By William S. Bike
The Federal Affordable Connectivity Program provides eligible households $30 per month off internet bills. Log on to www.whitehouse.gov/getinternet/?utm_source=getinternet.gov.
Auditorium Theatre will host Giordano Dance Chicago on Saturday, June 11. The theatre is at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr. Call (312) 341-2300.
PASTOR HARRIS HONORED
Pastor Chris Harris of Bright Star Church, 735 E. 44th St., recently received an honorary degree from the Erikson Institute,a graduate school focusing on child development. For more information, log on to brightstarchurchchicago.com.
The Canaryville Lions Youth Football tackle football team is accepting applications for youth football coaches and staff for the fall 2022 season. The Lions belong to USA Football and Chicagoland Pop Warner Little Scholars. Interested individuals may apply at www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3388082.jsp. Located in Canaryville since 1994, the Lions program provides competition for children ages seven to 15. The 2022 season starts Monday, Aug. 1. Register to play at www.youthfootballinchicago.org. For additional information call Adam Campbell at (312) 961-1806.
DANCE FOR LIFE
Chicago Dancers United, which supports health and wellness in Chicago’s professional dance community, will hold its annual fundraiser, Dance for Life, Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., with an after-party at Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 341-2300 or log on to auditoriumtheatre.org.
5K RUN & WALK
Join the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation in a 5K Run & Walk on Monday, June 20, at the Lake Front Trail, Burnham Park, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. Online registration will close on Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m. Register online at https://www.ciscrp.org/event/2022-medical-heroes-appreciation-5k-run-walk/, in person on Sunday, June 19, at the Chicago Convention Center/McCormick Place, or onsite at Burnham Park, Monday morning, June 20. Packet pickup will be Sunday, June 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Indiana Ave, or Monday, June 20, from 6 to 6:30 a.m. at the Lake Front Trail.
Gazette Chicago frequently runs health-related articles as part of Chicago HealthText, a collaboration between DePaul University and Chicago Independent Media Alliance. See https://chihealthtext.org/ for more information. Do you have a healthcare or health-related issue you would like Gazette Chicago cover? Text (312) 487-2372 or (773) 969-9443; or text HEALTH to (312) 487-2372.
STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS
Several local Chicago Public Schools students earned Amazon Future Engineer Scholarships of $40,000 over four years to go to college. Jones College Prep students Benjamin Cole, Lijuan Qiao, Mahrhoztal Rosier, and Julie Thai won scholarships; Benito Juarez Community Academy student Marvin Lopez was honored; and Whitney M. Young Magnet High School’s Vivian Chen received a scholarship. For information, call (773) 553-1620.
WOMEN’S PARK NEWS
The Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens Advisory Council will meet the Tuesdays of June 7, July 12, Aug. 23, Oct. 11, and Dec. 6 at 6:45 p.m. at the field house at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. The public is invited.
The park’s indoor playground has reopened. Club room rentals are available to the public.
Bollywood hip hop classes are scheduled for Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., and yoga classes are held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. with teachers from the Kalapriya Indian Center. Register at https://kalapriya.org/community-programs#classes.
The park will host the International Music Foundation’s Make Music Chicago event on Tuesday, June 21. All are welcome to bring an instrument and participate.
Registration is open for Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens programs including adult fitness, youth and toddler recreation, art classes, and day camp.
For more information, log on to www.chicagowomenspark.com, email email@example.com, or call (312) 328-0821.
Need assistance dealing with hate crimes? The Chinese American Service League, 2141 S. Tan Ct., has an Anti-Hate Action Center that can help connect people with behavioral health and clinical services as well as legal services. Log on to www.caslservice.org/ or call (312) 725-5224.
CHICAGO RECOVERY GRANTS
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development awarded Chicago Recovery Grants to three Bronzeville projects. The Overton Center for Excellence, 221 E. 49th St., will receive $5 million to convert a former elementary school into office space for entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Soul City Kitchens, 5021 S. Wabash Ave., will get $1.85 million to convert a building into a culinary incubator for entrepreneurs. The Bronzeville Sustainable Commercial Center, 4131 S. State St., will receive $250,000 to build commercial space for small business. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORT FOR FOSTER CARE
To help support foster care youth across Illinois, State Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-9th, introduced a measure to provide exit interviews to foster care youth when they leave a foster home. The bill was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker in May. For more information, contact Collins’s office at (312) 298-9181.
