The Bob Cox family has a delightful new addition! She is a chocolate brown German Short Hair Pointer named Nisha. Andy Cox, and Andy’s friend Andy Cole were having a fine time teaching Nisha some of the finer points of walking on a leash. Sorry I don’t have a photo of that.

Pastor David Steinhart of the Forest Park Baptist Church invites everyone to hear Ernie Hines in concert at the Forest Park Baptist Church on Sunday, June 25 at 6 p.m. This concert will benefit “Pathways to the Future”, the proposed expansion of the church at 133 Harlem Avenue. For more information call 708.366.5091. Mr. Hines latest CD “There is a Way” was released last year. This expansion is yet another of the wonderful things that are happening in Forest Park.

A few weeks ago the Friends of the Forest Park Library were honored by the presence of Mr. Wolanyo Kpo, native of Ghana, now working in Hyde Park for Human Services Resources. Mr. Kpo presented those at the June meeting with lovely hand woven stoles, here modeled by Elaine Kovarik and Peg O’Connell. The stoles were woven in Ghana to thank the Friends for the books donated to the citizens of their city and also to the residents in the Chicago area who were in need of books.

Our world famous book store, Centuries and Sleuths has a very exciting summer programs waiting for you. On June 24 “Out of Cabrini” author Sergeant Dave Case of the Chicago Police Department will discuss and sign copies of his latest work, featuring fictional police officer Stacy MacBeth. This will all happen at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. On Sunday the 25, Clio’s Chroniclers will discuss Intimate Voices of the First World War by authors S. Palmer and S. Wallis, 2 p.m. On June 29 at 7 p.m. An Unquiet Grave (the 7th Louis Kincaid Mystery) discussion and signing by author P.J.Parrish

Speaking of animals as I was above, if you too would like a pet to add more of a love interest to your life, you might consider adopting one from the Oak Park Animal Care League where every pet is matched to its potential owner and every pet is healthy. A good way to learn about the personality of each animal is to volunteer at the shelter. An orientation class is held from time to time where you’ll learn important facts about body language in dogs, signs of stress, signals to be aware of, what to do if a dog jumps on you, pulls when you try to walk it, slips its collar, gets in a fight, runs away. There are lots of other things to be learned about animal behavior. The cat room is a delight. Cats like to be socialized and you might be just the one to play with one for a while. Nothing at the League will depress you. The cats have a good life there. There are windows to look out, climbing structures, cat toys. Two hours a week are all that is required for volunteers. Call 848.8155 if you are interested in socializing an animal. The two legged and four legged animals there will love to have you.

On to the birthdays for this week. By the way, if I have included a birthday of your deceased friend or relative, I will be most thankful if you will tell me. But, please tell me the deceased’s birth date, not when they died. Birthdays are listed by the month, not in alphabetical order. And unless the deceased is a saint, we don’t usually celebrate the date of death, anyway. Sorry to bring this up.

On June 21 happy birthday to Aangela Hodges and Sophia Miller ; on the 22nd Greg and Sydney Gray have an anniversary; on the 23rd Angela and Cory Fink have an anniversary and Charles Watson has a birthday ; on June 24 birthday wishes to Susan Covington, Michael Fumo and Tyler Leninger; on June 25 Joan and Mark Janopoulos have an anniversary Chuck Brodhas a birthday and Caileigh Pronek has her first birthday; on June 26 it’s happy birthday time for Adam Kowalski and happy anniversary time for Marie and John Spence and Ken and Linda Wojtas; on the 27th birthday cakes go to William Hough, Patty Marino, Erin Loughlin, Rick Leninger, Norm Leinweber and happy anniversary to Ken and Beth Lanious; Shirley Christell is the birthday girl on June 28!

Thanks for taking time to read this. Chop a bun, as they say in Albania.

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...