By William S. Bike
Editor’s note: At press time, future events listed in Around the Neighborhood still were scheduled, but changes are happening on a daily basis due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Check websites or call before going out in case organizers have postponed or canceled events.
A new pharmacy, Bridgeport Neighborhood Pharmacy, has opened at 3303 S. Halsted St. in the Knapp Medical Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call (773) 940-2000.
Chicago Police at the request of Alderman Patrick D. Thompsonhave installed an observation camera at the corner of Lyman and Lock Streets to combat drag racing and traffic violations.
Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens will offer arts and crafts on Tuesdays, April 6 through June 8, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., for nine- through 12-year-olds; story time and crafts on Wednesdays, April 7 through June 9, 1 to 1:45 p.m. for four- and five-year-olds; and fun and games Thursdays, April 8 through June 10, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. for nine- through 12-year-olds. Register at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/chicago-womens-park-gardens.
The park advisory council’s annual election meeting will be held Tuesday, April 13, at 6:45 p.m. Email [email protected] for more details.
The park has added an Amazon locker for easy and safe pickup of Amazon deliveries.
The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave.
Children of Peace School with the help of Stan’s Donuts is doing a pre-order fundraiser from now through Tuesday, May 4. Pick-up is from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at the school. Place your order at https://foodtruck.pub/?id=5461. The school is at 1900 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 243-8186.
HELP FROM CITY
The City of Chicago offers free income tax form preparation help to families earning less than $57,000 annually.To schedule an appointment call (312) 588-6900 or log on to www.taxprepchicago.org.
The City offers two programs to help people replace lead water pipe service lines. People who want to hire a contractor to remove the lines can apply for the Homeowner-Initiated Program, in which the City will waive permit fees, and City crews will attach the new service line to the water main and give the homeowner a free water meter for the contractor to install. The Equity Program allows homeowners to get a service line replacement and water meter for free if they meet certain criteria, including income and amount of lead in water. Log on to www.leadsafechicago.org/lead-service-line-replacement.
DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute will hold open houses Monday through Thursday, April 19 through 22. Tours begin at 4 and 5 p.m.
On the Wednesdays of April 14 and 28 and May 5 and 19, De La Salle will host school tours at 9, 10, and 11 a.m.
De La Salle will host a Zoom open house on Tuesday, April 27, at 6 p.m.
De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.
Thanks to a partnership among Esperanza Health Centers, Enlace Chicago, Latinos Progresando, and the City’s Protect Chicago Plus program, Esperanza is administering vaccines at Enlace Chicago’s headquarters at 2756 S. Harding Ave. and its clinic at 2001 S. California Ave. near Douglass Park. Esperanza is operating its two new sites six days a week, with evening hours available for residents who require scheduling flexibility. The public is encouraged to visit www.esperanzachicago.org for vaccination center updates and additional information.
The North Lawndale Christian Community Center, in partnership with the City of Chicago,launched the North Lawndale Community coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site at Lawndale Christian Health Center Homan Square, 3860 Ogden Ave., (872) 588-3000. The site opened as part of the City’s Protect Chicago Plus initiative, which aims to increase vaccine uptake in communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on Protect Chicago Plus and Chicago’s vaccination distribution plans, including finding additional sites and booking a slot, visit Chicago.gov/covidvax.
PING TOM PROGRAMS
Ping Tom Park spring programs will include badminton; aerobics (both online and at the park); water safety (online); kiddie college; and park kids after school soccer, spring break camp, team sports, track and field, and volleyball. Log on to www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/spring-programs. The park is at 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
TOP COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Kennedy-King College is one of the country’s top ten community colleges and serves the largest predominantly Black student body on a list compiled by Academic Influence, an organization that ranks programs and institutions. In addition, Kennedy-King is first, and Olive-Harvey College fourth, among community colleges in Illinois. Kennedy-King is located at 6301 S. Halsted St. Call (773) 602-5000. Olive-Harvey is at 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave. Call (773) 291-6100.
SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Log on to www.ignatius.org or call (312) 421-5900.
