Dorothy Klaus, beloved children’s librarian and friend to scores of childen, their parents, her co-workers at the Forest Park Library and all the former library patrons, has died at her daughter’s home in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. A memorial service will be held for Dorothy on November 11th at a place yet to be determined, but probably in Oak Park. You can call (708) 366 – 4685 for more information. Sincere sympathy to Dorothy’s family and friends. She was a joy to have in the library. We have missed Dorothy for many years and will continue to miss her as long as there is such a thing as a children’s library.

Another sad farewell today is to Tony and Cathy Cardamone who have left us after a lifetime as Forest Parkers. Tony was the much loved and respected guy who knew how to take care of everything and anything at Betsy Ross School for nearly 23 years. Cathy was helpful and bright at the T.B. district on Jackson for 12 years. They’ll be “at home” in Coral Gables, Florida from now on. We wish them good luck in their new life. But, again, they will always be missed here. The Cardamones will be reading the “Review” every week.

Another longtime (just about a lifetime) Forest Parker is leaving us for, of all places, the Upper Peninsula. Millie Mango was loved by everyone who knew her at work, at St.Bernardine’s in the neighborhood and in her family. But her daughter decided to move to the U.P. so there they go. Millie will be sorely missed.

Betty Gilchrist’s son, Jack Gilchrist is in town to visit his mother. Jack came from his home in Hawaii!! Imagine actually living in Hawaii! He doesn’t get in to see us often, but Mother Nature is putting on a good show of color for him.

Congratulations to one of our talented young violinists, Hubertine Henzler made the 1st violin section; 4th chair in the IMEA district competition. The orchestra will present a concert at Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood in Riverside on November 5, 2005 at 3 p.m. in the main gym. Admission is only $3, kids under 6 are free. Young musicians from more than 60 schools throughout the Chicago area competed for a seat in this orchestra. (IMEA stands for Illinois Music Educators Association).

Quitsch Flowers,Inc. will again offer a class in flower arranging. On November 20th at 1:p.m. and 2:30 p.m.Dixie Quitsch and Nedra Wentland will assist you as you create a cornucopia for your Thanksgiving table. The cost is $25, places are filling up fast so call 366-0077 to reserve a seat.

November 5 is also the date for the Harlemmaernerchor/Damenchor annual dinner musicale at the River Park Moose Lodge in River Grove, 7 p.m. Price for the concert is $10, free parking. You’ll hear Zeno Jacquat, Elfie Pett, Ellie Clifton, Peter Herdeg, Gary and Tina Neubeiser fill the night with song.

The VFW/American Legion will hold a pancake breakfast on November 12th at the Legion Hall, Adams & Circle from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. Prices are $5 adults, and $3 children. The Ladies VFW 7181 auxiliary will also have a bake sale that day.

On November 20th at the Oak Park concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad, director, will present a prelude to the Christmas season with a concert of Christmas carols, old and new at Saint John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave .General admission is $15, seniors and students,$10.

On November 3 happy birthday to Meredith Dorneker, Sharon O’Shea and one year old A.J. Turek; on the 4th to Ryan Miller and six year old Jimmy Brown; November 4Carl Hajec, Loura Steinhaver, Heather Dornbusch, Michael Rudolph; November 6-Eddie Spinelli; on the 7th Brian Cote, Art McGrath, Harriet Smith, Marikate Marino; November 8 Catherine Clark, Renee VanZant and anniversary greetings to Rosalie and Sam Corso; November 9 happy birthday to Emily Johnson and Amy Brod.

Thanks and chop a bun.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...