service, tailoring, and leather and suede cleaning and repair. Free pickup and delivery are available for orders costing more than $25. Call (312) 225-6000.

Frank Balestri’s fourth annual soppressata (sausage) contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 26, at Park Place of Countryside Banquet Hall, 6240 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL 60525, (708) 588-1756. There will be food starting at 3 p.m., and the contest starting at 4 p.m. Each participant must bring one presliced soppressata to enter. For $10 admission, enjoy dinner, cash bar, and a raffle for Italian gift baskets and a soppressata press. All profits go to the Italian American War Veterans Post #2. For more information, call (773) 370-1621.

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the owners of the Blackstone Hotel in the South Loop violated federal labor law by firing 14 employees illegally in June 2009, cutting staff health care benefits, and circulating a petition to decertify a staff union. Barring an appeal, the employees will be rehired, and any workers who suffered financially because of the hotel’s illegal actions will receive compensation for loss of earnings and benefits, which the union Unite-Here Local 1 pegs at roughly $250,000.

Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave., will host its 27th annual carnival Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 19 through 22, at 35th Street and Hermitage Avenue. Festivities begin the week before with a super dauber bingo on Wednesday, Aug. 11; doors open at 4:30 p.m., with games starting at 6:45 p.m. At the carnival the following week, attractions include rides, games of skill, ethnic food, split-the-pot bingo, and a nightly grand raffle drawing. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the parish office or at the carnival; a new “winner a day” raffle also will be featured. Carnival hours and the live entertainment lineup are: Thursday, Aug. 19, 6 to 10 p.m., the Music Company; Friday, Aug. 20, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Ground Control; Saturday, Aug. 21, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Movin’ On; and Sunday, Aug. 22, 2 to 8 p.m., DJ Wayne and the bands Fandanguero and the Bucks. Discount mega passes are available any time before Wednesday, Aug. 18. Call (773) 523-3917.

The Bridgeport Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning now through Oct. 16 at 35th Street and Wallace Avenue, hosts local vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, salsa, and flowers. Saturday, Aug. 2, the market welcomes Steve Davern, author of Grandpa is a White Sox fan, Daddy is a White Sox Fan, I am a White Sox Fan. Geared toward children, the book journeys to Old Comiskey and to U.S. Cellular Field through illustrations by Brent McCarthy. For more information, call (312) 744-3315.

Alderman Walter Burnett of the 27th Ward will host his back to school picnic Saturday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Union Park at 1501 W. Randolph St. Call (312) 432-1995.

Blackhawk helicopters, National Guard personnel, dazed patients, and people in hazardous material suits swarmed around the Rush University Medical Center campus recently in an emergency preparedeness exercise organized by the Illinois National Guard.
The Canaryville Lions Youth Football Team began practicing at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, at the playlot at 45th and Halsted Streets, and players still are needed. For information contact Adam Campbell at (312) 961-1806 or at

Charter One Bank and the Greater Chicago Food Depository are collecting food donations during shows at the Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island. Those who donate have the opportunity to win prizes including iPods. For more information, log onto or call 773-247-FOOD.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., hosts tours by trained and certified volunteer docents. A bus tour of Pilsen shows how Germans, Czechs, and Mexicans have shaped this diverse neighborhood on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 12:30 p.m. Also, architecture river cruise season gets underway with cruises departing daily. New this year are “date night” cruises Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. For further information visit or call (312) 922-3432.

The Chicago Public Library presents free financial literacy programs for people of all ages. The August Money Smart program is Record Keeping: What to Keep and Why on Thursday, Aug. 19, at noon in the Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room, seventh floor, 400 S. State St. No registration is required. Call (312) 747-8184.

The annual Dearborn Park Garage Sale in the South Loop will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, at State and 9th Streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 22 (same time and location). Chicago Community Bank’s Dearborn Station branch is the sponsor. All sellers are welcome. For information call (312) 961-3434.

De La Salle Institute Lourdes Campus students Yasmine Bennett (a Near West Side resident) and Elizabeth Galka were named Gates Millennium Scholars. The Gates program is the nation’s largest minority scholarship program; scholarships can be used at any college or university.

