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Chicago Hyde Park Village

5500 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Date: 10/4/2020
Subject: Chicago Hyde Park Village and Hyde Parkers Announcements
From: Chicago Hyde Park Village

CHPVillage Dispatch
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Leslie Travis, Photographer, Hyde Park
Chicago Hyde Park Village and Hyde Parkers
Week of October 4 - 10, 2020 Events
Week of October 5 - 12, 2020 Events | Watch for More Information
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Chicago Hyde Park Village
All In-Person Activities and Events are Suspended
until further notice!
Being Apart | Together
Chicago Hyde Park Village
Week of October 4 - 10, 2020 Events
Programs Offered by CHPV via Zoom Sessions
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Monday, October 5
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Yoga for Balance with Janee Powell 
Tuesday, October 6
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Strength Training with Randi Kant
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Zoom Session Mindful-Meditation Group with Alice Dan, PhD
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Zoom Dining CHPV First Tuesday Dinner Salon
Wednesday, October 7
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Tai Chi Session with Brian Seeley 
Thursday, October 8
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Yoga for Balance with Janee Powell
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Zoom! Meet-up CHPV Thursday Men's Group Meeting
Friday, October 9
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Exercise with Wesley Pulphus
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Zoom Meet-up CHPV Friday Women's Group Meeting 
Special Announcements for October Zoom Session CHPV Wednesday Programs
Save the Date
Safety and Security in Hyde Park
UChicago Police Department
Zoom Session CHPV
Wednesday Drop-in
Wednesday, October 14
12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Deputy Chief Craig A Nance, MA, UChicago Police Department discusses its mission and work of providing a safe environment for those who live, learn, and work in our community; the interface and coordination with the Chicago Police Department. Discussion includes safety tips on/for the sidewalks and streets of Hyde Park.
All are Welcome! Invite another CHPVillager and Hyde Parker


Public's Help Planning 2021 Engagement, Crime-Fighting Strategies
Chicago Police Department
2nd District's Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy Office

Thursday, November 5 | Virtual
6:00 - 9:00  p.m.
Police will share a draft of the strategic plan and gather the public's additional input. Your participation is needed and appreciated.
Registration is at
Police ask for public's help planning 2021 engagement, crime-fighting strategies: 'This is your opportunity to be heard' | Hyde Park Herald

Zoom Session CHPV

Wednesday Drop-in
Creativity During COVID-19

Calling All Artists and Crafters

Wednesday, October 28

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Wouldn't you like to share how you've been spending your time as you lodge in place. . . 
If you've produced new creations or refurbish old ones, share your work or collection with us at a Zoom! Session CHPV Wednesday Drop-In on October 28.

This will be similar to our past virtual Garden Tour on Zoom in July; only this one would focus on creativity arts and crafts.

You may already have a collection of your own to share, either created by yourself or someone else. This could include anything from paintings to quilts to knitted garments to tye-dyed pieces to special masks to carvings to unique crafts to ?????

Let us know what you have created and share photos of it. 

We will collect and show photos of various pieces and the creator would share from your screen to talk about the work... all on Zoom (we'll help you with set up!)

