Judy Arnold’s grandson, Josh Sove was a winner in the recent MacDowell Society’s solo competition. Josh plays the baritone horn or euphonium and he plays it very well. Not only did he win a monetary award, he was complimented to his face and behind his back by some very knowledgeable musicians in the audience. Josh is the son of Kathy (Arnold) and Bob Sove. His college plans are still undecided , but will most certainly include music.

Barbara Plona is the new chairman of the program committee for the Friends of the Library. She has done her homework well and got some really outstanding documentary films to show us. These films can be seen at the library on the fourth Saturday of each month beginning February 25. Oscar nominated film, Spellbound will be shown February 25 at 2 p.m. This is an inspiring look at eight American children as they make their way to compete in the 1999 National Spelling Bee Finals in Washington, D.C.

Coming to us in March will be the very much talked about Mad Hot Ballroom, depicting fifth graders from all races and cultures in New York public schools who were taught ballroom dancing. As the kids learned how to rumba, tango and fox trot, they learned much more about each other and life in general. Everyone was talking about this one last year and I was really sorry I missed it. This film is on the program for March 25, 2 p.m.

In April Paper Clips, another thought provoking, truly moving documentary about a middle school in Tennessee, will be shown. In the movie, three teachers come up with an idea for a school project for the eighth grade class to show the effects of narrow minded intolerance. They collected paper clips until they had 6 million. Each paper clip represented a victim of the holocaust. Don’t miss this one either. In fact, don’t miss any of them. Since these films are so thought provoking, a discussion will follow each one.

Meanwhile back at the book store, C&S will feature American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth on Sunday, February 26th at 2 p.m. Michael W. Kauffman is the author and the history discussion group will express their opinions on this President’s Day feature.

March 19 is the big official celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest (with few players actually from River Forest but many from Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Chicago, Riverside, etc.). At 4 p.m. at First United Church 848 Lake Street in Oak Park the opus magnus of Beethoven will begin the 9th Symphony with orchestra and chorus of about one hundred. Tickets are available at the door students and seniors $15, general admission $20. Parking is available all over the place and is free!

On to the February birthdays: on February 15 happy birthday to Marty Redmond, Ethan Flanagan, and Julile Xia; on the 16th Lauren Pardun, Ed Fee, Beth Wojtas, Shelby Adolphson, and Sammy Anderson,grandson of Linda and Ken Wojtas; on the 17th Henry Dvorak; February 19 happy birthday to Mary Haley, Shartise Clay and happy anniversary to Ken and Marilyn Trainor; on the 20th Kristi Kasak, Alexandria Reina and Jonah Victorson all get a birthday wish; on the 21st birthday wishes to Jacque Madden,Megan Lyons,and Bill Dunne; February 22 is the birthday of Michael Gillian, Rich and Bob Krieger, Phil Kachlic, and Jean Guntow.

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...