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April 6, 2012
“Lagoon You” by Pamela Callahan can be seen at Brainforest Gallery.

The African American Contractors Association will host a membership and awards reception on Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Marmon Grand, 2230 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 915-5960 or (773) 891-3233.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Illinois Chapter and its volunteers won five awards at the annual AFSP Leadership Conference, including outstanding chapter advocacy program and chapter of the year in a large market. For information, call (312) 890-2377.

Every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m., Benton House offers a senior exercise group, coffee, and a light breakfast. On the third Friday of the month, enjoy Monkey Business, an improv comedy and dance party, at 7 p.m.

Benton House will hold tag days on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, in Bridgeport and is looking for volunteers. E-mail volunteers@bentonhouse.org.

It also offers a food pantry Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 11:15 to 2 p.m. Volunteers welcome.

Benton House is located at 3052 S. Gratten Ave. Call (773) 927-6420 or log on to www.bentonhouse.

Brainforest Gallery, 1932 S. Halsted St., will present ceramics by Miki Shim-Rutter and paintings by Pamela Callahan through Friday, May 4. Call (312) 492-6600.

De La Salle’s JaVonna Smith, Francesca Castagna, and Renee Jones made the All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference basketball team.
Career Transitions Center of Chicago will host its third annual Passport to Taste fundraiser on Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Primitive Gallery, 130 N. Jefferson St. The evening features food and wine from around the globe and a silent auction. Tickets are $75. Call (312) 906-9908.

Chicago a cappella will host a concert of songs related to women such as Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend and Mama Who Bore Me, with narration by actress Barbara Robertson, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. at Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria St. Call (773) 281-7820 or log on to www.chicagoacappella.org.

Local school council elections for Chicago Public Schools will be held Wednesday, April 18, for elementary schools and Thursday, April 19, for high schools. For more information, call (773) 553-1400 or log on to www.cps.edu.

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

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.

A team from the AdvancED accreditation service recently visited De La Salle Institute. After its assessment, the team determined the school had achieved the top rating–highly functional–in the areas of vision and purpose, documenting and using results, and commitment to continuous improvement.

Western Illinois University has honored De La Salle Institute teacher George Dzuricsko as a Most Inspirational Teacher. The university learned of the teacher from one of its students, a De La Salle alum who named Dzuricsko as providing exceptional educational inspiration.

Dzuricsko teaches honors chemistry and physics as well as physical science, chemistry, and physics and is an advisor in the band and chess programs.

In wrestling, senior James Buss won an Illinois High School Association Class 3A state championship. Fellow varsity wrestler Robert Zebrauskas earned All- Chicago Catholic League (CCL) honors. On the junior varsity level, sophomore Ryan Rickert won the championship at 152 pounds in the CCL competition, while classmates Markel Perkins (South Loop) and Frank Quintana (Bridgeport) took second in their respective weight classes of 170 and 195 pounds.

The Illinois High School Association honored six De La Salle athletic teams for achieving cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale during fall 2011: girls’ cross country, swimming, tennis, and volleyball and boys’ golf and cross country.

De La Salle recently welcomed Abraham Lincoln historian and expert George Buss, who portrayed the 16th president of the United States. Buss performed a Lincoln speech, led discussions, and answered students’ questions while in character.

Eight students from the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women have been named Illinois State Scholars, including Caterina Hernandez, Connie Liu, and Lauren Rubio of Bridgeport.

Nine students from the Institute Campus for Young Men have been named Illinois State Scholars, including Robert Popp of Canaryville and Joseph Jackowiak, Adam Nauseda, and John Ramirez of Bridgeport. The school recently held its 42nd annual Bridge Contest as part of Mark Jackowiak’s honors geometry/pre-calculus class. Jackowiak’s students built balsa wood bridges that judges test for strength by placing weights atop them. Finishing first was Alejandro Herrera of Bridgeport. In second place was James Collins of Canaryville. Tying for third were Isaac Pinzana of the East Side and Francesco Scalise of Bridgeport.

Seniors Francesca Castagna of Bridgeport, Renee Jones, and JaVonna Smith from the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women were chosen to the 2011-12 All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Basketball Team.