Seeds In My Pocket is an art exhibit curated by South Shore artist Dorian Sylvain and Pilsen artist Pablo Serrano in partnership with the Chicago Art Department. The exhibit focuses on the shared journey of Black and Latino families who navigate barriers to create a sense of home and place in Chicago. The exhibit is at 1926 S. Halsted St. through Sunday, May 30. Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seeds-in-my-pocket-opening-tickets-144808348669?ref=estw.
Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Holy Week events: Good Friday, April 2, noon Stations of the Cross in shrine; Passion of the Lord 7 p.m. live streamed on Facebook. Holy Saturday, April 3, 9 p.m., Easter Vigil Eucharistic Liturgy livestreamed on Facebook. Sunday, April 4, Easter Sunday 8 and 9:30 Eucharistic liturgy in Shrine, 11 a.m. Eucharistic liturgy livestreamed on Facebook.
To attend live services in the shrine, pre-register at www.ourladyofpompeii.org.
The shrine will host virtual Bible study on Zoom covering the Gospel of St. Mark on the Wednesdays of April 7 and 21 at 7 p.m. To register, go to www.ourladyofpompeii.org/blog/pilgrimages/.
The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.
Taller de Jose will hold its Builder’s Day fundraiser online Saturday, April 17, at 6 p.m. The agency offers assistance to navigating social service agencies and is located at 2831 W. 24th Blvd. Call (773) 523-8320 or log on to tallerdejose.org.
ADDAMS PARK PROGRAMS
At Addams Park,1434 S. Loomis St., Chicago Soccer Foundation and Chicago Rec Sports have designed opportunities to re-acclimate participants to several recreational sports: basketball, football, track, soccer, volleyball, field hockey, girls’ softball, floor hockey, teen club, lacrosse, and summer camp. Log on to www.chicagorecsports.com.
OUR LADY OF THE HOLY FAMILY NEWS
Our Lady of the Holy Family,1334 W. Flournoy St., holds Sunday Masses at 9 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish. Saturday evening Mass is at 5 p.m.
Holy Week services are: Good Friday, April 2, 3 p.m. service in English, 7 p.m. service in Spanish; Holy Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m. Easter vigil; Easter Sunday, April 4, 9 a.m. Mass in English, 11 a.m. Mass in Spanish.
Reservations required for weekend services, or go online to participate in Masses virtually.
BENTON HOUSE INFO
At Benton House,3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Call (773) 927-6420 or email [email protected].
The Association for Entrepreneurship USA (AFEUSA) is accepting applications through Friday, April 30, for the 2021 AFEUSA Student Award Program, which disburses $10,000 among 20 aspiring entrepreneurs who best demonstrate their vision, goals, and potential future success in the field of entrepreneurship. For more information about the program and requirements, visit afeusa.org/about-us/student-awards/.
The Boulevard of Chicago at 3456 W. Franklin Blvd. provides medical respite care and housing services for homeless adults discharged from area hospitals. Call (773) 533-6013 or log on to www.blvd.org.
Bright Star Community Outreach and Bright Star Church provide resources related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including rental assistance and utilities support. They also have a trauma helpline and provide professional development, emotional support, and child and family services. Log on to brightstarcommunityoutreach.com/. Donations welcome. The church is located at 4518 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Residents who want to share their thoughts or require assistance on coronavirus or any issue in the community can reach the office of State Rep Kam Buckner (D-26th) at (773) 924-1755 or by email at [email protected].
The Catholic Charities call center helps callers with a variety of needs and connects them toprograms within Catholic Charities or other agencies.
The organization offers meals to go at St. Vincent Center, 721 N. LaSalle St., Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. No pre-registration required.
Catholic Charities operates several food pantries.
A counseling/support hotline is available at (312) 948-6951. Catholic Charities also offers professional counseling at (312) 644-7725.
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services reports that Community Services Block Grant Scholarships are available for those enrolled or planning to enroll in college or vocational training. Contact Jenny Schuler at [email protected] or (312) 746-7291.
NURSE CONSORTIUM NEWS
The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium helps foreign-educated nurses attain licensure in Illinois.
National Council Licensure Examination predictor tests are available to demonstrate probability of passing the nursing exam.
