ATN: January 2018
January 4, 2018

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and Plumbers Local Union 130 UA are looking for applicants for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Queen Contest.

By William S. Bike

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The AARP Foundation Experience Corps will hold volunteer information sessions on Thursday, Jan. 18, Friday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 23. Call (877) 926-8300.

AA MEETINGS

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 for people with drinking problems or AA members only, and not for family members. Call (773) 376-9772 for more information.

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/.

OPEN HOUSE

Bridgeport Catholic Academy, 3700 S. Lowe Ave., will have an open house on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. School registration also will begin then. For information, call (773) 376-6223.

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.

BIRTHDAY SUIT

Three children explore how to deal with hurtful words about skin color in My Wonderful Birthday Suit! at Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave. Performances are Tuesday, Jan. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18. Call (773) 227-0180.

BASKETBALL GAMES

Join Chicago Hope Academy for boys’ and girls’ basketball games Friday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m., 2641 W. Harrison St. See chicagohopeacademy.org.

HOST A BOOK MEETING

Editor Tom Tresser, who published the book Chicago Is Not Broke, is asking people to host a “book meeting in a box” at their homes. He will send ten books to you plus a discussion guide. You invite people to your home and either give or sell them the book. He supplies a link to a pre-recorded personalized video introduction that you play for the attendees. If you bring those folks back together after they read the book, Tresser will join that gathering via a live video chat. Contact Tresser at (312) 804-3230 or tom@civiclab.us.

FREE FITNESS WEEK

The Chicago Park District offers the opportunity to work out for free, Sunday, Jan. 8, through Saturday, Jan. 14. See www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY QUEEN

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and Plumbers Local Union 130 UA are looking for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Queen. Any girl of Irish ancestry, never married, between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, is eligible. Deadline for applications is Monday, Jan. 8. The Queen Contest will be held in the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., on Sunday, Jan. 14. The parade and river dyeing will be held Saturday, March 17. For information, log on to chicagostpatricksdayparade.org or email queencontest@gmail.com.

ASK YOUR MAMA

Chicago Sinfonietta presents the Chicago premiere of Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman’s Ask Your Mama for its Martin Luther King tribute concert. The group performs Ask Your Mama twice: North Central College, Naperville, IL, Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m., and Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are from $10 to $62; special $10 pricing is available for students and children. For tickets, call (312) 284-1554 or log on to www.chicagosinfonietta.org/mlk.

CHICAGO WOMEN’S PARK EVENTS

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. will host adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs from Monday, Jan. 8, through the week of March 12. Log on to http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Chicago-Womens-Park-and-Gardens.   

Fit4Mom Stroller Strides is a workout moms can do with their babies at the park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Log on to chicagoloop.fit4mom.com.

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.

FIRE AND ICE

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., will host the Fire and Ice Festival Friday, Jan. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy woodcraft, astronomy, a bonfire, and ice skating. Call (312) 742-3918.

More than 30 De La Salle Institute student-athletes made the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

DE LA SALLE NEWS

The Girls Catholic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team named 34 De La Salle Institute students to its ranks for excellence in the classroom: Evelyn Aguayo, Taylor Amison, Jailyn Benford, Rebecca Chavez, Kaitlin Cook, Rachael Curington, Jayleen Del Valle, Aaminah Dishman, Kailey Dogins, Taylor Duddleston, Niyah Edmond, Adriana Garcia, Madison Gagen, Juliana Hernandez, Isabella LaCoco, Denise Maldonado, Arianna Mena, Adeline Molloy, Daniella Nino, Dinah Ortiz, Nyiah Penny, Imani Phillips, Isabel Rocha, Emily Rogers, Lucy Schiller, Yasmine Simpson, Madelyn Smith, Amanda Sparano, Makenzie Steele, Adeline Tassone, Breana Wayne, Kaiya Wheaten, Christine Williams, and Citlalli Zavala.

Adam Chavarria is the new president of the school’s alumni association, succeeding Steve Burrows.

Two De La Salle students won honors in the 2017 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative essay contest on the theme “What My Father Means to Me.” Junior Qwayland McGowan finished first in the Father Figure category, writing about Keithston Ferguson. Sophomore Kameron Lyles finished first in the Grandfather category, writing about Robert Lyles.

