Trudy Roznos and husband Rich have just returned from a once in a lifetime trip to Prague and other related destinations. Pictured here, she is standing alongside a world famous (now you and I know about it, too) sculpture made entirely of books! The name of this artistic wonder is “Idiom.” Trudy and Rich visited all the exciting places in the area and ended their adventure with a cruise down the Danube from Nuremberg to Vienna.

Betty Schultz, President of the Seniors Club, hosted the senior Christmas party last week at the Community Center. The group was entertained by the West Suburban Seniors Orchestra, conducted by Dan D’Andrea.

Here’s a heartwarming story for the season. Andrea Welsh was taking her elderly, ill dog Katie to a vet on Harrison when she got a flat tire. Frantically Andrea got out and began wondering what to do when out of nowhere came a man who not only offered to fix the tire, he gave Andrea his car to take Katie to the doctor. Andrea is sure the man was one of those angels you hear about. She would like to know this humanitarian’s name but doesn’t know how to go about finding out. He lives in Oak Park somewhere near Harrison Street.

Last week the Community Center Wednesday tour was hosted by Mary Edsey who has written an illustrated book of Chicago area houses all done up in their Christmas finery and glitter. Before the Christmas house tour the group ate lunch at the once famous Pump Room! Youngsters won’t remember the Pump Room, but we old timers recall the days when it was the place to go in Chicago. Mary Edsay, by the way, is the aunt of Forest Park’s own David Collins.

Very belated happy birthday wishes to Anna Robinson, November 28th.

Lucille W. Sylvester, M.Ed. Northwestern University is looking for a few senior ladies who like to sing, read music and are interested in rehearsing once a week. “Wally” is a pleasant woman with a good sense of humor, and I think the experience would benefit everyone involved. Give it some thought. Call Wally at 366-6339 if you are interested.

Sign up for Senior Bingo on January 26 at 1 p.m. Lunch at noon is $2.50. Registration required, transportation provided. Call 771-7737. The community center New Year’s Eve party will be Dec. 31, with entertainment, buffet lunch, party favors, door prizes, and a champagne toast at “midnight,” all for $22 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Reservations are required. Pick up begins at 10 a.m., party begins 11 a.m. Bev and the staff always plan a great send off for the old year. Don’t miss it.

Birthday greetings to:Scott Popelks and Kaylee Ross on December 21; on the 22nd to Angeline Cote, Jennifer Vince, John Paul (J.P.) Miceli; on December 23 Peggy Madden, Angel D’Souza; on December 24, happy birthday to Daniel Gerger, Vince Cirrintano, Norm Hopp, Bill Kaup; Christmas Babies were Monica Saleeb, Carol Garling, Jay Milano; happy birthday on December 26 Joe Hein, Michael Rausch; on the 27th Ryan Mintz. and on December 28 Janet Scheiwe, Suzy Bjornson.

Till next time, or as they say in Albania, “Chop a bun.” Oh, and a Merry Christmas!

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...