After more than thirty years of dedicated service to the children of the Chicago Public Schools, Joan Brown will retire at the end of this school year. Her second graders will miss her as will the veterans at Hines Hospital where she regularly brought her little charges to entertain. Best wishes for a happy retirement!

Are you in the mood for a good party while donating to a worthy cause? Doc Ryan’s will host an “all the pizza you can eat and all the beer you can drink” party to benefit the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. The cost for the whole evening is just about what you’d pay for one pizza. Such a deal at $25. It all happens on Wednesday, May 31 from 7 until 9 p.m. The symphony is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and it will go on for most of next year as well.

Rick Krieger’s friends gave him a rousing send off last week (was it just a coincidence that the city of Chicago passed an ordinance against loud yard parties a few days later)? Rick will spend the summer working and partying in a great party town Heidelberg, Germany, the setting of the operetta The Student Prince. Are you too young to remember that one? And the famous dinking song of the Heidelberg students “Drink! Drink!”

Has The DaVinci Code got your underpinnings in a knot? If so, you may want to attend St. John Lutheran Church the afternoon of June 4 at 4 p.m. when a series of video clips will be shown concerning this book and movie. The following professors will be included in the video: Dr. Paul Meier, ancient history from Western Michigan; Dr. Scot McKnight, theology at North Park University; Dr. Kathy McReynolds, social ethics from Biola U. in LaMirada, California; and Dr. Mark Strauss, new testament professor from Bethel Seminary in San Diego. Several related topics will be included in the clips. Dr. Andrew Steinmann, associate professor of theology at Concordia will be on hand to give his views and answer questions from the audience. The moderator for the afternoon will be Dr. Norman Young, provost emeritus of Concordia University. You don’t have to be a Missouri Synod Lutheran to attend, everyone is invited. Saint John is at 305 Circle.

A mystery with historical flavor featuring Benjam in Franklin is Deadly Will by Marion Moore Hill. It will be discussed and copies will be signed on Friday, June 2 at Centuries and Sleuths at 7 p.m. On June 3 the final discussion of Victorian Age in Literature, the G.K. Chesterton Society will be held at 2 p.m.

Belated happy anniversary to Tim and Ruth Stefl.

A happy May 31 birthday to Dan Goodman, Pauline Coyne, Mike Bigos, Theresa Giglio, Paityn Frances Formanski and Shirley Haeger; on June 1 happy birthday wishes go to Tony Sarli; on June 2 to Nancy Brod, Steve Huebner and Nicole Rice; June 3 is the happy birthday of Christy Cesario, Marilyn Lentini, Lucian Duhem, Ho Chung Yeh and Daniari Dejuiera; on the 4th day of June say happy birthday to Patricia Gotier, Nicholas Faber Ross and Nancy Lovell; on June 5 Angelina Grace Seveda, gets a birthday cake; on the 6th Lucille Providence, Ken Trainor, Ann Shea and Gloria Hansberry June 7 and it’s Janine Boy, Dawn Jasper, Gerhardt Kosh, Madhu Pallatl, and Kim Jargstorf and happy anniversary to Diane and Colin Chin.

Thanks for your time. Chop a bun (Albanian for “See you later”).

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...