Two members of the De La Salle girls volleyball team were chosen to the All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Division Team: senior right side Taylor Duddleston and freshman Francesca Bertucci.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission designated 17 De La Salle students as 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars: seniors Dakota Biliskov, Aaron Galka, Gabriel Garcia, Tiffiny Haepp, Simon Hernandez, Shaun LeVine, Max Masquelier, Brittany Miller, Nataly Montiel, Reeanna Nyden, Christine Pierre, Yan Sun, Kevin Wang, Charles Webber, Cameron White, Grace Wozniak, and Hankai Xing.

Members of the football team chosen to the 2017 All-Chicago Catholic League Green Division First Team were offensive/defensive lineman Nick Boehm, linebacker Joseph Bonds, tight end/defensive end Mike Coates, linebacker Dominee Daniels, defensive end Steven Hawthorne, wide receiver Frank Ramundo, and quarterback Robert Simental.

De La Salle recently held its first grammar school writing contest. Seventh and eighth grade students from seven Catholic grammar schools wrote on working for justice. The winners were: first place, Aimee Cruz, St. Thomas of Canterbury; second place, Julian Munoz, St. Daniel the Prophet; third place, Samantha Muth, St. Christina; fourth place, Daniel Grobla, St. Daniel the Prophet; and fifth place, Vivian Nguyen, St. Thomas of Canterbury.

The Chicago Bears honored football coach Mike Boehm at a game in December as the Papa John’s coach of the week.

De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.

FREE DAYS

The Field Museum will offer free basic admission on Monday, Jan. 15: Saturday, Jan. 27; and Sunday, Jan. 28; as well as throughout the month of February. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to www.fieldmuseum.org.

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Emerald City Theatre’s production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ runs through Sun., Jan. 7, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. This comic take on the classic poem features a couple of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent. Tickets start at $17.50. Call (773) 529-2690 or log on to www.emeraldcitytheatre.com.

LEGAL DEFENSE

First Defense Legal Aid, 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody, informs people of their rights, and organizes volunteers to help.

For more information, call (773) 434-4162.

DONATIONS WELCOME

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.

GREEKTOWN SHUTTLE

Greektown Chicago offers a free Greektown shuttle to Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks home games. For information and locations log on to www.greektownchicago.org.

OPEN HOUSE

Intercultural Montessori Language School will have an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The school has two locations. Call (312) 265-1514.

MARKET NEWS

Maxwell Street Market, Des-plaines and Taylor Streets, is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays, year round.

MCKINLEY PARK NEWS

The McKinley Park Dog Park Committee meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the McKinley Park Fieldhouse. Email mckinleydogpark@gmail.com.

The park is at 37th Street and Archer Avenue.

MERCY HOSPITAL NEWS

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center hosts classes and groups including Yoga for You, the Sarcoma Support Group, Transformational Movement, and Eat Right Every Bite.

The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit www.mercy-chicago.org or call (312) 567-2000.

MERIT NEWS

Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., invites children and their parents or caregivers to gather the second Monday of every month at 11 a.m. for a free Storytime early childhood music class. Next date is Jan. 8.

Merit is located at 38 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 786-9428.

NORTHERLY ISLAND NEWS

Northerly Island Polar Adventure Days will be held the Saturdays of Jan. 20 and Feb. 24, noon to 4 p.m. Event is free. Parking is $3. Enjoy tours, animals birds, treats, and a raffle.

Archery classes for youth, adults, and families will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through March 22.

Northerly Island is located at 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

WINTER WONDERFEST

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., hosts its 17th annual Winter WonderFest, which presents a 170,000-square-foot holiday-themed winter playground with more than 25 rides featuring music, indoor ice skating, hang gliding, a ropes obstacle course, inflatable slides, carnival rides, an indoor Ferris wheel, a create-a-cookie cottage, and a reindeer express train ride. The fest runs through Sun, Jan. 7. Admission prices range from $12 for children to $27 for adults for all rides and activities. Call (800) 595-7437 or visit www.navypier.com.

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.

Photo courtesy Public Narrative
Public Narrative offers courses on social media, communication plans, podcasting, search engine optimization, and analytics.

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.

