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Simple pleasures bring best joy

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

I hope everyone is enjoying our summer season. I have been enjoying all the activities, festivals and restaurants that have opened back up.

Some of the best things are the simple activities I used to take for granted. I like to sit on my front porch and watch kids play outside. Seeing them run and play and ride their bikes outside once again has brought me much joy. The sound of children at play is truly the finest music.

Before you know it, schools will be open and back in session. Parents have already started shopping for school supplies. These supplies can be expensive. Fortunately, Eddie Guillen, owner of Magic Uplighting, is holding the 6th Annual Back to School Giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will take place at Envision Community Services, 4324 W. 63rd St. The goal is to give away 1,000 book bags filled with school supplies. This is such a blessing to our community. If you would like to become a sponsor, call Magic Uplighting at (773) 304-4073 or send an email to [email protected]

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Lee School no longer requires school uniforms. Uniforms are optional. They do require gym uniforms, which students will need to wear on gym days and “School Spirit” days. These uniforms can be purchased at Ray’s T-Shirts, 6134 S. Pulaski. Ray’s T-Shirts is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call them at (773) 767-7779.

I once bought a BBQ apron for my brother, Steve, at Ray’s T-Shirts. They didn’t bat an eye when I asked that the words “Psycho Chef” be printed on it. Steve is our family’s official chef for all family picnics. I must say, he did a superb job grilling tons of burgers and hot dogs at our last picnic on July 3. Thanks, Steve!

Queen of the Universe School welcomes their new kindergarten teacher, Sarahi Jimenez. Her students are very fortunate. I was told that Sarahi is very artistic. Sarahi, may the coming year be filled with the joy of making a difference in the life of a child.

If you would like more information about Queen of the Universe School, 7130 S. Hamlin, or would like to schedule a tour, call (773) 582-4266.

Daley College is now offering in-person ballet classes for children ages 3 to 6 years and fitness classes for children ages 7 to 10 years. They also have algebra classes for grades 7 through 10. All classes start on or near Aug. 24. Register in person at Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski, in Room 1110. Bring a check or money order. Ballet classes cost $59, fitness classes cost $45, and algebra classes cost $72.

Daley College also offers no-cost courses in auto tech, CDL, childcare and cybersecurity. Call for more information at (773) 838-7500 or visit their website at ccc.edu.

Envision Community Services, along with Dog-E-Stylz Grooming Salon #2 (6352 S. Pulaski, 773-912-6448), is sponsoring youth and adult volleyball on Wednesdays at West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St.

This activity will take place near the baseball field at Keeler avenue. There are two groups. One is for 10 to 18 year olds. Their games will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. The other group is for 18 years and up. They will play from 6 to 8 p.m. If you need more information or would like to participate as a player or volunteer, send an email to [email protected]

Calvary Lutheran Church, 6200 S. Kenneth, will be holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in their parking lot. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Call 630-479-0244 (English) and 630-201-2151 (Spanish). Everyone who gets a vaccination will get a free ice cream treat.

I remember getting a few vaccinations as a child. My parents would bribe us with the promise of toys or books. There weren’t a lot of vaccines back then. Now-a-days, children receive about 16 or 17 vaccinations by the time they are 5 years old, with many more throughout grammar school. If parents still offer bribes for getting shots, kids these days are going to get a lot of treats by the time they finish eighth grade!

I would like to thank a caller named Wade. He left such a kind and helpful message regarding the experience I had at a 7-Eleven a couple of weeks ago. Thank you so much, Wade. I’m so grateful. You made my day.

Congratulations to West Lawn residents Mitzi and Gilberto Cantu for winning the award for best window box and planter in the 5th Annual Chicago Bungalow Association Garden Contest. I think your beautiful flowers, vines and plants are inspiring everyone in our neighborhood. I’ve seen so many lovely gardens and flowering traffic circles lately.

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