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The Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St., will host an adult book discussion of “Bedrock Faith,” by Eric Charles May, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. The One Book, One Chicago event will be held both in person at the library and online via Zoom. “Bedrock Faith” tells the story of…

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The Southwest Symphony Orchestra (SSO), under the direction of David L. Crane, will present “SSO Musicians’ Bucket List Revisited” on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., at the Trinity Christian College Ozinga Auditorium, 6601 W. College Dr., in Palos Heights. This concert is the second part of a 20…

The Beverly Ridge Homeowners Association (BRHA) is sponsoring a Halloween coloring contest for neighborhood kids. Contestants will be judged in three age groups: 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12. Participants can decorate the entry form on this page, pick one up at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr…

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Oak Lawn Community High School Theater Coach Mike Olsson (left) will direct an autism- and disability-friendly Reader’s Theatre for teens and young adults on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m., at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., in its outdoor tent. Attendees will choose a role …

The ninth annual Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, in Lisle, will be held from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2, 2022.

Following an unusual season of streaming concerts, plays, opera and dance productions directly to patrons’ homes, the Governors State University (GSU) Center for Performing Arts will return to in-person, live events this October.

The Palos Preserves of the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) has been designated the largest Urban Night Sky Place in the world by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).

Chicago Kids Company (CKC) Theater for Children will present “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Oct. 28 to Nov. 24.

The Beverly Theatre Guild Chicago will present “The Sounds of Broadway Musical Revue” on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 12 to 2 p.m., at the Givens Beverly Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., during the Beverly Art Walk.

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I had the opportunity recently to sit down with writer-actor-filmmaker-radio host Mike Houlihan to talk about next month’s Emerald Society annual dinner, where he will be named 2020 and 2021 Irishman of the Year.

Chicago in Tune, an extension of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Open Chicago initiative is underway until Sept. 19, bringing weeks of music to Chicago.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “Open Chicago” initiative continues with Chicago in Tune, a new citywide festival to be held Aug. 19-Sept. 19.

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The Beverly branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St., will host a book discussion of “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women,” by Kate Moore, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 7:45 p.m., in the Community Room.

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Misericordia Hearts & Flour Bakery will be among the vendors at the Smith Village Farmers Market on Friday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in its parking lot at the northwest corner of 113th Place and Oakley Avenue, rain or shine. In addition to Smith Village’s new stand serving lemona…

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Criu de Sheela, a club comprised of area residents, will host a masquerade ball and benefit gala on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the French House, 9203 S. Pleasant Ave.

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Following the COVID-required cancellation of the Ridge Run in May 2020 and the postponement of the 2021 race from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is thrilled to host the 43rd running of the races on Saturday, Sept. 4.

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The parish of Most Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church will host its carnival and festival from Thursday, July 29, to Sunday, Aug. 1, at 95th Street and Lawndale Avenue in Evergreen Park.

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Shedd Aquarium has announced the return of Jazzin’ at the Shedd, an evening event series punctuated by live, local jazz talent, unbelievable animal moments and fantastic city skyline and firework views.

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Oak Lawn Community High School Theater Coach Mike Olsson will direct an autism- and disability-friendly Reader’s Theatre for teens and young adults on Saturday, July 17, at 3 p.m., in the outdoor tent at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave. Attendees will choose a role to pla…

In honor of Disability Awareness Month, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Diversability Committee is offering an array of online programs for kids, teens and adults celebrating the culture, history and achievements of people with disabilities.

After more than a year of virtual theatre, online music and video dance performances, the Beverly Art Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., brings live professional theater back to the stage with “Comedy of Errors” performed on its courtyard stage June 25 to 27. Tickets are on sale now in the BAC…

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Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly, along with local arts organizations, performers and community members, recently announced the ninth summer season of Night Out in the Parks.

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The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will host the Summer Solstice Uprising Market on the business corridor near 103rd Street and Longwood Drive on Saturday, June 19, with DJ Ayana Contreras, of WBEZ radio among the many artists participating. The event runs from 3 to 9 p.m., with outdoor markets …

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The Evergreen Park Public Library will host a slam-dunk book discussion of “The Crossover,” by Kwame Alexander, and a pick-up basketball game for fathers and sons, on Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m., on the basketball court at Oak Lawn Community High School, 9400 Southwest Highway.

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Alliance Contemporary at NOB will present “Let’s Get Funky” on Saturday, June 12, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the hippest destination in Beverly, the pop-up art space behind Nicky’s of Beverly, 105th Street and Western Avenue.

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