Aug 30, 2018

BAPA Beverly Area Planning Association

August 30, 2018
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BAPA Update

Sip & Shop 2 is Sept. 20. Join us for a Girls Night Out, Thurs., Sept. 20 for the 2nd annual Sip & Shop. BAPA has partnered with the 19th Ward office of Ald. Matt O’Shea and the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association for a night of shopping, sales, tastings and demonstrations at businesses on 99th and 103rd Streets. Shopping is from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning at Calabria Imports, 1905 W. 103rd St., followed by a BYOB after party from 9 to 11 p.m. on Walden Pkwy. $10 in advance or $15 at the door. First 250 registrants will receive a souvenir wine tote. Tickets and info.

Show-Off Your Favorite Neighborhood. Beverly/Morgan Park will be among the city neighborhoods to be featured on the Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago. The citywide event will bring more than 1,000 visitors to tour several local sites on Sat., Oct. 13 and Sun., Oct. 14. BAPA is partnering with CAC to showcase the community and to help recruit volunteers for our Open House Chicago sites. Help us show off our community! Learn more and sign up online.

Business Mentors at BAPA. SCORE mentor Kevin Scanlan is available to provide information on all aspects of opening or improving a small business in meetings at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St., Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Appointments are required and can be made at the SCORE website. Far South Community Development Corporation (FSCDC) offers appointments at BAPA to help small businesses with business accounting and business plans. To schedule an appointment with a FSCDC counselor, call BAPA, 773-233-3100 or email

Send Your Organization’s Events to BAPA’s Online Community Calendar. Email calendar events to

Community Meet & Greet. Marquette Bank presents an evening of conversation and networking with local businesses and professionals, Thurs., Sept. 13, 4:30 to 6 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 1987 W. 111th St.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Free. All are welcome. Free parking is available in the lot (enter on Longwood Dr.) Reservations encouraged. Karen Truitt, Marquette Bank, 708-423-4302 ext. 2611.

Raise a Glass to Open Outcry’s First Birthday

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Open Outcry Brewing Company, 10934 S. Western, will host a 1st Anniversary and Barrel Aged Beer Release Party, Fri., Aug. 31, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The brewery invites friends and neighbors to raise a glass in honor of the occasion. Three different Journeyman Distillery Barrel Aged beers will be tapped throughout the day. Info.

Final Food Truck Friday

Wrap up this year’s summer of Food Truck Fridays with a wrap from The Corner Farmacy, Fri., Aug. 31, 5 to 8 p.m., Cork and Kerry, 10614 S. Western. It’s the final day of beer and food trucks in the garden so be sure to stop by for a veggie burger or chipotle salad. Info.

Sundays at the Farmers Market

Shop for fresh produce, breads, treats, prepared foods, flowers and more at the 95th Street Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through the end of October in the parking lot at 95th Street and Longwood Dr. Each week, enjoy live music, face painting and a children’s activity 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., as well as information on local organizations in the community tent. Sun., Sept. 2, 8 to 9 a.m., enjoy a complimentary yoga class for all ages with an instructor from Light House Wellness and Yoga (bring a mat), followed by music by Joel Barr. On Sept, 9, One Tail at a Time will bring dogs available for adoption, Morgan Park Sports Center will host yoga, and Beverly Branch Library will offer crafts for the kids. Save the dates: Local chef Alvin Green will host a cooking demonstration using ingredients from the market on Sun., Sept. 16, and Ald. Matt O’Shea and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will be going away free oak saplings at the market on Sept. 30; saplings must be ordered in advance here. Find market details on Facebook.

Midnight Circus to Perform at Ridge Park

Come one, come all to Midnight Circus in the Park, Sat., Sept. 29 and Sun., Sept. 30, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Tickets are now on sale for two shows each day, 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. The Midnight Circus will dazzle audiences with an array of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists, and even a dog in its Little Big Top, and it will raise funds for improvements at Ridge Park. Tickets: $22; children ages two and younger free; group discounts available. Buy tickets now. Read more in The Beverly Review.

Registration Open for Fall Art Classes

The Vanderpoel Art Association, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., is offering two art classes this fall. A 7-week course covering basic drawing, cartooning and sequential art is open for students in grades 4 through 8, Saturdays beginning Sept. 22, morning and afternoon sessions. Class limited to 15 students. Info and registration. An 8-week oil and acrylic/pastel painting class for beginners and intermediates who want to improve their techniques is open to adults age 16 and over, Fridays beginning Oct. 20. Info and registration, Didier Nolet, 773-470-7833 or

Cut the Cost of Utility Bills

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will host two free clinics to help 19th Ward residents save money on utility bills, Thurs., Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Mon., Sept. 24, 6 to 8 p.m., 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western. Representatives from CUB will give consumers information on how to spot unnecessary charges on natural gas, electric and phone bills, and provide information on energy efficiency programs and rebates that can help people cut their utility bills. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Call CUB, 312-263-4282, ext. 111, or email using the subject line Chicago 9/24.

50 Years – 50 Families Exhibit Opening

50 Years – 50 Families, an exhibit of photos by Diego Martirena, will highlight families who have had an impact on the BAC. Opening reception Sun., Sept. 9. 5, 2 to 4 p.m., Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Exhibit continues through Nov. 4. Free. 773-445-3838. Info.

Rock Your Socks Off

Chicago’s greatest Rolling Stones tribute band Rocks Off is performing at Cork and Kerry, 10614 S. Western, on Sun., Sept. 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate Labor Day with a cold brew while rocking out to classics. Who said you can’t always get what you want? Info.

