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McAuley students earn leadership awards

Seven Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School students recently received Vicariate V Youth Leadership Awards from the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to a press release from the school. Seniors Allyson Avants (Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community), Therese Bueno (Orland Park) and Cayla Smith and juniors Erin …

Ahern: Morgan Park native is pursuing comedy career


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, …

St. Xavier unveils commencement speakers


Former Mercy Housing chief executive officer Sister Lillian Murphy and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett are scheduled to speak and receive honorary degrees at St. Xavier University’s graduation ceremony May 10, according to a press release from the school.

Murphy will deliver the commencement …

Tradition is fashionable at Mother McAuley


The Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School Mother’s Club recently hosted a spring luncheon and fashion show, “Wish Upon a Star,” an annual fundraising event that provides an opportunity for mothers, daughters, alumnae, family, friends and supporters to gather together, according to a release from …

SXU to host symposium on Stephen A. Douglas


St. Xavier University and the Stephen A. Douglas Association will host a one-day public symposium, “Visualizing the American Past: Remembering Stephen A. Douglas in the Age of Ken Burns,” on April 26.

The symposium, commemorating Douglas’ birth on April 23, 1813, includes five sessions that …

Ahern: ‘Mayor of Western Avenue’ remembered fondly


Today’s column involves two compelling stories: one about a man who refused to be limited by his developmental disability and the other about a community that embraced him. Herbert “Hub” Altman grew up in the Beverly community of Chicago and spent his life loving people, …

Rings blessed for St. Rita’s Prep Bowl champs


Chuck Henrichs, Eamon Moran, George Vanek, George Padron, Nick Filomeno and Nick Vanderham display the rings they received for the St. Rita football team’s victory in the 2013 Prep Bowl. The rings were blessed at a special March 13 Mass in the chapel at St. …

Mount Greenwood Library offers April programs

The Mount Greenwood Library, 11010 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, will host Money Smart Week programs in April.

“Strategies for a Sustainable Income in Retirement” will be held at 6 p.m. April 8.

“How to Buy Foreclosures & Short Sales” will be held at 2 p.m. …

Ahern: SXU’s Birth to 3 program aids at-risk kids, families


Kathy Peters and Lori Winkler helped more than 500 families over the past 10 years, but few probably know of their efforts.

The women run St. Xavier University’s Birth to 3 program in the Mount Greenwood community of Chicago, working out of office space at …

Shakespeare’s ‘Dream’ to be staged for McAuley students


Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will host the Chicago Shakespeare Touring Theatre Co. on April 1 for a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The in-school field trip is sponsored by the English department and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts …

Night of comedy to benefit fight vs. breast cancer


Comedienne Patti Vasquez is to perform “Lipstick Mom 2014” at 8 p.m. May 2 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.

Admission is $25. Half of the proceeds will go to the Little Company of Mary Hospital Comprehensive Breast Health Center through …

‘Cuban Five’ artist’s work to be exhibited


“I Will Die the Way I Lived,” an exhibit of 15 watercolors by Antonio Guerrero, will be hosted from March 21 to April 13 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, according to a press release from the center.

The opening reception …

Smith Village health fair open to the public


Smith Village, a continuing care retirement community, will host a free public health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 at 2320 W. 113th Place, Chicago.

“We’re building on March’s National Nutrition Month with our theme, ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,’ ” …

Free hands-on art event slated for March 23

“Get In, Get Art,” the Beverly Arts Center’s popular monthly activity series, hosts “Get Local” from 2 to 4 p.m. March 23.

Showcasing art and culture from Chicago, the program offers free activities for all ages and is held at the center, 2407 W. 111th …

Event to benefit family of girl, 2, with cystic fibrosis


Family and friends of 2-year-old Adele Higgins will host an “Arms Around Adele Benefit” from 3 to 8 p.m. March 22 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.

Adele was born with cystic fibrosis, a lifelong condition requiring intensive medical care, according …

All Day Montessori to host open house

All Day Montessori, which bills itself as “more than just a school,” will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon March 23 at the facility, 1819 W. 99th St., Chicago.

The event will include tours, opportunities to meet faculty, staff and parents, and …

St. Xavier hosts ‘Chapters’ art exhibit


St. Xavier University is hosting “Chapters,” an art exhibit by Kelly Harris and Amara Hark-Weber, through April 1, according to a press release from the school.

The exhibit will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the university’s …