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Snowmen offer winter cheer

February 19, 2021

Tired as many of us might be of the snow, it did bring a fresh coating, many fresh coatings actually, to Marquette Park which allowed for more cool snowmen throughout. Some are visible from the streets but if you get a chance, drive through before they melt away. You just have to smile as you pass them.

Exactly one month from tomorrow we will officially celebrate the first day of spring: March 20. If the snowmen don’t lift your spirits, I figured that tidbit of information would.

Last week I mentioned the two tips I read that were thought to bring good luck in this Year of the Ox. One was to sweep the front porch and shake out the welcome mat, which I did. The other was to refrain from taking out the trash, make sure it went out the night before. Darn if I didn’t forget that one until I was on my way back in from the garbage can and by then it was too late. The deed was done. (I hope this doesn’t haunt me for the entire year.)

Now let’s move back over to Marquette Park. Recently I learned from Paul Pope about a program that has been taking place there for several years that I think is really pretty cool so I wanted to share it with you. It is called Sports-Related Certification/Recreation Leader. Here is the description:

“Apprentices create, implement and lead weekly lesson plans to incorporate active recreation, traditional sports, crafts and cultural activities. They learn basic youth development principles and age-appropriate activities, including field coaching and officiating traditional sports, while gaining training on applying for a job and preparing for an interview. Teens prepare for employment as a seasonal recreation leader for the Chicago Park District or a youth worker for youth serving organizations in the city of Chicago.”

Paul tells us that last fall, the majority of participants lived within two miles of Marquette Park. Not only does that program sound like a really great opportunity for teens to me–but to add icing on the cake, a stipend is provided as well. I will let you know when I hear that the next one is open for registration. This is part of the After School Matters program.

Tomorrow, the Adler Planetarium is holding a Virtual Summer Teen Opportunities Fair for high school students highlighting summer opportunities at Chicago’s museums. gardens and zoos. Teens can drop in between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. RSVP first to bit.ly/ChiSummer21.

Now how about something for the small business owners and entrepreneurs? The Business Academy of Greater Southwest Development will be hosting ‘Basic Financials for Business’. If you are looking for higher profits this just might be something for you. The free online orientation takes place next Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 a.m. To register go to forms.gle/32qizj9yAzbPEWzw6. For more information, contact Erika Gonzalez at (773) 436-1000, ext. 422.

Now back to 1966. When we left last week we were still looking for the name of the bakery on 63rd Street, just west of California, south side of the street. So many of us knew it as La Petite, but this predates La Petite. The reason I thought this would be easy was that even the whole time La Petite was there, the former name appeared etched into the building above the windows.

Well the first one to know the correct name (in 1966) was Sr. Elizabeth Ann from the Sisters of St. Casimir. She has good memories of riding her bike up to theKiltz Bakery with her sisters to pick up their regular order of four loaves of sliced white bread. With those warm loaves of bread sitting in the baskets of their bikes, she said they always had to eat at least one each on the way home. (You can almost taste them now can’t you?)

Sister also gave us our do-you-remember question for next week because she also remembers stopping at the drug store right on the southwest corner of 63rd and California. She tells us it was a great place to get hair ribbons and nail polish. She even recalled the price of the nail polish, which cost 19 cents. Now, what was the name of that drug store in 1966?

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