What DePaul has to offer its neighbors

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Sometimes it is easy to overlook things that are right there in front of you.  If you live or work in Sheffield, DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus is hard to ignore physically, but sometimes easy to forget in terms of all it has to offer in enriching the lives of our community.  Recently, for instance, the DePaul University School of Music initiated a program “Music Together:  The Joy of Family Music” – music and movement classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers … and for the Grownups Who Love Them.”  Classes are at the DePaul Music School, 804 W. Belden, on Saturday mornings.  The fall program will begin on September 20.  If you are interested, go to http://music.depaul.edu/cmd, email communitymusic@depaul.edu, or call 773-325-7262.  This is not the only program available from the DePaul School of Music.  The Music Department offers a number of free concerts during the year, mostly at the Concert Hall at 804 W. Belden.  For instance, there will be a faculty flute concert by Kathryn Flum on Sunday, September 21, at 3 pm.

Last year, the new Theatre School building opened at Fullerton and Racine.  The DePaul University Theatre School has just announced its second season of theater performances at its new facility.  The first play at the Fullerton stage this year will be a musical, “In the Heights,” opening on October 3.  The Theatre School also offers playworks for families and young audiences, the first this year being “The Phantom of the Tollbooth,” opening on October 10.  The Theatre School offers very reasonably priced season subscriptions.  Visit theatre.depaul.edu.

The DePaul Art Museum is located in its new building at 935 W. Fullerton.  It is open Wednesday and Thursday, 11 am to 7 pm, Fridays to 5 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm.  Admission is free.  Currently on display is “Fires Will Burn: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection” to December 21.  More information is available at depaul.edu/museum.

If you are interested in collegiate athletics, De Paul University as a member of the Big East Conference offers a number of sports played at the highest level of competition.  While the men’s basketball team usually plays at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, it will be playing a local rival, the University of Illinois Chicago Flames, on November 14 on campus at the McGrath-Phillips Arena.  The highly ranked Lady Blue Demons play their home games at the McGrath-Phillips Arena and offer a great entertainment value.  Among non-conference opponents will be the New Mexico Lady Lobos on November 16 and the Northwestern Lady Wildcats on November 29.  You can also catch soccer and softball games at Wish Field and volleyball at McGrath.

If you prefer exercising yourself instead of watching others, the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center is not only open to DePaul students and faculty.  It offers community memberships at reasonable prices.  Options include a full membership, a membership for limited hours, and a ten-visit package.  The facility offers an indoor track, a swimming pool, and a wide range of exercise equipment. Go to campusrec.depaul.edu/membership.

Of course, there are also the twice-yearly free programs of the Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative.  Look for the announcement of the date of the 2014 Fall Program soon.  The topic will be the Green City Market and the growth of farmer’s markets and the availability of locally grown produce and other products for restaurants and residents in Lincoln Park.  The LPCRI is a joint effort of community members and DePaul faculty and staff to explore, celebrate, and preserve the history of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  LPCRI has presented twice-yearly programs since 1998.  Go to cgia@depaul.edu for more information.

Ted Wrobleski chairs SNA’s Planning Committee.