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Plenty of ways to keep your cool

Greetings, neighbors! I hope everyone is able to cope with this heat. I must say, I am very grateful to Mr. Willis Carrier. He created the first air conditioner on this day, July 17, (1902) in Buffalo, N.Y.

If you do not have air conditioning or are having trouble cooling off, there are CTA cooling buses available in West Lawn during these days of excessive heat. They are located at Azuela School, 4707 W. Marquette Road, and at Hurley School, 3849 W. 69th Place. These city buses are open during the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You may also go to West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St. It is a cooling center and is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police station, 3420 W. 63rd St., is open on Saturdays and Sundays as a cooling center.

One of the best ways to cool off is to jump in the lake. Too bad our beaches are closed. If you feel like taking a drive, the beaches in Evanston are open.

Looking for a nice indoor activity? Consider taking a Home Decor Sewing class offered by Daley College. These online classes will help you improve your sewing skills. You need a sewing machine and internet access. There is a fee for these classes.

Also available at Daley are ESL classes (English as a Second Language). These classes are free. There are also free reading classes for kids in grades 3 through 8. Apply for all classes online at ccc.edu.

Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski, has a beautiful swimming pool. I was unsuccessful in finding out any information about whether or not it is open. Calling the college is kind of hit or miss these days. Too bad. A big swimming pool sounds nice right now.

I did find some swim classes in our neighborhood. The British Swim School, located inside the Chicago Midway Marriott Hotel at 6520 S. Cicero, is currently offering a variety of swim classes for all ages. Call them at (630) 833-8145. Their office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. You can also visit them online at britishswimschool.com.

Who’s ready for some baseball? Midway Baseball Association has started their season. There are games at 5:45 p.m. weekdays at Madigan Field, 4655 W. Marquette Road. They also have games every Saturday at 10 a.m., and 12:30 and 3 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and wear a mask. Call for more information at (773) 284-1131.

Happy birthday to Katie Goberling from the Calvary Seniors at Calvary Lutheran Church, 6149 S. Kenneth. May your birthday and coming year bring happiness and joy. Calvary offers online worship services and scripture readings on their Facebook page. Call them at (773) 767-7400 or go to their website at chicagolutheran.org.

I have been enjoying the best way to cool off. My daughter, Gwen, has been bringing my precious granddaughter, Theodora, over to my house. We set up a little kiddie pool for her in our backyard. I sit next to the pool in a lawn chair with my feet in the pool and watch as she splashes and plays. Theo is 15 months old and looks like a little cherub. Such fun!

Thank you for all your calls and texts this week!

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