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Mum’s the word in September

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park’s annual Mum and Bulb Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. The sale, which is organized by the Hyde Park Garden Fair Commitee, features six different departments: hyacinths and(…)

Local sacred spaces to be toured

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council will bring members of diverse religious traditions together to celebrate their faiths. The interfaith council will host Sharing Sacred Spaces, a series that will open up the doors of a number of Hyde Park houses of worship, and discuss the ways that architecture(…)

End-of-life talk at Montgomery Place

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Bess Schenkier, leader of the Chicago branch of end-of-life advocacy group Compassion and Choices, will speak at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Dr., at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The national non-profit campaigns for an increased range of end-of-life options and offers consultation via phone on such(…)

Hyde Park booster Bruce dies at 49

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Lifetime Hyde Parker and attorney Jason Bruce, 49, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, leaving with his friends and colleagues many fond memories. Bruce practiced law at an office in the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., following work as an associate at the downtown firm Jenner(…)

New librarian at Ray aims for lively environment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Linda Collins is the new librarian at Ray Elementary School. She succeeds Leslie Travis, who retired on June 30 having served at the school for 21 years. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University; a master’s degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from National(…)

University demolishes Woodlawn building

University demolishes Woodlawn building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An aging apartment building owned by the University of Chicago was demolished recently and the site will be turned into green space. The 27-unit, three-story walkup apartment building, at 6005-6011 S. Woodlawn Ave., was demolished because “maintaining the quality of life for residents there would have required a multi-million-dollar overhaul(…)

Jazz topic of discussion at HPHS

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Jazz Society board members Judith Stein and Almarie Wagner will present a talk entitled “Jazz in Hyde Park” at 7 p.m. today, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. The duo will share newspaper articles from years past about jazz in the(…)

Children’s Book Fair hosts Read for the Record

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Jumpstart Children First organization will be at the Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair on Sept. 22 to introduce the community to its Read for the Record Program. The Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, in Nichols Park at(…)

Sign Language

Sign Language

Sign Language for Beginners. 10-10:40 a.m., every Friday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. Pre-registration recommended. Sign Language. 10:45-11:15 a.m., every Friday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. Pre-registration required.

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel

Musical Story Time with Ms. Rachel. 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m., every Tuesday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, early childhood room, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

Timuel Black goes to D.C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Venerated historian, teacher and civil rights activist Timuel Black was honored in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Black, 94, traveled to the nation’s capital to receive the honor last month. Martin Luther King Jr. asked Black to organize locally to bring Chicagoans to the(…)

Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

Stores, parking begin to open at Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The first retailers in Harper Court opened to the public last week. Athletic shoe retailer Villa, 5230 S. Lake Park Ave., opened over Labor Day weekend with an opening celebration last Friday. AT&T, which previously operated at 1457 E. 53rd St., relocated next to Villa and Starbucks, which formerly sat(…)

Review: “The Color Purple”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $22-$59 Phone: 773-325-1700 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic After the opening number of the new production of “The Color Purple” at the Mercury Theater, I was seriously worried. It had all the earmarks of a high school or college show. Bob(…)

Celebrating the later years

By ANDREW HOLZMAN The question I’m probably asked most, and yet am least prepared to answer, is, “Why did you get started working with seniors?”  When it comes to the work I’m doing in Chicago, the answer is actually easy. Last Christmas, it felt very strange not having someone to plan a holiday party for,(…)

HPAC “Crossover”

Artist Susan Marshall from the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will host a discussion titled “Crossover: an immersive conversation a participatory event,” Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Discussion topics will include crossover forms that defy categorization. The discussion is a part of The Dance(…)

“The Rathbones” author at 57th Books

Author Janice Clark will read from her first novel, “The Rathbones,” at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The book by the Chicago-based Clark takes place in her native Connecticut, where a 15-year-old and her uncle embark upon a nautical adventure exploring the history of the book’s(…)

Opening for exhibit on local barriers

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The opening reception for the exhibit, “The Distance Between,” currently on display at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., and the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Like the show — which runs through Sept.(…)

Ray, Bret Harte in school news

Ray, Bret Harte in school news

Teacher Survey for Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray school is seeking community input on its arts teaching position. Due to Chicago Public Schools budget cuts, the school can only hire one teacher and must decide whether that teacher should be a visual arts or music teacher. To take Ray’s two-question survey, visit(…)

Hyde Parker cinches soccer victory

Hyde Parker cinches soccer victory

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Katie Klespies, a University of Chicago Laboratory Schools graduate who is currently a college sophomore and a midfielder for the Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio) Women’s Soccer Team, scored the winning goal in overtime, Saturday, against Christopher Newport University (Va.). The Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets beat the Christopher Newport University(…)

Market marathoner

Market marathoner

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor 61st Street Farmer’s Market manager Danny Burke is training to run in this year’s Chicago Marathon, as part of an effort to raise $6000 for the market. Fundraising began in August and will run through Oct. 13, the day of the marathon. Burke said the money will help(…)