ATN: January 2017
January 6, 2017

By William S. Bike

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens recently held a book fair. Clifford the Big Red Dog’s appearance delighted the children.

The AARP Foundation Experience Corps provides training for volunteers to help children learn to read. Upcoming sessions are Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Chicago Police Department 12th District station, 1412 S. Blue Island Ave., and Thursday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Chicago Police Department 10th District station, 3315 W. Ogden Ave. Call (877) 926-8300.

A Child’s Space, 1020 S. Wabash Ave., offers date night and SaturDAYcare opportunities to watch children. A Child’s Space will be open for date nights until midnight on the Fridays of Jan. 27, Feb. 24, and March 24. It will be open on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Jan. 14, Feb. 11, and March 11. Call
(312) 431-1234 or log on to

The American Rhythm Center, a shared education, rehearsal, and special event facility for dance, kicks off 2017 with its New Year’s Dance Free-4-All, offering free classes now through Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 300. Led by Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the event features more than 50 classes for all ability levels in a range of genres and styles. For information or an updated class schedule, visit or call (312) 922-1272.

Work out for free Monday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 15, at any Chicago Park District fitness center. Call (312) 742-7529.

Twelfth Ward Alderman George Cardenas, the Office of New Americans, Community Activism Law Alliance, Latinos Progresando, and the Chicago Public Schools answered questions regarding immigrants’ rights at a recent community meeting in preparation for the new presidential administration.

The meeting attracted high attendance, with area residents receiving guidelines, worksheets, and information on going forward. Cardenas stated, “We will remain a sanctuary city with residents able to enjoy the liberties tied to our Constitution.” For more information, call Cardenas’s office at (773) 523-8250.

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 for more information about the school.

Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Contest is underway. Any young woman of Irish ancestry, never married, 18 to 28 years old, is eligible. Applications are due Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Queen Contest will be held Sunday, Jan. 15. The annual corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held Thursday, Jan. 26. The parade will be Saturday, March 11. For information, go to, or email

Chicago Sinfonietta will host a Martin Luther King tribute concert on Monday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 932-9954.

Several Queen of Peace High School students attended a Women’s Leadership Conference at Moraine Valley Community College recently.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave., hosts the South Loop Bridge Club Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. through March 31. Programs for fitness, wellness, education, art, recreation, and kiddie college are underway through the week of March 13. Call (312) 328-0821.

Children of Peace School, 1900 W. Taylor St., will host an open house Sunday, Jan. 29, at noon. Call (312) 243-8186.

Chinatown will host a Lunar New Year Parade Sunday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. Call (224) 534-9034

Register now for 2017 spring semester classes at City Colleges of Chicago. Spring semester lasts 16 weeks and starts Tuesday, Jan. 17; registration for spring ends Tuesday, Jan. 10. To begin the registration process, call 773-COLLEGE or visit the website’s admissions page:

De La Salle Institute will host an entrance exam on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 a.m. Email

Nine De La Salle students recently attended the Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day seminar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, hosted by UIC’s chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

De La Salle’s Chicago’s Next Top Artist contest drew entries from 39 students from various grade schools across the Chicago area. De La Salle art teacher Paul Granat ’92 and his committee judged the contest, awarding first place to Arthur Roby from Ray Elementary. Faith McNamara of Bridgeport Catholic Academy was second, while Victoria Mack of St. Barbara was third. Salvador Havelka of Graham Elementary received honorable mention.

De La Salle biology teacher Dan Dowling recently took 30 students to the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL.

The school recently added a culinary club to teach members how to cook and run a kitchen. De La Salle’s Robotics Club recently began its season with a South Chicago League competition at Dyett High School. The Meteors’ veteran team placed second, while the freshman team placed 11th in the 13-team competition.

Jesus Cervantes, a freshman enrolled in De La Salle’s honors program, recently won a $1,000 scholarship from the Miguel & Elvira Bautista Memorial Scholarship

Junior Micayla Jones and senior Dimitri Villalobos have been chosen the Meteors of the Month.

Eighteen members of the Class of 2017 have been named Illinois State Scholars: Kyrie Agee (Near West Side), Colleen Barnotes (Canaryville), Shiloh Boston, Matthew Carroll (Canaryville), Raphael Cruz, Allison Galvin (Canaryville), Ethan Godina, Sam Gurgone, Daniel Herrera, Kamau Lucas, John Mills, Thomas O’Leary, Juan Ramos, Isabel Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Truty, Destini Valle, Peter Zaja, and Frederick Ziemianin.

