Pilsen Spin on Beverly Show; Summer Internships; Roundups
March 2, 2012
Each year, St. Pius V School, 1701W. 18th Pl., celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing students with the Peacemaker Award, the highest honor bestowed on SPV students. Students from each classroom are chosen to receive this award for resolving conflicts, opposing violence, and setting a positive example for fellow students.

By William S. Bike

An art exhibit in Beverly has a definite Pilsen flair. Called Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare “As They Like It,” the show is curated by Pilsen resident and artist Anne Farley Gaines. It features the work of more than 35 artists using diverse media to interpret Shakespeare; two of them, Tim Arroyo and Mario Castillo, are Pilsen residents as well. The show is at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., through Sunday, April 1. On Sunday, March 18, the artists will host a question-and-answer session, and actress Dawn Arnold and the Moving Dock Theatre Co. will perform scenes from Shakespeare plays from 2 to 5 p.m. Call (773) 445-3838 or log on to www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Chicago Career Tech (CCT) helps unemployed Chicagoans enhance and update their skill sets to align with local businesses’ current hiring needs. CCT is accepting applications through Friday, March 23, for Pathways to Employment, a corporate-based “train to hire” opportunity in which local companies partner with CCT to develop a customized program that includes both classroom-style instruction and hands-on training from the businesses. Log onto www.chicagocareertech.com or call (312) 573-5509. Chicago Career Tech is at 177 N. State St.

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is running an online coupon campaign through Wednesday, March 14. Go to www.chicagochinatown.org to get a 15% discount coupon redeemable at 15 chamber member restaurants and bakeries in Chinatown. Call (312) 326-5320.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours offers a variety of half-day motor coach trips. Log on to www.ChicagoNeighborhoodTours.com or call (312) 742-1190. The Chicago’s Magnificent Churches tour will be held the Saturdays of March 10, July 28, Sept. 22, and Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tours of Bridgeport will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Saturdays of March 31, June 2, and Aug. 4.

The Chicago Office of Tourism promotes fun events for Chicagoans and tourists. Visit Navy Pier for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Saturday, March 10, through Sunday, March 18. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Saturday, March 17, on Columbus Drive. Then go to Navy Pier after the downtown parade for an afternoon of Irish dance by Trinity Irish Dancers and live music by Anish from 2 to 6 p.m. at the family pavilion stage. Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises also will be held Saturday, March 17, and will include a traditional Irish buffet, cash bar, and 90-minute tour of all three branches of the Chicago River. Professional docents will entertain with stories of how the Irish shaped modern Chicago while guests enjoy scenic views. Cruises are scheduled before and after the downtown Chicago parade, departing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Navy Pier. For more information, call (312) 742-1158 or log onto www.explorechicago.org.

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is hosting William Shakespeare’s A Midsumer Night’s Dream through Sunday, April 8. The theatre is located at 800 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier. Call (312) 595-5633.

President Barack Obama recently visited the area, speaking at the University of Illinois at Chicago Campus.
The Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI) provides a six-week paid internship program for high school sophomores and juniors each summer. Internships take place at various banks and accounting, law, and engineering firms throughout the Loop and business districts. An application workshop will be held Saturday, March 24; final applications are due Friday, March 30. For more information, e-mail info@chicagobusinessinstitute.com.

Children of Peace School, 1900 W. Taylor St., will hold a monthly open house the last Thursday of each month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. through May. The school offers preschool through eighth grade and a program for the deaf and hard of hearing. Prospective parents are encouraged to visit to learn more about the curriculum and expanded programs and services. For more information call (312) 243-8186 or visit www.childrenofpeacechicago.org.

The Cliff Dwellers and the American Indian Center are presenting the Standing in Sunshine Chicago American Indian art exhibition through Saturday, March 31, at 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor. Work by 11 artists is on view. On Friday, March 23, enjoy a dinner of American Indian food along with poetry, storytelling, and music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $35. Reservations required. Call (312) 922-8080 or e-mail cliffdwellers@cliff-chicago.org.

De La Salle Institute has named Ryan Flynn and Madison Rhymes Meteors of the Month. De La Salle is located at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. and 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.

