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Helen Y. West and Neleh Galleries, Ltd. stage the fourth annual Lake Meadows Art Fair, June 21-22, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with artists and craftsmen showcasing/selling fine art, jewelry, clothing, accessories, handbags and other collectibles.

Helen Y. West and Neleh Galleries, Ltd. stage the fourth annual Lake Meadows Art Fair, June 21-22, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with artists and craftsmen showcasing/selling fine art, jewelry, clothing, accessories, handbags and other collectibles. The special 2008 honoree is Felicia Grant Preston, an internationally acclaimed, highly respected artist and art educator at Kenwood High School. Her work is, in her own words, “a reflection of my deep spirituality and identity as a Black woman and my love of color.” Her Peace Be Still, an acrylic abstract on paper, will be exhibited along with her other original paintings.

Continuing the tradition of honoring persons who’ve made significant contributions to the arts and/or community, awards will also be made to Jackie Taylor, founder and executive director of Black Ensemble Theater; Monica Haslip, founder and executive director of Little Black Pearl; and Niambi Jaha-Echols, founder and CEO of Project Butterfly. Live entertainment on both days will include jazz performances by The Ken Chaney Experience, saxophonist Audley Reid and vocalist Dee Alexander. Deejay LaRay Reddin will fill in the live entertainment gaps. The weekend, honoring the African American presence in all areas of the arts, will be hosted by Deborah Crable, Don Rashid and “Teesee.”

West, proprietror of Neleh Galleries in north Bronzeville, 3219 S. Calumet, is the organizer of this free historic art fair that was resurrected in 2005 after a 20-plus year hiatus. Dr. Margaret Burroughs, revered artist, educator and founder of the DuSable Museum, organized the original Lake Meadows Art Fair in the 1950s. Originally planned as a venue for local artists, participation has spread internationally and now includes an ethnically diverse group of artists from throughout the world. The 2008 sponsors are ShoreBank and Lake Meadows Shopping Center. For more, visit http://www.nelehgalleries.com or call (312) 225-5692.

Congrats to Bob Dale, of R.J. Dale Advertising and Public Relations, and Patricia Andrews-Keenan, of The Nielsen Co., who picked up prestigious Chicago Publicity Club awards at the 2008 Golden Trumpet Awards Ceremony. The two were recognized for the December 2007 Sweet Single Mamahood Holiday High Tea, a sponsored event hosted for Kelly Williams and her singlemamahood.com website.

PCC’s Golden Trumpet awards honoring distinguished individual achievement of public relations and other communications professionals are presented annually “for excellence in planning, creativity and execution.” The Publicity Club of Chicago is the nation’s largest independent public relations membership organization. Congratulations Bob, Pat and Kelly!

Kickin’ It!–Atty. Larry Rogers Sr. (Power, Rogers & Smith), general chair of Black United Fund’s eighth annual Living Legends/Passing the Torch Awards Ceremony on Sept. 27, hosts a kick-off on Thursday at Gallery Guichard to announce the honorees/role models who are actively “grooming the next generation.” They are Ernest R. Jenkins, founder and CEO of the Westside Association for Community Action, who will “pass the torch” to his daughters, Gloria Corene Jenkins-Harvey, WACA vice president, and Lola Jenkins, executive director; Jerline Lambert, founder and CEO of Lambert Realty, Management & Appraising, to Kenneth Lambert, vice president; and Mary Finger, retired vice president and director of civil rights for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, to Mamie Pratt, union rep and executive board vice president. Timuel D. Black, professor emeritus of City Colleges of Chicago, will receive a special BUFI salute. New on the Rolls–The Metropolitan Cluster, now led by Aretha Ryan Collins, newly installed president, added a half-dozen members to its sisterhood during a Sunday ceremony at Hyde Park’s Ramada Inn. The six are Kimberly Carmen, Kymara Chase, LaToya Dixon, Cheryl Rutherford, Gloria Collins and Mazola Webb. And new MC officers are Patricia George, vice president; Denise Gresham- Knox, Sharon McLaughlin, Louisea Storey, Jacqueline Coy Gist and Norma Butler May, secretaries; and Patricia Ann Stovall, treasurer.

And new to the sisterhood of the Lake Shore Links are Tawa Jogunosimi, Darlene Pierre-Louis, Gwendolyn Harden, Shon Peebles, Karen Conner, Lorrie Jones, Jala Anderson-McKee, Latasha Tomas and Carolyn Eason-Tzomes. They were inducted at the Wyndam Hotel during installation of officers: Vickie Hill Brooks, president; Regena Glenn-Caldwell, vice president; BarBara Scott, Natalie Puryear and Lauren Gore, secretaries; and Paula Jones, treasurer. Ladies Who Lunch and the Metropolitan Cluster members are asking their guests to wear pretty chapeaux to “Fan-Tastic Ladies,” the 2008 Sisterhood Luncheon on Sunday at Crystal Light Banquets. On tap: Brenda Waites Bolling, NYC haute couture hat designer, a live hat auction, an accessories fashion show and entertainment. Event chairs: Jacqueline Coy Gist and Betty Jefferson; committee members: Betty Battles, Sandra Givens, Delia Gray, Sharon McLaughlin, Mildred Porter, Verna Watts Shannon, Linnie Sims, Louisea Storey, Patricia Stovall and Judy Walter.

Film Focus–Woman of Steele: A Personal & Political Journal, is a motivational and inspirational documentary that chronicles the life and legacy of a living legacy, Bobbie L. Steele, first woman president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners (now retired), will be screened on Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at ICE Theatre, 210 W. 87th St., preceded by a one-hour reception. Limited seating, call (312) 458-9364 for $25 tickets.

Newsy Names–Belated happy b’day to Timothy Evans, Cook County’s Chief Circuit Court Judge.

Condolences to a fave cousin, Karen McDowell (Larry) of Milwaukee on the loss of her dear dad, Elson Cooper, retired U.S. Postal Service station manager, whose funeral was at A.A. Rayner & Sons; and to Melvin Sims, on the sudden death of his beloved wife, Dolores. Her services were at Cage Memorial Chapel.

So sorry to report last week’s passing of Judge Clarence “CB” Bryant (ret.), whose services were conducted Saturday at A.A. Rayner & Sons.

Get well cheer to LeRoy Brown, jazz buff and retired CVS swimming coach and teacher, on the “fast mend” after suffering a mild stroke. He was in Northwestern Hospital but hopes to be home getting TLC from his ever-loving Barbara when you read this! And get well cheer to Lucille (Mrs. Clark) Burris recovering from a slight heart attack.

Tee Time!–Twenty Pearls Foundation of Lambda Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presents its Third Annual Golf Outing on June 21, 8:30 a.m., at Coyote Run in Flossmoor. Wanna pre-register? Hurry and call Toni Grayer, (815) 464-3195.

Book Look–Young authors from Marrice Coverson’s Open Book Program will read from Dear HIV/AIDS: Youth Speak Up About HIV/AIDS and the Pain It Brings and from See It Like Me!, and then sign copies Saturday, 5 p.m., on the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Stage, Dearborn and Polk, at the Printers Row Book Fair. The poems and essays were generated during a summer HIV/AIDS Project funded by the Illinois Department of Health and State Senator Mattie Hunter. Open Book is a multifaceted after-school program that engages youngsters in activities to encourage the development of reading, writing, and critical thinking and analysis skills. Call (773)924-9803 for more info.

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