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Peggy Zabicki

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It’s the positive, thankful time of year

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. I try to focus on what I am really thankful for, all who make me happy and all that puts a smile on my face. At the same time, I turn my back on all that makes me sad and weighs me down. I walk away and leave it behind me.

One thing I am grateful for is that I can buy and cook turkey and all the trimmings. The way the economy is these days, many people cannot afford to buy all the holiday foods. The Love Fridge at 6601 S. Pulaski is always stocked with lots of food donated by loving and caring neighbors. All are welcome to take what they need or drop off what they can. The Love Fridge is always open.

Realty of Chicago, 3958 W. 63rd St., is sponsoring a turkey giveaway on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. Visit their office or call them at (312) 607-7057 for more information.

Midway International Airport has several job openings in food and retail. Visit flychicago.com for details.

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FedEx in Bedford Park job openings for a variety of hours and positions. They are located at 6833 W. 75th St., just outside West Lawn. I believe there is a bus you can catch at West Lawn’s 59th and Cicero CTA terminal that takes you right there. Call (800) 463-3339 for more information.

Teddy Bear Day Care #3, 6401 S. Pulaski, is hiring teachers and maintenance workers. Go to teddybeardaycare.com to apply.

Looking for winter activities for the kiddies? West Lawn’s longtime bowling alley, Lawn Lanes (6750 S. Pulaski) is forming new winter leagues for youth ages 12 through 18. The leagues start on Jan. 8 and end on April 30. The winter league ends with a banquet on May 7. Visit them in person or call (773) 582-2525 to sign up.

Midway Baseball Association will be holding winter softball camps for kids ages 7 to 14 in order to prepare for their 2022 season. The camps will take place at the University of Illinois/Chicago campus indoor facility, instead of outdoors at their official location at Madigan Park, 4701 W. Marquette Road. Text Elsa at (773) 575-9361 for more information on dates and times.

There is a flag football team that gets together at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at West Lawn Park, near 66th and Keeler. It is open to everyone ages 18 and up. You can just show up on Wednesday nights to sign up and play.

The British Swim School at Chicago Midway Hotel Plaza at the Hyatt Hotel, 6550 S. Cicero, Bedford Park, has swim classes for all ages on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They feature small class sizes and also offer private lessons. Call them at (630) 833-8145 for more information.

Also at the Chicago Midway Hotel Plaza will be an event called Shop Small Saturday. This will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6530 S. Cicero, Bedford Park, from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. There will be small vendors selling jewelry, art, beauty products, sweets and handmade items. Admission and parking are free. Interested vendors may call (773) 930-6101.

The next CAPS Beats 813/833 meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St. If you live in these beats and want to learn more about what you can do to fight crime and make the neighborhood safer, please consider attending.

During this Thanksgiving season, I’m grateful that on this day, November 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Remember the beginning passage? Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Lincoln further declared that the United States would continue to fight to preserve the nation that was created by the Founding Fathers, who wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. May we continue to preserve these great documents and all they stand for.

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