Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Library set to re-open in January

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

Did you know that on Dec. 10, 1851 Melvil Dewey was born? He created the Dewey Decimal Classification System used in libraries all over the world. I’m sure that librarians, as well as library patrons, are appreciative.

Speaking of librarians, I spoke to West Lawn Branch librarian Jose Gallegos recently. He said he got word from his district chief that our library at 4020 W. 63rd St. will definitely open in January. This is good news. Can’t wait to see all the improvements!

Registration has just begun for West Lawn Park’s Winter Break Camp, taking place on Monday, Dec. 20 through Thursday, Dec. 30 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This camp is for children ages 6 to 11. There will be arts and crafts and seasonal sports. Good luck in registering. As of this writing, there are only 13 openings.

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West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St., is scheduled to have other activities for their winter season, which begins on Jan. 3 and goes to March 20. Visit them in person or call (773) 284-2803 for more information.

There are a lot of other park district activities going on throughout Chicago, if you find that West Lawn Park winter activities are all filled up. For those who are interested in drums and don’t mind traveling outside our neighborhood, there is a drum circle taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 17–and a second one taking place Friday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Mozart Park, 2036 N. Avers. This is near Pulaski and North Avenue. Call them at (312) 742-7535 for more information.

If you have internet access, you may visit the Chicago Park District website at chicagoparkdistrict.com/events. I am pretty sure my hubby, the drummer, will be going to these free events. Drum circles provide all skill levels of drummers and would-be drummers to create percussion patterns together.

When our West Lawn Branch Library opens, I know the librarians will help all patrons who don’t have internet access by guiding them through the internet process on one of the library’s computers.

One of our fine neighborhood organizations, Envisions Community Services, has provided a multitude of help to West Lawn residents who are in need of food, clothing, legal advice and more. They are located at 4324 W. 63rd St. They recently opened a second location for those living west of West Lawn. The new location is at 5680 S. Archer. Congratulations to Envisions on providing more people with help by expanding your service area. We thank you! For more information, call them at (773) 899-2897.

Have you seen the new mural at 63rd and Knox on a wall of the Medina Tire Shop? This beautiful blue-and-yellow mural was created by artist Milt Coronado in memory of Melissa “Azul” Mendoza, who was shot and killed on Sept. 25, 2021. Part of the mural is dedicated to Chicago’s missing children. If you are in the area, check it out.

At this time of year, as we go from Thanksgiving to Christmas celebrations, food and drink seem to be at the center of our parties. I never know what wine to serve and how to serve it. West Lawn resident and Avon salesperson extraordinaire Dawn Ferrarini recently shared some good advice on enjoying wine. She said, “Open a bottle of wine and allow it to breathe. If it doesn’t look like it’s breathing, give it mouth to mouth.”

Thanks, Dawn!

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