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Thankful for the man who gave us Peanuts

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

Did you know that Charles M. Schulz, author of the Peanuts cartoon series, was born on Nov. 26, 1922? I’m thankful and grateful for his creativity, which has endured the test of time. His cartoon movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, was first shown on TV in 1973. It is hilarious and meaningful. This is such a good cartoon for kids and their grownups to watch together.

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 3741 W. 62nd St., will be hosting a play group called Mom and Tots and Pops on Friday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There will be songs, dancing and crafts. Call to register at (773) 735-0772.

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Who wants to have cookies with Santa? On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police will host a Christmas party for neighborhood kids and families at the station, 3420 W. 63rd St. There will be hot cocoa, gifts and cookies. Registration is a must. Call (773) 701-5000 for registration information. This event is sponsored by Monarca Insurance.

There will be no CAPS meetings for Beats 813, 823 and 833 for the month of December. I’ll share information about future meetings in my next column.

The Southwest Collective is hosting a “Freebies For Families” event on Saturday, Dec. 18 between noon and 2 p.m. It is in memory of Marlen Ochoa Lopez, who was murdered while trying to get free baby clothes via a neighborhood Facebook connection. This event takes place at Mariscos la Diabla restaurant, 4222 W. 63rd St., and offers an opportunity to get free baby clothes and/or to donate clean, new or gently used baby clothes and supplies. Donate items between 10 and 11 a.m. Pick up free items between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. Call for more information at (708) 740-8914.

Queen of the Universe School, 7130 S. Hamlin, is holding a fundraiser. They are selling World’s Finest Chocolates, which make great gifts for Christmas. Who doesn’t like chocolate covered peanuts and pretzels, mint meltaways and caramel whirls? Call the school at (773) 582-4266 for more information and to place an order. This fundraiser helps Queen of the Universe supply a Chrome Book or tablet to each student, provide a rigorous curriculum and offer a small class size of 14:1 ratio. The fifth grade class is learning how to crochet. How fun is that?

Calvary Lutheran Church Seniors wish a very happy birthday to Virginia Sapp on Nov. 28. May the dear Lord bless you on your birthday and always.

Would you like to get to know the Calvary Seniors? This fun and lively group gets together once a month at their church for lunch and fun activities. On Tuesday, Dec. 21 they will have a special Christmas get together at Les Brothers Restaurant, 8705 S. Ridgeland, Oak Lawn, at noon. Everyone will purchase their own menu selection. For more information and to register, call Elaine at (773) 424-3031.

As you do your Christmas shopping in the coming weeks, be careful. Park in well-lit spaces, and watch your purse and wallet. Another piece of advice is to refrain from placing packages and other items on the roof of your car.

My hubby, Ro, did this when he was loading up some musical instruments in his car. He placed a medium-size black drum case filled with percussion instruments on top of his car and forgot about it. He drove away and the drum case fell off. I’m extremely proud of myself for refraining from saying, “Your head would fall off if it wasn’t attached.” The black case was lost somewhere in the vicinity of 60th and Lawndale. If you happened to have found it, give me a call.

It’s always something.

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