Community Briefs

The next Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Beverly Unitarian Church, 10344 S. Longwood Dr., at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to become more confident when talking about climate change. In addition, attendees will watch a video of Dr. Katherine Hayhoe’s opening speech at the CCL 2019 conference, review key points of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763) and receive resources specifically related to climate-change communication.

The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side Group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 9904 S. Damen Ave., to discuss the Chicago city budget. The league is a nonpartisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues. For more information, call (312) 939-5949 or (773) 233-1420.

Mercy Circle, a life-plan community at 3659 W. 99th St., is seeking volunteers, and it has scheduled a one-hour volunteer orientation session on Monday, Jan. 27, at 9 a.m. Volunteer opportunities include accompanying residents on regular trips to the library, transporting them to activities, assisting them with correspondence, and lending a hand with flower arranging and community outreach projects. All volunteers are required to complete an orientation. For more information or to register, call Mary Kate Moriarty, life enrichment coordinator, at (773) 253-3600.

Margaret’s Village, a South Side homeless shelter, is collecting items for raffle prize baskets for its spring luncheon to be held on Sunday, March 22, at the Beverly Country Club. Organizers are seeking donations of new or never-used items as well as sports tickets, theater tickets and gift cards. Donations should be dropped off before Friday, Jan. 31, at RMH Design, 1802 W. 103rd St., Wednesday to Friday, from 12 to 7 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m.

The St. Margaret of Scotland Alumni Association will host the parish’s 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Party on Saturday, Feb. 29. This event will take place in the “Old School Hall,” located at 99th and Throop streets, after the Mass that begins at 4:30 p.m. Entertainment for the evening will include bagpipes, the GraceNotes Celtic band and last year’s returning DJ, Jason Baumann. There will also be a silent auction and gift basket raffles. Admission to the St. Patrick’s Party is $30, payable at the door by cash or check, and it includes a traditional corned beef dinner along with other delectable items and unlimited beer, wine and soda. St. Margaret of Scotland serves the Beverly and Washington Heights neighborhoods with a diverse congregation that plays an active role in the community by operating a weekly food pantry on the premises as well as hosting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. For reservations or more information, call the St. Margaret Church office at (773) 779-5151 or email

Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., in Oak Forest, is hosting Jive dance classes on Tuesdays during January and February. The classes begin at 7 p.m., and all skill levels are welcomed; a partner is not needed. Jive dance classes are a great way to meet people, and because it is fast and energy-consuming, Jive is a great way to get fit for the new year. Classes are $10 per person or four classes for $30. All ages are welcome, and children 16 and under are free. For more information, call Gaelic Park at (708) 687-9323 or visit the website at