Here is a book I would like to recommend to you, especially at this time of year. It should appeal to believers, non-believers, agnostics, Christians and non-Christians. Resurrection of the Body was written in the first-person perspective by an Anglican priest who is undergoing some faith issues. The author, Maggie Hamand, won first prize for it in a competition in which a complete short story had to be written in 24 hours. Hamand later developed it into this exciting work – a real page turner, right up to the last paragraph (don’t cheat).

Now that Easter is behind us, we can start the whirlwind of April, May and June activities beginning with the reunion of the Forest Park Middle School class of 1977. The date for the reunion is Oct. 10 and the Web site for more information is You can also call Dorothy Calderone Bentel at 630-922-0260, or Mary Papa Moravec at 352-2605. Please try to get hold of as many of your old friends as you can to make this reunion a big success.

The Simpson’s stamp won’t be ours for another week, but I spotted Bumble Bee Man at the park the other day. Bumble Bee Man, aka Vincent Frierson, plays with Steel Gold when he’s not at DePaul studying engineering.

The Michael Teolis Singers will present a Lincoln Bicentennial Concert at First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Songs and spirituals will be featured, including the Illinois State Song, and Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer.” All the tunes have been arranged by Mr. Teolis. The centerpiece of the program will be “The Lonesome Train,” based on a poem by Millard Lampell. This work tells of the assassination of Lincoln and the journey of the train that carried his body from Washington back to Springfield. Narrating this Midwest premier will be Emmy Award winning Eddie Arruza, a familiar face to viewers of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For reservations or more information call 708-366-2889.

Welcome home to Carol Novak, who spent most of April in Paris.

Remember Library Week this week, and Earth Day on April 22.

Minnie Maxwell, everyone’s favorite neighbor on the 500 block of Beloit, needs your wishes this week for a speedy recovery.

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will perform on April 26 at 4 p.m.

The Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County will show their skills at Holley Court Terrace on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Come and cheer for your favorite spellers, Ruth Loyd, Eleanor Locati and Marge Zwadlo. Call 848-8499 for more information or to volunteer.

Saint Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate its 110th birthday on May 17 at Jimmy’s. Everyone in town is invited to this celebration. Just contact the church, 366-3969. Judy Jilek is trying her best to get this church named as a historical site.

April 15 is Eleanor Locati‘s birthday. On April 16, Benjamin Gerger, Don Cote, Joe Rice, Jessica Witt, and Parker Ryan Wojtas celebrate their birthdays; on the 17th, Shawn Miller, Grace Ahern, Pricilla Bruce; April 18, Lisa Grimes and Cathy Lowe; the 19th, Kim Rambeau, Lorraine Sansone, Frank Nee; on the 20th, Michael Accetura, Benjamin Weber, Michael Bowker, Krystle Kutak; on the 21st, Kate Leinweber, McKenna Mintz, Ruth Meyer; April 22, Regan Doolin.