My 21-year-old cat, Peppermint, is stretched out on the back porch in the shade with the fan blowing on him. Callahan, my 3-year-old Westie, is flat on his back with a fan blowing on him. Poor Annie, my 5-year-old cat, has no fan-just a cool seat wherever she can find one.

In this killer heat, thieves had the energy to make off with the beautiful elephant in front of Two Fish! What a tragedy. Those girls worked so long and so hard to create that masterpiece, and it was a masterpiece. Please bring it back, whoever you are. It will be impossible for you to sell it or display it anywhere.

It depresses me to think that I’ve never heard of an animal statue being stolen in Oak Park or Naperville where they’ve been on display for several years. Meanwhile, it takes less than week for this thoughtless act to occur in Forest Park.

Paula Kautz found some treasures among her things last week and brought those treasured remembrances to Quitsch Florist. Her great finds were of eighth-grade graduation pictures from the classes of 1925, 1927, 1929 and 1935. Some old Forest Park names that were found on these photos are Whelpley, Quitsch, Gaden, Harder, Stange, Troost, Allbright, Krieger and Burglaff. (Dixie thinks Berglaff was the daughter of an early pastor at St. Paul’s). You may know some other faces in these graduation photos. Dixie will have the photos on display during the anniversary celebration, so come in and have a look.

Speedy get-well-wishes to Angie Kutek. Some pretty flowers were on their way to Angie when I stopped off at Quitsch’s.

One-year-old Ian Hansen celebrated in grand style on his June 2 birthday. All his grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, and dog Bernie were there to honor him. Especially proud were parents, Julie and Matt Hansen.

Apologies to Latonya Childs for omitting some important birthdays she sent me. So, belated happy birthday to Gerry Schermerhorn on June 13 and happy birthday to Leshundria Ford, who will be Sweet Sixteen on June 23.

Ingrid Scott braved the heat and went to Printers Row for the book fair last week and then off to the Blues Festival. While she was at Printers Row she met Hung Mai and Tina Li. Tina especially liked the kids’ bus there.

Summer Sing at First United, 848 Lake St., will feature Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” on June 26 at 7 p.m. Come and sing along or come and listen. Admission is $10 for singers and audience, score rental is $2. Music Director at the church, William Chin, will conduct that evening.

Goodbye to Dr. Tinder. Welcome to Dr. Cavallo. Good luck and best wishes for great wisdom to new board members Joan White and Mary Turek. People with children move to a community because of its schools. If our schools maintain a good reputation, desirable people will want to move here. Good music programs have proven to raise reading and math scores in low achieving areas. I hope our music program continues, and will include strings in the future.

Time for some late June birthdays: on the 20th, Ginger McKay; 21st, Angela Hodges, Sophia Miller; June 22, Greg and Sydney Gray; June 23, Charles Watson and happy anniversary to Angela and Corey Fink; June 24, Susan Covington, Michael Fumo,; June 25, Mark and Joan Janopoulos have a wedding anniversary while Chuck Brod, Caleigh Pronek and Steven Backmanget a happy birthday wish. On June 26, Adam Kowalski celebrates his birthday and happy anniversary to John and Marie Spence and to Ken and Linda Wojtas; birthdays on June 27 include, Lillian Hough, Patty Marino, Erin Loughlin, Rick Leninger and Norm Leinweber.

That’s all there is for this week, the heat slowed us down. Ah choo, as they say in Lithuania.