ATN: December 2016
December 3, 2016

By William S. Bike

As part of All Saints and All Souls Day celebrations, De La Salle students at the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women created offrendas, which are displays to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.

As part of All Saints and All Souls Day celebrations, De La Salle students at the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women created offrendas, which are displays to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.


EXPERIENCE CORPS
The AARP Foundation Experience Corps provides training for volunteers to help children learn to read. Call (877) 926-8300.

ADVOCATES NEEDED
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a new stateof-the-science advocacy system that gives volunteers an easy way to have a voice in Washington, DC, and Springfield. For the foundation’s help line, call 1 (800) 273-TALK. For more information, contact the Illinois chapter at (312) 890-2377 or illinois@afsp.org.

BENTON HOUSE INFO
At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Food pantry hours are noon to 2 p.m. Fridays. Enjoy movies most Mondays at 7 p.m., senior exercise Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., yoga on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and open basketball games Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Call (773) 927-6420 or email info@bentonhouse.org.

AFTER-SCHOOL OFFERINGS
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 Tuesday, 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (773) 847-2011 or log on to http://bspyouth.blogspot.com/.

ART COMPETITION
Bridgeport Art Center is hosting its fifth annual art competition. Applications are due by Wednesday, Dec. 14. Log on to www.bridgeportart.com for application information. The center is located at 1200 W. 35th St. Call (773) 247-3000.

OPEN HOUSE
Brother Rice High School will host an open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. The school is at 10001 S. Pulaski Rd. Call (773) 429-4300.

TRICK OR TREAT
Twelfth Ward Alderman George A. Cardenas, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, and the Kelly Park Advisory Council sponsored a Halloween Party at Kelly Park on Oct. 31 to allow families to have fun with their kids safely. Cardenas sponsored treats and face painting for the kids and thanked the organizations and families who participated.

POW/MIA
At a recent meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner John P. Daley introduced a resolution with the support of Commissioners Luis Arroyo Jr., Jeffrey R. Tobolski, and Larry Suffredin to establish a POW/MIA Chair of Honor in the Cook County Board Room.

GALLERY NIGHT
The Chicago Arts District Second Fridays gallery night happens every second Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. This walking tour of 25 Pilsen galleries and art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 2003 S. Halsted St. For more information, call (312) 432-1995.

NURSE LICENSES
The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium helps foreign-educated nurses attain licensure in Illinois. For more information, call (312) 567-2065.

CHICAGO HOPE NEWS
Families are welcome to schedule a shadow day for their youngsters at Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St. Call (312) 491-1600 or log on to www.chicagohopeacademy.org for more information about the school.

OPEN HOUSE
Children of Peace School will host an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. The School is at 1900 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 243-8186.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Civic Legal Corps helps close the access gap for individuals who cannot afford private law firm fees in family law matters but earn too much to qualify for free legal assistance. Individuals with total household income between 125% and 400% of federal poverty guidelines may receive services from the group, priced on a sliding scale. Eligible clients may have income as high as $47,520 for one person and $163,560 for a family of eight. Call (872) 216-9695 or log on to www.civiclegalcorps.org. The office is at 310 S. Peoria St.

De La Salle Institute has inducted 29 students into the Brother J. Richard Rush Chapter of the National Honor Society.

De La Salle Institute has inducted 29 students into the Brother J. Richard Rush Chapter of the National Honor Society.

DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute will host an open house on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. An entrance exam will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 a.m. Email broganj@dls.org.

Seniors Maggie Jones of Canaryville and Juan Ramos of Archer Heights have been chosen the Meteors of the Month.

As part of the All Saints and All Souls Day celebrations, De La Salle students created ofrendas to display at both campuses. Faculty members including Maria Maldonado played a key role in the project. “The purpose of the ofrendas is to celebrate the life of our loved ones,” Maldonado said. “An ofrenda is an offering to the person or groups of people who are being remembered.”