The organization’s website at www.chicagobilingualnurse.org also lists jobs available for nurses. For more information, call (773) 838-1870.
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, in an event co-sponsored by the National Museum of Mexican Art, the American Writers Museum, and the Chicago Public Library, gave poet, short story writer, novelist, and essayist Sandra Cisneros the Fuller Award for lifetime achievement on March 13. The hall of fame is at 641 W. Lake St. Call (773) 414-2503.
The Chicago Public Schools administration has established a Healthy CPS Hotline at (773) 533-KIDS (5437) and CPS Parent Tech Support Hotline at (773) 417-1060. Or, email [email protected].
CivicLab will hold its 2021 Civic Harambee on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Harambee is a Swahili phrase meaning “Let’s pull together.” The public is invited. To register, contact CivicLab through civiclab.us.
CivicLab is an organization promoting democracy and social justice.
Community Organizing and Family Issues,2245 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 226-5141, organizes and trains parents to win improvements in schools and communities and in how to create organizations and programs. See cofionline.org.
Cook County officials and partners run Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt, a county-wide initiative to help residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, and tax deed issues. Services are provided pro bono for Cook County residents without legal representation and are offered to tenants facing eviction, landlords dealing with an eviction, debtors being sued for unpaid debts, creditors wishing to sue on the basis of unpaid debts, and residents who have defaulted on property tax payments or mortgage foreclosure payments. Learn more by visiting www.cookcountylegalaid.org/.
TEEN VIDEO CONTEST
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago invites teenagers aged 14 through 18 to share their perspectives about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other issues on their lives and communities through the Project Hometown High School Video Contest. To participate, Chicago teens need to produce a video lasting one to three minutes, detailing their experiences and observations and what they believe matters most as communities work to rebuild, recover, and move ahead. Teens who create the winning entries will receive cash prizes, with winning videos featured on chicagofed.org and across social media. Register for the contest and upload your contest video at www.chicagofed.org/events/project-hometown/video-contest/contest.
The following food pantries provide groceries and meals to those who need them.
Chosen Tabernacle Full Gospel, 4310 S. Champlain Ave., Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m., (888) 834-9414.
Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., (773) 624-3185.
Hyde Park SDA Soup Kitchen, 4608 S. Drexel Blvd., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., (773) 373-2909.
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, 4242 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (773) 548-7500.
Kenwood UCC Soup Kitchen, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m., (773) 373-2861.
Operation Pull Grant Memorial, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m., (773) 285-5819.
First Defense Legal Aid,located at 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody, informs people of their rights, and organizes volunteers to help.
For more information, call (800) 529-7374.
Greater Bridgeport Mutual Aid, a network of more than 150 volunteers, has organized to provide free grocery delivery, direct people to resources and information through a telephone hotline, provide digital enrichment for students during remote learning, and do neighbor support check-ins. The network serves the Bridgeport, Chinatown, Armour Square, and Canaryville neighborhoods. Services are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Request services on the group’s website at www.gbmachicago.org or by calling or texting the group’s hotline at (312) 818-1393. Donations are welcome by emailing GBMA through the organization’s website.
GWTP JOB TRAINING
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.
Harmony Community Church, 1908 S. Millard Ave., has converted its sanctuary into a community center for youth programs and events. The church offers reading, tutoring, fine art, music, and dance programs. It also has a food pantry. Call (773) 762-9673.
The Internal Revenue Service extended the Employee Retention Tax Credit forall of 2021, and more businesses qualify under the eligibility requirements. ERC is a tax credit the IRS implemented last year as a temporary coronavirus relief provision to help businesses keep employees on the payroll. See www.irs.gov/coronavirus/employee-retention-credit.
Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) meetings in the 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th, and 12th districts, areas covered by Gazette Chicago, include the following. All meetings will be virtual.
1st District: Beat 112, Tues., Apr. 6, 6 p.m.; Beat 122, Mon., Apr. 12, 6 p.m.; Beat 124, Wed., Apr. 14, 6 p.m.; Beat 132, Tues., Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Beat 111, Wed., May 5, 3 p.m.; Beat 113, Mon., May 3, 3 p.m. Call (312) 745-4381.
