Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Religious Ed Classes For Kids Starting at St. Richard & St. Bruno Parish

Just released by our friends at St. Richard/St. Bruno Parish:

As of July 1, St. Bruno and St. Richard became one unified parish under the Archdiocese of Chicago, and we are blessed to be able to offer Religious Education classes this year for parishioners and other youth in our community between 1st and 8th grade who wish to be formed in the Catholic faith.

“The Religious Education program at our parish is spirit-filled journey of Catholic faith formation with child, parent and catechist being led by Jesus,” said Kathy Kerwin, coordinator of Religious Education. “Together, all of us grow in our love for and relationship with God. We do God’s work together, helping each other achieve our most important goal in life of getting to heaven.”
CLASS TIMES -- The faith formation program for the 2021-2022 Catechetical Year will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and continue through May 11.  As part of the program, children will attend classes on Wednesday evenings (from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.) at St. Richard School (50th and Kenneth). We will have onsite in-person classes. No remote options will be offered this year.
HEALTH & SAFETY A PRIORITY -- Protecting the health and safety of students and their families, as well as our volunteers and parish staff, while providing an excellent, in-person faith formation experience, remain top priorities. Based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), consultation from our team of medical advisors, and the Archdiocesan COVID-19 Task Force, the program will follow the same protocols set forth by the Archdiocese’s Office for Catholic Schools.  This includes:
• Masking;
• Physical distancing and classroom seating; and
• Requiring each family to sign a pledge to help ensure our programs provide a safe learning environment and remain open without undue interruption.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – People can register their children and pay fees online by visiting strichardparish.org and clicking the "Religious Education Information and Registration" icon. You may also contact the St. Richard Parish Office at (773) 585-1221 to request a paper registration form.
“We never want the cost of Religious Education to be a burden for any family or a barrier to a child being formed in our faith, so we encourage anyone who may need a flexible payment option for Religious Education to contact the parish office directly and we will work out a payment plan,” Kerwin added.
The administrative offices for St. Bruno and St. Richard Parish is now located at St. Richard Parish, 5030 S. Kostner.

For more information about the unification of our parishes, please visit strichardparish.org/renew-my-church and read weekly bulletins at strichardparish.org/weekly-bulletin.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Ald. Tabares Hosting Paper Shredding, Med Take-Back Event at Byrne School

 Looking to get rid of unwanted yet sensitive documents (like old

utility bills, medical records, tax returns, Social Security/pension statements, etc.)?

Looking to get rid of unwanted, outdated prescription drugs?

Then make plans to head over to Byrne School, 54th and Oak Park, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 25--where 23rd Ward Alderman Silvana Tabares will host a shred/drug take-back event.

This is a contact-free event. Motorists dropping off papers or prescription meds are asked to wear masks and stay in their vehicles. Volunteers will remove papers and/or outdated/unwanted meds.

The prescription drug take-back is sponsored by the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Meds should be in their original containers or a sealed plastic bag. Not accepted are liquid meds, anything in an aerosol container, medical waste (including used gloves, masks, syringes, needles, lancets, tubing, IV bags) and illegal drugs.

Volunteers will not accept any electronics at this event.

For details, call the alderman's office at (773) 582-4444.

Thanks to Alderman Tabares for providing this useful public service!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Windy City Coop Tour Showcases Backyard Poultry Raising Operations

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

If ever you've wondered why folks keep chickens in their backyard in the city, here's a good chance to find out.

The Windy City Coop Tour is back for its 11th year--showcasing backyard poultry, eco-yards and urban livestock across the city and suburbs.

During this self-guided tour, hosts open their yards to visitors and share their experience of keeping backyard livestock in an urban setting.

The Windy City Coop Tour provides access to local examples of the broader nation-wide movement toward sustainable urban back yards.

Admission is free to each site. No dogs allowed.

Tour hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26--although hours may vary from site to site.

Most of the sites are wheelchair accessible, and a number of the hosts are multi-lingual.