Local resident Kayla Corbett is a ball girl for the Chicago White Sox and has made several good catches on foul balls this season.
DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute summer camp registration is open for grade school students and incoming freshmen. The camp runs Monday, June 20, through Friday, July 22.
De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.
Epiphany Center for the Arts is hosting Unencountered Clouds, works by Marc Benja and Jess M. Bell, through Saturday, June 25. The venue is at 201 S. Ashland Ave. Call (312) 421-4600 or log on to www.epiphanychi.com.
The Field Museum’s new permanent exhibition, Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories allows visitors to experience stories told by native people about self-determination, resilience, continuity, and the future. These stories come to life through historic and contemporary beadworks, ceramics, murals, music, and dance, with support from contemporary art, poetry, photography, and historical objects from the museum’s collections. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to www.fieldmuseum.org/.
IMMIGRANT HEALTH COVERAGE
Esperanza Health Centers is undertaking major expansion of its insurance enrollment efforts for undocumented immigrants following the State’s rollout of the Health Benefits Coverage for Immigrant Adults program. Esperanza seeks to enroll eligible immigrant adults 55 years and older who may not have had access to health insurance until now. For more information, visit www.esperanzachicago.org.
Help support reuse and get “new to you” treasures at a garage sale at 3612 S. Halsted St. on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.
SUPPORT GAZETTE CHICAGO
You can provide tax-deductible donations to Gazette Chicago through the CivicLab. Make out a check to CivicLab with “Gazette Chicago” on the memo line and mail your check to CivicLab, 1643 N. Larrabee St., Suite I, Chicago, IL 60614; or go to www.tinyurl.com/Support-Gazette-Chicago to donate. For more information, call (312) 243-4288.
WALK THROUGH TIME
Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will take visitors on A Walk Through Time on Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. This annual tour includes a rare opportunity to see ornate interiors at Prairie Avenue’s landmark mansions. Tickets are $50 per person. The courtyard jazz concert series resumes Wednesday, June 22, with the Suneetha Vaitheswaran Trio. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, with music performed in two sets between 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Advance tickets required for all events. Visit www.glessnerhouse.org.
ART IN GREEKTOWN
Greektown Chicago has a new outdoor art exhibit, My Painted Lyre: Seeing Music in Chicago’s Greektown, with 26 3D artworks lining Halsted Street from Monroe to Van Buren Streets through spring 2023. For more information, visit greektownchicago.org.
Hilton Asmus Contemporary Gallery at 3622 S. Morgan St. from now through Saturday, July 23, is showing an exhibition of photos, paintings, mixed media, and sculpture entitled Humanity. Call (630) 803-4715 for information.
The Joffrey Ballet is presenting Don Quixote, a family-friendly story of adventure, romance, and the power of belief, in Lyric Opera House at 20 N. Wacker Drive through Sunday, June 12. For information, visit Joffrey.org.
Alderwoman Nicole T. Lee recently held the 11th Ward Boy and Girl of the Year ceremony. Grade 7 runners-up: MaryKate Cordin, St. Gabriel School, and Kharon Edge, James Ward School. Grade 7 winners: Molly Haynes and Dominic Scalise, Bridgeport Catholic Academy. Grade 8 runners-up: Sienna Conte and Nathan Sanchez, St. Gabriel School. Grade 8 winners: Angela Cai, Robert Healy School, and William Babich, St. Jerome School. Finalists: Joseph Hermle, Michael Marszweski, Iva Marusic, Ivan Mei, Teagan Peterson, Samantha Soung, Matthew Teneyuque, Joaquin Torres, and Yu Min Wu.
For more information or to make an appointment with Lee, call (773) 254-6677 or see email@example.com. Her office is at 3659 S. Halsted St.
MORNING STAR ANNIVERSARY
Morning Star Baptist Church, 3993 S. King Dr., will celebrate its 105th anniversary on Sunday, July 17, with services at 11 a.mn. and 3:30 p.m. Call (773) 285-8111 or log on to http://morningstarbcofchicago.org/.
