Correction from last week’s column: Megan Nutley’s Silhouette Blue stationery will be on display for sale and viewing at 442 (not 422) Beloit Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 5. Sorry about the typo.

Best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hart, for a happy future together. Mrs. Hart is the former Jennifer Close, daughter of Jack and Pat Close.  This is certainly a banner year for Jennifer: her novel Girls in White Dresses was published and she was just wed. The Oct. 29 wedding took place in Sacred Heart Church, in Winnetka and the reception was held at the Chicago History Museum.

Esther Huebner is very proud of her grandson, Jake Brown, who is being honored at his Eagle Scouts Court of Honor Ceremony on Nov. 6.  Jake has earned more than 40 merit badges and his special project for the Eagle award was, among other things, the full-color painting of a U.S. map at Saint Odilo’s parking lot in Berwyn.   In case you’d like to see it, Saint Odillo’s is at 2301 Clarence Ave. in Berwyn.

The Oak Park Concert Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert at Saint John Church, 305 Circle Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4 pm.  The group, under Paul Lindblad’s direction, will perform A Feast of Carols to welcome the holiday season; its centerpiece will be Virgil Thomson’s Scenes from the Holy Infancy. Other beloved old carols, and some ancient ones, will be on the program, too.  Tickets are $18, and $10 for students and seniors. Seating is general admission. Call 708-383-4742, or order online at

Chess Ramirez celebrated her Halloween birthday with her friends on the ghost bus that she reserved so the gang could visit spooky places in the Chicago area like Resurrection Mary Cemetery, in Justice.

Bill Gerst, Jason Entler, Dan and Nick Novak and Jamie and Cayden Cook are busy working on a 1927 Ford T-Bucket Roadster that has been resting in the Gerst garage for 35 years!  It was purchased in 1977 by Bill’s late father. The young men are enthusiastic about this project and hope to have it ready for the 2012 Saint Patrick’s Day parade. You’ll likely be able to see it next summer, during Cruise Nights

Happy birthday to: Robyn Popelka, Stella Hope Zach, Meredith Dorneker, Sharon O’Shea, A.J.Turek, Jaxon Entler, Ryan Miller, Jim Brown, Carl Hajec, Laura Steinhaver, Heather Dornbusch, Michael Bruzek, Michael Rudolph, Ed Spinelli, Harriet Smith, Jean Zalenski, Brian Cote, Art McGrath, Marikate Marino, Catherine Clark, Renee Van Zant (gone to Florida but not forgotten), Lyford Arey, Jackson Domer, Richard Cotton, Emily Johnson, Amy Brod. 

Anniversary greetings to: Cindy and Chris Wood, Kathy and Jim Thompson. 

Thanks for taking the 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.