East-West University will sponsor a Chinatown centennial tour on Wednesday, March 7, beginning in the lobby of the Cermak Red Line at 5 p.m. To register, e-mail your name, address, and phone number to info@southloophistory.org with “Centennial Chinatown Tour” in the subject line or call Hassaan Khan at (312) 939-0111, ext. 1824. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students, with payment collected at the beginning of the tour. On Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m., author Leslie Noyes Mass will speak about her book Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey. Mass was a Peace Corps volunteer in Pakistan in the 1960s. The lecture will be at 816 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor auditorium. A reception precedes the event at 6:30 p.m. Call (312) 939-0111, ext. 1817, or visit

Fairytale Wishes urges people to donate formal dresses to its Prom Dress Drive as well as money for tuxedo rental for boys. Donations accepted through Friday, March 9, at UIC College Prep High School, 1231 S. Damen Ave.; pickup available if necessary. Call (773) 504-2300 or (773) 633-9239 for more information.

Mary Angelini is a March guest artist at the 4Art Inc. Gallery in the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., No. 403, with a photo exhibition of floral images from her In Black series. An artists’ reception will be held Friday, March 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. See http://mary-angelini.artistwebsites.com/ for more information.

“Light Being Speaking in Tongues” is Pilsen artist Mario Castillo’s interpretation of Shakespeare.
Sponsored by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, the fashion show Fleurotica features clothing made from flowers, plants, and leaves. The show will be held at Venue One at 1044 W. Randolph St. on Friday, March 23, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Attendees can participate in a live auction and watch an iron florist competition among five participating florists; each will have 30 minutes to create a floral display using the same materials. Various restaurants will provide food tastings, and an open bar will be available. Tickets start at $150 each. Call (773) 638-1766, ext. 28, or log on to www.fleurotica.org.

Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will host the Chicago premier of the documentary Of Dolls and Murder on Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. The film explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes created by Chicagoan Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), a respected pioneer in homicide investigation and the first female state police captain in the country. Cost is $15 per person; reservations required. Call (312) 326-1480.

Indigo Digital Printing, 900 S. Wabash Ave., will host a business networking event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Bring your business cards and flyers to share with community business leaders. Present your business card and receive a 15% discount on printing, binding, and finishing services. Enjoy a complimentary onsite studio business headshot sitting by the Artful Photographer by preregistering at www.artfulphotographer.com, 773-495-0228; a 4″ x 6” print is included. Also, Stewart Writing & Editing Services will offer discounted editorial services packages, and Fabutron Web Design will give free mini-consultations for websites and graphic design (www.fabutron.com; 312-786-0367). For more information, contact Indigo at www.indigodigitalprinting.com or (312) 753-3025.

Lincoln Park Zoo will host Breakfast with the Apes on Sunday, March 4, offering breakfast at the Regenstein Center for African Apes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $75 per person. Zoo staff will offer insider stories about the apes and other zoo animals. The zoo will host an indoor overnight, Sleep Under the Skyscrapers, the night of Friday, March 9, through Saturday, March 10. Participants may stay from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday or stay over until 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The event includes dinner, animal viewing, stories from zoo experts, a movie, and a bedtime snack before going to sleep. The event is designed for families with children ages five through 12. Breakfast will be available for those who spend the night. On Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m. enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, search for eggs, make crafts, and feed cows and goats at the Easter Egg-
Stravaganza. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, April 3. Cost is $45 for adults and $30 for children. Call (312) 742-2056 or log on to www.lpzoo.org/education. The zoo is at 2200 N. Cannon Dr.

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A Maxwell Street walking tour will be held Sunday, March 4, at 11 a.m. Meet at the Maxwell Street cul de sac, first light south of Roosevelt Road, one-half block west of Halsted Street. The tour is free but pre-registration is required at info@maxwellstreet.org with the number in your party. Use Maxwell Street Tour in your subject line. See www.maxwellstreet.org for more information.

Ryan Flynn (pictured) and Madison Rhymes were Meteors of the Month at De La Salle Institute.
The Mercy Hospital and Medical Center women’s board has selected Shirley A. LoBianco, women’s board member and retired Mercy Hospital employee, as the 2012 Sister Huberta McCarthy Woman of Mercy. LoBianco manages the board’s special sales, which netted more than $250,000 over seven years under her direction. On Sunday, March 4, the board will honor LoBianco at the Embracing All Hearts fundraising ceremony and reception. Ticket price is $50. Call (312) 567-2114. Mercy will offer information on lap-band weight loss surgery on Friday, March 9, at 2 p.m.; Monday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. Call (312) 567-2263. Mercy is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave.