Student Mary DeBartolo of Canaryville was invited to participate in a USA Hockey national development camp in Minnesota this summer.

De La Salle runs campuses at 3455 S. Wabash Ave. and 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to

The El Valor Reach for the Future golf outing will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Harborside International Golf Center near 115th St. and the lakefront.

El Valor and National-Louis University will offer a master’s of business administration program in Little Village starting in September.

Call (312) 492-5938. El Valor is a social service agency helping families and is located at 1850 W. 21st St.

Alderman Robert Fioretti and Rush University on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. will host their annual 2nd Ward Back to School and Health Fair at Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave. All 2nd Ward parents are invited to bring their children to the park for a day of fun and games. Rush personnel will administer free back to school and sports physicals as well as dental, hearing, and vision exams. School supplies will be given out.

Bring each child’s immunization record. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information contact Maritza Garcia at (312) 263-9273 or via e-mail at

Haymarket Center is airing new programs on Chicago Cable Access Channel 21 at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through the end of September. The series features members of the Haymarket Center staff discussing topics such as addiction treatment and recovery, returning to a useful place in society, and continued counseling after rehabilitation. Viewers can participate by calling (312) 738-1060. For information on individual programs, contact Barbara Clarke at (312) 208-6304.

De La Salle Lourdes Hall Principal Diane Brown congratulated De La Salle Gates Millennium Scholars Elizabeth Galka (left) and Yasmine Bennett (right).
The Home Instead Senior Care Network’s Caregiver Cruise in the Caribbean contest will provide a free cruise to one caregiver of a senior and a guest. Nominate yourself or a friend or family member; nominators are eligible to win a laptop and camcorder. Go to before Sunday, Aug. 15, to enter. The cruise runs Sunday through Friday, Jan. 3 through 8. Besides the cruise, valued at $4,200, the winner and guest will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional caregiver for their senior loved one while they are away. Call (888) 296-2411.

The Green Jobs Initiative trains the unemployed to “green up” their skills in the construction, engineering, electrical, and heating and cooling fields. It is held on Fridays through Aug. 27 at the Instituto del Progreso Latino, 2570 S. Blue Island Ave. Call (773) 890-0055.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 653 W. 37th St., offers a program for adults converting to Catholicism or who are Catholic but never received the sacraments of Communion and Confirmation. The program runs from September through Easter, meeting one hour every other Thursday evening. For information, call (773) 927-6263 or log on to

The Notre Dame August Fest summer fundraiser and festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, from 2 to 10 p.m. in the Notre Dame garden and parking lot at 1336 W. Flournoy St. Admission is free. Listen to bilingual DJ music all day and live bilingual music from 6 to 9 p.m. from the group Together ( Enjoy hamburgers, ribs, corn, Philippine barbecue, tacos, and rice as well as soft drinks and beer. Raffles and games for all ages include Dunk the Priest!; children’s games and competitions will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Megan Mio at (312) 243-7400 or or go to

Pacific Intercultural Exchange needs local host families for foreign students arriving in August. Students are between the ages of 15 and 18, speak English, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance; in exchange for a place to live, they will share their cultural experiences with their new American families. Host families can claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their tax returns. For more information, call (888) 743-8721 or visit The agency also offers travel/study programs for American high school students.

The Quad Communities Development Corporation presents the Bronzeville Community Market every Saturday through Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4400 S. Cottage Grove Ave. For more information, e-mail, call (773) 268-7232, or visit

Dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer, the Lynn Sage Foundation, 141 W. Jackson Blvd., will host its third annual Chicago’s In Good Taste campaign in conjunction with breast cancer awareness month. Beginning Friday, Oct. 1, when dining at participating restaurants and frequenting local businesses patrons can choose to donate money to the Lynn Sage Foundation by adding one dollar or more to their bill. For a list of participating restaurants or more information, log on to or call (312) 347-1706.

