Roundups; Charity Auction; Croatian Fest
June 7, 2013

The Blessed Sacrament Parish after-school youth program offers those ages 12 through 18 a safe and relaxing atmosphere at its Youth Center, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Teens can get help with homework, play sports, and interact with other teens. The center is open Tuesdays, 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m.; and Sundays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Call (773) 415-7193 or log on to

Bridgeport Catholic Academy (BCA) seventh grade students Amanda Acosta and Niko Anaya and eighth grade students Theodore Bania and Joshua Sliwinski won major honors for their participation in the Do The Write Thing national campaign to stop violence. Judges chose their essays as winners from among more than 1,000 entries and ranked them among the top 100 finalists, entitling them and their families to attend a dinner and reception at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Anaya and Bania both placed in the top five male finalists and received special trophies. Do The Write Thing also published the students’ writings in a book. BCA is located at 3700 S. Lowe Ave. Call (773) 376-6223.

The Frances Xavier Warde fifth grade Destination Imagination (DI) Team made it to the DI Global Finals. The five member team lead by Pam Farley and Christine Bahu traveled to Knoxville, TN, May 21 to 27, to compete in an Improv Change in Realitee Challenge. Team members include Christopher Valentino, Alex Bahu, Vince Scannell, Ana Brist and Olivia Long.
The Bridgeport Farmers Market returns to 35th Street and Wallace Avenue every Saturday, starting June 15 and running through October 5, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers will be bringing fresh produce along with baked goods and plants.

The Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St., will hold a Starving Artist benefit on Saturday, June 29, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Call (312) 491-8888.

The Chicago Arts District Second Fridays gallery night happens every second Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. This monthly walking tour of 30 Pilsen art galleries and art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 1800 S. Halsted St. For more information call (312) 738-8000, ext. 108.

The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 122 S. Michigan Ave., of- fers its Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training program for postgraduate clinicians to learn how to treat underprivileged children in their own communities. It also offers Introduction to Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy to train mental health professionals in child psychology.

For more information or to make an appointment for a child, adolescent, or adult who may be in need of mental health services, call (312) 922-7474.

Head out to Skinner Park, 1331 W. Adams St., every Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the Chicago Park District Rollin’ Recreation activity van. This free resource is open to children of all ages and offers activities including gymnastics, fitness, dance, theater, arts and crafts, and sports. Call (312) 746-5560.

The Chicago Public Library information center will present the User’s Guide to the Chicago Public Library, a series of free 45-minute orientation workshops, on Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m.; Thursday, July 11, at 1 p.m.; and Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m., in Room 3N-6 on the 3rd floor of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. A question and answer session follows each workshop. Visit or call (312) 747-4300.

The Rev. Bob Hutmacher of Chiesa Nuova a Franciscan ministry for the performing arts at 230 S. Laflin St., will lead a pilgrimage to Rieti, Assisi, and Tuscany, Italy, from Monday, Oct. 21, to Saturday, Nov. 2. Call (708) 557-5715 or log on to

The De La Salle High School boys’ water polo team placed second among eight teams at the Niles West High School Water Polo Tournament. The team defeated Stagg, Metea Valley, and Maine West to make it to the championship game against Niles West. Coach Beto Garcia spotlighted team members Dominic Quigley, Roberto Rodriguez, and Aaron Shariq for their outstanding efforts during the tournament.

Sophomore Pierre Manzo recently participated in the annual Acadez Ballet Folklorico Competition held in San Antonio, TX. As a member of the Back of the Yards Ballet Folklorico, Manzo was among the group beating out 38 other dance groups to claim first place.

De La Salle will offer summer academic and sports camps for elementary school students. Academic camps will cover algebra fundamentals, aviation, band, creative art, creative writing, drama, history detectives, and Mandarin Chinese. Sports camps will offer basketball, boxing, football, golf, soccer, speed/running, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. For full details, see the camp brochure here: or visit

Girls’ soccer player Eriel Pryor was named to the 2013 Windy City Classic All-Tournament Team.

Math teacher and freshman girls’ volleyball coach Mallory Thelander won the 2013 Rising Star Award.

Senior Richard Collins is the Meteor of the Month at the Institute Campus.

The National Council of Teachers of English chose faculty member Meghan Senjanin to speak at its annual convention in Boston. Senjanin’s presentation will incorporate information about a literature unit she conducts students.

Fifteen De La Salle students participated in the All-Catholic Honor Band performance held at VanderCook College of Music: Khalil Bey-Muhammad (South Shore), baritone saxophone; Tyler Brangman (Bronzeville), alto saxophone; Simon Cotton, trumpet; Chirsten Ellis, clarinet; Jalen Fields, trumpet; Michael Fuchs (Bridgeport), trumpet; Vanessa Melero, alto saxophone; Quentin Patten (Englewood), clarinet; Joseph Pedraza, oboe; DeAnna Pettis (East Side), flute; Isaac Pizana, trombone; Jeremy Roland, percussion; James Simmons (River North), percussion; Samantha Tobias (Bridgeport), flute; and Yuan Wu (Bronzeville), flute.

