Or, should I say, visit one of the three libraries nearby when you Live In Burke™. Between the three locations and their hours of operation, you can literally visit the library 365 days a year! It’s the perfect start for a blog about something to do every day in Burke.
If you’re new to Burke, here’s a handy LINK to apply for your library card. You don’t need a library card to enjoy the activities and events at the library, only if you want to check out books and start on your summer reading list.
And, speaking of summer, how about the Summer Reading Program? The theme this year is Dig Into Reading! Beginning June 18, 2013 preschoolers through high schoolers earn a coupon book with great prizes including free and discounted items by completing their reading and going to one of the Burke branches by August 31.
I live in Burke- Burke Centre to be exact- and we have two grocery stores in our neighborhood alone. Three if you count the grocery section of Wal-Mart. Burke is served by Giant Food, Safeway and Shoppers Food Warehouse. I have always thought we were lucky to have the convenience of so many choices for our grocery shopping in Burke. And for me, the Giant Foods on Burke Centre Parkway is so convenient; it’s right across the street from my home and office.
It seems we are always in there. And I’m fortunate because a lot of the employees have been there for as long as I’ve lived here-17 years! We know each other by name and ask about each other’s families. When someone is sick we ask about them. And, sadly, when an employee passes away-we attend their funeral. These people are just like friends. It’s also common to run into your neighbors and friends. It can be a time to do some quick catching up (as happened to me today).
I guess what I’m trying to say is that a neighborhood grocery store can be such an important part of a community. Not just because of the obvious, but because of the things we may not readily recognize. When you live in Burke you really don’t have to drive very far to get your groceries and you’re greeted by helpful people who come to know you, and you come to know them. Some days of the week you’ll see the volunteer firemen shopping. Some days of the month you’ll see the residents from Heatherwood shopping. And some times of the year you’ll see Boy Scouts selling popcorn and Girl Scouts selling cookies.
It’s almost like the grocery store is the local community center. And if you live in Burke, the grocery stores are the center of the community.
In case you’re wondering about the picture of our President in the produce aisle, well, I put that in this post to catch your attention. I didn’t run into him in Giant. The person I ran into is pictured below; the husband of a friend who was picking up dog treats while I was waiting in line for a prescription. We had a great chat about our neighborhood and their trip to Palm Springs over the holidays.