Chop a bun!

If you don’t have your ticket for the Saint John Boar’s Head Festival Dec. 8 and 9, I hope you’ll hurry up and get one. There will be three performances on those dates and Paul Lindblad at (847) 420-0200 can probably give you more details. This is the show that made Christmas in Forest Park famous; an event not to be missed.

It all started several years ago by then music director at Saint John, Mark Waldron. The extravaganza was discontinued for a few years, but is back again by popular demand. Don’t miss it.

Speedy get well wishes to Super Guy, Chuck Brod who underwent his second heart bypass surgery in a year. Just last year at Thanksgiving, Chuck was in the hospital undergoing his first bypass. Now he’s back home again, recovering.

Party goers at Doc Ryan’s will miss Megan Loftus who found teaching L.D. kids all day and tending bar at night to be too much.

Congratulations to Joseph Locke who earned the Founders Award of the Northern Illinois University Executive Club for his visionary drive in establishing an endowed scholarship fund for freshmen applicants to the NIU College of Business. Robert Adducci and David Wilson founded the club in 1995 and the fund has grown to more than $525,000. Joe Locke was one of the first executives of the club. He spearheaded one of the most successful fundraisers for NIU students. Locke, a management major in 1968, was among the first board members of the Executive Club. He received the Outstanding Alumnae Award for success in business, volunteerism and community service. Now you can find Mr. Locke at the Joseph Locke Company on Madison Street where he and his company oversee investments. He has been praised for his work in “U.S. News & World Report” and “Business Week.”

Awards, plaques, trophies from Ambees have moved to Westchester. They are now located at 10401 W. Cermak Road, 60154. The new phone number is (708) 531-1942. We will miss those hard-working people who have lived a life of unbelievable circumstances.

See you at the Holiday Walk on Madison Street Nov. 30? How about the Harrison Street Grill for the Arts and Crafts show on Dec. 9?

On Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. author Henry Kisor will be at Centuries and Sleuths to sign copies of and discuss his latest Steve Martinez mystery set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Friends of the Forest Park Library invite one and all to the annual Christmas party also on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Games and refreshments will be on hand for those who attend.

Forest Park has enough Christmas spirit to last until June.

Last but definitely not least, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will perform on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, 848 Lake St. Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sheherezade” and the Brahms “Double Concerto” for violin and cello will make up the program.

Birthdays for this week of Nov. 28 through Dec. 5 are, May Bill on the 28th; on the 29th, Jessica Marafatsos, Maddie MacKay; on the 30th, Michael Branda, Patrick Rice; Dec. 1, Bradley Edward Specter will be 2 years old; on the 3rd, happy birthday to Dixie Quitsch, Jane Holmberg, Reagan Hosty, Roland Maughm ; Dec. 4, Barbara Hosty; Dec. 5, Cheryl Kolnick, Dave Winter.