That one beautiful spring day, remember it? Saturday, April 5, 2008? That was the wedding day of Andrea Gayle Meisinger and Daniel Jerome Merkle. The wedding took place at Saint John’s in Forest Park with hoards of friends on hand to honor the couple. It was hard to say which was more beautiful, the weather or the music. The weather was provided by Mother Nature, of course. The music was written by J.S. Bach, Handel, Malotte, Lutkin and Clarke, that stirring trumpet voluntary. Performing the works of those masters were friends of the bride including, Melvin and Mary Block, Steve Eggerding, Mark Waldron, Cindy Waldron, and mother of the bride, Judy Meisinger. Officiating at the ceremony was Pastor Robert Behnke. After the ceremony an old fashioned trolley car (bus) whisked the wedding party away.

Nancy Bower is in a state of great excitement anticipating the annual Kiwanis dinner Saturday, April 26. Nancy wants to be sure donors to the dinner are given credit. Our esteemed Chef Gaetano will again donate his pasta and gravies (sauces to us non-Italians). Other businesses who are donating include The Brown Cow, the Oak Park Bakery, Kay’s Bakery, De Luca CafĂ©, Healy’s, Horan’s, Louie is donating the salad, and Famous Liquors is donating liquid refreshments. Come, bring your friends, your family, your neighbors, your enemies. They’ll love you after you introduce them to this wonderful annual fiesta. You’ll be getting a dinner worth about $75 for a mere $8 ($5 if you are a senior or a child). Kids younger than 3 eat for free. All of this will be at the Community Center on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 5 p.m. and going on till who knows when.

Pictured here are Michael Fox and Michael Bowker, who are enjoying the beautiful spring day and making a new friend at the same time. Mothers Nora Bowker and Joan Fox each made a new friend, too.

Speedy get well wishes to Judy Baar Topinka on her recent surgeries. I can’t imagine Judy being out of commission for very long.

A correction of some inaccurate information in last week’s column. The winners of the Ruth Wilkins Tyer competition will perform at Good Shepherd Church, Euclid and Randolph streets, on Sunday afternoon, April 20 at 3.

Senior bingo on April 24 begins at 1 p.m. at the Community Center for the bargain price of $2.50. A lunch of beef sandwiches and more is available for $6.50, reservations required. A driving course will be offered Monday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. till noon. State IDs will be issued to those under 75 years of age that day.

The Rules of the Road course should be required of all drivers every 10 years, in my opinion.

Senior trips with the Community Center fill up fast, so call 771-7737 to be sure you get a seat on the bus. The travelers are off to Monkey Dish Bar & Grill in Gurnee; the Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake; Looking Glass Theatre on Michigan Avenue; dinner in Greek town; Josh Eisenberg will take you to see the Seven Wonders of Chicago; Eddie Cash, musical storyteller; Cotton Exchange Restaurant in Waterford, Wis.; Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City; an outdoor concert in Millennium Park, and dinner at Connie’s on Archer, plus the famous mystery trip.

Happy birthday this week to Benjamin Gerger, Don Cote, Joe Rice, Jessica Witt and 5-year-old Parker Joseph Wojtas on April 16; on the 17th, to Shawn Miller and Grace Ahern; on the 18th of April, Lisa Grimes, Cathy Lowe; April 19, Lorraine Sansone, Frank Nee; April 20, Michael Accetura, Benjamin Waldron, Michael Bowker, Krystle Kutak; the 21st, Edward Gleason, Kate Leinweber, McKenna Mintz; April 22, Regan Doolin; on April 23, happy anniversary to Nicole and Drew Carter and to the Jeff Oswalts.

See you at the Kiwanis dinner.