De La Salle Institute has inducted 29 students into the prestigious Brother J. Richard Rush Chapter of the National Honor Society: Adrienne Adu; Danielle Ballard; Kayla Bruce; Lino Carvajal; Alexes Castaneda; Kaitlin Cook (Bridgeport); Kayla Crittle; Marion Edwards; and Aaron Galka. Also lauded were Mia Garcia; Gabriel Garcia; Ethan Godina; Tiffiny Haepp (Canaryville); Gerald Hopkins; Caitlyn Jorgensen (Bridgeport); Jessica Leyva; Arianna Mena; and Nicole Mildner (Canaryville). Also inducted were Adeline Molloy (Bridgeport); Kobi Naujokas (Bridgeport); Nubia Rivas (Canaryville); Carly Thiel (Canaryville); Maya Villareal (Bridgeport); Xiaoxuan Wang (Canaryville); Kevin Wang (Bridgeport); Brandy Wayne; Christopher Williams; Aaliyah Willis; and Grace Wozniak.

On November 5, nine De La Salle students attended the Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day seminar held at the University of Illinois at Chicago and hosted by UIC’s chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Representing De La Salle were Alexandra Brist (West Loop), Cameron Clark, Cyris Coleman, Mia Corona-Garza, Deanna Grant, Noelle Johnson, Reeanna Nyden (McKinley Park), Elisa Pinon (Pilsen), and Kayla Sanchez.

The Institute campus is located at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. The Lourdes campus is at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.

FESTA ITALIANA
Festa Italiana on Taylor Street will be Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18 through 20, 2017. Hours will be: Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 10 p.m. Taylor Street will be closed from Ashland Avenue to Racine Street for the street fair. Star Entertainment, which once again will operate the fest, scaled it back from four days to three. Restaurants specializing in Italian food will participate, singers will perform American and Italian classics, and an Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, an Italian folk dance. Cannoli and meatball eating contests will be held. Vendors will sell Italian-themed art and other merchandise.

DONATIONS WELCOME
The First Trinity Chicago Lutheran Church Community Center welcomes donations of clothing, shoes, and hygiene items. Volunteers take donations on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 643 W. 31st St. Call (312) 842-7390.

GWTP JOB TRAINING
Greater West Town Partnership, 500 N. Sacramento Blvd., offers job placement and training programs in wood products manufacturing and shipping and receiving. Call (312) 563-9570.

HPAC MEETING
The Hoyne Park Advisory Council meets the second Thursday of the month at the Hoyne Park field house, 3431 S. Hamilton Ave. This month’s meeting is Thursday, Dec. 8.

GROUNDBREAKING
A groundbreaking ceremony with developers and public officials at 2020 W. Ogden Ave. on Nov. 14 signaled the official start of the Illinois Medical District’s (IMD) Gateway Project. The $300 million, 1.2 million square foot development on 9.5 acres will create new offices, laboratories, housing, shops, a hotel, and parking. At the ceremony, IMD executive director Suzette McKinney, developer Elzie Higginbottom, and Aldermen Jason Ervin (28th) and Walter Burnett (27th) lauded what the Gateway Project will bring to the community.

SOCCER CAMP
The KICS United Winter Holiday Soccer Camp will be held Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 28 through 30, for boys and girls ages four through 14 at 226 S. Aberdeen St. and 3900 S. Ashland Ave. Call (312) 995-7117.

LIPINSKI NEWS
Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) is asking veterans in his district to share their stories so they can be preserved in the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project. He also is accepting nomination request letters from young men and women who want to enter one of the U.S. Service academies. Call (773) 948-6223. His office is at 6245 S. Archer Ave.

LOVE, HEALTH, & WEALTH
The Love, Health, & Wealth campaign provides tools, education, and resources needed for personal development and financial empowerment through its Protect & Save Movement, which partners with business leaders to help people build a better way of life. The movement meets Monday and Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at 3333 W. Arthington St. For more information, visit www.lovehealthandwealthinfo.com/ or founder Tee Smith’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tsmith.cmcl. Smith is a motivational speaker, direct sales professional, and community activist.

COMMUNITY HEALING
The McKinley Park Advisory Council held a community healing event recently at the McKinley Park Lagoon. Alderman George A. Cardenas (12th Ward) addressed the crowd, asking residents to remain vigilant while enjoying the park and reassured them workers will install surveillance cameras in the park. Residents and other attendees also prayed, as local Franciscan monks and Pastor Darrell Dalton of Bethany Baptist Church spoke words of healing and closure.

The Rev. Henry A. Barlow (second from right), pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church of Chicago, celebrated his one-year anniversary as pastor of the church with visiting pastors.

The Rev. Henry A. Barlow (second from right), pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church of Chicago, celebrated his one-year anniversary as pastor of the church with visiting pastors.

