Book Sale!

SHoP is having a big book sale (as if you didn’t have enough, can you ever?). There are many music sheets as well as some great hardbacks. A whole table of genre fiction! It must be seen to be believed.

We also have some nice stuff in the Thrift! A girl’s bike, some cute Halloween costumes, DVDs, CD’s, two very nice rugs, very good quality coats for boys, and much more! $5 bag sale on kids clothes from the bins!

Come by and visit us between 11 and 2. Friday and Saturday are open too. If you cannot make these hours but want to shop, please email us about setting up an appointment.


This Week at Southside Hub

Sebastian as mummy, photo by Mommy

Dear friends,

Dave Ford’s Truck Drawings have arrived! They are beautiful and have altered the space completely!

Our Sunday potluck was a great success and it was a real pleasure to have dinner with Dave’s drawings behind and in front of us, sitting on John’s chairs and sharing company with some of Hyde Park’s finest people! Please come out this week to visit us!

This week at the Southside Hub:

Wednesday October 26th: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hyde Park Community Players General Meeting

Please join the HPCP for a gathering o’ the Players: celebrating success, playing theater games, doing business, getting ready for their next production! Their General Meetings help put the “community” in “community theater.” Bring munchies. Open to the public, in the1st floor front room.

Thursday October 27th: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Film screening: Blind Spot

Humankind is facing a catastrophic catch-22: Destroy the world by exhausting its supply of fossil fuels, or stop using oil and let the modern economy collapse. This documentary presents evidence of waning petroleum reserves and explores why industrial society has become so dependent on oil. Experts also explain how gasoline use leads to global warming and predict what will happen when it’s gone. 2008, USA, 86 min., DVD projection. Sustainability Film Series presented by Hyde Park – Kenwood Transition Initiative.

Friday October 28th: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Day off school camp celebrating “All Hallows Eve” with workshops and play all day! Join us for a day of fun crafts, learn about how other cultures celebrate this holiday, make skull noise makers for Day of The Dead, carve a turnip (Punkie!) and and create cool effigies from recyclables for our Effigy Garden. This day will include plenty of creative making time along with lots of outdoor scavenging for materials and play! Please see our calendar for all details! Cost is $50 per child, $80 for siblings. RSVP needed.

Sunday October 30th: It’s Your Party, You Can Scream If You Want To!

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Jack-o-lantern and “Punkies” carving!
Family Jack-o’-Lantern and “punkies” Carving and Competition (BYO Pumpkin/Tools) The carving of jack-o’-lanterns springs from the “souling” custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory. At one time, English children made “punkies” out of large beetroots, upon which they carved a design of their choice. Bring your own Pumpkin, turnips, or Beet roots and carving tools!

4:00 to 6:00 pm
Don Lamb is going to join us to talk and answer questions on climate change and action that can be taken to prevent it. Don is a U of C astrophysicist who knows everything there is to know about climate change, has been intimately involved in political action and can advise us about that, is a wonderful, warm, caring person and a terrific communicator and is an advocate of the use of nuclear energy while the transition from fossil fuels is being made. His knowledge of that alone will be worth the time spent.

4:00 to 6:00 for children:
Mike Phillips will screen a series of spooky cartoons on the third floor!

6:30 to 9:00 pm
Grand Jack-o-Lantern’s and Punkies Lighting and Contest!! Please bring own pumpkins and carving tools! Thrift shop’s best prizes offered!

Potluck dinner. As always, please bring a favorite dish to share. We provide the dinnerware as we are trying to avoid buying more plastic and paper. Remember, one’s generosity and culinary care is the key ingredient for a successful and delicious potluck! This is a family friendly event! Please being warm dishes of pumpkin nature, warm comfort food or Halloween inspired goodies!

This is a DIY, BYO event. Please bring food, drinks and anything else you would like to contribute!

HPK Gets a Grant!

Thank you to all the wonderful supporters and interested parties that made it over to the inaugural exhibition at HPK: KAGAN Radios. We have heard many praises over the past month for George’s incredible collection of handmade radios, each a working audio and visual testament to the ingenuity of the American craftsman. The show will be up for one more month, so please make your way over!

In other news, this past weekend HPK was honored at the MDW Fair at the Iron Studios building. Awarded a grant from the Propeller Fund, we will be able to develop future shows, catalogs, and potlucks. Check it out here.

Dave Ford’s Truck Drawings

Ending his trip from Santa Fe, NM, this past Saturday night, Dave Ford pulled up to the Fenn House and unloaded his drawings. (Editorial note: he does not drive a Ford.) These drawings were created by network pencils fastened to the downward hanging spouts of plastic bottles. With each bottle filled with water to act as ballast, they were then suspended from a rope lattice spanning the floor of the truck bed. Every bump in the road and turn of the truck is recorded on the paper lining the floor of the truck bed.

If you weren’t there to view the unloading process, stop by to see the final product on display.

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Time Bank: People Helping People

Time bank has arrived in Hyde Park!!

Time banking is a formalized community labor, skill, and materials exchange system that is spreading in local communities around the globe. Similar systems have appeared throughout history, whenever and wherever cash flow is scarce. We think that this is also an attempt at being off the debt economy grid, where we have gotten used to feeling something funny when we pay money to have things done for us. Because of this funny feeling, people in general tend not to have financial relationships with friends, and keep a safe distance from those in a payer/payee relationship.

A successful time banking system brings people together and allows for people to grow curious and close to each other. It gives a safety net especially to families that live without extended family nearby.

