John Rice is a columnist/private detective, who has seen his business and family thrive in Forest Park. He thoroughly enjoys life in the village and still gets a thrill smelling Red Hots, watching softball and strolling through cemeteries.
There's a rising young band opening for The Redmonds on Aug. 21 at Groovin' in the Grove. They call themselves 24/7 because they rock out whenever they can. The six members range in age from 7 to 16, making them the youngest band to ever perform at the summer concert series. They are promising a solid set, including a surprise new song.
These back-to-school days bring back memories of my own education. All these years, I had assumed I graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep. Then I found invisible writing on my diploma that showed I actually attended Hogwarts.
Many experts agree that it's good for kids to play outside. It improves their vision, teaches social skills, and increases their ability to focus. It also reduces their stress and raises their Vitamin D levels through exposure to sunlight. There is now an organization that holds outdoor classes, where kids learn through play.
We're promising an evening of film, fun and music this Friday, July 27, at The Outta Space, 6840 32nd Street, Berwyn. At 7 p.m., we're showing the film Ezra & Mike: Facing Racial Tension in Forest Park. The 22-minute documentary will be followed by a Q&A with one of the film's principals, Mike Chiappetta.