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Time to go and honor Joe

Tomorrow is National Joe Day. On this day we are to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and family members named Joe. I will be enjoying a cup of coffee with my son, Joe. He likes instant hot cocoa powder mixed in with his coffee, along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a bit of salt. I like mine black. Here’s to all the Joes in our lives!

Saturday, March 27 is also the day we can bring our old electronic items to the Quinn Guerrero-Cuellar Service office, 6500 S. Pulaski. This electronic recycling event will be held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you have any unwanted TVs, radios, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and batteries, load them in your car and drive to the back of the building. Stay in your car and wear a mask. Someone from the service office will unload your car for you. Questions? Call (773) 581-8000.

 

Spring is here, and that means new growth, flowers, spring cleaning, warmer temperatures and potholes. You can report potholes by calling your aldermen. Call 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares at (773) 582-4444 and call 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn at (773) 581-8000. You can also call 311 to report potholes. If you want to find out if the pothole has been filled, you can go to chicago.gov.

 

Many people are struggling to make ends meet as they wait for their place of employment to reopen and try to make do until their stimulus checks finally arrive. West Lawn’s Love Fridge, 6601 S. Pulaski is well stocked with free milk, eggs, cheeses, yogurts, packaged meats and more. If you or anyone you know is in need, just head over there and take what you need. It is open 24/7. Donations are much appreciated.

 

I mentioned the new Big Lots at 8000 S. Cicero in a previous column. I found out they are scheduled to open April 1. I think this will be a welcome business to our community. It is a big building with a nice size parking lot. I’m glad the space won’t be sitting empty.

 

Many West Lawn neighbors have been calling me, asking when the Senior Center at 6117 S. Kedzie will be open again. As you know, this is a Chicago Department of Family & Support Services location for the Southwest Side. Many of our seniors are counting on this Golden Dining site to open soon and begin serving low-cost meals to seniors. I called them on March 18 at (312) 747-0440 to ask about a reopening date. I was told, “We have no idea when we will be open. We haven’t been told yet.” Sorry I don’t have better news to share.

 

Thank you to the Calvary Lutheran Church Seniors for inviting me to their St. Patrick’s Day lunch last week. I had such a nice time. The corned beef sandwiches were superb. Thank you to Elaine and Anissa for baking the delicious desserts.

 

Their next get together will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at noon. Bring your own sandwich. Dessert and coffee will be provided. Bring a few dollars for bingo and raffles. Call Elaine to RSVP at (773) 424-3031. All are welcome. The church is located at 6149 S. Kenneth.

 

I would like to wish a happy belated birthday to Kathy Becker of Calvary Lutheran Church. I missed her birthday on March 23. I hope you had a happy day!

 

The West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St., is open for borrowing books. I have visited our library a few times this year. There are currently no activities going on, but I’m sure there soon will be. I’ll keep you posted.

 

In the meantime, if you are looking for something fun to do, I suggest visiting the Chinatown Branch Library, 2100 S. Wentworth. As you might remember, I not only like to go to my neighborhood library, I like to visit other branches as well. The Chinatown branch is an amazing glass and steel structure. It opened in 2015 and has a Feng Shui influenced interior design.

 

On Tuesday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Chinatown Branch Library is hosting a craft event called, Grab and Go Flower Making. You can just go there and pick up a small bag of items to make a paper flower at home. Call them at (312) 747-8013 if you need more information. While you are in Chinatown, you might as well plan on eating and shopping because many of their restaurants and shops are open for business once again. The Archer bus will take you right there.

 

Hi to West Lawn’s amazing resident, Eddie Guillen. I’m so glad you and your wife are feeling well and have recovered from COVID-19. Eddie said he’s feeling much better and is already making plans to further serve West Lawn. He said, “My goal this year is to help 500 youth and young adults start their own small businesses without any sign up fees.”

 

Thank you, Eddie, for all you do for West Lawn. And thank you to all for your calls and texts last week.

 

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