Cal City deer

This critter was wondering around town not too long ago.

George Grenchik

Well, they’re all smiling at me.

Driving down Wentworth, Burnham, or Pulaski in Calumet City one can encounter smiling faces of folks promoting their town on numerous large, colorful posters attached to street lamp poles.

I know Steve Drew, a CC firefighter; Jose Rojas, the owner of Calumet City Bakery; and Dorian Menchaca, an old student of mine and the owner of Don Pedro’s Mexican Bar and Grille.

There are a few other folks I recognized but can’t attach a name to. I’m going to find those out and I’ll get back to you.

I don’t know the cost of this little advertising, but I’m sure it’s not cheap. And some may think it’s a waste, but I don’t.

There are a lot of people who are happy with their town, which is contrary to some negative images and commentaries floating about. The happy faces on the posters belie that negative image.

Family Fest coming

St. Andrew the Apostle parish is having its annual Family Fest on June 24 and 25. It is the parish’s long running food, music and fellowship fest.

The festivities on June 24 are from 6-10 p.m. Music will be provided by a Region favorite — the Relics.

Sunday’s times are 1-8 p.m. and again, live music — Polka and rock. Lots of great food, a big raffle, and old friends make it a pretty good time.

For more info, contact the parish at 708-862-4165.

More notes about town

Also coming soon is the Park District and City’s presentation of Freedom’s Eve. And then there will be St. Victor Parish’s VictorFest July 13-16. More to come on that.

Good luck to JR Patton, strategist of Mayor Michelle’s last two election victories. He’s started his own consulting firm downtown. It’s called LaSalle Strategies. So, if you’re running for something…give JR a call.

And speaking of around Cal City, in 30-some years on Freeland Avenue I’ve never encountered a visitor like the one pictured above. While I’m not much more than a mile from any forest, that mile is all streets, houses, stores, etc.

It’s one skillful… or lucky deer.

Thanks for reading.