Community Briefs 01-09-2014


‘BAC to Broadway’ Debuts

  The Beverly Arts Center’s 2014 Professional Theater Series opens Jan. 11 with “BAC to Broadway,” a cabaret show featuring music from Broadway shows. The two shows are available at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The three-show series continues with “Songs for a New World” in March and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” in June.

All productions will be performed at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets to “BAC to Broadway” are $20 and proceeds from the show will benefit the BAC Professional Theatre Series. Tickets for “Songs for a New World” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” are $22 each, $20 for Beverly Arts Center members. Patrons buying tickets to all three shows will pay $60, and the price is $54 for BAC members. For tickets and more information, call 773-445-3838, or visit

“BAC to Broadway” will feature Michael Mejia, Ryan Westwood, Megan Kearney, Don Abbott, Ricky Harris, Tim Stompanato, Warren Jackson and Frazee. These professional actors are connected to the BAC by having performed or taught there. They are bringing their talents to raise funds for the upcoming shows in the BAC Professional Theater Series.

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, “Songs for a New World” is a musical without a plot that features songs focused on one theme: the transformative changes that occur when something momentous happens. The show will be staged at the BAC March 28 through 30.

Named for a song by Fats Waller and paying tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 30s, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is filled with terrific music from the heyday of the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The BAC performances will be June 13 through 15.


Chicago Ridge

Park District Seeks Yoga Teacher

  The Chicago Ridge Park District is looking for a Yoga teacher for the upcoming months. The applicant must be available Monday through Thursday in the evenings, but does not need to be present every day. Those interested in the position, contact Dominic Malito at (708) 636-4900, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Hickory Hills

Blood Drive Coming to Hickory Hills

  The Hickory Hills Community Center, 7800 W. 89th Pl., will host blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Walk-ins are welcome. There will be free food and a free raffle available to donors. For more information, call LifeSource at 877-543-3768.


Oak Lawn

Embroiderers Guild to Meet Day and Night

  The Beverly Hills Embroiderers’ Guild will hold its regular monthly day meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The meeting will feature “Bayeux Tapestry” presented by Jeanne McDonald. The evening group meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and will be featuring an original ornament “Let’s go sledding!” design on perforated paper. Individuals are urged to attend a meeting at no charge or obligation if they are interested in sharing their hand-stitching skills. The meetings run from September through April. For more information, call 425-6793.



Legion hosts three events

  Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991 of Worth will sponsor a Texas Hold ’Em from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Toyota Park, 7000 W. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview. Live cash games and “Sit N Go” tournaments will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and run throughout the event. There will be a variety of cash games at different monetary levels offered. For more information, call 448-6699, or visit

  • The post’s Friday Night Fish Fry will begin March 7 and end April 18 at the post, 11001 S. Depot St.
  • A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held Saturday, March 8, also at the post.Orland Park

Crisis Center annual gala plans underway; raffle sales begin

  Plans are underway for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s Heart to Heart Dinner Dance, to be held on Saturday Feb. 22, at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.

The annual fundraiser will include cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment by The Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee Duo, and raffle drawing with seven cash prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Raffle tickets are now on sale, priced at just $50 each, and can be divided among several purchasers. Tickets may be purchased on the Crisis Center’s website at Once the order is complete, a raffle ticket will be mailed to the purchaser. A ticket order form (also available online) can be downloaded and mailed with payment to the Crisis Center, P.O. Box 39, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Only 500 tickets will be sold and raffle tickets make great holiday gifts.

Ad book advertising space and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Several CCSS supporters have already signed up for sponsorships, including Advocate Christ Medical Center, Sheet Metal Werks (Diamond Sponsors) and Thornton Township, All Seasons Pools and Spas, Inc., Judge John T. and Janet Doody, and St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society, Oak Lawn (Bronze Sponsors).

Event tickets will be available soon. Contact Christopher Beele at 429-7255, Ext. 118 for reservations, sponsorships, and additional information.

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.

Visit for more information on the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, ways to support its mission, and the services it provides.