ATN: May 2017
May 6, 2017

By William S. Bike

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens offers programs for youth and adults, including Kiddie College, which promotes learning through play.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W. Lexington St. The meetings are closed format, meaning they are only for people with drinking problems or AA members, and not for family members. Call (773) 376-9772 for more information.

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) 273TALK. For more information, contact the Illinois chapter at (312) 890-2377 or

A symposium, How to Inspire More Women and People of Color to Run for Office in Illinois and How to Help Get Them Elected, will be held Tuesday, May 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montgomery Club, 500 W. Superior St. Speakers will be Jonathan Peck, one of the authors of the book Chicago Is Not Broke, and Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day is Election Day. Cost is $25; save $7 when using the discount code NOTBROKE. Email or log on to

Fabio Moss, a 17-year-old member of the James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club at 2102 W. Monroe St., was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s 2017 Youth of the Year. Moss received $11,000 in scholarships, airline tickets, a Microsoft Surface Pro laptop, and four tick- ets to see the White Sox. For information about the club, log on to

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

Bridgeport Catholic Academy eighth grader Lexi Anaya won the third place award in Congressman Daniel Lipinski’s All American Boy and Girl of the Year competition, based on her academic achievements, community service, and extracurricular activities. The school is located at 3700 S. Lowe Ave. Call (773) 376-6223.

After months of coordination be- tween Alderman George Cardenas, the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management, and the government of Mexico, the City donated a fully equipped ambulance to the municipality of Capul- huac, benefiting more than 30,000 residents. Cardenas recently visited Burroughs Elementary School, 3542 S. Washtenaw Ave., with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Cardenas’s office is at 3476 S. Archer Ave. Call (773) 523-8250.

Career Transitions Center of Chicago, which helps unemployed professionals get back to work, will hold its eighth annual Passport To Taste fundraiser on Thursday, May 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ovation, 2324 W. Fulton St. David Crum Baugh will receive the Legacy Award, and Don Allerton, Harry Sheehy, and Tony Volpe will receive the Mimi Letchinger Volunteer Award. There also will be a silent auction. Tickets are $100 each. Email for more information.

The Chicago Park District will offer Heroes Summer Day Camps Monday, June 26, through Friday, Aug. 4, and Monday, Aug. 7, through Friday, Aug. 18. Log on to day-camp/.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens has a new center director, Talonna Sharp. She formerly was cultural program coordinator for the Chicago Park District’s South Shore Cultural Center. She also is in charge of Daniel Webster Park, Fred Anderson Park, Coliseum Park, and Battle of Fort Dearborn Park. The Women’s Park Advisory Council will meet the Tuesdays of June 13, July 25, Aug. 22, Oct. 10, and Dec. 5. The park offers programs for youth and adults, including Kiddie College, which promotes learning through play; bridge club on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m., now through June 23; and fitness and wellness activities. The Women’s Park is located at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.

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 Youth International Arts Festival features visual arts, music, dance, and voice. There will be a two-week arts workshop for ages 12 to 18; a youth competition, master classes, and performances; and a final gala performance for ages seven to 18. The festival will be held Monday, July 17, through Saturday, July 29. Registration is Thursday, June 15, and a $100 early bird discount is available until Monday, May 15. Call (773) 796-4308, email info@cyee. org, or log on to

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will kick off summer programming along the Chicago Riverwalk during a day-long celebration on Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at approximately 112 E. Wacker Dr. The celebration will preview summer programming to be offered along the riverfront through October. Activities include Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tours, parades with puppets, fishing, music, cruises, and a pyrotechnic display. For more information about the Chicago Riverwalk and a complete schedule of events, visit

Children of Peace Catholic School will host an open house Wednesday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. Call (312) 243-8186.

Corpus Christi Church will hold its annual spring luncheon fundraiser, which celebrates Corpus Christi’s role in the Great Chicago Migration, on Sunday, May 21, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Dr. The afternoon will feature entertainment, music, an auction, and a tribute to four honorees. Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children. Contact the parish office at (773) 285-7720,, or for reservations and information about the souvenir ad book. The church is at 4920 S. King Dr.

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. The office is at 310 S. Peoria St.

The De La Salle Institute has an- nounced its Meteors of the Month for the first quarter. Honored for January were freshman Emily Mc- Manus (Canaryville) and senior Kyrie Agee (Near West Side). Feted for February were senior Arianna Canales (Scottsdale) and junior Xichu Chen (Bridgeport). Lauded for March were senior Maya Villareal (Bridgeport) and freshman Jonathan Valenzuela (Bridgeport). The school now offers boys’ lacrosse at the junior varsity level. De La Salle will offer academic and sports campus Monday, June 19, through Thursday, July 20. Call (3120 *42-7355, ext. 147. De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.