Please contact the CHPV Office (; 773-363-1933 or Susan Alitto (
Twice and twice over, as they say,
good is it to repeat and review
what is good.
– Plato
Zoom Session CHPV Wednesday Drop-in
What's Ahead | Looking Back
CHPV Drop-ins in Review
CHPV Has Exceptional and Dynamic Zoom Wednesday Drop-in Sessions during COVID-19
When You Miss a Zoom Session
CHPV Wednesday Drop-in
We Miss You!
Zoom Session Wednesday Drop-ins stated Wednesday, April 8th and have continued since. Sessions are interesting, important and timely topic discussions; each session includes robust Q&As between and amongst presenter and participants. The number of Zoom Sessions CHPVillagers range from 8 to 34.
What's Ahead* 
October 14 | Safety and Security in Hyde Park - The UChicago Police Department | Deputy Chief Craig A Nance, MA
Deputy Chief Nance discusses its mission and work of providing a safe environment for those who live, learn, and work in our community; the interface and coordination with the Chicago Police Department. Discussion includes safety tips on/for the sidewalks and streets of Hyde Park.
October 28 | Festival of the Arts - Sheltered in Place Creativity
CHPVillagers sharing their creative arts, new creations, refurbished old ones, or collections while sheltered in place.
November 11 | Care Management with Older Adults - Tools and Resources to Make Informed Decisions
Jacqueline Boyd, developed and the executive director of The Care Plan agency, will discuss care management with older adults in which expert consultants provide insightful assessment, advice and coordination across healthcare and aging systems to achieve immediate goals for you or a loved one.
November 25 | Sing Along - Believe in Yesterday
A collage of folk, rock and Motown from 60s and 70s! Andy Teitelman will sing, strum his guitar, and take requests.
December 9 | Poetry Appreciation - Winter Afternoon Delight
Katherine Litwin, Library Director and Exhibitions Co-curator of the Poetry Foundation, provides us an overview of the Poetry Foundation, leads a participative discussion with poems, and a gives us virtual tour of the Poetry Foundation.
December 16 | In Conversation with Sara Paretsky - Mysteries and Social Issues
Sara Paretsky, an American author of detective fiction, best known for her novels focused on the female protagonist V I Warshawski, discusses the V T Detective motif and her latest book Dead End.
*Session topic and presenter subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances
Looking Back
Note: CHPV Members receive an email link to the Zoom recordings after the programs to watch for the first time or watch again. They are also posted on the CHPV website under Member Resources. No time limit for viewing.
September 23 | Upcoming Elections and Voting Be Informed
Betsy Rubin, MA, Acting Co-Leader, Indivisible Chicago-South Side, points out the facts, issues, information, resources and getting out the vote for the upcoming Presidential Election 2020.
September 9 | Medical Alert Systems – What are they? Do I need one? How do I choose one?
Dr Richard Caro, Co-founder to Tech-enhanced Life, discusses the basics of what a medical alert system is, types of alert systems, how these system work, and important considerations for selecting a medical alert system.
Wow. A record number of participants counted at 54; some 34 individuals from the various Chicago Area Villages and the Center for Life and Learning at Fourth Presbyterian Church joined this Zoom.)
 August 26 | Photography Outside Art In and Around Hyde Park
Spencer Bibbs, freelance photographer on the south side of Chicago has been professionally shooting for eight years.

August 12 | Choral Music Far and Near
Mollie Stone, MM, DMA, Choral Conductor and Lecturer, UChicago, Division of the Humanities, Music

Websites for two groups Mollie Stone works with: and 
Vreni Naess


Vreni Naess unexpectedly died at home Saturday, September 26th. Her son, Mark Naess, from Ypsilanti, MI was visiting his mother at the time. Vreni was a longtime member of CHPV and perhaps the most regular attendee of Yoga for Balance. Vreni's generous spirit and warm smile will be dearly missed.

Vreni is remembered as having a very active part in organizing and sustaining Chicago Children's Choir.
Watch and Listen to Vreni as she retells the story of Lisa Fittko; all her life, on two continents, Lisa advocated and worked for social justice and political rights. From her teenage years until she fled Europe in 1941, Lisa worked to oppose fascism. She and her husband helped to lead people out of Nazi-occupied France into Spain. The Life of Lisa Fittko Told by Vreni Naess | You Tube

All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances.

– William Shakespeare

South Side Aging Resource Guide
Older Adults, Caregivers, Providers and Aging Specialists
New Resource
COVID-19 Recourses
Online Navigational Resource Guide COVID-19 RESOURCES | SHARE Network
Request Free Print Copy
Contact the SHARE Network at:
(773) 702-9638 or email to
SHARE Network has worked with the Center for Disability and Elder Law. Legal assistance consists of assisting with completing end-of-life planning documents, including wills, transfer of death instruments, and powers of attorney.
For more information regarding services, qualifications and information, go to CDELaw
Link to Free COVID-19 Testing Locations in Chicago
Link to Transportation

These resources offer various options for getting around for seniors in Chicago; check with each to find the transportation solution that best fits your needs. However, many of these services have specific requirements and limitations, so be sure to research them before using.



