It was a late, gray afternoon but Bridget, Emily and Caroline blew away the gray with a mini-recorder concert at the park last week. That’s the park at Adams and Thomas. Everyone within hearing distance became a bit happier.

This year’s Kiwanis Pasta Dinner will begin an hour earlier – 3:30 – to accommodate those who may have plans later in the day, or for those who may want to call the dinner a late lunch. Watch this space for more information, but save the date. It’s Saturday, May 14 from 3:30 until 8 p.m.

May 6 through 13 will be celebrated as Seniors Week in Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest. The calendar of events offers many interesting and exciting activities, such as antique appraisal, wine tasting, chair yoga, a chef’s demo at Holley Court, legal and financial advice, arthritis info, the value of meditation and laughter, advice on pets for seniors and lots more. Get a calendar at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community.

Trudy Aldrich called to remind us that the same week is National Nurses Week, so let’s give them credit for all they contribute to society. Hooray for nurses, Trudy.

The Community Center adopted a nearly frozen little parakeet several weeks ago during our recent cruel winter. Rich Barger found the little fellow near the building and gently picked it up with a towel. Then the people at the center got a companion for the little bird. They named the pair Lily and Banco. A photo of the duo will appear later.

You’ve probably read about the many benefits to children from the study of music. Music works a part of the brain that helps stimulate other parts, notably the parts that help in academic subjects. We here in Forest Park are fortunate to have in our midst, the Gasse School of Music, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in May. Daniel Gasse, cellist, and his wife Sarah, a violinist/violist, will present a workshop, free of charge, in the Forest Park Public Library on May 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Internationally known cellist, Tanya Carey will conduct the workshop. Bring your cello and join the fun.

It’s not too late to get on board for some of the May/June senior trips. Pick up a schedule at the community center or the library. They’re going to the Chicago Theatre, a crazy “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” (not for kids), Hull House, the old Sabre Room, Long Grove Chocolate Factory, Mystery Tour! And “Jewels along the Lakefront.” There are a few seats left, so hurry over and save one for yourself.

Happy birthday to John Boy, Matt Radkiewicz, Tom Cody, Angie Ventrella, Tom Hawkins, Larry Geraci, Emily Fjeldstad, Karen Hawkins, Alexander Zaverdas, Marie Gianelli, and happy anniversary to Brandi and Rob Mintz, Mike and Joan Bigos,

Thanks for your time. See you at the pasta dinner!

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.