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Bingo! Found a new way to get fit

Recently we talked about the seniors at Lawn Terrace and Churchview Manor receiving their vaccines and the fact that the buildings are still closed to visitors. Even as restrictions loosen up a bit, it is still difficult, if not impossible, for many seniors to be out and about as they were accustomed. The Southwest Regional Senior Center does offer many online events as we await return to life more as knew it. The event that really caught my attention was Bingocize.

Bingocize takes place at 10:30 a.m. Fridays via Zoom. It is a group exercise program designed to increase mobility and fitness. Exercises offered are appropriate for people at all fitness levels. The best part is you can join in to not only improve your health but win prizes, too.

 

So, to check it out you must register ahead of time by calling (773) 271-9001. When registering you will receive the meeting ID and passcode needed.

 

With the pandemic forcing the closure of many places of business and loss of jobs, if you know anyone that is looking for a job opportunity in manufacturing in the area, there will be a Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair on Wednesday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Available positions are widespread from welder to Machine Operator to General Laborer. You can register at eventbrite.com/e/swec-virtural-job-fair-tickets-143007692859. For information about the fair, email Joel Rodriguez from the Southwest Organizing Project at [email protected]

 

Several events are coming up in the Monarca Insurance and Financial Services Party Room, 3300 W. 63rd St. This Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28, the Easter Bunny will be on hand for a photo session. Families are welcome to bring their fur babies as well. Each child and fur baby receive a goodie egg. Sessions are 15 minutes per family and start at $20.

 

 

On Monday, March 29, Monarca is offering free resume building assistance from 4 to 7 p.m. If you know of anyone who has been frustrated with the process of creating a resume, stopping in to see Jeanette and her group just might be the perfect solution.

 

On Thursday, April 1, Tania from Sugar Sweet Dreams will be hosting another bakery decorating event for kids, this one with bundt cakes. As you may have noticed last week, my granddaughter Kayla loved the last event, so we have already registered for this one. Time slots start at 4 p.m.

 

Next weekend, just in time for Easter, it will be Spring Fling Small Business weekend in the party room. Jeanette tells me she will have 40 vendors throughout the weekend with swag bags and raffles as well. On Friday, April 2, doors will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and/or registration on any of these events call Jeanette at Monarca (773) 701-5000.

 

Due to how the Easter Triduum falls this year, the upcoming monthly novena at the St. Rita High School Shrine will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. To register to attend, go to stritahschapel.org.

 

On a sad note, as some of you may have heard, the Rev. Edward Kersten OSA passed away last week on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day. He was certainly a well-loved priest at St. Rita Parish, known as a good storyteller and a lover of singing. In talking to folks that were lucky enough to have been at the parish when he was, those are the two top comments over and over. If he was not the celebrant of the Mass, it was not unusual to see him joining in the choir.

 

He was very sociable and came to every event we put on through the years, unless of course he was out of town. Father Ed enjoyed visiting friends in Wisconsin and going boating and hiking in the woods when his schedule allowed. He had his own small rowboat which he kept at the parish.

 

For history buffs, I will add that as a teenager, to help pay his tuition at St Rita High School, he worked at Dixon Hardware on 63rd Street. Father Ed was 91 years old.

 

When we left 1966 last week, we were headed for the grand opening of a new store at 6323 S. Kedzie. Brad O was the first to guess Saxon Paint and Hardware. Interestingly, the story in the SWNH announcing the event, listed the name as Sax-on. I did not remember ever seeing the dash in the name before.

 

It is too crowded to check the Saxon’s out today, so we’ll come back next week. For now, let’s head over to the grocery store at 3504 W. 63rd to pick up everything we need for Easter dinner. Where are we headed?

 

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