Community Briefs

The Chicago Police Department 22nd District will host CAPS meetings for the following: Beat 2223 on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., at Woodson Library, 9525 S. Halsted St., and Beat 2213 on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. For more information about CAPS meetings, call the 22nd District CAPS office, (312) 745-0620, or visit the website at chicagopolice.org.

Find out how Veterans Administration benefits work with Medicare to improve overall healthcare options on Monday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St. Dorenda M. Clink, an independent Medicare and certified long-term care specialist licensed in Illinois and Indiana, will give the presentation. For more information, call (312) 747-9673.

The PLOWS Council on Aging will host the following events: Tuesday, Nov. 12, advocacy and benefits at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski Rd., in Alsip. One-on-one appointments will be provided from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Professionals will help older adults 60 years old and older, and people with disabilities 18-59 years old, apply for benefits and learn about services including Medicare Savings Program, SNAP, senior health insurance, benefits access program and Medicare Part D. Memory Cafe will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Community Nutrition Network Site, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., in Hometown. Memory Cafe is a social gathering for people living with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment and their care partners. There is no charge for the event, and a complimentary lunch will be provided. “Housing Options for Older Adults” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 S. Oxford Ave. The presentation will outline housing options for older adults in Palos, Lemont, Orland and Worth townships. For more information or to register for PLOWS programs, call (708) 361-0219.

The next meeting of the Great Connections Great Books Conversations series will be a discussion of the role of choice in love, based on an excerpt from a piece by Ortega Y. Gasset, on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at 11107 S. Longwood Dr. Each meeting consists of moderated dialogues on selections from classic texts with extraordinary relevance to modern life. Registration is required. For more information or to register, email noelle@thegreatconnections.org.

Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin will host the Women’s Small Business Expo on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the UIC Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to grow a business, start one from scratch or do business with the city of Chicago. For more information or to register, visit the treasurer’s Facebook page.

Council Oak Montessori School will host Harvest Jam, a family-friendly fundraising event, at Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 S. Old Western Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include live music, a drink ticket and activities. All proceeds will benefit the school’s farm-to-table and music programs. For more information, visit the website at counciloakmontessori.org.

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type-O blood, are urged to give now to ensure a stable supply this fall. Local blood donation opportunities include Blue Island Park District, 12804 Highland Ave., on Friday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and St. Christina Church, 11036 S. Christiana Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fore more information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Advocate Christ Medical Center, in Oak Lawn, is seeking dedicated adults and teens who want to make a difference and lend a helping hand. Volunteer opportunities include patient greeters at information desks and waiting areas in various departments throughout the medical center including the emergency department, imaging center and surgical waiting rooms. Volunteers work with guest services staff at points-of-entry. Teens must be 16 years of age and in high school to volunteer. If interested in becoming a volunteer, applications are available at advocatehealth.com. For more information, call (708) 684-5248.

The Chicago Quilters’ Guild will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., at St. Bede the Venerable Parish Hall, 4400 W. 83rd St. Cheryl Sleboda will present “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilter.” The evening will begin with a short business meeting, followed by refreshments, the program and the “block of the month” show-and-tell segment. For more information, call Kathy at (773) 919-1972.

Rotary International will hold a meeting for people interested in learning more about being part of a new Rotary Club forming in Beverly/Morgan Park on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., in the Beverly Area Planning Association Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International, lived in Morgan Park on Longwood Drive from 1912 until his death in 1947, and he held many Rotary meetings and events at his house, which is being restored by Rotary International’s Paul Harris Foundation with plans to open it as a meeting space and visitors center. To register or for more information about Rotary Club membership, call Mera Johnson at (630) 800-9980 or email merajohnson@gmail.com. For more information about Rotary International, visit rotary.org.