MUNOZ LAW ENACTED
Military sexual violence survivors will be protected and perpetrators will be held accountable thanks to a measure led by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-1st)that Governor JB Pritzker recently signed into law. Senate Bill 257 ensures survivors receive full protection no matter where they are and that perpetrators can be held accountable. Survivors receive additional employment protections as they recover. Call (773) 869-9050 for more information.
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, as well as a 5 p.m. outdoor Mass in the parish garden through early fall. Saturday evening Mass is at 5 p.m.; Monday and Friday evening Mass is at 6 p.m.
Praying the Rosary begins at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. Holy hour and confessions begin at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Tuesday through Thursday Masses are at 8 a.m. in the chapel at 1335 W. Harrison St.
OLHF offers a Friday Food Pantry for area residents facing food shortages. Contact the parish office to register or come to the pantry, located behind the church at 1334 W. Flournoy St., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Call (312) 243-7400, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.olhfchi.org.
A measure to make the State capitol complex more accessible for visitors with disabilities was signed into law thanks to efforts by State Senator Robert Peters (D-13th). The new law will require both the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate to appoint an accessibility coordinator to work in consultation with the Capitol architect to address accessibility needs for each chamber. For information, call (708) 730-4283.
Xiaoran Liu, assistant professor, Rush University Medical Center, received an international research grant from the Alzheimer’s Association for research on the role of diet and nutrition in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. The grant gives Liu nearly $150,000 for her work on delineating the potential mechanism by which diets or nutrients protect against cognitive decline; her work could help medical practitioners make better dietary recommendations for high-risk populations to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, contact Nancy Rainwater at (847) 324-0373.
SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
Several Saint Ignatius College Prep teams won the Illinois High School Association Team Academic Award for maintaining a cumulative grade point average exceeding 3.0: men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, baseball, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, men’s and women’s track, men’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s water polo.
The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Log on to www.ignatius.org or call (312) 421-5900.
ST. JAMES NEWS
St. James Catholic Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the church at 21 E. 29th St. Daily Mass Monday through Friday is celebrated at 7:30 a.m. in the Tolton Chapel at the rectory at 2942 S. Wabash Ave. All Masses are available both in person and on Zoom. Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation are offered on the first Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the church. The Parish Office, 2907 S. Wabash Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
A safe space to explore questions of life and faith together, presented by St. James Wabash and Old St. Mary’s, will explore the meaning of love, finding true freedom, the power of prayer, and the church as community on Wednesdays in June, 7 to 8:30 p.m., through June 29; sessions held in person at Old St. Mary’s, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., with light meal provided. For more information, contact email@example.com or go to https://bit.ly/3MxtqSg. Get all Zoom links and more information at www.stjameswabash.org.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 842-1919 for more information.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii onSunday, June 5, will host its Festa della Repubblica Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a street procession to Garibaldi Park, 1520 W. Polk St., for a wreath-laying ceremony, street festival featuring a DJ, classic Italian auto show, and historic photo exhibit. Food will be available for purchase.
The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to www.ourladyofpompeii.org/.
The South Loop Advisory Council is looking for members. Email email@example.com for more information.
GRILLS NIGHT OUT
South Loop Neighbors will host Grills Night Out at Cottontail Park, 44 W. 15th St., on Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m. Bring your own grillable items, and South Loop Neighbors will provide the grills, drinks, chips, and dessert. Log on to www.southloopneighbors.org.
Urban Autism Solutions will host its 10th anniversary event, Carrots & Cocktails, Wednesday, June 22, from 5 to 7 at Growing Solutions Farm, 2200 W. Campbell Park Dr. Enjoy live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle. Also, organizers will present Legislators of the Year awards to Illinois Senate President Don Harmon (D-39th), Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-82nd), Illinois Senator Tony Munoz (D-1st), and Illinois State Representative Lakesia Collins (D-9th). Urban Autism Solutions is at 1212 W. Flournoy St. Call (773) 377-5691.
For the 13th consecutive year, 100% of the seniors at Urban Prep’s Englewood, Downtown, and Bronzeville campuses, all African-American males and mostly from low-income families, have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.Students from the Class of 2022 won admission to 412 different four-year colleges and universities. For more information, call (773) 802-7423.
URBAN PRAIRIE HONORED
The U.S. Department of Education announced that it recognized Urban Prairie Waldorf School,1310 S. Ashland Ave.,as a Green Ribbon School for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. For more about the school, call (312) 733-5337.
