Remember the rummage sale at First United on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.?  Among the rare finds that will be at this sale are handmade dolls from all over the world.  These dolls were donated by Rebecca Irwin.  Rebecca’s mother enrolled her in the “Doll of the Month” club many years ago.  The dolls are handmade and very primitive – probably made by children from poor countries years ago.   

There are also several other items that look they could be on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.  Assisting Gloria Backman in organizing the sale are Gigi Alfano and Jim Baladimas.

This year, Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor is putting on another pumpkin party. You’ll be able to decorate your own pumpkin, enjoy some ice cream, get a goody bag, have some free ice cream and much more! Come on out to Brown Cow, 7347 Madison St., on Sunday, Oct. 23, between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7

Did you also know there’s a story read here every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.?

If you are a Middle School graduate, years 1970-75, mark this reunion date on your calendar.  It’s Nov. 5, at the community center from 7-11 p.m.  The cost is a mere $25 and Mike Huff is organizing the event.  You can reach Mike at 

The Jewish High Holy Days are near: Rosh Hashanah begins this week on the 28th and Yom Kippur starts next week, on Oct. 7.

Tina and Gary Neubeiser have a wedding anniversary on the 28th, Art and Diane McGrath on the 29th, Judi and Sandy Tracy on the 4th, and Bridget and Bob Dowdle on the 3rd. 

Birthdays this week are: Sydney Mangiaracina, Laura Zimmer, Kimberly O’Shea, Abigail Childs, Pat Falbo, Sawyer Paeth, Michael Clifton, Mike O’Connor, Diana Reis, Sheryl Neff, Paul Jargstorf and Diane Rice.

By the way, Meghan Krieger came in from Boston, Mass. to participate in the Opportunity Knocks Softball tournament last week.  She and her cousin, Anne King joined some old friends.

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.