ATN: December 2018
December 7, 2018

Bridgeport Catholic Academy held a Veterans’ Mass on Nov. 13 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church. Veterans, family members, and children participated.

By William S. Bike


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All Saints-St. Anthony Church, 518 W. 28th Pl., on Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 24, will hold a children’s Mass at 5 p.m. and midnight Mass. On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, there will be a 10 a.m. Mass. There will be a Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. Call (312) 842-2744.


Bridgeport Catholic Academy held a Veterans’ Mass on Nov. 13 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church. Veterans, family members, and children participated. The school is located at 3700 S. Lowe Ave. Call (773) 376-6223.


Aquinas Literacy Center is seeking volunteers to become tutors in teaching adults to learn English. The next tutor training workshop will be Friday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located at 1751 W. 35th St. Call (773) 927-0512 or email


Twelfth Ward Alderman George Cardenas held a raffle to give away 1,000 turkeys and food bags for 12th Ward residents to celebrate Thanksgiving.

For information on 12th Ward services, call (773) 523-8250.


Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) meetings in the 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th, and 12th districts, areas covered by Gazette Chicago, will be held:

1st District: No beat meetings in December. Call (312) 745-4381.

2nd District: No beat meetings in December. Call (312) 747-8366.

9th District: Beat 912, Wed., Dec. 12, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., St. Maurice Church Hall, 7 p.m.; Beats 913/915, Tues., Dec. 11, 3120 S. Halsted St., 9th District police station, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 925, Wed., Dec. 19, 4500 S. Wallace St., St. Gabriel Church, 6 p.m.; Beats 931/933, Thurs., Dec. 13, 1809 W. 50th St., Cornell Square Park, 6 p.m.; Beats 932/934/935, Tues., Dec. 18, 850 W. Garfield Blvd., Westhaven Senior Homes, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-3501.

10th District: No beat meetings in December. Call (312) 747-7190.

12th District: Beats 1224/1231, Wed., Dec. 12, 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago Police Academy, 7 p.m.; Beats 1231/1233, Wed., Dec. 26, 1412 S. Blue Island Ave., 12th District Station, 7 p.m.; Beats 1234/1235, Wed., Dec. 19, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., St. Pius V church basement, 7 p.m. Call (312) 746-8306.

To learn more about C.A.P.S. programs, visit the Chicago Police Districts website:, tab: Get Involved with C.A.P.S. 


The Chicago Artists Coalition has begun the SPARK Microgrant program for artists who are Asian, Latinx, Arab, African, Native American, have a disability, or are self-taught. For information, email or call (312) 491-8888 x 1004.


Chicago Children’s Theatre and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, with the support of the Chicago Community Trust, have released a public service announcement hunger awareness music video featuring the original song Serving Up Love from Chicago Children’s Theatre’s family musical Last Stop on Market Street. In the PSA, 12 real Chicago kids sort food, have fun, dance, and sing at the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s main donation and sorting facility For more information, visit or call (312) 315-3935. The theatre is at 100 S. Racine Ave.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens is holding registration for winter programs on fitness and wellness, early childhood education, arts, dance, and science. Programs and classes run January through April.

A Winter Break Camp for youngsters ages six through 13 will run from Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2 through 4.

The park will host a popcorn party on Saturday, Jan. 19, from noon to 4 p.m., and its Fire and Ice Festival on Friday, Feb. 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Youngsters can play in the indoor playground, featuring a climbing wall, playhouse, spinner, and Imagination Playground set.

The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.

Students from several universities participated in a November health fair in Chinatown at the Chinese Community Center.


The Chinese Community Center hosted a health fair recently featuring health information from students from the University of Illinois at Chicago Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy; the Illinois College of Optometry; Rush Medical College; and Northwestern University. Patients also received blood pressure, blood glucose, vision, and physical exams at no cost. The center is located at 250 W. 22nd Pl. Call (312) 225-6198.


De La Salle Institute has named Nicolette Orlando, a senior, Meteor of the Month for her motivation and enthusiasm. She is an honors student and came to De La Salle from Bridgeport Catholic Academy.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has named 18 students Illinois State Scholars: Andre Alamillo, Diego Avila, Cesar Campos, Dominic Caponera, Rebecca Chavez, Krystal Corral, Charles Gens, Denise Maldonado, Charles May, Joshua Moy, Ariane O’Shield, Ruoxuan (Tiffany) Pang, Julian Ponce de Leon, George Witowski, Caroline Wood, Katie Zanin, Citlalli Zavala, and Ricardo Zavala.

Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to


Anne Nordhaus-Bike, Gazette Chicago assistant editor, is displaying her watercolors in a solo art show at the Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 6901 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge, IL. The show is called Implied Horizons: Watercolors by Anne Nordhaus-Bike, and it opens Friday, Dec. 7, with an artist’s reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. that is free and open to the public. There will be artist’s talks on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. For information, email or call (312) 622-6029.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission named 18 De La Salle students Illinois State Scholars.


Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3116 S. Racine Ave., will hold a Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 3 p.m., and a Christmas Day service Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion. Call (773) 523-3838.


Notre Dame de Chicago Parish is holding an Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena from now through Wednesday, Dec. 12, with a Mass, reflection, and the rosary weekdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at noon. O n Wednesday, Dec. 12, there will be a 5 p.m. Las Mananitas (Marian devotion in song) and 7 p.m. bilingual Mass of the Roses. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated with a Mass at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Simbang Gabi, a Filipino Advent tradition, will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. Notre Dame Church is at 1334 W. Flournoy St. Call (312) 243-7400.


Lyric Opera of Chicago will perform Verdi’s Il Trovatore through Sunday, Dec. 9. The opera is at 20 N. Wacker Dr. Call (312) 827-5600.


A free Community Holiday ornament program with OH Art Foundation will take place on Friday, Dec. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Zhou B Art Center. Students will learn about Christmas ornaments and use paper meche techniques to create their own colorful ornaments. To secure your space sign up for free at or visit their facebook page @OH Art Foundation.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers classes, screenings, and programs for older adults and caregivers. At Rush, you will find several support groups including the Learn About Lupus Support Group, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the Diabetes Support Group, which meets every third Thursday of the month, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Both groups gather at the Tower Resource Center, 1620 W. Harrison St., Suite 04527. In addition, Rush hosts the Friends and Family of People With Memory Loss Support Group the second Monday of every month, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tower AB Dick Conference Room, 1620 W. Harrison St., Third Floor, Suite 03510. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. will host its annual winter coat drive from November through February and will distribute donations of warm clothes, sweat shirts, hoodies, sweaters, coats, gloves, caps, scarves, and mittens to those in need. Bring donations Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call (312) 225-4951.

San Miguel School sixth grade students recently visited Camp Gray, a Catholic retreat center.


Sixth grade students from San Miguel School recently visited Camp Gray, a Roman Catholic retreat center, in Wisconsin. The school is located at 1949 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a Mary and Christmas buffet and concert on Saturday, Dec. 8. Buffet at 6 p.m., concert at 7:45 p.m. with the William Ferris Chorale, champagne and pastry reception at 9 p.m.

The shrine is selling do-it-yourself Christmas cannoli kits. A box of 12 is $30. Orders are due Monday, Dec. 10. Pick up after Masses on Sunday, Dec. 16.

It also will host an Advent day of reflection and reconciliation called Advent: Easter in the Wintertime on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Richard Fragomeni, shrine rector. Cost is $25.

Log on to or call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church

Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Timothy Evans was guest speaker at the Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church on Nov. 11.

The church will hold its regular worship service at 11 a.m. the Sunday before Christmas, Dec. 23.

The church is at 600 E. 5th St. Call (312) 225-5300.


South Loop Neighbors will hold its 20th anniversary Loft Walk on Saturday, Dec. 15, noon to 5 p.m. The tour starts at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St. Volunteers still are needed, too. Email or log on to or


Barbara Ransby, a University of Illinois at Chicago historian, writer, and activist, has won the American Studies Association’s 2018 Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship, which recognizes scholars who have applied or used their scholarship for the betterment of society. Ransby has faculty appointments in African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history.

The Christian Medical Dental Association at UIC had its annual Operation Christmas Child packing party. Generous donations from students, faculty, and staff helped the CMDA fill more than 20 boxes for needy youngsters. 


Vintage Bar, 1449 W. Taylor St., is holding a Queen of Hearts Raffle drawing every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Split the pot 50/50: winner receives half, and half goes to Notre Dame de Chicago Parish. For more information, go to


Woman Made Gallery will host an art show of its member artists’ works that opens at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a reception that runs until 4 p.m. The show will feature nearly 200 pieces. The gallery is located at 2150 S. Canalport, suite #4A-3. Call (312) 738-0400 or log on to