Calendar of Events

Comedy Night

The Lewis University Alums will host “Laugh to Create Awareness II” on Sunday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.

The comedy night is presented to build awareness about mental-health issues, create a scholarship for a Lewis graduate student focusing on counseling who has been directly affected by depression, and aid the Lewis University Center for Health and Counseling Services.

The lineup includes comedy from Angela Ricci, Joe Kilgallon and Adam Grabowski, from “America’s Got Talent.”

Tickets are $50 and are available at the alumni section of the website at

Movie Screening

Southsiders for Peace will host “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” at the Givens Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This beautiful 2014 documentary by Deborah Willis and Thomas Allen Harris explores how African-American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change.

Irish Concert

Irish traditional tunes will hit the stage in “An Evening of Irish Music” with Liz Carroll on Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m., at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St.

The concert will feature the Grammy Award-nominated and globally renowned fiddling of Carroll with special guests Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss, and Open the Door for Three.

Tickets are $28, $25 for BAC members.

For more information or tickets, call (773) 445-3838 or visit the website at

‘Sacred Space’

Lisa Catania, a licensed clinical social worker at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western Ave., will offer “Creating Personal Sacred Space for Healing” for four consecutive weeks starting Sunday, March 8.

The group is for those who yearn for a sacred retreat space where they can meditate and deepen their sense of spiritual connection to themselves and divine love. The circle experience will explore connection to one’s “higher self” and a personal manifestation of connection to “divine love.” It will help participants create a meditative spiritual healing space.

“We will explore practices and rituals,” Catania said, “that connect us to holistic healing and creation, such as smudging, purifying energy, intentional manifestation and devotional practices.”

For more information or to register, call Catania at (773) 719-1751 or visit the website for Beverly Therapists.

Blue Island Library

Open play in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) will be held on Wednesday, March 4, at 4 p.m., at the Blue Island Library, 2433 York St.

Participants will explore the subject using the library’s collection of STEAM kits and toys.

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Crafters will make a St. Patrick’s Day wreath on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The class will help folks create green decor for the holiday with this fun wreath craft.

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A class about basic vegetable gardens will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. Participants will learn to grow vegetables at home and leave the library with ready-to-grow lettuce or herb in a bag.

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A lesson on creating spring paper flowers will be held Monday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The instructor will show how to make rolled paper flowers that can be used for various projects with the help of the Silhouette Portrait cutting machine. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call the library at (708) 388-1078.

Evergreen Park Library

On Feb. 29, Seed Saturday will be held at the Evergreen Park Library, 9400 S. Troy St., starting at 10 a.m.

Attendees will prepare for spring planting with a seed swap in the lobby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People should bring saved or purchased seeds (non-GMO and organic), labeled with name and growing information, to swap with other gardeners.

People can learn about indoor and winter sowing techniques, and they can take planted seeds home to get an early start on spring.

“The Wonder of Seeds,” a program with Mary Miritello, will be presented at 11 a.m., and Herbology 101, a program with Marcia Lautanen Raleigh, will be at 1 p.m.

Registration for Seed Saturday is requested.

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Switch Coding will be held on Fridays, March 6, 13 and 20, at 3:30 p.m.

Participants will use the Fuze4 program on the Switch to learn how to code and create a game to share.

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Kids will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss by watching “The Lorax” movie and doing a “Suess-pendous” craft on Monday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m., children will get caught in Charlotte’s web, go ballooning with her children and eat cotton candy cobwebs at this interactive showing of the movie, “Charlotte’s Web.”

Registration is requested for library events. For more information, call (708) 422-8522 or visit the website at

The Log Cabin

A bookmaking workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Hwy., in Palos Park.

Barb Thompson will lead this handmade book workshop, focusing on creating unique books. Participants will learn to score and fold paper, sew signatures and glue papers as they assemble books. The folded accordion book, “Dos a Dos,” and a map book will be made.

Workshop fee is $25 plus a $5 materials fee.

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April Schabes will instruct beginning and intermediate students in experimenting with color and composition to create mixed-media collages in a class to be held on six Mondays, beginning March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The class will provide an opportunity to enjoy the world of artistic expression with a fun and easy artform.

Class fee is $130.

For more information or to register, call (708) 361-3650.