Lake/Ogden Construction; Nature Camp; Roundups
January 6, 2012

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 443-3626,, is presenting Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph 1964-1977, featuring 130 works including slide and film productions, sculpture, installations, photographic canvases, and book arts from approximately 50 artists. The exhibition runs through Sunday, March 11. Also on display are photographs of the American West by Timothy H. O’Sullivan through Sunday, Jan. 15.

Casa Central offers free classes on word processing and how to use the internet at its technology center, 1335 N. 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

The Randolph/FultonMarket Association donated proceeds from its annual Taste of Randolph/FultonMarket to the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club at 2102W.Monroe St. to support after-school programs for youth and families. RFMA leaders are shown here with Don Reed, the club’s executive director (center); Dan Cantrell, chief of staff to Congressman Danny Davis (left of center); and State Representative Derrick Smith (right of center). A non-profit agency, RFMA serves businesses and property owners. Call (312) 243-0822.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3432,, offers a Skyscraper Express bus tour Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. The tour views some of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings from unique vantage points. The foundation also offers a variety of tours weekdays at 5:30 p.m.: Downtown Deco Mondays, Millennium Park Revealed Tuesdays, Historic Downtown South Loop Rise of the Skyscrapers Wednesdays, Historic Downtown North Loop Treasures of Culture & CommerceThursdays, and Modern Skyscrapers Fridays.

The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) serves as a resource on intervention in and prevention of child sexual and physical abuse and on the legal and healthcare systems’ response to child abuse. The center is located at 1240 S. Damen Ave. Call (312) 492-3700.

Chicago Detours will offer the indoor walking tour Inside the Loop: Explore the Unexpected on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. through Thursday, March 31. Call (312) 350-1131.

Children of Peace School, 1900 W. Taylor St. will hold a monthly open house the last Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through May.The school offers preschool through eighth grade. Prospective parents are encouraged to visit to learnmore about the curriculum and expanded programs and services. The school also has a program for the deaf and hard of hearing. Children of Peace will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Sunday, Jan. 29, through Friday, Feb. 3. For more information call (312) 243-8186 or visit

Individual artists and not-for-profit arts organizations in all disciplines are invited to apply for grants of up to $1,000 through the City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) for professional, artistic and organizational development projects. Applications are available for download at Hard copies also are available at the first floor concierge desk in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and 20 other locations throughout the city. An application assistance workshop is set for Thursday, Jan. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 5th floor Garland Room. The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. Call (312) 742-2884.

The Community Investment Corp. (CIC) has received an $8.5 million grant from Bank of America to expand its financing programs for retrofitting older properties to make them more energy efficient. The loans are targeted to privately owned housing in low-income areas that features affordable rental units. For information, call (312) 258-0070 or log on to

De La Salle Institute pitcher/infielders Patrick Haynes and Anthony Shimkus have signed letters of intent to play Division I college baseball in the 2013 season. Haynes signed with Western Michigan University; Shimkus signed with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Both hail from Bridgeport.

De La Salle recently inducted 35 students from its Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women and Institute Campus for Young Men into the Br. J. Richard Rush Chapter of the National Honor Society. Among those recognized were local residents Daniel Jimenez of Canaryville; Nadia Barrera, Francesca Castagna, David Garza, Catherina Hernandez, and Karol Szacilowski of Bridgeport; Anthony DeVivo, Maria Herrerra, and Timothy Quigley of the Near West Side; and Aaron Shariq of the South Loop.

De La Salle recently held a Wall of Heroes rededication ceremony in the Toth Foyer of the school’s Institute Campus for Young Men. The Wall of Heroes honors the approximately 300 men and women who attended the school and either served or are currently serving in the United States military.

The Randolph/FultonMarket Association donated proceeds from its annual Taste of Randolph/FultonMarket to the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club at 2102W.Monroe St. to support after-school programs for youth and families. RFMA leaders are shown here with Don Reed, the club’s executive director (center); Dan Cantrell, chief of staff to Congressman Danny Davis (left of center); and State Representative Derrick Smith (right of center). A non-profit agency, RFMA serves businesses and property owners. Call (312) 243-0822.
De La Salle alumnus and military veteran Tom Lyons of the De La Salle Class of 1943 received a plaque of appreciation. Marissa DeCarlo has been chosen the Meteor of the Month at De La Salle’s Lourdes Hall Campus. DeCarlo, a Bridgeport resident, excels in the classroom, is a member of the peer ministry, and serves as president of the science club. Two students have been chosen to the 2011 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association’s academic all-state team: senior linebacker Jordan Fisher (Park Manor) and senior offensive/defensive lineman Jared Philp (Hegewisch).

Three students have been chosen to the 2011 All-Chicago Catholic League soccer team: Simon Aldama (Garfield Ridge), senior forward Luis Calvillo (Back of the Yards), and senior midfielder Miguel Mercado (Little Village).

De La Salle is located at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. and 1040 W. 32nd Pl.

East-West Perspectives is a series of monthly lectures hosted by East-West University at 816 S. Michigan Ave. in its fourth floor auditorium. The next lecture will be Tuesday, Jan. 17. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. A reception precedes each lecture at 6:30 p.m. outside the auditorium. The speaker and lecture title will be announced in January. For more information, call (312) 939-0111, x1817 or visit

Mary Angelini will be a guest artist at the 4 Art Inc. Gallery in the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., No. 403, with rotating exhibitions from January through March. Each month will feature different photographs, beginning in January with Rural Impressions, featuring images of rural Illinois. The show continues with Exploring Mountains in February, showing images from Montana and Wyoming; it concludes in March with floral images from Angelini’s In Black series.

