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Congrats to Judge Lewis M. Nixon, of the Circuit Court of Cook County, who was installed as the 39th president of the 1,100-member Illinois Judges Ass’n at its annual meeting.

Congrats to Judge Lewis M. Nixon, of the Circuit Court of Cook County, who was installed as the 39th president of the 1,100-member Illinois Judges Ass’n at its annual meeting. Mary Ann G. McMorrow, retired Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice, who officiated at Judge Nixon’s swearing-in ceremony when he was first appointed to the bench in November, 2001, performed the induction ceremony during a luncheon at The John Marshall Law School. Headquartered in Chicago, IJA addresses issues impacting on a fair and impartial judiciary, access to justice and educating the public about their courts and judges.     Real Men Cook – kicks off summer on Sunday, Fathers’ Day, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., at Kennedy-King College, 6301 S. Halsted. The 21st annual family celebration – the largest in the country with an expected 6,000 attendees – promises to be a fun-filled afternoon with food samplings from 200 guys, live entertainment on the Main Stage starring former Destiny Child’s singer Letoya Luckett, recording artist SWV and national recording star Slim; a Children’s Pavilion with the Jesse White Tumblers, Kaotic Drumline, games, prizes and a live DJ; and a Health & Wellnes Pavilion with free health screenings provided by Provident Hospital. Tickets ($15, adults; $7, children) are available online at www.realmencookchicago.com, at the Southside/Wabash YMCA or by calling (312) 361-0232.     Networking – A Minute to Win It: Power Networking with NABJ-Chicago is this Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at the swanky, sleek Bar Nova, 1 W. Wacker Dr. Networking is critical in these turbulent economic times, and nobody knows that better than the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago. Come meet high-powered local journalists from radio, TV, film, print and the online scene. The first 20 to sign up get 20 minutes to talk about themselves and their current projects, capabilities and any networking needs. After that, spend time speed networking to make the most of your membership and connect with career-enhancers. Moderator: the Defender’s Kathy Chaney. Cost: free for members; $5 for others.     Fond Farewell  – While in L.A. for NBA Finals, local promoter Tom Finch attended the funeral of Ali “Ollie” Woodson, former Temptations’ lead singer who wrote and performed Treat Her Like a Lady and Lady Soul, among others. He last performed here summer 2009 at Country Club Hills. His service was officiated by Bishop Noel Jones with a musical salute by Howard Hewitt and a video salute by Aretha Franklin. The repast at Sheraton Universal turned into a musical jam session with tributes from The Whispers, Freda Payne, Teena Marie, Glodean White., Rep. Maxine Waters, comic Joe Tory, Brenda Holloway and  former members of the Temptations, Richard Street and Louis Price and others. Finch says Ollie, a humble man and one of “the really good guys,” was loved by all. He supported numerous local causes and would show up at a backyard bar-be-que unannounced and perform.     In Memoriam – Entertainer Oscar Brown Jr. and media consultant Morgan Carter receive posthumous honors at a Monte Carlo Benefit Night to support HIV & Hepatitis programs on June 25 at Room 43. Hosts: Beverly Donnelly, of the Greater Westside Corp,; Don Doty, president, Georgia Doty HIV & Hepatitis Inc.; Dr. Carol Adams, president, Disable Museum; and Lad. Toni Preckwinkle (4th). Other honorees: Phyllis Rodgers, HIV advocate; Dr. George Smith, for his work in the mental health community; and Roseland Hospital. Tickets to the black-tie optional event are $25.    Newsy Names – The Rat Pack, led by Bill Williams, president, has re-located its weekly Wednesday Networking & Stepper’s Set from Room 43 to the Marmon Grand, 2230 S. Michigan, with ample street parking (meters); parking free after 9 p.m. Valet parking may be available … Pals of Sporty King, the poet and motivational speaker who’s packing up and moving to Charlotte, N.C., will give him a rousing send off on June 24, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., at WVON-AM studios, 1000 E. 87th St. Bring your stepping’ shoes and get in line for a special dance led by Sporty, says Greg Hinton, party organizer. Call (773) 399-6820 … WBEZ Radio’s Richard Steele receives a well-earned tribute from Hyde Park Jazz Society on Sunday, 7:30 p.m., featuring Chicago Horns: Bill McFarland, trombone; Hank Ford, sax; and Kenny Anderson, trumpet. HPJS also celebrate its one-year anniversary at Room 43 … Came Nkrumah Academy, 95th and Cottage Grove, conducts its annual Rites of Passage Ceremony this Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Trinity United Church of Christ. In charge: Dr. Nadine E. Headmen, principal; Dr. Ivan E. Caruthers, the academy’s trustee board president; and Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., trustee board vice president … Rev. Dr. Thurman Evans, pastor, physician and professor, talks on “The Prescription for Being the Man You Were Created to Be” on Saturday, 1:45 p.m., at Christ Universal Temple during its Men’s Day/Boys to Men’s Day 2010 at Harames House. For the day’s schedule which begins with breakfast at 9 a.m., call CUT, (773) 568-2262 … Happy b’day to Obi William King, Lloyd St. James, Darryl Petty, Monica Morrow, Bobby Wooten,     Anchors Aweigh! – The Professional Women’s Network is gearing up for its Annual Scholarship Cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago sailing from Navy Pier on June 27, 1 p.m. Over the years, PWN has provided some $100,000 in financial support to Chicago Public High School girls pursing undergraduate degrees at four-year institutions. Members who’ve spearheaded this successful fundraiser in the past are Patricia McCreary, Magalia Ann Hines, Michelle Map, Jessica Pearson-Cain, Gertrude Wooten, Margo Brooks-Pugh, Gloria Hardeman, Lana Coleman, Cheryl Davis, Deloris Franklin, Willa Johnson, Denise McFarland, Elma Bingham, Linda Owens-Thompson, Cheryl Icepack, Nerd Shelton, Andrea White and Stephanie Windham. Cruise tickets: $80.  

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