Labor Day with Imago Dei

Imago Dei, 10511 S. Oakley, invites neighbors to a Labor Day picnic, Mon., Sept. 3, noon to 4 p.m., Kennedy Park, 11320 S. Western Ave. Hot dogs and burgers will be served. All are welcome. Info: Pastor Tom Kubiak, 773-609-3135 or

LCMH Recognized as a Best Hospital

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2018-19 in both Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. More information about Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Artists Invited to Apply for Art Competition

Applications are now being accepted for the 42nd Annual BAC Art Competition and Exhibition at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Open to artists from within 100 miles of Chicago, the juried competition features a variety of media and offers $5,000 in cash prizes. Application deadline: Oct. 15. Exhibit opening: Nov. 10. Details and applications: 773-445-3838.

Registration Open for 10th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot

Registration is now open for the 10th annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk, presented by CIBC Bank, on Sat., Nov. 24, 9 a.m. at Christ the King School, 9240 S. Hoyne Ave. Participants will run or walk the beautiful tree-lined streets of North Beverly. Proceeds benefit the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation. Runners and walkers of all ages and levels can register now for the 5K run or walk, or untimed Family Walk. Register before Nov. 1 to receive Beverly Hills Turkey Trot hooded sweatshirt.

 Put This in Your Calendar . . .

The Ostrega-Uhl Project presents A Duo Recital, Fri., Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Violinist Brian Ostrega and pianist Stephen Paul Uhl will perform the music of Mozart, Schubert, Shostakovich and Rimsky Korsakov. Free. All are welcome. Info 312-747-9673.

9/11 Remembrance & First Responders Appreciation Breakfast, Tues., Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. Beverly Bank and Trust, 10258 S. Western. First responders are invited for a free breakfast and flag ceremony in remembrance of 9/11 at 8:46 a.m. by members of the Chicago Fire and Chicago Police departments. Info: Margie O’Connell, 773-239-2265

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church is hosting a Household Electronics and Hazardous Waste Collection, Sat., Oct. 6, 8:30 to 11 a.m.., Morgan Park Methodist Church parking lot, 11030 S. Longwood Dr.

School Calendar

Kellogg Back to School Night, Thurs., Aug. 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt. 773-535-2590.

Sutherland Back to School Bash, Thurs., Aug. 30, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Sutherland School, 10015 S. Leavitt. 773-535-2580.

Clissold Open House and Sno Cone Social, Thurs., Aug. 30, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Clissold School, 2350 W. 110th Pl. 773-535-2560.

St. Barnabas Men’s Club 6th Annual Men’s Club Golf Outing to benefit the 8th Grade Continuing Catholic Education Scholarship fund at St. Barnabas School, Fri., Aug. 31, Water’s Edge Golf Course, 7205 W. 115th St. Noon check in, 1 p.m. shotgun start. $130/person includes golf cart, lunch and buffet dinner. Reservations and info Joe Esselman, 312-375-5580 or

Kellogg School LSC Meeting, Thurs., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Kellogg School Library, 9241 S. Leavitt. Info 773-535-2590.

Back to School Movie in the Park, “The Incredibles,” Fri., Sept. 7, dusk, Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt. Free. Info: 917-543-7597.

Registration open for the Mother McAuley High School “Fore the Macs – Playing if Forward” annual golf outing raising funds for student scholarships, Thurs., Sept. 27, Ridge Country Club. Registration.

In the News . . .

$7 Million Renovation Planned for 95th and Western. Read more in The Patch.

$2.6 million won in St. Cajetan Queen of Hearts drawing. Read more in The Beverly Review.

Photos from this year’s Y-Me Softball Tournament. Read more in The Patch.

Maple Tree Inn damaged by fire. Read more in The Beverly Review.

BAC to host annual Brewsfest. Read more in The Beverly Review.

MPA earns state ranking. Read more in The Beverly Review.

Community Calendar

Recycling Pick-Up

Week of Sept. 2: West of Western

Community Calendar

Registration continues through the week of Sept. 10 for the fall session of BAC School of the Arts classes in a variety of performance and visual arts media and for all ages at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Schedule available at the BAC or online. Info: 773-445-3838.

Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are invited to a free support group, Tues., Sept. 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Seating is limited; reservations required. Info and reservations: 773-474-7300 or

Singers, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform for an appreciative audience, Tues., Sept. 4, 7 to 10 p.m., Smith Village Community Center, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Refreshments will be served. Free. Info and sign-up, Debbie Parks, 773-574-9727 or

“City Lights,” the classic silent film starring Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp, will be screened Wed., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St. Screening includes a Buster Keaton comedy short. $6 ($5 for BAC members). BACinema tickets and info.

Aug 23, 2018

Red Tide - Southwest Florida

I went down to the beach today in Sarasota and Bradenton.  Terrible odor, dead fish, virtually no people at the beach.  The air was oppressive and caused eye and respiratory irritation. An environmental disaster.  Major impacts on tourism and homes on the beach.

Clearly a call for major action to improve the environment.  And the elected officials who let this happen should suffer the consequences.

As a nation we have made major advances in improving our environment.  When I was a young man our air and water quality were terrible. We looked at the flames and soot emerging from our blast furnaces in south Chicago and saw prosperity. Polluted rivers were a caust,

I was part of the environmental improvements made in the 70's and 80's and 90's.  We spend an enormous amount of money to control our air and water pollution and for the most part succeeded. And travelling to poor countries is illuminating - the air and water quality are often terrible.

But the red tide is a an example that we still have a long way to go.

The beaches are deserted.