ATN: April 2017
April 8, 2017

By William S. Bike

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a new state-of-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

Spring programs at Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Ave., run from now through Friday, June 9. Enjoy sports and educational programs for parents and tots, preschoolers, elementary school students, teens, and adults. Call (312) 747-6012.

Association House of Chicago, which offers healthcare, family, education, and employment assistance, will hold its annual benefit in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., on Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $250 each. Call (773) 772-7170.

At Benton House, 3052 S. Grattan 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

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

Alderman George Cardenas of the 12th Ward holds toy drives, donating directly to 12th Ward schools. The toys serve as incentives to keep children motivated to learn, listen, and excel. In addition, Cardenas recently:

– Hosted a Clean ‘n’ Green on 24th Street, with volunteers cleaning streets and conducting surveys to identify needed City services, with assistance form the Chicago Police; the morning ended with a meeting to identify ways to strengthen the community’s relationship with Cardenas’s office.

– Held a press conference with community organizations demanding that officials use $17 million in property taxes for violence prevention.

– Celebrated with more than 900 Kelly Park Soccer League participants at their awards ceremony at Kelly High School; Cardenas sponsors the awards to reward youth involvement in positive activities. Call (773) 523-8250.

The De La Salle Institute band director, Larry Pawlowski, and the members of the Meteor band had a successful performance at the 36th annual State of the Art band competition at Marian Catholic High School. The Meteors placed second in Class A, setting a school record with 89.33 points. De La Salle percussionists earned the best percussion in Class A plaudit, and the Meteors garnered the Leo J. Henning Award for the most improved band.

De La Salle recently held the 2017 Honors Geometry Bridge Contest in which students built wooden bridges as part of their class. Ruoxuan (Tiffany) Pang finished first, constructing a bridge that held 235 pounds and set a De La Salle record. Placing second while setting another school record was Antelma Acosta, whose bridge withstood 215 pounds. Adrian Nuno finished third with a bridge that held 195 pounds.

Natalia Trejo participated in the Illinois High School Association’s Country Financial Three-Point Showdown at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena. She made seven three-pointers.

History and religion teacher John Grubisich, formerly an assistant coach, now is head boys’ volleyball coach.

De La Salle now offers boys’ lacrosse at the junior varsity level. Student Stone Parker was named to the All-Chicago Catholic League North Team in boys’ basketball.

De La Salle recently welcomed 15 members of DePaul University’s Fullertones singers to the Lourdes Hall Campus to demonstrate their musical talents. De La Salle’s choir class performed as well. De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.

The Chicago Art and Design Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, at Navy Pier from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy art, food, drinks, and painting classes. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, photojournalist Val Mazzenga will receive the Steven Amdur Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. For more information, call (847) 926-4300

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.

The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium will hold its International Nurses Making a Difference evening of celebration on Friday, May 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Polo Café Eagle Room at 3322 S Morgan St. The CBNC assists internationally educated nurses in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to obtain their nursing licensure in Illinois. For more information or to make a donation, call (312) 567-2065.

Chicago Children’s Theatre, located at 100 S. Racine Ave., will host Make a Scene Camp from Monday through Friday, April 10 through 14. Youngsters ages 5 to 14 will work together to find a story they want to tell, conceive a set, rehearse, and prepare to perform workshop presentations. The show Pinocchio will run from Tuesday, April 18, through Sunday, May 14. For information, log on to or call (773) 227-0180.

Chicago KICS Soccer will offer a two-day spring break camp Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Dunbar Park, 300 E. 31st St. Also, registration is open for summer camp. Email

The 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival will be held Thursday, April 20, through Thursday, May 4, at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Log on to

The Chicago Public Library will offer a walking tour of Taylor Street on Saturday, April 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. For information, log on to

The Richard J. Daley Library, 3400 S. Halsted St., is requestingused books, CDs, audiobooks, and DVDs for its annual book sale, which will be held Saturday, April 22. Call (312) 747-8990.

The Chicago Transit Authority announced the 31st Street bus will run through at least September to give the CTA more time to decide whether to make the route permanent. The bus operates from the Ashland Avenue Orange Line station to 33rd Street and King Drive. The route will extend to the 31st Street beach in summer. The bus runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens offers bridge club on Fridays from now through June 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. The park also runs fitness and wellness activities. It is located at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.

First Defense Legal Aid, 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody. For more information, call (773) 434-4162.

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.

Goodman Theater is offering performances of Destiny of Desire, a parody of Latin American TV telenovelas that provides a comic look at the clashes of haves vs. have nots, from now through Sunday, April 16. The theatre is at 170 N. Dearborn St. Call (312) 443-3800.

