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‘Chop a bun.” We’re going back to our Albanian lessons for a few weeks to review.

Patrons of The Brown Cow will be happy to know (if they haven’t already heard) that Colleen Nee has given birth to a big, healthy boy. Riley Mark was born 4 a.m. at Loyola Hospital on Oct. 11, weighing in at 8-pounds 3-ounces. Parents Colleen and Marcus are doing well, but grandparents, Mary Alice and Fran Nee are floating high above planet Earth and probably won’t be down for some time; ditto for Uncle Fran who will be the baby’s godfather.

Congratulations to stalwarts Erika Goodman and Ann Murray who completed the ill fated, heat-shortened marathon Oct. 7. Both girls earned medals for their amazing efforts.

This Sunday, Oct. 21 the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will perform its first concert of the season at First United Church, 84 Lake St. in Oak Park. Our symphony now boasts three Chicago Symphony performers. The concert begins at 4 p.m. so you have plenty of time to get there.

The orchestra will present Beethoven’s “Eroica,” also father and daughter Charles and Amy Pickler will perform with Debbie Barfrod on oboe, and Dale Kerner on trumpet in the Bach “Brandenburg #2.” Amy will also be a soloist in the Vivaldi Recorder Concerto. Following the concert there will be a reception at House Red, right here at 7403 Madison St. For reception reservations phone (708) 771-7RED.

Forest Park cellists Amy Kleinfelt-Betice and Michelle Martin, students of Dr. Daniel Gasse at the Gasse School of Music, recently performed at a cello recital at a private home in River Forest. The Gasse School accepts students of all ages and all skill levels. One man, probably in his late 40s had never learned to read music. Now he is doing very well on the cello. So if you have always wanted to learn how to play the viola, cello, piano, violin or whatever, the Gasse School has a place for you. If you are interested phone (708) 488-8605.

Sympathy to Pat (Julian) Kautz and family on the death of Pat’s mother, Eva Polaski.

Get well wishes go to Bertha Gordan long-time employee at Waldheim Cemetery.

Welcome back to Rosemary Schwartz who has been away too long. Rosemary is now living in Arizona. I think Arizonans come back here from time to time for a drink of water.

This year’s Boar’s Head Festival will try to include all of Forest Park. Rehearsals begin Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. High school students and adults are welcome. The “Singing Waifs,” children in grades three and up, will rehearse in the multi-purpose room from 3:30 p.m. till 4:45 p.m. beginning Oct. 17. Call Paul Lindblad at (847) 420-9200 for more information. The Adult Bell Choir will rehearse at 6 p.m. in the church balcony, the choir at 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Call (708) 366-3226 ext. 1311 if you are interested in joining either of these music groups. You do not have to be a member of Saint John to join. Paul knows music, you’ll learn a lot and have a great time playing.

On Oct. 17 say happy birthday to Susan Blazek, Carl Bachner, Bridget Cote, Bev Thompson, Catherine Trieber, and happy anniversary to Mark and Tammy Ross; on the 18th, Samantha Jilek, Shayna McIlquham, Fred Schildt, Terry Steinbach; Oct. 19, Diane Barron, Tim Bode; 20th, Joe Byrnes, Phil Abruzzino, Peter Wojtas, Tierra Curry, Caitlin Gillian and 1-year-old John Patrick Turek; on the 21st, Jonathan Kuehl, Ted Hosty; 22nd, Rebecca Jargstorf, Michael Sansone and anniversary greetings to Rich and Lou Cirrintano and Kathleen and Michael Redmond; the 23rd, Noreen Carr, Elizabeth Schiffman, Jesse Sosa, Mark Ross, Michael Rudolf, Angeline Cote, Gary Stetler,; on the 24th, Irene Cosgrove, Anil D’Souza, Frank Anselmo, Charlie Hoehne and happy anniversary to Brent and Yvonne Marler.

Fala minderis (that’s “thank you” in Albanian.)