Have you seen the “Pig Parade” all over Oak Park? The pigs are charming and beautiful. My favorite is “Swine Lake,” the pig in front of the Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review office. You can see a picture of her in her tutu, fake bill, white feathers and precious pink ballet slippers tied up her dainty legs. Do you sense the imagination of Karen Skinner in all this?

And speaking of pigs, I love them. They are affectionate, intelligent creatures, make loyal obedient pets and are very clean. They don’t like to live in dirty places. Do you remember Millie and Kenny Brogdon? Their son had a pet pig. Millie and Kenny used to baby sit the pig (also named Millie) when the son and wife went away. Millie the pig used to climb into her bed and pull the covers over herself on cool nights. If it was noisy in the house she’d walk over and slam the bedroom door (yes, she had her own room when she slept over).

Congratulations to Muarli Allada who received his M.S. in Computer Science in June. Murali’s mother, Ganga Allada came to Forest Park to attend her son’s graduation from DePaul University. While here, Mrs. Allada will be sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives. She will be returning to her home in Hydrabad, India after a few weeks. Murali’s sister, Sunita Allada also came for the graduation. She is working on her PhD in business is Lisle, France. The three of them spent part of one day admiring the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette. Even though there’s a lot of construction going on there, the Alladas said it was sublime and the gardens were as beautiful as they were intended to be.

Leave it to Beverly Thompson to pick the right day to take the Community Center gang to Wrigley Field. They went last Wednesday, the only day the Cubs won! After the game, the travelers watched Mark Pryor playing ball with his son. Unfortunately no one had brought camera.

Danny Goodman also gets congratulated on his graduation from UIC. Danny earned his BS degree in Business. Danny is the son of Benny and Laura Goodman.

A special thank you to Hope Simon for trying to keep me up to date on birthdays and anniversaries. I will try to do better in the future. Please feel free to give me the names of any birthday friends or relatives you have. Thanks.

July birthdays this week are July 5; Madelyn Little, Craig Lichtenberg, Emmett Byrne: on July 6 Kimberly Jargstorf, Dawn Jasper, Madhu Pallath; on the 7th Janine Boy, John Doss, Denise Norton Victoria Garlisch and Karen Jargstorf; on July 8 happy birthday to Jeff Schultz, Beth Spinelli, David Collins, Mary Donelly, four-year-old Julianna Grace Touhy and Rachel Stahlke; July 9 and happy birthday to Lisa Faber,Bridget Marinier,Diane Bugajsky, Matt Cappolino, and Tim Houren, Jackie Vince Clifton, Augie Hegg, Vic Lentini; on July 11 happy anniversary to Diane and John Rice; and happy birthday to Peggy Grams, Lisa Kowalski, Adam Posers, Tyler Lipsi and Diane Howard Beatty. Last minute news flash: All summer long Saint John Church, 305 Circle, will host family dinner time every Tuesday. You don’t have to be a member of Saint John or even Lutheran, just sociable. Come and schmooze with you neighbors for Family Faith Fiesta Nights every Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. There will be bible stories, art projects, drama and skits, games, music, storytelling and more. Free with donation. July 11, 18, 25 August 1 and 8. Simple supper at 6 p.m. Activities begin at 6:30. Program ends at 8:30.

See you there?

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...