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Homeownership program hosts resource fair this weekend

The Renew Woodlawn Homeownership Program, which provides incentives for anyone interested in purchasing a home in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn, will host a homeowners resource fair at its Hyde Park-based resource center this weekend. The fair will begin with a symbolic ribbon cutting that celebrates the first home closing under the program at 10(…)

Review: “The King and I”

Review: “The King and I”

RECOMMENDED Where: Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through May 22 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-827-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I expected the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” to be the best I’d ever seen. It wasn’t. While the fourth installment of the Lyric’s American(…)

Review: “Hazel, A Musical Maid in America”

Review: “Hazel, A Musical Maid in America”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through May 29 Tickets: $45-$60 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Everybody loves somebody with a can-do spirit. And that’s exactly the image Klea Blackhurst projects as the title character in the world premiere of “Hazel, A Musical Maid in America” at(…)

Review: Teenage cellist offers mature  concert  performance

Review: Teenage cellist offers mature concert performance

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lucie Ticho is a talented cellist from the Chicago suburbs about to embark on the next big step in her career. In the fall she will begin a joint program at Columbia and Juilliard and this summer she will travel to Europe with the National Youth Orchestra of the(…)

Ruth Rose Block Michael, 103

Ruth Rose Block Michael, 103

Ruth Rose Block Michael passed away peacefully, Feb. 17, after a short illness. Block Michael, was born on Aug. 5, 1912 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada to Violet Wendelboe and Louis Block. Her father owned a piano store and delivered pianos by horse drawn wagon. When the family moved to Hyde Park in the 1920s,(…)

“Strength and Struggle”

“Strength and Struggle”

Chabad center hosts “Strength and Struggle” courses The Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, 5700 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a six-part course titled “Strength and Struggle.” The course features  Lessons in character from prophets. The courses begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 17. The first course is free.

William Grimshaw,77

William Grimshaw,77

William “Bill” J. Grimshaw, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, after a long illness. For many years the 77 year old was known as an expert on Chicago politics. Grimshaw was born on May 18, 1938, to Elmer J. Grimshaw, a factory worker, and Violet Teppo Grimshaw, who was born in America to Finnish immigrants.(…)

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Tri-Master-Youth Division and the SECC are partnering to host a 1960s and 1970s-themed running event on May 14. Costumes are encouraged. The event, titled the Jackson Park Five Classic Run, kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. and includes three different running courses. Participants will choose between a 5(…)

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   The 61st Street Farmers Market returns outdoors Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., marking the beginning of warmer weather and weekly markets. The 61st Street Farmers Market is located between Drochester and Blackstone avenues and features dozens of local farms, bakeries and other organic and fresh vendors. The(…)

KOCO annual convention

KOCO annual convention

KOCO’s annual convention celebrates So. side trauma center and Dyett High School activists The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) is hosting its annual convention Saturday, May 14, at King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.  State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) and Veronica Morris-Moore, they youth organizer that helped lead the campaign that won a(…)

Brother continues search for Ambrose Monye

Brother continues search for Ambrose Monye

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer No answers have yet surfaced in the investigation into the disappearance of Ambrose Monye, a Hyde Park medical student who was last seen April 22. On Saturday, May 7, members of Monye’s family and a handful of volunteers took part in a search that spanned Jackson Park, but turned up(…)

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As the school year comes to a close, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is seeing the hard work of its students pay off in various scholarship awards. According to the Assistant Principal, Thomas Frayne, the total amount of money Kenwood students received for scholarships this year is(…)