Fall is here and lots of folks are busy throwing things out, cleaning up closets, etc.  The place to bring your no-longer-wanted items is First United Church of Christ, 1000 Elgin Ave. Citizens United in Forest Park is sponsoring a sale at the church on Sept. 25, from 2-4 p.m.; Sept. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m.; and on Oct. 1, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Don’t bring any adult clothing, instead, drop off household items, jewelry, linens, small appliances, small furniture items, toys, tools – you get the idea. So, come out, see your neighbors and take advantage of some bargains. For additional information, call Gloria Backman, at 708-771-2478.

Elisha-Rio Apilado – ad designer at Wednesday Journal, Inc., which owns the Review –  along with the CRAN project, is having an art show at RockStar Ink, 6549 North Ave., in Oak Park.  “Art from the Heart … and Other Parts” is the name of the exhibit.  There will be live artists on hand, raffles and a silent auction.  There will be a VIP gathering on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 6-7 p.m., and the show will be open to the public from 7-11 p.m. Elisha will also be representing the CRAN project (Communities Rally for Artists Nourishment) – an Oak Park nonprofit that works to promote and expose the work of local artists

Check out one of local soul singer Ernie Hines’ most recent single records “Jesus the Christ Child” and “Everlasting Love.” They’re on Forest Park’s own Baby Blue Records.

Happy Birthday to: Maria Walsh, Nick Novak, Josiah Abraham, Gigi Alfano, Van Esta Harris, Joseph Peterson, Gene Fletcher, Pete Thiesse, Bishoy Saleeb, Samantha Grams, Elsa Katlic, Kathy Thompson.

Happy anniversary to: Marge and Al Bucholtz, and Dan and Diane Danielson.

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.