Foodies, it may not be too late to sign up for the wine dinner at Francesca’s on May 27. Neb, of House Red, will present wines from Italy to accompany each course. The cost is only $40.
Wines of Argentina will be featured the weekend of May 28 with a special wine tasting at the Unity Temple on Friday, May 30. Last Wednesday, local pianist David Leehey gave a recital of music by Chopin, Ravel, Schumann and Liszt. Leehey’s musicianship amazed the audience. He’ll be competing in an amateur competition in Boston later this month, so wish him well.
The weekend of May 22-24, House Red will teach you how to pair wine with barbecue, and live jazz will delight your ears from 6 until 8 p.m. Neb Mrvaljevic always has something exciting and unusual planned for House Red, 7403 Madison. Drop in for a taste and a calendar of events.
Saturday, May 16 was the wedding day of Ann Corrigan and James Bath. The couple will make their home in town after the wedding. Ann grew up in River Forest and attended Oak Park-River Forest High School. He is from Dearborn, Mich. Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Bath.
Congratulations are also in order for Rebekah and Daniel Scollard on the birth of their new baby girl, Ava Lin Scollard. Grandparents of the baby are Barbara Best, Michael Bruno and Lin Scollard. Ava’s big sister is Kal Best.
Get well wishes to Joanne Jantz, who recently suffered a minor setback on her road to recovery.
If you’ve got some unused books cluttering your shelves, unload them onto the library for its annual book sale held June 12-13, from 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. And if you need more clutter on your bookshelves, please come and browse.
The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest’s final concert this season will be on Saturday, May 30. The work of local composer Laura Aborn will be the subject of a posthumous tribute. Aborn was an Oak Parker for most of her life and May 30 would have been her birthday. Laura’s daughter, Chatka Ruggiero, will underwrite this concert in her mother’s memory. It will be an unusual evening, and you will be pleased and maybe even surprised by what you hear. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 84 Lake St.
On May 20 in 1932, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane. She covered the 2,026 miles in 13 hours and 30 minutes.
May 20 is the day 25-year-old Charles Lindburg left New York at 7:25 a.m. for the first trans-Atlantic solo flight across the Atlantic. He landed in Paris on May 21 at 12:24 p.m. winning a $25,000 prize.
Norman Rockwell first captured the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 20 in 1916.
Comedian turned politician Al Franken was born May 21, 1951.
On May 22, Mr. Rogers premiered on television in 1967. Nearly 1,000 episodes were aired, the last in 2001.
Bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde died May 23, 1934.
On May 24, the first baseball game was played under lights in 1935. The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883.
Local award winner Phylis DeVilbiss has a birthday on May 20, as do Janet Fink and Pam Bower; on the 21st, Tyler Robert Fink; on May 22, Max and Emma Strong celebrate the birthday of their twins; on the 23rd, Mike Jargstorf, Tom Conrad and Zianna Turek have birthdays; May 24, Mark Janopoulos, Matt Schuler, Bill Tresise and Brenda McNeill; May 25, Tim and Ruth Stefl have an anniversary, and Gary Fink, Tricia Cassiani, Bob Ashcroft, Kyle Kutak and Ben Reina have birthdays. On May 26, Alberta Williams, Ashley Santelli, Patrick Carr and Lynette Carr have birthdays; on the 27th, the same to Lauren Arnieri, Margaret Rhode and Paul Schlichting.