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Shelter on 71st Street still needs donations

The other day, I stopped by the Southwest Chicago Homeless Shelter (PADS) to drop off a donation. It occurred to me that I had not mentioned them in the column in a while. The shelter is always in need of packages of new socks and underwear for both men and women. If you happen to run across a good sale, maybe consider picking up an extra package and dropping it off at the shelter, 3121 W. 71st St.

Are you or do you know of a couple that has been married civilly or is living in a free union and would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and be married in the Catholic Church? St. Rita of Cascia Parish will be offering the formation and preparation for the next community wedding that will take place in the church on Saturday, Oct. 3. If you are interested in participating in this unique and special way to get married in the Catholic Church, call the parish office at (773) 434-9600.

The monthly Mass praying for the beatification of Venerable Maria Kaupas, foundress of the Sisters of St. Casimir, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 9:30 a.m. in the SSC Chapel, 2601 W. Marquette Road. Celebrating Mass this month will be the Rev. Paul Whittington, OP. Refreshments will follow.

The Community Cinema brings the 2019 Universal film The Secret Life of Pets 2 to the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, on Saturday, Feb. 1 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the library will offer Arts and Crafts for Adults from 4 to 5 p.m. Join in and have a fun and relaxing time creating crafts and pieces of art. Supplies will be provided.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, it is [email protected] Library from 6 to 7 p.m. This is a monthly series for families. This month, families will create art with melted crayons.

Starting on Monday, Feb. 3, it’s a new class in Chair Yoga at the Southwest Senior Center, 6117 S. Kedzie. The class is held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and focuses on breathing, stretching, balancing, relieving stress, improving flexibility and a few selections of modified yoga poses. This class is free. The instructor is Bertha Wright.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s St. Casimir Academy and Maria High School Reunion. The date is Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palos Country Club. All alumnae are invited, as always, but a special invitation is extended to anniversary classes whose year of graduation ends in 0 or 5. Regular ticket price is $55, but the earlybird price is $45 if payment is received by Feb. 28.

Pay online with PayPal at stcasimir-mariaalum.com. Click “events” and scroll to the bottom or make check payable to Maria Kaupas Center and mail to St. Casimir-Maria Alumnae Association; c/o MKC; 2740 W. 68th St.; Chicago 60629. For more information. call the Alumnae Office at (773) 925-8686 or email [email protected]

The other day I came across a new package of file dividers which I didn’t realize I had. What really surprised me is that the package had a price sticker on it from Cornet Stationers. I posted a picture of it on the Chicago Lawn Historical Society FB page and Dave S. shared an interesting fact.

He said: “I took typing classes at Cornet as a kid. They had a half-dozen or so typewriters set up near the front window for classes. I guess this was to advertise typewriters.”

Dave said this was in the early 1960s. Wasn’t that a good idea?

Last week’s history question focused on Western Avenue around 70th Street. No one came up with the right answer, so we’ll let it ride for another week. What was the name of the department store on that block?

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