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The Week Ahead Jan. 9 - 15 Chicago volunteer groups offer events

  • Happy sippin' soup! All comers welcome (kids must be accompanied by adults) to Soup & Bread free weekly soup dinner at the Hideout bar and music venue, 1354 W. Wabansia, Wednesdays, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. through mid-April. The sustenance is gathered in the form of donated pots of homemade soup from chefs, caterers, musicians, writers, artist and home cooks. Toss a donation in the bucket to add to the more than $15,000 the Hideout and this event have raised for Greater Chicago Food Depository and other organizations, including a wide range of neighborhood food pantries, soup kitchens, and hunger relief agencies, Slow Food Chicago reports.

As we speak, volunteer momentum is gathering as coordinator Mairead Case readies the call for the next Chicago live event of the world's largest poetry slam Louder Than a Bomb. Specifics are not yet posted, but this year's festival dates are Feb. 18 through March 10. FOR NOW, though, the group is definitely looking for: Ideas for food donations for snacks during the events - kids, junior high, high schoolers and collegians are usually hungry, especially if they are exerting all of their energy waxing poetically. Watch the Young Chicago Authors website for more information. School groups including colleges are called to the stage to air their views on various topics.
Volunteers for a Valentine's Day event are preparing a lineup of entertainment, so it's time to sign up to go to and/or sponsor the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation's 5th Annual Be My Valentine Family Event, to be held Sunday, Feb., 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago Hotel, 160 E. Pearson St. Check out information for sponsors and attendees, at The event will feature acts Justin Roberts the Not Ready for Naptime Players, Justin Jacobson and Platinum Events, and a performance by Pinkalicious: The Musical, to warm the hearts of all ages.


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