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Everyone is invited to Molly Malone’s on Feb. 10 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The reason for this gala event is less than festive. Anthony Giglio has been suffering from a pancreatic disorder and is unable to get medical coverage. This event was originally scheduled for the far south side of Chicago, but has been moved to Molly Malone’s. A $20 donation is requested and this will get you all you can eat, drink and whatever. You’ll see lots of your friends and neighbors there and you’ll feel good for helping out a worthy cause. And of course a raffle will be part of the fun. For more information call (708) 366-8427.

An unsung hero in town is Diane LeFevour longtime waitress at Shanahan’s. Diane has been at that location for about 25 years and has worked for three owners. A waitresses’ job is not an easy one and a good waitress is worth her weight in gold. If Diane LeFevour is your waitress, you never have to ask for anything twice, she usually anticipates what a diner wants and is fast, pleasant and efficient.

While you’re at Shanahan’s you might notice the quaint little candy store just to the east of the main door. LaMaison de Bon Bon is back. You can buy those famous French crèmes at any time now. Shanahan said that dandy little candy store was Diane’s idea.

On Sunday, Jan. 14, the Family Concert of the Symphony oaf Oak Park and River Forest. Kids through high school are admitted free and what a concert it will be. First on the program is P.D.Q. Bach conducting his 1712 Overture (pre-dating Tschaikowsky’s 1812 by 100 years). Back by popular demand, Herr Bach hasn’t made an appearance here in quite some time. The concert begins at 4 p.m. and will be at the Oak Park River Forest High School Auditorium, 201 North Scoville.

Former Forest Parker Julie Xia will entertain concert-goers as they arrive. She’ll be playing her ancient Chinese instrument the gu zheng.

On Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3, “Murder in the Chicago Levee” will be presented at Centuries & Sleuths at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 with a reservation. Seating is limited each night and your money is non-refundable. This mystery was written by Sally Taylor, one of the mystery buffs in the C&S Saturday mystery club. The story takes place in 1955 with flashbacks to the early 1900s and is based loosely on facts of the famous Everleigh Club. Marshall Field II is one of the characters in the story. This is the seventh play written by members of the group and promises to be exciting.

You might want to write this date on your calendar. A property tax appeal seminar will be held at the Howard Mohr Community Center on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the seminar at 7 p.m. Homeowners will learn how to determine if they were over assessed, where to gather evidence for an appeal and how to fill out and file the complaint form. For more information call (708) 771-7737.

The penguins felt Forest Park was a bit too warm. So after a rousing Happy New Year, complete with balloons, hats, champagne and horns, they left for colder climes. Hope to see them next year.

On Jan. 10 happy birthday to Guy Lentini, John Boy, Tyler Daniel, Kirsten Bjornson and Mary Gallela; Jan. 11, Victoria Burdett; 12th, Nancy Blum, Ryan Farrell, Ellen Krupa; the 13th, Jacqui Gillian, John Gillian, Sue Bracker, Erika Goodman, Sean Godman, Martha Lichtenberg and Timothy X. Lane; on the 14th, Rajiv Hirandandi, Mary Virginia Sedlak and Michael Bjornson; Jan. 15 is the birthday of 5-year-old Holly Ann Fjeldstad; on the 16th, Lauren Pardun, Eunice Blazek, Tom Dazek, Bob Kurash, Judy Baar Topinka; Jan. 17, Joan Steinbach, Janet Fabiani, Margaret Flanagan, Daniel Mondragon and Marge Zwadlo.

Jackie Schulz

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...