At 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, a “Stop the Violence” March and Rally takes place beginning at 25th Avenue and Broadway.
Participants will gather at that intersection, then walk west on 25th Avenue to Grant Street. From there, the walk will continue north to St. Paul Church, 2300 Grant St., to meet with Chicago’s “rooftop pastor” Corey Brooks. Pastor Brooks spent 94 days on the rooftop of an abandoned motel in the dead of a Chicago winter.
After a rally, Brooks will be escorted south on Grant to Interstate 94 as he continues his walk to raise awareness of violence.
The 444 Grill — formerly known as Café 444 — reopens Friday, July 13, under the management of Nathanial Tate, Khafre Edge and Ken L. Hays. It is at 444 S. Lake St.
The three partners are celebrating what they hope will be a more community-based café, where patrons sit back, relax and enjoy a great meal. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with specials like Friday’s $10 burger-and-beer combo, “Sangria Saturday” with $5 red or white pitchers of sangria, and Sunday’s Special, $10 bottomless mimosas and buy one appetizer and get a second half-off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On occasion you can also listen to live entertainment including open mic poetry and area musicians.
For more information on 444 Grill, visit www.444grill.com and join the fan page on Facebook.
From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14, the Black Leaders for Education and Economic Development — B.L.E.E.D. — organization is sponsoring The Economics of Education Young Leaders Luncheon at Ss. Monica and Luke Catholic Church, 645 Rhode Island St.
Participants will receive tips on how to get money for college, the importance of a good start in college, tips on co-ops and internships, assuming responsibility and more. Registered participants are eligible to win one of three scholarships up to $1,000. To get a registration form, email Eric Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana state Rep. Vernon Smith and the African-American Achievers Youth Corps are committing to pull weeds and clean up sidewalks from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday from 35th to 53rd avenues along Broadway. They started last Saturday and are making great progress.
This Saturday they will complete the 39th block and work their way to 41st Avenue.
Smith welcomes participation by other citizens and will provide water with a light lunch after the work is finished.
“If all of us citizens work together as Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has urged, we can transform and beautify our great city with a few hours of work here and there,” Smith said in a press release.