Chicago Policy King Historic Residence in West Woodlawn!
with Clinée Hedspeth

A Virtual Tour via Zoom
Sunday, Oct 4
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Join us for the
Best Laughs of 2020
at the 1st  Ever 
Skyline Village Chicago 
Comedy Hour
Laura Hugg 
Second City Comic, Actress

Register here to join us  

This Zoom event is free but you must register.

Bring your friends!  Pass it on!

There will be a Virtual Tip Jar for contributions to help the entertainers

Other entertainers: Hermine Wise, the "Senior Citizen Comic, Lindsay Porter has performed with The Kates, The Mother Cluckers, Prateek Srivastana a nationally touring comedian based in Chicago and Peter-John Byrnes featured at Just For Laughs Chicago

Arbor West Neighbors Events
Community Connect
Oak Park

Monday, October 5

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Music of Hope and Healing, The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association: Free for members and for non-members a $15.00 donation is requested. An afternoon of exquisite and powerful music highlighting female poets who offer us comfort and wisdom during the dramatic events of 2020. For more information and for a link to the webinar, click here. Registration & Fee | Webinar 

Wednesday, October 7
Virtual: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity, Oak Park Public Library
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Select Topic(s) and Time(s)
Join the for their third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. The medicine wheel inspires this year’s conference because it’s an ancient healing method of acknowledging the balance of the four components of humanity: mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical.The first week will focus on mental well-being. For more information, to register and for zoom link, click here. Registration, Indicate Selections, Free | Zoom 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Marc Blesoff and “Aging in the Age of Pandemic” A weekly safe drop-in space for seniors. Join via zoom here. Register Now Free - Aging in the Age of Pandemic | Zoom 

Thursday, October 8
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Medicare Educational Seminar, Oak Park Public Library. Find out what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t; learn about supplemental insurance and Medicare D prescription coverage. To register and for zoom link, click here. Register Now Free | Webinar 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Talking Statues of Chicago, River Forest Library and River Forest Township; Bet Sair, retired educator, volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Center, and member of the Chicago Tour Guides Professional Association breathes new life into our city’s spectacular art collection. To register, for zoom link and for more information, click here Register Now Free | Zoom 
Friday, October 9
Virtual: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity, Oak Park Public Library
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Select Topic(s) and Time(s)
Join the for their third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. The medicine wheel inspires this year’s conference because it’s an ancient healing method of acknowledging the balance of the four components of humanity: mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical.The first week will focus on mental well-being. For more information, to register and for zoom link, click here. Registration, Indicate Selections, Free | Zoom
Saturday, October 10
10:00 a.m.
Adult Book Discussion: Exit West, | ONE BOOK ONE CHICAGO Austin Branch Library’s Soulful Perspectives Adult Book Discussion, Chicago Public Library. For more information, to register and for zoom link click here. Register Now Free | Online
Sunday, October 11
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Oak Park Public Library, Virtual Writers’ Word Feast; Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers’ group for writers of all types and genre. To register and for zoom link, click here.Register Now Free | Zoom

See Videos and article from Chicago Beyond, here; an organization that was created to deal with the inequities that are pervasive in Chicago’s Communities. Chicago Beyond 
Women Over 70: Aging Reimagined Podcast | Interview with Dr. Lydia Manning Free | Concordia University

LeverAGE, the newest podcast from the American Society on Aging (ASA) is about the politics of aging. Listen here | Voting in America 55 Years After the Voting Rights Act – Featuring NAACP’s Hilary O. Shelton | Buzz Sprout 


Race Forward presents Facing Race: Stories and Voices Podcast click here FACING RACE: STORIES & VOICES | Race Forward

Listen to the Code Switch podcast here for Fearless Conversations about Race. Listen Now Free | NPR Podcasts 


Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Click here and scroll down to the middle of the page to listen to podcasts | MOMENTUM: A RACE FORWARD PODCAST | Race Forward


Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated broadcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Click here to listen to podcasts. | Scene on Radio Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Get your weekly dose of Inspiration from the Good Life Project Podcast; listen to Jonathan Fields’ interview many inspirational people Click here to choose one of his many inspirational interviews. | Dose of Inspiration | Good Life Project


