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Nancy Bower got a few tickets from Judy Baar Topinka for the Israel Symphony at the Harris Theatre last week. She and a few friends from work got directions on how to find the Harris Theatre parking lot and were looking forward to an evening of beautiful music. Finding the parking lot was not easy, especially during rush hour when everyone else on Michigan Avenue. But after a few turns around the block they located the parking lot, drove down the ramp and waited for the gate to go up. A young man stationed nearby asked them if they were going to the concert, because there was no concert. The orchestra’s flight was delayed by bad weather conditions and the concert had to be cancelled.

While we’re in the music department, let us invite high school senior music students to participate in the MacDowell Artists annual music scholarship competition. If you are or know a high school senior who is studying music, he or she is eligible to compete in this event. If you are studying with local musicians Daniel Gasse, Sarah Gasse, Nancy Blum or any other, they will have applications on hand. An application is available in your music department or from your private teacher. Otherwise you can contact Ms. Elena Rico, 13 King Arthur’s Court, unit 10 Northlake, Ill., 60164 and request an application form. E-mail tokesings@sbcglobal.net.

The competition will be held April 13, 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St. in Oak Park. Application deadline is April 10. Winners will perform April 27 at 2 p.m., also at Good Shepherd.

Sarah Goetz is back at the Milwaukee School of Engineering where she will continue her studies in nursing. She will be missed at the Brown Cow where she has been whipping up servings of delicious ice cream.

A photo of Alexi Silva is still on its way up here from the Galapagos Islands. I guess she put it on the back of a turtle because it’s sure taking a long time getting here.

Forest Park is still in shock over the death of Cathy Trage last week. Her wake at Dreschler and Brown was probably the biggest one they’d ever held. People who didn’t even know Cathy were heartbroken at such a tragic event.

You no doubt heard of the death of William F. Buckley last week. When I was in my 20s I thought he was just about the smartest person on earth. At one time, admirers convinced him to run for mayor of New York. “What will you do if you win, Mr. Buckley?” someone asked. “Demand a recount,” he replied. As I grew older I respected his intelligence, but grew disillusioned with his ideas. Anyway, I couldn’t understand his mumblings. He’d mumble on and on, eyes downcast, then suddenly look up and make his eyes big and round. Fascinating to watch.

On March 6 and 7 the AARP 55/Alive driving course will be held at the Howard Mohr Community Center from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.; on the 13th, popcorn/movie day at 1 p.m.; at C&S on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. is a discussion on the “Restoration of Property,” by Hilaire Belloc The G.K. Chesterton Society will gather at the bookstore on March 9 at 2 p.m.

Happy birthday on March 5 to Jeremy Loll, Tara Cassiani, Speedy Christiansen, Grant Heyer, Tevian Russell, Jennifer Deering; on the 6th, Lucy Landaeta, Steve Blazek, Ryan Marinier, Christopher Loughlin, Corwin Lindell; March 7, Ed Martinski; March 8, Scott Novak, Dena Ahern, Whitey Harris, Madelyn Krieger; on the 9th, Steve Grams, Bill Scheiwe, Dorothy Olson, Logan Kantzler, Melissa Dodge; March 10, Matt Stefl, Julie Doloszycki, Kelli Haukedahl; March 11, Loretta Jantz, Ruth Lussow, Seth Stern, Margie Neff.