Young Inventors Sought; Run for Diabetes; Prevent Suicide
August 5, 2011

By William S. Bike

David Lopez received a $1,000 scholarship from Country Financial as the winner of the fourth annual Chicago Farmers Markets Reusable Bag Design Contest in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at their Out of the Darkness Chicagoland community walk. Suicide is the 11th leading killer in the U.S. The walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 a.m. at Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Level 4, Elk Grove Village, IL. Information and registration are online at, or go to

Cheese, seasonal fresh produce, baked goods, and honey are just some of the items available at the Bridgeport Farmers Market, held every Saturday through Sept. 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 35th and Wallace Streets.

Casa Central offers free classes on word processing and howto use the Internet at its technology center, 1335N. California Ave. Sessions run mornings and afternoons and are open to those 18 years and older. For starting times and more information, call (773) 782-8859. Casa Central offers Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), a fun, safe place for youngsters 12 through 18 to gather after school each weekday afternoon. Participants can join a theme club, including theater, dance, or sports; get homework help from volunteer tutors; and meet students from other area schools, all for free. For more information about signing up, call YOU at Casa Central at (773) 645-2425. For details about Casa Central and its many social services, visit

Are you looking to run in the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 9? The charity team Cellmates on the Run is looking for runners. Although registration by the marathon is closed, Cellmates on the Run still has post close positions available. The team runs to advance diabetes research by raising funds for the Chicago Diabetes Project. For more information, log on to

The Chicago Dancing Festival runs Tuesday through Saturday, Aug. 23 through 27. Various styles of dance will be performed at various venues. Events are free. Call (312) 932-9954 for more information.

The Chicago Department of Transportation will hold a meeting to obtain public input on the Chicago Pedestrian Plan, which will make Chicago safer and more comfortable for pedestrians. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Center, 400 S. State St., Lower Level, Rooms A and B. RSVP required via or call (312) 744-0707.

The 33rd annual Chicago Jazz Festival, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 1 through 4, once again will offer free admission and is produced by the City of Chicago and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Hours and locations: noon to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, Chicago Cultural Center; 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, Millennium Park; 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, Millennium Park; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, Grant Park. For more information, call (312) 744-3316. Visit for updates on performers and the festival.

Chicago Neighbors United and the 27th Ward Organization will host their 17th annual Stay in School picnic on Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Union Park at Lake Street at Ashland Avenue. There will be free food and beverages and entertainment. Call (312) 432-1995.

The Chicago Sinfonietta introduces its new music director, Mei-Ann Chen, with the free concert Hello Chicago! in Millennium Park on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion outdoor stage, 201 E. Randolph St., Sunday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The performance will honor music by African-American, Latino, European, American Indian, and Asian performers. For more information, visit

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) will host the fifth annual Young Inventor Challenge at the fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Navy Pier. Open to boys and girls ages six through 18, participants create their own original toy or game inventions to be judged by popular vote by the fair’s attendees. Winners receive prizes, and toy and game industry representatives will be on hand to provide advice, recognition, and encouragement to all young inventors. For information, log on to or e-mail

Slow and Low, a lowrider festival celebrating culture, community, and art, will be held Sunday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 2229 S. Halsted St. A lowrider car cruise will run from 8 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $2 for children, and free for youngsters five and younger. Food and beverages will be available. More than 25 car clubs will participate. The event benefits the Chicago Urban Art Society. Call (773) 318-9407.

Alderman Daniel Solis (25th Ward) was honored by the Sheridan Park Little League for his efforts to install a new turf field and other improvements. (Photo by John Rotunno)
The Maxwell Street Foundation has collaborated with East-West University to mount a photo display about the original Maxwell Street Market featuring shoppers, vendors, and street musicians on Maxwell Street from the 1940s to the 1990s. Images are from the Indiana University Archives’ Charles Cushman collection and the Maxwell Street Foundation’s Shiela Malkind collection. The display is viewable in the eighth floor corridor of East-West University at 819 S. Wabash Ave. through Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Fulton River District Association will screen The Princess and the Frog on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Pirates of the Caribbean on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Fulton River Park, 601 W. Kinzie St. For more information go to

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn extended the Ticket for the Cure lottery game to 2016 and renamed it for Carolyn Adams, Illinois Lottery Superintendent from 2003 until she died of breast cancer in 2007. Proceeds from this particular lottery game go to the Department of Public Health to fund breast cancer research and promote services for those with the disease. For more information, call (312) 949-1908.