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

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, Jan. 12.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance has chosen the winners of its seventh annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Shannon Alvis, Sean Carmon, Karen Gabay, and Jimmy Orrante. The four were part of a national call for African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American artists to submit applications. The choreographers’ world premiere works will be showcased in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center at 400 S. State St., in three free performances, Saturday, March 11, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Call (312) 739-0120.

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 or founder Tee Smith’s Facebook page at Smith is a motivational speaker, direct sales professional, and community activist.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center hosts an ongoing Blessed Beginning class for pregnant women on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. that covers what to expect during late pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum care, and breast feeding.

Mercy partnered with the Lydia House, a Christian multi-service agency that serves at-risk children and families, to host a Winter Wonderland holiday celebration on Dec. 15, transforming the Mercy Hospital auditorium into a festive scene reminiscent of North Pole. The event included a holiday dinner, entertainment, and a visit from Santa. Mercy is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit or call (312) 567-2000.

Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., will host an open house Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. and an incoming freshman placement test Saturday, Jan. 14., at 8 p.m. Call (773) 881-6566.

Merit School of Music has hired Steven Berry as director of development. Berry previously held a similar role for the Green Music Center in Sonoma County, CA. The school is at 38 S. Peoria St. For more information, log on to or call (312) 786-9428.

Mount Carmel High School will hold its entrance exam on Saturday, Jan. 14. Students also can schedule shadow days. Log on to The school is located at 6410 S. Dante Ave.

The eighth annual amateur boxing show at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will be held the evening of Thursday, Feb. 16. The hall is at 1431 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 226-5566.

Northerly Island will host free Polar Adventure Days on the Saturdays of Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy tours, live animals, crafts, snacks, and raffles. The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. Call (312) 745-2910.

Works by Brenda Moore, such as The Sleep of Endymion or Moon Effect, are on display at the Linda Warren Projects gallery.

Several Queen of Peace High School students were selected to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference at Moraine Valley Community College on Dec. 1. Teachers nominated students based on leadership qualities they have exhibited throughout the year. The conference provided several sessions designed to prepare young women for leadership roles in college and the work place. Each year, the school honors a faculty or staff member who consistently demonstrates Dominican values. Terry Gardas won this year for her service in the Peace community in many roles including library aide, attendance officer, assistant in the development department, and most recently as administrative assistant to the principal.

Alumna Ayla Olvera, who serves in the Peace Corps in Peru, recently returned to Queen of Peace to tell students about her experience. The school is located at 7659 S. Linder Ave. Call (708) 496-4753.

Rush Generations will host a Martin Luther King event Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m., and Jump Start Your Health Friday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

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

Online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep are available. Log on to The school will hold its entrance exam 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

St. Pius V School, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., is offering private tours to families interested in enrolling their children. Call (312) 226-1590 to learn more and schedule a tour.

Second Presbyterian Church offers free tutoring for students in grades two through eight. Tutors are needed Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The church is hosting a winter coat drive through February to collect coats, sweatshirts, hoodies, sweaters, gloves, caps, scarves, and mittens as well as canned goods and other non-perishable food items. For more information, see the church website at or call (312) 225-4951. The church is at 1936 S. Michigan Ave.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses Sunday, Jan. 8. The 11 a.m. liturgy includes the La Befana Children’s’ Pilgrimage.

It will host Listening to Our Inner Landscape on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. as part of its winter spirituality series. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

The University of Illinois at Chicago men’s basketball team has home games against Detroit Mercy, Friday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m.; Oakland, Sunday, Jan. 8, 4 p.m.; Milwaukee, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.; Northern Kentucky, Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; and Wright State, Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. Call (312) 413-8421.

Former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr. recently donated his papers from his long political career to the UIC Richard J. Daley Library.

Linda Warren Projects is showing works by Alex O’Neal in the exhibit Hiding Places in a Dream and by Brenda Moore in the exhibit In Search of Lost Time from now through Saturday, Feb. 17. The gallery is at 327 N. Aberdeen St., Suite 151. Call (312) 432-9500 or log on to

To sign up as an organ and tissue donor, register with Secretary of State Jesse White’s office at, (800) 210-2106, or visit a local Secretary of State driver services facility.

White announced the Letters About Literature contest, which invites students to read a book, poem, or play and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life. Three winners will receive $200 each. Deadline is Monday, Jan 9, for grades seven through 12. Call (217) 558-2065 or email

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