RUSH GENERATIONS

Rush Generations a health and aging program, offers many classes and programs. Interested in increasing flexibility and range of motion? Try gentle yoga on Thursdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 26. Cost: $40. Worried about falling this winter? Attend “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” on Mondays, Jan. 22 to March 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $30. And if you’d like to learn how to build skills and gain confidence in managing your health, join Rush Generations on Wednesdays, Jan. 31 to March 7, 9 to 11:30 a.m., for the free workshop “Take Charge of Your Health.” All are offered at Rush at the Johnson R. Bowman Health Center, 710 S. Paulina St. To reserve your spot, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

OPEN HOUSE/BOOK FAIR

St. Barbara Catholic School, 2859 S. Throop St., will have an open house and book fair on Sunday, Jan. 28. Call (312) 326-6243.

SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS

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

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

St. Jerome School sixth-grade girls’ volleyball players finished in first place in a recent tournament held at De La Salle Institute.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

St. Jerome School sixth graders and Walsh School captured the gold and silver bracket championships at the annual De La Salle Institute fifth and sixth grade girls’ volleyball tournament. Teams came from Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Our Lady of Grace, St. Andrew, St. Barbara, St. Gabriel, St. Jerome, St. John the Baptist, St. Richard, Sheridan School, and Walsh School. All-tournament most valuable player was Gabriella Passarelli from St. Jerome, located at 2810 S. Princeton Ave. Walsh School is at 2015 S. Peoria St.

OPEN HOUSE

St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., will have an open house on Sunday, Jan. 28. The school is at 2801 S. Princeton Ave. Call (312) 842-7668.

ST. MATTHEW NEWS

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, offers family counseling, including pre-marriage classes and marriage counseling. The soup kitchen welcomes gifts of cups, paper products, plates, silverware, napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. Call (773) 847-6458.

ST. THERESE NEWS

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School (STCCS) is continuing its efforts to protect student, staff, and family safety. In November, it hosted an after-school self-defense class for students in grades three through eight; in December, it held self-defense classes for young adult siblings of students, graduates of STCCS, and parents in the community. The school is located at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837.

Santa Lucia School will honor fifth grade teacher Margaret Piegari, who will retire in June, at its February 10 fundraiser.

LEAD WITH YOUR HEART

Santa Lucia School, 3017 S. Wells St., will host its Lead with Your Heart fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $75 per person and include an open bar along with raffle baskets, a money raffle, and paddle raises. All money raised supports the school. The event will honor fifth grade teacher Margaret Piegari, who has taught at the school for more than 38 years and will retire in June. Call (312) 326-1839.

2ND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWS

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., hosts its annual winter coat drive during January. Donations of warm socks, coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, gloves, scarves, caps, and mittens are welcome. Bring your items to the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call the church office at (312) 225-4951 or see the church website at www.2ndpresbyterian.org

SHRINE NEWS

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is looking for liturgical and cultural event volunteers. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

UIC INFORMATION

The University of Illinois at Chicago Flames men’s basketball team in January will play home games against Green Bay on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.; Milwaukee, Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.; Oakland, Monday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.; and IUPUI, Saturday, Jan 27, at 3 p.m. The women’s team will play Thursday, Jan. 11, vs. Oakland, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 13, vs. Detroit Mercy, 3 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 15, vs. Milwaukee, 1 p.m. Games are at the UIC Pavilion at Harrison Street and Racine Avenue. Call (312) 413-8421.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at UIC is showing Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom Summer School, a collaborative exhibition by artists, educators, and students that explores transformation of public school space amidst the backdrop of depopulation, divestment, and school closures on the West Side. The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

SAFE ZONE

Meeting online buyers or sellers in person now is a little safer for both UIC personnel and the general public, thanks to the University of Illinois at Chicago Police. The department opened its district station front lobby to the public as a Safe Exchange Zone, where people can carry out legal swaps, sales, or purchases on campus as well as make child custody exchanges. Open 24 hours, the area has video surveillance and a seating area. The station is located at 943 W. Maxwell St., and parking is available.

ZOO FOR YOU

Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting the ZooLights winter festival, featuring 2.5 million lights nightly through Sun. Jan. 7. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Ice skate at the rink in the Farm in the Zoo, welcoming skaters of all ages, now through Sun., Feb. 25 (select days). For dates and times, check website. Admission is $5; skate rental is $5 per pair. Warm up afterward in the main barn with special refreshments. The zoo is located at 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Call (312) 742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org.