2nd District: Beat 211, Mon., Apr. 12, 6 p.m.; Beat 214, Tues., Apr. 6, 6 p.m.; Beat 215, Tues., Apr. 27, 6 p.m.; Beat 222, Tues., Apr. 13, 6 p.m.; Beat 223, Tues., Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Beat 233, Thurs., Apr. 15, 6 p.m.; Beat 235, Thurs., Apr. 8, 6 p.m.; Beat 212, Tues., May 4, 6 p.m.; Beat 225, Thurs., May 6, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-8366.
9th District: Beat 912, Wed., Apr. 14, 7 p.m.; Beats 913/915, Tues., Apr. 13, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 914, Wed., Apr. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 923, Tues., Apr. 27, 7 p.m.; Beat 924, Tues., Apr. 6, 6 p.m.; Beat Wed., Apr. 21, 6 p.m.; Beats 931/933, Thurs., Apr. 8, 6 p.m.; Beats 932/934/935, Tues., Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Beat 911, Thurs., May 6, 6 p.m.; Beats 921/922, Thurs., May 6, 7 p.m.; Beat 924, Tues., May 4, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-3501.
10th District: 20th Sector beat meeting, Fri. Apr. 9, 6 p.m.; 30th Sector beat meeting, Fri. Apr. 16, 6 p.m.; Beat 1011, Thurs., May 6, 6 p.m.; Beat 1014, Tues., May 4, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-7190.
12th District:Beat 1211, Wed., Apr. 7, 6 p.m.; Beat 1212, Wed., Apr. 7, 7 p.m.; Beat 1224, Wed., Apr. 14, 6 p.m.; Beat 1231, Wed., Apr. 14, 7 p.m.; Beat 1232, Wed., Apr. 28, 6 p.m.; Beat 1233, Wed., Apr. 28, 7 p.m.; Beat 1234, Wed., Apr. 21, 6 p.m.; Beat 1235, Wed., Apr. 21, 7 p.m.; Beat 1225, Wed., May 5, 7 p.m. Call (312) 746-8306.
To learn more about C.A.P.S. programs, visit the Chicago Police Districts website: home.chicagopolice.org/community/districts/, tab: Get Involved with C.A.P.S.
Grant Park Advisory Council meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. This month’s meeting will be held April 21. To register, go to www.facebook.com/ChicagoGPAC/?modal=admin_todo_tour.
HFS Chicago Scholars will host its tenth annual All In For Scholars poker tournament and fundraiser virtually on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Fifty/fifty raffle tickets, in which the winner will receive 50% of the proceeds, also are on sale. To register and buy tickets log on to www.hfsallinforscholars.com. The organization is located at 1074 W. Taylor St.
HRHotSeat Chicagois a free monthly online meetup of more than 1,600 human resources practitioners, service providers, students, and Chicago-area professionals in job transition who come together to expand networks and solve problems. Visit www.HRHotSeat.com or email [email protected] for a calendar of upcoming events.
Internet Essentials makes it possible for people receiving public assistance to qualify for low-cost internet service. Log on to internetessentials.com.
The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers encourages people to give blood. Contact Vitalant at www.vitalant.org or (877) 258-4835 to schedule a donation time. For more information, log on to www.illlinoisbloodcenters.com.
LADIES OF VIRTUE
Ladies of Virtue,1245 S. Michigan Ave., (877) 565-7121, provides mentoring and leadership and empowering experiences, including help with school applications, for girls ages nine through 18 from underserved communities. Log on to lovchicago.org.
Latino Union of Chicago collaborates with low-income workers to improve their social and economic conditions through employment opportunities. Log on to latinounion.org or call (312) 491-9044. For those looking to hire workers, call (773) 588-2641.
The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing provides eligible renters with supportive services and free legal aid. The LCBH also offers Rennie the Chatbot at rentervention.com to help with people’s housing problems. The LCBH is located at 33 N. LaSalle St. Call (312) 347-7600 or log on to www.lcbh.org.
