News In Brief

Smoke shop gives away turkeys

On Monday Hyde Park Cigars gave away 300 turkeys to needy families who couldn’t afford a bird for their Thanksgiving dinners. Owner Mike Allen said the giveaway was an effort to pass his good fortune along. “To be honest it’s just reaching out and passing on the blessings,” Allen said. “It’s a blessing to be(…)

Midway rink open

The Midway Plaisance ice skating rink will open in just enough time for Hyde Parkers to burn off their Thanksgiving dinners. Ice skating rinks across the city will open on Nov. 23 and run through Feb. 24. The Midway Plaisance Park, 1104 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn) will be open from noon(…)

South Side Pie contest results

The winners of the South Side Pie contest, recently held at Ray Elementary, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., have been announced. The first place winners are: Sharon Brinkman, in the creme pie category; Molly Herron, in the fruit pie category; Paige Reilly, in the nut pie category; and Sofia Kilbadze, in the pumpkin/sweet potato pie category.

Charlotte Des Jardins takes the stage

Charlotte Des Jardins, a Hyde Park resident, will be one of 18 seniors to act in the play “20 Years in Two Acts,” a celebration of past work by the Primus Theater company at Renaissance Court, 78 E. Washington St. Renaissance Court is an activities center for adults over 55. The play runs from Nov.(…)

JPAC election results

The Jackson Park Advisory Council held their annual board elections on Monday Nov. 12. The board works to preserve Jackson Park’s architecture and the native flora and fauna. Louise McCurry will retain her position as president. Aaron Stephens was voted vice president. Gary Ossewaarde was voted to retain his position as secretary. Dwight Powell was(…)

Rich Nayer appears in film

The recently completed independent drama “My Enemy’s Son” is a thoroughly local production: director and Bronzeville resident Will Adams’ second film was shot throughout Chicago’s South Side and features Hyde Park resident Rich Nayer as a leading character. The movie, which features an 18-person cast, follows the story of South Side drug dealer T-Low, who(…)

61st Street farmers market open

Although the temperature is plunging, the 61st Street Farmers Market at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., is still providing a broad array of seasonal fresh and prepared foods through Dec. 15. The indoor market also features chef demonstrations and classes by B’Gabs Goodies, and matches purchases using Link cards of up to $25. The(…)

Bette Cerf Hill at HPAC

A show featuring abstract work from Chicago artist Bette Cerf Hill is opening Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave. “String Theory” is a collection of Cerf Hill’s work inspired by concepts of energy and entropy. Along with abstract paintings, the longtime member of HPAC will also exhibit an installation(…)