In case you haven’t heard, the Forest Park Review is the best little paper in the state (for its size). So, big congratulations are in order for our beloved editor, Josh Adams, along with the young and talented Stephanie Kuehnert, who earned honors alongside Helen Karakoudas, Becky Lomax, Mark Tatara, and of course, Dan Haley. Sorry if I missed anyone; there are so many talented people around here it’s hard to remember all of them, not to mention what a good looking bunch they are.

Doc Ryan’s is presenting a comedy night every Thursday from 8 p.m. until 10:30 pm. Tony Vincent will be featured at the showcase and there is no admission charge. Doc Ryan’s is at 7432 Madison. Their number is 366-2823. Remember, at Doc Ryan’s you can donate 10 percent of your food bill to the charity of your choice; mention this when placing your order.

Tickets are going fast to the 1st annual Ed O’Shea Memorial dinner, presented by the Forest Park Kiwanis and honoring long-time Kiwanian, Andy Collis.

This year’s dinner will be held at Francesca’s Fiore, 7407 Madison on Oct. 27. The price is $40. You can get your ticket at Accents by Fred, 7519 Madison. If you are lucky, there may be a few at the door, but don’t count on it.

The party time of year is approaching. The Sons of Norway will start the season off with a Norwegian dinner featuring lapskaus and other culinary delights on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Elvesund Lodge, at Saint Michael’s Church, 500 East 31st St. in LaGrange Park. The cost is $18 per person. You can contact Dan Bjornson at 488-1800 for a ticket or more information. The music of Edvard Grieg, by the Grieg Ladies, will highlight the afternoon.

EpiscoPickles, the long awaited annual treat will, again be offered at the Holiday Hospitality Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 515 Franklin in River Forest. Call 366-7730 for more information. Santa, the jolliest Santa you’ll ever meet, will be on hand with free gifts for kids, there’s delicious corn relish, homemade cookies, peanut brittle, jewelry, crafts, grab bags, and on and on. Complimentary coffee and cookies while you shop.

The Women’s Exchange Art and Craft fair at Oak Park-River Forest High School is another much anticipated Christmas event. The 35th annual fair will be held on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Crafts and art work from five states will be on display along with Forest Park artists’ work.. Admission is free for kids under 12, and $3 for adults. Call 848-4693 for more information. You can drop in to the exchange, 839 S. Oak Park Ave., for a $1 coupon.

Happy birthday wishes this week go to Ted Hosty, Niraj Koll, Rebecca Jargstorf, Michael Sansone, Noreen Carr, Jesse Sosa, Elizabeth Schiffman, Mark Ross, Michael Rudolf, Angeline Cote, Gary Stetler, Irene Cosgrove, Anil D’Souza, Frank Anselmo, Michael Rudolf, Hannah Connelly, John Schmidt, Samantha Zaverdas, Josie Becker, Kay Duff, and Drew Frank. Anniversary wishes to Austin and Terry D’Souza, Brent and Yvonne Marler, Kathleen and Michael Redmond, and Jill and Dave Smentel.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...