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

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, April 13.

More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate in the Illinois March on Springfield scheduled for Tuesday, April 25. For more information go to

Lyric Opera of Chicago 20 N. Wacker Dr., will present My Fair Lady from Friday, April 28, through Sunday, May 21. Call (312) 827-5600.

During the 16th annual Chicago Money Smart Week, Lakeside Bank is offering free events. Monday, April 24: Protecting Your Privacy & Security: Identity Theft in Today’s Society, Circle Urban Ministries, 118 N. Central Ave., time to be announced. Money Basics for Tweens & Teens, Chinese American Service League (CASL), 2141 S. Tan Ct., 3:30 to 5 p.m.; RSVP by Friday, April 21, to or (312) 791-0418, ext. 2301. Tuesday, April 25: The Wealth Warriors on Youth & Investing, John M. Smyth School, 1039 W. 13th St., time TBA.
Wednesday, April 26; 7 to 8 p.m., How to Prepare for the Rising Cost of College, Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, 2501 W. Irving Park Rd.; RSVP by Monday, April 24, to or (772) 463-4161, ext. 110. For more information about any of the programs, call (312) 391-4590.

Lincoln Park Zoo has partnered with universities, wildlife organizations, and other institutions to expand its Urban Wildlife Information Network to eight cities across the U.S. The urban biodiversity study seeks to help people and animals thrive together by gathering and analyzing data on urban biodiversity and discovering and applying solutions to existing or potential human-wildlife conflicts. The zoo is located at 2001 N. Clark St. Call (312) 742-2000.

Oil portraits of Philip Maxwell, MD, for whom Chicago’s Maxwell Street is named, and his wife, Jerusha, are on loan from the Maxwell Street Foundation to Saint Ignatius College Prep and on display inside the school’s newly remodeled main entry that fronts the original Maxwell Street neighborhood. Lesliefoundation; they are attributed to portraitist Abraham G.D. Tuthill. Gifts from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and Samuel and Charlene Wexler enabled experts to conserve the paintings and repair their frames, and a gift from Saint Ignatius College Prep paid for archival glazing. Saint Ignatius College Prep is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 about access to view the portraits. A viewing event is planned for early September.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and the More Than Your Kidneys Foundation will host a fundraiser, Karaoke for Kidneys, on Saturday, April 29, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the hospital at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Enjoy a healthcare symposium, awards ceremony, cocktails, DJ, dancing, and karaoke. Suggested donation $50. For more information contact Visit or call (312) 567-2000.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District now has permanent drug, vitamin, and supplement disposal boxes at 100 E. Erie St. and 400 E. 130th St. in Chicago and at 6001 W. Pershing Rd. in Cicero. 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.

Eleventh District Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues Commissioner Ginger Rugai honored Bridgeport resident Pamela Munizzi with the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award, which recognizes a woman for her contributions to local communities. Munizzi is the Special Olympics coordinator for Chicago Public Schools and has been an active volunteer with many local organizations for the last 25 years.

MXOtech CEO and founder Joanna Sobran was named one of the Top 15 Business Women of Illinois by the Illinois Diversity Council. MXOtech, located at 1101 W. Adams St., is a managed services application development provider that delivers outsourced information technology resources located Call (312) 554-5699.

Fred O’Connor, a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual, received a Community Service Award from the company, which includes $25,000 for the Big Shoulders Fund. O’Conner is a St. Therese Catholic School board member and a financial literacy teacher at Our Lady of Grace School. For more information, call (800) 323-7033.

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.

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.

RecruitMilitary and Disabled American Veterans will host a Veterans Job Fair for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members, and military spouses on Thursday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr. Log on to

Online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep are available. Log on to

Reunions for the classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 will be held Saturday, April 29. Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to

St. James Parish and DL Comprehensive Healthcare will present Jazzin’ to Feed 2017, which will benefit the St. James Food Pantry, Saturday, April 29. The main event runs 7 to 10 p.m. and features a concert and refreshments. The event will be held at De La Salle Institute at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-1919 x 213.

St. Laurence High School has hired George Shimko as head varsity girls basketball coach. The first girls coaching hire in St. Laurence history, Shimko comes to St. Laurence from Queen of Peace High School, where he served as head basketball coach and athletic director. The school is at 5556 W. 77th St. in Burbank. Call (708) 458-6900.

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.

Share your love of art and architecture by becoming a docent at the Second Presbyterian Church. Docent training is held at the church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, and includes sessions on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on April 20 and 27 and May 4.The last session meets Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For information, email or call (800) 657-0687. The 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 or call (312) 225-4951.

