Karen Sala

Karen Sala

Clocks fall back, Santa moves ahead

By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

By now we’ve all has set our clocks back an hour and hopefully changed the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The furnace has been turned on, and we are set for winter.

It won’t be long now and Santa will be making his annual appearance. Every year I say I’m going to start my Christmas shopping early, and every year I don’t. I did start, and I think I have Alex finished.

Every parent or grandparent of a 2-year-old knows Cocomelon is all the rage with the toddler set, but the toys are really hard to find. I was finally successful in snagging a JJ doll from Amazon. I had ordered it once in July and they kept extending the delivery date until I got mad and finally cancelled the order. I ordered again in October and got it. Shopping for Timmy will be the next hurdle.

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Christkindlemarket will run from Nov. 19 to Dec. 31. Monday through Thursday, the hours are 3 to 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays they run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays it’s 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

I’m really hoping I can get down there to get my mugs. I might take the easy route and order on line. It all started in 1996 at Pioneer Court and in 1997 moved to Daley Plaza. It’s the most authentic, traditional German holiday market outside of Europe. There are vendors from all over selling their wares. The food and drink is fantastic. Eat, drink and be merry.

The Submarine Port on 51st and California, along with the muffler shop across the street, were broken into overnight last week. I guess it’s a good thing it was overnight, but still it’s a shame.

Burglaries are happening all over. Keep your doors locked and do not let strangers in. Police will never come to your door to check on pipes, this seems to be the newest scam directed at seniors. If anyone does try this scam call 911 immediately and hopefully they will be caught. We have to stick together and watch out for our neighbors.

St. Simon the Apostle School is having a reunion for the Class of 1972. It will be Saturday, June 4, 2022. The venue and price are pending. They are looking for former graduates. There is a public group on Facebook you can go to: St. Simon the Apostle group by Pat Prosser; or if you are a member of the Gage Park Chicago Illinois page, it’s posted there.

Happy Birthday, Kristen Sala. Hope you have a wonderful day and a terrific year ahead.

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