The Stephen A. Douglas Association will observe the 156th anniversary of U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas’s death on Saturday, June 3, at the Douglas Monument and Tomb, 636 E. 35th St. Graham A. Peck, professor of history at St. Xavier University, will speak. For more information, log on to

Everyone Reading Illinois, an organization that helps dyslexics, will offer a workshop on strategies for teachers to teach reading and spelling of high-frequency words to dyslexics on Saturday, May 6, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 799 Roosevelt Rd., building 3, in Glen Ellyn, IL. Call (630) 469-6900.

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

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will host the little Movers Summer Camp featuring dance, motor skills, and creative movement training. Call (312) 850-9744 ext. 193 or log on to

The play Ten Dollar House, a story of love and historic preservation, will be performed at the Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m. Log on to https://www.glessnerhouse. org/tickets/ten-dollar-house.

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.
PARK TOURS Friends of the Parks is teaming up with Jane’s Walk to offer park and neighborhood tours on Saturday, May 6. Learn more at https://fotp. org/janes-walk/.

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D- 3rd) is chairing a professional women’s luncheon entitled A Little Black Dress, which will honor Shirley Williams of South Park Baptist Church on Tuesday, July 25, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Chicago Grand Ballroom, 6531 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The Tim Branch Jazz Band will perform. Tickets are $42 payable to the Institute for Positive Living, 435 E 35th St., 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60616. Proceeds will go to the Pioneer Gardens Affordable Living Facility at 3800 S. King Dr. Call (312) 877-6289.

The Love, Health, & Wealth campaign provides tools, education, and resources 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 tsmith.cmcl. Smith is a motivational speaker, direct sales professional, and community activist.

UIC mascot Sparky Jr. meets with admitted students at UIC Ignite, an event to introduce incoming students and their families to the campus.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2017 list of 100 Great Hospitals in America. According to Becker’s, hospitals on the list are leaders in innovation, quality patient care, and clinical research. Increase movement and eliminate pain and stiffness through transformational movement lessons for vitality and anti-aging at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. Learn to move with more freedom and enhance mental clarity, concentration, and creativity with help from the Movement Strategies organization, which is offering six lessons for $75 or $15 each, Thursday, May 11, through Thursday, June 15. To register, call Virginia Picken at (312) 933-8860. The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit or call (312) 567-2000.

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents My Fair Lady through Sunday, May 21, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Call (312) 827-5600.

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 W. 99th St., will hold sports, academic, and fine arts summer camps. Log on to www.

Merit School of Music honored arts and education patrons Joe and Madeline Glossberg and jazz great Ramsey Lewis at the school’s gala on May 4. The school is located at 38 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 786-9428 or log on to

The fifth annual Midtown Educational Foundation Soiree will be held Friday, May 19, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. Tickets are $100. Enjoy live music, food, an open bar, and a raffle. Log on to

Movies will be shown in Millennium Park on Tuesday nights at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., at dusk. The June lineup is the Blues Brothers, June 13; Caddyshack, June 20; and Julie and Julia, June 27.

The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., will offer a fiveday summer camp about ancient Greece Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 10 through 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to children age four through 14, the camp will cover archeology, grid mapping, Greek phrases, and Greek pottery design. Email or call (312) 655-1234.

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will host the tenth annual Tommy Lasorda Open golf outing on Monday, June 19, at the River Forest Country Club, 15 W 648 E. Grand Ave., Elmhurst, IL. The hall is located at 1431 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 226-5566.

Northerly Island Park will host family fishing the Saturdays of May 6, 13, and 20 and June 3, 10, and 17. Call (312) 656-3852. The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

Landings is an eight-week program for returning and inactive Catholics that offers a place for listening and for being heard, asking questions, and reconnecting with faith as an adult. The next session begins at Old St. Mary’s Parish, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., in May. Con- tact or phone (312) 922-3444 for more information. Preregistration is required.

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino will be held Friday through Sunday, June 16 through 18 at 2500 S. Oakley Ave. Log on to

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 www. About 1,700 admitted students and their family members recently visited campus for the fourth annual UIC Ignite to see what their UIC experience could be like.
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s air, water, earth Environmental Science Summer Youth Camp is a three-week day camp that teaches science by integrating classroom activities and outdoor experiences. It is designed for campers entering sixth and seventh grades this fall. Session 1 is Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 28. Session 2 is Monday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 18. Register by Wednesday, May 31 to save. For more information and to register, visit or call (312) 355-0423.

