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HP Community Art Fair next weekend

The Hyde Park Community Art Fair will take place on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, from until 11 a.m. until dusk at Bixler Park, 5651 S. Kenwood Ave. The fair will feature around 80 artists selected by a jury, according to Dorri Ellis, a board member for the Hyde Park-based arts non-profit 21st(…)

Farmers markets are springing up

As the weather heats up farmers markets are popping up across the city: The 61st Street Farmers Market at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., began its season on Saturday, May 11 and will run through Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market offers produce, meat, eggs, cheeses, honey, bread and other(…)

HPAC exhibit features Canter students’ art

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Canter Middle School–led art exhibit will be on display at the Hyde Park Arts Center (HPAC) this month. The exhibit will also be an opportunity for farewell, closure, and reflection to the students and their families should Chicago Public Schools (CPS) vote to close the school, said an(…)

Village launches drop-in program

Village launches drop-in program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village, in partnership with a new University of Chicago student group, will launch a drop-in pilot program for seniors living in Hyde Park. Mather Lifeways, an Evanston–based senior advocacy organization, has given the group a grant to start up the program. The drop-in pilot will(…)

Messy Art and Sensory Play

Messy Art and Sensory Play

Messy Art and Sensory Play. Every Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass. 

Dramatic Play

Dramatic Play

Dramatic Play. Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass.

After School Learning Labs

After School Learning Labs

After School Learning Lab. 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 10-day pass, $65 monthly pass. Elementary school programming including individual and group tutoring, nutrition supervision and a rotation of recreational activities including fitness, games, sports, arts and language. http://hpnclub.org/

Calvert House Tutoring

Calvert House Tutoring

Calvert House Tutoring. 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10-noon and 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays, Calvert House, 5735 S. University Avenue, 773-288-2311, www.uofccatholic.com. Offering tutoring for 2nd to 12th grade students For more information, send an e-mail to Cecilia Lai at laicece@uchicago.edu. http://www.uofccatholic.com/programs/tutoring

Meditation

Meditation

Meditation. Twenty Minutes Still. 8-8:20 a.m., every weekday of the academic year, Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Led by qualified meditation teachers.

Canter spouse makes last-ditch plea for school

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale and the rest of the members of the board. It did not reach the Herald in time to publish in our print edition ahead of the Wednesday, May 22, vote which will determine whether Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

TIF council hears McMobil plans

TIF council hears McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Board subcommittee on planning and development meeting moved from Kenwood Academy’s little theater into the large auditorium to accommodate the crowd at Tuesday’s discussion of the proposed high rise development at the McMobil site. Roughly 150 Hyde Parkers discussed changes to the planned development, now(…)

Editorial: and a little travel advice

As of this weekend, the Red Line reconstruction project begins, which means Red Line service ends for at least five months. Residents from across the South Side who use the Red Line to get around will be shuttled to the Garfield Green Line stop. In the oft-understated parlance of the CTA: Expect delays. We have(…)

Editorial: zoning matters on 53rd St.

The debate over the planned high-rise development across from Nichols Park, called Vue53 by the developers and McMobil by everyone in the neighborhood, is shaking out to a few key points. We are enjoying watching that process unfold in the pages of our paper. As arguments are made both for and against the project, we(…)

Editorial: Delay Canter closure

As the vote to decide whether to close 54 Chicago Public Schools draws near — it is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 22 — we are endorsing a very sensible proposal regarding Canter Middle School, which is on the closure list, made by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), whose district includes Canter, 4959(…)

Keep Canter open

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The Chicago Board of Education will soon make decisions about school closures, decisions that will disrupt communities and displace large numbers of students. One can only hope that the board’s decisions will be made with care and caution. One can only hope that dislocated students will find themselves(…)

New McMobil development will be overall benefit

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th) Alderman Burns: I am comforted to know that you are supportive of the current development plans of the McMobil site. After reading all the articles in the Herald and having my cars and homes blanketed with opposition flyers, I decided to write you.(…)

In solidarity with students on climate change vote

To the Editor: I stand with the 2,183 University of Chicago students who voted on the student government election ballot in favor of the fossil fuel divestment referendum, as reported by Lindsay Welbers in the May 8 issue. My wife attends the University of Chicago, earning a Ph.D. in Theology, and she voted in favor(…)

Do Mobil detractors use the gas station?

To the Editor: As a U. of C. alum (received an A.B. in geography, winter 1977), I remind the fine, outstanding citizens who today call Hyde Park home that: During the decade of the 1950s with some spillover into the 1960s, the University of Chicago not only threatened but also endeavored to leave Hyde Park.(…)

U. of C. road closure will harm local treasures

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) Dear Alderman Hairston: I am writing to express concern about the University of Chicago’s plans to close 58th Street between Woodlawn Avenue and University Avenue in order to create a pedestrian area between the Oriental Institute and the Becker-Friedman Institute. Although I am(…)

Why celebrating reading in school is important

To the Editor: As principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School, I invite everyone in the community to share in our students’ celebration of Children’s Book Week May 13 to 17. Why are we participating in this national literacy initiative? Because at St. Thomas the Apostle School, we know “Readers are Leaders.” Reading opens doors(…)