The inaugural Illinois Central Music Festival will feature live performances from Larry McCray, the Des Plaines River Band, Big James with the Chicago Playboys, Lil’ Ray Neal, Billy Branch, and Sugar Blue. Between acts, grab a cold beer and enjoy an array of Southern-inspired food such as barbecued ribs, corn on the cob, and macaroni and cheese. The festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, noon to 10 p.m. in the West Loop at the intersection of Madison and May Streets. Call (312) 854-8815 for more information.

The Illinois Warrior Summit and Welcome Home Celebration, to be held at Soldier Field Tuesday, Aug. 23, from noon to 9p.m., will provide information and onsite registration for various veterans benefits including education, healthcare, employment, housing, and legal services. The Veterans Administration will provide onsite registration for healthcare, physical exams, and eye screenings. The Illinois Department of Employment Security will provide onsite registration for unemployment benefits. Approximately 100 veterans organizations will provide information on free services and programs. About 70 employers will provide job opportunities, and 30 universities will offer education information. Log on to or e-mail

Players still are welcome to join the Junior Flag Football League. Practices are held Mondays or Tuesdays at Ping Tom Park in Chinatown. The first practice will be Monday, Aug. 22, with the first game Saturday, Aug. 27, at Dunbar Park. Two night games will be held at Sheridan Park. Divisions are: age six and younger, age seven through nine, and age ten through 12. Log on to for more information.

Mercy Hosptial and Medical Center offers a free support group for stroke survivors and their family members and caregivers that meets the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. Next session is Aug. 11 at 2525 S. Michigan Ave., 12th Floor. To register, call (312) 567-2160. Mercy will host its sixth annual Walk for Life, a 5K (3.1 mile) walk through the South Loop to show support for women and men with breast cancer. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at the hospital. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with the walk at 10 a.m. Individuals and teams are welcome to sign up now at

More than 500 people enjoyed the free concert performed by VanderCook College of Music’s graduate students on July 12 at theWomen’s Park and Gardens behind the Clarke House Museum, 1827 S. Indiana Ave. Lakeside Bank sponsored the concert.
Girls ages four through 14 are eligible for the new Near South Dance and Cheer Team. They will learn cheer and dance routines and eventually participate in competitive tournaments and perform during sporting events. Contact Armesha Bell at or Ursula Ricketts at

Notre Dame de Chicago Parish’s August Fest outdoor festival and fundraiser will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 10 p.m. in the church’s parking lot and newly re-stored garden at 1336 W. Flournoy St. Admission is free. Entertainment includes bilingual DJ music all day and live bilingual music from 6 to 9 p.m. from the group Latin Satin Soul ( Refreshments will include burgers, ribs, corn, tacos, rice, soft drinks, and beer. Enjoy a variety of raffles and games as well as a moon jump and carnival games for children from 2 and 6 p.m. For more information, contact (312) 243-7400 or or visit the Notre Dame website at

Park 550, the community center at 1801 S. Indiana Ave., can be reached at (312) 328-0821 or The Park 550 advisory council’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. Come watch the movie Toy Story 3 in the park on Thursday, Aug. 18. For information, log on to /page55.php.

A running group led by Coach Pati Heniff meets every Thursday evening through Sept. 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the park fieldhouse. Email The Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at the site is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The community center is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

12th District Police Commander Dennis Keane, Fulton River District Association (FRDA)West Loop Residents Committee (WLRC) member June Kirchgatter, 12th District CAPS beat facilitator Patti Mocco, and FRDA vice president Bob Aiken at an FRDA event held July 11 at Province Restaurant, 161 N. Jefferson St., during which Keane addressed safety and security issues. The FRDA andWLRC donated $500 to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. For information, e-mail
The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance has begun a Senior Fun and Fitness Club, giving adults 55 and older a way to stay active and meet neighbors. The club offers walking, Tai Chi, and dining and coffee get-togethers. E-mail pdna.chicago@gmail.comor log on to for more information.