Take Charge of Your Diabetes | Virtual Workshop

Fridays, October 2 - November 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This is a free workshop for people with type 2 diabetes. It will help you build skills and gain confidence in managing your health and leading an active, fulfilling life. Take Charge of Your Diabetes has been identified by the American Diabetes Association for providing high-quality Diabetes Support* programming. This FREE 6 week workshop will cover:
• Coping with fatigue, frustration, pain and isolation

• Exercising to improve strength, flexibility and endurance
• Communicating with family, friends, and health professionals
• Using medications and practicing good nutrition
• Monitoring and managing low blood sugar
• Goal setting and problem solving
To register or for more information, call 800-757-0202 or email at Register Now Free | Rush Generations

Grief and Loss
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Grief is a universal human experience yet it is not always discussed. We will discuss the realities of grief and healthy ways to cope with the loss of a loved one. The talk will include a discussion of other types of losses, including loss related to COVID-19.
Liver Health | Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 7
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
The liver is a key part of your digestive system. In fact, everything you eat or drink passes through the liver – including medicine. This lecture will feature information on the anatomy of the liver, common liver problems, and keys to keep your liver in good shapeTo dial-in by phone for audio only: Call 312 626 6799 and input the Meeting ID: 389 910 8992# Call 800-757-0202 to register.
Take Charge of Your Health | Virtual Workshop
Mondays, October 19 - November 23
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to build skills and gain confidence in managing your health and leading an active, fulfilling life. This FREE 6 week workshop will cover:
• Coping with fatigue, pain, and isolation
• Communicating with family, friends, and health professionals
• Practicing good nutrition • Evaluating new treatment options
• Goal setting and problem solving Registration is required and necessary to obtain information on how to access the workshop.
Call 800-757-0202 to register. 

Center Sunday October


Sunday, October 4

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Join us for our next Virtual Center Sunday. This month our theme is global connections! Join us as we traverse geography and connect with artists in Chicago and across the globe for conversations and performances. Our Center Sundays are a family-friendly filled day of art-making activities, workshops, and artist talks virtually from the comfort of your own home!

In-person Classes and At-home Adult Clay Classes

Fall Session 1 | September 14 - October 25
Classes are Contribute What You Can!

Because of this extraordinary time, we know that many of you may not be in a position to pay tuition, and many others of you may be able to pitch in a little more to make it possible for the Art Center and our teaching artists to weather this storm. Therefore, instead of having a required tuition price, students and families will be asked to contribute what you can.

Our virtual doors are open to everyone.

Adult Education Classes, go to Register | Hyde Park Art Center

For Registration Questions

Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Registrar • 773.324.5520 x 1000

 Artist Run Chicago 2.0
Selected Thursdays
in October

ADDS DONNA presents Collection Studies

Thursday, October 8
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join for a virtual ADDS DONNA and featured artists for a virtual discussion on pieces from their collection. Artists will share materials related to the objects on display and participate in an informal discussion with ADDS DONNA curators, dissecting the material to relate it back to the artists’ practices and the larger theme of the collection.
Join Zoom Event: Join the Zoom Free | Zoom 
Poetry is the liquid that can
run through stone.
– Adrienne Rich


Tonight, as I fly to you,  / 

I hover at the window, peering down  / 

over the dark land.  / 

The moon is full,  / 

it gleams on each watery surface below:  / 

ponds, rivers, lakes lit silver  / 

and when we pass, dims to black  / 

Like the magical hands tn the fairy tale  / 

lighting her way down the corridor,  / 

telling Beauty: there is no turning back;  / 

like a necklace of fireflies  / 

slowly winking on, then off,  / 

each signaling the next to glow;  / 

like a beacon pulsing its steady welcome  / 

or the signalman on the ground,,  / 

guiding the big bird home,  / 

each light shines:  / 

this way, this way to love.  / 

— Anara Guardfrom Hand on My Heart: Poems
Anara Guard, MLS, a writer of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Hand on My Heart: Poems (2019), a deeply personal and sensual, the poems offer sympathetic observations, plumbing the depths of memory and imagination. Sam Guard, CHPVillager and Hyde Park is the father of Anara.
In and Around Hyde Park
 Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Coffee Chat
Arne Duncan, Former
US Secretary of Education
Tuesday, October 6
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Duncan is currently a managing partner at Emerson Collective, a self-described social change organization that uses a broad range of tools including philanthropy, impact investing, and policy solutions to create the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown.