The third annual Be the Change family and youth conference will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, at St. Augustine College, 2610 W. 25th Pl., beginning at 9 a.m. Keynote speaker will be City Clerk Miguel Del Valle. A $3 donation for breakfast is requested. The agenda also includes a children’s festival, prizes, food vendors, entertainment, raffles, seminars for parents and young adults, and a teen peace rally. Call (312) 243-4600, ext. 15, or log on to The event is hosted by the Confederation of Spanish American Families.

Gillian Schultz, Metronet Integration, with Brad Mayer, American Chartered Bank. The image on their poster shows an unsuccessful burglary attempt on a high-security safe.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., hosts a prayer walk with Mary on Assumption Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Participants will gather in Arrigo Park across from the shrine. Registration requested.

The shrine will hold the Festa di Tutti I Santi on Sunday, Aug. 29, starting with an 11 a.m. Mass, followed by a procession with festive religious banners. A picnic in Arrigo Park will offer food and beverages, children’s games, stilt walkers, a jumping jack, face painting, games of chance, a gift shop, a bocce tournament, live entertainment, an Italian-American photo exhibition, and the pot ‘o gold raffle with top prize $5,000. Festivities close at 5 p.m.

Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to

Smart Stuff Learning Center and Language Academy now offers full-day care for children ages two through six at its new location, 3600 S. Halsted St. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (773) 475-7615 or e-mail

South Loop Neighbors (SLN) invites members and guests to join SLN board members for a night of dancing at the 14th annual Chicago SummerDance at Harrison Street and Michigan Avenue, Thursday, Aug. 12. Brazilian street samba lessons begin at 6 p.m., courtesy of Passistas Samba Dance Group, with dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to music by Chicago Samba. Look for the SLN reserved table and bring chairs, if possible.
Join the SLN in serving breakfast to the homeless at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St., on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed.

Sponsors, lofts, and volunteers are needed now for the SLN loft walk on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Call (312) 409-1700 or e-mail or

Special Olympics Illinois’s fifth annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, with a “duck drop” at the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue at 1 p.m. Adopt a ducky for $5, or a Quack Pack of six ducks for $25, and get the duckies racing to win prizes. Call (877) 9-SPLASH or log on to

Composer Hershey Felder will come to the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of his new musical theatrical celebrating the life and music of Leonard Bernstein. The one-night-only musical preview of Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein will be presented at Spertus, 610 S. Michigan Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Performance tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at Call (312) 322-1700.

The Taylor Street Festa Italiana will run Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 5 through 8. Hours and live entertainment are: Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., the Bronx Wanderers; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Diva Montell and the Legendary Drifters; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., Deana Martin and Chazz Palminteri; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m., the Chicago Rat Pack and Tony Spavone. Italian food and products, culinary demonstrations, beer and wine, and children’s activities also will be offered. Log on to or call (847) 795-1800.

New baby Claire Swanborn, daughter of Tom and Erin Swanborn, with her siblings Maggie and KJ.
Lincoln Hall, a newly renovated classroom building on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus, has won gold certification for leadership in energy and environmental design. This is UIC’s first LEED certification by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council. The site’s extensive overhaul is part of UIC’s ongoing climate action plan to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.

The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce will hold its Night at the Races on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 850 W. Madison St. Call (312) 902-4922.

American Chartered Bank and safe expert Gillian Schultz, president of Metronet Integration, presented a “safe-cracking” event at the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) June 30 business mixer. Schultz brought two burglary-resistant safes to the bank, where participants received clues to lead them to the safes’ combinations. Four of the 35 participants figured out the combinations, got the safes open, and received prizes inside such as fruit and vegetable baskets, Italian specialty foods, a battery recharger and batteries, and a safe deposit box at the bank for one year. The bank is at 932 W. Randolph St. Metronet is at 954 W. Washington Blvd. For more information, call (312) 781-0045, ext. 7001.

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) will use a $75,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation to expand its child care business initiative by broadening its child care advisory council and increasing business workshops and support activities. For advice from the WBDC on starting or improving a child care business, call (312) 853-3477.

Claire Swanborn, a new baby daughter for Tom and Erin Swanborn, was born April 13, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 20 inches long. Claire’s siblings are Maggie and KJ. Her grandparents are Bob and Nancy Swanborn and Jane and the late Jack Conarchy.

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

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