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Kids love sweet, syrupy snow cones

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Last Friday morning, as folks were gathering around the MLK Memorial on the northwest side of Marquette Park, many parents and their children were lining up on the southwest end to attend the back-to-school bash at Tarkington School.

One of 13 held throughout the city, the outdoor bashes are an opportunity for students to meet up with their classmates, pick up their school supplies, play games and enjoy some summer treats like popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. From what I noticed, at least from the kid at Tarkington, snow cones are lot more fun when the yummy syrup is dripping down your hand.

Summer Kickbacks at Marquette Park will be held every Friday in August from 4 to 6 p.m. inside the park at 69th and California. SWOP team members will be out there grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. Stop by for a bite to eat and/or to play some games. This is a really nice event for kids and adults alike.

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Remember how the 38th Annual Senior Amateur Golf Championship at Marquette Park in July was rained out and needed to be rescheduled? Well, it is now time to play. The new dates are Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22, If you were registered for the July event, then you are all set. If not and you would like to take part, online registration is open by going to cpdgolf.com. Each day is 18 holes of stroke play.

Next weekend proves to be a rather busy one in the neighborhood. The Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, will be holding their first resource fair on Saturday, Aug. 21, from noon to 3 p.m. The fair will take place outside of the library and will be a good opportunity to receive information from our local organizations.

Then on the same day at 3 p.m., the Goodman Theatre presentation of Zulema comes to Marquette Park. The free performance follows young Zulema as she zig-zags from her home in Chiapas to Chicago. The musical journey is fit for the entire family.

If you are a senior and you like to read, the Senior Book Club will meet virtually on Saturday, Aug. 28. This is a special collaboration between the Chicago Public Library and the Senior Services Division of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

If this sounds good to you, it is probably a good idea to pick up the book now so you have time to read it. The title is The Help and the author is Kathryn Stockett. The Chicago Lawn Branch currently has copies available. This virtual event will be held via Zoom or phone. To register, you can email [email protected] or call (312) 747-0639.

Have you driven south on Kedzie lately? I was quite surprised when I passed by 87th Street last week and saw the progress on the demolition of Luther South High School. It is always so sad to see the skeleton of a school or church. Automatically thoughts go to all of the people that learned or worshipped in the buildings. When I drove past, my eyes immediately focused on the glass-less windows left on the front of the remainder of the building. Several members of the Chicago Lawn Historical Society went to school there, perhaps many of you as well. RIP Luther South.

Last week Nancy H. left us with a mind thumper question about a store on 63rd Street from the late 1980s. Jack Varela, a deacon at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church at the time, and his wife, Vicky, had an upscale woman’s clothing store for many years at 3433 W. 63rd St.

Janice P. recognized the shop as Palace Fashions. She tells us she liked shopping there because they did alterations—a service that was becoming more uncommon by then. Janice also reminisced that she always enjoyed talking to Vicky whenever she stopped in.

In 1985, my daughter had just started kindergarten at St. Rita School and she liked going to the Chicago Lawn Branch Library for story time, so we were spending a lot of time wearing a path back and forth down 63rd and up Kedzie. So, when Mike L. asked if I remembered this place from 1985, I knew right where he meant. Where was the Marquette Medical Building?

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