After about age 35 birthdays are bad enough, but Rose Eversen had surgery just in time for her Feb. 2 birthday. Not the way to celebrate, Rose. Speedy get well wishes to you from all your friends.

My sympathy is extended to Tim Gillian and his family on the death of Tim’s mother, Jacqui Gillian. Jacqui had serious heart surgery many years ago and survived for a long time. She was one of the last of the old timers of Howard Mohr’s day.

Marge Griffin was especially shaken by Gillian’s death, since she recently had a long telephone conversation with her. Pat Hemstreet is another of the old timers who was saddened by the news.

There seems to be only one way left to deal with this winter and John Stroth has it figured out. He moves about by ski pole. Bob Rhoten and his dog, Daisy, seem fascinated by this ingenious means of transportation. If you like the idea, Bob says the ski pole walkers, called Nordic Walkers, meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Oak Park Library.

Augie Aleksy and Centuries & Sleuths will present “A Celebration of Hugh Holton: the man and his work” on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. Holton was a Chicago cop who wrote many mysteries based on his experiences. Readers will also celebrate the posthumous publication of Holt’s last Larry Cole mystery, Revenge and his nonfiction work, The Thin Black Line, which features true stories by black law enforcement officers from America’s mean streets. There will be a panel of fellow police officers and mystery writers.

On Feb. 6, say happy birthday to Ann Spence and Cherise Stewart; on the 7th, to Michelle Rubio, LaTonia Sanders, Mike Lyons, Jr., Cassidy and Frances McSheffrey, Eleni Collis, and happy anniversary to Pam and Todd Bower, and Dorothy and Angelo Spinelli; happy birthday to Marilyn Gotsch on Feb. 8; Feb. 10, Bonnie and Pat Cimiglia have an anniversary and Karrie Schlichting, Kirsten Cursel and Paul Stahlke have a birthday.

Our friends Peter and Jodi Gianakopoulos at The Old School Records are the proud parents of a little girl. Born Jan. 30, Eviana entered the world at 8-pounds 14-ounces.

Shirley Christell would like to remind everybody that the library will sell magazines for half price on Feb. 15. Note cards will be given away. Come and show how much you love your wonderful library and the friendly, helpful people who work there. Remember, February is Love Your Library Month.

On Feb. 5, Adlai Stevenson, a good governor, was born in 1900.

February 7 is the birthday of Charles Dickens in 1812.

On Feb. 8, Boy Scouts of America was founded. Actor Jack Lemmon was born on this date in 1925; Hollywood composer John Williams, who wrote the score for Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, was born in1932.

On Feb. 9, the Beatles made their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The New York Times began publishing on this date in 1897 with the trademark “all the news that’s fit to print.”

Inventor Thomas Edison’s birthday is Feb. 11. He was born in 1847. South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, was released from prison on this day in 1989.