Register to attend the Zoom event here.

 ComEd Presents Inaugural Bronzeville Film Festival, a Virtual Event Held on August 12th

View the Festival
The March: A Groundbreaking Virtual Exhibit

The 2020 Cabin Fever Jazz Series


Celebrates Wes Montgomery
Wednesday, October 7

 Doors Open at 5:00 PM

Show Begins at 6:00 PM

Roundhouse Plaza - DuSable Museum of African American History
57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL

Tickets - $25 per person/$20 for DuSable Museum Members

Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advance – They Will Not Be Sold On-Site

Face Masks Are Mandatory For All Guests

Tables And Chairs Provided

Please Bring Your Own Food And Beverages As
There Will Be No On-Site Food Service Due To Public Health Restrictions

For Tickets Please Click Here Space Is Limited to 100 Attendees

For more information please call 773-947-0600 ext 246 or visit

The IOP, a nonpartisan, extracurricular organization at UChicago, aims to inspire and cultivate the next generation of political and public service leaders.

The IOP brings nearly 150 speakers to campus each academic year, giving students and the greater UChicago community the opportunity to interact with and learn from leaders on the most pressing issues of our time. (90-100 events) All events are free to attend, and most are open to the public, streamed online, and posted to our archive.

For more information and meet the Fall 2020 Pritzker Fellows, go to Institute of Politics | UChicago

You Be My Ally

October 5 – November 22

Jenny Holzer Installation Using Campus Architecture as Surface for Projections 
UChicago Graduate Student Durrell Washington Interviews
Bryan Stevenson!
 As part of the Powering the Movement virtual event celebrating Year Up’s 20th anniversary, Human Rights Lab Graduate Assistant Durrell Washington interviewed human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Watch the video for the next 10 days only. (Interview begins at the 26-minute mark. Link deactivated on October 9.) Interview with Bryan Stevenson 
2020 Chicago South Side
Film Festival
September 25 - October 4
The popular film festival is back — virtually — for its fourth year
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Book Discussion | Online Event
Saturday, October 10
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

How to Attend This event takes place on Zoom. Register at least 24 hours in advance. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the Library Use Guidelines.

Only one registration per household is needed. Register Now Free | Zoom

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CHPVillage Dispatch
Weekly Edition

CHPVillage Bulletin Board
Curated by
Terrill L Stumpf
Volunteer on the CHPV Program Planning Committee
CHPV Member
Content reflects the musings, findings and selections
of the Curator
Note: All Times are CDT until November 1
when CT Begins
Coronavirus Era
Thought for the Week
 Establishing lasting peace is the work of education;
all politics can do is keep us out of war.
– Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy.
Collateral Disruption
Words Say the Darndest Things

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.
In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

– Confucius

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

– Confucius

Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights,
because no one has the right to take another life.
The warrior for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others.

– Sitting Bull

His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless,
those who cannot provide for themselves and above all, the children, the future of humanity.

– Sitting Bull

It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege.
You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.

But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful — don't
underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer.

My grandmother and my uncle experienced circumstances that
would break your heart.
When they went to vote, they were asked impossible questions like,
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

When they couldn't answer, they couldn't vote.

– Maya Angelou
The Election Season
Voting by Mail in Chicago
Everything You Need to Know


Zoom Session CHPV
Wednesday Drop-in
Upcoming Elections and Voting
Be Informed
Wednesday, September 23
Betsy Rubin, MA, Acting Co-Leader, Indivisible Chicago-South Side, offered a very informative program on voting - how to vote, how to be sure your vote is counted & how to get involved.
All of the resources Betsy created and a recording of the program are available on our website,, under the New & Events tab or by clicking HERE.
These documents are publicly available. Please share them and/or direct interested persons to our website. 
For more information about Indivisible, the organization Betsy works with, click HERE.



