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St. Bruno hosts pet blessing

October 2, 2020

There will be a pet blessing this Saturday, Oct. 3, in front of St. Bruno Church, 48th and Harding. The blessing starts at noon.

If you missed that, there will also be a pet blessing this Sunday, Oct. 4 at St. Rene Church, 6949 W. 63rd Place. The prayer service will begin at 1:30 p.m. and individual blessings will be held from 1:40 to 2:15 p.m. So, bring your four-legged, feathered, furry or scaly pets to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis was designated as the patron Saint of Italy in 1228. He also is associated with his love of animals, so it is customary to have animal blessings near his feast day in early October.

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares will host a shred day on Saturday, Oct.17th at Byrne Elementary School, 5329 S. Oak Park. Bring your old documents to be safely destroyed between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

To avoid being a victim of identity theft, shredding unusable confidential documents is important. Some items that you don’t want falling into the wrong hands include old bank statements, credit card offers, canceled or voided checks and pay stubs.

Do you have a green thumb or want to learn how to get a green thumb? Do you have some free time that you are willing to donate and live close to Strohacker Park, 4347 W. 54th St.? A community garden group is forming at the park. If you are interested, for more information please email [email protected]

Most of us have probably harvested our own gardens but there is still gardening work to be done. Spring bulbs can now be planted in fall. Of course, you won’t be able to enjoy them until spring, but they need a period of cold to bloom. Hence planting in fall to enjoy the following spring is necessary. These would include tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. We’ve got some spring bulbs to put in at the Peck Panther Patch.

Congratulations to Principal Augustyn-Napier from St. Richard School. She is celebrating her 10th year at the school.

October has begun and as a reminder early voting begins in all 50 Wards on Oct. 14. Early voting has already begun at the Loop Super Site, 191 N. Clark St. The Chicago Board of Elections has a list of early voting sites at chicagoelections.gov.

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