Help Portrait 2013 – December 7th


Everyone knows someone in need. Bring them to 930 Mary St. on December 7th and let us give them their portrait!

Help-Portrait is an annual Worldwide event providing portraits to individuals and families who might otherwise not have such an opportunity. If you, or someone you know would like to have a portrait made you are invited to come to this year’s event on Dec. 7th, 10-4, at Sojourn’s 930 Mary St. building. Food, massage, music, children’s activities, hair & makeup for your portrait, all provided at no charge.

We welcome donations and volunteers! Contact Connie Polk via the Help Portrait Facebook page for more information.

November 29th – Coat Exchange at Taylor Blvd Save a Lot


Coat Exchange, This Friday Nov. 29th, at Save-A-Lot

The Taylor Blvd Save-A-Lot is proud to be one of the host sites of the

4th Annual Free Coat Exchange.  The exchange will be from

10am to 1pm on Friday November 29 outside the store.

If you or someone you know has an extra coat to donate, they can be

dropped off at the store. Anyone who needs a coat for the winter can

pick one up (no questions asked, no forms to fill out).

A nice selection of children’s coats is available.

For more info, go to .

This is a true community “compassionate city” event!

Crime Maps – Week of 11-17-2013

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Community Planning Session


SLCM – Community Thanksgiving Service – Nov 24th


SLCM – A Community Thanksgiving Service Celebrating their move to Beechmont Presbyterian Church’s building – Good Chance to meet them and see how they serve our Neighborhood Sunday 3 PM

Crime Maps – Week of November 11th 2013

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, here are a few food preparation tips . . . .


Food Safety Tips for Thanksgiving


Enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving foods safely by following safe food handling and cooking practices.


•Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food, after handling any raw poultry or meat and before eating.

•Keep your food preparation surfaces and utensils clean and sanitized to reduce the risk of salmonella poisoning.

•Use separate cutting boards – one for meat, poultry and fish and one for cooked foods, vegetables and fruits. Sanitize the cutting board after each use.

•Wash all vegetables and fruits before you prepare them.

•Thaw a frozen turkey safely in the refrigerator allowing 3-4 days for thawing or approximately one day for every five pounds. Another way to safely thaw a frozen turkey is submerging it in cold water. Replace the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. This method takes approximately 30 minutes for each pound the turkey weighs. The Food Safety website provides a useful turkey thawing chart and a turkey roasting chart.

•Refrigerate a thawed, or fresh, turkey for no longer than two days before cooking.

•Immediately cook a small turkey that is defrosted in the microwave.

•If you cook your stuffing inside the turkey, stuff it just before roasting.

•Always use a meat thermometer to see if the turkey is completely cooked. The temperature needs to reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted in the thickest area of the thigh.

•Refrigerate all leftovers within two hours after cooking.

•Leftovers should be eaten within three or four days. If you are going to freeze leftovers, do that right away, not after they have been refrigerated for several days.

by Kristina Hagan LMPD

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Christmas on The Corner – December 6th

4159261586_035563dd40_zHere comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Southern Parkway !

He’s riding on a big red fire truck, instead of his usual sleigh. Coming
to greet all of Beechmont’s children waiting at the Gazebo. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Please join us on Friday, December 6th, at 6:00 PM as we await Santa’s annual
arrival at the Gazebo at Southern Parkway at Woodlawn Ave.. Santa will lead
us in song as we walk to the library singing carols. Once there, we’ll find plenty
of cookies and hot chocolate to enjoy while the children share their Christmas
wishes with Santa.

We will also be having our annual cookie contest. If you’d like to participate,
please make sure you have your name and/or address and phone number on your
entry. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Please have your cookies
to the Iroquois Library by 6:00 PM if you would like to participate in the cookie
contest. You can also donate cookies, even if you don’t wish to participate in the
contest! This is a free event. Thanks for your support and we hope to see you at
the Gazebo!