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Darius-Girenas observance this Sunday

Isn’t it funny that as soon as the calendar jumps from the

4th of July to the 5thit seems like summer is almost over?Maybe

it is the school supplies displays that pop up next to the discounted red,

white and blue decorations or the slashed prices on swimsuits and beachwear, or

the huge “summer clearance” signs.

But I haven’t even picked my first tomato from the yard yet!

Summer is not over and, we have a lot more events to enjoy–so let’s see what’s

coming up in the neighborhood.

The commemoration of the flight of Lithuanian aviators Capt.

Steponas Darius and Lt. Stasys Girenas will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday July

16, at the monument in Marquette Park, 67thand California.This

is the 84thanniversary of the flight.

Here’s a little background:The pilots originally

purchased their plane and worked on it at the Standard Oil Anchor at Midway

Airport (then Municipal Airport). Their goal was to be the first to

successfully fly a transatlantic flight from their new home, the United States,

to their first homeland in Lithuania. They had no navigational equipment,

except for a compass but yet managed to keep on an accurate course.

On the evening of July 16, they flew over Scotland. The

aviators had successfully crossed the Atlantic but were stopped just 650

kilometers short of their goal when their plane crashed in a forest in what was

then Germany.

Interestingly, there are many monuments to Darius and

Girenas in Lithuania but only two in the United States: one in New York City

and one here in Marquette Park.

An outdoor breakfast will take place in the St. Rita

of Cascia Parish Garden, 6243 S. Fairfield, this Sunday, July 16 after each

Mass.Everyone is invited to attend.

Once again, the Grant Park Music Festival’s Project

Inclusion String Quartet will visit Marquette Park, presenting an hour of

interactive musical exploration for by all ages.This year’s event will be

held in the field house, 6734 S. Kedzie, on Monday, July 17, from 12:30 to 1:30

p.m. and is free of charge.The String Quartet is a group of young

musicians who tour throughout Chicago encouraging diversity in orchestral

music.

Super Crafters takes place every Saturday this summer

at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, from noon to 1 p.m.

Families with children of all ages are invited to join in and create fun and

simple crafts.

The Crafternoon Series is running on Tuesdays in July at the

Chicago Lawn Branch Library from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This is for people ages 18 and

older.Join in to learn the art of crocheting. All materials are provided.

No previous skill is necessary.

A garage sale will be held in the St. Rita Church parking

lot on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spaces, which

are the size of one parking spot, are available for $25.You may bring

your own table or rent one from the parish for an additional charge of $5. The

deadline for registration is July 19. For more information call the parish

office at (773) 434-9600.

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