Halloween fun straight ahead
By Joan Hadac
Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge
(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]
Hi everyone. We are quickly heading into the holiday season, which includes Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s hard to believe with our mild temperatures that fall is here and we will be rolling into winter and colder weather soon.
We have a couple of Halloween-themed happenings courtesy of the Chicago Park District.
Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St., is hosting a Spooky 3K Walk/Run and Food Drive for the whole family from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. If you love walking or running, this is a fun way to get the family together and get outside while the weather cooperates.
You are also invited to show off your Halloween costume while taking part in the walk/run. Will your costume live up to the spooky part of the name of the event? Everyone participating in this free event is encouraged to donate any type of non-perishable food items. Those items will then be taken to one of the food banks in the area.
Hale Park hasn’t forgotten 13-and 14-year-olds. Park staff are hosting a Halloween dance from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the fieldhouse. The fee is $5 per teen. There will be plenty going on to make this an interesting dance, including a costume contest, dance contest, face painting, arts and crafts and games.
Call Hale Park at (773) 229-1032 for information about these Halloween events.
Halloween will be celebrated at in the parking lot at Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile, with trick or trunk from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Children can come dressed in their costumes to collect candy from cars decorated for Halloween. Volunteers are needed to decorate their car trunks and fill with candy for trick or treaters. For more information, call the park at (312) 747-6993.
The Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Pumpkin Jamboree Halloween Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. The parade will step off at Archer and Nordica and head east on Archer to 55th Street and will turn on Merrimac to 56th Street. The parade ends at Kennedy High School. If you want to be in the parade, register at garfieldridgecc.com/events.
Sorry for the late notice, but I just received this. The St. Jane Ladies Guild of St. Faustina Parish hopes you will join them at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 in the school building, 5201 S. McVicker, for their monthly bunco.
It’s $10 to play and cash prizes are awarded. Soft drinks, water and coffee, as well as pre-packaged snacks will be available. Masks are required, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
(I’m including this bit of news because even though today’s paper is dated Oct. 13, I know some of us receive it on Tuesday, the 12th.)
So, if you get this in time, please join the ladies for a fun evening. For more information, call Andi Pocica at (776) 610-5686.
They have another active group at St. Faustina, the St. Jane de Chantal Senior Club. The group will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18 in the school lunchroom. The theme this month is Halloween and Autumn. Costumes are optional. Refreshments will be served.
Membership is open to anyone 50 and older in Garfield Ridge and Clearing. New members are always welcome. Dues are $10 per year per person, and there is a $3 door fee per meeting. This is a great way to have fun and meet your neighbors.
Yoga is now offered by one of the best teachers, Kim Hernandez, twice a week: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays at Boitsov Ballet School, 6102 S. Archer. Drop-ins are welcome, but you can save your space at app.ubindi.com/Kim.Hernandez. Classes are $15. For more information, call or text Kim at (773) 234-2703.
Yoga is a wonderful way to relieve stress and tension. In class Kim will lead students through yoga postures that will achieve this goal. Classes are open to all levels. Better yet, beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend. All you have to do is bring yourself and a mat.
Take care everyone and I’ll see you next week.
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