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.

Abraham Lincoln (George Buss) receives a birthday cupcake from De La Salle students Jeremy O’Brien, Elizabeth Halle, and Jaymore Hicks.
Looking East: Laying the Foundations for the Development of Indian and Islamic Art at The Art Institute of Chicago will be a lecture presented by Madhuvanti Ghose of the Art Institute in an East-West Perspectives lecture at East-West University at 816 S. Michigan Ave, Fourth Floor Auditorium. The lecture will be held Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public; a reception precedes each lecture at 6:30 p.m. outside the auditorium. For more information, call (312) 939-0111, x1821, or visit www.eastwest.edu.

Gazette reporter Susan Fong also is an artist, and her exhibition of watercolors about the humorous play in thought processes and navigation through life’s ever changing conditions is on display through Friday, April 27, on the 66th Floor of Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. By appointment only. Call (773) 989-6377 or e-mail fongmoon@att.net.

Friends of the Chicago River will host Chicago River Day 20/20: See What You Can Do, a 20-day celebration of the 20th anniversary of Chicago River Day. From Monday, April 23, through Saturday, May 12, Friends will host events on and beyond the banks of the Chicago River culminating in Chicago River Day.

Events range from family-friendly fish projects and habitat days to temporary river tattoos, a riverbased scavenger hunt, and a contest for four to stay overnight in the historic McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum on the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Most events are free and open to the public. For information log on to www.chicagoriverday20-20.org/ or contact Meshawn Ayala at (312) 939-0490, ext. 18.

Prospectus Art Gallery is hosting Pilsen artist Anne Farley Gaines’s show Nature and the City. The exhibit includes landscapes, portraits, a three-dimensional montage, and abstraction; hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1210 W. 18th St. Call (312) 733-6132.

The Lakeside Singers, featuring soloist Josie Falbo, the cantor at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, will perform their spring concert on Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. The first half will feature classical choral music from around the world; during the second half, a live band will join the singers in performing pop music fromrock to gospel. There is also a fun sing-a-long. Tickets are $30, $20 for seniors and students, and $10 for children. Call (847) 382-5085.

Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, visited the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry during Give Kids a Smile Day, an event in which children receive free dental checkups and education. She was greeted by “Mr. Smiley” and by Indru Punwani, DDS, head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and John Gerding, DDS, president of the Chicago Dental Society. (Photo by Troy T Heinzeroth)
Architectural historian Jean Guarino will address myths surrounding the Chicago School of architecture and will cover issues such as labor strife, height limits, sanitation, and economics and their role in the development of Chicago skyscrapers in the 19th century at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in a Landmarks Illinois event at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. Call (312) 922-1742, ext. 226, or log on towww.landmarks.org.

Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Women’s Leadership will present its women’s leadership conference, focusing on resilience — how to bounce back, remain relevant, and stay balanced in an unbalanced and uncertain time. The event will include panelist discussions and communications workshops and will be held at the West in Michigan Avenue, Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place, on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $149, with discounts available to alumni and students. For information, visit www.luc.edu/womensleadership.

Join the Maxwell Street Foundation Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. for a presentation and community meeting about the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church building in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at Powell’s Books, recently opened at 1218 S. Halsted St.. For more information, contact the Maxwell Street Foundation at P.O. Box 6435, Evanston, IL, 60204, or via its website at www.maxwellstreet.org or by email at info@maxwellstreet.org.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center will present Smoke No More, a smoking cessation program by specialists who understand how difficult it is to stop smoking focusing on developing a personalized quitting plan, dealing with recovery symptoms, controlling weight, reducing stress, and fighting urges to smoke again.

The sessions are at 5:30 p.m. on the Tuesdays of April 10, 17, and 24 and May 1 at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. 12th floor conference room. Fee is $50 per person, materials included. For more information and to register, call (312) 567-2477.

Mercy will offer information on lap-band weight loss surgery on Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. Call (312) 567-2263.

Joined by City dignitaries, partner organizations, and employees, officials at Testa Produce received a plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council recognizing Testa’s recent leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) platinum certification.