AddictionResource.net lists drug and alcohol abuse hotlines available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and confidential. Log on to https://www.addictionresource.net/addiction-hotlines/ or call (844) 616-3400.
The Aquinas Literacy Center needs volunteer tutors to instruct limited English proficient adults learners for 90 minutes per week. The center is at 1751 W. 35th St. All instruction is one on one, with training provided. Tutoring can be in person, online over Zoom, or a hybrid of both. Knowledge of a second language is not required; all instruction is in English. For more information, contact Sabrina Poulin, volunteer coordinator, at (773) 927-0512 or Sabrina@aquinasliteracycenter.org.
BRIGHT STAR RESOURCES
Bright Star Community Outreach and Bright Star Church 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.
The toll-free Bright Star Community Outreachtrauma counseling helpline is(833) TURN123. The helpline assists those experiencing trauma caused by exposure to violence.
Allies for Community Business, 135 N. Kedzie Ave., offers loans and lines of credit to small businesses of from $500 to $100,000. Log on to https://a4cb.loanwell.com.
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.
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.
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.
Log on to catholiccharities.net, call (312) 655-7700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has expanded the youth and young adult services its network provides to this community. The partnership provides help for young adults seeking employment, training, and career pathway opportunities at the American Job Center (AJC) at 1700 W. 18th St. Services are offered by appointment only. Call (773) 318-2224.
ChiBizHub helps entrepreneurs find what they need to start and grow their businesses. See https://chibizhub.com/.
CHICAGO CITY MARKETS
Chicago City Markets will be held at various locations through October. See ChicagoCityMarkets.us.
Gazette Chicago associate editor William S. Bike has authored a book about the 1970 Chicago Cubs season, The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow.
For more information, go to www.1970chicagocubs.com.
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. Call (312) 747-0327.
The Chicago Department of Public Health’s in-home coronavirus vaccination program, Protect Chicago At Home, is open to all Chicago residents age five and older. The department is offering $50 gift cards to those receiving a new dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Call (312) 746-4835.
Chicago Shares vouchers are now accepted at more Chicago area Jewel-Osco stores. Individuals can purchase the vouchers and then give them to needy folks encountered on the street. Chicago Shares, each worth $1, are an alternative to providing change. Recipients can use the vouchers for food and necessities but never for alcohol or tobacco. While Jewel-Osco stores make up the majority of vendors, other stores accept the vouchers as well. For more information and to purchase Shares, visit www.chicagoshares.org.
RIGHT TO RETURN
Former Chicago Housing Authority residents who were displaced by the CHA’s Plan for Transformation and who want to return to the CHA may receive help from Antwain Miller at the Lugenia Burns Hope Center. Call (773) 291-8621 or email email@example.com. The center is located at 710 E. 47th Street.
SEEKING YOUNG LEADERS
Chicago Votes offers the Civic Leaders Program, a leadership development program for young people who have experienced incarceration, training them to serve as leaders in the organization’s legislative advocacy, court watching, and voter registration efforts. Chicago Votes is located at 234 S. Wabash Ave. Log on to https://chicagovotes.com.
The Community Based Organization Collective received a $1 million grant from Google.org to help place hundreds of jobseekers on the South and West sides into in-demand careers, such as in the tech economy. Log on to www.cbocollective.org/ for more information.
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 Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s office provides property tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities and returning veterans. Log on to cookcountyassessor.com or call (312) 443-7550.
RENTER AND LANDLORD HELP
If you are a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs, or if you are a landlord trying to stay afloat, help may be available. State and local programs are distributing dollars for such needs. Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic. Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at consumerfinance.gov to find programs. See also ChiCookilRentHelp.org or call (833) 221-9821.
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 based on unpaid debts, and residents who have defaulted on property tax payments or mortgage foreclosure payments. Learn more by visiting www.cookcountylegalaid.org/.
Any Chicagoan can request an in-home vaccination for coronavirus (COVID-19) by calling the City of Chicago at (312) 746-4835. Or, find out where to get vaccinated from the State of Illinois by calling (800) 889-3931 or logging on to https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/.
Elephant Room Gallery, 704 S. Wabash Ave., presents new exhibitions of the work of new and emerging Chicago-based artists every four-to-six weeks. Log on to www.elephantroomgallery.com.