Mikva Summer Fellowships are paid summer internship positions in the offices of City, County, State, and Federal officials. Fellows work 30 hours per week for six weeks between June and August and earn $15 per hour. Deadline to apply is Saturday, April 10. Go to tinyurl.com/SummerFellows2021 or mikvachallenge.org.
Mujeres Latinas en Accion empowers Latinas through service and advocacy. Their domestic violence crisis hotline is (312) 738-5358 and their rape crisis hotline is (888) 293-2080. Mujeres is located at 2124 W. 21st Pl. Call (773) 890-7676.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago offers support groups and other resources for individuals who may need help. Call (833) 626-4244 or visit www.namichicago.org.
The National Immigrant Justice Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave., provides comprehensive legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. It will continue to do intakes over the phone during the coronavirus crisis. Call (312) 660-1370 or log on to www.immigrantjustice.org.
The Pilsen Neighbors Community Council is seeking applications for the Guadalupe A. Reyes Fiesta del Sol Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Thursday, April 16. Applicants must be of Latino heritage, enrolled in a college or university, and have a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Students must live in the area between 16th and 79th Streets and Cicero Avenue and Canal Street. The scholarship is open to citizens, DACA recipients, and undocumented students. See www.fiestadelsol.org/scholarship/.
NO LATE FEE
Thanks to a change in the law, property owners have extra time to pay their first installment Cook County property tax bills without a late fee, through Monday, May 3, 2021, Treasurer Maria Pappas said. Property owners can pay their bills by visiting cookcountytreasurer.com and entering their street address.
SOCIAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
The Pilsen Social Health Initiative at 1850 S. Throop St. offers a food pantry, thrift store, and onsite social worker. See www.pilsensocialhealthinitiative.com/. Call (773) 812-3150.
State Representative Lamont J. Robinson (D-5th) wants to hear what residents think are the most important issues in the community. Contact him at (773) 924-4614 or at his office at 5048 S. Indiana Ave.
The 1040 W. Fulton project team, including general contractor Summit Design + Build, has won the WoodWorks-Wood Products Council’s 2021 U.S. Wood Design Award for Regional Excellence. The winning project, 1040 W. Fulton, is home to Summit Design + Build’s new headquarters in the Fulton Market district and is a newly constructed, five-story heavy timber, mixed-use commercial building featuring first floor retail, underground parking, a shared roof deck, a green roof, a fifth floor patio, and four floors of office space. It is the first multi-story timber office building constructed in Chicago in more than 50 years. Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, project architect, and IMEG Corp., structural engineer, also served on the award-winning team. For information, call (312) 229-4613 or log on to www.summitdb.com.
The toll-free TURN Trauma Counseling Helpline,(833) TURN123, operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. TURN stands for The Urban Resilience Network, and the helpline assists those experiencing trauma caused by exposure to violence. The organization also provides trained ambassadors to visit community events and schools to educate about trauma.
If your business has experienced substantial economic injury due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Small Business Association is authorized to issue assistance through a small business economic injury disaster loan program. This program can provide low interest loans of up to $2 million to businesses and private non-profits. See https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
The University of Illinois Chicago along with Protect Chicago Plus have partnered to provide 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to residents in the Englewood neighborhood, with plans to expand to other city areas with vulnerable populations. For information, visit vaccine.uihealth.org.
The UIC Master’s of Fine Arts class of 2020-2021 is showing their works from now through Saturday, May 22, at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. For information, log on to gallery400.uic.edu.
Chicago’s First Lady Amy Eshleman recently visited the Protect Chicago Plus vaccination clinic located at UI Health Mile Square Health Center to greet the community and provide encouraging words of support to those receiving their COVID-19 vaccines. For more information on Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit www.chicago.gov/covidvax.
The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce has added Charles Graff of CrossTown Fitness to its board. For more information, log on to wcachicago.org.
The Women’s Treatment Center offers free assistance with online applications for enrollment into the Illinois Ryan White Part B Program for HIV+ women. Call (312) 850-0050, ext. 4994. The center is at 140 N. Ashland Ave. Log on to www.womenstreatmentcenter.org.
Send news of events 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 Chicago, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email [email protected].