For starters, here’s the Wikipedia explanation and the Finnish version:

If you are interested in joining us, we are currently looking for core members to help us setup, critique, and troubleshoot the time bank U.S.A. version of the software, and our temporary system, so that we create as a community a noncentralized as possible system that can be sustained for many years to come.

If you would like to join, check out this Time bank initial notice, which will explain how to join. Or download this form and bring it by Southside Hub of Production. If you want more info, there is a bulletin board in the entryway with all the essential information, including what is currently being offered, member information, and other communication postings.

If you want to We are wanting to reach out to the elderly community and so this system setup is also a must. Looking at this you will get a sense of what you will be asked when you sign up online.

Once you have signed up and have received approval, we request that you offer at least two things and request one.

Offer #1: Your livelihood skill. You may be a professional carpenter, teacher, entertainer, designer, lawyer, accountant, etc.

Offer #2: Your hobby or anything you like to do. You may not be able have a cat in your current situation, but would love to spend time with them. Make yourself a cat sitter. You may have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. You can tutor. You may be missing your grandmother in Tennessee. Help an elderly person go grocery shopping. Also, you can offer things, much like you can on Craigslist.

Request: List what services you already pay for and see if your time bank community might fulfill your needs from time to time.


Film Screening: “Blind Spot”

On Thursday, October 27 at 7pm, as part of their series of film screenings and discussions about climate change and sustainability, Transition Hyde Park-Kenwood is presenting Adolpho Doring’s 2008 documentary Blind Spot, a sobering look at society’s dependence on oil and what might happen when it runs out. Like all the Transition screenings, this is free, but if you’d like to make a donation to support their efforts and the efforts of Southside Hub, we welcome you to dig deep. There’s no popcorn, but this isn’t exactly a popcorn kind of movie. Come on out, learn something from the film, and meet some like-minded individuals working to make a difference.

According to Transition member and Southside Hub core member Gabriel Piemonte, “Transition Hyde Park-Kenwood is an effort to organize the community around planning for significant economic and environmental change that is coming our way. Transition HP-K is part of the national Transition US movement, with more than 100 communities across the country actively preparing for that future. Transition HP-K is currently building support in the community to join that group, offering these film screenings and discussions on a regular basis, among other activities.”

Check out our film screenings page for info about future film events.

This Week at the Southside Hub of Production

Dave Ford prepping a truck in Grand Rapids

Dear friends,

This week at the Southside Hub:

Thursday October 20th: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
The Red Thread Project: Stitching Studio with Lindsay Obermeyer

Knit a hat. Crochet a cap. Gather with old friends while you meet new acquaintances. The Red Thread Project® celebrates community connections, both visible and invisible, while encouraging and fostering individual creativity. This event is free and open to all. Learn the basics of knitting or share your skills with others. Details on our website or visit Lindsay at

Saturday October 22nd: 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Dave Ford’s Truck Show!

In collaboration with the Southside Hub of Production, visual artist Dave Ford will install his truck drawing on October 22nd from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The public is invited to participate in the installation of the truck drawing panels, assisting Ford as he removes the drawings from the back of a truck into the main gallery space. The drawings record Ford’s drive this week from Santa Fe, NM, to Chicago, IL. To create the truck drawings, Ford drives an 18′ Penske rental truck. In the back of the truck, the floor is lined with paper over which 100 pencil-tipped water bottle pendulums document the activity of the 1,300 mile journey. The final drawing is approximately 11’ wide by 7’ tall. During the drive Ford arranges the bottles to maximize the markings and movement of the truck and will upload images and video during the drive at This Saturday’s art happening will be the first time Ford has shown Truck Drawings in Chicago.
Come on out and welcome him to our fine city and to the even finer South side!

Big Time Indoor Yard Sale!: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The thrift is having a huge sale! Don’t miss it! 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. $5 bag for kids clothes! Great new things just in! Do you like vintage Fisher Price toys? We just got in a truck load! Donations taken daily between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. Support your local cultural center and enjoy your re-found space! Forms now available for tax deductible items from the Resource Center. Clean and usable items only please! Thank you!

Sunday October 23rd: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Community Potluck Dinner
As always, please bring a favorite dish to share and everything you need to enjoy it – plate, utensils, glass, and a drink. (In keeping with being green, we do not provide plastic cups, utensils, or plates so please come prepared). Remember, one’s generosity and culinary care is the key ingredient for a successful and delicious potluck!
This is a family friendly event so bring the littles!

Coming Soon: Sunday Soup Salons! Please contact us if you wish to perform or know of anyone who would like to participate in these events.

Slow Recovery and “Red Flags Family Salon” by John Preus

It Is What It Is: Please see our website for a list of artists, projects, workshops, classes and updates!

Open Hours:
Wednesday 1:00 to 8:00 pm. Thursday through Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Sunday 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Or by Appointment

* Volunteers are needed to run the Indoor Yard Sale and the House from 2:00 to 8:00 pm weekdays and Saturdays. Hours of volunteer work in exchange for time bank hours, free classes, hours of reading, looking at the exhibits and thrifting. Daily hours are variable with events, so please check out calendar frequently for additional hours.

Please consider Supporting this project at We can’t do it without you!

All donations are tax deductible through The Resource Center and are deeply appreciated. Families, please do consider a family membership: $100 for the year gets you a 25% reduction on workshops, classes and concerts and free access to the Open Studio days: materials at hand, art room available, library available for tutoring, game playing and socializing! Contact us about the family sponsorships program!

* Please contact us with ideas for programs, classes, workshop, clubs etc. Bring your creativity and skills and come be a part!

Yours at the Southside Hub of Production