The following food pantries provide groceries and meals to those who need them.
Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, 2942 W. Lake St., (773) 940-2960.
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.
Our Lady of the Holy Family, 1334 W. Flournoy St. (enter from parking lot behind the church), Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., (312) 243-7400.
Goodman Theatre will present The Outsiders,a musical set in Tulsa, OK, in 1967 about young people trying to find their place in the world, through Sunday, July 10. The theater is at 170 N. Dearborn St. Call (312) 443-3800.
GWTP JOB TRAINING
Greater West Town Training Partnership, 500 N. Sacramento Blvd.,offers job placement and training programs in wood products manufacturing and shipping and receiving. Call (312) 563-9570.
GREEN CITY MARKET
Green City Market farmers market will operate every Saturday into October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St.
Harmony Community Church, 1908 S. Millard Ave., has 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.
Growing Solutions Farm will offer vegetables, herbs, and flowers for sale three times a week in this area: at 2200 W. Campbell Park Dr. on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. through Oct. 26 and at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 15 through Oct. 9. Call (773) 519-0404.
HRHotSeat Chicago is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a calendar of upcoming events.
Hyde Park Art Center has an exhibition, Loving Repeating: New Work by married artists and longtime collaborators Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger, through Saturday, Sept. 3. Loving Repeating addresses the presence and absence of human touch experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic in an immersive installation incorporating the artists’ signature style featuring silhouettes of each other’s bodies. Exhibition admission is free. For latest exhibition hours, visit www.hydeparkart.org. The center is at 5020 S. Cornell Ave.
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.
WATER BILL ASSISTANCE
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has a Low-Income Household Water Assistance Plan, under the Help Illinois Families initiative, to help low-income families unable to pay water and sewer bills avoid shutoffs. Apply for assistance by contacting the real-time assistance hotline service at (833) 711-0374.
The Illinois Housing Development Authority received approval from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for its Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund program to aid Illinois homeowners who have struggled to pay their mortgage due to COVID-19. The state is accepting applications from homeowners for grants of up to $30,000 to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage and property tax payments. Apply at https://www.illinoishousinghelp.org/.
Internet Essentials makes it possible for people receiving public assistance to qualify for low-cost internet service. Log on to internetessentials.com.
The Jason Foundation offers free suicide prevention training to educators, other school staff, parents, physicians, clergy, community leaders, and students. Log on to www.jasonfoundation.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.
DISCOUNT PHONE, INTERNET
Under the Federal Lifeline Program, low-income consumers and veterans can receive a discount off their monthly bills for phone, broadband, or bundled phone and broadband service. See http://linkupillinois.org, call (312) 914-6701, or email Britney.Bouie@illinois.gov.
Mount Sinai Hospital, 1500 S. Fairfield Ave., offers free rides for patients to get to and from any medical appointment within the Sinai Chicago system. All residents in Sinai Chicago’s service area who need to get to any of the medical system’s hospitals, clinics, or offices for any procedure, check-up, or health appointment can now get free, door-to-door transportation services. Patients can book a ride by calling (630) 903-2949.
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.
ART OF THE BRICK
The Art of the Brick, an exhibition featuring more than 100 works of art made by Nathan Sawaya from millions of Lego bricks, at the Museum of Science and Industry, runs through Monday, Sept. 5. For more information and tickets, visit msichicago.org/visit/tickets. The museum is at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. Call (773) 684-1414.
South Side Community Art Center,3831 S. Michigan Ave., has a new exhibition, Emergence: Intersections at the Center, about how the center acted as an anchor for Black LGBTQIA artists from the 1940s through the 1980s, on display through Saturday, July 2. Call (773) 373-1026.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White honored Illinois students who won White’s Organ/Tissue Donor Poster Contest during a ceremony in his Statehouse office. The overall winner was Zeyneb Efe, a third grade student at Horizon Science Academy-McKinley Park. Cassandra Medrano won in the 6th-8th grade category, and Marissa Estrada won the 9th-12th grade category; both also attend Horizon Science Academy.
State Representative Lamont J. Robinson (D-5th) wants to hear what residents think the most important issues in the community are. Contact him at (773) 924-4614 or at his office at 5048 S. Indiana Ave.
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@example.com.