Negro women, no less than white women, [and men black or white]
must be prepared for the responsibilities of citizenship
if they are to discharge their duties to the government under
which they live and if they are to be capable of watching intelligently
their own interests, and of using their ballot in preserving and promoting these interests.

— Lucy Diggs Stowe
Lucy Diggs Stowe was the first black woman to serve as Dean of Women at any American university and the first Dean of Women at Howard University. She was one of the original sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority founded by African-American women.
Key Dates to Note
September 24  Election Board begins to send out Vote by Mail ballots
September 24  Early Voting & Registration opens at the Loop Super Site
October 14  Early Voting & Registration opens in all 50 wards
October 18  Last day for online voter registration
October 29  Last day to apply for Vote By Mail ballot Don't wait this long, it's too late!
November 3  Election Day (6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Important to Note
  • One thing voters should not do with their mail-in ballots is take them to their polling place on Election Day.

  •  If they plan to vote in person, you can surrender your mail ballot at the polling place and then will be given a ballot to vote in person.
– Matt Dietrich, Public Information Officer, Illinois State Board of Elections

The Election Season | What to Know and Be Prepared
Find information about the judges on the ballot? Look here: Vote for Judges | Website
The Election Season | Watch or for the First Time or Again
The latest on the 2020 Presidential Election
Thursday, October 8
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. | Webinar
President Joseph I Castro proudly hosts: Robert Costa - National political reporter for the Washington Post, Moderator of Washington Week on PBS. With the election around the corner, don't miss this virtual talk from political journalist, Robert Costa. Robert will offer insights on the election, as well as discuss current issues affecting our nation.

Join by clicking the online webinar link below. No pre-registration required. Free. Moderated Q&A following the lecture.

Online Webinar: Passcode: 931073


Civic Conversations: Fair Tax Illinois

Wednesday, Oct 7

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Web -

Phone – (312) 626 6799

Meeting ID: 879 5574 2418

The Fair Tax amendment proposed to the Illinois constitution is on the ballot. Please join for a fact-based half hour pro and con on the meaning of this issue and what it means for you. John Bouman, retired President and CEO of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is a leading national legal advocate concerning taxation and its implications. Brenda Russell will be facilitating the discussion.


Reporting from the (Virtual) Trail: A Campaign Check-in
Institute of Politics UChicago

Thursday, October 8
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

 Have you heard there’s an election? What about a pandemic and an economic crisis? With less than one month to go until Election Day – and early voting starting by October in many states – there’s no shortage of stories for voters to track. And that’s not even considering an October surprise.

So which segments of the electorate should we be watching as Americans cast their ballots? What issues will likely determine the election’s outcome? What are the polls indicating, and are those numbers even a reliable guidepost?

Join the IOP as we welcome a distinguished panel of political journalists, featuring:

  • Astead W. Herndon – national political reporter, The New York Times
  • Peter Hamby – host of Snapchat’s Good Luck America; contributing writer, Vanity Fair
  • Alexi McCammond (AB’15) – political reporter, Axios
  •  Olivia Nuzzi – Washington correspondent, New York Magazine
This conversation will be moderated by IOP Director David Axelrod

Don't Even Consider It | Vote Twice

In a moment that left many people scratching their heads, Attorney General William Barr did not seem too sure about whether voting once by mail and a second time in person is illegal when asked about it during a Wednesday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Luckily, US House of Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) was there to help.


The Attorney General of the United States is ignorant of basic voting laws.
So today I sent Bill Barr an official
one-sentence letter to educate him.

— Ted Lieu, Member US Congress
Charlie - Lucytoon
Conspiracy Theories
Mistakes to Avoid
During COVID-19

Here's What to Know


A Theory About Conspiracy Theories | The NY Times
Have you been targeted? - Scam Tracking Map | AARP Money Scams
COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Are Spreading Rapidly—and They're a Public Health Risk All Their Own | Time
Most N95 Masks Imported From China Fail to Meet US Standards | Medscape
$3 million in counterfeit N95 masks from China seized | CBS17
Counterfeit & Altered Respirators: The Importance of Checking for NIOSH Certification | OSHA
Misinformation | Disinformation
The Truth About Hand Sanitizer | WebMD
Don't Even Think of ItVote Twice
Contact Tracing Scams
How To Tell A Real COVID-19 Contact Tracer's Call From A Scammer's | WBEZ NPR
COVID-19 contact tracing text message scams | FTC 
Contact Tracing Scams Emerge as Latest Trick in Covid-Fraud Book | Bloomberg Law
Scam Alert Updates
Visit Fraud Watch Network | AARP Money
or call AARP Fraud Helpline: 877-908-3360