Princess Closet is collecting formal gowns, shoes, accessories, and makeup for young ladies to wear at 2012 proms. For more information, call (312) 203-5392, email, or log on to

The Saint Ignatius College Prep varsity men’s football team will play Whitney Young at Soldier Field at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28, the school will host a retreat at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. Cost is $149 if registered by Monday, Aug. 15. Log on to for information and registration.

Saint Ignatius will host a trip to Italy Wednesday, Oct. 5, through Thursday, Oct. 13. For information call Ryan Berginat (312) 432-8402 or e-mail

The boys’ water polo team finished second in the state, and the girls’ team finished third.

The school has established an endowed chair in the language department, named in honor of 1945 alumnus Frank Raispis, through a pledge of $500,000 from Sam and Mimi Krug. Sam Krug is a 1961 alumnus.

Religious studies and English teacher Tim Wesley has been named lacrosse coach. Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd.

St. Jerome School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., is sponsoring its Footballmania raffle. Tickets are $20 each. Each ticket gives six chances to win a share of $900 in weekly prize money for the entire season. Every ticket contains three randomly chosen NFL teams per week, with three new teams each week. The combined total points the three teams score in the games that week determine the point value. If the combined scores of your three teams is the highest you win $500. If your point total is the lowest that week you also win, and there are four other prizes in between. In addition, two grand prizes are awarded at the end of the season to the ticket holders with the highest and lowest 17-week point total. Get tickets by contacting Pauline Dengler at (312) 375-5416, Jan Ferro at (312) 225-9751, or the school at (312) 842-7668.

The parish will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, “Velika Gospa.” Novena Masses will be held from Saturday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 15, the parish will have the Velika Gospa procession at 10 a.m. and high Mass at noon. A street fest on 28th Street and Princeton Ave. will be held following theMass and continuing until midnight. There will be food, live music, games, bingo, and a raffle. Call (312) 842-1872, e-mail, or log on to

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host Festa di Tutti I Santi, a day of food, fun, games, and memories, on Sunday, Aug. 28.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a Prayer Walk with Mary on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Arrigo Park, across from the shrine, located at 1224 W. Lexington St. The shrine will host Festa di Tutti I Santi, amajor fundraiser, on Sunday, Aug. 28. It starts with an 11 a.m. Unity Mass, followed by a procession with festive religious banners by various patron saint societies that will make its way to the Christopher Columbus statue in Arrigo Park for a picnic featuring food, beverages, games, gifts, children’s activities, and entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s photo theme is 100 Years of Italian Worship and Culture. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to To submit photos, e-mail

The fifth annual Bridgeport’s Biggest Garage Sale will be held Saturday, August 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside the St. Mary of Perpetual Help church garage at 1039 W. 32nd St. Learn more at Items include furniture, electronics, tools, jewelry, toys, yard and garden objects, outdoor and ride-on toys, patio furniture and accessories, cookware, and household goods. Many items are priced at $1. Clearance prices begin at 5 p.m.

Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 369-3100, hosts the Piano Forte salon series concerts every Friday at 12:15 p.m.; WFMTRadio 98.7 and broadcast the concerts live.

The South Loop Historical Society will host a lecture and walking tour of the Palmer House on Tuesday, Aug. 9, by Ken Price, public relations director for the Palmer House Hilton. He and his staff will trace the history of the Palmer House and Bertha and Potter Palmer. The tour begins at 5 p.m. in the hotel’s lobby at 17 E. Monroe St. Registration is limited to 20. Register online at Tickets are free to South Loop Historical Society (SLHS) members, otherwise $10 for adults and $5 for students. As a bonus to first time SLHS attendees, a one-year complementary membership comes with your ticket.

South Loop Neighbors night at Summer dance will be Thursday, Aug. 25, in Grant Park at Harrison Street at Michigan Avenue. Contact the SLN at

The West Central Association will host its EggCeptional breakfast networking event Wednesday, Aug. 10. For more information, call (312) 902-4922.

Bronzeville resident Kaitrin E. Valencia of the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department will be on Understanding the Juvenile Justice Process and Alternatives to Juvenile Detention, two half-hour programs on Chicago Access Network Television Channel 21. Understanding the Juvenile Justice Process will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, and Alternatives to Juvenile Detention will air at 10 p.m. on the Tuesdays of August 9 and 23.

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