The Institute Campus is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. The Lourdes Hall Campus is at 2040 W. 32nd Pl.

Students from Upbeat Music, 3000 S. Wentworth Ave., participated in the Illinois Music Assn. State Olympic Contest and more than half won trophies. Call (312) 842-5896 for information about lessons.
Easter Seals will participate in the 17th annual Chicago Half Marathon/5K on Saturday, Sept. 8. The organization needs runners; register with Easter Seals at, using code CHRES13 for the half marathon and CHRES5K13 for the 5K.

Easter Seals Gilchrist-Marchman, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., and Easter Seals Near South Side Child Development Center, 2214 S. Federal St., are accredited early child care and education programs for children ages six weeks through five years old that provide individualized learning and bilingual teaching staffs. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call (312) 492-7402.

Evolving Planet, a permanent exhibit at the Field Museum, takes viewers on a journey through four billion years of life on Earth. The museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Call (312) 922-9410.

The Greater Pilsen Economic Development Association invites the public to discover more about Pilsen when the group holds its first trolley tour of the area on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. More than 20 businesses will participate, and many will offer special promotions that day. Visit or the group’s Facebook page,, for details.

The Illinois Sons of Italy Foundation invites graduating high school seniors with Italian ancestry to compete for $1,000 college scholarships. Applications may be obtained by e-mailing or by writing to the organization at 9447 W. 144th St., Orland Park, IL 60462. Applications are due July 1.

The Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., (312) 335-1996, will host Spanish classes beginning Thursday, June 20.

Mexican writer Alvaro Enrigue will participate in a panel discussion Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. See photography by Chicago artist Xavier Nuez through Monday, July 8.

The Nicholas Payton Quintet will perform at the Jazz Showcase at Dearborn Station, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Thursday through Sunday, June 20 through 23. Call (312) 360-0234.

A charity auction to benefit the James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club will be held Thursday, June 13, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Drury Lane Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Enjoy a sit-down dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, a DJ, casino gaming, and celebrities. Call (708) 450-1710.

Eighteen Merit School of Music Suzuki-Alegre Strings program students, ages 9 through 18, have returned from representing Chicago and the U.S. at the 16th Suzuki Method world convention in Matsumoto, Japan.

Early registration for Merit’s fall 2013 Suzuki-Alegre Strings program begins Thursday, Aug. 1, with priority registration for current Merit families. Open registration begins Thursday, Aug. 15. Merit is located at 38 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 786-9428.

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls still has entries available for runners to participate in the sold-out Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Call (312) 738-7560.

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center’s board of directors named Carol L. Garikes Schneider as the medical center’s new president and chief executive officer. She succeeds Sr. Sheila Lyne, who retired May 31.

Mercy will offer an Eat Right, Every Bite class on Great Grains: Different Grains and How to Prepare Them on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. in the second floor Joyce Auditorium foyer. The class is free, but registration is required. Call (312) 567-8775 or visit

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 567-2000.

Second Presbyterian Church will celebrate its landmark status at a June 20 ceremony.
The Midtown Center will host a cookout for alumni, spouses, and children on Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1819 N. Wood St. that will include games for children. Call (773) 292-2664 or e-mail

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 W. Taylor St., will hold its Sportsman and Athlete of the Year awards dinner on Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. The event will honor Frank Defino of Tukaiz as sportsman of the year and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs as athlete of the year. Mike Adamle of Channel 5 will receive the media excellence award. Call (312) 226-5566.

Pope John Paul II School offers families discounted annual tuition of $1500, guaranteed for two years, for any student who transfers there from a Chicago Public School. Call (773) 523-6161 or e-mail The school is located at 4325 S. Richmond St.

Provision Theatre presents its final show of the season, a theatrical adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’s classic poem Spoon River Anthology, through Sunday, June 15. The theatre is located at 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 455-0065.

Roosevelt Universitywon a prestigious 2013 Emerald Award, given annually by the Illinois chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that best advance sustainability across the state. Selected for top honors among 70 nominees, Roosevelt will receive the Green Innovation Award: Green Schools for its holistic approach to environmental sustainability at both its campuses. Roosevelt is located at 430 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 341-3500.

The Office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush offers one-on-one counseling to business owners and entrepreneurs through SCORE, a nonprofit business consulting organization. Classes are held Wednesdays at 700 E. 79th St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule a counseling appointment, visit

St. Barbara Church, 2859 S. Throop St., offers bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 6:35 p.m. Call (312) 842-7979.

The Saint Ignatius College Prep girls’ water polo team made school history when they beat Lincoln Way Central 12-9 in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championship game at Stevenson High School. The win marked the first time in the school’s 144-year history a team sport won an IHSA State title.

Soccer player Brandon Medina was named Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year.

