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95th Street Farmers Market Open for the Season

 

The Beverly Farmers Market at 95th Street and Longwood Drive is open for the season, with vendors of produce, flowers, specialty foods and much more Sundays, 7 a.m. to noon.

 

 
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All In Favor Say ‘Eye’

By Eileen T. McNichols, RN MSN 
Vision is something we may have taken for granted in our youth. We never thought about what kind of vitamins support good vision or struggled to read a label on lipstick tube. As we grow in age and wisdom we recognize the importance of good vision in maintaining our quality of life.  
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An Evening for Financial Empowerment

 
Plan for the future by attending a free community event on home ownership while learning the steps to building a good credit score at An Evening for Financial Empowerment, Thurs., June 4, 7 to 9 p.m., Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor.  
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BAPA Pulls Together Civic Associations for Neighborhood Beautification

 
We live in the most picturesque and historic community in the city of Chicago. The tree lined streets and multiple Metra stations truly make our community unique. Your support of local civic organizations are vital to the fabric of a prospering Beverly Hills/Morgan Park.  
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Beverly Hills Cycling Classic Back on Friday!

 
June 2015-- BAPA's Beverly Hills Cycling Classic is back on a Friday night! The racing event  on the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series the event will be held Fri., July 17 featuring high level pro/am riders competing in both men's and women's races.  
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Bike Safety Tips from Beverly Bike and Ski

Kristin Boza 
June 2015-- With summer upon us, cyclists of all ages are taking to the streets, sidewalks and trails to enjoy the weather and the fun associated with biking. Paul Weise, owner of Beverly Bike and Ski, 9121 S.Western, offers key safety tips to keep riders safe all year round.  
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Byers is Finalist for Tyree Award

Maeve Coleman 
Neil Byers, owner of Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western, is among the top four finalists for the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award. As one of 12 finalists from the original field of 70 competitors, Byers presented his Shark Tank style appeal in April. The winner will be announced at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in June.  
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Clissold School Climbing Higher

Kristin Boza 
Clissold Elementary School, 2350 W. 110th Pl., is a unique CPS school. In the past three years, Clissold underwent a major change in curriculum by incorporating a Montessori approach for all students in kindergarten through 5th grades, and it is the only public school on the south side to do so.  
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David Gruba Profile

Maeve Coleman 
For East Beverly neighbor David Gruba, what started as a passion for writing and editing comics turned into a long involvement with the independent comic book industry.   
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In the BAPA Community Room

 
Lauren Brougham Glennon, an attorney with Odelson & Sterk Ltd., will provide free assistance with property tax appeals to Beverly Hills/Morgan Park residents Wed., June 3, 6 to 8 p.m., in the BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago. This event is sponsored by the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) and Odelson & Sterk Ltd. in order to provide community members who own single family residential properties with information about their property taxes and how to appeal increases. The Cook County Assessor's Office mailed reassessment notices for Lake Township in early May, and many neighborhood property owners have been affected by increases. Bring a copy of the notice you received to the event. Information: 773-233-3100.  
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Internationally Acclaimed Pianist in Concert at BAC

 
Alexandre "Sandro" Tsomaia will perform a classical solo piano concert Sun., June 14, 3 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  
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Landing and Launch Zone Frees Time for Summer Fun

M. Colleen Klimczak 
That phrase causes mixed emotions for parents. On one hand, summer is a wonderful time of fun, relaxation, sleeping in and staying up late. On the other hand, summer represents a change in schedule and routines, and change can feel overwhelming.  
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Local Artist Presents Workshops in Mixed Media Art Journaling

 
Local artist Mary Lou Haynes will present a 2-day workshop exploring the process of transforming the blank pages of a journal into a book of art and personal expression Tues., June 23 and Thurs., June 25, 1 to 4:30 p.m., at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  Haynes will cover techniques that include assemblage, laminating, frottage, collage, under-journaling, resists, glazing, masks, stenciling and doodling.  The cost of the workshop is $90 for non-members and $81 for BAC members. Register online www.beverlyartcenter.org.   
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Longest Day Game Marathon

 

Last year, Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighbor Mary Sparks helped to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association by playing Bridge, among other games, during the Longest Day Game Marathon at Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl.  Sparks says she had so much fun, she intends to play again this year.

 

 
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New Owners, Images, and Stores: What's New in Local Businesses

Kristin Boza 
Keith Lewis is the new owner of Bookie's Paperbacks and More, 2419 W. 103rd St. After the store took a short break for the holidays in December, Lewis opened up on Jan. 2.  
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Property Tax Reassessments

Kelly Murray 
 Every neighborhood homeowner should have received the Lake Township property tax reassessment. In Cook County, reassessments occur every three years, and this is the reassessment year for all of Chicago. Once your home's assessment notice is mailed, you have about 30 days to file an appeal.   
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RHS will feature Beverly’s only Jewish Synagogue

 
The Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave., will host a program on the history of Beth Torah Congregation and Synagogue on Sun., June 14, 2 p.m. The cost for program is $5 per RHS member, and $10 per non-member. Light refreshments will be served.  
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Sweet Deal for Getting Your Pets Microchipped

 
Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is launching a new public awareness campaign to encourage pet owners to have their dogs and cats microchipped. In an effort to have some fun with a serious subject, they've teamed up with Original Rainbow Cone, 9233 S. Western Ave., to launch the campaign Thurs., June 18, 1 to 3 p.m.   
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The Beverly Area Arts Alliance Celebrates One Year

Monica Wilczak 
One year ago, nearly 20 strangers came to a meeting at Kunsthaus to learn more about creating a new arts event, the Beverly Art Walk. Each arrived curious, and many left inspired. In the three and a half months that followed, more local artists and art enthusiasts joined meetings, reached out to friends, and participated in planning. The event that resulted exceeded expectations and left attendees and participants asking "What's next?"  
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Watoto Children’s Choir Performs June 26

 
The Watoto Children's Choir from Uganda, Africa will present a brand new production entitled "Oh What Love," Fri., June 26, 7 p.m. at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St.  
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Western Ave. part of 100-year old Dixie Highway

Carol Flynn 
One hundred years ago, Carl G. Fisher, an Indiana entrepreneur who had business interests in both cars and real estate in Florida, envisioned a highway that would run from Chicago to Miami. Thus, the Dixie Highway, a system of roads encompassing over 5,000 miles through the country, was born.  
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Neighborhood Notes

 
Sutherland Summer Camp. Sutherland Elementary School, 10015 S. Leavitt, will host the Right At School Summer Camp for neighborhood children currently in grades K-6, in one-week sessions June 22 through July 31. Camp activities include art, team sports, STEM classes, water games, mystery guests and field trips. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with early morning pre-camp and afternoon extended camp options. Register by June 8. Information: Kelly Christiel, Kelly.christiel@rightatschool.com or 312-965-4388. Registration: www.RightAtSchool.com.   
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Rambling ‘Round and About

L. Patrick "Pat" Stanton 
Everybody knows the line "If it sounds  too good to be true, it probably isn't." That phrase came to mind when I received a card in the mail suggesting I sign up for a "totally free" home analysis of my utility use so that I would be rewarded with free energy saving products -- emphasis on FREE. Understandably suspicious, I called the Citizens Utility Board and talked to an advisor who surprised me by calling it a good deal. So I called the number and signed up for a visit by "expert technicians."  
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Village Viewpoint

Margot Holland, BAPA Executive Director 
I am humbled by our AMAZING community and thankful for the generosity of so many people, local businesses and organizations over the past month.  As you know from the Villager, social media, emails and flyers, May is a big month in the neighborhood with the BAPA Home Tour, Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade.   
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