Well, it happened…barely.

The first annual, we hope, Calumet Memorial Park Foundation Mini Golf Outing was held last week at the mini golf course on the grounds of Memorial Park.

Through sponsorships and entry fees (and some donations), money was raised -- how much we will know soon -- for the Needy Family Fund of the Park District and for park and recreation staffs of areas affected by the disastrous storms in Texas and Florida.

The Foundation’s overall purpose is to be a 501C3 for the park district in order to provide a tax credit to those wishing to contribute to our park district. The overall goal is to enhance and expand the programs and facilities of the Calumet Memorial Park District (CMPD). (Being a governmental entity the Park District itself cannot be a 501C3.)

The “barely” part refers to the realization that this event requires more planning and preparation than it was given. I can say this because I am part of the foundation.

But many folks showed up and many sponsors graciously gave their support…and I can safely say that a good time was had by most everyone.

Thanks to donors and attendees, often one and the same.

And speaking of community events, the Calumet City Lions Club is having its annual Pancake Breakfast on October 8th. As always, the cafeteria at TF North is the venue. The time is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, beverage and friendly service are on tap. As well as great food. There will be great company and the satisfaction that comes from helping a great cause.

See you there.

And around town, St. Andrew the Apostle church, the oldest continuous congregation in Calumet City, is having a celebration of its 125th year of Christian service.

There will be an anniversary mass at 5 p.m. at the church with Blasé Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, presiding. And there is a reception oat the Casa Maria in Dyer that evening. If you are interested, you can call 708-862-4165.

Congratulations to Fr. Dada and the parishioners of St. Andrew.

Hope you’re enjoying the extra summer.

Thanks for reading.