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.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will offer a Lenten Day of Reflection and Reconciliation, Being Christ for One Another—Learning the Art of Accompaniment, on Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Stations of the Cross will be held at noon every Friday in Lent. The shrine presents Piazza Pompeii Italiano, featuring antipasto, Italian bread, frittatas, pizza, cannoli, and baked goods in the hall after both Masses on the Sundays of April 30 and May 21. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

San Miguel School has Thrift Store Tuesdays every last Tuesday of the month in the community center from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of used items accepted. The school is at 1949 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.

A Smart Gallery lecture will cover conservation of Wolf Vostell’s Concrete Traffic, a 1957 Cadillac covered in concrete. The lecture will be held in the parking garage at 5525 S. Ellis Ave. on Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. Call (773) 702-2368.

Sixteen-year-old year old Raven Smith, a student at the Chicago High School for the Arts, spoke about Legacy, her painting of important African-American women, during a reception at Bronzeville’s South Side Community Art Center at 3817 S. Michigan Ave. Smith said it took her two weeks to complete the painting, working at home with her canvas on the living room floor.

Soul City Church, 1150 W. Adams St., will host the Big Find, the city’s largest Easter egg hunt with more than 50,000 eggs to be found, at Mary Bartelme Park, 115 N. Sangamon St., on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. Enjoy food trucks, local vendors, prizes, candy, and the Easter Bunny. Call (312) 252-3062.

Top Ladies of Distinction, a national humanitarian and educational organization, and its Will County Black Diamond Chapter on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will host its Empowering the Entire You wellness fair at Drake Elementary School, 2710 S. Dearborn St. The fair will focus on physical, psychological, spiritual, social and financial wellness. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (773) 469-1443.

The Parthenon Marbles must return to their home in Greece. So ruled a majority of the audience, jury, and judges hearing the National Hellenic Museum’s Trial of the Parthenon Marbles March 16. The museum presented the fourth mock trial in its series before an audience of more than 800, whose votes tilted the scales of justice in favor of Greece’s claim for the marbles, which are at the British Museum in London. The decisions carry no force of law. The event brought together archaeological and legal scholars. The museum is located at 333 S. Halsted St. Call (312) 655-1234.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is presenting Natural Inclinations, social-media generated photography, beginning Friday, April 7. The gallery is located at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to

The University of Chicago Smart Museum of Art at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. hosts an exhibition of classical art, called Classicisms, now through Sunday, June 11. Call (773) 702-0200. The U of C Alumni Club’s Harper Lecture, Doctor, Did You Check My DNA Before Prescribing That, will cover using DNA technology to improve patient treatment. The event will be held Thursday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Standard Club, 3210 S. Plymouth Ct. Call (773) 702-8955.

The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Theatre and Music’s theatre camp runs Monday through Friday, July 10 through 21, and symphonic band camp runs Sunday through Saturday, July 16 through 22. The camps allow young performing artists to hone their craft with top instructors. Registration is open at Some scholarships are available through Wednesday, March 22.

See the play Life’s A Dream, a tale of political machinations and jilted lovers, through Sunday, April 9 at 1040 W. Harrison St. For information, call (3121) 996-2977.

UIC and City Colleges of Chicago have reached an agreement to guarantee admission of talented CCC students into the UIC College of Pharmacy. Beginning next fall, UIC will reserve five places each year for qualified students who intend to complete a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Village Leadership Academy, 800 S. Wells St., will present its World Scholars Program and Scholarship Gala on Saturday, April 22, at the Metropolitan Club. Enjoy food, philanthropy, and fun. Call (312) 675-0056.

Linda Warren Projects is showing work by Scot Carter and Chris D. Smith through Saturday, April 15, at 327 N. Aberdeen St., Suite 151. Call (312) 432-9500 or log on to

From now through Sunday, April 30, Washington Federal Bank is hosting a book drive to support Pilsen Community Books in promoting literacy in the community. The bank is looking for new or gently used children’s and adult books. Drop off donations at bank locations at 2869 S. Archer Ave. or 1410 W. Taylor St. Monetary donations also accepted at

West Loop Soccer Club offers co-ed and girls only soccer programs for children ages two through 12. The spring season starts Friday, April 14. All sessions will be held at Skinner Park and run by professional coaching staff. Registration now open. Call (224) 634-0504 or email

Wilson Community Center’s three-on-three basketball leagues have concluded. Orgullo Plan B won the adult league. The Hornets won the teen league. The center is at 3225 S. Racine Ave. Call (312) 747-7001.