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Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Things looking good at Universidad Popular

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

I attended the open house at Universidad Popular, 3702 W. 60th St., last week. My hubby, Ro, went with me. We toured the completely renovated building and surrounding property. Everything looks so fresh and ready for all their programs and activities.

This all volunteer, community outreach organization has something for everyone. There are classes in health and nutrition, computer literacy, learning English and exercise like yoga and zumba. I first reported about Universidad Popular back in December of last year. It was nice to see the progress they have made in setting up this warm and inviting neighborhood center.

There is a youth outreach program for children ages 3 to 5 years old, an after-school program and a teen program.

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I met a dedicated volunteer named Laura who is active in their teen outreach program called Up To Youth. She is focused on living a more sustainable and climate-friendly life by recycling and by supporting local businesses and farmers. She is currently leading teenagers in setting up a clothing drive. The clothing they collect will be distributed to local residents. Thank you, Laura, for all you do!

If you would like to know more about the youth programs, send an email to [email protected]

Thank you to long-time Universidad Popular volunteer, Brenda, for being our tour guide. It was so nice to connect with you.

Find out how to volunteer or donate or learn more about Universidad Popular by sending a note to 3702 W. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60629, by calling (773) 733-5055 or by visiting universidadpopular.us.

Here’s more good news. West Lawn’s “Love Fridge” at 6601 S. Pulaski continues to serve our community. All are invited to go there day or night and take what you need. The Love Fridge gets 50 to 60 visitors each day.

If you would like to donate items like milk, yogurt, cheeses, packaged deli meats, produce or eggs, just bring your food donations at any time that is convenient for you. A special thanks to all who donate and maintain the Love Fridge.

Speaking of food, last week I talked about a conversation I had with a neighbor about pot roast. I then asked if anyone knows of a restaurant that serves pot roast. I got a lot of calls recommending restaurants outside of our neighborhood. I also got a very nice call from a friend who recommends Culver’s restaurant and their pot roast. She said she used to pick some up from the Culver’s at 94th and Harlem on her way home from work.

As many of you know, we will soon have our own neighborhood Culver’s at 6541 S. Cicero. I got in touch with Culver’s and they told me they are “projected to open on Sept. 13.” They do have pot roast listed on their menu. I will plan on visiting after they open and see for myself how good their pot roast is. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School welcomes their new eighth grade teacher, Jessica Amaro. Ms. Amaro is a former St. Nick’s student. She graduated in 2001. Welcome back, Jessica!

The Calvary Lutheran Church Senior Club would like to wish happy birthday to Linda Johnson, Major Kincade and Nancy H. May the dear Lord bless each one of you.

The Calvary Seniors send get well wishes to Loretta W., Kathy B. and Juanita V. May all receive healing and be restored to good health.

Very special birthday wishes go to Anissa, who is the granddaughter of the Calvary Senior Club president, Elaine. May your birthday and coming year bring much happiness and lots of fun!

As always, I encourage everyone in West Lawn to read the Greater Southwest News-Herald—the paper that has faithfully served the Southwest Side since 1924. In years past, that meant either buying a copy of the paper on the newsstand or calling (708) 496-0265 and ordering a one-year subscription by mail.

Now there is a third option. Go to the company’s sharp-looking new website, southwestregionalpublishing.com, click on the “Subscribe Today” option at the top menu bar, and you’ll find three options (online, print, online and print).

Not only can you subscribe quickly and easily to the Greater Southwest News-Herald, you’ll see how you can subscribe to the company’s four other publications (the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, Desplaines Valley News, the Regional News, and the Reporter).

These papers cover other parts of the city, as well as a wide range of southwest suburbs. Please check it out today!

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