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The garden is green and growing

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I just had to share this with you: In my little garden I now have five tomatoes, one banana pepper and one red pepper.

I’m just excited because my husband was always the gardener with the green thumb. This was never my forte, and now these little fellows have popped up over a week ago. I sure hope they have a lot of family members to join them!

Several events coming up this weekend so let’s get right to it. Over at Marquette Park, this Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, is the 38th Annual Senior Amateur Golf Championship. I always enjoy watching.

Also at Marquette, the Chicago Area Runners Association is holding Go Run Marquette. Everyone is welcome to race, run, jog, walk or volunteer.

Go Run is a free and is open to anyone in an effort to make running enjoyable and accessible to all, both newcomers and long-time runners alike. Enjoy a free, timed 5K and one-mile event. The starting line is at 3144 W. Marquette Road, which is just west of the running track. Start time is 9 a.m. For more information go to GoRunMarquette.com.

This Saturday is also the date for this year’s Bike MS: Tour de Farms. Recently we talked about Daina Cyvas’ participation in the event the last several years in honor of her boss, Sister Margaret Zalot of the Sisters of St. Casimir. In training for this event, to help raise funds for the National Multiple Scleroses Society, Daina has been riding 15 to 20 miles at least three times a week, which sure is amazing to me.

To assist Daina in helping the MS Society find a cure for MS, a donation can be made by writing a check payable to ‘National MS Society’ Memo: Daina Cyvas Tour de Farms and drop off or mail it to: Daina Cyvas, c/o Sisters of St. Casimir, 2601 W. Marquette Road, Chicago, IL 60629. You may also donate online at mssociety.donordrive.com/participant/310703).

Then on Sunday, June 27, parishioners and friends of St. Thomas More pastor Monsignor Richard Zborrowski will celebrate his retirement with a Mass at 10 a.m. in the church, 2825 W. 81st St., followed by brunch in Donlan Hall. For more information, call the parish office at (773) 436-4444.

Now let’s return to 1966 one last time. When we left last week, we were still looking for a gift for Dad. We were standing on the corner of 63rd and Kedzie, looking northwest, when a sign in the window of one of the stores caught our attention. It said “Attention All Boys: Free T-Shirt with purchase of $1 or more.”

Sounded like a good place to check out, and we knew Dad liked the store because he had just purchased an archery set there recently. Several good guesses on this one but Bill H. was the first to guess Marquette Sports, which is where we were headed. I have posted a photo of the ad on the Chicago Lawn Historical Society Facebook page.

We will be leaving 1966 and spending the summer in another year, so if you have any suggestions or timeframes, you’d like to visit let me know.

For next week, let’s zip back 35 years to 1986. I have a taste for some good Lithuanian cuisine. How about you? Let’s go to Marius and Emilija Kiela’s place at 2632 W. 71st St. I always forget the name of that restaurant. Perhaps you remember?

1 Comment

  1. Tom Downes on June 24, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Was it Mabenkas?



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