Students Emily Beltran and Jack Keelan were named to the IHSA All-State Academic Team.

The girls’ track team won the indoor Girls Catholic Athletic Conference championship.

The school’s annual golf outing will be held Wednesday, June 26.

All students at Saint Ignatius will have access to an Apple iPad for the 2013-14 school year.

St. Jerome Parish will sponsor the 107th anniversary Croatian Fest/Velica Gospa Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 28th St. and Princeton Ave. There will be food, live music, and games for the kids. The fest is preceded by a religious procession at 10:30 a.m. log on to

Keyazjhia Banks, a sixth grader at St. Malachy School, 2252 W. Washington Blvd., won first place in the Spelling Bee of West Side Catholic Schools. This was her third straight year finishing first or second in the bee. “It was sweet to win first place again,” she said. The bee was held May 1 at Children of Peace School. Enrollment for St. Malachy is open; call (312) 733-2252.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, recently expanded its ministry team. The church needs a new computer and a new boiler. Donations of funds or equipment would be welcome. Church member Delores Emeritz recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

St. Pius V Parish runs a thrift store at 1701 W. 18th Pl. Monday through Friday and Saturday morning. Call (312) 226-6234. The school is accepting students for its grade school. Call (312) 226-1490.

The Casa Juan Diego Youth Center at 2020 S. Blue Island Ave. is open Monday through Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturdays through 4 p.m. Call (312) 421-7647.

SAY of Chicago will host a summer soccer league from June through August at 14th and Morgan Streets for youngsters ages four through 15. Log on to

Second Presbyterian Church and Friends of Historic Second Church invite the community to a ceremony on Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m. honoring the church’s designation as a National Historic Landmark.

Officials will present a National Historic Landmark plaque, and the Historic Friends will host a wine and cheese reception before and after the ceremony. Also, visitors can enjoy tours of the church’s renowned Arts and Crafts sanctuary.

The church will host a rummage sale Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at 9 a.m. A pet blessing service will be held Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. For more information, see the church website at

The Franciscan Friars are bringing relics of St. Anthony of Padua to the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., on Tuesday, June 11. A Eucharistic celebration will be held at noon that day at the shrine. Then the relics will travel to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1351 W. Evergreen Ave., for a 7 p.m. Eucharistic celebration. On Thursday, June 13, the relics can be seen at St. Peter’s Church in the Loop, 110 W. Madison St., at the 8:15 and 11:40 a.m. and 1:15 and 5 p.m. services. Call (347) 738-4306.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will present Rock My Soul With Gospel Music on Saturday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (312) 225-5300.

The South Loop Neighbors yard sale will be held Saturday, June 8, at Dearborn Park, 9th Street and Plymouth Court. For information, e-mail

South Loop Elementary School’s local school council has a vacancy for a community representative. Stop by the main office for application materials or download them from Application deadline is Monday, June 10.

An LSC meeting will be held Wednesday, June 12, at 6:45 p.m. The meeting will include a candidates’ forum, and the LSC will vote in closed session for the new representative. Call (773) 534-8690 or email Ellen Lorden at

Jeff Kacena recently was recognized as Teacher of the Week by Chicago. He teaches fifth and sixth grade science. The school is located at 1212 S. Plymouth Ct.

Spertus Institute will present the movie Orchestra of Exiles, which tells how violinist Bronislaw Huberman helped save Jewish musicians from the Holocaust, on Thursday, June 20. After the screening, director Joshua Aronson will speak about the movie. Tickets range in price from $8 to $18. Call (312) 322-1773. Spertus is located at 610 S. Michigan Ave.

The United Healthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) seeks grant applications from families needing financial assistance to help pay for their children’s medical services or equipment not covered (or not fully covered) by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families may receive up to $5,000 per grant. To be eligible, children must be age 16 or younger. Apply at

Registration is open for University of Illinois at Chicago summer soccer day camps and soccer elite training camps. For elite training camps, Session I runs Sunday through Wednesday, June 23 through 26, and Session II runs Sunday through Wednesday, July 7 through 10. For UIC soccer day camps, sessions run Mondays through Fridays, June 10 through 14, 17 through 21, and 24 through 28, and Mondays through Saturdays, July 8 through 13 and 15 through 20. Call (312) 996-6755 or contact UIC soccer camps by mail at 2427 W. Cortland St., Chicago, IL 60647.

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UIHHSS) and the Italian Consulate are sponsoring the fundraiser Science and Music for a Better Future on Friday, June 14. Organized by UIHHSS’s Division of General Surgery and Cancer Center, the event also aims to raise awareness among patients and physicians about benefits of minimally invasive techniques and innovative technology available to medical professionals. The evening features an 8 p.m. concert at the Harris Theatre with the Chicago Philharmonic and pianist Susan Merdinger performing works by the Italian and American composers Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Gottschalk, Gershwin, and Bernstein under the direction of Mattia Rondelli. Contact Daniela Nita at the Department of Surgery at (312) 355-2494.