As an individual, you could be part of the solution or part of the problem.
A risk for you is not just isolated to you.
Because if you get infected, you are part, innocently or inadvertently,
of propagating the dynamic process of the pandemic.
The chances are that if you get infected, you’re going to infect someone else.

– Dr Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
White House Coronavirus Task Force, Friday, June 26, 2020
COVID-19, SARS-COV-2 and the Pandemic
Tuesdays, September 1 - December 8
10:30 a.m.
MIT Biology
All MIT students and the general public are welcome to join Professors Richard Young and Facundo Batista as they discuss the science of the pandemic during this new class. Special guest speakers include: Anthony Fauci, David Baltimore, Britt Glaunsinger, Bruce Walker, Eric Lander, Michel Nussenzweig, Akiko Iwasaki, Arlene Sharpe, Kizzmekia Corbett, and others. 

Discover Caregiving Relationships
Thursdays, October 8 - November 12
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Webinar Series
University of Illinois, Extension
Caring for a dependent adult is much like riding a roller coaster. At times you are at the top experiencing the rewards that come from caring for another person, and at other times you may feel like you are plunging down a long hill. Caregivers may also feel as though they are alone in their journey, but they are far from it.  There are over 34 million people in the U.S. caring for someone over the age of 50. Discover Caregiving Relationships Webinar Series is designed for these caregivers, to help address the many issues and challenges that they face in their current role.  Topics like changing relationships, effective communication techniques, difficult emotions and losses, caregiver self-care and eldercare services will be covered in this six-part series.
In COVID-19 Time | 2020 Flu Shot
Ever More Necessary
MEDICARE Open Enrollment
October 15 - December 7
MEDICARE health and drug plans can make changes each year — things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with MEDICARE can change their MEDICARE health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
Just. Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram.
– Molly Ivins
American newspaper columnist, author,
political commentator, and humorist
Died from Breast Cancer in 2007

The WISDOM Project and Surviving Breast Cancer

The current medical guidance is that women should get an annual mammogram after age 40. In fact, many women under age 40 find lumps that are found to be cancerous. A study is currently comparing whether that general guidance should be applied to all women.

Join Dr Doriane Miller, MD and guests as they discuss the WISDOM Project and surviving breast cancer. Funmi Olopade, MD, FACP Walter L Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics Director Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health, UChicago Medicine; Ontisar Freelain Breast Cancer Survivor, Beyond A Mammogram Campaign.

Anxiety, Stress, Grief, Depression

Mental Illness Tied to Increased Mortality in COVID-19 | Medscape

Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times | The NY Times




National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Helpline for Mental Health Support
The NAMI Helpline is a way to reach out for mental health support and resources. Please don’t hesitate to call 800-950-NAMI (6264) or email info@nami.orgif you or someone you know needs support and guidance in this moment. If you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


NAMI Ask the Expert: New Horizons in Schizophrenia Research

Dr Holly Lisanby, MD

Thursday, October 8 | Webinar

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

 This webinar will review the latest developments in research sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and public-private partnerships to advance the understanding of the risk factors for developing schizophrenia and promising new avenues for treatment. NIMH research, Dr Holly Lisanby will review exciting developments underway via the recently launched Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) Schizophrenia project to enable the large-scale studies to identify and validate biomarkers of clinical high risk for psychosis, with the long-term goal of aiding the development of new and more effective treatments. After the presentation, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ken Duckworth, will moderate a Q&A session. This session will be recorded and posted to our website within 1-2 days of the webinar ending. A typed transcription of the audio will also be provided within 1 week of the webinar ending.

Our Expert

Sarah Hollingsworth “Holly” Lisanby, MD, is the Director of the Division of Translational Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) which funds research supporting the discovery of preventions, treatments, and cures for mental illness across the lifespan. She is an internationally renowned physician, psychiatrist, researcher, leader, and innovator of neuromodulation technologies to study and treat psychiatric disorders.


