It seems we have seen the last of winter. Norton, the lovable yellow lab who always carries his favorite bunny toy on walks, seems to be saying, “Look Pa, no snow!” Seen with Norton is his person, Jim McDonald.

In case you’re still a disbeliever, notice the snowdrops growing on the 500 block of Ferdinand.

There may be a vacancy or two on the May 11-12 City Ventures tour to Brown County, Indianapolis, Nashville, etc. Highlights of the tour include the Indianapolis Art Museum, Oldfields-Lily Garden and Museum, and a tour of President Benjamin Harrison’s home. The travelers on these tours are friendly and guides are well informed. Call 708-386-5668 to see if there are any spaces left. You won’t need talking into if you have ever been on one of these tours.

There is still time for high school senior music students to apply for a MacDowell Artists scholarship. Call 383-5092 for particulars. Last week’s information about calling Elena Rico for audition information was incorrect. Dr. David Leehey has taken over the responsibility for the scholarship auditions.

The Oak Park, Forest Park, River Forest music extravaganza of the decade will be performed at Orchestra Hall on April 19. Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” with impressive soloists Nancy Pifer, Marcy Stonikas, Elizabeth Norman, Deborah Guscott, Tracy Watson, Kurt Hansen, Doug Anderson and Peter Van de Graf and the Symphony Chorus, the Chicago Chorale, Chicago Men’s A Cappella, Concordia University Kapelle Choir, and OP-RF Children’s Chorus, all under the direction of Maestro Jay Friedman of the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest. The chorus(es) are under the direction of William Chin.

Go to or call the CSO ticket office at 312-294-3000 This is a once-in-a-lifetime for the Oak Pak Symphony and chorus. Tickets range from $15 to $65. This performance is made possible by generous and deeply appreciated donations from the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Navistar and legendary CSO principal trumpet emeritus Adolph “Bud” Herseth. Symphony Center is at 220 S. Michigan and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. If everyone plays his/her part, 1,000 musicians will actually participate. This will be a memorable musical event.

Incidentally, Gustav Mahler had a descendant living in Oak Park until a few years ago. She was Dr. Sandy Mahler, who has moved to a warmer climate since her retirement.

March 27: Brown Cow, 7347 Madison, will feature “Who Lives Here?” a solo exhibit by Marc LeBlanc from 6 till 10 p.m.

Centuries & Sleuths will sponsor an author discussion and book signing by Erin Hart who is introducing her 3rd Nora Gavin & Cormac Maguire mystery set in Ireland and Minnesota. The title of this book is False Mermaid, March 27 at 2 p.m.

This week’s birthdays are John Costello, Matt Lyons, Morgan Rae Vobornik, Tiffany Williams, Sarah Buzanski, Maya Reese Keppner, Ken Jasper, Dino Panzani, Kevin Sallerwaite, Katie Miller, Esther Rossi, Geoff Flight, Sue Fishman Christel, Tara Cassiani, Steve Urban, Joe Giannelli, Alexandria Reina, Lauren Haeger, Bob O’Brien, Andrew Huebner, Grace Snyder, Peter Zaportek, John Huebner, Natalie Mazzone, Riley Gerald, Tom Reich, Gary Steger, Terry Udil, Hillary Rutak, and Ryan Mollo. Happy anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Greg Horvath.