It was an excruciatingly hot week and I had a case of vertigo that kept me indoors, so I couldn’t get much information on what’s going on. Sorry.

So let’s start with the birthdays this week: Connie Robey, Hannah Novak, Rebecca Gresniak, Allison Pacyga, Jake Brown, Al Verri, Phil Jilek, Mary Liebner, Dakota Staiger, Grant Neubeiser, Sandy Boy, Reid Thompson, Maureen Harnett, Colleen Murray, Rocco Cirrintano, Angela Thiesse, Kevin Nutley, Donna Prochazka, Thomas Curry, and Elizabeth Moravec.  Happy birthday to all of you, from all of us.

The best news in town last week was the backyard baptism of Suzanna Lovik. The ceremony was performed by her father, Mark Lovik, while her mother, Connie Lovik, looked on. Many well-wishers celebrated following the baptism.  Congratulations to Suzanna.

You should check out the Forest Park Farmers Market on Fridays, at The Grove, if you get a chance. Back by popular demand are Swinbelly’s produce and farm-fresh eggs, as well as other baked goods, condiments and veggies from many other farmers, bakers and businesses. You can also get some gourmet treats for your pets from Sirius Cooks. For more information call Denise, at 708 343 6576.

Starting this Saturday, Aug. 13, Forest Parkers can participate in the Live Healthy Forest Park bike ride to Elmhurst. Riders will be traveling there on the Illinois Prarie Path. Those interested in the participating need to be at the Community Center at 8 a.m. If you’d like some more info, ring Community Center Director Karen Dylewski at 708 771 7737.

The week of August 10 has some important dates in history: Ecudorian Independence Day, Elvis Week in Memphis, the Japanese surrender in 1945, just to name a few.

Don’t miss the jazz concert at the library on August 21 a 2 p.m. featuring jazz vocalist Petra Van Nuis and classical guitarist Andy Brown.

Thanks for your 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.