Testa Produce is the first food distribution company in the nation to gain LEED platinum certification, the highest level available. The company is at 4555 S. Racine Ave. in the Chicago Stockyards Industrial Park. Log on to www.testaproduce.com or call (312) 226-3237.

Misericordia Candy Days will be held Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Misericordia is looking for volunteers to help collect on streets and in stores. Misericordia is a community of care for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Call (773) 273-2768 or log on to www.misericordia.org.

The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., (312) 738-1503, is presenting El Alma De La Fiesta, an exhibition of fiesta related art, through Sunday, Aug. 19.

Keepers, a variety of art objects from the museum’s permanent collection, will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 21. See carved wooden objects by Mardonio Magana through Sunday, Sept. 23. A children’s program on the art of the piñata, is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday, April 3, through Thursday, May 10. Cost is $45 per child.

Celebrating Testa Produce’s LEED certification were Alderman James Balcer, Steve Testa, LEED experts MichelleWinters andWendy Berger Shapiro, City official Mary Bonome, Peter Testa, DougWidener of the U.S. Green Building Council, Dominick Testa, and City officials Andy Moone and John Molloy.
The National Public Housing Museum will honor Luis Ubinas of the Ford Foundation, singer Kenny Gamble, and Julia Stasch of the MacArthur Foundation at its third annual benefit, An Afternoon of Good Times, on Sunday, April 15, at Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard St. For more information, call (312) 996-0834 or e-mail goodtimes@nphm.org.

Long-time Notre Dame de Chicago parishioner Ernestina Guerrero, a master seamstress, will offer a sewing class once a week. Students at all levels are welcome, including beginners. The class has only one sewing machine; volunteers are needed to lend more machines.

Classes are held Thursdays, starting April 26, and run from 7 to 9 p.m. in Notre Dame rectory. Contact Megan Mio at (312) 243-7400. Notre Dame is located at 1335 W. Harrison St.

Roosevelt University science and math programs have been recognized by Sencer, a national organization devoted to improving science education. The group presented its Bennett Award for extraordinary contributions to citizen science on March 13 to associate professor of biology Robert Seiser on behalf of his Roosevelt colleagues.

Roosevelt is located at 430 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 341-3512 or log on to www.roosevelt.edu.

Rush Radiosurgery, a new cancer treatment joint venture between Rush and US Radiosurgery at Rush University Medical Center, started treating patients March 26. The center provides treatment with the True Beam STx radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems through a procedure called stereo tactic radiosurgery, a method of treating tumors and other medical conditions with precise high-dose radiation. The facility is located at 500 S. Paulina St. Call (312) 942-4600 or visit www.rushradiosurgery.com/.

More than 50 students from St. Malachy Grade School, 2252 W. Washington Blvd., trekked to Deerfield, IL, recently to meet their pen pals and for the St. Malachy Choir and Praise Dancers to perform gospel music at Holy Cross School, St. Malachy’s sister parish in the northern suburbs.

The fifth graders from both schools have been pen pals for the last two years. The kindergarteners saw each other in person for the first time after meeting via Skype. For information, log on to www.stmalachychicago.com or call (312) 733-2252.

St. Malachy students recently visited their counterparts at Holy Cross in Deerfield, IL.
SIMUN, the Saint Ignatius College Prep model United Nations, participated in the North American invitational model United Nations conference hosted by Georgetown University in Washington, DC, which hosted 150 participant schools and more than 3,000 students. The following students won awards at the conference: best delegation in the UN human rights council, Charles Foster and Collin Andrews; outstanding delegate in the Bilderburg summit, Jack Durkin; outstanding delegate in the Congress of Vienna, Jack McGrath; outstanding delegation in the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kent Hutchison and Patrick Holland; verbal commendation in disarmament and international security, Joseph Zekich and Caitlan Smollen; and verbal commendation in special political and decolonization, Thomas Trezek and Max Jakubowski.

Friends and family of Saint Ignatius alumnus John Raniere will sponsor an event to celebrate his recovery from bilateral leg amputations. The Let’s Help John Get Back On His Feet event will be held Sunday, April 22, at Saint Ignatius’s Tully Hall from 1 to 5 p.m.