Artists’ receptions will be held the third Friday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m., with the first on Jan. 20. See for more information.

Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D–3rd) was involved with restoring $28.7 million in funding to the Department of Human Services’ 2012 fiscal year budget through Senate Bill 2412. The restoration will hold off employee layoffs and facility closures for the remaining six months of the fiscal year. It is paid for by shifting money from other State funds and is not a spending increase. Call (312) 949-1908 for more information.

The Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., offers classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography taught by professional artists. Call (773) 324-5520, ext. 1007, or log on to

The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) is partnering with the Eleanor Foundation to offer tuition-free emergency medical technician training to single Chicago women. The program entails eight months of weekly classes at ICNC’s facility at 320 N. Damen Ave. Qualified applicants are unmarried women earning between $10,000 and $40,000 per year, with clean criminal and driving histories. Online applications and course syllabus are available at More information is available at

Photography by Mary Angelini will be on display at 4Art Inc. Gallery.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the Academy of Dance of the Joffrey Ballet will host an African dance master class with teacher Andrea Vinson. An introduction to African dance, it is appropriate for people at all levels of dance experience and takes place on the third floor of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., on King Day, Monday, Jan. 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Make a reservation by Friday, Jan. 13, at or by phone at (312) 784-4600.

Sleep Under the Skyscrapers is an overnight adventure offered the night of Friday, Jan.20, into Saturday, Jan. 21 by Lincoln Park Zoo. The evening begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to view the animals, hear stories from zoo experts, enjoy a movie and bedtime snack, and then sleep over at the zoo. The event costs $35 without the sleepover and $60 including spending the night. Events begin at 6 p.m. Enjoy breakfast in the Kovler Lion house while learning about the zoo’s lions, tigers, and leopards Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $75 per person. Must be 12 or older. Call (312) 742-2056 or log on to

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Mercy Hospital and Medical Center will present Smoke No More, an eight-session smoking cessation program. Special attention is paid to developing a personalized quitting plan, dealing with recovery, controlling weight, and fighting urges to smoke again. The program offers group support. Sessions will be held at 5 p.m. the Tuesdays of Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31, and Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 2525 S. Michigan Ave., 12th Floor Conference Room. Cost is $50 per person. Call (312) 567-2477. Soon-to-be moms and dads are invited to attend Bringing Home Baby, a free program at Mercy that provides tips for installing and using infant/child car safety seats properly. Certified child safety technicians present the class in both English and Spanish; sessions run the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Birth Place at Mercy Hospital. Convertible car seats are available witha $25 cash donation to the program.

The next dates are Jan. 24 and Feb. 14 and 28 at Mercy at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. The sessions are free, but appointments are required. For more information and to register, call (312) 567-2441.

The Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, (773) 684-1414,, is offering its annual Black Creativity exhibit. Powerful: African Americans in Energy invites guests to explore energy sources in a fun, hands-on way; find out how they work; and discover the impact they have on our lives and environment. The exhibit will run from Wednesday, Jan. 25, through Sunday, April 15.

Registration is underway for summer camp at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for children ages four through ten. Campers will explore their natural surroundings inside and outside of the museum.

Featured activities include art and science projects, music time, unstructured play, and field trips. Priority registration for museum members and past participants is open now; general registration opens Monday, Feb. 6. The museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Dr. For more information visit

Actress, playwright, and spokeswoman for the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization Regina Taylor will co-host a fundraiser at the Signature Room at the 95th on Saturday, Jan. 21, with an 11:30 a.m. reception and 12:30 p.m. luncheon. A silent auction will present more than 25 pieces of jewelry. A quartet will entertain throughout the event, which also will include a caricature artist, 50/50 raffle, and presentation sharing personal stories. The Signature Room is at 875 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $150 each. Visit or call (312) 280-0457.

Students from Chicago Hope Academy, a college preparatory high school at 2189 W. Bowler St., recently visited Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy facility specializing in particle physics.
Park 550, the community center at 1801 S. Indiana Ave., can be reached at (312) 328-0821 or The next meeting of the Park 550 advisory council will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. The Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at the site is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. The community center is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Randolph Fulton Market Association (RFMA) worked to get improvements made to the intersection of Lake Street and Ogden Avenue. Executive Director Roger Romanelli has announced construction is complete for 2011 and the intersection is fully open to traffic. City of Chicago construction crews will return in spring to complete landscaping. For more information or business service, contact RFMA at (312) 243-0822. RFMA is located at 906 W. Randolph St.

The Gloriam 2012 fundraiser for parents, alumni and their parents, and friends of Saint Ignatius College Prep will include a Mass, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, cash prizes, and dancing. It will be held Saturday, March 24. Tickets go on sale this month. For more information or to donate an item or volunteer, contact Stephanie Lavia at (312) 432-8347 or St. Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Theatre Goodman, 170 N. Dearborn St., presents Race, a David Mamet play about a legal case in which prejudice plays a leading role, Saturday, Jan. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Albert Theatre. Call (312) 443-3800 or log on to

Free limited dental screenings will be provided on certain dates to adults age 18 or older by dental students at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Screenings include an exam and, if a faculty member determines they are necessary, free X rays. Students must perform screenings as part of their dental licensure exams and are eager to see existing and new patients. No appointment necessary on the designated dates; just show up.Dates are the Saturdays of Jan. 7 and 21 and Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The college is located at 801 S. Paulina St.

The West Central Association will host a business networking luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Call (312) 902-4922.

Charlene Wexler, whose earlier book Murder on Skid Row was set in the old Madison Street Skid Row, has published a new e-book, Milk and Oranges. The e-book is a collection of short fiction and essays examining life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. It is available from and

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