The National Veterans Art Museum will host an opening reception for Overlooked/Looked Over, featuring work of eight female artists who are U.S. military veterans, on Sunday, March 10, from noon to 4 p.m., with a curator’s talk at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The museum is located at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Log on to www.nvam.org or call (312) 326-0270.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will host the exhibit Bikes! The Green Revolution from Friday, March 30, through Sunday, Sept. 9. Through Sunday, May 13, the museum will host They Call Me Theirs, an exhibit by artist Catherine Forester that provides an audiovisual experience of all four seasons from the inside of a rustic wooden cabin. The museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Dr. For more information visit www.naturemuseum.org or call (773) 755-5100.

Notre Dame de Chicago Parish will have a St. Joseph Table on Saturday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 1334 W. Flournoy St. Donations of food are welcome between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call (312) 243-7200.

Old St. Patrick’s Church will host its the 16th annual Siamsa na nGael program at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. Entitled The Journey to Justice: The Story of an American Slave and an Irish Patriot, the program will feature stories about Frederick Douglass, an American slave-turned-statesman, and Daniel O’Connell, the liberator of Ireland. Music will range from emotional melodies to gospel to Irish tunes to new works. Tickets can be purchased through the Symphony Center Box office at (312) 294-3000 or www.cso.org.

The St. Charles Singers and the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra will present Mozart Journey IV: Teenage Mozart, a concert spotlighting music from the composer’s late teen and early adult years, at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Tickets are available at www.stcharlessingers.com or by calling (630) 513-5272 or may be purchased at the door, subject to availability.

Gloriam 2012, a fundraiser for Saint Ignatius College Prep, will be held Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $150 per person and include Mass followed by a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, open bar, a live auction, and cash raffles. To register or buy raffle tickets, go to www.events.org/SICP01/. Volunteers are needed. Call (312) 432-8347. Saint Ignatius is at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd.

“Yesterday” by Joe Yazzie can be seen at the Standing in Sunshine exhibition.
St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1039 W. 32nd St., will host a St. Joseph Table on Sunday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m. Call (773) 927-6646.

St. Rose Center, a day program for developmentally disabled adults, will host its annual Spring Fling luncheon on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mayfield, 6072 S. Archer Ave. Enjoy food, prizes, dancing, a silent auction, and entertainment. Tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for children and must be purchased in advance. Call the Cichon family for details at (312) 829-5623.

There will be a St. Joseph Table at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Sunday, March 18, after 11 a.m. Mass. The table will provide food until 3 p.m. The winter spirituality series focusing on body, mind, and spirit connections, will be held at the shrine. The Saturday, March 24, session is titled Be Still and Know: Contemplative Prayer and Meditation and starts at 1:30 p.m. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to www.ourladyofpompeii.org.

Sing for the Cure, featuring words and stories of people affected by breast cancer performed to music by the Sing to Live Community Chorus, will be held Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. at Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria St. The chorus seeks new members. Call (773) 250-SING.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St. , will have an indoor farmers market on Saturday, March 10, from 9 to 1 p.m. featuring a wide array of farm products including fresh produce, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, salsas, sauces, preserves, honey, breads, and fruit pies. Call (312) 225-5300.

State Representative Derrick Smith (D-10th), in conjunction with Street Justice Inc., will sponsor a free legal clinic for anyone needing assistance on foreclosures, child support, wills, guardianship, expungements, landlord/tenant disputes, or other legal matters. The clinic will be held Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at Smith’s office, 2532-A W. Warren Blvd. Call (312) 243-7129 or (312) 217-9656.

Registration has opened for University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) soccer camps. For boys ages 12 to 18 the camps run Sunday through Thursday, June 24 through 28 and July 8 through 12. For boys and girls ages four through 14 the camps run Monday through Friday, June 11 to 15, 18 to 22, and 25 to 29 and July 16 to 20. E-mail info@uicsoccercamp.com or call (312) 996-6755. The camp is at 2427 W. Cortland St.

Authors Anne Nordhaus-Bike and Charlene Wexler will discuss their books at Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Nordhaus-Bike is assistant editor of the Gazette, and Wexler has written about the old Skid Row on Madison Street in the 1960s. The after-party is at DeLux Bar and Grill at 669 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more information, call (312) 622-6029.

South Loop resident Ginny Clarke, founder, president, and CEO of the Talent Optimization Partners LLC talent and career management firm, which also does diversity recruiting and executive coaching, has been named the jobs and careers contributor for CBS Channel 2 TV Chicago’s morning newscast, where she appears twice monthly. Kim Burde-Ekkert, a graphic designer for the Gazette, of Lemont, IL, recently became engaged to Michael G. Arias of New Lenox, IL. Jane Lawicki, a reporter for the Gazette, became engaged to Steve Torres, a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Prep, recently. The couple will be married March 24.

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