Sean Phillips Soccer Campus for boys and girls ages 4 to 14 will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Call (312) 848-6106 or log on to

Winners of the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award will receive certificates and read their poems in a ceremony in Springfield, IL.

Public Narrative, 600 S. Michigan Ave., offers courses in various loca- tions on topics including social media, communication plans, pod- casting, search engine optimization and analytics. Call (312) 369-6400.

Recovery on Water is a rowing team for breast cancer patients and survivors. The team practices several times per week at the Eleanor Boathouse, 2828 S. Eleanor St. Contact Kathleen Behner at or (773) 620-3258.

Rush Hour Concerts, under the helm of the International Music Foundation, will present a classical music summer series in St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., on Tuesdays, June 6 through Aug. 29, The series features live chamber music from the baroque era to the 21st century; each session begins with a pre-concert beverage reception at 5:15 p.m. in the cathedral foyer, followed by a 30-minute concert at 5:45 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required.

Second Presbyterian Church will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the church on Sunday, June 4, The church was chartered on June 1, 1842. The congregation will give thanks for its legacy of community service with a special service of rededication at 11 a.m. The Second Church Quartet will sing, and Pastor David Neff will preach. All former members and friends are invited to this special worship service. For more information, see the church website www.2ndpresbyterian. org Second Presbyterian Church is a National Historic Landmark at 1936 S. Michigan Ave.

The Strut into Summer Fashion Show, proceeds of which go to the Chicago Neighbors United organization to help needy children, will be held Sunday, May 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Joe’s on Weed, 940 W. Weed St. Chicago Neighbors United is located at 910 W. Van Buren St., Suite 219. For information, email

Online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep are available. Log on to /stignatius/tour/. A jubilee reunion will welcome alumni from all classes from 1966 and earlier on Friday, May 26. Events start with a 9:45 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, followed by a reception and lunch at 11 a.m. in the Grand Gallery and Brunswick Room. William J. Parrillo of the Class of 1946 will be honored with the Alumni Award for excellence in business. Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 4215900 or log on to

Those shoes you no longer want are needed to fight global poverty. Washington Federal Bank is collecting new and gently used shoes to support Soles 4 Souls from now through Wednesday, May 31, at the banks at 2869 S. Archer Ave and 1410 W. Taylor St. Soles 4 Souls collects shoes to send to victims of poverty around the world.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., reports its main sound system no longer works and its plumbing needs maintenance. If you or someone you know can help, contact the church at (773) 747-6458.

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.

San Miguel School will host a golf benefit at the Crystal Tree Golf Course, 10700 W. 153rd St., Orland Park, IL, on Monday, June 12. The school has Thrift Store Tues- days the last Tuesday of every month in the community center from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations welcome. Call (773) 890-0233. The school is located at 1954 W. 48th St.

Santa Lucia School dedicated and renamed its assembly hall and cafeteria for longtime former teacher and principal Geraldine Maratea on April 9. The school is at 3017 S. Wells St. Call (312) 326-1839.

Chicago will host youth soccer camps at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Register at www.

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 a session on Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For information, email Historic2ndchurch@ or call (800) 657-0687. The church offers free tutoring for students in grades two through eight. Tutors are needed on Wed- nesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, see the church website at or call (312) 225-4951.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will feature Piazza Pompeii Italiano featuring antipasto, Italian bread, frittatas, pizza, cannoli, and baked goods in the hall after both Masses on Sunday, May 21. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is hosting the show Natural Inclinations with works by seven artists through Sunday, May 28. The gallery is located at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522.

All Saints-St. Anthony Parish at 518 West 28th Place will host its annual Yard Sale-Block Party on Sunday, June 11, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be food, a bake sale, raffle tickets, raffle prizes, DJ, and kids corner.

The Flight for Life-McHenry Safety Committee honored Vertiport Chicago, a helicopter port at 1339 S. Wood St., with its Partners in Safety Award. Vertiport provides a landing site for Flight for Life and other medical helicopters bringing patients to local hospitals. Call (877) 902-9292.

Entry forms are available for the 13th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award run by Secretary of State Jesse White. The competition is open to Illinois residents 18 and older, and entries must be postmarked by Friday, June 30. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, and winners will read their poems at a ceremony in Springfield, IL. For information, call (217) 558-2065 or email

Wilson Park, 1122 W. 34th Pl., offers programs for youngsters that run through Thursday, June 1. Call (312) 747-7002.

The World Heritage International Student Exchange Program seeks representatives to recruit and screen prospective host families for exchange students, supervise foreign students, and interview American students who wish to live abroad. Call (949) 342-1777 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