Want to reduce your COVID-19 risk? You need to sleep more. | National Geographic 
Music to Be Lifted Up
You Raise Me Up was created to make the listener truly feel, grasp and believe in their inner spirituality and happiness (Lyrics by Brendan Graham)
Josh Groban Sings You Raise Me Up | YouTube 
Josh Groban, an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer, who is known for his unusually dusky baritone voice.


The hospital that treated patients with music | Hoktoen International

For the Love of Lyric | Virtual Concert
Lyric Opera of Chicago
For the love of music. For the love of opera. For the Love of Lyric
Premiered on Sunday, September 13
Introducing CSOtv
A new way to experience the CSO on your own schedule, on your own device, from the comfort of your own home.
For all of us broken hearted people out there

Let's not give up on ourselves
Yes, the darkness came to take away out light
But the sun will return to cast away dark shadows that's lingering overhead.
– Chris

The past is already gone,
the future is not yet here.
There’s only one moment for you to live.
– The Buddha
October 20, 21, 27 and 28
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Join AARP to learn the basics of MEDICARE, the choices you need to make, and all the resources you will need. Join Free | AARP MEDICARE 
Every Day Brings an Opportunity
to Connect
AARP Illinois has an exciting lineup
of virtual events planned
for this year!
Information and Registration
Fall Favorites Cook Series Virtual
October 5, 6, & 7
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Looking to try some delicious new recipes and cooking techniques? Join for a fun virtual cooking demonstration of all your favorite recipes.

Moving Forward: Reimagining How We Invest in Health, Wealth & Aging

Wednesday - Thursday, October 7 - 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This conference serves to challenge and rethink current systems and structures in light of COVID-19, leverage innovation and reimagine a future that ensures people at every life stage have the opportunity to make the most of a longer and healthier life. 

Featured Speakers include: JoAnn Jenkins, CEO, AARP; Colin Powell, USA (Ret) Secretary of State; and Earvin Magic Johnson, Chairman & CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises. For further information and registration, go to Register Now Free | AARP Conference.

Talking Are: Murals of the Lakeview Low-Line
Thursday, October 15
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Zoom
Get a first look at four new murals in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood as wee as a guided virtual tour by the artists behind the work.
African American History Museum Virtual Tour
An African American LIfe in Central Illinois – Past and Present
A virtual tour of eight exhibits at the African American History Museum Platform | FacebookRegister Now Free | AARP
Bronzeville Art District Virtual Trolley Tour
3rd Fridays (October 16, November 20 and December 18)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The 14th Annual Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour, offered virtually, stops at several spectacular art spaces in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Join Free | Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour EventBrite
AARP Coronavirus Tele-Town Halls

AARP began holding tele-halls in March, as an opportunity to hear directly from top health experts about the critical issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and how to protect you. The most recent tele-hall, October 1 was Coronavirus: Vaccines & Coping During the Pandemic. For a schedule of upcoming tele-town halls, including who will appear as questions and instructions on how to participate or tune in, go to Tele-Town Halls | AARP Health. Find past events there to listen to or watch for the first time or again.



Subscribe to AARP’s Livable Communities online Newsletter here. Subscribe Free Livable Communities eNewsletter | AARP 
Learn what a livable community is and how and why AARP is working with leaders nationwide to make communities more livable for all ages. AARP We need social connections to thrive. See how connected you are connect2affect | AARP Foundation

I Learned How Podcast from AARP. What’s next for one person is not what’s next for another person; whether it is switching careers, taking care of a loved one or learning how to use technology. Choose from various topics here. I Learned How Podcasts | AARP SoundCloud



AARP Smart Driving Course | Online
Refresh your driving skills and you could save on auto insurance.

When you take the AARP Smart Driver™ online course, you could be eligible for a multi-year discount on your auto insurance.* Plus safer driving can save you more than just money. The course teaches proven driving techniques to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Register and Pay Fee | AARP Driver Safety 

In a Few Words


No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless.
There is too much work to do.
And so, rise up, resist, and get on with it.

– Dorothy Day

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