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By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

(708) 496-0265 • joan.hadac@gmail.com

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Looking to get your son or daughter off their cellphone screen and into the sunshine? The time is now to sign them up to play baseball or softball with Clear Ridge Little League, one of the best youth athletic associations in the Chicago area. Early-bird registration is open all this month, so visit clearridgell.com now. Save money and guarantee your child a spot on a roster.

There are also plenty of options for folks who want to volunteer to help, as well as businesses that want to sign up as a league sponsor.CRLLlogo 020118

Eligible to play are children living west of Central Avenue in Clearing or Garfield Ridge, as well as Summit and Bedford Park (north of 71st Street).

Opening day is set for Saturday, April 22.

Since the 1950s, CRLL has provided athletic opportunities for thousands of boys and girls in this area, promoting physical fitness and teaching teamwork and good sportsmanship, lessons that often last a lifetime.

There are a number of signs of a thriving neighborhood. A successful youth athletic organization is one. A number of neighborhoods in the city and suburbs used to have their own Little League association, but no longer do. Let’s all work to support our Clear Ridge Little League.

Mark your calendar

  • Today is the final day to order your Home Run Inn Take ‘N Bake Pizza and help the Parents Club at St. Daniel the Prophet School. So order your pizza today and then pick up at Home Run Inn, 6221 S. Archer, Feb. 13-15. Bring it home and bake it and voila! For details, visit https://bit.ly/StDanielParentClub2-23.
  • The next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Ward Hall, 5157 S. McVicker. This meeting also serves as the monthly CAPS meeting for Beat 811 (all of Garfield Ridge west of Central Avenue). My thanks to CAPS Beat 811 co-facilitator Marilyn Gilroy for sharing this information, as well as her continued service as a community volunteer.
  • The Garfield Ridge Civic League’s next public meeting is tentatively set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 S. Merrimac.

A strong, independent, non-partisan civic association is an important part of any good city neighborhood or suburban town, and the GRCL has served in that capacity since 1939. So please consider stopping by.

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  • Next week will be busy at the Garfield Ridge Satellite Senior Center, 5674-B S. Archer (immediately west of Archer and Laramie). Here are just a few highlights:

A Valentine’s Day singalong is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. You’ll need a ticket for lunch, and they are available starting at 9 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., stick around for bingo.

A “cardio chair” exercise class is set for 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. A $1 donation is requested to join this class. At 10 a.m., a pharmacist from the White Crane Wellness Center will be on hand to discuss your meds. At 12:45 p.m., enjoy a cooking class with Chef Gloria D. Hafer.

A White Crane social worker will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. A nurse will be there from 12:30 to 3 p.m. for individual consultations. An exercise class for those with arthritis will run from 1 to 2 p.m.

Bingo starts at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17. If you like romantic films, the movie The Good House will be shown at 1 p.m.

The Senior Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 13 (President Lincoln’s birthday) and Monday, Feb. 20 (President Washington’s birthday).

For details on the center, it events and services, call (312) 745-4255.

  • Please remember to order your paczki no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15 from Pticek’s Bakery, 5523 S. Narragansett. More than 15 varieties are available. Paczki Day is Tuesday, Feb. 21. Call Pticek’s at (773) 585-5500.
  • Well, that’s all for this week. I don’t feel like cooking, so I’m going to call Triano’s Pizza at (773) 229-1444 and take advantage of Wing Wednesday. Jumbo chicken wings are just 99 cents each (minimum order is four) and you get your choice of sauce.

See you next week.

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