After a cold, gloomy winter, the weatherman blessed us with a beautiful and sunny day on Saturday. High school seniors are invited to compete for music scholarships offered by MacDowell Artists. Auditions will be held Saturday, May 15 from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on East Avenue at Randolph. MacDowell scholarships are very generous. Winners need not plan to major in music in college; just continue their music studies after high school graduation. If you are, or you know of a high school senior who might want to enter the competition, please contact Elena Rico for an application at 409-0922, or e-mail

Good luck to Jenna Calderone, daughter of Harry Calderone, who has joined the Air National Guard and will be leaving for Texas soon.

Everyone is invited to attend a solo art exhibit by Marc LeBland at The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor on Saturday, March 27 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Brown Cow is located at 7347 Madison (as if you didn’t know).

You are also invited to attend a free benefit concert for Haitian relief at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle, on Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

A worthy cause if ever there was one is TNR, or Trap-Neuter-Release. This agency promotes the curtailing of the cat population – humanely. Feral cats usually do not want to live in a home, they prefer the freedom of the streets. But their overpopulation results in the suffering of innocent kittens and adult cats. Call 829-6013 for more information. Or go to The mailing address is P.O Box 851, Maywood, IL, 60153.

Happy birthday to Matt Stefl, Julie Doloszycki, Jean Malone, Kelli Haukedahl, Loretta Jantz, Ruth Lussow, Margie Neff, Paul Gustafson, Ava Scollard, Connor Grimes, Davion Barr, Terry Meffley, Geri Leninger, Ted Fox, Tom Pingel, Ryan Warwick, Caralee Johnson, Vandria Stevens, Jessica Conrad, Kathleen Pacudan, Matt Lyons, Morgan Vobornik, Sarah Buzanski and Maya Keppner. And happy anniversary to Jodi and Peter Gianakopoulos, and Isabel and Bob Fox.