To ensure the safety of hosts and guests, masks are required when entering any property. Host sites are private property. Hosts reserve the right to deny entry to any guest for any reason. All sites have agreed to follow pandemic protocols. Some sites will have masks and sanitizer available for guests if needed.
The Windy City Coop Tour is organized by Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts, a network of local urban agriculturists and supported by Advocates for Urban Agriculture. The Coop Tour is sponsored by Home To Roost, LLC.

There are several sites in the area that are on the tour.

One is the Talaga home, 5720 S. Merrimac. It will be open for tours from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26.

"We started keeping chickens in 2020, when the pandemic hit," said Anna Talaga. "So we're kind of new at it, but we enjoy it quite a bit."
Anna Talaga and her hens.

Born on a farm in the Polish Highlands, Anna wanted chickens as perhaps a modest reminder of her family heritage. Her husband, Boguslaw, originally from the big city of Krak√≥w, initially wanted no part of the project--but has come to enjoy the family's hens. At the moment, they have three: Beaker, Lacey and Blondie--which she describes as "lap chickens" because they are so friendly around people.

The "girls," as they are called, lay an average of two eggs a day. They are free-range birds. Anna says the eggs they lay taste significantly better than store-bought eggs.

The coop the Talaga family built has been expanded with a chicken run. The backyard also features a vegetable garden, a koi pond and more.

In response to a question, Anna said the smell and noise her chickens generate is typically less than an average dog does in a backyard. "Now if we had a rooster, it might be different," she laughed. "But we have no plans for that."

She added that the tour "is an excellent way for us to spread the word about how even with just a small amount of land, people can raise their own chickens, grow their own food and think about making the world a better place" through conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Also on the tour is The Feed Store, 5408 South Harlem, Summit, a wonderful reminder of the area's semi-rural past.

They will be open for tours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25 and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 26. 

The Feed Store has been at that location for nearly 75 years. Their staffers are very knowledgeable in backyard chicken keeping, and all animal feeding. Currently, they have about 15 different breeds of chicken, a red golden pheasant and regular golden pheasant in their parking lot coop. They have Cemani chickens and peacocks in the store. They also have a black Spanish Turkey and a rabbit. They compost their own chicken manure.

The Windy City Coop Tour also includes west-southwest suburban sites in Berwyn, Oak Park, Darien and Naperville. City sites nearby are in the Brighton Park, Back of the Yards and Beverly neighborhoods.

A detailed map of the tour's sites, as well as more information, are available at chicagochickens.org.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Kids Invited to 'Touch a Truck' Fun

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Boys and girls, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas are invited to Touch a Truck, an event set for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23 in the parking lot of Kinzie School, 5625 S. Mobile.

This hands-on activity is presented by the staff at Wentworth Park and sponsored by 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and State Rep. Angelica "Angie" Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd).

Touch a Truck events offer kids an opportunity to climb aboard large vehicles they typically only see from afar--like dump trucks, garbage trucks, fire engines, ambulances, police cars and so forth.

There will even be food trucks at this event, so be sure and bring your cash.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Secretary of State Mobile Unit Coming

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

For all Southwest Siders who don't want to visit an Illinois Secretary of State facility, for whatever reason, there's a bit of good news.

The Illinois Secretary of State's Mobile Driver's Services Unit will be right here on the Southwest Side, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 21 at the Quinn/Guerrero-Cuellar Service Office, 6500 S. Pulaski.

Services available include:

• Driver's license renewal or correction.
• State ID card renewal or correction.
• License plate stickers.
• If you renew your driver's license or ID, you will have to opportunity to register to vote and/or register as an organ donor.

But please note:

• Real ID-compliant driver's licenses and Real ID cards will not be available at this event. You must visit a Secretary of State facility for those.
• Driver's license renewals not available for drivers age 75 and older. If you are age 75 or older, you must renew at a Secretary of State facility.
• Written exams and driving exams not available at this event.
• Visions exams will be available, but drivers under age 18 or age 75 and older must get their licenses at a Secretary of State facility.

For more information, please call the Quinn/Guerrero-Cuellar Service Office at (773) 581-8000. And thanks to 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and State Rep. Angelica "Angie" Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd) for making this happen.