DRUG DROPOFF
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District now has permanent drug, vitamin, and supplement disposal boxes at 100 E. Erie St.; 6001 W. Pershing Rd. in Cicero, IL; and 400 E. 130th St. The Ninth District Chicago Police station at 3120 S. Halsted St. has one as well. The MWRD and the police will dispose of unused and expired medications and supplements safely.

PASTOR ANNIVERSARY
Morning Star Baptist Church of Chicago, 3993 S. King Dr., celebrated its first year anniversary with its new pastor, the Rev. Henry A. Barlow, on Nov. 27. Morning Star will celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 17, 2017. Rev. Barlow has been a pastor for 21 years, with the last year at Morning Star. Call (773) 285-8111.

MCAULEY ACTIVITIES
Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., will host a Girls Night Out Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The incoming freshman placement test will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 a.m. Call (773) 881-6566 or log on to www.mothermcauley.org.

MOUNT CARMEL NEWS
Mount Carmel High School will host its entrance exam on Saturday, Jan. 14. Students also can schedule shadow days. Log on to www.mchs.org. The school is located at 6410 S. Dante Ave.

STATE CHAMPIONS
The Old St. Mary’s School girls’ cross country team won the State of Illinois cross country championship at the annual Illinois Elementary School Association Class 1A state cross country meet in Normal, IL. The team consisted of fifth through eighth graders. Individually statewide, Olivia Syftestad finished fifth, Summer Cardenas finished seventh, Reese Crowley finished 15th, Ella Hwang finished 19th, Emily Hwang finished 35th, Ally Dombrowski finished 51st, and Sandy O’Malley finished 53rd. Also on the team were Meghan Semmer and Stacia Know. The school is at 1474 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 386-1560.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS
Overeaters Anonymous meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Call (773) 523-3917.

The Old St. Mary’s School girls’ cross country team won the State of Illinois championship at the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 1A meet in Normal, IL. The team consisted of fifth through eighth graders.

The Old St. Mary’s School girls’ cross country team won the State of Illinois championship at the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 1A meet in Normal, IL. The team consisted of fifth through eighth graders.

PING TOM PARK
The Ping Tom Park Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Louie Field House at 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. For information email pingtomparkadvisorycouncil@gmail.com.

INTERNET COURSES
Public Narrative, 600 S. Michigan Ave., offers courses in various locations on topics including social media, communication plans, podcasting, search engine optimization, and analytics. Call (312) 369-6400.

QUEEN OF PEACE NEWS
The Queen of Peace High School robotics team has won sponsorship from Navistar International for 2016-17. Navistar makes commercial trucks, buses, defensive vehicles, and engines. The sponsorship provides a $2,500 contribution and a commitment to provide resources and mentorship to the team. Queen of Peace is located at 7659 Linder Ave. in Burbank, IL. Call (708) 458-7600.

RUSH NEWS
Rush Generations will host a coping session, Holiday Highs and Lows, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. Call (888) 352-RUSH or log on to www.rush.edu/rush-gen.

ST. BARBARA NEWS
St. Barbara Catholic School will host an open house and book fair on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 10:45 a.m. Attend an informational session and school tours at 11:15 a.m. The school is at 2867 S. Throop St. Call (312) 326-6243 or log on to www.stabarbaraschool.org.

SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
Online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep are available. Log on to https://tour.lcp360.com/nocache/stignatius/tour/.

Eighth graders can do a campus visit through Friday, Dec. 9, by arranging ahead of time to spend a day at Saint Ignatius. The school will host an open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. Its entrance exam will be offered Saturday, Jan. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to www.ignatius.org.

SAINT JEROME NEWS
Students of Saint Jerome School recently collected shoes for Sojouner Truth House in Gary, IN, which shares wearable shoes with the needy and people living in foreign countries. Saint Jerome will have an open house Friday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The school is located at 2801 S. Princeton Ave. Call (312) 842-7668.

HELP FOR SENIORS
St. Leonard’s Ministries pairs senior citizens in West Haven with volunteers who help with light chores and landscaping. Call (773) 593-7211.

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

SOCCER CHAMPS
The San Miguel School Dragons soccer team won the Southwest Catholic Varsity Championship. The school is located at 1954 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.

SECOND PRESBYTERIAN NEWS
Second Presbyterian Church offers free tutoring for students in grades two through eight. Tutors are needed on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, see the church website at www.2ndpresbyterian.org or call (312) 225-4951. The church is at 1936 S. Michigan Ave.

INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
The SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1455 S. Wabash Ave., holds free onehour Introduction to Buddhism sessions at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Free off-street parking available. Call (312) 913-1211.

SHRINE NEWS
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will present Mary and Christmas Saturday, Dec. 3, featuring a preconcert buffet from 6 to 7:45 p.m., a concert from 7:45 to 9 p.m., and a champagne and pastry reception at 9 p.m.

It will host an Advent day of reflection and reconciliation Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speaker will be Dianne Bergant of the Catholic Theological Union. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

PHOTO SHOW
Photographs from the estate of Lester and Betty Guttmann by 414 artists are on display through Friday, Dec. 30, at the Smart Museum of Art, 5500 S. Greenwood Ave. Call (773) 702-0200.

FREDDIE’S HONORED
The South Loop Chamber of Commerce honored Fabulous Freddie’s Italian Eatery, 701 W. 31st St., and its owners, the Bertucci family, on Nov. 17. The chamber is located at 3538 S. Halsted St. Call (773) 254-7225.

PINOCHLE CLUB
Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., offers a pinochle club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Novice, beginner, and experienced card players welcome. Call (312) 747-6729.

PROJECTS COMPLETED
Alderman Patrick D. Thompson reports that his 11th Ward was able to resurface 25 alleys and 28 portions of streets, install eight speed humps, repair 15 curbs and gutters, and reconstruct 23 sidewalks in the last two years. For more information, call (773) 254-6677 or log on to www.ward11.org.

HEALTHCARE GRANTS
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation seeks grant applications from families needing financial assistance to help pay for a child’s health care treatments, services, or equipment not covered (or not fully covered) by their commercial health insurance plan. To be eligible, children must be 16 or younger. Families do not need to have insurance through United-Healthcare to be eligible. Apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org. There is no application deadline.

Senator Dick Durbin recently visited the UIC College of Dentistry. Left to right  are Barbara J. Wilson, executive vice president, vice president for academic affairs and Dallenbach professor, UIUC Dept. of Communication; Michael Redding, vice chancellor for public and government affairs, UIC; Michael Amiridis, chancellor, UIC; Senator Durbin; Lyndon Cooper, associate dean for research, UIC College of Dentistry; and Susan Rowan, associate dean for clinical affairs, UIC College of Dentistry.

Senator Dick Durbin recently visited the UIC College of Dentistry. Left to right are Barbara J. Wilson, executive vice president, vice president for academic affairs and Dallenbach professor, UIUC Dept. of Communication; Michael Redding, vice chancellor for public and government affairs, UIC; Michael Amiridis, chancellor, UIC; Senator Durbin; Lyndon Cooper, associate dean for research, UIC College of Dentistry; and Susan Rowan, associate dean for clinical affairs, UIC College of Dentistry.

UIC ROUNDUP
The University of Illinois at Chicago men’s basketball team has home games against Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m.; Loyola University Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.; Northern Arizona, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; Roosevelt University, Thursday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.; and Valparaiso University, Friday, Dec. 30, time to be announced. All games are at the UIC Pavilion. Call 1 (800) 745-3000 for tickets.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently visited the UIC College of Dentistry. He came to learn more about the College’s education, healthcare, and research endeavors and to share news of his legislative priorities regarding healthcare. “UIC’s College of Dentistry has been leading the way in Illinois in clinical dental health research and education,” Durbin said. “I was pleased to sit down with the College’s leadership to learn more about their educational programs and innovative research and was particularly impressed by their work expanding dental care to underserved populations.”

WCA NEWS
The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce recently elected ten new members to its board of directors: Marcus Betts, Steven Greenberg, Almedin Kahvedzic, Fred Krol, Rita McGovern, Marisa Novara, Susan Rothman, Meg Sahs, Dominic Soltero, and Greg Terwillinger.

Returning directors are Richard Bridgford, Marc Bushala, A.G. Hollis, Tom Moro, and John Neurauter. Officers elected are Armando Chacon, president; Marc Koronkiewicz, first vice president; Harry Huzenis, second vice president; Steve Homrich, third vice president; Calvin Gin, treasurer; and Mark Nelson, secretary. The WCA is located at 850 W. Madison St. Call (312) 902-4922.