A tragedy struck the library last week. Using a concrete building block, vandals cracked our beautiful, stained-glass window.  Colorsmith David Condon of Riverside and his assistant, Jason Forsyth, were busy repairing and matching the window’s colors last week, though. The window, “The Great Sun Window” was installed in 1963 and is the pride of our library.

If anyone has anymore information about the window, or about the artist, please call me at 708 366 4685. No information was available at the library, or from old copies of the Review. Dr. Frank Orland, where are you when we need you?

The park district has never had as many exciting activities planned as they have this year. It has combined forces with Oak Park to expand activities like its stepping class (offered to those 18 and older), roller skating, line dancing, Frisbee-throwing and more.

The community center is greeting autumn with more great trips. They fill up fast, so try and snag a spot. If you miss one, there’s always the waiting list.

There are still a few open seats for the Sept. 14 trip to DeKalb, where visitors will see depictions of early dairy-farming life in Illinois, will dine on Oktoberfest cuisine and will shop for freshly picked apples, among other activities.

Laurie R. King will be back at Centuries & Sleuths for the signing of her latest pirate book, “The Pirate King.” Come dressed as your favorite pirate; the person with the best costume will receive a cash prize. Ladies are encouraged to dress as naughty wenches. There’ll also be pirate sing-a-longs that will feature popular numbers like “15 Men on a Dead Man’s Chest” and “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” Folks will also be singing pirate songs that Ms. King composed. 

That’s on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Centuries & Sleuths is at 7410 Madison St. Please phone 708 771 7243 to make reservations, though.

A highly recommended author, Gianrico Carofiglio will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, “Temporary Perfections” on Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. This electrifying, best-selling crime thriller has been translated from Italian to English for the first time.  The author is a former prosecuting attorney from Bari, Italy.  It’s a thoughtful and suspenseful novel, and highly recommended.  

You can write your dreams on a cloud and make a $1 food donation to the Forest Park Food Pantry.  Your donation will be matched by the American Family Insurance, at 7206 Madison St. Participants will write their dreams on a paper cloud which will hang in the window of the agency until Nov. 30.  The nonperishable food items will be given to needy Forest Park families.  60-90 families are served monthly.  Last year, 158 boxes of food were provided during the holiday season, alone.

Sign up fast!  Artisan Chocolate Tasting is happening at the library on Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Learn all about chocolate, and taste, taste, taste.  Call 708 366 7171 to register.

Happy birthdays to:  John Michael Deering, Aaron Bakaitis, Christine Carr, Joe Carr, Todd Marler, Clayton Davis, Kirk Scully, Karen Conway Kurey, John Ericksen, Rick Steffanie, Lily O’Neil, Diane Huebner, Betty Huebner, Marion Flight, Nicole Walsh, Max Rus, Celeste Cosgrove, Claire Finnegan, Brian Foley,. Adam Goetz, Alyssa Neff, Bridget Dowdle. 

Happy anniversary to Tony and Lois Calderone, Carol and Dave Novak, Guy and Katine Macino.

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.