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Electric bikes for rent on 63rd Street

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

The following scenario has happened to me many times, and I am betting it has happened to you as well.

I walk or drive down the same street month after month, year after year, and all of a sudden something is different. Many times it will be that something is missing, but what was it? When it’s a building that’s missing, that can really throw you through a loop, can’t it? Other times the difference will be that something is new, maybe.

OK, let me cut to the chase. The other day I was walking south down Spaulding, toward 63rd Street, and saw something extra built on the sidewalk by the curb. From a distance it appeared to be a bike rack.

Remember last May when the Chicago Department of Transportation Divvy Program Team participated in a Zoom meeting about expanding the program? Well sure enough, they did. They are not the classic blue 3-speed pedal bikes, but the black hybrid electric bikes with pedal assist, which are a game changer for people who haven’t ridden in a long time, as the battery pack kicks in to help the rider get the speed going. These bikes only require lightweight stations, so they take up as much room as an old-fashioned bike rack.

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Instructions for use are right on the bike rack. You can pay-as-you-go or get an annual membership. Already several are in use. If you have questions, visit divvybikes.com or call (855) 553-4889.

While you are on 63rd and Spaulding, remember a Spooky Vendors Market comes to the Monarca Event Room, 3300 W. 63rd St., this evening, Friday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 8 p.m. It should be a fun evening of shopping, food, drinks, and for the kids there will be cookie decorating kits, and trick or treating.

Today, Oct. 29, is the last day to nominate a favorite teacher/school to win a $200 Marquette Bank Gift Card for their classroom. As you may recall, the bank has had the contest going throughout October in honor of National Teachers Day. Enter at emarquettebank.com/adoptaclass. Winners will be determined on or about Nov. 8 and be notified by phone or mail.

Tweens between the ages of 10 and 13 are invited to join the Beginner’s Crochet Club at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 7p.m. Participants do need to supply their own needle and yarn. This event takes place in person and via Zoom. For more information, call (312) 747-0639.

The St. Rita High School Mothers’ Club will host Ladies Night Out on Thursday, Nov.4, from 6:30-9:30p.m. in the school’s dining hall, 7740 S. Western. The annual event will feature more than 45 vendors.

Admission is $5 per person and includes a raffle ticket and dessert. A cash bar of wine, beer, soda, and bottled water will also be available. This is a “21 and older” event. For more information, visit stritahs.com/mothersclub or contact Margie Hopkins at (773) 925-6600.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, St. Thomas More will be celebrating their 75th anniversary. The festivities begin with a 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by dinner in Donlan Hall. Pre-sale tickets are $30 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years and children under 6 are free. Tickets will be sold after Masses and at the church office. It’s time to come home to Tommy More for this special occasion.

To honor this milestone, a 75th anniversary Christmas ornament featuring a beautiful picture of the main altar on one side and the designation St. Thomas More Church – 75th Anniversary – 1946-2021 on the reverse. The ornament can be pre-ordered for $10 each. For more information on tickets or the ornaments, call the office at (773) 436-4444.

Just in time for the anniversary, Musica Pacis has two special DVD productions featuring the final Latin Mass at the parish and Msgr. Zborowski’s final Mass. (As you may remember, when the Renew My Church program was finalized, one of the changes at Tommy More was the end of the Latin Mass). To place an order, contact Fr. Scott Haynes at [email protected]

Now let’s go back to 1986 when a small grocery store on 69th Street went out of business. Leopoldas Kupcikevicius rented the store and remodeled it and his wife Maryte started a delicatessen there. Stella B. was the first to remember Talman Deli on the northeast corner of 69th and Talman. She tells us they sold imported goods, as well as fresh bakery and both hot and cold homemade Lithuanian food.

Vytantas K said Maryte was an excellent cook and he remembers her koldunai was the most popular item at the store. As a side note, he said she told him she learned how to make the koldunai in Siberia-Russia. She would make them by the dozens. Susan B. explained that koldunai is like pierogi, stuffed with cheese, meat or mushrooms. They freeze well, so many would buy lots at a time.

Just wondering if anyone might know the name of the little grocery that preceded Talman Deli in that spot?

Now let’s have some more Lithuanian food, this time at a sit-down restaurant. We are going to Marius and Emilija Kiela’s place on 71st Street. Anybody remember the name?

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