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Ahern: Soap making a passion for Morgan Park woman

Jane Zia “comes clean” about her interest in soap. She would never “lye” about her soap skills, and — well, that’s enough with the soap humor. With luck, Zia is tolerant of corny soap jokes because her interest in soap is no laughing matter. She’s …

Beverly Arts Center set to host 38th Art Competition exhibit

An opening reception for the 38th Annual Beverly Arts Center Art Competition is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in the East Gallery of the center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.

Some artwork will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds …

Beverly church to hold hazardous and ewaste collection event

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church will sponsor an electronics and hazardous waste collection event from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 1 in the church parking lot, 10244 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago, according to a press release from the church.

Computers, laptops, printers, …

Ahern: Beverly church joins fight against human trafficking

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The Rev. Lawrence Cameron of Beverly’s Bethany Union Church said his congregation’s involvement with Destiny Rescue, a global group that fights human trafficking, is a God-sized calling.

“I invited Destiny Rescue to (the church) because I believe that their work and mission is significant, and …

Ahern: Drive underway in Beverly to move farmers market

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As the season winds down for the farmers market in the Beverly community of Chicago, one question keeps coming up: Should the market be moved from 95th Street and Longwood Drive? Residents in support of a move are talking via social media sites and have …

Ahern: Mount Greenwood Fest is today

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The current trend to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prompted members of the Mount Greenwood Chamber of Commerce to have a dunk tank, which will help fund ALS research, at the community’s summer festival today. The ice bucket challenge aims to bring attention …

Ahern: Chicago men hope to take comic book series global

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What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf became friends? What if they married? David Gruba and Rene Castellano not only asked these questions, they created a comic book series where that happens. Their series, “Tales of the Wolfman,” details the life …

Ahern: Brother Rice marching band goes to Washington

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When the Brother Rice High School marching band performed at Washington, D.C.’s Fourth of July parade, the members also took time out for their education and learned lessons about commitment, valor and honor. That’s a lot to fit in for a few days’ trip, but …

Theology-on-Tap sets summer series schedule

Young adults from throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to St. Bernadette Church in Evergreen Park to participate in South Side Theology-on-Tap, a summer speaker and discussion series, according to a press release about the series.

South Side Theology-on-Tap will feature four different speakers …

Evergreen Park students get ‘tour’ of Chicago

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After a recent morning of standardized testing, the freshman and sophomore students at Evergreen Park Community High School participated in an afternoon event entitled “What’s Around Town,” which was designed to introduce the freshmen and sophomores to the ethnic diversity that the city of Chicago …

Grant helps SXU offer language services to community

St. Xavier University’s Ludden Speech and Language Clinic recently received a $30,000 grant from the Helen Brach Foundation, a longtime supporter of the clinic, according to a press release from St. Xavier.

The gift is vital to the continuation of services and programs that the …

Ahern: Everyone was French for a day at Sutherland

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The French would say “très fabuleux,” but English speakers would just say “very fabulous” to describe the French event at E. H. Sutherland Elementary School in the Beverly community of Chicago. The annual all-day event is the brainchild of the school’s art teacher, Jennifer Mastropaolo, …

SXU’s management school earns high marks

St. Xavier University’s Graham School of Management recently earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, according to a press release from the university in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.

“Achieving AACSB accreditation illustrates how much we value providing the highest quality …

Ahern: A traveling history museum for Smith Village

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What does tool design have to do with the history of a retirement community? At first glance, not much. However, when Smith Village in the Beverly community of Chicago turned 90 this year, its officials accepted help from Blue Island resident and tool designer Ken …

Ahern: Christ the King students enjoy murder mystery come alive

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The “murderous” eighth-grade students at Christ the King Elementary School in the Beverly community of Chicago “killed” their pastor for the third year in a row — all in the name of a good education. The make-believe murder, as well as the subsequent investigations, are …

Women shop ‘In Good Company’ for charity

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More than 600 women turned out when the Little Company of Mary Auxiliary hosted the eighth annual In Good Company fundraiser and shopping event at Ridge Country Club in Chicago on April 10, according to a press release from the hospital.

The garden-themed evening included …

Ahern: Morgan Park native is pursuing comedy career

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When comedian Pat McGann performed a comedy routine on the “The Late Show with David Letterman,” he felt as though he had checked off an item from his bucket list. But that satisfied feeling left fairly quickly because McGann knows that in the comedy business, …