Karen Sala

Karen Sala

Check your smoke detector batteries

By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

It’s October. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors. I woke up to the unpleasant chirping of one of my smoke alarms the other morning at about 4 a.m. Thankfully I had a 9-volt battery, so I was able to change it and go back to sleep.

There will be a Hispanic heritage celebration at Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St., on Saturday Oct. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. Come one come all and celebrate your heritage through dance, music, cultural exhibits and arts and crafts. This event is free and recommended for all ages.

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St. Gall School is hosting a spooky Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the bingo hall, 5515 S. Sawyer. There will be a costume contest, games, raffles, music, dancing, prizes and a lot of fun. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased on line at square.link/u/eRonPkPD.

Bilingual storytime is held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays at the Gage Park Branch Library. Registration is required. Please go to chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/and register by 10:30 a.m. the day before. It takes place on Zoom. You will receive an email about 24 hours before with a secure link. This is recommended for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

You still have time to drop off your gently used winter coats at the GPLXC Cultural Center, 2711 W. 51st St., Tuesdays through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the month of October. Get rid of some clutter and do a good deed at the same time.

I screwed up the joke from Mike last week. It should have read: Why didn’t the teacher fart in front of her class? Because she was a private tutor. Sorry, Mike.

It was nice to see Rita and Bob in the store the other day. It’s been a long time.

This past week on the Gage Park, Chicago Illinois Facebook page, people were discussing Pizza Kitchen. They made the best pizza. We went there for years. It was located on the southeast corner on 51st and Talman. Now the building is home to an auto parts store. When Pizza Kitchen left the neighborhood, they relocated to 4434 W. 59th St.. Sadly that location closed, too, and became a little grocery store. I still need my weekly Saturday night pizza, so I switch off between Pop and Pizza and of course Pizza Castle for my King Arthur.

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