News In Brief

Elections, a fundraiser and a photography class in park news

Spruce and Midway park advisory council elections Two new park advisory councils will elect officers this month. Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave., will host an election at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20, at the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. An election for a Midway Park advisory council will take(…)

A community garden, a fundraiser and diversity in school news

Community garden blooming at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St. Plans are in place to create a community garden at Kozminski Elementary School. The grant for the garden was made possible through the Open Space Impact Fees Ordinance. The school plans to replace asphalt playgrounds with native landscaping and art. Student financial aid fundraiser a success(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s April 7 runoff election

With less than a week until Chicago’s runoff mayoral election, voting has already begun. Early voting will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., every through day through Saturday, April 4. A government ID is required. Hyde Park’s nearest early voting polling places are the King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, the Jackson Park(…)

U. of C. Institute of Politics names spring 2015 fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) will host eight fellows this spring. Since its January 2013 founding, the IOP has hosted 44 fellows, who present public seminars and talks each quarter. Next quarter’s fellows are: CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman, “An Inconvenient Truth” director(…)

Workshop for women veterans coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago-based non-profit Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) will host a workshop for women veterans this Wednesday. The event, part of a citywide series this month entitled “Woman Warrior Wednesdays,” will take place at 6 p.m. on March 18, at the Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St. The aim(…)

An award nomination, photo contest and PAC talks in park news

JPAC nominated for new award The Chicago Parks Foundation and Park District have nominated the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) for their first-ever Park Advisory Council of the Year Award. The winner of the new distinction will be announced on Saturday, March 28 at the 2015 Park Advisory Council Conference at Truman College, 1145 W.(…)

Hyde Park theaters to present plays by August Wilson this spring

Three Hyde Park theaters will host performances in conjunction with a citywide celebration of renowned playwright August Wilson, which will take place through April 18. The celebration is an exploration of Wilson’s work that includes concert readings, panel discussions and special events such as the revival of “Two Running Trains,” which will be directed by(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan return

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present “The Yeomen of the Guard” next week in Mandel Hall. The company’s 55th annual production will tell the story of a man falsely accused of sorcery by his envious relative, while friends try to free him before his execution. The performance is 3 hours long with one(…)