After getting over their initial shock at seeing snakes and other critters, children typically enjoy Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles, a seasonal favorite at parks across the city. --File photo

After getting over their initial shock at seeing snakes and other critters, children typically enjoy Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles, a seasonal favorite at parks across the city. --File photo

Toddlers, turtles, tunes in the park

By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]

It’s been nice to be able to explore what’s going on in the neighborhood again. I love the fact that we can look forward to being with family, friends and neighbors. Yes, we still need to be careful, but with the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine, there is a certain freedom we lacked in 2020.

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Joan Hadac

Like the city, the public libraries are slowly opening again. The Princess Bride will be showing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 over at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place. This movie is rated PG, so kids of all ages will appreciate this story of heroes, villains and a princess. It’s adapted by William Goldman from his novel. The movie runs for one hour and 38 minutes.

If you take your children or grandchildren, maybe you can extend your afternoon fun by taking them to lunch right around the corner at Café 63, 6411 W. 63rd St. They are usually open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Another event that caught my eye was Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles (I love the alliteration) that’s taking place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22 at Wentworth Park.

As the title suggests, it’s for the little ones and gives them and their families a chance to visit the park and go exploring. According to the park district, the program has been restructured for 2021 to include proper pandemic practices such as social distancing and the wearing of masks. The program also includes nature studies, early childhood activities and more. For more information, call Wentworth Park at (312) 747-6993.

Two Holy Martyrs Parish (St. Symphorosa and St. Rene Goupil) is hosting its Grand Raffle, featuring a grand prize of $10,000, a second prize of $5,000 and third prize of $2,000. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100 (cash or check only).

Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon in the parish office, 6135 S. Austin. They are also available this weekend after all Masses in the church narthex.

If you purchase your tickets early, you will be entered to win $250 in the earlybird drawing on Tuesday, July 13 or $500 in the earlybird drawing Tuesday, Aug. 10. Tickets must be returned one day prior to the earlybird drawing. Please keep your ticket stubs. Good luck to everyone who participates. If you need more information, call the parish office at (773) 767-1523. The big drawing will be held at the parish picnic in August.

Speaking of parish picnics, the Polish community at St. Faustina Parish (formerly St. Jane de Chantal) is hosting a parish picnic from 1:30 to 8 p.m. this Sunday, July 11 in Ward Hall and the adjacent parking lot on parish grounds. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be for sale, such as Polish sausage, pork knuckles, potato pancakes, ice cream, cold beer and other beverages.

There will also be children’s games, a 50/50 split-the-pot and raffle prizes. For more information, call the parish from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at (773) 767-2411.

Writing of parish picnics, which sound a lot like parish carnivals minus the rides, reminds me of how much I miss those carnivals. I know how much work goes into a successful carnival. I was on the St. Joseph Parish Carnival Committee for seven years when I worked there. I also served on the carnival committee when I was a parent at the school.

Are any local parishes considering having a carnival, or is that a pre-pandemic activity that will be left in the past? Let me know.

I’d love to post your news, including the personal such as birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, etc. You can best reach me at [email protected]

I hope you’re enjoying the summer so far. Stay happy and safe.

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