Suggested contribution is $50 per person or $75 per couple; contributions accepted at the door on the day of the event. RSVP to Kathy Tindell at katezgarden@aol.com or send a check to John Raniere, c/o Kathy Tindell, P.O. Box 256, Itasca, IL 60143.

The Rev. Michael Caruso, S.J., president of Saint Ignatius, has written the book When the Sisters Said Farewell: The Transition of Leadership in Catholic Elementary School.

Gena Lenti was among 26 Illinois students selected for the Illinois High School Association allstate academic team. Matt McCareins was named to the IHSA all state academic honorable mention team, one of only 50 Illinois students to earn this recognition.

Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900.

Local youngster Auguste Chase had his head shaved March 23 at Frances Xavier Warde School to help raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which assists children with cancer. Chase still is raising funds; to donate, go to www.stbaldricks.org. Likewise, Fr. Dan Brandt and police chaplain Bob Montelongo had their heads shaved at the Police Academy.To donate, go to www.stbaldricks.

Saint Ignatius model UN winners are, left to right: Caitlan Smollen, Joseph Zekich, Thomas Trezek, Patrick Holland, Collin Andrews,Max Jakubowski, Kent Hutchison, Jack Durkin, Charles Foster, and Jack McGrath.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421-3757, www.ourladyofpompeii.org, is hosting a 20/20 raffle, with a $20 winner drawn every Sunday through May 13 and a larger grand prize drawing Sunday, May 20, for 20% of the gross.

Jesus and Men in the New Testament: Ways to be a Follower of Christ Today, a retreat for men, will be held at the shrine on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speaker will be Anthony Gittins, professor of mission and culture at Catholic Theological Union. Registration fee of $25 is due by Tuesday, April 17. Call (312) 421-3756.

South Loop Elementary School, 1212 S. Plymouth Ct., needs volunteers for its Friday, May 11, spring benefit. For information, email slsspringbenefit@gmail.com or call (773) 534-8690.

The South Loop Historical Society is sponsoring its 2013 calendar photo contest with the theme of public art in the South Loop. The deadline is Monday, April 30. For information, log on to www.southloophistory.org or call (312) 939-0111.

The South Loop Neighbors will hold a meeting at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St., Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. E-mail info@southloopneighbors.org or log on to www.southloopneighbors.org.

Buick has donated a 2012 Verano to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) to raise funds for scholarships and internships. Raffle ticket sales will end in July, with the winner announced Thursday, Aug. 16. Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased with a check or credit card by calling USHLI at (312) 427-8683.

Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC), an initiative of the University of Illinois at Chicago, received a $15,000 grant from Staples Foundation, a private foundation created by Staples, Inc. The funding will support Near-Peer Advisers, young adults trained tomentor students who need additional time and attention to navigate the complex processes involved in attending college. This year, ICAC is supporting 22 advisers in 22 high schools. Formore information, visit www.icac.uillinois.edu.

George Dzuricsko of De La Salle, named Most Inspirational Teacher.
The University Village Association has added Ralph Davino, Elizabeth Kent, Anthony Pascente, Bob Pistilli of Carana Properties, and Tim Wesley to its board. Officers are John Walsh, president; Robert Otter, treasurer; and Susan Schiavone, secretary.

The Taylor St. Farms community garden is located at the southwest corner of Arthington and Ada Streets. Community memberships are available. E-mail taylorfarms@gmail.com. For more information, see www.uvalittleitaly.com.

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Chicago’s Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. featuring a variety of family activities, on Saturday, April 7, from noon to 2p.m. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 12:15 p.m. During the hunt, children will search for more than 8.000 toy and candy filled plastic eggs and will be able to win prizes. The egg hunt is recommended for children ages ten and under. The Chicago White Sox mascot, Southpaw, also will be on hand. Admission is $10 for children and $3 for adults, and RSVP is required. Call (312) 401-2688.

Vander Cook College of Music will hold A Night at the Pops on Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. to benefit its scholarship program. The event will feature entertainment and food and be held at the De La Salle Institute Hilton Commons, 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-6288, ext 255. VanderCook is located at 3140 S. Federal St. 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 pr@gazettechicago.com.