Speedy get-well wishes to little Riley Johnson, who was a patient at Loyola Hospital for a few days; His preschool friends sent him get-well wishes, too, especially his fellow benchwarmer buddy, Simon.

Among the good neighbors in town are the residents of the 600 block of Beloit who shoveled everyone’s sidewalks and the entire alley, even before the village did it. The entire block was clean.

The Rice’s are also a good-neighbor family: They shoveled the garage driveway for the Hopp Family. Shown in the photo are Joe, John, Nicole and Mark in the alley of the 1000 block of Beloit.

In case you haven’t heard, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will perform at Oak Park’s United Lutheran Church, 409 Greenfield, on Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. Parking is almost always available.

Did you see our Augie Aleksy from Centuries & Sleuths in the Tribune again? Our faithful mailman, Chris, was photographed with him. On Mar. 4, at 8 p.m., the Meeting of Minds XVII – brought back by popular demand – will take place at C&S. Moderator Madeline Moon will host Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Marcus Garvey as they tell their stories. Actors who will play these roles are Charles Coleman, Phillip Gordon and Christopher Wilkerson, and tickets for this special are $10 apiece. The production will also take place at the Bellwood Library, on Apr. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Check out the Centuries and Sleuths website at www.centuriesandsleuths.com for more event information.

Birthdays this week: Lauren Pardun, Ed Fee, Sammy Anderson, Shelby Addphian, Hannah Brown, Judy Jilek, Leonard Gist, Mary Haley, Shartiase Clay, Krisiti Kasack, Alexandria Reina, Jonah Victorson, Jacquie Madden, Megan Lyons, Michael Gillian, Phil Kachlic, Jean Guntow, Chris Wood, Xauer Skinner and Bob and Rich Krieger.

Thanks for you time.

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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.